Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Night Flyer



The weather's getting better, and I"m feeling a lot more confident flying my DJI Spark.   I flew this around my neighborhood in Union City, NJ late one night.   Find out more about the Spark here https://www.dji.com/spark      Buy a Spark over here https://amzn.to/2LkqSI5

Monday, May 21, 2018

Dancing with a Drone



This is a recent dance video I made using the Ryze Tello drone. I've found this drone to work great indoors. Less prohibitions than a DJI drone https://www.ryzerobotics.com . Find out more about the drone here, buy this affordable drone here https://amzn.to/2s0PWuy

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War REVIEW spoilers!


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My anticipation for this film was high. Characters from separate movies interacting with each other for the first time was exciting. I've read some of the Infinity Gauntlet story(published in 1991). I knew going in, the power Thanos wields with the Gauntlet is immense. This film follows a combination of this narrative and the Infinity storyline(published in 2013). There is a YouTube channel called 'Comics Explained.' This youtber has video re-caps of both of these stories. I will link to them in the description/show notes for this episode.

This film had many 'WOW' moments. The discerning fan of the MCU will have questions. Where was Hawkeye, Ant-Man, Valkyrie? Where did the Black Order come from? What was the motivation behind Thanos army? Who or what was Thanos army? Here are other random observations(in no particular order). There are spoilers.

- Great pace. The movie starts off running.

-If they bring everyone back(who passed away in this film)in Avengers 4, it lessens the impact of this movie as a whole.

-Thor's Stormbreaker hammer was incredibly cool. He was the MVP here. I feel he is one of the most fleshed out and likable characters in this franchise.

-Red Skull; it could've been anyone villain who's passed on in a previous film. Not that impactful.

-Higher body count than Last Jedi? Yes.

- This was Thanos film. Josh Brolin humanizes this character. The actor's motion capture performance was phenomenal. He has excellent entrances in certain scenes. Specifically in Titan and Earth.

-Seeing Nick Fury in the end credits scene with a link to Captain Marvel was great! He uses a souped-up beeper to contact Carol Danvers. Is she similar to Star-Lord? Has she been displaced from Earth for some time, and isn't aware of current events?

-The balance of levity and darkness was well done. Thanks to comedic beats from the Guardians, Iron Man, and Thor. The clashing of egos between Stark and Strange made me smile.

-During some of the space sequences, I got a Star Wars vibe. Can the Russos' do something in that sandbox?

-Peter Dinklage's dwarf character looked like a Jack Kirby drawing. Nice.

-Does the gauntlet still work after the deadly finger snap? It looks badly damaged.

-Avengers 4 speculation: will Quasar show up?

I've seen this movie twice to date, and I know I will revisit it in the future. What a thrill ride! Love what the MCU is doing connecting all these films. Other movie studios have attempted this, not successfully, not like this.

Want to learn more about Thanos? The Geek History Lesson podcast recently profiled the 'Mad Titan'. Find the link in the show notes for that episode.

LINKS
Comics Explained 'Infinity Gauntlet' https://bit.ly/2KqI1PG
Comics Explained 'Infinity' https://bit.ly/2KDZTXo 
Geek History Lesson podcast 'Thanos' https://bit.ly/2jxFfMf
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Dead Rising: OFF the Record game REVIEW






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I fell in love with the first Dead Rising. When the sequel's demo was released(Case Zero), I played through that with the new protagonist Chuck Greene. He wasn't as fun as Frank West(the hero of the first game). Mr. West is the man! I'm so glad I waited to play this version. The initial game was released 2010. This version was released in 2011. This game mixes intensity with an abundance of fun. Here are my pros and cons. There are spoilers.

Pros:
-Variety is fun.
-The game doesn't take itself too seriously.
-The map never got boring. Still discovered new areas late in the game.
-Sandbox mode saved me from starting my game over. A feature not in the first game.

Cons:
-Number of survivors brought back to the safe house or psychos defeated doesn't change the game ending. No incentive to fight them all or save them all. Unless you're a completionist. Doesn't give me much motivation to replay the game.
-The game is mainly fetch quests with a story.

I admittedly used GameFaqs and their walkthroughs to finish the game as I did get stuck in parts. In the past, I'd feel guilty doing this. Presently that shame is gone. There are loads of games I'd like to play and using this info saves time! This is a seven-year-old game; it still holds up!

LINKS
More info on this game here: https://bit.ly/2JtDGtB
Check out this game for yourself here: https://amzn.to/2wkJbJJ
Used this website to finish this game: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Bingo Love graphic novel REVieW


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I wanted to give my eyes a break from looking at screens all day.   I also wanted the same from all the violent video games, movies, tv shows.

I thought to buy a few graphic novels at my nearest comic book shop.   Midtown Comics in NYC by 40th st and 7th ave. was the place to go.   The three books I purchased were Snotgirl volume one, Black Science volume one, and Bingo Love.

Bingo Love was the slimmest of the three.   The cover tells you it's a lesbian love story between two black women.   On a recent Sunday night after work, I caught up on the most recent episodes of Ash Vs. Evil Dead and the Walking Dead.   I didn't want to go to sleep with zombie images on my mind.

I picked up this book and began reading it.   Bingo Love had me quickly emotionally invested.   Smiling, crying, laughing.   All within a 40-minute read.   What a beautiful love story.   The comic book format is a fantastic medium to tell a(written)story you'd find in a traditional book.

The main characters are Hazel and Mari.   I found myself rooting for their forbidden love to be recognized.  The art style is a mix between an anime style and the Scott Pilgrim comics.  It fit the story well.

I don't want to give away too much of the book's story but if you want a feel-good graphic novel?  Bingo Love is it!   Whatever author  Tee Franklin does next, I'm in.   I hope it's in a similar format. 

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Bingo Love graphic novel.   Pick it up here https://amzn.to/2wfd6TE 
Previous Episode: Life Update https://bit.ly/2w9ZVTU
Ash Vs. Evil Dead TV Show https://amzn.to/2JQk6Io
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Friday, April 27, 2018

Black Panther Vs. Klaw - ARTWORK-VIDEO




I was working on this for the last couple of months. In celebration of Avengers: Infinity War, here is a drawing I put together of Black Panther vs. Klaw. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

LIFE Update







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I wanted to talk about what's been going on with me lately.

1. I've contemplated leaving my current job and working from home.
....I like the people I work with. The job itself is excellent. I"ve been doing front desk work close to 20 years, so the work is pretty much the same. The commute from home to work is the quickest it's ever been. A few months ago I discovered the Rat Race Rebellion website. They promote various work-from-home opportunities. This intrigues me. I want to try this for a time. I'm contemplating leaving my current situation now or waiting a year, then making the jump. Everyone says it looks better on the resume if you stay at a place for at least a year. I'm leaning towards waiting a year. The pay rate of the jobs offered on Rat Race Rebellion does not pay as much as my current job. But my transportation and dry cleaning costs will be significantly reduced. Looking to work from home? Check out this site. (All links below)

2. My mother and I haven't been talking as much
...My mom had a health scare recently. She was in the hospital for a couple of days. My older brother and sister live in Arizona(that's where my mom lives). There were by her side along with my niece. My younger brother who lives in Yonkers flew out to be by her side. I didn't go. I took solace in knowing they were all present. I thought 'with everyone there will she need me there?' I kept phone contact with my siblings throughout this time. I spoke with her a few days after she was released.

She was upset I wasn't there. We both said hurtful things to each other. It didn't help that shortly after this medical scare I went on my trip to Jamaica. A trip I planned for months before. She made me feel as if I chose that over her. Because of this, we haven't been talking as much lately. This hurts.

Our relationship on the whole; we get along, but we disagree often. We can both be very stubborn. I have some resentment towards her, but on the flipside, I'm very proud of her. She did so much for us(my siblings). But isn't that what parents should do? Do I have to repay her back for what she's done for me? I tried justifying this current situation with her by secretly surveying co-workers. I'd asked them 'in your death bed, who do you want by your side? Your mother or your wife and kids?' My male co-workers chose the latter.

I love my mother; I want her to be happy and healthy. But I've never been one to call family(or friends for that matter)every week or spend every holiday together. I'm ok with seeing family and friends every once in awhile. While my mother and I were going back and forth, she did say something that I do want to explore further. Seeing a therapist. She said that I have a lot of stuff I have to get off my chest. Unresolved issues from my parent's divorce when I was a child. An appointment to see a therapist been set.

3. I've begun tattooing motivational quotes on my body
......With all these great books and podcasts I listen to, I'm attempting to remember these incredible lessons. The two I've done so far; 'Ego is the Enemy' inspired by Ryan Holiday's book(of the same name). The second tattoo I've gotten says 'I Love You So Much.' This was influenced by Kamal Ravikant's 'Love Yourself' book. More to come.

4. Backpage has been shut down. Variety in escorts is way down.
.....As of this writing, Backpage has been shut down by the FBI. I miss using it for escort services. Various reports I've read online said it was closed due to accusations of child and sex trafficking. From the time I spent on the website, I never saw anything that dealt with either. Was it done covertly? Maybe. The sex workers I met through the website were not underage, One of my goals for the year was to not have a girlfriend. To solicit sex workers and get my intimacy needs met. So far so good there. Other websites are available, but with fewer options than Backpage.

5. I once again re-purchased most of my video equipment.
...Within the last year, I've purchased and sold the same stuff several times. My justification at the time, 'I'm not using it right now, sell it.' I'm on this minimalist kick where I think 'I should get rid of anything I don't regularly use.'Listening to a recent interview with Monica from the 'You Wanna Do What' podcast; she said we're often told to do the thing that we're most passionate about. On the flipside, she has many passions, not just one. She wants to pursue all of them. I loved this because I thought 'I'm the same!'

Recording video is fun. But I don't always get around to doing it. Having my creative tools on hand when inspiration arises is convenient. I'm now in the process of(once again)acquiring all the video equipment. I will make sure to keep all of it this time.

6. With the spring here I've become re-invigorated to try new things once again.
...When it's cold, wet, snowy outside, all I want to do is stay inside. Because of this, I got back into video games by purchasing a PS3 and playing old games I never got to experience. As of this writing, I'm finishing up Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. What a phenomenal game! That being said, the weather is improving. I don't want to stay indoors as much. New things I recently experienced; go-kart racing in Jersey City and a nearby bowling alley right by my place. Also rock-climbing in Hoboken. I thought I could add the rock-climbing and bowling to my workout regiment. I'd love to go check out a shooting range in the nearby future.

7. I realized that this podcast is part blog.
...Lately, I've been putting up a lot more video on the podcast. I want to add dance, vlog, art, photography videos. Maybe more of these life updates as well. This podcast is essentially me documenting my life. I want to delve more into the personal stuff. I'm excited.

LINKS

-Rat Race Rebellion https://bit.ly/2GyF0dx
-Dead Rising 2: Off thce Record https://bit.ly/2JtDGtB
-RPM Raceway Jersey City https://bit.ly/2m7q6lX
-Bowling in Union City https://bit.ly/2Hsw0LW
-Rock climbing in Hoboken https://bit.ly/2FhsqOG
-Kamal Ravikant's 'Love Yourself' https://amzn.to/2FjZ6qY
-Ryan Holiday's 'Ego is the Enemy' https://amzn.to/2I0Nlsi
-What is Minimalism? https://bit.ly/22SKyWL
-Videos of my Jamaica Trip 2018  https://bit.ly/2HOI0ql
-Bingo Love comic https://bit.ly/2HZGkaZ
-Dave Jackson interviews Monica from the 'You Wanna Do What' podcast https://bit.ly/2vMb3Wz



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Night Flyer

The weather's getting better, and I"m feeling a lot more confident flying my DJI Spark.   I flew this around my neighborhood in...