Isaac Mac, Irascible Mammal

Mostly links for stuff I liked reading, watching or looking at.

Occasionally some writing on TV, games, movies and sports.

No, I don't know what the title means either. I used a thesaurus.


Darwyn Cooke’s December DC Variant Covers

One of my favorite artists. Do yourself a favor and read The New Frontier if you haven’t already.

It’s time for women to have a seat at the big boy table.

Katie Nolan on the NFL and its treatment of women.

The corps allowed civilization to flourish along the banks of the world’s fourth-longest river and the country’s major commercial artery. But the levees and dikes erected to protect people and property from the Upper Midwest through the Deep South to the Gulf of Mexico have had the effect of starving Louisiana’s coast, depriving it of the replenishing soils the river once deposited in the form of sediment during floods. The land is sinking, as the weight of a massive layer of mud compresses against the deep bedrock without any new sediment layers to maintain elevation and nourish the flora and fauna.

Brett Anderson. “Louisiana Loses its Boot.” Medium.

This is a fantastic overview of the environmental crisis currently hitting Lousiana’s shores. It touches on the cultural, industrial, political and technological reasons for the erosion of the state’s coastline and does so with personal touches from the author. It’s also very well produced by Medium. It’s an important story.

Another astounding excerpt:

According to the U.S.G.S., the state lost just under 1,900 square miles of land between 1932 and 2000. This is the rough equivalent of the entire state of Delaware dropping into the Gulf of Mexico, and the disappearing act has no closing date. If nothing is done to stop the hemorrhaging, the state predicts as much as another 1,750 square miles of land — an area larger than Rhode Island — will convert to water by 2064. An area approximately the size of a football field continues to slip away every hour.

In visiting Chick-fil-A’s headquarters, which are tucked among the trees on a large plot of wooded land outside of Atlanta, the first thing you’ll probably notice, as I did when I visited in the fall of 2011, is the Jesus statue. It’s probably three or four feet tall and depicts Jesus washing the feet of a disciple—”a symbol of servant leadership,” said a spokesperson. Other religious artwork is on display in the large atrium at the entrance of the building, including Bible quotes and crosses. There is also a fleet of pristine, extremely expensive-looking cars, with a row of model T’s and a reproduction of the Batmobile.

Emma Green. Chick-fil-A: Selling Chicken with a Side of God.” The Atlantic.

Sega’s Dreamcast console is 15 years old today, at least in America, and that boot sequence is still a nostalgic shot in the arm. 5 years ago Gamasutra published a great piece called “The Rise and Fall of the Dreamcast,” in honor of the console’s tenth anniversary, and it’s still well worth reading, especially if that short video hits you like it does me.

The Duck was the celebrity picker on GameDay Saturday and it was amazing.

Here’s an old Super Nintendo commercial featuring…Paul Rudd.


Set photo of Snape healing Draco from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. 

Set photo of Snape healing Draco from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium during the rain delay Saturday.

Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium during the rain delay Saturday.