ECCC wrap up (this counts as a post, right?)

Hey guys! Sorry to drop off the face of the earth (again). Hopefully I’ll be able to get another post, along with some more HL videos, up this week. Until then, feel free to read about Hawk’s adventures at ECCC last weekend:

Day 1

Day 2 (part I)

Day 2 (part II)

Day 3

I also have a review of last week’s Wonder Woman #608 out, for the curious. For what it’s worth, the book no longer seems determined to destroy the character and everything she stands for. Which is a positive step.

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G-Man? More like CSM, amirite?

Gaps and comes up for air for the first time in three weeks. Blinks owlishly at the sudden bright lights.

Incidentally, if anyone ever asks you: teaching is HARD.

So, obtuse X-files reference aside, this article is indeed about Half-Life’s mysterious be-suited character. At this point–what, somewhere around 3/4ths of the way through are we, now?–and I still don’t know much about him at all. He’s…a…guy, he seems to dress well, he carries a briefcase, and he tends to appear in the oddest places.

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Strange goings-on in the comments section…

Once again just flying in under the deadline thanks to my new smart phone, and its WordPress app…

So my last post was fairly innocuous; simply a short piece on a nice piece of software I use to help catalog my comic book collection.

Things took a turn for the surreal, however, when a fine…someone/thing by the name of “Combine Overwatch Dispatch” began posting rather odd things in the comments section. It began like this:

Comment by Combine Overwatch Dispach on January 24, 2011 3:16 am

[Anti-Citizin One] not detected//
Resuming [Secter] sweep//

Wtf? First of all, whoever this Combine Overwatch Dispatch person/thing is (hereinafter referred to as “COD” for brevity’s sake) is, they do not know how to spell. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Obviously, therefore, it must be someone fairly high up in the government. (heh heh.)

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Thank You, Comics Collector!

(You thought I was gonna miss my weekly deadline, didn’t you? To that I say: …yeah, almost did. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Something a little different for this post. Hopefully we’ll get a Half-Life oriented post up later this week, but for now, I really have to pause a moment and share a discovery I’ve made with my fellow comic geeks.

If you are, indeed, a geek like me, chances are you’re quite fastidious about your geeky collections. Whether it’s DVDs, books, CCG cards, action figures, statues, video games, whatever, you probably have them neatly stored or displayed somewhere, and know pretty much at a glance what you have, what you’re missing, and what you want to get next.

This is true for the extreme pack rat known as the comic collector as well. However, we do face an extra-difficult challenge in that we amass a LOT of product very fast–I average 10-15 books a week, for example–and the fact that comics aren’t displayable or storeable in the same way most other collections are. Those long boxes fill up fast, and its hard to find places to store them all especially if you refuse to relegate your precious collection to the dirt, insects and moisture in the garage.

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Around World Mythology in D&D minis: the Gorgon

Welcome to another edition of Around World Mythology In D&D Minis, in which we use the tabletop role playing game Dungeons & Dragons as a jumping off point to examine the history, mythology and evolution of some of fantasyโ€™s most interesting and iconic creatures. Todayโ€™s subject: the gorgon, a monster so horrible that it’s very name comes from the Greek word for ‘dreadful’ (gorgos.)

This entry is going to be a little different than the others; usually I kick things off by talking about the D&D lore, and move on to mythology and popular culture from there. For this article (for reasons that will become apparent when we get to it), I’m going to do things a bit in reverse: mythology first, D&D later. So sit tight! Your patience will be rewarded.

As anyone who has ever read Greek mythology knows, a gorgon is a horrifying female creature with snakes for hair, and a gaze so terrible that it turned all who looked on them to stone. Of the three gorgons of Greek mythology–Stheno, Euryale and Medusa–two were immortal. Medusa, of course, was not, which is why Perseus was able to take her head in the famous story. (It is worth noting that some scholars believe that images of gorgon-like creatures go back as far as the neolithic era, however.)

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New Year’s resolution: a post a week! Really!

So I’ve been rather delinquent posting here (perhaps you’ve noticed.) However, I’ve been inspired by WordPresses’ posting challenge for 2011–make a post a week, for the duration of the year. (They also have a post a day version, but I think we all know that I would fall behind on that one faster than I could type.) So! We’ll see how it goes. Expect my first “official” post by the end of the weekend. (Which won’t be about Half-Life, since that’s *all* I’ve posted lately, but I promise I haven’t forgotten the HL fans out there.)

Note that this doesn’t mean that I’m LIMITING myself in any shape or form to a post a week…my pie-in-the-sky goal is three a week. We’ll see how it goes though.

Also, if you’re reading this and feel inclined to comment…I’ll give you a choice. I have two non-HL articles in the works, one on Batman, the other regarding D&D. If anyone (or multiple people) post their preference in the comments, I’ll do whichever more people request. Otherwise, I’ll be Hawk’s Choice. ๐Ÿ˜‰