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Gretchen and I finished off the first season of this show tonight. We rather liked it and are looking forward to next season.

Although after the final scene aired, Gretchen turned to me and said, "So you're taking me out for a beer and explaining what just happened, right?"

Civil War

May. 14th, 2016 11:03 pm
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Given the mass cancellation of softball today, Gretchen gave me a pass to go out and see Captain America: Civil War today while she stayed home and watched the girls. As she reminded me, I owe her one. Likely a large one.

Mild spoilers inside the cut tag, but probably nothing that you couldn't glean from the trailers...
Yes, really. Spoilers. Little ones. )
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So I'm looking for a comic book cover and I'm beginning to believe that this particular cover does not exist and that I have cobbled it together from bits and pieces of memory. I'm looking for three heroes standing over the body of a dead hero on a sparse, almost empty yellow background. It has a very Golden Age feel to it, but there were so damned few teams in the 40s that it's fairly easy to eliminate almost every existing cover.

I've plowed through All-Star and All-Winners. I've checked Comics Cavalcade and World's Finest. I've even checked Flash Comics on the off-chance of something with Flash and Hawkman. Lots of empties.

Then I checked early Silver Age and came up empty through Justice League of America and Avengers. And X-Men. And Doom Patrol, in a fit of desperation. Not even Mystery In Space.

Not Astro City being particularly retro either.

*grumble*
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It was a beautiful, clear, and relatively warm December day today. While Katie was at a cookie party at a friend's house and Julie was playing Minecraft, I took advantage of the opportunity to head out and play some Ingress, heading to a local park and blowing up the little froggie fields there that were getting in my way. Then I picked up Katie from her friend's house, delaying to have a nice discussion of football and comic books with her friend's father, the latter prompted by my seeing a copy of BackIssue sitting on a chair, this being a magazine that only serious comic geeks read. :)

After dinner, we went out to look at Christmas lights. We went first to the display in central Arlington Heights where I did a bit more Ingressing, throwing the last field necessary for silver Mind Controller, then glyph hacking just enough to grab the gold badge for the latter. And the lights were very pretty.

Then we went prospecting for more pretty lights in the nearby neighborhoods. Much to our surprise, we tripped over an animated display with FM radio accompaniment on Haddow just a little south of Euclid. This was the first time we'd run into this sort of coordinated display and we enjoyed it a lot.

But eventually, it was time to head home. :)
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I got a pass from my lovely bride to go catch a late evening show of Ant-Man. I enjoyed it greatly. It was pretty much everything that an old Ant-Man fan might hope for. I suspect those less well-versed in the history of the MU will enjoy it too.

High points:

  • Paul Rudd does a fine job as Scott Lang.
  • Michael Douglas does a fine job as an older Hank Pym.
  • Hank Pym does not get crapped on by the writers. (After what has happened in the MU over the years, this was in some doubt.)
  • I happened to catch a 3-D show. For this film, it was worth it. Some of the shots reminded me of the original Tron.
  • Yes, I am old. :)
  • Good script.
  • Good effects.
  • And a Hayley Atwell cameo.

    So what's not to like?
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    I finally ditched enough of this damned respiratory infection that I got back on the exercycle this week. As a result, I am once again reading back issues of Time magazine, in this case from 2003.

    In the issue I just finished, there was an article about Oracle launching a hostile takeover bid for PeopleSoft. There were a number of companies discussed in the article. Save for Microsoft, IBM, and SAP, I think Oracle has now acquired all of them.

    I pulled the last issue off the current stack of magazines, then dug down to a deeply buried shelf in the closet to pull the last massive stack of Time up to the now empty and more accessible shelf. When I did so, two comics from 2003 surfaced: H.E.R.O. #1 and Harley Quinn #27.

    Did you know that they used to print comics on newsprint? In the current millennium?

    Digging Out

    Jun. 8th, 2014 10:21 pm
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    So the freestanding wicker cabinet over the toilet in our bathroom had the bottom shelf come partly loose last week. A second screw had come loose on that side, the first screw was completely missing, and the shelf was just a bit askew. Earlier this week, I'd picked up slightly larger screws as replacements, but there'd been no chance to fix the shelf during the week, because it had been very, very busy.

    [livejournal.com profile] daisy_knotwise had hied off to a wedding shower this morning, so after I took Katie and Julie to lunch and watched them vanish into a playland of little girls upon coming home, I decided to prep the shelf. This meant removing all of the assorted comic books that were piled on it (and a smaller pile of sports magazines) that were all waiting to be read.

    The sports magazines have become stale enough that I should just discard most of them, but they were the smaller part of the problem.

    The comics, on the other hand, were an enormous mess. This was largely due to the fact that I'd gotten so far behind that I had several months worth of issues of the various books scattered in assorted spots in the pile, so there was no telling if I was picking up the oldest issue, the current issue, or something in between. This meant that I wasn't reading them often, because I didn't know where to start.

    I pulled all of the comics off the shelf, took them to the bed, and sorted them out, reading several issues that were in the middle of sequences that I'd earlier pillaged both sides of. When Gretchen got home, we put the shelf back together. She then cleaned out around the toilet -- her idea, not mine :) -- and I put the shelf back and dropped my reading material back onto it.

    I guess I should start plowing through the stacks...
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    Joining Pedantic Lad and Lady Mondegreen (created by Gary McGath) in the Legion of Substitute Proofreaders, we find:

    Its Girl, whose power should be thoroughly obvious, except for the fact that if she catches you putting an apostrophe in her name she "Hulks out". You wouldn't like her when she's angry.
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    Among the members of the Legion of Substitute Proofreaders, we find Pedantic Lad. Although he is only an above average proofreader under normal circumstances, he has an uncanny ability to sniff out missing Oxford commas.

    This makes him either incredibly useful or incredibly annoying, depending on which style guide you're using.
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    Oh, come on. You know me.

    Just give me the ring, ok?

    And I'll see you somewhere in the rings of Saturn...
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    Oh, come on. You know me.

    Just give me the ring, ok?

    And I'll see you somewhere in the rings of Saturn...
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    Well, this may seem a bit silly to some of you, but thinking about it, I've concluded that Green Lantern Hal Jordan is probably my best bet. See, unlike a lot of the fictional heroes out there, he could probably whip me up a spare power ring so that I could tag along if he needed to take care of something.
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    Well, this may seem a bit silly to some of you, but thinking about it, I've concluded that Green Lantern Hal Jordan is probably my best bet. See, unlike a lot of the fictional heroes out there, he could probably whip me up a spare power ring so that I could tag along if he needed to take care of something.
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    Or Volume 5, if you prefer.

    [livejournal.com profile] daisy_knotwise and I watched the last two episodes of Heroes last night. We'd intended to watch one, but decided that we didn't want to wait to see what happened and since everything was on the DVR, we had the option. :) (We got started watching this season late, because we were out of town for the premiere. [livejournal.com profile] samwinolj was good enough to record the two-hour episode for us, but it took a while to get the DVD from him, so Heroes languished until we did.)

    I'll avoid spoilers. What I will say is this: if you'd given up on the show, this was the season that you've been waiting for. It was probably the strongest season/volume to date. The character work was strong, nothing happened that caused me to roll my eyes and go "Oh, God, what now?", and I actually wanted to tune in from week to week -- if at a somewhat late date.

    I'm sure it will be out on DVD fairly soon. Rent it. Buy it. Watch it. If you ever liked the show, you'll like this.

    I hope we get another season (despite the lousy ratings), because the show actually deserves one now.
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    Or Volume 5, if you prefer.

    [livejournal.com profile] daisy_knotwise and I watched the last two episodes of Heroes last night. We'd intended to watch one, but decided that we didn't want to wait to see what happened and since everything was on the DVR, we had the option. :) (We got started watching this season late, because we were out of town for the premiere. [livejournal.com profile] samwinolj was good enough to record the two-hour episode for us, but it took a while to get the DVD from him, so Heroes languished until we did.)

    I'll avoid spoilers. What I will say is this: if you'd given up on the show, this was the season that you've been waiting for. It was probably the strongest season/volume to date. The character work was strong, nothing happened that caused me to roll my eyes and go "Oh, God, what now?", and I actually wanted to tune in from week to week -- if at a somewhat late date.

    I'm sure it will be out on DVD fairly soon. Rent it. Buy it. Watch it. If you ever liked the show, you'll like this.

    I hope we get another season (despite the lousy ratings), because the show actually deserves one now.
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    Title: A Noir Little Christmas
    Rating: G, because it has to pass the CCA
    Fandom: Exiles, X-Factor, Seanan McGuire, Santa Clause
    Synopsis: What happens when Jamie -- oh, just read it...

    What happens when Jamie -- oh, just read it... )

    Today's fandom was suggested by a wild dream earlier this week. I will likely never be doing this again, even assuming that [livejournal.com profile] cadhla lets me live...
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    Title: A Noir Little Christmas
    Rating: G, because it has to pass the CCA
    Fandom: Exiles, X-Factor, Seanan McGuire, Santa Clause
    Synopsis: What happens when Jamie -- oh, just read it...

    What happens when Jamie -- oh, just read it... )

    Today's fandom was suggested by a wild dream earlier this week. I will likely never be doing this again, even assuming that [livejournal.com profile] cadhla lets me live...
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    Ok, normally I wouldn't bother to link to a Mark Steyn column here. But how can I resist when the column starts by recapitulating the many superhero identities of Hank Pym?

    I always liked Hank. It's a shame he's been handled so badly.
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    Ok, normally I wouldn't bother to link to a Mark Steyn column here. But how can I resist when the column starts by recapitulating the many superhero identities of Hank Pym?

    I always liked Hank. It's a shame he's been handled so badly.
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    Because I just know there are people on my friends list who need to see this:

    Behold, Velocitoaster!

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