I went on a hike today, up in the coastal hills…

I went on a hike today, up in the coastal hills near Los Angeles. I took a trail along a (dry) streambed up through a canyon, which is variously known as George F. Canyon or Georgeff Canyon. No one knows who George (or Georgeff) was – they just found it on an old map when they dedicated the nature preserve.

There was SO. MUCH. POISON OAK. You really do not want to stray much from the path here!

#nature #plants #florespondence #trees #hiking #PoisonOak

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Birds of Madrona Marsh

#Birds of #MadronaMarsh. There were a zillion red-winged blackbirds, at least one group of goldfinches, some starlings, and of course the usual geese and ducks.

#nature #Blackbird #RedWingedBlackbird #Goldfinch #Starling #Goose #CanadaCoose #Sparrow


17 votes? Wow! That’s amazingly close.




Remember to vote in local elections. Initiatives, council & school board members, judges, etc. affect you and your community directly even if it’s not as exciting as the Presidential race. And the people elected locally go on to build the pool of state and national candidates. If you care about 2018 or 2020, get out and vote locally to get the ball rolling.

#vote #election #ivoted

Plus between a smaller pool and a lower turnout, your vote literally makes up a bigger share of the total.

I like to remind people that a candidate I voted for once lost by exactly 17 votes.  Your vote does matter.

17 votes? Wow! That’s amazingly close.

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When Barry Met Wally


Wally West is set to appear on the Flash TV Show in this week’s fall finale, so now is the perfect time to look back at how the first meeting of Barry Allen and Wally West has been portrayed over the years.

Silver Age: Flash #110 (1961)

flash-110-when-barry-met-wally-1The cover features the Weather Wizard in his first appearance, while a backup story introduces Kid Flash. Iris West’s nephew Wally — a huge fan of the Flash — comes to visit her in Central City, and she arranges a surprise: Her friend Barry Allen knows the Flash, and he just might be able to introduce him!

It’s a DC comic from the early 1960s, so Wally is basically the 1950s media ideal of a ten-year-old: Well-mannered and wide-eyed, saying “Gosh!” and “Jumping Jets!” and otherwise waiting for his elders to speak.

flash-110-when-barry-met-wally-2Interestingly, Wally is wearing a bow tie when they meet, but Barry is not.

Barry talks up how the Flash sometimes stops by to use his home lab, and makes a quick-change to surprise the boy, and as he talks about his origin (in surprising detail, minus of course his identity), the accident repeats itself. Wally immediately gains super-speed, and immediately starts speeding around in costume.

Flash #110 – Story: John Broome. Art: Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella.

Post-Crisis: Born to Run / Flash #62 (1992)

born-to-run-when-barry-met-wally-1“Born to Run” is actually the second post-Crisis retelling of their meeting, but the first (Secret Origins Annual #2) didn’t add or change anything.

This time around we get the meeting from Wally’s point of view, set in the 1980s. Wally is visiting his aunt Iris for the whole summer, a welcome escape from the parents who don’t understand him. He sees his idol, the Flash, stop an armed robbery (and actually helps a little), on the way to meet Iris’ fiancé Barry Allen. At first, Wally is thrilled to meet a police officer…only to have his hopes of excitement and danger dashed as Barry turns out to be just a grown-up nerd.

Now it’s Barry who decides to introduce him to the Flash, and this time Wally is skeptical — until the Flash really does show up, and the scene continues much as before. It takes a bit longer for Wally’s speed to kick in, but once it does, he’s off and running.


Since Wally was the star of the current book at the time, and storytelling had moved toward strong characterization and multi-part stories, “Born to Run” brought a much more interesting presence to both characters. Getting past 1950s archetypes helps as well, and we see the beginnings of the more irreverent, slightly hotheaded Wally who eventually inspired the animated Justice League characterization.

Also worth noting: Wally’s home life has changed drastically. In the 1960s, he grew up in a picture-perfect family. In the late 1980s, that was revealed as a sham. In 1992, the sham was retconned away and his family had always been dysfunctional, with Iris being the only one he could really relate to.

Also: still no bow tie.

Flash #62 – Story: Mark Waid. Art: Greg La Rocque and Jose Marzan, Jr.

New 52: Flash Annual #3 (2013)


new-52-when-barry-met-wally-2This Wally isn’t a fan of the Flash. In fact, when Barry first runs into him, he’s spray-painting anti-Flash graffiti, because he blames the Flash for not saving his mother when Grodd took over the city for an extended period of time during Forever Evil. Barry is not impressed, and brings him in to the station, where he’s picked up by his aunt Iris, whom he barely knows, but is his only remaining relative. Iris, unable to relate to Wally, convinces Barry to help him out as sort of a big brother.

As far as speed goes, Wally doesn’t pick it up until five years in the future. He’s present when Barry dies in battle, and the power transfers to Wally, who vows to use it as a hero…and to avenge his friend’s death.

It’s a drastic change: We get a Wally who starts out despising the Flash instead of idolizing him, who doesn’t get along with Iris at all, and whose family is not just dysfunctional but full-on broken before he’s orphaned. And of course he’s not a speedster in the present day, only the future.

Flash Annual 3 – Story: Robert Venditti and Van Jensen. Art: Ron Frenz and Livesay.

Flash TV Show (2015)

In this version, Wally West is Iris’ long-lost brother, not her nephew, and a lot closer to her in age. What brings him to Central City, what he thinks of the Flash, and how he gets along with Barry remain to be seen.


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I’ve been meaning to do something with that pun for a long time.

With all the heat Anita Sarkeesian gets for her Tropes series, you’d think it was a new topic…




With all the heat Anita Sarkeesian gets for her Tropes series, you’d think it was a new topic, but Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert had a discussion on a similar theme when they were talking about the influx of slasher movies on their show in 1980.


34 years later and this is STILL relevant

I used to watch Siskel and Ebert all the time. They had a lot to do with teaching me to appreciate movies – as well as shaping my stance on ethical issues like this.

It saddens me all this time has passed and not much has changed. But I am also thankful they got through to me at such a young age. To me, it’s proof that talking about important issues is worth it. Some of us will eventually get it.

Throwback Thursday: Stuck in the ER during last year’s Comic Con after two sips …

Throwback Thursday: Stuck in the ER during last year’s Comic Con after two sips of a coffee drink with undisclosed peanuts put me into anaphylactic shock. Full story:

Going to the ER at Comic-Con: Not the Peanuts I was Expecting

I’m hoping this year will go better!

On that note, I’m doing the FARE Walk for Food Allergy in September to raise funds for research, education & advocacy. You can donate here: [broken link]

Thank you!

Marisa SaamYou’re only allowed to drink black coffee this year. 😉

Jul 24, 2014, 12:28 PM

Kelson Vibber…uh oh, I’m drinking Smithwicks.

Jul 24, 2014, 7:24 PM

Adrian SosaDonation link is not working for me

But I can get there from here:


Jul 24, 2014, 8:40 PM

Kelson VibberThank you, Adrian!

Jul 25, 2014, 4:13 PM

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I actually do this with leftover ice at fast food places too.

I actually do this with leftover ice at fast food places too. Not house plants of course, but instead of putting the whole paper cup with ice in the trash (where the ice will melt and fill up the bottom of the bag), I'll take it outside and dump it into a planter or onto the lawn where it'll do some good.

Found at https://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/

Obviously not getting fast food would be even better, but a little offsetting is better than none. Yesterday Katie and I were discussing ways that restaurants could cut down on waste, from tightening dishwashing practices to using the dishwater as greywater for plants or toilets to collecting liquids for…well, we weren't too sure what you could do with random liquids, but maybe find a way to dispose of them that replenishes groundwater instead of making the trash bins all nasty. All subject to sanitation / food safety needs of course.

Jul 16, 2014, 8:30 AM

Lee VibberAt home I just pick them up and rinse them off and put them in my drink…. Good idea about fast food ice, though.

Jul 16, 2014, 8:50 AM

Lee VibberJust thinking about what I said….rinsing them off probably wastes more water than was in the cube, doesn't it? D'oh!

Jul 16, 2014, 10:03 AM

Kelson VibberHeh…yeah, it probably does.

Jul 16, 2014, 10:20 AM

Lee Vibber(Truthfully, I'm a 5-second-rule person when it comes to ice on the floor, I usually just pick them up and put them in the glass, but I didn't want to actually admit that….)

Jul 16, 2014, 10:28 AM

Kelson VibberHahaha!

Jul 16, 2014, 10:38 AM

Katie ForemanYou could rub it around in a (clean) napkin or something for a bit–use body heat to melt off the immediate outside and wipe off any crud. Unless it skids under the overhang of the cabinets. Then that sucker's plant nutrition.

Jul 16, 2014, 11:01 AM

Lee VibberDefinitely!

Jul 16, 2014, 11:11 AM

Kelson Vibber*shudder*

Jul 16, 2014, 1:34 PM

Talbot BradyAwwww. All this cleanliness. You gotta give your immune system to chew on from time to time.

Jul 22, 2014, 2:16 PM

Katie ForemanThat's all well and good, but I prefer to do that without also chewing on hair and mummified carrot peels.

Jul 22, 2014, 2:24 PM

David HewittEconomists Rule #1 for saving water: raise the price of water. Done.

Jul 22, 2014, 3:20 PM

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rasenth:I felt so angry at the UCSB massacre (an article about this incident and …


I felt so angry at the UCSB massacre (an article about this incident and a script of his video’s speech) and the sexism we’re blind to everyday so I drew about my opinions on sexism to channel my rage.

I’m very happy the #YesAllWomen tag is going strong on U.S. Twitter right now. 😀

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Reading up on the Paris catacombs. How did Hugo manage not to include these

This Creepily Beautiful Chapel in Czermna, Poland, Is Constructed Out of Thousands of Human Bones

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eighteenbelow: kelsonv: Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says I couldn’t decide between these two photos …



Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

I couldn’t decide between these two photos for the latest photo challenge. The first is a warning…

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Darn, I thought about it.

Uh-oh! Too late!

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Speed Force: It’s That Time Again! Help Me Support Food Allergy Research

Speed Force: It’s That Time Again! Help Me Support Food Allergy Research

Today, I watched a lunar eclipse, sunrise, and sunset. Probably a first.

Sunset over the ocean.

Today, I watched a lunar eclipse, sunrise, and sunset. Probably a first.

Venus & Jupiter just popped into view. It would’ve been nice to add Mercury too, but it’s below the horizon.

Also: I really should’ve brought gloves.

If I’d thought about it, I could have gone back to the spot where I watched the sunrise this morning to catch the moonrise for full symmetry. Oh, well.

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Lia BrownCool! I don’t think it was visible here…and it was so cold last night I wouldn’t have had much patience anyway…

Dec 10, 2011, 7:38 PM

Kelson VibberYeah, I think you might have been able to see the beginning of it in your area, but not much else.

Dec 10, 2011, 11:06 PM

Wendi HeckathornWhere did you watch it at?

Dec 11, 2011, 2:10 AM

Kelson VibberI watched most of the eclipse from home (well, across the street), then went down to an area of Redondo Beach where a street runs along a bluff above the beach (Esplanade & Avenue A). I tried to watch the moon set while eclipsed, but the sky was too light by then to really see it at that point, so I drove over to an east-facing hill to watch the sunrise. I came back to Esplanade at the end of the day to watch the sunset.

Dec 11, 2011, 11:25 PM

Wendi HeckathornThat’s awesome! I’m bummed I missed it, but I did enjoy seeing the beautiful full moon. Thanks for sharing the gorgeouspics you took. 🙂

Dec 12, 2011, 12:36 AM

Level 2 coffee? Character profiles? Is this a new Coffee-themed RPG?

Level 2 coffee? Character profiles? Is this a new Coffee-themed RPG?

For the record: The back explains that it's roasting levels.

Katie: I can see coffee having strength, constitution, and charisma, but the rest…not so much.

Wayne: roasting levels themselves are a stat right? ;> Actually, how does one measure charisma on coffee? How sane it ends up making you after you drink it? ;p

Katie: I'd think of coffee charisma as being layperson appeal…how friendly it is to the general public's palate. But tea automatically has a better charisma, being CHA.

Wayne: (forehead slap) groooan TEAed off good there

Kelson: That's a measurement of Total Effective Armor, right?

Wayne:totally 🙂

Katie:Yeah, that stat increases steeply over time. Makes a big difference in whether you take one lump or two.


Glenna:now, do you want Charisma to mean attractiveness of a person or how hyper-bunny that person is thus driving the rest of us insane? lol 😀

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