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Darker Regrets

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Her long black hair looked like a spider crawling along the sand just inches below the water. It was only a slow subtle movement as gentle waves hit the shore and then made their way back out into the lake. She looked like a ghost or some angelic version of the Arthurian Lady of the Lake. She was nude and just floating there but it was her eyes that had me transfixed. Just like old times. I held my feelings deep inside but could feel them brimming and wanting to explode like the violence of a volcano. The officers were tying up the yellow tape to cordon off the area and the Crime Scene Unit was about to arrive. My partner Sid stood behind me and I knew I had to pull myself away or risk some unwanted or unneeded suspicion. “So what do you make of it Will?” “What else could I make of it? You see her; you see the bruising on the neck. It has to be murder.” My reply was too terse and abrupt. I could feel my heart boiling in my stomach acid and I felt like losing my breakfast. Not on

Facebook Censors Q&A Because they Disagree with the Answer Given

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  I was asked, "What is your opinion on getting or not getting the vaccination?" on Facebook. I went on to answer in the comment and immediately after hitting the reply, Facebook dinged me, hid the comment, and said this goes against their community guidelines. I clicked that I disagreed with their take on it but I don't expect that will ever be looked at.  So I went back to try and rephrase my reply, at which point Facebook dinged me and put me in a 24 hour timeout. So basically, I had no way to explain my logical position because Facebook disagreed. I don't even know what words they were monitoring for their dumb algorithm to ding me??? It's amazing to me that a site where people should be able to converse, is so damn one sided, and biased in their position, that logic and a persons opinion can be censored like this.  Facebook, in a word, is TRASH.  

Fun FACT: I've Applied for a Job at Google Every Year Since 2009

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I generally use Google products from Android to ChromeOS. I was a beta tester for Google+  (with a pretty big following) and one of the earliest people on that network. Google products just work for me. Sure, when they ditch something I use, it hurts. I don't always agree with everything the company does but overall, I'm still a Google user. Getting a job with Google is still a bucket list item.  So even if everything is a-okay with my current job at the time, I still apply every year for a job at Google. I think the closest I've come was in the running for a contract tester of their latest Pixel phone at the time. I don't want to be a contractor though. I want to be a full fledged NOOGLER and then a GOOGLER. I want to wear the the colorful hat with the propeller, dang it.  I'm fully aware that my age is getting up there. I've well past the 40 year mark and I know that Google usually takes in the 20 and early 30 somethings... I'm aware of the reality of how

Posting anything on Social Media brings out the Trolls

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I was excited to watch the first crewed Blue Origin launch with Bezos, his brother, and the oldest and youngest astronauts, this morning. I posted it up on social media 15 minutes before the launch. While I eagerly anticipated the launch, with the vertical touchdown return for the rocket, and the first human crewed return for this private organization, I received "Amazon and Bezos hate" on my post.  The comments had absolutely nothing to do with the launch or Blue Origin. It was pure trolling of a post to take it off topic. EVERYTHING must now be associated with EVERYTHING else. I kind of figured there would be at least one troll reply, because there always is. However this time there were more.  This happened when I posted that I was excited to be upgrading to the Pixel 6 (Pro or XL) this year. As I've had my Pixel 3 XL for three years now and it's upgrade time. However, the trolls jumped on my post to push their Google hate. All off topic. I call out Google often a

Book Review: The Red Line by Jeff Somers

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  The Red Line by Jeff Somers is a 30 page short story that finds Lem and Mags tied up and abducted with a human that is to be used as a bleeder. As a quick recap, In order to use magic, one must use blood as the "gas" to power the spell. You can cut yourself, cut someone else (a bleeder), or for those truly maleficent mages, you can start a war, kill thousands, even millions, and wield supreme power.  So what does one do when they are tied up, unable to bleed, and have a ball gag in their mouth and can't speak the words? Will Lem cross his "red line" and use the blood of another? Well... You're going to have read The Red Line to find out.  The Red Line can also be found bundled with 2 previous Ustari Cycle shorts stories in the collection called Magic is Violence .  It's really good urban fantasy  and if you like The Dresden Files , then you will like The Ustari Cycle , starting with We Are Not Good People . So check it out!!!  2021 Book Title Comp

Book Review: Death Masks by Jim Butcher - The Dresden Files book 5

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Death Masks moved much better than Summer Knight in my opinion. The story was more cohesive and streamlined, even though you had two events taking place, it just felt much better. Plus, Michael returns in this book and that is a character I really like. I always see Gerard Butler in my head when Michael is in a scene.  The Premise: The Shroud of Turin has been stolen and it is up to Harry Dresden to find it. However, he also has to deal with a vampire from the Red Court that has challenged him to a duel.  I love that the story moves quickly and the pacing is darn near perfect in this book. I also love that both Susan and Michael are back. I love that Nicodemus (I see David Tennant in my head for this character) is a new opponent and so far, he seems like the best villain Dresden has had. I hope to see much more of him in the future books.  I was glad that the police weren't after Harry... much... I was worried there for a minute because it almost went that route but it moved in a

Weaponizing Words and Terms

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I just saw this term floating around: Fatphobic Definition given: People who actively do not want to be or get fat are Fatphobic and this is problematic. I also despise that word "problematic." So basically exercise is Fatphobic. I get the whole positive body image thing. But it boils down to life is not fair, it never will be, suck it up buttercup. I will never have an Arnold Schwarzenegger (prime) muscles and build. I won't ever have a Hugh Jackman (Wolverine prime) muscles and build. But I know what I don't want. I haven't had a drink of alcohol since 4/13/21 and you know what? I notice a weight difference. I guess I'm "Fatphobic"??? I changed/lowered my weight. Side note: Not drinking was not for weight or health reasons, it was mainly because alcohol has gotten so damn expensive and I just wanted to stop spending money on it. I'm inflationphobic. I find inflation VERY problematic. Some people have weight issues, however, many have weigh

Facebook has Banned this Artwork

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CYBER Suicide by  Konstantin Bratishko  has been banned on Facebook as "Promoting Suicide." Never mind the FACT that this now classic Cyberpunk piece is a warning against the addiction of social media and being connected 24/7/365 and that doing so is like "committing suicide". I was using it as my banner picture and they removed it and then splashed up a message that it promotes suicide.  You can't post non-narrative opinion on Facebook. You can't apparently post Cyberpunk art on Facebook. You can't post any factual studies on viruses (the actual studies, not the media spin). You can't post any political point of view. What the fuck is Facebook good for?  No one sees anything I post on Facebook anyway. Regardless of it being political, news, or photos around the house... The people that follow me over there have even told me that they never see my posts unless they go to my profile. So now, I've deleted all of my posts, save for one that tells pe

Fauci NEVER followed the Science

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If you still believe anything that comes out of flip flopping Fauci's mouth then you are a special kind of stupid. You can watch interview after interview of this guy and see him flip flop in real time. Now, after his emails have been released, he tries to cover up his lies by saying that a attack on him is (get this) an attack on science. The dude that has never followed the science claims to be the devout authority on science.  - 4 big studies now show that masks were useless. Even flip flopping Fauci admitted as much. The size of the virus did not change and it has always been too small to be contained by a mask (unless you are talking symptomatic snot rockets). If you can smell perfume with a mask on, then you can inhale virus particles. Virus particles are smaller than perfume particles. This is called: FOLLOWING THE SCIENCE. - Speaking of symptomatic, we now know that there is still no proof of asymptomatic transmission. So... lies by the Fauci-nator.  - Social distancing ha

What was Lorde thinking???

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I really like Lorde's music. There's a level of truth and realism to it that is missing from other singers. She's the Alanis Morissette of now (obviously not the same type of music but the realism behind it is there, like it was for Morissette ). However... I think the pop-bimbos ( like  Taylor Swift , Ariana Grande , ETC...) have enticed her to change her image from realism to being fake like theirs. Her music doesn't require skimpy clothing to persuade people to listen in, yet the more she hangs with people like Swift, the more she transforms. This album cover (hopefully just a singles cover) for Solar Power seems to be a product of that transformation. Hopefully someone can talk some sense into her. She would have a very long career if she sticks to her truth instead of succumbing to bubblegum pop. Her music is much more real with more staying power than the queens of bubblegum pop.  

Book Review: Bloodline by James Rollins (Book 8 of the Sigma Force series)

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  Bloodline is a pedal to the metal action adventure that takes the hidden clues and secrets of prior books to offer up a payoff for the reader. Who are the guild? What are the intentions of the guild? Ho does the President fit into all of this?  Normally in a Sigma Force series book, you get something old and historic crossed with something new and science tinged. The two meet and James Rollins weaves a tale to combine them. While this entry somewhat had that, it was first and foremost an action first undertaking.  The Premise: The President's daughter has been kidnapped and Sigma Force has been called in to undertake a rescue. The guild appears to be behind the kidnapping. They are trying to make their centuries long quest for immortality for the bloodline to come to fruition with genetics. Can Sigma Force save the President's daughter or will they be defeated by cybernetic machinations and the ultimate shadowy secret society? It's not until much later in the book when

Bloody Kisses for the Establishment

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I was listening to my old CD's on the new stereo (CD, LP, Cassette, USB, Bluetooth) I got and I was just thinking about the cover art to the Type O Negative album Bloody Kisses . In the 90's, with the two girls kissing, it was viewed as taboo and sexy. Now... It's socially acceptable and normal. Talk about being progressive to the point of boring. Is there even an alternative or counter culture anymore? Those that yell resistance are essentially cheering on the establishment and are tools of the government and corporatism.  Everything is safe and normalized now, to the point of being boring. Maybe the 2010's and 2020's should be called the ho-hum decades.

Robocop (1987) is a Million Times BETTER than Robcop (2014) for this One Big Reason

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  Robocop (1987) is my favorite movie of all time. When I was a kid, I would watch that movie everyday after school. I memorized the lines of it. My Mom had the VHS on extended rental until it finally became available to buy and then I got it for my Birthday. Suffice it to say, I know Robocop.  So when the 2014 reboot came out, I felt like it was wrong from the beginning. From the plastic looking black suit to the fact that he kept his right hand. It looked bad. Then I saw the movie and it was not only bad but they totally did not understand the main point of the movie or the character of Alex Murphy.  In the 1987 original, Murphy gets flashes of his past that start to break through his cold and algorithm controlled mind. He's a machine, he knows his functions, but finding out that he was once a man, means he must come to terms with what he is and find the man he was within.  In the 2014 version, he never loses his human self and instead must come to terms with what his body has

I Need Coffee, My Dark Bean, My Caffeine God

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There was sleep in the eyes and not every electron seemed to be firing correctly in the brain. Morning time had come to wake me once again. Actually it was my damn alarm clock set to start the day before my conscience mind was ready to power on. I needed coffee. That life blood of the gods, my dark bean addiction, a caffeine god in its own right. The aroma of brewing coffee is step one in calming the neurotic mind and putting thought processes in some kind of maintainable order. Before that bitter bean has touched one's tongue, the aroma has already begun the initial process of working its magic. When it is time to pour your mug there is something in the chemistry of touch between the hand and that warm container that takes over just as the aroma becomes subtle to the nose. The heat has transformed into yet another kind of electric energy that travels through the palms of the hand and then straight in to the awakening brain. The first bitter taste of the dark bean is like a warming

Book Review: Tracker by James Rollins

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  Tracker is a short story that introduces Tucker Wayne and his canine partner Kane into a new series by James Rollins . This series is in the same world as his popular Sigma series (where Tucker and Kane show up in book 8 Bloodline ). So this short story (a little over an hour read time) is an important bridge in the Sigma series.  The Premise: Tucker and Kane are drawn into mystery surrounding gold treasure that had once been seized by the Nazi's and hidden somewhere in Budapest. He must help the daughter of researcher who has stumbled onto the location and has now gone missing.  I liked how Tucker's point of view is in the past tense but when Rollins switches to Kane's point of view, he goes into a italicized present tense. It's a nice little change up that works very well when one of your main characters is a very smart and well trained canine.  Just as with any Rollins book, it moves fast, is a fun read, and if Hollywood actually had any sense at all, built for

Book Review: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

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  The prose are like music and poetry combined. While I'm not really on the same side of the fence as Hunter S. Thompson , I could read his words all day long. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a MUST read for any Thompson fan.  The Premise: Raoul Duke (Hunter S. Thompson) and his attorney are sent to Las Vegas in 1971 to report on the  Mint 400 motorcycle race in the desert. So they load up their rented "red shark" and take every drug known to man, with them on the trip. They're also in search of the American Dream, to find out what it is, and does it still exist.  This was a reread for me, as I originally stumbled upon Thompson's work via the quite faithful adaption of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas starring Johnny Depp , who plays Thompson perfectly. Thompson is also in a drug induced cameo scene in the movie. Depp talks just like Thompson. I started to watch interviews of Thompson and his inflection and way of speaking is exactly how he writes. So when rea

Critical thinking, Cause and Effect Logic, Analysis of Narrative.. are no longer Allowed

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  Critical thinking, Cause and Effect Logic, Analysis of Narrative.. . All apparently are no longer allowed. Big Tech has pushed so far into the realm of censorship that taking daily news articles, factual information from valid sites, and then linking them together is not allowed. The information can exist separately but if you put the information together and make a deduction of narrative, that is a no-no. This is disturbing.  Free Speech in this country is so this type of thing does not happen. It is so one narrative does not develop and that tyranny can not take control. We're losing our free speech on the internet because Big Tech has decided that only the Establishment can now dictate what the narrative is. They will tell you the narrative, you do not have a right to discern it for yourself. You most certainly do not have the right to let other people see that you have found something alternative to the condoned Establishment narrative.  This is dangerous territory we have no

Book Review: The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker

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The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker is the sequel to The Hellbound Heart / Hellraiser in the Barker official canon. There is a short story called Hellraiser: The Toll that bridges the gap between the two books that Barker has written. Also, the origin of the series is now a mix of the The Hellbound Heart book and the Hellraiser movie, with the Hellraiser movie (Written and Directed by Clive Barker) as being the more official order of events.  Now that we have that out of the way... The Premise: Pinhead, The Hell Priest is killing human magicians to gain magical knowledge so that he can take over Hell. Harry D'Amour is a private investigator who deals in the occult and Pinhead has decided that he shall be his witness in this takeover.  I enjoyed this book quite a bit. There are a few negatives but overall, it was a worthy follow up to Hellraiser that puts the series into a more Urban Fantasy vibe than a Horror one. It opens the world of Hellraiser up. This is a modern day

Excerpt/Quote: Part 3 in The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (the sequel to Hellraiser in Barker's canon)

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Disclaimer: If this (the excerpt and what follows below) is somehow offensive to anyone, it is not meant to be. It is only a thought on the similarities of religion and current modern society thought processes and how they are similar as a blue print to accomplishing the goals they wish to achieve. It's worth thinking about!!! It is not an attack on religion. This struck me as intriguing in today's modern world of the "controlled one sided narrative". The obvious comeback to the excerpt is that, "One "must have faith" that the one side is all that is needed to "know the truth". The reply, "Do you have "faith" in what the one side (modern issues) tells you today?" The comeback, "No of course not, but that is the word of man." The reply, "The bible was written by man and only perceived as from God through faith." "The comeback, "That's all I need." Which is all the Woke and the people on

Political Possession (Politics have Infected Everything)

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  If September 11th, 2001 never happened, then I wonder what would have been? Because of 9/11, I turned on the radio on my way to a friends birthday party that day. I found it to be relaxing to hear the commentator there as well as the various other people calling in. They were all thinking the same things as me. As the days went on, I just kept listening. New subjects made their way into the broadcasts and at first, I would rail against the radio guy. Gradually, I would listen to the cause and effect logic. If X happens, then Y is the result. Everything is interlocking. This made sense. The left never thinks past X. They don't concern themselves with the fallout from their actions. Collateral Damage is better to be ignored.  The right was too into holier than thou religious views for me. Their belief system, may be good for them but, I don't agree. Morality does not need religion. One can know right vs wrong without it. That's why I gravitated toward being a center modera

Spider-Man Remastered (PS5) and Dull Character Design

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Spider-Man Remastered PS5 My friend is playing Spider-Man Remastered on the PS5 and recording it for YouTube. He asked me yesterday if I had watched any of them. I had only watched the first one. The play mechanics are the same as any Spider-Man game ( Ultimate Spider-Man is still the BEST Spider-Man game IMHO) but the character designs are so uninspiring. Look at Peter and MJ in the game vs the way Todd McFarlane drew them in the 90's. Night and day. Dull now but vibrant and fun to look at back then. Spider-Man as drawn by Todd McFarlane in the 90's I get it... the game is going for realism. That was another reason that I got out of gaming. Realism is kind of boring when you want to be taken away for your entertainment. I don't want to see the "representation" of boring in games. It's boring. It's like the developers for games listened to the mad Twitter minority who demand that the boring, the ugly, and the dull be represented in video games because ot

Why so serious???

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No one can take a joke and just chill. Everyone is political and offended by something. I'm getting to the point where even posting something like a GenX meme on social media is a second thought endeavor. If I post it, then someone is going to get bent out of shape. Even if my opinions are 90% the same as someone else, if I post one thing not in line with their way of thinking then it is curtains.  I lost contacts on social media when I delved into reviewing horror movies and books. Apparently the cover art and subject matter are not morally correct so, "We've got news for you heathen, you've been cut." Mind you, it comes from some of the same people who say they are anti-censorship and that you should be able to post what you want. Well obviously, only if it falls within their sensibilities. And again, 90% of the other issues are in alignment but crossing one line they disagree on and bye-bye.  While they are only cutting the line to me, so they don't see m

Movie Review: Proximity (2020 - SlingTV Showtime Free Preview)

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  Proximity is a movie in disguise . I had seen a post where Giorgio Tsoukalos ( Ancient Aliens) had recommended this but now I'm wondering if that wasn't just a sponsorship call out because a small insertion of Christian Religious doctrine changes this from being a straight up alien abduction flick into what seems to be a splinter from Hollywood that packages movies as one thing and then near the very end, the movie reveals its true purpose.  The Premise: A young scientist has proof of his abduction, is ridiculed for being "fake" when he isn't, and then it all unravels...  The first 35 minutes or so were excellent. Then the government agency with the "robotic" storm troopers from some retro Doctor Who Dalek costume party get involved. The movie officially went off the rails. Then it's island hopping and talking and lame fast hacking. Then the aliens show up again and guess what they are looking for? Jesus.  The aliens are abducting humans in se

Book Review: Hellraiser: The Toll by Mark Alan Miller

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Hellraiser: The Toll is a short story to bridge the gap between Hellraiser (the movie plus The Hellbound Heart , the book) and The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker . I would suggest reading The Hellbound Heart first and then watching the first Hellraiser movie as the movie (written and direct by Clive Barker) becomes the official canon for the mythology over the book. Larry is in, Rory is out. Kirsty is Larry's daughter and not a family friend, etc...) The Premise: Kirsty has been on the run and changing identities ever since she escape the Cenobites. However, a letter comes to her but addressed to previous identity. Someone knows about her movements. There is also a island that is a doorway into the Wastes where the Cenobites roam and you don't have to use the box to get in. Will Kirsty confront The Cold Man (Pinhead) again?  The short story moves at a clip. You still get some good prose, though not quite on par with Clive Barker's wordsmithing, it's still very v

Friendship in the Age of Politics for EVERYTHING

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I guess the IRL (In Real Life) friendships are being tested now. With politics infecting everything worse than a Covid-19 surge, longtime friendships are being tested and taken to the limit. Case in point, 2 of my long time friends have both taken opposite sides to my middle and moderate position. One going far left and one going far right. So much so that one ghosted me already and the other only responds with one word replies to texts. Apparently me, being in the middle, with logic and reason doesn't fit either far removed side of thought.  Let me be clear about something. Both are friends from way back. One from high school and one from middle school. The one from high school was the one I went to concerts and shows with every other week in my 20's and then here and there through 2016 or so. The one from middle school was never political until his girlfriend changed that and took him left. Now it's 2021 and politics defines your life much like skin color or what you have