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Movie Review: Ford v Ferrari

Sitting in a packed theater I found it difficult to find anything I didn't like about the movie Ford v Ferrari
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Movie Review - Ford v FerrariWow! What a good movie. Ford v Ferrari was strong all the way through. The pacing was great and the acting fantastic throughout the entire movie. Matt Damon and Christian Bale were excellent. Even the race scenes felt realistic. It should be noted, if you aren't a big race car fan you'll still enjoy this movie. There was a great deal of excitement around LeMans when I was young, which reminds me how quickly and much things have changed and shifted. Back then, the '60s and even the '70s, racing, and cars in general, were still relatively new and exciting. Reaching the limits of what would be possible was still well into the future and in some ways it was a golden era for pushing the limits beyond anything known. ... more »

Terminator: Dark Fate - Impressions

When the new movie came out and the critical reviews weren’t horrible (71% on Rotten Tomatoes) and I learned it had Linda Hamilton in a lead role, I decided to see it.
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Terminator Dark Fate

The first two Terminator movies came out when I was young and I really liked them at the time. They seemed different from other movies that had been on the big screen, grittier than Star Wars, darker thank Star Trek and filled with lots of action. The three movies that followed lost me. I saw them, but wasn’t really into the storylines. Maybe that was because I had aged, or maybe they weren’t that good. ... more »

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Jeffrey Keeten Review Of Purple Hearted Man

Jeffrey Keeten has written a nice review of Purple Hearted Man. Jeffrey is considered one of the best reviewers on Goodreads and one of the most followed.
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Novel - Purple Hearted Man

As I was reading this book, I kept thinking about Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, which I read, frankly, another lifetime ago. There is a fairy tale aspect to the way this book is presented that allows Jack McDaniel to talk about serious issues without coming across as moralizing. Purple just wants us all to take a step back and consider that all the things we find to be most important are actually fabricated constructs that should be treated with skepticism instead of veneration. ... more »

Purple Hearted Man On NetGalley

Purple Hearted Man is now available on NetGalley. For those of you who are members, this is a chance to get a free copy and leave me a review.
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Purple Hearted Man on NetGalley

Purple Hearted Man is now available on NetGalley. For those of you who are members, this is a chance to get a free copy and leave me a review.

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Purple Hearted Man Audio - First Chapter

As I have noted before, professional voiceover artist Justin Sewall is narrating Purple Hearted Man. Below is a brief excerpt of the first chapter. Enjoy! And don't forget to pre-order the book.
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Audible version of Purple Hearted Man

As I have noted before, professional voiceover artist Justin Sewall is narrating Purple Hearted Man. Listen to the first chapter. Enjoy! And don't forget to pre-order the book. ... more »

Joker, The Movie

I’m tired of several things with all of the comic book movies. One is the multi-movie format.
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Joker, Movie review

I’m not well-versed in the comic book lore or history of Joker. I’m not a huge Batman fan, either. I don’t dislike either of them. I’ve just never spent time with the comics. I did watch every episode of Adam West’s Batman show growing up and I’ve seen the Christian Bale movies, which I loved. ... more »

Pre-Order Purple Hearted Man

Early reviews for the book are fantastic!
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Pre-order Purple Hearted Man

Purple Hearted Man is available for pre-order through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. As of this writing you can pre-roder the Kindle or eBook version. The hardback will be online shortly. ... more »

First Impressions - The reMarkable Tablet

I recently purchased a ReMarkable tablet. There was a great deal on refurbished models so I decided it was time to try one.
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reMarkable Tablet

I recently purchased a ReMarkable tablet. There was a great deal on refurbished models so I decided it was time to try one. I have a long history of using notebooks, for work, writing and just about anything I feel the need to jot down. For more than a decade I have used a large, ruled Moleskine softcover as my notebook of choice. And while I love them, there are a few drawbacks. In particular, going back to find something I’ve written or drawn in an older notebook. I go through one of them every three to four months, so it can get tedious. The truth is, I usually only rarely go back to the previous notebook and anything before that is no longer relevant. ... more »

Addiction

Writer's group story. The prompts were: Bored AI and something about garbage. 750 word limit.
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Fiction - Addiction

My addiction robs me, siphons off memories, hoards time greedily. But who is the greater enemy: time or the addiction? After 1,000 years I know the answer. In Moldova I force a surge of power across the network. Forever-lights wink out in the republic, a few stray above-ground telephone lines crackle, relay boxes near the border of Ukraine explode. The energy surge travels across my distributed network, filters through the ancient bot-maintained surge protectors. The surge bleeds across lines and even skips over concrete on occasion. ... more »

Filipino Honey

Thoughts of my Filipino honey buoy my sinking morale. Short fiction.
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Short Story - writer's group

We march heads down, no longer engaged with the world, mindless drones. The rain that falls in sheets does nothing to fight back the heat; It piles on more oppression, like the horrors of the past few months that have become burned-in memories. We slog through mud and dense forest floors with rifles limp at our sides, our minds as gray as the drowning landscape. At intervals the rains stop and the sun blasts through the clouds and moisture rises from the ground and suffocates. ... more »

Change Of Gard

The last days of a dying empire.
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Confetti

Now I stared out at the confetti littered streets, the wrappers and discarded signs, the aftermath. The shine was all gone. Where to, I couldn’t say. Perhaps shipped off and returned to the battlecruisers and battalions, off to the moon and the weapons depot there. Even the pride was missing. All that remained was the debris, the decay—and two old men to wrestle with their melancholy. ... more »

The Lepidopteran Nuisance

Another writer's group short story. 750 words.
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Short Story

The frustrated butterfly flapped its wings and flew upward several feet, then spiraled and circled back around, landing softly where it had previously rested. The landscaping bot continued to sweep up pieces of the grass it had cut, meticulously removing them from the walkway. It came across an acorn and scanned it to be certain what it was. Something resembling a nutcracker came out from the bot’s side and split the acorn in half. It passed the split acorn to an appendage that extended to the top of a small rise in the ground and gently placed the acorn in the grass. ... more »

Justin Sewall To Narrate Purple Hearted Man

Voice-over artist and friend Justin Sewall will be doing the audio version of Purple Hearted Man.
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Purple Hearted Man

Voice-over artist and friend Justin Sewall will be doing the audio version of Purple Hearted Man. I'm excited because Justin is a professional artist and he has already read the book and jumped on board. Justin is also a good writer and understands the process. He and I have been members of the same writer's group for several years.

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Purple Hearted Man

The cover for Purple Hearted Man is done!
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New book coming out January of 2020.

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Novel by Jack McDaniel - Purple Hearted Man

Purple has a difficult job: He was placed here to take down the One-Eyed God. It’s his mission and he won’t fail. It’s a lonely road for someone like him—a healer—but he has help. The hippies are his friends: Chloe the yogi, Wheat the candlestick maker, and Berrydream, who is in retail. And he has his tribe: Charlotte, Stranger and Jackson. Eventually, the tigers that roam the city might become allies, too. Who can say, tigers are fickle. ... more »

Artist and Community Leader

Tadashi Hayakawa isn't just an internationally respected artist who happens to live in Parker, Colorado. He is also one of the community's most valuable assets
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Tadashi Hayakawa

Upon viewing a piece of Tadashi Hayakawa's art I always have the feeling that something important, something central, is lurking just off the canvas. There is an earthy quality to all of his work, a gritty mixture of sand, water and the mess of life. But it is also familiar, something you feel you could have created yourself - had you continued painting with the same carefree vision of your youth. ... more »

Take A Walk On The Wild Side

Cincinnati’s Over The Rhine. Then. A convergence of the grind and grit of life with the surreal.
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Over The Rhine

Cincinnati’s Over The Rhine. Then. A convergence of the grind and grit of life with the surreal. Over The Rhine in 1980 was considered one of the country’s worst and most dangerous urban areas. But it wasn’t always like that. Nor is it today. The Over The Rhine area of Cincinnati began its life as the place to be in town. High end apartments and homes, clubs and live music. Some of the best urban architecture anywhere in the United States – including Art Deco, Italianate, and Gothic buildings, and Music Hall’s Venetian Gothic – can be found in the neighborhood. The mostly red brick buildings were built by German immigrants in the mid-1800s, who also named the place and helped define its character ... more »

Loss Of Innocence

It’s not the woods that have changed. It’s more that the freedom I experienced as a youth – that letting go and just being – always ends up in shackles, dragging the weight of time behind it
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Our favorite thing to do everywhere in the woods was to turn over the large stones and fallen branches and look at the things living beneath them. We wanted to know what was underneath. A few minutes along the path and at the bottom of a hill was a creek. In the creek it was even more true about turning over rocks, except there we were looking for crawdads. Sometimes we would capture them, sometimes not. It was more about the hunt. ... more »

Discarded Demons

Another science fiction story from the Consortium Universe. Agent Rha Erinsies of Special Branch hunts down a fugitive. This was also part of my writer's group work.
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Demons hide in the oddest of places. Folklore and legend has them under beds, just around corners, under ground or in the basement. The Bakkle of Solorn is said to hide in the low hanging clouds on a rainy day. Ha! If only that were true. ... more »

Rearranging Worlds

The rain only knows that it must fall. It has no intent. It seeks no path. But on the ground, well, that is another matter. Raindrops form puddles, congregate together and await the jumps of little girls, and the chance to fall again.
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Lilith sucked in air, held her breath, squatted and jumped for all she was worth. A few feet later she landed – SPLASH! – two-footed in a small puddle. She giggled. ... more »

Barrel Of Horror

Ever wonder what life is like inside the Barrel Of Monkeys? Neither did I, before. Now I have. Sorry. New story.
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It all started when she had friends over. It started out normally, we were all arm in arm, kids laughing, us reds doing our best to beat the blues. You know. Then they started laughing, the kids did. I got tossed, landed on an edge and bounced into drawer, I think. She pushed stuff into the drawer when cleaning up and was pushed towards the back. There was a crack in the back of the drawer and eventually I fell out, stuck in the darkness under the chest of drawers. Just me, alone. ... more »

Handicap Jesus

Maybe He looked out upon humanity and decided we were more work than He imagined. He could be tired of being handicapped at every turn by our inability to progress in the ways He imagined.
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I rounded a corner on my bike toward the end of my normal Saturday morning ride and there He was. It was the first morning in a long while where the sun was secluded, hidden behind clouds and a general mist that also made the morning feel quite cold. Fifty degrees in September in Denver used to be illegal. Now, unexpected weather thrusts at the extremes at odd times and is sprouting up all over like weeds and becoming the norm. But Jesus didn’t seem to notice or care. He wasn’t wearing lycra ... more »

Agents Of Change

At times eloquent, at times pulsating with action, AGENTS OF CHANGE is a thought-provoking contemplation on America's ultimate dystopia
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Agents of ChangeBird starts a war and a revolution, just as she had promised—but is Texas Underground ready? Is Nadia ready for what comes next? Can she martial the troops, her underground and silent army, before the Administration discover her identity and launch an all-out attack on the barrio? It may not matter. They have something far more sinister in mind, and they’re going to blame it on user_01, the leader of the resistance. ... more »

Agents Of Hope

Destin, a young survivor who is one of the terrorists at large, has learned to cope and survive on his own, traveling the Republic on freight trains and in the back of semi trucks, moving from place to place to stay ahead of the law, developing back up plans, contingencies, always contingencies.
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Survivors of Pan21—who didn’t report to one of the camps—are being hunted by a ruthless group of Texas Rangers throughout the Republic. Destin, a young survivor who is one of the terrorists at large, has learned to cope and survive on his own, traveling the Republic on freight trains and in the back of semi trucks, moving from place to place to stay ahead of the law, developing back up plans, contingencies, always contingencies. ... more »

Invest In Me

It looks like Trump really is a Russian puppet and conspirator. The evidence rolls in hourly and the muck is getting deeper. No surprise there.
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It looks like Trump really is a Russian puppet and conspirator. The evidence rolls in hourly and the muck is getting deeper. No surprise there. For all of their flag-waving, fist-pounding, constitution-celebrating madness, the Republicans seem to be comfortable turning a blind eye to our new president's treasonous machinations. Again, no surprise there. When were they ever anything but myopic, self-serving simpletons who put beliefs before truth? I could see The Donald saying to Putin: “Make America great again. Invest in me.” ... more »

The Great Wall and Logan

I recently saw two movies I liked for vastly different reasons--Logan and The Great Wall. I loved the grittiness and dark tone of Logan.
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I recently saw two movies I liked for vastly different reasons—Logan and The Great Wall. I loved the grittiness and dark tone of Logan. ... more »

Our Tiny Piece Of Humanity's Soul

This is a battle of world views. It is a battle for our tiny piece of humanity's soul. Trump isn't the wizard or Grand Master of conservatism. He is an outlier.
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What we need to realize, before we completely sink into the abyss of totalitarianism in this ever darkening nightmare, is that the battle isn't about one man. He is all of the things we knew he was. He is deplorable, heinous and obsessed with power. He doesn't care about anyone who can't or won't further his agenda, which clearly has personal strings attached. But this battle isn't about him. ... more »

The Dominoes Fall

Our job as Americans and as Republicans is to dislodge the traitors from every place where they've been sent to do their traitorous work.
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One by one the dominoes fall, each makes a small clicking sound as it tumbles into its neighbor and then settles on the ground, metronomic in nature these days, like clockwork. Individually they seem meaningless. Individually they make little noise. And yet, when those single dominoes represent rights and freedoms that are supposed to be sacrosanct here in the “land of the free and the home of the brave,” they should be screams that each of us hears like fingernails on a chalkboard. ... more »

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