Day 40: Happy Thankgiving! What are you thankful for?

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What are you thankful for this year? It's a tradition I've never really got into. But this year, I'll make an exception. My friends and family have gone through a lot this past year, and some of it was bad, but much of it was good. From finding love, to finding jobs, to finding peace, and finding family safe. No matter what's happening to them, these fine people are still finding themselves happy, and in a good place, even with the struggle and with the strife. They move forward with their head held high and their feet firmly underneath them. And that is what I am thankful for this year. I'm thankful that these wonderful people are doing well, and finding joy and fulfillment in their lives. I'm thankful that they've made it through the hardest experiences and coming out stronger. I'm thankful that they are doing well.

To those out there reading this. I hope that you too are doing well. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? 

Day 40 - It All Tastes The Same

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I think I've mentioned in the past that I have a horrible memory, so I can't recall if I've written about motivation. I will at some point look back and see if I did, but for now, I will assume that it already happened. Instead, I want to talk about coffee.

There was a moment in my life where I thought I could live without coffee. I was able to, for about a month, and I soon realized that there was no need to quit cold turkey. It wasn't like I was drinking it all day, everyday.  So, once a week or so, I'll treat myself to a cup of coffee. Now before anyone says that Starbucks is not real coffee, one I do agree with you to a point, and two, there really are not that many places to get a relatively decent cup of coffee. So, that's where I get my cup of Joe (whatever that means).

Every holiday season Starbucks outs out their seasonal coffees, and this year, they came out with a new flavor. Chestnut praline latte. I figured, why not give it a go? I've tried all of their other flavors, and I figure it'd be nice to try something new. Upon purchase and consumption there was a realization. Lately, Starbucks coffees taste the same. 

When you first take a sip of your coffee, you may notice that it's got the familiar bitterness of actual coffee, drowned out by sugar of all shapes and sizes. As you continue to sip, you start to tell the nuance of the actual flavor, whether it is egg nog, chestnut, or gingerbread, but yet again, it's beaten down by the taste of whipped cream and whatever else they put in there.

I realize this could just be my Starbucks, and others may make their lattes with a tender, loving care, but as far as I know, all these coffees taste the same. It could be the type of coffee they use. It might be a new type of bean, or maybe they're using more coffee and less flavoring, but it wasn't always like this. I remember a grand time when the taste of the different types of lattes and cappuccinos were vibrant with this spice and that. Now, it's like they're all manufactured the same way. They're all a sweet, confectionery in a cup.

It'd be fantastic if I could get some feedback on this, so I wouldn't think I was completely crazy. Though, I may very well be insane for continually drinking coffees that all taste the same. It's like after the fourth of fifth sip, the flavor becomes muted. It's cloned coffee with a bit of placebo for added, taste effect.

Well, that was a long winded observation that may have no real merit to the overall quality of actual Starbucks coffee, and may just be my lame taste buds trying to tell me that I've lost all sense of sensation on my tongue, or maybe I should make my own damn coffee, but you keep going back because you admit, you like the sweet and sometimes savory flavors.

Day 39 - Pseudo-celebrity

The whispers throughout the internet and mainstream media say that the youth of today only want one thing. They want to be famous. This makes sense if you look at the plethora of Youtube "stars" who came up and became pseudo celebrities. There are these type of folk on Instagram, Twitter, Vine, you name it. The young and the old alike want to be liked by the masses. Hell, I'd be lying if I didn't say I wouldn't mind some fame because of my podcasts or this blog. I do these things not only because I love to do it, but because it reaches out to people.

I don't know if it's sad that people want to be internet famous. People all over the world are willing to watch others play video games for hours on end on Twitch or read blog posts or use Youtube as a TV for the latest shows and reviews. What we old fogies believe is a waste of time is actually the way we entertain each other. The internet is the new sidewalk and we are the street performers. We make a living not on dollar bills, but on views and listens. That's the new currency that turns into real currency.

Where I once had a bad taste in my mouth for those "weirdos" who flaunted themselves online with obnoxious personas or stupid songs, I now have a renewed respect, because someone is consuming their content. Someone is buying their song, downloading their video, and donating to their website, and for those fans, that person they support, is a star. 

A Critical Moment of Awesome Ep. 173 - Grey and Juicy

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A Critical Moment of Awesome is all new with Dave the Drummer and Francis the Other Guy catching up with the last few weeks. It's some birthday talk, Comikaze, actors, movies, and the usual geek m.o. that we like to do. It's all that and a fun internet connection, as we delve into Dave's first hosting of Crit Mo.

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Back When We Were Interesting Ep. 33 - Thanksgiving

Welcome to Back When We Were Interesting, where we talk about the stories and the experiences that make us and you, interesting. Shelley Rossell, Josh Hawkes, and Francis Fernandez prepare for next week as they discuss their stories of Thanksgiving and the insanity of Black Friday. From fried turkeys, to working the holidays, we cover this day of thanks from all sides. So get a slice of pie, drink up some sparkling cider and enjoy this episode of the Back When Podcast, where we're thankful we have you.

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Day 38 - I'm Saving My Smile For A Rainy Day

I don't smile much anymore. I realize most people don't smile at every moment of every day, but I remember a time when I used to smile all the time, and I was laughing so often that my cheeks hurt. Sometimes I feel like my mouth has forgotten to form the look.

Whenever I find myself out and about, trying to keep myself busy and the like, I often pass by my reflection in a store mirror or some other reflective surface. I see my face, so naturally angry. I was told this was resting asshole face, or maybe it was resting bitch face. I look pissed all the time, and I don't even notice it.

The people around me don't look so despondent or angry with the world. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's a reflection of what's in my soul, or something ethereal like that. I don't know. Just an observation. 

Day 36 - Christmas Comes 40 Days Early?

It's only been a week since Halloween, and the decorations are in the stores, the music is on our radios, and the Santas are sitting idly by in their made up homes in the mall. Personally, I love the holiday season. I get that Christmas spirit going with some Rent soundtrack, some egg nog lattes, and some decorations at my cube, now...office, which is weird. But I normally prepare for this stuff after Thanksgiving, and apparently, the American consumer isn't allowed to wait that long.

Maybe I'm a grinch this holiday season, but I really think this is getting out of hand. Soon we'll be preparing for Christmas on the 26th of December, and just use the year as one long celebration. I wish I was joking, but you can see it, can't you? We've started our celebration and preparations 40 days before Christmas! A whole month and change before the ACTUAL day! Am I the only one bothered by this?

I realize as we get older, time flies by faster. Our brain processes information and memories differently and the years go by a little quicker. Anyway, that's beside the point. Why are we as a society pushing our lives along even faster? Are we so in a hurry, we don't have time to celebrate Halloween or Thanksgiving? Does the idea of having two almost identical meals in the span of 30 days excite us? What's going on?

Alas, I am not anti Christmas nor anti Holidays. I do love this time of year. I just wish we didn't celebrate it so soon. Let other holidays breathe. There'll be plenty of time for buying gifts, kissing under mistletoe and singing carols. For now, I'll just go along with this celebrating early business with a song you all know and love from the Ark Music Factory. Let's celebrate Thanksgiving!

Back When We Were Interesting Ep. 32 - When A Boy Becomes An Older Boy

Welcome to Back When We Were Interesting, where we talk about the stories and the experiences that make us and you, interesting. Josh Hawkes and Francis Fernandez talk about growing up, and that special time in everyone's life, called puberty. From voice changes, hairy faces, and noticing girls, they break down how their lives went from awkward, to more awkward. So get nostalgic with us, and reminisce on this week's Back When Podcast.

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Day 35 - Birdman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

I had no idea what to expect when I decided to watch Birdman. I saw a trailer, a few movie stills, and that was it. I had no idea I'd be stepping into a bizarre film with amazing cinematography, fun acting, and an unusual premise. I just thought it was going to be a comedy. I like being wrong.

BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) -- famous for portraying an iconic superhero -- as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

Here's a brief synopsis. Michael Keaton plays an actor who's superhero movie career is replaced with the theater. As he struggles to get his play in pique condition before opening night, he finds himself struggling with insane actors, an angsty daughter, his pushy best friend, and his own sanity. 

The first thing I noticed when watching the film was the way it was shot. The camera follows everyone in a way that makes you feel like you're some invisible eavesdropper. It blends a little fantasy with reality as the camera swoops through windows, drifts around corners, and hovers along hallways, anticipating what's about to happen.

Michael Keaton may not act much anymore, but he still shows off that he can be funny, dramatic, and crazy all in one scene. He owns being the star not only in the movie, but as the washed up Riggan. Emma Stone is around for a few bits here and there as Keaton's daughter, and she's nice to watch, though she looks like she could use a sandwich. Zach Galifianakis is hard to not see as Zach Galifianakis. I don't know why he, as an actor, always pulls me out of a picture, but he just does. I think that's just me.

I'm not going to be long winded about it, but everyone is great in this film. Naomi Watts, Ed Norton, Andrea Riseborough, and the rest, are awesome to watch. So, the movie has the actors in spades.

Where it gets strange for me is the actual story, which I realize is the point. There are a lot of weird things that happen that just confuses me. And though I understand why those elements are there, it just didn't add to the enjoyment of the film, for me. I ended up with a few, "Huh?", moments. I'm aware that's part of the artistry of this movie, but I could have used fewer moments like that.

If you're looking for an art house, black comedy, then look no further. Sometimes I think movies like Birdman are an acquired taste, but I believe that even the general viewer will get a kick out of the performances and the overall strangeness. It's 7.5 beaks out of 10.

Day 34 - Geek Love Radio?

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I've been thinking a lot about love, sex, and relationships from a geek's perspective and how I've gotten to a point where I've actually stopped trying. First off, I'm very aware of how bad I am at relationships, and secondly, I would feel horrible for having any person to have to put up with me. Mind you, this is not a pity party or anything, this is just a realization of facts.

You know how people can be painfully unaware of what makes them awkward or strange or even annoying? You see it all the time. They don't pick up on social cues, nor do they understand that the friendly advice being given isn't really advice, but a plea for the person to stop being annoying. I am aware of my flaws and even though I've attempted to try and correct those flaws, they seem to come back the moment I'm infatuated with a woman.

I feel that any reason I give from here on out will sound like an excuse, and it probably is. So I'm not going to go into why I think I am the way I am, but instead talk about the inspiration to start Geek Love Radio up again. Though, one may ask, why I would possibly start up a podcast that's all about successful relationships, when I cannot even obtain one. Well, because I know what I'm doing wrong. It would be a show about not doing things I would do. One person's failure will be the blueprint for someone else's success. 

Maybe it's backwards thinking, but I think it can work. It's facing dating from analyzing the wrong things and making them right. I do have a possible cohost in the wings, which makes it easier, it's just a matter of putting it all together. I do miss talking about this sort of thing.

It's now out in the aether, so please, be on the look out. Geek Love Radio may rise again

Day 33 - Bummer

Inspiration and motivation are hard. I don't know why, but I've always had difficulty with both. Sometimes it'll come out of nowhere and I'll come up with a brilliant story idea or something fantastic for the podcast on my way home or standing in the shower. It's like a bolt of lightning, and as quickly as it arrives, it's gone. It's kind of a bummer.

I was hoping that this blog would be inspiration for that, but apparently my brain has it's own time table. It kind of makes me wish I wasn't single or had more friends. Someone to bounce ideas off of that was right there with me. Just a thought.

Well, if you haven't noticed, I am a bit bummed right now, and that gives me little motivation to write. Actually, if you look at most of my posts, they're fairly short. I didn't even participate in the whole NaNoWriMo thing I wanted to be a part of. Nonetheless, I will not bring you with me. So here you go, a song to put a smile on your face. I hope.

Day 32 - Nostalgia...thanks XMen

After doing another fine episode of Back When We Were Interesting, I do a little Reddit before getting some work done. Well, as a result, I end up watching the X-Men theme song, and then...the themes of cartoons from my childhood. This is of course a black hole of lost time so I'm going to just share these with you so that I am not alone. Enjoy!

HD test :D and because everything looks more badass in HD. Obviously, I don't own this.
CARTOON THEMES FROM HANNA-BARBERA, DISNEY, DIC SHOWS AND MUCH MORE FROM THE 80'S AND EARLY 90'S TIME PERIOD I WATCHED AND ALWAYS ENJOYED

Day 31 - Doctor Who: Disappointed (Spoilahs)

The season finale of Doctor Who happened over the weekend, and it was a doozy. As you can tell from the title, I already have a review for the show and the entire 8th season, and it's all summed up into one word. Disappointed.

I realize I may be in a small minority of Doctor Who fans who didn't actually enjoy this year's writing or this finale. I know a few people on Twitter who would rank "Death In Heaven" amongst their favorite, and many websites are touting that the episode was brilliant. Everyone loves Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, and I agree, he's fantastic in the role. I'm fine with Jenna Coleman as Clara, and I'm personally happy that Danny Pink is no longer in the picture. But, as always, in Stephen Moffat fashion, love conquers all and the world is saved. Nothing clever, nothing well thought out, just love. A deus ex machina I cannot get behind

The story of "Death in Heaven" revolved around Missy, aka The Master, as she plans to turn the world, and the world's dead, into Cybermen. Why? Because! We then see Clara play the Doctor for a little while to try and fool a couple of attacking Cybermen. Reminiscing in full force all the things we remember from past Doctors, she even get's the lead credit in the intro with her face in the cloudy, timey, whimey business. It's another unnecessary walk through memory lane with hints and cues to things we may have forgotten, like the Doctor having a genetically engineered daughter roaming through space. The Master soon reveals her plan to the Doctor and that she would use Cybermen pollen, made from cyber rain clouds, to populate the earth and every planet throughout the galaxy and raise the dead as metal monsters. As quickly as it began, it ends, as the Doctor is swept away by Unit, who is once again headed by the Brigadier's daughter, Kate Stewart and the Mistress...Missy...The Master...the IT support woman...whoever the hell she is, is captured.

Zaniness ensues as the Doctor is made President of the World and runs off on a plane, while Cybermen are flying all over the world causing chaos, and Missy goes insane and kills the only other character I liked, Osgood. Now I want to take a moment to express my anger at this one. I got mad, because Moffat killed off an obvious fan favorite, for what? To force an emotional reaction? To show that The Master is crazy? We know Missy is insane! Why the needless killing of a future companion? I'm going to say it...it was stupid.

Apparently all the characters in the show forgot that the Cybermen can now fly as they escape on a jet liner, and Kate Stewart is thrown out of said plane to supposedly die. Meanwhile, Clara is on the ground, hanging out with, who we find out to be, Cyberman Pink. Danny is all robotic and there's a lot of crying and sadness and leaves audiences wondering what the hell is going to happen to their future grandson that Clara and the Doctor met in that one episode I can't remember? Does this mean Clara is pregnant? Because Danny did lose his chance at some Zombie sex at the end of the episode.

Missy and the Master join the Clara and CyberPink, and Missy waxes on with more insanity, stating that this was a gift to the Doctor on his birthday and that the Doctor is just as crazy as she is. Danny urges Clara to stop the pain that is this episode, and just turn on his Cyber implant to make his feelings vanish. Clara is angry and pointing and soon convinces the Doctor to hand over his screwdriver so she can kill her boyfriend fully. The Doctor then realizes he's an idiot and that the power of love will conquer all, as the Cyber implant did not work on Danny, and the bracelet Missy gave to the Doctor allowed Mr. Pink to control all the Cybermen and blow up the pollen clouds.

Missy is in shock, get's shot by a Cyberman, (who is now speculated to be teleported away from the scene}, and Cyberman Brigadier shows up to show off how he can also stop the Cyberman brainwashing with the power of love and save his daughter who previously fell out of a plane. 

The show ends with Danny, having the power of the Master's bracelet to bring back the kid he killed back when he was a soldier, into the world of the living. The Doctor, who followed the coordinates provided by Missy, ends up in empty space where he thought Gallifrey would be hanging out, and then the Doctor and Clara meet in a cafe, where the Doctor slyly pours Stevia into her cup of tea. The Doctor and his companion lie to each other because they're both the Doctor and the Doctor lies and then it's all over. Or is it!?

In a necessary tease for the Christmas Special, Nick Frost appears to tell the Doctor that he should stop being a lying, liar who lies, and asked what he wants for Christmas, because Nick Frost is good ole St. Nick! Get it?!

As you can see, this finale was just...rough, with all the trappings of a writer who has given up on making this show good. Moffat just thinks that because it's got the "Doctor Who" name, it'll be fine. And that's just my speculation. Who knows the reason why Stephen Moffat is sabotaging Peter Capaldi's career and trying to destroy a fifty year old franchise? All I know is, I like the concept of love conquering all, but not in my Doctor Who, because the show is better than that. I realize this sounds like I hated the episode, but I didn't hate it entirely. There were a few good things in it, like Missy going nuts, and Osgood showing promise of being the next companion. But there was so much more bad. If I were to rate this episode, it would be a 4 out of 10. In the end, all I know is that this Christmas Special and next season better be clever, because this show desperately needs it.

Back When We Were Interesting Ep. 31 - Geek Love Comikaze-ha!

Welcome to Back When We Were Interesting, where we talk about the stories and the experiences that make us and you, interesting. This time around Josh Hawkes, Shelley Rossell, and Francis Fernandez discuss the latest convention that Francis attended, Stan Lee's Comikaze! But it wasn't about the comics, or even the TV shows, but about the geek love. We talk about making connections, being single, and social anxiety. And you can show your geek love by sharing this podcast with others so that we can all revel in the nostalgia, on this week, and every week's Back When podcast.

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Day 30 - I can't deal with dealerships.

Sometimes I have a delusion where I think I made a good choice and did something spectacular. I thought I was able to properly negotiate the price of a car, and that I had won! I was able to actually lower the price of my new automobile. Anyone who's purchased a car knows how hard it is to win, and I learned that the hard way today. 

I'll keep this brief. I arrive at the dealership and browse a bit. No one was bothering me, and that was great, because I wanted to take a look at the price of these cars. And in cars, I mean Mini Coopers. About fifteen minutes in, a salesman approaches me, and I played it smooth. I showed mild interest, asked a couple questions, and let him know that I was not to be pushed around! He explained the cars to me, had me look around, sit in a car, and he asked me questions in which I gave very vague answers to.

Fast forward three hours later. I feel I negotiated a good price, I was at a level I was comfortable with and had the money for, and I was ready to sign the paperwork. Little did I know what was waiting for me, just around the river bend.

The salesman and I shook on a price, I was a happy little camper, and he asked me to wait for my car to be prepped and primed for my drive home. I had myself a complimentary Starbucks coffee, a bottle of their finest bottled waters and perused the various publications in their waiting area.

It felt like an hour passed, as the parts folk sang 90's music and the sun set slowly over the horizon. My phone was dying so I couldn't tell what time it was, but when I finally spoke with the finance guy, it was near dark.

The financing fellow and I had a few laughs, shared a few quips, and signed a few sheets of paper. That's when it hit me like a extra large cooper. What I had negotiated was certainly at play here, but then the taxes were factored in and it was like I did NOTHING! I must have missed the double speak somewhere because I was under the impression that I was getting a good deal here! It was a jab, a cross, and a hook, but I had already given my heart to Lucille.

I begrudgingly finalized it all, and was even given a few going away gifts in the form of a pillow and a keychain. It was weird, and fun, and I accepted it happily. Then I laid eyes on Lucille and I was sold. So, despite possibly making a huge mistake, I am happy overall. I'm sure people are mocking me now for my horrible negotiation tactics, and I accept your scorn. Maybe next time, I'll actually figure it out.

Day 29 - Constantine Is The Doctor For Demons

In a trench coat and a tie, our hero travels around the world, to battle the forces of evil with a spunky, female companion. Yes, the tenth Doctor has regenerated and has returned as a demon slayer named John Constantine. Cue the intro music!

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DC Comics is at it again, giving us geeks more quality television with the new series Constantine. In my humble opinion, I feel it is worthy to be amongst the ranks of Gotham, Arrow, and The Flash. Only two episodes in and it’s like I’ve watched two feature length films, and it feels a little bit like Doctor Who, for those familiar with that BBC series. These are both good things. This show, much like Doctor Who, is about a clever man who fights the evils of the world with a companion or two, by his side. There’s also a chap who can’t seem to die, and we’ll call him Chas or…Captain Jack Harkness Sr. It sounds like I’m mocking this show, but I’m not. I actually take comfort in this familiar formula. The two shows are similar, but not the same.

Matt Ryan is the man who plays the title role of John Constantine, a weathered individula with a rough British accent and a 5 o’clock shadow. He also has a habit of drinking, smoking, calling everyone “mate”, and getting very close to women's faces. Dangerously close. He seems to also dress like he couldn’t be bothered to straighten and tuck in his ironed clothing and his tidy tie. Thankfully, Matt is charismatic, funny, threatening and stand-off-ish all at the same time. He’s a pretty good actor.

Constantine is teamed up with his immortal buddy Chas, played by Charles Halford. The man is not a fan of dying and he has been described as the silent type. This is funny to me because every time the camera is on Chas’ face, he’s talking. And not just one word sentences. The man is having actual dialog that belies his silent nature. As a viewer, I haven’t seen him enough to know if Halford is any good as an actor. But he gets the job done in the few scenes we see him in.

Angelica Celaya plays Zed Martin, Constantine’s second companion in the show. This is weird, because we’re only two episodes in and he’s going through companions like he goes through cigarettes. The pilot had, what I assumed at the time, the first female lead, played by Lucy Griffiths. I don’t know the inside baseball of this show, but it looks like her character was short lived as we get Zed jumping in to replace her. This is not a bad thing, because no offense to Lucy, but she is not the greatest of actresses. As a matter of fact, I felt her performance was wooden in comparison to the other actors. Angelica on the other hand, is more believable, and I hope she stays on a long time.

A little info on Zed, she has a strange precognition ability where she was able to see Constantine in her dreams. She paints and draws Constantine and has visions of things he had done. They find each other in unusual circumstances, and the Doctor…Constantine, brings her along for his adventures.

Now that you have a gist for the show, I have to admit that I like it, which may come as no surprise. I have a tendency to be biased towards genre TV, and this is no exception. I want to be supportive of DC’s endeavors to get into our small screens and show us fantastic comic book worlds. The pilot episode alone felt like a condensed movie, which is both good and bad. It was very fast paced, with Constantine checking himself into an asylum and then moments later, finding himself slaying evil while his angel pal watched on. Some may say there was too much going on in the episode, and I would have to agree. But the fast pace and mountain of story and exposition did not take away from the entertainment. I still had fun watching Constantine perform his dark arts.

The second episode, “The Darkness Beneath”, was a lot slower paced. You had a better grasp on the secondary characters and the overall threat to the small town was more palpable. The special effects were impressive for a TV show, with a monster that actually looked terrifying. The only thing that threw me off was the map covered in blood that the first companion helped create. I almost thought that it would be written out, especially since the show had changed female leads. Also, you only get a moment to see Chas as he explains why he can’t be in the rest of the episode. Oh yeah and the angel, played by Harold Perrineau, was nowhere to be seen. Finally, as an aside, I do find it funny that we never see John Constantine smoke. We see the puff of smoke from behind, we see him get a cigarette out of the package, but we never actively see him smoke. I wonder if that is just coincidence or a conscious decision from the network’s part to only imply that Constantine smokes, and not to blatantly show him smoking.

So if you haven’t started watching Constantine, I say you should give it a try. It’s a nice take on the monster/demon slaying genre (ala Supernatural), and it’s got a cool British guy as its lead. That seems to be the trend nowadays. 7.2 spirits out of 10.

Day 28 - Enough About Me For Today

I was having difficulty deciding on what to write about, as all the posts would be about me. And I'm tired of writing about me. I also thought I deserved a break from writing after three blog posts about Comikaze. I mean, it was endless! So I'm not going to torture anyone today with a long post. Just know that I'm in a good mood, inexplicably. See! More writing about me. So here you go, a song I like. Thanks.

Official Music Video for "Gimme Sympathy", from the album FANTASIES 2009 Metric Productions http://www.ilovemetric.com Directed by Frank Borin http://frankborin.com ----Lyrics---- GET HOT GET TOO CLOSE TO THE FLAME WILD OPEN SPACE TALK LIKE AN OPEN BOOK SIGN ME UP GOT NO TIME TO TAKE A PICTURE I'LL REMEMBER SOMEDAY ALL


A Critical Moment Of Awesome Ep. 173 - The Proto-Hipster

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Day 27 - The Final Day of Comikaze aka Missed Opportunities

It was the last day of Comikaze, and it was the shortest day of the convention, closing out at 5pm. But before I drove off to Los Angeles, I started my morning with an extra hour of sleep. It was like Christmas came early, as I woke up feeling better than the day before. So with a spring in my step, I primped, and prepped, and pounced into the Los Angeles Convention center for one last romp.

My quest started off with a Gotham screening and Q&A. Well, needless to say, the episode took up most of the time with very little of that left for some questions. Unfortunately I could not stay long as I wanted to hit the showroom floor one last time to purchase something. With the fewer people there, it was easy to see the wares, and there was something for everyone. T-shirts, prints, comics, weapons, costumes, video games, anime, and so much more. It catered to almost everything a geek can get geeky over. I was thinking about buying a bow, but I was too little, too late, as the bow shop had shut down. Probably sold a ton of those amazing wooden bows. Next time.

Along my trek through the aisles I did see Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Cassandra Peterson. All I can tell you is that she looks beautiful! I mean, time has treated her really well, because at 63, she was crazy hot. Alas, I tried taking a picture, but it's like looking at a blurry redhead. I may have to invest in a real camera. And no, I was not going to wait in a line to get a picture.

Now, as much as I enjoyed this convention, I must admit that it was not particularly friendly to the guerrilla Press, where all I had was my phone and a mic. Pictures and autographs were at a price, and I am but a humble, frugal nerd, and celebrities were ushered out so quickly that when you got a whiff of them being around, they were gone. A small quibble, because I'm sure that the regular attendees who were in the right place at the right time got the pictures and even spoke with the likes of Jewel Staite.

There were a couple of other panels that I attended, like Secret of the Flash and the Voice Actors panel, both of which were entertaining. The Flash panel was hosted by the folks at the Geek History Lesson podcast. It was informative, funny, and cool to see those fine people in person. The Voice Actors panel was a must see, due in part because of the professional impressions and funny scenarios, but mostly to witness voice actors in their element. They even had a Q&A afterward, but I knew I needed to get in line if I wanted to see John Barrowman.

I should not have been surprised that the line was massive. But it was not the line that I was disappointed with, but it was with myself. For on the way to that line, I passed by a familiar face. It took a second to register that it was not just another pretty face, but someone I "knew" on Twitter. It took me a moment to register this information and turn around, but alas, a missed opportunity to speak to someone cool. Ah well, there is always next convention?

The day continued on with little else to keep my interest. The cosplayers continued to amaze with all of the Doctors, Ninja Turtles, Transformers, and other characters from anime I've never seen. There was one cosplayer there, though, who always annoys me. It's a larger gentleman who paints himself green and twirls a towel around while yelling, "Wooo! Wooo!" I think I used to know who the guy was supposed to be, but it doesn't matter. He's at every convention, trying to be a troll, I presume, because I don't think I ever see the guy in the showroom. He's just amongst the other cosplayers trying to get attention. 

In the end, it was a satisfying three days, where I got to meet some amazing people, saw awesome things, and had the opportunity to talk about it on this blog and on the podcasts. I may have done the whole Press thing wrong, because in all honesty, there was not much guidance on what I could do, but it was a joy all the same. I am looking forward to doing this again next year. Thank you Comikaze. Excelsior!