Saturday, September 30, 2006

Daily Linkdump

Stephen Wacker on leaving DC.

Johnny B's NFL Picks. Last week was pretty bad for him, and I hope he's wrong about the Seahawks this week... but I wouldn't bet on it.

Racism in American Football. The name of the Washington DC team isn't the only bigotry if you are unfortunate enough to attend a game there.

Doctor Who makes the Guinness Book of World Records.

Seven Worries, Seven Answers about hybrid cars. In particular, number 4 should be read. If you are getting a hybrid just to save money, you are getting it for the wrong reason.

The first female space tourist blogged her adventure.

Buckyegg breaks Pentagon Rules. Not the military pentagon, the pentagon shape. And it's not a Buckyball, which it should be, but a Buckyegg. Well, I thought it was intriguing.

Hmmm. This could be bad in the wrong hands. Like we need more paranoia.

Shifty Eyed Puppies.

I Love Banned Books

-by Tegan at 10:28 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Friday, September 29, 2006

Low Brow Humor

From the GCD Chat List:

That Little Cheat will do anything to hold Dick!

-by Tegan at 4:20 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Links Links Links

Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #70. This series is never gonna end, is it?

Colleen Doran on the reality of sales versus giving away books for free. A lot depends on your audience. I know I haven't picked up any of Colleen's books yet mostly because I'm too confused by the story. Since she is starting with a prequel, I hope I can ease my way into the tale and then I'll be willing to hunt down all the other books.

And if Colleen wants to make sure she gets money, she can use Lawrence Watt-Evans' example and ask the audience to pay for the book as she posts it. I'm enjoying getting new books from Watt-Evans this way.

Hey, don't miss Part Four of Eric Shanower's Adventures in Troy.

Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man. Um. Ok. (Bully has a good take on it).

Paul Cornell is written into a comic, which is funny for me, since Paul Cornell wrote me into a book.

What Comic Store is Weird Al in? Inquiring minds want to know...

The Seattle Times has an article about Doctor Who. Ok, it's not by their staff, but I'm still stunned.

Now THAT'S a serving size. And the fries and burger are completely edible.

A Dark Day in America. This is what Waterboarding Looks Like. The House Approves Warrentless Wiretapping. Habeas Corpus is the Bedrock of Freedom. I Put My Fingers Against The Glass. Stick Magnetic Ribbons on your SUV. The New Bill of Rights.

And to make up for the pain of those previous links: Flooomp.

I Love Banned Books

-by Tegan at 12:05 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Thursday, September 28, 2006


I'm guessing if you are a comic book fan, you are reading Journalista every day, but for those who aren't, today's entry has a number of good links. Two I want to point out are the news of Stephen Wacker leaving DC, and the DRMed mess that is Windows Vista. Yeah, I think I need to move over to Linux as well.

As for that Newsarama thread, The Beat sums up all the important bits for you.

Howling Curmedgeons on Civil War and the current state of comic books.

Sarah Jane gets own Series. If you aren't a Doctor Who fan, just skip this link.

Boing Boing links to the real story of "Tokyo Rose".

Olympia to Seattle in two minutes via Super-8.

Shaun Alexander tries to defeat the Madden Curse, but CT scans don't lie, and the coach wasn't buying it.

Zombie Rights March Protested by Pirates. The headline is simply too good to pass up.

This is no surprise: Too much testosterone kills brain cells.

Giant Earwig on Google Maps.

International Volleyball. No, really. International.

Spanish Flu Understood, 88 years later. The flu triggered an immune system response so powerful that healthy bodies were destroyed by their own immune systems. Which is why the young were affected so dramatically by that particular variation of the flu.

Is Obesity a Disease? I tend to believe that there are cases of obesity that are caused by something other than simple overeating. However, my own experiences with weight loss recently are forcing me to confront some painful truths and deal with long-held beliefs. I know women who cannot do what I'm doing with weight loss... but I'm actually succeeding where I was certain I would fail. I'll follow these stories, but I'll never forget how I was and how I am.

Is it a cat, or just a box?

I Love Banned Books

-by Tegan at 12:53 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Unrelated to Anything Else

Today's morning weigh-in shows that I've lost 35 pounds since I started my efforts on June 10th. Ok, a few of those pounds were due to the change in scales, but I'm still celebrating the loss, darnit.

-by Tegan at 8:58 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

More Links

Graphic Smash has Jax Epoch. Go. Read.

Colleen Doran posts the first few pages of Seasons of Spring.

Aquaman will have to go after killer teddy bears next.

Seattle = Seattleite, but Atlanta doesn't equal Atlantean...

Speaking of Aquaman, the book has a new artist, probably starting in a few months. I also posted the news on my Aquaman website.

Hrm. I'm absolutely for requiring restaurants to offer calorie/fat counts for all their foods. But banning fat? That seems a little much, to me. Educate the consumer, then let the consumer decide.

The TSA takes away more rights from people trying to fly. You know, I'm willing to take a few minor risks in order to preserve my freedom. The TSA continues to go too far.

I Love Banned Books

-by Tegan at 11:14 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Raise a Glass

Today, we should all raise a glass to Stanislav Petrov, who saved the world in 1983 by thinking instead of simply reacting. Sometimes blindly striking out isn't the best response, and Colonel Petrov proved that on a tense September day.

Thanks to Garrett for the link.

-by Tegan at 7:49 PM Seattle time - Permalink


Polite Scott on PSA's about anesthesia.

Roman Romaro as Green Lantern in Dulce Pinzon's photo shoot

I just couldn't resist posting another link with a picture to the Dulce Pinzón photo exhibition of everyday heroes. Of all the photos, I think this one is the best composed, although I enjoyed the Aquaman one as well.

Dave on the joys of flying.

The Seattle Times looks at the Madden curse.

Always logout of auctions sites when there's a toddler in the house. cites examples of outrageous small print. Check out the New Mazda for $10,000 report.

I Love Banned Books

-by Tegan at 12:02 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Good News!

If you can't run the video, go here and the title of the article will tell all.

-by Tegan at 10:29 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Monday, September 25, 2006


Scott is with me, and so is Bully.

Interesting article on the existence of female comic book fans who avoid male dominated fan forums.

Hubby-Eric recently introduced me to a website called DailyLit that sends you parts of a book via e-mail to read. He's suggested to his Oz mailing list that those who haven't read the original book can read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz through e-mail in nice bite-size chunks. It arrives in 51 parts. I signed up for three books myself.

Check out this exhibition of "everyday heroes" - workers from Mexico dressed up as superheroes for a photo shoot. I particularly like the Green Lantern photo, very nicely composed.

Leonard Kirk on spammers. I'm getting tons of comment spam at the moment, which makes me always fear that I'm deleting legit comments when I go through and delete the crap.

The Madden Curse??? (see more about the curse here and here)

If You've Done Nothing Wrong... a video featuring clips from new Doctor Who with the Pet Shop Boys song "Integral".

Painting the Moon.

Disney wants Infinite Copyright.

There's a hole in the universe.

Cosby asks every person to contribute $8 to a museum about slavery.

I Love Banned Books

-by Tegan at 4:09 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Random Thoughts

Greg Hatcher questions if we (comic book fans) are addicted to getting our comics on Wednesday. What brought this on? Well, last Wednesday a number of Seattle shops (including my own, and Greg's shop (two different shops)) had UPS fail to deliver a portion of their books. I don't know about Greg's shop, but the owner of my shop said she was likely to lose hundreds of dollars because of the mix-up. Anyway, go read Greg's take on it, and there's also some good stuff in the comments. I don't agree with all the suggestions or conclusions, but it is a fascinating discussion and a serious issue with the comic book world.

Oz and Ends links to an amazing bit of fragrance for sale. I'm not sure I want my hubby-Eric to small like Play-Doh... but how about a Dulce de Leche bath oil? Maybe Marshmellow Cologne? Eh, most of those fragrances I'm not brave enough to want to try, but who could resist someone who smells like waffles?

Should student papers be turned over to an anti-plagiarism website? I know I would protest. I don't think it's right that my work be used for profit by some website, nor do I like the idea that I could be accused of plagiarism because my writing resembled someone else's writing. I wrote all my own papers in high school and college, I never cheated. The one time I did cheat I was in fifth grade: the teacher pointed out that she knew I cheated, and I was so ashamed of myself that I never did it again (yeah yeah, life lesson and all that. I was also really bad at cheating.). Anyway, the comments on this Slashdot post are well worth checking out. Some folks have some very interesting views on the subject. Enough so that I'm just really glad I'm not a student now.

-by Tegan at 8:36 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Sunday, September 24, 2006

I'm With...

I'm with...

-by Tegan at 11:03 AM Seattle time - Permalink


Lea Hernandez reposts Gail Simone's suggestion that you check out The Hernandez Family Benefit Auction, which has some really cool items. Read all the latest at Lea's LiveJournal.

Mike Sterling is worth four times as much as bubblewrap.

Catch up with Mercury Studio and their newest member.

We miss you, Jim.

Hubby-Eric reviews Wicked.

Mark Evanier talks about bottled water. I'm so glad the tap water up here is still good.

Jack Chick's stuff makes MetaFilter. It's fascinating in a car crash sort of way.

The Battle of Los Angeles.

Johnny B's NFL Picks. GO SEATTLE!

-by Tegan at 9:43 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Some Links

Cool triple sunrise.

I couldn't help but laugh when I saw the lede on this article: The Maple Leaf neighborhood will be overrun by goats on Tuesday.

Hubby-Eric and I got tickets to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in Seattle in November. The exhibit starts today and features 10 of the scrolls.

The Guardian reports on the Superdome in New Orleans.

Garrett points out that the new transit center proposed for my town (Bothell) is planned to be built... on City Hall. I suspect that there are big changes coming to this town soon. It will make it easier to move when the time comes to leave. But for now... Transity Hall?

-by Tegan at 1:02 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Unrelated to Anything Else

Today's morning weigh-in shows that I've lost 30 pounds since I started my efforts on June 10th. I've now endured my first annoying plateau (two weeks with no loss) but I'm dropping pounds again. My next landmark weight is going to be hit even quicker this time... not because I'm losing pounds faster, but because I bought a new scale and it tells me consistently that I weigh 2 or 3 pounds less than my old scale (which hubby-Eric says his parents got as a wedding gift) thinks I weigh.

-by Tegan at 8:35 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Friday, September 22, 2006

Links Links Links

Update on Lea Hernandez from Gail Simone.

Meltzer doubles up.

Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #69.

If you haven't read Action Philosophers yet, I recommend it.

Comics on the Internet, available in PDF format for a nice low price (including a few free sample issues).

The Beat on Manga Anthologies. I don't know why anthologies don't work in the current market, because I generally like them. If I can get just one story out of Shonen Jump or Shojo Beat that I like, that's worth the price of subscription to me. And I generally do. But this article goes into why Manga anthologies work in Japan... and we have a long way to go if we're going to reach that level of acceptance of anthologies.

And The Beat declares Harlan Ellison vs Fantagraphics to be the "Fight of the Century". Um. Ok.

RIAA Threats Parody. I don't know, it sounds like the truth to me.

Another reason to change the default password.

The Shuttle and the ISS Transit the Sun. Amazing picture, even more amazing when you read what went into taking it. Another version of the image is here.

More astronomy: The "face" on Mars with lots more picture disproving that there is a face there.

Wil Wheaton meets Larry Niven.

10 Science Frauds. Of course, one of them isn't (see the comments on the Boing Boing post). But the others are interesting.

The FCC hates deaf people.

The Royal Society takes on Exxon.

Crappy DRM in Windows Media Player.

Take the US Citizens Test. I'm linking to this because of the link in the article to a PDF file of all the questions.

Clever soap dispenser marks your hand so you know how much you have to wash to get rid of germs.

Here's a very short story about the future. And maybe the not-too-distant future.

A MetaFilter Post about an ex-Nazi guard who married a Jew. No happy endings here.

Banned Books Week is next week.

I Love Banned Books

Ok, one more... It's not the start of Autumn, it's the middle of Autumn.

-by Tegan at 5:29 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Diebold Machines

Mark Evanier links to a video which shows just how easy it is to break Diebold Voting Machines. It's nine and a half minutes long, and I've already linked to the site it originated at, but this is too important to ignore.

As long as these machines are used in elections, those elections may as well not take place.

-by Tegan at 11:24 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Saw It

Saw Wicked. It was good. Wore the Dorothy pendant. Not the best seats. Fiyero wasn't what I expected, but was good. Had fun. Enjoyed the show. More once I've rested and got my brains back from Oz.

-by Tegan at 7:32 PM Seattle time - Permalink


In just a few hours, hubby-Eric and I will be going to see Wicked. It's been a long time since I've seen a show like this, so I'm going to dress up (for once). My only concession to the Oz-iness of the show will be to wear the Dorothy pendant. I don't expect it to attract attention, but I halfway wish I had some more bookmarks to hand out to people or something, since I suspect quite a few fans of Wicked would also enjoy Dorothy (there's an angle some enterprising entertainment reporter ought to look at, if it hasn't already been done).

I'll report on the show once we get back.

-by Tegan at 9:16 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Non-Pasta Non-Pirate Linkdump

Colleen Doran explains what her webcomic will be and where it will be appearing.

Harlan sues Fantagraphics. Uh. Ok. I was going to post a lot more on this, but I'm afraid I'll get sued.

Greg Burgas interviews A. David Lewis, creator of The Lone and Level Sands.

LEGO Batman. Cool.

Pal Dorian on crazy fans.

Awesome Tangram bookcase.

Ken Jennings wants Celebrinerd to catch on.

Ug, more attempts to remove any privacy from us. I don't trust anyone with databases of my private business, especially not the government. And that's not even going into how much it will cost to retain such data.

AA Batteries that recharge in your USB ports. The way my USB ports are set up, these wouldn't work real well with my machine.

I've always been interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls, and this article has some decent explanations of the origin and significance of them.

Apparently the football crowd in Seattle is too loud. So the NFL has clarified the rules. I remember the Seahawks getting penalties back when they played in the Kingdome, and the noise practically raised the roof.

Dobbs on Voting Machines.

200 year old seeds come to life.

-by Tegan at 8:54 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Avast! Talk Like A Pirate! Arrr!!!

Holy Pasta Week
Sep 15-19 is "Holy Pasta Week"

ARRRRR!!! This be the final day of Holy Pasta Week, and Talk Like A Pirate Day to boot! ARRR! I be listening to the Talk Like A Pirate Day Theme Song by Tom Smith (lyrics). And typing on me jolly Pirate Keyboard. Arrrr!

Tom Smith be filking Harry Potter and Pirates in Hey, It's Can(n)on.

Arrr! Swedish Pirates Keelhauled.

Polite Scott o' the Seven Seas be posting about Pirates in Comics.

Black Jack Says

Colleen Doran be starting a web comic. ARRRR!!!

Fish Warn of Water Sabotage. Arrr!

Arrr! On-line scurvy scumboids steal yer passwords with a Trojan. Harrrr!

The Bad Astronomer tells us of a Supernova discovery. Arrr! There be exploding stars!

Ay, those scurvy dogs at American Airlines deserves to be keelhauled for their nasty actions. Via Cap'n Killer Christopher.

Ok, that's enough of the pirate talk. My head hurts. I surrender.

The Beat tells us that Supernatural Law has been on-line a whole year!

People are People.

-by Tegan at 10:09 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Monday, September 18, 2006

Pasta, Rants, and Links

Holy Pasta Week
Sep 15-19 is "Holy Pasta Week"

Understanding Evolution is yet another resource for people who want to understand what evolution actually is, instead of what loudmouth IDiots falsely make it out to be. ID has its place: in church. Just like Pastafarianism has its place as a silly joke on the web. Don't allow Creationism under any alias to be allowed in the science classroom.

Critics of evolution are even trying to supress scientific evidence of evolution. But just because they want to ignore and supress the facts doesn't make them go away.

On a lighter note: The Dino and the Pirate Should Be Friends. If you need swag, check out Ring of Fire's FSM Poducts. I want a Jolly Pirate Fish Flag and a pin for my fanbag. The Seattle Times has pirate coverage. Arr! Ramen.

On to other things...

There's been a flap in the comics blogosphere about a person who didn't want someone to link to him, based on a previous feud. If you want to read the dirty details, Journalista has some juicy linkage. However... I've met the guy in question, and while I didn't spend much time with him, I thought he was a pretty nice dude. So while everyone else eviscerates him, I'll just say I'm flummoxed about the issue and surprised that it got so over-the-top so quickly. I think he reacted very badly to an uncomfortable situation, and in doing so managed to make it much, much worse. As a person with a nasty temper who often writes stuff she regrets, I can empathize a little with the poor guy.

For the record, here's my linking policy: I can't stop you from linking to me. I may say stupid stuff. If I truly regret what I posted, I may even delete it. But I can't stop you from fair-use quoting and linking. If I'm really upset, I may try to e-mail you to ask you (politely, I hope) to desist, but I'm not gonna pull in lawyers or legal threats or any of that other garbage. I'm well aware that once I've put something on the web, it's out there for everyone to see. The only exception is my LJ friends page. If I mark something as friends only, I don't want people to spread it around. Since that's pretty rare for me, it's generally not going to be a problem.

As for the last bit of internet sharing: I absolutely do NOT give anyone permission to post e-mails from me, either private e-mails or list e-mails. It's the height of internet rudeness to pass on something from a private e-mail or a closed mailing list to someone else. If you want to post or forward my e-mails, ask me first. Of course, I'm well aware that I cannot stop you, nor do I really have any legal recourse if you decide to be rude. But I'll tell you this... something I posted to one private closed e-mail list was reposted to another list without my knowledge or permission. That note led to several years of on-line stalking and harrassment from a member of that other list. I don't forgive people who break the e-mail rule. (Note: I'm ranting about this right now because of an unrelated incident. Forgive me for including it.)


Let's move on to some regular linking now that I've got that off my chest...

Boing Boing on how likely you are to die from a terrorist attack, versus other things like the flu, a hernia, or drowning.

Diebold Voting Machines can be opened with a commonly available key. Yeah, real secure.

Self-Link: New Fish.

My guilty pleasure Ghost Hunters is going to start airing a new season on October 11th. In addition, one of the episodes is titled "OK Corral". Hmmmm.

Don't forget to check out The Vondish Ambassador, a new book being posted on-line (temporarily, until the first draft is finished) by author Lawrence Watt-Evans. For the history of his e-book efforts, check out The Spriggan Mirror.

Big Brother Is Watching You.

Hubby-Eric and I have tickets to see Wicked on Thursday. I intend to wear the Dorothy pendant I bought at the Emerald City Comicon to the show. Yup, I'm going to try to dress up a little.

Speaking of Dorothy, I have a couple of Dorothy bookmarks I got from them at the con, which have somehow gravitated to the top of my bookmark piles and are being used in every book I've checked out from the library recently. I can't read any book around here without being reminded of the Dorothy comic! For folks who are heavy readers, like me, bookmarks are a brilliant giveaway idea.

Eric Shanower has posted Part 3 of his adventures in Troy. This one chronicles his meetings with security guards Ibrahim and Sedat, e-mail from Troy, his sojourn on Tenedos (including bicycling and water snakes), and his thoughts on Oz versus Troy. If you haven't read the first two parts yet, Start Here.

I think I want one. Probably the cat. I could've used one the other day when I had a nasty headache. Via Cute Overload.

-by Tegan at 12:34 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Linking, Linking, Linking...

Holy Pasta Week
Sep 15-19 is "Holy Pasta Week"

How To Talk Like A Pirate. As Holy Pasta Week ends on Talk Like A Pirate Day (Sep 19th), you ought to check out this useful film to learn the proper way of speaking pirate. Via /.

Also, if you support science education, go hug a science teacher and support the National Center for Science Education. Arr! Ramen.

Johnny B's Fearless NFL Picks. He was 10-6 last week.

Leonard Kirk's Balls Part V. Also check out the picture in this entry of Leonard Kirk between Captain Kirk and Leonard Nimoy.

I'm fascinated by the Dead Sea Scrolls, and I hope to see them while they are in Seattle. And the Seattle Times has an article about them... but the "test test test" article is still not up and is linked to this one...

Boing Boing reviews "This Film Is Not Yet Rated", a film about the MPAA's unfair biases in assigning ratings to movies. Read the whole article, especially the zinger at the end, in which the MPAA themselves turn out to be movie pirates.

Entirely for hubby-Eric: tells us how to use Flash Drives on your calculator.

Debate on the Kouprey.

Real life intersects with fiction.


-by Tegan at 1:35 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Bloggity Linkdumping

Holy Pasta Week
Sep 15-19 is "Holy Pasta Week"

Today's holy pasta link is to Evolution Happens, a FAQ page about evolution and the reasons some people can't seem to understand it. Tonight: pasta as a side dish, I think. We'll have to see. Arr! Ramen.

Lea Hernandez continues to pick up pieces of her life after the house fire. She had a battle with a racist adjuster which has now been settled, mostly.

DC Solicits for December, well... at least a couple of them at the moment. More coming on Monday. The pre-Previews includes Justice Society #1, so I think hubby-Eric might want to look.

Microsoft's new Zune will DRM all your music, even if it's specifically under a non-DRM license. Well, I won't be getting a Zune.

MetaFilter links to the find of a lifetime, a historian in Oklahoma found 33 cans of motion picture film dating from the 1920s that show the daily lives of black communities. The link includes clips from 12 of the films.

I am proud that I scored 100% on this quiz. Thanks to Tony for the link.

Psychological tricks of the retail space designer.

BNL is the best band ever.

If this article is up by the time you get to it, I apologize. I got this uninformative view when I checked it out:

Test Article on the Times

-by Tegan at 4:00 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Sherwood Smith...

...Ok, so I was wrong. Crown Duel isn't the first Sherwood Smith story I've read. I thought it was. I started it yesterday morning, and found I couldn't put it down. That's fairly odd for me, nowadays. I used to be able to read multiple books in a single day, and did so frequently, but this was a bit unusual for me. I literally kept reading until I finished, even when hubby-Eric was trying to get me to do other things (just ask him!).

I loved it. It was a great story with a strong female character who slowly grows into herself. She has faults, like a real person. And continues to have faults right up until the end of the story. And continues to grow and learn. And while there were bits of the story (particularly the second part, originally published as Court Duel) that telegraphed themselves, the wonder was in seeing how it all turned out.

So I decided to see if there were more books in the series, and found this partial bibliography that pretty much said, no... but I wanted a full or at least more complete bibliography, so I visited Wikipedia and saw this line in her entry: "In 2001 her short story "Mom and Dad at the Home Front" was a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story."

Um. There was a short story that was up for an award a few years back, and I downloaded the free version of the story from some website (it was a limited time offer, to give the story more exposure before the awards). I read it and absolutely LOVED it. The story was about what happens to responsible parents who learn that their children are off having adventures in a magical world. I didn't recognize the author name at the time I read the story, but now I do... I need to find me a copy of that story in some anthology or something.

Whilst looking around, I found a link to Sherwood Smith's Livejournal, which I added to my daily reads. She has a report of the Winkie convention, where I met her. By the by, I do have a Troll picture of Sherwood Smith, I just haven't gotten it cropped and put up on the Troll page yet.

-by Tegan at 11:03 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Friday, September 15, 2006

Big Linkdump

Holy Pasta Week
Sep 15-19 is "Holy Pasta Week"

Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #68.

Local Greg Hatcher lets us know how difficult it is to get the art class up and going. Greg is in charge of the Middle School kids I see each year at the Emerald City Comicon.

Savage Chickens is running pirate themed panels for Talk Like A Pirate Day, which is the 19th.

Peter David mentions Ken Jennings. Ken Jennings mentions Peter David.

Lawrence Watt-Evans is now posting The Vondish Ambassador, chapter by chapter, like he did The Spriggan Mirror.

More on the former-Xena.

Honest in-flight announcements. More at Boing Boing.

Go to and click on "Interactive" then "Track an Eagle", and you'll find out where Stephen Colbert's namesake eagle ended up.

Why you shouldn't buy video-on-demand from Amazon.

The earliest writing of the New World?

Old Writing

Unrealistic expectations are the problem with hybrids. I personally don't expect a lot from a hybrid, but I hope for less emissions, not just better mileage.

How Election Day Went Wrong. Massive problems at the Maryland Primary, and not all of them due to Diebold. Thanks to Garrett for the link.

-by Tegan at 3:07 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Arr! Pasta Week is Starting!

Holy Pasta Week
Sep 15-19 is "Holy Pasta Week"

Arr! Holy Pasta Week is starting!

I have no idea what sort of pasta hubby-Eric and I will have tonight, but to start you off right, go check out this Introduction to the Scientific Method. Remember: Science expects to get things wrong and alter the theories to fit the facts. This is the strength of science. Any method of learning which alters or ignores facts to fit theories is not science, and should not be taught in a science class.

Arrr! Ramen.

-by Tegan at 11:55 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Thursday, September 14, 2006


Buck Godot Coming to the Web. I haven't ever read Buck Godot. Now I will.

oooooH. Alternate Costumes for heroes in the Justice League game. I'm beginning to want to play this game.

Mapping Mars.

Xena is now Eris, because of the strife and discord in the astronomy community recently.

Fun With Guns Day called off. What I can't understand is why anyone would think that even joking about those events was in good taste. I mean, college kids are stupid that way, but this is beyond the pale.

Bacon on the cat.

Ars Technica reports that Diebold is "is attempting to pressure the Princeton group into retracting the study" that shows their machines are easily hacked and should not be used in elections. More about the study at Freedom to Tinker.

Holy Pasta Week
Sep 15-19 is "Holy Pasta Week"
Plan your menus now.

Tomorrow! I need to figure out what we're going to have for pasta tomorrow...

-by Tegan at 2:45 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Just In Case You Missed It

The Princeton Study on Diebold election machines.

I cannot stress how utterly useless these machines are in a real election. Any election (past, present or future) that uses these machines is simply NOT VALID. The machines are far too easy to hack, and have been designed with deliberate backdoors in the code to make it possible to change election results without any trace.

If you are offered a Diebold machine to vote on, insist on paper. Voting on a Diebold machine is simply not voting at all.

-by Tegan at 12:54 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Random Thoughts

Why Aren't You Buying This Book?

Newsarama Blog on the importance of bringing in the young fans.

Dave says try Dragon Head.

The comic book TV ad that features Dorothy will be shown during Smallville in the Tucson area.

Wil Wheaton is a bit peeved because "iTunes 7 are all my purchased music".

Flyswatting Machine.

Underweight models banned from fashion shows. Huzzah! Get rid of super-skinny models and maybe teenagers will stop starving themselves to get that ugly look.

Princeton researchers show how to steal an election with Diebold machines. If you vote on a Diebold machine, you might as well not bother voting at all. Ask for paper. Any election conducted on Diebold machines is not valid and should be redone with a real voting system (like PAPER!).

Slashdot reports that grandmothers are being sued for copyright violation for using pirated digitized designs that they didn't know were pirated. Hey, Mom, make sure all your downloaded designs are legal!

How Copyright Broke.

MIT Firetruck.

Oooh, look at the little kitties!

Remo Borracchini's Bakery, where we got our wedding cake, was robbed for the first time in its 83 year history yesterday.

Teacher won't shave until Bin Laden is caught. He's got a long beard now.

Atlantis crew loses nuts on space walk (Sounds worse than it is).

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-by Tegan at 11:09 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


The Dorothy folks update their schedule for everyone. In addition, I finally got the Dorothy trade from inter-library loan... it's from "Westlake Porter Public Library". Sounds like a job for Google! ... ... Westlake Porter Public Library is in Ohio! Ok, that's it. Hubby-Eric and I are gonna have to buy a copy of Dorothy for the library ourselves.

Sci Fi Wire on Sherwood Smith. I met her this summer. I think I'm gonna read some of her books. That's all.

Douglas Adams and Tom Baker join up to explain hypertext. uh.

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-by Tegan at 2:26 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Monday, September 11, 2006

Jon Stewart

Many, many, many thanks to Will Pfeifer, who linked to the following video of Jon Stewart in the raw days just after the attack... as he speaks directly from his heart. Thanks to Will and Jon, I remember, really remember, what it was like just after 9/11 happened. When we all pulled together.

You know, all this talk about "These guys are criminal masterminds. They got together and their extraordinary guile and their wit and their skill..." It's a lie.

Any fool can blow something up. Any fool can destroy.

But to see these guys, these firefighters and these policemen and people from all over the country, literally with buckets, rebuilding... that's extraordinary. And that's why we've already won... they can't... it's light. It's democracy. We've already won. They can't shut that down.

They live in chaos. And chaos, it can't sustain itself. It never could. It's too easy and it's too unsatisfying.

-by Tegan at 11:29 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Small Post Today

-by Tegan at 10:00 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Eric Shanower in Troy!

Eric Shanower visited Troy this summer for research into his wonderful comic series Age of Bronze. He tells of the frantic schedule for his summer (which David told us about at the Winkie Convention) and has a write up of the trip up on his website. That's just part one. Follow the link to part two, and there will be more up soon.

-by Tegan at 7:51 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Random Thoughts

Robert Picardo Sings!

Johnny B's NFL picks for this week.

Heidi reports that the Portland Comic Show has been cancelled. (UPDATE: Heidi gives us the date of the next Seattle Comicard show, and so maybe I'll go to that one too...)

Baltimore Comic Con evacuated, in exactly the same way the Emerald City Comicon wasn't this year (the fire alarms went off, but nobody left).

Boing Boing on Lost Girls. I'm still not inclined to get it. (UPDATE: Hubby-Eric wrote to Cory to correct the bit about L. Frank Baum, and Cory fixed it, but spelled Hubby-Eric's name wrong. And not the "Gjovaag" bit either, he misspelled "Eric" as "Erik". *giggle* Hubby-Eric has been BoingBoing'ed!)

Another reason to continue the copyfight.

Diane Duane on Holy Pasta Week.

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Holy Pasta Week starts with Marco Polo's birthday on September 15th, and ends with "Talk Like A Pirate" Day on September 19th. Please remember to celebrate the holiday in the spirit it is intended.

-by Tegan at 12:27 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Pictures of the Fire

Lea has posted a Flickr set of photos of the house from the day of the fire, and has an entry about the visit from Lisa Jonte.

-by Tegan at 11:12 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Friday, September 08, 2006


Lea Hernandez has regular internet access now and has been keeping people updated on her livejournal.

New Trek doesn't look too bad (click on the "Remastering Star Trek video preview" link). As I've said, I have no problem at all with them tinkering... as long as the originals are still available somewhere.

Speaking of Trek, Wil Wheaton celebrates the 40th anniversary.

And Garrett tells us when the newly remastered Trek will air in Seattle.

Kaja Foglio on changing the story to make it more marketable, and why they didn't.

Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #67.

Ken Jenning's Comic, a tribute to old Superman strips.

Aw, somebody doesn't like the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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-by Tegan at 9:44 PM Seattle time - Permalink


Inheritance by Devin Grayson. Ok, I've read it. It was... about as good as a novel based on comic books could be expected to be.

The format was nice... team-up Batman with Arsenal and tell Arsenal's history through flashbacks... then team-up Green Arrow with Nightwing and tell Nightwing's history through flashbacks... then... um... team-up Aquaman with Tempest... yeah, that's where it breaks down a bit. The Aquaman and Tempest bits were solid, but shorter and less detailed than the others.

The bits that made people giggle overmuch were few enough and in context enough that they didn't bother me at all. My favorite exchange was between Green Arrow and Aquaman, as Ollie is trying to convince Aquaman to join him in "helping" Batman, and mentions that there are boats involved. "I can't communicate with boats, Oliver." Heh. I also very much liked that Tempest's son Cerdian is referred to as Ian.

Aquaman does not come off very well in the Tempest flashbacks... but then, none of the mentors do, really. Particularly Ollie. I'm amused by the way the "official" stories of how the mentors met their sidekicks are explained nicely. In short... about as good as a novel based on comic books should be. I plan to buy this one to add to my Aquaman collection as soon as I have the money. 3 starfish

-by Tegan at 1:07 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Happy Blogiversary Elayne!

Happy Blogiversary to my blogmamma, Elayne Riggs.

-by Tegan at 10:35 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Thursday, September 07, 2006


Every morning, once I get to my computer I run through a number of usual websites to catch up with the news and such. One of my morning sites is, where I play a round of Set every single morning. When I have net access, I don't miss a morning. I've played it for, literally, years.

Once you've solved the puzzle, you can enter a contest. It's usually for another game by the folks that make Set. I have been entering the contest without expecting anything. After all, the odds are pretty bad for winning a drawing, aren't they?

Today I got a package from Set. I checked the website, and sure enough... I was last week's winner! I won a copy of Xactika, which is a game I'm familiar with from when I worked at the Math shop.

-by Tegan at 8:17 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Random Thoughts

Christopher Butcher writes to Tokyopop.

Brian Wood is coming to Emerald City Comicon.

Yes, but do they have Aquaman accessories?

Dueling MySpace Wolverines.

Green Sky at Night.

Holy moley... Assistant Coach attacks 13-year-old football player from the opposing team, after a late hit... on the coach's son.

Well, if it gets kids to eat fruit... Disney is branding fruit now.

The Pope's exorcist calls Harry Potter the 'devil'. Sigh. Another person who can't tell fantasy from reality.

And.... the launch is delayed again. This time there was a fuel cell glitch.

Wikimapia has a new mode so people can verify locations.

Confidential "do not distribute" ... um... why are these people putting this stuff on the web?

YAY! Johnny B's Fearless NFL Picks.

-by Tegan at 2:13 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Update on Lea

The folks from Antarctic Press have just gone WAY up in my opinion, as they took the Hernandez family out for lunch and to get new shoes. I've always thought they were a class act, now I know they are.

In a heartbreaking entry, Lea lets us know two cats survived, and describes the horror of the other animals' deaths.

I'm very proud of how the comic book community pulled together so quickly to help Lea. My usual cynicism has been replaced by a sense of wonder at the amazing responses. Frankly, folks, I'm proud of you all.

-by Tegan at 10:56 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Lea Hernandez has lost most of her house, her pets, and an unknown amount of her work in a house fire. Her family got out safely.

Gail Simone is suggesting that people who wish to help donate to her public e-mail paypal account at **, and "it was Lea's daughter hearing the smoke alarm that got them all out of bed safely, so PLEASE, everyone check your alarms!"

Bendis Board.
The Engine.
Comic Book Resources.

**UPDATE FROM LEA: Donate to, and look at this entry if you want to contribute in some form other than paypal.

Update: If I've done this right, this paypal button should allow you to donate directly to Lea Hernandez. All money (except what Paypal takes) will go to Lea Hernandez. I get nothing from this at all (except the warm feeling in my heart when we learn that Lea and her children are safely housed and Lea is working again).

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

Interlibrary Loan

*sigh* The King County Library System found Dorothy for me... through Interlibrary Loan. I'll report when the book comes in what library they got it from. In the meantime, you can order the Dorothy Calendar in the latest Previews on page 309, and the Necklace and Earrings are on sale in the Dorothy store. Also, they've added a forum to their site, which I somehow missed.

Of course, the more I look around their site, the more cool things I see, like a link to this convention calendar that I hadn't noticed before (right under the link to Friends of Lulu). Anyway, go visit the site, lots of cool stuff.

-by Tegan at 9:34 AM Seattle time - Permalink

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


ACTOR is now Hero Initiative.

Pup in a Toy Box.

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-by Tegan at 2:13 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Monday, September 04, 2006

Random Thoughts

GirlaMatic has GALAXION!!!!! Galaxion! It's finally back!


Now if we could only get new Amy Unbounded, I would be so happy....

The Shuttle Atlantis is due to lift-off on Wednesday. Unless another storm comes along. Or somebody notices another foam problem. Or a bird lands in the wrong place.

A stingray killed Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter. Such deaths are extremely rare. Not that you'd know it from Aquaman's reaction...


Today, Aquaman, we all agree with you.

Cryptomundo reports on a possible prank/possible promotional stunt, of a person contacting Loren Coleman with the claim that the prankster "slew" an adult "Yarwen" and stole its "cub" which he plans to sell on eBay. Loren asks What is a Yarwen?

RIAA continues to torment woman who never used a computer, and now that she's been harassed for so long, it's pretty unlikely she ever will.

Zap the squirrels when they chew on power lines. I bet my handful of front yard squirrels would benefit from some shock therapy.

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-by Tegan at 7:58 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Bored, So I Made A Seal

Bloggity Seal

-by Tegan at 11:39 PM Seattle time - Permalink


For everyone in the Seattle area who might be planning on going to Anglicon this year, hubby-Eric and I have been notified that the con has been cancelled this year.

More details to come as they are released. The website hasn't been updated yet, but will be in the near future.

-by Tegan at 3:32 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Adventures In Oz

Newsarama reports on Adventures in Oz, Eric Shanower's collection of five original Oz stories. It's jaw-dropping gorgeous, and I'm enjoying reading it thoroughly.

Speaking of Oz, I'm at the currently pugless house of horrors for an Oogaboo event. The Oogaboos live in the Northwestern part of Oz, and thus the local Northwest group call themselves the Oogaboos. The event starts in about an hour, or whenever people decide to show up, and will last until about 6pm, when we all plan to go visit a local restaurant called "Toto's" for dinner (yes, we warned the restaurant).

Ah, the guests are arriving... here's some final links to keep you 'til tomorrow:

The Mystery of the Missing Manga.

Lawsuit against hero... I hope this one gets thrown out. The boat owner should be complaining about his crappy insurance, not attacking a man who saved lives.

Using techonology to stalk. This victim wants you to know, so you can protect against it.

The Daily Mail reports that folks over 70 can't sign up for internet service from a certain company. Hrm.

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-by Tegan at 1:12 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Saturday, September 02, 2006


It was a dog, not a mutant Maine monster. See also ding-dong the dog is dead.

The Politically Incorrect Alphabet includes a Dalek. I'm still not sure why.

Boing Boing links to "Bomb Or Not"?

More on the Harlan Ellison Hugos dust-up. The first MeFi link is a video of the incident, so you can judge for yourself whether the flap is reasonable.

As if we needed another worry: Identity Thieves Steal Homes. In short, they steal your identity and sell your house for a profit you never will see.

The Mightiest Dorothy of Them All!

Buried Puppy. He looks pretty calm for being buried in sand.

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-by Tegan at 7:46 PM Seattle time - Permalink

Friday, September 01, 2006

Random Thoughts

Promote Dorothy and Get Prizes! I don't know if I qualify, since I'd be promoting the book anyway. At the moment, I'm trying to convince the King County Library System that the first collection is indeed a trade paperback and not a periodical, and that they should order some copies for the system. I also plan on wearing the Dorothy necklace to a showing of Wicked in Seattle in a few weeks, I'll tell all about that when it happens.

Girlamatic has a cover for each month now, starting with Rachel Hartman's excellent Mad Bun!

Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #66.

More from the good ol' swipe file of early Batman.

Lost Girls is going to a third printing.

More Journalista, this one complete with a contest.

Links about Mothra's Girls.

Nobody will know what your t-shirt actually says if you buy one that's been Pre-Pixelated!

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-by Tegan at 3:29 PM Seattle time - Permalink