Middle X: Cecilia Reyes

Enter a world where the X-Men have quietly retired from their years of superheroing. It’s a world where they settled down in the suburbs and lived to ripe old ages.

We look in on them as they hit their 40s. They are, perhaps, soccer moms and dance dads and who knows what else.

Number 2 in a series. Here’s…. Dr. Cecilia Reyes. After a brief and tumultuous turn with the X-Men in the 90s, she retired from the mutant scene and returned to the medical scene. Today, she’s an administrator at a hospital back in her hometown or, er, wherever she came from. It’s a cleaner living.

Middle X: Dr. Cecilia Reyes

Middle X: Psylocke

Enter a world where the X-Men have quietly retired from their years of superheroing. It’s a world where they settled down in the suburbs and lived to ripe old ages.

We look in on them as they hit their 40s. They are, perhaps, soccer moms and dance dads and who knows what else.

Number 1 in a series. Here’s…. Psylocke:

Psylocke in her 40s

Remember Wired?

Wired logo

They’re a magazine that charges something like $12 for a year’s subscription.

They’re also a website you may have visited in the past.

Looks like I won’t be visiting them anymore:

Starting in the next few weeks, the magazine will give those readers a choice: stop blocking ads, pay to look at a version of the site that is unsullied by advertisements, or go away.  

I just visited the site.  The banner ads weren’t too bothersome.  I clicked on an article.  not too bad. Scrolled down two paragraphs and a pop up video started playing.

It’s cheaper to buy the print magazine than to read the website, by a factor of 4x – 5x.

OK.  Buh-bye, Wired.

Dog Walk

Playing around with some Manga Studio toys and templates… Figured this would be a good time to share one of those conversations I tend to have with my dog from time to time…

dogs pee an awful lot. Humans take pills for that kind of thing.

First thing I’ve learned: a blog design that’s only 600 pixels wide isn’t wide enough. Or my lettering isn’t big enough. It’s probably a bit of both… Maybe look at this on Tumblr for a better view.

X-Files Lighting

At night, looking down a dark street, a streetlamp lights a little of the way.

A week and a half ago, a winter storm dumped two feet of snow in the area.

Warmer temperatures since then have melted most of it away. Yesterday, it rained. And when it stopped, the abrupt change in temperature caused some interesting conditions. We had fog, basically, blowing across the cold snow melting into the warm night.

As I’m walking the dog in one hand and holding a flashlight in the other, I was excited by what these circumstances had given me:

Walking the dog, a strong beam comes out of the flashlight

Look at that shaft of visible light.

It’s X-Files lighting!

Or a light sabre, depending on your fandom.