Sooooo, for some reason the entire layout and design of my site changed and I have no idea why. I’m not really that savvy when it comes to web stuff. But, it’s still here and it’s still mine so that’s something.
I kind of just wanted to post something, anything, so that it’s not just an uninterrupted series of podcast posts (though I hope people like and are listening to the podcast).
Most of my free time nowadays is taken up by school and school work. It’s stressful and frustrating sometimes but I’m learning stuff. I know how to do the calculations for relativistic length or time contraction. I’m learning about Schrodinger’s wave equation and how an electron can be on the other side of a wall without going through it.
I often feel like I’m the only person who isn’t keeping up with the work. I even had to drop my Linear Algebra class because I bombed my midterm. But, whenever I talk to my classmates, I find that they’re mostly in the same boat as me. The material is hard and the more you learn the dumber you feel.
I literally just got done figuring out a problem in my Stellar Astrophysics class (doesn’t that sound all smart and stuff?) and I’m actually pretty proud that I figured it out without resorting to just googling the answer. Of course, it’s 2 in the morning and I started the problem at like 10pm, soooo…
Anyway, I’m hoping to get a summer internship and will probably be retaking that linear algebra class in the summer. It would be nice if I could find the time to do some arts and stuff too.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)
I saw some atrocious drawings on cafe we went to for brunch today, and I realized I should just find some dumb place I can put my art on the walls to sell for hundreds of dollars, because why not?
Okay, sleep now.
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A + X 7 – I’m a bit sick of the Marvel Universe’s smartypants acting like science is some sort of competition where one of them can win. Who cares whether Bruce Banner, Hank Pym, Hank McCoy, Tony Stark, or Reed Richards is the smartest? They’re not even in the same field of study. That being said, the first story in this book was a lot of fun. The second story, Thor and Iceman, was also a lot of fun, and I actually liked the art which is rare for me for, what I think is, a digital painted style.
Avengers 10 – While I love the reintroduction of the New Universe characters (see previous review) I’m having a hard time getting into this book. I think the problem that I find is that the book seems to have no focus in terms of characters, setting, plot, or even structure. For instance, this is issue deals with a team of Avengers (Cap, Falcon, Hulk, Manifold, Smasher, and some Department H guys) investigating a site in Canada that’s been changed by some kind of evolution bombs from Mars that no one can enter (which sounds suspiciously like the Tabula Rasa site from X-Men). Anyway, the New Universe guys, Starbrand and Nightmask, aren’t in this issue at all, which is disappointing (probably only to me). Problem is that the overarching plot of this series seems to move in fits and starts. We’ve had at least three issues of this comic focus on individual characters (Manifold, Hyperion, and Captain Universe), two focused on the New Universe characters, while the remaining five have focused on these weird cosmic beings on Mars, who aren’t compelling as antagonists, especially since they were defeated by Captain Universe basically saying, “Hey guys, cut it out.” Then the Avengers just leave these guys on Mars and let them fire evolution bombs at Earth. Pretty stupid.
Avenger’s Arena 8 – I really wish I knew what the deal was with Apex and Bloodstone. Which, I guess, means that the writer, Dennis Hopeless, is doing a good job of maintaining my interest. I mean, I know the basic deal with Bloodstone, he’s related to Ulysses and Elsa Bloodstone (she of Nextwave fame), and he’s gay, or at least gay for Anachronism, the fat nerd turned barbarian warrior. But neither Bloodstone nor Apex have revealed exactly what powers they have, if any (well Apex apparently has a Ranma 1/2 thing going on or something). Anyway, I like the plot, characters, and art, so I recommend this one.
Batman, Incorporated 10 – I think they’re taking this “I shall become a bat” thing a little too literally. Anyway, there were apparently fill-in artists on this issue, but I didn’t really notice. I love Chris Burnham’s art, so you’d think I would. I have no clue what the side plot with The Hood and Jason Todd has to do with the main plot, but it’s a fun read nonetheless. I also like seeing Beryl, the former Squire, taking up the mantle as Knight. Good stuff.
East of West 2 – Issue two is a real disappointment compared to the first issue. I suppose that’s because issue two starts to dig into the meat of the narrative without much of the fun world-building of issue two. I’m starting to notice a theme that cuts across much of Jonathan Hickman’s current work. There’s something in Avengers, New Avengers, Manhattan Projects, and this book, about worlds being broken or wrong. When the cabal of leaders of the various North American factions see “the message” I think what they’re seeing is our reality. I hope that’s not the case and it’s something more interesting. It’s interesting that both East of West and Manhattan Projects are alternate histories. And, if you think about it, his Avengers books are all about alternate realities as well.
FF 6 – Man this comic is a lot of fun. I mean, it has a Baxter Building cutaway, which I love, and I it has a cross-dressing moloid kid. While I do love the character interactions that make this book fun, I really hope we get to see some fighting and punching and explosions next issue.
Jupiter’s Legacy 1 – While there’s particularly bad about this Mark Millar penned and Frank Quitely illustrated comic, there’s nothing particularly good about it. Don’t misunderstand me, I’ll take a crappily written comic with Frank Quitely art over most other comics any day, but this comic just did nothing for me. Mark Millar avoids a lot of his worst tendencies in this comic, but it’s really just another rehash of the superhero genre with some trite social commentary thrown in. I’ll probably pick up issue two to see if anything interesting happens, but so far I’m not really grabbed by this comics.
Lost Vegas 2 – The second issue of Jim McCann (he of the epic twitter argument) and Janet K Lee’s comic is beautiful and intriguing. I hope that he continues to expand the world he’s built and reveal a bit more about what the mysterious ink creature is, or some of the origins of the ship and how it came to be name “Lost Vegas”. Buy it, don’t pirate it.
New Avengers 5 – I really hope we get another issue of this comic where everyone sits around and talks to this albino lady about the coming multiversal apocalypse. Oh, wait, no, that’s been every issue of this comic. It’s boring. To be fair, there is a fight with Terrax, but it’s only two pages long. Literally the rest of this comic is albino lady, the Black Swan, talking about how the Illuminati are going to have to compromise themselves to save their universe. Which, as I said, she’s already done in almost every other issue of this comic. Get on with it already, Jonathan Hickman. It’s a pretty comic though. Pretty and boring.
Scarlet Spider 16 – The Rodeo issue. I really liked this issue as a breather from the events of the rest of the series, while at the same time, it still builds on it. Also, it’s got Armadillo macking it with his lady.
The Flash 19 – It’s Flash meets Die Hard. Love it.
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 22 – Love Sarah Pichelli’s art, hate Bendis killing of Miles’ mom.
Uncanny Avengers 7 – I have no idea what’s going on in this comic. Well, I have no idea who the “Apocalypse Twins” are or where they came from . It’s pretty important to the plot.
Uncanny X-Men 5 – Two things: One, why does the black kid have goggles and a stick? Two, it should be obvious to all of the kids in Scott Summer’s school that he and his comrades are totally fucked up. It’s a problem that pops up in a lot of modern comics, which is, that sometimes the general public seems to know everything about superheroes, and sometimes they act like they don’t know anything about them. For instance, the kids in Cyclops’ new para-military school don’t seem to know that he’s a wanted murderer, even though it’s worldwide news. Either that, or they don’t care, which would be weird.
Wolverine and the X-Men 28 – I still don’t care a lick about Wolverine’s older half-brother, but I like the idea that Wolverine is confident about handling anything his life can throw at him, except dealing with kids. It’s a much more interesting take on his character than the “best he is at what he does” trope that has been so overdone in the past.
Young Avengers 4 – I’m really tempted to say that this book is too clever and hip for its own good (and I’ve read that on some comics reviews that say just that) but after re-reading it, I have to declare that this comic is just clever and hip enough. But, that’s not all this comic is. Under the slick veneer o,f frankly stunning, art and layouts, there’s quite affecting character moments, especially between Loki, Hulkling, and Wiccan. I hope that we get some of those deeper emotional beats with Hawkeye, Marvel Boy, and Miss America. Kate (Hawkeye) and Noh-Varr’s (Marvel Boy) scenes have mostly dealt with them on their surface (unless you consider Noh-Varr’s love of close harmony girl groups a deep character revelation, which, come to think of it, Kieron Gillen might just believe).
This week Brian and I sit down to discuss Futurama. The conversation goes off the rails pretty quickly. We add our own crunchy sound effects, and debate the greatest 90’s movie rap theme song.
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Sounds like something I’d tell a Catholic priest in confession. My mom’s side of the family is Catholic. Actually, I don’t really know what my dad’s side of the family is. Some kind of Christian I think. That seems like something I should know huh? Anyway, maybe my website is like my confessional. I’ve never participated in the real Roman Catholic confessional. I’m not sure I even understand how that works, even though I’ve seen it a million times on TV and in movies. I definitely don’t know what a ‘hail mary’ or ‘our father’ is.
Anyway, all that is just to say that every time I post on here I feel like I should write “Father TCB.com, it has been [X] days since I last posted. I have sinned. I have posted shots of my food on Instagram. I have complained on Facebook about people complaining on Facebook.” Then my site would tell me to type five Steve Job and copy-paste three cat pictures and I would be absolved of my internet sins.
Oh, I just remembered that I got in a crazy twitter argument with comics creator Jim McCann about the digital pirating of comics.
So that’s how it started and I think it gets up to dozens of tweets about digital piracy. Apparently I have some pretty strong opinions about the issue. I should probably do a post on it. You should go check out my twitter and see the whole argument. At one point McCann calls me an ‘asshat’ and then some of his fans jump in to try to defend him.
So, that’s one thing that happened. Another thing that happened is that I started recording episodes of a podcast with a couple of my friends. I haven’t really thought of a title, or even a theme yet. I think it’s mostly going to be me and a friend or friends, exploring one subject we want to talk about. I’m thinking of calling it ‘Bad Memory’ (so I guess I have thought of a title). So far we’ve talked about South Jersey and Star Trek: Deep Space 9. I’m thinking of doing a segment where my friends tell me something about myself that I’ve forgotten (which happens all the time, hence the title).
I’ve also started collaborating with a friend of mine on a comic book. He’s the idea guy/writer and I’m the art guy, although I’m also contributing ideas. Hopefully it’s rad. I really like the concept. I don’t want to give it away, but it’s a really unique take on the whole superheroes-as-gods genre. And this friend and I are on the same wavelength in a lot of our thinking about story and themes. So look for some preliminary art for that soon, and maybe a brand new podcast in 2013.
So, I had another conversation with my Romney-supporting coworker. He seemed to think that when I argue for a higher tax on the richest Americans that somehow means that I’m trying to take money away from rich people because I think they don’t deserve it. Not so. I think that the richest Americans should pay, as a percentage, the same tax rate (percentage) that a middle class American pays. The question that so many people seem to be asking me is, “Why should wealthy people pay more?” My question is, “Why should the wealthiest people pay a tax rate that’s less than someone who makes less than $100,000 per year?” Or, to put it another way, why is the dollar earned from the sweat off a man’s brow taxed at a higher rate than the dollar earned from dividends from some stock you own?
The argument seems to boil down to: rich people are rich because they’re smart, so they should keep more money because they already have more money. That seems like some real circular reasoning to me. I’ve also been told that we should let rich people keep more of their money because they know what to do with it. Also, that our taxes shouldn’t go to help poor people because individuals and private organizations should provide charity like that.
If you think that private individuals will be able to help as many people in America as efficiently as the government does, then I’d like to see some statistics on that. I’d much rather see my tax money go to helping the needy rather than funding pointless wars all over the world.
There’s valid arguments to be made about whether taxation is fair and whether or not governments should take money from the people they represent. However, there is no argument to be made that Americans, especially rich Americans, pay too much in taxes. You can compare taxes historically:
Or, to other countries:
So, if someone says that our taxes are too high I have to ask, “Compared to what?” Compared to before there were income taxes I guess.
Oh, as for my point about taxes and jobs:
Now that’s correlation, no causation. You could say that taxes go up when the economy is better, but there’s no way you could draw the inference that jobs are created when the top tax rate is lower.
Someone commented on Facebook (comment on the my site itself, Doofus), regarding minimum wage, that raising it could be bad for the economy.
Well first let’s see what the minimum wage, in real dollars, has been in the US:
Then let’s see what the unemployment rate has been:
I’m not a statistician or anything, but if an increase in minimum wage led to an increase in unemployment, then you would expect that the highest unemployment would follow the highest real minimum wage of $10 in 1968, but actually unemployment looks to have fallen right after that.
As for inflation:
It looks like there may be some correlation between a minimum wage hike and inflation, although not all the peaks are correlated with a preceding rise in the minimum wage.
Over all I’d say that what minimum wage really does is allow the poorest workers among us to make a living wage.
Most graphs from these two sources:
Sources for the graphs from Wikipedia are listed on the image’s page.
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Over the past few years there’s been a lot of dicussion about what you can do with the “infinite canvas” of digital comics that you just cannot do with traditional paper and ink. It’s worth remembering, however, that there are things you can do with those traditional tools that you can’t do with anything else — and in an amazing comic posted to his Twitter account, Eyeshield 21 artist Yusuke Murata has done ’em all.