Today may 25th is Geek Pride day and this story makes me proud to be a ‘geek’. I’m 31 years old and I shop for comics weekly, I draw superheroes in my spare time, I saw Avenger’s in theater’s three times…so far. I own multiple gaming systems, including Nintendo’s 8-bit masterpiece: the NES. Not sure how high my geek cred is, but what of it I have I love and hope to never lose. Enough with me trying to justify being called geeky, now for the reason it makes me happier to be one.
Anthony Smith is a four year-old with hearing impairment who refused to wear his hearing aid. This is a time when he needs to be developing language skills and to be missing out on a larger spectrum of interaction is too great of a loss for him. Anthony declined to wear his hearing aid because superheroes don’t have to wear them. Continue reading →
I am scared. Not of spiders or heights or never knowing love. I am scared of Nutella. It may be entirely evil. It’s all fats and sugar and carbs and delicious and oh I want to eat it……No……Must not give into temptation. I have tasted Nutella….once….and when I did, I knew that I had to either kill it or it would kill me. I like to be a fit guy, but I like delicous things as well. It’s an almost daily conflict of what I should eat and want to eat. If I open the cupboard and see a can of tuna in there, I’ll probably eat it. If I see a cookie….well, then It’s my duty to prevent it from going stale. Now, if I saw a jar of Nutella…….oh, man. I’d cover the cookie in it, go all nom nom nom and then probably spread it on the unopened can of tuna and find a way to consume that too. Continue reading →
I received this book as a gift from fellow Fizmarbler, Adam Loomis, awhile back and proceeded to plow my way through it. It’s a clever, well researched, re-imagining of Abraham Lincoln’s life from young boy to leader of a nation as supernatural evil conspires against him and the world. I love creative, alternate reality takes on history. Taking the known and familiar and playing with it. Seeing what other angles can be made. Written by, Seth Grahame-Smith, this tale is his second go at making something new out of something established prior. He previously added the undead to Jane Austen’s classic, giving us, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. While I have not had the oppurtunity to read that, I have heard it being given both extreme praise and beratement. Continue reading →
Kevin Smith, in a story that has been very well chronicled, self-financed and released Clerks to great acclaim. Clerks at it’s core, is about two friends talking, the subjects are interesting but secondary to the way that Dante and Randal interact. Smith captured on film what you feel when having a great conversation with your best friends.
Take a look at a large chunk of his other films: Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks II. These films all have a pair of friends sharing stories and an experience. Through out all of these films Scott Mosier, Kevin’s film school friend, has been there keeping the Askewniverse on track with his producing skills.
So, if Kevin’s character’s have great conversations, what are Smith’s conversations with his real life counterparts like? Continue reading →
If you’ve ever been stung by the loss of property in your home due to a burglary. You may already be the reluctant purchaser of a home alarm system. On the other hand, if you have never been burglarized, then it may be time to consider upping your defenses while you still have a perfect record. The intent of this article is to take away some of the mystique of purchasing a home alarm system and to educate yourself to reduce the chance of becoming a victim. Continue reading →
Electronic music pioneer Robert Moog received the honor of having a Google Doodle created in celebration of his 78th birthday. We could talk about the gear he created and the music he made and inspired, but you should read up on that after you mess with this synthesizer. Mess with the filter and oscillator knobs, and record your own jam. Enjoy it here!
After playing with the Moog Google Doodle (Moogle?), you can read more about the man, here.
I enjoyed the first issue which brings together as ragtag a group as could be concieved. Dum Dum Dugan joins Howard the Duck and a whole lot of ridiculous others as they fight for a reality where the Nazis won World War 2 with zombies.
It’s been a silly, fun read and here’s to hopin the silliness and fun continues. Continue reading →
I have had many moments during my last thirty-one years where the the thought of getting off of the couch was too taxing to attempt. Thanks to Eugene Polley and his Flashmatic wireless remote for televisions, the path was paved for many lazy Sundays of channel surfing.
Eugene Polley died of natural causes at age 96 this past sunday, May 20th.
Polly, created the Flashmatic, a light based remote control, the first controller to be free from those awful wires we all hate so much, while working for Zenith. Over the course of his career he acquired nearly 20 U.S. patents.
My hat goes off to you Mr. Eugene Polley, while we might not always think about our remote control, we surely do use it everyday.
Bond is back this November with the Sam Mendes’ directed, Skyfall. It looks to be continuing the darker, grittier take on Bond and has 007 fighting threats from M’s past as it comes back to haunt her. This film stars Daniel Craig, Judi Denche, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney. The first trailer was recently released and can be seen in the link below.
I have been a fan of comic book characters and movies for as long as I can remember.So when they combine their forces I always want to see what happens. To be honest though, I was never a die hard Avengers fan. I like the characters and I see their place in the Marvel universe, but Captain America, Iron Man and Thor never had this grand appeal to me that other characters did. Still, I read Avengers comics here and there and have at least been aware of their time-line and pertinence to Marvel. I say this, to let you know whatever I say comes from someone who loves film and fantastic characters, but may speak with a bit of ignorance in regards to these particular heroes.
After the culmination of many years and movies we get the collective powerhouse of The Avengers. It stays pretty true to comic book form, while minor aesthetic changes have been made for the story to work and to accommodate the more modern take on these characters and their introduction and interaction to the world. This time line is much more crammed together than that of the comics and rightfully so. These are stories told 2 hours at a time while that other medium has had years to create relationships and histories, characteristics and quirks. Although limited by time, Joss Whedon and the rest, manage to apply those things which make the characters who they are in the comics to the film world without forcing things. It is allowed to naturally progress. To become what it is or change as it needs to be and in so doing allows us to deal with whatever changes in a more accepting way. Continue reading →