Watched WALL-E for the second time last night (the first time on DVD). For some reason I was tearing up all throughout the movie. Knowing what was coming, I would just well up, with tears, choking them back at scenes where EVE shuts down and WALL-E takes care of her, or when WALL-E helps the fat guy up onto his hoverchair making and instantaneous new friend, or when WALL-E sacrifices himself for EVE’s directive, or when he makes friends with MO, or when EVE thinks she’s lost WALL-E forever at the end, or…. I loves that little robot so much. He’s so emotive and personable. Damn you Pixar for turning me into a blubbering, sentimental old fool. An absolutely incredible movie, even when watched on a tiny screen.
Leaving an out-of-office message or an auto-responder of any sort on your email leads to receiving more spam. Truth is I knew this already, but was just reminded of it again when logging into work on a day off because … well see [...about me #5]. Spam is neither lovely nor wonderful.
I have this notion that I am irreplaceable at work and that when I go on vacation the place falls apart without me. It’s kinda true, but not as true as I think it is.
aka: poor man’s Shredded Wheat in that Quaker’s Muffets cost about a buck less a box, but aside from the shape, they’re virtually indistinguishable, so, you know, I’ll keep my dollar thanks.
I found this yesterday on the top shelf of JJ’s bedroom closet, in a bag with some unopened Football trading cards packages from 1991, a complete set of O-PeeChee 1987 NHL All-Stars and a few other random comics (like Seaquest DSV #1).
I had never heard of Spidey Super Stories before but contained within this plain looking yellow hardcover collection was all I needed to know:
In an innovative, joint educational effort between Children’s Television Workshop and Marvel Comics, Spidey Super Stories was born. It is the first nationally distributed comic book created specifically to be “easy to read.”
The guidelines for the magazine were based upon CTW research and eye-movement studies conducted by Dr. Kenneth O’Bryan at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. As a result, Spidey Super Stories uses an average of fewer frames per page, fewer balloons per frame, and fewer words per balloon than other comic books. The stories are written in controlled vocabulary, and speech balloons are strategically placed to capture he eye of the reader.
Spidey Super Stories published 57 issues from 1974 to 1982. This “Best of” collection reprints a handful of stories starring Spider-Man and co-starring Medusa, Ms. Marvel, Hulk, Silver Surfer, and of course, Easy Reader (aka, Morgan Freeman). Outtasight!
The collection used to belong to “Ian S.” and cam to us from the Solidarity Ladies Auxillary, presumably through Aden’s grandmother who probably picked it up at a rummage sale. It’s cheesy, and simplistic but perfect for the little guy.