Responses to this rant
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 noteworthy eBook before I return to my vacation ranting
No Direction Home
mentioned a Mike Sheridan eBook I'd read and enjoyed last year, Winter's Edge. Winter's Edge is a post-apocalyptic novel set deep into the post-apocalypse. This week I finished reading another Mike Sheridan eBook, , and I'm happy to report that I enjoyed this story every bit as much as No Direction Home Winter's Edge, and probably even more because it wasn't set in a fictional, no matter how likely or real-feeling, future, but the scary-enough present.
The characters are fairly well-developed, the prose flows well, and the editor did a good job. There were a few clumsy passages here and there, but it is, overall, a well-written book - something that's pretty hit-and-miss with many eBooks I've read.
There's another semi-apocalyptic eBook story,
by DW Ulsterman that I Race Wars mentioned a while back which is similar in many ways to No Direction Home, but the underlying premise for the horrific events in each story is completely different so don't be dissuaded from reading No Direction Home if you've read Race Wars (which is an on-going story that I've lost some interest in because of its odd a-few-chapters-at-a-time release schedule). Premise-wise, this story is also very similar to The Last ship TV series, though No Direction Home is told from the perspective of civilian survivors, not those in the military who are relatively safely isolated from the diseased population centers.
No Direction Home follows several groups of people (this is the primary similarity to Race Wars), ranging from wide-eyed and innocent to vicious and horrible, as they deal with an Ebola-on-steroids illness labelled "vPox" that wipes out most of the population of the United States. We're left unsure of just how badly the rest of the world has been affected by the quickly-spreading illness, though a few of the characters are European visitors to the U.S. (Jonah, probably my favorite character, seems a more authentic version of my mental image of Mad Sweeney than we're getting in the American Gods adaptations). Our protagonists are a handful of the tiny percentage of immune people in the population who are not affected by the illness. Similar to The Walking Dead and One Second After ( mentioned briefly last year), the events in this story take place in the southern U.S./southeast U.S. states. No Direction Home is very much like the later seasons of The Walking Dead, where zombies have almost become an afterthought and it's just survivor on survivor crime in a world full of stuff, ripe for the taking (another common theme in The Walking Dead). We see the best and the worst in people who find themselves in a world without rules or any grown-ups who will tell them no.
Here's a passage with my favorite character not long after the world falls apart...
Jonah and Colleen walked north up Kirkman Road. They were on their way back to the Sun Ray after spending the past hour in the Publix supermarket. Each wheeled a large trolley in front of them, laden with the provisions they would need for their journey.
Many of the stores they passed had been looted, though most still looked to have plenty of stock left inside. It indicated to Jonah just how few survivors there must be. Earlier, he'd glimpsed a few of them scurrying across the deserted streets. Most appeared to be on their own, a few in pairs. Some wore surgical masks, who Colleen surmised mightn't be immune to the disease but rather had barricaded themselves in their homes to avoid it.
On the way to the supermarket, however, he'd spotted a group of four men that had turned down a side street and disappeared from view. Something about the way they'd strutted down the middle of the road made him wary. Jonah could recognize a skanger a mile away, and he was thankful that, with their backs to him and Colleen, they hadn't spotted the couple. Colleen was right. Tomorrow, their top priority would be to get to a gun shop and arm themselves. In the meantime, in his shopping cart was a baseball bat he'd grabbed from a sports store along the way. A Louisville Slugger, the label said. Sounded good to him.
"Another thing, love," he said, their trolleys rattling noisily down the street. "When we leave town, let's head north. I want to get someplace where I'm not sweating like a pig twenty-four hours a day. Agreed?"
Sadly, the story ends before much has happened beyond bringing all the divergent groups together into a common location in Tennessee. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel,
(which we are treated to a brief taste of at the end of Eastwood No Direction Home). There's also a excised chapter available for free from the author, which provides background on vPox - along with another post-apocalyptic novel, Outzone Raider - which I haven't read (the excised chapter or Outzone Raider).
Warning: There is a fair bit of profanity in this book - the thugs communicate as thugs do - and a light dusting of sexual content, though nothing graphic. This isn't really a book for children, though I'm sure teens with an interest in post-apocalyptic survival would enjoy it.
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