Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Teens Read book club, summer '10, session 3: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Yeah, that's right, The Hunger Games. As in the teen dystopian romance-adventure novel that everyone and their dead grandmother has read. Normally I don't like to go for the big-name, super-popular mega-hits, assuming that the kids are more likely to read those on their own and that I should be finding more interesting/obscure/awesome works for them to experience.

But this time I put it to a vote, and the Games won, so: mega-hit it was. And honestly, it wasn't a completely terrible experience.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pretty sure gay blood works the same as straight

Every time you donate blood, you have to go through a lengthy questioning process, in which they make sure you haven't had a tattoo lately, or had an organ transplant, or that you haven't contracted any horrible diseases, or haven't been exposed to any horrible diseases, or may have been within sneezing distance of someone who may have once been within shouting distance of a horrible disease. And, if you're male, they also make sure you haven't had sex with another man. Ever.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Ted reviews Tsutomu Nihei's Biomega

Tsutomu Nihei's cyberpunk action manga Biomega is a big ol' slice of pointless explosion pie.

This is not necessarily a strike against it. If you want things like a plot, or characters with even a degree of empathy—well, you just keep on drivin', stranger. But if you want a gorgeously drawn comic in which a super-soldier with an axe on a motorcycle and a bear with a hook for a hand fight zombies for the fate of the world but don't want to have to turn on your brain, look no further.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Reminder: Ted has more than one blog

Remember how, a while back, I started a second blog about a video game mod I'm working on? Well, I put up another post, talking about how I plan to use an aspect of the Dungeons & Dragons ruleset to model various parenting styles. Go take a look, if you're bored.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Ted has been bled

Intellectually, spiritually, and literally.

The last few weeks—since before my trip to New York City, basically—have been kind of a grueling experience, like how I imagine a marathon to be. (You'll never catch me in one of those 22-mile death-marches.) It's not that there haven't been periods of rest and relaxation in-between my various assignments, duties, responsibilities, and so forth; it's just that, taken as a whole, this time has felt pretty damn demanding.

(Which is my roundabout way of saying: if you're waiting on an email or something from me, just be patient, I'll be a little longer.)

But now, today, having given blood, I feel as though my cares and woes have been drained away along with my red blood cells. (Platelet donation took place last Saturday, the day before Halloween, during which I watched the first hour of Heat and, disappointingly, only a single nurse was dressed up as Dracula.) Longtime readers of this blog will know that blood donation is a pretty big deal for me, and this session was no exception, especially as I got my three-gallon pin. Which I imagine is somewhat like getting a chip from AA, though come to think of it, a three-gallon chip from AA would probably mean something entirely different.

Anyway. Normal broadcast schedule will now resume. This has only been a test. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact your parole officer.