Thoughts fall out before the head explodes!
Monday, November 28, 2005
Read: Strike Zones
"Strive for perfection in everything. Take the best that exists and make it better. If it doesn't exist, create it. Accept nothing nearly right or good enough." --Henry Royce
Strike Zones is a great opening trade to the Human Target series which was cancelled far too soon. Christopher Chance is undercover, but how far is too far? As the boundaries between truth and lie blur, our hero becomes ever more uncertain about himself and how much that even matters. You'll never think of identity the same way again. Painted against the backdrop of 9-11, bravo to the creators for a tale with meaning and no fluff. Happy endings are for the politically correct.
Also read All Star Batman and Robin #1 and All Star Superman #1--both are extremely strong comics. It's fun to read books that that are serious enough for me and fun enough that my kids can enjoy them. Both have a mature bent, but not too mature.
Picked up a recent issue of Marvel Previews which I didn't realize was a monthly book. Thing is there isn't much to it. The comic preview promised on the front cover was a mere two pages and the rest of the book didn't really many details on upcoming comics. Let's put it this way, Previews is no comic shop news. If I were Marvel I'd throw in some real material like articles, columns, real previews, and anthology type comics. People should feel like it's a must have book, not a twenty four page add. What better way to sell your books?
-posted by Nobius 5:02 AM # Comments (0)
Friday, November 25, 2005
God Loves, Man Kills
Just finished Xtreme X-Men: Volume 5: God Loves, Man Kills. Claremont created most of the seminal X-men story lines, many of which even made it to the movie screen. So the only question I can ask after reading this trade is: what the hell happened?
I'm not even sure it's worth my time to give you a plot synopsis: cardboard characters, boring story arc, and no empathy of the original God Loves... story line. Good thing this TP also contains the original--one of the masterpieces of superhero comics.
My recommendation, skip to the back and read the original story line. Claremont would be well advised to remember stories are only good if someone cares. And this is one book I can't care about.
-posted by Nobius 3:52 PM # Comments (0)
Google Page Rank Explained
Pagerank Explained. Google's PageRank and how to make the most of it.
Now it all makes sense.
Sort of. :)
-posted by Nobius 12:30 PM # Comments (2)
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
"Act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done by hesitation." --Thomas Henry Huxley
How many of you can relate? It seems I love to read nearly everything I get my hands on, sometimes I wish the ingredient labels on candy bars were just a little bigger, it hurts my eyes to read.
I find myself frequently distracted by the corporate library that's only about fifty feet from my office at work.
Today, I read an interesting pamphlet from The Growth Fund of America--the highpoint of which talked about how they investigate their various markets and investments.
I knocked off another twenty pages of the latest Legion of the Damned book For Those Who Fell. It's Star Wars on steroids. Nonstop action and rush.
I'm half way done with The Toyota Way. It's a fascinating look at the inventor of lean. I can only wonder if such a company really exists or is this propaganda? Innovative, profitable, common sense with caring...can a corporate mold really be that good?
Received Dirt #2 in the mail. Simply phenomenal. The Endwar article blew my socks off. I'll review it in more detail in an upcoming zine of mine but minimalist poetry really appeals to me. It's a style I'm starting to emulate myself yet with my own unique twists and interpretation. Poetry is from God.
So, is inspiration.
More soon. Now tell me, what are you reading? And what have you been up too?
Oh yeah, and where are all the bodies?
-posted by Nobius 2:30 PM # Comments (4)
personality tests by similarminds.com
Taken from Random Acts.
-posted by Nobius 4:50 AM # Comments (0)
Thursday, November 17, 2005
"Where do I tune in for now?" --The FIXX
"I get what I want. Then I never want it again." --Hole
One lie believe another
Everytime make me less
The *ghost* at your SIDE
The Real is
I hate kissing
-posted by Nobius 9:00 PM # Comments (2)
I Am Obsolete
Stolen from Grant, who got the answer I want. :)
You are 'Gregg shorthand'. Originally designed to
enable people to write faster, it is also very
useful for writing things which one does not
want other people to read, inasmuch as almost
no one knows shorthand any more.
You know how important it is to do things
efficiently and on time. You also value your
privacy, and (unlike some people) you do not
pretend to be friends with just everyone; that
would be ridiculous. When you do make friends,
you take them seriously, and faithfully keep
what they confide in you to yourself.
Unfortunately, the work which you do (which is
very important, of course) sometimes keeps you
away from social activities, and you are often
lonely. Your problem is that Gregg shorthand
has been obsolete for a long time.
What obsolete skill are you?
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-posted by Nobius 8:41 PM # Comments (0)
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
"They stopped saying 'comic books' and so on, they say 'graphic novels' and it allows them to put the book into general bookstores and the adult or the youngster, people who read the general literature, they buy comic books. They don't say 'Oh it's a comic book,' they say it's a book about a Rabbi, it's a book about revolution in Persia, and so on. And they enjoy it and afterward there is space in the bookshop for those books and then it works."
—Joann Sfar, author of The Rabbi's Cat, on how the European comics market is changing.
-posted by Nobius 5:36 PM # Comments (0)
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Where Have I Been?
""The only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren't is the willingness to work very very hard." --Helen Gurley Brown
"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves." --Carl Jung
"My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment." --Oprah Winfrey
Where have I been? Now that is a question I could take all night answering. I'm still here but with my new job things are a bit hectic. My days off changed so I'm working the lovely Friday through Tuesday 1800 to 0400 shift. Ahh...seniority has all the benefits. Don't you agree?
But I can't complain, I like the new job and am learning a lot. Running a transportation network is a very big and detail oriented job especially when you are dealing with a Teamster driven company. I don't want to spoil it but I may even have a chance for a second promotion soon so it's nice to see all this hard work paying off. A fifty plus hour work week is no joke.
My depression is slowly lifting again. It's good to feel human again. Gotta love genetics.
Just finished, Vertigo: First Offenses a 168 page, $4.95 piece of reading nirvana. It's a compilation of five first issue reprints from Vertigo's The Invisibles, Sandman: Mystery Theatre, Fables, Preacher, and The Sandman Presents: Lucifer.
I enjoyed the Lucifer comic the most, and though it seems corny a book with "Satan" (too bad you can't hear my church lady voice) as the series protagonist has always inimitated me. It's hard to shake your religion.
This blog has always been intended to be a showcase of my life from poetry, to diary entries (like this one), to journaling, to link catching but I want it to be something interesting to read. No content from me does not make for an interesting read. Should you have the inclination I do keep a blog soley dedicated to my links: Link Kick. Consider it my link stream. Some of which, make it here to my permament archive. And also as mentioned before, I have a new BLOG archiving the books I've read: Constant: A Reader's BLOG. It's meant as a conversation piece, I always love to know what others are reading/have read, so this is my chance to show you (literally). It'll take years to archive all of the things I've read. Which is a good thing.
There's a cool new customizable search engine out. Rollyo, roll your own search engine. When I finish mine, I'll let you know. The String Theory search engine rules. Theoretical physics is fun.
Scott does a great job explaining DC Comics's Infinite Crisis. If you think that's good, then join our APA. We need and want new creative types.
Was off today and am tomorrow. Kalisa and I are going out with my mom for our wedding anniversary tomorrow. Today, I mostly took it easy. Read, caught up on sleep, cleaned house, bought the family Dairy Queen, bathed the kids, watched an episode of The Batman and one of Serenity. When you work until four a.m. on Wed there is no full day off. Basically, I work six days a week on this schedule. No pain, no gain.
More later. Tonight is one of those rare ansomnia moments and I've got books to read.
-posted by Nobius 1:46 AM # Comments (0)
Tuesday, November 01, 2005