Thursday, January 29, 2009

Victorian Zombies

I'm not quite sure who the target audience is of this new book, but I find it quite amusing nonetheless.

From the publisher's website:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen's beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton--and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers--and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Complete with 20 illustrations in the style of C. E. Brock (the original illustrator of Pride and Prejudice), this insanely funny expanded edition will introduce Jane Austen's classic novel to new legions of fans. |Chronicle Books|
I think this is hilarious, but maybe that's just a sign of how decadent I've become.

Via Pop Culture Junk Mail, with thanks to Janelle for the link!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Winds of Change

Image originally uploaded by Rhys Griffiths.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Proud to be an American

Blogging has been light of late. No excuses except that I'm very project-oriented and my personal blogging doesn't contribute to any of my projects...

But I did want to break my silence to say that I'm proud of my President and his moral leadership in working to restore the dignity of the United States government in his first few days in office.

I was never a big Bush fan, but I wanted him to succeed. I wanted so badly to be wrong about him.

But I was correct not to have faith in him. But I never guessed how truly awful he would be.


My total loss of faith came at Abu Ghraib... at that point I knew that there was nothing on Earth the administration could ever do that would right their many wrongs.

The shame of torture and illegal, elective war will never be removed from our national guilt, I will always carry around my proportional responsibility for the wrongs committed by my government.

But I'm proud to be an American again. I will cheerfully pay my taxes this year. I will be nicer to my neighbors. I will work harder to be a good citizen.

I think we have a chance (even if a slim one) of once again becoming the greatest nation on Earth.