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From the Twitter . . .

  • 13:23 Hmmm . . . Sat down to work on the next podcast, and suddenly running into Audacity problems. Bizarre and INCREDIBLY frustrating. #
  • 13:25 Even screaming into the microphone, I can't get the audio levels anywhere near as high as I used to. It's like there's some sort of... #
  • 13:25 ...limiter keeping the levels down. An artificial maximum level has somehow been created, and I can't get above around .25 or so. #
  • 13:26 I'm wondering how much the Skype and PowerGramo adventures impacted this yesterday. Either way, I'm hitting head my head against a wall. #
  • 13:26 Any Audacity wizards out there feel like helping a brother out? #
  • 13:35 twitpic.com/8p37a - #
  • 13:39 @cheapanddirty I've been playing with the levels all morning, and haven't found a solution yet. #
  • 14:15 @jafmp Both micropones are having the same problem. Hmmm . . . #
  • 14:32 Just spent a few long minutes on the website for the company who made the mixer we use to see if I need to re-download/-install any drivers. #
  • 14:32 There are six different drivers for Windows Vista and varying combinations of 32- or 64-bit options, and I don't know which one to dl. #
  • 14:37 @Bonehand The CD worked fine, and I just tried to add new audio to an older recording, and still had the problem. #
  • 14:37 @jafmp I am running both mics through the MobilePre USB mixer, which then runs via USB into the computer. #
  • 14:49 @Bonehand No update since 6/13. The only thing I've done differently on this machine since recording last was yesterday's Skype session. :/ #
  • 14:53 @jafmp I don't have the ability to run the mic straight into the computer unfortunately . . . #
  • 14:55 @jafmp I don't have an adapter to run the mic straight into the computer. #
  • 14:56 @jafmp I appreciate the assist, sir . . . ! #
  • 14:58 @Bonehand Skype doesn't seem to have a problem, and watching the volume bars tells me there's no "limiter" in Skype. #
  • 15:04 But tyring to record in Goldwave, I have the same "limit" showing up. How damned frustrating and odd . . . #
  • 15:04 @Bonehand I've tried recording on top of an existing file, but still had the same problem . . . #
  • 15:05 @jafmp I normally don't even have Skype running at all, so, yeah, it was closed when I first started . . . #
  • 15:15 @Bonehand I've fiddled with all the appropriate knobs, and a few inappropriate ones as well. #
  • 15:16 @amynotlp Keep me posted on "Merlin." I've been curious about it . . . #
  • 15:25 @jafmp @Bonehand @cheapanddirty I do appreciate the assist, guys, as well as the smiles . . . #
  • 15:26 @KateLamiaDomina Hmmm . . . It's been on my radar for awhile. #
  • 15:27 Oh, what the hell . . . I'll reinstall the driver and see what happens. #
  • 15:29 In unrelated news, I finally started going through my old March 2009 HHW pics . . . #
  • 15:29 twitpic.com/8pdpp - There were many strange sights to be seen at HorrorHound Weekend, March 2009 #
  • 15:37 twitpic.com/8peif - One Derek will put on a hockey mask and kill you. The other? Not so much . . . #
  • 15:38 RT: @vz9p57 @BrotherD Many strange sights indeed : bit.ly/yoHjM #
  • 15:44 twitpic.com/8pf9w - D with Christopher Young, film composer of 'Hellraiser' and 'Drag Me to Hell', as well as the nicest guy at HHW. #
  • 15:48 twitpic.com/8pft8 - D and Daniel Roebuck - another friendly guy at HHW #
  • 15:53 Are you kidding me? A simple reinsallation of the driver for the mixer SEEMS to have worked. Why? How? Do not question such things. #
  • 16:00 @slugkc Ahhh . . . shucks. You're just buttering me up because I haven't told you what I thought of SlugCast #1 yet . . . :) #
  • 16:41 Mail Order Zombie: Episode 075 - Announcement and Programming Change - bit.ly/OM94D #
  • 16:46 RT @LordShaperKryptographik Episode 29 tinyurl.com/kto6mh #
  • 16:49 Undead Karaoke, Volume 1 - Baby Got Brains - bit.ly/iNSXP #
  • 16:52 @otcnation No worries . . . there's still time! I still need to call you, too! How long do I have? #
  • 16:53 @bradzb I don't know about HHW 2010. I know the next HHW is this November in Ohio, though . . . #
  • 18:50 @amynotlp Nothing wrong with being a fantasy geek - I'm waiting for Martin to put out his next book just like you! #
  • 18:51 @otcnation Well, damn . . . I'm sorry I missed the window. I'll still call in, though . . . Feel free to call in for our show, brother. #
  • 21:04 @Damocles66 HAH! #
  • 21:19 RT @Bekemeyer Oh my. What's this? Something new...What is it? letsmakethisthing.com (RT please) #
  • 22:19 @Freakwolf What is it with podcasters with the word "Zombie" in their show having computer problems today? #
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  • 14:07 @vz9p57 @BayouHunter I couldn't stop laughing the first time I heard the new Disney, Indiana promo . . . ! #
  • 18:36 Just found out my grandmother is in the hospital. She's doing all right right now, but it's still a bit scary. #
  • 18:41 She's hitting 90-ish, and has had some problems for awhile now, but the doctor says her heart and lungs are strong. #
  • 20:41 @vz9p57 We love the MOZ-riff promo . . . feel free to spread it around, brother. No need to make it an exclusive! #
  • 20:41 Thanks for the well wishes re: my grandmother. I hope to know more (of a positive nature, I hope) tomorrow. #
  • 09:56 We'll talk about Michael Jackson's Thriller and how it helped to bring zombies further into the 80s mainstream in Episde 75 of MOZ. #
  • 09:57 If you'd like to add your voice, we'd love to have you on board. Call 206-202-2505 to leave a voicemail with your Thriller-specific thou ... #
  • 10:25 @vz9p57 You're absolutely right . . . But if it wasn't for Jackson, it certainly wouldn't have gone nearly as big. No disrespect for Landis. #
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In defense of "Watchmen"

This was primarily written in response to some posts that were made at work by someone who simply proclaimed the movie was a waste of time and by someone else who walked out of the movie about halfway through . . .


I'm really surprised to see a couple of dismissive posts here about Watchmen, especially without a lot of information backing up as to WHY y'all didn't like it . . . !

Now, don't get me wrong - I didn't think it was perfect. In fact, I had a LOT of problems with it, especially toward the end of the film, but I thought it was still a VERY solid effort. Here's what I liked about the film:

Acting - Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jackie Earle Haley and Patrick Wilson all turned in incredibly solid performances, ESPECIALLY Morgan.

Visual Effects - While it wasn't new or groundbreaking, the effects were solid and did what they needed to do, and did it well.

The Scope - Watchmen is an epic film, and while realistically I think it might have served the pacing of the story more to see something like Watchmen adapted as something like an HBO mini-series, I still walked away from the movie feeling like I did more than just check my brain at the door for 2-and-a-half/three-hours.

This wasn't a superhero movie. I know, I know - we were told that it was (sort of), but the trailers were a bit misleading. It's not a slam-bang-fun-superhero-flick. In fact, this is more of a mystery/near-espionage-type of movie that just happened to have characters who dressed up in superhero outfits in it. The trailer played on the public's perception that all superhero stories have to be - unless it's a Batman story - bright and glitzy and goofy and fun.

However, I think it's a mistake to fault the MOVIE for the TRAILER. Ultimately, I liked being able to watch a movie about superheroes that offered a bit more depth than another Spider-Man film, and I think Watchmen delivered a more realistic approach to how things would really be in a world in which superheroes were real. The movie isn't for everyone, but I don't think it's a failure in anyway. I certainly don't think it's a waste of time or something that should be written off because you walked out before it was over.
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Not flying

Wednesday evening after getting off work, I called my mother to let her know that Brenda and I were trying to find to get me down to Arizona over the weekend, to which she asked, "Why?"

Turns out she'd rather I use my alotted bereavement time off from work in April, which is when she plans to have some sort of memorial service for my stepfather, and I completely understand her point of view.
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Where I've been

So, it's been quite awhile since I've bothered to update here, and like I said in my last non-post not too long ago, I kind of miss it. This was the only way I was connecting with some of my friends and contacts, and I've missed that connection. So here I am . . . back again . . .

Part of my immediate need to communicate with folks has been fed by Twitter. At first, I shied away from Twitter, but so many of my friends, especially those I've made through podcasting, are involved over there, and now I'm sucked into the Twitter-verse (right here - http://twitter.com/BrotherD), and I dig it quite a bit. It can be a bit overwhelming sometimes to try to catch up on posts, or Tweets, but like I said, that is where quite a few of my friends hang, so that's where I hang, too.

Another reason I've been away from blogging at LJ or MySpace is because I've been so busy with the podcast. Mail Order Zombie is over a year old now, and I'm still loving it! The shows run just under 2 hours a week, but the amount of time it takes to put the show together week in and week out is insane, and I'm cutting big chunks of sleep out of my life every week just to get it done . . . and I wouldn't have it any other way. Mail Order Zombie has become a passion of mine, and while I have found it difficult to find time to watch a non-zombie or -horror movie every once and awhile, I'm still having a blast, and I've made some very good and potentially lifelong friends through the podcast.

That, and the plan is to some day to find a way to make a living somehow by using the, not to sound too uppity or anything like that, knowledge I've accumulated and the research I've done when it comes to horror and monster movies. I know that sounds like I think I'm some sort of horror-know-it-all; I know full well I'm NOT, but I love learning about the genre and the medium, and would love to find a way to mix this passion with some sort of profit. (We've got some pretty big plans involving Mail Order Zombie that will require either my acquiring some new skills or surrounding myself with people who already have those skills and a bit of extra time on their hands . . . )

So there's that, and then there's my writing. Admittedly, my writing has slowly been taking a back seat while I'm working on making Mail Order Zombie a recognized and recognizable brand, which is unfortunate because I miss writing, too. I mean, in some small part, that's why I'm here back at Blog'D! I miss throwing down the words, and I'll be getting back to that soon as well because I'm finding I can't not write! Besides, there's this character who's been pounding at the inside of my skull, wanting to be let loose on the page for months now!

Anyway, that's where I've been . . . and where I will continue to be. I've got a very busy life these days.

This past weekend, my stepfather passed away, which has put a damper on a lot of my "regularly scheduled life," and rightly so. Here's the thing - while I will miss him, I've already made my peace about my stepfather's passing as he'd been suffering from dimentia and Alzheimer's for years now. The man that he was was gone. What's eating me up is that this all happened down in Arizona where the rest of my family lives, and I've not been able to get down there from up here in Portland. My ability to up-and-leave-Portland is extremely limited, and while Brenda and I are looking into finding a way to get me down there (maybe even this upcoming weekend), it still is fairly rough on all of us.

I feel for my mother quite a bit, and I'm incredibly saddened by all this, but how this is affecting me is nothing compared to how it must be affecting her. My brother and his famiy live near her, and they've been incredibly supportive and helpful through this, even long distance in regards to helping me keep informed and on top of everything, but I still wish I cold just give my mom a hug right now.

So we're working on that while trying to keep the "day job" and our other responsibilities going 100%, which means I probably shouldn't be taking the time to even write here, but . . . I knid of miss it.
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2008 to 2009, and Media-Watch, 2008

It's 2009, y'all. And, really, I'm quite pleased. There were some incredibly bright spots in 2008 (meeting Desmond Reddick and DZ live and in person at the Lovecraft Film Festival, attending Zompire for the first time, launching Mail Order Zombie, making my first fiction sale, continued success as a columnist for Paperback Reader, just to name a few examples), but there really were quite a few downers that I'm happy to put behind me. Add to this that Brenda and I have some solid plans and goals for 2009 that I'm eager to attack (more writing, more podcasting, career advancement, steps toward better health, etc.), and I'm very happy that today is January 1st, 2009 . . . even if I did sleep in MUCH later than I meant to (and I didn't even drink last night!).

One of the things I did last year was track how many movies I watched. I'm not entirely sure why, but I thought it would be interesting, and then I did the same thing with the books and even magazines I read.*

Movie
Video / Theater?
10,000 BC
Video
Alien Raiders
Theatre
Aliens vs. Predator - Reqieum
Video
American Zombie
Video
August Rush
Video
Automaton Transfusion
Video
Awaken the Dead
Video
Balls of Fury
Video
Bone Sickness
Video
Brain Dead
Theatre
Breathing Room
Video
Cadaveralla
Video
Catholic Ghoulgirls
Video
Chill Factor: Episode 1 - "House Call" (Tom Savini's)
Video
Cloverfield
Theatre
Colin
Theatre
Coma
Video
Confessions of a Superhero
Video
Copycat (2008)
Video
Dan in Real Life
Video
Dance of the Dead
Video
Dante's Inferno (2008)
Video
Darkest Night
Video
Darkworld
Video
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Theatre
Dawn of the Living Dead
Video
Day of the Dead (2008)
Video
Day the Earth Stood Still, The (2008)
Theatre
Day X
Video
Days of Darkness
Video
Dead and Deader
Video
Dead Country
Video
Dead Country
Video
Dead Creatures
Video
Dead Meat
Video
Dead Set
Video
Deadlands: The Rising
Video
Death Race
Video
Death Valley: The Revenge of Bloody Bill
Video
Descent, The
Video
Devil's Chair, The
Video
Diary of the Dead
Theatre
Die and Let Live
Video
Doomsday
Video
Dorm of the Dead
Video
Electric Zombies
Video
Evil
Video
Exhumed
Video
Eye of the Beast
Video
Fan of the Dead
Video
Feeding the Masses
Video
Fido
Video
Flu Birds
Video
Forever Dead
Video
Gangs of the Dead
Video
Ghost Lake
Video
Ghoul School
Video
Ghouls (2008)
Video
Girl Next Door (2000)
Video
Golem, The
Video
Happening, The
Theatre
Hell's Ground
Video
Hollywood Mortuary
Video
Hoodoo for Voodoo
Video
House of the Dead
Video
House of the Dead 2: No Guts, No Glory
Video
House of the Dead: The Director's Cut - The Funny Version
Video
I Am Legend
Video
In Search of Lovecraft
Theatre
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Theatre
Killing Floor, The
Video
Land of the Dead
Video
Living Dead Lock Up
Video
Living Dead Lock Up 2: March of the Dead
Video
Living Dead Lock Up 3: Siege of the Dead
Video
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown
Theatre
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Video
Maxed Out
Video
Maximum Overdrive
Video
Midnight Movie
Theatre
Mulva: Zombie Ass Kicker!
Video
Mummy's Tomb, The
Video
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)
Video
My Dead Girlfriend
Video
My Name is Bruce
Theatre
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Theatre
Necroville
Video
Never Cry Werewolf
Video
Next
Video
Night of the Living Dead - 30th Anniversary Edition
Video
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Video
Night of the Living Dead (1990)
Video
Night of the Living Dead 3D
Video
No Country for Old Men
Video
Once
Video
Other Boleyn Girl, The
Video
Outdoorsmen: Blood, Sweat and Beers
Video
Outpost
Video
Ozone
Video
Paura: Lucio Fulci Remember Volume 1
Video
Phantasm
Video
Phantasm II
Video
Phantasm III - Lord of the Dead
Video
Phantasm IV - Oblivion
Video
Prince of Darkness
Video
Prison of the Dead
Video
Pulse 2: Afterlife
Video
Pulse 3
Video
Quarantine
Theatre
Quick and the Undead
Video
Raiders of the Damned
Video
Red Without Blue
Video
Reel Zombies
Theatre
Return in Red
Video
Return of the Living Dead Part II
Video
Return of the Living Dead, The
Video
Ripper, The
Video
Rising Dead, The
Video
Rome Against Rome
Video
Roost, The
Video
Ruins, The
Video
Sabbath
Video
Saw V
Theatre
Screaming Dead, The
Video
Serpent and the Rainbow, The
Video
Severed: Forest of the Dead
Video
Shadowhunters
Video
Shaun of the Dead
Video
Skin Crawl
Video
Song of the Dead
Video
Splinter
Video
Stagedoor
Video
Stink of Flesh, The
Video
Storm of the Dead
Video
Stuck
Video
Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat
Video
Teeth
Theatre
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait
Video
They Live
Video
Trailer Park of Terror
Video
Tropic Thunder
Video
Undead or Alive
Video
Unknown White Male
Video
Vacancy
Video
Vampire Circus
Theatre
Vanguard
Video
Veil, The
Video
Wasting Away
Theatre
When Good Ghouls Go Bad
Video
Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
Video
White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Video
X-Files, The: I Want to Believe
Theatre
Zombie Apocalypse
Video
Zombie Brigade
Video
Zombie Christ
Video
Zombie Chronicles
Video
Zombie Cop
Video
Zombie Death House
Video
Zombie Diaries, The
Video
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead, Episode 1
Video
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead, Episode 2
Video
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead, Episode 3
Video
Zombie Love
Video
Zombie Nation
Video
Zombie Night
Video
Zombie Rampage
Video
Zombie Strippers
Video
Zombie Wars
Video
Zombies Anonymous
Video
Zombies Zombies Zombies
Video
Zombiez
Video


Book
Author(s)
Gil's All Fright Diner
A. Lee Martinez
Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula, The
Eric Nuzum
Sundays with Vlad: From Pennsylvania to Transylvania, One Man's Quest to Live in the World of the Undead
Phil Bibeau
Podcasting for Dummies
Tee Morris, Evo Terra, Dawn Miceli, Drew Domkus
Spiraling Worm, The: Man vs. the Cthulhu Mythos
David Conyers, John Sunseri
Hollower, The
Mary SanGiovanni
Dead Earth: The Green Dawn
Mark Justice, David T. Wilbanks
Roger Corman: An Unauthorized Biography of the Godfather of Indie Filmmaking
Beverly Gray
Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning
David J. Skal, Elias Savada
Roses of Blood on Barbwire Vines
D. L. Snell
I Am Legend
Richard Matheson
Beau Smith's No Guts, No Glory: How to Market Yourself in Comics
Beau Smith
Legacies
F. Paul Wilson
Monstrosity
Edward Lee
Bullets of Rain
David J. Schow
Autumn
David Moody
Indiana Jones and the Dance of the Giants
Rob MacGregor
Mummy, The: Dark Resurrection
Michael Paine
Swan Song
Robert McCammon
Breeder
Douglas Clegg
Personal Demons
Gregory Lamberson
Tower, The
Simon Clark
Compleat Crow, The
Brian Lumley
Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide
Glenn Kay
Mummy's Curse, The: Including the Original Shooting Script
Gregory William Mank, Philip J. Riley, John W. Conforti
Wild Things: Four Tales
Douglas Clegg
Zombie CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead
Jonathan Maberry
Patient Zero
Jonathan Maberry
Secret Life of Houdini, The: The Making of America's First Superhero
William Kalush, Larry Sloman
Dead in the West
Joe Lansdale


Magazine
Issue Number
HorrorHound
9
Comics Now
1
Filmfax Plus
116
Dark Recesses Press
9
Monster Bash
7
Comics Buyer's Guide
1641
HorrorHound
10
Comics Now
2
Comic Buyer's Guide
1642
Paracinema
2
HorrorHound
11
Comic Buyer's Guide
1643
Cemetery Dance
58
Dark Discoveries
11
Comic Buyer's Guide
1644
Comic Buyer's Guide
1645
HorrorHound
12
Little Shoppe of Horrors
20
Back Issue
29
Monsters From the Vault
25
Big Ole Face Full Of Monster
4
Monster Bash
8
Comic Buyer's Guide
1646
HorrorHound
13
Scary Monsters Magazine
68
Rue Morgue
83
Fangoria
278
Filmfax Plus
118
Comic Buyer's Guide
1647
Comic Buyer's Guide
1648
Comic Buyer's Guide
1649
Back Issue
31
Horrorhound
13
House That Hammer Built, The
23
Dark Discoveries
12
Dark Recesses Press
10
Comics Buyer's Guide
1650


* There is a possibility that I missed one or two items along the way.

** I did not include trade paperbacks/graphic novels in my ilst of books read. This is only because I failed to keep an accurate record of this for 2008.

*** I only included magazines of which I've read more than 3/4 of their contents.



And, hey, remember when I started listing my Top 50 Reasons I'm a Horror Fan? And I only got through Reasons 21-50 (here, here and here)? I'll be finishing this up within the next week or so . . .
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Mail Order Zombie: Episodes 046-048

Episode 046


There are Headshots a'plenty in this week's episode of Mail Order Zombie. Brother D takes a good and hard (and sometimes mean) look at the movies Zombiez, Catholic Ghoulgirls and Zombie Apocalypse before diving into this week's Feedback Discussion with Miss Bren. We'll also sneak in a few diary entries into the mix - Zombie Farmer submitted a few days' worth of journaling detailing how she would handle living in a zombie reality.

Special thanks to everyone who called in to wish Brother D a happy birthday this week. At the time of Episode 46's recording, we'd received email greetings, a Disneyland recording from Need-a-Nickname Scott (from The Disney, Indiana Podcast), forum posts, Tweets, voicemails, an E-card and even a special message from one of the lead actors from an Uncle Romero classic!



Episode 047

We lost track of how many headshots we gave out this week on Mail Order Zombie! Brother D reviews John Saxon's only turn in the director's chair when he takes a look at Zombie Death House, and then Miss Bren fires off some headshots of her own when she joins Brother D for a discussion of Dead Set. Mail Order Zombie Family members Jay and Mathew also send in reviews of their own (taking a look at Resident Evil: Degeneration and Waxwork II: Lost in Time respectively). But it's not just movie reviews this week - Billy Garberina, actor-director of the 4-Headshot-rated Necroville spends some time with Mail Order Zombie this week to talk about movie-making, why no-budgetters might be drawn to zombies and how you can't always trust the IMDB. The winners for the trade paperbacks of The Walking Dead are announced as well.



Episode 048

Happy Holidays, everyone! In Episode 48 of Mail Order Zombie, after Brother D hits the weekly zombie news and sightings in the Zombie Beat, he and Miss Bren catch up on Feedback that's been building up at MOZ Central over the past few weeks. In the midst of this Feedback Discussion special, Brother D announces a new contest for the Mail Order Zombie Family.


Email us at MailOrderZombie@gmail.com or call us at 206-202-2505!

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Thanks!

I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday yesterday! I turned 35 on December 11th, and I found that I have a LOT of friends online through my blog and my podcast, and I really apreciate all the birthday greetings! Y'all rock!

I worked on my birthday so I could take today off and have a three-day weekend, so I'm kind of pushing my birthday celebratin' out an extra day or so. Plans so far include sleeping in (which was REALLY nice this morning) and watching My Name is Bruce tomorrow afternoon. There MIGHT be a trip to Powell's in the near future as well.

Last night Brenda and I did the presents-thing. Brenda gave me a new microphone, so now we have a matching set. When we both appear on Mail Order Zombie now, we're going to sound SOOOO much better! Also in the birthday haul - four Repairman Jack novels, a few DVDs and a collection of Lovecraft's work that I didn't have (for some reason or other, I don't actually own a copy of anything here that includes all of his fiction work - looks like I do now!). Good times.

Off to brew some tea . . .