#dblogcheck Update: The Tribe Has Spoken

Next Tuesday (July 22) I’m encouraging everyone to comment on every single blog post they read. Even if it’s just a “Check!”, leave a comment on everything. It may seem like a tough task, but it’s worth it.

For those of you catching up to this whole #dblogcheck thing, here are some posts to provide background on what’s going on.

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Optimus Prime Surfing

In preparation for the new Transformers debacle this weekend, I decided to delve into the source material that everyone claims was ruined by Michael Bay. Obviously the only real preparation for a nearly 3-hour long explosion is ear plugs, but I started watching the original Transformers cartoon yesterday to see what all the fuss is about. And let me tell you: this is weird.

Seeing the inspiration for set pieces, hearing one-liners that were used in the scripts (there were scripts for the new movies, right?), seeing this stuff in reverse is surreal.

I plan to watch the animated movie (1986) before the weekend is up and chat about all this with frequent podcast guest Parris on Monday. Until then, I’ll leave you with this:

Yes, that is Optimus Prime surfing a tidal wave.

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Camping Preparations

Later this year, for my birthday, Dayle and I are going camping. I said I wanted a new lens for my camera and I wanted to go somewhere where I could really use it. Now we’re going camping somewhere (she hasn’t told me yet), and I get to prepare for things like no cell phone service for 4 days, and keeping food secure so wild animals don’t get to it (or us). If you read snark in that previous sentence, you are mistaken. I’m really excited.

But this also means we have a lot of preparations to make before we become one with nature. First and foremost, we need gear.

After a trip to REI and some best-price shopping on Amazon, I’m happy to report we are on our way.

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