Saturday, September 27, 2014

lame (me, not the comic)

I have sucked at blogging lately. And by "lately", I mean for the last couple of years.

Or more.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

the value of literature

So I just watched the Bruce Willis movie, Surrogates. It was entertaining and all, but I gotta say, the characters in the movie could have saved themselves a lot of trouble had they just read Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano.

Or maybe just a little Greek mythology.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

the Show

So today, I went to Zeus Comics, here in Big D, to see Danielle Corsetto and Randy Mulholland, of, respectively, Girls With Slingshots and Something Positive. It was, as these things always are, both very nice and very disappointing. Rather like sex, perhaps, which, however wonderful, is never quite like you thought it would be, and you know, you know that it is because of yourself (and your failings) that this is true*.

Still, it was great, and I spent way too much money, which is okay, because these people do a fairly income-less job (except for the marketing from stuff that they sell at events like this), so I dont really feel bad about spending money. I mean, in exchange for my cash, I got two books and four comics, all signed. They get cash for doing what they (presumably... hopefully) love to do.

Win - win, right? Yes, I think so.

Anyway, I've been reading the two comics for at least four years, though I couldnt exactly tell you how long. I have them listed in my first Comix list (Sept 1, 2010), and I read their complete archives sometime that year according to my book list. But the list is pretty extensive even at that point, so I could have discovered them that year, or I could have been reading them for a long time before that. Not knowing this is one of the (few) downsides to not obsessively posting every damn thing you're doing online.

*Okay, granted, there are are plenty of people out there who do not assume that the problem is themselves, and that the problem is always the other, but they are assholes and do not bear talking about.

Friday, July 04, 2014

happy fourth!

Yeah, I know we celebrate the Declaration of Independence on the fourth. I dont care. I showing you this comic.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

nine years and counting

so.. yeah.

It's my blogging anniversary.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

read this

So the basic story looks like this: in the decades before the Civil War, the economic value of slavery explodes. It becomes the central economic institution and source of wealth for a region experiencing a boom that succeeded in raising per capita income and concentrating wealth ever more tightly in the hands of the Southern planter class. During this same period, the rhetoric of the planter class evolves from an ambivalence about slavery to a full-throated, aggressive celebration of it. As slavery becomes more valuable, the slave states find ever more fulsome ways of praising, justifying and celebrating it. Slavery increasingly moves from an economic institution to a cultural one; it becomes a matter of identity, of symbolism—indeed, in the hands of the most monstrously adept apologists, a thing of beauty.

And yet, at the very same time, casting a shadow over it all is the growing power of the abolition movement in the North and the dawning awareness that any day might be slavery’s last. So that, on the eve of the war, slavery had never been more lucrative or more threatened. That also happens to be true of fossil fuel extraction today.
from the article The New Abolitionism.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

total eclipse

Sometime around now there should be a total lunar eclipse. But we've heard that before. This is, by the way, pre-posted. Check NASA, maybe.

Addendum, April 15.

It was this morning. Got out of bed around 2-ish. Went out, saw the red moon (it looked so small!), then went back to bed. Back in 1985, when I was younger and freer, my friends and I watched a similar eclipse from start to finish, while hanging out and playing music and basically being young. It was nice, as I recall.