Up, Up, and Away

For the first week of summer vacation, it was a long one.  Today was mostly decompressing and reading (with one work meeting thrown in for good measure).  Here’s a little four-color fun to celebrate the beginning of the weekend.

superman 25Superman #25 variant cover by Jorge Jimenez from GoCollect.com.

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Calvin’s Magic Carpet Ride

This week’s classic Calvin and Hobbes tells the tale of Calvin and his magic carpet ride.  It’s a cute series, playing off of a mundane hallway rug and the work situation of Calvin’s dad.  Here’s the most recent strip:

magic carpetYou can read the beginning of the series here and continue on from there at gocomics.com.

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Song for Sowing

One last post of recent Andrew Peterson concert clips.  It’s a bit long, but you get some nice conversation from Peterson as the clip begins.

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Left Holding the Blanket

A couple of weeks  ago I spent some time reflecting on a classic Peanuts strip series involved Charlie Brown and a kid named Thibault who used Chuck’s glove at Peppermint Patty’s request.  The strip was fun, with lots of good, existentially angsty moments from Charlie Brown.  Here’s how the series, which ran for a couple of weeks, ended.

chuck's glove finalYou get some resolution: Chuck gives up his glove for good.  Charlie gets some almost-praise from his best friend, Linus.  And then you get the twist at the end: pride and the reality of blanket-holding.

(image from gocomics.com)

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Doctor Who and the Doorway

Here’s the trailer for “The Eaters of Light,” the next episode in the current series of Doctor Who.

This season, Capaldi’s last, has been underwhelming at best.  Which is unfortunate, as I think he brings a great sense of balance to the Doctor.  At this point, though, the pieces haven’t worked together to create a greater whole.  A lot of things feel like retread.  Nardole is a bit of a mystery.  Bill, who has the makings for a great companion, hasn’t really found narrative traction.  The vault started out interestingly enough, but the Missy revelation hasn’t quite pushed things forward well.

So the show has three episodes remaining, two before the dramatically titled “The Doctor Falls.”  We all know, of course, that a regeneration is coming.  At this point, part of me is asking: what’s the point?  Perhaps the greatest long-term weakness of NuWho has been its reticence at embracing the show’s long history.  Sure, we get fun moments like the return of Alpha Centauri, but the moments that point to moving the story of Gallifrey forward just aren’t there.  Beyond some (ultimately) weird moments and an amazing anniversary special, we haven’t really seen an embrace of any real long-term sci-fi saga.  Maybe that’s the weakness of short seasons of hour-long episodes coupled with built-in reboots every few years.  That and the only other major story arc, the strange case of River Song, was wrapped up wonderfully well a couple of Christmases ago.

There’s still a chance that the show can pull it off.  Capaldi, I think, deserves better.  Moffatt, the show’s runner since Matt Smith took over, wrapped up the best of this story with River Song’s exit.  What should have been a victory lap for him has been anything but.  Maybe “the eaters of the light” will open the door to something better.

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Summertime Monopoly

Today’s Frazz by Jef Mallett captures a nice re-think of how we can interact with the world around us, particularly during summertime.

Frazz - fz170611comb_ts.tif(image from gocomics.com)

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The Optimism of June (or 22 Junes of Practice)

These last couple of days have been nice, having wrapped up paperwork and gotten to relax some.  I thought this recent Frazz comic from Jef Mallett caught something of the end-of-school-year reality.  I’m sure there’s a commencement address or two in there somewhere.

June Optimism(image from gocomics.com)

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