Dec 23, 2004

I'll be heading to PA for Christmas in a few minutes so while I'll probably get a chance to blog some, but not to update ahoy-matey.com. So in the meantime enjoy Chapter 2 of Dayspring, and the Captain Jibidy Holiday Spectacular. Have a great holiday everyone!

Dec 21, 2004

For anyone who spent the day working, I scoff at them - we spent it watching the Numa Numa dance (it so addictive) Link down below somewhere.

My other favorite site of the day:
"It's a Wonderful Life in 30 second reenacted by Bunnies"
Cute little flash on newgrounds about the G to the O to the D.

Only Superhuman
"The game was like Hamlet, a suspense thriller, and I killed them" - some oh so literary NBA player on Sportscenter.

Plus the Dolphins beat the Pats! Only two 13-1 teams left and I believe they're both from PA! Lets go Steeltown!

Dec 15, 2004

Coolest thing I've seen today, bar none!

Awesome Illusion Picture thingee
Roadside sobriety test to die for - here
Numa Numa Dance - AkA you at work when no one's looking...

Dec 13, 2004

Wow... did not see this one coming -

"Fox pages Turner to pen Magneto spinoff pic - Twentieth Century Fox has set Sheldon Turner to draft "Magneto," an action-thriller based on the villainous character played in the first two "X-Men" films by Ian McKellen...The original "X-Men" film began with a prologue that showed his character as a child being led to a concentration camp by Nazis, and that is the period in which the Magneto film will take place. This setup will allow a future villain to at least flirt with the designation of protagonist. Since the character will be seen almost exclusively in his formative years, it is not clear whether McKellen will be in the film at all.

"I pitched a film that is almost 'The Pianist' meets 'X-Men,' about a guy who, after watching his family slaughtered, has an awakening of his powers and seeks revenge," Turner said.

"Storyline will heavily involve Professor X, the wheelchair-using X-Men leader played in the films by Patrick Stewart. That character was a soldier in the allied force that liberated the concentration camps. The professor meets Magneto after the war, and while they bond over the realization that they are alike in their special powers, their differences soon turn them into enemies. read the rest of the Variety story here


This, in addition to the Wolvie solo and X3? Wowza kids.
Adventures of Captain Jibidy #12 - "Not a Tangent" is now online.

Dec 11, 2004

The new Marvel Previews magazine is calling "New Avengers the biggest comic of 2005" - that's interesting, because only one issue is out, and 2005 hasn't started - much less finished!

Dec 5, 2004

Issues 10 and 11 of the Adventures of Captain Jibidy and Pillaging Pete are now online at Ahoy-Matey.com check them out

Issue 10 - Treasure Hunters

Issues 11 - Magic Hat

Dec 4, 2004

Been meaning to post this one for awhile - the only online webcomic that employs legos and rivals the adventures of captain jibidy - (and by rivals i means kicks jibidy's butt) www.thebricktestament.com

Nov 30, 2004

Looks like Target caught onto the pot fiasco, and took the link down...

Nov 29, 2004

Finding all kinds of good stuff today:

"Today we salute you, Mr. Constant Popped Collar. You, bedecked in popped collar, teach us that we no longer have to live with a cold back of the neck. Sure, your Pink alligator polo may look feminine to some, but not to the 17 other queer frat guys wearing the same thing at the bar. Where others may see thoughtless fashion conformity, you preach a higher gospel. You preach of a world where its okay for a man to go tanning. You ask "why can't we wear make-up, and use shampoo with lavender essecence?" So crack open an ice-cold Bud Light, you fashion gladiator, because we all know, when we really need a piece of gum, you might have one...in your man purse"

Prank

Another good link (got this one from Kent, the previous two from LC)

Harvard Sucks!

Two Good Links

Two good links for you today:

Cows With Guns: The Video
Pot from Target?

Nov 16, 2004

Thank god Congress is back in session:

"John Hostettler, the Congressman representing the 8th district of Indiana, has been convinced by local religious groups to introduce legislation in the House that would change the name of an Interstate 69 extension to a more moral sounding number."

Fully story from the Hoosier Gazette

Nov 14, 2004

New Favorite word

From Rocco: "haha there was just a nascar commercial with the song from requiem for a dream / lotr, it was rednepic"

Nov 7, 2004

Coolest site on earth

Holy cow, this is the coolest place on the web - eBRICKz - they sell custom lego figures! If you buy me one I'll include him in an upcoming issue of Captain Jibidy!

Nov 5, 2004

Site of the day!

SORRYEVERYBODY.COM

"Some of us -- hopefully most of us -- are trying to understand and appreciate the effect our recent election will have on you, the citizens of the rest of the world. As our so-called leaders redouble their efforts to screw you over, please remember that some of us -- hopefully most of us -- are truly, truly sorry. And we'll say we're sorry, even on the behalf of the ones who aren't."

Check out the gallery it's the bestest - those pandas are soooo cute!

Nov 4, 2004

"That's right, America, we here in San Francisco are officially
sick of your %$!@, and we're not going to take it anymore." - thats the title of usoutofsf.com (yes rocco, sfoutofus.com would make more sense). Here's my fave line:

"Wait... a nation of homosexuals can last for, at most, only one
generation. SF needs a miracle of science to pull this one off. Good
luck though!"
For all those people who claimed they'd move to Canada when Bush won - MarryanAmerican.ca

More firings

You can add Rico to the list of unemployed wrestlers - I guess a NWA-TNA invasion of the ambiguously gay trio (Rico, Palumbo, and Gunn) is scheduled already...

Pinkslipped!

Johnny Stamboli, Jazz, Rodney Mack, Gail Kim, Nidia, Test, A-Train, Billy Gunn, and Chuck Palumbo - What do they have in common? They all got fired this week by Vinnie Mac! Can't say I'm suprised about most, with te possible exceptions of Test and Gail. I wonder if more are on the way...

Nov 3, 2004

From Comicon.com - Ben Affleck breaks up with Kevin Smith
It seems that the once fast friendship of director Kevin Smith and actor Ben Affleck is on the rocks. Affleck's big screen big break came in Smith's CHASING AMY, in which Affleck portrayed an up-and-coming indie cartoonist who was puzzled by his girlfriend's sexuality. According to the IMDb:


Ben Affleck has made an astonishing swipe at long-term pal, director Kevin Smith - accusing him of exploiting teenage fans of his cult films. Affleck has appeared in five of Smith's films, starting with 1995's Mallrats and most recently this year's Jersey Girl. But Smith was reportedly upset Affleck snubbed the DVD launch of Jersey Girl - and Affleck has hit back while publicizing new movie Surviving Christmas. He told The Scoop, "It wasn't enough that I went to Vegas to play in his lame charity poker tournament for the DVD launch of Jersey Girl, but I also had to go out to his f***ing store where he's opening a store where all he's doing is selling more T-shirts of him and his jacka** friend (Jason Mewes) and he's roped in an entire generation of kids into thinking it's worth spending $30 on and $50 if he signs it. I mean the whole thing is a complete travesty and he wanted me to participate in it and I won't do that."

Affleck has previously had well documented break-ups with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez. He is currently planning an eventual break-up with current gal pal Jennifer Garner.

Nov 2, 2004

Republican pirates?

The comedy central election blog is reporting that pirates have been succesfully courted by Bush:

http://www.comedycentral.com/tv_shows/indecision2004/images/bush_demographics.gif

Election 2004

It's finally here!!!

Electoral College
Bush: 0
Kerry: 0

Dwain votes for Congress: at least 2.

My pirates for progress shirt is here! Buy one at www.ahoy-matey.com! More soon!

Oct 17, 2004

Stewartgate

A convo on Crossfire:

Me: I want to make a line of "hackory smoked bbq sauce"
My friend Mike: now with 30% less integrity and Dwain, I hate to call you on this, but your blog is hurting the Internet. Please stop hurting the Internet.

Oct 15, 2004

Crossfire transcript

Here's the show's complete transcript: here

Even more!

From MTV.com: Jon Stewart Bitchslaps CNN's 'Crossfire' Show

More Fuel for the Crossfire

Here's a story about today's Jon Stewart appearance on Crossfire: Jon Stewart to Tucker Carlson: "You're a dick"

Crossfire

"I don't like to call it snooping, I like to call it exercising the same rights John Ashcroft has." - Betsy on spying on John Stewart.

Oct 13, 2004

Funny Stuff

"I'm not saying conservatives are mostly stupid, but stupid people tend to be mostly conservative" -Kent quoting some guy.


Got a chance to go see an advance screening of the "Incredibles" with writer/director Brad Bird. Quite possibly one of the best movies of the year (right up with Eternal Sunshine and Shaun of the Dead) Two hours of pure cinematic bliss.

Oct 9, 2004

Anti-Bush Game

http://www.emogame.com/bushgame.html

Quite possibly the craziest game of all time - check it out!

Oct 5, 2004

VP Debate Blog Closing

Edwards: great closing statement. Turned the argument back to a referendum on Bush.
Cheney: Decent closer. Nothing special

Winner: Cheney. Not the runaway that it looked like it was going to be about halfway through, as Edwards really made up some lost ground on domestic issues. Both men looked poised and competent, but more time was spent attacking, defending Kerry than attacking, defending Bush. Will it matter in the long run? Nope.

Record:
Bush/Cheney: 1
Kerry/Edwards: 1

VP Debate Blog: pt 2

Parental opinion on debate so far:

"Is this what it feels like to be bitch slapped?"

"This is stressing me out, I'm getting out an adult beverage."

9:51: "Mr Vice President, I don't think the country can handle 4 more years of your kind of experience."

9:53: Edwards needs to use more numbers, even if they are inaccurate - Cheney giving specific examples of how much things are going to cost is going to resonate much better. Like Kerry voted to raise taxes 98 times - we know that isn't really accurate but it sounds good.

9:55: Way to attack Edwards for attacking Kerry during the primary. Good use of taking advantage of incumbancy.

9:56: There we go, "Kerry voted 600 hundred times for tax cuts." Yes! They touched gay marriage! Have I mentioned the Fedex guy today told me he's voting Republican because of gay marriage and gay marriage alone?

9:59: Doesn't it feel like Edwards brought up Cheney's gay daughter to remind hardcore Republican voters - hey these guys are in bed with the gays too!

10:01: Ooh Cheney speechless - interesting.

10:02: Gwen is moderating far better than Jim Lehrer did last week.

10:06: The VP dodged on an opportunity to go after Edwards trial lawyer past, and Edwards turned it into a great opportunity to talk about healthcare.

10:09: Whack! Cheney hits back with specifics once more - what a knowledge/training of the record. Debates where the candidates have extensive legislative records can only be hurt by their votes.

10:15: Second (third now) time Edwards talked about killing terrorist before they attack us - does that not sit well with anyone else, killing people before they do anything to us?

10:17: "You want me to answer a question about his qualification?" Edwards doesn't really tell us why he's qualified, and Cheney basically told us that Edwards was only doing the job to pander to the south and be president eventually.

Cheney is being Bush's attack dog, while Edwards is only being Kerry's cheerleader.

10:20: Edwards missed the point of the last question, as Gwen was trying to get the VP candidates to talk about themselves outside of their running mates. Edwards merely dropped the kerry and added a "we".

10:25: Edwards hit Bush with flip-flop angle! Why haven't we heard this line of attack before? On the other hand Cheney said earlier tyhat Kerry is consistent on defense - consistently on the wrong side. Interesting tactical switch for both sides.


VP Debate Blog

Im gonna attempt to blog some of my thoughts on the VP debate:

9:28: Cheney: "If he can't stand up to the pressure that howard dean presents, how can he stand up to al qaida" Cheney is doing a marvelous job at keeping the focus on Kerry, not Bush.

"They don't have a plan, they have an echo" another great Cheney zinger. Cheney is merely repeating Bush's talking points from last week, but he is coming off as intellectual, while Edwards is repeating Kerry and sounding like a broken record.

9:32: Don't denigrate the polish pt 2: Don't denigrate Iraq either! I liek how Gwen is actually following up to get more specifics, especially on issue like "Kerry's Global test for military action.

9:35: "Immediately committed to implementing the 9/11 commission suggestions" - Cheney needs to go after Edwards for that - he's suggesting completely revamping the intelligence apparatus of America as a knee jerk reaction.

9:37: Excellent answer by Cheney on the question of sanctions. Gotta love when they drag Khadafi out.

9:39: "There are 60 countries with members of Al Qaida in them, how many are we going to invade?" Well said, lets move to domestic issues! As to Halliburton, negative points for both sides, for Cheney with the "I need more than 30 seconds" and Edwards for his smirk afterwards. I'm gonna check factcheck.com.

9:42: Personal story! Edwards is chanelling Al Gore (which isn't good btw)

9:45: Brutal attack on Edwards' Senate record! Gonna publish and do the second half in a new post.




Oct 1, 2004

Lies, lies, lies, lies - kinda

Here's a fun article about some of the shaky assertions made by both sides last night: For The Record: Few Factual Errors, but Truth Got Stretched at Times


More Debate

Funny Quote from AICN: "Actually, now that I think about it, I'd rather watch a debate between Rodan and Gamera... or, if that's not possible, a knock down drag out fight between Bush and Kerry on a cardboard city set."


Debate Uno

Kerry: 1 Bush: 0
Analysis to follow...

Sep 30, 2004

Avengers Disassembled

You know what a sucker I am for pictures of action figures made into web comics -
Avenger Toys Disassemble!

Sep 29, 2004

More Moorehating

Two more anti-Michael Moore movies being peddled on the internet -

Farenhype 9/11

Michael Moore hates America

I'm curious to watch them and see if any of them are remotely well made.

PORN TO RUN

From the NY Post - September 29, 2004 -- THE adult film industry is hoping to pump up John Kerry's somewhat flaccid presidential campaign with "The Porn for Kerry DVD." Pro-Kerry group Pornforprogress.com is hawking the dirty disc, which has porn stars portraying the likes of Jenna Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Ann Coulter, Al Franken, Tom Ridge and Lyndie England. All proceeds from the DVD, tastefully described as "part political satire and part hardcore hot sex," go toward Kerry campaign efforts in swing states. God bless America! Here's the original site.

Sep 28, 2004

Xday

One more quick post before I go - happy Anniversary to the X-Men, who celibrate 41 years of great storytelling today. You're the Man Stan, and I'm sure Jack Kirby is smiling down from heaven today.

The Movie that Makes the Brain Die

I haven't seen F911 yet. I want to, I just never have gotten around to it. Well, the right has their own version now. Welcome to Celsius 41.11 (Website here). What is Celsius 41.11 - the temperature at which the brain starts to die, apparently. Woopdie freakin doo!

Happy BDAY!

Holy Cow, I survived to 23! Shouts to Tyler Brown, who turns 24 today! Woohoo!

Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead was probably the second best movie I've seen all year, closely following Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (which interestingly enough is out on video as of today! Go buy it!) SotD is perfect British comedy matched with legitimate horror cred. I expected it to be a crappy little movie that I would like; but there was nothing bad or low budget looking about it - go see Shaun of the Dead!

Sep 24, 2004

dubba du dubba du dubba du - du!

Shaun of the Dead is here -> my thought coming in a little bit (After I actually see the movie)

Pirate Night 2k4

Thanks to everyone, especially the rents, who made Pirate night 2004 the best ever! Pics will be up soon on www.ahoy-matey.com!

Sep 8, 2004

Beer for my Mice

Here is a Pearls comic for everyone needing a little something to get them through hump day:

Sep 6, 2004

Fantasy Wrestling?

I think we can all see why WWE has been trying to bust online fantasy leagues - they want to make you pay to do theirs - http://fantasy.wwe.com

In related news, Marvel is trying to shut down popular X-Men game X-Assault, which I think is really silly as it promotes keeping current with X-Men storylines (which means buying the comics, sillys). Check out www.nixonvision.com for details and how you can help.

Sep 5, 2004

Grumpy Monkey

I've been doing some research on stop motion animation and I came upon this awesome little film - Grumpy Monkey from Bluntmation films. check it out.

Sep 4, 2004

Dave Matthews is a poop dumper!

From CBS Chicago:

"Rock star Dave Matthews and his tour bus driver are facing a filthy lawsuit.The Illinois Attorney General's office says they're responsible for dumping up to 800-gallons of raw human waste from a tour bus onto the Kinzie Street Bridge earlier this month. The nasty mess rained down on passengers aboard a sightseeing boat two weeks ago.The lawsuit accuses the band and one of its tour bus drivers, Stefan Wohl, of violating state water pollution and public nuisance laws. It seeks $70,000 in civil penalties." The rest of the story is here.

HulkX Smash!

A new issue of my international syndicated column is online. You can check it out at http://www.ahoy-matey.com/hulkxsmash04.htm or www.mutanthigh.com, which ever is more to your liking.

I'm Back! (Like you realized I was gone)

Lost internet connectivity for a few days so I haven't been around to update the site or blog but that'll change starting now. Or soon.

Aug 28, 2004

Clerks 2: Electric Bugaloo!

Or rather, Passion of the Clerks. That's right, the viewaskewniverse isnt completely done with its story:

"The writer-director of "Dogma," "Chasing Amy" and "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" told the Associated Press on Friday that he has begun work on a sequel to "Clerks," his homemade indie classic from 1994.

That $27,000 movie, shot at night in a store where Smith worked, chronicled the adventures of Dante and Randal, two guys who talk about life, death, sex and movies while working at neighboring stores.

The sequel picks up 10 years later.

"It's about what happens when that lazy, 20-something malaise lasts into your 30s. Those dudes are kind of still mired, not in that same exact situation, but in a place where it's time to actually grow up and do something more than just sit around and dissect pop culture and talk about sex," Smith said during an interview at his Hollywood office. "It's: What happened to these dudes?" "

Read the rest at www.newsaskew.com

Aug 26, 2004

Ahoy-matey v3.0

Ahoy-matey.com is back up and running, and on more stable servers. So check it out! Plus we are only three weeks from Pirate Night 2004! Invitations will be going out soon!

Republicans and Naked Boys!

It doesn't get much funnier than this:

"The Statue of Liberty. Bloomingdale's. The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. A stage full of naked guys singing. Oops! The city's tourist bureau has pulled an off-Broadway show called ``Naked Boys Singing'' from a list of discounted offerings to visiting Republican delegates, after the Republican National Committee complained it wasn't suitable." Read the whole sordid story here.

Aug 22, 2004

Site downtime

ahoy-matey.com is currently down, as I transfer it from dotster to canaca. In the meantime, go outside and enjoy the pretty evening. Happy 21st to my JBird!

Aug 21, 2004

Crappy Singer Deathmatch

To Quote the character from office space: "Why do I have to change my name, he's that one thats sucks." Here's a little Get Fuzzy for your weekend:

Aug 20, 2004

Ahoy-matey v3.0

A lot is going on at ahoy-matey.com! Click here to try out the new version! Also, I'm in the process of transferring the domain to new servers, so there might be some downtime. Be patient and soon we'll be running better than ever.

Aug 19, 2004

Dogs Not playing Poker?

A silly article from a silly site:

Scientists Debunk Popular Painting: "Dogs Can't Play Poker."

'After years of comprehensive studies involving thousands of canines, scientists at the renowned Arkansas Canis Familiaris Research Foundation have concluded that dogs cannot play poker. "Despite the proliferation of the popular painting "A Night Of Poker," which depicts several dogs sitting around a table playing poker, it's impossible for dogs to engage in such activities," the foundation stated in a prepared release." full story from www.pokerinathens.com


Aug 18, 2004

Go Nationalism!

We're finally ahead in the medal count! China still has a couple golds over us, but we have the most overall! Check www.nbcolympics.com for up-to-date numbers.

Aug 17, 2004

Dumbest thing of the week

Here's the dumbest line in music I've heard recently (and it's even in a song I like)

"In the wilderness, the only place to find freedom is in the dictionary, under 'f'." - Matthew Good, "Alert Status Red"

What the hell does that mean?

Aug 12, 2004

New Top Ten (Minus 5)

I’m back with another exciting “top ten” list and his time I’ll be counting down the ten best pirates in movies over the years (and by years I mean ones I’ve seen). Oh and by ten, I mean five. I decided to do five, because, well, I didn’t want to think of ten. Aside from being a pirate I also happen to be lazy. So here we go:

5. Name: Sloth
Movie: The Goonies
Actor: John Matuszak
Quote: “Hey, you guys!”
List-worthiness: You don’t see a whole lot of pirating from the Goonies’ lovable mutant, but Sloth is a true pirate at heart, complete with a treasure chest and pirate ship in the end!

4. Name: Captain Hook
Movie: Hook
Actor: Dustin Hoffman
Quote: “To a ten-year-old I'm huge.”
List-worthiness: I almost didn’t include Hook because I wanted to add Bob Hoskins’ Smee, but then I remembered he did the Mario Bros. movie and that automatically disqualifies someone from making this list ever. I really like Hook, despite the fact I had to watch it everyday one summer with my cousins. It’s such a neat take on the Peter Pan mythos and Dustin Hoffman fit very well into it.

3. Name: Dread Pirate Roberts aka the Man in Black aka Westley
Movie: The Princess Bride
Actor: Cary Elwes
Quotes: “There's a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours.” “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”
List-worthiness: The Princess Bride may be the perfect movie. I mean, when you think about it, it’s a chick flick, but you can’t help getting caught up in its magic. Cary Elwes is awesome in the lead role, and Mandy Patinkin gets points for be the probable future Dread Pirate Roberts.

2. Name: Captain Jack Sparrow
Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Actor: Johnny Depp
Quotes: “I think we've all arrived at a very special place. Spiritually, ecumenically, grammatically.” “You need to find yourself a girl mate. Or perhaps the reason you practice three hours a day is that you already found one, and are otherwise incapable of wooing said strumpet. You're not a eunuch are you?” “You seem somewhat familiar. Have I threatened you before?”
List-worthiness: I don’t need to explain why Johnny Depp is on this list. What you may want to know is why he didn’t make number one. That’s because the greatest movie pirate in the world is in a movie you probably never saw:

1. Name: Yellowbeard
Movie: Yellowbeard
Actor: Graham Chapman
Quotes: “She couldn't be your mother. No woman ever slept with me and lived.” “Fruit of me loins? I haven't got fruit in me loins! Lice, yes, and proud of 'em, but no fruit!”
List-worthiness: The greatest pirate and the greatest pirate movie of all time. Take the comic genius of Monty Python, specifically the late Graham Chapman (with appearances by Eric Idle and John Cleese), and the zaniness of Cheech and Chong, and that weird priest from the Princess bride and you get the only movie that can successfully make multiple jokes about rape and urinating on imported hedges. Hopefully this gem will make its way onto DVD, because it is a must see for all pirate fans.

Windows Parody

The parody Bill Gates doesn't want you to see!

Windows XP Version 19.914

Check this out, there's some hilarious stuff there.

Music Du Jour

I've gotten my grubby little hands on some great CD's lately; here's some stuff to check out:

Modest Mouse: Good News for People Who Like Bad News
Rancid: Indestructible
JET: Get Born

Aug 4, 2004

Political Compass

Find out where you rank on the political spectrum, just click here. Its a decent 6 page survey, that rates your ideological platform from left to right and from authoritative to libertarian. Check the link out, then come back here and post how you stand. Here's mine:

Economic Left/Right: -4.62
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.31

I'm kind of suprised I came off as left of center as i did - the closest political figures to me are nelson mandela and the dalai lama, thats not too bad company, eh?

Cancelled on Penn

Live on Penn has been cancelled for the rest of the season! Here's what the website says:

"It is with much regret that we have to inform you that the remainder of the Live on Penn concert series has been cancelled effective immediately. We had hoped to once again bring the people of D.C. first-rate entertainment at reasonable prices all summer long. Unfortunately, the series is no longer viable. We want to thank our sponsors, partners, volunteers and the live music fans of Washington who truly supported this series. For those who purchased advanced tickets, information on refunds will be forthcoming in the near future."

Not viable? What does that mean? I suspect maybe it has to do with the terror alert, and rising costs of security. (Putting DC on code orange costs over a million dollars a day). Hopefully LoP is not gone forever, as its been a really fun event last summer and what little of this summer we had it. If anyone has more info as to why it was cancelled, let me know, via email or comment.
www.whitehousewest.com - check this out, read the news, and go vote!

Aug 2, 2004

Dwain's getting old: the weekend!

So I had an action packed weekend, between a good friend's wedding and my 5 year high school reunion. Between both events, I'd say I played flip cup with the most ecletic group EVER. I got to see a lot of neat people I'd lost track of which was great.

Play "peasant quest" on homestarrunner.com - > especially if you loved the old kings quest games by roberta williams. Great stuff! Best command ever: USE BABY!

Jul 28, 2004

Check me out (no really check me out)

I've been getting a lot of really good feedback about both my webble and my webpage (www.ahoy-matey.com) which is great, because it seems people are actually starting to visit there. Let me know you are here! Leave a comment on my webble here, or sign my guestbook over at my web page. Let the love flow.

BTW major props to the dems on their convention so far. Theyve had some moments to make even rabid anti-political party people think about switching from I to D. I said think, so dont get your hopes up, democrats.

Jul 25, 2004

RNC Itinerary

This was too funny to not post, lots of thanks to Elsie for sending it along!

TENTATIVE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE CONVENTION SCHEDULE -
New York, NY
6:00 PM Opening Prayer led by the Reverend Jerry Falwell
6:30 PM Pledge of Allegiance
6:35 PM Ceremonial Burning of Bill of Rights (excluding 2nd Amendment)
6:45 PM Salute to the Coalition of the Willing
6:46 PM Seminar #1: Katherine Harris on "Are Elections Really Necessary?"
7:30 PM Announcement: Lincoln Memorial Renamed for Ronald Reagan
7:35 PM Trent Lott - "Re-segregation in the 21st Century"
7:40 PM EPA Address #1: Mercury: It's What's for Dinner
8:00 PM Vote on which country to invade next
8:10 PM Call EMTs to revive Rush Limbaugh
8:15 PM John Ashcroft Lecture: The Homos Are After Your Children
8:30 PM Round table discussion on reproductive rights (men only)
8:50 PM Seminar #2: Corporations: The Government of the Future
9:00 PM Condi Rice sings "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man"
9:05 PM Phyllis Schlafly speaks on "Why Women Shouldn't Be Leaders"
9:10 PM EPA Address #2: Trees: The Real Cause of Forest Fires
9:30 PM break for secret meetings
10:00 PM Second Prayer led by Cal Thomas
10:15 PM Carl Rove Lecture: Doublespeak Made Simple
10:30 PM Rumsfeld Lecture/Demonstration: How to Squint and Talk Macho Even WhenYou Feel Squishy Inside
10:35 PM Bush demonstration of trademark "deer in headlights" stare
10:40 PM John Ashcroft Demonstration: New Mandatory Kevlar Chastity Belt
10:45 PM GOP's Answer to the Intolerance of the NAACP, featuring Colin Powell &Condi Rice
10:46 PM Ann Coulter's Tribute to "Joe McCarthy, American Patriot"
10:50 PM Seminar #3: Education: A Drain on Our Nation's Economy
11:10 PM Hilary Clinton Pinata
11:20 PM John Ashcroft Lecture: Evolutionists: A Dangerous New Cult
11:30 PM Call EMTs to revive Rush Limbaugh again
11:35 PM Blame Clinton
11:40 PM Newt Gingrich speaks on "The Sanctity of Marriage"
11:41 PM Announcement: Ronald Reagan to be added to Mt. Rushmore
11:50 PM Closing Prayer led by Jesus Himself (Underwritten by HaliburtonEnterprises)
12:00 PM Nomination of George W. Bush as Holy Supreme Planetary Overlord

New profile!

Hey look, I got the profile back! And I have a great new headshot! I'm awesome! How much longer can this self love-fest continue? Until right about.......now.

Check me out!

www.ahoy-matey.com is really coming along. I've added a lot of really great things over the last couple of days so please check me out!

Jul 22, 2004

An era has ended!

No longer is my cell phone ring tone the classic super mario brothers! I'm taking votes for new ones, and here are the finalists:

A. A Pirate's Life for Me
B. Legend of Zelda Theme
C. Blister in the Sun

Let me know what you think I should do.

Jul 19, 2004

Profile

My profile seems to have disappeared again. If you see it, send it home for a spanking.
 
also, check out www.ahoy-matey.com . I'm just about finished re-designing it!

Jul 18, 2004

So my profile still exists... for some reason it is just waaaaaaay down at the bottom below all the posts. No idea why.
 
Got to see two good movies this weekend: Anchorman was hilarious - Steve Carrell completely stole the movie. Also, Harry Potter 3 was finally watched by Jesse and myself and I thought it was the best of the Potter movies so far.

Jul 17, 2004

Singer goes to the Distinguished Competition!
 
Looks like Superman will be in the foreseeable future after all, and at the expense of x3! What the hell!
 
The gruesome details here
A case against Bush
 
Here's a great commentary from the New Republic: 
 
"What does it mean to call the president "undemocratic"? It does not mean Bush is an aspiring dictator. Despite descending from a former president and telling confidants that God chose him to lead the country, he does not claim divine right of rule. He is not going to cancel the election or rig it with faulty ballots. (Well, almost certainly not.) But democracy can be a matter of degree. Russia and the United States are both democracies, but the United States is more democratic than Russia. The proper indictment of the Bush administration is, therefore, not that he's abandoning American democracy, but that he's weakening it. This administration is, in fact, the least democratic in the modern history of the presidency."

Here's the rest.
 

Jul 15, 2004

Hulk 2: Electric Bugaloo!

Why should there be a sequel to the highly underrated Hulk movie? Take if from my boy the Hulk's own mouth (and thanks to Jesse for passing this along)

"Why No Want Make Hulk 2"

Jul 12, 2004

Amazing away message!

This was my friend Josh's away message a little while ago, thought I'd share:

"Real Men of Genius. Today I salute you, Mr. Compulsive Away Message Checker. While most people are out living life, you are at home reading about it on your computer. Right-mouse-clicking and Getting Buddy Info, or even using the little Info icon at the bottom of your Buddy List. Sure there are people on your list that you haven't talked to in years, and would probably consider you a stalker for keeping them there, but that doesn't stop you from reading their away messages...EVERY DAY. So click open a fresh new Buddy Info window, Marauder of the Mousepad, and don't wander too far from your computer...because you never know when someone will be back."

Jul 11, 2004

That sucked!

I was so hyped for Live on Penn (DC's summer weekly concert series). Needless to say, when I got there, they said I couldn'd bring my bag in! Bastards! The nice security guard suggested I hide it in a bush and come back for it later. That wasn't going to happen, and we decided it wasn't worth going back to drop the bag off and return, so we went mallratting instead, and I got Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens novel. Apparently my thing is attaching amazon links to be cool. I've recently got back into reading fiction, and have breezed through The Davinci Code, Gaiman's amazing American Gods, and I'm currently reading Cain, a sort of modern Frankstein meets the Exorcist.

Ok thats it for now, hopefully I'll have better luck next week with Galactic and Nappy Roots.

Jul 9, 2004

1st top ten list!

Without further ado, I bring you my first of many top ten lists. I recently bought Buffy season 6 on DVD. And it got me thinking about my favorite episodes of what I consider one of the greatest shows of all time. So here we go:

Top Ten Episodes of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer:

10. "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" (Season 2): Rounds out the bottom of the list, because it is so darn funny watching the girls go gaga over Xander. Just slightly funnier than Season seven's "Him" which features a bewitched Buffy trying to kill Wood with a bazooka.
9. "Earhsot" (Season 3): One of the first great episodes of Buffy that was really dramatic without being overly sappy (IE most of Season 2). Buffy can hear thoughts, and we get the first real character development for little Jonothan.
8. "Becoming, Pt 2" (Season 2): More great drama, as Joyce discovers Buffy's slayerhood, Giles being tortured, and Angel bites the big one (It doesn't last). Also one of the precious post-morten Robia LaMorte moments.
7. "Hush" (Season 4): Can a show whose strength lies in witty dialogue do a silent episode and not have it suck? Hell yes.
6. "Tabula Rasa" (Season 6): Here's an episode that follow the fabulous musical episode of Buffy and still managed to hold its own and muscle its way onto the list. A brief anmesia-filled retreat from the gloominess that proceeded it, which made the return to it even more painful.
5. "Conversations With Dead People" (Season 7): Perfect example for why Buffy was such a good show - it could be spooky, dramatic, and hilarious all at the same time. Dawn's night is downright scary, Willow's creepy as hell, and Buffy's hilarious, but full of some of the pychological insight to Buffy's psyche outside of "Normal Again".
4. "Restless" (Season 4): Such a cool little episode, visually interesting, taking from source's all over the place, most notably "Apocalypse Now". Really capped off Season 4 better than "Primevil" aka "Joss Whedon sees the Matrix".
3. "Chosen" (Season 7): I am sure a lot of reason's I feel strongly about this episode was that it was the last. It's painful to see a show you love go out, but at least it went out on top.
2. "Normal Again" (Season 6): I just watched this episode again last weekend. It is scary how Whedon and Co. manage to tie every part of Buffy's character and environment into a schizophrenic web on confusion. My old roommate was so sold that he claims Buffy is still sitting in an asylum somewhere.
1. "Once More With Feeling" (Season 6): One of the most daring, entertaining, and touching hours ever to grace the small screen. Every time you watch this musical episode, you catch something new, so subtly laid in the episode's subtext. Funny (Anya and Xander's "I'll never tell"), warming and wrenching on the heart (Tara's realization of Willow's deception), and ultimately tragic (Buffy's heavenly realization to the Scoobies). This episode has it all.

I admit I'm a little surprised by some of my choices, when looking at how I feel about the seasons overall, here's my ranking of them from best to worst with the number of episodes from each season that made my list:

1. Season 7 (2)
2. Season 5 (0)
3. Season 3 (1)
4. Season 6 (3)
5. Season 4 (2)
6. Season 2 (2)
7. Season 1 (0)

I think part of the reason is that while Seasons 3 and 5 were really good, they flowed smoothly, without a lot of episodes standing out, while for every "Tabula Rasa" in Season 6, there was also a "Doublemeat Palace", aka, the throw away episodes made the great ones look all that better. Anyways, there's my opinion, feel free to flame me if you disagree. I'll be back soon with another.

Jul 8, 2004

I may be the worst blogger ever!

It's true! It's true!

I've been really busy with a lot of stuff recently (I know that is a terrible excuse) but I haven't had time to sit down and blog lately. Hopefully this will get me back into the habit. So what have I been doing? Working, reading, travelling. I spent part of the 4th of July weekend in Hanover, and was also home the weekend before that. Before that, I spent a week in Sandbridge Beach, which is a little south of VA Beach. Had a great time celebrating my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary.

What's coming up for the Dwain? In a few short weeks, another of my friends will be getting hitched, and the very next day I'll have my first high school reunion! Talk about feeling old!

A couple of things I want to do. First, I want to finish the first couple chapters of my story so I can post them online. Secondly, I want to work on some top ten lists (That will happy sooner rather than later, I guarantee), and thirdly, I've decided I want to do a weekly talk radio show, I've been experimenting with the idea of starting an internet radio station, ala www.live365.com . That's all for now!

Jun 5, 2004

new profile pic!
Holy Cow I'ma Slacker!

I've been busy, but not that busy! no webbling for almost two weeks (or mebbe more, I can't count). Work has been crazy, plus I went out of town for a few days. In the meantime, you should have checked out a couple of things, like Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's Astonishing X-Men #1 - simply great great stuff. Also, I caught sceening of both Saved! and Napoleon Dynamite over the last few days and would highly recommend either film to any fan of slightly offbeat comedies. Both are movies I'll have on DVD when they're released.

I'm gonna start doing top five or top ten lists. I just have to think of some good ones.

Peace out for now.

May 19, 2004

This is one of the funniest things I've seen in days:

Heroes
Imagine Clerks meets the Marvel Universe

May 13, 2004

They shouldn't let me stay home!

I had the day off today and I made unnaturally good use of it! I got up early and went for my walk in the morning (It's Day 12 already) and while I was out there I saw something horrible -


The cicadas are here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


That's right DC people, the dreaded species x-17 or whatever they are called, have begun to rise from the earthy birthing places to wreak havoc upon our fair summer. Though in all fairness to them, I only saw a few live cicadas, but already hundreds of dead ones. Luckily my AC is now fixed so I don't have to have an open window in my apartment.

I got back to my place and went on a furniture moving spree, which I haven't done in awhile. Believe it our not, I took the door off of my closet and along with some shelving, I made myself a new desk. I am the new Macguyver.

Then I headed up to Catholic University for my best friend Annie's pinning ceremony. I can't believe she's actually graduating from college! (Actually, I can't believe she's lived this long)

Also, I am getting some decent feedback about my new column over at mutanthigh.com. Check it out by clicking on the link below:


HulkX Smash Reloaded: If I ruled the world!

That's all for now, as just in a few more hours Michael Abraham Aker will once again be in the DC Metropolitan Area. Tremble puny mortals!

May 10, 2004

Also, you've probably noticed that my format has changed. Blogger has upgraded, and my webble has upgraded along with them. They support comments in house now, so I was able to clear out the third party scripts. Go ahead and send me a comment if you like the new format, or if you don't!
Here's some more info on the G4-Tech TV merger:

www.g4techtv.com
Holy Streak Enders Batman!

And just as I start a three day blogging streak, I decide to go home and didn't post anything yesterday! Plus Day 8 wasn't a super success, as I was only able to go out and do about a half hour of walking.

But I did get to see my family, as we had not one, but two BBQ's yesterdat and that was tons of fun. Now back to work for me.

May 8, 2004

It's Saturday, No Witty Title

Three days in a row, you'd think this was a blog or something.

Been listening to this band by the name of Exit Clov lately, they have a really neat sound. Most fo the kids I think are from GW - chekc them out at exitclov.com

Day 7 has come and gone with great success - I went out for my hour walk and ended up doing a little over four! I walked around twelve miles total, trekking north on Glebe Rd through Arlington, across the Chain Bridge and the down the C&O Canal trail. I'm officially pooped.

Tommorrow I'm off to PA to see the mother for her day. Hope everyone else has a good one.

May 7, 2004

Danger Will Robinson!

Day 6 of workout session is in danger by a particularly nasty storm brewing outside. I'd hate to have to run around my apartment for an hour!

I actually watched the end of Friends last night. Was never a fan, but didn't want to be one fo those people who weren't watching on principle. TV viewing habitats just aren't worth wasting good principle on anymore. What is going to be mor efun to watch is the respective stars fail miserably in everything they do next. Here's the order it wil happen:
1. Matt Leblanc's new show will bomb.
2. David Schwimmer will just plain never get work again.
3. Maybe in a year Lisa Kudrow will try a show where she plays a character completely different from Phoebe and people will hate it.
4. Courtney Cox will make a movie with her horrible actor of a husband (former WCW champ David Arquette) and it will go down in flames.
5. Jennifer Aniston never tries to work again and enjoys being Mrs. Brad Pitt. (Hell, I'm a straight man and I'd enjoy being Mrs. Brad Pitt)
6. Matthew Perry makes "the whole 12 yards". Instead of lambasting him in reviews, critics just kill him.

May 6, 2004

Take that back, bad news

Rocco just broke this story to me, via news.com:

TechTV lays off San Francisco staff
By Stefanie Olsen
Staff Writer, CNET News.com


TechTV told 285 San Francisco employees on Thursday that their jobs are being eliminated, a move that was widely feared by workers after Comcast announced in March that it would acquire the technology cable channel.

Comcast will merge TechTV, owned by Paul Allen's Vulcan Ventures, with its own G4 video game network when the buyout is finalized next week. David Shone, a spokesman for G4 TV, said the company plans to hire 80 people from the San Francisco office to work at the game channel's Los Angeles headquarters. Employees were given two months' notice and various severance packages, he said.

"Today we gave notice to 285 employees that they'll be impacted by the merger," Shone said. "We wanted to give employees as much notice as possible so that they can begin to make other plans."

- Back to Dwain's voice: There's more but it isn't important. My heart goes out to the fine people of techtv and there families. They've made a lot of really great television, and hopefully some shows, like the Screensavers, X-Play, and Unscrewed will make it into the G4 lineup. I love the line above that says the employees will be "impacted", and by impacted we mean losing your f-ing jobs! That's 285 more reasons to detest Comcast, a company who loves providing terrible service for ridiculously high prices.

What we need is more competition in local markets. Where I live, Comcast is the only game in town cable-wise. Plus we aren't allowed to have satellites, so if we want TV at all, we need to pay up. That should be illegal. Competition among service providers would drive down prices and increase quality. I don't see why that's such a bad idea.
Good News!

Day five of new exercise regimen and I'm still going strong! Only 55 more days until I am done-ish.

I can't believe it is May already! They few good shows I watch on TV are ending soon! Angel in two weeks (gonna be gone for good), Alias in 3, 24 in 3, Sopranos in 3. The upside is the beginning of the summer movie season. Van Helsing debuts this weekend, and hopefully it won't be that suckfest I have read about. What I (and I imagine the rest of the world) am really excited about is Troy. CAN NOT WAIT! But I will wait the measly seven days left.

Song: "Shimmer" by Fuel

Quote:
Angel: Sleeping with someone is not a relationship.
Spike: It is if you do it enough times.

Apr 29, 2004

Things I Need

Man I need a haircut.
And a desk.
And motivation to do more than just post here.
Better typing skills too. (See how I didn't make it all ironic by putting a typo in here)

Things I Want

$50 Million Dollars (I'd spend it well, trust me)
An awesome job
The new Kylie Mingoue album

Look for this list to be updated

Quotes today provided from the wonderful Ultimate FF #5:

"Oh thank God! Now he's on fire." - Prof. Storm

"Well, the way I see it, clearly I've gone ape#$%^ insane. Or I'm in a coma having a fantasy dream or something - so, guess I might as well be the hero in it. Ftoom!!! Probably could have thought that through a little more." - Ben

"If I wasn't on fire right now, I would have genuinely been impressed by that." - Johnny

"Man I really hope that thing ain't my sister." - Johnny

"Anyone else, like, totally freaked out like I don't know what?"
"As I said before, believe that this is not actually happening, so I'm fine." - Johnny and Ben

Apr 25, 2004

Comic Hits! X-Men draft!

Good week for comics, despite being a two Austen week (which also luckily means a two Larroca week). Both NXM 156 and UX 443 were improvements on their most recent predecessors. It looks liek the most of the New X-Men characters will be bussed to Astonishing, where Whedon will do wonders with them. Meanwhile, Uncanny characters will move to the adjectiveless X-Men, and X-Treme X-Men will now be Uncanny. The only major shifts are that Claremont trades Rogue and Gambit for Nightcrawler, and Whedon drafts Shadowcat from Claremont. Wolvie, will of course be in all three titles, plus his own book, plus Weapon X. What can I say, he must be a helluva multi-tasker.

Cable/DP 2 came out, and while nto as funny, moved the story a long nicely. It looks like the current score is Cable 2, Deadpool 1. "Well blow my mind" hehe. Runaways continues to be the most consistently good book out there, aside from maybe X-statiX. Finally, New Mutants second arc concludes. Good stuff, with a lot of character development going on all around, some very obvious, some more subtle. The art however, was pretty bad, as Beast looked completely different in every other panel. One more issue for this book and then a promotion to full fledged core book. Good for them.

Apr 24, 2004

Much needed weekend!

It was a helluva week, and I am sooooo glad the weekend is here. Jesse and Emma are home this weekend for a wedding, so I've been running around the apartment naked with a stick.

Haven't seen Kill Bill vol 2 yet, and I feel like I am the only one on earth who hasn't. I did see the Punisher however, and though it was pretty entertaining, but nothing great. Here's how it fits in the grand scheme of Marvel Movies:

1. X2
2. Spider-Man
3. The Hulk
4. Daredevil
5. X-Men
6. Blade 2
7. Punisher
8. Blade

I know I may get complaints about the CG fest that was Blade 2 higher than the original, but I found it to be a much more entertaining film than the original, though the Blood Rave scene from Blade is soooooooo freaking cool. I suspect Blade 3 will rank even higher than the original, and fully expect Spider-Man 2 to top the list in a about a month.

Quote of the Day: "You don't choose to be a sorority girl, you're born one." Erin
Movie of the Day: "Don Juan Demarco" starring Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando
Song of the Day: "What About Me" Keith Urban

Apr 20, 2004

Quote of the Night!

"Personality starts in the crotch area" - if you can tell me where it's from, you get a No-Prize!

- In unrelated news, I desperately need a desk. If anyone would like to donate one, that'd be great.
- In even further unrelated news, Jesse and I hung out today. Actually that's a dirty lie, I haven't seen the boy in almost 24 hours.
- And not news at all, Emma's still a mark.

Comics: Haven't done this in a few weeks, so there's a bunch, so I'll be brief.

The OK: New X-Men 155, the start of the Austen era; Uncanny X-Men 442, the end of the Austen era; Emma Frost 10, it's all still setup; New Mutants 11, I don't like covers that showcase characters not within the issue; X-Treme X-Men 45, not nearly enough Rachel for her return issue; and Thanos 9, finally stuff begins to happen.

The Good: Ultimates 13, an arc finally ends, Hulk eats some aliens, and the title is a hint at Dr. Stranglove; EXiles 45, a good Austen story; and Weapon X 21, I did not see that coming!

The Very Good: Ultimate X-Men 44, it's like Ult X 3, but better! X-StatiX 21, I can't wait for Thor vs Doop! 1602 8, everything is wrapped up neatly, and not nearly how I'd expected.

Apr 15, 2004

Happy Tax Day!

Here's a shout out to all of the hardworking CPA's out there (mostly my dad). Here's a couple of comics just for them:

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
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Big Changes!

Ominous music plays. It looks like Annie won't have to wait to post comments. Thanks to www.enetation.co.uk, I appear to have fixed the comment problem. So comment away kiddies! In another stroke of technical genuis, I also got rid of the useless edit me links to the left and am able to put real ones. So there's ahoy-matey.com, previosuly dwain.net. I know it hasn't been updated in awhile! I amctually have the rebuild almsot done and hope to post it in the next week or so. So someone comment away so I know people are reading this!
Webble-ocracy

A note from one Annie Borkowski:
sexybicho: dwain, i'm a big fan of the webble (and I agree, much better than blog, in fact blog doesn't even compare) but there is no way to post my support on your webpage....or is that the point? are you trying to rule the world thru your webpage, a tyrannical rule that leaves no room for even a supporter to speak out? dwain, you are so evil.

The easy answer, Annie is yes. I am evil. Actually blogger doesn't support comments right now but I think maybe it will in the future. I'll keep you updated chica, and in the meantime repost your stuff here like I've done.

Apr 14, 2004

Me on the cancellation of yet another good scripted show: Networks are so stoopid. It'll probably be replaced with the swan 2: electric bugaloo.

Big comic post coming tommorrow, and a big movie update this weekend after I see Punisher and Kill Bill v2
Quote of the Night

Spike: I'm listening. With Beer.

Apr 13, 2004

Thoughts

- Mom dreamt she was on "The Apprentice" last night.
- Bush will lose the election in November because he preempted "24".
- If Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles takes a 100 hours to complete, Matt should finish it in about 4 days.
- Computer virus makers should be given life sentences without parole. They may not have girlfriends now but they'll be girlfriends in jail.
- New Angel and Smallville tommorrow - Woo! and Eh! respectively
- Starting a media watchdog association - still debating names and purposes.
- O yeah, Emma's still a mark.

Song: "Wooden Nickels" - Eels

Apr 6, 2004

Get Fuzzy!

Going to try something new here. Let's see if I can post a picture of one of my fave comic strips, get fuzzy.



We'll see if it worked...

Apr 4, 2004

It's the return of the mad furniture mover!

I did a much needed rearranging of the bedroom today, hanging a tapestry over the closet doorway (so I don't have to always be staring at my dirty laundry) and set up both a little work area for the computer and pull out the ole coleman chair and set it to maximum relaxation. In other productive furniture news, I temporarily fixed my recliner, with only a pair of pliars and some speaker wire (call me MacGuyver).

Oh, and everyone went to IKEA this weekend except for me, which is OK because I have no money.

Chapter one of the story is almost done! Well maybe not almost, but I am making a lot of progress.

Alias got picked up for antoher season. Woohoo! Some cute Argentinian actress is going to play Syd's sister. Woohoo! Wait, sister?

Today in history: MLK Jr was assassinated (1968) and Pres. William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia (1841)

Song of the Day: "Without You" by the Pietasters.

Apr 1, 2004

Comic Reviews

Here's links to my two new reviews on mutanthigh.com:

Cable and Deadpool 1

Weapon X

Mar 25, 2004

Comic Hits and Misses

Here's my weekly rundown of this weeks new comics and my opinions on them. Note: There are spoilers below!

Mystique 12 - Mystique vs Forge! Good use of history by Vaughan. I really liked Raven's spiel about being happy with herself, but being unable to look at herself in the mirror. Maybe we'll see triclops boy in another X-title in the months to come, as he's been shipped off to Xavier's. This issue gets a B

X-StatiX 20 - Some valuable face time for Vivisector this issue. Nothing bad here, but nothing phenomenallly good like usual, so it reads kind of lackluster. Dragotta on guest pencils just couldn't sate my monthly need for Mike Allred. B-

Weapon X 20 - I liked the issue, but mostly because we should get some answers next month. Didn't like a cover with Sauron but an issue without him. I'll go more indepth in my mutanthigh review, coming soon! B-

X-Treme X-Men 44 - I am amazed how much I am enjoying this book that I found it painful to read just a few short months ago. We get some valuable backstory on Sage, but not enough on Bogan. Plus, Rachel's back! One of my favorite characters is back, and I can't wait to see how this arc ends now and how it will morph into Claremont's two new writing duties - Excalibur and Uncanny X-Men! I have a feeling that most of the X-treme team will move over to the Uncanny brand. This comic gets an B+

Ultimate Fantastic Four 4 - Johnny learns to control his powers! Reed and Ben tussle! Sue gets hit on by Mr. Moley Moley Moley! Monster on the streets of NYC! An opening for Namor and various other FF baddies! I love this title! (Sorry, got excited there) A

Cable & Deadpool 1 - The book I've been waiting months for is finally here, and I can't say I am even a little disappointed. Beautiful cover by Liefield, awesome art by Udon, and Fabe has managed to take the best of everything written about Cable and Deadpool since he worked with them and bring them full circle with blood, guts, and some really funny stuff! I quote:

Voice: Have you ever heard of the One World Church?
DP: Nope.
Voice: It's in France.
DP: I'll pass.
Voice: It pays a lot.
DP: Good sir, you can't pay me enough to go to France while our countries are at war!
Voice: Uhm, we're not at war.
DP: We're not?
Voice: No.
DP: Oh. So... how much money? ... Well that sure is a lot...

Buy this book!!! It's awesome A++ I am also going to be the reviewer for Cable & Deadpool so expect a fuller and even more glowing review of this book up here in a few days. Until then that's it for here.
Weapon X 19 Review

Straight from mutanthigh.com, here's my full review of Weapon X 19 -

http://www.mutanthigh.com/weaponx19.html

Mar 19, 2004

Comic Hits and Misses

Just finished reading (and in a few cases rereading) this weeks set of new comics. Here's what I thought of them:

Runaways 13 - This book continues to surprise and delight me. Definitely the best new book over the last year. My inner teen has simultaneous crushes on Nico ("What? I like books about monsters. Sue me...") and Karolina ("Hey I'm not from [Mars]"). Though I'll admit the Gibborim look a little to cute to be evil. Anyways, as always, I can't wait for the next issue. A-

Thanos 8 - Here's a book I just don't get. I had to read the last two issues about three times each to figure out what's going on. Its way too complicated, and I feel like the complication mask a general lack of comprehensive story. I'm not sure this book will last past issue 12. Nice to see Gladiator, but whets he doing in jail? I can't remember what happened to him at the end of Imperial, the last X-Men story we saw him in. C

New Mutants 10 - Great issue! Just about every character got some face time here, which is no small task. We learned more of Electro street girl, David was a jerk some more and got called don it, the young boys worshipped Emma Frost and her cleavage, and we got a beginning of answers for why Rahne's so different. Perfect blend of plot and characterization. A

X-Treme X-Men 43 - I can't help but imagine how much I'd be enjoying this book if it was still Sal drawing instead of Igor Kordey. Still, this arc has been Claremont's best in my opinion. The pacing is work, there enough action in each issue, and Kitty is back! Great scene with Rogue and Kitty
Rogue: That why you plan to quit?
Kitty: Like that's proving a big success.
Only a few more issues then this book is gone and Excalibur is back, without Igor Kordey, praise Jebus. This issue gets a B- for good story but terrible art.

Weapon X 19 - Finally the beginning of an arc where stuff gets set up. "Underground" left a bad taste in my mouth and "Defection" was just stupid. I review this book for mutanthigh.com and I'll post the full review here when I finish it. In the meantime, this book gets a B

New X-Men 154 - Well, we finally made it. The end of Grant Morrison's epic run and we only lost two major characters. Granted, they were Magneto and Jean Grey, but we lose those two all the time. They'll both be back circa X3's release date. I loved just about everything about the end of "Here Comes Tommorrow" it answered just enough to satisfy me (Hanks fate, Apollyon's identity, Sublime's true form, Barnell Bohusk's legacy, Scott's acceptance of his place in the world) yet had enough danglers that we might never know the truth about (Three-in-One's longevity, Cassandra Nova's reappearance, the Proud People, the Order of the Phoenix's). Mark Silvestri should be forced to stay permanently on this book. Let's see how quickly Chuck Austen can ruin this book. A

That's all the comics from this week, I'll be back later with a full review of Weapon X. Next week Cable/Deadpool comes out!

Mar 16, 2004

I'm Literate!

Finished a great book tonight - Lies and the lying liars who tell them by Al Franken. The book is both hilarious and ultimately depressing. I'd like to think we don't live in the world he describes, but some evidence is damning. A couple of the best parts:

Chapter 2: Ann Coulter: Nutcase
Chapter 3: You know who I don't like? Ann Coulter
Chapter 13: Bill O'Reilly: Lying, splotchy bully

And of course the best line in the book, from Chapter 9: Five Get-rich quick tips the Wall Street fat cats don't want you to know: "Tip 1 - Never option stock in a blue chip where the market cap is twenty time I made this all up." Anyways if you love political satire, check this out. I actually plan on reading some Ann Coulter next, just to be "fair and balanced". I met her in 1999 and hoo boy was she a wacko. A hottie, but a wacko.

And in completely unrelated news, Emma's a mark.
WEBBLE!
So apparently I am a blogger now. Have I mentioned that I hate the word blog? Why did the netgods decide to cut the first two letters off weblog? I would have prefered the end cut off, making it a webl (pronounced "webble") From now on, they're called webbles. Says me. The end. For now. Until I think of something else.