Things are too negative these days. I contribute to it on a daily basis and am trying my best to avoid it, especially with recent events. So here's a whole bunch of positive thoughts to try and drown out all of the nonsense.
- I have a lot of great people in my life. Sometimes its easy to take it all for granted but I've been trying to do better. I try to text people more and respond in a more timely matter. I'm still awful about phone calls but I'm trying. Here's hoping this focus on optimism furthers my own goals/happiness.
- UFC 205 is right around the corner and, like millions around the globe, I couldn't be more excited. While McGregor/Alvarez is certainly the spectacle of the show, there are other fantastic bouts in Woodley/Wonderboy and Joanna/Karolina (if you thought I was going to try and spell their last names, you're crazy). This is looking like it could be the greatest card in UFC history while simultaneously making history in epic proportion with New York's first ever.
- The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Special Edition came out recently and it's just as incredible as I'd hoped for. No matter how much I played the game on 360, nothing quite compares to playing it on a top of the line PC and the SE is no different with brilliant graphics that only get better with a little modding here or there. Those that have been running Skyrim with mods won't really see much of a change but for us lowly console gamers, it's a look at Skyrim through brand new eyes.
- This ended up being a fantastic year for horror. Insidious: Chapter 3, The Conjuring 2, Don't Breathe, Hush, and Lights Out all provided a much needed jolt to the public's horror nerve. These are all stylish and try to carve their own path in the horror world. Just like so many other horror directors before them, I can see these guys (especially Fede Alvarez) really moving on to greatness.
- The Mass Effect trilogy was recently released to EA Access as well as XBOX One Backward Compatibility. So in other news: I won't have much of a life for the next few months. As much as I was hoping for a fancy new remaster, I'm happy to not have to repurchase a bunch of games I already own. And EA Access has helped me forgo the distance that exists between myself and my physical copies of these games, meaning I can start my adventures aboard the Normandy all over again.
- Joe Rogan's latest Standup Special "Triggered" was released recently and, while I'm not always a fan of Rogan's standup, he really went above and beyond for this special. His casual demeanor carries over well and since he actually has some decent points to make, it makes the jokes stronger as a result. While it's not going to change your life, it's definitely a lighthearted way to spend an hour.
- So apparently The Vision is awesome? I've really fallen off of comic books and only recently got caught up on Batman (which, even without Scott Snyder, is awesome) so I was shocked to hear that a comic based on the Vision was the top comic around. Consider me pleasantly surprised because I always love when lesser Marvel characters start getting some love (Black Widow, Miss Marvel, Moon Knight). I have all the current issues loaded up on my Kindle and I can't wait to dive in.
- Insomnia Theatre has really been a lot of fun. I'm not sure if you've been keeping up but my friend Dom and I have been doing these fun little commentaries over Public Domain horror movies. It's a great way for us to shoot the shit while also doing something we love while also feeling just a little bit productive in the process. I've really enjoyed it, as I love B Horror Movies and don't feel like I've seen nearly enough. While not always first time viewings for Dom, they are almost always completely new for me. And we both completely understand if you don't have the time to listen as they do run the full length of the films we watch but we appreciate it nonetheless.
- I started playing DnD and I've officially entered super nerd territory. I'd always avoided the game because it had a certain connotation to it but after several close friends repeatedly recommended it to me, I finally succumbed. I have to admit, it's a lot of fun. I've always been a very imaginative person so I figured I'd have fun with the game but I wasn't expecting to know so much about the game already. Every RPG I've ever played has borrowed from DnD so the transition was rather easy. While my friends and I just do it over voice chat at this point, I can see it being loads more fun being in person. But as of now it's a great way to keep in touch with friends on a weekly basis.