Author Archives: Matthew Colbert

1st Appearance: The Lizard

The Lizard

Real Name/Alias: Curtis “Curt” Connors

1st Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #6, November 1963

Place of Origin: Florida, Earth

Profession: Genetic Biologist, U.S. Army Surgeon

Affiliations: Sinister Six and Sinister Twelve

Created by: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Continue reading

1st Appearance: Loki


Real Name/Alias: Loki Laufeyson

1st Appearance: Journey into Mystery #85, October 1962

Place of Origin: Jotunheim, Asgard

Profession: God of Lies and Mischief, God of Evil

Affiliations: Acts of Vengeance, Cabal

Created by: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby Continue reading

1st Appearance: Hawkeye


Real Name/Alias: Clinton Francis “Clint” Barton, Ronin, and Goliath

1st Appearance: Tales of Suspense #57, September 1964

Place of Origin: Waverly, Iowa, United States

Profession: Carnival Attraction, Adventurer

Affiliations: Avengers, Defenders, West Coast Avengers, and the Thunderbolts

Created by: Stan Lee and Don Heck Continue reading

Storm Before the Storm Book Review

Mike Duncan examines the period from 146 to 78 B.C.E. in Roman history that illustrates the beginnings of the collapse of  the Roman Republic.  After achieving victory at the end of the Punic Wars, three wars between Rome and Carthage (located in North Africa), many citizens returned home to their farms and found them beyond repair and were forced to move to cities.  Their lands were then bought up by both rich plebeians and wealthy patricians.  The loss of farm land created shrinkage in the number of the middle class citizens and initiated a slow decay in traditional values of the republic.  Economic inequality began the destruction of the republic. Continue reading

JoVE Science Education – Advanced Biology

Last month an in depth look of the database JoVE Science Education – Basic Biology was posted and discussed all that it can do for you when researching topics pertaining to Biology. For those of you who read the blog, or those of you hearing about this database for the very first time, there is exciting news, the next level in biology research will be explored with JoVE Science Education – Advanced Biology. Continue reading

All About Apps Winter 2017


We all enjoy apps that help us in our everyday life.

We found a handful that you might be interested in adding to your collection.

Be sure to check these out!


MyTSA (Android, iOS): Are you heading to the airport for a vacation or business trip and are concerned with what you can bring on the plane or what ID requirements you may need?  MyTSA has all the answers.  There is also a list of what clothes to wear during your flight for maximum comfort.


AllTrails – Hiking & Running (Android, iOS):  Finding the best spot to do some serious outdoor hiking can be tedious, finding the best spot that is both close by and features the natural beauty you expect can take some serious planning.  In that case AllTrails is your best bet.  It provides photos of obstacles around the trail and where to find the most scenic views.


Songkick Concerts (Android, iOS):  Live music can be one of the most exciting elements of any interesting urban scene, but finding where to go and what the charge might become can hinder the experience.  Just use Songkick, it is your own personal assistant to find the best concerts.  It also features a list of recommended acts and performers.


Find Chocolate! (Android only): Getting a craving for chocolate can be somewhat all consuming and you need to get your fix.  There is a way to find it anywhere with the Find Chocolate! App!  The Find Chocolate! App can point you in the direction of 2,800 Chocolate shops all around the world.  Additionally, all users get to rate and review all of their chocolate experiences.


NASA (iOS only): As our understanding of the universe grows with the new technology that seems to change at a rapid pace, having access to what NASA is up to could be enlightening.  On the NASA app you can view videos, mission information, the latest images from interstellar space, news, and even NASA TV.

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 21 No. 1, Winter 2017.