Responses to this rant
Mar 4, 2018
Jan 22, 2018
Didn't Get Frazzled,
The Sea People,
The Rooster Bar,
Last Burial Night,
Doctor Who and the Krikkit Men
Dec 15, 2017
Mistrial, City of Death and Disneyland
Nov 14, 2017
Grace Vanderwaal - Just the Beginning
Nov 11, 2017
Tim Powers Signing at Mysterious Galaxy for Down and Out in Purgatory
November 4, 2017
Return to Disneyland,
Halloween at the office,
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,
The Long Cosmos
One year After
War Dogs, Killing Titan
Daddy, Stop Talking
October 29, 2017
Bruce Campbell Signing,
Hail to the Chin, Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor
October 20, 2017
Meg & Dia,
Imagine Dragons in concert,
2 Years 8 months and 28 Nights
October 17, 2017
October 16, 2017
Septempber 7, 2017
The Rage of Dragons,
The Lincoln Myth
August 10, 2017
The Molly Ringwalds,
Dia Frampton Musical awesomeness,
Beauty and the Feast
July 28, 2017
The IT Sweatshop revisited,
How to Talk to Girls at Parties,
American Gods and The Magicians,
July 24, 2017
CRV glovebox difficulties,
San Diego Comic Con rant
July 11, 2017
Beauty and the Beast at the Lyceum,
Earthweeds, Sons of Neptune Book 1,
Aftermath, Empire's End,
If Chin's Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor
June 30, 2017
Eastwood: No Direction Home book 2
June 23, 2017
Excellent Adventures on the PCH (part 4/4) - The PCH family vacation tale concludes, my new record, record player, and Emeli's site is live!
Jun 14, 2017
A noteworthy eBook mention before I return to my vacation ranting - No Direction Home
June 9, 2017
Excellent Adventures on the PCH (part 3/4) - The PCH family vacation tale concludes...almost. More pictures of spooky old houses, trees, rocks, and other things that nobody cares about! Plus, Goonies stuff
June 2, 2017
Excellent Adventures on the PCH (part 2/4) - The PCH family vacation tale continues... And more pictures of trees and other things that nobody cares about!
May 31, 2017
Excellent Adventures on the PCH (part 1/4) - Way more detail than anyone wants about our vacation up the coast of California and Oregon. And lots of pictures of trees!
Apr 26, 2017
Resurrection America, Pizza Studio art, AmandaLynn, Emeli art, and Disney art, and Gifted
Apr 14, 2017
My San Fransisco OSI PI adventure & "Thanks for the Money: How to Use My Life Story to Become the Best Joel McHale You Can Be"
Apr 12, 2017
Neil Gaiman speaks, Norse Mythology, American Gods comic adaptation, The Magicians TV series, and Dirk Gently on TV
Feb 2, 2017
A trip to the ever-less-magical land of Disney, The Prince of Outcasts, the Whistler, and a brief mention of The Magicians.
Jan 21, 2017
An update to my nerd wall at work,
Found out about Richard Thompson (Cul De Sac) being gone,
A list of all the stuff (or most, anyway) I've given up to new homes,
A review of Dave! and Warp,
and a couple of new doodles.
Dec 23, 2016
My final visit to Potterland and a couple of doodles
Dec 11, 2016
Books and related comics, and free/cheap stuff.
Not taco Bell Material,
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,
The Hedge Knight (comic),
The Sworn Sword (comic)
Ooma, Ringplus, Amazon prime and other money-saving stuff.
Dec 4, 2016
I'm sharing my sad doodles with the world again. They're not very good, but I'll bet they're better than your scribbles!
Nov 12, 2016
Yet another trip to The Wonderful World of Harry Potter!
Nov 7, 2016
Blathering on about a few of the books I've read recently - Spire, The Check, and Dangercide, Pirate Detective
Oct 7, 2016
Yet another Visit to Harry Potterland. Oh, and my lease-mileage calculator.
July 25, 2016
Another Visit to Harry Potterland, a new car, a new shirt, a new dog, and a whole lot of the same old complaining
May 17, 2016
Email spoofers, Phishing emails, and scammers galore!
Apr 30, 2016
Winter's Edge and a Management zombie attack
Apr 23, 2016
Harry Potter land re-visited
Apr 9, 2016
Apr 2, 2016
Batman vs Superman,
Mar 1, 2016
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood preview,
fun at work,
Xenia's new song,
A Vanishing Glow,
Our Fair Eden,
The Force Awakens
Jan 27, 2016
Books I've read...
Yup, that's pretty much it
Jul 30, 2015
Xenia Martinez news
Still selling stuff on eBay,
Hyperbole and a Half (the book), The Path Between the Seas, Trigger Warning, In Fifty years We'll all Be Chicks
Mar 17, 2015
Selling my treasures on eBay,
Hyperbole and a Half,
the Long Mars, Gray Mountain, Anathem, The Golden Princess, The Given Sacrifice
Mar 12, 2015
You'll be sorely missed, Sir Terry
Jan 21, 2015
More BBC 4 radio dramatizations by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett: The Amazing Maurice, Guards! Guards!, Neverwhere, Night Watch, Small Gods, Wyrd Sisters
Jan 10, 2015
JabberWocky, Neil Gaiman style!
Dec 24, 2014
The Good Omens BBC treatment
Aug 03, 2014
Every hobby has to end eventually, right?
Oct 8, 2013
Warning: Extreme Geekness ahead!
Oct 1, 2013
The Bloody Crown of iGoogle
Aug 26, 2013
Headphones at work
Aug 22, 2013
The guvmint is gonna getcha
June 25, 2013
Dweebs vs Big Bang vs IT Crowd
Jul 3, 2012
Xenia Martinez & Dia Frampton concert
Feb 24, 2012
Reading...just not much
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Being an idiot with Lev Grossman
Jan 7, 2012
If it ain't broke...
Aug 22, 2011
non-ComicCon report 2011
A Thousand Splendid Suns
An Act of Self Defense
May 5, 2011
On Stranger Tides
On Stranger Tides
March 2, 2011
I'm a gigantic slacker...
Lord of Ultima
Lord of the Rings Online
Dec 15, 2010
Bring out your dead!
Aug 17, 2010
San DiegoComicCon 2010
August 11, 2010
I'm not dead yet...
May 3, 2010
Neil Gaiman & Sam Keith in Batman
The Guild, Felicia Day
April 27, 2010
Mean Gene Wilder! Grrr!!!
April 24, 2010
If it's not one Jihad, it's another...
April 20, 2010
The Satanic Verses
March 15, 2010
Feblueberry 8, 2010
The un-reading shelf (from most of 2009)
Feblueberry 2, 2010
Emily the Strange, the Lost Days...a novel
Nov 25, 2009
Happy Halloween, Mom!
Nov 18, 2009
Summer Vacation in Idaho
Aug 20, 2009
San Diego ComicCon 2009
Aug 12, 2009
I'm a big, fat slacker
June 05, 2009
The networks are helping me cut back on my TV viewing
June 04, 2009
Chris Isaak's Mr Lucky
My name is Bruce?
and Emmy Rossum? Where am I going with this?
May 21, 2009
Randy would have really liked
May 3, 2009
Spring reading shelf
Apr 21, 2009
Holidays On Ice (a little late for Christmas)
Apr 18, 2009
Leviticus Cross and other Hector Sevilla comic book stuff
Apr 16, 2009
The fantastically amazing and banal Badbartopia RSS Feed
Mar 31, 2009
Mar 30, 2009
My Amazon mis-order turns out to be not so annoying as previously expected...
(AKA the Dr Horrible soundtrack)
Mar 23, 2009
Stephan Pastis & Richard Thompson have me looking forward to the 2009 SD ComicCon
Mar 19, 2009
Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog,
Mar 08, 2009
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz comic adaptation,
Neil Gaiman's Sandman: The Dream Hunters
Mar 04, 2009
Mar 1, 2009
Pete & Pickles
Feb 11, 2009
She & Him
Jan 26, 2009
The Scourge of God,
When You are Engulfed in Flames
Jan 14, 2009
On the Road = hippy nonsense
Jan 12, 2009
One-by-one, my fish have met their maker
Dec 26, 2008
My Azeroth-avoidance continues
Dec 23, 2008
Nothing to see...move along
Dec 15, 2008
Dec 10, 2008
The Oct-Nov-Dec reading shelf
Dec 1, 2008
Shalimar the Clown
the economic impact of the events in Mumbai
Nov 21, 2008
Star Wars: Allegiance
Nov 20, 2008
Daredevil Black Widow: Abattoir
Nov 17, 2008
Nov 16, 2008
A new comic adaptation of
The Wizard of Oz
Nov 14, 2008
The Last Basselope
Edward Fudwupper Fibbed Big
Mars Needs Moms
Opus: 25 years
Nov 13, 2008
Return to Azeroth?
Nov 12, 2008
Oct 29, 2008
Halloween costumes of 2008
Oct 23, 2008
The Graveyard Book
Oct 16, 2008
Oct 10, 2008
The Joy of Programming
My foray into Ajax
Oct 9, 2008
My Saturn Scare
Terry Pratchett's condition
Oct 3, 2008
The Hitchhiker's Guide, Book 6...by Eoin Colfer?
Oct 2, 2008
Media master - music online
Sony builds a "better" camera
Sept 24, 2008
The September reading shelf
Sept 17, 2008
Still missing Randall
The Fish tank...again
The Graveyard Book
Sept 15, 2008
The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang
Sept 9, 2008
The dearth of
yes, I meant to say "dearth"
Sept 8, 2008
A new monitor goes bad...but it all ends happily
Sept 3, 2008
A Boy and His Dog,
H.P. Lovecraft's Haunt of Horror
Sept 2, 2008
A slightly newish look
(aka "why I will never be a graphic designer")
Aug 11, 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in all its incarnations
Mike Kunkel's re-imagining of Shazam
July 29, 2008
San Diego Comiccon 2008
July 24, 2008
July 17, 2008
June 30, 2008
The Woman Who Wouldn't
Mouse Guard Fall 1152
the Jetta's latest round of repairs
June 10, 2008
The Reading Shelf
Fish tank jungle Attack of the bees
June 3, 2008
May 9, 2008
My French Whore
Apr 28, 2008
Fish tank fatality
Flight of the Conchords
The Dangerous Alphabet
Mar 5, 2008
Gene Wilder book signing at Borders
new fish tank
Jan 11, 2008
The Jetta Strikes back!
The Anubis Gates
National Treasure II
Nov 8, 2007
San Diego on Fire,
A clean break from WoW,
UCSD Extension Java I graduation (kinda)
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Oct 2, 2007
Back to school, Java class at UCSD
Blockbuster movie pass
August 28, 2007
Mandy Moore concert!
Aug 19, 2007
ComicCon 2007 - Neil Gaiman,
Iron Man and all the usual suspects
May 22, 2007
World of Spamcraft (and other spamalicious topics), forum fun...gus, the woes of being a contractor and PIRATES!!
Apr 5, 2007
I'm a conservative - bite me!
Marie Antoinette - snaggle teeth and teasing glimpes. Sweet!
John Q - a lesson about fatherhood or a liberal-propoganda film?
Mar 30, 2007
Things that make me grumpy-er,
employed again at last,
Finn and assorted other ramblings
Feb 8, 2007
The search for employment continues..and the unemployment benefits are NOT pouring in!
Jan, 22, 2007
Freed from the bondage of employment, a very brief
review of a few books and films
Dec 17, 2006
The Innocent Man, 1776, THe Man in High Castle, Absolute Sandman, Wintersmith, garage sale treasures: Ghost in the Machine
Aug 20, 2006
Writers of the Future XXII/Tim Powers, more movie reivews
July 20, 2006
San Diego ComicCon 2006
July 15, 2006
Superman Returns, inconsiderate morons, Peewee's Playhouse returns, my plea for more pirate movies
July 8, 2006
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Wild Animal Park critters, site remodeling
Jun 27, 2006
The good, the bad and the mediocre (a bunch of movie reviews in the new forum).
June 15, 2006
Because of Romek - A Holocaust Survivor's Memoir
May 21, 2006
The DaVinci Code, Aeon Flux, Everything You Want
May 12, 2006
World of Warcrack, the Office, Coraline, my apologies...
Jan 24, 2006
Christmas Vacation 2006,
Syriana, Traveling Pants, Wish You Were Here
Dec 19, 2005
Festive Neighbors, the death of Olivia, Media Misinformation surrounding Brent Wilkes/ADCS,
Make Love the bruce campbell way
Nov 15, 2005
Microsoft Technet 2005 launch party, Lexmark printer problem, a bad, bad day, changing dentists.
Oct 22, 2005
Thud!, Anansi Boys, Where's my cow
Oct 18, 2005
Thud! signing, Neil Gaiman Anansi Boys signing
Oct 15, 2005
A very, very late Comiccon 2005 report.
Jun 23, 2005
The black hole of
Warcraft, The Years of Rice and Salt, After the Sunset, Madagascar, Mr and Mrs Smith, Taxi.
Jun 3, 2005
All is quiet on the PM Front,
War of the Worlds (the novel), Kingdom of Heaven, Sahara, Star Wars Episode III, Flight of the Phoenix
May 9, 2005
The program managers strike again, More of my horrendous sketches,
Spanglish, A Lot Like Love, Elektra, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (the film)
Apr 9, 2005
Stuck in Corporate Hell, a few of my recent sketches,
Miss Congeniality 2, Collateral
Mar 21, 2005
Revenge of the Jetta (car problems), a Newegg purchase, a few new drawings, more
Feb 13, 2005
The Mail mystery solved, more of my crappy sketches, A few new photos of the girls, bill-bert (introducing the new Project Manager), sweet phone skills,
Opus, Dungeons and Dragons, In Good Company
Jan 27, 2005
Mystery mail, new photos of my beautiful kids, some new sketches, an
Episode 3 spoiler, Opus, Going Postal, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Ubik, Remember the Titans, Lemony Snicket`s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Dodgeball
Jan 7, 2005
Christmas 2004, Update to the site,
Elf & King Arthur revisited, National Treasure, Opus, Blade Runner
Dec 18, 2004
A new Stephanie sketch, another Target web page goof, the SD Union Tribune confirms Greg Bear`s research for
Vitals, Miramar VW proves my dealer service assertions wrong, neighborhood Christmas fun, Opus
Nov 24, 2004
More of my mediocre drawings, nw russian mail-order coins,
Star Wars toys, a big green spider comes to visit, Opus, Dies the Fire, Digital fortress, The Incredibles, Twisted, Van Helsing
Nov 03, 2004
Some thoughts regarding the 2004 election, rants about the environment, a memory rebate update, new computer issues,
Opus, The Lone Drow, Deception Point, Roswell season 2 on DVD
Oct 12, 2004
An interesting quiz, mal-in rebates, a parrot joke, my new computer, thoughts on frame removal, web logs,
Opus, Vitals, Star Wars trilogy on DVD, Ladykillers
Sep 23, 2004
My "Heath" sketch for Mark Oakley, an update on my a PNY rebate check, the fictitious AWNA Act, Browser Issues with the site,
Opus/Pickles, The DaVinci Code, Garden State (Natalie Portman), Man on Fire
Sep 11, 2004
A new drawing: "Stephanie", redneck wisdom, my salary to hourly reclassification, funny video: news from iraq, an update on my mail-in pny rebate, a new rebate through Costco,
Ella Enchanted, Highlander Endgame, Princess of Thieves, The Whole Ten Yards
Aug 27, 2004
Fun with my VW Warranty,
Opus, Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix, The Land of SokMunster, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Wedding, Napoleon Dynamite, Hidalgo, Chasing Liberty, Out of Time
Jul 23, 2004
San Diego ComicCon 2004, the family summer vacation, Bruce Campbell,
Opus, Nanny Ogg`s Cookbook, Angels & Demons, Folk of the fringe, Bourne Supremacy, i robot, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Cody Banks 2, Hellboy
Jul 19, 2004
PNY Rebate fun, IE Patch, Linux and socialism, liberal scum, Opus, BIM, timeline, master and commander, tad hamilton, stuck on you,cold mountain, 50 first dates, the terminal, spiderman 2, king arthur, a hat full of sky, the thousand orcs, meditations on middle earth
Jun 20, 2004
Memorial day pictures, Duplex, Mark Oakley/Heroes, Wild Animal Park Dinosaurs, B-52s concertman, Say After Tomorrow, Big Fish, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Eragon, A Hat Full of Sky, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
May 08, 2004
Pat Tillman, LOTR Toys, 13 Going on 30, Mean Girls, Tolkien Miscellany, Last Juror, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Pork Tornado
Apr 06, 2004
Roswell season 1 DVD and a some other mindless drivel
Feb 19, 2004
Highlander site contest results, new downloads, princess gallery updates, lord of the rings toys, harry potter, underworld. lost in translation, the hunted, a tolkien miscellany...
Feb 09, 2004
Murder at 1600, Radio, Cheaper by the Dozen, King Arthur, Spiderman 2, Van Helsing, Harry Potter, Tolkien Miscellany, Mark Oakley, massive snow in Idaho...
Jan 28, 2004
Swat, Uptown Girls, Somethings Gotta Give, Along Came Polly, Seabiscuit, Ashley Judd Marathon, Van Helsing, Harry Potter, Science Fiction Bok Club, Nanny Ogg`s Cookbook, RA Salvatore, Mythology (Alex Ross), Fastner & Larson, Best page in the universe, etc, etc...
Jan 07, 2004
Clint`s rules, X-Men 2, Holes, Pirates, Two Towers, Freaky Friday (Haley Hudson), new drawings, Thieves` World, Playskool Star Wars, new Interest section
Jan 02, 2004
nothing all that interesting...
Dec 21, 2003
Nemo, Highlander page, Christmas vacation 2003, star wars kid
Dec 12, 2003
E.T. (Erika Eleniak), new drawings, Opus, Santa Claus 2 (Elizabeth Mitchell), Legolas toy/pics, How to Deal (Mandy Moore), Myth update, Last Samurai
Nov 27, 2003
Another Fine Myth, Elf
Nov 22, 2003
Dude, Where`s Bill & Ted
Nov 18, 2003
Not much to say
Nov 15, 2003
Disneyland, Astronaut`s Wife, Dumer and Dumber-er, Monstrous Regiment
Nov 10, 2003
Terry Pratchett, Matrix Revolutions
School of Rock, Terry Pratchett signing, Darth Vader MBNA bust, San Diego fires
Aug 17, 2003
Johnny English, San Diego Comic-Con
Jun 17, 2003
May 28, 2003
Not much to say
May 24, 2003
Almost nothing of note
May 17, 2003
Matrix Reloaded, Pirates
Mar 23, 2003
The Police, Pirates, Lord of the Rings grievances part II
Mar 16, 2003
Lord of the Rings grievances part 1
Super auld stuff
A big list of old submissions with boat loads of broken links
A new year, but the same old procrastination...
I've finished a couple of books recently that I've been procrastinating blathering about (and a trip to Disneyland, a tour of the USS Midway, and a new [old] CD)...but the time for procrastination has ended. Almost. For one of the books, at least.
American Exodus is another book from an author seeking reviews so I expected the worst, but was pleasantly surprised. The other book, Down and Out in Purgatory, will be mentioned here eventually. It was a much longer read with a lot more variety in the stories, so it's coming slowly.
American Exodus - a Catalyst series novella
I love a good story about the apocalypse. And I especially like an apocalyptic story with some basis in reality. That's not to say Steve Sterling's Emberverse novels aren't devoured quickly and
The Walking Dead's still-unexplained premise isn't fun to escape into, but William Forstchen, John Barnes, and Mike Sheridan's more reality-based stories (each with a much different premise) are more satisfying to me in many ways.
American Exodus is now another reality-based apocalypse book I've added to my list of favorites. American Exodus is apparently just a novella set in the Catalyst series of novels (none of which I've read yet). The premise is very similar to the one used by William Forstchen - with a twist. Instead of a man-generated EMP wiping out civilization in the western world, it's a solar flare that takes the entire world to its knees. And the political upheaval that follows the collapse is right out of D.W. Ulsterman's Race Wars stories (with less emphasis on race and more on Hitler-esque cleansing).
The primary characters in the story are well-developed and pretty believable (a kid on his own, a wealthy guy who owns Ford dealerships, and an ex-military, survivalist guy). Most of the characters are average people who don't really posses any extraordinary abilities that allow them to survive in this chaotic new world, but mainly just get lucky while millions around them are less lucky. I didn't spot many grammatical/typographical errors in the book (just two typos that stood out - I wasn't really proofreading, just reading for enjoyment), so that was nice. I find poor writing and proofing to be super-distracting (Ulsterman's early
Race Wars stories are a shining example of horrendous editing).
Here's a little excerpt that takes place after the lights go out everywhere and our three protagonists have just joined forces and are scavenging.
Gerald leaned up and wiped sweat from his brow. "Most people didn't pack for the end of the world, kid. Even those of us who probably knew better didn't normally carry around much in the way of survival gear."
JD grimaced but nodded. "Yeah, I guess that makes sense, but why would they carry all this stuff for miles? Laptops, tools, radios and all these clothes."
"People have a hard time separating the essential from the valued. What was important to them yesterday can't be worthless trash today. They just can't wrap their heads around that - their attachment to stuff just won't stop. What did you say about radios? Show me what you found."
Steve watched as Gerald seemed excited about what the boy was holding. Something made Steve think this man had a plan or knew more than he let on. "Hey, Gerald, what's so important about a radio?"
The man just smiled as he opened the battery compartment on the small handheld. "You have any idea what happened? To the electricity, the cars?"
Steve nodded. "Yeah, I think I know. I don't understand it but some kind of solar flare. A crazy huge solar storm or something. I really don't know why that caused the blackout, much less the cars and electronics to stop working."
Gerald nodded. "That's pretty much it, best I can tell. An EMP or CME was what I was guessing. Both of those should be relatively limited in scope, but it appears whatever happened . . . this event is everywhere. At least...everywhere that concerns us," he said with a sigh. Gerald held up the radio smiling. "With this, maybe we can find who is still broadcasting. These radios are great, not like a big rig, but they can reach pretty far. Hopefully, we can get some decent information and find out how far this shit goes."
The book ends with a little bit of a cliffhanger, but I don't know if or when the story of these characters will continue.
Warning: There is quite a bit of profanity in the story (primarily of the f-bomb variety). Much more than was in any way necessary (I know authors think it makes the story feel more "real," but I just find it distracting and disappointing). The sexual content was very light and non-graphic in any way. But due to the pervasive language, this isn't really a book for kids.
If you appreciate a good story about post-apocalyptic survival, you should pick this book up. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
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