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February 16th, 2004
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Some mathematics
64.462% : life of car spent.

Apparently now, Meefer has 'Worn out tie rod ends', which will need to be replaced in another 3-4K miles. Of course, I have no idea what those are, but I imagine Buran and/or others will?

2270: Debt, Familial
4970: Debt, Credit cards/loan
1500: Debt, collegiate
-15: Credit, what Gary owes me from IHOP

These numbers have been trending nicely downwards the past few months, especially after the yearly bonus in november. Not as fast as I'd like them to drop overall, but they're getting there.. if I can get to $2000 and $4000 by Anthrocon, I'll be in good shape, I think.

"Mr Fantastic's Official Power Grid" Intellegence: 9

One of my Christmas gifts was a Marvel page-a-day calendar. Did need a calendar of some sort for my room, and this one isn't bad at all.. but I have to take issure with this one 'power grid' entry. There's ratings from 1 to 10 for a fairly standard RPG set of stats: Intellegence, Strength, Speed, Durability, Agility, Reflexes and Fighting Skills. Pretty keen.
But I think whoever wrote these is underestimating Mr. Fantastic. Fighting:2? Admittedly, the Thing is the whalloper of the FF, but Reed Richards is no slouch. He's been doing this for years upon years.. ghe's better than a 2. Worst of all is the 9. He's REED FRICKIN' RICHARDS, if he's a NINE who the FRICK is a TEN? *breathe* I mean.. really?

--Mongoose

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From:buran
Date:February 16th, 2004 04:16 pm (UTC)
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From:austin_dern
Date:February 19th, 2004 02:42 pm (UTC)
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Well, I'm not so sure about the New Reed. I picked up a locally-reprinted Fantastic Four a few weeks ago -- it's kind of neat, an A5-sized book printed locally and actually sold in, you know, 7-Elevens and Popular Book Stores (that's a chain name) and stuff where casual readers can see it, not just in scary comic book shops off back roads with faded, spiderweb-covered posters blocking every drip of natural light while Jay and Silent Bob stare angrily at customers -- and I can't say I really liked him so much.

This probably ran in the U.S. a few years ago; the plot, which takes three-quarters of the book to get moving, has a PDA Soul Energy Entity climb out from another dimension in his handheld and start blowing stuff up. It's a neat body, drawn androgynously and painted in Matrix Quadrata. But the thing that really put me off is Reed sets up shop with his little lab in Times Square, with Sue happily keeping him invisible because the ``constant distraction'' helps him think better.

Yeah. I'm sure he also chugs Jolt while listening to They Might Be Giants MP3s and hanging out on AOL Instant Messenger. I like the nerdy 1950s B-Movie Scientist-Hero Reed a lot more than Linux Punk Reed, and I hope this was just a temporary abberation.

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From:chefmongoose
Date:February 21st, 2004 04:17 pm (UTC)

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Well, I haven;t been following the FF to close recently. The one issue I do recall was pretty good, a nice bit of properly applied angst with Reed talking to Valeria, his and Sue's new daughter. "Once upon a time there was a very foolish man who did a very stupid thing."

(Retcon on) Reed realized early-on after their transformation that after he send himself up on his friends in the rocket and they survived- yet turned to 'freaks'- that he needed to take responsibility, and care for Ben, Sue, and Johnny by making them publically acceptable and emotionally solid.. thus, he made them a super-team, devoted to good works, maskless so the public would know them, without real secret identies so they'd be widely accepted for who they were. Effectively, turning them into celebrities.

I think that takes a smidgen away from Stan Lee's "We have to use these new powers for good" version, but it does seem plausible to me, that sort of reaction.

On another note, I think the small-size comic reprints are a good idea.. heck, Archie Comics has been doing it for years and years, and made money off their 'double digest' format. About three years back, a number of manga started getting issued stateside as such, and now the format's spreading..

--Chiaroscuro
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