So I just finished reading “World War Z” last week.

While I liked the oral history format, I can’t really say I liked the book as a whole. I think my problem boiled down to two main issues.

First, why were there zombies? In all the interviews throughout the book not once is a scientist or expert questioned about why the zombies came to be. There are some allusions to research being down, and it is clear that the outbreak started in China. Thats it, never does some guy say it was the result of some experiment gone wrong, a virus, or some insect burrowing their brains. I would have accepted any of these, and given the state of the world at the time this “history” was written it is not out of the question to expect these kind of answers.

Second, not everybody freaks out and commits suicide when things get hard. Really, every chapter included some reference to the number of people that just killed themselves because they couldn’t handle the dead coming to life. Yes, it’s a believable premise, but other imported stuff happened.

If you love all things zombie, then I guess this is a worthy read. For me though, I’m happy with my “28 Days Later”, “Resident Evil”, and “Night of the Living Dead”.


The End of Battlestar Galactica

**SPOILERS** If you haven’t watch the final episode by now I’m not sure why you are reading this…

So I’ve reached a conclusion. I am the only person who thought that last 30 minutes of Battlestar Galactica’s series finale was nearly perfect.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the space battle at the beginning because it looked really cool, it just was not as awesome as the battle over New Caprica (Galactica jumping into the atmosphere, destruction of the Pegasus). I also found it a bit hard to swallow that the ship that was falling apart at the seams was capable of ramming into a larger ship successfully; but it is science fiction so I let it slide (suspension of disbelief and all that jazz).

What ended up being the highlight for me was the conclusion for Starbuck. When Kara and Lee were talking I saw it coming, I knew she had served her purpose and her time was up, yet I was still shocked when she was just gone.

I see lots of people saying that this did not answer any of the questions surrounding her resurrection, but I thought it had been coming for a long time. Baltar’s speech a few episode prior had already established that the “head character” were angels, during which declared her to be an angel. It seems to that since this show was never hard science fiction (more about the characters less about the technology) a more supernatural explanation was alway looming in the background.

My one complaint was the soft pedaling of the character of god in this show. Merely saying god is a force of nature is a cop out, a force of nature leaves no room for personal relationships which is frankly a pretty boring concept for god.

So, like I said, I loved the ending of Battlestar Galactica, it was worth the wait.

Vance's California Adventure

We are back from visiting my parents in California. Wow, what a busy trip. It was a great week with the family and we got to do lots, but of course it’s always nice to be back in the comfort of your own home.

So I’m sure curious minds want to know, what did we do? Well let me tell you.

First Mary went to The Pulse in San Francisco on Saturday and Sunday. She of course picked up some new stuff for her dance classes, but also got to enjoy the city a little bit in her down time. During this time the girls and I did nothing 🙂 with my parents.

The next few days we just hung out with my Mom while Dad slaved away at work. Did a little shopping at a local mall, watched some movies, etc…

Wednesday was when the pace started to really pick up. Our tour guide (Mom) has mapped out the most complete tours possible 🙂 We went to Alcatraz and Muir Woods (my 3rd visit to both). The Rock is always neat to see, and the girls enjoyed the boat ride over. I think the real winner of the day was Muir Woods, it’s so peaceful and awesome to see those huge trees – everybody enjoyed it a lot. We ended the day by watching “Australia” which is a very long and thus very boring movie; I don’t really recommend it.

On Thursday we went south and hit up Carmel then did the 17 mile drive. It’s pretty but was a bit too much car time for the girls.

Friday was the wildcard day (Moms work was done). It started with Dad and I trying to find a frisbee golf course (that we had played at before). The failure led to a pretty cool adventure/hike at Coyote Lake. After that Mary and I went out for some wine tasting at Solis Winery which was cool, minus the pack of cougars there. Then on a whim we went down the road to Sarah’s Vineyard to pick up a particular bottle that we cannot get here in North Carolina. This little whim quickly turned awesome, since we were the only people there THE wine maker took us on a private guided tour of the winery and gave us a barrel tasting – my highest complement, freak’n awesome.

So all in all it was a great trip (minus the anal probe that is flying); but it is good to be home and now time to get back into the grind.

Danger IS my middle name

Danger IS my middle name


Chuck this week was awesome.

I have been waiting for the writers to pull a Battlestar Galactica season 2-3 jump. I was imagining that they would “kill” Chuck, then flash forward a year in the future where he was now a trained CIA agent. That would open the show up for lots of new plots, which was the only reason I thought there would be a need for such a plot device. After almost 2 seasons of the current story it didn’t seem like there was much else they could do.

This weeks episode opened up lots of new doors that I simply was not expecting. It’s great to see that they’ve written the character to be proactive, I just hope that they continue to grow his character in that direction.

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