April 30, 2010

The Terror That Flaps In The Night

Look who's making a comeback.

Darkwing Duck returns to get dangerous this June in a new comic series from BOOM studios.

I loved the Darkwing Dark cartoon series when it ran back in the early 90's. There were a lot of popular cartoons back when Disney was syndicating shows for afternoon programming (Rescue Rangers, Duck Tales, Tail Spin), but I always found Darkwing was the most entertaining.

I sure it has to do with my fascination with Batman and the Shadow.

I plan to pick up at least the first issue of the comic series and would like to hunt down the DVD collections of the animated series.

April 29, 2010

It's a Great Anniversary Gift!

This is real. It's not a joke. And I'd like to see if it really works or not.

We could have a "dutch oven" without that home-baked smell.

Though I imagine I risk never sleeping in my bedroom again if this product ever showed up in our house.

April 28, 2010

5 Things I Think

  1. Regardless of what you thought abut the Canadian National and their purchase of the old EJ&E, you have to hate them a little bit when they report 14 train crossing delays in 2 months while an independent auditor reported 1,457 delays.

    What is that about?

  2. Based on how the first month has gone, I expect Chicago baseball fans to be in for a long, long summer of frustration.

  3. People can only control the speed of their car by using the break should not be allowed to drive on roads.

  4. Sonic - do people really like this restaurant? The two times I have eaten there I thought it was horrible. Cardboard-y fries. Bland burgers. I don't see the appeal

  5. Charles Coburn may be my new favorite actor.

    The More The Merrier is certainly my new favorite classic film.

    Coburn, Jean Arthur, and Joel McCrea are wonderful on screen together.

    I can watch that film over and over.

April 25, 2010

Kid Quote of the Week

"You deserve a Spring Break because of all the work you do."
- Emma, innocently, but deftly, improving the chances of Dad delivering on a pledge to get the family a dog.

April 24, 2010

Vintage DC

Artist Jill Pantozi has put together a pretty great set of Vintage-style posters of DC characters.

I'd like to say the Batman one is my favorite, but I can't.

That distinction goes to the Green Arrow poster.

April 22, 2010

Superheroes Sell WIndows

They may be infringing on trademarks, but these Russian print ads for soundproof windows look fantastic.

I absolutely love the concept.

If only U.S. advertisements for windows were so much fun.


April 20, 2010


Between the Clinton and Bush administrations, there have been plenty of pictures over the last 20 years that captured the President or Vice President looking particularly stupid or laughably goofy.

But I can't remember seeing a photo where the POTUS or VPOTUS looked so strange . . .

(AP photo by J. Scott Applewhite / April 20, 2010)

His face is just so weird looking.

And his head seems the wrong size in comparison to his hands.

And what's up with those eyebrows?

The picture look like it is of a small kid wearing a bad Joe Biden mask with his fists raised in jubilation after being told he's getting free ice cream for life.

The more I stare at it the more it creeps me out.

5 Things I Think

  1. I'm disappointed in the recent news that the next James Bond film has been put on hold indefinitely because of the problems MGM is having.

    I really dig Daniel Craig as 007 and have been looking forward to seeing him take another turn as Bond.

  2. After a few weeks of using my iPad, I can see the benefits of having a 3G version. (I have the Wi-Fi only version)

    But even then, the need (or, more appropriately, want) for a 3G connection has only come into play for about 5% of the occasions that I have been using iPad.

    So really, even though I can see the benefits, its still a nice-to-have, not a necessity.

  3. I am sure I have complained about it here before and I know others have ranted on the same subject before, but it should be a law that people are not allowed to bring in their leftover fish and heat it up in the microwave at work.

    That smell clears the place out.

    And it lingers inside of the microwave for hours.


  4. Went to my niece' Confirmation this past Saturday. It was presided over by the Bishop of Columbus (OH), Bishop Frederick F. Campbell.

    Nice mass. Seems like a nice guy. Certainly a good speaker.

    However, whenever the Bishop talked I couldn't help by notice how much his voice reminded me of King Moonracer, the flying lion king who rules with benevolent wisdom over the Island of Misfit Toys.

    Half expected little toy elephants wearing guard uniforms to come matching up the aisles.

  5. Whatever happened to painter's caps?

    I remember back in the mid to late 1980's wearing painter's caps was right there with jelly shoes and Jams when it came to the height of pop-fashion.

    Not interested in revisiting that trend; I was just thinking how the painter's cap fashion trend rarely gets the write up that other horrible fashion fads from the 1980's receive.

April 18, 2010

Kid Quote of the Week

"The husband rides in the back"
- Zoe, while playing with her new LEGO truck she proves that even at 6 she is already prepared to keep her future man in his place.

April 16, 2010


TeeFury sells limited edition t-shirts. Each unique design is only offered for 24 hours. Then it is gone forever.

Since I first learned about TeeFury about 6 month back I've been watching the site pretty regularly to see if anything looked interesting. If nothing else, it's fun to see the new designs each day.

Back at the end of March they offered a design that featured an interpretation of Batman and Robin as their animal namesakes. It's the sort of picture I've seen done a number of times, but there was something about the design to TeeFury shirt that I thought was unique.

Instead of just representing our Caped Crusaders as animals, the artist on this version tried to capture a little of what defines the characters of Batman and Robin. And I think he succeeds. I can see the attitude and personality of the characters in the animals. It's pretty neat.

So I ordered the shirt (they're only $9) and it arrived yesterday. It looks really nice and the quality of the shirt and the print is top notch.

A Look Under the Hood

The New York Times' website has a neat little interactive feature that takes a look under the hood of Apple's iPad.

The cross section makes it look like the iPad has 2 Wi-Fi antennas.

Can that be right?

April 15, 2010

He Players for the Brewers Now

When did Jim Edmonds last play for the Cubs?

Pretty sure it was 2008.

Then how does ESPN explain this?

This was a screenshot I grabbed while checking in on the Brewers - Cubs game this afternoon.

Come on. At least blur out the Cubs "C" on his hat.

Is There a Special Attachment for That?

The recurring storyline in Monty regarding the robot's love affair with Monty's vacuum started out amusing, quickly moved to tiring, and has now entered the realm of creepy.

Monty for 04.14.2010

The robot is trying to get the vacuum drunk so it can have sex with it.

April 14, 2010

5 Things I Think

A little late this week with the "t Things I Think", but I've been incredibly busy.
  1. I loved the quote from Conan O'Brien I read in regards to the announcement that he would debut a new talk show on TBS this November: "In three months I've gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I'm headed back to basic cable. My plan is working perfectly."

  2. I don't think anybody in our house know how to sit on a chair the correct way. These people drive me insane

  3. While walking through Ace Hardware on Sunday I saw the display for the Scott's Wrigley Field grass seed and grass fertilizer. MLB has teamed with Scotts to produce grass seed and fertilizer based on the same mixes that are used at some of the leagues most popular ball fields.

    I was initially excited about the prospects of having a yard with the same grass as Wrigley Field, I figured that excitement would too soon give way to frustration over how the grass held up over the summer. In the fall I would be left with a sense of heartache over how the yard had eventually turned out. So I put the bag back and bought some Chuckles instead.

  4. Laundered - why don't more people use this word? It's a neat word. I just like how its such a formal way to say "cleaning my clothes".

  5. Favorite line from a book of the week: "It turned out that, like Satan, cancer had many names." The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

April 11, 2010

Kid Quote of the Week

Ian: I'd know if there was time travel in the future because I would come back in time and tell myself about it.

Brendan: How do you know I'm not YOU from the future; come back through time to be your dad?

Ian: Because then I would have had to marry my Mom.
- I love having these sorts of conversations with my kids.

April 09, 2010

Batman & Robin Sketches

The Source, DC Comics' blog, has some of the early sketches Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly worked up when they were planning out their launch of Batman & Robin last year.

The sketches and concepts for the redesigned Batman and Robin characters are awesome.

The Source also has a great peak behind the curtain at the process Morrison and Quietly went through to create many of the new characters that they have introduced during their run on the book.


All this week Project: Rooftop - a blog about artists re-interpreting super hero design - has been running art featuring Batwoman.

It seems they've saved the best for last. Yesterday it was a great piece by Mike Maihack and today's offering by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs is outstanding.

I offer up the Nguyen/Fridolfs art here.

You will have to go the Project: Rooftop site to see Maihack's animated TV show inspired take on Batwoman.

Guess the Character

I don't know who created this image or where it actually lives, but I think it fabulous.

100 cartoon representations of famous or iconic movie characters (and one rock band).
I would love to own this as a poster.

April 08, 2010

History of Cartoon Violence

The history of using violence in cartoons to illicit laughs was all downhill after Looney Tunes.

Many cartoons today are more stupid than funny; and the ones that try to use violence end up more cringe-inducing than comical.

Big Bang Drag

Big Bang Theory has built its popularity and success as a sit-com because the creators tried a new situation for a situation comedy - uber-geeks interacting with a world that still doesn't understand them.

The writing and plots really aren't any different from sit-coms starring families or attractive people living in NYC, it's the characters that make the show different.

It's these different characters and the great comics book references that keep me interested in the show. And when you combine them together like they plan to do in next weeks's episode it makes for must see TV for me.

April 07, 2010

Judging a Book By Its Cover

All I know about The Search for WondLa is that it is written and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi, the author of The Spiderwick Chronicles and the Caldecott-winning The Spider and the Fly.

I've never read any of his books, but I know them by reputation.

That reputation and the cover art to The Search for WondLa, really makes me want to read his new book when it comes out this fall.
Doesn't that look fantastic?


An Easter visit with my paternal grandparents necessitates a time for photos.

Plenty were taken in all sorts of different configurations of people and poses.

This was my favorite:

That about sums my family up.

The look on Ian's face is priceless.

April 06, 2010

5 Things I Think

  1. The NCAA tournament championship game was fantastic. I perfect end to an exciting tournament.

    Then CBS ruined it by airing the worst One Shining Moment video I have ever seen.

    The song is stupid - always has been. But the video at the end of the tournament has never been about the song, it's been about the great clips from all the games that made up the tournament. We just all ignored the cheesy lyrics and singing.

    So why did CBS show us Jennifer Hudson, who had recorded this year's version of the song? Nobody - and I mean nobody - waiting to watch the One Shining Moment video last night gave a rat's ass about Jennifer Hudson. And it's nothing against Ms. Hudson. We want to see great tournament moments.

    How can you start the video, when the lyrics are "the ball is tipped", and not have a clip of two guys going after a jump ball?

    Plus, after watching it a second time this morning online I realized Heather was right - there was no Ohio State plays highlighted (including player of the year Evan Turner), nor Ohio University or Northern Iowa.

    For shame.

  2. Is it just me or does there seem to be a lot more garbage on the ground this year now that all of the snow has melted.

    Some spots I've seen look absolutely disgusting.

  3. How does MLB's opening day sort of sneak up on me every year. Didn't even realize until Sunday that the season was actually starting.

    In fact, all of the major sports except football (baseball, basketball, and hockey) all seem to slowly mosey from exhibition/pre-season games to the regular season without much fanfare.

    The NFL comes big and loud, boldly announcing that their season is starting.

    I guess trumpeting up excitement for the first of a 16 game season is easier than the 100 plus game seasons for those other sports.

  4. Thought it was particularly interesting that one month after Jay Leno returned to the Tonight Show he was back to the number 1 spot over David Letterman's Late Show.

    However, the median age of Jay's viewing audience is 56 (half of his viewers are older than 56)

    I doubt Conan's audience skewed that old and I wonder where that leaves Jay when there are less old people around to watch his boring, unfunny program.

  5. I love my iPad but I have two major complaints: no native printing feature and Google web apps don't work.

    The printing I can work around, but I would think that if my printer at home is connected via WiFi and my iPad is connected to the same network via WiFi, then why not let me print from the iPad to the printer.

    The Google situation is more annoying. I can't scroll through the pages on Google Reader, so I can only read the first few posting at the top of any given page.

    More annoying is that in Google Docs I can read documents but I can't edit them while using my iPad. I use Google Doc a lot. I draft most of my blog entries there. Not being able to access to edit docs on Google while using the iPad is a big annoyance.

April 05, 2010

No Time for Blogging - I Have an iPad

Look at what comic book artist and Co-Publisher of DC Comics Jim Lee has been doing with his iPad.

All I've done with mine is surf the web and stream radio.

April 02, 2010

A Peak Into the Future

Ian is 10 years old, which means the teenaged years are just around the corner. I am trying to prepare myself for the angst and melodrama that invariably surrounds a teenager and their tumultuous hormones and stumble-filled journey to adulthood, but I’m not really sure that this can be done. By I will be trying.

What I wasn't prepared for was the sneak-peak into "Ian, the Raging Teenager" that happened last week. Frankly, I thought I had a few more years to fortify myself.

On Wednesday afternoon last week, Ian received the retainer that he is going to be wearing 24/7 for at least the next 6 months. (The orthodontist wants it in 24/7 because “then you’ll always know where it is.”) The purpose of the retainer is to correct the alignment and overbite in Ian’s upper teeth and provide some space in the back of his mouth for the remaining permanent teeth that have yet to come in.

(A little bit of history. When Ian was in pre-school he knocked his two front teeth out one Sunday morning while running around the house. He spent the next 4 years or so without any front teeth, which gave him time to develop some bad habits (re: sucking on his lower lip) which in turn badly affected how his top permanent teeth came in once they were finally ready.)

So we’ve got the retainer. We’ve got the plan from the orthodontist. Everyone was on board to get these teeth fixed. Everyone, including Ian, was positive about what we’re doing.

That is until he sat down for dinner Wednesday night and tried to eat food for the first time with this new plastic appliance in his mouth.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen more wailing and gnashing of teeth (Figuratively of course. Kid did have a retainer in his mouth) over the difficulty of eating with a retainer.

"How am I ever going to eat?!"

"I’m going to starve!"


And that was just the first five minutes of dinner.

Heather and I spent the next thirty minutes trying to get Ian to try eating slowly. Small bites. Simple soft foods. But regardless of what she and I offered in hopes of smoothly things out, our efforts continually ended in frustration with a defeated moan accompanied by a dramatic toss of the arms into the air.

"I'll never eat! How am I going to survive?"

I tried to console Ian with tales of my own difficulties with eating when I had braces and a retainer in high school. Obviously I had somehow managed to survive. I was standing in front of him as living proof that one night without eating because of the challenges that plastic and metal in his mouth was not a death sentence.

"But HOW will I learn to eat with this thing in my mouth?!"

But this didn’t matter to Ian. That night I was old and dumb, and had no idea of the sort of frustration he was going through. My logic was without merit and my compassion was misplaced. He went to bed surly and resigned to a life of drinking all of his meals through a straw.

And this was all just one night - about four hour's worth of time. I can't even begin to conceive three to five years of that.

The next morning Heather served Ian pancakes and fruit smoothie. Both went down without a hitch. Later that day at lunch he nonchalantly remarked that eating wasn't a problem.

Oh boy. Now I know I can’t prepare for what's coming.

Heather - You Should Be Happy I'm Not This Guy


April 01, 2010

I'd Buy This for a Dollar

Of all the comic book related April Fools Day gags that were put out there today (and trust me, there were a lot of them - none of them believable), this was the only one that I thought was funny.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - America: 1988

When war-hero-turned-handyman Kesuke Miyagi is found drained of blood, it becomes clear that the occult gang known as the Lost Boys are targeting the only individuals that can stop them from complete domination of America. It's the perfect case for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen--except that their government contact, Oscar Goldman, disbanded the team in 1979 after they defeated Mr. Han's army of the living dead.

Now, disgraced scientist Emmet Brown has to put together a new team to combat the growing threat of the Lost Boys and their leader, a newly resurrected vampire kingpin Tony Montana: Transportation specialist Jack Burton, ex-commando B.A. Baracus, tech wizard Angus MacGyver and the mysteriously powerful femme fatale known only as "Lisa." But will Brown be able to stop the Lost Boys before time runs out?

$9.99 - 64 pages, full color - 1 of 2 - Scheduled to ship on April 1, 2011
It's particularly funny if you know the premise behind the original League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic by Alan Moore.

Geek Cheat Sheet

I particularly like the moniker for Avatar fans.

Though I think they got the "sex role playing will involve" wrong from Star Wars fans. Clearly it will involve a Princess Leia metal bikini.