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You Will Believe. . .

Superman can do anything, but the one thing he does that everybody wants to do is this: He flies.

The freedom he has to take off and just fly wherever he wants, whenever he wants. . . The ability to cruise the heavens and drift over the poor souls trapped at the bottom of Earth’s gravity well, forever anchored to the pedestrian and the heavy. . .

Flight, dudes. That’s what everyone loves about Superman, even before we come to understand the second-most amazing thing about him: He can do anything he wants, but he helps people because it’s the right thing to do.

Now, if you’ve seen the recent movie Man of Steel, you might be wondering who this Superman fellow is I’ve been talking about because it sure wasn’t like anyone in that movie.

And that’s true. I’ve spoken before about my loathing for Man of Steel. It’s a good homicidal superbeings slugging it out in the midst of planetwide destruction disaster porn, but it’s not a Superman movie.

I mean, Pa Kent? The moral backbone who makes Clark Kent into the man who would want to be Superman? Yeah, him. In this movie, do you know what his big moral lesson is?

“Clark, it’s okay to let people die if it will make your life easier.”

Yeah, that’s some good ethics there, Pa. Great job. And don’t even get me started on the whole snapper of an ending. Really. Don’t.

In fact. . .

Let’s all take a breath here. (And by all, I mean, of course, me.) Breathe in the oxygen, breathe out the negativity.

Ahhh. Much better.

So. Back to the premise of the post.

Superman, the real Superman, can fly. It’s so fundamental to his overall physical description that it formed the tag line for his first solo live-action film, with Christopher Reeve.

“You will believe a man can fly.” And we did.

A flying man is never not awesome. Just ask any two-year-old kid. In fact, just ask this two-year-old kid. You’ll see what I mean.

Be prepared to overdose on cuteness for the next couple of minutes.

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Kickstart This, Flyboy

by Richard

Crowdfunding is a wonderful idea.

Basically, crowdfunding means going somewhere and talking up what a great idea you have and how cool it would be to produce this idea, if only you had the money.

Then you rely on donations from a whole bunch of people, a veritable crowd funding the idea. You dudes see where the whole process got its name, yeah?

Well, the best-known of these sorts of sites is a place called Kickstarter. I love Kickstarter. I’ve supported a handfull of really worthy projects, helping bring to reality some really cool things that I just can’t wait to have in my sweaty little hands.

Which is why I’m coming to you, loyal duders, because I think you will love this idea. Take one hefty dose of Bill Nye, the Science Guy, and then add in a cool video game for the iPad, some dedicated and creative teachers and shake well, like the perfect martini.

Give it enough money (hint, hint) and let it germinate. Then you’ve got something wonderful like this.


Basically, we’re talking about using a cool game in which you fly like a seagull to teach kids about difficult-to-grasp concepts like aerodynamics and physics.

From the website: There are several forces engaged when a bird or plane flies, and here on earth we’re unable to see any of them. But never fear!  Bill Nye andGameDesk have a revolutionary idea! With your help we can complete a game that teaches the physics behind flight by allowing players to literally become a bird and experience those scientific principles in their own hands. 

Yeah, dudes, that does sound cool. So cool, in fact, I already went there and pledged to give some money to the group.

You’ve got to know that the US is lagging behind other nations in the number of scientists we produce. This is something that can help reverse that decline, by hooking young, impressionable minds on the wonders of the natural world, the fascinating puzzles to be solved using science, and the fun you can have while working on it all.

So, really, dudes, go here and give a couple of bucks. There’s only 28 more days left until this baby is either funded or scrapped. Let’s do our part to make sure it’s funded, all right, crowd?

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Sunday Serenade: Swinging Spider-Man

by Richard

Because I like you dudes, I won’t subject you to the theme song from that Spider-Man cartoon that was being shown during the 1970s. Remember, though, he can do whatever a spider can. Spider-Man. Spider-Man. And he can catch crooks just like flies.

Heh. Even without playing the song, now you’ve got it stuck in your heads. Sorry. Sort of.

No, what I’m bringing to your attention today is the newest trailer for the Amazing Spider-Man. Even though we just had three movies telling the story of Spider-Man, how he became a hero and what gave him his mysterious powers and all of that, this movie is about the origin of Spider-Man, how he became a hero and what gave him his mysterious powers and all of that.

You might think that, to certain movie studio executives, the only plot for any superhero-themed movie is about his/her origin. Anyway. They’ve got a new Peter Parker, a new Gwen Stacey and a new first villan, the Lizard.

I was sort of bleh on the movie until I saw this trailer. It certainly looks like it’s going to be a fun movie. So, it’s up to you dudes, but I suggest you enjoy it.

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