Archive for June, 2010

Train Time

Posted in Baseless Musing on June 14, 2010 by Krazmaz

It could just be me, but I rather like time spent on trains.

The reasoning behind this probably does only apply to me, in retrospect, but goes something like follows:
– I don’t commute by train, so all of my trips are either to go do something sweet or to go home
– It’s immensely private owing to my choice of seat, travel time and plain old English reservation
– It gives me a slice of time that I truly have no control over and therefore am able to relax in. At home or anywhere else I know that there is probably something I should and could be doing but on a train I am busy traveling and have most options taken away from me. So I read. S’good times, to me.

But yeah, off to London tomorrow.


Calvin and Hobbes

Posted in Baseless Musing on June 14, 2010 by Krazmaz

So yes; I was at work the other day – working – and saw some guy wearing a bootleg Calvin shirt (which was French, of all things). This got me to thinking that I haven’t read any Calvin and Hobbes for some time now, which in retrsospect is something of a shame. I have rectified this now and feel the richer man for it.

You see, Calvin and Hobbes is not just good on a base, fundamental level but is also a pretty hefty part of my childhood and possibly an affecting influence on my growth as well. Or something. You get me.

Either way, I love it. I have maybe ten or so of the books – including two copies of the same one…I forget why – and about half of them are falling to pieces due to me reading them so much as a kid. Hell, one of them has literally fallen into two pieces. Cleanly down the spine, too; I guess I was pretty rough when I was a kid.

But the point is, these things are great, and coming back to them is great to. I was a dim kid, in my opinion, and while I lapped up the awesome drawings and general antics a few of the jokes I’m chuckling at now I remember distinctly not getting at the time. Frankly, I wonder how I went this long just leaving the books sitting there.

Shame on me!

On another note, Bill Watterson – who I finally saw a picture of; rather illusion shattering – gets half a thousand thumbs up from me for his principled stance on the licensing of his creation (not to mention the stips he made about the dispute, which amuse me).

Basically, there is no Calvin and Hobbes merchandise. I have – or had – a Calvin shirt somewhere (with swearing on it, of all things!) but it was a bootleg, like all Calvin and Hobbes merchandise. Bill Watterson never gave his permission for his work to be used by the syndicate for anything other than the strip, if you follow, which means that they weren’t able to churn out meaningless tat with Calvin and Hobbes smeared over it in and a shameless effort to gain more money for something they had little do with.

I may be a little biased here – being a man who writes…well…tripe, but still – but the fact Bill Watterson turned out what was probably quite hefty finanical returns in favour of maintaining the dignity of his work speaks volumes and the man is clearly a man of titantic conviction.

That could just be childhood rose-tinting, but I doubt it. The man seems pretty fucking solid.