The Cruelest April Fool’s Day Joke?

Today, while scrolling through my Facebook feed, I saw this:

Breaking: Netflix to Relaunch FIREFLY

And I just about peed myself with excitement. Netflix’s revival of the previously cancelled series Arrested Development might not have been as successful as the company hoped, but the endeavor still served as evidence that the streaming service MIGHT consider rebooting one of its most watched series. I was so excited I could hardly breath and I clicked the link so many times, I accidentally opened multiple tabs.

If you want to read the article, click here.

However, quite obviously, the article is a complete fake. I sat there, crestfallen in my apartment, and questioned my every life choice. Who could be so cruel?

Heart = broken.

- E.B.

Hiatus. Sorry!

Hey all,

I am in my last few weeks of school, ever, and because of scheduling I will be taking a month long hiatus through April.

There will be occasional updates, but they will not adhere to the typical schedule.

See you in May!

- E.B.

Airship! Airship! AIRSHIP!

Yes, the above title is a modified reference to The LEGO Movie. If you haven’t seen it, stop reading right now, go find your closest $2 movie theater, and go SEE IT.

This is a post featuring a bunch of cool airship swag that promises to elate any steampunk nerd heart.

Imperial Chinese Airship Print

Jefferson Trader – $25.00

DaVinci Inspired Airship Model

Wands and Whatnots – $235.00

Greyfriar Inspired Airship Necklace

Klockwerk Kreations – $30.00

Airship Engineers Tool Bracer – with real tools!

Got Steam? – $200.00

Steampunk Airship Pin – (Check Store for a whole gallery of options)

Scarlet NRG’s Baubles – $14.99

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you might have caught on to my serious passion for LEGO. As a personal side note, I wanted to include a link to a great LEGO Cuusoo set (don’t know what Cuusoo is? Read this!) The set is a fantastic, imaginative steampunk style airship. Most of the LEGO mock-airships I’ve seen are just pirate ships with wings attached, I like this model because the design is original and well constructed.

Ssorg’s LEGO Airship Mock-up.

The frame for the “balloon”

If you like what you see, consider voting for support here: http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/17123

Until next time.

- E.B.

 

Supply and Demand

nerdatlas:

Relevant and convicting. Thank you :)

Originally posted on Gaming Grounds:

I’ve talked before about supporting small businesses. You can go back a bit and read that blog entry if you’re interested. 

 

I’m kind of going to go a little further on that front, and talk about something a little more close to home.  

You might not know this, but we game store owners are not fabulously wealthy. We have families to support, mouths to feed, and the future to save up for, same as you. For those of us who choose to make this our livelihood, we’re equal parts insane and hopeful. Sure there are other game store owners out there who want to be an all encompassing game monopoly, or ones who are concerned with being THE BEST at whatever game they support, but for most of us, all we want is to go day to day. And we really love and care for our stores and…

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Featured Art(ist) – Matthew Stewart

This week’s featured art(ist) is Matthew Stewart.

“Force of Will” – Promotional card, Magic: The Gathering

Stewart is a professional illustrator and artist whose work will seem familiar to many nerds. Magic: The Gathering fans will recognize Stewart’s work from a number of cards spanning various expansions. He’s worked for numerous publishers and game companies, including Tor Books, Duirwaigh Gallery and obviously, Wizards of the Coast.

“Menk the Bubble-Maker”

There’s a distinct flavor to Stewart’s work that lends itself well to the genre of fantasy artwork. He works primarily with oil paint, which is always encouraging to see in this increasingly digital art world. The use of the oil paints also gives the works a smoothness and blending of color that feels textured and dynamic.

“Dynacharge”- from the Return to Ravnica expansion set, Magic: The Gathering

Check out his personal gallery, here.

- E.B.

Why Star Wars: The Clone Wars Isn’t Just for Kids

This week’s review/impressions slot goes to the CGI animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

The show just aired it’s final episodes, fillling out six seasons of Star Wars narrative. Now the whole shebang is on Netflix, making it the perfect time to discover this hidden gem.

I had seen Internet forum chatter extolling the merits of the series, but I never got around to watching an episode. After two nights of jetlag induced insomnia, I’ve worked my way through the first season and I have to say, I’m impressed. This is the Star Wars that the prequel film trilogy SHOULD have been. Here are some reasons why Clone Wars doesn’t leave the bitter aftertaste of disappointment for Star Wars fans (cough)lookingatyouEpisodeIII(cough):

It’s Funny: The humor of the television series might be younger audience friendly, but it still resonates for older Star Wars fans. The humor can get fairly meta at various points, making references to common sci-fi and television tropes.

The Dialogue Isn’t Awful: There are no stilted, awkward conversations where actors are obviously trying to keep a straight face while delivering lines like, “Love won’t save you, Padme. Only my new powers can do that,” or  “I’m haunted by the kiss that you should never have given me.”

Master Yoda.

Jedi Are Cool Again: Yoda is a boss. The Force feels powerful. A Jedi Master can take on countless battle droids by his/herself. None of this fighting a few droids for a few minutes, then flopping over because the plot requires it. Jedi are powerful, wise and live up to the ideal I remember from my childhood.

Anakin Skywalker is Likeable: One of the greatest tragedies of the prequel films is how Anakin Skywalker’s character develops. The immature, childish, almost repulsive Episode III Anakin doesn’t exist in The Clone Wars- instead we see a talented young man, with real passions and good intentions. Here is the honorable tragic hero capable of falling to the dark side and assuming the mantle of Darth Vader, not the pathetic angst-ridden teenage brat from the films.

Anakin Skywalker.

No Hayden Christiansen: No Hayden. Makes previous point possible.

If you have some spare time, or you looking for a good show to put on while you work, consider starting Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Star Wars Superfans and casual watchers alike will find Clone Wars worth a view.

- E.B.