Back in October, Disney blew our minds when it acquired Lucas Films and announced Episode VII-IX on the same day. It was one of those times when you saw the news and had to check first if you were dreaming, and then if it was actually April 1st, and you blacked out 6 months of memory. Now, it’s happening all over again.
After months of searching, rumors, and people bowing out, Disney found their director in one J. J. Abrams. Yes, the same man in charge of the current run of Star Trek films is also now the man in charge of the new Star Wars trilogy. It’s Star Wars versus Star Trek in a very strange way, a way even the most imaginative kids only dared to dream about. Oddly enough, it also continues a rather strange relationship between Paramount and Disney that started when the Big D acquired Marvel.
There are many things that are often talked about as the dream team of team-ups, cross-overs, and genre defining rivals. Street Fighter vs Mortal Combat, Marvel vs DC, Mario vs Sonic, Star Wars vs Star Trek. Slowly, but surely, the new age of entertainment has brought some of those clashes together. Marvel and DC are preparing to duke it out in 2015 with Avengers 2 squaring off with the first Justice League movie. Mario and Sonic have teamed up since Sega dropped out of the hardware race. And now Star Wars and Star Trek will battle it out for sci-fi fan base supremacy.
This is causing science fiction fans to either cheer, jeer, or enter a speculative meditation over which side of the coin they fall on. As someone that grew up watching both, I can tell you this is an exciting time. Star Trek has been brought into the mainstream brilliantly, and now Star Wars has a chance to be given new life in the same way. Lines are sure to be drawn, but for the space movie junkie, there’s rarely been such a bright future in the dark expanse.
Oh, and I uploaded my little photoshop so you can click on it to see the full size version and use as you please.
Just over a month ago, the nation was shaken by the Sandy Hook shootings. It was the worst school shooting since the infamous Columbine shooting first put such tragedies under the microscope in America. In the aftermath, the usual battles on the political stage are taking place, using the tragedy as a shameless tool to further agendas.
The usual arguments over gun control, gun laws, and school safety took center stage right away. People were quick to look for a simple answer in the form of a scapegoat. In the midst of this, the Sandy Hook facts were twisted and used in such a way that the truth has been lost somewhere in the turmoil. The number of weapons, type of weapons, and placement of weapons have all changed several times according to whose telling you about it. There exists a shotgun, an AR-15 assault weapon, and anywhere from one to four handguns that may, or may not have been used, but were all present in the vicinity of the school. The only detail that hasn’t changed is that the shooter, Adam Lanza, committed suicide with a handgun shot to the head.
This is a troubling pill to swallow as the argument continues. How is it that the agendas have become so important, and the people behind them so adamant that they no longer care about the truth? What good does it do to try to push change when you ignore what’s really important? No amount of gun control or gun laws would have prevented this shooting. An armed guard would not have prevented it from beginning. The guns were legally owned by Lanza’s mother, and he had to use them to even enter the school through the locked door before the killing began.
Things would be different if he’d obtained the guns himself, but he didn’t. America must look at the other aspects of this tragedy if they truly desire working to prevent future incidents. Our society is hurting, and in need of real healing. People have developed this notion that it’s best to turn your cheek on something because it’s “not your business.” Turning around and closing your eyes doesn’t make the problem go away. If people are suffering, we should be reaching out and helping them, not shrugging our shoulders and trying to convince ourselves with figures of speech.
The law is there to protect us. It is up to us to help ourselves and each other.
On today, this grand MLK day that includes Barack Obama’s public inauguration as the United States President, I could have written another post about it to add to the millions out there. Truth be told, I do have some insight into it, living within the DC Metro area now, but I think people have plenty of over-saturation to dig through as is.
So, Instead, I’m going to show an interesting day of traffic to this little blog. Yesterday, this blog received 26 hits, all of them from outside of the USA, and all of them to my post about why the iPhone 5 sucks. Apparently, Americans or content with their little white bubble of a company, but everyone else takes interest in its smudges.
That post has been a rather popular one compared to my others. It always gets a few hits each day, often times in the double digits. And just to validate my complaints, some of the search entries were actually seeking information on if/why the battery life is so bad. It is not an illusion.
I don’t mean to come back to this topic again, so consider this my word that the iPhone 5 won’t receive another post, barring some kind of crazy event, like all Apple devices getting texts announcing Steve Jobs’ passing away during a debate on Steve Jobs’ place in American history during debate class. Yeah, that happened. It was awkward.
2013 is shaping up to be the Year of the Sports Scandal.
This year started off with a bang in terms of sports scandals. We’re only on the third week of 2013, and already we have so much going. The NFL continues to see more and more trouble with concussions, brain damage, and most recently, depression. This season, in fact, saw a spike in player deaths off the field for various reasons, all of them tragic. Moving forward, the NFL still must face issues with New Orleans’ apparent bounty system, which is under even more scrutiny now that all of the players have had their bans removed.
Last week, no players were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame for only the third time in history, because there’s still a rift between voters regarding players that have been found guilty of using PEDs. While this is not in of itself a scandal, it does put the spotlight on a rather scathing double standard. Players found guilty of PEDs in the MLB can’t play, but their records still stand.
Now, just this past week, the scandal gates were blown wide open when it was revealed that Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o’s girlfriend, whose death was once a story of overcoming tragedy and finding inspiration, was discovered to have never existed. This story has yet to be concluded, with questions swirling around whether or not Te’o knew what was going on, and if he was fooled, or part of the fooling.
Now, Lance Armstrong has topped them all by finally coming forward, and admitting to doing PEDs while he achieved his seven Tour De France win streak. His 2-part interview with Oprah brought an end to his long battle against allegations that he cheated with him giving an at times cold and calculated confession. Now it only remains to be seen just how far this rabbit hole goes down into the depths of Hell.
2013 is still young. We’re still 23 (Hello Mr. Jordan) weeks from the NBA draft, which is often hailed as one of sports biggest conspiracies year after year. The shortened NHL season is launching right now, which is sure to be rife with drama regarding player health, the hectic tightened schedule, and other bits of chaos. What kind of madness will 2013 bring next?
The NRA has been a source of conflict for a long time in America, but recent events have shown just how foolish the organization can be. It’s stance on gun control hasn’t budged for over a decade. They think things are fine, and continue to wave that second amendment like it’s some kind of God Given shield.
In the modern world, the NRA doesn’t just stick to guns, however. Violent video games have been the center of attention in a lot of political battlefields. They’re blamed for certain behaviors in teenagers, including aggression, depression, and most importantly, violence itself. Regulations to control the sale of games have been brought up, citing the danger to young minds, even violent game taxes, but thus far, nothing has yet to pass. In all of this, the NRA has been silent, showing no support for action.
Shortly after the Sandy Hook shooting, the NRA quickly blamed it on violent video games. They were quick to name specific examples involving schools, claim armed guards in schools will help, and anything that took the attention off of gun control. This earned them slaps in the face already. Leland Yee, the California senator that fought for regulations on violent video game sales to children in 2011 didn’t hesitate to point out the NRA was nowhere in sight when he proposed his bill. You know you’re making an ass of yourself when both sides of the debate attack you.
The NRA has come full circle now. Exactly one month after the Sandy Hook shootings, after pointing the finger at a shooting game, the NRA released a shooting game for the iOS. That’s right, they went there. They want to curb gun violence and foster gun education with a shooting game.
This begs the question, have you ever witnessed such stupidity before? Have you ever seen someone light themselves on fire twice, just because they didn’t learn the first time? I sure haven’t.
Remember when movies and television shows used to show quotes from magazine and newspaper reviews? Those little tidbits were used to sell the products to people on the fence. Better movies and shows had more, better quotes. It was a simple system that allowed the viewers to make quick decisions on whether or not they wanted to pay attention, or even look into watching. That system is officially broken.
Today, we have those same commercials running, but they no longer provide snippets from reviews. Instead, they run quotes from twitter, made from anyone and everyone they could find. A flood of quotes can and will dominate the entire screen for anything that chooses to do it. Every product, show, movie, and what-have-you will be able to make itself look like the next grand slam since sliced bread. The truth is, no matter how bad something is, it can find enough good comments about it on twitter to make it shine like polished gold.
There is something to be said about user input. It allows us to connect and share our opinions on matters. This is something that is good. When that good is taken, and twisted in such a way to sell a product aggressively, it becomes something very bad. Keep your guard up, because that devil on your shoulder has a new ally.