serendipitous reflections

Monday, April 27, 2009

Last comic book post for a while...

...before I over-geek this blog. Back in my comic book buying days I bought issues one and two of Big Numbers, a comic by Alan Moore with art by Bill Sinkiewicz. Well, issue three never came out and it just kind of disappeared. I always wondered what happened to the series. Apparently a different artist took over the project and after doing the art decided not to release it. Well, I found a site where someone actually found photocopies of the third, unreleased issue on eBay, bought them, and with Alan Moore's permission, scanned them in and posted them. It's kind of cool to see the unreleased issue, although it has been so long that I have no idea what the storyline was or anything, only that it was an odd size and that they were going to add a little color each issue until the final issue was full color. Interesting concept. It's unfortunate that the whole thing never came together.

[And I promise something cooler next post ... like roller derby pictures or plants from the yard.]

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Drawing Superheroes

This is a very cool series of three videos showing six different comic book artists drawing superheroes. You don't have to be a comic book fan to appreciate their skills. I just love watching people create like this. I remember as a kid watching Bob Ross all the time (happy strokes). This is just like watching Bob Ross except the subjects have big muscles. Personally I think it is very interesting to compare the free style of Joe Kubert (drawing ManBat in the second half of video one) and Bill Sienkiewicz (one of my favorite artists back in my comic book days, drawing Elektra in the second half of video two) to the careful style of Dave Gibbons (drawing Watchmen's Dr. Manhattan in the first half of video three).

Video One
Video Two
Video Three

Oh, and while I'm linking to videos, here's a old computer parts using beeps and buzzes to play Bohemian Rhapsody.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Titanic pictures

This is a post-Titanic picture from the Library of Congress ... I love the depth of field and the contrast of a picture from 1912.


Friday, April 17, 2009

Book list

I'm mentioning this Indies Choice Book Award list here mainly because I am a slow reader and struggle to pick a new book because it is such an investment of time when I do commit to reading a book and I want to make sure I pick a good one. And if it made a "best of" list, then it's probably a good start.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Recycled Disney scenes

Robin Hood is easily one of my favorite Disney movies, but as I watch the video here I am amazed to see how scenes are essentially recycled from other Disney classics, motion for motion, and used for Robin Hood. Maybe I love Robin Hood because it is a "best of" all these other Disney movies.

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TV worth watching (and not)

Have you watched Better Off Ted yet? If not, you should be. It is one of the funniest new shows I've seen in a while, with smart humor (and a little geeky, Big Bang Theory-style humor).

And then there's talk about a Michael Vick reality show. Now that's something that doesn't ever need to exist. It's sad that, in the absence of football, the spectacle that is his life is the only thing he has left to turn to.


Thursday, April 09, 2009

Must-see street view

Visit this Google Map, (you shouldn't have to click on "street view") ... it's great! And apparently, there's more of this duo in the same field. You never know what you may be captured doing. (FYI: It's call Live Action Role Playing, or LARPing, and I never did it.) (Yikes, and another shot here...) OK, more about it here. Apparently this was part of a city-wide project. Thanks John Hodgman for the distraction.

(And if you're curious, on our street view it was trash day. Thanks Google for showing our house at its best.)

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