Q&A: What’s with the Costumes

Time to answer some questions that you probably didn’t even ask!

What’s with the costumes? Why do superheroes wear those skintight, often colorful, costumes?

Some might say that they are similar to costumes worn by circus performers. Hmm, maybe. But, the reason is because they are a physical representation of a person’s chi/aura (aka psychic fingerprint). Much like some tribes would paint/tattoo people with symbols that represented their ancestors or spirit guide. The costume is like a second skin allowing the hero closer access to the phantasmic energy that powers their talents. Much like removing your shoes on holy ground–it removes barriers between you and the divine. I’d rather wear a colorful uniform than have to run around naked.

Also, it allows for things like going invisible without having to de-robe. Or growing in size without ripping your clothes.

Psychic fingerprint?

Our bodies produce electrical currents through chemical reactions and molecule vibration; these currents are determined by genetic makeup, blood flow, personality, and more, so each person’s is different–like a fingerprint. The colors are dependent on characteristics and speed of energy flow. For instance, a cheerful person and a melancholy person could have the same base color, like red, but the cheerful person will have a brighter shade of red while the melancholy person’s will be a darker red. 

Everything (not just transbeings or living beings) has a psychic fingerprint/chi because everything is made of vibrating molecules. The symbol/emblem on a hero’s chest is a representation of their “true name.” Everyone and everything has a similar symbol, you just can’t see it because they don’t go around wearing it. Now don’t go thinking that because you know their true name you can control them–like in some fantasy stories. It just allows you to communicate with the person/thing. Much like in physical life. It’s part of why using a hero’s name while crying for help…uh, helps them hear you; just as saying someone’s name in normal life gets the attention of the person you are speaking too. But it is a deeper connection, kind of like telepathy.

That is how things like telekinesis works. You aren’t commanding the mountain to move; you are asking the mountain to move and it responds because it trusts you. People with plant manipulation talents aren’t forcing the flower to bloom but rather encouraging it to bloom. Just as you can ask someone to help you with the dishes, but you can’t force them to do the dishes. They chose to help you because they care about you or scared of the consequences. Here is the difference between light and dark talents/”magic.” Are you asking the water to hold you up so you can walk on it or are you forcing it into compliance?

Why do some heroes wear capes, some don’t, and some wear jackets/longer garments?

Some transbeings (villains wear capes too) are so strong that their phantasmic energy…”leaks.” Their power is so great that it comes out their backs or stretches along their sides like a jacket or robe. This is why angels are usually depicted with wings. They don’t actually have wings but their phantasmic power is so great that the energy leaks out their backs and looks like wings. So, when it comes time for the costume (which is a representation of a person’s chi) to be made…we get capes, jackets, or fancy robes. 

Why do transbeings sometimes call out their attacks?

Part of it goes back to the “asking the mountain to move” that I mentioned earlier. You are asking the air to heat up or the lightning to strike. The other part is focus and strength. When you need to lift something heavy, you use more muscles, but how to you use more muscles when something is metaphysical? Answer: emotions. Emotions are mental/spiritual muscles. So, you can add more omph to your talent by calling it out. It is the same reason why martial artists will grunt when they strike or block; they are adding more power behind their act. *Most of the time transbeings can just think their attack or wave a hand because what they are doing is within their limits.*

What’s with wearing your underwear on the outside?

First, it’s not underwear; it’s armor. It used to be just part of the tights in order to show appearance/color variation, but now it’s armor. Second, um, I’ll just leave it at “sports cup” and you can figure it out. I mean, we are in battle with villains.

Any other questions? Ask them in the comments below.

Until next wormhole…thanks for reading!

Description and Next Book | Behind the Scenes

I’ve edited three chapters of my latest work in progress. Now…I’ve just got about 15 more chapters to go. *groan*

In the meantime, I did come up with a working description for the book. Enjoy.

By the time Brian finished his war on grime, Danny returned from the rugby match. He stomped around the lab, shaking off his…Brain’s muddy shoes, and left muddy handprints along the walls and counters. He even went as far as to activate the anti-grav feature in Brain’s shoes and walk along the walls and ceiling leaving muddy footprints in his wake. Once satisfied with his mess, Danny tossed the muddy clothes and shoes in a pile. Before he put on the new set of clothes, he switched Monday’s outfit with Wednesday’s.—Excerpt from “Freaky Friday the 13th”

Ages ago the dragons hid themselves from the humans who hunted them for their power. Now, the monster hunters have again found them; but this time, the dragons aren’t giving up without a fight. It’s up to Dogboy and his allies to prevent a war that’ll leave the Earth scorched.

Buy “Dragon Reign,” the latest Dogboy Chronicles story, for sci-fi adventure, fantasy action, and a little bit of silliness.

In between editing breaks, I’ve been working on the book after Dragon Reign. In one of the chapters, the main characters, Joe and Sally, are on a date at the movies. One of the moviegoers overhears what movie they are seeing and begins to tell them all about it. Thanks to a new feature in their Omni-Cuffs, a holographic gag with the word “spoilers” is slapped across his mouth and he is muted (only to them). Once the moviegoer is finished spoiling the movie, the gag is removed.

I tell you some days it’d be nice to have that technology in real life.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading!


Feeling Lonely | Minecraft Dungeons Review

Blitzwinger
UnlimitedMagic

A recurring gag during a recent Minecraft Dungeons livestream by Blitzwinger was the “Feeling Lonely? Teleport to a Friend” dialogue box. The box would appear every time Blizwinger and UnlimitedMagic separated, even briefly. The joke gave me an idea for a parody on the song “Mr. Lonely” by Bobby Vinton.

Lonely, feeling lonely?
My party is on their own.
Feeling lonely?
Press F1 to teleport.
Wish I had someone to message on Discord.

(I know it’s bad, but it’s still funny…or cringey.)

What I’ve seen of Minecraft Dungeons, it looks pretty good. I don’t think it is groundbreaking; I’ve seen other dungeon crawlers. But, I do like the simplicity of it. It doesn’t seem like a game that takes hours to master. I think most people will be able to catch on quickly, even if they’ve never played a dungeon crawler or Minecraft.

I also enjoyed how the game continued in the tradition of allowing you to craft your own lore. Just like the OG Minecraft, you are given just enough to make your own theories and stories about Minecraft. That is what I like about Minecraft; there is no official lore–my story is just as valid as anyone else’s. Not only do you craft in the game, but you craft the lore.

Granted, there is a little more lore in Dungeons, you are told the Arch-Illager was exiled, but you aren’t told why, as far as I know at this point. You aren’t told where the Orb of Obedience came from (I think). you can still fit it into the universe of Minecraft; it doesn’t necessarily have to be some parallel world. Maybe the events of Dungeons takes place before Minecraft proper or maybe after.

It is kind of odd coming from the world of Minecraft where you can do just about anything you want to a more restrictive world like Dungeons. You can’t mine or craft; and as far as I know, you can’t create your own avatar–you can only chose the ones unlocked.

I do, however, like the ability to choose your difficulty level on every level. You can adjust the level according to your needs; you don’t need to constantly return to a menu screen. The limited number of respawns adds to the stress of the game. Knowing that you have a limited number of tries can push you and make the game more challenging.

Minecraft Dungeons is a nice prototype showing that Minecraft can be more than just a sandbox survival game. It can fit into other genres. The developers did an excellent job of bringing some freshness to Minecraft while staying true to what made it unique to begin with–somewhat; it is still weird that you don’t mine or craft in the Dungeons game. 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading!

Who is The Last Ronin? | TMNT Theory

While watching an update video by THE OLD TURTLE DEN about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comic event The Last Ronin, I spotted something.

In the story, only one Turtle survives some kind of an attack. But, it doesn’t state which Turtle.

THE OLD TURTLE DEN

This ambiguity about the ronin’s identity is further shown in an Instagram post by the_turtles_lair. They claim the creators of the The Last Ronin commissioned the drawing of one Turtle using all four weapons making it hard to know which one. I don’t know for sure how authentic the commission is, but it still shows people’s interest in the ronin’s identity.

During the video by THE OLD TURTLE DEN, I noticed that the ronin is seen with Leo’s swords, Donnie’s staff, and Raph’s sai. Mikey’s nunchaku were probably there, but I didn’t see them. However, it got me thinking that maybe the ronin is Mikey. 

He could be carrying the weapons of the others in order to honor them. If he was, there would be no reason for him to bring his own since he is alive. Plus, Mikey is the goof-off and youngest; he might be carrying them in order to be like the others. Leo’s the disciplined leader, Donnie’s smart, and Raph is the muscle/fighter/protector. You can see from the samples in the video that the ronin comes across with Raph’s typical gruff personality.

Mikey is the party dude. He’d always had the other Turtles or their allies to fall back on–he could be the goof-off–but now that they are gone, he sees that his surfer-dude philosophy isn’t beneficial. He has to step-up and mature, but he isn’t sure how so he imitates the others.

There could also be some survivor’s guilt, especially if his goofing off is what got everyone killed in the first place. He wouldn’t want to be the party dude anymore.

(Or it could be some new Turtle we’ve never seen before and they are just honoring the Turtles by using their weapons.)

Personally, I hope the ronin is Mikey because I think it’d be a great way to explore his character. He is always portrayed as the party dude so let’s see how he reacts to being alone: having to be the leader, having to be cunning, having to deal with loss and anger. 

Also, I’m tired of Raph seemingly always being the lead character. Just like DC seems to focus on Batman and Marvel focuses on Spider-Man and Wolverine is the lead in X-Men movies and events, I feel like they focus too much on Raph. There are three other Turtles with their own personalities and stories. I think they’d make interesting stories if put into different situations.

What are your theories? Who do you think is the ronin? Let me know in the comments below.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading!


Dogboy Chronicles is now available for purchase

The Dogboy Chronicles is a series of sci-fi and fantasy superhero tales taking place in the future. The stories follow the heroes as they tackle everything from training to alien invasions to going shopping.

If you’re a fan of fantasy, action, and adventure, check out the latest in the Dogboy Chronicles series available at many online retailers.

Playing with the WordPress Ratings Block

So, WordPress added a star rating block to their editor. 

Time to test it out.

Disney’s Sorcerer’s Arena 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Scoob!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Minecraft Dungeons

MKIceAndFire

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My hype for the 1990’s TMNT cast reunion/30 year celebration

Rating: 5 out of 5.

NASA discovering a parallel world

IGN

Rating: 7 out of 7.

Finding out that NASA really hadn’t discovered a parallel world

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Skitter Comics is no longer locked/banned by Twitter

Rating: 4 out of 5.

COVID-19

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

You going to Smashwords and purchasing one (or more) of my books during the Authors Give Back Sale (ends May 31)

Rating: 10 out of 10.

That was fun; it’ll make doing reviews easier. It’d be nice if it could allow the reader to rank things, such as the post itself–but I guess that’s what likes and comments are for.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading!

What Next

A few minutes ago, I spotted a news article about a robotic “dog” that was herding sheep. Don’t tell Bandit, my dog/sidekick, he won’t take the news–

BANDIT (Translated from Dog for your convenience):
Did you see this?! Now the robots are taking over our herding jobs! First, they take over the sidekick work...I can't tell you the number of Supers that are using robo-dogs as companions! Now, they're taking over the herding jobs! What's next?! Witches with robotic familiars!? (growls) That's it! I'm out of here!

JOE (Me):
Where you going?

BANDIT:
I'm going out! I've got to find a mail carrier to bite before they take that job too!

(Door slams)

I knew he wouldn’t take it well.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading!

Copyright Joe Rover 2020. All rights reserved.


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Sky Hog

A couple days ago, Buddy (aka Copycat) told me how he ran into some trouble when he was out for a flight over the city. He was enjoying the feel of the air and listening to the soft wiping of his black cape as it moved through the air. For a few moments he could forget all his troubles.

And then something speed by him nearly knocking into him. He hit a pocket of turbulence as he tried to right himself. Finally, he regained his footing as it were. 

“Sky hog!” he shouted at the offender.

The offender slowed and faced Copycat. It was a pig with wings. Copycat gasped in surprise before it snorted a piggy grunt and flew off towards the skyscrapers.

Once Buddy finished his tale, I rested my hand on his shoulder in a show of support. “Yeah…Those atmos pigs think they’re so grand just because they’ve got an adynaton. But, it’s Heck’s Oinkers you’ve really got to watch out for.” 

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading!

Copyright 2020 Joe Rover. All rights reserved.


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Quarantine Brain

Yup, the lockdown is officially getting to me. Or maybe I’m just naturally weird. Over the last few days, I’ve had some…interesting dreams.

The World End Bringer and Social Distancing

In this dream, I was in the world of Back to the Future with me as Marty McFly (unfortunately, it was the cartoon version and not the live-action Michael J. Fox version, bummer). 

In the dream, an alien chameleon arrives and tells us that the World End Bringer (there was some translation problems) was coming. This cosmic being was alerted to Earth’s presence thanks to everyone using Doc Brown’s latest invention, a network of void pockets that allowed people to store images, music, and writing in empty pocket universes–people could also share their stored items via void-linking. Yeah, it was the Internet…but cooler because it was also a mixture of virtual reality but was also reality; you could physically travel to someone’s created void world–like a website but only if they were interested in the Civil War you could actually be in a Civil War battle instead of just watching a video.

Anyway, all this void activity let the World End Bringer know that there were too many people on Earth; it was coming to lower that number or completely eliminate the population. Naturally, we panicked. The only solution we could come up with–that didn’t involve everyone burning their family photos and destroying their crops–was for everyone to remain six feet apart. Everyone maintaining social distancing would trick the cosmic being into thinking there weren’t as many people as advertised and leave.

Of course, some people didn’t want to do it. So, the night before the World End Bringer was set to arrive, the Back to the Future family/main characters (including the two kids from the last movie and the animated series) all had a dream that if they could get the DeLorean up to 99 miles per hour (instead of 88) it would create a weird phase field for the whole planet and make it appear as if the planet was empty. It was something similar to making everyone on the planet time-jump an hour into the future; it was very complicated.

The problem was that the DeLorean had been dismantled to create the void pockets. We had to put it back together with not a lot of time to do it. This is when I woke up.

Abduction Washing

The dream the next night was a little shorter and more comical.

In that dream, a group of people were abducted by aliens. But before the aliens could run their experiments, the abductees were forced to properly wash their hands. The aliens stood there and watched the abductees wash their hands telling them to use soap, wash for 20 seconds, and get the back of their hands.

So, it was like a five minute dream of watching people wash their hands while aliens instructed them on the proper way to do it. I was glad this one didn’t last long.

Post Office Peril

In this dream, the US Post Office had become overwhelmed by the increase in deliveries due to COVID-19. Their response was to make a pact with the Underworld. The pact allowed demons to possess the bodies of people in exchange for forcing them into working as mail carriers (the victims would not get paid). So, when people would go out to pick up a package, the demons would possess them and make them work at the Post Office.

But, of course, the demons had a masterplan. They were only possessing males because apparently demonic powers are only passed down through the male while the dimensional plane is passed down by the female. The plan of these demons was to posses males and then, uh, mate with females in order to produce demonic children that could exist on the physical Earth.

After I woke up from this last dream, I thought, “Where did that come from?” The aliens came from reading the Skitter comic strip, specifically the latest arc where the alien Rodney’s pet virus escapes and causes a pandemic. The Back to the Future stuff came from watching Home Before Dark (on Apple TV+)–Sam talks about his toy flux capacitor and tries to time travel one night.

The demon invasion came from watching theRadBrad play Doom Eternal. I also think the chameleon alien was supposed to be the GEICO gecko thanks to me seeing a lot of GEICO commercials because I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube thanks to the lockdown–yes, I don’t skip the ads (most of the time) because I want to support the creators through ad revenue, which is going down now because businesses are closed and people are not working.

But, where did the Post Office thing come from? I then realized it probably came from my cousin recently being fired by the Post Office and from the harassment my sister, who works for the Post Office, has been getting from her supervisor and co-workers.

So, any weird dreams (or weird occurrences) brought on by the lockdown? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time…thanks for reading!


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Rapid Reviews: Google Stadia and More

Google Stadia Pro 

Not long ago, Google announced that newcomers to their video game streaming service, Stadia, could receive two months of Pro membership for free. I tried it out and it was an adventure.

It took me hours to sign up because it was a little confusing on what I needed to do and what equipment I’d need. One article sounded like I needed the $130 Founder’s package while another said Stadia was free. Another article would say that Stadia worked on everything, yet another would say it didn’t work on iOS systems. I went to the sign-up page; it said I needed to download he app; I downloaded the app and it asked for my activation code. “I never got an activation code,” I said.

I ended up nearly quitting many times before I finally found the FAQ page and learned that I could use Stadia if I had a computer with Chrome. OK, I have Chrome and the right version, but it is on my Surface. Could a Surface handle Stadia? Also, I didn’t want to deal with using W, S. D, A keys to play. There were many articles stating Stadia was compatible with many game controllers. I finally found the list of controllers it worked with.

Thankfully, I finally got my account set up. I was also able to connect my controller. Seemed like I was ready. Now, I just needed to see how Stadia would react with my Surface.

It worked well. 

I don’t have the best Internet or the best computer, yet I found Stadia to work well. It didn’t lag; I could get into the games with ease; and the graphics looked as good as any console. The images were sharp and bright. I pressed the left stick and the character moved immediately. I seriously thought about using Stadia for all my gaming needs. According to Google, there is no need to get a new console nor do you need to wait for downloads or updates.

I then had some problems purchasing games. Unless I was on an Android device, I couldn’t use Google gift cards. I also couldn’t use Paypal unless I was on Android. All I could use was a credit card; not a big issue but very limiting. On PlayStation I can add to my wallet through Paypal (or credit card) or I can use gift cards. Also, Google has said that with Stadia you can play anywhere. That’s true, as long as you have an Android. Right now, you can’t use the iOS app to play games…or buy them. Google has stated that they are working on this shortcoming.

If Google ever does work it out so that I can buy games via Paypal on my computer or use gift cards (on something other than Android only) or make it so I can purchase games through the Apple app, I just might not need an Xbox or PlayStation. Instead of spending money on a $399 or more console–that you have to update every five-ish years–I’d put money towards the $130 Stadia package where I can get a controller and plugin so that I can play on my TV. Hopefully, on my TV…I’ve heard from some that not all TVs work; yet another issue for Google to work out.


Disney Sorcerer’s Arena by Glu Games Inc

I ended up liking the mobile game right away, and it wasn’t solely because they had Ian and Barley from Onward as unlockable characters. The art style was refreshing. It kind of made the characters look…mystical, like they were part of some artwork that you’d see in a magic school. 

I also liked that I could control the characters. I’ve played the Disney Heroes Battle Mode game. I like the game, but you don’t get to play as the characters. The game is 99 percent auto-play. What’s the point of having Goofy, Darkwing Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Baymax, and Stitch on a team if you can’t play as them?

What I like about Disney Heroes Battle Mode over Sorcerer’s Arena is that Sorcerer’s Arena really plays the in-app purchases game. Every five seconds is an ad. They’ve also really *cough* rigged *cough* the game in a way that you want to pay for diamonds so you can unlock characters. They also have a season pass program. Finally, unlocking characters is a little harder in Sorcerer’s Arena. When I was playing Battle Mode, I’d unlock a couple characters a week without having to spend money and/or very few diamonds (which I didn’t have to pay money for); in Sorcerer’s Arena, I feel like it takes me weeks to just unlock a one star character.

But, a Disney crossover game where you actually get to play as the characters is hard to pass up. Also, the many limited events, such as the current (as of this writing) Toy Story event, makes it feel like there is always something to do. The events also allow you to get character tokens for some of the more difficult to obtain characters.

What are some of your favorite mobile games? Let me know in the comments section.

Until next wormhole…thanks for reading! (and wash your hands–even when the lockdown is lifted)


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Rapid Reviews: Tower of God and More

PlayStation Play at Home Initiative 

From April 15-May 5 everyone with a PlayStation can download and keep Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey for free. 

It was pretty nice to return to the Uncharted series. I’d bought the collection when it first came out (or soon after), but ended up trading it in because I needed the money for another game. I am also terrible at shooter games and got frustrated within the first few chapters. Fortunately, I started playing Fortnite and got “better” at shooter games. Now, I can actually make it through multiple gun battles before dying. (Usually, I only die because I threw the grenade at my feet or because I missed a platforming jump.)

As for Journey, I haven’t had much time to play it; but from what what I’ve seen, it does live up to the hype. The game is pretty amazing. It is hard not to just sit and enjoy the scenery. It did take me awhile to figure out what was going on–controller and story plot-wise. There isn’t much in the way of a tutorial. Also, a clone of my character appeared out of nowhere and started moving around. I’m guessing it is some kind of online feature showing me other players, but it was still very confusing. But, I still enjoy the serenity of the game. I feel like I could find the soundtrack and mediate to it or have it play in the background. I also wouldn’t mind having a few screenshots for desktop images. Finally, I enjoyed the fluidity of the controls. It made it feel like my character was gliding at times.


Tower of God by SIU 

Unfortunately, I can’t watch The Tower of God on Crunchyroll because of a lack of subscription, but I can read the comic on Webtoons, so I can’t say much about the cartoon. As for the comic, it’s the classic story of a boy trying to find the girl; but in this case, it might not be because of romantic love but friendship love.

To tell the truth, if I’d heard about the series during a time where I had other comics or shows to watch/read, I wouldn’t have given Tower of God a second look. The plot seems pretty standard: boy loses girl; boy must face tough challenges to find her. Even the climbing the tower seems normal for an anime. It seems like there is always a tower or some kind of series of levels the protagonist must pass. The art style was also a little weird; however, from the glimpses I’ve seen of the more recent chapters, it looks like it has improved while not completely revamping itself. 

The strange thing about the series is by a logical-review standpoint the series is not that special. Like I said, a young man going through challenges to find the woman he likes, the protagonist possessing some strange gift, and the fact that he has to hide he is different makes the series seem more tropeish than original (though it is extremely difficult nowadays not to be cliche–when you look at anything too hard you’ll see how familiar it is). I’ve read and seen countless series that followed this formula. Yet, there’s something interesting that I can’t put my finger on. Even the fact that while others are climbing the Tower for money, power, or the thrill of the hunt, the protagonist is doing it out of love is a common story line.

Right now, I’m feeling cautiously optimistic. 

How about you? Have you heard of Tower of God? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments section.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading (and stay safe out there).


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