Friday’s Feast – 06 April 2007

Time for another Friday’s Feast.

Appetizer
When you travel, which mode of transportation do you prefer?

Depends on where I’m going. Driving thirteen hours to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a bit of a pain, but previous experience with flying into CMX has proven problematic. The U.P. aside, if the journey would be more than six or seven hours by car, I’d prefer to fly. I’ve never done any serious traveling on a bus or train, but I’d like to try the train someday.

Soup
Have you ever met a blogging friend in person?

Most of the “blogging friends” I’ve met in person I met long before any of us ever had blogs. I met Jonobie in the mid-1990’s, when blogs weren’t even a twinkle in any of our eyes. I met Bob and Wesley (who isn’t so much a blogger as he is a podcaster) just after the turn of the century, when blogging sites like LiveJournal were starting to become popular. I met Chris Miller at a local National Novel Writing Month meeting about a year and a half ago and didn’t realize he was a blogger (and podcaster) at the time. I met Misfit Mick Bradley, another blogger who is mostly a podcaster, last fall.

Salad
When was the last time you were really, really tired?

As opposed to just really tired? Probably when I was sick a couple of weekends ago and went to bed at 7:00.

Main Course
If you could have dinner with any one fictional character from a book or movie, who would it be?

I was going to say Gandalf but then I realized that I’d really just like to have dinner with Ian McKellan, who is allegedly a real person. Steve Rogers, on the other hand, is a fictional character who I don’t strongly identify with a real person; he’s also a personal hero, so I’d like to have dinner with the recently departed Captain America.

Dessert
Fill in the blank: One day, I hope to see _______________.

My young apprentice crush my enemies beneath his bootheel. The enemies as well as the bootheel might be metaphors for social injustice and a new era of equality, tolerance and understanding, respectively, but they might not. So watch it.

5 O’Clock Shadow – 05 April 2007

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Rockbox , the “open source jukebox firmware”, on my iPod. Unfortunately, Rockbox isn’t quite ready for primetime on fourth generation iPods and after two days of frequent lockups I decided to revert back to Apple’s original firmware.

Thanks to firmware juggling and not quite unrelated iTunes juggling, I kind of lost track of the podcasts I was listening to and stopped downloading new episodes. Thankfully, I had a backlog of about 400 episodes from 40-50 different podcasts on my iPod. This afternoon, I queued up Black Jack Justice, a hard-boiled detective series from Decoder Ring Theater done in the style of old-time radio dramas. It’s good stuff, and Season One is available at Podiobooks.com. Also available at Podiobooks is Season One of The Adventures of the Red Panda, an homage to The Shadow and The Green Hornet.

Decoder Ring Theater just wrapped up Season Two of Black Jack Justice and has begun a new season of The Adventures of the Red Panda, so I need to get on the stick and start downloading podcasts again soon.

CSS Naked Day 2007

Things may not look pretty if you’re reading this on 05 April, but don’t worry, everything will be back to “normal” tomorrow. CSS Naked Day has rolled around again, and this is the second year I’m participating. Today and today only, I’m not concerned about margins and padding, positioning and color. What you’re seeing is the site as it is generated without Cascading Style Sheets.

Tomorrow, the pretty will return. For now, you get to see KJToo.com with its clothes off.

5 O’Clock Shadow – 04 April 2007

5 O’Clock Shadow - 04 April 2007
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Where did I go wrong? I’ve explained this to you countless times and it seems that I must do so yet again. Perhaps this time I’ll get through to you; perhaps this time you’ll understand.

Do you see these hands? These are the hands that built the box. These are the hands that wielded the saw and the plane, the hammer and the chisel. These are the hands that built the box; not out of spite or hatred, not out of vanity or pride, but out of love. These are the hands that labored ceaselessly, that bled and ached. These are my hands.

Look at these hands. Look at the scars and the callouses. Understand that I do not begrudge you the wounds; they are badges of honor, testaments of devotion, symbols of love. The scars you see are merely the memories of past pain. The torment I feel now cannot be seen; the wounds you inflict cut me deeper than any splinter could pierce.

I do not begrudge you the sacrifices I have made, nor the wounds that I have suffered. I ask little in return for these sacrifices, for my devotion, for my love. I ask only that you respect me, that you try to understand what I have done for you.

I ask only that you stay in the box.

Rest in Peace, Joe Murphy

Joe Murphy, one of the Kick-Ass Mystic Ninjas and frequent contributor to Michael and Evo’s Wingin’ It podcast, passed away this afternoon after a difficult battle with Leiomyosarcoma.

Cheyenne Wright, creator of the Arcane Times webcomic, drew this excellent tribute that has been making its way around several of my favorite blogs this evening.

Joe and Cap by Cheyenne Wright

Several of Joe’s friends have created a fund to help Joe’s family and to fund research on LMS. If you can, please visit The Joe Murphy Memorial Fund and leave a donation to honor a funny, kind man who was taken from us much too soon.

Bookstuff: Ancestor

Ancestor, the popular podcast novel by Scott Sigler is now available in print at Amazon.com. When Sigler originally released the novel in serialized audio form, it had an audience of over 30,000 listeners, including me. I got started a little late, but quickly caught up and—like so many other “ancest-whores”—found myself waiting very impatiently for Scott to release the next chapter.

Ancestor is best described as a blend of science-fiction and horror. Scientists attempting to create an animal whose organs can be transplanted into human beings inadvertently create a pack of monstrosities whose ravenous hunger leads them on a killing spree that leaves the snow-covered ground of a remote island in Lake Superior soaked with human blood. It’s exactly the type of story you’d expect to see featured on The Most Dangerous Night of Television, SciFi Channel’s weekly Saturday night monster movie marathon.

Ancestor is the second of Scott Sigler’s novels to see print; Earthcore (also originally presented as a podcast novel) is also available at Amazon.com. All four of Scott’s novels (including Infection and The Rookie) are currently available for free in audio form.