What if you had an ability that no one else had--a super power, if you will--but that, in the scheme of things, wasn't very useful? A couple of years ago, my brother and I started a two day long list of useless super powers. Periodically, we add to it. Just to get you thinking, here is a short list:
Ability to walk non-stop (not run, just walk)
Ability to see through dairy products (cheese-ray vision)
Super strength in one leg only
Drink without getting drunk (The Designated Driver)
Ability to spell anything backward, but not forward
Ability to cause bowel discomfort in a 10' radius
Ability to stretch, but only your fingers (that's yours, Craig)
Ability to generate minor static electricity at will
Never need to blink (The Stare Master?)
Anyway, remember: With great power comes great responsibility. And with slight power comes slight responsibility.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
I asked 5 people to come up with a list of 3 super powers they would like to have. These are the results:
1 teleportation, and 1 "teleport my pee"
1 "invisible head-flick"
1 "able to find anything"
1 "cause orgasms by mind power" (lazy, eh?)
1 "make mean people ugly and nice people beautiful"
Strange, nobody listed "proportionate strength of a spider." Go figure.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
The title of this post is a reference to an episode of "Black Adder II," when the Black Adder (Rowan Atkinson) is entertaining his puritan relatives, Lord and Lady White Adder, in hopes of getting a large inheritance. Lady White Adder scolds that mashed turnips are the work of Beelzebub--"When Satan saw God's lovely turnip, he mashed it to spoil its shape..." Lady White Adder had her turnip raw, "as God intended." Amee and I actually like turnips, and I have some really good recipes, if you're interested.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Riding my train of thought is dangerous, as it will likely derail at any moment... Anyway, I picked up a compendium of H.P. Lovecraft stories at the library. I was reading the introduction by Neil Gaiman and he mentioned he has a bust of Lovecraft sculpted by Gahan Wilson. I am a huge fan of Gahan Wilson's work, so I started googling to see if I could find a photo of the Lovecraft bust. I did, and I also found out the bust is called a "Howard" and it is given at the World Fantasy Awards, which is why Neil Gaiman had one. In perusing Wilson's website, www.gahanwilson.com, I looked at the photos of him through the years and couldn't help noticing he's looking more and more like one of his drawings. So the photos I'm posting, pulled from the web, show H.P. Lovecraft, the "Howard," Gahan Wilson's self portrait, and Wilson himself, by Noah Greenberg. Thank you for riding the Paledaddy Express.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
I've been watching the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 4 and enjoying it immensely. I'm still disappointed, however, that they have yet to put the 2 Chuck Jones shorts "A to Zzz" and "Boyhood Dayze," which starred the daydreaming red-haired boy, Ralph Phillips. If you've seen them, you'll know what I'm talking about. I loved those shorts. I heard that the cartoons were part of the inspiration for Calvin and Hobbes, which seems credible. Anyway, I'm still waiting, and while I'm waiting, I'm watching what I have and laughing all the way.
Posted by Stephen Beckner at 12:58 PM
Thursday, January 11, 2007
The camera is a nifty-looking Stereo Realist camera. It shoots two frames at a time with two lenses about as far apart as your eyes. The film is then mounted in pairs and viewed with a stereo viewer, like a bigger version of a Viewmaster. (I have two of these cameras, if anyone is interested in buying one of them.) The other shot is very similar to one I posted earlier; I think this one is a bit better, but I'm still not sure I like it.
Posted by Stephen Beckner at 8:47 AM
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Amee has a way with fruit. And an eye for a great photo. Actually, she has two eyes, one...two..., they're both the same size, one...two..., she has two eyes and they're both the same size... (does anyone remember that?)