It’s Been Long Enough

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AvatarJoe.jpgI’ve always thought of myself as a competent writer. Yet when the fingers start to move across the keys it’s not exactly like riding a bike. So with that in mind I’m throwing on the training wheels and giving it a go. The point, after all, is to turn the handle and let it flow. In this edition of the Creative Catastrophe, the Geeky Faucet is draining out the rusty water and I’m going to keep going till it runs clear.

A lots been going on in my world. At the very core of it is my amazing family, who has had to put up with me during a turbulent 18 months. I got laid off, spent 6 months growing a neck beard, got a new job, moved departments, starting working 50-60 hour work weeks, moved departments again, and now find myself writing a whole lot. I mean a WHOLE lot. Just not for fun. Through it all my wife has been extremely supportive. My child, well, he manages to completely amaze me every day. Basically, life’s a lot of work with a little bit of play mixed in.

In podcast news, I have a couple of upcoming guest appearances on the new podcast from Nerds Domain titled “There are Four Lights!” So if you’re interested in hearing me talk about old Star Trek Episodes you may want to check them out. Warning: it’s mostly me trying to be funny (or be a smartass) and Matt trying to move the show along. They were fun to record and I’m sure I will do some more in the future.

As for the Geeky Faucet Podcast. Well, if you’ve followed me or the show then you know the story. I’m getting around to it, yaddah, yaddah, yaddah… I have a couple of short format concepts that I will give a shot and see if I can stay consistent with. I am also shopping for a permanent co-host that will keep me honest.

Now on to some entertainment related topics I want to talk, err… type about. It’s been so long since I last posted that I’m just going to break it down by category…

Music – The New kids on the Pod are Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. Talk about a great voice paired with a great arrangement. The song “S.O.B.” should definitely be on your iPod/Zune/digital music player. Is Zune still a thing?

TV & Film – I didn’t see Fantastic Four, so this section should include 50% less curmudgeoness. However, I did see Ant-Man, and shame on me for not reviewing it. It was great. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The villain was a little bit generic, but I’ll leave the details for a full review later. In other TV & Film related news, I’ve been watching some old web shows as of late. Video Game High School is highly entertaining and as usual I am way behind the curve on these types of things. If you haven’t checked it out, but have thought about it more than 1.5 times, I would recommend it. Otherwise, I’m eagerly awaiting the fall TV schedule like everyone else.

Comics – Way behind everyone else in the comic reading world. Eventually I’ll get around to giving a proper comic book review/recommendation one day. Until then go read Invincible. If you aren’t then shame on you. For reals…

Web – This is where were going to get into the real meat of the post. I have wanted for a while to share some of my thoughts on Periscope.

If you don’t know what Periscope is then that’s ok. I didn’t either until just a few weeks ago. Well, I knew what it was in concept/theory, but I didn’t actually know what it was. Basically, its 75% people doing live video selfies while taking about nothing, and 25% people who share some really cool stuff that most of us would never otherwise see. The other night I watched a Demolition derby featuring large oversized vehicles (think RV’s), and I thought it was pretty cool. Well at least for a few minutes anyway. I also stumbled on to a person broadcasting an awesome sunset from the Arizona area. It was very cool to watch. Even if, again, it was only for a few minutes. I’ve watched numerous sports reporters broadcast press conferences and interviews live. Overall, I have enjoyed the unique perspective it gives you.

When it comes down to it I like the concept of seeing something through another person’s perspective, and would even say it’s a pretty solid broadcasting platform. There are some people out there that are using it as a way to cast out their brand of thought sharing. No different than a blogger or podcaster. I can dig that.  For me, however, the selfie broadcasts with titles like “Ask me anything” are kind of a waste of the platform. Instead, I like to see the more unique broadcasts of unique sights. Periscope’s entertainment value might be short lived, but I guess that’s yet to be determined. I’ve got some ideas how it would be cool to incorporate it in to the site, but seeing as I am still trying to find the smallest bit of consistency in content release, I’m in no rush.

Well, I think I’m tapped. So I’ll end this quick.


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