There's a few things I was thinking about lately. First of all, if you don't pay attention to comics, Marvel has totally fucked up their comic book universe, and I can't even begin to describe what's going on. Dr. Doom totally messed shit up and killed heroes and villains and the whole world has changed. It's not the Marvel universe I grew up with, and is growing increasingly unlike our own world. Now, I just can't get into this, even though I've never read any of these issues (where do I start?) or dont know the finer details of the stories. Is this a mark that I'm getting old and slowly swampish in my brain, to not be cool with this change? On the one hand, I applaud what Grant Morrison has done with Batman, though I didn't at first and there's still some things I'm like, hmmm on. But what Marvel has done is totally off the wall, to the point of being off the wall for its own sake, rather than having some sort of logical cohesion. I was thinking about this yesterday and wondering if it was a sign I was getting too crotchety and un-accepting as I near 40.
It's easy to pick apart a work of art and say, "This sucks". I've tried, in recent years, to be more accepting of art that isn't perfect, because I know firsthand how hard it is to make something, and how magical things have to come together for this to happen. When I was younger, I was very opinionated, and while I still have my moments, I try to be more evenhanded these days. I think a good example is The Dark Knight, by Chris Nolan. Not a perfect movie by any means, but an ambitious movie, and a movie greater than the sum of its parts. There's a bunch of magical shit in this movie, but my purest example of it is the Joker's theme on the score. It's so nuts that someone actually okayed this as a leitmotif for a movie character in a serious, AAA movie. I could go on for hours talking about that simple sound of the Joker's theme, and how important and revolutionary it is. Still, the movie has its flaws. But there's greatness there that came together almost as though it was created fully formed -- and that's a sign of great art.
Well, it's 2AM here, and things are getting back to normal in Arizona. It's taken me a week or so, but I think I have gotten used to being back after the trip. I kind of miss being on the road too. I hope we take another trip in July.
Batman is dead -- killed not by longtime adversaries like the Joker -- but by PC goddamn gaming. While console peasants gnaw on their beef jerky and play Arkham Knight without problems, we of the PC Master Race can only weep. Lo, I have tasted the nectars of the Master Race and they are bitter, so bitter!
so fucked WB took it off the market yesterday. Shit is crazy. The frame rate is wack and always choking. It played good for a while, though. Makes me mad I went PC instead of PS4. I guess I have to get a PS4.
Ive been in San Diego for two days now. But prior to that we spent a day in Yuma Arizona, apparently the hottest and driest place in America. Damn it was hot there and only one of our air conditioners were working. It was kinda hellish. The german shepherd had a hard time. Finally we left the next day and headed to Arizona. When we arrived we missed the entrance to the RV park and had to turn around in a trolley parking lot. While doing so we hit a stop sign. Well.
Wish me luck! We are off to San Diego today in the motor home. Will be staying Yuma tonight. Should be a nice adventure but I am sure trials also await. I have a cellular iPad I use to navigate the mothership so I will be around.