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Well, okay then......

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Another enjoyable episode.

And now we know what at least part of Aida's endgame is. At first, I thought she was going to use the power of the machine to make the world of the Framework real, perhaps supplanting the actual real world. Instead, it looks like she just wants to be a real girl. I can't help thinking there's more to it, however. That maybe becoming a flesh and blood human is part one of her plan, or something.

On that note, her conversation with Fitz, where he asks to go with her - now I'm wondering if we're going to see an evil Fitz in the real world. Maybe have two of them running around. That could be....interesting.

Glad to see May on the side of the angels. I was kind of hoping they'd tell her the truth, maybe try to wake her up.

It was good to see Anton Ivanov again. It'll be cool to see him in action with his new body. I'm guessing he's an LMD, but I wonder if his brain is organic.

And, more than ever, I want to see Framework Ward brought into the real world.

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Well, that started off extraordinarily depressing, but at least ended on some small ray of hope.

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Future Barry was kind of sad and pathetic. It was hard to believe he was the same hero. Loved his future suit though.

Poor Future Cisco. When he showed up with gloves on, looking all ragged, I kind of figured what was coming. That was a dick move by the writers.

I may be wrong, but from what I could see at the end, whomever Savitron is, he's a he. Could it be Ronnie Raymond? That would explain why Killer Frost would be so ready and willing to sign on to his team. From the preview, Barry made a pretty specific mention of Savitron & time. Maybe the destruction of the wormhole at the beginning of season 2 propelled Ronnie seperately through time, and he just hasn't emerged yet.

My other thought is - Future Barry mentioned something about Past Barry making a bunch of time remnants to help fight, but that Savitron killed them all. My questions are: What if they didn't all die? What if Barry wasn't the only one making them?

What if Savitron is a time remnant gone bad (or worse). He already has speed, but the suit augments it AND serves to hide him from time wraiths. If that were the case, Savitron could be any speedster - even Barry himself.

My final thinking is that it would be Jay, but I really hope they don't do something that douchebag-ish.

Edit: My final, final thinking is that I forgot about Eddie. Could be a restored Eddie in that suit.

Either way, I'm excited for next week's episode.

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The New Gods were pretty much made of awesome. I have pretty much every series they put out since Cosmic Odyssey. I really miss them having their own stuff.

Two of my particular favorites were Jack Kirby's Fourth World series done by Walt Simonson, and the Orion series done by John Byrne.

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Getting close to grilling time!

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Still, I must find new ways to occupy my time. Diablo III is starting to get a little boring.

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I'm consistently amazed that my prolonged (and very unwelcome) period of too much free time has not resulted in even more time spent on these boards, posting nonsense. Sadly, I feel it has less to do with me not needing another way to waste my time, and more to do with the unwelcoming vibe I get from the boards these days.

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I actually liked the first issue of the new Nick Fury series. Except for the art, which came across a little too psychedelic to me. The story was fairly straight forward, confined to one issue, and stand alone, all while introducing a potential long-term antagonist.

So, essentially, this post doesn't really fit the thread title.

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Lucifer!

And when I say that, I pretty much mean the character in DC Comics as first envisioned by Neil Gaiman, then wonderfully expanded upon by Mike Carey. Without doubt, my favorite depiction of the figure in all of literature, and probably one of the best depictions hands down.

His first appearance in Sandman was pretty cool, and seemed fairly typical. Here was the fallen angel, ruling in Hell (as part of a triumvirate), but ready and willing to engage in some clever challenges against the dream lord. He even spoke of the demon horde as his brothers.

Later, in the multipart Sandman Season of Mists story, we saw the character being moved in the direction Mike Carey would later pick up and run with. Here is an ancient being, tired of performing the role ascribed to him by another. Someone who wants to go his own way and really doesn't give a s+!& how many applecarts he has to upset in the process. It was fascinating to me.

Then, as previously stated, Mike Carey took that ball and ran with it, scoring a host of touchdowns in the process. There was the mini-series that set the tone, then the ongoing series. Also a one-shot somewhere along the way. Lucifer continued that "I don't give a f@*%" attitude, for everything but his own interests and freedoms. Even when he was helping others, it was either to make use of them later, or because their survival might benefit him some way, or because he was interested in seeing what might happen. He was supremely confident, utterly ruthless, and impossibly determined.

Then he flew off into the void, and it was all over.

Yes, I know they continued the series more recently. I didn't bother with it, since I figured (a) it was mostly to leech off the abomination of a TV show Fox was running, and even more so (b) the Mike Carey series had ended so brilliantly and definitively.

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Man Spends His One Day Off Cleaning Veterans' Tombstones

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Man's emu on a leash turns heads outside pub in British town

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I believe diagnosis by a non-physician may not always be accurate.

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Hives also known as urticaria, is a kind of skin rash with red, raised, itchy bumps. They may also burn or sting. Often the patches of rash move around. Typically they last a few days and do not leave any long-lasting skin changes. Fewer than 5% of cases last for more than six weeks. The condition frequently recurs.

Hives frequently occur following an infection or as a result of an allergic reaction such as to medication, insect bites, or food. Psychological stress, cold temperature, or vibration may also be a trigger. In half of cases the cause remains unknown. Risk factors include having conditions such as hay fever or asthma. Diagnosis is typically based on the appearance. Patch testing may be useful to determine the allergy.

Prevention is by avoiding whatever it is that causes the condition. Treatment is typically with antihistamines such as diphenhydramine and ranitidine. In severe cases, corticosteroids or leukotriene inhibitors may also be used. Keeping the environmental temperature cool is also useful. For cases that last more than six weeks immunosuppressants such as ciclosporin may be used.

About 20% of people are affected. Cases of short duration occur equally in males and females while cases of long duration are more common in females. Cases of short duration are more common among children while cases of long duration are more common among those who are middle aged. Hives have been described at least since the time of Hippocrates. The term urticaria is from the Latin urtica meaning "nettle".

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Of course, it could just be the wife was looking for an excuse to work from home today. I cannot really fault her for that. Her commute sucks big hairy goat ballsacks.

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S$%$ like that is why I used WebMD once, and now avoid it like the f%*!ing plague.

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So, what we thought was skeeter bites on baby girl may or may not have been. We found what we thought were more of them while giving her a bath last night. My wife, in her infinite wisdom and paranoia decided to rely on her WebMD prowess to diagnose the child with hives and keep her home today.

Of course, after I got back from dropping the boy off, baby girl woke up with hardly a mark on her. So....maybe not anything serious. Wife asked me if we should get her dressed and bring her to school. I told her to knock herself out, that way she could explain her jumping the gun directly.

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Patrick Curtin wrote:

In class two of my classmates evidenced amazement at the fact I was turning 50 next month. They had both assumed I was in my mid-thirties \m/O.O\m/

I get that a lot, as long as I keep my head shaved pretty close and no facial hair. People who don't know me well will consistently think I'm around 6-10 years younger than I actually am.

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Either way, the skeeter issue is a tough nut to crack.

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There is a possible alternative. This thing Bed Bath and Beyond sells. It diffuses oils into the air. My brother tried it, and he said it worked somewhat for him, as long as he put in like triple the recommended amount of oil. Only problem is, from reviews, it seems you need to make sure it stays dry. Back porch wouldn't be a problem. Front would be.

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Yeah, but I'm more worried about the "attracting bees and wasps". Especially wasps. Just last year I had 2 or three red wasp nests I just out front of my home. Those little f#~%ers are angry. All the time.

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Well, that was kind of boring and seemingly pointless. The villain was sort of easy to pick out. I was amazed they actually had Kara apologize for something. Wonders never cease.

The preview for next week's episode looks like kind of meh, as well. Standard loved one in danger, race against the clock.

At least Snapper is still fun to watch.

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Woman, 63, rescued after trying to rappel to her apartment window

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Minnesota Man Donates His Entire Tool Collection To A Newly-Opened Tool Library

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The Traveling Wilburys (sometimes shortened to the Wilburys) were a British-American supergroup consisting of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty. The band recorded two albums, the first in 1988 and the second in 1990, though Orbison died before the second was recorded.

The project's work received much anticipation given the diverse nature of the singer-songwriters. Debut album Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 proved an enduring critical success, in 1989 and 1990 winning accolades such as a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.

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I love beautiful weather mornings.

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So I've heard lavender is one of the plants you can put around your house to help keep the skeeters away. What's good about that one, in particular, is that everything I've read indicates you don't have to do anything for it to work. Other than the obvious of taking care of them.

With some of these plants, it's the oil they secrete that helps keep the skeeters away. So you actually have to rub that oil onto things to get it to work.

I might go over to Lowe's today and pick up some lavender plants to put by the front and back doors. Only problem with them is they attract bees and wasps. That might make them a no-go.

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A skeeter must have gotten into the house last night. Poor baby girl had bites all over her legs, one arm, and some on her face. They didn't seem to be bothering her, at least.

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It's a cool, but beautiful, morning. Started out in the low 50s. Supposed to get up into the 80s.

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Still feeling a bit off. So much so that I forgot to bring the kidlets' backpacks into school with us. Had to turn around and go back. Sad, considering they were sitting right on the seat next to me.

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Ye gods! I thought Microsoft was bad about constant updates. I'd say 75-85% of the time I try to get into Netflix some kind of updating is going on.

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Cap as Hydra. 'Nuff said.

Plus, the opinions of people I have some respect for.

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I believe I'll let my wife take over for me this week regarding grocery shopping.

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At least I finally got through the entire stack of comics I had saved up.

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Feeling blah since yesterday. Not sure why. It interfered with my normal routine, however. I didn't even leave the house yesterday.

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Back to a bit of reminiscing. In all the many posts on this thread, I think the only time I mentioned the one that really started it all for me was briefly in the very first post......

Marvel's G.I. Joe.

It all started on a bright, sun-shiny day in Schwegmann's Grocery Store, back in late 1985 (probably September, when the issue came out, but it could have been closer to October), and G.I. Joe issue #39. I was helping my Granny out at the grocery store, and while she waited for her lunchmeat at the counter in the back of the store, I was allowed to go get some other items and stop by the magazine/comic/book section to look through stuff. She bought me that isse. The rest is history.

I have a large portion of the run (finally stopped collecting around mid-130s), including filling the back issues (still missing 13 of the first 17 issues). I'm determined to eventually finish my early issue collection, then may turn my attentions to later issues (just for completeness).

My younger brother and I were big fans of the cartoon and action figure line, but the comic was (in my eyes) far superior. It had more action/violence, more mature content, and actually showed people getting killed. That last bit was refreshing, insomuch as it felt like unlike the cartoon, the writers weren't treating us with kid gloves, so to speak.

Of course, my favorite character was Snake Eyes. Duh. There were others that I really liked, though. Roadblock was always awesome. Stalker kicked ass. Gung-Ho, Rock 'n Roll, and Clutch were more favorites. Scarlett, for me, was hit and miss - far superior to Lady Jaye, however. On the bad guy side, Storm Shadow was cool. So was Destro. Firefly was a dick, but an effective dick. Dr. Mindbender couldn't hold a candle to Dr. Venom. Cobra Commander was just 10 tons of crazy in a one ton bag.

At least one of the earlier issues was notable for trying to bring in non-Cobra enemies. Issue #4 had the Wingfield Para-military group (and journal writing by Snake Eyes!). Other than that, I think it was pretty much all Cobra. Which was cool, back then.

Larry Hama was an awesome writer. The art was mostly decent or pretty damned cool over the years. Issue #21, Silent Interlude, was probably one of the single greatest issues of any comic book ever. Overall, it was a series I enjoyed a great deal, and which will always hold a treasured place in my memories.

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Aberzombie wrote:
WormysQueue wrote:
But then, I also think that Nick Spencer is one of the best writers they have at the moment and that I have a hard time finding people at the DC side of things that can hold a candle to him.

Except for Cary Bates (Fall and Rise of Captain Atom), Dan Jurgens, James Tynion IV (Detective Comics), Joshua Williamson (Flash), Marc Andreyko (Death of Hawkman), Dan Abnett, Sarah Vaughn (the recent Deadman miniseries), Kevin Grevioux (Odyssey of the Amazons), Keith Giffen, and pretty much everyone working on the Kamandi Challenge series (including the oft-maligned Dan Didio).

And that's just off my own pull list. I would also say that folks like Scott Snyder and Grant Morrison (despite that I criticize them a lot) could write circles around Spencer.

As a follow-up, Marvel itself has other writers who are probably far superior to Spencer. Just off the top of my head, you have Jeff Lemire doing awesome stuff with Moon Knight, Charles Soule working Daredevil, the recently added R.L. Stine writing Man-Thing, and James Robinson (Just picked up the first issue of Nick Fury he wrote. Great story, art needs work).

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With regard to X-men, though, I stopped reading it years ago. So I don't know who many of the characters are and don't have big opinions on them. I do like to try and keep up with the major storylines, plot points, and character development as much as I can though.

Actually, come to think of it, I do that with a lot of stuff from Marvel and DC that I otherwise ignore. Although less frequently as time goes on. For example, I am vaguely aware of this America Chavez character, but only because she gets advertised in the Marvel Previews magazine I like to pick up. Beyond that, I don't care because she's not normally the kind of character that would appeal to me. Same with that new Mrs. Marvel. But I read up on the basic plots of Civil War II and some of the various X-stories, just to stay informed about stuff I used to collect.

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WormysQueue wrote:
But then, I also think that Nick Spencer is one of the best writers they have at the moment and that I have a hard time finding people at the DC side of things that can hold a candle to him.

Except for Cary Bates (Fall and Rise of Captain Atom), Dan Jurgens, James Tynion IV (Detective Comics), Joshua Williamson (Flash), Marc Andreyko (Death of Hawkman), Dan Abnett, Sarah Vaughn (the recent Deadman miniseries), Kevin Grevioux (Odyssey of the Amazons), Keith Giffen, and pretty much everyone working on the Kamandi Challenge series (including the oft-maligned Dan Didio).

And that's just off my own pull list. I would also say that folks like Scott Snyder and Grant Morrison (despite that I criticize them a lot) could write circles around Spencer.

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Yeah, I don't particularly blame Morrison for that nonsense with the Joker. In my thinking, though, a lot of the crap current started with his run.

Damien, though, is the flaming bag of crap that keeps showing up on my doorstep. He been showing up in Nightwing, and pretty soon he'll show up in Titans thanks to another godsawful crossover. And he's still an annoying, arrogant little ballsack who thinks he should be the one true heir to Batman. F#@% that little s~!#bag. If anyone were to permanently take over the mantle of the Bat (not that DC has the balls to do it permanently) it should be Dick. No one else is worthy.

I've said before, however, that Morrison does have his moments of awesomeness. The White Martians and one of the greatest Darkseid stories ever written immediately come to mind. You may be correct about Nick Spencer. I'm not informed enough to say, since I refuse to buy anything he's allowed to touch.

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And, yes, I know not everyone agrees with my assessment. Sucks to be you.

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"Before the dark times. Before the Empire."

That's how I like to think of the Batman corner of the DC Universe before Grant Morrison happened to it. Since then we've had the idiotic Doctor Hurt, the equally idiotic Batman of Zur-En-Arrh (not the original version, which was goofy but cool), the ressurected a!@@*@+ Jason Todd, and the arogant little douchebag Damian Wayne. And that's just the crap Morrison himself foisted on comics. Lest we forget 2014's Endgame story, with an immortal Joker. And didn't I hear something about them trying to introduce mutiple Joker's as well. Sheesh.

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I believe I'm not sure what to do with today. Mayhap a visit to the playground shall occur later.

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I love beer, ribs, and adult conversation!

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Heathansson wrote:
still kickin

Huzzah!

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Patrick Curtin wrote:

I wish city living was more affordable. But, then again I wish living on Cape Cod was more affordable. I'm tired of paying top dollar for living in a tourist trap.

Actually I just wish living in general was more affordable.

Some city living is. Just to compare - the house my wife and I bought in Philly back in 2005 was about 55 years old and 1500 sq ft. A few months later, my brother and his wife bought a bigger (and brand new) house (over 2000 sq ft), for about $100K less.

Not that I would encourage you to move to Houston for completely selfish reasons or anything......:)

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Too bad possibilities don't pay.

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Now, it's a bright, sun-shiny day! Full of possibilities.

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Still, I got to sleep in this morning. Didn't get out of bed until a little after 7 am!

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By the by, I never did avoid the cleaners. They came after I had run my morning errands.

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It ended up being a pretty decent Friday. Started off with me wanting to get out of the house because I don't like being her when the cleaning ladies show up. So I decided to run some errands.

First up, I stopped at Total Wine and More to stock up on my current two favorite beers: Beer For Breakfast Stout and Zombie Monkie Porter. While I was there, I engaged in some polite conversation with one of the managers. She informed me they had Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA in stock. Huzzah! Unfortunately, it was a two bottles per person limit (probably a good thing, since it's about $10 per 12 ounce bottle). So I wandered over to customer service to pick up my two bottles.

Next up, I went to Half-Priced Books. Spent a little bit of time looking around, and picked up a nice book on potato recipes for about $6.50. Then I went next door to the comic book store and picked up what was in my folder. Spent about 40 minutes or so just shooting the s~!# with the guys who work there. Turns out it was one dude's last Friday, as he just got his big break/foot in the door with a local game design company. I then mentioned to him I know people who do freelance for Paizo. We also discussed our shared dislike of that little tool Nick Spencer. So that was fun.

Fast forward to yesterday evening. The wife and I took advantage of Parent's Night out to enjoy dinner, some beer, and conversation with my brother and his wife. On the way home, we stopped at Barnes and Noble so I could buy a copy of the 10th Anniversary Edition of American Gods (to which Gaiman added like 12,000 words). The copy I bought was one of the new editions with the Robert McGinnis cover. F%*@ing sweet.

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