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Yearly Archives: 2013

Hey Kids, Comics!

I don’t know what’s worse, failing to update this site with no posts for months at a time, or ending that drought with an act of shameless self-promotion.  But hey, we can’t really judge until I’ve done both, right?  So here goes. Rob Kelly of

Chess Kings

Somehow we’ve turned into a chess household.  Jason, Scott and even Grace are playing chess, talking chess, planning chess, reading about chess pretty much all the time. Actually, Jason goes way back with the game; somewhere I have a photo of him at about age

The Name’s Austin, Steve Austin

As noted in an earlier post, the highly-rated (and Hugo nominated) TV movie adaptation of Martin Caidin’s Cyborg aired in March, 1973, selling its audience on the outlandish notion of a half-mechanized superhero and launching the 70s cultural phenomenon we knew as the “Six Million

Magic Gracie

Lately I’ve been trying to keep the kids entertained with card tricks.  One of them involves making a chosen card appear on demand, and to make it more fun I do it as a “telepathic” trick where the kids are supposed to contribute their brain

Carmine Infantino

It’s likely the first images I ever saw of Batman were created by Carmine Infantino.  Sometimes I try to remember my first exposure to the character and I’ve just about decided it wasn’t through the comics, the TV show or cartoons, but through the merchandising.

Happy 2013

Well, here we are.  Another year, another embarrassingly long lapse between posts.  Just to add insult to injury, I managed to lose a few recent posts during a change of servers, making this place look even more abandoned.  But hey, maybe this will be the