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Friday, September 29, 2006

Star Trek: up for auction.

After forty years, your opportunity has arrived to own a part of the Star Trek legacy. Shame really...



I'd love to get the transporter lights from the Enterprise-D TV set...they were intentionally used from the Desi-Lu production Star Trek's set. They were the lights over the transporter pad on the original TV ship. Only a Trekker would know that. Pips. Color of uniform. Era via uniform/badge. Why it's a "phaser" instead of laser. Think the Klingon fan couple couples in drag? Ewwwwww...
But I had a model of the movie era 1701/1701-A that I think I blew up with firecrackers when I was a kid. Sheeeeeeeet...upside down spoons when I was REALLY bored. I do love Star Trek.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Star Trek: up for auction.

After forty years, your opportunity has arrived to own a part of the Star Trek legacy. Shame really...

Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Pale Blue Thought...


Image & Text courtesy of Warren Ellis Dot Com

"Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot”
A recent shot from Cassini, in the orbit of Saturn, some 930 million miles away. The pale blue dot, of course, is Earth."
THE SMOKING PUCK!

September 28, 2006
By Rev. Sully

Great Gonzo! Who will be the Last Man Standing as Cap'n!
aka: Brewin' Tough stuff!


The Smoking PUCK is pleased to bring hockey talk to the wide sea of the IntrePoop. I watch the standard in SportsNews Infotainment and wonder where the Hockey is? The season starts next week. Could it be the excitement of the upcoming MLBDS? Could the NFL be the BMFs taking ATT'N away from the NHL? Profiling "unpaid" celebrities of college athletes? What could be better than reminding people that the best Sport in North America is starting October 6??? I think it's Conspiracy but then people will think I'm paranoid. Did you see those black helicopters following me here, by the way?

For a weekly feature, I'll start my introductions to the newest of the Boston Bruins and a few old favorites every week until we're all caught up. This week I'll start at the very top...and "top" ain't kidding when you see how big this guy is. His jerseys when he was an NY Islander were made from two XXL sweaters. But attend to me when I tell you...

This is why Zdeno Chara is being hailed as the next Captain of the Boston Bruins.

Not only was the last “good” Captain a great defenseman…and I say that with a hip check on the pinball machine of my typewriter “good”...new Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has averaged a plus/minus differential of 27.25 per season his past five years in Ottawa, a division rival.

That means, and I say this for the MouthBreathers...that means when he’s on the Ice perhaps 30 more goals could happen each year. How many one-goal games did the B's drop last season? Then-rookie Brad Boyes led the last windmill tilt with 11 in the +/- Dept and he played all 82 games. Zdeno is in the Penalty Box a lot as well. Get ready…we have a definition in this Towne of Olde Beantown Faire of being Bruin Tough. The Gallery Gawds use this as the standard of how we judge the players wearing the Black & Gold.

What’s a matta, Chief? There was the magical time of the early 70’s. The circa of Boston’s last Stanley Cup hurrah was at the same time Hunter S. Thompson was penning Gonzo Journalism in the name of Truth and Liberty…all Caps there. That era of NHL Hockey was the foundation of what became caricature in George Roy Hill’s 1976 motion picture “Slap Shot”. The Big Bad Bruins. It was more than a cliché, it represented the City Itself. Chara Himself is a 6 foot 9 inch Slovak. What represents this city more than immigrant workhorses...the Neighborhoods of the Irish, the Italian, the Polish, African-American, Spanish, Asian et al. I close my eyes and see the Public School in Dorchester I went to for 4th & 5th Grade...to see the real complexion of the Hub of the Universe...one Outside of your Neighborhood.

In other Sport cultures I heard of “Yankee Tough”, an oxymoron from baseball which A-Rod sees a SportShrink to Cure but iDigress...Rodriguez is the polaric opposite of Sox Captain Jason Varitek. Zdeno Chara is Bruins Tough, he’s coming in as a hired gun to help lead this team into another ride. He’s a crucial ingredient in this Mix and might be best suited to wear the “C”. Chara is a new player on a “new” team…although even a new team has to be Bruin Tough. Being a Hockey fan has been a rewarding experience even taking into account the Long Offseason, the game has grown culturally…furthermore being a Bruins fan has been a frustrating experience. Perhaps Hurricanes and Lightning fans can tell us about just enjoying individual games in a season and Damning the Expectations to H-E-Dubble HockeySticks.

Taking a Gonzo author too seriously though is a wonderful thing but also there are times you just won’t care for it. I recently picked up a copy of a copy of “Skinny Legs and All” and I was lost at “wolfwood wallpaper”. Is the Bard's Chorus in Henry V Proto-Gonzo asking us to Suspend our Disbelief as well? Maybe I’ll give Robbins another try soon but damned if I wasn’t uninterested from the first page. Incidently, I heard the term “Gonzo” was coined in Southie. However Bruins Tough was born on Causeway Street next to a rickety “El” and there were hundreds of ways to sneak in. I couldn’t think of a worse expectation for me to have of Chara than his being Bruin Tough...because what if I’m wrong. It is a scary thing to Care and uphold Hope. Bruin Tough is my mantra for this season. It will win games and please fans. So in that vein I’d like to heartily thank the Red Sox for another entertaining season and owning first place mostly all season. I’d make Tee Shirts of Bruins Tough if I could. It sums up what I can expect from the Dramatis Personae in Print, as most as we can expect from a Team on Paper or Pixel before the first puck drops on Center Ice.
å

'Namaste,

Rev. Sully


All Statistic used in this Smoking PUCK are courtesy of NHL Dot Com’s Statistics page. In the words of Doctor Hooey, “RTFM”.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Comics Gnome POOTS an Old Fashioned Wednesday Stack O' Funnies...

My goodness! A heavy week at the FunnyBook Bodega...I actually made a stack and sat down to a lunch at the Harvard Square institution "Charlie's BBQ". It was an early morning, up & at 'em so me and the Comics Gnome had first crack at the 11AM opening. I got to the Bodega about 11:20-ish and found several people already there. I had to knee, gouge and elbow a path through a field of fanboys. The Gnome can run 'tween their legs and he's a Pacifist. So we made an old fashioned stack and had an early lunch on a day oaf. A bacon double cheeseburger, two beer and an apple dumpling's time worth of being alone at the Bar and diving into a stack of new funnies.


Teen Titans #39 still written by Geoff Johns. Still a great funnybook One Year Later. New characters are coming out of the woodwork and also new spins on old legacies.


Batman #657 written by Grant Morrison with art by Andy Kubert. Part 3 of the "Batman & Son" storyarc by master storyteller Grant Morrison. Is the boy that Batman brought to the Batcave really his son???


Justice League of America #2 by Brad Meltzer with art by Ed Benes. Part 2 of the "Tornado's Path", the New Earth's new JLA. Great art and story so far. It's just setting up a new arc but tune in and enjoy.


John Constantine Hellblazer #224. Part 1 of The Red Right Hand by Denise Mina and Leonardo Manco. I haven't bought an issue in about 2 years and had the power under the Salary Cap I had wiggle room to pick something else up. I chose my old friend here. What'll happen when he can't find cigarettes in demon-infested Glasgow? I might not find out but it was good to check in after so long. He's still up to his old tricks. Maybe he needs some new ones.


DC Universe "52" Week Twenty-One. Because we asked for it...the return of Infinity Inc. And some more light into the Teen Titans revolving door after the Crisis. No supplemental origin story this week in favor of a full-length story. I do get his title every week and will for the entire run.


The Ultimates 2 #12. Part 6 of 6 by Mark Millar & Bryan Hitch. This is IT!!! Until the conclusion to this issue in #13 Part 7 of 6. Hulk smash...'nuff said.



'Namaste...
Everybody say hello to Orion!

Monday, September 25, 2006

YAY! Congratulations on the new job MATT.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOO!

XOXO K1W1

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Yeah! Awesome, Matt...


but there is a SMOKING PUCK MOMENT to be had...



The Bruins are 4 and 1 in the preseason...that means NOTHING! tee hee

Friday, September 22, 2006

Got a new job at a startup software company called Onaro on Harrison Ave in Roxbury. I start monday. Yay!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Comics Gnome POOTS forth...a Hammer?

All you really need to know is this...
Thor died. In MARVEL Comics, a few major storyarcs ago the Thunder God Thor met his demise apparently in Ragnarok as he was supposed to. Well...he really didn't "die"...more like he's in deep hibernation floating in deep space so Thor's away.



So...why did Thor join a side in Marvel's CIVIL WAR and kill another hero?

Buy it. Read it. It was worth the wait being late almost 6 weeks.

'Namaste...


Steve McNiven's art soars in this title, kids...


Iron Man versus Captain America Round One was great but a "draw"...get it? "Draw"...ahhh, nevahmoind...

Images courtest of IntrePoop Piracy...Newsarama Dot Com

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

THE SMOKING PUCK!

September 20, 2006
By Rev. Sully

Change 'Em Up...but you'll never see Shirts & Skins barring a brouhaha...
aka: The New Season Looms! And the Loom Bears New Fruit...


Hey...the preseason has begun! Smell the ice yet, bunkies? The Bruins have already played two and the real pucks drop October 6. Hockey is in the air. As I like to say, Hockey is God's Sport...on the 8th Day God was Bored so He Made the Ice. 'Nuff said.

New looks for old friends:
The Buffalo Sabres have once again changed their jerseys. Here's the Sabres New Duds. They've dropped the red, silver & black for their traditional colors of blue & yellow.


Original since 1970 until 1996.


Introduced 1996-97 until 06-07.


White for Away...


Dark for Home.

Sorry for the runty images, folks but being an IntrePoop Pirate one takes what's available. Arrrgh! Sorry...yesterday was Talk Like a Pirate Day.

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are no more. Since they're no longer Disney property, they no longer have the Donald Duck goalie mask as their crest. They are now known as the Anaheim Ducks.


Before...


After...



The Boston Bruins say farewell to the Teddy Bear yellow 3rd jersey...



And will go "Vintage" instead throwing back to the 70s...



The Bruins were the only team to keep their original 3rd jersey from the idea's introduction in the 1995-96 season.


The "Class" of '95.

The NHL will suspend the 3rd Jersey program after 2007. And if you thought the Pink Hats were bad...



Hockey jerseys are still the best. I haven't heard if the afore-mentioned notion of slimmer jerseys will go into effect next year...let's hope that will pass like a dish from Adam Oates, eh? Check this site out then if you're a huge fan of NHL Uniforms like I am. NHL Uniforms Dot Com. Every uniform...ever. This season's not up yet but take a trip on this time machine, hockey fans...you deserve it.


'Namaste,

Rev. Sully


All Statistic used in this Smoking PUCK are courtesy of NHL Dot Com’s Statistics page. In the words of Doctor Hooey, “RTFM”.

Monday, September 18, 2006

OK...consider yourself informed...Sox took 3 out of 4 this weekend against the Yanks...but of course really the good thing is that we didn't have to watch the Yanks celebrating clinching the division if they had won the series. Two wins guaranteed that. Now, we'll just watch it from afar and reintroduce that proverbial Boston Phrase..."Wait till next year..."
Holy crap - did we win a series against the yankees???

Where's my Sully... why aren't I informed???

Thursday, September 14, 2006

iRawk...therefore iPod!

Well...I'm going to Zero-Out my Play Count list on "Solaris, the Tyrant Sun" here...I think I need clear the slate so to speak. I upgraded to the newest version of iTunes. Why? So I can download and play Tetris. I'm thinking with newer playlists come other songs on the Top 10. I've bought a bunch of music in the meantime and listen to shuffle a LOT so...

So for the last time before I delete my play count history...I bring you the almightly Sully Top 10.

10. Honey Don't by the Beatles from For Sale. Play it one more time...for Ringo.

9. I am The Walrus by the Beatles from Anthology 2 (Disc 2). This was released...wow! In 1996. Remember the hooplah? The ABC Special? The big book? This is basically a studio take that didn't get overlayed with strings and voice samples. I know that this was one of my Uncle Paul's favorite Beatles tunes...so sez me Ma...and it ended up being one of mine as well. I had the opinion that it was the prototypical rock tune; verse chorus verse chorus guitar solo chorus. Well, there is no guitar solo but there is the "sitting in an English Garden waiting for the SUn" where the guitar solo would be in a Metal tune 20 years later.

8. Season of Wither by Aerosmith from Sully Tunes No. 2 (originally from Get Your WIngs). Now if you listen to the original version of "Train Kept A Roliin'" the live cheer at the end segues into perhaps my favorite Aerosmith song. If I'm drunk enough...I would do this for karoke...

7. What You Do For Money Honey by AC/DC from Back In Black. Do you know this song? It rocks my balls off...I might be an eunich I've listened to it so damned much.

6. The Crooked Beat by the Clash from Sandinista (Disc 1). This is a great Clash album. It's actually a triple album containing 36 tracks. This is a personal question but when someone asks you what kind of band the Clash are...what do you say? I usually say they're a reggae band and this song sums that up...sung by Paul Simonon, singer of their hit "Guns of Brixton".

5. 19 de Noviembre by Carlos Vives from Para Un Alacran Guero...whatever (June 2004). My girlfriend made this for me. It contains a lot of good tunes now on my iPod. This song is by Carlos Vives...a popular Columbian singer not Shakira! ^_~ This was one of Deedee's favorite songs before we met and go figure...the date of the title is my birthday. ^_~

4. Here, There, Everywhere by the Beatles from Sully's Beatles Bakers Dozen (originally from Revolver). Uhhhh...another Beatles song in the Top 10. What to say....hmmmmmmm...

3. Offend in Every Way by the White Stripes from Deedee's Baker's Dozen (originally from White Blood Cells). I made my gal a White Stripes Bakers Dozen that wasn't my personal Bakers Dozen. I think I just wanted an excuse to give her the Stripes version of "Your Souther Can Belongs To Me". ^_^ Great rockin' song...

2. Jailbreak by AC/DC from View From The Birdhouse (THPS Disc 2) originally from '74 Jailbreak. '74 Jailbreak was a Bon Scott AC/DC album posthumously released in 1984 when this song was released as a video and a single. This was a cassette of mine as well. There was a local video station on the UHF band called "V66" that used to play the crap out of this and their "Sink The Pink" as well. V66 only lasted a few year while MTV survived to 25 and beyond.

and at number One!!!

1. Things We Said Today by the Beatles from Sully's Beatles Bakers Dozen (originally from A Hard Days Night). I love playing this on the guitar but I haven't picked up the guitar since I chopped my fingertip off last December. It just feels different. Is this my favorite Beatles tune??? I dunno...I really don't.


I also just bought my first two episodes of INVADER ZIM for the iPod as well. YEAH! I say! YEAH! A few singles I'm embarrassed to admit and I thnk a few more around thte corner.

So...do you even listen to enough music to quantify it??? We's like to know...

'Namaste...
The Comics Gnome POOTS Forth a long time ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away...

Since the Comics Gnome gave up tobacco, he's found the will to spend a certain amount at the FunnyBook Bodega each week...the amount being a good $15 less than what he woulda spent on cigarettes each week. So on a particularly light week only holding two new releases in his chubby hand and a Yuppie Food Stamp in the other...he decides to hit the Trade Paperback shelf for something he's wanted to Poot Forth on the Coffee Table for a few weeks now. A gift, he said for a Star Wars Fan...an elegant piece of fiction for a more civilized time. One of my Favorite stories was the "What If..." stories. In the DC Universe they were known as Imaginary Stories...tales told outside of continuity.
In the Star Wars Universe, there is canon and the Expanded Universe. The Comics Gnome and myself scoff at the Expanded Universe notion. Sure it was fun at first but the fun waned when the continuity of the Expanded Universe became too cumbersome. Every story in the Expanded Universe of Star Wars builds upon the other and creates a vast tapestry. Well...for this fan, it became a little too much.

From the 1992-94 Thrawn Trilogy of paperback books and the 1991-92 Dark Empire, the beginning was bright to a new world of Star Wars tales but the burdensome continuity from every published story made it difficult to follow after awhile. So I stay away from the Expanded Universe tales. I keep to a distance and have a loose understanding of this "future" of the Original Trilogy but stopped buying the product...which is the proof in the pudding. But then there are glaring errors as well. Here at Star Wars Dot Com's Official "Expanded Universe" tab on Grand Moff Tarkin, we learn that he was the brianchild along with the Maw Installation team for the battle station known as the Death Star...when anyone who's seen Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones knows that the Geonosians created the plans.

So it goes, eh?

But then once in awhile there comes a titles I just have to get. And the Star Wars Universe has its own "What Ifs" full of imaginary stories and they're called "Infinities". What if one little thing happened that wasn't supposed to have? Such as Luke missing the Proton Torpedo shot in "A New Hope", Luke dying in Han's arms on Hoth in "Empire Strikes Back" or what if...Leia's thermal detonator goes off in Jabba's Palace in "Return of the Jedi"? huh? Welcome to Star Wars Infinities and the TPB the Comics Gnome picked up on a lite Wednesday...


Dark Horse Comics RotJ INFINITIES.

What if it goes horribly wrong at Jabba's palace...and it leads up to the end where Luke & Leia confront Vader on the 2nd Death Star? The last page made me go back to pick it up on the lite Wednesday. And I was thrilled as a Star Wars fan to do so...it won't be considered part of the dreaded and overworked EU because it's an imaginary story. But as Alan Moore said..."aren't they all?"

'Namaste...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

THE Smoking PUCK!!!
This is all you really need to know about hockey at this point...

by Rev. Sully
September 12, 2006


NHL - Key Dates
Sept. 17 Preseason begins
Oct. 4 Opening night
Jan. 24 All-Star game in Dallas
April 8 Regular season ends

Monday, September 11, 2006

Sully, I remember vividly first finding out about 9/11. It was from you. I was in California on a business trip. I had just woken up and signed onto aol. You sent me an IM and asked if I had seen the news. I hadn't...so I turned it on. I was chatting with you when the second plane hit.

I was in California to do a pre-installation check on a US Army boat. The boat was a "reserve" boat and located at the now closed Mare Island Naval Shipyard. The Army has a small reserve center there. During the normal week there are not more than 5 or 6 people around. Mainly serve as caretakers.

I got to my job site to see that in the hour and half - two hours since the planes had hit they had completely changed their level of readiness. John, the project foreman, and I were met by a fully decked out soldier. We were allowed into the buliding, but only escorted, and after a few phone calls. We met with the maintenance chief, but were not allowed on the boat. Having nothing to do, we went back to our hotels. I did what I guess everyone else was doing - watch CNN.

My hotel was in Fairfield, CA. Just a short drive to Travis AFB where some of the biggest military planes are kept. It was very eerie to hear the planes taking off as they were the only ones to be seen or heard.

By that night, I was trying to figure out how I was going to get home since they had grounded all planes - except the Military. I went to mapquest. It was figure to be about 47 driving hours. I figured with traffic, pee stops and sleep it would take me about 5 days. I wasn't ready to drive it...they would have flights "tomorrow or the day after".

I was on the phone constantly with the travel office for the next few days trying to get anywhere but CA. Damn...why didn't I drive!!! Better than sitting there with nothing to do.

Flights were finally starting to open up at the end of the week. I finally managed to get a flight into Providence, RI on Saturday. I finally got to RI about 2AM Sunday morning.
When I say Happy...it is as when the Bard spoke so in that vein...Happy 9/11

When I was still living at home about 19-20 years old, my mother's best friend Roxanna, who was originally from Peru came into some tough straights. Mom offered to help her out so Roxanna, her (at the time) 4 year old daughter Betzabet and her 12 year old son Joey...actually..."Joey" is his nickname...his birth name is Manuel but Roxanna called him her little "Yo-Yo" because he ran back & forth...so we ended up calling him Jo-Jo from the accent and eventually Joey. He hates his given name...it's his Dad's and he's a Junior. But Joey grew up as we all do. He went to NYU to be a film student. He there on Sept. 11, 2001.


>From: "Eric O'Sullivan"
>To: betzabet52@...
>Subject: Hi!
>Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 09:37:04 -0400
>
>Hey Joey!
>
>I was worried about you and I hear you're OK. Except for the conditions of
>the City et al.
>I just wanted to drop you a line and see if you need anything. Hey, if you
>feel like getting out of the city and coming to Boston, I'll pick you
>up. Your mom said that you wanted to stay in NYC (they call it Gotham for
>a reason, buddy) but if you change your mind or if things there get hairy,
>give a call or email. OK? Well I hope to hear from you soon. My home
>phone number is...
>
>Take care,
>
>Eric


Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 18:32:58 -0400
Subject: Sep 14, 2001
MIME-Version: 1.0


Eric,

How are you?

Thanks for the concern. I am living on 14th St, the point from which the
city was closed until last night at midnight. The local multiplex has been
showing movies for free, but that stopped yesterday. However, I did take
advantage of it and saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which I liked.

If you haven't already heard of the smell, let me tell you about it. The
only other place that I've smelled it is in Lima and there you attribute it
to the diesel gasoline the cars use and the burning trash and tires. Just
to give you an idea of what exactly it smells like, however it's a lot more
sinister than that because you know that the stench of charred and rotting
flesh is mixed in with the smell. For the past few days, buses and trucks
covered in black plastic have been going up and down the avenues, carrying
bodies. People were walking in the middle of streets and the sound of their
shoes on the concrete was the only thing that you could hear when you were
out. There were no cars allowed and nobody was talking. The sound of their
shoes on the concrete was particularly unnerving because the echo carried up
and down the alleys and streets.

There's plenty of food and most stores are now open, however my school did
have 5 dorms right around the WTC and 1800 students have been displaced. I
work at the housing office so I learned that the school is going to be
putting them up at hotels on Central Park and the surrounding area, giving
them free meal plans, 200$ stipends for clothes, free phone cards, free
books. When they evacuated, a lot of the kids didn't get to take anything
and they won't be allowed back to get their stuff for another 2 weeks.

I've been fine, though. I saw it all happen while I was walking to class
and while I was in class. From a distance seeing the silhouette of the
plane crash into the South Tower made it seem very unreal and it was only a
few days later when I saw a picture that clearly showed an unsilhouetted
plane about to go into the building, a picture which was so stunningly
frightening and detached precisely because you could make out the plane, the
colors of the logo on its side, and see the sun shining off it. I say
detached, also, because the picture captured the plane before impact so
everything else in the picture looks very normal, the only incongruent
element being the plane, which, if placed in an ordinary picture of the sky,
would fit in quite nicely.

I had a friend who worked at Doloitte & Touche at the WTC and she got out
fine, however when she got home she was covered in soot, dust, and blood.
Apparently, upon exiting her building, fire, debris, and body parts rained
down from above. Torsos, heads, feet with shoes still on, and other limbs
already littered the plaza. Up until she told me that, the aspect of death
and pain there was fairly removed for me. All you hear in the news is the
body count. It's very rare to actually hear someone recounting something as
specific as that on the news. The channels are wise to avoid it, I think.
After she told me that, though, the realness of it all struck me so quickly
and strongly.

I know this is a spectacularly grim email and I am sorry for it, but it's
very difficult to not let, at least, some of it weigh you down just a
little. For the past few days, my head's been swimming with images like the
ones I've just described, among others.

Thank you for the offer of coming to pick me up. I do appreciate it,
however classes have already resumed and, even though very few kids are
actually going, I think it would be best for me to stay here.

My number is ..., if you want to call.

Joe

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Starlarking...A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away...

On Sept. 12, 2006 there are two causes for Star Wars fans to rejoice.

One: The DVD release of the Original Trilogy movies. Now this was done before in 2004 in a boxed set. These are indivisual and also include a second disc. The untainted, original theatrical release. Han shooting first. The original song by the Max Rebo Band and the Ewok Jub-Jub Celebration song not to mention this...



Also the same day for all gaming platforms is the release of LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy!!!



Not only can you import 50 characters from your daved data of the first game but as with real LEGO, you can now create characters by mixing and matching pieces. The game will assign the character's name...what do you think "she"'d be named, eh?




From the Nintendo handheld version...

'Namaste...

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

THE COMICS GNOME POOTS!!!
on the wrong new release Wednesday...

Because of the National Day of Labor...everything else in American Life gets pushed a day back for this week; Garbage Collection, delivery of new uniforms and...new funnybooks. I appeared at the FunnyBook Bodega on schedule, as usual and realized after parusing the shelves...there were no new funnybooks. The Comics Gnome chuckled and said "told ya so...". Man...what to do! Well, take a look at the rest of the store is a good thing. Fill in the blanks in places. As I was scanning titles on the Trade Paperback shelves, the Comics Gnome fetched a few back issues of Villains United to complete that DC Countdown to Infinte Crisis series but then I was inspired to make another dent in my still-growing INFINITE CRISIS collection.

My pick...how about a TEEN TITANS TPB!


Vol. 4 The Future is Now.

This Teen Titans arc was not billed as an Infinite Crisis Countdown, Crossover or Tie-In. Scenes from this run were included in the Prelude to Infinite Crisis. The writer Geoff Johns has been the scribe of Teen Titans since the current issue #1 and also penned the Infinite Crisis. So Mr. Johns littered his FLASH and Teen Titans stories with Infinite Crisis clues.

Dig this. The Teen Titans are spirited away to the 31st Century where the Legion of Super-Heroes title was undergoing a well-deserved reboot. After fighting the Good Fight and Saving the Day, the Legion sends our Teen Titans back to their own era...but then there is our "Whoooops!" moment. The Titans find themselves Ten Years Further than the moment they left where the are confronted by Themselves, now grown-up and living in a much darker world and also they have assumed the mantles of their respective Mentors. Superboy Kon-El is now Superman, Tim Drake Robin III is now Batman, Cassie Sandsmark Wonder Girl is now Wonder Woman...and the Future Titans might not be all that good as it turns out. In a conversation between Robin and his future-self, Batman II...we learn that Batman, Superman & Wonder Woman were killed in "The Crisis" and they dispense justice in the manner suited to this New World. In the Infinite Crisis, one of the turning moments was when Alex Luthor tried to blend Earth-Two and Earth-Three...the result would have been the deaths of Superman & Wonder Woman who were confronting Earth-Two Superman on his planet. As of result of Alex Luthor being momentarily distracted, Superboy Kon-El sacrificed his life and saved the Universe by destroying Luthor's Tower (the machine powering the destruciton of the Multi-Earths).

But the real reason I bought this for the shelf...Vol. 4 The Future is Now collects Teen Titans issues #16-23 and the TEEN TITANS/LEGION Special. That's 9 FunnyBooks all for the Trade paperback price of $9.95...224 pages, originally an average of $2.50 per issue at a guess-timate of $22.50. The Teen Titans are given a hard look at themselves through a mirror darkly and given the opportunity to change their future. What If the Heroes lost the Trinity in the Crisis? Well, it's a little scary for us and the Titans that see who they would become without them...

'Namaste...

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

South Park - Crocodile Hunter

RIP Steve. You will definately be remembered...

Friday, September 01, 2006

Paraphrased from a "man on the street" question asked of a real Sox fan (with obligatory thick Boston accent):

Q: Do you think the Sox will win the the pennant this year?

A: Absolutely! Of course they will, and if you don't think so, why don't you do us all a big favor and burn your stupid-assed pink fucking hat and stop going to games. You're just making tickets more expensive for those of us who actually want to be there.

Unfortunately, my swiss cheese brain can't recall where I just heard that, but it was brilliant. The profanity leads me to think it was either cable TV or something on the internet.
The job hunt is going well. Both of the first two interviews I went on seem to have panned out. State Street Bank made me an uber-generous offer, but since they were a second choice for me, I told them I wouldn't be able to give them a decision until after the follow-up to the interview I had at Soundbite Communications. They want me to meet with their CTO and VP of Engineering, and since the VP is on vacation this week, that won't happen until wednesday the 6th. Naturally, SSB wasn't too happy about that, but such is life.

In the mean time, I've been enjoying my August. I was out diving yesterday... well, lobster hunting really, but diving makes that much easier. At one point, my buddy Gary and I came across a lobster so large that it took two hands to grab it. With one hand on either side of it's shell, there was easily a 3 inch gap between my thumbs. He was too big to be a legal "keeper", and slightly to small to ride home, so we let him go after savoring the thrill of a clean catch. Besides, if we had kept him, he wouldn't have been around if Rockport ever needed to be defended from Mothra. Go, go, Lobzilla!