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{ Monthly Archives } October 2011

All Hallows Eve: a couple tales

High school, sophomore year, perhaps.  In the basement of a friend’s house, eight or ten boys and girls gather to watch The Shining, probably egged on by me, as I was thoroughly in my horror movie phase at that point.  We sink deeply into Kubrick’s maze, engrossed by the buzzing Big Wheel on the carpet […]

In which I make two media appearances in one day

This morning, I appeared on The Current, a radio show on the CBC.  They have a summary of the show and a link to the audio on their website here. I also appeared in a story on Discovery Online called “Why Zombies Never Die” by Emily Sohn.  Here are the bits that came from my […]

2011-10-30 Tweets

My Halloween playlist just cycled into "Stonehenge." Spinal Tap FTW. #goestoeleven # Want to read essays about THE WALKING DEAD from zombie luminaries galore? http://t.co/hQCQZlMz While you're at it, you can read my essay. # Yearly health screening today == 12 hour fast, water only. Hulk miss coffee. #onehourtogo # Watching [REC]2 while I eat […]

Truth at 24 frames per … HOLY COW WHAT IS THAT?!?!

[REC]² I guess I should start by saying I really enjoy [REC], the Spanish first-person camera movie that inspired Hollywood’s remake, Quarantine.  The original film tells the story of a Spanish television crew doing a human-interest show in which they follow hard-working people around on their daily jobs.  Think of it as Dirty Jobs, but […]

Me, and Zombies, on the Radio

News: I will be participating in the Canadian Broadcast Channel (CBC)’s nationally syndicated programme, The Current, on Monday morning to talk about, what else, zombies. You can listen live from their website, or I will post a link to a recording after the fact.

An Open Letter to Congress about PROTECT-IP and SOPA

A new bill in Congress makes posting a video containing any copyrighted work a felony– with up to 5 years in prison. But wait… didn’t Justin Bieber get famous by posting YouTube videos of himself singing copyrighted R&B songs? Yep.If this bill passes, he could get 5 years in jail. FreeBieber.org The accelerating ridiculousness of […]

Here come the zombies

As is usually the case in late October, I’m getting ready for some undead action.  I’ve finished my flyer for the J-session course I teach each year, and am busy collating this year’s blurbs from last year’s students. I’m also gearing up to watch a bunch of zombie movies and TV in the coming weeks.  […]

The Death Bird Contract

Halloween Extravaganza Playlist

Getting ready for the spookiest day of the year?  Make yourself a Halloween playlist.  Here’s mine, in alphabetical order by artist: Song Name Artist Vampire Antsy Pants Dead Man, Dead Man Bob Dylan Ghosts Chris Cornell Playing Dead Crash Test Dummies Aim for the Dead Creature Feature Ghost Song Doors My Beloved Monster Eels Dead […]

Judging a book by its cover

by Melinda Gebbe and Alan Moore There are a few writers whom I try to read completely: Neal Stephenson, Warren Ellis, and Alan Moore.  So when I saw the hardcover collection of an Alan Moore work I was unfamiliar with, I picked it up, naturally.  Alas, I wish I’d read the back cover. Lost Girls […]

2011-10-23 Tweets

I'm thinking about starting to sign my emails with an exclamation point, along these lines: "Best, Brendan!" # Saw a student who missed class today on the train platform. Thought about saying hello, but that would have been embarrassing for everyone. # @neuroflora @CDC_eHealth Thanks! in reply to neuroflora # @CultPopCulture @MidwestPCA, on #RoadHouse "Perfectly […]

Midwest PCA wrap up

The Midwest Popular Culture Association had its annual meeting last weekend, and as the Executive Secretary, I see the conference for its warts and all.  But it’s pretty darn great.  Some thoughts: The Mystery, Crime, Thriller, and Detective area saw an okay year, with one and a half panels of good papers.  Will try to […]

A Breather

The last three weeks have been chaos, so I dub this Friday “breather” day.  No post other than this.  Sorry.  


Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson; narrated by Mike Chamberlain It’s the near future, maybe fifty years from now, and robots are everywhere.  We’ve given cars the ability to drive autonomously (so they can avoid accidents), we’ve created robotic military apparatus, and robotic household help.  It’s a great time, until the robots rise up and try […]

In which I advise how to survive a NYC zombie outbreak

New York Magazine just published a feature about how to survive a zombie outbreak.  I’m featured and provide a couple pieces of advice. On essential supplies: “A crowbar ($8.50 at Home Depot, 980 Third Ave.). It’s heavy, so it does a lot of the work for you in head-cracking, plus it can help you pry […]