Thoughts fall out before the head explodes!
Thursday, June 30, 2005
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Non Creative Garbage - What Would Xenu Do?
"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." --Babe Ruth
Non Creative Garbage - What Would Xenu Do?. James has a very unique writing style. In this post he talks books, Tesla, and Boheminan Lager.
I'm almost finished writing issue nine of the Blue Rabbit Chronicles. This one contains plenty of flash fiction, some poetry, mailing comments, my thoughts on visiting the back issue bin at the comic shop, and of course what I thought of the latest Star Wars installment.
-posted by Nobius 9:35 AM # Comments (0)
Friday, June 24, 2005
I Hate the Eighties
Ha ha ha. Not a surprise here. I hated the eighties. But I do know what Samantha Fox was most famous for. Because quite frankly I was watching. :P Stolen from Scott.
-posted by Nobius 10:56 PM # Comments (2)
War's Fanning is a Natural
Dakota Fanning is a natural. She doesn't know why she has her gift, nor does she question it, she just uses it. Good story on the greatest child actress of our time Dakota Fanning.
"Industry is cheap. It is laziness that costs. It has cost many a bright man a bright career." --John H. Patterson
-posted by Nobius 10:34 PM # Comments (1)
World's Shortest Personality Test
I hate when these things are this accurate. :)
-posted by Nobius 10:20 PM # Comments (2)
Thursday, June 23, 2005
The Comic Pimp
The Comic Pimp.
James Sime doesn't just sell comics, he pimps them. In this article, Sime reintroduces himself. Over the next several weeks, he'll be showing us how he re-invented the comic book retailing wheel. And how you can too.
Sime reminds us that as the all-mighty Stan Lee once said, "Every comic is someone's first."
-posted by Nobius 11:32 PM # Comments (0)
GRANT MORRISON: THE DCU REVAMP GUY
NEWSARAMA.COM: GRANT MORRISON: THE DCU REVAMP GUY.
Anyone following my writing knows I'm a huge fan of the ever quirky Morrison. This article mentions something I would love to get my hands on. Morrison produces copious notes including background story and sketches for the projects he does. I want to read some of that.
When one of my comic projects makes it off the ground, I'll definitely include background material/scripts/etc. However, I may not wait for the trade for the DVD type commetary. :)
-posted by Nobius 11:17 PM # Comments (0)
Steven Grant's Permanent Damage is always a great read covering far more than just comics commetary. This week check out Grant's time line leading up to the war in Iraq and his political commetary on the Right trying to remove term limits from the presidency.
-posted by Nobius 11:11 PM # Comments (0)
A Home Based Business Modeled After Google
A Home Based Business Modeled After Google.
Great article on differentiating your business endeavors from the competition. Though aimed at home based businesses, the advice is solid for anyone in business.
Be unique, GOOGLE was.
-posted by Nobius 11:02 PM # Comments (0)
Monday, June 20, 2005
From Career Key:
Here are the scores for each of the personality types and the list of the jobs that you chose for each type.
Next, you will want to learn about the occupations you have chosen. What do people do in them? What training is required? How much do they pay? Just click on any of your jobs listed below and your questions will be answered. For those jobs that interest you, be sure to bookmark the page (add it to your "Favorites") or print it so you can study the it later.
Next, go to Career Key's eBookStore. There you will find electronic books written to help you. They are reasonably priced and you receive them instantly over the Internet.
Or, return to your choices ... to explore the rest of the Career Key website.
Realistic = 1
Investigative = 5
Artistic = 12:
Radio and Television Announcer
Social = 8
Enterprising = 12
Lawyer, Civic Law
Lawyer, Private Practice
Archivist, Curator or Conservator
Editor, Technical and Scientific Publications
Reporter or News Analyst
Promotion or Sales Manager
Conventional = 9
-posted by Nobius 11:48 PM # Comments (0)
From my Blue Rabbit Chronicles zine:
I’ve been asked many times about what my poetry means. I’m of the school that poetry should have individual meanings to us all and that a reader might not see a piece the way the author does, and shouldn't have to. Interpretation can be a good thing. As long as a piece leaves the reader with a sense of real feeling then a connection will be made.
The following is a line by line break down of a favorite poem of mine that’s appeared here before. Create was written at 1 o’clock a.m. on an evening when my brain just couldn’t shut off. It is the creator’s curse and blessing. Everyone creative has had this happen. And that is the basis of this poem.
Glimmer. [Something in the mind.]
Glimmer. [Words winking at me.]
Shine. [Poetry ready to be written.]
If Heaven was in the palm of your hand--
Would you feel it...
Or simply crush it?
[Man kills that which is good, it’s his nature.]
Ashes to... [Ashes to Ashes]
The Creation of all poets-- [What makes someone a poet?]
The Creation of this poet [I know what made me begin to really write.]
Was the death of one man. [My Dad’s suicide.]
The soul of our family was ripped away.
Nobody cared. [I was pretty much left in the cold with out anyone when he died. I’d been an adult six days. After the funeral, everyone forgot me.]
The world can't be reduced to sound bites...
If it could I would write about everything.
All of my feelings made whole. [My pain comes out as poetry.]
I won't fade away. [I won’t go into depression.]
Again. [I’ll face this if it takes all of my days.]
Thinking, [Face it over and over.]
Longing, [Missing Dad.]
That memory of flames
Got me burnt. [My grief caught me on fire.]
Open wide Firefly. [Glowing bugs never know why little boys smash them.]
It's not the love you give... [Neither do boys.]
It's the bullet you take. [It’s not important that he loved me anymore, it’s what he did to me that I can’t forget.]
Mouthful of dust... [In the grave.]
Every bit of life leads to death. [We are all dying.]
And the creation of another poet's
Sad song. [Don’t let even my worse enemy lose a family member to suicide. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.]
Ashes to... [Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust]
Glimmer [He sparked the idea for my poetry again.]
Shine. [I wrote it all out.]
I can't see you. [He’s in Heaven, I’m not.]
You can hear me read Create here.
-posted by Nobius 9:20 AM # Comments (0)
John Newton said:
"We can easily manage if we will only take, each day,
the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too
heavy for us if we carry yesterday's burden over again
today, and then add the burden of of the morrow before
we are required to bear it."
-posted by Nobius 9:18 AM # Comments (0)
Princeton Review Career Quiz
"Does anyone remember me?" --Testament
Doing some career exploring and the like as advised by What Color Is Your Parachute.
Here's my results from the Princeton Review Career Quiz:
Your interest color is BLUE: "People with blue Interests like job responsibilities and occupations that involve creative, humanistic, thoughtful, and quiet types of activities. Blue Interests include abstracting, theorizing, designing, writing, reflecting, and originating, which often lead to work in editing, teaching, composing, inventing, mediating, clergy, and writing."
Your usual style is BLUE": "People with blue styles prefer to perform their job responsibilities in a manner that is supportive and helpful to others with a minimum of confrontation. They prefer to work where they have time to think things through before acting. People with blue style tend to be insightful, reflective, selectively sociable, creative, thoughtful, emotional, imaginative, and sensitive. Usually they thrive in a cutting edge, informally paced, future-oriented environment. You will want to choose a work environment or career path in which your style is welcomed and produces results."
Interesting that a number of these tests I've taken say that I have a personality for religious work.
I am trying to find my path in my life. The one I lost when Dad died. How will I ever help my little ones find their's if I continue to be lost in the void?
-posted by Nobius 1:12 AM # Comments (0)
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Read: Wizard's Top 100
Found something from Free Comic's Day that I hadn't finished. Since today is Father's Day and I am a Father, I am spending most of today lounging. But instead of beer, I've got books. The effects for me are the same, a good story is intoxicating.
Wizard's Top 100 Tread Paperbacks of All Time is great. Widely varied, you can't help but want to read every book it mentions. The ending include's Comic Relief some of comic's funniest moments. I enjoyed it, I mean who can't laugh at Superman's machine that changes Lois lane into a black woman.
-posted by Nobius 2:23 PM # Comments (0)
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Grokker - A New Way to Look at Search
Grokker - A New Way to Look at Search. Not sure I quite get the graphical hierachcy idea of this search engine but it intrigues me anyway. I love search engines. Interestingly enough, this search engine picked up this blog and my Link Kick blog but not my Live Journal.
-posted by Nobius 3:43 PM # Comments (0)
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort." --John Ruskin
Though I may run it here down the road, I am about to begin writing some pieces for my next Blue Rabbit Chronicles zine. One of which comes from What Color Is Your Parachute. The book suggests you make a list of your "dream" jobs no matter how unrealistic. Things that you would really like doing. Jobs that would give you a sense of wonder and purpose. I know writing, martial arts, and comic books will all fall in that list. Now, I need to figure a way to tie those things together.
-posted by Nobius 11:18 PM # Comments (0)
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Read: The Courtship of Princess Leia
Finished What Color is Your Parachute? which is a remarkable book. I'll talk more about it here and in my zine soon. It gave me a lot to think about. And I do mean a lot.
All that heavy thinking made me decide my next book should be a bit lighter. And a bit more fun. In honor of the recent Star Wars movie I'm reading another Star Wars universe book: The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton.
Though Darth Vader and the Emperor are dead the Empire lives on and a weakened Alliance must find powerful new help if it is to survive. The answer could lie in the Hapes consortium of sixty three high tech worlds. And they will join the New Republic as long as Princess Leia marries the Queen Mother's son.
-posted by Nobius 9:44 PM # Comments (0)
How Do People See You?
-posted by Nobius 9:42 PM # Comments (2)
Judas Priest Tour Photos
Check out the May 30th pictures from the Judas Priest show my brother and I were at. Phenomenal show. Rob still sounds great. And though my current musical tastes are much harder and lean more towards alt-metal, there will never be another Priest
You always remember your first.
-posted by Nobius 9:24 PM # Comments (0)
Monday, June 13, 2005
Non Creative Garbage - NCG 2 and 3
Non Creative Garbage - NCG 2 and 3.
James is at it again with issues three and four of Non Creative Garbage. I hear some cool writer named Nobius makes an appearance in issue two. Maybe, just maybe, if you're really, really nice he'll send you a copy.
-posted by Nobius 8:48 PM # Comments (2)
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Read: Elementals #1
Found a copy of Elementals #1 Volume 2 at the comic shop Saturday. It was fun to relive it. My original copy was sold when I got rid of many of my comics to pay debts. Not necessarily a good idea.
Elementals was created by the great Bill Willingham creator of the currently running Fables comic series. Imagine the X-Men for adults. Unfortuatnely, there are no trades of the series currently in print that I am aware of.
I'll be rummaging around the back issue bin more in upcoming months. I'll let you know what I find. I think Suicide Squad is in my sites next.
-posted by Nobius 10:44 PM # Comments (0)
Quick And Dirty IQ Test
I took this damn test, and all I got was this lousy score. :)
-posted by Nobius 10:39 PM # Comments (0)
Sunday, June 05, 2005
Read: Brat Pack
Found an issue of Rick Veicht's Brat Pack miniseries yesterday at the comic shop. It appears though in limited supply, the trade paper back is still circulating.
Brat Pack is a brutal take on the super hero genre with the antiheroes of the story all resembling characters in mainstream comics. The Batman take for example is called Midnight Mink. He's a sadistic homosexual with strong overtures of pedophilia. The story will both sicken you and make you think. What would happen to you if the weight of saving the world fell on your shoulders twenty four hours a day? Would you become one of them?
Live fast. Love hard. Die with your mask on.
-posted by Nobius 1:33 PM # Comments (0)
Saturday, June 04, 2005
Read: Desolation Jones #1
"The Lost Angels of Los Angeles...like me they have no way to go but up." --Warren Ellis
Ellis's Desolation Jones is a nearly perfect mature comic. Smart, funny, and undeniably addictive...completely different from Transmet yet similar in the same where the fuck does he come up with this shit vain! Jones is one spy you won't soon forget. Who but Warren can write a comic with the line, "Everything goes better with Bukkake" and still create a character you can take seriously. Dare I already wonder, is this the next Transmetropolitan?
-posted by Nobius 11:06 PM # Comments (2)
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Read: The Death Manga
Jill Thompson's Death manga At Death's Door takes place during Neil Gaiman's Sandman Season of Mists story line. Other than the innovative and sometimes beautiful Japanese style artwork, I didn't like much else. The story was weak and resembled a kid's comic rather than a mature themed piece. It's a pale companion to the greater Neil Gaiman world it exists within. And there is only one Neil.
-posted by Nobius 8:13 AM # Comments (0)