Monday, May 25, 2015

Reflections on Memorial Day

I should have stayed off of Facebook on Friday.  But I finished putting 5 Things on a Friday together when I was still about twenty minutes out from New York, and with that bit of time to kill, I toggled over, and there it was.  All of my friends were putting up pictures for Memorial Day, our fallen from my class or others from other classes.  I immediately flashed over and started thinking about my dad.  It's become a little easier in the last few years, but on Friday it hit me hard and left me in a sour mood for most of the rest of the day.

Me and my father, 1995 or '96.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pictures from the Discover Museum's Adventure Park in Bridgeport, CT

Sally and the kids took me to the Adventure Park in Bridgeport, CT, yesterday for a day of climbing, zip lining, and adventure.  It was a lot of fun.  We took some pictures.

Sally on an early obstacle.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

10 Things for Marvel’s Daredevil, Season 2

We’ve all seen Daredevil by now, right?  And we all enjoyed it?  Well, Season 2 is coming next year, and that being the case, I have some requests.
Here’s what I’d like to see in Season 2:
1. Bullseye.  This one’s pretty easy.  Daredevil starts with a blind guy slowly working his way up the ladder of organized crime.  He goes from fighting Russians engaged in human trafficking to dirty cops who act as street enforcers to Japanese yakuza trying to develop land illegally to Chinese triads moving drugs as a means of generating capital for future criminal enterprise to, finally, Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of crime.  Along the way, he develops as a crime fighter.  By the end of the first season, Matt Murdock has taken down hundreds of low-level thugs, dozens of dirty cops, a ninja, and the Kingpin himself.  Of those, only the ninja is a legitimate match for Murdock one-on-one, and it’s at least partially because he too is wearing a costume.  For this reason, the Kingpin needs a costumed enforcer of his own, someone who can meet Daredevil on his own super-powered turf and have a legitimate chance of winning a fight.  That someone in Bullseye.

Friday, May 22, 2015

5 Things on a Friday: Thanos meets Miley's Blowfish

It’s been kind of a depressing news week.  I hope you don’t mind, but I’m not gonna talk about any of that. Presidential politics is as serious as it gets this week, and I don't know how serious that really is. This election kind of reminds me of the election of 2000, when both candidates were running on the same basic platform.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sketch in My Notebook: Wolfgang & Salamatu

The only reason I'm labeling this a "Sketch in My Notebook" piece is so that my regular readers will realize that it isn't finished piece.  It's part of this series, but it's a re-write.  I hope you guys don't mind.  I started with the piece a few months ago.  In theory, it's the first chapter for the next Sneax book, but it's kind of romance, and until I started this, I'd never written a romance.  Or even just part of one.  Hence the extended experimentation.

I don't usually post a whole chapter at once.  I'm doing it this time because I wanted to get some feedback on the full flow of the idea; I wanted folks to see how it all comes together in a single sitting.  For what it's worth, my goal for this story is a little different than it has been on some of the other Wanderhaven tales.  If the "Sneax & Elaina Emboo" stories are campfire stories told about the fantasy versions of my daughters, this story is more a fantasy retelling of my marriage.  It's my story, and it's Sally's story.

We met and got married.  This is our story, but it didn't happen exactly like this, obviously.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Comic Review: Marvel's Secret Wars (#1 & #2)

This year is really flying by.  It's already the middle of May, Free Comic Book Day has come and gone, Avengers: Age of Ultron is a living, breathing thing, and now -- finally -- we're into Marvel's annual summer comic Event, Secret Wars, 2015's version of the story-that-changes-everything.  This year Marvel is not only destroying the Marvel Universe as we know it, they're also desrtroying the Ultimate Universe as well -- by smashing the two universes together.  And that's not all!  DC comics is also destroying its multiverse... in a spectacularly similar way.  This has let both companies run a series of greatest hits one-shots and mini-series, either as a way to give creators a chance to tie up loose ends in an emotionally satisfying manner, or because they just can't come up with enough new ideas, so they're recycling some of the old ones.  Until I read issue #2 of this new version of Secret Wars, I was kind of inclined towards the latter view.  Now, though, I'm not so sure.

Friday, May 15, 2015

5 Things on a Friday: Oh Balls!

Billions of dollars rest on the
perception of a fair game.
Sorry for the focus on #deflategate this week.  As I wrote on Facebook yesterday, the Wells Report and yesterday's rebuttal from the Patriots "has all my favorite things: conspiracy, incompetence, leadership failure, conclusions drawn before facts are gathered, football (!), endless/meaningless detail, and a healthy dose of mathematics."  I'm absolutely fascinated.  The whole thing is ludicrous at a level that is unusual even for the NFL.  On top of that, though, there's an infinite variety of detail and counter-detail in the various arguments, none of which actually proves anything.  So we're left with people reading into this whatever they want.

It's a mirror.  Lawyers, reports -- people who use words -- universally seem to think that the Wells Report contains damning evidence.  Meanwhile, scientists and engineers -- people who use numbers -- look at the science and scoff incredulously.  Not surprisingly, Twitter is trending anti-science.  What is surprising -- at least to me -- is the number of media outlets that keep reporting on the meta-news of public opinion.  

Who cares about public opinion?   This is a matter of actual fact.

But, of course, Roger Goodell cares about public opinion, perhaps more than actual fact.  He's got a brand to protect.  And so here we are.