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Sunday Show: Boulet’s Long Journey

Here’s a lovely little something for you dudes today. Instead of a song, I’ve got a journey for you all to take.

But first, a question: Just how bored would you have to be to seek adventure by crawling into your toilet?

No, seriously.

My answer would probably be somewhere in the neighborhood of “I’m never getting that bored.” Mostly because I have no doubt I’d never make it past the first turn.

Of course, we've still got hangers, so at least that's the same.
We’re long past the toilet here, dudes.

That’s not a problem if you’re in a cartoon, of course. Which is the case with our protagonist in “The Long Journey,” a wonderful graphic story the Bouletcorp website. Not only is the journey long, but it’s astoundingly, amazingly awesome. It’s funny, awe-inspiring and just-plain beautiful.

Written and drawn in an engaging eight-bit, pixelated style by Boulet, a French artist who lives in Paris, “The Long Journey” takes full advantage of the infinite canvas offered by posting a comic on the web.

Instead of pages, the story simply scrolls down and down and down, as we crawl through tunnels, hang over seemingly infinite abysses and meet the most astounding life forms ever imagined.

Several times I found myself staring slack-jawed at the screen as Boulet managed yet another amazing transition from one scene to another in a way that, only minutes before, I would have said was impossible.

Even better, “The Long Journey” is a G to PG rated adventure, with no objectionable words or situations, save for a couple of sections that might have some religious folks getting a bit uptight. Still, even that is more on the level of debate, rather than diatribe, so it’s a good family read.

If you’ve got a good half hour or so, give this a chance. Sit down and enjoy the endless possibilities a fantastic artist can find when he puts his mind to discovering the new.

Good stuff, dudes. Good stuff.

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Sunday Shriek: Quiet Riot Of The Living Dead

Sometimes, dudes. . . Sometimes there’s a person who has a stroke of genius and then shares it with the rest of us.

Come with me now, way, way back. Back to the dim, fondly remembered days of the 1980s. When men wore parachute pants and women thought shoulder pads and poofy hair made them look good.

And a seminal production of American cinema graced the local multiplex: The Return of the Living Dead. An astonishing horror comedy, with wonderfully bad practical special effects and a bit of an homage to the Romero Living Dead movies. It also introduced “bbbrrraaaaaaiiiinnnnsssss” to the lexicon.

Good stuff.

Go see if it you ever get the chance.

Or you can just watch below.

Where some wonderfully great dude put part of the movie together with the music from Quiet Riot, the one-hit wonder song that defined a year, Cum On Feel The Noize. We couldn’t spell in the ’80s either, apparently.

Anyway, take a look


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The Weirdest Places On Earth

Other than your basement, I mean.

What? Come on, it was a joke, dude. Just a joke.

Okay, fine. I take it back.

What I’m not taking back, though, is that the Sierra Club has gone and collected up some of the most astonishing, strangest, oddest, weirdest places on Earth. And then went and took pictures of them.

Most of these places I’ve never even heard of. Now I’m afraid my life won’t be complete without going to see some of these and wandering around for a while.

Seriously, how could you not see a picture of this and not want to go there?slide1

Answer: You couldn’t not. Er. Um, what I mean to say is that of course you want to go.

That’s Fly Geyser, which sits about 10 miles away from the site of the annual Burning Man festival. Burning Man is a countercultural arts festival held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The Fly Geyser was accidentally formed in 1916 when folks were drilling for water. They found it. Scalding hot water about 200 degrees F. They plugged the hole and tried to forget about it. Until someone tried to drill again and again found scalding water.This time, the water wouldn’t be blocked. It started coming to the surface, bringing along with it lots of minerals, which started accreting.

This one, though, is less manmade and more just man-nificent. Sorry about that pun. Couldn’t help myself. Anyway, slide2this is Blood Falls, which is in Antarctica. As you might have guessed, the deal here is that there’s a trickle of highly iron-rich water headed down Taylor Glacier into West Bonney Lake. On exposure to the oxygen in our atmosphere, the iron gets oxidized (rusted) and turns red.

See what I mean?

This stuff is just plain awesome. I would love to head out to Blood Falls, if only to soak in the ambiance to make the story even better. Blood of giants, long dead, staining the very ground upon which they once trod. Yeah, that’s the good stuff.

And all I have to do to get there is head to Antarctica. No worries there, dudes. No worries.

Before I head out, I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t give you dudes a picture of this. It’s Mono Lake in California, but I like to think of it as the Drip Castle of the Gods.

It also has an interesting history, weird in and of itself.

At first glance, California’s Mono Lake seems eerily barren. Twisting limestone pinnacles, called tufa towers, line slide3its shores, some reaching heights of over 30 feet. Tufa towers grow only underwater, but Los Angeles’ diversion of Mono Lake’s tributary streams beginning in 1941 exposed the gnarled formations. Mono Lake, which is at least 760,000 years old, has no outlet to the ocean, causing salt to accumulate and create harsh alkaline conditions. Yet, oddly enough, Mono Lake hosts a flourishing ecosystem based on tiny brine shrimp, which feed the more than 2 million migratory birds that nest there each year.

In 2010, NASA astrobiologist Felisa Wolfe-Simon reported discovering bacteria in Mono Lake’s arsenic sediments that could incorporate the toxic element into their DNA instead of phosphorous, normally a key building block of the double helix. For the most part, the new species’ weirdness survived the scrutiny of two 2012 studies that debunked Wolfe-Simon’s findings. Their conclusion? Mono Lake’s “alien” bacteria do need phosphorous, but at surprisingly low amounts.

You dudes should pop on over to the Sierra Club’s site and check out the rest of the photos. Then get on the horn to your travel agent and start booking.

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