Midweek Screen-Shots

Five days from today opens the latest chapter in my computer game of choice, The Elder Scrolls Online. New skill lines, a new crafting ability, and changes to some existing in-game features will also occur.

Here are a few of my most recent screen-shots from gaming fun over the past couple of months. Plenty more will be shared after the next chapter launches!

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Word of the Day: Collaboration

The word of the day is collaboration.

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Definition of collaborate

collaborated; collaborating

intransitive verb

1 : to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor ·An international team of scientists collaborated on the study.

2 : to cooperate with or willingly assist an enemy of one’s country and especially an occupying force ·suspected of collaborating with the enemy

3 : to cooperate with an agency or instrumentality with which one is not immediately connected ·The two schools collaborate on library services.

collaboration
\kə-ˌla-bə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

collaborative
\kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tiv, -b(ə-)rə-\ adjective or noun

collaboratively
\kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tiv-lē, -b(ə-)rə-\ adverb

collaborator
\kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tər\ noun

I was musing over this word after hearing it repeatedly being misused on a podcast I watched last week. The person using it should have known better as he is the senior writer for the company putting on the podcast. I guess when one is a privileged, entitled, tenured individual who hasn’t had to do a hard day’s work since the age of 21, if ever, they can afford to be smug and arrogant about how collaboration is the only way to be a successful writer.

Their definition of collaboration can be summed up this way: “You do the writing and send me the draft. I’ll change it, copyright it and claim that it is mine and that you gave all creative rights to me. You do the work, but let me take the credit.”

That isn’t collaboration. That is theft.

Who wants to work with a thief? Answer: other thieves.

I’m not one.

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Need A New Zojirushi

Our Zojirushi cooker finally gave up the ghost the other day. It was a good product and was used almost daily. Time to get a new one.

The cooker is mainly for rice, but is an excellent multi-purpose utensil and we used it for soups, stews, and even bean dishes. Great way to prep beans to fry up for southwestern-style recipes, for example.

I like this brand better than the crock-pot for the versatility, ease of use and cleaning, and all-around convenience. Definitely worth the price.

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Tuesday Tunes: 15 May 2018

The clouds and rain moved in today so no yardwork can be done. A lot has been accomplished so far and the landscaping is coming along nicely. We’re finally redesigning it to our tastes and love the progress.

Doing a bit of writing and gaming today and have music blasting as always. Here are three tunes for Tuesday afternoon.

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A Feathered Friend

I hear these birds every morning, but they have always been hard to locate. The plants and trees in my yard are flourishing and the birds are nesting, so all of the shrubbery will stay thick and full until autumn.

Anyway, after a few weeks of “talking” with this specific species, one finally decided to strike a pose for proper identification:

It is a white-crowned sparrow – very pretty!

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Last Week Tonight: Venezuela

In today’s installment of “Last Week Tonight,” John puts the spotlight on Venezuela. That country is having an election next week and John shows us what the limited option is for the people there.

Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday Screen-Shots

I rescued this post from the trash-can and updated it. Summerset Isle is coming soon! I can’t want to have a grand, new location for my Sanctuary guild-hall.

It will be epic.

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Repairing a door after a successful capture.

Siege engines up – retake the crucial home keep!

The Doctor has taken the crown – an excellent display of teamwork!

Time away from the battlefield; visiting a lonely grave.

A feathered friend squawks approval.

Standing on the balcony of her grand, new manor…

…Sepultur’a surveys the courtyard, admiring the fruits of her labours and trials.

A reflecting pool, graced by the goddess of dawn and dusk.

Greeting a welcome guest…

…the knighted Titan-born in his finery.

Taking in the lovely scenery…

Sitting upon the hard-won throne. It is surprisingly comfortable!

Flanked by loyal, faithful, and trustworthy companions.

Having a drink near the statuary and shrubberies.

Time for an intimate meal…dessert to follow.

Strategic Meeting

Candles burn low on the aged oak table, casting alternating light and shadow on the faces gathered around it. A solid man with long, graying hair braided in a tight rope down to the small of his back leans over a frayed map spread open on the table. Piles of coins hold down ragged corners which curl tighter than a sea serpent preparing to strike.

The man looks up at the slender, cloaked figure standing across from him. “I take it that all has been set in motion?” he queries.
“Aye,” comes the husky reply. “The bait was set and they couldn’t resist it. Even now, they feed obsessively on the decoy. They were quick to reveal themselves, emboldened as they are.”

The man gives a harsh, humorless chuckle. “Good.” He glances about at the four others gathered here in the abandoned barn, his grim expression mirroring theirs. “We must move swiftly, then. Some must leave tonight, the moment this meeting is concluded.” No muttering complaints meet this announcement. They have all been expecting this over the course of the past few months and are prepared to act.

The man leans over the map again. “One is already established in the lands to the north, here.” A blunt finger indicates the port city near the smoldering volcano. “She will be joined by her scholar-in-training to ensure that her disguise and story are compatible and raise no suspicions.”

Next, he indicates a mountainous area in the northwestern part of the map. “Two others are making their way to the land of the Orcs as we speak. They have lodgings ready at one of the strongholds there and will present themselves as apprentices to the new king when he makes his request a fortnight hence.” He glances at the others again. “They will be our eyes and ears there, as we expect new movement from our foes.”

Looking down at the map again, he continues: “Another will set sail to the south from here.” His finger stabs at a port city on the northern tip of a long island. “We expect a great deal of activity there soon, so a coordinator in that strategic location is of utmost importance.”

He gathers up the coins, allowing the map to furl as he distributes the gold to the others in attendance. The amount is not insignificant, as this meeting had been called in haste. The urgency and seriousness of it had been established by the location and sealed with the amount of coin paid.

He puts the map in its special case and re-seals it, tucking it back in the enchanted coffer it normally resides in. Crossing his arms, he meets the gazes of the others again. “The rest of us will set sail from the port to the south and should arrive within a week. With the eyes of our enemies cast elsewhere, we have a short interval to establish our observation posts where we know they will gather next.” He grins, white teeth flashing in the candlelight.

“Staggering our respective arrivals should go unnoticed, but always remain alert. We cannot afford to be as sloppy, lazy, and careless as they.” His expression turns serious again. “Their numbers have rendered them so,” he says softly. “Still, one slip on our part will make this entire operation a worthless cause.”

He casts a meaningful gaze on each face present. “The spies which haunted our guilds were identified and scattered. That important step made this moment possible. Let’s make the most of it, shall we?”

The candles are extinguished as traveling clothes are donned. The guests depart at varying intervals and in different directions. The merging of the three guilds is complete.

The next leg of the journey begins…

Five On Friday: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018

For today’s “Five on Friday” post I decided to play one song each from my top five artists who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year. Choosing one good song from these talented people was difficult, but I managed to narrow it down.

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