meeting of flash & elongated man

Hmm… first meeting of the Flash and the Elongated Man…. no fight, no super villain, not even a bank robbery… both rushing to save a Newtie-colored kitten, after a charity benefit performance. Must’ve been a slow day in Central City.

Ol’ EM’s outfit is really bagging out there, too… not up to his stretches all over the place, I suppose… that, and Flash’s head has a real bulbous quality to it, there, too.

One of the top five benefits of having stretch-powers.

animal crackers

This is what I get when I buy Publix-brand animal crackers, in alphabetical order:

  • Alligator
  • Dolphin
  • Eagle
  • Elephant
  • Manatee
  • Panda
  • Panther
  • Parrot
  • Penguin
  • Rhino
  • Sea Lion
  • Tiger
  • Turtle
  • Walrus
  • Whale
  • Zebra

Um.. This must be a local thing… Dolphins, Whales, Manatees and Alligators? Parrots? The Turtle and Rhino are *very* cute, however the Elephant and Penguin art could use some work. On further investigation, it’s a special “endangered / threatened species” shapes… I didn’t know parrots were endangered or threatened… Lots of the green guys live around here in the wild suburban lands.

How many ways can you spell Britney Spears? Google has been keeping count.

Nice piece on America’s hate-affair with documentation, and the rising trend to glossy up the manuals, turning them into three-page glossy gate-fold brochures. (via boingboing)

In the United States, Whirlpool is selling a microwave oven that asks consumers if they are preparing, say, a cooked or uncooked chicken, with or without bones, with or without sauce. The microwave will calculate the cooking time and method; all the user needs to do — after answering all those questions, of course — is push the start button and dish out the finished product.

In the not-too-distant future, many of those questions may prove unnecessary, at least for frozen dinners and such. Some microwaves are being designed to read a bar code that will be printed on the side of the package and cook it automatically. “The consumer won’t even have to read directions on how long he needs to cook the meal; he’ll just have to eat it,” Laermer said.

now, a moment of Zen-

Refreshing, the wind against the waterfall
As the moon hangs, a lantern, on the peak
And the bamboo window glows.
In old age mountains
Are more beautiful than ever.
My resolve:
That these bones be purified by rocks.

– Jakushitsu (14th century)

Taking a shard of time to remember, honor and thank all the good people who came before. I don’t mean honoring war, but those that died in those conflicts. I’m sort of extending the idea to all those that helped make the world a better place, or fought in the war of life, too. I’m very thankful that I’m of a generation that didn’t have to fight a war for freedom, owed largely in part by the generation immediately before.

Regarding a moment of remembrance –

Along with other Americans, you are asked to spend a Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. local time (duration: one minute). The time 3:00 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when many Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. The Moment does not replace the traditional Memorial Day observances. It is intended to a be a unifying act of remembrance for Americans of all ages. As you participate in the Moment you are helping reclaim Memorial Day for the noble and sacred reason for which it was intended–to honor those who died in service to our Nation. photo of children placing flags in a cemetery

How to Participate

Participation is voluntary and informal. You may observe in your own way a Moment of Remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever you are doing for a moment of silence or listening to “Taps.

You may also organize the observance more formally at such places as your neighborhood, local pool, picnic grounds, etc., for one minute of remembrance. You may ring a bell to signify the beginning and the end of the Moment or tune in to a local radio station that is observing the Moment with the playing of “Taps.” If you are driving a vehicle, you may turn on your headlights.


  • To remind all Americans of the importance of remembering those who sacrificed for their freedom and what it means to be an American.
  • To provide Americans throughout the world an opportunity to join this expression of gratitude in an act of unity.
  • To make Memorial Day relevant, especially to younger Americans.


In May 1996, the idea of the Moment was born when children touring Washington, DC, were asked what Memorial Day meant. They responded, “That’s the day the pools open!”

On December 28, 2000, by P.L. 106-579, the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance was established. The Moment has the personal support of the President of the United States.

One Minute
Memorial Day
Monday, May 27, 2002
3:00 p.m. (local time)