The best part of the movie today…

I saw Elektra today, courtesy of some movie passes from The Original Schlocker (he was the first one to pay me for original Schlock artwork back in 2000, so he gets the title). The movie was okay. The best part of the film was the tatooed guy. But the best part of going to see the movie was the “Esuvee” spot.

This quicktime version doesn’t do the 60-second cinema version justice.

We could argue all day over whether or not this is an appropriate use of the 27 million dollar settlement from Ford Motor Company. Me, I think it’s just cool to watch. And I’ll keep driving my Beetle, thank you.


20 thoughts on “The best part of the movie today…”

  1. You drive a Beetle?



    Not that I’m a freak about Beetles. No, wait, I am a freak about Beetles, as evidenced by this post, although more the reason is that a Beetle seems a fitting car from what I’ve read of you.

    Yes. I’m a random person off the ‘net. Your comic is my top favorite.

    Signing off now, whilst realizing slightly embarassedly that he looks like a rabid fanboy.

      1. Ah, see, I wasn’t reading back then. I started about six months ago. Some of the best archives I’ve ever had to go through.

        But it’s a new Beetle.

        I’d put an obligatory “Burn, infidel,” but I can’t bring myself to that.

      2. The thing that blows my mind is not that you found a used 2003 at a good price, but that the one you found was Schlock-green. 🙂

  2. And a very nice Beetle it is! We parked about 3 cars down from you at the symposium (I think it was on Friday). Somehow we knew it was yours. 🙂


  3. It’s a neat spot.

    I do have to say, though, that I consider those who kill themselves by driving an SUV like it’s a sports car another case of, as Larry Niven puts it, “evolution in action”.

    I’ve been driving SUVs since 1987, and never once even had one lean over alarmingly.

  4. OFF topic, but…

    I saw this in annother LJ and since I know you are a technophile, I thought you might like it.

    I am the fellow who asked you about eugenice in the schlockiverse and the real-i-verse at the con in austin. Bio tech/eugenics has a facination for me.


  5. You rat bastard!

    And a damn cool one at that! Today I got caught up on my Schlock addiction, and damn… I’m hungry for more. Ah well, I’ll hold off for checking again for a month, because they are like damn doritoes in Jay Leno’s hands… I can’t read just one!

    Let me introduce myself, since I’ll be adding you to my friends list, and probably begging you for your email and such.

    I am Jera Wolfe, science fiction writer, short stories so far, but working on novels (yes, they were published, the short stories, not the novels… *coughs*)

    I have a universe in the works, and your universes science and mine are very simliar. One of the things I love about Schlock. Gravyguns… why couldn’t I have thought of that! And annieplants. Don’t have ’em, but I love the name. When I first read your work, I was a bit annoyed. Someone a bit more talented then me (well, alot more talented, I can’t draw… at all… my stick men come out looking like badly formed russian vowels) used up all the ideas I was pursueing for my novels. Well, not all of them. But then I realized that it’s really a logical step in science fiction. Granted, not everything meshes, and the more I read, I breathed a sigh of relief to find they were only partially related. So now I’m quite happy to read your stuff and don’t even feel the least bit envious. Nope. Not one iota.

    Can I hire you as a possible engineer for one of my books, just to tag things with interesting names?

    Anyways, I would love to share some of my work with you, if you like reading science fiction. And if you have time and inclination, talk shop with you if you ever have the desire.

    Either way, your competition. But amongst writers, that’s not a bad thing, gives us something else to read while we’re composing our next great peice. And so far, you’ve got a long string of them. A small part of me will die when you stop writing Schlock, but luckily it’s not a vital part. Still, a clump of cells is a clump of cells, and I’m rather attached to them.

    I look forward to hearing back from you, or your response. And I hope this isn’t the last time I can chat at you. I also hope you don’t think I’m some sort of weird obsessive fan-boy who’s just happy to meet the author of his only online comic… cause… I’m not… officially.


    “There are ten kinds of people in this world, those that understand binary, and those that don’t.” — Unknown

    1. Re: You rat bastard!


      “There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those that understand binary and those that don’t.”

      If you say “ten,” you’ve ruined the joke, because the whole joke is that “10” is two in binary.

      *retreats in nerdiness*

      1. Um, no.


        Counting in Binary goes like this:

        One, ten, eleven, one hundred, one-ten, one-eleven, one thousand… and so forth.

        Counting in octal goes like this:

        One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, ten, eleven, twelve…

        See, the “10” combination is pronounced “ten” — ALWAYS. You only get to say “two” for “10” when you are TRANSLATING binary into decimal.

        –Howard “I think this puts you into group ten” Tayler

        1. Re: Um, no.

          Heh, now, to trust my favorite webcomicist or my professor? Because he told this joke and rather ranted about people who say ten.

          Hmmmm, I suppose I’ll just put myself in the camp of “there are those who say either” and leave it at that.

          1. Re: Um, no.

            Ah, academia. Those who can, DO. What is it they say about those who CAN’T?

            Have a look at this: Upshot… when you want to distinguish in writing between 10 decimal and 10 binary, you write 10 or 10B (the D is omitted from 10D because we assume that decimal is the default.) When you SAY 10B it would be pronounced “ten-bee.”

            Omitting the B from the word “ten-B” renders it potentially ambiguous, which is why the joke about binary is funnier when spoken aloud.


          2. Re: Um, no.

            Oooh, you’re gonna get the flames from teachers now. And yet, your link is to an academic website.

            But what about these other fun links to academic websites that say differently?

            And those are just the first few hits from a google search for number base “one zero”.

        2. Re: Um, no.

          Odd. I was taught to say “one zero” if the base was anything but ten, or (e.g.) “one zero hex” if there was any confusion as to the base. Since then, I’ve always thought of it as an ordinal vs. cardinal thing: “ten,” to me, always refers to a group with a cardinality of 10 (base ten), so if you asked me to “write ten in binary” I’d write “1010.”

          Perhaps it’s a matter of when and/or where you learned to count.

    2. Re: You rat bastard!

      I’m happy to review your books on my site, provided I have a copy to read and time to read it. Right now my book budget has been axed in favor of “milk for the baby,” so you’d need to send me a reviewers’ copy, or some such, and we’d need to schedule it first, because I’m not made of time lately.

      That said, LJ isn’t the best place for these sorts of dialogs. You can find my email addy with a mailto: link on the page, provided you’ve got javascript enabled. I’m happy to chat with you about whatever. 🙂


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