Confucius

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The movie Confucius is obviously based on the historical person of the same name, founder of the philosophical movement of Confucianism.  Personally, I know a little about Confucianism but really less than I’d like to.   Therefore, this movie appeals to someone like me. However, I must admit, beyond a simple Wikipedia search, I don’t really know how much of the movie is autobiographically accurate and how many liberties were taken. Based on my meager prior knowledge and the wiki-gods, the movie seems to draw on true events and stories. I’m sure others will disagree. Having said all that, I really learned a lot.

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Shaolin

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Shaolin is a story about warlords during early twentieth century China, their relationship with the Shaolin Buddhist temple, and its resident kung-fu monks. The movie’s title, “Shaolin”, is an overly generic name to describe a simple story. I went into this expecting almost a historical account of all things Shaolin. Nope. It’s just a completely fictional story.

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How to Replace Batteries In Your Sega Master System and Genesis Games

What did my girlfriend want for her birthday?  A Sega Genesis.  I’m so happy.  Unfortunately, my Generation 1 system disappeared a long time ago.  It never stopped working but I think I loaned it away and never got it back.  Therefore, I Ebay’d a new one (Generation 1 of course).

I knew that I saved some of my cartridges for a reason including the epic Phantasy Star series (my favorites).  However, I had two problems.

1) The beloved Phantasy Star 1 was not a Genesis game.  It was made from the precursor, Sega Master System (SMS).

Best game ever made.

Best game ever made.

2) Phantasy Star 1 was released in the US in 1988.  I bought it immediately.  Therefore, in this little plastic container was a 25 year-old battery!  I just hoped it wasn’t leaking all over the printed circuit board (PCB) by this time.
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Dave’s Time at Rhode Island Comic Con 2013

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There are a few good reasons why I was really excited about RI Comic Con 2013.  First, it was really close to my house.  But more importantly, it had an amazing and huge guest list.  Here’s a list of just some of the awesome guests:

  • Danny Glover (Die Hard of course)
  • Billie Dee Williams (y’know)
  • Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell Smith (both leads from Weird Science)
  • William Zabka and Martin Kove (Johnny and Sensei Kreese from The Karate Kid… “sweep the leg”)
  • Sam Jones (Flash freakin’ Gordon!)
  • Sarah Douglass and Jack O’Halloran (baddies from Superman 2)
  • Every single bounty hunter from Star Wars! (first ever together… collect them all!)
  • Alan Oppenheimer (Skeletor, Masters of the Universe)
  • Larry Kenny (Liono, Lord of the Thundercats)
  • Jeremy Shada (Finn from Adventure Time)
  • …and a zillion more.  …a zillion.

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