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  • peterobe 12:00 pm on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Horror comics – Welcome Back 

    One of my favourite things is (when I have the time) get myself to Glasgow and visit Red Hot Comics. I’m hoping to get a visit in this Christmas actually. The great thing about Red Hot, is that it’s essentially a warehouse full of boxes of comics.

    If you’re a collector like me, you could spend days in this place just routing through the boxes. There is always something cool to find. 

    One of the genres I particularly like getting when I’m there is horror comics. I’ve pulled quite a few really nice old Marvel, DC and Eerie horror comics over the years. 

    I’ve noticed that recently the horror genre seems to be making a bit of a comeback. At the moment I’m reading Wytches (which is really cool) and Witchfinder (which is equally excellent). 

    I hope to see more coming out because horror and eerie storylines definitely lend themselves to the comic medium. 

     
  • peterobe 12:00 pm on October 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Install backup onto new iPhone 

    I’ve finally got round to getting a new phone and there isn’t too much surprise in the fact that I’ve opted for the iphone 6. 

    At this time, I always like to tidy up my existing phone before the upgrade. There are always a ton of articles online on the best way to prepare for an upgrade. Personally, if I had the time I would like to do a completely fresh install. I’m tempted but I just don’t have the time.

    If you are installing from a previous ‘backup’ then I’d recommend spending some time going through your existing apps and settings and deleting anything you don’t want. Go through photos, videos etc and make sure you are using iCloud. 

    Once you are happy that the old phone is clean (or as clean as it’s going to get) do a backup (icloud or through your pc/mac). The use that backup and put it onto the new device.

    In theory, all your apps and settings should be there.

     
  • peterobe 12:00 pm on October 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Comics due 22 October 

    Avengers #37
    Avengers And X-Men Axis #3 (Of 9)
    Secret Avengers #9
    Batman Eternal #29
    Earth 2 Worlds End #3
    Multiversity The Just #1
    New 52 Futures End #25 (Weekly)
    Starlight #6 

     
  • peterobe 2:01 pm on October 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Yosemite 

    Well it finally arrived. This sofwate update was one of the main reasons I moved over to Mac. I liked the idea of the computer being closer to my iphone and ipad. I’ve accepted (and embraced) the Apple ecosystem. It makes sense. 

    Initial impressions.

    I like the icons and the feel, although it’s not radically different from the previous incarnation. Everything is a bit flatter but otherwise, similar. The look and feel of mail, calendar, safari, notifications etc is again a little different but I don’t feel like I’m using new software. It’s like they are wearing a new coat – shiny and expensive. I can live with that. 

    Handoff is initially a little fiddly but it now seems to be working and I really like it. It’s great that all my devices are all talking to one another. Taking a call on the Mac is neat and is something that will be invaluable to me as I work at home once or twice a week and spend a lot of time on the phone to clients. 

    iCoudDrive. It seems to be fine on the Mac but I don’t see a native option for viewing documents on an iOS device unless they are tied to a particular app. This seems strange to me. Dropbox and GoogleDrive use file structures on smartphones. Why can’t Apple?

    Overall I like it. I need to play around with it more but so far, I’m pleased. I do like the flat look. I love Handoff. Colours seem more vibrant and the settings panel seems a bit more logical. I also love the simplicity of full screen. Finally! 

     
  • peterobe 12:00 pm on October 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    DC Villians 

    So I read over the weekend that there is now some chat that Brainiac might be the villain in the Justice League movie. I have to say that would be very cool. Darkseid is cool and I’m sure will make an appearance at some point but for a first movie, Brainiac could prove to be both entertaining and menacing. If he does appear, I hope they take inspiration from the Geoff Johns and Gary Frank story, which was awesome. 

     
  • peterobe 12:00 pm on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Comics due 15 October 

    Avengers And X-Men Axis #2

    Avengers World #14

    Death Of Wolverine #4

    New Avengers #25

    Batman Eternal #28

    Batman Superman #15

    Earth 2 Worlds End #2

    Green Lantern New Guardians #35 (Godhead)

    Justice League #35

    New 52 Futures End #24

    Witchfinder Mysteries Of Unland #5

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  • peterobe 1:00 pm on October 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Comics due 8 October 

    Batman #35

    Batman Eternal #27

    Earth 2 #27

    Earth 2 Worlds End #1 (maybe)

    Green Lantern Corps #35 (Godhead)

    New 52 Futures End #23

    Annihilator #2 (Of 6)

    Wytches #1

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  • peterobe 1:00 pm on October 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Apple Watch – I want one 

    I’ve always had a thing about compatibility. I’ve always made tech decisions pretty much on the basis that if I choose one line or product, it will work with x, y and z. This is true of my decision to go with Apple. I chose the iPhone and haven’t looked back. Moving to Android has never been a serious option for me (as in I wouldn’t ever rule it out, but I never looked at an Android device and drooled). I have with Apple devices. There was a time where I wouldn’t stray from Windows. Funny how things change.

    So, I find myself with an iPhone, an iPad and a Macbook. I love that they all work seamlessly together (and will do that to better effect after Yosemite comes out). I also find myself really wanting a smartwatch. Well, I love tech but I also love watches. The thing is, this is a great example of Apple tying people into their products. I have’t even bothered to properly investigate the competition (I will of course nearer the time – promise). I just know I want an Apple watch. Now which one do I get?

     
  • peterobe 2:00 pm on October 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    The Future of Comic Movies Part 2 

    Aside from the Batman movies and the recent Man of Steel, it is generally accepted that DC Comics have fallen behind in the superhero cinema war. However it seems that they are trying to remedy this. Man of Steel was generally well received and sets a nice platform for the company to build on. In 2016 we will see Dawn of Justice. This it seems will be a pre- Justice League movie. In many ways it is a tough movie to pull off because it will be introducing characters we haven’t seen yet, e.g. Wonder Woman, Aquaman and the new (improved and older) Ben Affleck Batman.

    This might be a good thing because if they just copy the Avengers formula they will be deemed to have cloned (possibly poorly) and I suspect the box office won’t be quite so positive. So what can they do differently?

    1. Make it darker. Batman is a dark character. The minute you start taking out the dark and mysterious undertones, Batman becomes a dude in a suit rather than a master vigilante and detective. Superman is an alien and too powerful for Earth. Batman is going to look at a way to bring him down. A common enemy will bring them together (IMHO).

    2. Origins. Don’t spend any time on origins (especially as everyone knows about Batman and Superman). Leave some mystery for the viewer. It also means that you can do standalone movies that pre-date (or happen between) Dawn of Justice and the follow up Justice League movie. If it is true what they are saying about Ben Affleck being an older Batman, then there is a story to be told about his previous adventures (possibly played by another actor at some point in the future?)

    3. Death of a character. Kill off a key character. Don’t be afraid to make the hard choices. Whilst I’m a fan of Bruce Wayne as Batman, there is always the story of someone else taking over. Again, if Affleck’s Batman is considerably older, then maybe he passes the mantle onto a younger dude. That younger dude can then play Batman in other films that plug the gaps, as suggested above.

    4. Less Clark & Bruce. Spend less time focussing on Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent. Again, there is plenty of time for that in other movies further down the line. I agree that they are integral to the story but too much focus on them and the film will start to feel slow and laboured.

    5. Kryptonite. Not too much Kryptonite. We all know what can hurt Superman and I’m sure Batman will utilise this but he needs to have other methods i.e. the suit from The Dark Knight Returns.

    6. Recognising and acknowledging other parts of the DC Universe. Knowing nods to other parts of the DC Universe are essential geek boy fodder. When Stephen Strange was mentioned in Captain America 2, I was super exited. I love these little references. Arrow, the TV show is excellent at using names from the broader DC universe. If you are not a fan, you’ll miss them but if you are, it’s geek-out time.

    7. Massive ending. There has to be something special at the end. There is a rumour that Darkseid will be in it. That would be awesome. Above that though, there has to be a new character introduced or teased right at the end. In addition there then has to be an after credit scene that will get every fan boy screaming. Something that nobody saw coming.

    8. Have a strong female lead. Wonder Woman, whilst secondary to Bats and Supes, must appear on screen as an independent, intelligent lead character. She can’t just be eye candy. She has to be key and if she is deemed as a cool character, then there is an argument to say that she gets her own film.

    9. TV Universe. Keep itself separate from the TV universe. Knowing nods are cool, i.e. make some reference to a character that has appeared in Arrow, but ultimately they should be two separate universes, independent of each other.

    10. The Batcave. This must be awesome. They should look to the comics for inspiration and go for the whole massive coin and dinosaur. That would be so cool.

    11. Fight Fight Fight. Bats and Supes have to have an almighty fight… that is believable (to the extent that these things are in a movie where there are aliens). Batman will need to use resources available to him which will show his ingenuity and his pure intellect. If they take inspiration from the Frank Miller, Dark Knight fight, (which apparently they are) then every DC fan out there is going to be wetting themselves with excitement. Can’t wait.

     
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