Junior Mad Scientist – Lab Notes

Still Dusty

August 25th, 2011 by Weber


Smells like Teen Spirit

HUZZAH! Webmaster MIKE has everything moved over to the new host. But . . . none of the categories for the old posts came with.

I’ll be spending some days getting everything put back to normal. What that means for now is that if you’re looking for an older post, like the 24-Hour Comics or examining the phenomenon of the Carlos V candy bar, you might have do do some digging. The search bar works (as far as I know).

If there’s something special you need and can’t find it, just ask.


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Pardon Our Dust

August 15th, 2011 by Weber


 Special thanks to Webmaster MIKE for doing all the background schlepping to get the JMS site up to current codes and standards.

A few things are still in the works (e.g., formatting) and MIKE says he wants to mess with the design. The site’s look is already four years old (the horror!) and needs some updating. Or so he says.

I sez it’s a classic and don’t need no messing. Trying to argue with MIKE is futile, especially about Web stuff, so he’s got free reign, as usual.

So, stay tuned for tweaks and adjustments. We’ll be surprised together.


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Immortal Words on Mortality

September 7th, 2010 by Weber


As reportedly said by playwright Tom Stopppard:

“I have a spasm of envy for the person that was killed by a falling bookcase, as long as it doesn’t happen prematurely. [It] would be a good way to go. You went when you were in a good frame of mind and you were doing something pleasant and interesting. A lot of people would say, ‘I would rather have a heart attack at the height of sexual passion.’ On the whole, I would prefer to be killed by a bookcase.”

Presumably, the case is full of books. Death By Empty Bookcase would seem to be pointless.

Can’t help but wonder what books Mr. Stoppard wouldprefer fill the homicidal shelves prior to their collapse?


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Comments are GO! (really)

April 30th, 2010 by Weber


Thanks to Webmaster MIKE and whatever voodoo he worked the other day. Since then, WordPress has been catching spam like dolphins in a tuna net. The only exception so far is an advert for a “russian roulette online game” [sic].

Wasn’t there a version of that in one of the Grand Theft Autos?


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Comments are GO! (again) (for now)

April 22nd, 2010 by Weber


Webmaster MIKE tells me he’s been teaching himself a few things about WordPress — specifically about how to block the hurricane of spam breaking down my levies and flooding my parish. (Too soon?)

This morning he gave me the go-ahead to reactivate comments.

So: Gentlemen, Start Your Blather!


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posting comments

April 21st, 2010 by Weber


Still decompressing from C2E2 and the 6-week lead-up to my presentation on “Shakespeare In Comics.” More about that in upcoming posts.

But, to the issue at hand:

I had reopened comments to anyone not registered to the site and was immediately hammered with spam. It was more trouble than it was worth to keep grooming the comments, so they’ve been shut down again. Maybe it has to do with being associated with WordPress, or maybe the titles of my posts. I don’t know and I don’t have the time to decipher it right now.

So, if you have a comment, please send it via the email address noted in the ABOUT tab. Thanks for playing along.

bjw


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Is this thing on?

March 22nd, 2010 by Weber


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Well, I’m back. Again. Almost four months without a post and I don’t feel the least bit guilty. I’ve been busy — crazy busy — working on stories, art, and the biggest project of all: trying to be a good dad.

But, like I said, I’m back. At least for a while.

Webmaster Mike and I will be revamping this site later in the year. Meanwhile, I’ll be posting some of the goods I’ve been working on for your entertainment, edification, and amusement.

Thanks for staying tuned.

bjw


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Carbon Print Shell Game?

December 4th, 2009 by Weber


The Future Begins Tomorrow!

As anyone who reads this (IF anyone still reads this) knows, I don’t usually jump into discussions on environmental issues or politics, at least not here. But the science part of my brain couldn’t leave this alone.

Just caught a news story about Tesla Motors new +$128K roadster: “faster than a Ferrari and with zero emissions.” Nice design, looks fun to drive — and it makes that winding-dynamo buzz, so it really does sound like the future.

But here’s something I’ve been wondering for a while:

All this talk of “zero emissions” is great, but what about the emissions from the electric plants burning coal or running nuke power to juice those cars? How much more in the way of emissions will be coming out on the front end? I never hear the greenies talking about that, do you?

Has anyone read anything about the expected increases in overall power plant emissions due to ever-higher demand for electricity?

Yeah, yeah, there’s all kind of talk from people promoting solar (a pipe dream for now) or wind (too much opposition from people who think the turbine farms are ugly or that the blades kill birds) or wanting to burn high-density grasses to fuel power plants (easily renewable resource, good for the environment, etc.). Again, sounds great, very forward-thinking, etc.

(But first someone has to get the coal and oil interests to let go the free-flowing, government-subsidized teats of their respective cash cows. For the chances of that happening, see my aside re:solar power.)

So, if we’re really planning to burn grass for power, will we then be trucking those hundreds of millions of yard waste bags full of sticks, leaves, and clippings to the plants as well? If not, why not? It’s a better alternative than the landfills.

Anyway, just wondering.

Because unless we do go with solar or wind (or tidal or geothermal, which are even longer-shots than the first two), we have to burn something to power the turbines that generate electricity. That’s just how it all works. It seems like it’s just a question of what gets torched in order to power all our stuff.


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Making Me Look Good II: The Revenge

July 12th, 2007 by Weber


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Special thanks to the lovely and talented Stephanie (A.K.A., “the wife”) for designing my new business cards. Their super-cool look is adapted from this blog’s fine interface created by MIKE, Webmaster To The Comic Book Stars.

Anybody who wants one can send me an email with your snail address. (For contact details, take a butchers at the cards or click the ABOUT tab.) You may just score a special signed/numbered/hand-colored edition of one of the THREE comics being put together for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Don’t wait — quantities will be limited.

Anybody needing business cards, letterhead, a corporate logo, or other graphic design work should contact the missus at www.AcmeGraphicDesign.com.

And if ya needs a good Website, better call MIKE first. Just ask Rich Koslowski.


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