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» Not really my thing, but fans of Christian Music, I think this MP3 Player is for you.
» The Woz has 20,000 on him in cash at anytime, but gets excited about free parking. What an interesting psychological state to think about.
» DC Comics Previews Solicitations for January 2007 BATMAN #662 • DETECTIVE COMICS #827 • ROBIN #158 • NIGHTWING #128 • CATWOMAN #63 • ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #10 • SUPERMAN #660 • SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #3 • SUPERMAN•BATMAN #33 • 52: WEEKS 35-39 • THE HELMET OF FATE: DETECTIVE CHIMP #1 • THE ALL-NEW ATOM #7 • AQUAMAN: SWORD OF ATLANTIS #48 • THE BLUE BEETLE #11 • BIRDS OF PREY #102 • THE CREEPER #6 • THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #8 • GREEN LANTERN CORPS #8 • ION #10 • GREEN ARROW #70 • CONNOR HAWKE: DRAGON’S BLOOD #3 - Bad cover kiss drawing • JLA CLASSIFIED #31 • JLA CLASSIFIED #32 & 33 • JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #2 • JSA CLASSIFIED #21 & 22 • HAWKGIRL #60 • MANHUNTER #27 • MARTIAN MANHUNTER #6 • OUTSIDERS #44 • THE SPIRIT #2 • SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #26 • SHOWCASE PRESENTS: GREEN LANTERN VOL. 2 TP • SHOWCASE PRESENTS: AQUAMAN VOL. 1 TP • TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED #4 • TRIALS OF SHAZAM #5 • TEEN TITANS #43 - Titans East Story Starts • UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS #7
Marvel Comics Previews slolicitations for January 2007 MS. MARVEL #11 • MS. MARVEL SPECIAL • newuniversal #2
» Nice Dane Cook Parody:
» Kings of Myspace Rap - Neat the way most of the video happens on an "actual" Myspace Page.
Let's Go Surfing
» WIRED's Six-Word Sci-Fi Stories. A host of famous authors. Haiku-like but shorter.
» If Aaron Sorkin wrote a show about Baseball. Kevin Levine captures the Aaron Sorkin (West Wing, Studio 60) voice perfectly, and applys Sorkin's specific dialog and scene pacing style onto a Baseball setting. Great Parody.
» Bill O'Reilly vs. David Letterman. Below is a CBS provided to YouTube clip from last Friday's Late Show.
Letterman: Let me ask you a question — was there more heinous, more dangerous violence taking place before in Iraq, or is there more heinous, dangerous violence taking place now in Iraq?Click for the whole 11 minute interview.
O'Reilly: Oh, stop it. Saddam Hussein slaughtered 300,000 to 400,000 people, all right, so knock it off… It isn't so black and white, Dave — it isn't, 'We're a bad country. Bush is an evil liar.' That's not true.
Letterman: I didn't say he was an evil liar. You're putting words in my mouth, just the way you put artificial facts in your head!
Let's Go Surfing
» X-Men Perfumes? Now you can smell like Wolverine.
via Progressive Ruin
» Drawings Created by Trees? Sort of. Personally, I'd think trees would have moral reservations about DRAWING ON PAPER!
» Finger Drum Mousepad $39.99. Neat.
Comments on Comics (I'm about a month and a half behind what you're probably reading)
» I read Supergirl #9 and Flash #3 yesterday. Supergirl #9 was largely a series of 1 or 2 page scenes with very little tying them together. I'm not really sold on Supergirl's "bad girl" makeover, but it didn't completely seem "off" as a characterization in this issue. This book so far is only for the comics reading die-hard though. I think a casual reader would be compelely lost with the disjointed storytelling, heavy continuity placement, and non-traditional portrayal. Kara hanging out with the new Captain Boomerang is interesting and fits this new character and of course, Churchill's art is nice.
Flash #3 - Written by former Flash TV show writers and it shows. More or less a continuity-free zone, or at least it's not very necesssary in the context of the book. The art in this issue sort of has an X-Men Evolution Animated Series feel to it. Reading this book you can very easily imagine this take as a self-contained television show. All your traditional story beats and bits of business are there. Craft-wise it's a good issue, I'm just not sure if I'm ready to see Bart Allen as the Flash (and neither is he in this issue, which is a nice nod by the writers to what was probably anticipated fan anxiety.)
Today was my birthday. Above are some Green Lantern "themed" birthday treats from a friend at work: Kilowog Krunchies, Ch'p Chips (like Buffalo Chips???) and "Tomar Re Remembers" Pepperidge Farm Golfish. Good times.
Let's Go Surfing
» Found this Legion Flight Ring on some guy's Flickr photostream. Neat.
» Thoughts on the 2006 Fall TV Season Sofar:
Battlestar Galactica - Very Good season so far. The show seems to to be turning into even more of a continuing strip than episodic, but it's very very good. One of the best shows out there right now.
Fantastic Four the Animated Series - Watched the first 3 episodes, and have a bunch piled up on the DVR. Ok cartoon. Not Justice League but entertaining for what it is.
Grey's Anatomy - Didn't see last weeks' yet, but the characters and situations are very interesting. It's a fun show. At some point I'm going to put up those Green Lantern clips from 2 weeks ago.
Heroes - How good was last Monday's episode? And the cliffhangers this show pulls off everyweek! They are replaying the first three episodes tonight. Check it out if you haven't seen it. It's not just geek tv, it's good tv.
Legion of Superheroes - I've watched a couple episodes, and have a couple more sitting on the DVR for this title too. It's good. I like it better than Fantastic Four.
Robot Chicken - Some of the funniest 15 minutes of television you'll see. Robot Chicken is the show that SNL should be.
Smallville- Haven't seen last week's Green Arrow episode yet, but the season has started off ok enough. They should have taken it off the air a couple years ago. The characters have aged beyond their premise. Clark should be Superman by now. I tune in to the show for the superpowers more than the characters.
Studio 60 - I like the dialog, I like the cast. The problem with this show is they tell you everything instead of *showing* you anything. It's all exposition. Good exposition, but it's not really good dramatic tv. It would probably make a better radio show than television, since the visual component of the show is completely unnecessary when they rally get rolling on the "let me tell you a story" conversational structure.
The Class - This show is alot of fun. the structure of several different simultaneous unconnected stories are freshly presented. It's not a deep show, but I like it.
30 Rock - Pure Situational Comedy, but funny. Baldwin, Fey and Morgan are really good in this one. A nice light funny 30 minutes.
What About Brian - Still haven't watched any of this season... will catch-up with it soon.
Brothers and Sisters - eh, saw the first couple episodes, the last few are on the DVR unwatched at the moment.
Jerrico - Also haven't seen the last couple, but I have suprizingly been enjoying this one. Not in Heroes league, but it is a good continuing drama.
Let's Go Surfing
» I just saw/got the ML 14 Mojo wave 2 weeks ago and already the ML15 MODOK wave has hit Washington and is making it's way west. ML 15 In Package shots.
via AFTimes Area Reports via Jakey-Jake via Fwooshnet
» Julius Marx reports that Bandai has cancelled the Teen Titans Action Figure Line.
» Played Justice League Heroes for PS2 this week (Actually I watched the game more than I played, as two friends with greater Video Game proficiency than I did most of the playing.) Neat game, too bad it's not 4 player like Marvel Legends. Even though I'm a DC guy, I'm looking forward to next week's release of Marvel Alliance more. M.A. is 4 player, which means my friends can concentrate on solving the levels and I can just button mash!
» Creepy commercial for the PS3
Let's Go Surfing - Strap yourself in you're in for Jumbo-movie-bucket-sized portion of links!
» Hellboy figures for Heroclix AND Horrorclix. One set of figures compatible with both systems?
» Coming Soon: Fraggle Rock: The Movie
» You'll be able to use your Nintendo DS as a Nintendo Wii Controller. Very cool.
» Instantly print emails for Grandma for $150. Neat but about 7 years too late.
» Want to quickly map Directories to Virtual Drive Letters? Virtual Subst is a Portable Freeware App that very elegantly and quickly accomplishes that task. Very Useful!
» A History of Computer Commercials. Bunches and bunches of Youtube videos in this PCWorld article.
TV.com has word that Veronica Mars executive producer Diane Ruggiero will create a one-hour superhero action/comedy for The CW. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s being described “Sex and the City meets Batman.” The untitled show features two women whose superpowers only work when they’re together — like the Wonder Twins, only different.
» I'm not savy to the whole homebrew game/software for Nintendo DS scene but if I was this USB Media Enhancer would be a neat thing to have.
» Make Ice Candles. (Sort of)
» Picresize is a website that let's you upload an image, crop, resize, and apply some simple filters. Nice free service, but I'm not sure how often I'd need use of such a thing. Still if you need to resize an image, it looks like it works good.
» Here is a site that provides clocks you can embed into your webpage.
» Very COOL Very Dramatic Action Figure/Toy Photography Check it out Lots of neat Very professional looking Pics.
via Boing Boing
» 'Kneel Before Blog' has another neat Action Figure cartoon: Ms. Marvel with some trick-or-treaters.
» Cool Retro Bluetooth Cellphone Wireless Handset
» Wi-Fi enabled picture frame Play your pictures directly off of Flickr. Neat. Still a little pricey at $249 but these things will probably be everywhere in a few years as they get cheaper.
» These Scrabble Bench Couches and Pillow Tiles are spiffy. The pillows by themseleves are a great idea too.
» Homemade Futurama Bender Costume. Nicely done.
» Gizmondo has this cool full touchscreen iPod conceptual. Not a real Apple image but probably pretty likely. Very Slick.
» I'd very much like to get a wi-fi/internet controlled robot web camera like this. Much Fun.
» Very cool Portable App/Video Game: Star Wars more about it here or download it here. The brief few minutes I played, it seemed to be a raster take on the old vector stand-up arcade game. May the Force Be With You.
» Katie Cook is an Ann Arbor based Cartoonist/Illustrator with an always interesting blog. She's also the owner of a very cute kitten named iPod.
» More of p2wy's photo's:
» Cool Idea: Murdered Victim Rug
» GIANT MAP of Simpson's Springfield. Wow, you could make a poster out of this. Big Image Size.
Let's Go Surfing - Surfing the net, so you don't have to.
» Surf the internet on your TV with the Wii. click the link, watch the video.
» Kneel Before Blog. There's some funny action figure comics there Spidey trying to decide on a halloween costume, A Cosmic game of Jenga, and a little bit between Goblin and Spidey. There's also a smattering of geek friendly topics, check it out.
» Neat Magnetic Wristband that keeps track of parts while you work.
» Green Lantern's: Hal, Hohn and Kyle from the upcoming Justice League Heroes video game.
» Need to more effectively flip people off in traffic? Here's the gadget for you
» Wedding Shots of Sue Storm from the upcoming Fantastic Four 2. Lots more in this Flickr set too including both Thing and Stan Lee in Tuxes
» www.doodle.ch, Really Simple Web Software for getting groups to select meeting/event times.
» Do you really like sandwiches? Then this is the ring for you.
» Enable your iPod's demo video mode (so it can be like a screensaver.)
Ever wonder how the iPods at the Apple store play the video demos over and over? Easy, make a folder called "Demo Mode", drop a movie called demo in it and you're pretty much done. Handy for a mini kiosk...via make
» Demotivator poster: Just because your necessary, doesn't make you important.
» 10 Ways to get people to comment on your blog. What do you think about this link? ;)
» Got the Marvel Legends Mojo Series this past Wednesday (Everyone except Iron Man, which although a neat figure, I decided to pass on him). Bunch of pictures I took below, The Steven Colbert Report homage is my favorite.
» Saw heroes again last night. Interesting Episode. Slower pacing than normal for Network fare, but still packed with alot of material. Should make a very very nice DVD eventually.
Google bought YouTube. Doesn't seem like a great idea, but who knows it might have bought a few more months of YouTube staying as it is, as I imagine it takes more time to prepare to sue Google.
This week has just begun, yet it feels as though it is already done.
Some recent action figure acquisitions:
» Lego Ice Cube Trays. Cool.
» She-Ra is coming. (stop snickering, you're reading that wrong.)
» So what exactly what will the cellphone companies do with this personal data? Targeted ads once-a-month? Is there anything computers won't know soon?
» Stair ideas for building your own secret lair
via Boing Boing
» Cable internet service sucks to my building today. It's been down most of the weekend It would appear they have too many users around me and not enough cable juice to power it all. Signal strength is way low.
I have discovered that if all else fails, I can post short little snippets via cell phone to the Flickr picture in the right column... Click on those if I disapear for a few days.
I've also added two new feeds to the right column. One feed for the Flickr Photos and One feed that will let you follow the Gably Chat Room for this blog at the top of the page.
I've considered also using the Flickr moblog feature to post the occassional Grand Rapids Toy Update when I'm out and about. Any Grand Rapids area Action Figure collectors reading this blog that would be interested in that? Reply in the Comments Below. Let's Go Surfing
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From religion to real estate, from pensions to parent-child dynamics, almost every aspect of society is based on the orderly succession of generations. Every quarter century or so children take over from their parents—a transition as fundamental to human existence as the rotation of the planet about its axis. In tomorrow's world, if the optimists are correct, grandparents will have living grandparents; children born decades from now will ignore advice from people who watched the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. Intergenerational warfare—the Anna Nicole Smith syndrome—will be but one consequence. Trying to envision such a world, sober social scientists find themselves discussing pregnant seventy-year-olds, offshore organ farms, protracted adolescence, and lifestyles policed by insurance companies. Indeed, if the biologists are right, the coming army of centenarians will be marching into a future so unutterably different that they may well feel nostalgia for the long-ago days of three score and ten.
» This Fold-Up Bike is awesome!
» Nice Physical tour of the Wii hardware below:
» Yesterday I set-up Google Reader and subscribed a couple dozen blogs and web sites I follow to it. It's a pretty slick program and I can definently see the benefit of following favorite web sites in that format.
This blog is done manually in a text editor and I sortof enjoy it that way, but now that I see the benefits of something like Google Reader, I'm going to make an effort to periodically digest my content on my LiveJournal account, which can be subscribed to.
Visitors to this site are a small group but I am interested in how many are using Feed Readers so please take the survey below:
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» Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in a Jon Farveau directed Iron Man movie? Yeah, I can see that. I really think it will not suck. It'll be odd in ways like the Burton Batman was, but I think it probably will *not* suck.
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» Parody from the Onion (go to the link and read more):
BOSTON—The now-monthlong invasion carried out by more than 200,000 college students who bombarded this normally quiet, historic city has forced native Bostonians to relinquish their rights as citizens and settle into a new life under occupation.
» Espresso Book Machine Instant Paperbacks on Demand.
» Came accross this really neat web based comic strip creator: www.com-mix.org. Very slick interface, mix and match elements from a variety of artists, flip, scale and rotate the images, add backgrounds and create caption boxes. No save feature yet, but you can screen capture. Neat.
I had a pretty good-sized post on the blog yesterday too. Check that out.
I don't spell check and my grammar, sentence and paragraph structure on this site leave alot to be desired. Most times I forget to go back and reread a post to see if it makes sense. Sometimes I type the word "Fnck". Flip the "n" over... I don't have a problem with the word myself, I just type it that way to slip it past overzealous work censorship programs and for the benefit of those that are sensitive to that sort of thing.
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