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Alan Traylor
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As long as I'm in promotion-mode, I have to plug my boy Geoffrey Arend's crazy/brilliant/awesome/did-I-mention-CRAZY video! ;-)
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Because the garage doors are old and decrepit and won't take a padlock, and because the neighbors store personal effects down there, and because the landlady refuses to fix them, this seems to be about all I can do. Probably will not be effective, but I have to try something. The idea of Amanda stumbling over a homeless person hiding in the garage at 4 o'clock in the morning on her way to work does not fill me with joy. We've already caught someone in there recently. #citylife
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You know they're just going to buy booze with the money and urinate in your garage. 
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My Pull List

1. All-New X-Men
2. Avengers
3. Avengers Arena
4. Avenging Spider-Man
5. Batwoman
6. Captain America
7. FF
8. Green Lantern
9. Indestructible Hulk
10. Justice League
11. New Avengers
12. Superior Spider-Man
13. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
14. Uncanny Avengers
15. Uncanny X-Force

Marvel's A-list titles are as well-written today as anything in the history of comics, with art to match. New Avengers, in particular, gets my vote for best new series, though I greatly admire both All-New X-Men and Uncanny Avengers.

DC's anemic New 52 barely makes the list a year and a half after launch---Aquaman has fizzled out, Justice League has about as much character development as Garfield, and the Bat-titles languish in an endless loop of navel-gazing nonsense. Hulk is on probation not because the book is unworthy, but because I'm trying to pare down to ten titles a month and something's gotta go. _Captain America_ might join him for the same reason. 
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I'd push people off, too.
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Cool.
 

NASA confirms it, Mars was once "suitable" for life

Curiosity rover successfully drilled into a Martian rock, giving us a peek at the Red Planet's habitable history. The 1.8-inch-wide scoop of powdered rock revealed that ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.

"We have found a habitable environment that is so benign and supportive of life that, if this water had been around and you had been on the planet, you would have been able to drink it," said John Grotzinger, Curiosity project scientist.

After breaking down and analyzing the powder, scientists found the rock contained sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon — all key chemical ingredients for life.

Via Mashable: http://on.mash.to/YYflQA 
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Indiana bill would force doctors to rape women having abortions. Twice. 
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I didn't choose the word lightly; I do think that the state of Indiana would be forcing doctors to perform procedures that violate women, throwing the constitutionality of the law into question. Just because a woman consents to such a procedure so that she can get an abortion doesn't mean that it isn't a terrible violation of her person so that some legislators can say that they are defending the unborn. What the legislators in the article fail to acknowledge is that they are defending the unborn by trying to legally terrorize women seeking abortions. What's the ultimate goal? To end-run around Roe v. Wade.  

I do agree that the word 'rape' is thrown around much too freely these days, especially in video game culture, and it bothers me greatly. I did consider that when I chose my words. 
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Comics Wednesday

Uncanny X-Men #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo
The rebooted flagship mutant title produced in me a resounding "meh." While I've never been a fan of Bachalo's work, and have at times actively disliked it, I've been a steadfast Bendis-phile since his early New Avengers days. Still, Bachalo's art is too awkward and too cluttered to serve Bendis' storytelling style. Bendis' characters are chatty, his scripts banter-oriented, and that makes extreme action-oriented Bachalo an ill fit for this writer. More importantly, the revelation regarding the identity of the traitor in Cyclops' X-Men is resoundingly anticlimactic, and how could it be otherwise, when his core team is nothing but former villains? That any of them might turn on Scott is not a question of "Why?" but "Why now?" And that doesn't make for a particularly compelling series premise.

Batman #17 by Scott Synder and Greg Capullo
The fact that this powerhouse creative team produced such Bat-boilerplate as #17 bums me out. What could have been a franchise-revitalizing ending to an epic tale has instead become a trite, tepid reinforcement of the status quo. I suppose I shouldn't complain too loudly; I know that Snyder cannot write Gail Simone and others out of a job (nor would I want him to, practically speaking). But this issue starts so shockingly and with so much promise that, in hindsight, it couldn't fail to disappoint---stories such as what 'Death of the Family' should have been are not the stuff of monthly comics, but one-shot, Elseworlds-style graphic novels. That's a shame, considering this tidy, cliched conclusion to an otherwise masterful arc.  
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What in the actual fuck? Sometimes I feel like we know almost nothing about our planet.
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Saw flying fish all the time near PI. Didnt know it was a mystery!
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New Avengers #3 [minor spoilers]

Johnathan Hickman continues to blow my mind. New Avengers is shaping up to be a staggeringly epic tale of hard choices, fragile alliances, and dangerous moral ambiguity. What makes it work is that these qualities are explored via the paragons of Marvel's super hero community. To think that Reed Richards and T'Challa, for instance, could even entertain the notion of destroying other worlds to save our own---this is the stuff of What If? alternate continuity, not the mainstream Marvel U. Heady stuff, and a delight to read. This is 21st century, post-9/11 pop culture at its finest. 

You need to read this book. 
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Being nearly forty years old, I have a long and storied history. Suffice it to say that in my time I've been a sailor, a laborer, a cubicle drone, a gamer, a writer, a tutor, a teacher, an editor, a dad, a big brother, a McWorker, a dirtbag, a boyfriend, a husband, an ex-husband, an undergrad and a grad student. I have seen the Far East, the Far West and points in-between. I once owned a horse, but he didn't like me very much. I've been the sole male member of a lesbian softball team. I once nearly cost the US Navy several million dollars because I played hooky from work. I allowed my car to be repo'd a decade ago and never bothered to get another. I hate wearing shoes, so most of the time I don't. I have smoked pot exactly twice in my life, and I can best sum up the experience with the word "meh." I'm argumentative but not unfriendly; I'm smart but I still marvel at the intellect of others. 
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Leeton, MO - San Diego, CA - Prairieville, LA - Orlando, FL - Chicago, IL - Fayetteville, NC - Luxembourg