The year 2015 has been an interesting year in terms of consumer electronics. This year we saw a new Apple Watch, hover boards, and multiple different 3D interface devices, including a few that can be built at home. I know that tech gadgets aren’t for everybody, but with the great advances of this year I am excited for what next year will bring. The great yet somewhat annoying thing about new gadgets is how quickly the prices fall. A large television that was priced at $2000 can have a comparable alternative by the next year for a quarter of the price. Technology is getting bigger, better, faster, and cheaper, and it seems as though 2016 will be the most affordable year in terms of the sheer quantity of interesting gadgets. I have learned over the years that new technology is always around the corner, and while I have been known to be an early adopter of many new products, I often find myself enjoying the novelty of older gadgets. In 2016, I expect technology to make a massive shift into the scifi realm, and I think we will see some products that were once thought of as impossible. I don’t expect to see hologram phones just yet, but based on the technological advances of the past five years, something huge is right around the corner.
Over this past week, I found myself playing games from my childhood and wondering why I’d ever stopped. I guess having my family together for Christmas brought on an extreme case of nostalgia, but it was much more than basic nostalgia. The old games are actually much more fun than anything available today. It’s funny that as a child all I wanted was the newest and brightest toys and games around, but as an adult I am fine with dusting off the old Nintendo or playing monopoly. Part of growing up is basically forming a state of contentment with the things you can’t change while changing the things you can, and along with that contentment comes a realization of what makes things enjoyable. When I was a child I always wanted the newer item because I thought it was better than the one I had, but these days I have realized that a shiny new paint job does not make an item better. It’s no great wonder that advertisers target children so often, it is easier to get a child to want a new item every year than it is for an adult, since most adults are accustomed to wearing the same jeans for years. I think the longing people have for the good old toys and shows of their youth is more than just nostalgia, it is the fact that the products of the past had more heart and were actually more fun than the products of today. These days everything is about glamour and pomp, but when it comes down to it, games were just more fun when nobody cared about how pretty they looked.
If you have been reading my blog for the past few months, you may have noticed that I am quite the superhero fan. I am not much of a comic book fan, so I don’t have an allegiance to any specific brand, but I do enjoy watching movies and occasionally reading about comic book heroes of all kinds. In this blog I will discuss my top three favorite superheroes of all time. It is somewhat difficult to narrow down my favorites from a list of hundreds of heroes, but I think the three I have chosen best encompass my affinity for comic book movies.
1. Spider-Man: Aside from the awesome ability to climb on walls, and a spider sense that warns him of danger, Spider-Man is just a kid from New York City. I always loved the way Spider-Man swung through familiar New York streets on a web, and as a kid, I found him to be one of the most emulable heroes around.
2. Ironman: Tony Stark was always a cool hero, he is a billionaire with a super suit that allows him to lift heavy objects and fly. I like Ironman because his character represents total arrogance, and it is quite funny to see an arrogant individual doing something as selfless as saving the lives of others. I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed the way Robert Downey Jr. portrayed the character in the films, as he did a great job in bringing to life the massive head of this great superhero.
3. Batman: My all time favorite superhero is Batman, and he is possibly the least super of all heroes. Batman is touted as “the world’s greatest detective,” and that is basically what he is. Batman is a super rich, regular guy in a bat suit, who goes around solving crimes and beating up villains. The great thing about Batman is the fact that he has no super powers, yet he still manages to outsmart and even defeat other characters who greatly overpower him. In a sense, Batman isn’t even a superhero, but in my eyes and the eyes of millions of people, he is the best ever.
DC Comics has long been an afterthought when it comes to comic books in pop culture. With the exception of staple characters like Batman and Superman, DC superheroes have been known to take a backseat to the more popular characters of Marvel Comics. While Marvel has seemingly cornered the market on superhero movies, DC has found a way to sneak their lesser known characters into homes with a series of compelling television dramas. Shows like Arrow and the Flash, have garnered massive critical acclaim and huge fan bases due to their solid writing and overall accessibility. Both of these television shows have turned characters that few people actually cared about into weekly water cooler conversation, and they may have even surpassed the popularity of some of DC’s most recent cinematic releases. It is pretty clear that DC has struck gold with these television shows, but it seems like they don’t exactly want to go “all in” on their television productions. The company has already planned to make an expanded movie realm that will include some of the same characters as the tv shows, however the realms will be completely separate. While the DC movies are already well into production, I think it is a terrible idea to cast new characters to play a role that is already being shown on the tv screen. I understand that the company made these tv shows to spark an interest in their future cinematic plans, but I feel the separation of the two entities will just cause confusion and alienate fans of the television shows from the cinematic universe DC is trying to create.
The autumn season is in full swing. To many people autumn is just the season that comes between the heat of summer and the cold of winter, but to me, autumn is the most beautiful season of all. Aside from the comfortable temperatures of the season, autumn, at least in the north east, comes with the wonderful coloring and falling of leaves. I know that cleaning up leaves can be tedious and annoying, but just the sight of the fall foliage is enough to make the seemingly endless raking and bagging worth it. I find it extremely relaxing to just sit in a park and watch the trees, and seeing bundles of colorful leaves blow through the air has always been an object of my enjoyment. As a child I loved fall for two reasons, for one it signified the season of my birth, which is always a good time for a child. The second reason I enjoyed the fall was because it meant I could be serenaded by the melody of crunching leaves as I marched to school every morning. I am proud to say that my reasons for enjoying fall, however childish they were, have not changed much in my adulthood. Seasons are great because they always come back around, and while all seasons have their “haters,” I am sure autumn is the most loved and comfortable of them all.
The Major League Baseball World Series will finally begin tomorrow night. In this seven game series the two best teams in baseball will face off to see who is worthy of raising the championship trophy. The team that is representing the NL is the New York Mets, while the AL will have the Kansas City Royals as their representative. Both of these teams are very talented and they both seem to be on an unquenchable hot streak, but unfortunately one of these teams must lose. The Mets are coming into this match up with some of the best young pitching talent that has ever been seen in the playoffs, and along with the stellar batting performances of Daniel Murphy, they have been defeating teams before the game reaches its half way point. I expect the Mets to continue to pitch well, but I just can’t see Murphy keeping up this pace of hitting throughout the playoffs. The Royals have a couple of great pitchers, but their strength comes from their hitting. There have been countless times during the playoffs when the Royals have had their backs against the wall, only to be saved by the clutch bats in their lineup, and they will likely need a few clutch performances to defeat the Mets in the World Series. I can’t make a pick for this series since both teams are extremely talented, but what I can say is that in order for the Mets to win, they need to pitch well early and keep hitting late in the game. If the Royals want to win, they have to keep the score low, and force the Mets’ relief pitchers to try and contend with their generally hot late inning bats. Tuesday night marks the beginning of the end of the MLB season, it has definitely been an interesting one. I’m sure this World Series will be like sweet frosting on top of the already appealing MLB season.
Recently, I have found myself thinking about places that I have visited. I have been to quite a few interesting locations but this is a big planet, and there are many places I have yet to go. This post will be about a few places that I would love to travel to very soon. The first interesting location that I definitely need to see is the Seagaia Ocean Dome in Japan. Japan’s ocean dome is an indoor beach that has artificial surf and sand, as well as year round perfect weather. I am not a beach person, but a spectacle like this dome seems too awesome to skip. The next location that I have been planing to see for some time is the Pyramids of Egypt. The pyramids are cultural and architectural masterpieces that can be seen as some of the oldest links to the past we currently hold. I would have gone to the pyramids a year or two ago, but with the unrest in the region at the time, I decided that the trip must wait for another day. The last place that I need to visit very soon is Nigeria. Nigeria is the country of my origin, my parents were born there, and I have plenty of family there, but I have never actually had a chance to visit. There are many misconceptions about Nigeria, but much like many other west African countries, it is extremely modern and commercialized. I can’t wait to finally get to meet my cousins who I have only spoken to over the phone and on the web. There are many places that I would love to see that aren’t listed in this post, but the world is large and I have to start somewhere. As I knock these locations off my list I will certainly be adding new ones. As long as I am healthy, I am always ready for an adventure, and I can’t wait to start traveling once again.
A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s.
There is far too common a misconception that it is selfish to desire things, or to work hard for anything, and often times people settle for much less due to the fact that they don’t think they deserve more. Selfishness is an unlearned trait, as children we are inherently selfish, we want all of the food, all of the toys, all of the time from others. Somewhere along the way, as we are trained away from selfishness, we lose sight of self worth. I have seen many people fail to attain a goal due to the fact that they don’t want to seem selfish, while in fact they are being selfish by withholding their talents, knowledge, and contributions from society. As I have grown, I have learned that one of the quickest ways a person can be derailed from their path is by calling them selfish. If a man is working hard to support his family, and somebody ignorantly calls him a selfish workaholic, he may get discouraged and start to question the worth of his work. This quote centralizes the true theme of the idea of selfishness, and in my opinion perfectly defines it, we are not selfish for desiring to go places or do things, true selfishness is when we decide to do all of these things merely for ourselves while disregarding the lives of others. If you are working hard towards a goal, there will be times when you can not be as personable as desired, but as long as your success will lead to the success of your family and community, you are on the right track.
The age of television may be coming to an end in the very near future. There was once a time when television was the choice method for spreading a message, or for providing entertainment to millions, but now it has been completely supplanted by the Internet. The expanded availability of high speed internet has turned television into a thing of the past, and the rise of online streaming services is quickly killing the profits of cable and satellite television providers. I am sure that television will still be around for the next decade, but the idea of waiting for a show to air or holding a spot in your schedule for a certain program seems to be losing followers pretty quickly. In this day and age when many people have variable schedules, streaming services allow a level of flexibility that could never be be matched by today’s television networks. The benefits of streaming services far outweigh those of traditional television, aside from controlling when and what you watch, streaming services allow users to pay for what they want to see instead of paying for large tv packages to watch a single channel. Services like Netflix and Hulu are quickly becoming the norm for television viewing, and while these services don’t yet have the licenses to broadcast sporting events, I predict there will be an all sports service released in the near future. The advances in technology have made our world a much smaller and more accessible place, it is only natural that with these advancements, older technologies will fall by the wayside.
Last night, during an extremely disappointing Monday Night Football broadcast, a new trailer for the highly anticipated Star Wars movie was released. Some may think it a strange idea to tease the new Star Wars movie during a football game, but given the size of the audience, I feel this was a fantastic idea. The average Star Wars fan would have known about this trailer, but the average football fan may not be interested enough to search the web for it, so I feel the trailer was perfectly placed. The original Star Wars films were released almost 40 years ago, but they still manage to garner the same excitement today that they did years ago. When Star Wars was first introduced it was praised for being a visual masterpiece, but now, about 39 years later, many people believe the visuals in the trailer don’t seem like those of a Star Wars film. I have to admit, I loved the trailer, I even watched it several times in a row to be sure I caught every bit of the action, and I don’t see how any Star Wars fan could have been disappointed. I honestly think anyone who thought the teaser didn’t look like a Star Wars movie is nitpicking as well as working with a very small sample size. The name of this film is “The Force Awakens,” and while the trailer was short, it was skillfully crafted in a way that gave the viewer a sense of the overall theme of the movie. I am fairly certain that I have expressed my excitement for this film at least once before in this blog, and I will definitely have to write a full review once I get a chance to see it in a theatre.