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Supergirl Sneak Peek by Craig Kerbrat

Happy Saturday! I say that in hopes that this day will improve. Not that it's a bad day necessarily. I'm just suffering from mega allergies and I don't like it. Anyway.

Because I'm a giant nerd, I felt like I needed to nerd out a bit about the special sneak peek for Supergirl that came out earlier this week. If you haven't seen it yet, here it is. Watch it. Go ahead, I'll wait. 

Done? Okay, good. I'm not gonna lie, for some reason, this trailer got me a little bit emotional. I'm not really sure why. Maybe it's 'cause I'm feeling a bit sick, or maybe it's just 'cause it's that awesome. In any case, I am very excited for this show to be released in the fall. I hope there's a panel for it at Comic-Con this year...

And let's talk about the casting! Melissa Benoist is adorable as Kara. She's not who I would have initially thought to cast in the role, but she really seems perfect for it. And I love that Chyler Leigh, who played Lexie Grey in Grey's Anatomy, is playing Alex Danvers. I always loved her on Grey's, so hopefully I'll love her in this show too.  And Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant! Very exciting. Not to mention Helen Slater and Dean Cain as mommy and daddy Danvers. I can't wait!

It's funny, I am a diehard Marvel fan, but DC characters make for such great TV shows. I always loved Smallville when it was on the air, and the old Lois & Clark show was great. Gotham, Arrow, and the Flash are all great, and Legends of Tomorrow looks to be a lot of fun as well. So many awesome DC properties have been very successful on TV. So I really hope Supergirl is as good as it looks.

Anyway. There are plenty of other things I could probably talk about, but I feel my mind wandering so I'm going to leave it here. I think it's time to finally watch the season finale of Arrow...

Photo belongs to CBS/Warner Bros

Photo belongs to CBS/Warner Bros

Nintendo Fanboy by Craig Kerbrat

If you know me, then you know I am a giant fan of Nintendo. My first gaming system was the NES, and some of my earliest memories are of playing various Nintendo games with my Dad, probably hindering progress more than helping it, but nevertheless. I've grown up with Nintendo and it's still a company that I love and support whole heartedly. 

So that's why I get so excited when they post these:

The latest Nintendo Direct does not disappoint. It opens up right away with the reveal of Mewtwo finally coming to the new Super Smash Bros. games. I've known this was coming for a while because, obviously, I'm a giant fanboy and bought both games on release. But the DLC is finally arriving in two weeks for Club Nintendo (RIP) members like myself, and at the end of the month for everyone else. 

They also announced the return of Lucas to the Smash Bros. series coming later this year, and new costume options coming for the Mii Fighter characters. They also announced a new ballot system where you can suggest future fighters to be added to the games which is kind of awesome. I might have suggested a Paper Mario character, 'cause I think that would be AWESOME.

They also mentioned a bunch of new Amiibo stuff, including more Smash Bros. Amiibo figures and a new downloadable software title that lets you play little demos of classic Nintendo titles. I'm still really not sold on Amiibo, but there were two interesting announcements that have made me change my mind a bit... 

When Yoshi's Woolly World gets released this fall, it's going to have knitted plush Yoshi Amiibo figures to go with it, and I've already decided that I need one.  Closer to the end of the video they also announced Animal Crossing Amiibo cards to go with a new Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer downloadable software title that I might also need. Curse my insatiable inner collector!

They also talked about upcoming indie titles and virtual console titles which were somewhat interesting, but nothing super exciting. They showed some new footage of the Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem crossover which looks kind of beautiful. There's also a new Pokémon Rumble World game which appears to be another freemium style game, and they showed another trailer for Puzzle and Dragons Z + Puzzle and Dragons Super Mario Edition, which I might need to buy.

The other fun announcement is a new update to the StreetPass Mii Plaza coming soon. They have a new VIP Plaza you can buy, plus two new StreetPass games, Ultimate Angler and Battleground Z. Obviously I'm gonna buy it all. How can I resist more StreetPass games?

All in all it was a pretty exciting Nintendo Direct. And I only mentioned the things that I am personally excited for.  The video is almost an hour long, there's lots in there. If you're a giant Nintendo fan like me, I suggest watching it. You won't regret it.

The new yarn Yoshi Amiibo! I  NEED  them!

The new yarn Yoshi Amiibo! I NEED them!

Goals for a Great Year by Craig Kerbrat

Alright. It's 2015. And I've had a few days to think about it, so I'm going to set my goals for the year. Officially. Here goes!

1. Keep up with this blog. Whether it's something nerdy, something personal, something silly, or something serious, I pledge to post at least one blog post every week. I have a lot of ideas that should make this easy. I just have to stick to the plan.

2. Take more pictures. Every year, the various social networks I'm part of show off everyone's "year in review" and I'm always a little disappointed in mine because I don't take a lot of pictures, and therefore don't have many to share. I'm not sure how I'm going to make this work, but I'm going to try to document thing better in my blog, so I might as well commit to taking pictures to go along with it.

3. Get back to the gym. This one is going to be tough. I've got a big mental block with this one. I always come up with excuses not to work out. Several of my friends have been talking about their plans to keep accountable via blogs and other online mediums, and I am going to take a page out of their books and give that a shot. I'm not exactly sure on the details yet, but regular checkins with a scheduled blog post are my rough plan so far. Perhaps even some before and after (progress) photos to help with the previous goal of taking more pictures.

I will have a future post within the next week going over my exact goals for this, and how I'll measure my progress, because it's one thing to say that I want to be more active, and leave it up for interpretation, but it's another to set specific goals and take measurements along the way. And the latter is what I'm going for.

Those are my major goals for the year. I have a few others, but they're pretty minor compared to the ones above. But they will also, hopefully, help with my first goal of blogging more. I have a whole bunch of TV shows, movies, books, and video games I want to catch up on. Scheduling time to do all of these things, and making regular updates about it here, should help with that. This goal might seem a bit contradictory to my fitness goal, but I think that with proper time management, I can find a way to do both.

Anyway, these entertainment updates will sometimes come in the form of challenges. They might be challenges I set for myself, or challenges set for me by others. And the first challenge has already been set for me by my good friend Andrea, The Everyday Optimist. I'm calling it the Andrea Challenge: BSG Edition. That's right, I've been challenged to FINALLY watch all of Battlestar Galactica. I started watching it a while ago, and for some reason just kind of... stopped. But I'm taking Andrea's challenge, and will keep record of my progress here.

So that's my first post for 2015. As I said, expect another update within the next week for my fitness goals, and I'll try to come up with a schedule going forward. I'm excited for 2015, and I'm looking forward to everything that it will bring. Including, hopefully, some new successes here in the blog department.