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

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.

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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Quantum Leap – All-Americans [2.14]

Sam leaps into Eddie Vega, a high school football star, shortly before a championship game which his friend Chuey is fated to purposely lose.  He discovers that this is because Chuey’s landlord is pressuring his family for money.  Sam has to figure out how to help Chuey do the right thing and avoid throwing away his future.

Written by Paul Brown and Donald P. Bellisario. Directed by John Cullum.

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Quantum Leap – Catch a Falling Star [2.10]

Sam becomes Ray Hutton, a stage actor currently cast as an understudy to a famous but unpleasant actor in the lead role in Man of La Mancha.  When he realizes that a fellow understudy is a woman he was smitten with in the past who is romantically involved with his current host, Sam becomes conflicted about completing his mission.

Written by Paul Brown. Directed by Donald P. Bellisario

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Thriller #5

We continue to look at Thriller, the out-of-continuity experimental comic that DC Comics produced in the early-mid 1980’s.  Thriller #5 has a publishing date of March 1984, and is one I read a looooong time after I read #4.

It’s from here that I’m really wondering how what was going on in this series, so this will be interesting.    Thriller is one of the more dense and oblique mainstream comics I have read, so this series is really me journalling my own attempts to understand it.

Thriller 5 Cover

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Doctor Who: The Four Doctors [Big Finish]

Every since Patrick Troughton popped by to visit Jon Pertwee in the TARDIS in 1973, Doctor Who fans have been excited by the occasional meet-ups between different incarnations of everyone’s favorite Time Lord.

The people behind Big Finish productions have certainly been aware of this:  they started their range of Doctor Who audios with The Sirens of Time featuring Doctors 5, 6 & 7…which even if it wasn’t very good must have been a big deal at the time.  And more recently, they made The Light at the End, their own particular 50th anniversary release, which featured Doctor’s 1-8 (albeit with 1, 2 & 3 played by voice-alikes and having a reduced role).

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12 Times Doctor Who has Reinvented Itself

Very soon, on October 7 2018, Doctor Who will make its way back to our TV screens for the 11th season of the modern TV series.  And when it does, it will in many ways be a whole new program, compared to what we saw last:  a new Doctor (with a new gender), new companions, new showrunner.  Probably a new version of the theme song and a new opening title sequence, a new TARDIS set and a new sonic screwdriver. And certainly a new story direction, with plot-lines like redeeming the Master or identifying the Hybrid a thing of the past.

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Weekly Geeky Question #25: A Superhero-themed Escape Room

Every week in 2018, the plan is that my friend Rod is going to ask me some geeky question that will answer in a post. This week is Week #25, and for the sixth week in a row, we’re talking about superheroes, though with a different slant this time.

How would you do an Escape Room with a superhero theme?



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