barnabas_truman: (young whistler)
"There's more--there has to be more--to being heroes than simply defeating villains. You have a role, a purpose far greater than yourselves. You have to set examples, lead the way. You represent what we should be, what we dream of becoming, not what we are."

(Ms. Marvel in an Avengers comic written by Chris Claremont)

It also reminds me of a bit that Delirium says to her brother Dream in a brief moment of clarity in Gaiman's Sandman:

"The things we do make echos. S'pose f'rinstance, you stop on a street corner and admire a brilliant fork of lightning — zap! Well, for ages after people and things will stop on that very same corner, stare up at the sky. They wouldn't even know what they were looking for. Some of them might see a ghost bolt of lightning in the street. Some of them might even be killed by it. Our existence deforms the universe. That's responsibility."
barnabas_truman: (oldstyle)
"Think when we talk of of horses, that you see them..."

I adore Shakespeare's prologue to Henry V. He understood so well the role of the audience's imagination in filling in the details that the medium cannot.

"...can this cockpit hold
The vasty fields of France? or may we cram
Within this wooden O the very casques
That did affright the air at Agincourt?
O, pardon! since a crooked figure may
Attest in little place a million;
And let us, ciphers to this great accompt,
On your imaginary forces work.
Suppose within the girdle of these walls
Are now confined two mighty monarchies,
Whose high upreared and abutting fronts
The perilous narrow ocean parts asunder:
Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts;
Into a thousand parts divide on man,
And make imaginary puissance;
Think when we talk of horses, that you see them
Printing their proud hoofs i' the receiving earth;
For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings,
Carry them here and there; jumping o'er times,
Turning the accomplishment of many years
Into an hour-glass..."
barnabas_truman: (young whistler)
"Who's this raccoon in the spacesuit?"

"Rocket Raccoon. One of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and upcoming star of the next Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. Probably going to team up with the Avengers at some point."

"At the LEGO Store today I saw LEGO Avengers! And do you know what is awesome about that?"

"Yes! That you can Assemble the Avengers!"

"Yay! So what does that have to do with this raccoon?"

"Okay, you know the Chitauri? The aliens that attacked Manhattan at the end?"

"I'll pretend?"

"You don't remember? The climactic battle of the whole movie?"

"Um... no?"

"Why do you even bother watching movies if you're just going to forget all of them??"

*uncontrollable squees of laughter*
barnabas_truman: (dwarf)
Last weekend we picked up a copy of the Order of the Stick board game. We've been playing it for hours every night this week... and we're almost done with our first game!

Seriously though, it takes a long time but it's a really fun game. I was a bit surprised at first to find no "board" in the box until I realized that players assemble the dungeon map from "room cards" as the game progresses. The combat mechanics seem to borrow a lot of the best aspects of Munchkin while making them both more streamlined and more flexible. The notion of each character having his/her own deck of "schticks" reminds me a lot of Red Dragon Inn. Neat system. I look forward to trying it out again with different characters.
barnabas_truman: (army)
Forgot to post this earlier, but it deserves a mention.

I was washing my hands Saturday morning before Faire opened and heard a small voice from one of the bathroom stalls saying

In brightest day, in darkest night,
No evil shall escape my sight...

I spoke up to finish

Let those who worship evil's might
Beware my power--Green Lantern's light!

An eight(ish?)-year-old kid stepped out of the stall and said "WOW! You are REALLY COOL!"

Kids: don't forget that grown-ups used to be kids and some kid stories have been around for a very long time.

Grown-ups: always have some unexpected bits of knowledge prepared to remind kids that you are really cool.
barnabas_truman: (oldstyle)
Scrooge McDuck is more epic than Indiana Jones and National Treasure combined. Read these three in order:

The Fabulous Philosopher's Stone

The Crown of the Crusader Kings

A Letter from Home


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