Saturday, June 30, 2012
My whole family is converging on my house. My son is hitchiking most of the way across the country to be here. I'll wash and iron the new sheets for him, the ones that Auralynn recommended. After spending nights on rocks and weeds and in the cabs of trucks, imagine how he'll feel when he gets to sleep on a comfortable bed, between starched, sun-dried sheets!
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 6:15 PM
Friday, June 29, 2012
For the cartoonists on the site, here's a couple of anatomical oddities that you might not have noticed before. For one thing, an awful lot of people don't have much of a trunk. Classical anatomy charts (above) tell us that we all have one...a space between the bottom of the ribs and the pelvis... but you don't see it in a lot of real-life poses.
From the side (above) we get a different picture. In the back we see a trunk line from the bottom of the scapula to the beginning of the bulge. So the trunk is there, but it's wedge-shaped, and only visible from the back and side.
Are you skeptical? Look at this guy's arms (above). They connect to the body way below the shoulder. It's as if he was wearing shoulder pads.
Even if your arms did connect directly to the shoulders the clothes you wear (above) might make it look otherwise. Most suit jackets are padded.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Any fight fans here? If so, then you know that one of the delights of watching UFC (Ultimate Fighting) on Pay for View is the title music, "Face the Pain" by a band called Stem. They run it over a collage of fight highlights, which is assembled fresh for each show. It's usually pretty impressive.
I thought fans might like to hear the music in a format that includes the lyrics. I tried to find a sample on YouTube, but couldn't.... not one that had the right music and the right film on the same video. Oh well, here's (above) the next best thing: the music and lyrics accompanied by still photos that a fan put together. It's still pretty effective. It may be the best workout music ever. See what you think.
Just to round out the bill, here's a nifty boxing lesson (above) by striker,Michael Jai White. If you haven't seen this before it'll come as a revelation.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Just for comparison, I'll start with a picture sans costume. That's (above) a recent photo of me taken by Auralynn. She mkes me look suave, which is much appreciated.
Yikes! I have more pictures, but no more room, so I guess I'll have to end this. No, wait....there's one more (below).........
I wrote their names down in a green spiral notebook, thinking I'd never forget them that way. The problem is that when I got home the notebook got tossed into a large pile of green spiral notebooks and I promptly did forget. Really, I deserve to be flogged!
Mike, can you help me with the names?
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 12:44 AM
Friday, June 22, 2012
Above, scenes from "Hamlet." Okay, they're actually from something else, but they look like they came from Hamlet, so that's how I'm using them. They're here to illustrate a thought I got from a book called "The Development of Shakespeare's Imagery." See what you think.
The book makes the point that the way something is said effects the meaning. That's why "Thou shalt not kill" is more effective than "Don't kill anybody." You could argue that both versions say the same thing, but they clearly don't. The Biblical version commands respect because it's so beautiful, and so masculine. It calls to mind tradition and philosophy and memories of childhood. "Don't kill anybody," on the other hand, is simply one person's opinion and carries no weight whatsoever.
This thought is often summarized as "reflection hinders action," but the book reminds us that Hamlet never actually said that. If the thought was that simple and moralistic the remedy would be obvious....don't think. But Hamlet believes that thinking is inevitable. It's what humans do. He despairs that humanity has been fatally and disgustingly poisoned, just like his father. We're all doomed to be sick and irresolute. It's a point of view that's unique to Hamlet, that comes out of his own tragic life experience.
I'm not as pessimistic as Hamlet, but I have to admire his authenticity. He develops ideas out of his own life experience. More than I'd like to admit, my own ideas are adapted from whatever's in the air in my time.
That's all I have to say on that subject, but I offer the Golden Palm with Oak Leaf Cluster to any reader who can identify the origin of the illustrations I used here.
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 1:36 AM
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I know what you're thinking: "Surely women don't get really hot and bothered by the men they encounter on Theory Corner. I mean Theory guys are all cartoonists and philosophers. Women just aren't into that." I don't blame you for thinking that...but you'd be wrong.
BTW: I don't really get oggled on the street by Theory Corner readers. That's just a fantasy.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
THE PROBLEM: A 22 year-old man vacations in the tropics, and falls sick while on the plane coming back to the States. Above is the X-ray that shows what happened. Can you decipher it, and diagnose the problem?
DIAGNOSIS: The man was a "Mule" for heroin smugglers. He had several condoms filled with heroin in his stomach, large intestine and colon. One of them burst spilling a potentially lethal amount of the drug into his system.
I have to confess that I don't see any of that in the X-ray. I guess you have to have a trained eye.
DIAGNOSIS: The X-ray shows "miliary infiltrates" in both lungs, which I assume means fungus tendrils. About 5% of workers who clean up bat and bird droppings in a confined space get this problem.
DIAGNOSIS: Shingles. It's an intensely painful viral condition which you're vulnerable to if you had chicken pox when you were a kid. Usually it lasts only a few weeks, but it can also last a long time and cause blindness or paralysis. It's very important to get fast treatment.
DIAGNOSIS: a ruptured spleen. The abdominal organs most affected by traumatic injury to the side are the spleen and the liver. Even a small injury to the spleen can turn into something serious and cause a lot of internal bleeding.
The kid's dad was smart to take him to the emergency ward right after the injury. Time is of the essence in cases like this.
Interesting, huh? here's the site address:
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 11:05 PM
Friday, June 15, 2012
This is a post for the comedic storytellers on the site. No doubt you all have your favorite stereotypes which you pull out again and again. I love to talk about things like that, and if you're willing I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on the subject. Just to get things started I'll share a few stereotypes of my own.
Here are my favorite Wives from Hell types. I've had absolutely nothing but good experiences with marriage but, let's face it, good experiences don't make for good stories. It's the rotten ones that readers want to hear about. For that you need women like the ones below.
Well, that should do for a start.
BTW: The Basil Wolverton girl was rendered in 3D by Colin Batty.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Did you ever wonder what would happen if a nearby star went nova? What if it produced plasma jets the way some of them do, and we were in the way?
For one thing, our atmosphere would be stripped away. Giant thunderclouds (above) would cease to rain and would be sucked, layer after layer, into outer space.
All the black and white photography is by photo genius, Mitch Dobrowner. His work is for sale at:
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 1:33 AM