Monday, 20 July 2015

Book publication!

Today is the 20th, and you know what that means? Yes! My book, Conundrum: The Three Ghosts of the Old Inn, is officially >>ready for purchase<<‼ Everyone get out your balloons and party hats, (and possibly your wallets) because this long journey is finally reaching an end!

Wait, did I say 'reaching'? Well, yes, I did! And you know why? Because I have another announcement relating to my book: The eBook will be out on the 30th! Due to production costs, the print copy is only in black and white, but if you want the full-colour eBook edition, ready to read on your tablet, then you can pick that up in ten days!

But if you want a nice classical book that you can carry with you and read on the bus, come pick it up here.


Now that the obligatory social media post is out of the way, I'm sure many of you are wondering if posting here means I'm going to re-active my blog. Honestly? I don't know. My writing has been focussed more on books as of late. I think, though, that writing is a pretty core part of me, so perhaps it shall come back to this venue as well. Who knows! But regardless, thanks for coming on the ride, and more will be on its way.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Some Good Documentaries

Good Documentaries

Here's a list of documentaries I really enjoyed, that I thought were a worthwhile watch.

Found on Netflix

  • Blackfish - Follows the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales
  • Craigslist Joe - One guy leaves everything behind to see if he can survive solely on the support and goodwill of the 21st century's new town square: Craigslist
  • Hot Coffee - How the infamous McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit and similar cases were exploited as part of a crusade to weaken civil justice
  • Inside Job - Takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown
  • Harmontown - Follows Dan Harmon on tour for his podcast series after he was fired from Community in 2012
  • DamNation - Explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers
  • Breaking the Taboo - Uncovers the failure of the UN sanctioned war on drugs
  • The Paw Project - This is a story of one veterinarian's battle to protect her patients (tigers, lions and even house cats) from big corporations
  • We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks - Details the creation of Julian Assange's controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history
  • Downloaded - Explores the downloading revolution; the kids that created it, the bands and the businesses that were affected by it, and its impact on the world at large
  • Inequality for All - Follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap.
  • Pink Ribbons, Inc. - Shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a "dream cause," becomes obfuscated by a shiny, pink story of success
  • Burt's Buzz - A look at the world of Burt Shavitz, the face and co-founder of Burt's Bees

Last seen on DVD

  • Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room - About the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop - The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner

Stuff on YouTube

  • [VIDEO] Internet Story - How a simple scavenger hunt on the internet results in tragedy, and is utterly forgotten in the stream of noise.

  • [CHANNEL] CGP Grey - A former teacher who makes videos explaining how various systems work
  • [CHANNEL] VICE - A news network that frequently produces short documentaries on fringe elements of societies