Dec
10
2018
0

Hold up: this is a *Guy Ritchie*-directed live-action Aladdin?

Apparently.  …Oh.  Well.  That is, well, somewhat unexpected.  Guy Ritchie is a director who makes films that appeal to me, if apparently not that many other people these days;  I had a lot of fun at The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and King Arthur.

So, I dunno.  Maybe there’ll be a gun battle or two?  I’d pay good money to have this flick suddenly shift to a modern-day street score with a snap of the genie’s fingers.  Oh my God, but that would actually be amazingly good.  I’m now almost mad that they’re not going to do that, in fact.  At least it wouldn’t be boring.

Dec
09
2018
1

“We Three Kings.”

I was prepared for this to be much more gimmicky than it actually was.

We Three Kings, Halford

Dec
09
2018
1

So, it’s gonna be called Men In Black International.

It has some promise to it.

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Dec
09
2018
3

Item Seed: Exotic Low-Velocity Explosive Sabot rounds.

Exotic Low-Velocity Explosive Sabot rounds – Google Docs

Exotic Low-Velocity Explosive Sabot rounds

 

For those times when you absolutely do not want to risk killing or even seriously hurting a hostage in a firefight.  They’re non-lethal ammunition, taken to a whole new extreme: when fired, an ELVES round inflates in mid-flight (Explosive Sabot), formd an oxygen-generating film that protects against kinetic and energy attacks (Exotic), then wraps itself around its target without hurting it (Low-Velocity).  This film will reliably act as protection against anything up to and including a fragmentation grenade going off under it; it will last up to twenty minutes before degrading, which is usually far longer than it takes for a firefight to resolve itself. The film even acts as a mild analgesic and antidepressant, upon contact with human skin.

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Dec
09
2018
0

Patreon Microfiction: Pegasus Express.

Look, I’m not saying that the hero of “Pegasus Express” could be bribed into using his powers for evil.  But if he can pick up some ethical side work on the way, well, where’s the harm?  — Especially if there’s good money in it.  Very few entities out there object to getting paid.

Patreon!

Dec
09
2018
0

So, is Nick Cage doing ‘The Colour Out of Space,’ or not?

I saw it referenced in Facebook, but when I looked around for the original story it had been deleted.  Which is weird, because if the story had turned out to be false, why not just update it?  And, for the record: if there’s anybody who can play somebody slowly going nuts from being in contact with an alien colour… out of space… it’s Nick Cage.  I’d watch it, I surely would.

Dec
08
2018
6

Well, this is awkward: all of the books I read this week…

…were either ARCs or Kickstarter rewards.  I’ve been trying to think of a more exploitable suitable book for the last few days, and I’ve absolutely drawn a blank.  I dunno.  Recommendations?

Dec
08
2018
0

Item Seed: the Ruby Vampir .32 ACP Pistol.

Ruby Vampir – Google Docs

Ruby Vampir

 

This limited-run variant of the Spanish Ruby .32 ACP semi-automatic pistol was produced between 1918 and 1932 by a somewhat obscure (and now defunct) Romanian monastic order.  The Ruby Vampir differed from the original variant not so much in basic performance as it was a fulfillment of the Ruby’s original promise: Vampirs were machined and manufactured with the highest production values, resulting in a gun that was even more reliable, rugged, and accurate than the original.  More to the point, the Vampir was remarkably good at ghoul-killing.

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