Oct. 8th, 2010, edition of The Joy of Tech © 2010 Geek Culture.
I figured some levity was in order after the ordeal that I've had with my computer, and therefore with the blog, lately. The above is from the Joy of Tech strip that runs at the website Geek Culture. (I've long since learned that being a tech geek is no guarantee of a clean, well-organized, easily navigable website that won't assault you with ads, animation, and a host of clashing typefaces 'n' stuff, but I'm still surprised when tech-geek artists' websites turn up that way.)
While the cartoon is almost a year old, it's sort-of timely for a couple of random reasons.
One is that last week marked the 70th anniversary of Superman and Batman's first appearance in the same story, "$1,000,000 for War Orphans" in All-Star Comics #7 — released on Aug. 25th, 1941, although cover-dated Oct./Nov. It was just a cameo proving that they were in fact members of the Justice Society of America; the pair wouldn't really share an adventure until 1945, and that was on radio, with the first of countless team-ups in the comics not coming until 1952.
Another is that I've been compiling some more posts on precious words and deeds from the little ones in the family, including this lyric sung softly by my nephew Ishmael as he played:
"Superman and Batman are best friends /
"And they also poop together."
Ishmael likes to talk about pooping, as many kids and particularly boys his age do. He doesn't even necessarily use the word in proper context — sometimes it's more of an all-purpose term like "smurf" — but he is rather fascinated with the concept on its own terms and also how it's obviously a little bit taboo even though we all try to keep a straight face rather than giggle or get upset at the constant barrage of poop talk. Right now the primary concern is still that he does the pooping at the proper time and place, which I'm happy to report is generally the case, with talking about it secondary and something that will either, um, pass or be dealt with parentally if it really becomes a problem.
As you might discover if you're clicking on the above link to the Joy of Tech homepage near the date this post is actually being published, by the way, the theme of the Facebook gag was just revisited earlier this week in a strip using Google accounts as a springboard instead.
The Facebook gag reminds me of an old Sergio Aragonés Mad cartoon in which Batman has spray-painted "Clark Kent is Superman" on a fence. Since I wasn't a regular reader of the magazine, I'm pretty sure that I came across the cartoon in a reprint special devoted to superhero satire, and other material from the issue or ones like it are now flooding my brain — like a Don Martin strip in which Clark Kent decides to get contact lenses and, naturally, everyone back at the Daily Planet offices realizes upon his return that he is in fact Superman. Neither of these may sound laugh-out-loud funny when described, and frankly the latter doesn't even really make any sense if you think about it for more than a fraction of a second; however, the mischief inherent in Aragonés' work was, as always, palpable, and the Martin strip dates to when everyday use of contact lenses was still a relatively new phenomenon, the novelty accounting, I'd argue, for the leap of faith necessary to accept why Clark Kent, who is of course actually deliberately hiding his double identity through the glasses and the slouching and the voice and the mild-mannered attitude, would be trading in his spectacles in the first place.
I'm prattling on like this in large part due to the absolute glee of having a stable, zippy connection to the Interwebs, which I realize I say at risk of rousing the gremlins through jinxitude yet again. The gods of frustration do indeed taketh away even as they giveth, for no sooner did I conclude using this newfound connectivity on a new machine — about which more another time — to publish a round of lingering posts than I discovered that Blogger is cramming yet another change down the gullets of its users. I'll have to get used to that just as I'll have to get used to the differences between Mac OS Lion and Leopard, which I realize sounds like a cue for the patented tiny, invisible violins of insincerity if ever there was one. I just ask you to remember that my previous laptop did not work as it was supposed to for three pooping years.
Despite this new setup I anticipate reduced blogging here for the foreseeable future, as mentioned in recent posts, due to other priorities both online and in the personal realm. I'm hopeful that the bottleneck of material will indeed flow at some rate, though, lest irony overtake my life completely. The archive of my comics articles that is one of those other priorities may even open in rough-draft form very soon, in fact, so that as I spruce up this blog I can link over to the comics-oriented posts removed from here during the era of heavy vandalism — like the entry in my Batman First Friday series that, say, focused on the first meetings of Superman and Batman.
And I have no idea why the blog logo got so danged big a month or so ago, but fixing that is on the list of things to do — as is, uh, finally getting on Facebook, which I just realized is probably what most of my friends will expect this post is announcing. Poop!