Wednesday, May 28, 2008

It's Rude to Point, Part 1 (Possibly)

I have to look up books on Amazon.com all day for work, and sometimes I can't help noticing exactly where the little 'Search Inside!' arrow points to on some book covers. Here are some that are just perfect:








77.14 Miles Per Gallon!

You know how to get 77.14 miles per gallon from your car? Miscalculate it!

So I was dumb. I'm only a little disappointed because I'm still getting great mpg. This town has just enough hills to let me coast everywhere. Just when you think you need to add more gas, you don't! Plus, I hate the 'hurry up and wait' style of American driving. Why accelerate up to a stop light if no one is behind you? Sensors, some say, but I never see them in action.

If my bicycle wasn't a folding one with little-kid wheels, I would seriously consider biking to work. In the meantime, I'll unfold it, dust it off, and ride it along the Mississippi River for work breaks. Now someone please hold me to that!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Hmong Hip-Hop Heritage

The New York Times Magazine has this great video of a young rapper out of St. Paul. The Central Valley and the Twin Cities have a noticeable Hmong community in common.

Hmong Hip-Hop Heritage

Kids Koala

Months ago my brother sent this of Monica teaching Andrew to kiss.

A few days ago I saw this photo in a book's promotional material.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Rory Root


Last Monday we lost Rory Root, and you can visit the online memorial for him at his store's website, www.comicrelief.net. I've added this photo from Urian's site, as I love the look on Rory's face! Plus, he's holding the commuter mug that I wanted to steal and customize to look like a Dalek.

Funny enough, I made a button that reads 'Rory Root, 1958-2008' to wear at BEA this upcoming weekend. I got it on Saturday and it looks great, except that he was born in 1957. Oops. I still plan to wear it thanks to a permanent marker.

I don't want to write much more just yet, so here is what I wrote on his memorial site:

I already missed Rory when I moved out of the area, and I hate knowing I won’t see him again. I first met him when I was an intern at Viz, where he’d drive across the Bay Bridge to pick up stock. I thought that was some dedication and started crossing the bridge myself to shop at Comic Relief. Once there we’d talk TV, the UK, manga (of course!) and how great it was that librarians were starting to stock graphic novels. Later when I lived in Berkeley (okay, Albany!) I’d see him on the street and we’d talk on the spot. And, of course, at tradeshows he’d introduce me to EVERYBODY.
Thanks Rory, and keep up the good work wherever you’ve gone.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Better than Botox

I'm still searching for the software to install my camera onto my new iMac, so in the meantime, here's an excellent rendering of this weekend's blockbuster by my best boyf Dr. von BrownStain: