Sunday, March 2, 2014

Chaos is a Ladder

Game of Thrones Season 4: Hurry up and get here!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Hipster Isopod

Watched The Bay last night. It was touted as a "real footage" shaky-cam documentary, similar to the Blair Witch Project.

What is with Maryland and these types of films?

Either way, it is pretty obvious to someone from the Eastern Shore that it is definitely all nonsense; however, once I suspended the disbelief, it was enjoyable for what it was. It was scary, and touched on some very real concerns regarding the Chesapeake Bay, like how it is becoming a giant toilet thanks to the agricultural runoff.

Here is a new meme I made about my new favorite animal, the giant isopod, or Bathynomus Giganteus.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Yellow

I just came home bitching and complaining about what I feel is a bad haircut. I get on Facebook, looking for a distraction from this First World Problem, and find out that a friend of mine from high school is dead, and has been for a year and a half. A family member had tagged him in a status saying they missed him.

Obviously, we weren't that close, or I would have found out sooner. I still find myself extremely upset. He had struggled with cancer since he was a toddler, and I knew (also through Facebook) that he had a relapse at some point. He had a good life, and was married at one point (no children that I know of).

He had a crush on me in tenth grade, and asked me to Homecoming dance that year. I'm not sure I even went to the dance at all, but I wish I had. Maybe we would have danced to this song.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Timing is Everything

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Before Watchmen Review

Before Watchmen is the "prequel" series to the graphic novel Watchmen, and for my birthday, one of my pals gave me the combo pack of my two favorite characters: the Comedian & Rorschach! Even though I am always really excited about prequels or retrospective stories about characters, I was leery of this series because it has nothing to do with Alan Moore, the original author of Watchmen.

I read the entire book in a sitting so it was definitely entertaining enough, but it wasn't really what I expected. I was under the impression that "Before" Watchmen would be a genuine prequel, showing the experiences that formed the Comedian and Rorschach into who they are, or the events directly preceding them joining the Minutemen or Watchmen.

The Comedian's story takes place in the 1960s, focusing heavily on Camelot and Vietnam, which is between the original 1940s Minutemen group and the second wave of Minutemen in the 1970s. It is definitely interesting if you are into that era of history, especially the many governmental conspiracies and cover-up stories surrounding the Kennedys and the war. My main complaint is that the Comedian's involvement with some of these topics are nowhere near in line with the canon of the original book or even the movie.

Rorschach's story takes place in 1977, the same year as the Keene Act, which was the piece of legislation that outlawed vigilantism and masked "heroes". His story was much more interesting to me, probably because it was more personal to Rorschach and less focused on alternate historical timelines. It takes place over a few days, featuring him trying to take down a small criminal ring in the city. But what I really enjoyed was that it shows him as the real man, Walter Kovacs, in his personal life.

I suppose both of these stories take place before 1985, so it still counts as "before" Watchmen, technically. I thought they would take place long before the events of Watchmen, but the stories were still great!