Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #5 (SPOILERS)

This last issue has been out for a while now and I'm not going to go into a play by play account like I have with the previous issues.

The series as a whole was merely okay. The idea that the Queen of Angels had no idea who Angela was all this time I don't buy into at all. Angela's reaction to learning that she's Asgardian, fits but I have not changed my stance on it. I fully despise the idea of Angela being Asgardian with every fiber of my comic book loving being.

I am further disappointed that Angela does not return to Gamora and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Angela says that she has no home but that is so far from the truth, she had a home and family with that band of galactic misfits and that is where she needs to be, end of discussion.

I said that I would give this series a try and I did. Once again Marvel fails and dropped the ball with yet another character, one that could have held a unique and special place in the Marvel Universe. They'll never learn.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Adeptus Infernus 004

This week the guys bring you a weekly dose of straight Warhammer 40K talk. Dark Eldar releases, the Solar Auxilia, Conquest, challenges, unbound armies and more!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Adeptus Infernus 002 - Evil Space Elves

With all the excitement surrounding Space Hulk, Dark Eldar updates and the non-stop goodness from Forge World, John and Greg get a quick conversation in on Warhammer 40K and other miniature wargames.

Space Hulk, Solar Auxilia, Forge World Chaos Kits, Dark Eldar (woo hoo!), Planetstrike, FFG 40K dice bags, Green Alliance, Rise of the Kage, Mars Attacks, Warhammer 30K, 7th Edition, Hobby Progress, Kabuki Miniatures and the Horus Heresy novels.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

How I Geek Episode 24 - Last Action Something

This week we talk about some of our favorite action/adventure movies.

Our Week in Geek
The Tick
Doctor Who
Monsters: Dark Continent
The Rock is Black Adam
Dracula Untold
The Strain
Avengers: Everbody Wants to Rule the World
Original Sin
Sentinels of the Multiverse
Forge World Open
Pokemon: Primal and Mega Evolutions
Death of Wolverine
Our Top Five Action/Adventure Movies
Expendables 3
Geektrocities and more!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Adeptus Infernus 001 - It Begins

The first episode of our first spin-off is up and ready for your auditory receptors. We talk about how we got into Warhammer 40K and miniature wargaming in general, hobby progress, news, rumors and other wargaming items.

Listen here, download from itunes, or find us on Stitcher or at Podbean. Please leave or send us your comments and reviews.

Email: howigeek@comcast.net

Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #4 (SPOILERS)

This one is going to be done in a quick and dirty style. I'm tired, worn out and in need of some rest.

It turns out the hut in the woods, the "prison of the gods" is where Odin has banished himself and his brother Cul.

Thor has been betrayed by Loki, well, Lady Loki. He is chained up and being tortured.

Loki is charged by the Queen of Angels to attack Asgard. before this happens, we see Loki planting the seeds of doubt into Angela's mind, she begins to question who and what she is.

Loki is leading a fleet of Angels and Planet-Killers to Asgard. Loki, doing what Loki does best, double crosses Heven. Leading their fleet into crashing straight into the defensive shielding protecting Asgard, destroying them all.

Thor, still being bound and tortured, does what any god of thunder would do in this circumstance, he summons a storm. As the Queen is told of her fleet's destruction, Thor brings down the entire building with lightning with Mjolnir flying to his grasp.

We end with Loki at the hut occupied by Odin and Cul. Loki informs Odin that Heven has been freed and of the impending Angel attack on Asgard. The story ends with Odin deciding to return to Asgard.

One issue left and I'm still puzzled over how or why Thor does not recognize Angela from the visions he received from the Watcher's eye.

Ready for the last issue, let's see how they wrap this story up.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

When Life Gives You Lemons...

...you make lemonade, right? Only if you have the water and sugar to do it.

I'm not a fan people posting their problems online for the world to see, but I understand that as a venting process, as a way to just work the problem out in your head as you're writing isn't necessarily a bad thing. I guess it's just a matter of what kind of problems you're facing and if you really want that laundry out there. So, here I am, venting in a forum open for the world to see. Just hoping to get some of the weight off my shoulders and clear up all this stuff festering in my head.

Just under a month ago my wife and were hit with financial devastation through no fault of ours. It was completely unexpected and it could have ruined us utterly and completely. It not only wiped out our checking account but a savings too. Like most men do, I was prepared not to ask for help. I was ready to endure the storm as best I could until it was over, but if I had done that, it would have caused more harm than good.

Unexpectedly I was lifted up by the love of my friends and family. They stepped in and had I not accepted their help, we really would have been in a much worse position. It was enough to put food on the table and keep the lights on. I was given a kick in the ass, and I cannot express my thanks and gratitude enough.

At work I was able to pick up a significant amount of overtime, however all it did was allow us break even while still waiting on the bank and the people responsible for this debacle to get it all sorted out. Sixty hours of overtime, and all of it went to fill a hole that we didn't dig. We're are also still waiting for the return of what was taken from us, which my belief in that happening dwindles daily and is now almost non-existent.

Since this happened I decided to evaluate everything related to our income and expenses. We have not been spending outside of our means. Things would have to be saved for otherwise we just went without. There has always been a certain amount of money for comics, games or whatever, but I'm thinking that should probably stop.

I only get nine comic books a month. Five of those are bought specifically for the kids. the only gaming I spend money on is the subscription for World of Warcraft, which again, isn't much. Last item is my storage and hosting for the podcast., not a wallet breaker by any means. I just think going forward, since the cost of living keeps infinitely rising while the purchasing power of our paychecks infinitely dwindle, that it's time to tighten the belt. If anything just to build a bit of better safety net.

My paycheck has gotten smaller anyways due to a hefty rise in household expenses (home and auto insurance, property taxes and utilities) and so it's probably a good idea anyways. So out are the comics and the sub to Warcraft. Comics are something that I can catch up on, as is playing WoW. It's not much, but that $45-$50 a month will add up. The podcast has been paid up for through April back when we started it.

All I have been doing is thinking about how to keep this from happening again. First thing that came to mind is dropping the bank and paying everything by cash and money orders. All banking does is give you some minor conveniences in exchange for bigger headaches. Although my bank was not responsible for what happened, I don't need it for anything. Right off the bat, that takes away the problem that caused all of this. Paying your bills online, setting up automatic payments and the big one, authorizing a one time payment for a specific date and amount, but the payee takes whatever they want, whenever they want.

Since all of this happened I have only received one phone call from the people that wrongfully took what was not yet theirs to have. What did they want? They money that they already took. Honestly I have no idea how that company stays in business with the way it's operated. We've had nothing but trouble from them since they bought our mortgage.

I'm done with it all. I'm just going to work as much as I can and horde every damn cent at home, out of the hands of greedy incompetent corporations so that my family never has to go through this again.

I'm calling it before I get into a full tirade in here. Lot of good this did for venting.