After watching the kickoff of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe cash cow, I resurrected a list of mine I was playing with on how the first 22 movies fall out. It’s not easy. I don’t know how a sports writer can rank 32 teams. Usually the top few are either obvious or bubble up, and the same with the bottom few bubbling down. But the middle 20+? I suppose they do it the way I did…start plugging in a somewhat rational order and then bounce each off of the higher and lower adjacent movies. Most of them have huge script problems…okay, almost all. Yes, these are comic book movies and I need to alter my expectations. And yes, the second time through they tend to fare a little better with me… I can’t help that my mind recoils at the materializing of suits and masks out of nothing. Or ordinary human bodies taking killing punishment and getting up for more. Or…ordinary humans processing unrealistic amounts of data and reacting with unrealistic, if sometimes augmented, reflexes.
Anyway, starting with the bottom of the proverbial barrel… Continue reading
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Tagged Ant-Man, Ant-Man and Wasp, Avengers, Avengers Age of Ultron, Avengers Endgame, Avengers Infinity War, Black Panther, Captain America, Captain America Civil War, Captain Marvel, Captatin America Winter Soldier, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Marvel, Marvel Cinematic universe, MCU, Spider-Man Homecoming, The INcredible Hulk, Thor, Thor Dark World, Thor Ragnarok
Now that 2014 is here, I’m going to try to exorcise 2013 from my memory as much as possible. Our tragedy took over our lives after July 31st, but several friends have faced life threats that have put things in perspective.
Too many bad things, so I’m going to take a page from Time magazine and the editors’ Person of the Year chosen for the impact/influence good or bad.
Scroll down for my choices for Person, Engineering & Physics & Chemistry & Biology Achievements, Operating System, Most Disturbing & Funniest websites, Misinformer & Political A**, Movie, Book review and last but not least…
…Beer of the Year!… Continue reading
Posted in Beers, Books, Engineering, Movies, Personal thoughts, science, Tech
Tagged Apple, Beer, Belhaven's Scottish Ale, Big Sky Brewery, bionic leg, Boulevard Brewing Company, Breakfast Stout, cloning, Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero, Dark Truth Stout, Deschutes Brewery Obsidian Stout, embryonic stem cells, fat cells to liver cells, Founders Brewing Co., Froncois Englert, Frozen, Full Sail Amber, Goatman India Black Lager, Heavy Horse Scotch Ale, Higgs boson, IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory, iOS 7, Iron Man 3, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, JPL, Kings of Summer, Lakewood Brewing Company, Man of Steel, Michael Shermer, Monsters University, NASA, neutrinos, Now You See Me, Old Chub Scotch Ale, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Oskar Blues Brewing Co., Peter Higgs, Physics Today, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, Sierra Nevada Tumbler, The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense, The Boys from Brazil, The Butler, The Temptress, Unibroue Trois Pistoles, Voyager 1, Voyager 2, Voyager program, World War Z
Extraneous observation to share before I get in to the topic of the day: Having interviewed several times in the last six years, I have determined that going through the process with a current employer for a new position is harder than going in cold to a prospective employer. The challenge of trying to dispel some existing impressions while reinforcing others…? Tough. But that’s a story for another day…
Anyway, after reading and writing about The Quality Instinct last week, I tried to use Max Anderson’s five features when looking at a few exhibits last Sunday. Dylan and Drew had a class at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA)and I went off on my own to test my new knowledge on Loren Mozley and Greek and Roman artifacts. After their class, Andrea, the boys and I all toured three current exhibitions: Chagall: Beyond Color, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece: Masterworks from the British Museum, and Cindy Sherman.
Of course, Andrea and I had differing opinions. And this piece today is about my opinion…
Posted in Art, Movies, Personal thoughts
Tagged Chagall, Cindy Sherman, Dallas Museum of Art, Iron Man 3, Joss Whedon, Loren Mozley, Marc Chagall, Marvel, Maxwell Anderson, Robert Anton Wilson, Robert Downey Jr., Stephen Hawking, The Quality Instinct