Those of you that have heard the Dark Tower episodes of the podcast, know that I really enjoy the theoretical science that goes into it. One day, whilst pondering another MIND = BLOWN episode of StarTalk Radio, I got to thinking about the Tower, and how a scientist would view these various things. On a whim, I decided to shoot an email off to, none other than, the Director of the Hayden Planetarium and world renowned astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson. To my surprise, he did a short email interview with me regarding the topic! I am so excited to bring you this interview! Dr. Tyson is a man that I look up to greatly, even as a lowly hobbyist of astronomy and physics. What follows is that interview, and I will say it again, MIND = BLOWN! Is there anything this guy doesn’t know?
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On this episode of the Stephen King Fancast, Shaun Collins and I discuss “Eyes of the Dragon.” Shaun is one of the hosts of a Doctor Who Podcast that I am a big fan of called Travelling the Vortex. He and his cronies, Glenn & Keith, also host a blast of a time, in which Wholigans (my made up word for fans of Doctor Who) all sit down at the same time on Friday nights and watch a set episode(s) of Doctor Who and share the experience with each other via Twitter. I’ve joined in for #FridayNightWho on a couple of occasions and think it’s really a great way to chat with other Who fans that I otherwise would not have met! Should you be a Doctor Who fan, or interested in getting started, then check out the Traveling the Vortex podcast!
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I’m pretty sure everyone is familiar with Seth Green, even if they don’t know it. He is the voice of Chris Griffin in Family guy,[youtube http://youtu.be/Cizlx6ODhuE]
He is the creator of Robot Chicken,
“Survivor Type” was originally released in the 1982 horror anthology “Terrors,” but was re-released in King’s 1985 short story collection “Skeleton Crew.” The story follows the diary of surgeon Richard Pine, a.k.a. Richard Penzetti, that has fallen from grace. Dr. Pine becomes marooned on an island in the Pacific while trying to smuggle a bunch of heroin into the U.S. from Thailand… is anyone else thinking about Damon Lindeloff or Eddie Dean? Just me?
The story is written from the perspective of this survivor’s diary. I really enjoy this writing style which also makes me think of the end of “Carrie” and the “Jerusalem’s Lot” short story (the precursor to “Salem’s Lot”) from “Night Shift.” The diary acts as a chronicle of a man’s descent into insanity as he begins to cannibalize himself to stay alive, using the heroin he was smuggling as an anesthesia for his self mutilations.
As I said, there is currently a short film adaptation in the works, and you can see the trailer for it at the top of this article. The production team is using IndieGoGo to try to raise funds for this project, so please contribute to this project, if you can. They are only trying to raise $1500.00, and they are already over half way there!
The podcast is back! It’s been a long time coming since Mevio shut this podcast down (read more about that here) but it’s finally back! I am still bitter about the shutdown, however, so feel free to Tweet your hate to them on my behalf. >:)
On this episode, I am joined by the Director of the “Willa” adaptation, Christopher Birk. We discuss the “Willa” short story from “Just After Sunset,” and the making of Chris’ film adaptation of “Willa.” Should you be interested in finding out more info on the film, you can watch the trailer below and visit the Official Website, at Alphatree Productions.
Also, I did an interview with Christopher on this blog a few months back, so feel free to give that a read, if you like, by CLICKING HERE.
You may have heard me talking about current Facebook woes on the podcast, and here is the link to that article.
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With everything that happened at Mevio, you will have to resubscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or Zune. Those links are available below.
This is a screen grab from Facebook. I am an admin of this page, and Facebook wants businesses to now pay for the people who have already “Liked” that page to get updates in their news feeds. This new update has not yet been implemented across the board, but it is going to be. There is a bunch of more info on this topic over on AlwaysUpward, who have gone through the motions to figure out a work around. You can read that series of 2 articles by clicking here if you want to make sure you continue receiving updates via Facebook. It is a pretty convoluted series of steps, and it may be easier to set up a Twitter. Your call.
That being the case, I want to take a minute to let you know that the Facebook page will still be in existence, but I am going to use it a lot less. I will send the posts to Facebook still, but only about 10% of you will see the posts in your news feeds. If you want to see all of the posts that go up on this blog, then I suggest you subscribe to the RSS feed or sign up for an account with Google+ or Twitter. Twitter is my preferred method of social networking, and probably the most accessible, so that is what I suggest. Links to our other social sites can be found at the top of this blog in the sidebar.
Understand that Facebook is backing all of its “Page” users into a corner with this move and it is out of our hands. I apologize for any inconvenience, but if I wanted to pay Facebook for people to see my posts, I would run an ad. As I said before, this new functionality has not yet been implemented on all pages, so I’m trying to make you aware of it before I have to start paying to make sure you see it.
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“Joyland” is going to be released by Hard Case Crime, the same imprint responsible for releasing “The Colorado Kid” in 2005. I really enjoyed The Kid, as I call it, and was looking forward to a new Hard Case Crime release from Stephen when I first heard the rumor that he would be releasing a new one.
According to an article in the Christian Science Monitor,
“Joyland” will follow a college student named Devin Jones who works at a carnival in North Carolina during the 1970’s and learns of a past crime and a child whose time may be running out.
Stephen King plans to release a new book in June of 2013, as a paper book only. This surprises me as King was one of the first major authors to start releasing ebooks. Also, does this mean no audiobook? As a fan of audiobooks and as a person that does almost ALL of my reading on an iPad, this is a little upsetting. Here’s a quote from the press release:
I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book. -Stephen King
That’s all the info, for now. I will post links to pre-order as soon as they become available. Should you be interested in reading “The Colorado Kid”, here’s some links to grab a copy.
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