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November 19, 2008

Revisionist Spider-Man

Whoo! NaNoWriMo!

(Seriously, how am I keeping up with this? Very strange.)

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As I mentioned a while back, I've been reading the No-Longer Complete Amazing Spider-Man on DVD. Well, at least until NaNoWriMo consumed my free time. At any rate, I left off at Amazing Spider-Man #290-292, which is apparently the issues showing the point in the Marvel timeline where Mephisto intervened, causing Parker and the lovely MJ to not get married.

Whoo. Comic geek headrush. Beg your pardon.

Here's that quote from that Marvel writer, minus that really stupid crap he said about civil unions and gay marriage:

Guggenheim said a lot of people who aren't reading Spider-Man or refuse to read Spider-Man are judging it based on misunderstandings. "Part of the problem with the controversy behind One More Day is the understanding of what was retconned overstates the extent of what was done," he said. "Everything that happened in the last twenty plus years of comic book history happened! The only difference is that Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson weren't married. They still dated. They still lived together. They still love each other. They just weren't married. Judging from the letters and death threats we received, I think some people were confused. It all still happened."
Ah. Still lived together. Fair enough. But that will result in a few changes. The big proposal scene is now:

Duh duh daah! But how does Ms. Watson react?

Ouch! So, MJ runs off to see her sister who's in trouble, Peter follows, MJ crashes her car into a giant robot's leg, then smacks it with a baseball bat (as seen here), and realizes she really does love Peter and his fumbling attempts to connect with her:

And I bet that particular annual made for some interesting reading.

November 18, 2008

An Unacceptable Development

The entirely too-young-for-this Toby Buckell has landed himself in the hospital for an unspecified heart problem. Go send him love at once!

November 14, 2008

Poor Rocky LaPorte

Trapped in a failed pilot like that.

November 12, 2008

Heh Indeedy

Political commentary and musical criticism in one shot. Very efficient, Sinfest.

(also amusing was his Charlie Brown interpretation.)

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For those of you unaware of such things (which would be the vast majority of you), I've been participating in this year's NaNoWriMo: attempting to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I've been a bit ambivalent about writing lately, so I thought this might be a good test.

I'm pleasantly surprised to report that I've actually been keeping up with it, as you can see by my little progress bar widget up there. No, I don't know how I'm managing either. It's weird. It's also been fun. Even better, I seem to be in a bit better mood. For some reason, expressing myself makes me happy. Go figure.

Admittedly, a 50,000 word novel produced in a big crunch like this probably won't be all that good, but somehow my brain doesn't seem to give a rip about that. It's just nice to be making something.

So, there we all are. What's up with you folks?

November 06, 2008

I Don't Know Why This Amuses Me

"Want Obama in a Punch Line? First, Find a Joke" (NYT, July 15th)

When Mr. Stewart on “The Daily Show” recently tried to joke about Mr. Obama changing his position on campaign financing, for instance, he met with such obvious resistance from the audience, he said, “You know, you’re allowed to laugh at him.” Mr. Stewart said in a telephone interview on Monday, “People have a tendency to react as far as their ideology allows them.”

Despite audience resistance, Mr. Stewart contended, his show had been able to develop a distinctive angle on Mr. Obama.

Noting that the senator seems to emphasize the historic nature of his quest, Mr. Stewart said, “So far, our take is that he’s positioning himself to be on a coin.”

Ta dah!

In this photo illustration a limited edition commemorative coin depicting US President elect Barack Obama sits in the workshop of a die maker on November 5, 2008, in Birmingham, England. The coin has been struck to mark the historic election of Barack Obama in the United States. Birmingham company Winston Elizabeth & Windsor in association with UK Fine Arts has already sold more than 300 limited edition commemorative silver coins with solid gold versions in production. The coins depict Senator Obama's face, along with a picture of the White House and the legend 'President of the United States of America'. By Christopher Furlong/Getty Images.

November 05, 2008

Finally, Part II

Ganked from the multi-talented BeaucoupKevin.

November 04, 2008


This is it, kids. At last our long national nightmare will come to an end and we'll stop seeing these blasted ads on the TV. Well, for most of you. The odds are pretty good there'll be a runoff for the Georgia Senate Race and I'll have to suffer through another round of 'em until December. Sigh. Otherwise, if you haven't done so already, go vote.