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Author: NiteMayr

Before:

Kevin was born on the mossy hills of Scotland and lived for a while in West Lothian before the mores of pre-Thatcher and REALLY pre-Oasis Great Britain sent his family across the ocean to North America. They moved here and there and Kevin did the same when he was old enough. Now he lives in London with his family and a Dog.

Kevin Wardrop is an amateur writer, amateur photographer and professional pain in the ass. He has worked in the PC support business for most of his adult life and has been accustomed to simply answering technical questions as a matter of fiat, it was his career choice after all. Now he herds cats and puppies for a living as well as babysitting the web enterprises at the heart of western industry.

After the dust settled

I know you’re worried. You came here, killed my friend, tried to kill me and you definitely killed all those people three levels down. So I’m gonna take your eye, before anything else, I AM TAKING YOUR EYE. I am going to reach into the socket and pull it right out, and show it to you. That’s not the torture. You killed my friend, you took Fred right out of my life. So I’m gonna take your Eye.

You told me I’ve lost, that’s fine. I’ve lost before. I’ll lose again, I’m a loser. But, this Loser and You; they are gonna have a meeting of minds and at the end you’ll tell me everything you know and if you’re honest you won’t have to deal with the consequences of what you’ve done.

Fred was my friend.

You, are most decidedly not. <Snatches Eye>

My imaginary version of an interrogation scene from The Expanse, it incensed me.

The Solar Farms

Alright, so this is a pitch for a story at DC about Superman using the Kryptonian propensity for Energy Storage as a way to grew and sell living beings as batteries.

So the setting is like this.  Centuries before Krypton was poisoned and Kryptonians could still leave the planet without special aids a “Tropey” Grey Alien is found kidnapping Kryptonians of every station and house.  The Grey Alien ignores their indignation, some of them talk about a truce or an agreement with “the Grey” and the Alien just turns away and proceeds to stretch them on a medical device to the point they call out in pain and several devices appear from arms around them and extract matter from every part of them.  They scream or complaint, the Grey looks on dispassionately, gesturing to a machine that displays “memory alteration” and we see the Kryptonian returned to where they presumably came from, like they had stumbled or had a bad dream.

Earth, START LABS YEAR CURRENT -5 a scientist has been sequencing Kryptonian DNA from samples from Superman when he has been de-powered here and there (they are all over the place if you look!) and has determined that while cloning a perfect copy is out of the question due to handwaved technology limits for the story.  Buuut, there is the possibility that they could tease out a few features of Kryptonian Physiology, namely the ability to absorb and retain solar energy in order to use that stored energy to “Dealers Choice of Supermans Powers”  only one power at a time, but you could potentially be super strong, or have eye blasts, or something, but there’s no way to control it.

So we’ve set up two threads.

Somewhere in Sector 7821 Green Lantern Grtan of The Osmis Cluster runs into a space cruiser stuck in a null sector, a sector of space with a negative infraction ratio it absorbs light like a black hole.  It has shut down the craft.  On investigation the Green Lantern digs in the bowels of the craft and discovers a humanoid baby inside a massive solar reactor,.  Grtan ignites their ring and orders it to create a stable yellow sun radiation field.  At which point the child appears to swell as it absorbs the light, slowly at first and eventually to a grotesque extent, until it’s flesh touches a contact point on the reactor and THE REACTOR LIGHTS!!!

The craft explodes from the Null sector, the Green Lanterns corpse is expelled from the craft by an unseen person and the spacecraft zooms into the stars, leaving Grtan floating in space.  A ring distress signal summons “Dealers Choice Green Lantern” who takes Grtan to a nearby planet.

 

STAR labs has some test subject, animals that have been given one each of Superman’s powers, so they have a dog that can fly and horse that can stomp and cause damage and a cat that is VERY fast, but it has to be coated in a special suit because it keeps tearing it’s fur out. Jimmy Olsen comes across a mouse that seems to be able to find treats no matter where they are hidden, and discovers a tattoo on it that leads back to start labs. The little mouse escaped the lab (because it has Superman’s prodigious senses) and so it was able to navigate to the open air where Jimmy Found it and snatched it up and “saved it” from being stomped on by a passerby.

So we have two threads, Earth Scientists are using Superman’s Genetics to create potential weapons and the Grey who has turned Kryptonian Clones into batteries.

Neat!

Legions of Things

It took what seemed like years to finish “Watch Dogs: Legion” and literal Years for me to sit down and finish “Legion” from Marvel Television and I didn’t plan it, but I finished them both the same night.

Watchdogs: Legion is the continuation of the series started with “Watchdogs”, continued in “Watchdogs 2: Silicon Valley Monsters!” and now “Watchdogs: Legion” and I think this latest edition might have finally figured out the formula for the games, and that is to not have a primary character.

“Watchdogs: Legion” is (like the previous games and pretty much every Ubisoft game) an open world with a bunch of stuff to do while following a main mission. The “twist” for WD:Legion is that you can recruit “anyone” to join your fight. Including “bad guys” which is really where the game play system shines, you recruit someone, do a couple missions (sadly repetitive ones) and they join your team. All you can customize is their clothes, and the clothes and “battle mask” (my name, but you put it on to fight so “battle mask”) The main plot takes FOREVER to get through, there were what seemed like over 100 plot missions to get through and who you embody (the operative) matters, so choose your team wisely! I had a blast in the game, but the writing was kind of weak for the main plot, I had it sussed out in the first cinematic so I spent the whole game waiting for what I saw coming in the first minutes of the game. Which is sad, but there are only so many plots in the world and when it looked like I was going to be wrong, I was intrigued, but the mystery the game does a masterful job setting up really doesn’t “matter” in the game, you had to seek it out and the payoff isn’t great storytelling, but it *is* good world building, I think they were going to go somewhere else and left in the bits. I’m tiptoeing around the plot details as i don’t want to spoil it for anyone. The game is good, I WANTED to finish it, so yeah.

LEGION (from Marvel TV) WAS great, but I think they had wanted to go in a direction and had to swap motivations around a bit to make drama and it all got very “Manson with Powers” and if I’m honest, they went all cosmic, they didn’t need to ground so much of it after that.

What I loved: Behind Blue eyes!
What I hated: Problematic Protagonist and a heel turn that wasn’t

Not Looking

It’s Wednesday November 4, 2020 and I’m afraid to open a web page that I don’t have control over the content of,

I know there are only a few possible realities that exist right now

  1. Joe Biden got enough votes to win decisively. (Didn’t happen)
  2. Donald Trump got enough votes to win decisively. (I wasn’t watching, so I don’t know)
  3. Donald Trump got enough votes to declare himself the winner and the ‘net is awash with
    smiling images of him and his followers.
  4. Joe Biden got enough votes to be declared the winner but Trump is Contesting it everywhere he can.

The uncertainty is killing me, but simply knowing might be worse. Last night I checked how things were going about 11pm and got that familiar sinking feeling.

Good Morning November 4, 2020.

The Starting Pistol and The Funeral Bell

On September the 12th the Globe was still ringing. The Echos of the destruction of Symbols of Capitalistic Glory and “American Power” were still passing through the world.

The whole world held its breath, expecting the Cowboy President to run off half-cocked and do something insane to the whole world.

It didn’t happen.

Instead what happened was like a Funeral for Freedom, a long form WAKE for Liberty began and it ended some time in 2003.

So the falling of the Twin Towers, it wasn’t just a symbol that was destroyed, it was the tolling of the Funeral Bell of the American Experiment.

But it was also the sound of the Starting Pistol, the promise of the Militias of the 90s, who did the same thing to Americans, their country-persons. This was the thing they had been waiting for, a way to dissolve “Liberal Democracy” and they have achieved it in Donald Trump, a man so enamoured with his own image that he can’t even comprehend the damage he has done and is doing.

The Fascists love him, because he is doing what they want, ignoring the world in favour of the mirror. They can work without limit and change the face of America and the World.

Weeks of Reading

Over the last few weeks the local Dollarama (a Walmart Company?) has been stocking massive piles of Trade Paper Backs (TPB) so much so that I’ve already overrun my bookshelves and storage. I have a pile of Books on my bedside table FOR STORAGE. Not for reading. I’ve also got a stack in the Bathroom and a bunch that have just sort of found a home in one of my short bookshelves.

Usually, I would just read through them. Start on “book X” and read all the ones that are in the same series until done.

I’ve been keeping myself slow on these, mostly to string them out as long as possible. I wouldn’t normally buy (for example) a series of Thor books, but because they were so cheap I bought a big stack of them. I read Thor off an on, because the writing for Thor can get a bit “much”

All of that aside, I have weeks of reading ahead of me. Months of stories and years of memories. The problem with all that being the stack of straight novels piling up and the years of movies and TV shows I’ve avoided.

I finished “Destroy all Humans” last night.

I have too much Passive Media around I think. Also, I just turned 45, you should see my Collection of Transformers!

We're Doomed

The Tyranny of Blind Ignorance

In the continuing “Liberals are the real Fascists” story that people have decided to just run with Reason essentially reprinted this article (https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Churchill-At-Skidmore-curiosity-might-get-you-15553968.php#photo-19749884)

This Reason article and the source article don’t contain any direct quotes from the students.

Anyone else think it’s odd that both articles contain zero direct quotes from anyone making the complaint? Like maybe there may be more to this that “He went to a Blue Lives Matter display”

Why would two different articles be made without a single direct quote from someone making the complaint?

There are quotes that are purported to be from people, but no direct quotes (there are direct quotes from students who are against his firing, so it’s not like Churchill didn’t reach out to Students)

Also, the articles state that his Wife is not employed by the school, but it’s clear from school sources that there are classes taught by the wife.

I’m concerned that there really is only one side being presented here and the Students are being portrayed as focused on a single event rather than even addressing their concerns directly.

On Balance; only the “free speech” of one party here is being defended.

Here’s one from a Student, take from it what you will, but at least is gives the Students themselves a voice that both linked articles don’t http://skidmorenews.com/new-blog/2020/8/31/opinion-the-petersons-amp-blue-lives-matter-students-reveal-a-pattern-of-racism-among-skidmore-faculty-and-staff

What happens when someone contradicts their boss in public?

What happens when that boss is notoriously thin-skinned?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/05/coronavirus-fauci-trump-anti-malaria-drug

Here’s the same scenario we’ve seen play out over and over, Trump says something dangerous or stupid; a professional steps in, contradicts him publicly, and in about 20 days, they are out of work. At this juncture it’s a medical professional who is being asked to help deliver the tired rumblings of a man who has no idea what is going on at this point.

So, how long until Dr. Fauci is out of a job? I give it 20 days.

Fortnite: Save the Game

I’ve played “Fortnite: Save the World” for YEARS now and it’s not as good

That long title says it all, I used to play “Save the World” ALL the time, anyone who has seen me in game will recognize my banner as one of those ones that Epic gave us play-testers, I played the game before the deliver the payload mission was added, there was a time when outlanders had a neat “gravity bubble” power so the could get high like a ninja…

anyway, that aside to show me cred, I don’t like playing Save the World anymore, not like I used to, I played EVERY night for ages and even when I lost interest I’d try to play 99.9% of days (there have to be days away from the Internet)

So when I say “I don’t enjoy it anymore” that is saying something.

I started playing Battle Royale when I found out about the bases on the map, and the story missions and tasks have kept me playing

I used to spend HOURS in maps in STW just exploring, this is the level of commitment to STW I’m talking about and the level of goodwill that the STW team and EPIC have lost in me. I didn’t even bother with trying to get the spy weapons

Save the world used to be more than a wave shooter to me; but the game is just a borderlands in a bottle game now, and that’s what’s sending me to Battle Royale (never mind that the toxic players are like less than 1% of the player base now, so that’s nice)

So, in short, the Toxic player problem is mostly not a thing in BR (or it isn’t for me) I’ve loved the narrative in the current “season, whatever” and It’s a CRIME that I don’t look forward to Save the World everyday like I used to.

The Lobbers, by the way, were the worst thing of all the recent changes, having 20 or so bombs landing all the damn time in some missions? What?!?!?!