Sunday, February 01, 2015

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:
  • Dec 3rd
  • Aquaman and the Others #8 - I'm intrigued at this one. I don't like the Operative, and I'm sure he's capable of what he's been accused of, but I wonder if he really did it.
  • Earth 2 #29 - Ok, this is just a bunch of Elseworlds. I get it.
  • Sinestro #7 - As I recall, Soranik was kidnapped by Sinestro then remained for reasons of her own. The whole traitor charge doesn't ring true.
  • Green Lantern #37 - Oh Hal, what have you done, showing Black Hand that particular place?
  • Justice League 3000 #12 - Poor Beetle. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, but Blue Beetle and Booster Gold are a definite improvement.
  • Flash: Season Zero #3 - Way too many people with powers concentrated in one place.
  • Doctor Who 11th #5 - I actually quite like the alien in this one, and I'm warming up to Jones, who started out pretty pathetically. Alice is simply an excellent character all around.
  • Twilight Zone #10 - At this moment, I believe I know how this story will end. If it doesn't end that way, I'll be satisfied. If it does, I'll be ok, but mildly disappointed.
  • Fiction Squad #3 - Frankie is really in the wrong story. And Simon... sheesh. As soon as Frankie said to tail her, I knew it would happen.
  • Dec 10th
  • Justice League United #7 - Still a bit of a mess of a story with all the Legionnaires to keep track of along with the JL crew. At least there's a goal now.
  • World's Finest #29 - More of the past of a different universe. I can't even tell when this is supposed to be taking place.
  • Green Lantern Corps #37 - Wait... did Stewart just promise to murder innocent civilians to get back at somebody who murdered innocent civilians? I'm not sure I like how this is going.
  • Astro City #18 - An origin story, and a good one. Maybe not the best issue of this book, but since the worst issue of this book is tons better than the best issue of most other superhero books... anyway. Good stuff.
  • Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #3 - This is a really fun one. But then, any time you have a tessalating tower, it's gonna be fun. I'm particularly amused by the multiple pages that are reversible.
  • Spongebob Comics #39 - Some of the gags were fun. No Mermaid Man, but it was ok overall.

My Kindle book this week was The Secrets of Ordinary Farm by Tad Williams and Deborah Beale. The sequel to The Dragons of Ordinary Farm, this book takes place the following summer and starts to show off more of the talents of the children. I would not try to read this without reading the first book, there is way too much that references the first book and far too much to understand... As for the story: with intrigue all around them, can Tyler and Lucinda hold the farm together? Tyler is a true teenager in this, and Lucinda has some moments where she nearly makes things much easier for everyone, until Tyler gets in the way. Like the first book, as soon as I finished this one I wanted the next one. Fun, but read The Dragons of Ordinary Farm first.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Afternoon Thoughts

It was a long week.

Not a lot to report on, really. I haven't been reading my RSS feed, so I don't have any good links. Looking forward to the NFL game tomorrow... I have absolutely no idea who will win. The teams seem fairly evenly matched to me, but I'm no expert. I keep going back and forth on whether or not the Squishy Ball Scandal has any meaning in the scheme of things. The NFL is such a messed up organization, I can't really bring myself to care about the nonsense that has little to do with the actual game. I do think Jon Stewart's comments on The Daily Show about the fines that Lynch has gotten being more than corporations are fined for destroying the environment is spot on.

This morning I heard a *thump* at the sliding glass door. When I pulled the curtain aside I say a small, terrified pit bull looking at a larger long-haired dog. The pit bull cowered against the window while the bigger dog looked up at me and trotted around the corner of the house and away. I tried to shoo them both away, but the pit was so terrified he just huddled there. Inkwell came racing down the stairs to see what was going on and started making a variety of growls. The little pit just stayed on the porch. Eventually the bigger dog came back and the little pit peed on the porch in terror. I went ahead and called the cops. Both dogs had collars, so I presume they both got loose from their respective homes.

Inkwell has been agitated since the event, checking to make sure no new animals are in our yard every few minutes, and curling up on my lap as often as he can push the computer off. Like right now.

Otherwise, life is pretty boring.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Morning Thoughts

And boom, there goes my streak again. Apparently I have enough time to read books but not enough time (or willpower) to post to my blog. Ah well.

It's been a frustrating week, work-wise. I have been up and down, but never quite on the right footing. My assignments are getting done, barely. After the long meeting on Monday I just feel off. Last night I was taking pictures of wrestling, but the meet started an hour later than originally scheduled... and I had to rush off and go to a school board meeting before the meet was over. Ug.

Cupcakes at the school board meeting... I tweeted a photo of one. Celebrating how great the school board is. Admittedly, it's apparently a great school board, but that gets mentioned a little too often, I think. On the other hand... cupcakes!

Another long day ahead today. First I need to go write about the school board meeting, then I need to head off to get photos at a cheerleading camp. Then tonight, basketball photos. I must remember to put my camera's batteries on the charger when I get to work.

Not much to report on the home front. Inkwell has been needy lately, which makes me worry that he might be sick. But he seems energetic enough. I'm keeping an eye on him to see if he shows any signs of a problem.

Ah well, I'm off to work early. See you in the funny pages.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Morning Thoughts

So, I took a nap when I got home yesterday only to have a cat on my face about 6 p.m. letting me know that he needed his dinner. The nap helped, however... I feel much better today.

This is probably the best way ever to announce a snow closure:

And, grumpy Laura says: people who don't vaccinate their children because of stupid, non-scientific reasons should not be allowed to put those disease-carriers in school. This dad agrees, as his son cannot be vaccinated for genuine medical reasons and the 7 percent exception rate at his local school puts his child in terrible danger. Parents who are unreasonably fearful of vaccines due to Googling anti-vax sites should not be allowed to put children of intelligent parents who actually understand science in danger.

Not sure I'm cool with stooping to their level, but a gay lawmaker is sick of the hypocrisy and has threatened to out fellow lawmakers' affairs to point out that they don't actually sanctify marriage as much as they claim.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


I don't really have the time nor energy to post much this morning. Last night I was at the City Council meeting, which lasted 3 1/2 hours... and this morning I've got to write about it. So my energy will go to that.

Oddly enough, when you have a meeting like that, everything else becomes secondary to it.

So I'll be back later with links and actual thoughts.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Morning Thoughts

I haven't been writing consistently. I have no excuse to offer. I just haven't done it.

Maybe because my life is boring... I mean, the first thing that comes to my mind to write about is "deflategate" or "ballghazi" or (my personal favorite) "the squishy ball scandal". My first response on hearing it was to shake my head and say it wasn't possible. The refs handle the football almost every down, which means the difference had to be subtle enough they didn't notice it. That made me think there wasn't much to the scandal. But then someone did an analysis of fumbles by the Patriots, and suddenly I doubt my own doubts. If the Patriots have been cheating, they've been getting away with it for years.

I've been training Inkwell to sit when I am preparing his food for him. He does it maybe one out of every five times now. This morning he sat patiently while I got his food ready. That was pretty neat.

Starting my third week of calorie counting. My Monday morning weigh-in says I've lost one pound since last week. My first week I lost three pounds, which was probably mostly water. I started up exercising again this week... let's see how long I can keep it up.

After the last Seahawks win, I've had a particular song going through my head a lot... "It's not how you start, it's how you finish."

This Huffington Post article about addiction makes perfect sense to me. I'm addicted to a lot of things that are not "addictive" in the chemical sense. Which is why I dare not try alcohol, even if I wanted to. In short, addiction is caused by dissatisfaction, not by just by chemicals.

I'm doing Relay for Life again. If you want to donate, visit my profile page and contribute.

Lastly, here's Inkwell learning about catgrass:

Sunday, January 25, 2015

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:
  • Nov 19th
  • Justice League #36 - Not much of Aquaman... just a patient. And Aquaman isn't entirely human, either, so I would have expected a different effect on him. Oh well, can't win 'em all.
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians #36 - After all he went through to get the ring, Kyle just hands it over to the first pretender? No... just no. This is a silly part of the plotline.
  • Harley Quinn #12 - Hubby-Eric got this one because of the Power Girl appearance. It appears we should have gotten more issues. This is a pretty fun, if very very odd, book. I like the pug.
  • Multiversity: Pax Americana #1 - I have a feeling I would understand this book if I read it a couple more times, but I didn't like it enough to want to reread it. A conundrum.
  • Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #5 - That beginning was such a tease for me. To almost show me gaslight Aquaman, but never get any closer than his people's ships? How dare they! As for the rest, fun. But I really need some Aquaman soon or I may have to drop this book.
  • Batman '66 meets Green Hornet #6 - I have a feeling that Batman suspects Green Hornet's secret at the end, but it's hard to say for sure. I was certain he'd say he knew by the end of the mini.
  • Batman '66: The Lost Episode #1 - This deluxe issue contains the story, the original penciled artworks (all of it!) and the original script for the episode written by Harlan Ellison. Wow. I'm amused by the story, and I enjoyed it overall. And it's nice to have the extras.
  • Astro City #17 - A sweet little tale of sadness, one that I think made me fall in love with the book yet again. I swear, you want a super-hero book, this is the one to pick up.
  • Fables #146 - Oh good, another origin story coming on the horizon. And in the meantime, Grimble appears to be having too much fun as a bird.
  • Powers: Bureau #12 - So, that's the end. Sort of. As much as I've grown to like this series, I'm not willing to wait a year between issues. I may buy future trades, but I'm not going to go for single issues again.
  • Doctor Who 12th #2 - Just how many wars did the Time Lords get involved in? Seriously, this race that didn't get involved seems to have often gotten their hands dirty, both within the regular series and in the comics. Sheesh. Maybe the Doctor really left to get away from the warmongering hypocrites.
  • Peanuts V2 #23 - I'm not sure what to say about this book. It's good. It's consistent. I like the Schulz pieces the best, but there are times the newer stuff almost reaches those heights. It's nostalgic and fun at once. I like this comic.
  • Nov 26th
  • Aquaman #36 - Atlantis itself is an entity... ok. I like the method Aquaman picked to figure it out. It's turning into a nice little mystery. I'm fairly certain I won't like the end. Any time Aquaman's mother turns up... well, the track record just hasn't been that good.
  • Secret Origins #7 - The Flash, Huntress and Superboy. I liked the first two, I couldn't make heads or tails out of the Superboy story.
  • Red Lanterns #36 - Leave it to Guy to end up teleporting into the worst possible situation. The new 52 universe is still throwing me, I was a little shocked that Cyborg and Guy weren't friends, or at least associates, already.
  • Batman '66 #17 - The art didn't work for me in this one. The story was cute and all, but the art just made me not want to read it.
  • Batman Beyond Universe #16 - So, that's the end. Ok. I suppose it works out.
  • Spider-Man 2099 #6 - Oh joy! Part of another crossover! Yay! *sarcasm off* This book made a little bit of sense despite being part of a crossover, but I'm really stick of crossovers, personally. But I guess that's a problem with being a comic book fan.
  • Oddly Normal #3 - This book is awesome and I'm so glad to have it back. I remember a lot of it, but frankly I'm still pleased. I look forward to each new issue.
  • Future Proof #2 - I'm still not sure what this book is really about, and this issue doesn't really clarify.
  • Steampunk BSG 1880 #4 - And... that's that. It was a fun little ride. Not something that would be all that cool to people who weren't already fans of the original series, but neat and nostalic.
  • Grimm Fairy Tales: Tales from Oz #4 - A done-in-one that explains the relationship between several characters. And why a witch became wicked in the first place.
  • Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #5 - That final page made me squee in utter happiness. I don't know why, I'm not a particular fan of that genre of stories. But I was still in glee at seeing it.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Seahawks... what???

So... five minutes left in the game and the Seahawks were down 12 points.

Then they scored 15 points in 44 seconds.


I hadn't quite given up, but I was fairly certain the Seattle season was over. So I just watched because you always watch to the end. Then they got a TD. Not enough time, I said.

I didn't believe until the onside kick. That recovery was beautiful. Not in the slightest bit expected, either. I was shocked. But suddenly a spark of hope lit up within.

When they got the second TD... THEN the 2-point conversion... I was stunned. Simply shocked. With the time left, I knew Green Bay had a good chance to tie it, and a decent chance to win, but the Seahawks finally arrived and actually played the freakin' game.

Hubby-Eric and I had the quake monitor going, too, so we were getting about 10 seconds advance notification of big plays. The stadium really shook when there was a big play. So we saw those TDs coming.

I was disappointed when the Packers scored a field goal... it was very nearly tipped, but the tie was better than a flat out loss. When the 'Hawks won the toss, again I felt a great deal of hope. And when the quake monitor showed a HUGE jump, both Eric and I watched intently as the Seahawks won on that final TD in overtime.

Now to see who they will face in the Superbowl... and to get ready for two weeks from now. Wow.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Morning Thoughts

I submit to you that any person who feels that they must defend their almighty "god" by killing non-believing blasphemers is not actually worshipping a god. If their god is so weak that it cannot handle a little blasphemy from a non-believer, it's not only not divine, it's simply pathetic. If it has to be defended by its "true-believers," then it's simply false... utterly non-existent.

In addition, those people who are "defending" their "god" or the prophets are clearly faithless. They simply haven't got any faith at all that their "god" can defend itself, so they feel they have to take murderous action. They are faithless murderers. They may claim a particular religion, but they are liars. They aren't religious, they are people who are so mentally weak they cannot trust god to take care of himself. They may claim to be Muslim or Christian, but they are faithless... and because of their lack of faith they actively work to destroy the religions they profess to believe while claiming to be supporting those religions.

That said, don't mistake the faithless for the people who truly believe in God. People who are secure in their faith smile wryly at the antics of non-believing blasphemers, shaking their heads. The truly religious know that God has a sense of humor and are not offended, just sad that other people do not share their faith. They do not kill to spread the gospel because they know the only way to prove their religion is true is to live good lives.

The only thing the faithless murderers are proving is that they are worshipping a false god.

Je Suis Charlie

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Evening Thoughts

Kirby Delauter is an idiot. As a reporter, I think even our village idiot wouldn't be this stupid, and that's saying something.

Not a lot more to say today. I took pictures at a wrestling match. Hopefully I got a good shot or two. Otherwise, not much happened today. No exciting stories... well, unless you count my husband showing up in a photo on the front page of today's paper. That was cool.

Anyway, it's late and I have to get up early...

Monday, January 05, 2015

Adventures in Anxiety

Hubby-Eric went over the mountains right after Christmas, that Friday, to visit family and attend events on the wet side. He stayed until yesterday, at which point he attempted to come home.

I say attempted because he had a little trouble. Let's cut to the chase: he ended up in a ditch along a mountain pass on a wet and dark night. After getting towed out of the ditch, he stopped at a hotel for the night rather than try to make it back in difficult driving conditions.

In the meantime, I was a total wreck at home worrying for him. I stayed up until I heard he was safe at the hotel, then couldn't sleep because I was so wound up from the anxiety. I finally started to fall asleep about the time my fuzzy alarm started begging for breakfast. I called in to work and let the boss know I'd be late, fed the cat, and went back to bed.

Anyway. Eric got home after I got up and got to work. Then we got to see each other for the first time this year at lunchtime. I'm now feeling a lot better, and hopefully will have a better day at work tomorrow.

Anyway, that's how last night and today went. You?

Sunday, January 04, 2015

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:
  • Nov 5th
  • Aquaman and the Others #7 - Well, that's an awkward twist in the Operative's life. I'm still mixed feelings about this book, but overall I like it.
  • Earth 2 #28 - A four-part origin story of characters that I'm still not sure I'm interested in. I find Darkseid in general to be a fairly boring character most of the time. And this... eh. Let's see how these characters are used.
  • Green Lantern #36 - More of the massive crossover. In this one, Hal finally learns that Kyle is alive. Nifty. I love the variant cover... pity the insides weren't as good.
  • Justice League 3000 #11 - Aside from finding the art sloppy and the characters mostly annoying, this isn't really *that* bad a book. I'm not loving it, but since we're still ordering it, I guess I'll try to enjoy the ride.
  • Flash: Season Zero #2 - Creepy clowns! I'm kind of ... underwhelmed by the idea of this issue. It seems to be way too much, all at once. Definitely not the way the series is introducing things.
  • Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #6 - Ah yeah, treehouses! A slight dearth of Aqua-characters in this one, however. I'm not sure I want to count Aqua-orange as a sighting. At least both Aquaman and Aqualad are on the cover.
  • Scooby-Doo Team-Up #7 - I really didn't think this would work. I'm still not entirely sure it did. But Scooby-Doo and the Flintstones? Well, it's something new, I guess. And I loved the joke about Barney and breakfasts.
  • Fiction Squad #2 - This is getting a little more sensible and a little more fun. Witches vs Queens? Lovely. Dorothy is... irritating. But hey, a good murder mystery with decent cliffhangers, I like it.
  • Doctor Who 10th #4 - I like Gabby, she's got some sass. I'm not sure I like the journal/letter style of her narrating, but I'll get used to it I guess. I'm amused by the title the apprentice gives to the Doctor... Heh. Good issue.
  • Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #4 - Wow, there were some intense bits in this one. Hebi's actions were a surprise. And the regrets of Usagi and Tomoe, ouch. This one stops on a dreary note. I do wonder what will happen next and how closely it will follow the classic tale.
  • Nov 12th
  • Justice League United #6 - Mostly a big old fight sccene with a couple of quiet moments thrown in. I think I kind of like the switching between Adam and Alanna.
  • Green Lantern Corps #36 - Ok... so, John? I'm not sure I understand how he could be one, but that's just the whole nonsense continuing on. This whole crossover is building little pieces of slightly interesting stuff mixed with a whole bunch of boring.
  • World's Finest #28 - I'm not sure why this is relevant, as it seems like everyone dies before the book even started. So I'm getting confused by these flashbacks.
  • Arrow Season 2.5 #2 - Brother Blood. I was kind of hoping that plotline would go away, but you never can get rid of something as insidious as that, I guess. Oh well.
  • Smallville Chaos #4 - So, after all is said and done, it's not nearly said and done yet. In fact, there's a whole new series after this one to tell us what's going to happen next. Why not just have it all one series? Why the series of mini-series?
  • Star Trek: Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever #5 - A strangely satisfying conclusion to the story. Yeah, it hurts, but it also had some very good bits, like the old soldier. Pity Harlan wasn't able to contribute the essay, but you can't control some circumstances.
  • Spongebob Comics #38 - Someone is even worse than Squidward? Ha.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Evening Thoughts

Yay, the Pittsburgh team lost and is out of the playoffs.


I'm almost done rewatching all of Campion. I also have managed to get through quite a few comics recently.

Other than that, not much to report. So I think I'll curl up and finish Campion and tease the cat tonight.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Somebody out there is letting off a lot of fireworks, and it's only 9:30 here.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Evening Thoughts, again

No links today. I'm too tired to cut and paste.

Another mostly calm day at work. Nothing major to report on reporting on.

It's brutally cold outside. Like climbing into a cold bath every time you go out the door. It's the wind that's making it hard. It stayed around 20F today, which isn't that bad... but the wind cuts through you.

Watched a little more Campion tonight. Maybe I'll watch some tomorrow, too. Who knows. I'm still trying to get through comic books and magazines I've been neglecting. Drinking herbal tea and reading is a good way to pass the time.

Well, this is why I haven't been writing. Not much to say. I'll sign off, and maybe I'll finish the year with a blog entry tomorrow. Adios.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Evening Thoughts

First up, a link: Breaking Cat News Christmas Special: Part Eight (conclusion). If you missed it, start here and just keep clicking next to read the whole thing. That final panel... I think some dust got in my eye again.

It wasn't really a long day at work today. Work is kind of loose right now due to the holiday. It's not easy to get stuff to fill pages when school is out, none of the service groups are meeting and all the school board and city council meetings are done for the year. Even the school sports are sparse. I managed to get all my writing for tomorrow AND Wednesday done this morning, even a column.

My dentist just retired. I offered to go to his retirement party for a co-worker who had been assigned to take a standalone photo at it, just to make sure I wouldn't get lazy and not attend. It was fun. And good food, too. But I really need some serious protein soon. My body is starting to get over-sugared.

Not a lot else to report from here. I've been watching Campion on Amazon Prime and enjoying it. Also catching up on comic books. Having few/no evening meetings means much more time.

We expected to get snow yesterday, but instead it rained a little and maybe flurried a tiny bit this morning, then bright sunshine this afternoon. Right now there's a nasty cold wind blowing that makes it feel considerably colder outside than it really is. No idea if the snow will materialize or not. The weather prediction seems to be changing every three hours.

Inkwell spotted the neighbor cat in the yard today. It was chowing down on a bird, and I think Inkwell was extremely jealous. So I pulled out Inkwell's harness and put it on him, then took him out into the freezing cold wind. The neighbor cat took off immediately and Inkwell attempted to get back inside immediately. I picked Inkwell up and checked out what the cat was eating... euw. Then a car came up the street and Inkwell nearly clawed my shirt off trying to get away from it. I quickly got him back inside. He's a true scaredy-cat.

I didn't put many Christmas decorations up, but what got put up is still there. I need to find a 3-way bulb for a lamp before I take down the tree. I wanted to get an LED bulb, but I haven't been able to find one I thought was worth the price, based on reviews.

Ok, need to figure out what's for dinner. Hopefully, I will write again tomorrow.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Sunday Review

TV this week:

  • Doctor Who: "Last Christmas" - A bit of a mess in some ways, but the dream within a dream within a dream concept is nice, if frustrating. Especially since the story starts with something dreamlike. As for the rest... it was nice to see "Strax" without the makeup. Nice to resolve whether or not Clara is returning. Lots of clever bits, including Shona's close questioning of Santa. I liked seeing another son of Troughton, as well. The Alien joke was also fantastic. In short, there was plenty to like. There were some possibly glaring plot holes and some questions left after the episode ended, but perhaps that's just how it's going to be. Only Who knows.

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Oct 22nd
  • Aquaman #35 - So, someone gets his dearest dream, which leads to another problem. Nice. I also like Aquaman's way of dealing with the traitors.
  • Red Lanterns #35 - More of the massive and annoying crossover. Not sure when this will be over, but I'm not really all that interested.
  • Secret Origins #6 - Three characters I am not terribly interested in, although I don't dislike any of them. This was ok.
  • Multiversity: The Just #1 - That is one completely screwed up universe. At least there was an Aquaman (or two) there. Good to see Garth again.
  • Batman '66 #16 - Wow, Egghead is really annoying. And this one goes even further out-of-scientific bounds than usual. Still, fun to see Ape-Batman and Ape-Robin.
  • Batman Beyond Universe #15 - It really feels like these stories are wrapping up, but there's still more to be told.
  • Twilight Zone #9 - Starts out fairly normal. Still connected with the other stories, I see.
  • Oddly Normal #2 - I vaguely recall this from the previous series, but I'm looking forward to another look at Fignation. This was definitely one of the good ones, it's good to see it back.
  • Steampunk BSG 1880 #3 - And all the pieces are together, next we get to see if the colonials can win. Overall I'm enjoying this take on the original. Amusing stuff.
  • Oct 29th
  • Justice League United Annual #1 - I'm afraid I'm not a big fan of the Legion, but this is a fun sort of crossover. I'm pleased that both plotlines appear to be merging again.
  • Sinestro #6 - Mega-crossover still, but I'm mildly amused that it's the Yellow Lanterns to the rescue. Ha.
  • Groo vs Conan #4 - This book was strange from start to finish. I love the clash of artwork almost as much as the silly story. I just feel sorry for Conan. He may be a barbarian, but he's got way more in his head than Groo.
  • Litle Nemo: Return to Slumberland #2 - Poor Jimmy. And yet... I've read enough of the original strips to feel like this has captured the heart of them. The art is exquisite. The characters are fun so far. I'm looking forward to the next issue.
  • Grimm Fairy Tales: Warlord of Oz #6 - There's a story in there! It's a little buried, but this issue kind of pulls it together.
  • Doctor Who 11th #4 - Alice hits the nail on the head with the Doctor. He tries, but he can really be a bit more lordly than he means to be. Meanwhile, Jones is a kick.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve Morning

I wish I had more prepared to post, but I'm somewhat empty at the moment.

Last night Eric and I attended the company Christmas party at the local bowling alley. I participated, even though I haven't bowled in more than 20 years. It was only the second time ever I've bowled. I got a strike, two spares, and a lot of gutterballs. I scored a pathetic 85, but it's better than my first attempt, if I recall correctly.

I also got two awards from the company. The first was for best celebration after a strike. The second was for worst form. Eh, it evens out.

Well, I'm going to be late for work regardless of what I do, so I'd better head out now. I've got a photo to get before hitting the office.

One last link: I wish Eric and I could afford a full set of these. There's so much Doctor Who merchandise now it's impossible to keep up.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Morning Thoughts

I was sick yesterday... ended up coming home from work a little early and sleeping for a few hours... slept in this morning, wished I could sleep in longer. Getting ready for work is difficult. Here's some links I gathered up last night for everyone to enjoy.

Breaking Cat News Christmas Special: Part Seven. That's not a little happy tear in my eye, just dust or something.

Happy Holidays from Texts from Superheroes. I like the first one the most.

How to step on lava.

The Oatmeal learns about self-driving cars by taking a ride in one. And makes some important points about the use of having such a car, particularly for people with disabilities.

In the latest I Had That! #44: Doctor Who: The Game of Time and Space, Dave makes this game sound incredibly unappealing... but I like the additions.

Microsoft is actually going after the tech support scammers? Wow. I got a call from them that I answered. I asked the guy what it is like working for a company that lies to everyone they call. He hung up on me.

Yet another study determines that red light cameras don't improve safety. Often because scumbag cities shorten the time of yellow lights to get more money.

Now to get sadly serious. The vast majority of the protests have been peaceful... which unfortunately has had the knock-on effect of the media ignoring them. Some police departments and officers still need to be investigated... action needs to be taken at the local, state and federal levels to make sure justice is actually being served. But we also need to condemn violence of any sort. The murder of two officers in New York may or may not have been related to the last four months of protests, but it cannot be allowed to stop any progress towards justice that may be made. And it should be condemned by all, including the protesters.

Monday, December 22, 2014


...and I'm back to work again. I did some work last night as well, headed off to a church service. I hope the photos come out.

Apparently I've neglected the blog again. I want to write something every day for myself, but I keep getting caught up in what I have to do and forgetting to do what I want to do.

I have been saving some links...

Ok, not much more to say this morning, and I do need to get to work. I'm enjoying the Seahawks season-end run, but as a true-blue Seattle fan I keep expecting something to go horribly wrong. Part of me still thinks the Superbowl win was a dream.