Archive for month: October, 2012

Zombie Strike Part 5 Chapter 41

31 Oct
October 31, 2012

In Chapter 41, Jess and Billy are captives of the Truth, but they don’t intend to stay that way for long.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

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Courtesy Appliance & Refrigeration Experts – Piss Poor Customer Service in Tampa

30 Oct
October 30, 2012

This last Friday (Oct. 26) the freezer stopped freezing at my mom’s place, which is being currently rented out by my other brother and sister-in-law. They called Courtesy Appliance & Refrigeration Experts of Tampa, FL. The tech came out and replaced the compressor on the freezer. Normal suburban stuff. Here’s the fun part.

Saturday (the next day) the freezer was still not working. So, my sister-in-law calls Courtesy Appliance & Refrigeration Experts back. They say they will have a tech out between 12 and 2. Between 2:15 and 2:30 (not sure of the exact time), my sister-in-law calls back and gets the owner of this firm. She asks when the tech is going to come out because they have melting food. His response: his tech will be out there and “quit your fucking bitching,” followed by a hang-up.

This is the point that my brother (not her husband) calls back and confronts the owner. The owner says he didn’t use “fucking,” but everything else was correct. Brother proceeds to inform owner that such language is totally inappropriate. Escalation occurs. Owner’s final response is that he is going to come to the house, yank out his part, give back the money, and to top it all off, bring a deputy to ensure that he is not locked out of the house.

End of story, he never showed back up and we stopped payment on the check. After consulting another firm, it was decided to just purchase another freezer.

So, if this experience is indicative of how that company runs, please do not call Courtesy Appliance & Refrigeration Experts of Tampa FL for your service needs.

It’s as if thousands of geeks cried out in horror

30 Oct
October 30, 2012

News has emerged that Disney has purchased Lucasfilm for over $4 billion. Not content with just adding that immense portfolio to its stable of properties, Disney has announced that “Star Wars Episode 7” will be released in 2015.

The announcement was met with looks of astonishment and horror by my local group of Star Wars fans.

I’m just hoping that they don’t screw it up too much.

Badmoon Rising Chapter 10 – Easy Jobs Are Never Easy

30 Oct
October 30, 2012

The border between Hillsborough and Pinellas counties was odd in that part of it ran in the middle of Tampa Bay. It made pursuits sometimes interesting, because the laws governing crossing into a neighboring county “uninvited” were very strict. Even amongst friendly counties, the penalties for the offending lycanthrope could be very harsh, up to and including, a silver flogging. Leeches, on the other hand, had no compunctions. Their council system was city-based, not county-based like that of the lycanthropes. Their power was a matter of what each council could grab and hold. So, even though the Pinellas Hunters Guild warned my Guildmaster that some TCV vamps were “recruiting” in St. Petersburg across the bay, we couldn’t go over there and wipe out the “press gang.” Lady Thames declared that Pinellas was neutral, and she wouldn’t tolerate a hint of the fighting on her soil. From what I was told, she tried to stoke the Clearwater Council into attacking their rivals working in St. Pete, but the vampires had been unable to find their opponents. At least that was what they told Lady Thames. The Guildmaster of the Pinellas Chapter wasn’t convinced, but he wasn’t able to set his hunters on the interlopers. Lady Thames was being strict on the neutrality issue. Read more →

Zombie Strike Part 5 Chapter 40

29 Oct
October 29, 2012

In Chapter 40, Mateo’s and Jess’s prayer session is interrupted by the appearance of Giant. The team furiously battles their nemesis, which injures both Jess and Billy.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

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Fundamental Misunderstanding of Science

27 Oct
October 27, 2012

Six Italian scientists were convicted of manslaughter because they followed the evidence and didn’t predict a massive earthquake that killed 300 people in 2009. In Italy. Not some third-world backwater of a place, but what is supposed to be a modern, industrialized nation. In response to the convictions, most of the senior members of the Civil Protection Commission, including its leader, have resigned. If this could happen in Italy, where else could such trials occur? France, Germany, Britain, the United States?

Why did this happen? In my opinion a fundamental misunderstanding of the basic principles of science led to the easy scapegoating of these scientists when the public needed someone to blame in their grief. “Those damn scientists told us nothing was happening and then an earthquake killed 300.” Here’s the dirty, little secret of science. It can only make predictions based on the current knowledge of how the physical world works, and that knowledge is incomplete. Sometimes that leads to incorrect hypotheses. In this case, the scientists looked all at the evidence made a prediction and the physical world did something else. It would be no different if a doctor looked at a patient’s symptoms and test results and treated appropriately, but the patient died because of something unknown or unpredicted. We don’t blame the doctor because of the limitations of modern medicine.

I am encouraged by the public backlash to these convictions, but I can easily see the same thing happening elsewhere. The only way to combat this is to help educate our fellow citizens on how science works and what it can or can’t do.

Zombie Strike Part 5 Chapter 39

26 Oct
October 26, 2012

In Chapter 39, as Jess and Billy finally admit their feelings, the rest of Zombie Strike interrogates their prisoner and prepares to go after Giant. Mateo, out of ideas, turns to an unusual option.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

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Zombie Strike Part 5 Chapter 38

24 Oct
October 24, 2012

In Chapter 38, an injured Jess fights off her ambushers. Once again, her mysterious helper appears to protect her, but this time, its identity is revealed. Still injured and exhausted, Jess confronts Billy.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

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Zombie Strike Part 5 Chapter 37

22 Oct
October 22, 2012

In Chapter 37, Jess is saved, but her savior disappears as quickly as it appears. Jess is forced back into protecting Zombie Strike from a horde of undead brought by the earlier fight. Afterwards, the team goes after Giant.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

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Zombie Strike Part 5 Chapter 36

19 Oct
October 19, 2012

In Chapter 36, Jess and Zombie Strike land in Mexico City and immediately have to deal with a zombie horde. Getting through the undead, the team finds the US Army soldiers from Task Force 11 engaged with Mexican narcos. As the team goes to the aid of the soldiers, Jess is assigned overwatch. Zombies were one thing, but these were humans.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

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