Morning Ramble for April 5th 2017 in which I listen to the Tell ’em Steve Dave podcast for the first time, I watch the Angels win their first game this season, and I get smacked around good in SMITE.
Found a New Podcast
Actually, Mrs. Redshirt found the Tell ’em Steve Dave podcast the other day and pointed me in their direction and I’m glad she did. While I’ve only listened to one episode, it was definitely fun and is now part of my permanent listening rotation.
It’s a combo of TV personalities from 2 shows we watch on a regular basis and even have backup recordings on both of our TiVos. Brian Quinn from Impractical Jokers teams up with Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson from Comic Book Men, and it’s a lot of fun.
On the episode I listened to, they brought in Joey Fatone from *NSYNC and talked about all kinds of neat stuff. Considering I was a fan of the boy band, this made for a good listen and I’m looking forward to their next episode.
Angels Notch their First Victory
I’m so glad I didn’t have to wait long for the Angels to pick up their first victory, but I was worried. Actually in the 7th inning when they blew a 4–2 lead and gave up 4 runs, I thought it was all over. In the end, it took a monumental effort by someone who batted .209 last season to pull the Angels back into the lead. Danny Espinosa knocked a home run to right center in the 9th to plate 3 runs and give the Angels the win.
More than worrying about the potential loss though is the number of HRs Angel pitching is giving up. After giving up 3 on Monday, they served up another 2 on Tuesday. 5 home runs surrendered in 2 games is not promising and hopefully the pitchers will settle down.
Overwhelming force in SMITE
I was able to get back to playing gods I was familiar with again by selecting Ra in my next few games. At least I kinda knew how to play him since we were up against some pretty serious competition. And by knew how to play him, I did not mean I knew how to do it well. We really got wiped out.
I was worried about the game the moment the loading screen showed that the opposing team had someone that had attained at least level 9 with their champ. When you see that everyone else was new to their champs or at least had less than 2 levels on the god they were playing, you can see why I’d be worried. I’m not sure about all the other googahs she has on the loading screen, but there’s an X where everyone else has like a blank, I, or II. She’s got a V and a border on her god and she’s sporting a Season Ticket banner…so many indicators that she’s so much better than every one else in the game, it was crazy.
Needless to say, we got slaughtered. She ended up going 17/0/10 on Scylla and pretty much won the game all by herself. We’d throw all 5 of our ultimates at her and she’d still take us out and survive with enough health to take down our tower. It was clearly a demonstration of what someone who knew what they were doing can do against noobs like myself.
Even with the beating I took, I had fun learning more about my champ and how the game plays.
I have to say this year’s March Mammal Madness has been a fun ride with ups and downs, wily underdogs and dominant favorites, that is until the incredible robbery that occurred last night. Sure, most of the battles resolved themselves in a reasonable method with the animals, environment, and instincts of the creatures playing into glorious matchups that had clearly and scientifically derived outcomes. All made sense until the refs decided to interfere and rig the results. Read on to experience the tragedy…
Morning Ramble for March 10th, 2017 in which I cry foul at the fact they let a Reptile fight in the 2017 March Mammal Madness Tournament; I drool over the new Game of Thrones trailer; and I jump for joy at the PlayStation 4 software update…I’m gonna get me a lot of space for my stuff.
2017 March Mammal Madness: Desert Adapted Mammals
The matches today featured the Desert-Adapted Mammals and they were just as exciting as yesterday’s Adjective critters. All of the favorites in the bottom part of the bracket took their battles – the Saiga, South American Gray Fox, and Guanaco all had a fairly straightforward pathway to advance, and they took it. You can see all the action at Storify
The Aardwolf and my tournament favorite, the Honey Badger, both took their matches as well. An interesting note is that the Honey Badger hasn’t made it to the tournament since 2013, and she was upset by the Elephant Seal that year in what I think was a total robbery. Anyway, the Honey Badger’s victory was one of the most dominating and quick I’ve seen in my time watching the tournament.
As for the major upset of the region, I was really surprised that the Ringtail, who is a relative of the Raccoon, was able to overvcome the wiley and moustachioed Pantas Monkey.
If it weren’t for the location of the battle, the Pantas Monkey would not have had to fear for his mate, but since there were other males around, the Ringtail used that to his advantage and “encouraged” our contestant to chase an interloping male rather than fight the scheduled battle. Kinda a “cheesy” win, but a win none-the-less, and a major upset of a 5 seed by a 12.
Finally, in the key battle of the night, the Meerkat and the Gila Monster faced off on the battlefield. I don’t know who let the baby Meerkat into the arena, but it prooved to be a pivotal event – I have my suspicions that there were more reptiles hiding in the Sonoran Desert that tricked the referee into this oversight, but nothing’s been proven yet. In what was due to be a monumental Mammal vs Reptile fight, the little Meerkat pup ended up in the jaws of the Gila Monster and Mom Meerkat threw in the towel.
If only the strict age guidelines had been followed I’m sure the Meerkat would have prevailed.
So there we have it…the Saiga, Guanaco, Ringtail, Gray Fox, Aardwolf, Sand Fox, Gila Monster, & Honey Badger advance to the round of 32.
Next up, the Coulda Shoulda Mammals face off on Monday, March 13th at 8:30 Eastern/ 5:30 Pacific. You can follow the battles on Twitter with the hashtag #2017MMM or @2017MMMLetsgo and be sure to check out the official site at Mammals suck…Milk.
And for a recap of the Adjective Mammal fights, check out the Rodent Recap…
Game of Thrones
HBO released a trailer of the next season of Game of Thrones, and I’m sure everyone is looking forward to it. This could be the most exciting season to date and I am waiting with anticipation for July 16th to roll around. For now, here’s the trailer…
Time for the Great War, and after all the weather we got here in San Diego over the past few months, Winter is definitely here.
Playstation 4 4.5 Update
I am so happy to have the 4.5 update and am hunting around for a new USB 3.0 hard drive to use to expand my storage. It’s been such a nightmare dealing with the small internal drive and the large game installations that I feel I’ve only been able to have 2–3 games loaded at any time. With this update, I can get a drive, similar to the 4TB one I have for photo storage on my PC, but I can actually launch the PS4 games that are installed there. I suppose this is good and bad…now I have less of an excuse for holding back on getting games since I’ll have plenty of space. Now I only have the slow download speeds to complain about – hopefully they’ll fix that soon as well.
Here is my Morning Ramble for March 7th, 2017 in which I look at the Mammal March Madness 2017 and see my bracket start to fall apart before the tournament even begins; I read a bit more in Queen of the Tearling and am intrigued by some interesting questions that are raised; and I watch the first few episodes of Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix to see how well Drew Barrymore portrays a zombie.
Here’s another Morning Ramble in which I take a look at the upcoming TV series American Gods, look back at Fantastic Four #6, and start my reading of Queen of the Tearling…such a busy day.
I am so looking forward to this television series.
Bryan Fuller from Hannibal and Dead Like Me works with Neil Gaiman from Sandman and Coraline to bring Gaiman’s novel to life and I am excited for it. The show will air on Starz starting on April 30th and will be must watch TV in my household. I read the book a few years ago and may give it a re-read sometime soon, but it was a really fun book. The story sets the Old Gods of mythology against the New Gods of money, media, and technology, and as you can imagine there are a bunch of interesting tales that can come from such a mashup. I’m definitely setting up my TiVo for this when I get home.
Fantastic Four Issue #6
In Fantastic Four #5, we met Doctor Doom for the first time and he was a pretty dastardly villain, but the team defeated his plans. He was able to escape, however, and now he’s back – and this time he’s looking to team up with Prince Namor, another bad guy we’ve met before in issue 4.
Issue 6 has the first teamup I’ve seen in the Marvel Silver Age and it doesn’t bode well for the Fantastic Four. Lee and Kirby do a pretty good job of laying the groundwork for this issue by hinting strongly at Sue and Namor’s affection for each other and Doom and Namor’s shared obsession for defeating the Fantastic Four. Doom’s “grabber” device, that harnesses magnetic power to move any object, is pretty cool but we quickly learn that Doom isn’t so keen on sharing the defeat of the Fantastic Four with anyone. He betrays Namor as soon as the Prince plants the “grabber” in the Baxter Building. Doom pulls them all, building, Fantastic Four, and Namor into space where he sets them on a course for the sun. After a short kerfuffle, Namor and the Fantastic Four join forces to escape Doom’s trap but they fail to capture the Doctor. Instead he grabs onto a meteor which flies him off into space…never to be seen again?
I really liked the art in the underwater scenes and the layout of the Baxter Building that hearkens back to issue 3. I think this issue shows that the creative team is really starting to mesh with them pulling in pieces from the 3 previous issues and making a strong story with nearly all the named characters they’ve introduced so far in the series. I’m looking forward to continued fleshing out not only of the Fantastic Four, but the villains that they face. I’m rating this a solid B, and a fun issue.
Queen of the Tearling
I just started this book by Erika Johansen and from what I’ve heard, it’s pretty good. Funny that it’s highly recommended by Emma Watson who seems to be everywhere these days. Apparently she’s an executive producer and potential leading lady for the movie adaptation that’s in the works.
In any case, I’ve just breached the surface of this one, one chapter in, and the intrigue is already apparent. A girl living with foster parents is taken by a squad of soldiers claiming she’s the queen and “escorted” back to the capital. I guess the girl knew she would be queen one day, but has kinda been avoiding the fact that the regent is a jerk and only out to secure his power. So far, the soldiers are helping her out on her way to the throne, but there are strong indications they might not all be loyal to her. I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes.
While everyone in Hollywood is gathering to spout their political ideologies at the Oscars, I’ll be going through my very long list of movies and TV DVDs from one of my favorite actors. I don’t know what his political leanings were and like the rest of the actors in Hollywood, I really don’t care what they think about anything other than acting and maybe fashion. But I am honesty shocked and saddened to hear that Bill Paxton has passed away.
As I looked at his IMDB page, I actually see he was in the Texas Rising TV show I recorded but haven’t gotten a chance to watch yet. I’m sure he’ll be great.
I don’t think he ever won an award, but the movies he was in were some of the most memorable and I grew up watching them. He did get a nomination for Big Love, and I loved him in that series. Hell, I loved him in everything he was in.
According to the Terminator wiki, he’s one of only 2 actors to have been killed by a Terminator, and Alien, and a Predator – three classic SciFi movies.
He will definitely be missed. I mean who can forget some of his best lines…
As a Punk in Terminator…Nice night for a walk, eh? – before he teaches the Terminator to curse – Fuck you, asshole!
Or as Private Hudson in Aliens – Game over man, Game over!
Or when Ripley talks about how Newt survived – Why don’t you put her in charge?
Or as “super spy” Simon from True Lies – I have to lie to women to get laid. And I don’t score much. I got a really small dick, it’s pathetic.
So many memorable roles…he will be missed. I pray for his family and friends and know they will miss him more than I do. I’m mostly sad I won’t get to see his iconic acting in movies to come.
Playing Nioh the other day, I had to make good my escape from the Tower of London. That was 1598.
Flash forward in time and media and I’m watching events supposed to take place in the Tower of London in 1814 on Taboo.
Apparently not much has changed.
I’m not sure what they’re calling this January/February season but I guess it might be considered mid season. Whatever it’s called, there are a few shows that have just started that I trying out. And for the most part, they’re pretty good. Here’s a rundown.
I have hopes for this one and was not disappointed by the first episode. Granted, the first half hour was pretty artsy fartsy, but there are so many interesting questions raised by it, I’m hooked. This is written by Noah Hawley who did the wonderful Fargo TV series and brings the X-Men universe to prime time. As far as I know from the first episode, David Haller is potentially one of the most powerful mutants ever, but he’s been cooped up in an psychiatric hospital for a while and isn’t completely stable. While the focus is Haller, there are other mutants I’m sure we’ll learn more about as the season move on. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where this goes.
So far I’ll say this is not the original Jack Bauer 24, but it’s better than a lot of things on TV right now. The premise is the same as the 24 of years past…some bad guy terrorists are looking to do some bad stuff to Americans and Jack Ba…I mean Eric Carter (actually I had to look up his name on IMDB) has to try to stop them. So far it’s pretty good if a bit formulaic, but that’s pretty much what I expected from a 24 sequel.
This Tom Hardy vehicle is really good. Set in early 19th century London so far, they really do a good job with the sets and constumes. The story is slowly revealing itself as a battle for lands in Western Canada that are between the fledgling United States and the British Empire, but beyond that, the East India Trading Company is significantly interested and are willing to do anything to get the rights to that land. It’s interesting and my curiosity is definitely piqued – I really want to see where this heads and Tom Hardy is incredible.
I’ve never read any Archie comics but this looks interesting. Of course, being on the CW, you get a strong dash of teenage angst and his school tomfoolery, but there’s also a strong Twin Peaks vibe. Sadly, I’m one of the few who didn’t watch Twin Peaks, but if heard this is somewhat loosely similar in tone. Anyway, I’ve watched 2 episodes and it’s pretty decent so far so I’m continuing for now.
Random thoughts today with the most prominent being…When can I order my Comic-Con tickets?!?!?
With Comic-Con starting in a little over 150 days I’m getting anxious that they haven’t even announced when the tickets are going on sale. Typically, I’ve already purchased pre-reg tickets and possibly am waiting for open registration to fill out my 4 days, but this year, they haven’t even announced the dates.
One step closer to me abandoning a show I’ve watched for years. I can not believe John is still in the competition. Sure, as I’ve said before, I can’t taste the food, but from what the judges have said, he should have been gone multiple times already. But they keep him around. I have a strong feeling they decided early on if not at the start of the season that he was gonna win. Everything has pointed the him getting his ‘redemption’ and I think its pathetic. He’s been on the bottom so many weeks and he’s always had something crappy about his dish, but they keep him around.
It’s sad, but I really will stop watching if he ends up winning.
Finally today, I told a look at some of the images I haven’t posted and saw that some of the Dreg I’ve been shooting in Destiny have a Mohawk. Pretty cool.