05 April 2013

Comic Book Hipsters Be Da[r]ned!

Howdy there! ... It's been a while. I've been trying to think of ways to find time to blog between my bouts of studying, work, social life, and procrastination. I'm thinking of posting once a week? I'll continue to figure it out. It the meantime, I'm feeling kinda like this guy:


Anywhoo, the main reason for my visit to the blogosphere on this day, is another random (potentially uninteresting) idea that ventured into my mind:

Just now, as I was walking across campus, I happened to see a sculpture of Icarus. Though in my sleep-deprivation-caused-by-studying-and-attempting-to-fuel-myself-with-Mountain-Dew state, I misread the plaque as "Galactus." Who, for those of you who don't know, is one of the most awesome comic book villains (though his villain status is debatable) in existence.

I'm so hungry I could eat a planet. Seriously.
It got me thinking - It's been said that comic books and superheroes are the modern equivalent of mythology. If that's so, since Icarus (and numerous other mythological characters) have their own statues today, does that mean 1000 years from now, people will be walking through museums looking at statues of Spider-Man, Captain America, Batman, Superman, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, etc? I certainly hope so.

I love that superheroes are becoming more "mainstream." (Sorry, comic book hipsters.) And I honestly hope to see them be the subjects of "serious" art in the near future. ... Though, it won't be me putting them into said art, due to lack of artistic ability. :/

-Captain Z

19 March 2013

Narwhal

So I had a couple different ideas for today's post. Then I ran out of time to write them. :/ I wasted time after getting home from work, and now I am about to head out for the evening, so I don't have much to contribute to the blogosphere today.

One thing I will note, my random word when I have nothing to say is "narwhal." Don't ask me why. Perhaps because they are random creatures. For my sister, the word is "box." For a friend of mine, it is "purple monkey schizophrenics." (I think she wins most creative.) For Mary Poppins, the word is "supercalifragilisitcexpialidocious." (Yes, I know how to spell that, no I did not have to look it up. :P )

Anyone else out there have a random word to fill the silence?

In the meantime, enjoy this pointless video - (Rated PG for mild language).


-Narwhal

18 March 2013

I'll take a Big Mac, large fries, and a Harlem Shake...

I had the opportunity to participate with some friends in making a Harlem Shake video this weekend. (I'll post a video as soon as it gets put on YouTube.) I'll have to admit it was a blast. But what I'm trying to figure out is why this trend has become so popular in the first place. I've now seen probably at least a dozen videos. Maybe two made me laugh. Maybe. My question:


I understand completely why people make these vids (due to aforementioned blastness), but why do people watch them? Here's how it usually happens for me: [Sees reference to Harlem Shake somewhere.] "Maybe I should give this another try..." [Starts to watch a video.]


...And there's a precious few minutes of my life I'm never getting back. If someone could explain to me the appeal of watching them, that'd be great.

-Captain Z

15 March 2013

Top 10 Movies I'm Looking Forward to in 2013 - Thor: The Dark World

SIX - Thor: The Dark World


How I feel about Thor: This movie, I like it! ANOTHER!


Seriously, after this, not to mention his awesomeness in Avengers, how can you NOT look forward to the next movie? Plus it's gonna be awesome to see Loki get his comeuppance. (Anyone else think of a certain line from The Mummy every time they hear that word?)

-Captain Z

14 March 2013

FREEDOM!!!

As I've mentioned in a previous post, the archenemy of Captain Z is the dreaded Dr. Procrastination!

So I just finished a research paper that's due tomorrow. I'm actually quite proud of myself. Usually I don't finish such things until like 3 or 4 in the morning before its due. However, I still think this qualifies for a fail: I've known about this paper since the beginning of the semester and I just started YESTERDAY. No research, no quality thinking about what I wanted to do, heck, I barely even looked at the requirements until yesterday. The thing is, I have a horrible tendency of doing this with virtually every assignment ever (as well as studying for tests). And every single time my thoughts go something like this: Crap crap crap crap crap crap crap!!! Why did I wait this long to start this? I'm never never never never going to do this again! [insert tons of stress and staying uüber-late]. The next day I'm a zombie through of all of my classes, and if I'm lucky I'll go home and crash for a few hours. Then I'll get up and think of all the projects and studying I should be doing, and then I think, "eh, I'll worry about it later." And then when I get the project or test back with a good grade, I think "See? That wasn't so bad." And then my desire to not procrastinate will plummet. Until of course hours before the next project or test is due. Then I repeat this cycle all over again. What I want to know is WHY do I do this to myself?

Anywhoo. That's my rant for now.

-Captain Z

13 March 2013

Excuse Haiku

Haiku:

Today's post is short.
There's a big research paper
That's due on Friday.

OR, a Reverse Haiku:

A short post today must be.
For due on Friday,
Is a big research paper.


12 March 2013

Top 10 Movies I'm Looking Forward to in 2013: After Earth

Well, it's after midnight, and I'm still up and about. Might as well get a head start and make my Tuesday post:

SEVEN: After Earth


I have to admit that I'm a Shyamalan fan. I've heard that his Airbender film sucked. (I still haven't seen it.) And I realize that his recent movies haven't been as awesome as his earlier ones. (Signs is still one of my all-time favorite movies. And if you don't like Unbreakable, then there is something wrong with you.) But I still believe that he can redeem himself. And what better way to do it than casting by Will Smith? Never mind that this title makes it sound like it is a remake of an awesome 90s animated film, Will and Jaden Smith plus outer space plus apocalypse plus Shyamalan plus what looks like Avatar-like graphics plus cool quote in the trailer (which is partially included in the new poster) should hopefully equal awesome movie. I really hope this one turns out. Please Shyamalan, be good again!

Here is the trailer:


Other posts in this series: Man of Steel, The Wolverine, Catching Fire

-Captain Z

11 March 2013

It's a Monday

So I haven't written a post in so dang long, I need to write a post!

...Seriously though, this computer issue has been a roller coaster. Microsoft customer service sucks. What happened to my old computer is a long story, but I am now the proud owner of a new CHROMEBOOK. I am free, FREE from Microsoft!

And for those of you who have heard negative things about Chromebooks, they are LIES. I love my Chromebook. But I will tell you of why it is awesome in some future post.

I will also continue my list of movies that I am looking forward to this year. ... Eventually. I had no intention for it to take this long. Oops. :/

Also also, my review of How to Train Your Dragon has been lost to the ages. I was stupid and saved it to my computer before it crashed, and not in the cloud. (Stupid!) So now it's been like a month since I've seen it, and I really don't feel like rewriting it.

Anywhoo, here is my random thought process for today: a few weeks back, I was having a discussion with a "frenemy" of mine (we're actually friends, but we enjoy calling ourselves that), and we were talking about society's perception of the days of the week. The question that was presented was along these lines: If society were to abolish weekends, as in, if we had to go to school and work on Saturdays and Sundays and there was absolutely no difference in events between days of the week, would specific days lose their meaning?

My thoughts were something like this: it seems like we measure every day in reference to the weekend: Saturday and Sunday are the weekend. Monday is the crappy day where we have to end our weekend. Friday is the awesome day where the weekend is about to begin. Wednesday is "hump day," when we're halfway to the weekend. And Tuesday and Thursday are those awkward days in between. (I could never get the hang of Thursdays.) If the weekend lost its significance, then we would lose significance for the other days as well. Would we even remember when it is Monday? Or any other day?

Consider the days of the month, for example. People always ask: "What's the date? I forget, is it the 10th or the 11th?" For most people, unless it is a birthday, anniversary, or some other special event, the actual number date has little significance. If we lost weekends, would people always be asking a similar question: "I forget, is today Sunday, or Monday?" I think that this is what would happen.

My "frenemy," on the other hand, believes that if we lost weekends, we would attach new meaning and significance to specific days of the week. What do you all think?

-Captain Z

18 February 2013

She Is Not Dead, but Sleepeth (Hopefully)

So, my computer crashed today. Über-sad day. :( I upgraded it to Windows 8 on Thursday. I was actually a fan of Windows 8 ... until it crashed my computer. Apparently after doing some research online, that is a problem that some people have run into: crashing a few days after upgrading. Wish I would've known that before I upgraded. Anywhoo, I'm *HOPING* to have my computer up and running again in a few days, but until then, I'm not going to have normal computer access, and I really don't feel like using my tablet and/or phone to blog (too much to type on small touch screen keys), so this will be down for a few days. With luck, I may be able to post again on Friday or Monday. Until then, I'm temporarily signing off.


-Captain Z


15 February 2013

Top 10 Movies I'm Looking Forward to in 2013: Man of Steel

EIGHT: Man of Steel



I am definitely a die-hard Marvel fan, but I have respect for DC characters as well. Top on my list of DC respect is Superman. Not only is he the original superhero (if you are a fan of ANY superhero, you owe gratitude to Superman for that character's mere existence), he is a moral model for many people, heroes and "citizens" alike. Some may make fun of the fact that he is the "Big Blue Boy Scout" (and the fact that no one seems to recognize Clark when he's not wearing glasses), but in a period of moral uncertainty, I appreciate a hero who is willing to stand up as a symbol for what is right and wrong. (Which is part of why I love Captain America over in the Marvel Universe.)

So, aside from the fact that he is my favorite DC character, is there any other reasons that I'm looking forward to this movie?

Perhaps this awesome trailer:


Or even this interesting bit of news?

Anywhoo, after the well-deserved success of the Dark Knight trilogy, I'm anxious to see where this studio takes the defender of truth, justice, and the American way.

-Captain Z

14 February 2013

Men and Chocolate

So, since it's St. Valentine's Day, I thought I'd have a semi-themed post:

I'm taking this course at my university called "Men and Masculinities," and one of the big themes is what is considered masculine behavior vs. what is considered feminine behavior, and overcoming stereotypes, etc. Anywhoo, one thing that I was just wondering right now: why is the love of chocolate considered a feminine thing in our society? Is there something unmanly about liking chocolate? Cause if there is, I don't care: I will be the first to raise my hand a say that I love chocolate. Offer me chocolate or any other candy that does not involve chocolate, and I will choose the chocolate nine times out of ten. Whether it's in candy bars, on my ice cream, or a steaming cup of hot cocoa, I love chocolate. I've told people on several occasions, "I love chocolate more than most women that I know." I've even joked about starting a Facebook group with exactly that title. So, if that makes me unmanly, so be it. But I ask again: when and why did we decide that the love of chocolate was a trait that should belong to women?

While you all ponder that, I'm off to get me a Reese's...

-Captain Z

13 February 2013

Top 10 Movies I'm Looking forward to in 2013: The Wolverine

NINE - The Wolverine



Here's just a few reasons to be excited about this movie. - First, and most obvious, it's about Wolverine, by far the X-Men's most popular member, and this looks like it could be a lot better than his previous movie because of two reasons: Japan and the fact that it is post-Last Stand. Who doesn't want to see Logan learn how to be a samurai? Also, this is the first X-movie to take place AFTER X-Men 3. I, for one, am very curious to see what has become of the shattered world of mutants that we were left with after the events of Last Stand.

The Wolverine is scheduled to hit theatres 26 Jul 2013.

-Captain Z

12 February 2013

11th Hour Shenanigans!

Today, Captain Z has suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of his mortal enemy, Dr. Procrastination!
While he recovers from his wounds, enjoy this random picture of Jedi squirrels:



And this hilarious YouTube vid:



11 February 2013

Housekeeping, Failure, and Birthdays! (Oh my!)

First off, a little bit of "housekeeping" - in the off chance that I actually have daily readers yet (hello, all two of you), in case you were wondering about posts yesterday and Saturday, I spontaneously decided on Saturday that this will be a Monday - Friday blog, with perhaps an occasional post on weekends when necessary. This was in part decided due to the fact that it was 11:45 PM on Saturday when I was at a friend's birthday party, and I realized that I had not yet made a post that day. Oops. Plus, I'm usually pretty busy on Sundays.

Second, as you may be noticing, this post is already longer than 100 words. I've decided that, for me anyway, 100 words is generally too short to express exactly what I want to say without sounding like I'm being too short on purpose, or even sounding like I'm not fully putting thought into what I post. So, essentially, I was trying to create a blog that allowed me another medium to express myself, but I was establishing rules that would not let me express myself. So, since this blog is still quite "young," I figured the best time to change it would be now. Sorry for those of you who prefer shorter reads. Maybe you'll have more fun on Twitter.

Anywhoo, my random thought for today: I was recently discussing the over-marketing (if that works as a term?) of pretty much every holiday with a friend of mine. The discussion went something like this: we mentioned how gyms were capitalizing on the fact that virtually everyone adds diet and/or exercise to their New Year's Resolutions, and, as a result of this, they offer ridiculously low prices to join and get you to sign a one year contract. Then I "tangented" (if you don't know what I mean, you see me do it enough to figure it out pretty quickly) to this: what if, instead of New Year's Resolutions, we made birthday resolutions? I mean, what exactly is it about a New Year that makes you want to set new goals? I usually tend to be a lot more reflective about my life on my birthday, not January 1st. Your birthday is when you are literally entering the next year of your life.

Also, New Year's goals are all made around the same time, and they are all broken around the same time. So when we stop living up to them, so are all of our friends, so we justify it. Now, imagine if instead of asking, "what are your New Year's Resolutions?" (which you really only think about once a year, and then usually forget within a few weeks), you asked "What are your birthday resolutions?" Every time you have a friend/family member with a birthday coming up, you'd ask them about them, and you would also, most likely think back to your own goals.

So this year, on my birthday (which happens to be today, which is why this is on my mind again), I'm going to be setting birthday goals (I didn't set any in January.) Will it help me to remember them more? Maybe. But especially so if I get other people to join me, so that we can ask each as our birthdays approach what our goals are.

So who wants to join me? Anyone else want to commit to set some goals as their birthdays approach?

In the mean time, I'll get to brain storming...

(Oh, btw, my countdown of 10 movies I want to see this year will continue on WEDNESDAY.)

-Captain Z

08 February 2013

Top 10 Movies I'm Looking Forward to in 2013: Catching Fire

Over the next few days, I will count down the top 10 movies I'm looking forward to in 2013.





Yes, the series is incredibly depressing, but is also incredibly addicting. I read Catching Fire in two sittings. (I was able to tackle Hunger Games and Mockingjay each in one sitting, but unfortunately I started nodding off around 1:30 AM with Catching Fire.) The first movie actually enhanced my appreciation for the book. Largely because Caesar Flickerman is awesome. Stanley Tucci needs to host the Oscars. As Caesar Flickerman. Also, I want Seneca's beard.

07 February 2013

Who Is the Man Behind the (proverbial) Mask?


I was born in southern California, but I moved to Kansas at a young age. I LOVE MY HOMETOWN. I'm a 20-something college student at a major university in Kansas, studying psychology with the intent to become a marriage and family therapist. I love and read various Marvel comic books. I'm probably the world's biggest fan of the Ender's Game book series. I'm a movie-aholic. I'm addicted to music. I would play Settlers of Catan everyday if I could. I waste too much time on the internet. I work at a national electronics retail store. And I'm a Mormon

06 February 2013

The Secret Origin of This Blog!


Those who know me personally know that my manner of speech (and writing) is filled with much verbosity and superfluity. During the summer of 2012, I came up with the idea of creating a blog for movie reviews, where each review would be 100 words or less as an experiment to see if I could overcome my wordiness. The more I thought about it, the more I realized it would be just as interesting (and more consistent) as a daily blog about random things, with each post of 100 words or less. 

-Captain Z

05 February 2013

The Secret Origin of Captain Z!


“Captain Z” was a nickname that a friend of mine gave me back in high school. It only lasted for a few weeks before it died, though I always found it funny, and I wish it would've stuck. I've used it a few times since high school (such as when I signed my name on the hidden giant wall of employee signatures at the movie theatre where I used to work – you'll hear plenty of stories about that job in the future, I'm sure), but I've decided that this blog is the perfect opportunity to revive the name. 

04 February 2013

Look! Up in the Sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No - IT'S A BLOG!


I've had the idea for this blog bouncing around in my head since last summer, but I kept putting off its creation because I didn't think I had time to maintain a blog. But, a good friend of mine, who is potentially busier than I am, just created a blog, so I said, “If she can do it, so can I!” So now, you have this DAILY BLOG of random thoughts/opinions/epiphanies/whatever from the mind of CAPTAIN Z – NERD EXTRAORDINAIRE! Check back daily for a 100 word or less post! Tomorrow: the secret origin of Captain Z!