Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Batman or Ironman?

Just title this "Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous."

Whose lifestyle is more expensive, Batman or Ironman?

If you're Tony Stark, you not only have to invent and pay for all those cutting edge, blow-them-up, and run-them-over kind of gadgets, you also have to maintain your lifestyle as one of Los Angeles' rich and famous.

His house alone costs $25,000,000.  His computer system is over $10,000,000 and then there are his cars and his suits.  Yikes that's quite a bill.

But like we say over here a picture is worth a thousand words, so here's an infographic from Mashable (click here fore a full-size Ironman graphic).

 In order to live like Ironman you are going to need $10,086,485,000.00. 

Yes, college is a good choice if you are looking to make that kind of money.

What about Batman, you ask?

Bruce Wayne has own lifestyle obligations that include not only the Batmobile and outfitting the Batcave, but also Wayne manor, a butler, a bunch of girlfriends, and awesome globe-trotting vacations.

Again that's according to Here's how it breaks down visually from Mashable (click here for a full-size Batman graphic).

The Batmobile alone costs $18,000,000 and rebuilding Wayne Manor and the Batcave cost over $600,000,000!

In order to live like Batman you are going to need $682,450,750.00.

Batman's a deal, you say?  Well, don't quit your day job, or as you parents might say "Stay in school."

Personally, I want to live like Batman. Tony Stark has too many responsibilities. I want an alter ego that can act as silly as one wants before snapping into action at the appearance of the Bat signal.

Who would you want to live like, Batman or Ironman?

On the other hand, it would be cool to major in science and invent all these uber-cool, ultra-secret gadgets.

What's your major?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Pakistani Dave Brubeck

I almost clicked by the title "Pakistani Musicians Play Dave Brubeck's Take Five", but then curiosity got the better of me -- and am I glad. Take a listen:

Sitars? Tabla drums? Violins? What?

The Guardian featured the group in a recent article saying,
The Sachal Studios Orchestra was created by Izzat Majeed, a philanthropist based in London. When Pakistan fell under the dictatorship of General Zia-ul-Haq during the 1980s, Pakistan’s classical music scene fell on hard times. Many musicians were forced into professions they had never imagined — selling clothes, electrical parts, vegetables, etc. Whatever was necessary to get by. Today, many of these musicians have come together in a 60-person orchestra that plays in a state-of-the-art studio, designed partly by Abbey Road sound engineers.

So while we are all so busy trying to get through school, remember you have a long life ahead of you and you need to do something besides work...maybe playing music.

What do you do for fun?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

3rd Annual O'Keefe Graphic Literature Prizes Announced

Diablo Valley College's 3rd Annual Prize for Graphic Literature surpasses all expectations and showcases the art of some amazing aspiring artists.

Go Fish by Ana Valdez is the Grand Prize Winner; a story of love where you find it between a lonely fisherwoman and a mermaid.

The Runners Up included The Amazing Uncanny Aviator by Emily Pate and Sarah Luver, a spoof of the mainstream superhero comic, and Nick Pino’s Ass Birth One: The Day the Earth Said F@ck, a tale of a boy and his dog. Ass Birth One also won the George Herriman Prize. The Herriman Prize Runner Up was awarded to Kelly Conroy’s Annoying F***tard a knock, knock joke gone incredibly annoying.

An Apple A Day Keeps Everyone Else Away by Sheemul Gupta won the Charles Schultz Award with its lifelong tale of technology’s lonely consequences. “What Does He Want…?” by the creative trio Aly Murphy, Dan Povenmire, and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, was the Shultz Runner Up in its search for the perfect Christmas gift.

Dorena Hinh’s A Zombie’s Survival Guide to the Human Apocalypse!!! earned the Joe Schuster Award with its makeover handbook for the undead told by a loveable little zombie.

One Newcomer Award went to Tom Valdespino’s My Hero vs. His Mind, a real life narrative about the author/illustrator’s uncle, “the greatest man in the world, and his lifelong battle with the demon known as schizophrenia.” Another Newcomer comic awarded was The Lost World created by the comic duo Greg Childs and Brenda Cudd, an apocalyptic look at an underwater future where merpeople terrorize humans.

Megan Lotter’s heroic journey entitled On Surviving the Search for Self won the Lynda Barry Award, while the Runner Up, Kellyn Borst’s Daydream Believer, examines waking dreams and the consequence of memory.

Abraham Reyes’ Timothy, a gothic love story, won the Edward Gorey Award for its tale of misplaced hearts.

To view any of the winning comics in their entirety go to:

The James O’Keefe Prize is offered in memory of DVC’s beloved Professor O’Keefe who created the Graphic Novel as Literature course. DVC offers transfer level courses and an Associate’s Degree in Art, ArtDigital Media, and English. Professors Adam Bessie, Doré Ripley, and Arthur S. King hosted the event which received over 100 entries . Prizes included art packs, tickets to Big WOW! ComicFest and cash awards. Plans are already underway for next year’s contest.

Do you have a love for writing and art?  Maybe a career in comics is for you.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Got 18 Minutes to Learn the History of the World?

You can learn the history of the world starting with the Big Bang and covering the next 13.7 billion years brought to you by Open Culture: Big History . . . and all in less than 18 minutes.

David Christian, a professor at Australia’s Macquarie University and formally trained as a Russian historian, Christian began working on Big History in the 1980s, a meta discipline that “examines long time frames using a multidisciplinary approach based on combining numerous disciplines from science and the humanities.”
Need to brush up on your history - ALL history - give this lecture a try.

After watching the video, can you appreciate lessons taught via video outline and graphics?