30 Jun 2014

Movies I'm thinking will be fun

Well the movie summer blockbusters have started to come out. 

I've seen some of them and ignored others. I've seen Edge of Tomorrow, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Transformers: Age of Extinction. I've not seen Amazing Spiderman 2, Maleficent, 22 Jump Street. 

After the break are trailers for the list of movies that I want to pay for this summer in theater. 


27 Jun 2014

Mr. Dozer - what's the new

You may have noticed, I'm kinda back. Well I'm making more of an effort to write and post.

Life's been interesting and it's getting a bit better. Some jobs are panning out but they are still a long way off from become solid and that's still scary. Today as I write this, it's Saturday at 0512 and I'm up because of Ottawa Rib Fest food and beers from 3 Brewers. The meat was good, the beers ok. The odd belly feelings that woke me up at 4 am... not so kewl.

The best part was chillin on a patio. Chilling with the Mrs - Lady Bear, Dawn Seeker, Ontos and his lovely Mrs. Ontos, Second Sergeant, and Pale Rider with his lady. We laughed, had fun, the world was gone for a whole afternoon. The Ontos' took the afternoon to enjoy a adult time/date and picked up the wee baby Ontos later on. Second Sergeant took an early departure from work and reveled in the sweet smoked flesh.

After the whole thing - I even took the Mrs to see Rocko do his thing at Britannia Beach and chill.

By the time this gets posted I have Charging Pun, Lady J and their wee three babies (the eldest is 5 - but it still counts) coming down. Charging Pun will be playing as a member of the Guelph based Grand River Gargoyles against the Ottawa Swans.

This last winter was the second worst winter of my life. The worst winter is a long Jerry Springer inspired tale that folks who do know me will know what I'm on about.

I've got a lot of good coming. One of those good things is Papa Bear is coming home after five months in Dhaka. Brother Bear and his wife Sister Bear are expecting another Pittsburgh Steelers fan to be born come September. I'm gona pass through Petawawa come July (not that far off) to visit Ferrus Manus who left the city last summer and has been away to places around the world.

I'm also not set yet. That's the hardest thing so far. I can't plan too far ahead for fear of the unknown. I don't know where I am in 3 months. Hopefully working a better job. One that's more accommodating to friends and family.

My hours are still killer - Charging Pun will be up for a whole weekend and I'm unable to clear lots of time off... it's sad.

Things are getting better and they could be much worse.

I'm ok for now.


25 Jun 2014

E3 2014 - Assassin's Creed: Unity

It's been mighty hard to write these days.

I'm in the midst of some pretty harsh evaluations (testing and interviews) for a great looking job. The next step is hopefully a final interview near the end of July. This would be the last step before they possibly offer me a job in September. That's a long way off and I'm still not 100% that I'm at the top of the list. This is the best result I've gotten since I started job hunting on 1 Dec 2012. I wish I felt more confident but I'm not...

With the above said you will understand that E3 has been hard to watch. Actually dreaming about anything in the future has been hard. It's hard to imagine that new miniature, new rules, new video game, etc ... when you're not sure where you're working when they are released. E3 has been hard this year because it's the year that the 8th generation of consoles (Xbox One and PlayStation 4) show us some real games.

Last year the offerings of those systems was counted on hands. None of the upcoming Next Gen games were worth the $399/$499 price tag of the new systems - even more so when many of those 'new' games came out on the current generation of consoles. AC4: Black Flag was the last new game I picked up - nothing else over the last 12 months has been anywhere interesting for me to say "This is a must Pick Up!". Watchdogs looks like fun - but it's not looking like it's enough to drag me down to the shop.

This E3 is the key where the industry shows me why I need that new Xbox or Playstation. There have only been a few games that have made me look forward. Assassin's Creed: Unity is one of those few games that elicited a warm reaction.

23 Jun 2014

E3 2014 - Metal Gear: V The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear... it's that on and off again relationship that keeps coming back. I've listed my history with the game after the break but this video is one of the few games that are making me want not only another Metal Gear game, but a new 8th Generation Console (Xbox One is the frontrunner... so far) . 

So what's this mean for me... 

20 Jun 2014

The Flash in my TV

So the Flash is coming to TV.

Now as my favorite DC comics superhero the hopes I have towards this crimson ball of energy are bastardly pretty high. I don't want to wish but I'm afraid I am casting votes to the stars in order to garner some favor of the fates. 

First off - Arrow the progenitor series of the Flash TV show was pretty well done in its first season. It had that origin handicap lashed on tightly and the introduction of the various supporting characters that litter the mythos of Oliver Queen was expected. They tried to keep it somewhat grounded and realistic - as much as you can expect from a show about a modern day Robin Hood. 

I was happy that Arrow avoid the cliche of looking and feeling like another Batman. The family was included sometimes far too often and the need for a team to help Green Arrow was a bit much at times. Yet they kept a relative slow pace in the content letting the speed pick up as needed to keep the interest. He became the Green Archer very quickly - like a bang from a starter pistol the Green Archer was the start of the race to bring out everyone else. 

That's a curse with a series like Arrow and Flash. With so much to steal from the previous media incarnations, it become easy to ignore good story telling by simply throwing another supporting character reference from the comics to garner a real reason to film for that week. 

Arrow avoided that pretty well and tried to stand on the merits of the character Oliver Queen and company. In some ways it turned out well and the efforts did not feel wasted. One aspect and tool in the quiver was the flash back sequences, where fans of the character(s) tried to piece it all together like a more simple version of LOST. 

I enjoyed the first season as it stumbled in some of the same traps and pits as its spiritual predecessor Smallville. Some episode really drew me in and made me want to go wander in the internets and discover more. Other episodes were forgetful visitors of the night slipping away back into obscurity. There were more success then failures, and so Arrow is measured as a success. More mature and learned from the lessons of Smallville, Arrow was worth the Netflix viewing. 
So the fine folks who made me like Oliver Queen a bit more decided to have a second show - they decided on the Flash. At first I was worried, the Flash had once already graced the TV circus. It did well for its time be the creators of modern comics and other media adaptations were yet to be involved. It was campy as sin but it played well for its time... so it died. Placed in a shallow grave of fandom to hide the corpse of Barry Allen and his first aborted attempt of TV. 

Now we have another kick at the can. The Flash is back to TV. Inspired by the 'New 52' version of the Flash that I've reviewed here and once more here, the TV show is trying to continue in the same vein of Arrow. 

Why not? It's worked for the most part. 

My fear is the show, now that it's about 'super people' - aka Metahumans (the DC comics identifier), will spiral away from the successes that Arrow proved in their show and back into the Smallville cycle of silly. 

Yet the trailer shows us that Manipul and Bucellato influence. You can see it in the way they show him move, the pallet of colours, the eagerness of Barry in his dialogue. There is a level of joy that's being shown to us that steps out of the brooding Batman and Arrow win formula that DC has only been able to get right. 

I hope this works. 


19 Jun 2014

Transformers - Damned and Loved

Ok out the of 80's we had some great cartoons. Many did not survive the test of test of time and yet those that did are cherished that much more.

80's Cartoon Montage
He-Man, Visionaries, Thundercats, Silver Hawks, Tigersharks, MASK, Bionic Six - there is a long list. Yet some of those cartoons like Robotech (US mix), GI Joe, and Transformers are still watchable today with minimal laughter and sudden bouts or realising ridiculousness.

It was 2007 when Michael Bay who was known for bombastic action and great long shot action setups decided to show us his vision of the Transformers. He rocked the Bad Boys films and I did enjoy the Island as much as it was disliked by many a critic. Armageddon was awesome and the Rock was a joy to watch.

Michael Bay made fun films and he was going to play in my cartoon memories.

I expected this to fail the fans of those shows because - it was going to be different. Any fan of a comic getting turned into a film will recount any difference. So to will any fan of the Lord of the Rings after the battle of Helms Deep from the second film. So we saw this before we saw the film...

I walked into that film with only one desire. To witness Optimus Prime give his greatest lines and watch him animated like never before. I wanted to see him run Decepticons down, flip over them, and blow the rest away. I wanted his to say "One shall stand, one shall fall."

I wanted this...

I got that - more than once...

16 Jun 2014

Facta Non Verba

I'm tired and the only words spinning through the skull are Facta Non Verba - Latin "Deeds, Not Words." I motto held by a few organizations and more than one persons life motto.

The idea of life motto is strange to me. The whole concept that a few lines define your perception or interaction of the world seems very limiting in such a existance of possibilities. A simple selection of language be the deciding factor or de facto position on choices in life feels like a prison. Life mottos exist, they are there and people abide by them - I best come to terms with it.

Remember Me - a neat concept for a cyberpunk video game
On my list of things to play
Image copyright Capcom
One of the diffculties with my shity shifts, 1800-0600 four days a week, is getting together with folks. People forget that I'm working the same shift since June (26th to be exact), nothing has changed and they are always asking if I'm free for this or that. That's annoying - it's not hard enough I don't chill with folks semi regular, making it much harder to keep connected with folks and maintaining relationships but when those friends keep forgetting that I'm off the grid while I work or while I'm sleeping it's a shity feeling.

Feels like folks don't give a fuck enough to remember.

Fair - it's been a hard year for everyone: me, the wife, and the mates. Yet I'm tired of always having to ask about getting something going and then being the jerk to put it all together. I'm wasted on folks who want better relationship and do nothing to improve their lot - or even worse folks who think that have such close bonds, do nothing in keeping those bonds, and honestly believe everything is hunky dory.

Maybe I'm a jerk - probably am a jerk. Maybe I'm asking for things and not really doing it myself - making me a hypocrite, that's very believable. I just don't know where I stand with lots of folks these days and my default is to cut them off.

I'm excited that the job I did the testing for, with the full on fever, got back to me and asked for the interview (making that step 3 out of 5, with a second interview and acceptance to hopefully follow). I don't see folks much and I'm finally getting somewhere. It's important to me and I wana go one about it - yet I feel like I'm in the way or being a third wheel with folks.

I'll be out of a gaming group soon unless my shifts disappear. I've already lost my Sunday nights at the Wizards Tower (had a game last night, I played so badly). Seems the life I work for is slowly falling apart and I guess I'm hoping that I'd get a bit more effort from some of the folks I chill with.

I also need to come to terms with things like; people change. My friends are not static creatures trapped in time only thought of when I wish I was not in a Emissions Secure cage that is my current place of employment. They also have needs, wants - they have whole lives.

There is a distance growing and I was hoping that with some give and take between us it would be less. I'm not the only one thinking this as well - every one is. I'm not special here. The Lady Bear's friendships are changing, with many of them lost to silly dumb folks who have become selfish in the world. Dawn Seeker's mates have not been as accepting to her new lifestyle changes. Changes that have made her happy and them trying to take that new happiness away. Ontos and Charging pun have young kid(s), and spouses that take up lots of their ever limited free time.

We're all in a state of flux and folks are busy people. I'm not mad at my mates, I'm frustrated, I'm venting - I'm trying to think this out on paper. The more I look at the problem and ramble it out, I feel a sense of greater understanding on what they are going through in their own lives - something I need to take note of.

I got off the Facebook and some of the communications I've had recently have been much more than a 'like' or re-post. I've had full e-mails and phone calls. Yet for some I'm slipping away - my demands for more genuine contact, interactions is more of a burden to them. A burden they are less inclined to accommodate.

I want folks to be more inclusive and genuine with each other. When you say you're gona get together - or you're a go to person for an activity... do/be it. Don't keep rescheduling, forgetting, or having other shit come up - once and a while make that person a priority. "Do" don't just "say" - or Facta Non Verba.

Quote by Bruce Lee that I found on the internets
Not acting, not following up will result in loss and mistrust. Cracks in old friendships and shitty foundations for new ones. Without the common grounds of schools and other social activities (in my case gaming) it's a lot harder to make new friends and keep older ones. Why waste those chances to keep a friend - a friend, or in making a lasting 'real' friend with simple jabber.

Keep in touch with each other, get together - split the roles of deciding who's doing what, when, and with whom. Keep the mix and 'Do it'.

This is a lesson I need to keep up and keep working and it's a lesson buckets of folks need to remember.

If we treat each other different from the way we speak about treating each other we lose everything.


8 Jun 2014

Where have you been Mr. Dozer

I've been away.

A series of reasons explain my absence.

1. Some movement on the new Job front came up. By movement I'm talking heavy changes. Two great jobs came up at the same time. They are steps forward towards an end... preping for the processes involved took up some major time.

2. I got sick. Big time sick. It even cut into my the above job situation - may have even hurt my chances... I'll deal with that when the time comes.

So today is the first time in over a week that I've been able to go out and interact with the world.

More to come in the following days.