Regardless of what you thought of the movie, “Man of Steel” just had the highest opening for a June movie in history. Unless something catastrophic happens in the next few months, I bet there’s going to be a sequel.
With Zod already used up as a villain, Superman is going to need a new challenge. So who should the big villain be?
Lex Luthor? Maybe. But I think audiences have tired of seeing Superman fight a non-villain. Barring a Kryptonite suit or something out of “All-Star Superman,” it’ll be hard to put Lex in a position where he can go toe-to-toe with Supes.
Brainiac? Sure. But then you’d have to involve the bottled city of Kandor. And we just got the audience to buy one race of extraterrestrials. Do we need to include a complete other race?
Bizzarro? Nope. Explain to the audience a cracked-mirror version of Superman who speaks like it’s “opposite day.” Have them actually buy that for two and a half hours.
Darkseid? Far too generic.
Hank Henshaw? Nope. Now you’re just dealing with that “other Superman” thing again, like Bizarro.
No, DC Comics and Warner Bros. If you want to make a follow-up to “Man of Steel,” there’s only one way you can go with it. We need Mr. Mxyzptlk.
He’s a flying imp who causes Superman much irritation. So little kids are going to love him. That means more toy sales. Sure, you might have to replace that cigar with something more kid-friendly (maybe he’s an annoyingly loud gum-chewer). But I’m telling you this is a surefire blockbuster in the making.
Superman is just finally getting over the events of the first flick, and the world is slowly restoring back to normal. And this little jerk shows up, completely upsetting the balance. The National Guard calls in Supes. They need him to stop this omniscient little creep. He says to Superman, “I’ll go. But only if you can get me to say my name backwards.”
Boom. That’s two hours and thirty minutes of high-quality entertainment.
So reblog this. Tweet it. Share it on Facebook. Email it to your friends. We need Mr. Mxyzptlk as the new villain.
I twist balloons. I’ve made it a goal to start doing the occasional paid gig by this time next year - whether that means restaurant line work, a street fair of some sort, or parties. In the meantime, I’m going to hone my craft.
My wife’s favorite is Leonardo, so I made this for her.
Last year, I made a thing. It was a fun thing to make, and I’m getting sort of happy listening to it.
Hooking up my laptop, my Numark DJIO and my Numark DJ2Go, I did two sets of happy hardcore, J-core, hands-up trance, gamercore, and whatever other stuff I felt like mixing into it. Side A was recorded 2012.05.30 and Side B was recorded 2012.05.31.
The DJIO is a nice little piece of gear. It’s a simple USB sound card. The back of it contains two sets of RCA L/R jacks - one for the master channel and one for the cue channel. The front contains a headphone jack for the cue channel, and a simple 1/4” microphone jack. It certainly beats just using a “Y” cable for output.
The DJ2Go is a pretty stripped-down DJ controller. You get two decks, speed and volume controls for each, a crossfader, master volume, headphone/monitor volume, plus some buttons and a knob for selecting tracks. That’s about it. There is no EQ.
The controller comes with a customized version of VirtualDJ that’s pretty bare-bones. You get no playlist management. There is no automix. You have to pick songs one at a time. This makes it more akin to “pure” DJing. You can’t rely on the program for much, which means you have to always be “on.”
This setup won’t allow you to take breaks. You need to know when to cue a new track, when begin a transition, etc. Then there’s the fact that I’m going “live to tape,” which means I can’t go about editing out any mistakes. It was a fun exercise, and it’s sadly one I haven’t done in over a year.
I think in the next week or so, I’ll clean out my tape deck’s record head and make a brand new tape.
Here comes a blast from the past. Sometime in 2000 or 2001, Jason Felt and I got together in my parents’ garage. We had a four-track recorder, some instruments, and a drum machine. And we had punk rock in our hearts.
Fueled by cheap convenience store and our not-giving-a-damnitude, we knocked out “More Than You’ll Ever Know,” releasing it on burned CDs under the name Asbestos Felt (which we “borrowed” from a horror movie actor).
We weren’t hung up on production quality, or song coherence, or getting every single take perfect. My guitar is hilariously sloppy at parts. I can only sometimes sing on key. The whole thing was recorded with a karaoke mic pointed at practice amps.
And of course, all of this is Nth-generation audio by the time anyone hears it. We recorded instruments on the four-track, then bounced that to a Minidisc recorder, then bounced it back and recorded vocals. Then the finished tracks came out of the four-track and into the “line-in” jack on my PC’s sound card.
So, yeah. It doesn’t ooze audiophile quality. And you know what? That’s fine by me. At the end of the day, the whole thing was just about creating something and hanging out with one of my favorite people. And I wouldn’t trade any of that for all of the professional studio time in the world.
I’ve gotten higher-tech equipment and I’m better at using it all. But the Asbestos Felt album still remains one of my favorite projects. I don’t know how in love I am with the finished product, but I smile every time I think of that summer week spent in my parents’ garage.
This particular song features Jason Felt on vocals (although the lyrics are mine). I chime in at the end with a well-placed “Oi!” - a staple of short fast punk songs.
One day, Asbestos Felt will ride again. For now, though… courage.
I used to play a lot of Shadowrun - I still have an absurd glut of Second Edition and Third Edition books. Fourth Edition kind of lost me, but maybe I’ll give it another chance. I also own a handful of the novels based on the property, before I realized I probably shouldn’t be reading novels based on role-playing games.
I have also played the video games based on Shadowrun, which all sort of play fast-and-loose with the universe. At least Harlequin shows up in the Genesis version.
As an “early / late” birthday present, my brother got me “Shadowrun Returns” via Steam. It’s early because he got it before my birthday, but late because it won’t officially come out until June.