Monthly Archives: April 2008

This random squirrel stuff is getting ridiculous, and I love it!

I was just laughing, out loud, a lot, at some lame troll over on Daily Kos, right? Well, what pops up as a trance breaker in one of the responses? Yep. You guessed it. The ObamaSquirrel! I guess I cannot escape my destiny, and I freaking love it.

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Are We There Yet?

It’s the last day of Crime Lords Month.  It’s been seven months straight for this blog, non-stop documenting the verities of my existence.  It’s time to take stock.

I don’t think we ever really “get there”.  Even on the days we win the trophy, or preview the Squirrel Girl, or hear the final bell at the end of the last day of school…

It starts all over again. 

We carry the parenthesis around in our heads.  We select certain sections.  We choose a portion of the immeasurable thing called life, and we glorify it.  It feels good.  It gives us a reason to carry on.  It shapes the self.

When all seems lost, when I cannot get a handle on the endless demands of modern life, I make myself into a legend.  I realize that no character in the history of mankind has ever lived a life exactly like THIS.  I remember certain times and places in my life when it seemed like I had “arrived”.  I revisit the sensation of accomplishment and satisfaction I had whenever I reached a certain pinnacle, and I stand on the mountaintop again right where I am sitting here now.  Returning to the scene of a great triumph in the past always makes me feel better about the present and gets me fired up for the future.

Whether we ever get there or not.


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My Life is Blessed Constantly by Magnificent Synchronicity.

BREAKING NEWS: Mike Watt sent me an email, with that amazing photograph. In case you don’t know Mike Watt, he is only the greatest bass player who ever lived. If you have been here a while, you have seen me blog about him before.

This was the spiel. Remember what Vs. System card we just previewed, and connect the dots…

hey, my old friend nanny works at a children’s zoo here in pedro and animal control brought her two squirrels they found over on fifteenth street that fell out of their nest in a tree. they’re baby albino ones – very rare, maybe three weeks old! their nails felt trippy on my hand and they were very friendly for being wild… it was hard to get this shot cuz I’m not left-handed but I just went for it…


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Calling Forth the Myths.

That is another fabulous example of the hand-painted sketch cards that are inserted into the new Marvel Masterpieces packs.  Those are by Chris Ortega.  Six random examples that hold some fairly profound connections to our upcoming Marvel Universe expansion set.  And, most importantly, they call to me as a beacon in the night.

Storm tells me to re-connect with Mother Nature.  The entire Cosmos is ready to support our efforts, we just need to shut up and listen.

Captain America tells me to continue in my quest to help elect a candidate that can bring real change to our country.  It is getting rather scary, and it will get worse, as the old guard clings violently to their power.

Scarlet Witch tells me to keep the faith.  I know that every single random leaf that I kick into the air when I walk home today could be the trigger for global healing and joy.

Iron Man tells me that there will be a killer movie opening this weekend.  I can’t wait.

Dr. Strange tells me that there are forces beyond normal comprehension that can be embraced and engaged in the quest for Coolness on Earth.  Those forces are waiting at all times to be summoned.

Nick Fury tells me that the new Vs. System cards are going to be a party of the most fantastic kind.  I have never been much of a fan of the man with the eyepatch, in fact we have ragged on him for decades.  Now he is a hero in our house, and the future will never be the same.  No one is ever beyond the forgiveness of the human heart, and every dark day can be transformed into a full scale celebration.  Onward!


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Movie Magick: Angelina Jolie as Squirrel Girl, Hellboy Daddy does The Hobbit.

That’s Angelina Jolie, as a member of the Fraternity of Assassins, in this summer’s Wanted. It opens on June 27th, smack dab in the middle of the greatest single season in cinema history. Since our beloved Squirrel Girl is now an assassin herself (click here for an explanation), I plan on calling that sizzling Tattooed Woman “Doreen”.

And, the BIG NEWS. Guillermo Del Toro, the genius behind the film versions of Hellboy, has moved to New Zealand to begin filming on The Hobbit. After the amazing work he has done with Liz Sherman, I predict some seriously awe-inspiring action in The Shire.

It’s a great time to be alive, meet me in the comments and we will gush about the upcoming crop of movie magick.


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League of Extraordinary Wood Rats.

Mad grats to Soshi Kenpachi for starting this bonfire, let’s see if we can get it burning brightly enough to light up the World Championships.  This is how I would start:

12 Novice Assassins

12 SHIELD Agents

4 Squirrel Girl

4 Nick Fury, Director of SHIELD

Beyond that, I am open to suggestions.  I have never been initiated into the League of Assassins.  How would you work those killer tricks with two handfuls of bushy tail?


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Squirrel Girl > All.

You can click on that for a closer look.  It’s true, Squirrel Girl can beat ANYONE in the comic books.  I have received a couple incredulous emails, so now I present the proof.  She took down Thanos Himself!


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Marvel Universe Preview: Squirrel Girl and S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents.

Where were you in 1992?

Did you know that Deadpool wears the Squirrel Girl underoo?

Can you imagine a more exciting day for Stu?



Yes, my dear Vs. System friends, that card is real. I am not imagining things. After four long years and 16 full expansion sets, she is finally here. Something squirrelly this way comes.

Her first appearance was actually called “The Coming of Squirrel Girl”, and she wiggled her bushy mythological tail into the face of humanity’s collective imagination 16 years ago, in the pages of Marvel Super-Heroes #8, in 1992.

Tree-rodent lovers went nuts.

The myth of Squirrel Girl is deeply delicious tongue-in-cheek hyperbole. She wins every time, against the most powerful villains ever. This hairy honey is mad famous. You can find fanboys arguing daily about who she can beat in a fight. Those links make me laugh out loud every time. Especially these lines:

Fanboy #1: Squirrel Girl is Marvel’s Batman. She beats people she shouldn’t be able to beat.

Fanboy #2: No, Squirrel Girl is Marvel’s Squirrel Girl. She beats everyone.

That’s my girl. And now she takes her rightful place on Vs. System cardboard forever. She is known, in panel, as the “Slayer Of All That Breathes.” Don’t believe me? Feast your eyes:


Squirrel Girl trumps all, in the comic books. Now in Vs. System, she enlists S.H.I.E.L.D. army weenies with glee and then teaches them how to scamper back into your hand when neccesary. Like… in response to a big green Flame Trap! Just try to fry my guy, Mr. Hulk, Green Scar. A whole swarm of tree-rodents will be laughing last.


My mind reels, running down the huge list of 1-cost army characters that are begging to be teamed-up with Squirrel Girl. Especially drool-inducing to me: Anti-Green Lanterns. Those sweet little pink lugs will be DEADLY in combination with Doreen Green. I could talk all night about more crossover possibilities, but what do Squirrel Girl’s own naturally affiliated army dudes do? Lock and load:



“Burn baby burn, Squirrel Girl Inferno!” Yes sir, those mammals have guns. They also have a S.H.I.E.L.D. strategy suite to complement their lack of ATK. If you haven’t seen the Nick Fury card, it makes the whole scheme into a 1-cost Army masterpiece.

I have been tap dancing in and out of the trees around my house for a week, mostly because neither of these cards are rare. With the announcement that Modern Age for the World Championships on June 27th will include the Marvel Universe booster set, I have also been going nuts trying to figure out the best way to play in Ohio with our fluffy little Doreen Green. Join me in the comments, and we will explore the wonders of Squirrel Girl even further.


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Weekend in Heaven: World Championship Edition.

(Master Mold, chilling, by Cully Hamner. From Upper Deck’s Vs. System.)

Wondering about Worlds…

Should I play Sea Creatures, no matter what?

What if Marvel Universe brings some sort of tiny army goodness that tastes even better?

What do you think the Modern metagame will look like, knowing that we only have a very limited amount of MUN information?


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Thursday Thirteen: The Meaning of Life.

That is a photograph of me getting my draft on, at the first Pro Circuit, choosing my Inmates.  Someone’s life was about to change.  Life?  What is life?


(I love the smell of metaphor in the morning.) 


1. Life is a fabulous art exhibition, and each of us creates a masterpiece for the big gallery in the sky.


2. Life is a dog show, and every human is a mutt.


3. Life is a question mark, with no correct answer.


4. Life is a never ending pouring, from one cup into another.


5. Life is an empty stomach, learning to stay hungry.


6. Life is a gaze into the mirror, and eventually we will see ourselves clearly.


7. Life is a hermit crab, looking for a new shell.


8. Life is one long sigh, knowing the void on the other side.


9. Life is an unexplainable sculpture method, crafting something from nothing.


10. Life is an opinion poll, with an infinite margin of error.


11.  Life is a game that you win by playing.


12.  Life is a huge string of adjectives, all describing this equation:


Infinity = 1 = 0


13.  Life is a list of metaphors, gone exponential.


Now you know the meaning of life, get out there and live it up!



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Random Punks at Hobby League foiled by Wonder Woman’s wily defensive tricks.

Last night our Hobby League was a trip.  We started playing Random Punks to get ready for the Clash of Worlds kit.  We had a full Earth 2 deck, some concealed CSA beats, Future Foes, QuickFate, my little X-babies punks, and…

Bring It On!

It was hilarious.   In the finals, Chris had his powered-up JLA deck sporting Hawkman as the only visible character.  My deck is ill equipped to swing on hidden characters, although I did have the Man of the Cloth set up for a double swing.  But.  I had six characters in play.  And he had three copies of wobbly Wonder Woman cleavage in hand to smack my attacks into submission.

Good times, there is nothing like a +6 DEF plot twist to make you throw your hands into the air and laugh uncontrollably.



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Happy Juno Day!

Today is the day.  Juno is released into the world on DVD.  This movie will raise the intelligence of our species just a little bit, and cause some seriously uplifting laughter along the way.  I can’t wait to cry my eyes out again tonight, for the joy of being human.

Thank you Diablo Cody, thank you Jason Reitman, thank you Ellen Page.  You give me hope, and make me happy to be alive.  For the rest of my life, April 15th will be Juno Day: a reminder that life really isn’t that bad.


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