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The last few years, I have been discovering new passions, or interests.
2018 was really me getting into slabs (sealed and protected graded comics) as well as headphones and to a small degree statues.
Buying my first 3 statues (and as of this writing still my only 3 statues) in 2018. It was also the year I began my dive into graded or slabbed comic books. I started 2018 with 0 slabbed comics and ended the year with over 2 dozen. I also got into headphones big that year, getting about half a dozen audiophile quality headphones.
By 2019 I had put the brakes on the slabbed comics, as well as the headphones (selling most of the headphones, only keeping a couple). Instead in 2019 I got bitten by two new collecting bugs, folding knives and Blu-ray Steel-books. Managing to control my collecting bug a little more in 2019, I only treated myself to one folding knife, my first new knife in over 10 years, but on the Steel-book front I have jumped in with both feet.
Having only owned one steel-book going into 2019, and having largely just not made time for physical media in the last several years, since 2014, by the end of 2019 I had definitely made up for lost time, i had amassed a collection of over 3 dozen mostly steel-books, with a smattering of digi-books thrown in. I won’t bog you down in all the great items I picked up in 2019, but will just shut out some that put a smile on my face every-time I see them, and that I highly recommend to other collectors out there.
THE THING – I saw this steelbook, a mingling of beautiful art piece, and quality remastered and feature rich version of one of my favorite movies, on someone’s youtube channel and I was blown away. While I appreciate the improvement of Bluray over DVD, I was never a fan of the Bluray packaging, branding. It looked cheap, it looked ugly, and in the age of streaming, you do have to justify what you allow to take up space in your home. So while not one of those extolling ‘physical media is dead’ for me at least, it had slowed down to absolute must haves, that I did not want to leave to the vagaries of streaming licensing deals, to ensure I could view it.
But with this Shoutfactory/ScreamFactory release of the THING I was introduced to something new in the market, boutique companies treating these Blurays as quality works, deserving of quality branding. So yeah, as funds allowed in 2019 I picked up ShoutFactory steelbook after steelbook, and they have just been homeruns. And 2019 was a particularly good year, because they were doing the John Carpenter series of films, and his work in steelbook… well let us say i can not think of many other genre filmmaker that I would have been as passionate about collecting as John Carpenter.
As of this writing there are only a couple of his films, that I still need from Shoutfactory. So big kudos to that Youtube channel and to ShoutFactory for making steelbooks a definite passion for me (and seemingly many others) in 2019.
And naturally Shoutfactory’s Steelbooks opened the door for me to great and must have steelbooks from other quality Bluray labels, such as Universal, Criterion, Disney, Indicator, Arrow and many more.
Some quick shoutouts for 2019:
THE THING -ShoutFactory
PRINCE OF DARKNESS – ShoutFactory
LIFEFORCE – ShoutFactory
THE LAST JEDI – Disney
ROUGE ONE – Disney
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA -Zavvi
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David Goggins, has been described as the man who the hardest men on the planet, look at as an inspirational tale. And with good reason. I did a post a while back that links to some of the coverage that introduced me to him.
David Goggins is a man who does not suffer fools, and does not suffer excuses, and lives by a grinding work ethic, that makes the hard or difficult or grueling day most of us think we are dealing with, literally pale in comparison.
He is a man who to some extent ensconces himself in the miserable and suffering, to find what lies beyond.
He is a hard relentless man, for an oft hard relentless world.
But he cares, he cares.
By his own estimation he is a natural introvert, a natural stutterer, a challenged learner, a fat man, and by any estimation he has transcended all labels that was put on him by others or by himself. When most of us make excuses for our failings, David Goggins at some point, at many points, said no… no more.
In a world that loves mediocrity, David Goggins learned to loathe it with a passion and a response and a tenacity that can only be called… relentless. “No you are not Big Boned…. You are fat!!!” to paraphrase Goggins.
He can come off as a gruff and a brusque human, in his language, in his stance, in his relentlessness, but what is clear is that relentlessness is shield and armor… for a man who cares deeply for all of us, and our wars against mediocrity.
Spending ten hours calling your followers for the holidays? Who the eff does that??? Who subjects themselves to that??? David Goggins does. He doesn’t hold himself up as perfect, and he’s not asking you to be perfect. He is asking you to when you get kicked in the teeth, (which you will, it is what life does) to get up, and be harder to knock down next time.
The most inspirational person I know this year, who I do not really know, someone that is outside my circle of friends and family (who if we are lucky are the ones to most tangibly inspire us), hands down is David Goggins. His story and his videos this year taught me clearly something we allow ourselves to forget, that no one cares about the things we complain about, no one, and they should not, what people should care about is the things you spend time fixing. You are either a complainer or a problem solver, part of the problem or part of the solution.
David Goggins calls you to be part of the solution. Whatever your specific solution is. He welcomes you to the war.
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KERSHAW: There are a lot of new fancy companies on the knife stage today. But long before these ‘late-comers’ and the fad of gentleman folders, and ‘drop closed’ blades, and ‘tip-up’ carry snobs, you had Kershaw, making dependable working knives, for hard working people.
I’ve had a Kershaw Clash for years, half-serrated, assisted open, tip-down carry. It was then and remains now, the gold standard for working knives at the $30 price point. Everyone should have a couple KERSHAW Clash beater knives hanging around for that package to be opened, or seat-belt or tie-wrap to cut through. Hell I’ve used mine to strip cables in a pinch. It is a workhorse, a must have when dependability is all.
Okay, next up is…
At the $20 mark this particular KUBEY knife is a no-brainer of a purchase. Almost sold out, get yours now! Honorable mention to the KUBEY KU046TI Titanium Flipper! Currently on sale for $40. I’m a pocket clip guy. I love a well designed pocket clip, and this TITANIUM FLIPPER, hits all the right marks.
And get the honorable mention… HERE!
I could never pay over $200 for a pocket knife,when for a FRACTION of that there are companies like Harnds producing pocket knives like the TALISMAN. Just as a collectible, as a work of art, it is worth the incredibly low $36 price tag. Add to that it is a high quality functional, capable, brilliantly milled tool and it is simply a must own.
Stepping up quite a bit, close to my 2 bills limit, is this STUNNER of a knife, the Titanium KIZER T1. WoW!. At a $150 it is really a big step up, and is it really a $100 better than the above Harnds and Kubey? To be honest no, I would be MUCH happier with this knife around the $100 mark. But man, you talk about a well reviewed, drool inducing knife, this is it. If you have the funds to kick out for this knife, the person who gets it, whether yourself or a gift… WILL LOVE IT! It is definitely one that is calling to me, and I’m going to have to add to my collection sooner rather than later.
It is absolutely a work of art. Look how brilliantly milled that pocket clip is! Odd the things that does it for us collectors. But yep, if you likewise find it a must own, get yours here!
The above video is from a Youtuber called CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT. This Youtuber’s channel was unknown to me before stumbling over this post. However, I looked at his content and some I agree with some I don’t; but this one on Disney + seemed relatively even-handed and informative.
Take a look and decide for yourself.
My take away on his video, and you guys know I am not a Disney fan, is given the price point, and the slate of shows and movies that will be available on Disney+ when it gets into full swing, it is definitely one to sign up for… eventually.
Providing they can keep this price point for the foreseeable future. I am in no rush to join the 10 million early adopters of Disney, but I will eventually jump in.
I just am not in a rush. Would be nice for it to have something other than the MANDALORIAN, that I am interested in, currently available.
But as more original Marvel and Star Wars content starts dropping in 2020, it will be a more and more attractive service, provided the shows are good, and the price point remains low.
I hope Disney, does follow-thru with releasing these shows also on physical media/Blu-Ray, for the disc heads like myself, who maintain streaming is a good option for discovering items, but no replacement for re-watching and owning the actual disc. For watching content your way, rather than the quality of your viewing at the mercy of licensing deals, or the weather, or Disney, or your ISP, or time of day.
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