Archive for November, 2007

More Comics….

The above strip was online for yesterday (apparently late in the day, since I didn’t see it until just a few minutes ago… and I was busy in the afternoon to go back and look…), and this next one is the one listed for today – 30 Nov…

I personally know the feeling… pretty much that all of the sentiments presented in the NaNo related strips this month – although in different circumstances… I expect there to be a couple more strips next week… mostly about the “post-NaNo” experience, so we’ll see what pops up…

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A Story of 300

Wil Wheaton has a story about 300, and it can be found here… But here’s the short version…

Once upon a time, there was a man who used to focus on acting. Over time, the thrill of acting became less important to this person, as he started exploring some of his other talents, one of which was writing. He published two books, but when it came time for his third, he decided to do something a bit special.

The third book was designed as a softcover, but for his “something special” he prepared a treat – a limited hardcover edition, to be personally signed and numbered. The limited run would be limited to 300 copies.

OK… so why do I write that? Because I can… it’s my site… hah! More to the point, because while I had pondered getting the book (planned on it, actually, I felt like waiting until the hardbacks were made available), I just wanted to wait and see if I could get a hardback.

And I did… I know, I rock. And now, it’s time for something completely different.

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Dork does NaNo…

Another good one… and the month is drawing to a close. There is yet time for a few more… but I digress…

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Belated Thanks…

The last few weeks have been steady… and today has been crazy – phone calls non-stop…

I shall keep this brief (especially since I am getting ready to leave for the day), but I hope everyone had a pleasant enough Thanksgiving holiday, and am wishing everyone safe travels, shopping and planning while preparing for the upcoming holiday season…

Wohoo… time to run!

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Another NaNo Comic…

Not quite me…

But quite funny, nonetheless…

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Ratings…


So this is how this blog rates. Now, I bring you this bit with a grain of salt. I was pointed to this by Ebeth’s posting about her scoring. I’ve checked the grading against a few other sites, so I am taking this with a huge grain of salt – and here’s why.

There are several blogs that I regularly hit – two of which belong to published authors (Wil Wheaton, and Neil Gaiman). Here’s the salt…

When I ran the site against Wil Wheaton’s blog, this is what I got.

But when I ran it against Neil Gaiman’s site, I got two different results. The first test was based on Neil’s main site… and got this rating:

But when I ran the check specifically against his online journal, I got this result:

Now, I am curious as to the scanning method that is used to arrive at the rankings. I find it mildly amusing that two published authors, both of whom have been writing their blogs for many years, can pull in an “Elementary” ranking… Really makes me wonder…

Try the scoring site yourself with some of your favorite sites. Now, if you’ll excuse me, all of this salt is making me parched. Time for a margarita!

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Reflections…

Nostalgia has been a recurring theme lately. It’s not really an intentional thing… I didn’t intend to go that route. Like some random things in life, it just happened. And it will probably be a recurring theme for some time as I go through the stuff in the house.

It’s a packrat’s nature (and yes, for the record, I do have severe packrat tendencies). Maybe it’s the long memory for useless information, maybe it’s making hyper-sensitive emotional connections to things, and the circumstances and events involved with them… remembering the first time I read a particular book, or who gave me a certain item and when, or the trips that another item was involved in (read: souveniers).

Maybe I’ll post a few reflections online as I go though the stuff, but that could take some time…

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Comics… Online

Okay, so my inner childhood geek could be getting very happy. While I was going through my daily routine this morning, I followed a few references that led me to this: Marvel Comics are bringing their archives online. Now, it doesn’t look like all of the titles are going to be going live (at least, no time soon) – they are mainly sticking to bringing the biggest guns out first.

Like famous first episodes from the beginning of the fmaous series (Spideman, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Hulk, etc.) – you don’t get much bigger than those. Years ago, when I actively collected comics and consulting price guides, some of those were considered some of the Holy Grails for a collector, easily fetching price tags over $1,000 in good condition.

I’ve scanned some of the initial offerings, and many of the series that are listed are newer lines, or related to popular/famous characters. There are some “classics” (read: short, niche runs, or lines that rights have since been sold to other publishers) that I would love to have access to, to actually follow the entire series… like Transformers, GI Joe, Forgotten Realms – ones that hold a significant portion of my youth with them (not from reading the comics, per se, but my other interests as a kid as well).

I have picked up some graphic novel versions from the new publishers (for Transformers & GI Joe), and while I like the stories, and the art is incredibly sharper than the issues I grew up with, I grew up with them coming from Marvel.

Now, here’s part of my dilema… there are only a few lines that I can see sinking into (at the moment) from Marvel… at least, there are holes in the lines (hey, it IS a new service, so it can’t be to perfect off the bat, right?). Second, the only real time I can see myself spending a lot of time reading would be while at work (hehehe, but not that great of an environment). Third, there are other series and publisher lines I would like to see as well (Image’s Spawn and WildCATS, to name a few)…

But the writer in me would love to explore the site, to explore the lines as “research” for possible techniques… how to build a story for a comic format.

But the options are there… to ponder the possibilities… to Marvel at the past, present, and possible future…

(Corny, I know, but I couldn’t resist…)

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Size Does Matter…

When it comes to driving. My primary car had been an Explorer (Sport)… My wife’s car was a Blazer. Both are SUV’s, both automatics on the column. I have been driving my truck for eight years, prior to getting the Mini this summer.

The Mini is a manual (is there REALLY any other way to do a Mini justice?).

The issue of size hadn’t really been a major thought for me until this past weekend, when I was taking things to the dump in the Explorer. I climbed in after loading the trash in the back – a few tubs of papers and random trash that had been collected over a few weeks. This was the first time I was actually driving it in well over a month (although I had cranked it, I just hadn’t gone anywhere…), and I actually said, “Holy crap this is different.” There was just so much more space, and a bulkier feel that I had forgotten in the passion of motoring.

I have driven other vehicles inthe last couple of months, but this was the only time that it really felt weird… like musicians that have spent so much time with their instrument that when they step away from it for an extended time, it feels different to them when they pick it back up… Or a suit of clothes that hadn’t been worn in a long time.

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NBA Fever

Wow… I was going through some things this weekend (part of the wonderful purging process, courtesy of acquiring and holding on to so much crap – there really is no other way to put it. Mind you the stuff I am now calling crap was important to me at one point in time… just not anymore, but I digress…) and discovered some of the old videos I had recorded.

No, nothing kinky or weird like that – things I had recorded off of TV (Yes, I had access at one time to HBO & Showtime, and no, these were still are not things like that…). At one point in time, I was an NBA junkie. Not a major “had-to-watch-every-game-and-quote-every-stat” type junkie, but I was goober enough to record the draft, to record the all-star weekend, and record some games (I actually think I had recorded the Boston playoff game where Reggie Lewis collapsed…). I had even created a small library of official NBA videos (Superstars, Jam Session, etc.).

Many of the dubbed tapes (drafts, etc.) I hadn’t even put into a player in well over 10 years. As I tossed the tapes this weekend (the dubbed ones… the “official” tapes might be able to get me a few bucks), I felt the twang of emotional chords. I felt the mixed joy of cleaning house and letting things go, and the slight pain of realizing that I was letting part of my past go.

I haven’t watched much in the way of any pro games in quite some time (a few minutes in passing, but I don’t obsess over the calendar), and the only stats that I really pay attention to is just enough of the standings to see how teams are doing (Go Celtics!), or skimming over the draft recap for a day or two after, just to see how the picks went down.

I used to be able to know who was playing (from collecting cards – by the box, not by the pack), now I only know the high-profile players – but I can’t really even tell you what team they are with anymore…

I’m rambling here, but the point is this: geez, I have a lot of random crap to go through… no wonder it’s going to take me a while to get through my stuff!

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