Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year, True Believers

So ... what are YOU doing New Year's Eve? Hope it's fun and safe, whatever it is.

Happy 2012!

Friday, December 30, 2011

A Sweet End to 2011

As my Christmas vacation comes to an end I'd be remiss not reflect back on 2011 without a holiday hot chocolate topped with Lucerne chocolate whipped cream ... all inside a Luke Skywalker mug. What a nice end to the year; a year that saw promotions at our jobs, healthy kids, and so many other blessings I can't count them all. Thank you God ... and Go Raiders and Go Blue!

Thanks for reading, true believers. You can look for more CruZader updates and news in 2012.

'Nuff said.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Stan THE MAN Lee!

Happy 88th to the ultimate true believer of characters like Spider-man, The Hulk, Iron Man, and The X-Men. This loquacious dude is my hero. Cheers to you, Stan. 'Nuff said.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas, true believers!

It was a very Super Mario Christmas at O-dogg's house. Lots of new games and systems, like 3DS and Kinect. Lots o' fun with the family.

Hope you and yours had a great Christmas too.

'Nuff said.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

New trailer - The Dark Knight Rises

So sick! I am not worried about the bad guy's voice (Bane). This looks epic, dark and everything else you'd expect from a Batman flick. Can't wait.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Testing new e-mail blog post

I suppose this is a quasi-tweet, if it works. An e-mail that can directly post to Blogger without having to login via the Web. OK, getting ready to hit 'send' in 3, 2, 1 ...
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

LOST IN LOVE - The Sounds

The Sounds still rock the bacon after all these years. Can't wait to see them live again.

Enjoy, true believers.

All hail Phantogram!

I've been a big fan o' the Phantogram for some years now. I'm glad they seem more legit now with actual music videos and such. It's just a matter of time before they make it big. Enjoy:

Here's a short-form video called "Turn it Off":

And who could forget this oldie but goodie?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

R.I.P. Joe Simon, co-creator of Captain America

Joe Simon: your legacy will live forever (along with Jack "King" Kirby) through the living legend of WWII, Captain America. As long as the red, white and blue shield exists, your legend will live. Thank you for creating my favorite hero. Rest in Peace, Joe.


Associated Press - Joe Simon, who along with Jack Kirby co-created Captain America and was one of the comic book industry’s most revered writers, artists and editors, has died at age 98. Simon’s family relayed word of his death Thursday, posting a short statement on Facebook and telling the Associated Press through a spokesman that Simon died Wednesday night in New York City after a brief illness. “Joe was one of a kind,” said Steve Saffel, of Titan Books, a Simon friend who worked with him on his recent autobiography, Joe Simon, My Life In Comics. Saffel said that Simon, born in Rochester, N.Y., in 1913, “lived life on his terms and created incredible things in the process. It was a privilege to know him and to call him my friend.”

Among Simon’s creations was a partnership with Kirby, a comic book artist and illustrator. The duo worked hand-in-glove for years and from their fertile imaginations sprang a trove of characters, heroes, villains and misfits for several comic book companies in their Golden Age of the 1940s, including Timely, the forerunner of today’s Marvel Comics; National Periodicals, the forerunner of DC; and Fawcett, among others. The characters the two created included the Newsboy Legion, the Boy Commandos and others, like Blue Bolt. “Blue Bolt was the first strip Jack and I worked on together, beginning in 1940. He was a science fiction swashbuckler I created for Curtis Publishing, the company that put out the Saturday Evening Post,” Simon told the AP earlier this year. “They had decided to jump on the comic book bandwagon. Jack joined me with the second issue. Like Captain America, Blue Bolt got his powers from an injection, long before the baseball players were doing it.”

For Timely, the duo created Captain America, debuting on the cover of Captain America Comics No. 1 with the champion of liberty throwing a solid right-hook at Adolf Hitler in December 1940, a year before the United States entered World War II. “Jack and I read the newspapers and knew what was going on over in Europe. And there he was — Adolf Hitler, with his ridiculous moustache, high-pitched ranting and goose-stepping followers. He was the perfect bad guy, much better than anything we could have made up, so what we needed was to create his ultimate counterpart,” Simon told the AP.

“Cap is one of the great comic book icons, and as dangerous as the world is today — more than it was in the 1940s — we need him around more than ever to act as our moral compass,” Simon said.