So...apparently Clone Wars is coming back. iframe
While this is welcome news, I must admit that I'm rather confused; Lucasfilm seems rather schizophrenic these days. It was Disney's decision to axe the previous series, which (I thought) had been brought to a fairly decisive conclusion for that very reason...but now they're suddenly bringing it back for some reason...?
Then again, the entire company has basically been waging open warfare against most of Star Wars fandom ever since The Last Jedi
came out, and that's been...less than profitable for them. To put it mildly.
So this has been rumored for quite some time, but it's finally official: the Joker is getting his own movie, all to himself, which will apparently explore his origins.
And it will not be starring Jared Leto, because who knows what the hell is going on with the DCEU at this point, nor will it star Leonardo DiCaprio (thank God). Instead, Joaquin Phoenix will be portraying the Clown Prince of Crime, this time around.
Legendary comic book artist and writer, not to mention the co-creator of characters such as Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, Steve Ditko died yesterday at the age of 90
Hey look, I'm actually on time this year!
EDIT: For lack of anything else of substance to post right now, I'll just point out that Vox is officially the dumbest website on the Internet.
Former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott has apparently died. No other details have been released at this time.
Paul was the brother of legendary Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was gunned down onstage at a Damageplan (the band the brothers formed after Pantera broke up) show in December of 2004.
Former First Lady Barbara Bush, wife of one President and mother of another, has died.
The Daily Wire wrote:
Bush Family Releases Statement On Barbara Bush's Passing
By Ryan Saavedra | @RealSaavedra | April 17, 2018
On Tuesday, former First Lady of the United States Barbara Bush passed away at the age of 92.
"A former First Lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the age of 92," Jim McGrath, the official spokesperson for former President George H.W. Bush, said in a statement.
"She is survived by her husband of 73 years, President George H.W. Bush; five children and their spouses; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her brother Scott Pierce," McGrath continued. "She was preceded in death by her second child, Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush, and her siblings Martha and James R. Pierce."
R. Lee Ermey, the legendary drill-sergeant-turned-actor, has died.
Ermey was an actual drill sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. and a Vietnam veteran, but what he will be most remembered for is undoubtedly his single, unforgettable role in Stanley Kubrick's war epic, Full Metal Jacket
. There's a very interesting article about Ermey's role in that movie
; it's too long to quote here, but well worth reading.
I think no further explanation should be needed.
Stephen Hawking, world-renowned scientist and brilliant theoretical physicist, has died at the age of 76.
As most everyone who knows his name is aware, Hawking lived with ALS for several decades. This has some personal significance for me, as my mom was recently diagnosed with the same condition. But statistically speaking, most people with ALS have a far shorter life expectancy than Hawking did.
February 20, 2018
Okay, now it's the time for talking about animals, which can be really close to your heart (pets), but some of you can really afraid of them. Are there animals which you really are afraid of? Or is there something that you love? Do you have any pets? Want to tell us about it/them?
February 19, 2018
Hi guys, I'm the newest member of the crew. My hobbies are playing computer games, watching sci-fi movies, and reading books. I do hope to get along with everyone.
February 5, 2018
So, we've finally got a trailer for the beleaguered Han Solo spin-off/prequel movie. This is it. iframe
To be entirely honest, at this point I'm not really sure what to think. By all accounts, this movie's production has been such a train wreck that I'll be amazed if anything remotely watchable comes out of it, in the end.
And we enter it in a rather unusual fashion compared to everyone else. We launched our first ever orbital satellite last week, but we don't have a government agency in charge. In fact, we have none. Instead, Rocket Lab has launched it as an independent private company with its own launchpad on land leased from the government. And, Rocket Lab is "technically" an American company, but it is managed and founded by a Kiwi, so... it counts!
We're the first country in the world to launch satellites with a company in charge rather than the government, and heralds the beginnings of private enterprises taking charge. iframe
You might notice the rocket is a little smaller than what you're used to seeing. Rocket Lab has been developing miniaturised satellites to lower costs to make it more economically viable to send them up. And while this all sounds like good news, there is some controversy. If you look out at the night sky and see a fast-moving obnoxiously bright blinking star, odds are, that's our satellite.
The company sent up a giant disco ball into orbit that reflects sunlight back to Earth. It will be the brightest object in the night sky until it re-enters atmosphere in about 9 months. Astronomers took exception to this since light pollution is a major problem for them, and there are fears that the commercialisation of space will threaten further scientific efforts because of the rising threat of space junk.
EDIT: We didn't launch just one satellite into orbit. Our rocket delivered three, of which the biggest was... the flashing disco ball.
Funnily enough, our original attempt to put up a satellite last year, with the rocket "It's a Test" failed, while our most recent launch by "Still Testing" was flawless. You didn't read those names wrong, by the way.
After a few years of Warhammer, Creative Assembly is returning to historical war games... kinda.
I say "kinda," because while Romance of the Three Kingdoms" is based on real events in China, the story of it was written by a Ming author who wrote over a thousand years after the fact and heavily romanticised events. The novel is one of the four great works of literature of Chinese culture, and it is insanely popular in China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam and other East Asian nations. It is China's equivalent to the Iliad, or to Shakespeare in that many of the quotes from the novel have become popular sayings in China. iframe China is both salivating over this, and wondering why THEY aren't making this game.
I'm not very knowledgeable about the time and place set in the game. What I do know, is that the game is set during the destruction of the Han Dynasty and the division of China into three rival "Kingdoms" who compete for supremacy. I say "Kingdoms," because all three rulers crowned themselves Emperor and claimed the Mandate to rule China, which lead to roughly sixty years of endemic fighting until the Jin Dynasty reunified the country. The period is marked as one of the bloodiest in Chinese history, and gave rise to some of Chinese culture's most memorable and unique personalities. I suspect "hero units" are going to be a thing, which may stretch the historical authenticity, but the problem is because it's been so heavily romanticised it's impossible to discern fact from fiction.
In spite of that, I'm actually glad we're finally getting some games set in China. It's a breath of fresh air, and it's a period of history largely unknown in the West. We could use a bit more exposure, since China's become a major force in the world once more.
Wow. 2017 was pretty surreal, wasn't it?
Well, it's over now, so...Happy New Year, and stuff.
Sorry for not being more festive, I'm trying to recover from a really nasty bout of illness.