An Autumn Sonnet for Your Saturday.

Good morning everyone, happy first day of Fall. This time of year is my favorite and not just because I’m basic and Starbucks changes their menu. I love the cooling temperatures and the harvest moon. I love the colors and getting to wear a favorite hoodie.

Today is also a good day to get some Shakespeare in. As are most days. We can guess Shakespeare’s Birthday to April 1564. We know he was baptized on April 26th according to church records. There is lots we don’t know before we get to his acting and playwright days. However in some lost years of his youth, we know young William Shakespeare was a poet and produced a quantity of poems or Sonnets. Today I share one for the start of my favorite season.

Sonnet 73: That time of year thou mayst in me behold

That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire,
Consum’d with that which it was nourish’d by.
This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

Have a great weekend and keep up to date with Mid-American-Culture!

Gaming with a Baby.

Hey everyone, I’m a father of 3 great kids, I’m also a Grandpa. I told my son when he had his daughter that those early months were great for getting some serious gaming going on. You’re up at odd hours, plus your partner is usually sleeping while you’re awake. The new baby is just gonna lay in a cradle so you can plop down beside him/ her and game on. Here’s a list of games I’ve really gotten into during my youngest daughter’s first 9 months.

1. Halo:Reach

I got back into Reach the week my youngest was home from the hospital. I didn’t have too many games and it was a classic that was good to jump back in. There were even people playing Multiplayer after nearly 10 years! I also really discovered the massive trend of YouTubers doing Halo videos. Halo Follower and Uber Nick are my faves.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

I was a huge Castlevania fan in my youth. I spent as much time on the seemingly impossible Castlevania II Simon’s Quest as I did any other game. SOTN was released when I turned 20 on a console I didn’t have so I didn’t get much experience with it. However, I made up for lost time this past winter when I bought the game from the X-box Live store. I’ve gotten to the end but haven’t beat Richter yet. Plus I don’t have those damn rings. My little Lily just slept away as I battled my way through Dracula’s Castle.

Halo 5: Guardians

Yeah I’m a huge Halo fan and yes the campaign for five did suck mostly, but the Multiplayer is fantastic and much supported years out from it’s release. Lily drifted a sleep to many a super fiesta battle. She even got a Master Chief quote onsie.

My first new game of my young daughter’s life was Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. They had a season 1 ending event in which Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell was crossing over and I had to get on board. Wildlands was a super fun game and I beat the campaign with a 100% however, I haven’t killed the Predator yet. Yeah the actual Predator is in this game. It’s wild. I had over 50 hours in this campaign. Lots of Friday nights when my wife would need some sleep and Lily would snooze out beside me on the couch.

After Wildlands I tried to stay in that gaming high and after this year’s E3 event I got the Devil May Cry games and The Division, as well as revisited the first Gears of War game, however my newest gaming buddy has become mobile so it’s harder to play, hell The Division won’t even let you pause in a firefight.

Hope you enjoyed this trip down my year in having a newborn and gaming and keep up with Mid-American-Culture for fresh content daily.

Currently Reading and Enjoying….Damage!

So DC Comcs launched a new set of comics following their last big crossover event called Dark Metal. Well it was Batman driven and I’m not a big fan of the Dark Knight, but a new initiative introducing new characters and their various series spun out of it. My favorite of these is Damage.

The story and gimmick of Damage is a super soldier turned monster. I know it’s borrowed heavy from Captain America and the Incredible Hulk. The series throws a gimmick that Ethan Avery, the soldier that became Damage, can only become him for one hour every 24 hours. As the action unfolds through the comic we get a counter in panel.

Avery and Damage are portrayed as two separate consciousnesses that can communicate with each other. The dynamic has unfolded since issue one and develops more each issue. The action in the series really sets it apart from everything else. The action and pacing is fantastic and a big drawl. In just 7 issues Damage has taken down the Suicide Squad, fought Wonder Woman and had a huge fight in New Orleans with Poison Ivy and Swamp Thing.

The hero initiative began by DC Comics back in the early Spring of this year hasn’t fared particularly well sales numbers wise. The Immortal Men has already been marked for cancellation. I don’t feel DC has particularly advertised the line very well and has lacked overall support. Damage sold 17,000 plus copies in June, not setting the world on fire but the ax hasn’t swung yet. Hopefully positive word of mouth will get more people to give the series a try, I really like it. It’s the only series I’m up to date on at this point.

Well have a great weekend and stick with Mid American Culture for fresh content daily.

Like a Fenix

I really feel like this year’s E 3 convention was one of the best in recent memory. We got some long awaited news on Halo 6 and the next Tomb Raider. Fallout 76 and the Division 2 were also highlights. Another great looking game was Gears of War 5. I played the original back in 2006, I almost beat it but didn’t quite get there. I also never got around to playing the sequels. Halo 3 came out and I went to finish my bachelor’s degree and never came back for the continuing adventures of Delta Squad.

Well after seeing that trailer for Gears 5 I’ve bought the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. I got it super cheap with X-box Live Gold and it’s an absolute blast. What a terrific game this was and is. The Unreal Engine still holds up incredibly well.

I was surprised at how fast you get drawn into this game, even having played it before. The art design of the creepy post Grub world and the fantastic voice cast including Joe DiMaggio of Futurama and Adventure Time fame as main protagonist, Marcus Fenix.

I’m really enjoying this remaster and looking forward to the rest of the series. If you haven’t played Gears in a while or never at all I highly recommend picking up the Ultimate Edition of the first game and all the games are backwards compatible on the X-box One. Happy weekend and happy gaming and please keep checking out Mid-American Culture, your views and likes really power us through for fresh content daily.

Epic Barbecue at Lucius Q’s

Good morning everyone, I’m wrapping up Mid-American-Culture’s restaurant reviews with a great place I just got to try last Saturday. Lucius Q’s is a crazy good barbecue joint in Cincinnati. I was a huge fan of the local indie station WNKU and after it’s closing, station manager Aaron Sharp partnered up to create Lucius Q’s restaurant. Named like Cincinnati itself after Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus a Roman Senator.

You can view the menu at luciusq.com I had the Pendleton Porker Sandwich. Also the corn muffins are epic!

My wife had the baked beans and they were honestly the best I’ve ever had. You have plenty of options on sauces, the Pendleton came with Queen City Gold and I loved it. The staff was very nice and helpful for us first time patrons. The interior was old school with touches of modern industrial.

Most of the menu is locally sourced and they’ve just recently started a barbecue brunch. Which I would’ve for sure tried out this weekend if it wasn’t a 3 hour drive. Also, as a heads up it’s a little tricky with a baby, we regretted not bringing the stroller in with us. Oh and my eldest daughter is a super picky eater and she swears by the mac and cheese. I even got the t-shirt!

Lucius Q is a great little joint in city that was once known as Porkopolis for it’s massive pork production. Tasty tasty barbecue. Have a great weekend and hope you get to enjoy the list of restaurants we reviewed this week.

Farewell Steve Ditko

Hello everyone, it was discovered by the world at large yesterday that comic icon Steve Ditko has passed away. Ditko left his mark on the world as the co-creator of Marvel Comics Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. He designed both characters and came up with the rogues gallery for much of Spidey’s main villians including Green Goblin, the Lizard, and Doctor Strange’s Dormammu.

He drew the Amazing Spider-Man for 6 years and left over a falling out with Stan Lee.

He went to Carlton Comics where his main contribution was the Blue Beetle and the Question who would be a major influence on Alan Moore when he created Rorschach of the Watchman.

Ditko would work a bit for DC Comics in the 1980s before comic back to Marvel in the 90’s and creating Squirrel-Girl.

Ditko was a famous recluse compared to author JD Salinger. He continued working and self publishing up until his death. He was also an avid blogger. He will be greatly missed, but his creations will live on forever. Thanks for the work and effort Mr. Ditko

What You Took In

Trapped with no way out.
Think, plan, and figure.
Sometimes you awaken and the walls seem…closer.
Made it out before.
Always ending up back in the dark.
The dust floats through the air,
I wish I could telepathically send it for help.
Half a lifetime walled away.
I don’t wanna die here, like this.
All you have is what you took in.