Thursday, February 26, 2009

Let the Dead walk - You should just run

I have reinvented "Let the dead Walk". But you likely have no idea what that is, it is a project I have false started on no less that 3 times.

The intent for the blog is to be what I refer to as an ARlog (Alternate Reality Blog). A fictional account of someones life as through their eyes.

When I started this project I started with to many rules.

The character was me, he started in my house. He only had access to what I could get and then his life would run in parralel to my own but with the added bonus of Zombies.

It didn't work. It was impossible to attempt to tell an engaging story with all the rules.

So I have removed all the rules. What "let the dead walk" will be is simply the episodic story of a fictional character, Ryan Brady, running in real time. Time lines split a while ago, and his world is collapsing around him.

I invite anyone and everyone to intereact with Ryan, just be in his world when you do it. He knows there are others out there. He is very alone at the moment.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Groundhog day? Bah Humbug

The fat old marmot got pulled from is hidey hole and perched upon a podium yet again. And with this tradition we are told 6 more weeks of winter.

I hate to be a grump but is this really necessary? I mean I understand the need for culture and tradition and as we all know this is a huge part of American and Canadian culture. Really?? Is it really?

To be honest I have never really understood the importance of such a tradition. Important enough to have a feature film titled after it. So because I hate to hate without knowing what to hate, I did a little reading and I stumbled upon this (source Wikipedia)
Famous predictions and groundhogs
Groundhog Day proponents state that
the rodents' forecasts are accurate 75% to 90%. A Canadian study for 13 cities
in the past 30 to 40 years puts success rate level at 37%. Also, the National
Climatic Data Center
reportedly has stated that the overall predictions
accuracy rate is around 39%.

Thirty Eight percent? Now I know in the 21 century we take this kind of thing with a grain of salt. But come on, this guy is no weatherman; even they can do better than that. Let the poor beast do what he wants to and that is sleep, eat and shit. Realistically, the times he predicted an early spring he likely only stayed out to take aforementioned shit and then headed back into the hole.

I understand getting out to have a good time, have a little ceremony, and get drunk before noon. But the ground hog doesn’t want to do that. As I said Eat, sleep , and shit. I do not see anything about wearing a stupid hat and marching around being douche bags.

I understand years and years ago there was a need to figure out the length of the winter it meant survival, but I am sure even they just looked outside on or around now and saw if they saw their own shadow.

Then they went and ate a groundhog.