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I've got a lot of friends that are going ga-ga over the pending release of LEGO Batman 2: The Game. This is another in a long series of licensed entities turned into video games starring LEGO versions of the main characters. I also know these games are a lot of fun as I played LEGO Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy (movies 1-3) and loved the game a lot despite it being tied into the trilogy I least enjoyed. But, hey, LEGO makes anything fun. Even Jar Jar Binks.
But, if I were to want to try another LEGO license game, which would you recommend? They have a few Star Wars ones, a couple Indiana Jones, a couple Batman, a few Harry Potter, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Also in the works is a Lord of the Rings title and, I would suspect, one starring Marvel superheroes like The Avengers and The X-Men since they hold that license as well. It amazes me the kick-butt licenses that LEGO has obtained. But which game???
One of the things I feared most about becoming a parent, stupidly enough, is the potential of having a kid that loves things that I can't stand. Stuff like Barney the Dinosaur or Teletubbies or American Girl dolls (they're horrifyingly real!). Another one I couldn't stand early on was Elmo. Strange considering my love of almost all things Muppets. But Elmo always annoyed me.
This changed recently when I watched a documentary titled Being Elmo all about puppeteer Kevin Clash and his quest to bring Elmo to the masses. All that cheesy love and childishness that Elmo exudes? It's real and it's genuine and it's utterly adorable. I freaking love Elmo now and totally respect Clash for the character he's created.
Remember my naming dilemma that I blogged about last week? No, we did not decide on boys' names and I can promise you I am not picking something funky and food related or otherwise strange. Katie and I did, while trying to come up with names, find this interesting article on HuffPost outlining rules soon-to-be parents should follow when deciding on a name. It's a really logical set of rules and it has helped us narrow down the field quite a bit. If you are a parent-to-be or just looking for a pretty interesting read, check it out.
Have you ever heard of the band They Will Destroy Us? Before yesterday, neither had I. But I found them mentioned in a couple Tweets on Tom Hiddleston's stream (yes, the guy who played Loki in The Avengers) and I was intrigued as I'm always on the lookout for new music. I then went into iTunes to check out their music. You wanna know what I found? They had a couple albums in there with all songs priced at 99 cents each, but so few songs on each album that they should consequently cost less than the normal album price of $9.99. You could pay for each song individually and get almost the whole album at a cost savings. But the highest rated song on each album was listed as "Album Only" meaning you had to pay $9.99 to get it. They're trying to tell me that those songs are worth anywhere from $2-4 each. Sorry, but they just priced themselves out of contention via stupidity.
If there's one thing I can definitely promise you about becoming a parent, I will NOT put those insipid stick figure family stickers on the back of my vehicle. Large and small Apple logos? Maybe. But stick figures and stick animals? No. Never. Nuh-uh. Well, unless it's this...
I had never heard of Chicago Beer Company until tonight when I tried one of their Windy City Wheat Belgian White Ales that I picked up from Trader Joe's. Color me impressed. I think I could learn to enjoy this.