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I’m reading a new series of pulp fiction. Well, I guess new doesn’t count seeing as how the stories were written in the 1930’s. So, we’ll just say new to me then.

The first superhero. The Man of Bronze.

Doc Savage “The Fortress of Solitude”

Doc Savage

Doc Savage was written by Lester Dent in the 1930’s and 40’s, well before any other superhero was born. Before Superman, Batman, Spiderman, before them all.

What’s interesting in reading these stories is how well the author Lester Dent predicted the future. Here’s a few things that stood out in the first story I’ve read.

  • Micro Transmitter- given it was slightly larger than half a shoe box, but hey, this was before transisters.
  • Sonic transmitter listening devices- we call em bugs these days
  • Radio controlled airplanes- full size in this case
  • recorded and transmitted voices- copied to a phonograph, sent by radio to a radio controlled airplane, and then broadcast.
  • Encrypted communications- scrambler and descramblers attached to Doc’s radios
  • Stealthed aircraft- no radar then, so stealthed with mufflers to make silent
  • Sign language
  • forensic investigation
  • lip implants- didn’t call it collagen, called it “a chemical expander”

I’m really amazed at how well Lester Dent got things right. I do believe I shall continue reading the different books. One of my Co-workers gave me the first 8 books in the Nostalgia Ventures series. Pulp Fiction here we come!

Taken from Wikipedia

Doc Savage’s real name was Clark Savage, Jr.. He was a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and, as revealed in The Polar Treasure, a musician”

Doc’s motto

Let me strive every moment of my life to make myself better and better, to the best of my ability, that all may profit by it. Let me think of the right and lend all my assistance to those who need it, with no regard for anything but justice. Let me take what comes with a smile, without loss of courage. Let me be considerate of my country, of my fellow citizens and my associates in everything I say and do. Let me do right to all, and wrong no man.

I do believe I shall enjoy reading the series of stories.

Have you ever thought about what’s stored on the magnetic strip on the back of your drivers license? Ever wonder what information Target stores when they “ask to see your id” and then swipe it?

Target did that too me when I purchased a game for my Xbox360. Asked to see my license and then swiped it before I realized what was going on. Didn’t ask, didn’t say please, just stole all the info off of my drivers license willy nilly.

The expression on the clerks face when I immediately dropped the license face up on the floor and then ground the magnetic strip to crap in front of her. Then politely said “You will never do that again.”

Target may have stolen my identity from my license but I’ll be damned if it’s going to happen again.

What made me think of this?  The lady at CVS tried to swipe my card when I committed a mortal sin and purchased, ready for this? Sudafed with pseudoephedrin from the pharmacy. You know, the stuff that works and isn’t filled with the placebo Congress forced down our throats for $1.85 Million in bribes. That’s what the German company that makes the placebo spent on Congressman to pass the stupid “Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005” and made it so difficult to buy a cold medicine that works.

Yes, I’m in the national database of people with stuffy noses. Oh the horror! The Humanity! I’m a fricking TERRORIST for having a stuffy nose! That and I’m an anarchist for not letting CVS, Target and the other retail stores steal my identity off of my license. I pissed the woman off behind the counter by forcing her to type the information in by hand.

Can you tell the sudafed hasn’t kicked in yet and I have a pounding headache?

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