M Is for...

... Meaning, which I tend to use in some form or another to title a list of word-verification definitions, but also mourning and a myriad of other things that have kept me from posting, as well as mulling over how to publish the content currently in the pipeline for this blog, including another annual March of Comics.

actato — n. [ak tay toh] Spud that doth trod the boards.

countog — 1. n. [kownt ahg] Person who monopolizes all the enumeration. 2. (Count O.G.) [kownt oh jee] Little-seen "original gangsta" version of Sesame Street's The Count.

duractr — n. [dur ak tur] A really stupid piece of farming equipment.

Leon Saner 1914-2011

Leon Saner died on Saturday.

I can't begin to describe how much that fact has impacted my life. He was my mother's father — and so much more than those words might suggest.

The number of stories that have come to mind and been told by family in the week
since we took up a vigil at Grandpop's bedside could fill a book; perhaps one day they will. For now, I'll just share the eulogy that I managed to read at the service held in his honor:

my grandparents (in their 80s) sipping the same milkshake from separate straws, adorably


The Slog Deferred

I was planning to follow up last year's State of the Blog post with another edition today, but serious real-world stuff has taken precedence. And that's something of a lowercase-s slog itself, which I'll write about eventually; for now, though, finishing up an essay on bloggery existentialism is the last thing on my mind. While I'm not putting up the Campbell's Cream of Mushroom can or the flaming bottle of Devil Tylenol from Hell just yet, as they feel too flippant, activity here will be light to nonexistent for the indefinite future. 

Scrap Medal

Every half-year here on Blam's Blog so far, I've offered up a retrospective. Six months after things really started, I listed ten posts and a couple of labels that showed off the blog to good effect. On my first anniversary, I switched gears a bit and drew attention to a host of links that had appeared. Eighteen months along, I determined the dozen most popular posts on the blog, through some half-assed algorithm* that mixed page hits with comments and discarded from the results any of the ten posts spotlighted the year before so as not to repeat myself so soon.

[* If only "algorithm" were a word-verification string!
algorithm — n. What Bill Clinton's Vice President tries to display on the dance floor.]

On the occasion of the second anniversary of my very brief first post, I was hoping to do something similar, but the usual troubles — to be bitched about again soon, if I'm able to publish my annual "Slog" — have scratched that plan. What I do have to share and, truth be told, much belatedly so, is a list not about the blog but about myself.


A website called BoxOfficeQuant put together an intriguing graph last month. The Sequel Map charts Rotten Tomatoes' average scores for various sequels against the films from whence they sprang. Forget Alien vs. Predator; this is Alien vs. Aliens.

(You'll find a clickable version of the graph, above, at the link. Hit it once within BOQ's blogpost and you'll get a larger image; hit that image and it zooms in wherever your cursor is to the extent that you can actually read the movie names amidst the circles. If, as happened with me, the graph doesn't quite register with you at first, all you have to do is realize that it's been shifted 45° to make the dotted line horizontal — just cock your head to the right.)