Did I mention that my sister-in-law was visiting? Yeah, we grabbed some takeout Pollo Compero (if you don’t have one of these places close to you then I’m sorry to hear that) and a couple of bottles of red. Nice to veg out and shoot the breeze; absolute hell on posting, of course. There’s a word for this, though, right? Socialisting? No, right: socializing. It definitely has its points.
So, hey, running around and making sure that the spare room is neat and gibbering silently at the state of the kids’ bathroom; you know how this stuff goes. Still, always nice to have family members over, even if it’s just for a few days. Good practice for talking to adults, if nothing else.
No, seriously. There was a couple of years there where I had completely forgotten how to make vocal small talk with people over the age of five. It was terrifying, in its way. Especially when I caught myself avoiding situations where I would have to talk to adults, because of the social awkwardness involved. Thank God for roleplaying games, that’s all I can say.
The New Zombie Cookbook: Simple Recipes For Busy Lives
Physical description: The New Zombie Cookbook is a 300 page book, profusely illustrated – very profusely illustrated – that offers a few chapters on ingredients (zombies), utensils (cleavers feature prominently), and, most importantly ,recipes. Needless to say, the author (Elizabeth Riley), publisher/editor (Vyhle Publishers, Pittsburgh), and illustrator/photographer (R.U. Pickman) are unknown to the American publishing industry – despite the fact that the book was supposedly written in 1982.
Short version: big leak in the cyrogenic helium system apparently lead to a Big Boom with the liquid oxygen. And I mean big:
— Popular Mechanics (@PopMech) September 23, 2016
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what You Will Not Go To Space Today looks like.
…Okaayyyy: “Details on the now-in-production Transformers: The Last Knight continue to develop in curious ways. Following recent confirmation that the plot involves both King Arthur and Merlin comes evidence that the storyline features both Adolph Hitler and Sir Winston Churchill as well.” Possibly some suggestion that Anthony Hopkins would be playing Churchill, and apparently there’s alternate-history Nazis winning the Battle for Britain going on? I have to say: if it wasn’t a Transformers movie my ears would be perking up. Anthony Hopkins as Churchill in an alt-history movie sounds rather grand, really.
But of course: “According to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line Cinema has grabbed up the film rights to the big-screen take on the hugely-popular mobile app, which Australia’s Halfbrick Studios is looking to adapt as a live-action family comedy.” Mind you, ‘live-action family comedy’ isn’t so bad. It’s never going to be deep cinema, but if Fruit Ninja: the Movie manages to make a theater full of nine year old kids chortle then I have to remember that this is a perfectly honorable result. Animaniacs has probably spoiled me, is what I guess I’m saying here. Sometimes kid’s stuff really is for kids.
The Deadlands Classic 20th Anniversary Edition and the Deadlands: Good Intentions campaign book. I will not be picking up either, alas – the days of wine and roses are now but a fond memory* – but Deadlands is a fun game and a cool game concept. I’m glad that it’s back… not that it entirely went away, I guess. Ach, ye ken my meanin’, as Terry Pratchett had that one guy say. More or less. Sorry, the book’s downstairs. Where was I?
Oh, right, Deadlands Kickstarters. Go for it. (more…)