Thursday, October 27, 2011

Give Me Something Good To Eat!

Halloween reared it's head in our neighborhood this evening.  Surprisingly very few children trudged up the lane to the Manor, but that just means all the candy purchased can go where it truly belongs: me.  It's not like I was completely without a costume.  My Guy Fawkes mask terrified my niece in an unintentional Burger King kind of way, so it counts.

Speaking of spooky, the strange posting schedule this week was largely due to a Gettysburg trip.  No matter how hard she tried, the real Head of Household couldn't convince me to go on a candlelight ghost hunt. I did, however, see a two hour long Halloween parade through their main street, complete with kickoff troubles due to a drunk driver needing to be arrested before they could proceed.  Luckily no one was hurt.  If they were injured, what looked to be an authentic Ghostbuster car (ECTO-1 to my nerds) could have rushed them to the nearest hospital.

Helping me through the boredom of waiting for trick-or-treaters this evening were the stack of comics I picked up, finally getting a second run of Batman #1 and it seems to be well worth the wait.  It's just very good to get back into collecting, now I'll need to start planning long-term storage...

Punch it, Chewie!

Monday, October 24, 2011


I blame Batman for being too awesome.  This is how every piece of writing should begin, but it actually applies in this case.  Arkham City has been so awesome that it, coupled with a stressful week of work, completely derailed the last posting.  My sense of duty and larger sense of guilt will prompt me to make good, so just stick with me.

I'll keep the blog part brief tonight because in my other posts this week I'll hopefully have much more to say and I don't want to overload.  I know that these completely salient paragraphs are what keep my dozen of fans (attendees) coming back for more so it pains me to deprive but that's just the sort of tough love you all need.

Enjoy the week, candy day is coming!

Punch it, Chewie!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Noise Pollution

I wonder how many rooms you can fit into a cat-sized tent?  Considering this one walks on two legs it's probably a bit more cramped in that canvas palace, but I'm betting the wonders of Ikea could be applied to the problem.

I'm posting earlier than usual because I'm having a very Batman-filled evening.  I just finished watching Batman: Under the Red Hood on Netflix and was very impressed with how they kept up pacing and story on something largely out of what you would consider his canon.  The fight sequences were very well done for a cartoon, but I did have a small issue.  To keep the ratings more kid-friendly even fighting cartoons will lessen the degree of damage that takes place to heroes, but this means that a guy can give and take 20 punches with no blood or wear and tear seeming to be evident.  Small gripe, but there it is.

I'm about to go and play Batman: Arkham City.  It has been reviewed incredibly well, reportedly topping what Arkham Asylum did.  I'll say this; I loved Arkham Asylum so my expectations are very high at the moment.  I'll most likely provide some idea of how I'm feeling later this week.

Enjoy the comic, enjoy your evening, and gosh darn it, enjoy each other.

Punch it, Chewie!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Preparation Is The Step-Child Of Comfort

Second installment of the same thought tonight and I'm starting to sweat, this is like marathon running!  Not really, just more like moving in slow motion since I'm used to hit-and-run ideas.  Moving through an overarching idea with little hits throughout can only be good for us here at Doodlepunks in the long run.

In the background right now I'm playing the Rush documentary and it's so good.  Beyond the Lighted Stage is exciting and really brings you in.  I think the first time I saw this I had Rush playing for a week or so straight exclusively.  Not all of their stuff is for me, but growing up Rush was always playing on the rock stations.  The only other rock doc that stacks up in my opinion is Metallica's Some Kind of Monster.  They both force you to look at these mythical rockers and sometimes seeing the warts and blemishes can be uncomfortable but you just can't look away from it.

Alright, let's hope this wet weather pushes through and we can enjoy what little is left of our Fall because I'm sure in a week we'll be neck-deep in snow and ice.  With that thought, I take my leave.

Punch it, Chewie!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

We Join Our Adventurers...

Now I believe we're going to start a more formal series .  Let's at least try it, I can tell your mouses (mice?) moving towards the "X" in the corner to finally rid yourself of my horrible musings, but wait.  If you hang in there for a few weeks, I think it will be worth the ride.  I wanted to tell stories when I started this, and one-shots aren't going to do that for me, or for you.

In other news. Oh. My. Nerd.  The Avengers trailer got posted earlier and it looks so great! I've already watched it a few times, but I won't dissect it.  There's a whole lot they can do with this franchise, but only if they treat it with respect and avoid going super comic-y.  From what I've seen so far, they've been following the awesome example that Batman laid out by staying as close to reality as possible while still having flying gods and armored billionaires.  Follow the link below for goodness!

Avengers Assemble!

I've also got some other stuff brewing, but let's leave you all in a state of anticipation.

Punch it, Chewie!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Days Late, Dollars Short

My penchant for comedy often leads to my terrible attempts at recreating the humor for others, something I'm pretty sure we're all guilty of.  Anyways, way more frequently than not, I end up butchering someone's well-crafted ideas and distorting their original (to me) premises.  Comedy comes in a lot of flavors, but you can still screw it up when trying it at home.

Monopoly Back.  That's what greeted me on the McDonald's sign when I went for my Angus Deluxe and McNugget fix.  I get that people there are most likely underpaid for the amount and type of work they do.  I also understand that the median age of employees at fast food restaurants trends down near the teens.  C'mon though, you can't tell me there wasn't a single "I" or "S" in their box of letters, or even a little baby " ' ".  Monopoly Back really raises more questions than answers them for me, and frankly just distracts from creating a larger order to fill my tummy.

I also found an interesting article a few days ago and wanted to give you all the opportunity to go "huh" along with me.  People Who Doodle Learn Faster is the topic in question, and seemed to make a lot of sense to me.  If a student is engaged in the material enough to daydream about it, that stuff goes so much deeper into your brain than robotically scribbling notes that you'll forget most of after you take the test.  At least that's my experience, so take a few shaker's full of salt with it.

Punch it, Chewie!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Nature's Deadly Ambassador

Seriously, how cute are pandas!?  I mean, you have to forget the fact that they're bears.  You know, bears? The animals that can run faster than you, weigh a few hundred more pounds than you and like playing with their food before they maul it?

In the animal kingdom though, fewer have risen to the ranks of super-stardom that the panda bears have.  Only lions and tigers would I put on that list, above bears. Oh my.

I don't have much in the way of new recommendations for this post.  This is due not only to having been the host of a little get-together but also because I haven't been consuming new media the past few days.

That being said, I can remind you all how awesome the Die Hard series is.  I just re-watched Die Hard: With a Vengeance and I still love that movie.  Jeremy Irons is a really good villain and I think he played the role pretty dynamically.  John McClane leaves something to be desired, but if you remember he was supposed to be hung over then he was doing pretty well.  The best in the series absolutely has to be the original for its originality at the time.  Samuel L. Jackson's Zeus sidekick was also a welcome addition, but I don't feel he was completely necessary.

Anyways, that'll do it for tonight.  As always, keep your heads down and I'll catch you again in a few days.

Punch it, Chewie!