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Patrick Hester
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Lives in Aurora, CO
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What happens when you mix Steven Moffat's #DoctorWho with JJ Abrams #StarTrek, add a dash of George Lucas' #StarWars and mix it all together in a gigantic #BigBangTheory bowl of nerdiness? Why, The Functional Nerds #podcast ep 211, of course... http://functionalnerds.com/2014/11/episode-211-patrick-and-john-talk-about-star-wars-a-lot/
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I've written a new blog post for ya: Travels, Tribulations and the diary of a food-a-holic. 

I recently had the chance to travel to Boston for a Marketing Conference/Expo called InBound.  I spent my days in sessions, bold talks and software deep dives - while enjoying local food truck fare for lunch - and my nights in search of Boston's famed North End eateries.  I wasn't disappointed by any of it. 

Click through to read the rest and see some pics I took.
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In writing, names are also ridiculously important. I talk about that on Abhinav Jain's (@abhinavjain87) blog today: http://sonsofcorax.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/nanp-good-names-bad-names/
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Hey G+, are you ready for - 5 questions?

Deep Purple or Whitesnake?
Mickey Mouse or Howard the Duck?
Dry Rub or BBQ Sauce?
Predator or Alien?
Captain Hook or Captain Harlock?
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Deep Purple; MM; Dry Rub; Alien; Capt Hook.
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With The Wheel of Time series from Robert Jordan coming to an end (A Memory of Light out tomorrow!), I take a look at the comic book adaptations of the books over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog - clickie the link, share with your circles and give a +1!! :)  http://www.kirkusreviews.com/blog/science-fiction-and-fantasy/robert-jordans-wheel-time-graphic-novels/
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I've been honing my #ebook layout/design skills this month and have added this particular skill to my list of freelance offerings. You can learn more and even download sample eBooks here: http://patrickhester.com/?page_id=495
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My latest @KirkusReviews post shines a light on the Corruption, Decay and Hope in #Gotham: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/features/gotham-city-corruption-decay-and-hope/ Hope you like it :)
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Check out my latest post over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog - The Legend of Drizzt by R.A. Salvatore.
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Check out my latest Kirkus post and give a +1! :)
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Join my mailing list today for some free fiction later this month. Details here: http://www.atfmb.com/2013/01/07/what-to-expect-in-2013/
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Just came across this on YouTube, thought I'd share.  "Evolution of the Enterprise" http://youtu.be/oAakbHMvgzI
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Thought I'd share this: Jeffrey Morris on 'Why STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE is my favorite Star Trek Film' http://www.futuredude.com/why-the-motion-picture-is-my-favoritie-star-trek-film/
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Technically, they lifted that relationship from the unproduced ST Phase 2, which was recycled first in TMP then in TNG. Though there are question marks over who's to blame for the very rough first two seasons of TNG, the reuse of storylines which were more than a decade old was certainly a part of the problem
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Writer, Blogger and paying the rent as the Marketing Director
Employment
  • Narnia
    Writer, Blogger, Marketing Guru & Podcast Producer/Host, present
  • The Agent Workshop
  • Innov8 Solutions
  • Gem Products, Inc.
  • Field Warehousing, Corp.
  • A-PED, Inc.
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Morticai
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Author, Blogger, Podcaster & all around Functional Nerd
Introduction
@atfmb on Twitter, Patrick Hester is the Co-Host/producer of the FunctionalNerds.com podcast, Host/Main Interviewer/Producer for the SFSignal.com podcast and is the Producer for Mur Lafferty's I Should Be Writing Podcast.

He is an aspiring writer currently looking for representation.

Bio:
Patrick was born in Chicago but raised in Fresno, California.  He attended several Catholic elementary schools, a public high school (Fresno High), and some college (Fresno City College) before realizing that College was not for him.  Patrick moved to Colorado in 2003 and hasn't looked back. He's been in 23 of the 50 states - Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan and Florida. Whew.

Patrick has never been married, and has no kids. He plays the guitar, preferring his accoustic Takamine, but he also has a hollow body Gibson that he treasures, and it sounds great when hooked up to his accoustic amp. He loves music but, especially, the Blues - he has written a few songs that have impressed those around him. He enjoys playing for people who want to listen but is a bit too shy for large crowds (for now anyway) and prefers more intimate settings when he plays.

Patrick's goal is to be a published author. He began in high school, crafting stories that were mostly fan fiction and typed up on a very old typewriter that would get jammed because he typed too fast for it to keep up. From there he upgraded to a slightly less old, yet still ancient electric typewriter, then to a word processor and finally to computers. The idea for The New Universe came to him early on and has always been present in the back of his mind - in short, everything he writes is related; it all takes place in the same ‘universe’. He continues to write, maintaining a blog, All Things From My Brain, and a website dedicated to his fiction, The New Universe, honing his skills and preparing for the day when his novels appear in a bookstore near you.

His professional life is often odd and chaotic, basically, having had so many different responsibilities over the years that he can pretty much do whatever needs to get done.
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Aurora, CO
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Centennial, CO - Fresno, CA - Berwynn, Illinois - Cicero, Illinois - Fresno, California - Knoxville, Tennessee - Chattanooga, Tennesse - Denver, Colorado
This is probably the worst Chipotle I have ever been to. First, I'm waiting to pay and the guy behind the counter is pushing my food towards the cashier. After I pay, both of them turn away from me and start chattering away to each other. I have to reach across the what - 4 foot counter? - to get my food. I decide to sit outside. It's a nice enough day, not too hot, not too cool. I choose a table with an umbrella because I have two skin settings: pale and burnt. While I'm eating, there's some movement behind me and the umbrella goes away. I turn and see two Chipotle employees taking it and folding it up. While I'm staring, one asks me if I like my food. I reply yes, but I like the shade better and he says he had to take it down because of the wind. What wind? There wasn't any. He walks away. I ask to speak with a manager and it's the same guy. Never said, "Excuse me - we have to put the umbrellas away." or "Really sorry to have to do this to you, but..." He just comes out there and starts putting them away and rearranging the tables. Really rude. Horrible place, horrible service, poor management. Will never eat there again and I suggest you don't either.
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
Got something in the mail from here. Reminded me that they exist. Decided to try them again - it's been probably over two years since I last visited this particular location. I called to order a pizza for carryout. First try, the guy who answered hung up on me. Second try, a lady answered and while I was talking to her, I was suddenly on hold and listening to a prerecorded message. When she came back, she apologized and said that their phone system was acting strange. I placed my order and she said it would be 20 minutes. I left the house, got some gas in the car, went through the car wash and showed up 25 minutes later. My food wasn't ready. The guy running the carryout desk seemed really flustered. He was running around, trying to answer the phone, and help people. Both people (there were only two). I waited patiently until someone else came up and asked me if I'd been helped yet. I told them I'd ordered a pizza. She said she'd check on it. I looked around and the place was maybe a third full on a Saturday night, 6:10 pm. That's not good for any restaurant. She came back and said it would be five more minutes and that the guy would help me now. He just wanted me to pay, so I did. Now there were three of us standing around waiting. 20 minutes after that, I had my pizza, so a total of 45 give or take from the time I called until I walked out with my food. Super slow service and people who don't seem to be able to handle a third of the business they should be doing. Not good. Maybe I'll wait another couple years before I try this place again...
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Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
This store has been remodeled to the point of uselessness. Apparently the remodel didn't include keeping the shelves stocked or having the signs match the contents of the aisle. Worse, the employees don't know where things have been moved to either. Was in the produce section looking for onions. Asked the guy working there where they'd moved the onions too - he looked around and said, "I don't think they're in this section anymore." ONIONS?! Where the hell else would they put them but in produce? It's so sad - this store used to get all of my grocery money, now I go across the street to Safeway. :(
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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Went to this Chilis, had the 'Cadillac fajitas'. Everything but the rice was great. Who serves jasmine rice with fajitas? The flavor was overpowering and detracted from the meal. I would expect Spanish or Mexican rice with fajitas, not jasmine. Told the server about the rice and she told me that there's nothing they can do about the rice because all the recipes come from corporate. Sigh.
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
For the 1st time in a decade, I have vision as part of my health insurance through my employer. This was very exciting. I am covered for one eye exam per year, one set of frames up to $120 and the lenses to go in the frames. Sweet deal, right? Two years ago at Lens Crafters I paid cash for two pairs of glasses; one regular, one sunglasses - the total with anti-glare came up to $350. Today, using my insurance at the One Hour Optical on Colorado & Mexico, I was charged $425. When I asked if this was after what my insurance covered, I was told absolutely it was and they pointed to a very confusing receipt that didn't actually have the word 'insurance' or 'copay' anywhere on it. Whatever. I go ahead and pay the bill. When I ask when my glasses will be ready they say that they're really sorry but because of the anti-glare coating, they'll have to send the glasses off-site and will call me when they are ready. I accept this but I am not happy about it. Two days later, I decide to call and see if they have some sort of eta. I am put on hold for a minute, then the lady comes back and tells me it will be 9 days from today - 9 days! I tell her that is really disappointing given that this is 'One Hour Optical' and she says she's sorry but that's just the way it is and there's nothing at all that can be done. ..sure there is. it's called a Refund.
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Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago