#NotMyPresident

Well, the day has arrived. Here in the states, some groups of people are elated. They give their ‘white-power’ salutes as they goose-step along, waving their confederate flags and nazi banners, screaming “Sieg Heil!” and “Heil Drumpf!” They are tickled pinker than they already are, now that their “chosen one” has been sworn in. I’m surprised that the bible didn’t burst into flames and turn into a heap of ashes when the tiny, baby-like hand of the illegitimate one was placed on it.

My thoughts on this matter haven’t changed one iota. I will give that thing the same respect and honour that he and the Rethuglikkkans gave President Obama. I will treat him the same way that his supporters treated Hillary and the entire Obama family. He will get all of the support from me that he’s earned: ABSOLUTELY FUCKING NONE. It’s going to be a very long four years…I’m happy for the comedians, though; they will impart a bit of sanity during these dreadful times, and keep me laughing instead of vomiting with rage. I’m sure that there will be plenty to rage about, soon enough! Speaking of rage, I wonder if Samantha Bee is selling those “Thunder Cunt” t-shirts on her website? I seriously want one! It’s a shirt that I could wear with pride, certainly more so than some boring-ass “Feminist” shirt. If I’m going to be called names and ridiculed for speaking out against racism and injustice, then I might as well wear a badge of honour!

Now that I got that out of my system, it’s Friday. I feel like playing some pertinent, timely music. When words fail me, music, or quotes tend to do the trick. Besides, some people just aren’t worth wasting many words on – especially when they’re incapable of understanding and comprehending those words.

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The similarities are striking – the Drumpf also says that Black people and Muslims are “the scourge of the country.” And we’re supposed to be all right with that?!?

Friday Fun-Time: “Hollow-Day” Edition!

Ah, December…the month where everyone that you know is suddenly going overboard with shoving holiday cheer down your throat, and blowing so much crap up your arse you feel like you’re going to fart snowflakes, tinsel, and candy canes! All of this hollow “good-will” starts well before Hallowe’en, mind you, so some of us are beyond sick of xmas before the end of November. That, combined with the paranoid screeching about the nonsensical, imaginary “war” on xmas has me completely over the whole “peace on Earth” thing which doesn’t seem to exist, as of late. Believe it or not, I’m not a pessimist – but, I can say that I’m fairly cynical! It isn’t about the glass being “half-full” or “half-empty,” I just look at the reality of a situation and call it what it is.

I’ve been noticing an interesting trend for at least a decade: the amount of “hard-luck” stories explode exponentially during this time of year, and have gotten worse with the popularity of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other “social” media sites. There was a story reported on the local news last month that I wanted to cite, but it is no longer available on the specific local station’s website, meaning it was exactly what I suspected it was – a fake, “hard-luck” story!

No, I’m not in a bad mood; I can certainly think of some recent posts I’ve seen on the blogs of others, and I’m a glowing, golden ray of sunshine, comparatively! In light of that, I’m going to share a few of my own personal Thanksgivoween and Hannukkwaanzamas favourites. For instance, my buddy Brian over at Bonnywood Manor did an awesome post about the “12 Shots of Xmas.” It reminded me of a song that used to be played on the local Seattle radio station KZOK-FM around this time of year, and after years of searching, I managed to find it again – it only took me 13 years to do so, LOL!

(The other video I had up was way funnier, but isn’t allowed to be played here! Click on this link for the better version)

Finally, here are my top three “hollow-day” favourites to close out this post. Hey – I’ve always said that my sense of humour isn’t easily understood, so don’t expect anything warm and fuzzy! Enjoy, and have a great weekend…I have to get back to the New Life Festival activities in Tamriel! Later, gators…

Friday Fun & Foolishness!!!

Well, whaddya know…we actually got some snow! It started coming down yesterday morning at around 11:30 PST, changing back to rain near midnight. I enjoyed it while it was around – I even went out and built a little snowman on the top of my car, LOL

Since it’s Friday and I’m in a good mood, I figured I’d treat you to some silly comedy, funny memes, and a bit of music…enjoy while I get back to doing some gaming!

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WTF Friday…

I’ve been trying to think of something good for the past few days. Something fun, funny, and light-hearted. Something to shed a tiny, positive light on the travesty that occurred earlier this week…but it’s damned difficult! My thoughts have been in a whirl. I’m a realist and a cynic – I have been since junior high school. Words are failing me, because there just aren’t enough to describe the depths of my anger. There aren’t enough words to describe how loathsome, foul, disgusting and sick the supporters of the Drumpf are. On that note, I can say this with complete honesty:

Hate won. There’s no way around it. Hate won. The things that are happening to kids in school, and people at workplaces, tell the tale. Fucking racist bullies are saying and doing unspeakable things to their fellow classmates. Racist sacks of shit are going out of their way to harass, harangue, and harry their coworkers. We get it. Hate won, and you racist, fucked-in-the-head freaks are happy. Oh, and quit being all butt-hurt over being called what you are, you inbred, white-trash, cross-burning, murdering sacks of shit. I find it hilarious that there are some people out there who get all upset over being called, or thought of as being racist – but they are unconcerned about the existence of racism itself. Being called a racist makes them madder than the existence of racism itself. Go figure that one out.

Yes, hate won the day. This country can go back to the “glory days” of the 1940s and 1950s…what a grand notion, eh? People with some twisted sense of nostalgia are delighted. The bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be removed by the Drumpf – I’m betting that a bust of Stalin, Lenin, or Hitler will soon grace the Oval Office; perhaps all three will be present, with the confederate flag as a backdrop. The White House might even get the ‘gold finish’ treatment that the soon-to-be narcissist-in-chief will be demanding.

In the midst of this, though, there are still a few things that I can be glad for:

1. I didn’t vote for the Drumpf, so I’m not part of the problem. Blame the RethugliKKKans and the Tea-Baggers, the party who welcomed him and his sick, hate-filled ideologies with open arms. Put the blame where it belongs: on the psychotic whites who couldn’t stand the fact that a Black man is in the White House. Hell, they can’t stand the fact that Black people walk around free – but that will change. Get ready for nationwide “Stop & Frisk” laws…

2. I don’t work in an office – I work from home. I’m glad that I didn’t have to look with shock and disgust at my fellow co-workers, as many of you did on Wednesday morning. I’m glad that I don’t have to listen to political bullshit being spewed at the water-cooler or the break-room. Thank the gods and goddesses for small favours.

3. My son’s place of employment is more relaxed and casual than most, so he is safer than most other people are. My niece and nephews, though, are still in school. Since ice-skating is now possible in hell, I believe that I’m going to open a Facebook account, for the sole purpose of family support. I’ll be able to help them with bullies if I know exactly what happens at their school.

4. I live in one of the saner states in the union; the beautiful state of Washington – the Evergreen State. “West Coast = Best Coast.” I’ve been proud to see people demonstrating in Seattle, Portland, OR; Tempe, and Oakland. If I still lived in Vancouver or Seattle, you can bet that I’d be out with the others waving a sign and wielding a bullhorn. I haven’t been at a demonstration since WTO. Who knows? I just might attend a few more during the next four years.

5. It’s Friday. Happy Friday to my friends and acquaintances in the blog-o-sphere. We’ll get through this shit-storm together, I hope. It’s also Veterans Day, so I honour those who served – especially my father, my deceased uncle, my brother, my brother-in-law, and every member of my family that I don’t even know about yet. I come from a line of warriors and fighters who have bled and died for this country. What happened this week is an insult to them, their service, and their memory. I honour them more than ever, today.

Enjoy these three songs. I’m going to do some gaming for a bit – time to take out some aggression in a harmless way in my virtual world. No matter what, I’m always going to “Keep it 100%” – take that any way you wish.

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Friday Fun…NaNo Style!

LOL – I need this picture on my mirror as a reminder every time I walk by…but it would probably be more of a distraction! I already have enough distractions without adding more; still, I press onward with the daily challenge. I am doing my best to silence my inner critic and just let the words flow once I set my fingers to the keys…and that’s the most difficult part.

I have to keep my survival tips in mind:

1. Don’t obsess or correct when writing…just write!

2. Take breaks. Get outside and fiddle with the plants or watch the animals…just breathe the fresh ocean air and relax!

3. Eat healthy. Feed the body, feed the mind, and feed the soul. Think positive!

4. Move around. Stretching, exercise, and meditation help with creativity.

5. Last, but certainly not least: have fun! Challenges are to be met with a smile, not with trepidation – so, just do it!

Here are three songs from my NaNoWriMo playlist – music always inspires me, and Friday is a perfect day to lay down some solid tunes, so…enjoy! See you all later.

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Storms On the Shore!!!

Hey all! Sorry for the late post, but unstable weather has been causing minor issues with the electricity. Also, my computer has been giving me a hassle, which is what frustrated the hell out of me yesterday – dealing with the computer techs has been a major exercise in futility! They refuse to acknowledge that there is some flawed component in my computer, which is causing the crashing and freezing issues I experience while gaming – whether I attempt to record a gaming session or live-stream, or not. I’m currently using what is supposed to be our ‘backup’ computer, and it’s running far better than mine is! Guess what? It even records and streams gaming sessions just fine – so there is obviously an issue in my main rig.

I was all ready to post a spleen-venting, expletive-filled, post of hatred towards condescending douchebags…but, waking up to the sound of thunder this morning soothed my mood. I will do a post about my ineffective dealings with the computer techs, but will try to do so in an amusing way! I’ve been inspired by a couple of bloggers who inject much humour in their writings and posts, and wanted to try to put a funny spin on something that has been exceptionally annoying and frustrating. I do my best to have backup plans in case things go wrong…it helps to be prepared for any possible eventuality.

The morning thunderstorms were very nice to wake up to…although, I understand that while I was enjoying the flashes of lightning and feeling, and hearing, the roll of thunder, the coastal town of Manzanita, down in Oregon, had a fairly sizeable tornado! The remnants of a typhoon are the cause, to my knowledge. Still, I love thunderstorms and wild weather…I’m what you would call a ceraunophile, LOL!

The wind is starting to kick up again, so I’ll keep this post short and sign off. It’s going to be a wild weekend! Hopefully the power stays on…I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Also, I hope that I can get some nice shots of the ocean after tomorrow’s storm blows through! The waters will look awesome, I think; I stepped out on the porch earlier, after everything had finally calmed down, and just listened to the roaring of the ocean…it was nice.

Also, I wanted to note that tomorrow is the night of the Hunter’s Full Moon (in Aries, no less!), as well as the Perigean Spring Tide…the overcast skies will prevent me from seeing the moon, but its effects are definitely being felt!

Full Moon Friday Funtime!

It’s Friday…and the Harvest Full Moon is visible for those with clear night skies! Today also marks the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, which will make the moon look a little bit darker to those living in Europe, parts of Asia, the countries in East Africa, and most of Australia. I’d love to see some photos, if any intrepid photographers are able to capture the event!

Today would have been B. B. King’s 91st birthday…sadly, he passed away on 14 May of last year. Fortunately, his songs are still played regularly on Sirius satellite radio, on the “Bluesville” channel – it’s still referred to as “B. B. King’s Bluesville” by many of us who listen. True blues…not the watered-down, washed-out crap that Clapton or other Brits play. They play sorry emulations of a grand music that is truly American – raw, gritty, and full of heart and soul. If you haven’t lived it, you can’t play it…it’s as simple as that!

Yesterday marked the beginning of the Chinese Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival. From the China Highlights website:

Traditional Calendar Seasons

According to the Chinese lunar calendar (and traditional solar calendar), the 8th month is the second month of autumn. As the four seasons each have three (about-30-day) months on the traditional calendars, day 15 of month 8 is “the middle of autumn”.

For the Full Moon

On the 15th of the lunar calendar, each month, the moon is at its roundest and brightest, symbolizing togetherness and reunion in Chinese culture. Families get together to express their familial love by eating dinner together, appreciating the moon, eating mooncakes, etc. The harvest moon is traditionally believed to be the brightest of the year.

For Harvest Celebration

Month 8 day 15, is traditionally the time rice is supposed to mature and be harvested. So people celebrate the harvest and worship their gods to show their gratitude.

I’ll close this post with three excellent songs by the “King of the Blues,” B. B. King…and, guess what? This is my 2,000th post – pretty awesome, I think!

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I Survived PAX West 2016!!!

Holy shit on toast, Batman…I survived my first convention! Damn, was it crowded…but it was hellaciously fun!!! Meeting the Bethesda ESO team was a kick in the pants; I got some free game codes to hand out to my niece and nephews, there were some awesome costumes and displays to take pictures of, and I got a few nice T-shirts: one was free; two were not…but the free stuff wasn’t bad at all, LOL!

All four days went by very quickly – which means that I had a great time. Time flies when you’re having fun, after all! The crowds bothered me far less than I thought that they would, and I was happy to see hand sanitizer stations everywhere: outside of the restrooms, near the elevators and escalators, and right outside of the “Arena” – the place in the convention center where consoles and PCs were set up for anyone and everyone to jump on and play whichever game they wanted.

There were even four consoles and four PCs set up in the Bethesda room, all loaded up with the ESO North American (NA) client and the Public Test Server (PTS) – the newest update (12), which introduces One Tamriel and the dueling system, was a ton of fun to test out while they streamed LIVE ON TWITCH, all four days! I got completely rekt by one of the gaming designers, and my smiling face can be seen…it was all too awesome!

Time for me to catch up on some blog reading and writing; test out different in-game settings and recording settings, and check out the options that OSB and Xplit provide if the setting changes don’t work. My new webcam also arrived, so I plan on hooking it up to see how it performs – but only after I get the pictures downloaded from my phone, LOL! I took quite a few that I’m looking forward to posting…I hope that they turn out!

It’s Friday and I’m in a fantastic mood…enjoy this bit of random silliness to get your weekend started! I’ll be making the rounds through your blogs tonight and over the next few days – it’s nice to be back home.

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Sepultura’s Friday Fun-time: Movies!

The topic of this post might surprise those who follow me and actually read what I write!

For those who are new to my blog, or just haven’t been paying attention, I don’t do movies or television shows. When I do watch, I watch sports or reruns – most of what is aired these days bores me to tears, save for comedies, animated series, or my anime on [adult swim]. I prefer books, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t watch ANY movies! I decided to post an awesome scene from three films that I genuinely like, and me liking a movie is a rare thing, indeed. The movies that I like might surprise many, as well – but, that’s what you get for having prejudiced expectations, LOL!

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First movie: Ladyhawke. It was on TV last weekend, and I had it on while I did some housework. Hadn’t seen it for years, and I’m sure many consider it a B-movie, but it wasn’t bad as far as I was concerned. Here’s one of the best scenes from that film: “The Transformation.”

Second movie: Hero. This movie was awesome, in my not-so-humble opinion – and I despise Quentin Tarantino, so that says a lot! I love this scene in particular: “Courtyard Battle.”

Last, but definitely not least, Blade Runner. To me, it is, and always will be, one of the most epic films ever made. The best version of the movie, for me, is the 1992 Director’s Cut. I think that it is the most pure, unadulterated version of the 1982 original, without the annoying, unnecessary narration. Even though the movie is nothing like the book that it is based on, titled Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (which I own and have read), it is brilliantly done.

This scene is the climactic moment: “Tears in the Rain.”

Find the hidden animals!

It’s Friday…are you awake enough for this challenge from the Bluebird of Bitterness?
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A hidden (or not-so-hidden) critter — or perhaps more than one — lurks within each of these critters. See how many you can find.

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