SAM & FUZZY, by Sam Logan (updates M/W/F)

Empire, Pt. 12

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Nov 25, 2005

Voxin' with the shinies

My Grandfather just turned 90-years-old. (Well done, Grandpa!) He recieved special congratulatory letters from the Premier, Prime Minister and even the Queen. I am almost one-hundred percent sure that the letter from the Queen was personally signed by a real-life office aide with a 100-percent-authentic signature hand stamp. That's pretty damned exciting. I hope I live to be 90. I don't want to miss out on that action!

I didn't say anything when one of my favourite webcomics, Checkerboard Nightmare, wrapped up a week or two ago. The last comic said it better than I ever could. (Whatever "it" was.) But I will say that you should check out his other project, Starslip Crisis! Right now it's in the middle of a story that's particularly entertaining to read if you are a Firefly fan with a sense of humour. Let's just say, I reckon it's a comic you really ought to!

Sam Logan

Nov 23, 2005

Treat the feet to the sweet milky seat

Look! Even my favourite navel gazers at Pitchfork almost kind of like the new System of a Down album. It's a pretty fair review, actually. I was very impressed! But anyhow, the important thing is... Hipsters! Cred-hoarders! Now you can purchase this CD with impunity.

Hey, does anyone want to hear my Pitchfork joke? I wrote it myself. Ok, here it goes. What comes on a CD and only gets a 9 out of 10 at Pitchfork? A bad Radiohead album! Hahahahaha!

I never get sick of that one!

Sam Logan

Nov 21, 2005

Vicinity of obscenity in your eye

The second half of System of a Down's double album comes out tomorrow. It's heavier, darker and generally more complex than the pop-oriented Mesmerize, but it's every bit as good in my opinion.

System of a Down is one of my favourite bands, and I'm glad to see that they're finally starting to get some much-deserved respect. I understand why folks were quick to write them off. Even though they were never really "nu metal", they certainly toured with plenty of terrible bands that were. And then there's the fanbase... political bands have crazy followers, metal bands have smelly followers, and System of a Down has both. It's discouraging. But as soon as I pop one of their CDs into my stereo, it's easy to forget about all that. Good music is very distracting!

The books are at the printers, and should be ready by Friday. I'm printing a ton of extra copies, so I should have enough to keep them available in the shop for some time. I know I originally said you needed to order them by the 19th if you wanted to get yours before Christmas. But since I'm not even getting the finished books until Friday, I guess I'll keep accepting orders for them until the end of this week.

As for everything else in the shop, it should arrive in time for the holidays as long as you order before December 2nd. (But if you live outside North America, you probably should order earlier to be on the safe side!)

Sam Logan