The first episode of my new 6° continues with the 4th degree, and this time I look at a second site for someone who’s been through Newbie Blogger Initiatives and Blaugusts in the past. I’ve know her before as Missy, but she goes by Lana on this new site…
Two of the shows I regularly watch started up again last night. Halt and Catch Fire started season 3 and it should be interesting now that they’ve moves to the West Coast. When we left last season, things had fallen apart and were promising at the same time and it was a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to this season as this is one of my favorite shows on TV.
Another of my regulars in Forged in Fire. This show is all about blacksmithing and if you’ve ever been to renaissance faire or made any weapons in a video game, I think you’ll like it. It’s basically a competition show where 4 bladesmiths enter and one comes out with a win. They have to design and forge a knife that can pass a bunch of tests and then the final 2 face off and have to make a sword, axe, or other neat weapon. It’s really cool.
This first episode of season 3 was a contest of previous champions and after the knife phase, the 2 remaining challengers had to make a Scottish Claymore. Once the weapons were made, they shot at it with a bullet and split the bullet in half. It was pretty impressive. Then we saw a test that previous claymores were unable to complete – cutting through a pig carcass – and one of them actually sliced right through.
While,I didn’t have time to watch both shows, I recorded Halt and Carch fire for another night and watched the slicing and dicing on History Channel.
The first episode of my new 6° continues with the 3rd degree, and this time I look at a site that is tied to a podcast…
Void from A Green Mushroom promotes his podcast – Geek to Geek – in this post and I’d recommend it as a good gaming podcast as well. In the episode discussed, the focus is a game that quite a few people are talking about – No Man’s Sky.
Void and his cohost Beeg talk about their initial experiences in No Man’s Sky. What they liked, what they didn’t like, and things they’d change in a patch – like being able to name your ship. It’s really a good discussion about the survival and resource gathering space game and I like the perspective provided.
The post is basically the talking points of the podcast so if you read through them, you’ll know if you want to listen to the show – I did, and was not disappointed. I think the discussion about PC vs PS4 is particularly interesting as I have yet to buy the game and am asking this same question. Funny thing is…my PS4 is in my office with my computer so I only have the ‘possibility’ of couch play rather than the reality of it (one of these days I’ll hook up to my living room TV).
After No Man’s Sky, they talk about the new adventure in Hearthstone – I didn’t know there were adventures in Hearthstone – One Night in Karazhan and the iOS game Reigns. From the sound of it, I need to get back into Hearthstone and give these single player adventures a try since they seem interesting. Reigns, too, is interesting. I downloaded it last week at the recommendation of a different podcast and its pretty cool – it might fulfil the Game of Thrones itch for a while before the season comes back.
The post and the podcast were both informative and enlightening – I added the podcast to my regular downloads and look forward to hearing more of what they have to geek out about.
Along with playing some WoW this past weekend, I threw down some League and played pretty well. Or rather, I contributed significantly enough to my teams that I made it to Silver I.
After taking over 70 games to make it from Silver 3 to 2, it took less than 20 for me to get into Silver I. I put in a 2.0 KDA and played Zyra for all but 1 of the matches, and I won that one as Vel’Koz with a lot of teammates’ help. On the whole, I feel pretty good about how I played and I have to admit that after spending some time off with Overwatch, I came back a stronger player – in my view.
With the Legion expansion coming next week, I’ll probably be playing less League for a bit but I’m happy with Silver I for the season so far. My goal was just to reach Silver, but now that I’ve got this far, I am feeling that I might actually make it to Gold this season. We’ll see.
With the third movie in the Thor series coming out in 2017, they brought Mark Mothersbaugh onboard to compose the score. He’s done other movies such as The Lego Movie, Rushmore, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and he was instrumental in the music for the Rugrats cartoon. But of course, he’s best know as a founding member of Devo.
Devo was an influential band from the 70s and 80s that was just awesome. They set up new wave, industrial, punk, and alternative rock in major ways and have been one of my favorite bands since like forever. I’m glad the project added Mothersbaugh since I am so tired of the Hans Zimmer’s Inception inspired clones that every movie seems to have these days. It doesn’t have to be the whimsy of Danny Elfman, but I’m so tired of the droning repetitiveness that Inception brought to movie scores everywhere. With Mothersbaugh, I look forward to a much more diverse and enjoyable soundtrack.
Today I found out something about a cool movie sequel – Pacific Rim 2, watched the closing of the Olympics and the horrible coverage, and decide to boycott NBC and its advertisers.
Pacific Rim 2
I was listening to the Geektopia podcast this weekend – episode 66 – where they were covering upcoming movie releases for 2016 and they mentioned that the Pacific Rim sequel was greenlit and was announcing cast members. While it’s not coming in 2016, it was something they, and I am looking forward to. So when I got home, I looked up IMDB.
Apparently Ron Pearlman is signed on to reprise his role and they got John Boyega, from The Force Awakens, to play as the son of the character portrayed by Idris Elba in the first movie.
The release date is set for Febrary 2018 and I’m already excited.
Rio Olympics Concludes
So the USA ended up with 121 medals – almost twice the next highest count but I think the contest they lost was coverage. NBC really dropped the ball in my view. We had to search online for any footage of rhythmic gymnastics and then were presented with 2 hours of uncut footage. No way to search for a specific country or event. It was really pathetic. Of course, if you tried to watch on TV, you had to be watching at 8am Sunday morning. And then the men’s gymnastics was no where to be found either. Sailing…rowing…boxing…cycling…it was plain that NBC really didn’t care about their audience unless you wanted to watch hours of golf, endless heats of swimming, or the handful of non-US gold medal contests NBC chose to broadcast. I think I saw more of Hillary Clinton during the programming than the Triple Jump, the Long Jump, the Steeplechase, and the High Jump combined (all of which I would gladly prefer to watch).
The fact they would delay showing events till ‘prime time’ meant the millions of potential viewers out here on the West Coast most likely already heard about the results before they were on TV – I wonder if NBC has heard of Twitter. The gold medal contests were shown at 11:30 at night but they were sure to show the 8 qualifying events at 8pm. In my view, it was just a disaster. So much so that we stopped watching most of it by the second week even though there were events we would have enjoyed seeing.
And then it became the Ryan Lochte show and we got non-stop coverage of a non-event. Sorry, but if I was in a foreign country, drunk, held at gunpoint and had money extorted, I might claim I was robbed too. I don’t care how much damage was done to the gas station – you call the authorities, you don’t hold people at gunpoint and extort money – I’m pretty sure that might be called kidnapping in this country. In any case, it was not an Olympic event but it got more coverage than many that were.
Finaly there was Kim Rhode who became the first summer Olympian to win medals at 6 consecutive olympics – where was the coverage of this? 6 Olympics – that’s 20+ years of excellence – a few more than NBC’s swimming god Phelps, or the fastest man alive, Bolt. 20+ years of top performance under pressure in international competition and that doesn’t merit a ‘moment’ from NBC. I guess it’s because NBC has to be politically correct and not show any coverage of sports involving guns…so pathetic.
On the whole, while I enjoyed the sports, I hated the NBC coverage. So…I am boycotting NBC and any of their advertisers for the foreseeable future. Sorry Blacklist, I will no longer watch you because NBC has no respect for their viewers. Hillary, sorry but all your ad buys bought you a boycott. All the insurance commercials – I was never gonna change anyway. McDonald’s, Coke, BMW, The Voice…sorry. You all bought into the billions of $$$ NBC spewed forth on these games and I am not pleased with any of it.
You all get a boycott.
Continuing with my first episode of 6° 2.0, I ’m again looking at a blog participating in the Blaugust event.
I was introduced to Sandrian’s blog last year during Blaugust 2015 and have continued to read it throughout the year. This post covers the current events going on in WoW, Overwatch, and FFXIV and how Sandrian’s is trying to do as much as possible in each of these games.
For myself, I ran through a bit of the Legion invasion instances, but Sandrian looks as though he’s leveled up a bunch of characters to max level through these events which is pretty cool. And in doing so, settled on keeping the Warrior, Shaman, Hunter, and Demon Hunter at max level when it increases at the end of the month.
The post goes on to discuss the Olympic event in Overwatch which I didn’t get into. Perhaps I should’ve tried playing that part of the game rather than trying to get to ranked play, instead I didn’t achieve anything in the game except that I learned how to play a bit. Sandrian actually participated enough to get some cool skins and poses.
Finally, the post discusses the Yo-Kai event in Final Fantasy. One thing that Sandrian recognizes is that like me, with Legion coming soon, more time is being spent on WoW than other games. For me though, I still haven’t taken the time to get very far in FFXIV while Sandrain is talking about getting the Astrologian and Ninja leveled up to 50.
In all, it’s a good post looking at the various events and it’s one of many interesting entries over at Aeternus Gaming. It’s interesting how so many games rely on events to draw players back in and keep them interested in playing.
Amazon’s New Tick Pilot
I really enjoy being able to participate in Amazon’s Pilot Season – The Man in the High Castle was great and that became a series that was really enjoyable, and hopefully the new Tick will too. While the limited 9 episode run in 2001 was cancelled too soon for my taste, I really enjoyed Patrick Warburton’s take on the character. Actually, ever since I found out about the superhero in 1994 on Saturday morning TV, I’ve loved him and his band of friends.
This incarnation looks like it could be good too. The title character, The Tick, is played by someone I’m not really familiar with, Peter Serafinowicz, but he pulls it off ok. I guess he was the voice of Darth Maul in Phantom Menace, but I’m not sure I would have put the two together without IMDB. In any case, he seems to work well for the blue hero.
Arthur is played by Griffin Newman who I don’t think I’ve seen anywhere, but he pulls it off pretty well. It also seems like this incarnation of the show might focus a bit more on Arthur as he seems to be the lead character in the pilot. His sister Dot is also front and center in the premiere, but there is a reference to Arthur taking his medications. I’m not so sure I like where that may be headed – I don’t recall there being any question about sanity or hallucinations in previous versions of the tale, but it could make some sense since they are running around in costumes fighting evil.
The costume for the Terror was so good, in fact, that I didn’t realize he was played by Jackie Earle Haley…the infamous Rorschach, and one of my favorite actors. He shows up to prove how menacing evil is by eating Aurthur’s ice cream when he was a child. I guess, he also killed Arthur’s father, but…that just sorta happened.
In all, the show was pretty good for a pilot. There were definitely some rough edges but I think the story came across well. They could use some attention to pacing and the CGI wasn’t the best, but they can work out those kinks when the series gets going for real. And I certainly hope it gets a full run of episodes.
If you get a chance, check it out and let me know what you think.
Kicking off my 6° version 2.0, I went with a site who’s interesting topics, informative posts, and leadership in the community I aspire to emulate.
Belghast has been playing Warcraft again along with quite a few people that had put the game on the shelf for the past few months. That tends to happen, of course, when an expansion is at its end of life, a state in which Warlords has been for a while.
Like everyone else going back into WoW, me included, he’s running through the Legion invasion content and seems to be enjoying it. The post covers the updates that reduced the AFK leveling that was going on and Blizzard’s efforts to get the balance right between experience gain and participation level.
One part I found enlightening was the coverage of saving NPCs. I was unaware that if you find and save the various NPCs scattered around the invasion areas, they will follow you and assist you throughout the invasion. That’s something I need to check out since I’m only level 16. Also, Belghast covers some of the vehicles you can use in the battle, which, once again, I need to try out. Finally, a strategy is recommended for gaining the most experience in the currently updated events.
This post, along with most on Tales of the Aggronaut, was an enjoyable read. Belghast puts together useful information about the games he plays along with neat anecdotes about his gameplay. With his activity in the gaming blogosphere, he’s someone I follow on a regular basis and I’m thankful for his sponsorship of things like Blaugust.
I loved it. The show met my expectations and exceeded them. I was pleased the ‘demogorgon’ was shown but not in too much detail – there were always flickering lights and such obscuring his features, but I think he was a good big bad. The whole concept of the ‘Upside Down’ was pretty cool as well – not too well described so it left a lot to the imagination. I think the series handled them both well and Eleven was awesome.
I certainly hope the series gets a second season because it’ll be interesting to see where they go with the concepts. Will they stay focused on the little town with these interesting characters or will they expand it to more of an anthology?
10 episodes was way too short, I want more.
10 Levels of Warcraft
I haven’t played much Warcraft lately, particularly on my new computer, but I decided that since the expansion is coming soon, I should try to refamiliarize myself with the game a bit. When I last played, I was working on getting a bunch of low level characters leveled up,so I’d have a variety of classes to choose from when a Legion hit. Well, that lasted until my old computer died and I lost focus.
Instead of my overly ambitious goals, I decided to go about things in a pretty simple manner this time…I’m just gonna work with one character and I’m just gonna level her – anyway that I can.
So I picked ScarletPine, my baby Druid.
I started at level 6 in Bloodhoof Village and since the pre-expansion events are happening and I heard they give decent XP, I decided to head to one. But first I leveled to 10. This was interesting since the new leveling abilities are dramatically different than what I had previously. Instead of starting as a caster, baby Druids now start with cat form. You have to melee for the first dozen levels – so I did.
It actually was easier than I expected – I usually hate melee, but it wasn’t so bad. And once I hit 10, I headed to Orgrimmar…its been a long time…but I figured out where things were and headed to the nearest invasion – north of the city in Azshara. Once level 10, I also gained access to Moonfire and that allowed me to take part in the invasion without having to get too close.
One thing I’ll have to get used to is my new computer. I’m thinking I might lower the resolution a bit so my videos don’t take up so much space – usually I record as I go and pull out screenshots from the video, but with 4K resolution, a 10 minute video seems to be taking 20gb – quite a bit of space. I’ll figure things out, but it may take a few tries.
6° of Blaugust
I’ve decided to revive my 6° series of posts but rather than shove everything into a single (or sinkhole as Siri tried to get me to write) post, I’m gonna try something different. This time around, I am going to look into relating one of the degrees each day. This will give me a better opportunity to focus on the site I visit and will spread the time investment across a much more reasonable timeframe.
Trying to get 6 blog posts read and analyzed on Friday was a painful experience. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading the posts and formulating my thoughts based on what was presented, but it can take a lot of time. By spreading things out throughout the week, it should ease the pain and since I want to enjoy blogging, a lack of pain is essential.
With 6 sites to visit and comment on for my 6° series, that leaves a day to comment on them in general. I can also use that 7th day to setup the coming week’s agenda.
So here we go…
For this first installment of my new 6° series, I’m going to focus on sites participating in Blaugust. Tales of their Aggronaut has a great list of the sites and I’m gonna pick a blog from each of the categories to target this week.
This weekend I’m gonna watch the rest of Stranger Things. This has been such a fun show. For a change, a series with so much promise actually has come through on them. The concept is cool, the character development works, and the setting really makes this a gem.
It’s been a long time since I’ve actually anticipated the final episodes of a season. With Game of Thrones, the last episode always seems to be set up for next season, but this show seems to be headed to a climax at the end. The Walking Dead is usually pretty good in the final episode but the darkness of that series tempers my anticipation. No, this show stands alone right now at the top of my list.
I can’t wait.