I was listening to Disk 4 of Brain In A Box (Incidental/Lounge) and the “Mars: Bringer of War” called attention to itself with dramatic flair. I know that tune… why do I know that tune?
Mars is the opening movement from The Planets orchestral suite by British composer Gustav Holst and is rather ubiquitous. Elements of the song have been used in various film scores and in a hilarious sequence in the Venture Brothers and the theme to the awesome BBC mini-series Quatermass. I had never heard The Planets it in its entirety, but thanks to the power of youTube and the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor Yasujiro Iimori) with Venus by Gwacheon City Youth Symphony Orchestra, I now have.
Legion of Three Worlds #2 last appeared over two months ago and the parent series is over. The actual connection to the events of Final Crisis is tenuous, and Geoff Johns is once again reveling in chaos and confusion. Johns, who is the current writer of Justice Society of America, Action Comics and Green Lantern as well as spearheading the Barry Allen Flash revival is interconnecting everything, even loosely, as Legion members find their way into JSA, Flash and Green Lantern elements finds their way into the Legion, and Superman is ubiquitous. When Johns is on, he’s really on, and when he’s not, it’s mind-numbing. Lo3W is really a mix of both, but he’s playing his loyalties (to the Paul Levitz Legion specifically) on his sleeve, and the obviousness of it is the most unfortunate aspect.
For those that read the Justice League/Society crossover “The Lightning Saga” (from two years ago!), it’s finally paid off. It’s pretty absurd, given that the end of the Lightning Saga left a big dangling thread, and Lo3W doesn’t advertise itself as its resolution. But whatever. George Perez seems to be having a blast with illustrating all the various Legionnaires, but Aden is so right when she says he’s the worst costume designer. Sodam Yat’s Green Lantern costume (collarless, broadly cut over the shoulders, with a cape and a mowhawk) is the most atrocious thing since, well, some of his other designs in this series. Ouch.
There is a difference between the criminal mindset or behavior known as arson, and the impulse control disorder known as pyromania. While arson is a crime, pyromania is often considered a mental disorder. The pyromaniac has a clinical condition that is directly responsible for his or her firesetting. Arson, on the other hand, is classified as a violent crime. Though the arsonist and the pyromaniac are often confused as similar, the clinical disorder of pyromania clearly defines the disorder as quite distinct from the criminal action known as arson.
Our new neighbourhood has been plagued by over two dozen fires in the past year and a half. A man was recently arrested, but whether he’s the culprit is yet to be determined. My suspicion, given that most of the torchings were done to easily accessed things like car-parks and garbage, as well as occurring early in the morning, often in extremely cold weather, that this was compulsion-based and not motivated by any of the typical arson factors (”vandalism, excitement, revenge, crime concealment, profit or extremism” - per the NFPA 921). I was pondering the difference between arson and pyromaniac, and my conclusions were confirmed by the above.
Sometimes the simplest of cereals are the best.
I’m kinda getting tired of sweetened or cinnamoned cereals or elaborately dried fruited cereals with yogurt cluster bombs, and am venturing back to the more traditional stuff… your puffed wheats and rice, your corn flakes, your raisin brans and shredded wheats. Make it simple and flavour it yourself with fresh berries or brown sugar.
I’ve had some skin conditions in my life, eczema probably to blame for most of it. I remember having a bad rash on the backs of my legs as a child, and I had a rash in university that was so itchy that I frequently would scratch it to the point of bleeding (I noticed after my chest hair grew in, there’s a bald spot where that rash was). I still get some itchy spots on my legs and elbows from time to time. I’ve been to the doctor numerous times for it (mainly to get a steroidal creme which generally takes care of the issue) and once had a dermatologist take some samples, with no conclusive results. My sister, who has had far worse skin conditions than I, found out she had Celiac Disease (a strong intolerance to wheat and related grain products) that was the primary cause. I was tested and it was determined I didn’t have it. Some have said that hirsute people develop more skin conditions than the bare people…
My longest reactive spot is on the palm of my hand, which generally flares up when I’m stressed out, but also when it’s dry out. Keeping moisturized is good but sometimes doesn’t do anything except give me clammy, slippy hands.