Random Thursday Ramblings: 20 April 2017

Well, the post I was writing yesterday will have to wait! The unexpected interruption of a power outage yesterday made it impossible to finish my editing and revising. That post will have to wait until tomorrow, which is good; I’ll have more than one post to publish, this way! I can tell that people are unenthused with my own posts, but that’s fine – my blog isn’t just a hub for spitting out other people’s blogs, especially when they’re disinclined to return the favour. Funny how there’s so much talk about driving traffic to blogs, but one can easily use all of the tricks in the book and still not attain the massive levels that others accumulate. I guess I just don’t have the collector / hoarder mentality, which isn’t a bad thing!

Anyway: back to yesterday’s power outage. It happened at around 1152, according to the time / date stamp on the document I was working on. No warning, just *FOOMP* out go the lights and everything else! I went around the house and unplugged some of the surge-protectors (force of habit), turned off any lights that were on, then opened the sliding-glass door to the front deck and stepped outside to listen.

A few minutes later, the sound of emergency-vehicle sirens were rising, seemingly from all directions. It was as if every one of them on the peninsula had been activated and mobilized, and were all converging in one location. After 20 minutes passed, the beating noise of a helicopter could be heard at a great distance. It slowly got closer, and finally the machine itself hove into view. It moved over the treetops, descending at a low rate of speed, and finally dropped out of sight. About 15 minutes later, the helicopter took to the air again and sped off. Conclusion? An accident of horrific proportions had taken place, resulting in a power pole being taken out. Nothing for me to do but make a quick brunch out of my leftover breakfast and finish my coffee before it got cold.

After eating, I got dressed and walked outside to take a stroll around the property. The hubster has branches stacked by the fire-pit to burn later in the week, and I made note of the shrubs near the house and garage that need to be cut back and cleared. The lawn needs to be tilled; I’m hoping that one of the neighbours will lend us their roto-tiller so we can shred some soil – it’s overdue for some earth-turning!
The sun even came out for a while, just as it’s doing right now. It was nice to walk around and enjoy the silence; the only noise was from a few cars passing on a side-street, but other than that, birds and squirrels were my companions.

After about an hour, I went back inside and checked my phone. At least there was a cellular signal, so I was able to send a few texts and keep updated on the Seattle Mariners game. They beat the Miami Marlins 10 – 5 and won that series after being trounced on Tuesday. Almost a dreaded “no-no” game, there! Since there was nothing else that could really be done, I popped open a bottle of ale, sat down in my rocking-chair, and picked up a Stephen King book which I hadn’t finished: a collection of short stories titled The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. I haven’t quite finished it; I marked some of the stories to save for later so that I have some reading to look forward to, and having a nice stack of crossword puzzles helped me not totally devour the book. My mother-in-law sends me some from time to time, and they’re always a nice form of relaxing brain exercise. Still, I need to order some more books soon! See if Kellerman, Coben, King and Koontz have any new offerings out.

The power finally came back on at 2030, but the cable and internet didn’t return until after 2200 or so. It came on fairly late, as the Conan show was on my DVR this morning, recorded as scheduled – I was in bed by then, since I’d woken up early when the hubster headed out for his own truck-hauling adventure. So, that’s what my Wednesday was: a day without power, but it was perfectly enjoyable!

Beautiful Images…15 December 2016

I found out this morning that I have been nominated for a blog award, and I’m prepping for a B2B (blogger-to-blogger) interview! I’m humbled and honoured to be noted by these bloggers, and am very appreciative of their support. I can’t thank them enough!

I’m combing the vast corners of cyberspace for inspiration, and happened to find these wonderful images and pictures – so, I figured that I’d share them! Enjoy…

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(Image by Terry Love, Love Plumbing & Remodel)

Midweek Musings & Music!

LOL – I just found that picture on the interwebz today, and it made me laugh…so there! Nothing insane today but Game Two of the MLB World Series – Chicago got their revenge for last night’s loss, it would seem! Two games down the tubes, and both were very well-played. Game Three is on Friday; I think that both teams are glad for a day off, and we’ll see what the Cubs do with their home-field advantage.

Speaking of that, Game Three marks the first time the World Series has been played at Wrigley Field since 1945! That statistic made me think of these tidbits:

My father fought in World War II, so he was in his early 20s in 1945. My mother hadn’t been born yet – she is 30 years younger than he is. My adoptive parents, and my hubby’s parents, were still in diapers back then. It’s funny, to me!

I’m currently in three contests, which don’t involve monetary prizes: one is for a knife, one is to be a guest DJ on one of Sirius XM’s radio channels, and the third is being put on by the company behind the creation of The Elder Scrolls Online. I enter contests every once in a while, and have won some decent prizes here and there…I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed in hopes of winning all three of these, LOL! I don’t ask for much and I’m not greedy – so, here’s hoping!

This next picture has me laughing my butt of, just because…and, from now on, when something tickles my funny-bone, I’m just going to post it. My amusement is priority, LOL! Speaking of amusement, I’ll be doing some more tests with in-game recording and live-streaming. I think that I have these YouTube and Plays.TV uploads nearly figured out, so I hope to post some successes soon!

Finally, I just wanted to play a bit of midweek music! The selections I chose for today are related to the 10 main, saved channels that I listen to on Sirius XM satellite radio, as I’m a subscriber. Here are the channels I listen to: 1 – B. B. King’s Bluesville, 2 – Spectrum, 3 – Garage, 4 – The Joint, 5 – Ozzy’s Boneyard, 6 – 60s, 7 – 70s, 8 – 80s, 9 – Classic Rewind, 0 – Deep Tracks

Each song is one that I heard on each respective station, at one time or another…so, enjoy!

Stephen King on Books – Meme…

True words, right here! Excellent quote.
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Midweek Musings…19 October 2016

Just a few of my random ramblings and myriad musings, midweek:

1. I’m going to watch tonight’s debate, because it’s necessary. I won’t do a drinking game, however, because I think that I would be completely plastered after about 15 minutes! Knowing who the moderator is, and the ‘special guests’ who will be present, this debate will probably go down in history as the absolutely worst one ever…and the first two were bad enough!

2. Speaking of debates, I wonder why some people convince themselves that they engage in ‘debates’ on their blogs, FB pages, or Twitter feeds? There is no way to ‘win’ a debate online, even if you actually utilize a proper debating forum. A ‘proper’ debating forum, to me, is one which contains two people with opposing views, and one or two moderators, taking turns with their statements and rebuttals, face-to-face…with no interruptions or commentary from the respective audience until after the debate is over. Also, a debate should reach an audience with a basic interest, and knowledge, of whatever the debate topic is, it would seem. Making an argument in an echo chamber defeats the purpose of said argument, no? Online, presumably, a proper debate would be done via Skype or whatever other live-video-feed program exists out there. Still, Loki’s Wager will prevail in the long run!

3. I’m personally debating whether or not to pursue legal action against the company that put my computer together, or just not worry about it. I’m beyond done dealing with those clueless asshats, and I’m not the litigious sort – I’d rather just put my money into a brand-new rig and forget about those pricks. That’s the simplest and most cost-effective solution, I feel.

Finally, here are a couple of select clips for your enjoyment…have a great rest of the day and evening, everyone!

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Short Sunday Post!

Well, we survived the weekend storms! The blast that was supposed to hit us yesterday moved a bit northward, so the greater Seattle area was affected more than we were. No loss of power here (yet – still keeping fingers crossed, LOL), but the lights did flicker intermittently throughout the day. The trees were whipping about in the sideways rain, and there was another small bout of thunder and lightning after midnight. Otherwise, it appears that the worst of the winds have passed. I’ll head down to the beach later today and see if I can get some decent pictures of the surf – I love the way the ocean looks and sounds after stormy weather.

Believe it or not, the full moon was actually visible for a brief moment last night, as well! It was lovely…clouds scudding past gave it a mysterious, magical appearance – very nice.

Time to catch up on reading the blogs I follow…and, I have to bookmark various sites on this backup computer! I have no idea when I’ll be able to get my main rig up and running again – I’m pretty much accepting the fact that the only computer that will function properly is one that I build myself, with my favored components and to my specifications. Wasting money on so-called “experts” who really can’t tell their rectal orifices from a hole in the ground is an exercise in futility – and I hate wasting time and money! Aries people don’t surrender…we just stop wasting our time on people and things that are, essentially, worthless.

Here’s a bit of music to enjoy while I relax with my coffee and read. Also, I plan on doing some live-streaming tests later on today; most likely after 1300 PDT. Yes, it is still Daylight Savings Time…we don’t “fall back” until the first Sunday in November. I’m sure that we will be happy for that “extra” hour after Election Day, LOL!

I will resume my regular re-blogging tomorrow – today is all about me! I’m still prepping for NaNoWriMo, too…I’ve been properly prioritizing.

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3 Saturday Songs…

Just some songs for Saturday…these are where my thoughts turn when I hear some ignorant asshole saying “take my country back” and “make America great again” – these and other travesties are what they seem to desire.

Meanwhile, I’m going to catch up on reading some blogs…and, I was just nominated for another award! I’ll be busy for a few hours – see you all later!

Blog Awards!!!

The Sunshine Blogger Award has a list of questions to address. With that out of the way…here we go!

First, the rules:

1. Write a post to show your award. (done)

2. Acknowledge the blogger(s) who nominated you. (done)

3. Give a brief story of why you started blogging.
Well, this WP blog is essentially the third blog that I’ve started in the past 15 years. With dedication and determination, it has also been the most successful one, and the longest-lasting! I began blogging to keep an online journal of my thoughts, feelings, and musings in general. Various things in life kept interrupting me in writing my autobiography, so my blogs were, and are, my way of keeping my writing skills fresh and up-to-date.

4. Give advice to your fellow bloggers.
I have no advice to give, as it appears that the majority of my fellow bloggers do much better with connecting and networking than I do – so, my advice isn’t needed!

5. Nominate five bloggers for the award(s) – note that you cannot nominate the person or persons who nominated you!
I have done so, in my own unique way! If you notice the 10 re-blogs that preceded this post, you will see who my nominees are. It’s an easier way to do this, in light of the fact that many blogs that I follow are ‘award-free.’ This is my way of acknowledging their awesomeness, while still honoring their ‘award-free’ status!

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6. Answer the questions that you were given, and ask 10 questions of your nominees.

Questions posed:

1. What turns you on the most?
Uh, what? I don’t understand this question…

2. What turns you off the most?
See answer to question #1.
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3. How many real friends do you have?
Two, if I don’t count my immediate family or significant other!

4. Are you in school? What are you studying/ what did you study?
No, I’m not currently in school / college / university.

5. What are you most afraid of?
Fear – namely, the fears that others have which cause them to do abhorrent things to their fellow human beings.

6. Do you believe in God?
Which one?
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7. Say something about environmental sanitation:
“Something,” LOL. J/K. In all seriousness, I do my best to live with as small a footprint as possible. I use no pesticides or weed-killers, outdoors or in, and love seeing all of the critters that inhabit my yard – yes, even the slugs and snails!

8. What is the best gift you’ve received / would like to receive?
The best gift that I’ve received is my son. He is the only good thing that came out of my first marriage.

9. Water, wine, or vodka?
All of the above!

10. Best food?
I love sushi – I crave it daily!

I have no questions to ask at the moment – if I have a question of a fellow blogger, I will go to their blog and ask them there! Happy Friday / Saturday, everyone…I hope that your day and weekend is going well!

Tamara McNeil Creates Just Like Me!, A Book Subscription Box for Black Children

This is so needed, right now!

GOOD BLACK NEWS

(photo via matermea.com)

article by Ashley Poag via matermea.com

Tamara McNeil loves reading to her son, and she’s not alone. It’s a daily activity that creates a bond between parents and infants as they learn the rhythm of language. Both parent and child find comfort in the cuddles shared while reading.Reading time can also come with its own set of challenges, like restlessness and a desire to find out what a book’s pages taste like. But for African-American children like McNeil’s baby boy, there’s an additional challenge—the lack of representation.

The Black community is bombarded with images of people who look like them experiencing extreme violence, sadness, and despair on an almost daily basis. The need for positive representations of African Americans in media, especially in early childhood literature, is increasingly important.

It’s why movements like #WeNeedDiverseBooks started in 2014—and it’s why McNeil decided to launch Just Like Me!

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Music: Character Class Themes

I’m noodling with my phone, locating the proper settings and site that will allow me to get my pics downloaded, and listening to a bit of music. I recalled that, when I had my in-game guild site up, I’d done a little musical tribute to the four character classes in The Elder Scrolls Online: Templars, Nightblades, Sorcerers, and Dragonknights.

First, the Templars: they are the healers, radiating the light of life on their comrades – but don’t mistake them for gentle, pious souls! They will bring down the power of the heavens upon their enemies, crushing them with the gravity of the sun. Another skill they possess is referred to by all in the game as the “Jebus Beam,” and it is potent against many! The Beatles’ song “Here Comes the Sun” was the best tribute I could think of.

Next, the Nightblades: the assassins, cloaked in the shadows. They stealthily creep up on opponents unawares, thrusting knives or swords that weaken the enemy’s stamina and armour. Some sap the very life-force from foes, taking it for themselves or sharing it with group members before sidling off to scout the battlefield. I thought that “Night Prowler” by AC/DC was most fitting!

Now, the Sorcerers: the mages are versatile, wielding blades, bows, or staves. Their powers are formidable when they utilize the destructive power of flame, frost, or storm, given the appropriate staff, then summon a familiar from dark depths to fight at their side. Beware of the storm-callers! They dish out quite a bit of damage when equipped with proper mage-robes, too. I felt that “Symphony of Destruction” by Megadeth was the perfect tribute to the might of the sorcerer!

Last, but certainly not least, the Dragonknights: my favourite class in-game! Fearless warriors with the heart of a dragon, they charge first into battle wreathed in flame, using the very stones of the earth to smash foes down – or protect comrades with a shield of spinning rocks. They flex their wings, holding enemies fast with mighty talons, or lashing them into submission with a whip of flame. Dragonknights dominate with whips and chains, so the song “Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)” is ideal!

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