Thursday, December 20, 2012 0 comments

I'm not dead yet

Hey Methadone junkies! 
Just stopping by too let you all know that I haven't died from a heroin overdose (jeeze! that's all you guys think about!).

I've a confession to make, there is a series of books that I have been meaning to get to but never seem to find the time. It's a little embarrasing to say this but up until a few weeks ago, I had never read any Pratchett. It's time to fix that, so I've been grinding through some of his books to write reviews on, specifically The Discworld Series.
Now as of last count there are 40 books in the series, so I won't be waiting until then. I figured I could give a quick rundown every five books or so.

This is my way of waiting until Christopher Moore releases his next book.

I shall leave you with a picture of the Great A'tuin (genus Chelys Galacticabeing ridden by the four great elephants Berilia, Tubul, Great T'Phon and Jerakeen, circled by the small discworld sun and moon

Monday, December 3, 2012 2 comments

Monday Meme III

Dearest Methadone Clinic Patrons,

Here's to hoping that today's post doesn't lead you to fall off the wagon. Stay strong, or you know... At least try to stay awake for Monday Meme:
Confession Bear

Friday, November 30, 2012 1 comments

Cold Days (book 14 The Dresden Files) -- Jim Butcher

HARRY DRESDEN LIVES!!! After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. Because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard.
He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill.
Guess which Mab wants first? Of course, it won’t be an ordinary, everyday assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday.
Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own…His soul.

It is hard for me to give an honest review of this book as I am a bit of a fanboy about the series. I have long awaited this release with baited (insert Tim Curry voice) antici-pation.

Harry Dresden is back, now with an actual body! Not unlike HBO's True Blood, at the end of the last book I was left with more questions than answers.
  • Will Harry live?
  • Will he keep his old friends?
  • Will he fundamentally change now that he has signed on with the Queen of Darkness?
  • Will Harry's daughter show up in the story?
  • How do I get a dog like Mouse?
  • How did Mac get his bar listed as neutral territory under the Unseelie Accords?
  • Will Jim Butcher ever release a recipe for some of Macs beers?
The answers are as follows:
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes/No (HA! How do you like THAT ambivalent answer?)
  • Not yet
  • I can't (the Landlord doesn't want me to have pets)
  • Unanswered (STILL!!!!)
  • I'm waiting Jim... I'm waiting.
There isn't much I can really write about on this book without severely giving away the plot twists. The few things I can say is that Jim Butcher wrote Harry with the same nerdy/wise-ass dialogue that he always has which is to say: Kind of formulaic. 
Please don't get me wrong, the book stands on its own in the series. One of the things I love about this series are the ancillary characters. Jim is one of the few authors that I've found that invests almost as much time developing the supporting cast as the main characters.
I truly look forward to book 15. Hopefully, Jim can get better soon (he is currently suffering from gastroenteritis) so that he can get back to entertaining me!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 0 comments

Artist profile: Virgil Finlay

Dearest Dope fiends,

I just got my copy of Cold Days (Book 14 of the Dresden files) by Jim Butcher, and am diligently working through it. In the meantime I thought I would share a comic book artist with you that I have loved.

Virgil Finlay

Virgil Finlay (July 23, 1914 – January 18, 1971) was an American pulp fantasyscience fiction and horror illustrator. Finlay specialized in, and became famous for, detailed pen-and-ink drawings accomplished with abundant stippling, cross-hatching, and scratchboard techniques. Despite the very labor-intensive and time-consuming nature of his specialty, Finlay created more than 2600 works of graphic art in his 35-year career.

A few of my favorites to share with you:

Caption:  Abruptly the mesh cloth which was the dancer's only garment seemed to crawl over her body...

this is an illustration from H.G. Wells Time Machine That thing carrying the girl whose chest-icles are about to fall out... yea, that's a Morlock

I would seriously get this next one as a tattoo... 

Sunday, November 25, 2012 0 comments

Meme Monday II

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen Dear Methadone clinic patrons,

As today is yet another Monday in the all-too-soon-ending cycle of our lives I bring to you another Meme Monday.

This weeks meme is another gem I discovered about a year ago and started relating.

I present to you: Scumbag Brain


I'm fairly certain that my wife actually created this one. Apparently in her dreams I hook up with other people. The Dream-me is a Dick, but I suffer the wrath of a woman scorned all damned day...

like one? Have some more to share? Let me know! Leave a comment!

Thursday, November 22, 2012 0 comments

Happy Thanksgiving!

In celebration of the day, I give you a photo taken today at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

See you tomorrow!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 4 comments

two days till Thanksgiving!

There are few things more awesome than infographics, and there are few sweets greater than pie. Imagine my jubilation when I found an infographic about pie. In fact, don't imagine. Let me show you a venn diagram for it.

Turkey is the obvious star of any Thanksgiving dinner, and pie is most definitely the encore. America’s love affair with this golden-crusted treat has been well-documented in pop culture. A 2012 survey by NPR examined our pie preferences and determined that there is nothing more American than apple pie. But, there’s more than just one type of pie.

I present to you, a Pie-pie chart.

Thanks to CouponCabin for the infographic

What is your favorite pie?
let me know in the comment section.
Monday, November 19, 2012 0 comments

Meme Mondays!

Today I thought I'd start something a little new and make Monday a themed day.
Welcome to Meme-Mondays! every Monday I will post memes that I find over the interwebs.
todays meme is something that I've always wondered if they made the meme JUST for me (of course that would be the reason for this particular meme.
I present to you, Socially Awkward Penguin.