April 29, 2005

Me and monkeys

Me and monkeys
Originally uploaded by bkirsten.
Picture taken of me with a bunch of monkeys, it was a promotion that Careerbuilder.com was running over at the Ponte Vedra art show that Christine did last weekend.

I'm the one on the right.

The human.

With the blue t-shirt.

Movie Quote...

"When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built in all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up. And that's what you're going to get, Lad, the strongest castle in all of England."

CBRM is a whole lot prettier....

Now that Comic Book Review Machine has a proper looking design, it looks almost professional looking! CBRM also reached a milestone yesterday, 300 reviews! Crack open the champagne and the cognac!

April 28, 2005

Movie Quote...

"I didn't say I was different or better. I'm not. Hell, I sympathize; I sympathize completely. Apathy is the solution. I mean, it's easier to lose yourself in drugs than it is to cope with life. It's easier to steal what you want than it is to earn it. It's easier to beat a child than it is to raise it. Hell, love costs: it takes effort and work."

Comic Book Review Machine now with RSS!

You can now point your RSS readers to the 10 most recently added reviews list over at Comic Book Review Machine.

Here's the feed. More feeds to come.

April 27, 2005

Movie Quote...

"You're right, I did lose a million dollars last year. I expect to lose a million dollars this year. I expect to lose a million dollars *next* year. You know, Mr. Thatcher, at the rate of a million dollars a year, I'll have to close this place in... 60 years. "

April 26, 2005

Movie Quote...

"I find I'm so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend, and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope."

CIA’s final report: No WMD found in Iraq

“As matters now stand, the WMD investigation has gone as far as feasible.”

(Link courtesy of DailyKos)

April 25, 2005

Comic Book Reviews...

Updated the Comic Book Review Machine with review listings for Blue Spring and Or Else #2.

If you're a comic book reviewer and would like your reviews added to our database (for free!), just email brian.kirsten.bss@gmail.com with your information.

Movie Quote...

"Okay, I get the picture White Tigers, Lords of Death, guys in funny suits throwing plastic explosives while poison arrows fall from the sky and the pillars of heaven shake, huh? Sure, okay, I see Charlie Chan, Fu Manchu and a hundred howlin' monkey temples, and that's just for starters, right? Fine! I'm back! I'm ready, goddammit let me at 'em!"

April 23, 2005

Movie Quote...

"I'm a superstitious man, and if some unlucky accident should befall Michael - if he is to be shot in the head by a police officer, or be found hung dead in a jail cell... or if he should be struck by a bolt of lightning - then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room; and then I do not forgive. But with said, I pledge - on the souls of my grandchildren - that I will not be the one to break the peace that we have made today."

Art Festival...

Doing the Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (near Jacksonville) art festival this weekend showing off (and selling) Christine's photography.

We've been up way too long this morning setting up.

April 22, 2005

Movie Quote...

"The reign of Christian terror is over. We're going back to our roots. We are porn again."

April 21, 2005

The jungle weeps.

Monkeys, monkeys torturing my dreams in an uncontrollable cacophony of primal jungle banana eating. A deluge of peels, feces and partially eaten banana barrages those unlucky enough to perch underneath the branches where the primates dwell. Their howls crash through the tropical silence, unaware of the impending danger. Giant metal machines filled with uncaring men happy enough to have jobs to bring meager gains to their hungry waiting families, machines belching hot acid-filled smoke into the air choking those who come across the metal behemoth's path.

The jungle weeps...

(© Brian Kirsten 2005)

Movie Quote...

"Are you calling me on the cellular phone? I don't know you. Who is this? Don't come here, I'm hanging up the phone! Prank caller, prank caller! "

April 20, 2005

Scary Monday

I was offline all day yesterday (in bed), and for most of the night on Monday, all because of something stupid.

Went to an Indian buffet for lunch on Monday, they had this great curry I'd never tried before, wonderfully spicy so I had several helpings (not a good idea). By mid-afternoon I could feel the onset of heartburn, then all of a sudden it happened, a sharp pain in my chest and left shoulder, so bad I could hardly breath. Complained to Christine about it, she takes me to an urgent care office (like an emergency room), they take one look at me, sweating, complaining about chest pains and the horrible pain in my shoulder, and sweep me into a back room. They give me a GI (gastro-intestinal) cocktail, and then plug me into an EKG. After being satisfied that I wasn't having a heart attack, they offer me a prescription for the issue and send me on my way. Sadly the GI cocktail wears off and the pain is unbearable, the worst I'd ever felt in my life, got no sleep on Monday because of it, and stayed in on Tuesday recovering.

Now it looks like I'm stuck with watching my diet (wonderful), I glanced over a list of foods that might cause me issues: alcohol; coffee, tea, cola drinks, and other beverages containing caffeine; carbonated beverages; chocolate; citrus fruits and juices; tomatoes and tomato sauces; and spicy foods. Or in other words "any foods that have any sort of flavor" I should watch out for.

Joy. But at least I'm not in pain anymore.

Movie Quote...

"That's the hardest part. Today everything is different. There's no action. I have to wait around like everyone else. Can't even get decent food. Right after I got here I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce and I got egg noodles and ketchup. I'm an average nobody. I get to live the rest of my life like a schnook. "

April 18, 2005

Movie Quote...

"I just realized, I've been remiss. Forgive me, I forgot to thank you for protecting me yesterday. That is your job right? Protecting me. Well done 'Bob.' You don't mind if I call you Bob, do you? I knew a Bob once; God, he was ugly as a mule. Are you a ladies man, Bob?"

April 17, 2005

Happy Anniversary my wonderful wife...

April 15, 2005

Movie Quote...

"The White House reception committee greeted the Prime Ribroast Minister and... I do the cha-cha like a sissy girl. I lik-a do da cha-cha. I'm sorry we seem to be having some technical difficulties. In other news..."

For those of you not subscribed to my feed...

I've uploaded a bunch of photos to my Flickr account taken with my old Seagull camera.

Check them out here.

April 14, 2005

Movie Quote...

"Survival kit contents check. In them you'll find: one forty-five caliber automatic; two boxes of ammunition; four days' concentrated emergency rations; one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills; one miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible; one hundred dollars in rubles; one hundred dollars in gold; nine packs of chewing gum; one issue of prophylactics; three lipsticks; three pair of nylon stockings. Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff."

April 13, 2005

Movie Quote...

"Few people understand the psychology of dealing with a highway traffic cop. Your normal speeder will panic and immediately pull over to the side. This is wrong. It arouses contempt in the cop-heart. Make the bastard chase you. He will follow."

April 12, 2005

Comic Book Preview Torrent

True Story, Swear to God: This One Goes to Eleven Preview torrent (PDF format)

More information on True Story, Swear to God: This One Goes to Eleven here.


"Janine, someone with your qualifications would have no trouble finding a top-flight job in either the food service or housekeeping industries. "

Katamari Damacy 2 screenshots

Katamari Damacy 2 screenshots from the Namco site...

(Link courtesy of BoingBoing)

I just beat Katamari Damacy this weekend, and if you haven't checked out this game yet do it now. It friggen rocks.

April 11, 2005


"Oh, this your wife, huh? A lovely lady. Hey baby, you must've been something before electricity."

April 08, 2005

My kindness knows no bounds....

Noticed that the Atomeka Press domain expired so I renewed it for them for another year. If anyone knows any folks over at Atomeka, I didn't do anything funky, just did a simple renewal. (Unless the company went out of business, I haven't checked any comic news sites if that's the case.)

Kooky TorrentFlux

Today I noticed that my TorrentFlux installation (the thing that's seeding my comic book preview torrents) started showing odd ownership changes for my older torrents, turns out it was just a setting in the config file. All's good now, everyone can calm down and get some much needed rest.

The forum thread that explains it all.

April 07, 2005

More Comic (Preview) Torrents

Some more PDF torrents (Previews)

Last of the Independents
More information about Last of the Independents here.

Switchblade Honey
More information about Switchblade Honey here.

Cheap Screen Printing

Step-by-step process for screen printing on the cheap.

(Link courtesy of Preshrunk)

April 06, 2005

Way busy at work....

...hopefully will be back to normal tomorrow.

Only thing of true interest, went to the eye doctor today, I'm not going blind. Which is always nice.

And my little comic torrent preview experiment thing...seems to be working well. More info soon.

April 05, 2005

Another Preview Comic Torrent

The Couriers: The Ballad of Johnny Funwrecker
Information about The Couriers: The Ballad of Johnny Funwrecker here.

Some new PREVIEW comic torrents

Added the following comic torrents (THESE ARE PREVIEWS!)

Lions, Tigers and Bears #1 Preview
Information about Lions, Tigers and Bears can be found here.

Wyatt Earp: Dodge City #1 Preview
Information about Wyatt Earp can be found here.

Everyone loves pictures!

Christine posted up pictures from the art show that we took part in last weekend. Check them out in our gallery.

April 04, 2005

Top Ten searches for March 2005

ascii generator
awesome fonts
touch of death
dancing jesus
dancing jesus simpsons
larry la prise
monkey king
splinter cell pandora tomorrow walkthrough
bunny movies
death touch

Nothing really kooky outside of the top ten except for "vintage monkey postcards". What could this be for?

We're back!

Actually we got back yesterday, but I was way too busy to blog. The show was excellent, the first day (Saturday) started off pretty rough, we had to setup in pouring rain at 5AM, but the sky's cleared and sales were really good. Christine got horrible sun stroke and had to stay in on Saturday night, but she sent me away with my parents to hit up this great brewery (mmm beer) near the hotel. Sunday she was feeling better and sales were also great that day too.

The only thing that marred the weekend was I was pulled over doing 19 miles over the speed limit on the way home (84 in a 65), oh well at least it was in the last 20 minutes of the drive.

April 01, 2005

8th Annual San Marco Art Festival

Off to Jacksonville! Christine is doing the 8th Annual San Marco Art Festival in sunny Jacksonville. We'll be heading up there this afternoon for a 5AM setup tomorrow morning. Whoo!