For if one is remembered by a friend, one is never truly gone.

-Star Wars: Thrawn

  • Finally broke the hour mark in Overwatch with Orisa.  In some ways she can be annoying, but her abilities can be useful.  I probably will play as her more often than I play as some others.
  • Weekend off coming up.  Hopefully going to power through some reading, writing and drawing that I’ve been putting off.  Getting closer to Comic Con season, so I stepping that up is a priority.  Might also start the process of selling off my comics.  That is a bit of a trickier thing, as I want to have a steady flow of books getting signed and graded as I sell them.  Maximize and extend my profit window.
  • I saw recently that Greg Rucka’s run as writer of Wonder Woman will be coming to an end relatively soon.  Part of me is kind of glad about that.  It’s not that he’s a bad writer, but I just get tired of him working with lesbian characters all of the time–I could argue Wonder Woman as more bisexual, but in the current storyline she has not necessarily shown an overwhelming interest in men.  Regardless, Rucka’s work–thinking of Rene Montoya, Kate Kane, Carrie Stetko–tends to focus on lesbian heroines.  I’m all for diversity, but I think there could be a bit more variation to the diversity.  Kind of goes along with my biggest complaint about Tracer from Overwatch.  I thought there were more powerful statements to be made with the character and the game in general.
  • Finished reading the new Star Wars: Thrawn novel.  Pretty solid stuff.  Think Timothy Zahn did a good job building up the characters and showing the functioning of the Empire at that time.  I was a bit taken aback when Disney announced that the novels and comics and video games from the last couple of decades were no longer canon, but I understood the need to declutter.  A lot of the material was clutter and detracted from the better stories of the Expanded Universe.  I’m glad they brought back Thrawn though.  The Thrawn books were some of my favorites from the novels, probably the most well written.  Makes me wonder if Thrawn or Eli Vanto will appear in Last Jedi or Episode IX.  In some form, maybe the character portrayed by Benicio Del Toro?

“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.

Waking up can be the hardest thing to do.

  • I had succeeded in playing as every character in Overwatch for at least an hour.  At least until yesterday, when the new character came out.  Will be getting that caught up in the near future.  It was worth it for the other characters.  Helped me to better appreciate each one’s abilities and skills.  I would say on some level that’s the right way to play.
  • Been drawing more at work lately.  Feel like that’s a good thing.  Now if I could just get focused on actual comic pages again…  Mostly I’ve just been struggling with certain panels and that’s slowed me down a bit.
  • I was reading this article recently about how complaining creates more negativity and basically only begets more complaining and negativity.  The article itself recommended a focus on solutions to remedy this.  When I’ve written about a number of issues, events, topics, and people here, I do see a lot of complaining and negativity in those scenarios with very few solutions being offered.  I prefer not to entertain “What If…” scenarios, but I do think a lot of things would have played out differently if people had been more focused on solutions rather than getting caught up in their own negativity.
  • I get thinking about “What if…” scenarios.  I have occasionally come across an event or two that brings them up, I’ve written in some detail about them.  What if I had left the Cheese Plant for any of the various jobs I had interviewed for?  What if I had been more encouraged or willing to get into farming?  I could list off dozens of these.  I don’t seriously speculate on them too much or really believe the ultimate outcome would necessarily be different.  I admit I have made a myriad of mistakes.  If I can make amends for them, I do.  There are some I can’t, although I would not necessarily turn the opportunity to do so if it was the right thing to do.

I might be a bastard sometimes–maybe most of the time–but I try to use it for the greater good.

  • Planning on upgrading the hard drive on my Playstation 4.  I’ve heard its a relatively simple process.  Just need to get the gear for it.
  • Getting closer to an hour of gameplay for each character in Overwatch.  At least until the new one becomes available.  As for this posting, I’ve got one character at an hour and the others are all at fifty minutes or more.  It has been a lot of fun although there are characters I’d just as soon not play after this experiment is done.  Not going to get all “These characters suck, these characters don’t…” but I just have some preferences.
  • I tend to leave the microphone plugged in and ignore it when I play Overwatch.  Usually I’m playing with random people, so I don’t talk to them too much.  The bigger thing is people don’t realize they’re on mic and I get to hear discussions about feeding their kid a PB&J sandwich.  It’s almost better when its in a language I don’t speak.
  • Annoyed that I lost track of my compass and French curves.   Couple of pages I could really use them for.  Found the French curves at least.  Will have to keep looking for the compass.
  • Had a close call with my Macbook laptop the other day.  Screen was lighting up, but did not seem to be getting a signal.  Was convinced there was bad connection–apocalypse scenario was the motherboard was fucked, but I felt pretty safe ruling that out–and was planning to bring it to one of the nearby people who work on Macs.  More on a lark than anything–to clean it up before it went into the shop–I got an airblaster and hit up around the keys and the vents.  Working fine as of this writing.  A little luck with my ridiculously expensive computer.  I eventually want to set up a desktop, but that’s an “own place” kind of thing.
  • Rearranging my workout rotation.  Given that I need to up the cardio, I’m only going to the gym five days a week.  Saturday and Sunday will be days for Cardio–kayaking when it warms up enough.  Basically the workout are going to concentrate more on back and shoulders, basically the stuff I need to improve on.
  • Had a breakfast burrito the other day with black beans in it.  Still find the taste of beans to be annoying, but I ate it just fine.  Making progress on that goal.  Eating healthier, I think it does change my tastes a bit.  Going to look into some recipes and see what I can find for recipes involving beans.

Been playing a lot of Overwatch.  Making it a goal to play at least one hour as each character.  That could take awhile.

  • Started getting serious again with the Order of the Dragon stuff.  Drawing it out in pencil, rather than on the computer.  I just like the feel of it better.  Going to try to do more of a hybrid workflow.  The mix has worked well in other projects, I’m hoping for the same here.  I always found a more hybrid approach more appealing, as there are some details that I can get better in pencil and some I can get better digitally.  If I have what I consider to be a healthy start, I might start posting new pages in the next week or two.  That’s kinda dependent on me stopping with Overwatch long enough.
  • Still giving some thought to bringing back Chlorine and Acid in some form, just want to make sure I get it right.  One of my main goals with that–and in writing here–is to get some more self-evaluation going.  I might be too open and honest at times, but there is a goal at work.  Try to share the ideas that will help people grow.  I feel like that I failed that in the first go around, but I wonder if a more focused attempt might work for the comic.
  • So I heard there will be Star Wars: Rebels Season Four.  Is there enough story left to tell?  I mean, I feel like the storylines for each character are wrapping up now–we got the freaking Obi-Wan and Maul showdown coming up–and the Rebel Alliance has essentially been formed.  I just have to wonder if there is going to be enough story to tell and if it is really going to justify a fourth season.
  • So I live the next town over from Middlebury, where there were protests recently about Charles Murray’s speaking engagement and a professor was injured in the course of events.  I am honestly not that familiar with his views, but those I am aware of are ones I don’t necessarily agree with.  I get the impression that his beliefs influence his research and potentially skew it.  Not to fault having beliefs, but there are times when beliefs can interfere with your ability to observe, think and develop ideas.  I would personally prefer to see people challenge his ideas than resort to violence, but I can understand the strong feelings.
  • Freedom of Speech should be about ideas, but do when certain individuals aren’t really bringing ideas, should they be entitled to a platform?  Is Murray really bringing ideas to the table?  Was Milo Yiannopoulos anything more than an exploited and troubled individual?  (Not to dismiss anything he said, but I do think there are some real personal issues at work there)
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