Just a Quick Post

Okay…so I’m 30.  I’ll blog more extensively about it tomorrow night after the “family” part of my birthday…but in short, it’s been a big, fun weekend.  All in all, 30 ain’t so bad…except for when I fell down the stairs…but we’ll get to that in the next post.

For now…just thanks to everyone who’s made it good so far this weekend!

The rest of you, I judge harshly.

Thank God they don’t look like Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Or, “I finally figured out how to reference the movie ‘Twins’ in the blog title.”)

Finally saw the twins…and finally posting pics.  First one’s from Dave’s phone.  Other two are from mine.  Sorry mine are of lesser quality.  My cell phone doesn’t seem to like warm lighting and takes kind of fuzzy shots sometimes.  Mine aren’t necessarily the best pics of anyone, mostly due to lighting and/or motion blur…but it’s what I’ve got.  (Plus, I wasn’t exactly saying, “okay…everybody look at me and say cheese!” or anything.)

This is them on the day they were born. It was taken on Dave's phone. I'm mainly posting it so you can see the difference between how good a picture his phone takes and how bad a picture mine takes. Patterson's on the left, Melody's on the right.

 

Dogpile on Daddy! Left to right - Valerie, Dave, Patterson, Tessa, and Melody. Patterson, as you can see, didn't bother waking up for most of the time I was there. (This is now my phone's caller-ID pic for their house, btw.)
Same basic shot...except in this one Tessa's waving, and I thought that was cute.

So there you go…

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Comic books purchased this week:

  • The Return of Bruce Wayne – Issue #2
  • Sam and Twitch: The Writer (by Todd Mc Farlane of “Spawn” fame) – Issues 1 & 2
  • Justice League: Generation Lost – Issues 1 & 2
  • Batman Detective Comics – Issues 864 & 865

Some Random Stuff

Hodge-podge in my brain…hodge-podge on my blog.  Enjoy!

  1. Pics of the twins forthcoming…likely tomorrow.
  2. I am one of the folks who really LIKED the finale of “Lost” last night.  The “fan” boards are full of people who hated it, of course (mostly because they didn’t see it coming and they’re pissed off that their pet theory wasn’t right, if you ask me).  But I thought it was a very good ending.  As I’ve been saying ever since…no, it didn’t answer all of the questions…but it didn’t have to answer every question, it just had to end the story.  And it left us plenty to talk about, while still providing a definite and basically satisfactory END.  So that’s good.  I also watched the special on Kimmel afterward…and I’ll tell you this…  If Matthew Fox, Terry O’Quinn, and Michael Emerson want to form a three-man chat-show…I’d watch that.  Those guys are endlessly entertaining together.
  3. Okay…here’s the difference between Marvel Comics and DC Comics…  I picked up Marvel’s new “Avengers” series and they brought me up to speed, gave me a solid footing, gave me all the names I’ll need, and eased me into the story.  I also picked up DC’s “Legion of Super-Heroes” and was absolutely lost, didn’t know who a lot of people were, felt like I missed DECADES of back-story, and didn’t have much desire to reach the end of the book.  (Both issues, by the way, were first-issues, with a big #1 on the cover…so that would tend to imply a starting point, no?)  So…basically, Marvel gets you excited for what’s ahead, and DC rewards you for following what came before.  If you ask me, that gives Marvel the edge…even though some of my favorite titles are DC books.
  4. I’m considering starting a comic book blog as a side project, just to keep all the nerdery in one place…but we’ll see…
  5. Reminder, in case I forget to mention it later in the week…  My birthday is this Saturday and I’ll be at Blueberry Hill hanging out with who-ever shows up from 8-12 that night.  Come on by and say hello, if you’re free…and don’t feel like you need to bring me a gift.  Just wanna see your face.
  6. I’m up through episode 10 of the current season of “Big Bang Theory.”  I’m almost all caught up!  Love this show and can’t believe I missed it for so long!  I am puzzled by how many recurring cast members used to be on “Roseanne,” though.  If Tom Arnold shows up, I’m going to start to worry.
  7. The air conditioning at our office hasn’t been working properly.  It’s been pretty much dead ever since it got warm enough to need it…and with temperatures in the 90s this week, that REALLY sucks.  Our bosses are doing everything they can about it, but they don’t own the building, so they’re stuck.  Their office is hotter than ours, though…so God bless ’em.  It’s just been hard to focus at work and I’m tired of feeling like I need a shower by noon.  I’m sure it’ll work out sooner or later…I just hope it’s sooner!  But, at least the company president bought us all fans.  That was cool.  🙂
  8. Got offered a gig tonight.  I don’t have details, as it was just a voicemail and I feel like it’s a little too late to call back tonight.  I’m hoping to say “yes” to it…but I don’t even know the date!  🙂  Mostly, it’s just cool to have someone call out of the blue and offer me a set.  Here’s hoping it’ll be doable.  I’ll keep you posted.
  9. So…in the A-Team movie…  Why do they have a guy playing Mr. T when Mr. T is still alive and looks exactly the same?
  10. I’ve decided to fill my China cabinet with styrofoam plates.
  11. Have you seen those new commercials for the Sharp Aquos?  Is it just me or is Sulu kind of a dick?
  12. I officially have a definitive list of things I need/want to get done around the house to get at least the main part of the upstairs looking semi-live-able.  It’s been “in-transition” for a long time…but now I’ve got a check-list.  Yay me!
  13. I hate it when I remember that I’ve got an eBay account.  I never bid on anything I need or even especially WANT.  Current mistake: Bidding on the complete run of the 1980s comic books series “Infinity Inc.”
  14. World Cup 2010 starts next month.  I’d be behind Ireland, if they were in it…  Just doesn’t seem like Football without the Irish…so I guess I’m for…what?  Germany or something?
  15. I’ve got a hankering for some Greek food.

…and I’ll stop there.  I’ll do my best to deliver those promised baby pictures tomorrow.

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Current Reading:

  • Catching up on DC’s “52” story from 06/07.  Didn’t read it at the time for some reason.
  • Hoping to get some new reading material for my birthday…requested a couple of Vonnegut books for my ongoing research for the record I’m planning…and just for fun, too!  🙂

I ate a lot of peanuts today, but that has nothing to do with this post at all, so don’t dwell on it.

Well, my 2-year-old niece has bronchitis…so I’m not meeting the twins until at least over the weekend and possibly not until next week.  That sucks…  I think I’m the only one in the family who hasn’t seen them yet.  I probably should’ve gone by yesterday instead of being considerate.  🙂

I’ve been keeping busy, though.  I’m building a website for my friend and co-worker Tara.  She’s a photographer, and she’s really good at it…it’s been a good experience, and it’s almost done.  Been a little frustrating, mostly because GoDaddy has lots of little steps that I’ve not had to deal with before…but it’s still been a good learning experience.  I’ll post a link once it’s fully done.  Hoping to get some work in on it tonight, in fact.

I also need to busy myself tonight by logging in to my work-account and playing catch-up.  I took a day off two weeks ago with a stomach problem and I’ve just been behind ever since…  That’s really frustrating.  There’s not much that can be done about it, except for pulling some extra hours…  And while I’m cool with that, I don’t want it to look like I’m abusing the program just to get overtime.  I’ve never been the kind of guy that’s cared much about putting in a couple of hours I don’t get paid for…but our system isn’t really set up for that.  (For the record, I DO care about putting in a LOT of hours I don’t get paid for…but that’s not the issue right now, because my bosses are good folks and don’t do that to us—and I’m saying that in the belief that they don’t read my blog…so let’s move on.)  So, yeah…I should really stop blogging and start working.

…yet I have all these comic books to read!

Not quite enough to be a “Random” post but kind of close. Also I’m wondering how many characters these blog titles will hold. Apparently quite a few. Wow.

Wednesday is new comic book day.  I’ve just recently gotten back into collecting single-issues, thanks to the “Return of Bruce Wayne” Batman arc that’s going on.  Today, I picked up a few Batman back issues, and first issues of the Legion of Super-Heroes and The Avengers.  I also grabbed a variant cover of the afore-mentioned “Bruce Wayne” arc.  (Variant covers, for those who don’t know, are sought after and usually sell for decent prices years later.)  I got mine for 1/2 price because the back cover was damaged—which is an interesting gamble.  Will it be so sought after that it will still be worth more, even WITH the cover damage?  Time will tell.  Mostly, I just considered the price reduction a victory. A nerdy, nerdy vistory.

In other news…didn’t get out to see the twins—bummer!  Tessa (my 2-year-old niece) is sick and my brother’s staying home with her…which leaves Valerie alone with the twins.  Now, you may think it would’ve been nice of me to go out and help…but for one, I’m useless with a baby.  Don’t know how to change diapers, nervous holding them, and so on…  But for another thing, I figured that sooner or later the twins would go to sleep and Valerie should sleep when they do.  Figured I’d just be in the way if I were there keeping her and/or them awake.  So, we’ll meet them when we meet them.  Maybe tomorrow…maybe over the weekend.

On a related note, when I called my brother today to ask about coming out to the hospital, I got to hear about Patterson’s circumcision.  Unpleasant.  Then I mentioned it at the office (just briefly—about as much as I just said here) and had to hear about one of my co-worker’s son’s circumcisions.  So I’ve heard enough about penises for a little while, in case any of you were hoping to help me meet my monthly quota on the subject.

And finally…  I finished Kurt Vonnegut’s “Player Piano” tonight.  It was his first book.  You can kind of tell, too.  It’s not bad—in fact the story is really applicable even in today’s world…but it doesn’t quite have his same level of humor and it’s missing some of the Vonnegut hallmarks…plus it’s just kind of long.  All in all, still worth the read, but not in my top 5 for his works.

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Current Listening:

  • Assorted Tom Waits…mostly from “Orphans” and “Glitter & Doom.”

Scary Crap You Can’t Do Anything About

The universe is a crazy-ass place.  There’s stuff going on out there that is so weird, even the editors of Cracked are like, “Woah…that’s weird.”  On Earth alone, we’ve got several natural mysteries that might just keep you awake at night…and weird stuff’s happening throughout the rest of space too.

For example…

  • Earth: The “Bloop” – I think I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but I’m not sure.  The “Bloop” is a ridiculously loud sound that came from the South Pacific Ocean.  Its source is unknown, but most seem to agree on one thing…it’s alive.  Some insanely big (or at least insanely loud) animal produced a sound that is many times louder than the sound previously thought to be the loudest in the world–and that was made by the incredibly huge blue whale.  Here’s the extra freaky part.  The sound originated from approximately 50° S 100° W…which is less than 500 miles from the sunken (occasionally rising) city of R’lyeh, from HP Lovecraft lore—home of our good friend Cthulhu. Of course, it’s possible that this was just a tiny mollusk with a really powerful lung capacity…but I’d like to believe that the stars are aligning and the Elder Gods’ return is imminent.
  • Earth: They discovered purple frogs in India. – Seriously.  Purple ones.  That’s pretty weird.  On its own, that’s just kind of interesting, but micro-evolution can explain it away pretty easily.  However, when you take into consideration that other frogs are normally shades of green and some are kind of a greyish color, sometimes…that sounds kind of familiar.  Over the history of Marvel comics, the character of The Incredible Hulk has been depicted in shades of Green, Grey, and—you guessed it—purple (though, to be fair, that was more of a DC ripoff that was later sold to Marvel).  Now…we may just have a new color of frogs running around…or this could be the start of the coming, tiny-Hulk revolution.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
  • Earth: Disappearing Bees – This is really unsettling to me for some reason.  Scientists are documenting that the bee population is decreasing.  Really.  Google it.  It’s weird.  No one’s sure why.  Or should I say no one’s sure WHERE?!  Sure…maybe the bees just aren’t reproducing as much as they used to (thereby making it even more difficult to have a conversation about the birds and the bees with your kids).  But maybe the bees are gathering somewhere…or maybe they’re leaving for their home planet, readying their invasion fleets.  …or maybe we just screwed up the climate so much that there are less flowers to pollinate.  Anything’s possible…but any way you slice it, a VERY common animal disappearing for no clear reason is pretty startling, if you ask me.
  • Jupiter: Jupiter loses a band. – This is pretty recent.  Jupiter used to have two big, identifiable bands on it…now there’s only one.  Scientists have absolutely no idea why.  Personally, I’m guessing it has something to do with the bees…
  • The Universe Overall: The “Hum” – The universe is producing disembodied tones.  (String Theory fans LOVE this, from what I hear.)  It’s probably been happening forever…but its only recently been discovered.  Don’t listen for it…most of the tones are too high or too low to be heard by human ears…but many celestial bodies appear to have their own individual tones (as do several specific natural areas on Earth itself).  If memory serves, the lowest on record is a super-low Bb…which a real pain-in-the-ass key to play in on the guitar.  So thanks a lot for THAT, universe!
  • The Moon: “I’m Outta Here!” – The Moon is drifting away from the Earth.  Every year, it gets about 3.8 cm farther away.  That’s bad news for surfers…and some are speculating that it may go some way in explaining the perceived increased earthquake activity on Earth in the past few years.  If you ask me, though…it’s just tired of mad scientists always trying to blow it up (presumably to find water in it…which is another insanely true thing that’s been going on lately…).
  • Space: Cold Metal on Metal Action – This is an oldie, but a goody.  Did you know that if you touch two untreated pieces of metal to one another out in space, they permanently weld together, with absolutely no heat added?  they call it cold-welding.  You don’t need to do anything extra-special to the metal…it just happens.  Most metals we produce on Earth won’t work, because there are coatings, treatments, etc that are added on just as a matter of how we process metal these days…but if you got two RAW pieces of metal, you could go out into space and weld them together with your bare hands…or at least your hands protected by your spacesuit, since they don’t recommend going out into deep space in your socks and underwear…  But good luck getting up there, anyway.  You’ll need a really big ladder.

…and that’s just stuff I’ve been saving in my “weird facts” file on my computer for a little while.  Thought I’d share.

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Current Listening:

  • Assorted Drive-By Truckers…mostly because there’s a Patterson in the family now.  BTW – Gonna go meet the twins tomorrow, I think…so apologies in advance for posting pictures and insisting they’re cute.  I’m sure they ARE cute…but I apologize for insisting it.