Kyle’s Demo at the Holiday Sale

 

Hi my name is Kyle and I would like to talk about my role at the Seeds for Autism Holiday Sale. I am a metal head and it’s not just my taste in music (bad-um tss) but metal is my soul and iron runs through my blood. So naturally I did a forging demo on how to make our garden trowels.

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The History of Wacky Packages by Jessica

Wacky packages are a Topps product that came out in 1973 with the first modern set. There are just a bizarre set of  cards that are parodies of famous brands.

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The Beginning of Wacky Packages    

In September of 1961 a man by the name of Paul Laikini illustrated an article on Camel cigarettes in issue #21 of Cracked Magazine. It showed a picture of an upside down camel named after the egyptian president Gamel. Fast forward 6 years to 1967 when Art Spiegelman drew the first wacky packages, and so begins a trend deliberated by millions of children everywhere.

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The First Set of Modern Wacky Packs Cards

In Spring of 1973 the first set of Wacky Packages cards came out. The peel and stick cards came out with a set of 30 to collect. Some were rarer than other because some of the cards only printed one per sheet while others printed 6 per sheet.

Wacky packages changed mostly stayed there until 2016 when MLB wacky series came out one example is Arizona diamondbacks.

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The Wacky Packages in my opinion is they are funny stupid and entertaining. Here are some of my favorites is highlight to Thanksgiving being in just a few days I have a surprise image for you.

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Dark Cloud 2(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles & I’m here to review Dark Cloud 2 for the PlayStation 2.

 

In this game, you must rebuild the past in order to restore the future, thereby foiling the temporal machinations of the evil Emperor Griffin. As such , This game centers around the concepts of architectural construction as well as time travel.

 

The main protagonists in this game are comprised of Max (main hero)(weapons: Wrench/Gun) & Monica (main heroine)(weapons: Sword/Magic). The main antagonists in this game are comprised of Gaspard (dark assassin)(weapon:Sword) & Emperor Griffin (Main Villain)(weapon: Twin Swords).

 

In conclusion, I found that this game takes your architectural constructive skills to new heights in a challenging way.

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LEGO Marvel: SuperHeroes 2(Preview/Review)

Hello, my name is Charles & I’m here to talk about the upcoming PlayStation 4 game LEGO Marvel: Super Heroes 2 which is a direct sequel to the PlayStation 3 & 4 Games LEGO Marvel: Super Heroes.

 

This game takes place 4 years after the events of the 1st game in a new setting called Chronopolis which spans across 18 different locations in the Marvel universe, some of which consists of Asgard, K’un-L’un, Attilan, a Hydra empire, a Noir version of New York City, Knowhere, an alternate Medieval timeline, ancient Egypt, the Old West, planet Hulk & New York City in the year 2099 as you try to stop Kang the Conqueror’s attempt to conquer the universe through the manipulation of time.

 

The cast of heroes in this game consists of A-Bomb (Blue Hulk), Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Black Cat, Black Panther, Black Widow, Blade (DayWalker), Captain America, Captain Marvel,Ms. Marvel, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, Drax the Destroyer, Elektra (Noir), Falcon, Gamora, Red Hulk, Ghost Rider, Groot (Baby/Adult), Hawkeye, Hulk, Iron Fist, Iron Man, Luke Cage, Moon Knight, Red She-Hulk, Rocket Raccoon, She-Hulk, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Star Lord, Thor, Vision, War Machine, Wasp & White Tiger.

 

The cast of villains in this game consists of Attuma, Baron Zemo, Carnage, Crimson Dynamo, Dr. Octopus, Dormammu, Electro, Enchantress, Fing Fang Foom, HobGoblin, Green Goblin, Hela, Howard the Duck, Kang the Conqueror, Kingpin, Klaw, Kraven the Hunter, Loki, Madame Hydra, Man-Ape, M.O.D.O.K., Mysterio, Red Skull, Rhino, Ronan the Accuser, SandMan, Scorpion, Shocker, TaskMaster, the GrandMaster, Venom, Vulture, Winter Soldier & Yellow Jacket.

 

In conclusion, this game is due for release on November 14, 2017 tomorrow & I of course believe this game will be Marvel’s greatest achievement in video games to date.

Jeff’s Gallery: Rube Goldberg

 

 

rube picture from thereformedbroker.com

 

Ok folks here’s how it goes: When you lift spoon (A) you pull string (B) makes ladle(C) fling cracker (D) over parrot (E). Parrot flies off perch (F) dropping seeds (G) into bucket  (H) weight pulls another string (I) opening lighter (J) lighting firework (K) using sickle (L) to cut yet another string (M) freeing clock pendulum with napkin on end napkin to wipe your mouth. You can also put a harmonica on the end latter and play music for the guest. This patent automatic self-wiping napkin was “invented” in 1931 by Rube Goldberg, one of America’s most talented and successful cartoonist.

 

Born in San Francisco on the Fourth of July in 1883 to Max and Hannah Goldberg, Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg, the second of four children, loved drawing and the newspapers business. He was a paper delivery boy in his boyhood and would copy pictures from book illustrations. He took his first drawing class at age 11. However his father was a police and fire commissioner who had high hopes for his kids and didn’t want Rube to be a starving artist for a living and sent him to the University of California, Berkeley. Rube graduated in 1904 with a degree in engineering and got a job at the San Francisco Water and Sewage Department. The pay was good for that time but Rube left after six months. He then got a job as a sports cartoonist and started to become a local celebrity. Soon he moved to New York in 1907 where he continued his career at the McClure Newspaper Syndicate in the “New York Evening Mail.”

 

Although it took a while to for him to make it big, Rube soon created over sixty different comic series, some only lasted a few years while others lasted for at least twenty. His first big hit was “Foolish Questions” in 1909 (Q:Doctor, are you listening for his heart? A:No, he swallowed a gramophone and I’m trying to find it) where fans could even send in their own questions and answers. Rube even created a card game based of strip. Other great works included good-natured  simpleton“Boob McNutt,” word wizardry and zingers with “Mike and Ike, They Look Alike” and “I’m the Guy” and daffy dame “Lala Palooza” with her lazy brother Vince Doolittle. Rube also drew political cartoons; winning a Pulitzer for his “Peace Today” strip in 1948 seen below, company advertisements; even a newspaper comic strip just for advertising Pepsi sodas, “Pepsi and Pete: the Pepsi-Cola Cops,” and for a short time created a silent cartoon series for Pathé, an early animation studio from France. The cartoons sold well but Rube Goldberg left the animation business soon because he drew everything by himself and that and his newspaper comic career was taking too much of his time. Rube also wrote and created props for “Soup to Nuts” the first appearance of the Three Stooges and wrote a number of articles and short stories for magazines.

 

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Goldberg’s main claim to fame, however, were his “Inventions,” long whimsical contraptions using all kinds of junk put together for “labor saving” methods for simple problems.  Rube used a character by the name of   Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts, inspired by some of his eccentric professors back at the University of California as the “brilliant” inventer. Rube created things for hiding gravy stains on vests and cutting bread for sandwiches to ways for failed stock market investors to commit suicide and a self opening umbrella. Although not always meant to be political, Rube did make fun of bureaucrats, political debates and the government so much that around WWII he told his sons, Thomas and George to change their last name for protection. George W. Goldberg changed it to George W. George and became a famous theater and movie producer. Rube was also a founding member and first president of the National Cartoonist Society and designed it’s highest award, the Reuben.

 

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In 1964, Rube Goldberg made a shocking move in his career, he left drawing comics. Following in the footsteps of his hero the French painter and print maker, Honoré Daumier,  Rube decided to start a career as a sculptor. Liking the idea of giving his drawing a 3-D  feel, he took just one class on sculptures and in a year he had his first show that was a sellout. Although Goldberg stopped drawing comics, he never left the world of them. He helped found the National Cartoonists Society and was its honorary president. In 1967 he used his new skills with his old and designed the Reuben, the Society’s highest award and was its first recipient. In 1970 the old artist-inventor attended a special exhibition at the National Museum of History and Technology at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. called “Do it the Hard Way,” showing his life of work and laughs. Later that year on December 7 he died.

 

Rube’s, um, “simple” machines and inventions remain a part of today’s culture in comedy and technology. In 1995 his self opening napkin, the one I showed you  above, was in the Post Office’s “American Newspaper Comics” series of stamps. His own name, Rube Goldberg is now in “Webster’s New Word Dictionary” as a complicated device with numerous task to complete simple objectives. Rube Goldberg’s have appeared in cartoon and films from “Loony Toons” and “Tom and Jerry” to “Home Alone” and even the “Saw” franchise. There have been Rube Goldberg contest at schools across the country. You most likely have worked on one yourself now that I mention it. Did you ever play the game “Mousetrap?” Yep, that a Rube Goldberg. There is even a Rube Goldberg app game created by Unity Technologies with the Heirs of Rube Goldberg where you can build inventions from the comics. You can also check out the official website for more comics and info here at https://www.rubegoldberg.com/. It may be worth mentioning a similar cartoonist in Great Britain, W. Heath Robinson, quite a contributor to crazy contraption in his own right.

 

The Art of Rube Goldberg: (A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius, picture from comics bulletin.com

Final Fantasy X(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles & I’m here to review the PlayStation 2 game Final Fantasy X.

 

This game takes place on an alternate version of Earth called Spira which comprises of grand cities, ancient temples & sacred land masses. Here is some examples of some areas in the game you will encounter in the game which consists of Besaid island, the Stadium in Luca, Bevelle temple, Mt. Gagazet & the city of Zanarkand.

 

The protagonists in this game consist of Tidus (BlitzBall player/Guardian)(weapon: LongSwords), Yuna (Summoner/White mage)(weapon: Staffs), Auron (Warrior Monk/Guardian)(weapon: Katanas), Wakka (BlitzBall player/Guardian)(weapon: BlitzBalls), Lulu (Guardian/Black mage)(weapon: Dolls), Kimahri Ronso (Guardian)(weapon: Spears) & Rikku (Guardian)(weapon: Gauntlets).

 

The antagonists in this game consist of Sin (Monster/Incarnation of Darkness), Seymour Guado (Villain/Evil Mastermind), Jecht (Tidus’ father/BlitzBall player/Guardian) & Yu Yevon (Demonic Spirit/Embodiment of Evil).

 

In conclusion, this game teaches those who play it to play out their own life stories in real life situations.

Valefor (Wind Aeon-Besaid temple)

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Ifrit (Fire Aeon-Kilika temple)

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Ixion (Thunder Aeon-Djose temple)

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Shiva (Ice Aeon-Macalania temple)

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Bahamut (Divine Aeon-Bevelle temple)

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History of Batman

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Since I was young I have always been a big fan of Batman from the various tv shows, the movies, and of course the comics. The character has had such an impact on me that I would like to show you the history of Batman while also sharing with you my personal history with the character as well.

Batman was created in 1939 by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. With the success of Superman, it prompted the editors at National Comics Publication to request more superheroes for their titles. In a direct response, Bob Kane created The Batman. Both Kane and Finger based the character off of fictional characters such as Doc Savage, The Shadow, Dick Tracy and Sherlock Holmes. Finger came up with the name Bruce Wayne, which was inspired by Scottish patriot Robert Bruce. Other inspirations for the character were The Mask of Zorro and The Phantom.

Batman made his official debut in March 1939 in Detective Comics #27. Batman proved to be such a hit character that in 1940 he received his very first solo title.  By 1940 both Batman and Superman had become the epitome of their company’s success. Both characters were featured side by side in World’s Finest comics which debuted in the fall of 1940. Over the course of several issues, many staples of the Batman mythos were added including Batman’s utility belt, the BatPlane and in issue #33 Batman’s Origins were revealed.

In Detective Comics #38, Batman’s kid sidekick Robin was introduced. Robin was created based on Bill Fingers suggestion that Batman needed a “Watson” to talk to. The first issue of Batman’s solo title introduced two of Batman’s most famous villains: The Joker and Catwoman. During the early days of Batman there was a story where Batman would shoot giant monsters to death. That story would prompt editor Whitney Ellsworth to decree that Batman would no longer kill or use a gun.

By 1942 most of the basic elements that we know about Batman had been established. During World War II, DC Comics had adopted a postwar editorial direction which focused less on social commentary and more on lighthearted fantasy. It became apparent when The Batman comics which had previously featured a bleak and menacing world of the early 1940s, had now featured Batman as respectable citizen that had now inhabited a bright and colorful environment.

During the 1950s Batman was one of the few superheroes to be continually published at a time when interest in the superhero genre had began to wane. In the storyline The Mightiest Team in the World which was featured in Superman #76, the story features Batman and Superman teaming up for the very first time.

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