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“My 9th Favorite Scene of all Time” or “Saving Lt. Solo”

17

May

Posted by Steve

Paradise_Snare.jpgJesse from Star Wars Book Report is back with number 9 of his top ten favorite Star Wars Expanded Universe moments of all time.  This time he takes us to the pages of THE PARADISE SNARE and a quite emotional moment from the life of everyone’s favorite smuggler-rebel Han Solo.

I grew up in Florida, and I have a great deal of family in Tennessee, and there was nothing in this world I hated more than the drive to Tennessee to visit relatives.  It was not because I had to hear about how much I have grown even though I was the same height and weight of my last visit.  It was not that I had to share a bed with who knows how many cousins.  It wasn’t because my cheeks could only take so much pinching.  It was not even because of my crazy Aunt Jo Blair, nor the long drive itself.  I hated going to Tennessee because of my dad’s music collection that we had to listen to for nine hours…there is only so much Porter Wagner, Hank Snow, and others who all sing through their noses, that one man can take.  These old country and western stars of yesteryear drove me crazy.  I begged and begged my dad to listen something current like Def Leppard, Bon Jovi; heck, I would even have listened to New Kids on the Block if it got us off of country oldies for a few minutes.  But of course, I had to hear about the time my dad met this star or that star when he worked at the Grand Ole’ Opry in 1968, and he just cranked the oldies even louder.

I made a vow on one of those long journeys with myself that I would never listen to just oldies.  I vowed that I would always keep my musical taste current.  There was just one problem with that vow.  No one told me that music was going to become horrible at the turn of the millennium.  That whole Y2K business we were worried about missiles, banks, electricity, water and the like, but we totally ignored the music business, and that is where the Y2K bug attacked. and music has never been the same.  Now, in my car, my kids are cultured on good music like Def Leppard, Pearl Jam, Bon Jovi, The Bangles, and even the New Kids on the Block.  Please Don’t Go Girl, I must admit is a great song.  One day as I was teaching my eldest daughter the lyrics to Allison’s Starting to Happen by the Lemonheads…I realized something…I have turned into my father, and you know, as horrible as I thought that was twenty years ago, now, I am kind of proud to be him because music today is just terrible.  We are all products of our upbringing, and since I work with teenagers, I am fascinated about how our upbringings shape us either by imitation or by revulsion.  I find the events that shape people to be fascinating, and that it why the number nine scene made the list of my favorite scenes of all time.

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Am I Getting Too Old For This? Iron Man 2 REVIEWED!!!

7

May

Posted by Steve

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I have this friend named Crevice.  Well, his real name is Matt, but I call him Crevice.  He calls me Crevice.  It’s complicated.

Crevice knew that I was going to see IRON MAN 2 at midnight last night, so he stopped by today to ask me what I thought.  His main question was, “Is it as good as the first one.”  My answer?  I don’t know.

IRON MAN 2 is a great movie.  The action is ramped up from the first movie.  The characters are all like friends that have been missed for a while.  The story is…well…it’s an Iron Man story.   The story…moves…

I liked the movie.  I really did.  But I think there are a few factors that may play into me being a bit more critical of the movie than I want to be.  Read on after the jump to see what you think.  Spoilers will be present and heavy, so you may want until you’ve seen it to read my full review.  I DO recommend that you see the movie.   Its one not to be missed…flaws and all.

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The GOL Forums are Dead. Long Live The GOL Forums

6

May

Posted by Steve

It stinks to fail.   It really does.  However, things fail, people fail, we all fail at some point or another.  It’s ok.

The GOL forums failed.   That failure is due mostly to me.   In recent months, interest in most parts of the forums faded, and that included my interest in the forums.  I just didn’t seem to have the time that I had in the beginning to devote to being there and communicating as much as I would have liked.  So it was that as people lost interest, spam bots did not.   I tried to get myself pumped up to stop some spamming, but things just never got back on track.

So, the decision was made to shut things down and move on.

It’s ok though we have an option.  We’re gonna copy what The Big Honkin Show has done so well, we’re starting a Facebook page.

Head over to The Geek Out Loud Facebook Page by clicking here and then click the “Like” button. When we get a few more members, we’ll have a definite URL and such, so that will be cool.

We’re not trying to step on what Toby did when he created the GROUP for Geek Out Loud, we’re just trying to make sure that we have a community where people can feel safe to geek out.

So, I hope everyone understands about the forums, and I hope that you will all join the new facebook page.

Thank you to everyone who was a mod or an admin on the forums and thank you all for participating in that experiment.  Don’t forget the shows that were and still are friends of Geek Out Loud and Geek Out Online.  Make sure to support them by subscribing to their shows and e-mailing them and letting them know you appreciate their hard work.

Now, what are you still reading this for….GO JOIN!!!!