Tuesday, November 28, 2017

First time, long time

Been a while, but I thought I'd post something new.  I've not done much posting because I didn't think I was getting much out of it personally, but more importantly I wanted to do some other things like exercise, make some art, and just some other stuff that matter a little more to me.  And since there's only so many hours in the day, somethings got to give, so I went on hiatus. 

Anyway, I just finished off the Netflix series of Stranger Things.   Back on Black Friday I got the word from a Youtuber that Target was putting the Blu-Ray version of it on sale for ten bucks.  It also includes the regular disc as well.  I thought that was a great price, so picked up a copy.  It's neat the way they produced the packaging too as it looks like an old VHS tape one might see on the racks of the VHS stores back in the 80s, which is the time frame of the series.

So how is the series?   I love it.  It takes you back in a time capsule of the 80s, not only is it set during that heyday, but the soundtrack includes hit songs from back then as well.  Sometimes things that concerned teens of that time frame creep into the show as well like making mixed tapes, talking about Star Wars movies, playing Dungeon and Dragons, and a lot of stuff like that.   I've heard that the Season Two picks right up after the events of Season One, and gets even more crazy, so I'm all ready to see that.  The soundtrack is a good one too.  It's mostly synthesizer music that reminds me of Tangerine Dream, John Carpenter, and things like that. 

Over Halloween I didn't do a lot.  I just wasn't much in the mood for that season.  Here in Texas it just didn't feel like it.  It's been a warm winter, and that was part of it, but also I just wasn't into revisiting any of the old horror movies that generally show up on cable over and over again.   I mean right as I type this, we are in the middle of winter supposedly and it's 76 degrees outside!  Not that I mind a warmer winter, I'm just saying it doesn't feel like winter.  But also our local cable provider, Suddenlink (who sucks) dropped TCM, and that was my go to channel for Halloween. 

I drew the above art for the show which called for art having the theme of Heavy Metal for the show. It's currently up a the Downtown Gallery, now showing in downtown Tyler.   To me the theme of Heavy Metal evokes both the music and reminded me of the old Heavy Metal magazines, which by the way are still being produced today.   I no long still buy the Heavy Metal magazine, but back then I'd buy some, and prefer the older magazine a lot more than the newer ones.  I didn't go to the opening night either as I just avoid crowds, plus hate small talk.  I've been to a few of the past openings and to tell you the truth, they depress me in some ways.  I still need to go by there though and just see what artwork others have entered as I do like doing that however.  There are some talented artist in Tyler I'll give the town that, although, it's a pretty lackluster town aside from that. 

I also entered some art that is currently on public view in Tyler.   It is decorating one of the traffic signal boxes, which is located down in south Tyler around the Target store.  I do like that it was accepted, it made me pretty happy, plus I was even paid for it.  I won't turn down the money, but I was really happy it was accepted and is now on public view. 

I've been watching these videos on Youtube by a Jerry Kroth, Phd.  He's an associate professor emeritus at Santa Clara University in California.  I like his videos because they make me think plus are very informative.  I watched one today called Is America on the Brink?  In it he states his case about how one gauges that, what criteria should be consider when gauging that, and so on.  I've posted a few of his videos on Facebook, which got no response.  Either people are too busy to care, or just don't give a shit.  But I'll post one below.   If you like it, you can subscribe to his channel.




4 Comments:

At 6:46 PM, Blogger Richard Bellush said...

I haven't watched Stranger Things, but you've mentioned it before and I've heard good things about it from others, too -- besides, I enjoyed the 80s for real well enough.

I'm surprised about the TCM drop. That's my fallback channel when the others don't really draw me. You seem to have a pretty vibrant art scene down there, but you've expressed mixed feelings about the area before. I know how home can just seem like...well...home regardless, but do you contemplate a move elsewhere at some point?

 
At 8:01 AM, Blogger El Vox said...

TCM was my fallback channel too. I think I generally go to PBS, then TCM, and then some others. Granted I have regular shows that I enjoy as well, like Survivor when it's on, etc. But it was a loss. What's weird to my understanding from a friend out in west Texas they are on Suddenlink and still get it out there--which is all the more aggravating.

I think about moving, yes, but it's not like I'm overly anxious about it. I would not move unless I can find a place I really like just due to the fact that it takes a lot to move (again). For one, I can't move the contents of this home I'm in without some reduction of the contents, and even then, I'd have to hire someone. So looking at $20,000? just get moved--it better be a heck of a place. Tyler is at least pretty scenery-wise, it's not too big a hassle traffic-wise, and I live in a nice area with privacy and no neighbors close by with distractions like loud music and barking dogs (that's a huge plus to me too). I hate barking dogs, and loud music (unless it's my own) ;)... So, I'm surely here for the duration, which I don't mind. I'm a pretty private guy anyway, so I don't need a big party and a big crowd to be around. However, if you've lived in one place for very long and met a few friends you enjoy, you miss them when you move, and at my age, meeting new people is difficult, particularly in this part of Texas as it's so arch conservative politically and socially really (social mores gather around the church, ugh). But it's not like I need a lot of diversions at this stage of the game, but yeah, meeting friends can be tough here.

I've looked at homes up in Colorado, and I do not, for the most part like the way the homes are built up there compared to Texas homes. Plus they are just incredibly expensive compared to elsewhere. For $500,000 up there you can get a mansion in someplace like McKinney, Tx or the Dallas area--not that I'd like the traffic there. I've looked at Austin too, a good place, but horrible traffic, ugh. I have a niece up in the Flower Mound area of Dallas, and that's a nice area, close to the metroplex, I just don't have the motivation I guess. :)

 
At 9:39 AM, Blogger Roman J. Martel said...

Great to see you back at blogging. Sometimes it is good to take a break from it for a little while. It should be fun and fulfilling on some level.

Yeah, I really enjoyed both seasons of "Stranger Things". I think the first one was a bit stronger with a very tightly written plot over all the episodes and a great buildup to the finale episode. So much fun. The second one feels a little uneven. But the first season was shopped around for quite a while and reworked and reworked again to get it so polished.

The songs are a lot of fun, and the score uses full blown 1980s style synths. I think it works a lot of the time and a few times, it feels a bit off. But that's just the film score fan in me griping to gripe.

 
At 3:32 PM, Blogger El Vox said...

Good to know. Oddly I told a friend that I had bought the DVD set, and was anxious to see Season 2, and he told me he like Season 2 a lot better. He said he didn't like Season 1 as well as he said, it was just a bunch of talking heads--which I've got to say sounded weird to me. So I won't put a lot into what he said. First off the first season has to have more exposition in it just to lay the ground work on what the series is going to be about, it has to establish characters, it needs to develop a little bit of history, and also it needs to include some sort of action or develop some kind of plot. But I plan on watching it anyway. I'm sure I'll enjoy it to some degree.

I've got the conclusion to the remade or continuation of the Planet of the Apes trilogy here at home. It should be fun, I really enjoyed the first two installments.

 

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