What Was DC Thinking?

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DC is making a lot changes and attempting to modernize their look, some of it is good, some of it not so good. Many of these changes are in response to the popularity of their TV Universe and their attempts to align the comic with the show, other changes we haven’t figures out yet.

The most recent changes involve the costumes of some of their most iconic superheroes.

Green Lantern:

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A hoodie? Seriously? The costume is created by the ring, it’s not even real clothing so why would they go with a hoodie? Green Lantern already has a mask, so it’s not to hide his identity, besides everyone knows who he is. Hal Jordan is currently a fugitive, but don’t you think he would have better luck hiding out if he didn’t glow?

The Flash:

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I’m not seeing a lot of change here. It appears to be a slightly darker shade of red and the logo looks a little closer to the one used on TV. As for the lightning bolts surrounding him, I’m thinking those are for effect, not part of his costume, but if you look closely it does look like they are imitating the lightining stripes on the movie costume.

Green Arrow:

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This character has probably gone through more costume changes than I know about. I really don’t know why they bothered to change him as his newest look was perfectly fine. Other than giving him looser pants they didn’t do too much. They gave him a compound bow, different bracers and took away the useless armband. I don’t

Superman:

superman1The classic Superman we all know has a cape, tights and a big red ‘S’. His colors have a changed a few times, but it’s always essentially been the same costume. This is a big difference. Now he is dressed just like everyone else with a T-Shirt and jeans, I guess his Clark Kent persona can never go casual again. This new Superman now looks more like newer Superboy. Not a look that impresses me.

Batman:

batman1There is no way that this is the new Batman costume, it can’t be. There is nothing that distinguishes it as Batman, this could be anybody. It looks more like Lex Luther contraption to fight Superman than a Batman costume. Or maybe it’s one of Batmans specialized suits to fight a villain. If this turns out to be the new official Batman costume they are going to lose a lot of fans.

Wonder Woman:

wonder_womanAnother character who has a lot of costume changes over the years and this is one of the best changes she has had. It homage to a few of the older costumes while still being original. I also like the fact that the armor is practical. Instead of showing copious amounts of bare flesh it actually covers the vital areas. She now has something to protect her throat and the other areas that anyone out to kill you is likely to aim for. As she tends to engage in more physical fighting the armor is also conducive to movement, giving her range of motion. Unfortunately they went with spaulders instead of pauldrons leaving the armpit wide open for attack and negating half of their function. They do however still function to minimize the area between the shoulder and the neck, making it more difficult for your assailant to get a good blow. The skirt thingy is nothing more than esthetics, with no function. The bracers however are extremely functional, provided that those blades retract.

Over all this is probably our favorite costume change out of them and a move in the right direction.

Updates

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I have updated my Published Articles page to show January, I still have to get to February and March but I have a lot of other things I need to do.

It seems that over the last few months I’ve been dropping numbers on Digital Landing so I really need to put a push on my articles over there. It is a great site promoting advances in tech and how to use the tech you already have. That is the site where I can actually put my name on the articles. I have a few other sites I write for regularly, but I can’t promote them.

The one site that I can promote is PopcultHQ we are a start up, but we have a great team and have taken off like a bang. Our staff is a great mix of interests, genders and ages so I think we have everything covered when it comes to popular culture. We have gamers, cosplayers, nerds, geeks, movie lovers, comic lovers etc… you name it we have it covered.

Why not stop in to our page at popculthq.com or check out our Facebook page. I am sure that there will be something there that catches your interest.

Yeah us!

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Well we have done it. PopculHQ

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has been out there for 11 days. We have over 350 followers on the Facebook page, over 200 visitors to the site and over 400 views. For less than two weeks we are doing pretty good.

We wnat to be the go-to site for all things pop culture. We cover cosplay, gaming, movies, trivia, conventions, gadgets and gizmos, comics and toys….basically if it catches our interest it will probably catch yours.

We can’t wait to see where it goes from here…it will get pretty interesting as we line up interviews, and possibly a few original videos. We are looking at well known artists for sneak peeks into their latest works and planning to talk to the everyday person that loves this stuff.

It is going to be a blast.

Villains at the GeekBar

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Last night was the C2E2 Villains event at the Geek Bar in Chicago. It was a lot of fun and quite a few Villains made appearances, including myself. More of that will be covered in PopcultHQ later this week.

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I’m writing about the Geekbar itself.

It is a fairly small establishment, but the atmosphere and food pack a huge punch. First off I will start by recommending the Dagobah Fog…it is to die for

Roasted Brussell Sprouts with a truffle, cauliflower and celery root mousse… it was so good that I didn’t even think of taking a picture until it was finished, and I figured that no one wanted to see an empty dish.

Other foods I sampled there the Awesome sauce and fries (homemade fries!),and the Bluth Family Special which is Waffle-Battered Chicken strips that come with a homemade honey-mustard sauce. It was fantastic food, and definitely not your standard bar fare.

Oh, and their selection of microbrews is pretty good too.

Their prices are good and I love the fact that they have included the tax in their menu prices so you aren’t slammed with unexpected Chicago taxes when you get the bill.

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Want to play a game?

This is the ultimate hangout for Chicago geeks. There is gaming, theme nights, and even bad science fiction…it is everything a geek should love without the mountain Dew and Cheetos.

When you get a chance stop in and check them out, they are at 1941 W North Ave in Chicago.

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There is no shortage of game choices, just in case you forgot your own at home

And Here IT is!!!!!!

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Kurt_Wagner_(Earth-616)_from_Nightcrawler_-1A few days ago in my post “Do I Qualify as a Veteran Writer Now” I mentioned several sites I had been a part of and how several of the sites were now defunct and never made it of the ground floor.

However, shortly after I posted that I got an offer to get in on the ground floor of an endeavor that I think will take off. It’s a new media outlet for all things pop culture. We will talk about comics, toys, gizmos, conventions, cosplay, tech and even cars. Basically, if it is cool we will cover it.

You wont see us rehashing something old, you wont see us reposting others peoples articles. This will be all us, all original. This is going to go somewhere big. We will be working on interviews with well known actors, cosplayers, and maybe even a few rocket engineers.

I want to take this opportunity to introduce the newest in pop culture news Pop Cult HQ. This will be the place to be.

Roku Lets You Take Your Movies on the Road

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If you are like me then you love streaming movies and TV shows. In fact I gave up cable years ago. I found that I could get anything I wanted just by waiting, eventually it would be available to stream.

rokuOne of the best ways to stream is the Roku and with their streaming stick you can even take your streaming on the road. Your shows are available for you from anywhere with WiFi.

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The new Roku streaming stick is an HDMI attachment that plugs directly into your television through a USB port to provide the direct streaming capacity of your computer. With 1,000 plus channels and over 31,000 movies, you can also stream Netflix and YouTube. The included remote makes the experience just like regular TV. Essentially, it’s a way to merge your computer and TV into a single super media machine, allowing you to watch online media on the television with as much ease as your cable.

Do I Qualify as a Veteran Writer Now?

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After cleaning up this site a bit I just realized that I have now been at this writing thing for over three years. My first officially published article was in March 2012 for Imperfect Parent and I had already been writing for several months before then as a ghost writer.

Since then I have written a huge variety of materials. I have written everything from simply copy ad to full white papers for publication in trade magazines. I just wish I could claim a few of the better ones to add to my repertoire, unfortunately that is part of being a ghost writer.

I have also worked for several sites;

And these are just the sites that are still up, there have been a huge variety of sites that never made it, but apparently I did.

Thank you to everyone that made it possible for me to continue this long in writing.

Configure your TIme Warner Email in Outlook or Thunderbird

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It’s nice to get a new computer, it’s faster and runs smoother, but the problem comes in when you want to do the same things on the new computer that you always did on the old computer.  One of the most popular reasons to have a computer is for email, and if you don’t configure it correctly, then you aren’t going to be able to retrieve your emails.

This article will show you how to configure your Time Warner Email in your Microsoft Outlook program or in your Thunderbird email program;

“Gather What Information You Need such as:

  • Your Time Warner Cable email address.
  • The password for your email account. This would have been established when you initially set up your account with Time Warner San Diego.
  • The incoming mail server name, also known as the POP mail server name. This is typically pop-server. followed by the portion of your email address after the “@” sign. So if your email is bobjs@nyc.rr.com, the pop server name would be “pop-server.nyc.rr.com”
  • The outgoing mail server name, also known as the SMTP mail server name. This is entered the same way as the pop server, but substitute “smtp” for “pop”. The same email address example above would use “smtp-server.nyc.rr.com”
  • Port and security settings for both the POP and SMTP mail servers (outgoing mail requires authentication).Then head on over to see what they say about configureing your Outlook or Thunderbird email.

Free Apps!

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Have your eye on a couple of Apps, but don’t want to pay for them,here are a few ways to get them, and a few others for free.

How to Legally Get Apps for Free

You don’t have to jailbreak your phone, change your identity or become an infamous hacker to get some apps for free. You can do it legally!

and they tell you how

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