Archive for October, 2013

A Philosophical Thought(-Reading) Experiment

2013/10/31

If a telepath uses their powers to tell a joke that only other telepaths can “hear”, is the joke still funny?

I...don't get it.

I…don’t get it.

This answerless question has been presented to you by Guardians of the Galaxy #13 (June 2009) by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Brad Walker, and Victor Olazaba.

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Truth, Justice, and the Canadian Way – Part 2

2013/10/27

Not to be outdone by Canada Post, the Royal Canadian Mint has issued six commemorative coins for Superman’s 75th anniversary.

The way DC's going, I doubt Superman's going to last another 75 years.

The way DC’s going, I doubt Superman’s going to last another 75 years.

As was the case with the postage stamps rolls, the coins also contain messages written with the Kryptonian substitution cypher (though these are plainly visible rather than hidden) and differ depending on the denomination.
superman-2013commemorativecoinmessages001The top message, which is only present on the 10 Dollar one, simply reads “Superman”. It should be noted, however, that this is only true for the left side of the coin, going clockwise from down to up. In the apparent interest of symmetry, the characters on the right side were simply mirrored and aren’t proper Kryptonian “letters”.

The bottom two messages, which are present on all other denominations, are the same phrase written in Canada’s two official languages, French and English:

75 Years of Superman
Superman: 75 ans déjà

Truth, Justice, and the Canadian Way – Part 1

2013/10/23

My mother recently purchased a strip of commemorative Canadian Superman postage stamps for the epic purpose of…sending bills.

Canada Post gives more of a damn about Superman's 75th anniversary than DC Comics does.

Who’d have thought that Canada Post would give more of a damn about Superman’s 75th anniversary than DC Comics?

While examining them, however, I noticed a series of strange symbols along the back of the strip that I immediately recognized as Kryptonian. Or, more correctly said, characters from the substitution cypher that DC’s been using to represent Kryptonian in their comics for the past decade or so.

Even though I completely abandoned DC in the wake of the New 52 not-a-reboot-just-a-relaunch debacle, my curiosity was nevertheless piqued, so I visited my local Canada Post outlet to purchase enough of a roll to figure out what the message was. It ended up being a strip that was 33 stamps long and cost around $20.79 CDN.

Still a much better investment than those crappy issues of "Justice League: Cry For Justice".

Still a much better investment than those crappy issues of “Justice League: Cry For Justice” by James Robinson.

So what exactly does it say?
superman-kryptonianstampmessages001Oh, you want a translation. Right. Well, it’s actually the same message written in both of Canada’s official languages, French and English, and reads:

The “S” shield is more than Superman’s family crest. It’s a Kryptonian symbol that means “hope”.

L’écusson “S” est bien plus que blason de la famille de Superman. Ce symbol signifie “espoir” en kryptonien.

Subliminally Yours – Part 6: Captain America: The First Avenger

2013/10/19

While we’re on the subject of Captain America: The First Avenger, here’s another obscure reference that many people, comic book fans or not, may have missed.

When we first catch a glimpse inside The World Exposition of Tomorrow that Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes attend with their dates, one of the curiosities we see is appears to be a mannequin sealed inside a glass capsule topped with electrodes. The exhibit is billed as Dr. Phineas Horton Presents: The Synthetic Man.

Given what Phineas Horton and Howard Stark are capable of, I'm surprised that they didn't blow up half the building between them. :P

Given what Phineas Horton and Howard Stark are capable of, I’m surprised that they didn’t blow up half the building between them. 😛

This is, of course, a reference to Marvel Comics’ – or, more correctly said, their predecessor Timely Comics’ – first superhero, the android Jim Hammond, better known (rather inaccurately) as the original Human Torch and his creator, Professor Phineas T. Horton.

Fox News didn't invent sensationalism in the media, they just perfected it.

I’m pretty sure we’ve just witnessed the birth of Fox News.

The Human Torch’s appearance in the movie, however, is heavily based on his rendition in Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross’ classic miniseries Marvels.

This must be the adult equivalent of one of those science fair volcanoes.

This must be the adult equivalent of one of those science fair volcanoes.

Subliminally Yours – Part 5: Captain America: The First Avenger

2013/10/15

When Arnim Zola is seen gathering his papers during the evacuation of the HYDRA base in the movie Captain America: The First Avenger, one of the sheets he reaches for is a blueprint depicting an odd humanoid with a camera-like device for a head.

As a Swiss biochemist myself, trust me when I say that the research I've conducted has never anywhere near this interesting. :P

As a Swiss biochemist myself, trust me when I say that the research I’ve conducted has never been anywhere near this interesting. 😛

While the implications of this will go over the head of your average movie goer, this is, in fact, a reference to the genetically engineered body he ended up creating for himself  in the mainstream Marvel Universe.

arnimzola001

Indigestion must be hell for this guy.

Feline Quantum Indeterminacy and Sin City

2013/10/11

The two have more in common than you might think.

Does this mean that all slot machines are both winners and losers until you pull the lever?

This means only one thing: we should replace the radioactive source in the original thought experiment with a slot machine. 🙂

This unusual superposition of ideas comes to you courtesy of Nova #35 (May 2010) by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Mahmud A. Asrar, and Scott Hanna.

Perpetually Wrong Answers

2013/10/07

This is how I imagine a discussion with a small, furry version of R. Lee Ermey might go.

Man, there really isn't any intelligent alien life out there. :P

Man, there really isn’t any intelligent alien life out there. 😛

Today’s Rocket Raccoon moment has been brought to you by Guardians of the Galaxy #2 (June 2013) by Brian Michael Bendis, Steve McNiven, Sara Pichelli, John Dell, and Mark Morales.

The Weirdness Cup Runneth Over

2013/10/03

Everyone has different tolerance levels for strange phenomena, though you’d think the people in the Marvel Universe would have higher ones than most.

Maybe it's because you're a talking dog with a Russian accent? :)

Maybe it’s because you’re a talking dog with a Russian accent? 🙂

This whole new level of freak has been brought to you by Nova #8 (January 2008) by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Wellinton Alves, and Scott Hanna.


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