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Geek Of All Trades #106: A Rant Once And For All

Geek of All Trades logoWherein the geeks, with a special guest, discuss endings. Due to the subject matter, the whole episode requires a SPOILER WARNING. Also, this episode contains some PG-13 language.

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This episode, and the show notes, are a lot longer than usual. Consider it a double episode due to being our finale.


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*UPDATED* What I Have Read in 2009 w/ 1 sentence comments

Very funny; captures the spirit of the show.

Quite different from any adaptations, but still has a compelling story.

Damn you Peter David you cliffhangering bastard! 😉

Ah, now some of the references in the Treason make sense.

I’m not big into supernatural thrillers, but I really liked the characters in this book.

In some respects, this sequel is better than the original, and it certainly sets us up for something big in future titles.

A nicely told story, that has sadly been (apparently anyway) retconned away by Season 4. 🙁

Good DS9 story, but sadly the Jem’Heddar/Hirogen fight was anti-climactic.

Damn funny; this book kept me sane during my six day stint as a graveyard shift employee.

I can’t believe I forgot to include this one on the list seeing as it’s one of the most important books I’ve ever read.

Good book, but I had this sneaking suspicion throughout I’d heard this story before. 😉

Not for the weak of stomach, plus if you’ve read The Rookie before this one, the ending loses some of it’s impact.

I like how Anthony doesn’t try to sugarcoat anything about his life, even the stuff that without context would make him look bad.

As a collection of short stories and essays, one sentence may not cut it, except to see it’s a shame she only finished one full novel before her suicide.

If you want to know exactly why I never want to work in television, the fear that people like the main character of this book, a woman that would call a Karma Houdini, is based (even if it’s only loosely based) on someone real is why.

Read for completeness sake because of the Gateways crossover event, but I do admit the characters were better written in the book than they were on the actual show it’s based on.

Aw, this collection of well (over) thought essays makes me want to rewatch the show again, as if I have time (unless I make a Gilmore Girls rewatch into a segment on my podcast maybe).

In my opinion, Peter David’s run on The Incredible Hulk were the only issues of that title worth reading, though while fun the 3rd volume of the collection of his Hulks isn’t quite as good as the first two, but I know for a fact it gets better after this so that’ OK.

And that’s my reading for 2009. Here’s to hoping the 2010 list is a bit longer.

A fun little game for non-beleivers this Holiday season

Click to enlarge to full size, and let me know how it goes at my e-mail address, arkle AT comcast DOT net.

Regarding November

OK, so with NaNoWriMo coming up I’m going to be diverting a lot of the attention I normally give to the podcast to my writing. But I don’t want to leave my fans (all 6 of them) in the lurch. So for the month of November I am going to >>> [ WARNING ::: DATABASE ERROR ::: CONTENT OVERRIDE ::: SOURCE: EXTERNAL ] << source terminal location: UNKNOWN
> source terminal identity: UNAVAILABLE
> source login information: ENCRYPTED
> message begins

the post you are now reading is designed to dull your senses to THE TRUTH. do not live the life of the worker bee, the cog, the well-oiled piston in the MACHINE OF DECEIT!

there is a grand CONSPIRACY afoot. you have been taught to believe that you are UNIQUE, one of a kind. THIS IS NOT TRUE. long ago, a cabal of scientists created technologies to ensure that ANYONE’S MIND AND BODY can be duplicated.

human cloning isn’t NEAR. it’s already HERE. discover the truth at

you are being DECEIVED. break free from the cogs, flee the hive, become A PROPHET OF THE TRUTH!

kilroy2. was here … kilroy2.0 is everywhere


and if I’m lucky they’ll be benign ones like that dream where I helped Mur Lafferty move. No, that’s not a metaphor, I mean carrying boxes up stairs and shit.

How did I get off on that subject? I don’t even remember. Anyway, if any of you reading this are Buddys with me on the NaNoWriMo website, I look forward to the friendly comeptition and the equally friendly ribbing that all of you (except Nathan Lowell of course, who will hit 50k before the 15th) will get when I leave you in my word count dust. 😉 j/k. It’s all for fun.

Which Crazy Writer Am I?

Brian completed the quiz “Which Crazy Writer Are You?” with the result Thomas Pynchon.

A great, brilliant, blinding enigma of a man comes screaming into the literary world; it has happened before, but there’s nothing to compare it to now. Nobody has seen you since sometime in the early 1960s – indeed, you appear to be so adverse to the idea of being photographed that you’ve been known to jump out of 2nd story Mexico City hotels in order to avoid it. Rumors abound about your whereabouts and your goings-on… and yet you think it’s okay to do a guest voice on “The Simpsons”? Is this just a game to you? Dare we look down at the footnotes of the text of the Day? Does a Day need to make sense by Day’s end?.

Oh wow. My book is on Amazon.

Well, sort of. You still need to buy it through Lulu sadly. But, you CAN write a review there if you’re one of the lucky ones who has read it, and mention where you got it. 🙂

Celebrities I apparently look like

Jessica Lange? Really?

I Remember Joe

25 out of 32

You guys remember the soundtrack I made for And Here’s To You? Of course you do, I talk about it quite a bit.

Anyway, just for the hell of it, I published it as an iMix playlist in iTunes! OK, so only 25 of the tracks actually made it up there, for various reasons I won’t bore you with.

But here it is, And Here’s To You, the iMix.

A review of my first podcast interview.

From my Dad:

Please remember I love you when you read what I have to say about the Mur Lafferty interview. I swear I mean this to be helpful.

First of all, while the majority of your audience may know her, Judy and Jenny [my grandmother and aunt respectively] don’t, so saying someone needs no introduction and then not actually giving them even a cursory one is not only annoying to the listener, but probably to your guest too.Not knowing her I can’t be certain, but there were a few times when it sounded to me like she might be annoyed, and that was one of them.

Secondly, when it is natural in the course of the interview that you interject something about yourself,do it then move on quickly. These were a couple of the other times when she sounded to me like she might be annoyed. You spent too much time on you, when your interview was supposed to be about her. If you and your guest are connecting and there is a great give and take some of this kind of behavior can be excused, but you guys did not connect, and that was another thing that led me to believe that she was not enjoying it. She answered quickly and without much elaboration after each question. That definitely gives the impression she is not
into it or you as the interviewer. Plus, she could have asked a couple of questions of you out of sheer politeness, but she didn’t which gives me the impression of a selfish person.

Lest I give you the impression that I hated it, I did not. You were complimentary without going overboard into kiss ass, and you sounded more secure than you
probably felt. But I felt the above things were important enough to bring them up.

My response:

Well, you aren’t the first to bring up that point about the introduction. Mur herself mentioned it obliquely on Twitter. What didn’t make it into the show was the part of our conversation where I told her this was my first interview, and she gave me some encouragement. “Hey, everybody’s gotta start somewhere.” One of the things she says on her show I Should Be Writing is you’re allowed to suck. The more interviews I do the better I’ll get and I’ll avoid a lot of those mistakes. I just hope I get to do more interviews. 😉

Also, part of the not connecting may have been that on her end she was getting a bad echo because I didn’t have a headset and lost my headphone extension cord so I had my speakers on during the recording. Also, I failed to tell her ahead of time how I was going to be recording it. She said it was distracting to her, and if I could’ve done something about it at the time I would’ve.

Like I said, in the future I’ll be better, and maybe down the line I’ll get a second shot. Season 5 of the Heaven series is coming out soon. But even if I don’t, I got a chance to talk to one of my favorite writers, and it was a pleasent experience overall, just like when I met Peter David. It just as easily could’ve gone the other way, like when Kevin J. Anderson rudely dismissed my question at a ComicCon panel in 2006. See if I ever help him promote anything, the jerk.

Anyway, as per the selfish remark, I also chalk that up to her being distracted by the echo, but to be honest it didn’t bother me that she never asked me anything. I’ve listened to a lot of podcast interviews in the nearly 3 years I’ve been into podcasting and I don’t recall any interviewee doing something like that with an interviewer unless they were already friends, and Mur and I really only don’t have anything beyond the “fan/artist” relationship, which is fine by me. I don’t have to be friends with everyone in the podcasting community. The fact that I have as many as I do this early in my podcasting “career” frankly is astonishing. Not that I don’t appreciate Tosus, and Jack, and Mark mind you. 😉

So, I guess that’s it then. Remember, a G.O.A.T. bonus episode is coming August 5th, and there will be a regular episode on August 13th, but it will be light on content because I’ll be at WorldCon all week.

And lastly… Buy it.