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Thur 8/30/07 4:05pm #
After almost 9 years of breaks, I just had my last break with my best friend at work. Her last day is tomorrow.
Thur 8/30/07 8:10am #
• Shocker Toys, Who Wants to be a Superhero: Feedback. Nice, but I hope they make "Fat Momma" with donut accessories, and the Guy in the Red Suit Major "Whatever his name was". Those were the interesting characters.
(BTW: I haven't watched the second season yet, I've been waiting to play them in the background on a game night and mock them mercilessly.)
Tue 8/28/07 10:22pm #
Another day of light surfing. I’ve starred a few things here and there to look at later and I’ll probably have an ok sized link post this weekend.
Looks like a fairly light comic day tomorrow.
Less than 4 weeks away from the new fall season and I haven’t caught up on the summer shows I’ve been storing to watch later. I beat this drum often, but I’m awash in media of kinds. There’s so much out there, and it’s so unlikely anymore that you are going to run into anyone to talk about any particular episode/issue/movie with. Makes it almost seem like a chore to keep up with it all.
Sounds like the EeePC $199 mini-laptop is coming out in September. It also sounds like it is going to be $199, $299 and $349, with the $299 or $349 one being the ones to get. That’s abit more than the $199 they were touting earlier. Still, $349 isn’t that bad for the portability /practicality of the device.
Can’t believe it’s almost September already. This has been a fast year so far, don’t you think?
No Daily Show this week. Bummer. We’re going to have to wait awhile to have Jon Stewart cover the Gonsales resignation. The networks and the cable news channels are all but worthless for news at this point, it’s very much a bummer when something interesting happens and the Daily Show is on vacation and misses it.
Illusions get people through the day. I like truth a lot. Truth is fatal to illusions, even the pleasant ones unfortunately.
Had a BK Double Stacker today. Not bad, the liquid cheese hides the bacon flavor abit, but overall it was tasty.
Yeah, I’ve got nothing for the blog again today. Hurrumph.
Mon 8/27/07 9:53pm #
I wanted to do a blog post tonight. Then I thought instead I might do an audio post. But when I sat down to do it, I found that, this evening, I have nothing to say and nothing I wish to comment on.
And so it goes sometimes I suppose.
Sat 8/25/07 2:44pm #
» Might post some more stuff later too.
Let's Go Surfing
» What is Bacn? It's email notifications etc, that you want but not necessarily right away. Think of it as spam you've asked for and want, but isn't urgent to read at the moment.
» There's some discussion that the Justice League Movie will be 3D animated like Beowulf. That would suck. Computer environments ala 300 would be ok, but if the actors are CGI... the movie is going to tank. Real Actors in Real Costumes, anything else is not going to be the Justice League movie fans are looking for.
» Have you been to CharlieRose.com lately? they have thousands of programs up to listen to free.
» Sullr is a reverse phone number look-up site. Useful.
» The Simpsons, the "best of Ralph Wigum"
» Bill Nye Science Guy Illusions
» iPhone Shuffle (humor)
Fri 8/24/07 4:30pm #
Heroes Promo Trailer
Artistically a nice trailer... but this ain't a geek focused trailer. Will they take Heroes away from the geeks next season?
Wed 8/22/07 5:01pm #
The Hope Clock
Have you ever heard Cris Rock's routine: "If it ain't new, it's through?"
The Hope Clock concept I'm going to put forth here is along those lines. Here's the concept: Most people have a "Hope Clock". The hope clock starts at happy and devolves into sadness, anger and dispair, unless, something comes along shakes up a persons situation and "resets" the Hope Clock.
Get a new job, reset the hope clock. Start a new relationship, reset the hope clock. Buy a new house, reset the hope clock. etc. etc.
Something big needs to happen about once every two years. Why every two years? The seasons of the year provide a little variety, but if life stays static, patterns in the seasons become predictable too. It only takes 2 or 3 repetions for things become predictable and since most people don't like too much predictability, the need to shake things up and reset the Hope Clock before the 2 year mark becomes apparent.
So that's my concept of the Hope Clock. What do you think?
Tue 8/21/07 12:06pm #
So that much talked about report that General Petraeus is giving to congress on the surge in Iraq, that's now scheduled to be on September 11th and 12th (see paragraph 12).
Hmm... I'm sure the media will be able to devote their full attention to the hearing on 9/11. What else could they possibly plan to devote news coverage to on September 11th.
Wow. just wow.
BTW that report from Petraeus, will actually be authored by the White House.
Mon 8/21/07 11:27pm #
Thought for the Day:
In a totalitarian state, it doesn't matter what people think, since the government can control people by force using a bludgeon. But when you can't control people by force, you have to control what people think, and the standard way to do this is via propaganda (manufacture of consent, creation of necessary illusions), marginalizing the general public or reducing them to apathy of some fashion.
At the risk of sounding ignorant, I'm not very familliar with the above author with the exception of having skimmed through his wikipedia entry. Seems like I've seen his name pop up alot lately in RSS feeds and what not surfing past my browser.
Mon 8/20/08 7:06pm #
Found an episode of Captain Caveman on Youtube. Hmmm... basically a Scooby Doo rip off. Still a neat character design, and a great yell though. Some things might be best left to childhood memory.
Mon 8/20/08 6:42pm #
Mon 8/20/07 2:19pm #
So... I there was this picture on a Flickr photostream I follow that had the below quote last week:
"We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone.It's just about the most haunting depressing thing I've had the internet put in my head in a good long while. A Google search turns up lots of copies of that quote but I have no idea the context it was created in originally... but it's a serious bummer meme and bumming me out.
Sun 8/19/07 11:21pm #
» Add up a couple waves of action figures, and a trip to Wizard World Chicago and I end up totaling up a sizeable number of toys to take pictures of. Over 80 in fact... so without further ado, here we go...
» DC Direct Justice League of America. These figures came out about 2 1/2 weeks ago. After some so so waves from DC Direct, they finally give us a nice wave. Good scale, good sculpts, interesting figure choices. I got 4 out of 5, Red Arrow, Vixen, Black Canary, and Black Lightning. I skipped Superman, because, well unless you are a Superman completist, there's no reason much to ever buy another Superman again, they've made well over enough variations on the standard costume at this point.
Sun 8/19/07 11:20pm #
» Misc DC. Here's some more DC figures I've gotten recently.
Bonus points to DCD for having the interchangeable head/hair for the Batman figure!
Sun 8/19/07 11:19pm #
» Marvel SDCC - I didn't go to San Diego Comic Con, but I was able to buy the Marvel Legends Stan Lee and F4 She-Hulk Exclusives off of Hasbro's online site. Both are very nice figures with very involved pacakaging.
Sun 8/19/07 11:18pm #
» Sea Monkeys. $15 total for all three at Wizard. How do you pass up buying an entire family of Sea Monkey Figures?
Sun 8/19/07 11:17pm #
» Underdog - There's no need to fear... Underdog is here! I actually made an Underdog costume a couple years ago for Halloween, and spent the entire day rhyming and talking in his voice... it was fantastic! (No I haven't and do not plan to see the Underdog movie... the sooner that's forgot the better.)
Sun 8/19/07 11:16pm #
» Tomb Raider - I haven't spent much time playing the game and I haven't seen the movies, but this female "Indianna Jones" is just a great character design. I got a good deal on her at Wizard too.
Sun 8/19/07 11:15pm #
» Captain Caveman - I was very bummed not to have found Captain Caveman at Toys R Us this past year. He was near the top of my list to find at Wizard World and hooray! I did.
That's all the toy pics for now... (ate up a pretty good chuck of my Sunday too.)
Sat 8/18/07 6:55pm #
Sat 8/18/07 2:18pm #
Let's Go Surfing
New Regency is looking to assemble its own giant robot movie.
» Mattel DC Universe Action Figures of Red Tornado, Gorilla Grodd, Firestorm(s), Harley Quinn, Black Manta, Superman Red and Blue, and Aquaman(s).
Not sure which of these I'd get since most would be doubles. Red Tornado seems like a definite since the DCD version I have isn't that great and the Alex Ross one is "too nice" to place with the other more comic styled figures. Superman Red and Blue maybe, sine I don't have those, Black Manta probably, because well you can't have enough Black Manta Figures. Hmm...
» Windows Mouse driver rotator. I haven't tried this yet, but looks like it might be useful if you want to turn you monitor sideways or if you just want to mess with someone's machine abit.
» Recent Wii firmware update allows use of USB keyboard in some channels. Cool.
» DC to launch stylized kids comics not based off of cartoons. Magic of Shazam and Tiny Titans. Both look interesting. They certainly couldn't sell any worse than the kids fare out there from DC now. Nice to see them trying something new. ('course they are also doing a horrendous comic/ad version for the chunky Superfriends toys.. but two out of three new books look good.)
» Animator Genndy Tartakovsky is writing an out of continuity Powerman series which will be a super satirical look at 1970s Marvel Comics. Tartakovsky is the writer Illustrator behind Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Star Wars Clone Wars.
» Live concert recordings being sold to fans on USB sticks as you leave the venue. Sounds like a cool idea.
» Look it's an online Etch A Sketch. You work it with your arrow keys. It even shakes to clear the image. Nice.
» Tim Burton's wife is expecting a second child for the couple. Nothing interesting about that, but it got me thinking if Tim Burton is your dad, you probably sleep with the light on after storytime.
» NECA Castlevania Action Figures Due in September.
Sat 8/18/07 2:17pm #
» In case you haven't seen this yet, this is an interview with Dick Cheney in 1994. Very interesting given today's situation in Iraq. Aparently they did know the war was going to happen this way.
» Eric Schmidt (Google) talks Web 3.0.
» Rep. Shiela Jackson Lee on the recent FISA bill.
» ItsJustSomeRandomGuy: After Hours #5
» President Bush press conference on the Zombie threat. (Pretty good, WATCH IT!)
Fri 8/17/07 4:25pm #
Blogging about Google
If you type: Karath into Google, my blog pages come up as the second and third links. K-m Karath comes up first. K-m Karath was the little girl in The Sound of Music. K-m Karath has a Google pagerank of 4 out of 10. I have a Google pagerank of 3 out of 10. One measly little point is all I probably need to be the supreme Karath in Google.
One measly little point probably and then I can type: Karath into Google, hit the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button and then I'll go directly to my site.
(the "-" above replaces a "y"... I ain't typing her name and helping her get to 5 ;)
And yes it is Friday, it's beautiful outside and I want to leave my cube now... thank you.
Fri 8/17/07 8:50am #
If you are going to GenCon this weekend, stop into the Palladium booth and say hi to friends Adam and Comfort!
Fri 8/17/07 2:38am #
I got a beta invite to Google's New Grand Central phone service. Neat! They give you a real phone number that people can call which Google will then transfer the call to your landline or cell (or any number or group of numbers). There's all sorts of other spiffy features too, like the abillity to embed your voicemails in your blog as below:
You can press the button below to leave a message from your phone. (Google will call the phone number you provide and connect you to the voicemail.)
Thurs 8/16/07 8:45pm #
Blogging about blogging
Fixed some of my CSS. The site should look a little more straighted up in Internet Explorer now. If you are looking at this site in Firefox, you might not notice much difference other than I dropped the page background image.
I changed the http://chris-karath.com/ main page. Go take a look at that, there's a neat little flash thingamabob that has some pictures you can move around etc.
If you are linking to this site. Continue to use http://chris-karath.com/blog/bloghome.html that's the quickest way to the most current page.
Still haven't had much opportunity to blog last weeks con and the new toy pictures. I should get to those by the weekend now.
Mon 8/13/08 1:15pm #
Sad News for Comic Fans
Mon 8/13/08 7:20am #
Karl Rove Resigns.
Sun 8/12/08 1:44pm #
I had intended to get up some pictures of Wizard World this weekend but it looks like I'll wait a little bit on those. Of course there is already a ton of stuff out there on the nets in the usual places on the topic, and I'm not sure my media card has much on it that hasn't popped up elsewhere, but I'll probably add my pics to the collective internet conscienceness soon.
As far as the con itself goes. Unless they do some huge reinvention, I think this format is going to die in another couple years. It would appear that there are now just too many cons and this one in particular seems way to close to San Diego Comic Con. I've went the last four years, and this was the smallest one yet.
The main killer for this con is the internet. Pictures show up on the net within 15 minutes of a happening as do word by word descriptions and in some cases audio and video of the panels. They need more interactive spectacle at this con. Trade booths and boring hotel style conference rooms ain't adding much to what you can see on the net.
Ebay is also much more efficient for finding the trinkets and toys, although I'll grant the con preeminence with finding back issues and trades at discount prices, when you take into account, gas and admission with all the other travel costs, even that is probably a wash.
Even Artist alley, while it's fun to meet some artists in person, it's much easier to talk with them through their forums and blogs. The con isn't adding much to the process.
These things need more organized spectacle and event if they are going to last in the internet age.
Anyway, some pics of the event and merch purchased still to come.
I saw Stardust last night. It was a good movie, I enjoyed it. It's along the lines of Princess Bride, but unfortunately with less humor and probably a little less rewatchable/quoteable in the future. But take that as more of a compliment to Princess Bride than a slight against Stardust. I don't really have that much more to say about Stardust really, other than it was light fun and a fairly quick moving 2 hours. It's worth seeing in the theater, but you could wait the 3 months to see it on DVD too. Do see though.
Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles
I saw the Pilot episode of this series last week. I thought it was very good. It captured the sensibilities of the movies very well. I'm looking forward to seeing more episodes and putting it on my weekly watch list.
Also saw the Chuck Pilot last week. It combines the most tedious cliched aspects of 40 Year Old Virgin, What About Brian, Alias, and Automan. It was lame, and I won't be watching any other episodes, except possibly by accident since it's going to come on before Heroes.
...that's all for now
Working on lots of toy pics and I'll go through my "starred" rss feed items for last week to post soon too. Good night internets.
Sat 8/11/07 3:48pm #
Not quite ready for Prime Time
I have a Vonage telephone number. Although I use it very infrequently, I really like the service. Anytime I get a call on it they send an email, with the message attached as a wav file, since I check my email from my cellphone, this is a very useful thing for me. This weekend they have started a visual voicemail trial, whereby in addition to the wav file attachment they also transcribe via voice recognition the message and send it to your email as text.
Below is the message they transcribed. I left the message and I have no idea what this means.
It's. In the past also bought edge. Tags 2 boys. They show all boys emails just I wanna see how good actually trends right. Is out what it must be more saying. Wonder how long ago not you can leave it back i can only go broadband. Use. then exit. the the the netgate jim ended up down. Goodbye.
For the record, I have lived in Michigan my entire life, and have "no accent" at all. I pretty much speak plain vanilla midwestern english.
Interestingly they don't even get Vonage correct ("bought edge") and they somehow turn voicemail into "boys emails" Either they or I must have problems with V vs B?
I think it's them.
Mon 8/5/07 10:20am #
• DCU Direct to DVD New Frontier Adaption. This is a Justice League America Nostalgia piece with updated modern sensibillities, set in the 60s (when the current incarnations of the characters came to prominence). The maxi-series/graphic novel, was really good. This looks to be very good also.
The only thing I'm not sure will work right is that this moive while featuring the 60s is most likely going to look like very modern animattion. The story and setting will probably be strong enough to overcome, but It's hard to imagine from the clips seen that the animation will "add" to the story.
I'll be the first in line to get it regardless though.
Sun 8/5/07 11:05pm #
I Think I Love My Wife
Just watched Cris Rock's I Think I Love My Wife, another film that was not as lighthearted as the trailers. The movie plays as a more reserved\older\quieter take on Cris Rock's relationship humor, you can definitely feel Louis CK's influence on the film (he's listed as a co-writer.) Basically this movie is Last Kiss plus another 7 years. Where First Kiss does a What About Brian style take on the cast structure, throwing 4 different types of guys of the same age but different stages into the mix, I think I Love My Wife completely focus' on Rock's character: a suburban married man with two young kids.
Both movies never really deal with their premises, the quiet desperation of the domesticated American male, other than to put the characters predicaments on display. Both movies out of nowhere in the end of the 3rd act for no plot established reason really explain their endings.
Watched together in a single day, they're sort of depressing. Separately, however, I reccomend both, but wait until it's raining outside, don't watch them with a spouse or a girlfriend and plan something fun to do after watching them to cheer yourself back up, 'cause otherwise, you might bum yourself out.
Sun 8/5/07 8:29pm #
So, I just watched Zach Braff’s Last Kiss film. Wow, that was not the lighthearted film I remember them advertising. I did, however, think it was a good movie. In a lot of ways it feels like Braff, in that film, made a more serious sequel to Garden State circa 7 years in the future of that movie.
Garden State I really enjoyed. It seemed a very honest film to me. Last Kiss seemed slightly less so. You get about two thirds into the movie and the film really seems pointed in an interesting direction, and then it gets pulled back to standard Hollywood, in plot, if not in tone. I really would have liked to see Braff’s character tackle the psychology behind the emotions of the “betrayal” (for lack of a better word.) of Braff’s character’s girlfriend. There’s a touch of tackling that topic in the scene with Braff’s character’s girlfriend and her Mother. But they drop the thread. Too bad, if they were going to make that sullen of a film anyway, I would have liked to have seen them find a way to follow that story direction.
Installed a new version of ‘Synergy’ on my Linux and PC box. Synergy is a cursor/keyboard sharing software that when running on your various machines: PC/Mac/Linux will allow your cursor to move from screen to screen across multiple machines. Your keyboard input then follows to whichever machine has the cursor focus. Clipboard text contents also travel with your cursor focus. It’s a neat program.
Popularity of Action Figure Brands
It’s interesting to note that when I have posted links to new action figure photos on Toybuzz that the hit counts follow roughly the popularity of the Publishers. Basically Marvel gets about 30% to 40% more hits than DC and DC gets about 1.5 times the traffic of the Indy figures.
I’ve been thinking a lot about power, allegiance and hierarchy this past week. I actually wanted to write a couple paragraphs on the topic this weekend, but I haven’t exactly wrapped my head around a hook to talk about the topic. What makes people follow rules and other people? Why do people, even in the absence of fear, do things that should not be done or are not even in their interests? These aren’t questions I’m asking. I actually have some pretty well formulated thoughts on the matter, but I just don’t have the hook on how to present those thoughts in a few paragraphs yet.
There is an article in the New York Times this weekend on millionares that don’t feel rich. The article is getting some link play around the web at many of the usual aggregators like Metafilter as well as others.
Most of the comments I have seen are of the “let me get my violin” variety, but I think this is an interesting topic beyond that.
You have people that have accomplished everything our society has told them to do. They have followed the roadmap: School, job, family, house, nice stuff, religion, money etc., yet they aren’t happy with it. They haven’t given up on the direction however; they just believe they need to keep on the road a little longer. The masses on Metafilter above mostly attack these poor millionaires. The millionaires are already further down the road than the Metafilter masses plan on being able to go. Both believe in the destination but the masses are upset because they see the millionaires as having already arrived at the destination. If the millionaires aren’t happy then that really calls into question the map, because the millionaires should have reached happy already, according to the map. If you believe in the map the only logical conclusion is that the ‘article millionaires’ are idiots that are doing something wrong.
Both still believe: “Do everything you are supposed to do: Job, house, family, religion, make lots of money etc. and you’ll be happy” is the way it’s supposed to work. If they give up on that idea, what do they replace it with? Where do they lay their highway to if not to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?
If money, work, family and religion aren’t the answers? If they are not the way to bliss then what is?
It’s not a good question to ask. I can see why people don’t want to ask it. If you believed you were on a road for 10, 15, 20 years and then it started to look like you were going in the wrong direction after all that time, man, I could see how frustrated and angry and irritated that could make someone, You can read that in the tone of the Metafilter people.
If you are farther back on the road like the Metafilter people and you find out that the people way up the road who are going to the same place as you with the same map, turn out to be lost, that would be indeed be very bothersome, if you really believe in the direction of the map. That’s hope crushing stuff when you think about it, cause if you are that far down the road, you can’t turn around right? And if so, where else would you go?
If you ask me though, the map seems to be the issue (or possibly the hope?, or maybe that road/map/direction thing isn’t a very good metaphor? Maybe that’s the problem?).
Sat 8/4/07 10:54pm #
» Looks like Asus has pushed back the release of the EeePC/$199 Laptop until mid-September/Early October Bummer.
Let's Go Surfing
» Rotary Telephone Direct Dial service PSA.
» Let's Blow this Thing: A Star Wars Musical. Very nice.
Thurs 8/2/07 11:40pm #
» As mentioned earlier, I picked up the entire 1st wave of Indy Legends figures today. Excellent details, paint apps and articulation. Random characters, Nice set. Lots of pictures so let's get to it.
Group Package Shot
• A week ago I put up pictures of the Legendary Heroes Conan and Body Bag Two-Packs. So take a look at those too if you haven't seen them yet.
Thurs 8/2/07 12:46pm #
Thanks to the heads up from CaptainRon (and Jakey-Jake). I snagged an entire set of Indy Legends today! Lots of pics up later today or tomorrow! Fantastic!
Thurs 8/2/07 11:15am #
Let's Go Surfing
• Pulo from HBO's Rome is going to be The Punisher. Wow, becasuse of that, now I'm going to have to see The Punisher, who would have figured.
• Pixel Charts are the new Pie Charts, claims a blogger. Well, I don't know about that since up until now I've never seen one, but I could see some interesting web uses for the format, and i might want make some of these in th future.
• Mountain Dew Halo 3 Drink. With can picture.
• FlexPetz, it's like Netflix but with pets. I really haven't spent much time looking around the site, and it seems like the sort of thing that will turn out to be a big hoax, but you got to give them points fro coming up with an absurd concept.
Thur 8/2/07 12:35am #
Lessons from tonight's game night
All for now.
Wed 8/1/08 6:45am #
Let's Go Surfing
• Lego Indianna Jones Game Trailer. Looks fun.
• Iron Man Movie Video Game Preview looks pretty lame compared to the movie preview seen earlier.
• Last night I watched and briefly commented on Babylon 5 the Lost Tales.