Hey Bill, It's map, Hey, I got a new phone. I'm having a safe travel Manhattan for where I can have the The Road movie email Hello. I can't remember how we solve it, gimme a call. Hope you're well. Bye.
It won't be the roomba that takes over the human race, it will be your last can of beer.
via: Robot Overlords
Here is a list of current webcomics that I love. Best of all they are free (as in beer)!
First up are titles that are current and regularly updated.
|Bucko||written by Jeff Parker and illustrated by Erika Moen|
|Freak Angels||written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Paul Duffield|
|Minimum Security||written and illustrated by Stephanie McMillan|
|Falling Skies||written by Paul Tobin and illustrated by Juan Ferreyra|
|Romantically Apocalyptic||written and illustrated by Vitaly S Alexius|
|The Abaddon||written and illustrated by Koren Shadmi|
Here is a list of either finished or irregularly updated webcomics. In other words, my all time favorites. Enjoy!
|Copper||written and illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi|
|the Pekar Project||written by Harvey Pekar and illustrated by various artists|
|Vanessa Davis||various comics from Tablet Magazine by Vanessa Davis|
|Next Door Neighbor||various comics from Smith Magazine|
Here are a few sites with many web comics. Find your own favorite
|Top Shelf 2.0||one of the finest indie publishers anywhere!|
|TX Comics||Toronto / Montréal collective of amazing comic artists|
|act-i-vate||almost a hundred titles. something for everyone.|
I’ve been listening to the new Boing Boing podcast called Gweek. It is a great free form chat session about books, comics, games, gadgets, gizmos and much more. No one is using their radio voice or throwing in sound effects. The show is just guys talking about the stuff they are into.
The podcast is hosted by Mark Frauenfelder (Boing Boing, Make Magazine, author) and Rob Beschizza (Boing Boing’s managing editor) and a weekly guest. They post links to everything they talk about on the website and so far I’ve found a handful of cool things that I didn’t know about before. That is all I ask of any podcast.
In September of 2007 I received a nice birthday surprise from the New York Times. In that weeks’ Sunday Magazine was a new serialized comic from Daniel Clowes, creator of Ghost World, Eight Ball and many other fine comics. Clowes specializes in lovable curmudgeons, likable perverts and a sarcastic view of middle America. The Sunday Magazine series ran for 20 weeks and was always the first thing that I would look for before getting bogged down in the War on Terror or the sad economic slide of the final Bush years. This book is the collected version of the series.
Mister Wonderful centers around the woefully pessimistic Marshall, a middle aged divorcee who is trying to get back into the dating world by being setup on a blind date. As Marshall waits for his match to show up we hear his inner monologue degrading him and everyone else who he comes into contact with. It seems typical the way he finds flaws in the attractive young woman sitting near him and then a middle aged woman who walks into the shop he waits in. The humor works better when Marshall starts pointing the judgement back at himself.
The story continues as his date shows up and then follows them through their evening. Marshall’s inner narration continues through the story with the thought balloons often covering up the actual dialog he is having with the other characters. Clowes changes styles of cartooning when he wants to flash back or show an alternate version of a scene. He also introduces a mini version of Marshall who pops in to let Marshall know when he is lying and just plain blowing it.
Reading this series all in one book has changed my view of Marshall. My initial experience had me embarrassed for Marshall and thinking of every negative person I’ve ever despised. This time around he seems almost redeemed either through luck or by other characters turning out to be as pitiful as himself.
by Daniel Clowes
Pantheon Books, 2011
You can still read the original NY Times Magazine version here!
This week the LA Times Magazine is an all Noir issue. Great pictures and stories. My favorite comic illustrator, Sean Phillips (Criminal, Incognito), has piece he drew for a Don Winslow story called Sunset on Sunset.
Minimum Security is one of my favorite daily comics. Its creator Stephanie McMillan has made some fun Earth Day cards that are for sale. Send one to your Prius driving friends and remind them they are tools of the green fingered marketing machine. If they really want to make a difference they should pack that Prius with C4 and drive it into a coal burning power plant!
The tractor in this video sure puts the old cub-cadet to shame. I love the idea of an open source world.
I am of the opinion that when I buy a digital e-book I should be able to read it on any electronic device that I own or borrow. Maybe someday I will have a screen implanted on the back of my right hand and will want to read all of my Danielle Steele novels on that hand. Amazon wants me to only read books bought from them on their Kindle reader or Kindle software. I think I should be able to load the book onto my hand and read it in my trusty 2015 version of GearGab Hand Reader Deluxe Edition for Hands.
For people who feel like me, the Apprentice Alf has written the following: Ebook Formats, DRM and You — A Guide for the Perplexed. Grab this article now before the powers-that-be take it down or Apprentice Alf gets cold feet and takes it down their-self. The title of the article is tad bit modest. It should be "How to Strip Copy Protection From e-books and Read them on other devices".
QR Codes are cool. They are those funny looking pixalated images that you see in ads and street posters. I like to think of them as a digital Rorschach inkblot test. Above is my QR for GearGAb. Give it a try!
Meet the Bucket Wheel Excavator, an earth killer the size of a football stadium.
Here are the books I remember reading in 2010. It is sad that I don't keep better track of them. I'm sure that I've missed a few. I even have an account on Goodreads but like this blog it is often neglected.
- Already Dead by Charlie Huston
- You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier
- the Devil's Alphabet by Daryl Gregory
- Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization by John Robb
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
- This Is Not a Game by Walter Jon Williams
- the Passage by Justin Cronin
- Mythmakers & Lawbreakers by Margret Killjoy
- Small Miracles by Edward M. Lerner
- Map of my Heart by John Porcellino
- Freak Angels Vol 1, 2, 3 and 4 by Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield
- the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins
- The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett
- Sword of my Mouth by Jim Munroe and Shannon Gerard
- In The Woods by Tana French
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
- The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson
- Wilson by Daniel Clowes
- Daemon by Daniel Suarez
- Freedom by Daniel Suarez
- Program or Be Programmed by Douglas Rushkoff
- The City and the City by China Mieville
- American Subversive by David Goodwillie
- Machine of Death by Various (anthology)
- X'ed Out by Charles Burns
- Under the Dome by Stephen King
- Makers by Cory Doctorow
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum