Webby's First Post

My name is Webby and this is my first post on Near the Atmosphere.

I just wanted to tell our readers how much fun I had with MJ today!  In fact, I painted a portrait of MJ as my way of showing "friendship".  This is how I remember the look in his eyes when I was around.  It was the best!  See you tomorrow, MJ!

Engadget 's Wonderful Wii U Post

Engadget 's Wonderful Wii U Post

I recently wrote a post that explains why I'm such a big fan of the Wii U.

I'm somewhat baffled by the mainstream mentality when it comes to console gaming.  The PS4 sold very well at launch despite a weak lineup of launch titles.  Even now, I haven't seen anything on the PS4 that makes it feel like a necessary upgrade from the PS3.

I'm also amazed by how many Call of Duty games (and other similar first-person shooters) can be released and still sell like hotcakes.  It's a gaming genre that has grown very stale, and I'll never understand what is so appealing about playing a game in which you play the role of a soldier in a simulation of real war.

The writers & editors at Engadget recently posted a brilliantly refreshing article entitled 'Nintendo was right about the Wi U.  We were wrong.'

I'd like to share some of my favorite quotes from this post.

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Bug Vs. The Evil Dead

Bug Vs. The Evil Dead

My parents were divorced when I was young, and at the age of 12 - 4 years after they split up - my mom brought home a man for me and my siblings to meet.  He was a truck mechanic for Ryder.  However he had a friend that could get VHS tapes on movies that were still in theaters. The first one he brought to our house was Evil Dead 2.  While my brothers and sister were not allowed to watch it (due to the movie being rated R), I was.  Already being a horror movie lover, I fell in love with this movie.  I even played hooky from school the following day and watched it again.

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DS9 Had No Trouble with Tribbles

DS9 Had No Trouble with Tribbles

If you're a Trekkie, but not a fan of Deep Space Nine, you owe it yourself to watch DS9's fifth season episode, "Trials and Tribble-ations".

If you're have a casual familiarity with Star Trek, particularly the original series, you owe it yourself to watch DS9's fifth season episode, "Trials and Tribble-ations".

Scratch all of the above.  Just go watch DS9's fifth season episode, "Trials and Tribble-ations".

This episode was produced in celebration of Star Trek's 30th anniversary, and it paid tribute to the original series by adding the DS9 crew to the classic TOS episode "The Trouble with Tribbles".

This could have been an epic disaster.  It could have come off as a tacky attempt to mix DS9 with the original series.  Instead, it is a masterfully done episode full of comedic moments and tributes to the original series.

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'Jewelarchon Gaming' Blog Shows Love for Nintendo & Early Days of Gaming

Shortly after posting my previous post regarding the Wii U, I discovered a blog created by a gamer who shares my nostalgia for the early days of gaming.  He is also a fan of Nintendo.  If you're a Nintendo fan, or just gaming in general, I recommend that you check it out: Jewelarchon Gaming.

His July 8th post titled Back in the Day, When I was Young captures the same nostalgia that I have for gaming history and Nintendo in general.  Like me, his first experience with  the Mario Bros. was in the game Mario Bros. on an Atari console.  His post also focuses on the fun of gaming, something I also mentioned in my previous post (in my case, because I believe that Nintendo is still the embodiment of fun gaming).

Please note that this post was written immediately following a gaming session of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

David Bowie - Strangers When We Meet

I recently started reading a book called Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon. It has a quote by David Bowie that says "The only art I'll ever study is stuff that I can steal from." This is one of the reasons I love Bowie. He is honest.  He is also a great painter. 

That is why today's song of the day is my all time favorite Bowie song, Strangers When We Meet.  The song was released on 2 separate albums. the first was The Buddha of Suburbia in 1993. Only to be re-recorded in 1995 for the album Outside. (This is the version I prefer)