Friday, November 30, 2007

Snowily Snowiling

Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow. I just worked all day, so I haven't got the imagination to post anything interesting as a blog. So I'll just say snow is in the forecast and hopefully post a picture of it tomorrow before it all melts.


Thursday, November 29, 2007

More Linkages

Guerrilla Clockmakers fix Historic Paris Clock. WAY cool. The Museum of Hoaxes calls it A Perfect Prank.

Another WGA Strike Video (YouTube), a Love Story. Via Marv.

A First-Hand Report of the session on the Flying Spaghetti Monster at the religious society's meeting.

A wonderful editorial speaks of the silliness of the Gordon Lee trial (in which a retailer accidently gave a comic portraying nudity to a child on Free Comic Book Day). I'm linking to the Newsarama article because they've included (thanks to Bully!) a picture of the statue which has Romulus and Remus' doodles out in plain sight.

The Bible is not a sweet little book.

Two of the 2010 Olympic Mascots are very cryptozoologically related. A sasquatch and the thunderbird. Cool.

JFK's death, the Zapruder film, and a matter of timing (NY Times).

Geek and Proud has a funny slant on the death by booze meme.

Hmmm, I think I want one.

The Watchmen Blog has pictures from the Watchmen set.

Disney erases history after being criticized by teacher.

Bothell High School has a big game coming up. It won't be down at the bottom of the hill, though, as it's the State Final, so it's in the Tacoma Dome (the breast of the West).

Amok Cats:

And a pug for the in-laws.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Just watched Shrek the Halls, now watching Grinch, I'm already sick of the holiday. Bah. Humbug.


Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #129 and Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #130.

Gail Simone in the New York Times. Go Gail!

Thank you, Brian.

Bully on what is lost when you wait for the trade.

Please Order Now: Spider-Man Family #7 is a tribute to Mike Wieringo.

ARGH. Diamond is screwing around with their website again, making things harder to find if you are used to direct links to, say, the Shipping Lists.

The Numb3rs production crew have good manners. I'm going to go through that episode much more closely to see if I can recognize any publishers.

Fox has found writers for 24 (YouTube) during the strike. Speaking of, reports indicate that the strike talks are going well, but there is no confirmation yet.

AWWWWW! How Sweet! How Romantic! Neil Gaiman rocks! Watch the video:

I have been meaning to learn Dvorak for some time. This zine has me trying again. I got the link from Boing Boing, be sure to read the comments for lots of pros and cons about trying Dvorak. If nothing else, learning Dvorak would be a fun mental exercise, which would be my main reason for learning it.

People believe that NASA is funded as well as the military, which might explain why some are idiotically opposed to NASA despite its tiny impact on the national budget.

Cheap, printable solar power is on the way. I'll believe it when it's powering my house, but I live in hope.

Just Go Look. Very cool images.

First, read this, then read this. I want one now. Ok, not now, but someday.

Monopoly saved lives in WWII.

Two-minute football game. Time-lapse photography of a game at Lambeau Field. Halftime was interesting.

How to Stop Restaurant Tip Fraud. I was unaware it was going on, personally, since I don't really go out that much. Be sure to read the comments, in particular this one.


A week later, and Scoble isn't as impressed with Kindle anymore.

Zombie Kitty!

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Monday, November 26, 2007


Northanders #1
As soon as I heard that Brian Wood was doing a story about Vikings, I knew I'd have to order it. I'm a bit of a fan of Vikings, and have been since I was a child. I studied under a Norse specialist in college, and if my life had gone slightly different I might have gone into that field myself. An aside, my ability to learn languages is lousy, so history held no appeal for me... as primary sources in everything I was interested in tended to not be in English.

I was slightly surprised when I got previews (lettered, no color) of the first two issues of Northlanders. I haven't been much of a comic book reviewer lately. I thought I'd dropped off all the lists. Not that I'm complaining! This was a delightful treat for me. While you can't read the full two issues right away, you can get a nice preview of the art that will show you what to expect.

My really short review: If you like Brian Wood's other works, pick this up. You'll love it. If you don't know Wood's efforts, but want a gritty look at history, pick it up and give it a try. If you want your history sanitized, this book is not for you. This is not a fluffy bunny look at Vikings.

Longer thoughts: The story revolves around Sven, the ultimate insider and outsider. Sven makes his own way because of his status, and has a chip on his shoulder the size of a viking god. He's not likable, but his story is fascinating... and trying to figure out why he's such an outsider in his own home will make for intriguing reading. Two issues in, and I'm already wanting issue three. Like DMZ, the book is satisfying in each issue, but definitely leaves you wanting more. The artwork takes some getting used to, but works so far. I think it'll work better in color, where Sven's differences will probably be more noticable.

All told, this is a good start, and I don't regret ordering it at all. Give it a look and see what you think.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Suggestion for a Christmas Gift

I have the goggles, I just need the red cape and hot air balloon. I'll settle for just a red cape.

Aside: read this strip if you are confused about this entry. If you are still confused, I can't help you.

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Hero Initiative

Read this, and read the comments, too. Then go to and click on the banner ad to donate a dime to HERO.


Friday, November 23, 2007


For comic book fans only: the destructive power of Superboy's Punch!

Watch out, that baby might be judging you.

Horn inside pumpkin to scare Trick-or-Treaters. I love it.

The 10 Wackiest Experiments of All Time.

A man in Sweden told the FBI his son-in-law was a terrorist, thinking they would question him and let him go. Which isn't what happened, of course. Um. Oops.

If I could visit England, I'd go see this.

Here's why DRM sucks: MLB rips off fans who bought crippled video by shutting down the authorization system. All the video they bought? Useless.

How to make a speaker from LEGOS, a cup, a magnet, and wire.

The ultimate Domino Cascade? Nah, just a Guinness ad.

If you've ever left film inside a camera when you sold it to the second-hand shop, your leftover pictures might be here.

Augie directs our attention to a mascot posturing after taking down a rowdy fan.

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Doctor Who Day

Sad news today, as the first producer of Doctor Who, Verity Lambert, has died at the age of 71. She was only 27 when she took the helm of Doctor Who and created a hit show.

The Doctor and Susan with Ian and Barbara

Now, 44 years later, the show is back and better than ever.

Modern Who

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CameraPhone Zen


Thursday, November 22, 2007

What Am I Thankful For?

  • I'm thankful for my husband, Eric, and the many years we've had together.
  • I'm thankful for my family. I have quite a crew on both sides, and growing. I'm thankful to know them and proud to be related to them.
  • I'm thankful for my friends, and what they've done for me. I'm thankful they are there as support in the worst of times. You guys are the best!
  • I'm thankful for free speech and the other rights I have as an American. I do not take them for granted, and will fight to defend them if I must.
  • I'm thankful for the internet. For e-mail, blogs, message boards, usenet and the rest. I'm glad to be part of a global club.
  • I'm thankful for my material things. For my house, my car, my comics, my books, my LEGO... They make life fun and comfortable.
  • I'm thankful for people who understand obsession, and allow me to indulge in my fandom of Aquaman without thinking I'm a loon.
  • I'm thankful that I was able to complete my Aquaman collection, and hopeful that there will be many more stories produced with him in the future.
  • I'm thankful for retailers who wait until after Thanksgiving to start putting up Christmas stuff, instead of starting Christmas decorations before Hallowe'en.
  • I'm thankful for people who wait until the end of December (or even January) before starting to post "year in review" articles.
  • I'm thankful for mysteries and wonder, and I hope we never quite figure out everything there is to figure out, because that would take the magic out of the world.
  • I'm thankful that I learned I do have the willpower to control myself and lose weight. I'm hopeful that I can help other people learn that they have it too.
Past Thanksgivings: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006.


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Another Linkdump

A word about Wowio: Let's let Scott Sava of Dreamland Chronicles tell you about it. In short, free and legal downloads of various books and comics, and the publishers get paid when you download them. My only complaint is that they are all PDF only, which is a sucky format. I'd much prefer CBR for comics.

Recent Aquaman references on The Simpsons (self-link).

A 24-hour comic: Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Crohns Disease.

Oooh, looking forward to Dramacon 3!

The winners of Pimp My Bookcart 2007. My favorites are the Mystery Machine and the Yellow Submarine.

Heh, Futurama Al Gore. Heh.

25 Photographs Taken at the Exact Right Time. While most of them are very cool, the look on the face of the photographer about to be run over by a football player is classic.

Jamming Cell Phones (NYTimes). Illegal, but sometimes so tempting.

Dog is Gun.

Whoa. Jabba the Hutt costume. Too big, too much. But funny.

Steampunk Laptop. WOW.

Common surnames began as insulting nicknames. "Both the English names Nott and Cave probably described someone who was bald. A Barrett was a fraud, a Mallory someone unlucky and a Purcell a little pig. In France, a Bechard was a gossip."

Cats: TacocaT, Lazor Cats, and Gossipping Kittehs.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Still slowly catching up with my blog reading from the last few weeks....

Jeff Parker's short Hallowe'en story.

The second origin of the second Two-Face. Going a bit far in those twos, aren't they?

The Bad Astronomer shows off his telescope. You have to click the thumbnail to see the full picture, if you dare.

Fun football play: Trinity TX Laterals Their Way to Division III Win. You have to watch an annoying ad before the play starts, but it's still fun.

How to drive in snow, timely advice from Making Light.

Surplus Sodium dumped in a lake after WWII. Wow.

Invasion of the Garden Gnomes. This story was worth it entirely for the quote from Capt. Richard Harrison, "We need to get them out of here. Every time I leave my office they're sitting in my chair, working on my computer. I can't seem to get rid of the darn things."

I need to see this episode of Mythbusters.

Remember Card Catalogs? Now you can generate your own. I have this whelming urge to make these for all the stuff in my home. Luckily, it's not overwhelming.

What time of day should you take your medicine? Currently, medical testing doesn't take into account the time of day.

The Twitter Cookbook.

Project Download. Click to help. I'm just curious to see if MegaUpload will actually pay out. So spread the link around and let's see if we can't get the downloads up to five million.

Another click you can do: CBGXtra has a banner ad to donate 10 cents to HERO. Go click!

You can play the Doctor Who interactive game Attack of the Graske on-line, Morgan tells us how.

In other Doctor Who "news": The Pumpkin of Rassilon, huzzah!

More Doctor Who: The Ten Doctor, a fan comic that is WELL WORTH following. It's at 65 pages and counting. Thanks Garret!

Eh, let's continue the Doctor Who: Steampunk Dalek!

And lastly... for the in-laws: Wanna go to the Pug Party?

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Some Links

The 25 Most Baffling Toys from around the world.

Heidi likes Iron Chef America. So do I. I like the original, too.

Real books, converted into secret storage places. Uh, no thanks.

Speaking of deception, gift boxes from The Onion.

Does your house have ghosts? Probably not, but this article tells you how to deal with ghost hunters. Speaking of haunts, Seattle ghosts.

Yeah, it's late for this, but cute Hallowe'en costume.

The Superest: Player 1 draws a character with a power. Player 2 then draws a character whose power cancels the power of that previous character. Repeat.

For Doctor Who fans only: Oh Yeah!

Cats and Hams.

Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #127, Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #128, Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #129.

Green Lantern Movie (yeah, old news, I'm still catching up).

I always wondered if the Quaker Oats Cereal Quisp had anything at all to do with the Aquaman friend of the same name.

Segregated Seattle. It's enough to make me want to travel into the past and start hitting people with the ol' clue-by-four.

Nad Shot. Um. No comment. Except, yeah, Aquaman gets it too.

Goth Raggedy Ann and Andy.

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Kindle Me

I'm not usually a person who buys new tech the instant it comes out, but if I had the dough, I'd certainly go for The Kindle. It's not as pretty as I expected, but looks functional. If it can read unprotected book files that I have, like from The Baen Library, then it's good enough for me. It would be even better if it also can read PDF files, like the ones you get from Wowio, but I don't see that listed in the formats it accepts. I see myself turning off the wireless and using the USB connection to upload hundreds of e-books I have and then carrying the thing with me everywhere.

Eh, it's now on my wishlist. Maybe some rich person will give it to me for Christmas, because that's probably the only way I'm getting my hands on one.

Further notes: I find it really funny how many reviews there are of the thing already, when only a handful of people have actually used it. Most people are complaining about the price or other faults they perceive. I suspect that the price will go down with new versions, as has happened with other tech, and that the other faults will either not really exist or be fixed quickly. As for the prices: yeah, $10 is too much to pay for one digital book. It should be less than a paperback. I suspect the market will correct that eventually, if mobile readers ever catch on. The newspaper and magazine subscriptions are also a tad high, but not totally unreasonable. I find it much more unreasonable to pay for access to blogs... but then this is on a different network than the internet itself, so I guess I won't whine. If I wanted a computer, I'd buy a computer. This is a book reader.

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

More Links!

The Colbert Report writers have their own take on the strike.

Reinventing the Book. This is going on my wish list as soon as it's officially announced.

It's about time: The US Army overturns convictions of Fort Lawton soldiers court-martialed in 1944 after riot and lynching.

Bears on the playground.

Bully Reviewed Local, with pictures!

Sputnik in a biscuit tin. I wanna make a satellite!

Lea Hernandez on a robbery and a dog.

The Beat on Barcardi's last round.

Italy wants to register blogging.

Crime Reduction linked to Lead-Free Gasoline. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to have reduced the number of people in prison.

I want both of these cable organizers.

Um, Eeeek?

I want an FSM Christmas Tree Ornament (yes, I understand the contradiction), but I'm not about to pay $33 for it. I wonder if I could make one?

So mean, so true (yes, I know a few old lesbians).

Tamora Pierce on Billboards in the background.

I want a cuddle mattress.

Don't try to take DMZ on a plane. Of course, that wasn't the only mistake he made, just the one that's gotten a lot of attention.

Jim hates those awful Visa ads as much as I do!

I wish I had a bunch of money, because I'd get one laptop for each of my nieces and nephews (and one for me to play with too). I'd need at least a dozen.

For the in-laws: attention-starved pug, Prosh Pug, Pug Gut, and Thermomiter Cat.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007


Here's a great writer's strike roundup.

Mark Evanier on the strike: If there is no money being made from the internet, then why are the producers so afraid to share? Five percent of zero is still zero.

Another video (YouTube) about the strike. Not the Daily Show, With Some Writer.

Geoffrey Chaucer hath a blog, and he reviews Doctor Hwaet. He fighteth many enemyes, includinge the Cybermonks, the Daneleks, and folk who thinke that "Geats" is pronouncid "geetz."

Religious scholars to discuss Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Huh, most people really don't know how to drive.

Whorhythmics (YouTube).

Zombie Attack at Hierakonpolis, from Archaeology Magazine, so you just know it's completely true. Be sure to read the Outbreak Contingency Plan at the end. Or at least look at the pictures. Yeah. Pictures. Cool.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Chicken Soup



Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Headed for work tonight, must dose myself with appropriate levels of painkiller before I leave. And chocolate. I think I'll have some chocolate before I go too.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007


My weather forecast bar (Forecast Fox) is now showing the possibility of snow a week from today. Hmmm.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

CameraPhone Zen



Sunday, November 11, 2007


Got much done today, including badly needed haircut. Now it's time to relax and enjoy brownies. Yum.


Saturday, November 10, 2007


Watching a movie with Eric after an eventful day helping fix a strange computer problem. Lots to do tomorrow. Must rest.


Friday, November 09, 2007

TV Stuff

Why is there a writer's strike? Watch the video to find out:

In other TV news, good news for Tiny Toon fans, but possibly bad news for Animaniacs fans.


Thursday, November 08, 2007


It doesn't start anywhere. You just become aware of it, more and more pain. Like your entirely body is covered in bruises. Nothing helps. Over-the-counter painkiller is useless. You just exist. A ball of pain.


Wednesday, November 07, 2007


Check out the latest Emerald City Comicon updates! It's gonna be great in 2008.

I Can Has History of LOLCats:

Rejected Pug Costumes. I like the coffee table one.

What's going on with Diamond screwing up independent comic book publishers?

Are You Burned Out? Yeah, duh. But I bet I'm less burned out than my poor hubby-Eric.

I was happy to see that one of my old tech posts actually helped someone out. This is what the web is for, really. Helping other folks out.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Paul Norris 1914-2007

Mark Evanier has written far more than I can manage at this point.


Monday, November 05, 2007

Ripples Through Time - 174

I'm reading every Aquaman solo adventure in publication order. After I read each story I will post the cover/splash page and a few thoughts on the story.

Adventure #251 Aquaman Splash Page
Adventure #251 (August 1958) - A World Without Water

A bomb test gone awry sends Aquaman 5000 years into the future to the year 6958.

Glove Color: Green.

Regular Supporting Cast: Topo.

Captured/Knocked Out report: Aquaman is knocked out by the nuclear blast that sends him to the future.

Quotefile: Zed-3, "You materialized right in front of my car so you must have come through time! This is Atlantica in the year 6,958!" Aquaman, "But... but a moment ago I was in the ocean in 1958! I remember a nuclear blast right above me..." I can't even count the number of ways this exchange is just wrong.

Finny Friends Report: Aquaman commands all the fish in the area of the bomb test to leave. When the turtles go too slowly, he gets swordfish to carry them away. Aquaman commands the air-breathing descendants of sea creatures to attack the robbers. When he gets back to his own time, Topo greets him.

The future humans are all bald.

The reason there are no seas in the year 6958 is because "A giant nova exploded! Our scientists had time to move civilization underground, but the fierce heat evaporated all water from Earth..." Uh-huh. A nova. Yup. All water gone. Humans replaced water with pills (quick Aquaman, grab a bottle of those for later use!).

Not much for me to say about this one. I'm not fond of the science fiction-y Aquaman stories, and the whole time travel aspect of this one is just annoying. Nuclear blasts and giant novas... it's practically a template for bad science.

This story is notable because Aquaman actually mentions the year. That normally doesn't happen in comics in general.

Have you read this story? What do you think?

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Sunday, November 04, 2007


For a short time this afternoon, the fog lifted entirely from around me, and I felt sheer joy at being alive and being me. I felt tall and proud and happy, and wanted to sing. Too soon it ended and I returned to my normal, but I cling to the memory of the moment, hoping it will come back again someday.


Saturday, November 03, 2007


We cleaned this morning before our guests arrived, then cleaned again once they left. The house is amazingly tidy now.


Friday, November 02, 2007


November cold is moving in, and I'm ready to sleep for the winter.


Thursday, November 01, 2007

Ripples Through Time - 173

A year ago I started my Ripples Through Time feature. I didn't manage to keep up with the one-a-day hope, instead I'm averaging one about every 2.1 days. Still, I'm glad to be doing the project, and I'm going to continue. Maybe I can even get my average up in the next year, who knows? Still, at this rate, it'll only take another two years to finish the solo stories. By then there might even be a new Aquaman series.

I'm reading every Aquaman solo adventure in publication order. After I read each story I will post the cover/splash page and a few thoughts on the story.

Adventure #250 Aquaman Splash Page
Adventure #250 (July 1958) - The Guinea Pig of the Sea

Doctor Arvy Rush wants to study Aquaman, but Aquaman has to keep interrupting the experiments for his duties of saving lives.

Glove Color: Green.

Regular Supporting Cast: Topo.

Quotefile: Doctor Rush, "It's uncanny-- unbelievable! You actually command sea creatures and you can live underwater! Tell me your secret!" Aquaman, "I wish I could, doctor, but I really don't know it myself! I only know that I have strange powers!"

Captured/Knocked Out report: Dr Rush traps Aquaman in a folding cage of steel placed where Aquaman dives from the doctor's dock.

Finny Friends Report: Aquaman is on patrol riding Topo at the beginning of the story. He has a giant manta ray jump into a waterspout to destroy it by cutting off its suction. A flying fish tells Aquaman of an iceberg that must be destroyed. A swordfish and "the strongest octopus in the sea" attempt to get Aquaman out of Rush's cage. A flying fish spots Rush in distress and reports to Aquaman. Whales go to support Rush's ship while Aquaman summons jellyfish to help him. The jellyfish form a mirror over the cage, allowing Aquaman to see how to open it. Shell-cracker fish act as wrenches and open the cage.

Doctor Rush has his own marine laboratory, and works on extracting drugs from sea vegetation. When Aquaman rescues him from a waterspout, he becomes obsessed with learning the secrets of Aquaman's powers. Eventually he cages Aquaman to allow more time for experiments. At which point Aquaman calls Dr Rush a crackpot. Heh.

Great artwork in this one, as is usual for this era of Aquaman. Seriously, DC should reprint more of these stories just for the Fradon art.

Have you read this story? What do you think?

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