Full Moon Thursday!

Well, it’s a shame that The Nightly Show, hosted by Larry Wilmore, has been cancelled. This is his final week, and tonight will be his final show, so I decided to post a few of his best clips…watch them while you can! Also, since there is a full moon tonight, I picked a nice song for all to enjoy. Remain entertained while I try to figure out how I locked my phone – I can’t get my pictures off of it, now! I know that I wanted it to be secure, but I guess that I secured it a little TOO well…
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Larry’s Super Depressing Deep Dive: Opioids

Larry’s Favorite Segments: Stranded in a Food Desert

The Nightly Show Panel Discussion: America’s Exhausting Presidential Race

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Random Thursday Thoughts…5 May 2016

Ah…remember when? Do you remember all of those bright, shining, hopeful faces? It seems like an eternity ago – and now we know who the Republican nominee is. Just think about it for a moment, people…let it sink in. Just contemplate – without emotion, if you can. Me? I’m still munching my popcorn and swilling my beer, because this spectacle is fantastic to watch. It has its own terrible beauty, in a way!

Thank goodness that I’m an ISTP, and that my Moon is in Virgo – that seems to settle down the Aries Sun and Leo Ascendant at times, especially during this retrograde Mercury! My mind goes into mechanical mode – I tap into the geeky, nerdy ‘Dilbert’ brain and dissect, deconstruct, and dismantle things…internally of course! I’m not shredding things, LOL – although, if I knew how to play a guitar, I would shred on it for a bit! For example, it’s annoying when a person thinks that they need to “man-splain” something to me…but it’s downright loathsome when someone thinks that they need to “white-splain” something!

Many people that I try to talk with seem to be angry. Others are frightened. Quite a few others seem extraordinarily depressed, or in unknown states of distress. Inquiries garner no meaningful response, which causes me to withdraw. If you don’t want my time or attention, then fair enough! I won’t waste either of those precious resources on those who don’t want it. Watering the Sahara would reap more rewards, for me – and besides, desert flowers are beautiful!

I’m putting the final touches on my verbal thrashings, especially since a bit of analytical digging uncovered something very amusing – so, I have to re-write part of my posts for accuracy. They will be worth the wait, though!

Enjoy a few images from the political circus this past week (and last month), along with a bit of music…and, I hope that you found my choice hidden links!

Midweek Musings…27 January 2016

I’ve had a few thoughts percolating in my head for some time; now that the Mercury retrograde transit is over, it just might be safe to throw them out into the blog-o-sphere!

First, my opinion about the current political atmosphere here in the States:

Trump is a racist, fascist, neo-nazi asshole who is only supported by the same ilk. Get a fucking clue, people – he has WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUPS ROBO-CALLING YOU FOR YOUR VOTE. If that isn’t obvious, then you’re hopeless. And you have the nerve to call President Obama the same, or worse, for saying or doing far less than Trump does…yeah, your state of mind speaks volumes. Go smoke meth with Palin and screech incoherent lies while you’re at it! Trump is an internet troll come to life, being a ringmaster and dancing his puppets around – he’s not presidential material.

• I have a question for those of you who are “feelin’ the Bern” and have jumped on the Sanders bandwagon: Please tell me how campaign finance reform helps me, today, right now. That should be discussed and worked on BETWEEN campaigns, not during, no? I find it amusing, too, that a lot of his supporters are under the age of 25…the same people who look at me and say that I’m “old” or “out-of-touch,” even though I’m only 10 years their senior. If you think that I’m old and out-of-touch, how is a 75-year-old fossil saying anything new? Newsflash, kiddies: an idea or “talking point” isn’t new, just because you haven’t heard it before. Plenty of things have been said before you were born – that’s what libraries and archives are for. Use them! Limiting yourself to “interwebs-only” research does you a great disservice.

• Can the misogyny and woman-bashing towards Ms. Clinton stop, already? Seriously. Benghazi was (and apparently still is) a huge distraction and waste of time, as are the emails. Her husband’s past infidelity is just that – PAST. She chose to forgive him and move on, which is her right as the wronged spouse. He isn’t running for president now, as he already served two terms – so get over it, people.

• Martin O’Malley is a nice change of pace, if only due to the fact that he isn’t using the same stale talking-points and buzzwords that his opponents are – but, his “All lives matter” remark still sticks in my craw. He might make a decent VP, if nothing else.

Next, just a small rant about socializing online:

• I hate it when people “un-friend” me in-game, especially due to a misunderstanding that they chose to take personally – what makes it worse is that it was instigated by a third party! I despise manipulative people, yet they seem to control the social activities of nearly everyone they have in their respective guilds. I’ve been called ‘n00b’ and been accused of being “butt-hurt” for asking a genuine, straightforward question, and been insulted and disrespected for nothing. Meanwhile, the zone-trolls, shit-talkers, manipulators and wh0res gain popularity by association, and monopolize the PvP groups shamelessly. It’s amazing: people claim that they don’t like being used or lied to, and can’t stand drama, yet they gravitate to those types like bees to honey. I know – I should look at it as “flies to shit,” because that’s essentially what it is…but I still get frustrated. I’m worth knowing, even if I don’t shove a camera up my cooze!

• I’m contemplating a GoFundMe site…other people get donations, so why shouldn’t I? I’m not the only one who would benefit from the generosity and/or kindness of strangers, so at least I’m not being selfish in my thoughts!

I’m glad that my late-night shows are back with new episodes. Trevor, Larry, Stephen, and Conan keep me laughing through all of the political nonsense and general, senseless bullshit that occurs daily. I placed a few, choice links throughout this post – sort of like a comedy scavenger hunt! I hope that you found them and enjoyed them, LOL

Well, that’s it for now. I’m getting some other posts done between the 5 – 10 daily computer crashes, which include two awards posts, a quote challenge, and some long-overdue gaming fan-fiction! I will also be doing some final testing of my live-streaming Twitch channel, including a viewing schedule in case anyone out there wants to watch and give some feedback on the viewing quality. I’d appreciate it!

Last, but not least…R.I.P., Abe – I remember “Fish.”

Abraham Charles “Abe” Vigoda: 24 February 1921 – 26 January 2016

Not Again…

Sorry, but I’m interrupting my planned posts…because while I was checking my emails, I saw a news headline that just floored me. Seriously? AGAIN?!? What in the ever-living hell is wrong with people? WTF is going on???

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/12/2/san-bernardino-shooting-multiple-casualties-feared.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/san-bernardino-shooting_565f4613e4b072e9d1c464e9?261xajor

*HOLDS HEAD IN HANDS*

No. You know what? I’m posting some links below. Just watch, listen, and / or read…open your mind for a bit. Here are some ugly truths that many want to ignore and hide from. If I lose readers and followers, so be it. I’m not one who has ever backed down from calling shit what it is.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ernest-owens/call-it-what-it-is-white-_b_8683636.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/earl-ofari-hutchinson/heres-why-the-alleged-pla_b_8676592.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices&ir=Black%20Voices

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/true-color-blue-lives-matter_565de1f9e4b079b2818beacd

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/before-colorado-shooting-a-long-history-of-violence-against-women/2015/12/01/7f494c86-987b-11e5-8917-653b65c809eb_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_coloshooter-1115pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/11/24/chicago-police-release-video-of-police-shooting.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/muslim-forced-plane-anti-islam-rhetoric-rises-151125200650016.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-w-waters/american-terrorist_b_8641944.html

http://www.cc.com/full-episodes/4byoc2/the-nightly-show-with-larry-wilmore-december-1–2015—texas-textbook-controversy—donald-trump-season-2-ep-02030

F**K it Friday!!!

LOL – no, I’m not in a bad mood. A little snarky, feeling aggro and frustrated, perhaps, but not necessarily in a bad mood! Exasperatedly amused is another way to describe how I’m feeling, I suppose. What is causing this consternation? Simple: nobody knows how to socialize face-to-face anymore! I used to think that I was socially inept because I could read people TOO well and never played the ‘social butterfly’ at parties. I’m a very sensitive ISTP, meaning that I feel drained by people sometimes. My husband’s energy can be chaotic – mine can too, of course – but it grates on me when I’m trying to relax and focus.

Anyway, back to the topic: socializing. The way people socialize has (d)evolved dramatically with the age of the internet, and it appears I have to catch up with the times. Face-to-face interactions are now done on webcam, through mediums like Skype or Twitch. People ‘stream’ themselves into other’s homes, virtually. Mere conversations aren’t enough…the pressure to prove that one isn’t a robot or a bottom-feeding ‘catfish’ seems constant. At the same time, every so-called ‘social’ website seems to do little more than create drama and nonsense, especially among those whose need for attention drives them to interfere in the lives and relationships of others. People create phony online personas out of sheer boredom, not caring about whose lives they might turn upside-down.

I like my privacy and my ‘fortress of solitude’ – but, I also know that I have to be a little more open if I’m going to sell my books. I have to step outside of my walls and my comfort zone…and I hate it. I don’t want to, but I have to. Sometimes in life, we have to do the things we don’t like to get ahead and accomplish a life-long dream. I have to be seen, be known, and become familiar to others. I have to put in ‘face-time’ – and that really chafes my buttocks!

Time for a bit of honesty and levity from the past week. I watch The Daily Show, The Nightly Show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Conan O’Brien regularly – they are my main means of getting news and information without raging or weeping…a dose of comedy eases the bad taste of events around the world. Below are three great discussions – enjoy!

The Nightly Show: Science vs. Religion

The Late Show: Stephen is a sexy teenaged vampire!

The Nightly Show: “Journalistic Jerking”

Today marks the 201st birth anniversary of Adolphe Sax…so, here are three songs that don’t have saxophones in them!

Friday Milestone…100 Followers!!!

I am ecstatic, elated, humbled and honoured! After grinding in my MMORPG from 2:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. PDT (-8 GMT) and taking a much-needed nap after completing an in-game campaign, I woke up to this wonderful notification: 100 WordPress followers…wow!

I’m speechless, LOL – I didn’t think I would reach 100 followers before the end of the year, especially since I sometimes seem to lose as many followers as I gain! There is at least one person who has been here from day one…I STILL SEE YOU, HERNIE!!! For now, I’ll simply post five in-game screenshots from the past 24 hours:

…also, here are five great songs to start the weekend off right – enjoy!

Thursday Thoughts…1 October 2015

Well – ’tis a new month! October is here…the year is nearing its end. It sure has flown by; thankfully, I am taking it easy on myself and not putting too much pressure on not meeting some deadlines that I’d hoped to. Part of the reason is that I am facing more disruptions than usual lately…and no, they aren’t game-related! If only they were, LOL – then I’d just shrug and say, “Yep – I’ve been busy gaming and procrastinating!” But, that isn’t the case. More on that later…

I’m pleased to note that I have a total of 82 followers so far! I’d like to say “welcome” to all – as always, I encourage new readers (and old) to check out my ‘About’ page…that will give you a gist of what to expect from my little corner of the interwebs! I have an odd sense of humour and sometimes swear like a sailor, but I’m not a bad person just for having a bit of a foul mouth. I try to keep it in line, but I’m not going to mince words if I feel strongly about something. Anyway, nice to make your acquaintances; if I haven’t followed your respective blogs yet (those of you who have them), please have patience – sometimes I have a hard time finding them! Apologies, too, if it seems that I re-post more than I write, of late – I’ve been reading many more blogs, and many times have found some gems that I think are worth sharing. I also have another installment of my gaming fan fiction coming up…I will do my best to publish it tomorrow morning.

Since it is a new month, I figured I’d check out the news and see what’s been happening in the world lately – seems to be the usual. Politics and the Trump sideshow. Pope Francis visiting the United States, and having some sort of meeting with that hateful wretch down in Tennessee. The head of Planned Parenthood being raked over the coals and verbally slammed into silence at some hearing. More shootings – another seemingly in progress as I type this. An “active shooter” has been reported at Umpqua College in Roseburg, Oregon.

The girls abducted from the school in Chibok, Nigeria, have been away from their families and loved ones for 535 days, now…the days keep adding up. It’s a sad tally, no? That’s one thing I am hopeful for, every day: that they are returned safely and supported in their healing process…their ordeal is surely an unimaginable horror that only other victims could possibly understand.

I’m thoroughly enjoying Trevor Noah as host of the Daily Show – the writing is still great, and he’ll relax into his role as lead anchor as he takes a firmer hold on the reigns of the show. Larry Wilmore continues to entertain as he informs; I absolutely loved it when he had Ahmed Mohammed on his show! Stephen Colbert has been awesome, of course – his notable guests have included First Lady Michelle Obama, actress Lupita Nyong’o, author Stephen King, Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The interviews have been excellent!

Well, that’s it for now from me. On a final note, I finally got a webcam…apparently, those little contraptions are necessary for promoting things like books!

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Friday Fun-time: 11 September 2015!

Sorry about that – I ‘disconnected’ for a couple of days with no warning! Just from my blog, guild-site, and email – not from my game…I needed to vegetate a bit. I’ll be catching up on everyone’s blogs in a little while! I spent some time outside, in between rain showers, measuring the overgrowth and getting ready to butcher the plants around the property. They are encroaching on the path in the breezeway, around the pump-house and garage, and trying to take over in the driveway. I still don’t know what half of the plants around my house are, other than the rhododendrons, holly, pampas grass, sedge, bamboo, huckleberry bushes, and wild raspberries and salmon-berries. I think that I have honey-suckle near the front fence, and foxgloves and lilies flower nicely a couple of times during the summer, in random places. The deer have been foraging on a regular basis – I really need to get some vertical blinds so that it is easier to take pictures from inside the house without disturbing them.

I haven’t looked at the online news yet this morning, but I watched a little of the crapfest on TV last night. TV news is annoying to me, for the most part. I wanted to see what is going on in the world; same old, same old, apparently. What a pleasant woman that was, kicking a little girl and then tripping up a man carrying a child. How nice. Tom Brady apparently succeeded in pissing and moaning about his deserved suspension, so now it’s been overturned. You can be a cheating, lying douchebag and keep your job…as long as you’re famous, that is. As far as the political circus goes, every station seems to be doing their best “all Trump, all the time” grab for ratings. That makes me want to get the bumper sticker that Stephen Colbert displayed on his show! So glad that he’s back, and I’m glad that Stephen remained his Stephen-y self. My DVR will be getting a workout between Colbert and Conan O’Brien, while I watch Trevor Noah and Larry Wilmore! I need my medicine called laughter…in extra doses, these days.

I have recruited a few new people into my guild, and now the number balance is off – so I need to recruit a few more! Don’t ask…I’ll explain later. Just one of my quirks…we all have them, so I’m not alone in that! I’ve decided that now is the time to go for the achievement of being crowned empress, and that will be a chore and a half – I just know it! It will be a lot of painful fun, and very physically and mentally demanding…it amazes me that a long gaming session can feel like running a 100-meter dash – or, sitting in traffic for two hours!

Speaking of trying things…I love my husband. I really do. He just talks WAY too much! I told him the other day that I was going to buy him a “Mr. Slave” outfit and a ball gag, and put him in one of those swings for two hours, forcing him to watch a One Foot in the Grave marathon – I have the whole series on DVD. What do you think: sound like a good idea, or too extreme? Maybe I’ll just settle for the outfit and the ball-gag…as long as he’s quiet!

Credit: wiki.southpark.cc.com

Here are three good songs to start the weekend off right – time for some fun!

Friday Theme Day!

The title says it all…enjoy.

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LOL – “Deez Nutz” for president, 2016!

“Intelligent Abnormal” – I resemble that remark!

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Did you catch the theme? I hope so. Closing with a good song…see ya tomorrow!

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