Happy Hindsight

With everyone making jokes about 2020 and hindsight, I thought about how weird it’d be if everyone experienced hindsight–that everyone had a vision of what was going to happen next year. When the ball fell (or whatever you do at New Year’s Eve), people saw what was going to happen from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 (assuming we didn’t have information overload).

First, it reminded me of that show awhile back that I can’t remember the name of (it was like Flashback or Flashforward or something like that). Anyway, everyone passes out and experiences six months into the future. The show then focuses on the consequences: some try to stop the future, some try to figure out what happened, some believe there is no way to fight the future so why bother.

I could see a similar fallout if out of nowhere people saw the next year. There would be people who decide they want to change what they saw, and that change would change other people’s futures. There would be those who’d believe that the future is set and become depressed or go wild saying that there are no consequences. There’d be those who try to figure out what happened. I could see groups starting up: one that tries to prevent future events and another trying to make sure that they happen.

It’s kind of like that question of if you could know the day of your death would you want to. At first, I thought it’d be nice to know how the next year would work out, but then I thought about it and realized…NOPE.

But, I do wonder how long it’ll be before there is a movie or TV show that has this hindsight plot. Maybe it isn’t everyone who sees the future, maybe it’s just one or a few people.

Guess we’ll just have to wait.

Any plans for New Year’s Eve? Do you have any resolutions? Let me know in the comments below.

Until the next wormhole…happy new year and thanks for reading.

Fortnite Rambling

With everyone doing those “best of the year” blogs, vlogs, tweets, and so on, I figured I might as well do a post about some of the best things I came across in Fortnite. It’s not going to be long since I’ve only been playing it for like four months.

Note: These are not in order of importance or any such thing.

I might as well start with Winterfest. As I said, this is the first Winterfest (Fourteen Days of Fortnite) I’ve dealt with, but from what I’ve heard from others, it has been a good event. First, Epic Games gave everyone two free skins–according to others, they’ve never done that.

Then there was the introduction to dynamic weather. Every ten minutes or so, a snowstorm hits the map; and depending on the strength, it can make it impossible to see anything. I liked this addition and hope they’ll do more weather events; it made the game even more suspenseful.

The last part of Winterfest I wanted to mention was the XP fireplace. In the Winterfest lodge you can stand by the fire and gain random bits of XP. You can get 10, 20, or 1,000. I’ve heard rumors of 5,000. It’s also nice to just sit back, relax, drink some hot chocolate, and watch the fire.

The next item on the list is the Star Wars event. It was awesome to see a special scene from The Rise of Skywalker. The Whisper glider is also nice.

Of course, I have to mention the lightsabers. It is so fun grabbing a lightsaber and chasing down a foe. I like that you can block with it (kind of wish this was a standard feature–I suppose building the walls is a way of blocking).

I like how the lightsabers are powerful but not OP. You can’t use them in the water–found that out the hard way–and while they are cool to look at in the night/snowstorm, it also announces your location to everyone. Also, if people know you have a lightsaber, they’ll come after you in force trying to take it away. Finally, you have to get in close. It is not a range weapon, which can be difficult and dangerous at times.

But on the plus side, you can do an awesome combat/dodge roll. And did I mention the ability to block?

Next on the list deals with two challenges. One was to make it into the top 5 for Squads while the other was make it into the top 10 for Solo–not once, but three times for each mode. I figured that would never happen. But, I managed to; and it was stressful. The whole time I just knew someone was going to eliminate me when I was at 11.

I managed to do it by staying out of the named landmarks and away from places used in challenges; I avoided people as much as I could. I also stuck as close to the edge of the storm as I could–people tend to stay away from it. I also made use of the hiding spots, like the porta potty. My controller was almost completely covered in sweat by the time I was done.

Some of the best moments, however, were not part of a challenge or event. At one point, I lingered outside the safety circle too long and got caught in the storm. I had to run a good portion of the map in the storm, but I managed to escape with one point of health remaining thanks to having tons of bandages.

Another time, I learned that you can get umbrella gliders. I kept trying to get one for months and finally did. Why would I care? Simple. So, I could say, “I’m Mary Poppins, yo!” Ah, it’s the simple things in life.

Do you have any favorite moments from 2019? It doesn’t have to be gaming related. Let me know in the comments below.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading and have a great year.

Bizarre Batteries

I went to turn on my TV, but it wouldn’t. I thought, “Time to change the batteries.” I removed the back; the batteries had exploded. The whole compartment was covered in dry battery chemicals. It was so bad I could barely get the batteries out.

I finally removed the batteries and went to retrieve replacement ones. When I got to the box, I found that all those batteries had leaked too.

What are the chances that all my batteries would leak at the same time?

It was as if some villain broke in and used an energy weapon to cause all my batteries to break.

Sigh. At least I got a plot for a story from all this. Now, I just have to figure out why someone would use a doomsday weapon to make people’s batteries explode. Maybe I can mix in the news about North Korea announcing a “Christmas gift.” Or maybe something about some villain destroying batteries so children’s Christmas toys wouldn’t work. Is it too early to start planning for next year’s Christmas special?

Do you have any weird stories? Not necessarily paranormal, just…strange. Let me know in the comments section.

Until next wormhole…thanks for reading.

Rambling I Am Hmm

I planned to do a joke illustration/comic of Baby Yoda opening a Christmas present that contained a lightsaber package that said, “For ages 300 and up.” But then I began to wonder, “What would be the age equivalent for Yoda’s species?” I figured it would make sense to do 300 for three for simplicity’s sake. I was content with this idea until I watched The Empire Strikes Back.

On opening week, I watched Rise of Skywalker. Afterwards, I thought it would be fun to watch all the movies in episode order. So far I’ve made it from Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi. During The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda mentions to Luke that he’d been teaching people to become Jedi for 800 years. In Return of the Jedi, Yoda says that he is about 900 years old. I then was reminded of a Film Theory video by The Flim Theorists about Baby Yoda being the last of the species because their maturing cycle is too long for effective reproduction. I started wondering what would Yoda’s aging cycle be like?

So, we know that he’s been teaching Jedi for 800 of his 900 years. This means that he must have been an adult (or close to adulthood) at 100 because it is doubtful he had a Padawan while still a youngling. As far as I know, they take on a Padawan soon after becoming a Jedi Knight. They’ve got to be mature enough to be one at this point. We also know that in The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda (regardless of clone or not) is 50 years old. So we have 50 years unaccounted for. I’m also going to assume Yoda was rounding when he said 800 because he also spent about 20 years in exile after the Republic fell (supposedly Luke and Leia were in their 20s). So Baby Yoda has (give or take) about 50 years to go from Baby Yoda to Adult Yoda.

Depending on when The Mandalorian takes place, we could see an adult or near adult “Yoda” in the next Star Wars movies. To me it sounds like Mandalorian takes place soon after Return of the Jedi. The First Order is barely a rumor and word about the Jedi returning hasn’t reached Mando–he has no clue what a Jedi is. According to the Internet (and we know how reliable that is), the Rey trilogy takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, so that is 30 years that Baby Yoda is growing. We could very well see Padawan Yoda.

Anyway, all this math brought me back to the Film Theory video. In it, MatPat talks about how defenseless babies are. Baby Yoda doesn’t seem completely defenseless; we’ve seen him use Force powers and bite. I then started thinking about animals. Many animals are born with defenses that they grow out of: spots to blend in or a smell that makes them “invisible” to predators. I thought how weird is it that people babies don’t have this. We don’t have camouflage that we grow out of as we age. Part of this is because we are predators and don’t need protection as much. But, it got me thinking that maybe the reason Yoda’s species is so good with the Force is because they have such a long aging cycle. Nature needed to balance out their long childhood with something so that they could reach adulthood and reproduce. Enter the Force.

This long childhood also allows them to practice more, thus becoming even better.

It then got me wondering if being a Force user is some kind of self-defense for babies. The Jedi are constantly going on about someone being too old and having to unlearn what they’ve learned. Maybe that’s the reason they start training so young: to get them using their talents before they age out of it. We see Baby Yoda using the Force to protect himself or the others in the group.

I then began asking myself do we have something as babies that we “grow out of”? I came up with *cue the SpongeBob meme* imagination. As little kids we see magic in the world but eventually grow out of it. However, some, such as artists and inventors, don’t quite lose all of it. And how many times have we seen it where kids seem to know things they shouldn’t. Maybe if we encourage kids to keep dreaming, we could evolve into Force users. Maybe that’s why no one seems to know Yoda’s species because they are evolved humans. Spooky.

Do you think we could see soon see an older Baby Yoda? Do you think he could be the star of the next trilogy or just a side character? Let’s talk in the comments below.

Until next wormhole… thanks for reading!


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What Did Finn Want to Say | Theory

May contain spoilers of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

During the Rise of Skywalker movie, Finn says that he needs to tell Rey something before they are about to die. They end up not dying and Rey asks what he wanted to say. He says that it isn’t important or he’ll tell her later. For the rest of the movie, Poe keeps asking Finn what he was going to say. Turns out, the audience doesn’t find out either–unless there was an end credit scene I missed.

At first, I thought it was just kind of a throw away joke; but when Poe kept asking, I started to think there was something more. The writers kept reminding the audience that Finn wanted to tell Rey something. It is likely that it was something important if they are giving up dialogue time for it. One extra time can be seen as a joke, but over and over becomes a sign.

My first reaction was that he wants to tell her he loves her. It seems natural; they met when the adventure began. Finn’s arrival is what began the whole trilogy. Normally, the male and female lead would end up together. But, Finn is in love with Rose.

The next possibility is that Finn is Rey’s brother/cousin. Finn was taken and raised to be a Stormtrooper. He could be related in some way. But seeing as we finally see Rey’s parents it is unlikely he is a blood sibling–but that doesn’t rule out adoption or a cousin. Personally, I hope they don’t do this. The surprise family relation thing has been done to death with Star Wars.

Another possibility, and the one I think is most likely, is that Finn wanted to tell her he is a Force user. In the first movie, it seems that Finn is the Jedi we are looking for. The music and cinematography for the battle between Finn and the First Order trooper when Finn activates the lightsaber seemed to suggest Finn is “the one.” Then throughout Rise of Skywalker, Finn pauses and does that staring-off-into-space thing that Force users do before they say something. Finn would look off into the distance and say that Rey was in danger. Sounds like something a Force user would say, doesn’t it. The ending with Rey’s lightsaber–specifically the symbolism of the color–would suggest that she is going to find other Force users and train/protect them; she could possibly be starting with Finn.

During the film, the Force Ghosts of the others Jedis say that Rey carries their history in her. The movie could be suggesting by this statement and her saber color that she will be a guardian, not a battlefield Jedi. Also, who her family is suggests that she will be a leader and not the “on the ground” hero in the next set of movies/series.

It seemed to me that they were hinting at Finn being the focus in the next saga.

What do you think? Could Finn be a Force user? Or is his secret something else? Let me know in the comments below.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading.


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Invincible Quill Magazine (Nov. issue) | Rapid Review

The following are my opinion and do not reflect the opinion of any organization or person. May contain spoilers!

Invincible Quill Magazine November 2019 issue (Earnest Writes, free download): The latest issue has launched, and it’s about National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo). The latest issue focuses on helping writers through NaNoWriMo. There are poems, prompts, and articles. I did notice some typos and some awkward sentences, but what work of art doesn’t have flubs? I liked the “Writing Styles Alignments” chart that lets you know if you were a neutral pantser or a chaotic plotter. According to the sheet, I’m a chaotic plantser; this means that I have a plot idea and then it all goes crazy from there. I also enjoyed the article by Kairavi Pandya titled “Better Egotist Than Poseur.” The article talks about how readers and writers alike think of novelists and poets as the brain surgeons of the field while they think of screenwriters or drama writers as loyal physicians. I like how the author mentions that a novelist is not better than someone who writes short stories–we’re all writers. Finally, this issue seemed to fly by. I got to one point and was like, “Why won’t this scroll any more?” It was because I was at the end of the magazine. The magazine was so interesting to read that it felt like I just started. The flow of poems to articles and back again made the reading captivating. I felt like I was reading something entertaining, not a boring textbook.

Do you have any shows, books, movies, etc you’d like to see a review on? Tell me in the comments.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading.


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Fortnite and Dora | Random Thoughts

The following are my opinion and do not reflect the opinion of any organization or person. May contain spoilers!

A recent Fortnite news video by TheLlamaSir, talked about the upcoming events Epic Games will be adding to Fortnite. Unfortunately, I missed the fishing event. But, the interesting part (aside from the new skins) was the message “winter is near” from Epic Games. This, of course, made me think of the “winter is coming” catchphrase and memes from the Game of Thrones series. I was wondering if this was some kind of hint from Epic Games that there would be a GOT crossover. Who wouldn’t want a white walker skin or a direwolf back bling?

But then I realized how unlikely this was. Normally, when Fortnite does a crossover it is with an event that is happening at that time. They didn’t have the John Wick crossover five weeks after the movie came out. A crossover could be possible if the new GOT series is starting soon. Hmmm…

Over the weekend, I watched the Dora and the Lost City of Gold movie thanks to credits from Vudu for watching their free videos (not sponsored, just an FYI that Vudu will do promotions where if you watch a certain selection of movies you can get credits to use on rentals or purchases). I was moderately surprised to learn it wasn’t all that bad. I never watched Dora the Explorer because I was too old for it, but I knew enough from advertisements and listening to people who had kids that watched it.

I liked that they seemed to realize the people who grew up watching Dora were now, well, grown up. The audience now wanted more than, “Can you find the red barn?” They were teens and watched to see action and adventure, but they still wanted some bits of nostalgia. The crew did an excellent job of walking that line between updating the character for the older audience while not trampling it.

Hope you enjoyed this small chat.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading.


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