Saturday, December 31, 2011

WORD OF THE DAY! 12/31/11

time-space compression [tahym-speys-kuhm-presh-uhn]
1. also known as space-time convergence, is a term used to describe a process or processes that seemingly accelerate the experience of time and reduce the significance of distance during a given historical moment.

EX. Thanks to the empty-headedness of kid's television, Ash Ketchum hasn't aged in over a decade.

The use of time-space compression, in this case the conduit, as opposed to some mind shattering technology, has been the minds of the producers, writers and the bright box we call television, to keep Ash Ketchum from aging in a way that is more creepy than when Michael Jackson became white.

Despite saving the world, even the universe, on about a dozen occasions, Ash Ketchum is trapped in the body and mindset of a pre-pubescent boy. Perhaps someday, a brilliant Japanese writer will get it into his head to have Ash mature, and release him from his hellish existence where he, like Sisyphus, is forced to push the same stupid boulder up the same godd*** hill for all eternity.

P.S. A new protagonist and a different tone might make the show tolerable, again.

Friday, December 30, 2011

WORD OF THE DAY! 12/30/11

figment [fig-muhnt]
1. a mere product of mental invention; a fantastic notion.
2. a feigned, invented, or imagined story, theory, etc.

EX. "Oh, bother. It appears are old friends have found their way through three secure checkpoints, Christopher Robin." Pooh stared at the blinking red dots that scattered across the 360 degree circle of panels around himself and his companion.

Christopher Robin looked down at his former figment with a satisfied frown, "Don't worry, my silly old bear." He looked at his watch, "Calvin and Hobbes won't be reaching their honey if I have anything to say about it."

Thursday, December 29, 2011

WORD OF THE DAY! 12/2911

beholder [bih-hohld-er]
1. Dungeons & Dragons. A fantasy creature created by Terry Kuntz, designed by Gary Gygax and first published in Dungeons and Dragons expansion Greyhawk (1975). The creature is a floating orb of flesh with one large eyeball, a humanoid mouth, and it's mass is covered in smaller eye-stalks. From each of its eyes it can cast deadly magical spells.

Beholders live in a cruel, xenophobic, and murderous societies that dwell in the Underdark. Beholders are almost universally hated and hate almost universally.They usually only put up with other species as slaves, but individuals have been known to take up residence as guards of dungeons and keeps. Beholder societies wage war amongst their own factions and against other races.

EX. Murderous intent is in the Eye of the Beholder.


Wayne Reynolds
Click "Read More" below to see some more awesome beholder art. All subsequent works are based on Wayne Reynolds piece above and reimagined by very different artists below. Feel free to comment on your favorite.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011



Obscurus Lupa is one of my favorite internet reviewers, generally covering obscure and b-movie material that is too obscure to be nostalgic and amusing in its right. Today's subject is a Christmas movie unlike any Christmas movie you have ever seen. Two Front Teeth is the movie for people who want to see vampire elves, ninja nuns and one of the most over the top and awesome fight scenes of all time!

WORD OF THE DAY! 12/28/11

evolution [ev-uh-loo-shuhn]
1. any process of growth or formation; development.
2. a product of such development.
3.  Biology. change in the gene pool of population from generation to generation by such processes as mutation, natural selection, and genetic drift.
4. a process of gradual, peaceful, progressive change or development, as in social or economic structure or institutions.
5. a motion incomplete in itself, but combining with coordinated motions to produce a single action, as in a machine.

EX. Pokémon evolution is not your standard biological evolution. It is a hyper evolution, more akin to a metamorphosis, like a caterpillar into a cocoon into a butterfly. These transformations are triggered by anything from reaching a certain point in their training, to the use of certain stones and items, to the location that they train in.

No pokémon better shows off the latter kinds of evolution, stone related and location related, than the Evolution Pokémon, Evee.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011




To check out the original deck configuration, check out this link.

This article serves two purposes: To share the nerd entertainment around with anyone who might find it sorta interest and to keep myself in check. To do the latter, I'll be keeping track of how much I've invested into building my decks (I plan to have at least 2).

So, here we go into discussing my first deck being updated, which includes cards from the following purchases:

Deck Builder's Toolkit. Cost: $17

Intro Pack: 2012 Core Set, Sacred Assault. Cost: $13

4 Booster Packs Cost: $16

Intro Pack: Mirroden Besieged, Battle Cries. Cost: $13

 1 Booster Battle Pack: Cost: $10
Total Expense: $69

Note: Some of these purchases were gifts for Christmas or my Birthday.

So, from these purchases I've built...


The deck has gone through about several major reconfigurations and I feel like it is really starting to take shape. I'd love some comments and recommendations from veterans, but keep in mind I am pretty casual.

To check out the cards in my Auramonger Deck, hit "Read More" below.

WORD OF THE DAY! 12/27/11

martian [mahr-shuhn]
1. a hypothetical inhabitant or native of Mars.
2. a detached or socially awkward person; a person with strange delusions.
3. of, pertaining to, or like the planet Mars or its hypothetical inhabitants.

EX. I want a martian lion who can talk and teach me magic.

"Draco: Dumbledore! That old coot! He's nothing compared to Rumbleroar!
Goyle: Rumbleroar!!
Draco: Rumbleroar is the headmaster at Pigfarts. He's a lion. Who can talk.
Harry: Can you just go somewhere else?
Draco: Where am I supposed to go?
Harry: I don't know, Pigfarts?
Draco: Oh, hahaha, now your just being cute. I can't gooo to Pigfarts. It's on MARS. You need a rocket ship. do you have a rocket ship, Potter? Oh! You do! Well, not all of us inherited enough money to buy out NASA when our parents died. Oh look! It's rocket ship potter! Starkid potter! Moooonshoes Potter! Traversing the Galaxy in his intergalactic travels to Pigfarts!" - Draco Malfoy, A Very Potter Musical

WEEKLY ROUND-UP! 12/19-12/25 2011


Seriously, nothing is more jolly than Batman with a can of spray plastic explosives and a city of unsuspecting criminals to terrorize. Haven't played my new copy of Arkham Asylum but I am itching to get that sucked out of its box!

Gojirra! King of Shrubbery Monsters!

Gojirra: King of Shrubbery Monsters vs. Amerikajin Kurisumasu Deberu! OR
ゴジッラ VS. アメリカ人クリスマスデベル !

Dedicated to Terry Pratchett, my favorite author and believer in the power of believing.

This film means so much to me and I probably have watched it about once a year (or major sections of it once year) every year since I can remember. For me, it is Christmas and Halloween wrapped up in a big bow with a card that says, "Yes, its okay."

Between Blue Beetle and Booster Gold I hope I've managed to expose a couple of people to these awesome characters.

1. WORD OF THE DAY! 12/24/11. Man's Best Friend.

I thought it would be a fun Christmas article to write a little history about Krypto the Superdog but it touched me a lot. I have to admit, to my embarrassment, that when I was writing about Krypto's death, I had to stop myself from tearing up.

If Superman is a great role model and dogs are great role models, then Krypto is someone to be admired.
Epic Beard is Back! And I got a Sonic Screwdriver for Christmas!

Monday, December 26, 2011


A lot of musical fans know Darren Criss as one of the ensemble characters from Fox's Glee. Heck, he's been Blaine for a couple of seasons, an openly gay and confident student who scored the first Billboard #1 Hit for the show with his cover of Katy Perry's Teenage Dreams. I know him as Harry F-ing Potter.

I first saw Darren Criss way back in 2009, or so, starring in A Very Potter Musical on Youtube. The musical is a Starkid fan production with music and lyrics written by Darren Criss and A.J. Holmes and a book written by by Matt Lang, Nick Lang, and Brian Holden. The musical is a full production piece that stretches out to three acts and is one of the most enjoyable finds I have ever watched on youtube. It lovingly satires J. K. Rowling's creations and tropes- from bumbling gay Dumbledore to blond haired bully Malfoy, and creates an amusing spectacle that no true Harry Potter or Darren Criss fan should miss out on.

If you haven't already checked it out, make sure to watch it at the link below. Or if you want more Potter, check out A Very Potter Sequel.

You can also download the Album at the link below

A link to Starkids: TEAM STAR KIDS!

WORD OF THE DAY! 12/26/2011

steampunk [steem-puhngk]
1. a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy featuring advanced technologies and machines based on the steam power of the 19th century and borrowing from the visual style of a specific historical era- usually between the 18th and 20th centuries.
2. a subculture inspired by this literary and media subculture.
3. having qualities related to the subgenre.

EX. I recently got to check out some some awesome steampunk art in the form of this Disney art posted above and below. Have a very steampunk Boxing day!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

WORD OF THE DAY! 12/25/2011

believe [bih-leev]
1. to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something; although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so.

EX.  Click the link below.



Saturday, December 24, 2011

WORD OF THE DAY! 12/24/2011

man's best friend [manz-best-frend]
1. a tame dog.

EX. "The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog."-George Graham Vest, 1870

The previous quotation is considered to be the origins of the phrase, man's best friend, but I think we all know the idea of canine loyalty goes back about as long as man has domesticated dog (or as long as they've humanized us). Sad dog stories and inspiring dog stories are as much a part of our collective mythos and history as war. From Futurama's Seymour in Jurassic Bark episode to Disney's Old Yeller (1957) to the oldest sad old dog story I can think of is Homer's story of Argos in The Odyssey.

Argos was Odysseus's dog and waited for his master's return for 20 years. Once known for his strength and speed, upon his master's return, Argos had grown old and neglected. Odysseus returned to his home disguised as a beggar and the old hound recognized him but only had the strength to lift his ears and wag his tail. Odysseus shed a dear for his dear companion before going inside his home. Argos then dies.

If Superman is a role model for what a man can do with unlimited power, then Krypto is a role model for what a man can do with unconditional love. Today's subject is Krypto, Superman's best and most loyal friend.

Krypto's first appearance in comics came in Action Comics #210 in 1955. Krypto was originally the pet of an infant Kal-El (AKA Clark Kent/ Superman). Jor-El needed to test one of the escape rockets before sending his son to Earth and so he decided to send Krypto firs.t Except poor Krypto's ship was lost in space until it landed on Earth and he was reunited with a teenaged Superboy. Krypto has all of super man's powers and abilities, to dog scale, as well as superior senses of smell and hearing compared to even his master, and human-level intelligence (though a dog's interests).

 Despite not seeing for his pal for over a decade, Krypto was still as loyal as ever to Superman. Over the years he has defended Superman and Earth from all kinds of threats. It's not always easy being Superman's best friend. Heck, nobody but Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, or Krypto would be dumb, desperate, or compassionate enough to put up with the nonsense of the Silver Age Superman.

For one, Krypto is no less a dog than Superman is human. He enjoys fetch and getting his ears scratched. And Krypto doesn't have the same concepts of mercy or control a human would have. Superman has had to train him several times over the years to keep him from hurting others, by accident. In one example, in one of the most recent first times he met Supergirl she was walking the halls of the Fortress of Solitude. He assumed she was a home invader and attacked her. He went so far as to shoot heat vision at her and tear down doors.

The most important example of Krypto's canine loyalty comes in Alan Moore's Action Comics #583 story, What Ever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?. In the story, the Legion of Doom finds and attacks the Fortress of Solitude. The Kryptonite Man wants to use his radiation to literally tun Superman green and kill him. Krypto, the ever-loyal Superdog, throws himself into danger's path, bites out the throat or the villain and dies of Kryptonite poisoning. To quote Krypto from another comic, who's thoughts are often telegraphed over his head, "This one hurt man. Krypto loves man -- Krypto hurt this one. Man loves place. I protect place for man. Krypto good boy."

But just as his master, Krypto is too important as a symbol of canine loyalty to be thrown aside forever. He has been reborn as many times as Superman. above you can see his most redesign in the New 52 reboot. He has become more alien, they mixing features of wolves, cats and dogs to create a more powerful looking animal. Krypto will continue to evolve alongside his master, as dogs have evolved for thousands of years.

Friday, December 23, 2011


Today's subject is a holiday dump of my favorite web-comics. The following webcomics are comics that I tend to check at least once a day (if not more).

Just to reiterate, OGLAF is a very funny comic, but extremely graphic, violent, sexual and vulgar. VERY NSFW. Sorry for lack of Christmas, because the closest thing involved the Ice Queen...