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801  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple 10/20/10 Back to the Mac (was MBA) on: October 22, 2010, 04:28:06 AM
What a great looking netbook. Sort of defeats half the purpose of a smaller lighter machine when it is priced at a grand. Ouch. The tear down pics were amazing.

I'm happy with my MBP. Best computer I have owned in the last 20 years. But that 13" MBA is oh so sexseh.
802  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Interesting Happy Meal experiment on: October 21, 2010, 12:43:11 AM
I left a tofu burger on my counter for 6 months. Last night it ate one of my dogs. Think of the animals, people, and don't do this!
803  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2010 on: October 20, 2010, 05:30:18 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 09, 2010, 05:02:43 PM


Finally finished Dragon Factory and now I too am anxiously awaiting the next Ledger novel in the series.  With the way Dragon Factory ended I'm really anxious for the next story. 

I was almost as mad as Ledger and was shocked at what happened.  It really says something about the author when you become so involved with the characters that when something happens you feel impacted as well.  I feel as if I too want to go on Joe's next mission.   mad  And I bet Bunny and Top will be right there with him, just as desperate for blood.  Perhaps with Church/Deacon as well.   ninja2 

I got a chance to hang out with Maberry a few weeks ago at a convention. We were on a 'zombie panel' with a bunch of other authors. Before it started I shot the breeze with him and it sounds like he has big plans for Ledger. More books, and (gasp) a possible TV show. He also has an epic zombie book due next year that has already been optioned for film.

He was very cool and down to earth. He walked with a cane and explained he had blown out his knee during a Judo match.

-Tim
804  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad and productivity on: October 20, 2010, 03:38:09 PM
I was on a plane back from a horror convention last month. The gauntlet had been thrown at dinner the night before. Write a zombie story that involved a time traveling chair. (See what horror writers talk about while boozing it up?) Anyway, my laptop was just about dead so I powered through a 1,100 word story on my iPad using the screen keyboard. It was painful! It seemed like every third letter was mistyped.

Playing games, reading email, and surfing the web. That is what the ipad was designed for.

I have not tried the keyboard that attaches to the ipad. It's clever but pricey.
805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DeathSpank - "Monkey Island meets Diablo" on: October 19, 2010, 06:02:39 PM
I purchased the first game back in July. I played it for 30 minutes, got bored and forgot about it. Well yesterday I saw it sitting forlornly on my PS3 drive and decided to have a go. Whatever did not click the first time fell into place with a resounding clang. I played that game for 4 hours straight. Broke to eat and played another hour. I really love the hack and slash, moar loot, next level, just one more quest! feel of the game. Most of the humor is good although some of it barely got a chuckle. The over the top voice work really makes me laugh. 

I'm sure I'm in for the sequel.
806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vanquish from Shinji Mikami (RE creator) on: October 19, 2010, 05:18:54 PM
I was really excited about this game until I read the 6 hour game time. Hmm, $10 an hour. I think I can see a movie cheaper than that.
807  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / ZombCon - October 29th through 31st in Seattle WA! on: October 07, 2010, 06:02:59 PM
The first Zombie Convention is being held in Seattle over Halloween weekend. Anyone else planning on attending? I work about 5 minutes from Seattle Center. I think this is going to be incredible!

http://www.zombcon.com

Check out some of these guests:

George Romero
Bruce Campbell
Max Brooks
Ted Raimi
SG Brown
Chuck Palahniuk
Malcolm McDowell

And tons of other people including me! With any luck I will get photos with my zombie wilson ball. It has become a hit at the cons I have attended.

My first book signing is that Friday at 4:00 PM in the exhibition center. I'll have copies of all 3 novels but the main one is The Zombie Wilson Diaries. That doesn't mean you have to buy a book. Just stop by and say you are a GG'er. I will have some cool swag for friends.

-Tim
808  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle 3! on: September 29, 2010, 07:10:09 PM

Quote from: Qantaga on September 29, 2010, 07:00:10 PM

   
Amazon is selling Fall of Giants at $19.60 for the hardcover and $19.99 for the Kindle. The Kindle version is more expensive than the hardcover.  crybaby

WOW! That is just plain ridonkulous. I'm out. Both HB and Kindle version. I love some Follett but I won't support that publisher's greed. Ken won't see any more of the money if the book is $10 or $20. Trust me on that one.  

EDIT: It has 53 - 1 star reviews, everyone of them cites the price. OUCH! Yet the Kindle version is #7 in sales.
809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! Demo out! Now a Musical! on: September 29, 2010, 04:47:27 PM
I was having trouble getting into the game for some reason, then this weekend it 'clicked' and I played a single game for hours and hours. I started a standard game, as I understand it, from this thread, epic is really slow. I can deal with that but does anyone have an estimate on how long a game can run (hours) at this level on say a large map?

I concur on the intro video. I am so sick of watching it. Show me an hourglass, dancing pink bunny, anything but the same 15 seconds over and over.
810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising 2 Announced!!! on: September 29, 2010, 04:41:56 PM
Any thoughts on PS3 vs 360 in the looks department? I plan to pick up the game, just not sure which system. I suppose there is always Steam but I do love zombies on the big screen.
811  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle 3! on: September 28, 2010, 06:55:21 PM
So there I was at Target, minding my own business, shopping for cleaning stuff, when I happened across the electronics section of the store. And lo it beckoned to me, a dark grey encased wonder. A device I said I would not purchase because I now had an ipad and would read books upon it's gorgeous display - while working out my forearm muscles.

But fate, ah, you changer of tunes. Twas you that did me in. Not the fact that I am a gadget junkie.

I came home with a wifi only version.

So yeah. This thing is sweet. I love reading on it. I had a Kindle 2 for over a year and never regretted the purchase. The first two books I loaded were Mustaine and Brandon Sanderson's new door stopper The Way of Kings.

812  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: September 28, 2010, 06:42:11 PM
I attended Horror Realm in Pittsburg last week. As you can see, my Zombie-Wilson ball gets around.



Ashley Williams from The Human Centipede. She played the middle (eww).



Jonathan Maberry - Author of Patient Zero, Dragon Factory, and a new zombie book called Rot and Ruin.



Me with Rhiannon Frater. She helped me with the editing on ZWD and is one of my biggest fans (so she claims). She recently signed a huge 3 book deal with TOR.



Got my zombie on! We shot a commercial for my publisher. About a dozen writers dressed up as zombies. It was good goofy fun.

-Tim
813  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Book Ever (?) on: September 23, 2010, 08:08:07 PM
Tough one! Maybe J R Stroyar's The Children's War. If I had to name a series it would be either Thomas Covenant or Malazan Empire.
814  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Metallica/Megadeth/Slayer/Anthrax on the same stage? on: September 22, 2010, 05:35:30 PM
WOW! I must have this. The new Opeth box set comes out next week, too. Can't wait!
815  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 10, 2010, 04:36:27 AM
Awesome pic!

A alarm clock, wifes face cream and a thin Japanese book that is about as dangerous as a wet paper bag. Oh! A glass lamp. Score.
816  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: September 09, 2010, 09:57:49 PM
Yay! Thanks for buying my book. I hope you get a laugh out of my little contribution to the genre.

I liked Raptorman's new one. I know some felt it was more of the same but I dig his stark journal style. It feels so real. I have exchanged a few emails with him and he seems like a genuinely nice guy.

I'll be at Horror Realm in Pittsburgh next week promoting my zombie books. I even get to sit on a panel with Jonathan Mayberry. What a hoot that will be!

Oh while I have a captive audience, probably owing to the amazing picture below, I have a new ebook only short novel coming out in the next few days. It will be $1.99 on all digital platforms. Here is the cover:


817  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Uwe Boll Makes a Movie about... Auschwitz on: September 09, 2010, 02:52:00 AM
Uh ... WTF?
818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/06) on: September 08, 2010, 02:30:00 AM
Amnesia! Can't wait.
819  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Clash of the Titans Re-Make on: August 31, 2010, 03:33:12 AM
I saw this tonight and was surprised by how much I liked it. I thought it was going to be terrible from the reviews. Instead it was a great looking and very epic fantasy. I mean EPIC, some of the battle scenes were amazing. Good action, a little humor and a decent remake.
820  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Time Waster: Solipskier on: August 26, 2010, 07:30:27 PM
I love this on the ipad. I stayed up way to late last night playing.
821  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Among the Living: Revised and Expanded Edition is done on: August 26, 2010, 01:11:18 AM
Hi All,

My first book, Among the Living: A Zombie Novel, just went through a huge overhaul. I spent a month rewriting it and then it went to a professional editor. The first version was not proofed as it was supposed to be and it went to press in very poor shape. Back when it was released I know a number of you purchased it. If you did, please message me and I will send you a new version. It is only the PDF version but I will feel a hell of a lot better knowing that you got your money's worth. The kindle version has been submitted and as soon as it is approved it will replace the old one. You can refresh the book to get the latest.

I've been trying to come up with a way to help out GT. I was going to offer a contest but I think I have a better idea. If you donate money to help fund the new server, let me know and I will give you a free copy of either Among the Living or The Zombie Wilson Diaries. I know it's not much, a token, but I do spend a lot of time here even though I don't post much.

This has been a great last year. My books have sold a lot and ATL is even headed to stores as part of a deal my publisher Library of the Living Dead Books has worked out with BN and Borders. I have three books out and I'm signed for a few more. I had a lot of help from GT last year so I hope that I can give back a little with this little offering.

-Tim
822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elemental: War of Magic on: August 26, 2010, 12:52:20 AM
I got the game on Monday and pretty much spent all day playing it. Yeah it had problems, the UI is ... weird. I mean it tells you everything you need to know but the count down timers are sort of distracting as things happen during turns. Also the research happens too fast for me. It's about every other turn that you get a breakthrough then it is a scramble to figure out what to put your advancement into. It locked up a lot and crashed a good bit. I played several games to about the 300 turn mark as I learned it.

All that being said, this game is really freaking addictive. I can't wait for the weekend so I can give the new version a test drive. There sure is a lot of potential.

One other thing. There is no such thing as bad publicity.  Tongue
823  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why zombies? Have they jumped the shark? on: August 20, 2010, 11:01:06 PM
Jonathan Maberry has a new interview round table with "zombie experts" up on his blog. He discusses some interesting things about the genre and why (or why it's not) being done to death. I got to participate in this and it was fun - notice I am not above whoring my work on his page.

http://jonathanmaberry.com/

So what do you think? Is anyone sick of zombies?

-Tim
824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A New Might & Magic Era Begins... on: August 18, 2010, 03:57:15 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on August 18, 2010, 05:10:16 AM

I'm not going to lie: my favorite Might and Magic game ever is probably Dark Messiah.  Even though I'm a fan of RPGs, I could never get into any of the Might & Magic RPG games.  Even though I'm a fan of strategy games, I could never get into the Heroes series. 

I guess something is wrong with me.  ninja

I thought I was the only one that loved that game. I never understood why it got panned so badly when it was released. I know I played it, then played it again.

I may have to load that sucker up over the weekend. Thank you Steam for saving all my games.
825  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World on: August 18, 2010, 02:43:32 PM
I'm hoping to see this over the weekend. My daughter and I went to check it out over the weekend but I ended up at the wrong theater so we saw The Other Guys instead (which was pretty funny)
826  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My new novel is coming soon! Apocalypse and Satan's Glory Hole on: August 18, 2010, 01:59:52 PM

My publisher is hosting a contest to give away a bunch of free books including a very personalized copy of The Apocalypse and Satan's Glory Hole. All you have to do to win is write some seriously BAD poetry.

Here is the plain text version.

The Fetid Poet Contest

I am very happy to announce a new contest with tons of free books.

All you have to do is construct your worst, most atrocious, mind numbingly BAD horror or zombie poetry and send it to [email protected]. The poetry will be judged by myself, Tonia Brown, Jonathan Moon and the master of the rhyming word Zombie Zak.

YES We will accept multiple entries.

The contest ends on August 27th. We will announce the winners (??) shortly after that. The top prizes and all around bad poetry will be read for a special contest at Horror Realm to be broadcast on a future podcast.

The worst, most stomach churning abuse of the English language will win the grand prize AND their poem will be read by Zombie Zak.

Here are the prize packs (Special thanks to Doc Pus and all of the other Library of the Living Dead authors for providing so many great items):

Grand Prize:

The Apocalypse and Satan’s Glory Hole! The fabled Crypti-copy - signed, licked, and abused by both Jonathan Moon and Timothy W. Long
Chaptered and Versed: Poetic and Cursed by Zombie Zak - signed!
Lucky Stiff by Tonia Brown - signed!
Faith and the Undead by Benjamin Rogers
Dead Tide – by Stephen North
The Apocalypse Shift – by Derek Goodman
An OFFICIAL Pus On-board T-shirt from the good Doc Pus

Runner up prize:
Zombie Wilson Diaries - signed
Dead Tide - by Stephen North
The Apocalypse Shift - by Derek Goodman

Runner up prize:
Mr. Moon's Nightmares - signed by Jonathan Moon
Dead Tide – by Stephen North
Apocalypse Shift – by Derek Goodman
827  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Zombie Fans Unite! World War Z on: August 10, 2010, 07:12:36 PM
This book and Day by Day Armageddon by JL Bourne really got me into the whole zombie book writing thing.

WWZ is the best of the lot. I just love the book and have read it several times. The layout and story flow grips me every time. I hope the movie is awesome.

-Tim
828  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kindle Virgin - Please advise on: August 10, 2010, 02:13:16 PM

Quote from: Einsteinium on August 09, 2010, 07:36:35 PM


The Zombie-Wilson Diaries (because I enjoyed the website).

Thank you!!!!!

-Tim
829  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Worst Movie of All time candidate on: August 09, 2010, 04:42:08 PM
Open Water 2! A bunch of vapid people get in the water and can't figure out how to get back on their yacht. Even all the skin couldn't save that stinker from being the worst movie I have seen in the last few years.

I suppose Troll 2 should be thrown in.
830  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what if the famous guy you're posting about drops in to chat? on: July 30, 2010, 03:36:37 AM
One of the horror forums I hang out on was having a great discussion about Jonathan Maberry's Patient Zero. He registered on the site, dropped in, and contributed to the discussion out of the blue. We nerded out about that for a while. He still stops by the forum from time to time.
831  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle 3! on: July 29, 2010, 01:37:26 PM
That contrast increase is enough to get me to sell my Kindle 2 and buy one. I'll probably get a wi-fi one since it is so readily available. It is cool on the Kindle 2 and all but I live outside the city and get a really poor connection.

One month battery!
832  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Washington State Questions on: July 29, 2010, 03:17:42 AM
Lots of good positive stuff here. Let me point out a few negatives:

It rained from October last year until June this year with sporadic breaks. It was so bad last month that the news guys were calling it 'June-uary.' I was still wearing my winter coat for my commute for half of the month of June. UGH! One nice thing is that our summers are pretty mild. We may get a day or two of 90 degree weather but it is normally 70's to mid 80's. You can expect overcast, grey grey GREY for about 9 months out of the year.

I've lived here since '79. I'm pretty sure the reason there is a Starbucks on EVERY corner is because people are so damn depressed from the constant clouds.

If you move anywhere near Seattle prepare for traffic hell. I mean an abysmal, poorly planned infrastructure. I live 30 miles south of Seattle and sure, Friday's are a rough day to drive, but last week it took me an hour and a half to drive those 30 miles - and the thing was it was just normal traffic. But the housing prices here are so high you pretty much have to live away from the emerald city. Lucky for me I can take a train into Seattle everyday.

We have some of the craziest taxes. You have to pay a tax on soda and even bottled water? Want to smoke? Expect to pay over $2 a pack for cigarettes (glad I quit 20 years ago). They even tax candy! AND if you like booze the tax is almost 50%. That's not a typo. A fifth of Patron set me back $60 a week ago.

Votes don't count for much. We voted against a new stadium about 8 years ago and it was shot down BUT the politicians managed to ignore the public vote and build it anyway. It is a nice baseball stadium, too bad our baseball team has sucked for the last 10 years.

On the plus side it is a gorgeous state to live in.  icon_biggrin
833  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kindle Virgin - Please advise on: July 27, 2010, 11:42:52 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on July 27, 2010, 04:38:11 AM


I just ran a search for Rhiannon Frater's name on the Borders Books & Music site which came up blank, and the Barnes & Noble site where only the first zombie book is listed...and it isn't available for purchase.  Has this woman's publisher embarked on some sort of vendetta against her, or is she just trying to evade Skynet by erasing herself from the timeline?

-Autistic Angel

Rhia self published her books. A few years ago she couldn't get an agent or a publisher. Since TOR just picked them up (and in a six figure deal) they will have to be pulled and prepped by them. The books are still in paperback on amazon.

She has a YA zombie book coming out from my publisher very soon called Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters that is quite good. I don't normally like YA but she did a great job on this little gem.

-Tim
834  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books] The crippled god has gone gold! on: July 24, 2010, 10:01:19 PM
I got into this series at book one - the British release the year it came out. I had a hell of a time getting into it but when I did read it was just floored by the complexity of the novel. Then book two came out and it was a real game changer. I expected a sequel and got ... I don't even know what to call it, a simu-sequel? Since then the books have continued to knock my socks off and he cranks one out every year. My longest novel has been 113K words and it's really tough to edit something like that. His books are over 300K words. I think that if I took every single piece of published material I have and put it in a book it would be almost the size of an Erikson book.

I know they aren't for everyone but man oh man, if you can handle the crazy plots and tons of characters you are in for a treat.

I met Erikson once and he was a real gentlemen and he was genuinely interested in what people made of his books. He did a reading in Seattle about 8 years ago and afterwards he just hung out with a few of us geeks and shot the shit with us. Class act.
835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: July 24, 2010, 01:51:34 PM
Stoopid game. Just put a needle in my arm and inject this shit. Seriously.

I was laying in bed this morning thinking "Gee it's nice out. I should get up and put the pork shoulder on the smoker for the day."

Two hours later I'm still hunched over my laptop crafting blocks and sticks and trying to hide in my little cave/castle at night. The pork shoulder is still in the fridge and the sun is up.

Stoopid game.
836  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Starz] The Pillars of the Earth on: July 24, 2010, 12:31:44 PM
The show was pretty decent. I was busy running around the kitchen for parts of it but what I sat down for were well done. It followed the book pretty closely from what I remember.
837  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kindle Virgin - Please advise on: July 24, 2010, 12:28:33 PM

Quote from: Crawley on July 23, 2010, 06:51:56 PM

For zombie books I'd recommend the As the World Dies books trilogy by Rhiannon Frater. I don't recall seeing anyone mention these books here. They're pretty inexpensive on Kindle compared to the print version cost so the investment is pretty minimal. I can easily say these books are some of my favorite zombie books, right up there with World War Z. The covers of the books look like they are for young adults but you quickly find out they are not.

Well written characters, constant fights for survival, some good laughs, some bleak moments and a satisfying ending round out this fantastic trilogy.

Get these while you can. I talked with Rhia last night (she edited my second book) and they will be getting pulled VERY soon. You won't be able to buy the first one until next year.
838  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books] The crippled god has gone gold! on: July 24, 2010, 12:21:48 PM
This is GREAT news! I can't wait.
839  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bill Murray interview on: July 23, 2010, 12:37:12 AM
What a great interview. I bet hanging out with Bill Murray would be a blast.

I need to watch Quick Change. I can't believe I have never seen it.
840  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crypticon horror convention - Everett WA June 18th - 20th on: July 21, 2010, 11:38:03 PM
This con was a huge success but it was a weird location. It was at a Holiday Inn but they had the vendors and movie stars in the parking garage under the building. On one hand, it was creepy. On the other hand IT WAS A FREAKING PARKING GARAGE.

We had a bunch of peeps for our reading including a some of the bizarro guys. Sweeeeeet. Jonathan Moon was cool as hell to hang with. I'm pretty sure we are brothers separated at birth by evil zombie ninjas.

I ran into Heather Langenkamp twice, the first time I didn't know who she was but she was still nice to me. My wife freaked. I was all "who was that... ?" OH! Duh!

Saw Doug Jones, he was an odd looking fellow. Felicia Rose looked at my books. She was pretty - but I didn't know who she was and the guy she was with looked at me like I just kicked him in the balls. I still tried to sell her a Zombie Wilson ...

S G Brown hung out with me several times. He said he would do an interview with me for my podcast but like a dumbass I forgot my microphone. He was a super cool dude and had a ton of good advice. He also bought a copy of The Apocalypse and Satan's Glory Hole (I was in total fanboy mode and tried to give him one)

Bought a killer print of an album cover from Dusty Peters. He threw in the CD as a bonus.

I asked Ernie Hudson about the twinkie.

I made eye contact with Margo Kidder. Twice.

I got to hang out with NYT best selling authors John Skipp and Cody Goodfellow. They were cool as hell and I picked up Skipp's new zombie anthology which he drew stuff in.



Zombie Wilson in effect, yo.



The full table display we sat at for three days.



Jonathan Moon (my co-author) on the left, Scott G. Brown (wrote Breathers) in the middle, and me on the end.



Jon and I get ready for our joint reading.



Rose O'Keefe (Runs Eraserhead Press) and myself munching on an arm.



Jonathan Moon and I do our best Buddy Christ.

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