2016: The Year That Sucked!!!

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I can’t do a top ten of 2016 music list. Actually, there just isn’t a Top Ten of anything list in me that represents this year. I can pop out a Christmas list because most of the music isn’t new, and somehow there is this imaginary space between the year and the season… but honestly, a real countdown just gets me too fucking depressed. 2016 feels like a giant obituary. There is a tragic element of the macabre when you giving posthumous kudos to work that is so full of life… even as it talks about death. Both David Bowie and Leonard Cohen were staring the reaper down in their final works. Gord Downie and the Hip releasing new material and touring even as the singer goes toe to toe with a terminal diagnosis. Glen Frey, Prince, Gordie Howe, Muhammad Ali all fell before we had even saw the first half of the year finish.

Then add in the state of the world. Syria, Brexit, the American election, lone wolf terrorists, populist politicians stirring racist rhetoric, polarization of the ‘other’ on all sides of the political spectrum and, well, damn… the whole planet appeared to be giving into hate.

And…

the lights just kept dimming…

Gene Wilder, Alan Rickman, Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire), Keith Emerson, Garry Shandling, Florence Henderson, Alan Thicke, Edward Albee, Harper Lee, Doris Roberts, Sharon Jones and then, even as I had begun to write this George Michael and Princess Leia herself Carrie Fisher. In fact, there are (many) more names, (many) more news events. So many more reasons why 2016 is indeed the year that sucked.

Worse

2017 isn’t looking at all hopeful. Unless you are a gay bashing, woman hating, racist asshole who wants to run every (insert any group that isn’t white here) out of town, there isn’t much to hope for. You see, people often look to music, sports and movies as a method to feel good in a world that doesn’t make much sense. However, the very people we have looked to for smiles are dropping all around us. Yes, new artists, athletes and entertainers are making us laugh, cry and even scream, but… we’ve lost so much.

So, I can’t write about “The Best Of 2016” because the bad has outweighed the good by so much it is hard to see anything good about it. I’d like to thank Michael Kiwanuka, Dressy Bessy, PUP and TUNS for some great distractions. Again, there are other artists who deserve congrats, but I just haven’t got it in me. The good is intertwined with the bad so tightly in 2016 that it is hard to zero in on highlights.

In other words, the best thing about 2016 is that it will end. And if 2017 is worse, we will still look at 2016 as the year the ‘shit-storm’ began. John Oliver said it best when he blew up the whole thing as a giant FU to the year. Best exclamation mark ever… and that was the only good thing I got to say about the year.

 

You’ve Got To Be F%!king Kidding Me! – A $25000 Lightsaber Pen

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In a giant case of “you’ve got to be ‘effing’ kidding me” the world of collectors is being introduced to a $25000 lightsaber pen. Sure, it force-floats on its base, lights up in Vader-red or Yoda-green and is an exceptional writing utensil… but unless it can deflect blaster fire, the price seems a little steep.

Made by S.T. Dupont in Paris, the pen is made from bronze with black lacquer, palladium and rhodium embellishments. Only eight of the pens will be sold making it a (wealthy) collectors dream come true.

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I just hope those collectors don’t lose pens the way I do… not sure I could misplace something that valuable without being a tad stressed!

 

Lego Ghostbusters- Collectors Corner

With Paul Feig having announced his cast for the Ghostbusters re-boot, I figured it as a good time as any to look the original series in Lego. For those of you that didn’t know, Ecto 1 was released in the popular brick toy along with mini figures of the cast a few months back. The unique thing about this project is that the idea for it didn’t come from the minds of Lego itself, but rather from Lego fans and enthusiasts.

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http://shop.lego.com/en-CA/Ghostbusters-Ecto-1-21108

Starting a couple years ago Lego started a line called Lego Ideas. Fans were asked to create their own designs and submit pictures to be evaluated and voted on. Lego Ghostbusters is in fact number 6 in the series. Others have included the Back To The Future Delorien, a Minecraft set, NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, and a few others.

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What’s cool about this is the process with which they get picked. As mentioned before, the fan (designer) submits plans and photos to lego. The picture is posted on the Lego site and if it gets 10000 votes by people who visit said web page, it goes before a review board. The board then decides if the design gets built, and if it does, not only do you get credit for the design, but you also get a portion of the royalties. (for more info go to https://ideas.lego.com/howitworks) Other sets being considered right now include:

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The Big Bang Theory

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Doctor Who

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Star Wars – Lightsabres

The good news is that some of the sets are still available. The bad news is that it likely won’t be for much longer. You can still buy the set at normal retail prices from the Lego Store, but a peek at e-bay shows people already trying to make an unhealthy profit in the collector market.