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ArtLung: I am Joe Crawford. Welcome to my website circa July 2008. I am a web developer. I live in Moorpark, California, USA. I work in Los Angeles, and have lived elsewhere and done many surprising things. I put up the first ArtLung website 12 years ago, moved it to artlung.com 10 years ago, nd I've been blogging for 7 years. I'm still learning, every day. Welcome.

Sometimes I Feel Like This


I think it’s pretty awesome. The wave is big and terrifying, but the surfer’s doing his best.

I wonder how it turned out. I wonder how it will turn out.

Because, you know, the Silver Age

Sentence of the day, from Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog: Romance Special: The Time-Travel Heartbreak of Lois Lane.

Anyway, Lois makes the connection that a device designed to stop planets from exploding might be useful in keeping the planet Krypton from exploding, so she gets a copy of the plans and grabs a time machine, a process that takes exactly one panel because, you know, the Silver Age.

From the excellent Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog

Lego Yamato; USS Texas

From JapanProbe we have this wonderful find:

Lego Yamato

In the twilight months between living in the Philippines and moving to New Orleans, Channel 6 in San Diego showed Star Blazers. I found the notion of reviving a dead battleship for the purposes of traveling to space and defending Earth to be inspiring. I thought little that the ship was borne of Imperial Japan. Living in the Philippines fueled my admiration of all things Japanese. The (retrofit) Yamato is a ship I would draw often in class. It’s a pity I don’t have any of my drawings from that era. Too many moves, too few items kept.

As I think about the idea of recovering the dead Yamato to turn it into a space ship, I’m reminded that only a few years later I read another book about recovering a dead ship, I think it was called “The Ayes of Texas.”

Hah! And in a moment later I have a link: The Ayes of Texas by Daniel da Cruz.


I love the big CCCP on the bow of the ship in opposition. It was published in 1982. I probably read it in that year. The Soviet Union was still very much alive, and still very scary, but we would take them down by upgrading our aging Battleships. This post by Claus Valca referencing the book outlines the plot nicely:

Somehow world events conspire Texas to declare her independence (again), fight the Russians who are invading the US and re-fit the hulk of our locally beloved USS Texas (BB-35) into a high-tech ass-kicking machine again. It’s kinda dated now, but at the time it stirred this young Texan’s heartstrings something special.

That’s a great summary of the book. Thanks Claus!

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