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Vacation 2012 [Aug. 29th, 2012|03:26 pm]
[mood |boredbored]

I'm on vacation from work this week, and the weather's fairly nice. Clear skies, not too warm, although it's supposed to be in the 90s on Friday, which will be too hot for my comfort. If it were 55-60 degrees year-round that would be all right by me.

Reading Stephen King's 11-23-63 at the moment and enjoying it for what it is.

Well, LiveJournalistas, that's it for now. Maybe I'll see you again in 2013.

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My Occasional Meme Check-In [Jan. 31st, 2011|05:25 pm]
[Current Location |Upstate New York]
[mood |frustratedfrustrated]

Prompted, as usual, by the awesome Roger Green:

If I were a month, I’d be September.
If I were a day of the week, I’d be Saturday.
If I were a time of day, I’d be 7 PM
If I were a planet, I’d be Pluto (eff you, science!)
If I were a sea animal, I’d be a clam.
If I were a direction, I’d be north.
If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be an overstuffed easy chair.
If I were a liquid, I’d be gin.
If I were a gemstone, I’d be aquamarine.
If I were a tree, I’d be a silver birch.
If I were a tool, I’d be a mallet.
If I were a flower, I’d be a blue rose.
If I were a kind of weather, I would be overcast and cool.
If I were a musical instrument, I’d be a bass.
If I were a color, I’d be cerulean.
If I were an emotion, I’d be bittersweet.
If I were a fruit, I’d be a pear.
If I were a sound, I’d be discordant.
If I were an element, I’d be chromium.
If I were a car, I’d be a Mustang.
If I were a food, I’d be garlic and eggplant pizza.
If I were a place, I’d be Shell Beach.
If I were a material, I’d be linen.
If I were a taste, I’d be celery.
If I were a scent, I’d be the scent of apple pie.
If I were an object, I’d be a hardcover book.
If I were a body part, I’d be the hand.
If I were a facial expression, it would be intimidating.
If I were a song, I’d be
City of Dreams by the Talking Heads.
If I were a pair of shoes, I would be a pair of black Skechers.



Where is your cell phone? Next to me on my desk
Significant other? Lora
Your hair? Unmanageable, so I manage it by having very little
Your mother? Nancy
Your father? It's complicated
Your favorite thing? reading
Your dream last night? Back at an old job
Your favorite drink? Diet Peach Snapple
What room are you in? Living room, AKA "The red room."
Your hobby? Writing
Your fear? Pain
Where do you want to be in 6 years? Anywhere but here
Where were you last night? In bed
Something that you aren’t? Focused
Muffins? Blueberry
Wish list item? Money
Last thing you did? Made stir-fry for my family
What are you wearing? Shorts and a t-shirt

Your pets? Cats, brother and sister. Sister hates her brother.

Friends? Fewer and fewer

Your life? Tedious
Your mood? Mercurial
Missing someone? Always
Drinking? Once or twice a year
Your car? Belongs to my wife
Something you’re not wearing? Shoes
Your favorite store? Earthworld Comics
Your favorite color? Teal
When is the last time you cried? Last month
Where do you go to over and over? Supermarket, post office
Five people who email me regularly? Chris, Brian, Kira, myself, Facebook
My favorite place to eat? Ichiban in Albany
Favorite place I’d like to be at right now? In bed and reading

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Happy New Year! [Jan. 1st, 2011|02:56 am]
I hope 2011 is peaceful and prosperous for your and yours, LiveJournalistas!
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Where I'm Currently At [Mar. 16th, 2010|12:20 pm]
[mood |busy]

Besides upstate New York, I mean -- you can find me blogging at The ADD Blog (now on Tumblr) and Trouble with Comics (ditto). Consider this my "checking in" post for the year 2010, LiveJournal pals-of-mine.
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Autumn on LiveJournal [Oct. 5th, 2009|02:25 pm]
Thought it would be nice to post something at least once a year. Hope everyone is enjoying autumn.
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Happy New Year, LiveJournalers [Dec. 31st, 2008|04:02 am]
[Current Location |Upstate New York]
[mood |hopefulhopeful]
[music |Dark Side of the Moon]

 I hope it's a good one for you and yours. And me and mine. Time for some new and profoundly better paradigms. I've never been so glad to see a year end as I am 2008. Enough, already!
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Bitter End or New Beginning? [Nov. 3rd, 2008|04:05 pm]
[Current Location |Upstate New York]
[mood |Cautiously optimistic]
[music |In a Sentimental Mood - John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington]

Well, this is it. In a few hours, the citizens of Los Estados Unidos will begin casting their votes, then rigged voting machines will alter the tallies, and then there may be some doubt or even litigation, and within just a few short weeks we may never know who was actually elected president, but we'll know who will occupy the White House beginning on 20 January 2009.

If I sound fed up and cynical, well, I am. Most people with functioning brains and ethical systems are fed up at this point -- a point I reached sometime back in December of 2000, as I never seem to tire of ranting at anyone who will listen. I remember talking to a leftie friend of mine prior to the 2004 election and him, hopeful of a Kerry win (as we now know even Kerry was not), asking me what it would take to turn things around in our country. "Blood in the streets," I said, and sighed, knowing Americans were just too fat and happy to ever get worked up enough to actually resist the ongoing, lawless coup that began in December of 2000 and has resulted in the virtual destruction of our nation's reputation, decency and economy.

Bush and his gang of well-heeled thugs have quite literally brought the United States to the brink of its own end, and tomorrow night we'll see if enough people have seen through their apocalyptic scam or not, and if enough people get out and try to turn things around in numbers so huge that even the widespread attempts at voter suppression will be helpless in the face of the desire for change and a return to the rule of law and respect for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

I would love to never feel the need to write about politics or the economy or any of these subjects again. I really don't know if Barack Obama will have the resources and will to turn this country around and make it great again, but one thing is for certain: If John McCain manages to get into the White House, by means fair or foul (and really, I'm being generous allowing that he could win fair and square), then the endgame of our civilization has begun, and sooner or later there really will be blood in the streets. This is a nation that can stand no further tearing down, and that is what McCain and his imbecile running mate represent. The stain and disgrace of a McCain/Palin win will make our country even more of a disgrace in the eyes of a world that, back on September 12th, 2001, had all the respect and love for us that it ever would have. In the past few years Bush and company have not only squandered the goodwill we bought in blood the day the towers fell, but they have cynically and blatantly defiled the memory of those who died on September 11th, and wantonly and with great contempt for every concept of ethics or morals ever conceived, they have gone on to commit more war crimes and atrocities than almost any other regime in human history. It is staggering to comprehend the murder and chaos of the Bush administration, but even more staggering -- almost impossible to believe, really -- that the people of the United States largely stood by and let it happen.

In less than 48 hours, the United States can send a signal to the world that we have seen the error of our ways and want to once again stand on the world stage with dignity and honour, committed to the justice, freedom and equality we have allowed to be suppressed in our grief and disbelief since 11 September, 2001. If Obama wins, we have sent that signal. If McCain wins, we can still send that signal, but it will take much more work, much more outrage, and it will require every decent human being living in this country to take a stand and say NO MORE.

Have you had enough yet? If not, how much further does your nation need to fall? If so, get out tomorrow and start working to make up for all that we've sat back and allowed to happen. If Barack Obama doesn't take possession of the White House on January 20th, then there really is no hope left for peaceful change in the United States, and nothing left to talk about. We can take action by voting tomorrow, or we can condemn ourselves to a much more violent and lengthy period of change, one from which there never will really be a hope of recovery. I'm hoping we can do it in a day, and my wife and I will be up before dawn to do our part.

How about you?
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Stealing Roger's Meme [Nov. 3rd, 2008|06:58 am]

Stolen from Roger Green.

1. What time did you wake up this morning? 5:00 AM. Slept all night; a rarity.

2. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds.
3. What was the last movie you saw? Right at Your Door.
4. What is your favorite TV show? At the moment, The Shield, despite its flaws. All time? Star Trek or Twin Peaks or The Prisoner.
5. What do you have for breakfast? Strawberry pancakes and sausage.
6. What is your middle name? David.
7. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Listening to lots of John Coltrane.
8. What kind of car do you drive? I don't drive much, but my wife has a Chevy Equinox I borrow maybe one day a week.
9. What's your favorite sandwich? Reuben, maybe.
10. What characteristic do you despise? Hypocrisy.
11. Favorite item of clothing? I don't think I have one.
12. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Toronto.
13. Favorite brand of clothing? Don't have one.
14. Where would you retire to? New Zealand, maybe.
15. What was your most recent memorable birthday? I can't remember.
17. Furthest place you are sending this? Everywhere at once.
18. Person you expect to send it back first? No one.
19. When is your birthday? 25 January.
20. Are you a morning person or a night person? Morning.
21. What is your shoe size? 12
22. Pets? Cat, and I think I am allergic to her.
23. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us?
24. What did you want to be when you were little? A scientist, then a disk jockey.
25. How are you today! Awake.
26. What is your favorite candy? Peanut M and Ms.
27. What is your favorite flower? Roses.
28. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? 25 November, my son's birthday.
29. What is your full name? Alan David Doane
30. What are you listening to right now? Wife and daughter argue about how to cook tofu sausage.
31. What was the last thing you ate? Pizza and chicken wings.
32. Do you wish on stars? No.
33. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Orange.
34. Last person you spoke to on the phone? My buddy Boom.
35. Favorite restaurant? GG Mama's in Glens Falls.
36. Real hair color? Dark brown but increasingly gray.
37. What was your favorite toy as a child? Mego action figures.
38. Summer or winter: Winter.
39. Hugs or kisses? Honestly neither.
40. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate.
41. Coffee or tea? Tea, and lots of it.
42. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back? Sure.
43. When was the last time you cried? Does watery eyes from an allergy attack count?
44. What is under your bed? I'm afraid to look. Next to it on the floor, though: art supplies, paper, comic book bags and boards.
45. What did you do last night? Read and listened to music.
46. What are you most afraid of? Pain.
47. Salt or sweet? Both at once.
48. How many keys on your key ring? 3.
49. How many years at your current job? 3.5
50. Favorite day of the week? Saturday.
51. Do you make friends easily? No, quite the opposite.
52. How many people will you send this to? One.
53. How many will respond? None.
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100 Must-Read Graphic Novels [Aug. 20th, 2008|02:57 pm]
100 Must-Read Graphic Novels -- According to Eddie Campbell, "anyone who thinks there are more than a few dozen so-called 'graphic novels' worth reading is an idiot." Sorry, Eddie, I beg to differ. Here's my list of 100 Must-Read Graphic Novels. Funny part is, I limited most creators to two or three slots, or Eddie Campbell's oeuvre would have made up a good half-dozen all on their own, and the list would have been closer to 200.

100 - Little Nothings: The Curse of the Umbrella by Lewis Trondheim (NBM)

099 - Reid Fleming: Rogue to Riches by David Boswell (Deep Sea Comics)

098 - Real Stuff by Dennis Eichhorn et al (Swifty Morales Press)

097 - The Norm in Color by Michael Jantze (thenorm.com)

096 - Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley (Drawn and Quarterly)

095 - Life's a Bitch: The Collected Bitchy Bitch by Roberta Gregory (Fantagraphics)

094 - Swallow Me Whole by Nate Powell (Top Shelf)

093 - Curses by Kevin Huizenga (Drawn and Quarterly)

092 - American Splendor: The Best of American Splendor by Harvey Pekar et al (Ballentine)

091 - War Stories by Garth Ennis et al (two volumes) (DC Comics)

090 - A Treasury of Victorian Murder: Abraham Lincoln by Rick Geary (NBM)

089 - Storeyville by Frank Santoro (Picturebox)

088 - All Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (DC Comics)

087 - Spent by Joe Matt (Drawn and Quarterly)

086 - My War with Brian by Ted Rall (NBM)

085 - Mad Night by Richard Sala (Fantagraphics Books)

084 - Late Bloomer by Carol Tyler (Fantagraphics Books)

083 - The Collected Hutch Owen by Tom Hart (Top Shelf)

082 - God's Bosom and Other Stories by Jack Jackson (Fantagraphics Books)

081 - Fred the Clown by Roger Langridge (Fantagraphics Books)

080 - Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (Marvel)

079 - Ripple by Dave Cooper (Fantagraphics)

078 - Conan: Born on the Battlefield by Kurt Busiek and Greg Ruth (Dark Horse)

077 - City of Glass by Paul Auster, Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli (Harper Perennial)

076 - Bone One Volume Edition by Jeff Smith (Cartoon Books)

075 - Black Hole by Charles Burns (Pantheon)

074 - Daddy's Girl by By Debbie Drechsler (Fantagraphics Books)

073 - The Gypsy Lounge: Lunchtime Variety Criminals by Jasen Lex (Aweful Books)

072 - Marvel Boy by Grant Morrison and JG Jones (Marvel Comics)

071 - The Walking Man by Jiro Tanaguchi (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)

070 - Waterwise by Joel Orff (Alternative Comics)

069 - Red Eye, Black Eye by K. Thor Jensen (Alternative Comics)

068 - Good-Bye by Yosihiro Tatsumi (Drawn and Quarterly)

067 - Abandon the Old in Tokyo by Yoshiro Tatsumi (Drawn and Quarterly)

066 - The Push Man - by Yoshiro Tatsumi (Drawn and Quarterly)

065 - Shuck Unmasked by Rick Simth and Tania Menesse (Top Shelf)

064 - Paul Has A Summer Job by Michel Rabagliati (Drawn and Quarterly)

063 - Monkey vs. Robot by James Kochalka (Top Shelf)

062 - Hellboy by Mike Mignola (six volumes to date) (Dark Horse)

061 - Lost Girls by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie (Top Shelf)

060 - McSweeney's Quarterly Concern #13 edited by Chris Ware (McSweeney's)

059 - The Legend of Wild Man Fischer by Dennis Eichhorn and J.R. Williams (Top Shelf)

058 - The Fart Party by Julia Wertz (Atomic Books)

057 - Demo by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan (DC/Vertigo)

056 - The Silver Surfer by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (Marvel Comics)

055 - Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus by Jack Kirby (four volumes) (DC Comics)

054 - Pizzeria Kamikaze by Etgar Keret and Asaf Hanuka (Alternative Comics)

053 - James Sturm's America by James Sturm (Drawn and Quarterly)

052 - Palestine by Joe Sacco (Fantagraphics Books)

051 - Strangehaven by Gary Spencer Millidge (three volumes to date) (Abiogenesis Press)

050 - The Outer Space Spirit by Will Eisner, Jules Feiffer and Wallace Wood (Kitchen Sink)

049 - Top Ten by Alan Moore, Zander Cannon and Gene Ha (two volumes) (America's Best Comics)

048 - The Placebo Man by Tomer Hanuka

047 - We3 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (DC/Vertigo)

046 - David Boring by Dan Clowes (Pantheon)

045 - Cages by Dave McKean (NBM)

044 - Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw (Fantagraphics Books)

043 - Crecy by Warren Ellis and Raulo Caceres (Avatar Press)

042 - The Maakies by Tony Millionaire (Fantagraphics Books)

041 - The Book of Leviathan By Peter Blegvad (The Overlook Press)

040 - Fantastic Butterflies by James Kochalka (Alternative Comics)

039 - B. Krigstein Comics by Bernard Krigstein (Fantagraphics Books)

038 - Jay's Days: Rise and Fall of the Pasta Shop Lothario by Jason Marcy (Hairy Bald Guy Books)

037 - Gødland by Joe Casey and Tom Scioli (Image Comics)

036 - Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley (four volumes to date) (Oni Press)

035 - The Filth by Grant Morrison and Chris Weston (DC/Vertigo)

034 - The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson (Andrews McMeel)

033 - Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

032 - Marbles in My Underpants by Renee French (Oni Press)

031 - Catwoman Volumes One through Four by Ed Brubaker, Darwyn Cooke, et al (DC Comics)

030 - Bluesman by Rob Vollmar and Pablo Callejo (NBM)

029 - The Castaways by Rob Vollmar and Pablo Callejo (NBM)

028 - DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke (DC Comics)

027 - Mad Love by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm (DC Comics)

026 - The Journal Comic by Drew Weing (Self-published)

025 - 32 Stories by Adrian Tomine (Drawn and Quarterly)

024 - The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard by Eddie Campbell and Dan Best (First Second)

023 - It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken by Seth (Drawn and Quarterly)

022 - Street Angel by Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca (SLG)

021 - Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli (DC Comics)

020 - Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli (Marvel Comics)

019 - Criminal by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (three volumes to date) (Marvel/Icon)

018 - Sleeper by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (four volumes) (DC/Wildstorm)

017 - Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin)

016 - The Complete Peanuts by Charles Schulz (Fantagraphics Books)

015 - King-Cat Classix by John Porcellino (Drawn and Quarterly)

014 - Locas by Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics Books)

013 - The Frank Book by Jim Woodring (Fantagraphics Books)

012 - The Ticking by Renée French (Top Shelf)

011 - Bob and Harv's Comics by Harvey Pekar and R. Crumb (4 Walls 8 Windows)

010 - Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics Books)

009 - Alec: How to be an Artist by Eddie Campbell (Top Shelf)

008 - Hey, Wait... by Jason (Fantagraphics Books)

007 - Ghost World by Dan Clowes (Fantagraphics Books)

006 - Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware (Pantheon)

005 - American Elf: The Collected Sketchbook Diaries of James Kochalka (Top Shelf)

004 - Ice Haven by Dan Clowes (Pantheon)

003 - Louis Riel by Chester Brown (Drawn and Quarterly)

002 - Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner (Frog LTD)

001 - From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell (Top Shelf)

What do you think? Is Eddie Campbell right, or are there more than a few dozen graphic novels worth reading? I think every book on this list demands the attention of anyone that loves good comics and wants to know all the very best works the artform has to offer, and I think this list is just a beginning.

What's on your list?
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The Omnivore's Hundred [Aug. 13th, 2008|08:37 am]
Andrew Wheeler posted this challenge on the Very Good Taste blog...here are the rules:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

Alan's American Variant: I asterisked (*) any items that are unknown to me. Most of the starred items, I have heard of, but I don't know what they are. Pathetic, I know.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea*
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho*
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi*
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses*
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche*
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda*
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (I've had each, but not together; would certainly eat it if offered)
33. Salted lassi*
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea*
38. Vodka jelly*
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal*
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala*
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi*
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle*
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin*
64. Currywurst*
65. Durian*
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost*
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu*
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong*
80. Bellini*
81. Tom yum*
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate*
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa*
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake
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