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I can't take LinkedIn Seriously...

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  LinkedIn is the social platform of the "professional". Or so I keep seeing in post after post on that site. "Don't talk about this, this isn't Facebook. You can't post that, this is a professional site. Why are you posting something that people disagree with?" and on and on... These LinkedIn people need to get over themselves. It's just another site in the same category as Facebook or Twitter, which branded itself as a social jobs board. It runs on a sketchy algorithm that is way more invasive than Google, Facebook, and Twitter combined. The insipid drivel from a score of people posting there is so shallow and fake that it is hard to take any of them seriously. These are people obsessed with their titles and think their reason for existence is defined by their position. That's beyond fake. That's the company suck up, times one million.  There is more to life than fake company slogans and recruiters who are ignorant of any job description n

This World has Gone INSANE!!!

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 A virus that has a 99.9% survivable rate, has unleashed the hive mind tyranny on the world, all in the name of Public Health.  The forced mandates for masks (38 and counting peer reviewed studies all show masks do nothing), for lock downs (no difference in infection rate for locked down regions vs non-locked down regions), and for vaccines (that don't prevent the infection, the spread, or even getting sick from it and ending up in the hospital or dying) is a display of tyranny in real time. None of these courses of policy are following the science, even though they keep claiming that they are. This doesn't even appear to be about healthcare anymore. It's about forced compliance.  The CDC and Fauci have been caught in numerous lies. They've departed from the science and data and have said that they are now working on nothing but "hope." Hope is not science. We have public policy taking the place of science now, and it is based on nothing.  Freedom, liberty, an

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Search of Fear, Tension, and Horror

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  The movie version of The Shining scared the hell out of me as a kid. I had nightmares after seeing that movie. The freaky twins, elevators of blood, naked burned women, and Jack selling his soul. That was fear, tension, and horror right there!!! However, I rewatched it again in the late 90's (in my 20's) and I had a completely different take on it. It was no longer scary at all. In fact, when Wendy is whining to Jack on the stairs, I kind of just wanted Jack to end it there because damn... so much whining. She was reactionary throughout the last part of the movie and kept acting like there was a way to reason with Jack. How and why??? It was no longer believable.  Anyway... I've watched scary horror movies over the years but nothing ever comes off as scary. There's movies with tension and the thrown in jump scare here and there but nothing that will cause nightmares and terrify me. I watched both movie versions of IT recently. While I was entertained, they weren

"Representation" Killed Content of Character

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Awhile back when people on Twitter (DO NOT USE TWITTER) stated that MLK had been canceled, I felt a gut punch that reverberated all the way through my being. Segregation and racism were back, just not from the normal spaces we had known them to be from previously. The dream was being ripped apart in the name of "representation."  We had found peace in content of character (for the most part), but with the election of Obama in 2008, it all started to slip away. He made "representation" a call to battle. One that made skin color or sex/gender more important for any and everything over a person's skill or content of character. Ever since then, Identity Politics has been used in the name of "inclusion" but has only accomplished division. You cannot have equality if you base anything on color, or sex/gender . Period and end of story . You are in effect, putting one group over another. The left now calls this "equity" as if the sins of the fathe

Elections are Carnival Games now

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There was clear and verifiable proof of election fraud in the last election but no court would listen. Every court turned away the evidence before ever hearing it. The media and such then get to say that the courts turned every case away because there was no evidence, which is not true. Just because the courts turned the cases away before hearing the evidence, does not mean that the evidence is not there. The judicial system basically washed its hands of being a check and balance on fraud. Even SCOTUS called it "moot" after the election had taken place. SCOTUS of course is holding its hand because the left is threatening to pack the court. It's become self preservation over the Constitution for them. So from this point forward there is no way to remedy a fraudulent election after the fact.  Republicans are now getting excited for 2024 and saying it will be an epic turnover after all of the hideous Biden policies that are being implemented. How? If none of the voter irregu

Book Review: The Books of Blood Vol 1 by Clive Barker

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Story 1: The Book of Blood A creepy story of a ghost hunter and a fraud at the crossroads and interstate for the dead. When the ghosts find the fraud, they write their stories in his flesh thus setting up the stories to come. Story 2: The Midnight Meat Train A butcher on a NY train and dead humans hooked up like meat, but why and where are they being taken? I think the movie version did a good job of “fleshing” out a one hour read and providing more context. However, I think the ending in the story was probably better than the altered version from the movie. Just the visualization of it was a bit gruesome. Story 3: The Yattering and Jack A demon has been charged with making a man go insane but the man could care less. This one is geared more toward humor than horror but the elements of fright are still there. Story 4: Pig Blood Blues What does a massive pig in a sty, a suicide, and a boys correctional/reform center have to do with possession? You will find out in this creepy tale. Ther

Movie Review: Mortal Kombat (2021 - HBOmax)

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Bad acting. No real plot. Cringe dialogue. Remember how bad the original 1995 movie's plot was? It was better than this. This is like Power Rangers for kids but NOT for kids because there is an F word dropped every other sentence. So who is this for??? Too lame for adults and too mature for children. Maybe it's just for the hardcore fans of the game. Premise: Why? Why bother? It's just a threadbare glimmer of a connecting story just to get to overdone CGI infused fight scenes.  And big surprise, the main guy has to be saved by the girl when he's fighting another girl. This has to be the number one stupid trope in Hollywood today. Oh yeah... And the CGI... Ugh... Not good.  I'd say skip it. It's not worth wasting 2 hours on.

Movie Review: The Conjuring 2 (2016 - Netflix)

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Good but, not as good as the first one. And the reason... CGI. Specifically, The Crooked Man . The 2 times he shows up, the CGI is ridiculous and drops the viewer out of the experience. Otherwise... It was good. Standard jump scares and a medium amount of tension though again, not as high or effective as the first movie. The Premise: This time a haunting in England. Not much changes from the premise of the first movie to the second. CGI just looks too hokey in a horror movie. When you allow the human mind to make the leaps in fantasy, you get a much better tension or a scare, than spoon feeding CGI to the audience. It's like the news... Give the information and let the viewer decide what they think vs spoon feeding narrative that removes the viewers ability to use their own minds. It seems like everything these days is done to limit the viewers agent of mind. It's worth seeing. I think this leads to and connects The Nun movies to The Conjuring Universe too.

Korn: Monumental - The Live Stream

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At just over an hour it was a very cool show. They played some deeper cuts from older albums that they don't always play mixed in with some new cuts from my current favorite album (ever since it came out) The Nothing .  It was recorded LIVE earlier this month in LA on the top of a building Stranger Things is using for filming or as some kind of event. You get that LA Bladerunner look in the background. They had a very cool stage with massive lights on both sides. Without an audience,  Jonathan Davis  was singing with his eyes closed and putting his "all" into it. Some cool moments when the guitarists ( Munky and Head ) each headed around to the far sides of the stage.  Fieldy  was slapping his bass.  Luzier  had some good camera time on drums.  I hope they sell a version of this show (physical or streaming). The show that I had tickets to last year was canceled (due to you know what - 2020), I'll take this over nothing. I also bought a concert shirt from this which

Movie Review: The Conjuring (2013 - Netflix)

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So I heard there was a The Conjuring Universe and I became intrigued. Apparently, what Starts with this first movie, ties together this series with the Annabelle movies and The Nun movies into one universe. Check this out, must I. Premise: A family moves into a possessed house and becomes possessed too. A pair of demonologists must help rid them of the entity. Credit given where credit due. With mostly practical effects and tension in spades, this movie was pretty damn good. The jump scenes come out of nowhere and the people dealing with the haunting are believable and likable  so that you care. Can someone redo IT without CGI and take notes from this movie on how it should be done? Funny seeing Lili Taylor in this as she was also in The Haunting from 1999 with Catherine Zeta-Jones . Did horror become her niche? She kind of vanished off the radar for while there. Worth the viewing for sure. I'm probably late to the game on this one because until recently I've skipped all

Movie Review: Look Away (2018 - Tubi)

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I had remembered thinking the previews to this one looked pretty good and it holds up. Maybe file this one under pseudo-horror? Premise: Maria is shy, gets picked on, and is not self assertive. However, Airam, herself on the other side of the mirror is assertive, uninhibited, and aggressive. When they switch, things get... complicated and deadly... Overall... It was a pretty good movie. I'm not sure the mothers "subplot" was fleshed out enough to understand it. Something about twins or something. Anyway... they could drop that and just go with mental instability and hallucinations, and the main plot would still work. It's worth checking out. I also think India Eisley (Maria/ Airam) along with Emily Browning ( Sucker Punch ) - (they remind me of each other) are two actresses that are underrated and should really get way more movie roles.

Blogging to the Void

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  As far as personal blogs go, I think people find mine via Google Image Search and then snake the images and never ever bother to read anything. That's frustrating to be sure. I can write here, and get no engagement and no readership. I can write on MeWe and get moderate readership with more engagement than anywhere else. I can write on Medium and get sparingly read but make a couple of cents. It would be great if one place did the job of all but alas, there is not one blog to rule them all.  I'm experimenting with my book and movie reviews on Medium because no one views them here. Google already relegates this blog to the 2nd or 3rd page (usually at the bottom) when you search my name. At least DuckDuckGo and Bing put this site as the top number one site with the same search. Google penalizes me because I turned off adsense. If you don't run ads, they don't push you. That's not "relevant search," that's paid and sponsored placement . Blogger is