DieselDucy

Today’s featured Youtuber is Andrew Reams, a railroad freight conductor and self-proclaimed “elevator enthusiast.”  Andrew is better known by the handle of “DieselDucy”, and as I’m writing this his Youtube channel has nearly 40,000 subscribers.  That’s pretty impressive, particularly when you consider that most of his videos are silent recordings of his favorite elevator rides!  […]

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Used Book Hunting: Access All Areas, by Ninjalicious

I’ve been fascinated by “urban exploration” for some time now, so I figured that the best way to get a better understanding of the field was to pick up a copy of its seminal guidebook.  The author, Jeff Chapman, was a Toronto-based pioneer in the “UrbEx” field better known by his internet handle of “Ninjalicious.” […]

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The Secret: A Treasure Hunt

After nearly eight months of searching and waiting, this week I finally had the privilege of visiting one of Byron Preiss’ buried treasure casques!  Unfortunately I was NOT able to actually dig up the casque myself, but given the historical importance of the site I agree that work is best left to the professionals. Fellow […]

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Bleeding Marlborough

It’s been a busy couple of months at the day job, but I’m excited to announce that my latest short story, “Bleeding Marlborough”, is featured in the Fall 2017 issue of Wilderness House Literary Review.  This is my first time being published in WHLR, so be sure to check out that magazine’s other great offerings […]

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Chasing McRib

Full disclosure:  I once worked at a McDonald’s restaurant for two years straight, which is why I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that I’ve never actually tried the McRib sandwich.  The “for a limited time only” pork-and-sauce delectable was first introduced in 1981, invented by the same genius who brought us the Chicken McNugget.  Although the […]

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Scorpio Books

This quiet, appealing neighborhood bookstore has been a staple of Christchurch for over 40 years.  Although its original building was damaged during the massive earthquake of 2011, the business itself lives on. When I first visited the store in late 2015, Scorpio Books occupied a humble shipping container in the trendy Re:Start Mall.  It was […]

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Reed Reviews

Reed Naiper has to be one of my favorite “celebrities” of the modern era.  Although his Youtube channel features a lot of standard fare such as video game walkthroughs, in my opinion Reed shines brightest during his product reviews.  “Casual Gamer Reed”, as he’s known online, offers his unbiased (and unedited) thoughts on a range […]

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Unity Books

A quick trip through Auckland last week was the inspiration for this paragraph, a brief shout-out to one of the best bookstores I’ve come across.  Unity Books only has two locations, this one plus another in Wellington, but their reputation is huge.  In a world where massive chain booksellers offer office supplies, toys and games, […]

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Used Book Hunting: The Last Samurai, by Helen Dewitt

  I was wandering through a used bookshop last week, the kind of store which has no website like it’s not 2017 and where the paperbacks are stacked floor to ceiling like the owner’s goal was to create some kind of fire hazard death trap.  It was there that I came across a like-new copy […]

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Challenge Accepted.

  TL, DR; Since this book was published in 1982, only two of its twelve secret “treasure casques” have been unearthed. Read more here and here.  The way I see it, 35 years is enough of a wait…

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