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Superheroes have always presented a very interesting dilemma to me; in that they are often impossible flights of fancy yet simultaneously a form of wish fulfillment. Who hasn’t, at some point or other, wished that they could fly, teleport, read people’s minds or heal from any injury? I am not embarrassed to say that I have often found myself wishing I could fly to work, be super-strong so I could protect those I love or just be a badass like Wolverine or Batman.

I’m also not ashamed to say that I love superheroes and comics, and I have since I was a kid. I adored the thrill of opening up a comic for the first time and getting lost in the conflicts that filled their days – some relatable to my everyday experience, others not. But it never mattered, because I would always take something away from those books I would read as a child. Even though they were stories about individuals with extraordinary powers, they had personality traits that I admired and wanted to emulate, but most importantly, they had flaws.

Back then, I read as much as I could by the big companies, as well as some smaller ones. But my favourites were always Marvel heroes (and Batman), and they still are to this day.

The characters that probably had the largest impact on me as a child were the X-Men. Sure I loved Spider-Man, Daredevil, Captain America and the rest, but the X-Men were my go-to series. They dealt with ostracization, racism, bullying, being true to yourself, etc. And all of those themes spoke to me, as I encountered that during my young life. But comics, and reading in general, were an escape from the trials of being a kid, like bullies and feeling like an outcast sometimes.

I loved going to the comic book store and seeing what issues were new, talking to the owner about my favourite characters, and being so excited to read an issue that I couldn’t wait until I got home to crack it open. In fact, I still have a few comics from those days that are hidden away somewhere that I could not bear to part with. Some of them are collectibles and first issues, while others have great memories, like the great DC vs. Marvel comics crossover event from the mid-1990s.

But why am I talking about comic books and superheroes in what has (mostly) been a blog about science, animals and journalism?

I have decided to expand my blog to talk more about video games, movies, comics, etc., while still striving to maintain the science-bent, tone and style that was here previously. I am a big fan of pop culture and an avid consumer of it, so I will be putting that absurd amount of knowledge to good use here, and I hope you enjoy it. I will be writing more along the lines of previous posts, such as “The Science of Smaug the Terrible,” where I discussed the feasibility (using biomechanics) about if dragons could exist, and “Man of Steel shows its rust” highlighting issues I had with the changes made to the Superman mythology in the latest reboot.

Stay tuned true believers!

To be continued …

What I’ve Been Up To Lately …

Hey there folks, sorry for my prolonged absence!

I assure you, I have been extremely busy with juggling my four jobs, and as you can probably guess, they keep me pretty darn busy. So, I have decided to do something about it.

From now on, whenever I make a post on another website, I will link to it here. That way, everyone can see just how hard I’ve been working.

So, here are the link to all my latest posts for LabSpaces, starting with my very first one on the effects of the Gulf oil spill entitled, “The Effects of Oil on Wildlife.”

My next post was about the unique research currently being undertaken with snakes, called “It’s What’s on the Inside that Counts.”

Following that, there was a lot of news about the World Cup of Soccer. So, I decided to take a very interesting look at a rather unique animal involved in the World Cup – An octopus named Paul in “Ink-credible Invertebrates.”

Then, dabbling into a field in which I have enormous interest (infectious diseases), I decided to write a post about a rather unique way scientists are fighting malaria. The post was entitled “All the Bite, Without the Risk.”

After being asked by numerous people that read my blog on LabSpaces, I then decided to tell them all just “A Little Bit About Me.”

Before I went on my trip to UK and Europe (which was AMAZING), I was fortunate enough to be able to watch the greatest tv of the year – Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Inspired, I wrote about what I believe to be “The Best Week of the Year.”

Upon returning the Canada, there was one story about my trip that I felt like I must share with those who read my LabSpaces blog. It happened to me in London, in a very old Abbey, called Westminster. Read all about what happened to me in “An Unexpected Surprise in London.”

In my continuing quest to try something new, I decided to use my brand new iMac and put up a video review of a book that the author had sent to me. Check out “My First Ever Video Book Review!”

Every month from now on, LabSpaces creates unique questions for the bloggers to answer. The one for this month was “what you would do if you weren’t doing what you’re doing now?” So, read the rather interesting answer of mine in “What I’d be doing if I wasn’t doing science – A Musical.”

Lastly, my most recent post was about how horses have adapted to run, and why when they fall, it is often an injury that they cannot recover from (the post was inspired by seeing the movie “Secretariat,” starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich).
My newest post is called “Off to the Races!”

Whenever I write a new post, I will post the link here for all to see.

Until then, you stay classy!