Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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Sunday, March 15, 2009


"sits and eats. i shoots."

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Detonator at 2000 FPS

What do hard-drinking engineers do with expensive equipment? Expensive and awesome party tricks, of course!

Here we have some dear friends back at Dartmouth's Thayer Engineering School putting a $35,000 Imperx high-speed camera to good use by recording the final round of Detonator at 2000 frames per second.

Don't know what Detonator is? It's a brilliantly simple caveman drinking game whereby a circle of cavemen college kids pass a sealed can of beer around. Each one shakes the can, yells "DETONATOR" and smashes the can against his forehead. Pass and repeat until the "winner" has the can explode.

Oh, this reminds me! Don't forget to donate to the Dartmouth College fund!


"still life with spiky turds"

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


"top of the world from above"

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


"fat, round, thick-ass vessels"

Zombie Comic Book Now NYT Best-Seller

The graphic novel is finally getting its due. The Grey Lady has deigned to include graphic books on their own "best-sellers list" in the Book Review section. It's about time. The Times added a comic strip section to their own Sunday Magazine well over a year ago.

And behold! My beloved The Walking Dead graphic novel is on the list at number five. Booyah!

The Times claims that: "Comics have finally joined the mainstream." This is an interesting statement, and one that I'm not sure I entirely agree with. In an effort to save themselves from bankruptcy, comic book companies have been selling of their assets for mainstream movies and TV shows at an amazing pace. But have "comics" really joined the mainstream in that the mainstream is now consuming comics?

Also, The Beat has an interesting discussion with Times as to why the new best-seller list is called "Graphic Books" and not "Graphic Novels."

Monday, March 09, 2009


"miniature street chicken"

Dear Blog, My Old Friend

Wow, that didn't take long. I start up a new blog and then CrankCast goes unloved like a three-legged mutt. The new puppy is StephoandCrank.com, for those who haven't been keeping up.

But I'm back. I've gotten wireless setup in our Beijing abode and now I have no excuse but to dump my thoughts onto the internet, right? So, CrankCast, my pulpit, my soapbox, my stump, my lectern, my dais, my rostrum, shall rant on.

There's lots more coming from crankphone, plenty of zombie-related news to dissect and wonderful Chinese things that are new to me.