Sunday, March 1, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

5 Things on a Friday: Endless Winter Never Ends

Happy Friday!
[W]ith a strong enough electric field, Magneto can disrupt any object made from ordinary matter by converting it into a plasma of electrons and nuclei, thus destroying it. However, Graviton can create a black holearound any object that will also destroy it. In fact, if Graviton creates a black hole around Magneto, it would not only destroy him by taking him out of our universe but also eliminate any ability for him to project his electromagnetic field out of the black hole, since nothing can escape from a black hole. However, a black hole can support a static electric charge, so if Magneto is quick enough, he could create a big enough charge on his body so that the black hole would be charged—and in fact, if the charge is large enough it could prevent the black hole from forming, since for a given mass of black hole there is a maximum charge for a black hole of that mass. In this case, Graviton would just have to increase the mass of the black hole he is trying to create faster than Magneto can increase the charge and a black hole would eventually form. Once it is formed, Magneto would not be able to add any more charge to the black hole, so that would be the end of that.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dirty Haiku

Reading a new book.
There are a lot of haikus.
This next one is mine:

Warm skin next to mine
Soft sounds turn slowly to cries
Shared moments of bliss.

Sally liked that one.
I don't think I can say why.
Guess she just likes me.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Running in Central Park

Caught a few girls checking me out in Central Park today. They were giving me the eye, for real. It was either my olive drab shirt, electric pink wind breaker opened to the navel Tour de France-style, and my striped tan hat, or else they just liked my beard.  Because, y'know, chicks dig the beard.

Also saw a girl on a bike wearing leather pants. Only in Manhattan.  

She was hot, though.

Sketch in My Notebook: The Order of the Blackened Glaive (Part 4)

Our story so far...

Having been forced from the Sentralian Military Academy, Drakar heads south on the ship Koraph's Delight, searching for the mysterious Fortress Abbadabass, home of the Order of the Blackened Glaive.

The Order of the Blackened Glaive
Part 4

Koraph’s Delight makes landfall the next morning.  Captain Koraph is no longer with the ship, but in his absence, the rest of the men have proven easy to manage.  Drakar reclaims his purse from Koraph’s cabin, leaving what he feels is a fair wage for his passage but claiming a share of Koraph’s strongbox as payment for his troubles during the journey.  He divies the rest of the coin out to the sailors, who are pathetically grateful to receive it.  The cabin boy weeps and asks to accompany Drakar, but of course, there can be no room for a child on the road to Fortress Abbadabas.  Drakar takes his leave of the ship without looking back, though he can feel the eyes of the sailors upon him as he descends the gangplank.  He thinks that perhaps he has done these men a service, though they will struggle for awhile without Koraph’s hand to guide them.
Their struggles are irrelevant.  Drakar has his own goals and his own concerns, and he cares little for the fates of men too weak to free themselves from the persecution of a man like Koraph.  Somewhere ahead lies the Order of the Blackened Glaive.  These are men made of sterner stuff, and it is with them that Drakar will find his fate.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Star Trek: Deconstructing Voyager

A few months ago, I decided to introduce my kids to Star Trek.  There was no specific reason why.  We simply needed something to watch on TV, and Star Trek is one of those iconic cultural phenomena about which youmust have at least some understanding if you want to understand what’s going on in modern American pop culture.  J.J. Abrams has made two Star Trek movies in recent memory, and although I think his first movie was very clever in some ways, he changed the universe’s aesthetic in some very unfortunate ways.  His follow-up, Star Trek: Into Darkness, was actively bad, but to understand why, you have to have seen Star Trek: the Wrath of Khan and understand its place in the grand scheme of things.  With Hollywood bent on making all these remakes and reboots, it makes sense to arm my kids ahead of time.  We therefore embarked on an extended expedition into the Final Frontier.