My One Word Review of the Dark Knight…

10 08 2008

Wow.

Now on to the rest of the week’s crap. I’ve fallen behind in my blogging lately thanks to work and a five month old who likes to bounce. Now that he’s asleep I can share a few items and thoughts for the week. Let’s continue with where I started… comics:

  • Marvel’s Secret Invasion continues and LOTR King reviews the latest Avengers installment.
  • He also reviews Thor #10. This title has been slowly getting stronger and stronger and has become one of the more interesting Marvel titles.
  • The AVClub has published its comics panel.  Not a whole lot that I’d read, but it’s still worth browsing.

Moving on to television, a few interesting things…

  • The AVClub reviews one of the most underrated televisions shows of all time… TV Funhouse
  • Electricity & Lust reviews Generation Kill. I’ve been really enjoying this HBO mini-series. Also, check out his new movie blog here.

In technology/Web 2.0 stuff, I found a new website I want to try, Fluther. Apparently the collective will answer your questions. I just wonder how you know if they’re right or not?

In words and the such, more good stuff from One-Story.

Finally, I’m also starting a new project for myself. As I find myself in airports from time to time, I thought I’d start a blog that covers travel. You can find it here, but I haven’t really posted anything yet.

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Quiet Week

22 06 2008

Once I finished the The Corrections it’s been a pretty quiet week. I tried to plow through a bit of my pile of old New Yorkers and basically picked over articles and stories. Nothing too exciting. So here goes nothing:

In short-fiction, I did read a few things. Like I said, I’m chipping away at a pile of New Yorkers and a few One-Story issues. I also started The Boat by Nam Le (so far it’s fantastic).

In not-so-short fiction, Shannon tells you to go read The Hobbit.

In music, Guns ‘N Roses’ long awaited album was leaked for like 13 minutes this week on the interwebs. I write a little about it over here.

  • Also, I keep meaning to link over to Plain or Pan? a really great music website from a Scot with a huge collection of stuff.

In television, the AVClub interviews Billy West of Futurama and Ren & Stimpy fame. I, however, was introduced to him via the Howard Stern show where he did such imitations as Marge Schott and The Queen of Mean, Leona Helmsley.

In links, the following sub-finds…

  • I found Wordspy a site that introduces you to newly coined phrases.
  • In art, I found a site this week that gives you cheap options for art. It’s called 20×200 and gives you the option of buying a $20, $200, or $2,000 version of the same piece. My problem is that I think some of the pictures from my vacation are better and I can’t figure out how to sell them here!
  • Not so much art as photography, I did try a very cool site affiliated with Flickr this week. It’s called MOO and enables you to make postcards, notecards, mini-cards, etc. from your own pics stored on Flickr. I’ll let you know what I think when I get the first pics back.

I’m behind on comics and don’t have anything to report this week. Hopefully I’ll attack the pile this week and have something to report back on.  Hope all are having a good summer.





Happy Father’s Day

13 06 2008

I know I’m two days early but the title is appropriate, especially this year. So what’s going on this week?

In movies, Shannon and I are leaving the boy with his grandparents and going to see The Incredible Hulk. Everyone keeps telling me to go see Iron Man, but the Hulk and Spiderman are the two comic books I’ve been reading since I can remember being on this Earth.

In some ways the Hulk gives me a good parenting philosophy. Don’t make me angry, you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.

In comics as movies news Leonardo Dicaprio is the new rumor as the movie version of Captain America. I don’t think they’ve come up with a good choice yet.

  • More viral marketing for The Dark Knight here. (Thanks to Electricity & Lust for the last two items). They’ve got a GREAT post this week.

Moving slightly from movies into comics

The AVClub has its regular Comics Panel.

In technology, thanks to Cinematically Correct for introducing me to the search engine that gives you motion sickness… Viewzi.

It’s been a light week otherwise.  Thankfully it’s over.  I’ll share some thoughts on the Hulk once I see it.





New Blog

17 05 2008

As if writing two, yes two widely slightly read blogs isn’t enough, I’ve added a photoblog for all those who care.  Fixed My Life is the inverse to my ranting and raving site.  More of a slow cooking approach to life.  My goal is to let the picture say 975 or so of the words with my comments kept to about 25.  When you’re done with my paper thin pop culture musings (and redirections) here, feel free to check it out. 





Catching Up

17 05 2008

Another week has passed and boy did I fall behind on everything. Work has been rough this week, but I still noticed stuff!

First, I want to start in a piece of technology I read about in New York Times this week… The Chumby. What is it? It looks like a beanbag, it looks like an alarm clock. It’s essentially an interwebs widget machine. While it sounds like some of the kinks are being worked out in the touchscreen and the wireless, this thing looks awesome. It also looks like widgets will just get cooler and cooler.

I also keep hearing about muxtape which seems like a cool idea (though I’m sure no one would want my Bob Dylan, Henry Rollins, MC5 Megamix), but I cannot for the life of me figure out how the record industry has not gone after the site, the users, etc.

In television, Lost is racing towards the end of it’s season. Holy shit it’s getting good! It looks like we’re going to go to the mysterious Orchid Station and Locke might just get to do something pretty cool and wild. So many people write about it, why don’t you go check out:

Cinematically Correct was also kind enough to remind me and get me excited about the new shows from JJ Abrams and Joss Whedon. Though I wish Whedon would write a few more Astonishing X-Men issues.

In music, a bunch of stuff is happening. I’m lazy, so I am going to rely on the AVClub to point stuff out.

  • First, the Black Angels (who I thought released one of the best albums of 2007) have come out with a new record titled Directions to See a Ghost. The sample on the AVClub’s site sounds great.
  • Second, Neil Diamond has released a new record, Home Before Dark. This album is again produced by Rick Rubin, so I’m expecting classic Diamond, not Comin’ to America.

I am totally behind in terms of comics. I’m kind of surprised that the comics panel hasn’t popped up on my reader lately. hmmmm

In general links, go check out Electricity & Lust, they’ve got everything from TV, to music, to pop culture, to politics. And for being from across the pond they do pay close attention to US politics. It’s always nice to get an outside perspective on things.

Finally, in books, there is a collection of short stories that is getting a lot of buzz out there. The Boat by Nam Le is getting noticed. The Times wrote not one, but two articles covering this new book:

There is also mention of the book from One-Story here. It’s nice to see a collection of short fiction get some love from the mainstream press. Let’s hope it does well.





Another Week Another Post

3 05 2008

May means spring is here in North Carolina, the summer movie season is starting out, and another week has passed meaning I need to update this site before my readers get bored and go elsewhere to read about God knows what. So what’s up this week? Well, let’s jump right in…

In books, I finished Neighbors by Thomas Berger.  What a demented book.  It’s a great novel covering the events of one night when new people move in next door to Earl Keese.  Harry and Ramona then proceed to torment Earl in a way that makes me (even more than now) want to never speak or look at my neighbors again.  You can buy it here at Powells or here at Amazon.

Continuing in literature, One-Story magazine has published issue #102.

In pop culture, Electricity & Lust is back to the general pop culture posts. Also, thanks to Electricity & Lust for pointing us to a trailer to the new Hulk movie. I might be one of the few people excited about seeing it.

Also, Iron Man has come out. I’m looking forward to seeing that too!

Cinematically Correct wrote his weekly Lost thoughts. I’m very jealous as he went to see Jack White and the boys in concert Thursday night.

In the interwebs, Google has added new artist themes to the options of stuff you can add to your iGoogle page. It’s some asshole artists and some good stuff. It’s at least worth checking out.

In technology, I saw a couple of cool things this week. Most are for the road warrior. They include:

What else? A few loose ends…

  • Former nerdy teen Patrick Dempsey has released what I want to nominate as the dumbest, worst movie of the year: Made of Honor. This movie sucked the last six times they made it.
  • A few new comics came out this week, but Secret Invasion #2 is on the horizon for next Wednesday.

And a final word of advice for all of you out there shopping for Mother’s Day. It comes from my lovely wife Shannon who is a new mother (just 8 weeks) herself.

Don’t buy me anything for Mother’s Day that the television tells you to buy.





More Interesting Publishing News

16 04 2008

The One-Story Magazine blogreported today that Small Beer Press is giving away a collection of short stories by John Kessel. The author apparently lives here in the Triangle area. I’ve downloaded it and considering what to do with it. It’s quite a number (347) of total pages. Where can you get it? Why are they doing it? What is this madness? Check it out here. I guess you can’t stop progress, though you can always buy it the old fashioned way at Powells Books.