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June 27, 2008

You Hear A Lot About Frankenfoods These Days

Friday Night Fights!

(From Marvel Two-In-One #78, written by Tom DeFalco, penciled by Ron Wilson & inked by Chic Stone. Marvel, 1981.)

This is what happens when you don't clean your plate.

June 26, 2008

Sundry And Whatnot

4e D&D Review: Websnark: I roll to disbelieve, by Eric Burns.

Related snort: Killjoy Cooking With the Dungeons & Dragons Crowd, by Lore Sjöberg.

Amusing video: "Mary Sue," by The House of Black (who are described as "a wizard rock band.")

Science!: Scientists think big impact caused two-faced Mars, by Nature.

Scooby-Doo prankster alludes Queensland police, by Robyn Ironside. Eddie Izzard was right: Scooby-Doo is a universal figure.

June 25, 2008

"But Then The Ancient Egyptians All Died In A Car Accident"

Went and saw Eddie Izzard perform last night. Truly he is the funniest man in our part of the cosmos.

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I don't how accurate this article on the future of video games is (it is from Cracked, after all), but this game Spore sounds like the sort of program that'll make World of Warcrack as compelling as a game of tic-tac-toe.

Mind you, the stuff they list as coming down the pike fifteen years from now is already firing up the "You kids get off my lawn!" instinct in me. They'll probably yell back something like "The evil dragon is attacking!" and start waving their arms as they throw virtual fireballs at me. At that point, I'll go get the hose.

Reading: Matter, by Iain M. Banks.

June 20, 2008

Where Can I Get One Of These Chairs?

Friday Night Fights:

(From Grendel, vol. 2 #12, written by Matt Wagner, penciled & inked by the Pander Brothers. Comico, 1987.)

You might feel a slight burning sensation.

June 18, 2008

Sorry 'Bout The Mess

This journal, if the words all suddenly poured out the monitor and landed in a big splatter on your desk.

(Click to embiggen.)

Make your own Wordle!

June 16, 2008

And Now He Is Two

It was a vigorous weekend, thanks to the two-in-one holiday combo of Father's Day and Ian's Birthday. I realize Ian's Birthday isn't a holiday -- yet -- but it's a holiday in this house. Admittedly, Father's Day wasn't much more than "Enjoy your card," but that was just fine with me. He's the whole reason why I get credit for that day anyhow. Besides, if my math is correct, that won't happen again until 2014.

It was a good party; grandparents of both sides appeared, as well as Lisa's sister Lisa and our friends Jason and Chandra, with the cats circling around the edges. True, it lacked the wholesale cake destruction of last year, but you can't have everything.

Figure One: Ian paused in the middle of checking to see if he won 50 grand when people started singing at him. He naturally accepted this spontaneous show of love and devotion as his due, then went back to his lottery ticket. Sadly, he did not win.

In addition to the cake, we had real food that grownups would enjoy. Probably for the last time; next year he'll be able to pick the menu. If we're lucky, it'll be pizza at home. If we're unlucky, he'll want to go to Chuck E. Cheese (shudder).

Reading: After finally finishing the massive Hembeck Omnibus, I read Sarah Prineas's The Magic Thief (excellent! Sarah, when's book two coming out?) and am now enjoying David Schwartz's Superheroes. Most excellent.

June 13, 2008

Maus Is In The House

Friday night fights: your basic game of cat and mouse.

From Maus I: A Survivor's Tale, by Art Spiegelman. Pantheon, 1986.

Of course, in this case, the mice have guns as well. Take that, you Nazi, er, cat!

June 11, 2008

An Important Announcement

Today's my sweetie's birthday! Send her good wishes, whydontcha? Comments, emails, and psychic wishes through the psionic ether all happily accepted.

June 10, 2008

Oh, Super

David Schwartz's book, Superpowers, is out right this second. Go! Purchase! Before it is too late!

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My profession is slammed by the Kree, an alien race in the Marvel Universe who thinks they can find everything they need on GoogleUniverse. To which I say, you keep thinking that, Blue Boy, if it makes you happy. But don't come crawling to me when you can't find what you need without having to pay for the empirical articles you need to write your final thesis on how the circular theory of history totally proves that the mullet will come back into style one of these days and that you don't need to update your look no matter what Ronan the Accuser tells you.

Pay. Through. The. Nose.

June 09, 2008

Good News!

Well, I wish. Google News in an alternate universe.

June 06, 2008

The Homophone Agenda

Friday Night Fights: An assault on your sense of humor!

From Fred Hembeck Destroys The Marvel Universe, written & drawn by Fred Hembeck. Marvel, 1989.

Lucky, lucky Daredevil.

June 04, 2008

Because I Don't Have Enough Things To Commit To And Then Ignore


The primaries are now over, more or less. Finally.

Now the next phase in the bloodletting can begin...for only five more months. Whee!

Image courtesy of Pandagon.net

June 03, 2008

Ah, Tuesday

Sarah Prineas's book, The Magic Thief, is out today. You should all go buy a copy right this second.

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An exciting day: requested several thousand dollars worth of books for the library to purchase, and attended a presentation from the campus safety director on what to do in case of a workplace shooting. Your three options, in order of preference, are:

  1. Run for the hills
  2. Hide like a mouse
  3. Fight like hell
So remember that, 'kay?

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Here are three songs that, when they've come on the radio in the last few days, Ian has shown some interest in. That is to say, he starts grinning and boppin' along.

His taste is diverse, at least.

June 02, 2008

My Eyes!

Meant to report in over the weekend, but somehow never made it. Gee, what a shock. It was delightful, as always: grandparentals came over and the boy had a fine time. As for myself, I got a chance to pay a visit to one of our local comic retailers to get myself a copy of The Nearly Complete Essential Hembeck Archives Omnibus, by Fred Hembeck. (Who, you say? This guy.) Delightful, but dear God the type is hard to read on some of it.

Otherwise? School's back in and it's getting hot out there. Also, got a 110 day rejection from Weird Tales. Not exactly breaking any submission records this year. Have to see about that. Right after I get something cold to drink.