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Wonderful Sci-Fi Graphic Art Piece   Leave a comment

I had to share this amazing piece of graphic art by artist Anders Nilsen entitled “Me and the Universe,” appearing in the 9/25/14 edition of The New York Times. It’s an extraordinarily poignant piece, detailing how he came to be from the beginning of time, until memory of his being fades from the living, and concludes with the end of all that is known by intelligent life.

Quite detailed in all respects, with a bit of humor thrown in, it really made me ponder my place in the order of things.  Hope you’ll find it as interesting as I did.

Enjoy!  Here it is.

Quick but Quotable Links!   Leave a comment

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Hey There!

In addition to my regularly-scheduled blog entries (which, I admit, have been rather slim as of late…sorry!), I’m dishing up a delicious serving of quick but quotable links.  That is, once you take a look at what I’ve got here, you’ll be talking about them to your friends, family and blogosphere buds.

So without further ado, here they are:

1.  This comes via the website Cool Infographics, which offers a wide selection of ordinary data magically transformed into wonderful graphics detailing ideas, thoughts, facts and other items of note.  Randy Klum is the author of both the site and the book of the same name.  The link below details 50 years of visionary sci-fi computer interfaces, or, in other words, television shows and movies’ predictions for our digital futures, starting with “Lost in Space” and continuing onto the movie “Oblivion.”

http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2014/8/13/50-years-of-visionary-sci-fi-computer-interfaces.html

2.  There’s a whole batch of brash storm chasers following tornadoes, or hurricane hunters that fly planes directly into the eye of a hurricane to see what’s going on inside.  I’ve witnessed tornadoes forming myself (not by choice) or totally nasty thunderstorms approaching while driving.  Now imagine yourself aboard the Cassini spacecraft and zipping around Saturn.  You’ve discovered a storm at its north pole unlike any other.  Click here and prepare to be amazed…

3.  Here’s a followup to the blog a wrote a few weeks ago regarding the zombie spaceship otherwise known as the International Sun-Earth Explorer-3, or ISEE-3.  Unfortunately, the hardworking citizen scientists were unable to steer the craft into a direction that would bring it closer to the moon.  However, I highly recommend that you not cheat yourselves out of this remarkable adventure and learn more about its extended mission and those that made it possible.  Visit its website here.

4.  The Martian Confederacy  by Paige Braddock and James McNamara is a relatively new online graphic novel.  It’s the year 3535 and three outlaws struggle to save Mars, once a former vacation destination.  Read it!

5.  Thinking about the perfect Christmas present?  You can’t go wrong with a genuine lightsaber!  Pick out the perfect one for your favorite Jedi knight right here.

That’s it for my quick short list!  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Better Science Through Comix   Leave a comment

 

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In a recent post, I listed some of my favorite comics that make me laugh, or at least think.  Now, thanks to the magic of the internet, there’s a wide world of comics that can help you learn more about science.

Now, when was the last time you were at a party and someone starts discussing a certain theory attributed to Einstein.  While everyone knows he wrote the damn thing, how the hell do you explain it to that cute tomato coyly stirring her Stoli and lime?  Yeah, you’re probably thinking that’s the last thing on her mind, right?  Except when you swagger over to her, you overhear a stray comment that said tomato actually just received her second doctorate in astrophysics and starts with JPL on Tuesday…hence the reason for the party.  Instead of recoiling in horror, you could simply read this comic.  How?  Dash into the toilet, pull out your iPhone 23 et voila!  You’re right up there with tomato, sharing insights and maybe, just maybe, a few laughs.

Or, you ask a lovely lady to join you at the above party instead of finding a person of interest already attending.  Said lady says no, she’s busy composing her thesis on the relativity of theories.  So you take it upon yourself to charm up that nice lady who offered to watch your cat while you went to Barcelona (never mind you don’t have a cat; it was your last girlfriend breaking up with you wailing in the bathroom).  She says yes, and once you settle down on the couch with your 7&7, in walks the first person you asked…looking for you!  Oy!  What’s a guy to do?  Maybe this’ll offer a solution to your conundrum.

I tripped upon this site, The Awkward Yeti, and he’s totally cracked me up.  He draws clever riffs on scientific concepts that are way cool!  He drew the above link.  Support him!

After you pour your favorite morning cereal into your bowl, do you often wonder how true the claims might be regarding such things as, “A complete day’s supply of iron”?  Actually, there’s truth in that, depending upon what cereal you eat.  Sketchy Science illustrates that for you, and follow the link explaining it all for you.  It’ll make you wonder just what’s in your breakfast.

Finally, if you’re not sure about your place in the world, then maybe you’d better consider the universe.  It’s been in the news lately.  Here’s how you get yourself smart about it, quick.

 

 

 

Posted March 25, 2014 by seleneymoon in Comics and Graphic Novels

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Comic Relief   Leave a comment

It’s no secret I’ve been a real fan of comics and graphic novels from the get-go.  That’s actually how I started reading.  Dad would have me sit on his lap and he’d open the Philadelphia Bulletin and there’s be Brenda Starr, Winnie Winkle, Alley Oop, Pogo and my all-time favorite, Peanuts.  To this day, I have my coffee over the comix each morning, waking up with a smile that will inevitably be crushed once I step out the door.

For those of you who can use a dose of laughs tinged with sci-fi and fantasy, here’s a few of my favorite picks, in no particular order:

Brewster Rockit by Tim Rickart

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March 20, 2014 above

Regularly,  Brewster encounters favorite villains from “Star Wars” as well as other fantasy creatures.  He battles evil from his ship, R. U. Sirius as it floats around the universe.  His best pal, Pam, is a single mother who’s tough enough to blast enemies with a single bullet yet is brought down by Brewster’s unrelenting stupidity.

Pibgorn by Brooke McEldowney

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February 12, 2014, GoComics exclusive

Though right now he’s doing a graphic novel serial installation of Romeo and Juliet, his ongoing series of Pibgorn, a fantasy creature, is amazing.  The artwork is incredible.  I’ve been a big fan since he started drawing it.

Plastic Babyheads from Outer Space by Geoff Grogan

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March 20, 2014

Need I say more?  It’s original, all right.  Don’t miss it!

New Adventures of Queen Victoria by Pab Sungenis

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March 19, 2014

All the characters are clipped out from Queen Victoria’s inner circle and corresponding luminaries of the times, plus a generous sprinkling of other historical (and hysterical) figures.  It’s very Monty Python/Terry Gilliam.

Santa vs. Dracula by Melissa DeJesus and Ed Power

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March 19, 2014

Not for the faint of heart.  Cutest of creatures face the most gruesome of deaths.  The good news is Santa is a superhero and gives new meaning to the concept of holiday cheer!

That’s only a sampling.  I have others.

If you want a comprehensive critique of the world of comics, I send you to my go-to source: http://joshreads.com. Home of the Comics Curmudgeon, Josh Fruhlinger writes a daily dish of caustic commentary sure to send you atwitter with laughs.  He’s relentless on such chestnuts as Mary Worth.  Josh also bears a particular hatred for Funky Winkerbean, which, I must admit, I wholeheartedly agree with his comments.  Occasionally Josh takes a break and leaves Uncle Lumpy to take his place.

So enjoy folks, and have a good laugh!

 

 

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