Technically, today is just a new day. Symbolically it’s a new year, a rebirth of sorts. Cynically you need to out and purchase a new calendar. I want to speak metaphorically, though. Today you can choose to leave behind everything that weighed you down in the past, or you can keep wallowing in it. The choice is yours. Choose wisely.
Have a great 2017!
Peace, long life, and may the Force be with us all.
There comes a time, a moment in our lives, where the currents of what makes us us guide our development. I was born in May of 1970 and I don’t remember much about that. No my earliest memories are of two shows that, unbeknownst to me, would chart my course to Geekdom to this day. These shows were “Johnny Sokko and His Fling Robot”, and “Utraman”. They were poorly dubbed Japanese imports and they captured my undivided attention.
No, my friends, Bat-Man, Spider-Man, nor Captain Kirk ushered me into the Age of the Geek. Star Wars was but a mere glimmer in George Lucas’ eye. It was Ultraman, and what I called “Bucket-Head Ultraman”! Apparently Johnny Sokko and His Fling Robot was too difficult for me to say way back when. I have no idea of the time line but these Tokusatsu shows [Tokusatsu (特撮) is a Japanese term that applies to any live-action film or television drama that features considerable use of special effects (tokusatsu literally translates as “special filming” in Japanese)]left an indelible mark upon me that I still wear proudly to this day.
These two titles can be found on Hulu. While I own the Ultraman series, Johnny Sokko just doesn’t hold up for me as well, but that is OK. Old Bucket-Head Ultraman helped me find my path in life and even Geeks leave some of their loves behind in order to grow and move on. If you are in the same boat or would like to check these titles out simply click the above graphics to go to the series pages on Hulu. I hope that you enjoy them ^_^
Live Long, Prosper, and May the Force be with you.
If you are following, or attempting to follow, the current Secret Wars on the insane melting pot called “Battle World” then you understand the need to just shut your brain off and hit cruise control until the end is nigh. Too many domains, too many tie-ins and way too damn many Manhattans. Check out the above video to catch up on the geography of Battle World. I was looking forward to the new Secret Wars but I am thinking that the final outcomes will be more interesting that following the story as a whole. I will admit that I am falling behind in my weekly reading, including Convergence, but the sheer number of new books, new stories, and new realities are taking their toll on this haggard old geek.