Thursday Thoughts…27 October 2016

I was doing a bit of reading today, and found out that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has a re-mastered version coming out tomorrow, being released on Steam for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. From The Telegraph:

In 2011 the Game Director of Bethesda Game Studios, Todd Howard, finished up work on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This Norse fantasy, sandbox role-playing game was one of the most anticipated releases of the last console generation, and the hype was palpable. It shot to unprecedented success, earning countless Game of the Year awards, smashing sales targets and capturing the hearts and minds of millions. As we approach the game’s fifth anniversary, Bethesda is about to commemorate its original release with a remaster. It’s no surprise –– the game still has an enormous fan base, reams of cosplayers flock to dress up as its characters at every convention, and there’s even an upcoming concert to celebrate the game’s incredible orchestral score. Its five-year birthday is certainly a milestone to be celebrated, but the game’s remarkable success –– how the melting pot of chance, luck and sheer artistic achievement brought us here –– remains a bit of a mystery.”

Will I buy it? Most likely. Will I have much time to play it? Not immediately, LOL! Stay tuned and I’ll let you know…I still have to get my main rig back in my hot little hands!

The second story that caught my eye has to do with the dress that First Lady Michelle Obama wore at her final state dinner as first lady. She wore an absolutely breath-taking gown designed by Donatella Versace, but the story behind it is awesome! From the New York Times:

On Tuesday night, at her final state dinner as first lady, Michelle Obama solidified her legacy as perhaps the most adept and successful practitioner of the art of political dressing that any administration has seen.

Her choice of an Atelier Versace gown for the Italy state dinner was not only a nice bit of sartorial diplomacy — Versace being an Italian success story, a company often touted as a candidate for a public offering — but, coming less than a week after her magnetic speech in New Hampshire on women and respect, it went far beyond being simply an ambassadorial nod to a guest country’s talent and made a powerful subliminal statement.

The dress, after all, was made of rose gold … chain mail. As much as it was gracefully cut and draped, it also spoke of armor and female strength, of the need to gird yourself to fight for what you believe in. And it was designed by Donatella Versace, a woman who was famously thrust into one of the most difficult situations of all: having to take over and preserve the company founded by her brother after his murder in Miami. And who, despite a fair number of doubts, has ultimately triumphed — in part by transforming the aesthetic of her company from one built on the power of sex to one built on the power of self.

After all, Ms. Versace did describe her most recent women’s wear collection, shown in Milan last month, as, “all about a woman’s freedom: freedom of movement, freedom of activity, freedom to fight for their ideas, freedom to be whomever you want to be.” And she set it to a soundtrack by the trance duo Violet + Photonz that featured the statement that it was time for women to “take the leap.”

I love that dress. May I say it again? I absolutely LOVE THAT DRESS! I love the craftsmanship that was involved, because making a dress out of chain mail, especially of that fine of a gauge, takes much time and skill…this, I know! I have some jewelry and clothing made out of chain mail, including a dress – but my dress is nowhere near as fine as the one worn by the First Lady. It is well-made, but extremely heavy; definitely more utilitarian than fashionable, and the links are much larger. I’d love to see how it was made, from start to finish…truly a masterpiece! Warrior women need their armour – wherever we go!

Finally, the most recent take on the election from John Oliver – his perspective, along with those of Trevor Noah, Conan O’Brien, and Stephen Colbert, make these last two weeks far more palatable. I cast my vote already, and my conscience is clear. My duty is done…there’s nothing left to do but wait until the final vote is counted and the official decision is handed down.

Island Dreaming on this October Day~

There is nothing like the purity of pristine, unspoiled nature. Those of us who appreciate it definitely respect it, as Cindy shows in these beautiful photos!😎

Vancouver Island is full of stunning hiking opportunities. This Marina was the trailhead for one hike,
where we were greeted by a curious fawn!
The hike wound through pristine rain forest,
and river gorges with wildlife all around us.

The beach was mostly empty and the water so pristine, it formed perfect mirrored surfaces for reflection.
A killdeer was unconcerned with our arrival at his beach.

The crystalline sea water,
makes sea anenome look like they weren’t under water.
Although all of these shots were taken through sea water, there was no distortion. This is what perfectly clean sea water looks like. We don’t have this in California!
We have been home at The Holler for several weeks now, but these photos send cheers to you from beautiful and unspoiled Vancouver Island~

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Some active bears snacking on fresh salmon! Love these photos – they’re perfect!😎

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Because bears are close to the ground,they cannot see down into the water very well.We are taller & thus can see down into the water better.If you could fly up into the air & look straight down,you’d be able to see all the salmon swimming about in that stream.

Some bears have found a way of getting around this ocular disabilty.They know the salmon are swimming around but cannot see them.They look for the fin on the back of the salmon to poke above the water.This is the salmons dorsal fin.The salmon probably isn’t even aware that their fin is above the water? This can only happen in the shallows  or when the salmon swims close to the surface. Smart bears look for these fins as a “Hi,I’m over here”sign.They charge into the water & lunge after the fin knowing there is a tasty salmon there.

Thats what is going…

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Poetic and Absorbing Wavy Animated GIFs

These are a visual treat…awesome!😎


Illustrator James R. Eads collaborated with an animator: Chris McDaniel aka The Glitch, in order to push the concept even further. As McDaniel felt a real connection with the painter, he therefore contacted him to create this visual project.

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Holler-Ween Horror: Orange is the New Yuck

ROFLMAO – “Hateful Pumpkin spice,” anyone?
It’s dyed orange…
Doctor Buffalo Tom Peabody to the rescue!😄

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Meanwhile… The Party prepares for the worst…



Your best friend,
Dr. Buffalo Tom


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Midweek Musings & Music!

LOL – I just found that picture on the interwebz today, and it made me laugh…so there! Nothing insane today but Game Two of the MLB World Series – Chicago got their revenge for last night’s loss, it would seem! Two games down the tubes, and both were very well-played. Game Three is on Friday; I think that both teams are glad for a day off, and we’ll see what the Cubs do with their home-field advantage.

Speaking of that, Game Three marks the first time the World Series has been played at Wrigley Field since 1945! That statistic made me think of these tidbits:

My father fought in World War II, so he was in his early 20s in 1945. My mother hadn’t been born yet – she is 30 years younger than he is. My adoptive parents, and my hubby’s parents, were still in diapers back then. It’s funny, to me!

I’m currently in three contests, which don’t involve monetary prizes: one is for a knife, one is to be a guest DJ on one of Sirius XM’s radio channels, and the third is being put on by the company behind the creation of The Elder Scrolls Online. I enter contests every once in a while, and have won some decent prizes here and there…I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed in hopes of winning all three of these, LOL! I don’t ask for much and I’m not greedy – so, here’s hoping!

This next picture has me laughing my butt of, just because…and, from now on, when something tickles my funny-bone, I’m just going to post it. My amusement is priority, LOL! Speaking of amusement, I’ll be doing some more tests with in-game recording and live-streaming. I think that I have these YouTube and Plays.TV uploads nearly figured out, so I hope to post some successes soon!

Finally, I just wanted to play a bit of midweek music! The selections I chose for today are related to the 10 main, saved channels that I listen to on Sirius XM satellite radio, as I’m a subscriber. Here are the channels I listen to: 1 – B. B. King’s Bluesville, 2 – Spectrum, 3 – Garage, 4 – The Joint, 5 – Ozzy’s Boneyard, 6 – 60s, 7 – 70s, 8 – 80s, 9 – Classic Rewind, 0 – Deep Tracks

Each song is one that I heard on each respective station, at one time or another…so, enjoy!


Now, this is what you call a fresh-caught meal!🙂

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When a salmon comes into a river system,they’re full of energy. After a few weeks their energy levels begin to drop.So instead of being able to swim against the strong river current in the middle,they move closer to the rivers edge to get out of that strong current.The bears are constantly patrolling the rivers edge for these salmon.Ones which have become “tuckered”. When the bear finds one of these salmon,the salmon makes a frantic attempt to escape! Sometimes they escape…………& sometimes they don’t.

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This Pioneering Comic Shop Owner Gets Her Own Marvel Cover | Colorlines

This. Is. AWESOME!!!
Definitely one of my go-to places, the next time I travel coast-to-coast!😎


Colorlines Screenshot of (L to R) the variant “Invincible Iron Man #1” comic, feat. (L to R) RiRi Williams and Ariell Johnson; and a picture of Ariell Johnson, taken from Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse’s Instagram on October 25, 2016.

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Ariell Johnson, the founder of Philadelphia’s Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, is the only Black woman to own a comics shop on the East Coast.  Johnson opened Amalgam Comics to tremendous fanfare in January. Now, her important contributions to geek culture and entrepreneurship for women of color has been immortalized in the most appropriate way possible.

Johnson appears on a store-specific variant cover for Marvel’s “Invincible Iron Man #1,” enjoying a meal with another Black woman trailblazer: RiRi Williamsthe new Iron Man. The comic goes on sale next month, with this alternate cover being available only at Amalgam.

Johnson told ABC News that her colleague Randy…

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The Beauty of Italian Architecture

Beautiful, breathtaking architecture…phenomenal!😎


1Hunting Lodge (Rotunda), Stupinigi Palace, Piedmont, Italy

David Burdeny captures the stunning architecture of the Italian peninsula. From north to south, Burdeny’s sharp eye takes the viewer into unique spaces, some still private residences, others transformed into museums, others shuttered permanently and falling into decay.

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Author Paul Beatty Becomes 1st American to Win Man Booker Prize With ‘The Sellout’

This is excellent…I’m ordering this book tomorrow.😎


Paul Beatty, who won the Man Booker Prize for “The Sellout,” a satire about race in America, at a ceremony Tuesday in London. (Credit: John Phillips/Getty Images)

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Paul Beatty’s novel “The Sellout,” a blistering satire about race in America, won the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday, marking the first time an American writer has won the award.

The five Booker judges, who were unanimous in their decision, cited the novel’s inventive comic approach to the thorny issues of racial identity and injustice.

With its outrageous premise and unabashed skewering of racial stereotypes, “The Sellout” is an audacious choice for the judges, who oversee one of the most prestigious awards in literature.

“The truth is rarely pretty, and this is a book that nails the reader to the cross with cheerful abandon,” Amanda Foreman, the head of the judging panel, said at a press…

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