Saturday, June 14, 2008
Legends and Piles of Skulls
Greetings, blogoteers! First up, let's take a moment to remember one of America's greatest journalists of all time, Mr. Tim Russert, who passed away Friday at the age of 58 because of a heart attack.
Meet the Press, as well as reported on other subjects for NBC News and MSNBC. He is among the other great members of the Fourth Estate our country has been lucky to have, from Ben Franklin to Edward R. Murrow to Peter Jennings, just to name a few. Russert will be missed.
On a lighter note, Iron Man was better than I expected. I was disappointed in the past with some of the Marvel Comics movies — the first Hulk, the Fantastic Four movies, Elektra, etc. However, the metal avenger's movie was up there with the X-Men and Spider-Man titles we've seen in recent years. Iron Man was great — plenty of action, an updated storyline, enough continuity with the source material, lots of humor and plenty of good acting on the parts of Downey, Jr., Howard and Paltrow. For those of you who haven't seen the movie yet, I won't ruin any of the storyline, but I will tell you to stay put after the credits. Here's what you'll see (spoiler alert)! Marvel is definitely prepping its audiences for something larger. We already know for sure there are plenty more movies in the works. The Incredible Hulk released today (updates on that sometime soon, I'm seeing it at the drive-in tonight), Punisher II, Wolverine: Origins, and Iron Man II are just a few upcoming titles we can expect. Thor, Captain America and Magneto are also rumored to have movies on the way. Again, don't finish reading this paragraph if you don't want a bit of a spoiler, but... Samuel L. Jackson appears as Nick Fury (S.H.I.E.L.D.) after the credits in Iron Man. He mentions to Stark the "Avengers Initiative." Could this have ties to Marvel's recent series? I'm sure they'll change some things, but it seems as though Marvel may offer an Avenger's movie in the future... can you imagine all of the characters we've seen in their own independent films in the past few years combined into one star-studded movie? Needless to say, Marvel will keep its comic-fan audiences drooling for a while longer. Many Web sources also mention that Downey, Jr., appears as Tony Stark in the latest Hulk movie... more on that soon, I'm sure.
Finally, two cool links for you — Skull-A-Day and PHD Comics. If you're a graduate student, have ever been one recently, or if you're already an avid Web guru, it's possible PHD Comics is nothing new to you. And don't confuse PHD with Ph.D. This acronym stands for "Piled Higher and Deeper." So, master's students aren't left out... really, anyone who has ever been piled under loads of work — undergrads and business professionals too — will appreciate the humor in these comics. Beware: you might find yourself spending hours on end until you've read everything in the archives.
The Skull-A-Day site is... well, sort of like one of those little interesting gems of the Web that you might find neat at least, even if it's not your thing. Skulls certainly aren't my thing, but the original idea is neat — the blogger made a skull out of something different and posted a pic for 365 days straight. Now, he's inviting you to do the same and submit your own photos for the site. Some of these are pretty innovative, from skull tattoos to a skull-and-crossbones made from a tire iron and some nuts and bolts.
I hope you've enjoyed the post this time around. If you have comments about legendary journalists, comic book heroes or interesting Web sites — please be sure to post them below. Don't forget to use the big orange RSS button at the top of the sidebar to your right to subscribe to this blog's feed so you don't miss out! The only other thing I have to leave you with is a link to a story from today's Roanoke Times, written by yours truly!