Friday, October 18, 2013

Surreptitiously Taking Photos Of Art: (A Sweetest Day Photo Essay)

I took today off from work to celebrate Sweetest Day with Sweetie, who is my sweetest. (The actual day is tomorrow, but it's easier to go have a relaxing time while Mr F and Mr Bunches are in school than if they are with babysitters.)

We went to the Chazen Museum of Art on campus, which you may remember from the time I took the boys there and snapped a few photos of stuff despite knowing that it's illegal (?) to do so.  This time, I had more time, and fewer bored 7-year-olds, and so I got LOTS more pictures.


These were pictures near the bathroom on the first level, just before the main gallery. They made me think of math homework.

The main exhibit, which I took only a few pictures of because the security guards were watching us like hawks -- honestly, they were, by the third floor Sweetie, when the guard for that floor walked by us for the zillionth time, said "Do you think we're being watched?"

I did.

Probably they were aware that I was sneaking pictures and were trying to catch me in the act. Being an art museum security guard is probably pretty dull, because of the low number of art heists being pulled off these days.

Heist is a good, solid, old-fashioned word that should be used more. Another one? Swindle.  I don't know why I thought of that just now but it's true: nobody ever says swindle anymore.

Anyway, the main exhibit, as it turns out, was a traveling show by Romare Bearden, who is a famous artist, I'm told, and the exhibit was a double set of heavy charcoal/or ink line drawings -- they looked more like sketches than anything, but I liked them a lot -- that told the story of the Iliad, followed by paper-and-paint collages of The Odyssey.

The collages were great: they contrasted the Odyssey with the Civil War and US aggression to Indians through the shapes and color choices, while also being clearly the Odyssey, or at least so far as I know since I gave up reading that boring poem, only to then like the collages.  Turns out what it was missing was bright colors! (Turns out my reading habits are the same as a parakeet's!)

I could only get that one quick snap of a battle, because the security guard was on us like... I'm coming up a blank.  He was on us like something that is really on another thing, if that other thing is doing something that would get that thing kicked out of an art museum.


... was neat.  Hey, I never took any kind of art classes that would teach me how to properly critique art, so you get what I can give, here.

You can tell from the close-up what the texture was like:

I believe that is cake frosting. I could be wrong.

One of the first dates I ever took Sweetie to was the Art Institute in Chicago (the same place Ferris went on his day off).  I enjoy art museums almost disproportionately.  We spent about 1 1/2 hours here today before heading off to lunch. I could've spent even more time, and when I mentioned that to Sweetie she said we didn't have to leave, but I didn't mind: I go to this museum 1-2 times a year. 

(It helps that it's free. Although I did donate $2. In the olden days, when we first started dating, I never gave anything to the "suggested donation" boxes but now I give a bit.)

Many of the pictures actually have me in them: they are self-portraits, unintentionally.

That is a close-up of a glass sculpture in other glass, and the glass display case is a two-way mirror: you can see in but on the other side it reflects, which I thought was genius.

I am standing beside the glass, looking in, and it's reflecting me back. It took me a second to realize that this was the artist's intended effect:

It was great. I wish I could own art like that.

Sweetie drew my attention to this one: you can't tell from a still photo, but those thought balloons are actually video monitors, which show a loop of the artist putting in the display, and then the word balloons say things, and sometimes the artist's hand is shown drawing. Like in this shot where you can see the blank room before the painting was hung in it and before a photograph of people looking at the painting was taken.  On the right-hand side, a hand is making red dots over the screen:

I found it very thought-provoking.  And also, it's Art Made Of People Standing In Front Of Art.

BONUS ART: what I realized as I looked at it was that Sweetie and I were standing, me on the right, her on the left, and therefore were re-enacting the picture were were looking at . We were People Standing In Front Of Art Made Of People Standing In Front Of Art.

On the bridge between annexes, there were sculptures.  This is a view looking towards Lake Mendota; off in the distance to the right is a red castle that Mr Bunches likes to go visit when we go bum around the campus.

One of my favorite things to do is go the college and environs and hang out.  I like this precisely because I am not in college.  While college had its moments, when I was in college and law school I had to work and go to school and I made so little money that my budget for everything besides rent and tuition was twenty dollars a week, and I lived in a series of apartments that ranged from terrible to dreadful.

Now that I am not in college, I can take a day off from my job and go hang out and enjoy it without having to worry about term papers, and then go back to my comfortable house which is stocked with luxuries like snack chips made from lentils. That's really a thing! Sweetie got them this week. They're pretty good. 


is a pottery vase.  It's hard to tell, but upon close inspection (as close as you can, anyway, through glass), the vase is not three dimensional: those points are simply drawn/painted/somethinged onto the surface and glazed on.  But in real life the effect is even more real-life. In that picture, if you look at the top of the vase, you'll get the clearest idea of how realistic the illusion that those things are actual spikes really is.

While I've been posting this, the song Sensitive Artist by King Missile just came on my iTunes, so coincidentally symbolic-seeming music break!

You should listen to it while you read the post!

Speaking of sensitive artists, here is an artsy, black-and-white photo of a gallery:

The first shot I took of the gallery had Sweetie in it. I am forbidden to post photos of Sweetie -- who recently had a one-shot modeling deal -- on the Internet.

More art:

This is me, in front of an elevator door that used to be on the Chicago Board of Trade elevator.  That was in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, too! It's like we were re-creating that day!

Enoug with Regular People Standing In Front Of Art! Let's have some'

 Famous People Standing In Front Of Art:

Napoleon and Horse Standing In Front Of Art:

A Statue Of A Guy* Standing In Front Of Art. 

*I forgot to read the card about who it was.

Abraham Lincoln Standing In Front Of Art!

Kind of looks like he's looking down her dress, doesn't it? Pervo.

Artsy black-and-white photo palette cleanser time.  In this context, palette has its formal  meaning.

 Time to show how smart I am. This is a painting of Apollo pursuing Daphne with Cupid. The old God I think is Poseidon? It's by Paolo di Matteis, from around 1700,

And if you look it up, you'll learn that Apollo chasing Daphne was a popular subject for paintings in the 1600-1700s.  The legend in brief: Apollo teases Cupid for playing with a bow and arrow, bragging that Apollo is a great warrior and telling Cupid to stick to torches.  So Cupid curses him: he shoots Apollo with a golden arrow and Daphne with a lead one, so that Daphne will hate Apollo and Apollo will love her.  Apollo begs for her to marry him, but she hates him (because of the lead arrow, remember) and she tried to flee, even though her father Peneus, wants her to marry Apollo and give him heirs.  Why Apollo didn't just force her is anyone's guess, although Wikipedia says that he couldn't catch her without Cupid's help.  

Cupid does help Apollo, though, probably because he knows something terrible will happen, I guess? And Apollo tries to kiss Daphne who begs her father for help, and her father turns her into a laurel tree, which is why laurel trees' leaves don't rot now: they are magicked, and Apollo was heartbroken.

Also according to Wikipedia, the famous painting The Kiss is based on that legend, but I don't know if that's true.

Anyway, what I thought about the painting was how childlike Apollo's face was: having read about 1/3 of the Odyssey, I know the gods were petulant and childlike, but I wondered today if the painter did that deliberately -- make Apollo seem childlike -- and if so, whether he did it because of Christianity (making pagan gods seem less like adults in paintings) or because of his own view of Apollo's actions and life, that he seemed childlike. 

Or maybe he just wanted the Gods to seem more unreal: grown bodies but strangely childlike faces do that pretty effectively, imparting a bit of timelessness, or agelessness -- but in a way that suggests that they are not just unaffected by time, but experience it differently than we do.  Maybe time flows in spirals for the Gods? Or Mobius strips: Imagine if your own personal timeline was not a line, but instead a Mobius loop, endlessly retracing itself without seeming to.

Heady stuff. Let's close for today on a picture of a bunch of dead animals:

That is Still Life with Game, Fowl, and Vegetables, by Adriaen van Utretcht.  I'd say he nailed it with the title.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

If we had a rule that required you to know something before posting the answer, the Internet wouldn't exist. (Nonsportsmanlike Conduct)

I haven't really watched any football this year -- the total extent of my football thus far was to tune into the Bills-Browns Thursday Night Football game while I took Mr F for a ride, an experience which ended badly: When I got in the car to start the ride and put the game on the radio, the Bills were up 10-3.  By the time the ride ended about 15 minutes later, the Bills were losing 17-10.

Later that night, after Sweetie fell asleep, I switched over to the NFL Network to see the score of the game and saw it was still on: The Bills were down 30-24, but had the ball and a chance to score and win. As I watched, they turned the ball over and lost 37-24.

Since I hate the Packers and Aaron "I Won't Pay Off On A Bet I Made Claiming Ryan Braun Never Used Steroids" Rodgers, I haven't had any reason to watch, and have spent most Sundays building a walk-in closet and watching American Horror Story on Netflix. (Some would say the Bills' season is a horror story! HA!)(They haven't got a ghost of a chance! HA HA!).

But I still like to read about the games and watch the highlights -- getting my football in a 3-minute compressed dose, like how in the future we were all supposed to not have food anymore and simply eat pills-- and so tonight after mopping up the soda Mr F had dumped on the floor and then helping Mr Bunches build a jet airliner and then 'hanging plane' (a plane which has its prop engines hanging below the wings), I sat down to look at highlights on Deadspin, and saw this note on the Raiders game:

Chiefs 24, Raiders 7: The Raiders experienced a third and 48 today. Here's the play-by-play of that.

1st and 10 at 50 (Shotgun) T.Pryor pass incomplete short right to R.Streater [J.Houston]. PENALTY on OAK-L.Mady, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at 50 - No Play.
1st and 20 at OAK 40 T.Pryor sacked at OAK 28 for -12 yards (T.Hali).
2nd and 32 at OAK 28 (Shotgun) PENALTY on OAK-T.Pryor, Delay of Game, 5 yards, enforced at OAK 28 - No Play.
2nd and 37 at OAK 23 (Shotgun) T.Pryor sacked at OAK 12 for -11 yards (E.Berry).
3rd and 48 at OAK 12 (Shotgun) T.Pryor pass incomplete short middle to M.Reece (A.Bailey).

That made me wonder whether 3rd-and-48 was the longest third-down attempt ever, and so I googled that question to find out, because Google exists, because I live in the future where we can instantaneously access answers to everything.  I love living in the future!

Except that the future is made up of idiots, too, people who post the answers to questions even when they patently do not know the answer to the question -- and also made up of selfish people who post a question then find the answer and don't post the answer themselves.

From the "IGN Boards," I found this question:

I work with some Raiders fans and I guess they had a 3 and 50 today, which seems pretty bad. When I found out they did not make it, I started to wonder what the longest third down conversion was. However, I cannot find a record or stat. Does anybody here happen to know what this record is and where I might find it?

 To which responses were posted.  Those responses were:

Raiders didn't have a 3rd and 50 today.

Thanks! It's nice to know someone has the kind of life that lets them log onto a message board thread created specifically for that question only to make a snarky comment. Your life must be going swell, guy.

The next answer was:

The cowboys had a 3 and 52 in the preseason, of course knowing them they didn't make it.

Which is sort of an answer? I was unable to verify that because every Cowboys game ever makes a reference to both 3rd downs and the number 52, as a receiver has that number.  This is another problem with Google, completely on top of the two other problems I recently pointed out in an essay.

NOTE: I am not going to link to the essay at this point in the article, because I want you to go read it but I don't want you to stop reading this post, and I know that if I just leave the link here, you will not come back to it.  It'll be at the end of the post.

NOTE, TWO: Today I was reading an article by Nate Silver on Grantland -- I'm not going to link to that, either-- which hit me the wrong way for two reasons.  First, Nate Silver, who I gather is respected among people who respect people? I'm not sure who he is other than a guy who everyone gives credit to for saying that Obama would win re-election, anyway, first Nate Silver wrote an article in which he said that a bunch of people are saying stuff about the government shutdown and opining on it as though they are experts, which, Nate Silver said, was wrong to do, because those people don't really have facts or even reliable statistical models on which to make educated guesses, and the facts they think they have aren't really facts.

So far, so good, Nate, but then he went on to himself say six things about the government shutdown, thereby himself doing exactly what he said other people should not do.

I'm totally not kidding.  Here is a quote from Nate Silver:

That's been my impression of the coverage of the shutdown: The folks you see on TV are much too sure of themselves. They've been making too much of thin slices of polling and thinner historical precedents that might not apply this time around. There's been plenty of bullshit, in other words. We really don't know all that much about how the shutdown is going to be resolved, or how the long-term political consequences are going to play out.

But in the very next paragraph without, apparently, any sense of irony, Nate Silver goes on to say:

What follows are a series of points that I consider to be on relatively firm ground.

So: relatively, and I consider are both hedges. What Nate Silver wrote was "What follows are a series of points which in my opinion based on facts, circumstances, and information I just said nobody had, and based on other things which I am not sharing with you, I consider to be possibly right and possibly wrong.

The point being that Nate Silver, I guess, now writes for a sports site (Grantland) and has taken a page from sportswriters' longstanding tradition of saying things could happen or that both things might happen. (I expect the Bills to lose all their games, guys, but I wouldn't be surprised if they don't!)

In fairness, Nate Silver's 'relatively firm' hypotheses are mostly information about how other people's information is shaky, but, then, his own information about why their information is shaky, is shaky. (Still with me? Read it again if you have to.) A better article would've been to simply say here's why even I don't know what we don't know about the shutdown and how it will end, but nobody ever got rich and famous saying they don't know things, so Nate Silver has to pretend that he has cold hard facts about how nobody else has cold hard facts.

POINT TWO of Nate Silver's problems being that he, like everybody else on the Internet, thinks that if you simply link to something, that's the same as saying it.  Here is a sample of that:

 There are some other exceptions besides presidential elections — sports, in many respects; and weather prediction, which has become much better in recent years. But for the most part, the experts you see on television are much too sure of themselves.
Those links were by Nate Silver himself -- touch them if you want, and let his factiness rub off on you!-- and they link to an article in the New York Times that explains how the torrent of information helps weathermen, but also why you shouldn't necessarily think they are accurate. (The article, it turns out, was by NATE SILVER!)*gasp*

The second link was to a 2005 article in The New Yorker, and was in fact a review of a book about how experts frequently predict things wrong.

The links are meant to help explain Nate's points, or perhaps to provide citation for his authoritative stance, but they did not add to the article, at all -- because you would have had to go read those articles to get the precise point he was making.  Why not simply say "the experts you see on television are much to sure of themselves, as argued in 'Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know? (Princeton, 2005)"? And then link to the book?

I'm not against linking as a form of citation; linking to the source is a good way to avoid having to put the entire citation there, but Nate Silver didn't just link to the source in that last one; he linked to a review of a source. And in the first link, his link to the source actually undercut his point that weather forecasting is getting better if you actually read the source, which says:

A study of TV meteorologists in Kansas City found that when they said there was a 100 percent chance of rain, it failed to rain at all one-third of the time.

(The actual accuracy Nate Silver relied on was in such things as better predicting where hurricanes will make landfall.)

So that's why I'm not linking to articles anymore, unless it is simply to point out the source of a fact for citation: if I want you to read the article, I'll list it at the end of the post, and if I want you to know what the article says, I'll paraphrase, quote, or otherwise incorporate it, so that you can read my posts and not have to go read some other article to truly understand what I say.

(That, too, was the one thing I hated about Lost: the idea that I had to go looking on the Internet to get clues about what was happening. If I wanted to go on a scavenger hunt, I wouldn't be plopped in front of the TV with a bowl of Cheetos.)

AFTER the second guy posted that answer about a preseason game, which did not by the way have a link to anything to prove it and wasn't in the regular season anyway, the original poster came back and put up:

Don't worry, I'm not trying to insult. I don't even know what actually happened. That is just what he told me. Anyway, I found the answer. Thanks. 

So here's the thing about those results, which were not only infuriating -- don't bother posting what it was, original poster! Just go log on, post that you now know the answer but don't bother saying what it was! -- but also they were results from 2005.

So the number one Google result when I tried to find out what the longest yardage ever was on 3rd down was a thread posted in 2005 that in fact did not have the answer.

Other sites were equally unhelpful.  The Straight Dope message board had nothing. (Here is a link to that site). And this Yahoo! answers site that I found  had these answers:

Other Answers (4)

  • Just ask me answered 6 years ago
    I dont know about longest, but as a packer fan, the most famous one is 3rd and 27, when SF beat GB in a playoff game, I believe in Jan 2000. My friends and I were listening on Radio as we drove back home from the Rose Bowl in Anahiem. (Wis. beat UCLA)
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  • Meth dog answered 6 years ago
    there was a 3rd and 35 once and it happened to the Bills but i don't know if thats the longest and i have no idea about NCAA
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  • T.I. fan answered 6 years ago
    99 yds
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  • mil answered 6 years ago
    104 yards. idk.
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So that is:

One nonanswer that wanted to gripe about Green Bay losing in a playoff game. (I remember that game: it happened while Sweetie and I were on vacation in Puerta Vallarta. I didn't mind missing it.)

One vague reference to a possible answer.

One statement that is unlikely to be correct, and

One that is clearly impossible and to which the answerer owned up that he didn't know.


If someone comes up to me and asks me a question, flat out, I am free to say Hey, sorry, I don't know, but these are not that situation.  These are people who log onto that message board, specifically see that question and specifically choose to answer even though they don't know the answer.

That is the equivalent of sneaking into a college classroom, waiting until someone raises their hand and asks a question, and then shoving aside the professor and shouting something about how the Packers were screwed a long time ago.

GOD, I hate Packer fans.

In the end, I was unable to find the answer, so I had to send a tweet to Bill Barnwell, a Grantland writer.

And he answered!

So life in the future is pretty cool, I guess.

Here is a link to the essay I mentioned about the other two problems with Google.

Here is a link to an article telling when I first began to turn on Packer fans.

Here is a post about a Hot Actress in which I also rant about Yahoo! answers.

And here is a post in which I rated how well cartoons accurately forecast the future.

THE STORY OF BATMAN (Life With Unicorns)



Superman.... as Superman Batman.
Other Batman... also as Batman.
That other guy... as Mr Freeze


Joker.... as Joker.
Other Joker... as other Joker.

With Guest Appearances By:
Another Batman, Yet.
One More Batman.

And special appearances by

The Flash.

"Once upon a time...

... at the BATCAVE, all the BATMANs and SUPERMAN and MR FREEZE were just hanging around, doing superhero stuff.

Unbeknownst to them, though, a pair of JOKERs had set up shop nearby and had EVIL PLANS.

The Jokers planned to KIDNAP SEVERAL BATMANS, and also ROBIN!

The JOKERS do not use their special truck to go out and attack the BATCAVE. They wait....

And then ROBIN leaves the BATCAVE and the JOKERS finally attack him and put him in their special jail at the Joker House where they live!

So a BATMAN came out to look, and the JOKERS grabbed him, too, and they fought him. But they did not use the JETPACK SUIT, because.  So they jumped out instead and landed near the Batman and they grabbed him and took him back to their hideout!

Then, a SECOND BATMAN came out, too, and the JOKERS also grabbed him and this time they can fight a little so the JOKERS punch this other BATMAN and they take him back, too, until BATMAN and ANOTHER BATMAN and ROBIN are all in the jail.

Meanwhile, back at the BATCAVE,

MR FREEZE and BATMAN are talking.


BATMAN says "Hi, Mr Freeze."

Meanwhile, JOKERS just stand there and DO NOT ATTACK.

MR FREEZE mumbles something and BATMAN mumbles something back and then the COMPUTER RINGS!


"Mr Freeze," THE FLASH says, "Bad news!"

"Batman and Batman and Robin have been captured by the JOKER and are in jail," MR FREEZE says.

NOBODY asks how he knew that. Just don't say.


BATMAN has a BATWING and will go out the FRONT DOOR and rescue them once he is in it!

The JOKERS do not do anything.

"I will always be careful," prompts BATMAN, and MR FREEZE remembers to warn BATMAN to be careful.

"Be careful, Batman," says MR FREEZE.

"I am always careful," Batman says again.

I WONDER IF JOKERS CAN SEE THE BATWING? They should look for it.

"Where is the BATWING?" wonder the JOKERS, standing on top of their hideout.

"Yoo hoo!" says BATMAN as the BATWING takes off.

"OH, NO, It's the BATWING!" yell the JOKERS.


"I will use the Joker Hauler to fight the Batwing," says one JOKER, leaping down from the edge of the JOKER HOUSE, and landing perfectly in the front seat of the JOKER HAULER, standing upright.

The JOKER turns the JOKER HAULER around and drives it across the ground between the JOKER HOUSE and the BATCAVE, which are alarmingly close together.

In a bold move, the JOKER stops the JOKER HAULER and sits PERFECTLY STILL while the BATWING flies right up next to it and FIRES A SHOOTER!


The JOKER sits there.

The BATWING reloads.

The BATWING fires.


NOBODY pretends that it hit. EVERYBODY just waits.

The BATWING reloads, fires: it HITS!

The JOKER HAULER explodes and flies end over end! It rolls away and the JOKER is, amazingly, UNHURT!  He runs back to the JOKER HOUSE, yelling to other JOKER that the JOKER HAULER is blown up but he's all right and we'd better get ready to use the GIANT HAND and the GIANT HAMMER to fight off the Batwing.

JOKER goes to stand on the pedestal with footprints that he has built to help him control the GIANT HAND.  The other JOKER stands out front, where his GIANT HAMMER stands poised to hit a carnival game.

"You will NEVER be able to fight us off, Batman," says one JOKER. It doesn't matter which one: They are both ready to fight.

The BATWING comes in close.

The JOKER must stop using his GIANT HAND and leave it absolutely still.

The BATWING fires!


The JOKER's GIANT HAND is blown up and the Joker falls off the pedestal and then climbs back up on top of the JOKER HOUSE.  "Use the Giant Hammer to fight him off!" JOKER yells at the other JOKER.

"I will!" says the other JOKER, bravely.

BATMAN asks for the SHOOTER to be handed to him.  It is.  The BATWING reloads.  JOKER stops using the GIANT HAMMER and stands PERFECTLY STILL even though this tactic does not seem to work.

Then, suddenly: Nobody talks.

The BATWING fires its shooter! It HITS the GIANT HAND! The other Joker is blown up, too, and flies way away but then he gets back and is unhurt and climbs to the top of the JOKER HOUSE, too!

"Let's use our guns and shoot at the BATWING!" one JOKER suggests.  They decide this is a great idea.

"Kpow! Kpow! Kpow!" the JOKERs' guns are shooting away, but the BATWING isn't bothered at all.  It flies straight at one of the JOKERs!

Then it flies away for a second to reload its shooter and flies back again!

It shoots at the JOKER! He falls off the JOKER HOUSE!

"It got me!" JOKER yells.  "It hurt my head!"

"It hurt your hand!" BATMAN says.

"That's right: it hurt my hand! I forgot!" says JOKER, lying still.

Meanwhile, the BATWING has reloaded its one shooter! It doesn't need two! And it is right in front of the other JOKER!

It fires! He is shot! He falls into the jail cell -- the same one holding his PRISONERS!

No, he doesn't! He didn't fall in there at all! He is on top of the JOKER HOUSE again, and the BATWING reloads and this time when it shoots the JOKER is hit and falls down all the way to the ground!

"It hurt your leg!" BATMAN tells the other JOKER.

"I hurt my leg!" JOKER yells.

"You say NO!" BATMAN commands.

"Nooooooo!" yells one or maybe both of the JOKERS.

They do not get the Bat Telescope and certainly do not pretend it is a gun because it's a telescope.

You see things through it.  It's not a GUN.  You just look at stars.

The JOKERS just lay there.

The BATWING lands in front of the JOKER HOUSE.

"You can't get in, because the door is locked!" say the JOKERs, not sure if they are allowed to talk.

They are.

"I'll get in! Aquaman!" says BATMAN.

AQUAMAN does not answer.

"You say what Batman!" BATMAN orders.

"Oh. What, Batman?" says AQUAMAN.

"Open the door!" BATMAN says.

The door to the JOKER HOUSE opens!

The JOKERs do not get up and fight.

They are still hurt!

BATMAN comes in and finds the jail cell where BATMAN, the other BATMAN, and ROBIN are being held captive!

"You'll never get the jail open!" yell the JOKERs.  "It's hopeless!"

BATMAN opens the jail cell door quite easily!

"You're our hero!" say BATMAN and the other BATMAN and ROBIN.

They go to stand nearby.

"Jokers, you fight!" says BATMAN.

One JOKER, the one with the hurt leg, gets up and says "Come on, Batman! I'll fight you using my... Joker powers!"

The JOKER does not try to use the BAT GLIDER or BAT MOTORCYCLE or even that GUN.

Also, the JOKER does not try to punch BATMAN! He goes and stands on the wall right by the rooftop opening that leads directly to the jail cell!

BATMAN leaps up to the top of JOKER HOUSE!

No, the JOKER does not fight.

Even though he thought he should.

Just don't think.

The BATMAN doesn't bother punching JOKER. Instead, he bodyslams him!

The JOKER falls right into the jail cell! He is trapped!

Now the other JOKER is going to fight, too!

He decides that he will fight exactly like the first JOKER and goes to stand on the wall, right by the jail cell, too! It might work this time!

"Ah ha!" the BATMAN yells, and he swings his entire body right at the JOKER, who is hit and falls directly into the jail cell! Up against the door! It opens up and the JOKER falls out onto the carpet.

"I'm free!" the JOKER yells.

But it turns out no he is not and for some reason he is on top of the JOKER HOUSE again just standing there and BATMAN slams into him and he falls again into the cell and this time the door stays locked!

"You did it!" yell BATMAN and other BATMAN and ROBIN from where they stood nearby and watched and did not help at all they just stand there!

"You're our hero!" they say again.

"High-five me, Robin!" says BATMAN.

Robin and Batman, one of them, anyway, high-five! They have won!

"You have foiled us again, but we'll be back!" yells a JOKER from inside the jail cell in JOKER HOUSE

"No, you say No!" says BATMAN.

"Noooooooooooooooo!" say the JOKERs.

"Let's go back to the BATCAVE," suggests one of the BATMANs.

They all go back there, walking past the BATWING, which remains parked in front of the JOKER HOUSE right by the wrecked JOKER HAULER.

"Can I put you in the jail?" BATMAN asks the just-released prisoners.

They agree that would be a good idea, and BATMAN puts BATMAN and other BATMAN and ROBIN into the BATCAVE's jail cell.


That is a good story.

Wasn't it a good story?

It was.

Want to tell it again?

Upcoming episodes of THE STORY OF BATMAN:

In Episode 2:  The JOKERs kidnap ROBIN and BATMAN and BATMAN, and once THE FLASH alerts MR FREEZE, SUPERMAN uses his POLICE ROBOT to go fight the JOKERs, who try to fight back with their JOKER HAULER, GIANT HAND, and GIANT HAMMER, but they are beaten and they hurt their arm and their leg, and then the prisoners are released and JOKERs are trapped and everyone goes back to the BATCAVE, where BATMAN and ROBIN and BATMAN go into the jail cell.

Then, in Episode 3, BATMANs and ROBIN are kidnapped by the JOKERs, and THE FLASH uses the COMPUTER to tell MR FREEZE, who tells a different BATMAN, who leaves the BATCAVE to climb up the outside because he does not use the elevator to get to the top where the BATCOPTER no it is a BAT HELICOPTER, say it, BAT HELICOPTER is parked and the BAT HELICOPTER shoots the JOKER HAULER and then the GIANT HAND and then the HAMMER and then the JOKERs and frees the prisoners, who are happy and then BATMAN fights the JOKERs and they are in the jail and everyone goes back to the BATCAVE where BATMAN and ROBIN and BATMAN agree they should go into the BATCAVE's jail and are not getting their pictures taken.

In the thrilling conclusion, Episode 4, after the JOKERs kidnap two BATMANs and a ROBIN, THE FLASH calls MR FREEZE, who this time uses his own FREEZE JET and a different SHOOTER to blow up the JOKER HAULER and then shoots the GIANT HAND and the GIANT HAMMER and the JOKERs don't escape or use a dragon because that is for EAGLE TALON CASTLE not DC SUPERFRIENDS, and then after a fight the prisoners are freed and JOKERs are iced by MR FREEZE and they stand there in ice until MR FREEZE reminds them they can break free, and then one of them does, no both of them do, and then they fight and JOKERs are trapped in their own jail in the JOKER HOUSE and BATMAN and BATMAN and ROBIN are happy and this time BATMAN and MR FREEZE high five, and they all go back to the BATCAVE where ROBIN and BATMAN and BATMAN are put into the BATCAVE jail cell!

And we are ALL DONE.