Unlike most web-savvy people, I’ve never been that hip to watching or reading things on-line when there’s some other way to consume them. I get a lot of PDF samples of comic books to review but read very little of them because I prefer the more traditional format. Same with the Strongbad Email series, which I’ve always enjoyed, but rarely on-line. GAK bought be the 3-disc of the first 100 emails a few years back and it’s a treasure of my dvd collection. He even later followed it up with disc 4 (I’ve been lax on picking up discs 5 and 6 which continue through to email #200).
Looks like Strong Bad is still going strong over at Homestarrunner.com. With it’s flexible format (each cartoon can be as long or as short as the creative team demands) and its simplistic set-up, it’s truly a pop-culture phenomenon that will have a hard time wearing out its welcome.
I watched ten emails today, two of which are all-time favourites: Comic (featuring Teen Girl Squad)
and Dragon (witness the creation of Trogdor The Burninator)
The Purchase Brothers are an up-and-coming commercial/features directorial duo (from Canada?) who are building up their reputation through generating unpaid, unsolicited spec work and publishing it on-line. The Hermit hipped me to this jive, their short-feature based on the video game Half Life 2, and it is indeed quite impressive. There’s theoretically a part two but info on the Purchase Bros. is kind of slim (though their YouTube posting states that they’re now working on a feature… likely a no-budget direct-to-video assembly, but it’ll be interesting to see what they do an how well they do it).
Ever since I was a little kid I’ve had comic books beside my bed, often piles of them. For over 25 years I have, nearly every night of my life (relatively speaking) read a comic book before I’ve gone to sleep. God, I’m such a geek.
I’m not sure where or when I developed a fondness for chevre, but it’s hands down my favourite cheese. Once I start spreading it on crackers I keep going until I run out of one or the other. I have impulse control issues.
We had a good look at the communion alien today with a full 1/2 hour (?!) ultrasound to make sure all the anatomy and whatnot was growing properly. According to the reports everything came up “normal”, which is better than abnormal or paranormal.
She’s definitely a she, we were told and we got a look at her fluttering heart and various bone structures.
Apparently she’s 5.2 cm long, which, if you make a circle with your thumbs touching and your forefingers touching means she could fit in between there. She’s tiny. Taking a second look at the results sheet, (and thinking logically for a minute) that’s definitely not right. I don’t know what the heck 5.2 cm is measuring.
My thought as I watched this gestating creature as waves of ultrasound bounced off her was “does she dream, and if so about what”. They can’t see yet, so there’s no visual sensory input, but blind people can still visualize things, just she would have no frame of reference to make sense of any of the noises that come through. Has her ear drums even developed yet. If I walked around with a giant fishbowl on my head, filled with water, with a snorkel to allow me to breathe, ear plugs jammed in my ear, a pair of goggles blacked out over my eyes, exactly how would the world seem to me?