Thursday, March 1, 2012

Justice League: Doom

Watching DVDs on the computer is nice but sometimes it's better to watch them on TV. So after some thinking, I decided to get myself a new DVD player. This one is by Sony and it only set me back $40. Why didn't I get a Blu-Ray player? Because I'm not 100% sold on them. Besides, I hear the PS3 is a good Blu-Ray player as opposed to the PS2's DVD playback functionality, which was crap. When I get a PS3, I'll have Blu-Ray, so I can wait. And yet, when I bought my new DVD player, I picked up my first Blu-Ray movie. Well it came with Blu-Ray and DVD.

Justice League: Doom is the latest DC Universe animated film. How prepared is Batman? Prepared to take down his own teammates, if it becomes necessary. Based off the Justice League of America: Tower of Babel story written by Mark Waid, JL: Doom explores Batman's paranoid nature. Batman has taken measures to stop each member of the Justice League should they ever go rouge or sub-come to mind control from outside forces. These plans are kept hidden in the Batcave via Batman's computer. Under the guidance of Vandal Savage, the Legion of Doom puts Batman's plans into action, nearly killing each member of the Justice League, including Batman himself after a close call with Bane.

The possibility of heroes going rouge or turning against humanity isn't anything new. Superman: The Animated series played it up in a huge way on the two part series finale in Legacy when Darkseid brainwashed Superman into attacking Earth. This was concept was explored even further in the first Cadmus story arc in the first two seasons of Justice League Unlimited. Super heroes usually have fight the good fight, but it never hurts to be prepared. In comic books alone, how many times has Superman been mind controlled? I love Big Blue as much as the next guy, but you cannot tell me you don't wanna have some sorta fail-safe in the event of the most powerful being on the planet turns traitor. Now imagine him and the rest of the Justice League going berserk. Not a pretty picture.

Without giving too much of the feature away, I have to say it's quiet good. Maybe not as good as say Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, but this is still a solid purchase. The animation is nice and the fights are stylish. The voice casting is topnotch. Kevin Conroy reprises his role as Batman, Tim Daly is once again Superman, Susan Eisenberg is Wonder Woman Carl Lumby is Martian Manhunter and Michael Rosenbaum is the Flash. It's almost an entire DCAU Justice League reunion. As good as Tim Daly's work was on Superman: The Animated Series and later DC Animated films, I honestly think he's done his best work here. I almost wasn't sure if Michael Rosenbaum was Flash since it's different from his DCAU Flash. Perhaps it was due to the Flash being Barry Allen instead of Wally West. The music was also good with my favorite theme being he title music, which is an arrangement of opening title from Crisis on Two Earths. Major bonus points for that.

Justice League Doom was the last work written by Dwayne McDuffie before he passed away last year. Seeing this movie makes me wish he was still with us.

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year's Resolutions: No, Thanks

Christmas 2011 was awesome and the new year is upon us. So what did I resolve to do for 2012? The same thing I've resolved to do every year: not a single thing.

A long time ago, I asked a co-worker what her new year's resolution's were for the new year. She told me she had none. She said if people wish to make changes, they can start them right away rather than wait for a new year. Her advice has stuck with me ever since as I have not made a single new year's resolution since 2002.

There's nothing really wrong with new year's resolutions. It's just that, 9 out of 10 times, they always get broken. I've never kept a single year year's resolution that I've made and I can't even remember what half of what them were. Most of them were probably broken in a week or less anyway.

Just what is it about a new year that makes us so eager to change ourselves or strive towards new goals? Does a new year bring a fresh start? A chance at a new beginning? Even now, I still can't answer those questions.

Why do new year's resolutions get broken so easily? Is keeping them too much work? Often times we strive to achieve too much and end up accomplishing nothing as a result. Set small goals first, get those done, then move on to bigger things.

As for making changes in the new year, you don't have to wait for a new year to roll around to shape your life up. If you want to change, change now. Like Thomas Jefferson said, "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today."

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve Unwrapping

When I heard everyone was going to open a gift on Christmas Eve, I thought that only extended to my nieces and nephew. Turns out everyone meant everyone. My sister has been crocheting for a while now she's she's good at it. She's so good that she made everyone in the family a scarf. It's ironic because I was thinking about buying a scarf but now I don't need to. Like a store bought scarf, this baby keeps my neck nice and warm and it has a sweet pattern to boot. I can't wait to try this thing out.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Virginia Beach: Year One

On December 20, 2011, after a long road trip, I arrived in my new home, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Hard to believe it's been one year. It's a been an interesting year at that. I got to know my two nieces and nephew, growing more as an uncle as a result. After a lot of searching, I landed a nice job, making more money than what I did in Ohio and I work with some excellent people. I lived through my first hurricane and experienced a very low level earth quake. I saw the beach for the first time in my life and it was AWESOME.

Virginia Beach is a fantastic city. Town Center, the area where I spend a lot of my time, is a great place to shop. The Ocean Front, where the main Virginia Beach is located is absolutely beautiful and is a wonderful place to walk up and down. Despite the fact that many of the people in this city have no business being behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, I really do like living here.

A year may not seem like a lot of time but when I stop and think about it, it really is unbelievable to me that I've lived out one year of my life outside of Dayton, Ohio. I was determined to build a life for myself here and I've done just that. It's a good life, too. I have a good job, a wonderful family and I've made new friends. And yet, for all the things I've seen and done here, I'm still adjusting to my new home. So I guess I've still got some growing to do. I suppose there's no where else to go but forward. Just when you think you have everything in life figured out, it drops a new text book on your desk for you to read. It's true what they say, you really never stop learning.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

First Thanks Giving in VA Beach

Well I made it through my very first Thanks Giving in my new home of Virginia Beach. (Is it still considered "new" if you've lived somewhere for almost a year?) Thanks Giving is one of my favorite holidays. You get to good food (REALLY good food) and be with the family. I got to thinking back to when I was living on my own in Ohio. Two of the five years that I had my own place I celebrated Thanks Giving by myself. It certainly wasn't bad. I ate well and enjoyed the day off but it was still a bit lonely with my immediate family being so far away. I never really felt like imposing on anyone else so I declined any extended offers to have dinner with anyone else. This year, for the first time in years, I got to see all of them for the holiday.

Speaking of family, I got a call from my good friend Justin Moses back home in Ohio. I've known Justin since we were kids, so he's practically family to me. We talked about gaming related stuff but it was just great to hear from him. I keep in contact with all my friends from home on Facebook, but it's still nice to hear the voice of familiar people.

Hope everyone had a happy Thanks Giving. I know I did. I'm only bummed I missed the Macy's Thanks Giving Day parade. I hear one of my favorite video game characters made a guest appearance. Not only that, he was leading the floats.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Walk About

One of the first things I did when I moved to Virginia Beach was go for walks around the neighborhood. Almost a year later, walking around town is still one of my favorite things to do here.

It's so peaceful to just walk around the area, listening to music, looking at my surroundings. Despite the fact that I'm still getting used to life here and that I still feel like an outsider, VA Beach is a very comfortable to walk about. Going out walking does a great deal to help me think, relieve stress, and it's just plain relaxing. Oh, and it's good exercise, too. Can't forget that.

I've decided that the best way to adjust to my life here is to take one day at a time. I'll deal with the uneasiness when it comes and just keep pressing onward. Nearly a year ago, I knew that moving here would be a big chance to take, but ultimately, I'm glad I took it.

Well, it's a beautiful day outside and I've got the day off work, so I think I'll do some walking.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Still Adjusting

It's been nearly a year since I moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia. My father asked me some time ago, if it really sank in that I lived in VA Beach. At the time, I told him no and he responded by telling me that it could take a while before I fully adjust to living here. Even after being here for almost a year, I'm a little surprised that I'm still not 100% used to where I live.

The first time I moved I was too young to really remember. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and my family moved to Dayton, Ohio a year or so after I was born. So despite being born in Cleveland, Dayton has always felt like my true home. I really like VA Beach, but since this was my second out of state move and with me now being much older for it to impact me, I'm not completely sure how to deal with some of these feelings.

When I'm not busy working, I get plenty of time to stop and think and it often hits me "Wow, I'm really living my life somewhere other than Dayton." I've said it before and I'll say it again. Making this move was not an easy thing for me. I guess some people deal with these things better than others, but speaking from my own personal experience, when you live one place most of your life and then you go somewhere else, that takes some time to get used to, much more time than I originally thought.

More than anything, I feel like an outsider. I walk down streets I've been down so many times now and go to stores I've been in over and over again and I still feel like an alien. I don't feel like this all the time, but it just bugs me that I that way at all and I can't wait for this feeling to go away. There have been times where I've run into people that know that I'm not originally from VA Beach. I'm not sure if it's from the sound of my voice (no, I don't have an accent or anything), or I'm just that transparent that people can tell right away.

Without saying too much about my job, I will say that I work with some terrific people and they were among the first friends that I made when I moved. Like the people I knew and worked with in Ohio, they are becoming like extended family to me. Yeah, that might make me sound like a clingy, emotional idiot, but one of the main things I learned in church is that family isn't all blood related.

Lately, I have been missing my friends, my extended family in Ohio a lot. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about them. So if any of you happen to be reading this post, know that you're in my thoughts and that I miss and love you.

Before this post sounds too overly negative, let me say that I do really enjoy living in VA Beach. It's a wonderful city. I get to see my nieces and nephew, father, sister, and brother-in-law, I make far more money than what I did in Ohio, and I've met some more great people. I guess it'll just take more time before I truly feel like I've adjusted to this new life.