Monday, August 29, 2011

No, no, no! Not Generation Vexed!

I've mentioned before that I want our generation to name ourselves, and not some outside generation!  Therefore, tell them that you will not accept Generation Vexed!  Geez, that's just a variation of Generation X, so it's not even original!  So I ask all of you of to reject outsiders' attempts to label our generation!  And especially a negative and unimaginative designation! 

Instead, let's use my suggestion, the Worgen Generation!  Now that's way cooler than being known as "vexed"! (derisive snort)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Review of the movie Captain America

Okay, let's get this off the bat first:  Yes, Captain America was worth seeing in the theaters.  :-)

Overall, it was a fun ride, and definitely a comic book feel to the story.  I really enjoyed it.  You sense a "but" coming, don't you?  Well ...  maybe that's coming.  ;-)

But first, the obligatory


Possible spoilers ahead!  If you haven't seen the movie Captain America and don't want what's in it spoiled for you, then STOP READING NOW!  You have been warned!

First, let me say that I loved the 1940's scenery.  It was gorgeous!  It was probably my favorite part of the movie.  Also, it was a refreshing change to see a movie that didn't eventually devolve into anti-Americanism; something that I feared would happen in a movie titled "Captain America", in which a Hollywood director might feel the need to add the obligatory anti-American jab just so that he didn't lose cred with his fellow anti-American colleagues in the film industry. 

Well, it was indeed respectful of the era! And good for them! It was also interesting to see Tony Stark's (aka Iron Man, of course) dad in the movie. Oh, you know that they had to tie in CA to Iron Man! LOL  Anyway, I really enjoyed the way they told Cap's story, and I also appreciated the fact that they didn't make his sidekick Bucky a teenager.  While it may make a good story in the 1940s, no self-respecting superhero would ever put a child or teenager in the kind of danger that being X superhero's sidekick would bring.  Remember, some of these supervillains are downright evil, and they'd think nothing of torturing or killing kids, especially if they know they are X superhero's sidekick!

Really, the only reason a superhero would take on a teenage sidekick is for themselves, and not for the sidekick.  But if a given superhero needs the ego boost that having an adoring sidekick brings, then they shouldn't be in the hero business.  Bit I digress...

All in all, I think the movie was great, and overall, on a scale of 1 to 10 in which 1 is a bomb and 10 is THE bomb, I give CA a 9.  It would have gone as high as 9.5, but the use of the 3D was totally unnecessary, and thus it earns a demerit from me, as all movies do when it's made 3D solely for the purpose of leeching out more money from us moviewatchers.  See, this is why I generally refuse to go see movies when they are in the theater. 

However, there is a little bitty hope that I could tack that .5 back on, and it wholly depends on what they do with Cap in the next movie with him.  Before I continue, consider the fact that when Marvel Comics first de-iced Cap, it was a mere 20 years after WWII.  While there were certainly quite a bit of social, technological, and many other changes over the course of the 20 years, it's nothing like the kinds of changes that have occurred from 1945 to 2011, which is when Cap was de-iced in the movie!

That has to be taken into account.  That is, they can't go all PC on Cap and have him accepting of all the changes that have come about since WWII.  I'm not saying that they should make him some sort of racist, sexist and homophobe, but to consider that Cap is a product of his age, and coming to terms with all that has changed in society is going to take a considerable amount of time.  In other words, the writers SHOULD explore his attitudes in such a way that doesn't intentionally make him look bad or ugly, but that should still be uncomfortable. 

For example, he can reflect that women in the 40s who dressed like the women he sees in the 21st century were usually called prostitutes.  Given time, he can adjust to the changes, especially in the way that women and minorities have progressed, and he can even say something along the lines that "It's good to see more and more people sharing in the American Dream." 

The writers also might make mention of Isaiah Bradley, another Captain America of the 1940s, and reflect on how the government had engaged in ethically and morally questionable research into creating the super soldier formula.  It would also be a legitimate way for the director to get his anti-American dig into the movie.  I may be conservative, but I was as shocked as anyone when the Tuskegee syphilis experiment became publicly known.  We should all be reminded of the limits of what our government should and shouldn't do, and mentioning Isaiah Bradley can be a very good way of doing that.

If the movie writers do indeed include my ideas and suggestions, then my friends, you will witness the very first time I changed one of my movie ratings!  And believe you me, I will be very glad to change it!  Even if they do make the next movie in 3 effin' D!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

It's a quest from God!

Hey, y'all! The universe has gone World of Warcraft, and you all just got a quest from God! With a questgiver like God, how could you refuse?  I wonder what quest he has for you?  :-O

Friday, August 12, 2011

New Rocio Zucchi art: Chibi Me and Lucky Shot!

I tried to decide which of these chibi artworks to post first, but I loved them both so much that I'm going to post both of them!  :-)

They are both by the wonderfully talented Rocio Zucchi, who has also provided the most recent artworks that I've posted to my blog.  Enough talk!  Let's look at the chibi art! 

Isn't it AWESOME???!!!??

The top one is my coworker at the Department of Superhuman Studies, Lucky Shot, whom I told you about previously.  Her eyes are a glowy blue because, my little nerdlings, you are seeing for the very first time how her power looks when it's active.  As said in her bio, her power functions as a sort of radar much like Spiderman's "spider sense" (but Lucky does not say "Lucky Shot sense tingling!"); so as long as her power is active, her eyes glow blue like that.  This is also the first time you are seeing her in costume.  What, you were expecting tights, a cape, and underwear worn on the outside?  Nope, unlike me, Lucky does her fighting from the shadows, so a bright, gaudy costume would not help her.  Also, like my costume, her attire is made of Alloy Cloth, which is virtually indestructible. 

The artwork below is me!  This is one of the few times you are seeing me out of costume.  And to Rocio, I must say that I love the earrings you designed for me!  Mucho cute!  I wish I knew how to make stuff like that, because I think they'd be cute earrings in real life.  Anyway, isn't this a great pose?  I just can't get over how talented and creative these works by Rocio are.  I love my cute facial expression, the pose, the outfit, and even the wrist strap with my initial.  (girly squeal sounds!)

I really, really love seeing how different artists draw me.  I seriously can't get enough of that.  And when it's someone like Rocio - man, it's like Christmas when I open up the art file and see the artwork for the very first time.  Ha!  I love it! 

Thank you so much, Rocio!  You are super awesome!  Be sure to visit her deviantArt site, my little nerdlings!  :-)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Paper or plastic? The solution to the great environmental debate of grocery bags

Many moons ago, grocers gave you paper bags to cart your groceries home.  For decades, that's how things were done.  Then some whacko environmentalists decided that paper bags were bad for the environment because they have to cut trees down to make them, and cutting trees down is bad for the environment because then there are less trees to absorb carbon dioxide, which then builds up in the atmosphere, which then helps to widen the hole in the ozone layer, which then makes things hotter for us down here on earth.  And before you know it, we'll have hell literally on earth!

So plastic bags were invented, and they were as convenient as a Swiss Army Knife!  Probably the most recycled item on the planet is the plastic grocery sack!  I bet you can think of the many ways you used those sacks just off of the top of your head.  However - uh oh! - they're bad for the environment as well!  So bad, that some cities are attempting to ban them!  They're bad because they are mostly non-biodegradable, which is bad for the environment, because they sit in our landfills almost forever, which makes that land such that trees won't grow on it, which is bad because then there are fewer trees to absorb carbon dioxide, which then...  well, you know the drill by now...

Well then, pardner, it would seem that paper bags are the solution after all, because paper bags are biodegradable!  Oh, wait!  No!  Bad idea!  Trees have to be cut down to make them, and we went through all that in the first paragraph!  Weren't you listening??

One solution to this dilemma had been a "third way" in the form of the reusable cloth bags, but there has been the problem that they can accumulate bacteria, because they are used to carry food, and the food bacteria can build up after many uses.  Plus, many of the cloth bags are made in China, and as we all found out, China puts lead in everything from cloth grocery bags to dog food, because it cuts down on the cost of manufacturing them.  Well, they gotta get rid of all that lead somehow, and if they can make some money off of it in the process selling them to us gullible Americans, then all the better!  Pretty sneaky of those Communists to be thinking like capitalists!

Okay, I have a solution for all this.  It's so simple that you'll kick yourself for not thinking of it first!
My solution is this: Require that all fashion designers everywhere to design our pants and skirts to have HUGE cargo pockets!  In fact, just have a row of cargo pockets to wrap around the whole waistline of the pants and skirts!   It will be like Batman's utility belt, except the pockets will be designed as part of the pants and skirt! You can have the smaller pockets on the front so that you can still sit down, and the larger ones - for 1 gallon milk jugs or 2 liter sodas - on the sides and back. 

The pockets can be designed to have insulated interiors to insulate you from the hot and cold grocery items, and also so that you can wipe them down aftewards to reduce bacteria build-up.  To help with all the weight of these groceries, designers might try to bring suspenders back into fashion.

Yeah, it may look a little silly walking around with very loaded pockets, but I have a solution for that as well: Get some celebrities to do this first.  If you get Justin Bieber to wear such pocket-laden pants, then you'll already have tween girls screaming for such pants.  And if you get Kim Kardashian to wear those, then damn, you'll have the dudes scrambling to buy them as well, because then they'll think that they'll be babe magnets!  And with the tween and young dude market setting the trend, the rest of us will follow. 

Being a evil, nasty, free-market capitalist, I would try to get a cut of the potential profit into this idea of mine, but I am so concerned for the environment that I'm offering my idea to the fashion designers for free, which is why I am posting it to my blog where it can be read.  The resultant cleaner environment will be thanks enough, and as a superhero, I tend to do a lot of my helpful work for free anyway. 

One last note:  Can I encourage some of you artists to create some pro bono examples of these fashions?  You can use Justin and Kim as your models.  I ask pro bono, because we are doing this for the greater good.  Think of the environment, you guys!

Ah, I feel good!  :-)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Inspirations for my costume

On Facebook, one of the friends of the artist, Rocio Zucchi (who did the recent artworks that you've seen here on my blog) asked if my costume was a cross between Power Girl and Mary Marvel (both of DC Comics).  That gave me the idea to discuss what inspirations went into my costume. 

One is She-Ra, the sister of He-Man.  The other is Isis, a DC superhero from the 70s.  However, I can see how PG and MM can be seen as influences.  Below are pics of all four of them, and you can see how they would have an influence on the design of my costume. 

Three of the four are basically white costumes with a white skirt, while the main influence of PG's costume on mine is the cleavage hole, and we both have that hole there for the same reason:  As a distraction.  And it works!  LOL  The smiley face is my own idea, as an additional distraction, and also as a memory device.  How many superhero women do you know that have a smiley face on their boob?  LOL  Yeah, I'm thinking like a marketing capitalist, here!  Remember, I AM a right wing nut job!  Hehe!

Anyway, there ya go.  Now that I've posted them below, you can see how they would indeed have an influence on the look of my costume. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

New Rocio art coming starting - well, hey! TODAY!

The more observant of you noticed yesterday that I changed the profile pic of both my blog and my Facebook page. What do you think? It was brought to you by the very talented and creative Rocio Zucchi, who also created the most recent artworks that I've posted. ANDDDD.... more to come!

Anyway, I really, really like this profile pic. Very soft, and very pretty, and lovely doe-eyes! :-) That's me on a good day! LOL

Just don't piss me off, or you'll see .... my other side. Mwahahahahahaha!

Thanks again, Rocio Zucchi! You got quite the skill, GF!