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July 29, 2009

Illustrations Of Ozymandias

Finding myself digging through a site: Artificial Owl, which bills itself as a weblog of "the most fascinating abandoned man-made creations." It's an interesting collection of shipwrecks, ruins, unfinished buildings, old machinery, and ghost towns. Some of them are just gorgeous, like Bannerman's Castle, an abandoned military surplus warehouse on an island in the Hudson river. And some are just bizarre, like The Giant Hand of the Atacama Desert.

Site reminds me of the Iron Horse, a piece of art that was literally driven out to pasture when it proved to be an unpopular addition to a residence hall of UGA way back when. I used to see it sometimes, on summer trips to visit the grandparents, just poking out over the crops.

Go, look.

July 28, 2009

Clearly I Misunderstood This Woman

William Shatner reveals the poetic soul burning in the heart of former Governor Palin:

Genius.

Reading: Asterios Polyp, by David Mazzucchelli. Holy cow, that was something. Here, it got reviewed in the NY Times. Also have read the first three books of the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series. Let's see, that's The Lightning Thief, Sea of Monsters, and The Titan's Curse. There do seem to be a lot of parallels between them and the Harry Potter books, but that's all right. Greek mythology is one of my favorites. As a lad I certainly checked D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths out from my public library enough times.

July 23, 2009

An Even Cheaper Excuse

An exceptionally peaceful night in Librarytown, my last one before the end-of-semester break. And the Intarwebs seem rather peaceful as well, what with all of geekdom in San Diego this weekend.

Here, some entertainment for you, handily collected into one place: One Show to the Tune of Another, from Bully Says... And a catchy lot they are!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to get back to contemplating the future of information, or something like that.

July 22, 2009

Daddy Has Two Offices

It's true. My move is no longer a move, it's now a division of space. That is to say, I still have the office with the door and no windows, but now I also have the cube with the window and no door. There's also no phone, no power and no computer. These things are coming, or so I am told. Right now, sitting down there feels like going to work in 1973: nothing but a desk, paper, and pens. Oh, and my thoughts.

Yep.

My, sure is quiet in here.

Reading: Just finished The Claws Come Out: Astounding Tales of Broads and Monsters, by indie cartoonist Pat Lewis. Good read, and Mr. Lewis has a very charming style. Also just picked up The Lightning Thief, the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians quintet, after seeing the trailer for the upcoming movie. At this point I've only finished the first chapter, but Lisa read it all the way through, and seemed pleased it was a complete series (meaning: now we're going to go get the rest of them).

July 16, 2009

Caption This

For the first time ever, a poll!

What Best Fits This Picture?
"Hug 'em, Danno"
Summer Semester at Hogwarts
Lil' Dorf's Hawaiian Vacation
Jay Lake returns from the Fountain of Youth
Tiny people, tiny bubbles
Something else which I'll put in the comments!
  
pollcode.com free polls
As always, clicky to embiggen.

(Update: Welcome, Jay Lakeians (Lakians? Lakelings? Lakeables?)!)

July 08, 2009

You'll Feel Dizzy, Light And Free

Amusements at Ye Olde Daye Jobbe, including shiftings, moves (real and rumored), and general tomfoolery. My move is a real one, sadly enough. I'm giving up the office with a door for a cubical with a window. This is a mixed blessing at best, but I will say no more, preferring to smother my hot tears of rage in my pillow each night.

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Am reading the comments and critiques of the Starry Heaven novel, and have concluded that the middle is fine (well, sufficient), but the beginning needs a couple dramatic changes to work and the current planned ending won't work at all. So basically I have a middle part. On the bright side, redoing the beginning gives me opportunities to plan for a better ending...as soon as I figure out what that ending will be. I'm currently thinking it will involve the collapse of the multiverse, but perhaps not.

Also, I will have to actually write it, darn the luck.

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In passing news, I see that Marvel is going to be having a new series in October called Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural, starring the former Brother Voodoo, new possessor of the Eye of Agomotto and the brand new Sorcerer Supreme. Fred Hembeck must be beside himself with joy.

Reading: Oh, many things.

  • Bone Shop, Tim Pratt's Marla Mason novella-in-progress. Read and donate a little something, wouldja? Heather, Tim's sweetie, lost her job and they need money for things like food and diapers and medicine, fercryinoutloud

  • Hero, by Perry Moore. Sarah gave me this at Starry Heaven, a YA about a gay teenage superhero coming out in more ways than one. I liked it, altho' Sarah did not, for reasons she didn't specify (or I just don't recall, which wouldn't surprise me).

  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, which was talked up at Starry Heaven. Very good, but man, I was rather annoyed to find it's only book one! Book two won't be out for a few more months! Gah!

  • Who Can Save Us Now?, edited by Owen King & John McNally. Literary-type writers write about superheroes, with interesting results.

  • DC's recent big event, Final Crisis, collected in hardcover. I just gotta say: Superman defeats Darkseid by singing? Really? Wow.
Huh, lotta superhero stuff right now (yes, quiet).

July 06, 2009

Post Holiday

So, how was your Fourth?

July 03, 2009

What's The Worse Thing That Can Happen? Wait, Don't Answer That

Fourth of July weekend has begun. As part of it, we're going to take Ian to the movies today, his first time ever. Up, in just over an hour. Will report back afterwards as to how it went and if we'll be allowed back into the theater. Ha! I kid. Maybe. We'll see.

Update: Well, that went a little better than I expected. Got there a few minutes before the movie started, he sat through the previews, the opening cartoon and the beginning (mostly nontalking) sequence. About the point where they arrived in South America, he got bored and wanted to leave. So he and I left to wander around the lobby a bit; there were a number of movie displays and games he examined. Eventually he was willing to go back in, and we returned to catch most of the ending. Overall, a fairly good first outing. Will need to try it again in, say about six months, with a movie that's a bit zippier.

Now, to find a spoiler site to catch up on the middle section I missed.