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October 31, 2005

Keeping Up the Pressure

I like Harry Reid, i have to admit it.

By fnord12 | October 31, 2005, 8:09 AM | Liberal Outrage| Link

October 30, 2005

Marvel Comics Meets Real Life Science

But they're using frogs instead of lizards.  I just hope they learn from Doc Connors' mistake - never use yourself as the test subject.

By min | October 30, 2005, 11:06 PM | Comics & Science| Link

Zen for the Roundeyes

The answer to your question is FIVE TONS OF FLAX!

By min | October 30, 2005, 9:32 AM | Science| Link

Against Patents

I printed this out a while ago to read in the bafroom, and i'm finally around to reading it and i thought i'd share it with my imaginary audience.

By fnord12 | October 30, 2005, 8:50 AM | Liberal Outrage| Link

They keep stringing me along

Fitzgerald is gonna indict Cheney, says some guy i've never heard of, via Kos.

Meanwhile Reid is calling on Bush to pledge that he won't pardon Libby if he's convicted.  It's the second graf in the top headline story on Yahoo news.  If the Democrats can keep the press focused on getting Bush to pledge that (min: "Yeah, right."), it's really the only way anything could possibly come of this.   Otherwise Libby knows if he keeps his mouth shut and takes the fall, he'll be taken care of.  Just like Ollie North and John Poindexter.

By fnord12 | October 30, 2005, 7:57 AM | Liberal Outrage| Link

October 29, 2005

I've got it!

The big plot twist in House of M is that it was Xavier who manipulated the Scarlet Witch into creating the new mutant friendly reality, not Magneto.  This could tie in with Joss Whedon's big "reveal" that Xavier is not always such a nice guy.

Update: I'd like to apologize to my imaginary audience for some of the trolls in the comments.  If friendster's blog technology were halfway decent, i could do something about it.

By fnord12 | October 29, 2005, 11:16 PM | Comics | Comments (1) | Link

Fatal Crap II

We just finished this game and you will not believe the chump ending we got.  The story is that you and your twin sister are trapped in an ancient village.  The village basically has its own hellmouth and they used to keep it closed by having one twin sister strangle the other.  Well, at some point, one generation of twins decided that mebbe that's not how they wanted to do things and decided to run away.  One twin ends up back at the village and they toss her into the hole.  But the hellmouth opens anyway, so the village is cursed and you and your sister got trapped.  Now you go thru the entire game trying to get you and your sister out.

Do you know what happens at the end?  Do you?  It ends with you strangling your sister.  Yep.  That's right.  All that time wasted trying to escape and you end up strangling your sister to death.

This game sucks monkey balls.

By min | October 29, 2005, 10:00 PM | Video Games| Link

Our Flower Garden

We planted mums last year and they came back this year, as mums are wont to do.  The bush on the right got so huge that it collapsed under its own weight.  I guess Miracle Grow wasn't kidding around with that 'Make your plants grow better" claim.

By min | October 29, 2005, 12:13 PM | My stupid life| Link

My Problem With The Game

You shouldn't have to fight the same monster more than twice.  Twice is bad enough.  But more than that is just ridiculous.  I'm not talking about generic monsters that you always have to keep fighting throughout the game.  I mean the exact same monster resurrected and stronger.  Friggin Fatal Frame II not only makes you seek out the same ghost after you already killed it once, but you've got to do it 5 times.  5.  FIVE.

And gawd do i hate the ghosts that crawl.

Can't we have puzzle games that aren't survival horror.  Please?

By min | October 29, 2005, 1:52 AM | Video Games| Link

October 28, 2005


It's about bloody time.

By min | October 28, 2005, 11:20 PM | My stupid life| Link

Not the biggest Fitzmas ever

But Libby's indicted and has resigned.  Fitzgerald says that the bulk of the investigation is over but he's not quite done.   Still sounds like Rove is off the hook, and certainly no one else is in any trouble.  It's hard to tell though.  Unlike, say, Kenneth Starr, Fitzgerald is a freaking Bloodguard.  He won't comment on anything other than the current indictment. I've been sitting here for an hour listening to Fitzgerald tell reporters he's not going to comment on their question. It's driving the press (and me!) crazy.

By fnord12 | October 28, 2005, 12:12 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link

We reaped what we sowed

And we sowed tomaters:

Ok, we also sowed cucumbers, peppers, carrots, and asparagus, but we only reaped tomatoes (though you will see one tiny tiny cucumber in the picture).

By fnord12 | October 28, 2005, 10:56 AM | My stupid life | Comments (1) | Link

The Liberal Media

Keith Olbermann was yelled at by having liberal guests on his show two times in three days, a time period in which he interviewed 9 guests.

By fnord12 | October 28, 2005, 10:45 AM | Liberal Outrage| Link

He'll be out of a job soon anyway, right?

Cursor linked to this old page full of Donald Rumsfeld's beautiful poetry, and i started thinking it'd be perfect as a spoken word compliment our band's instrumental music.

By fnord12 | October 28, 2005, 10:29 AM | Liberal Outrage & Music| Link

"the fact of the matter is the United States was never interested in disarming Iraq"

Seymour Hersh interviews Scott Ritter.

"And the ultimate tragedy of this is that from that point on, every time a UN weapons inspector went into Iraq--somebody with a blue hat--they weren't viewed by the Iraqis as somebody who was trying to disarm Iraq, they were viewed by the Iraqis as somebody trying to kill their President, and they were right."

"But you know what? The media only feeds the American people the poison they're willing to swallow. And we the people of the United States of America seem to want our news in no more than three-minute chunks with sound bites of thirty seconds or less, and it can't be too complicated."

By fnord12 | October 28, 2005, 10:18 AM | Liberal Outrage| Link

We hate people

With min's draconian movie rules in effect, i'd be thrilled if they started releasing DVDs at the same time they released movies.  This post has a little bit more of a call for law & order than i'm comfortable with, and also has a "cranky old person hates those rotten teen-agers with their bubble gum and fancy sneakers" theme, but i still found myself agreeing with it.  People are rude and i really just don't like being around them.

Oh i didn't mean you, though.  Of course.  I like you.

By fnord12 | October 28, 2005, 9:15 AM | Movies| Link

2:00 is CSPAN Time

Wish i knew how to make popcorn.

By fnord12 | October 28, 2005, 8:16 AM | Liberal Outrage| Link

October 27, 2005

Selfish Priests

Keeping all the little boys to themselves.

By fnord12 | October 27, 2005, 8:35 AM | Liberal Outrage| Link

King Kong Lives

We got King Kong Lives from netflix yesterday.  It's the one where it turns out King Kong is still alive (from his fall off the twin towers in the 1976 remake with Charles Grodin!) and they have to get him a blood transfusion so they find a giant female Kong.  Should be terrible.  (I did see it as a kid, but i don't remember it.  It's also the movie that Marky Mark has to return to the video store in The Big Hit). 

So now King Kong fest can be complete.   Every Thanksgiving, they used to play the original and Son of Kong.  Then they started playing ET instead, and now i think they play Home Alone: The College Years.  But for me, King Kong is a Thanksgiving tradition, so we're gonna do the full marathon:  King Kong, Son of Kong, King Kong Escapes, King Kong vs. Godzilla, and King Kong Lives.  We're skipping the 1976 version because it's essentially the same as the original.   I'm not so sure about Peter Jackson's remake for the same reason.

By fnord12 | October 27, 2005, 8:25 AM | Godzilla | Comments (3) | Link

From bad to... also bad Part II

Some people are seeing this as a good thing since it's a defeat for Bush, but I can't see how the next nominee can be any better.  Miers was a crony, but at least she wasn't a right-wing ideologue.  The next nominee will be.   The only possible salvation is if Fitzgerald really does indict everyone and Bush is forced to resign or is impeached.  Even then, you have to go pretty far down the line of succession to get to someone who's not going to nominate a right wing hack.

By fnord12 | October 27, 2005, 8:11 AM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (1) | Link

From bad to... also bad

So these FF comics i'm reading with Klaw, FF 326-328, were written by mediocre-at-best writer Steve Englehart.  His accomplishments on the FF were kicking out Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, replacing them with a She-Thing, and turning Ben Grimm into a pineapple (but the real problem was that the writing was just bad).  On his website, he claims this was the best thing to happen to the FF in decades.  Until his editor said enough already and forced him to bring back the real team, which he did under protest, using a pseudonym.  But he had the final laugh:

Englehart: But I'm not the kind of guy to take such things lying down, so I wove a plot that put the real FF into suspended animation and sent bland replicas to take their place. Then the real FF dreamed all the plotlines I would have explored over the coming year.

Ugh, I have one of these issues and I never knew what the hell was going on.

By fnord12 | October 27, 2005, 8:04 AM | Comics | Comments (1) | Link

October 26, 2005


So Klaw is made of solid sound, and one day he fought Dazzler, who is a mutant that aborbs sound and converts it into light.   Dazzler absorbed Klaw.   Then Dazzler fought Galactus, the devourer of worlds.  And Dazzler shot Klaw at Galactus, and then Klaw got aborbed into Galactus's space ship (which is as big as a planet).   Then Galactus got kidnapped by the Beyonder along with a bunch of other marvel characters, and was sent to Secret Wars.  Then Galactus summoned his spaceship to the Secret Wars planet, and Doctor Doom snuck on board, and he found Klaw and restored him to a solid form.  Except Klaw had gone crazy from the experience of being absorbed by Dazzler and then trapped on Galactus's ship.  And he kept talking funny and saying things like Soup-oop-oop.  Then Doctor Doom sliced up Klaw into little pieces and used him as part of a scheme to steal Galactus' power so that he could fight the Beyonder and steal his power, which he did because he's Doom and he rules.

But I always wondered what happened to Klaw, because the next time he showed up, he was back to normal.   So recently, thanks to the Marvel Chronology Project I found Klaw's earliest post-Secret Wars appearances, and Wayne picked them up for me on trip to NYC.  And right there, in his first post SW appearance in Daredevil 237, he explains it:

Klaw: I have been DESTROYED, Daredevil!  All my power PERVERTED!   The Beyonder*-- INHABITED me--!  But then, when he had no further use for me, he returned me to earth-- whole again.

See that was back in the days when Marvel cared about their continuity.   And then even better, in his next appearance, in Fantastic Four 326, the Wingless Wizard has assembled a new Frightful Four to take on the FF, comprised of Hydro-Man, Titania (in her first post SW appearance), and Klaw.  And the three of them are all bragging about how badass they are, and Hydro-Man makes fun of Klaw for getting beat by Daredevil (DD beat Klaw by blasting him with a tone generator found in a pawn shop, by the way), and Klaw says "You don't understand!  I was still recovering!.

I love it.

PS, Klaw can be seen on my Custom Marvel Action Figure page.

By fnord12 | October 26, 2005, 8:33 PM | Comics | Comments (1) | Link

The rumors are true

Godzilla vs. Ultraman

By fnord12 | October 26, 2005, 6:54 PM | Godzilla| Link

Patrick Fitzgerald is my hero

He's going to indict them all!

By fnord12 | October 26, 2005, 6:52 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link

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