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Friday April 29, 2004 11:59:59pm

At the Movies

Mean Girls - PG-13

Date Opened: 4/30/04 Date I saw: 4/30/04 at Rivertown Cinemark


After watching this movie I've come to the conclusion that it must be very hard to do a movie when you attempt to exagerate subtly for comedic effect. I thought this movie had some cute moments, but overall it floundered around alot with uneven scripting that twisted between playing it straight and going for farce. Of Course, in all fairness, I'm probably not the intended audience, so maybe I didn't completely get it.

Hoping for a Dark Comedy, instead got a light comedy that doesn't try to do anything too outrageous or offensive, and manages to play it more safe than mean. Lot's of SNL cast (who tend to stick out from the others, not necessarily in a good way.) Better than Legally Blonde II.


Overall: ok, Story: ok, Special Effects: N/A

Solaris - PG-13

Date Opened: ??/??/?? Date I saw: 4/27/04 on HBO

Pretty good. Not a fast paced movie by any means. But well done, old school short story Sci-Fi. George Clooney works well. The flashback storytelling works well.

An ok late night watch.

Overall: ok, Story: ok, Special Effects: ok

Thursday April 29, 2004 8:50pm


Not that I'm a fan of the character or anything ;)
Info here and here

Let's go Surfing

FCC requires Cable companies to provide consumers with Firewire cable boxes? Sounds cool.
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Ah this would appear to likely be, my next gadget. A portable mini-Wacom tablet for my laptop!
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Man Commandments Funny stuff (except 30)

One-look Reverse dictionary.
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Thursday April 29, 2004 8:24pm


A giant-sized controversy is brewing over a baby adoption special on "20/20" - and sending ABC execs into a tailspin. Millions of viewers across the country watched in surprise over the weekend as the network aired a sensational promo for Friday's segment, which pits five desperate couples against each other for the privilege of adopting a 16-year-old's baby.

A very personal, intimate process was made to look like a reality-show contest, with prospective parents dubbed "winners" and "losers."

As a country we're giving children away as prizes on TV now? On a big 3 network news show?


Thursday April 29, 2004 12:16am

Word of the Day

Arbitrary -
1. Determined by chance, whim, or impulse, and not by necessity, reason, or principle
2. Based on or subject to individual judgment or preference
3. Established by a court or judge rather than by a specific law or statute
4. Not limited by law


"Satisfied needs do not motivate" Yet one works to be satisfied. Typically one can not feel satisfied unless one is motivated in a pursuit. Choosing a pursuit that is attainable leaves one satisfied, but then unmotivated. Unmotivation then leads to a lack of satisfaction. To stay motivated, one must then choose pursuits that can not be completed to satisfation. The realization that one's pursuits can not be attained, however, should lead any reasonable person to be unmotivated.
Rinse. Lather. Repeat.

Monday April 26, 2004, 8:52pm


Saturday April 24, 2004, 10:01am

Let's Go Surfing

The Slashdot Crowd discusses stress

People who use Excel to track their personal lives. Scroll Down and read the comments. Nothing terribly unique, you get the sense that there is alot of productivity out there tracking CD ownership though.
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Friday April 23, 2004, 11:41pm

Random Non-sequiters

Just listened to last weekend's interview of John Kerry on Meet the Press. I am very not interested in this year's Presidential contest. Definently time for that "None of the Above" checkbox.

Let's Go Surfing

Kleenex, Xerox and now Tivo? Here's what the Slashdot crowd has to say on the topic too.

Cool G5 Cube case mod.
via cult of mac

Jason Dunn burgeoning online media mogul has launched his Thoughts Media corporate site. On the front page is an rss feed that pulls upto date stories from all three current Thoughts Media sites. and are two of my daily must check sites (He also has It's nice to have a united feed on one page, even if it doesn't include pictures at the moment (which is one of the things that really stands out on the individual thoughts sites.)

Checkout this anime movie preview for Steamboy, a victorian era steampunk movie.

Friday April 23, 2004, 8:45pm

Let's Go Surfing

Totally missed the fanfare on this one. Tomorrow (Tonight at Midnight actually) Scott McCloud's 24 Hour Comic Challenge begins. Big names and no-names alike will begin working on a 24 page comic at midnight tonight and finish by midnight tommorrow. The best submissions will come out in a 500 page book in July. Consider it an industry wide Jam session.

At least one comic team, Chuck Dixon and Dave Lamphear, will be Webcasting their participation in the event starting tonight.

This would probably be a pretty fun thing to participate it.

Friday April 23, 2004, 12:39am

Random Non-Sequiters

I really started getting into Open Wiki today. Very neat software, extremely cool concept.

I was so in to it that by the time I looked at my watch it was 7:20pm. That would not be significant, except, I work North of Grand Rapids and I had an 8:00pm Ticket for a Lewis Black performance in Kalamazoo, a 50 minute drive.

Realizing this, and doing the Math, I grabbed up my stuff and I left rather quickly from the office. Forgetting, of course, my map. I know where Kalamazoo is but I've never been to the State Theatre in Kalamazoo, so I have no idea where it is within the city.

I do have my cell phone though, so I dial-up 411, to get the theatre's telephone number, in prelude to calling them for directions. Information does not have a listing for the Kalamazoo State Theatre. This is extremely disapointing... because even at my high rate of speed, I will not be in Kalamazoo until a little after 8pm, well into the opening act. And I don't know where I'll be going when there.

I try to call 4 different people who I know are likely to be sitting in front of a computer, in hopes of having them do a Google/MapQuest Search for me. None of the 4 people pick-up their phone. This is a bummer. Time is running out to get my act together on the directions.

At this point, I'm starting to hit construction which is not helping my time any. Slightly after 8pm I arive in KZoo. After about 5 minutes I pull up next to a car at a light, roll down the window and ask the driver next to me if he knows where The Kalamazoo State Theatre is. He very vaguely says "that way", pointing left. I of course am in the right hand lane about to turn right down a one way street. I say thanks, and after a quick U-Turn through a Burger King Parking-lot, I proceed driving the aformentioned "that way". After two lights, I pull up next to another motorist and do the international, roll down window gesture, I ask "Do You Know where the State Theatre is? "Yes" is the reply, followed by "Follow Me." At this point I'm a little dumbfounded as you don't hear that too often. The older gentleman leads me on a little drive through 3 turns and about 5 blocks right to the theatre's doorstep.

I thank him with an enthusiastic thumbs up out my window! Now in a downtown area, I do still need to find parking, and it is about 10 after 8pm. I round a corner and I find a single parking spot in a FREE lot, one short block from the theatre, pull in, jump out and do a short jog right into the lobby.

It's about 12 after 8pm, so I've missed only about 7 minutes or so of the opening comic.

Not Bad... Not Bad at all.

The Show itself: Lewis Black

First off, Great Seats. I'm in the second row center, orchestra pit, on the aisle.

Black comes out on stage to AC/DC's Back in Black, in black 3/4 length leather jacket, Navy knit/crew collar shirt and dress slacks. He looks a little haggered... but then again, he always looks a little haggered.

I'm close enough to see his fingernails (The guy does alot of hand gestures in his routine). The picture at left is Lewis Black, you'll have to take my word for it. I used my ION50 mini-digital camera, and it has no flash, and there was no light except for the spotlight, plus I managed while fumbling with it in the dark to set it to low res. Still it's a better pic than I managed at Seinfeld a couple months ago. I'm practically on the stage, and you don't exactly want to be waving your camera around too much when the comic can see you and make eye contact... so there I am with that.

As far as the material, Lewis Black is a pretty topical comedian, so he covered alot of the same ground as Chris Rock did on his Sunday HBO special. Of course he does bits on Janet Jackson, IRAQ, and a mention on Michael Jackson. But he also had some funny stuff on the economy and a nice bit on bottled water. He also took more time than Seinfeld to do some local Michigan and Kalamazoo material, which is comedy I always enjoy.

Black rants. That's pretty much what you go to see him for and it's funny stuff. He points out the obvious, or at least obvious once he's said it, but you laugh anyway because it's all this obvious stuff that's fncked up and funny.

His hands really get moving in person (and as an aside, they are fairly delicate which was odd to notice, because, Lewis Black is anything but a delicate looking man otherwise.) He also does a head shaking "take" and a pause-stop repeatedly that verges on being cartoon-like. It's good stuff and the audience eats it up.

He had about 3 jokes that he messed-up and actually they were some of the most fun moments I think because he was forced to drop out of his material for abit and turn the jokes in on himself about how funny the bit would have been if he had said the word or phrase he intended. The audience ate those bloopers up almost as much as the good stuff.

All in all, a good show. I'll definently try to go again if he's back here in another year or so.

Tuesday April 20, 11:43pm

Let's Go Surfing

This site Apartment Therapy looks like an interesting blog... Anyone have any other blogs similiar to this that they look at regularly that they would like to reccomend to me?
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There's some interesting stuff out there right now in reaction to Bob woodward's new book on Bush and the lead-up to the Iraq War. Depending on your sense of humor you may find the below CNN interview quote amusing:

Powell also disputed Woodward's contention that he and Cheney were so estranged by their differences over the war that they barely speak, insisting that his relationship with the vice president is "excellent."

"When the vice president and I are alone, it's Colin and Dick," he said.

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If you think you might be on MTV Cribs anytime soon yah betta get to steppen ova to where dis link is at. (Humor)
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How big can it grow?

AT A recent retail-industry convention, Wal-Mart's boss, Lee Scott, was asked whether his firm was trying to take over the world. “I don't think so,” Mr Scott replied with a smile on his face. “All we want to do is grow.”

How big can Wal-Mart grow? With $256 billion in sales in the year to January 31st, the firm is already the world's biggest company by that measure. Its nearest retailing rival, a French supermarket chain called Carrefour, is less than half Wal-Mart's size. In America, Wal-Mart manages nearly 3,000 giant discount stores and hypermarket “supercentres”. Abroad, it has ventured into Mexico, Britain, Japan, Canada, Germany and China, as well as making smaller investments elsewhere. Eight out of ten American households shop at Wal-Mart at least once a year. Worldwide, more than 100m customers visit Wal-Mart stores every week. Photographs circulated over the internet and purporting to come from the Exploration Rover show NASA's recent discovery of a Wal-Mart on Mars.

The guy, Robert Kirkman, that writes Invincible will be doing a four issue run on Captain America in July. The article sounds positive. If written with the same general vibe as Invincible this should probably be a good couple of issues for Cap.

July Previews for Marvel are up. I'm not a big Marvel fan, and I pick-up very few Marvel titles, but you've got to give them their due when it comes to covers. Virtually Every Marvel cover is a poster in it's own right. DC doesn't come close on covers.
Very Nice Thor Cover
Fun Cover of the new Spider-Girl
Spider-man in trouble!
Green Goblin!

Bruce Willis to star in Sin City! And true to Frank Miller's art much of it will be in Black and White.

Sunday April 18, 2004, 10:20pm

Let's Go Surfing

Think Geek's What's New page is a fun "blog" style listing of some of the geekest gadgets, apparel and gizmos. Such as: Binary Watch and There's no place like welcome mat.

Sunday April 18, 2004, 10:15am

Random Non-Sequiters

Little disapointed by Chis Rock's HBO Stand-up special Saturday. There was some funny stuff about relationships and marriage at the end (some of it very similiar to Seinfeld's current act) but I thought the other two or three sections fell flat. No where near as flat at Head of State, though, which was on earlier. That was just flat out bad.

Let's Go Surfing

There will be things to fight over when all physical needs are met and material goods are no longer scarce. A market analyst uses Star Trek to make that case.
via FARK

Check-out these How Toons for cool kid craft ideas. Hover Hockey looks cool. Iceboard, Muscle Shirt
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Smallville fans, here are some Alex Ross pencil sketches of Tom Welling as the Man of Steel in costume. Unfortuantely these are only fan sketches (but it's pretty good as a fan skethc goes ;) One and Two. There's a pretty good Alex Ross Ultraman painting there too.

Progressuve Ruin has dug up another fun 60s comic cover, The Justice League in line to make out with Lois Lane

Check-out this real-life Batman and Robin who are protecting an English town. I'm not sure they have the "striking fear" into the hearts of criminals part down.

I just installed OpenWiki on one of my machines. It is an Open Source, VBScript/ASP Wiki. Very very neat, excellent content creation and management system. It's amazing the level of quality free stuff that is out there.

Also I began playing around with Open Forum Discussion software (also ASP, VB Script) last week. Very useful software as well.

Here's a nice free font site: Simply the Best Fonts
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Checkout the video of Pink 5 the untold story of the valley girl who was involved in the assault on the Death Star in Star Wars. Funny stuff.
via Marv Wolfman's blog

Thursday April 15, 2004, 11:10pm claims to identify your font just by asking you questions about it. The one font I tried it didn't get right (kindof close though) but in the sites defense, I did guess at some letters since the sample in front of me I tried didn't have some of the letters it asked about. I probably should have said "don't know" more, instead of guessing.
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Microsoft Campus satelite photo (2 years old)
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Neat Loft Cube Apartment Home. If you like those Will Smith Men in Black Egg Chairs you'll love this.

Monday April 12, 2004, 8:00pm

Random Non-sequiters

A very good reason to go to Urban Mill besides the wireless inet access. Their Carmel Chocolate Brownie. Or a Two day brownie as I call it, since it takes about two days for me to finish it.

This was pretty funny.... you are not going to be able to read the license plate on this pizza delivery car turning into my apt complex in this pic, but it was a custom plate: DEADHED.

I came accross the following snippet surfing the inet earlier today... sorry for the lack of attribution:

During one of the worst weeks for U.S. forces in Iraq since the war began -- with nearly 50 Americans killed -- President Bush was criticized for vacationing on his ranch in Crawford, Texas. It was Bush's 33rd visit to his ranch since becoming president. He has spent all or part of 233 days on his Texas ranch since taking office, according to a tally by CBS News.
Combine that with campaign stops, visits to foreign countries etc. and that doesn't leave alot of time in the last 3.5 years spent in Washington D.C.

Let's Go Surfing

DC Comics and DC Direct solicitations for July are up. Here's some of of the ones I'll be taking a closer look at:

    Conclusion of the reintroduction of Kara Zor-El SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT #12
    Conclusion of the new "Canon" Superman origin CRISIS ON MULTIPLE EARTHS VOL. 3 TP
    Alex Ross Cover.
    The DC Comics Presents above are Julius Scwartz tribute issues by top talents
    Classic JLA Satelite era cover
    Stupid title... wouldn't the team with the Big Seven be the Elite?
    Classic JLA and Alan Davis goodness

DC Direct

Free Textures Looks like a neat resource for graphic designers.
via j-walk blog

Sunday April 11, 2004, 11:05pm

The Girl Next Door - R

Date Opened: 4/9/04 Date I saw: 4/10/04 at Rivertown Cinemark

So So movie staring Elisha Cuthbert as a Porn Star/Girl Next Door to a straight laced high school graduating senior. Your basic teen high school sex comedy, adolecent male fantasy, Madonna/Whore, Good Guy inspired to be more adventurous by bad girl looking to be a good girl if good guy rescues her Movie.

Don't go out of your way to see.

Overall: ok, Story: ok, Special Effects: N/A

Saturday April 10, 2004, 4:46pm

Random Non-Sequiters

Did a little surfing from the Urban Mill on East Beltline by the Knapps Corner Meijer. Nice shop. Doesn't have quite the downtown chic of the GR one, but it does have an interesting upper-urban-crossed with-third-tier-college charm.

Let's go Surfing

If you are not visting Toothpaste for Dinner everyday, what is worng with you! ;)

Build your own amateur steadycam for your camcorder for $14.
from just about every blog at the moment

Wardrobe Malfunction Pop star extradinaire Janet Jackson on SNL tonight. How can that not be good?

Friday April 9, 2004, 8:55pm

Random Non-Sequiters

My emachine 500is died today. I thought it might be a power supply issue, but after trying a new one, reading around on the internet, and playing with it awhile I think it is safe to pronounce it dead. I got about a 4 year run out of it. Probably not that bad of a time frame. It has died before it's HP Pavilion 6635, sibling, I got around the same time. As of this typing the HP of the same age is still working, but it has some issues of its own.

The emachine basically has lost the will to power-on after a an ongoing series of powering-on ailments.

What can I say of the emachine 500is? It served as a file server and an internet gateway for my network for it's entire service. The original hard drive died about two years ago. And although it received a new harddrive transplant, it too was starting to develop an unusual number of bad blocks, perhaps due to the power problems that eventually lead to its passing. Working tirelessly, it was left continuously ON for its entire length of it's service, with few complaints and only the occasional reboot every few days. Thanks to a rigorous back-up routine, it is survived by all it's data. And it is believed that it would be happy to know that many of it's components (Harddrives, DVD drive and more will give the gift of increased functionality to other machines).

Wednesday April 6, 2004, 11:55pm

Comments on Comics

Superman Birthright #9
Continues to be a very well done updated take on Superman's Origin. And the DC powers-that-be have deemed in the new "Official" origin too. So for all you comic kids at home, it now "counts". Whatever.

Besides all that it is a very well drawn well scripted story. If you like Smallville the TV show, you should enjoy this revised Superman as well. This issue, a little bit more action than most and a nice confrontation with Lex Luthor. Good Stuff.

Supreme Power #9
It's kind of fun that this book continues to come out on the same week as Superman Birthright due to the entertaining counterpoint it provides. Hyperion goes on a rampage against those that lied to him in this installment, more or less showing through JMS's pen why you don't want to be on a superman's bad side. Lot's of Dialog. You get your money's worth out of the read on this series. Good Stuff.

My Faith in Frankie #4
This series certainly wraps up in a hurry and then takes an odd twist at the end to set-up either a sitcom or a future spin off (which I really doubt it working over any extended period.) Not as fun as the first three issues but overall still more original than alot of stuff currently out there. An ok pick-up, do get the trade.

JLA #s 84-90
There is a reason why I let these pile-up so long I think. They are pretty bad. The whole Martian Manhunter Trial by Fire story, not good. Bad art. Bad Story. Just Bad. DC really should take this book more seriously and develop some A material for it. All their biggest characters are in it. It should not regularly suck as bad as it does. Skip It.

JLA #s 91-93
Extinction Event storyline. A shapeshifting alien named Peppy threatens the Earth. For the first two issues the JLA take him on a Where in the World is Carmen Sandiago style world tour. In the third issue the JLA battles Peppy and his evil Spaceship. Dennis O'Neil wrote this. Dennis fricken O'Neil! And it still sucks! As does the art by a guy named Tan Eng Huat? I mean Peppy, the evil alien, prefers to spend his time in the shape of a small monkey! I wish I could say that this was a comedy and was intended for laughs. I wish I was making this up. I wish I didn't bother to read all 3 issues.

JLA #94 and #95
John Byrne, Chris Claremont, and Jerry Ordway are the veteran creators behind this arc. First off, It doesn't suck as bad as the previous 9 issues, so far. There is the problem that the main villian is a Vampire by the name of Crusifier, so you do need to get past that bit. But, what I do like about this arc is that it returns to a pacing and a story structure that is a classic Justice League of America formula. i.e. all the different heroes are featured individually and have individual missions and battles, with what I imagine will end with all of the heroes coming together in the end to defeat their adverasary. Old fashion fun, not as Nostalgic as the Formerly Known as the Justice League series was, but ok material for comic readers that remember these creators in their prime (That's the kind of slight you can zing at real professionals that have an amazing body of work. It still says something when the best frame of reference you can come up with for these guys is their own work.) P.S. The all-new all-old Doom Patrol is introduced for the newest first time again (as-in as-far as current continuity is concerned they never existed before)

Random Non-Sequiters

Went to Bean Tree Bisto in Grandville, across from the Grandville Meijer today. They also have Free Wi-fi Internet. I had a nice bowl of Chili and a Jones Creme Soda. The Chili came in a bowl on an oh-so-hip trianglular charger plate. While I was there I saw the Coca-Cola-scape pictured at right Six Different Cokes! That's alot of Coke choices. Is Vanilla coke still around? If so I imagine that would mean there are 8 coke coices out there at least. If one is The Real Thing® what does that make the others?

Two different signs of spring today. Spandex wearing biker people have returned to West Michigan's Streets as have Road Workers and orange construction cones in force. It looks like they are tearing up 28th Street and 44th Street at the same time this year. Which I guess is fine unless you need to drive east to west south of the city of GR at somepoint.

Wednesday April 6, 2004, 8:05pm

Let's Go Surfing

Wired has a New Mac Blog: Cult of Mac
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After reading both of these links (NSFW) you can only come to the conclusion that John Ashcroft's real goal is to wage war on cancer prevention treatments.

Below a very good observation on action movies over at Progressive Ruin

And I don't mean to come down so hard on the Hellboy film, especially since I haven't seen it yet. It's just...well, I enjoy mindless action films just as much as anyone else, but I'm a little tired of the too-usual ending of "good guys win by blowing up some big thing owned by the bad guy," of which this film appears to be yet another example. I realize that having the good guy stand over the bad guy and declare "ha! My ideology has been proven philosophically superior! I am victorious!" won't satisfy the usual summer blockbuster crowds, and that blowing up the bad guy's stuff is the most dynamic visual way of expressing the triumph of good versus evil. I just wish my mindless action entertainment wasn't so...mindless, I guess.


Oh, and here's my spoiler for the ending of the forthcoming Punisher movie: The Punisher (Thomas Jane) kills the bad guy (John Travolta), probably after blowing up something big the bad guy owns.

The suspense? What he uses to do the deed. A pistol? A shotgun? A grenade launcher? All of the above, and more? I can't wait to find out.

Read ATARI Force Comics online. These are classic. I remember playing Atari Force on the playground with my friends (10 years old or so). There was a time when the Atari 2600 was the coolest thing on the planet. And this was a great spinoff. The comic takes place in the far off future time of 2005!
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$699 Xerox Color LASER Printer
via Gizmodo

Monday April 5, 2004, 9:20pm

Let's go Surfing

There's going to be a Krypto (Superman's superdog) series. That should suck worse than the Catwoman movie for sure.

Monday April 5, 2004, 12:29am

At the Movies

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Date Opened: 2/27/04??? Date I saw: 4/4/04 at Rivertown Cinemark

Very odd little film. Jim Carey does a good job in a serious sortof sci-fi role. This was a perfect movie to see late at night on a Sunday. Coming out of this film to an abandoned mall parkinglot, with no cars or people or signs any activity whatsoever at midnight really suited this film since its not the type of movie that you necessarily feel like discussing that much afterwards. Mostly I reran over a couple of the key points of the plot and then enjoyed the silence of the evening and the short drive home.

Three good parts of the film. Kirsten Dunst dancing underwear scene. Elijah Wood and brain tech guy's back and forth banter in the apartment. Kate Winslet's "I am not a concept." and "I'll grow bored of you and feel trapped." speech.

I fidgeted a little bit and checked my watch a couple times but overall not bad.

Overall: ok, Story: ok, Special Effects: Good

Sunday April 4, 2004, 8:11pm

Random Non-sequiters

Surfing over wi-fi at Panera Bread's in Grandville today.

I'm not really a big fan of Panera Bread actually. I've always thought of it as kinof a girly resturaunt. It's nice enough on the inside and their bagels and whatnot are good but it's just not a very guy resturaunt.

As far as their wi-fi goes... they creepily intercept your HTML requests and make you click through an acceptable use policy first before going online. I'm not a big fan of that. It's just creepy stuff. Too many lawyers writing too many documents that are too long an unrealistic to read in this country. Shakespere has a quote to proper effect, on what we should do about this, I think.

And on the topic of lawyers... this is a great warning, at right, on Pantera's fireplace. It reads in 3 inch letters: "Caution: Hot Surface!" I wish I would have got the whole thing but my mini-digicam can be tricky to aim.

At the Movies

I really should get around to updating my Movie-list page.... but the blog is so much easier.... anyway...

Hellboy - PG-13

Date Opened: 4/2/04 Date I saw: 4/2/04 at Rivertown Cinemark

I've never read the comic, although I am familiar with the creator, but I very much enjoyed the movie anyway. It's not a big comic movie like Spider-man or X-Men but it was fun on a smaller scale. Fans of lighter X-files episodes or Men in Black will probably enjoy this film. Ron Pearlman as Hellboy is a delightful character and alot of fun to watch on screen. Selma Blair is really good as the love interest and sure to be a new favorite actress of the geek set after this role. The main villian henchman guy is wicked cool. Overall Hellboy is actually a very sweet story with a lot of heart.

Go See!

Overall: Good, Story: Good, Special Effects: Good

Word of the Day
pal·li·ate - v.
1. To make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate.
2. To make less severe or intense; mitigate: tried unsuccessfully to palliate the widespread discontent.
3. To relieve the symptoms of a disease or disorder.

Let's Go Surfing

Facinating 1982 article on the history of marketing diamonds

The community tackles the topic of happiness

Yo Yo Yo the rims on these shoes are fly dog.

Coments on Comics

The Flash #208-- The direction on this title is really picking up again. After a few months of an amnesia arc, which i skipped, the series seems to have found it's footing again. The restoration of Flash's secret identity is a great development as is moving his wife off stage for awhile. Battles with the Rogues and chock full of teasers while still feeling like a complete comic (and not just a trade chapter.)Definently worth picking up again for those that might have dropped it recently.

Green Lantern #175-- Still terrible terrible terrible. I can only imagine what the DC message boards have had to say about the last splash page. Outside of the series itself, Rumor has it Hal Jordan will be returning as Green Lantern soon. Hopefully that is true an then we can forget the last nine years of Kyle Rayner.

Friday April 2, 2004, 8:50am

Life, Lemons, Lemonade, etc.

Friday April 2, 2004, 6:15am

Random Non-Sequiters

Cleaning off my digital camera this morning, here's a Pic that I intended to be a "pic of the day" back on March 22nd. It is a Whiteboard drawing by one co-worker that captures the news of another co-worker, at the time it was very amusing.

An odd boxed set of DC Direct Green Lantern Pocket Heroes, in this week's comic take. Which should probably should have been sub-titled: "Minor characters and costumes time has or will soon forget". Still the pocket heroes are a fun toy size and who wouldn't want a 90's blue costumed yellow ringed Guy Gardner figure?

Comments on Comics

Read the final installment, issue 4, of George Perez's tour de force, JLA/Avengers series, Wednesday. Not much in the way of story, of course, but it very much plays like a What If Crisis on Infinite Earth's included the Marvel Heroes too? Pure fanboy fun. I enjoyed it. I'll pick-up the tradepaperback as well when it comes out, just to set it next to Crisis on the shelf.

More Random Non-Sequiters

Here's a little bit of fun, below are some stats on recent visitor's to my blog and what they searched for in Google that led them to my site. They were probably disapointed :(

31 Mar, Wed, 02:41:11 Google: heineken piracy spoof commercial
31 Mar, Wed, 03:10:00 Google: +download +fonts +Evanessence
31 Mar, Wed, 10:46:21 Google: sara mcglachlin
31 Mar, Wed, 12:16:52 Google: "Heineken piracy"
31 Mar, Wed, 15:23:50 Google: tampa bay ass shaking contest during spring break 2004
31 Mar, Wed, 16:39:08 Google: girl next door censored pics of elisha cuthbert
31 Mar, Wed, 17:06:02 Google: Luther Vandros free wave file
31 Mar, Wed, 18:32:47 Google: "supreme power 8" jms
01 Apr, Thu, 11:44:31 Google: remake eamon i dont want you back
01 Apr, Thu, 17:34:47 Google: "frankee" + music +picture
02 Apr, Fri, 00:44:06 Google: kara zor-el naked picture comic

Tampa Bay Ass Shaking Contest?!? and Naked Supergirl (kara zor-el) pics? Sorry to disapoint you guys, neither of those things on this site.

Let's Go Surfing

Two new Green Lantern figures in the 3rd DC HeroClixs "Unleashed" set. Hal Jordan Green Lantern and for all you poozers out there: Killowog (a unique, which means I'll probably have to pay a fortune to get it) These little things are always a little tricky to get ahold of too since you can't order them directly.

Thursday April 1, 2004, 9:25pm

April fools day!
Let's go surfing

April fools! The Hampster/Habitrail PC Case

April fools! The PC EasyBake Oven. Fits in a Drive Bay.

How to Rise and Shine when You are Nocturnal by Nature

This site Kinja (link goes directly to their tech round-up)takes the RSS feeds of other sites and collects them into different categories. Also allows you to set-up your own site congregations. I think this technology has the potential to be the lazy man's blog. Instead of reading and linking sporatically to other people's sites, you will be able to have your site automatically link and then add your own content as well. The mind boggles at the thought of a couple different popular sites doing this and then posiblly linking to eachother. Mirror viewing a mirror anyone?

Gateway to close gates on its stores, permanently Not a great day to announce this is it?

uh gee hasn't anyone in the US government heard of Sky Net?

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I don't spell check! Most of the time the Quotes of the Day are by someone else, and sometimes I misremember them abit... and they are taken out of context. I often state my opinions as facts. I'm aware that can be annoying? Occasionally I edit content on these pages after initially posting them. Oh Yeah... this paper background was lifted from some web site or other... I've wanted to add this very same type of background and well I suppose I could crumple some paper and scan it AND I wouldn't mention it at all but y'know I'm a graphic designer and I hought I'd mention it just in case someone thought I made it, which I didn't but I was going to... make something similiar y'know?