Jan
17
2018
1

Amazon approves Season 2 of The Tick.

All official-like: “The creator of the series, Ben Edlund (FireflySupernaturalGotham), will return along with leads Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy) as The Tick and Griffin Newman (Search Party) as Arthur, with additional casting to be announced.” Ten new episodes, filming starts this year, and the show will be shown next year on Amazon Prime (obviously). And, of course, this is unsurprising: lots of people loved the Tick when it came out last year. I ended up getting sucked into it myself, and I plan to combine the second part of Season 1 with my exercise regimen when it comes out on February 23rd*.  So, really: no-brainer.

I haven’t decided whether I want to see the weirder superheroes and supervillains, though.  Well. “Weird” is probably relative, here.

Moe Lane

*Which means that I have to restart my exercise regimen.  Which I really need to do.  Fortunately, at least I have tons of TV shows to watch while doing it.

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Jan
17
2018
0

Book of the Week: The Square Deal (Car Warriors #1).

A buddy on Twitter reminded me of David Drake’s The Square Deal (Car Warriors #1), which is indeed set in the Car Wars universe — and I don’t know why I’m on a Car Wars kick this week, either. I just… am?  It happens, sometimes. Anyway, I’ve never actually read it but the reviews are pretty solid and, well, David Drake, right? Given that it’s six bucks, just how much worse off am I for grabbing it?

And so, adieu to whatever I picked while I was on vacation.  I gotta get a proper laptop for traveling. Or even an updated Chromebook.

Jan
17
2018
2

Item Seed: Mad Al’s Homemade Tank Guide.

Mad Al’s Homemade Tank Guide – Google Docs

Mad Al’s Homemade Tank Guide

This ‘book’ actually consists of a three-ring binder with about four hundred pages of fairly compact type and severely plain illustrations, separated (via colored cardstock pages) into ten chapters. There is no publishers’ information; and the contact information on the last page gives a PO Box located somewhere in “the Michigan Freedom Zone,” plus a set of CB and shortwave radio frequencies. Mad Al’s Guide gives off that unmistakable aura of being something from the 1980s, based on everything from the font, to the tone, and to the oddly surreal stock illustrations.

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Jan
16
2018
4

Good news on the Patreon front! [SUBSCRIBE NOW]

Somebody pledged! Unfortunately, in Patreon-world $146 + $4 = $149, and now you can see the ostensible reason why they wanted to fiddle with how the processing fees are handled. But I got two more weeks to find another new subscriber, and surely only one more $1 pledge will handle it… surely. Assuming that $149 + $1 = $34 and take a shot of whiskey. Never a dull moment, in this magical new world of the gig economy. I have to keep reminding myself that worldwide caloric intake and lifespan has risen over the last century. For all its faults, this system is hella better than socialism.

[pause]

Patreon!

 

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Jan
16
2018
2

Video of the Day, “If They Could Get A Washing Machine To Fly…” edition.

This is the most goram beautiful thing that you will see all goram day.

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Jan
16
2018
3

The ‘Car Wars’ Bundle of Holding.

Bundle of Holding: Car Wars.  Hmm.  This one I might pick up, despite the fact that of course I have all of this stuff.  Heck, I had the Autoduel America map up on my wall, much to the resignated chagrin of my long-suffering wife.

…Wait.  Where is my Autoduel America map? I seem to have misplaced it.

:pause:

Anyway, the Car Wars stuff is kind of scattered around the place. Having the PDFs might be handy, at that.  Must consider.

Moe Lane

PS: I gotta go see if it’s in the craft room closet.  A lot of geekstuff hides in there now.

PPS: No luck, but I did find two music stands that my wife was looking for (and didn’t think could be in the craft room), so we’ll score that as a success anyway.

Jan
16
2018
0

Location Seed: Cormorant Lake Station.

Cormorant Lake Station – Google Docs

Cormorant Lake Station

“Gateway to the Hollow Earth”

 

This town doesn’t appear on Google Maps; and when the aboveground portion does show up on the Internet, it’s usually mislabeled as Cormorant Lake Lodge, which is a Manitoban hunting fishing lodge about a mile to the southwest. Cormorant Lake Station definitely exists, though. Aboveground, it’s about twenty or so buildings, including a small hotel, a general store, and an auto repair garage that is far too large for the business it now gets.  The town mostly stretches along the northwest shore of Air Force Bay; the only real way to get there is via lake ferry to the lodge. The locals are polite, friendly, and not particularly prone to secrecy.

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Jan
16
2018
0

The ‘It’ Honest Trailer.

It was a fan pick, which probably explains why – oh, here, watch it.

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Jan
15
2018
2

‘Dreams.’

Because people freaked out the last time I put up Zombies, that’s why. It’s very sad, about Dolores O’Riordan. My condolences to her family and loved ones.

Dreams, The Cranberries

Jan
15
2018
0

Hey! I have a Patreon! (You want to sign up for it.)

Unless you already have, of course. Anyway, thanks to the vagaries of the system — and the fact that I’m right up against the edge of a pledge level — I gotta flog the site a bit to encourage four more people to each pledge a buck a month to get stupendous short stories, marvelous microfiction, and great gaming …word meaning ‘campaign material’ that starts with the letter ‘g.’  This has nothing to do with Patreon’s abortive attempt to fiddle with the pledge levels.  I think. It’s just that some months not all the pledges go through.

So. Patreon! [dramatic chord] (Click on the button to pledge)

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Jan
15
2018
0

Item Seed” Artifact # 20180105-BRA-23-17(b)

Blame this.

Artifact # 20180105-BRA-23-17(b) – Google Docs

Artifact # 20180105-BRA-23-17(b)

 

Description: a coat/overtunic, sized for an adult male between 5’3” and 5’6”.  The coat is made from natural plant fibers found in the Amazon river basin, and is fastened with a single sharpened wooden stick, thrust into on the left side.  The coat is covered with blue, orange, and green feathers, facing downward and woven into the plant fibers.  There is considerable water damage; the coat was taken off of the drowned corpse of a man found floating in a tributary of the Amazon. No identification or other artifacts were found on the corpse, but based on teeth, facial and body features, and general health at time of death he was likely a member of one of Brazil’s uncontacted tribes.

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