Archive: January 1 - January 21 2004
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Wednesday, January 21
I am interested in seeing the exhibit at the New York Comic Book Museum called People of the (Comic) Book: Superheroes and Jewish Culture. The exhibit is being put on by a group called the Jewish Superhero Corps. As author Michael Chabon wrote "They're all Jewish, superheroes. Superman, you don't think he's Jewish? Coming over from the old country, changing his name like that. Clark Kent, only a Jew would pick a name like that for himself."

The Internet Review of Science Fiction goes online today.

Popular Science shows us ways to keep our mental muscle in shape, while the MIT Technology Review lists the Top Ten Emerging Technologies, which include universal translation and synthetic biology.

Several sites from this week have been added to the Amazing Colossal Links Page, as well as Gods for Future Religions, a site full of trippy sculpture by artist Ho Baron; a gallery of Women Eating Sandwiches; and the official site for comedian Maria Bamford.

Tuesday, January 20
Here's a scoop of web joy: Retrocrush has posted a gallery of the top 20 reactions expressed by male characters in the Popeye cartoons upon seeing Olive Oyl.

From the Blogosphere: Julian Sanchez of Reason Hit & Run sends us to the 2004 State of the Union Drinking Game. Coudal Partners show us the Gallery of Golden Age Comic Covers, in particular the Invasion of the Love Robots. Warren Ellis points us to a Spider Jerusalem/Queer Eye site gag called, of course, Transmetrosexual.

Monday, January 19
Anastasiav of Metafilter has linked to Fantastic Plastic, a cool site that looks at aircraft and spaceship models from the last century. It includes lots of rare kits of  actual vehicles as well as conceptual and movie ships. Here's George's Vintage Space and Sci Fi Toys and Models site, which features a great Major Matt Mason section. Robotnut also has a Major page as well as a great gallery of the robotic Zeroids. And who can forget Billy Blastoff?

As I write this, SciFi's all day Godzilla marathon is beginning...

Recommended Readin':
Edward Hudgins of The Objectivist Center  makes the case for privatizing space.
Louis Bayard of The Washington Post has had enough of motivational maxims.
Guy Gugliotta of The Miami Herald looks at the role art played in evolution.

On a related note, friend Dave Hibsher sent along this link to the Talk. Origin Archive, a nice site that examines in depth the evolution/creation argument. He also sent along pictures of a baby with a vestigal tail.

Sunday, January 18
This story from the Guardian explains how the recent trend of low-carb diets has led to a resurgence of the gout. I laugh when I read stuff like this, or the kid who got scurvy a while back because he consumed noting but chips and soda. I must say I admire someone who sticks to their weight loss regimen even if their digits threaten to fall off. That's commitment.

Friday, January 16
One of my favorite authors, Jack Cady, has died at the age of 71.

This posting of trippy sidewalk perspective paintings has been making the blog rounds. It appears to be the work of artist Kurt Wenner.
While we're on the subject of art, check out the creepy children paintings of Julie Heffernan and Heather Nevay. Spooooky.

Comic Stuff: Myriad props, kudos and salutations go out to Xeni Jardin of Boing Boing who found this lovingly scanned online edition of "The Cotton Candy Autopsy," the first issue of Dave Louapre and Dan Sweetman's wonderfully hostile 1990 (oh god) comic Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children, on the Caca Volante site. Will somebody please collect these into a trade paperback?
Newsarama has printed Warren Ellis' recent update on his projects for the near future.
Veteran artist Dave Cockrum has been hospitalized with pneumonia.
Matt Maxwell of Broken Frontier remembers Jack Kirby's Jimmy Olsen Adventures.
Last week I completely forgot to mention the fact that the second season of Teen Titans has begun on Cartoon Network.

I was pleased to learn that there is an online documentary about last year's aborted attempt at producing a Lovecraft musical called A Shoggoth on the Roof.
Speaking of documentaries, does anyone know what happened to Trekkies 2?
While I'm at it, what ever happened to that Russian plan to clone Stalin? Or the super computer that was going to figure out the origin of the universe? (I've been going through my archives and finding all kinds of disturbed science stories that vanished from the radar. More to come.)

Thursday, January 15
"Cedar" at Metafilter posted a link to this site promoting Steve Currey's planned expedition to the interior of our hollow earth. This, of course, is not the only time such a trip has been planned. As much fun as the idea of a jaunty perambulation along the inverted topography of Pellucidar or Skartaris is, more than likely a descent to our world's fiery bowels will prove tragic. However I do support the campaign to hollow the Earth out ourselves. Perhaps we could park our spaceships there, like the aliens have been doing for years.

Yeah, I laughed along at the recent Simpsons episode about making Springfield un-kid-friendly. Then I get an update from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund about the wholly psychotic "Harmful to Minors" law that recently took effect in Michigan. It  openly states that bookstores have more responsibility to "protect" children than their parents do. Wow.
In the meantime Jennifer just spent a day subbing at the local elementary school and has regaled me with tales of 8 year-old boys with ear studs and a second grade girl wearing a belly shirt to show off the tattoo at the base of her spine.
This is why I read Childfree Abby.

Recommended Readin': At Borders Neil Gaiman interviews Gene Wolfe.
Ron Bailey of Reason looks at the current case of Mars fever.
Tony Whitt of Cinescape takes a fond look back at Power Records.
Marcus Bachler of SOLO HQ apparently doesn't care for The Simpsons.

Wednesday, January 14
In comic news, DC Comics has entered into a publishing agreement with Humanoids Publishing to get some of those great freaky european books onto the shelves. This is the first time since the old days of Epic that Moebius or Bilal will have an American printing. Here's coverage from Comic Book Resources and Newsarama. More coverage at UGO and Comics and IcV2.
In other news, blogger Rodrigo Baeza reports that Michael Moorcock will be writing Alan Moore's Tom Strong soon.

Tuesday, January 13
Prepare to wince uncontrollably as Retrocrush shows you a gallery of celebrity albums from the 1970s.

From the Blogosphere: Coudal Partners linked to this gallery of 1940's science fiction comics. Incoming SIgnals points us to Christopher Mill's impressive Atomic Pulp web comics. The Great Team sends us to a site all about Forbidden Archeology. Tom McMahon challenges us to a game of Four Player Chess.

Recommended Readin':
Simon Smith of Better Humans makes the case for humans not going into space.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds of Tech Central Station looks at Bush's plans for Mars.
Susan Jacoby of the NY Times updates us on the campaign against secularism.
Kathleen McGowan of Psychology Today exposes us to the Seven Deadly Sentiments.
Helen Pearson of Nature explores the strange brains of split personalities (via Geekpress).
Howard Mortman of MSNBC looks at the Government's plan to control your eating.

Monday, January 12
Cathy Young of the Boston Globe says comparasions to Hitler are getting tired.

Boing Boing linked to this site selling the real life mecha called Hyper Rescue Robot (scroll down for pic). Here's another cool pic.

Sunday, January 11
Talk Talk Talk: Arts Journal gives us a double dose of linguistics with this Telegraph article about the growing threat of language extinction as well as this Economist story explaining how language shapes the way we think. You can see what languages are spoken world wide with this neat language map from Ethnologue. Meanwhile Fark sends us to this site where you can learn to speak Romulan.

Saturday, January 10
James Randi celebrates the apparent cancellation of John Edward's Crossing Over in his weekly column, while Woody Allen has some personal issues with the expanding universe.

Friday, January 9
Here's the plan: wait 'til the rest of the world hates us, drive the economy deeper into the shitter, and then we go to the moon and Mars...
Of course we could just take that money and give every techie a girl android...

Thursday, January 8
It is January. The Molecule of the Month is Rotenone. Spread the word.

Comic Book Resources has word that artist Enki Bilal has adapted his awesome Nikopol Trilogy as a live action/CGI film. Here's some trailers, and here's a neat still gallery of Egyptian gods looming over future New York. Sweet. Still no word when Moebius' Arzak Rhapsody will be available.

Wednesday, January 7
The award site for the 2004 Bloggies is up. I shamelessly request that all my friends (save those with their own sites, of course) nominate this humble yet well-read little page.

Freaky Technology: Scientists can now construct nanowires out of DNA.

C. M. Coolidge's Dogs Playing Poker: The gallery. The fansite. The print. The poster. The mousepad. The 2004 calendar. The Shockwave game. The PC game. The Flash cartoon. The disturbing reenactment. The overpriced furniture. The novelty song. The really cool shirt.

Assorted science fiction stuff from the last few days:
In his latest On The Net column for Asimov's, James Patrick Kelly references a great essay by Jonathan Lethem called The Squandered Promise of Science Fiction. Read it.
Somehow I missed the fact that the Michael Moorcock site recently got a serious makeover.
The Philip K. Dick Award finalists were announced.
UGO Comics interviews comic writer Len Wein.
Ninth Art interviews Lawrence Miles, creator of the excellent Faction Paradox.
Reason interviews Bruce Sterling.
SF Crowsnest reviews a new book about Gerry Anderson's UFO.
Monster Zero informs us that SciFi will be showing Japanese monster movie marathons on the 11th and 19th.

Tuesday, January 6
Captain Xerox from the Website @ The End of the Universe has posted this nifty PDF file pulp calendar for 2004 to download. Thank you, Captain.

Recommended Readin':
George Dvorsky of Better Humans warns us to avoid buying into genetic determinism.
Eugene Volokh writes for National Review about first amendment misconceptions.
Jeff Taylor of Reason looks at the two-faced nature of the American Government.
F. H. Buckeley  of The New Criterion asks: Are Emotions Moral?

Monday, January 5
Recommended Readin': interviews author Kim Stanley Robinson.
Michael Shermer extolls the virtues of an open (skeptical) mind at Scientific American.
Linda Yablonsky of ARTnews looks at the racy adult content of contemporary art.
Stephen Mbogo of Tech Central Station tells the tale of some bioengineered bananas.
Cathy Young of the Boston Globe looks at the unfinished stories of 2003.

Sunday, January 4
Tracy Bull of gets nostalgic for claymation Lutheran ethics while reviewing the new Davey & Goliath toys.

Recommended Readin': Tibor Machan of SOLO HQ reminds us what "rights" are.
Henry Jenkins of Tech Review makes the argument for more media literacy.
Robert Fulford of the National Post warns us of that belief in communism lingers on, while Jonathan Steele of the Guardian points to signs of a new cold war.
Catherine Keenan of SMH finds a lot of literary merit in the personals ads.
LA Weekly interviews comic writer/directer Alexandro Jodorowsky.
Jesse Walker of Reason shows us that we're living in Robert Anton Wilson's world.
Both Thomas Sowell and David Aaronovitch explain why globalization would have saved the lives of 30,000 Iranians.

Friday, January 2
They had to take Alex Lifeson down with a stun gun...

It is January.
The God of the Month is Arianrhod.
The Fungus of the Month is Caulorhiza Umbonata.
The Acid Logic Interesting Motherfucker is the late, great Bill Hicks.
The Needlepoint Stitch of the Month is the Burden Stitch.
Carry on.

Friday means a new James Randi column.

We're putting up the new calendars here at Bad Day Studio. By the end of 2003 we found ourselves with a plethora of them, mostly received as gifts. For this year we're going with Salvador Dali, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alice Kelly's Fractal Cosmos, Maps of the Ancient World, and Mike Mignola's Hellboy.

Thursday, January 1
Just in case the fact that it's 2004 doesn't make you feel old: who among you remember the days when porn films had movie posters?

Recommended Readin': Let me kick off the new year by congratulating George Dvorsky on having his piece on the dangers of scientific illiteracy spotted by SciTechDaily. Let the war on ignorance begin, and let it be bloody.
On a similar note, Kate Taylor of the Globe & Mail looks at plummeting intelligence levels.
Brian Greene of the NY Times plies the ebbs and flows of time.
USA Today has a piece about annoying words from 2003 that should be banned.

Tom McMahon linked to the neat Inglehart Map of Values.

The Marvel Family Web informs us that actor Les Tremayne, who played Mentor on the Shazam! TV show passed away in December at the age of 90.

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