18 K 04 / Killdozer Day

On this, the 14th anniversary of the Killdozer rampage, we finally have footage of Marv Heemeyer behind the wheel of his machine of destruction.

This may not be for the faint of heart.


18 G 23 / Cats' Entertainment

I've never liked Thundercats. It's not my thing. As a kid, I thought it looked boring, and it still doesn't seem like it would have any appeal to me as an adult, either. I'm not putting it down, I'm just saying it's not for me.

And none of that changes the fact that the new Lion-o has fingers the size of Johnsonville brats on one hand and five little M&M's on the other. (You know the picture I'm talking about.) Everything else aside— I don't care about the style of drawing or the pose or the technique or whether it's faithful to the series or whathaveya— just look at the hands. It's an insult to anyone who actually tries and/or cares about drawing.

To be honest, I think that lots of people are WAY too judgemental about cartoons these days. Some of them will nitpick anything less than perfection, even homing in on minor slip-ups and corner-cutting wherever it may be— zooming in on characters in the background which are less detailed than normal, for instance. It seems petty. But if those responsible for the new series are trying to hype it up and get people looking forward to it, are they really telling us THAT'S the best picture they have? Egad, man.

Speaking of cartoon cats, Garfield's fortieth "birthday" is on June 19. But, you knew that.


18 G 16 / IT IS MAY

"Back to school"

"Halloween candy"


18 D 30 / Full of Easter promise

I think we're safe now. The snow seems to have breathed its last, and the vernal season may now begin in earnest.


18 B 01 / Dating game

Here's an idea — go through the next ten checks in your checkbook and write this on the date line:

"    /    /18"

That'll prevent a few reflex-driven slip-ups.


17 V 30 / Happy New Year


17 V 21 / Sitcom inflation calculator

The Andy Griffith Show, The Munsters, The Addams Family ×8
What's Happening!!, Diff'rent Strokes ×4
Newhart, 227, ALF ×2

(Amounts are rough approximations, adjusted for December 2017. Example: If ALF spends $500 on Willie's credit card, it would be about equal to $1000 in December 2017.)


17 V 16 / Is a dog


17 V 14 / The name has been changed to protect the innocent

I work across the street from a deli called "Vinny's Roast Beef". I managed to correctly guess their wireless password on my third try. It's "roastbeef1".


17 S 11 / Proposal

Memo to makers of "industrial strength" Velcro: the glue which holds the Velcro strips in place should be stronger than the Velcro itself.


17 S 09 / All-time low

Record lows for the ninth of November all over Massachusetts today.

Man, winter came late this year.


17 R 12 / Johnny Dreamaway

It's astounding how dreams work, isn't it? I dreamed that my car was stolen, and I genuinely felt a sense of impending doom due to all the paperwork I knew that I was going to have to fill out and all the other general hassle such a situation would cause for me. And yet, the whole time this was going on, it never really dawned on me that I was accompanied by Rerun from What's Happening!! That's the sort of thing that usually does a number on one's immersion.


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