27
Aug

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 Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase. Deluxe Edition Reveal

Now THIS is how you package a CD. It’s a shame it sold out before I could get one – but I mostly just buy vinyl. At least that’s how I’m justifying missing this. :)

Accolades to Steven Wilson and his team for this. Wow:

“With release date only 2 weeks away, pre-ordered editions of Hand. Cannot. Erase. are expected to start shipping soon. If you are one of the lucky ones who has pre-ordered the deluxe edition, and would like to see a sneak preview of what you will be getting (or if you haven’t but would like to see what you are missing!) we have put together this reveal. Note that the deluxe edition is now sold out from its primary source at Burning Shed in the UK, but JPC in Germany and Newbury Comics in the USA still have a handful of copies available to pre-order.”

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27
Aug

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 Work until you die? Ad Agency life in NYC

This article about ad agencies particularly hit home: IT’S NOT WORTH IT’: Ad exec’s brutal rant before he died of cancer is absolutely chilling

This is why I left Advertising about about a year and specifically state on my LinkedIn “No Ad Agencies, please. Client side only.”

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When I worked in Advertising 80 hours were my minimum work week. I never saw my friends and family and I had started to black out a couple times a day. Once (OK, more than once) It almost had me hitting the floor very hard. My average day was so packed that I’d often need to use the bathroom for 4 hours before finally being able to pull myself away from a meeting to pee.

The worst part? People BRAGGED about how many hours they worked. I only worked at a couple Agencies in NYC and NJ so I can’t comment about how it is anywhere else or at other agencies. From my perspective from where I worked this is ingrained in Ad Agency cultures such that they even have an ‪#‎AgencyLife‬ tag on Twitter that they use to brag about it. You know what is a part of #AgencyLife? This 24 year old died from a 30 hour shift and having to be propped up with Red Bull.

I was also, quite literally, working myself to death. The average employee in my particular Agency had a 6 month shelf life. You couldn’t find many who had been there longer.

I saw in my own company people who slept in their offices for 2 hours and then woke up to do another 22 hour day as THE NORM. This was not “crunch time”. This was not rare. This was all the time.

I ended up leaving because I insisted on not going over 80 hours after almost blacking out twice, having finally worked 12 days straight in addition to my normal 80 hour work week. I had requested comp time so that I could at least get some sleep but they literally laughed in my face.

Soon after, I inexplicably almost started vomiting at work and then the next thing I knew my head was on the table and I couldn’t move. I was so close to being hospitalized that I was frozen at my desk, unable to move my head. It felt like I hadn’t seen my husband for the entire time I had worked there.

I was seen as “not committed enough. How dare I want a weekend?

I don’t regret working in Advertising because I learned a lot and it got me to where I am today, but my body was falling apart and I couldn’t do it ever again.

To a lesser extent, the crushing schedule/treadmill idea is why I also walked away from weekly webcomic production. I’d personally never do that again. I know people who it works for, but that isn’t me. An all in one project? Sure. But never again the treadmill. My family and friends are too important at this stage in my life. This is also why I’ve been a hard ass about getting good staffers who will staff my cons with me. I’ve given too much already. Up until this year Harknell and I literally did 80% of the con work before con. I needed some life back or I’d not make it. Not many people know how close I’ve been to maxing myself out.

I am grateful for those who have helped and thus allowed me to regain a modicum of health.

I still work too much, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel thanks to all of you.



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26
Aug

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 Dramatic Reading of “The Haunted Mansion” | The Muppets

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25
Aug

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 Haunted Attraction Reviews: OniHaunts 2015 is almost here! Heck yes, Halloween.

Geez.

My calendar is already filling up with invites from haunted attractions for this season. Contact me ASAP via my website if you want to be sure that I can get to yours. I will again have to turn some down this year. Not enough time unless they invent teleportation.

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Standard disclaimer: Most haunted attractions offer me media passes to attend their haunt which helps me afford the over 4000 miles of travel I’ll be doing in October. I am fair, balanced, and target my work as constructive criticism that will help the haunt owners be their best and the fans to make great choices for their family. (Yes, there’s different types of haunts and I believe a haunt exists for literally every person’s style and taste. Not every one is about terror.)

Please understand how I work. I cannot be threatened or paid off to lie, ever and I sure as hell am not doing this just to get hooked up.

I love this industry and believe in elevating it to the mainstream as one of the best forms of entertainment in the country as a personal cause of mine. My work is constructive criticism with an eye toward and love of the artistry that goes into these attractions.

What media passes do is gives each haunt owner the opportunity to tell me their story so that I can translate the work they are doing to the public without having to guess and tell the wrong story.

My work is largely a love letter to haunted attractions but most of all I work for my readers and will never lie to them. That’s why my work has been called by fans and haunt owners alike the gold standard of Haunted Attraction journalism. I’ve been featured on places like FIOS1 News, Boing Boing, Talk Radio, and even Fox Red Eye as the country’s foremost haunted attraction review expert. Yes, I was pretty surprised about that myself. My life is odd.

In general I can travel to NY, NJ, FL, PA, OH, MD, and VA but I’m always trying to go further.

Read my reviews to get an idea for how I operate here.

See examples of my media appearances here.



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12
Aug

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 Unearthed haunted attractions comes to Busch Gardens Tampa, Florida and Williamsburg, Virginia

As soon as I am back from Intervention this weekend, Oni Haunts season starts up planning. I have a lot of media pass invites already. I’m really excited to see what everyone has made for this year! Busch Gardens has this:



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