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How a person becomes a body

[ 17 ] November 2, 2010 |

Since some complained that my lack of detailed anatomical knowledge or emergency room experience undermined my larger argument in my first Kick-Ass post, I thought I’d approach the same argument from another angle.  If you’ll recall, in that post I argued that

Vaughn’s shot selection is essentially critical of Millar and Romita, Jr.’s excessive lust for representing broken human bodies.

To put it another way: in Millar and Romita’s book, the characters aren’t people so much as bodies to broken; whereas in Vaughn’s film, the characters are sympathetic people with lives to be invested in.  This dynamic, it turns out, also exists in scenes that don’t involve the quantity of blood that a body can realistically bleed out.  Consider the scene in which the titular hero, Dave Lizewski, teases the audience with a typical origin story:

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Brian Wilson Not Lying In Bed Like Brian Wilson Did

[ 22 ] November 1, 2010 |

Congrats to the Giants, and UW’s own Tim Lincecum!

The Giants’ history of torturing their fans is very underrated;  the Game 6 loss in 2002 would be legendary if it had been Boston.   Good for them.    More thoughts later, but it was great to see. Especially with the Bushes watching.

This is a Man Who Knows His Nuclear Annihilation…

[ 2 ] November 1, 2010 |

I kinda wish a Democratic elected official would say something like this:

Well, let me just tell you that the most excited I’m about is — and I’m asking Congress to pass –is the agreement to reduce our nuclear weapons. This, I think, is the most important thing, because we can talk from here to eternity —  We can talk from here to eternity about doing business together but if there’s an accident, a nuclear accident of someone pulling something — as you know, there are still a huge amount of missiles that are pointed at each other for no reason.

But everyone is trying to — every country is kind of concerned about how do you get — how do you reduce that? Because there are those in America that are trying to flex their muscles and pretend they’re ballsy by saying, “we’ve got to keep those nuclear weapons.” That’s very rugged, when you say that.  It’s not rugged at all; it’s an idiot that says that. It’s stupid to say that.

It’s got everything. Recognition of the problem that START is designed to help remedy, diagnosis of the faux masculinity of rejectionist talking points, and willingness to call out opponents as the morons that they are.

Via Sigger.

The Massacre of 2010

[ 30 ] November 1, 2010 |

In the interests of compliance with the Pundit-Blogger Accountability Act of 2010, here are my revised election predictions.  For the Senate I’m going to go wildly optimistic: Dems -6, winning both Colorado and Illinois, but losing Nevada.   For the House, I dunno: Maybe -56?  And let’s remember; on Election Day in Kentucky, only the sale of alcoholic beverages during polling hours is prohibited.  I recommend that you stock up ahead of time in order to weather the difficult 6am to 6pm electoral window.

One Good Thing

[ 14 ] November 1, 2010 |

No matter what happens on Tuesday, at least Evan Bayh will no longer be a United States Senator.

Speaking of which, this seems like a good time to revisit the standings for the Evan Bayh Award For Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Perceived Relevance to Actual Relevance ratio.    It’s becoming a little tricky because the major candidates have maxed out their actual irrelevance, hence threatening their perceived relevance.    Here’s how I think it shakes out:

  1. Brett Favre. Remarkably, seems to still have the highest perceived relevance of these irrelevant entries.   Troy Aikman’s outrage over even the possibility that his coach would evaluate Favre, with his unprecedented one Super Bowl ring, like any other player — as if he was trying to win or something, and would bench a player who was playing badly! — was uniquely pathetic.*    And this, of course, is true. (*Note to Mike Shanahan: this doesn’t mean that benching your fading vet is always a good idea.   If the answer is “Rex Grossman,” you’re asking the wrong question.)
  2. Dallas Cowboys. The injury to the oldest exciting young QB in the game pretty much killed any perceived relevance for this year, although the fact that they’re on national TV pretty much every week the rest of the way will require some feeble attempts to claim relevance.  But I’m sure the hype machine will kick in again when they have a  new coach next year.   Personal to Jerry Jones: Brad Childress and Norv Turner are likely to be available, and would be worthy successors!    Mitigating factor:  getting Dez Brant with the 24th pick really was a steal.
  3. Notre Dame. Here we’re starting to have real perceived relevance issues.   Unlike his predecessors, Kelly hasn’t been able to knock over enough tomato cans and equally overrated former powers to even create a Potemkin relevance.    Maybe the Mets can trade Oliver Perez to NBC for the remainder of their TV agreement…

People Who Cannot Be Parodied

[ 25 ] November 1, 2010 |

Shorter Verbatim Blogprof:  “How refreshing that we had a President that knows how to throw a baseball. Bush didn’t ‘wrist’ it like sissy girls do.”  How dreamy!   Sadly, this is followed by links to several other wingers making similar observations, perhaps while scrawling hearts all over their kiddie biographies.   Then the team that enabled George W. Bush to become a multi-multi-million dollar beneficiary of Texas’s welfare-for-useless-plutocrats program got its ass kicked by a team that actually built its own park.

I think we can see where this is heading: George Allen ’12! Suggested slogan: “He might be a white supremacist prick, but he can sure throw a football.”

Sexist Wanker of the Day

[ 5 ] November 1, 2010 |

Carl Paladino.

David Broder is a Terribly Stupid Man

[ 39 ] October 31, 2010 |

It’s not as if there are a lot of good arguments for war against Iran, but Broder has constructed what has to be the worst.  Duss does the necessary demolition work. Prepping for war against Iran in order to improve the economy is not unlike staying in on a 2-7 offsuit in order to maximize your chances for a straight flush.

One Underrated Success

[ 3 ] October 31, 2010 |

The bailout of Detroit has indeed worked out even better than it could have been hoped — and I was optimistic.

“The Press is Our Immune System.” “If We Amplify Everything, We Hear Nothing.”

[ 54 ] October 30, 2010 |

Jon Stewart does not consider himself to be doing “politics,” but I believe his closing remarks at the rally today (beginning at the 2:15 mark) will one day be considered among the greatest political speeches of our country’s history.

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Irish Fail

[ 13 ] October 30, 2010 |

Brief thoughts on Notre Dame football:

So I’ll meet you at the bottom if there really is one
They always told me when you hit it you’ll know it
But I’ve been falling so long it’s like gravity’s gone and I’m just floating

It’s not like NBC to make bad decisions…

Rally Signage

[ 25 ] October 30, 2010 |

According to NPR, the “great debate” in the hours before the big luau on the National Mall was whether people were coming to the rally for politics or comedy:

When Jon Stewart announced his Washington, D.C., Rally to Restore Sanity, he inspired much joy among fans of his Daily Show.

But he has also sparked a fierce debate among pundits over whether Stewart really has comedy or politics in mind for the event. It is scheduled for Saturday afternoon on the National Mall.

“I have had the growing suspicion that the participants in this rally don’t entirely think of it as a comedy show,” Timothy Noah of the online magazine Slate says. “I think that they are mistaking … participation in this rally for some sort of political statement. That confusion troubles me.”

A cursory glance at the rally signs suggested Timothy Noah is missing an important point: to blend comedy and politics. And people clearly didn’t come all for the same reason or all with the same politics. Read more…