Friday, February 24, 2006

Weekly Pulls [22 Feb 2006]

Cover of the Moment:  'Batman' #650I bought more comics than I should’ve this week. I was originally thinking there would be only four but I picked up about seven plus the new issue of Wizard. Comic runs are getting expensive.

» The American Way #1 (Wildstorm)
The guy who drew this issue, Georges Jeanty, was doing a signing in store the day this book was released. Ian and I had a pleasant talk with him for about five minutes about comics, and I tell you it’s made reading this more enjoyable. Initially it wasn’t anything new in terms of ideas, but the end was interesting. The artwork was solid so this was a good pull this week. An added bonus was seeing the sign of the Fox Theater, a landmark in Atlanta, in the book.
Rating: 7 out of 10 (good)

» Astonishing X-Men #13 (Marvel)
I missed this book. It’s the only consistent X-Men title and deserves to be a flagship title, though I’ll admit that the last page’s spread was kind of goofy looking.
Rating: 9 out of 10 (good)

» Batman #650 (DC)
Talk about a typical ending to a storyline that could’ve been interesting. The horrible art didn’t’ help much.
Rating: 5 out of 10 (average)

» Captain America #15 (Marvel)
Brubaker’s consistent with his writing. This issue was good despite not focusing much on Cap at all.
Rating: 7 out of 10 (good)

» Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk #2 (Marvel)
One of the better Bruce Banner stories I’ve read in a while. This issue was also my introduction to the word “tofurkey” in a highly humorous manner.
Rating: 10 out of 10 (excellent)

» X-Men #183 (Marvel)
Eh, I can’t wait until a new writing team is put on this book. This Apocalypse story really isn’t holding my interest.
Rating: 6 out of 10 (average)
“Oh, and fascism’s better, then? Not better, maybe, but more honest, at least. It don’t pretend to value human life while making that life a helluva lot worse off.”
Comic of the Moment: Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk #2 by Damon Lindelof and Leinil Francis Yu

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Overconfidence

A Vulgar Display of PowerJack’s an overconfident bastard to the point of arrogance. He thinks he’s a bona-fide badass. He brags about working lumber at Home Depot in a manner that makes it sound like he’s the only one that can do his job. A couple days ago he told a story about an encounter with some guy and girl he didn’t know. They were yelling at each other and at some point the guy grabs the girl by the wrist. Thinking himself a southern gentleman he approaches them and asks that the guy let the girl go. Then the guy without warning uppercuts him to the stomach, following through with his torso, and knocked the wind out of Jack. He asks Jack, who’s hunched over trying to regain his breath, if he wants some more. Jack puts a finger up and says something along the lines of no because he let the lady go when he threw the punch. I wonder if Jack’s learned the lesson to be had here?
♪…JUST AN IGNORANT CUNT, TALKIN’ SUCH SHIT
TRYIN’ TO ACT LIKE A MAN, YOU LITTLE FUCKIN’ PUNK KID…♪
Song of the Moment: “13 Years of Grief” by Black Label Society

Friday, February 17, 2006

Letter of Recommendation

During my time at Georgia Tech I've had the pleasure of learning from Professor Endicott for about two years. Last month he managed to find some time to write up a letter of recommendation for me despite myself having to ask on such short notice. I've decided to display the letter on here, though I've edited these uploaded page scans to exclude contact information and signatures. A lot of my friends who have seen this already seemed to get a laugh out of the letter saying that I have a “working moral compass.” If you can't read the letter, click on it and it'll take you to a page where you can enlarge it.

Endicott Letter pg 1

Endicott Letter pg 2
♪…TIME, TAKE SOME TIME
IF YOU WOULDN’T MIND
JUST A MINUTE OR TWO
CUZ TIME DONE WEIGHIN’ ON MY MIND
BLINDED MY EYES
NOT KNOWIN’ WHAT TO DO…♪
Song of the Moment: “Found a Friend” by Pride and Glory

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Metallica + Rick Rubin = ?

Metal up your ass!Famed producer Rick Rubin (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, Slayer, etc.) is slated to produce Metallica’s upcoming album. The surprising thing here is Bob Rock, the band’s producer for the last six albums or so, isn’t behind the knobs on this one, much to the elation of his nay-sayers. The last album saw the return of relatively complex riffing despite the use of a drop D style tuning (common amongst rock and metal bands due to easier power chord play, usually leading to rather uninteresting instrumental). Maybe this new CD will mark the return of solos? I kind of missed them in St. Anger.
♪…SMASHING THROUGH THE BOUNDARIES, LUNACY HAS FOUND ME
CANNOT STOP THE BATTERY
POUNDING OUT AGGRESSION TURNS INTO OBSESSION
CANNOT KILL THE BATTERY
CANNOT KILL THE FAMILY, BATTERY IS FOUND IN ME…♪
Song of the Moment: “Battery” by Metallica

Weekly Pulls [16 Feb 2006]

Cover of the Moment:  'She-Hulk' #5Just some thoughts on the comics I picked up this week. No “real” books this week, unfortunately. I really need to get back to finishing my rereading of The Count of Monte Cristo though.

» Justice #4 (DC)
I’m not liking this series as much as everyone on the boards. The art’s still solid despite Alex Ross not penciling, only painting the art.
Rating: 7 out of 10 (good)

» The Incredible Hulk #92 (Marvel)
Decent, though I’ve been out of the Hulk loop for a long time now. At least it’s a “major event” that’s getting over hyped like everything else these days. It’s only the first book of the Planet Hulk event, so it can go either way.
Rating: 6 out of 10 (average)

» The New Avengers #16 (Marvel)
Much like Justice above, this book’s all about the art for me. Steve McNiven should be a regular artist on this series. From what it looks like in this issue we may get some sort of closure from the House of M event from Bendis himself.
Rating: 7 out of 10 (good)

» She-Hulk #5 (Marvel)
This second volume or “season” isn’t as good as the first six issues of the last volume, but it’s still pretty funny. Nothing since Spidey’s lawsuit against J. Jonah Jameson in the first volume has gotten me laughing to the point of falling out of my chair though. Gotta love the Greg Horn covers though.
Rating: 6 out of 10 (average)

» Ultimate Fantastic Four #27 (Marvel)
Mark Millar deserves all of the hype that Brian Michael Bendis is getting, he’s just the better writer who can actually consistently write engaging superhero stories (it’s not that easy, look at 75% of the crap Marvel and DC puts out and you’ll know why). The great art by Greg Land is just icing on the cake. Sure the story’s been done before in theme, with Ben depressed over his life as the Thing, but the way he elaborates on his pain makes it unique.
Rating: 8 out of 10 (good)

» X-Men: Deadly Genesis # 4 (Marvel)
Ed Brubaker’s starting to feel like an over hyped writer these days, much like Bendis is. This series isn’t living up to the man’s rep.
Rating: 6 out of 10 (average)
“This skin disorder I got in here. This radiation thing that’s happening to my body. This ain’t temporary… This is a lifetime condition and that ain’t ever gonna change. It’s okay ofr you. Your symptoms after the accident made you a super-stud. You date cool chicks and go to cool parties. Me, I just think about suicide every day. I’d slit my wrists if I could find a razor that didn’t break every time I tried. You think Reed could help end it, Johnny? You think he could find a way to kill me since he’s given up on curing me? You figure that’s too much to ask?”
Comic of the Moment: Ultimate Fantastic Four #27 by Mark Millar and Greg Land

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Closure

About damned time...It’s about damned time. I spent five years wasting away in that school for this piece of paper. You’d think they’d have the decency to send it out in a decent time frame, if not onstage. It finally feels nice to know that I’m finally free of needing anything from this school. Last week Dad told me I could've gotten in-state tuition in Hawaii. I wish I would've known that five years ago, being able to enjoy all A's and the beach.
♪…LAY BESIDE ME, UNDER WICKED SKIES
THROUGH BLACK OF DAY, DARK OF NIGHT, WE SHARE THIS PARALYZE
THE DOOR CRACKS OPEN BUT THERE’S NO SUN SHINING THROUGH
BLACK HEART SCARRING DARKER STILL, BUT THERE’S NO SUN SHINING THROUGH…♪
Song of the Moment: “The Unforgiven II” by Metallica

Monday, February 13, 2006

Back... Again

Hottie of the Moment:  Elisha CuthbertTwo 15 hour flights in a little over a week can be rough, trust me. This is especially so if you don’t choose the right seats. I always go for aisle exit seats since they afford you the most leg room. Sure, there’s that added responsibility but I figure if the plane crashes, you’re most likely to be dead along with everyone else, anyway. Korea was nothing special, just constantly below freezing for most of my days there. My laptop’s screen decided to stop functioning again by the time I got there so I was stuck being somewhat bored with a 15 lb. paper weight to carry around in my backpack. My brother’s friend had loaned him the first season of 24, which I watched in its entirety in a couple days. Twenty four hours of TV must be a new record for me since I don’t watch it much at all under normal circumstances. I didn’t know that hottie from The Girl Next Door was on that show.

Jack seems to be playing it careful these last couple of days. Maybe he suspects something? I wouldn't put it past him, he can be attentive when he wants to be. Ryan owes me money, which I hope I don't have to take out of his hide the hard way.

I need to get back to work on searching for employment. It might help that Dr. Endicott (recent Nobel Prize nominee, 7th out of 199) finally finished a letter of recommendation for me. The prof’s been too kind to me the last two years that I’ve known him.
♪…WHEN YOUR LIFE WAS LIVED FULLY COCKED AND LOADED
BUT YOUR SOUL WAS EMPTY THROUGH AND THROUGH
IT MAKES ME REALIZE MAYBE YOU SOLD IT
FOR THE DREAM OF A LIFETIME OR MAYBE TWO… YEAH YOU…♪
Song of the Moment: “Born Again for the Last Time” by Corrosion of Conformity

Friday, February 03, 2006

Going Home

Hottie of the Moment:  Grace ParkMy mother’s birthday is on the fifth, so I’ve decided to catch a flight home and surprise her. The $1500 ticket was quite the hit in the bank, but I’ll have nearly another 14,000 frequent flyer miles to add to the 90,000 I’ve still got pooled up. It’ll also be a nice change of pace, especially since I haven’t seen my family in over a year. Plus, it'll let me get away from my douchebag roommates for a week or more. Well, I'd better get my Nyquil packed, it's going to be a long flight. Hopefully Mom won't be crabby the whole week.
♪TIMES HAVE CHANGED AND TIMES ARE STRANGE
HERE I COME, BUT I AIN’T THE SAME
MAMA, I’M COMING HOME
TIMES GONE BY SEEMS TO BE
YOU COULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER FRIEND TO ME
MAMA, I’M COMING HOME…♪
Song of the Moment: “Mama, I’m Coming Home” by Ozzy Osbourne.