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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ch-ch-ch-CHANGES!

Going to be switching some things around- please turn and face the strange changes as I do. Because I'm just gonna have to be a different man

after all...

Time May Change me
But I Can't Trace Time

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Mythical Wave 4

     Back when Toyfair was going on, we heard of Wave 4 of Titans Return but it was starting to look like it was never going to arrive- the same fate that hit Windchargers wave of RTS toys seemed to be in full force- retailers glutted with earlier waves and waiting on movie toys.


     And then from the east, a rumor came that Walgreens was getting the deluxes. Some of the wave showed up here in Colorado, but it was only the remolds, Krok and Quake.

     And then Hop arose: The Chosen Prime got them in stock the day after my fiftieth birthday. I ordered and got them Monday the 17th. I'm going to show you what to watch out for or this wave might hit you...BROADSIDE.
Broadside becomes a wonky plane
and an aircraft carrier- he comes with miniature aerialbots but I haven't put them on


     Interestingly enough, Broadsides number marks him as an Essex class Aircraft Carrier called the USS Antietam Which was decommissioned in 1963 and scrapped in 1974


     I ended up getting Brawn from China via Ebay and a slow boat. Very happy with him, and happy Hasbro came up with an official release to match Igear's offering.



     And here is Percceptor, but lets take a closer look:


The dial I am pointing at with my gnarled and Parrot-bitten hand...

Focuses the lens. it's a working(though not very powerful) microscope


     Topspin manages to look G1 with all the articulation we have come to expect. his transform is highly innovative. My preference is to combine the weapons.



     Kup is a little boxy, but still looks very G1 in both forms. I Love the double-pistols. He ended up supplanting my generations version. For some reason, I put Brawn in here for a size comparison.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Yo Ho, a Pirate's Life for Me

     Actual conversation with Sam:

     (As I meet her after shopping at Walmart)
     Sam: What did you get?
     Me: some ramen noodles and canned chicken
    Sam: What vegetables are you going to eat?
     Me : Umm
     Sam: Scurvy is on the rise again, they are finding adults who haven't eaten vegetables in years
     Me: I guess I should know that. It was featured on an episode of Chicago Med
     Sam: I will have to look for that one
     Me: and I am in the highest risk group for that, because I already have a parrot.

    I went back and got broccoli and carrots. I told Sam I picked up fried jalapeno poppers and ketchup. I have a reputation to uphold.

     I'm not a very creative cook. I can do red sauce, and cook meat, but I am often at a loss as to sticking vegetables in there. I don't think of it.

Yo Ho.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wallace

    He started having seizures again over the last two days, and had a final one this morning before 9 AM. He is gone, out of pain, and away over the rainbow bridge.

     I Miss him.

Irretrievable Feelings

     Thinking yesterday evening about a couple of emotions I felt back in the distant and misty lands of the past, both oddly associated with the musical genius of Mark Knopfler.

     The first was listening to the vinyl I bought myself of Dire Straits "making movies", particularly these three songs...








If memory serves, I saw the video for tunnel of love on MTV, and bought the album based on that. The sorcerous power of Knopfler over that Stratocaster on my silver-gray painted particle board speakers took me somewhere I don't recall reaching since, just the vaguest sensation of how it felt. It may well have been my first foray into air-guitar...

     In 1985, Dire Straits released "Brothers in Arms" and the wildly successful "Money for Nothing" video and song climbed the charts but the one that gave me the chills and sent me to the record store was the title track, most particularly it's inclusion on an episode of Miami Vice called "Out Where the Buses Don't Run". In the episode, the protagonists Crockett and Tubbs are being aided in hunting a near mythical drug kingpin by an ex-cop. The tune overlays the moment when they discover that the ex-cop actually murdered the suspect years before and suppressed the memory. It overlays finding the dealer's mummified corpse in a wall. The eerie power of that was the one thing that stuck with me from an otherwise mediocre (in my estimation) series.

   Years later, the song would be used in a different, even more haunting scene, in the second season finale of "the West Wing", "
Two Cathedrals".

     Music, the right music, has amazing power to transport us. Sometimes I envy my younger self, and wish I could go back and listen for the first time again. Most days I just wait for the next great song...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fifty

     So today I turned fifty. I plan to celebrate by hunting toys tonight, and hopefully will find some. Other than that, not sure of what changes or new things I want for me this year. I think I want to straighten up and improve my friend relationships, since family ones are pretty much as good as they will be.

     Other than that, I'm probably the same person I was yesterday- I love my birds, I love my collectibles. the Sciatica thing caused me to lose a step or two, and I am working to pick them back up. Welcome to Mr Smith at 50, folks.
   

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Rogue One: A DVD Media Story

     Let me say to start off with that I loved Rogue One in theater, and was very excited for it to come out on DVD. Let me say also that I think this story is at least as funny as it is frustrating.

A Short Time Ago, at a Walmart Near to my House...


     So Tuesday night, I bought my Rogue One DVD, at Walmart. Wednesday, I went to play it.

A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away...went by, kind of fast I thought. it ran through the rest of the sequence pre-title, except Saw Gerrera's speech to Jyn is cut short. And then there is a skip in the title sequence. And another skip. and another.

     Wednesday evening, I take the DVD back to a different Walmart for replacement. Thursday I go to play it. A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away...went by, kind of fast and I thought...no way. Same Skips, same spots. I call Walmart. I explain the situation, and someone from their electronics dept. tells me I can't even exchange it now. I call back, get the manager who directs me to the electronics dept. manager, and he tells me that I can trade it, approved by him.
   
     So Thursday evening, I swap my DVD(at Walmart Cust Svc. suggestion) for a Blu ray at no extra charge. Walmart went above and beyond on this, and I do not fault them at all. This was a ridiculous situation, made farcical by the second replacement. This is also my first ever Blu ray Disc.

     I try it in my Blu ray drive on my PC, it works, but VLC player doesn't play it. I find and try "Leawo player" and it starts playing beautifully...until it skips later into the movie than I had previously gotten...

    Sunday, I put in the code for the digital copy, and watched that. No Skips.

     So today, I am wondering if I am the only one to experience this, or if others can tell a similar tale of mishap. I google-searched, facebook searched, and I appear to be the single purchaser of multiple bad copies, tested in multiple DVD players. Also- when my niece borrows it, we will see if it just hates my players, or if it's bad. Or maybe it just hates my family...

Round Robin Challenge

Simple Question- Who is interested in continuing? some concerns have been expressed and I would like to know who is still in at this point?

Saturday, April 1, 2017

the Festival of Phlockenschifften

     The Time has come at my place to celebrate PhlockenSchifften.

     What is Phlockenschifften? Essentially, it's a word I made up that refers to the old German tradition of moving parrots around, which I also made up.

     We are changing the arrangement of cages so that I have the Lovebirds in my room, leaving Sam with Sid(Cockatoo) Ickabob(Green-Cheeked Conure) and Apollo(Jardines Parrot AKA Green Recluse Parrot*) Tango and Cappy of course stay where they are, and Wallace is still by my desk.

     Just over a week ago, I adopted a lovebird who had part of one wing amputated due to a tumor and needed a good home. We call him Little Star. It was immediately apparent, or nearly so, that he could detect the presence of other lovebirds and wanted to be near them, so we bit the bullet. We moved Ruby and Ginko in with me. We are hoping that:

  1. His time socializing with other lovebirds will be good for him
  2. Apollo's behavior to me involves familiarity breeding contempt
  3. absence and distance will make Apollo fonder toward me. 
Time will tell. at the least, Sam feeding Apollo should get me bit far less. So far, Ginko is very interested in the new lovebird. Ruby...she's a little more reticent. 


   


*The Nickname Green Recluse Parrot was Coined also by me after he took a quarter-inch wide and deep chunk out of my arm because he thought it was funny. The Bird is a tool- I love him, but am leery of him. 

Round Robin Challenge : Post a Pic Of Your Most Eccentric Action Figure!

     A Challenge from Toy Break and

     The problem here is how do I with a mind that might be accurately described a a bubble or two off of plumb define eccentric? definitions vary, to say the least. I asked my roommate and she pinpointed the Bo'marr Monk from my Star Wars Collection, because he's a brain controlling a robot spider, and I can see the point in that. He's weird, a little lovecraftian in nature.


     I thought of Generations Swerve, with his weird history as an exclusive Promo for Chevy dealers for people taking a test drive in an Aveo and his relationship to no known transformers continuity


     I could go with my Stikfas, that are great toys but don't go with anything else I own. These innovative toys from Singapore are a favorite but they don't have any fiction to attach to them, leaving them faceless and without identity


     But despite all those worthy contenders, I think I am gonna have to go with this...thing.

     Dunno where I got it, Dunno what company it comes from... it's sort of like a Godzilla KO, but I have had it since childhood, It has Translucent plastic eyes, almost like it;s intended to light-pipe, a hollow body like it is intended as part of another thing. I have tried it as a sort of hand-puppet, or shined a flashlight into it, with no satisfying results on either. Some days I want to know where this came from, and what else was intended, and some days I just want him to stay the two-point articulation mystery that he is.




Other Eccentric toys

  • Toy Break Gives us Kermit the Frog and the Raiders of the Lost Gonzo
  • 20 Years Before 2000 Has a fugitoid with a backstory and no one-armed mutant

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Round Robin Challenge-Curating

     To paraphrase the tagline from Stallone's Cobra, which is apparently about neither the terrorist organization fighting G.I.Joe or keeping your insurance after separating from employment

     "Toys are a Disease. Meet the Curator"

     Are toys my disease? Some days they are the thing that drives me mad, some days they are all that gives my mind ease.

     For my level of nostalgia, I display surprisingly little vintage stuff. I guess I like the Neo-G1 look too much. I love to see the new innovations, so sometimes I have to fight with myself to decide which version or versions of character represent his or her essence best. My biggest challenge is taking anything down, anything at all. Shelf space is always short for this reason, and making the display too cluttered is a constant risk.

     For my display, it's Autobot heavy, with a small shelf of Decepticons, it's also Neo-G1 heavy, with both classics and masterpieces, with a small shelf of Prime and a movie Optimus Shelf. I even have a shelf of transformers that don't fit on any other shelf. Things come in from my storage, things go back to storage, new things come in and older things go to the storage.They get taken down, transformed, loved, reposed...









     And dusted. Oh yes. This Apartment creates dust like Michael Bay creates​ explosions and fanboy wails. So I turn to my friend the cheap paint brush for a dust solution.It is gentle, but will get into areas of heavy detail with ease. Alexis, just for you, I dusted one of my Jin Chan Toads




My Fellow Curators

  • Toy Break is all about the connections to childhood
  • Alexis Universe Keeps shifting them around to make greater and greater sense

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Round Robin Challenge: Two Great Tastes That Are Great together




I'm a bit under the weather right now, having hurt my back SLEEPING. Being at less than top me always makes me long for Comfort foods to make me feel better.



     When I think of Sick -food, I tend to go back to my moms Cream-of-chicken over rice. This was a hot, starchy combo that never failed to soothe, just a can of Campbell's Cream-of-Chicken over a bowl of minute-rice. 

     I've become a little more heath-conscious though, and some of what I mentioned above could be healthier, with more actual food value. So my own preparation takes a slightly different form. Steamed Jasmine Rice takes the place of minute rice(which has all the nutrition of recycled cardboard) It's still Campbell's soup, but the amount of actual chicken in that soup is minimal. so I throw a can of chicken breast chunks in there to boost that. One of the values of this is is doesn't take much prep and will feed me for a couple of days. It's filling, and comforting all at once. Tango will get a kernel or so of rice and take it to my knee to eat. 

     Sam swears by Sunny Delight when she is sick, and I have picked that up too. I like to mix it, though, about 1/2 to 2/3 sunny D with a shot of Squirt to give it a little bite. 

     Lately I have gotten fond of Greek Yogurt over cereal, too. Another easy prep for a meal, although it doesn't stick to your ribs the way the soup and rice above do.


     I love the aesthetic of the Beast wars with Planet X's WFC figures. 

Triple-Dog dared
Fellow bloggers

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Box from The Toy Box

       My friend and fellow blogger over at the Toy Box sent out a a box of goodies as part of the last Round Robin challenge. It was not a small box. It was of significant size. I and my bestest buddy Tango undertook the task of unboxing and photographing everything this morning
     What a selection inside! the first thing I pulled out was a beautiful set of binoculars, packaged up in their box, These are going to make birdwatching great!

     The next thing I found was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


Tango took some interest in Raphael. 


This is the original style of artwork, from the Eastman and Laird comics, when it was
more of a satire. The turtles in their first incarnation were mutated by the same
substance that gave Daredevil his powers and took his sight 

The Shredder- with Grate power comes Grate responsibility. Cheesy joke?

I love the color effect. comics inked in 3 dimensions


Adam of Eternia popped out next

Followed by Ram Man


I can't look at these old filmation characters now without thinking of
"Son of Zorn"

Of course, speaking of TMNT Comics, here is a large helping of Archie Digests. I have been watching "Riverdale" on the CW and I Don't remember Archie being much like that..;.this will be back to roots I suspect. 








     I know little of Five Nights at Freddys, but this appears to be "Foxy" and "the Puppet" according to my researches


For the Culinary Portion of the box...Pocky and Star Wars themed cookware!



the Artoo measuring cups and spoons...clever as hell!


Probably not the Space Cowboy(that would be Terra Man) but he might be the Gangster of Love
She's likely going up next to my Bomshells Wonder Woman and Groot
And it's always good to finish with some Lego- I am no master Builder- I used the instructions



and Tango helped- mostly by staying on my shoulder and not stealing any pieces. 






Lego never fails to impress me with it's innovation.