Tuesday, January 6, 2004

website roundup

Mocking the Neighbors, 1: Angst Next Door

She wanted the Naked Snape Award. So she did this comic.

David Lynch's Angriest Dog in the World

"Wee Willie Warmers": weirdest knitting pattern ever

DIY horrific Hellraiser action figures

Legends of the Superheroes screencaps. Thank god it never caught on.

Mocking the Neighbors, 2: Shut up, little man!
warning: home page plays a short but rude .wav

Wednesday, January 7, 2004

rehash browns

According to Newsarama, Marvel is starting up a new campaign called "Marvel Age" which pitches existing characters at younger readers, retelling their original stories "in a modern way."

This sounds fairly similar to what the "Ultimates" line was supposed to do - retell the original stories in a modern way (shedding 40+ years of convoluted continuity and providing outreach to new readers). It sounds like they're anticipating this comparison - in the Newsarama interview, the distinction is drawn between the more mature, cinematic Ultimates line and the new kid-friendly Marvel Age campaign.

Don't get me wrong - I'm in favor of reaching out to new readers. I thoroughly approve of trying to build a new fanbase in their formative stages while they still have many potential years of comic buying ahead of them. But sweet jebus, another retelling of Spider Man? Another relaunch of the Fantastic Four? "House of Ideas", my ass! They've got about five! How many times are they going to rehash, relaunch, and otherwise tool around with the same overused set of characters?

Still, it's pretty sneaky - there's some efficiency in simply reusing the same idea pool over and over again under different campaigns. You get at least a few readers who've never seen it before, and you get the fanboy contingent who will eagerly reread the same stories in hopes of seeing how their favorite characters fare under the revamp. Crafty!

Sunday, January 11, 2004

everybody's talking!

Okay, so I've added features for leaving your own comments on these blog entries, starting with the most recent one, rehash browns - look for the links at the end of each entry. Please feel free to start leaving comments and help me test this stuff! If you spot anything weird or run into errors, please let me know so that I can get those bad larries repaired (ditto if you have any suggestions for improvement). Thanks!

Update #2: Now working in Netscape 6, thanks to changes in the HTML markup, grumble grumble, stupid NS6. :: shakes fist at sky ::

Thursday, January 15, 2004

it's Thursday

I used to get really irritated by musicians like Coolio and P. Diddy taking existing music and just grafting new lyrics and beats onto them to make their own songs. But now I'm wondering, is that any different from someone like Neil Gaiman writing short story riffs on Snow White or Santa Claus?

In other news, I woke up this morning dreaming of a typewritten note that read "June 8: Please congratulate Mr. Gehry on the premature death of his manufactured son Maurice (888)." I tried doing some research online on what Frank Gehry's kids' names are, but no luck. I hope he doesn't really have a son named Maurice. Happily I doubt that his son would be an android or clone or whatever the hell was meant by "manufactured son."

Recent reading:
Difficult Conversations - good book on defusing techniques for arguments and awkward talks. Very good advice.

Alias, vol. 3: The Underneath - funny as hell, as usual. The heroine still reminds me of me for some reason. Maybe I'm projecting. Good scenes that tie in with what was going on in Daredevil a while back.

The Black Dahlia - first of James Ellroy's Los Angeles books, prequel to L.A. Confidential. Couldn't put it down, though the ending was a little less than satisfactory.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

geek, geek, geek senora

Big shout-out to all the fellow geeks from Arisia - damn, that was a good time. Here, have some obscure references that only a handful of people will get:

The Orange Room! Secret Con Rave! Guerrilla Dance Party! The wishbone thing! Coin Operated Boy! Byzantium! Goth Macarena! Foam weapons! Glowsticks! Stripy tights! Not finding coffee anywhere but the gaming room, dammit!

I also learned of the existence of the Man-Faye. Fear him.

And then I came home when it was all over and sat on my ass eating kettle corn and reading comic books.

The Golem's Mighty Swing - I usually don't like stories about baseball, but this one about a Jewish exhibition baseball team back in the early 20th century was riveting.
click to read about this

Jar of Fools - A stage magician down on his luck, his ex-girlfriend, his elderly mentor, and a con man and his daughter. Beautiful art from the guy who did Berlin, but I wasn't such a big fan of the story overall.
click to read about this

Friday, January 23, 2004

first thought

Call me cynical, but when I heard that the latest issue of Elektra involves her battling a disease, the first thing I thought was "She's got breast cancer. Greg Horn is going to have a field day with the cover art now."

Monday, January 26, 2004

well, shit

Sleep essential for creative thinking, study finds.

Damn. If I sleep, I can't spend that valuable night time reading the entire archives of sites like The Law of the Playground, which you should all read as well, but possibly not at work due to loud snickering and naughty words.

recent media intake
Bridget Jones's Diary (movie) - cute, but not as good as the book. All that he-loves-me-oh-no-he-hates-me-oh-no-wacky-misunderstanding junk at the end was irritating. Plus the standard Lifetime-style woman-empowering soundtrack. I wish these chick movies would stop wrecking motown for me. I'd like to listen to "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" or "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" without thinking about sassy single girls sticking it to their chauvinist colleagues.

Monday, February 2, 2004

we're the hub of the universe

On the good side, the Pats won the Super Bowl. Yahhh! Go Pats! Hometown pride!

On the bad side, idiot overenergetic fans decided to go nuts and light bonfires, chuck bottles, trash cars near Northeastern (again!), and knock down a bystander with an SUV.

cartoon from Evan Dorkin's Dork!

You stupid fucks! Quit making my hometown look bad!

recent media intake
I haven't read much in the way of imported manga, but when I read reviews of Fake, I figured I'd give it a try. Nothing says "Hey Kitty come read me" like homoerotic comics about pretty-boy New York City cops. Yeah! The first volume is fun but a bit silly, though I've heard the later volumes get more serious. Reviews on those later. In the meantime, hell, I'm just grateful to have found fun Japanese comics that don't feature (a) post-apocalyptic cities or (b) fighting robot suits.

Sunday, February 8, 2004

you know what else?

It would've been neat if in Return of the King, instead of fighting the armies of Sauron, they'd fought GWAR.

Best. Comic Review. Ever.

Editorial design is actually pretty fun. My new goal (for the next five minutes, anyway) is to work on the design staff for Kerrang! magazine. I like how the mag looks.

Who on earth makes a typeface without any numbers in it? Down with this guy! Boo, hiss!

Here, read an interesting article about kawaii!

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

the girl's got class

And the old term ended, and the new term started, and in place of the one big timesink of a course I got ... two lesser timesink courses! Hurrah! :: stabs self despairingly in eyes with Wacom stylus ::

The worst part about procrastination is the mind-whirlwind of regret, self-confidence, and self-doubt:

Oh no, I did it again. I left all this to the last minute. I won't do that next time.

But wow! Look at these great ideas I managed to come up with at the eleventh hour! I rule!

Wait ... would I have come up with them if I'd started my work earlier? What if I hadn't been in this same mindset at an earlier time? What if that random event today (seeing that particular color sweater, reading that article, etc.) is what spurred this great idea, and if I'd started before now, I wouldn't have been able to come up with it? Do I need to procrastinate to come up with ideas?

Well, in any case, I definitely won't procrastinate on next week's homework.

repeat weekly

media intake
Just finished volume 2 of Fake. I can't put it down - it's really pretty bad, but it's strangely fascinating at the same time. It reminds me of all sorts of slash fanfic I've read in the past, except that the two guys in this book never get anywhere beyond kissing, and most slash stories go something like "Paragraph one: the two guys from The Sentinel show up at the police station for work. Paragraph two: they go at it in the station's supply closet." I've started taking bets in my head every time Fake gets anywhere near actual action. "Oh, there's some kissing ... let's see, when I flip the page, will the two obligatory cute kids interrupt, will the one guy back off and say there was a misunderstanding, or will it be the end of the chapter? ::flip:: Ah, it's the kids! I win a donut."

And maybe this is a manga convention, but I keep running across spelled-out sound effects, like "push" when someone pushes someone else. Weird! It reminds me of the sound effect words I used to see in The Beano when I was a kid. Minnie the Minx would be shown sneaking down the street accompanied by squiggly sound effect lines and the words "sound of sneaking around," things like that. The best ones were always in "Calamity James". Actual example: "uneasy flapping of flowery little drawers!"

In other news, I didn't know I needed it until I found it, but sweet jebus I need a Totoro ear pick.

Saturday, February 14, 2004

i made this

If you're interested, here are some examples of the stuff I've been working on lately in class.

Hot Air travel magazine
When I'm done with it, this is going to be a punk rock/DIY-inspired travel magazine. I need to revamp most of what I've worked on because it's considerably not punk-as-f*ck, but the table of contents is the one page that fits the bill.
click to see Hot Air table of contents

Typeface promotional posters
The goal of this assignment was to design a series of three posters to highlight and sell fonts, one font per poster. All three posters had to work as a series and be connected by a concept. My concept was time; the fonts expressed how you feel at a particular time of day.
click to see 9am
click to see 5pm
click to see 4am

In other news, check this site out - it's a frigging giant listing of TV crossovers. Crazy!
Poobala.com's Crossovers Spin Offs Master Page

Sunday, February 22, 2004

no kidding

The Boston Globe ran a Sunday supplement article on the childfree. Not as damningly sepia as some previous media treatments, but still a bit negative in some places. I mean, highlighting Maddox's web page making fun of children's artwork? What was the point of bringing that up? The cover blurb was fairly incendiary as well, given the even tone of the article. The childfree movement isn't "anti-child" any more than cat owners are "anti-dog". Some childfree people like kids, some don't. The fundamental issue is just not wanting to have any, for whatever reason.

in other news
Diggety-dig it: free Asian-inspired fonts and Japanese emoticons

media intake
The Crimson Letter - Read about the first 40 pages and decided that it was a bit too academic for me and that I'd rather be reading something more anecdotal. It felt like every third word was quoted from some other text. Jarring.

Chip Kidd - Highlighting the works of Chip Kidd, renowned designer known for his book jackets. Nice eye candy that'll have you looking differently at the bookstore next time you're there.

Fake, volume 3 - More of the same. I won a lot of donuts.

Saturday, February 28, 2004

guest starring Kitty as

You know how Star Trek has the "redshirts" - the just-introduced-that-episode characters whose sole purpose is to end up the victims of whatever space fungus attacks that week because you can't do anything to the main characters? "The away team will be Captain Kirk, Mister Spock, and Ensign Joe Expendable"?

I'm trying to come up with a term for a similar type of character for mystery and suspense stories. I noticed it very obviously in Fake, but I've seen it used in other stories as well (can't think of any off-hand right now). These are the characters who are just-introduced-that-episode for the sole purpose of being the villain, the baddie, or the murderer. The new intern in the forensics lab who turns out to be the serial killer. The new substitute teacher who happens to be the mad bomber. Those guys.

I was going to call them "blackshirts" at first, but that's a bit of a loaded term.

recent media intake
I've been reading Battle Royale, and oh my god it's insane. Originally I had the goal of watching the movie afterwards. Dunno if I'm still going to do that ... the book is bad enough. I don't know if I could deal with some of those scenes in color, like the bit with the pickaxe, or that one girl's nails in that other guy's eyes ... oh, I'm not kidding anyone. I'll probably watch it and then whine about it for a year afterwards.

Wednesday, March 3, 2004

oh, snap!

According to Ain't It Cool, the script and casting for the Hellblazer movie are so bad that John Constantine-creator Alan Moore has asked for his name to be removed from the credits (Moore's beard unavailable for comment). Ha ha ha, damn! Let that be a lesson to you: don't revamp successful English creative properties by making them American, casting prettyboy actors, stripping out most of their original qualities, and resetting the stories in Los Angeles. Are you listening, you folks who are working on the American version of The Office?

This newsflash courtesy of comics blog Fanboy Rampage!!.

In other news, here's another part of the magazine assignment I was working on. Check out the Hot Air travel magazine Japan cover:
click to see Hot Air Japan issue cover

Thanks to the Cool Runnings crowd for their input on this project (they know who they are). IN JAMAICA WE GOTTA BOBSLED TEAM.

Tuesday, March 9, 2004


Reading Battle Royale and then immediately spending an entire weekend reading all of James Ellroy's The Big Nowhere maybe not such a good idea. I keep feeling like I'll turn around and find people I know pointing guns at me, either to shoot me so that they can survive or to accuse me of being some jazz-loving horse-dealing Commie sympathizer.

Damn, those were some really good books, though.

Next up: I should read something happy.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

oh snap update!

According to Neil Gaiman, the news piece about Alan Moore being unhappy about Constantine movie decisions is not entirely true. Yes, Alan's removing his name from the film, but it's because of some frankly rather insulting legal issues involving the LOEG movie - I think he doesn't want to risk being put in that kind of situation again.

This explanation makes more sense to me than the previous one. From what I've read, he really isn't bothered by changes in adaptations of his films at all. Look at the massive changes made in From Hell and League - why would changes in Constantine cause such a reaction?

Tuesday, March 16, 2004


An interview with Vincent Connare, the designer of Comic Sans. Rage against the haters!

A Brief History of the Banana

In other news, I'm having a happy college flashback creating a layout for a magazine about competitive ballroom dancing. Man, that takes me back. I still have my old smooth/standard gown, which really needs a wash, to be honest. I keep meaning to jettison it on eBay; it's just awkwardly taking up space in my apartment right now, and I don't even know if I'd ever wear it again - it's not the most flattering color on me, and last I heard, the feather trim on it is out of style. But ditching it would be admitting to myself that that period is over, and I'm a nostalgia whore and can't let go of the past.

I'll tell you one thing I don't miss, though. Searching for decent dancesport photos has brought back how godawfully garish much of it is. Gah! In my happy rosy memory I think about gliding along in slow fox trots, puffy ballgowns floating like clouds, crisp snappy turns and pivots in rumba, all that elegance and sexiness. And then I look at these photos and I remember the neon-colored dresses, rhinestones plastered to cheeks, clownish makeup, bottle tans, and rigor smiles like Joker victims. I don't know which to shudder at more - pre-teens tarted up like Las Vegas dancers for latin dancing ...or sixty-year-olds tarted up like Las Vegas dancers for latin dancing. I miss the pure grace of the movement. I don't miss the over-the-top flashiness to get judges' attention.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

rant and roar

Great Big Sea concert last night. Those Newfoundland boys can wail.

Nothing rocks like a downtown nightclub full of folks yelling along to songs about rum and sailing ships.

Monday, March 22, 2004

what a girl wants, what a girl needs

and this

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

two minutes of manga

Tokyopop announces new Star Trek manga in the works

Comics journalist Tony Isabella on manga and the comics industry

Saturday, March 27, 2004

news from the hood

If you're in the Inman Square area, check out the new bookstore on Hampshire Street, Lorem Ipsum Books. They have comfy cushions and a great eclectic selection of used books.

If you do laundry at Laundry Time in Inman Square, keep an eye on your clothes or they might take a walk. There are flyers in my neighborhood warning about someone pilfering laundry.

If you're free on April 7, stop by the Zeitgeist Gallery in Inman Square and check out the Pills, Thrills, Chills, and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person book release party. Live readings and performance by great literary talent!

In other news, turn the sound up on your computer and go to this website: LANCE! (this link courtesy of the amazing starkeymonster)

The Happiest Place on Earth

Buzzwords around my office: Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, Hall and Oates, Austin, rice harvesting, Lenny Briscoe

Friday, April 2, 2004

damn, it feels good to be a fangirl

Teal'c sings!
Click here to hear clips from an album by Stargate SG-1's Christopher Judge, available on CJ fan website Jaffa Kree.
(this link courtesy of Magical Fangirl BJ!)

Patrick Stewart scholarships
When he's not busy pretending to captain starships and lead the X-Men, Patrick Stewart works to enable young human rights activists. Click here to read more about this.

Comicon Freak Bingo
Click here to see this cartoon by Jon Morris.

Stewie Griffin Soundboard
Click here to burn in hell!

Teaching Transmetropolitan
The latest issue of Sequential Tart has a fascinating column on using Warren Ellis' comic to teach about personal essays in speculative fiction. Click here to read this column by Kim De Vries.

recent media intake
Interview with the Vampire (movie)
Wasn't feeling so hot yesterday, so I chilled and watched this film again on FX instead of doing work. I remember it being great when I was in high school, and it was fun to watch at first, but after a while it was a bit irritating. So much pompous purple dialogue, so much whining. Interesting censoring choices by FX (closeup on boobies, yes! person having neck snapped, no!). Chock full of hoyay. Brad Pitt's lips passing "bee stung" and entering the realm of "steel-toed boot stung".

Rory and Ita by Roddy Doyle
I'm almost finished with this biography of Roddy Doyle's parents (basically he just let them tell their stories about their lives in early 20th century Ireland and transcribed the whole thing). It's absolutely lovely. The part that's especially funny to me is Rory Doyle's description of his first job as an apprentice at a printer's. He talks about linotype, compositor's sticks, quoins, knowing the type in each case - even in pleasure reading there is no escape for Kitty from graphic desiiiiiign!

Sunday, April 4, 2004

ghost town

I know that just about everyone's seen this site by now, but for those of you who might not have, take a look:

Ghost Town
The web page of Elena, a Russian motorcycle enthusiast who often rides through Chernobyl. This web page shows her photographs of that area.
(link courtesy of Magical DJMan Sileni)

Saturday, April 10, 2004

links ahoy!

Hooray for free fonts from Chank!

A modern dance tribute to football a/k/a soccer:

A cute but creepy insect:

Street sticker art of the UK:

Science fiction becomes science fact:

"Bleeding heart cake" (warning: nasty!)
(link courtesy of the blog of Magical Storyteller Neil Gaiman)

Friday, April 23, 2004

Thursdays become Fridays

I have classes that meet on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. As a result I end up spending most of my weekends doing homework and most of my Monday and Tuesday nights freaking out and doing more last-minute work. A happy side effect of all this is that Thursdays are effectively like Fridays in my head. "You mean I only have to go to work today and I don't have any homework due? IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!"

The only drawback is that pesky actual Friday afterwards. Thursdays feel so much like Fridays that I wake up on Friday mornings expecting to have the day off.

No womb-ridden need apply
Intel has introduced a management simulation game on their website called "The Intel IT Manager Game." One of the simulated tasks is hiring new staff. Wonder what aspect of the job it's really simulating ... all of the potential hires are male.

I checked their website and tried to play the game, but it looks like the flak's gotten to them - the game is temporarily unlinked for repairs.
This info courtesy of misbehaving.net.

Strange Ad
Who on earth thought that this clothing ad would be a good idea? It reminds me of a bizarre real-life version of Brunching Shuttlecock's bad sales campaigns.

Thursday, May 6, 2004

slightly more free at last

I survived Advanced Typography. I want some kind of badge.

recent comics: haiku review
Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia
Fanwanky excuse
For her to beat down Batman
(Plus some Greek-ish stuff)

Meridian vol. 1: Flying Solo
Spunky, not half bad!
What issue is it on now?
Cancelled? Typical!

A Jew in Communist Prague
Very impressive!
Clean art, convincing conflict -
Wait, that's it? Too short!

Great Teacher Onizuka, vol. 1
Pervs on short-skirted schoolgirls.
Think I'll skip the rest.

Friday, May 7, 2004

bad news is good news

This just in from Popbitch:

Early reports from test screenings of US TV's version of The Office say it is appalling - even more of a disaster than their version of Coupling.

:: does an evil, evil dance to thank the gods of schadenfreude::

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

photo collections ... from hell!

For your viewing "pleasure" today, we have:

My Little Justice League


MySpace Users Have Hair Like Marvel Characters

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

metro retro

In spite of wanting to take a break from everything school-related this summer, I still had to sign up for a one-weekend course to meet a credit requirement. So I did. But you know what? It's ameliorated by the fact that it looks like it's going to be the COOLEST CLASS EVER.

Letter Press Fundamentals Workshop
A love for ink on paper and a modicum of manual dexterity are required! This workshop will demonstrate typesetting by hand, on-press page composition and printing multiples on a Vandercook cylinder press. You'll explore the nuances of impression, inking and paper selection as well as improve your typographic sensitivity. We'll also experiment with overprinting colors and printing illustrations. Please bring words and ideas for your project to our first meeting.

Friday, May 14, 2004


Watch and cry:
Constantine movie trailer available for download

After that, head on over to The Ultimate Hellblazer Index to read up on the original John Constantine, the basis for the upcoming film. You could also read this Sailor Hellblazer! crossover fanfic story if you're up for it.

recent comics: haiku review
Green Lantern: Brother's Keeper
Tonight's episode:
A very special Blossom -
I mean, Green Lantern.

Hellboy: Conqueror Worm
Great character piece
With some Lovecraft-esque baddies
And Mike's art? Gorgeous.

But I feel a bit
Like it's warmed-up leftovers:
"Mom! Nazis again?"

ps. I have enabled comments on all previous blog entries now. If you have something to say on any of them, now's your chance. Wahey!

Monday, May 17, 2004

state of the unions

Gay marriage becomes legal in Massachusetts. World does not end. Giant fiesta instead on the steps of Cambridge City Hall. [PICS]


Thursday, May 20, 2004

wo ist die metrokitty?


That cathedral is one of the most breathtaking things I have ever seen. I mean, goddamn! That is one fine cathedral.

More when I get back.

Monday, May 31, 2004

die metrokitty ist eine Kartoffel

I'm back home now, but last week I was VacationKitty. I went to Germany for a week of backpacking around and looking at interesting things. Honestly, I lived in the country for three years when I was younger - you'd think I'd want to try somewhere else. But I still can't get enough of the place, especially now that I'm old enough to actually appreciate it.

I spent three days in Cologne/Köln, mostly staring at the cathedral. That cathedral! You can say it's sacred and beautiful and holy or what have you, and I'd agree with you if we're describing the interior. The exterior is a jagged piece of shrapnel sticking out of the landscape and deserves a caption like "Hellbaby Factory #4 by H.R. Giger". And that's why I like it.

After that I spent four days exploring little towns on the Rhine river, based out of one called Bacharach. Lush green hillsides, timbered houses, lots of sunshine, and tasty wine. It's a beautiful part of the world. I kept meeting Americans everywhere - even a guy from Billerica, of all places (big hi to all you rock stars from the Bacharach hostel - "ich bin Kartoffel!"). I was lucky not to run into any hassle about being American, given the state of current events, but then again, I mostly hit areas of tourism and very small towns.

Station Hostel, Cologne - great couple of hostels in Cologne. I stayed at the Marzellenstrasse hostel, which was close to the train station and the cathedral. The Rheingasse hostel is further away but has a pretty hip bar and lounge in it.

Jugendherberge Burg Stahleck, Bacharach - the hostel in Bacharach. This is the Best Hostel Ever. Comfy beds, cafeteria-turned-bar after 10pm, astounding view, and it's in a castle. The only drawback is a fifteen minute hike uphill to get to the place, but trust me when I say that it's damn well worth it. It appears to be a big school trip destination, so be sure to book ahead.

Burg Rheinfels, St. Goar - a fortress ruin on the bank of the Rhine. Not far from Bacharach and worth exploring.

Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum, Rüdesheim - crazy museum of mechanical music-makers, like player pianos and music boxes. I have the invention know-how of a box of Corn Flakes, so this whole museum was mindboggling to me.

Friday, June 4, 2004

it's the little things

I picked up the first collection of Wildcats Version 3.0 a little while back at the library to see what all the hype was about. The guy behind the desk said, "Did you hear that it's been cancelled?" I think I've found out who it is who keeps buying their graphic novels. Seriously, they have shelves full.

So I'm reading along, taking in all the story about CEO Jack Marlowe and his enormous corporation and their plans to buy up just about everything and corner markets and things. And then I got to this panel.

What kind of business card is that? Damn, Marlowe, lay off buying up the accounting firms and multimedia conglomerates and invest in a decent graphic designer. That card looks like it was slapped together in WordPerfect.

The rest of the trade was okay. I'm still baffled by the corporation's product - batteries that never run down. How would they get repeat customers? The company mascot was hideous, too, but I think it had some kind of plot linkage to previous comics that I hadn't read.

Friday, June 11, 2004


Nothing says "worthwhile use of computer modeling technology" like a clip of breakdancing Transformers.

Apparently, people still think that Professor Snape's Too Sexy (and worth making a Flash animation to say so).
(These links courtesy of Magical MadMessageBoard Barbelith)

recent comics: "I hate everything" haiku reviews
Black Widow
Damn, put some clothes on.
Real spies don't wear belly shirts
Or half-zipped catsuits.

Blue Monday: Absolute Beginners
Cutesy fake manga
With a Mod/Britpop fetish.
So not my cuppa.

Uncanny X-Men: She Lies With Angels
Wa ha ha ha ha!
What the heck is this nonsense?
The art's not bad, though.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

his fifteen minutes of fame

Sweet jebus on toast, you should all go and read this right now:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in fifteen minutes

LUPIN: Go on, Harry! I’m sure none of the things you’ve witnessed in your life would give the other students heart attacks at all!
HARRY: *conjures a dementor*

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

why kitty's mom rules

So I went to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban again, this time with my ma, who also wanted to see it. There's a scene at the end where (spoiler guy) and Harry are having yet another emotion-filled chat about Harry's dead parents and how they'll always be with him, here, and SpoilerGuy puts his hand on Harry's heart. That's when my ma leaned over in the middle of the IMAX theater and whispered, "Ahh, he's going to use the 5-point palm exploding heart thing from Kill Bill!"

Ah, that's whose smartass genes I inherited! I also heard her mutter "Lufthansa!" when someone rode Buckbeak the Hippogriff later that scene.

Also: Damn, my ma was right! There were two actors from Life is Sweet in this movie: Professor Lupin (aka David Thewlis aka Boyfriend of Nicola the Skank) and Peter Pettigrew (aka Timothy Spall aka Aubrey the Creepy Restaurant Guy). That and all of the other famous UK actors in this movie, damn, it's like they raided Britain.

Friday, June 18, 2004

the hand that feeds you

Metrokitty now offers an RSS feed (also, see shiny orange XML button at the right). All of you with feed readers and aggregators and things, now's your moment!

In other news around the world:
Rebranding Follies: Northwestern Airlines goes for an identity upgrade and rebrands themselves as "nwa". No, really.

101 Art Ideas You Can Do Yourself is silly but fun to read.

Widgetopia is a great and educational read for those who like to be savvy about web iconography and metaphors.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

security blankie

So I’ve been doing some research on network security this week. I was curious about what some of the more popular consumer sites had to say about the issue, so I poked around a bit. And then I just about poked my eyes out when I came across this site.
FTC - Consumer Information Security: http://www.ftc.gov/infosecurity/
ETA: This site is no longer available. - 6/10/2013

Godalmighty! Is this sponsored by the FTC or by Ranger Rick? Seriously, as a consumer, I’d be comforted more by clean and professional-looking illustrations than by cartoons that look like a feature in Highlights for Children. Then again, this is the same site that marks resource files as "[TXT]" when they’re really HTML files and offers their "Stay Safe Online" postcard in printable version only, so maybe my expectations shouldn’t be too high.

Feel free to "Join Team Dewie", if you’re man enough for the challenge.

Some people asked questions about RSS feeds after I posted the entry about Metrokitty’s new feed, so here is a bit of info for you. RSS is a format used for distributing, among other things, information about updates to a website. On the user’s end, news readers/aggregators are available that check on feeds you specify and let you know when new content is available on a website (so you don’t have to actually go and check on the website yourself every few days).

Introducing RSS offers some basic information about syndication and RSS (one of several different formats out there). To download an aggregator for yourself, try popular ones such as FeedDemon (Windows), NetNewsWire Lite (Mac OS X), and AmphetaDesk (Windows, OS X, OS 9). A much larger list is available here (courtesy of DMOZ). Get the URL for the feed of a site you’d like to monitor and go to town!

Also, if you are using LiveJournal, you can get updates to Metrokitty via the LJ Metrokitty feed graciously plugged in by Magical ArtGeek Ellen (many thanks!).

media intake
Peter Camenzind by Hermann Hesse - I keep finding myself writing down quotations from this book. It’s not the best novel by Hesse, but something about it appeals to my inner alienated teenager.

A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket - Disappointing! Poor and predictable plot, cardboard characters, and clumsy definitions of words every few pages. I got the impression that the author isn’t comfortable writing for a younger audience and that maybe this book was originally intended for kindergoths and Edward Gorey fans. Even in that light, though, it was still underwhelming.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

fandom allsorts

Courtesy of Moon and Serpent, the best Chris Claremont rumor ever:
click to laugh

Street Angel is a hysterical new comic and the darling of comics bloggers all over the place. Check out Grotesque Anatomy's contribution to Street Angel lore:
The Street Angel Squid Contest
The Street Angel Squid Contest Winners

Get your anger on at Fandom Wank!
click to grouse!

Uncanny X-Sprites is cute and up-to-date with recent plotlines:
click to snicker

You too can purchase your own knitted Spider-man costume. It's art!
click to be dorky and support the arts

Anyone out there who hasn't seen "They Fight Crime"? If so, go and take a look.
click to see them fight crime!

In other news
This neck of the woods had a bomb scare yesterday. I was out running errands when I found a part of the street that I needed to visit cordoned off with yellow police tape and peppered with cops and firemen. I asked one for information and he responded with some vague information about a bomb having been found in a box on a table. Suddenly there was a "crump" from over near the area of activity, and the cop piped up with, "Ah, sounds like they detonated it." I tried darting around and pestering others to find out more, but with no luck. The strangest part is that I can't find any information about it from any local news sources. Not even a "Community Alert" from the usually knee-jerk mailing list that sends them out. Odd.

Update: Good news - it wasn't actually a bomb. Phew.