The Dog Stars by Peter Weller

By Shabbir | June 9, 2016 | Comments Off on The Dog Stars by Peter Weller

[amazon text=Amazon&template=carousel&asin=B007GZELF2] A man, his beloved dog, and his airplane live through an apocalyptic pandemic without developing the cutthroat nature needed to survive in the new world. His plane, a supply of fuel, and his lack of concern for his own safety drive him to explore the world around him. Not your usual post-apocalyptic pulp,…

The Remaining Series by DJ Molles

By Shabbir | June 8, 2016 | Comments Off on The Remaining Series by DJ Molles

A highly entertaining study of what could be accomplished if the military sequestered competent people and supplies in case of societal collapse. Where to get it: [amazon asin=B00PO9J314&template=add to cart]

The Strain series by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro

By Shabbir | June 8, 2016 | Comments Off on The Strain series by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro

The most famous vampire revival series to date, and the only one to cross over into a television series.  A satisfying modern treatment of the genre, it slows in the middle of the trilogy but picks up at the end.  (Like all trilogies)  The tv series on FX is enjoyable as well. Where to get…

The Purge of Babylon Series by Sam Sisavath

By Shabbir | June 8, 2016 | Comments Off on The Purge of Babylon Series by Sam Sisavath

The Purge of Babylon series is one of the two best standouts of the post-apocalyptic buddy story genre.  It follows a pair of SWAT team members, Will and Danny, as they survive a global pandemic that brings otherwordly creatures to the top of the food chain. Where to get it: [amazon asin=B01BYD4HZ0&template=add to cart]

Newsflesh Series by Mira Grant

By Shabbir | June 8, 2016 | Comments Off on Newsflesh Series by Mira Grant

Mira Grant is a zombie fan’s author.  She approached her 3.5 book zombie series with a clear interest in the scientific details that drove her to find and correct one of the biggest plot holes in the Walking Dead: “How can we all have the zombie virus in us, but not all immediately become zombies?…

Slow Burn Series by Bobby Adair

By Shabbir | June 8, 2016 | Comments Off on Slow Burn Series by Bobby Adair

The book I once called, “a short but entertaining read” has turned into a 9 volume epic buddy story set in a zombie apocalypse.  Follow Murph and Zed and they survive the zombie apocalypse and attempt to save the last remaining humans. [amazon text=Amazon&template=carousel&asin=B01EAH9D3S]

Bullying and your kids in the San Francisco Unified School District

By Shabbir | May 4, 2016 | Comments Off on Bullying and your kids in the San Francisco Unified School District

Sadly, I have come to learn more than I want to about how bullying complaints are handled in the San Francisco Unified School District. Because kids begin committing suicide as young as ten years old due to bullying, you probably need to start paying attention to it sooner than you think. The most important thing…

How much of an impact are short term rentals on the SF housing crisis?

By Shabbir | October 21, 2015 | Comments Off on How much of an impact are short term rentals on the SF housing crisis?

(click on the image to get a larger version with more details) (click the image to get a larger version with more details) Something about the discussion of the housing crisis has always bothered me.  We’ve had a housing crisis for years.   How can Airbnb be a factor in the housing crisis when it…

Bowing bluegrass solos

By Shabbir | March 28, 2015 | Comments Off on Bowing bluegrass solos

I’m a new bass player (about 18 months) who plays with a group of people that primarily play bluegrass. For the past 7 months I’ve been practicing French bow with the intent of being able to take my turn soloing with the rest of the band. My band mates are very supportive. My typical method…

Ingress newbie data

By Shabbir | July 21, 2014 | Comments Off on Ingress newbie data

Ingress is a video game played in the real world on top of the GPS system.  It’s an interesting combination of foursquare (for the checkins), geocaching (for the exercise) and king of the hill (for the combat aspect).   You need a battery, and a really good cable The Ingress app runs some heavy animation,…