Irregular’s Intel – The Usefulness of Imagination

A few years ago I was at a family reading festival and my book club was present, giving away free books… it’s how we roll. So, as the day progresses, we talk to people to find out their reading preferences to guide them to either what they’re looking for or something close. I remember chatting with one person who looked at the books and at me with an air of superiority and said “I only read NON-fiction,” and rolled their eyes as they walked away. I remember feeling a little dirty and wanting to challenge them to a duel, but they left quickly and dueling is currently illegal so…  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Going Down to the Crossroads

Back in 1986 there was a quiet movie that came and went and I don’t think that it really made a blip on most people’s radar, but the critics liked it and it stuck with me. That movie was Crossroads with Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca and Jami Gertz. It was, in my opinion, the ideal movie to show someone if they are beginning to get a taste for the blues and want to understand the culture that surrounds it. This was at a time when blues was kinda starting to seep its way into pop music. Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, Jeff Healey and the Fabulous Thunderbirds were all on the Top 40 chart at or around this time, so the blues did have a familiar sound for people who thought that they were uninitiated.  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Geek Retirement

Everyone eventually retires, everyone. It doesn’t matter what you do or did for a living, inevitably, it all ends. Through the years I have been sold this idea that has never really fit with me and it wasn’t until this weekend that I realized why. It is the notion that when I retire that I’m gonna want to travel the world, play lots of golf, and go on group cruises with a bunch of people my age… um, nope!  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – The Kingsman Returns

I am fresh from seeing Kingsman: The Golden Circle and I have to say… WOW! (This is non-spoilery, since some of you have not had the chance to see it yet.) Let’s start with the overall feel of the movie. It feels like an an old friend who has come home and the two of you pick up from when you last left town. Even with certain stories developing and the Statesman being lobbied in, it did not harm the plot one bit. As a matter of face, for a movie that clocks in over two hours long, it most certainly doesn’t feel it!  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – When the Morning Comes

You start to feel it sometime during the final blowout of a con or maybe during that last rushed meal between panels, but it is still there… that quiet gnawing feeling that “this is all about to end”. A convention can become an escape and cocoon of sorts. You’re surrounded by your tribe, being your most true self without having to explain or apologize to anyone. It’s awesome and filled with your own brand of reckless abandon, but then you see the cracks beginning to form and reality begins to creep in. It’s the packing for the trip home and making sure that you haven’t forgotten that awesome thing that you might have paid too much for, but, whateva, it’s a con! And the clock ticks closer to the return to the life before. But that’s just the beginning.  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Late to the Party

I am LOVING Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition. For those who don’t know, it is a hack and slash fantasy RPG video game. There are several classes that you can play, based on your preference and personality. There’s the Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Wizard, Necromancer, Witch Doctor and Paladin. I chose the Monk, of course. Now, mind you, in the time that I bought this game I was trying to finish the Uncharted series, so I was little preoccupied. Oh, then there was Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Tekken 7. Let’s just say that I realized that if I was gonna fight, why not do it with style and in search of serenity (shout SERENITY NOW here).  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – It’s Time For a Con

I’m starting to feel the anticipation that comes with getting ready for a con. I’m thinking about what I’m wearing, what panels I’m going to, what parties to hit… how can I squeeze a nap in? At any rate, it is the weekend before and things are real! There are comprehensive lists of needs and wants… what luggage am I taking, what big purchase will I allow myself or will I do a bunch of smaller ones? I’m constantly checking the app and barely paying attention at work. This is worse than vacation short timer mode!  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Saturday Mornings

I remember when Saturday meant a morning filled with cartoons. From Super Friends to Looney Toons and everything in between, it was awesome. I was convinced that I would eventually grow out of it, but I did not. The cartoons just got either super cool or hella weird. In either case, it was one of the things that made Saturdays the best. It wasn’t until I got older and discovered the fall preview issue of the TV Guide that I got so jazzed about Saturday mornings! I could gather intel on the new cartoons coming out for Saturday, as well as the syndicated ones… I was becoming an informed viewer and I loved it!  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Defending Your Geek

Earlier this week I was talking to a coworker about The Dark Tower. I admitted that I had not read the series, but thought that the movie was alright, but I had the feeling that fans of the novels would not be happy. This led to a discussion about movie adaptations as a whole and then segued into movie adaptations of animated properties. Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Take ’em to Church

Last week, some Marvel employees went out for milkshakes and decided to tweet a selfie… and the trolls lost their shit. They made comments about how these people were the reason that Marvel’s sales were going down and they needed to back off of the feminist agenda/SJW bandwagon and blah, blah, blah. I’ve been stewing over this for days now and I don’t want to give the trolls any more attention than they’ve already gotten. But I have a few things to say about this and I kinda feel like Tony Stark in Iron Man 3 when all of his armors are out, lined up and ready to take on the Extremis injected AIM soldiers. In other words, I’m about to take these basement trolls to church!  Continue reading