Quote of the Day, I Have A Sherman Tank So Your Argument Is Invalid edition.

This is old, but good. Short version: man buys tank. Man parks tank outside of his house while he works out final home for the tank. The bug up the a*s of the man’s HOA decides this is intolerable, starts up the passive aggressive machine, and sends a certified letter. Result?

In the spirit of General Patton, Buzbee was unmoved by this opening salvo. “Typical,” he says. “It sounds like small-town stuff, but this was Houston, Texas. But I didn’t fret over it. Hell, I would have moved it two weeks before I did but for the fact I got that letter. So then I decided I’d leave the tank here for two more weeks just to see what they would do about it.”

What they did about it was start writing parking tickets, which is funny. I mean, generally speaking you can assume that anybody rich enough to buy a tank is rich enough to just pay the parking tickets. Besides, he was moving it anyway to a nice ranch, where it can peacefully frolic and run over cars…

Via @KPlorable.

Quote of the Day, You Volunteered To Write A Screenplay For Paul Verhoeven, Scooter McGee edition.

Don’t be surprised when that particular path takes you to weird places:

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Quote of the Day, Yes, Indeed: Read @Badmachinery’s STEEPLE Webcomic edition.

John Allison, writer of the Steeple webcomic:

It’s my birthday today! I’ll be celebrating, as I always do, by having a glass of water. If you want to give me a present, please tell a friend about Steeple. Tell them it’s a reasonable read at a price that’s right. That ought to do it.

It is, in fact, both of these things. If he did commissions, John Allison would be on my ‘try to buy a book cover from’ list.

Question and Response of the Day, There Can Be Only One Final Shatner Quote edition.

James Lileks asks a reasonable question:

Shatner dying in space would be an utterly unique end to a career that no one could’ve predicted back in the late 60s… If I were Shatner, and I was toting up the odds, I’d think: what if? Could happen. Will there by time to say something? If so, what?

And then proceeds to come up with some answers. Alas, there’s no point. There is only one proper final Shatner in Space quote:

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Quote of the Day, …Me, Too, GeekTyrant. Me, Too edition.

Ain’t gonna lie, this was exactly my reaction.

William Shatner’s ‘90s cyberpunk sci-fi mystery novel series TekWar might be making a come back with a new animated series adaptation. The nine-novel series has already spawned a TV series, four TV movies, a comic book, and a video game, all of which were released in the ‘90s.

I honestly totally forgot that TekWar was even a thing until this news of an animated series popped up!

I like Bill Shatner, but… I truly remember very little of this.

Tweet of the Day, I Hope He At Least TRIES To Do This edition.

Not that it will happen. Then again, what’s the harm in applying for the relevant permits? The worst they can do is say no.

Tweet of the Day, ‘Crocodile Donnie?’ …I’ll Allow It edition.

Wrestle a gator into submission, get the nickname. Seems fair.

Moe Lane

Quote of the Day, Submitted Without Comment edition.

We have made men proud of most vices, but not of cowardice. Whenever we have almost succeeded in doing so, the Enemy permits a war or an earthquake or some other calamity, and at once courage becomes so obviously lovely and important even in human eyes that all our work is undone, and there is still at least one vice of which they feel genuine shame. – C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters.

Quote of the Day, What IS GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE A Sequel Of? edition.

This is an interesting thought.

…I say “proper sequel” loosely as Afterlife more closely resembles a big-screen version of the amazing The Real Ghostbusters animated series that ran from 1986-1991 than the 1984 classic starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, and the late Harold Ramis.

That’s not a bad thing.

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Quote of the Day, Hey, I’M Weird (https://www.patreon.com/MoeLane) edition.

This is correct, and I wish that Freddie hadn’t written it. It’s damn useful if it’s less well known. That is: damn useful, to me. The fewer people who know about the Hustle, the better.

And, no: I got two books out, and I ain’t making any money, either. Hence the need for the Hustle. I say that without heat.

(Via @EsotericCD)

Whatever you do, be weird. As a consumer of writing, please, for me, be weird. Whatever this profession needs, it does not need more hall monitors or commissars and it does not need more writers who seem to have nothing to offer beyond looking down their glasses at the world in shrill derision. That territory is covered. That corner has been taken. The whole point of writing, the only reason to have an alphabet, is to say what no one else is saying. To be singular. What is the value of replicating words that have already appeared in the same order? You can’t choose to be good and you can’t choose to be successful. But you can choose to be your own.