A nerd who is into cars, video games, movies, book and more. I love to write and hope to share what I have written with others. Please enjoy!!
2013 was a difficult year for me and my family. We had moved back home after being away for work three years and I was kind of in between jobs. My Dad's cancer was also back, and he was looking ahead at another round of radiation treatments. All these afflictions were temporary, within a few weeks I had found work and after a year of treatments my Dad's cancer was in remission. But despite my families’ circumstances improving, we were still financially drained from the whole experience. To make ends meet I sold my car.
It is the most abundant fuel in the universe and when you burn it the only byproduct of the combustion reaction is water. More than this it has three times the potential energy than petroleum so the question really becomes, why are we not using it to power everything? Well there are several answers to that question, but the most surprising one is we are already.
Star Wars Games
Star Wars day is coming and I can not help but think about some of my favorite visits to the Star Wars universe. Here is a list of a few of my favorites, some great, some just okay and some nostalgic guilty pleasures. So strap in for hyperspace and make sure you have a good blaster at you side. Let's do a deep dive into the games of Star Wars. May the Force be with us.
68 Shelby GT 350
Growing up, my family had a special connection with cars that extends even to today. As such I got to drive some amazing and strange vehicles during my youth. But the one that stands above the rest vehicles was my dad's 1968 Shelby Mustang GT 350.
Disney's EPCOT has always been a place that fascinates me. The concept of a world's fair that never really ends was revolutionary at the time and while as a concept it has not aged to well, I will always enjoy the parks unique idea of what a theme-park can be. Some of my all time favorite Disney memories come from EPCOT and still to this day it is my favorite park to visit. But the world is changing and the EPCOT of my childhood has changed a lot to stay "relevant" and "competitive" in the modern era. But if I could turn back time I would take my family to EPCOT in the 80's and 90's in a heartbeat. In 2019 Disney announced some big changes for the park and it seems the future world of my youth will largely be going away. That said some changes have already been made and while many of them are arguably for the better, one of them broke my heart.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
A long time ago in this galaxy I was a huge Star Wars nerd. Time and over-saturation of the brand with inconsistent material has dulled for me some of the charm but I still remember with great fondness the original trilogy and several of the books I read growing up surrounding the franchise, like the Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson. My favorite of the classic films is Empire Strikes Back, and I consider it not only the best Star Wars film, but one of the all-time great science fiction stories.
What if Sharon Carter has always been the Power Broker.
In a previous article I expressed some distaste for the implementation of Sharon Carter in Falcon and the Winter Soldier. It stemmed from how her path to evil began with her being seemingly abandoned by Steve Rogers after Civil War and how I felt that was inconsistent with Steve's character, defined as a person who always comes through for his friends, see Bucky and the other avengers stuck on the raft. I could only conclude that Steve could not find her because she did not want to be found and I did not feel like that sentiment was earned considering how little time they were separated before the events of infinity war. If she was not turn to dust in the snap, surely Steve could have used her expertise if nothing else to help during the crisis. Also the time frame feels really tight for her to leave the US and become the dominate force in Mandripore. I know she is portrayed as very capable, but that is a heck of a feat. Or is it? What if she had more time and a little help setting up her contacts? As she walked down the stairs after the hearing during the post credit scene in Falcon and the Winter Soldier a thought struck me, could she have been the Power Broker all along?
Alien Day Short: (4/26/21)
Jacob woke early in the morning as the lights slowly came on in his room. Every morning they were set to come on slowly at six thirty in the morning. His room was small, consisting of only his bed, a small table, a shelf with a few books, a door to his closet and a slit window that let the sun light in but only just. That is during the months of the year when the sun shinned. Currently the slit window served little purpose as it was the dead of winter, and the sun had dipped below the horizon months ago and would not return till the beginning of spring. During the summer it would never set but in the depths of winter it would never rise. The darkness was oppressive and affected everyone’s mood after a while. That said artificial sunlight was projected by the dome during the winter months to light up the settlement, but nothing could ever truly replace real sunlight.