Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

Rockpile Mountain

Posted: 13th June 2018 by Cheap in Camping, Filmmaking, Hiking, Outdoors, Television

My overnight backpacking trip in the Rockpile Mountain Wilderness Area went well.  I didn’t have any equipment problems, and I didn’t forget anything important.  I did add a couple of items to my list for next time, but they aren’t serious (like handy-wipes).  I didn’t forget to bring my hammock, but I was unable to […]

Being Single on Television

Posted: 5th May 2018 by Cheap in Film, Men and Women, Television

As a single guy in the real world, I am surrounded by couples, married and unmarried.  Among my friends, I can’t name anyone who doesn’t have a significant other.  It’s obviously a factor in why I’m alone. In fiction, it’s never like that. I have long been aware of this problem, the laughable improbability of […]

I am building a workbench using mortise & tenon joints.  Somehow, this is the first time I’ve attempted to do so, despite owning a mortiser and a tenonning jig for two decades.  I’m finding that they are both well suited to fairly flat tenons, one width of the chisel, or up to two if the […]

Second Thoughts

Posted: 28th March 2018 by Cheap in Cuisine, Television, Uncategorized, Woodworking

I’m already having second thoughts about buying the Canon C200. For one thing, I’ve been reading the manual and doing online research, and there are tons of exceptions and weird things the camera won’t do. For example, it records 4K, but it won’t output 4K on the SDI port. It supports free run time code, […]

Going Viral

Posted: 8th February 2018 by Cheap in Filmmaking, Television

Having just completed two long nights working as a boom operator on a film, I am astonished to discover that my calves, rather than my arms, are complaining.  I guess I haven’t been hiking enough.  I do need to build up the endurance in my arms, though.  There was one long scene for which I […]

Dead Electronics

Posted: 14th January 2018 by Cheap in Camping, Fiction, Filmmaking, Hiking, Technology

I have driven the highway through Great Smoky Mountains National Park again.  This last time, the trees on the mountains were frosted white, and there was a smoky cloud hanging over the mountains.  This has reaffirmed my goal of backpacking this park, which I plan to do during the summer of 2019.  That means this […]

The Star Trek Mirror Universe Trope

Posted: 9th January 2018 by Cheap in Fiction, Television

[Warning: Contains Spoilers for Star Trek: Discovery] It is an old philosophical concept, and later a theory in quantum mechanics, that every choice creates another universe in which the alternative possibility is true.  Not a very practical idea, but it does tend to let the imagination loose.  This was relatively new science in 1967 when […]

November-December

Posted: 20th December 2017 by Cheap in Camping, Fiction, Hunting, Technology

My hunting trip was successful.  On my fifth day out there, I found a spot that was so ideal for attracting deer, it was like shooting fish in a barrel.  I took a doe, shot through the heart, leaving a Quintin Tarantino blood trail.  Next year, if I hunt that spot, I think I will […]

I read The Paladin, by C. J. Cherryh.  I generally liked it, but it certainly wasn’t her best work.  It was published in 1988, and it is 2017 now, so her idea of a love interest just came off as harassment to me.  Maybe I’m not like other guys, but when a girl repeatedly says […]

Book Trailers

Posted: 31st October 2017 by Cheap in Fiction, Filmmaking

Book trailers are short videos intended to market a novel in much the same way that movie trailers market a film. They seem to have been a short-lived fad, but the idea still intrigues me. I find myself wondering what makes a good book trailer.  I’ve watched several, and they vary widely.  (One of my […]