Behold the Swamp Thing Cake

This past weekend, Jason turned 17. Not only is that tough to swallow but for the first time ever, I laid my eyes on a Swamp Thing cake. Yes, my wife Allison once again outdid herself by surprising Jason with a special birthday cake featuring the muck-encrusted mockery of a man. I've been a monstrous (pun intended, sorry) fan of Swampy since Alan Moore was writing the comics back in the 1980's. It wasn't until the recent Swamp Thing TV series on DC Universe that Jason got his first glimpse into the character. And just like me, he instantly fell in love. Unfortunately, the TV show (while critically acclaimed) only lasted one short ...

I Finally Watched Akira and Now My Head Hurts

The first thing I learned while watching Akira this weekend was that I've been pronouncing it wrong for decades. The 1988 animated film, based on Katsuhiro Otomo's manga of the same name, is not pronounced "Uh-keer-ah." According to the movie, it's more like "Ah-key-ruh." Unfortunately, that's about the only thing I really learned from watching this 124 minute movie with my two boys. Now before I dive into my thoughts on Akira, let me set the record straight. I'm a huge comic book fan. My office is loaded up with everything from a Cap Wolf action figure to a Lego Death Star to a Kool-Aid Man POP Vinyl figure. I used to think ...

World War Doh Brings the Absurdity of Battle to Your Phone

World War Doh may very well be the most adorable battle game since Pokemon rolled out. (Tough to beat the cuteness of a Psyduck!) I don't play a ton of games on my phone, with the exception of a few word games and one of my favorites, Clash Royale. But somewhat similar in gameplay to that card-based battle game, World War Doh takes the ridiculousness of battle to the next level. Created by Jam City, this new mobile game is completely free to download and play, although there are plenty of chances for in-game purchases to boost your levels faster. Besides the fact that the main characters have no noses (that's always funny ...

Street Fight: The Muppets vs. Sesame Street

Interviewing Kermit and Miss Piggy was the highlight of my journalism career. As a hardcore Muppets fan, I have loved watching Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, Beaker and the Swedish Chef get things started. Now, I also loved Sesame Street as a kid. The Count was always a favorite (though I fully admit, I had a hand puppet of him as a kid that scared me to death) and there is no greater superhero than Super Grover. Recently, however, I heard of a gang war brewing. A throw-down to end all throw-downs. The Muppets had entered Sesame Street and it was time to take out the trash. Kaci Marie posted what seemed a harmless little ...

Suffern Robotics Encourages Girls to Embrace STEM

  My teenage son Jason has been on the Suffern Robotics Team for three years now. Last year, the team made it all the way to the FTC World Championships in Detroit, taking home a nomination for the Connect award. This year, Jason's the team captain, hoping to repeat last year's success.  The Suffern Robotics Team (Team #7486 for those of you keeping score at home), participates in the First Tech Challenge, which is a remarkable and wonderful program. Not only does it encourage group learning and problem solving but "gracious professionalism" is first and foremost with everything. At competitions, teams actually lend a hand to other teams in need. It's a friendly rivalry ...