-Hate Poll and bonus Simpsons-related Hate Poll. The preliminary results has me wondering about you folks; perhaps a post-poll audience survey will follow on Friday.
-Somebody sent me an email pointing to this farewell address, apparently in hopes of me tearing into it. I've never heard of this blog and I have no idea what issues are being discussed in it. I didn't read all the back-and-forth between the blog author and an anonymous poster because it was kind of vague and boring. The only reason I'm linking to this at all is the apparent feud between Marionette (the author of the blog in question) and Scipio (who recently left his blog the Asorbascon, only to return a few days later--and holy shit, if you type "asorbascon" into Google, this blog is the first thing that turns up! Well, at least it was yesterday. Really!). People leaving comments agree that Scipio is kind of a mean asshole. Seriously? I always thought he was one of these harmless antiquarians (or to use the academic term, cultural necrophiliacs) who posted wacky scans and waxed poetic about the different haircuts Barry Allen has sported over the years. Maybe I underestimated him. Please, friends, tell me of Scipio's crimes against bloganity.
-For those of you who play video games, I don't think there's any greater fun to be had than running from cops in Saint's Row while listening to "All the Way From Memphis," or slaughtering a rival gang to the soaring harmonies of "On a Carousel." Also recommended: the theme from Deep Red. Future plans: "I Wish I Was a Girl," Gentle Giant.
-Guy brings up an interesting dilemma--the Punisher as Captain America would be hilarious, especially in that costume and especially with Matt Fraction as the writer. In the hands of another writer, it could be terribly banal--"America is like the Punisher because it's a war machine that executes its prisoners, unlike the rest of the civilized world," etc.* On the other hand, it would mean plenty of annoying blog posts. You would think that would be a windfall for this site, but I find that sort of hive mind outrage more depressing than inspirational. I guess those of you who come here looking for that kind of thing would win, though.
*Which is not to say I'm pro-death penalty, cause I'm very much not so, but I don't need Judd Winick to validate my beliefs. In fact, I really would prefer he didn't. Which is not to say Winick is anti-capital punishment, just that he' s one of these writers whose politics are similar to my own, and yet whose views on politics I would be happy to never see again. Avoiding his work makes this easier, but I think of it as a special bonus given that I have no interest in his comics in the first place. Was his Real World-inspired comic actually any good?
-I have to cut it short today, since it's my anniversary. And I don't mean "blogoversary." If any of you thought that's what I meant, I strongly advise you to go somewhere quiet and reexamine your life. I mean really, you should know this blog only started a little over a month ago.