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  2009.02.25  13.25
hoo boy, Lynn

So, instead of ending For Better or For Worse, which was really long past its heyday, Lynn Johnston started doing new strips in the style of the earliest FBoFW following Elly's adventures raising Michael and an infant Elizabeth. Okay. Could be good, I guess?

Except, in light of Johnston's husband (the model for John in the strip) leaving her for one of his coworkers, she seems to be using the strip to work out her issues with him. Vide:

http://www.fborfw.com/strip_fix/archives/003628.php
http://www.fborfw.com/strip_fix/archives/003603.php
http://www.fborfw.com/strip_fix/archives/003594.php
http://www.fborfw.com/strip_fix/archives/003593.php
http://www.fborfw.com/strip_fix/archives/003435.php

(the last one's particularly creepy)

I mean, I wouldn't want FBoFW to continue on as syrupy as it got during its final years, but this opposite extreme is a little unsettling.

 
 


 
  2009.02.13  14.39
TYRA MAAAAIIIIIILLLLLLLLLL

Guess what time it is againCollapse )

 
 


 
  2009.01.31  18.47


Yo everyone, I'm gonna start BIRDWATCHING

I gotta pair of binoculars, and this book is on the way

I am gonna watch the HELL out of those birds!

 
 


 
  2009.01.20  13.13
wow

I wish my grandfather and my uncle were alive today.

 
 


 
  2009.01.18  22.35


Naw man, 10:30 PM on a Sunday is a great time to run the snowblower

keep it up

 
 


 
  2008.12.30  13.08
Year-end Blowout!!!

While supplies last, get yourself some comic books at the low, low price of FREE! Everything must go!

- ESSENTIAL X-MEN Volumes 1-8! Enjoy the adventures of your favorite mutants, from Giant-Sized X-Men #1, through the groundbreaking Dark Phoenix saga, to the stupid and phoned-in Inferno!

- Hernandez Satyricon! Assorted comics by indie darlings Los Bros. Hernandez!

- Epileptic Vol. 1! Caveat Lector - there is no Epileptic Vol. 2: Fantagraphics thought it was a "great idea" to publish Vol. 1, and then release a one-volume complete edition. Jerks.

ALSO:

- Assorted New Yorker issues! Get some culture in you!

- Three volumes of Awesome Comic Fantasy, perfect for the "genre" lover!

And if you act now, I'll throw in some FREE citrus fruit, to chase away those winter "blahs"!

 
 


 
  2008.12.20  10.03
2008 Year in Review

BEST MOVIE OF 2008

I saw two new movies this year, both of them based on comic books. Iron Man was good, but The Dark Knight was better. Congratulations, Batman!

BEST BOOK OF 2008

Didn't read any books published this year; best book I read this year that I hadn't read before was Michael Bywater's Lost Worlds.

BEST ALBUM OF 2008

Gonna give this one to Beyoncé because I like Beyoncé. Didn't buy her album, though. Hold on, I did buy new music this year - Einstürzende Neubatuen's "Jewels" and The Residents' "The Bunny Boy". They were both great.

What excitement will 2009 hold?

 
 


 
  2008.12.18  21.58
update on that music game

1. I still don't know what I was waiting for "Changes", David Bowie (guessed by Ry)
2. Im so sorry, please forgive me "Insanity", Boingo (guessed by Courtney)
3. Bury me softly in this womb "Down in a Hole", Alice in Chains
4. Donum fac remissionis "Cantique 1", Die Form (not the Dies Irae)
5. Life is just a situation "Amber", The Residents
6. On the horizon, the landscape's burning red "Bushfire", The B-52s
7. Dua tiga kucing berlari "Olsen Olsen", Sigur Ros
8. Erstes Geschoss "Haus der Lüge", Einstürzende Neubauten
9. It was such lovely weather, mmm yeah "Theme", Cibo Matto
10. There's a destination a little up the road "Where it's at", Beck (guessed by Ry)
11. Der Ort des Geschehens novermbergrau, ständig Nieselregen "Sonnenbarke, Einstürzende Neubauten
12. What is it, what is it "Kick", Gene Loves Jezebel (lol)
13. I lost myself on a cool damp night "Lilac Wine", Nina Simone (guessed by Ry)
14. Gonna be like a dog "Muscle in Plastic", Bauhaus
15. Because the world is round it turns me on "Because", The Beatles (guessed by Josh)
16. Tell your crew to be easy "Be Easy", Ghostface Killah (Guessed by Ry)
17. Oh-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho dead joe "Dead Joe", The Birthday Party (guessed by Ry)
18. Is it all in that pretty little head of yours? "Veronica", Elvis Costello (guessed by Josh)
19. Teenaged angst has paid off well "Serve the Servants", Nirvana (Come on, NONE of you guessed that?)
20. What have you been doing to yourself "The Last Thing You Should Do", David Bowie
21. A ga maeba, kuwashime yoini keri "Making of a Cyborg", Ghost in the Shell
22. Can anybody see the light "Strangers", Portishead (basically guessed by MkB)
23. She came down the staircase "24900 Miles Per Hour", 7 Year Bitch
24. Hour by hour "Love Leaks Out", The Residents
25. Sometimes I feel so happy "Pale Blue Eyes", Velvet Underground (guessed by Grace)

I've got a lot of Residents and Bowie and Neubauten, but I don't listen to them exclusively. Also surprised that no Prince songs showed up, considering how much Prince I have.

 
 


 
  2008.12.12  10.15


whoo I'm at work and the pipes are leaking and to fix them they had to shut off the heat, but we're not allowed to go home or anything

but this article is good:

Malia and Sasha Obama apparently aren’t the only ones who were promised a puppy if they stuck it out through the presidential election.

Vice President-elect Joe Biden picked out a German shepherd pup last weekend from a breeder near his Delaware home, according to a local newspaper report.

Biden was reportedly promised the post-election dog by his wife, Jill, who would tape pictures of different dogs on the back of the seat in front of Biden on his campaign plane.

The vice president-elect picked out a month-old male German shepherd from a breeder in Chester County, Pa., according to the Daily Local News. The breeder told the paper Biden wanted a family dog that was social and obedient and said Biden's granddaughters will name him.

The puppy will be delivered to the Bidens at the vice presidential residence after the Inauguration and after the breeder trains him, the paper reports.

 
 


 
  2008.12.10  21.24
heck, I couldn't get half of these

ohhay, let's play a game (I stole it from Ben)

Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 25 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Strike through the songs when someone guesses both artist and track correctly.
Step 4: For those who are guessing -- looking the lyrics up on a search engine is CHEATING!
Step 5: If you like the game post your own.

1. I still don't know what I was waiting for "Changes", David Bowie (guessed by Ry)
2. Im so sorry, please forgive me "Insanity", Boingo (guessed by Courtney)
3. Bury me softly in this womb
4. Donum fac remissionis
5. Life is just a situation
6. On the horizon, the landscape's burning red
7. Dua tiga kucing berlari
8. Erstes Geschoss
9. It was such lovely weather, mmm yeah
10. There's a destination a little up the road "Where it's at", Beck (guessed by Ry)
11. Der Ort des Geschehens novermbergrau, ständig Nieselregen
12. What is it, what is it
13. I lost myself on a cool damp night "Lilac Wine", Nina Simone (guessed by Ry)
14. Gonna be like a dog
15. Because the world is round it turns me on "Because", The Beatles (guessed by Josh)
16. Tell your crew to be easy "Be Easy", Ghostface Killah (Guessed by Ry)
17. Oh-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho dead joe "Dead Joe", The Birthday Party (guessed by Ry)
18. Is it all in that pretty little head of yours? "Veronica", Elvis Costello (guessed by Josh)
19. Teenaged angst has paid off well
20. What have you been doing to yourself
21. A ga maeba, kuwashime yoini keri
22. Can anybody see the light "Strangers", Portishead (basically guessed by MkB)
23. She came down the staircase
24. Hour by hour
25. Sometimes I feel so happy "Pale Blue Eyes", Velvet Underground (guessed by Grace)

 
 


 
  2008.12.05  11.56


Do you think George W. Bush ever sits up at night and looks back on his life? Do you think he reflects on when things started to go wrong - maybe when his beloved sister Robin died suddenly and he adopted a jokey persona to cheer up his grieving mother? Do you think he remembers the days of struggling at school, trying to live up to the expectations set by his father and grandfather, numbing his pain with drugs and alcohol when it became obvious that he would never be good enough? Do you think he feels some embarrassment at realizing that every job he got was basically given to him by his father's cronies, and even then he kept screwing things up? Do you think his newfound temperance and born-again Christianity came out of a sincere desire to change, or was it another futile attempt to please his father? Do you think he looks back over his eight years in a job he now realizes he was highly unqualified for and never really wanted anyway and is struck by how not only did his mad rush into war kill far more people, both Americans and Iraqis, than the terrorist attacks on 9/11? Do you think it still grates at him that even though he spent four years longer in office than his father, he is also going down in history as one of America's worst presidents? Do you think he wishes he had taken a mid-level job and faded into obscurity, still struggling with his personal demons, but living for himself? Do you think he'll throw himself into charity work post-presidency in a futile attempt to make up for all the mistakes he's made, pushing himself every day despite the fact that it will never be enough? Do you think he will weep when his father dies?

 
 


 
  2008.12.02  14.11
well then maybe it's vasculitis

I like this picture of Barack Obama, he's got kind of a House M.D. expression on his face:



Heck, they look like a House Diagnostic Team there, here's an avatar-sized one if you want to write "THE USA HAS LUPUS" on it in sparkly text and use it in your livejournal postings:



 
 


 
  2008.11.28  19.38


Yo they are remaking Mysterious Cities of Gold

fyi I bet Mendoza will still be the best character

 
 


 
  2008.11.17  21.41
RDA? Really?

OH BOY, I got sick just in time for the RDA draft to be released!

What a great treat for while I'm bedridden!

 
 


 
  2008.11.12  12.05
Food banks in trouble

Hey folks,

The tanking economy, unsurprisingly, is hitting food banks pretty hard. If you want to help out, good charities to donate to are:

(Nationwide)
- Feeding America
- Oxfam America

(Boston area)

- Greater Boston Food Bank
- Project Bread
- Food for Free

(n.b. - these are ones I've donated to before and which I know have a good reputation, feel free to suggest more)

Peace.

 
 


 
  2008.11.05  09.47


Now that the excitement is dying down, I think we can start to address the important issues: what kind of puppy will the Obama family adopt? Will he have big paws and floppy ears? Will he bring his favorite toys to the Oval Office? Will the girls play fetch with him on the White House lawn? Will Joe Biden keep a bag of doggie treats at his desk in case the puppy stops by? America, and the world, must know the answers to these questions.

 
 


 
  2008.11.05  00.05


This is one of the most amazing days I've ever been blessed to be witness to

 
 


 
  2008.11.03  10.11
OH MY GOD

HEY YOU GUYS DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW

RDA FINAL DRAFT is being released (allegedly)

And can I just say, on top of how terrible this project is in the first place, how ridiculous it is that the working group couldn't have even gotten a top level domain for the thing? What does it say for the future of cataloging born-digital resources if they can't create a decent website?

oh yeah and also we're voting tomorrow

 
 


 
  2008.11.01  12.40
actually this is actually not a politics post

Neverending Story III is so fantastically awful that I can't believe it's not a joke. I'm watching it for free on television and I somehow want some money back. But Jack Black's in it, I guess that's okay.

seriously, it's like a Neverending Story fanfiction written by a "zany" "random" "wacky" 13 year old and also you are reading it under the influence of some heavy hallucinogens

there is a scene where the rock monster from the first movie rides around singing "born to be wild"

I am serious, that scene is really in the movie

 
 


 
  2008.10.28  22.29
we're through the looking glass here, people

Hey, you know what's weird? I saw a guy who looked remarkably like Ralph Nader looking at belts in the Salvation Army on Broadway in Somerville the same day that he actually really was in Somerville. Nah, I don't think it was him taking a break from his record-breaking speech giving, standing there in front of the belts with a bike helmet and some wacky 80s-style black and white sneakers, but the question remains: for what grim purpose was there a Ralph Nader double shopping at Salvation Army while his doppelganger gave a speech nearby?

man I don't even know if I'm serious any more, I'm so damn tired

 
 


 
  2008.10.16  10.12
Hey, you know Joe the Quite Well Off Plumber?

this is starting to get longCollapse )

 
 


 
  2008.10.15  20.25
LIVEJOURNAL LIVEBLOGGING LIVE LIVELIVLIELILIEVLIEL DEBATE

eueuerrrrrfgghCollapse )

 
 


 
  2008.10.15  13.44
for god's sake, click below and read the webpage it links to

Last round of the debates is tonight, you should probably do a little background reading.

 
 


 
  2008.10.14  13.10
a politics post (FOR A CHANGE!)

I went to two different comics shops today hoping to buy the Barack Obama and John McCain Unauthorized Biographical Comics, but in both of them, the Obama issues were all sold out. Big surprise, Harvard Square! And I wasn't about to buy just a John McCain comic, it's bad enough that 30% of my purchases at Million Year Picnic are Nana. So instead of reviewing the doubtlessly great educational funnybooks like I had planned to do today, I'll shoot ya this Youtube video that Ryan sent me:



Also, if you like radical albino caucasian muslim rappers, Brother Ali's your guy:



 
 


 
  2008.10.12  11.42
I got great ideas

Hey, here's my idea, don't steal it:

Wouldn't it be great if there was an Avatar: The Last Airbender game for the Wii that used the balance board? You'd have to have a firm stance and quick movements for earthbending, a back-and-forth balance for waterbending, quick and precise movements for firebending, and quick moves and balance for airbending. Though I guess it wouldn't work so well as a fighting game, because you'd have to have two different balance boards, so they could make it an action RPG and also you could get extra points for using a fighting style that's weak against that of your opponent. And they could put a versus style fighting game with a proprietary platform in arcades.

I'm not holding my breath for it though, because the Avatar merchandizing line can't even give me a Katara action figure, let alone a Toph. Also, I don't work in the games industry.

 
 


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