December 31, 2014

1992 rocked!

I first found out I was going to attend Wabash in 1992.

December 30, 2014

Hey there, 1991!

1991 was the start of my senior year in high school.

December 29, 2014

Welcome to the 90s!

1990 was awesome, wasn't it? I first went out on a date with my now wife in 1990.

December 27, 2014

The mole could be anybody - except you, Tina!

December 25, 2014

Merry Wondermark Christmas

Merry Christmas, everybody.

Enjoy some holiday comics from Wondermark (more here)...

December 23, 2014

Tastefully, Offensively Chucklesome

Tastefully Offensive is worth checking out from time to time. It's funny.

from my former student, Kat Swenski (can't embed the animated gif easily)

December 20, 2014

Merry Christmas, Bob and family

December 19, 2014

Thank you, Tim Burton

Tim Burton brought Batman back to the big screen in 1989.

And these songs came out, too...

December 18, 2014

Have you heard about this new drug, crack? Just came out this year...well, the this year of today's 8tracks playlist.

December 17, 2014

Thank you, Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride came out the same year these songs did.

December 16, 2014

Welcome back, Edwin Halley

1986 saw the return of Edwin Halley's comet.

Apparently he lost his comet and keeps struggling to find it.

Lucky for us, I guess.

Let's celebrate that year with a few songs in a playlist.

December 15, 2014

Mikhail Gorbachev died in 1985

Today's playlist comes to you from 1985, a fine year to turn ten.

December 14, 2014

Christmas music and posts

In case you were in need of some Christmas music - for a party, for putting up the tree a little late, for drowning your sorrows as you open each present hoping it will be the full collection of the Fables: The Deluxe Edition books but instead keep finding socks and underwear in each box - check out the fifteen Christmas playlists that I've posted in years gone by.

And feel free to wish join me in wishing for Steve Martin's five Christmas wishes. It's a classic.

December 13, 2014

I'm not missing Axel's first game because you didn't plan ahead.

December 12, 2014

Brilliant artwork from a branding rebel

I absolutely love the poster (probably just a digital poster, I guess) that somebody put together for the farewell event for Matthews Auditorium (Princeton's soon-to-be-demolished high school theater.)

Somebody really did a creative number on the Viking head that we use for our logo (and that the we pretty clearly stole from the Minnesota Vikings or a thousand other logo sources.)

With all that being said, I am a little curious as to how this fits into the Princeton branding guidelines that say "Do not distort the master brand logo" and 'Do not put the master brand logo in a box or any other shape" because this is clearly being promoted officially by the school.

December 11, 2014

Need a good read?

The vast majority of my reading is done in the graphic novel world.

With that being said, I do understand that there are a whole lot more books that can be read.

If you're looking for some good reads, you could probably do a whole lot worse than trying some books from NPR's best books of 2014 (sortable by tag).

December 10, 2014

Smooth rock sounds

So much Yacht Rock today...

There's the classic and hilarious web series - admittedly a little because of language - Yacht Rock. All of the episodes are available on Channel 101 and on YouTube.

Then there's AllMusic's Yacht Rock favorites along with the Spotify playlist that they put together.

December 9, 2014

Collectible Minifigures Series 13

The full Lego collectible Minifigures Series 13 has now been fully revealed. Let's take a look at what I'm going to be trying to feel for in January.

  • Galaxy Trooper - armor is starting to be distinct and two guns
  • Alien Trooper - only circular piece in set, head is going to be tough to feel because it's new
  • Evil Wizard - staff, neck beard
  • King - crown, sword is too much like female samauri
  • Goblin - weird sword, satchel - no sword
  • Lady Cyclops - club
  • Snake Charmer - staff with no bumps at all, snake
  • Paleontologist - bone, pith helmet
  • Carpenter - 3x1 tile (or maybe 4x1), saw
  • Hot dog guy - the full hot dog suit
  • Sheriff - 2x2 tile
  • Samurai - two swords, maybe shoulder armor
  • Disco Diva - microphone, two roller skates
  • Unicorn girl - horn, helmet with ears
  • Fencer - epee, maybe face shield
  • Egyptian Warrior - giant shield in pentagonal shape
There are a lot of swords this time. That's going to make things tougher.

My early favorites are the hot dog guy, snake charmer, carpenter, Ming the Merciless, and the king.

December 8, 2014

Looking for Teachable Moments

I stumbled upon (not Stumbled Upon - I stopped using that service a while ago after getting a couple of nasty computer viruses) an NPR story about a Middletown High School English teacher who chronicles his teaching life via a blog of cartoons.

They're not all brilliant, but they're almost all spot on observations of his world, and it's one that I recognize all too well. I'll be following Teachable Moments for the foreseeable future.

Check out some of my favorites from the strip.

December 6, 2014

My preferred dairy custard is half and half...

December 4, 2014

It's Calen's favorite musical year

See, because a decade or so ago, I helped Calen go buy some new music, and she got four cd's from 1983 and one from No Doubt.

So 1983 is clearly her favorite musical year.

December 3, 2014