Went to the senior picnic today. Shared food with fellow teachers and many students. Good stuff. Made the last out in the faculty's 8-5 win over the students (I scored both times I was up and now have grass stains all over my last pair of jeans).
But all that oil and running mean now, at the end of the day, I feel nigh unto death.
Oh, the joys of growing older.
I actually started feeling it acutely yesterday, when Randall told me that The Little Mermaid came out closer to the first moon landing than the present day.
Soon we shall die.
031) Batman: Year 100 by Paul Pope, finished April 18
I've been wanting read this since about the time I started wanting to read Joker; this book, I'm happy to report, was not disappointing. Linda Barry wanted to excerpt this book in Best American Comics, but DC wouldn't let her (?!?). A shame. It was good.
Batman in a future dystopia.
And let me tell you, when Chris Nolan finishes his run, I hope they consider adapting this to film. It runs a bit like an origin story, but still works with the character's past. Perfect for the next film.
Think about it, Warner. Just think about it.
The rest of you can read it now.
030) The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby, finished April 9
I've never read Nick Hornby before. I own two of his books (1 and 2) but haven't read either. I thought the movie of High Fidelity was pretty good, while About a Boy is one of my all-time favorite flicks. And yet somehow I had never read him.
But then McSweeney's had a promotion where I could get this book for free and so I did and I read it with great joy. The book is a collection of columns for The Believer and absolute fun to read. Hornby documents the books he buys vs the books he reads --- plus clips from some of his favorites such as David Copperfield.
There's an excellent chance this free book will lead to me subscribing to The Belieiver. So well played, McSweeney's. Well played.
In the meantime, I'm considering the temptation of picking up the remaining volumes of collected columns.
not enough weeks
029) iZombie: Dead to the World by Chris Roberson and Mike Allred, finished April 2
I love this new take on zombies and vampires and ghosts and so forth. An interesting set of rules, likable characters (sort of like the Scooby-Doo gang, only the heroes are also the monsters in this case). I like Allred's art in any case, but this is a particularly good use of his mad skillz. Like many Volume Ones, I can't really say for sure how this will pan out, but at present it's good and you should give it a shot. Volume Two's expected in September and since I'll be there, you may as well be too.
028) A Sense of Order and Other Stories by Jack Harrell, finished April 1
Jack's book won an AML Award and I can't say I'm surprised. He's a dandy writer and this is a great book. But not as great as I wanted it to be. I'll say more in my pending AMV review.
maybe three weeks
027) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard, finished March 30
I've not read this since discovering Stoppard while in high school. Since then all I've done is watched the movie several times. How does it hold up? Well enough, though I'm kind of over the whole genre. These days I would rather see the flick (or performed live? I've never had the pleasure) than read it, I'm afraid.
Previously in 2011 . . . . :
026) The Black Dogs by Ian McEwan, finished March 21
025) Stitches by David Small, finished March 20
024) Arkham Asylum: Madness by Sam Kieth, finished January 19 or 20
023) Hamlet by William Shakespeare, finished March 18
022) Red Rocket 7 by Mike Allred, finished March 10
021) Missile Mouse: Rescue on Tankium3 by Jake Parker, finished March 10
020) The Hotel Cat by Esther Averill, finished February 28
019) Wonderland by Tommy Kovac and Sonny Liew, finished February 21
018) Redcoat by Kohl Glass (MS POLICY), finished February 18
017) Best American Comics 2010 edited by Neil Gaiman, finished February 12
016) Little Bee by Chris Cleave, finished February 10
015) Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck, finished February 2
014) Cursed Pirate Girl: The Collected Edition Vol. I by Jeremy Bastian, finished January 31
013) Sweet Tooth: In Captivity by Jeff Lemire, finished January 30
012) Sweet Tooth: Out of the Woods by Jeff Lemire, finished January 30
011) Essex County: The Country Nurse by Jeff Lemire, finished January 30
010) Essex County: Ghost Stories by Jeff Lemire, finished January 29
009) Essex County: Tales from the Farm by Jeff Lemire, finished January 29
008) Magdalene by Morah Jovan, finished January 27
007) Knightfall Part Two: Who Rules the Night by a slew of DC folk, finished January 23
006) Bayou by Jeremy Love, finished January 17
005) Mr. Monster by Dan Wells, finished January 10
004) The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, finished January 6
003) The Mystery of the Dinosaur Graveyard by Mary Adrian, finished January 5
002) Batman - Judge Dredd: Judgment on Gotham by John Wagner and Alan Grant and Simon Bisley, with lettering by the famous Todd Klein; finished January 4
001) Batman: Venom by Dennis O'Neil et al, finished January 2
I have and I shall and then when I'm done I'll do it again.
Opening doors and pushing drafts and closing the windows too late.
Standing and stretching and stewing.
Fantastic followers in threatening configurations.
Open stance and high holds.
Arguments fall like rain and I started the day already wet.
Typing makes these things happen.
The A's starters are off to a great start, but they're still losing almost everything.
(In other news, I've been a Pirates fan waaay too long to take their strong start at all seriously.)
My boys are incredible baseball nuts (A's fans, to be specific). We don't have tv so I bought an antennae for my laptop and now we get about 50 stations mostly in HD, but you know what? They don't broadcast baseball. Maybe one game a week and those are just the game selected for national play. So maybe two A's games all year. The only way to watch the A's is on Comcast. Which angers me to no small degree. I am burning effigies of Bud Selig nightly.
I figure (since progeny notwithstanding I am not a particularly sporty guy) that there are people within view of this post who may know a hack or other Alternate Path to Baseball.
If so, I beg you to share your wisdom.
The Big O played his first Single A game this weekend. This is the level where kids get to start pitching. How it works is the kid pitcher pitches until a) he throws four balls (at which time a coach takes over --- no walks at this level), b) he throws three strikes (at which time the batter is out), or c) he hits the batter (at which point the batter gets to go to first).
Since it was the first game of the season, coaches pitched the first two innings anyway. Then the Big O pitched the third inning (and only the third inning --- the kids rotate to a new position every inning).
The Big O posted some remarkable numbers in his first inning as a pitcher:
- 0.00 ER
- Three strikeouts with three batters
- The only little league pitcher of the game never to require the coach taking over
- I wasn't counting but probably only about 12 or 15 pitches
The other number are obvious, I suppose. Striking out every batter you face means 0 H, 0 HRA etc etc etc.
Let's just say his pNERD is high, shall we?
It's a good thing I went and saw Questions of the Heart on opening night as I just found out I'll be away from my computer over the weekend. Lady Steed and I will be in Salt Lake of all places (would've rather gone last week to get MY AML AWARD, but so it goes). It being Utah I imagine I'll still be able to catch conference (the person I'm meeting with has to be there anyway, so I'm sure we'll be free and catch it on KSL or something), but my Svithetacular! notes will almost certainly not go up on time this Conference. (But that will be the first time since 2005 that I did not post immediately so I think I've earned some karma on this point. Back off.)
See you next week!