Friday, October 06, 2006

World Can’t Wait, Bring on the Hate!

Anytime World Can’t Wait gets together for a march, there will undoubtedly be a slew of hilarious photos to make fun of. Their recent event in NY on the 5th thankfully delivered the goods! On to my favorites:

Ah yes, the classic shirt that has too much text to possible to be read and understood by those passing by. Good thinking guys; with convoluted graphics like this, no wonder they could only muster 1000 folks at their recent event.

Huh? I am still confused by this one, but I will give it points for being creative with a conspiracy theory. If you’re going to have a conspiracy theory, you might as well make it needlessly complicated!

But my favorite photo from the march goes to this classic:

Napoleon? I guess he wasn’t a nice guy and all, but you would think this protestor would pick a more modern leader to scorn. Wait a minute; I see a new trend developing!

“Hating on current political leaders getting you down? Why not hate one who has been dead for over 150 years!”

You know who I hate? Charles the Bald, King of France.

God, I hate that asshole. If I ever meet one of his descendents, you better believe I’m going to kick them right in the nuts.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

YouTube and “Obscene Content”

Apparently, Youtube is also part of the liberal media:

“YouTube apparently finds anti-jihad videos to be "unlawful, obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, violate any law, or is otherwise inappropriate."
The Conservative YouTubers group has also been flagged thusly:
This group may contain content that is inappropriate for some users, as flagged by YouTube's user community.

I've only seen that message once before in all my YouTube surfing, and it was for extremely graphic violence on a Menchaca/Tucker film, or something of that nature. It's hardly the warning needed for a collection of video blogs and news clips from mainstream conservatives.”

Whomever produced this drivel at Town Hall is either 75 years old and has little understand of the internet, or is an idiot. Let me explain.

Since Youtube relies on individual amateur users to upload videos, every now and then someone will post a video that is not appropriate to an all ages site (I am assuming they get thousands of pornographic videos a day now that the site is known by just about everyone). The incredible number of videos that get posted everyday make it impossible for the Youtube mods to catch every objectionable one. Therefore, they allow individual browsers to “flag” a video they feel violates “decency standards". That does not mean that every video that gets “flagged” is truly adherent, just that it offended some person along the way. Let me show you.

Ahhh, what a cute kitty! Nothing is more wholesome than a sleeping kitten, I'll tell ya what! Well, then again, I didn’t see a black hand petting the cat, and therefore it must be racist, so I flagged it as inappropriate. My reasoning may be pretty damn brainless, but it stands none the less in the world of Youtube.

So relax conservative talking heads, I am sure some gay dude is trying to adopt a child (gasp!), and needs you to stop them right away.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Battle of the Ironclads

Like all artistic industries, in the field of comic books there are a number of individuals who create great pieces of work and yet go generally unsung. One of those folks is Dan Zettwoch, who has created a number of great independent comics over the last few years, including one of my favorite comics of all time, “Iron Clad”. Being a lover of both history and the comic book medium made this historical piece really stand out at the APE Con a few years back when I got to meet Dan.

The comic takes place during the American Civil War, and the battle that ensued between the North and the South that can be described as the first “submarine” battle involving two ironclads: the USS Merrimack (which later became the CSS Virginia) and the USS Monitor. It was this pivotal battle where iron took its place as king of the sea. (Edit - A friendly chap informed me that ironclads really were the precursor to the pre-dreadnoughts, and not early submarines. So there ya go.)

What makes this comic so great is the time and effort that went into not only researching it, but the patience put into making every page full of designs, maps, and action. It has a great gatefold cover that has been silk screened, and throughout the book, there are fold out pages that reveal massive battles. It even has 2 pages of sources and technical specifications for the ironclads themselves.

This really is a wonderful comic, and get this: it was sold for only 2 dollars! With comics going for an average of 3 dollars these days, it is rare to see such a wonderful book go for less than 5. There needs to be more comics like this out there.

Unfortunately, Iron Clad appears to be sold out at the moment, and who knows if it will ever see another printing. If you really want to get your hands on a copy, Dan has some involvement with USS Catastrophe, which is a great mail order site for independent comic books. He also blogs (who doesn’t nowadays?), and you can email him personally if you feel inclined.

Thankfully, I own two copies: one for my private collection, and another I use when I help out in classrooms studying the Civil War. The way young folks respond to it is fantastic, and goes to show that comics can be an educational tool.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Back to Regularly Scheduled Programming

My move from Connecticut to California is complete, and I will start blogging on a regular schedule starting today. Sorry to all you folks who left comments and had them linger for a few days.

On a side note, it is interesting to know that the Google search that most frequently sends folks to this site is “Superman illegal immigrant”. I did not know there were so many people interested in such a topic!