Buenos tacos, turds. Sorry for making y’all wander aimlessly through the barren wasteland of an email free podcast. I could provide a long winded explanation, but I will sum it up with one word – infant. When you have one of those, a great many things in this life go directly to the back burner.
So Valentine’s Day is this weekend. I hope Rhetty Poo has lined up a super sappy kissy wissy smoochie woochie display of affection for his lovely lady. Doc Jason, that goes for you too. In the past, my wife has always played the “you don’t have to buy me anything…” game. Fellas, it finally happened. The moment I knew was coming arrived when Meredith, at long last, dropped all pretenses. She looked over at me a few nights ago and said “Don’t think for one second that you are off the hook just because I have to work on Valentine’s Day.” I was kind of shocked that she put it out there like that. So I ordered her a super nice floral arrangement to be delivered tomorrow. I figure since she has to work, celebrating it a little early will not hurt anything. Honestly I think that of all the wasteful things on which one can blow some perfectly good money, flowers have to be the worst. You buy, they die, and a week later they are in the trash. But we do what we must to keep our ladies happy.
Meredith has expressed an interest in photography, so I was toying with the idea of getting her an entry level dslr camera. Problem is, dslr cameras cost dslr money. Best Buy is running a promotion where if I were to upgrade to the LG G4 phone, I would receive a $200 Best Buy gift card as well. I could put that toward a new camera for Meredith and get myself a new toy to boot. Win win. The issue I have is that I currently own a G3, and the step up from it to the 4 is about a 20% bump in power, and I am not sure that is enough to warrant a leap.
This week has been suuuuuuuuper slow at work, so I have, for the first time in months, managed some quality gaming time. My Vita has been my constant companion, and I have almost finished Uncharted: The Golden Abyss. It is such a fun game. I am a big fan of the series in general, though, so I knew I would dig it. I could do without some of the silly motion controls it requires you to use at time, but the game is so good even that does not ruin it. Now I am not saying the game is mind blowing, but it is really good. There is a little too much of the “my partner jumped across and the platform collapsed so now I have to find a long and complex way to climb around now” b.s. involved, but the story is so solid that I did not mind it. It has reminded me that I do in fact still enjoy gaming. Since I know I am about to beat the game, I went out and bought Soul Sacrifice. That will be my next slow day killer.
I have also gotten in some decent tv this week. I finally started watching Jessica Jones. I can hear Rhett’s eyes rolling right now. Say what you want, but I am enjoying the crap out of it. That said, I know I have my pervy past, but all of the sex in the show seems utterly pointless. It does not contribute to the plot in any meaningful way. They could have left out the sex and simply implied it happened, and the story would have been no worse off for its exclusion. I mean that for both the sexual goings on of Jessica and Luke Cage and the lesbian couple as well. They could have filled that space with more meanigful content, but I guess that’s just me. I am getting tired of everything on tv being reduced to carnality.
I also started in on the new DC animated flick Batman Bad Blood. I only made it a few minutes into the film before I had to shut it off and tend to my daughter. But what I have seen has me itching to see the rest. You two know the find affection I have for DCU Animated features. Speaking of tending to my daughter, this week my wife returned to work from her 12 week leave. She was a sobbing mess, but I did the unthinkable by keeping my daughter fed, bathed, dry, and loved just as well as her mom does. I think somewhere in my wife’s mind lurks the notion that dad cannot possibly take care of a baby like mama can. :/
So I heard about the tattoos in sports games hullabaloo. That is such garbage to me. As far as I am concerned, once the ink is in my skin, it is mine. You as the artist no longer have any say or rights to it in my opinion. My artists never mentioned anything of the sort or had me sign anything to the contrary aside from the usual “we are about to puncture you” waiver. Some artists do in fact have some pretty involved paperwork for their clients to sign, and I am sure that rights to design ownership is in there somewhere in some of them. If this is the case with the tatts on professional athletes appearing in games, they probably do have a legal claim. That said, I think it is the same as buying a painting from am artist. Did they design it? Yes. Did their skill produce it? Sure. Once my money is in his or her hand, however, what I choose to do with it is my prerogative.
Y’all were talking about action figures on the last episode a bit, and since I used to collect them, I have an opinion. At my worst, I had 10 + large boxes filled with figures, and all of my shelves and closets were lined with them as well. One thing that always impresses me is lots of detail rendered in miniature. The Marvel Legends line, when it was in the hands of Toy Biz, was a fantastic series. That and the 2002 Masters of the Universe line, which was sculpted by 4 Horsemen Studios. Those guys do some insanely detailed work. I think they do a lot of stuff for Sideshow collectibles and other niche retailers. Eventually I sold off my entire collection because it was just ridiciulous to have all of that perfectly good space being taken up by toys. I kept a small handful, though. My Red Son Superman and Red Son President Superman are not going anywhere. The statues Rhett mentioned are cool and all, but there is no justification for spending more than $20 on anything like that. A Gamestop clerk told me once that they actually sell out of some of their higher end pieces. Must be a lot of people with more money than sense is all I can surmise. Says the guy who collects old video games.
Ok…getting to the show’s format change. I like it. It is more streamlined and easier to follow. Separating the news and commentary from the yadda yadda makes a lot more sense in my opinion. I liked Doc Jason’s reviewing (previewing?) upcoming titles a lot. Keep doing that, even if you hate 90% of them. I cannot wait for Christmas this year when Doc Jason opens up his shiny new copy of American Truck Simulator! As strange as it sounds, after seeing video of it in action, I kinda wanna play it now!
Well, that is all I’ve got for now. I hope you two plan to see Deadpool tomorrow night. I will if I can get my wife to agree to letting me get out for a bit. I am really excited for it. I think it will be hilarious. Take it easy, fellas.