WHAT I'M READING RIGHT NOW
October 2013 - The Club Dumas and Markov's The Truth That Killed. Georgi Markov was assassinated in London because of this book.
December 2012 - re-reading Lord of the Rings and The Prince. Weird combination, I know. Also reading Grimm's Fairy Tales.
December 2011 - McPherson. I fell in love with his latest Lincoln book. Also Shapiro's Year in the Life of William Shakespeare.
April 2011 - Reading a Western Civ textbook at the moment, making interlinear notes from my memory of teaching this dreck back in the day. If you think you know history from a Western Civ course...ha! There are depths of complexity in every historical epoch that Civ courses can't even get close to touching.
Mostly stuff related to Causality Transcendence, my latest novel, consisting of books on quantum mechanics, Buddhism, Taoism, military strategy, and theoretical physics. April 2010 update: Because I'm a fan of his work on the Mass Effect video game series, I'm reading Drew Karpyshyn's ME spinoff novels. Sorry Drew, but you can kinda tell the novel isn't your primary medium, but man, can you put together a compelling story in spite of it!
WHAT I'M STUDYING
October 2013 - Algebra and the slide rule (don't ask why).
December 2012 - Mathematics, probability to be exact.
See above. When I'm working on something, the barrier between study and casual reading breaks down.
WHAT I'M WATCHING
October 2013 - Nothing much, maybe an occasional episode of Boardwalk Empire.
December 2012 - I'll say it again: Fuck Netflix.
December 2011 - Fuck Netflix. I'm not watching much of anything at the moment, other than reruns of Boondocks on Saturday nights.
April 2011 - More Netflix. Most American movies suck. We invented the action movie, why the hell can't we make them anymore? It's all spectacle, no content.
Netflix has almost all the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes episodes and movies on instant view. I've been watching those.
I managed to replace my Ghost in the Shell collection, mostly because they all went on sale. Also replaced my Cowboy Bebop DVDs, all of which were lost in the 2007 tornado.
WHAT I'M PLAYING
October 2013 - Team Fortress 2. It makes me laugh. I have 840 kills on my sniper rifle and over 100 on my shotgun. UPDATE: 1004 kills.
December 2012 - Now that the MEHEM mod for Mass Effect 3 is out, I'm playing it again. No more starchild!
December 2011 - No changes. Games are too expensive and MMOs are the most expensive of all. I had a taste of SWTOR as a beta tester, didn't like what I saw, and so passed on it for now. Looking forward to ME3 with great anticipation. I've become a terror in Counterstrike: Source, but I've been a terror in that game for the last couple years. I have a player rating over 20,000 on my favorite CSS server.
April 2011 - No changes here. Will add ME 3 by the end of the year, also, hopefully, SWTOR. Almost forgot, BioShock 1 and 2. Excellent games. Where to commentators come off saying that BioShock 2 is a criticism of Liberalism? Give me a break! Anyone's who's played the game knows it is obviously a detailed demolition of the totalitarian state's cult of personality. This is what comes from cheap, second-rate college educations, the inability to tell who or what is being satirized.
Mass Effect 1 and 2
Star Wars Republic Commando
Star Wars Battlefront II
Star Wars: The Old Republic (if they ever release the damn thing)
RC gives my mind a vacation from the mundane. My maximum kill level per single game is up over 200. I invite you to view my screenshots on my profile in XFire. I used to specialize in killing snipers with a vibroblade or a blaster. Now I'm focused on n00bs using heavy weps. Machinegunners and rocketmen are my favored targets. If you play RC online, look for frangible and say hi. In fact, if you see that name in any online game, it's probably me. Almost forgot - I'm a member of an online gamer clan, ccp. They are a great bunch of guys.
7 March 2014
Been a busy few months, with the completion of Contravallation, the near-completion of Suzie's Technical Support and Rewire, and the creation of several short stories - plus posting a few at smashwords.
29 Nov 2013
Essa now has a price on it. 2500 free copies to readers is enough. It will now be $1.99. Please buy a copy.
I've started up another blog, at http://rpbird.blogspot.com/
2 Nov 2013
Causality is up over at Amazon and at smashwords. Smashwords, being a bunch of lazy stiffs, have yet to clear the novel for distribution to their affiliate sites. Please buy a copy.
2 Oct 2013
Tell Me What To Write is over. Essa is marching on toward 2,000 readers, here, Amazon, and everywhere else. Causality will be out soon.
7 Apr 2013
Tell Me What To Write continues, but the big news, Essa is up. You'll find it on the downloads page.
28 Feb 2013
Put up another story at tellmewhattowrite.com today. It's a big one, a 20,000 word novelette, which is about three months worth of Tell Me What To Write stories. I also put up several of my readings of my own work over on the Downloads page.
11 Dec 2012
Put up another story at tellmewhattowrite.com today. Will take a short break from it for the next week or two due to holiday traveling, but I should be back to it by the week of Christmas.
25 Oct 2012
Put up tellmewhattowrite.com yesterday. I'm anxious to see if this works. I'm not referring to the authorial work. I love to write. The act of creation using nothing but text is a joy to me. Nope. If I build it, will they come?
2 Oct 2012
It is now possible, with a little bit of work and multiple tabs open on the browser, to watch the entirety of The Avengers on youtube. Little bits and pieces of it are everywhere on the site. Juggle them around, re-order the tabs, and - whammo - fer yer viewing pleasure. One in particular caught my eye, a great action sequence near the end of the movie. The fella what put 'er up was kind enough to label the video "The Best Moment in Avengers." He's got a point. Quick battle sequences segue into each other and the Avengers are finally fighting as a unified force. They kick evil ass. I thought to myself as I watched it, I thought, "They can do this, but the witless idiots at Bioware can't pull off a similar fight to close out the Mass Effect series?" The first two installments of the series both had big battles at the end, closing out with epic boss fights. For the sake of maintaining thematic elements if nothing else, ME3 needed to go out with a bang. But no, they tried a half-wit attempt at a retelling of Oedipus and the Sphinx - nearest as I can gather. I did mention that it was a half-wit attempt. Even if it hadn't been a half-wit attempt, it still would have failed for thematic reasons. It doesn't fit with the rest of the series. So that's my warning about reassembling The Avengers from little pieces. Its success at the epic reminds the viewer of all the abject failures at the same thing.
1 Oct 2012
Preparing "The Package." It will go out to agents sometime this week. I got yer CV, yer first chapters to the Realm of the Gods saga, and yer cover letter right here! Gonna try to market the entire saga to a publisher. Never fear, my old first novel and the next one are stand-alones, they'll go out separately. How did Thurber put it? "Onward and upward in the arts!"