Thursday, December 27, 2007

It looks like Jill and I are going to be parents in July!

Monday, December 24, 2007

The Comics Gnome POOTS...A Vision of the New Frontier

Coming February 26, 2008...

JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER! Animated DVD based on Darwyn Cooke's graphic novel. Now established as Earth-21 in the new DC Multiverse...

Wow...and enjoy!

Happy Holidays from the Comics Gnome!

December 24, 2007
By Rev. Sully

'Twas The Night Before X-Mas and All 'Cross the Ponds...
aka: Merry Christmas, Channel OCHO!

Ho ho ho!!!

Good things come to those who care. After slumming it in the Hearts of Boston Sports Fan, the Bruins currently own second place in their division. Is anyone paying attention and noticing...I think "maybe". Mike V. at the Bar has finally forgiven the Bruins and is going to two Original Six games this year. That in itself delights me. Like "I'm Doing My Job" kinda elated, huh? Ice Hockey...the Greatest Gift! Thanks God! I still say, "On the Eighth Day, God Was Bored...So God Created Canadians to Make Hockey".

Second Place in the Northeast Division. Fifth Place here in the N.E. would be Third in the Other Two Eastern Conference Divisions...as per usual, the Northeast Div is packed with talent. One day all 5 teams from the Northeast Division will appear in Playoffs. It is possible. It is this PUCK's Esteemed Opinion and Prediction this will occur but iDigress...

I personally have been a bad fan. Not a Game Yet this season. I have not ascended to the Thrones of the Gallery Gawds. I know that Mike V. at the Bar is taking me to one of his. That'll be nice. Mike hasn't gone to the Gahh-den in years...he doesn't necessarily like the idea of a Shootout. He's waiting for his classic, brand-new Cam Neely jersey to come in the mail. Mike's got an Adams Division mentality and I like it. I gotta take Meathead to a game soon. I miss going to games with Meathead...maybe I miss the Hooter's Wings and pitchers of Miller Lite.

And being a bad fan...I've been missing games on TV as well. Having this Night Before X-Mas all to myself I wish for a hockey game on the Tube most of all. More than a pizza or beer. Nonetheless, the NHL has the night off. The store is closed X-Mas as well. Boxing Day will be a big day for NHL sporting nine windmill tilts over all over North America. The Bruins take to the ice again on the 28th after clawing back into contention and being chewed up with injuries. Patrice Bergeron rode a stationary bike for 5 minutes without getting spells. That's great news. Glen Murray is out for a bit but Aaron Ward is out for a lot with a broken foot. Manny Fernandez is out for the year having to submit to season-ending knee surgery. Backing up 'Tween the Pipes is young Alex Auld, fresh from the Deserts of Arizona's Phoenix Coyotes, one of the X-Factors in the Bruins' recent successes. Another reason is rookie Milan Lucic who's on-ice presence is inspiring not to mention Chuck Kobasew's team leading 13 goals. 36 games played, Marc Savard leads the team with 31 assists and 39 points. Mouthbreahters, he averages over a point a game. Captain Zdeno Chara leads the teams in Penalty-In-Minutes with 69. Still...the Bruins are guilty of undershooting the puck averaging 26 Shots-On-Goal per game. They aren't the Celtics, they aren't the Red Sox and they aren't the Patriots either...and they ain't ever gonna be. It takes true personal resolve not to get angry at the J.A.F.O. who has no informed opinion.

I can't seem to catch a game on the TV anymore though...I miss watching my hockey. Bee-ohh-ohh-aich-ohh-ohh. Make the time or not. It is either/or. I'm watching "Invincible" with Marky-Mark Walhberg...I like the portrayal of these Philly Eagles fans. They remind me of us Boston Bruins fans. In the New Year, I'm looking forward to getting to the Gallery. So Merry Christmas from the Smoking PUCK and Channel OCHO. Maybe we were good this year so we'll all get a Playoff berth in our stockings this X-Mas! Let's hope.


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”.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Hey Sul... Nah still with the Windows version... no point is switching when I have a tonne of free programming and toys already on the PC. Plus it's all compatible with work as well, which is the main purpose for the new machine. Getting new programmes could get very costly otherwise and frankly I spent more on this thing than I was originally supposed to. It's got all I need though. Access to email, the net and iTunes. I'm good.

How you all doing??? House is looking good Matt! You've accomplished a LOT in the last few weeks! When's moving day?

Friday, December 21, 2007

Nice place for a vacation...
Mars is Cruisin' for a Bruisin'

It looks like there's a better of than 1 in 75 chance that an asteroid of significant mass is going to strike equatorial Martian soil on January 30th. The above article matter-of-factly describes the object as similar to the one that struck near the Podkamennaya Tunguska river in Siberia in 1908. I question that bit, as the "Tunguska blast" is noticably devoid of an impact crater, and because I rather like the far-fetched romantic notion that the flattening of some 60 million trees in a pattern radiating outward from the blast epicenter was in fact caused by N. Tesla's experiments in broadcast power, weather control, and "mad scientist" death rays, and not by an asteroid exploding just before it hit the ground.

That not withstanding, I'm going to be hoping for an impact on Mars, as it should be informative, super-cool, and because it ought to help to convince folks holding the purse strings that near earth orbit bodies are worth tracking and developing countermeasures for. We might need that in 2029 when Apophis comes to visit, or maybe in 2036 when we might get up close and personal with 2004VD17. http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/apophis/apophis_image3.html

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Bwah! Matt...it was a simple matter of motivation. My roommate, Kevin got a new PC months ago and asked for my help getting his old songs on his iPod. I never did a data extraction from harddrive to harddrive before...I've seen it done, I know it can be done but I neither have the hardware (wires) nor the software to complete that. Plus, he only wanted to move his music so we plugged in his old harddrive (which was in the basement for months). It took a while for it to warm up and I burned an MP4 data disc of his iTunes Musics...about 110 in total. My USB Keychain is a runt at 256MB or I'da saved a CD and used the keychain to ferry. His DVD Drive was flaky too boot...thank goodness I use an external DVD USB Drive for my Mac. Also Thank Goodness he was running XP so we didn't require driver patches. Then came Napster. Kev had about 160+ more songs in his Napster folder. When it came time to burn them, it wouldn't allow me to burn them as MP3/4 format. It would only allow me to burn as music. So the Math for the Mouthbreathers averages this about 8-9 CDs wasted. There was a link on the Napster availing us to the possibility of saving a MP3...but Kevin's ethernet card was currently screwed into his new computer. So Kevin goes through the laborious process of moving his ethernet card. Once installed it took another "forever" to find the Bloody IntrePoop through Connection Wizards. Then he couldn't get into Napster since he forgot his log-in in order to use that MP3 conversion link. Now you know this is a task that should have taken minutes, not hours.
My caddy was getting impatient. I was in the middle of EA's TIGER WOODS 2008. Then it officially developed an S.E.P. Field.
So...the old computer is back in the basement. Kevin added 110 songs to his iPod and since I saw the contents of his Napster music, I can replace about 60% of 'em when he browses my collection.
A Matter of Motivation...sure. Thinking back I probably could have followed the directory location to the Napster music folder on the harddrive and seen what I could have done from there but we were more wrapped up in the moment...

Yeah, Kiwi!!! What kinda laptop you get??? Another Bloody Windows machine or did you get civilized and Go Mac? DETAILS!!!
Hello boys... how's tricks??? Boy it's been a while huh? I've just been catching up on my last 6 months of OCHO. As I am on a 4-6 week surgically enforced vacation (again) I have sat down with my new Xmas laptop (it came early) turned on the tube and am hopefully going to catch up on lots of biz'ness.
Right now though... onto my third season of Smallville. Catch you all soon!

Monday, December 17, 2007

I don't know what the heck the comic with the glowing bug eyes is all about, but I might be able to help with the Napster file resurrection. When you say, "you were unable", what does that mean?

You didn't know what to do? You got an error of some sort? Ben Grimm threatened to clobber you both with a Yancy Street signpost if you got anywhere near the keyboard? Ambiguity doesn't get the songs in the pod Sully.

Throw me a frikkin' bone here.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Happy Holidays from Channel OCHO!!!

This is perhaps my favorite holiday song next to this...

Hope Santa brings you a donut (for impure thoughts ya know ^_~)

Friday, December 14, 2007

random page, DC COUNTDOWN 19

Did this make any sense to you?

If not, DC COUNTDOWN might not be the magazine for you
...but I'm wickid into it!

The Comics Gnome Clones...a POOT Title!

HAPPY X-MAS! WAR IS OVER (IF YOU WANT IT...Happy X-Mas From the Gnome & I)

It is but i Digress...

The Sinestro Corps War is over.

Yeah...what a great ride. Thanks, Geoff, Ethan, Vanya, et al.


Thursday, December 13, 2007

iRawk...therefore iPod

Impulse Buying Edition!

So...I was thinking.

About the IntrePoop and Music...again.

I helped my roommate revive his 30GB 5th Gen iPod...by Frankenstein-ing his old PC but iDigress...

We had to raid his ancient Napster account to retrieve musics for this new iTunes collection. And we were unable...well at the expense of effort I guess, no. Matt is chuckling as he reads...I dig.

But he asked me, "what IntrePoop service do I use to get music"?

And I hadda answer, "the iTunes Music Store".
No lie. I don't pirate music over the IntrePoop. The Digital Age has made a huge splash in the pond of popular music, nonetheless. I do share music I guess. White Lies? Hmmm...

I am not over the occasional impule purchase. Such as this: unheard, unlistened-to.

Black Star.

I can just here it now...

"you didn't know Black Star???"


The Count:
8,035 on iTunes
6,005 on the 30GB 5th Gen iPod
1 lost line of resolution on the video display
8 hour max of battery life
2 years of constant use

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Dun-du-du-DAH, da-da-da...
Dun-da-da-DAH, dun-da-da-Da-DA!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

The Comics Gnome asks YOU...Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Well...who is watching? Cui bono, eh?

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Comics Gnome POOTS! Worlds of Difference...

For those not posseessing the Gnosis of Esoterica one needs to navigate the oceans of fiction scribbled by geekmen & fanboys...please avert your eyes to this following post...
aka: Hey Kiwi...if you haven't finished DC FIFTY-TWO yet, skip this. Don't ruin it for yourself because FIFTY-TWO: Week 52 is an excellent issue

The Comics Gnome came in through the Bathroom window...protected by what appeared to be a silver spoon. Upon further inspection I found the artifact to be nothing much more than a Spork brushed with grey model paint.

SPORK! The best utensil to eat cubes of pork but iDigress...

The Gnome looked a bit haggard. Grizzled. Road-weary, one could say. Pooped!

"Where the Hell have you been? Where the hell are my funnybooks? What the hell happened to you?", were my initial queries.

His answer was, "Zzzzzzz...". He'd fallen asleep. In the tub, to boot. Well...I've taken a few wasted nights sleeping in the tub myself so who am I to cast stones.

Fast forward to the next morning. I got the Strongest Coffee on Infinite Earths once again and a dubble-extra large for His Gnomeness. Across the coffee table I see his peaked red hat jaunting towards me and finally a lump of shortness deposits itself on my couch, "What's that smell?" he scrutches his bespeckled nose.

"That's the Brazillian coffee. Strongest cup on Infinite Earthsm my good man", I raise my SHAZAM! mug.

"No the other smell...of feet, garlic and barleywine fart?"

"Oh...that's me. I couldn't take a shower this morning. Wonder why?", I wink at my erstwhile enabler of entertainment.

The Comics Gnome sips his coffee..."wow, this really is the strongest cup of coffee in the Multiverse!"

Sully Sez, "No I said on Infinite Earths".

The Gnome retorts, "Man, you gotta get current...right now there are only Fifty-Three. I mean Fifty-Two since Earth-15 got destroyed. I just got back from beyond the Source Wall...don't argue with me, lad."

What the Heck is the Gnome talking about. Well for one thing, we're NOT talking about MARVEL Comics Multiverse. Wow...what a mess. They need their own CRISIS after over 50 years of accumulated stories & continuity.

The Gnome was speaking of the only Multiverse that counts...the DC Multiverse. Being fair though, the "Original" DCU Multiverse used to be as confounding as MARVEL's current playground. It's list got a little cumbersome until the Silver Age Classic CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS attempted to streamline what could be confusing to new readers. From what were Infinite Earths became the One Earth...not to be confused with Earth-One mind you. See? I bet you already could be breathing through your mouth just thinking about it. Me personally...like Superman Prime I grew up in the Age of the Original Multiverse and thought it was just fine to follow. I start talking the Multiverse to OCHO's very own "El Post", a newer reader and his eyes lose focus and he swears he starts smelling oranges & blacks out for about 5 minutes. Posty is correct in a fashion. What fun is a funnybook when you need encyclopedic knowlegde in order to Grok. Explaining it takes time and focus...like Bible Study it takes personal responsibility to assume all this information.

But from this One Earth came "New Earth" in the wake of INFINITE CRISIS. When the Original Multiverse survivors returned to "fix" this flawed, ever-darkening One Earth...the New Earth was its result. Following INFINITE CRISIS was the fantastic weekly series DC FIFTY-TWO. The so-called "Secret of FIFTY-TWO" was remarkable...52 identical copies of the New Earth existed on different vibrational "superstrings" or Branes. A new DCU Multiverse was born...in FIFTY-TWO: Week 52 we see how the parralel New Earths were crafted to be reminiscent of previous ELSEWORLDS tales, Imaginary Stories, limited-series imprints and the other accrued properties of Warner Bros./DC Comics (i.e. Charlton, Fawcett & WildStorm Comics). And in the 52 Earths are room for new ideas, directions and stories with familiar and alien characters. Hey...esoteric gnosis all aside, it still boils down to storytelling and being entertained. And so far, I am really entertained by these DC stories.

What FINAL CRISIS in May 2008 is DC Counting Down to? Only time will tell. COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS just hit it's mid-point and its stride. It's brought in one of my favorite villains to the Mix and I'm now looking forward to every new issue. Sure, there were more than a few mediocre weeks during COUNTDOWN that made me question. I've also been tuned into other COUNTDOWN titles and one I'm really anticipating is the four-issue weekly COUNTDOWN: ARENA. Why? Does a picture say a 1,000 words?

interior art from December's COUNTDOWN: ARENA #1

COUNTDOWN: ARENA pits versions of heroes against eachother in a death-match. Why? The Hero formerly known as Captain Atom is now the villain called the Monarch. Monarch wants to restore the One Earth but one of his own creation (similarly Superman Prime wants to do this as well but he wants Earth-Prime restored, as usual). In order to do this, Monarch is building his own "Justice League" complete with a Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Green Lantern, The Ray, Nightshade, Flash, Blue Beetle and Atom. Each one picked from a different Earth in the New Multiverse. Three Heroes enter the Arena but only one will leave.

So far, DC has an "official" list of the Ever-Building Multiverse. What is keen to notice are omissions. Such as the unrevealed Earth-1 which is different than New Earth. Or I posit this...in issue #2 of the hiatus-plaugued Grant Morrison/Gene Ha WildStorm THE AUTHORITY (Vol. 4), the Authority find themselves on an alternate Earth where there are no superheroes and their adventures are funnybooks??? Does this sound like Earth-Prime to you, True Believer? Since WildStorm is now Earth-50 and Grant Morrison is writing FINAL CRISIS? Hmmmm...

The Gnome, well-travelled intends to stay on this Earth for a long while. Well...that is until there are more stories of the Multiverse to tell.


Monday, November 26, 2007

The Smoking PUCK Still Burns...

Been really busy...actually I just haven't been home enough to get a PUCK together. Sorry. But let this remind us why I love Hockey...


Saturday, November 24, 2007


That's some funny sh!t!!! ^_^

Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Black Friday!!! Who looks better in black than Darth Vader, eh? ^_~

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Sully - Happy Birthday! (Belated).

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Wednesday, November 07, 2007


November 7, 2007
By Rev. Sully

Head's Up...Watch Your Back!
aka: In November, Division Rivals Heat Up!!!

So the Bruins lost two-in-a-row to the Ottawa Senators. The Sens are first place in the Northeast Division so being beat by the best can only hurt so much. Tonight the Beantowne Bee's face off against NE Division Rivals Buffalo Sabres and will see them again on Saturday. In between the Bruins play the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. The Bruins won 4-3 against the Sabres starting off Divisional November on 11/1 but then lost the Home-at-Home against Ottawa. Next week, the Bruins will see the Toronto Maple Leafs and then Les Habitants de Montreal again the following Saturday. 9 of the 13 matches this month are against divisional rivals and the rivals are all in a row from the 1st to the 20th. The last four games of the month are against non-division teams. Losing against the 13-1 Ottawa Senators, who haven't missed a beat since making the Stanley Cup Finals last season isn't that bad but the Bruins will dig an early grave if they can't beat the rest of the Northeast in this month.

The Bruins have been suffering from a power outage on what this Smoking PUCK likes to refer to as the Soggy Numbers. SOG...Shots On Goal. Sure the Bruins are 7-5-1 13 games into the new season, currently in 3rd place 4 points behind Montreal in 2nd. But the most alarming statistic to jump out at me is the Shots On Goal. The Bruins have only have 30+ SOG in three of the thirteen games played. Currently, the Bruins average 24.3 shots on goal per game. Not even 10 shots per period in places. Some games I see 6 & 7 shots on goal in a period. That even equals boring hockey to watch...and we've had enough of that in this town. The B's topped off at 39 SOG in the 2-1 Loss to Philadelphia (which we'll talk more about in a moment) last week but the Black & Gold were particularly fired up to want to stick it to the Flyers...why?

Because Boston Bruins superstar Patrice Bergeron got hurt. He had lots of help getting hurt by the way. When the Philadelphia Flyers came to town Saturday, October 27 in the first period, Randy Jones hit Bergeron from behind into the boards. Besides suffering a 2-1 loss, the Bruins might have lost one of their brightest stars for an indeterminate amount of time. Bergeron suffered a Grade 3 Concussion. Brain injury can occur in Grades 2 & 3...he was unconscious for almost 10 minutes & motionless on the ice. Whew...he's also got a broken nose. He's alive and will eventually recover. Jones was suspended for 2 games. It's the PUCK's opinion that his suspension was a little light. Buzz around the league is blaming the victim a bit, that Bergeron put himself in harms way by the way he positioned near the boards. Coach Claude Julien called it a "dirty hit". I think the median strip in this is the correct route. Jones was superlatively apologetic after the fact. I saw the hit happen...I felt sheer Black Fear for Patrice, only his leg moved once due to gravity. But in the immediate replay, Jones' head was turned towards the net as he checked Bergeron. Bergie's head struck where the boards meet the glass. Was it a dirty hit? No. Should Jones have hit his man THAT close to the boards...No. The fact remains that Bergeron's back was to Jones' hit. It's called "Checking From Behind"...and although the intent to injure was not there, the simple "head's up"-ness of being a Professional Hockey player was not on Jones' behalf. Checking From Behind is an awful thing to do to a fellow Professional. Jones deserves his shame and probably a few more weeks on that suspension as well. There is no time table for Bergie's return to Gahh-den Ice. He'll have a 10-minute long press conference tomorrow when we'll find out more.

A little good news...Milan Lucic is here to stay. Coach Claude likes the Cut of Lucic's Jib. So he switched his jersey number from #62 to #17...a real forward's number. Speaking of wearing a large number, failed "Next One" #88 Eric Lindros is expected to announce his retirement this week. The 34 year old center played the majority of his career with the Philadelphia Flyers then spent a few years with the (patooie!) NYC Rangers. A stint in Toronto, a year in Dallas and the man the PUCK used to refer to as "Big Dummeh" hangs up his skates. Lindros was plagued by concussions and finally a torn wrist ligament put the final nail in "L'Enfant Terrible"'s career. Will it be for good? You never know until he's too old but for now...happy trails, ya big dummeh.


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, November 05, 2007

The Comics Gnome Wishes You a Very Safe & Happy Guy Fawkes Night!!!

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot...

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent
To blow up King and Parliament.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England's overthrow;

By God's providence he was catch'd
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

In fact I just re-read Alan Moore's V FOR VENDETTA for the third time. I've yet to see the movie but I don't think I'm missing much since Moore Himself was disappointed with the movie adaptation's Hollywood-ish direction and its Americanization. This is a truly British Tale...

I also hear that if Kiwi's "behave badly" this year, the sale of fireworks will be banned. News Source


Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Comics Gnome POOTS! The Keys to the Kingdom

I gotta say it out loud for those in the Cheap Seat...

SPOILER ALERT!!!: For Those of You In The Room Who Do Not Know The Secret of 52...You Might Wanna Skip this POOT (Leah! :P)

The Gnome & I have been circumlocutive about the DC Universe's Secret of 52 but with the looming FINAL CRISIS in May 2008, the Countdown is Halfway there.

At issue #26 of DC UNIVERSE COUNTDOWN the title offically changed to COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS. The snowball is acccumlating and now rushing down the hill at a fever pitch. It's now time for a bit of disclosure. One of my favorite DCU writers Geoff Johns pens three of my favorite titles: GREEN LANTERN, ACTION COMICS and a new fave JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA. Johns also wrote the so-called "Middle Crisis", the INFINITE CRISIS. Johns is pretty cool in my book but iDigress...

If we hop into the Way-Back Machine...WAY back in September 2003 the Gnome POOTed a little note on Mark Waid & Alex Ross' 1996 KINGDOM COME


This magnificent story and art was supplied with trappings from Alan Moore's epic-scoped but unused 1987 TWILIGHT OF THE SUPERHEROES, set in a all-too possible alternate future featuring a new generation of superheroes without moral compass.

11 years after Waid & Ross' KINGDOM COME comes its further integrating into the mainstream. Here's the Spoiler, Leah.

What was once the Elseworlds territory is now the New Multiverse, The 52...the 52 Earths of the New DCU Multiverse. What was known as this Kingdom Come world is now known as Earth-22.

And the Superman of Earth-22 has just appeared on New Earth...in this week's issue of JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #10, story by Geoff Johns & Alex Ross, written by Johns.

JSofA #10, cover by Alex Ross

Still Kicking MARVEL's @$$...DCU is Counting Down the Weeks until the FINAL CRISIS with amazing stories of men in tights.


Thursday, October 25, 2007


October 25, 2007
By Rev. Sully

This Is Not a Baseball Article but who is the King of the World?
aka: Original Six Blah Blah Woof Woof...

Things To Remember:
Another Phil Kessel shootout gamewinner versus the Rangers.
Getting mauled 6-1 by the impressive Canadians.
The Blackhawks are coming to Gahhden Ice for the first time in four years.

I gotta write some of this down before I forget, eh?

So wickid early in the season and with the Red Sox hoggin' bandwidth in the Boston SportsCulture zeitgiest, the Bruins are still 4th in the minds of many. The Celtics have yet to play a season game...and the Green are 3rd. Game 2 of the frickin' World Series. One of me to keep track...the numbers keep adding up.

Blah blah, woof woof. It's a favorite phrase of mine. When I reach the saturation point an expressed though, there's nothing more to say besides "blah blah, woof woof". So was taught to me in the Summer of Love, 1967...in the morning at Woodstock when Jimi Hendrix took to the Stage. He started talking to the crowd but then trailed off "blah blah, woof woof" twice during his intro to the song "Isabella". The Bruins win 4 in a row but snapped the streak in Montreal when last we played.
And Seinfeld said it, "yadda, yadda, yadda...", right?

Who can concentrate on hockey...well I can for one. But that's just me. I know Meathead can...he had tix for Sunday's Bruins/Rangers and then later Game 6 of the ALCS. Saturday Sportsgasm for him. Against the Original Six, the Bruins are so far 1-and-1. A win against the Rangers and a loss against the Montreal Canadiens. Tonight we have the Blackhawks of Chicago facing off against the Black & Gold at 7:00PM. The World Series starts at 8:30PM. Hmmm...what's a boy to do?

I watch NESN a lot, the New England Sports Network. I gripe about them a lot as well. They gripe about the Bruins lack of faceoff wins...but mine is a little more "superficial"? I noticed this. Kathyrn Tappen is the host of the Boston Bruins SportsDesk. She's a relatively attractive woman in her 30's but NESN doesn't give her rarely any close-up shots as they do the other "ingenues" Tina Cervasio and Hazel Mae. The camera loves Tina & Hazel but i
iDigress... The camera rather shows copious close-ups of Rick Middleton, Andy Brickley, Mike Milbury, Barry Pederson or Cam Neely. I just saw one of three close ups of Ms. Tappen in 24 minutes of broadcast time in the Warm-Up Show for a Hostess. The commercial for the pre-game has a quick close-up of her...that's in a 10 second spot, not a 30-minute show! Dude...you do the frickin' math, alright Mouthbreather? Her "P"'s hit the Mic too hard but darn...give the gal her screentime, why dontcha. I'm watching this on HDTV. I can see for myself. Of course I emailed NESN...

October 25, 2007

Dear NESN,

Hi there. I watch a LOT of NESN. I really do. Between the Sox and the Bruins over a decade I've watched a tremendous amount of NESN broadcasting. Does it make me an expert on watching Television? Who knows? But I know this much...what is up with Kathryn Tappen??? I mean...the camera LOVES (capital LOVES!!!) Tina Cervasio & Hazel Mae. Lots of close-ups. I mean the camera loves the gals of NESN (and New England loves our NESN Gals and that's on the up-and-up). But with Ms. Tappen...the camera rarely ever shows close-ups of our Bruins pre-game hostess. I only notice because I watch a lot of NESN. You show copious close ups of ugly, old hockey players such as Barry Pedersen, Mike Milbury, Cam Neely and Rick Middleton but I've noticed the lack of Ms. Tappen's close-ups so much...I've kinda started counting. I think you had two whole three second close-ups of Ms. Tappen on a 22-minute long pre-game show. There was one in a 10-second Bruins spot and that was half the amount of the whole pre-game show...are you counting, because I am. And lots of closeups of the men. It's starting to make me feel "weird". Is there something wrong with Ms. Tappen? Do you think we'd rather be beheld to the handsome countenances of ex-hockey players?

Hey...it's only because I've noticed. There's something going on. There's something about Ms. Tappen that she doesn't warrant close-ups\ but it's creepy. Either replace her or give the lady her screentime. Generic non-regional diction is all well and good but when you have a female desk hostess that the camera obviously avoids, then it's time to speak up. It's noticable. And creeping me out how the camera loves Tina & Hazel but shuns Kathryn. I mean...God Love Nifty but he's not photogenic. Sheesh.

Look, there is a sense of humor to my words but the meaning is pretty true. All I can notice is the lack of love with the camera to Ms. Tappen. Even Bonnie Bernstein on FOX and her new nose gets more close-up time on the World Series pre-game shows. We're all watching those as well, huh?

Alright, I've said my peace. I'll await you ignoring this email as well. ^_~

Eric O'Sullivan
Boston, MA

Rev. Sully of the Channel OCHO Blog

Hey! Ex-Bruin 1st round draft-pick & phenom Sergei Samsonov is visiting us tonight as a Blackhawk! I'll paint a bullseye over that #14, eh?

The Game's About to start! The Bruins game...we gotta wait an hour & a half for the World Series...sheeesh. What! No Rene Rancourt singing the National Anthem??? Don't worry, kids...the PUCK will look into this!


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, October 24, 2007

The Comics Gnome's Saturday Mornin' Scratched Palate.

Boo Yah!!! The Strongest Cup of Coffee on Infinite Earths graces my Coffeetable...along with an amazing Brazilian sammich. The Pasteis. It's like an empenada. A Giant Wonton. Seasoned Ground Beef in Deep Fried flaky pastry. Homer Simpson's Dream Donut but iDigress...

The Gnome & I nosh before we head out to fill the Mighty Sack O'POOTin'! Like a Superman in Yellow Sunlight this coffee makes a Man feel...we need the powerup to fight Kryptonian Mighty today.

If you miss a new release day, you suffer. We're more backed up than the Mass Pike in Rush Hour. I'm missing GREEN LANTERN #24...BLACK SUMMER #3...JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #13 (and also #14 as of last week). But thanks to a quick save by the FunnyBook Dude at the Bodega I'm not farther down the pole, he caught NEW AVENGERS #35 and BOOSTER GOLD #3 for me.

DC has always got the better of the FunnyBook Sachel but but today transcends the ordinary overstory...today is a major piece of the SINESTRO CORPS WAR with the release of:

I've been waiting for this since the End of the INFINITE CRISIS...


Saturday, October 20, 2007


I don't. Please...now give me shit.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Technology is my bitch.

I'm plenty busy right now with the house renovations, but I always have an eye out for future projects. I found one right up my alley, and I'm looking forward to having the leisure time to work on it. In a nutshell, I got one of the CVS Pharmacy "One Time Use" digital video cameras for $20, and I'm going to try my hand at thumbing my nose at their business model. According to the packaging, the camera MUST be returned to CVS for "developing" (for an additional fee... the camera will not be returned), and the camera CANNOT be connected to a computer or television. I call shenanegans on them. Get your friggin' brooms out kids.

It's my camera, I bought it fair and square. Don't tell me what I CANNOT and MUST do with my stuff. I say I MUST try to find a way to make a fully reusable digital video camera for less than $30. I intend to take the sucker apart with my handy warranty invalidator (screwdriver), wire in (and modify the case to accept) a USB port, and find/build a software driver that will let me download the video clips myself. I also aim to make the battery "user-replaceable", and while I'm at it I might even wire in some infra-red LEDs and take advantage of the camera circuit's disabled night vision capabilities.

If it works, I may try to upgrade the memory for longer clips, and of course make it waterproof... or maybe build it into a helmet, or a rocket nose cone, or maybe a cat collar. You get the idea. I saw that one guy wired two of them together and modifyied them to shoot 3D movies. Unfortunately, CVS got wise and made some changes to their initial design, and I've only got one of the old style cameras. The eBay seller was amusingly apologetic that it wasn't the latest model.

October 17, 2007
By Rev. Sully

'Twas The Night Before the Home Opener and All Through The Rink...
aka: They're Back from the Road, now Don't Make a Stink.

Here Ye! Here Ye! Attend to This and Accept...the Road-Weary Bruins have come home with a winning record. The Beantown Bees have a record to open the 2007-08 NHL season of 3 wins and 2 losses in 5 games. Including an 8-6 kicking of the L.A. Kings featuring not only Phil Kessel's first NHL Hat Trick but rookie Milan Lucic earning his 1st pro goal in a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. Hats off to the Young Guns! A Gordie Howe Hat Trick is a little different though...a player scores a goal, earns an assist and gets into a fight. Lucic won the scrap as well. Know This, the Bruins won 2-1 in San Jose despite only shooting the puck on net 20 times with no shots on net in the second period. Yikes! Winning is great but no SOG in a full period is a little sketchy.

Home, Sweet Home. Now starts the "real" season...it actually feels "more real" when the Bruins finally come home after starting the season with five games on the road. It gets real when you sit in the stand, when you're on the Edge of your Seat. When you Become a Gallery Gawd...it's defined "ascension". It starts with a Pilgrimage...a very, long walk. The escalators are for sissies and it's a few stories up to get to the Nosebleed Seats. With Concession prices being what they are, It is the Valued Opinion of This Smoking PUCK that the Gadd-hen needs to have the Balcony return to its intended purpose: to keep the Rabble away from the Posh. I think that the entire balcony should be $25. Yup. All of it. Why not? Owning a Sports Arena is about Event Concessions. I love drinking beer at the game but for $7.00-Plus? Have I ever told you about the Injustice that is the Beer Price in the SkyBox? Last time I checked it was about $15.00 for a six-pack of canned Beer: Lite, Heinies & Amstels, Bud & Bud Light. Even if it's closer to $20 a six-pack it's time to say as we do here at the PUCK, "Do The Math, Mouthbreather".

I'm going to give you a prediction. To Be Written in Stone. Brought down from Sinai Itself. I will give you, Right Now I present to you for the 2007-2008 Season...The Boston Bruins Magic Number:


This Number is the Capacity of Boston's TD BankNorth Garden for a Hockey match. This is THE Magic Number. This thought has nothing to the Televised Rights. This is the Number the Bruins need to make the Playoffs. You heard it here...

'Twas the Night Before the PUCK Drops and All Through The Flat,
Not a Creature Was Stirring, Not Even a Canadian Soldier Gnat.
Game Four of The Pennant will Shine on the Box
But the Bruins Home Opener gets my Eye, Not Sox...

A little diddy I sang to myself in the shower this morning. The only witness to this spontaneous tone-deafness was the Dog. If only he could tell me how good my Kurt Cobain is getting then we'd be going to Vegas. BTW: I keep hearing bad rumors of NHL Expansion and a team specifically going to Las Vegas. Maybe if they could get a good logo and a better name, have the Phoenix Coyotes move there. Call 'em "the Rolling Dice".

And this next part I call "Getting Inside the Head of the Snake"...a moment of familiarity to the Bruins current coaching staff:

Claude Julien
Head Coach
Coach Julien bring very little baggage to Boston and a very stony countenance. Before coaching the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, Montreal Canadiens & New Jersey Devils, from 1996 to 2000 Coach Claude was in charge of the Quebec Major Junior Hull Olympiques. On a team of Young Gun Bruins, perhaps someone who has been successful motivating kids to succeed is a great direction in which to go.

Doug Houda
Assistant Coach
Dougie Houda...I remember him back in his playing days from the Hartford Whalers. When we first got cable TV back in the early-to-mid 1980's, it was truly a novelty and not a standard of living...but iDigress. On the old Cablevision of Boston's "A-Trunk" lived "SportsChannel of New England" which still lives on as FOX Sports New England. On SportsChannel I watched a few years worth of Hartford Whalers hockey. Dougie Houda was a Whaler then. Now he's one of the Bruins assistant coaches and is a survivor from last year's coaching staff.

Craig Ramsay
Assistant Coach
Craig Ramsey was not only a Buffalo Sabre...he was one heck of a Buffalo Sabre. 14-year career Sabre but his number has yet to be retired. One heck of a steady defenseman.

Geoff Ward
Assistant Coach
Geoff Ward's first year behind an NHL bench. Ward was an assistant coach to Coach Claude back in his AHL Hamilton Bulldog days. Ward succeed Julien as Head Coach and won the 2003 Calder Cup. Good pedigree, eh?

Bob Essensa
Goaltending Coach
Bob Essensa was a great goalie in the late 80's/early '90s for Winnipeg, Detroit and a few other teams. Now in his 5th year as Bruins Goalie coach. He works with all the goalies in Providence as well.

So lace 'em up, put on the foil, ice down a 30-Pack Cube of Millah Lite Bayah and get ready for the National Anthems sung by Rene Rancort. The Bruins are coming home. Will I get there? I would go get a single ticket and just watch hockey...I haven't done that in YEARS! It's like going to the movies by yourself but there's beer & yelling involved.


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”.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Interesting thought Sully, but it won't work for me on three counts.
  1. I usually listen to my 7500+ songs on shuffle, so how much I like them has little to do with how often I listen to them.
  2. iPod and iTunes only increments the play count when it reaches the end of the song. Even when I like a song, I often "channel surf" before it gets to the end.
  3. Jill and I each have our own iPod, but both of them synch to the same iTunes. In otehr words, there are more opinions than just mine in the mix.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

iRawk...therefore iPod
Kinda-Best Of Edition

What is your favorite song?

What is your favorite (insert artist here) song?

What is your favorite album?

All these questions I can't answer with the authority I'd like for thoughts like these to have...as a photograph is a frozen moment in space/time so would any answer be. I know what my favorite Led Zeppelin song was when I was 13 years old. My favorite Pink Floyd song, David Bowie, Metallica...the list goes on and on.

But with iTunes finding out answers like this can be plain as day if you look correctly. All one has to do is click & point and the answers are right there on your color TV screen.

Let's play a game...let's take a photograph in soundwaves & aural cascades. Let me answer these questions to the best of my ability in my own special way today. May the answer be different in the future? You betcha. When I was 13 "Kashmir" was my fave Zep, "Nobody Home" or anything from Pink Floyd's The Wall was up there. Metallica had to be "Battery". Bowie...maybe "John, I'm Only Dancing", "Modern Love" or the "Jean Genie". I can't tell. The Beatles? Abbey Road as an album; only my 3rd Compact Disc ever as an X-Mas gift from Auntie Linda when she knew I got a CD Player. What about the Stones...or Hendrix. Even when I was 24...what was my fave Zep, Beatles or Bowie. I can't even remember.

Here in October 2007 though, I can at least tell you what are my favorites now closing in on the half-way point in my life (if I'm lucky 'nuff to live to see 70).

So here are my "Rules"...I'm gonna call out an artist's name and I'll give you My Top 3 Most Played...courtesy of iTunes' ability to keep track of them. Why not. It comes closer to the truth than anything...

Will the answers surprise you? Heck...I think they'll surprise me. They might not even be my favorite but I do know for a fact they are my Most Played since I blanked my Play Count in the New Year. So 10 months of playing lead us to...in order...

The Beatles
1. That's Alright Mama from Live at the BBC
2. Things We Said Today from Sully's Beatles Bakers Dozen
3. Helter Skelter from The Beatles (aka White Album)

The Rolling Stones
1. Dear Doctor from Sully's Stones Baker's Dozen
2. Ruby Tuesday from Between the Buttons
3. Sweet Virginia from Exile on Main Street

David Bowie
1. Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed from Bowie at the Beeb: Best of the BBC Radio Sessions '68-'72
2. Life on Mars? from Hunky Dory
3. Oh! You Pretty Things from Bowie at the Beeb: Best of the BBC Radio Sessions '68-'72

Pink Floyd
1. Fearless from Meddle
2. San Tropez from Meddle
3. Corporal Clegg from A Saucerful of Secrets

Led Zeppelin
1. That's The Way from BBC Sessions
2. Down By The Seaside from Physical Graffiti
3. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp from Led Zeppelin III

Jimi Hendrix
1. Isabella from Live At Woodstock
2. Gypsy Eyes from Electric Ladyland
3. Love or Confusion from Are You Experienced?

1. Fuel from ReLoad
2. Helpless from the $5.98 E.P. Garage Days Re-Revisited
3. Blackened from ...And Justice For All

1. Dive from Incesticide
2. You Know You're Right from Nirvana
3. School from Bleach

The Beastie Boys
1. Hey Fuck You from To The 5 Boroughs
2. Remote Control from Hello Nasty
3. 5 Piece Chicken Dinner--->Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun from Paul's Boutique

Johnny Cash
1. The Mercy Seat from American III
2. If I Were a Carpenter (with June Carter Cash) from 16 Greatest Hits: Johhny Cash & June Carter Cash
3. 25 Minutes To Go from Live At Folsom Prison

1. T.N.T. from High Voltage
2. Jailbreak from View From The Birdhouse (Tony Hawk Pro Skater Mix filed under Sully Tunes)
3. Squealer from Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
But for you Brian Johnson Era fans...
4. Rock & Roll Ain't Noise Pollution from Back in Black
6. Sink the Pink from Sully Tunes No. 0

Beck (one of my "new" favorite artists...yeah I'm over a decade behind this idea, I know)
1. Sexx Laws from Midnite Vultures
2. Deadweight from A Life Less Ordinary Soundtrack
3. Little One from Sea Change

The White Stripes
1. Hand Springs from Hot Pinball Rock, Vol. 1 (compilation of various artists)
2. Jumble, Jumble from DeStijl
3. Let's Build a Home from DeStijl
4. The Denial Twist from Get Behind Me Satan

1. Head On from Trompe Le Monde
2. Is She Weird from Bossanova
3. Gouge Away from Doolittle
and honorable mention at #7 out of 100 Pixies tunes is
7. Wild Honey Pie from Pixies at the BBC (Beatles cover)

The Police
1. Dead End Job from Message in the Box
2. Canary in a Coalmine from Zenyatta Mondatta
3. Synchronicity I from Synchronicity

Frank Zappa
1. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (instrum.) from The Lost Episodes
2. Uncle Remus from Apostrophe (')
3. Tiger Roach (feat. Captain Beefheart) from The Lost Episodes

and I'll stop here with one of my all-time favorite bands...

1. The Three Sunrises from Wide Awake in America (EP)
2. Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me from Batman Forever soundtrack
3. Spanish Eyes from Sully Tunes No. 0 (originally a B-Side for 1987's Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For single...not on an actual album, only "best of")

But what would my favorite albums be?
1. David Bowie Hunky Dory

2. Pink Floyd Meddle

3. U2 Wide Awake in America

And I think Pink Floyd's Ummagumma is gonna be in this list shortly if not already for the Disc One 1969 live album alone besides the Epic studio story told on Disc Two...

Wait a sec...I just sync'd my iPod for the night so any of these answered could already be wrong!!! Oh no!!! So why don'tcha hit me with your picks of fave tunes and I'll keep telling you about mine.


Current Count: Basically Maxed Out my 30GB (enabled for Disc Space so 27.5GB in reality)
on the iPod: 5,858
on the iTunes: 7,851
"Does the following make any sense Duh-duh-duh-duh-da! Duh-duh-duh-duh-da! Duh-duh-duh...duh da! Duh duh duh...DAH DAH DAH!!! "

What Bruin's fan worth his salt wouldn't know the Nutrocker when he reads it?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


October 10, 2007
By Rev. Sully

On The Road Again...
aka: 1-and-1, We're Having Some Fun

"The waiting is the hardest part"...it's true. It's not just ripping off random song lyrics for inspiration**, it's knowing that the West Coast game starts at 7:00PM PDT. For the Mouthbreathers, that's 10:00PM EDT. One good thing about the New Ice Order in the NHL is that I know I'll be in bed before the Last Call Ugly Lights come on...meaning that the game will not take more than three hours to play, barring a 30-round overtime shootout. "You take it on faith, you take it to the heart, the Waiting is the Hardest Part...". Waiting for the Bruins to come home is only a matter of circling a calendar date and then holding one's breath. October 18th is over a week away...wait a sec. If I hold my breath long enough I can see little fireflies.

"On the road again, just can't wait to get the road again"... Sure, due to the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus' three rings taking center stage at the TD BankNorth Gahh-den, the Bruins can't jump through hoops of fire until October 18th. But starting the season on the road isn't all that bad...so far. 1-1-0 to start. Losing in Dallas with Manny Fernandez in net only to win the next night with Tim Thomas 'tween the pipes, the Bruins haven't played since Saturday Night's Special in Phoenix, AZ. "The life I love is makin' music with my friends, I can't wait to get on the Road again"...road trips can create camaraderie & chemistry and a test of a team's nascent mettle. This is more country than "metal" though, eh? More like cross-country...but the Bruins haven't played in Anaheim since October 2003. The Unbalanced schedule flexes its muscle. Talking about the Unbalanced Schedule for a quick second...the unfairness is evident in Canada where the Eastern Conference Canadian team (all in the Bruins rivals in the Northeast Division) Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto this season will not play against the other Canadian Six teams Calgary, Edmonton & Vancouver, all who play in the Northwest Division. Wouldn't it be nice if the Hockey world turned the way we'd like? "Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway...Insisting that the world be turnin' our way".

"One and One we're having some fun...two and two I took off my shoes". The rest of these lines a bit too blue for Primetime so mebbe it's appropriate that tonight's game against the Cup defending Anaheim Ducks is at 10:00PM. One and One...that's the Bruins' current record so this hip-hop reference has a shelf-life of only about six more hours. Fernandez is expected to start tonight. The Ducks posting a 1-4-1 record, their only victory this season came across the Pond in London, England, UK and down two seriously great players in Scott Neidermayer and Teemu Selanne, both mulling retirement after winning the 2006-07 Stanley Cup. "Seven and Seven we went to Heaven" is the only other line I can publish without having to display a PMRC sticker or getting sued by George Lucas, but iDigress...

"Floating down, the sound resounds around the icy water underground"...the Ice is under our feet. Our skates crunch against the frozen pond with every stride. Hockey season is on. Actually...the New York City (PATOOOIE!!!) Rangers are on Versus HDTV against the New York Islanders right now. I'm tuning in to make the wait for the Bruins/Ducks something other than TNT's reruns of LAW & ORDER I've already seen. Any follower of the Smoking PUCK understands my distain for the Blueshirts so...Let's Go, Islan-duhs!!! I can hear 'em chanting in the Nassau Coliseum. Natural Atlantic Division rivals in large & beautiful High Definition...it's a scrappy match so far. Hope the Bruins can bring it against the defending Cup Champs a little later tonight. I think about the on-ice sounds of the whistles, shouts, grunts and sirens..."Binding signs flap flicker, flicker, flicker, Blam. Pow. Pow".

So put on some Rink Music...like Black Betty by Ramjam. Or I Wanna Drive the Zamboni by the Zambonis. Or heck...even the pipe organ. Does the following make any sense Duh-duh-duh-duh-da! Duh-duh-duh-duh-da! Duh-duh-duh...duh da! Duh duh duh...DAH DAH DAH!!!


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”.

**PS...if you can identify the "randomly ripped off" song lyrics by artist & song, you can win a coveted OCHO Brand No Prize. Most correct answers gets the No-Prize. Good luck 'cuz ya know I put the "eric" in esoteric.
The Comics Gnome POOTS!...the Lastest Chapter in the Best Crossover Story in a Long While...



The Sinestro Corps War comes to New Earth.

Out today at a FunnyBook Bodega near you.


Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Ha... nice Dr Hooey. Glad to see you've picked on the mighty Conchordes. For us Kiwis though we've moved on.

For good current kiwi comedy check out 'Bro' Town', followed immediately by a raucous episode of "Pulp Sport' (especially tasty for all you sport loving fanatics... though the rugby and cricket jokes might be a bit too complex for your simple Gridiron thinking minds... hee hee). Then grab a cup of tea and settle in for a nice drop of 'Outrageous Fortune'. Actually, rumour has it the the US are hoping to get the NZ producers to make a US trailer trash version, (and plunder it in a simlair fashion as they did with the UK version of 'the office') however I doubt that anything will live up to the level set by the West family. The real clicher for this show is the guarunteed T & A in every episode.

Check it out: Click the links above...

Thursday, October 04, 2007

The Comics Gnome POOTS!...a Delicious, Buffy-licious Post

Here it is!!! The newest "episode" of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8!

And this arc deals with our favorite Slayer from South Boston, MA...Faith.

And the Gnome and I think that Pictures speak better than just blabbing about it...

For the uninitiated...at the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 7 on television, Buffy created an army of Slayers when she was able to share the Slayer power with EVERY potential Slayer in the world. When she died once (for a minute) in Season One, Buffy's death activated the next Slayer. So when she was given CPR by Xander and "came back to life", another Slayer was now out there. In Season Seven, through Willow's magic she was able to make all the girls in the world who were potential Slayers into true, realized Slayers because the Big Bad was picking off the Potentials one-by-one in order to gain Vengence over the Slayer and her ilk. So therein Buffy created an army of Slayers to defeat the Big Bad's Vampire Army.
But what if a Slayer wasn't good? We're not talking "bad" like Faith was before she redeemed herself...in the spin-off ANGEL Season 5 this idea was used when a mentally-ill girl in a mental hospital was in actuality a Potential. Then this girl became a Slayer. What do you do with a mentally-imballanced Slayer? Well, go rent it for the conclusion but then this idea was further expanded in JOSS WHEDON'S BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON EIGHT written by Brian K. Vaughan.
Don't worry about Brian K. Vaughan writing in Whedon's stead...remember Joss didn't write & direct every episode of the show over seven seasons either. Vaughan writes excellent female dialog seen especially in Y THE LAST MAN.

This is something the Gnome really wants to POOT on YOU!

You should know...
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: "No Future for You"

Faith's out to kill a Slayer.

Lady Genevieve Savidge is one of the most dangerous women on the planet. If she's left unstopped, the British heiress will usher in the apocalypse. Faith has accepted Giles's offer of an early retirement package for this gig--but the wetworks will have to wait till she's infiltrated Savidge's mystically protected estate.

The blockbuster Season Eight continues with multiple Eisner Award-winning writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man; LOST), the stellar art of Georges Jeanty (The American Way), and Buffy creator and Executive Producer Joss Whedon.

Joss Whedon's Season Eight Continues!"

I gotta go pick it up now...the Gnome's bag gave him a strain 'cuz it's so full this week.

So the story continues...

By the way, the folks at RED STAR answered by question. More on that next week. ^_~
Happy Birthday, Channel OCHO!!!

You're FIVE bloody years old today.


Is it time to read the archive? Nah...I'll have a beer instead. THIS IS MY FAVORITE PLACE ON THE INTREPOOP!!!

My On-Line Coffeetable. My friends. Our Stories. Our Blog.

Thanks. Thank you Peter Fernandez. Matt Silvia. Leah Bellando. Aaron DeGraff. Mario Caputo. James Barnes. Aimee Berger-Girvalo. Also past OCHO-ites...Dan Ring. Keith Messier. Yes...even you Shortcake. Jason Kiss.

I am wickid proud of this body of copy & pixel we've amassed in the past five years. I love having this evolve into an e-zine for "The Smoking PUCK", "The Comics Gnome POOTS" and "iRawk...therefore iPod". I love reading everything we all choose to publish from Matt's diving & his upcoming documentary of his version of "This Old House" to Aaron's new serialized account of his brush with the Law.

I am selfish & greedy because I want to hea MORE MORE MORE from ALL of you. You are some of the most fascinating people I know and have such great stories to tell about real life and your experiences in it. Thank you all for making our Blog a nice place to visit. Spread the Word and Write it too...

Rev. Sully

Eric O'Sullivan
Boston, MA USA
October 4, 2007

October 4, 2007
By Rev. Sully

Ignite Atomic Engines, Turbine to Full...Depth Charges AWAY!!!
aka: The Puck Finally Drops...

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

The 2007-08 NHL Season has BEGUN!
Actually...the season started this past weekend with the NHL dropping the Puck on the Season overseas in a neutral site game for the fourth season in a row. The past three were played in Toyko, Japan but this year the doubleheader found the Cup defending Anaheim Ducks facing off against the Los Angeles Kings in Merry Olde London, England. Yours Truly got to watch the Sunday game at Noon (which was 8PM GMT) on VERSUS. Last night I was treated to not only the Red Sox 4-hit complete game Josh Beckett shut-out of the LA Angels of Anaheim...but the Anaheim Ducks being hosted then roasted by the Detroit Red Wings in the OT Shootout on HDTV. I "TiVO'ed" the finale of Top Chef. Legendary 42-year young goaltender Dominik Hasek looked like the human slinky of "Daze of Yore" in the Shootout. I really did try to hang in there for the Dallas Stars at the Colorado Avalanche but one period in and I felt it was bedtime.

The Shootout is thrilling and a welcomed addition to the resolution of the game. What's even better is that all the old style clutch & grabbing is gone. Players have to let opposing players shoot the puck. Shot-blocking is the paradigm over obstruction now. The elimination of the two-line offsides passing and the touch-up rules for an offsides puck are really creating a new & better flow for games. When the TV Timeout was devised in the mid-1990s, it was as if one was having a great conversation and continually being cut off mid-sentance. Now, it is as if a certain eloquence has returned to this discourse and I'm really listening to what they have to say. The NHL is filling up with a new generation of younger, faster players and it truly is an exciting time to be tuned into the Greatest Sport on Earth. No other North American exported Sport has a greater impact on the rest of the world's Sport Culture than Ice Hockey. Think about it...

The crowd for the Ducks/Kings games in London UK's O2 Arena was a rainbow of NHL and International team jerseys. It was a packed house to boot and truly a sight to see. I only wished the televised feed was in HDTV. The difference is amazing. I feel so constrained watching a regular square TV...the action is not only where the puck is but who it's getting passed to.

Back on the Other Side of The Pond...getting ready for the Bruins Opener on Friday PM. It's a great way to get to know the Team. Write about them.
So here it is in all its glory...the Smoking PUCK's Big Bad Bruin Depth Chart for 2007-08:

P.J. Axelsson
10 year veteran of the Boston Bruins...still got wheels & hands. Now one of the Few Old Men of the Team at 32 years old. Will start on wing with Young Guns 19 year old rookie Peter Krejci and 20 year old Phil Kessel. Missed 15 games with a broken wrist near the end of the season and 10 games previous to that with a foot injury in Nov. 06. 11-16-27, -10+/- in 55 games for the 06-07 Season. Will we get a full fruitful season from this Seasoned Swede?

Peter Krejci
Not much to say about him besides potential. Only played six games last year for the Big Bees going 0-0-0, -3+/-.

Patrice Bergeron
22 year old natural center going into his fourth full season in Black & Gold (5 if you count the year of the “the Long Offseason” wherein Baby Bergie played 68 games for the AHL Providence Bruins). In 06-07, 78 Games Played went 22-48-70, -28+/-. He keeps getting better & better but looking for that breakout year to put him in the Elite Category

Brandon Bochenski
Came over from the Blackhawks late in the season, played in 31 windmill tilts with an impressive 11-11-22, 3+/- just in Black & Gold. Might see some action later on if Krejci doesn't pan out but not listed as a season starter for new coach Claude Julien.

Marco Sturm
The only player remaining from the Big Joe Thornton Trade. Apparently he likes it in Beantown Faire and is scheduled to start on the 2nd Line with Patrice Bergeron and Chuck Kobasew. 06-07: 76GP, 27-17-44, -23+/-.

Glen Murray
The Man Called "Muzz". Veteran forward missed the last 15 games with a groin injury. With Per Jon Axelsson also missing the final 15 games, it's a wonder why people bash the B's for failing to make the Playoffs. Always on the Trading Block, this one is especially under the Specter of the Salary Cap & having no room to sign talent. The only way for the Bruins to get talent this year is to trade away...so let's see how this pans out for Muzz. Could be the Next 50 goal scorer if he can remain healthy and play in all 82 games. 06-07: 59GP, 28-17-45, -12+/-. First Line Winger with Peter Schaefer and Marc Savard.

Phil Kessel
This second year player is Bruins Tough. 'Nuff Said. Looking forward to a great year from Kessel. 06-07: 70GP, 11-18-29, -12+/-.

Marc Savard
Free Agent led the Bruins in scoring and was forth overall in NHL assists. He is the First Line center and just spectacular to watch. When #91 is on the ice, keep your eyes on him. 06-07: 22-74-96, -19+/-.

Chuck Kobasew
Late season acquisition only played 10 games and then struggled with injury going 1-1-2, -2+/-. Netted 20 goals for the Calgary Flames in 05-06 and will be second line wing on Opening Night.

Peter Schaefer
Rugged forward came in an off-season trade from rival Ottawa for Shean Donovan. One Tough Cookie in 06-07 went 12-34-46, 7+/- and starts First Line winger.

Shawn Thornton
Free agent with no relation to Joe Thornton. This is the new Trooper Thorn in Boston. Brings toughness and leadership after winning the Cup lsat year as an Anaheim Duck. May I introduce you to our "Negotiator"? His AHL career per season penalty minutes are in the 200-300PIM range.

Milan Lucic
19 year old big fourth line rookie with bigger expectations. Made it through Training Camp to stay with the Top Team without being returned to his Junior Team or the AHL Providence Bruins. 6'-4", 220 lbs. Welcome to the NHL, kid.

Jeremy Reich
The other "Negotiator" will be starting this year in Providence but expect to see him on the Amtrak to North Station sometime this year.

Glen Metropolit
This veteran was invited to Training Camp and earned his spot as the Fourth Line Pivot between Shawn Thornton and Milan Lucic. He split last season between Atlanta and St. Louis and caught on when he caught Coach Claude's eye.

Zdeno Chara
Welcome to the New & Improved Big Zee. Which I hear will be very much like the Old & Mean Zee we expected to see out of Ottawa when we signed our Captain as the Big Splash Free Agent last year. Not allowed for fisticuffs under former head coach Dave Lewis' system hampered his gumption. Now he can be himself again & aren't people usually happier when they can be themselves, eh? Look forward to seeing the Penalty Killing Unit more because Captain Chara is not afraid to do his own "negotiating".

Andrew Alberts
Tenacious defenseman is a Boston Player, true & true. 4 years as a Boston College Eagle. Now going into his 3rd full season as a Bruin. 0-10-10, -15+/- last season with 124 PIM. Coach Julien is carrying 7 defensemen on his bench because I think he expects his Blue Liners to be Bruins Tough...and incidentally in the Penalty Box often.

Bobby Allen
Drafted in the 2nd round in 1998 by the Bruins, let go and come back this local boy from Weymouth also played four years as a Boston College Eagle and came back to the Black & Gold Fold last season but only played in 31 games last season.

Mark Stuart
The 2003 1st round draft pick of the Bruins played 15 games last year and 17 the season before so technically he's still a Rookie. And he's slated for a lot of ice time this new season.

Andrew Ferrence
Late season acquisition came from Calgary with Chuck Kobasew. Not much to say besides "let's see", eh?

Aaron Ward
This guy will either stick like glue or stink like socks. 2-time Cup winner adds depth on the Blueline but he's neither spectacular nor special. He does add grit along the boards and should be reliable. Also all that Playoff experience comes in handy if we make the Second Season.

Dennis Wideman
Another late addition to the Bruins last year played 20 games and came over from the St. Louis Blues for Brad Boyes. Going into his third full NHL season we can only expect that he'll come to the office to play every night.

Tim Thomas
What can you say about the Guy who tried to keep it all together last year. I can predict he'll be the next player the Gallery Gawds throw under the Bus if the Season starts to go Pear-Shaped. It's the Nature of the Mentality of People that Throw Crap On The Ice. I was up there in the Gahh-den Balcony during Hal Gill's waning days as a Bruin & the chagrin projected on Big Hal by the Gallery Gawds was unwarranted & unfair. Tim the Tank didn't have a bad year at all...look at his numbers; .905 Saves Percentage. 66GP; 30-29-4, 3.13 Goals Against Average, 3,619 minutes 'twixt the Pipes. Last year wasn't his fault but this year could be after the fans gave him a 2nd Seventh Player Award. I'm already sounding negative...sheeesh.

Manny Fernandez
A Second Starting Goaltender. Motivation for Tim Thomas? True Depth between the Pipes counting with Finnish Tuuka Rask in Providence. New Nandy came over from the Minnesota Wild in an off-season trade. 22-16-1 in 44 games with a 2.55 GAA and .911 Saves Percentage.

The Bruins Season starts in Dallas tomorrow night! And I gotta fight for my right to party against the Red Sox ALDS Game 2...no one understands! I might have to TiVO the Bruins and watch them at Midnight!!! The Bruins are the Red-Headed stepchildren of Boston Sports...I won't be able to convince the roommates to make the switch. How can one compete against Sox Playoff Ball. But at least I got TiVO now so I don't have to miss a thing...they'll be the one's who have to put up with my mouth at 1AM. No really...guys if you're reading this just turn up your radios in your rooms or get earplugs. I so apologize in advance.

The only expectations I have is to be entertained and to have Hockey back...new shirts and all (which really don't look all that bad). Let's hope the consistency of blowing the 3rd Period left with Dave Lewis but that's always been the players fault but iDigress...
Let's turn on those turbines and light that Red Lamp! Let loose the Siren's Song, Ric Flair's "WHOOOO!" and get ready to be a Gallery Gawd in all its Royal Majesty. Let's just hope the beer prices can remain somewhat sane...and let's hope to be seeing you up in Section 301. By The Way, if I see you throwing crap on My Ice, I'll throw you on the Ice to join your garbage. But hey, I'll do it with true love for my team and not out of ire for the player haters. ^_~ God Bless and...


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, October 01, 2007

I hope so too, but as you can see, it has a way to go before it's ready to live in.
Congrats Matt! That's awesome. I hope you enjoy your new place!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Jill and I closed on the house yesterday. We're homeowners! Yay!
Now we just have to bust ass and get it ready to live in.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Hell of a story so far. I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the follow-up.
Hey all-

I want to do some semi-regular posting on the Ocho but I can't think of a topic so I'm just going to post random things that I'm dying to share with people.

My pick for this time out is the Flight of the Conchords. My friend (and friend of the Rev.) K-Blah introduced me to them while I was in LA last week and I can't get enough of their YouTube vids. Let's start here -


But seriously, anything they've got is friggin' hilarious AND musically brilliant at the same time. It's New Zealand's answer to Tenacious D, but (in my opinion) even funnier.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Comics Gnome POOTS! A Litanty of Disappointments

Recently, the Gnome and I were musing over the best new funnybooks in the stack when we came across a stinker in the pile. I won't reveal which title cut the cheese but it was a part a limited series I'm invested in. I've had a few recent stinkers in this run to boot. Akin to spoiled chicken or a bad potato...something stinks. Unlike produce, one bad apple in the bunch won't spoil the rest but we got to thinking about past stinkers and their inevitable disappointments.

What would be your Top 5 All-Time Clunkers. The Comics Gnome posed this question then clarified...not a title that was just bad but something that exceeded expectation then failed like an elderly person's bladder. I won't count MARVEL's HOUSE OF M failed event. That's way too easy...

THE RED STAR by Archangel Studios

This leads off in my opinion. Failed Greatness. The art & story were revolutionary...21st Century. But then it dropped the ball. One collection started this huge, magnificent, deftly-illuminated story. A Second volume continued...as well a prequel titled "SWORD OF LIES" was started. Volume #2 went 5 issues and left the story hanging...what a jip. What a dissappointment. I actually did a little journalism and asked them via their Blog.
"I'm wondering...why did THE RED STAR VOL.2 stop at issue #5. I've tried to RTFM and read an answer online but maybe just doing some Cub Journalism and asking you directly. Last we saw, the ship was boarded and there was no conclusions. I'm going on record as THE RED STAR being one of my favorite disappointments...sorry, guys. Look I know you'll have a cut & paste answer but can you shed a little light? What happenend to THE RED STAR...it's really a story in itself. What did you tell people in San Diego who asked "what happened"? Thanks, Rev. Sully.
Eric O'Sullivan, Boston, MA


I dunno if I'll get an answer from them but it was worth the try, eh? Not like I'd buy the TPB. I would by why waste on a story that's unresolved. There is hope...gimme a little and I'll come back. What went wrong? Did the company fold? Are the legal rights in limbo? Did the creative team have a break-up? As we all know in theater, the show must go on...or you're not really an enterainer or a storyteller.

From DC UNIVERSE come Judd Winick and Howard Porter's dud "THE TRIALS OF SHAZAM!"

Publishing delays can kill a book. Although once collected into trade paperback, no one cares. No one really remembers Frank Miller's original DARK KNIGHT RETURNS was plauged with lateness for a four-issue tome. But this redefininition of CAPTAIN MARVEL is really sad. Not as in "gimme a tissue, Tito" kinda sad but more of a snore, bore sad. On paper (what a pun), this sounded great. A change for the old Captain Marvel character, a passing of the baton. Judd Winick was one of my favorite writers in the DCU, Howard Porter's art I know from Geoff Johns THE FLASH was excellent. But like Winick's OUTSIDERS failed to get my money when released. I hung in for three issues until I gave up. It's a limted 12-issue run that began in August 2006 ande issue #8 (cover above) has an October 2007 release. I can't abide.

Also from the DCU was a great idea that turned sour...
ENGINEHEAD by Joe Kelly & Ted McKeever, DC COMICS 2004

The premise and the first few issues were great. A twleve-issue arc that stuttered, sputtered and ran out of gas. Take 6 out-of-circulation heroes (and even a villian) one unwilling participant and have a mad scientist give them one more chance at heroics as one composite being. I remember ENIGINEHEAD being macabre and fascinating. A talking helper monkey to boot! But it floundered and became a waste of time.
For the record, I have never seen this character again in the DCU since 2004. Not even killed in the BATTLE OF METROPOLIS in INFINITE CRISIS. What became of ENGINEHEAD, I dunno...

The House of Ideas, aka MARVEL COMICS for me became the "Hose of Ideas"...being we all got hosed with a bad editorial direction that nullified four years of great storytelling by a master storyteller...
I'm talking about May 2004's X-MEN: RELOAD.
The Short Version: X-MEN (vol. 2) was renamed NEW X-MEN at issue #114 in 2000 by its new writer Grant Morrison. Morrison had seemingly killed X-Men nemesis MAGNETO in the opening pages and a short while later in the X-MEN ANNUAL 2001 introduced a new X-Man named Xorn, a Chinese mutant held prisoner deep within China. From the very start, Grant Morrison intended this...

forgive the Wikipedia link and their tendency to Red X us hotlinkers...^_~
Xorn was actually Magneto. And by the end, Magneto had almost destroyed NYC, subjugated the normal humans into concentration camps and also killed Jean Grey. Wolverine beheaded him.
OK. Great conclusion. Morrison wraps up his run and leaves. Next comes a huge MARVEL edict called X-MEN:RELOAD in the spring of 2004. Back were gaudy costumes, myriad teams and also...Magneto. It appears the Xorn Magneto was an imposter. That Magneto survived the Genoshan Holocaust and was now secretly rebuilding the mutant island nation with Charles Xavier's help. What a giant turd to find in the punchbowl. I could have come up with a better explaination if that was the case. I felt really cheated. It was anti-climactic to see in the X-MEN: RELOAD at EXCALIBUR (vol. 3) #1 to see Erik Magnus Lehnsherr aka Magneto on the last page. Read a blurb here about Magneto & Xorn. It's really unbelievable...for a bloody comicbook about men wearing tights & flying in capes with extraordinary powers. What a let down...it really turned me off to MARVEL.
Grant Morrison to this day will not back down and states that he intended Xorn to be the real, one & true Magneto.

This one is my favorite example of comics companies not giving a crap about its readership: A Cautionary Tale to Any New Reader of Any Magazine...
Here's something good that never really got bad...just dropped like an editorially hot potato.

I really liked this title a lot but when series scribe Micah Ian Wright was caught lying about his military record, he was unceremoniously booted from WILDSTORM. His creation was a continuation of the WildStorm STORMWATCH teams, this one specifically was mostly all-human and a multi-national United Nations military team trained to take out SuperHero (or villian) threats akin to Tom Clancy's RAINBOW SIX franchise. They were created as a human counterpoint and potential solution to WildStorm's THE AUTHORITY. 23 issues in it was cancelled mid-story when it was supposed to have been cancelled at #24. No resolution to almost two years of patronage. I bloody well hated that... I've kinda never forgiven WildStorm for that. Sure I've picked up a a little of Grant Morrison's new "THE AUTHORITY" but it's publishing delays and general waffling is proving my WIldStorm Embargo to be a sound decision (but I will get Warren Ellis' final issue of PLANETARY...I just gotta).

So if you got a least-favorite magazine to gripe about...tell the Comics Gnome & Myself here at OCHO!