Midweek Music…31 May 2017! (Re-blogged)

Today, 13 December, marks a special, personal celebration. I’m re-blogging this post of mine from May of this year, since the music fits the occasion!

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

I felt like posting some pictures and music for this final day in May, 2017…enjoy!

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Mmmmmm…Mushrooms…

Portobello mushrooms stuffed with onion, shallots, diced tomatoes, spinach, and aged white cheddar cheese. I’m having one with my soup for lunch, and one with steak and salad for dinner. I’ll try to save half of one for the hubster, as he is sure to be hungry when he gets back from getting parts for our various vehicles!

I Love My Locs!

(Image found on Pinterest)

I’ve been caring for my natural dreadlocks for two years. They were down to the small of my back!

I went in the other day to have them professionally tended and touched up by a hairstylist, who was referred by a lovely young mother who was visiting the area with her husband and two small children. Five inches of hair was trimmed off, so now my ‘locs are just past my scapulae. No worries, though. By this time next year, they just might be long enough to touch the top of my butt.

That, to me, is the definition of “good” hair. If it is on your head and grows well with good care, then you have “good” hair!

It always feels good to get pampered – I recommend a “beauty” day once in a while. Yes, men, this applies to you all as well.

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Tuesday Tunes: Depeche Mode

I’ve begun bookmarking selected blogs for reading again, and have followed a few. One author recently did a post mentioning the music of Depeche Mode, and I had almost forgotten how many hits they had. The stations that I listen to on a regular basis don’t play this band very often at all. Here are three songs of theirs which I have always enjoyed; I would love to see the video for the second song updated to reflect current political happenings!

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International Mountain Day (Re-blogged)

Happy International Mountain Day.

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Today, 11 December, marks International Mountain Day. Here’s some information about it from the United Nations website:

International Mountain Day has its roots in 1992, when the adoption of Chapter 13 of Agenda 21 “Managing Fragile Ecosystems: Sustainable Mountain Development” at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development put a milestone in the history of mountain development. The increasing attention to the importance of mountains led the UN General Assembly to declare 2002 the UN International Year of Mountains. On this occasion, the UN General Assembly has designated 11 December, from 2003 onwards, as “International Mountain Day”. FAO is the coordinating agency for the coordinating this celebration (IMD) and is mandated to lead observance of it at the global level. The Water and Mountains Team of the Forestry Department is responsible for coordinating this international process.

Mountains provide freshwater, energy and food – resources that will be…

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Sunday Music: The Great American Nightmare

I’m sorting screen-shots and editing excerpts for posting. Excerpts are being posted and published elsewhere, since posting them on this platform wasn’t working! I’ve found a better spot which gets more views and where real people actually respond with real feedback.

Gaming will commence in an hour or so. Now that the in-game event and contest is over with, the population has returned to the usual weekend level and broadcast of gaming progress is doable. Feel free to click the link here and watch the fun if you wish.

For now, here’s a song that I enjoy when in the midst of a heavy castle-capture. It always has to be loud in order to hear it above the screams of rage on TeamSpeak! ROFL

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Reactive Blogging?

I celebrated my 7-year “Blog-o-versary” in October of this year. I don’t think that I’m a novice to this blogging thing. There was virtually no traffic here for the first couple of years; I wasn’t able to post very often due to job responsibilities, and the only comments I received were spam. I only followed a handful of blogs at that time – less than 10, I think – and while I would ‘Like’ posts, I wouldn’t comment and I didn’t follow anyone. I simply didn’t have the time.

After I left my last full-time job and began scheduling my own work on my own time, I had more time to read other blogs in depth. I began following more, commenting once in a while, and re-blogging others – possibly in excess, but I meant no harm. I thought that displaying a genuine interest in others and engaging in conversations would make it easier to meet and connect with others. I hoped to have conversations with others who might share my interests in recreational activities such as music, travel, cooking, reading, writing, gaming, anime and cosplay, or attending fun events involving same. I was doing my due diligence and actively ‘connecting with others’ in this supposedly supportive blogging community.

According to the self-described blogging experts out there, all of the time and energy that I’ve invested in other people’s blogs just isn’t enough to generate traffic. Meanwhile, there are brand-new, poorly-written blogs out there which are springing up like weeds and mysteriously have hundreds of followers. Keep in mind that I had slowly grown my following to a little over 300 followers, and only recently dumped the blogs which are inactive or have been deleted by the author or by WordPress. Most others who used to follow me made themselves absent after certain political events worldwide occurred – there’s nothing I can do about that!

I decided to pose a question to a blogger who has tens of thousands of followers, on a post of theirs titled “Reactive networking / Blogging.” In their post, they state this:

Blogging lesson for the day is on reactive networking.

You’ll often hear bloggers state what they dislike with blogging. They’ll complain about the driveby reader or someone who just presses “like” on their posts. These bloggers are so busy complaining about blogging that they miss the opportunity it is giving them…The problem is that most people want interaction without ever giving it first. That is very hard to obtain. I network reactively most days and don’t browse the new pool of bloggers as much…Someone that just likes your posts doesn’t mean they are a spammer or they are trying to trick you…why not visit a few people today that just leave likes. Interact back and a bit further than them and see where it takes you. Networking is a push of many fronts, not just one.

My thought is this: “reactive” blogging is all well and good, and it obviously works for a lot of people. I opt for the proactive and interactive method, myself. Those who don’t want to interact with me aren’t going to, and all the helpful advice in the world isn’t going to change that. A reflex is a reaction, after all. It doesn’t take much time to do, and requires absolutely no thought.

Observing the blogging and commenting patterns of other bloggers, and making the casual comment about same, isn’t complaining. It shows that I’m actually reading and paying attention.

Isn’t that the important thing?

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Five On Friday: My Blogging Rules For Myself (Re-blogged)

This “5 on Friday” post from October deserves a re-blog. Happy Friday, everyone!

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Have you ever noticed this specific blogging phenomenon known as the “my blog is better than your blog” attitude? I see it often, and it always reminds me of high school interactions or shitty co-workers. These bloggers know everything about everything, and feel the need to troll or spam other bloggers with their arrogant, know-it-all personal attacks.

Some petty little asshat recently got all butthurt over me asking it to respect the boundaries of my blog. Sorry sunshine, you have your own blog. You do your shit your way, and I’ll keep on keeping on doing my shit my way. Because, you know, this is MY blog. I’ve never told you what to write, have I? That answer would be no. So, don’t tell me what to write, m’kay? It’s pretty fucking simple, but even simplicity is far above the heads of some.

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It Arrived!

The “Brack Flyday Bunduru” of stuff that I ordered was delivered today! Here is what arrived:

– Two Sabrent (TM) USB 3D stereo headset adaptors.

– One Logitech (R) G13 Advanced Gameboard.

– Three 2018 calendars; one for my home office, one in the main hallway, and one in the bedroom. They are always of a picturesque nature and vary from year to year.

– Assorted beauty products for my winter skin-care regimen.

The last thing that I’m waiting for is an order from Tommie Copper, as more exercise / gaming gear is needed! Should be here no later than Friday, 15 December.

The only thing I have on my “wish list” is a NordicTrack Freestride trainer. I need to get rid of my outdated elliptical, which was used when I bought it eight years ago. Time to upgrade!

A Short Monday Musing…

I couldn’t think of a good title for this post! It sort of deals with labels and how people define themselves and others by these ever-changing, subjective definitions.

These thoughts began percolating over the past week. Whenever I hear a discussion being had by others, or read dialogue in the comment sections of blogs, news articles, YouTube videos or in-game zone chat, the inevitable accusation made by one person to shut up another is this: “You’re such a politically correct, overtly sensitive SJW – get over yourself!” Merely telling someone not to be an asshole or a douchebag will have people hurling that label at you wherever you go.

It is almost as if being “PC” is the worst thing for a human being to be. It’s perfectly fine to be a racist, rapist, thief, liar, murderer, child molester, or abuser of anything and everything you can get your hands on; if you actually give a shit about how another human being is treated, people act as if you should be strung up from the highest tree by a tiki-torch-waving mob.

In the spirit of calling things what they are – you know, calling a spade a spade – I figured I’d get all that icky, gooey, PC-speak out of my system. It is hard to be completely honest if I’m always biting my tongue or walking on eggshells, so it is time to purge.

* You don’t have CPTSD from your daddy looking at you cross-eyed when you were four. You’re a mentally imbalanced, sobbing, incoherent mess who lashes out mindlessly at everyone who asks you what is wrong. The people who enable your bullshit are just as psycho as you are.

* You don’t have ADD / ADHD or whatever other alphabet soup acronym you choose to excuse your disordered behavior. You’re a scatterbrained, disorganized, unreliable flake who is unable to commit to anything unless you deem it important to or for yourself.

* You don’t have a hoarding disorder due to OCD. You are a disgusting, subhuman creature who chooses to exist in mountains of your own filth.

* You don’t have DID. You get attention by feigning helplessness and by being chronically manipulative.

* You’re not bipolar. You’re incapable of taking responsibility for your impulsive, immature actions and want a free pass for them.

Do you like me better now that I’ve posted something that isn’t oozing with what you determine to be political correctness? No ranting was involved, either.

I’m finally getting the hang of this blogging thing!

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