26 May 2017

Equal Ice Cream?

In Canada Ben and Jerry's is a brand of ice cream that you can get at our local grocer.

Dairy Queen and Baskin Robbins are the more common ice cream shops. In quite a few DQ shut down during the 6 months of winter that takes over Canada every year.

Now I like me some ice cream and Ben and Jerry's is one of the brands that Lady Bear picks up when we want a treat... it rarely stays long as I eat it.

Then one day I read this...

Seems that Ben and Jerry's has decided to make a point. No order of two scoops can be of the same ice cream until the Australian Government allows for same sex marriage.

I like the take on the issue, it's clever. I find it dumb that same sex marriage is still an issue, but then there are a few things I dislike about Australia. This would be another to my short list of cons from costly travel, expensive food, and internet censorship.

This does not surprise me as Ben Cohen is known for his activism. He's founded Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, spearheads Stamp the Stampede, and was arrested along side (co-founder) Jerry Greenfield at the Democracy Spring protests.

So same sex marriage is still a thing and instead of being normal. Australia is getting shamed by Ice Cream. Those two Americans with lots of money and lots to say are calling out another thing they don't like.

Awesome day so far.

- Cheers


24 May 2017

Marvel is having a bad...

Marvel comics is the darling of the theater.

You look at what they've spent, what they've made, and profit involved and the numbers are staggering. We are talking a total budget of just under 3 billion dollars without advert costs and earnings of just under 4.5 billion dollars in North America and 7.1 billion dollars for a world wide total hovering around 11.6 billion dollars. That is almost four times the investment in returns with fifteen films.

We have nine films expected in the next three years. We had one film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 so far this year and we have two more; Spiderman: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. 2018 has another three films including the third Avengers Film and 2019 has another three films listed. The only film without a solid release year is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3.

For the longest time they were my comic publisher until Image came around then Image comics ruled my comic boxes. The departure of the big six, also called the X-odus. Due to many of them working on the X-men titles when they left Marvel. Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Erik Larsen, Jim Valentino, and Jim Lee started Image.

So Marvel is rocking the films, but they are also having a rough time in print.

None of this surprises me. I've lost count of the number of crossover events over the last decade. My favorite event was the X-Cutioner's Song in 1992 and Legion Quest that led into the Age of Apocalypse. Since then I've not been very interested in cross overs. Even DC has lost me and only a few crossovers have kept my interest Dead Heat (Flash - 1995), Night of Owls, and Death of the Family.

Marvel needs to clean up it's act and invest in its audience. They need to stick with a creative team, invest in long term stories, and allow the teams to keep the pace removing the disruptive crossover events from being a yearly thing.

Lastly they need to punch up their TPB prints. Lady Bear would rather buy other comics because the Marvel trade paper backs are so thin and too expensive. Image and DC own the TPB market and DC is known for rebooting their entire line of comics every few years.

I want to "make mine Marvel" but they are not making it easy for me.

- Cheers

18 May 2017

Another loss - Chris Cornell

I was in the 8th grade. I was looking for something to listen to find my place when it came to music. My friend got a Columbia House subscription and from there I found my spot in the audioverse; Grunge, Industrial, and Metal.

His initial subscription was filled with Metallica, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Nine Inch Nails, Ozzy Ozbourne, Sepultura, Moist, and Soundgarden.

Superunknown was the first album I learned all the words to all the songs. I repeated that feat again with Moist's Silver and Nirvana's In Utero.

I added Rage Against the Machine, Temple of the Dog, Tool, Frontline Assembly, KMFDM, Korn, and more over the following years.

I remember when Rage lost Zack de la Rocha, and Chris Cornell came into the picture after spending some time solo, linked up with the band and created Audioslave.

Today lady bear told me that while on tour Soundgarden lost their voice - Chris Cornell died at the age of 52.

You will be remembered you are one of the few that shaped my generation. Rest in peace. For the rest of you enjoy lyrics that changed me.

4th of July by Soundgarden

Shower in the dark day
Clean sparks driving down
Cool in the waterway
Where the baptized drown
Naked in the cold sun
Breathing life like fire
Thought I was the only one
But that was just a lie

Cause I heard it in the wind
And I saw it in the sky
And I thought it was the end
And I thought it was the 4th of July

Pale in the flare light
The scared light cracks & disappears
And leads the scorched ones here
And everywhere no one cares
The fire is spreading
And no one wants to speak about it
Down in the hole
Jesus tries to crack a smile
Beneath another shovel load

And I heard it in the wind
And I saw it in the sky
And I thought it was the end
And I thought it was the 4th of July

Now I'm in control
Now I'm in the fall out
Once asleep but now I stand
And I still remember
Your sweet everything
Light a Roman candle
And hold it in your hand

Cause I heard it in the wind
And I saw it in the sky
And I thought it was the end
And I thought it was the 4th of July


17 May 2017

Words fail and words are bright

I've been busy and I've lost time for writing words but I've made sure to read words.

I read these words and they were worth time and emotion it took to get through the piece.

I have not suffered and I am lucky.

I will also try and remember lessons so we don't treat each other like this again.

- Cheers


10 May 2017

Why so busy

Well I've been very sparse with my content here.

1. My day job has gone up to 11.

2. My second job has gone up to 11 for the final end of year push then it went back up to 11. - See image below
North Eastern Ontario and Southern Quebec
Have lots of Water
[Image: Global News]
3. Wife's birthday - always a source of stress.*

4. Mother's day - another source of stress.*

5. Infinity Event on 27 May.

6. Money - because our budget changed

7. A 10 week night course - I'm in week 5.

8. Editing the Canadian Tabletop Gamer project.

So there I've been busy.

I want to talk about Mass Effect: Andromeda, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, other movies I want to see, Sense8 season 2 - instead all I can hear is Denzel.

* lacking in many social graces it is a constant effort to make sure the people that are important to me are not disappointed.

- Cheers


6 May 2017

Getting the changes right...

This hit one of my few feeds and it felt good to finally get some good news on how we are treating our planet.

Wolves made it better.

- Cheers


4 May 2017

May the 4th be with you...

May the 4th has become 'Star Wars day' due to the play on words: "May the 4th be with you".

Star Wars is a series of movies, TV shows, comics, novels, and games that have inspired and brought joy to millions of fans.

For me it's a different day.

It's a day about Lady Bear, because she is born on May the 4th. I'm also in love with Lady Bear.

She doubled my range of feelings that originally was made up of: tired, hungry, drunk, and horny. Now I get to experience sadness, empathy, happy, and love. It's a bit of a mixed bag but the last one is my favorite.

Lady Bear inspires me everyday and I've been filled with joy since I met her. We both are fans of Star Wars but in our house today is made special because her, not the science fantasy intellectual property giant.

So all of you enjoy Star Wars day.

I'll enjoy my wife's birthday.

No matter what "May the 4th be with you".

- Cheers