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Laura "Tegan" Gjovaag

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Anniversary... and No Blogging...

Hubby-Eric and I had a good anniversary night, celebrating with Batman Begins and a nice dinner. Thanks again to my little sister Lisa for helping us out.

Now... on to other things:

Blogging will be light for the next couple of days. Yes, that's a King County Library System copy. They somehow managed to get them out and on the holdshelf (which was actually in the back room at the Bothell library) on the day of the book's release, which I've never seen with any other new book.

Anyway. No blog, must read.

-by Tegan at 11:00 PM Seattle time - Permalink  

Happy Anniversary, Hubby-Eric!

Can you believe it's been 11 years?

-by Tegan at 8:13 AM Seattle time - Permalink  

Friday, July 15, 2005

Even More Random Thoughts

News from the Nerd Prom: I don't know if this link will work, but there appears to be a new Aquaman JLU action figure. And here's another.

Friends of Lulu Awards.

The Beat cover the Nerd Prom... "the day's biggest news was probably the official announcement of the long-rumored Spirit book by Darwyn Cooke". The Spirit. By Darwyn Cooke. That may be the only artist I would accept to do a new Spirit series, just because I know he would do something different and yet respectful.

Brill Building Audioblogs the Con.

More Warren Ellis Nerd Prom pictures.

And in other news... To paraphrase Groucho a little: I wouldn't want to be a member of any club that would have me. To any other Pacific Northwest comic book bloggers: We don't need no stinkin' club. Trust me.

Making Comics Better. I particularly like this: ...they don't solicit it until it's done and ready to go out the door. I wish all companies could do that. Then we wouldn't get so many annoyingly late books.

The new Unshelved amuses me because I checked my number in the queue for the new Harry Potter yesterday and discovered that the book is "on the way". When I called the library to find out if they would actually have them on Saturday, the librarian said, "Yes, but it might take us awhile to get them all processed... Sunday at the latest."

Another addicting Web Game. Once again, it's Augie's fault.

How to make a Chia Couch. I wish I had lawn, the couch would come later.

Molasses and Beer floods, not nearly as funny as they sound.

Mark Evanier has some intelligent speculation about the whole Rove/Plame thing... and he rightly points out that nobody knows who leaked Plame's identity yet, so some of the left blogs are jumping the gun. Speaking of guns, Billmon describes the prosecutor in the case, Patrick Fitzgerald.

Oh, and by the way, The War in Iraq is still illegal.

-by Tegan at 11:19 AM Seattle time - Permalink  

Thursday, July 14, 2005

More Random Thoughts

While everyone else is off at the Nerd Prom, time for some more Random Thoughts.

Rose addresses women in comic book blogging, with a side commentary about Comic Book Galaxy. I don't notice women bloggers because I generally don't notice gender unless it becomes an issue in something someone writes.

I have read at least two accounts of the Loch Ness Monster being seen on land, and looking a lot like a very large eel... perhaps that's really what it is.

Nerd Prom Pictures on Technorati.

Garrett directs us to Diane Duane's Blog and Podcasts. I'm not yet a fan of podcasts, mostly because I dislike the sound of my voice when recorded and thus have a lot of trouble playing with it. I also am a visual learning, so listening to people talk holds very little appeal for me.

Four Color Meat and Fish does some reviews, including the latest Aquaman.

How about some Boing Boing links?

How To Build A Yurt. This link is dedicated to my big brother, Yurtbreath.

Boing Boing links to a Red Scare Comic Book, and MetaFilter found a wealth of links at the site.

Little Lulu collections go over well with Boing Boing.

Sleep Paralysis... I have experienced it a couple of times. Not at all pleasant, but you find yourself kind of wanting to experience it again just so you can be sure that's what it really was.

Water Pump driven by children's playground equipment. It gives two gifts to poor villages: Clean water and toys for the kids.

New Bigfoot Sighting, Chocolypse Now, Super Mario Physics, Lunch Hour Comix, and WWII Navy Cartoons. Whew.

How about visiting Aaron Williams while he rants about mouses. Mice. Er. The Game he links to is terribly nastily addictive... just move the dots so the lines don't cross. Easy. Uh-huh.

Go Problems on the Web that I really need to study one of these days so that maybe I can figure out the strategy of Go.

We The Media. There is something I want to say on this subject, about the emergence of a new community, but I can't figure out how to put it into words that don't make it sound like the same thing everyone else has been saying for years. But I saw something on July 7th that I hadn't seen before, and I suspect I'll see it again. But it all has to do with the way people are becoming information brokers simply because they can. If I ever actually figure out what I'm trying to say, I'll write about it.

This MetaFilter topic is one of those that folks ought to read to understand how inhuman humans are capable of being.

Don't understand the Rove/Plame thing? Here's a concise summary. And Diane Duane uncovers an interesting Rove tidbit. Hmm, indeed.

-by Tegan at 10:10 AM Seattle time - Permalink  

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Random Thoughts

Since everyone is off at the con, no one is around to read these, but I'll post them anyway. And more later, too. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Some folks are calling this a challenge to user's assumptions... but I saw nothing there that was particularly new or interesting. Maybe you will.

Beat Vader at 20 Questions, but it's a flash ad for BK, so beware. Via Rachel Hartman.

Lots of signs in Engrish. Via Elayne.

Irregular Webcomic. Via Kaja.

Absorbascon has some thoughts on Black Manta and The Human Flying Fish.

More Super Prose from The Daily Burn.

Llama llama, the inspiration for The Dalek Song.

Thank you Mike Sterling for finding a cool SubMariner Fan Page. I need to link it from my Aquaman page.

Garrett directs us to a ukelele solo. As Garrett says... I didn't know you could do that with a ukelele.

Larry Osterman on Dancing Bunnies... the difficulty of preventing users from doing stupid things.

Bookslut on the Gordon Lee CBLDF case. Lee gave out a FCBD copy of Alternative Comics, which contained nudity, to a minor by accident and was charged with two felony counts and five misdemeanor counts. Ouch.

Play Su Doku on the web, just don't get addicted. Like me. Curse you, Augie!

Jumping Cats. Yeah, Augie again.

-by Tegan at 10:12 PM Seattle time - Permalink  

Happy Birthday Kaylynn!

I hope you settle into the new home ok, and the newer home gets built nice and fast.

-by Tegan at 7:53 AM Seattle time - Permalink  

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Nerd Prom

Nope, not going. Wish I was, but we couldn't swing it this year. Instead, I'll spend my anniversary with my husband, and preparing for the 3-Day Walk next weekend. Hope all you folks that are going have a good time, and if you hear any good Aquaman news, let me know.

-by Tegan at 9:31 PM Seattle time - Permalink  

Monday, July 11, 2005

Rapid Reviews - 29 June 2005 - Part I

Amazing Spider-Man #80/521: "Unintended Consequences": I really enjoyed this issue, even if the formidable Aunt May wasn't around. Nice to see that MJ has to deal with being a celeb, as well. I like this book far more than the actual Avengers book. I'm certainly looking forward to the next issue. 3 starfish

Pact #3: "The Life of Quantum Girl": I totally missed the fact that the cover proudly proclaims that this issue is "Regular-Size" until hubby-Eric pointed it out. This was an extremely cool silver-agey tale that worked on a lot of levels. Call it a great standalone issue if you like. Heck, this would be one I wouldn't mind giving to superhero fans as a jump-on issue, as long as they have a sense of humor about it. I enjoyed it a lot. 4 starfish

Genie #1: "First Wish part one: The Burning Arm of Shakar": Alexandria is a young woman whose father is English, visiting Baghdad in 1885. Both her parents are scholars, and they all seem to have a wonderful relationship. But Zanda has a secret, and by the end of the issue, it's changed her completely and as a result, pulled me right in. Solid artwork, a fun story, snappy dialogue. I hope the second issue is as good as the first. 3 1/2 starfish

The Grimoire #4: I've dropped this book from my pull because it was moving too slowly and not giving the reader any common ground. The story was keeping its secrets, and that made it considerably less enjoyable. Finally, with the fourth issue, we start to get a glimpse at what's happening. Unfortunately, it's still too little and too late. I don't think I'll stay with it. 2 1/2 starfish

Lullaby: Wisdom Seeker #3: Still not loving this, although I'm following the action pretty well. I was getting a bit impatient that we hadn't seen anything of Oz yet, so the revelation that Munchkin's kidnapped Red's granny was at least something. Still, I wish the plot would move a little faster. 2 starfish

Angel: The Curse #1: Heh heh. I got the puppet cover. Heh. Oh, right, the comic. It wasn't bad. Nice slick production, but probably could have used another go over by the editor, there were a couple of spots that I thought maybe the word balloons/sound effects may have been in the wrong spot. The story was an ok set-up with a good chunk of flashback to establish the character. Nothing special, but not bad either. Have to wait and see the next issue before I'll know how the mini-series is going. 2 1/2 starfish

Oz: The Manga #2: This one arriving was a little unexpected, as it came only a couple of weeks after the first issue hit the stores. Still, it's an excellent book, so it's nice to see it. This issue covers Dorothy's meetings with the Scarecrow and the Tin Man. Like the first issue, the book is done in black and white, and hits the highlights of Manga style nicely. This is a very solid retelling of the Oz story. I hope the collection will sell well enough to let Hutchison adapt more of the books. 3 1/2 starfish

-by Tegan at 6:41 PM Seattle time - Permalink  

Pen-Elayne Reviews Comic Books

Elayne Riggs has actually posted some comic book reviews on her blog. She reviews some recent fantasy comic books.

In response to her note there's a comment asking where all the female comic book bloggers are. Well, I guess I count as one. Who else? I can think of a few more off the top of my head, including Heidi, Erin, Johanna, and Kaja (who is a comic book creator and doesn't blog much about other comics). I'm sure there's a bunch more I'm forgetting... doesn't Rose post at Peiratikos? Anyway, if you remember a woman comic book blogger I'm forgetting, please post a link in the comments.

-by Tegan at 11:45 AM Seattle time - Permalink  

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Eric's Back!

Wow. I didn't realize how lonely I'd be without him.

-by Tegan at 11:08 PM Seattle time - Permalink