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Saturday, April 30, 2016

More LEGO Hijinks!
I made some creative adjustments to my Batman minifigure that I got in a Mighty Micros set.
Like the Flash.
And like Robin.

My joy out of these sets wasn't the Instructions.
But the Vision I had of "Something More" from them.

And I got them.  All three.  So happy to be a Geek.
Cheers!
And for "Why"?
The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh is something eye-catching.
And I appreciate the Modern Spin.
While forcibly injected with Weapons-Grade Heroin and set to the streets of Gotham, Batman enables a "Backup Personality"...just in case Bruce Wayne just happens to "shatter" psychologically.
To be added as "props" to the Batcave I'll put together...
Namaste.




Star Wars...

Cheers to the "Lattes With Leia" Ladies!

I like to "tag" my coffee cup.
Doing this ensures no-one throws it out if my back is turned.
So during one week, I went Star Wars-y!!!
I was thinking the Lattes Gals (or would you prefer Lattes Chix? ^_~) would get a kick out of my daily Cuppa Jawa Juice.
And having a rainbow of Sharpies only enable my inner-glee.

The Force Will Be With You Always.
Cheers! ^_~

Monday, April 25, 2016

Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.
-Darth Vader

Thursday, April 21, 2016

xkcd

Laws of Physics
xkcd
(click link above to embiggen and also Hovertext Punchline -not included here!)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Star Wars...

Finn's Panic Attack
(aka: The Bhagavad Gita According to Stormtrooper FN-2187)

With Story, we have something that starts It All.
It's called the Inciting Incident.  This applies to everything.
"What Happened?"
It's something asked in any workplace dispute or broken plate at home.
Basically in movies, Inciting Incidents are the Reason the Rest of the Movie Happens.

Such as 5 minutes and 51 seconds into "The Force Awakens" we're introduced to...
Stormtrooper FN-2187.  
And he's Under Great Stress.  
He's just been traumatized.  
He's witnessed his first Battlefront.
And he's lost a Friend.
This Blood-Streaked Stormtrooper Helmet is Now Iconic.  
It has Subtext now.
Meaning...
"RESIST!!!"
Stormtrooper FN-2187's "Programming" was Overrun.
Whatever measures the First Order has over their Army is speculative and hidden in backstory.  I for one will not invest in books or comics this time around.  I'll be getting what I need from the movies.  It should all be there anyhow.  
FN-2187 is now a Conscious Choice Maker.  
He gained Insight with the Horror of Death.  Of seeing his friend killed then by Not Firing on the Jakku Villagers.  
Spiritual Sidenote: The same thing kinda happened to Buddha.  Way before being known by that title, the young Prince Siddhartha was forbidden to leave the Palace yet as all children do, they need to experience on their own.  So Siddhartha sneaks out!  And into the town and he sees his first dead body.  It was of a wizened old man, who had lived life and passed away.  By Hindu tradition, he was being carried to the crematory by his eldest son.  This changed Siddhartha's Life.  He was kept from all forms of suffering, being the Prince of the Brahman Caste and never allowed to leave the Castle.  From then on, Siddhartha went on to find a Cure for Suffering in Enlightenment...but iDigress...

FN-2187's Panic Attack on the Battlefront, carries over back "Home" to where he chooses to Run Away from the Only Thing He's Every Known...
Why?
Because He has Resisted!  
Spiritual Sidenote 2:  In the Bhagavad Gita, we are given our hero Arjuna, the mighty archer on the eve his family's great civil war which will change the world as they all know it.  His inciting incident in this Story is his Panic Attack when he's beheld to the Enemy's Lines...he sees his Uncles, Cousins, Teachers, Mentors, Friends, Neighbors, Classmates, Nephews, In-Laws...and Mighty Arjuna breaks down weeping.  He slumps down in his war chariot, drops his bow and weeps. "I Will Not Fight..."
It is Arjuna's charioteer, the Lord Krishna who helps his friend in his time of need.  
And this is just the beginning of their adventure! 
Like Arjuna, FN-2187 needs a Chariot and a Charioteer.  
And like Krishna, Poe Dameron is cool under fire, got a wry sense of humor and helps his Friends find his True Path.  Poe flies as now "Finn" shoots the Arrows just as Krishna drives Arjuna.  

*Irony Alert! If it wasn't for Poe Dameron being such a crackshot with his rifle, going 3-for-3 taking out 3 First Order Stormtroopers, Finn would never have lost his friend and later find Poe as his friend.  We don't know who was under that armor yet the seeing the "Magic of..." documentary with my Bonus Material, I know lots of women are under there!  Also the obvious Captain Phasma was a woman too.  Gwendoline Christie's approach to this character is amazing!

So next time I draw this on my coffee lid, I gotta remember to get the streaks right!
The Force Will Be With You...Always.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Star Wars...

Awakening Bite By Bite...

On my lunch break, I watch The Force Awakens on my iPhone via my Amazon Streaming copy.
Picks up where I left off.
Gawd, I love the Future but iDigress...

Today at home, I pick up the old fashioned book & pen and when I hit "Resume Play", I'm greeted by a vista of Poe Dameron giving BB-8 a flash drive (a flash drive!!!) with orders to run away.

This opening scene is wonderful.  We're introduced to Legacy in Cinema.
Max Von Sydow as Lor San Tekka.
Von Sydow is a Sci-Fi Legend having played Ming the Merciless in 1980's cult classic "Flash Gordon" and Liet Kynes in David Lynch's "Dune" just to mention the Scope of his Work!
As previous Star Wars movies have gifted us is the presence of an Old School actor.
Complain about the Prequels all you want yet Christopher Lee as Count Dooku is still Flawless!
Peter Cushing had a great amount of screen time in A New Hope.
Max Von Sydow dies within the first seven minutes of The Force Awakens.

I don't know who Lor San Tekka is.
I don't care.
The intro to this character is so profound here just with casting and wardrobe.
This is Von Sydow in 1957's Ingmar Berman's "The Seventh Seal" in a literal & metaphoric struggle against Death, futility in its inevitability.  It's a great movie.   
Can you notice the similarities?
Is the opening of The Force Awakens a classic cinema homage scene?  
Look at Lor San Tekka's clothes?  Compare to the Knight in the Seventh Seal?
Compare relationship visual values of Death then Kylo Ren, in terms now of the Great Game of Light & Dark, of Life & Death.  
And of Movie References!  This is Nerd Context at its Finest.  Bravo, JJ!!!  

With great casting, I already know that Lor San Tekka is a "Great Warrior" without running time for exposition, back story or Info Dump.
He is Beyond Important.
It's one of this film's merits.

Namaste...

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Batman vs. Superman: Who is Superman?

So, full disclosure, I have not yet seen the movie. I have however read many people critique the movie. The primary complaint has been the portrayal of Superman. Below are my feelings as to why the changes to Superman were a unfortunate choice, however blind I may be to the actual portrayal.

It's only natural to change a character for a changing world, but it's the choice of what you change about the character that is important. In this case, it appears to be his foundation - who he is inside and how that affects his actions, interactions with people, and the choices he deliberately makes.

The defining statement I've grown up with is this: Superman is the boy scout. He is all the qualities that you want to be. We have plenty of superheroes that are inherently violent and prone to quick (over)reaction. That is what distinguishes him from the rabble. Batman is distinguished because he is a superhero with no superpowers, and has the one huge rule: never kill. That, in the end, is his definition of what separates what he does from the baddies. He may hurt and destroy, but he won't kill, and that's a reoccurring theme through many superheroes (Daredevil S2 is episode after episode of him pushing that fact).

We have plenty of deeply dark superheroes. The pleasure in Superman is his brightness. I have no doubt I will see the movie at some point, but the role heroes play are important, and the beauty of their character shouldn't be tarnished by our despair in the current reality, but rather instead they should reinforce the character. Batman stands in the shadows, he is meant to strike fear. Superman stands in the light, his power comes from the sun, he is meant to be hope. Taking that away means he isn't superman, but just a Kryptonian on earth.

Friday, March 25, 2016

So I did it.
Again.  I can't help "thinking outside the box" when it comes to LEGO.

I got a LEGO Batcave and now the Imagination Engines are On!
Things not included in my Batcave are the Giant Penny & the T-Rex.
Both I plan to create and add to my Batcave.
But what Batcave could be complete without...

The head I simply covered in Silver Sharpie.  I was going to use Black yet at last second, I changed my mind thinking Silver would look more like a store Mannequin. I think it worked.


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

OK.  Spoiler-Free.

I dragged Pete to it.  Front Row Center, IMAX 3-D.
He seemed to like it well-enough.  Pete found it bemusing yet he's the Non-Comics Fan I brought.  I want to bring him to Deadpool too but iDigress...

It was Opening Day and the first showing.
I thought there would been more Fun people.  I saw one dude with a bat-cowl.  Yet in hindsight, didn't some fool with a gun ruin movie-going fun at a Batman show?  Shit, I didn't even think of that until now.
Good thing I didn't let that influence my decision to go.

I do want to see SUICIDE SQUAD now.  DC will be creating a Movie Universe like MARVEL has done.  So my question has been answered.  Jared Leto's JOKER has to be Ben Affleck's Joker.
There is a juicy Easter Egg, a "Blink-And-You'll-Miss-It" Scene in BvS.
For the first time brings to Screen this story note in one simple Beat as Affleck's Bruce walks through his Cave...
'Nuff Said.

Look: If You Want to Beat Up Something, You Can Beat This Movie Until Your Knuckles Split and Turn Black & Blue.
I'll choose to appreciate what's hath finally been wrought.
Movie Versions of the SuperFriends.

This is the "Empire Strikes Back" of these new SuperFriends Movies which started with "Man of Steel (2013)".
It's Dark.  Who really wins?  Look at the ending.  Yet it's not The End.  If you can't tell me, "Who's Who?" comparing BvS ending to Empire's ending then we should sit down with a stack of movies & some pizza...

Hey hats off to Hans Zimmer once again.  I liked the musics most especially Lex Luthor's motif.

And Ben Affleck, Well Done, Kid.  Ya did real good.  Thanks.

PS Hey, did you get the Star Wars reference?  I did... ^_~
and a Billion Thanks to Peter Fernandez for Coming With to a Movie he was completely not into going to see on his own.  I love going to the Show with the Gang and Pete & I will walk out of a Stinker, a solemn promise.  If he wanted to walk, we woulda.  I'll see it again with Posty anyhoo ^_^