Monday, April 15, 2024

Calvin Monday 3-11-89

The day has finally come- the beanie has arrived!  The huge amount of Calvin's anticipation is about to pay off!  Until he reads the dreaded words "Some assembly required."  The batteries shouldn't be an issue, since Calvin's father is the sort who is always prepared for all contingencies.  I bet he has batteries in the freezer so they will last longer when needed.  My stepfather sure did.  They were also labeled when use began.  Be that as it may, having to put something together was always loaded with fear.  Something could, and probably would go wrong, especially if glue was involved.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Sven- Island of Terror (1967)

Two doctors investigate a strange mystery on Petrie's Island,  This is a remote island off the coast of Ireland.  It turns out a group of oncology researchers are looking for a cure for cancer.  This is occurring in a castle.  What are the odds that the research has gone awry and a new life form has been created?  These creatures, called silicates, and they kill their victims by injecting a bone-dissolving enzyme into their bodies.  The reproduce by grossly splitting apart, and their shells are nearly impenetrable.  Eventually the survivors figure out they can poison the silicates with Strontium-90 and kill them.  They leave the island, but somewhere in Japan the same thing happens again...

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Ultraman 80 thoughts

Ultraman 80 was the show that everyone wanted to see- well, all Ultra fans.  Sure, The * Ultraman was pretty good, but it was a cartoon, and the Ultras are generally best in live action.  The last show, Ultraman Leo, was good, but had some issues, such as what I have called "The Random Kid of the Week" story, which was quite common in the last half of the 70s.  Some random kid would have a problem that only the hero could help with... even if there was a kid in the show as a regular already.  This happened in the first third or so of 80, especially while Takeshi was playing teacher.  After he joined the UGM full time, it got better.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Dacya Clementine

 

Dacya would have been 17 years old today.  One of the reasons I took her home from Friends of Cats all those years ago was because they told me she was born on this day in the shelter.  I was looking for a tortie, and there she was, sleeping in a cat tree.  After that information was revealed (and that her name was Clementine) I knew fate had shown up.  She wasn't thrilled about the ride back to the house, and then hid under the bed for two weeks.  She did come out to eat and use the facilities.  We moved to a new place shortly after she arrived, so she was an only cat... until I decided to bring her a friend home, who was Thuvia Jane.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

HOTW- Roger Ramjet


 From Wiki- Roger Ramjet is a patriotic and highly moral hero who is typically out to save the world with help from his Proton Energy Pills ("PEP"), which give him "the strength of twenty atom bombs for a period of twenty seconds". The world is invariably saved by defeating the various recurring criminals who populate the series.[3] Ramjet encounters various nemeses during his missions, assigned by General G.I. Brassbottom. Typically, he is caught and must be rescued by his crew of sidekicks, the American Eagles: Yank, Doodle, Dan, and Dee (a play on "Yankee Doodle dandy", which also is the tune of the theme song). His Eagles appear to be children, yet each of them flies his own individual ramjet aircraft expertly (except for Dee), and they are obviously much savvier than their leader.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Calvin 3-10-89

 

Here we have the "watched pot never boils" in action.  He keeps watching for the mail.  This must have been on a Saturday, since it has been shown the mail comes at a time whilst Calvin is daydreaming about the beanie during class.  I have been in this position more than once, and the package always arrives once all hope has been lost.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Sven- The Time Travellers (1964)

From Wiki- Scientists Dr. Erik von Steiner, Dr. Steve Connors, and Carol White are testing their time-viewing device, drawing enormous amounts of power. Danny McKee, a technician from the power plant, has been sent to tell them to shut down their experiment. During the test, odd shadows cross the room and the screen shows a stark, barren landscape. Danny discovers the screen has become a "time portal" and steps through. The portal becomes unstable, and the others enter it to call him back. The portal disappears, stranding them. Pursued by hostile mutants, they seek refuge in a cave, which they discover leads to an underground city – all that is left of civilization in a future devastated by nuclear war.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

The Iron Maiden

From the Female Villains Wiki- Iron Maiden was the villainess in T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1, 3-5 and Dynamo #1-4. Iron Maiden was one of the world's most renowned criminals who at one time worked for the Overlord.  She was romantically interested in one of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Leonard Brown, a.k.a. Dynamo. She had captured him for the Warlord trying to force him to reveal the secrets of his Thunderbelt. However, he refused and proved able to resist her truth serum. Iron Maiden was impressed and became infatuated with him.