How We Accidentally Snuck Into Comic Con and Met Stan Lee

Today is my wedding anniversary. Well, not just mine actually. I should say that it is our wedding anniversary. When my wife walked down the aisle 14 years ago I thought I would never love her more. Of course that was before she bought me the best anniversary present ever. Who knew that after 14 years, […]

The Triumph of Neurosis Over Principle

You’re going to need a little nerd backstory on this one, so please bear with me. I’m going to tell you why I stopped collecting comic books. It wasn’t only because they became far too expensive a habit for me to sustain. It wasn’t only because my children were born and I suddenly had new priorities. These things may […]

Reunited and it Feels So (Super) Good

I think most of you know that I am a super hero nerd. It’s hard to hide it. But I was a super hero nerd before it was cool. Before Marvel ever made a movie, and even before Tim Burton got his hands on Batman. You see I’m not just a super hero nerd; I’m […]

Who Should You Blame When Your DNA is Faulty?

It is not an easy thing, getting genetic testing done on your DNA. For one thing it is very expensive, and insurance companies don’t always like to pay for it. And by “very expensive” I mean “more than I have made in the past decade.” So you don’t want to just have it done without […]

Big Hero 6 – A Team of 4?

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I caved.  We have a family tradition that involves going to see a movie over Thanksgiving weekend, and this year we had already chosen Big Hero 6 as our obvious choice.  But then, we just couldn’t wait.  Well, I just couldn’t wait.  It looked so gooooood!  I had to seeeeee it!  Ahhhhhhh!  And so […]

Thanks! It’s Just What You Wanted!

I have a problem with gift buying.  Let me rephrase that.  I love gift buying, but when I engage in that most blessed of activities, I sometimes run into problems caused, as usual, by my brain.  My brain is good at a lot of things, but thinking is not one of them.  It likes to […]

A Difference Made

When I was growing up, I often felt out of place amongst my extended family.  Whether it was real, or all in my own mind, the reason was very clear to me.  My uncles and cousins (like many uncles and cousins I suppose) were very into sports.  It seemed to me that the value one […]

The Greatest Crossovers of All Time

There is nothing like a good crossover.  It’s the reason why “The Avengers” was the number one movie last year, and why there is so much fan-fiction written that attempts to blend two different universes.  There is just something inherently exciting and geek-tastic about two (or more) of your favorite characters meeting and interacting.  I […]

Defining Good and Evil in a Non-Religious Context

What is good?  What is evil?  Are they fixed things that exist outside of any societal categorization?  Certainly many religions have strong views on the subject, and in my personal Christian religion I suppose that “good” can be boiled down to doing what God wants, and evil would be the opposite.  But if you strip […]