Archive for August 9, 2008

The Nazis Never Go Away

August 9, 2008

Comic-Book Idols Rally to Aid a Holocaust Artist

As all-star comic-book team-ups go, this one beats the first meeting of Superman and Spider-Man. Three of the elder statesmen of comic books — Neal Adams, Joe Kubert and Stan Lee — have joined forces to combat what they see as a real-world injustice.

The men are lending their talents to tell the tale of Dina Gottliebova Babbitt, who survived two years at the Auschwitz concentration camp by painting watercolor portraits for the infamous Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele. Some of the artwork also survived, but it is in the possession of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland. Now 85 and living in California, Mrs. Babbitt wants the artwork back, but the museum has steadfastly refused to return it.

Emphasis added by me.

The six-page comic is apparently free as a PDF. Right-click and Save As …

Return her artwork.

Immediately related:

I Hate Nazis

Videos: Out of the Gutter Magazine Party

August 9, 2008

I warned them:

Treat Victor right. He is like a god!

And I got this back via MySpace email:


Here are links to the Bookpeople videos from the Out of the Gutter Magazine Party with Victor Gischler and Anthony Neil Smith. Please decide how well we treated them.

Bookpeople: The Mr. Roger’s Drink-A-Long

Out of the Gutter Magazine Party with Victor Gischler and Anthony Neil Smith at Bookpeople in Austin, TX July 11th. This is something all the boys and girls can do at home, take a drink of Schlitz Malt Liquor every time the word “Neighbor” is used in the song. For more, visit

Amputee race

OOTG with Victor Gischler and Anthony Neil Smith at Bookpeople in Austin, TX July 11th. For more, visit

Bookpeople: Gas Syphoning Contest & TXRD Girls

Out of the Gutter Magazine Party with Victor Gischler and Anthony Neil Smith at Bookpeople in Austin, TX July 11th. Meet the Texas Roller Derby Girls and watch three contestants compete in a gas syphoning contest. For more, visit

I think they treated Victor in a manner worthy of him. There was beer!

Too bad the audience didn’t realize they had a Writing God in their midst. They would have gone prostrate, the unworthy heathen!

And I bet all of you thought book signings were boring things. Ha!

Visit Out of the Gutter magazine!

Reference: Install Mac OS X Via USB Flash Drive

August 9, 2008

[Mac OSx86] External USB Drive Native Install Guide

Well, that’s supposed to be what this will allow. Reading the Comments shows many disappointments!

This is like the Holy Grail for people wanting a “MacWind” who lack an external DVD drive.

Previously here:

Reference: OS X Backup On USB Drive

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #186

August 9, 2008

Yes, I see oil falling and the American dollar rising.

Temporary ebb and flow.

The longer term is what I’ve been chronicling here.

And even with the revenge effects of greed all around us, the drug industry thinks it can still cut itself a fatter piece of America’s wallet, those bastards.

Drug prices up 100% — or higher

Drug companies are quietly pushing through price hikes of 100% — or even more than 1,000% — for a very small but growing number of prescription drugs, helping to drive up costs for insurers, patients and government programs.

The number of brand-name drugs with increases of 100% or more could double this year from four years ago, researchers from the University of Minnesota say. Many of the drugs are older products that treat fairly rare, but often serious or even life-threatening, conditions.

Among the examples: Questcor Pharmaceuticals last August raised the wholesale price on Acthar, which treats spasms in babies, from about $1,650 a vial to more than $23,000. Ovation raised the cost of Cosmegen, which treats a type of tumor, from $16.79 to $593.75 in January 2006.

The average wholesale price of 26 brand-name drugs jumped 100% or more in a single cost adjustment last year, up from 15 in 2004, the university study found. In the first half of this year, 17 drugs made the list.

Where the hell is the Congress? Why aren’t there hearings about this?

It’s all of a piece: the sabotage.

Lust Cramp Alert: New Mac OS X On MSI Wind Video!

August 9, 2008

It speaks for itself. Droooool.

MSI Wind Performance Video – Custom Installer

This is an MSI Wind subnotebook which is running leopard 10.5.4 from a single custom installation disk.

Thanks to MastahOnetrack for the alert!

Previously here:

MSI Wind & Mac OS X: I Ask The Stupid Questions
Jaw Drop Drool Alert: Mac OS X On Asus EeePC 1000H!
J&R In NYC Has The MSI Wind!
Fondle: Asus EeePC 1000 @ J&R
Reference: MSI Wind Upgrades Video
Reference: MSI Wind Vs. Asus 1000H
Is Intel’s Atom CPU Shortage Due To Apple? (OS X on MSI Wind videos)
MSI Wind = Ten-Inch Screen MacBook?

Quote: Matt Fraction

August 9, 2008

same shit, different day

More evidence in the Siegel case against DC, dating from 1938 – 1947. Here’s a peach, from exhibit B, which shows use of that most dependable and passive-aggressive classic, time-honored and revered by bullies, pimps, and producers of neither talent nor vision everywhere, in any industry, since time began: don’t forget, we made you, we helped, and so now you owe us everything forever.

He’s talking about how Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were screwed and screwed and screwed and screwed for decades and decades and decades by those slimeballs we all funded with our pennies as kids: DC Comics.

Siegel and Shuster happened to create something you might have heard of. It’s called Superman.

Why the hell do any of you get upset when I say repeatedly: Fuck the Suits! You don’t need them! You don’t want them! The electronic future belongs to writers, not to the gonifs who only know how to expertly cut crooked deals.

Anyone who signs a book contract today is just asking for poverty five years from now. They will tie your balls so tight in evil option clauses that you’ll consider suicide! What? You really think you’ll be able to afford a lawsuit to break free?!

Get out of your contracts!

Break their fingers to release your electronic rights!

Get their teeth out of your neck!

Their future will be as beggars, pleading with you for a limited license to produce a printed souvenir of your electronic work.

— via Warren Ellis

Previously here:

MammothMedia Loses Another Pair Of Balls
You CAN Fight And WIN!

Japanese Manga Comes To The iPhone

August 9, 2008

This is a followup post to: Comic Books (Almost) Come To iPhone. Of immediate interest also is Print IS Dead (Well, To Some Of Us. OK: Me!)

Since I don’t (yet!) own an iPhone, I had to count on the kindness of strangers well-placed threats a pal over three thousand miles away to call up what I suspected was a free Japanese manga offered at the App Store.

This is the listing of one of two offered that I screensnapped on an iPhone at Apple Store Soho yesterday:


Contrast that to the way the description appeared on my Microsoft-crippled PC:


Amazing how the iPhone — a cellphone! — does it correctly while a desktop PC doesn’t. Typical Microsoft, huh?

My friend grabbed the second of the two manga and here’s what it looks like inside:









All of that black space makes me conclude that what we’re looking at here is a digital reprint — an eReprint — of something originally published on paper. Panels were sliced up to single screens. What I don’t understand is why some of them — like the final one here — weren’t enlarged to fill more of the screen. Perhaps the Japanese did something unthinkable: they were lazy and just did a scan of the print!

I don’t know what’s going on here technically. This might be nothing more than a PDF file wrapped in a proprietary PDF reader. At over 5MB, that seems very likely.

I’ll have a go at Warren Ellis one more time: This is a new landscape. Your specialty is doing new things. You know people. Tech people. You can pioneer this new medium. Dear God, Ellis, do that before someone gets the idea to throw up an eReprint of Shatter! That’d kill things!

You can have your own imprint: Ellis eComics.

After that, who knows? You might even get an energy drink spin-off!

For Warren Ellis

August 9, 2008

Photo taken today, August 9, 2008, with the Philips crapcam.

Photo Album: Smart Car Pr0n Yes!!

August 9, 2008

All photos taken today, August 9, 2008, with the Philips crapcam.

This first one has been seen before.







Now … OMGZZZ!!! A Smart Car in the color I want: black with grey Tridion!!








Now having seen it, I have to say I’m rethinking that desire. Somehow it just seems all wrong for a Smart to be in murky, mordid colors. It should be bright and cheery and fun fun fun!

Maybe I’ll reverse it to light gray with black Tridion … of course, there’s always yellow and red!

Previously here:

Smart Car: Panel Swapping
Badder Badass Batman Smart Car
The Obligatory Smart Car Pr0n
Reference: Smart Car Tips
Your Weekend Smart Car Pr0n
NOW Do You Believe In My Persecution?!!?
Smart Car Stuff
Photo Album: Smart Car In Manhattan #3!
More Smart Car Videos
This Is Why It’s Called The Smart Car!
Fugly MINI Cooper Vs. Cutie Smart Fortwo
Smart Car: Coast-To-Coast Possible
The Smart Car Cult
Badass Batman Smart Car!
Video: Smart Car
Photo Album: Smart Car In Manhattan Again!
Photo Album: Smart Car In Manhattan
Cars Of The Future: Lose Weight Or You’ll Walk!