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HIMYM

Several months back I saw the complete set of How I Met Your Mother on sale and decided to pick it up. I was first introduced to that show roughly ten years ago and I always found the episodes cute but never followed it too closely. But it’s one of those shows that I felt nostalgic for and I always told myself that I’d watch the entire series someday.

Last night I finally finished watching the entire nine seasons, think it took me a couple weeks - social distancing binge watching will do that to you (slowly making my way through DVD’s I bought and still haven’t been watched, with the library closed got no other choice). Anywho, currently watching the bonus disc and finding it really interesting how the show came about.

I will say that for years I’d heard complaints about the finale of this show so I was sorta dreading some sort of drop in quality by the end. No I don’t really see that happening, the show retains its cute quirkiness through the end even if some episodes get pretty bizarre. I do understand that the final part would have benefited from being longer since some big events get dropped and there’s hardly any time to absorb it... but I wouldn’t say it ruins anything.

Definitely a show worth watching.
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Stalking the...

About to finish another book series so I decided to look back on my list of books to see about finishing whatever series I had left unfinished. There was one oddball series I read back in 2012, the John Justin Mallory series by Mike Resnick. It's about a detective who pretty much lost all his clients being hired by an elf and transported to a realm of fantasy. Lots of puns and deus ex machinas, the series is entertaining enough. There were three books I read, with later a collection that includes those stories and some other short stories with the same character.

Anyways, I decide to look up the author and see if anything else was written in that series since - I kinda had hoped with the third book that there'd be some sort of conclusion to the series (perhaps sending the detective back home) but nope instead I find out that the author had passed away earlier this year.

You ever have something that you wouldn't exactly call a favorite thing but has this weird draw? Felt that a bit with the books. They didn't really strike me as something I would love but I went back and read all three after finding the cover and backstory of the first book in the series I read (which happened to be the third). Some things get me like that... almost like some weird feeling of nostalgia.

Sad to see the author go, he appears to have been prolific so I may need to check out some other examples of his writing at some point.
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ComicBookDB

It's been a little over a year since I last logged onto the Comic Book Database and... well, apparently sometime last year the owner sold it. Really disappointing outcome. I had cataloged quite a few of my comics on that site and added a lot of titles, creators, and characters (from mostly indie stuff I'd acquired along the way) to the database.

So hey, change isn't always bad right? I check out the new owners link and... well the site to put it bluntly is garbage. It looks like it purged a lot of the user contributed stuff, and the layout looks chock full of ads and clickbait links. Decided almost immediately that I won't be setting up an account there... now I just gotta see if I can find a different comic book site to use. Sucks to lose have to re-catalogue the old stuff in addition to the new stuff but at some point I'm going to want to have a complete listing of everything in my collection - even though I'm not really buying too many new books these days.

The saddest loss is the stuff I added to the site that's gone forever. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way, the user added content felt akin to wikis like wikifur - it's almost entirely driven and maintained by devoted users. Feels like a betrayal that the site was sold to someone who just wanted some new ad space.
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Year in Review - 2019

Once again, Happy New Year! yada yada yada, I'm posting another year in review synopsis.

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Resolutions:
The usual list of things that I've been doing very badly on completing. I definitely need to lose weight, getting to that age where it could have some serious repercussions if I don't get it under control. Although this isn't really a resolution, I plan on taking a trip with a friend to Ohio. He mentioned a store out there he'd been wanting to visit so I agreed to go with him, just gotta nail down the date. Also of note, will be going to my twenty year college reunion. I haven't been up there since the fifteenth, not much of a turnout for my class but maybe this next one will be better? In any case, love the area so even if the reunion itself fails to live up I'll enjoy the trip.
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Movies 2019

1. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)
2. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
3. World on a Wire (1973)
4. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
5. I, Tonya (2017)
6. Fire & Ice (1983)
7. Cold Pursuit (2019)
8. Dog Soldiers (2002)
9. Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn (2019)
10. The Dirt (2019)
11. The Grinch (2018)
12. Monkey King 3 (2018)
13. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
14. John Wick 3 (2019)
15. Detective Pikachu (2019)
16. Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
17. Incredibles 2 (2018)
18. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
19. Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018)
20. Vice (2018)
21. The House with a Clock in the Walls (2018)
22. The Foreigner (2017)
23. Red Sparrow (2018)
24. The Missing Lynx (2008
25. Aquaman (2018)
26. Glass (2019)
27. The Happytime Murders (2018)
28. Promare (2019)
29. Holmes and Watson (2018)
30. Small Foot (2018)
31. Shazam! (2019)
32. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018)
33. Rottentail (2019)
34. No Chance (2017)
35. Wonder Park (2019)
36. Hotel Artemis (2018)
37. Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017)
38. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)
39. Brightburn (2019)
40. Child's Play (2019)
41. Joker (2019)
42. The Sting (1973)
43. The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
44. Happy Death Day 2U (2019)
45. Insidious (2010)
46. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
47. Hellboy (2019)
48. Missing Link (2019)
49: Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
50. Yamasong: March of the Hollows (2017)
51. Life of the Party (2018)
52. Captain Marvel (2019)
53. Anna (2019)
54. Ad Astra (2019)
55. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? (2019)
56. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
57. Ford v Ferrari (2019)
58. The Dead Don't Die (2019)
59. The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales... (2017)
60. Teen Titans Go! vs Teen Titans (2019)
61. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
62. Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)
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Books 2019

1. Thrawn: Alliances (Thrawn book 2) by Timothy Zahn
2. Bloodline (Repairman Jack book 11) by F. Paul Wilson
3. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
4. By the Sword (Repairman Jack book 12) by F. Paul Wilson
5. Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
6. Ground Zero (Repairman Jack book 13) by F. Paul Wilson
7. Fatal Error (Repairman Jack book 14) by F. Paul Wilson
8. Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity by Robert Beachy
9. Love You Too by Alastair Heim; illustrated by Alisa Coburn
10. I'm Awake! by Maxwell Eaton III
11. Cat's Colors by Airlie Anderson
12. Dark at the End (Repairman Jack book 15) by F. Paul Wilson
13. Steelheart (The Reckoners book 1) by Brandon Sanderson
14. The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture by Heather MacDonald
15. When I Woke Up I Was a Hippopotamus by Tom MacRae / illustrated by Ross Collins
16. Red Prophet (The Tales of Alvin Maker book 2) by Orson Scott Card
17. Never Grow Up by Jackie Chan and Zhu Mo
18. Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang / illustrated by Max Lang
19. Prentice Alvin (The Tales of Alvin Maker book 3) by Orson Scott Card
20. Pass of Fire (Destroyermen book 14) by Taylor Anderson
21. Alvin Journeyman (The Tales of Alvin Maker book 4) by Orson Scott Card
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Vegas

Fuck it, I'll add a post for this trip as well. This past week I took a trip out to Las Vegas, I think it's been at least five years since I last traveled there. Went there on my own, decided to take the trip as sorta a birthday present to myself (though with availability I ended up flying out there the day after my birthday :P ).

Just over a year ago I decided to listen in on one of those timeshare scams, I traveled out to to the Poconos, sat down with one of their salesman for a few hours, and then repeatedly told them that no I am not interested in buying (boy they are persistent though, it really helped that they were asking for an outrageous sum, no way in hell I would pay that). So in exchange I received two tickets as a gift. One would include airfare and three night stay (a choice between Orlando and Vegas, I didn't want to have to rent a car so I knew right away I'd be doing Vegas - and I sorta had in mind about trying to schedule it around my birthday time, and the weather there during winter had to be better than in New York) and another would be I think a weekend stay (I haven't used this one yet but I'm planning on going to Niagara Falls sometime in early spring).

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American Horror Story

I've really come to love this show, it doesn't even feel that long ago when I first started watching it - maybe three or four years ago? I rapidly went through a lot of the completed seasons in a hurry.

I don't think it gets a lot of love but possibly my favorite season was Roanoke. It was such a departure from the other seasons, filmed as if it was a reenactment television show so they had two sets of actors - the "real people" and the actors meant to reenact the stories.

Just tonight I finally finished watching the eighth season, Apocalypse. I'd say my feelings on it are mixed, and some spoilers are below in case you plan on watching it...
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Panama Cruise - 2019

I meant to write this post earlier, but now is better than never. The week before Thanksgiving I headed down to Florida with my parents for a cruise that we'd been planning for awhile. Arrived in the Miami airport then had to take a shuttle to Fort Lauderdale (which was the most iffy part of our journey, with our scheduled flight arrival we had roughly three hours to make it to the ship before it left, so we really hoped there were no flight delays... and thankfully, there weren't).

This Holland America cruise stopped at Halfmoon Cay, then Aruba, Curacao, Panama, and then Costa Rica. My father has been wanting to go to the Panama Canal for years so we finally made it happen.

Can't say much for Halfmoon Cay (private island owned by the cruise line) I remember stopping there a few years back on a different cruise, though this time we skipped the excursions and just enjoyed the beach. Was a very good idea to bring our own masks and snorkels, though not a lot to see.

Aruba as well do not have much to talk about, the ship arrived relatively late (around noon) and since this trip there weren't a lot of chances for swimming excursions I decided to do one here. Our boat took us near a beach area and then a sunken ship for snorkeling. Honestly, not that impressive compared to some of the other snorkeling trips I've been on - but this is the first time I've snorkeled around a sunken ship so that was different at least. Not a lot of time left on the island after we returned, I decided to walk around town for a little while just the same. Most stores at this point were closed, I did manage to find a small casino and spent a little time there.

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NY Comic Con 2019

Meant to make this post last weekend, but just as a recap I attended NYC Comic Con 2019 this past sunday. Got a late start in attending, job required being on a call in the morning... which wasn't completely awful since it meant I missed standing in line and I ultimately didn't stay until closing time so I think I pretty much got all I wanted out this year.

Convention... I don't know if it was just my state of mind or I've attended too many times, did not enjoy it as much I used to. And perhaps it was just because it was a sunday (usually known as the family day of the con, a lot of people with strollers) but didn't see as many costumes as I normally have - which meant fewer pictures (posted what I did take to facebook already).

Didn't buy much, bought a sketchbook from James Silvani (he's done a lot of Disney comics, including Darkwing Duck - a collection I bought I think last year or the year before when he attended). Also bought a cute comic Petals (saw this for sale during my weekly comic shopping at Midtown Comics earlier this year or late last year, glad I decided against picking it up at that time because I was able to get this copy autographed by the creator), and lastly just a bunch of older comics I bought on the cheap - some I may have already owned but I felt like getting something more this year and picked out some various issues I thought I might enjoy.

But what really stood out was running into mightyomnivore, haven't seen him in years (I think I last saw him was at another comic book event, MOCCANY, like... the better part of a decade back at least). Was walking past him and I looked at him like... is that Boomer? Luckily he recognized me and said something or I might have kept walking just thinking it weird I saw someone who looked familar :P
Chatted for a bit and caught up, he sounds like he's doing well but like a lot of the NY furs I used to know, have drifted their away and really don't interact with each other anymore.

So I'm feeling a bit jaded about the convention at this point, wondering if I should attend next year. I'll probably make an effort to attend again, at the very least it breaks up the routine and can have some surprises.