Link’n’Blogs – 10.20.17: Be A Better Male Feminist – NOW


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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as thought provoking as I have.

My good friend, The Magister (who looks very little like Benedict Cumberbatch),  pointed a group of like-minded men to this article and I encourage reading it. Let us be better. Let us do better. Let us expand our understanding of who we are and how we treat one another.

And let us do it, now.

Click the photo for the article.

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The 2017 Denver Broncos – Week Seven: Denver Broncos @ Los Angeles Chargers


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Denver Broncos @ Los Angeles Chargers

Sunday, October 22, 2017

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LAST WEEK’S RESULT

Prediction: Denver 31, New York 10

Actual: Denver 10, New York 23

BACKGROUND

Disheartened and concerned. That is how I was left after watching last Sunday night’s Bronco game (streaming it until 1:30am local time in Brazil, no less!). Did any phase of the contest go Denver’s way last week? Did the team look prepared? Did any unit come out of it unscathed?

Yeesh.

The Los Angeles Chargers will look to exploit a Bronco team that appears VERY beatable. They have the talent to do it.

Denver embarks on a 3 game road trip (though games in San Diego typically felt like home contests for the Broncos and, given the Charger’s challenges in filling their small, soccer stadium with fans of the powder blue, my guess is this one will feel like it is being played in friendly confines) and this is as must win as a game can be.

If the Broncos drop this one, fans truly might be looking towards 2018. Already.

KEY MATCH UP

This one is easy. It is Trevor Seimian vs. Trevor Seimian. Can the Bronco QB get right in the head or will his disintegration continue? I understand he is now playing hurt – again. I also think that, if he does not get things going right away Sunday, Brock Osweilier, famously pulled from a Chargers game in the mythic run to Super Bowl 50, might be inserted into this one.

That would be an interesting storyline.

X-FACTOR

The X-Factor might be Trevor Seimian (I want to embrace him so much, but who is this guy week-to-week?), but is more likely health.

If Denver can respond to being banged up – especially at the wide receiver position – the way the Giants did last week, all should be well. If they cannot, watch out. Sunday could be a long afternoon.

PREDICTION

I want to believe.

I waver.

I think Phillip Rivers and the Chargers can beat Denver on Sunday. And I think they will, though it very much pains me to write it. It might be a close one, but I think it goes to Los Angeles.

Then the real drama in Denver will begin…

Denver Broncos – 17

Los Angeles Chargers – 24

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: September October 11 – 17, 2017


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I am a comic book collector and happy to be one. I might say “proud” if I hadn’t, over a year ago, switched to reading digital as opposed to print comics. I feel a bit robbed of the tactile sensations of the hobby – of the turn of the page, the sneaking look to the panel a page over, the bagging and shorting and stacking and filing. Though I read my comics in a different medium than I used to, I still treat each Wednesday (comic book delivery day to specialty shops around the country) as different from the other days of the week. I subscribe and now, rather than go to the comic store to be handed the books pulled for my “Hold Slot,” I click a button on my iPad and watch them download.

Then I read them.

Rare is the week that I don’t read them all between Wednesdays and some weeks I have, well… let’s just say more comic books in my digital downloads than a grown man should. Comic book legend Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) is one of the most influential men even to put pencil to drawing board in the pursuit of making comics. So influential was he that the industry awards (think the Oscars or the Emmys or the Grammys) are named The Eisner Awards. He called comic books “sequential art,” perhaps because he became embarrassed by his profession when he had to admit what he did for a living. This is my weekly reaction to the comics I read.

Comics I Read Last Week:

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The best comic I read last week was Mister Miracle #3.

Writer: Tom King

Artists: Mitch Gerads

From structure of story, structure of visuals, structure of characterization, everything about Mister Miracle #3 is perfect… and I cannot even be sure I know exactly what is going on!

The narrative that Tom King and Mitch Gerads are putting together is functioning on an entirely different level than most comics are today… on a miraculous level. With an all-but-perfect synergy on display, Gerads and King are simultaneously honoring and deconstructing one of the greatest and untapped mythos in comics: Jack Kirby’s New Gods.

Others have tried. Others have written great story arcs and produced updated and astonishing visuals.

No one has come close to what King and Gerads are accomplishing here. Not within a mile.

Their story takes place in world at once comfortably recognizable and totally bizarre. Playing within the New Gods concept, Mister Miracle is a rumination on love, family, life, death, the power of art and the importance of self knowledge. It has been called “next level” comics and it surely is.

It is stunning and breathtaking.

Did I refer to it as a “miracle” last month when I selected it?

I should have.

This one will deservedly win all the awards…

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Link’n’Blogs – 10.13.17: Facts Don’t Change People’s Minds. Here’s What Does.


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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as thought provoking as I have.

Polarization. It is a real problem and I am more than certain that I am a part of it. I want to avoid echo chambers, but gravitate towards those who think as I do. I want to be a part of a dialogue that helps and does not hurt, but I am all too likely to stop listening to someone when what the are espousing does not line up with my beliefs. I want to get better.

A friend from high school posted the article Facts Don’t Change People’s Minds. Here’s What Does from heleo.com a couple weeks back and it got me thinking about how better to approach changing people’s minds (or my own).

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The 2017 Denver Broncos – Week Six: New York Giants @ Denver Broncos


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 New York Giants @ Denver Broncos

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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LAST WEEK’S RESULT – BYE WEEK

WEEK FOUR RESULT

Prediction: Denver 34, Oakland 27

Actual: Denver 16, Oakland 10

BACKGROUND

I cannot remember the last time the Broncos had a Bye Week as early as this one and I am not sure whether having it so early is a good or bad thing. They did not need it to get key players healthy, to be sure. They are a fairly healthy team.

Perhaps, though, they needed it to regroup a bit.

Yes, they are 3-1, but there are some troubling trends. The offense must be more productive in the Red Zone. The defense needs to communicate more efficiently on the back end. Brandon McManus would be well served to stop missing makable kicks.

Work out those issues, and the Broncos are a legitimate playoff contender.

Oh, and they are playing the New York Giants farm team this week… at least that is how it feels…

KEY MATCH UP

I am not sure what match up here is key. Frankly, all match ups favor the Broncos. I have no doubt that, if the NFL had not missed the deadline to flex this game out of the prime time, Sunday night slot, they very much would have.

The Giants are winless and have a feel – already – of playing out the string.

The Broncos are a game behind the Kansas City Chiefs for supremacy in the AFC West – football’s toughest division. Denver is primed to make a nice little run: win this week against the Giants at home and beat the 1 – 4 Los Angeles Chargers in LA (which will, likely, feel like a home game for Denver), and set up a showdown for the division lead in Kansas City in two weeks.

Sounds like fun.

The key match up is Denver versus Denver. If the Broncos do not play down to a beaten up Giants team, they should win.

Handily.

X-FACTOR

Someone on the Giants squad believes he can put the team on his back and will it to a win. Some wearing blue thinks he is the key to turning the tide. He thinks he can set up his next contract by playing big Sunday night.

The X-Factor is that this is a nationally televised night game and someone has something to prove. Will it be enough to beat Denver?

I doubt it…

PREDICTION

I believe the Broncos are better. I believe they have more (anything?) to play for than the Giants. I believe the Giants are in the kind of disarray that gets coaching staffs fired.

Do I think this will be a walkover for Denver?

Yes.

Do I think they could drop this game?

Yes.

But I do not think that will happen.

Denver Broncos – 31

New York Giants – 10

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: September October 4 – 10, 2017


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I am a comic book collector and happy to be one. I might say “proud” if I hadn’t, over a year ago, switched to reading digital as opposed to print comics. I feel a bit robbed of the tactile sensations of the hobby – of the turn of the page, the sneaking look to the panel a page over, the bagging and shorting and stacking and filing. Though I read my comics in a different medium than I used to, I still treat each Wednesday (comic book delivery day to specialty shops around the country) as different from the other days of the week. I subscribe and now, rather than go to the comic store to be handed the books pulled for my “Hold Slot,” I click a button on my iPad and watch them download.

Then I read them.

Rare is the week that I don’t read them all between Wednesdays and some weeks I have, well… let’s just say more comic books in my digital downloads than a grown man should. Comic book legend Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) is one of the most influential men even to put pencil to drawing board in the pursuit of making comics. So influential was he that the industry awards (think the Oscars or the Emmys or the Grammys) are named The Eisner Awards. He called comic books “sequential art,” perhaps because he became embarrassed by his profession when he had to admit what he did for a living. This is my weekly reaction to the comics I read.

Comics I Read Last Week:

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The best comic I read last week was Batman: White Knight #1.

Writer: Sean Murphy

Artists: Sean Murphy

DC Comics is stretching some boundaries…

The release of pages of a major Superman book where cursing in prevalent suggests that DC Comics is ready to, at least in part, embrace the reality that comic book readers are okay with harder content featuring their major character. The release of Sean Murphy’s breathtaking Batman: White Knight moves that dial to 11.

Writer/artist Murphy takes a cannot miss proposition (what if the Joker were cured and Batman was the villain?) and spins it beyond curiosity into something truly wicked, clever and potentially grand. The only – ONLY – downside to this book is its release schedule: it comes out during the Dark Nights stories which are on-shot-ing alternate Batman histories and that is too bad.

This book stands on its own and stands apart.

Murphy take great pleasure with all the Batman supporting cast, spinning them into versions that a long-time reader can recognize as possibilities… possible ways they might have turned out. This includes the titular Batman, whose violence and brutality can be too readily overlooked in the character’s history.

Not here. Not now.

If it takes the Joker… er… Jack Napier to point out the reality of how bad Batman has become, he will be the herald of the truth…

… a truth about which any Batman fan should be reading.

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Link’n’Blogs – 10.6.17: Kaepernick and Tebow


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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as thought provoking as I have.

Two weeks in a row, Link’n’Blog finds itself featuring an article about kneeling at football games. This one from The Washington Post features the two most famous football kneelers: Colin Kaepernick and Tim Tebow.

It is ABSOLUTELY worth your time.

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