Spooky Empire Appearance and Showdown Update!

SpookyAuthorImageOctober 24-26, 2014: Author guest (confirmed) at Spooky Empire Ultimate Horror Weekend in Orlando, Florida.

We’re also presenting what may be the BIGGEST Ultimate Occult Showdown we’ve ever done: Saturday, October 25th at 4:30p in the LAKE BALLROOM – be there!

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Guest Appearance: #SpookyEmpire Ultimate Halloween Weekend!

SpookyAuthorImageOctober 24-26, 2014: Literary guest (confirmed) at Spooky Empire Ultimate Horror Weekend in Orlando, Florida.

We’re also putting together what may be the BIGGEST Ultimate Occult Showdown we’ve ever done; just waiting on word for day and time. Fingers crossed for the BIG room!

See highlights from my past guest gigs on the Appearance Page.

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Highlights from Ancient City Con 2014

Yes, I’m a bit of a shutterbug, so I made this video with highlights from the show…not everything, but a lot of what I saw passing our table and walking around the floor. I’m working on a different video with Ultimate Occult Showdown 2014 highlights, so watch for that coming out soon! Meanwhile…

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Houston, Texas or Jacksonville, Florida?

I’ve been in the Houston area for two weeks. I’ve noticed a few differences between it and Jacksonville.

  • Jack in the Box. They serve breakfast all day long. Can you hear me now, McDonalds?
  • Fry’s Electronics. Best Buy, Radio Shack, and HH Gregg dumped into a Costco building with Walmart prices (not to mention it looks like the International Space Station inside. Seriously.)
  • More comics stores AND more game stores.
  • It’s cooler. The temperature, I mean. Just a little bit.
  • They take hurricanes seriously. Stop being apathetic, Jacksonville.
  • Guns. Lots of ’em.
  • A renaissance fair that isn’t over a hundred miles away. And it runs for eight weekends!
  • My girlfriend lives in the Houston area. Schwing!
  • I ALSO live here now! What can I say? I’m biased.

Planet Radio Falls to X102.9

“There is a great disturbance in the Jacksonville Alternative radio scene… like a hundred thousand listeners cried out at once before their radio station was silenced.”

All kidding aside, I was one of the first people I know of in Jacksonville, Florida who noticed when X102.9 went on the air and who they were targeting. Later I documented how far they’d gotten when ratings were posted, but the competition (since there’s no college radio around these parts to speak of.)

But as of this morning, the once mighty Planet Radio had become “magic” something-or-another, a ho-hum light station. The morning show X made fun of, Lex & Terry, won’t be allowed back on Jax airwaves until October 1st due to contractual obligations. The question is, with X102.9 not only the dominating alt radio in the area, will it continue to get better or start to coast the way Planet Radio did… into oblivion?

Right Turn, Clyde

Traffic law question: if you come to signal in a right turn lane and the signal shows a red right arrow, are you allowed to make a right turn if the way is clear? I’ve seen local cops make a right turn on a red arrow all the time, but my roommate swears that a right arrow implies “no turn on red.”

While your local laws may differ, according to StateofFlorida.com under Signals, Signs and Pavement Markings, you can conditionally turn right on a red arrow by treating it like a normal stop light unless specifically marked otherwise:

Come to a complete stop at the marked stop line or before moving into the crosswalk or intersection. After stopping, you may turn right on red arrow at most intersections if the way is clear. Some intersections display a “NO TURN ON RED” sign, which you must obey. Left turns on red arrow from a one-way street into a one-way street are also allowed.

I love right turn on red states, but have you ever noticed their aren’t any right turn on blue states? Yeah, it was a stretch…