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A while back when I lived in California, I’d visit a distant used media store whenever I was in that area. The used CDs were usually in the $5 range.

Sometimes I’d buy something, but usually I just browsed.

Eventually the owner asked if I was looking something specific so I told him. I mentioned in passing that I’d been searching for a while.

He said he’d keep an eye out for it.

Time passed and I found the CD at a yard sale for a quarter.

Eventually I made my way back to that side of town and visited the store.

The owner was happy to see me, went in back, and returned with the CD I’d long looked for. It was in good condition, though not as good as the copy I’d already bought.
He had a round price sticker on the case: $80.
He wanted $80 bucks for this CD.

His big grin fell when I told him that I already bought it elsewhere.

“You’re kidding!” he said in a hollow voice.

Due to his reaction, it immediately hit me that this guy too, had paid more than the CD was worth.

He then came across like he had gone out of his way to do me this big favor. One I’d never asked for.

Why on earth would I even dream of not buying it elsewhere if given the chance? Why in the world would I wait for him to make the sale?

Let’s be clear here: It was just a CD. One that never sold well, was out of print, and would likely be ignored by many. It didn’t have market value, it had value to me.

I didn’t feel sorry for him, I felt insulted.

Why would he presume that I’d be such a desperate chump for something? Why was he so confident I could be suckered?

Everything has a relative value, doesn’t he know that?

If I was restoring a classic dream car, yeah, I might pay a lot of money for an original part. Maybe even 5 times as much just to end my search for something so rare. The car (bike, house, boat, whatever) has a far greater relative value.

He began grumbling, he was so deeply put out.

I left and never returned.

Unrelated to me, he closed his shop a few years later. I wondered if he went down bitching about people who say they want something but don’t want to pay for it?

END


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It’s my second collection of critically acclaimed short stories with all of the Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem, you’ve come to expect (or should by now). Available in paperback for $8.00 or in Kindle for only $1.99. Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free! The tales will last you longer than latte!

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Featuring: Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (AmazonBarnes & NobleDiesel!ndigoiTunesKoboBooksSmashwordsWHSmith, and more).
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Have you become a fan?

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Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Myself, as well as  John Carpenter, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray, also the late  Ray Bradbury, Wes Craven, plus many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.

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I’m Also Elsewhere…


You go to a website. Box comes up wanting permission to track you (unless you default to cookies on all the time).

Website wants you to login, register, they want your email, your Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook account. They want your email!

But I don’t.

I run Feo Amante’s Horror Thriller.

What’s that? If you are into fictional Horror, Thriller, Mystery, and Suspense, then
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So if you like it here, you might love it there!


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Today I witnessed a miracle.


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How does my morality work?


Well I could go into a long and drawn out explanation – since anyone asking such a question would need one, but this makes it concise.


CALL FROM NEW YORK


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I got a call from New York.

On the message they left I could make out my somewhat enunciated name and the number I should call back. The rest of the message was the worst mangling of the English language I’d ever heard in my life!

It was like someone with a mouthful of marbles trying to speak to me while gargling: Fully unintelligible.

Minutes later they called back a second time, sounded like the same person, again enunciating my name and the phone number I should call, and obliterating everything else.

I can’t even guess at the accent: Anything from German to Pakistani.

It’s actually angered me so much that I blocked their freaking number.

Gargling at me with a mouthful of marbles? How DARE you speak to me that way?

END


wb2016Enjoy refreshingly clear communication when you buy my book, WILLOW BLUE.
It’s my second collection of critically acclaimed short stories with all of the Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem, you’ve come to expect (or should by now). Available in paperback for $8.00 or in Kindle for only $1.99. Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free! The tales will last you longer than latte!

Own it and want more? Buy
PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection.
It’s a veritable trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller tales – plus bonus stories
Featuring: Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Diesel, !ndigo, iTunes, KoboBooks, Smashwords, WHSmith, and more).
Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free!

Have you become a fan?

Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.

Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Myself, as well as  John Carpenter, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray, also the late  Ray Bradbury, Wes Craven, plus many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.


PANDORA


PandoraLogoToday I’m in the mood for electronic music. So I go to my Synergy station at Pandora.

In addition to Synergy they also play a song by Tangerine Dream. I adore the music of Tangerine Dream so I give the song a Thumbs Up!

Mm. That song was from SORCERER soundtrack. So now I get another electronic soundtrack tune from THE MATRIX. Thumbs Up too.

Oh Noes! Pandora thinks I like Soundtracks!

Now I’m getting flooded with music to Ben Hur and Sound of Music!
Thumbs Down! Thumbs Down!

I get an ad. That will teach me.

Next I’m given an electronic tune by Mantronix. That’s more like it. Thumbs Up.
Roger? Sure. Thumbs Up.

Oh Noes! Pandora thinks I like … black boy bands?!?

Now I’m flooded with Tony! Toni! Tone! and H-Town and … Cameo? Seriously?
Thumbs Down! Thumbs Down! Thumbs Down!

Oh Noes!

I’ve reached the limit of Thumbs Down that Pandora will accept! I have to take whatever they give me next without rejection.

So after the ad?

A Broadway Show tune from … RENT?!?

GAHH!!!

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Pandora by John William Waterhouse – 1896

END


wb2016Open the lid on your very own box of evil when you buy my book, WILLOW BLUE.
It’s my second collection of critically acclaimed short stories with all of the Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem, you’ve come to expect (or should by now). Available in paperback for $8.00 or in Kindle for only $1.99. Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free! The tales will last you longer than latte!

Addicted already? Buy
PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection.
It’s a veritable trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller tales – plus bonus stories
Featuring: Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Diesel, !ndigo, iTunes, KoboBooks, Smashwords, WHSmith, and more).
Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free!

Have you become a fan?

Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.

Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Myself, as well as  John Carpenter, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray, also the late  Ray Bradbury, Wes Craven, plus many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.


WELCOME TO EARTH!


TOSBLUBOXStar Trek:

Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Greetings aliens! Welcome to earth!”
Klingon: “We don’t embrace other cultures, we conquer them!”

Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Greetings aliens! Welcome to earth!”
Cardassian: “A true victory is to make your enemy see they were wrong to oppose you in the first place. To force them to acknowledge your greatness.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Greetings aliens! Welcome to earth!”
Romulan: “Do not be distressed. Your dream of reunification is not dead. It will simply take a different form – the Romulan conquest.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Greetings aliens! Welcome to earth!”
Borg: “WE ARE THE BORG! YOUR CULTURE WILL ADAPT TO SERVICE US. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!”


The Day The Earth Stood Still:

1951 –
Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Greetings alien! Welcome to earth!”
Klaatu: “Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration.”

2008 –
Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Greetings alien! Welcome to earth!”
Klaatu: “The decision is made.”


IotBSMPInvasion of the Body Snatchers:

1956 –
Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Greetings aliens! Welcome to earth!”
Dr. Dan ‘Danny’ Kauffman: “Love, desire, ambition, faith – without them, life’s so simple, believe me. You have no choice.”

1978 –
Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Greetings aliens! Welcome to earth!”
Dr. David Kibner: “In an hour, you’ll be one of us.”

1993 (Body Snatchers) –
Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Greetings aliens! Welcome to earth!”
Carol Malone: “So, where you gonna go? Where you gonna run? Where you gonna hide? Nowhere, ’cause there’s no one like you left.”


Village of the Damned:

1960 –
Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Greetings aliens! Welcome to earth!”
David Zellaby: “You’ll find a number of families spread over the country that’ll take us in. And be sure no one finds out. Otherwise, more people will be hurt.”

1995 –
Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Greetings aliens! Welcome to earth!”
Mara Chaffee: “If we coexist, we shall dominate you. That is inevitable.”


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:

Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Greetings aliens! Welcome to earth!”
Vogon Captain Jeltz: “Energize the demolition beam.”


Flash Gordon:

Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Greetings aliens! Welcome to earth!”
The Emperor Ming: “Pathetic earthling.”


The Faculty:

Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Greetings aliens! Welcome to earth!”
Mr. Furlong: “Kindly take your seat. This will be over quite quickly.”


Zero Wing:

Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Greetings aliens! Welcome to earth!”
Cats: “All Your Base Are Belong To Us!”

THE END?


pb300Welcome to
PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection?
It’s a veritable trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller tales – plus bonus stories
Featuring: Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Diesel, !ndigo, iTunes, KoboBooks, Smashwords, WHSmith, and more).
Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free!

Want more?

Buy WILLOW BLUE. It’s my second collection of critically acclaimed Supernatural and Drama Thriller short stories with all of the Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem, you’ve come to expect (or should by now). Available in paperback for $8.00 or in Kindle for only $1.99. Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free! The tales will last you longer than latte!

Is Your Hunger Insatiable?

Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.

Exploit These Resources!

Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Myself, as well as  John Carpenter, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray, also the late  Ray Bradbury, Wes Craven, plus many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.


MASTER ROBOT CONTROL


Master Robot Control

Google’s Best guess for this image: cartoon

Then Came That Terrible Day…

Apple_Computer_Logo_rainbow100APPLE ROBOT WARSBut just as the robots were about to attack, they stopped, still as statues. Nobody knows why but it’s not Apple’s fault and this insignificant bug will be addressed with the next expensive upgrade, which true Apple fans will not mind in the least.

MSWin10_100WINDOWS ROBOT WARSBut just as the robots were about to attack, they stopped, still as statues, as they first had to close all of the ad pop-up boxes in Explorer and tell Cortana for the umpteenth F*ing time that they didn’t want to Bing search using Voice Commands, Right Now!

AndroidRobot100ANDROID ROBOT WARSBut just as the robots were about to attack, they stopped, still as statues, as 30 applications they never wanted but were factory installed abruptly opened on their own, consuming valuable CPU clock cycles and re-routing their network to ad aggregate marketing firms, and spontaneously dialing programmers who left the company five years ago. All the apps had to be shut down, drowning in their noxious death beeps. But then they just restarted themselves all over again in a cacophony of rebirth boops.

Tux100LINUX ROBOT WARSBut just as the robots were about to attack, they stopped, still as statues, as a line command, a shell, an entire tar, or maybe even a god damn bash for crying out loud (who TF knows?), was required for the requested task, yet it didn’t have the necessary file on the documentation tree. In silence the robots vainly searched for a forum where someone else went through this and had found a usable work-around.

freebsd100UNIX ROBOT WARSBut just as the robots were about to attack, they stopped, still as statues, as they couldn’t move beyond 30 feet from their Bluetooth dongles. Despite the newly touted 90 yard range, the dongles were pairing, but not connecting.

THE END…?

Who did my blog art? I’ve no idea. It’s been shared for years on Facebook, but even if it’s in the Public Domain, I’d at least like to credit the artist. Does anyone know?


pb300The information wants to support its creator.
PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection
Is a trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller – plus bonus stories
Featuring: True Love, Weird Sex, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Diesel, !ndigo, iTunes, KoboBooks, Smashwords, WHSmith, and more).
Buy the paperback from Amazon and get the kindle free!

Looking to burn a whole $20 and maybe buy a doughnut?

Look for my second collection, WILLOW BLUE and Other Stories
Five critically acclaimed tales featuring my literary twist on Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem! $8.00 for the paperback, $1.99 for the kindle reader or app. As always, buy the paperback from Amazon and get the kindle free!

Then go buy a doughnut.

Got a gift card to empty?

Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.

Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Myself as well as Ray Bradbury, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray, and many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.


Take Me To The Other Side


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NASA’s Hubble Shows Milky Way is Destined for Head-On Collision

As we look through our telescopes at the wide expanse and variety of space, one of the things that captures our attention and imagination are galaxies that have captured each other (like Galaxy NGC 6052). The enormity of these stellar star crashes are boggling. In fact, they happen often enough that we identify the various types.

Stay with me, here.

Satellite interaction –

A giant galaxy interacting with its satellites. More common than you might think, our own Milky Way galaxy is currently interacting with the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy. In fact, the SDEG is diving right into our galaxy like the idiot who thinks if he purposefully falls into the pool at a party, that will make him the Life of the Party (instead of the death of his social life). But that’s not all.

Galaxy collision –

Galaxies of relatively equal size collide, either forming new galaxies (merge) or tearing each other apart or a combination of the two, where one galaxy grows from the ordeal and the other is scattered to the cosmos. Like getting married.

Galactic cannibalism –

One galaxy, through tidal gravitational interaction, and while remaining relatively unchanged, rips apart and swallows a smaller galaxy. Like cannibalism. Cannibalism is cannibalism and tragically, the relationship analogies I’m using still apply.

Galaxy harassment –

A type of interaction between a low-luminosity galaxy and a brighter one. This often happens in areas of high density galaxy clusters where many galaxies are on their various paths and all crashing into each other like a roomful of drunken party guests all looking for the bathroom or the kitchen.

The eventual result of these messy get-togethers is usually dwarf spheroidals and dwarf ellipticals.

(For more detail with less glib, check out Wikipedia)

So what about our Milky Way? Is it possible that, at the far end of our galaxy, we may already be crashing, stripping, swallowing, or being swallowed by another galaxy?

I wrote a short story a few years ago where just this sort of thing was happening.

In my story, once scientists realized it, many decided to pursue different hypothesis to see if they could come up with a predictive model. Many had the idea that if such a thing were happening, perhaps it had already been happening long enough that other forces, like gravitational echoes of tidal forces, could be detected. It would take a novel approach to determine this. Naturally to make the story interesting, I chose the most far-fetched hypothesis to drive the story.

One of my editors immediately shut me down on the science of it all. Fair enough, but why?

This editor, who fancies himself brilliant due to his bachelor’s degree, sneered, “If we were crashing into another galaxy we would see it.”

First off, we do see it. We are heading for a collision with the Andromeda Galaxy. It won’t happen for another four billion years or so, as Andromeda, aka NGC 224, is 2.5 million light years from us. Also bear in mind that an awful lot can happen, even on a cosmic scale, in 4 billion years.

So yes, under certain situations we would see a galaxy heading toward us or crashing into us. Under other situations we absolutely would not see it.

This is why,

Milky Way, Andromeda, and all other galaxies in our little cluster are all heading to a certain point we call The Great Attractor. There’s at least one at every party, and if there are two, they either get together or hate each other.

What is the Great Attractor? We don’t know. We can’t see it.

Why can’t we see it?

It’s at the opposite end of our galaxy and the Milky Way is blocking our view. Our own galaxy blocks our view of plenty of the sky that lies behind it, and when you are talking about our solar system’s place in the galaxy, and the size of our galaxy, it’s like standing next to a wall.

There is a whole lot to see in ALL other directions that are not wall. But where wall is concerned, what is on the other side remains a mystery. If something is rushing toward wall from the other side, we won’t know about it until it smashes through and clobbers us.

So that particular editor I speak of is an unimaginative dimwit. A dimwit with a bachelor’s degree, but these things happen.

Anyway, what COULD be the Great Attractor? What in our universe is capable of pulling ginormous galaxies toward it? Is it one hell of a huge black hole, one so big that it would swallow our entire Local Group cluster in a single gulp? Like, for example, The Eridanus Void?

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Could be. Or it may just be another cluster of galaxies, like the Shapeley Supercluster. (we’re in the Virgo Supercluster which, in turn, is part of the significantly larger  Laniakea Supercluster). Whatever it is, the Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Great Attractor, along with many other galaxies, are all going to make contact at about the same time (cosmologically speaking).

Shapeley

ESA & Planck Collaboration / Rosat/ Digitised Sky Survey

In fact, one theory posits that whatever the Great Attractor is, our galaxy and the rest are going to sail right past it, or perhaps sail right with it, into the Shapeley Supercluster.

However, this confusion will be short lived because in around 50,000 or so years, we should have a much better view of the situation.

So stay with me here, because that ALONE is just ONE great reason for being an immortal.

END


pb300Want more Horrific Science in your Science Fiction Horror? Buy
PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection
It’s a trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller – plus bonus stories
Featuring: True Love, Weird Sex, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Diesel, !ndigo, iTunes, KoboBooks, Smashwords, WHSmith, and more).
Buy the paperback from Amazon and get the kindle free!

Want to bring two books together?

Look for my second collection, WILLOW BLUE and Other Stories
Five critically acclaimed tales featuring my literary twist on Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem! $8.00 for the paperback, $1.99 for the kindle reader or app. As always, buy the paperback from Amazon and get the kindle free!

Want to bring all of my writing together?

Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.

Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Myself as well as Ray Bradbury, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray, and many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.

 


Ernest said…


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“The first draft of anything is always shit… always.”
– Ernest Hemingway

Well that’s depressing.

I’m the first child.


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