Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Fred Thompson: WTF!?

Fred Thompson, quoted by Political Wire:

"Every time you're somewhere, that means you're not somewhere else."

Good gravy. This is the guy the GOP drafted to get into the presidential race? Some Yogi Berra-knockoff that isn't half as funny as the original?


Monday, October 29, 2007

As much as Will Smith is my favorite actor...

...could we please not have another movie about a plague turning everyone into zombies/mutants/flesh-eating-whatever as the last remnants of civilization fight back in a desperate struggle to preserve what's left of the human race? I got bored after the last two or three.

Yes, I'm the one that laughs during previews of horror flicks.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Supporters of Red Bull New York

Over two hours of video I've taken throughout the season (plus a few clips thrown in from last season) condensed into four minutes. Music by 3 Doors Down. All videos by me.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Infinite Earths: Zone Zero

I just signed up for NaNoWriMo.

I first heard about it five years ago, but this is the first time I'm actually going to try to write a novel(la)-length story. So, by the end of November, I hope to have something 50,000 words long.

This means I'm going back to my childhood. In junior high school, when Power Rangers was on TV and when I thought watching it was cool, I imagined a science fiction world resembling a cross between Sliders and Timecop. Where interdimensional travel was possible and deeply regulated by society for the preservation of existence. At its core, a band of teenage heroes (that's why I mentioned Power Rangers) called the Reality Jumpers were responsible of protecting the interdimensional continuum. This flagship team of the Federal Reality Commission was led by one Jake Tyler, my fictional alter-ego who had better hair but had just as much bad luck with girls as I did. Together, they travel to parallel universes to fight evil and do other heroic things, then go home to try to live very normal lives.

It sounds very nerdy and fanboyish at this point, so over the years I've written and rewritten the canon in my head, and the story universe has grown somewhat dark. The only realistic scenario where minors serve as interdimensional crime fighters is one where, well, most of the elder generation has been obliterated. The Continuum War, then, wiped out most of the society in which the Commission was founded. They sent all the men to fight against extinction. When they started to run out of men, they sent all the women. When they started to run out of women, they (reluctantly) sent the children. Fighting the war was, in essence, a family activity. But with most of the parents gone by the end of the war, how does society rebuild? And how do the children cope?

So on, so forth. There's more of this up on infiniteDeferral, so feel free to look there. I want to write a series of stories in the run up to NaNoWriMo, so look out for those too.

Monday, October 01, 2007

The team. The time. The collapse.

Said Jorge Arangure Jr. of ESPN The Magazine:
No team in major league history had held a seven-game lead with 17 games to play and not made the playoffs. On Sept. 12, the day the Mets led the National League East by seven games, Baseball Prospectus, the noted statistical Web site, rated New York's chances of missing the playoffs at 500-1. On Sunday, the Mets hit the infamous jackpot.


P.S. I was just about to hit publish, but my heart wasn't in going for uncited plagiarism. You have to thank Mike Francesa for the post's title.