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Killing Time – July 3, 2014

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Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst.
~William Penn

Hard as it is to believe, the year is half over.  As we in the States prepare to celebrate our nation’s birthday in the traditional American way (eat red meat, drink whatever’s not nailed down and then gather to festively explode things), I look back over the last six months in media/entertainment and it’s….kind of underwhelming.  Continue reading Killing Time – July 3, 2014

Killing Time – June 26, 2014

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Time is the longest distance between two places.”
~Tennessee Williams

Occasionally a cool book comes along and sucks you into another world, and when I run across one, I want to pass it along.  I’ve been reading Daniel Wilson’s Robopocalypse, which is….pretty much what it sounds like.  It’s told in a fashion very similar to Max Brooks’ World War Z.  This could very well be World War R.  The machines go all SkyNet, but it’s not just terminators, it’s your car, your toaster, anything with networked electronics.  There’s an elevator that eats people.  It’s AWESOME!  The premise sounds a bit hokey, but like in World War Z, it’s all about the seriousness with which the author sells it.  I know that Spielberg was circling this forever as a possible project, but nothing really came of it.  If you’re looking for a fun, sci-fi summer escape….join me in fighting the Robot Uprising.  Because they’re robots.  And they’re coming for you. Continue reading Killing Time – June 26, 2014

Killing Time – June 19, 2014

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“Time is the only critic without ambition.”
~ John Steinbeck

What is your preferred form of media?  If tomorrow, agents of the Danish Secret Police (who may or may not be following me) whisk you away and are merciful enough to let you bring an endless supply of one type of media, what would it be?  Books?  Comics?  Video Games?  Movies?  TV?  Macaroni art?  Legos just because you’re trying to suck up to the Danes? Continue reading Killing Time – June 19, 2014

Killing Time – June 12, 2014

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“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

 The big entertainment news this week was out of E3 as Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo rolled out game after game after game for the new systems they introduced last year.  I was heartened that there will be a point in the near future when the release of an Xbox One game is not a quasi-annual affair.  As an early adopter, sometimes I feel like I have it to play Blu Rays and prettier versions of Xbox 360 games.  Though there were a ton of trailers that looked cool, I have to say the one that made me pump my fist was for Rise of the Tomb Raider.  I played through the first game twice just for fun and that hasn’t happened since Final Fantasy X.  I was also impressed by Tom Clancy’s The Division, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Dragon Age Inquisition and the tiny peek into the new Star Wars Battlefront.  What was your “Game of E3” this year? Continue reading Killing Time – June 12, 2014

Killing Time – June 5, 2014

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“Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.”
~ Cervantes (Don Quixote)

 What a week for Star Wars fans.  We’ve been absolutely inundated with new information.  We had a gigantic leak of nearly 70 pictures (probably by JJ Abrams, who is having way more fun than any other human being on Earth).  Two new cast members in Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie (You know 85-year-old Max von Sydow is going to just glare at Nyong’o and mutter about acting for sixty years and not having an Oscar, but-no-that’s cool, be just out of diapers and be handed one.  I was in the Seventh bloody Seal!).  Then we found out that Chronicle and FF remake director Josh Trank would be taking on one of the Star Wars spin-offs! Continue reading Killing Time – June 5, 2014