Royce Eddington

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Date: January 5, 2010

Stephen King’s new novel “Under the Dome” looks familiar

Did you ever have something nagging you in the back of your mind? Something that says you’re just on the tip of catching something, but you can’t quite put your finger on it?

I was on my weekly Barnes and Noble indulgence about a month ago and noticed Stephen King had a new book out called “Under the Dome.”

Stephen Kings Under The Dome book

Stephen King's Under The Dome book

According to a review on Amazon.com, it’s about “a small New England town… suddenly, inexplicably cut off from the rest of the world, trapping a large cast of characters inside (or outside) a huge, clear dome. As the emergency escalates, various heroes (and villains) emerge to play a part in the drama. What is the dome? Why is it there? Will the town survive?”

For some reason, that bugged me. But I couldn’t place why.

Flash forward to last night. Apparently the brain cell responsible for pulling data from the archives finally got around to finding the right files.

To me, Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” looks a lot like the “Girls” comic book series by Jonathan and Joshua Luna, published way back in 2005.

Check out these three pages from Girls issue #6 leading up to something that looks a bit like Stephen King’s book cover…

Girls issue #6 part 1

Girls issue #6 part 1

Girls Issue #6 part 2

Girls Issue #6 part 2

Girls Issue #6 Part 3

Girls Issue #6 Part 3

Plus, on the Girls comic book wikipedia page, the plot of the comic Girls is described as “…the story of the people of Pennystown, a community of 63 who are cut off from the rest of the world… The situation is complicated by… the discovery of an enormous reflective dome separating Pennystown from outside aid.”

I remember reading that comic series now! A small town named Pennystown suddenly and inexplicably was cut off from the rest of the world, trapping a large cast of characters inside a huge, opaque dome. As the emergency escalates (and monsters start appearing), various heroes, rednecks, innocents, and villains emerge in the drama. The story revolved on why the dome appeared, who brought it there, and who in the town would survive the attacks from the monsters.

Plus, at the introductory pages of the Girls comic book, there’s a map of the town of who lives where.

Girls comic map

Girls comic map

And Stephen King’s book?

Stephen Kings Under The Dome Map

Stephen King's Under The Dome Map

Hmmmm.

If I turned in something like this in college, I think I would have been called in to the dean and asked to explain some things.

Just sayin’.

The infamous iPhone WiFi freezer trick – yes, it works

Sometimes my iPhone will refuse to “see” any WiFi connections. I’ll go to SETTINGS and choose WiFI, but no wireless networks will ever appear. I know the WiFi is good in the area because my laptop sees and connects to them, but for some reason, the iPhone doesn’t want to be nice and go out to play.

There are some times on the iPhone when I can go to GENERAL, then SETTINGS, then RESET and then choose RESET NETWORK SETTINGS. After the iPhone reboots, sometimes the WiFi comes back. Sometimes.

But when that doesn’t work, there’s one trick that always does.

I power off my iPhone. Put it in a Ziploc bag. And put the bag on the top shelf in the freezer.

About an hour or two later, I take it out and let it sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Then power it on.

Every single time, the WiFi works afterwards. Not kidding!

I think it has something to do with the heat the iPhone generates. I have a 1st generation iPhone, and when I play games on it or do anything fairly CPU intensive, I notice it gets pretty warm. Usually, that’s right before the WiFi goes out. I have no idea how to fix this myself, but the freezer trick works great for now!

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