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Jim is the Managing Editor of Channel Hide, as well as creator and founder of Hidesquadron and its related sites and services. His day job, or as he calls it, "The Simoleon Generator", Jim works in the multimedia and technology industry. Most of the time he fancies himself a programmer, designer, and audio/video Jedi Master. He finds it amazing that he gets paid to do such things, claiming that "somebody screwed up somewhere."
Born, raised, and currently living in Pittsburgh, he aspires to be a writer (novels, not anecdotes) and hopes to continue building the Hidesquadron family of sites into a fully featured business. We tried telling him this is a foolish dream, but he never listens.
Home page: http://www.hidesquadron.com
Posts by James George
Ah yes… the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We all have, at one point, looked at things like the Colossus of Rhodes, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and the Pyramids of Giza with child-like wonder. How were they built by ancient societies? Could we build such things today? What purpose did they serve?
While the true answer lies in the past and may therefore never be found, our imaginations constantly draw on these things as inspiration for equally mysterious and wondrous fictional locations, people, and stories. Man’s mind did, after all, developed the actual wonders… and it is with equal imagination that fictional companions exist. They may not be real, but they have the same level of thought and care put into their creation and design.
I was inspired by the Star Wars movies to start this series of posts, as they alone contain dozens of fictional people, places, and ideas to fill an encyclopedia. I chose seven items from various works of fiction to put on my “Seven Wonders of the Fictional World” list, each item getting it’s own post and some great detail on them for those who may not be familiar with all of them. I realize that there are plenty of things that would qualify to be on this list, so don’t assume that I am any authority on this sort of thing. These seven items that I chose reflect the depth of imagination and wonder that the actual wonders of the world showcase.
Let’s start with a race of beings that are truly mysterious… and quite dangerous.
I’m typically a Halo Guy. Since the advent of the previous generation of Consoles, Halo has been the top tier of all games. Everyone want’s to hit the level they have, and the non-Microsoft companies struggle to find that one game franchise that defines not only their console, but their company as a whole. Microsoft must have some kind of luck, because in 2006, they got a second franchise that can match the level of Halo that Sony and Nintendo simply haven’t been able to achieve. Now, 5 years later, Gears of War 3 might be the most polish, imersive, and emotional title I have ever played. Those Halo guys are lucky to have an ally like Gears of War. Sony and Nintendo… well… there’s always Greek Soldiers and Italian Plumbers… I guess…
Game over. The Summer movie season is drawing to a close, and we have a winner. Captain America, with relative ease, takes this summer’s prize as the most delightful movie, and stands with the other two big comic adaptions of the summer, Thor and X-Men: First Class. This movie has something those two didn’t, though… heart.
I have some pretty complicated feelings about this movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it on opening night, but it left me with a somewhat lackluster taste in my mouth for reasons I’ll get to in a moment. I saw it a second time this past weekend, and enjoyed it just as much, and I felt better about the film in general as a result.
All that being said, this movie isn’t going to win awards for filmography or story, but it will forever be a film that championed the definition of a summer movie: “Fun”. Anyone who tells you different has no concept of what the summer blockbuster actually entails. Unlike some of the super hero movies, chick flicks, and drama-dies, released this summer, Transformers is one of the few that is actually fun to watch.
I am sad today. After 30 years, the Space Shuttle Program is ending. Yes, it is probably time to retire this method of travel, but there is no replacement in the works at NASA and this launch could perhaps signify the end of American lead spaceflight. Anger, disgust, and confusion are all words appropriate to describe the lack of planning our politicians (both sides of the isle are to blame) in this matter.
I’m sure all of us had dreams of being astronauts as children. We owe it to our childhood and our future children to develop a new space program worthy of carrying on the legacy of not only the Space Shuttle program, but manned spaceflight in general.
God Speed on your journey today, Atlantis.
-Jimmy the G.
I did not like X-Men 2. I really didn’t like X-Men 3: The Last Stand. X-Men Origins: Wolverine might be the worst pile of slop ever thrown into a movie reel.
Let’s face it. Even with
Sir Patrick Stewart Captain Jean-Luc Picard on board, all the sequels to the original X-Men movie (which I enjoyed) were crap. I had absolutely no faith in a prequel concept I heard about a year ago, and were it not for the pleading of a friend (she was really persuasive, saying I could go to see the previews, which I also enjoy) I probably would not have seen X-Men: First Class.
Boy, I’m glad she got me to go.