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    • Lpokmnj asked AgentWashingtub008 a question

      So I just rewatched season 14 of RvB, and episode 1 has been bothering me, i.e. the ending fade out in particular. What are your thoughts to the memory unit being on that shelf?

      Answered: Mar 25, 2017

      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.

    • JohnathanWelker asked AgentWashingtub008 a question

      What are your thoughts on the latest season of RWBY, and where do you think the series will go?

      Answered: Mar 24, 2017

      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.

    • 008 Mini Update- Field Notes for RvB 15

      2 days ago

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      Over in the forums we've been snapping at any #RvB15 information we can get.  We're less than two weeks away from the 15th anniversary of the SHOW AND THE COMPANY, PEOPLE!  That's no conformation of anything, but just something to note by itself.


      WE JUST RECEIVED A RECAP OF "ALL" OF RED VS BLUE CONFIRMING THAT THE FIRST EPISODE WILL AIR APRIL 2ND


      As we prepare for the season, I think it's only appropriate I get myself ready for full crackpot mode by making a list of all the things I DO know for sure.  And I may as well share that information.  (And it came up in the forums more naturally...)


      So, here's an itemized list of things we know about the upcoming season or can very reliably speculate.  This will be a post I revisit as we learn more prior to the premiere so feel free to comment anything you can think of, or if you just want to stay as on top of it as me, comment for updates/follow the post.



      Things We Know about Season 15 (Even Tangentially) As of 9:09 AM PST 3/24/2017

      -The story summary states a new plot-driving character who is a reporter investigating the Reds and the Blues and their possible connections to the brewing Human-Alien conflicts in the colony worlds (IE Chorus and the SImulation System)

      -The reporter is female.  This is only important because we can slightly speculate to the possible in-house RT actresses who haven't played roles and what her personality might bring to the character.  External actresses are possible but not as fruitful for speculation.  Too many.

      -There is an unknown timejump between seasons, but it is likely within months like most previous ones.

      -Writing and Directing has been handed over to Joe Nicolosi who wrote, directed, and animated Brick Gultch, the RvBVR shorts, and his own comedy shorts, animations, and skits.

      -Miles, Burnie, and Matt are still involved with story to a degree.

      -Kerry was present at the RTX AU panel for RvB.

      -Machinima is being done in Halo 5

      -Machinima has been done in a night-time variant of an industrial map with a city skybox that in Halo lore is a colony world.

      -Brandon and Kerry have commented on recording lines, meaning that Palomo and Bitters will return for speaking roles.

      - Geoff has confirmed he has/will be recording lines.  As has Gus.  (I'm just putting this here to be through.)

      -Church's plan to delete himself has (for all intents and purposes of the current plan) succeded and some new form of the fragment personas will be returning.  This fact has been compounded by the recap video.

      -There's a hidden gem in a few recent posts by RT that I'm not sure if anyone here caught onto.  I don't want to ruin the surprise, BUT several official RT posts in the pre season 15 hype building in the forums and on other social platforms have mentioned Sister.  And not just a mention, but with enough importance to consider her extened return in 15 as being almost garunteed.  It was tucked nicely into the post about Wash AND Sister lines, true, but she keeps coming up publicly.

      -It has been discussed that retro/classic merch could return to the store sometime soon.  This includes the Red vs Blue Jersey shirts which appeared very early on.  Gavin is lobbying for Grif's to be the original intended 69 rather than 22. 

      -Red vs Blue Season 15 will begin on April 2nd and probably will continue in the Sunday animation slot. 

    • 008 Update #22- The Big Movie Blog (Full Version)

      2 days ago

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      So… Between life stuff this blog took over a week to write.  It was first released with just the first half so my gap between posts didn't keep getting bigger.  I'm happy to say now it is complete with the three other "movie" reviews and a special announcement at the end.  I'm also happy to say that the life stuff was getting a job at a local café/wine place and it is going well.

       

      So, I’ve got a bit of a back log of movies I’ve seen, but I haven’t talked about them here (as I am want to do).  I like to have time to discuss spoilers, but some of the films I’ve seen and wanted to talk about are already on disc.  I think that’s plenty of time.  But before we get to the other portion of the blog where we’ll discuss movies released recently, I have been working on something else for a while.

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      An industrial-style entertainment center!

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      I really like building things, and that includes carpentry.  Recently I’ve been making a series of industrial style end tables and distressed wood things (basically industrial means you use roughly finished wood and piping).  This has all been working up to being ready to make the entertainment system in a distressed but simple way and knowing how to work with the flanges well.  Now, the picture probably does seem like three boards and some pipe.  It’s simple enough in concept, but wood warps and pipes and flanges aren’t always perfectly shaped.  And the wood was really heavy* so my dad and I had a lot of finagling to do to get this right.  Woodworking (especially with saws) is a two person job, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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      * And getting the wood to the dimensions required for the space and the things we’re putting on it was surprisingly easy but really lucky because we just went to a wood salvage yard.  They had a piece as wide as we needed, but it had to be cut and it was buried beneath a bunch of boards and tarps.  That’s another full story though.

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      Enough about the process, I was building this entertainment console because the one we were using for the den was a shitty old one that only really made sense when the tube TV was in the corner before I came home from school.  It was short, heavy, cumbersome, and we were running out of space for consoles, players, speakers, and, most relevant to this post, movies.

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      While that console had been useful for storing movies and video games as the collection started, now that I’m back home and my collection is still growing AND the storage situation has changed,  now I’m at the point where I have too many movies for it and it also would be nice to have my games there too.  I like displaying them like book spines but baskets would be better in the long run too so this open storage for baskets is the best solution.

       

      So, I’ve built the stand and when all hands are home we’ll be assembling it (the TV is heavy, the stand is heavy, and cords have to be done).  I thought I’d get a head start though and also do a fun project that’s been on my mind: cataloging my movie collection.  It’s something I’ve seen people do online and I’ve always looked at a person’s collection of things as an interesting look at the person.  So I’ll be listing all of the movies that will be shifting place and giving a little insight about each of them and why I have them.

       

      Because what we’ve got here is already kinda lengthy this post is limiting my collection to just the movies that are “my collection” in the house.  That means the ones that the other people in the house enjoy a bit but I probably bought them or was gifted them and I’m the one who watches them.  This excludes some of the movies and tv series stored in the family room’s cabinet and the Disney/Gibli/Animated/Holiday/Other movies stored on the big Disney bookcase in the closet.  Maybe I’ll do them if this is at all interesting to people.

       

      Also, I sort my movies like I sort my books**: Things are placed with similar things and divided by themes or genres.  I am essentially taking these directly from the shelves so that’s the order they’re in.  Not really any importance to them.  Not really…

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      **A book library catalog would be a very very long endeavor, but I wouldn’t mind it.

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      Here we go.

       

      -RvB X Bluray: My first out of college purchase was me finally making good on my intention to start giving back to RT as I could.  First thing, drop roughly two hundo on the best series ever, of all time.  I bought this indispensable Bluray Set and seasons 11 and 12 and for a summer watched the entire series normal and commentaries.  And I mean everything.

      -Red vs Blue: Season 11 Bluray: I really liked this quiet little season.

      -Red vs Blue: Season 12 Bluray: I really liked this explosive little season

      -Red vs Blue: Season 13 Bluray: I really liked this season that made me sad as hell but happy too.

      -Red vs Blue: Season 14 Bluray: I really liked a majority of this season of short stories.

      -The Best Red vs Blue DVD Ever. Of All Time DVD: True to its name, this PSA-space clip show with a purpose / narrative / good excuse is very good. 

      -RWBY Volume 2 Bluray: I found this in Walmart.  Finding any RT things up in Washington was really tough until the Hot Topic RWBY deal.  It’s still great to find things.  And for cheap was great.  I eventually want to get the steelbook set.  I’m a RWBY fan but getting it collection by collection or when it is super convienent is fine for me right now.

      -Lazer Team DVD: So, I really wanted to buy the movie at RTX ’16 but guess what, it sold out in a few hours.  So, when I found it at Target a few weeks later, I had to pick it up.  Let’s be honest, it’s a fun really good B-movie.  But it’s a fun B-movie we helped make and it is chocked full with references to the content we love.

      -Star Wars: The Complete Saga Bluray: Big surprise, I love Star Wars.  He’s definitely got his faults, but George Lucas is an inspiration to me.  Getting the whole series in HD and with two commentaries each, and features out the wazoo is a wonderful no-brainer.  I can’t tell you how great this set is.  (Also yes, I have VHS of the original and special editions of the Original Trilogy.)

      -Star Wars: The Force Awakens Bluray: I loved the new Star Wars.  I wasn’t scared, but I was prepared for it to be off, not just in a prequel way, but in that it didn’t follow the very important core of Star Wars (the main series) being the almost Shakespearian historical tragedy of the Skywalker Clan.  It did deliver and more.  I can’t wait to follow this line in the story.

      -Monty Python & The Holy Grail Special Edition DVD: The first thing I saw of the now intrinsic to my life Monty Python.  I love this narratively sound but absurd movie and every time I watch it I catch something new and laugh at the same jokes.

      -Monty Python’s Holy Trinity DVD: I received this, the oral history of MP book, and a cool Silly Walk shirt as a Christmas gift years back (during the time Netflix was just discs in the mail and I was working my way through the Flying Circus).  It’s a great collection that has a better eidition of Holy Grail and special editions of The Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.  Cool casing and 3 great films.  What could be better?

      -Monty Python & The Holy Grail 40th Anniversary Edition Bluray: AN EVEN BETTER EDITION with more features and new commentaries in an even cooler case (it’s the French Castle).

      -Jabberwocky DVD: It’s a fun NOT Monty Phython medieval movie loosely based on Carrol’s work.

      -The Adventures of Baron Munchausen DVD: A super absurd Gilliam movie that also was a lot of fun.

      -Time Bandits VHS: I hear this is quintessential Gilliam.  I don’t know where this VHS copy of the movie came from but it was in our closet when we sorted it out two years ago and I put it on the shelf meaning to watch it.  Our VCR was acting wonky back then.and I guess I forgot it was back there.  I’ll try again soon.

      -Fawlty Towers The Complete Collection Remastered DVD: John Cleese is my favorite of the Pythons (him or Idle) and back in high school I had the opportunity to see him on his Pay the Alimony Tour and during his hilarious lecture he showed us scenes from this show when defining comedy.  I was hooked.  Then, Costco had this collection with commentaries from Cleese on every episode.  It is great.

      -American Graffiti Special Edition DVD: The movie that started George Lucas’s Hollywood career.  I only bought this recently but I love it.  And for how quiet a movie it is I’m surprised.  I think it’s because even though the whole plot is incidental, it means something.  There’s a thread beneath it all.  And I love the atmosphere of it.

      -Ratchet & Clank DVD: The random fun reboot of the zany comedy science fiction video game series from my childhood the retcons it to clean up the whole series and introduce new audiences to a decade-old series does exactly that with stellar animation and a satisfying payoff.  I didn’t see it in theaters, I don’t feel like I should have saved for the blu-ray, but like the original games I had fun for a decent price (PS2 Greatest Hits cheep but stagnant pricing is really something the 4 needs to implement).

      -The Hunger Games Special Target Edition Bluray: STORY TIME! I’m the reason my high school’s entire senior year Creative Writing and Modern Litterature courses had to read this book for at least three years (not sure if it is still going on because it has been seven and just now we’re getting out of the group of kids who probably have read it already).  I am the son of the current English Chair of my high school, but at this point she wasn’t.  She was, however, teaching the Senior Creative Writing course (and yearbook) and the Chair back then also taught CW and ML.  Even without that connection, I was well known in the department as that geek who read all the books ever (that were Sci-Fi/Fantasy and age appropriate (and not)).  So after she had read this science fiction story that was getting a lot of attention she handed my mom a copy and said to my mom, “You and Max need to read this and if you he likes it we’re teaching it and the sequel next year” (as the Junior-going on Senior targeted for the books and the classes being discussed my vote was apparently key).  And I did. 

      So these stories are not only really good, but they are a good part of my story that I enjoy telling.  And I may have a crush on Jennifer Lawrence.

      -The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Special Target Edition Bluray: I like this book best from the whole series.  (Finnik Odair is my favorite character.)  This also is a really good move.  So I was disappointed when the Target Special Edition Blurays ran out when I finally had money to buy it.  But I lucked out and got it when I found it at Half Price Books.  Like everything so far (and I’m sure I’ll say it again) I am a huge nerd and love commentaries and features which is why I got these editions.  I also can’t argue with glossy highquality pictures of J-Law with no text/minimal text over them.

      -The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Special Target Edition Bluray: I bought the set of these together (I knew they were coming so I waited).  These movies are pretty great adaptations (all of them) but this pair especially (because they are split up).  That’s maybe not to the betterment as the book was essentially Katniss broods in a cave for half a book and then there’s a complicated propaganda story in halves, but I enjoyed it enough as a conclusion.  The fact that these movies pull out of Katniss’s PoV is good.  I also have always loved the cinematic quality of these films.

      -The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Special Target Edition Bluray: Not sure what else to say, I have the full special editions of a movie series based on a book series I like.  Jennifer Lawrence is a great actress.

      -Pitch Perfect DVD: A fun comedy about acapella singers starring hilarious actresses.  What’s not to love?  I also saw this when a friend and I played hooky from college because we needed to.  And my mom loved it so it was something wanted in my house.

      -Pitch Perfect 2 DVD: My mom and I went to see the sequel to find it was more of the same from the first one.  We said, as soon as a decent double pack came out, we’d get it.  On black Friday I got them both for 8 bucks.

      -Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Edition Bluray: These first movies seem to play a lot into “Max’s inspirational conent” (with my writing, sense of humor, pop-culture niches, and aesthetic choices).  For the longest time I only knew David Bowie from this film.  I later went on to find and really enjoy his other music.  It’s a film filled with solid storytelling and practical effects.  A Jim Henson masterpiece.  I was saddened by Bowie’s passing but would have gotten this edition anyway for the features.

      -Labyrinth DVD: My original copy of the film that I kept on the shelf for reasons.

      -The Dark Crystal DVD: Labyrinth’s other and a phenomenal film in its own right.  I liked it so much that I figured out how to teach it at a High School level for myth theory type situations.

      -MirrorMask Bluray: NEIL GAIMAN DOES A SPRITUAL SUCCESOR TO LABRYNTH ENDORSED BY THE JIM HENSON COMPANY.  That is all you need to know.  Find a way to watch this.  I’m not saying own it on the highest quality format, but it is a definite watch in my opinion.  I also have the storybook (signed) and the script/storyboard book for this film.  For some context Neil Gaiman’s books (and books about his books) takes up over five feet of Bookshelf space in my room.

      -Coraline 2-Disc Collector’s Edition DVD: It’s a successful additive adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s super scary children’s story in claymation.  It’s a lot of fun.  3D doesn’t work for me (my eyes are so wonky), but the features and having the movie make up for that detraction from owning this edition.

      -Stardust DVD: I am not surprised at the idea of it, but I’d never had guessed Michael was a fan of this movie.  Like Coraline, things were added to this story but Neil Gaiman was involved some and it made a good illustrated book story work as a good movie (the climax at the end for instance.)  The interesting thing about this movie is more that every version works for me.  The illustrated original version, the prose-only version that I read first, and this film.  I’m glad to have it.

      -Earthsea DVD: Continuing with the fantasy adaptation of beloved books by beloved authors streak, this one is… okay.  I was at a signing for Le Guinn where she her self said how this isn’t a great adaptation and a little obviously Hollywood-ed on a Syfy (nee Sci-Fi) channel budget.  That’s true but it’s still nostalgic and entertaining for me and salvageable at points.  It’s got interesting parallels in my mind to compare it to the Ghibli movie too.  That’s a discussion for later though.

      -Eragon DVD: Why do I have this movie?  It was 2.50 when my local Blockbuster closed and I have it because it is a bad adaptation (and I do like how they animated and designed dragons).  The books deserve a better adaptation (hopefully now that the whole first cycle is done that can be accomplished at a later date) and it is clear that the script they went with was a speed-read version of the plot with all but the beginning and the end of the book thrown into a blender for “easier” cinematic telling of the story.  It’s bad, but I have it because its bad but money went to Paolini. 

      -The Franchise Collection Dragonheart: 2 Legendary Tales Dragonheart and Dragonheart: A New Beginning DVD: These are good Boy and His Dragon movies.  The first one is the first of four to make me cry (in order of watching them in recent memory).  Sean Connery as an old CGI dragon that made me cry.  It’s a con-man buddy comedy about a dragon and a knight and it made me cry.  Lupin is also the pervert badguy.  The second is even cheesier but I love it in its own way and it stars Francis from Malcom in the Middle and sets up the actual pattern of the films for 3(the prequel) and the upcoming 2nd prequel which I am stoked for.  Nostalgic shlock but I love it.

      -Highlander: Director’s Cut DVD: Speaking of nostalgic shlock, this is the great movie with a soundrack by Queen about “immortal” (aliens) cutting off each other’s heads for magic powers with swords throughout human history.  Sean Connery plays an Egyptian pretending to be Spanish in Scotland (and I didn’t cry, but almost).  This franchise is built on an awesome premise and just kind of went everywhere it could.  But this movie is good.  I would love to have the entire collection of media in this franchise, but that’s a matter of money and/or luck.

      -Hightlander: Counterfit DVD: This was an instance of luck.  Like a rare…  thing, a sealed DVD copy of one of the Highlander TV show from the 90’s is something I’ve never come across for a decent price.  This was $3.00 at comic shop.  I haven’t opened it yet because it will be an event for sure.  I just need an excuse.  I might have one soon.

      -Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete Bluray:  I got onto the big hype of FF VII when the Compilation was started way back.  I still have the issue of EGM that announced all the projects.  This movie is a good thing to come from it, especially this extended cut that is also beautiful on Bluray.  It is a movie for fans of the game who know it.  I especially appreciated the added Zack Fair scenes.

      ­-Double Feature: The Road Warrior / Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome DVD: My father, brother, and I bought this before seeing Fury Road to catch up on the series.  I like serial storytelling and these movies are a great example of that, tied by a hero and different each time.  I also like these better than the first, they’re all very close, just these are good and I am fine having just them and not the first one.

      -Star Trek: Into Darkness DVD: This movie is good.  I enjoyed it in theaters.  I’m not a huge Star Trek fan but it’s a solid sci-fi romp.  I attained it easily.  Cumberbatch does a good job as a brooding villain.  (I want to see him play Q myself).

      -Cloverfield DVD: Highlander was movie franchise with a great idea and weird execution.  Cloverfield is a good horror sci-fi movie with a neat format that was built on a fantastic idea.  Augmented Reality Games, a series of films about the same event from different perspectives, J.J. Abrams’s ability to pull off complex ideas.  I think this had it all going for it.  But it didn’t catch on.  The project was shelfed and what we got was the entertaining movie we had.  I haven’t seen the “sequel” which was its own movie slightly altered to fit the Cloverfield brand for funding but I hear was good.  Maybe.

      -Donnie Darko DVD: My thoughts are also a simple description.  This is a cult complex dark sci-fi movie that came at a time when that was not common and was well thought out but a bit too complicated and took three edits to find one that fully explained things enough.  Cool idea and a fun movie.

      -Edward Scisorhands: Full Screen Anniversary Edition DVD: I like Johnny Depp and Tim Burton.  Their deal has become a little repetitive but this is an early, simple, and imaginative modern-gothic fairytale.  Vincent Price is in it and there’s color and interesting design elements.  It’s a fun movie.

      -Dark Shadows (2012) DVD: Same story, some odd years later.  As hokey as it is and not “high quality cinema” it plays to the strengths of the people doing it who obviously had fun and checks the boxes of stuff I like.  I also got into this movie when I saw a preview for it and was told that my grandmother who was a huge part of my life had enjoyed the original soap/serial.

      -Dark Shadows: The Vampire Curse DVD: Speaking of the original, let’s do another shout-out to Target (#NotAnAd) for having arc collections of this show for me to see the original.  I enjoy it too. 

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      Still with me?  Good, we’ve reached only about the third-way point.  I’m not really counting, but since things take a hard genre shift here I think I may as well take the time to remind you that there’s probably a bathroom within walking distance of you.  Maybe you want a snack or need to look at not a screen.  Don’t worry.  Take a break.  The great thing about text is it is consumed on your time.  Back? Okay.  Here we go.

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      -The Shwing Shwing 2 for One Pack: Wayne’s World / Wayne’s World 2 DVD: Fun fact I’m in a similar situation to the hero of this movie series right now.  It’s a great couple of comedies from a great SNL recurring skit.  I love the off-the-wall meta-humor.  I like the failing-upward arc.  The sequel doesn’t just re-hash the original so that’s a plus.  I quote these movies a lot.

      -Joe Dirt DVD: One of my favorite actors is David Spade and this is a quality retelling of the Odyssey with a modern comedic spin.  I watch this every once in a while.

      -Young Frankenstein DVD: This will make the next few entries on the list go by fast.  I think Mel Brooks is a comedic genius.  There are few jokes that fall flat.  This one is great to me because it fits the stylistic choice well and as parody.

      -Robin Hood: Men in Tights DVD: This one is the second Mel Brooks movie I ever saw and the one that got me into Mel Brooks (multiple times one summer on ABC Family) and might be my definitive version of the Robin Hood character.

      -Blazing Saddles 30th Anniversary Special Edition DVD: Wonderful wonderful send-up of westerns and a poignant look at race relations that does its job through comedy.  I’m so glad it was done because it probably wouldn’t have made it past scripting now.  It’s also probably my favorite Gene Wilder performance. 

      -Mel Brooks’ History of the World Part 1 DVD: This one is great because a lot of those jokes were great and worked.  Since it had so much to do though it’s my least favorite of the ones I own (I still own it though).

      -The Producers (1968) Deluxe Edition DVD: This movie is the original classic Mel Brooks film.  It has everything.  The Musical has songs and Mel Brooks’s wit, but there’s just something about this one.

      -Spaceballs DVD: This was the first Mel Brooks movie I saw and was a gift from my grandmother because I was old enough for a raunchy comedy and liked Star Wars.  Annother one that hits all the notes, makes the right points, and I still laugh.  I have a thing for comedic sci-fi.

      -UHF DVD: Weird Al made a movie.  It’s a brilliant pastiche of parodies that has a good narrative and some moral grounding.  Stanley’s mop speech is legitimately inspiring.  And of course I’ve been a Weird Al fan since the 2nd grade.  That should go without saying.  Really, guys.

      -“Weird Al” Yankovic The Ultimate Video Collection DVD:  Back when I was younger and had a bedtime/in-your-bedroom-time, on the weekends it was 10:30 or when the movie ended that night if it wasn’t too much later.  On the nights when the movie ended earlier I’d watch these music videos over and over to fill the gap.  They’re all funny and make sense to the song and very well done.

      -The Weird Al Show: The Complete Series: DVD: It’s Peewee’s Playhouse (which is up on Netflix now and I should watch) but with Weird Al.  The theme song was on his Running With Scissors album but I just figured it was a joke or his show was lost to time.  And then I found this.  It’s not great, but the use of the AL TV shorts and a flaberagastingly funny send up of Mr. Rodgers that is the highlight of any episode it is featured in.  Go look up Papa and Baby Booglie.  There you go.

      -Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Complete Series DVD: A great mythic series from childhood that keeps getting better.  When I bought this just this last year I went back and watched to find so much of it was so well planned out.  The Easter Eggs will blow your mind.  It has blown my friends minds before on late night Skype calls.  That’s the benefit of having a series this good on disc.  You can catch anything and on your time.

      -Avatar: The Legend of Korra: Book 1: Air DVD: I bought these seasons all when they came out, so that’s 1, 2, and then 3 and 4 immediately together and after the Twin Peaksing of the finale (ABC ran its own show off the air with rescheduling back in the early nineties (and don’t get me started on the state of the Nickelodeon website)).  This season is good, but because no one knew how long it would go, the ending feels rushed and off.

      -Avatar: The Legend of Korra: Book 2: Spirits DVD: Korra herself had to go back through the same arc this season and though I thought I had a much better end in mind, this one was alright.  Varrik is my favorite.

      -Avatar: The Legend of Korra: Book 3: Change DVD: I had a hard time buying these ones.  This might be my least favorite of the seasons.  Again, the ending was anticlimactic if you ask me (and could have easily been done better) but we got another batch of fun side characters. 

      -Avatar: The Legend of Korra: Book 4: Balance DVD: I’m sensing a pattern here now that I’m taking the time to write it out.  The way the villain was handled worked…  It was just a good season of build but less.  It did have what most of the series had though and the characters had growth.  And you know this season was great for my ship.  I wish there was a catchy name for it though.  Anyway, Bolan and Opal are prefect.  Korra and Assami makes sense too and I’m glad they went with it.

      -Heroes Season 1 DVD: I love this series.  I re-watch the whole original series regularly.  I don’t talk about the reboot though…  (I wanted to enjoy it.)  But this first season is the great one.  It’s why everyone got hooked, including me and my dad.  For six months of the year four years in a row my dad and I took every opportunity we could to watch Heroes on Monday nights.  We watched Chuck some too, and House, but Heroes trumped every other show.

      -Heroes Season 2 DVD: Being honest though, this season, and the writer’s strike, was the beginning of the end.  Rushed plots and character growth came out poorly and the new characters which would have added to the mythos became mostly complications.

      -Heroes Season 3 DVD: The season of fallout.  All of the things that 2 had left open or even more complicated had to be dealt with but I have the feeling that they also went ahead with the original plan a little too readily.  However, what this season did for Sylar, even with the soap opera-y backdrop.  Just wow.  The second arc with the government was another thing that felt rushed but

      -Heroes Season 4 DVD: For all of the confusion and missteps we got here, to the Carnival.  Weird?  Yes.  But I loved it.  There was a serious threat but in my eyes the majority of this season dealt with normal people dealing with these powers with a backdrop of the carnival which was interesting as contrast and a vehicle for the story.  This season also, I feel, put the show back on track by the finale.  The penultimate episode is my favorite though.  It has the kind of conflict where the hero and the villain are stuck together to learn for their betterment.  I was very disappointed when, after the finale had been shot with the real sixth volume in mind, the show was canceled.  If I could reboot any tv show, this would be it.  And it would be a hard reboot that “starts it all again.” 

      -The Cape The Complete Series DVD: I’m not really sure why this show didn’t make it.  It wasn’t great, but the cast was solid.  The plot worked and was going places.  I haven’t watched it in a while though, I should fix that and maybe I’ll answer my question.

      -Unbreakable The Vista Series Edition DVD: Myth Theory, early Shamalan, and superheroes; I am very interested in watching this movie.  After hearing the good things about it I heard I told my mom about it when we were talking about what movies she could rotate in to show in her class during off days.  So we’re going to watch it together.  Eventually.

      -V for Vendetta DVD: Though I can’t say I agree with the specific acts in this movie, it’s a good and accessible philosophical movie and Hugo Weaving kills it as V. 

      -Watchmen Director’s Cut Bluray: So, my simple review of V for Vendetta is followed up by the simple appreciation of a stylistic, dark, and thought provoking comic turned into a similar movie.  I enjoyed it and this was one of the first few blurays I bought because it had so many features and the image quality fit the spectical of the movie (and something I DO appreciate about Zack Snyder).  It is long though, like intermission needing long.

      -Batman The Complete 1943 Movie Serial Collection DVD: These laughably sign of the times shorts are pretty interesting and were worth the five bucks I spent on them at a Safeway.

      -Batman The Television Series (’66) The Complete First Season DVD: I love these zany adventures.  It’s not my optimal image of Batman, but it is so much more enjoyable to me than others and I can believe these are Batman though.  Ceasar Romero is one of my favorite Jokers.

      -Batman The Movie Special Edition DVD: They knew they were having fun with the concept here.  A dehydration machine guys.  But it once again falls into the category of things I love because it is just appreciable fun from the people making it.

      -4 Film Favorites Batman Collection: Batman / Batman Returns / Batman Forever / Batman & Robin DVD: Burton and Keaton understood Batman better than the modern film adaptations do in my opinion.  Things got weird, but I maintain things are still believable as Batman in my holy rule of adaptation, if you changed names and aesthetic details a bit would you be able to guess it was based on the source material? 

      -Batman The Animated Series Volume One DVD: This is a great show that I just missed during childhood.  I was a Nickelodeon and Disney kid in my younger years and didn’t really watch WB content outside of Looney Toons until it was off the air.  I’d seen some, but only enough to remember it was good.  As I grew up though I learned how good it was, but I don’t like doing things illigetimately so I didn’t watch it.  That is, until each season was available for $10 each at Costco.  I’m catching up.

      -Batman The Animated Series Volume Two DVD: So yeah, I’m not all the way through, but I know I have to be thankful to this show for Mark Hammil’s Joker who is as close to my definitive version of the character outside of the comics themselves as things get.  Also Harley Quinn. 

      -Batman The Animated Series Volume Three DVD: More words of positive anticipation.

      -Batman The Animated Series Volume Four DVD: I hear this one is a bit weirder.

      -Batman The Killing Joke Steel Book Bluray: This is an interesting adaptation.  We all know why, the “prologue” in the first half hour is a misstep.  I appreciate what they were attempting, showing a different version/cautionary tale version of what was to come through Batgirl and make it so the story didn’t only feature her getting shot.  What they did worked a little.  But the Batgirl and Batman tension just wasn’t necessary.  Overall the whole prologue wasn’t.  This story has in-continuity context and that is it was a part of the regular Batman run.  Fans know from the previous and subsequent decades of comics that Barbara is not just a victim of the Joker and that she grows out of it.  This is just an instance of all of their lives.  And if this was just a single hour short movie I think it would have been fine.

      Because the last hour of the movie IS an entertaining and very close adaptation of the masterful graphic novel that showed a core aspect of the Joker.  It really is to me like if the comic started movie and got the best voice cast.  When I re-watch this is what I watch.  I already reviewed this, but I’ve gotta say, the musical number especially was great.

      -The Dark Knight Steel Book Bluray: This was a gift.  This is the best of the Nolan trilogy (which I own all of on DVD despite my opinions that overall these are awful adaptations (because I intend to write out my full study of the subject and let it be known in due time)).  Ledger has a VERY good performance as a different but identifiable Joker.  The Two-Face plot is classic Nolan pretentious over-complication and the root of the biggest gripe I have about the series.  It’s another film I watch for the salvageable two thirds.

      -4 Film Favorites: Superman: Suparman: The Movie / Suparman II / Superman III / Superman IV: The Quest for Peace DVD: I like the classics.  Another old film series that got off the rails at the end but is still entertaining and fitting to the character.  It’s also a series of films my father and I watched together during the time we watched Heroes.

      -Green Lantern Extended Cut Bluray: The Extended Cut was… More movie than the original?  It’s not great.  This was really cheap at FRY’S and I had no more problem with the plot of this than Spider-man 3, X-men 3, or the Amazing Spider-man 2.

      -Spider-man 2 Full Screen Special Edition DVD: This is listed here because 1 it was on the shelf right next to the following entry and it is my favorite of the Raimey films and I think really good. 

      -Triple Feature 3-DVD Set: Spider-man / Spider-man 2 / Spider-man 3 DVD: Beyond the nostalgia of being a young adolescent when these came out, these are damned entertaining and good light-hearted adaptations.  Not perfect, we’ll get to perfect adaptations of comics, but a lot of fun.  I splurged and bought this set for myself during college to re-watch them, willing to buy 3 again and I re-watched them and then watched all of them with the great commentary tracks.  If you can you should watch them too.  Everyone enjoyed making these films and they were all made with the best intention.  3 just fell to studio interference (kind of like Batman and Robin).

      -The Amazing Spiderman Bluray:  When I went to see this movie a little after sing the Dark Knight Rises I said to myself that THIS was a comic adaptation.  Stylistic, close to the source material, and entertaining, I felt like this movie really hit the money in a way so few had done before.  At times it felt like it was over-reaching just a bit, but otherwise it was great.

      -The Amazing Spiderman 2 Bluray: And then Sony decided to throw too many villians into a story that combined the original and Ultimate versions of continuity (which had worked for Marvel).  Does no one understand that the way the comics and Marvel studious built universes was with one story at a time for a long time?  Still, it’s good action, a good Spider-man, Gwen, and a decent visual style. 

      -Daredevil Director’s Cut DVD: This movie wasn’t great in its regular form but I liked it.  The director’s cut though I do love.  It focuses more on the blue and red on black tones of the Millar comics, changes a few characters but keeps their cores. Evenescence music intrinsic to the times is a plus too.  Oh, and it also deals with the Catholic side of Daredevil more than the regular cut and that’s a plus.

      -Iron Man Special Edition (Holofoil Cover) DVD: The start of the MCU and may favorite and most identifiable character in it.  A reasonably smart and innovative guy who hides a more genuine nature behind some snarky comedy?  Here’s one of the best examples of that in comics.  It’s also a great example of the Hero’s Journey in a modern contextualization.

      -The Incredible Hulk DVD: I watched this movie while drinking with my grandfather once.  And that’s the way I remember it best and the way I like my Hulk movies.  I remember him saying “hey, they just skip right to it in this movie, none of that origin crap.” And it’s good.  The Hulk has a simple origin and the intrigue is in him running from it, not really in looking into it.  We know how that worked out. 

      -Iron Man 2 Bluray: I like this one.  There is a LOT going on, but not like on Spider-man 3 levels and it’s not like there is much bad going on.  This movie had Black Widow and Nick Fury in it for crying out loud.  AND Demon in a Bottle.

      -Marvel’s The Avengers Bluray: This movie just works.  The product of all the work done before paying off.  And I’m not even a Whedon fan.  I was very VERY happy with this movie.  I even went to go see it with six of my great friends freshman year at college.  And I was named the Iron Man (and photoshopped into the poster as such).  My mozzarella sticks came out right when Pepper walked in.  (The Cinnebarre is like the NW’s Alamo Drafthouse)

      -Iron Man 3 Bluray: I watch this movie every Christmas.  It’s my Die Hard.  Funny and implausible action with a significant amount of character work.  I would still be a little ticked at the waste of the Mandarin, but acknowledging that the idea is based on the historical position and the rumored figure was enough to tide me over until it was revealed in an MCU short that the Chinese expatriot who was frustrated after having his family’s position taken away by the Communist regime existed and he may also have

      -Avengers: Age of Ultron Bluray: In my opinion it’s the least of the MCU movies, easily of the ones I own and maybe of the whole series.  I understand how restricted they were by Fox’s X-men ownership.  I also know that Ultron is a hard nut to crack for a movie, but how do you screw it up this badly.  The summary of the film said Tony unleashes a dormant technology in a failed attempt to better things.  How easy would it have been (with the established idea of an older Hank Pym) for Tony to have resurrected a dormant Ultron AI project from the Cold War?  Just say’n.  They needed an infinity stone, but that’s not mutually exclusive.  They needed fuel for the fire of Civil War, well a lot could have been done for that.  And why did they have to introduce the Ultimate background for Hawkeye when the rest was all the other movies play him as standard?  The Black Widow and Hulk relationhips too…  I’m not opposed to it, it just seems like they added a lot of things for no real reason.  And this is the kind of movie you get when that happens.

      -Captian America: Civil War Bluray: In my opinion this is the real follow-up to the Avengers.  All the fun, all the scope, all the action, and ALL the characters.  And, of course, I don’t think I’ve mentioned for quite a while that the features make the disc doubly worth it.  It’s also far enough into the timeline that what I can find to fault it mostly comes from the previous films. 

      -Doctor Strange Bluray: I loved seeing the movie in theaters.  It shows a new aspect of the MCU and it’s one that I’m eager to see play out.  Further it was very fun, very efficient about the origin, and had a really natural and clever end.  It makes me very excited about the future of the MCU that they can keep things going this far into the story.

      -X-men: First Class Bluray: You might be wondering why these movies are in this order.  Well, I have them organized by their tentative positions in the timeline because I have all but one of the X-men films because that’s the one I didn’t see and mostly because I was busy.  I just realized that I had all but two a while back and because of one project I am working on I thought I’d do the shorter version of it too (eventually).

      But this one.  It’s an X-men movie starring J Law and those two Irish guys. (Fassbender and Mackavoy, I know, they’re really cool guys.)  It’s a return to form in the series after 3 and Origins: Wolverine and just a very solid movie. 

      -X-men Origins: Wolverine DVD: A short summary of this movie.  They cast Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in a movie that covered the Weapon program and Wolveriene and Sabertooth’s life as very similar but very different people.  And somehow they screwed it up.  This is what I expect of a modern DC movie, but this is what started the fantastic casting and a great in-comic story and they decided to ruin it with quirks and bad story development.  I was sad because as bad as what they did to my favorite mutate, they had so much in concept. 

      -Triple Feature 3 DVD Set: X-men / X2: X-men United / X-men: The Last Stand DVD: Confession time.  I like all of these movies and I like them all about the same.  They had no idea how to end the trilogy so they just threw everything into a pot, but for the most part they walk the middle road of realistic scenarious with extrodinary characters and elements.  A whole lot of black leather in these films but over all a great cast.  There also was an arc to these movies with multiple leads.  That’s impressive for the first go. 

      -The Wolverine Bluray: BLACK FRIDAY BLURAY SALE!  Otherwise, meh.  Fine movie with an alright ending that could have been better.  Still, with all the investment Jackman had put into the character by this point he just deserves that I buy it. 

      -X-men: Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut Bluray: This is my favorite X-men movie.  The normal cut is good too, but the Rogue Cut is up there with the Avengers in terms of comic-book adaptations (I waited nearly a year to buy the movie because I knew I’d buy this one).  If Avengers has the feel down and Amazing Spiderman has the visuals, this movie has got the scope right (prior to Civil War, but they’re close).  It also accomplishes for movies what I thought only comics could successfully.  An in-continuity reboot and recon of every movie to come before it.  And not just in a Back to the Future Part II it was all happening just of screen kind of way.  This is honest-to-goodness past characters coming back to fix problems and save each other in a different timeline.  Have any of you seen this?  I hope so.  If there’s any director’s cut on this list to see.  It’s this one.  Also, Rogue was a great addition to the movie that I’m not sure why they took her and her rescue mission out.  That sequence is worth the price difference.

      -Deadpool Target Edition Bluray: I love this movie.  I love this character.  He’s my favorite mutate.  It also is a movie that proves that when you want to do right by a story or an idea you should just do it and have fun.  I reviewed this movie last febuary but I’ll just let you all know that this is my favorite Superhero movie and the best adaptation in all of the catagories I’ve outlined before now.

      -The Lego Movie DVD: This is the latest addition to my collection.  I bought it immediately after seeing The Lego Batman Movie and remembering how much I liked the original.  I haven’t watched it yet, but I’m looking forward to a good time when everything is awesome.

       

      And there you have the entire collection of “My Movies” that were on the entertainment center.  Left out discs of note are Black Sheep, Tommy Boy, Breaking Bad (every single season release (5-1 and 5-2)) and every season of It’s Always Sunny in Philladelphia plus the Christmas special.  I am sure I have others around the house, like the Matrix four pack and Anchorman 2 is somewhere, but if I ever do a post like this after the Disney one we’ll cover the random ones.

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      WOW, twelve whole pages.  I did not expect that.  Oh well!  It took a while to write up and I still have three movies to comment on.  It won’t be 12 pages, but let’s roll with some “segments” and wrap with an announcement.

       

      Star Wars: Rogue One

       

      I liked The Magnificent Seven Samurai in Space.  It was very well done and it went against my greatest fear that it wouldn’t fit as a Star Wars movie.  The characters and the adventure fit into the world in a way that kept with this movie’s war-heist theme despite the difference to the family history nature of the other Star Wars movies. 


      Unsurprisingly though, my favorite parts were the Darth Vader ones.  Personally the events on Mustafaar.  That final fight was badass and does lead perfectly into A New Hope.


      There is a new aspect on the Death Star that answers the question of why there was that glaring a defect in the plans and that’s something special that I’m liking about the Disney continuity.  Things are very tightly woven together.  As this new expanded universe grows there will be weak spots probably, but I’m still looking forward.


      I am also pleasantly awaiting the Han Solo-film and will sign everything for a film based of off Kenobi.

       

       

       

      RWBY

       

      So, our good buddy on the site @JohnathanWelker has asked what my thoughts on this most recent volume of RWBY were and I’d already said I was going to do some more detailed thoughts in whatever I chose to do as Update #22 and, well, here we are.  So I’ve gone back and watched the entire thing to refresh myself now what we’re in the time when such a discussion openly would necessitate SPOILER tags.  However, if you’re waiting to watch it still, don’t read this section.

       

      RWBY Vol. 4 was, in a very good way, about what I expected.  After the fall out of everything that happened in Vol. 3 We needed some quite, some explainations, and seeing where everything settled.  It was more than just our heroes walking to the next plot point, but I’d be lying if it wasn’t half that and half new details.  The details we got were also simple and straight foreward.  There were only a handful of things that brought me to speculation.  I want to make sure everyone understands though, I enjoyed this season, not just for what it had to be, but overall as a show.  And having nearly triple the usual World of Remnants helped me a lot as we explored out from Beacon and into the grander world and conflicts of our characters.  While I could go chapter by chapter I’m going to keep this more as general thoughts though on characters and elements to be more cohesive. 

       

      -SALEM’S EVIL COUNCIL OF EVIL

      Salem’s table had six seats for guests.  Not only did it have six seats, but the seats that were sat in were sat in a way to make it obvious that people were missing from the table.  First off, there were six people present in the room other than Salem and Mercury and Emerald weren’t allowed to sit or didn’t out of propriety.  But, if there were only four people who were allowed to sit at the table it would make sense for them all to sit as close to Salem instead of leaving two open seats unless the seats were assigned to specific people.  This means two people were missing.  It is possible that those seats belonged to Roman and the leader of the White Fang / Adam, but it only means for sure that there are two other members of the council.  I hope we can figure this one out eventually.

      Salem has her whole supernatural queen of the Grimm thing going.  She’s creepy and cold which works but it’s nothing we didn’t know already from Volume 1 Chapter 1.  It is interesting to see how she pushes each of her council members though.

      I like that Cinder’s wounds are actually effecting her, as are her powers.  She’s taken throat damage and lost an eye to Ruby.  I’m sure there will be some symbolic significance to that eventually.  I’m also wondering what she’s trying to control within herself.  My money is the Grimm scarab and the Fall Maiden powers are at odds within her.

      Tyrion will come back up, but for his general discussion.  I liked him as a villain this time.  He was just interesting enough as a character and a threat but if it’s true that he was beset by Grimm until he died as punishment I’ll be fine with that.  He served his purpose and that opens up another seat at Cinder’s table.  It’s really cool to see some of the rarer Faunus types.

      Watts, someone brought up on an Afterbuzz TV episode, is probably Watson and so his backstory should be interesting.  He’s also clearly the token dick of the Villain team.

      I don’t remember the name of the big brooding one.  His comments to Oscar seem like he’s the noble type of bad guy who is going to extreme measures for some sort of betterment to people.  Or I could be reading too much into him giving a poor kid a ticket to a train.  It’s also cool that Ozpin recognized him.  I looked it up, his name is Hazel Rainart (Reynard?) and I did have to look it up.


      -RUBY

      Ruby this time around had a lot of subtle growth, she’s ~16 now and went through a whole lot.  But she’s still Ruby, as Jaune said, and that is a lot of what makes her special.  The more Red-Riding-Hood outfit’s cool too.  Still kicking ass and drinking milk, her letter at the end of the season makes me tear up.

      If you’re noticing this section is short, it is.  Ruby had a very clear goal this Volume and that is what she did.  There was some more incedential stuff like her forgiving nature to Uncle Qrow and some slight new information on having Silver Eyes.

       

      -JAUNE

      Well, we learned what is on his hoodie and it’s better than I could have imagined and just like the Left and Right on his shoes.  Very fitting.  yang

      There’s still mysteries about this guy.  Why’d Tyrion smell something interesting about him?  Was that all he did to his sword?  What kind of connection does he still have to Pyrrha (and how does Ruby fit in)?  Silver eyes, maidens, and a sword from the Great War…

      This Volume his role as strategist was expanded upon and he hit the emotional and comedic notes they tried for.

       

      -NORA and REN

      It can be argued that this was their season for major development.  We learned what Ren’s semblance is (emotion muting) and their backstory.  Even sadder than I expected.  The Grimm and final battle we got out of it was amazing.  And they held hands at the end of the volume!  You, know, the important stuff.

      It’s good to see them developed and in the season where it didn’t detract from the over-plot going on.  

       

      -WEISS

      Well, when Jacques Frost marries Santa II’s daughter and takes over the family business, this is the dysfunctional family you’d expect.  The intensity of how awful Papa Schnee and Whitly are to Weiss was a little surprising.  But then she showed great resolve in practicing her summoning and then running away.  I sort of understand why, but in the end I don’t see why she didn’t got to Ironwood with the intent of her father not knowing instead of sneaking away to Winter. 

      I expected the charity event to be “bigger” but we did get to meet her obviously one off foil character and not rival/possible romantic interest Marigold.  Not sure how he’ll fit in later if she ran away, but who knows.  It also was made to look like she had gone crazy.  That’ll be a redemptive arc.

       

      -BLAKE (And SUN TAGGED ALONG TOO)

      Blake’s in a “noble family” too?  That was surprising.  And her parents are perfectly normal too. 

      If Sun hadn’t tagged along, it’s very likely Blake would have stayed home, not had to exposit her emotional state, get through it, and then fight against chameleon girl which sends her on her current path.  I also love awkward “not-boyfriend” Sun.

      I’ve always seen the White Fang as a slow burn enemy in the series so, while there was things going on here, Blake’s development was like Ruby’s and satisfying but small.

       

      -YANG

      One of the things I’m happiest about from this quiet volume is that Yang dealt with her problems internally and quietly.  And in the end she came to a mature conclusion and set off on her path.  She has PTSD and it was shown realisticly with a supportive environment.  What I’ve always found most important in this kind of situation though is that the affected person is incharge.  Yang took charge and that’s great.

      I’m going to include Raven’s reveal that the Branwens are the leaders of a tribe of bandits here because it presents a choice Yang will have to come back to.  And eventually I’d like to see Yang giving them all motorcycles and become Road Warrior Princess, but that might just be me.

       

      -UNCLE QROW

      If his semblance is misfortune, how can he turn into a bird?

      That really shouldn’t be my primary concern with what he revealed.  The “Much Needed Talk” is the other central thing to the volume.  This volume explained things and set them in motion for the future and the grander series.  Monty had 9+ volumes in mind, and that was before Volume 2 became Volumes 2 AND 3. 

      I did not want this, but I expected him to die this Volume.  There were multiple times I thought he did.  It’s good he survived though because there’s eight kids that need his guidance right now.

       

      -OZCAR

      Having Ozpin in his head, this new character filling Ozpin’s shoes is good and a nice surprise.  It seems to be a situation like a maiden’s but different.  The thing about Oscar is he’s also a cool younger character so I’m looking forward to the dynamic he’ll introduce to the core cast.  His multi-colored scheme will also be important I feel.  But seeing as he had maybe fifteen minutes of screen time, I’m going to go ahead and say we’ll just have to wait to actually learn stuff about him.

       

      -THE GODS of LIGHT AND DARKNESS AND THE RELICS

      More explanation of the Grimm and how this world works in a season is pretty interesting.  More so, the relics and the four gifts were the other thing that really got me thinking this season.  If I had to guess I’d say the Relic of Knowledge is Ozpin’s staff.  It could be something ese, but at the very least that’s the Relic supposedly at Beacon.  I’d place the Relic of Destruction in Atlas for obvious reasons, Creation in Mistral because it’s the artistic nation, and Choice in Vaccuo by default (though historically they were the ones who kept their options open).  Odds are Ozpin put those relics in the schools because of his ties to them and the powers that be.  I also think his staff is the “scepter” of the king of Vale and the sword is Jaune’s tying together the two poofy haired mystery men but also putting a relic in the Great War. 

       

      -WHITE FANG

      Corsic and Fennik are creepy Cult higher-ups.  That’s what I thought and that’s what I’ve got to say.

      It’s interesting and fitting that Blake’s dad was the leader of the White Fang when it was blue and white.

      Illya will be an interesting addition to the cast as well.

      The level of duplicity in the White Fang is something I want to figure out, but for now it’s difficult to say if Adam is the scapegoat of the real leader, his secret left hand, or truly the leader of a splinter group that Fennik and Corsic are in.  We’ll just have to wait for next volume’s White Fang episode.

       

      -FINAL SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS

      I enjoyed this volume because it was entertaining and accomplished the small goals it set out with.  Next year I want to see at least some of Team RWBY coming back together, maybe in those opposite pairs I predicted earlier.  I’m also surprised we didn’t hear from Neo or Penny’s Father at all this volume.  Those are going to be interesting developments eventually.  The final twist will need some pay off too, but that’s very likely to happen on its own time.  It wasn’t the biggest season, but I liked it.  I also want to talk about the great technical work from RT animation and the writing from Kerry and Miles.  I prefer the new style of more cell-shading on what looks like painted backgrounds. 

       

      Looking forward to Volume 5.

       

      -TANGENTAL RWBY COMMENT

      I’m still casually playing GE, mostly as best girls Ruby and Pyrrha (don’t tell Nora (I love her but she’s also too slow for my playstyle)).  It’s still pretty fun.  If any of y’all are PS4 players, hit me up and we can try to play sometime.

       

       

      A Guttermouth Section about Logan

       

      I really liked that Deadpool trailer.  It got kinda long and weird towards the end there.

       

      But seriously, I don’t have much bad to say about Logan.  It was a very, very, good Shane reboot.

       

      I might be done with jokes now, but I should warn you I can’t make any promises from here on except there will be spoilers.

       

      This also isn’t quite a “guttermouth” review because I liked this movie but don’t have much swearing and shouting to do in that regard either.  It was really good and definitely a rated R X-men movie.  Not exactly in or out of continuity but a perfect send-off for Hugh Jackman.  Even if it is the last third of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome too… 

       

      Yeah, I’m still trying to hide my spoilers through jokes.  I regret nothing!  whiskey ruby whiskey

       

      My verdict is go see it, it’s a very good and poignant story featuring a character that has been 15 years in the works.  If nothing else it is an appropriate way to appreciate Jackman and Stuart’s contributions to the X-men.  And odds are I’ll buy a copy sometime after release.

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      We’re nearly at 18 pages now in the document.  I’m not going to do any more to you all than I have to right now.

       

      I know what I said. 

       

      I also know I’ve been talking about something RvB related for quite a while, and I can think of no better way to expand my hype and keep my promise than release the “proposal draft” script for Red vs Blue: REC0VERY Issue 1 on April 1to show my appreciation for all that this company and show had done for me in fifteen years.  With all the influence it has had on my writing alone, something like this was inevitable. 


      It's also going to be a post at least 33 pages long.

       

      It’s time to #tellmyRvBstory.

       

      I’ll see ya then.

       

      -008

       

      TAG BAG

      #movies

      #bluray

      #dvd

      #Carpentry

      #rwby

      #RWBYV4

      #RWBYGE

      #starwars

      #StarWarsRogueOne

      #logan

      #rvb

      #redvsblue

      #TellYourRvBStory


       


       

    • Merch March Photo Collection 2

      3 days ago

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      Starting with one I forgot to put in #merchmarch Photo Collection 1

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      and drinkware helps you to be a hotshot mixologist.

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      Hopefully y'all haven't gotten tired of my lovely mug this #merchmarch .

      (@ailsarocks sad she didn't)

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      Than HERE IT IS

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      What do you have to do to remember your keys?

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      What I like best about is how we band together!

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      BTS
      1 I woke up like this.
      2 This is the first RT shirt I ever got.
      3 Not pictured: Sweatpants

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      Something about golden idols...
      I forgot the holiday and I am Irish, but have worn all my green. Oh well! .

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      I wonder if Team Faturday could be a thing, ?

      Happy Saturday in anyway!

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      I specialize in classy absurdist off-brand humor.

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      Today I celebrate and the changing of the seasons. (none of that Gregorian nonsense)

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      How's your #merchmarch going?

      -008



    • RT Community Day 3/17-

      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

      Did you know that if you hit "inspect element" on a picture and copy and paste what it highlights in the string of code into a journal on the new site, all you have to do is trim off a little bit of excess text from either end for a clean image to appear through Edge?


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      I DIDN'T, but that's great news, isn't it?


      So, this will be a rather short #RTCommunityDay post because I'm writing Update #22 right now. 


      The twitter version of the post was a pun about banding together, but seeing as I used Colors for the first video portion of my RT Community Day posts, I'm kinda flailing around for an appropriate video to share with you all...


      FLAILING LIKE A FISH! 


      I wish you all a fantastic RT Community Day, no matter how you spend it.  Here's a good old RT short though to go with this short post.


      -008


      Edited in the YouTube Link Because using the RT Site Version took a while to load for me.



    • Merch March Photo Collection 1

      1 week ago

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      It's time for some #MerchMarchChallenge fun from over on twitter!

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      Hey and are you celebrating ? has offered up a challenge for us. Join me, won't you?

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      #MerchMarchChallenge

      Some early for

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      Bonus :

      Any day can be Mardi Gras if the USPS tries hard enough!

      Great this month. I got one of the signed .

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      I forgot the picture AGAIN and I haven't even used the glass yet.

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      Some merch just brings together an outfit.
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      My favorite on a lazy Sunday is the Chronicles of Blood Gulch.
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      Today's Camp Campbell Camp Councilor Fashion Tip: Dress for the seasonal weather! #MerchMarchChallenge

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      I've gotta be careful tweeting all this copywrited material during #MerchMarchChallenge

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      #MerchMarchChallenge

      I have 2 RvB books. The nice one my friend got me.

      And then there's this asshole...

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      There's only one TOP way to save for more Merch during

      #MerchMarchChallenge

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      The best thing about and the #MerchMarchChallenge is it lets me channel my silly.

      It's like a benign version of Shenanigans!

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      My RT travel cup had a leak in the lip, so I made a fun brush cup for my woodworking. #MerchMarchChallenge

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      What's really helped with this 's #MerchMarchChallenge is this notebook. More office supplies in would be cool.

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      And that's it so far.  How are you celebrating Merch March?  I hope you're having fun and don't just let me know.  @ailsarocks is not only interested, she's the one who came up with the challenge.


      Unrelated, I'm hard at work on Update #22.  Planning on it coming out mid-week.


      -008


    • Signal Boost: Merch March Madness

      3 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

      Hey, guys are YOU going to join in on the fun of showing some RT Appreciation geared to the store but also it's a way of including all of us in the proliferation of our favorite company in the merchandising process?


      I AM!


      Because there's also lots of cool things that come out of this, and I like cool things!


      Cool things that include:


      -Wearing clothing you like

      -Interacting with folks online and possibly IN REAL LIFE

      -Adding style and pinache to the daily activity of feeding yourself

      -Networking like an industry professional

      -Being ridiculous

      -Setting up toys

      -Reminding others of the importance of visual signs or gestures of community as outlined in Plato's Republic

      -Competing with others for monetary prizes


      Yeah!  Wait whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?


      That's right, our friend @ailsarocks (the one who's responcible for the monthly RT is Fashionable Blog and Twitter) is putting on a multiple prize and easy to win "competition."  I went ahead and called it a " "competition" " because its more like a raffle but you do need to put forth some effort and the more effort, the better your chance of winning.  The official post detailing the Rooster Teeth is Fashionable Merch March Challenge is linked over in the words I used to describe it!


      "BUT MAX, YOU SAID THERE WERE PRIZES AND I NEED TO KNOW NOW!" I assume you say for the sake of this impromptu parody of an infomercial like announcement. 


      The prize is one of multiple $20 (or British currency) gift cards to the Rooster Teeth store so you can get one of the cool new things released this month or that pair of Boop Socks you've been eyeing for a while but just haven't had the excuse to buy.  And all you have to do is post pictures with the hashtag #merchmarch on this here site or over on twitter and/or tag our friend @ailsarocks (here on the site). 

      So, go on, check out the post and get posting your pictures, if not just for the free stuff you could get, but for the free cool stuff you definitely will get from using a moment of your time and stuff you already paid for.  (Or don't so I can buy those socks!)

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      In all seriocity though, not only is it really cool that Ailsa is doing this for the community, it's just plain cool that we're a part of a community that has the opportunity to share our collections with each other.  Rooster Teeth dedicates a whole month towards putting the merchandise's online presence into the community's hands. 


      I know I'll be participating over on twitter and here too (I'll be posting multiple picture posts here too (but in bulk because I have to use firefox)). 


      Why not join in, the least you can get out of it is some fun.


      -008


      TAG BAG

      #rtcommunity

      #RoosterTeethCommunity

      #RoosterTeethStore

      #merchmarch

      #morchmorch

      #008

    • Lamkia asked AgentWashingtub008 a question

      If you had to rename yourself, what name would you go by?

      Answered: Feb 21, 2017

      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.



    • Fly asked AgentWashingtub008 a question

      What are your favorite superhero outfits or costumes?

      Answered: Feb 21, 2017

      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.

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  • Comments (28)

    • Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      2 days ago

      Yay friends! 

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

        2 days ago

        Booyeah!

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

      5 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

        5 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Elevator's not worthy.

      10 months 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

        10 months ago

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

      • monopoly_j FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Elevator's not worthy.

        10 months ago

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

    • Erkan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Take It Easy.... bitches

      10 months ago

      Hey Max :D

      • Erkan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Take It Easy.... bitches

        10 months ago

        I think thats Max

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

        10 months ago

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

    • Raf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ShimmySham Gaming

      11 months ago

      thanks for the 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

        11 months ago

        Not a problem.

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      1 year ago

      Happy Valentine's Day! :D


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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

        1 year ago

        Sweet, thanks.

    • Toptoast FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of the Breakfast

      1 year ago

      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

        1 year ago

        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

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

        3 years ago

        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

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

        3 years ago

        I don't even know what that is.

    • agentmaine6

      3 years ago

      Thank you i appreciate it you just made my day

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

      4 years ago

      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

    • Miragenotdin

      5 years ago

      Wash Rules.

    • theEMBlem98

      5 years ago

      Looks good dude.

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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 5 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 7 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 7 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 10 months 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.