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A-Z Reflections
The A-Z Challenge is over and I thought it was a good year. My brother and I have been doing this for years, so it was no big deal (although we did get our letters crossed a few times) and always fun. I didn't visit all the blogs. In fact, I only managed to get to 100. Pretty pathetic, since last year I visited hundreds. Blame my job. I still plan to keep visiting till I hit all 1,940. I made a bunch of new friends (Clarissa I'm looking in your direction) and was really impressed by the posts. Some really awesome themes this year. See you in 2014!


Tony gave us a another Liebster award! Thanks Bro!

Fun Fact: No one knows where the award originated from, but the earliest mention was on German blog in 2010.

Here's the Google translation of the German post: "You should also link to the blog of the person who gave you the award and inform them by [commenting] in [their] blog that you [gave] them the award and the link you leave some of your post. Then you are thinking about you 3-5 favorite blogs that you link in your post and the owner of each per [comment]. The aim of this action is that we bring unknown, [good] blogs to light, so I would ask you not to blog items that already have been 3,000 readers, but talented beginners and people, although blogging has been a while, but still not as well known."
  1. Do you have TV shows you watch obsessively?  No current ones, but when Lost was in it's heyday I could talk about it for hours! And often did.
  2. Do you have a movie or movie series you obsess over?  Tell me about that.
  3. Do you have an author you obsess over?  Not really unless you count Stan Lee. I love lots of authors.
  4. Anything interesting about your hometown?  Brooklyn, New York? Where do I start...
  5. Traveled a lot?  Not really, but I have been to Jamaica a lot since I have family there.
  6. Is there something you really hate?  Tell me about that (because it's not the Internet unless someone's talking about something they really hate).
  7. Do you have any great fears?  I am terrified of falling. Not heights, but falling. There's a difference and that's why I hate roller coasters.
  8. Have any even tenuous associations with famous people?  I know a bunch of famous concept artists and illustrators, but I used to live down the street from the mansions of the Phoenix Suns basketball players.
  9. Have any relatives you want to talk about? I could talk about my twin brother, but I'll just talk about my Mom who is the strongest woman I know..
  10. Do you know the answer to life? the universe? everything?  42, but you're not asking the right question.
  11. Is there a movie you thought was better than the book?  Plenty, of course, but the most recent was The Hunger Games. A movie just can't capture the depth of a book..
  12. Do you have a favorite historical figure?  Abraham Lincoln. I always imagine him as a boy reading by candlelight in his log cabin and becoming the President of the United States. He's a real self-made man.
  13. Have you ever had a favorite comic strip?  My family has always loved reading comic strips and we had a huge collection of books. My all-time favorite is Calvin & Hobbes, but The Far Side is brilliant too.
The award's kind of gotten out of hand, so I'll just go by the original rules: Giving it to the following blogs with no request to answer questions. Just pass it on.
  1. http://pensuasion.blogspot.com
  2. http://slckismet.blogspot.com/
  3. http://strandsofpattern.blogspot.com
  4. http://www.stefanieschmidt.net/
  5. http://justadashofgeek.com
6 Clips from STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (via Collider)

Cool Boba Fett Bounty Hunter Geek Art (via Geek Tyrant)

A Model of Thor's Hammer That Spits Out 80,000 Volts (via io9)


Library Hopes to Raise $30K for Life-Size Hulk Statue, Comics (via Comic Book Resources)

Composer Frederik Wiedmann is working on the new WB animated series Beware The Batman (via Howlin' Wolf Records)

Iron Man
HalloweenCostumes.com: Wall of Armor, the Evolution of Iron Man

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Tony Stark Mansion: Iron Man 3
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"We can do it!" by Deviant Art user: Dreno360 (via Galaxy Junkyard)


'Jurassic Park 4': See The First Behind-The-Scenes Image (via MTV)

Future Predictions Timeline

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  • Doctor Who "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" (S7, E10) - A very surreal episode with a lot of good twists. It was a bit of a let-down to get to the center, but overall it was good. Clara is still a mystery, but the Doctor is coming to accept it. I'm still not liking this season. (2 1/2 out of 5)
  • Revolution "Home" (S2, E15) - The episode takes Miles and Monroe back to their hometown to explore the beginnings of their relationship. You'd think it would be more interesting, but the characters spend a lot of time staring mournfully into the distance. And why do they have so many guns. The suckiness dipped a bit. (1 1/2 out of 5)
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  1. You guys have an unfair advantage in the A to Z challenge since there are two of you.

  2. Two of my favorite comics as well. And very cool you visit Jamaica often. I'm grateful I've travelled to and lived in so many different countries.
    I didn't visit as many new blogs as I wanted to either. Spent most of my time trying to maintain while drowning in comments and normal blogger buddy posts.

  3. grand post... lots of great stuff... wait, what... JP4... do they know that there are still dinosaurs there....

  4. Melissa BradleyMay 3, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    HIgh fives to a fellow Calvin and Hobbes fan! Club GROSS is now in session. LOL And yes I do live in the state of Denial. Congrats on the Liebster, this blog rocks.

  5. You know it stands for Get Rid Of Slimy girlS, right? Okay, you can join, but only if you sing the ode satisfactorily.

  6. Yeah, I droned on and on, didn't I? It figures that the Liebster is German, since it sounds generally Germanic. It concerns me that there are now several generations of kids who didn't grow up with Calvin & Hobbes or Far Side. ("May I be excused? My head is full.")

  7. Congratulations on the award!

    I love Calvin & Hobbes.

    I didn't get around to as many blogs as I did last year, either. I'd meant to, but I made the mistake of not prewriting anything and writing posts on the same day they're supposed to go up takes a lot of blogging time.

  8. I used to love Calvin and Hobbes.

  9. Bwah ha ha! True Pat, but I was running two blogs during the challenge

  10. Congrats Eagle! I got a schedule made and tried prewriting, but couldn't get very far ahead myself.

  11. You did great Tony. I never thought about that Man! It feels criminal.

  12. High Five Melissa! It's you guys that make the blog rock.

  13. I have a bad feeling about JB4, but am willing to give it a chance.

  14. I actually never thought about Jamaica as being special growing up Alex.

  15. Classic stuff Colin. The man is genius.


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