March 30, 2011

If I Only Had a Spare $100,000

Rare comics will routinely sell for $100,000 at auction. Wat caught my eye today, however, was article on BoingBoing that claimed a single page of art from a comic book was expected to fetch at least $100,000 when it goes on the auction block.

Before I could fully hit skeptical mode in response to the title I scrolled down to see what single page from a comic could be valued so highly.


Page 10 from the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns issue #3.

Yep. That would qualify.

I remember there were a few pages in Frank Miller's outstanding Batman tale that I spent hours tracing and recoloring to use as decoration in my bedroom. This shot of Batman and his new Robin leaping across the Gotham skyline was one of my favorites.

Now, if I can just find a spare $100,000 I could decorate my room again with this iconic image.

March 29, 2011

So Tired of the Train

After nearly 11 years of riding the train from my home in the suburbs and my job in downtown Chicago, I think the benefits and perks of using this particular form of public transportation are starting to tarnish.

Sure, riding the train means not having to deal with traffic and the morons that clog our thoroughfares. I'm provided with time in the morning and evening to ready myself for the day or decompress before returning home. I can read, listen to music, watch a movie, do work, or just sleep. Someone else does the driving. I just ride along.

However, the train has its fair share of mouth-breathers who yack incessantly on their cell phones or slop down Chunky soup straight from the can. It can be hard to snooze - or even stay in your seat at times - when the train car is lurching from side to side as the engineer flies through switches from one track to another. You get herded on the train and off like cattle. And it all starts and ends with either a dash to find a parking spot in an overcrowded lot or an path out of a parking lot where patience and civility are nearly non-existent. It is all so depressing at times.

I know - logically - that riding the train saves me money, time, and ultimately my sanity, but sometimes logic isn't enough. Sometimes I really hate riding the train and long solitude of my own vehicle.

March 21, 2011

It Is Really a Double Fail

Today's Sheldon strip points out that when it comes to inventing interesting sauces to compliment food, the U.S. really dropped the ball.

Not only did we fail in sauce invention, but then we failed in how we used our sub-standard sauce.

Ketchup on eggs? On steak?

Double fail.

March 17, 2011

The Girls Join the Brackets

Now that Ian is regularly joining Heather and I in filling out a NCAA basketball tournament bracket, I thought the girls might like to participate too. However, being only 7 and 8 years old, I didn't think they would enjoy filling out a sheet of paper with a bunch of boring old school names. So I found a version of this year's bracket that had been put together using pictures of the school's mascots.

Worked perfectly. They loved going through and picking the winner for each match-up.

Emma's Bracket

Zoe's Bracket
As you can probably tell, they are sightly influenced by their Mom's and Dad's collegiate allegiances.