I’m pretty excited that season 2 of Stranger Things is out and I’m wondering how this connects to my enjoyment of Secret World Legends?
This is an installment of my Six Degrees 2017 series in which I take a look at the wonderful blogs that surround Beyond Tannhauser Gate. The blogosphere is large but there are so many friends to be found within Six Degrees.
The subtitle to A Hobbit’s Journey covers a lot of ground…Exploring the vast world of writing, gaming, and fantasy…and it points to why I find this blog interesting. Iogro Merrybelly seems to have a bunch of interests in common with mine. Take the most recent post – Nintendo Might Be Adding VR To The SWITCH for example.
2016, in my view was one of the best years for new television. There were tons of new shows on cable, network, and streaming services and a bunch of them were pretty good.
Westworld – definitely one of the best shows on television. It’s got the mystery of Lost, the robots of Battlestar, and the swagger of a John Wayne classic western. Michael Crichton does it again…even though he’s been dead a while.
Preacher – This one’s a bit gritty but a lot of fun. Based on a classic comic book series, this dark show brings together angels, demons, vampires, and hitmen, and if they’re gonna be true to the comic…John Wayne may show up next season.
People of Earth – This show is truly fun. Think 3rd Rock from the Sun but where the humans are experiencers and the aliens are multiracial and incompetent. I don’t watch too many comedies, but this one works for me.
The Exorcist – This is the winner of the battle of classic horror movies brought to television this year. Up against Damien, this clearly is the better show and ranks up near the top of all the network shows.
Outcast – There were a bunch of shows premiering this year with a focus on the occult and religion. This one even begs the question of wether it’s a demon possession or if aliens have come down and inhabited people. Another comic book adaptation that succeeds.
Baskets – This was funny, sad, touching, and depressing, but overall it was a great watch. Louie Anderson won an Emmy for his role and I’d say he definitely deserved it. He and Zach Galifianakis make this a wonderful show to watch, but be prepared to have your heart strings tugged.
The Good Place – The other comedy I watch. Gave this a try because of Ted Danson and Kristen Bell and found it was entertaining in a Dead Like Me manner, but funnier.
The Shannara Chronicles – Epic fantasy on the television and it’s on MTV. Cool story, fun magic, and it fills the void when GoT takes it’s time between seasons.
11/22/63 – Steven King…what more do I have to say? While JFK conspiracies are not my thing, when you throw in time travel and the possibility of changing history, it worked for me.
Better Late Than Never – One of the few “reality” shows I watched this year, bringing together the legends of William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman, and Terry Bradshaw, I was pleasantly surprised with this. I’d say this fit into the spot held by Big Crazy Family Adventure from last year. Fun and silly, this one isn’t winning any awards but was enjoyable to watch.
Into the Badlands – this showed up in 2015 but I ended up watching most of it in 2016. Fun kung fu show that raised some interesting questions I want to learn about.
X-Files – this premiered decades ago, but the latest season was a nice refresher of why I loved this show so many years ago.
End of Blaugust
I wanted to send congratulations to everyone who participated in Blaugust this year. I had fun and am still going through the six degrees of people involved…I figure I’ll keep going till I touch all of them. It’s been a crazy month, but I’m glad to see so many blogs participate. And I liked the relaxed version…not too much pressure on anyone this year…see you all next year.
Stranger Things gets Season 2
I just heard this morning that Stranger Things has been picked up by Netflix for a second season. The Duffer brothers are onboard, but no casting has been announced yet. With the ties to Steven King, John Carpenter, and Steven Spielberg for season 1, it would be kinda cool to see a different trio of story tellers emulated in the next season, though more of the same would be cool too – there are plenty of tales to tell.
Beyond Bossfights – Anxiety
I just listened to the most recent episode of Beyond Bossfights with Braxwolf, and it was really good. They covered Anxiety and gaming and his guests, Andang and Professor Beej, brought some interesting insights into the discussion. One concept that particularly drew my attention was – how do you know you are enjoying a game you are playing if you are yelling and cursing at the computer? When displaying behavior that gives evidence that you don’t like something, how do you claim to be enjoying it? I think this is where I am at with League of Legends. I like the concept of the game, but the reality of it is…the game just makes me frustrated and angry.
Is this really what I want to be doing with me free time?
Do I get relaxation out of this or do I recharge my batteries by playing this game?
I’m thinking the answer is no.
Particularly when I experience a run of matches where people just don’t care about ranked play and have no problem bringing down 4 other teammates with them.
In any case, give the episode a listen, it’s really good.
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.
I binge watched episodes 4–6 yesterday and they do not disappoint. This is a really good show and so far it has been hitting all the right notes to make it a classic. The nostalgia, the music, the fact that each of the three storylines are interesting and have well developed and evolving characters is just wonderful. The only thing that has upset me about this show so far is that I don’t have time to watch it all at once. Each episode is like a game of Civilization – I always want one more. I was so frustrated last night when at 11:45 pm, episode 6 finished. I knew I didn’t have time to watch another episode and get enough rest for work, but I was really tempted.
This guy is unbelievable. To have attained and maintained such a high level of skill, ability, and talent for so long is just incredible. 28 medals – 23 gold – unprecedented, and the likelihood of anyone matching or surpassing this feat is pretty minuscule. I think this number will stand until drugs are allowed in the Olympics similar to what happened in baseball where Hank Aaron’s 755 HRs stood until the drug enhanced Barry Bonds passed him (not even drug enhanced Alex Rodriguez could pass 700). Phelps has definitely made history and is one of the all-time best athletes.
Why Soccer is not a favorite of Americans
I think the Rio Olympics has also come to epitomize the reason Americans don’t like soccer. Not only is the game low or no scoring, but teams actively play (or don’t play) to not score. Having a game at the level of the Olympics determined by a few lucky kicks after 90+ minutes of running around is pretty much a reason NOT to like anything.
Why waste the time – just line everyone up and give them a shot on goal – whoever gets the most wins – now that sounds like an Olympic sport to me, and one people would love to watch on TV.
Don’t get me wrong – I love soccer – or rather I love the game, not the penalty kick BS that the game turns into. It’d be like getting rid of the shot clock (that was put in place because teams would just play to waste time) in basketball, and then when the game is tied at 20 because it’s just keep-away, whoever makes the most free throws wins. I don’t really think Lebron James would be making $100 million if that was the game. At least not in America.
I was gonna work on a 6° post this morning but things came up. I really enjoy looking up sites, following where they connect to, and seeing where I end up, but it takes a bit of time to compile all that. Time which I haven’t been able to set aside lately. But I’m getting my new computer set up and things installed. Hopefully this weekend I might have some time to get a few games in – other than League of Legends.
As mentioned, I did get a few League games in and actually ended up with 2 ARAMs where I played as Vel’koz. He seems like a pretty neat champ with a nice set of skills. From being on the receiving end of some of his combos, they can hurt pretty bad. Since this is my first time trying him out though, I was not very competent in hitting people with combos, but I did some decent damage none the less. And while I only played ARAM, I think I would feel good about giving him a run on a normal map. Perhaps this weekend.
I just started watching this new series on Netflix and I’m loving it! It takes place in the early 80s in a small town with a bunch of Dungeons & Dragons playing high school kids. Something goes down at the power plant and the next thing we know, one of the kids disappears. The time frame and kids remind me of ET or the Goonies, and there’s even a younger sister, aka Drew Barrymore, though we haven’t heard her talk yet. This is definitely something I’m gonna keep watching and if you get a chance and have Netflix, I highly recommend it.