Fun Friday Facts: 24 February 2017!

Happy Friday, everybody! It’s the final Friday of February of 2017; yes, an ‘offical’ one would be if the last day of the month fell on a Friday, but I’m not as anal about such things as others are, LOL! Anyway, I figured that my “five fun facts” would relate to unique household items that a lot of people wouldn’t normally see in the homes of friends or acquaintances. I was inspired to do this by the recent addition of player housing to The Elder Scrolls Online, and I’m celebrating the purchase of my first “staple” home in-game. Good excuse to talk about home décor, no? I listed these items in the order they were acquired, just for the heck of it!

1. I have a lava lamp, which I purchased in Seattle in 1998. It has travelled with me from Washington state, to Oregon, and back again. I like lava lamps…they’re pretty nifty!

2. I have a globe, a gift from a family member and received in 1999. It’s very nice, mounted on a hardwood stand with a wheeled base. It once belonged to the California State University in Sacramento, according to one of three labels stamped on it. It has a date of 1915 etched into it as well.

3. An antique typewriter graces one desk in my writing room. It is a manual, Royal typewriter of 1930s vintage, and I use it to type out rough drafts of my book chapters. It was a surprise gift from my husband a couple of years ago – he just brought it in one day after running errands. He knew that I’d been looking for one…it made my day when he carried it in the house!

4. A seven-foot tall grandfather clock catches your eye when you first walk into our living room. It is a Trend model, which used to be made by the Sligh clock company, but has long since been discontinued. It is quite stately, with a glass-paneled wood casing and brass hardware. I’d venture to guess that it has more moving parts than the exercise machine does! The clock is our engagement present to each other, since we both saw it at the same time and made the joint decision to buy it. We call it our “engagement ring,” as it rings out every 15 minutes and chimes the hours. It’s definitely a source of pride!

5. Last but not least, the Marcy home gym. I’ve been wanting a universal exercise machine for years, as circuit-training has always been an important part of my workout regimen. I finally have one of my own – no more dealing with questionable fitness centers or sketchy, so-called “personal trainers!”

Sunday Scenery…And a Bit o’ Silliness!

This was worth a re-post, with a bit of edu-ma-cation tossed into the mix. Also, be sure to check out my Twitch channel for live-streamed broadcasts of my gaming sessions…enjoy!

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

I was doing some tests with my new computer, seeing how well it handles my hard-core gaming needs, and I finally got it to crash! No, I didn’t kill it, but I have gotten it to completely freeze up where it required a “forced hard reboot,” which sounds worse than it actually is. I’m so hard on equipment…I demand far more of things that I own than people – but, I also have high expectations of myself, and expect things that I purchase to function to their maximum capability…and beyond!

I was successful with recording a gaming session, but only once – I didn’t download the clip because there wasn’t anything worth saving in it, LOL – but broadcasting a live gaming session caused a “freezing-crash,” multiple times, after about one minute. Either my video settings are too high, or I haven’t located where to adjust them – or, its…

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Friday Fun: Five More Facts!

This post is inspired by a question posed by Brian over at Bonnywood Manor – he asked, “What in life have you NOT done?” It might have been posed rhetorically, but it got me to thinking: there are many things that I have done in life, and many more that I haven’t done yet – but, would certainly like to. There are also quite a few things that I have never done, nor would I ever do. So, here are five random things that I have never done!

1. I’ve never committed a felony. I like my freedom too much to even commit a misdemeanor or any petty crime; I also think that honesty and a sense of honour play a big role.

2. I’ve never traveled off of the North American continent – I have yet to even visit Mexico or the other countries in Central America!

3. I’ve never seen an episode of “Game of Thrones.”

4. I’ve never had a driver’s license – but, I can drive a vehicle whether it has manual or automatic transmission.

5. I’ve never done these drugs: meth, crack, cocaine, heroin, or PCP. No desire to, either, in case you were wondering!

I’m pleased to report that I’ve figured out the gaming software, so will be having a regular schedule of live broadcasts soon! The recording and uploading to YouTube is the only issue right now, but I’m not too bothered by that at the moment. Hopefully the issue will be fixed with a future update to it, but I’m very happy that everything else is working as it should. The game-streaming should be much smoother than it used to be, and the sound issues have cleared up, so settle in some time and watch some gaming action! I’ve also conscripted a close friend to start featuring some of my blog posts on Twitter…I’m pleased and grateful to them for the kind offer.

With that, how about some music? Talk to you all later…

Testing Time: Computer Performance!

Well, I’ve had my computer hooked up for about a week, and it seems to be running quite smoothly – so, it’s time to put it through some strenuous paces! I need to figure out how to utilize the recording / broadcasting program that came with the new GPU, and it is quite a bit different from the one that I used with the AMD video card. Yay – I get to learn something new! Once I get that nailed down, I’ll finally start learning how to create music videos on YouTube and create a few of my own. That might lead to doing the odd vlog post here and there; it’s about time that I jumped in that pool, LOL

While I get familiar with the GeForce(R) Experience(TM), settle in and enjoy these vintage clips of my Elder Scrolls Online in-game footage! Quite a bit has changed since I uploaded these videos many moons ago, so I apologize for the poor quality. It will be nice to compare these clips with the new ones which will be posted…eventually!

This first clip shows the defense of a keep, which I “claimed” for my guild, then a subsequent bridge battle – and, ending with a lovely loading-screen of eternity!

This second one shows the completion of one of many in-game storylines. I titled it “Kingslayer,” for lack of any better description!

Finally, my favourite clip – collecting a battlefield bounty!

Full Moon Friday: 5 Fun Facts!

It’s a Full Moon Friday, and I figured I’d do something fun: list five facts about myself, which some of you may or may not know about me. I’ve seen other bloggers do this as a regular feature; me, I’m a bit more private than most, so don’t feel the need to gush copiously like a New York City fire hydrant in July. Still, the ‘personal’ touch is a good thing – gives me something to write about while I research some topics for future posts. So, here we go!

1. I learned how to read at the age of two. By the time I was eight, I was reading – and comprehending – college-level literature, and my IQ tested at 126. It’s a bit higher, these days!
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2. I have a nice variety of house-plants and they are very happy, I must say! I like plants that aren’t high-maintenance…in other words, ones that are like me!
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3. I’m 5’11”.

4. I weigh 150#.

5. Five jobs that I’ve held in the past: Radio DJ, cocktail waitress, model, office administrative assistant…and dominatrix.
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Now that you’re thoroughly bored to tears, here are five songs by Faith No More…have an awesome Friday and weekend, all!

Funny Memes…Just Because!

First off, I just wanted to throw this out there: has anyone else seen this odd little thing? It pops up when I try to read some of the blogs that I follow, and has been occurring since November, I’d say. It only happens with a few of them; I’d say that there are around 11 blogs that I can’t read anymore, because that silly little message kept popping up. It seems to happen most often with blogs that have ads running, but that’s not the case with all of them. Anyway, that’s the reason that I have been absent from some blogs – that little ‘security certificate alert’ makes me a wee bit leery!

Now that that’s out of the way, here are a few funny memes about a few random things…just for the hell of it! Enjoy…

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Serene, Snowy Sunday…5 February 2017!

Sundays are always a nice relaxing day here on the coast. Snow, rain, or shine, all year-round, I always try to make Sundays lazier and more relaxing than any other day of the week. I do laundry on Mondays, for instance, and do vacuuming on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Shopping is done on Tuesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays; the day I go depends on whether I need to replenish my coffee supply or not. Even my workout is put on hold for today – yoga is the only fitness activity that I do on Sundays. It’s important to have a ‘rest day’ in the middle of a workout to allow muscles to recuperate, and I’m not about to overdo my workout and injure myself. Slow, steady progress is the way to go, for me!

Speaking of sports, today is Super Bowl Sunday, something that is treated with religious fervor and reverence by some American citizens! We’re going to go watch the first half at an acquaintance’s house, then return home at halftime for a proper Super Bowl dinner. I have some nice T-bones marinating as I type this; they’ve been in the refrigerator since last night, so they’ll be more than ready to broil when we get back. Steaks with salad and baked potatoes, topped with a red-wine sauce and sautéed garlic, shallots and onions…a perfect meal, in my opinion!

Super Bowl 51 – or, if you want to use Roman numerals, Super Bowl LI. How boring! Using Roman numerals for the Super Bowl during the late ‘90s, and all the way up to only three years ago, was much more satisfying. All of those Xes just adds an aspect of coolness to me, for some reason. Same with TV or movie credits – remember how they just became ‘MM’ after Y2K? Just didn’t look the same as, say, 1988 with its MCMLXXXVIII. I like Roman numerals…they’re just fun!

Yes, Super Bowl 51, where the champions of the American Football Conference (AFC) face off against the champions of the National Football Conference (NFC). This year, the AFC is represented by the New England Patriots, who will be in the big game a record nine times since the championship began in 1967. The NFC is represented by the Atlanta Falcons, who are considered the underdogs in this game. I’m hoping for a well-played, hard-fought game! They are always much more satisfying to watch than a lop-sided blowout.

I’m rooting for the Atlanta Falcons, for many reasons! For one, I’ve never been a fan of the New England Patriots. Also, I just can’t stand Tom Brady. I find him to be extremely overrated, in much the same way that Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and countless others are. Besides that, the whole ‘Deflate-Gate’ thing was so trite! If you’re good at something, you shouldn’t have to cheat, IMHO. Then again, people don’t really give a crap about cheaters, whether they do it to land a job, win a game, or deceive their spouse or partner. I suppose that’s why many enjoy watching the so-called ‘reality’ shows chock-full of contrived drama, starring vapid attention-whores (male and female) who can’t keep their respective body parts inside of their clothes for any length of time!

Digressing: Super Bowl 51 also signals the end of football season, so I’ll soon turn my attention to Major League Baseball, Spring Training games, and the return of my Seattle Mariners to Safeco Field. Football used to be my primary sport, but baseball has slowly edged it from the top spot. I enjoy watching both sports, but baseball is just a bit more enjoyable for me. Besides, the sports channels that I have rarely show rugby or Aussie rules football, which I also enjoy – and it’s really difficult to follow a sport that can’t be viewed on television or during normal waking hours!


Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron: 5 February 1934

Speaking of baseball, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the birthday of one of the greatest baseball players ever: “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron! He is currently the senior VP of the Atlanta Braves MLB team, but became well-known during his 21 seasons with the Milwaukee / Atlanta Braves (National League), and two seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers (American League). He played the position of right fielder for those teams from 1954 – 1976, but he is best known for his career home-run record, which I say that he still holds for reasons that many baseball fans might know about and agree with me on. He hit 24 or more home runs every year from 1955 – 1973, and is one of two players to hit 30 or more home runs per season at least 15 times. In 1999, The Sporting News ranked Aaron fifth on its “100 Greatest Baseball Players” list. Happy birthday, Hank!

I will update this post after the big game is over, adding my thoughts about how the game went, and closing the football season with some comedy and music. Later, ‘gators!

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Well, the game is over…the Patriots won in overtime, 34 – 28. According to the statistics, this is the first Super Bowl ever that has been decided in overtime, which is pretty significant. I’m pretty certain that this is the first Super Bowl that I’ve seen (personal caveat), where the team that scored the first touchdown, and led at halftime, LOST the game. Then again, I guess I should probably be used to this scenario by now! Those with talent, tenacity, and sheer guts still get steamrolled by puffed-up, over-rated nothings. I suppose I shouldn’t say “nothings” as the Pats have a few good players on their team…I just don’t consider Brady to be one of them! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, so there!

As promised, some comedy and some music to close out this season of football. Spring Training, here we come!

Friday Memes & Music – 3 February 2017!

Time for some Friday funnies, mindless memes, and a bit of music to start the first weekend of February off right. I hope that you enjoy these selections as much as I do!

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Musical Monday – 30 January 2017!

It’s Monday…time for a bit of music! I’m amused over people’s reactions and responses recently – and that was AFTER Mercury went direct! Just goes to show how miscommunication and misunderstanding happen regularly, especially on the interwebs. For me, speaking with people is always best done in person, so that facial expressions and body language can be seen, or vocal tone can be heard and discerned. Much is lost on many levels, without face-to-face communication. No, this isn’t a complaint or a “gripe” – it is simply a personal observation. I think that there are some out there who might agree with this observation, at the very least.

New Moon Friday; Lunar New Year 2017

There is a new moon today, which means that the Lunar New Year has commenced! The first day of the Lunar New Year is celebrated on the first New Moon between 21 January and 20 February, at least on the Gregorian calendar. Since the new year starts on a different date each year, those interested in Chinese astrology, when born in January or February, need to check a bit closer when it comes to the year they were born for accuracy.

This holiday is celebrated in some Asian countries: China, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, and Vietnam, to name a few. Since it is already Saturday in those parts of the world, I don’t think that I’m too early in wishing everyone a happy Lunar New Year. Ring in the Year of the Fire Rooster (or Cock, if you’re anal about words)!

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The Super Bowl is a week from Saturday; the contenders are the Atlanta Falcons vs. the New England Patriots, and I know who I’m supporting and rooting for! I know, I know: the Patriots are apparently favoured to win by three points, but the Falcons have shown that they have a damned good defensive and offensive line, so they could give the Patriots the beat-down that they so richly deserve! The best thing about the Super Bowl is, it means that Spring Training is just around the corner, as is the Vernal Equinox. The days are slowly getting longer and Winter’s grasp will begin to loosen up. It might not seem like that right now, especially in some parts of the country, but it will…slowly, but surely!

Well, it’s Friday – I think that merits a few memes of the dank, mindless variety, accompanied by some music! If you’re still stuck at work, you should at least have a decent afternoon as you head into the weekend, no? I’m going to get back to some performance tests of my computer – I hope to be able to do some proper editing of some YouTube junk, for the first time in nearly a year. Later, ‘gators!

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