I've been collecting these pictures and links and articles for a few weeks now with the intention of posting them on the blog. I'm tired of the open tabs and cluttered desktop, so here's a batch of stuff I found interesting...
A cool tattoo:
A couple of comic book illustrations, the first a Batwoman pin-up by Jock, and the second a Powergirl cover by Adam Hughes:
A link to an interesting lawsuit regarding Captain Crunch's Crunchberries:
(And every story this week was a 5-star – excellent – example of the form.)
Monday: “Happy Fish, Plus Coin” by Scott Snyder * * * * * Tuesday: “The Museum of Whatnot” by Kevin Wilson * * * * * Wednesday: “Julie in the Funhouse” by Jincy Willett * * * * * Thursday: “Pompeii” by Leslie Pietrzyk * * * * * Friday: “Abraham’s Boys” by Joe Hill * * * * * Saturday: “The Flints of Memory Lane” by Neil Gaiman * * * * * Sunday: “Everything’s Eventual” by Stephen King * * * * *
My favorite story of the week was: “The Museum of Whatnot” by Kevin Wilson
From the review: “Whimsical, romantic, and just strange enough to completely capture your attention.”
Whoo, boy! Before you say, "Oh, another vampire movie," you need to watch the trailer. Looks fantastic. Almost everyone on the planet is a vampire, and they hunt the few remaining humans for their blood. Only they are running out of blood. And all kinds of crazy stuff happens after that.
A little over a week ago I hit, and most likely killed, a bird with my vehicle while driving over to Ankeny for a bike ride. I felt bad; though not a huge fan of animals (or birds), I don’t deliberately go out of my way to kill them.
So it seems only fitting that while out on my bike ride today a bird attacked me. I could see it coming from behind me, its shadow soaring along the highway, gaining on me.
And then it struck.
The bird hit my helmet and nearly knocked me off my bike. It then followed me. I was cruising along at 17 or 18 mph and the bird kept pace, just to the left of me. Apparently not satisfied with its first unsuccessful attempt, the bird tried three more times while I shouted and flailed one hand over my head trying to shoo the bird away.
Eventually the bird retreated to fight another day, and I put the pedal down to get some distance between us.
Now I’m sure the “incident” had nothing to do with my entire ride being so much faster than my previous record, but you never know. Maybe subconsciously I rode faster in an attempt to finish and hide from my new worst enemies.
Monday: “Making Love in 2003” by Miranda July * * * Tuesday: “Sunbird” by Neil Gaiman * * * * * Wednesday: “The Replacement” by Duane Swierczynski * * * * * Thursday: “Feeling Good, Feeling Fine” by George Garrett * * * * * Friday: “There, There” by Deb Olin Unferth * * * * Saturday: “The Parrot” by Italo Calvino * * * Sunday: “Battleground” by Stephen King * * * * *
My favorite story of the week was: “The Replacement” by Duane Swierczynski
From the review: “Swierczynski is a master at taking an impossible idea and turning it into a fast-paced, enjoyable tale.”
Monday: “No Such Thing as a Vampire” by Richard Matheson * * * * Tuesday: “Pattern for Survival” by Richard Matheson * * * Wednesday: “Clothes Make the Man” by Richard Matheson * * Thursday: “Mute” by Richard Matheson * * * Friday: “The Creeping Terror” by Richard Matheson * * * Saturday: “Shock Wave” by Richard Matheson * * Sunday: “’Tis the Season to Be Jelly” by Richard Matheson * Sunday: “Gray Matter” by Stephen King * * * *
My favorite story of the week was: “No Such Thing as a Vampire” by Richard Matheson
From the review: “It challenges you to at first believe its veracity, and then question it, leaving you primed and ready for the perfect ending. A nice little tweaking of conventions.”
Monday: “A Sleep Not Unlike Death” by Sean Chercover * * * * Tuesday: “Like Riding a Moped” by Jordan Harper * * * * Wednesday: “Dynamite Hole” by Donald Ray Pollock * * * Thursday: “The Holiday Man” by Richard Matheson * * Friday: “Burning Ring of Fire” by Hana K. Lee * * * * Saturday: “Love Far from Home” by Italo Calvino * * * * * Sunday: “Morality” by Stephen King * * * *
My favorite story of the week was: “Love Far from Home” by Italo Calvino
From the review: “And by far the coolest name for woman I’ve come across – Mariamirella.”