Blog, Rant

Animal Planet – Maddeningly Human

This is a rant that’s been a long time coming.


I wish I could turn on Animal Planet to actually watch animals shows and shows that are primarily about animals at any point in the day or night. Kind of how in 1983 you could turn on MTV to hear and see music. But in order for that to happen on Animal Planet, they would have to move 95% of their show programming to another channel because of all the reality shows they have that focus prominently on people.

They would also need to scrap their irksome motto: “Surprisingly Human.”

Yeah, it’s surprisingly human because the channel’s name is ANIMAL PLANET!!!

Am I being unreasonable?

Blog, Journals, Notebook

Bibliophilic Bookworm

~ Notebook #10 ~

bibliophile – a person who loves or collects books.

bookworm – a person devoted to reading or studying.

Guilty as charged. When you can swoon at the olfactory interaction of books–burying your nose in them to inhale their great scent–then you (I) might have a book-loving problem. I can’t get enough of them. I also can’t read them fast enough. I’m a bit of a collector–not quite a hoarder, but I do: 1 — prefer to have things in a physical, tactile form, and 2 – physically keep the things I like. I’m that person who would, if he could (and maybe someday) line a room in his home with nothing but bookshelves filled end-to-end with books, a collection of mostly yet-to-read books. Nothing represents potential quite like an unread book (just like an unfilled, blank page).

And of course this all naturally extends to what I like to call my Comic Book Fetish as well.

Speaking of comics, I saw this the other day (ignore the 2015 date — there’s no expiration on this kind of initiative for literacy).


You can even support this initiative annually without spending a dime when you participate in Free Comic Book Day, every year on the first Saturday of May. This year it’s on May 6th. It should be a national holiday.


Guest Blog, Reblog

The River’s Edge | Riverdale Pilot Commentary (via CBF)

Obviously the inspiration for this adaptation, particularly in tone, is more owed to the recently rebooted Archie comics than the old school originals that began in the golden age of comics during the 1940s. So going in with that and the fact that it’s a modern day teen show on the CW with a mysterious […]

via The River’s Edge | Riverdale Pilot Commentary — Comic Book Fetish

Blog, Journals, Lifebook

I Nearly Died a Year Ago Today

~ Lifebook #15 ~

Well, not quite (however, June 1st, 2013 was a different story), but, let’s just say I was lucky to survive this event relatively unscathed a year ago today.

So I was involved in a car wreck on my way home around 6:30 PM on February 2nd, 2016. The 2014 Kia Forte EX sedan I’d been riving at the time was rear-ended by an elderly fella who seemed a bit out of it (onset of dementia, I suspect). I was at a stop light, perhaps 4 cars back when BAM! My world was jolted, jostled, rattled, rocked – whatever synonym you want to use. I was unharmed, miraculously, I suppose because he obviously wasn’t going too fast, but unfortunately/fortunately the rear of the car took the brunt of the impact and the collision forced my car into the SUV ahead of me, hardly even damaging it, yet crunching the frontend of my car pretty good. Long ordeal short, my car wound up being totaled (the estimator got up to $10k in damage and knew another $5k was likely and thus I got a call from an adjuster and was happy to’ve had GAP insurance as well).

Here’s a look at that smashed backend.


However, this unfortunate event eventually lead to the acquisition of the car I drive now, the black 2016 Honda Civic EX sedan on the right. Third new black car in a row. I wanted dark gray but they could not find me one with dark interior.


I often complain about my having bad luck (it’s probably not as bad as I’d like to think), but this is a situation where bad luck had a direct through-line to good luck. Not the stuff you can quite capture in a bottle or duplicate, but I am grateful for the random occurrences when they arrive.


Blog, Newsletter, Ruckography

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First things first.
This is not really about “Brandon Rucker News”, it’s more about connecting with other interesting people and intellectual minds, sharing our thoughts, interests, passions, gripes and ideas with each other, and more. Sure, I’m taking the lead by asking you to join me and allow me to inform and entertain you for maybe five minutes at most, but I’m also hoping to inspire you to do the same so that you can in return inform and entertain me as well, perhaps with your own series of newsletters.
But why a newsletter? Why not keep rocking the blog?

Short answer: it seems like a cool thing to do. Long answer: I’m still rocking the blog, but its contents will now be less personal and hopefully broader in scope. Yet, while the overall reach of personal blogs/websites has decreased some in recent years due to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, mass-mailed newsletters have made a comeback the last couple of years (primarily with the literary crowd, of course). There are a few I’m subscribed to by other writers and I’ve been inspired to finally join in activity. Could be a failed experiment, but I’m giving it a shot anyway.

I have blogged semi-regularly the past seven years, and I’ve exhausted the functionality of both Facebook and Twitter and am starting to pull back from both, and the blog some, in terms of personal content.  I’m ready to try this new experiment and fill it with personal content, sharing the kind of things I know you would appreciate receiving.

I’ve no idea what frequency this will be, but bi-weekly seems to be ideal and not too much of a bother, though maybe just kind of whenever I have enough to share? Who knows what day of the week, I mean, I was born on a Wednesday, so maybe?
I Appreciate You

At any rate, I THANK YOU for lending me a few minutes of your time whenever you stop by this blog, and if you’re subscribing to the newsletter, I thank you for that as well. I always try my damnedest not to waste your time or take it for granted.

All the best,

– B.