Monthly Archives: March 2010

Someone Has Too Much Free Time

 …and it’s totally awesome.  Is it just me, or are new LEGO sets a lot simpler and less challenging than old ones? 

By |March 31st, 2010|MyBlog|3 Comments|

Superman: Red Son

 As an aspiring author, it behooves me to support the publishing industry. Usually this means that I just overspent at the bookstore, and almost always this means I came home with a new comic book trade. This weekend, I picked up Superman: Red Son, and let me tell you my friends, it was totally worth the cover price. I love a book that makes me think, and Superman: Red Son delivers that in spades. Red Son is an alternate reality story answering the question “what if Superman had crashed in the USSR instead of Kansas?” and I think they tackle it in incredible ways. Superman is still Superman, still struggling to find a way to give the world the peace he knows it deserves, to give humanity safety, security, the basics of food and shelter, and he is still very much a sympathetic hero, communist dictatorship aside.  The really incredible thing for me, in this story, was realizing that the differences in Superman’s choices are ultimately very slight. These are choices that Superman might have just as easily made as an American–the difference is not the politics and economics of his homeland, but the cries of the people he loves. The results of those slight differences, however, are incredibly large, and in Red Son, we see Superman take the world into his hands as a political leader, as a lawmaker, as a ruler. Instead of choosing to lead by example and allowing humanity to make it’s own mistakes, he tries to keep humanity from making any mistakes and fix the systems in place that are already broken through his own personal interference. Superman decides he knows what’s best for the world, and sets it into motion. It would have been very easy for this story to have been made into the typical pro-capitalism propaganda, and they didn’t escape those overtones entirely, but they did succeed in writing a story that at least allowed the reader to consider that capitalism and America’s Way isn’t the only way. In Red Son, there are glimpses of what communism and the Marxist revolutions were meant to be– a chance at utopia and an ideal world.   […]

When Did Parents Become So Lazy?

 I ask this in all honesty.  It seems that parents have become increasingly protective in theory…but in practice, many seem to expect everyone else to look out for what their kids are watching, listening to, doing, and so forth.  Now,  I do think that a parent has every right to decide what is acceptable for his or her child…but it’s not anyone else’s duty to enforce those ideals.  Parents need to know what sorts of things come into contact with their children, and if they can’t be bothered to do so, that seems to say that they aren’t REALLY all that concerned about their child’s/children’s exposure to whatever it is.  At least not concerned enough to actually, you know, put EFFORT into something.   Yes, there are a lot of influences out there.  There have ALWAYS been a lot of influences “out there.”  “Out there” has been giving parents grief since the beginning of time, which makes the whole “out there” argument a bit silly. I always thought methods of “enforcing” R movie ratings were over the top.  An ID check at the counter, sometimes a police officer checking licenses again at the door to the actual theater…I mean, I’m here to see Law Abiding Citizen, not to fly to Pakistan.  So no, ticket taker, I did not bring my passport so that you have yet one more document to glare at because you don’t think my license photo looks like me.  No, it really didn’t occur to me to dig through my things to find a passport to go out on a Friday night.  Shocking. Well, parents are worried about their kids seeing R-rated movies, and apparently they’re worried enough that they’ve put the movie theater one step down from the airport in terms of security checks.  And why, exactly, could you not make sure that your child actually bought a ticket for the latest Disney flick on your own?  You could hang around at the theater until your kid actually buys the ticket.  You could buy the ticket for him or her yourself and put it into his or her hand.  Granted, there are ways kids can get around these things if they want to see R-rated movies badly enough, but there are ways around pretty much ANY “safety measure” when it comes to “enforcing” ratings systems, including the ridiculous system that’s been implemented in various theaters presumably to ease parents’ minds. Whether or not R-rated movies are actually damaging is another issue entirely, and I’m just going to leave that out for now.  Anyway, now parents want someone to come up with yet ANOTHER rating system for ANOTHER form of entertainment – live concerts.  And why, pray tell, are they worried?    Because Lady Gaga is evil and will give your children TEH GAY. […]

By |March 26th, 2010|MyBlog|8 Comments|

Facebook and Social Status

 It’s become very apparent that Facebook has become a great source of Social Status for today’s Internet users. That is, Facebook has become society.   I noticed one day a friend’s relationship status had gone from “in a relationship” to “single” and several of her friends commented on the change, and I knew then society had […]

By |March 22nd, 2010|MyBlog|3 Comments|

Today’s Music Spotlight ( Flower Travellin’ Band )

 Today I wanted to shine the light on one of music’s most hypnotic group in the late 60’s that  could be called the first Alternative/hard rock band. Their rhythm is narcotic and lead singer “Joe Yamanaka”s  voice just wraps you into a whirlwind  of ecstasy.  The Flower Travellin’ Band formed in the late 60’s by Yuya Uchida who sought to bring a new age of music to […]

By |March 22nd, 2010|MyBlog|0 Comments|

Star Wars: The 10th-century Icelandic saga

 Amalia the Savage, this one’s for you. Star Wars considered as an Old Norse epic.  Encouraged by the positive reception the above introduction received, the acclaimed scholar behind the effort is translating the saga and making it available online: Chapter 1  Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6RSS feed here.  (Via Making Light.)

By |March 18th, 2010|MyBlog|2 Comments|

Geek(aChica) of the Week: Pearce

 Let’s take a minute to shower some geek love on our most prolific and acclaimed Chica, Pearce.  See, her birthday is this week, and even though she’s way busy with her absinthe company, Southern Alchemy,  we wanted to mark the day. Though it seems her sweet fella, Circus Boy, beat us to the punch […]

By |March 17th, 2010|MyBlog|1 Comment|

Being a Hero Sucks!

 It seems that no matter what mythology we find them in, being a hero is the crappiest of all lives to live. Maybe if you’re a demigod and particularly lucky, you’ll end up not entirely dead, but for the most part being a hero means one thing: years and years of struggle, conflict, and death defying acts of courage to be repaid with some kind of betrayal and a really pathetic and ignoble death. Let’s start with the men, shall we? The most classic of heroes!  Three Case Studies: Theseus Son of Poseidon and King of Athens, Theseus fights his way through monsters as a young man when his trip to Athens takes him by the six entrances to the Underworld. Once in Athens and recognized by his other father, he defeats the minotaur, freeing his people from paying tribute, in lives, to Crete. He takes the amazon queen for his wife (he kind of has a history of womanizing). He battles centaurs. He travels with Pirithous to the underworld and comes back again! When he gets back he goes into retirement. Why not, right? He’s had a long and busy life, and after a trip to the underworld, he probably isn’t interested in continuing to push his luck. He makes arrangements with a King friend of his to move back to the country island lands of his ancestors. When he gets there, he’s either betrayed and pushed off a cliff, or, worse, he slips and falls on his own. To his death. Lame Factor: 4 (out of five) if he was pushed. 5 if he fell. But 3 if someone can find me proof or hearsay that Poseidon rescued his immortal self and turned him into a god. […]

My Semi-Guilty Pleasure: Choreographed Dancing

 I can’t begin to explain it, but I’m just fascinated by choreographed dancing.  I will watch and re-watch Bring It On just to see the cheer sequences. MTV rarely has anything remotely resembling television on anymore, but they do have America’s Best Dance Crew…which managed to succeed where America’s Next Top Model failed as far […]

By |March 12th, 2010|MyBlog|0 Comments|

Conspiracy Theorist Logic 101

 I am annoyed.  There is far too much idiocy on the Internet.  No, this isn’t anything new or surprising, but sometimes I run across so much idiocy on a single subject that I feel the need to beat some sense into everyone.  Of course, since this is the Internet, I can’t.  But if you’re free to put your claims out there, I’m free to bitch about their inaccuracy and lack of logical insight. I’m not going to provide any links because I don’t want to give these particular sites any more traffic, but lately I’ve run across a boatload of articles about the brainwashing conspiracies behind Disney, pop music, and so forth…all backed by either the Illuminati or the Freemasons.  For some reason, people who write this sort of thing think the two names can be used interchangeably.  Probably because they’re so busy trying to keep their kids from watching the Lion King that they can’t be bothered to open a book or perform a Google search. Just to show the Internet how incredibly easy it is to find basic facts, I will now direct you to the first link that shows up when I Google each of these terms. Illuminati  Freemason  All of that effort, including the effort of putting the links into this piece, took me less than sixty seconds.  While Wikipedia is often a questionable source, it still illustrates my point:  this information isn’t all that hard to come across.   The words “Illuminati” and “Freemason” should not be used interchangeably simply for the purposes of accuracy (and credibility, if you’re going to go around claiming that we’re all being brainwashed by Tuna Helper, or whatever).  If you’re not offended enough yet, just wait.  There’s more.  […]

By |March 10th, 2010|MyBlog|13 Comments|