A few years ago, DC Comics rebooted its entire comics universe with a The Flash event called Flashpoint.
I have it both as book and animated movie:
After that 52 comic book lines were completely rebooted, thus it was dubbed “The New 52”.
And I decided to get into it because it looked to be a good starting point. So I subscribed to:
I dropped a few after a few months and all of them by the end of the second year.
Some stories just didn’t captivate me. And the Superman stories just weren’t like I was used to. For me, Superman stories will always be more grounded, since I grew up with the movies and the TV shows (Superboy, Lois & Clark, Smallville) where budget and limited special effects abilities would always limit what kind of stories could be told.
So I never had to deal with underground lizard people and whatever else the comic universe came up for Metropolis.
Another cornerstone for “my” Superman is also a strong Lois. OK, sometimes she has to be the damsel in distress but I still expect her to be a kick-ass reporter who takes a stand for what she believes in. I really liked Teri Hatcher (L&C), Erica Durance (Smallville) and Dana Delany (Superman: The Animated Series).
But then The New 52 pushed Lois pretty much aside which was a no-no for me.
Also it seemed to me that many stories were told somewhat erratically and made scene jumps the reader was supposed to follow. It just wasn’t my cup of tea.
So I became a non-reader again.
After Smallville had ended, I read the “season 11” comics written by Bryan Q. Miller who had also written for the show:
Then a few months ago I stumbled across a short series called Lois & Clark (unrelated to the TV show). I haven’t fully figured out the in-universe mechanics behind it, but the basic story is that a version of Lois & Clark are living undercover as Mr. & Mrs. White in an alternate universe where there already is a Superman/Clark Kent and they have a son named Jon. Lois is writing a book exposing Intergang and that’s one of their perils.
It only has eight issues but it is a good read and apparantly it directly leads back into the main universe with Rebirth.
DC has sort-of rebooted their universe back again. This time not fully but they are making changes to things that didn’t work out or became uninteresting.
They call it Rebirth and it resets almost all issue numbers back to #1, with an introduction book called DC Universe Rebirth #1 and many series getting a <Title> Rebirth #1 issue before the actual <Title> #1 issue.
Their two oldest series, Action Comics, which introduced Superman in 1938 and Detective Comics (Detective Comics = DC, in case you din’t know), which introduced Batman in 1939 go back to their original numbering, leaving out the number of issues that were printed under The New 52 label, thus starting Action Comics with issue #957 and Detective Comics with #934.
And I thought I give it a shot again (at least on a trial basis):
I’ve also added The Flash Rebirth to my reading line (though I haven’t gotten it yet).
And last but not least I also bought this anniversary book:
On a side note: I’ve also read a “young adult” novel by Gwenda Bond called Lois Lane: Fallout about Lois’ early forays into the world of journalism. She also has this online friend called SmallvilleGuy who plays a minor offscreen role in the book.
It was a good read and I’m waiting for the second book (Lois Lane: Double Down).
So, everyone and their dog has written or made a reaction or review video about the first trailer and then the international trailer of Ghostbusters (2016) a.k.a. “The Female Ghostbusters”.
If you haven’t seen them, here they are:
Pretty much everything was criticised. From the awful jokes (slime in cracks, wigs), the parody-like elements (Yay, finally someone makes fun of The Excorcist, that’s never been done before!) to general criticism of blatant plagiarism (library ghost), being unclear whether it’s a sequel or a reboot, factual errors (they were never four scientists, they were 2.5 at best [Venkman with his parapsychology shtick being the half one]) to having the black woman be the “street smart” non-scientist. Not to mention the Scooby-Doo type CGI ghosts.
So I won’t get into all of that again. Because in the end I will only end up being called a sexist for not liking what I’ve seen so far, because everyone who doesn’t appreciate failed-crowdsurfing-gags is an evil women hater.*
BTW: To prove how devilish a sexist I am, I deliberately made the headline listing only the male actor. *muahahahaha*
Feb 3rd – €7.99 @ Amazon.de
Running Time: 1h 50m
Price per Hour: €4.36
Flashpoint: The Complete Series (2008 – 2012)
Running Time: 2d 4h 41m
Price per Hour: €1.59
Battlestar Galactica (1978)
Feb 3rd – €12.99 @ Amazon.de
Running Time: 2h 19m
Price per Hour: €5.61
Hot Pursuit (2015)
Running Time: 1h 24m
Price per Hour: €5.71
The Voices (2014)
Running Time: 1h 41m
Price per Hour: €4.75
The Big Bang Theory: Season 8 (2014 – 2015)
Running Time: 7h 59m
Price per Hour: $1.25
Hart of Dixie: Season 3 (2013 – 2014)
Running Time: 15h 28m
Price per Hour: $1.16
Running Time: 1h 24m
Price per Hour: $3.57
Raising Hope: Season 3 (2012 – 2013)
Running Time: 7h 56m
Price per Hour: $1.89
Jan 13th – €7.97 @ Amazon.de
Running Time: 1h 38m
Price per Hour: €4.88
Taking advantage of the Thanksgiving Week / Black Friday / Cyber Monday / whatever offers at Amazon.com I bought quite a number of DVDs again this year from Amazon.com.
But this time I was interested how long it would take on average. I noticed it last year that some packages were delivered quite fast while some only arrived after new year’s (I assume that the customs offices is closed or at least understaffed in the week between Christmas and New Year’s).
So I charted every purchase I made since the beginning of October and when it arrived. Packages that have no orange bar have not been delivered yet.
The first charts simply shows the shipping times from order to shipping and shipping to delivery:
And here I had to fight with Excel to get the chart like I wanted (the empty spaces below the bars is actually a third bar coloured white). I used the date of the first order as a base line and then put the others relative to it:
The statistics freak in me is satisfied for now. 😉
2015 End Statistics:
New Purchase Items: 110 (131 in 2014)
New Movies: 83 (thereof Blu-ray: 61)
New TV Seasons: 84 (thereof Blu-ray: 19)
New TV Specials: 1
New Special Interest: 3
Money Spent: €1,604.02 (€1,552.75 in 2014)
Money Spent on Movies: €679.44
Money Spent on TV Seasons: €874.97
Money Spent on TV Specials: €11.99
Money Spent on Special Interest: €37.62
Avg Spent: €14.58 (€11.85 in 2014)
Avg Spent on Movies: €8.19
Avg Spent on TV Seasons: €10.42
Avg Spent on TV Specials: €11.99
Avg Spent on Special Interest: €12.54
Running Time: 66,424m (46d 3h 4m)
Running Time Movies: 9,550m (6d 15h 10m)
Running Time TV Seasons: 5,5441m (38d 12h 10m)
Running Time TV Specials: 84m (1h 24m)
Running Time Special Interest: 1,349m (22h 29m)
Purchase by Locality:
United States: 28
United Kingdom: 13
Sep 19th – €3.99 @ Media Markt
Collection no. 1218
Auf Achse: The Complete Series (1980 – 1996)
(Auf Achse: Die komplette Serie)
Collection no. 13014 – 13025
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Sep 19th – €12.90 @ Media Markt
Collection no. 1219
Two Night Stand (2014)
Sep 19th – €9.99 @ Media Markt
Collection no. 1220
Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
Sep 24th – €9.99 @ Drogerie Müller
Collection no. 1221
Collection no. 1207
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Collection no. 1208
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Collection no. 1209
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Collection no. 1210
22 Jump Street (2014)
Collection no. 1211
Windows 10, like other Windowses before it, bring the language bar with it. My Windows UI is in English by default but I prefer my keyboard the German way. For such use cases Microsoft invented the language bar.
Normally the Language Bar is easy disable-able – at least it used to be. I don’t actually need to switch between languages, so I don’t need it.
In Windows 10, it took me some time to find a way to disable it. Here’s how you do it.
This is the context menu when you click on the language bar:
Forget it, that’s too obvious. There you won’t find what you’re looking for.
Now right-click on the clock!
There it is! Now follow this path:
As Dumbledore would say: “Another year … gone“. Or on my case: 19 months.
19 months between having more than 8,000 hours of movies and TV shows and now 10,000 hours!
Despite my feeling that I have slowed down in recent months and also despite the fact that I have given away quite a number of movies recently, my purchases have not actually slowed down, but increased (compared to 23 months for 6,000 to 8,000 hours) instead.