Aw Snap, It’s The Falcon

Aug 15, 2014 in Racism

Comics Should Be Good has a great article about my least favorite retcon: That Sam “The Falcon” Wilson was actually a fake personality created by the Red Skull. Who was the real Sam Wilson? A street hustler/pimp who went by the name “Snap”.

Ick. Have always hated that this strong, upstanding hero was turned into a cliche. Later writers either ignored it or addressed it in passing, as the article above notes. Current Captain America writer Rick Remender plans on jettisoning it, thank goodness.

But it inspired an internet  friend, who used to go by the screen name of Mac Danny, to create the below:




Archie Is Smutty

Jul 25, 2014 in Freudian Images, What Were They Thinking

As I was packing for a move, I noticed something interesting about a map found in one of my daughter’s comics. The map in question comes from Free Comic Book Day 2007′s Li’l Archie* comic. I’ve cropped so the relevant portions stand out.



I don’t know what’s better – the “Coochy Canal” under the “Very Thick Woods”,  or how “Beaver Brook” connects to the “Logger’s Pond” via the “Wam Bam Dam”.

And I’m not even touching the Bat Cave jokes.
*Why did everyone call him Li’l Archie when he was little, anyway? There wasn’t a Big Archie yet to compare to. It’s just weird.

Lingual Shifts: Literary Classic Edition

Jun 03, 2014 in What Were They Thinking

My daughter read “A Murder Is Announced”, by Agatha Christie for class. We found the below excerpt to be a fascinating example of how slang changes:

What sort of a place is Chipping Cleghorn?’ asked Sir Henry.

‘A large sprawling picturesque village. Butcher, baker, grocer, quite a good antique shop-two tea-shops. Self-consciously a beauty spot. Caters for the motoring tourist. Also highly residential. Cottages formerly lived in by agricultural labourers now converted and lived in by elderly spinsters and retired couples. A certain amount of building done round about in Victorian times.’

‘I know,’ said Sir Henry. ‘Nice old Pussies and retired Colonels. Yes, if they noticed that advertisement they’d all come sniffing round at 6.30 to see what was up. Lord, I wish I had my own particular old Pussy here. Wouldn’t she like to get her nice ladylike teeth into this. Right up her street it would be.’

‘Who’s your own particular Pussy, Henry? An aunt?’

‘No,’ Sir Henry sighed. ‘She’s no relation.’ He said reverently: ‘She’s just the finest detective God ever made. Natural genius cultivated in a suitable soil.’

He turned upon Craddock.

‘Don’t you despise the old Pussies in this village of yours, my boy,’ he said. 

And in case you think “ ”Lord, I wish I had my own particular old Pussy here,” is the best quote ever, this gem shows up later:

‘George, it’s my own particular, one and only, four-starred Pussy. The super Pussy of all old Pussies.”

Why is this not a t-shirt?

Bad Science On Bleeding Cool

Feb 12, 2014 in Bad Science, What Were They Thinking

Bleeding Cool has a great article on some really, really bad science in this week’s Thor. Yes, science. In Thor. Really.
Best bit? They close with one of the images clipped by this blog.

Thousands of eyes, seeing the image I picked out.

I miss that.

Tommy Troy’s All Grown Up

Nov 21, 2013 in Creepy Relationships, Sexism, What Were They Thinking

Tommy Troy starts out as a Captain Marvel riff, a kid gifted by a mentor with strange powers. Eventually, they jump to him being an adult. A lawyer, no less. Complete with secretary.

Source: Some old Archie comic.

Source: Some old Archie comic.

What? Surely you don’t expect him to pack for himself?

And no, the “master” is not meant sarcastically.

Try Not To Think About This

Nov 15, 2013 in Odd Powers

Tommy Troy is The Fly. Gifted a magic amulet by an inter-dimensional fly-man (yes, really), he was originally a child who could turn into an adult, then later an adult who became super-powered. His abilities? Vague insect powers. What kind of powers?




That’s not how honey is made. For those who know how honey is made, best not to create too vivid a picture of Tommy Troy’s delivery method.

Metal Men: Generations

Nov 01, 2013 in Sexism, What Were They Thinking

My daughter is doing a science project on “Scientific Inaccuracies In The Silver Age Metal Men Series” (gee, wonder who she takes after). I was explaining the dynamic to her, as she only knows them from Batman: The Brave & The Bold.

“So they’re these intelligent, human-like robots that all feel emotion. Except they all act like they don’t, and the only one who is called out for having emotions is the girl robot, Platinum. They tell her she’s defective for having a crush on their creator, while at the same time checking out women. Because GIRL emotions are stupid.”

mm16-04 MALE robots lusting over humans isn't a bug - its a feature

“Yes, but that’s what boys think!”

mm29-31 the moral of every issue of metal men ever

Only 12 and already so jaded.

I think I’m going to start cleaning the blog up, going back and editing tags, categories etc. Then maybe I’ll have more new content.

Cadalyst Thinks IT Shouldn’t Limit Your Potential

Oct 23, 2013 in Tech

Having worked in IT for years, I have to say that I get tired of the bum rap we receive. Information Technology workers are generally portrayed as self-absorbed, arrogant know-it-alls with some sort of personality disorder. My least favorite example is “Mordac the Refuser”, the IT person from the Dilbert comic strip.

And no, not just because our names sound alike.

And no, not just because our names are similar.

I can’t help but wonder if part of the reason IT has the rep that it does is because at almost every company, it is IT’s job to say “Sorry, that’s not doable.” Sometimes the requests made seem reasonable, so if IT is refusing, it must be because they just don’t want to. At the end of the day though, IT is bound by what is possible with the equipment on hand. So why not get new equipment?

It may be a poor craftsman that blames his tools, but it’s an idiot hobbyist who buys cheap junk.

It may be a poor craftsman that blames his tools, but it’s an idiot hobbyist who buys cheap junk.


Computer Assisted Design review site Cadalyst (who get major props for the great name) are working with Dell Precision Workstations and Microsoft to help you do an end-run around IT’s totally legitimate limitations with a contest entitled “Don’t Let IT Limit Your Potential”. Coming soon, the winners can get assorted prizes, including a new Dell Precision workstation. No jumping through IT’s hoops to get new tech. As for how IT will react to you supplying your own hardware, that’s another story. Considering that BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is all the rage for mobile devices, I can’t see them having too big a fit about you saving them a few thousand on a new workstation.

Speaking of hoops to jump through, let’s talk about what you need to do to win this thing. The first step is to sign up for an account at Cadalyst – something you should probably do anyway if CAD is your line. Then you need to make a short video, 1-2 minutes long, explaining why you need a Dell workstation, be it for work or home. Yes, home – don’t scoff. While workstations are made for the professional, not everyone who needs that level of computing power is sitting in a cube farm in Silicon Valley. Plenty of freelance content creators would be thrilled to have a machine like Dell’s T1700 workstation. Available as a small form factor or mini tower, the T1700 sports Intel’s newest “Haswell” i7 chip, specifically designed to keep power consumption to a reasonable level without sacrificing computer power. I personally would not say no to one of the Haswell-powered portable workstations (think a laptop, but with more power than you’ve seen outside a movie) like the M4800. Both examples ship with either the tried-and true Windows 7 Pro, or Windows 8 Pro, the latest in professional grade operating systems from Microsoft.

But enough about me – what do you need a Dell workstation for? That’s what Cadalyst wants to know, and if you can sell them on it, they can make your wish come true. So dust off those “begging your parents for a dog” skills and get creative. This is up to you; no fair blaming IT if you don’t win.

Unless, of course, your IT guy is the actual winner. Then it is perfectly okay.


This is a sponsored post from IDG/Dell.