Friday, January 20, 2017

VUNDACAST ch. 88 An American Podcast in London

On this epic edition of the Vundacast Stephen and Danielle podcast from the United Kingdom. We talk about the first half of our travels across the United Kingdom. Here's a little counter programming to keep you mind off of President Chump.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Fake Fighting Frenzy: Lucha Underground 1/11/17

Sadly I wasn't quite able to write up Raw and SmackDown this week because I went on an epic journey across the country that ended up taking over 24 hours and sucked my will to do pretty much anything. Also I didn't watch Raw because the College Football Playoff Championship Game was on and it was like a hundred times better than whatever happened on Raw. I made sure not to miss this week's Lucha Underground, however, because it was the mid-season finale and we're not going to be getting any more Lucha Underground until SUMMER which is incredibly, unbearably sad. But hey, maybe now I can go back and do write-ups for every episode up until this point so all the lovely Vundablog faithful can get caught up on the wonder that is Lucha Underground. Silver linings, right? Anyway, let's get to this week's episode...

VUNDACAST ch.87 A Whole Lot of...Villainy

On this second edition of A Whole lot of. Stephen, Andres, and Diego converse about effective and memorable cinematic Villains, among many other things. Recorded in 2016. Sorry for the delay...blame Trump

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

"Hope Is..." (Reading I Wrote for a Worship Service at Binghamton UU Young Adult Con)

“Hope is not a strategy.” So sayeth legendary American football coach Vince Lombardi. I see where he’s coming from. He’s a football coach. He needs a gameplan. He needs effort. He needs everyone to do their job. There’s a lot to be said for that in the work we do, too, frankly. But hope is the foundation upon which we lay our strategy and our effort and our work. Hope is the reason WHY we have a strategy...the reason WHY we do this work. Hope is the light of the promise of tomorrow reflected in the eyes of today.

Emily Dickinson says that hope is a little bird perched in our souls that sings a little tune and keeps us warm. Nah, man. Hope is a PHOENIX RISING from the ashes. Hope is a FIRE in the belly of a beast chained to a dungeon who ROARS “ENOUGH,” shattering its bonds and BURSTING forth into open air crying “FREEDOM!”

Hope emerges out of useful anger flowing from our hearts and our mouths and dissolving the fear that holds us back. Hope emerges out of desperation for salvation and recognition of connection. It holds us close and nurses our wounds when we are cold and broken. It lifts us up and carries us when we can’t imagine how we can possibly go on. It is a radical vision of wholeness and justice and liberation. An unshakable belief in a better world that has yet to come to pass and sometimes seems like it never will but still we choose hope.

We choose hope and we choose hope again and again and again and again. We choose hope over and over and over again even when it seems like a ridiculous choice because we KNOW we can do better. Because if we choose to give in to fear and despair, none of us will ever be free and none of us will ever be whole. And this we will not abide. We will not abide imperialism and exploitation and genocide. We will not abide oppression and persecution and systemic violence. We will not abide our brothers and sisters and cousins being starved or parched or abused or neglected.

That is not.who.we.are. WE are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We can do better. We MUST do better. WE WILL do better. We hope.

President Obama Ending "Wet Foot Dry Foot" Policy for Cuban Immigrants (Reuters)

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Obama ending special immigration policy for Cubans: sources (Reuters)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Fake Fighting Frenzy: Lucha Underground 1/4/17

Honestly, I was a little on the fence about whether or not I should go back and give the entire backstory of Lucha Underground before I started writing up weekly reports on it. But then I figured if I did that, I would never get around to doing weekly updates. So maybe it would be better to just catch people up on storylines as I go. It's more important to me to be able to write about MY FAVORITE WRESTLING SHOW EVER on a weekly basis so let's get right to it!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Fake Fighting Frenzy: SmackDown Summary 1/3/17

This is the (WWE) show I really wanted to start writing about. SmackDown has been markedly better than Raw ever since the brand split and now it's even starting to translate in the ratings with SmackDown beating Raw in the ratings last week for the first time ever. It's also a lot more fun to watch and write about because they're not afraid to take risks and follow through on their stories and develop their characters. So...without further ado...the first SmackDown Live of 2017...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Fake Fighting Frenzy: Raw Rundown 1/2/17

So I've made it one of my resolutions in the new year to write a lot more for Vundablog. One of the things I'd like to start doing is recapping all the major weekly wrestling shows, including Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, and Lucha Underground. Easier said than done for someone in grad school but I'll do my best for all my adoring fans. 

This week, Raw emanates from Tampa, FL. Braun Strowman and Sami Zayn are preparing for a Last Man Standing Match. Oldberg is here to get people chanting his name. Bayley has just had her shot at the women's title stolen away by Charlotte's lawyers. And everyone else is pretty much just treading water until they can set things in motion for the Royal Rumble. So let's get to it!

Today In Fake Fighting History: The Rock Finally Comes Back Home (January 3rd, 2000)

Seventeen years ago today, The Rock delivered what I firmly believe to be one of the great promos of the modern era. This is The Rock at the peak of his powers. Holding a molten hot hometown Miami crowd in the palm of his hands, he spews forth some of his most epic, scathing rhetoric. He absolutely oozes swagger and charisma and every turn and every motion is perfect. Who else could pull off a line like this so perfectly:

"The Rock sees it fit to say that on this day, one thousand years from now, in the year 3000, when the historians look back and wonder what the sound was that encompassed this millennium, The Rock says it was the sound of the people chanting his name..."

Sunday, January 1, 2017

VUNDACAST ch. 86 CoHortress Chicken Nugget and the D-rock Who Lived

On this November edition of the Vundacast Podcast we have podcast superstar D-Rock back for a limited engagement from the west coast, with the newly dubbed CoHortress Danielle (aka Chicken Nugget), and Stephen rounding out the team with some sweet Harry Potter trivia. Tweets us @Vundablog or @Vundacast

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VUNDACAST ch. 85 Ultracon 2016 Panel Day 2

On this special edition of the Vundacast Stephen(Team Captain) gathers Danielle(aka Chicken Nugget/ CoHortress), Mr. J(DC enthusiast), Blockbuster guy Frank(expert of dead systems), and Andres(Michael Bay aficionado) wrap up Ultracon 2016 with the coolest kids left in the convention center talking the hottest of topics in all things nerdy 

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VUNDACAST ch. 84 Ultracon 2016 Panel Day 1

On this special edition of the Vundacast. Danielle, D-Rock, and Stephen briefly preface a long open forum discussion panel that took place at Ultracon 2016. Stephen, Danielle, Mr. J, Blockbuster guy Frank, and Meza Bro Andres converse with the common folk. We learn what unsettles them, what they've been enjoying, and their hopes and dreams. Sorry for the delay in releasing and a big thank you to all who participated. Tweets us @Vundablog and @Vundacast

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Star Wars Force Sensitiver Friday: Princess Leia - Carrie Fisher Tribute - BBC Orchestra

It still shocks me to know that Carrie Fisher had just passed away just a few days ago and literally the day afterwards her mother passed as well. Rest in piece Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Fake Fighting Frenzy: Top 10 Wrestling Matches of 2016

There's no way around it. 2016 sucked. Donald Trump is the president. All our idols are dying. Dwyane Wade plays for the Bulls. It's been an unmitigated disaster. But if there has been one bright spot about 2016, it's that it has given us some of the best wrestling matches we've ever seen. With NXT surging and providing the WWE main roster with loads of talent and Lucha Underground constantly evolving and forming itself into the best damn wrestling show EVER, the quality of wrestling we've been treated to is seemingly unprecedented, at least in the modern era. Looking back at the sheer number of high quality matches we've been treated to this year and trying to whittle that list down to a top 10, I really came to appreciate how much the wrestling gods have blessed us this year. So, without further ado, Vundablog's Top 10 Wrestling Matches of 2016!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016

Star Wars Force Sensitive Friday: Personal Favorite Star Wars comic panels #1

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Figured it's be a nice break from Rogue One related stuff and take a moment to post this powerful image of Darth Vader being reminded of his old life as he examines C3PO. This panel is from the Dark Horse Star Wars Tales comic #6 and it's definitely worth giving a reading

Friday, November 18, 2016

Force Sensitive Friday: How Lucasfilm Changed Lightsaber Crystals: Canon vs Legends - Star Wars Explained

It's time to take a break from Rogue one and look into lore vs lore with Canon and Legends with the Lightsabers Crystals. To be honest i am not much of a fan of the new canon's version of the Lightsabers Crystal and personally prefer the Legends versions of the Lightsaber Crystals, What do you guys prefer?