Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Weird Al sends up The White Stripes

And calls out Chuck Norris, basically.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Guitar Hero 5 tracklist is.... kinda good?

You can read the whole thing here, which has a lot more stuff I'm interested in than the last game. Some highlights for me:

Johnny Cash - "Ring Of Fire"
Queen & David Bowie - "Under Pressure"
Stevie Wonder - "Superstition"
The Raconteurs - "Steady As She Goes"
Blur - "Song 2"
Bob Dylan - "All Along The Watchtower"
Billy Idol - "Dancing With Myself"
David Bowie - "Fame"
Deep Purple - "Woman From Tokyo ('99 Remix)"
Beastie Boys - "Gratitude"
John Fucking Mellencamp - "Hurts So Good"
Smashing Pumpkins - "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
Sublime - "What I Got"
T. Rex - "20th Century Boy"
Thin Lizzy - "Jailbreak"
Weezer - "Why Bother?"

There's a bunch on there I probably don't recognize but might like (I looked some of these up on YouTube to double-check -- I forgot that Jailbreak was awesome).

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I want this more than I have wanted anything


The Complete Futurama, in Bender's head. It comes out at Comic Con for $200, but I'm going to use willpower and wait til it comes out for cheaper on Amazon in October.

Monday, July 6, 2009

eight things


8 things I am looking forward to:

1. five days off work, in a row
2. some distant East Coast trip
3. Bruno
4. spending a bit more of my tax return on a couple more frivolous things
5. getting in shape
6. a clean room
7. my unread comics and books
8. some sort of beverage from 7/11 in a few minutes, here

8 things I did yesterday:

1. went to work on very little sleep
2. made dozens of keys for the dumbest college kids alive
3. took a nap after work
4. went BACK to work because two people called in sick
5. had too many energy drinks
6. avoided someone
7. lost a lot playing BlazBlue
8. watched more of The Wire

8 things I wish I could do:

1. never go back to work
2. live on my own for a while
3. create something, like inward singing
4. make a sweet Arakune figure
5. fly somewhere else
6. write something
7. find someone to see The Hangover with
8. draw comics

8 Shows I watch:

1. The Wire
2. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
3. Futurama
4. old Simpsons episodes
5. Mystery Science Theater 3000
6. Rome
7. True Blood (don't judge me)
8. Arrested Development

8 favorite fruits:

1. pineapple
2. green apples
3. oranges
4. starfruits (mostly for the name and appearance)
5. bananas
6. plantains (mostly in chip form)
7. tangerines
8. the opposite of that gooey crap Ary and Max made me eat at their house

8 Places I'd Like to Travel

1. Scotland
2. New York
3. Japan
4. Boston
5. Chicago
6. New Zealand
7. France
8. Italy

8. Places I've Lived

1. Honolulu, HI
2. Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
3. Germersheim, Germany
4. Aumsville, OR
5. Silverton, OR
6. Corvallis, OR
7. someplace in Virginia I don't remember
8. Scotland (near Glasgow I think... or Edinburgh)

Comic Book Day -- 2 Word Review edition

Yeah, to save some time and maybe force a little creativity out of me, I'm going to write-up these comics with a two-word limit. Let's try it out.


Batman and Robin #2 -- Continued brilliance

Captain America: Reborn #1 -- Lost deja-vu

War of Kings #5 -- Nerd soap

The Boys #32 -- Redeeming itself

FC Aftermath: Run! #3 -- Surprisingly good

Greek Street #1 -- Auspicious opening

Hm. I didn't think about these as hard as I wanted to, but that was still fun.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Comic Book Timeliness

Okay, I'll try to make this more of a habit, just spend a half hour or so every Wednesday night on this stuff.


Detective Comics #854 -- Holy crap! After pretty much nothing but a passing interest in continuing my Detective sub with Batwoman taking the reigns, Greg Rucka and JH Williams come in and kick my ass and nail it down. Great introduction to Batwoman (I erm, don't exactly know who she is or how she fits into Gotham City -- I should look that up) -- I like that we're already getting some good characterization so I can start to feel familiar with the character. But damn, it's the Batwoman sequences that bookend the story; the otherwise muted color palette gives the reds such a sharp, satisfying sting, and everything from the nice, round lines to the hyperstylish panel composition puts this book on the goddamned A-list from the start. Already I can see the way Batwoman deals with criminals differs so much from Batman himself -- we see this right in the first few etherreal pages. I love this book. Even without the cool Question back-up, I'd say it was worth the $3.99. I don't usually make picks of the week, but Pick of the Week.

Thor #602 -- This is sort of a catch-up issue. Not exactly reader-friendly, per se, but it does the audience a favor and ties up a few loose ends that've been dangling since the series started. We get some progression in other plot threads, but there's the feeling that we're just stopping to tie our shoe before getting on with the rest of the journey.


Guardians of the Galaxy #15 -- I can't imagine how this series reads in trade format. The last few issues have been so full of chock that the staples have started to buckle a little. How is it that hell breaks loose pretty much every issue and Abnett/Lanning are still able to keep the pace. This is not to mention Cory Walker pulling his weight, doing a great job at keeping the chaos in order, along with maybe the best Groot I've ever seen). I feel a bit sheepish gushing about this series so much. Maybe I should talk about how Nova wasn't awesome.

Nova #26 -- Yeah, Nova is usually awesome, but it's sorta like this week's Thor; the big breather between major arcs. Consistent with the series and everything, but sort of a necessarily-evil filler episode.


Fables: The Literals #3 -- This closes out The Great Fables Crossover in grand fashion, reminding us how genius it is and how this really is the perfect format for Fables (though I am interested in the novel coming soon), breaking down pretty much every comic book story arc right before our eyes, winking at us along the way. We get a nice big clean slate for both ongoing series, and we had a lot of fun along the way. Now, wasn't that Event Book easy? Now do you see why Marvel and DC think it's such a good idea?

Green Lantern #42 -- How did this book ever lose my interest? Didn't I ask this a month ago? I'm such a dumb grinning kid when I read this series. I cannot wait for Blackest Night and the myriad of tie-ins. I am a glutton. I should probably have an orange lantern t-shirt or something.


Wolverine: Weapon X #3 -- This book finally picks up as Wolverine gets down to what he does best. This includes shooting a gun that gives you cancer at some special forces dudes who happen to have lightsaber claws. I'll be damned if Jason Aaron does not have this thumb on the pulse of my still-beating heart.