Welcome to a new irregular feature here at Green Bandit Press, the Blogroll Roll Call. As you can see, on the right hand side of the site, I’ve added a list of links to blogs I read. This isn’t every blog I’ve bookmarked. I weeded out a few that update very sparingly, or that wouldn’t be of interest to a wider audience. If you have a blog that I haven’t listed, but which you think I should, please let me know. Even if you’ve let me know before. You see, sometimes I forget to bookmark blogs I enjoy, just as I sometimes leave bookmarked blogs that haven’t updated in years.
For now, though, I’ll start this feature with Lightning Octopus, by Jonathan Simon. Mr. Simon blogs about all thinks geeky in Arizona. In (quickly) researching this post, I discovered he was also the official Tweeter (Twitterer?) of Phoenix ComiCon 2011. He’s been interviewed in Phoenix New Times, so if you want more information, you could head over there.
Why I Bookmarked It
I probably started reading Lighting Octopus because of the connection to Phoenix ComiCon, though I wasn’t aware of the official nature of that connection at the time. I was looking for more information on events going on around the time of the Con, and stumbled upon this blog.
Why I Still Read It
I’m a geek. I think this probably goes without saying. I mean, you’re reading this post on my blog, on my website, where I’m self-publishing a book about a lycanthropic detective. If you didn’t know I was a geek, well, maybe you don’t realize that you have a high likelihood of being a geek yourself. I still read Lighting Octopus because I really do like to keep up with what’s going on. Normally, there’s not much in the way of geekery up here in Flagstaff, but on occasion, something does happen up here. When it does, there’s a good chance Jonathan Simon will be on top of it. Just over a week ago, my wife and I were at dinner with a friend. At the next table over there were no less than six people dressed in the costumes of characters none of us recognized. We would have been completely confused at the random cosplay, except that I happened to read Lightning Octopus’s weekly feature about things to do on the weekend in Geek Arizona. So I knew there was an anime convention in town. Mystery solved.
Why You Should Read It
I realize that not everyone who reads Little Lost Dogs lives in Arizona. In fact, I know a good number of you are in Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, and elsewhere around the globe. That’s not even counting the spam my blog gets in Cyrillic*. However, I’m a firm believer that geeks should stick together and support things-geeky. Besides, there’s more to the site than just a calendar of events. There’s quite attractive photography by Darby, Simon’s wife. There’s Simon’s descriptions and reports of various happenings. Who knows, maybe you might get lured out to Arizona, or get an idea to replicate something in your neck of the woods.
Until next time.
*Incidentally, if you really do read my site, and have been leaving comments in Cyrillic, they’ve been marked as spam. Please let me know — in English, using the Latin alphabet — and I’ll un-spam your comments.