Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's Been Awhile, Huh?

In the immortal words of AC/DC...
I'm dirty, mean and mighty unclean
I'm a wanted man
Public enemy number one
So lock up your daughter
Lock up your wife
Lock up your back door
And run for your life
The man is back in town...
Which, basically means, I'm making a post here for the first time since 2011. So get excited.

I don't know if this is a full-time return though. I've abandoned ship on my Tumblr, but haven't decided where I'm going to land. In the meantime, I may post here occasionally. I can also be found on Twitter and very recently set up an

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Otaku No Video Coming To Blu-ray

One of my favorite anime OVAs, OTAKU NO VIDEO, is finally getting a Blu-ray release in Japan. It's coming out in December. It's highly unlikely that it will get a US release, so I'll have to settle for a downloaded copy. I won't feel too guilty about it either, since I've already bought it on VHS and then DVD. If somebody does put it out here (does AnimEigo still have the license?), I'll buy it.

Both parts of OnV are up on YouTube, if you've never seen it.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Crisis On Infinite Something Or Others

Another comic book nerd asked me what I think of the big reboot DC Comics has planned for September.

Honestly? It's been there done that.

This "reboot" sounds like what the original plan for CRISIS ON INFINTITE EARTHS was back in 1985. Before CRISIS, DC had multiple universes, and books took place mainly in one universe called Earth One, but some took plance on Earth Two, and there were tons of other universes and they'd cross over, etc. Then CRISIS wiped the slate, destroying all but one universe, and reset everything to the beginning. A fresh start, with all new #1 issues for the entire line, rebooted back to the beginning. That was the concept at least. Except, after CRISIS some titles kept their original numbering, and a lot of people both fan and creator were unsure of what was still in continuity and what wasn't. Given this statement...

"We have taken great care in maintaining continuity where most important, but fans will see a new approach to our storytelling.

Some of the characters will have new origins, while others will undergo minor changes. Our characters are always being updated; however, this is the first time all of our characters will be presented in a new way all at once."

... it won't surprise me in the least to see the same thing that happened with CRISIS happen again here.

All the confusion over what was in or out of continuity led to books contridicting each other. In the mid-90's DC put out the ZERO HOUR mini-series to try to correct some things. This just made things worse. After that they pretty much left things alone until the last few years where we've seen attempts to undo CRISIS. There was INFINITE CRISIS, which was the biggest. That restored the multiverse concept, and acknowledged the original DC universe(s).

Of course, Superman, who was cleanly rebooted in 1986 with MAN OF STEEL, has had multiple contridictory origin reboots since then. In the last few years, his origin was retooled with the BIRTHRIGHT miniseries in 2003, before that version was tossed aside for the SECRET ORIGIN version in 2009.

This whole thing seems like DC going for their own version of Marvel's Ultimate line, which was an attempt at clean, fresh continuity with the characters restored to their basics. The difference is Marvel didn't supplant their original continuity with the Ultimate line. It was a side universe. One they've managed to mis-manage and run into the ground after a strong start, but that's a whole other issue.

I can't muster much nerd rage over this whole thing. Mainly because I've seen it before. Eventually, some creator who grew up on the post-CRISIS version of the characters will come into power and restore things. Just like the guys running DC now, who grew up in the pre-CRISIS era, were hellbent on returning the DCU to it's pre-CRISIS status quo (Barry Allen as the Flash, the Multiverse, etc) before deciding to re-re-re-reboot the whole thing.

Plus, aside from a few titles (some of the BATMAN line, SECRET SIX, TEEN TITANS), I don't read much of DC superhero books these days. Most of the stuff I read from them is from their Vertigo line. With those sorts of titles you mostly only have to worry about cancellation from low sales. A good chunk of the line is creator owned, and even on the DC-owned titles, you generally don't have to worry about another writer coming along and wiping out x amount of years worth of stories.

One big mis-step though, is by announcing this, DC are essentially telling you that the next few months worth of comics coming out from them probably aren't worth buying. After all, anything that happens between now and September won't have any sort of impact when the slate gets wiped in September, they won't really matter.

Ultimately, it's very simple. Don't like what they're doing? Just don't buy it. Or wait for the next reboot. No changes in super hero comics stick forever.

I do have to give DC a nod for being smart enough to move to day and date for their digital offerings. It's nice to see a company moving forward in that sense. Not sure what the pricing is. If it's as much or more than the printed comics, I think it's a mistake. If they can offer digital titles for $1 or less that's brilliant. After all, no printing costs, shipping costs (maybe bandwidth), storage costs (aside from hard drive) or retailer markup should make for a less expensive product. If they're charging the same amount (or more as a "premium") then that's a bit of a rip-off, at least in my opinion.

(Cross-posted with Mike's Box Of Awesome)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Not A Conspiracy Theorist, But I Get It

I've never been one of those idiots to go around crying "rigged!", but this hand certainly is one that makes me scratch my head...

Merge Network $200 Freeroll - NL Holdem - No Limit Hold'em Tournament - t75.00/t150.00 Blinds - 9 players
DeucesCracked Poker Videos Hand History Converter

UTG+2: t370.00 2.47 BBs
MP1: t4536.00 30.24 BBs
MP2: t55.00 0.37 BBs
CO: t460.00 3.07 BBs
BTN: t1249.00 8.33 BBs
SB: t2125.00 14.17 BBs
BB: t2145.00 14.30 BBs
Hero (UTG): t3195.00 21.30 BBs
UTG+1: t675.00 4.50 BBs

Pre Flop: (t225) Hero is UTG with K of hearts K of spades
Hero raises to t300.00, 5 folds, BTN calls t300, SB raises to t2200 all in, 1 fold, Hero raises to t3195 all in, 1 fold

Flop: (t4850) A of clubs 2 of hearts 5 of diamonds (2 players - 2 are all in)

Turn: (t4850) 3 of diamonds (2 players - 2 are all in)

River: (t4850) 8 of hearts (2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: t4850
SB shows 3 of clubs 4 of clubs (Five High Straight)
Hero shows K of hearts K of spades (Pair of Kings)
SB wins t4850.00

Seriously? Who 3bet shoves 43s? Not to mention that he happens to hit the nuts on the flop? This guy was playing 5/5 over just 39 hands, and that's super nitty. I do find it incredibly suspect.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I Didn't Get Raptured, But...

As you might've noticed, posting has decreased pretty dramatically around these parts. While I haven't completely abandoned this blog, and don't plan to abandon it, I obviously haven't been using it very much. For awhile now, I've tended tend to post little blurbs on my Twitter reasonably often.

But I've also been posting regularly over on my Tumblr, which most of you probably aren't aware of. As of this writing, I've made seventeen posts over there this month compared to zero over here.

I've had that Tumblr for a few years, but tended to favor posting here more than there. Now it's pretty much the opposite, where I update that fairly regularly and this place kind of gets under-utilized. Blogger/Blogspot seems more suited for longer posts, whereas lately I tend to post short blurbs, pics, videos, etc.

The point being, you might want to add my Tumblr to your bookmarks or RSS readers. I wouldn't delete this site (unless you're sick of me) though, since I do still plan to use it, just not that frequently. (I might do something like link over there whenever I make a post over here.)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Quicker Than I Expected

PokerStars was finally able to start processing US player cash outs. So I withdrew my entire roll from there. It's really depressing seeing that $0 on the cashier page, something I hoped would never ever happen to my account.

But the good news is once my check arrives and clears my bank, I'll have my bankroll back. My plan after that is to deposit a small amount, like $100-150 into Carbon Poker. Then I'll grind a roll back up, starting at the lowest stakes again. Plus Carbon offers 35% rakeback, which will be nice since Stars only had their VIP program. At some point maybe I'll put some money in on Cake as well, but it looks like now that the big three have pulled out of the US market, Carbon is becoming the top dog.

I'm already playing on Carbon, just playing freerolls. But that's getting me into some bad habits. Like not really paying attention while I'm playing: browsing, watching videos, etc instead of strictly paying attention and not doing anything else while playing. It's also pointless trying to figure out opponents' hand ranges at those things since everybody is playing them terribly. There's zero fold equity and people shove all-in with any two cards, etc. I'm a 6-max cash game player, so playing 10-seat tourneys is a big adjustment for me.

Now I just want to know what's going to happen to the few FPPs I have left on Stars. I don't think there's enough there for a cash bonus, but I could probably get a T-shirt or whatever.

Ahh PokerStars... so long and thanks for all the fish!

Edited to add my final Stars graph (April 1-15, 2011)