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Episode #195-“Nobody Lies To The Grendel”

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
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Badly aging action stars. Eww. TechJedi mourns his one Christmas present; talk about some Emerald City preparations with some obscure books. Mention Ant-Man trailer. Honestly, it was not much of much. Talk some DC TV stuff, mention Agent Carter. Lambaste Dr Who for a little while. Eventually we get to the Indies. We start with THE FADE OUT 3, giving us pagan orgies and and ex husbands. ODY-C 1, mispell some names equals indy greatness. OUTCAST 5, Kyle and Pastor interview the possessed criminal. WYTCHES 2 Sailor seems to meet a friend, but hallucinates. MEN OF WRATH 2 We get some Rath backstory which is just out and out brutal. REVIVAL 25 brings out the wakco fundies for self crucifixion; BIG TROUBLE IN LITTE CHINA 6 has fish people gettting their slimy asses handed to them by Miao Yin. I hate BODIES 5. THE HUMANS 1 is crude and just completely unfucking funny. VELVET 8 treats us to Velvet pulling a flying nick fury squirrel routine. HOLMES AND HOUDINI 2Holmes demonstrates how Houdini could not be responsible for the murder the pevious issue. GRENDEL SHADOW 3 has betrayals and auto gyros, which we love.

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Episode #193-If Someone Comes Out A Dimensional Portal, It’s Best To Assume They’re Evil

Friday, January 23rd, 2015
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We get in on some DC cancellations, which surprise some and do not shock others. Ramble and complain for a little while about events and the silliness of constant world killing events. TechJedi admits his biggest error of the year, in watching ERASERHEAD. Eventually we get to books, being DC Week; We start with the usually awesome SINESTRO 7, with the title character the pimp of all space; BATGIRL 36 disappoints us with computer geniuses that don’t know to back up their data. SUPERMAN 36 has Ulysses getting crestfallen and interdimensional villains finally showing up. WONDER WOMAN 36 is a rocky start with characterization. DETECTIVE 36 We were fine with till torture came up with dick frickin grayson. BATMAN 36 is bcoming silver agey badness, not goodness. SENSATION COMICS 4 concludes the weird proportions of the hernandez guy, but deadman was a fun guest; ASTRO CITY 17 brings us the untold story of Stormhawk and the story of the dimension of feasts. UNWRITTEN ends our episode with issues 9,10,11; there’s just too much to summarize there, but it’s amazing. go read that.

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Episode #192-Flerkens Be Freaky Yo

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
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We babble about media and movies for a while and old shows. Talk about HER, the scarjo voiced AI flick. We whine about Moby Dick for a while.Eventually we get to the Marvel’s for the month which include: THOR 1 opening with a bang in the Norwegian Sea and bringing us Frost Giants. BUCKY BARNES 1, a giant miss of a book in a comics landscape that desperately needs quality spy thrillers. Ms Marvel 9 where Kamala is finally hipped to the fact she’s an Inhuman; SILVER SURFER 6 continues to amuse us with Dawn’s biological needs. UNCANNY 27 gives us ruses and omega mutants and helicarriers. ALL NEW XMEN 33 has the discount junior X-Men originals scattered through the Ultimates universe. SHE HULK 9 is really a good book that deserves to go forward, Steve having tried to ensure that his trial goes perfectly. AMAZING SPIDER MAN 7 and 8 Silk, slingshot maneuvers, Kree, and more make us smile. BLACK WIDOW 11 has Nat and X23 in Macau for some reason. CAPTAIN AMERICA 25 has arguments and heel turns and other crazy things. Not an auspicious end to the run. We finish with CAPTAIN MARVEL 8, in which flerkens be freaky.

 

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Episode #191-“And By Dumb Book, I Just Mean Book”

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
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We complain about post Crisis-Pre52 backtracking. I hate it. We move on to stuff we DO dig though with October’s Indies. GRENDEL SHADOW 2 is just such a great book. MEND OF WRATH 1 is unsentimental and is close to disturbing as well. STARLIGHT 6 ends just as expected, satisfying and a nice departure from Millars’ unrelenting gross brutality. WAR STORIES 1 and 2 please us with Enni’s return to non grossing out stuff. HOLMES HOUDINI 1 just pleases us RAGNAROK 2 took long enough everyone dies, and a bargain is struck with a God. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 5 is just hilarious and fun with THE HELL OF THOSE KILLED BY IDIOTS. GROO VS CONAN 4 mercifully ends WYTCHES 1 works a lot better than Snyders Batman stuff, honestly, seriously. SHADOW: MIDNIGHT IN MOSCOW 5 adds to the convolution and confusion. TREES 6 ends our association with the book, as it just ain’t good scifi. VEIL 5 Veil’s free, and one of Rucka’s few boring books. UBER 18 19 Ubers now impersonate people,nuke programs sabotaged, Brothers reunite. CALIBAN 7 finally mercifully ends, Alien style. ATOMIC ROBO KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN CIRCLE 5 has Robo pulling a ST:NG move. SAGA 24 baby harp seals with axes. you don’t need more. REVIVAL 24 completes the show with zombie deer, crucifixions, bomb building.

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Episode #190 Mall Cops Should Not Talk Back To Batman

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
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We open presents and yap a bit, about the types of nerd tees available over the years. We yap about some local comics shops; one great, one, um, not. No Sir. Rev issues a challenge! We randomly yap for 26 minutes before getting into the DCs. We start with BATGIRL 35-which is not meant for us. Troll DJs are not for us. SENSATION COMICS 3, rockstars, groupies, golden fleece, and gil. WONDER WOMAN 35 the last of the Azzarellos, tying things up nicely. SUPERMAN 35-Ending the Machinist fight and getting to know you with Ulysses. DETECTIVE 35 gives us the great, almost retro adventure of an interrupted vacation for Bruce. BATMAN 35 is disjointed and strange. SINESTRO 6 with Thaal visiting the Indigoes. ASTRO CITY 16 featuring Simon the bully victim fighting back. AMERICAN VAMPIRE 5 mining claims, but it doesn’t matter cause the next 3 are cancelled. We end with BODIES 4 makes even less sense than 1 through 3

Episode #190



Episode #189-TWITCHY THE JEDI

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
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We wish the Rev a happy birthday, and I’m excited about an episode. We try to watch AntiSocial; we fail. It’s Indie week so we start off with WITCH OF HARJU 3-ending the series. We hit SHADOW MIDNIGHT IN MOSCOW 4; interrogations and intimidations. UNITED STATES OF MURDER INC 5 which is probably our last; BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 4 fighting monkeys-you need no more. MANIFEST DESTINY 10-capturing giant mosquitoes and demon frogs. CONAN THE AVENGER 6, where we leave this title at home. GROO CONAN 3 which finally gives us the fight; SIRENS 1, a total disappointment; VELVET 7 Velvet eaves a breadcrumb trail for following agents. CALIBAN 6 the remaining crew get ready for the finally conflict with karien. OUTCAST 4 shows us some naughy neighbors. SAGA 23 ludicrous demands from the killer janitor crusader tv dude. ELLISON’S CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER 4 kirk and keeler-love for the ages. TREES 5 is slow and personal and boring and confusing. NAILBITER 5 interrogations and backstory. UBER 17 new tactics for new raids, and moles in British intelligence. GRENDEL SHADOW 1 is the Grendel book and the Shadow we’ve been dying for. EXTINCTION PARADE 3 is weird and boring.

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Episode #188 “I Would So Buy An Album of Alison Blair Norwegian Death Metal”

Monday, December 1st, 2014
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We watch WITCHIN’ AND BITCHIN’, which turned out hilarious.We bitch a little bit ourselves. Which is boring. TJ is dreadfully disappointed about the cancellation of She Hulk. We quickly note thh onslaught of Marvel flicks in the next couple years. We talk movie slates and whether DC should even be hyping till something else is delivered. Compare Flash dating, GA and GL dating your sister. We finally get to Marvels and we start with SHE HULK 8; Cap is on trial and it’s pretty interesting. We move to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 6-where J Jonah just can’t stop screwing himself. This allows TJ to rant about nerds screwing Themselves. Hit some XMEN of various sorts, where tearing down dead icons seems de riguer. Hit some THOR with 25, hangin out in the library, finding hidden books. Get to some Ms Marvel with 8, starring Lockjaw. Do some HAWKEYE vs DEADPOOL, fun but mildly confusing. Leads us into Hawkeye’s own book, which yet again has nothing to do with clint barton. Capt Marvel 7-alien octopus. More XMEN. Hit HULK 6 with sigh Doc Green; SAVAGE HULK doesnt do it for us. CAPTAIN AMERICA 24 finishes off with a big bomb. We end on the down note of Black Widow 10. Accountants and Islamabad. Weird.

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“THE CLIMB TO 99-TechJedi’s Experience In Maxxing Levels in Diablo 2″ Part 10

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
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Well thank buggery all that’s over with!

Here’s where I stand. In the last post you remember I defeated Baal on Nightmare. At this point, I tried several times to go back through the areas proceeding him and Baal himself to get better gear. Wasn’t happenin’. Eventually I realized there was nothing for it and moved on to Act One of HELL. This was every bit as difficult as I thought it would be. Elemental damage means nearly nothing to me with all those resistance upping items and Sanctuary. The bad guys however, HIT REALLY FUCKING HARD.

It’s been a long time getting to this next post. A lot of grinding, a lot of restarts, a lot of super healing potions and Full Juvies. It’s been difficult to find better armor for Oriana, and it’s been completely impossible to find better for myself. I spent an entire afternoon gambling; restoring the character, gambling, restoring….I found slightly better gloves and slightly better boots. actually, they’re *much* better boots.

Since I did all that duping, I put all those rune words in place, and things got easier; but my stat choices kept my Vitality down, and everything hits so hard that physical is plenty to knock my ass out. Here’s some of the stuff I’ve found right up to Killing Baal. Later on, farming those areas, yellows seem to have been upped notably, but Golds are iffy at best. At least I’m a Champion now.

Some cool stuff there, but still not overmatching what I had. Took a lot of time to find anything. I’ve been doing and redoing Act One for almost 2 solid weeks. This is where it got me.

 

I finally got to Andariel and have been farming HER now, but damn if that poison spray of hers doesn’t fuck my world up. I went as far as to manufacture a jade ring from the Horadric Cube recipe, bring me up to 48 percent poison resist, and she still beat the shit out of me. My adventures in Act 2, Lut Gholein, are precisely what I expected-lots of poison, lots of electricity, lots of slingers, really taking advantage of my lack of missile defense. (They use javelins to great effect.) It’s been likely 20 hours or more on Act 2 already, and…finally…

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I finally beat my own record in a string of good luck over the last 24 hours. The old Antioch, adored and venerated and nostalgic as he is, has finally been superseded, 12 years later. Although honestly, some of the equipment I have now could stand to match him then. I found all the below today alone, which is pretty cool but guess what-still, still doesn’t match what I have now.

 

That Shamshir, Hexfire, Is the main weapon I have on Antioch 1.0

The Ultimate Goal is a mere 20 levels away. God, this is gonna hurt.



“THE CLIMB TO 99-TechJedi’s Experience In Maxxing Levels in Diablo 2″ Part 9

Sunday, November 16th, 2014
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Ok, so here’s the deal.

I’ve decided that yes, I would like to take both paths to 99-as seen in the last entry I made some phenomenal fuck up and the results were that one copy of my character is normal but 9 levels behind-the other is at the right level, but has only HALF of the gear since the stash is messed up, which also drops the Horadric cube.

Path A will be the character at 50 with no stash, Path B will be 42 with proper stash, but a chance to come out better after running Act 5. With path B, I’m still going to try “players 8″ to maximize xp gains. Path A I’ll just tool around in Nightmare hoping to do well.

DAYS LATER:

Ok, so although I decided to do both paths, I haven’t really done that. I’ve continued on with both-moving on through Act 1 without the stash and Horadic cube was irritating, but not impossible. I started act 2 and was lucky enough that the Horadric Cube quest operated just as it should and let me acquire a new copy.

Let me tell you, the Sanctuary skill for Paladins is *ca-rucial* in Nightmare. It allowed me to keep all my resistances maxxed, and Venom Ward, the Gold armor for fortifying against poison, actually got me to 90 resistance for that. I took a good long time getting ready for Duriel this run. Leveled maybe 5 times throughout Act 2. Only died twice against him himself; finding his tomb however, cost me dearly. Going through all those false tombs killed me over and over and over again-for the same reasons it did in Normal-those goddamned Unholy Bolts for the Radament type Unravelers and such. The Scarabs, those electric beetle things, were not so much a distraction anymore with resistance to electricity at 75. I did a lot of re-runs and do overs trying to get better gear. It was difficult. Tons and tons of yellow that wouldn’t do to replace my current stuff. But then I found that you could upgrade things-Horadric cube recipes exist to upgrade even Gold items to better gold items-I jumped up my swords as well as Oriana’s bow.

One amazing thing that happened before I got to Act to was this: to me, unprecedented:

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Yes, that’s FIVE YELLOWS FROM THE SAME CHEST.  That’s pretty damn nutsy. The bow shown is this, which I instantly gave to my hireling.

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This lasted a very long time, through Act 1, through Act 2, and through several sections of 3, until I found a much better Gold bow,  Hellclap. Again, I had upgraded that with runes and the Cube, but eventually replaced it anyway,  with this amazing piece.

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I never really used my Amazon much, so I never paid attention to bows or knew what to look for, so this thing really blew my mind. I threw ORT ETH runes in it to get some serious bonuses. Eventually I started the disaster that was, is, and will forever be, Kurast. Kurast Provided me with a new belt, and I was finally able to use the Natalyas’ Helmet I’ve been saving for 5 levels. I hate that Act, so all I’m sayin about it is that I *did* provide me with a belt that I’m prolly gonna use till the end of the game. It’s seriously sweet!Screenshot066

At any rate,  finishing Kurast got me to Hell, of course. At last check, I had just gotten to 51. I played and replayed and replayed Hell throughout the 50s as I didn’t want to get to Act 5 before 60. As of today, I’m Level 69. I’m trying not to finish the difficulty before where I left off with the Original Character, Antioch 1-which if you remember was 78. I’ve been spending so much time reading about Runewords and Horadric Cube recipes, and then honestly, yes, duping things, that I haven’t really been adventuring so much as farming-which, I realized late today after an 8 hour stretch, is precisely why I stopped the first character, and why I quit ALL MMOS I EVER STARTED.  I really don’t think I can get through the last sequence to Baal with my current shit though, it’s getting pretty rough as it stands, and I’m only halfway through the act. I’m trying to mention neat stuff through out, just drafting these articles a paragraph at a time when something cool happens, but it’s just been grind grind grind.

Oh Lord!

It’s been a couple days since the last paragraph; boy howdy, has getting any further along at all SUCKED. I’ve made it to 73 by doing a lot of grinding and rerunning areas with varying degrees of /players x on; usually 6. Not getting a lot of good upgrades-only little dinky ones. A new helm that might not really help, different gloves, finally, which did help a bit. But ah, finally, a really good shield!

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Well, comparatively so to the ones I’ve had; it lacks all resistance, so I’m gonna have to make that up with other gear and Sanctuary.

At last, I got sick of grinding and said to myself, “Bitch, we gotta finish this shit-Hell Awaits!” So I went to the Worldstone keep, plowed through the enemies at all levels, and went to see Baal. Got through all his minions pretty easily, but then I thought, “well, that just got me a lot of xp; do it again”.

At which time I had my ass summarily handed to me.

OK, that really seriously hurt. SO it’s back to the gear grind drawing board. Wait-I’ve got all those socketable armor pieces, and lots of perfect topazes to put in them. So I started going back through the entire game again with varying levels of /players x. Got tired of that after about two hours, and went back to the Worldstone Keep. Got wiped JUST as badly! God, what’s to do? Now, now is where I remember my greatest tribulations!  Now I remember all the loot swapping between computers, now I remember all the constant restarts and save and exits before dying!

THIS WAS NOT THE FUN PART!

Somehow I had gotten to Level 78 last time-somehow-I can do it again and complete the next 21 levels!

Honestly, it may be two weeks or more before the next installment. I have jury duty, yard cleaning, a full time job, comics to read and a podcast to record. If anything changes, I’ll start a new entry. Who knows, maybe that last Gold I need to power through Ball comes tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

 

 



Episode #187-“My Hatred Of 90s Comics Is Due Mostly To Lack Of Blimps”

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
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“My Hatred Of 90s Comics Is Due Mostly To Lack Of Blimps”

We’re very disappointed at the loss of She-Hulk, while watching STAGE FRIGHT; we note the lack of DC 3d’s in our pile; We eventually get to to the second half of August Indies. We get in on som SAGA 22,filled with family drama and relationship issues; TREES 4, showing us mystery biomechanical flowers; THE FADEOUT 1, glorious return to crime noir we love so; Extinction Parade 2, gimmicky zombie death dancing on display. UBER 16 detailing the misadventures of the first POC Battleship; CONAN THE AVENGER 5, with twists an plot turns and rescued blondes. THE GOON, OCCASION OF REVENGE 2 is some talky stuff. GROO/CONAN 2 develops Sergio’s insanity and Groo’s incompetence and Conan’s incredulity; MANIFEST DESTINY 9 Giant Mosquitoes. SKULLKICKERS 30 shows us amusing but seemingly pointless variations on the crew. LOBSTER JOHNSON: GET THE LOBSTER 5wows us with a final battle on a giant dirigible. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 3 Jack recants the tale of his 4th wife, and insults teh boss level mob that has what they need.

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Episode #187