Wednesday, June 22, 2005

All Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder #1

All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder #1
Originally uploaded by SBloods.

This is one I am really looking forward to. I don't really enjoy Miller's art (gasps everywhere) but his storytelling is great. Jim Lee's art on the other hand just floors me.

On sale July 13.

Hellboy: The Island

Finally, an all new Hellboy story from Mike Mignola and Dark Horse Comics. Hellboy: The Island is due to hit stores today.

From Dark Horse:

After more than two years at the bottom of the sea, Hellboy washes up on an island full of sunken ships where he is tempted by singing dead men and stupidly ignores good advice from an ancient enemy. This tale of gods and monsters offers the first revelations about one (or more) of the great secrets of Hellboy's world.

Award-winning creator Mike Mignola presents the long-awaited sequel to 2001's
The Third Wish, and the first Hellboy series since the character was pushed into the mainstream by 2004's hit film.

I'll let you know how this one is as soon as I get my hands on it. Probably tomorrow. You can get a preview at the link above. This looks promising.

Oceanic Flight 815

The latest issue of TV Guide features a snippet about the new website for the ABC show "Lost". The site looks like a seating chart for an actual flight. You can click on various seats and get info on some of the passengers of the doomed flight Oceanic Air flight 815.

Here is the real cool part, though. If you click on the following numbers in this order (Hurley's winning lottery number and the number also etched into the bunker) you'll get to see a preview of next season.

4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Joss Whedon's Firefly Comic "Serenity"

TV Guide is reporting that in addition to both a new Spike and a new Angel comic series being released this summer, Dark Horse Comics is going to be releasing a three-part series called "Serenity" written to bridge the gap between the now defunct Sci-Fi Cowboy show "Firefly" and the self-titled movie directed by Whedon and set for release on September 30.

Here is the press release from Dark Horse.

Even though Whedon is not actually penning the comics, he is keeping a close eye on the writers.

Time will tell, but this looks like it will be a good one.

Update: While browsing TV Guide Online I found the blurb on Whedon's comics that was in the publication as well as an interview with our favorite Slayer creator.

Read it here.

A happy ending to what could have been a tragic tale

A boy missing in the montains of Utah for four days has been found alive and in good condition.

A Franchise Saved: Batman Begins

Warner Brothers has saved its Batman movie franchise with the latest film which is a dark romp through the corrupt underbelly of Gotham City and reveals the origins of the city's greatest hero.

Bruce Wayne, having seen his parents murdered, sets out to learn how to make those that prey upon the fearful afraid and to seek justice for all the injustice that has been wrought in his beloved Gotham and his life. This takes young Bruce Wayne to the far reaches of the world and the underworld. After a stint in prison, Wayne ends up under the tutelage of Ra's Al Ghul, master assassin. Bruce here learns what he needs to know to fight the corrupt in Gotham and his alter ego, Batman is born.

Awesome movie. This completely makes up for the last three Batman flops ("Batman Returns", "Batman Forever" and "Batman & Robin"). A very dark film, which is the way it is supposed to be. Of all the superhero stories, Batman's is supposed to be dark and gritty. Christian Bale nails his character and is a very believable Batman and Bruce Wayne. The cast, which is laden with big names, shines in this one. Liam Neeson is perfect for Ra's. Morgan Freeman is great as Mr. Fox, Wayne's tech guru. Cillian Murphy's Scarecrow is amazing. Michael Caine is great as Alfred, Bruce's always faithful butler and mentor. The whole cast puts forth a very spirited performance. Well almost everyone.

The only weak spot in this movie is Katie Holmes. Her performance was flat and uninspired. Almost anybody could have put in a better showing. But this is the only ding in Batman's armor.

Worth the full price of admission and then some. I'll probably see it again next week.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Widget Madness

More on the fabulous advent of Widgets in Tiger.

I am currently listening to "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden, and the lyrics magically appear before me using this widget (my Hula Girl is also waving at me). There are a couple of other lyrics widgets, but I haven't tried them yet. I'll let you know how they work.

Update: This lyrics widget works a hundred times better than the one mentioned above. This one updates immediately. The other you needed to refresh manually. pearLyrics is the way to go.

Mr. & Mrs Smith

I have been really busy lately, but wanted to get a short blurb up about this movie.

Don't listen to the critics that poo-hooed this film claiming that it was unbelievable or that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had no chemistry. They were wrong on both accounts.

It is an action film, so why would you think it has to have a "believability" factor? It doesn't. Guns are blazing and the action is intense. The chase scene on the highway rocked! That is all this film needs to have.

Brad and Angelina? Red hot! I could care a less about any off-screen romance. They nailed it in the movie.

Can't wait to see it again!!!!

Worth the full price of admission.

Batman Quiz

Seeing that "Batman Begins" starts today, I figured that this quiz would be good prep for the resurrection of the Batman film franchise. I'll be seeing the film tomorrow night.

I only scored a 92. I missed the question about the film the Waynes had just attended when they were attacked.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The Wonderful World of Widgets

I just loaded Mac OS 10.4 Tiger on my computer, and boy is it sweet! I haven't been this excited to work on my computer in a long time. I am currently posting this from the DashBlog widget in the Dashboard. A little screen that I can type into and then push post. Amazing. No more starting up a browser to blog. Just click on the Dashboard and go!

If you have a Mac and haven't gone to 10.4 yet. Do it!!!! Awesome!

More to come later.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Intel Inside

That is the new sticker that is going to be on all new Apple computers probably by next year. Apple has dumped IBM and the PowerPC chip for Intel’s processor.

This will hopefully mean a wider variety of affordable Macs for the masses. I am eyeing a Powerbook myself, and would welcome a price cut.

But I am not sure how I feel about the switch. Once it has taken place, the Windows operating system could then be loaded on a Mac without an emulator. Apple is not going to sell Windows software, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to run it on your new PowerMac.

It seems to me that the Mac experience won’t be the same.

But on the flipside, I remember reading something about CHRP, which is Common Hardware Reference Platform. It basically meant that there wasn’t going to be “Macs” and “PeeCees” per say, but rather a “computer” that all software was designed to run on.

Sounds like Apple is taking the first step to achieve this.

Survivors in the back of the plane?

At least that seems to be a theory with the addition of Michelle Rodriguez to the cast of “Lost”.

We'll see.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

What was Robby Gordon thinking?

Apparently not much. Robby Gordon tries to backtrack after saying that Danica Patrick had an unfair advantage because she only weighs 100 pounds. Less weight, faster car.


While this is true, he made a couple of mistakes. First, never comment on a woman’s weight. Second, the weight difference didn’t keep Dan Wheldon from winning the race did it?

Think before you speak boys.

And maybe you should drop a couple of pounds before the next race.

In addition, I found this great commentary about Gordon’s Whine of the Week:

Such a person is race NASCAR driver Robby Gordon, who decided that Danica Patrick, the first woman ever to lead an Indy 500 and the eventual fourth-place finisher Sunday, has an unfair advantage over the men in the field: At 100 pounds, she’s too light.

“The lighter the car, the faster it goes,” Gordon said. “Do the math. Put her in the car at her weight, then put me or Tony Stewart in the car at 200 pounds and our car is at least 100 pounds heavier.

“I won’t race against her until the IRL does something to take that advantage away.”

Funny, but Gordon never complained about male drivers who are 40 or 50 pounds lighter than he is. And we don’t remember him complaining about previous female drivers who entered the race but didn’t have the equipment or perhaps the talent to win.

But along comes a woman who can flat-out drive with a team that’s won the race before and a great car, and suddenly Gordon has a problem.

We’ll leave it to our readers, some of whom wrote as soon as they read Gordon’s comments, to put him in his place — which, some think, is in a Weight Watchers meeting.

Casey in Dallas wrote: This is undoubtedly one of the most puerile comments from a sports figure that I've ever read. It's like a football team saying "it's not fair" that the opposing team's front line weighs more than theirs, or a basketball player whining that someone is taller than he. Is it an advantage? Probably. An unfair advantage? No way.

And, from Josh: As far as “Flesh Gordon” and his childish whimpering — if he lost his pot belly and the meat between his ears, he, too, would be faster on the track and on all the intelligence tests he surely must have flunked....

Thanks, Josh and Casey. All we can add is that we expect Gordon to issue a statement saying the reason Patrick lost is because she had to stop six times during the race to ask for directions.