Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Oh, these Modern Times

Bob Dylan has a new album out, Modern Times and there is a live video of Bob doing Cold Irons Bound. From the bits I've heard, if you liked Love and Theft and Time Out of Mind, you'll like this one too.

I try not to delve too much into politics and religion at futurballa blog, but here is an intersection of the two that caught my interest. Jackie Mason is suing Jews for Jesus for using his image in a brochure. What is the old saying? When you lie down with dogs...

Good Evening godless sodomites. Here is the high point of last Sunday's Emmy awards.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I rarely use it myself, sir. It promotes rust.

Via the Onion AV Club, a list of the 14 best movies featuring Theremin Music.

Some entries that qualify for the whodathunkit award. The Ten Commandments and The Delicate Delinquent.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Fun, fun, fun

I've always been desirous of a little British roadster, a'la an MGB or Triumph Spitfire, but lacking any mechanical inclination whatsoever and not having deep enough pockets to have a mechanic on personal retainer, I have wisely resisted. Recently, a family member who buys and sells cars gave me an opportunity to pick up a high mileage, but well running Miata. These cars definitely have the look and feel of a classic roadster and are tons of fun to drive. At the price I picked it up, I figure I can get my money's worth no matter what happens.

A good friend who has been driving classic sports cars for years had this suggestion. Upgrade your AAA membership to plus(100 mile towing radius), don't take it out if you absolutely must be somewhere on time, and if you end up on the side of the road waiting for a tow, keep a good attitude about it. With that in mind, I took the plunge and have been having a blast ever since.

If you are a would be Miata owner, be sure to look in on Miata.net. Great resource.

My 1995 Black and Tan

Thursday, August 17, 2006


My name is Rick and I'm a Marvelholic...

47 years old and I still read comic books (enjoy fart jokes too). But I would like to come to the defense of comic books. There are some pretty amazing writers and artists around these days and some of the old heroes like Captain America and Thor and Daredevil are getting a postmodern face lift at the hands of authors like Ed Brubaker, Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar.

A few favorite series.

This last year or so of Cap under the helm of Ed Brubaker has reintroduced the red, white and blue eyed hero as a stranger in a world he doesn't understand, where all of his old compatriots are either dead or have betrayed him. The first arc of Brubaker's Captain America run are available in trades. Winter Soldier, volumes 1 & 2.

Bendis is probably the biggest name in Comics today. He has even been immortalized in a Simpsons episode, in which Comic Book Guys says, "Big Ethel kills Moose to get Jughead's attention? Oh, Brian Michael Bendis, you've done it again!" His work on The Avengers and New Avengers has been superlative. In Avengers Disassembled he tore apart Jack Kirby's most famous team.

Perhaps the most interesting series around today is Mark Millar's The Ultimates, which take a twist on the Avengers team in which Cap is a bit of a self righteous prig, Thor is a new age hippie whose divinity is brought into question and Giant Man is an abusive husband.

Along with these journeyman, a perusal of the shelves at your local comic book store, if you can get over the stigma and enter your local comic book store, you'll find series by Buffy's Joss Whedon (Astonishing X-Men), scifi author Orson Scott Card (Ultimate Iron Man) and Neil Gaiman (Sandman, American Gods) has returned to monthly comics having resurrected Kirby's The Eternals with artist John Romita Jr.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Space Vampires and Metaphysicians

Michael Blowhard offers this short post on the English author Colin Wilson. Michael links to this Guardian piece on the 50th anniversary of Wilson's debut.

I have been a fan of Wilson for many years. He is an odd duck to say the least. His early career was probably best defined as a sort of poor man's Sartre and author of the treatise The Outsider. Later, he probably became best known for writing books on true crimes and the occult.

However, it is his fiction that always hooked me. A weird combination of occult, sci fi, sex and murder, interspersed with bits and pieces of philosophy. A prime example of fiction of this sort would be the provacatively titled Sex Diary of a Metaphysician, which is, as many of his books are, sadly out of print. Perhaps his most famous novel, if one could call it that, is The Space Vampires, which became the source of the Tobe Hooper movie, Lifeforce. A fun sci fi film that features copious nudity by actress Mathilda May (IMDB lists her character as Space Girl). The movie also features Steve Railsback, Peter Firth and Patrick Stewart.

Friday, August 11, 2006

All that is New is Old again

New look, new feel,new purpose. Yes futurballa blog has returned to a standard blog form. Look for more written postings along with the usual photos. And in proper blogger tradition, we'll start off with a couple of Elsewhere links.

Via Kevin Drum we discovered WoldCat.org, an archive of the world's libraries. Plug in an author or title and it will point you to where it can be found. Even things like college film projects. George Wallace directs.

The above mentioned Mr. Wallace, aka Friend Fool, laments or celebrates (you decide) major changes in direction at Bonny Doon vineyards.

This is already pretty viral, but I had to share.
Chad Vader - Day Shift Manager (episode 1)

And finally, here is a reflective image from the Grand Tetons.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

A leaf of all colors plays a golden-string fiddle

I'm considering going back to actual blogging. Of course we would still include pictures, but maybe actually write something (hopefully) of interest from time to time. What think you, gentle readers, who I have culled to a lonely few?