Useless Drivel – When in Doubt, Swing a Dog

Useless Drivel RaccoonIt’s Misinformation Friday here on the internetz! Another week, another episode, and the guys are all over the place with this one. Join your hosts Matt and Robert this week as they discuss all manner of horrible movies, questionable video game decisions, comic book tropes, unearthly long character-gen and a whole bunch of other things that no one would really pay attention to. Sit back and relax, and definitely watch your back as you embark on another journey of failed fact checks and mindless rambling, because it’s a whole new episode of Useless Drivel – A Podcast Without a Point!

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Are Post-Apocalyptic Settings the Best Settings?

Well, it looks like I have to wait until February for The Walking Dead to come back, and as much as that’s going to suck, it does give my brain a chance to think on other end-of-the-world scenarios.  Pop-culture is bombarded with the “threat” of the Zombie Apocalypse, but having grown up in the tail end of the Cold War, I still remember how a very REAL apocalypse cast a very palpable shadow on the western world.  Post-apocalyptic settings are no strangers to a large group of gamers, but let’s take a look at what the end of the world as we know it has to offer!

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A Q&A with Hugh Howey, Author of the Popular Self Published Work “Wool”

Hugh Howey is best known for his series of Novelettes that resulted in the Wool Omnibus Edition a self published, and still ongoing, series on Amazon. This Omnibus spent a span of time at the number one mark on Amazon’s Bestselling Science Fiction list and is currently sitting at number 7, months after its debut. The individual Novelettes all took their turn as well. The most unique aspect of it all is, every one of them were self published and were electronically available via Amazon.

After arriving late to this party I picked up the Omnibus for my Kindle and was very glad I did. I was treated to a unique Science Fiction adventure that allowed me to surrender myself to both a thought provoking and seriously fun ride. Hugh Howey has proven to be very receptive to his fans and immediately agreed to my proposal for a Q&A to let our fellow Monkey Lovers learn a bit about his process, influences, and even some tips for others looking to enter the Self Published world. In any event, less from me and more from Hugh Howey-

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When Comics Meet Cuteness

As both a Mom and a Geek I just love these pieces by Charles Paul Wilson IIIWinnie the Pooh meets heroes from both the Marvel and the DC Universe.  If I would have found these a year ago they probably would have been the starting place for our son’s nursery!

"Werm Hole Exparimunt"

Click the images below to see even more cuteness!


Geek Gift Guide

8-Bit LED Holiday Wreath- Think Geek $19.99

If there is one thing I am really good at… that one thing would be shopping.  Seriously, that is one girl stereotype that I embrace fully.  I love Christmas shopping and 9 times out of 10, I “win” Christmas.  So if you are looking to get the geek in your life something awesome, you have come to the right place!

I am a fervent believer in getting the people in your life gifts that reflect their interests so here are a few ideas to get you on the right track:


Gamer Geek:

Portal Bookend- Think Geek $24.99

Monteriggioni Hoodie- Insert Coin Clothing £35-40

God of War Kratos Blade of Chaos Replica- Entertainment Earth $$114.99

Girly Geek:

Comic Book Headband- Janine Basil on Etsy $19.55

Unicorn Chopsticks- Think Geek $11.99

Tic Tac Toe - Wooden Game Set- Neatoshop $14.95

Star Wars Geek:

Star Wars Breakfast Beverages Set- Think Geek $29.99

Star Wars X Wing Pilot Hoodie by Marc Ecko $150.00

Star Wars Hoth Skywalker Shoes- Adidas $140.00

 RPG Geek:

High Precision Gaming Dice Set- Think Geek $29.99

The Dice Are Trying to Kill Me Shirt- Think Geek $16.99 - $18.99

The 4 Foot Heirloom Dragon- Hammacher Schlemmer $999.95 (OK, I know this one is ridiculous but it's a dragon that you can ride on, how can I not include it?!)

One last gift idea… just because it’s effing awesome and preparedness is sexy:

Apocalypse Survival Kit- Gerber $349 as seen in The Walking Dead

I apologize for the picture-only post but is there another way to show you all the awesome stuff out there just waiting for your hard-earned cash?