Three Songs on a Saturday! (Re-blogged)

Saturday sunshine means nice weather for beach clean-up!

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Eyrie Of An Aries

The gaming continues in earnest, as there are a few events going on through the end of the month. These include an epic contest with awesome in-game and real-life prizes, the chance to earn three free crown crates whether you subscribe or not, a free mount for those who have the “full package,” and a free pet for everyone!

Enjoy the music, and be sure to check out my Twitch channel for the live-stream of in-game action. The caveat, as always, is the potential for crashes and other fun malfunctions when there is a higher-than normal in-game population stressing the gaming servers!

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Midweek Music

Time for some midweek music – a bit of awesome, thrashing heavy metal preceded by an orchestral offering.

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Pagan & Proud

I have considered myself an agnostic, polytheist pagan with nihilist tendencies for most of my life. That consideration is wrapped up in a healthy, cynical sense of humour.

I like my individuality. If I’m not accepted for not walking in lock-step with everyone else and doing exactly the same thing as they do, then so be it. Goose-stepping with everyone else has never been my thing.

Some like boring, stale sameness and hive-minded groupthink. I’m not one.

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Last Week Tonight: Corporate Taxes

In today’s installment of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver talks about how corporations are able to pay less taxes than the average working-class American citizen.

Don’t forget this little fact, speaking of tax season: Churches are tax-exempt. Why, then, do they constantly ask for donations?

Just a thought to mull over.

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Jackie Robinson Day

Happy Jackie Robinson Day to all of the baseball fans in the blog-o-sphere! Since this post was repackaged from 2015, I should point out that today marks the 72nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the “colour barrier.”

Here’s a little bit of history about this day, from MLB.com:

“Today marks the 69th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier, and once again, MLB and each of its 30 clubs are pulling out all the stops to celebrate the Hall of Famer’s legacy.

On Jackie Robinson Day, all players and on-field personnel across the league will don No. 42 jerseys, as they have done each April 15 since 2009. The number is otherwise retired throughout baseball in honor of the former Dodgers great, who signed his first professional contract with the organization — then in Brooklyn — in 1945. Two years later, on April 15, he started for the Dodgers against the Boston Braves at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, batting second and playing first base. That was the start of a highly productive 10-year career for Robinson, who was already 28 when he broke the color barrier. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1947, the NL Most Valuable Player Award winner and batting champion two years later, and he made six All-Star teams while posting a career average of .311.

Robinson, who died in 1972, also will be honored by MLB with an increased financial commitment to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, as well as special on-field, pregame ceremonies in each ballpark hosting a game today. That includes at Dodger Stadium, where Rachel and Sharon Robinson, the wife and daughter of Jackie, will be guests for the game against the Giants, along with Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and Dodgers special advisor Don Newcombe, who played with Jackie in Brooklyn. They will watch Dave Roberts, the first minority manager in Dodgers history, guide his club against San Francisco. “I think I’m going to make a conscious effort tomorrow to really understand and take in the scope and magnitude,” Roberts said Thursday. “It’s a big deal. Jackie’s obviously impacted me and many others, so I want to take some extra time to reflect for sure.” For the players on the field, wearing No. 42 is a valued opportunity to show their appreciation for the doors Robinson opened for future generations.”

Jackie Robinson isn’t the only gentleman who had to deal with the ills of segregation and discrimination during the integration of professional sports in this country, but he is the most well-known in the sport of baseball. Professional sports in this country didn’t even integrate at the same time. For that matter, each sport had various teams which were far slower to do so than others. Such is the history of this country; it permeates every aspect of American life. The things that Jackie Robinson addressed and fought against are still prevalent today. Racism didn’t end with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation any more than slavery did.

Jackie Robinson’s legacy is phenomenal and can be seen on every baseball diamond across this country and around the world. Kudos to you, Jackie. You are in the pantheon of the greats.

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Gaming Memes & Music

“Full Frontal Thursday” will return next week with a brand-new installment. I decided to re-package my favourite memes and music for my fellow gamers as we thwart each other’s attempts to earn anniversary rewards during The Elder Scrolls Online in-game event.

There are many similarities between my fellow gamers and my fellow bloggers. It must be an internet thing.

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Wordless Wednesday: Scenic Screen-Shots

I will be periodically live-streaming my gaming sessions Friday and over the weekend as the ESO anniversary event draws to a close. Sorting of screen-shots and adding to my fan fiction is ongoing.

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Last Week Tonight: Crisis Pregnancy Centers

In this edition of “Last Week Tonight,” John exposes the deception practiced by so-called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers,” which are vehemently against women’s rights to choose.

The tactics those places use are eerily similar to online sites which promise medical treatment and / or counseling, but are really a cover for some con artist to get money for nothing.

Celebratory Screen-Shots: TESO Anniversary Event! (Re-blogged)

Today marks the 4th anniversary of The Elder Scrolls Online, so I’m re-posting these screen-shots from last year’s event.

New ones will be posted soon!

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Eyrie Of An Aries

In light of the special events taking place during the three-year anniversary of the launching of The Elder Scrolls Online (TESO), I figured that I’d share a few screen-shots of the fun and festivities! If this doesn’t entice at least ONE of my readers to join in, then nothing will…but, that won’t stop me from enjoying this multi-layered, engaging, hellaciously fun game. With the upcoming addition of the Morrowind expansion, I expect to be playing for the next five years, at least!

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Anniversary voucher

Hmmm…a special cake?

The well-renowned chef

Better-looking than Gordon Ramsay…

…far easier to speak with…

…and much easier to please!

Giving the required ingredients

Waiting patiently with the crowd

Yes – it’s done!

Freshly-baked goods…

…let us eat cake!

Anniversary gift box after completing a daily quest – there are many!

Relaxing at a keep after battle

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