Logan: My new favorite movie (spoiler free review)

As the last minutes of Logan flickered on the movie screen ahead of me, tears strolled

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down my face. I didn’t try to wipe them away because I knew I was not alone in my complete emotional breakdown. From the grown, middle-aged man behind me sobbing uncontrollably to the woman in the row in front of me puffing on her inhaler after her crying had induced an asthma attack to my son sitting beside me with tears welling in his eyes or my 65 year old father who sat with a somber look of disbelief; it is needless to say, the movie touched everyone in that theater. Despite hearing the F-bomb 7,010 times; Logan had everything that I would need or want. It made me laugh, cry, and I was entertained to a point where I verbally expressed my amazement. (Yes I’m that guy.)

 

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I won’t post spoilers because my wife didn’t go with us to see it; and since she reads my blog…I will refrain from giving any spoilers. I merely wanted to take this time to say that over the past 17 years, Hugh Jackman has theatrically represented a character that I have loved since I first started reading comics in the 80s. Wolverine even gets his own special
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every now and then on this blog site but now that the latest solo Wolverine movie aka
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has taken its spot at the top of my ‘favorite movie list’ (A slot formerly held by the 1993 Western Tombstone); was replaced Sunday afternoon when the credits started to roll after the completion of Logan.

As I said earlier, Logan was the perfect blend of action, CGI, emotion and comedy…this movie has it all. I urge everyone to go out and see Hugh Jackman’s final portrayal as our

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favorite Canadian mutant, Wolverine. Go experience the roller coaster of emotions that is Logan and bear witness to some truly amazing acting from both Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart. The storyline may not completely follow any of our previously loved X-Men comic book story-lines or necessarily be a direct link to any of the previous movies (despite slight nods throughout); the movie is beautifully well written.  The Western-esque film tells a truly personal story about a flawed hero who is suffering from the wages of the war that was his life who is taking care of the ailing Professor Xavier in a Mexican border town hideout. His attempts to stay low-key and away from the world are thwarted when a young mutant comes into his life and how he must venture out into that world once more to save an innocent life from a new villainous team.

You can come with me to see a movie that truly honors the on screen death of Wolverine if you’d like; because I’m sure that I’ll go back and see it at least two more times before it leaves the theater. I hope to add to the already clocked in estimate of over $88 million in its first weekend sales; which has caused Logan to become the 4th best R-rated domestic opening of all time. If you’re going out…go out in style. 🙂

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Top Cat’s Top 10: Memorable Movie/TV Show quotes 

In the world of pop culture; you get the opportunity to come across some very memorable things. We fall in love with TV show characters and movies. We become fans. The fandom leaves us with memorable quote from your favorite TV shows or movies. My criteria for a memorable or influential quote:

• Movie/TV show quotation made up of some exchange from a film/TV show.

• Quote had to have some sort of cultural impact that viewers used in their lives and has circulated through popular culture. This quote becomes part of our lexicon.

• The movie/TV show quote leaves the fans or viewers remembering the movie/TV show when they hear that part.

Honorable Mentions: “Say ‘hello’ to my little friend!” – Tony Montana, Scarface; “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” – Dr. Emmet Brown;  Back to the Future; “Make it so.” – Captain Jean Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” – Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Silence of the Lambs; “In 900 years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.” – The Doctor, Doctor Who; “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump, Forrest Gump;”I pity the fool!” – Clubber Lang, Rocky III

Here’s the Top 10 Most Influential/ Memorable quotes from Movies/TV shows:

10. “Avada Kedavra” – Voldemort, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

9. “Nip it!” – Barney Fife, The Andy Griffith Show

8. “Bazinga!” – Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

7. “I’ll be back.” – The Terminator, The Terminator 

6. “Yo, Adrian!” – Rocky Balboa, Rocky

5. “Elizabeth, I’m coming!” – Fred Sanford, Sanford and Sons

4. “May the Force be with you.” – Han Solo, Star Wars


3. “I’m Your Huckleberry.” – Doc Holliday, Tombstone

2. “Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame.” – The War Doctor, Doctor Who

1. “I have the Power!” – He-Man, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

 

Top Cat’s Tuesday Top 10: 90s Alternative Rock Music

I’ve made no qualms about being influenced by the 90s. The 90s were that time period where we dressed awkwardly, watched crazy movies and a lot of us felt an economic boom. So what else came from the 90s besides those terribly wide JNCO jeans? Music. I still find myself listening to the music from the 90s. From 2Pac and Notorious BIG to Metallica and Nirvana to the Backstreet Boys and Brittany Spears, we had a pretty diverse group of influential music. Todays Top Cat Top 10 will be a celebration of the best and most influential alternative rock music. This list will be strictly Alternative Rock (that means no Hard Rock/Heavy Metal/Nu Metal and nothing thats too ‘poppy’.

 

10. Foo FightersMonkey Wrench

So, I was a huge Nirvana fan and I felt a little jaded when Dave Grohl broke out on his own and started recording new material with his new band. By the time hits like “Everlong”, “I’ll Stick Around”, “My Hero” and “Monkey Wrench” were getting a lot of air time in my car’s CD player and I was hooked on the new sound. Dave Grohl might always be known as the ‘former drummer for Nirvana’ but Foo Fighters is helping him write a larger legend.

9. Veruca SaltVolcano Girls” 

In the early 90s, women were extremely important to me. As I was watching two beautiful women singing and playing a great song on MTV. The first time that I was introduced to Veruca Salt was by their first single “Seether” but the song “Volcano Girls” from their followup album, Eight Arms to Hold You (produced by infamous producer Bob Rock), hit my cd player and hasn’t left yet. If you’re wondering, the fact that they are gorgeous, was and is just a bonus. 🙂

8. FilterTake a Picture

This song is still on frequent rotation on rock radio stations around the nation but it came out in 1999 (makes you feel old doesn’t it). Filter’s “Take a Picture” is supposed to be about the lead singer’s reaction to his negative feelings towards ‘dealing with fans’ but who knows. Frankly I don’t care because the song is still amazing to me.

7. Local HAll the Kids are Right

SO a guy playing drums and a singer with a guitar wrote a song that is on the list of my most played iTunes songs to this day. Local H started out as a quartet but after two member left, high school friends Scott and Joe continued jamming….just the two of them. They signed with Island Records in 1995 and albums and singles started flowing. The Mid-western boys had a No. 5 single on the US Alternative Billboard chart with the hit “Bound for the Floor” which also plucked my attention string. It wasn’t until the single “All The Kids are Right came flying full force towards my ears and hasn’t let go yet. Such a great 90s band that is still touring and producing good music.

6. TonicOpen Your Eyes

Tonic’s platinum selling 1996 album “Lemon Parade” was a huge record for me. The whole album was amazing but “If You Could Only See” and “Open up Your Eyes” were played by me (and still are played by me) on a regular.

5. Smashing PumpkinsBullet with Butterfly Wings

Also known as “the rat in a cage song” by my mother, “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” was my favorite song for a really long time. I still smile every time that I hear it. I listened to the double album “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” so much that my mother started to know the lyrics to “Bullet with Butterfly Wings”. Now if you think you know what funny is, just imagine listening to “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” while your Southern Gospel momma sings along.

4. Seven Mary ThreeCumbersome

Some people have tried to call Seven Mary Three as a one-hit-wonder and a copy cat of Pearl Jam BUT I absolutely loved Seven Mary Three’s “American Standard” album. Despite all criticism Seven Mary Three’s “American Standard” album achieved platinum status due to their outstandingly beautiful single “Cumbersome”. The album was released while I was in middle school and this song flowed through the headphones of my tape player (and then CD player) and I still love it to this day.

3. Bush – “Machine Head

So there is a good chance that you’ve heard a song from the 6x multi-platinum album “Sixteen Stone” and there is good reason behind it. It seems like the album produced nothing but chart topping hits. Hits like “Little Things”, “Glycerine”, “Comedown”, “Everything Zen” and “Machinehead” were all on constant rotation on rock radio. Bush has been a mainstay in the rock music scene despite their hits predominately coming from the 90s. Bush still has heavy rotation on rock radio and in my car. 😉

2. NirvanaSmells Like Teen Spirit

Okay. So my mom even knows who Kurt Cobain was and could probably recognize the song “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. I got caught up in the whirlwind of Nirvana fans early on and upon Kurt’s death in 1994, it just fueled my love for Nirvana. I remember trying to catch “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on my favorite radio station’s weekend top 10, so I could record the best possible version of it before I had the CD. Once I had Nevermind in my hands, I played it until I had to buy another copy. I won’t be lying if I said that “Smells like Teen Spirit” is one of the greatest songs of all time.

1. SilverchairTomorrow

Surprising to a lot of people, Silverchair’s “Tomorrow” (and many subsequent Silverchair songs) and among my favorites of all time (not just songs from the 90s). In 1995, “Tomorrow” was the most played song on US modern radio and the trio of 15 year olds were rocking my CD player as well. The song has held its place in my CD player and now iTunes account for all of these years as well as Silverchair’s 1999 album “Neon Ballroom” which featured the hit “Anna’s Song (Open Fire)” which touched on lead singer’s eating disorder that was the result of increased anxiety and my high school anthem “Anthem for the Year 2000”.

Honorable Mentions: Radiohead “Karma Police”, Blind Melon “No Rain”, Primitive Radio Gods “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in my Hand”, Beck “Loser”, Stabbing Westward “Save Yourself”, Candlebox “Far Behind”

 

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery: Part 2

So we established in Imitation is the greatest form of flattery: Part 1 that just because ‘imitation is the greatest form of flattery’ doesn’t always mean that the end result pleases everyone. I’m pretty sure that Jazz purest don’t necessarily find rock music appealing, despite them sprouting from the same family tree. We also established that despite some people’s unhappiness, this imitation has greatly impacted the evolution of music in general. So let’s think about my another side of imitation: mimicry. When one group, artist or composer imitates another artist’s work and improvises to make the style he/she/they have aided in the creation of new or improved music; but what about a group, artist or composer utilizing another group, artist, or composers work and producing it in their new individual, stylistic manner?

So, as you can guess, we’re talking about covers. We love them, hate them, don’t even hemeroplanes triptolemusrealize that our favorite song might be one, 0r much like the Larvae of the Hemeroplanes Tripolemus Moth this created imitation is far from a proper delineation. The Larvae of the Hemeroplanes Tripolemus Moth obviates him/herself from becoming a trophic insertion into the food chain by its transmuted appearance. By transmogrifying the larvae to look like the head of a snake, the larvae protects itself during a truly vulnerable time. Like the moth’s mimicked appearance, just because someone makes something that looks like a snake…doesn’t make it a snake. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a duck.

Remember that terrible Dukes of Hazzard movie in the mid-2000s starring a bikini claddaisy duke Jessica Simpson, Johnny Knoxville and that jerky jock from American Pie (yes I know his name is Sean William Scott) whose only redeeming factor was the fact that Willie Nelson starred as Uncle Jesse? Well that movie’s soundtrack featured a cover of Nancy Sinatra‘s infamous 1966 classic “These Boots are Made for Walking” by a beautiful yet ditzy Jessica Simpson. This song is a prime example of how an imitation can almost be a slap in the face to the original. Better yet; we can move along in the pantheon of terrible movies that were thrown together during the 2000s and reminisce about Britney Spears’s one, and thankfully only movie: Crossroads. Better yet we can try not to remember the assault on our ears that britney spears crossroads.JPGwas Britney‘s karaoke version of Joan Jett And The Blackhearts‘s cover of “I love Rock n’ Roll”. This cover of a cover wasn’t the first time that Britney tried her hand at mimicry that ended up looking more like a mockery. I remember very well being an 18 year old male watching the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards when Britney donned a men’s business suit and covered the Rolling Stones “(I can’t get no) Satisfaction” before ripping her clothes off to perform her infamous “Oops…I did it Again.” My teenage self was unable to concentrate on any lustful desires of Britney Spears due to the butchery that was her cover of a Rock n’ Roll classic. I must say that it is not only pop star princesses that are guilty of the debauching of a classic song. After the success of their 1997 cover of George Michael‘s “Faith,” Limp Bizkit (which I admit that I do love both versions) must have thought that they could relive their initial success by slinging another cover song at the pop charts. In 2003 they decided to cover of The Who‘s “Behind Blue Eyes’. I…I…I…can’t even begin to explain how terrible of a rendition that this song was. I was, and still am, a fan of Limp Bizkit’s early work but I was forced to turn the radio when this garbage came through the radio air waves.

There are times that the imitation turns out to be just as good as the original. It is rare but sometimes it does happen. Think of the one hit wonder that is Sinead O’Conner. Where would she be without Prince and his classic hit “Nothing Compares 2 U”? Think about Patsy Cline.  “Crazy” is the first thing that you thought of correct? Well did know that the classic ballad was written and recorded by Willie Nelson? What about Stevie Wonder‘s “Superstition”? Did you know that the song was originally written by Stevie for Jeff Beck. The song was recorded by Stevie thanks to Motown head Berry Gordy after he heard the song in its completed version. The Bee Gee’s had multiple chart topping hits but did you know that they originally wrote and performed Al Green’s “How Can You Men a Broken Heart?”?

So is it possible for someone to take a piece, tear it down and remold it into a more beautiful creation? The answer is yes. As with as Al Green’s passionate and searing voice that pierces the soul and thusly surpasses the greatest of the original track. I won’t list all of the times that this has happened but I will list my top 3 favorite remakes that surpassed the greatest of the original tracks.

Number 3: Jimi Hendrix, “All Along the Watchtower originally recorded by Bob Dylan. The song is almost incomparable due to Hendrix’s beautifully executed sounds produced from a flipped Fender Stratocaster. Hendrix’s version of the song surpassed Bob Dylan’s own popularity so much that every that Dylan performed the song, he saw it as a way to show acknowledgement to the man that reinterpreted and reinvigorated such a memorable song.

 

Number 2: Metallica’s Grammy award winning cover of the Thin Lizzy cover of The Dubliners cover of a well known and well covered Irish traditional drinking song: Whiskey in the Jar.

Number 1: Johnny Cash’s chilling rendition of the Nine Inch Nail‘s dissonant 1994 hit “Hurt”. The mortality questioning piece was recorded mere months before his death. What was once believed to be a suicide note by Trent Reznor, Johnny Cash’s quivering voice breathes contextual sadness to his and the love of his life, June Carter Cash. As a fan of the original and an even bigger fan of the remake; you can only see the correlation to the lyrics and the tumultuous life that Johnny Cash lived.

 

And I would be crazy to not include one honorable mention because of the cultural influence of said work. Honorable mention goes to Elvis Presley‘s ground breaking version of Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton‘s raspy classic “Hound Dog”.

 

So is it really true that imitation is the greatest form of flattery or is it fair to say that sometimes, that imitation is even more impressive. Like the genius evolution of a moth that can alter its exterior appearance during its larvae period to mimic that of a snake. He/she may not turn themselves into a snake but the look is mighty impressive .

Love, peace and chicken grease;

-Chris

 

 

 

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery: Part 1

I’m sure that almost everyone is familiar with the saying by early 19th century writer Charles Colton, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” This statement is true because in essence we all imitate. Imitation or mimicry is found throughout all life. Animals and insects imitate other animals or insects as a way of a survival; while we as humans find things that make us more appealing and replicate that specific thing. Mimicry has its downfalls but only in regards to the duck face selfie.  Well actually, there is two problems. The real issue is that imitation is defined as a ‘thing intended to simulate or copy something else’. So even though this simulation is meant to, in the sincerest way, dorian graypay homage to that specific item; the replication is just that….a replication. The quote from Charles Colton was augmented later in the 1800s by the writer of the amazing novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, the great Oscar Wilde (one of my favorite authors and books). He is slated as saying that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” His explanation of this phenomena is that this mimicking act produces a mediocre product. This act may protect the Larvae of the Hemeroplanes Tripolemus Moth  by imitating a snake but what does this mean when we think of  it in regards to something extremely trivial…like music. One artists mimicry of another artist’s work is something that has been replicated for years. My question is if a musician doing their hemeroplanes triptolemusversion of an already produced song or mimicking a certain style or grouping like something else is  is causing the production of a mediocre product? Does this mean that nothing will ever beat the original form of something or are we as a populous so caught up and in awe of the original product that we cannot appreciate something that is paying homage to this original work?

First lets start by an investigation of the evolution music itself because as a lifelong, eclectic music lover, I have always been intrigued by how much one musical styling or group influences another. In regards to music; the humming, whistling, clicking, and sounds produced by our mouths led to the invent of simple wind instruments which led to the invent of other instruments. These instruments led to Gregorian chants or the melodic harps and pipes that were spoken about thousands of years ago in the first book of the Holy Bible (Genesis 4:21). Centuries go by and the Renaissance leads to Baroque which leads to the classical eras of Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven which then finds Strauss, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Rachmanifnoff leading the way into the Romantic period. Music began to change in the 20th century and with the literally became electrifying. The amplification of instruments finally brought us a truly faster growing development of music. Southern Black Gospel influenced blues and jazz musicians which inevitably reached the ears of young white men around the world and slowly Rap, Country and Rock and Roll was created.

Musical styles don’t evolve in one straight line. Music itself evolved as the intertwining branches of one tree. Every artist from Little Wayne to the Bee Gees to Elvis Presley to Metallica can trace their musical heritage back to the same basic tree. Edgar Bronfman Jr. (CEO of the third largest music production company Warner Music Group {formerly known as Warner Bros Records}) said that, “The history of the music industry is inevitably also the story of the development of technology. From the player piano to the vinyl disc, from reel-to-reel tape to the cassette, from the CD to the digital download, these formats and devices changed not only the way music was consumed, but the very way artists created it.” As the evolution of our society and the advancements of technology, our music has evolution of musicchanged. So I call back the question, is music just a cheap mimic with small implementations for improvement or is the homage a slap in the face to the original. I hear older generations always say things like “music back in my day was…” or “I just can’t listen to that mess y’all have now”.

Music tastes changes but there is no doubt that it is all timeless. I can sit back and listen to Beethoven’s “5th Symphony” with Daniel and we both be enthralled as if it were 1808. We can even be happy as we listen to “Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen and not to take a TARDIS back to 1978 to appreciate it. I have no doubt to believe that in another 100 years, someone will be teary eyed listening to the beauty that is Bach’s “Prelude in C minor”; that in 50 years someone somewhere will be tapping their toes to “Blue Suede Shoes” by Elvis Presley; or regretfully I know that someone somewhere will have the bad enough taste to listen to “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga. I am hoping that that song fades in the back file in the annals of the library of music. A man can only dream.

To be continued in Imitation is the greatest form of flattery: Part 2…

But until then.

Love, Peace and Chicken Grease, 

-Chris

 

 

Free Comic Book Day?

I sit here watching Deadpool for the 3rd time, and I want to go to bed just so I can wake up on a comic book fan’s favorite day: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!!!!!  That’s right, if you didn’t know that the first Saturday in May for the last 15 years has been Free Comic Book Day then you have been missing out. It isn’t just a day where you stand in line and get one free comic, it is a celebrated day among comic book fans. As you can see on the informative video that is on the webpage that I have linked above, Free Comic Book Day was a day set aside to give back to us: the fans.

I hope that everyone can venture out, take free comic book day ad at memory lane.pngyour kids, and go visit your local comic book shop. Which in my case is Memory Lane Comics in Wilmington, NC. If you’re in the vicinity, you can come on over to  Memory Lane Comics with me in the morning and see Ben and Jake. My local shop and your closest shop will be littered with amazing deals and you’ll get tons of free swag (including a bunch of FREE COMICS!!!!). 

So take your kids, take your wife, heck…just take yourself down to Free Comic Book Day at your local comic book shop.

Geek Fuel: Monthly Box of Mystery

geek levelsNot too long ago, there were these groups of individuals who were pigeon-holed to fit the term “nerd” or the quintessential term “geek”. These geeks were characterized with their geek definitiontrademark black-rimmed glasses, pocket protectors, snorted laugh, undeniably distinct wardrobe and a superfluity of varied nerd interests. Whether you were the super smart, an intellectual computer nerd; a video game player; a Dungeons and Dragons player; or a comic book enthusiast; you were more than likely slid into one of the, sometimes negatively viewed, stereotypes. This type appeared strange and foreign to most people, since most of their time was spent in front of a computer screen or reading a comic book but years go by, the internet is invented, we progress as a society and low and behold, geeks are cool. Geeks are now admired by their peers for their superior intellect or receive God-like status if you are a Steve Jobs or a Stan Lee. Finally, the world is embracing geek culture.

All of a sudden the new term in Hollywood is called ‘geek chic’. Justin Timberlake is rocking geeky clothing and the black rimmed glasses that normally would only be seen on revenge of the nerdsLewis (played by actor Robert Carradine) in the cult classic Revenge of the Nerds. Now-a-days, the cool kids rock Spider Man t-shirts and new X-Box one games are spoken about without the fear of being reprimanded by your peers. Its okay to read a comic book or admit to watching Doctor Who. Being a geek has become such a popular thing to be that companies are selling packages of items that will help you manifest your geekiness in your every day life. I watched the popularity of these boxes rise before I got involved and I must admit that the blind purchasing of a box of items is a scary prospect but my geek meter leaned more towards the purchase section. I researched A LOT; as I always tend to do. I decided to jump on board with the Geek Fuel box. Now if you aren’t familiar with these boxes, let me just explain it really quickly.

In case you are interested, these monthly subscription boxes send you miscellaneous items that are catered towards your specific interests. Some companies offer you the ability to narrow down your box subscription by purchasing all: horror movie related, comic book related, children appropriate items, or a lot of other things that tickle your fancy. I decided upon the Geek Fuel box which sends you a Steam online video game, toys, collectibles, other geeky gear and an exclusive t-shirt every month. So basically, you pay around $20 per month for over $50 worth of items. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well there is no catch. My first month receiving my monthly Geek Fuel subscription box was in the month of April. My family and I waited impatiently for the box to arrive and tore into it as soon as we got home. I’m going to show you the items that I received (and the items that you would have received if you had purchased a subscription to Geek Fuel. 🙂 The packaging is really awesome as well.

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Not your average shoe box. 

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Pretty presentation. Almost like opening a present at Christmas. 

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Ah….Doctor Who. One of my favorite things. This specific cover is a Geek Fuel exclusive. 

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Okay. This is legit. The comic has a certificate of authenticity and to be honest, HOW CUTE IS THAT STICKER!?!

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This is the Steam Game. The code and access information is on the back of this awesome card. Daniel is super excited about playing this. 

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I’m not team Captain but a Captain America sticker is pretty cool to have. 

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A vinyl Star Wars Flame Throwing Storm Trooper Bobble-Head figure is a large title. This will look great sitting on my collectibles shelf. 🙂

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The Exclusive Captain America vs Iron Man (as Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots) t-shirt. 

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The accompanying Geek Fuel Magazine. 

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The accompanying info card which gives you descriptions of all of the items that you received in your box. 

So as you can see, the Geek Fuel box is quite literally packed to the gills with geeky goodness. If you are interested in buying this for yourself of giving a subscription as a gift, use this unique referral link: Geek Fuel referral link.

I hope that you had a Happy Star Wars day yesterday. Happy Cinco de Mayo.

May the Fourth have been with you. 🙂

Love, peace, and chicken-grease,

-Chris

A Parents guide to “Minecraft”

minecraft tshirtToday I was reminded of the image of Daniel we he prepared for baseball practice Saturday morning. I had noticed that Daniel had donned one of his many Minecraft t-shirts. I felt proud of his willingness to be a billboard for something that he loved other than to be subjugated to wear one of his Under Armour shirts to potentially fit in with the rest of his teammates. I was also reminded at how extremely popular that this seemingly simple game had become.
Minecraft, if you didn’t know, in the world of video games is a sandbox style video game. A sandbox style video game is formatted to where the player has been freed from the usual structure and direction of the video games that we are used to playing. Remember how when we first started to play Super Mario Bros and you could only go right and could only go left for a short period of time….well that is all taken away in a sandbox style video game. The game is called sandbox because, like your child’s sandbox, there are no rules and you have very free, open-ended play. These games mostly take place in an open-world setting to allow the freedom for the player to do, mostly, as they please. Minecraft is the epitome of the ultimate sandbox video game. The simplistic makeup of Minecraft is made up of textured 3D cubes. This procedurally generated world allows players to explore, gather resources, and build amazing structures using the 3D style blocks. The beauty of Minecraft is that the only limit to your creativity is your own imagination. That cliche term of phrase most definitely applies when the player decides to spend time in the creative mode when the player has an unlimited amount of resources that will allow them to build anything that their heart desires. The player can also choose to venture into the adventure mode or the survival mode which requires the player to gather their resources for anything that they want to build while maintaining their health.

Daniel started playing this game a short time after it came out in 2011 and when he first started playing, I literally didn’t see the point. In this open-world format, there is no specific goal for the player to accomplish so a lot of his time was spent buMineCraft for xboxrying dynamite blocks, watching them blow up and destroy the land around the area. The game appears at first glance to be a cheaply generated game where the player just flies around (the player can fly in the creative mode), breaks blocks and place more blocks in other places to build miscellaneous items. It wasn’t until Daniel started to explore the game further that I realized the complexity and creativity of what had appeared to be so simplistic in the beginning.

So between killing the monsters in survival mode, which seem to spawn out of mid air, the creative adventure in the creative mode or just the general imagination that is required to play this game I all-in-all approve of this game. I even took a couple of weeks to create a Castle Grayskull and Snake Mountain (famous He-Man related places). I don’t mind that Daniel continues to love this seemingly simple game where he branches his ever extending imagination, I just hope that Stampylongnose (Youtuber) will finally add Daniel to his Love Garden.

Love, Peace, and Chicken grease,

-Chris

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