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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

For the first time in about 12 years, my family will all be together to celebrate Thanksgivng ON Thanksgiving. As such, I will leave you with this comic cover, one of the very few Thanksgiving comics out (and recently covered on Back to the Bins).

Thursday, November 20, 2014

What I've been up to lately

I've been doing a number of things on the podcasting front recently. At the beginning of November the latest episode of Anime Freaks came out, where Dr. Bill and I are joined by Matt Hunsworth of Star Wars In Character, as well as many other fine podcasts. In this episode, we cover the Star Force near Pluto and Saturn, along with the first firing of the Wave Motion Gun.

That episode can be found here:

On that same front, we just finished recording the latest episode of the show, but this time with Luke Joconetti from Earth Destruction Directive and the Vault of Startling Monster Horror Tales of Terror. Look for that early in December.

I also, this past Saturday, released the latest The Hammer Podcasts! episode, where The Irredeemable Shag and I tackled the topic of Role Playing Games. In that show you will find out why this blog is called The Hammer Strikes!

You can find that one here:

I'm now hard at work on the next two episodes of THP, the first of which will be out in a little over two weeks.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Big Hero 6

From Disney Insider

My family recently went to see Big Hero 6 in the theater and, I have to say, we all had a blast. This is a fun movie, but it does deal with some heavy issues. I'd say it had just about the perfect mix of drama, comedy, and action. I would have liked if the villain reveal wasn't as underwhelming, but I'm keyed in to looking for clues like that, so it might have been better for others.

I would recommend this movie to pretty much anyone, but especially to those parents of children who love superheroes. Kira had a great time. She liked it so much that it's on the same level as Frozen in her mind.

Keep in mind that this is based off a Marvel property, so make sure you watch until the very end of the credits. I was amazed that we were the only people still left in the theater.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

How Spoiled I Was

I have been hearing about the USS Flag a lot with what I've been listening to recently, and while I never had that (and didn't know anyone who did), I did have an absolutely HUGE playset for GI Joe. Sold in 1987, and I believe I got it for Christmas that year, was the GI Joe Defiant Space Vehicle Launch Complex.

Being a fan of GI Joe and Star Trek, this obviously made sense for my parents (or was it my grandfather?) to get me. It was enormous, taking up a good chunk of floor space in my room, but I played the heck out of that. At a retail price of $99.99, that was definitely my big gift that year, and 12 year old me was thrilled!

Add this to the fact that I had the Batcopter (which o one else seems to have had) and I was a very spoiled child.