Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Excess Income

I almost spent my oil money on the 2nd appearance of Dr. Fate and the first time a comic book cover donned the blue and gold hero:

However, this was an original with a reprint of the cover (original cover torn off and probably pasted to some kids wall in the 1940s), making it relatively cheap but lame if I wanted to mount it and hold it in high regard. I didn't win the auction because spending over $200 on a reprint cover isn't worth it. One day I may own this issue, but will be content with a high quality reprint of the cover that is framed and mounted above my phonograph.

Now I have oil money for other things. It is either get a blu ray player on black friday or get a PS3 via $150 off (with a Sony credit card offer) - so that I may enjoy the glorious oil drive, in a classic for all time- There Will Be Blood.

My lady tells me that this movie is filled with shots of dirt, grime, Daniel Day-Lewis, and oil splashing around- a blu ray version will look great but you're not looking at something amazing like Iron Man, The Dark Knight, or a Wes Anderson film. Too true, but she understands that I'm an old timey kind of guy and the realism blu ray will bring into my humble home will make me wish tycoons still thrived and monopoly wasn't just a board game.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Gold with anger!

When I hear about werewolves, see collector spoons, see jewelry, or find a pre-1965 quarter - I think about silver. More importantly, how the world and The United States of America abandoned this classic precious metal- making it: A STANDARD NO MORE. That's right, silver is not an accepted monetary standard. However the horrible puke colored gold is the standard, nationally and globally.

WTF, does this mean... it means that gold is the only "monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is equal in value to and exchangeable" (freedictionary.com). Our monies and printed currency is only worth as much as the gold that backs it. This makes me SO angry for several reasons. Silver is a great resource and looks dapper on my lapels, derby, and top hats! It should have never been abandoned. Imagine if the rest of the world abandoned the silver standard, but the US didn't - guess who has more money ... we do!

Also, the United States of America don't need no stinkin' gold! We have a standard called a massive and well trained army, an insane amount of war technology, the greatest Universities, baseball, and Barack Obama. Move over you ridiculous bullions - make way for reality!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veteran's Day

My buddy Dan has a good post on our U.S. Holiday Veteran's Day and WWI. World War I has always been an anomaly to me. Comparable to other wars, men killing each other in brutal fashion; yet, it was fought by digging deep trenches, infested with rats and disease- then there's the mustard gas and gas masks. This war and it's battles must have been hell: dark and deep in the bowels of mud, earth, and bodies. Trees, vegetation, and life were decimated- leaving what was coined a "waste land". The terrain was unlike anything before and from what I can gather, unlike anything we have seen since. The atomic bombs are comparable but the damage and mayhem different.

Also, this "war to end all wars" lead to canonical works: T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" and "The Hollow Men", J.R.R. Tolkien's series "Lord of the Rings", and a slew of wartime poetry and dystopian novels. Lastly, not only should we remember the ideals for which our soldiers fought, but we should also ground ourselves in the reality of the events through which they struggled. With that, I leave you with a World War I classic.

Wilfred Owen

Dulce Et Decorum Est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of disappointed shells that dropped behind.

GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!-- An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And floundering like a man in fire or lime.--
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,--
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

Explanatory notes on the poem available here.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Tough times

Many Americans are going through difficult times right now. The US unemployment rate is higher than it has been in ages and the war in Iraq rages on. In times such as this I like to reflect on Millard Fillmore and his words of wisdom, may he be a guide for us all:

"I know how difficult it is to determine what is and what is not in order, to restrain improper language, and yet not abridge the freedom of debate. But all must see how important it is that the first departure from the strict rule of parliamentary decorum be checked, as a slight attack, or even insinuation of a personal character, often provokes a more severe retort, which brings out a more disorderly reply, each Senator feeling a justification in the previous aggression. There is, therefore, no point so proper to interpose for the preservation of order as to check the first violation of it." —Millard Fillmore, April 3, 1850

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Magical Adventures of Magic Boy Premiere Issue

After thousands of e-mails, numerous knocks at my door, and a bag of poop lit on fire... I bring to you the first issue of MAGIC BOY!!!!

Make sure you have a .pdf viewer for this piece, you will want to zoom in and out to see the intricate detail put forth in this soon to be masterpiece. Otherwise use the preview option provided by box.net and enjoy!


Letters to the editor coming soon, where I answer fan comments and questions.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Guy Fawkes says, "never forget"

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I can think of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.