Tuesday, August 04, 2009

TBWCYL Day 216 - Brain Food

I currently have over 8000 comic books in my collection, I have upwards of 20+ mini busts and statues, I have over $1000 dollars in original comic book art work and sketches, and I have a book collection that never gets smaller. Oh, and did I mention a few action figures, collectible knives and some plates and stamps are also in the mix? So, you can see why today's task might be a problematic thing for me to do. You see, today I was suppose to start...a collection.


I didn't know what to do but I did know that I don't have room for any more collectible memorabilia, and then I went to the local Borders to spend a gift card I had. I found my new passion, the next thing I will throw myself into with wild abandon and roll around in like a stripper in a child's swimming pool filled with Jello. Zombie Literature.

That's right, Zombie Literature. I love zombies and this love has even helped me make a friend in the dear Girl Interrupted who has slowly worked her way into being one of my ten favorite peoples. I own no Zombie Literature at present, excluding the Walking Dead and Marvel Zombies trade paperbacks which don't count as they are comic based. So, as I walked around I discovered a sale. Whooooo!!! Sale. It was Buy One, Get One 50% Off. That's an average savings of 25% per book. CHA-CHING!

I immediately found one of the books I have been interested in reading.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith


By reading this, I am probably going to have to sit down and read Pride and Prejudice just to really appreciate this book but ever since I heard about it I have wanted to read it. You're ordering it now aren't you?

The second book is one I have seen on the comic convention circuit and thought I should also pick up.

World War Z by Max Brooks


It involves an outbreak of Zombieitis and the aftermath that ensues after you have to fight a war against Zombies. I know I want to know the outcome.

So, I now have two new books to add to my new collection of Zombie Literature. I am pretty excited about this.

I will end this post with a story. One night about a year ago, I lay in bed thinking. My wife slept peacefully next to me but I couldn't go to sleep. I tossed and I turned but an eternal question gnawed at my grey matter and no matter what, I couldn't get to sleep until I had solved the problem.

I asked myself, "If a zombie attack were to happen right now, could we successfully defend our house and survive for a long period of time while waiting for them to starve?"

And the answer is, "Yes". I now have a plan of action on zombie attacks which involves moving all food, animals, and some reading material upstairs and then fortifying the staircase for protection. The single window we have on the second floor is not accessible without a latter, thus making it a safe access point and usable if necessary for quick escape. We would have running water from the bathroom and could fill the tub for extra if the fear of water loss was imminent. This would also allow us bathroom use. My wife has been briefed on these plans but I don't think she committed them to memory.

So, when it comes to zombies, this ain't my first rodeo.

That is all,

Newt

17 Ripples in the pond:

miss. chief said...

pride and prejudice and zombies was AWESOME! haha, i just finished it a couple months ago

Trinity said...

Oh good. I am glad to hear someone liked it. I am going to read it next.

Carrie said...

This is the second time I've heard of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It sounds intriguing, and I think I'm going to have to invest in it before long... Let me know how it turns out. ;)

Erin said...

Several things - I would like to see your ten favorite peoples, just out of curiousity. Latter = ladder. I am VERY MUCH looking forward to your analysis of the original Pride & Prejudice vs. the zombie version. And finally, if zombies take over the world, I'm totally coming over since you have a brilliant plan and everything.

Trinity said...

Oh, so you don't think I was trying to say that zombies can't climb without a latter, as in they can't climb without a ... oh, who am I kidding. I can't spell, or I guess I can spell but not use the right words. I am a good speller. Look at that. Lemons just got made into lemonade.

If you come over you have to bring your own food. I haven't rationed for 3 people.

Addy's Daddy said...

Also, its gray not grey. Just saying, dude....

Trinity said...

Grey matter (or gray matter) is a major component of the central nervous system, consisting of neuronal cell bodies, neuropil (dendrites and both unmyelinated axons and myelinated axons), glial cells (astroglia and oligodendrocytes) and capillaries. Grey matter contains neural cell bodies, in contrast to white matter, which does not and mostly contains myelinated axon tracts.[1] The color difference arises mainly from the whiteness of myelin. In living tissue, grey matter actually has a grey-brown color which comes from capillary blood vessels and neuronal cell bodies

That is from the Wiki so I would just like to say, Eat it.

Addy's Daddy said...

Not sure what telling me the definition of gray matter is... uhm... matters. You spelled gray wrong, I corrected it. Don't be all butt-hurt! I'm getting my own copy of Captain America: Reborn today, so don't be taking it out on me that you ordered the book through your subscription service.... jeeeze...

Trinity said...

I didn't spell it wrong. I spelled it correctly and you are a dumbass.

Erin said...

Couldn't resist getting in on this one...

Merriam-Webster officially defines "grey" as a variant of "gray," implying that "gray" is the correct spelling.

Dictionary.com doesn't care which one you use.

There are a number of articles available debating gray/grey, examining everything from acceptance in Britain vs. America to actual color variations between the two.

It's fun to debate inane points of grammar with you boys.

Trinity said...

So it sounds like I didn't do anything wrong. I.E. Thomas is a dumbass.

Addy's Daddy said...

Perhaps not wrong, but definitely not as right as I am (per Erin's points).

I'm not sure how freely the term "dumbass" should be used by a person who thinks that a tool used to get to/reach things in high places is spelled "latter"....

Trinity said...

That doesn't even make sense. Your not wrong but your not right? How does that work? You're just mad that you tried to correct something that didn't need correcting.

Simon said...

I think that in the event of a zombie invasion, I’d be one of the zombies from a pretty early stage.

As for the grey/gray matter, as a Brit I spell it ‘grey’, as that is the more commonly used variant here, while ‘gray’ is more commonly used in the US. They are bother correct, and usage is simply a matter of personal preference. They have equal validity from an etymological point of view.

Simon said...

…erm ‘bother’ should have been ‘both’. Of course. *ahem*

Girl Interrupted said...

:D this is a classic example of why I adore your blog ... great post and a good ol' bout of comments fisticuffs over your woeful spelling/grammar :D *happy sigh*

I'm dying to read the Pride & Prejudice & Zombies book, everyone I know who has read it has said it's really good ... but pleeeeeeease read the original Pride & Prejudice, I'm pretty sure you'll hate it, but it would brighten my day to hear your thoughts on it :P

And thank you for the mention :) zombies now hold an extra special place in my heart

(Ps: If zombies attack ... I'm totally letting them get me! How cool would it be to be a zombie!!! )

Erin said...

I realize this would have been much more timely a few days ago, but have you ever wondered...if bitten by a zombie, how long would it take to become infected? You can find out, very scientifically, here:

http://theoatmeal.com/quiz/zombie_bite

The Internet is amazing.