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How cool is this!

I found it over at thinkgeek.com, it’s a sleeping bag based on the Tantum from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

I’d be well chuffed if this found it’s way underneath my tree this year.

Full link here:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/gear/bb2e/zoom/

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The next time you’re in work or at home bored surfing through YouTube and fancy an alternative to watching teenagers lip-sync their favourite song or skateboarders failing jumps, check out the Sixty Symbols channel:

It’s run by the University of Nottingham and is a series of short videos given by scientists on a range of subjects, mainly to do with physics and astronomy.

The vids are given in an easy to understand manner and you may be surprised by what you find there. I haven’t had a chance to see them all yet but I particularly enjoyed the articles about the Large Hadron Collider & Schrödinger’s cat. If you like the idea of expanding your mind a little then check it out –

http://www.youtube.com/user/sixtysymbols

http://www.sixtysymbols.com/

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Here are the results from last weeks guess the band post:

No.1 - Coldplay

No.2 - Razorlight

No.3 - Foo Fighters

No.4 - Stereophonics

No.5 - The Killers

No.6 - Bon Jovi

No.7 - Muse

No.8 - Kings of Leon

No.9 - Paramore

No.10 - Blur

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The Short answer is – YES! I’ve just finished reading the third volume (Hulk no more) in Jeph Loeb’s run on the Hulk re-boot and I’m really not impressed.

The first edition of Hulk began with the murder of Abomination seemingly at the hands of Hulk, but Bruce Banner was locked up in a secure Shield facility following the aftermath of World War Hulk. We were quickly introduced to Red Hulk who was in fact the culprit of Abomination’s murder.

Over the course of the first volume, Red Hulk absolutely thrashes not only Abomination but manages to (with absolute ease) do numbers on She-Hulk, Iron Man, Thor (!) and he even knocks out Uatu the watcher, this is after smashing up a Shield Helicarrier in the process.

So there’s the first criticism, you simply can’t introduce a new character who casts aside Marvel powerhouses with such ease. Once Red Hulk had finished the demolition job on some of the strongest characters in Marvel-616 there was simply no-where for him to go.

The only interesting part of the whole Red Hulk story is the actual identity of ‘Rulk’, this was the question on everyone’s lips during the first few editions, but to be honest, I don’t think that anyone cares too much anyway.

The second volume saw Rulk kill a Wendigo, which in turn made the rest of the Wendigos (there’s more than one now?) decend onto Las Vegas and do battle with an escaped Bruce Banner (who has now assumed the identity of Grey Hulk?). The Wendigos manage to bite Grey Hulk who then turns into Wendi-Hulk (?). Moon Knight arrives on scene (?)… and on and on. You get the picture. When compared to the last few years worth of writing by Brian Michael Bendis, Loeb’s disjointed ramblings of Hulk seem as though they’ve been written by a 5 year old.

Unfortunately, the third volume was no better. It’s split into two parts, the first a really poor story of the Defenders (led by Hulk) against the offenders (led by Rulk). This is explained by a wafer thin plot of The Collector and The Grandmaster wanting to see the two groups fight (for no other reason than they can). The second part of the volume is basically how Rulk manages to totally separate Banner and Hulk (?).

This last part contains issue 600 of Hulk, and we were promised by Marvel that 600 would finally reveal the identity of Rulk. So did it? Did it bugger. We’re still in the dark and I’m loosing interest FAST. It seems as though each issue is written without considering any events that happened in earlier issues (why aren’t Iron Man & Thor going after Rulk? If Rulk is so powerful, how come the whole of 616 aren’t on his case?), it also takes no consideration in what is actually happening in the Marvel Universe. Secret Invasion and Dark Reign aren’t mentioned once, and they’re the two biggest events that have happened to 616 so why does Loeb insist on ignoring them completely?

As you can tell, I’m not happy. Hulk deserves a lot more than this, and he’s a character that when done well (Bruce Jones’ cracking run & Planet Hulk to name two), can get readers interested in one of the best of Marvel’s characters.

The plan now that a Red She-Hulk (?) has been introduced is for a crossover that will wrap the series, imaginatively named ‘World War Hulks’ (?). I only hope that a decent writer can pick up the pieces after this horrible run and get the Green Goliath back on his feet.

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After Steven Tyler’s departure from Aerosmith, the remaining members of the band are reportedly in the market for a new frontman. It’s not known yet if they will continue as Aerosmith or form a new ‘supergroup’ (a ‘la Chickenfoot). The question is, can any band continue once the lead singer has left the building?

I’d say that in 99% of the cases, the frontman makes the band so if you lose the lead singer, the band is no more.

Here’s 10 bands, minus the lead singer, see if you can name them…

 

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Answers will be posted in a weeks time….

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It seems as though DC Comics will try their hand with a forray into the zombie world with ‘Blackest Night’. The Publisher has commenced the story which will be the climax to the Sinestro Corps War (green lantern) story arc.

Blackest night will be more of a solid arc for DC, rather than the tongue in cheek Marvel Zombies graphic novels. The first edition was released In June of this year and will run until spring next year. If DC can nail this, it could potentially release the stranglehold that Marvel has on the comic book market.

Marvel are coming to the end of the Dark Reign storyline which led directly from Secret Invasion. The events of Dark Reign will come to a climax during the new years ‘Siege’ story. Brian Michael Bendis has gone on record to say that after the events of siege, there won’t be another massive event that will encompass the whole of the Marvel universe like Reign, writers will be concentrating more on individual characters’ storylines.

If Blackest night performs well in stores it could pave the way for DC to capitalise on the gap left by Marvel for a long running crossover event and bag DC some much-needed new readers.

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After beating Nikoli Valuev for the WBA title, David Haye is being championed by the certain corners of the press as another ‘Cassius Clay’. Amazing but true. The fact that Valuev looked like a 7ft tall Sloth when the pair clashed in Germany meant nothing to boxing commentator Emanuel Steward who said that Haye ‘brings an excitement like Cassius Clay’. Unbelievable words from someone in the sport and this was jumped on by the English press who are now waiting patiently for Hayes’ world domination.

Unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen. Haye’s next fight will probably be against a mandatory challenger and no doubt that if he wins there will be more outrageous words said in favour of him. Once that fight is out of the way, Haye will more than likely meet one of the Klitschko brothers and then we’ll see the mettle of the man. Not that it will say much about the Heavyweight Division as a whole. There hasn’t been a decent heavyweight champ for a long time now, and that’s probably where the outlandish claims of as exciting as Ali come from. I’m really pleased that we have a British Heavyweight Champion but let’s not get carried away by comparing Haye to the greatest boxer who ever lived.

A much better example of a great boxer is Manny Pacquiao, who absolutely dominated Miguel Cotto on Saturday. The fight was stopped in the twelve round and should probably have been stopped sooner. Another demolition job to Pacquiao then. What this means is that boxing fans are in for something special when Pacquiao takes on Floyd Mayweather Jr next year. Mayweather Jr came out of retirement pretty much as soon as Pacquiao had finished battering our own Ricky Hatton, and the word is that he’s more than a little bit pissed at Pacquiao being crowned the Worlds Best Pound For Pound Fighter. Mayweather believes (rightly or wrongly) that Pacquiao inherited by default the title that he’d spent so many years in winning. One thing is certain, their clash will be the biggest boxing event seen in decades. You want to know what happens when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force? Keep your eyes peeled for this bout.

As for Ricky Hatton…..oh dear.

It’s been a busy few weeks for Ricky. Firstly, he appeared in a WWE Wrestling event at Sheffield!?! Looking very overweight, he came out during Monday Night Raw for a strange wrestling bout – much to the delight of the English fans. Secondly, he was interviewed by The Sun prior to the Pacquiao/ Cotto clash and went on the record saying if Cotto was to beat Pacquiao, he would have Cotto in his sights! Extraordinary words from the Hitman, I’m not sure what makes him think he’d even have the right to call Cotto out (if he had won). Ricky was humiliated by Mayweather and Pacquiao demolished him so badly, he looked liked a complete amateur.

Now i’ve really enjoyed watching Hatton over the years, but to defend him by saying that he’s only been beaten by the best fighters in the world is not a valid argument. All it means is Hatton isn’t one of the best fighters. The best thing he could do now is hang his gloves up and enjoy life. He’s very well liked and I’m sure it wouldn’t be difficult for him to get work as a sports commentator or something similar, I’m worried that if he fights again and gets beat he’ll totally tarnish what he did achieve when he was winning. People have short memories, and it would be easy for boxing fans to remember Ricky by his high profile defeats.

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