Gear Gab the Tilt-A-Whirl in my head

14Jul/110

safe travel Manhattan

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.

9Jun/110

Bow down before your new master, beer!

It won't be the roomba that takes over the human race, it will be your last can of beer.

via: Robot Overlords

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5Jun/110

Comics for Free!

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.

 

3Jun/110

John Waters anti-smoking PSA (sort of)

2Jun/112

Jan Saudek Animated Photographs

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2Jun/110

Gweek Podcast

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.

5May/110

Mister Wonderful by Daniel Clowes

Mister Wonderful

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.

Mister Wonderful
by Daniel Clowes
Pantheon Books, 2011

 

Update:

You can still read the original NY Times Magazine version here!

1Apr/110

LA Noir

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.

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3Mar/110

Happy Earth Day from your friendly neighborhood Domistic Terrorist!

Happy Earth Day

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!

26Feb/110

BRAD’S THE MAN!

Bradley Manning

2Feb/111

Build your own world

The tractor in this video sure puts the old cub-cadet to shame. I love the idea of an open source world.

GVCS in 2 Minutes - openecology.org from Adam Mitchell on Vimeo.

via: ginding.be via gizmodo

26Jan/110

For People Who Fear What Their Kids Will Be Like

Nephicide by Jogger

via Coilhouse

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21Jan/110

Stealing Books, Getting Lost 19th Century Style and those Funny Funny Barcodes

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".

via Cryptogon I have found this wonderful book that everyone should own: Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass I guess the title says it all but I would add without GPS or mobile device also.

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!

12Jan/110

Scariest Machine Ever

Meet the Bucket Wheel Excavator, an earth killer the size of a football stadium.

via: cryptogon

28Dec/100

the Book List for 2010

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