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My Mighty March

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The month of March is upon us and one of the things that make this month bittersweet is it means Spring is officially/unofficially around the corner. Officially because March 20th is the day the seasons change. Unofficially because the local climate might not actually coincide with the official seasonal changeover (and the weather here in Indiana has been moody AF). But that’s the sweet. The bitter is my youngest daughter completes another year around the sun this month, inching closer to that year that she becomes a teenager. But not yet! Naturally, as a parent you equally don’t want them to grow up/can’t wait for them to grow up.

At any rate, this month seems to have a lot of things of interest going on for me to get excited about, so I’ve noted events on this month’s calendar. Here’s the rundown:

Friday, March 3rd – LOGAN in theaters. (Saw it Friday afternoon. It was a great!)

Saturday, March 4th – My sister Kacey’s 37th birthday. My niece Brianna’s 18th birthday.

Sunday, March 5th – SHADES OF BLUE season two premieres on NBC.

Wednesday, March 8th – COPPERHEAD comic returns with issue #11.

Wednesday, March 15th – KILL OR BE KILLED #7 & SEX CRIMINALS #17 on NCBD.

Friday, March 17th – The band Depeche Mode releases new album SPIRIT.

Saturday, March 18th – My daughter Caitlyn’s 12th birthday.

Sunday, March 19th – INTO THE BADLANDS season two premieres on AMC.

Tuesday, March 21st – MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA is released from Bioware/EA.

Wednesday, March 29th – LAZARUS #26 is finally released after a five-month delay.

Friday, March 31st – The band Mastodon releases new album EMPEROR OF SAND.

Oh, and it was just announced that Dave Chappelle’s new specials on NETFLIX are coming this month. Sheesh. It almost looks like 2017 is front-loaded with stuff, but I think it’s just finally get off to a good start. Plenty to come, the next hot month being May with ALIEN: COVENANT and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2. What are you most looking forward to this year?

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Videogames – What I’m Playing | Ruckography

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I scaled back my TV show consumption for the 2016-17 season, and when the shows I do still watch went into their Fall-into-Winter mid-season breaks, I was able to ramp up some gaming time on the X-Box One console. To help savor and prolong the experience as well as stave off over-playing and allowing an inordinate time-suck, I’d put together a nightly schedule of them that pretty much mimicked a nightly TV schedule rollout. My game playtime is typically during primetime hours, of course, after the kiddos head to bed and before I return to my office for one last hurrah of creativity before calling it a day. 

The weekly roster consisted of the following:


But after two or three weeks, the schedule faltered, of course. And now the games contend with the returning TV shows. But I plan on devoting more weekend time to them since it’s Winter and I’m still in hibernation when it comes to out-of-the-house activities cuz, yeah, fuck the cold. 

All games played are great, I can’t real pick a favorite of the bunch. Some standout for how unique they are in terms of storytelling (I almost always prefer story-based games). Murdered: Soul Suspect, which I also got for free from Games with Gold, is a really neat and immersive game with its paranormal detective concept (a murdered detective has to solve his own murder case before he can move on). Mafia III is also quite immersive with the assumed role as a Vietnam War vet coming back home to take on the Italian mafia. as an almost Grand Theft Auto type action-adventure except it’s far more story-based and cinematic–I treat it like an HBO show.

And looming on the horizon are the new Mass Effect: Andromeda game in March, and I believe the new Prey game drops in April. There’s another sci-fi game coming out that I can’t remember the name of as well. I also recently downloaded Outlast thanks to Xbox Live’s Games with Gold offer.

So many games, so little me.

What videogames are you playing these days?

– B.



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This is not really about “Brandon Rucker News”, it’s more about connecting with other interesting people and intellectual minds, sharing our thoughts, interests, passions, gripes and ideas with each other, and more. Sure, I’m taking the lead by asking you to join me and allow me to inform and entertain you for maybe five minutes at most, but I’m also hoping to inspire you to do the same so that you can in return inform and entertain me as well, perhaps with your own series of newsletters.
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Short answer: it seems like a cool thing to do. Long answer: I’m still rocking the blog, but its contents will now be less personal and hopefully broader in scope. Yet, while the overall reach of personal blogs/websites has decreased some in recent years due to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, mass-mailed newsletters have made a comeback the last couple of years (primarily with the literary crowd, of course). There are a few I’m subscribed to by other writers and I’ve been inspired to finally join in activity. Could be a failed experiment, but I’m giving it a shot anyway.

I have blogged semi-regularly the past seven years, and I’ve exhausted the functionality of both Facebook and Twitter and am starting to pull back from both, and the blog some, in terms of personal content.  I’m ready to try this new experiment and fill it with personal content, sharing the kind of things I know you would appreciate receiving.

I’ve no idea what frequency this will be, but bi-weekly seems to be ideal and not too much of a bother, though maybe just kind of whenever I have enough to share? Who knows what day of the week, I mean, I was born on a Wednesday, so maybe?
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– B.