Saturday, March 26, 2005

Blogging about blogs is teh lame

But I'm gonna do it anyway because it's about nifty comic blogs.

Don Simpson of Megaton Man fame gots a blog, so does Tom Tomorrow.

Quite a few webcomic artists tack a blog onto their strips, like T Campbell, Brian Clevinger, Ian McDonald, Carson Fire, and Howard Tayler (more of a running commentary than a blog, but still cool). Hell, Bob the Angry Flower comics are posted right in the blog in super bloggy goodness!

There's even some non-web dead tree type comic artists breaking in and peddling their wares by way of their blog. They look pretty damned interesting too, for example here's Plastic Farm which as far as I can tell looks kinda like Bob Burden meets David Lynch (holy shit! I am the Elephant man!). Even more intriguing is Pan-Gea as it looks very much like the bastard love child of Vaughn Bode and Sergio Argones (and I mean that as a high compliment, see for yourself).

Of course no matter how many artists put up blogs, there will always be in an infinite number of blogs about comics by plain ol' ordinary slobs like us. There's even a blog that lists updated comic blogs. But after reading all those blogs who has time time to read the comics? Screw this blogging crap, I have issues of Top 10 that need my attention...

Remember kids, this is what happens when you Google for 'David Lynch'...

you are: elephant man

Which David Lynch movie are you?
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Sumpin' for ya ta listen to

Fiona Apple.

That'll teach Sony not to withhold an album so they can more effectively promote it with an ingenious viral marketing scheme.

And don't bitch at me 'cause I haven't posted George's NCAA final four picks yet. Quite frankly, I haven't watched a single game and I don't really give a shit anymore. I'll have 'em up before the real final four probably.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Brackets part IV

Finally, here's the Austin regional, thanks to our good friend George. Yeah, I know I'm posting this the day after the whole shebang started, and there is very likely several wrong picks already (even the father of our country (or the dirty rotten traitor, for all you UK readers) is human and can make some mistakes occasionally) but the NCAA should have known better than to start this thing on St. Patrick's Day. Dammit, there was a whole lot of green watery approximations of beer waiting for me that wasn't gonna drink itself!

With no further ado, The Austin Regional.

1st round:
Duke over Delaware St.
Mississippi St. over Stanford
Michigan St. over Old Dominion
Syracuse over Vermont
Utah over UTEP
Oklahoma over Niagra
Cincinnati over Iowa
Kentucky over E. Kentucky

2nd Round:

Duke over Mississippi St.
Syracuse over Michigan St.
Utah over Oklahoma
Cincinnati over Kentucky

Sweet Sixteen:
Syracuse over Duke (Duke sucks)
Cincinnati over Utah

Elite Eight:
Cincinnati over Syracuse

Chicago Regional Champion - Cincinnati

Well, there we have our Final Four: Illinois, Wake Forest, NC State and Cincinnati. If you think flipping a coin to fill out your brackets is an idiotic waste of time, always remember it could be worse. (bypass AJC registration fascism using BugMeNot or check the comments for a login)

Check back some time in the not-too-distant future for the final four picks.

Finally, Mad Props to reader Josh for providing the Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead-like coin flips for this round, and to reader TRES CEE for his/her/its insightful commentary on the Chicago regional.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Brackets part five (three, sir!)

Here's the Chicago regional picks courtesy of my friend George for all you inveterate gamblers. And quit whining that I didn't post these until after the games started, even if you had taken Washington's advice you still wouldn't win your office pool.

1st round:
Illinois over Fairleigh Dickinson
Texas over Nevada
Wisconsin-Milwaukee over Alabama
Boston College over Penn
LSU over UAB
Arizona over Utah State
St. Mary's over S. Illinois
SE Louisiana over Oklahoma St.

2nd Round:

Illinois over Texas
Boston College over Wisconsin-Milwaukee
LSU over Arizona
St. Mary's over SE Louisiana

Sweet Sixteen:
Illinois over Boston College
St. Mary's over LSU

Elite Eight:
Illinois over St. Mary's

Albuquerque Regional Champion - Illinois

George takes the safe route here in the Chicago regional as Illinois plays St. Mary's on the mouse organ in the regional finals.

In completely unrelated news, I remember having one of these (Schlitz, i think) when I was a kid. Could you imagine the shitstorm that would erupt if you put mini beer can jewelry in kiddie vending machines today?

In mostly unrelated news, I found this while looking for a mouse organ link to put above. Anybody got a color laser printer and some card stock???

Up next (eventually) is the Austin region.

Brackets continued

Ok, here's the Albuquerque portion of the bracket, courtesy of good ol' George.

1st round:
Montana over Washington
Pittsburgh over Pacific
George Washington over Georgia Tech
Louisville over Louisiana-Lafayette
Texas Tech over UCLA
Gonzaga over Winthrop
Creighton over West Virginia
Wake Forest over Chattanooga

2nd Round:

Pittsburgh over Montana
George Washington over Louisville
Texas Tech over Gonzaga
Wake Forest over Creighton

Sweet Sixteen:
George Washington over Pittsburgh
Wake Forest over Texas Tech

Elite Eight:
Wake Forest over George Washington

Albuquerque Regional Champion - Wake Forest

Methinks some shenanigans was going on here with George. Of course while his namesake went to the elite 8, the state named after him got bounced by a 16 seed so who am I to impugn the honor of our first president.

Up next... the Chicago regional.

Bracket filling time

Ok, I said I'd give ya my picks so I'll give ya my picks. The only catch is that since I haven't given a damn about college basketball since the mid nineties, I instead make my picks with a little help from George.

Here's the deal, all winners are picked by flipping a quarter (this year it's a 2001 New York quarter, Philadelphia mint) higher seed heads, underdog tails. The only rule is in the first round, seeds 13-16 have to win two flips to advance. After the first round it's one flip for everybody, if Fairleigh Dickinson manages to knock off Illinois with two flips, they have the same shot as everyone else.

Why do this, you may ask. This is pointless and stupid, you may say. I used to do it for a laugh, to see if my random picks would beat my 'official' (read - tourney pool picks) picks. In 1995, I picked Arizona to win it all, got massively ragged by my buddies for picking a Pac-10 team and watched them get bounced in the first round. Fast forward to 1997. I filled out my bracket, paid my tourney fee, and flipped a bracket for shits and giggles. All four of my heavily researched final four teams were bounced, while my flipped bracket had Virginia and (eventual champs) Arizona in the finals. No matter that George picked the Cavs to cut down the nets, a random flip of the coin beat the bracket that I sweated over for a week. Since then, spite and apathy have eroded my desire to fill out any more brackets, but I still did that flippy thing for a laugh. And NOW with the magic of teh Intarweb, I can share my pointless waste of time with the WORLD! Bwahahahahhaaaaa!

So, without further ado, Here's my Chicago Regional:

1st round:
North Carolina over Oakland
Iowa State over Minnesota
Villanova over New Mexico
Florida over Ohio
N. Iowa over Wisconsin
Kansas over Bucknell
NC State over Charlotte
UConn over Central Florida

2nd Round:

North Carolina over Iowa State
Florida over Villanova
N. Iowa over Kansas
NC State over UConn

Sweet Sixteen:
North Carolina over Florida
NC State over N. Iowa

Elite Eight:
NC State over North Carolina

Chicago Regional Champion - NC State

I'll post the the other regions as the day goes on. Don't worry, the bracket is already filled so don't fret about whether George is cheating or not. Besides, he could never tell a lie...

Tuesday, March 15, 2005


No, not them. March Madness. You know, when the marketing machines rev up to get you interested in a sport you don't give a shit about the other 11 months of the year. But no matter, the gambling bug always hits this time of year and it's time to fill out your bracket.

Speaking of madness, here's another bracket you can fill out. Sadly, you have 3 and a half years before you can see how well you did. If that's too depressing, try this field of 64.

Don't worry, you'll have my picks before Thursday....


Or not. Up to you really. Besides, what's the worst that could happen?

Saturday, March 12, 2005


Looks Like WB's doing this this extreme makeover thing right for once! Oops, maybe not.

On topic, but don't click.

I'm serious, don't click on those links up there.

Dude, don't cli- aw snap, I sure hope you're not at work...

Monday, March 07, 2005

Three things that make me laugh

MetaFilter has a FPP on R. Crumb, but there ain't no way in hell I'm clicking on it at work.

Complete Digital Archive of Dr. Demento? They're coming to take me away, ha haaaa.... (warning: every nerdy geek in the country is trying to access this site all at the same time, if at first you don't succeed, click, click again)

And finally, this just cracks me up.

If you want to get any work done before August, don't read this

If you spend any time on the internet at all, you have probably seen Nanaca-Crash. This bastard love child of Pingu and Hentai (it's actually based on a 'mature' Playstation 2 game) is slightly more addicting than smoking crack in an Orgasmatron.

Sadly, since the game is in Japanese, most people playing have used the randomly click like a maniac strategy since they have no frickin' clue what the hell is going on. Well curse that Stop Girl bitch no more, 'cause now we have some instructions!

Still no clue what the hell any of this means, but hey, that's pretty normal for anime.

Saturday, March 05, 2005


Lookit me, after posting once in 2 weeks I throw up a bunch o' crap to try to make up for it.
Well, this crap is good crap for all you comic fans.

The Complete Calvin & Hobbes archive. As much as I like dogging on Bill Watterson on principle, this is pretty damn cool. Spider now, buy the book later.

Obscure Alan Moore comics! Anything Alan Moore is cool (check out the Bojeffries Saga if you can find it) and the BBC has graciously offered up this little gem and more.

I want this book but I'm too lazy to go out and buy it. Perhaps I need some Motivation.

The best 'Click here to claim you are over 18 so I can cover my ass and not get sued by your uptight bitch mom you 12 year old perv' link ever.

And if all that is not enough for you, knock yourself out. I'd normally have a quiz on all this tomorrow, but what the hell, I'll cut ya some slack.


Here's some beautiful music for all you headbangers out there.

If that's not enough for you, here's enough Tom Waits to kill a herd of wildebeest.

Watch your language, you dirty bastard

Considering the title of this blog, I would be remiss to pass up a reference to this.

At least someone's still looking out for us pathetic people.

Tech Support

If you didn't know, I'm a lowly tech support flunky. I deal mostly with people who would rather get their nuts caught in a fan belt than deal with a computer. Most of my clients seem to be taking advice from these people to keep their system running A-OK. I don't really worry about it though, no matter how bad things get I always have one last trick up my sleeve.

Best. Fark. Photoshop.