Friday, June 26, 2015

WORD OF THE DAY! 6/26/15!

professional wrestling [pruh-fesh-uhn-uhl-res-uhl-ing]
1. A performance that combine athletics, acrobatics, and theater into a series of events that make up the action-packed dramas in the story arcs of the headlining characters created by the performers.

EX. Wrestling is fake. So what? Wrestling is ridiculous. So what?

Super hero comic books are both fake and ridiculous and I love them because of that.

In the amazing video featured above, "Wrestling is Wrestling", Max Landis breaks down the wrestling career of Triple H to show how a single character is transformed over 20 years of story-telling. And it's awesome.

The things that seem stupid can be awesome in the right context. And I can appreciate that as a fan of over the top fiction, even if I'm not a wrestling fan.

So celebrate the things that are stupid but awesome.

Like Hercule/Mr. Satan.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


gourmand [gohr-mahnd]
1. A person who is fond of eating, often indiscriminately and to excess.
2. A gourmet; epicure.

EX. The next champion in League of Legends roster (feels like we got introduced to Ekko yesterday) is a rather big catch in the form of the people-eating catfish monster from the bayous and backwaters of the world, Tahm Kench, the River King.

This gluttonous gourmand is a consummate gentleman, styled with a thick deep South accent and the appropriate manners, up to and after he has gotten his fill-- whether his fill is everything or just everything you love. Tahm Kench seems to play a genie-like role in the LoL-verse by offering Faustian pacts to the unlucky fools that wander into his by-ways. And so, I think we're glad to see another monstrous champ. But how does his personality and story translate into gameplay?

Now look here, son. Tahm Kench has got a buffet of abilities that help him to nibble out a nice niche in the bot lane as an unlikely chum to some whimpy support or as a wandering solo-laner with incredible mobility and decent ganks.

His passive Acquired Taste applies stacks to champions whenever he laps them up with his tongue using basic attacks. When he hits three stacks, his intereaction with the champion, hehe, well, the real fun begins! With his Q, Tongue Lash, he shoots his lingua grande to lick the competition! Rooting himself, Tahm Kench fires his tongue in a straight line and slows all targets hit and, if they had three stacks of Acquired Taste, they're stunned. Then his W, Devour, is either going to troll your allies or troll your lane for kills! Tahm Kench's W allows him to swallow up an enemy minion and spit them out, swallow up an enemy and walk their invulnerable bodies for a few seconds, or swallow an ally, get a speed boost, and escape with his newfound catch! This ability is great for disabling and isolating pesky enemies or saving your squishies! His E, Thick Skin, allows him to take damage as a grey bar and, after leaving combat, regian some of that as health. You can also activate it to convert the grey bar into a temporary shield. Finally, his ult, Abyssal Voyage, which also adds % health to his abilities in damage, is the best thing on the menu since it allows Tahm Kench and another ally to travel across the map after a short to delay.

Altogether, we got a fascinating new facilitator of ganks, escapes, and chowdowns in our midst. And he has a Master Chef skin? How delectable!

Monday, June 22, 2015


Let's start this week with the haunting whimsy of Pogo's latest album, Kindred Shadow. Pogo is a fantastic artist who manages to capture an image-- through capturing the sound--, a shadow of a moment in time, from classic films and transform them into something that will propel you into an emotional place you didn't expect. Check it out.

Heroes of the Storm is my current pick for my MOBA to play when I'm not playing League of Legends. It is a bit more casual and I'm not as invested into the characters, meta, etc. but I still enjoy playing it on MOBA Mondays with my buddy Aceofspadescard.

Between this and Hearthstone, I have some good reasons to load up this year.

And now let's talk about my current obsession...

Steven Universe is amazing.

Just, just imagine a show that combines the gorgeous weirdness of Adventure Time but matures it up with a good dose of anime drama straight from the likes of Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball and follows that up with complicated relationships, character growth and a slew of bizarre mysteries to unravel that reminds me of the best of Avatar:The Last Airbender.

And it airs on Cartoon Network!

Steven Universe follows an unconventional family of heroes, the Crystal Gems, made-up of the stoic and too cool leader Garnet, the graceful and wise matron Pearl, the fun and fierce firecracker Amethyst. And Steven! The show begins as a pretty whacky show that mixes small town beach life with monster-of-the-week problems but quickly goes from the shallows of Beach City to the depths of outerspace as they pursue threats to the Earth and becomes a character driven action-packed drama that will have you shaking with excitement. Rebecca Sugar certainly delivers something familiar and unique with this inspired series.

Seriously, do yourself a favor, if you're a fan of animation, and check it out.