Archive for October, 2007

How was your Halloween?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Vampyre : Symphonies from the Crypt

I won’t bother getting a photo of the front of my house; it’s just a bunch of light-up plastic pumpkins from Menards and a single jack o’lantern which I carved using the Homestar Runner stencil of Strong Mad’s face.  Yeah, it would be cool to do the whole rigamarole like my neighbor who has cobweb strung all around the entrance of his house and fake cardboard tombstones and a monster sprouting out of his lawn.  The thing is, we don’t have any kids of our own and we only have about 12-15 separate visits from trick-or-treaters.  A small bowl of candy is all we need.  Given the pitiful turnout, it seems ridiculous to spend much time decorating the place.

Nevertheless, I wanted to creep out the visitors this year.  (As creeped out as you can get with Menards plastic pumpkins lighting up the landscaping.)  So I put an old boombox in the bushes, cranked up the volume and had the Midnight Syndicate’s “Vampyre” on REPEAT ALL all night.  Very effective!

Necronomicon Way better than that old Disney haunted house sound effects album where a woman begins talking in, ahem, “Chinese” after undergoing water-torture.  (My parents actually still have that album.  Well, that’s not true.  They gave it to me, and I don’t even have a turntable.  Plus, you can find the MP3 online!)

Too bad I couldn’t find my Nox Arcana “Necronomicon” album.  It’s probably buried on my desk somewhere.  Oh, Midnight Syndicate is a little better anyway, but I love the idea of a dark voice bellowing “Chulhuuuuuuu!” as the kiddies ascend the steps.  It has the same vibe as those Family Circus cartoons that were rewritten with words from Lovecraft.

UPDATE: Phew! The lengths I go to for my faithful readers.  Since writing that last paragraph and posting, I have spent over an hour of googling trying to find “The Nameless Dread” somewhere on the Internet!  It took a lot of linking from blogs that were all pointing to the same two sources, both of which had been dismantled after a talking-to by Bil Keane’s lawyers.  I guess what I’m saying is…be sure to save any that you like to your own hard drive and fast!

Kid’s Halloween Costumes from RetroCrush

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

A friend of mine just sent me the link to the RetroCrush Halloween Costumes Gallery.  The highlights are of course the Superheroes (including a Green Lantern Mask gracing both the Aquaman and Mr. Fantastic costumes for some reason), and the Worst Costumes gallery is hilarious.  “Oh, Daddy I want to go as Asteroids!

Hey… they have a Rocketeer costume!  How cool is that!

IT: The History of Pop

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

XM Radio is (as we speak) playing every top 40 hit ever on their various “decade” stations.  They’ve been doing it for a couple of weeks already, but They’re currently in the fall of ’68 so the good music is just about to start.

Interspersed between the music are newsclips and other pop culture tidbits.  They just played a campaign jingle for Nixon while I was writing the above.  It’s a boon for guys like me, who have an interest in modern history and like to get a feel for the zeitgeist of a given era.  For instance, when you think of November ’68, the height of the civil rights movement and the unrest over Vietnam, protest songs automatically spring to mind—but Andy Williams also had a hit with the Battle Hymn of the Republic.  That was also the dawn of disco and glam rock, two forms that most people equate with the late ’70s. 

I tend to equate my geek status with the music I like.  Namely for me, Progressive Rock and New Wave.  All the stuff they don’t play on the “classic rock” stations anymore.  So I eagerly await the next two weeks, The ’70s and ’80s.

If you don’t have and XM subscription, you can still listen online at AOL.  It’s FREE!  How about that, AOL is still good for something…

Do you want the silent treatment or a shouting match?

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Today, over on his website radio host, former Congressional candidate, and former actor of awesomeness Jerry Doyle (he played Michael Garibaldi on Babylon 5, if you are are young or apathetic), has posted the following poll:


Which do you hate more when arguing with your significant other? The silent treatment or a screaming match?

You can answer as either a man or a woman.

It’s probably best you do so truthfully.

As for myself, who has no significant other, aside that I live with my mother and I am not making a substitution for this purpose, I can only imagine the possibilities. Being entirely hypothetical I bet/anticipate that I would rather engage in a screaming match with my woman. I’ve had the silent treatment from women; I’ve been ignored entirely (and routinely) by women whom I bloody well am acquainted with and so the cold shoulder isn’t new to me. Being ignored by actual friends (or I thought they were friends, go figure), for whatever reason, isn’t new either. (It’s hard to tell whether it’s the cold shoulder or an initial deliberate execution of a long term plan to tune me out and I’m too much of a loaner jerk to broach the subject and repair a relationship).

So hypothetically, I’ll go for the shouting match, because that sounds new. Besides, it sounds like an investment or symbolic of greater meaning or whatnot.

That said, for guys like Tom, Hutch, and Phil this isn’t a hypothetical and they actually have official and lifelong relationship ties with actual women. I wonder how they decide. How do you?

Add this to Mike’s Christmas list…

Monday, October 29th, 2007

…a remote control K9 from ThinkGeek.  Dr. Who’s trusted companion is accurately detailed and the blurb on the website calls him “lush”.  I don’t quite know what they’re referring to there, as he looks more in the “stainless” area when it comes to adjectives.  That’s my opinion.  Unless they’re saying he’s “A lush”, as in, “an alchoholic”.  I’m not a fan of Dr. Who, so maybe Hutch can correct me there.

Anyway, he’s cute as a button, and at ¼ scale he won’t take up as much space as the real deal.  He’s more of a toy K9.  that’s somewhere between a miniature and a teacup.

But he’s not a “toy”.

Bill Clinton was a comic geek?

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

This Hillary Clinton video has been the top-watched Google Video for a while, but I hadn’t seen it yet.  In it, during an appreciation of Stan Lee (a big Clinton supporter), Bill Clinton announced that his first job was selling off two big boxes of comics that he owned.  Yeah, I know, it could just be a story, but who makes up a fake story about once being a comic book collector?  And the first thing that jumps to my mind is…”Hmmm…I wonder what books he was into?”  That’s so weird, because I don’t like the guy, but as soon as he starts talking comic books I just naturally respond, “Oh really?  Whose Spider-Man do you think is the definitive version?”

A lot of this video (which is a rough cut trailer for a documentary about the Paul v. Clinton court case) is about Stan Lee and the financial problems leading to the downfall of Stan Lee Media.

What’s even more creepy is seeing Stan Lee in the same room in this infamous July 17, 2000 video where Hillary is allegedly committing a felony.  I mean…it’s STAN LEE, for crying out loud, and he’s a witness to a big election funding crime.  Okay, that’s not as big a crime as some of his hammy movie cameos, but still…

A flatscreen from NORTH Korea

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Heres a North Korean version of a pixalated performance. Notice the changing picture in the back. Those are actually performers synchronized to hold their correct cards at the correct moment. As you can imagine, even a slight mistake has dire consequenses not just for the performance, but to the performer making the mistake.
This brings those elementary school recitals WE had to go through to shame. (Just imagine what THESE kids had to go through)

Amazing this isn’t on DVD yet

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Dana Carvey’s short-lived variety show was some of the first prominent work for Steve Carrell and Stephen Colbert.  It launched The Ambiguously Gay Duo, who later moved to Saturday Night Live.  And if not for the Dana Carvey Show, Phil Hartman would be alive today.

How’s that?  Well, it’s true.

Phil Hartman was in talks to do his own variety show after leaving Saturday Night Live.  However, Dana Carvey beat him to the punch with his “Dana Carvey Show” variety show.  The show tanked, and Phil’s network balked at the idea of another SNL alum launching a doomed variety effort.  This led to his doing a sitcom instead, the crazily wonderful Newsradio with the crazy cokehead Andy Dick, who later gave cocaine to Hartman’s wife Brynn and we all know how great that turned out.

Imagine how awful Dana Carvey must feel when he looks in the mirror and thinks, “If only I hadn’t had Bill Clinton breast-feeding babies in the first episode…”

Anyway, on that pleasant note, enjoy:

This one’s my favorite. Does anyone remember the Freemen Ranch?

The Dana Carvey Show – The Pied Piper
Uploaded by PigLips

Gives new meaning to Giant Flatscreen Made In Korea

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Dancing Pixel People:

Way to go, Samsung!

The song list, courtesy of the video’s poster:

1st Song (00.11) – “Go west” by Lazybone(Korean band)Remake from “Village people” by Petshop boys – Go west)

2nd Song(01.01)”질풍가도 Zil Poong Ka Do (strong wind highway) by Yoo jeong seok from some animated movie openning. (thanks amslaiy)——————-Song and file on Video Response thanks to Wakabayash and Amslaiy.

3rd Song(02:30)”Kang-Kang” by LPG.(Korean).

4th Song(03:40)”Worldcup Song” by Clone.

5th Song(05:20)Modern Talking – Ready for the Victory

Neal Adams’ “Expanding Earth” Theory Picking Up Steam

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

One of my internet haunts, TechEBlog, scours the internet for gadgets and interesting tech news.  This morning they had a YouTube video produced by Neal Adams, showing a bit of his theory on how the Earth formed.

Neal has been promoting his theory for some years now but no one seems to care because he doesn’t have a bunch of initials after his name.  It probably doesn’t help that he worked in comics, either.  But all theories are equally valid if you think about it, kind of like opinions.  And I kinda like what Neal proposes.

You can find more segments of his video on YouTube as well.

A Couple of Geek Podcast ideas

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

I spend a lot of time alone in my office so I like listening to podcasts.  My favorites usually star former castmembers of the long-gone TechTV show The ScreenSavers.  But I also look to expand my horizons and try out all kinds of podcasts.  I’ve listened to archived radio shows, stand-up comedians, even the odd celebrity news podcast (in a weak moment).  But the holy-grail geek podcast is what I am always looking for.  Admittedly, any podcast will have a geek of one sort or another involved, just by its very nature.  But it’s the content that defines its worth in my opinion.  Whoops, ‘scuse me—I mean IMO.


Just in time for Haloween…

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Here are some videos I found based on Lovecraft works:

The first is an animated short from the 20s, apparently overseen by Lovecraft himself…

This one is from an episode of Rod Serling’s ‘Night Gallery’ (for the full effect, adjust the bass levels on your speakers!)

And, on the subject of ‘Night Gallery’, here’s something I made with Issac Menendez’s paintings…

Mail Order Ninja

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Mail Order Ninja Volume 2

I realized that I’ve never promoted our friend (and Monitor Duty contributor) Josh Elder’s manga book, Mail Order Ninja!  I’ve mentioned it in the past, but I haven’t told you guys when it was available and where you could buy it.


It’s available.  Issues one and two are out, as well as the winning story Josh submitted for the Rising Stars of Manga #5.

Mail Order Ninja Volume 1

Web page up for testing…

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Well, I have a web page for my trip next month.  There’s not much now, but I plan to work on it in the next few days.  What I initially plan to do is include the hilights of my trip for friends and family into one accessible web page.

What I’m looking for at this point is a photo sharing site that I can embed onto this page, and maybe a guestbook.

Also, I hear I can embed my livejournal into the site with a paid account.  If anyone has tried this, please let me know how it works, or send me links to pages that use this feature.


Anyway, here’s the page,

My Guest Column Over At CSBG

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

I did a guest column for Bill Reed’s “365 Reasons to Love Comics” over at Comics Should Be Good!

Here’s a link:


Thought Bubbles

Way to go, Dwight!

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Congrats to my buddy Dwight Williams on his new comic, Local Hero!

Order Bender for Christmas!

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

Futurama the Movie - Bender's Big Score“Hail, hail, Robonia…a land I didn’t make uuuuuup!”

Sorry, I just had to sing.  I’m testing out our new Amazon assets plugin and this was the first thing I wanted to look for. 

Look at it!  It’s beautiful!  It makes me want to cry.  Futurama.  It’s BACK!

Everybody order this right now, because when I sing the Bender song, you can’t mute me.  And I’m going to sing it and sing it until you buy one.

B-E-N-D-E-R, Bennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnder!
B-E-N-D-E-R, Bennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnder!
I said B!

Green Arrow/Black Canary #1: The Re-Dialogued Version…

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Matt Morrison [who used to write for Fanzing, by the way – ed] re-envisions the dialogue for GA/BC #1 in a very, very funny article at Comics Nexus:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Let’s blow your mind

Friday, October 19th, 2007

I’d like to assure you that this next one is NOT a scare video. It will not get you looking at it closely and then change to a shrieking zombie or anything like that. I hate being the victim of those and so I won’t ever pass those on. No, this is a fun test of our mind’s ability to see color.

Finally, this one has to be viewed full-size, so follow the link!

More live action video games

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Minesweeper the movie? That’s dumb. What’s next? Live action Tetris? Maybe, Japanese Tetris?

Of course, that’s not really Tetris. Tetris doesn’t end with the loser submerged in pee.

Perhaps a live action Mario Brothers? And I mean a real Mario Brothers, not like that stupid movie.