Monthly Archives: January 2011

Probably the Nerdiest, Fannish Thing I’ve Ever Done

I came home from work tonight and, while eating dinner, cobbled these together:

 

 

 

 

If you follow me on Twitter, odds are you’ll start seeing these pop up as stock responses to the usual insanity that inhabits the Internet.

 

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And the Winner of Shotgun Opera is…

…Richard Lake!

Congrats to the winner and thanks to everyone who entered. More giveaways to come.

A Dimension of Sound. A Dimension of Sight. A Dimension of Mind.

This past New Year’s Eve, as I do every year, I sat back and indulged in SyFy’s super-mega-marathon of The Twilight Zone. In 25+ years, I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen every episode of Rod Serling’s classic series at least once, and dozens of them too many times to count.

I think it’s safe to say that The Twilight Zone is a major part of American pop culture. People who have never seen a single episode are still familiar with basic plots–yes, mostly because of the Halloween episodes of The Simpsons…but, I think that still counts. And, for the most part, I’d argue that all of the episodes are more or less equally awesome.

However, while I was watching this most recent marathon, I realized that there are a handful of episodes that I must watch every year. I guess you could call them my favorites…but there really isn’t such a thing as a bad episode of The Twilight Zone. (Okay, I don’t really care for the ones that were broadcast live, but that’s mostly an aesthetic thing. Oh, and I could do without the ones with evil dolls or dummies because…creepy.)

5. People Are Alike All Over

“When a space exploration crashes on Mars, the surviving passenger is surprised to find that Martians are human-looking, very friendly and apparently just like us…”

4. Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?

“Troopers follow the tracks from a frozen pond, into a diner. Inside they find a soda jerk, a bus driver and his seven passengers. The bus driver is certain only six people boarded his bus…”

3. A Nice Place to Visit

“After being shot to death, Rocky Valentine encounters the amiable white-haired Mr. Pip, who gives Rocky everything he wishes for.”

2. The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street


“Paranoia strikes the residents of Maple Street when they believe human-looking aliens have invaded the neighborhood.”

1. The Howling Man

“A man on a walking trip of post-World War I Europe gets caught in a storm. He comes across a remote monastery with a mysterious prisoner.”

Book Giveaway!!

Time to clear out my bookshelves again.

This time, I’m giving away my copy of Shotgun Opera, by Victor Gischler.

Here’s what Amazon has to say about it:

Mike Foley can never forget the night he tagged along with his brother on a job for the mob that ended in a hail of bullets. Now his brother is dead, Mike’s making wine in Oklahoma, and life is almost as good as it gets when you’ve been hiding out for forty years. Until his past comes calling.

Mike’s nephew Andrew needs to disappear, and he needs to do it yesterday. Hanging with the wrong kind of friends, he’s seen something he shouldn’t have, and now he’s running for his life with an assassin on his trail. The consummate professional hit woman, Nikki Enders is the most lethal of a deadly sisterhood. And Andrew Foley is next on her extermination list. Unless Uncle Mike can stop her. As kill teams descend on Foley’s farm, one pissed-off ex—tough guy is about to take a final, all-or-nothing stand with shotguns blazing….

 

Want a free book? Just leave a comment before midnight on Wednesday, January 19 and hope for the best.

 

An Exciting New Obsession (Which Makes Me Very Special)*

For some reason, I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few days poking around YouTube–watching theme songs of old TV shows, a few old Doctor Who Children in Need clips, and (it would appear) fanvids. But, not just any fanvids.

No. I’ve fallen into a black hole of Parker fanvids.

I make no attempt to conceal the fact that Leverage is (to paraphrase Jayne Cobb) my very favorite show. And, I’ve also made absolutely no attempt to conceal the fact that Parker is my favorite character. She’s awesome. I love Parker. I love Parker as much as she loves money and…pretzels. Yes, it’s partly because she’s adorable. But, it’s also because I kind of identify with her social issues.

And a little something extra. (Possibly SPOILERY and such…)

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*: The title of this post is, of course, an homage to “The Zeppo.”