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Jun. 19th, 2010

It Stinks! ^_^

You're Stuck Here!

I got inspired and wrote in my toku blog about two of my Relavent Interests:

Keep Circulating the Tokusatsu: The MST3K Connection

Looked back and thought about some of the Japanese stuff that's shown up on MST. Aside from the obvious Godzilla and Gamera, there's weird and obscure stuff like Fugitive Alien, and some oddly historical stuff. Prince of Space, in particular, was actually Japan's second TV toku show. I'll probably be doing some other blurbs on some other MST eps as well.

May. 22nd, 2010

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Videos of Interest!

Charlie Brooker's Gameswipe A special done by Charlie Brooker, who does several series of videos for BBC 4 like Newswipe and Screenswipe, satirizing recent news and pop culture stuff. Picture a British and more sardonic and pessimistic Jon Stewart and you get the idea on what to expect.

Alicia showed me and Matt some of his Screenwipe stuff and its hella funny. Gameswipe's particually interesting as it gives a bit of a 101 course on the genres and history of video games, including more niche stuff like shooters and point-and-click adventures, as well as the drama of the Evils of Vidya Games in the news media. It also has clips from some old video game-themed game shows as well, the British equivalents to Supercade and the like.

Sep. 6th, 2009

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Tokusatsu is a heck of a thing.

While some of my friends have been following sentai and Kamen Rider for years, I've just recently started watching and researching these series as part of the Rangers Strike translation. In the process, I've learned more about series like Magiranger and Den-O than I ever wanted to know.

-I've learned about Worzard's predictable face-turn and his several power ups, as well as the Magi-Rangers power-ups. Among these are MagiGreen's scary Muscle Form. Also, MagiRed, in addition to being a spaz, is the only one of the team that can do anything about anything.

-I'm also concerned about Kamen Rider Decade's ending, not Angry Hitler Concerned, but still annoyed. Some worlds that I liked got kinda wizzed on, like Hibiki's World, and a lot of plot threads just lead to a sign saying "WAIT FOR THE MOVIES". I want to think Decade would have gotten fleshed out better with a full 50 episodes, but I think the extra eps would have just been used for more crossovers or padding.

-At least Shinkenger's still bringing the awesome.

Jul. 23rd, 2009

Hello! I am the King of Japan! ^_^

Moments of Radness

Sometimes it's the little moments of victory that make life cool. Recently, I finally got my car paid off. Still have various stuff to pay off (hurr Sallie Mae college loan), but having one less monkey to worry about is pretty cool.

Getting used to blogging, and also getting my webspace through GoDaddy set up. They're a real solid domain and hosting provider, for really good prices. I can also do my file uploads and whatnot right through the online manager; No more FTPing! I'm stepping out from making websites the Geocities way! :P
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Jul. 21st, 2009

MUPPET NEWS FLASH

Serious Fans for Serious Times

One site I've started checking in on lately is Henshin Justice Unlimited a blog that many of my Tokusatsu loving friends are probably familiar with.

The story of the site's webmaster and origins are pretty interesting, as it seems to be a running theme through a lot of fandoms out there: Serious Fans vs "Casual" Fans. In this case, it's how a good chunk of fans coming into tokusatsu get curious about it through shows like Power Rangers and Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight, and are treated as if they bear the plague by the "real" fans and are either banned or shunned out of the fandom.

This seems to be a common experience in geek culture. Serious Gamer vs Casual Gamer has been the common debate through much of the current generation of gaming systems, especially with the rise of the Wii and DS. Comics, Sci Fi, even MST3K... all lot of these seem to have this running theme, and it can make it hard for newcomers to get into them.

I guess my late night point in all this is: When Geek fights Geek, no one wins.

Jul. 20th, 2009

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New Project Start!

Well, after a couple weeks of writing and brainstorming, I've decided to start up and present my newest project. It's based on the Super Sentai themed card game Rangers Strike, a neat game that hits both my sentai and my CCG geek buttons. I'll also be using it as an outlet to post about various thoughts on Geekdom in general.

FRONTIER JUSTICE, my new online thing! Not much to it right now, but I'll be adding and improving it as it goes along. This is kinda surreal: This will be my first online project in about two years, since I shuttered up the MSTing site. I've had to shop around for new hosting for files, figure out how to present my new site, and just get my creative mojo rolling again. It's pretty exciting but kinda spooky as well.

Here's hoping it'll be successful, or at least interesting. And yes, I know I'm showing up a little bit late to the blog party, but it seems more fitting for what I want right now than a full-fledged website.

More Gnus as it happens!

Mar. 15th, 2009

MUPPET NEWS FLASH

The Ides of Tim!

Today is International Tim Day, were all celebrate my birthday and various Tim-related goods and services. This year, I celebrate being hella old.

Here are some things younger than Tim, but not by much.:

The original Star Wars trilogy
The comic strips Garfield, For Better or For Worse
X-Men, the 1975 All New All Different Claremont edition
The Flash (aaAAAAAAH~!) Gordon movie

Wow, 34's ancient in Geek Years.

Jun. 11th, 2008

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STOP: Meme Time!

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want -- good or bad. When you're finished,post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified)about what people remember about you.

May. 5th, 2008

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Make it work!

From CNN's website, I'm not sure if this is awesome or tasteless.

http://news.aol.com/newsbloggers/2008/04/30/tim-gunns-guide-to-polygamist-style/ <-- Mo Rocca and Tim Gunn discuss the fashion sense of the ladies of the Yearning for Zion compound.

Also, it's good to see Mo Rocca still getting work after Daily Show.
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Jan. 27th, 2008

Damn you, 13-35 year old movie demographic!

http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/01/27/boxoffice.ap/index.html <-- Meet the Spartans edges out Rambo as top movie this weekend. Hollywood loses even more self-respect.

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