roytang.net Posts Photos Archives About

Subscribe: RSS JSON

2019 April

2019 March

  • The big one this month was Captain Marvel. I posted the usual spoiler-free review over on Tumblr, but I have some more spoiler-y thoughts over here: (Spoilers) Not much else to report. The Arrowverse is limping along. Recent episodes of Supergirl have been great, I loved Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor, and I love how they've been able to adapt multiple comic book storylines this season such as What's So Funny About Truth, Justice, & the American Way?, American Alien and Red Son. (Excuse me, red daughter.) In more sci-fi land, The Orville has been fantastic, with their surprise twist

    read more (174 words)

  • If you haven't figured it out yet, I watch a lot of TV shows, rarely on TV itself though. I outgrew scheduled television maybe more than a decade ago. I'm reminded of this because I was going through some old disks and found burned episodes of stuff like Smallville, Heroes, The Simpsons, various anime, and so on. Those were from the days before streaming though. These days an abundance of content is available online via the streaming services, no need to store all those episodes yourself. I first tried out Netflix during my three-month London stint back in 2015 (which

    read more (602 words)

2019 February

  • Some things I've been watching lately, aside from the usual TV shows I follow: I watched Alita: Battle Angel, with the friend who introduced me to the series in the first place. The movie looked fantastic and the fight scenes were great. Plot was supercondensed, several books' worth of story combined into one. Ended in a weird place, kinda? Easily the best western live action anime adaptation by far. On Feb. 7, 2019, 10:06 p.m. I wrote: Watched Alita: Battle Angel earlier today. Pretty good. Fast pace, excellent visuals and fight scenes. They tried to cram a lot of the

    read more (429 words)

  • Interesting article on closed captioning, or as I like to call them, subtitles. My first exposure to subtitles was anime of course, but these days I vastly prefer having subtitles on any show, even if it's dubbed in a language I do understand. From the article: “Why do you have captions on?" I asked. “It helps me with my ADHD: I can focus on the words, I catch things I missed, and I never have to go back," she replied. “And I can text while I watch." I don't think I have ADHD, that's not something diagnosed very often over

    read more (206 words)

2019 January

  • Some Youtube channels I've been enjoying recently: ComicTropes is a weekly show that does deep dives into various mainstream comics titles, and often includes the background history of characters and creators, so very interesting stuff for comic book nerds. GameMaker's ToolKit talks about video game level design topics. His series "Boss Keys" does a deep dive into Zelda dungeons and analyzes them based on criteria like linearity. His level design analyses are strongly based on systems and gameplay and how they affect the player experience. Good stuff. EmGo is a Transformers toy reviewer that I watch sometimes. I don't buy

    read more (149 words)

  • Between the ages of 10-12, my reading diet consisted almost exclusively of the teenage-targetted detective series The Hardy Boys. For me, the term invokes the names Frank and Joe before the Matt and Jeff of WWE fame. We had a fairly wide collection of the blue-hardcovered books of those days. And I believe I made the effort to read every single book in that particular series, through borrowing and such. I think I was successful, but I can't be sure. In any case , that meant this article piqued my interest: The Knotty Nostalgia of the Hardy Boys Series Why

    read more (504 words)

  • Some things I've been watching lately, aside from the usual TV shows I follow: Bumblebee only came out over here in January (thanks to the usual MMFF shenanigans), and I decided to watch it on a whim. Pretty decent soft reboot, read my spoiler-free review over on the Tumblr The first half of Young Justice Outsiders is out, and it's pretty good. Focus is back on a smaller group after the larger team in YJ season 2. A few new characters are introduced and I learned about a couple of DC heroes I wasn't familiar with before. Probably still the

    read more (255 words)

  • The first trailer for Spider-Man Far From Home dropped last week. I used to pretty hyped for superhero movie trailers, but I haven't bother watching this one yet. MCU still has two more movies coming out before this one, and I'm already hyped enough for those, I don't think I have hype to spare for a third one. My brother was complaining to me about the trailer, saying he was spoiled about some elements. Specifically, he wasn't aware that [actor] was in the movie playing [villain]. I keep up with comic book news, so that wasn't news for me, but

    read more (372 words)

  • In a recent episode of The Orville, captain Ed Mercer of the Union is stuck debating with a member of the Krill, a fanatic and xenophobic race in conflict with Earth's multi-species Planetary Union. He says: "Look, from what we've seen, when planets first achieve space travel and they venture out into the galaxy and discover that they're just one single species among a vast diversity of lifeforms, they usually react in one of two ways: they embrace and adapt to the fact that they're no longer the center of the universe, or they ratchet up their xenophobia. ... I

    read more (337 words)

  • I don't know much about this Konmari thing. I think it's been around for a while, but got a boost recently due to a Netflix special. I think I agree with it in principle, or at least what I know of it from secondary social media commentary. Minimalism is a worthwhile goal, and so is getting rid of things that do nothing for you other than take up space. Some people aren't reacting well to the idea of throwing away books though: Edit 22 Jan: The account has gone private, so the previous embedded tweet is no longer accessible. I'm

    read more (378 words)

2018 December

  • Some things I've been watching lately, aside from the usual TV shows I follow: I very much enjoyed Elseworlds, the Arrowverse crossover this year. I mean sure, a lot of it didn't make any sense, but it was like a love letter to DC fans. I actually consider myself more of a Marvel fan than DC, but I still loved it! I wrote a spoiler-free review over on the Tumblr. I found Better Call Saul on a couple of "Best TV of 2018" lists so I decided to catch up with it since it was on Netflix. I was actually

    read more (524 words)

  • The other day I was passing through the QC memorial circle (as is my wont) and I decided to walk around the tiangge/flea market that's often there. It seemd larger than usual that day, so I figured I should finally take a look. And in the process I remembered what I dislike about local flea markets: 90% of the stalls are selling some form of clothes (which I have no interest in browsing - maybe if these stalls sold something my size for once!) and maybe 9.9% are selling cheap knockoff toys (which might interest me if they were free

    read more (947 words)

  • I read this article about how Bill Gates spent 5 years not watching TV or listening to music in his twenties while building Microsoft. Now, I'm pretty sure I watch a lot of TV, unapologetically. Quite possible too much. But I can't help but wonder if maybe I would be more productive if I had the same kind of discipline Bill Gates had, and maybe that would increase the odds that I could focus and create something of consequence? That being said, the idea of cutting off TV completely feels completely ludicrous to me. It's simply something I enjoy too

    read more (830 words)

    Sun, Dec. 16, 2018, 9:56 a.m. / / blog / #pop-culture / Syndicated: twitter / 830 words

2018 November

  • Some things I've been watching lately, aside from the usual TV shows I follow: For some reason, I watched two biopics this month. The first one is Hidden Figures, about three black women who were instrumental during the early days of NASA leading up to the Friendship 7 mission piloted by John Glenn. The movie is fairly interesting if you are even remotely interested in either the challenges faced in black history or math and science or the early days of the space program competition between the USA and Russia. It feels even more appropriate to have watched this since

    read more (475 words)

  • During the past few years, I've started following more artists (mostly comic-book related) on social media. Seeing the occasional art post wander across my feeds is often a welcome respite from the terrible news in the world today. I thought I'd share some of my favorites! Jim Lee is a comic book icon and for me his very detailed and elaborate pencils epitomize 90s comic art and his style still heavily influences many newer artists today. He often posts his drawings on his instagram and he also has a Twitch channel where he occasionally livestreams himself drawing. I'm watching the

    read more (580 words)

    Mon, Nov. 26, 2018, 10 a.m. / / blog / #pop-culture / Syndicated: twitter / 580 words
  • I used to play a lot of JRPGs, especially back during they heyday of the Playstation Era. These days, I only get to play a few, but I still enjoy a lot of the music tracks from this game, often the battle music since I prefer more upbeat tracks. Here are some of my favorite JRPG tracks from recent years: Rivers in the Desert (Persona 5) -- easily the best song in the OST for me, and the rest of this OST is amazing so that's saying a lot. Reach Out to the Truth (Persona 4) -- P4G was the

    read more (233 words)