I’ve gotten lazy. I have so many pictures that I want to add to my site, but I haven’t been enjoying writing anything lately. So, I’ve been posting most of them to Pinterest instead. I now have well over 2,000 images on Pinterest including a few hundred I’ve re-pinned from other Pinterest users. Here’s a breakdown:
I was curious to know how other countries compared in size to the United States, so I pulled images of countries that have been on my mind recently from Wikipedia and Google.
The United States is fourth largest in land area. Russia is the biggest by far, Canada is next, and then China is just a smidge larger. Here are some visual aids to give you comparative sizes of the U.S. in comparison with Australia, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria, the United Kingdom. I plotted out U.S. cities that are roughly the same distance from the furthest points of each country. The distances are as the crow flies, not travel distance based on roadways. I also didn’t compensate for the curvature of the Earth but the layout is accurate enough to get the picture.
Since I’ve made fun of everyone else (except Australia — the Aussies escaped our pokes this time; we’ll have to correct that at some point), here’s a jab at the United States.
And here’s your bonus. Latveriamay be a very small country, but it is ruled with an iron hand by a despotic and dangerous dictator.
I didn’t realize it until today but my blog is now just over two years old. I submitted my first post on September 3rd, 2011.
The blog has evolved from its original purpose. I started it to sell and trade comics, cards, and other pop culture memorabilia. I even set up pages with some of the items I had. The “A Go-Go!” theme was based on a very loose interest in the kitschy pop culture theme from the 1950s and 1960s. I have no idea why. It must have been because I was listening to Esquivelduring the time of conception and fancied an image of a bachelor pad with go-go girls partying on a patio. Sounds good enough.
Anyway, after a while I realized I didn’t have the time to dedicate to the venture. In order to make an über-cool website, I not only needed a ton of fresh and current content, but also superior web design skills. Plus, I very quickly realized I was starting to diverge from comic books and writing posts about music, movies, politics, and any other thing that happened to be on my mind at the time.
So why keep it going? Well, two reasons. First, it’s cathartic. I enjoy writing, even if I do it lazily. I also love images, especially funny ones (funny to me, anyway). Esoteric or large versions of things like comic book covers or San Diego Comic-Con swag are also a passion because I hate not finding a good picture of something obscure so I figure others probably feel the same way.
Second, the blog has been more popular than I thought it would be. I’m approaching 200,000 page views which may be peanuts compared to other websites, but it’s a lot more than I ever thought would have. Google has given me a lot of love, mostly because I’ve added thousands of pictures and included content on things that are hard to find on the Internet such as covers of 1980s independent comics. I love seeing who visits me from where, so I take a look at the site stats frequently.
One of the funniest things I’ve discovered is that whenever I post a sexually-oriented entry, my stats spike. I created a post of sexy cosplayers from the San Diego Comic-Con this year and it has generated thousands of page views all by itself. I figure if I want to start getting a lot more than my current average of 400 page views per day, I should create a “Biggest Tits of the Day” gallery or a “Nude Comic Book Femme Fatales” running feature. While that sounds like fun, I’m trying to keep the blog to a PG-13 level and there are plenty of other things to write about (having said that, my stats have taken a dive in the last week, so my next post will be about something titillating).
Thanks for the visits. Hope you enjoy your time. Feel free to link, leave comments (positive or negative, I don’t care), and take copies of my images. I would love to be given credit if you post my content elsewhere, but I obviously can’t enforce that.
Two articles on CNN.com caught my attention today. The first was a report on the discovery of aquifers underneath Kenya and the second was a report about Voyager 1 crossing the heliosphere into interstellar space. Both are really remarkable in their own right. But the fact that both articles were published the same day made me ponder the amazing things we humans can do and the important things we choose not to do.
Voyager 1 was launched into space in 1977. The primary mission was to study the far reaches of our solar system and beyond. Travelling at over 35,000 mph, Voyager 1 has traversed 11.7 billion miles since it left Earth. The engineering and understanding of physics that made all of this possible is mind-boggling. And since 1977, outer space technology has made it possible to do so much more. We may have space tourism within a few years. We may have people visiting Mars in the next half century. We may have a permanent moon colony soon as well.
The discovery of water aquifers under Kenya in my mind is just as important an announcement because it has more immediate implications for a significant number of people. Kenya has suffered severely from droughts and the limited water that is accessible tends to be of very poor quality. There have been relief efforts for years but there is still no comprehensive permanent solution.
For me, the announcements are an indication of how difficult it has been for humans to find balance in our priorities. Kenya has been thirsting for water for a long time and yet there have been no serious engineering solutions provided by those with the technology to do anything about it. Kenyans may desire clean water but they lack capability to get it on a sufficient scale. The rest of the world doesn’t desire enough to implement a solution. to the problem That’s not a judgment. It’s just a fact. If we desired it, we would allocate resources and make it happen. We desired the free flow of petroleum out of the Middle East and did an amazing job of destroying native military capabilities that threatened it. (I’m not sure who I mean by “we” but I guess I would be hypocritical if I excluded myself. I wish I was a rich politician with a background in engineering, sometimes. When I’m not being too selfish, I try to support legislation that favors education, free trade, funding for humanitarian aid, and other initiatives that might positively affect troubled countries even if it means a hit on my income).
If people can create the capability to build a space program, people can also create the capability to deliver clean water to Kenya. My takeaway is that when we humans put our minds to herculean projects like space technology, time and money are the only two throttles once the desire is there. If both are opened wide, incredible things happen quickly. I suspect that if you asked anyone in 1960 if they believed we would place human beings on the moon within a decade, the majority of people wouldn’t have believed it was possible that quickly, if at all. And yet it happened.
So, the comfortable classes of the world (me included) lucked out to degree when water was found underneath Kenya. The technology and cost needed to access the aquifers is most certainly going to be less problematic than creating a desalinization system that pumps water out of the ocean, converts it into a usable resource, and pipes it to drought-ridden regions of the country. The same probably goes for the notion of hauling icebergs from Antarctica.
I’ve said in other posts that it’s Africa’s time. Over 300 million people have limited or no access to safe water supplies. On my side of the globe, when I water my plants or flush my toilet I do so with the same quality of water that I drink. I can also run my tap aimlessly as I wander around my bathroom and it will cost me pennies. I don’t ever have to take a full day to go across town with 10 gallon plastic jugs to get water for my most basic needs for the week. Most Americans can vouch that we’ve observed automatic sprinklers shoot water randomly into a street at night because a landscaper hasn’t adjusted the heads. We’ll even admit that we see the same problem at the same location night after night.
As always, I’m guilty of oversimplification. There are many issues that affect the dispersal of resources on our planet, but what I’m getting at is that I think we can do marvelous things on an even greater scale than just launching sophisticated machinery into space. We have the ability to do that and solve the chronic environmental problems in Africa at the same time. We all just have to want it bad enough, I guess. Thoughts?
The whole thing with Syriahas me all worked up so I’m taking it out on Kim Jong-un.
Will somebody please photoshop this picture to look like the dude behind the Great Little Dumpling is giving him rabbit ears. I tried to mess around with the image, but I just don’t have the talent for it. If you do, give it a go and I’ll post it.
This one I did modify and thought turned out OK. I just felt that Kim’s little face needed to be even littler. Just look at those chubby cheeks. Don’t you just wanna squeeze them? What a cutie. As for the forehead, the first thing I thought of is that I could have had a V8. Remember that?