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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Tao of Sully...

Presents "Why Batman?"
I believe in Archetypes.  
Also Uber-Types, Overtypes, Undertypes, Crappy Typing and Wite-Out too.

I believe in Heroes, in fiction and real-life.  Real-life ones are out there waiting for you to notice but our fictional heroes, especially in the US have become somewhat quasi-religious in their mythological & social/spiritual importance.  
Your fictional hero could be Gandalf.  It could be Yoda.
It could be Xena, Warrior Princess! 
The thing about fictional characters is that We are Supposed To Identify with Them therefore Becoming Our Vehicle to Live in the Story.  In a Way...
In Another Way we could be just killing a little time, enjoying something like the castaways on TV's "Lost" or the hopes of the next "American Idol", a real "that-could-be-Me" quality but iDigress...

I got Batman on the Mind Lately.
I tweeted into a mini-discussion of "Batman" with a real-life Superherologist, Dr. Travis Langley.  I read excerpts from his forth-coming book, Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight.  
The Blurb on his Book Reads:
"A journey behind the mask and into the mind of Gotham City’s Caped Crusader, timed for the summer 2012 release of The Dark Knight Rises
Batman is one of the most compelling and enduring characters to come from the Golden Age of Comics, and interest in his story has only increased through countless incarnations since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Why does this superhero without superpowers fascinate us? What does that fascination say about us? Batman and Psychology explores these and other intriguing questions about the masked vigilante, including: Does Batman have PTSD?  Why does he fight crime? Why as a vigilante? Why the mask, the bat, and the underage partner? Why are his most intimate relationships with “bad girls” he ought to lock up? And why won't he kill that homicidal, green-haired clown?
  • Gives you fresh insights into the complex inner world of Batman and Bruce Wayne and the life and characters of Gotham City
  • Explains psychological theory and concepts through the lens of one of the world’s most popular comic book characters
  • Written by a psychology professor and “Superherologist” (scholar of superheroes)"
My New Beltbuckle.  It Glows-In-The-Dark (woo boyee!)
I call it my "Futility Belt".  

Like lots of thing in life...This started when I was a kid.
I am a Child of the 1970, a teen of the 1980s.
Saturated with Television and the multitude of Batman Programming in syndication in the 1970s was actually astounding.The first run Saturday Morning "Super Friends", the live-action reruns of the 1960s Adam West/Burt Ward "Batman" show and plenty of Hanna-Barbara cartoons with Olan Soule & Casey Casem in circulation.
IGN Dot Com ran a great primer on the Voice Actors of Batman over the years HERE.

This was my first Batmobile.  I got this for X-Mas mid-1970s.  It's actually a collector's item Now, the Simms Inc of Aurora, IL based on the 1966 TV show and as you can see, the color of the 1/2 figurines.  Of course as a kid, I jimmied Batman & Robin out of their seats only to find they had molded legs.  My other action figures had quite a difficult time driving the Batmobile.  

Batman is my Archetype, especially at the Work Place.
I believe in this: WWBD?
What Would the Batman Do?
He's the Patron Saint of Problem Solving.  
I'm Neither saying speaking to people in the "Bale Vox" Nor demonstrating "the 7 Working Defenses From This Position" when met with obstacles at the Office Especially with stresses created by other workmates...
I intend a well-meaning, holistic Idea Batman.  The guy with the right tool for a probable problem.  The man who inspires & is aided by his crew, when needed help naturally arises in the work day.  An erudite urbanite helping save the world by touching souls, helping people and making a difference.  
From Campy Caped Crusader to Dangerous Dark Knight of Justice...
The Bright Sunnyside of our Character to the ShadowSelf that is part of us intrinsically.  
I enjoy my personal metaphor of Batman, a Secret Identity I don for the workplace.  I change clothes into a Chef's Uniform with steel-tip clogs that oddly look like what Bat-boots should look like from the ankle, down.  I tuck my hair under a cowl of a Chef's toque.  I don't carry a Gun; I use Knives from the massive to the tiny...a French knife is the Bat-arang of my Trade.  And when they Arise, These Natural Problems of the Workplace or "the Case" for our Darknight Detective, we have the ability to use our tools & training for these situations.
And most of all for our Minds to Smartly Figure It All Out...all awhile keeping cool.  Yet maybe showing a flash of anger here & there!  Haha!  Watch out, that's just the Cut of my Cape!  
To The Bat-Poles!  Let's Get to Work, Partner!

kriya shakti,
Rev Sully

Eric O'Sullivan
Boston, MA USA

Monday, May 28, 2012

xkcd

"EST"
Please Click to Enlarge to Enjoy Humor! ;)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Comics Gnome POOTS!...

The Best Batman Panel I Think I've Ever Seen!
@Superherologist Julian Beever 3D Batmann and Robin sidewalk chalk art! twitter.com/galapogosian/s…
— galapogosian (@galapogosian) May 18, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

the Smoking PUCK Presents...the 2012 Finals!

for Lord Stanley's Tupperware.
I called this series after the Bruins got eliminated.
I was asked "who ya think?" when the Beantown Bee's got knocked out in the first round.  
And I previously said to @wilw on Twitter, a big LA Kings fan.
Way back on 31 March 2012, I tweeted to him before the regular season ended:
" dude, that Home-at-Home  vs San Jose is looking Mighty Killer Right Now. Good Luck Kings. May  Crush You in Cup Final!"
In a way, I can say I called my West Coast pick then...
So when the Local 2012 Black & Gold started golfing mid-April, my first pick of the remaining teams was the New Jersey DevilsWhy?
Their goalie, 40 year-old Martin Brodeur.  3X Stanley Cup Champion (1995, 2000, 2003) and two Olympic Gold Medals (2002, 2010)
from Wikipedia,
"Brodeur is the NHL's all-time leader in regular season wins (surpassing Patrick Roy in 2009), losses, shutouts, and games played, and holds numerous other league and franchise records.[1] Brodeur has won at least 30 games in every season since 1995–96, with the exception of 2010–11 season and an injury-shortened 2008–09 season in which he played just 31 games, and is the only goalie in NHL history with eight 40-win seasons.[2] He is a four-time Vezina Trophy winner, a five-time Jennings Trophy winner, a ten-time NHL All-Star, a Calder Memorial Trophy winner, and one of only two NHL goaltenders to score a goal in both the regular season and the playoffs"

Whoever wins...Wins!  
I'm in for treat as a Hockey fan with this Cup Finals pairing.  
Will Marty Brodeur make what could be his last season the way "to go Out?"...
or will he pass the Flaming Goalie Stick Torch to L.A.'s Jonathan Quick, the 26 year-old Goalie of the Future.  
Come Wednesday on National Television, we will start.  

kriya shakti,
Rev Sully

Eric O'Sullivan
Boston, MA USA

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Smoking PUCK Playoff Moment in Time...

"Being a goaltender is not a job that would interest any normal, straight-thinking human."

This Moment of Time Respects the Goalie.  
It really does boil down to Who is Between Your Pipes, Then Who's In Front of Him.  
If you generate offense, it's easy.
Derek "Turk" Sanderson distilled it for Bruins fans decades ago on TV38..."Score More Goals"
Yet the Masked Man with the Pads is ready for you...anytime.  

The Los Angeles Kings though could sweep the Phoenix Coyotes this afternoon and go to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 19 Years.  
The Kings got it All.  They got it "Going On".  
And Simon Gagne which "Gagner" in French means "to win".  
A nasty defense.  
Finally, a great young goalie come into his own: Jonathan Quick

Phoenix' Mike Smith usually is a really good goalie yet as the Bruins found out, "Score More Goals" is hard to do with the Force of Nature known as the Hot Goalie.
The LA Kings right now are all momentum and it seems the Coyotes are all Inertia.  

On the East Side of Things the NYC (patooie!) Rangers are 2 games to 1 over the New Jersey Devils in a Tunnel Match.  I'm rooting for the Devils of course with Martin Brodeur going for a 4th Stanley Cup all in the Garden State.  This could be Brody's Swan Song and what a way to go, with one more Cup.
The Rangers are only anchored by the Game's Best Goalie This Year: Henrik Lundqvist.  

Too Bad They'll have to get through L.A. first.  
The compass of It All could Point to an NYC/LA Snowball Fight in June.  
How Fitting for the 2012 End of the World, huh?  How American.  

What scudded the Bruins this 2012 Post-Season?
Lack of Scoring.  
No need to Blame the Goalie for this one.  

It all boils down to the man 'tween the Pipes...
The Masked Man who Either Saves the Day or Steals It Away.  

kriya shakti,
Rev Sully

Eric O'Sullivan
Boston, MA USA

Saturday, May 19, 2012

"CASANOVA, one of my very favourite comics, reaches the end of its third volume on June 20.  After the cut, please enjoy a preview of CASANOVA: AVARITIA #4 by Matt Fraction and Gabriel Ba.  And then go and buy all the books if you haven’t already and then squat by your comics store or iPad like a stoned gibbon with a sore bum until this wonderful comic is released.  Begin."

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The Wonder of the IntrePoop.
I just learned more about physics!  
Nerds Rapping.  

Spotted on Twitter from Prof Neil DeGrasse Tyson 
He makes up for killing Pluto as a Planet with Really Clever Tweets but iDigress...

The Sounds of Science...
BTW: RIP MCA. 
Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys passed away at the age of 47 to cancer.  
Dust off your copy of Paul's Boutique and give it a whirl.  

'namaste...and Good Luck

Friday, May 18, 2012

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Courtesy of Wil Wheaton.  IntrePoop Krishna.  I say that in all honesty.  Both got a sense of Humor Jesus just ain't got.  ;)  
Maybe IntrePoop Moses...I'll get back to you but iDigress...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day 2012!

This one goes out to all the single, working Moms of the World.
God Bless You & Thank You!
It is still my prayer I can be successful and take care of you when the time comes.  
love,
Eric

"The Bacon"

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Get In My Belly

French Toast Bread Pudding

I'd like to make this a Mother's Day Special and I am.  
I'm hosting a brunch next Sunday.  To celebrate Mother's Day, I'm inviting My Ma & her boyfriend over to my new flat.  
(BTW: My new flat is shared with Mike, my awesome friend and who I refer to on Twitter as "my Gay #Flatmate".  He's my Ex-Girlfriend's Ex-Roommate!  As I like to say, He's Gay, I'm Not.  But iDigress...)

The genesis of this dish came from a Christmas Morning with my Ma a few years ago.  I called it "Chinese French Toast" and it was a dish made with leftover buns from X-Mas Eve's feasting on a Pu-Pu Platter.  

I've been tinkering with this recipe for a few weekends now and I believe I got it nailed and I'd love to share it with you.  Especially a shot out to Mrs. Jill Silvia, Matt's wife who checked out the Chinese French Toast recipe and used it.  She told me to my elation last bbq.  :)  

It's a special dish for a special dame.  
It takes the Night Before to Prep because that's what Mom would have done for your special day!
For all the Moms...
 I had 1/2 a French baguette that was totally stale...aka perfect for my plan!  Using a French knife I cut the baguette into equal sized cubes by making thick slices, then halving them.  The bread is important.  The bread's flavor was chewy & a tang sour which I liked.  
I made a traditional french toast batter in a ratio appropriate to the Pyrex & amount of bread cut.  It's equally important that there's enough liquid for this hungry bread to quench its dehydrating innards!  
for the 1/2 loaf I used 5 large eggs and Less Than 6 oz of Milk.  Heavy Cream would been better had I it on hand.  Cinnamon and a cap full of Real Pure Vanilla Extract.  
I used a deep enough vessel that I layered the bread equally flat and let sit in the french toast batter all night long in the fridge.  It will be better if you turn the bread once after a few hours.

I used a glass Pyrex for loaf bread, 4.5"x 8.5", greased*
*Greased: great trick to grease a pan. Save the wax wrapper from your Unsalted Butter.  Hold from not-greasy side & Use as a wipe to evenly coat the pan with "just the right" amount of Unsalted butter. Salted butter makes cookies stick to the pan so I'm following that #Dharma.  
There should be a little bit of liquid left as well when you're ready to fire.  That's good.  
Remember to Always Pre-Heat Your Oven, Please.  

All you need to do is pour the contents of the soaking egg bread into the Greased* Pyrex.
Scrape every erg of egg into the Pyrex then Use a spatula or big spoon and work the Pyrex into one level surface.  Squish it down a little bit!  

The rest of this Easy-to-Execute Ecstasy is this 2001 Gourmet Magazine recipe I got from Epicurious Dot Com when I fell in love with Blueberry Crisps.  
all I do is follow this recipe, almost to the T.  I add a little freshly grated nutmeg into the blueberries when I toss them in brown sugar & cinnamon, before you layer them in the pan over the egg batter.  Off the Recipe: Only use enough blueberries to cover the bread in a single layer or a little more.    
Then the crumble topping, I use Walnuts instead because it's what I had on hand.  
I will use a little extra Unsalted butter, melt that extra Unsalted butter and add it to the dry mix & toss the flour, oats, brown sugar & nuts in the melted butter to get a "moist sand" feel it to before I add the butter portion to the topping to mix by hand.  Even distribution of the butter is key here; butter helps cook the raw flour in the topping mixture.  Avoid those white uncooked spots on the tops of your crisps & crumbles by using your clean dry hands to really work the butter evenly.

I use a 350deg oven for about 40 minutes, center of the oven on the 3rd highest rack (not too close to the heating element on the bottom of the oven or the bottom of your loaf will surely burn).

This is best served warm with freshly whipped cream.  No Cool Whip!  Ewww!!!  
A sprig of Mint and my Ultimate Suggestion would be some brunoise bacon lardons, perhaps candied in real maple syrup but now I'm talking sheer madness!!!  

This is actually not that hard to pull off.  You don't even really need the overnite bread soak if you had a fresher baguette.  It's so good that it does not last long at all.  
You might need to make 2 depending how many are at your table next Sunday!  

So along with Sausage Gravy & Biscuits with a poached egg, bloody marys, mimosas and anything else I can do to impress My Ma on Mother's Day...this will be the Centerpiece of my Mother's Day Brunch.
Huzzah!!!  

Saturday, May 05, 2012

(ed. note: re-do Sunday AM over sammich & a day to mull...)

Just Got Home from 2hr 23min Joss Whedon's Avengers movie.
In 3-D to boot.

Posty liked it better than me.

It was a CGI-Frak Fest.
Whedon's witty pen could not save this delightful project from the weight of its own fight scenes.
It wasn't a terrible movie...
just...
hmmmm...

my favorite scene was the stinger following the complete credits.  Worth sitting through the Chris Cornell soundtrack contribution.

Yet how Hawkeye was knocking those arrows...I just wasn't getting it.  There was something wrong with it.  It simply upsets me greatly...

The Good: Scarlett Johansson.  Really pulled the threads together & made Black Widow come alive.
Iron Man.  I'd rather see Downey in Stark than Sherlock.  Benedict Cumberpatch already got that covered but iDigress...
Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner fine.  Edward Norton would have been better but that didn't happen.  And truthfully enough I've avoided the Ang Lee Hulk with Eric Bana as Banner.

The Bad: CGI Frak-Fest means...well it's like watching someone else play a videogame and they will not let you touch the controller for two player.
And at the end, Sam Jackson's Nick Fury's speech about the Avengers being needed again sounded neither very Nick Fury-like nor very Samuel L. Jackson-esque.  I'd pay to see a goof reel take with Jackson saying, "Get these muthaf&*#in' Skrulls offa this muthaf&*#in' Helicarrier!"

The Meh:  Pretty Much everything else.  Chris Evans as Cap.  Sure.  Fine casting.  Hawkeye...meh.  See fore mention knocking of the arrows.  Thor?  Loki?  Sure!  They did fine in the Thor movie as well. Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill.  It was a role that had to be cast by a woman that looked like her so again...sure!  The Story...it was an Avengers origin story cobbled together from the Quelle.  Could have used a bit more Mark Millar's ULTIMATES 1 & 2 yet borrowed enough.

In the end, I'm going to see The Hunger Games again at the movies.
But I won't go back for a 2nd viewing of Avengers.  Maybe someday on home video.
I wasn't expecting anything therefore I'm not disappointed.  Although I am a movie fan and as a summer movie goes I'm sure the masses should be thrilled and MARVEL now PWNS the Superhero Movies with this ambitious dovetailing of their movies properties.  They only had a window of time in order to get this one a few years long.  Well it's done, there will be other movies.
But as a movie fan, I noticed that an episode of Madmen (S1 Ep. 11) was stronger as cinema than Whedon's Avengers.  My roommate was watching Madmen on Netflix yesterday.  I sat down an watched my almost first complete chapter of a story I've yet to get to (currently on the Island at LOST Season 2 No Spoilers!!!)

Whedon shines in moments of character warmth & dialog yet the overall movie could have been less than 143 minutes in running time.  It could have used more Whedon Moments than CGI Moments.
Overall the property was well-handled yet for my personal taste...meh.
Sorry, Joss.  I still love you.

kriya shakti,
Rev Sully

Eric O'Sullivan
Boston, MA USA