Seventeen: What Geek Level are You?

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We are here and we are brothers, with varying degrees of Geekery.

Patrick has been working on a litmus test for Geek Levels.  We discuss this.  We try not to end our bond of fellowship in the process.

Seen:

Andrew watches “Gotham”. this episode is slightly more fun.

Chris is digging the most recent “Doctor Who”  Interesting new directions for the Doctor and the Companion.

Chris and Andrew watch “Star Wars Rebels”.  A new hope is born in them both.

We all saw “Gone Girl”  We have to stop our Fincher love fest before it becomes awkward.

Read:
Christopher and Andrew read “Batman Eternal”.  They want it get on with it already.
Andrew is getting caught up on Matt Fraction’s “Hawkeye”  easily one of the best monthly series out there.
Patrick gets a big stack of comics from us in the mail.  He will dive in.  He also read “Ready Player One” and poses and interesting question conceived in the novel.

Played:
All play Destiny.  We hope the drops get better.  Patrick describes a very tough raid.  The Brothers Geek Fire team needs to play more together.

Trivia: Name the two films David Fincher has been nominated for a Best Director Oscar.

Supplemental Trivia:  Chris challenges us with a Lord of the Rings character question.

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Sixteen: Warm and Fuzzies from the Rebel Scum

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News:
We report on casting news for season 2 of “True Detective” Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn appear to be good choices.  The new season appears to be a long way off though.

We geek out over a Starship Size comparison chart.  We name our favorites.  Check out the link and let us know your favorite.

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Seen:

Our reaction to “Gotham” is lukewarm at best.  We are much more enthusiastic about the Season 2 of “Agents of SHIELD”

The Capaldi Era of “Doctor Who” seems to be improving.  Patrick is concerned he is getting sub-par material to work with.

Read:
Andrew reads “Batman Eternal” and “Invincible” and is disappointed in the ending of the latest Emberverse novel.

Chris reads many things.  His interest in the “Powder Mage” triology has been increased due to a recent plot development.

Patrick prompts a discussion on the glut of movies based on YA novels as he has seen so many YA movies lately.

Played:
“DESTINY”!  Andrew plays the game on his own and has fun!
Chris and Patrick are proud.
Chris continues to love “Diablo”, the latest patch makes him happy.  Andrew almost hangs himself from disinterest.

Trivia:
The Boys are challenged to name the Best Picture nominees from 1994 and 2003 that beat two of our favorite movies, :”The Shawshank Redemption” and “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”

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Fifteen: Badassery is the new Awesome-sauce

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We kept it tight.

We report on Grant Morrison’s Batman news and the recently released plot details of “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

Chris is very excited for The Vision, a childhood favorite.

Seen:

Christopher re-watches the “Star Wars” Prequel Trilogy with his 9 year old daughter.  He laments the murder of his own inner 9 year old by George Lucas

Patrick and Andrew both watch “Outlander”.  Andrew is current, Patrick is bored already.

Read:

Chris struggles to finish “Codex Alera” by Jim Butcher.

Andrew struggles to finish “The Golden Princess” by SM Stirling.
Both hope the endings of their respective novels will peak their interest in the sequels.

Patrick is digging on “Ready Player One”.  the Audible App is discussed.

Played:

The Brothers Geek play “Destiny” on the Xbox 360.  We are crushing hard on it.  We love playing as a fire team.

Patrick’s fear of enough content is resolved.  He has played over 50 hours.

EPL Update.  Draws for all the Brothers except Daniel, his Chelsea Blues remain perfect with 4 victories in 4 matches.

Trivia

The Boys are challenged to name top 3 box office earning film franchises.  They get 2 and question the validity of the top earner as an actual franchise.

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Fourteen: Chris’ “Phablet” fits in his pocket, he swears

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We report on the Apple announcement of the Iphone6, 6Plus and Apple Watch.  We establish Christopher likes batteries.

Seen:

“The Leftovers” Season 1 Finale delivers on multiple levels.  Storytelling at its finest.  It brings all the Feels.
Andrew is re-watching “Arrow” Season 1 with his lady.  She probably has a thing for Stephen Amell.

Christopher and Patrick discuss most recent “Doctor Who”.  Mixed feelings all around.

Read:
We all slack on “Batman Eternal”
Christopher is through “Iron Fist: The Living Weapon” #6
While reading “Ready Player One” Patrick reflects on his own gamer experience.  We feel this is a good thing.
Andrew reads the newest book in the Emberverse series.  Its good adventure.
Played:
“Destiny” is played by all
Reviews are good to great, Andrew has no idea what he is doing.  Just likes shooting stuff.
Chris and Patrick have more nuanced reactions.
Trivia:
Andrew bungles it.  The Boys give him appropriate amounts of grief

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Titus Pullo Says “Episode: Thirteen!”

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We report on The Rock’s casting as Black Adam in the upcoming “Shazam” film from the DC Cinematic Universe.
We approve.

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We all discuss “The Desolation of Smaug”  It’s bloated and silly but Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug is fantastic and the Dragon himself is amazing.

Chris discusses “Homeland”, we all recall our love of “Band of Brothers”.

Patrick and Christopher find this new “Doctor Who” interesting and is glad for the new direction

Read:

Batman Eternal #22 and the series as a whole is discussed.

Andrew reads a NON YA book. “The Queen of the Tearling”.

Patrick finishes “A Feast For Crows”.  He is spent.

Christopher continues to enjoy “Iron Fist: The Living Weapon”

Played:

Christopher kicks Andrew’s tail in “Mario Kart 8″.  Andrew needs more track time.

Patrick and Christopher play “Diablo” for the Xbox360 and PC respectively.  Their love for the game is strong and not at all excessive.

Destiny arrives on 9-9-2014  All rejoice.

Trivia.  Total minutes of running time for Original Theatrical “Lord of the Rings” films

Both brothers undershoot the actual number.

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Twelve: True Blood Sucks (See what we did there?)

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We discuss the record $3.2 million dollar sale at Ebay auction of “Action Comics #1″.  We are not Collector Geeks but if we had a billion dollars…. still probably not.

Seen:
“True Blood” Series Finale is decent and discussion of the series as a whole ensues.  It stayed too long at the party.

“The Leftovers” is TREMENDOUS.  We find it really really hard not to spoilerize it.  But we didn’t.
Patrick hopes for another season of “Legend of Korra”.  Don’t cancel it Nickelodeon!

Read:
Andrew gives his honest opinion on Batman Eternal #20.
Christopher is digging on Book#1 of the “Powder Mage” trilogy.
Patrick will rest his brain and heart for a while after he finishes “A Feast For Crows”.

Played:
Andrew is thoughtful and plays nothing so Patrick can speak at length about “Diablo III: Reaper of Souls” for the Xbox 360
Chris plays lots of games.  He’s a gamer.

EPL update:

Chris’s Tottenham Hotspur are top of the table… for now.

Trivia:
The Boys are challenged to name two of the four “Outstanding Drama Series” with four wins.
They succeed!
“Hill Street Blues” “LA Law” “the West Wing” and “Mad Men” are the answers

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The Leftovers “The Garveys at Their best”

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By Christopher Schmaltz

 

“The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.”

That is a quote focused on, and slightly puzzled over, in the most recent tremendous episode of The Leftovers. This will be a spoiler free comment, so if you are behind in watching the show, no worries. I was struck by this quote and its usage in this current episode, and its commentary on the show as a whole.

So let’s examine the quote first. It suggests that a thing isn’t aware of itself except in relation to something else. Going further, it offers the viewpoint that the thing, namely “the foot,” needs feedback from an outside force or resistance in order to be that thing. This concept seems totally contrary to the “I think, therefore I am” classical philosophical proposition by Descartes. Or is it? The fascinating use of the “foot” quote in the context of this show continues the show’s deep exploration of emptiness, loss, and the meaning of existence.

How does it do that? IMO, the whole show to this point has been a close examination of the people who remain, and their response to the void that is created (it too remains) when they have lost someone to this unexplained event. It is the existential crisis of all existential crises. A person (or multiple people) that helped define who you are abruptly vanish. The serious theme being examined here is that the people who have lost loved ones (via the event, or because of it in its aftermath) are struggling to come to grips with themselves. The absence of their familial feedback has set them adrift. That void, contradictorily enough, provides strong feedback too. Is the absence of the “ground” also feedback for the foot, when it expects feedback from the ground, or “remembers” the feedback?

“I think, therefore I am” is about knowledge, awareness. It isn’t about feeling/being/living. Knowing you exist and existing are 2 very different things. The show continues to effectively explore that difference. But to what point? Navel gazing for its own sake is a feedback loop to nothing. The payoff is in growth – we’ll see if The Leftovers manages to communicate growth for some or all of the characters by the end of this season.

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Eleven: Palate Cleansers for Your Frontal Lobe

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We remember the great Robin Williams, “Mork and Mindy”, “Aladdin”, ‘Dead Poets Society”, “Good Will Hunting” and “Jumanji” all showed us his wild genius
Seen:
Christopher discusses lighter fair this week, he has started “Legend of Korra” as he has realized how dark most of his viewing choices are.
Patrick and Andrew talk “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, decide its just stupid fun.
Read:
Andrew is current with “Batman Eternal” and “Invincible”.
Christopher is finishing “The Strain” Book One.
We encourage Patrick to finish “A Feast for Crows” simply because “A Dance with Dragons” is so good.
Played:
Christopher geeks out and builds a car from a crap movie on “Forza 5″
Patrick plays “Diablo” with his buddies
Andrew plays more Spartan Ops.  All agree crushing crawlers with a Mantis foot is good clean fun.
Barclay’s Premier League returns this weekend.  Patrick’s Manchester City is defending League and Schmaltz Cup Champions.

Trivia.
Boys attempt to name the top 5 Animated films in terms of Box Office.  They get very close.

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