November 12, 2018

Stan Lee and Superhero Parenting

What is Superhero Parenting? It’s parenting like a superhero. It’s using lessons from comic books to raise your kids. It’s allowing comic books to teach lessons to your kids, lessons they might not want to hear from you but will gladly absorb from a fictional character in a costume.

The biggest lesson of all – “with great power there must also come great responsibility” – comes to us from Stan Lee.

Stan Lee

One of the best things my father did for me was introduce me to Marvel Comics. (Note: my father was, at best, something of a putz.) My first was Doctor Strange, and I still vividly remember the splash page – the colors, the small words. (Compare the letters on a Richie Rich comic to a Marvel or DC book from the late 70s/early 80s. It’s a big difference.)

Later I got into Spider-Man and learned the immortal lesson of great power and great responsibility, maybe the best thing parents can learn. Think about it – what greater responsibility is there than parenting a child?

I’m hardly the only person thinking about parenting on the day Stan Lee died. Kevin Smith wrote on Instagram, “Outside of my parents, you were the one adult who gave me the most useful life skills I still use today.”

I think this is true for a lot of people. In some cases Stan might be MORE important than their parents. That’s not true for me; my mother had a huge influence on my moral compass. But so, in his way, did Stan.

More Stan:

Famous people remembering Stan

Stan shows up on these great old Fantastic Four radio shows

All of Stan’s cameos, or “Staneos”

Image: Wikipedia



August 2, 2018

Build Your Own Mars Curiosity Rover Robot

Mars Curiosity Rover
ZDNet reports that NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has released plans for folks to make their own mini version of the Mars Curiosity Rover.

JPL has released designs and instructions on the now Microsoft-owned GitHub for building the mini rover that presumably will be mostly Earth-bound, rather than roaming over Mars or any other planet, unless you’re buddies with Elon Musk.

JPL released the instruction kit to show that it actually does take a rocket scientist to build one of these, but that those skills can also be learned by hobbyists and students.

“One would rightfully assume it takes expertise in mechanical engineering, software development, and electronics to even begin to construct such a complex robot,” JPL says in its announcement.

“Now students, hobbyists, and enthusiasts can learn about these skills and get a taste of what it is like to construct such a rover using plans and instructions from JPL’s Open Source Rover Project.”

In other words, this isn’t one of those tin can robot kits, because it’s from, like, NASA. But even if it isn’t something you can knock out in an hour, it’s still pretty cool of them to release it to the wild.

tin can robot

Also cool: the project is Raspberry Pi-based.

It won’t be cheap – the cost should be around $2500. But remember, we’re talking about a mini Mars Rover. You thought maybe it should be under ten dollars?

Source: ZDNet



July 30, 2018

Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers TL;DR

OK, so I thought this was going to be a Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers cartoon. It’s not. But it does animate Throg, which is awesome.

I love love love love this comic. So while the title implies that you aren’t going to read it, you should. You should buy it for your kids because it’s totally kid-friendly. It’s also adult-friendly. It’s a true all-ages comic!

The concept is simple: the animal sidekicks of various heroes get to be a superteam. If that doesn’t sound great to you, your loss. If it does, pick up a copy of the trade paperback and enjoy.

Description:

And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest heroes were unaware of a threat greater than all of them could handle. And on that day, a teleporting puppy scoured the world to assemble a team of animals to fight the foes no single beast could withstand! Strap on your collar and hop on-board the adventures of LOCKJAW, LOCKHEED, REDWING, HAIRBALL, and an all-new FROG THOR! Collects Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #1-4.

Right?!?!??!?

Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers

There’s even a sequel!

Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers Unleashed (UnLEASHed – get it?)

 



July 21, 2018

Aquaman Trailer is Not Awful

Watch and decide for yourself of course. But I watched this Aquaman trailer and thought, “OK, not bad.”

Since I’m going to see it either way I’d prefer that DC’s movies be good. So I’m cautiously optimistic.



July 18, 2018

Dog Movies List

I’m a sucker for a dog movie, and here’s a list of 25 courtesy of Screen Rant.

There’s a new one coming out this summer – AXL. This is a robot dog movie. Or as I said on Twitter:

 

The Top 25 Dog Movies

 


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July 16, 2018

Prime Day Deal – Kindle Fire

Get this Amazon Prime Day Deal on a Kindle Fire$49.99, 38% off the regular price of $79.99.

I have one and I use it almost daily. It’s a fabulous device for consuming media. I watch Netflix, Amazon Prime and read comics from Marvel Digital Unlimited. The latter I had to side-load but that’s the nice thing about the Fire, it’s Android, so if there’s an app not in Amazon’s app store, you can probably get it from Google Play. Anyway, for fifty bucks? Great deal. Go buy.

Related:

Amazon Prime Day

 

 



May 4, 2018

LEGO Millennium Falcon Pedicab (May the 4th)

In honor of “May the 4th” (may the forth/force be with you, get it?), LEGO made a pedicab shaped like the Millennium Falcon and set it loose on the streets of NYC. Here’s video of the build, and of Katie Linendoll and Ashley Eckstein taking a ride. Check it out!

Katie Linendoll, Chewbacca, and Ashley Eckstein


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