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Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 11:26 PM
Bradtastic in Culture, Personal, entertainment, tv shows, updates

So it’s been ages since I’ve posted anything. Basically, I’ve been super busy with design and consulting.

In whatever spare time I’ve had, I’ve been:

  1. Playing Poker.
  2. Playing Hearthstone.
  3. Planning a SaysBrad relaunch.
  4. Catching up on Crunchyroll, Netflix and Hulu queues.

Notes:

Poker has been fun. And profitable.

Hearthstone is a great game.

I plan on getting a new iPhone and iPad when Apple releases new versions. I’ll write about that stuff, and hopefully give this site a much needed facelift.

If you’re looking for great shows, here are my recommendations. I’m not going to list super-obvious stuff like Daredevil… because if you have Netflix, you should’ve seen it already.

5. Elementary

While Lucy Liu as Joan Watson is a bit of a bore, Jonny Lee Miller carries the show while perfectly channeling Derren Brown. One of the best title sequences, ever… especially when they don’t cut it down for time. Available on Hulu

4. Hawaii Five-O

This show is just super fun. Don’t analyze it at all, just sit back and enjoy the amazing setting, gunfire and explosions. Available on Netflix

3. The Last Ship

One of the best shows on TV. Makes the US Navy look great. Available on Hulu

2. Person of Interest

Was this show just too good? Too smart? It should’ve had a complete final season, and could’ve continued for at least a few more seasons. The Nolan brothers create amazing stuff, and Person of Interest is no exception. I thought that the show started a little bit slow, but it picked up steam and kept up full-throttle into the final season. Somehow, the writers made me think of a computer as a human being. Available on Netflix

1. Flashpoint

My pick for the best show in the history of television. I’m amazed it only went on for five seasons, while Criminal Minds (not fantastic, but a solid show) is still going. Maybe because it’s Canadian. This show makes you care about the SRU (basically SWAT) team AND the criminals through its careful storytelling. Tear-jerking moments in every episode, unless you have no heart. Careful — this show is HEAVY. Was available on Netflix, now Amazon Prime

I guess maybe I should mention a few anime picks, and again, I’ll leave out super-popular stuff like One Piece and Naruto.

One Punch Man

12 episodes of sheer pwnage. The main character goes around killing monsters with one punch, and is so overpowered, he’s bored. The show true message is thought-provoking and deep, but it can be enjoyed if you just want to see the carnage. Available on Hulu

God Eater

Man, does this anime look great. On par with Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works. Different style, however. Based on a video game, but you don’t need to have played it to enjoy the story. Available on Hulu, Crunchyroll

Maoyu

What an amazing way to tell the story of western civilization… Maoyu is set in a land with a name you don’t need to know, and features characters that don’t have or require a real name. The main characters are called “Hero” and “Demon King” and alongside them are characters like “Female Knight” and “Head Maid.” This works brilliantly, because the characters represent ideas, not individuals. In my opinion, “Hero” represents America. America, more than a country, is (supposed to be) the idea that everyone will have the freedom to succeed or fail based on merit, tenacity and a willingness to accept risk. Hero is so powerful that, if he chose to, he could destroy the entire human and demon populations of the world, but instead he goes on a mission, against established monarchies, to win the hearts and minds of various populations in order to make a more peaceful, better world. There’s some typical anime fare here, but overall, it’s pretty lean. Great overall message. Maoyu is one of my favorite shows, of any kind. Available on Hulu, Crunchyroll

Well, that’s it for now.

I don’t think it will be another eight months between posts. Work has been picking up — I’m excited to share some of my new projects. And of course, I’ll have a lot of good and bad things to say about Apple’s new products come September. Take care, everyone!

Article originally appeared on Says Brad: Life, Technology and Design by @bradtastic (http://saysbrad.com/).
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