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A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.

Reptilian Nation Expo – Very Disappointed

November 19th, 2017

So, having nothing better to do, we went to a local reptile show.  My oldest daughter was trying to refurnish her snake cage, so what the heck, right? Besides, I’ve been hankering to get back into reptiles, I’ve really missed having more of them around, so I might as well go look and see what was available.

Now, nothing against the show itself because it was well put together, but there were a couple of problems.  First off, they didn’t take credit cards for entry tickets.  You could buy tickets online before you went, and I wish we had done so, but there were no signs or anything else saying cash only.  We stood in a very long line and were lucky we had the cash on us because usually, everything is plastic. Had we gotten to the front of that long line and not had the cash, we would have been pissed.  But since we did, that wasn’t really a big deal.

What was, and again, this isn’t the show itself, but it was great if you were looking for bearded dragons, leopard or crested geckos or ball pythons.  Even the common stuff, they had a small selection of normal colors, which sold out quickly, leaving only the expensive variants.  Yes, there were sporadic tarantulas, some chameleons and a few pythons here and there, but if you wanted any real selection, especially anything that wasn’t ridiculously common, you were completely out of luck.

TV Thursday: Stranger Things Season 2 (2017)

November 16th, 2017

I loved the first season of Stranger Things, it was one of the best shows I had seen in a very long time.  But I had a really, really bad feeling about season 2, mostly because most shows that have an outstanding first season fall apart entirely in the second, because as I’ve said before, most shows blow their load on the first season and have no clue what to do if they’re lucky enough to get renewed.

So I was very wary going into the second season because I figured I was going to be very disappointed.

And wow was I wrong about that!

So let’s get into the second season of Stranger Things and why this continues to be an amazing television series!

TV Thursday: The Last Ship Season 4 (2017)

November 9th, 2017

The Last Ship is yet another series that started off strong but they clearly didn’t know what to do with a second  season when they got it, or a third, or a fourth. I think they did a passable job in the second year, but it’s been drifting downward ever since. It just gets more and more unrealistic as time goes on, until there’s no way to suspend disbelief. It just gets  ridiculous after a while.

So let’s see what went wrong in season 4, because this thing is going down for the last time as far as I’m concerned.

Comic-con Program Guide Covers

November 5th, 2017

My wife and I were going through the garage one weekend, trying to get things cleaned up and organized, when we pulled out a big pile of boxes marked “con-stuff”, things that we had collected over the years from various and sundry conventions.

Well, after sorting through all of it, I decided to scan a bunch of the program guide covers from San Diego Comic-con that we’ve been to.  Keep in mind, I started going in the mid 70s and went straight through until 2009 when we gave up because it stopped being fun. I know I didn’t keep a lot of the early guides and some have been lost over the years, but here’s a selection from the mid 80s until 2009 at least.  Enjoy.

TV Thursday: 100 Years of Horror (1996)

October 26th, 2017

There really wasn’t anything good for Halloween on this year, and with TV shows ending left and right, we decided to hit up Amazon Prime to see if there was anything but awful low-budget movies to watch.  We came across this, a 26-episode series that aired back in 1996, hosted by Christopher Lee, that detailed the first 100 years of horror movies worldwide.  Classic horror?  Sign me up!

Bad Movie Review: Einstein’s God Model (2016)

October 22nd, 2017

It could have had potential, I’ll give it that, but 2016’s Einstein’s God Model, directed by Phillip T. Johnson, just never delivered on the promise.

Now this is an indie movie that has been around the indie circuit and has some things to recommend it.  Some of the acting, although certainly not all of it, is decent, the idea, as I said, has potential and the visuals are interesting, but I really think the whole thing falls apart in the end into incoherence.

So let’s take a look at a movie that I started off with high hopes for, but which just couldn’t make it to the end.

TV Thursday: The Strain Season 4 (2017)

October 19th, 2017

I tried to like The Strain, I really did. I loved the books by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan and I had high hopes that when the series premiered on FX, that it would be a reasonably faithful adaptation of the stories in the books.

Now why in the world would I ever think that?  So now that we come to the end of the road, and thankfully so, here are my thoughts that are the slow-motion disaster that was The Strain.

Tired of the Grind

October 17th, 2017

I know I’ve talked about this before in relation to MMOs, but I think I’ve about hit my limit with regard to another form of gaming, the Android app.  Most games out there are just grind-heavy, not to keep you playing the game longer, but to get you to buy premium products and services to get around the time-wasting efforts that you have to go through to actually get anywhere.

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