Saturday, December 25, 2010


Well, I know I haven't posted a lot to this blog recently, but I'm going to try something new for the upcoming year. Being inspired by Here Be Batman, a project where one person has decided to draw Batman (or Batman related art) every single day for a year. As of writing this, she's at 109 days of drawing. It's generally been pretty smooth with just a couple hiccups along the way. Now, I'd love to dedicate a year to drawing Deadpool (or even just characters in general), but the truth is that I suck at drawing. There are pieces I've done that I consider good, but I lack a lot of talent. Instead, I'm going to try to just post something about comics (or comic characters) every day, with art thrown in every week on some day of the week. This is something I'd like to try in 2011, but while I think it would be cool to be able to do this, I have my doubts about my success. Oh well. If I fail, it's not like anyone reads this anyway! So for all my readers (hello me!), I'm going to try to update every day for a year, with art posts every week starting on January 1st.

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Only Thing I Know

Okay, I realize that this video has been on the web for some time now, since February of this year in fact, but I just saw it today. Now, I realize that the end of it shows "hope" for video games as not just things that entirely waste our time, but... it comes far too late in the video, is not nearly enough and really doesn't even begin to help. I will warn you that this might go on for a little while, as this really just makes me, well, upset.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Extra Credits

On the Escapist, a video game website, there's a show called Extra Credits. It's on once per week and, in the style of someone giving a lecture, it's an animated series delving into the video game community as a whole, and some of the problems they feel it faces. I apologize in advance, but this is probably going to get pretty rambly and I'm not quite sure where it's headed. Ahem...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pi's Reviews - October 13th

Deadpool Corps #7 review

Honestly, this issue wasn't as great as some of the other ones, and I think the reason is that I honestly don't know what the heck happened. Although I do like that the flashbacks are all crazy and part of Deadpool's fantasy, such that how much we can trust them is unknown. I do love that the general space public fears or respects the Deadpool Corps as much as they do, based off of how the Deadpool Corps took on the Awareness, and while not respected much on their Earths, they get a lot of respect and fear out in space.

Still, the issue could have been better. I really wish I knew what was going on. I realize Deadpool rushes into things in this series with no plan whatsoever, but seeing that happen while there's this other insanity of not knowing if what he's doing is even what actually happened makes it a little hard to follow. It is good, though, and I do enjoy me some Deadpool Corps.

New Avengers #5 review

At least, we finally know who the villain is, what his plan is and what is going on. It's kind of weird, and a little annoying that it took 5 issues to determine the name of the bad guy, but it still works. There's a lot of Bendis writing in this that makes it work.

While there is barely any action in this (in fact, the only real action is at the beginning, on a two page spread of Wong and Dr. Strange vs the Hand), it still feels good. For me, for a Bendis book, it can do one of two things, and it does it well. It can advance the plot with a lot of dialogue and people talking to each other, which I am fine with because Bendis makes the characters talking to each other interesting, or it can do nothing to advance the plot and just have fighting, with no real resolutions that works well because Bendis can make the characters that are fighting interesting.

Honestly, I love Bendis's work, and this is mostly a good example of Bendis advancing plot through dialogue and a whole lot of dialogue.

The Thanos Imperative #5 review

This issue's ending made sense to me. Thanos has kind of been going along with the Guardians for no real reasons, and it's been a little weird, but the ending of this made sense. I can totally understand all of Thanos' actions up to this point. I like what Thanos is doing in this, because the writers understand Thanos and understand his motivations.

Something that kind of annoyed me about the issue, and the entire series for that matter, is the battle going on at the Fault. There's ships flying everywhere, stuff's apparently happening, but more than anything, it's Galactus and pals kind of standing out in space in front of the Galactus engine, which is apparently a lot bigger than Galactus himself, and is, well, weird more than anything. Fighting's going on, but we don't know anything about it. Most of it isn't physical, although the physical isn't seen anyways, and, well, it seems like it isn't important, when it's probably the bigger fight that's going on. Whatever...

All in all, I like the Thanos Imperative because the writers are good at their jobs, but dislike it slightly because it feels like they are being forced into writing something that they don't necessarily want to write.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Comic reviews - October 6th

Chaos War #1
I missed a lot by not getting Prince of Power #4. Apparently. I really don't know what to expect from Chaos War. From what it seems, the heroes themselves aren't going to be able to do much, based off of the ending of this issue, so what's going to happen. It seems like the battle is less physical and more of some other battle. It reminds me of Thanos Imperative, where Galactus and Aegis and Tenebrous and all those guys are just kind of seemingly standing there while fighting the Cancerverse. Is that what this is going to be?

While I felt this issue was pretty meh, maybe because I don't really understand what the heck is happening, I did like one part. After reading the last page, which was questions asked of Amadeus Cho and Amatsu-Mikaboshi, the Chaos King. Amatsu-Mikaboshi responds to all of his questions in haiku (sometimes, you have to stretch to get the syllables to work, like the word "chaos" being pronounced with both one and two syllables). I went back to the issue and where Amatsu-Mikaboshi speaks, it is all in haiku. I'm sure it's something that's always been done with the character, but seeing how little I'd read of the character before, this was an awesome thing.

Deadpool MAX #1
Um, yeah. Okay. Hmmm... Where do I begin? Okay, first, this isn't in the regular Marvel 616 universe, it is in some alternate universe where apparently HYDRA isn't real, Deadpool fought in Iraq and helped to catch Osama bin Laden and Deadpool's not just crazy with multiple personalities in his head, but also is delusional about lots of stuff.

It's a MAX comic so they can swear all they want. And they do. Plus, there's some sodomy involved and some shit involved. And when I say shit, I don't mean events, I mean literal shit, excrement. It is very weird. It has a whole lot of violence and blood and people getting cut apart and shredded. And yet, it lacks something.

The comic is narrated by Bob, an agent for some organization, and is told from his perspective. It doesn't have a lot of actual Deadpool in it. The stuff it does have is decent except for the delusions that he seems to be under which are annoying, but manageable. Really, though, this comic is an excuse to see Deadpool swear and kill and be violent and it doesn't deliver nearly as much of that as it should. There's violence and blood and swearing, but not Deadpool being funny and insane and killing, but mostly Hammerhead being a douchebag and punching or headbutting his people, who apparently can choose whether or not to wear clothing most of the time. All in all, it didn't deliver the Deadpool I wanted nearly as much as it did just swearing.

Deadpool: Pulp #2
Deadpool Pulp is, well, meh... I'm not saying it's a bad comic, just that it lacks something, well, a lot of something. What I love about Deadpool is the insanity and the humor. This lacks that. Sure, there's some violence and some insanity, but most of the humor's gone. Sure, it's Deadpool Pulp and is supposed to be based off of pulps and more so a noir backdrop, so it makes sense in the setting, but, well, it loses a lot of Deadpool in the transition. Pretty much the only stuff that's the same is that he wears part of the mask, has the Loeb boxes and the character names are the same. Seriously, it has two characters who are Cable and Stryfe who have the messed up star around the eye and look exactly the same as one another. It's kind of weird.

Deadpool Pulp is very cynical. It is darker than most Deadpool stuff and tries to be deeper. The stupidness of the Loeb boxes makes the first scene awkward, as it is trying to be dark and silly at the same time. Dark and silly don't match. The comic is trying to be philosophical and ends up being stupid. I'll keep reading for the little Deadpool there is, but it is buried deep.

Taskmaster #2
I love this series. This is a series that I love, despite not being a huge fan of the art. I'm not saying the art is horrible, but it isn't my favorite style. It's not something that would distract me as much as Steve Dillon's art or J. Calafiore's art. It gets the job done and isn't horrible enough for me to hate it.

But I love this series because it is freaking hilarious Fred van Lente is great. Heck, I'd love it even for just the parts with "the Don of the Dead", a Mexican merc who rules Michoacan. He speaks in a broken English with some Spanish and mostly just speaks with an accent that is represented by the way that the words are written. For example, "So. El Maestro de Task. Ju face the Don of the Dead in final combat. What ju say to that, hanh? Si. Si. Excelente. I KEEL JU FACE!!" What I love about this is similar to why I love a lot of Deadpool. It takes the stance that even with killing and violence and bloodshed, it doesn't have to be serious, but can be stupid and silly and fun. Seriously, this is one of the best series I have read. It is awesome.

Uncanny X-Force #1
This was the best comic with Deadpool this week. Seriously. Deadpool MAX was okay, but I wasn't a huge fan of the representation of Deadpool's insanity and more to the point, it didn't focus on him. Deadpool Pulp lacked so much of Deadpool's humor that it didn't feel like Deadpool at all. This, while not focusing on Deadpool made the parts that had Deadpool in them absolutely brilliant. Remender did a great job of capturing Deadpool.

In this, Deadpool was mostly competent, only forgetting to look behind him and thus getting knocked out by War. Still, it took the rest of X-Force (well, kind of) to bring him down, so I'm not really complaining. When he was in it, he was talking the entire time, which is pretty much what I expect and want from Deadpool. The comic literally opens with Deadpool standing on a giant statue that produces a waterfall with a large drop, saying, "Why did the nickel jump off the building but the dime didn't? Dime had more cents," before jumping off the statue onto a rock far below. He is sheer madness, but with some order and a lot of humor. Every single panel he is in (except the very last one where he is in the background), he says something. Every single one. That's pretty darn crazy.

The rest of the issue is okay, mostly dealing with the team itself getting together, having Warren and Betsy together and Logan and Fantomex together, just kind of explaining who they are through what they do. It works really well as an opening issue as it introduces the main characters, who they are, has them fight a villain and, well, it does so much in one issue. I talked about Secret Avengers vs Avengers, how Secret has its plot, and no characterization while Avengers has great characterization while its plot is meh. This is both. It has a plot that works and characterizes well. Plus, I picked up the white variant, so I can get it drawn on at a convention at some point.

Young Allies #5
I don't know how I feel about this issue. I like Gravity, but he seems a lot darker in this series than in any of the stuff before. I mean, in his mini-series that introduced him, he was a cheery guy, even with all the bad stuff happening around him. He seems a lot darker in this. While he hasn't killed anybody yet, he really seems to want to kill people. That just doesn't seem right to me. Whatever.

This series has been merely okay. This issue didn't really do much for me over all. It kind of wrapped things up, but I really didn't understand Superior's plan very much or anything about him really. He just kind of was crazy. Oh, and spoiler if you care, but why was he able to just take apart Singularity? Was it because he helped to give Singularity his powers? Because that kind of makes sense, but considering the level of his telekinesis, he should have been able to do that anyway. Which brings me to the number one complaint I have about telekinesis:

Why, with telekinetic villains in particular, but just characters with telekinesis in general, do they not just win against pretty much everybody? I'm not talking about throwing them somewhere or throwing things at them, I'm talking about going into their body and squishing their heart. Hearts aren't that tough in comparison to most things, and someone with telekinesis should be able to kill them pretty easily. Or their brain. Or just veins and arteries around the heart. Or so many other ways to squish people's internal organs. I think I remember Dark Jean Grey in New Excalibur doing that, and thinking, well, why can't she kill everybody? It really annoys me sometimes, but mostly this issue with Superior and Singularity. Sigh...

Secret Six #26
God, I hate Calafiore's art. I really do. It really annoys me. Everything just looks wrong. It's something that's always bugged me, but never annoyed me that much, probably because I didn't read stuff by Calafiore. But Secret Six really annoyed me. I think it's because, to me, it has so much potential to be one of my favorite comics, even with it being a DC comic, but it is weighed down so heavily by Calafiore's art.

Anyway, the issue itself was decent. The fight between the two teams (which was hyped last issue and didn't happen at all) was only the last couple pages and was kind of disappointing. This issue dealt a lot more with what the heck is going on and why they are going to Skartaris. Maybe it's because I don't know a whole heck of a lot about Skartaris, or maybe it's because this ties in to something bigger (why is Amanda Waller there talking to Spy Smasher about a nuke going off on American soil? I have no idea), but the issue just seems kind of meh to me.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pi's Comics - September 29th

Well, I guess we should get started with this week's comics. Let's go!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pi's Comics - September 22nd

Wheee! A new fun edition. Oh, and I'm adding something. I'm going to review each comic I get here in its own post, which won't be up immediately, but probably should be up before Thursday. The link will be there, but the post might not be up when you check. Check back later and it'll hopefully be there then. Oh, and Superman/Batman Annual #1 is a great comic.

Deadpool Team-Up #889

This was a decent issue. I didn't find it great, maybe because I didn't know the characters other than Deadpool that well. Sure, Borgia Omega isn't in a lot, but I haven't read a lot about Gorilla-Man. I never read Atlas, except for seeing them in random stuff I've read that wasn't specifically about them (there was a Spider-Man thing with them, they were in Thunderbolts, etc).

Overall, the story was decent, and, well, spoilers aren't important for this at all, so they'll be in this. Deadpool goes to an island to protect Lucrezia Borgia, who wants him to save her from Gorilla-Man. Then Deadpool shoots at Gorilla-Man, Gorilla-Man shoots back, and they end up in a Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd at the end of Rabbit of Seville scenario, where each one shoots at the other, then the other comes back with something bigger, as Borgia Omega has left weapons all over the island. Eventually, they get tired, then team-up and flying on lasedactyls (pterodactyls that shoots lasers, obviously), shooting down Borgia Omega's escape plane.

Basically, it was decent, at best. I didn't find anything particularly interesting, and mostly, it just seemed stupid for stupid's sake, like with the Seville scenario and the laserdactyls. It just seemed silly and wasn't really that interesting. I am interested in the next couple, though, with Thing and Thor. Those should be interesting team-up/fights. Since Deadpool shouldn't win those, what will happen to make them interesting?

Nemesis #3 Review

Nemesis is immensely entertaining. It isn't a great series, but it is entertaining.

The character Nemesis is ridiculously silly. I mentioned in my preview that he had his Dark Knight inspired motorcycle/car thing. In this, he takes on almost 100 riot guards in a prison. By himself. Well, okay, he counts 97 of them, not an even 100, but it wouldn't make sense if they had exactly 100. Still, he fights them. Considering his decision to fight them, I'm going to assume that you realize he's either crazy or Ozymandias-like in his fighting. Oh, that isn't an exclusive or, by the way. And by Ozymandias-like, I mean that he can do stupid things and beat up 97 people whose entire job is to stop people like him from getting away. Then, he frees all the prisoners. Not to help him against the 97 guards, but just after, for the heck of it.

It's stupid, it really is. Kick-Ass was trying to be as normal as possible, with Dave actually being worthless in a fight until he got his deadened nerve endings and metal plates. And then he was only marginally worthless. Which makes sense, because he's never had any training to fight, and is pretty scrawny and his only experience is reading comics. But Big Daddy and Hit-Girl (specifically Hit-Girl) were absurd. By the time Hit-Girl started doing stuff, it became obvious that while not super-powered, they were Batman-like in terms of humanity (a level that isn't something that can realistically be reached). Nemesis didn't really try for reality, from what I can tell, so that's okay. Nemesis takes place in a world where there aren't superheroes, but you can become Batman. Except evil. And silly.

Avengers #5 review

Before anything about the issue, I just want to talk about the ad on the back. Why the heck is there a Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver ad on the back of this issue? I'm not complaining because I don't think Avengers should have a Pokemon ad as much as I am complaining because the games came out in March.

Anyway, more of what I've come to expect in this series in this issue. The good: The characters are awesome. I love reading Bendis team comics because he is superb at making the characters pop and making them interesting. Everyone acts like an individual as part of a team, rather than just as pawns in a chess game. They are all unique and stay true to what I'd expect from them. The bad: The time travel stuff is ridiculously convoluted and makes little to no sense and I sincerely wish this arc to end. Apparently Hulk and old Stark put fear into Kang, so that he'll listen to them, so when he went to the Avengers, it was because of them. But he's also a dick, so you know there you go.

The art is beautiful, and I really like JRJR's style in this series. At the very beginning, it has a two page, with Thor charging, then flying smack into Galactus' face. It's pretty awesome.

All in all, I like the series, just because the characters are well defined and interesting, but the time travel is getting pretty stupid, so after this arc, we'll have, aw crap. Rulk? FFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUU...

Secret Avengers #5 Review

Well, Secret Avengers did exactly what I wanted it to do. With the wrong character. As I talked about in my preview, the emphasis in the series has been less about the team than about the story. I think that can work fine with a single character who's established, like with Captain America or something, but not so much when you have a team, especially one consisting of characters who have never worked together before.

This issue is about Fury, the Nick Fury character helping the villains. It is a backstory for the character, and details how he came to be in general, and then how he came to work for the sinister organization opposing the Secret Avengers. It's a decent backstory that shows a good grasp on continuity, which I always enjoy.

My main problem, like I've said, is that this issue doesn't work as part of a team comic when they haven't established the team yet. If the team hadn't been put together yet, and this was a backstory so that they could team-up, sure, maybe. If the team hasn't really been seen much, though, it falls short.

Let me be perfectly clear. This is a pretty darn good stand-alone story and a decent issue. It tells a good story with good pacing and a good plot, while establishing the chatarcter of the villain Fury (named Max). It just doesn't make me like the Secret Avengers any more. The Secret Avengers still are uninteresting in their own book and I don't feel any connection to them. Even less connection here, since only Steve and Black Widow actually show up in it. That doesn't make for a good team comic.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

My iTunes library is stupid

I have used iTunes for a long time, and accumulated a lot of music in that time. Some of it is stuff I've never even listened to, such as I got a CD for one song, but put the entire CD in, and then never listened to anything else. Still, it is a library that has lasted me many years, and is now up to over 3,400 items. A lot aren't even songs, but could be stand-up or a book or quotes from a movie or something. If I put shuffle on, I get some pretty crazy results. I know that I've seen this somewhere, and it seems stupid, but, well, this is an example of 20 random songs in my library.

1: I Want You Around, by Fountains of Wayne
2: PG Porn Theme Music, by James Gunn's PG Porn
3: Stay Beautiful, by Taylor Swift
4: German Cars, by Sarah Silverman
5: Am Yisrael Chai, by Schlock Rock
6: Cupid's Chokehold, by Gym Class Heroes
7: Speak To Me Bones, by Land Of Talk
8: Theory of Revolution, by A.F.I.
9: You Oughta Know, by The Killing Moon
10: Hate To Say I Told You So, by The Hives
11: Shukan Sentimental, by SCANDAL
12: Weight of the World, by Evanescence
13: The Land of Wrigley, by Stormy Weather
14: Now Get Busy, by Beastie Boys
15: Hello, by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
16: Misguided Ghosts, by Paramore
17: I've Had Enough, by Earth, Wind, and Fire
18: Saving Lives, by Bill Murray (quote from Ghostbusters)
19: Golden Boys, by NOFX
20: The Itchy and Scratchy (and Poochy) theme song, by The Simpsons

This list was inspired by me listening to Soramimi Cake, the opening to Azumanga Daioh, then moving on to Israel's Song by Schlock Rock, then jumping again to I Wanna Rock You Hard this Christmas by the Dan Band. Three completely different songs.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pi's Comics - September 15th

Another week, another week of my previews. What fun.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Pi's Comics - September 9th

Yes, this is for tomorrow as Labor Day has pushed back comics to the 9th. Still, I'm putting this up today, as, hey, why not, right?
Deadpool Loves to Read 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Pi's Comics - September 1st

Again, you can see these also on read/RANT!

With a new month comes other new things. I just started school this week, and while that shouldn't slow down these, it may. Just remember, I reserve the right to be a hypocrite at any point in time just because.Deadpool Green Lantern

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pi's Comics - August 25th

(Note-You can also see this on read/RANT!, where I am also blogging)

Welcome to another exciting installment of Pi's Comics, where I'll go over what comics I am getting this week, and what comics I very distinctly am not.Apparently, he doesn't like cats.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Comics Today

I'm sorry about the past couple weeks. Work has made me not be able to write posts. I haven't stopped getting comics, I've just stooped posting. This week I'm going to do something different as well. I'm going to let you guess what comics I'm getting today. I'll also make it easier by letting you know it is only Marvel comics today and that there are five of them. You can leave a comment or email me at First person to get it right gets something. I don't know what right now, but it'll be something. To help you, has the comics coming out from Marvel today.

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Last Airbender

Okay, let me get this off my chest first. One of the reasons I was not super excited about Avatar (by James Cameron) in the first place was that I was pissed at James Cameron's people not allowing the use of the name Avatar in the movie that M. Night Shyamlan was making. Now, at the same time, I had no knowledge of the movie, except for maybe the ridiculously stupid casting decisions. I was upset at the A:TLA movie for having white people playing non-white characters.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Comics I'm getting on 6/30

I said I might do it this week. It could have been done earlier if I weren't so busy. And heck, I'm probably going to get the actual comics on Thursday, when I finally have the day off. Who knows? Oh, and look for an Avatar themed post coming soon.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Comics I got on 6/23

Okay, so I'm a horrible liar. Sorry. I might do it next week (ha, noncommittal statement ftw).

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Comics I read on 6/16

Sorry about being so late on this post. I would have done it sooner, but I was doing things late Tuesday, was out all day Wednesday and didn't even get comics until Thursday, when I got into a horrible mood, and cleared my head by walking for most of the evening, then I had work all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and then I rested Monday. So, instead of showing what I planned to pick up, I'll do some reviews. Wednesday should have previews again.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Comics I'm getting on 6/9

Yay, first week back in San Francisco! Time to get comics from comic stores I know, and heck, it's much harder to miss stuff because there are so many other comic stores I can go to if one doesn't have what I'm looking for. Anyway, I've mentioned how it works, but I'll look at comics I am getting and ones I am not.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Comics I'm getting on 6/3

Because of Monday being Memorial Day, comics are today instead of yesterday. Still, it's not a very heavy load for me.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Comics I'm getting on 5/26

If you don't know how this works by now, look it up in one of the previous weeks.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Comics I'm getting on 5/19

Here are comics I am and am not getting today. Unless I'm specifically getting from another company, the list is strictly Marvel.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Comics I'm getting on 5/12

Once again, the comics I'll be getting today, along with comics I won't be getting, and some stuff about them.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Comics I'm getting on 5/5

Like last week, I'll be listing comics I'm getting, along with comics I'm not, and some commentary for each. DC is included this time for reasons which will become obvious.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Comics I'm getting on 4/27

Taking a cue from dclebeau at read/RANT!, I am going to list the comics I'm getting today, along with comics I just don't feel like getting. The more observant of you out there might notice I only list Marvel comics here. That is because the only non-Marvel I currently read are Secret Six (in volumes) and Invincible (in volumes). I don't know enough of what is going on in DC or anything else, nor do I care. With that said, here we go!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Comics for tomorrow

Okay, a short little thing that I'd put on Twitter, maybe, if I cared about Twitter. Tomorrow will be the first day of the month where I get more comics in them that don't have Deadpool than do. The first week contained four Deadpool comics, Vengeance of the Moon Knight, where he cameoed, World War Hulks, which contained a Hulkpool story, Deadpool & Cable 25, the finale issue of Cable's series, renamed to fit Deadpool in who was in a starring role recapping what happened in between Cable's departure from Cable & Deadpool and his appearance in his now cancelled series, and Deadpool Corps, which as it sounds, is about a corps of Deadpool from different dimensions. The second week, I got three comics, only one of which was not Deadpool oriented, the Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers issue. The other two I got were Hulked Out Heroes, featuring Hulkpool on a journey through time, and Deadpool Team-Up where he teamed up with Punishe...sorry, Frankencastle. This week, out of the six or so comics I am getting, I am only getting two with Deadpool, Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth and Captain America: Who Won't Wield the Shield. Seriously, this is the first week this month where I get more non-Deadpool comics than Deadpool comics. I like the character, and pick things up with him, but he is totally overexposed and hopefully he'll keep afloat and not drift into obscurity.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tournament Report

I went to the Rise of the Eldrazi pre-release this past weekend and here's what I have to say about it.

First off, the Eldrazi are freaking insane. I realize they are expensive, but with the set, getting them isn't extraordinarily hard, and this is coming from Sealed. In Sealed, you can run 9-costs (yes, plural) and expect to play them. They are unbelievably powerful, and annoying as hell to face. I went 2 wins, 2 losses and dropped the first day, but 3 out of the 4 wins I got were from Eldrazi. That's how good they are. Sealed runs really slowly, as you might guess considering the high drops you can run. There is a lot of stall to get there, with lots of walls just to tide you over to your giant creatures. It makes the set interesting. I think that getting Eldrazi will be easier outside of Sealed (more Spawn token producers and just easier to build to it), but that they might get overwhelmed quickly in Constructed, just because people are able to build a lot faster and clear things, making it harder to get to your Spawn tokens, just killing your Spawn tokens or anything like that.

The levelers are really good also. The second day, I ran levelers and was consistently building threats early, which is the main advantage to the levelers. It may be expensive to get to the final level, but along the way you can beat face. There is a 2 cost Green creature that's 2/2 to start, but with 2G, he becomes a 4/4, and paying the cost three more times gets you a 6/6 Trample. So, turn 2, get a 2/2 out, turn 3 make him a 4/4, then beat face until eventually you get the mana and make him a 6/6 Trample. Technically, over the course of the game, it costs 14 (9GGGGG) to get a 6/6 Trample, but it is worth it.

Also, I despise tiebreakers. Our tournament Sunday went 6 rounds, and I went 4 wins, 2 losses. Because my tiebreakers were apparently worse than other people, I ended up in 9th place. There was prize support for, you guessed it, top 8. 1st got something like 30 packs, and 2nd got less, 3rd and 4th got less, and 5th-8th got 5 packs each. Somebody who had the same record as me got 5 packs while I got nothing. Stupid tiebreakers...

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Kick-Ass revisited

Because of not being in a city with a movie theater within easy reach I have to really plan my trips to the movies. That means that since I have classes tomorrow and two pre-release tournaments for M:TG Rise of the Eldrazi over the weekend, I probably won't see it until Wednesday, when I have no classes. Until then though, I am extremely nervous.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Turn Coat

If you didn't already know this about me, I love the Dresden Files series. I just absolutely love it.

Monday, April 12, 2010

And I Thought My Jokes Were Bad

Here's a story I wrote for a creative writing in fiction class that I thought might be enjoyed by people who would possibly read this. If you find it hard to read, I can send you the .docx file that it is in. Just leave a comment asking for the original.

Monday, April 5, 2010


Outside, on my way to class, I felt a few drops of rain from above. By a few, I mean barely any. They existed. You could see them on the ground. They weren't plentiful, though. There were only a couple. Still, the problem with that is that the sun was also in my eyes.

Damn it, nature! Stop being hypocritical! If it's sunny, it isn't supposed to rain. If it rains, it isn't supposed to be sunny. Let us say that S(sky) means the sky is sunny and R(sky) means the sky is raining.
S(sky) → ¬R(sky)
R(sky) → ¬S(sky)

Now, it is sunny and rainy
S(sky) ∧ R(sky)

This leads to a contradiction
S(sky) [∧ Elim]
R(sky) [∧ Elim]
¬R(sky) [→ Elim]
⊥ [⊥ Intro]

Therefore, nature just produced a contradiction. DAMN YOU, NATURE!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


I can be a little loud at times. I've been known to project. I've acted, and in productions where we don't have microphones to blast our voices over speakers, I had to project myself. People have mentioned how loud I can be. But most of the time, I try to be quieter. When I get more tired and less in control over every little thing I do, then I can get louder, and I know this. I apologize to people I've kept up by being too loud. But, and this is a big but, I realize I am loud, and after a realization, I generally try to keep my voice down with conscious effort.

Then there's this guy I know, let's call him Hal. Hal is very loud. All the time. His regular voice is projecting. I live in a suite in my dorm where I share a room with my roommate that is connected to another room via a bathroom. Hal lives in that other room. Now, the walls in this dorm aren't the best constructed things. Heck, the whole place sometimes feels like it's going to fall apart. But, I digress. Hal will often just speak loudly.

Now, I know this is not some rule that everybody has to follow, but this is my general guideline for wakefulness, maybe more specifically to my dorm than somewhere else. If the next day is a weekday (aka school day), then loud stops by 12:00 midnight. Probably would be better for more like 11:00, but 12:00 generally works fine for the people I know. If the next day is a weekend, then loud stops by midnight more as a guideline than a rule. I'll probably try and stop by then, but don't feel incredibly bad if I don't. If the day is a weekday, then noise can begin around 8:00 or so. Some people have class at 8:00 (poor souls), and more than anything, it is probably when I should get up. If the day is a weekend, I won't make noise before noon if possible. I like to sleep in when possible. So to lay it all out:
Stop on Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs night = 12:00 AM (maybe 11:00 PM)
Stop on Fri, Sat night = 12:00 AM (more guideline)
Start on Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri morning = 8:00 AM
Start on Sat, Sun morning = 12:00 PM

Now, I know people don't have to follow this, but it seems somewhat like a common courtesy. I don't follow it exactly, and I'm sorry I don't. Hal seems to think that some school days are more important than others. Maybe it's when he does and doesn't have class that things change. I don't know and I really don't care. What I do care about is how loud he is. Sunday nights or Monday nights, he could be up at 1 AM or even later, talking in his normal, overpowering, loud voice about anything, it doesn't matter, and falling asleep will be nigh-impossible. But tonight, literally slightly after midnight, instead of asking politely, which I'd still take slightly hypocritically, he bangs on the wall to get me and my roommate to be quieter. Okay, so I'm assuming that's what the banging was for, but I'm pretty sure I'm right. Just last night, at the same time, no, probably later, he was talking in the hallway on his phone. There is a room that if you close the doors, it is somewhat soundproof. If you don't, you're just in the hallway, and in a room, you can hear what is in the hallway pretty darn well.

So, I'm sorry for keeping people up slightly, but dear Deadpool, Hal, if you want to complain about me, get your own sound level under check first.
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