– In dissertation news, I’m reading the excellent Arms of Krupp. It’s not just incredibly detailed, it’s actually pretty funny. The guy pulls no punches and has some serious unresolved issues with Germany; one example is his line: “But of course, all Germans are male chauvinists.”
– In related news, I’m officially going to be a published author, in an honest to goodness print journal, in January 2013. I’ve already had a paper published in an e-journal and one review, with a second review finished but pending publication.
– I’ve started reading the Game of Thrones series and the Millennium Trilogy (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc.); both are superb and well worth your time.
– In gaming, I’m mostly playing Paradox games, with the exception of Assassin’s Creed III, which I got during a Black Friday sale for $25, thanks to some strategically withheld reward certificates. Best of the series about 95% of the time; some really weird learning curve stuff in Sequence 3 does create some issues.
– I’ve also been named a Demi-Moderator for the Paradox Forums; I don’t get paid, but I do get to tell people what to do, which is almost as good.
So if you wonder why I haven’t been posting, well, there you are.
My favorite website for wrestling, video game, and movie news is 411 Mania — and I’m not just saying that because they gave me a free copy of Dead Rising 2. I was reading one of their movie columns and got this little gem:
“The Tall Man Returns: Don Coscarelli is making a new film and, My God, it sounds amazing. Coscarelli’s last film, Bubba Ho-Tep was awesome but, outside of that, it has just been Phantasm flicks. Either way, I am happy to see him making another movie, especially with the cast he is lining up. The movie is an adaptation of the very funny John Dies at the End and will star Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Doug Jones (Abe Sapien from Hellboy), Glynn Turman (the teacher from Gremlins), Daniel Roebcuk (Arzt from Lost) and none other than The Tall Man himself, Angus Scrimm. This movie has all the signs of awesome.”
Why am I so pumped? It’s a movie version of John Dies at the End, the single greatest web novel I have ever read (disclaimer: it’s the only one). You can’t read it online any more, since it’s been published, but this is the first non-comic book movie that has me excited in a long time. Not sure about the cast, but if they do even a reasonable job, it will kick more ass than an ass-kicking machine set to maximum ass kicking.