I was curious to know how other countries compared in size to the United States, so I pulled images of countries that have been on my mind recently from Wikipedia and Google.
The United States is fourth largest in land area. Russia is the biggest by far, Canada is next, and then China is just a smidge larger. Here are some visual aids to give you comparative sizes of the U.S. in comparison with Australia, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria, the United Kingdom. I plotted out U.S. cities that are roughly the same distance from the furthest points of each country. The distances are as the crow flies, not travel distance based on roadways. I also didn’t compensate for the curvature of the Earth but the layout is accurate enough to get the picture.
Comparative sizes of the United States and Australia
Comparative sizes of the United States and Iran
Comparative sizes of the United States and Russia
Comparative sizes of the United States and Syria
Since I’ve made fun of everyone else (except Australia — the Aussies escaped our pokes this time; we’ll have to correct that at some point), here’s a jab at the United States.
And here’s your bonus. Latveria may be a very small country, but it is ruled with an iron hand by a despotic and dangerous dictator.
Comparative size of United States and Latveria
Don’t worry, no spoilers here.
The body is still warm and I’m already moving on. Five incredible seasons of Breaking Bad ended tonight leaving me with a nasty case of the shakes, and I haven’t even come down off my high yet for crying out loud.
The problem with a really good television show is that it can suck a person into a hardcore habit. I rarely watch TV because I just don’t have the drive to commit to a program. But when a show like Breaking Bad comes along, I get hooked. Then, I fear the end of the series because I know I’ll miss the exhilarating rush that comes with looking forward to and enjoying each new episode. Hell, I don’t know what I’m going to do tomorrow, but if Breaking Bad were still on, I could tell you what I would be doing next Sunday evening.
I’m not going to get into the show, its history, its virtues, its brilliance in writing and acting, or its impact on television. You can shop that plenty of other places. I’m just giving you a moment to go through withdrawals with me and to wonder how and when we’ll get our next fix. Shit, maybe we all need help.
Nah. Take it away, Amy Winehouse!
“They tried to make me go to rehab but I said, ‘No, no, no.’ …”
Here’s another review from Jason F. Smith. Tremendous apologies to writer and readers alike. I had this sitting in my email and I just kept forgetting to sit down and add it. If you’re thinking of renting or purchasing the movie, hear what Jason has to say about it. Since there’s a possibility that a youngster or discriminating parent may read this review, I’ve taken the liberty to water down some of Jason’s more colorful language.
It’s been a heck week here and yesterday at about 3:25 I had had enough. I told my son Riley to get up and we were going to the movie. In Heber, we had Man of Steel and Monsters University as choices, and I hated Man of Steel. At 3:40 we arrived to the 3:30 showing of Monsters University, handily skipping all the previews, and sat down.
Let me just say: Perfect Movie.
- The animation is incredible. It just gets better and better in terms of quality of looking real.
- The animation of the monsters and the campus was also absolutely incredible, the feel of a college campus was evoked while at the same time each frame was chock full of details and bits and hidden little jokes.
- The two main voice actors, Billy Crystal and John Goodman are absolutely perfect.
- The story… perfect. Not a single itch. NOT A SINGLE ONE. Never once do you go… what the …? NEVER ONCE.
- The characters, motivations, are intricate, yet simple, and believable. There were genuine moments of emotional honestly, and my heart filled with emotion more than once.
And… the writing was always ‘fresh’, clever, and funny. This can’t be understated: The story itself surprises you, and yet it doesn’t. It delivers what you expect, but in a surprising way, without having to be hokey and irritating. That is a skill lost in Hollywood. The desire to ‘surprise’ you like in that hokeyTom Cruise movie Oblivion led them to the stupidest decisions. Pixar has no need to do that. They surprise you within the story, yet fulfill your expectations. No need to make you gasp. Instead… you just smile and nod your head.
If I had one word describing this storytelling? Graceful. It’s gracefully done.
And finally, seeing it with my 17 year old son was a trip, because as a child he LOVED Monsters Incorporated, it was one of those DVDs that he watched over and over again at home. Now grown up to watch it from a more adult angle, he really enjoyed it, and the time we spent together. It was cathartic magic.
Am I blowing this movie up out of proportion? Probably. But man it hit the spot.
I don’t like staples. They require too much commitment.
In the DC booth at Comic-Con 2013, six DC Collectibles statuettes were featured showing iconic women from comic books. They aren’t very big — maybe 8″ to 10″ tall — and are beautifully painted. The statuettes are cleverly rendered in the sexy “Good Girl” art popular during and after World War II.
The release schedule is:
- Supergirl (August 2013)
- Wonder Woman (September 2013)
- Poison Ivy (September 2013)
- Harley Quinn (November 2013)
- Batgirl (January 2014)
- Black Canary (May 2014)
They retail over $100 each.