January 2, 2011
[comics] Bill Sienkiewicz speaks about Big Numbers #3
… ‘But with Big Numbers one of the demands – prerequisites – I’d placed upon myself was to work almost exclusively from the model as possible. I was going for as great a degree of illustrative photographic verisimilitude as I could muster. Dammit, I was going to adhere to the accurate reference no matter what. It was, in retrospect, a vain attempt to control everything – everything – completely, as things swirled and collided in midair all around. This was my Stanley Kubrick period. Of course, the more I tried to control everything, the more Real Life kicked my ass. Up and down the Route 95 corridor.’
January 3, 2011
[politics] Steve Bell’s Political Cartoons of the Year
… On David Cameron: ‘By way of a bonus, Cameron does not favour the depiction. He came up to me at a Spectator party at the Tory conference in October, and asked me how long I was going to carrry on with it, before advising me: “You can only push a condom so far”.’
January 4, 2011
[comics] A Moment Of Moore
… a snippet of Alan Moore every day. (RSS Feed
January 5, 2011
[blogs] The Blog in 2011: More Pictures, More Words
… the state of the blogging art at the beginning of 2011 … ‘Remember the early criticism of Twiter: “No one cares what you had for breakfast!” Who is tweeting about breakfast anymore? They are linking to an Instagram photo of breakfast or an article explaining how few people eat breakfast and why this is so horrible for the world. I’m still not a huge fan of links on Twitter. Most of the time I’m checking it on my phone when I don’t have time to read something more than 140 characters. So I favorite-star the tweet and go back to read it later. But then when I go to check that “awesome must read link” it turns out to be…oh, right, Julian Assange in a santa costume. Thanks! But that’s just me. The rest of the web likes using Twitter as a mass-aggregated link stream or it wouldn’t be operating that way.’
January 6, 2011
[phones] Simplest Phones Open to ‘SMS of Death’
… ‘In the worst cases, including the Nokia and Sony Ericsson, the message would disconnect the phone and force it to reboot, without registering the fact of the message’s receipt — in most cases forcing the operator’s network to continue sending the message and triggering the shutdown cycle again. Fixing the problem required putting the SIM card into a new, unsusceptible phone.’
January 7, 2011
[blogs] Metafilter’s Year in 2010 Infographic
… On Ask Metafilter: ‘Just 24 questions slipped through the cracks and were marked as STUMPED.’
January 10, 2011
[media] The Death of One Middle Class Woman is Equal to that of Six Prostitutes, Reveals UK Media
The recent tragedy where two hot air balloonists were killed was quite rightly headline news.” revealed one British reporter.
“But if it had been two prostitutes flying that balloon it wouldn’t have got anywhere near the same coverage, though it might have made page 5 of The Sun, with a headline something like Slag, Bang, Wallop!”
“It would take about twelve prostitutes to die in a balloon crash to make headline news. I’m not sure why twelve prostitutes would be flying a balloon, but I guess if you had enough money and a fetish for that sort of thing then anything is possible.
January 11, 2011
[weird] Body of Murdered Cyberwar Expert Found In Landfill
… ‘Events surrounding the murder of John P. Wheeler III, who most recently worked part-time for defense contractor Mitre Corporation on cyber defense topics, read like a Tom Clancy novel…’
January 12, 2011
… Matt Webb seems to be blogging again regularly and that can only be a good thing.
January 14, 2011
[people] ‘I would’ve broken Kubrick’
… an interview with Keanu Reeves.
What a shame, I remark, that he never got to work with Stanley Kubrick, the king of the neverending takes. And with that, Reeves is off and running.
“I would’ve been his wet dream!” he enthuses. “After take 400, Kubrick would’ve been, [adopts grizzled Brooklyn accent] ‘All right, cut!’ and I’d be, like, ‘Stanley, can I do one more?’ ‘Whaaat?’ ‘Look, I know I’m just drinking this glass of water, but I think I can find another side to this. Let’s just do one more, OK?’ ‘Arrrgh, OK, Reeves.’ You know what? I would’ve broken Kubrick. ‘Please, sir, can I have some more?’ ‘Take 600. All you gotta do is walk across the road.’ ‘Come on, Stanley, one more!'”
January 17, 2011
[comics] Dan Clowes interviewed by Tom Spurgeon
… ‘I can’t say that I would never do another comic and call it Eightball. I say there’s actually a very high probability that I would do that some day. Kind of for old time’s sake, or something. Or just to kind of rethink what a comic book means at some point. But right now it sure doesn’t feel like the thing to do. After David Boring I really should have stopped doing comic books. It made no sense to do Ice Haven and The Death-Ray as comic books. I was just so married to that format for so long, that I couldn’t have the first iterations of those work in anything but a comic book. In retrospect that seems crazy. To this day I can’t explain to people who aren’t enmeshed in the world of comics what The Death-Ray is.’
January 18, 2011
[Facebook] Mary’s Welcome to Facebook
… ‘Kellen, why did you sign me up for this?’
January 19, 2011
[life] Wikipedia’s List Of Common Misconceptions
… ‘The notion that goldfish have a memory of only three seconds is false.’
January 20, 2011
[food] How An Englishman Cooks Breakfast
There are many different ways to cook eggs but most of them are purely of interest to invalids, children and the feeble-minded. The correct or ‘proper English egg’ is fried with lightly browned edges in the fat left over from the bacon. At the last minute, oil is flicked over the top of the yolk to seal it. This dangerous procedure causes the yolk to form a perfect, golden, viscid capsule, the violation of which with a rough shard of toast, is the nearest that an Englishman will permit himself to unbridled sexual ecstasy.
January 24, 2011
[health] How Does Homeopathy Work?
… ‘Please note that corrections will not be accepted unless accompanied by robust, peer-reviewed, scientific data.’
January 25, 2011
[internet] Five Emotions Invented By The Internet
… ‘The state of being ‘installed’ at a computer or laptop for an extended period of time without purpose, characterized by a blurry, formless anxiety undercut with something hard like desperation.’
January 26, 2011
[books] How Novels Came To Terms With The Internet
… ‘It is what the internet lures out of us – hubris, daydreams, avarice, obsessions – that makes it so potent and so volatile. TV’s power is serenely impervious; it does all the talking, and we can only listen or turn it off. But the internet is at least partly us; we write it as well as read it, perform for it as well as watch it, create it as well as consume it. Watching TV is a solitary activity that feels like a communal one, while the internet is a communal experience masquerading as solitude.’
January 27, 2011
[comics] Our Valued Customers
… real life quotes from comic shop customers …
January 28, 2011
[life] Do Nothing For 2 Minutes
… ‘Relax and listen to the waves.’
January 31, 2011
[comics] Is Palookaville #20 The Last Comic Book?
… ‘I bought Palookaville #20, mainly because I wanted to see the pictures of Seth’s cardboard city (which he says he fantasizes about as he drifts off to sleep each night), not because of the comics.’