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    • 008 Mini Update- Max "Explains" the Dragonheart Franchise (For the OCC)

      5 hours ago

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      A knight is sworn to valour,

      His heart knows only virtue,

      His blade defends the helpless,

      His might upholds the weak,

      His word speaks only truth,

      His wrath undoes the wicked.


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      It began in the mid 90's. 

       

      One director and his team had a vision of a fantasy romp using the best technology and imagination they could muster from their experience with Jurassic Park and ILM.

       

      It is the 10th century AD in England and though dragons are dwindling and King Arthur is gone their influence is still present.  In a revolt a king is killed and his son, while pulling the crown from his father's head, is mortally wounded.  Bowen (Dennis Quaid) is a knight of the old code who takes the queen and her dying son to the lair of one of the revered dragons who can share is heart with a mortal (as dragons do) to save him.  Dennis Quaid promises to teach the prince the old code and the dragon shares his heart with the prince.  Fastforward and the Prince (played by the dude who played Lupin in Harry Potter) is a huge dick.  Obviously it’s the Dragon’s fault and Bowen swears to find and kill the dragon that corrupted the prince.  Fastforward even further and Bowen is a rugged dragonslayer for profit.  But when he meets with the last Dragon (Played by Sean Connery) what will he do with his line then?  So a deal is struck, every day the dragon “falls” at Bowen’s hand.  Every night they celebrate their con and move to the next village.  But a rebelion is rising against the Prince and loyalties are questioned as an epic standoff begins.  (There’s also a pretty red haired “warrior princess” and a sassy monk.)

       

      I don’t want to give away too much, because if you’re going to see any of these movies, see the first one.  There’s a scene where the ghost of King Arthur appears to Bowen on Avalon to motivate him with the Old Code.  Yes, it’s that kind of movie.

       

      So, if you’re not sold by that 90’s Action Fantasy Cheese, there’s no hope for you.  It’s a great entertaining movie and, as was pointed out to me by a friend a few years back, I still get choked up in the end.  (I’m a sucker for movies about “a boy and his dragon”.)

       

      Now, in the real world, I didn’t find out about this until the mid 00’s when I was reading an article in the paper that was along the lines of “if you like Eragon, try THIS.”  This was also around the time I was exposed to Highlander.  Good times.

       

      Well, after renting Dragonheart from Blockbuster a couple of times I eventually found the combo pack DVD of Dragonheart and Dragonheart 2: A New Beginning.  I was intrigued.  Draco was the last dragon after all. 

       

      OR SO WE THOUGHT!

       

      Like Highlander (yes, this comparison comes up a lot), the sequel took the finished story and cool concepts of the first movie and expanded the lore into the future through loop holes.  Draco’s lair had a dragon egg in it.  A stable boy who dreams of becoming a knight (played by the eldest brother from Malcom in the Middle) finds the sheltered new last Dragon (played by the voice of Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) and they change eachother’s lives.  But a clearly evil advisor to the king (who needs to share Drake’s heart for reasons) and two visitors from the east also are interested in the Dragon.  Shenanigans happen.

       

      It was…  It was a straight-to-video 2000 sequel.  The (now) 5 typical roles (knight played by an American, dragon with an iconic British voice, monk, warrior princess, and clearly rotten villain) are present but mostly aged down. And the plot is fine but it’s also quite obviously what it is.  The story is “ended again” but on a happier note.

       

      I still like it. 

       

      Now, skip ahead a few years and it’s 2015 and the property is (for some reason) gaining steam again as a cult classic.  With Netflix and Amazon video being what they are, a direct to digital video is a no-brainer.  But if Dragonheart 2 is the kid-friendly cash-grab, then Dragonheart 3 is the movie made for the kids who loved it now that they’re in their late teens and early 20’s.  Violence, grit, and PG-13 to the farthest  point possible.

       

      Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse is a prequel to the series that reaches father back in the lore to add things.  (Oh, and fun fact, Highlander 3 was called The Final Dmension AND Highlander 3: The Sorcerer and also was a “soft” reboot with extra mature stuff.)

       

      So, now the Dragons, who have always been spiritually connected to the stars in both films and a specific constellation are also…  magical aliens?

       

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      Well, let’s start over. 

       

      Many years before the events of Dragonheart, Druids in the north of Britain for see a falling star in a vision and know that it means Dragons are up to something.  (There haven’t been Dragons for quite a while.  In the past…)  It turns out the comet is a meteor carrying a dragon (Voiced by Sir Ben Kingsley) has come to help humanity and watch over a bunch of dragon eggs that were on his magic meteor vessel with him because the world needs Dragons.  The Dragon shares his heart with the kind but foolish young knight who defends the eggs and nearly gets himself killed by the actual aweful human being who’s also an evil Druid sorcerer curses the dragon and it’s up to the knight, a good druid, and a red haired kickass warrior princess to save everyone and stop the curse. 

       

      Let me show you now the difference in tone of these three movies.

       


       


       

      So, you all see now. 



      I love all these movies.  They follow such predictable patterns and are each a clear product of their times, but they’re also just so much fun.  I’ll take a cheesy franchise that doesn’t know when to quit any day as long as they stay fun and feature a cool idea and people passionate about it.  I called them cash-grabs, and by the studio they probably were, but there is also clear investment of something more by the people making it.  The most recent movies feature Ben Kingsley and Patrick Stuart for Draco’s sake! 


       

      Which reminds me where we are.  Dragonheart: The Battle for the Hearthfire.  The sequel to the prequel to the original.

       



      I haven’t seen it yet, but now I’m going to (probably tomorrow night).  I wanted to buy both but all I could find was 3 on bluray and the 4-pack on dvd and I already have 1 and 2.  So, I’m going to watch it on Netflix, I’ll tell you all what I think of it. 

       

      If you’ve got the time, why don’t you too?  I’d love to see what you think of these movies and how they touch your hearts (if they haven’t already).

       

      -008


      P.S. These two recent seequels are also the testing ground for a possible remake!  I also heard a rumor that the original director wanted to have a theatrical release of a movie set in our times with another dragon meteor bringing dragons back to the urf.  That would be awesome.)


      P.P.S. I put an additional note in the wrong parenthetical last night.  That is the edit.  I fixed it.


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    • ​ 008 Update #26- RTXcited (Again) Part 4-C: Metaphorical FUNpacking

      3 days ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee


      This #RTXcited blog is the fourth of the series for #RTX2017.  Since it’s from me you can mostly expect it to be ridiculous with kernels of things that are nice to know.  It’s also kinda lucky that it was done in time for #rtcommunityday (or would have been if the first whole upload worked).Now we're doing it 5-6 parts because of all the uploading issues between the links and the size.  Don't worry, I'll make the links easy once they're all up

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      “Well rested” and ready for the day I woke up decently early to get into my casual Mad King Ryan cosplay.

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      Here’s another little story about shinanigans early in the morning with no pictures to show at this point.


      You all know about the great little picture of me @SailorGirl81 painted of me in her wonderful style.  Well, not only does she make these, she gives them to us, and I originally planned to get it from her at the party the night previous.  An AT&T dead zone in the bar and completely understandable situations on her end meant we couldn’t.  It’s all fine because I just got up early and ran to the convention center to get it from her.

      In full compliance with the Guardians I was able to get in the building and down to the signings area to wait for her at 7:something AM CST which was pretty cool.  Then I received the picture and, as I told the people at the front, I came back out with my painting in hand. 

      It’s a very nice painting so I immediately ran up to my room and slid it into my laptop.

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      All in good humor and faith (because I believed that the line issue would be resolved), here’s the first line of the day I was very excited to wait in.  Starbucks!  I didn’t tweet the snarky line, but I’ll tell you all here:

      “The line for breakfast before RTX is long enough to watch the new Camp Camp twice!”

      Which is what I did.  (By the way, great episode and real shout-out to @Miles for keeping up that voice.)

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      And that iced mocha certainly was the jolt I needed for the day to begin.

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      I also snagged a selfie with the new and improved lines. 

      Obviously working with a problem happening is different from working with a problem the next day, but having multiple denser lines was really the way to go.  Also, going from 3 to 9+ metal detectors (I didn’t really count) helped a whole bunch. 

      The problem was solved and everything was as good as it could be given the circumstances.

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      Next stop was the Expo hall itself.  Boy, was it nice!

      I tend to take a full look around before I start doing things on an Expo floor.  Not only to plan things out, but also to get a sense of it for future reference (which definitely came in handy (see the third day)).

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      After my survey I went to @lukemckay ‘s booth where I got myself sketched in my crown and had a nice conversation with the fellow Seattle-area-ite and sure enough down came @OboeCrazy who I’ve also interacted with on the site and at RT_Seattle events. 

      They’re both tons of fun and I’m glad I had the chance to see them myself so early when I completely missed them last year.  I’d come back (I had to get the other Balls 2 That book if I had any money left after the RT Store.

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      Remember how excited I said the guardians were to see attendees in the RT Store, well, I was just as excited to be there myself.  I had a plan and I also got a few extras in two trips that day.  For more details on this trip you’ll have to wait for the 008 Update #27- Quite Literal FUNpacking.

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      One thing I did get was that Kinda Funny hat I wanted, which was great.  I took a quick swing back to the hotel to get swag in the room and get another iced mocha (as is fitting) as pre game for the Kinda Funny panel that was happening.

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      The Kinda Funny panel was fantastic and everything a Best Friend like me could have asked for.  If it’s like last year, this will go up on the Kinda Funny channel soon enough.  If I remember I’ll come back and link it here. 

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      After the panel we had a two part meet-up at the front and started to grab my pictures and photos with the Kinda Funny people present, including Gen Miller.  She was super sweet and signed the brim of my hat too!  I think she was a little surprised by it, but I wanted all the signatures I could get.  The first part was a mass of us at the front (except for Nick who had to go to a press thing).  I also ran into the other Kinda Hunnies who signed my hat as we waited outside.  Very nice ladies, all of them.

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      My picture with Andy is blurry, but I have a story about this animal too.  He signed my Mad King crown.  I had it on my hat when I handed it to him, so fair enough, but it’s a really good funny story to have that as the only signature on my crown.  I was trying to get Ryan or Meg to sign it too, but this is good.  This is the kinda story you tell about Kinda Funny.

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      @TimGettys is one of the most down-to earth individuals I know in RT (and I know there are quite a few).  He genuinely cares about the audience and he makes an effort.  Last year, on the way back to my friends’ rented apartment, I got a high-five from him.  He clearly was on his way somewhere but he stopped to make it happen after the event and with somewhere to go.  Also I have to give him major props for noticing my Heartles Emblem lock-screen.

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      Greg Miller, that enduring tower of hope, he’s great.  He can play the heel all he wants, he can even call Batman V Superman a good movie, but the man is an inspiration.  He listens to us too.  I went to the panel with one message from my mother (also a Kinda Funny fan) that I got that morning in a text.  She wants more Portillo (so do I, that little skamp) and is excited for Cooking with Greggy.  He listens and is more than happy to share his time with us.  I appreciate you for that sir.  That and all the poisitivity he generates with Team Fat, his bombastic attitude, and those ridiculous stories with the wheezing laughs.

      Seeing all of these people so much this RTX was an honor.

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      A similar honor was getting to meet the architect himself, @Axialmatt who I just love.  He is one of those fan success stories that’s an inspiration.  He also is responsible for everything I’ve had to build in #Bleepbloopopolous, sooo…  Well, at least I work within my 1-man team limits.  Catching him in the wild on the floor was pretty cool.

      I also caught him while wandering with my OCC buddy Greenbull who I just now realize I didn’t take any pictures with.  I’m super sorry dude.  You’re a whole lot of fun and we were almost always doing something so we definitely had fun.

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      I spoke too soon, when I was in line for my photo at the AH lounge, my guardian took a sneaky selfie, and there is Greenbull.  Hi Greenbull and Guardian I don’t know!  Thanks for your work all weekend.

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      Which yeah, I had to take a picture of me man-spreading evily on the Throne of Pimps while in my Mad King outfit.  DUH.

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      A selfie with the Tower of Pimps was also required.

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      TO BE CONTINUED



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    • ​ 008 Update #26- RTXcited (Again) Part 4-E: Metaphorical FUNpacking

      4 days ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee


      This #RTXcited blog is the fourth of the series for #RTX2017.  Since it’s from me you can mostly expect it to be ridiculous with kernels of things that are nice to know.  It’s also kinda lucky that it was done in time for #rtcommunityday (or would have been if the first whole upload worked).Now we're doing it 5-6 parts because of all the uploading issues between the links and the size.  Don't worry, I'll make the links easy once they're all up


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      The third day started off with a goooood morning, as I pulled on my now-significantly-less-casual David cosplay.  No doubt my favorite item in the swag-bag, and judging by the halls and floor others’ as well, was the Camp Campbell yellow bandanna.  Not only did it save me some bunce that I was going to use to buy a small Camp Camp Camper shirt (which wasn’t in the physical store anyway), it is a fantastic and versatile accessory.  I, of course had nothing but a big salute to RTX on the last day.

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      After packing for the journey home and leaving my things behind the desk, I was off to get some pictures with this colorful cast (though I have the feeling that someone was fed up with imposters at this point).

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      I went down the hall to get a selfie with all the adorable ladies too, but there was one helpful guest who didn’t seem to get the idea and I, true to the days character, didn’t want to seem ungreatful so I was going to let him take it and go about his business and swing back around…

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      … but then I found a sign obviously written by my mother.  I’m not sure what exactly she was referring to (antics, distance from home, days in funny themed outfits…) but I’d be home soon enough, I still had most of a day to take advantage of!

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      I ran by Ray’s booth, but not for that guy.  I went to go see my buddy @Erkan who makes wood to give to everyone at RTX, custom burnt for them as well.  It’s pretty cool, and I was very excited each time I saw him (a few because he always worked Ray’s booth which was in the middle of the floor).

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      I was so excited that last day that I may or may not have forgotten “breakfast” but the food court was an easy solution to that.

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      Right outside of the store (because I was looking for a guardian friend to say “hello” to) I found @caleb and snagged a picture with him.  Real nice guy, salt of the earth.  (But really, with all that he does for the community he’s fantastic.)

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      Wandering the floor I ran into Anna Hullum (who may have a profile, I don’t know) and the little Hullums at the Halo Booth, so I grabbed a quick pic and let them go on their way. 

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      I’d gone back to Luke’s booth earlier to pick up more books (I don’t have a problem) but also for a very super special secret mission.  My friend Johannah (Barb’s PA) had been so busy all RTX that she hadn’t gotten to see the floor at all.  However, she wanted to use a break she had in Barb’s schedule to see the floor, and I knew the layout and where our Seattle-based friends were so I volunteered as tour guide.  Luke said he’d be at the booth all day (great) and Lauren wandered by just in time because Johannah and I (and later Greenbull too) were zipping around making sure a Guardian got to do everything she wanted on her break (within reason).

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      It was pretty cool to help her out, leading a guardian and all, but also because Johannah is attending college in a different state now for a degree waay too smart for me (and because I err on the side of cryptic when discussing others’ personal lives, I won’t say much more).  I’m just very happy for her as she’s off pursuing her passions and dedicating this much time and effort to RT as well.  I’m very excited to see you again, whenever that is.

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      After all that running though, the day of RTX (for me at least) was nearing its end and my feet were starting to hurt. 

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      So, Greenbull and I went to a DnD panel that was pretty cool.  So cool I dragged him down to the floor to grab a set of dice before sitting down again to watch Jack, Gus, Elyse, and Bruce play some indie dungeon-crawller/mmo/DarkSouls game that was all nice and colorful.  I’m going to wait for the full PS4 release, but I might pick it up.

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      But, sadly, it came time to be done with RTX.  I had been very excited the whole time and this second time around, even leaving was pretty fun.  I ran into Lamkia and got a picture with her (see her profile) and a great shot of registration with attendees, but no real lines.

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      Back in the lobby I got another venti iced mocha while I re-packed my things and caught up on some content.  RvB episode 15 was even funnier and more exciting when I could hear all the lines.  Balls 2 That is a great comic and I may have more than one plan for cosplay next year.  I also was able to check the forums.

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      In the shuttle to the Airport and in the lobby I met an awesome Jaune cosplayer (he did the full weekend with the Mega Sword costume).  We chatted and I showed him RvB 15 and he freaked out.  It was good.  Paul’s a pretty cool guy, even though he didn’t give me any contact info to tag him.

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      And THAT, is the story of my RTX Austin 2017.  I had a great time, not just going myself, but as a part of the fantastic RT community and well entertained audience of the company.  Sure, the lines were a mess on day one and I wasn’t able to see Burnie, Matt, or Geoff in person (someday), but I still had a great time.  The RTX experience isn’t about all the things you want to do exactly, but all of the things you are able to do as the best goddmaned community on the internet. 

      So much praise needs to go to the company and the guardians as well for putting this on for us each year. 

      This is the 7th RTX.  Let that sink in.  For 7 years we’ve been getting together as a real presence of our passions and community.  I’m so happy to be able to say I’ve gone to two. 

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      I’ve got more to say, hell, I’ve got a whole ‘nother post at least.  And there’s still more to FUNpack (quite literally) but let me just say here that I’m very thankful to all of you for my RTX.  It couldn’t have happened without the people in charge and the people there.  If I tagged you or not, thanks for being a part of my RTX.

       

      -008

       

      P.S.

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      Oh, and I had a fine flight and got in safely.  Snack-cart stopping turbulence and con-crud gave me an awful headache, but nothing too bad immediately.  I just read Balls 2 That, got home, threw all my stuff on the floor, talked to my parents, and went to bed.  In the morning I had coffee and banana cake for breakfast because, why not?

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      #cosplay

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      #rvb

      #rvb13

      #RvB15

      #church

      #projectfreelancer

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      #GeorgeMichael

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    • ​ 008 Update #26- RTXcited (Again) Part 4-D: Metaphorical FUNpacking

      4 days ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee


      This #RTXcited blog is the fourth of the series for #RTX2017.  Since it’s from me you can mostly expect it to be ridiculous with kernels of things that are nice to know.  It’s also kinda lucky that it was done in time for #rtcommunityday (or would have been if the first whole upload worked).Now we're doing it 5-6 parts because of all the uploading issues between the links and the size.  Don't worry, I'll make the links easy once they're all up

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      After dropping off Green at the Marriot for some gamenight with a Let’s Play Family group I didn’t know about, I decided to go rest my feet and check out the Blind Box RWBY Figure I got.  Was it a fourth Yang?

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      It was a cute little Weiss!

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      It’s actually kinda funny (the sentiment, not the group) that I got her because I was hoping for her or a Zwei because as my purchase from the Fake RTX Money (see last entry) I bought a Ruby plush and when I went through the store the second time with Green and I bought the mystery figure, I was really considering getting a Weiss plush to go with Ruby but I hadn’t really done a shopping sweep of the floor yet and I wanted to be sure I could get other fun things too. 

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      After the rest I went to go hang out with friends I know from RT_Seattle and through the group.

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      Pictured here is Becca and Kaylee ( and @LadyArkayna ) but also present was Davell, and RT_Seattle Leaders and cosplay wonders @Tillyisfat and @InvertLaura .  While all drained from day 2 (Super Overwatch cosplay day for Izzy and Laura (I really need to work on getting pictures with them when I see them)) we assembled to try and do DnD while we waited for the reaminder of our group to show up.

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      I guess, based on her reaction, it was a surprise to @Johannah that I was there.  I hadn’t seen her since August and it was pretty cool.  She’s Barb’s PA guardian so getting to see her at RTX is a bit of work sometimes.  I was very excited.  (Also, she’s the one who did the work on my Deadpool cosplay last year.)

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      Then our other friend (and the one I’ve known since high school) @MaddyMonster who just moved down to Austin to make her way.  It’s great to see her make progress as a streamer and I can’t wait to see what she does next.

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      Anyway, members of her Spaghetti Fam stream group all wanted to meet up and we took a little tour of Austin to find dinner and ended up at Ihop.  We always seem to end up at Ihop (they do have good Chicken and Waffles…)  Anyway, we had a lot of fun conversations as we started filling up the back corner of the Ihop.  One of them may come back into the spotlight because other people I didn’t know showed actual interest in what I did at college.  Also my shaving techniques, but that’s been on the back-burner as a blog topic for a while now.

      That was the end of the second night, I had to pack my stuff in the morning and be ready for the final day of RTX and my trip home.

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      TO BE CONTINUED



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      TAG BAG

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      #rtcommunityday

      #rtcommunity

      #rtx

      #RTXcited

      #RTX2017

      #rtxaustin

      #RTXRecap

      #cosplay

      #redvsblue

      #rvb

      #rvb13

      #RvB15

      #church

      #projectfreelancer

      #epsilon

      #YouGottaHaveFaith

      #GeorgeMichael

      #TheMadKingRyan

      #themadking

      #achievementhunter

      #achievementcity

      #minecraft

      #david

      #Campcamp

      #balls2that

      #rtcomics

      #rtxlines

      #psa

      #KindaFunny

      #bestfriends

      #TeamFat

      #DroppingTafts

       

      #StopDolphinPoaching

    • ​ 008 Update #26- RTXcited (Again) Part 4-B: Metaphorical FUNpacking

      4 days ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee


      This #RTXCited blog is the fourth of the series for #RTX2017.  Since it’s from me you can mostly expect it to be ridiculous with kernels of things that are nice to know.  It’s also kinda lucky that it was done in time for #rtcommunityday (or would have been if the first whole upload worked).Now we're doing it 5-6 parts because of all the uploading issues between the links and the size.  Don't worry, I'll make the links easy once they're all up

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      4-A

      4-B

      4-C

      4-D

      4-E



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      Day one I showed up pretty early (I was too excited to wait outside/in the hotel), but not to cause trouble by lining up too early, I just walked up and down the hall saying thanks to random unoccupied/in-transit Guardians. 

      Real talk, what Guardians do is real important hard work required to make RTX run smoothly.  Thank every one you can any time. 

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      Walking around I also ran into my buddy @Izayer from around the site (and the OCC) and got in line with him.  Since we were in the morning registration line, things were long but not too bad.  I was very excited to see him too and the hour or so to talk was good.

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      After registration we met up at the far end of the hall with @Ratatoskr who does a pretty mean (and accurate!) Director Church voice and cosplay so he and I did some quick little Epsilon/Director improvs and Izayer even chimed in as V.I.C. for some of it.  When not too many other people showed up we decided to run and grab lunch while he waited for his Director jumpsuit to arrive and I killed time until doors opened.  I had a simple plan, get in, look around, grab my RTX exclusive #RTBOX and a hat for the Kinda Funny guys to sign in my session at 2:30 before meeting back up with Ratatoskr to head to RvB.  We didn’t know.  But we found out soon enough.

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      My buddy Ratatoskr, because it is important for the story that I tell you, is in an electric wheelchair right now.  He’s had a string of bad-luck and that’s what you need to know.  For visuals, I'm probably a head and a half taller than the guy in the chair and I'm 5'8" and no major presence myself.

      Now, when we walked into the convention center and the lines were forming we all knew (being RTX vets of at least a year) that it’d be a bit of a wait and a walk to get into the expo hall at opening.

      It was much more than that.  We went almost all the way down to signings just looking for the end of the Expo hall line.  That’s me in all my denim and him in his chair mind you.  I have to walk ahead of him telling people to get aside as we go back and forth from what we think is the expo line, only to be told it’s actually the end of a segment for RWBY.  A half an hour later we finally learn that we need to head to Hall 3.  At that point I’m not just telling people to stay in their lines.  I have to say “We’ve got a wheel chair and we’re just trying to get through to Expo” about every four people. 

      And people do comply, that’s not a problem, it’s just that now the RWBY Public Panel (obviously the biggest draw of all the other panels) has a line 15 people wide in the main hallway of the convention center.  No one can cap it because the lines are shifting so much no one can count it.  In all of this is two Churchs trying to get to the biggest space in the center, one of us in a wheel chair (with a battery to think about) and you have us finally in line. 

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      Here’s us all the way in the back corner.  I showed him Camp Camp for the first time, because why not?  We had the time.

      It’s something you may not think about.  I don’t presume to know your situation, but I certainly didn’t show up to the convention center considering what crowds would mean for someone physically impaired.  I guess I take for granted a modern building and the protocols of such a long running event accommodating them.  But when plans and protocols change like they did for Day 1 I have to think Ratatoskr was among those feeling it the most.  When I reached out to him for his inclusion in this blog he put it this way:

      “Yeah, if a grocery store can be intimidating to a person in a wheelchair, then Friday was actual hell.”

      With the mess that the lines were I won’t argue with him.  Our personal experience was the guardians were confused but very helpful and I can’t stress enough that this was a circumstantial mess.  It is certianly something to learn from, and though I’m sad he had to go through it, I hope letting people know about it might prevent it in the future.

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      Let’s talk about the lines the first day at RTX.  I know I just described how difficult it was to get into them, but there’s a more thoughtful general discussion to be had and this is the place for it.

      You should not be mad, you shouldn’t even be frustrated at anyone at RT or the Convention Center.  I pieced together the story in line and it is all mostly secondary sources I’m sharing with you right now, but I also was there at the con.  We all knew a bit of what was going on and I am doing my best to set it straight.  Rooster Teeth and the Convention Center were told either late Wednesday or Thursday that they were obligated by the governing bodies to have metal decectors at the doors.  What I heard was they were told “a day before the event.”

      In the past, there have been two metal detectors at the signing lines for obvious reasons.  With any high-profile guests in one room and attendees are walked right up to them, it make sense.  Two detectors is fine for the amount of people going for each concurrent session.  Odds are you make it in and to see your guest(s).

      RT did not have enough metal detectors.  They were using two at the Expo hall and two at signings.  That’s just not right by math I can do.  But once again, they were doing what they could because of what they had to do.  Don’t be mad at them.  You also can’t really blame the fire marshal or the other people who demanded it.  You have to remember the real cause of these problems.

      Some jack-ass in Phoenix dressed up as The Punisher and brought real weapons so he could pick a fight with the guy who played a Green Power Ranger.  I don’t know much about this story either.  It sucked, but I didn’t pay much attention to it because it was resolved and I didn’t think it would effect me.  Turns out it effected us all quite a bit.  If you’re gonna be mad at anyone, be mad at him for causing a situation where we need metal detectors to go do cool nerd stuff together. 

      It’s disappointing that people didn’t get their badges or on the floor or to panels that first day.  I heard a guardian saying how happy he was to actually see people in the RT store (on day 2) it’s just something that was out of the control of anyone wanting to make a difference about it and a conflict of well-meant plans (such as opening the con with the biggest panel). 

      The lines were an issue and RT did all in its power to fix them.  A few hours into day 2 it was pretty good.  It was still a hassle to go through the detectors and sure wasn’t the walk-in/walk-out of last year, but it was much better than how it started.

      I’m going to get back to my story now, but I just wanted you all to be aware of what I think now with the facts I know and the time to reflect. 

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      Ratatoskr and I waited in line for those two metal detectors to file us in for two and a half hours.  We were right under the wire with just enough time for me to grab my RTX RTbox and turn around and run to the signing lines.  We had a plan to meet up for RvB.

      I did not get that hat for a Kinda Funny signing but I got there in time.  I almost didn’t because I had my sealed RTbox, but the guy searching my stuff was understanding of the fact I couldn’t have opened it in the run across the center.  I was able to take a bit of a breather while I looked inside the box and waited to meet the Kinda Funny crew. 

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      They’re great  and actually hilarious (in difference to their name) and Tim actually got my cosplay once I turned around.  They all loved the denim and blue outfit, of course.  I talked for a second and shook their hands.  (Their story is really inspiring so seeing them come this far was worth the run.)

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      I, flustered and not having slept since 7 PM PST the day before, almost walked away without getting anything sgined but they realized my hands and mind were full when I came by so after getting my picture  They also signed my code and badge (the slick badges this year didn’t really hold the signatures, but that’s not a huge deal.

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      I met back up with Ratatoskr in the main entry hall and saw @Jaron097 and @Joron093 fresh from the RWBY panel (they got in) and supposedly it was a good time.  I am very excited to see that Weiss trailer whenever it is legitimately uploaded.

      Then we ran across the street and Ratatoskr and I were able to sit in the corner of the lobby (because he needed to charge the chair).  Respectful of the system I of course ran out into the line as it formed but I was close enough to only be like 25th or something.  I got a seat way down in front by the screen and I was very VERY excited.

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      Ratatoskr didn’t get his costume that day which is another problem and his story to tell, but we rigged his business cards onto his shirt and we went over to hang out with the other cosplayers.  

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      I got a shot with all the people who actually used talent to make Halo armor (this BADASS Caboose came by later). 

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      There was a height-accurate Tex who showed up there too (and she was really nice).

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      The RvB panel itself was AMAZING.  I’ll keep the spoilers away because of the whole week FIRST!/Public delay (which they didn’t exactly address but they did mention was a bit of a hurdle for this panel (they really should shorten the delay)).  I will say, as you all will be able to be aware by Sunday the 16###sup/sup###, the episode was hillarous and there were points where I just couldn’t hear anything.  We also learned a few cool facts that’ll be worth my recording from having 3 generations of the RvB BTS teams on the stage at once. 

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       Next up was a trip to some pizza place/bar.  The food wasn’t even good (not “bad” either, but not good).

      But what had me very excited was all of the Oxford Comma Café people that were there.  Correct me if I miss you, but in the picture is:

      The OCC, I have a feeling that the several tagged individuals in a row might be what broke the post (at least in part) so, at OCC people, sorry, I love you all, but no tags for you.

      And others I am sure, but I was at hour 25 of being awake and though I had a rather great set of conversations, I might not remember everything.  It sure was such a great idea to play UNO at hour 26.  Here’s looking at all y’all kids, I had a great time, but I’m going to bed before the end of that movie.

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      TO BE CONTINUED


      4-A

      4-B

      4-C

      4-D

      4-E


      TAG BAG

      #008

      #RTCommunityDay

      #RTCommunity

      #RTX

      #RTXcited

      #RTX2017

      #RTXAustin

      #RTXRecap

      #Cosplay

      #RedvsBlue

      #RvB

      #RvB13

      #RvB15

      #Church

      #ProjectFreelancer

      #Epsilon

      #YouGottaHaveFaith

      #GeorgeMichael

      #TheMadKingRyan

      #TheMadKing

      #AchievementHunter

      #AchievementCity

      #Minecraft

      #David

      #CampCamp

      #Balls2That

      #RTComics

      #RTXLines

      #PSA

      #KindaFunny

      #BestFriends

      #TeamFat

      #DroppingTafts

       

      #StopDolphinPoaching

    • 008 Update #26- RTXcited (Again) Part 4.A: Metaphorical FUNpacking

      4 days ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee


       

      This blog is the fourth of the series for #RTXcited in 2017.  Since it’s from me you can mostly expect it to be ridiculous with kernels of things that are nice to know.  It’s also kinda lucky that it was done in time for #rtcommunityday (or would have been if the first whole upload worked).Now we're doing it 5-6 parts because of all the uploading issues between the links and the size.  Don't worry, I'll make the links easy once they're all up

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      4-A

      4-B

      4-C

      4-D

      4-E


      Well, I don’t know about you but I had a great time down in Austin for #rtx.  I’ve got a lot to tell you all and I also have a large amount of photos that will help tell the story.  Just like last year I’m gonna have y’all sit back and relax as I take you on a little trip through RTX Austin 2017.  For some of you it may be a return trip.  Because of the way things have worked out, please open up this imgur album in a separate tab for your reference to follow along.

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      Like any good internet documented journey, we begin with a simple guy, his suitcase, and his versatile sandals/boots.  Here we are just a few steps into the airport.

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      And nothing begins a red-eye flight scenario at 9:something PM PST like a train-ride!  You’ll have to forgive me for the blur, I was taking the picture quick because the train was coming. 

      Also, yes, that’s me in most of my Church cosplay, but we’ll get to that later.

      I was very excited to be setting off.

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      First stop in the terminal was, of course, Starbucks.  It was now 10:something PM PST and I had a long way to go until I thought I’d be able to sleep.

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      One Midnight Mint Mocha Frappachino right before midnight really hits the spot.

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      I wear my sunglasses at night so I can, so I can, be very excited!

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      The first flight was mostly uneventful.  I read the Marvel Comics Digest (June’s Spider-Man one) and tried to get some sleep.  It was more like 45 minutes of light meditation.  Then I wrote a little of my own projects.  And then, at 5:something AM CST, we landed!

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      I was very excited to be in Austin.

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      I even did that thing everyone does with the sign on the escalators.

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      Then I waited a fair bit for my shuttle.

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      I don’t know what I was expecting when I walked out (for the wrong shuttle), but it certainly wasn’t the muggy weather and the sound of birds that early in the morning.  Here’s the video.

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      When I planned things out, I expected to have to go to the hotel really early, explain my situation, and have them old my things until after the RvB panel I hoped to go to.  It’d be a stretch, as I also had a dinner at a location I only knew was walking distance and not if anyone would be willing to stick behind for me to move my shit into the room.

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      But I lucked out, not only did they have an open room when I got there at 6:something AM CST but the gentleman at the desk was so understanding about a guy who’d been up for 10 hours already and just wanted to go to his nerd convention.  So he let me check into a room and I was very excited.

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      This is my first big solo trip and having a room to myself just kind of hit me.  I was pretty excited to be there.

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      After dropping my shit I got all ready for day 1 of RTX and my cosplaying of Epsilon “You Gotta Have Faith” Church.  I know it’s a complex joke cosplay, but I really enjoy it and the work I put into that jacket.

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      And then I went to the free breakfast that gentleman at the desk gave me.  I got my second cup of coffee AND they had waffle batter and fix’ns for TEXAS SHAPED WAFFLES.  Pretty bad-ass, right?

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      TO BE CONTINUED


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      4-B

      4-C

      4-D

      4-E



      TAG BAG

      #008

      #rtcommunityday

      #rtcommunity

      #rtx

      #RTXcited

      #RTX2017

      #rtxaustin

      #RTXRecap

      #cosplay

      #redvsblue

      #rvb

      #rvb13

      #RvB15

      #church

      #projectfreelancer

      #epsilon

      #YouGottaHaveFaith

      #GeorgeMichael

      #TheMadKingRyan

      #themadking

      #achievementhunter

      #achievementcity

      #minecraft

      #david

      #Campcamp

      #balls2that

      #rtcomics

      #rtxlines

      #psa

      #KindaFunny

      #bestfriends

      #TeamFat

      #DroppingTafts

       

      #StopDolphinPoaching

    • 008 Mico Update- RTX Journal Madness Maybe I'll Upload It Tomorrow?

      6 days ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      The site couldn't handle how awesome my first RTX summary post was and it was lost while posting. 


      I'll split it in two in the morning and re-upload it. 


      For now I just wanna watch cartoons about adorable witches.


      EDIT

      Splitting it didn't work either, not even in twain "exactly" (that one was for you @Fly ).


      So, here's the issue.  If it was just pictures and captions, I'd use an album here, but there are large portions that are text and I don't want to cut this all up between five different sources. 


      Let me try day-by-day.


      EDIT 2


      Day-by-day did not work.  I need to look into this more.  I don't want to cannibalize the post any further.


      EDIT 3


      ...


      It's times like these that I really miss the duct-taped things that worked of the old site.  A journal with images should not take longer and more attempts to post than to write and prep all the materials.


      EDIT 4


      Okay, I'm done for now.  I can't find any options that aren't insanely time-consuming or overcomplicated for presentation.  We may have to do the insanely time consuming version tomorrow.  I'm going to see if I can get something sorted out that isn't just trial and error for the optimum version.

    • 008 Mini Update- RTXcited (Again) Interlude: Recovery

      1 week ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      Still got a case of con crud and I've had one of my heavy aura/light headace migraines because I essentially had two days worth of sleep over the course of five.


      But really I feel fantastic (while significantly medically odd).  That was a great trip down to Austin and I got to see my friends, many of whom I hadn't seen in a long ass time if not for the whole intervening year.


      I'm still #RTXcited from #RTX2017 and all that, but you might not hear much from me right away.  I've got pictures to go through, entries to write, a few exciting RT Community things, jobby-job work, some surprise new video games, and of course I need to catch up on some RT content.


      We've got two left in the 2017 RTXcited series and when they'll come out is all dependent on when I get my June #RTBOX for placement.


      Keep an eye out for Entries 26 and 27 (untitled RTX Recap) and RTX FUNpacking!


      EDIT P.S.

      100 Pictures and counting for my pool to select from.

    • 008 Update #25- RTXcited (Again) Part 3: At the Last Minute

      2 weeks ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      {16:01 PST 7/6/2017}

      This #RTXcited blog is the third of the series for #RTX2017.  Since it’s from me you can mostly expect it to be ridiculous with kernels of things that are nice to know.

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      I’ll be posting this at the last chance I have before leaving for #rtx (well, before my pre-flight nap, anyway).  It’s not going to be as late as my red eye flight (“40 Minutes to Midnight” was my alternate title) but it’s certainly close to the wire.

       

      This RTXcited entry is more for fun, as I doubt it’ll alter much of your own experience.  It is all of the small things I’m remembering to mention last minute.  Still some of this is fun to know and worth blogging.  You could also see it as a preview of the final RTXcited 2017 Entry because some of this will show up there.

       

      1) FAKE RTX MONEY

      In one of the #RTBOX s before I started actually recording the FUNboxings here, one nice prize was the FAKE AH CREW coin bank.  I automatically knew what to do with this one.  Put in my non-state coin change in.  Well, over the course of… [goes to check RTbox Letters] five months I managed to scrounge $20.85 together to get myself something at RTX.  What one or two things will I get for $20.85?  Who knows, but I thought this was a fun little thing to do in RTX 2017 planning.  Next year I may even have a Taft to drop especially for RTX.

       

      2) BATTLE!!!

      The two decks I chose to bring this year for other people to play Pokemon with are the “Mystic Beasts” Fire/Ghost/Poison deck and the “Team Rocket Hero” Dark/Fighting/Psychic deck.  I’ll have my “Trickster” Dark/Ghost/Other deck to play myself.

       

      3) Taking Pictures

      Last year I took pictures for a two-part photo-journal of the event.  This year I plan to take even more and make an even more elaborate journal of it.  Of course I’m very excited for it, but it will probably take some work.  It won’t be quick after the event, but I will have one.  I’ll also be taking pictures with people.  If I take pictures with you I’ll try to remember to ask for your site name to tag you later.  If I don’t remember and you take a picture with me, remind me.

       

      4) Coffee Counter

      I’m taking your bets now and will be counting how much coffee an unsupervised Max in the wild will have both Per Day and Over All.  I didn’t choose the #MugLife the #MugLife chose me.

       

      5) Quick Social Plug

      You’ll be able to follow along or get into contact with me via twitter and Instagram (at)pinkgeek008 all weekend. 

       

      6) SPOILERS (But please do read this.  That’s a catchy title and not a warning.)

      Hey gang, it's about that time of year again when I've got a little PSA for you all.

       

      Please be respectful of both those who did and didn't go to RTX and let it be an event.  What does this mean?  There will be some exclusive premieres and some very advanced knowledge disclosed as a part of the celebration meant for the RTX audience.  That means anything learned at RTX about the future of narrative content (such as RvB) is a spoiler.  So, to both let the people at RTX enjoy their show and not ruin the plot for those not attending, please keep any discussion you might have to the spoiler tagged variety.  We'll all get to see the episodes as they air.  I am aware some of the panels are streamed, treat a streamed panel like a side podcast: Some people may not have seen it yet and some may be actively avoiding it.  Along with being responsible, please enjoy RTX however you do or don't experience it.

       

      7) One More Thing…

      I’ve made some Progrous.

      #CrypticAllTheTime

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      -008

       

      TAG BAG

      #rtx

      #RTX2017

      #RTXcited

      #008

      #Redeye

      #pokemon

      #PokemonTGC

      #MugLife

      #Bleepbloopopolous

    • 008 Update #24- RTXcited (Again) Part 2: Be Prepared

      2 weeks ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      {13:46 PST 7/1/2017}

      This #RTXcited blog is the second of the series for #RTX2017.  Since it’s from me you can mostly expect it to be ridiculous with kernels of things that are nice to know.

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      Well, I’m getting very #RTXcited

       

      We’re down to about a week people.

       

      I’ll be honest it’s barely feeling real yet.  I didn’t get time-off approval until just weeks ago and still I can barely believe that in less than ten days I’ll be back down in Austin, Texas with the best community on the internet.

       

      To start making it more real, I’ve officially begun packing.  It’s not too much.  I have my clothes (minus boxer-briefs and socks) all done and things like my laptop and books won’t go in until I get to the night before.  So, while I slowly pack now, it will just be the little things.

       

      The little things are important because they’re what really keep a person prepared.  And that’s what we’ll start talking about today. Join me, won’t you?

       

      ---General Things That Are Helpful to Have at RTX---

       

      -An AC to USB Tap: You’ll have to charge your phone and other devices and you’ll probably have your cords on you (obviously, you should bring your cords) but I recommend getting the tap because USB ports don’t come out of every wall.  At the very least this will be great in your hotel room to charge things over night. EDIT- @RWBimbie is right to say if you can fit/find/afford a power strip or multi-tap that would be ideal for multiple devices.  You also should get a proper converter if you are coming from somewhere that doesn't use North American plugs.

      -A Charge Log/Battery Pack: Checking in with other people online at RTX through data and taking all those pictures and vlog videos will drain your devices.  What are you to do if you run out of charge on the floor?  You could turn off data and only use your phone as needed.  OR you could pull this little doohickey out of your pocket/bag and keep on trucking.  If you have more than one you can be Mr. Popular or just do all of the live-streaming and flappy bird you want!  And at the very least you’ll have something to charge at night on that tap.

      -Bandages*: There are actual medical stations and first aid services available at RTX.  Use them if you need them.  However for the occasional but likely cut or scrape (or rug-burn from cosplay shenanigan) it never hurts to have adhesive strips with gauze.  Odds are you’ll blister.  I’ll probably say this again but YOU WALK A LOT AND STAND A LOT AT RTX.  Again, this might not be something you need a lot of, and you might not be the one who needs them, but having them is worth it.  *(Because name brands are for suckers (as are brand-name tins with licensed Science Fantasy ships and bandages of the same license (it was on sale)).)

      -Something to Hold Liquids: You’ll want to drink something because it’s hot in Texas, even in the Convention Center, and YOU WALK A LOT AT RTX.  Con food and hotel food is expensive so bringing your own bottle and using the water fountains is a good idea, but this goes beyond that.  You’ll want your hands free to do stuff at RTX so it’s just as helpful to have a way of carrying your replenishment fluids that doesn’t actually have you holding stuff.  A hip canteen is always an option and if you’re like me and have the RTX 2016 Camp Camp Bottle Coozy with belt loops you have yet another way to look smart and be smart about your healthy drinking habits! 

      -Packed Snacks: For nourishment or just keeping your blood sugar up, have something on your person incase ALL THAT RTX BASED WALKING AND STANDING leaves you needing something more than water and your breakfast.  Me, I’ll probably have candy and at least one protein bar.  Like other thing on this list, if you have the space these are as good to share as to keep to yourself because you are a person with needs.  Wait, what?

      -Sun Glasses and/or a Hat: As much as we’d all like to spend our whole time in in Austin in the air conditioned and artificially lit Convention Center it isn’t in the cards (security frowns upon it).  You’ll have to do like your parents keep telling you and spend some time outside where the sun is blinding.  So cover your eyes in some way.  It also is a great fashion statement.  That’s why I’ve got two pairs of shades for both nights I’m in Austin (so I can so I can) and I’ll be bringing one hat for sure.

      -Sunscreen: All that video game playing may help your hand eye coordination, but it’s not gonna help you while you’re WALKING around in the sun.  Especially if you’re gonna be going for swimmies, you’ll probably spend some time in conditions that might make you the new Red Team rookie: Pvt. Bacon. 

      -A Pack/Backpack/Satchel/Sling/Purse: As I mentioned in my last journal, you’ll probably have more than you can carry at RTX (especially if you pay attention to this list) and though you get the gym bag with your swag from the start you’ll want something sizable and sturdy too.

      -Grooming Products: Sure, hotels just hand out the stuff for you to take home with you, but shampoo, soap, and conditioner aren’t all I’m talking about.  Bring some deoderent because you’ll be WALKING AND STANDING in a packed convention center with a bunch of smelly nerds (-u all).  I personally like Irish Spring or Dove FOR MEN! but anything more pungent and pleasant than body odor should work.  Also brush your teeth and floss maybe.

      -Comfy Footwear: Sure, all the other kids might have their pumped up kicks, but with all of the WALKING AND STANDING you’re liable to do, you’ll want to minimize the strain and pain.  Cosplayers may have a harder time at this, but over all you just want to be sure that you can WALK at the end of day 3.  See, I’m a flat foot with other things so I’ll have my inserts to deal with, but I find a good full-foot sandal or light tennis shoe to be your better bets for all types of situations.  And don’t get any notions about slip-ons either.  Kung-shoe is frowned upon because of the possible collateral damage and stinky projectiles.

      -Extra Clothes: You don’t exactly have to have these on your person, but who knows what’ll happen?  You may need a fresh shirt after swimmies, you may join in on a Free Play styled shenanigan, you may even pee yourself a little when you see that preview for your favorite show.  And while you probably will be getting a shirt or something at the RT Store, it can’t hurt to have a change in your hotel room or other type or temporary residence.  (Also, because I mentioned it so much, you’ll probably want a swimsuit or two if you’re going to go do swimmies or just try and get a tan.)

      -Cash: Don’t be carrying a million dollars in that pocket on your butt or anything, but having a little amount on your person for practicality’s sake is a good idea.  Especially on the first day in case you get hungry. 

      -THE ABILITY TO CONTACT OTHERS AT RTX: This one is important for everyone’s peace of mind and security.  Share your phone-number with the people you’re going with or trusted friends you know will be there.  If you venture into downtown Austin on your own, text them when you get places so they know you’re okay.  If you’re a part of a group, make meetup plans and contingencies before each day.  The internet costs most people money and can be a hassle so the use of calls and texts is a good idea. 

      -A Good Attitude: The last thing I can think of to mention.  As you WALK AND STAND at RTX, you’re more than likely to have a great time, but it’ll be even better if you let it happen with a smile.  Understanding that a whole lot is happening here and you might not to see all of the RT Crew or get into all the panels will leave you open to the fun random experiences you’ll have.  Saying hello to the other people inline or just on the floor is a surefire way to start a conversation and possibly friendships.  And this is just a fun time, so follow the rules but kickback and have a great time!  I’m very excited to see you there.

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      That’s where we’re gonna end it for now.  What’re you bringing to RTX?  Anything you think I left out?

       

      I’m aware that these entries have been on the shorter side.  Between getting ready and work and other projects, these do shrink a little.  I was hoping to add the FUNboxing for June’s Double Gold #RTBOX but since they just shipped yesterday and I know a lot of people are leaving within the week instead of at the last minute like me I feel this should go up now.

       

      Hmmmm, The Last Minute… Well, I certainly have at least one thing to say about something I’m waiting to do right before going to RTX.  I think we have our third entry.

       

      As always, feel free to ask any questions or further the conversation below or in my questions tab.

       

      Talk to or see you soon,

      -008


      P.S.

      I also got a haircut so here's what I generally look like now.

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      TAG BAG

      #RTXcited

      #rtx

      #RTX2017

      #rtxaustin

      #packing

      #lists

      #008


      #StopDolphinPoaching


  • About Me

    Chocolate milk in a Guinness glass.

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    Hey-o, as far as sociaizing on the site, my policy is send in friend-requests. If I don't recognize you I may send a message, but odds are I'll accept.


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        Now I've got an alter version of Avril Lavigne's Girlfriend in my head.


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      Happy FU Day!  Bask in the glory.

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      Yay friends! 

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        Booyeah!

    • BuckeyeDon Crackpottist

      9 months ago

      @AgentWashingtub008 (don't know if you get alerts for comments, so hedging my post) 


      " I'd convert an area into a wood-working shop."


      I SO understand this!

      • AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

        9 months ago

        That function works swell!


        I'm gonna try dropping in a picture after today's site freeze:


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        NOPE!


        Although I remember someone talking about a fix through the comment editor...


        Oh well, we can work it out later.


        Yeah, I really like having done projects like chairs, shelves, and stereo frames recently.  I also do walking sticks.

    • monopoly_j Elevator's not worthy.

      1 year ago

      So why the Random Friend Request?

      • AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

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        You come on the recommendation of Buck, that goes quite a way here.

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        Yeah I found his tag later. lol You should come check out Journal Jam.

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        I think thats Max

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        Hey, had to dig through notifications to get here. Hi.

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      1 year ago

      thanks for the friend request! :

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        Not a problem.

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      Happy Valentine's Day! :D


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        Sweet, thanks.

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      Hello! Thanks for accepting!

      • AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

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        No prob, bud. Take a look around, I update"weekly." Have fun.

    • phoniexape12

      3 years ago

      i also love legos do you have a mocpages account?

      • phoniexape12

        3 years ago

        Okay

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        It looks fun, but I barely have the time for one fan-site these days. Maybe in the summer.

      • phoniexape12

        3 years ago

        just look it up

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        I don't even know what that is.

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      Thank you i appreciate it you just made my day

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      Present! (You said to add beard... Hope I got it somewhat right)Hope you like it smiley1.gif
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      • AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

        4 years ago

        I like it very much, and the beard will be accurate in about a week. Perfect style too.

    • tucker300

      4 years ago

      the good thing about wash is hes on the blue team

    • tucker300

      4 years ago

      Wash can suck it :D XP

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      Wash Rules.

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    Let me start by saying I’m extremely flattered by being asked directly an interpretive question on RvB.  I hope I’m decently up to the task.

     

    I’m also glad I watched Season 14 with all the commentary recently enough to be informed about some aspects.

     

    Episode 1 of Season 14 was among my favorites for the season for quite a few reasons, but I do understand how it could be irksome to a viewer.  It’s a shocking introduction to the very different nature of the season on a visual, narrative, and tonal level.  Over all that was the intent of the episode.

     

    Just in case you are unaware (or anyone else reading this) the first half of the episode (up to the conversation between the iterations and the whole of Epsilon) is the nine-year-old “pencil test” of a proposed “Red vs Blue: Animated” which would have run concurrently with the main show but on Comedy Central as a part of their animated line-up.  After this most polished part was finished however, Rooster Teeth (which at this point did not have the in-house animation department it does now) felt that it was too long and detached a process to make an out-of-house animated project so the idea was scrapped and the trailer left on the Season 6 (Reconstruction) DVD as the only legitimate source.  (Of course, it was ripped to YouTube several times.)  The plot elements of that story eventually morphed into season 8 (kinda) and then the show moved on with Monty.

     

    This is a good way to move on to how this episode connects to the season as a whole, the episode was a way of tying up a loose end.  Two actually.  It gives definitive precedent to there being multiple simulations being run by Epsilon in his redundancy programs being more than the one seen in Season 9 so we can call the mini serieses MIA and Where There’s A Wall a part of those and Season 14’s Get Bent as well fit into Church’s alternate plans to try and save the Epsilon Tex.  The one we saw (based on the musical cues) could have been the one directly prior to Season 9, but also could have been somewhere else in that timeline due to the dialog being different.  It also ties up the loose end of the original animation being a part of the RvB canon, just differently than was originally intended.

     

    The draw-out pan of the Epsilon unit in storage also serves two purposes.  First, it grounds the claim that this is happening in the time between seasons 8 and 10’s non-flashback storyline when the unit sat in the UNSC Simulation Command Base that was formerly “Freelancer City.”

     

    The second purpose of this imagry is a visual metaphor for the rest of the season as VIC (a separate, PSA-space VIC (ish)) is about to introduce it to us verbally.  We’re drawing out from one story to show that there are others surrounding it waiting to be told.  Some are in different containers or and at different distances to the Red vs Blue plot, but we’ll be dealing with many stories regardless in this season (14).

     

    Then there’s VIC’s monolog which was the trailer for the season as well and can really be taken at face-value. 

     

    How was that?  Helpful?  Are there still questions you have?  Did you have a different interpretation?  Feel free to make another question or do a profile comment.

    I just realized that I totally forgot that second half in my corresponding blog-segment(in the second half of the post) about the subject.


    Allow me to remedy that. 


    What do I think will happen further into the show?  Well let's start with what we learned this season in particular and pair it with how the first "Collection" of Volumes went.  I think Volume 4, though kindof on its own as an exposition and breathing room Volume is technically the first of the second Collection of volumes that I think will deal heavily with Mistral, Haven, the Spring Maiden, and the second Relic (which I think is Creation).  The first collection was officially released at the "Beacon Years" in a steel-book now and dealt with the Vale, Beacon academy, the Fall Maiden, and I'm going to squeeze in as what I think the first relic that is Ozpin's walking stick, the relic of Knowledge, and the King of Vale's scepter.  (Technically this volume didn't directly feature this, but it was what Cinder wanted to take from Ozpin the whole time).  I think RWBY will be 4-5 of these collections because Monty's plan was roughly 9 Volumes more than volume 2.  There will probably be Volume 3 and 4 which could deal with either of the remaining kingdoms and relics and I'm going to say the Winter maiden will come before the Summer Maiden who I think is Ruby and if I had to pair to that, we'll get Atlas and the Relic of Destruction before Vaccuo and the Relic of Choice.  If there's a 5th collection then that will be where the found relics and Maidens will be assembled to fight Salem.


    And now the particulars coming soon: I think the girls of team RWBY will assemble in pairs that aren't their partners before coming together as all four.  This could be Ruby/Yang and Weiss/Blake, but I think the more interesting dynamics would be Weiss and Yang meeting early on and Ruby and Blake meeting up later (and after Blake and Sun do their thing with the White Fang).  At the very end of 5 we get all of the team together. 


    Jaune will continue to train and not unleash his semblance.  This easily could be held off until he comes face to face with Cinder or Salem.


    Nora and Ren will develop their relationship subtly now, they had their front-time for now.


    Oscar and Ozpin will do what they can to figure things out.  Qrow and Oz might want to keep it all a secret, which will create a struggle for Oscar.  Some people have thought that Oscar and Ruby may have a romantic arc, and if that happens or not they are both younger people with complementing personalities dramatically so I look forward to their dynamic. 


    I don't see the "betrayal" of Headmaster Lionheart lasting any longer than the volume as a secret.  That's just a guess based on how the end "secrets" of past volumes have gone. 


    And other than a steady reveal of information on the Maidens, Silver Eyes, and the relics over time, the rest is really all just random conjecture at this point.

    I haven't eactly given this a lot of thought... But as the soft spoken and sometimes mumbling guy with a name that sounds like several others, I've used different names before when doing things like ordering a snack at Jack in the Box.  I also like to make up elaborate situations in my head where I need to have different names.  Oh, and I probably spend more time than I should when writing making sure that if it's not my main fantasy story where names sound cool (Tavin, Cressina, Dellah, Bimir, Leilus (and so on)) all the names have accurate significance. (Dr, Ozzymandious Dee, and Archimedes "Archie" Hawkins). 


    But for myself?  Now?  Well, I'd have to go with something fitting.  Something that would fit with my mess-of-North-Western-European heritage as well as my personality.  I'd also consider that my first name currently means "King of the River/Spring" in the way my parents thought of it.


    [Stares at bookshelf for five minutes]


    Lloyd Usher has a quality to it.  An old-world dignity with the punch of a roguish hero.  I took it from a formative author and a story by another.  It's Welsh too, and there's plenty of wise old welsh men to be proud of. 

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    BONUS ANSWER: I once actually tricked my entire class and a few teachers my senior year of highschool that my name was Maxwell Samuel Danger Hehnen Gurnard so for simplicity and a good laugh I could go for that too.



    Well let's start with the one I liked enough to have a friend make a cosplay for me ((because she's nice like that).


    Deadpool's costume (seen here) is an enduring product of 90's comics that also is really practical.  We all know that blood won't stain red, but Deadpool only has one permanent power and it alone doesn't really help him out to win fights (unless he just outlasts them).  The full harness and pouches get full use (and eventually one of them would become a magic satchel),  What I also love is the costume has had subtle changes from artist to artist but they all always fit.  Hell with the amount of times he ruins his costumes it's no wonder he makes small upgrades more often then Iron Man.

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    Next up (and also just a favorite character) is the one and only Discowing (seen here).  Discowing is a very particular version of Nightwing's costume and along with the obvious 80's fun of it all comes a very real reason behind the costume.  From retcon to reboot, the outfit of the Flying Graysons has always followed aesthetic similarities to Dick Grayson's costumes (no doubt to symbolize Dick keeping his family legacy) but this one actually looks like a circus perfromer's outfit.  This is the costume I would (given unlimited resources) obtain and wear out every chance I got.  It also has a fair amount of alien flair that leads into our next suit...

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    The Electric Blue Superman Suit (seen here).  I'll be candid, I know it's ridiculous, but I embrace it because it is so truly comic book.  Superman is temporarily disconnected from the yellow sun and the powers it gives him.  So naturally he develops electric ones so dangerous a full-ish body suit must be made to contain it.  And then he splits in half with is blue self representing his cerebral part and the red half representing his more physical side and their both still married to Lois Lane...  Gotta love it, and I love electricity based powers so yeah.  The suit itself is just Superman enough that you don't loose sight of the character but it also is different enough that you can tell something off or new is going on.

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    And last but not least, it'd probably be cheating to just say Iron Man, so I'll pick two.  The Silver Centurion suit (seen here) is a classic and at the time represented all that Iron Man had accomplished up to that point.  Similarly, his suit from the first Marvel NOW! era is pretty cool too.  That was black and gold with red glowy bits one (seen here) from recent years that eventually became home to the P.E.P.P.E.R. / H.E.L.L.E.N. AI which was another sentimental touch that grabbed at me.  I honestly would love it if eventually Robert Downey JR donned the Black and Gold suit before he passes on the role.  It's close enough to the movie suits anyway.

    The kind where the hero and villain can (if forced to especially) sit down and talk or possibly work together while still fighting their battle,


    We all know the iconic ones: Professor X and Magneto, Superman and Lex Luthor, The Silver Surfer and Mephisto, and so on, but the instance that made me realize just how great this dynamic could be and the other ones that compounded it were outside of the usual comic format.


    The biggest one that sticks out in my mind is actually a book, and only vaguely superhero-ish.


    Have you ever read or heard of the Pendragon series?  It might have been a little after your time in the demographic, but it's a 10 (13) book series that starts like your standard serialized sci-fi for teenagers (fitting as it's from a writer for "Are You Afraid of the Dark" and more children's TV).  It's a good and prolonged hero's journey with an interesting cast.  It also has a terrifying villain.  I won't spoil too much, but to answer the question, there's a point in time where the villain and main hero are stranded together.  They can't leave because that would mean the other could as well (kinda Red vs Blue-y) so they're stuck with each other.  It's my favorite sequence in the series because while they are still mortal enemies they're just locked with each other and the most they can do is keep the other that way.  This is something I try to use in my writing too, a conflict where the hero doesn't have to win, the villain just has to lose. 


    It also comes up in Danny Phantom, Scott McCloud's Zot!, my favorite episode of Heroes (the penultimate one of the original series), and other books, movies, and yes, comics, that I love.  To a degree Deadpool fights this battle nearly every third arc. 


    I love when the hero and villain form a dichotomy that extends beyond punching each other.


    It's a killer joke.

    Way back before the new site, when I would do regular journals before the 008 Updates, I would end each post with a lovely little general question.  It's how I got to know people on the site.


    After the site changed I noticed a great shift in people.  Not only had I been away for a bit concentrating on school, but  there were just more people but less of those that I knew.  I decided to bring back the questions in an effort to get to know each other.


    Then we got the question tabs and I loved the possibilities they promised.


    Instead of asking everyone one big blanket question and hoping for an answer or two I thought about how I could utilize the tabs in a way that got discussions going.


    The plan hinged on not making anyone feel obligated by the questions, I just would be available continually to ask and answer them for people.  That's how I came up with the ask me a question first rule instead of spamming people every Tuesday.


    Speaking of Tuesday, the reason why isn't anything spectacular.  Tuesdays were usually the days I was the least busy and when other people weren't home for the longest period of time so taking the time to answer and ask my questions each Tuesday seemed like the best bet.


    It was an idea born out of interest in the community, utilizing the new site, and using my time well.

    Is mayonnaise an instrument?

    | Asked by: LCPeter 9 months ago

    Anything can be an instrument if you try hard enough.


    I recommend scooping a fair amount out of the jar and rubbing it on your knuckles.  Then leave  the jar for long enough for the top layer of the mayonnaise to become a thick skin you will plunger up and down through the still liquid portion.  The creation and popping of air pockets will be your procession,

    Awww, not a math question...


    Okay.  Well part of it luckally can fall into the understandably censored bit so I don't have to do exact numbers for a while.  Also keep in mind that all of these segments are stacking and if I run out before the end I'd skip to the last point (you also can skip to that for a general sense of what I'd do).


    First I wouldn't know what to do with that kind of money.


    Then I'd do the worn but practical thing of eliminating my debt and the debt I helped contribute to of my immediate and senior family.


    I'd probably secure (purchase) a house, not just rent or buy with payments, I'd find a modest but good place to live and I'd buy it.  I'm a young man so probably it'd be a nice house or apartment close to a city but I'd like to be able to park my car every night so not too close.


    While it's being mentioned, I'd buy/payoff my Jeep as well.  Then I'd put some quality mechanics into it along with a tape-deck (I own a few and I've got the money now to get more) and some ice-blue trim/racing stripes and a big charcoal number 8 on the hood  (for obvious reasons).


    So, on average speculations I'll have no old debt, a home, a car, and we're 1-2 million in, maybe, I'm not doing as much math as I should but I'll buy a calculator.


    I'd definitely pay movers to get my shit to my new home and then to fill out the furnishings.  More bookshelves, chouches, basic appliances, a fancy Nesspresso, framing for all my cool posters/artwork I have to put around the house and do display work for all my good books, old comics, and collectables.


    I love entertainment so, after the books and comics are done with there would of course be a media center or two.  I'd get a VCR, a Blu-ray player, a pretty big HD T.V. (not sold on 4K yet), a PS4 and PS2 (I've got my PS3), maybe I'd spring for an Xbox, and then I'd get the speaker system to match and put the money into something I've always wanted to experiment with, a capture set-up for recording and twitch. 


    That of course leads into the centerpiece of all of this (and another longterm fascination coming to fruition).  A high-quality, game-capable, Blu-ray drive equipped, and silver-cased beast of a Sony laptop. 


    Also I'd have a study where I'd keep most of the books along with a good CD system because this is where I'd do my writing and doodling.  A drafting-desk and a few armchairs are a given but (and this really isn't an expence but a good note) a south-facing window with horizontal blinds for long natural light with no glare  I'd also probably buy a palate of composition notebooks, blue Bics, pencils, and artsupplies (plus drafting paper).


    I'd do other things to help set-up the house for my kind of living.  I'd get a bbq, I'd convert an area into a wood-working shop.  I'd get a decient cable/internet package and subscribe to Rooster Teeth Double Gold (W!NK).  Put aside money for untilities.


    I'd move on to collecting a few fun things for me like the color run of Zot!, a few full TV shows on hard-copy, all of those comics I've been meaning to get to, and fill out other small gaps in my collections,


    After that I'd invest in entertainment companies and food.  I'd donate/sponsor education and parks services, veteran orginizations, and and child care orginizations.  This is the point in the list where I'd negotiate with my College to bring back the Rhetoric department and reduce the across-the-board language requirement which chokes the progress of all four-year-plan students in their chosen degrees. 


    And then, after all this front-loading of stuff and equipping myself that may seem a bit excessive and I by no means need to do it all (practical stuff first), I'd put the rest away and go about my life.  See even with all this money I'd still write and if my money can help me get self-published and out there, all the better.  I'd still get a job.  I might not need the funding at first, but I want to work.  I'd find something I like and do it to see what comes of it.  That's the whole point of the list above, I'd take that money to set myself up practically and comfortably and I'd move foreward, hopefully not too changed.  I might buy some fancy toys and clothes, but I'm of the mindset that $35.00 and tax is an expensive meal.  I never understood fancy cars you have other people drive unless you're incapacitated.  I do want to travel but to go to the places that interest me and not for any glamor.  I might go to a nice screening of a new movie, but that's not important, I just want to see the movie.  I have vague plans and probably quite a bit of money will helo, but once I'm nicely comfortable I'm good to just let them come.

    Once again Buck you have asked a poignant question that has an answer I believe better suited to a longer and more readily available post.


    It is one I've actually had percolating for a while, especially in light of the images I and others have had with images lately, a good few instances of pages refusing to fully load, and some changes and priorities I fully don't understand.


    What keeps me coming back though is the fact that somewhere in here there is or can be the old site again if not better.  What the site was to me was a place where the content, the conversation, and the community all was.  As a fairly ignorant man of understanding web function I really only know what does or does not work when I attempt to do it so I've never called much of it into question.  Now we're at a time when I believe all we have completely present is the content here and I'll admit a lot is due to a slow curve of functionality and the early summer of 2015.  But conversations are happening and people do what they can for the community.


    With no analogs to anyone else, I do sometimes feel like David from the finale of Camp Camp (if you are not keeping up with that show, that's completely understandable) in why I keep coming back.  I keep coming back to the site because some people are still here and I may as well try as hard as I can to make my contributions to it worthwhile too.


    But as I said, I believe there is much more to be said, and hopefully with your understanding I think I will go about it in a large post later.  I will link it here as well.


    The best way I can give you hope now is this, RT is still making RT content, there is a fanbase with a sizeable portion of itself still located here.  The more we do together, I think we might be able to get over the hurdles of sticky formatting, image issues, things I have no idea about because I know no better, and the hard to make connections.



    Once again an excellent comic question with what will be a loaded answer because of the literal and popular definitions of the terms used.


    There are the powered villains of circumstance such as Magneto or Mr. Freeze who go about it different ways, but you wonder are they would be villainous if not for the circumstance.


    There are those who defy the societal rules, taking what they want, like the Rogues (the Flash), Catwoman, The Riddler, The Kingpin, the Penguin, Whiplash, Taskmaster, and rest who are greedy or something but a few vices don't make just a villain.


    There are the true villains who battle heroes and try to impose their will upon the world like The Mandarin, Lex Luthor, Loki, Thanos, and Baron Zemo.  As you can see, they fall in a wide range of powered or non powered people. 


    There are also the monstrous forces beyond earthly mortal ken like Galactus, The Phoenix Force, and the Furies.


    And then there's the Joker.  I have quite a bit to say about what he is, isn't, or may be.


    But none of that will answer your question.  Because my favorite villain is in a way all of these and represents evil imposition of wills, desire beyond rules, and power beyond reason.  And in all of these things he has one of the greatest qualities of a supervillain, a diametric opposition to a hero that is the root of all of their continual strife.  I also mean continual, though there hasn't been much of this original fight often it's unresolved, always a possibility, and the villain has life and schemes outside the good guy that piqued their interest in the affairs of mortals.  Of course I'm talking about the truly evil match for the Silver Surfer all the way back from the 60's; Mephisto.


    For a good reference on what makes this evil bustard the best is when he takes his schemes to the limit to end the vexing sentinel of the skyways in the 62-page spectacular: the Silver Surfer: Judgement Day.


    And if you couldn't tell by now, I have a thing for villains edging on the theatrical with their verbage.  A good dramatic phrasing can go a long way for me. 

    I would just love to write for RT's narrative (or semi-narrative) content. 


    Sure I'm a decent comedic actor (four years of improv) and I've got an idea for an AH show like I'm sure a lot of us do.  (New Game +1: have I described it yet?).  Of course I'd leap at any job opportunity RT presented me, but I love to write and be a part of the storytelling process so that is what I would do for RT if I could pick.


    This of course falls into several departments.  Live Action shorts and shows, animation, or machinima?  Red vs Blue still is my favorite.  I'd love to write for that, and starting out I'd also be a fine content/continuity editor for that show.  But as long as I'm doing some form of narrative content.


    I've aslo got a few of my own ideas I could do as websries if it ever came to it.  Most prominent is a speculative fiction horror comedy (I swear it would work). 


    So, most importantly, I'd like to write for RT, and the details are all just different flavors of icing.

    I have my reasons, though I do understand it has become semi-iconic of me around here.


    Of course there's a story to it, so I'll start in the beginning.


    All throughout Sophomore and Junior year of college I would do a cycle of goatee, fresh shave for Halloween, grow-out, shave to goatee, grow-out, shave fully for break, and rince and repeat.  Senior year I was Obi Wan for Halloween so that started the pattern being off.  I liked my beard but I still played around with styles and stubbles.  You see, when I'm clean-shaven I still look like I did at 17 so I do like just a bit of facial hair at least so I'm not mistaken for a highschooler when I order a hard cider. 


    Like I said though, I'd played with a full beard and liked it so it rarely went completely away and then senior year thesis and 2nd semester midterms came around.  I stopped caring.  I'd shave for graduation.  My parents actually liked my beard though so I kept it.  And kept it.  And cleaned it up sometimes but mostly, I kept it.  It was tons of fun and I got compliments all the time but there were downsides.  It itched, eating ice cream was a trial, I wasn't sure if it was helping or hindering my ongoing search for a job, it itched, and ultimately, while I enjoied it, I got bored of it. 


    So, about a week ago, bye-bye beardie. 


    Sort of.


    As pictured bellow I've kept the goatee (down to my biggest standard comb on my styling razor*) and everything else was taken to my delicate ginger skin.  I get wicked razor burn and not cleanly shaving for over a year and a half meant things got bloody and raw.  So now I'm sporting some 5'oclock shadow, but I have light hair and it's been a week.  I'll start shaving closer more regularly once I get more blades and I work my neck back up to it. 


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    All this is to say, I shaved my beard early fall because once again it makes me look just a little bit more like Errol Flynn or Tony Stark.  It's a look I hope will convey me well in social and career circles that I also just like.


    A final word though, fret not for the wild fun bits like the naturally forked tip will live on.  I don't plan on trimming the goatee itself for a long time. 


    *This gives me an idea for a blog later.

    Well, those factors came separately, in so much as I was pretty young when I decided I wanted to write, and then a tad older when I started to really dig deep into things, pick them apart, and start making my own things with the pieces. So honorable mentions to the series that were the perfect storm of my preteenish years of reading: The Chronicles of Pyrdain by Lloyd Alexander; the Redwall books by Brian Jacques; The Inheritance Trilogy Cycle by Christopher Paolini; The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. LeGuinn, the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling; and The Amazing Spiderman by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. There's a list of inspirations that no doubt people could dig out of my early and current things (and you can bet there's plenty of Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allen Poe, Terry Pratchett, D.J. MacHale, Michael Scott (Irish novelist, not the boss from The Office), R.A. Salvatore and others in there too, but they came later and/or don't exactly fit your question).


    But the series that first changed the statement in my head "I want to do this" to the question "how do I do this?" (which means to critically read and be critical about what I write) came in the middle of all of those series in Patrick Carman's The Land of Elyon (which had light ilustrations throughout). I got the first book, The Dark Hills Divide, when it came out as an indie title by a beginning author from Walla Walla. I infact have a first edition copy of the book. None of this of course meant much to me at the time. I just knew that this was a great fantasy story about a girl who could talk to squirrles, solve puzzles etched inside stones, and uncover a mystery on a magical island. It was really cool. It was, at first, one of the books that made me think "I want to do this."


    Then something happened that changed everything. (A good beginning, but very familiar.) My mom told me that Patrick Carman, the man who wrote the book I enjoyed so much, was coming to Barnes and Noble for a reading and a signing. It's hard for me to tell if I completely knew what was happening. I was getting to meet the author. Authors were, up to then, certainly people in my mind but they were people who lived a long time ago and/or not just an hour away from my family in Eastern Washington. But when we got to the event there he was. Smiling and wearing jeans and a button-up shirt. Leading me, other kids, and their parents through an activity inspired by the magic stones in the books. And while we did that he explained to us the stones and how he wrote about them for the book. He told us about the walled cities in central Europe that inspired the setting of the book. He talked about how Alexa Daley was made for his daughters who are just a little younger than me and though he loved to write for a long time, he was just starting to really be "an Author.". He told us that he was a person like us, who started from scratch and worked his ideas into stories. It was a quick progression to "je just did this," "I can do this," and finally "how can I do this?" And the best thing he told me that afternoon was how. I had to figure it out on my own.


    That sounds weird probably, but when the time came for us to get our books signed by the author individually (another forgien concept to me) he took the time to talk to each of us a little bit personally. I talked about how I wanted to write and how hearing his story inspired me. He liked that and encouraged me. He then saw my book and explaind some things about the dog-eared paperback I had. It was a first printing as well as first edition. You could tell because of the spine. The art was off. Books themselves having value beyond the stories was also new to me. But it made sense. This book was from when he started his writing career. It meant something in that. It was the start of mine too in a way. I hold a lot of value in that.


    The following series was very important to me as well because since the first book had really opened up the world of writing and writers to me the following books in the series and by Carman (there are others and I have a good amount of them) always had the special air of it to me. I would read not only the story but the making of it. I identified patterns and mechanisims and make guesses to where the story would go. I would also try and see if I could also make things in those ways. Sometimes I was right, and sometimes I was wrong, but I always learned. I have been to two other signings/events with Patrick Carman and each time he would show me other ways down the path of writing or tell me something about how to get it done.


    It's funny actually. For my birthday gift to myself I just recently ordered two of his latest books (from a different series which is just as important in different ways) and one is the continuation of a story I haven't read since early college but loved and the other is a book about that series and a little about how he did it. I devoered that book in one day (yesterday) videos and all (it's a very interesting book format he came up with for Skeleton Creek). I'm still learning from him but I also had a strange moment of "I've learned so much" reading this behind the scenes book now and remembering me back when the first book came out. Things have changed because of The Land of Elyon and where it directed me to go.


    In the way that it jumpstarted the ways I write, I have to say this series is at least in the nebulous top-handful of series that have had a profound effect leading me to what your question asked about, if not a close but eeking over top. It's hard to say exactly, there are a lot of other works that have very important influences too. Some are not a series. Some are an anchor to what I write about but are more involved in their answers. I could tell you a lot of stories about the stories that helped me, but its getting late now and I chose the easiest place to start for your answer.


    Also, yes, this gave me the excuse to write in a narrative fashion for a couple hundred words today. I took it.

    [Pushes up glasses]


    Well, while Superman is so "naturally" capable it is not an inherent quality of the Man of Steel to be "-of steel." Rather, the sciency make-up of his cells is juiced up by their reaction to Yellow Sun Radiation which gives him the initial boost to his system to make his body capable of incredible strength and solidity (bullet-proof skin). However, while in his normal state as a Red Sun Radiation evolved Kryptonian is still superior on earth because of that and other cross-planetary differences such as Kryptonian physiology and density (to combat differing gravity) he still needs muscles capable of lifting heavy shit and/or crushing it. Like a goldfish will grow to the size of its bowl, Superman's Kryptonian physiology and radiation-reactive state makes him physically capable to do the things he does. An ice truck is still an ice truck on earth so to crucify it on power lines on the earth where it was made takes the same amount of force from human machinery as it does an alien body made capable of exerting those forces. Superman's ripped-ness is a result of his body's capabilities in his situation combined with his lifestyle. If he wasn't constantly running or fighting I imagine his form would reflect a human who lived an average lifestyle and he would only be that proportional strength of a Kryptonian on earth.

    I like to think any good fictional universe has it's dangers, but let's go by numbers. Let's spin a wheel of the ones with the most damage done!


    WHHHHHHIIIIIIIIiiiiirrrrrrrrr tick tick tick tick tick tick....


    THE MARVEL UNIVERSE (A close tie with the DC universe but mostly it's continuity that gets destoried over there.)


    In this or any fictional universe I'd like to inhabit I'd be a wizard and/or benign trickster figure. I like to think of myself as a good guy so in this one I'd be like a side-kick / spinoff next generational Dr. Strange who gets into a bit more trouble.

    Retirement is a ways off for me. I'm sure at some point I'll stop whatever my day-to-day jobby-job will be, but as someone interested in a creative field (writing all sorts of things), I'm not sure I'll ever stop being creative with at least the slightest intention of letting other people in on the fun when I'm finished with the current project.


    I'll probably also keep going with my hobbies of woodworking, doodling, indulging my inner child, consuming fun media, and maybe I'll open a small bookshop. I'd like to live in a town on the NW coast.


    Otherwise, I don't really think too much of it. Just tuck money away once I get a first real jobby-job.

    Now, now, that's not exactly how this game works, but I've gotta give you points for trying.


    So, here's a half-answer. Unless it's obviously directed at the person being questioned, I don't ask questions on question day that I wouldn't have a good/entertaining answer for.


    Also, this is my way of getting to know the community on the new site better and letting them know me. The questions someone asks can be just as informative as the answers they give.

    Top 5... I'm not really an Anime buff so this will probably also be a "Half the Anime Shows I really enjoied" lists.


    1) YU-GI-OH!

    I'll be honest I haven't completely seen the show, never read the manga, didn't play the cardgame, and haven't really touched the other series beyond the original. BUT, I love the concept behind the original series, even when it doesn't quite hold up (that's what this reboot is for). It also has nothing to do with YGOTAS... No... But however, the conclusion drawn my me and my friends when Gods of Egypt came out was these cheesy but super inense effects bastardizing mythology would be better served as a Yugioh movie. If a series with effects like that existed I'd love it (CW style).


    2) Code Geass

    This show... This show... I loved the first twenty two episodes and then it fell into pit too many animes I watch do, the episode 23 problem. That's what I call what happens when an awesome concept is slowly established and worked for the whole of a series and then at the peak of the climax the stakes are suddenly and immediately turned up to eleven (becoming God? seriously?) and the story is "concluded" in two episodes. I would love to see a reboot of this show with real actors from the nations represented (as well as they can (Brittania is basically the EU and America so just pick something for Lelouch)). The magic is mostly subtle enough to do well and the mechs can be part-cg and part practical and really (since this is a rebbot) after establishing some pacing that makes sense you can integrate some of the things from season two into the lore and just go your own way after you start the season one climax otherwise.


    This is the point in the answer where I start grasping at straws. I don't watch much anime and even fewer of those I want to see in live action outside of these two. The first to see a cool new take and the second because I really want to reboot that story and make it work.


    3) Pokémon

    Who hasn't thought a version of the show with real and literal growth for characters (best achieved in Live Action when you have to) and realistic versions of the creatures? I however, in the line of hard reboots, would love to see them just be scientifically created creatures (big lore changes that I won't go into now) that have been genetically engineered to have their abilities but they're also actual Pocket-monsters. They keep their scale to each other, but whatever the average size of a pokemon is that is the size of a beast that could comfortably sit in a good-sized pocket. Also some cool Arms-race metaphors.


    4) Uhhh...


    Sorry, I just don't want that many live action reboots of anime. Maybe just to see more of it I'd go for The Devil is a Part-Timer! but that's pretty damn near perfect.






    Okay I don't want to break the site, but I remember quite a few pretty weird dreams. They all have their merits and while there might be a few (somehow) imperially weirder ones, one that is both really really weird and has a weird disconnect as I can remember it, is one I remember from being pretty young.

    ---


    I'm in a HUGE bounce-house that's modeled in the aesthetic of a Mickey's Toontown house and there are other children in there with me but more in the "I know this fact in my dream" kind of way than me really being able to differentiate from their reveling forms around me (I'm using discriptions I was not capable of doing at the time but still accurate). In the center of the room (a living room designed with a lot of orange paint an furniture (all bouncy)) there's a metal grate that we're all avoiding because it's a drain in the middle of a bounce-house and we don't want to be on the only not bouncy part.


    The children start to thin in numbers as a big blue anthropomorphic bat-person in a black and purple suit comes bouncing in too. I'm afraid of this bat and it doesn't help that he starts to come towards me as the children start to leave more quickly and the bouncy house becomes more like a castle. He starts to laugh at me and I'm scared back by his menacing guffawing laugh (think Krusty the Clown at a slightly higher pitch). I start to hear the children that left laughing at me too. I'm bouncing back now and find myself in the center of the room and the grate is gone. I fall down aways to where there's barely any light and I'm in a wet pit now on top of fist size-rocks and my legs hurt and I'm crying for my parents to help me out.


    I wake up after a while of me down at the bottom of the whole listening to the bat's echoing laughter.

    ---


    Have some fun with that one Freud.


    Oddly enough not too much of that frightens me now. Writing it out, I could actually twist some of it around into a horror story I wouldn't be scared writing.


    The other contenders for strangest dream are harder to differentiate because there are a lot of patterns and recurring elements. Those are things for a different day though.


    Favorite comic book?

    | Asked by: Fly 11 months ago

    That's pretty hard. And of course just vague enough for me to get some mileage off of it. Still I'll stick to the ones I actually physically own for the variants I have for this issue.


    If we're going for favorite individual issue (a single-purchase comic book you'd buy from a shop): That is a very hard decision as I have a long-box containing four years of single issues, but I also have and would read over and over again Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: Ramadan. It's a fascinating issue that talks about the endurance and magic of stories and dreams (like a lot of the series) and is beautifully illustrated and written as well. It's an issue that really speaks to me. This was a hard decision as I also have several original printings of Marvels and DC's going back to the sixties (without covers because of an old comic shop incentive), a good chunk of the original color run of Scott McLoud's ZOT!, several other Sandman's, and quite a few of the comics from my stint of buying them weekly at college are special to me.


    If we're classifying it in sort of the graphic novel / complete arc / trades: It's again hard as I have an original printing of Brief Lives from the Sandman run as well, BUT I also have some pretty good Deadpool / Silver Surfer / Nightwing / by Gaiman trades I really enjoy. I think I will settle back to the Sandman though. Brief Lives is up there as I view it as the real start of the climax and it deals with a lot of the series's over all themes and patterns.


    And, surprise surprise as it goes in favorite comic books as in "I really like to collect (character)'s comic book: That's a tie. I absolutely LOVE The Sandman. It has so many great concepts, characters, and stories while being its own whole story that it's pretty near perfect to me. However, there is something almost intrinsically fun about every Deadpool comic I've read and he's probably my favorite superhero (Morpheus does not have that distinction) that picking up his comic book is a must every time I go into a comic shop with some money not already intended for a purchase. And The Sandman, though I love it, is "over" after just having wrapped it's Overature run I will still buy any issue I can (within reason of course) but since this applies to both of these comic books, I can't call it without a deep "but, well" clause.

    This actually took some time for me to figure out because there definitely will be two shows in this category soon and I'll have to wait for hard copies because we don't have uber-kable.


    However, one did dawn upon me; Star Wars Rebels. I may be spoiled about a few big factors, but what I care more about is how they came to be and experiencing it. Again a casualty of Disney XD being above the current package, I'm stuck to finding out these stories on DVD if I can get ahold of them or perhaps Netflix and Disney/Lucasfilm will come to a solid agreement.

    For one day only it would be the ability to create permanent non-living things through will and alchemical conversion. I'd make quite a few little gadgets and bits/bobs I couldn't otherwise like a wrist-mounted auxiliary for my phone/laptop with actual buttons (a T-9 keyboard would do), some snappy sets of new clothes so I can dress like a cartoon character in fitted and fitting outfits (so many pairs of swabby jeans). Sure I might make some things of monetary value but I don't want to worry about serial numbers or diluting our economic system's values too much. I'd probably top it off with making myself a house which I imagine would take time and energy still. Then I'll be set to be a productive member of society the next day with all my neat stuff!


    That or Magneto-type flight. That's more super-powery and I'm always down for a chance to fly like that.

    Why are we here?

    | Asked by: JohnathanWelker 11 months ago

    Well, I signed up because I like to watch and Discuss RT content, I've stuck around for some of my own fun. If we're going waaaaaaaaaay back it's because a friend of mine in middle school said a certain lead character who dies six episodes in made him think of me.

    I never assume I'm 100% correct about anyone else's motivations, but I assume the sense of community and the aforementioned discussion and entertainment has a lot of people here.


    I think you're particularly a RWBYite.

    Forming a cult of any sort for Danny, the 99th Warden of Hell's Kitchens & Food Services would be a ridiculous waste of arcane knowledge and efforts. Danny, being Lord and Master of Demons and those unfortunate souls whose function in the ring of Gluttony is to stand beneath the sinks, their mouths warped into funnels of raw taste-receptive muscle and razor sharp teeth; he has no care for speaking. He only desires the garbled sounds of choked disgust from his Garbage Disposer hoard.


    However, to satiate Danny to a degree would be to act as he does and force blended leavings of food down the gullets of sinners constantly until their intestines burst in judgement. From these shredded silos of slop make sausage to dine upon while drinking the blood of your sacrifice. Preform this ritual on the third night of the waning moon every lunar cycle with the leftovers of all you have eaten between.


    Initiates must willingly go into and survive a night of the ritual.

    A wall mounted-radio!


    A telephone!


    A Daft Punk poster!


    Very small rocks!


    A cleshe map over my bed with different colored pins for where I have been and where I want to go!


    ...


    Yeah, I'm not really sure.

    I also want to say a tactical knife...


    No...


    Old-timey camera film.


    It starts black in the case, then you take a picture and put it in a red room to develop and as the image begins to fade or just get old or you screwed it up it's all grayscale.


    Well, I won't google these to stay honest.


    Well, knife would be only based off of an audible pun...


    I'm going to say a towel or sponge. While you dry off a thing, your utensil gets wet from the mess.

    I reveal all but one of my hidden tools about my person. I demonstrate my Holmesian level of disguise and attention. I describe to him all of my long-con pranks that went off well. And finally I tell him that I really really REALLY would like to work with him. I can be great a maintain a character too.

    So, largely the plan is to wing it. I have a few things scheduled and some things I just have to do because of timing, but outside of what I'm about to list I've got no idea.


    On Thursday I'm gonna meet up with my RT Seattle crew


    Friday is my first day of must panels. Kinda Funny and Late Night Lemonade


    Saturday is my designated signing day. I'm also likely to attend the OCC Fado's dinner.


    Sunday I'm not staying the whole time because of flights but I'm dedicating all the time I need to to attending the RvB panel.


    On either Friday or Saturday I'll be cosplaying Deadpool (I take it you read my journal with a part about it).


    I just plan to have fun, meet some people, and eat some Pizza Hut.


    Oh and I'm gonna try to pick up a Free Play shirt, Team Fat (Men's Medium) and the Pyrrha crest shirt.



    Oh my, well I already get to go to RTX...


    Well, the morning would start with coffee and breakfast with Neil Gaiman. After a couple hours of that I'd get a private tour of the Disney studio with lunch with the higher-ups of Marvel, Disney, and Lucasfim. Afternoon large-arena Laser-tag for me and a bunch of friends. A nice rib dinner for me and my (hypothetical) lady friend with Jason Mraz doing the music. Sitting down with friends again to watch a good movie of my choice (probably an action comedy or a Disney movie) at a private screening in one of those food-and-armchair theaters. Then it's off to be a guest on the Late Show with Setphen Colbert where I could meet and do a wacky thing with him and Jennifer Lawrence (who really I'd just like to meet. She is a beautiful woman, yes, but she just seems like a fun person I'd be friends with.

    If I told you they'd come for you too.


    I will say that for my own research purposes I have recently begun looking into connections with Alchemy, Secret Societies, and space travel/technologies/programs. I've found some interesting things. (It is the truth, I've been pondering and looking into these things for reasons, but I don't know if there's any reason the government would care about.)

    I would be satisfied with the same three meals a day with the following snacks and drinks also provided.


    Breakfast- Waffles and Bannanas (with fix'ns)


    Lunch- Peanut butter and jelly on a pretzel roll with cheetoes


    Dinner- Southern Style fried chicken tenders with my secret recipie bbq sauce and steak fries.


    Popcorn

    Cheez-its

    Chicken Jerky


    Coke

    Glacier Freeze Gatorade

    Whole Milk

    French Roast Coffee


    I imagine this is a Lost type situation and I eventually rig a kitchen and fridge in a crude house (or hatch) with all this.

    ---


    If I had to really narrow it down though, I'd just have the coffee, milk, chicken and waffles (with syrup) and bananas.



    I don't think I did this to myself. I could have, but that would be a very desperate time.


    It is very likely I have let loose a string of awesome but awful puns over a course of the conversation and when someone finally groaned at me to stop I said (as I do), "Why, I'm on fire right now."


    They decided to make a pun out of me.

    It's likely he has my theories and postings and other shenanigans from on the site. I have been fairly active over eight years. One or two time's I've gotten pretty close to knowing what was going on in RvB, other times I've made great detailed explanations. And there has been so much more.


    I don't know quite why I've been abducted to do this, but I hope that having my work in a file means he wants me to write something for the company and didn't want to call a lot of attention to it. That would be great.


    OR


    It's a photo and information of a cast or community member with just three words beneath it:


    Follow


    Observe


    Befriend


    He nods and says more information will come to me later at RTX and I'm released with a new badge that lets me get around with more ease.

    Oh the rituals, how shall I begin?


    Perhaps with the oldest in its oldest form.


    Though I've been drinking coffee since high school, in college I was able to talk my parents into getting me a French press and electric kettle for my growing habit. I used it a bunch, but the most inopportune thing was the kettle only fit in the hopper sink in the dorm (which I stayed in all 4 years (and the same single room)) basement/kitchen/laundryroom so I either had to trek down there every two batches or go to the bathroom across the hall with a big tumbler cup a couple of times. Usually it was the latter. So that's step one, fill the kettle. Then boil, that's easy but has resulted in more hand-burns than I should count. Usually it's just because I slip while filling the press. Then I let it percolate for about twenty minutes to a half-hour, pour and add sweet cream or chocolate milk (that's a frugal college kid's mocha). For most weekdays (and Sunday nights) my brewing system was a full press in the afternoon leaving one of the three-four mugs my old press would make for the morning. Sometimes I'd make more than one press a day. Saturday and Sunday, when I felt like being a lazy homebody usually saw a turn-of-the-century breakfast at one or more meals. In the days before modern breakfast cereals popcorn and coffee was a popular base for a quick breakfast. I love both, and if you've got some simple buttery popcorn and a fresh mug it's worth a try I assure you. An afternoon French-press and popcorn is one of my oldest and best rituals for brewing coffee.


    After leaving school I shifted it some. I'd make a batch every morning as I woke up to let our puppy out and would drink it over the day. I also got a bigger (and better) Le Cruset ceramic French press. It keeps the coffee warmer longer and the mesh is tighter so I can use slightly finer grinds. It still largely is this way (and follows the same 35ish minute ritual while making food or prepping the protein shake I pour a mug's worth into).


    However, my father also loves coffee and prefers espresso. He's had a machine for years and we recently bought a fantastic Nesspresso Citi and we're loving it. I've been using this more for my initial morning cup (because it takes four minutes tops) and have been experimenting with the different cups and brews. I still use the press though, usually early afternoon when I'm making what's switching to iced-coffee for that.


    Other small habits/rituals include coffee while watching RT or making my Bleepbloopopolous map and my "signature" drink I get with friends: a B-52 dropped in a mug of coffee (and I'll drink most other coffee-drinks (I'm slowly working out my own as well)).


    Okay, one sub-question down. I'll got grab a fresh mug and tackle the others.


    I will drink usually any medium to dark sweet/chocolatey roast. I like my coffee strong and flavorful so I use a lot of grounds and let it be brewed for sure. I do have some favorites though. First off, any blend with lavender in it. I will pick that first always (unless the other option is exotic and I only have the one chance to try it). My favorite specific roasts are Raven's Brew Ebony Pearls, Palendaba Lavender's dark roast (a local brand), and Starbucks's Café Verona or French Roast. I also like to keep it interesting with mixes of other spices or flavors like cinnamon, mint, caramel, or liquorish.


    I do grind my own beans when I can. From what I've been taught basic coffee brewing is better when you grind your own beans (about a few week's worth at most or just the day's if you're really into it). It's also fine to freeze beans but once ground you should keep them at room-temperature and dry. That keeps the flavor in the beans the way it was intended to be. Annother reason I grind by own beans I because I use a French press which requires a coarser grind for the mesh. Some brands sell coarse grind coffee but it isn't as common as either whole bean or fine grind (for use in filtered coffee makers). Any good coffee shop that sells beans will grind your bag to a specification for you and during college that's what I would do. I'd go to my local Starbucks, buy a bag of whole bean and have them grind it to coarse. It is free of charge and all locations I've been to (including in-store (Target/Safeway/Barnes & Noble)) will do this. I have my own grinder now that I am home though and use it and a vacuum sealed container to store the grinds.


    I am a "Seattle-based" Gold-Card-Carrying subscriber to the mermaid's world-wide local coffee shop. At the very bottom line, they make good coffee and the service is constantly good. They're doing something right and it's so darn convenient that it's hard not to use them. The great snacks and provision of home-use coffee materials is great too. I love little local shops too, they usually have the more interesting drinks because of the unique nature. Every vacation I go on I have to get a bag of beans from the local café. But as a comfortable and long-standing standard I have very positive things to say about Starbucks.


    I hope that entertained and informed you.

    It's like you and @SailorGirl81 coordinated today. You may want to take a look at her question and my answer too.


    While we're picking apart my internet motifs, I should mention that I come from a household that was late and slow to the internet. I still don't trust "the internet" with standing financial information, public information that's easily identifiable to my location or such, and I don't post that I'm away until after I'm back usually. Some of this has fallen back as time went on, but I still don't reveal too much about myself in a straight forward and mundane way.


    Still, I'm a fairly open guy so I try to do things that do give you information about me while I'm being clever and vague. So I, as a young man from a backwater area, took two of my favorite stories about young men from backwater areas (fictional heroes I could look up to and try to emulate) and in a fun way direct you to where I come from in a few ways.


    I imagine it like looking for a place in an Atlas's appendix. Found between Gongaga and Gont is a general sense that I'm from the hilly outskirts. There are things there, but not much. It also gives you the hints that these are the stories I like.


    Now, I hope it doesn't come off as pretentious. I by no means believe you have to understand these references, but they're fun little bits of more information rather than an empty space on a webpage because I wasn't the most trusting of possible tech-savvy miscreants.

    It's like you and @BuckeyeDon coordinated today. You may want to take a look at his question and my answer too.


    To answer this question as to why this particular set of numbers follows a good majority of my screennames we're going to have to go back to 2006/7. Justin Timberlake's solo career is really taking off. The Steelers have won the extra large super bowl. We all still love Captain Jack Sparrow. It is the time of Kingdom Hearts II and Halo 3.


    Now, I'm a Sony boy who had a Gameboy SP so I had a significant attachment to a certain cocky redhead trickster with a "heart" of gold and a jaunty posture from the epic crossover of Disney and Final Fantasy. He turned out to also be the 8th in an organization of 13 dubious individuals and eight is my lucky number (you could make a Jim Carrey movie about all the interesting times that number has popped up in my life). So, I had eight already but the story continues.


    A buddy of mine in middle school invited me over one time for a night of Halo 3, pizza, and other revels. He too was into Kingdom Hearts (and had some fun similarities to Roxas (No. XIII). He either had already or while we were setting up to play changed his Halo character number to O13 for Organization member thirteen and Roxas. I then was making my temporary character and decided to put my call sign as O08 (Because it had to be one letter and two digits). What can I say, we were wild and crazy guys. This soon persisted in other things and became the cooler and more aesthetically pleasing 008 (often more stylized with slashes in the 0's). It looks like two eights (one on its side like infinity) and there's other cool symbolic things I can do with it. It also (maybe most importantly) fits some of the old internet standard of having a number in a username.


    Incase you were wondering too, I read it out as "Zero-Zero-Eight", not "double 0 eight" or "Oh-oh-eight."

    Well, clearly it wasn't elimination in just a few fights, so here's what I imagine. Being ever the good sport, after a conversation between the two teams trying to figure out the nature of their internment in this strange arena fortress they parted ways and Jaune noticed (whatever a significant coin in Remnant/Atlas is) fall from Weiss's purse. JNPR was going one way, RWBY was going another, and the coin went yet another. Jaune followed the rolling change down the hall and around one unfortunate corner... His fate remains a mystery, but the tournament goes on.

    The genre I play the most would have to be (loosely) Action RPG's but I also love some more adventure games, Minecraft, more traditional JRPG's, combat racing games (which I'm surprisingly okay at, and some shooters. I also like some puzzles and stealth games. It'll be hard to pin down a top three (sort of) so I'll mention some of the outliers I have really enjoied first: Ratchet and Clank, Portal, Soul Calibur (3 was best),


    Top 3 though...


    There's just one I can't bump, sorry.


    #3- Jak II


    #2- infamous 2


    #'s 1- Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII/Kingdom Hearts (Re:) Chain of Memories: Reverse/Rebirth

    The newly appointed governor of Port Royale's daughter.


    HEY-O!


    No really, it probably would have been that I broke something while trying to figure out how the ship worked. Or I subverted authority too many times. I'm not a particularly defiant individual, but if I think there's a better way to do something or an order is obviously going to screw things up I will either A) just not do it, or B) do it the wrong way I was told to and let the negative ramifications happen. Someone tells me to put the choclolate next to the stove? Done, have fun with your melted chocolate. I know that's not a particularly striking example, but if I were to start discussing the failed managerial attempts of other people vying for power in a college improv club, we might just be here all night.

    Well, RvB certainly has some real estate in my mind with theories and other activities, but it is one of many.


    I guess it comes down to I love to make things and so that reflects in my hobbies of: writing (a hobby I went to school for but haven't stopped learning about), I build with Lego Systems, I play a lot of video games but ones with choice/customization options apleanty (currently I'm running Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep and Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning while also playing pleanty of Minecraft and Destiny too), I draw and I read educational and fictional books and watch some good TV and movies (with commentaries often too).


    So, my hobbies are many, mostly having to do with creating something in the line of a story. By obsessions have to be what pops up in all of that. I love tricksters (and other myth theory intensive things), RvB and most RT things, Fantasy stories about wizards, science fiction adventures, creepy speculative fiction, good comedy, superhero medias, hats, coats, denim, and benign pranks

    I'm sorry if this was all too much of a survey, but I have some laundry to do.

    I have been to a few Cons, several were trade-shows I went with my parents to.

    But on to the ones I picked. I've gone to the Seattle Brick Con once or twice, I love legos, and several toy train conventions as a smaller child. Those were a lot of fun and I remember getting some pretty cool special Brio trains.


    Then high school and college happened.


    After those I started again, going to Pax Prime and Jet City Comic Con, both were fantastic and I cosplayed to Jet City, which was also on Halloween. A fun thing about Pax was that was also my first RT_Seattle meet-up and the first time I'd seen my old friend Maddy in a while. (I also did a "lazy cosplay" of Church (light blue flannel, jeans, and my Fine Line shirt.)


    I am planning on going to RTX (wooh-WOOH) later this year and I'm investigating going to Pax Prime again. RTX, well that should be a little obvious, but I'm going this year as a fan and to have as much fun as I can. Pax Prime was a ton of fun for just one day last year, so I really want to go this year, possibly for more days.

    I am of two minds on this one. I'd invariably use them to similar ends so why not split the difference between dark blue flame power and flight with a auric blue force that looks like fire and lets me fly. Think ala Raven of DC fame without the inherent Lovecraftian mysticisim (it's fine but not my motif (I like more north-western European with wyrd and fae roots)). I would use these abilities probably for "good" ends. I'm not sure how much actual crime fighting I would get directly into but after I facilitate myself by floating around a lot and getting things that are hard to reach without making a mess, who knows. I'd still love to write, but Clark Kent, Kyle Rainer, and Janet Van Dyne all were able to keep creative careers and have a positive influence on the world with their abilities so I would love to try.


    I'd also never have to drive and I'd take as many other people with me as I could. So much saved travel money.

    I think it should go without saying that my immediate family has had quite a lot of influence on my developing personality the way all families will do. The briefest of clarifications though, I would say my parents raised me quite right with a respectful and genuine way of conducting myself. My brother has had his influences as well, but I will say a fair amount of those are in reflex as much as emulation.


    My maternal grandparents can also be said to have major responsibility in my development. I love and respect my paternal family quite a bit too, but they are farther away and I saw them less growing up. My paternal grandmother did help foster my love of stories and reading though and is a sturdy woman who maintains herself and for that I am greatly respectful. My maternal grandmother though is my standard of a lot of what makes a good person. She was caring for everyone in her life and did not cause conflict though she would stop it. She also has a lot to do with my sense of humor (and unyielding love of good and happy sitcoms). My maternal grandfather is a very solid individual. He is practical and believes in simplicity. He always has great advice which I always try to follow even when the subjects of our opinions differ. I would also say he really helped the final pushes of my learning to read by introducing me to Calvin and Hobbes.


    There are a fair amount of teachers too who have shaped me, again in both imitation and reflex. Because a part of what I am is to not be negative for reasons unrelated to the current situation (and irrelevant ones) so I won't be naming names or anything. Let's just say I dislike hypocracy, redundancy of speech, and all but acknowledged ineptitude especially in the education system (I do love when these all lead to hilarious failure though (a part of why I love some comedy with these character (and we're getting dangerously far from the topic now...))).


    The good teachers though, whose names are irrelevant to most, are Mr Wright, Mrs Vanderplas, Mr Lequire, Mr Burris, Mr Grella, and Professors Chaser, Nolly, Blackwell, and Nadelson (there are many others but I'll spend all my time listing with that way of talking). This group all were heavy influencers on me. They are all responcible and capabile individules. Each one has given me a lesson or two that didn't have to do with the ones I got in their curriculum. Perhaps the longest lasting one and most relevant to parts of my personaility I haven't brought up yet is from the late Mr. Burris. There are no stupid questions, questions mean you want to learn. And asking a question doesn't mean you're stupid what creates an idiot is when they ask a question and find themselves asking it again and again because they simply refuse to take in the new information. Idiots come from willful ignorance.


    There are also my friends; Austin who has given me lessons in leadership and personal integrity, Grace, Salina, Madison, Conner, and Johannah who have faced things with much more courage than I could imagine, Kennedy's bright personaliy, and many new friends and old friends who just were in some way or another a person much better than me so I have followed their examples. I'd also even put you in that list Buck, you are my longest and most influential mentor on the site since you effectively directed me back in the old old forums.


    And with that, I'm going to cut this off despite how much I love the continuing souce of knowledge questions do provide. I'm afraid I am quite over due to plug in my laptop and answer the at least one other questions I have.

    I assume you mean this:


    It and the accompanying image of me on laundry day is of me two years ago a little less shaven, without my glasses, and being a tad more silly than normal, but it is me none the less.

    From now...

    My professional life is really just beginning.


    Out of equal parts fortunate opportunity and necessity I have spent my last year helping my family from home with homecare and work, our new dog, and my great grandmother who passed early this winter. I also have been working to get my driver's license and actual adept-ness with my little borrowed Patriot.


    At this point in time though I have really begun the push to enter the workforce. I have perused a couple positions which through rather annoying faults of communication on the companies' ends have not panned out but I keep going. I am at a very interesting point here at the beginning. I can do a lot. I have several interests and aspirations. Right now my pursuits are working in a book-store, a pet-store, a library, production (several cool videogame companies are in my backyard), or possibly radio. I will though take whatever jobby job I can just to get the life experience of it soon. I have managed people and volunteered before, but have no pure professional experience (I do watch the houses and animals of friends and family as well).


    Since it is so nebulous at this moment I'm afraid any prediction I make will be even more so. I will be getting a job soon though so once I do I'll be doing what I can to stick to it. I won't be a career hopper unless things get bad at a company.


    The main goal is to be a career writer. I like a lot of mediums but for now I am working on the first book. I have that, if not the whole first series, mapped out fairly well and I'm filling it all in. That's just a matter of me working it all out. I push for at least 2,000 words a day and unless I have a blog or something I put them in there. My pursuits in a creative field are also happening but that's a bit of a chicken and egg of getting experience for a job and getting a job.

    What is the chief end of man?

    | Asked by: monopoly_j 1 year ago

    The phrase ends "To Glorify God." It's from the Catachisim.


    In my personal interpretation I think it means to live.

    Well, why not?

    Forgive me for quoting myself, but I already have outlined why Deadpool is my number one


    Now, the best comic book movie adaptation has to be Deadpool (the movie). Here's the deal, it does the best job of adapting the source material of nearly any comic movie I've seen. I think it comes from everyone working on it's love and understanding of the character. There were changes made because of studio and medium limitations and they're all understandable. I mostly find myself wondering why Butler and Killbrew didn't have as much to do with the plot, but I'm also happy this wasn't just a set-up movie to the Sinister Six, er... The Good the Bad and the Ugly adaptation (it's a recent origin defining arc of Deadpool). I really think it was handled so well and because they were making a real adaptation (not putting a character in an unprecedented or related story (Nolan...)). Considering all of that, is it my favorite adaptation? Yeah, it probably still is. However that's harder to say.


    I can go on to say though that after watching it 3 times in the week it's been on home release and going though some of the bonus materials (including the first commentary track (I'm a huge geek)) it definitely IS my favorite. I love the narrative. I love the background effort. The effects and jokes hold up to multiple viewing and close inspection. All around, fantastic.


    I also lucked out and found a list of my other favorites. These are in less of an order (the order I grabbed one of the series off of the shelf) so I won't bother with numbers. (Also I'm going to assume you're giving me the wiggle of series over individual films, but I'll be answering in detail one way and giving the other in name just to be safe.)


    The Rami Spiderman Series: I'll admit, on a lot of notes these and the Amazing movies basically end up toe-to-toe, but for nostalgia's sake and the fact that this series made it through two and a half (a third if you're REALLY going to pick at it) movies before falling into a mess where as the Amazing movies only got through one and a half I have to side with Spidey Maguire. These came out fairly early and really were my gateway to comics. Though chalked full of some enjoyable cheese (the early 200's kind I could eat all day) throughout these really got (with a Hollywood swing) the drama of Peter Parker's lives. The movies also have memorable characters good action and effects that mostly hold up. There's also plenty of the good elements in 3, but there was one more villain than there should have been and the plot suffered for it. Also, even given the continuity adaptation shift, they really screwed up Gwen Stacy in 3. This isn't about that though, this is why I love these movies. It's a load of fun action and solid storytelling. Best of the Batch: Spider-Man 2


    Tim Burton's Batman: Everyone acknowledges how this movie (and Returns) is a great movie and adaptation of the comics. Michael Keaton is a phenomenal Batman and Bruce Wayne. This movie also understands the Batman legacy and adapts to a middle ground. What's the plot? The wacky but creepy Joker (made by Batman's early days) is out to reap chaos and sneaks out a poison to all of Gotham. It's up to a stoic but morally unambiguous Batman to save the day. It couldn't be more basic, but it is so very much Batman. Even Nolan understood that a common B-plot is a threat to the Gotham ecosystem and he put it in two of his movies. It also helped establish so much visually for other films. Aside from Bats himself, the Art Deco Gotham has maintained. Even the Gotham T.V. show follows the out-of-time aesthetic. The whole series is great, the second dives more into a TIM BURTON'S Batman territory, but the care to represent these characters is tangible and I love it.


    THE MCU feels like a cheat (and way to huge to talk about in a length that's fair to the other two) so I'll cut it down just a smidge THE MCU MOVIES THAT FEATURE IRON MAN: Not only are these all great action comedies (with a touch of sci-fi) they fall into the category again where they understand what makes the best from all the various source material while making a new and cohesive story. I can identify these as Marvel movies even in the Marvel elements were obscured (unlike another series where the only reason I can tell it's a particular hero is his suit). Looking at it through Iron Man (my favorite character thus far) and the particular movies he's in I can provide one of the colorful metaphors I'm so fond of. Imagine a sort of platonic transparency that represents a given version of the character. Now imagine there's one for every out-of continuity version and one for each major development/turning point in the character's career. Then imagine that these transparencies are all placed on a projector and through some sort of magic what comes out is a beautiful creation made by the common and interesting elements of them all. That's what Marvel movies do so well and they build off of each other. All the Iron Man movies especially (including the Avengers Movies and Civil War) get this down. There is also the fact that everything is so well done technically and they capture the enjoyable read of any Marvel book. I also just enjoy each Iron Man solo movie. I watch 3 every Christmas at least once. That's personal tastes somewhat, but I just keep coming back to these movies. Best of the Batch: The Avengers


    X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: THE ROGUE CUT So, I love most of the X-Men franchise (1, 2, First Class, The Wolverine, (Deadpool), and I can stomach 3 alight in a world with The Amazing Spiderman 2, Spiderman 3, and especially Batman V Superman: The Dawn Of Justice. The ultimate of all this though is the Days of Future Past movie, and that's the theatrical release. This movie feels to me like an Event Comic made into film. They are re-writing their continuity while using their own continuity to do it. And everyone shows up, sometimes with multiple versions. Because of this movie we're also spared the missteps of X-Men Origins: Wolverine in any future film. Apocalypse is coming now and probably after him a fair amount of new continuity (because where do you go from there?) and possibly the hopes of the continued joint relationship sort of held between Marvel and Fox that was a part of Deadpool and is now a part of Marvel. That's just my hope. (I really seem to get off the actual subject movies often, don't I?) This movie has everything . There's an interesting choice made here and there, Kitty going back in time would have done just as well I think but they explained it away well enough and we all know Hugh Jackman deserves his place in the X-Men "cinematic universe." And it all comes to a head that this movie exists because the X-Men movies earned coming to this point where we can have time-travel and two Professor X's talking together and a badass Quicksilver who is Magneto's illegitimate child despite all of the flaws of the other films because it is just like the comics that created them where sometimes things do get really out of hand and you need to go back and fix them while making everything better. This cut especially addresses this. I've also got to mention that Anna Paquin and Jennifer Lawrence do fantastic jobs playing three dimensional action heroines on either side of the timeline. All the acting is at the very least good. It's the best of the batch in my opinion of a good series and adaptation.


    Honorable Mentions that were just bellow the top 5: Daredevil (the Director's Cut), Superman I & II, Watchmen (either cut), and The Amazing Spiderman 1.