Wednesday Wonderings For 4/5/2017

April 5, 2017

“I am only an egg.”

-Stranger In A Strange Land

  • Saw something about Twitter changing the default avatar from an egg to a silhouette.  I was preferable to the egg myself.  In the novel Stranger In A Strange Land, Michael Smith often repeats the phrase, “I am only an egg.”  Basically he’s saying, “I still have a lot to learn.”  Having the egg I think was a good reminder that people people don’t necessarily know everything and that we all still have a lot to learn.  We all have something to learn and something to teach each other.  Plus, Twitter does have the bird theme.
  • Was trying to figure out if there was going to be a trade paperback of the Overwatch comics coming out anytime soon.  Doesn’t look that way.  I think Dark Horse has been putting them out digitally, but I would like to get a hard copy at some point.  It is really interesting how they have developed the world and characters of the game, in that there is no real story in the game play.  Been taking a break from that anyway.  A lot of Batman: Arkham Knight and Mass Effect: Andromeda with some Skyrim thrown in.  Finally cracking into the stack of games I haven’t gotten into as heavily yet.  Gave brief thought to plugging the Playstation 3, which I still haven’t done since I left Shoreham.
  • Saw an article the other day about how some people at Marvel Comics is blaming their drop in sales on “pushing too much diversity” in their comics.  Seriously?  You basically have all your books leading from one event to the next, constantly restart the titles each year, and recycle plots from the last few decades.  On top of that, Marvel has lost a lot of top talent over the last few years, probably on some level due to Editorial issues.  But anyway, tell me how “too much diversity” is the real problem.
  • Joss Whedon has apparently taken on the task of making a Batgirl movie.  At the first glance, I was excited.  Whedon has done an excellent array of work with female characters that most find admirable.  And the plan is to base it off Gail Simone’s New 52 run with the character, which was arguably one of the better parts of that initiative that DC Comics put out.  So that seems like a recipe for success.  However, he did have a brief flirtation with a Wonder Woman movie that failed to pan out.  And there was Avengers: Age of Ultron, which featured a disappointing direction for Black Widow.  Some of that could be attributed to creative issues with the studio, but it does raise a red flag or two.  So I’m cautiously optimistic.

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