Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Single-Word Synopses of Authors' Writing Styles

Gordon Korman: zestful.
Jerry Spinelli: unflinching.
Louis Sachar: talkative.
Clive Cussler: straightforward.
Eoin Colfer: stark.
Dorothy Gilman: sprightly.
Roger Kahn: sedate.
E.L. Konigsburg: regal.
L. Frank Baum: prosaic.
Roger Angell: pleasing.
Michael Crichton: overanalytical.
Dick Francis: nuanced.
Robert Ludlum: noisy.
Diane Duane: mischievous.
Ellen Raskin: mesmerizing.
Dan Brown: intricate.
Isaac Asimov: intelligent.
Agatha Christie: dry.
Terry Pratchett: cunning.
Hugh Lofting: comfortable.
Raymond Khoury: cliched.
Alistair MacLean: businesslike.
Bill Bryson: brilliant.

TODAY'S BOOK: "Mere Anarchy", by Woody Allen (random) ((c) 2007)


Wednesday, April 22, 2009


270th post

This is a pretty accurate representation of my mind right now:

Seriously, I've run out of ideas for stuff to blog about. And I've lost that ol' random touch. Now I'm consumed with personal businesses that require my time and attention. So expect much less blogging, at least in the immediate future.

TODAY'S BOOK: "Barney and the U.F.O.", by Margaret Goff Clark ((c) 1979)


Monday, April 20, 2009


269th post

I think it's only fair that y'all get your first online look at the Neogenix kids I've been babbling about. This is, however, only a quick sketch. Left-to-right: Ammo, Aurora, Drill, Cosmic Ray, Burn, Bomb Boy, Ghost, Flyboy, Hyper, Database, Mend, Ogre, Nano, Gamma Girl, Kid Cop, Quantum, Porcupine, Ricochet Robert, Red Menace, Popsicle, Rusty, Toolbox, Random, Sparkplug, Shade, Rage, Specs, Slash, Ultra, Vector, Twirly, X-Terminator, Zip, Stretch, Yeti, and Wired.

TODAY'S BOOK: "The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters With Extraordinary People", by Susan Orlean ((c) 2001)


Saturday, April 18, 2009


268th post

This is actually a combination of three different Illustrator homework assignments. First we had to make the room, then the carpet and wallpapers, and finally the furniture (in 3-D). Not too shabby, all things considered.

TODAY'S BOOK: "There is No Such Thing as Coincidence", by Baruch Lev ((c) 2003)


Thursday, April 16, 2009


Post-Pessach Mega Post

TODAY'S BOOK: "Vixen 03", by Clive Cussler ((c) 1978)

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009


Randomly reprinted post (XIV)

"Should crap be labeled 'Malice Mel'?
In Hebrew, we have a different version of Old MacDonald. Translated: "Uncle Moshe had a cow, E-I-E-I-O/He didn't know how to milk her, E-I-E-I-O/Instead of milking, he pulled the tail/And all the crap fell on him/Uncle Moshe had a cow, E-I-E-I-O." o_o
What a perfectly random name for a book: 'I Am the Cheese', by Robert Cormier. Just as good as the Beatles' song 'I Am the Walrus'.
Wakka. Wakka. Wakka wakka? Wak?! Wakka wakka-wak wakka wakka, wakka! Wak wak wakka... Wakka wakka.
The rainy season has started here, and there's a puddle in front my school big enough to grow freshwater trout in.
I don't think comic book illustrations should ape life too much. Take Tony Daniel, for instance. He used to illustrate comics in what I refer to as 'toon style'--that is, well-drawn yet slightly exaggerated and stylized; now, he's illustrating DC Comics's 'Teen Titans' and changed his style to photographic. Now, this is no knock on Mr. Daniel--he's very talented and I enjoy looking at his artwork--but I just don't feel it should be used for comic books. (To see how he changed, read through the archives at tonydaniel.blogspot.com.) When the illsutrations become too lifelike, they stop being comics, you know what I mean?
I've found my life's philosophy wrapped up in the chorus of the song 'Grow Up' by Simple Plan: 'Until the day I die, I promise I won't change/So you better give up/I don't wanna be told to grow up/And I don't wanna change/I just wanna have fun...'

TODAY'S BOOK: 'Animorphs #1: The Invasion', by K.A. Applegate ((c) 1996)

TODAY'S MOVIE: 'Robots', from DreamWorks (2005)

WWWW2?: O. Henry.

TODAY'S WEBSITE: www.snopes.com Need to verify a rumor that's been circulating online? How can you be sure that the photo you received in the e-mail is genuine? Well, look no farther than Snopes--the most advanced rumor-checker on the Web! Divided up into dozens of categories (plus links in between to shared stories), this is an exatraordinarily useful feature--not to mention there's great fun to be had reading through the entries. And no, there is no 'SEX' in The Lion King."
--14th post, 11/1/06


Sunday, April 05, 2009


2009 Opening Day 32s

Well, Carlos Muniz didn't make the Mets' Opening Day roster, but I have no doubt he'll be back sometime during the season--after, he did five separate stints with the club last year. With no #32 currently on the Mets, it's time cast my net all across the MLB and see what washes up.

Atlanta Braves: Derek Lowe, Starting Pitcher
Baltimore Orioles: Jamie Walker, Relief Pitcher
Chicago White Sox: Brian Anderson, Outfielder
Cincinnati Reds: Jay Bruce, Outfielder
Colorado Rockies: Glendon Rusch, Pitcher
Kansas City Royals: Ron Mahay, Relief Pitcher
Minnesota Twins: Brian Buscher, Third Baseman
Oakland Athletics: Jack Cust, DH-Outfielder
San Diego Padres: Chris Young, Starting Pitcher
Seattle Mariners: Rob Johnson, Catcher
Texas Rangers: Josh Hamilton, Outfielder
Toronto Blue Jays: Roy Halladay, Starting Pitcher

My conclusion? Major League Baseball needs more 32s, especially in the infield. It's also got its fair share of starpower (Cy Young winner Halladay, Silver Slugger winner Hamilton, Minor League Player of the Year Bruce, and All-Stars Lowe and Young). Yays.

TODAY'S BOOK: "Sports Immortals: Stories of Inspiration and Achievement", by Jim Platt and James Buckley, Jr. ((c) 2002)

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Thursday, April 02, 2009


The two-hundred-and-sixty-fourth post

Hello, to all you nice puppies and girls out there, it is once the being of the 24 hours April Fools, and I am back, the completely serious nonrandom personality, here to edutain you!
Oh, goodness, where do I begin? The economy? Fashion? Hot dogs and frankfurters? Never mind, what matters is that for one whole day you get experience irrandomosity courtsey of this fine fine blog! Keeping in line with the traditionally solemn facekeeping of the occasion, I feel that perhaps a Bach sonata might be in order--perhaps Fugue in A Flat Minor.
Oh, what is that? What that you are saying to me? It is? No--it is not? Not the day of the April Fooling? In all seriousness? It passed? Yesterday--passed--it yesterday--was already? Happened? Oh, I am so abashed!
This, boy oh boy, this is deriously being the discombobulatory for me, moi, ourselves. Words simply fail to express the depth of my mortification caused by these circumstances. For I am late. Late indeed.
Continued elsewhen! For surement! And no doing the random thinging! Just all seriousnessositiness!

TODAY'S BOOK: "All Things Bright and Beautiful", by James Herriot ((c) 1974)


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