Archive for September, 2013

When Technology and the 2nd Amendment Collide.

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TrackingPoint XS3

I have so much else that I should be working on right now, but this has been really bugging me for the last week or so. We’ve got enough issues with what is and isn’t legal to buy and own insofar as firearms that it isn’t funny. And, of course, everyone has their own line to be drawn in the sand on the matter that is in direct opposition to everyone else’s line in the sand and that range anywhere from banning all guns to allowing just about anybody access to just about anything.

Well, now we have a new toy entering the marketplace that should have a lot of people scratching their heads and wondering WTF the people that decided to market this were thinking (let alone the people that regulate such matters) and debating just how heavily regulated this thing should be. Everybody, give a warm welcome to the new kid in the debate. Welcome the TrackingPoint XS3.

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Crazy 8 Press – Giving the Fans What They Want if Only the Fans Knew That They Were There.

I’m a big fan of Peter David’s work. I’m certainly not the only one.

No One Tells A Story Quite Like Peter David Does

My first real introduction to Peter David’s writing was his amazing run on The Incredible Hulk for Marvel Comics. To this day I rate his run as up there with the original Hulk stories as my favorite take on the Hulk and still find depictions of the dumber “Hulk Smash” Hulk to be less enjoyable as a result.

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Did George A. Romero Really Create the Modern Zombie?.

Zombie Car Wash

There’s nothing like a challenge to kick the brain into working at things from angles you never really looked at before. In this case, it was a simple conversation that ended with a friend of mine questioning how something so well-known and well established could even be argued against.

A friend was discussing possible panel discussion topics about horror and, when zombies came up, another friend suggested a discussion about who created the zombie as we know it. He was blown off with a quick answer as to who did it and how silly the idea of even debating it was. There was, he was told, simply no questioning the fact that George A. Romero created the modern zombie. There are, after all, entire books and documentaries dedicated to just that fact.

My comment in response to this was that, hey, they’re still arguing over whether or not the Wright Brothers were really “First in Flight” in America. If that can be seriously debated by various scholars and newspapers then why not this? So I put on my devil’s advocate’s cap and a day later told him that it might actually be easier than he thought. This is the result.

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Raised by Bats

http://voltaire.net/raised_by_bats_cd

Voltaire has enlisted an impressive group of musicians to help with this album. I heard him play the title track live at Dragon Con 2013. Really looking forward to when this CD drops.