Last Week Tonight, from 19 Feb 2017

I’m going to make this a regular, weekly feature for as long as I can. I should have done so last year, but better late than never!

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Sepultura’s Sunday Screen-Shots: Domus Dulcis Domus

There is a New Moon today, coinciding with a Pisces Solar Eclipse…fascinating, no? In light of that, and to celebrate the purchase of my first in-game house, here are a few in-game screen-shots of some of the exterior courtyard and interior décor. Time to earn more gold for a proper guild-hall worthy of the Sanctuary!

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Courtyard: walled for privacy & security

Relaxing on the porch as the sun sets

Casual dress; reading up on a recipe

Cooking for company

Sitting for a spell – time to put the cat out

A welcome visitor

Flirtatious fan-dancing

Sharing a drink by the fireplace

Drinking and chatting – a cozy evening

Standing close – time to retire

Google Pledges $11.5M to Organizations that Fight Racial Bias in Criminal Justice System

I saw an interview with this gentleman yesterday morning…he’s doing some fantastic work! Kudos to Google as well, for doing something to address this issue.
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article by Jessica Guynn via usatoday.com

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is handing out $11.5 million in grants to organizations combating racial disparities in the criminal justice system, double what it has given so far. And, in keeping with a company built on information, the latest wave of grants target organizations that crunch data to pinpoint problems and propose solutions.

“There is significant ambiguity regarding the extent of racial bias in policing and criminal sentencing,” says Justin Steele, principal with Google.org, the Internet giant’s philanthropic arm. “We must find ways to improve the accessibility and usefulness of information.”  Among the organizations receiving funds from Google.org is the Center for Policing Equity, a national research center that collaborates with police departments and the communities they serve to track statistics on law enforcement actions, from police stops to…

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Saturday Songs for “the Quiet Beatle”

George Harrison: 25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001

I wanted to play some Saturday songs in honour of George Harrison, known as “the Quiet Beatle” of “Fab Four” fame. Today marks what would have been his 74th birthday, were it not for his untimely death in 2001 at the age of 58 due to complications from throat and lung cancer. He also survived an attempt on his life in 1999, when a madman broke into his house and proceeded to stab him multiple times. From Wikipedia:

On 30 December 1999, Harrison and his wife were attacked at their home, Friar Park. Michael Abram, a 36-year-old fan, broke in and attacked Harrison with a kitchen knife, puncturing a lung and causing head injuries before Olivia Harrison incapacitated the assailant by striking him repeatedly with a fireplace poker and a lamp.[166][168] Following the attack, Harrison was hospitalised with more than 40 stab wounds. He released a statement soon afterwards regarding his assailant: “[he] wasn’t a burglar, and he certainly wasn’t auditioning for the Traveling Wilburys.”

While I quite like the music that John, Paul, and Ringo put out after the Beatles went their separate ways, I always felt that George was the heart and soul of that group. His spirituality and gentle nature were qualities that I appreciated in him, and felt an affinity with. Here’s my little musical tribute to this legendary genius…enjoy.

“What We Got Here is a Failure to Communicate”~

Ah, yes…love is in the air!

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Elephant Seals are obviously not the only species with this problem!

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This sub-adult male seems a bit sheepish about his not yet mature mating attempts.
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He looks at me almost as if he’s apologetic!
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He’s just practising now, learning how to deal with all the rejection.

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Elephant Seal mating is disturbingly violent. It is a hard life being an elephant seal.
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Looking into the female’s eyes it is impossible not to feel sorry for her and her continual harassment.

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For now at least, the adolescent males just look beached and confused!
Cheers to you the Piedras Blancas elephant seals~

Title quote: “Cool Hand Luke.”

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Fun Friday Facts: 24 February 2017!

Happy Friday, everybody! It’s the final Friday of February of 2017; yes, an ‘offical’ one would be if the last day of the month fell on a Friday, but I’m not as anal about such things as others are, LOL! Anyway, I figured that my “five fun facts” would relate to unique household items that a lot of people wouldn’t normally see in the homes of friends or acquaintances. I was inspired to do this by the recent addition of player housing to The Elder Scrolls Online, and I’m celebrating the purchase of my first “staple” home in-game. Good excuse to talk about home décor, no? I listed these items in the order they were acquired, just for the heck of it!

1. I have a lava lamp, which I purchased in Seattle in 1998. It has travelled with me from Washington state, to Oregon, and back again. I like lava lamps…they’re pretty nifty!

2. I have a globe, a gift from a family member and received in 1999. It’s very nice, mounted on a hardwood stand with a wheeled base. It once belonged to the California State University in Sacramento, according to one of three labels stamped on it. It has a date of 1915 etched into it as well.

3. An antique typewriter graces one desk in my writing room. It is a manual, Royal typewriter of 1930s vintage, and I use it to type out rough drafts of my book chapters. It was a surprise gift from my husband a couple of years ago – he just brought it in one day after running errands. He knew that I’d been looking for one…it made my day when he carried it in the house!

4. A seven-foot tall grandfather clock catches your eye when you first walk into our living room. It is a Trend model, which used to be made by the Sligh clock company, but has long since been discontinued. It is quite stately, with a glass-paneled wood casing and brass hardware. I’d venture to guess that it has more moving parts than the exercise machine does! The clock is our engagement present to each other, since we both saw it at the same time and made the joint decision to buy it. We call it our “engagement ring,” as it rings out every 15 minutes and chimes the hours. It’s definitely a source of pride!

5. Last but not least, the Marcy home gym. I’ve been wanting a universal exercise machine for years, as circuit-training has always been an important part of my workout regimen. I finally have one of my own – no more dealing with questionable fitness centers or sketchy, so-called “personal trainers!”

Thursday Thoughts: Things That Make Me Go “Hmmmmm…”

Ah, but it’s great to have a functioning computer again! It works so well now – yes, I know a thing or two about computers and how they should run, so if something is malfunctioning oddly, and for no apparent reason, then it needs to be looked at by the responsible and / or appropriate party. Sometimes, a customer DOES know what she or he is talking about!

Anyway, I’ve had an enjoyable time over the past two days, grinding in the battlefields, running around collecting bounties until the various campaigns that I was in rolled over for the expected restart, and socked away my hard-earned gold. Even broadcast some of the action, here and there; I hope that you were able to watch a bit of it! Guild-store sales have been good this week, as well. Having a trader helps with that, and selling high-ticket, rare items makes for a nice influx of income on the side!

While I was sorting, selling, questing, and killing, I had a few thoughts crop up in the back of my brain. They amused me, so I figured that I’d share them! Here we go:

• What is the deal with the “Kar-Trash-ian Syndrome,” and why won’t it go away? Why won’t people let it die the quick death that it so richly deserves?

• Who the hell is Chrisley, and why does he know best? What makes him an authority?

• Why do people create fake blogs and / or social media profiles? Do they feel that trolling, catfishing, or harassing others is clever? Is being an unhinged cretin some massive feat of heroism?

• Why is pointing out obvious things such as these considered “whinging” or “griping?” What is so offensive about pointing out absurdities?

• Last, but not least: Why do excellent beauty products get discontinued? I’m speaking specifically about the phenomenal eye moisturizer that used to be made by Bare Escentuals, called “Eye Rev-er Upper.” I was waiting for my quarterly supply to be delivered and was notified that the product was no longer available. They didn’t even offer up a similar product! I’ve been using that stuff since I found out about it 10 years ago, and now it’s gone…it is so hard for me to find decent beauty products, and now I have to hunt for a nice, water-based, gel-type eye moisturizer again. Aaaarrrggghhh! Such a pain.

With that, I’ll leave you with a song that should give you some proper insight into the tone of this post…anyone who thinks that my complaints are serious, really doesn’t know me that well and is simply making unfair assumptions and biased judgements. Thank goodness that it’s their problem, not mine! Talk with you all later…

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I found Ernie & Ethel sitting side by side! I don’t see them doing that very often.It’s mating season so they tend to hang out a lot together.So much so that when Ethel took off,Ernie joined her seconds later!

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Black Female Artists Tackle The Dangerous Stereotypes That Have Never Defined Them

I like this…excellent!

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Mildred Howard, “I’ve Been a Witness to this Game IX,” color monoprint/digital on found paper with collage, 2016.

article by Priscilla Frank via huffingtonpost.com

The pop culture landscape is littered with lazy images of black women ― the nurturer, the hussy, the angry bitch. Hovering around the all-encompassing myth of the “strong black woman,” those paper-thin characterizations fail to represent real women in all their complexity and vulnerability.

Despite the monolithic representations that appear so often in TV series, advertisements, films and the imaginations of those who digest them, artists have long worked to provide images that speak to the depth and sweet fallibility of all human beings ― black women included.

An exhibition at the Alexandria Museum of Art, titled “Beyond Mammy, Jezebel, & Sapphire: Reclaiming Images of Black Women,” deconstructs the limiting categorizations mainstream culture allows black women. The artists on view reveal the shoddy nature…

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TRANQUIL RAINBOW

This, right here…absolute perfection.
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Came across a great rainbow today but couldn’t really take advantage of it.I couldn’t find a eagle anywhere?

I couldn’t see Tranquil valley due to the rain. In the second shot you can see a tall Sitka.That dead tree is huge btw.I’m waiting for a wind storm to bring it down.I’ve always thought that It would make a excellent eagle tree,but I’ve never seen one on it.

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