Sunday, February 2, 2020

Hindsight 2020

Greetings to you all on this exceptional palindrome date, 02/02/2020.

It's also Groundhog Day!

At present, and I do mean right at this very moment, the United States is griped by Sportsball fever, and as such I am painting a model kit while I listen to various videos on Youtube related to Star Wars, Gaming, and the upcoming slate of Marvel films. 

I am taking a break as I write this to reflect on the year thus far, such as it is.

As a start to a new year, January was so-so for me. It had some good days, some bad days, and a lot of meh days. 

The new CBS Streaming Star Trek Series, Star Trek: Picard has begun and while not perfect, I like most of what I am seeing for far. It is vastly superior to STD and has the potential to be a highly entertaining journey through the 'current' Star Trek universe.

Star Wars: Resistance, the Disney Channel/Disney XD CGI animation series has ended with its final episode being pretty good but the series as a whole being sadly similar to the Sequel Trilogy. In the end, it didn't really matter. 

Arrow, the CW television series that began the entire universe of DC Superhero TV shows also came to a close with a whimper rather than a bang, but at least it tied up some loose ends and gave us some tantalizing possibilities for the future. Arrow was my least favorite of the CW DC programs, but it tried really hard to make the final season count. I think it succeeded right up to the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover. Unfortunately, I feel as if the Crisis episodes let the character of Oliver Queen/The Green Arrow down and they just wasn't much left to say in the final two episodes that followed.

It's also Groundhog Day!

Aside from these pop culture entertainment events I ran a number of games, played a few games, and generally enjoyed my time doing both. I could have enjoyed myself even more if only I could overcome this feeling that aside from my ALIEN FRONTIER game (a campaign using Free League's excellent ALIEN RPG), my RPG outings are still not living up to their full potential. 

While I am not sure why that is, I did have a major revelation about why my outlook on table top RPGs differs from 'the norm' and I may finally understand the mindset of my fellow gamers more accutely. I will discuss this more in an upcoming post. 

I want to end with my largest disappoint of the year so far: My lack of posts and views.

These two things are as intertwined as Eddie Brock and the Venom Symbiont of course, with few posts practically guaranteeing few look-sees from the active and potential internet audience.

Even with that though, my views are lower than I would have expected. I have recently taken to putting together a twitter page and tweeting links to the blog, though it would see very few people are finding it through that venue. 

This is really neither here nor there in the grand scheme of things but it is something of a downer. In hindsight I should have made a much greater effort to post in January in order to start the year, the blog, and my own self-esteem out on a better foot. 

Hopefully this gets my ball rolling,

It's also Groundhog Day!

Barking Alien


  1. I read your blog through the RSS feed - do you count the views from that?

    1. Not sure. It's a question of whether or not Google counts them and includes them in my total views.

  2. I was wondering something similar to Harald: I get my posts through Feedly, and I wonder if they "ping" the radar...