Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What happened this weekend???

Hey everyone,

I didn't get a chance to be on my computer this weekend so I am only now seeing that Friday's Weekly WotA not only didn't post on time, apparently Blogger lost the draft. Not sure what happened there, but I've been having internet connectivity issues so I'm going with that explanation instead of something wrong with the hallowed Google.

I'll be posting at least one WotA blog tomorrow and possibly two, along with the regularly scheduled Friday blog on Friday.

Sorry for the inconvenience! and know that you can email me if something doesn't seem right on any of the sites. A lot of times I am focusing on writing new material or grading/day-jobbing more than updating the sites, so sometimes mistakes happen.

Thank you for your support!

So how was your weekend? I spent it running between family matters and grading an absurd amount of calculus papers. Comment below

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

News: Jon Stewart leaving the Daily Show

I guess with all the good news in my fandoms some bad news had to happen also . . .

Site Recommendation: RiptApparel.com

If you guys haven't heard of RiptApparel.com yet, here's my recommendation.

Each day RiptApparel.com provides 3 designs available as t-shirts, hoodies, posters, and . . . coasters(?) for some reason???

The designs are always a part of geek culture, be that anime, comics, movies, etc, and they're affordable also (as of Jan 2015, $11 for a t-shirt + an expected amount of shipping & handling). For instance, this weekend they had a couple Deadpool shirts, a Big Hero 6/Iron Man mashup, Attack on Titan, My Neighbor Totoro and a Neon Genesis Evangelion.

What really gets you is the fact that the designs are only available for 24 hours at the normal price, and an additional 12 hours at an elevated price (+$5).

WotA Weekly: Yggdrasil

Hi folks! Today we're talking about the World Tree, Yggdrasil.

Spider-Man coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Wow! What a great week for my fandoms. First, Netflix announces a Legend of Zelda series, and now SPIDER-MAN IS SAVED . . .


Monday, February 9, 2015

Value of Your Degree

This is a version of a lecture that I usually end up giving to the dead-eyed college students viewing math courses as nothing more than an obstacle to their eventual college degree-enabled successful life.

2014 Superhero Films in Review

So 2014 saw a great number of superhero films (although still not enough!); for fans of sci-fi or fantasy, superhero films are quickly becoming the highest-quality way to get your fix.

In my eyes, there are about 5 superhero films that you can talk about; in order of release: Captain America: the Winter Soldier, Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Guardians of the Galaxy, Big Hero 6.

Some people would include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but I haven't seen it so it's off by default. 

So let's break down the best and the worst, best films, best acting, best heroes, best villains, etc.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

PSA: OpenPaymentsdata.cms.gov

So John Oliver usually gives out a lot of good information in his weekly show.

This week, he brings the website openpaymentsdata.cms.gov to our attention, which tells you exactly how much your doctor has accepted from pharmaceutical companies and what it was for.

Hope you found it as enlightening as I did!

News: Legend of Zelda on Netflix

If you haven't heard, Zelda is on Netflix! Link to the scoop at the end.

To say that I am looking forward to a Netflix produced Zelda TV series is an understatement:
This is the dream.
Since the 1993 Mario disaster, Nintendo has been awfully protective of their properties, even going so far as to state that they would NEVER license Zelda.

There were some rumors a few months back that Nintendo may be going the route of Marvel in making their own cinematic studio, but apparently their research into this undertaking meant they decided to go ahead with the licensing.

Netflix is poised to be, if they aren't already, on top of the TV/home movie market along with HBO, and Zelda can help them get there. A Netflix representative has said they want this to be like Game of Thrones but family-friendly.

If it can capture a fraction of the heart of Zelda and the spectacle of what Game of Thrones is, then this could be the best show ever.

Here's hoping!

If you want to read other articles I've written on the Zelda franchise, check out the Zelda label, and if you want to watch the Zelda Wii U videos Nintendo has put out, check out my Zelda Playlist. Here's the original scoop from the Wall Street Journal.

So are you excited for a Zelda TV show? Or do you think it's going to be a hot mess? Who do you want to see in the cast of Zelda? +1, subscribe, and comment below. Thanks for reading.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Check Out: John Wick

John Wick is an interesting one. I never even heard of this film until about a month before its release, but as soon as I saw the trailer it piqued my interest. It looked like sheer awesome and early reviews were promising. So did it meet expectations?

Friday, February 6, 2015

WotA Weekly: Enchanting

Hi guys!

This week I'm discussing the magick of enchanting.

If you want to catch up on WotA Weekly entries, please click here: WotA Weekly. Starting Friday the 13th, WotA Weekly will be posted every Friday. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Narrative: Hunger

When you don't know any better, hunger is a bad thing.

The ache is sickening. It's the ache of failure. It rises up and attacks your conscious mind, beating you about the head. You're too poor to eat every night, or maybe you're too busy, and going to the store hungry is a good way to miss a mortgage payment.

Going to bed hungry is failure.

When you don't know any better.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WotA Weekly #3: The Creation of the Multiverse

The creation story for WotA parallels classic mythology that usually start something along the lines of "in the beginning, there was darkness". The WotA creation story starts something like,

Before the beginning of time, there was magick.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Check Out: Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Old Man's War by John Scalzi is the series that made Scalzi. He published his book online free and asked readers to send him money if they liked it. It worked and he got a successful deal with Tor.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Make it better: Hyrule Warriors

© Nintendo

I've been a fan of Dynasty Warriors for years. I got my start with the franchise in Romance of the Three Kingdoms 3 for the SNES. So I leapt at the chance to play one of my favorites with the cast of one of my favorites. I mean, I have two Zelda tattoos for crying out loud (Triforce and three-and-a-half hearts if you're curious).

And as predicted, it's super-fun and addictive. But no one is clamoring for it to be named game of the year or even talking about it as more than filler between main adventures. So here is a list of things they could have done (or could do in an expansion/sequel). Some are more feasible than others and I really don't think would require much in the way of programming while others are more of a wish list:

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Thoughts on . . . Football

To say that football and I have a tumultuous relationship would be an understatement to say the least.

WotA Weekly #2: Space Demons

Ready for another WotA Weekly? This week, I'm tackling the "world" offworld.