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When purple things are pulsating on your mind, I'm the one whose clock you want to clean. Aiding is Sparky, the Astral Plane Zen Pup Dog from his mountain stronghold on the Northernmost Island of the Happy Ninja Island chain, this blog will also act as a journal to my wacky antics at an entertainment company and the progress of my self published comic book, The Deposit Man which only appears when I damn well feel like it. Real Soon Now.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Sparky: What you should be watching if animation matters to you - The Justice League (animated series) with the appropriate spoiler warnings for “the kids” - now that we've all read the primer ...

While Sparky loves to wax poetically about well written animation not for the kids - The Justice Leaque series simply rocks ... If an animated series have to give us animated “heroes” in spandex — this does it the way the Batman Animated Series did — the correct way not dumbing down to kids (ala “The Pet Goat”). It ranks up there with my favorite American show - The Venture Bros. It certainly is as high quality as the two Geneon shows I'll talk about next week — Samurai Champloo and Paranoia Agent.

The Justice League (animated series)

Justice League is an animated series about a team of superheroes which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. It is based on the Justice League and associated comic book characters published by DC Comics.
Cover art for
Justice League Adventures #1, by Bruce Timm and Alex Ross, the
DC comic book series featuring the Justice League, but set in the continuity (and
style) of the Justice League animated series as opposed to the regular DC
Universe. It is a sister title to Batman Adventures (based on Batman: The Animated
Series) and Superman Adventures (based on Superman: The Animated Series).
Justice League Adventures ran for 34 issues from 2002-2004, before being
restarted under the title Justice League Unlimited (to match the recreation
of the television series as Justice League Unlimited). Though there was also
an earlier "universe" called the DCA universe (for Animated series continuity).


Animator Bruce Timm, having successfully adapted both Batman and Superman into animated television programs in the 1990s, took on the challenge of faithfully adapting the Justice League comic book. Ignoring the sidekicks, pets and silliness of the earlier Super Friends show, the line-up of this new JLA adaptation was created with two things in mind: To pay tribute to the original line-up of the Justice League of America while also reflecting racial and cultural diversity. Significantly, the well-known (but much-deprecated) superhero Aquaman was left out of the lineup (although he would be used on the show) in favor of a second female on the team - Hawkgirl - and the African-American Green Lantern John Stewart was used rather than either of the better-known modern-era Green Lanterns Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner, even though Rayner had appeared as Green Lantern in the Superman animated series. (In the second season, Rayner is described as a Lantern in training under Stewart's old mentor, explaining his absence. Both he and Jordan make appearances in Justice League Unlimited.)

In February 2004 Cartoon Network announced a follow-up series, Justice League Unlimited, which premiered on July 31. Justice League Unlimited features a greatly expanded roster of heroes, usually with only a few appearing in any given episode, although there are a few featuring just about the entire roster fighting against one giant enemy.


The seven founding members of the Justice League in the animated series are:


There were a total of 52 episodes, along with a two-part Static Shock crossover. Each episode fit into a half-hour block including commercials.


Our 365th Post!

It's bleeping about time! If we were to go 365 times straight on this blog on a daily basis we would have a year's worth of material in the time space of....a year.

But instead, it has taken the PP Guru the length of about 2 and a half years to post a full year's worth of material on his blog. the PP Guru is not kidding. Just do the math.

So, on this Friday installment of Strange Stirrings, we won't have any conflicts of interest with Real life Strange Stirrings below the belt. No coverage of Heidi MacDonald, no Tantalizing Tara, or Jennnnnster to ( Boo Hoo Hoo - Jennnnnster is leaving the PP Guru holy land today for Northern California to get married- the PP Guru is certainly going to miss her blazing mesmerizing booty for all eternity- but hey, there's more acolytes in the sea) interfere with the Fantasy babes. Nope, here at PP Guru central HQ, we are free to allow our beedy peeping tom to eyes to wander over our regularly scheduled cheesecake cyberlicious glossies of popular actresses, singers, and models who making the current events these days unwrinkle your tight chaffing Levis around the middle.

So let's get down with Jessica Biel.

Jessica is starring in the new speculative thriller, Stealth which is being released today by Sony Pictures. The film also stars Josh Lucas & Academy Award winning actor, Jamie Foxx. In the near future, the Navy develops a fighter jet piloted by an artificial intelligence computer. The jet is placed on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific to learn combat manuevers from the human pilots aboard. But when the computer starts to take on a HAL like personality - look out, excuse yourself and fear the sky- like Jimi Hendrix would say. Also be on the lookout for a cameo role by Nicholas Hammond - the first actor to ever portray Spider-Man on screen. The PP Guru doesn't know if Sony putting Hammond in one of their movies was a joke on their part- maybe Hammond will put on the Spidey suit and crawl out on the rogue jet and try to easily guide it back to earth like he tried to do way back in Amazing Spider-Man # 1 when Astronaut John Jameson's space capsule went spiraling out of control.

Wait a second — Did the PP Guru just pass nerd gas? Anyway - back to Jessica.

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The PP Guru has so become enarmored with Jessica ever since her role as the Nightstalker, Abigail Whistler in the last Blade Trinity role. The PP Guru spent all last week with the DVD commentary with her, writer/director David Goyer, and co-star Ryan Reynolds (slated to be the next Flash whenever that gets around to being made)hooting and a-hollering about how she was made to buff up (check out those arms- holy shit- those muscles could maybe crush the PP Guru's windpipe or at least crush his fucking typing digits)and practice two hours a day on archery to the point where she became so fucking good that she shot a arrow right into the lense of a $ 300,000 dollar camera while shooting a scene (you can see what happens in the booper reel).
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So it's been said that Jessica achieved notoriety from starring on a few seasons of the WB's first hit drama, Seventh Heaven (family dramas being not one of the PP Guru's fortes) before she was let go from her contract for posing semi-nude for either Maxim or FHM magazine. The PP Guru is thinking what the big fucking deal, right? Well, it turns out that when she posed by the forementioned magazines, she was under age at the time...and that really irked the frog nads off the WB ex-mascot, Michigan J's peons.
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But hey that small act of derision made Jessica into a overnight sensation and the PP Guru would be proud to support Jessica's products and services. The PP Guru had the chance to chat with Jessica late last year at the Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention during a promotional stop for the third Blade Film- but he forgot what they talked about.

No matter. The only important thing is - Jessica strips down to her skivvies in Stealth and that's worth the $10.50 admission price. And how does the PP Guru know this? Why it's in the trailers.

And she's not even a high maintenance blonde. As rolled up and stuffed in a back pocket to:

~ Coat

Sparky adds this Infodump because he loves you all -

Jessica Biel

Jessica Claire Biel (born March 3, 1982 in Ely, Minnesota and raised in Colorado), is an American actress, best known as Mary Camden on the television drama 7th Heaven from 1996 to 2002. In 2000, she posed topless on the cover of Gear magazine. She is of German, Irish, and Choctaw ancestry.

In 2001, she enrolled in undergraduate study at Tufts University. She left before completing a degree program in order to pursue her acting career.

Actress Jessica Biel receives instructions on the ship’s helm from Seaman Redding after the Ms. Biel completed filming of the Hollywood motion picture "Stealth," aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Tyler J. Clements (RELEASED)


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Friday, July 29, 2005

Help celebrate Sparky's and NASA's 47th birthdays!

In 1958 - on this day - The U.S. Congress formally creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Maybe we'll have some space elevators by the 50th? As much as I love rockets - there are more elegant ways to get to space for people; Any decent mass driver would work for cargo that can handle higher Gee stress.

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which was established in 1958, is the agency responsible for the public space program of the United States of America. It is also responsible for long-term civilian and military aerospace research.

Vision and mission

NASA's vision is "to improve life here, extend life to there, and to find life beyond." Its mission is "to understand and protect our home planet; to explore the Universe and search for life; and to inspire the next generation of explorers."


Space race

For additional background, please see the Space Race article

May 5, 1961 launch of Redstone rocket and NASA's Mercury 3 capsule
Freedom 7 with Alan Shepard Jr. on the United States' first human
flight into sub-orbital space. (Atlas rockets were used to launch
Mercury's orbital missions.)

Following the Soviet space program's launch of the world's first man-made satellite (Sputnik 1) on October 4, 1957, the attention of the United States turned toward its own fledgling space efforts. The U.S. Congress, alarmed by the perceived threat to American security and technological leadership, urged immediate and swift action; President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his advisers counseled more deliberate measures. Several months of debate produced agreement that a new federal agency was needed to conduct all nonmilitary activity in space.

On July 29, 1958, President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). When it began operations on October 1, 1958, NASA consisted mainly of the four laboratories and some 8,000 employees of the government's 46-year-old research agency for aeronautics, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).

NASA's early programs were research into human spaceflight, and were conducted under the pressure of the competition between the USA and the USSR (the Space Race) that existed during the Cold War. The Mercury program, initiated in 1958, started NASA down the path of human space exploration with missions designed to discover simply if man could survive in space. On May 5, 1961, astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became the first American in space when he piloted Freedom 7 on a 15-minute suborbital flight. John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962 during the 5-hour flight of Friendship 7.

Once Mercury proved that human spaceflight was possible, project Gemini was launched to conduct experiments and work out issues relating to a moon mission. The first Gemini flight with astronauts on board, Gemini III, was flown by Virgil "Gus" Grissom and John W. Young on March 23, 1965. Nine other missions followed, showing that long-duration human space flight was possible, proving that rendezvous and docking with another vehicle in space was possible, and gathering medical data on the effects of weightlessness on humans.

Apollo program

Following the success of the Mercury and Gemini programs, the Apollo program was launched to try to do interesting work in space and possibly put men around (but not on) the Moon. The direction of the Apollo program was radically altered following President John F. Kennedy's announcement on May 25, 1961 that the United States should commit itself to "landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth" by 1970. Thus Apollo became a program to land men on the Moon. The Gemini program was started shortly thereafter to provide an interim spacecraft to prove techniques needed for the now much more complicated Apollo missions.

Shuttle era

The space shuttle became the major focus of NASA in the late 1970s and the 1980s. Planned to be a frequently launchable and mostly reusable vehicle, four space shuttles were built by 1985. The first to launch, Columbia did so on April 12, 1981.

The shuttle was not all good news for NASA – flights were much more expensive than initially projected, and even after the 1986 Challenger disaster highlighted the risks of space flight, the public again lost interest as missions appeared to become mundane.

Nonetheless, the shuttle has been used to launch milestone projects like the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The HST was created with a relatively small budget of $2 billion but has continued operation since 1990 and has delighted both scientists and the public. Some of the images it has returned have become near-legendary, such as the groundbreaking Hubble Deep Field images. The HST is a joint project between ESA and NASA, and its success has paved the way for greater collaboration between the agencies.

In 1995 Russian-American interaction would again be achieved as the Shuttle-Mir missions began, and once more a Russian craft (this time a full-fledged space station) docked with an American vehicle. This cooperation continues to the present day, with Russia and America the two biggest partners in the largest space station ever built – the International Space Station (ISS). The strength of their cooperation on this project was even more evident when NASA began relying on Russian launch vehicles to service the ISS following the 2003 Columbia disaster, which grounded the shuttle fleet for well over two years.

Costing over one hundred billion dollars, it has been difficult at times for NASA to justify the ISS. The population at large have historically been hard to impress with details of scientific experiments in space, preferring news of grand projects to exotic locations. Even now, the ISS cannot accommodate as many scientists as planned.

During much of the 1990s, NASA was faced with shrinking annual budgets due to Congressional belt-tightening in Washington, DC. In response, NASA's ninth administrator, Daniel S. Goldin, pioneered the "faster, better, cheaper" approach that enabled NASA to cut costs while still delivering a wide variety of aerospace programs (Discovery Program). That method was criticized and re-evaluated following the twin losses of Mars Climate Orbiter and Mars Polar Lander in 1999.

Mars and beyond

Probably the most publicly-inspiring mission of recent years has been the Mars Pathfinder mission of 1997. Newspapers around the world carried images of the lander dispatching its own rover, Sojourner, to explore the surface of Mars in a way never done before at any extra-terrestrial location. Less publicly acclaimed but performing science from 1997 to date (2004) has been the Mars Global Surveyor orbiter. Since 2001, the orbiting Mars Odyssey has been searching for evidence of past or present water and volcanic activity on the red planet.

On January 14, 2004, ten days after the landing of Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, President George W. Bush announced the Vision for Space Exploration. Humankind will return to the moon by 2020, and set up outposts as a testbed and potential resource for future missions. The space shuttle will be retired in 2010 and the Crew Exploration Vehicle will replace it by 2014, capable of both docking with the ISS and leaving the Earth's orbit. The future of the ISS is somewhat uncertain – construction will be completed, but beyond that is less clear. The Centennial Challenges, technology prizes for non-government teams, were established in 2004.


Some commentators such as Mark Wade note that NASA has suffered from a 'stop-start' approach to its human spaceflight programs. The Apollo spacecraft and Saturn family of launch vehicles were abandoned in 1970 after billions of dollars had been spent on their development. In 2004 the U.S. Government proposed eventually replacing the Shuttle with a Crew Exploration Vehicle that would allow the agency to again send astronauts to the Moon. Despite the reduction of its budget following project Apollo, NASA has maintained a top-heavy bureaucracy resulting in inflated costs and compromised hardware.

NASA spaceflight missions

Human spaceflight

Robotic space missions

Field installations

In addition to headquarters in Washington, D.C., NASA has field installations at:

Awards and decorations

NASA presently bestows a number of medals and decorations to astronauts and other NASA personnel. Some awards are authorized for wear on active duty military uniforms. Current NASA awards are as follows:

Related legislation

  • 1958 – National Aeronautics and Space Administration PL 85-568 (passed on July 29)
  • 1961Apollo mission funding PL 87-98 A
  • 1970 – National Aeronautics and Space Administration Research and Development Act PL 91-119
  • 1984 – National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act PL 98-361
  • 1988 – National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act PL 100-685
  • NASA Budget 1958–2005 in 1996 Constant Year Dollars

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