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Link’n’Blog – 12.6.19 | His Name Is…

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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.

Oh man… you know his name.

 

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Link’n’Blog – 11.29.19 | WKRP Turkey Drop

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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.

If you’ve never seen it, take a look. If you have, it’s worth another…

Happy Post-Thanksgiving!

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Four Thanksgiving Blessings


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What I am most thankful for this Thanksgiving 2019 can be summed up in four pictures all of which were taken long ago. The Cinnamon Girl, HJ jr, Stretch and Sous Chef are blessings no one deserves… I am grateful to God for them today and every day.

And this remains all I need to know and all I must hold in my heart:

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Star Wars Rise Prep: A New Hope | … Always


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the countdown is on!

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A NEW HOPE

 

Thoughts….

  • THIS. HOLDS. UP.
  • I mean, it really, really does. Was there ever a question that it would?
  • I watched in on Disney + to see if the changes were significant or egregious. They were neither. They were fine, though the Han/Greedo scene remains troublesome.
  • The Han/Jabba scene remains fun. I’ve never minded its inclusion.
  • This is the one that started it all and the one that JJ Abrams tried to (and, on many levels, did) remake with The Force Awakens.
  • All of the introductions are really perfect.
  • There are still lingering continuity questions with some of the dialogue, especially some of Obi Wan Kenobi’s lines. This illustrates, pretty clearly, that Lucas did not really know where this all was going on had no idea he’d get another movie in this universe.
  • That, during the filming of The Force Awakens, Mark Hamill was older than Alec Guinness was during the filming of this movie will NEVER cease blowing my mind.
  • Han Solo HAS to be on any Top Ten list of the greatest characters in American cinema, right? Go ahead, make a list that doesn’t include him. I’ll wait.
  • I’ve seen this movie more times than I’ve seen any other and I could watch it again right now.

Retro-Reaction

It’s easy now to look at A New Hope and say, of course, this was perfect. Of course it spawned a universe. Of course people who passed on it were idiots. It’s easy now.

I remember so well waiting to see it as a kid and going in the second year (you read that right, folks) of its release knowing NOTHING about it and being blown away. I was eight and I was forever changed.

I am older than eight now and the swells of music, the daring do, the character combinations and, yes, even the dialogue can still take me right back to the feelings I had then. They were feelings inspired by light triumphing over the darkness in the worst possible situations.

These are feeling I ALWAYS want to carry with me.

The Schedule 

  • Review One: The Phantom Menace
  • Review Two: Attack of the Clones
  • Review Week Three: Revenge of the Sith
  • Review Week Four: Solo
  • Review Week Five: Rogue One
  • Review Week Six: A New Hope
  • Review Week Seven: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Review Week Eight: Return of the Jedi
  • Review Week Nine: The Force Awakens
  • Review Week Ten: The Last Jedi

May the Force Be With Us!

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: November 20 – 26, 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:

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The Best Comic I Read Last Week Was Batman #83

Writer: Tom King

Artist: Mikel Janin

I need to stop choosing Batman as the best read of the week. I have tried. I need to give someone other than Tom King and Mikel Janin (or whatever other, stunning artist with whom King is working) a chance in my heart.

But I cannot. Not until further notice.

The King run is coming to an end and I am very sorry to see that, but the achievement is truly amazing. What he has done – the threads he has woven together in these last issues, the story he has told – it should be and will be a defining run on the character, the type of run comic fans talk about for decades.

I will miss it.

Not as much as I will miss Alfred, though… 

 

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Star Wars Rise Prep: Rogue One – A Star Wars Story | Built on Hope


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ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

 

Thoughts….

  • This is the darkest of the Star Wars films. It makes The Empire Strikes Back look like Attack of the Clones.  (and that is the ONLY time I will use those two films in the same sentence.
  • I am very excited for the Cassian Andor solo series coming to Disney +. What a GREAT character!
  • Felicity Jones is so terrific in this movie.
  • I love K2SO.
  • Every moment featuring Darth Vader works. Overtime.
  • I had no issue with the CGI Tarkin or the CGI Leia, but I am a forgiving type.
  • I was so surprised when I first saw the movie and thrilled again to note that A New Hope takes place immediately after this movie. That’s a clever connection – one of many in the film (though Dr. Evazan and Walrus Man were bridges too far).
  • Jimmy Smits makes it back! I had actually forgotten that… perhaps we will see him on Disney + too?
  • There is something really compelling about the grittiness of this movie.
  • Churrit and Baze are great characters… are they gay characters? That would be fine by me.
  • The scenes on Jedha before the ambush of the storm troopers by Saw Gurrera’s forces don’t make much sense. At all.

Retro-Reaction

I really, really like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Every character works and every character has a great arc. The action is pretty stunning (Churrit’s first battle on Jedha, Vader on the Tantive IV). The chemistry among the characters is wonderful. K2SO is my favorite of all the new droid creations. There is very little that detracts from this fascinating prologue to A New Hope. Perhaps one downside is that Director Krennic is such a mustache twirling adversary and Ben Mendelson is a bit wasted. Other than that, I really enjoy this movie!

The Schedule 

  • Review One: The Phantom Menace
  • Review Two: Attack of the Clones
  • Review Week Three: Revenge of the Sith
  • Review Week Four: Solo
  • Review Week Five: Rogue One
  • Review Week Six: A New Hope
  • Review Week Seven: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Review Week Eight: Return of the Jedi
  • Review Week Nine: The Force Awakens
  • Review Week Ten: The Last Jedi

May the Force Be With Us!

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


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LAST WEEK’S RESULT

Prediction: Denver 20 @  Buffalo 16

Actual: Denver 3 @  Buffalo 20

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BACKGROUND

It was a pretty rough game. It was a pretty rough performance. It was hard to watch.

Let the Drew Lock era begin, right?

There’s nothing left to do with this season… start the rookie and picture what might be over the course of the next five games.

KEY MATCH UP

I am having a hard time coming up with a key match up for a team going nowhere versus a team in the Los Angeles Chargers that seems to be going nowhere. Personally, the key match up is me versus the next four games. Can I keep writing this blog when the Denver Broncos only seem poised for draft position?

X-FACTOR

Obviously, Drew Lock is the X-Factor. As I write this, all signs point to him starting Sunday.

Give him a look, Denver. Give the fans a look. Give us a reason to cheer. 

Even die hard Bronco fans like me need one…

PREDICTION

Inserting the average (below average) Brandon Allen sparked the team three weeks ago. Can inserting the hope of the future (and the third starting quarterback for Denver this season) do the same? 

You know what? Why not? I’ll go with yes!

And Von Miller, though he may be a bit banged up, always rises like a River when he plays Phillip.

Let’s start December off with a W, Denver!

Los Angeles Chargers – 23

Denver Broncos – 26

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