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4/28/2020 - BLACKBIRDS (Book Review)

I cover this entire review in the most recent episode of my show, The No Beard Plaguecast. Check out that video, here: I don’t have a lot of experience with reading novels that are sensational just for the sake of being sensational. I have read a few Horror novels, by Brian Keene, filled with over the top gore and disturbing imagery, but I expect that from a book in the Horror genre. When I think of fiction books that are constantly disturbing for the sake of being disturbing, I think about the Chuck Palahniuk books that I read and thoroughly enjoyed. The Palahniuk books I read always felt like they were a commentary on a specific aspect of modern culture.   Don’t get me wrong. I am not a prude. A lot of my favorite films are movies that your typical moviegoer would blanche at. The kind of movie, that if you watched it with Mary and Steve Suburbia, in their living room after their kids went to sleep, there would be a long, awkward pause once the end cred

My Current Insomnia Causing Problem - Lack of Twitter Responses

If you don’t want to read about a Middle aged White man and his first world problems, then blog entry is probably not for you Who actually wants to read this? It is an Ouroboros. (VIDEO OF RANT) If this Blog was read within the echo chamber that I enter into multiple times a day, every single day, the people whose tweets I read and whose videos I watch would make fun of it.  They would roll their eyes at what I have to say. The irony is that many of the people whose works shape my echo chamber are Middle aged White men who (maybe secretly) believe everyone should pay attention to them, and that think they know the best form of everything. Yes, there are a few Women whose works shape my echo chamber, too, as well as a few people of color. Don’t get me wrong. I know that my problems are insignificant. There is so much horror in our world, shoved right in our faces, now, that the absolute last thing that you need to spend your time on is a Mid

No Beard Plaguecast Episode Ten: The Dresden Files - Blood Rites

Wait, What Happened to the No Beard Plaguecast Episode 9? 95% of Episode 9 was Material I made for my job. I recorded a Lesson on a Social Skill that students could practice at home with their kids. I didn't think I needed to make a whole Blog entry about that one. Now, for Episode 10, however, this deserves a blog post. I go into detail about what I liked and disliked about The Dresden Files Book - Blood Rites. Before that, I give an account of the various things I have been doing while Social Distancing and staying at home. Here is a hint - I use Zoom A LOT. I am going to warn you, the sound and lighting for the first 30 seconds of the video are very rough, but it gets better. So please, if you have nothing better to do, take a look at my Review!

No Beard Plaguecast Episode Eight - Marvel Universe Series III Play Through

Alright,    I am getting a little backed up with my Youtube Content. I have already put out episode 9 and 10 of the Plaguecast, on Youtube, at this point, and made two Cedar Park Gossip Girls videos. I didn't post episode 8 on here, until now, because I wanted to take the time to finally write out the rules I made up for this card game.  After you read the rules below, make sure to click to watch the video:                                          MARVEL UNIVERSE SERIES III CARD GAME     Objective: Defeat your opponent by eliminating all twenty of their hit points.     Needed Materials:         1 six sided dice, needed for character attacks         1 Twenty Sided Dice to be used as a hit point counter         At least five smaller, six sided dice, to be used as mini hit counters on Character cards         1 Deck of 12 Marvel Universe Series III cards.      In the Deck you will have:          - At least Five Character Cards. These characters can be Super H