Strange how I just realized the date's tomorrow. 19 years ago. I remember telling some folks back when Dump was running for office that I'm far more afraid of my neighbors than any foreign terrorist. That goes double these days. Not my immediate neighbors, perhaps, but the area in general. I live deep in Dump … Continue reading I’m more in fear for my country now than I EVER was during 9/11.
My Copy: 9781935429081 (image from bn.com) We've come to the final volume of Akira, and oh, what battles have been fought for the world and Tokyo by the last page. This was worth the wait. Akira (volume 6) is all about the battles taking place in Neo-Tokyo, from the iconic Olympic stadium where the demonstration … Continue reading Akira (volume 6), by Katsuhiro Otomo
My Copy: 9781935429074 (image from bn.com) Oh boy, it's all gearing up to a big 'ol fight...and the myriad of new characters is just making it crazier. Akira (volume 5) reunites us with some earlier characters that will play a larger part in the end game, such as Joker (former head of one of the … Continue reading Akira (volume 5), by Katsuhiro Otomo
My Copy: 9781935429005 (Image from bn.com) It's rather tricky coming to a graphic novel after you've already seen the film version dozens of times, but I'm intrigued by this series and FINALLY have the whole thing. The books are hefty and pricey (hell, there's 2,000+ pages over 6 volumes), but after saving and using my … Continue reading Akira (volume 1), by Katsuhiro Otomo
This question has been bothering me for a long time. Seriously, North Korea has to be the creepiest freaking place on the planet at the moment. I'd rather time-travel to a combat zone in WW2 for a month than be in today's North Korea for a day. Safe to say, this nation and it's place … Continue reading #051–Pandora’s Box is Open: Do our leaders really think they can de-nuclearize North Korea?
My Copy: 9780312868857 (image from aintitcoolnews.com) Just one more day until Halloween...muahahahaha! Another book blogger put this book on my radar with her top 10 scariest books list. I hadn't heard of Hell House, but when I heard Stephen King praise it as the "scariest haunted house novel ever written," then I had to take … Continue reading Hell House, by Richard Matheson
My Copy: 9780375708275 (image by sciencebookmix.com) I can't tell if my choices are oddly appropriate, or I'm just a morbid little turd. Harvey was raging over our heads and the torrential downpour could drive anyone a little nuts, and yet I pick up this book again to read during the storm. I'll chalk this up … Continue reading Isaac’s Storm: A Man, A Time and the Deadliest Hurricane in History, by Erik Larson
I woke up after some restless sleep. I’m annoyed and a little freaked out because I heard that wind and rain getting worse (or maybe it was the wind shaking the rain out of the trees, I can’t be sure—no news or Doppler to speak of, dammit). Either way, I had some morbid half-asleep dreams...
The landlines have been out since mid-Sunday. The power was out for about 16 hours and flickered a bit. My cellphone sucks and barely gets texts unless I turn it toward the window just right in not-so-windy weather (which cuts off calls, too). The cable was gone for two days, the Internet for nearly three. … Continue reading 2 days cut off from the outside world (thanks, Harvey) and I haven’t hung myself. Guess I’m not an internet addict…?
Oh boy--this one's been buzzing around my head for years. In some respects, if somebody doesn't choose to accept that climate change is really happening, and that humans are making it worse, that's their issue. The problem is, denial isn't doing us any favors in the long run. I've heard the arguments that we're destroying … Continue reading #036–What Would We Have to Lose By Believing in Human-made Climate Change?