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Link’n’Blog – 10.18.19 | Empty Cup Awards

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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 fun or thought provoking as I have.

I have never had a cup of coffee.  This is true.

It is also true that I could do a better job convincingly drinking a fake cup of java than these professional actors…

This is a delightful video from Slate the #emptycupawards.

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The 2019 Denver Broncos Week Seven | Kansas City @ Denver Broncos


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LAST WEEK’S RESULT

Prediction: Tennessee 16 @ Denver 26

Actual: Tennessee 0 @ Denver 16

BACKGROUND

Make no mistake. Denver is on an upswing and Kansas City is scuffling. Over the course of the last two weeks, the Chiefs have not only looked beatable, they have been beaten. The Broncos, on the other hand, have looked like they can actually win a game and have won two.

And last week featured a shut out. In the NFL, shut outs are big deals no matter against whom they come.

KEY MATCH UP

There are two here. I cannot pick one.

Denver’s run game vs. Kansas City’s defense is the first key. If Denver gets the ground game going, they can keep Patrick Mahomes off the field. He cannot score from the bench… I don’t think.

The second key is Mahomes vs. the Denver defense. Keep Mahomes and his wounded ankle hemmed in, and Denver has better than a puncher’s chance at this one.

X-FACTOR

Courtland Sutton, Emmanuel Sanders and Joe Flacco are the x-factors in this game. If the ground game rolls – and it might – play action should be featured and Number 5 should be able to hit a few big ones. Do that, that the complexion of the game (and the AFC West) changes.

PREDICTION

Kansas City is hobbled. Denver is hungry.

Will those factors be enough for Denver to win?

If the Broncos pull off the upset, they are relevant at the halfway point of this season. Given that they dropped their first four games, that would be something, indeed.

My orange colored glasses say they get it done.

Kansas City Chiefs – 20

Denver Broncos – 23

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Link’n’Blog – 10.11.19 | ABCookie Monster

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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 fun or thought provoking as I have.

For whatever reason, this video was making the rounds this week.

If that reason is only to provide joy, that’s reason enough.

What a talent Jim Henson was…

 

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Downton Abbey – A Movie Review


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What a welcome feeling to return to Downton Abbey and what a welcome movie Downton Abbey is.

A lovely continuation of almost everything that made the television series great, Downton Abbey is a terrific movie with performances that are what we’ve come to expect, plot lines that are (for the most part) comfortable and enjoyable and a feeling that evokes all the best of the modern classic show.

The entire cast returns for this movie and, for the most part, they are used remarkably well. This is saying quite a lot when the cast is as strong and has as many mouths to feed as this one does. Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellows returns to the show he wrote and attempts to tie up the stories of the Crowley family and their servants in one two hour spectacle and darn it if he doesn’t come very, very close.

In the midst of a royal visit, the intertwined, upstairs/downstairs lives of this group of characters play out in a most satisfying fashion. Here is the Dowager Countess sharing more incredible quips. Here is Mr. Carson returning to the house he loves. Here is Mary still struggling with her destiny. Here are the Bates finally receiving some peace. And on and on. Each of the story lines that Fellows constructs for his creations works and each has a lovely payoff.

Particularly involving was the arc featuring the character who showed the most growth throughout the series and into the film: Thomas Barrow. Transformed over the course of the show and the movie from unrepentant villain to sympathetic hero, Robert James-Collier’s Barrow is one of the best things going in Downton Abbey and was ever one of the most interesting characters to watch. If this is the last outing for the franchise, he is, perhaps, the best served by it.

Less involving a feeling just a little off center and a bit out of place was the subplot primarily featuring Allen Leach’s Tom Branson. Without divulging too much of the story line, suffice it to say that this is the only place in the movie where it seemed as though Fellows felt he had to do something BIG to justify the existence of the movie. It’s not enough to ruin the film by any means, but this plot is a distraction from what Downton Abbey has typically been.

The pace of the movie is light and quick. The look of the movie is gorgeous and the feel of the movie is like coming home.

And the movie was rated PG… In this day and age, that is very much worth noting.

DOWNTON ABBEY receives FOUR ROYAL VISITS out of a possible FIVE

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: October 2 – 7, 2019

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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:

The Best Comic I Read Last Week Was Batman #80

Writer: Tom King

Artist: John Romita, jr

And now John Romita, jr is along for the ride? Are you kidding me?

Batman is already and consistently at the top of my virtual pull list and, as anyone who has even a passing familiarity with this blog knows, has been for well over a year. Tom King’s building crescendo in the title has been ably supported by a series of incredible artists. Now one of the best – one of the legends – joins him for an issue that has everything anyone could want from a Batman story.

And the result is all but perfect.

Batman remains King.

Pun intended.

 

 

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Link’n’Blog – 10.4.19 | What the World Needs 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 fun or thought provoking as I have.

Words fail me each time I read this story or watch the associated clip.

Powerful and emotional and proof of goodness…

HERE is USA Today’s coverage.

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The 2019 Denver Broncos Week Five| Denver Broncos @ Los Angeles Chargers


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LAST WEEK’S RESULT

Prediction: Jacksonville 16 @ Denver 27

Actual: Jacksonville 26 @ Denver 24

BACKGROUND

There will be a win. The Broncos will win. It will happen.

It didn’t happen last week.

I cannot remember a time when two heartbreaking loses so closely resembled one another and happened in such proximity as the Chicago and Jacksonville loses.

To say those results were disheartening is an understatement.

KEY MATCH UP

We are in the Broncos versus themselves territory, aren’t we?

The quarter pole is past and there is no win to show for it. Even the worst predictions for  Denver this year didn’t see this coming. Can the team hold together? There are signs that they cannot (Chris Harris’ “13 more weeks” comment and Von Miller’s 12 second press conference among them). Denver does not have enough talent or mojo to be fighting itself while winning games.

Denver vs. Denver. That’s the key.

X-FACTOR

They are going to win sometime. They play well on the road against the Chargers. Perhaps the home game away from home (which playing the Chargers typically yields) will be enough.

PREDICTION

I am going to try this one more time… I am going to go with my heart over my end. My heart tells me the Broncos are a better team than their record would indicate. My head tells me that they are about to blow apart.

We’ll trust the heart.

One. More. Time.

Denver Broncos – 23

Los Angeles Chargers – 21

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