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4/23/18 Blog Entry – Comics I’ve Read Recently \ Mera \ Justice League of America \ Dark Nights Metal

Mera Queen of Atlantis #1
Stanley Artgerm Lau Variant Cover B
Release Date: 2/28/18
Cover Price: $4.49
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Thoughts:  Not a bad issue. I don’t really know what I expected but it seemed to fall short. I don’t hate it, and I will for sure read another couple of issues (I’ve already bought them). I hope it turns into a story I enjoy. It has the potential to do so.
Justice League of America #26
Francesco Mattina Variant Cover B
Release Date: 3/14/18
Cover Price: $2.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts:  I was really impressed with this issue. The art and story was fantastic and I was excited to see the finale of this story arc. Very well done.
Justice League of America #27
Francesco Mattina Variant Cover B
Release Date: 3/28/18
Cover Price: $2.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thoughts:  I was excited to see this new story line and it wasn’t horrible. I was a bit disappointed  with the pacing as it seemed a bit rushed but overall I think I’m going to enjoy it.
Justice League of America #28
Francesco Mattina Variant Cover B
Release Date: 4/11/18
Cover Price: $2.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thoughts:  Carrying on the story from the previous issue this story stayed right on track. I’m still not LOVING it but it’s a decent story right now.
Dark Nights Metal #6
Andy Kubert Variant Cover C
Release Date: 3/28/18
Cover Price: $4.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thoughts:  I didn’t hate the issue but it seemed to rush to the end. All the build up and world changing battles and it ended so sparsely.  The epilogue really hints that big things are coming but I’m not as excited as I should be and doubt I will pick it up in May.

That’s it for today! I have been reading comics mostly for the past couple of days. Ready Player One novel is still sitting in my read pile, I’m about 3/4 of the way through. I am not watching the movie until I finish the book. In any case, stay tuned, a garden update is next! We did some cool stuff today (4/21) in the garden and will show pics in the next blog!

Blog 4/17/18 – Comics I’ve read recently — What’s for Supper Recipe \ Venomized #1 \ The Amazing Spider-Man 798 \ The Walking Dead Season 8 Review

Venomized #1
Variant Cover B by Mark Bagley
Release Date: 4/4/18
Cover Price: $4.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts:  I really enjoyed the art and story both in this issue. I also enjoyed the fact that so many characters were included in the story. It intrigued me enough to be excited for the next issue!
The Walking Dead #178
Variant Cover B by Bill Sienkiewicz
Release Date: 4/4/18
Cover Price: $3.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: The art is up to par with the usual. The story isn’t terrible but it wasn’t very captivating. I do have to admit that I’m excited to see more about this new group.
The Amazing Spider-Man #798
Regular Alex Ross Cover
Release Date: 4/4/18
Cover Price: $3.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: I really enjoyed this issue. In fact, I have really enjoyed this whole arc so far. It leaves me wanting more every issue! Give me more Red Goblin!
My current comic stash (recent comics from 12/4/2017 onward, old comic collection is still being stashed): CLICK HERE

What’s For Supper?
2 Yellow Squash
1 Large Onion
1 Ear Corn
3 Heads Broccoli
1 Potato

Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder
Dried Basil
Dried Dill
DirectionsCut squash, potato and onion into small squares. Cut corn off ear. Put squash, corn, potato and corn into a hot pan with 2 TBSP of butter. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried dill and dried basil. Cover and cook on medium low heat for 9 minutes. Take off lid and stir. Add Broccoli and put 2 tbsp of water over broccoli. Cover and cook another 7 minutes (or until potatoes are tender). Stir occasionally. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

Enjoy!

The Walking Dead Season 8 Review

Season 8 just wrapped up on 4/15/2018 and I wanted to put down my opinions and thoughts about this season. Let me start by saying that I didn’t hate this season, I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. The first half of the season was entertaining enough but the second half of the season sort of lost some steam in my eyes. I know they were hoping the death of Carl would have a lot of shock value and raise a lot of fur but it didn’t do it for me. Negan, while still entertaining at times, seems a bit overdone at this point. I’m also really not enjoying the ‘trash heap’ people and story-lines.  Also, they are severely over-playing their hand with Morgan. I do love the Morgan character but they are really pushing him too hard in the later episodes to prep him for the intro into Fear The Walking Dead.

So going into the finale episode I didn’t expect too much, nor did I really know what to expect at all. I didn’t know if they would wrap up the ‘war’ story line or if they’d just leave more hanging until next season like they have done before. Up until the finale episode the viewers has dropped steadily from 11 million viewers per episode to just over 6 million. Which is consistently lower than any other season. Anyway, back to the finale episode… I was overall pretty upset with the finale episode. It was pretty flat to be a finale. I didn’t like the set up with Maggie, Jesus and Daryl. The Negan scene was week and a bit lame. Just overall not very happy with it. This is a story for another blog but I was quite happy with the premiere of Season 4 of Fear The Walking Dead.

Blog 4/15/2018 – Garden Update \ Guinea Pigs

Crookneck Yellow Squash Plant
“Cucurbito Pepo”
Date of picture: 4/13/2018
Days to Maturity: 55 days
Total # of plants as of 4/13: 6
Started from seed in peat pellets, indoors under grow lights. Has been put outside to ‘harden’ occasionally when warm. 

Started Sprouting Seeds: 2/25/18
Age of seed as of 4/13:  47 days old

Plan to put in garden outdoors around 4/27/18

These were seeds I bought, not seeds I saved personally.

Jalepeño M Pepper
“Capsicum Annuum”
Date of picture: 4/13/2018
Days to Maturity: 75 days
Total # of plants as of 4/13: 7
Started from seed in peat pellets, indoors under grow lights. Has been put outside to ‘harden’ occasionally when warm. 

Started Sprouting Seeds: 3/4/18
Age of seed as of 4/13:  40 days old

Plan to put in garden outdoors around 4/27/18
Non-GMO

These were seeds I bought, not seeds I saved personally.

National Pickling Cucumber
“Cucumis Sativus”
Date of picture: 4/13/2018
Days to Maturity: 52 days
Total # of plants as of 4/13: 10
Started from seed in peat pellets, indoors under grow lights. Has been put outside to ‘harden’ occasionally when warm. 

Started Sprouting Seeds: 2/25/18
Age of seed as of 4/13:  47 days old

Plan to put in garden outdoors around 4/27/18
Non-GMO

These were seeds I bought, not seeds I saved personally.


Savoy Perfection Cabbage
Date of picture: 4/14/2018

Onions
Date of picture: 4/14/2018

Vates Blue Curled/Red Russian Kale
Date of picture: 4/14/2018

Blackberry Bush
Date of picture: 4/14/2018

Black Raspberry Bush
Date of picture: 4/14/2018

Rhubarb
Date of picture: 4/14/2018

4/13/2018 – Zack and I built a new bed on the road at the homestead that we think will be used for herbs.
Date of picture: 4/14/2018

Popcorn
Date of Picture: 4-14-2018
Female
Brownie
Date of Picture: 4-14-2018
Female
Butterscotch
Date of Picture: 4-14-2018
Female

Thank you for checking out my Blog today! As you can tell this blog has taken a bit of a new direction. I’m not going to limit myself to one subject per blog post anymore. I’m going to just talk about whatever I’m doing that day! It could range from comics to movies, TV shows to farming and beyond! So make sure to bookmark this page to see what’s going on on ChrisCarp’s Rambles! You may even learn something occasionally.

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Loot Crate July 2017 – Animation

Hello fellow Looters! Today we got the July Loot Crate box in the mail, which is titled ‘Animation’ and we were excited to see what was inside! We knew there was supposed to be some Bob’s Burgers stuff in there. So we got the ol’ trusty box opener and took a peep inside. Here is what we found:
The box was Bob’s Burgers oriented, which made me very happy! You can see what all was inside except the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle shirt which I forgot to include in the picture. The Rick toy was very nice, I do like this month’s pin as well. The Futurama cozies seemed mostly like filler honestly. And the Bob’s Burger item is recipe cards which I already had in the hard cover book I got from Amazon a while back.

Overall, I wouldn’t say it’s a bad box, but to us it was a bit of a disappointment. If we didn’t already have the Bob’s Burger recipe book then I guess I would have liked it better.  The chalk board on the box allows you to put one of the cards in and hang it up as well as the cards having nice art on the back so it’s not too bad.

If you get your own Loot Crate make sure to use this link:
http://looted.by/fdZBw

Here are some more pictures of what was inside:

 

Cities Skylines – Tiki Isles (Part 3)

Welcome to Tiki Isles!
Starting Pop: ~NA Crash
Starting $: ~NA Crash
Date Played: 4/30/17

Welcome Back to Tiki Isles!

If you are following this series you know that the last blog mentioned that we spent a large amount of time doing a bunch of stuff and ended up losing it all because we didn’t save…. We took a bit of a break (because Vanessa was pretty pissed that we lost all that work) and decided to jump back in today!

Our main goal today was to basically get us back to where we were when we had the crash and lost it all. We were focusing on trying to get rid of as many industrial areas and replace them with office areas and buying some new plots of land.

What did we accomplish?

We did end up achieving what we set out to do. We bought four new plots of land but haven’t really started on anything on it yet. We did get rid of the majority of the industrial areas and we did some road upgrades. We also spent some time fixing our bus routes. Overall I think we got back about where or maybe a bit better than we were before the crash. So now we can start making new gains!

Overall I think we got back about where or maybe a bit better than we were before the crash. So now we can start making new gains! More screenshots and maybe even videos coming soon!

Better Call Saul Season 3 – Episode 3

What happened in this episode?

This episode was pretty eventful. We see Jimmy get arrested because his brother turns him in. We see Mike meet Gus for the first time. Another great episode of storytelling and acting.  There is some great relationship dynamics going on between Kim and Jimmy. And we can’t leave out the great acting by the secretary Francesa! Overall another fantastic episode!

Thoughts and predictions…

Vanessa is very disgusted by Jimmy’s brother. In fact, she has hated him for a bit now. I understand that, but to me, it is an interesting dynamic. They are both caniving so it’s interesting to me to see what that leads to. Vanessa thinks that Gus is going to play a bigger part in the coming episodes. She also thinks that Jimmy isn’t going to get out of this mess. She thinks this is what makes him ‘Saul Goodman’. I can see her opinion and why she’d think this and I do agree for the most part. “He’s not a murderer, he’s not a rapist but he is easily one of the best TV villians”, says Vanessa about Jimmy’s brother.

Conclusion…

Overall, Vanessa and I both really enjoyed this episode. It continued the high-quality storytelling and character development. In fact, they are building more and more dynamic relationships with the characters and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out when all those worlds collide!

 

Cities Skylines – Tiki Isles (Part 2)

Welcome to Tiki Isles!
Starting Pop: 15,016
Starting $: $80,954
Date Played: 4/24/17

It’s time to jump back into Tiki Isles! We were excited to get started back working on the city today. Good news, we did figure out how to do screenshots and videos so we can show you what we are doing!

Here is where we started today:

We have a pretty good thing going here with this city. You can see we have some large areas but still lots to do. And we haven’t even expanded into new areas yet!

What do we want to accomplish today?

A couple of urgent things we need to address today is the flooding problem in the tourist area. We will put in a water pump and see if that keeps the water down. We will also start getting rid of more industrial zoning and planting trees to continue to clean up the pollution. In theory, I would like to buy a new zone and start building onto our city and expanding, but we’ll see how it goes. We need to keep addressing the ongoing power issue.

What did we actually accomplish?

  1. We put a water pump into the tourist area, let’s see if that fixes the flooding problem.
  2. We continued to get rid of abandoned buildings in the industrial and dezoned more of it.
  3. We built around 8 more advanced wind turbines and are managing a surplus of power at the moment.
  4. We have greatly reduced the ground pollution in the city.
  5. We did it. We not only bought one new zone, we bought FOUR new zones. Let the fun begin! We don’t have plans to expand into all of them, or really even much into any of them just yet. We were just getting prepared.

Cool shots of the city from today!

Here is a cool shot from the main bridge across the river. You can see some of the wind power plants in the distance.
Here’s a nice shot of a residential neighborhood after dark.
Too many windmills? Nah!

In conclusion…

The amount of people using the basic subway and bus system we built is amazing me! I do feel like we achieved quite a bit of success in our playing tonight. I hope you guys are enjoying Cities Skylines! I enjoy playing it and writing the blogs about it! I will continue to try to make it as interactive with pictures and more as I can! If you’d like to see us do a video of the city, a stroll down mainstreet please comment on this post and let me know!

UPDATE:

This whole blog is void. Why? Because we hadn’t saved since the very first screenshot and the game crashed. Which means we LOST EVERYTHING we had done today. I am still going to put this blog up for a couple of reasons. One, as a reminder to save the game often. And two so you (and we) can see what we need to accomplish next time. Oh well, it happens. It’s our fault for not saving I guess.

Silicon Valley Season 4 – Episode 1

What was this episode about?

First off, let me just say yes, I know I skipped any review of season 3. I loved it. That’s all you need to know for now! Now let’s get into season 4! The first episode (this one) came on April 23rd, 2017. So the basic breakdown of this episode is we find out that Richard is not happy developing the video chat app that they last season ended with them doing. He suddenly decides he basically wants to create a new internet and decided to quit working with all his friends.

Did I enjoy the episode?

Yes! The comedy is still spot on, even this many seasons in. I really enjoyed the new direction of the show and look forward to seeing where it’s going. I typically make predictions early on in a season but I really don’t know right now. I think we will see Richard struggling to build his new idea and I would imagine he will eventually try to bring the rest of the gang over to help him. But then what happens to the video chat? How are they going to keep it interesting for two story lines like that at once? Let’s wait and see!

Should I watch this show?

In my opinion, if you enjoy funny shows and/or shows about the tech industry this yes, you should. Even if you just enjoy some solid writing and pretty great acting you should absolutely check it out as well. The show is TV-MA so make sure to keep that in mind.

Where can I buy the seasons?

It helps support this blog if you use the link below to purchase the season on Amazon!

Cities Skylines – Tiki Isles (Part 1)

Introduction

Cities Skylines is a top notch city builder that just was released on Xbox One on April 21st 2017. Vanessa and I were very excited for this release and immediately decided to jump in and start our own city! This game also came with the After Dark DLC as part of the price.

Welcome to Tiki Isles

Tiki Isles is the first city Vanessa and I have built in this game with the exception of one quick practice city to just learn the controls that we didn’t even save. We decided to work together and try to build a city and see how it turned out. We chose the Islands section and got started! We have probably put in around 9 hours to our city so far and we are still on the first block but we do intend to purchase a second block soon! Currently we are using wind, coal and oil power to power the city with a couple of water pumps and sewage pumps. We recently also built a water treatment plant. We are starting to phase out our industrial areas and plant trees to get rid of the ground pollution. We recently unlocked the office zoning tool as well as the high density zoning capability and we are starting to work that in as well. We did try to add a dam for hydro-electric power and that didn’t turn out very well. We had a huge flood that took about a year in game to clear out.

We did also recently build a bus depot as well as a subway system and those are working wonders for the city so far. We are still having some major traffic issues but we are slowing starting to make plans to fix those as well. As of this blog our population is just over 10,000 and we have over $100,000 with an earnings of around $8k in the green per cycle. This information is as of 4/23/17 at 10:00pm.

What’s next?

We are currently working on plans to buy another plot of land and extending the city into that square. But before we do that we do want to work on the traffic as well as re-zone the industrial area we are working to clean up. We want to do some office space as well as perhaps some commercial there as well. We also went and deleted all the districts we had but we are considering redoing the districts and naming them. As far as this blog goes, I would love to do some screen shots or maybe even videos to show you guys the city and how it’s progressing. I just have to figure out how to do that since it’s on the XBox.

If you enjoyed this blog make sure to let me know and we will keep doing it!