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Sea of Green   Leave a comment

I saw Green Lantern back in June, and that got me thinking about the absurdity of a story featuring a hero with almost unlimited power. Green Lantern’s super power is his ring, which enables him to create anything he can imagine (albeit in the color green). This is an amazingly cool power, but a set-up like that seems a bit like those games we would play as children: “I’m as strong as Hercules!” “Yeah? Well I’m as strong as the universe!” “Yeah? Well, I’m as strong as infinity!” “Yeah well I’m as strong as infinity plus infinity!” “I’m as strong as infinity times infinity!” Just what are the limits of Green Lantern’s power? Could he, for example, stop all evil by imagining all the evildoers in the universe locked up inside an un-escapable prison? Do his powers have infinite range, or do they only work within a radius of, say, a lightyear or so?

Then it occurred to me, “Why doesn’t he just imagine a perfect world? The ring is capable of creating anything he can imagine, isn’t it?” Although all the things he creates with the ring vanish as soon as he stops using them, so maybe that’s why he couldn’t do that? I’ve never read any Green Lantern comics, so I wouldn’t know. Anyway, this gag came to me, and I started drawing it, and then I got really into drawing it, and a month later I finally have this to show. Just a really stupid gag, but I had a blast drawing it.

Posted July 21, 2011 by benjaminsapiens in art, cool, geeky

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End of an era …   Leave a comment

Much as I love Harry Potter, the launch of NASA’s final space shuttle is the REAL end of an era as far as I’m concerned. After all, well still have the Potter books and movies with to watch and read whenever we want, but this was the very last space shuttle launch ever.

July 7, 2011 ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ Premiere Attracts Thousands to Rainy London

Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off July 8 on the final flight of the shuttle program, a 12-day mission to the International Space Station.

Part of the cast of the television series Star Trek attend the first showing of America’s first Space Shuttle, named Enterprise, in Palmdale, California, on September 17, 1976. From left are Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, DeForest Kelly and James Doohan. The Enterprise was built as a test craft, and never flew in space. It received its name thanks to a massive letter-writing campaign by Trekkies.

Space Shuttle Columbia lifts off from Kennedy Space Center, on April 12, 1981. Commander John Young and pilot Robert Crippen were onboard STS-1, the first orbital flight of the Space Shuttle program.

The Space Shuttle Challenger moves through the fog on its way down the crawler way en route to Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in this NASA handout photo dated November 30, 1982.

Mission Specialist Bruce McCandless II, is seen further away from the confines and safety of the Space Shuttle Challenger than any previous astronaut has ever been from an orbiter in this February 12, 1984 photo.

NASA space shuttle Columbia hitched a ride on a special 747 carrier aircraft for the flight from Palmdale, California, to Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on March 1, 2001.

A view photographed from the International Space Station in 2007 shows the Space Shuttle Atlantis above the Earth, as the two spacecraft were nearing their link-up in Earth orbit.

Billows of smoke and steam infused with the fiery light from Space Shuttle Endeavour’s launch on the STS-127 mission fill NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A in July of 2009.

The International Space Station and the docked space shuttle Endeavour, fly at an altitude of approximately 220 miles. This May 23, 2011 photo was taken by Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nespoli from the Soyuz TMA-20 following its undocking. The pictures taken by Nespoli are the first taken of a shuttle docked to the International Space Station from the perspective of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

The docked space shuttle Endeavour, backdropped by a nighttime view of Earth and a starry sky are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 28 crew member on the International Space Station, on May 28, 2011.

Posted July 8, 2011 by benjaminsapiens in cool, geeky

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