Archives for June 2011

Sorry for the silence!

BIL graduated from college, we’re having a party here tonight. Between that and the first week of the Kidlet’s summer school (the preschool version of day camp), it’s been a little crazy. I’ll have regular posts resuming Monday. I wasn’t a fan of Jackass, but it’s pretty shocking to hear about Ryan Dunn. Not so much that he passed away, but that he’d had 11 drinks over a 4 hour period that resulted in a BAC of .196 and got into his car. He crashed going 130 mph and his car actually went 40 yards off the road. That’s 120…

Still catching my breath.

It never ceases to amaze me what big jerks people can be on the road. On our way back from school, we pulled off the freeway to begin the street portion of the commute. Now, I got a ticket for speeding not that long ago, so I’ve been more aware of speed limits- I definitely don’t want to get another ticket. Coming off the freeway, the road has a weird curve. I was next to a semi, so I slowed down because I didn’t want the semi to pull into my lane thinking it was clear. That’s when I became…

Down with Pirate Princesses!

I am a connoisseur of all things piratey, and have been since I was a kid. Nothing new to readers of this blog. Of course, pirates weren’t trendy, so I had to work extra hard to get my hands on books about pirates. Nowawdays, pirates are everywhere- even in kid’s television. The boys love Disney Junior’s Jake and the Neverland Pirates, which is a fun kid’s show building on the world from Peter Pan. Captain Hook’s the bad guy (but a bit more of a buffoon than in the movie). There’s a girl pirate, and I haven’t had a single…

Girls & Comics: writing.

Last night, Gail Simone (the comic book writer/creator) tweeted the following statements. “DC, we need more female creators, stat. Really. Let’s make this happen.” (In the reboot era, there will be two. Gail and… trying to find the other name. Sorry!) “We all still want comics to be a meritocracy. But there are more than two female creators who are qualified and talented.” Not surprisingly, this became a hot button issue as male creators and just casual fans added in their two cents. Some people who worked accepting submissions at DC and Image commented that only about 5-10% of the…

Unfair or within reason?

SoCal restaurant Gjelina in Venice has a no substitutions policy, which they state on their menu. There are a number of small places that do this, but for the most part nobody talks about them. Except that they refused to make a change to a dish for Victoria Beckham who was dining with Gordon Ramsey. As Ramsey tells it, the very pregnant Beckham asked for the dressing on the side. The restaurant refused. (You can read more about the account here, as well as Gjelina’s response to the LA Times when asked about it) In reading the comments, there were…

Well, Twitter, that just happened.

The following contains MASSIVE spoilers for “A Good Man Goes To War”, the mid-season finale for Doctor Who. Here is your River Song warning, sweeties. Spoilers!

The DC Reboot & Magic Breasts.

For any of these pictures, click on them and you can see them full-sized. I’ve tweeted about the DC Reboot, which for those non-comic types was the recent announcement that DC will be restarting all of its major series numerically and content-wise. Origin stories, and chances for fresh starts for characters. I will say this here, I think this is a great idea. The problem with having extremely long continuities is that it makes it hard for new fans to step in- which is what the comics industry is in dire need of. Also, I do like the idea that…

Imagination.

(Yes, I was thinking of the start of Fantasmic! when I typed that) My little guy is growing up! As I’ve mentioned here, he’s three and a child of few words. Well, up until recently he was. Now he talks up a storm and definitely has an opinion on everything. He’s also developing quite the imagination, just like his brother. I watch him play when it’s just the two of us and Thomas and Percy are always off on some exciting adventure. Yesterday was “Burger Day.” Which means that provided the Oldest Kidlet behaved himself that week, we get lunch…

Sex Scandals, Weiner… time for a new approach.

As everyone’s heard, Anthony Weiner was caught sending lewd images to women that he’d flirted with online. When the first image went up, he made some comment about being hacked, then said something about how it was his picture but his phone had sent it accidentally (which as anyone who has purse dialed, emailed, or tweeted knows… could be possible). But as soon as he changed his story once, it was clear that he really had meant to send the image to the woman. Do I care? Not really. By all accounts, he’s involved in his constituency and seems to…

#YASaves

In the WSJ, Meghan Cox Gurdon, wrote a piece about the current state of Young Adult (YA) Fiction. She points that YA is filled with supernatural novels, violence, rape, drugs, and vile language. This might be true, but she’s completely wrong in saying that these books don’t belong in teenager’s hands. I find it distressing that Ms Gurdon is their children’s book reviewer- perhaps they should have someone evaluate YA books that isn’t going to throw the book down, arms flailing and screeching “won’t someone please think of the children!” I admit, I didn’t read YA much as a teenager.…