So one night, like many other nights, I was lollygagging at the Complete Calvin and Hobbes hardcover on Amazon. One day -- assuming they fix the numerous physical flaws -- I will own the damn thing, but for now it is a bit rich for my blood. However, I did realize that as I've had the last two books since I got them as a reward for working the junior high book fair), I only needed six books to complete my Calvin and Hobbes collection. So, thirty dollars later, I now own the entire run of the comic in eight slightly used books. This comic is, so far, one of my absolute favorites:
It really shows off everything Watterson is great at. He very rarely uses that style of art, but it appears flawless. The characters keep their trademark coloring. Susie's hair remains her double-brown shade and her clothes are purple-on-purple clothes. Calvin's remains blonde and his tie is black with red stripes, like his shirt in the "real" world. The wonderful, wonderful childlike logic of stopping by the hospital to pick up a baby is delightful, and so is the fact that Calvin sees Mr. Bun as a "real" (rather than anthropomorphic) rabbit in his imagination.
So, expect more C&H stuff in the future!
Statue of Yuri Gagarin in Moscow, Russia
Via Adventures in Moscow
It has been fifty years since the day Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (Ю́рий Алексе́евич Гага́рин) made a 108-minute orbit of the earth in his Soviet-made Vostok (Восток, "East") spacecraft. Growing up, Gagarin was one of my heroes; I didn't know anything about the space race, or the Cold War, but I knew that I had a connection to the first man in space. To my five-year-old self, the fact that he came from Russia -- where I was from, too! -- may as well have meant that he lived down the block. He was even the man gracing Come On Let's Go's banner back before I changed it. Here's a montage of April 12th, 1961. I warn you, as it was created and uploaded by a Russian person, it is set to some pretty mediocre techno. So feel free to mute it and put something more appropriate on in the background, like this perhaps (or this.)
...and here's something everyone involved in the space race either never dreamed could happen, or always looked forward to: a fiftieth anniversary greeting from the American and Russian men and women aboard the International Space Station:
I've had Young Galaxy's Shapeshifting on my iPod for a while now, but I never really listened to it because I accidentally threw it on there twice and all the songs we re doubled. Anyhow, they new album is great -- reminiscent of Twin Shadow -- and this video makes them all the better.
I've been watching videos from the Cold Steel knife company recently and they are a revelation. They all ride this odd edge between the absolute ridiculousness and utter sincerity of men buying and selling greatswords for practical use in 2011. Not to mention all the meat. Jesus Christ, the meat. If you're squeamish, I suggest you turn away when you see the cowboy boots come on the screen.
This is one of my favorite SNL sketches of all-time and due to NBC's lawyer-sharks, it has been absolutely impossible to track down on the internet for more than a few days. So enjoy it now, as I can only assume it will be gone in a week or so. If you're reading this and it is gone, here's a transcript.
I have been totally hooked on this Vector Lovers (a.k.a. Martin Wheeler) track for a while now. So you enjoy it, too.
Also, you should totally pick up the just-released @FakeAPStylebook humorous joke-style book Write More Good. Here is @FakeAPStylebook/Write More Good contributor and creator of Armagideon Time (not to mention my friend and occasional COLG guest-poster) Andrew Weiss posing with a copy. Line his pockets with your filthy lucre, folks.