Monday, June 30, 2014
NOTE: If we make a mistake spelling anyone's name, it's not like we Jenny Slate on "Saturday Night Live," but even after the f-bomb incident, her career is doing well. Of course, she's no longer with "SNL."
Here we go:
1. Lazaros Christodoulpoulos. 27. Greece. Club team: Bologna (Italy)
2. Dimitris Salpingidis. 32. Greece. PAOK (Greece)
3. Alireza Jahanbakhsh. 20. Iran. NEC Nijmegen (Holland; pict. bottom)
4. Stephan Lichsteiner. 30. Switzerland. Juventus (Italy)
5. Mario Mandzukic. 28. Croatia. Bayern Munich.
6. Vincent Aboubakar. 22. Cameroon. Lorient (France; pict. center)
7. Bastian Schweinsteiger. 29. Germany. Bayern Munich. (pict. top)
8. Aron Johannsson. 23. USA. AZ Alkmaar (Holland)
9. Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu. 23. Ghana. Udinese (Italy)
10. Raul Meireles. 31. Portugal. Fenerbahce (Turkey)
11. Chris Wondolowski. 31. USA. San Jose Earthquakes (USA/MLS)
Saturday, June 28, 2014
We start our series of World Cup lists with a look at the goal-keepers for teams that have made the knock-out round of 16 in Brazil:
1) Jasper Cillessen. Netherlands. Age 25. Ajax Amsterdam (pictured top)
2) Fernando Muslera. Uruguay. 28. Galatasaray (Turkey; pictured center)
3) Vincent Enyeama. Nigeria. 31. Lille (France; pictured bottom)
4) Orestis Karnezis. Greece. 28. Granada (Spain)
5) Julio Cesar. Brazil. 34. Toronto FC (Canada/MLS)
6) Tim Howard. USA. 35. Everton (USA)
7) David Ospina. Colombia. 25. Nice (France)
8) Keylor Navas. Costa Rica. 27. Levante (France)
9) Diego Benglio. Switzerland. 30. Wolfsburg (Germany)
10) Sergio Romero. Argentina. 31. Monaco (France)
11) Thibut Courtois. Belgium. 22. Chelsea (England)
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Here are our top ten favorite comic strips from "The Roanoke Times:"
1. Pearls Before Swine
2. Speed Bump
4. Get Fuzzy
5. Funky Winkerbean
Sunday, June 22, 2014
We hope Mahood and Hambrook appreciate our efforts to go out of the way to avoid copyright infringement.
These strips are all in the Kings Features' comic wheel, which also includes "Barney Google and Snuffy Smith" from our good friend John Rose, alas his strip did not make our top ten (Note: These are last Sunday's strips, the new batch of brownies is already out of the even_ they won't get that joke in Dubai, will they?):
1) Bleeker the Rechargeable Dog
2) The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee
4) Arctic Circle
6) Tina's Groove
7) Sherman's Lagoon
8) Rhymes with Orange
10) The Pajama Diaries
Thursday, June 19, 2014
This week, we have a special surprise as we profile our top ten favorite comic strips from "The Richmond Times-Dispatch," not one of the two regular newspapers we profile in our weekly comic strips survey.
Our favorite comic strip of the week is "Pardon My Planet," a cutting edge single panel comic strip, along the lines of "The Far Side" and "Rhymes with Orange," which had the devil trying to pick up a young blonde woman in a strip which evoked the famous Edward Hopper painting "Nighthawks," with James Dean, Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe.
The break-our comic strip "Dustin," which also runs in "The Washington Post" features the title character having a discussion with his girlfriend over who said a famous quote; the strip is made funnier by the fact that Dustin has an iPhone which can verify his or her argument.
"Mark Trail," an always informative strip, talked about the lifestyles of bears in the wild, and the reader learns that a grizzly bear can get up to 1,100 pounds as an adult! These creatures which are commonly found in Alaska were recently videoed by a very brave photographer and the magazine "Grit" showed the taken footage, which reminded us of the Werner Herzog documentary "Grizzly Man."
Lastly, "Funky Winkerbean" revolved around a family vacation to the beach which included the family dog (yeah, that's the reason for our image of Astro the Dog from "The Jetsons") which seems quite suitable as (to our memory) the comic is also found in "The Myrtle Beach Sun-News," the local paper for Myrtle Beach, SC.
Here is our top ten:
1. Pardon My Planet
5. Mark Trail
6. Funky Winkerbean
7. Rhymes with Orange
8. Get Fuzzy
10. Grin and Bear It
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Some of our favorites this week included the Danish import "WUMO" which made fun of animal rights PETA activists going for an outdoor picnic and not being allowed to go after wasps, hornets or ticks (pictured above), which might be enough to make one not take a picnic at Hawks Nest Park in West Virginia.
"The Argyle Sweater" took a great swipe at American cowboys who were called Texas Strangers (as opposed to Texas Rangers, no we're not talking about the baseball team).
"Speed Bump" imagined Superman taking a vacation, while "Dustin" showed a dispute over who gave a famous quote (Winston Churchill or Mark Twain). Meanwhile, "Reply All" showed what can happen when a hipster chick decides to let her thoughts drift during a yoga class while "Brewster Rockit" showed the consequences of a stupid mistake in outer space.
Lastly, Keith Knight provided a wonderful Father's Day strip in "Knight Life" as he showed an unusual way to reassure little boys that there are no monsters under the bed.
Here is our top ten:
2. The Argyle Sweater
3. Speed Bump
5. Reply All
6. Brewster Rockit
7. Knight Life
8. Sherman's Lagoon
10. Prickly City
Monday, June 16, 2014
All of these were topics from the June 8th edition of "The Roanoke Times," for our favorites from "The Washington Post" (also from June 8th) go to our sister blog "The Daily Vampire:" http://www.noctrnalguy38.blogspot.com
Here are our top ten favorites:
1. Doonesbury (paintball image)
2. Pearls Before Swine (beer image)
3. Funky Winkerbean (monkeys in space image)
5. Get Fuzzy
8. Speed Bump
10. Baby Blues
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
2. The People vs. George Lucas doc. 2010. dir- Alexander O. Philippe
3. Dust Devil. 1992. dir- Richard Stanley
*4. Bal/Honey. Turkey. 2010. dir.- Semih Kaplanoglu
5. They Might Be Giants. 1971. dir- Anthony Harvey w/George C. Scott and Joanne Woodward
6. Wrong. 2012. dir.- Quentin Dupieux (the director of "Rubber," a film about a tire that kills people)
7. Cave of Forgotten Dreams. doc. 2012. dir- Werner Herzog
8. King of California. 2007. dir. Mike Cahill w/Michael Douglas
9. Between Us. 2012. dir- Dan Miriush w/Julia Stiles
10. Locke. 2013. dir- Steven Knight
*-Film we have previously watched before
Saturday, June 7, 2014
But, hopefully, someone in Finland, Croatia or Iran is actually reading this, and hopefully that person realizes that even in America one can become bored and confused and somehow try to function!
Of course, people like Mark Twain, Nazim Hikmet* and F. Scott Fitzgerald never had to worry about blogger's block!
*- A famous Turkish poet who died in Moscow some 50 years ago.