Sep
01
2015
4

*Also* In The Mail: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1.

I got The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1: Squirrel Power in the same Amazon shipment.  Because I am a good husband, I carefully did not open it so that my wife could have the pleasure of reading it first. Then, once I was absolutely sure that she was done with it, I read it in one sitting, because: Squirrel Girl.

There’s a movie in this characte, I’m telling you. And it’ll make money, too! Marvel seems to be good at making money out of its superhero properties.

Sep
01
2015
9

In the Mail: The Desert and the Blade.

The Change series is lots of fun, if you like post-apocalyptic fiction where technology above a certain level abruptly no longer works and the return of magic really doesn’t make up for it at all.  Which, yeah, led to billions of people dying.  But the survivors are having plenty of adventures! …Which, as S.M. Stirling himself noted elsewhere, means ‘somebody else in deep trouble, far away.’

Ahem. The Desert and the Blade: A Novel of the Change (Change Series) is a fun read so far; I’m enjoying it.  But you definitely should start with Dies the Fire, which is the first book in this series. Or maybe Island in the Sea of Time, which is kind of in the same universe but is a good deal more chipper. Assuming you haven’t read any of these before

Sep
01
2015
12

Great. We’re going to have an entry in the Olympics city selection, after all.

This is awful. Can the decision be appealed?

Seriously, having the Olympics is a boondoggle these days. An expensive, annoying boondoggle. I’d be just as happy if it stayed out of the USA for a while. Besides: it’s no fun without the Soviets to beat.

Aug
31
2015
0

‘A Thousand Years.’

I think a second night of Piano Guys is in order.

A Thousand YearsThe Piano Guys

Aug
31
2015
0

Book of the Week: “The Bunker.”

I was under the impression that The Bunker was what they based Downfall on, but it turns out that the two works are just looking at the same thing; the last days of the Nazi regime (specifically, Hitler’s final days and death in the Berlin bunker). It’s a very lively work, given that it was written by a journalist and not an academic. I also assume that we’ll get at least one person in comments who will politely but firmly bring up James O’Donnell’s (the author) weakness for a good narrative. Still, it was and is compelling reading.

And so, adieu to Snow Crash

Moe Lane

Aug
31
2015
0

Tickets are now available for the Sept. 30th showing of the digitally remastered Iron Giant!

You can get them here. I have already bought mine, and am very much looking forward to seeing it on the big screen. I wish that I had done so at the time.

Aug
31
2015
1

READ THIS IF YOU PLAN TO CROWD-FUND ANYTHING.

Seriously. If you are thinking about doing anything on Kickstarter or another crowd-funding site, go get that cup of coffee, drink it, and peruse this how-to guide. Somebody sat down and did the math on how to budget a project properly, and then showed us the math, and the advice offered was so freaking matter-of-fact competent that I went and ponied up for her Kickstarter on the spot. Seriously, that’s probably the most bang for my fifteen bucks that I’ve gotten in a while. If for no other reason that it told me what you should be thinking about when you’re thinking of running your own crowd-funding project.

Via @RichBurlew and @mariancall.

Aug
30
2015
0
Aug
30
2015
5

So I take it that people are surprised that the VMA was a train wreck?

I mean, for the love of God: it has celebrities there. How many of those people have functional life skills outside of the ability to carry a tune or play a musical instrument? And by ‘functional life skills’ I mean ‘iron clothes,’ ‘balance a checkbook,’ or ‘walk past a bar without drinking it*.’  Don’t get me wrong: musical celebrities are often fun to hear. Just don’t listen to them.

Moe Lane

*Thank you, Mitchell Royce.

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Aug
30
2015
5

Q. How do you turn junk into treasure?

A. Bury it in the desert:

A cache of Atari game cartridges, including copies of one of the worst video games ever made, have sold for more then $100,000 after being discovered in a landfill site in the desert.

The ‘one of the worst video games ever made’ thing, of course, refers to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. A landfill copy sold for $1,535 – which is weird, because if you click on that lin you’ll see that you can get in on Amazon for around eighty bucks.  Not that you should spend eighty bucks on that game either, by all accounts…

Moe Lane

Aug
30
2015
0

Seattle Uber users can still get a Mad Max car to pick them up.

The promotion lasts until tomorrow.

The new MAD MAX video game is coming out on September 1st and we’re working with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to give you an adventure like no other! Buckle up, hunker down, and prepare to live life as a Wasteland Warrior.

WHEN AND WHERE

Friday, August 28th through Monday, August 31st from 10am-6pm in downtown Seattle

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