May 11th, 2010


Now Listening To Basia -- "Don't Ask Me...To Forgive And Forgeeeeet...."

With Pat Lee's Widow Warriors getting ready for launch, he's off on the most important part of working in comics, interviews.  Oh, and a little damage control.  Newsarama does a puff piece that would make Barbara Walters jealous.    There is only one instance addressing the whole DreamWave debacle.  For those of you who don't want to read the whole interview, here ya go:

Nrama: Pat, it’s true that you have what can be considered a controversial past.  With a renewed visibility on this project, are you expecting controversy in return?  And how would you answer your critics?
Lee: I am aware of the  controversy to some degree  and I respect what everyone has to say.  I understand people's anger towards the past and I'm not going to challenge them.  People make mistakes, I'm just as human as everyone else is. However, I've always enjoyed drawing comics and I respect any and all comments, bad or good - everyone has the right to speak their mind! But I'm still going to continue drawing comics and do what I love.

TL;DR -- Neener neener neener.

Now I Know Why It's Called "Flori-DUH"

States pass all kinds of weird, bullshit laws.  Some are just common sense, like buses stopping at railroad tracks before crossing.  Others are done for protectionism, such as requiring licenses and training in a growing industry but grandfathering in those without them (since they usually make it so the business has to pay for the licenses and such, not only does this add a financial spike to the punch, but it also means no tax dollars are at stake, so no repercussions for the politicians).  And some are just plain stupid, like how in 1897, Indiana nearly legally changed the value of pi to 3.2, 4, or 3.23, depending.  So when a no-brainer comes along, you expect it to pass.

And when it doesn't....

Florida has been working on passing a state law banning bestiality.  It had support on both sides of the aisle.  D's and R's both wanted this passed.  Residents of Florida wanted it passed.  Yahweh Himself wanted it passed.


The state Senate has twice passed the measure, but the House refused to hear it.  With this session, House Majority Leader Adam Hasner got an idea.  There was an agriculture bill coming up for a vote, and the ban was incorporated into it.  It made it through the House.  The Senate, however, approved a different agriculture bill with different riders, such as allowing some gun owners to keep their guns in their vehicles in previously exempted locations and making it easier for municipalities to enact stricter controls over fertilizer sales.  The House didn't like the Senate bill, the Senate didn't like the House bill, curtains.

A separate bill was drafted to ban bestiality.  It never even made it to a hearing.  Some politicians are saying they aren't hearing it because they don't want to be accused of wasting time on a crime that rarely happens instead of doing something constructive like creating jobs.  Or, maybe they just squicked.  Rep. Mary Brandenburg, D-West Palm Beach, stated simply, ``It is yucky.''  Aw, poor politician doesn't want to do what she's paid to do, which is consider bills and LEAD.

Is there some problem with government and voting in Florida?  Something in the water, maybe?  I mean, here in Illinois, our dead people have a better understanding of how to vote and run a government than they do!

Conspicuous Consumerism Hits The Bull's Eye

Here in America, we have GameStop for our video gaming needs.  In England, they have GameStation.  The retail, on April 1, added an extra clause to those who register for online shopping:

"By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from or one of its duly authorised minions."

"we reserve the right to serve such notice in 6 (six) foot high letters of fire, however we can accept no liability for any loss or damage caused by such an act. If you a) do not believe you have an immortal soul, b) have already given it to another party, or c) do not wish to grant Us such a license, please click the link below to nullify this sub-clause and proceed with your transaction."

And people wonder why I read software EULA's all the time.

How do they know people didn't read it?  Because if you clicked on the "opt-out", you got a five pound discount on your order.  88% of customers never got it.  Roughly 7,500 people.

Now, obviously, this is just a joke.  Although some people are clearly skittish.  They are working on sending out e-mails quitclaiming ownership rights of people's souls.  Remember, what the contract giveth, the fine print taketh away....