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Miscellaneous Musings

January 11, 2008
It’s a slow day around these parts. Well, not really… I’m just busy with trying to wrap up a comic book script, or two right now. I’m also lining up a few other projects.
  • No Flash Fiction today. I was too busy working on the two scripts that I’ve currently got first and foremost on my plate that I need to wrap up in order to pay rent.
  • I also think I may have started my first novella — “novel” sounds to ambitious at this point. It’s based on an idea that I had for a comic book awhile back, but I think it would make a good pulp-style detective story. And no, it’s not Chase.
  • Speaking of other projects… My Side Project Press effort is still in the works. I’m just waiting on a few writers for their contribution to the first volume of the Short Attention Span Reader. You guys know who you are. I’m also trying to find sequential artists to fit an an idea that I have for a Sci-Fi Anthology-Thingie — but that is very much in the infancy stage.
  • I’m still mulling over whether or not to give Zuda Comics a shot. I’ll need to find an artist to collaborate with because I don’t think my artistic chops can cut it, but I’ve got a couple of ideas that I think would make good 8-page endeavors. Maybe I should’ve gone that route with Ninja Bandito.
  • I’ve been adding a few links and such to the right side bar — forums I visit, more artists and writers that I dig, etc…
  • I also added a Comic Books page with more detailed information on the various comic books that I have contributed to and how to get them.
  • I’m itching to start a screenplay as well. Although I’ve written eight in the pass, it’s been over a decade since I started a fresh script and completed it. I think I have the concept that I want to give this a go with — I just need to wedge it in with everything else I’ve got going on.
  • I’m hoping to announce Hero Happy Hour happenings soon — stay tuned.
  • I think I’m officially jazzed for Cloverfield. I woke up this morning thinking it was out today for some reason. But alas, I still have to wait another week. Everything that I’ve read or heard from folk that have seen has given my high hopes for this flick. It’ll also be my first opportunity to see the teaser trailer for Star Trek. Since it is a Paramount movie, seeing a trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull would be a pleasant added surprise.
  • The other day I read Boom! Studios new post-apocalyptic comic book North Wind — which has sold out — and rather dug it. I read it online, and you can too.
  • And, finally… Maila Nurmi has passed away. She was best known for her creation and portrayal of the character Vampira — in both film (The Vampira Show) and television. Her most notable film appearance was in Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space, as well as undoubtedly being the inspiration for Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She passed away in her sleep at age 86.
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Goliathon 83 Infinity Beam Projector

September 7, 2007

raygun21.jpgIf I only had a spare $690… Would I use it for rent? Hell no! I’d be the proud owner of a Goliathon 83 Infinity Beam Projector — the first in a series from Dr. Grordbort’s Infallible Aether Oscillators & Other Marvelous Contraptions Raygun Collection. It’s my understanding that this fantastic collectible mock-sidearm of a future-past is available as of today. Regardless, I don’t have the scratch to afford one — but they sure are nifty. Just check out the specs on this beauty… The Goliathon is the heaviest of the Rayguns, weighing in at 10lbs. It’s sturdy and ribbed handle provides the user with sufficient support. The Goliathon 83 has tubing, valves, two stage switching circuits, thermionic resonance chambers, inverse aether flux holding cells, and a Krimble radiator. Its three glass canisters, in yellow, pink and blue, carry residue from missions past.

This piece is being offered by Weta Collectibles (a brand of Weta Workshop — a branch of the New Zealand special effects company responsible for King Kong and the Lord of the Rings trilogy). I first laid eyes on this beauty back in the summer of 2006 at the San Diego Comic-Con and fell in love right away. Apparently only 500 of this limited edition piece will be made worldwide — handcrafted and made out of metal and glass parts — so it looks as if my chances of snagging one are slim. It even comes with its own velvet lined pressed tin case/display stand, a Certificate of Authenticity, and an assortment of implements and crafting tools.

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Only 109 more shopping days until Christmas…

The Dan Who Would Be King

January 9, 2007

I came across the following news piece regarding the Principality of Sealand this morning and it got me thinking…

For sale: World’s smallest country with sea view

Tue Jan 9, 8:14 AM ET (Reuters) For sale: the world’s smallest country with its own flag, stamps, currency and passports.

Apply to Prince Michael of Sealand if you want to run your own nation, even if it is just a wartime fort perched on two concrete towers in the North Sea.

Built in World War Two as an anti-aircraft base to repel German bombers, the derelict platform was taken over 40 years ago by retired army major Paddy Roy Bates who went to live there with his family.

He declared the platform, perched seven miles off the east coast of England and just outside Britain’s territorial waters, to be the principality of Sealand.

The self-styled Prince Roy adopted a flag, chose a national anthem and minted silver and gold coins.

The family saw off an attempt by Britain’s Royal Navy to evict them and also an attempt in 1978 by a group of German and Dutch businessmen to seize Sealand by force.

Roy, 85, now lives in Spain and his son Michael told BBC Radio on Monday his family had been approached by estate agents with clients “who wanted a bit more than a bit of real estate, they wanted autonomy.”

He suggested Sealand, which has eight rooms in each tower, could be a base for online gambling or offshore banking.

Asked to describe the delights of living on what he described as a cross between a house and a ship, the 54-year-old said: “The neighbors are very quiet. There is a good sea view.”

sealand.jpgFirst off, as properties go Sealand definitely looks like a fixer-upper of sorts. I believe it’s the only country that is in need of a fresh coat of paint. Apparently the asking price is $950 million — a bargain for a country? Maybe not. Still an opportunity to rule your own country. I’m not sure if being a “principality” would mean that I could only be a “prince” or if I could declare myself “king” of Sealand. That would constitute as my first upgrade — even before the new paint job.

Now Sealand already has it’s own flag, coat of arms, stamps, and coins, but there’s always room for improvement. The flag is rather blaw — not much more than a diver down flag with a black lower right triangle. I think I might modify the flag to incorporate a powerful and awe-inspiring image of Poseidon or Neptune. Or the already established coat of arms looks impressive enough — maybe just add that to the flag. It’s with the stamps and coins that some fun can be had. Maybe print stamps with the images of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models — they’d be fun to lick. And for coins — I’d mint them to look like credits from the Star Wars universe with Aurebesh text and images of alien races, planets, and starships. Imagine all of the fanboys wanting to collect those coins.

Not Exactly An Elvis Sighting

January 3, 2007

On my way to work this morning I was waiting for a green arrow in the left turn lane when I noticed the driver behind me. I swear the guy looked exactly like the late Steve Irwin. Now if it were before his death on September 4, 2006 I could’ve given it serious thought that it might actually be Irwin since I was in such close proximity to Sea World in San Diego — he may have been there for some sort of conservation event, or such.

Anyways… There’s a guy that looks exactly like Steve Irwin in the San Diego area — and he chomps on hearty-sized sandwhiches while driving a silver convertable Mustang with a black top.

September Kick-Off Randomness

September 1, 2006

Alright, it’s the first of the month — time to kick off the September Archive with some randomness…

New month means that hopefully my Angels will turn it around and gain some ground on those damn A’s. 7 1/2 games behind division leading Oakland doesn’t bode well. My Angels usually turn up the heat in September, hopefully they’ll still be playing well into October.

Last night I completed the draft for my second of three fantasy football leagues that I’m involved in this season. I’m pretty comfortable with both drafts so far — I’ve got one more this Sunday. Hopefully Carson Palmer and Tiki Barber both have good seasons to help me out in at least two of the leagues that I’m in.

I need to get caught up on more Speculative Reviews regarding the new fall television series. I did however get the Writing Page started.

I want to start collecting something again. I currently have no active collecting hobby right now — and I’ve been collecting one thing or another for most of my life. I’m thinking about collecting various Artoo-Deeto items.

I don’t miss going back to school.

Twelve more days until Super Deluxe Hero Happy Hour: The Lost Episode hits comic book store shelves.

Three day weekend ahead — I get to sleep in on Monday.