Clowning around

The number 500,000Well, it looks like this useless blog is going to run over another milestone. According to WordPress, sometime in the next few days, will have achieved 500,000 views. It’s not that it will mean much, but it’s proof that the Internet is the tool of some malignant force that sucks unsuspecting users into the black hole of meaningless content. But, I digress.

Clowns are evilSo, to celebrate the buffoonery, what better way to acknowledge the horror of time wasted than to give it a scary, silly celebratory party? Why, with clowns, of course! Because clowns are all the rage when you need something to remind you that childhood traumas can resurface and cause the heart to jump up into one’s throat from time to time. And if that isn’t a reason to throw a party, I don’t know what is.

I really actually don’t fear clowns, but they do make me very uncomfortable. What kind of madness is it to put on the garb and make-up of a zany imp whose unpredictable behavior could elicit joy and laughter at one moment and sheer terror or sadness the next? I suppose my zest for patented deep research should be driven up several notches given the pending, momentous landmark, but, nah … remember, this blog is full of lazy what-not and I just don’t feel like it. So, instead, I give you clown pictures. Enjoy.

Clown looking over city

Clown in the backseat of a car

What are clowns afraid of?


Mark fun not war
Make pie, not war!

 UPDATE! I just realized that this is also the 500th post. Man, now I’m feeling like this episode was a big let down. I should have done more like when I did the 25,000 Milestone Post thing. Um, well, here’s a bonus picture and whatever.

The number 500

Black images from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Title Sequence

Thumbnail poster for the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)These are images from the fantastic title sequence from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011). The dark images set the tone for a gruesome film indeed.

As for the film itself, it’s not as good as the original Swedish interpretation of Stieg Larsson’s crime novel mostly because Noomi Rapace is brilliant and it just doesn’t feel as genuine in English as it does in Swedish. Nonetheless, it works because the story is so intense and the acting by Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig is believable.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Faces from Title Sequence

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Eye from Title Sequence

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Fist from Title Sequence

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Dragon from Title Sequence

Dusk by Edgar Died Today

The album cover for Edgar Died Today’s “Dusk”. This single-outing record by the completely obscure quintet compiles the most crushingly despondent music ever penned. Heartache is a melancholy passage by comparison. The eerie instrumentals that migrate slowly through what feels like a timeless and utterly joyless journey set the tone for what is actually 55 minutes wrapped in suffocating heaviness, and there is no bottom to the despair in the sheer futility that spills from the lyrics.

It’s unfortunate that there are no apparent surviving copies of this extremely low print run album. With the members disbanding into anonymity and the complexly layered music only existing in dark smudges of the memories of those that heard it, there is no means to convey the singularly never-ending black night of hopelessness that the songs from this record convey.


Album cover for depressing music

Black Widow Sketches and Art

Silhouette of Black Widow
Click for a flashing gif

It seems this is fast becoming a website that is an homage to Black Widow. I actually just had a lot of pictures I’ve collected over the years and some drafts for posts I never finished were collecting dust, so I might as well get them all out here.  If you’ve gotten to this post directly rather than through the front page, either go there or pick your poison for the other Black Widow posts.

As I mentioned elsewhere, Black Widow is one of my favorite characters. She’s been around since her introduction to the Marvel Universe way back in 1964. That was less than three years after the Marvel Comics began publishing its modern-era comics. That was also the same year the Avengers were formed and Daredevil was introduced. Even Spider-man had only been around for about two years.

Black Widow, AKA Natalia Romanova AKA Natasha Romanoff, is probably one of the characters women most commonly cosplay. Makes sense. Her costume is pretty easy to make and she’s sexy as hell. But if you haven’t actually read any of the comics she’s in, you’re missing out.  She’s an Avenger, a soloist, an assassin, a secret agent, a partner, a beautiful socialite, a mysteriously old woman (born in the 20’s) with a veiled background, a backup and a main character, and a lover. She’s very smart, very skilled, and very dangerous. Why there isn’t a solo movie about her is mind-boggling. There are so many stories that could be told.

Anyway, Black Widow isn’t just a favorite character to cosplay, she’s also a popular character for artists to sketch and paint. Here’s a random sampling of sketches, commissions, and general artwork.

 Black and White Sketches and Art

Art by Phil Noto (artist on the Black Widow series starting in 2014)