Thursday, May 06, 2021

"Age 14 at midnight I hear voices from the kitchen..."

"I let my feet follow the sound as I let my ears listen
I walk upstairs and at the kitchen table I can see
That God is sitting with the Devil, sharing drinks and old stories
The floorboard creaks
A red embarrassment floods all throughout God's face
He swears that it's not what it looks like
Then he swears he can explain
The Devil speaks,
"Your God and I put all our
Differences to rest Now man's actions are his own
But man will blame us nonetheless"
The Devil stands
He grabs his keys and straightens out a rusted crown
He tells me, "Hell is frozen over
Heaven burned down to the ground
And you have only got one life
So do with it what you would like
We solemnly apologize but we won't be there when you die"
And I stand cold and alone
In a body that won't move
Watching the eyes of these gods that I once knew
One pair looks down in a half-hearted lie while
The other looks straight into mine with a whole truth
Lacking the fear I've been told that God deserves
I say, "What good is a prayer that goes unheard"
He says, "What hope could they find in a book
If the book doesn't sell and the pages stay unturned"
And with a wink, the Devil turns and exits the back door
And God is standing there in silence with his eyes glued to the floor
But then he speaks
"I am no savior but I give them what they need
And there has never been a dreamer who prefers reality
The war for truth is raging on but it's not one you have to fight
And if it is the truth you want, then it is hope you'll sacrifice
It's yours to choose
And you can choose
This is not the way I am, this is just how I was raised
So let me make up my own mind, let me map out my own way
And to the parents of the kids with tongues down in their throats
Because of tears that you will cry
If they don't stick to what they know
I'm sure you're giving it your best
And I am sure it takes a toll
But whether God given or not
Our lives are not to be controlled
Just let us choose"

Monday, December 28, 2020

Reading - MAR > DEC 2020

Kept up with tracking, but not publishing out into the ether, what I've read this year. Last time was in February, apparently. Wild ride in 2020, many distractions. Not to mention moving back overseas and related complications. Regardless, something like a book a week, give or take. On average. Plus comics. And OCD surfing of the internets. Lot of fiction this year, apparently. Coping mechanism for the stresses of the 'real' world? Possibly. Reread a bunch of Crichton this summer. Reminded me of my dad, who I got the 'reading habit' from - and who got it from his mom - and who used to read all the Crichton, Clancy and Griffin he could get his hands on. A handful of biographies, some financial literacy, some positive psych. We'll see if in 2021 I can post up more often, maybe monthly. Onwards.

Gladiator by Philip Wylie

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

Anno Dracula: The Bloody Red Baron by Kim Newman

Anno Dracula: Dracula Cha Cha Cha by Kim Newman

Helltown by Dennis O'Neil

Richard Dragon: Dragon's Fists by Jim Dennis (Dennis O'Neil and James R. Berry) 

Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks

The Stranger by Harlan Corben

Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard by Kim Newman

Peace Talks (Dresden Files Book 16) by Jim Butcher

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks  

Rising Sun by Michael Crichton

The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino

Travels by Michael Crichton

Congo by Michael Crichton

Timeline by Michael Crichton

A Newcomer's Guide to the Afterlife: On the Other Side Known Commonly as The Little Book by Daniel Quinn and Tom Whalen

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman

The Mystery of the Iron Samson: The Life and Training of Strongman Alexander Zass by Yuri Shapshnikoff (Author), A. Drapkin (Author), Logan Christopher (Editor), Professor "Stone" Paul (Translator)

A Feast Unknown (Secrets of the Nine #1 - Wold Newton Parallel Universe) Book 1 of 3: Secrets of the Nine by Philip Jose Farmer 

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

Resurrected Destiny (The Last Witness Book 1) by Gerald Welch

Ballistic Kiss: A Sandman Slim Novel by Richard Kadrey

Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early): How Far Would You Go for Financial Freedom by Scott Riecken

The Holy by Daniel Quinn

Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined by Drew Carey 

Battle Ground: The Dresden Files 17 by Jim Butcher 

8 Mins: An Anthology of the Last Eight Minutes of Earth by Victor Dandridge 

After Dachau by Daniel Quinn

The Sentinel: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child & Andrew Child 

Levon's Home by Chuck Dixon

Art in the Blood (A Sherlock Holmes Adventure, Book 1) by Bonnie MacBird 

Unquiet Spirits: Whisky, Ghosts, Murder (A Sherlock Holmes Adventure, Book 2) by Bonnie MacBird

Uncaged: My Life as a Champion MMA Fighter by Frank Shamrock 

Shamrock: The World's Most Dangerous Man by Jonathan Snowden 

The Devil’s Due (A Sherlock Holmes Adventure, Book 3) by Bonnie MacBird

The Size of Your Dreams: A Novel that Transforms Lives by Dave Mason and Chana Mason

The Cash Machine: A Tale of Passion, Persistence, and Financial Independence by Dave Mason and Chana Mason

The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver 

The Motion of the Body Through Space by Lionel Shriver


The Way of the Househusband, Vol. 1 & 2 by Kousuke Oono

Savage Wolverine Vol. 1: Kill Island by Frank Cho

Second Coming: Volume One by Mark Russell, Richard Pace, Leonard Kirk, Andy Troy

Skybourne by Frank Cho, Marcio Menyz

Black Hammer Volume 4: Age of Doom Part Two by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart

Green Arrow: War of the Clans by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino

Secret Volume by Jonathan Hickman, Ryan Bodenheim, Michael Garland 

Punisher: Soviet by Garth Ennis, Jacen Burrows, Paolo Rivera

Wonder Twins Vol. 1: Activate! by Mark Russell , Stephen Byrne 

Captain America: White by Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale 

Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1 (of 6): Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley & Nathan Fairbairn 

The Complete Jon Sable Freelance Volume 1 by Mike Grell

Absolute Planetary V1 by Warren Ellis & John Cassaday

Green Lantern: Legacy by Minh Le & Andie Tong

Doomsday Clock: The Complete Collection Paperback by Geoff Johns & Gary Frank 

Jacked by Eric Kripke & John Higgins 

Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale by Zack Whedon, Joss Whedon, Chris Samnee 

Batman: Three Jokers by Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok 

Saturday, November 07, 2020

245 chin-ups for the 245th USMC Birthday.

 Split into two wkouts, because I had to do a grocery run/watch an episode of The Mandalorian. (Priorities.)

Low reps, high sets, supinated/neutral grip because elbow tendonitis is real and not a myth, apparently.

Semper Fi and all that kind of stuff.

Sunday, March 01, 2020

Reading, Winter 19/20.

Hate Inc.: Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another by Matt Taibbi

Walking Dead by Greg Rucka

The Rock Says... by The Rock and Joe Layden

God's Debris: A Thought Experiment by Scott Adams

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

The Religion War by Scott Adams

House on Fire: A Novel (A Nick Heller Novel Book 4) by Joseph Finder

The Simple Path to Wealth: Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life by JL Collins

Into the Fire: An Orphan X Novel by Gregg Hurwitz


The Boys Omnibus Volumes 4-6 by by Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, Russ Braun, John McCrea
Bushido: The Soul of the Samurai by Inazo Nitobe, adapted by Sean Michael Wilson and Akiko Shimojima
Luther Strode Volumes 1-3 by Justin Jordan, Tradd Moore, Felipe Sobreiro
Injection Volumes 1-3 by Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire
Cover Vol. 1 by Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack
Fury MAX: My War Gone By Volume 1 by Garth Ennis , Goran Parlov
Batman: Damned by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo
Dead Man Logan Vol. 2: Welcome Back, Logan by Mike Henderson and Ed Brisson
Fury: Peacemaker by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Reading, Fall '19.

Blue Moon: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child

Man Made: In Which a Dad Learns to Be a Man for His Son by Joel Stein

They're Watching by Gregg Hurwitz

365 Days of Brutality: An Anti-Programming Manifesto by Jamie Lewis and Tara Chaos

Levon's Time by Chuck Dixon

The Day Remo Died (The Destroyer Book 0) by Warren Murphy, Richard Sapir

Savage Song: A Special Edition Destroyer Novella by Warren Murphy

All the Devils (A Livia Lone Novel) by Barry Eisler

Number Two: A Special Edition Destroyer Novella  by Warren Murphy and Donna Courtois

Grave Descend: An Early Thriller by Michael Crichton

The Venom Business: An Early Thriller by Michael Crichton

The Raid (Ryan Decker Book 2) by Steven Konkoly

Critical Space (Atticus Kodiak Book 5) by Greg Rucka

Patriot Acts (Atticus Kodiak Book 6) by Greg Rucka

Robert B. Parker's Angel Eyes by Ace Atkins


Doom Patrol Vol. 1: Brick by Brick by Gerard Way and Nick Derington

Doom Patrol Vol. 2: Nada by Gerard Way and Nick Derington

The Boys Omnibus Vol. 3 by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson

Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? by Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert

Kingsman: The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons

Kingsman: The Red Diamond by Rob Williams, Simon Fraser

Nemesis by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven

Prodigy Volume 1: The Evil Earth by Mark Millar, Rafael Albuquerque

Batman: White Knight by Sean Murphy

Lazarus: The Third Collection Hardcover by Greg Rucka, Michael Lark and others

Legends 30th Anniversary Edition by John Ostrander, Len Wein & John Byrne

The Poe Twisted Anthology Paperback by Various

Lazarus: The First Collection by Greg Rucka, Michael Lark

Lazarus: The Second Collection by Greg Rucka, Michael Lark

Lazarus: The Third Collection by Greg Rucka, Michael Lark

Stumptown Vol. 1: The Case of the Girl Who Took Her Shampoo by Greg Rucka and Michael Southworth

Stumptown Vol. 2: The Case of the Baby in the Velvet Case  by Greg Rucka , Matthew Southworth

Stumptown Vol. 3: The Case of the King of Clubs by Greg Rucka, Justin Greenwood, Ryan Hill

Stumptown Vol. 4: The Case of a Cup of Joe by Greg Rucka, Justin Greenwood, Ryan Hill

Fight Club 2 by Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewart

The Multiversity Deluxe Edition Hardcover by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, Ivan Reis, Jim Lee

The Flintstones Vol. 1 & 2 by Mark Russell, Steve Pugh

The Wild Storm Vol. 4 by Warren Ellis

Monday, September 02, 2019

Reading, Summer '19.

Bruce Lee: A Life by Matthew Polly

Zero Cool by Michael Crichton writing as John Lange

Drug of Choice by Michael Crichton writing as John Lange

Judgment by Joseph Finder

Finally, Some Good News by Delicious Tacos

This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life by Annie Grace

Elevating Overman by Bruce Ferber

LEGACY, Books 1-7 by Gerald Welch and Warren Murphy

The Carnivore Diet Holiday Handbook: How to Thrive & Survive the Holidays on a Carnivore Diet by K. Suzanne

How to Fight a Hydra: Face Your Fears, Pursue Your Ambitions, and Become the Hero You Are Destined to Be by Josh Kaufman

Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness by Neil Strauss

The Truth: Sex, Love, Commitment, and the Puzzle of the Male Mind by Neil Strauss

The Frugal Carnivore Diet: How I Eat a Carnivore Diet for $4 a Day by K. Suzanne

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge by Larry Correia and John Ringo

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners by Larry Correia and John Ringo

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints by Larry Correia and John Ringo

The Monster Hunter Files (Anthology) – by Larry Correia, Jim Butcher & others

Monster Hunter Guardian (Monster Hunters International Book 7) by Larry Correia and Sarah A. Hoyt


Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 10: End Of The World by Ed Brisson (Author), Ryan Cady (Author), Damian Couceiro (Illustrator, Artist), Ibraim Roberson (Illustrator, Artist), Andrea Sorrentino (Cover Art), Di Meo, Simone (Artist), Hayden Sherman (Artist)

Dead Man Logan Vol. 1: Sins Of The Father by Ed Brisson (Author), Declan Shalvey (Cover Art), Mike Henderson (Artist)

Black Hammer Volume 3: Age of Doom Part One by Jeff Lemire (Author), Dean Ormston (Illustrator), Dave Stewart (Illustrator)

Black Hammer Volume 2: The Event by Jeff Lemire (Author), Dean Ormston (Illustrator), Dave Stewart (Illustrator), David Rubin (Illustrator)

Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four - The Complete Collection (Injustice: Gods Among Us by Brian Buccellato (Author), Tom Taylor (Author), Bruno Redondo (Illustrator,

Black Hammer Volume 1: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire (Author), Dean Ormston (Illustrator)

Return of Wolverine by Charles Soule (Author), Steve McNiven (Illustrator, Cover Art, Artist), Declan Shalvey (Artist)

The Boys Omnibus Vol. 1 & 2 by Garth Ennis (Author), Darick Robertson (Artist)

Stumptown Vol. 4: The Case of a Cup of Joe by Greg Rucka (Author), Justin Greenwood (Illustrator), Ryan Hill (Illustrator)

Plastic Man Paperback by Gail Simone (Author), Adriana Melo (Illustrator)

Atomic Robo and the Dawn of a New Era by Brian Clevinger (Author), Scott Wegener (Illustrator)

Friday, July 19, 2019

"To the extent that you need scapegoats...

" simply have not got your brain programmed to work as an efficient problem-solving machine." - Robert Anton Wilson

Friday, June 07, 2019

Reading, Spring 2019.

The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy by Kliph Nesteroff

Yourdrum by Kevin Stock

The Rescue (Ryan Decker Book 1) by Steven Konkoly

Obvious Adams: The Story of a Successful Businessman by Robert Updegraff

Destroy the Opposition: Programming for Powerlifting by Jamie Lewis

Sleep Like a Lion: How to Go From Average Sleep to Awesome Sleep with a Scientifically-Proven System of Sleep Tips, Tactics and Routines by Paul French

The Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection by Michael Ruhlman

ALPHA: A Black Flagged Thriller (The Black Flagged Series Book 1) by Steven Konkoly

Monster Hunter International (Monster Hunters International Book 1) by Larry Correia

Monster Hunter Vendetta (Monster Hunters International Book 2) by Larry Correia

Monster Hunter Alpha (Monster Hunters International Book 3) by Larry Correia

Monster Hunter Legion (Monster Hunters International Book 4) by Larry Correia

Monster Hunter Nemesis (Monster Hunters International Book 5) by Larry Correia

Monster Hunter Siege (Monster Hunters International Book 6) by Larry Correia


The Wild Storm Vol. 3 Paperback by Warren Ellis, John Davis-Hunt

Atomic Robo Presents Real Science Adventures: The Flying She-Devils in Raid on Marauder Island by Brian Clevinger, Lo Baker, Wook Jin Clark

Atomic Robo Presents Real Science Adventures: The Nicodemus Job by Brian Clevinger, Meredith McClaren

Atomic Robo and the Spectre of Tomorrow by Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener

Atomic Robo: Real Science Adventures Volume 1 TP by Brian Clevinger, John Broglia, Ryan Cody, Scott Wegener, Jeff Powell

Kill or Be Killed Volume 1-4 by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser

Shazam!: Origins by Geoff Johns, Gary Frank

Batman vs. Deathstroke by Christopher Priest, Diogenes Neves

Deathstroke Vol. 3-5 by Christopher Priest, Joe Bennett, Carlo Pagulayan, Diogenes Neves

Titans: The Lazarus Contract by Christopher Priest, Dan Abnett, Brett Booth


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Reading - Winter 18/19

Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday

What Remains by Ry Beville

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman

The Killer Collective by Barry Eisler

Out of the Dark: An Orphan X Novel by Gregg Hurwitz

Gun Machine by Warren Ellis

How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It by Mark Cuban

Normal: A Novel by Warren Ellis

Super Villains of Persuasion by Ben Settle

Dead Pig Collector by Warren Ellis

Persuasion Secrets of the World’s Most Charismatic & Influential Villains by Ben Settle

Elektrograd: Rusted Blood by Warren Ellis

The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need by Daniel H. Pink and Rob Ten Pas 

(1. There is no plan. 2. Think strengths, not weaknesses. 3. It’s not about you. 4. Persistence trumps talent. 5. Make excellent mistakes. 6. Leave an imprint.)


Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Two - The Complete Collection by Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, Mike Miller

Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Three - The Complete Collection by Tom Taylor, Brian Buccellato, Bruno Redondo, Mike S. Miller

Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 9: The Hunter And The Hunted by Ed Brisson, Francesco Manna, Juan Ferreyra, Mike Deodato

The Wild Storm: Michael Cray Vol. 2 by Bryan Hill, Stephen N. Harris, Dexter Vines

Jimmy's Bastards TPB Vol. 1: Trigger Warning by Garth Ennis, Mike Marts, Russ Braun

Jimmy's Bastards Vol. 2: What Did You Just Say by Garth Ennis and Russ Braun

Indeh: A Story of the Apache Wars Kindle Edition by Ethan Hawke, Greg Ruth

Uber Volume 6 Invasion by Kieron Gillen, Daniel Gete

Batman: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 Hardcover by Tom King, David Finch , Mikel Janin

Mister Miracle Paperback by Tom King, Mitch Gerads

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Reading - Fall 2018

A Case of Need by Michael Crichton

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue by Ryan Holiday

The Carnivore Diet Handbook by K. Suzanne

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism by Fumio Sasaki

Hollywood Dead: A Sandman Slim Novel by Richard Kadrey

A Beautiful, Terrible Thing by Jen Waite

I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant

Follow You Home by Mark Edwards

Vanished by Joseph Finder

Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder

Guilty Minds by Joseph Finder

Levon Cade Series V1-5 by Chuck Dixon

The Total Money Makeover:  A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Nover by Lee Child

Mind's Eye by Douglas E. Richards


Secret Six Vol. 2: The Gauntlet by Gail Simone, Dale Eaglesham, Tom Derenick 

Wolverine by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection Vol. 2, 3 & 4 by Daniel Way, Jeph Loeb, Steve Dillon, Kaare Andrews, Simone Bianchi, Jon Proctor, Marjorie Liu, Doug Braithwaite, Scot Eaton, Will Conrad, Stephen Segovia, Antonio Fuso

Captain America: Operation Rebirth by Mark Waid and Ron Garney

Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 6: Days of Anger by Ed Brisson and Mike Deodato

Jungle Girl Omnibus Paperback by Frank Cho, Doug Murray, Adriano Batista

Death of Wolverine: The Complete Collection Paperback by Charles Soule, Tim Seeley, Kyle Higgins, Marguerite Bennett, Steve McNiven, Salvador Larroca, Angel Unzueta, Iban Coello

Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race Paperback by Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson

Deadpool Vs. Old Man Logan Paperback by Declan Shalvey, Mike Henderson

Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 7: Scarlet Samurai by Ed Brisson, Mike Deodato

Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 8: To Kill Forby Ed Brisson, Dalibor Talajic

Deadpool by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection - Volume 1
by Daniel Way, Andy Diggle, Steve Dillon, Paco Medina, Carlo Barberi, Bong Dazo