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Since I only get one comic book a month now, that's what I got:

New Mutants #6 (not bad for a 'heroes returning from the dead' crossover plot)

Full reviews as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Also picked up at the used bookstore (for only 50 cents!): Year's Best SF #9 (short story collection).
Pretty sure I don't have that one, stories in it by Doctorow and Stross among others, should be worth a look. And even if it WAS a rebuy, hey, 50 cents!

Work was okay, although they showed up earlier than I did, so a lot of work awas done for me. Which is good, I guess, since I still get paid the same amount, but I still feel bad. Ah well.

On the way to the comic store I noticed a building was owned by the "WTF Group". WTF? Anyway, drizzly the whole day so I didn't get any reading while walking done either. :P. Ah well.
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Book Foo to start off with:

Finished: The Science Fiction Century, Vol 1(short story collection)
Started: Blindsight, by Peter Watts (reread)

Like all short story collections there's a mix of good and rather dull, and stories I've read before of each. This one had a bit of a focus on much older material of the HG Wells/Jack London eras (though there's plenty of new material too). There was even a non-Lovecraft Lovecraftian story (The Hounds of Tindalos). I read all of them, even the rereads, with the exception of E.M. Forster's "The Machine Stops" which I've read SO MANY times in school alone that I just can't bear it any more.
(minor concept related spoilers behind cut, no biggies).

Read more... ) Anyway, probably a bit less of the 'good' to 'less interesting' ratio in this collection, but I didn't hate it.

Finished: Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell (reread)

Can't really comment on this one since I've read it so many times, it's like visiting an old friend. One who kicks you in the gut to say goodbye, but nonetheless!

Started and Finished: Rainbows End, by Vernor Vinge
Started: Eon, by Greg Bear (reread, but long enough ago that I can barely remember anything but the back of the book premise)

Rainbows End was a reread, so no need to get too detailed about the thoughts, but once again I really like the near future technological gadgetry that you can almost believe is just around the corner.

Had some memorable dreams lately, although a few of them have faded from memory, I still wanna record them. So, behind the cut, Zombies (with guest appearance by Zombie Flash), The Avatarverse, and bio-forming. Read more... )
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No comics of course. New Mutants seems to be running a little less-than-monthly, since I should have been out to get that by now, and it wasn't on the list for next week either. At this rate, it might come out along with Runaways, making it only one trip to the comic store this month.

Work was okay, though hot. Quite hot. As was the walk home. Sweat got in my eye which is always a pain.

In other news, Neil Gaiman won the Hugo for his novel The Graveyard Book, making me once again one short of having completed all the winners. DAMN YOU NEIL GAIMAN! I was actually semi-rooting for Cory Doctorow's Little Brother because I've read and enjoyed it, but Gaiman's usually a good read so I have no qualms about buying another one. The other big Hugo news for me was Whedon and Doctor Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog winning the Hugo for best Short Form movie/tv/video

And... yes, something I've been waiting for for a while. AMC has announced that it will be adapting Robert Kirkman's comic "The Walking Dead" as a series. That's right, an ongoing zombie survival TV series. I've only read bits and pieces of the comic (I have a series interest-block on Black & White stuff), but what I've read seems pretty good. (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] angelophile on the heads up on that) Maybe this will make up for AMC's travesty of the Prisoner. (Okay, I'm pre-judging there, which I shouldn't do. But it's so FUN! I will watch that and give it a fair chance, even if some of what I've seen does not fill me with excitement).

Found an announcement on what the 'Big Disaster' in the upcoming (midseason) series "Day One" is. Here. I dunno, normally I'd be all over that as a TV series premise, but somehow it seems less than what I'd hoped for _that_ as a series. Oh well, still probably worth a look.
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But work. Which is somewhat nicer now that they changed the time to earlier. Since I didn't have comics to pick up afterwards, I got home around noon and had the afternoon to myself.

In other news, I finally got around to watching Romero's Diary of the Dead this weekend. It was... okay. Some good ideas, but too much crap that didn't work and the performances weren't all that hot. A bit more detailed, a bit more spoilery, behind the cut.
Read more... )

In other news, I've been experimenting with Twitter. Mostly just to prove to myself that my updates would be as boring as I'd imagined they'd be every time I thought about doing Twitter. So far that bears out.

Oh, and the Ships & Giggles Forum, my last remaining message board forum to discuss comics and such, died a couple months ago, apparently due to accident with one of the site admins or something. Well, it's back in a new location finally. So, there's that. I don't think any of my flist were regulars there, but for me it's nice at least.
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No comic day of course, as it seems I only pick up comics every other week.

Work was okay.

In other news, today was the day. It comes once a year. Children around the world look forward to it. Well, okay, not the last one, unless my life is a lot weirder than I expected. It's... Haircut Day. Yes, I got my annual haircut (I like my hair longish during the winter for warmth, short during the summer for coolness). No pictures though, you'll just have to imagine.

In other other news, remember way back when my old new computer died and I had to get a new one? Well, left wondering all that time was the status of my data, which existed on a HD that was dying and possibly precipitated the total death of the computer. Anyway, I finally got an IDE External HDD enclosure (late B-Day gift), so I could connect that drive to my new computer through USB. It's very slow, chiefly because, every once in a while, the drive decides it'll go to sleep for an hour or two and not transmit any data at all (when it's working well it's a little slow but a respectable speed). And sometimes it just doesn't recognize it at all. But I eventually got the most critical stuff copied over, and am now slowly copying over the non-essentials (the "yeah, I could probably download this again but it'd be a pain to find it all and remember what I had and why" stuff), and then I will perform an autopsy, reclaim the vital internal organs, and give the HD its final rest. Technically even if I couldn't recover data off it it wasn't that big a deal, I'd already backed up the essential stuff some months back, on my old old computer. About what I would have lost is something like 5 months worth of the writing I did on the old new computer (but I do most of my writing on my old old computer so that wasn't much), and maybe a couple passwords.

However, my new computer came close to getting me evicted! Well, and my own stupidity. See, yesterday we got a notice from the landlord company, basically saying the rent cheque bounced and we had 24 hours to give them a money order or they'd start eviction proceedings. As it turned out, I'd forgotten to deposit my paycheck at the end of the last month (actually, my last two). I thought I had enough money to cover it regardless, but as it turned out, I had just _slightly_ less. As in, 'much less than the cost of my computer', so if I didn't have to buy one of those a couple months back, it really would have been fine. Embarassing, but, ah well, one rushed trip to the bank later and it got sorted out.

And, Book Foo. 3-for-1 special! Or technically 4-4-1 special.

Finished: Chasm City, by Alastair Reynolds
Started: Altered Carbon, by Richard K. Morgan (Reread)

So I didn't much care for Revelation Space, the first novel by Alastair Reynolds. But I figured, it was his first novel, maybe I'll give him another chance. Short version: Not bad. Wouldn't be one of my favorites, but I liked it enough that I'm more willing to try more books by him. I don't really have much in the way of long or spoilery comments, though.

Finished: Shadow and Claw, The First Half of the Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe

This actually counts as two books, "Shadow of the Torturer" and "Claw of the Concilliator", which were, I believe, originally published separately. However, it's also clear that they're all intended to be part of one book. Still, I'm counting it as two, mostly because I didn't much care for it. I can see skill there, but it falls into that category of "Not My Thing". (Minor spoilers beyond, mostly just furthur thoughts) Read more... ) Anyway, Claw of the Conciliator part was a Nebula Award winner which means I had to read it eventually. I probably won't finish it though, unless I happen to find the next parts really cheap.

Started and Finished: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Started: Lady of Mazes, by Karl Schroeder (reread)

We all know the plot of PaPaZ, at least in broad strokes. It's mostly Pride and Prejudice, but with zombies. And 'mostly Pride and Prejudice' is, for good or ill, truly what it was. I think after reading this I can satisfy myself that Jane Austen also falls into the category of "not my thing". I can certainly see how other people, people who are not me, can really dig it, but it leaves me cold. Zombies were the only thing that could have gotten me to read it at all. I will be talking more specifically about how they managed the introduction of that element, and so that may count as spoilers, behind the cut, but for my 'short version', I will only need two lines. The first of which is exactly the same as what my review would probably be for Pride and Prejudice. The other is likely not. The two line review: "Needed more zombies. Also, (and I cannot believe I am typing this) needed fewer ninjas." Read more... ) So although I didn't much enjoy reading it, I did get it for free and am kinda happy I own it, as a conversation piece if nothing else, if I was the type who had conversations with people or indeed had people over at all. Actually, one of the best parts of the book were the tongue-in-cheek "discussion questions" at the end, which might be perfect if your book club wound up choosing it, [livejournal.com profile] locker_monster. ;)

And finally, most of the TV rumor mills are saying Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is dead. I'll wait until official word from somebody involved before losing all my hope, but if its true, I can't say it was unexpected, although it really is too bad. It had a weak middle of the season, but it picked up significantly and I really wanted to see where they'd go from where they left off. It'll probably the show I miss most of this year's cancellations (including likely or even possible cancellations). You know, sooner or later, somebody's going to move a series from TV, and, upon cancellation, take the risk and become a DVD-only TV series. Not a series of DVD movies like Stargate, but an actual series with different episodes. Somebody's gotta be the first. And it'll probably be a SF series that does it. I wish it would be this one, but I doubt it. Oh well, if it does end up here, at least it frees up Summer Glau to play Ninja Ballerina (shut up, I live in my own little fantasy world, the rent's cheap and I have an in with the landlord).

I don't even really blame Fox this time around, because, for whatever reason (and again, I can't blame Fox), the ratings just sunk after a phenomenal premiere. I guess it just wasn't everybody's tastes in a Terminator series. We were lucky to get a full second season at all.
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My free copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith arrived in the mail today. (Well, technically it arrived yesterday but we didn't check the mailbox until today).

It'll be one of the next things I read.
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No comics today. Last issue of NYX hits today but I don't like it enough to take the big trip to the comic store. I'll grab it next week with Runaways

Work was okay, came only a few minutes after I did and was relatively light. Unfortunately, that meant again I barely got any reading done, thanks to the snow and/or rain that was constant on the walk there and back. The weather is seriously cramping my reading speed! Ah well.

Computer seems to be working well now that it's all set up. Last night I woke up in the middle of the night coughing and convinced that somehow I, personally, had become widescreen though. I'm sure that's normal and will pass.

Oh, and remember Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the book that combines the text of Austen's novel with new passages setting it all during a zombie apocalypse? Well, apparently Austen mashups are in vogue now, because they're actually working on a movie called... "Pride and Predator". I don't know if the Predator in question is actually The Predator from the movies by that name, and if it isn't I suspect the name will have to be changed because of a lawsuit, but if it is, that would be awesome.
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First, happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] panthia534 and [livejournal.com profile] patheroar... that is if you're not the same person, giving the similarity of your names. Neither really posts enough for me to get an idea.

No comics this week.

Work wasn't bad. Came on time and a reasonable load. A little chilly out, but not too bad.

Also, remember how I posted recently about the Jane Austen/some other writer collaboration, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Well, apparently when it comes out, I'll be getting a free copy, thanks to their marketting dept. Sweet. That'll be in April though. So I'll let you know if randomly attaching a zombie apocalypse plot to a Jane Austin novel works.
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This week I got one book:

Runaways #6 (bit of a weak end to the arc)

Full reviews as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Work was okay, though late, however it (and the walk to the comic store) were a bit of a pain because of a snowstorm. It wasn't especially cold, and thankfully, at least most of the time, not especially slushy, but the snow was falling the whole time and meant I couldn't really read while walking. The snowstorm probably also contributed to the lateness at work.

Anyway, some random bits of news and such that may be of interest.

Kim Manners, director of a number of SF shows including X-Files and Supernatural (and in fact, who directed the recent SN episode "Family Remains" has died. RIP.

In TV news, NBC had greenlit a pilot for a new series, called Day One. It's described as a post-apocalyptic series after a global catastrophe destroys the world's infrastructure. Sounds like my kind of show. The writer of the pilot has worked on Heroes, Lost, and Alias. So that might be good or bad. He was one of the co-executive producers let go when NBC realized the Heroes ship was sinking and needed dramatic efforts to rescue it, though. I'll give it a chance, because, well, me-likey post-apocalypse.

ABC's greenlit a pilot for a remake of V, by one of the co-exec producers of The 4400. Also may or may not be worth a look.

Also, like Jane Austen? Like Zombie Apocalypses? Well, I have the book for you! It's a posthumous collaboration with Jane Austen is an upcoming novel, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies". Yes, really. Apparently it combines actual text from the Austen novel with new material making a plot about a zombie uprising, making it a comedy of manners during a zombie apocalypse. I dunno, I kinda dig that kind of thing, at least in theory.

And if you're not sick of zombies yet, apparently there will be an upcoming horror-comedy Zombieland, starring Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslyn.

And there's some more word on casting for the DW Specials this year, over at Gallifrey One's News Page, but I won't be specific because it may be spoilery to some.

Had a Supernatural episode in a dream. Not so much a dream about Supernatural, but actually a plot (albeit, not a complete one). Read more... )
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No, this does not relate to any real news at all (and shame on you for being disappointed!). It's just I've watched two apocalyptic productions out of the UK recently. One is the first episode of Survivors, the remake of Terry Nation's miniseries from the 70s (or the miniseries based on his book at least, I'm not entirely sure which), in which a plague wipes out most of humanity. The second is "Dead Set", a zombie apocalypse miniseries... set around the (UK) Big Brother House (actually I saw the first ep a few weeks ago but got sidetracked by November and other stuff while I tried to track down the rest). A zombie apocalypse breaks out on "Eviction" Night, and the reality show contestants don't realize anything's gone wrong at first because they're isolated from the world and media. It sounds funnier than it is, but it is very good.

So let's start with Survivors, because I have less to say. It's only the first episode, and being such, much of it deals with the plague itself, rather than the aftermath. But it does a decent enough job in setting up the situation and the characters that I'm interested in coming back for more. Of course, I like apocalypse fiction and other media. A few Doctor Who alum make an appearance, and one of the main cast is someone who's currently odds on favorite to be the Next Doctor.

So, onto Dead Set. When I heard about the premise, I did kind of think they'd play it really satirical, almost comical, like Shaun of the Dead, but surprisingly no - there are certainly elements of satire, but it's dark satire, and most of the plot is played deadly serious, and frankly, it's both gorier and more disturbing in many ways than a lot of the more recent zombie films I've seen. One of the greatest things about it is actually using the Big Brother house and property and celebrity status. It's a tiny bit lost on me, personally, since I've only seen the US version, so I don't get all the in-jokes (like using the actual host and some prior contestants) but I have to give them big kudos for doing it. For example, I could never see this being remade in the US, at least not without it being about some made-for-the-movie reality show, like "Total Surveillance" or "Human Zoo" or "Do I Orwell For The Camera?" or something. And that's a shame, because really, it's the best way to do it. Read more... )

The cast, although a few of them are a little bland, are mostly enjoyable and to a fair degree aren't idiots, which is refreshing (of course, they are occasionally, as moments of idiocy are practically necessitated by zombie movies, particularly for climaxes). But they use well thought out plans for dealing with the situation.

If I had one complaint about it it would be that they use fast zombies. It's not a dealbreaker for me, but I generally prefer the slow ones. In Shaun of the Dead writer/star Simon Pegg's review of Dead Set he pretty much agrees and explains why better than I could (Dead Set writer Charlie Booker responds at the end of an unrelated editorial on the US election here if anyone is interested in the reasoning, and so I can forgive him for it and even agree that in some situations I might use fastish zombies, but I just slow zombies best.)

So, yeah, Dead Set is highly recommended for zombie fans. Or Big Brother fans who don't mind gore and swearing and brief nudity. Got me thinking about my old desire for a zombie apocalypse ongoing TV series. Read more... )

In other plague news, my cold was very painful over the weekend (and I felt a bit zombieish, except my cravings for human flesh stayed at about the usual level), but seems mostly better now. I thought I might suffer a minor setback from having to walk 45 minutes to work in cold rain this morning, but I had a bottle of OJ for extra vitamin C and bought some ginger beer, the magic cure all, on the way home, so that helped balance it out.

And, while I'm here, I suppose I should give a rundown of PerExWriMo (personal extra writing month). My goal was to write every day but wednesday, and on every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday do my quota of 2000 words a day (Monday and Friday I would be working on script format writing and other things which aren't easy to meter). I wound up with just over 38,000 words of metered writing, and I did write every single day (except Wednesdays when work and often comic day makes it implausible). So I suppose I could count it as a technical success. However, I didn't finish anything, wasn't really excited about most of what I wrote, and didn't write nearly as much on the non-metered writing as I hoped. I also didn't really get any 'new ideas' that caught fire in my imagination, as forced writing sometimes does. The closest I came was a desire to start a movie type script, weaving together many elements I enjoy reading in SF, but of course with my own plot, and I did start that, it taking up most of my non-metered writing time of the last half of the month. I'm kinda digging it conceptually but may not go anywhere, just another half-(or quarter, or 1-tenth)-finished project. We'll see. But now we're in December, which is my official month off from writing, where I only write if I feel _particularly_ inspired.
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Zombie Meme, stolen from lots of people on my flist.

You are in a mall when the zombies attack. You have:

1. one weapon.
2. one song blasting on the speakers.
3. one famous person to fight alongside you.
* Weapon can be real or fictional; you may assume endless ammo if applicable. Person can be real or fictional.


1. I'm choosing THE STAR BRAND. That's right, a weapon 95% of you have never heard of. It's a comics thing. The original one, not the Warren Ellis version. Phenomenal Godly Power + Invulnerability.
2. I dunno... It's the End of the World as We Know It? I'm not a big music guy. Maybe "All you need is love" by the Beatles, because I always thought that was a great song to kill things by.
3. Hmmm... I was going to say River Tam, because she's awesome against Reavers, but then I thought her nifty mind powers might not work on zombies as well, and so she might not be as effective. Plus, if she slips up and takes one bite, she's infected. So I'll stick with Summer Glauity but instead choose Cameron from Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles. Still an ass-kicker, no threat of zombie infection (the skin might potentially get infected but she could probably grow a new one from scratch if she had to), plus, hot post-apocalyptic robot sex after we've dealt with the zombies, and that's always awesome!

Oh, and I hate when I miss these, shoulda posted this one yesterday but I guess I forgot to look at the list:
Happy Belated Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] thesexyplant!!! Sorry it's late.
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Probably old hat since it's been boingboinged, but... Ever watch a zombie movie and wonder, "Hey, in the midst of this zombie apocalypse, I wonder how beloved magicians Penn and Teller are faring?"... Well, here's your answer.

In other news, feeling pretty low on motivation all around lately. I'd have hoped I'd pull out of my winter depression by now, but it's still going on. Anyway, despite that I've still managed to do some editing on writing. Also word comes that I may be able to get a free, secondhanded printer in the next little while, so that helps too, lets me expand my submission range.

Other computer's still running but I haven't tried to reboot and I occasionally hear odd sounds from the HD so I suspect it may only be a temporary reprieve from death, unfortunately.

Got a call today that the truck would be late tomorrow. Except the last 3 times I've gotten such a call for Monday it was followed up on the actual Monday with a call at the regular time saying it was there and where was I (combined with the driver having no idea about it even being thought to be late). So I'm not getting my hopes up to it.

In media... Atlantis finale was okay, but not as cool as I'd hoped. Still, only a couple months till the next ep, and pretty soon SG1 movie. Supernatural's renewed for another season, probably not a big surprise, but nice to hear. Still waiting on word on Terminator. Caught the new Spidey cartoon. Not bad, weird mix of Ultimate and regular continuity elements, a couple annoying voice actors, but worth a look. Wolverine and the X-Men's still a year away though, so it'll have to do me until then for comic cartoons. Comicbookresources has been doing a feature on the cast of Paul Cornell's Captain Britain and MI-13 comic series... unfortunately only Wisdom and John the Skrull really appeal to me, but we'll see, maybe I'll like the new char or some of the older ones I've not liked much before.

Ah well, enough for now.
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For those on my flist who aren't comic geeks, Marvel Zombies was a sort of joke concept started in the Ultimate Universe in which the heroes of the Marvel Universe (or rather an Alternate one) got infected by a zombie plague and started eating everyone else and turning some (unlike most traditional zombie stories, the zombies had their own intelligence and personality mostly, but they were driven by an unholy hunger and so couldn't stop from feeding, even on their friends or family except perhaps for a few minutes immediately after a feeding). It eventually spawned its own miniseries, spinoffs, statues, and is generally agreed to have been beaten into the ground by this point. It was very dark and occasionally gory but in some ways blackly funny.

But zombies aren't known for staying in the ground...

Somebody created a Marvel Zombies fanfilm.

It's very short, really more a teaser to an imaginary longer fanfilm (and technically speaking doesn't follow MZ canon), and extremely NSFW due to gore, and not all that funny really, but may have a certain amusement factor to Marvel fans or zombie fans just for the mere fact that it exists.

Here's a link to the fanfilm. (Watch past the credits).
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Major spoilers behind the cut, both for the movie and for the book that inspired it.

Short version: LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAME.

Read more... )

Vincent Price's The Last Man on Earth remains the best adaptation of I Am Legend. Not perfect, but still the best.
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] randyandrews... okay, so my Great Canadian Zombie Film if I ever do more than idly consider it, apparently won't be the only Great Canadian Zombie project. The Living is apparently planned to be a 'serialized zombie apocalypse broadcast biweekly over the interweb'. What makes it special? Because apparently it's filmed and set in Toronto. Wonder if maybe I should think about trying to be an extra at some point. ;)

Edit: Oh, and to those on my flist that celebrate it, "Rockin' Solstice" since I believe that's sometime in the next couple days.
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Some Book Foo!

Finished: Quarantine, by Greg Egan
Started: Mysterium, by Robert Charles Wilson (reread)

Minor spoilers behind the cut - not so much big spoilers, but things that the back of the book _should_ have said. Quick thoughts: Liked it. Read more... )

Finished: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, by Max Brooks
Started: Broken Angels, by Richard Morgan

Very minor WWZ spoilers beyond the cut.

Read more... ) Still, certainly worth a read.

Now, after having read the book, does it have any bearing on my Great Canadian Zombie Film idea? Thoughts behind cut (only the minorest WWZ spoilers)

Read more... )
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So yesterday was one of those days that make me wonder if I'm not secretly in control of the universe on a subconscious level. Why? Because I found $20 on the sidewalk. That's not all, you see, because earlier in the week my brother found $20 (and separately in another incident, $10), and he mentioned it yesterday so while I was walking to work I was thinking to myself, "man, wouldn't it be cool to find $20", and then on the way home, there it was. This was similar to another time when I was thinking about how I once found some bus tickets on the ground, and how cool that would have been, and then later that day I spot like 5 of them on the ground. But then my rational skepticism kicked in, Read more... )

Speaking of, Heroes was last night. The first of the big TV show droughts. No spoilers here, but it did feel a bit rushed with plotlines seemingly being dropped (there was originally supposed to be one more ep in the volume but they hastily rewrote when the strike seemed unavoidable, so at least there'd be a conclusion to it), and just a weakness overall. I love Heroes conceptually, but I do think they need to make a few changes in writers and maybe directors, because it's not as good as last year and there are really some dumb plotting bits that need to be smoothed out. Particularly (this is not so much spoilery for the last episode, but a problem that's been recurring throughout this season, and contains some spoilers of that) Read more... )

WGA is still on strike. 100% support for the writers here. I'd like to briefly rant about two things I keep seeing popping up on people who are down on the writers (and I realize that most people on my flist are rightly supporting the writers or haven't commented at all, but I see it on message and comment boards a fair bit, and I feel like ranting here rather than there):

1) All these writers suck nowadays anyway, TV is so lame I can't watch it, they don't deserve to get paid what they get.
2) Writers are greedy, they make too much money already, and now they want more? And what's this with residuals, they should just do a job and get paid and have that be the end of it like people who do costuming and set design.
My responses, cut. Read more... ) Anyway, rant over.

Today/Last night I had another cool zombie apocalypse dream. They're still shambling around in my subconscious, I guess. This one involved the Marvel Zombies, at least at the start. Read more... )

Oh, and I'm thinking of doing a DC companion piece for the icon I'm using. But I need ideas, both for what to say and who to use. I've got the Batman one settled (he writers on his livejournal, then gives an example in typical batman gritty style, ending with MY PARENTS ARE DEAD!), but I don't really want to just have the exact same jokes as the Marvel one with different faces, so need ideas for other ones. Feel free to comment.

Edit: Because I just found it. Spider-Man: One More Day. Either you know the rumors and have an opinion, or don't and should ignore this. But as bad signs go? The writer (JMS) himself saying he considered taking his name off the last two issues of One More Day is a pretty bad one.
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Just a bunch of random stuff. Some segues inserted for your protection.

TVwise we're getting very close to the TV Dead Zone, with nothing new going on. There'll still be Atlantis for a while (and had a pretty good episode this week... yay for Canadian references!), but the strike will cut out most things, if it hasn't already (which it has for many). Brief thoughts on this season? A bit weak. Heroes has had its ups and downs (last ep was a down, hopefully it'll end on an up). GA continues to annoy me more than make me enjoy it. Pushing Daisies has been nice. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles starts in another month or so.

2 For 1 Book Foo...

Finished: The Atrocity Archives, by Charles Stross
Started: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, by Max Brooks

Thoughts on Atrocity Archives behind the cut. Minor conceptual spoilers. Short version: Not bad, but not my favorite Stross and not my style of take on mythosy stuff, so a bit disappointing. Read more... )

Finished: Altered Carbon, by Richard Morgan
Started: Quarantine, by Greg Egan

Thoughts for Altered Carbon behind this cut. Not terribly spoilery. Quick verdict: Enjoyed it.
Read more... )

Speaking of fiction, NaNo is over of course, but I finished a while back so it doesn't feel like a big relief to me. Still, a big congratulations to everybody on my flist who completed the task. And those of you who didn't, well, there's always next time, good for you for doing as much as you did.

Writing wise I've decided my big goal for the next year (this is not a New Year's resolution because I don't make those, I am speaking of it as a goal from now until next December) is to finish up and start submitting some of my short stories. Read more... )

Canadian Content! So, I tried the President's Choice new ruffled potato chips. Buffalo Wings & Blue Cheese was the best - also the one I'd tasted before (not the brand, but that type). Szechuan and General Tao's chicken tasted too close to really warrant having both of them there. There were slight variations (Szechuan tastes slightly better to me, though I like the name of General Tao's Chicken way more), but it felt like a bit of a failure of imagination to do both. Neither would go into my regular rotation, though Buffalo Wings might.

Speaking of Canada, we're supposed to have the coldest winter in 15 years. Well, I'm ready. Maybe it'll inspire me to work more on the plot to Great Canadian Zombie Film.

Oh, and we've informed that our rent is going up. By $12.91, or some absurd number like that. Weird. But not a problem.
newnumber6: (rotating2)
Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] incrowder!!!

It's also my grandmother's birthday today, will call her a bit later.

Had a sweet zombie apocalypse dream. Started out in the library in some sort of military base, but (as often happens in my dreams) gradually drifted into being in a shopping mall. Anyway, escaped the library of zombies through the elevator, which took us up one floor to a floor full of toddler zombies, but we managed to close the door before they got in, and then went up one more floor where there were vampires, but they'd just recently eaten so we were good for a few minutes. We saw the zombie-tots (and their parents) clearing out of the second floor nad thought we might be able to fortify it after they left, but instead went to a bookstore on the other side of the mall to try their second floor because it could only be reached by stairs. Then we found (by following a non-zombie) some sort of hidden access to a maintenance tunnel inside the mall, which had its own escalator/people movers, and was almost completely empty except for one 'torso and above only' zombie we ran into and dodged easily. That's about it.

Oh, and I splurged a bit at the grocery store and got some chips, because WTF, President's Choice came out with some new high-falutin' brands. On Monday I saw Buffalo Wings and Blue Cheese and I thought I was just going to get that today, but then when I got to the chip section I was like, "WTF? General Tso's Chicken Flavour?!" and then "WTF2?! Schezuan flavour?!" so I wound up getting 3 bags. Oops. Also pork loin. Actual pork loin, not pork loin chips. But that's not interesting.
newnumber6: (rotating)
This week I got two books:

Loners #6 (disappointing ending, felt like half a story)
New X-Men #44 (bit too grim for my tastes, decided I'm not going to pick up the rest of MC, even if it means temporarily dropping books I already buy)

Full reviews up as usual at my comic reviews site for anyone interested.

Also found at the used bookstore World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Mmmm, zombies.

At the same used bookstore I noticed they had a lot of Marvel hardcovers right by the cashout, on for fairly cheap, mostly under $20. Some of them were mildly tempting but I was particularly tempted by the Runaways Vol 1 Hardcover (collecting the first 18 issues), for just $20. I already have the individual issues, but still, mmm. Unfortunately, money's a bit tight at the moment and Xmas is coming up so I can't really justify such a purchase to myself, but there was a fair stack of them there, so maybe if they're still there if/when things start looking up. (Anyone on my flist in Toronto who's interested, it's the used bookstore right next to the World's Biggest Bookstore, saw a bunch of different stuff... X-Factor HC, couple different Ultimate Universe HCs, and a bunch of other stuff)

Work was okay, early enough and a light load, but the walk home (and to the comic store) was a killer. 2-3 hour walk through rain. When I got home I could barely type, my hands were so stiff. Getting better now though.

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