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Friday, March 28, 2008

This Says it All

Courtesy of the Boston Weekly Dig and cover artist, Sox fan and madman Mark Poutenis (see: featured links)


GO SOX GO!!! I have no clue what the translation is...

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Comics Gnome POOTS! an Old Playground with a New Swing Set!

When I was a kid, I remember this one BBQ at my Uncle Brian's apartment. You should note that my Uncle Brian was the "Sully of the 1970's". He had a big white bathrobe that had "Sully" embroidered on it. How vain...I only had an exclamaiton point for a decade. Nonetheless as any Multiverse Character, this Sully has its differences from this Modern-Age namesake. Uncle Brian's Sully was from Dorchester, a venerable old school Boston Irish-Catholic neighborhood while I am from South Boston. His stomping era was a time of big cars, disco, bad fashion and Silver Age Funnybooks. Mine has iPods, IntrePoop, TiVO and Global Warming.

So I'm at his BBQ circa 1979. I remember Brian married his East Boston girlfriend after this time...the apartment happened to be in Eastie. He had an apartment & friends straight out of a TV Sitcom...it was remarkable even for a 10 year old to see. I associate Prince Charles & Lady Di getting married as well about this time...I was in Brian's wedding as a ringbearer. Returning to the BBQ, I have a scar on my right thigh still from where I cut it on a lounge chair that day. Vivid memories swim around...I remember they grew fresh mint leaves in the garden. Brian's best friend Charlie lived downstairs. They were a tight band for their time but Charlie wasn't involved in the Wedding later on. As Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. said, "so it goes"...

After cutting my leg with the corner of a lawn lounge chair...quite probably pitching a fit along with it as well as I was oft to do in my childhood & later in life...after cutting my leg and the sobbing stopped. Then I was allowed to venture out of the yard & down the street with a few bucks in my pocket courtesy of the Original Golden Age Sully, Grandpa Joe. It truly was "hush money" but iDigress...
I remember going down the street a block to the Corner Store. Back then, Corner Stores were the "Point-Of-Sales" origin for funnybooks...there were no funnybook bodegas yet. Heck, Million Year Picnic has been in business for 30 years...that's like Dog Years man...but more on the Original FunnyBook Bodega at the end...

With my "Hush Money", I found myself (once again) bewildered and enrapt by the four-sided magazine spindle found by the check-out counter. Now this is where I have trouble remebering but I'm sure it was about the time of the Great DC Implosion. And I was introduced to a character for the first time:
POWER GIRL.


Although this is how I was introduced to her...not the exact panel but you get the gist, eh?


This funnybook helped dry my tears and it filled my head with a new vista of my "Super Friends".
It was a different world. A different Earth. I understood that. Earth-Two Batman's ROBIN was all grown-up


And the original HUNTRESS who was the daughter of Earth-Two's BATMAN and CATWOMAN


And even an older version in Earth-Two SUPERMAN

Image from 1985's CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS...
notice the Red Skies denoting a CRISIS, Posty & Dr. Hooey??? Red Skies Tonight...Oh oh. Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh...
Sorry...80's Music in head. The Fixx.

I remembered the impossible! The Death of Batman in 1979!!!


But it was the older Batman of a Different Earth. Whew!

A Different Earth where the Heroes aged! Where they had kids who inherited mantles and powers. I was fascinated. I remembered. It was new. It was my first experience with what DC refered to edititorially as "Earth-Two".

...the DC Multiverse became a One-Earth Universe, absorbing Earth-Two into a new story; no longer a different place but a fudged history...an oval block in a round hole. Since 2004, the storytelling of the DC Universe went back to CRISIS stories with IDENTITY, INFINITE and the up-coming FINAL CRISES, including the weeklies FIFTY-TWO and COUNTDOWN...and brought back a brand-new Multiverse.

And finally I get to visit my first Parallel Earth again...


JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA ANNUAL #1 by Geoff Johns, Alex Ross and Gerry Ordway. Summer 2008

I really dig this stuff...and I can only wait.

Meanwhile...Back on Earth-Prime!!!
Hey! Remember I mentioned the Million Year Picnic FunnyBook Bodega? One of my favorite talk shows on National Public Radio, "On Point" had an episode about comics from the 1950's including how parents & culture dealt with something that was almost disturbing. Check it out here, "The 1950 Comics Book Scare"!!! starring one of my favorite Comic Book Guys, Tony Davis, owner of the 1M.Y. Picnic. Tony's a great guy and I was pleasantly surprised to hear his familiar cadence on the "radio waves".

'namaste...
THE SMOKING PUCK!

March 27, 2008
By Rev. Sully

Are Those Wedding Bells or a Funeral Dirge?
aka: The End is Nigh...


Did that sound negative? I really hoped it hadn't. Hey OCHO...let's give Meathead a big awesome sized HUZZAH. He's getting married next Saturday. Don't worry...they we meant to be: they met at Fenway Park but iDigress...

The Bells of Elation ring out through the Atmosphere! Or is it the cacophony of the Gahh-den Gallery? The Beantown Faithful don't know what to warm up for; joy of the Second Season or the cans tied to the limo going for the Golf Course?

Step on a Crack, break your Pivot's Back...
Wow!


The Transverse Process

Bruins all-star center & leading scorer Marc Savard cracked a small bone in his back. No word on whether it was a cervical or thoracic...meaning "where" on his back but the injury was suffered in the last game played; 6-2 victory in Toronto. Yes, kids...he's taking tonight off (the 8th & final game versus the Maple Leafs). I hope the team doesn't take this lying down seeing we're bearhugging the Eight Spot in the Playoffs with six games remaining in the season and the surging Washington Capitals only 4 standing points on our heels (the Caps feature the dynamic Alexander Ovechkin and his 61 goals).
By The Way...Bruins 2nd leading goal scorer Chuck Kobasew was also injured in the same Toronto game. Chuck will once again miss the remainder of a season, this time with a cracked fibia No reason to fear, right Gallery Gawds? At least the rest of the team really stepped up and won that game 6-2 nonetheless the war is quickly coming to its EndGame...

April 5th is the last regular season game, versus Buffalo who could play spoiler against a division rival. The Countdown has begun. 8 days and a wake-up as Meathead as fond of denoting his personal sense of chronomancy...for Saturday, April 5th will be his first day on Planet Earth as a Family Man. Wow...how we have grown. Meathead's going into his own Playoffs where his Championship ring is waiting for him. Way to go, Scotty. We're all rooting for you. BTW: Kiwi should know that Meathead is honeymooning in the Pacific...and yes will be in New Zealand. Get me on the side to find out when in April he'll be landing.

(PS...EO'S PostScript @ 12:19AM FridayEarly Morning...Milan Lucic was voted this year's 7th Player!!! HUZZAH!!! HUZZAH!!! HUZZAH!!!). He was my pick!!!

'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 24, 2008

101 Things That Should Not Exist:

66. Bum Fight Dot Com. No...don't go there. I'm not saying this to get you to go there. I mean it...for real this time.

67. Mis-planning Bachelor Parties. So much can go wrong if you're naughty...

68. Iraq War Memorials. Oh crap...that hasn't existed yet!

69. Puking on Public Transportation. Think of the stink. Ewwwww... I admit it...it was me. It was the first time I did it in years. C'mon...cut me some slack.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

It is 6:30AM...

I have been here 30 minutes now. I'm at work about to feed the Good People of Cambridge their Easter Brunch this afternoon. I am risen...

Wow. ^_~

Hope you get more than Bunny Poop.

'namaste...

Friday, March 21, 2008

Oh, Dolph and Kearney are too esoteric for me are they? I suppose you know which of the following is NOT one of Brandine Spuckler's kids:

Is it Whitney, Britney, Jitney, Dudley, Crystal Meth, Incest, Birthday, or International Harvester? Huh, smart guy? Don't make me bust out the Nahasapeemapetilons.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Ah, yes... quite a new year's eve that. Memorable on several counts that prudence demands go undiscussed. It's funny how we've all changed... I remember Rob shrieking the shriek of a man with seared nipples and spilling hot wax all over our hostesses' bed. He's got a sailboat now, and hasn't calmed down much.

IIRC, Sully, you had hair at the time, and it was Kermit green. For my part, I had a mysterious allergic rash whose source I never did discover or encounter again. I blame it on the misadventures of Jake's cat.

On second thought, I deny any and all allegations connected with the goings on that night. I'm pretty sure I was at the library, and home in bed by nine.
iRawk...Therefore iPod!
Check Yourself Edition


Finally!!! After all this time...
Chess has come to the iPod. Actually it's "Chess and Backgammon" but I don't play the latter...





$5.00 from the iTunes Store. But I have to admit...playing games on this thing really spends the battery. Also I have an annoying median strip across the display. It's not missing pixels rather it is lost illumination. It looks fine under direct light with no backlight selected alas should I touch the Click Wheel...you'd see a seismograph readout in the equator of the screen. It looks like a 2.3 Richter scale right now. I've only played iPod Chess once...actually I've yet to finish the game It has 9 difficulty levels from Monkey to Master. I throw poo. So I've only started one game and I hear it's limited on how smart it is...it gets "confused" over draws and the 50-move rule.
I do like the varying selections of pieces: wood, glass, steel, etc. And there is a 2-D and 3-D point-of-view.
But this is great! I can finally play chess on my iPod. Well...I have the choice of playing it, eh? We'll see if I actually do.

Knock It Off!
I saw something a few weeks ago in New York City. Walking through the Neon Bazaar of Times Square, my eyes happened upon a familar device with a very low Sale Price. Upon Further inspection, I realized I was looking at an iPod Nano Knock-Off.


First...the real deal starring Derek Zoolander and his look, Ferarri...or is that one Blue Steel?



This image is from a store in Istanbul. The ones I saw going for $70.00 in NYC were a version like the new Nano.


This is what I saw in the windows of a few electionic stores in the Big Apple. Between 2GB & 8GB I think.

But these knock-off have 2 features I think the real iPod most desperately needs: a simple FM tuner and a no-frills voice recorder. These fakers can get radio!...something the real iPod is sorely missing. I'd love a simple AM/FM tuner built into my Apple iPod. And a built-in voice recorder? In the Age Of Sousveillance? The Great Gadget needs these...perhaps now a video camera as well for motion & still pictures. Add-ons such as these would bring a lot more to my overall experience. I recently read in Carl Sagan's Broca's Brain that criticism makes products better...he followed that by regarding the opposite nautre of religion & government but iDigress... The Apple iPhone already sports a 2 megapixel camera...why not for my next iPod Classic?


The Non-Business Side of the Apple iPhone with its camera.

Have a closer look at one of these Nano Knock-Offs...display, interface and interior (especially for my geek friends like Matt & Dr. Hooey)




These Knock-Offs made me misty-eyed for real Apple gadgets so I was thinking about the iPod's Great Granddaddy...the Newton.


This gadget was the original iPhone...lacking music, color, phone, camera and soul but the seed was planted in the early 1990s with something right off the bridge of STAR TREK's USS Enterprise.

Hey! This one's for Dr. Hooey! Nelson Munz' Apple Newton, circa 1994 (actually it was the other bullies, Kearney and Dolph but that was way too esoteric unless you're Hooey, MarCap or Myself)...Remind me to Beat Up Martin...put it in your Newton, Dolph.


More later with a Special Edition on Playlists and finding singles from your favorite artists.

Ciao!!! ^_~

The Count:
6,060 tracks to go on my 5thGen 30GB iPod Video
9,630 tracks on iTunes (still gotta hunt a few duplicates down though)
7-8 hours of Battery Life
2 years of constant...I mean constant use

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

THE SMOKING PUCK!

March 19, 2008
By Rev. Sully

Off To The Gallery, Redux!
aka: Credentials! A Decade into my Ministry!


Lace 'em up! Yeah! The Double Trouble of Two Beantown Hockey-Crazed Denizens such as "Uncle Mike" of the Wicked Masshole Blog and Myself, the Esteemed Rev. Sully of This Smoking PUCK go once again into the Breach, dear friends. In Peace, nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility. But when the blast of war blows in our ears, then imitate the actions of the tiger!* Or in our case the actions of a Hungry Bear. The Bruin...a brown bear. Not to be confused with "Brown Beer" but iDigress...
"The Breach" dear friends is the Balcony of the TD BankNorth Garden of Boston, MA...home of the Boston Basketball Celtics and the Bruins Professional Hockey Squad. The Balcony was affectionately referred to as the "Gallery" back in the original home of 67 years, the Boston Garden. I have to once again wear the steel tips fearing Uncle Mike's hatred of Les Habitants and their Followers...and my ability to swear insulting profanities in French.


The Old Barn...Home of the Original Gallery Gawds.

Ten Years Later...
Jeez, who was I then? I forget sometimes...am I that different. Does who I'm with define who I am? In a way it does...
Nonetheless it was Ten Years Ago...I remember OCHO's very own "Matt" and myself on New Years Eve 1997-98. "El Post"'s brother-in-law came and brought a home brew in a little keg...he was one proud papa. Matt on the other hand gave me my first and only hit of acid...I retreated into the bedroom alone and professed to see the White Room. I still profess a supramundane experience of gnosis. Matt then goes on to tell me about his Universal Life Church ordination and that it suits a budding spiritual Maverick such as myself. And that he's performed a wedding. I thought, "my friends are indeed the coolest people".
So on March 31, 1998 approximately 10 minutes before Midnight...10 minutes away from April Fool's Day, my late grandfather's favorite calendar day, I became an Ordained Minister of Independent Faith. "Kiwi" was sitting there as I printed my dubious credentials from an HP InkJet on pilfered office white.
A little info on other ULC Ministers right here at OCHO: Doctor Hooey and Kiwi. We're all a little maverick when it comes to our "lack of" faith, eh?

Doom! Doom! Doom!!!
Can I join in your chant? Nope...I'll chant "Shoot, Skate...HIT 'EM!!!" instead with the rest of the Gallery Gawds tomorrow night. The Bruins now have to face off against a division rival and the first place team in the Eastern Conference:
the Montreal Canadiens. First Place in the East though has been changing hands like a dollar bill at a strip club.
The New Jersey Devils are in a tie with Les Habs with the Eastern 4th place Pittsburgh Penguins one point behind the Lead.
The Ottawa Senators, owners of 1st place most of the season has cooled off but are pretty secure in their Second Season currently in the 5th position.
The NYC (Patooie!) Rangers, Bruins and Flyers occupy 6, 7 & 8 respectively.
In the West?
Going West...
I really can't say "I Don't Care" because I'm amazed with the talent out there in Anaheim and Detroit. Every time the TV is showing the NHL Network's "NHL: On The Fly" and the Western Conference hi-lights I'm focused on the unfamiliar names, locales and uniforms. San Jose & Minnesota though in 2nd & 3rd...This PUCK Sez, "About Time"!
Minnesota should be rewarded with great hockey and San Jose, the first Modern Era team has been around long enough to know how to be consistently successful.
The Dallas Stars seem to shine in the Second Season almost every year it seem, eh?
Calgary & Vancouver heave skill, heart and toughness.
And Colorado is clawing onto the Western 8-Spot after late in the season reacquiring Glory Days players Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote. Sorry folks but "Saint" Patrick Roy is too old to play.

Well...now that my flock has been attended to, it's time to attend to my growling tummy. Growling like a hungry bear.

'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”.

* A little William Shakespeare from Henry V...
"Here's your hint...No More Red Skies"
-The Comics Gnome POOTS


Pices. Libra. Scorpio Dreaming. Capricorn. Gemini. Drawing Sagitarius. The Crab and the Virgin, God of War.
Aquarius is only an age...by the way. But iDigress...Coming This June 2008 to a FunnyBook Bodega Near YOU!!!

I'm preparing by re-reading THE INVISIBLES. And also working on my eulogy and my duck & cover.

FINAL CRISIS #2
Written by Grant Morrison
Art and covers by J.G. Jones


Meet Japan's number one pop culture heroes, the Super Young Team and their languid leader, Most Excellent Superbat! Join legendary wrestler Sonny Sumo and super escape artist Mister Miracle as they team to face the offspring of the Anti-Life Equation! See Earth's superheroes mourn one of their oldest allies! Witness costumed criminals sinking to new depths of cowardice and depravity as Libra takes things too far! Uncover the doomsday secrets of the poisoned city of Blüdhaven! Learn the shocking identity of the prime suspect in the murder of a god! And read on if you dare as Batman becomes the first of Earth's champions to face the Fallen of Apokolips. All this and a spectacular return from the dead...
Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones' multiverse-spanning epic continues with bombshell after bombshell in FINAL CRISIS #2 — “Ticket to Blüdhaven”!
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers by J.G. Jones that will ship in approximately 50/50 ratio. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale June 25 • 2 of 7 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Thursday, March 13, 2008

THE SMOKING PUCK!

March 13, 2008
By Rev. Sully

Beware the Ides of March, Caesar...
aka: What's Brewin' for the Second Season


Wow...nothing reminds a person about the cliche "Watch Your Back" better than getting kicked there a few times. Is it time to worry, Gallery Gawds? Being on the ugly end of the stick, the Bruins look like a Black & Blue Pinata rather than a Black & Gold Beast. Outscored 19-4 over three games in early March the Bruins are baring their teeth and their paw's claws are digging in. This Smoking PUCK's Prediction?
The Bruins make the Playoffs this year. But still...watch your back. Although being in the NE Division 3rd place with a winning record doesn't mean entry. As of this PUCK the Beantowne Bees hug onto the 7th Seed in the Eastern Playoff Tree. March Madness indeed but iDigress...

To The Gallery and BEYOND!
I'm happy to report I'll be going to the Game Thursday, March 20 versus the Montreal Canadiens. The game resumes two nights later in Montreal Saturday PM with the Home-And-Home Series. Home-And-Home Series are an old school NHL goody where two back-to-back games are played with the same teams; one home & one away. Now with 30 teams over 82 games sporting an unbalanced schedule, home-and-home series are gaining a new life. Eight games versus a division rival. Four games versus a conference rival. We won the Home-And-Home against the NYC (Patoooie!) Rangers back in January. Wait for it, flapjack...a team can only Win, Tie or Lose a two-game series...

Pencil Me in for...
Speaking of the Unbalanced Schedule, buzz around the league is revolving around a better, balanced schedule starting next season. If the Players Union can convince the owners to scale back a few pre-season games, the Players Themselves would agree to an 84-game schedule therefore allowing each NHL team one home and one away game versus the other 29 teams. As we're fond of saying here at this Smoking PUCK, "do the math, mouthbreathers!". That is old school thinking. The season used to be 84 games long. In 1993-94, 26 teams played an 84 game season...the next notorious year was the Strike Shortened season that was 48 games long. The following season 1995-96 featured 26 teams playing 82 games. Since then, the league has expanded by 4 teams nonetheless has kept the season length at 82. In 1992-93 the NHL expanded to 24 teams and needed an 84-game schedule to accommodate a greater amount of cities. Before this, the NHL coasted at about 21 teams and 80 games a season (1979-1992) and the previous 14 team league of the 1970s played 78 games per season. Close your jaw when inhaling, use your nostrils...the Original Six played 50 (1942-43) to 70 (1966-67) games over time.

So Beware the Ides of March and Watch Your Back! Don't let someone else's boot motivate you to be the best...and don't let the Senate give your a group hug today either, bunkies.

'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”.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Monday, March 03, 2008

A sox game sounds great! You can count Jill and me in for that for sure.