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November 30, 2005

The Shockey Face

shocky.jpgWhile watching the NY Giants lose their game against the Seahawks on Sunday due to three missed field goals I laughed, and laughed deeply when Jeremy Shockey, confident that the second kick was good pointed arrogantly and clownishly at the camera only to slowly (sloooowly) realize that the kick had missed. His head turns, his eyes grow large, and his mouth drops open, but his hands, controlled perhaps by some other brain in his body, continue to point triumphantly at the camera.

As I said, I laughed.

Then I realized that I would never, ever see that face again, and I became... well, a little sad.

Now, through the magic of the internet, I give you that face:Simply Shockeyed.

Posted by sferrell at 3:37 PM

November 29, 2005

Oh, Daniel-san...

Show me, "Paint the Fence."

This makes me sad:

CNN.com - Pat Morita, 'Karate Kid's' Mr. Miyagi, dies - Nov 25, 2005

Posted by sferrell at 10:13 AM

November 23, 2005

Good grief.

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It's not a bad tree. It just needs a little love.

Charlie Brown Pathetic Tree - UrbanOutfitters.com

Posted by sferrell at 9:36 AM

November 22, 2005

iPuggle

ipuggle.jpgEarlier today, Steve Jobs was excited to announce his newest iProduct: the iPuggle.

A combination iPod MP3 music player, and a hybrid Puggle puppy (Beagle and Pug combo) it's two great items in one.

"This will be the first MP3 player that will allow you to take your entire music library with you, download content off the internet, and roll over and beg on command. It represents the urban-chic lifestyle that today's consumers want to show off, and it's almost housebroken."

Apple, you've shown us the way... again.

Posted by sferrell at 7:38 PM | Comments (1)

Generous Genius

Zefrank.

Check him out.

Here's his "scribbler."

Posted by sferrell at 4:24 PM

November 15, 2005

Comic Book Review: Cry Wolf, Vol. 1

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Coming in December is a new title from a small independent publisher: Cry Wolf, Vol. 1. Writer Doug Crill and artist Daniel J. Frey have put together the first installment of a larger arc, one that covers a lot of emotional and physical territory.

The story, a take on werewolf lore, relies heavily on serial-adventure style storytelling, evocative of Indiana Jones in tone, setting (Prohibition Era Chicago and South Pacific) and style (even down to the use of maps as panels, overlays of a character reading a letter, and an effective "montage" of train to ship transport). These break some of what has become "standard" images found in comics, and reminded me of older, black and white adventure stories. Also, unlike other werewolf tales that I remember, this one doesn't center itself in Europe but in Borneo, and it's a nice change of pace.

While not as polished as books from Marvel, DC or the major independents, Cry Wolf shows a great amount of effort and dedication to story telling. The scope of the story is clearly looking down the path a bit because characters are introduced in a wide variety of locales and leave hints that there's much more of the story to be told.

More than anything else, this first volume reminded me of 'zines'--those independent, often original and daring self-published magazines that tried to chip away readership from the "typical" press publications by being new, or shocking, or simply independent from big publishing concerns. I think that Cry Wolf's creators should be applauded for getting their work out there, for the public to read, which is so much more than so many have the guts to do. By setting themselves apart by not telling another ho-hum superhero or monster tale, by carefully crafting a setting and era that is well thought out, they're onto a good track.

There's obviously a lot of story left, and this first volume gives a strong lay of the land and sets a tone and theme which is clear and fun to read.

--Sean Ferrell

Posted by sferrell at 5:43 PM

How are we feeling today? Let me check what my comics say.

This harkens back to my feelings about entertainment culture in general and how you can judge how US society views the world based upon popular cultural themes. I've always noticed a "light in the dark times, dark in the light times" model at work. When people feel upbeat generally they are willing to take a darker, more questionable and introspective entertainment; when people have a negative, more worrisome view of life they want their entertainment to be simple, and not to challenging. Mainly I've linked this to the economy (dark shows when market is good, light shows when the market is bad), but it extrapolates to the general well being of our culture as well.

It's the reason, I think, that so many really smart shows are struggling to find an audience (Arrested Development, The Office) and other shows are finding a boob-happy audience just waiting to see Paris Hilton or Donald Trump take a pie to the face.

Comic books shadow how we react to threats - EarthLink - Entertainment News

Posted by sferrell at 4:09 PM

November 8, 2005

T.O. little, T.O. late

terrellowensasgreenlantern.jpgNow that he's been suspended and told that he'll be released by the Eagles, Terrell Owens apologizes and hopes to return to the team. He finally publicly states that he's "sorry" for negative comments toward the team, organization, coach and quarterback.

Some thoughts: first, I don't see anything in this article that indicates that T.O. says what he did was wrong, only that he's sorry he said somethings that were negative. There's a difference. A drunk driver can be sorry that he caused an accident without being sorry he got behind the wheel in the first place.

Second, there is one element to the unfolding of his release and his subsequent apologia that I think is the hub of the entire story. Since Terrell likes going by initials so much let's start there: R.B. Not a running back (Eagles don't have a running game after all). Reggie Brown. His performance on Sunday night against a competent Redskins secondary is THE critical reason that Reid finally said enough is enough, and his performance on Sunday is THE critical reason that T.O. is now saying "my bad."

Had Reggie Brown gone out and gotten 22 yards on 3 catches, or even 50 yards on four catches, Reid goes to his office early Monday morning and tells McNabb, "Looks like we've got no choice but to keep T.O., because all we've got right now is the passing game and without him, we don't have that." Instead, Reggie Brown snagged 94 yards, including a 56-yard TD reception, on five catches. Because of that, Reid goes to McNabb and says, "So, looks like we could be okay, huh?"

And at home, watching the game, was T.O., realizing, just maybe, that the Eagles might have a kid who is younger, less prone to "injury," and willing to put up the numbers that, supposedly, only he can.

SI.com - NFL - Owens apologizes to Eagles, McNabb and fans - Tuesday November 8, 2005 3:28PM

Posted by sferrell at 4:47 PM

Pulse

This J-horror flick looks jerrifying! Seriously, I got creeped out by the trailer.

p u l s e

Posted by sferrell at 3:37 PM

The revolution will be televised... for only 99 cents!!

NBC, CBS to offer shows on demand for 99 cents - Nov. 8, 2005

Posted by sferrell at 12:41 PM

November 2, 2005

New short story

I've got a new story up online in issue #16 of Cafe Irreal.

Posted by sferrell at 7:15 AM