Archive for January, 2009


Finally we get to the final chapter of this inexplicably long and weird story from Lois Lane that really defies all logic and common sense. Part one was posted here, part two here and part three here.









This story just keeps on going and going and going. Rest assured that the longer ths story goes does not mean the better it gets. Part one is here and part two is here.








I posted part 1 of this Lois Lane story yesterday. In part two things get even weirder.







Part four of this atrocity will be posted soon.

Sigh!

Posted: January 29, 2009 in Sports Entertainment
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I heard the news the other day that Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble and will now be featured in the headlining match at Wrestlemania. This is why I no longer watch the WWE. Why would the WWE have Orton, someone who has zero charisma and even less wrestling ability, main event their biggest show of the year? The last I heard of Orton was that he had been suspended by the WWE for repeated violations of their Wellness Policy. Obviously he has returned and been rewarded for his efforts.

I was watching the Hulk Hogan Anthology DVD yesterday and had forgotten how horrible a wrestler Hogan is and how awful Hogan vs. Andre the Giant was. As a spectacle it was great, full of energy and anticipation from the crowd, but the match itself was slow and boring. I think in all Hogan got just five offensive moves in, including the infamously crappy leg drop of doom finisher, while Andre just plodded along very slowly. For such a famous match it is a major disappointment. It certainly comes nowhere near the class of Savage vs. Steamboat.


Some comic stories can be considered great art, while others defy description. While Lois Lane’s comic book was often really awful, one wonders just what sort of drugs the writer was taking when he cam up wth this story. Inexplicably this story was a two parter, with part 1 being in Lois Lane #70 and part two in Lois Lane #71.









Part two will be posted here.
Part three will be posted here.
The fourth and final part will be posted here.

Australia Day 2009

Posted: January 27, 2009 in Misc Thoughts

Yesterday I speculated about the possibility of loutish behaviour during Australia Day festivities by yobbos draped in the flag, and I am glad that some morons in Sydney did not let me down. I saw on the news how these brain dead fools racially taunted and abused non-caucasian people by telling them to fuck off out of the country (how original). Of course I would prefer that all these dickheads who make Australians like me embarrassed should be shipped off to some island somewhere, so that the rest of us don’t have to put up with their stupidity. Those people who scream “You flew here, we grew here” should just go somewhere else.

Closer to home, I am disappointed to say that my other half Priscilla was spat upon whilst she watched the Australia Day events in Melbourne’s City Square. I was not there but she told me that there was a couple of dopes who were annoying everyone around them. The male member of this couple of ‘proud Palestinians’ then decided to spit on Priscilla and a young (10 year old)  Asian Australian girl sitting next to her. Everyone was shocked that this sort of disgusting behaviour had occurred, and I am disappointed that I was not there due to work commitments, as I really would have given this pathetic excuse for a human being a piece of my mind and possibly a piece of my fist. Sometimes people who live here (whether born here or migrated here) just embarrass me a lot.

Australia Day

Posted: January 26, 2009 in Misc Thoughts
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Today is Australia Day and I suppose that being Australian I should be proud or something, but I really could not care less. All Australia Day seems to be for some people is an excuse to get drunk and be as annoying as possible.

 

Australia Day seems to have become more prominent over the last decade as Australians seem to have become more patriotic, but as the old saying goes patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, so I think that this newfound patriotism is not really a good thing. There is a very thin line between patriotism and jingoism and I am not really sure which side of the line we are on, as I think most Australians do not even know what Australia Day commemorates and really just want a reason to act loutish.

 

I have heard that a group of white supremacist teens are planning on meeting under the clocks at Flinders Street Station before descending onto St Kilda beach no doubt with the intent of causing trouble, but using patriotism as a pathetic excuse for their disgusting beliefs. I also assume there will be a number of idiots walking around with the flag draped over their shoulders intimidating everyone they see and just generally acting like morons. Sigh!

 

I think one problem is that this seems to be the only way to celebrate our culture these days. We are currently being told that we should not be proud of our history, although very few people even bother to learn anything about our history anyway. Whilst I think it is important that we know about the awful way that indigenous Australians have been treated since white settlement, there is so much more to know. Unlike America we don’t have a strong knowledge of our history where it is a defining part of our culture and where we talk about and debate aspects of it. We rarely see movies or TV shows on parts of our history (although back in the 70s and 80s we did), and when we do see these films they are skewed so as to make some big political statement rather than just tell us about what happened. I wish things were a little different.


For the last decade or so we have been renting a storage space at Strata Storage in Little Collins Street Melbourne, to store all of our excess junk (and we have a lot of excess junk!). Last week we moved all of our stuff to another storage spot and I am glad that we did as for the last few months we have had a lot of trouble with our old storage place.

The trouble at Strata started in October when we received a call saying that the owner of our storage space had decided to take the space back, and that we had to move to another spot within the building. This seemed to be very weird and I wondered why the owners would decide to take the spot back even though we paid the rent on time every month. I naively thought that perhaps the owner needed the space for his own storage needs.

When we turned up at Strata to move our stuff back in October, the guy working there told us a different story. He said that the owner wanted us out of the spot ASAP and had broken our lock and wanted to move our stuff out himself. The only reason the owner, who we were told was a big shot with BHP did not just turf our stuff out was because Strata had told him that what he wanted to do was illegal. Priscilla was made highly suspicious by this story but I stupidly took it on face value.

Then we read an article in the Herald Sun that made us make up our mind to finally move from Strata storage. The crux of the article said that Strata Storage and their parent company Beluga Investments had not been passing on the rent that was paid to them to the owners of the storage units. Apparently over $500,000 is owed to the owners in unpaid rent. Reading this set off alarm bells for us and we decided to plan to move our stuff somewhere else.

After all of that planning we finally moved last Thursday and Friday. On Friday there was another article in the Herald Sun about Strata Storage and the owner of that company Mark Baranov, who ironically enough, was also at Strata on Friday morning. (I had to subtlety point out to Priscilla that he was the guy pictured in the Herald Sun.) The new article said that Strata was insolvent and gave the impression that the company may not be around for much longer. We figured that it was a good thing that we moved out on our own terms rather than being forced to move out later. We noticed that a lot of people have had the same idea as us, as there were quite a few storage spaces that have become empty in the last couple of months. Hopefully we won’t have any trouble with our new storage space in Port Melbourne.

Cheggars – Charity Beggars

Posted: January 24, 2009 in Misc Thoughts
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I am fed up with having to run the gauntlet of people collecting for charities every time I leave my house. You may think that I am a cruel and heartless person for making that statement, but I do have my reasons. Firstly collecting for charities has changed in the last few years. In the past all the collectors wanted was that you either gave them your loose change or bought a raffle ticket, but not anymore. Now they expect you to make regular monthly payments of no less than $20 a month to be deducted from your credit card for life. Yes, that is a $240 a year minimum commitment that does not have an expiry date.

If you refuse the advances of these collectors you are most likely to be met with a smart arse remark such as, “Don’t you are about the environment?” or “Don’t you want to cure AIDS?”. Of course I want to do these things but if I signed up to every charity then pretty soon I would be needing their help myself. In these days of job uncertainty and high rents I cannot afford to give money every month to charity, but I will buy a raffle ticket, give loose change or even buy the Big Issue.

I also have concerns about many of the charities, especially those who pay people to collect money on their behalf instead of relying on volunteers. How do I know that the money I give to the charity is not being used to pay the wage of someone collecting for the charity, rather than saving the giant panda or whatever?  How also do I know that the charity is not going to use the money I donate to launch a series of frivolous lawsuits over the exclusive use of some initials?


Bob Haney’s Brave & the Bold stories are fondly remembered for a variety of reasons. Firstly, Haney’s Batman had his own, ever changing continuity that was totally different from that of contemporary Batman or Detective Comics stories. The B&TB also Batman had flaws that the mainstream DC Batman did not, to the point where you would often wonder about his competancy. I think that the main reason why these stories were so popular is that for severalyears Haney was teamed with Jim Aparo, who in the 1980s would become the premier Batman artist.