Friday’s Week in Review for 6/5/15 (99 cent comics, LARPING, the sale of Think Geek, and more…)

FWIR_W01Happenings around OxenTrot

This has been a great first week of the launch of the Adventures of Oxentrot.  The release schedule stayed on track and all seemed right with the world.  We had a review of the movie Metropolis, looked into the first three chapters of Brave New World, saw a touching tale of being a father in the Star Wars Universe, and revisited a 25 year old comic book from my personal collection.

In the Interweb

DC Comics Announces Largest Ever Digital Sale To Celebrate New Series Launches

If you haven’t snatched up a bunch of DC digital comics for cheap, time is running out.  They are discounting 1200 digital books rolling out through June, pricing them at only 99 cents each.  So, if you have $1,188 you can own them all!


Role play, chivalry and a world without sexism: Welcome to the ultimate female fantasy

My buddy Dave, who organizes and runs a large LARPING community, sent me a great article about women and LARPING.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11636185/Larp-role-playing-Why-women-are-turning-to-fantasy-games.html Photo: Nicki Flynn

Photo: Nicki Flynn

I’ve never gotten into Live Action Role-Playing.  I’m uncomfortable just going to Renaissance Festivals, especially when they try to bring you into the whole act.

Girl: “Hello kind sir.  And from where do you hail?”

Me:  “Who? Me?  I’m from Springfield.”

Girl: “Spring feld you say?  I have never heard of such a place, is it a far travel from here?”

Me: “Ummm, sure.  It is a many leagues travel upon horseback through….you know what, can I just have my churro and mead so I can get over to the jousting before it beings?” 

Seriously, don’t make me try to do improv.  You know what, if I’m dressed up, maybe you can expect me to play along, but if I’m in my North Face and a ball cap, let’s just say I may not be up for a little recreation of last night’s Game of Thrones.

However, reading about LARPING in England sounds freaking amazing.  They have castles and taverns and all kinds of places that actually date back to medieval times.  That, I could get into.  Not a boy scout camp in northern Jersey.  That ain’t got the same feel.


GameStop, not Hot Topic, is buying ThinkGeek

I am a big fan of Think Geek and less of a fan of GameStop, so I am leery of this deal.  Also long as ThinkGeek’s culture is left untouched, then everything will be fine.  Did you know (which you don’t because we don’t really know each other yet) that I actually applied to ThinkGeek.  Yep.  Never heard back.  I would like to believe that my impressive work history and pedigree education was just too much for them to handle.  But I won’t give up.  My plan is to apply to them every year until I get a response.


Finally, this gem sent to me by my sister.  I love those Bad Lip Reading Guys.


Next Week:

Join us next week as we review Godzilla King of the Monsters for Monday Cinema Club and continue our discussion of Brave New World with Chapters 4-6 on Bookworm Tuesday.  Make it easy and just hit the follow button on the right side of this page to get the updates of when new articles are posted.

And that, my friends, is that for the week.  Have a great weekend and make sure to find time to go out and have some fun.

About OxenTrot

During the day, I am a mild mannered desk jockey who helps to manage a large IT company.  At night, I am a family man, who is insanely in love with his wife and a proud daddy to an amazing girl.  But in the pre-dawn hours, as most everyone else is still asleep, I am my alter ego.  During that time, I am: OxenTrot. Ox was a call sign bestowed upon me while I was an active duty United States Marine, mainly in tribute to the fact that I was a major gym rat. After 5 years and three tours of duty, I reentered the civilian world.  My call sign was replaced by my actual name but the Ox still lived inside. As I began to adapt to my new life, I also began to take on new adventures, such as starting a family, getting a “big boy” job and taking on endurance sports.
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