Thursday, September 29, 2011

An Infinite Gauntlet of Crises

"People are like Twinkies. They are filled with a creamy goodness that is creativity.
However, people are also under pressure, and if they do not have a healthy outlet for their creativity, it squirts out in strange directions"
- Brian Moriarity

 This was written back when I had just moved into our new home, and hadn’t sold the old one yet. 

 Moving can be stressful

Since there were nearly a hundred characters in the first one, this one was only supposed to have a dozen or so to avoid having them be too obscure.

Also, due to the kind of financial jiggery pokery that caused the market collapse at the time, we had four mortgages.

 Moving can be VERY stressful.

Hence, this is the larger than originally planned amalgaddendum.

For the comic geeks in the crowd, I used more Marvel Knights than Defenders in for my JSA combinations this time around...for no reason other than I like them.  Also, I decided the MC2 universe of Spider-Girl is the true future of Marvel, because it’s happier.

As I said, I was stressed.

New Pictured Characters in CAPS
Characters from Amalgamations Accumulate in Italics
As always, please click on the pictures to bask in the obsession.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Old Guy Game Guides: Watchmen the End is Nigh

This review of Watchmen: The End is Nigh is a perfect example of why my game guides will be completely useless to a majority of people.

Wow, with that kind of intro, I’ll be attracting new readers by the truckload!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Tale of Two Als

Based on the release of Alpocalypse at the start of the summer and Welcome 2 My Nightmare at the end of it, I have come to the realization that Weird Al and Alice Cooper are the only two musicians that make me run out to the store the day a new album is released.

There’s several more “onlys” that these two share.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Disney 2005: Day 9

In which it’s time to say goodbye to all our company…

The last day's morning was, of course, filled with packing, checking out of the room, and into the airline.  We took one last walk around the hotel to take pictures of the giant props, including one of me being crushed by a huge “little foosball man” that can only be titled "Bray's Revenge".  Anabelle whiled away the time we had to wait to check into the airline by playing with hula-hoops and chalk drawing on the ground, as well as all over herself. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Disney 2005: Day 8

In which our child turns two in the Magic Kingdom.

For her big day, we dressed Anabelle in her Minnie Mouse dress and took her to Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary.  Yet again, there were a lot of happy moments, with hugs and kisses for Mickey, Minnie, Chip, Dale, and even Pluto.  She still wanted nothing to do with Goofy and gave him a wide berth.  She joined in the napkin spinning celebration, and was excited to get her own birthday cupcake, with candle.  We got pretty excited too when, instead of blowing it out, she reached out to grab the flame.  There was a lot of yelling, jumping and blowing on our parts that she found very amusing.  Minnie even came back for a second pass to compare dresses and give her a birthday hug.  Auntie Kim also called during breakfast to wish her a happy birthday, and then Uncle Dave got on to sing to her.  Anabelle looked at me, said "no" and closed the phone.  She knows what she likes, I guess.  Our breakfast ended with a transcontinental laugh at Uncle Dave.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Disney 2005: Day 7

In which there is resting(ish)

We spent the morning hanging around the hotel, doing some initial packing, and getting ready for the upcoming big day.  We had lunch scheduled in EPCOT, and went over eventually.  Anabelle (as per usual) fell asleep as we got there, so we took turns on Spaceship Earth.  I tried to take pictures, almost none of which came out. (Someday I shall figure out Rosa’s secret of getting good pictures while in motion, or at least be smart enough to get her to take them.) I was attempting to document what EPCOT is supposed to be: educational, animatronic filled, dark rides; not all these newfangled, thrill packed, doo-hickeys.  Hey, maybe I'm old and crusty, but you never read about anyone dropping dead on "Horizons" did you?  Ah ferget it…grumble grumble.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Disney 2005: Day 6

In which there is happy nature and sad deserts.

Anabelle took her nap as soon as we hit Animal Kingdom, allowing Rosa to video the Festival of the Lion King, hoping that her child might someday want to see it.  I walked the stroller around a secluded side nature trail with some birds, a nice waterfall on the Tree of Life, and two EXTREMELY HAPPY Galapagos Tortoises.  I really wish I had a camera, as the male was performing what has to be one of the greatest balancing acts in all of nature.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Disney 2005: Day 5

In which we go around the world, and back to the past’s future.

Having mostly recovered, we set out for a day at EPCOT, and luckily caught the character bus on arrival.  Anabelle had a wonderful time running to, and hugging Mickey, Minnie, Chip and Dale, and a Giant Penguin. (Quite a surprise, as she was still terrified of Pluto at this point.) 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Disney 2005: Day 4

In which movie time comes to a premature end.

MGM got short changed, as far as time goes.  The second day there was our final day, and this day…well it had issues.  We all slept pretty late after the recent festivities, getting us to the park in time for Anabelle’s nap (which did allow us to ride Star Tours).  The mind games continued as Anabelle kept asking to go take a picture on the speeder bike prop, and then proceeded to cry in horror when I brought her there.  She also decided to be afraid of a red car on the street, and the small stuffed “Jedi Mickey” I bought…fun.