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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Posty,

I think ... "Nay"

"Eye" literally means occular and leads directly into "derma", meaning for skin in a Pod contained delivery system. A Pod for the under eye to reduce "bags". "eye" think it would NOT fly in terms of somehting actionable. ^_~

Friday, March 30, 2007

I saw this ad on TV the other day, and I couldn't help but laugh. Now the question is, will Apple sue over the use of the name? Hehehe.

iDerma-Pod

Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Comics Gnome POOTS!
more of the same old crap...


Not being able to get new funnybooks on new release day for any reason is enough to make a person...well read their stack from the previous week again! There was a short stack of things I just haven't been able to pick up. JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #4 was out of stock at the bodega I went to last week. I have yet to read this week's exciting chapter of DC's FIFTY-TWO, new GREEN LANTERN #18 or the sole MARVEL magazine ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #107...wait a sec, I missed #106???

But let's talk OLD NEWS! Nixon was pardoned by Gerald Ford! Can you believe it??? Some people say that the GOP can actually get an ACTOR into the White House but iDigress...

Last week had a few really good single issues to come out and all four funnybooks pooted in the stack were all DC...Marvel got three of my dollars 3 weeks ago in the post-CIVIL WAR form of NEW AVENGERS #28. That and the other Bendis title ULTIMATE SPIDEY are so far the only two on the horizon, with the exception of non-Earth 616 Warren Ellis' amazing newuniversal. Don't ask me what's going on in the X-MEN. I try to keep a finger on that Pulse but my grip sliped. Of course anytime in the rest of the year thar the Comics Gnome POOTS a Marvel mag I'll letcha know with all the due deserved bells, whistles, pomp & circumstances. About $12 went over to the Distinguished Competition...and I wanna point out for the class that I mentioned to OCHO's very own "El Post" that even on the heaviest new release day, I'm still spending $20 less a week than I was spending on cigarettes.


ION #12 (of 12)
It's over. Uhhhh...OK. It was good. I'm glad I was tuned-in but it was a little of a let down. I didn't have high expectations but the ending was very flat if you ask me and the Comics Gnome here.


Fifty-Two Week 46
Since I found out Kiwi was only up to Week 6 (out of 25 POOTED in her collection), I don't want to say anything more about this fabulous magazine although I will share something the end...

and the two best of last week which I hadda leave with "el post" so he can be bowled over were...

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #10
OK...the new writer Mark Guggenheim is doing what should have been done the first 8 issue. Tell great DC hero stories. Part 2 of "Full Throttle" is a lot like an episode of CSI with our hero The Flash moonlighting as an L.A.P.D. cadet solving a Cold Case...and we do mean "cold". Zoom II steps back into the light...it's a bit early to be pulling out the Reverse Flash but hey. It's better than Mota. Sheeeesh. Don't be scared walking into part 2 of an ongoing arc...this is made for you to jump in.


The Brave and the Bold #2
Mark Waid & George Perez are an excellent battery. This is fun. I read it three times before I let Posty borrow it...it was that good. This title as well, you need not have read the previous chapter to "get it"...Jump On and Jump In! The art is awesome and the dialog sparkles as Green Lantern Hal Jordan and Superman's cousin Supergirl team up. Good stuff...don't miss out.

And compliments of Fifty-Two Week 46...here it is in two pages.
The DCU New Earth Definitive Origin of the Batman




When you can't have the newest ones, have the as close to new as possible instead...just don't apply this rule to eating seafood.

And check out the OCHO Featured Links (on the Right!) for Vote Smart Dot Com, OCHO's very own AimeeBG turned me onto it for real political information...
So here's my candidate!



'namaste...
THE SMOKING PUCK!

March 29, 2007
By Rev. Sully

Time Keeps Marching On...
aka: Missed It By “That” Much!


Most people who are old enough to Master the IntrePoop and purchase Beer at their local Liquor Stores will remember with fondness the cartoon Inspector Gadget...although fewer people will recall the voice of our intrepid, bumbling cyborg detective, comic actor Don Adams. Don Adams will be remembered by our parents & grandparents as secret agent 86, Maxwell Smart of the 1960’s spy spoof Get Smart. Agent 86 had the “laugh-track” catch phrase of “missed it by THAT much”. Being 10 points out of the Playoff’s “8-Spot” and 12 possible points on the table with 6 games remaining gives me cause to dust off my shoe phone & tan trenchcoat. When the season’s over, perhaps we can get Penny & Brain to solve the Mystery of the Bruins Unseasonal Hibernation. Go-go Gadget Golf Club!!! Sigh...

It is the End of March. The Ides of March passed once again with no notice except that this knife sticking in Caesar’s back actually was a Mission aluminum hockey stick.

Sunday comes All Fool’s Day...the day for New ChahhlieCahhds as well which is a practical joke on my moneyclip but iDigress. On April Fools Day the Devils will host the Bruins; until then the Doomsday Clock marches forward with 6 games remaining. The Bruins have the distinction of being still mentioned in the same list as Playoff “hopeful” by default of the Numbers. Only three home games remain and all six games are against the Playoff Bound: Pittsburg (clinched), Atlanta (will own the 3-Spot barring nuclear meltdown), Montreal (current owners of the 8-Spot), New Jersey, Buffalo and Ottawa (all three clinched). The Bruins actually play well against good teams historically...the heartbreaking losses come from being beat by a C-List team. Still 13th out of 15 teams and have been in last place pert-near 94% of the Season. Yeah I made that number up.

So the Bruins are still playing those Playoff-Bound Pittsburg Penguins tonight at the old Barn known as the Gahhden. I for one won’t be part of the Gallery Gawds in attendance because if they stink the joint up again, the Gawds are libel to start throwing crap at the Ice again. I just cannot watch that. The Young Guns of the Penguins are being primed for PrimeTime and currently own 1st place in the Atlantic, tied with New Jersey for points. Here’s to someone slicing all the NYC Rangers skate laces and they can stumble enough for Toronto or the NY Islanders to make the Post-Season. Numbers tell me that the Bruins are still in although gnosis tells me that it’s time to purchase that new-fangled, polyester, over-priced “real deal” Red Sox cap in time for a long, hot summer. Well...probably not in time since the Season starts in 4 days.


Got Sox? Get ready...
I won’t be able to get into the Sox season until the Zambonis cleans the Gahhden ice for the final time this season which honestly looks more & more like Easter Saturday about 9:45PM. Hell...Christ was in Hell on Easter Saturday or so I’ve been told. Why not Bruins fans as well?

POST SCRIPT: March 30, 2007 8:15AM
With the Bruins 4-2 loss to the Penguins the Beantowne Bees were officially eliminated from Playoff contention. The Line starts to the Right, kids.
also...
Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was awarded the annual Seventh Player last night, once again proving standards when giving monkeys typwriters & asking for a Hamlet screenplay. Timmy "the Tank" Thomas has started 64 games and is the starting goaltender this year...hello??? That makes him already the Sixth Player. He won it last year as well...the thought was nice but he really is too good for the award. Last year he did earn it surprising the pants off of The Gallery Gawds and becoming the starting goaltender.

'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, March 26, 2007

Joining a boycott of the Bruins would, I'm sad to say, be depressingly easy. Jill and I haven't watched more than two complete games all season long. By contrast, it was only a few years ago that our fridge magnets held photos of family members, our closest friends, and a couple of Bruins team captains.

This year, after an isolated good play, I remember Jill asking, "Who the hell was that guy?"

I replied, "I'll let you know after they give me a reason to care again."

Sunday, March 25, 2007

A Smoking PUCK Moment of Syndication!

Who knew that people were really sore about the Bruins shooting themselves in the skates and falling out of the Playoff race...

My buddy Mike V. posted this on Craigslist Boston and told me to look it up. Do you think he's got a point or should he wear a hat to cover that point up. ^_~ Boycotting could work...Mike makes excellent observations here but In This Humble Opinion the Onus is on the Anus of the Players. The Jacobs aren't responsible for 3 shutout losses in the past five game losing streak. That responsibility falls on the players. Let's hear what Mike V. has to say about this season...a guy who told me he destroyed his bakyard woodshed after the 1990 Stanley Cup Finals loss to the Oilers.

THE BRUINS ARE A TOTAL DISGRACE

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Reply to: pers-300220074@craigslist.org
Date: 2007-03-25, 3:18PM EDT


Today's 5-0 loss is just another embarrassment to go along with many more over the last several years. You can pin the blame on Lewis, Chicarelli, but it's really The Jacobs Family who are to blame. They've priced out the real fans, and hoarded the money for themselves, employing the smallest management staff in the NHL, including the scouting department. They are all "Yes" Men, just picking up their paychecks. The once proud and tradition-rich reputation of the Boston Bruins has been reduced to a pathetic joke. Over a decade of irrelevance, mismanagement, disengagement, and a lack of ownership commitment has alienated a once massive fan base, and has effectively destroyed the hockey club. The loyalty of the fans has been completely disregarded and exploited. Gary Bettman may have done his part to ruin the game, but Jeremy Jacobs is the man who has ruined the Bruins, and it is the paying customers who love the club that are being pushed to the point of no return, if they are not already gone. When do we say enough is enough? The NHL locked the fans out for a whole year in a shocking display of disrespect. The time has come for Bruins fans to unite and BOYCOTT THE BRUINS starting next year, to force Jacobs out. More to come later."

Thursday, March 22, 2007

A Comics Gnome POOTING of Geekiness and Fan boy Obsessiveness...

This one is selfishly for me. The Alan Moore 1987 proposal for the unwritten "Twilight of the Superheroes". It's wickid long and gonna take a while.

What is the "Twilight"? Check it at Wiki...

As Stan the Man sez...'Nuff Said.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Smoking PUCK!

by Rev. Sully
March 21, 2007

The Bruins Season Might Have Ended Last Night...
aka: Next Season really IS a long ways away


Last night's 1-0 loss in Montreal compounded with the previous game's shut-out loss 7-0 to the NYC Ranger (p'tooie!) in a way has signified the Obvious and heralds the Inevitable.

The Boston Bruins might not a Playoff Team this year. It is a "transition" year...the season of the Sea Change. The Year the Culture of the Team changed, the upper management as well as personnel. This new team never gelled correctly and failed to support their workhorse goalie Tim Thomas with consistent scoring and at times competent defense.

Is it too early to surrender a report card...to tender an opinion? Currently 13 out of 15 in the East...7 standings points behind the pack with 10 games remaining. The Buffalo Sabres who've owned the East this entire season recently clinched their Seed. Too soon to question the roster changes? Let's wait for the season to really end before iDigress on such matters.

In October 2004 when the Red Sox were down 3 games to 0 against the New York (p'toooie!) Yankees in the ALCS I said to someone that sure we can still win it...we only have to win 4 in a row. Guess what the Sox did that year? So are the Bruins mathematically out yet? No...but I will set the clock at Two Minutes to Midnight and I will set the Smoking PUCK "Tragic Number" at 4. Four Losses and we're definitely out of the race if not today. Does that make any sense...of course not. Math gives me headaches and I'm making this number up based not on an algebraic algorithm but on the Gnosis of the Theory of The Sox in August. I tried the algorithm suggested at the Wiki link...it says the Bruins gotta win 14 games in order to get the 8-Spot...here's to Hope and Faith. And here's to at least an enjoyable Final 10 games full of really Bruins Tough Hockey this regular season. I've been to the Old Barn 4 times this year and my record is 1-3. Maybe I'll go again...maybe I won't. Maybe Luxury Box #5XX awaits on some Random Tuesday Night just one more time...

The Beantowne Bee's play Les Canadiens again on Causeway Street Thursday Night to finish the "Home & Home" series...Les Habs are 7 points ahead of the Bruins and tied for the Playoff "8-Spot" with two other teams. It's a logjam but only the Bruins can control their Valor...Fate appears to be beyond even the Power of the Gallery Gawds at this point. Wait Until Next Year is now closer than the Playoffs...

'namaste,

Rev. Sully

All stats used in the Smoking PUCK come from NHL Dot Com. In the words of the esteemed OCHO Emeritus Dr. Hooey, "RTFM".

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Sweet jeebus Sully, are you allergic to tools or something? If your wire breaks, just splice it. Believe it or not, it's both easy and empowering. Don't let your toys make you their bitch. http://www.mmxpress.com/technical/connections.htm

Yes, I'm still using the 'phones that came with my iPod 2 years ago.

Monday, March 19, 2007



JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED VOL. 2 NOW ON DVD!!!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

The Comics Gnome POOTS a Clock Running Backwards...

Wow...the Comics Gnome is powering up like an anime hero in a fighting story! He's got so many things to keep him busy he hardly has a second to even read what's in his Weekly Stack. Actually that's not the case...The Comics Gnome was last seen in an Irish Bar on St. Paddy's Day with a Pint of Guinness 'twixt his stubby fingers!

Happy St. Pat's from Channel OCHO & the Comics Gnome.
Slainte!

But what is all about the Clock Running Backwards...

What is the DC COUNTDOWN???

I just wanna know where to get the SWAG. Noooooge.



'Namaste...

Friday, March 16, 2007

Compare prices for Headphones Check it out.
Headphones.

Hey Sul. I picked up some noise cancelling headphones on my last trip to the states. By far one of the best purchases I've made in a while. Normally noise cancelling headphones are quite large and bulky but Philips have a range that are fairly inexpensive, lightweight, and are very good quality. Obviously my head set is quite outdated now, here are both of Philips current NC headphone sets. Go check them out. Your local target should supply them.


Thursday, March 15, 2007

iRawk...therefore iPod!

Electric el postRawks...therefore el postVotes Edition




This is yet another YouTube link a friend has chosen to share with you today. Kiwi sent me one last week mocking the NBC "HEROES" show called ZEROES. Save the Cheerleader?

For El Post is trying to get you to stand up and pay attention. The Next Presidential Election is around the corner. He'll be the one subjecting you to scathing political opinion here in OCHO...I say that whoever gets elected already got elected and has always got elected. I see Politics as Tralfamdorian Art but iDigress...

This is very Rock & Roll. And I Throw The Goat. I'm gonna read TRANSMETROPOLITAN in the coming months to the Next Presidential Election because the Book has Already Been Written. Sheeesh, just ask Starbuck. <--- That's just GeekBait...
TRANSMETROPOLITAN will show you one terrible Truth; the Smiler will be worse than the Beast but let's allow the Gnome to do that job telling you what you chould read...

I think it's time for a new protective case for Solaris the Tyrant Sun, the moniker for my sidekick and gadget. The clear plastic panel "face shield" for the rubber suit is missing...therefore if retrieved it's still gonna end up missing again for seemingly vast spanses of Time like a pet turtle. A Summer Suit? Hmmmm...I'm Solaris' bumbling human handler, Droppy McGee aka the Starman of Uranus. I need a friggin' bungee tether for it as an harness for a hyperactive child in Disney World. My 14-month old current Speck Brand case is still great but just showing its signs of wear. The rubber is a little stretched out therefore the display shield no longer fits tightly. My Wintertime Walking Rig was to have it chest-level, utilizing the T-Peg swivel beltclip in the buttonhole of my wool topcoat. That won't work in the Summah-time. I'd like something I can attach to the strap of my Bag O'Life, aka the Urban Man-Purse.

Also...I so need a proper set of headphones. The Search Starts Now!!! These headphones...admittedly I do get cheap, in-ear headphones. These headphones I feel will eventually rob me of my hearing. I do hate spending lots of money on a set of good headphones. I feel the term "good headphone" is slightly oxymoronic seeing I piss through portable speakers as an infant does diapers. The most common breakage? Losing a channel due to the wire at the jack becoming pulled out. This comes from droppage as well. Preacher Matt would tell me to fix the damn thing myself and stop being such a (PERJORATIVE). Maybe I should just change my paradigm of how I handle the Great Gadget...treat it like a Baby. So what type of headphones do you use? Still the little white ear-buds that came with the iPod? Have you had to replace them yet?

I currently enjoy 5,674 tracks on the Go, only about 200+ more on the iTunes at home. I only have 1GB of flex room left on Solaris' harddrive. I'm learning Spanish...I'm up to Lesson 7 of 16. It's working. I hear the Esteemed OCHO Emeritus Dr. Hooey is learning Italian the same way on his iPod, preparing for his upcoming 3-week hunnymoon. ^_~ We listen to Solaris a lot at work, especially on Brunch Saturday & Sunday when I'm flying the Damn Plane. That's nice...there could be No Music At All. It's been that way before. There's actually fights over the music at work at some drama filled times. It's very High School but WSUL broadcasts proudly and often, earning its place at the Table. It's a Quelle Source for All to pull...a well in which we can all drink. If I were to bash you over the head with a Sully Top-10 List it would be filled with tunes listened to at work with alacrity. Holiday by Maddona is a song I start Brunch service off with...and I do my worst "Weird Al" Impersonation singing "hollandaise" over Ms. Ciconne's chorus when I'm whisking a batch of the famous sauce that tops Eggs Benedict. My thought is that like pets & plants, sauces respond better when sung to. It works...it's like a Baseball Clubhouse superstition. Me & Julio & Kodachrome by Paul Simon would be up there...we call it "Housecleaning Music" because it is the best music to clean to. It works. I've thought of Zero-ing out their Play Counts because I'd bet $20 they'd only make it back into the Top-10 in a matter of months.

Out of all those thousands of tracks, only 2 episodes are of TV Shows used primarily to power down the battery to ZERO. Because of that discipline my 1 1/2 yr old 5th Gen 30GB Video (in Slick Black) still has a battery-life of 10-12 hours (music only).

Eventually I'll watch the show HEROES via iPod but know that videos eat up a lot of battery and could waste a full battery in three hours. I guess it's time for a Proper Apple Wall Wart. Read more about your iPod's Battery here.


Apple "Wall Wart" $40 at RadioShack. I didn't heed my own previous advice and I got a cheap USB Power Adapter 'cuz it was cheap...so it goes.

A good way to widdle away the day if there's apparently NOTHING else to do is what I do:
I hunt down lost album covers on my iTunes. I'll go to Wikipedia and Amazon and right-click any needed album art. It's a little tedious but it's fully realizing the gadget's potential. Also if you sing-along when you're alone like I do then check this out! Learn the Words. I go on the IntrePoop and find the lyrics for songs I sing-along with...and know that I do not know the words. Just right-click Copy the high-lighted lyrics from any reputable source and Paste then into the song file itself...you can view the lyrics On-The-Go by toggling the Center Button's Song Info while it's playing. Hey, the only way we can do good karaoke is practice...should "good karaoke" be oxymoronic as well? Food for thought...

'namaste...

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Agreed! Transmetropolitan is a must read for those interested in politics. Spider's reporting as a journalist is a mix between saying "FUCK YOU" to everyone in the world, mixed with his inability to let people with lukewarm convictions get away with their nonsense. For anyone who has ever had any interest in politics, or anyone who has ever wondered why a democracy can be a bad thing when it is left in the hands of those who hold those lukewarm convictions, Transmetropolitan reminds me somewhat of the beloved and deceased Hunter T. A bit crazy, but right on the money ... especially while intoxicated on things none of us have ever heard of.

To Transmet, and the coming hell that is the presidential season!

-el post

Tuesday, March 13, 2007



Get ready for the Next Presidential Election...

read TRANSMETROPOLITAN.

'namaste...
A SMOKING PUCK! PATENTED POINT OF PARADIGM!!!

aka: it's been too long 'tween PUCKs not to say something

March 13, 2007
by Rev. Sully


With the regular season winding down to 15 or less games...and the Bruins are only 7 points out of the Playoff "8-Spot".
They've won 2 out of the past 5 games and we won't make the Playoffs if we keep that up. Although they did just beat the red-hawt! Red Wings in Detroit with Dominik Hasek in Net. We can make the Playoffs if they play like that.

It's still a great time to be a Hockey fan. Tune into some NHL action on a Television near you soon...

'Namaste...


From the Cassini Saturn orbiter...Saturn eclipsing the Sun.

Remember to hit play on "Dark Side of the Moon" as the MGM Lion roars when "Wizard of OZ" begins...

'namaste...
Happy Birthday, Joe!!!

Well...if the dead can hear you talk to them, then can they read your Blogs as well? ^_~ Damn "if...then" statements. Grrrr...

Today is my beloved & passed-on Grandfather's birthday. He would have been old but Grandma's still older. ^_~ Nyah nyah! I got my nickname and my sense of humor from Joe O'Sullivan so Happy Birthday Grandpa. I wish I had a scanner...shucks.

Friday, March 09, 2007

The Onion

Captain America Killed

Captain America, the comic book character created during World War II as a patriotic opponent of the Nazis, was killed by sniper bullets in a recent...

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Guess Who Came To Dinner?

In celebration of our 3rd anniversary, the Missus & I really, really needed to do something nice somewhere special. Luck happened as "Restaurant Week" is upon us. This bi-annual event has local formidable restaurants featuring a special three-course menu for the prix fixe of $33.07.

Rialto in Harvard Square is one of those formidable restaurants. Here is their restaurant week menu. Once I heard Rialto was part of Restaurant Week...I wanted to go, we needed to go. It was perfect...I had never been there but reputations are desereved. Chef Jody Adams was actaully there tonight. I mentioned worked as a cook and we got a complimentary course...whoa! That was kewl!

So we each ordered out courses and I think her's was better than mine...mine & hers respectively:

First:
Truffled Mushroom & Marscapone Risotto
Potato Gnocci Gratin with Bolognase & Cherry Tomatoes

Complimentary course:
Antipasti of American proscuitto, asparagus & pecorino.

Second:
Roasted Pork Loin arrista-style, et al.
Roasted Cod in Clam Chowder and potato-basil puree

Third:
Caramel crema with grappa fruit compoteand pistasho-apricot biscotti
Strawberry-pineapple & Balsamic sorbet with Florentines

Also a "restaurant week bottle of red" for $33.07...good Dago Red...

Agreed "Best" was the Gnocci. Damn.

My risotto (which I now pronouce "riz-OTTO" just to get a rise out of others) was great but the Gnocci was like that Johnny Damon lead-off homerun in the 1st Inning of Game 4 at the 2004 World Series...the game was won right there from the first taste. The antipasti was wonderful especially when tasted all together in one bite. I am really glad to have tasted that antipasti (but also better that I didn't order it...I wish I ordered the gnocci!!! ^_^).

Her breaded Cod on a bed of potato-basil puree in Chowdah was superb! What an approach...the chowder was akin to a cream sauce. I don't even like chowder...I would never order a bowl on my own. My roasted pork loin was just right.

Dessert was mine! Her sorbet was great but still just sorbet. My creme was like a flan on a bed sauce containing boozy raisins soaked in grappa. I'm a grown-up and this was a grown-up dessert. I love custard!

What a great culinary experience. There is a second Restaurant Week in the summertime and we're already planning one of those South End places unless something else better comes up. Maybe even a Fung Wah down to NYC for their Restaurant Week could be in the card.

Hey man...food is life. Eat well. Eat better. And eat delicious food always.

'Namaste...
First this...Deedee memorized this in the 3rd grade.

Bear In There
-by Shel Silverstein

There's a Polar Bear
In our Frigidaire--
He likes it 'cause it's cold in there.
With his seat in the meat
And his face in the fish
And his big hairy paws
In the buttery dish,
He's nibbling the noodles,
He's munching the rice,
He's slurping the soda,
He's licking the ice.
And he lets out a roar
If you open the door.
And it gives me a scare
To know he's in there--
That Polary Bear
In our Fridgitydaire.

Now the News...




"'Don't discuss polar bears": memo to scientists
Scientific American, March 8, 2007

By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Polar bears, sea ice and global warming are taboo subjects, at least in public, for some U.S. scientists attending meetings abroad, environmental groups and a top federal wildlife official said on Thursday.

Environmental activists called this scientific censorship, which they said was in line with the Bush administration's history of muzzling dissent over global climate change.

But H. Dale Hall, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said this policy was a long-standing one, meant to honor international protocols for meetings where the topics of discussion are negotiated in advance.


The matter came to light in e-mails from the Fish and Wildlife Service that were distributed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Center for Biological Diversity, both environmental groups.

Listed as a "new requirement" for foreign travelers on U.S. government business, the memo says that requests for foreign travel "involving or potentially involving climate change, sea ice, and/or polar bears" require special handling, including notice of who will be the official spokesman for the trip.

The Fish and Wildlife Service top officials need assurance that the spokesman, "the one responding to questions on these issues, particularly polar bears" understands the administration's position on these topics.

Two accompanying memos were offered as examples of these kinds of assurance. Both included the line that the traveler "understands the administration's position on climate change, polar bears, and sea ice and will not be speaking on or responding to these issues."

ARE POLAR BEARS 'THREATENED'?


Polar bears are a hot topic for the Bush administration, which decided in December to consider whether to list the white-furred behemoths as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act, because of scientific reports that the bears' icy habitat is melting due to global warming.

Hall said a decision is expected in January 2008. A "threatened" listing would bar the government from taking any action that jeopardizes the animal's existence, and might spur debate about tougher measures to cut the greenhouse gas emissions that spur global warming.

Hall defended the policy laid out in the memos, saying it was meant to keep scientists from straying from a set agenda at meetings in countries like Russia, Norway and Canada.

For example, he said, one meeting was about "human and polar bear interface." Receding Arctic sea ice where polar bears live and the global climate change that likely played a role in the melting were not proper discussion topics, he said.

"That's not a climate change discussion," Hall said at a telephone briefing. "That's a management, on-the-ground type discussion."

The prohibition on talking about these subjects only applies to public, formal situations, Hall said. Private scientific discussions outside the meeting and away from media are permitted and encouraged, he said.

"This administration has a long history of censoring speech and science on global warming," Eben Burnham-Snyder of the Natural Resources Defense Council said by telephone.

"Whenever we see an instance of the Bush administration restricting speech on global warming, it sends up a huge red flag that their commitment to the issue does not reflect their rhetoric," Burnham-Snyder said.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The Comics Gnome Gets Press!!!

Come and check out when the Comics Gnome Met Boston Journalist Luke O'Neil at Luke's new Blog The Ethical Scumbag now featured in OCHO's Links.

Luke sez which ended up in print in the Boston Globe's Saturday Sidekick section in his semi-regular column "Guilty Pleasures",
"...The boy put the comic books away in his closet where they've gathered dust to this day. (Sorry, Mom!) Flash forward to a few weeks back, when a friend hands him a comic book -- sorry, graphic novel (the preferred nomenclature old dudes use to justify reading kids' books now). It's about detectives solving superhero murders, and it's awesome. He borrows a few more."

a friend? Hmmm...sounds like good ole' Shorty to me, eh?

'namaste...

PS Don't forget to look for Buffy Season 8 on Dark Horse Comics on your FunnyBook Bodega's sheves, kids.

Picks of the Week though besides the death of Steve Rogers in Captain America #25 are both from the Distinguished Competition, DC Coimcs.

FIFTY-TWO WEEK FORTY-FOUR


I love the stories of the background heroes and one of the best is Black Adam's arc. Not only did Captain America die but so did more DC Heroes. Black Adam's loss today set the stage for FIFTY-TWO WEEK FIFTY in 6 weeks time as the kick off for DC's WORLD WAR III.

also which came out a few weeks ago but I forgot it was the extra-thick $3.99
BRAVE AND THE BOLD #1

George Perez' pencils are astounding here and Mark Waid delivers the start to an excellent story. I'm in!

Two very great titles released today had the Comics Gnome forgetting about Cap's demise were:

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #6


and

GREEN LANTERN #17

One Note about this issue of GL...Ivan Reis draws this funnybook. His renditions of Batman in the opening pages of #17 are worth the price of admission...but iDigress...

Both Great titles. Both dealing with characters who've returned from the dead. Wink. ^_~

Here's a great thought on Comics Book Death from a 2004 MARVEL She-Hulk...yes you have to squint a bit.
The Comics Gnome POOTS A Day of Mourning



AT 11:20AM on New FunnyBook Day I was alerted by the Comics Gnome NOT to look at my Yahoo...funny thing is he sent that warning as an email to my GMail Account.
Unfortunately...I checked my Yahoo Mail first.
And the Headline at Yahoo...Captain America DEAD.


In CIVIL WAR #7, the Final Battle starts in the Negative Zone but ends up being transported to New York City.


Captain America stops in his tracks after the people of New York try to stop him. Dig the heroic iconographic NYPD and FDNY as the real "heroes" in a smoldering NYC. Cap tells his "Secret Avengers" to stand down...he unmasks and surrenders himself to the authorities.
Series writer Mark Millar says After the publication of Civil War #7, Mark Millar was interviewed by Newsarama and described the event as "a story where a guy wrapped in the American flag is in chains as the people swap freedom for security", agreeing that a "certain amount of political allegory" was present but that the real focus of the book was on superheroes fighting each other. (Source: Wikipedia)

Sheeeesh. Way to go, Yahoo. I can see if the IntrePoop was huge a dozen years ago it could have spilled the beans like Entertainment Weekly did and Yahoo could have pasted that Kevin Spacey was the uncredited killer...just like today. Spidey Unmasking in the CIVIL WAR recieved the same treatment. As least there was little to no spoiler leaked previous to this demise besides the lack of Captain America on the big titles.

The Comics Gnome pooted forth Captain America #25 to be filed at the end of MARVEL's CIVIL WAR all the same...

Well Cap...I still got my Tee Shirt and we'll always have the ULTIMATES, eh?



'namaste...
The Comics Gnome pooteth, and he taketh away.
R.I.P. Cap.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Today's Boston Globe has the story on my Ice Diver class. It's on page B6, and also on Boston.com http://www.boston.com/yourlife/articles/2007/03/06/deep_freeze/

Deep freeze
It's 32 degrees outside. The ice is 7 inches thick. It's time for a not-so-quick dip.
By Susan Chaityn Lebovits, Globe Correspondent March 6, 2007

BARNSTABLE -- Dressed in black rubber suits, 11 men and one woman stood on 7 inches of ice in the middle of Hathaway Pond . Next came the chainsaw.

They came looking for a winter thrill, and found it in ice diving.
Common among research scientists in Antarctica, the sport is steadily becoming popular with recreational divers. Like ice fishing, for those who long to reel in a catch during the winter, ice diving attracts scuba divers who aren't ready to hang up their gear because of freezing temperatures. There has been a 40 percent increase in the number of people seeking recreational ice diving certifications since 2002, according to the Professional Association of Diving Instructors.

"I like snowboarding, skydiving, and winter camping, so how could I not go ice diving?" said Robert Granetz , a 52-year-old nuclear research scientist at MIT. Granetz, who lives in Reading, completed his ice diving certification two years ago and came this afternoon, with other assistants, to help instructor Steve Brown of Walpole with seven students ready to take the plunge.

To be eligible for an ice diving certification from PG Dive in Newton , which ran this trip, divers must already have a scuba certification and attend a four-hour lecture. The practicum, which takes place over two days and costs $259, requires each participant to make three 20-minute dives and act as the tender -- an above-ground human anchor for the tethered diving pairs. (In the research science community, the entry-level scientific ice diving course takes 100 hours and includes 12 training dives, a four-hour lecture, two three-hour pool-training sessions, and 12 open-water training dives.)

The day began with Brown cutting a 10-foot triangle into the ice, tying a rope around the end, and sliding the large cutout underneath the surface where it remained for the day (it was later pulled back into place to re-freeze). In groups of two, the divers slid off the edge of the triangle and slipped into the 37-degree water, which was 5 degrees warmer than the air. The divers were tethered with a 100-foot rope attached to their equipment, and held by a tender standing at the edge of the hole. Next to the tender stood a rescue diver with a 200-foot bright orange rope, prepared to help out in the rare case that a diver became detached.

The water was clear, but two years ago, during a certification in New Hampshire, divers complained about poor visibility. "Two feet away from the hole and you couldn't see," said Peter Richardson , a 40-year-old software manager who lives in Brookline. "It was a lesson in panic control."

Angst aside, divers marvel at the beauty of life under the ice, though there aren't many fish to see this time of year. "The bottom side is usually smoother than the top, and you can see your reflection," Brown said. "Sometimes things are frozen in there like a branch, and there are cracks and bubbles."

Ice divers wear dry suits, not wet suits. A wet suit works by trapping a small amount of water between the neoprene rubber and the skin, which heats up and acts as an insulator. A dry suit is sealed at the neck and wrists so no water can get inside, which is important when the temperatures are this cold. And unlike a wet suit, a dry suit must be pressurized as the diver swims deeper.

Still, the fact remains: It was freezing outside. A few hundred feet from the diving hole was a tent for the divers to change in. Surprisingly it was a good 10 degrees warmer inside. Next to the tent sat a pot of water, kept warm by a camping stove, used to thaw frozen equipment . Another pot of hot water was for hot chocolate, tea, and instant soup.

More concerned about claustrophobia than seeing wildlife, Matt Silvia of Quincy was happy that his nerves held out. "When you look up through the ice it's like having a crystal ceiling," said Silvia, a 34-year-old software engineer and shipwreck diver. "It's really gorgeous."

The spring-fed kettle pond in Barnstable runs 60 feet deep. In one area lies a 30-foot shipwreck put down 20 years ago by the local fire department for diver training. There's also a sunken Saab automobile that had been stolen and driven out on the ice, where it fell through.

"It's a very challenging form of diving," said Derya Akkaynak , the only woman getting certified that afternoon. The 25-year-old information technology consultant recently finished her master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. She said she was concerned how she would fare with the harsh temperature while under the ice, but she said she ended up being "very comfortable." She was all smiles after she emerged from the water.

"It's probably the safest form [of diving], as everyone's connected to a line and a buddy, but my parents would be worried [if they knew]," she said as she warmed up inside a big cooler filled with hot water. Akkaynak, a native of Turkey, did not tell her family there that she'd be spending the weekend under 7 inches of ice.

"I'm planning on telling them in a couple of years, when they can't make a big deal out of it anymore," she said.