Grab-Bag of Updatesâ€¦.
Submitted by Scott Story on April 3, 2009 - 14:07
My wife is the coolest person in the world.Â Today, she ordered me â€œThe Watchmen Absolute Edition,â€ a tome that Iâ€™ve dreamed about for a good while.Â So, let me repeat, Benita Story is the essence of cool!
Phil mentioned our Alliance Stumble Group last night on the TGT podcast.Â Iâ€™m happy he did, but also very sad that I missed the episode, because Phil Foglio was their guest and I am a huge Girl Genius fan.Â I didnâ€™t miss it because I forgotâ€”instead, we had a lightning storm going on, and we felt it prudent to unplug our computers.Â Replacing slagged computers, and tons of original files, is not in our budget, Iâ€™m afraid.
Benita and I have lately had to tighten our belts, and that means we had to cut off most Johnny Saturn advertising.Â Iâ€™m delighted to report, however, that the loss of traffic has been minimal, and it shows us that, if anything, our core audience has grown considerably.Â I guess what Iâ€™m saying is, you, the fans and readers, have really come through for us!Â You make Benita and I feel like real winners!Â Thank you!
On an entirely unrelated note, I watched â€œJames Bond: Casino Royaleâ€ last night.Â This was a terrific James Bond movie, a sort of cross between James Bond and the style of the â€œBourne Identityâ€ movies.Â Gone were the cheesiness, cheap comedy, fancy gadgets, and ridiculous one-liners and quips.Â Judi Dench rocked as M, and Daniel Craig made a great debut as the ice-hearted, all business, and somewhat taciturn James Bond.
Yet, one thing bothered me.Â There is an excellent scene where James Bond leaps onto a moving jet fuel truck from above.Â He barely catches hold, but then succeeds in climbing to the walkway on top the truck.Â Then, he swings down, into the cab, and fights viciously with the terrorist-for-hire villain.
Where have we heard this series of events before?Â Hmmn.Â Thinking, thinking.Â Oh, wait, that would be in â€œJohnny Saturn No. 2,â€ wouldnâ€™t it?
Well, I doubt thereâ€™s a connection, and many elements of this scenario also date from â€œRaiders of Arkâ€ and its masterful truck chase scene.Â Still, watching this scene in James Bond was a little like watching one of our own scenes played out in big budget splendor.