The need for Superpowers…

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It is no secret that I believe in superpowers.  The brokenness that resides within our spheres of influence needs people who know who they are, what they can do to be agents of restoration, and are willing to do it.  There is more than meets the eye to to you and those around you.  I am not the only one who believes this and someone found a way to say it that I never could…

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Be the Mystery…

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Jon Acuff recently launched his new blog and one of the new posts focuses on being who you are, not who you’re supposed to be.  I thought it was a good post that felt a bit like Joel Clark’s Awake and Donald Miller’s Million Miles in a Thousand Years (the Donald Miller book I thought I would never read).  As I read, I came to realize that in various shapes (and posts on this blog) I actually have a take on this that is uniquely Welty…

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We’ve been given SUPERPOWERS…

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We’ve been given superpowers, ask us for an autograph!  We sing, we dance, we’ll make you laugh; don’t you want to be like us?  We’ve been given Superpowers, ask about our rock and roll; our hair, our clothes, our beats, and pets; does he have a girlfriend yet? – Superpowers, Five Iron Frenzy

What’s your Superpower?

“What’s that?” you ask; you don’t have one? I’d beg to differ; just because you don’t know what it is doesn’t mean you don’t posses one.  Still confused?  That’s alright, In Return of the Jedi Princess Leia was too.  She didn’t understand her brother’s connection to the Force and that it ran in the family.  Her response is telling:  “you have a power I don’t understand and could never have…”.  Let me ask it another way:  What’s your gift?  What are your natural abilities?  Therein lies your superpower.

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Life Lessons from Inside Arkham

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Crouched in the shadows, slowly moving towards a target.  The silence is broken – but my concentration is not – by agitated husky voices complaining that it’s too cold; cheap, two-bit, thugs. They’re spooked by a noise and start shooting, alerting others to a phantom presence that may only exist in their mind; maybe not.  Slowly, I look up and scan the sky above for a grapnel point; it’s high, but the best vantage points always are.  Pressing the worn button, the milometers thick wire releases like a coiled serpent ready to strike, the hooked ends flashing open like the gaping maw of a Predator.  The scarlet beams of laser-scope sights sweep the area far below, desperately searching, as the high-pitched voice of the queen makes threats fueled by rage and a psychotic, growing, loneliness.  These are the pawns on the board in the game of chess against injustice.  Their princely king is dead.  I know because I saw it, I carried him just like I carried someone long before him; someone he killed.  Nevertheless, the contest plays on unabated, because the queen still lives and seeks revenge for the death of her love.  Revenge against me.  Who am I?  I am Vengeance.  I am the (K)night.  I am Batman.

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Famliy of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

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“You fit S.H.I.E.L.D.’s profile: a criminal with a specialized skill-set and no family; that is what these people do, prey on loneliness, desperation, and fear and offer a home when you have no one else to turn to” – Ian Quinn, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

What is family?  Is it blood relation?  Is it those you fall in with and build community around?   Can it be both?  This is a fundamental question that arises in almost every project that Joss Whedon is involved in.  From Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly/Serenity to Dollhouse, The Avengers and his latest project, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this theme manifests again and again.

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The Light That Burns Twice As Bright…

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“The light that burns twice as bright only burns half as long and you have burned oh so brightly…” – Eldon Tyrell

Roy Batty. Rick Deckard. Eldon Tyrell.  If you know these names, then it’s likely you’ve seen Ridley Scott’s science fiction “tech-noir” masterpiece Blade Runner.  It’s also likely you’ve read – or at least know – that the film is based on a novel called “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Phillip K. Dick, who also wrote the stories that led to Minority Report, Total Recall, and A Scanner Darkly.  Simply put, Blade Runner is the story of Rick Deckard – Harrison Ford – and his mission to “retire” (terminate) a rouge band of “replicants”:  life-like machines that think they are, and desire to be, human.

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Don’t Waste My Time…

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What if you had more time on that clock?  Don’t waste my time.  – Henry Hamilton, In Time

What if Bonnie and Clyde happened in the future – or in an alternate universe – and instead of stealing money, they stole time?  This is the premise of In-Time, a sci-fi action/drama in the vein of Logan’s Run, Soylent Green, and The Island.

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Sometimes cheerleaders are the best heroes…

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“Save the cheerleader…save the world!” – Heroes

When the NBC show Heroes debuted seven years ago, it was unlike anything the world had seen before.  Yes, it was part X-Men, but the idea that – in the show – super-powered individuals were discovering their powers, trying to cope with them and everything they went through became the panels of a comic book that existed in-universe?  Yes, that was new and what made the first season brilliant.  Unfortunately that candle that burned twice as bright burned half as long…and every time the candle was rekindled it just wasn’t as bright (i.e. the third and fourth seasons).

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Sometimes, “people” just don’t matter…

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Often people expend  a lot of energy and time trying to figure out how other people think.  Marketing and public relations experts feed off of this task, they live and die by it.  For the average individual, the focus can be on figuring out what/how others think, sometimes – in the age of social media and cable news – people may never know.  Authors write books trying to explain how one gender thinks one way and another gender thinks another; although I suspect that the literary volume and value of such an exercise is heavily slated to one end of the spectrum.

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What Story Will You Read?

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One of the most profound ideas to come from the 1984 film The Neverending Story is Mr. Koreander’s idea that some stories are not safe stories.  Yet, at the same time, overshadowed like Walt Disney’s Oswald the Rabbit, is another idea.  It’s the reason that the film (and book) are called The Neverending Story – no, not because of the potential for additional, less quality, sequels – because the story is different for every person who reads it.

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