Archive for September, 2009

Hey, who wants to read some original fiction?

Posted in Religion, Words with tags , , , , , , on September 30, 2009 by bradellison

Sickness has taken me, in a minor way.  Of course, the condition of my meat suit has in turn affected the functioning of my mind, dependent as it is upon the complex workings of my delicious brainmeats.  Far be it from me, though, to let biological misery and attendant dementia stand between you and amusement and edification.  And so I’ve rooted around in my folder of first drafts for something to divert you.

I present, for your consideration, a brief dialogue, by way of being a sort of modern Mystery Play, that I like to call…

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Waking up

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on September 25, 2009 by bradellison

Most people that know me can probably testify to the fact that I am I lazy person.  I am, in fact, an extremely lazy person.  If I could, I’d probably lie around naked reading comic books, watching horror movies and listening to weird, genre-defying music pretty much all day every day, with intermittent bouts of espresso-fueled binge-writing that last about eight or nine hours, followed by twenty hours of sleep.

This lifestyle is, sadly, impractical.  I need money to pay for wireless internet, comic books, whiskey, out-of-print treatises on vampirism, and food.  Also, no women are involved in it, and that’s a downside.  And since I still haven’t quite managed to earn a living and get dates using my knowledge of pre-war pulp fiction, action is needed.

Specifically, I need to wake myself up.

I work on the sixth floor of a seven-floor building.  I’ve stopped using the elevators.  Every day after work, I go down the stairs to the sub-basement parking garage, up the stairs to the roof, and then back down again.  Every night, I spend more than an hour walking.  As these things get easier, I’ll add more to them, working up to running.  Also sit-ups, push-ups and so forth.

After that, I write at least five hundred words of fiction every night.  Doesn’t have to be good, or coherent, but I need to get the habit of putting five hundred words down every day.  I aim to expand on that, too.

My diet’s been reassessed a little bit, too.  Small stuff, so far.  More fruit.  A lot more fruit.  I’m trying to drink a gallon of water every day, and avoid beverages with high fructose corn syrup (which is a lot harder than it should be, thank you very much corn lobby).

So far, I’ve done tolerably well at keeping to my resolutions.  I figure I’ll do better if I’m held accountable, which is why you get to hear about it.

Gentlemen, behold!

Posted in Stuff I think is cool with tags , , , , , , , on September 17, 2009 by bradellison

If you were wondering how various movie characters would fare in a Z-Day situation, you can now learn the scientifically calculated answer (unsurprising, John McClane’s the most effective zombie fighter cinema has to offer).

Jones Soda has totally made a collection of Dungeons & Dragons soda.  Yeah, I’m gonna have to get me some of that.

Sword-hilted umbrellas! Yes.Yes, I need all of those.

More Lebowski-related fun (we’re all clear by now on the point that anything Big-Lebowski-related is going to have a lot of F-bombs and shouldn’t be listened to at work, right?)

Tired of LOLCats?  Ready for the latest LOLBacklash? is there for you.

The Harry Potter money-making machine continues unabated, with the planned new theme park.  Somehow, there’s still no Dirty Harry themepark (tell me you couldn’t build at least one roller coaster around the theme of Sondra Locke getting sexually assaulted, to say nothing of the .44 Magnum Log Flume).

Sweet Zombie Moses, they’ve built a robot that can jump over 20-foot fences!  The Robot Uprising is surely inevitable now.  You bastards finally did it!  Damn you!  DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!

Robert E. Howard Monday: Nerdrage

Posted in movies with tags , , on September 15, 2009 by bradellison

So the trailer for the new Solomon Kane movie is out.

And I am not well pleased.  I’ve come to terms with the fact that there’s never going to be a faithful adaptation of Red Shadows directed by Guillermo Del Toro and starring Michael Wincott, and I’ve had months now to try and come to grips with the nonsensical origin story they’ve cooked up for my favorite pulp hero, but even so I’d hoped for better than the Black Prince from A Knight’s Tale dressed up like Hugh Jackman from Van Helsing, swinging two cutlasses around in slow motion, and fighting the Golem boss from Castlevania.

Speaking of Van Helsing, I see from the Youtube comments, that endless black abyss of stupidity that God Almighty has forsaken and left to fester, that this movie has already given rise to the first generation of unreflective jerk-offs to whom Solomon Kane will be nothing but a crappy knock-off of an already-crappy knock-off.  For the record, anyone who says anything to me about Solomon Kane being a Van Helsing ripoff had best do it from a distance, or I will stab them right in the damn eye.

I can see exactly how this happened.  I have a blueprint detailing how this almost certainly happened, because I would bet real money that it’s pretty much the same process that turned Kull the Conqueror.  I strongly suspect that somewhere along the line, someone wanted to make an actual Solomon Kane movie, and then the project went into the studio sausage factory, with a sampling of the unrecognizable end result being this trailer.

I think I’ve given up hope for a Solomon Kane movie better than this:

A notable Christian of the 19th Century

Posted in Religion, Stuff I think is cool with tags on September 7, 2009 by bradellison

His Imperial Majesty Norton I, Emperor of these United States and Protector of Mexico.

If you’re a Sandman reader, Discordian, or resident of San Francisco, you already know about Emperor Norton.  The first and only Emperor the USA ever had, he was a wise and benevolent monarch, a man of compassion and great spirit.

He wasn’t always an Emperor.  Once, he was a wealthy San Francisco businessman.  That life ended after a poorly timed attempt at cornering the rice market ruined him.  He declared bankruptcy, and began developing some marked eccentricities.  For a time, he left San Francisco.

When he returned, it was as a man with a purpose.  He issued a proclamation.

At the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I, Joshua Norton, formerly of Algoa Bay, Cape of Good Hope, and now for the last 9 years and 10 months past of S. F., Cal., declare and proclaim myself Emperor of these U. S.; and in virtue of the authority thereby in me vested, do hereby order and direct the representatives of the different States of the Union to assemble in Musical Hall, of this city, on the 1st day of Feb. next, then and there to make such alterations in the existing laws of the Union as may ameliorate the evils under which the country is laboring, and thereby cause confidence to exist, both at home and abroad, in our stability and integrity.

NORTON I, Emperor of the United States.

His reign lasted more than two decades.

He dissolved the legislature, and both the Democratic and Republican parties, issued a decree ordering the US army to forcibly disband Congress.  Perhaps regrettably, these edicts were disregarded.

He also proclaimed:

Whoever after due and proper warning shall be heard to utter the abominable word “Frisco”, which has no linguistic or other warrant, shall be deemed guilty of a High Misdemeanor, and shall pay into the Imperial Treasury as penalty the sum of twenty-five dollars.

He also commanded the formation of a league of nations, ordered the construction of a bridge across the San Francisco Bay, and forbade conflict between religious sects.

He ate for free, of course, local restaurants regarding a plaque reading “by appointment of His Imperial Majesty” to be an honor well worth having.  He issued his own imperial currency, which was widely honored throughout the city.  He frequently associated with the two celebrated street dogs Bummer and Lazarus, who received all the consideration due to loyal imperial subjects.  Theaters and concert halls kept a seat reserved for him.

Anti-Chinese sentiments ran high in those days.  Bloody riots occasionally broke out.  And on one occasion, His Imperial Majesty happened to be conducting one of his inspections of the city when a particularly ugly one was building.

The Emperor stepped between his white subjects and their intended victims, his Chinese subjects.  He bowed his head, and began to pray.  He continued, reciting the Lord’s Prayer over and over again, until the rioters gave up and went home.

Best mashup trailer ever? Best mashup trailer ever

Posted in movies, Stuff I think is cool with tags , , on September 2, 2009 by bradellison

Mark sent me this yesterday, because he knows what I like.

It makes more sense than you might think.  Both The Big Lebowski and Blade Runner are, of course, experiments in recontextualizing hard-boiled noir in the vein of Chandler.  Both are stories of men who just want to get on with their lives in peace, but cannot escape the intrigues of the shadowy figures using them as catspaws.  One just happens to be a stoner comedy while the other is science fiction.  And (by no coincidence, giving how passionately I love Raymond Chandler) they’re two of my favorite movies.

Also, Rutger Hauer saying “unt tomorrow ve come back unt ve cut off your johnson” is so perfect, it still doubles me over with laughter whenever I see it.