Cephus' Corner

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

Wondercon 2017 – Day One

March 31st, 2017

It’s that time again, time to head off to Wondercon!  And luckily, they’re back in Anaheim again, following a very disappointing convention in Los Angeles, more the fault of the LA Convention Center than anything else.  This is the sixth year that Wondercon has been in Southern California and the fifth that it’s been at the Anaheim Convention Center.  This is the first year we’ve decided to stay on site because after we moved last year, it was too much of a pain to drive 3-4 hours round trip every day so we grabbed a room at one of the “official” hotels and can just walk in every day.

The New Collection Want List

March 28th, 2017

I wrote a couple of days ago about my Funko Pops collection and mentioned that I’d explain why I was thinking about it in another post.  Well here you go. I’ve struggled over the years, trying to have a good way of knowing what I have in my collection when I go to conventions or stores.  I’ve gone through a number of iterations of want lists and all of them have failed to one degree or another.  So here’s my history, what’s worked and what hasn’t, and why I’m relatively positive about the newest version.

The Odd Path to Funko Pops

March 25th, 2017

I’ve recently been going through all of my Funko Pops, for a reason that I’ll explain in another post.  But it’s weird, because back in the day, I never wanted to collect them at all.  I remember seeing people talking about them on all of the toy collecting forums and I was simply not interested.  Bobbleheads?  To a “serious” action figure collector like me?  Nonsense!

Why I Hate Fantasy RPGs

March 19th, 2017

I’ve been listening to a lot of roleplaying podcasts lately and one thing that I always notice when someone is playing D&D or Pathfinder or some other fantasy system, at least when they’re playing them seriously, is that I really lose interest very quickly. I’m fine when they’re playing for laughs, but when they want the listener to take what they’re doing seriously, I just can’t do it. Fantasy roleplaying, to me at least, is a complete waste of time and here’s why.

J-Drama Review: Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa (2016)

March 14th, 2017

This 10-episode series comes from a novel called Himura Hideo Series by Arisu Arisugawa, first published in March, 1992 by Kodansha.  Clearly, it’s self-referential because the writer of the novel is also part of the series. But lots of J-dramas come from books and manga and they don’t always translate well to screen, so let’s see how Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa fared.

Book Review: The Human Division (2013)

March 12th, 2017

It’s been a long time since I wrote a book review, mostly because it’s been a very long time since I’ve read a book.  However, recently, I got tapped for jury duty and since I had to have something to do while sitting around waiting to get inevitably dismissed, I figured it was a good time to start a book.  This was just the first one I came across on my tablet, so hey, it’s as good a place to start as any.

I’ve enjoyed John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series quite a bit, some books more than others, of course, but The Human Division originally came out as a series of chapters on the Tor webste and I thought it would be interesting to see how something like that worked out.

J-Drama Review: Keizoku (1999)

March 11th, 2017

Wow, this one was a long time coming, wasn’t it?  We have had it sitting in our “to be watched” pile for a very long time, although certainly not since 1999, and finally got around to sitting down to see it.  Keizoku is seen as a “groundbreaking” police drama in Japan and for good reason.  But how does it measure up to some of my favorite shows of the past?  Let’s find out.

Is There a Point to Woodworking Magazines?

March 4th, 2017

That was something I asked myself today.    I stopped subscribing to every woodworking magazine, and I got pretty much all of them, a couple of years ago when I realized that there just wasn’t anything in them that I cared about and they just rotated content constantly, republishing essentially the same article over and over and over again. So I asked myself, is there anything in these magazines that is worth actually reading?

TV Thursday: Timeless Season 1 (2016)

March 2nd, 2017

This was a year full of time travel-esque stories, some reasonably good, like Netflix’ Travelers, some not so good, like Frequency, and then there’s NBC’s Timeless, which comes down pretty close to the top, but really struggled in the ratings.  So I guess that now that their 16-episode season is over, I have to give my views on the show.  See you below the fold.

Cephus' Corner

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