Sunday, May 22, 2016

Earth's Motor-est Heroes

      Sam and I saw the new Captain America movie two days after it opened, which is fast for us... we usually wait a week or so. I think we are far enough out now to be Spoiler Free

     Before we talk about the movie, we need to talk about the History behind it. Avengers:Age of Ultron and the aftermath of it led to this:

     Yep... it's the Sokovia Accord. and the disagreement over that led to

    ....If only that could be the end to the bad jokes...

The Marvel cars come in two different versions. There are the Comic versions, styled to reflect the spirit of the character. Then there are the movie versions, which are repainted versions of older hot wheels cars. Both have their charm

Black Widow

Smashing through

Nick Fury

Hawkeye(comic version)

Thor (comic)

Black Widow(comic)

Captain America(comic)

Iron Man(comic)

Iron Man Hulkbuster (comic)

and combined together(clever)

the Falcon (comic)

The Wasp
Black Panther


New Hobby

     If you are a more than casual follower of this blog, you might have some questions, which I will answer now.

     No, he did not die.
     Yes, just been busy
      Yep, really

     So the new hobby is called "Adulting" and it is fairly time-intensive. It involves things like paying bills on time, replacing burnt-out CFL bulbs with new LEDs, and then replacing the CFLs in that fixture that did not burn out also with LEDs because they look like crap together. It also involves not referring to "adulting " as "adultery" because that gets you looked at strangely.

     So I am fine, Tango, Cappy and Wallace are fine, Sam is fine(she's adulting too) And Sid, Ruby, Ginkgo and Ichabob are fine. Posts on Ratchet and Wheeljack are a-comin-hold-yer-dern-horses, so I will see you soon with those

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Precious Gems

     Sam got me going on a show called Mine Hunters- I started on Hulu and went through all eight episodes thus far. I am usually not a big fan of reality TV, because it is usually not reality. It is usually scripted and edited to favor some, make a goat of others. This show is somewhat different.

  • They show the triumphs, but also show the screw-ups- and all the team members make those screw-ups.
  • Usually when something on a reality show seems significant, it's the only thing that will work. Here, I saw something the looked significant, and they never went back to it.
  • I learned a lot to respect about the gem trade, which I have considered to be kind of the ultimate artificial value system. The intrinsic worth of gemstones is based on how rare they are and how much they are desired. Quality is judged on invented and agreed-upon values of clarity, cut, and color.
  • I learned how each typed of stone hunted has it's own particular dangers- earthworks collapsing, suffocation, drowning, bandits, soldiers...
  • I learned how fruitless a hunt can be, for even common stones.
     I Learned that precious things are measured in Carats. In that light, I would like to reveal a precious, flawless 310 carat jewel. See how he sparkles and glints.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Fan Service

     I mentioned Fan Service last post, and I found I wanted to talk more about it

     Fan Service can get a bad reputation. A lot of folks think it's pandering, or unnecessary, or inauthentic. Fan Service can be Skimpy outfits, needless and inappropriate sexualization..."jiggle"...

     In short, it can be done tacky, just like everything else can. To be clear, tacky doesn't necessarily mean bad- but it generally means it's unsubtle.

Examples of Obvious Fan Service

  • Daisy Dukes short shorts
  • Princess Leia's metal bikini
  • Megan Fox bending over an engine in Transformers
  • Saving or including a dog(not a weird innuendo.)

     Fan Service can also take the form of "Easter Eggs" in the film- things thrown in as in-jokes for those who know the subject material. When used this way, it's usually done by someone who is a big enough fan of the material that they know you will get the reference, and they are including it for their own benefit as well.

Examples of Awesome usage of Fan Service

  • Any time someone says "I have a bad feeling about this" in a Star Wars movie
  • Donald Blake M.D in Thor
  • Reference to Iron Man as "a bodyguard in a suit"
  • The Space Cowboy scene on Castle
  • Casting Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime in the Transformers live action movies
  • Stan "the Man" Lee in Marvel movies
     Fan Service is neither inherently good nor inherently bad- not something to hate, but more something to be aware of. Enjoy the leg show, but don't forget why it's there. It may be there because the creators of a work think you are smart enough to catch it, it may be there because they think you are dumb enough to fall for it. but either way, it's there for you. I'm a fan- I love Fan Service.

     Now, for my own Fan Service, back to pictures of toys and birds next post...