End Game

There’s not much else to say about Marvel’s End Game that other people haven’t said already. It’s a masterpiece. It ties up a very great 10 year arc. It’s also available for digital download in 2 days. So if for whatever reason you were living under a rock and haven’t seen it, you can watch this masterpiece very shortly.

I’m looking forward to re-watching this and watching all of the fun extras.

Marvel has since released Spider-man Far From Home and have announced several new upcoming films and Disney+ shows. I think I’m most interested in the Black Widow and Doctor Strange films.

Which of these are you most interested in? Drop a comment and let’s have a fun discussion.

 

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Geek Dad

I use to write on my blog as a form of self awareness and therapy for myself. I had almost no filter on my blog when I was younger. Somewhere along the way I started to filter myself.  I’m sure no-one wanted to hear my whiny immature rants about whatever it was I was angry or upset about. And that makes sense, I was growing as a person.

When I was in college I had some friends that had a radio show. It was at some pretty late hours so I’m sure no-one was listening. It was a show called Brutal Reality on Jacksonville State’s 92J. I was in love with the idea of podcasting. I was a long time fan of TechTV. I loved The Screen Savers and I really wanted to do something like that. I use to watch Diggnation and watch Alex Albrect and Kevin Rose drink beer and shoot the shit. They talked about top rated stories, and were able to just be themselves and enjoy each other’s company as brothers. I found myself going on Brutal Reality sometimes looking for callers to ask computer questions in a segment we did sometimes. I owned this domain, and so I was “Mr. Geeknotions”. We ended up getting friends that were hanging out in the lobby to call in with questions because, like I said before, I’m sure no one was listening.

So when I left college, I got a job here in Decatur, AL. I barely knew the people I was working with. I had a hard time adjusting. I’m sure I wrote some on my blog, but I also ended up finding a running group on meetup.com. It was a bunch of married ladies (minus a girl who wasn’t interested in guys) but hey at least I was getting exercise and branching out a little! I also got a great friend of mine from college to come to work with us and ended up making great friends with the people I work with.

At the end of all of this, I’m still this single guy living in an apartment literally on the edge of town. At this time I have social anxiety really bad. In the terms of going places to meet people I didn’t really have a wingman. I have some friends that tried, but I needed someone who knew other people in the area to be a social conduit for me. I didn’t have that.

I had the internet and social media to make me even more anxious about meeting ladies. It lead to some bad decisions like trying to date someone I went to college that I shouldn’t have that lived a couple of hours away. We made better friends and things just didn’t work out there. Also I learned that long distance doesn’t work for me.

So I started using dating apps. I’m pretty sure I tried all of the popular ones. Getting responses was tough. When I went on dates, sometimes I’d think things went well and then I was ghosted. Or sometimes things seemed good in theory then there’d be no chemistry. I did end up dating someone for a while, but ultimately we didn’t want the same things. A good relationship is hard to find. I’m glad I don’t need to bother with all of that anymore. It was exhausting.

Immediately after that relationship, I had the opportunity to go to California for a month for work. I did some pretty cool things. I got to see San Francisco and Alcatraz. I also drove down highway 1 along the coast to Monterey Bay. The cliff’s on the drive were beautiful. After I passed Half Moon bay, I stopped and walked down a path next to this beautiful field full of yellow wildflowers. I came to the end of the path and stopped and felt the power of the wind as it soared off the waves.  I then continued to Monterey Bay to the aquarium where some of Star Trek IV was shot (the one with the whales). It was a time for me to gather my thoughts and just be one with myself.

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After I got home, life continued normally for a bit and I helped around on a couple of film projects with a group of people I had met through my previous relationship. I just wanted to be a part of something like I had dreamed of in earlier years. I wanted to be a part of something more and do some cool things with friends. The film thing was kinda disastrous, for a lot of different reasons that I will not get into. But I was clawing to find something to hold me up after my previous failed relationship.

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Then one day something happened that would unexpectedly change my life forever. My apartment was burglarized. I had some good renter’s insurance, so I just had a bit of a deductible to get replacement items. I got this money back due to a court order against one of the criminals. The other criminal has been in and out of jail since the burglary and we still haven’t had the trial 4 years later.

But why was this good luck for me? It got me off of my rumpus and I went and found a house. I had some friend’s wives come house shop with me to get the female perspective. With their help, and the help of my realtor, I found my beautiful home.

I had been binging out on Little Caesar Pizza leading up to my move in day because everything was in boxes. Also I may have been a little depressed that I was going to have this nice size house and probably feel even more lonely.

After all of this, and wanting to nearly give up, I tried the online dating thing again. I got to talking to this great lady that I now call my wife. We hit it off immediately, and we met up at a Starbucks for the first time. A lot of times, when meeting someone in person they don’t look like their picture online. My wife was even more beautiful in person. We talked even more and had a nice long walk on a trail right down the road. I still think about that conversation that we had. I don’t remember much of what was said, but I remember the feeling that I still have today.

After our first official date, we saw something that was a sign of what was to come. We saw a rainbow in the distance, because you were meant for me and I for you.IMG_1790

Since we’ve been married, I have mostly ignored this blog. This blog was a coping mechanism of mine that I just haven’t needed. The film business and social media in general was the same thing for me. It was just a way for me to ignore what I really wanted.

And now we embark on a new journey: parenthood x2. I find myself asking what I can do to be a good husband and to be a good father. And hopefully asking these questions continually will make me be these things.

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So what will this blog become? Maybe it’ll become a blog about cool geek things to do with your kids? Maybe it’ll be more. I have missed writing here and I hope to bring more to you. From here on out though, this blog is definitely not a coping mechanism. It’s filling a need to have a creative outlet.

Hoping to be the best geek dad.

-Bryan

Avengers: Infinity War – 10 Years in the Making

A movie 10 years in the making, Avengers: Infinity War brought some epic battles, great team ups, and death. The movie was satisfying, but yet the ending was a bit odd. Of course it’s because they are leading into the next Avengers movie.  I can’t wait to see how everything goes in the next movie. And I’m interested in seeing Captain Marvel. I don’t know much about her character, but Marvel keeps feeding me such great stories how could I not?

Since the inception of the MCU, Marvel has taught me a lot about characters I didn’t know existed.  From Netflix’s Defenders, to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (which I need to watch more of admittedly), to all of the MCU movies, there’s just a ton of connected Marvel material. All of this material has been great, well besides Iron ‘Crybaby’ Fist. Did you know he’s the protector of K’un Lun? 

I didn’t buy comics when I was a kid, and I don’t buy many now. It’s an expensive habit. But Marvel certainly has enriched my imagination as an adult. I don’t know what else to say besides go watch this movie. You won’t regret it.

Marvel, thank you for 10 years of excellence!

Scooby Doo + Batman + Weird Al Yankovic

My sister was telling me the other day that her 4 year old was watching an episode of Scooby Doo with Batman and Weird Al Yankovic. As it turns out, it was actually a special episode of Batman the Brave and the Bold. Three of my favorite things are in this cartoon! There are actually 3 cartoons stitched together in this episode, so I just fast forwarded to the last one with Scooby Doo. Check it out on Netflix!

Gender and Race Swapping Part 2

In a previous post I talked about how gender and race swapping for characters sometimes bothers me. Upon further observation, I think it’s more of an OCD type of flaw in me. After seeing the new Fantastic Four trailer, I feel like all is right with the world. It’s awesomeness has trumped my OCD. And my OCD has subsided, I think it’s good that we are changing things up a bit. We can’t continue to have the same exact story brought to the screen with new reboots and reinterpretations.

But now the Ghostbusters will be women! For shame! I hope you detected the sarcasm there. From the sounds of it the Ghostbuster’s reboot will be similar only in name. Yes there will be four leads that are going to have comedic roles, but it sounds like the filmmakers are also going to try to be genuinely scary as well. I see no problems with this new version of Ghostbusters, I only wish I could have a true continuation of the original story. The best I have is a video game, which I must admit was pretty fantastic.

Now enjoy the Fantastic Four Teaser trailer.

Wearables

For years I thought it’d be very convenient to be able to look down at my wrist when I’m getting a phone call or a message to see who was calling me or the message being sent. I think that’s a great idea. But you know what’s not convenient? If you guessed charging another device daily, you read my mind.

Apple is releasing it’s first smart watch as a response to Android Wear (Google’s watch platform for third party watch makers). Apple, as always, has created both the hardware and software for the watch (as opposed to Google’s approach of just creating the software). Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, is saying that Apple’s watch battery will last all day before needing to be recharged. But according to 9To5Mac, the battery could die after 2.5 hours of heavy usage.

The other reason I’m interesting in a wearable device is that I am a runner. I have been since high school. And though I’ve been slacking a little in the past few years, I hope to get back to the prime directive of boldly burning those calories. Fitness tracking is an import feature for me.  Many of my friends have the Jawbone Up wrist band to track fitness data. Jawbone is advertising that their new Jawbone UP3 (release date still unknown) will track the following things:

  • Steps
  • Calories Burned
  • Distance Traveled
  • Sleep (REM, deep, light)
  • Resting Heart Rate (I’ve read active heart rate may come later)
  • Skin temperature
  • Ambient temperature
  • Hydration level (coming soon)

Additionally, in their phone application you can manually log weight, caloric intake and mood. It can also connect to your phone with apps like run keeper to log GPS information. It also sports a smart alarm that can wake you at an optimal moment in your sleep cycle.

While the Jawbone UP3 seems like it will be a great device, it doesn’t have the kind of notifications that a smart watch has. Additionally, if active heart rate is added, I’m guessing it can only be viewed via their phone application (due to the device’s lack of display). But the device should have a week of battery life.

The Apple Watch can track the number of steps you’ve taken, whether you’ve been standing or sitting, and the number of calories you’ve burned. It uses its very own accelerometer, heart rate sensor, and your iPhone’s GPS to track this data. It can also sets goals based on the data it collects. It does a decent subset of the things the UP3 will do, but you can’t do sleep tracking because you’ll be charging the device every night.

There is another big player when it comes to fitness devices and that is Fitbit. Their Fitbit Surge watch can track the following things.

  • Steps
  • Calories Burned
  • DistanceTraveled
  • Sleep
  • GPS position (with no phone)
  • Heart rate (active or resting)

Additionally the Fitbit Surge also has a silent alarm and has a companion app that ties the whole experience together and gives additional value with the ability to manually track weight and caloric intake. But there’s more. This device is a watch that gives notifications on phone call and text messages. It also lets you control your music.  Oh, and without GPS turned on, you can get up to a week of battery.

There’s one more device that I’d like to talk about quickly here. It’s the Pebble Time. As you can see it looks very similar to the sport edition of the Apple Watch. It has no fitness tracking capabilities, but it should be great at giving notifications. It sports a color e-ink display that is gorgeous. And because of that display type, the screen is always on and the battery life is a week. It has a great interface that is solely based on time. One of the cool features is that you can make voice replies via a built in microphone. If I only cared about getting notifications, this would be the device for me. Check out their Kickstarter Page. apple-watch-vs-pebble-time-comparison-2

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I have not included Android Wear devices in this blog post because I no longer have an Android based phone. But to me, they have been a bit underwhelming. But here is a link for completeness.

Out of the devices that I researched, my favorite was the Fitbit Surge. It has an awesome battery life with the features I care the most about. But I’m definitely going to wait until after the Apple Watch is released before I make a decision on a wearable. I may even wait until the second generation Apple Watch is released to make a decision.

Or I may wait for the Nike Band that will tell you why you’re running.

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