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  1. What Are You Watching?

    Which Volcano? Wikipedia lists seven movies that have been released as "Volcano". I've seen two of them, the 1997 edition about a volcano erupting in Los Angeles, and one that came out in 1969 as Krakatoa, East of Java. This was a movie set in 1883 when the actual eruption happened. It does have charm and a wonderful ship from the era when ships still had sails and engines, and the other special effects are good for its time. However, the geniuses who wrote the script didn't bother to look at any maps; Krakatoa is a small island just West of Java. There is a famous island just East of Java, but it's called "Bali". The title became Volcano for the re-release in the Seventies.
  2. What Are You Watching?

    I have a history of epilepsy going back to 1971 and I've seen this movie four times now, so your mileage may vary. However, my spoiler smells spoiled today. Possible Spoiling of the Spoiled Spoiler: Person who I thought I glimpsed may not have been the person I thought I glimpsed.
  3. What Are You Watching?

    Just finished: The Mouse on the Moon (Youtube) Just starting: This Island Earth (Youtube) These are old movies, but worth a look, especially Earth. Both were based (loosely) on novels, and I've read both novels. Mouse is the second "Mouse" movie and was based on the second Mouse book by Leonard Wibberly about the (fictional) smallest nation in the world, the Duchy of Grand Fenwick. Saw earlier today: The Incredibles 2 (third time). Spoiler (select to see): When Elastigirl thinks she's found the Screenslaver's secret hideout, she finds plans of the train that was sabotaged and the helicopter that was hijacked. Right next to the plans, pinned to a corkboard, is a photograph of the real villain smirking at her. Update 8:30 PDT (03:30 UTC) Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962) (Youtube) I saw this movie when it came out in 1962 at the Main theater in Mackay, Idaho. I was 11 years old and I thought it was lots of fun. I still do.
  4. Story Monday June 18, 2018

    Really? Nanase might disagree. Also, why has Mr. Dunkel gotten young?!
  5. Story Friday June 15, 2018

    I think I need to borrow that I'M JOKING sign from Grace. Bitcoins are another "foolproof" path to wealth in the tradition of Tulipmania, the South Sea Bubble, and Bernie Madoff. The only question I have is whether or not Bitcoins are a complete fraud or just an idea that won't work.
  6. The real Naperville South High teams are the Redhawks, but looking at the logo, not too hard to swap it for a Raven on a big M. Think it would be appropriate? I also thought of the Owls since they are a trope of EGS since forever and, of course, all those potential Hooters jokes. Feel free to make your suggestions here. Can't promise any cookies. As for colors, oh, silver-and-black?
  7. Story Friday June 15, 2018

    Say, anyone remember that Gunsmith Cats is set in Chicago? Rally Vincent trumps NASCAR and the WWF!
  8. Story Friday June 15, 2018

    Maybe Magus is paying with Bitcoins?
  9. Story Friday June 15, 2018

    I admit my first thought upon seeing a young woman deliver pizza to a barely-dressed Magus was "Dan's watched OLD porn." But I had another think and I wondered why Dan didn't have Matt Cohen deliver the pizza. Dan put some work into creating Pizza Delivery Gal or "PDG" until a better name comes along, so I'm wondering if she'll just vanish forever after this single comic.
  10. Story Wednesday Jun 13 2018

    I knew a guy in college whose mother was much older. Her name was "Moore" and she named him "Juan". Penn Gillette named his daughter "Moxie Crimefighter". Anyone remember Moon Unit Zappa? And her brother Dweezil?
  11. Story Wednesday Jun 13 2018

    So the driver's name is Bernard. First or last name? Who knows. But if he needs a first name, I suggest "Julius" because Dan has given him has the face of another famous Julius:
  12. Main Wed June 6 2018

    Fishes and Dragons are related in at least two different mythologies. Chinese mythology has dragons starting out as catfish. And Celtic mythology typically depicts dragons as living in lakes. There's a reason to think "dragon" here that may fit the storyline quite well. Magus/Ellen is obsessed with fighting dragons. But Moperverse Ellen has sort of become a dragon. Maybe Dan is laying groundwork for Magus realizing that the dragons of his universe are also people? Maybe we should start calling Ellen "Mink". Ever heard of Dragon Half?
  13. Main Wed June 6 2018

    Hmm. Maybe it has something to do that wooden core that turned out to be a scale from a dragon? I remember a scene from one of Disney's noble flops, Dragonslayer. Galen, the wizard's apprentice who failed to slay the dragon Vermithrax, sets out again to try. The woman who loves him, Valerian, gathers shed by scales shed by the dragon, makes a shield for him, and gives it to him, saying it might save his life. It does. Galen doesn't slay the dragon or save the princess (not Valerian, a commoner) but he does slay the dragon's young. And the scene when Vermithrax finds her slain children is actually moving.
  14. Story Monday June 04, 2018

    Now that's a really interesting idea. I think it's more likely that Tedd will learn that spell first. Put them all together and they could make a simulation that would put the catalypse Catalina and Rhoda feared in Escape From the Mall to shame.
  15. Story Monday June 04, 2018

    Stray thought: Could Lucy have been at such a card tournament while Diane was meeting Susan at the mall? Lucy fits the roleplaying profile as well as Catalina does, and I've always thought she might have been one of the nerd girls Catalina joined when she went to Salty Crackers with Susan during Spring Break in Hammerchlorians.
  16. Story Monday June 04, 2018

    Well, I guess Ashley gets to meet Grace pretty soon.
  17. Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Any of you want to jaw about the Han Solo movie? I've seen it twice so far. No spoilers in this post, but I was surprised it was directed by Ron Howard. I will say it does have one character who turns out to be a different gender, and it includes a couple of clever retcons to explain the 12-parsec Kessel Run and gave me hope that Han will be restored to shooting first when he takes out Greedo.
  18. Story Friday June 01, 2018

    Gee, none of you think Arthur's daughter is Sybil, the only person we've seen who seems to like him?
  19. Story, Wednesday May 30, 2018

    You remember Candid Camera? Or his movie, What Do You Say to a Naked Lady?
  20. Story, Wednesday May 30, 2018

    Arthur's face muscles may have gotten more exercise in this comic than in all his previous life. Who knew? And once again Ashley proves to be as good as Pandora thought she was back in Marker: She's concerned if Kevin is all right. She thinks of Kevin as a person.
  21. Story Wednesday May 16, 2018

    Star Trek was pretty clearly inspired by a Fifties movie, Forbidden Planet, where a ship the size of the Enterprise does land on a planet. It only had to land on one planet. Nope. He's meant to be Darth Vader, the bad guy who turns away from the Dark Side. I haven't decided whether Voltaire is Palpatine or Snoke.
  22. Story Wednesday May 16, 2018

    Actually, didn't I propose the pretty much the same restrictions in the paragraph right after the one you jumped on? If you haven't guessed by now, I'm largely a real-life version of Mr. Tensaided, an uber-nerd who has spent way too much of his life obsessed with sci-fi/fantasy, old movies and television series, wargaming, roleplaying games, and even a good bit of Trekkie-ness, although I've never cosplayed a Vulcan or a Klingon or written a Kirk-Spock slash fanfic. Anyway, putting the gates in the storyline implies a lot of things that Dan may (translation: inevitably will) write around later in the story and then comment on in his commentaries, on his blog, or in tweets most of which I will never read because I refuse to step into the quagmire that is Twitter. BTW, transporters are part of Star Trek because back in the Sixties Gene Roddenberrry didn't have the budget for the special effects necessary to have the Enterprise land on all the different planets it went boldly to. It wasn't until the fourth Star Trek series, Voyager, that a Federation starship would actually be shown landing, and then only once in the entire run of that series if I remember correctly. Once transporters were part of canon, all sorts of rubber science had to be invented to find new restrictions so that the landing/boarding party could be stranded, and, of course, loopholes in the restrictions so our heroes could get out of jams. I suspect a similar process will occur in EGS if it goes on long enough.
  23. Story Wednesday May 16, 2018

    If I may make a crunchy observation, the only time we've seen anyone actually use a magical door before was when Nioi made her exit way back in Painted Black. This does imply that the people with Dad's Government Jobs have access to gate magic, basically giving them the same capabilities as the transporters in Star Trek. So, if they do, why did it take Tedd's dad so long to respond to the attack by not-Tengu in Family Ties? What, the magic doesn't work in a snowstorm? Well, maybe DGB magic isn't as unrestriced as Nioi's, who can make a door that not only crosses space but goes between universes. Perhaps the DGB gates have to be set up in advance, something like a sub-space subway system, or that four-way front door of Howl's moving castle (remember that four-position dial which showed where the door would open to?) Given that, Commander Jaguar and Specialist Steve might be on the scene by Friday's comic--or anyone, including Tedd's dad and/or Arthur J. Arthur. Or how about Nioi, Lord Tedd, and General Shade Tail? Yeah, my first thought was "Door Number One, Door Number Two, or Door Number Three?"
  24. Story Friday May 4, 2018

    Most movies don't last, but some movies set memes that are so strong they trump reality. This isn't really limited to motion pictures. Shakespeare's Richard III almost completely obscures any and all conjectures about the actual king who reigned for only three years. The Godfather films have influenced the culture of the actual Mafia. Birth of a Nation inspired the actual revival of the Ku Klux Klan in the United States of America, and Triumph of the Will turned Hitler into a god long enough to do do evil to a goodly portion of the planet.
  25. Story Friday May 4, 2018

    I saw Land of the Pharoahs too, during the four-day break in regular network programming following JFK's assassination in 1963. Because I was living in Idaho then, on Mountain Time, the end of network broadcasting for two nights. So one of the two stations (!) in southeaster Idaho (I think KID, which is still around) pulled a couple of sword-and-sandal Fifties epics out of the vault and ran them, commercial free. The first was The Silver Chalice, in which Paul Newman debuted as the lead in one of the most legendary turkeys of all time. The next one was LOTP, from 1955, which is a fairly interesting flick if completely unhistorical. Jack Hawkins plays Pharoah Khufu and Joan Collins plays a scheming younger wife who wants to be queen. She gets her wish in the end--she's sealed alive inside the Great Pyramid along with a bunch of priests who've all had their tongues cut out to escort Khufu into the afterlife. Large-scale human sacrifice doesn't seem to have been part of Ancient Egyptian culture, unlike Ancient China, Assyria, the various Meso-American empires, and probably some more I haven't heard of. The famous Terra Cotta Army buried with Emperor Qin Shi Huang is an echo of earlier times, with sculptures substituting for soldiers (and the sculptures seem to have depicted individuals!). This enlightened approach from an otherwise extremely murderous tyrant (he was the first man to actually rule over all Chinese) may have had something to do with the wisdom of not having his bodyguards sacrifice him instead.