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{ Monthly Archives } October 2010

Zombies in Popular Media

Registration starts in a week here at Columbia, and I’m getting ready for my Zombie class before I take my sabbatical.  Here’s the flyer for this year:

2010-10-31 Tweets

Strange development: our spring courses are up on line but the times they're available aren't yet. # Best spam opening line ever: True poets don't write their thoughts with a pen… They release the ink that flows from within their heart. # In the Philippenes, you might be killed for singing "My Way" badly. http://is.gd/gmuVM […]

Philosophical Zombies

I heard a very interesting panel at the Northeast PCA conference on the 23rd.  Dien Ho gave an excellent talk pondering the philosophical ramifications of zombiedom, particularly as related to stress and work, called “What’s So Bad About Being A Zombie.”  (Tim Madigan and Kate Razza gave great talks as well, but their subject matter […]

Nazis + Zombies + Snowmobiles = arctic gold

Dead Snow Dead Snow is exactly what it appears to be, a zombie movie about a bunch of young punks (Norwegian med school students, in this case) who find themselves besieged by angry zombies crawling out of the snow.  It’s actually pretty enjoyable, with solid production values, a decent script, and an amusing premise.  The […]

Brains: A Zombie Memoir

Brains: A Zombie Memoir by Robin Becker Brains follows former English professor Jack Barnes on his journey through the post-apocalypse zombie-infested landscape.  His ability to think and write makes him special, so he hooks up with a few other thinking zeds and they go on an adventure (?) to try and find the man who […]

A Little Bit of Lovecraft

From “The Horror at Red Hook:” The flat, he thought, must hold some due to a cult of which the occult scholar had so obviously become the centre and leader; and it was with real expectancy that he ransacked the musty rooms, noted their vaguely charnel odour, and examined the curious books, instruments, gold ingots, […]

Dolls Are Deadly

3G Summit panel session

You’ll remember that I helped moderate a panel at the 3G Summit (Girls, Gender, and Gaming) this fall.  Here’s the video: Learn more at Columbia College Chicago: 3G Summit

It Gets Better

Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. I pledge to spread this message to my friends, family and neighbors. I’ll speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work. I’ll provide hope for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other bullied teens by letting them know that “It […]

Aetheric Mechanics

by Warren Ellis and Gianluca Pagliarani I picked this up because I’m a Warren Ellis junkie, and will read anything with his name on it.  I’m particularly fond of his APPARAT publishing project, in which he writes comics that might have been if not for the comics code and the superhero takeover.  Sort of. Anyhow, […]

2010-10-24 Tweets

'often booked for looming I am, on account of my size.' # with the order I just placed, I think I'm up to 10 zombie t-shirts. # EW suggests that Martin Freeman is being considered to play Bilbo in the Hobbit movie! Woot. # Powered by Twitter Tools

on eMusic’s new pricing system

A quick couple thoughts on eMusic’s new pricing system.  For those of you who don’t know, eMusic has long used a track-based pricing system, with every track being worth 1 credit.  The membership gives you tracks at roughly 50 cents per, or thereabouts.  Up to now I have paid 11.99 per month for 30 tracks.  […]

Thirty-Three Teeth

Thirty-Three Teeth by Colin Cotteril The second of the Dr. Siri mysteries, set in Communist Laos in 1977, Thirty-Three Teeth follows a number of different murders as Dr. Siri wrestles with his new role as a spiritual coroner and nurse Dtui continues her efforts to further her education.  Some quick thoughts: Like the last book, […]

“They’re Not Aliens! They’re ZOMBIES, okay?”

Undead, 2005 Undead has the modern sensibility we’re seeing from movies out of Australia and New Zealand that seems to descend from Peter Jackson’s old approach.  The movie feels a lot like Black Sheep and a little bit like Slither.  It’s not as funny as either of those, but in the same ballpark. The film […]

Pakistan Flood Relief, and games

DriveThruRPG is offering another aid bundle, not unlike the Haiti aid bundle they offered last January.  I haven’t even had a chance to crack open the dozens of rulebooks and other bits I downloaded last time, but I’m buying this bundle too.  It’s $700+ worth of stuff from the website for $25. DriveThruRPG Pakistan Flood […]