Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Terry Pratchett Knighted!

This couldn't happen to a better chap:

Pratchett, 60, best known for his satirical Discworld fantasy series, becomes a knight, one of the queen's most important honours, and will now be addressed as a 'Sir'.

"There are times when phrases such as 'totally astonished' just don't do the job," he said. "I am of course delighted and honoured and needless to say, flabbergasted."

Watchmen Intro

Director Zack Snyder introduces the story, characters and stars of Watchmen.

Batman and Sons

Over at Welcome to Wayne Manor Batman has four sons, three of them Robins and one Batman Beyond, and Alfred.

Batman picks the kids up from school and tucks them in at night.

The kids play Superman.

Batman and family go to a picnic for the JLA and JSA families.

Two of the Robins are in a Thanksgiving play.

Batman hates parties and, apparently, kisses.

There are also pinups and more one-off strips, including the one from where I stole that picture at the top. Check 'em out.

The Black Cat, the artist, says this strip was inspired by Tiny Titans, I can see that. I hope more and more of these come out because characterization is pretty much spot on and it's all so funny. In a perfect world, DC would ask this person to do this as a comic every month.

Too bad it's not a perfect world.

The Night Sky

Today, NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day posted a cool video of the sky in motion.

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from Till Credner on Vimeo.

And then I go and read yesterday's Overcompensating (it wasn't up when I checked yesterday) to read an explanation of how astronomy started.

Sometimes the 'nets sure is grand.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Online Comics on NPR

This is one of the reasons I love NPR: they have featured both Penny Arcade and Achewood. Now they need to do xkcd for a online comic trifecta.

Be Afraid...Be Very Afraid

Keanu Reeves has is trying to get a live action Cowboy Bebop movie of the ground; he wants to play Spike Spiegel!

Another Good-bye

Eartha Kitt died last Thursday. She was 81.

She had one of the most outstanding voices, for speaking and singing, I've yet heard. Many will remember her for singing "Santa Baby." And others will remember her as Catwoman.

That's three. We can stop now, universe, right?

"trapped in a lamezoid magic dork zone"

It's the story of Lizzy, who accidentally ended up in "A Wonderland of Magic." She didn't like it there.

Also, there's a great Labyrinth joke.

Found it at Nedroid, home of Beartato.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Beautiful Stuff I Can't Afford, No. 2

Today, BSICA is presented by MCP Photoshop. I am a sucker for Photoshop actions (because I am a lazy, terrible Photoshop user and I know it) and these are nice. Like, I can make anybody look like a freaking supermodel nice. My favorite set is "Magic Skin" (in the "Retouching Actions" section). Check out those before and afters! Hot damn! Seriously- people will be disappointed when they finally meet you in person. Yeah, $42 isn't a WHOLE lot, but I'm not a professional photographer and never will be, I'm sure, so it's a lot for something that's just a silly hobby.

The Fall

The other night we were watching Zombie Strippers on BluRay. (Our inaugural HD Disc (the movie was bad (you knew that)))
Anyway... On it there was a preview for a movie called The Fall, which looks to be worth watching even if it doesn't turn out good.

This movie is already out on video. It's surprising I didn't know about it.

Monday, December 22, 2008

There She Goes...

Watch the horrors of puberty from 7 'til 16! (In a nifty animation.)

Beautiful Stuff I Can't Afford, No. 1

(But drool over obsessively anyway.)

Today's installation of BSICA is brought to you by Nervous System, an Etsy store. Etsy is home to numerous items of BSICA, but I can frequently stop daydreaming about it in a day or two. The Nervous System jewelry, however, I haven't been able to get out of my head. This is my kind of stuff- asymmetrical but with its own kind of pattern, and totally wearable without being something you'd see every day.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Dance Like a Monkey!

My Bologna has a First Name . . .

This post wins.

The Best of 1966 Batman/Bruce Wayne

For Richard:

The First Lady of Star Trek

Majel Barrett Roddenberry died last night, she was 76.

The picture is her playing Number One in the original Star Trek pilot. She was also Nurse Chapel in TOS and appeared as Lwaxana Troi in TNG and DS9 and she regularly played the voice of the Starfleet computers from the 60s until Voyager ended in 2001 and had been cast to do the computer's voice in the new movie. I don't know if she completed the work for the movie.

She also produced two science fiction TV shows based on notes left by her late husband and guest starred in them, too.

Two beautiful, vibrant women dead in two weeks. I sincerely hope that these sort of things don't really happen in threes.

What a Way To Go.

If you get me one of these for Christmas, I'll really know what you think of me.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Meet 'Cause of Meat?

Burger King makes meat body spray.


Presidential Economics

"I've abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system." -- George Bush

(via Boing Boing)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Syrian Lingerie

Sexy secrets of the Syrian souk
In other cultural contexts, this might seem something like a den of smut and vice - but Mr Nasser, a devout Muslim, insists it's more a public service and religious duty.

Attention Span Envy

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Friday, December 12, 2008

The Sporting Life

Raul "Lawn Dart" Ibanez was signed by a national league team today, so that he may continue to contribute gems like this and this to the world of baseball comedy.

In Case You Haven't Heard

Betty Page died last night. She was 85.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

When Child Protection Goes TOO FAR

Because of the recent problems with toy safety from mass-produced products from China, the Consumer Product Safety Commission passed the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act, which will effectively make handmade toys and clothes illegal, no matter where they were made.

Please go read about it over at Cool Mom Picks. This is distressing as a mother AND as a crafter. This act will go into effect in two months unless we can do something about it. There are individual and group letter writing campaigns to the CPSC and to Representatives. I plan to take part in several, and hope that you will do the same.

Not all handmade toys and clothes are appropriate or well made, but let's allow for a little consumer choice, here. Banning them completely is NOT the answer.

The Handmade Toy Alliance
Sample Letter
Write your Representative

Elvis, Eat Your Heart Out

Even more Mao.

Although the last looks more like Kim Jong-il, to me.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Maybe There IS A God?

MGA Entertainment has been legally forbidden to continue production of the Bratz dolls. Can I get a HALLELUJAH! AMEN!

I'm just sorry that it came down to a Barbie/Mattel contested copyright violation rather than real ethics or taste. But whatever- I'm not going to complain about what took those ho-bag toys off the shelves as long as they're GONE.

So Long

Last night, Geoff Johns announced that he's finishing his run on Justice Society of America with issue 26.

Newsarama has an interview with him about it.

Johns has been co-writing or writing (with the exception of two story arcs) a Justice Society book for nine years. He helped pull great characters and character concepts from obscurity and showed readers that there are no bad superheroes when written with creativity and passion.

Edit: A great look back at Johns on JSA.


via chinaSMACK


David Leonhardt gives some perspective about some numbers thrown around in the auto company bailout debate.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A Song

Olive often imagined there was an orchestra in her heart. Music heard only by her except when her heart broke open and it spilled out into the world.

If you want context, even though that's not the point, read TWOP's recap.

I'm really going to miss this show. Five left until it's gone.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Mad Scientist Alphabet Blocks

These make me wish I had $40 to burn.

If you aren't familiar with World of Warcraft....

Here's a review of the newest expansion pack.

If you are new, skip straight to the comments to see what people get out of it:

That quest is one of the only humane in the game. Many of the quests are horrifying if it weren't cartoonish.

You get to torture a prisoner with electricity, throw molotov cocktails at starving trolls, poke young apes with a sharp stick to piss off its mother and many other disturbing things.

It's like they read a report from Amnesty International on Iraq and made quests with them!


Loads of fun. You get to kill Nessingwary's people (that you used to pal around with) who are killing rhinos, and then down the road you end up having to kill the rhinos for Fizzcrank's quests!

It's all about the gold!

I miss it now...

Searching for "God"

...shows you how popular a Google search query is in each U.S. state, giving a ranking like the one you see in the left column. It then compares this ranking with other ways of ranking states, like average income or population density, using Spearman's rank correlation.
For instance, here are the states by popularity of searching for "God".

And here are the correlations:

MetricCorrelation with God
Obesity0.84 (Positive, strong)
InfantMortality0.65 (Positive, moderate)
EnergyConsumption0.51 (Positive, moderate)
VotedForBush0.47 (Positive, moderate)
Illiteracy0.41 (Positive, moderate)
Rainfall0.39 (Positive, weak)
ViolentCrime0.33 (Positive, weak)
Unemployment0.33 (Positive, weak)
Suicide0.08 (Positive, very weak)
Area0.07 (Positive, very weak)
PercentElderly0.06 (Positive, very weak)
Density0.04 (Positive, very weak)
Longitude-0.02 (Negative, very weak)
Age-0.21 (Negative, weak)
LifeExpectancy-0.33 (Negative, weak)
SameSexCouples-0.38 (Negative, weak)
Latitude-0.45 (Negative, moderate)
Frost-0.48 (Negative, moderate)
VotedForObama-0.51 (Negative, moderate)
Income-0.55 (Negative, moderate)
HighSchoolGrad-0.67 (Negative, moderate)


D&D Chart

Here's a chart showing some history of role-playing games up to the release of AD&D 2E.

Found at Adventures in Gaming via W Wheaton.

Monkeys and Gorillaz

So, my lovely wife has recently started a rather Sinocentric blog. She's already made a couple of good finds. Notably, this:

There's apparently an opera in London based on this Gorillaz meets The Monkey King concept. All I have to add is that there needs to be a feature length version of this on DVD. I'd watch the hell out of it.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Volume of One Human Breath

Get yours (or mine?) here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Prop 8: The Musical

Too good to not pass on.

Check-out that all star cast.

New Titles!

You get three pages of these:
The First
The Second
The Third

Fox Schadenfreude

This video should be played over and over to Ben Stein and the rest of Fox's clueless economic cheerleaders, Clockwork Orange style.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Art From Shadows

Get Caught Up.

I've never been Rickrolled, so I had to look it up. There's plenty more where that came from.

How Web Comic Are Made

HijiNKS Ensue is made with a Cintiq and apparently has great commentary. (I didn't hear it because my supervisor thinks I can't work with headphones on.)

Octopus Pie is made with pencil, pen, and ink. The finished comic.

Both were picked up at

Monday, December 1, 2008

Epic Rickroll

via W Wheaton

I'd Watch This

John Candy as Divine as Peter Pan.

Batman Getting Punched

Comics Should Be Good give us 10 covers of Batman being punched.

Previously: 10 covers of Superman being punched.