Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I win access to this little .jpg as well as a certificate. I printed and framed my certificate from last year. The Choose Your Own Adventure novel is coming along nicely, and it certainly has had its challenges. I honestly didn't think I was going to make it this year, but the story pushes along nicely and works really well. Plus, there's a lot of fun writing the 'endings' every now and again.
No doubt, if I'm going to have a reader go through five or six pages just to have the protagonist die, then I'm going to reward them with something cool - like the flamethrower I was mentioning earlier. It was recommended that I have someone die at the hands of a lion at the zoo - and I think I know a way to make that work (although I don't think the zoo really fits into the story very well).
So - a good day for me. It's a bit awkward for me to post this novel up online, because part of the novelty of a CYOA is turning to pages and checking where the story goes - which is not quite the same with a .pdf document. I admit, you'll have to wait for this one to be printed out (and finished) before you get access to it.
Unless I post it up with the blog and have links to the appropriate pages. I don't know if I want to do that just yet - I mean, perhaps I'll post the first part of the book like that, but ... I'm not certain I want to do that just yet.
Now I can get back to updating the Maple Leafs Challenge, which I haven't touched in almost two weeks. The participants must be getting edgey about it. Sorry.
See y'all around.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
My complaint was that the articles revealed NONE of the information that would highlight those awesome particularities that would lead scientists to believe that a missing link was found. All the article did was say that it was in fact found, and that people are exciting. It was missing all kinds of information.
UNTIL NOW: My younger brother has come through for me and found an article about Odontochelys semitestacea, which means "Tooth turtle half shell" (again, people should ask me to name these things) and this article clearly demonstrates what they're talking about.
So, by the breast plates and the ribs, they are able to deduce that the turtle's shell developed the underside first, and the upper side after. This is also linked to the development of the fetus. So in a turtle fetus, they've discovered (likely by tearing open hundreds of turtle fetuses) that the lower part of the shell grows first, and the upper part grows last. In many ways, suggested evolutionary changes have been observed in chicken embryos in the Discovery Channel special I outlined for you a few months ago.
Anyhow, all of that aside, it's good to see that the Beeb (BBC) has managed to outdo itself. I think working for the BBC would be awesome. Probably one of the most respected news institutions in the world.
So ... someone tells a member of the Carleton Student Council that Cystic Fibrosis is a disease that only affects white people, and mostly men (which was a lie). So, the student council decided that having an event that only benefits white males was unacceptable, and canceled their Shinerama event. I'm not kidding.
First of all, how do you trick like 30 students with their laptops open during a council meeting? Fact checking this kind of bullshit should be a cinch. Seriously, how does this sort of idiocy permeate through an entire student council. They should be embarrassed. And as this was reported on CTV, it would appear that they're going to get noticed as the idiots they are.
It's unbelievable. (maybe Windsor wouldn't do this? I'd like to think that they wouldn't. Although if they did, the newspaper would have a good time with it.)
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
If you don't want to know what time things are happening in, what the hell is going on, or where everyone went, then dont read this. Because it will spoil everything. It appears that most of the scenes are for an episode called "The Little Prince" and that is an episode that is chiefly about the importance of Aaron.
IF you don't want to be spoiled, but would like to be teased, then you'll be excited to know that William Mapother's "Ethan Rom" will be in this episode. Neat, eh?
Monday, November 24, 2008
The next guy that was being used left and right in year's past that isn't getting even half the ice time he used to (figuratively speaking) is Alex Ponikarovski. I don't think the coach likes him either, so we might see him moved to someone who might want him. It's too bad, because Poni had some incredible hustle in years past, but for some reason is having a lot of trouble being an impact player for the Leafs right now.
But what people are arguing about now is that it's odd that this trade is being made while the Leafs are in the process of hiring a new GM. Haven't they been in the process of hiring a new GM since last season?
I'm going to say, no, it's not odd. If Coliacovo and Steen weren't going to be useful members of the Leafs nor a part of their future, it was fine that they were moved. Why have a new GM come in and take a few weeks to get tuned into the situation before making the same move way after. In a way, this was something that had to be done, and something that they spared Burke from doing. Perhaps it was a message to the players that their work wasn't acceptable, not to a new GM, but to the existing ownership that's been here all along.
NOW - the bit of this that is odd is that a new GM is possibly being delivered by the stork as we speak. A GM in a rebuilding franchise gets a free reign to redesign a team how they see fit. So, when a trade is made, it's for a player that the GM is looking to bring in to fit their design. To make a move right before a new GM comes in means that basically, there are two fewer players for the GM to move to acquire new assets. So ... maybe a little odd - but basically, if these things had to be done, why wait? There's no bad time to make a good move.
The move sounds cool - new blood always makes things interesting. Fans want a change, so keep the change coming. Plus, the Leafers were way overloaded with defensemen. There was a hunch that d were going to start getting moved over the summer when they kept signing defencemen people had never heard of, after drafting a defenceman in the first round.
Anyhow - I'm a fan - I want to see neat new stuff. New characters on the set always makes for a fresh moment. Now we have to find out if the new guy is a hero, a villain, or just a catalyst that will move the plot forward to the season finale. Right?
I'm looking forward to Lee Stempniak.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I had to imagine up and record how somebody would burn alive, how their skin would twist around, and the smell. And for good measure, I half-severed someone's head with a flying car door.
That's one way to end a tangent in a CYOA that you don't intend on carrying the story forward, I guess.
Now I am tired, and am going to not work on the novel for the rest of the night. Good night everyone.
Do you know how much flame throwers are awesome in Choose Your Own Adventure books? Me neither, not yet, anyhow. I've got to kill a few characters off and end a tangent that the storyline is heading in, and a flame thrower seems like a rockin' way to accomplish that.
Not much you could do if that gets on you. Not much at all. Awesome.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I finally reached the 30,000 word mark on the Nanowrimo last night, and it was the last thing I did before I went to bed. I'm totally going to have to rewrite that whole chapter I wrote last night, because it was just awful. Seriously. But 30,000 words is just about on pace to getting to the 50,000 mark by the end of the month. It might be a bit of a struggle, but I think I'll still be able to pull it off.
If a dinosaur fell in the water, then turtles would have swum with dinosaurs. This story indicates that a turtle has been discovered that may represent the missing link between exclusively terrestrial turtles about 210 million years ago, and turtles that could swim 164 million years ago. His name would be Eileanchelys waldmani.
What else is neat in Dinosaur Land today? How about the oldest dinosaur footprints ever discovered in the southern hemisphere? Well, perhaps that's not neat, but ... Archeologists Find Dinosaur Tracks in Bolivia, except archeologists don't look for prehistoric animals, right?
Well, did an archeologist find dinosaur tracks?:
So, the reporter managed to get it right, but the editor decided to read the whole article and then pull a word out of his ass which didn't appear anywhere inside, and use it in the headline. At least he spelled it right, which I sometimes don't do.
Paleontologist Pablo Gallina described the day he first saw the prints.
"When I stooped down to look at the prints, the other paleontologists were 50 meters ahead and saying There's more here! And above that there were more prints covering 30 meters with 50 or 60 steps all in a line,” Gallina said.
The news wire idea:
I'd hate to say that I'm any kind of expert on dinosaurs, because I'm not, at all. I'm a fan, and that's about it. The kind that reads what the experts say, and that's all. An expert will make the discoveries, which I do not do.
However, you can read wire stories that spell names wrong, have no idea what they're talking about, and not reveal the information that people need to know that makes the story interesting. But there are sweeping statements that the editors just miss because they don't know what they're talking about.
For example, the marine reptiles that swam in the oceans during the Mesozoic era were not dinosaurs, yet a turtle hops in the water, and suddenly "Turtles swim with dinosaurs." And no mention of what interpretation of the fossils leads paleontologists to believe this.
And the second article thinks that paleontologists are archeologists - which is like comparing astronomy to astrology. They look a bit similar when written in the English language, and that's about it.
Not long ago I was discussing a news wire idea with a friend: basically, we would crank out material on our favourite subjects and offer them in a news wire for people to pick up and put in their papers. There are thousands of local papers that might sign up for a digital service like this, and make use of the stories. So I would write dinosaur articles that actually use the right names, the right info, and make sense. Not because I'm an expert, but because I'm a fan. It would be like giving back to the dinosaur community who is upset with these errors all of the time.
My friend wanted to write cooking articles, or recipes. We'd have to find others to help contribute - perhaps someone who did articles on cryptozoology, astronomy, archeology, or whatever. Stories that had particular niches that could be interesting once in a while, we'd do that.
So, we get a few hundred papers to sign up and buy into the newswire and we'd collect the subscription fees for our hard work. It's still an idea that could work, but ... I just don't know if right now is when papers are expanding their budgets to include newswire services. They'd certainly be more interested in including more newswire content - I just think they're happy with their existing Reuters, CP and other newswire services that have international scopes.
Anyhow, that's it for an early morning from me. I hope you're all having a great day.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
material is a bit thin again this week. But that doesn't mean that this isn't funny:
I scored a couple goals at hockey last night, which was alright. There's this one guy who's the biggest baby I've ever heard, and he's just a pain in the ass to play with. Any time someone lifts his stick, or gives him a tug, he starts chirping like he's George Laroque. We're just playing for fun, so having someone going off like that certainly doesn't add any more fun to the evening.
Plus, he's got to be 130 pounds soaking wet - right, the smallest man on the ice. I have to think that someone is going to just lay this guy out or punch him out. He's just such a prick. It's too bad, too, because he's an outstanding skater and stickhandler. His shot is pretty good as well. It's just disgusting how he talks to people while playing pick up on the south pad at the Ice Park.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
apparently there will be another sequel to 28 Days Later, and this one will be directed by Danny Boyle, who directed the first film. The rumours that it might be called "28 months later" were dispelled as nonsense. He also said that the script isn't written yet, so they aren't sure what all will come of it.
Here's a video of what looks like it's going to be a neat movie I'll never watch.
Monsters in baby cookie lusting form.
If we deny ourselves and hour's sleep each night (say we only get 6 instead of 7) then we're actually denying ourselves a full night's worth of sleep each week. Anyhow, I like using the weekends to refuel, but apparently church doesn't like that idea.
I've updated the Maple Leafs Challenge. Nothing too much has changed in terms of standings, but there have been some neat scoring events. In particular, the Leafs held Vancouver to only 15 shots last night, meaning Shelley scored a big event all to herself. Nobody saw that one coming, especially me.
Nanowrimo went well yesterday. I think I had my greatest single-day output ever, which is awesome. I can't be certain exactly how many words it was, but it could have been 7,500 words, which is awesome. And it wasn't me reciting American Pie and quoting my favourite lines from the Yellowpages, like the Nanowrimo "pep talks" would recommend. It was good ol' hard work.
I don't suspect I'll have another positive day like that again today. That's chiefly because I'm going to church this morning, then we've got to get groceries, then I'll have to come home and do dishes, and start working on dinner for our guests this evening. I know! Where am I supposed to get my work done with all of that other stuff?
It's like life doesn't care if you're committed to Nanowrimo or not. Stupid life.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
And Bill just wants to be part of the Online community and send his step-grandsons and step-grand daughters things to their emails. Which just goes to show how thoughtful and kind he is: and I'm not being a dick, he really is a genuinely caring, nice gentleman. From England, no doubt.
But that doesn't mean that he doesn't forward emails that he probably should just keep to himself.
Featuring my new blog segment: My unwittingly racist step-grandfather
(Emails from my unwittingly racist step-grandfather do not reflect the thoughts or beliefs of myself, they are for entertainment purposes only, and should not be taken seriously in any way whatsoever. Please do not give me shit.)
Today's unwittingly racist email:
"FW: [Fwd: Fwd: Fw: Our National Anthem...this is so sick.....have read this]"
read and forward to as many people you can think of – thank
WE ARE CANADIANS
Bruce Allen is on the 2010
Olympic Committee and new Canadians (specifically
Hindi's/Indian's) want him fired for his recent comments outlined
I am sorry, but after hearing they want to sing the
National Anthem in Hindi - enough is enough.
Nowhere or at no
other time in our Nation's history, did they sing it in Italian,
Irish (Celtic), German, Portuguese, Greek, or
any other language because of immigration.
It was written in
English, adapted into French, and should be sung word for word
the way it was written.
The news broadcasts even gave the
Hindi version translation which was not even close to
I am not sorry if this offends anyone,
this is MY COUNTRY - IF IT IS YOUR COUNTRY, SPEAK UP -- please pass
this along .
I am not against immigration --
just come through like everyone else. Get a sponsor; have a
place to lay your head; have a job; pay your taxes,
live by the rules AND LEARN THE LANGUAGE
other immigrants have in the past -- and LONG LIVE
time we all get behind Bruce Allen, and scrap this Political
Correctness crap. His comments were anything but racist, but
there are far too many overly sensitive 'New Canadians'
that are trying to change everything we hold
WE PART OF THE PROBLEM ??? Think about this: If you
don't want to forward this for fear
of offending someone,
will we still be the Country of Choice and still be
if we continue
to make the changes forced on us by
the people from other countries who have come to live in
because it is the Country of
IMMIGRANTS, NOT CANADIAN'S, MUST
Time for CANADA to
speak up.. If you agree ? Pass this along; if you
don't agree ? Delete it and reap the ill wind because of your
I've noticed some writers already have like, 60,000 words done. I have my suspicions regarding anyone who writes that much in only 15 days. Like, what else could they be up to? Or, how much of that book did they have written before the official start date?
While there are no security checks in this competition, I can't imagine your sense of success would be very high if you knew that you'd cheated. Seriously, I could post my entire Lefevre's Redemption novel, and say that I wrote that this month, too. Then I'd be way out ahead, with 100,000 words.
Then again, I could even just include all of the words that I put into the novel before the Nanowrimo began, which currently sits at around 36,913 words (way ahead of the necessary pace). But we're not going there yet.
I'm going to plug another hour into this baby, at least, and see where things stand after that. I don't know how popular the CYOA posts were - most people I've heard from thought they were too long, and didn't read them. I'll avoid trying to post anything like that on here again. I think I was almost at 16,000 words earlier today, and now I'm almost at 20,000 - so things are moving along. I hope this pace continues for a while - I'm looking forward to getting back on track.
I'm sorry I haven't posted anything of any value in the last little bit. I just haven't been inspired with what's happening around me to post anything new, but that doesn't mean that there aren't neat things going on.
Work has been adding up, the BOD I report to is taking on weekly meetings (what BOD meets over 50 times a year? One with too much time on its hands) and a BOD with time on its hands is meddlesome. Or at least risks being meddlesome. Besides that, they're not being too intrusive, just trying to get their sense of place and an understanding of what's going on.
That's on top of the economic impact that advertising at the Paper is feeling, too. Advertising on a national level is struggling, and institutions that depend on advertising feel the pinch, which we are. There have been some decisions made to make things leaner in the next semester, which is unfortunate. I would have liked to keep all the things we're running working, but I don't think that's going to be possible anymore.
Besides that, the Stegosaurus at the zoo is taking a while to finish. I've put in a few honest hours on the image, and it's still a work in progress. But, while I was at work, I managed to scrap together a preview, which I drafted in about two minutes. It looks like this:
This Stegosaurus hasn't been 'zombied up' or anything, but the good copy will be. I've only got the tail and hind leg finished so far, with a little bit of the background ready. It's going to be a while before I get the rest of it done. I have to work from left to right, because I'm a righty, and if you draw stuff on the right side of the page first, then your hand smudges it all while you're drawing what's on the left side of the page. So I kind of have to work backwards on this one. But I hope to have it done in a little while. I'll be sure to post it up when I can .
I'm way behind on Nanowrimo right now, and will make a consolidated effort to get a few thousand words kicked out this weekend. If I can get 5,000 done, that gets me close to being where I need to be.
And I'll get a MLC up sometime today, too. I'm behind by three games with updates, and have to get that done.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Then Tuesday wasa nother day at the office, and some new work on an In Business Magazine interview: with Ray Patel, Sr. from the Windsor Lighting Boutique on Walker. The place is pretty neat. I managed to kick out almost 2,000 words for the new CYOA, too.
But there's nothing really to show for all of it, so I'm having trouble updating the blog. I guess I could have updated the Maple Leafs Challenge, because I'm behind by two games now. I guess that will be the next thing I do.
Here's a link to the latest article I ran for In Business:
The City of Windsor has embraced an electrifying new opportunity to expand
on its historic leadership in automotive sector research and development. By
collaborating with General Motors, EnWin Utilities and the Electrical Power
Research Institute to help charge up the 2010 Chevy Volt for every day use,
Windsor is galvanizing its rightful claim as the automotive capital of
- In Business
It's all about the Chevy Volt and what people are expecting of it. Should be neat, and expensive, but neat none the less. This thing is getting a tonne of press, too. I'm seeing billboards for it, and hearing about it on major radio networks. You can read the full article here, but warning, it's in .pdf format, and might take a while to load on your computer if you're not prepared for it.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Also, you might notice a nifty 'gadget' on the side of my blog now, entitled Nanowrimo Tracker. Now there's a widget that's linked directly to my progress with Nanowrimo, and you can see how I'm doing, by virtue of the red bar that's creeping across that little image there.
That's what that is. I don't know what they look like if you put more than 50,000 words in.
I've only managed to get about 8100 words out so far this month, and to stay on pace I need to almost double that number. But I'm making good progress, and the story is coming along nicely. Plus, it's a bit easier to keep up with the story and the story lines when I'm not really going forward as fast. I get to stop and come up with alternate story lines because of the 'Choosing' that people get to make.
So I have a chance to really wrap my head around what's going on before I get ahead of myself. So that's been nice in terms of pace. But to be honest, I am about 7,000 words behind, so I've got some serious work ahead of me. Nothing I can't handle, right?
I think while I'm watching the Sunday Night lineup on Fox tonight, I'll work on the Zombie Dinosaurs, too. The stegosaurus eating brains should be neat. I don't know what's big enough to eat the brains of, though. Like, maybe a rhino, a hippo or an elephant would be big enough. Just depends on what I feel like drawing tonight, right?
And here's a zombie stegosaurus that someone has apparently already designed, to my dismay. Mine won't look like this, it'll look totally awesome.
Although, let's face it, this is basically what a zombie stegosaurus has to look like. I like the colours and the comic-book feel that this image has to it, though. There's a really great Megalosaurus I might put up one of these days. But seriously, this is about my zombie dinosaurs, not this pro's.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Say I was a director or a movie producer and I wanted people to know who I was. What could I do, other than making an outstanding movie? Well, we know that great movies and popular movies are entirely different things, and directors/producers hardly get their due - unless they're producing blockbusters, in terms of public attention.
If you don't know who directed Shawshank/Green Mile, (which I don't, off the top of my head) then it's an absolute disservice to great film makers that you would know who Michael Bay is.
So making a great movie is off the table. What can you do next?
Offer $2 million to Sarah Palin to appear in a porno. You likely have never heard of Cezar Capone, just like everybody else. But you might notice him a lot more, now that he's offered $2 million to Sarah Palin to appear in a porno that he's planning to make. And just so Palin doesn't have to perform adultery, they're prepared to buy Todd (Palin) for another $100,000 to costar. He's also been offered a brand new Acrtic Cat, too.
Too funny - but, you won't forget the name, I'll bet you. Cezar Capone.
And the answer was Frank Darabont. (He also ... after I looked it up ... directed "The Mist," which my fiance and I both agreed was entirely enjoyable. So he's getting a couple thumbs up for making all of our favourite movies.)
Maple Leafs Challenge
I've made updates to the Maple Leafs Challenge which you can view at its homepage. We've been very fortunate: there's been a scoring event in every game so far this year. You'd think that sooner or later, those events are going to quit coming up. The Leafs have a tough test tonight against the Habs, so we'll see what comes of it. Perhaps they can lose by 8 goals tonight and get Leggett back on the scoreboard.
Choose Your Own Adventure
If I were to say that the CYOA was going slowly this year - I'd be right. I haven't quite had the fire I did last year to do it, but I've got a lot of work behind me on the project. I hope to get a bit more of it worked on today. I think one of the main reasons why it's not working out as well as it could: television. Too much television.
That really shouldn't be the case when we've got a very nice loft/office that is secluded and private and perfect, really, for getting work done. So perhaps I'll get some more of done today. I've almost got the first part of the book complete, meaning that all of the story arcs either end or move in the right direction before you get to part two.
There's a whole lot going on in this book, so it's exciting. I might dedicate it to Michael Crichton. He deserves it. It just won't be worthy, considering it's got nothing to do with techno-thrilling best sellers. Plus, I don't know how you'd adapt a CYOA into a movie script ;)
Y'all have a great weekend.
All of that nonsense of them chasing people, calling out for brains, doesn't make a lot sense. I'm not really all that sure why they would want brains, anyhow. But, can anyone recall a scene where a zombie cracked someone's head open and ate the brain?
Or, even pulled some of the brain out through an eye socket, or did anything that resembled trying to eat a brain in any way? I don't. They're always simply attacking for the sake of ripping people apart. They'll bite at necks and arms, or tear through someone's stomach to eat their intestines, but ... simply, I just don't know where the popular call for grey matter came from.
When I draw up the stegosaurus zombie scene at the zoo, someone's brain is going to be visible, and possibly being eaten. It's been far too long that these guys are getting away with not eating brains.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
As Martin Brodeur approaches the venerable top spot in all times wins and shutouts, he's creeping up on the fame of Patrick Roy and Terry Sawchuk respectively. It seemed that nothing would stop the Devil's outstanding perennial leader - until now. Now he's got a bad wing.
''This Thursday morning, Martin Brodeur will undergo surgery to repair the distal bicep in the left elbow," Devils president, CEO and general manager Lou Lamriello said in a statement.
- says TSN.ca's staff.Is it possible that some sort of curse is interfering with Brodeur's sprint to being the statistically dominant goal tender in history? Well, according to Brodeur, this bicep injury is absolutely absurd.
''It's shocking,'' Brodeur said. ''You expect, 'OK [sic TSN can't spell 'Okay.' I give my writers shit for this type of thing.] my knee is going to go, or my groin, my stomach, something that I use for a goalie.' I didn't think a bicep could have been a big factor in an injury, it's such a freak accident.''
Monday, November 3, 2008
another new week ahead of us.
How about that weather?
So it's pouring like a car wash down here in Windsor today. I was looking forward to riding my bike today - but that doesn't appear to be a realistic choice. Thunder and lightning before 7 a.m. crazy.
Whenever there's thunder and lightning around here, there's sirens from emergency vehicles. People down here can't drive in the rain, and I don't know why.
I put about 30 pages of the Choose Your Own Adventure aside, and started back to work on it yesterday. Mostly I regrouped where the story was going to go, and how to get chapters to work with it. So - there will be a whole slew of choices, but basically, there's one path that will lead you to the next chapter.
And, it's rather dark. Still nothing too funny to report about any of this stuff.
So Nanowriomo is coming along - although it's not quite on pace to make the 50,000 mark, yet. Not quite 2,000 words done yet.
Maple Leafs Challenge:
I've updated the MLC yesterday, and there were a lot of points over the last two games, but have not yet posted about the game against Carolina yesterday. The results are all available at the site.
In other news:
It's technically a shame that this is almost extinct, but seriously, does the world need anything that looks like this?
According to this article, apparently this ugly SOB is nearing extinction in Mexico. And if you want to see a whole slew of absolutely disturbing images that will keep you from swimming in the ocean ever again, just visit this site.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
You can look forward to it.
As for printing/publishing it. I want to - and I'll be looking around to see what I can do to make that happen.
The ending is everything he hoped it would be. It all came together so well. A piece of art begins with an idea, but ... as it takes shape, it influences those initial ideas and becomes a being all of its own. It becomes a collaborative effort between its author and itself.
I'll write an epilogue later on today - but know that the novel is finally over.
A year's work is finally complete, and I have to admit, the journey is long, but the satisfaction is sweet.
This is the second-last Novel Updater that Lefevre's Redemption shall receive. I'm sure you won't miss it - seeing as how the updates were purely numeric and uninteresting - but soon enough, the work in its entirety will be available.
67 pages (4 more)
35,871 words (5,285 more).
177 pages (4 more)
103,537 words (5,285 more)
Epilogue coming soon.
Does this mean I finished the last book? NO, it doesn't - I still haven't even named that book. I'm leaning towards Lefevre's redemption, but I'm not entirely sold on that one yet.
As for Scott, I promise, I wouldn't have revealed any plot details if they weren't awesome to read. I promise, even if you knew the final destiny of one character, you should be pleased/confused/delighted with how it plays out. I didn't drop anybody like those bastards in The Departed. Nobody is going to drop dead in rapid succession for little reason.
I finished another couple pages yesterday, and I will not rest until that novel is done today.
My Rockin' Ronnie costume was awesome. After scoring 4 goals at hockey (I know!) we dressed up and walked around downtown Windsor for a bit. I was recognized a couple times, and most people were delighted/drunk. I saw another fellow who had the same costume idea, but I believe mine was better. His feathers were lousy, and all he had was a hat, and his glasses weren't any good.
Then I actually bumped into the living legend himself. Ron was amused that he inspired my costume. As we chatted, I demonstrated that I had many of the little knicknacks that he carries around with him. He asked me for some money and I had none on me, but my fiance found something for him. We shook hands and parted ways. He seemed most excited that I'd gone so far as to ensure that I had blond hair on the hat, too.
For monster enthusiasts, and in the spirit of Halloween, here is The Screening Room's Top 10 monster movies. It appears that they restricted themselves to originals only (no remakes made the list, however worthy) and no sequels (because Aliens could have swept the top 5 positions if they allowed that).
No. 1 - Aliens. Read more if you're interested here.
Something that's been awfully popular lately is an 8-armed oddity that precluded terrestrial life as far as anybody knows. It looks like a starfish, but vertebrate paleontologists seem to think that it was an animal, not a fish. See for yourself.
you'll actually find that the image is much smaller
than what's posted here. Yeah, dumb, I know.