Five Songs on a Saturday!

Yesterday was quite busy and very productive, which made for a long day! Woke up at 0530 to get some things done; so much to do that we didn’t get home until 2310, then fell into bed and was asleep before my head hit the pillow.

I’m well-rested and refreshed this morning, and have a fun gaming event to participate in and broadcast. The show starts at high noon PDT, so click on the link here to watch the sewer-delving fun!

Time for a bit of music! Since I missed my ‘Five on Friday’ post, I offer up five of my favourite songs I listen to whilst gaming. Five songs from quite an extensive list! I can do many Friday posts about my personal faves in gaming music from time to time. That’s a good thing.

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Saturday Songs: 10 June 2017 (Re-blogged)

Can’t talk. Gaming. Enjoy this re-blog of mine from June.

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

I’m shamelessly gaming over the weekend, but have a few pertinent posts in store, along with a couple of overdue excerpts…so, tune in to watch the action whilst enjoying the music, won’t you?

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My Top 5 Posts – Personal Faves!

I wanted to spotlight my own personal favourites when it comes to posts of mine that I’ve published to date. I seem to have been wasting my time when it came to re-blogging others, so it’s time to re-focus on myself and my writings, and get back to that shameless self-promotion!

First off, one of my side-hobbies is gaming. I enjoy one online game in particular; those who have been reading me from the beginning, or who know me personally, are aware that it is the phenomenon known as The Elder Scrolls Online. Some people, who have never played a video game of any sort, might think that I am an obsessive gamer. Those who actually play, however, consider me a ‘noob’ because I don’t spend every free second that I have on the game. It’s all about perspective, which many people appear to lack! At any rate, TESO has evolved considerably since it debuted in April of 2014. This post of mine from 31 January pays homage to this fantastic virtual world!

Socializing and enjoying the night-life was a ton of fun when I was in my early 20s; marriage and motherhood put a hold on it for a time, but it didn’t end altogether! When I first moved to Seattle after leaving Alaska, Club Vogue was the place to see and be seen – this post of mine from 10 March pays tribute to this awesome, bygone nightspot.

I’m fairly easy-going and relaxed, and am never really interested in fighting or arguing. That being said, I don’t like it when people play head-games, lie, or treat you like shit when you have done nothing but be kind to them. I find it interesting and amusing that a goodly number of people, who have complimented me on my “gentle nature” and what a “kind soul” I am, have vanished into the ether! I’m still the same person I was when they gave me those compliments, so go figure that out. Perhaps they got tangled up in some interwebs of deceit and can’t face the music?

One of those bullshitters pretended to give me a blogger-to-blogger interview back on 23 January, and I just can’t help re-posting my review of said shenanigans! The entire “interview” is in the comments section of the original post, as well as in my ‘Open Thread’ section to prove my point. Unfortunately, there are many out there who will continue to lie about their own crap, even when evidence exists of said crap! I’d say that it sucks to be them, but they are perfectly fine with being lying scumbags – good on them, eh?

I have an eye for beautiful places, people, and things, and dabble in photography from time to time. This post from 24 October, 2015, shows some of the objects which are most likely to catch my eye!

Last, but certainly not least: I write! My autobiography is completed and I’m working on getting it published. I also participated in the NaNoWriMo challenge last year, met it, and might do it again this year. My NaNoWriMo project was game-related fiction based on my primary in-game character, and I have posted a few excerpts from it here on my humble blog. This last link is one of my favourite excerpts, published on 22 March – it’s entitled “Comeuppance.”

I hope that you enjoyed these selections! I think that, if you don’t enjoy your own writings and creative offerings, who else will? Self-confidence and self-promotion begin with ‘self,’ after all!

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Saturday Scenery: More o’ Morrowind!

I just wanted to share a few more screen-shots of the scenery and landscape that I see as I explore new lands…enjoy!

Shrine to the Goddess of Dawn and Dusk.

Another audience with the “Living God.”

Lava and creatures of fire abound…

…as do serene, scenic coastal pathways.

A mysterious moonlet hangs in the sky…

…a fragment cast from the distant volcano, perhaps?

The multi-tiered city is uniquely constructed.

Ancestral tombs dot the landscape…

…you can take rubbings for historic reference. Impress your fellow lore-masters!

An intrepid explorer…

…tinkers with a subterranean pipe-organ.

There are many fantastic sights to see in these new lands…the adventure continues!

Saturday Silliness: Whovian Edition!

Now that the new season of Doctor Who is in full swing, I figured that it was time for a bit o’ Whovian humour! Here we go…Allons-y, Geronimo, and…RUN, YOU CLEVER BOY!!!

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Happy Caturday — deck the halls edition

Some Saturday, “Cat-ur-day” smiles! Enjoy the weekend…
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Whoo-Hoo!!!

Aaawwww, yyyessssss…my Big Dawgs did it! They trounced the Buffaloes 41 – 10 in the PAC-12 title game yesterday, and it was certainly worth watching! From the Seattle Times:

After all that, after all his heroics, they got his name wrong.

Taylor Rapp delivered the emphatic exclamation point to another dominant defensive performance for the Washington Huskies, earning the most valuable player award in a 41-10 victory over Colorado in the Pac-12 championship game Friday night. And for that the trophy presenter called him Tyler Rapp. The true-freshman safety from Bellingham quickly corrected the guy, and then held his MVP trophy aloft as teammates cheered. The No. 4 Huskies offered a course correction of their own, sending a message to anyone who might have doubted their credentials.

No way the College Football Playoff committee gets this one wrong. The Huskies (12-1) won their first conference championship since 2000, doing so in a fashion that should offer no debate about their worthiness for their first bid to the College Football Playoff. The CFP committee on Sunday will release its final rankings of the season, and the Huskies bolstered their case with a victory over a No. 9 Colorado team that came into the week holding out hope of a playoff berth of its own.

Rapp closed that door on the Buffaloes (10-3) when he returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown on the first snap of the second half, extending UW’s lead to 21-7. On Colorado’s next possession, Rapp added his second interception of the game off Colorado’s Sefo Liufau. That set up a UW field goal to push the margin to 17 points, and continued a most impressive week for Rapp, who three days earlier was named the Pac-12’s defensive freshman of the year.

“It felt so good,” said Rapp, standing in the UW end zone with purple and gold confetti at his feet, his MVP trophy in his hands. “I’m still trying to take it all in right now. It’s so surreal. It feels like a dream.”

Safety Ezekiel Turner had UW’s third interception of the second half, and the Huskies held the Buffaloes (10-3) to 163 yards of total offense — and just 45 in the second half.”

I’m ecstatic – I love my Huskies! PURPLE AND GOLD, HEART AND SOUL!!! I think that such an awesome win warrants a bit of music, personally…so, enjoy these five selections – I’m going to do some gaming, in the meantime!

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Soggy Saturday!

It is sprinkling lightly outside right now, but has been raining since late afternoon. There was a brief respite from the precipitation yesterday – the sun was actually out in the morning! Shocking to see at the height of the “rainy season,” but certainly welcome. Temperatures here have only varied by five degrees between the daytime and nighttime hours since the end of October; that finally changes this week when the lows get down to all of 45F, while the highs stay in the mid-50s. Hopefully it will cool down enough to kill the algae that have stalled the crabbing season!

I’m missing out on delicious Dungeness, which I usually consume while watching football games – and having a nice dish of fresh, steamed crab would have made the Huskies win during yesterday’s Apple Cup that much sweeter! The “big Dawgs” destroyed the mangy Cougars 45 – 17, and I was pleased to see it happen. I always support my purple and gold! At least my football teams are doing well; the Huskies won handily, and the Seahawks have made a good, strong showing so far – I’m hoping that they keep up what they’re doing! Some trades made this week by the Mariners have me shaking my head in disbelief yet again, so MLB’s Spring Training will be something that I watch a little closer than usual – I want to see if those trades were well-made, or if the manager is just throwing darts at trade options and hoping for a hat-trick! So many players who have been traded out end up on teams that win the World Series, while the Ms still struggle to grab that golden ring! Now that the Cubs finally ended their drought, will it be 50 years before the Ms do anything worthwhile? Time will tell…

I’m behind on my NaNoWriMo word-count, but not feeling bad over it. Remember when I said that the local utility district did well with clearing out dead trees and branches before the storms hit? Well, that was true – there have been no power outages related to the weather, at least here…but, there was an outage yesterday that was solely caused by some moron in a pickup truck taking out a power-pole. The idiot must have been “pulling an Anthony,” since he missed a turn in the road that is easy to navigate if you’re actually paying attention to said road, and the road wasn’t wet. The accident happened around 2 p.m., but the power was taken off at 5:15 p.m. for the repairs to be made. I’d say that the power was out for a good 12 hours, so that cut into my writing time considerably! Typing by the light of a candle or kerosene-burning hurricane lantern is doable, but the smoke from the candles and lantern build up after a while. So, it was the perfect time to cuddle, snuggle, and spoon, and then catch up on sleep that has been lost since starting this NaNo challenge! My brain on overdrive causes horrible insomnia and makes me grouchy; combine that with being around family after the election and before the holidays, well…suffice to say, it isn’t a recipe for positivity! So, the blogging award that I was going to post will be deferred until I complete the NaNo challenge. I’m still prioritizing, but the likelihood of getting to that 50K word-count in four days is pretty slim. Good thing I didn’t bother buying any of the merchandise declaring myself a “NaNo Winner!” At the very least, I can give myself an “A” for effort and following the “honor system” of the challenge. I read the rules and stuck to them, and didn’t ask a soul for assistance. I think that’s pretty damned good, right there!

Time for some weekend music…enjoy!

The Liebster Award – 1 November 2016 Edition

I love this award! I think this is the third time that I’ve been nominated for it, and it’s a great one. First, the rules…these awards always come with a certain set of rules! I looked over these rules carefully, then used a combination of retr0pia’s rules and the “official” Liebster Award rules – people seem to get selectively offended if these golden rules aren’t followed strictly to the letter, ROFL!

Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and answer the questions they’ve written for you.
2. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Nominate up to 11 blogs with less than 200 followers. You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.*
4. Give your nominees 11 questions to answer.
(I don’t feel like posting any random facts about myself – so, I’m not going to!)

Questions asked of me, and my answers:

1. Who is your favorite Muppet?

Depends. On Sesame Street, my favourite Muppet was Oscar the Grouch. If you’re referring to characters on The Muppet Show, it would have to be Animal!

2. What are your favorite and least favorite DC Comics films?

I haven’t watched many movies, since I’m not a big fan of them overall – but, my favourite DC Comics film is V for Vendetta. Least favourite is Red – admittedly, I haven’t seen it, because there’s nothing about it that remotely interests me…so that seems to qualify, LOL!

3. If you haven’t already or are at the legal age but haven’t done so, would you ever drink alcohol or do you prefer normal beverages?

I am of legal age and drink alcohol – but I also love coffee or tea. No real preference, here!

4. Who is your favorite Marvel character?

Storm (from the X-Men graphics novels – not the shitty movies)

5. Who is your favorite video game antagonist?

King Koopa / Bowser from Super Mario Brothers. I love that dragon-turtle!

*I was getting ready to rack my brain for creative, clever, light-hearted questions, but I can safely say that I’m off the hook for nominating anyone. Why, you might ask? Simple – according to the ‘official’ rules of this award, a blog that has more than 200 followers is exempt from being nominated for this (or probably ANY) award. I don’t read any blogs that have less than 200 followers; the few that I knew of have been deleted or deactivated during the past couple of months. I was disappointed to see some go away…they were pretty good, in my not-so-humble opinion! One in particular had great content: excellent poetry, delightful short stories, and beautiful pictures of sunsets. It appeared to be getting a good following and I bookmarked it as one of my ‘dailies.’ Three weeks ago, it vanished into thin air…there one day, gone the next.

Anyway, my apologies, but I can’t really nominate anyone this time around. Besides, I already have far too many things distracting me from my NaNo challenge, and I must keep that daily word-count up! In lieu of nominations, please enjoy these three songs. I have another award that I’m working on; I plan on posting it this coming Friday, and maybe I’ll do some nominations then. Time for some NaNo writing, then some gaming! Enjoy the live-streaming I’ll be doing off and on this weekend, if you choose to check it out.

A Tale of Computer Techs

So, here’s the continuing saga of my computer issues and attempting to deal with techs who can’t (or won’t) fix what’s going on. If your eyes bleed at the sight of profanity, you might want to stop reading right now!

Recapping what has happened so far:

I had a “Franken-puter” rig, probably 6 years old, that finally gave up the ghost back in August. Before that it was showing signs of imminent failure, much like a vehicle that has too many miles under its wheels. I got my data retrieved, including many travel photos, in-game screen-shots, and tons of documents which include drafts of short stories and my in-progress, nearly completed, autobiography. I requested another all-in-one rig which could do everything that my old one did, as I enjoy gaming and wanted to continue recording gaming sessions, as well as scheduling live-streams of my game-play on evenings and some weekends. Unfortunately, the new rig has some issue, either with the CPU, the GPU, or a combination of both. The lame excuse given to me was: “Oh, it must be an issue with the Plays.TV program…some people have had problems using it, so we’ll do some research.” The only thing their so-called research came up with were issues that some people had – back in February of 2015. The issues with in-game recording, for me, started right after I brought the new rig home – in August of this year, just three months ago – so Plays.TV isn’t the issue. So, the next excuse was, “Oh, just download Open Broadcasting Software (OBS) – that should work.” I said, “Wait a second…you can’t tell me why that program isn’t working, so you want to download something else that isn’t going to function properly? Something that will just cause MORE issues?!?” Their response: “Well, it’s always good to have options…” I said, “The only option I will be happy with is you solving the problem, not compounding it!” My comment appeared to go in one ear and out the other, no matter how many times I reiterated my desire for them to fix the internal issue of the computer.

Also, I noted that the components that I’d specifically requested to be installed hadn’t been used, supposedly due to the cost of the two components. The components that I desired, specifically, were the Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6500 3.2 GHz processor, and the NVidia GeForce GTX 950 graphics card (2GB, GDDR5, 3.0). I was originally going to settle for a GTX 750, but the 950 is superior, and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. At any rate, according to the computer techs, both components cost $1k – and that figure is complete and utter bullshit! Cost of the CPU I listed? $205. Cost of the GPU? $190. Where in the ever-living FUCK does the price of $1K come in? My math might not be perfect, since I barely passed basic Algebra back in high school, but seriously…I know for a fact that 205 + 190 doesn’t even come CLOSE to 1,000! Hell, it doesn’t even come close to HALF of 1,000, which is 500 – so where the hell do they come up with such an exorbitant figure? Even some of the better gaming rigs out there can be bought for as low as $850, with the exact same components I listed, so…? I’m not sure what type of scam they’re running at that shop, but I’m definitely not pleased. Then again, there are a lot of business owners and operators out there, who convince themselves that their customers are blithering idiots or complete morons who know nothing. So charming to discover that these jackasses think that way about me! It isn’t the first time that it’s happened in my life, and probably won’t be the last – so don’t be surprised when I say that I prefer to buy things online, LOL!

So, as we speak, the hubster has gone to “the ‘Couv” to see if he can speak to them and get some resolution for this issue, because I’m done. I hate speaking to people who refuse to listen, and mindlessly repeat themselves whilst offering nothing. It’s annoying as hell, I can tell you that! We’ll see if anything is done today, or if I just have to purchase my rig online and get a separate, external hard-drive for my documents and other stuff. Stay tuned for the next part (or end of) this vile, foul saga!

In the meantime – music!

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