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My Top 5 Marvel Comics Heroes

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As a kid, I’ve always loved reading comic books, especially those published by Marvel Comics. Marvel has created a lot of memorable and nostalgic characters/heroes such as Captain America, Iron Man and the Hulk (among hundreds of others), and some have been brought to life by Hollywood in their movies. Of course, a comic book fan has his or her favorite heroes, and here’s my own top 5 list of faves. I will also include some of their allies and enemies in the comics.

5) Spider Man (a.k.a. Peter Parker)

Everybody’s favorite and well-loved web-slinger boasts one of Marvel’s biggest rogue galleries. Bitten by a radio-active spider, he inherited the abilities of a super-arachnid such as agility, strength, speed, stamina, endurance, the ability to cling and crawl to most surfaces, and the capability to produce artificial webbings through a gadget (though portrayed as having the ability to produce real webbings from his wrists in the movies). Perhaps his best known ability is his “spider-sense” which is some sort of an early warning device whenever a foe or some sort of danger is near. He is known for his wise-cracking antics that could distract his opponents which would, at certain instances, eventually help him gain the upper hand and defeat them. Played by Tobey Maguire in the three Spider Man movies, and will be played by Andrew Garfield in the 2012 film reboot.

Allies: Black Cat, Wolverine, Daredevil, Iron Man, Venom, Human Torch

Enemies: Rhino, Kingpin, Lizard, Electro, Kraven, Tombstone, Juggernaut, Green Goblin, Mysterio, Dr. Octopus, Sandman

4) Hulk (a.k.a. Bruce Banner)

Who could ever forget the green behemoth that gets bigger and stronger every time he gets angry? Both famous in the comics and movies, the character has gained his own fans through the years. “Puny” (as his own alter-ego would call him) scientist Bruce Banner has been accidentally bombarded with gamma-rays, thus giving him unlimited strength, durability, accelerated healing factor, vast leaping ability and high resistance to mind control. He is famous for his lines “Hulk Smash” and “Hulk Bash” both in the comic books and movies. He is perhaps one of the most powerful super-heroes created. Played by Eric Bana and Edward Norton in the movies, and will be played by Mark Ruffalo in the 2012 Avengers film.

Allies: Wolverine, She Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Doc Samson

Enemies: The Wendigo, Abomination, Leader, Absorbing Man, Bi-Beast, Juggernaut, Devastator, Dragon Man, Rhino

3) Gambit (a.k.a. Remy LeBeau)
The ragin’ cajun is perhaps one of my favorite X-Men because of his suaveness and his “hypnotic charm” ability which makes him a ladies’ man. Growin up in New Orleans as a thief, he became a thief first before becoming one of the members of Marvel’s famous team of mutants. He also has the ability to manipulate potential energy into kinetic energy, using a variety of objects (most preferrably through cards) and carries an extendable metal staff. He is perhaps famous for his relationship with his teammate Rogue. Played by Taylor Kitsch in the movie “X-men Origins: Wolverine”.

Allies: Wolverine, Rogue, Cyclops, Beast, Storm, Psylocke
Enemies: Mr. Sinister, Sabretooth, Mystique, Omega Red, Pyro

2) Juggernaut (a.k.a. Cain Marko)

One of the best things that I love about Marvel is that they could turn a villain into a hero (or in some cases, an anti-hero), and of them is Juggernaut. Empowered by the mystical Crimson Ruby of Cytorrak, Cain Marko was granted the power of the Juggernaut: superhuman strength, stamina, durability, healing factor and near-invulnerability. Formerly a perennial foe of the X-Men, he is now atoning for his past mistakes and is now one of the X-Men’s most valuable teammates. Played by Vinnie Jones in “X-Men: The Last Stand”.

Allies: Black Tom Cassidy, X-Men, She Hulk, Hulk

Enemies: Onslaught, Rage, Komodo, Mojo, Deadpool, Gideon

1) Wolverine (a.k.a. James Howlett)

Wolverine has always been my favorite among the Marvel characters, perhaps due to his mysterious origins and prowess in battle, as well as his conflicted persona: “he can become the ultimate killer, but has the courage and strength to overcome that side of him”. He’s gifted with the power of strength, animal-keen senses, stamina, durability and a healing factor. He is famous for his adamantium skeleton and claws. He’s been through a lot; stabbed, impaled, burned, crucified, but still lived to tell about it. He’s also been to outer space, other dimensions, hell, etc. For me, he is one of Marvel’s best created characters, and well-loved by many fans of the comic book hero. Played by Hugh Jackman in the X-Men films and “X-men Origins: Wolverine”.

Allies: Gambit, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Captain America, Domino, Rogue, Black Cat, Jubilee

Enemies: Omega Red, Silver Samurai, Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike, Deadpool, Reavers, Cyber, Shiva, Bloodscream, Chimera, Ogun, Epsilon Red, Donald Pierce

Alternatives to a Puppy for Christmas

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As Christmas draws near, thousands of of little children will be begging their parents for a pet puppy. Dogs are fantastic pets and I hope to have one soon but… there are a whole wealth of interesting and crazy pets that you could get for your children this year.

Here are some alternate pets to think about.

1. The Australian Bearded Dragon

Hailing originally from Australia but now the most captive bread pet Lizard. As Lizards go they are relatively easy to care for and can be very quirky and quite loving. My Lizard used to run around the living room quite happily and would even come and sit on my shoulder to watch TV with me!

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More information on Bearded Dragons can be found on The Lizard Lounge

2. Ferrets

These long rodents are a pure joy. They are extremely inquisitive and mischievous but the most fun. I would advise getting two as they like each others company. Also they get a little stinky to make sure you have a place for their cage away from the kitchen and living area.

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3. A Pot Bellied Pig

Pigs are one of the most intelligent animals that you can find. A pot bellied pig will easily give you as much love as a dog and will probably learn more tricks if taught correctly. These animals are a pure joy to be around.

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4. Lovebirds

These little tiny birds live in pairs most of the time. Sadly if they lose their partners they often pass away too but their devotion can often be towards their owners too. If you get the birds young and handle them often they will be devoted to you forever.

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Let us know if you have any interesting pets….

Avoid Getting Fired At The Office Party

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Alcohol and crazy office antics are very normal at a Christmas party. So are embarrassment and people getting fired the day after! Take this advice and avoid getting fired or dealing with loathing stares this year!

  1. Watch your alcohol intake and don’t mix drinks, staying alert is essential to surviving the office party.
  2. Don’t talk to any managerial staff. A little alcohol makes the lips slippery and you may say the wrong thing.
  3. Even if Angela or Ted from Human Resources looks super hot… don’t slip away and have a light of drunken lust.
  4. Leave early to avoid getting involved in any fights or office drama
  5. Make sure that any clients you see are given full courtesy. I know that one of my old companies lost clients that came to an Xmas party and were disgusted with the staffs behavior! Don’t let that be your fault!
  6. Don’t be too late the next day. Dealing with a hangover the next day is acceptable, not comin in or being really late is not!
  7. Don’t come in a tracksuit. Dress smart and sharp, even if it isn’t your normal attire. You will blend in and go unnoticed.

The key is to stay covert, enjoy a few drinks, have some good times with your co worker friends and get to work feeling ok the next day. Do all this and you should be safe!

My Top 3 Cartoon Shows

January 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I’ve always loved watching cartoon shows, especially those about super heroes and their adventures. I can remember in my younger days when I got home from school, getting excited when it’s already 7 at night as I can again see my favorite super heroes in action. Here’s my list of the top 3 favorite cartoons.

#3) The Transformers (1984)

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Who could ever forget the Autobots and Decepticons waging a war on Earth with Optimus Prime exclaiming the memorable line “At the end of this day, one shall stand, and one shall fall!”. I remember watching this with my sister which also influenced her to collect some of their toys/merchandise. The original series gave birth to various cartoon spin-offs and sequels like “Transformers: Cybertron”, “Transformers: Beast Wars” and “Transformers: Beast Machines”, among others.

What I Liked Most About The Series: The unforgettable giant robots fighting for supremacy over the Earth…. and the toys!;)

#2) The Uncanny X-Men (1992)

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After the robots, I turned my attention to the cartoon superheroes who’ve added some more fun with my breakfast of cookies and oatmeals as a kid. For me, the best among these shows is the Uncanny X-Men, as it showcased some of Marvel’s famous mutants (heroes and villains alike) such as Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean Grey (Phoenix), Magneto, Rogue, Gambit, Mystique, Juggernaut, among others. I liked how the series blended adventure and love stories, staying true to its comic book origins.

What I Liked Most About The Series: The good and evil mutants fighting for their cause, with the good guys protecting humankind from the bad guys, all the while getting ridiculed and rejected by the humans because of their powers. Always great to see the love triangle going on between Wolverine, Jean Grey and Cyclops.

#1) Justice League (2001) And Justice League Unlimited (2004)

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In the same tradition of the Uncanny X-Men animated series, the show tells the stories and adventures of the various DC Comics superheroes as a team. The unforgettable faces in the show includes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, the Flash and Hawkgirl, as well as the many heroes (and villains) in the DC Universe.

What I Liked Most About The Series: The fight sequences in the series are fun to look at as they land solid hits on their opponents. I’ve always like the episode “For the Man Who Has Everything” in Justice League Unlimited, where Superman has been incapacitated by the super-strong alien Mongul, with only Batman and Wonder Woman left to fight the villain. This episode was adapted from a famous story in DC comics “Superman Annual#11″ created in 1985. It’s always great to see your comic book stories come to life in the television!

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