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It’s Not the Size of the Dog in the Fight…

It’s the size of the fight in the dog, right Snoopy?

Take Snoopy. 23 pounds:

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But full of literary wit:

Capable of fighting World War I flying aces:

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As well as various other jobs:

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So, Snoopy – relax about the weight – its the weight of your awesomeness and intellect that count Smile.

(and yes, I did just dedicate this entire post to a recent Peanuts comic I read through comics.com)

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Batman + Snoopy

If its not apparent by now, I’m a fan of comics. Two of my favorite characters in comics would be Batman and Snoopy (of Peanuts fame). So, when I read this week’s Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed (its a weekly series on CBR’s Comics Should be Good blog), I was extremely delighted to see that there was a short Batman comic written in 1981 which homaged Snoopy’s great American novel.

What novel you ask? It was a regular Charles Schulz gag about Snoopy authoring the greatest novel you’ve never read on his cute little typewriter:

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Amazing, right? Now, pay close attention to the next four comics:image image image image

Why pay attention? Because then check out the following Batman comic. See anything familiar in the text?

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I was in nerd-fanboi heaven 🙂

(All images borrowed from Comic Book Legends Revealed page)

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iGoogle Comics

Am I sad that I’m not able to go to this year’s Comic Con like I was able to last year? Yes.

Thankfully, Google, in its infinite wisdom, must have sensed my sorrow and not only decorated their home page with a Google-ified version of DC’s Justice League, but they released a whole suite of Comics related themes for their iGoogle portal (which coincidentally is my home page)! (Thanks to my friend C.K. of Pizza Diavola fame for the pointer)

My personal favorites thus far (no, I haven’t yet decided which to pick yet) would be:

  • Fables – a series that I absolutely adore from Bill Willingham; the premise is a “what if the characters from the fables we all know and love (like the Big Bad Wolf, Snow White, Prince Charming, etc) were real and have been living among us for hundreds of years?” Mix in a little sex, violence, and magic, and you get something which is moving, exciting, and very funny all in one.
  • Dilbert – I link to enough Dilbert comics that this needs no explanation.
  • Batman Reborn – What happens when you take a very talented writer like Grant Morrison who comes up with an amazing way to actually *kill* Batman, and then you get his old partner, the first Robin Richard Grayson, to replace him?
  • Blackest Night – DC’s latest mega comic book event, and something I’ve been looking forward to reading for two years.
  • Iron Man – I like the comic, loved the movie, and like the aesthetic in this theme.
  • Peanuts – Who doesn’t love Snoopy?
  • Vertigo – The DC imprint behind Fables, Neil Gaiman’s famous Sandman series, 100 Bullets, and more.
Not quite as good as being at Comic Con, but a decent consolation prize…
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It was a dark and stormy night in the data center

One of my favorite aspects of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts are Snoopy’s attempts at novel-writing and his classic opening sentence:

It was a dark and stormy night…

This was, of course, immediately followed by some comically ingenious sentence which made it immediately obvious that Snoopy, although quite creative (and talented! how many dogs do you know who can use a typewriter?) would probably never realize his dream of being a published beagle.

Well, Snoopy, you shouldn’t give up, because bizarre story settings actually do get published! Popular mystery author Michael Connelly not only convinced a publisher that he could write a mystery novel set in a data center (about a killer who actually works in a data center), but convinced enough people to read it that it’s now ranked #3 on the New York Times’ Best Seller list (at least as of June 18th, 2009).

Cloud Computing/Data Center blog Data Center Knowledge has an interesting interview with Connelly on his use of some of the most mysterious and unusual settings to ever grace a novel:

Data Center Knowedge: What led you to choose a colocation center as the workplace for Wesley Carver?

Michael Connelly: [My researcher] sent me a link to a video tour of a colocation center. I was impressed by all the security and hardware, how the center was located underground and how it was protected from forces of nature as well as electronic intrusion. It was a fortress and these sort of things always interest me because it always comes down to people, who you have inside the fortress is the most important thing.

Interestingly enough (although I haven’t read it yet), the novel relies on a few real-life technical features in many data centers including cutting edge fire suppression systems, VESDA smoke detection systems, and man traps. Very impressive, considering how few people know what goes on in data centers (which is a shame as data centers are a driving force in the web/computing space, and are massive contributors to jobs in under-developed areas and local energy concerns).

To the uninitiated who don’t realize how bizarre and amazing data centers can be, check out this video of a data center in Stockholm built in what looks like a supervillain’s fortified hideout. As it was built in the Cold War, it is even said to be able to withstand a direct nuclear assault!

Now, can we make the next James Bond movie in a Google data center?

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