Monday, July 29, 2013

Superhero Tan Lines

This summer, I am the most tan I have ever been.  A week in the Outer Banks to start the summer and three days of golfing this past weekend.  This seems an appropriate post....

Mike Jacobson (a.k.a. See Mike Draw) shows us what happens when superheroes wear their costumes out in the sun. Click through for some full-body examples from belan.

Ms. Marvel



Wonder Woman

The Hulk


via Pleated Jeans

Friday, July 26, 2013

The Cephalopod Coffeehouse: 11/22/63 by Stephen King

This is not my best entry...I am trying to pre-write this days ago (watching one of the best Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes "Cause and Effect") and publishing it when I will be away.  Actually, as it publishes, I am teeing off at the Tommy Keane Invitational in Hanover, NH.  Past posts about the TKI can be found HERE.

I recently mentioned to Nan that I think reading Stephen King is a rite of passage for readers, especially for males who became readers during King's heyday in the mid to late 1980s.  I loved "The Talisman" and "Eyes of the Dragon" as well as the "horror" novels "Pet Sematary", "It", and "'Salems Lot".  Heck, I read "The Stand" in one "sitting" after getting out of the hospital (I was unable to sleep for more than 20 minutes at a time and would be awake for what seemed like days).

I wandered away in college.  I really wanted to like "The Dark Tower" series but it didn't catch me and I stopped following it after the third book.  I think the last King novel I read was "Dolores Claiborne".

This month's entry for the Cephalopod Coffee House has actually received a sort of shout out from another member.  Last month, Tony mentioned he had read this book recently.

I really liked this book.  Time travel has dominated lots of my conversations recently.  As my son and I watch Star Trek episodes, his favorites are the time travel episodes.  The Armchair Squid and I have a common friend who recommended Ray Bradbury's exquisite time travel story "A Sound of Thunder" which gets name checked in this book.

This might not be a good choice as someone's first Stephen King novel.  It does have some neat callbacks to other King works but nothing that hinders the enjoyment of the novel.

King has done his research here.  One gets lost in the time period quite easily.  My only caveat is that it seemed that King actually got too in depth at times.  As the fateful day referenced in the title approaches, King actually has the narrator SPOILER ALERT HIGHLIGHT TO READ get beaten up to the point of near death and sort of fast forwards the story seven weeks. END SPOILER

Beyond that, if you like King, time travel, or mind bending works, this is for you.  While our Cephlapod Host is not a time travel fan, this one MIGHT be up his alley...the cosmic ramifications are spelled out explicitly and the ending is bittersweet and personal.

What's The Cephalopod Coffeehouse all about?  Let's ask The Squid himself!

"The idea is simple: on the last Friday of each month, post about the best book you've finished over the past month while visiting other bloggers doing the same.  In this way, we'll all have the opportunity to share our thoughts with other enthusiastic readers."

Click a link below to check things out!

1.The Armchair Squid2.Counterintuitivity
3.Subliminal Coffee4.Scouring Monk
5.A ARTE DE NEWTON AVELINO6.The Random Book Review
7.StrangePegs -- The Ocean at The End of the Lane8.Ed & Reub
9.What's Up, MOCK?10.My Creatively Random Life
11.Jim Devitt12.Hungry Enough to Eat Six!
13.Bird's Nest14.Divine Secrets of the Writing Sisterhood
15.Words Incorporated16.Spill Beans

Monday, July 15, 2013

This Day In The Future: 7-15-15

I'd wager that this is not an official poster.  I can't recall where I found it.  However, it reminds me that I need to find a way to convince my wife we want to spend our 15th wedding anniversary at the movies.

Oh, which means today is my 13th wedding anniversary!  Happy Anniversary, Nan!

This Day In History: Happy Anniversary!

As of today, I have spent more than half of my adult life married to this woman!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Star Trek Stuff

This summer Logan and I are home alone a lot.  Nan is working this summer so that I can continue with my Masters Program and Haley is volunteering at one of the local sailing centers.

That means Logan and I have been watching LOTS of Star Trek recently...he seems to like it.  The collections I have let us cherry pick the best episodes or themes.  He seems to like Next Generation best, though we've seen a few Borg episodes from Voyager (that I had never seen) and we both were very impressed.

We are gearing up for some marathon viewing sessions with The Armchair Squid, Wikes, and maybe a few other.

Just a few cool Trek images from off of the world wide web.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

This Day In History: July 3, 1985

Back To The Future is released!

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