Friday, January 20, 2017


Happy birthday to me
Life's really sucky

Yeah, that's enough of that...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


I blacked out the name of my friend because the post was marked to friends only...

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

A Day Out

Despite the snow, my mother came out to visit with two of my sisters and a niece for my mother's birthday. The five of us packed into my sister's car and made a trip to Prosser to visit my mom's favorite fabric store (yes, she will travel across the state to visit a really good fabric store/quilt shop).

While my sisters and mother ooh'ed and aah'ed over fabric, my niece and I chatted about being non-fabric people. Then we headed back to Sunnyside to eat lunch at Bon Vino's Bistro and Bakery.

While I wasn't expecting any Christmas presents, Eric's parents sent a present home with him and my mother brought presents with her. I got some neat slippers from Eric's folks, while my little sister got me some very nice thermal socks. I guess everyone knows how cold my feet get?

My mom brought a bunch of presents in a bag "wrapped" with tissue. Inkwell really likes the tissue and has been joyfully playing in it since the strange people left. He was more than a little frightened when they first arrived, hiding under my bed from them. But he came out because he was curious and I carried him downstairs to get petted by each of the visitors, and he warmed up to them quickly.

Inkwell got a present - a little remote controlled mouse. I got it out this evening and ran it around the kitchen while Inkwell watched suspiciously, then he started to stalk it, and eventually started to attack it. I got to the point where I could almost attack him back with it, but decided to leave it for our daily play sessions. After all, he's got the tissue to play with right now.

My mother also brought various food items, including eggnog fudge, which I haven't tried yet. Eric's parent also sent him home with food - including some homemade bread and very strange organic smoothies that taste ok, but are very odd.

We also received a couple of calendars and totally amazing dalek pillow cases. Eric got some retro ray gun water guns, which may come in handy out here in the summer but aren't terribly useful at the moment. I also received a Crazy Cat Lady coloring book and some colored pencils, which looks like it shall be fun.

I also received a Mini Shark Puppet that I really wanted after I saw it on Facebook. Since it's made by my sis-in-law, that worked out well. I wandered around the house attacking Eric and Inkwell with it saying, "Yo soy un tiburón! Mi nombre is tiburón! Tiburón tiburón tiburón!" Eric rolls his eyes. Inkwell isn't sure whether or not to attack back.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

A Sunday Review

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Jun 29th
  • Doctor Who 9th #3 - A nice wrap up to an ok story, as Rose's kindness makes an unexpected impact on someone that normally wouldn't have been inclined to be "good". Overall, I am enjoying this series - it catches the feel of the Ninth Doctor's era. But man, I wish we'd had more of the Ninth Doctor on the TV screen.
  • Doctor Who 12th #2.7 - If you see George Mann's name on the cover, the story is likely to be good. Certainly this issue lives up to the hope, with the Doctor meeting a new race of beings and discovering a horrible secret behind a colony that has no clue about its past. I can't help but think that, with the Doctor involved, everyone will know the truth before this arc ends.
  • Dirk Gently: A Spoon Too Short #5 - And that's the conclusion to this storyline, with a bit of romp and circumstance left as Dirk solves the mystery by setting people up with each other. I'm slowly, slowly warming to Dirk and his universe. It helps that Eric sat me down to watch the new TV series, which is set in Seattle. I noticed some tie-ins between this and the tv show, which is interesting. I may have to go back and read the original book again. It's been a couple of decades since I read it last.
  • Jul 6th
  • Aquaman #2 - A cycle of hate caused by Manta, but perpetuated by Aquaman, and now - ended? I doubt it. There's too much history there for this to be it, but Manta's life has been laid out as one devoid of anything but revenge many times. Interestingly, he's also been an orphan who didn't know his parents, so this take on his history - where his revenge is due to Aquaman killing his father - is newish. Manta's original motive was apparently to create a homeland for rejected people by taking over Atlantis, which is a strange way to go about it. I feel a "many faces of Manta" essay coming on. I should probably get researching.
  • Justice League Rebirth #1 - The Justice League faces off against an invasion, with each member of the team bringing their special abilities to bear on the problem. Knowing there is some messes in this universe, including the death of Superman and the existence of another Superman from another universe, this issue attempts to clear up the mess and make everything fit while also telling a bit of a tale of an alien invasion. I enjoyed Aquaman's role, which included getting information from the alien about the goal of the invasion and sending the Justice League's answer.
  • Green Lanterns #2 - I initially didn't like Jessica much, but she's growing on me. Especially since I've experienced crippling anxiety myself and realize just how real and horrible it is. Simon was always a cool character, but I found him to be a bit annoying and snooty in this issue. The interaction between the two that's being set up is going to be a fascinating study in writing - with lots of potential pitfalls all through. I'm curious to see if this book can live up to its potential. That said, I dislike the Red Lanterns quite a bit, so I'm not exactly a fan of this first threat. I guess I'll wait and see.
  • Batman Beyond #14 - A neat way to reset Terry's existence in this universe. I don't know what I'm hoping will happen, but there's so many different ways this tale could go in this post-apocalyptic world. I do love the fact that Matt and Tim are hitting it off and becoming allies, if not friends. I also like the way Matt was eyeing the Robin costume in that one panel - hmmmm. I know most people have already read far ahead and know what will happen, but I'm just getting this done and I'm liking it so far.
  • Adventures of Supergirl #5 - More of Kara's past comes a-haunting her. I like the show, and the relationship between the characters is faithfully portrayed in this book. I'm finding it a good read, and Facet is an exciting new baddie. The glimpses into Krypton's history are a bit distracting, though, since I find it hard to believe a civilization that advanced didn't have a lot of people in other star systems at the time of destruction, if not colonies. It makes the whole Superman story a little more odd if a civilization that was starfaring and had good relations with its neighbors wasn't more spread out.
  • Batman '66 Meets the Steed and Mrs Peel #1 - While I've seen a lot of the Avengers, I've seen little of the cybernauts - but even I knew the significance of United Automation. It's also not difficult to figure out who is controlling them, based on that knowledge. But that's not the fun of the book - the fun is seeing these classic characters interact. Seeing their reactions to one another was great, and this promises to be a fun book regardless of how the plot goes.
  • Spider-Man 2099 #12 - Time travel paradoxes make my head hurt, and this entire book is just a whole bunch of paradoxes wrapped up in a revenge plot. With Miguel making trips to different potential futures, and the future promising to visit the past, this story is mildly difficult to follow - and only promises to get more difficult in the future. Or the past. Or something.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

My Final Day of 2016

After helping Adi and the posse see out the year earlier in the day, I've spent most of the evening playing the original Fallout, a post-apocalyptic video game with radiation mutants and desperate people trying to survive. I found it cheerful.

Friday, December 30, 2016



Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Just Frickin' Stop Already

I cannot handle any more of this rotten year.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

No more

This year can just stop now.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Thoughts

The blank page stares up at me...

I really don't have much to say. It's been a long day. Eric and I have watched a bit of TV together. Inkwell threw up to give us a Christmas present.

I played a couple of video games - The Room, Fallout (the original) and DC Universe Online.

Now we're watching a "It's a Wonderful Life", which is both good and bad. When George is having his worst moments, I really empathize with him. Sometimes it all becomes overwhelming, and that evil Potter saying "you're worth more dead than alive" was a moment that makes me want to smack someone.

I'm also annoyed by the fact that the worst thing that could've happened to Mary is that she became a librarian. *I* wanna be a librarian.

I need chocolate.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Various freewritten thoughts

I'm just going to write, I don't know what will come out... read at your own risk.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Some Links

I hope Carrie Fisher fully recovers. She has no idea how many fans echoed her heart attack when they heard about it.

The thing about this story that makes me very curious is why the letters are sent to that particular address in the first place.

Yes Virginia, there is a Spider-Man.

Here's a gingerbread creation I can get behind. I want a C64!

I was delighted to hear a great story about my hometown police department:

"Adrian and I were driving on Lincoln Ave. Towards Wal-Mart when I saw a police car with 2 officers and they were talking to a lady and her little (maybe 3 year old) daughter I thought something must have happened...Well it did in front of my eyes I witnessed these 2 policemen handing the little girl a wrapped present from the trunk of the car...I was almost in tears and I gave the officer a thumbs UP and a Honk of approval and he waved back . It made my Christmas seeing this Act of Kindness in my Town !" -Betty Lynn Garza on Facebook

I love this video that sets two pug puppies against a mostly indifferent kitten. The fact that the puppies aren't sure whether they should be playing with each other or trying to get out amuses me.

I still haven't been able to wrest control of my Twitter account from Inkwell. At least he is still allowing the blog posts to go through.

A new vaccine developed to protect against ebola was apparently 100% effective in a trial during a live outbreak. If that's really the case, it would be an amazing success. A total of 5,837 people were given the vaccine. Two people had serious side effects (including an allergic reaction) while many others had general soreness. The World Health Organization has a good summary of the results. While the vaccine only protects against one strain of ebola, it's a good start and the trial is definitely promising.

Author David Brin answers the question "Is Government Useless".

Question: If you are pro-life, are you for preventing unwanted pregnancies, or are you for punishing people who have unwanted pregnancies? Because there are many ways to reduce abortion that don't involve making it illegal and punishing people who are in desperate situations - but the pro-life movement rejects them all. Which suggests to me that the movement isn't about preventing abortion as much as it is about punishing people who have sex.

Thursday, December 22, 2016


I shouldn't have promised myself I would post something every day...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Bunch of Videos

After the fold, of course, to keep the main page a little tidy...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016


Some thoughts...

Monday, December 19, 2016


Some pointless thoughts after the jump...

Sunday, December 18, 2016

A Sunday Review

There's really no point in apologizing on how long it's taken me to read and review these comics. My life has been... difficult... lately. Depression is a nasty, nasty thing. I have been having trouble enjoying things at all, and getting back into comics was/is both frustrating and delightful. Frustrating because at first I couldn't enjoy them at all, but slowly more and more delightful as some of the joy is coming back. With the joy will come reviews*, so here are my first reviews since October.

*Yes, I know these are short capsules and not proper reviews, more like little reactions. I perhaps will work my way up to proper reviews again someday.

These books came from DCBS, and are sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Jun 22nd
  • Aquaman #1 - I like Stubbs. Cool new character with a lot of promise. I'm hoping to see more of her in the book moving forward - maybe she can be part of the bridge between Atlantis and the rest of the world. That said, ouch. Manta is a real nasty.
  • Justice League #52 - Luther takes on the Super-mantle, blah blah. Boring. He should have just stayed on Apokolips.
  • Adventures of Supergirl #4 - Hubby-Eric located the first two issues of this series, so we were able to catch up and read it all. So far, it's a bit of a wild ride, focusing on stories that probably couldn't be easily told on the TV screen. I think the portrayal of the characters is spot on, and the art is decent. Not bad for a TV series spin-off.
  • Doctor Strange #9 - Having recently seen the Doctor Strange movie (which I enjoyed) I have to say this book continues to be odd and a bit of a befuddlement. That said, the plot is slowly slowly moving forward. Probably about as slowly as possible for a plot to crawl along and still be compelling enough to read. I suppose I'm being a bit unfair, but this has Strange picking up some last magical items, telling off his butler, and a big ol' fight starting - with several pages of people just standing around.
  • Back To The Future #9 - Marty and the amnesiac Doc find yet another way to achieve 88 MPH, and head back into the future, where Marty is immediately tagged as a terrorist. I really am enjoying this book.
  • Usagi Yojimbo #155 - Oooh, another Inspector Ishida story! What a delight! I hardly need to say much about this book. It's good, you should buy it. Always. I don't think I've ever read an issue I didn't enjoy to some extent, usually a great deal. And this issue is a nice set-up of a murder mystery involving a painting that might just be a gateway to hell. Along with a more mundane land dispute. I look forward to the rest of the story.

Penguins vs. Santas

In order to showcase crowd rendering graphics, Brilliant Game Studios pitted 11,000 penguins against 4,000 Santas in an epic battle for the pole position. You want your war on Christmas? Here it is, eight minutes of carnage!

Saturday, December 17, 2016


It's the End of the Year As We Know It...


Friday, December 16, 2016

Who Am I?

Eric, who wrote about the Newbery Awards in the most recent post on this blog, has been urging me to start blogging again.