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January 30, 2007

How did we survive the invention of the wheel?

After watching this video I had a vision. Two cavemen are sitting near the opening of their cave, the jungle before them, the scattered remains of their recent kill at their feet. One of the cavemen is chiseling away at a large rock with a smaller one. He's only recently begun using a "tool" but he appreciates how quickly it knocks away pieces of the larger rock, allowing him to turn it into something that he has envisioned ever since witnessing an avalanche in the valley below. He taps and taps.

The other caveman approaches, hesitant, and points at the large rock. "What the hell is that?"

"It's something I'm making. It's called 'a wheel.'"

"Wheel. What the hell do you do with it?"

"It rolls. See? Like this." The first caveman pushes on one side of the wheel and sends it rolling for eight or nine feet. "See?" The caveman envisions attaching branches to the wheel. He envisions pulling the kill closer to the cave making it easier to feed the young. He envisions helping the tribe grow stronger.

The second caveman nods. "Yeah. Yeah, I get it. You know what would be cool?"

The first caveman puffs out his chest, proud that his partner appreciates what he has built. "What?"

"Why don't we take it to the top of that hill, and you tie me to it. Then roll me down the hill. God, what a rush."

Posted by sferrell at 11:21 AM

January 29, 2007

Gladys Hardy for President in '08.

Posted by sferrell at 11:45 AM

January 26, 2007


vista.jpgThis almost seems like a joke. This site has a video of Windows Vista being demonstrated (it's a Norwegian tech show, I think). All you PC users getting excited? All you Mac enthusiasts saying, "Who gives a F@#$?" Well here's something you'll both love. Check out the screen grab to the left. What kind of computer are they demoing the all mighty Vista on? Hmmm... Let's see...


Yep. It's a Mac. Probably did it out of concerns for stability and security. Smart choice.

Posted by sferrell at 1:55 PM

January 25, 2007

This is John...

Posted by sferrell at 1:30 PM

January 23, 2007

Pynchon likes the wings

Sadly, this gives me waves of pleasure.

Posted by sferrell at 4:53 PM

January 22, 2007

Adventure Time

This is either the best or the worst thing ever made.

Posted by sferrell at 2:50 PM

January 10, 2007

I'm building a time machine

And I'm going to set the chronometer to '1984,' just so I can punch these two guys in the mouth.

Posted by sferrell at 10:23 AM

January 8, 2007

I want my own cult.


Posted by sferrell at 2:49 PM

January 5, 2007

Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe

marvel.jpgMarvel: The Characters And Their Universe, Published by Barnes & Noble Books, 288 pages, $75.00.

So, I'm walking through a Barnes & Noble store in Amarillo a few weeks ago, and I stumble upon a beautiful book called Marvel: The Characters And Their Universe. Now, I'm a sucker for comics history books. So, this incredibly beautiful leather-bound (or close enough to fool me, anyway) coffee table book,
with a colorful raised illustration of some of Marvel's greatest characters, drew me in at first glance. Upon thumbing through the book, generously filled with lavish illustrations and photos, I was quickly hooked and headed for the checkout stand.

Author Michael Mallory has put together a respectable history of Marvel Comics, starting farther back than most who retell this particular story, with the inception of Red Circle, then a pulp fiction magazine publishing company. And, considering the fact that the book chronicles Marvel history up to 2004 (the year of publication), it can be considered quite comprehensive.

One of the most attractive characteristics of this book, however, is that it not only covers Marvel properties in print, but in other media as well. Covering just about every incarnation of any Marvel character on big screen or small since the '60's, Mallory's inclusion of the company's Saturday morning contributions and live action prime time projects were a pleasant revisiting of many beloved memories for this longtime fan. I especially enjoyed some previously unknown information (to me) concerning the '70's television show "The Incredible Hulk," as well as the various TV movie spin-offs.

This gleeful walk down a brightly colored memory lane will bring a lot of pleasure to current fans and former fans alike. It would also make a great Christmas gift for the comics fan in your life.

Find it at Barnes & Noble bookstores, as well as online retailers and auctions, where great deals can be found. Heck, I got mine at B&N for $25.00, a third of the retail price! Who says you can't "geek out" affordably?
Review by Mark Allen

Posted by sferrell at 2:08 PM

Hip Hop Kids


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