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TV

RESIDENT ALIEN: Watch the pilot FREE

This show is so good, I’m sad I can’t binge watch all of the episodes right away. The pilot episode is available free on Syfy.

What’s it about?

An alien on a mission whose UFO gets struck by lighting and crashes near a small town in Colorado has to recover his technology from the snow before it melts. Resident Alien is three genres in one. It’s a drama, sci-fi, and comedy and is great as all three. The story sucked me in right away and I was LOL a lot. Since he’s stuck on Earth he must take human form and try to fit in. He’s smarter and stronger than any human so he’s confident he’ll have no problems. He watches Law and Order and surfs the net to learn English before he goes into town.

Who are the actors?

Sara Tomko and Alan Tudyk have been on TV and in Hollywood movies before, but I suspect this show will really make them into big stars like The Mandalorian did for Pedro Pascal. OK maybe not that big, but this show will definitely boost their acting careers because they help make the show believable.

No Spoilers?

The alien crashes in the very beginning of the story and I only mentioned the first few minutes, so that’s all I’ll say other than it’s definitely worth watching. Smallville is still my favorite alien gets stuck on Earth story. How many are there? I remember E.T.TransformersHe-ManMork and Mindy, and Alf. Which did I forget?

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GAMING

FREE FIRE: Let’s go on a killing spree to #1

What’s up fellow gamers? Today I’d like to share one of my favorite games with you today, Free Fire. This game may not be that popular in the West since it is clearly a Fortnite clone, but it doesn’t require much storage or power, so it can be played on low level phones making it one of the most played games in the world.

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I recommend playing alone or with your friends in real life because the game will just auto-pair you up with some selfish noob teammates who wont have your back and will leave you to die even if you beg them for first aid. If you play with 3 other good players and work as a team, you’ll be unstoppable.

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Everyone seems to want to jump out of the plane right away and start shooting. I think it’s better to wait, be one of the last to jump, collect a bunch of stuff, and let everyone else who was all impatient kill each-other off.

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I’ll do a couple circles after the parachute deploys to see if there are any other players in the area and if alone, can take time collecting weapons, armor, and first aid kits.

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The game is free, but good clothes, guns, and characters cost real money. I just wear whatever I think will work best for camouflage. I’ve been kicked out of teams before because my outfit wasn’t cool enough for them and they thought I was a total noob. I think my outfit looks sexy. What do you think?

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Once I got my bag full of stuff, I’ll grab a vehicle and look for foos to run over near the shrinking safety zone. A sniper may take you out while driving, so it’s best to drive fast and erratic.

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Vehicles make for great cover and bait. A lot of times enemies will unload their clip on my car giving me time to get them in my scope.


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Airdrops are a good place for running people over.

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I finished first with 18 kills today! Most of them got run over from behind and didn’t even see me coming. When I was down to the final few, I kept telling myself not to get cocky, these are the best players who are still left, but I was just too good at running people over today.

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Thanks for checking out Free Fire with me today. My handle is JeremiahLee+ if you want to play with me. As a teacher, I try to keep things fun for my students and this is one of the games we’ll play together to practice conversation skills. All of the images in this post came from my gameplay today. I used Procreate to blur away some of the onscreen buttons. Can you tell where?

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ART GAMING

Splinterlands Art Contest: SPIRIT OF THE FOREST

She’ll heal and protect her friends while flying and shooting arrows at her enemies. She’s hard to hit and does a lot of damage while keeping the front monster alive making her one of my favorite cards.

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From the safety of the Eldest Tree, deep in the shrouded magic of the Hungry Wood, the Spirit of the Forest lives and grows. She is one of the original creators of life in the Splinterlands, and little happens without her knowing about it. She can be summoned to battle by a skilled summoner, but she loves all her children as a good mother should.

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Coming across the latest Splinterlands Art Contest, I thought I would do a sketch inspired by one of the new cards, but after looking through them all, I decided on sketching the classic ALPHA card, SPIRIT OF THE FOREST, instead. At first I thought I would have her growing a tower of protection and a tree from the ground as if she where a reverse Night King from Game of Thrones. I copy and pasted her and her healing powers from the game initially as inspiration or as a guide, but she fit in perfectly, so I moved, resized, and redrew her healing magic and blurred her into the picture. I changed her face and hair a little bit and made her boobs bigger. I changed the position of her arms to fit with my idea and had her hands blur into healing power and the tower so I could avoid drawing them. I took some pictures along the way in Procreate then stacked them all on top of each other in their own layers and exported it as an animated GIF. Thanks for checking out my Splinterlands sketch today. I know I cheated a bit with the copy and paste part, but it was fun and it came out nice.

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GAMING

GAMEBOY: A new cartridge game for the original system three decades after launch is coming soon!

At first I thought this was an official Nintendo Gameboy game, but it’s a Kickstarter project that also plans to release a cartridge for the NES. Their goal was only $7,000 and I see it going up by thousands of dollars a day way past their target, so they’ll most likely succeed at producing both cartridges. They say they will not make any ROMs, just cartridges to keep the nostalgia for the classic alive.

All my previous games are sold and distributed mostly in physical cartridge (not ROM) since the main idea is to keep alive the spirit and gameplay of this legendary console.

Dana

Dear Nintendo,

Isn’t it great people still love your systems 31 years after they launched? Why not reward these loyal fans by creating a “Classic” division at Nintendo where you dedicate a fraction of your expenses to producing at least one game a year for every system you’ve ever produced? Yes, even the Virtual Boy. This would keep loyal Nintendo fans super happy and parents buying a system for their kids would feel more comfortable knowing that there will always be new games being produced for that system. I know Nintendo has enough cash to survive hundreds of years, so profit doesn’t matter as much as keeping fans happy and I think Dana and his Kickstarter here have found a great way to do just that. If my idea ever becomes a reality, I will be very excited to play a new N64 title every year. If this had been company SOP since the beginning, we could be enjoying Super Mario 64 X and Mario Kart 64 X by now as well as some cool Zelda 64 hits.

How many Gameboys do you think are still around? Even if only one percent survived the trash bin, that would still mean millions of originals and later versions are still working that could play this game. As a Nintendo fanboy, I’m happy to see that love for the Gameboy is still strong. Remember that old Johnny Cash song, The Gambler, which Kenny Rogers more famously sang…

If you’re gonna play the Gameboy,
You gotta learn to play it right!

As a kid, I always thought he was talking about my favorite portable gaming system not realizing the song was a classic from the 1970s about gambling. I think most people do that. They hear, see, or read what they want to rather than understand the whole thing.

Check out Dana’s Kickstarter here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/danapuch/new-cartridge-game-the-shapeshifter-2021/description

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GAMING

Dear Dragons, Help me escape the Silver League!

There are many play to earn crypto games, but none so far have the community or solid gameplay Splinterlands provides. You need to buy a $10 Summoner’s Spellbook to begin, but you’ll also get a HIVE account where you can post and earn with communities like TravelfeedLeoFinance, and the HIVE Gaming Community. There are many more great communities on the HIVE blockchain, but those are where I spend most of my time. I came across this Dragon challenge today, so I monstered up and tried to break free of the SILVER LEAGUE with the help of my lovely DRAGON cards.

Each time I get close to the gates of the GOLD LEAGUE, I get kicked down and struggle to come back only to be kicked down again. It’s because you only earn 10 rank points when you’re near the top where most of your opponents are lower ranking and when they win you’ll take a huge hit to your rank.

After this great battle I knew I had something good to share and it also gave me the momentum to go on a ten straight winning streak…C2441C4A483144C68A9FFBA9DF0CC743.jpeg9B31D74ABF95464088086068C748792E.jpeg

And to finally be free of the dreaded SILVER LEAGUE. Why is SILVER LEAGUE harder than GOLD LEAGUE? I think it’s because GOLD LEAGUE players rely on strong cards while SILVER LEAGUE players are using weaker cards, but better strategies. Anyways thanks for checking out my battle today. Have a good one!

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FILM

BATMAN -vs- TMNT: Please make this into a game!

How did I not know about this movie until now? I was born in 1980, so I was 7 when the cartoon first aired and I even remember some of the darker comic books before they went mainstream. The saddest thing about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is that the best thing they’ve ever produced was in 1990 when the original live action film was released. I’ve shown the classic gem to friends and students here in Laos who’ve never seen it and they can tell it’s not CGI, it’s over three decades old, but it looks real. They always asked the same thing, “How did they do it?”

I’ve given ALL of the TMNT flicks a try over the years, but none have ever really even come close to capturing the magic of the first film. As a ten year old boy, it was the only film I remember that was a bigger deal than Star Wars. I also remember going to see it in a big theater with my friend Mike and we noticed this “old lady” in front of us sitting alone. She was friendly, but we were very surprised to see that a 24-year-old was also a turtle fan like us. In Catholic school, my teacher was very amused that in my version of heaven, I would choose to be a mutant turtle.

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DC

The Movie

Warner Brothers, nickelodeon, and DC has brought the turtles, the Footclan, and Shredder to Gotham City. Batman -vs- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has cheap Saturday morning animation, but the voice acting and ninja story kept me entertained. Did anyone else dream of being a ninja as a kid? I didn’t find out it wasn’t a real job and there was never going to be a ninja academy scholarship in my future until I was almost 13. Even though it’s been many years, I can still use most of the turtles’ weapons I practiced with for hours and hours in the woods. Mikey is my favorite turtle and I was always a Bruce Lee fan so I’m pretty handy with nunchuku.

I felt the characters all stayed true to form and used their weapons in brutal ways in this animated action adventure crossover. I won’t ruin or spoil the story for you. I’ll just say that I would have loved to watch this as a kid. Overall, I’d give this four out of five stars.

The Game

Remembering that I’m NOT a genius and someone else may have had this idea or even hoping the game already exists, I Googled it and found this awesome Reddit post by AuntieJamima. They posted a rad CGI video that looks like a gritty claymation of the fight mechanics if the TMNT were in a Batman game. I think it would be cool if the turtles borrowed some of Batman’s tech and could fly up and glide down on hoverboards from the future too. It would be so fun to go on five person online adventures as Batman, Leo, Raphael, Donny, and Mikey. If this ever becomes a real game, please leave me a NFT tip in the future…

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GAMING

MONOPOLY BINGO: My favorite new passive game with friends…

We had a go at this game with four players and many more screen touch offenders after work and enjoyed the relaxed play and lack of pop-ups this game had to offer while feeling rushed to get our BINGOS at the same time.

Bingo Bash featuring MONOPOPLY is availaible at the App Store:

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bingo-bash-featuring-monopoly/id509098112

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Google Play Store:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.bitrhymes.bingo&hl=en&gl=US

We usually like playing GTA or Blackjack blockchain games, but sometimes it’s nice to just have fun, chill, and play bingo with some amigos.

You can even play this game on Facebook too. It works with one, two, three, or four players on screen and more online. We found making two teams playing as teams one and two worked best because the game only displays teams 1 and 2 or 3 and 4 at a time and many hand collisions were going on at my iPad’s four corners trying to switch back and forth, but it was also part of the fun. Thanks for checking out this great party and socially interactive game with us today. Check out their site:

https://www.gsn.com/monopoly-bingo/

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FILM

Wonder Woman 1984: It’s not that bad!

Wonder Woman was never a cherished character nor was the princess disliked in any way, but I honestly had very low expectations and I didn’t have anything better to do now that the Mandalorian is gone, so I gave Diana a chance and found her new film emotionally entertaining.

Now that Mando has taken off his mask he must no longer follow the creed, because he showed his face this whole movie. He must really miss the baby. He was a good dad to the green guy, but he’s lost his fatherly touch and is too focused on his godly wish stone and neglects his ten year old human son now.

What do you think other heroes would wish for? I think Superman would wish to go back in time and get a second chance with Lana Lang from Smallville. Batman would surely wish for his parents to have never died ironically making it so the Bat never exist. (I’ll suggest this to the Joker the next time I visit him.) Diana just wished for her boyfriend back and that is how Captain Kirk was able to come back to life in 1984, even though he died in WWII, and had to possess some other dude’s body.

This is just a weird “what if” type of comic book movie that explores Diana’s heart more than action or trying to compete with any other movie. So many people have complained they didn’t like this movie for its flaws, but they were what made it feel like a living comic book to me. It’s not the best film of 2020, but it’s not as bad as they say either. By the way, what do you think was the best film of 2020?