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Saw Man of Steel tonight and truly disliked it. In an effort to update the story for today's audience, they glorified many of the things that I find unpalatable in comics today (e.g., excessive violence, questionable morality, ridiculous plotting) and effectively gutted the heart of what makes Superman a hero. Yes, Henry Cavill looked great in the suit and there was a strong cast, but I felt that the dialogue was clunky and the script was inconsistent and caused the characters to do things that they simply would not do. I did not feel that there was an inspirational moment in the entire movie, and so for me, this was not Superman.
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LOL! I thought this was brilliant! And well performed, too! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] trektone for finding this.

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I arrived at the new Philcon hotel in Cherry Hill around 7pm and found the Green Room where they had my registration info. There was a moment of confusion when I was calling myself a Guest and they thought that meant that I was related to an invited pro. I was informed that in their terminology, I am a Program Participant. I wandered around to find where everything was and did a quick tour through the Dealer's Room. It was rather small and filled predominantly with booksellers this year. I bumped into [personal profile] hughcasey who asked if I would be willing to sub for the moderator of an 8pm panel titled, "Tracing the Superman Theme: From Neitzche to Iron Man." Sure, why not? After all, I've been reading comics since 1975. It turned out that the moderator was driving in from Boston and could not quite make it to the panel. There were two other panelists, one who was another scientist/comics geek and the other who had actually read Neitzche. We had a lively discussion about how various heroes from comics, books, and film met the characteristics of the Ubermensch. It turned out much better than I could have hoped.

Then I went to my friend John Ashmead's talk on "How to Build a Time Machine" along with several other members of my SF book club. He covered the time machine in both fact and fiction, including describing several physics papers that have been published on the subject. Very interesting (and he kept his quota of puns to a minimum). Next I wandered through the Art Show (also very small) and the Meet the Pros party, which was held between the art and the gaming tables. I saw the Program Chair, who apologized to me for having been put on 10am panels on both Sat and Sun, when I had requested no panels before noon, and that was unexpectedly nice of him. I saw most of the usual suspects who go to Philcon. I stopped by the Con Suite, where there were only 2 people and at that point decided to head home.

So several of my panels have been moved, but alas not the 10am one. They did tell me that they have found someone to sub for me for the Sat morn panel, so I'm not going to stress about making it (although several of my friends have told me that they were looking forward to seeing me on it). Here's where I'll be as of the last schedule change:

Sat 10am Redrawing the Tree of Life: the New Taxonomy
Sat 3pm Super-Mega-Crossovers and the Fans Who Hate Them
Sat 5pm What Does a Scientist Do, Exactly?

Sun 10am Xtreme Neurology

The Sat 5pm panel is supposed to be part of the Children's programming track, and they asked me to make it interactive, so I've brought a model of a brain (instead of an actual brain). It does seem a bit odd that they scheduled something for children at 5pm, which is well known to be the hour of melt downs, but we'll see how it goes.

Got gas for $1.75 Full Service - the real bonus to having the con in New Jersey!
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You are Clarice, a driven, liberal, workaholic lawyer. The Bush Administration has caused you a lot of anxiety lately. You have orders to cut one volunteer commitment and spend more time playing GTA3 with your son Raffi.

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Toni

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Sydney

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Sparrow

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Season Two of Who Wants to Be a Superhero? premiered tonight on the Sci-Fi Channel and it was hilarious!

http://www.scifi.com/superhero/about/

Read more... )
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Just finished reading Vol 8 of the Best of Twisted Toyfare Theater! It is still hilarious! It's a comic strip consisting of posed Mego superhero action figures doing all sorts of naughty and amusing things. I believe the TV show Robot Chicken was inspired by it. I used to have a number of those Megos, so there is the extra bit of nostalgia thrown in for me, but the things they have them do are very funny. Imagine Hulk dressed in a bunny suit taking the Power Pack kids out for trick-or-treat and beating up on the treaters who are dressed as bad guys... Or Professor X mind controlling a group of Ewoks to carry him on a litter until their little brains explode...Or a group of Storm Troopers trying to join the Jedi Academy (no action figures are safe from their parodies)... it just rocks!

Reading this was way more fun than finishing up the papers I still have to grade!

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