Strange Sightings: Superheroes in Manila

A couple of years ago I spent a few weeks in Manila, on a missions project.  While there, I couldn’t help but to notice how prominent super-hero related merchandise was, just about everywhere.

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49th Year Bucket List: Reviewed

So last year, for my birthday, I wrote a list of things to do in the year–not a true Bucket List but simply a list of things to do before I turned 49.  We’re now a bit beyond the next birthday–I’ve been busy so this is late–but it’s time to look back and see how I went: Continue reading 49th Year Bucket List: Reviewed

Doctor Who: The Curse of the Daleks [Big Finish–The Stageplays]

The last of the Big Finish stageplay audio adaptations (until they decide to do Recall Unit: The Great Tea-Bag Mystery) was the one which was originally produced earliest: The Curse of the Daleks, which hit the stage for just a couple of weeks back in 1965. It is the only one in this series to not feature the Doctor as a character, although of course the Daleks are on hand in abundance, portrayed as always by Nichoals Briggs.

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(Alternate) Box Office Blockbuster Tourney: Round Four

So as explained some time ago, we are again playing a seeded tournament-style elimination game amongst each of the US domestic box office champion movies from the last 32 years, but this time with all-female judges.  Seeding was done via Rotten Tomatoes scores, with ties broken with Metacritic scores.  Three of our five judges have voted on each match-up of two films, with the winner advancing to the next round and the loser skulking off into obscurity, until we eventually reach our overall Champion!

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Doctor Who: The Seven Keys to Doomsday [Big Finish–The Stageplays]

Continuing our look at Big Finish’s audio adaptation of a variety of Doctor Who stageplays, we come to the second story in the series, The Seven Keys to Doomsday, which was originally produced on stage for four weeks starting in mid December, 1974.

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Doctor Who: The Ultimate Adventure [Big Finish–The Stageplays]

The nerds are in power! At least, they are at Big Finish, where people with a love of geeky minutia have got the skill and drive to put together things like these: full cast audios re-creating three nigh-mythical Doctor Who-themed stageplays, all of which were produced during the series’ original run. The stated goal of this project was to bring the stage plays back to life as accurate to their original idiosyncrasies as possible, and the results are…bizarre, to say the least.

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(Alternate) Box Office Blockbuster Tourney: Round Three

So as explained some time ago, we are again playing a seeded tournament-style elimination game amongst each of the US domestic box office champion movies from the last 32 years, but this time with all-female judges.  Seeding was done via Rotten Tomatoes scores, with ties broken with Metacritic scores.  Three of our five judges will vote on each match-up of two films, with the winner advancing to the next round and the loser skulking off into obscurity, until we have our overall Champion!

Jurassic Park

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I’m Turning 49 and That’s Okay

Scant minutes from now, I will turn 49 years old.  It’s been an interesting year.  Last year at this time I published a to-do list for the year–49 things, I believe–and I haven’t done them all.  Not getting things done is a bit difficult sometimes–I guess it tempts me to dwell on thoughts of failure, although not too seriously.

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Even my cat is facing the future

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(Alternate) Box Office Blockbuster Tourney: Round Two

So as explained previously, we are again playing a seeded tournament-style elimination game amongst each of the US domestic box office champion movies from the last 32 years, but this time with all-female judges.  Seeding was done via Rotten Tomatoes scores, with ties broken with Metacritic scores.  Three of our five judges will vote on each match-up of two films, with the winner advancing to the next round and the loser skulking off into obscurity, until we have our overall Champion!

Terminator 2

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