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I wanted to do something a little different today. Here are some of my favorite youtube channels and why.
AngryJoeShow – Angry Joe offers great reviews for games and insight into the kind of things that gamers hate. He explains why things like paid dlc on release, microtransactions, and incomplete games sold at full price are a bad thing for the gaming industry. He also leads a thriving online gaming community dubbed The Angry Army.
Chris Stuckmann – Chris Stuckmann has some very insightful movie reviews. He won’t nitpick a movie to death. Instead, he’ll give you concise clear reasons as to why he thinks it’s good, bad, or somewhere in between. His Hilariocity Reviews, where he reviews movies that either just plain bad, so bad they’re good, or guilty pleasures are fun to watch especially when it’s a bad movie.
Cinemasins – I always laugh when I see one of their videos. So much of what they say is true. They’re one of the channels I go to when I need a little cheering up.
ComicsExplained – I’m a big fan of comic books. I like to think I know a lot about all the characters from Marvel and DC. Bob will take a topic, series, or story arc and go into detaill about it. They’ll explain concepts and things that might confuse the more casual reader or missed by someone who only follows certain titles. I can find videos highlighting something I didn’t know or things I was curious about like the DC Rebirth titles. It’s the perfect resource for someone who wants to learn more about a Marvel or DC character debuting in a movie or tv show without going to the comic book store and diving into back issues. Sometimes their videoes motivates me to track down a story or trade paperback to read which is always a good thing.
How It Should Have Ended – Another channel I tune into when I need a laugh. Again, a lot of what they show is true. The animation and voice acting is great.
JDfromNY206 – I don’t listen to a lot of wrestling podcasts. I just don’t have time to keep up with all the wrestling podcasts and youtube channels devoted to the WWE and Lucha Underground. Of them all, I chose JDfromNY206. He knows what he’s talking about and makes sure to credit his sources for news. His reviews of the WWE shows and Lucha Underground are entertaining. If you’re a wrestling fan, he’s worth listening to. He shares a lot of my frustration with Monday night Raw.
Jeremy Jahns – Jeremy Jahns is another movie reviewer. I love this man’s style and the way he reviews movies. A lot of his opinions match my own so I use his reviews as a guide for whether or not to see a movie that I’m undecided on. Also, the Star Wars cape which makes an appearance when either he discusses any thing Star Wars is the mark of a true fan.
moviebob – moviebob is really that good and his series of videos by the same name are worth watching. His review of Fantastic 4 and other movies had me dying of laughter but they aren’t for the faint of heart. He has videos on other channels and they’ll all worth watching.
The Young Turks – This election season is more important than most. It was how I stumbled upon the Young Turks channel. They’re a good source for news and information. Their political coverage is a little biased but they don’t let it get in the way of reporting the news and the facts. In addition to their election coverage, they have a surprising amount of quality programming and shows on their channel.
It’s been two weeks since I got back from DragonCon. I would have posted sooner but I’ve been very busy. I’m still trying to play catch up but the world hasn’t been cooperating with me. For the few of you who sent me emails while I was away, I’ll get back to you as soon as I sort things out here.
Originally, I planned to make a long and drawn out post about DragonCon. Instead, I’m going to keep things short. DragonCon was awesome. I met a lot of people and made some new friends. This year, I did a few things differently this year. I didn’t attend any panels. None of the writing and costume panels interested me. The long lines to enter the fandom panels, like the Flash, discouraged me. I ended up hanging out with friends and watching them on closed circuit tv during lunch and dinner.
This year, the Magical Character shoot was a fun time. I upgraded my Phantom Stranger costume and I was quite happy with the results. Special thanks to Teresa Waters for all the time she spent organizing the shoot. She managed to get two great photographers for the shoot. As soon as they upload the pictures, I’ll post them here. The New Gods shoot was also fun. In 2018, there are plans to expand the shoot and do a Kirby-verse shoot. My plan is to have Omac ready in time.
The only downer about this year’s con was the fact that I ended up being sick Friday morning and Sunday evening. Luckily, my roomies put up with my weakness and took care of me. Since getting back home, I had to focus on getting well before I tackled anything else including posting here.
Well that’s it for now. I need to dive back into my still full inbox. Take care.
Sorry for not posting these last few weeks. July was a busy month for me. I had to split my time between writing, fitness, and costuming.
I made a lot of progress with my current work in progress. As usual, I knew how I wanted the story to end but I had a problem with where and how to begin. Sequels are strange that way. While it would have been easy to pick up right where the last book left off at, it wasn’t the best place to start the new story. It took me a while to settle on the right spot. After that, the words came quickly and easily. I also sent out The Crown and the Ring to several reviewers. Yesterday, Shelly at Nerdgirl.com gave it an awesome review. Go check it out here and if you haven’t done so yet, pick up a copy of my book. I think it’s one of the best stories I’ve ever writen.
On the fitness front, I’ve been able to get into a routine and stick with it. Most days, I walk about 3 miles in the early morning hours. Sometimes I do a little more when the mood suits me and the weather cooperates. These last two weeks, I working out with resistance bands before my morning walk. I’m not dropping the pounds quickly but I do notice an improvement and I feel good about myself so mission accomplished. Add to that, I no longer need to go into the doctor’s office every eight weeks for an infusion of remicade. For those of you who don’t know, I suffer from RA. In my case, the inflamation occurs in my eyes instead of my joints. If left untreated, it would result in blindness and a lot of intense pain. Needless to say, it makes work a little difficult when you need time off every few weeks to take care of it.
Finally, I finished most of my costumes for DragonCon which will be taking place over Labor Day weekend. When I’m not attending a panel or one of the many fun events at the con, you can find me in costume. This year’s costumes include a few old favorites like Ocean Master, Phantom Stranger, and Orion plus a couple of new ones like Bishop. If you’re attending the con, feel free to catch me around the Hyatt bar or one of the photoshoots I’ll be attending in the Hilton.
Okay, that’s all for now. With any luck, I’ll have another update soon and a new story to post here.
Take care and stay cool.
There it was again. It was like the sound of distant thunder. Carson glanced at his traveling companions. He didn’t know the men and women sharing the road with him. None of them seemed to hear the sound. Instead of asking them about it, he turned away from them and struck off into the wilderness on his own. With the road lost to him, he let his senses to guide him.
“You hear it, don’t you?”
Carson wasn’t surprised or caught off guard by the question. He caught sight of the old man leaning against the tree before he had spoken.
“Yes. Was that you?”
The stranger shook his head. His weathered skin and wispy snow white beard were at odds with his youthful eyes. They gave the impression that despite all the man had seen, he was still eager to see and do more.
“No. It wasn’t. I heard it too. It’s not the first time. Some are blessed and cursed to hear it more than once in their lifetimes.”
The sound hadn’t stopped. It was louder and more urgent. It took all his willpower to resist its pull. Thankfully, the old man abandoned his resting spot to walk in the direction of the sound.
“I don’t understand,” Carson said. “What is it?”
“Maybe it’s a call to action? Maybe it’s a cry for help? We won’t know which until we get there.”
Carson thought about that. “What about the others I was traveling with? Why couldn’t they hear it?
At that, the old man smiled sadly. “What makes you think they didn’t? Some chose to ignore it. Not everyone has the strength or courage to answer the call.”
As they neared their destination, Carson noticed others converging on the area. He still didn’t know what awaited them or what they would do when they got there. He just knew it was important that they had answered the call.
Author’s Note: Carson is the main protagonist for a fantasy story called The Dreamers. Whenever I write a story, I make a lot of notes. Some of those notes evolve into stories of their own that help me flesh out the characters or give a little insight into them. Every once in a while, I post one of these stories. As for The Dreamers, I’m still working on it and a few other stories that I need to publish.
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to get back into shape and exercise more. It was tough getting started. The routine I tried to get into only compounded the problem. Even in my prime, I was never one for pumping iron. Also, treadmills and exercise bikes didn’t work for me. It felt too much like work. I needed to see the world and experience it. With that in mind, I ordered a new pair of walking shoes which arrived last week I’ve burned more calories walking than I did in the gym because I like what I’m doing. That might change when winter comes around. In the meantime, I’m going to increase my step count until I’m back to where I used to be when I was a messenger. As a side benefit, it’s given my writing a slight boost. Later this week, I’ll have a few more stories and info about my con schedule for the summer and fall. Until then, take it easy.