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Cyber Kid & Co. Still Alive And Kickin'!!!

Alex Behind the Plate (August 2013)


       Hey gang!  Wow, has it been 18 months since the last Darth M update?  Good grief, this is becoming too much of a habit!  One of the downsides of social media of course is, while I’m updating my Facebook page, I find I’m neglecting this website!  That said, like a trusty old car, there’s nothing like settling back in behind the wheel…  So here we go – 18 months of updates!  (Oh, and for sake of not boring the utmost crap out of you, this will be more photos, less text and hopefully a lot of smiles - Well, except for the sad bits – we had some of those too :o(

So, ALL THE WAY back in May of 2013 the kids made their way back to the Dallas Comic-Con!  In attendance w/ fellow cos-players Stef and Rachel – Little Dude and the girls made quite the buzz.  Enjoying all the con has to offer and the new (and old) friends the kids met, all kinds of fun was had -

  Little Dude w/ Stef and Rachel  
Michael (SUperman) and Jess (Supergirl) Jess and Michaela Super Mike's Daughter Michaela
Alex and Brent Spiner Portal/Star Trek crossover w/ Lauren   Jess as Supergirl
       Moving into Spring 2013, of course that means Baseball season and softball season!  The Little dude was once again excited about his Texas Rangers and even got a couple more autographs to build his baseball collection!? 

       That mentioned, it should be noted the autograohs that were achieved!  It was a huge day for the Cyber Kid, Alex & Co. as they both got a unique opportunity to meet Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers (and get pics and autographs.) Not ONLY that, the boys waited in the extreme Texas heat and were fortunate enough to meet Derek Jeter and both get a ball signed!  A glorious week to say the least!  Enjoy these pics of the various coolness -


Jess Scores a Home-Run Ball!

Alex's Autograph collection grew seriously in 2013!

Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez
Engel Beltre Ross Wolf David Murphy David Murphy
Waiting for Jeter Derek Signing 1 of 2 artifacts we got! Adam Warren

Of course it wouldn't be Spring without Our own Superstars playing some ball - Under the guidance of Darth M, both Jess & Alex continue to excel in baseball & softball for the Spring 2013!...

Monkey Takes a Massive Cut! Bunny Sends One Down The Line!

       Unfortunately, we had a sad bit of events in Sept of 2013 when our beloved Wookie-Dog Chewbacca came down w/ an aggressive Mast-Cell Tumor infestation. 

       Inoperable and merely only able to symptomatically treat Chewie, she succumbed to the disease after a valiant battle that lasted for a month or so. 

       One of our best puppies, we miss her everyday :o(


       Rolling into October and happier days, the DCC Fan Days Expo rolled into town and of course that brought a smile to everyone’s faces.  Especially since Dave “The Cyber Kid” was able to hook up with the legendary artist Simon “F***in” Bisley.  Both Alex and Dave got to meet the man as well as Valiant artist Cary Nord (well known for his Conan art!)  Little dude got to visit w/ his buddy Amber and Dave got to have drinks w/ an icon!  All in all a successful DCC Fan-Days Expo!


Little Dude & Simon F***in' Bisley!

Bisley does a Batman for Darth M Bisley says you're #1! Alex & Amber
Cary Nord shows Alex his Conan Best! Darth M & Little Dude at the Con! Darth M and Biz enjoy a BEvERage!

       Of course FALL Baseball ended w/ A CHAMPIONSHIP season for Alex & company!  A nailbiter to the very end, the boys pulled out a victory in the last inning!  Of course Little dude got to celebrate at his favorite (or maybe it’s Daddy’s?) eatery and hanging w/ his biggest fans. Enjoy these FALL 2013 Baseball Pics -

Little Champ! Celebrating w/ Little Dude Pitching in the Fall Season!
Little Dude & Breanne Little Dude w/ Fans! Kriss & Little Dude Reward for a Game Well Played!

Of course the loss of Chewie didn’t go unnoticed around the FUBARHQ for long as the sound of doggie pitter-patter was lacking in the household.  Sure, Scouty-Roo was still around but the old boy just didn’t make the “Noise” we were accustomed too, so this happened!...  Meet the two newest additions to our family Maverick & Grace!  (Australian Shepherds)

The First Meet & Greet w/ Maverick & Grace The kiddos w/ Maverick & Grace Dawn & Grace


       Of course two new dogs were surely a big hit in the Zoo, but January and the prospect of a fresh new year was surely welcome!  And nothing rings in the New Year like the DCC Sci-Fi Expo!  With loads of talent (like the always welcome Bill Tucci), the Kids grabbed their cosplay best and made a weekend of it!

Amber & Alex Alex & Jess measure up... Ben Dunn personalizes my book The infamous Billy Tucci & Darth M!

       So, conventions behind us and school year well entrenched as well move into March, the Kids along w/ Daddy decided they were going to take advantage this spring break with a trip to the Big Apple.  So, for 3 ½ days and 3 nights, the kids had a whirlwind adventure in New York!  A ride on the Staten Island Ferry (to see southern Manhattan), Times Square (to see all the lights), Union Square Park (to play chess), the empire state building, subways, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History and loads of pizza, pretzels and junk food – the trio had a blast (Mummy on the other hand… stayed home to work :o(

Jess & Alex in Times Square Alex plays some chess in Union Square The kids stay up late!?...

Near the end of March, the kids and Daddy were able to hit the 1st Annual TABLE (Tabletop And Board-Gaming Learning Expo.) The guest of honor was none other than the legendary game designer Steve Jackson.  Jessie and Daddy had the unique opportunity to play-test a demo of Steve Jackson’s new upcoming game Loot Letter!  (A Munchkin themed version of the game Love Letter) The kids had loads of fun playing various board and card games and of course the uber Geek had a blast getting all of his Steve Jackson games signed!

Steve Jackson & Alex Jess & Steve play LOOT LETTER Steve Jackson & Jess!

       So of course we ring in the Spring 2014 w/ more baseball and softball!  Alex got some more autographs and his defending championship team made it to the Spring Championship for the second straight season and took 2nd Place!

Dude Catching! Making every effort to put the bat on the ball! Dude w/ his fans - Julia, Ashley & Bre
Jess Holds Runners... Jess loses her helmet hustling to first!

       So, sadly, in May of 2014 the little people had to say goodbye to yet another of our buddies.  Scouty-Roo, the old boy finally just got too old.  With mobility issues and in lots of arthritic pain, it was time for the old boy to roam free!  Somewhere in the range of 14-16 (We really never knew how old he was?)  The end of the era was upon us as we said goodbye to the last of the trio that comprised Keighley, Chewbacca and Scout!


       So, back to better days - In late Spring after baseball, (prior to Fall-Ball) Alex was able to head down to the Texas Rangers Ballpark and take a pitching clinic.  Alex was in the Rangers bullpen for some one on one instruction with the Rangers own pitching coach Mike Maddux;

Maddux talks w/ Alex about the mechanics Alex delivers a few for analysis.

Continuing on in the Spring of 2014, here’s some various highlights –

Leah visits Darth M Despite all my rage... Alex meets Neftali Feliz Can you say "RED BULL AIR RACES?"
       Of course DCC Fan days came and went again in the Fall of 2014 (October to be exact) and once again the kiddos made some new friends (Ireland Reid), saw some old friends and The Cyber Kid got to visit w/ his buddy Simon “F***in” Bisley.

       Darth M and the BIZ hooked up for yet another round of Art and BEvERageS.  This time, the Cyber Kid got a custom (That means ONE OF A KIND boys and girls) pencil and Ink piece done by the legendary artist!


Ireland & Alex Cos-Play!

Alex & BIZ!

Ireland & Jess

The Master at Work... Darth M and SImon F***in' Bisley! The (ONE OF A KIND) finished pencil & Ink!
       While yes, we had a quick hiatus between baseball seasons, Alex's team decided to go independent (we were associated w/ some knuckleheads previously), the team was in a re-building phase and while they didn't finish in the top 2, they did finish officially 3rd in the league.  With new coahces, new players and new uniforms, the boys did well, all things considered!...
Little dude rips one... Little dude w/ Brianna & Bre.

       So, with Comic-Cons, sports and the like all behind us, we got to look forward to Thanksgiving!  And what, did we do for Thanksgiving you ask? 

       Well, the Cyber Kid (aka Darth M, aka Mage) loaded up the entire group (including the Mother-In-Law) and made our way to Central Florida for some Sun and Fun!  A week long adventure, the kids got to do the following – Visit w/ Mermaids and see Bachi; Spend a day in the Magic Kingdom (where Jess and the Cyber Kid met many of the infamous Disney Princesses!)  Spend a couple days in Daytona Beach, enjoying sun, sand and a BIG turkey for Thanksgiving; Finally capping the week off with a day at Universal Studios' Wizarding World of Harry Potter!  Having finished all 7 Harry Potter audio books during the last 7 months, the parks served as the icing on the cake as they got to visit the Hogwarts castle, Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley as well as ride the Hogwarts express and various other Harry Potter themed attractions!  Just look at how much fun everyone had -

Don't forget you can see ALL of these pictures AND more on each of the kids photo galleries!?...

Weeki-Wachee Hangin' w/ mermaids Clearwater Beach, FL Dawn and Darth M on the beach
Uncle Mark & Alex attack LOTR RISK Darth M and & Jess rock! Nossa & Alex Nossa & Jess
The Magic Kingdom Jess and Elsa Anna & Jess Darth M & Alex at WDW
The kids at Hogwarts Chocolate Frogs! Brother vs. Sister... Sister vs. Brother!
Diagon Alley! Diagon Alley At Night! Aunt Ria (Maria) cuddles! Cousin Billy @ FSU!

       In late 2013, Darth-M hooked up w/ none other than the infamous "Lou-Man!?"  One of Darth Mater's oldest friends.  The two got together for some food and "people-watching" in New York -

Lou-Man and Darth-M - Times Square New decor for the Man-Caves! Lou-Man finds something interesting?!...

       So that pretty much killed the end of 2014, so then we rolled into 2015.  So, the $64,000 dollar question is, what rings in a new year better than a Comic-Con?  That's right, the correct answer (in Jeopardy speak) is; "What is Nothing Alex?" - That sir, is the correct answer!

       So, the DCC Sci-Fi Expo was in full swing in February 2015 and here's all the pics - Of course you can go check out the kids individual albums AND/OR www.swingermonkey.net to see ALL the pics we got!?...  In the meantime, enjoy these (FYI - these are Darth M pics, scram kids!?...) -

Darth-M & Stef Darth-M & Rocket Amber and Darth-M

       Well that's officially it for DARTH M specific news,remember, all FUBARHQ content is over on www.VIMEO.Com/FUBARHQ where frankly, they're just a lot more laid back!?  So, any and all new FUBARHQ video content will find itself on VIMEO servers.  Anyway, read the updates below and the send off..  Talk later


CHEEKY'S "continuing" adventures now contain 9 albums and 1900+ captioned photos, be sure to check out his website -




       A gift from the FUBARHQ, FNC and Dave to you - don't forget to check out the FUBARchives over at the FUBAR News.  It's for all of our dedicated comrades and fans as a small token of thanks for 25 years! - There's so much content to download! 

Also, as always, check out ALL the new pictures of ALEX (Tenth Year Album COMPLETE and Eleventh Year ongoing) and JESSICA (Seventh Year Album IS complete and her Eighth Year album ongoing) adventures plus all the new pics in the AVIATION ADVENTURES gallery as well as all the FUBARHQ news and content -

As always, there's ALL NEW pics in Aviation Adventures, Alex, Jessica!


Oh and before I forget -

Still on FACEBOOK - www.FACEBOOK.com

ATOMIC PUPPY is on MySpace Music along with free music downloads at Last.fm (total listens had topped 62,000 before the site's re-boot!) - www.MySpace.com/AtomicPuppyMusic


ALL FUBARHQ video content is NOW rockin' on www.vimeo.com


       As always, you can still (as if you haven't?) READ/DOWNLOAD (FOR FREE MIND YOU!?) an early draft of the Prologue/Chapter 1 to Rule of Thirds and the opening scene of Sky Hunters by <clicking> one of the links below...
SKY HUNTERS - Final Draft - Scene 1

DOWNLOAD PROLOGUE and CHAPTERS 1,2,3 of Rule of Thirds <click here>

So anyway, that’s about all that’s been going on in the Darth M’s world since last time!

Until next time; "We know you have a choice when it comes to web surfing, thank you for choosing ME today!"  After all I do put the "ME" in AWESOME!?... ;oP

Dave, The Cyber Kid (BTST)

CEO/Founder FUBARS (est. 1989)

FUBARS, FUBAR  News Corporation, FUBAR Entertainment, Atomic Puppy SwingerMonkey & Outside the Cube © 2000-2013

PS - Did you know, 5 years of MAXIM Magazines, 7 years ago, would've looked like this on your bookshelf?...

BTST - Been There, Surfed That


OH, and just in case you still don't have this memorized (YET)!?...

Since I left you last I was entertaining a major coffee habit but two years ago I was able (in about 4 days actually) to go from 5-6 cups a day to one!  While I do still drink 5-6 cups of "coffee" a day only one of them now actually is caffeinated!  So, with this I felt I needed to update my four cups list! -

There are four cups of coffee consumed in the morning.  Each cup is named/labeled by the emotional state that it facilitates in the drinker.  The four cups are labeled as follows -

1. :oI - The "Up" Cup (Decaf/Optional 1/2 Caff.);  to wake you... as the smooth aroma entices you and the silky taste prepares you for -

2. :o) - The "Happy" Cup (The FULL One w/ Caffeine!); as the neurons start to fire and the body kicks to life, shifting into "high" gear,  a sense of well-being overcomes...

3. :o[ - The "Angry" Cup; (Decaf) "well-being" is cast aside as the desire to choke the living daylights out of a random stranger for all the problems in the world ensues... plus you no longer get the rush from the caffeine so that pretty much bums you out...

4. :o\ - The "Motivation" Cup (Decaf/Optional 1/2 Caff. cup);  after realizing that violence isn't (necessarily) the answer and the fact that you've been sitting at the coffee shop for a few hours, this cup "snaps" you back to the reality that you actually have "stuff" to do and so, with this refill... you leave... and either get some stuff done (if you went with the Caf) or crash on the couch (with the Decaf option!)

There you have it...  Now go grab a cup of mud and indulge a bit...

copyright, OUTSIDE THE CUBE 2013.
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