In Which You Just Wanted a Coke

The conversation is really interesting, or would be if you cared. She had a blind date last night; he brought his pet ferret named Steve. Steve, you learn, is missing his back paw – fishing accident, or so the story goes. The poor ferret now has difficulty reaching up in his cage to push the button to release the treat. She fell in love with Steve last night, she says.

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In Which Cats are Evil

I don’t like cats; never have. They are mean, vicious even. They lack an intelligence that dogs have. Chances are, those reading this will either agree with me or shout at the heavens how wrong I am. We all live on a continuum (more on that in another post). But, and let me be frank here (not not Frank, just frank), if you disagree with me on this subject, well, you’re wrong.

Now that I have your undying admiration (or outright hostility), let me explain to you why.

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In Which Winning Takes a Toll

When you are 16 you learn to drive.

At 18, you get to vote.

Getting drunk is a milestone at age 21.

Many people get there first job somewhere in there as well.

Then a lot of people go to graduate college (or not).

They may get married.

Children are a common next goal.

Buying a car and a house are major milestones.

Eventually retirement comes about.

What did you accomplish in that time? What toll did “winning” at life take from you? So many people are unhappy and they don’t know why. The things we all achieve, house, kids, career, aren’t they designed to make you happy? When, then, are so many people unhappy? 

To me, the answer is that they “won”, and the price they paid was their happiness.

To you, dear reader, I quietly beseech you remember what makes you truly happy – it is often the little things. Write a poem. Take a picture. Paint a landscape. Read a boo, or maybe write one. Make snow angels and build snowmen. Fall down (jump into) a pile of leaves. Hug a dog. Learn to ski. You don’t need to do anything big – just do something that you enjoy. Take back what “winning” has stolen from you.

Find your happiness and share it with others. What makes you happy? 

Diary of a Scoundrel (Part 1)

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DAY 1

My wits are the reason I yet live, and the lack of them is why they all died, the fools. I write this journal in the hopes that one day someone will find it, and deliver it to my dearest Morgan. When last she saw me, I was boarding an honest trading ship bringing much needed cargo and stock to those desperate in need. The voyage was a simple one, without too many events. Oh sure, there was a sea serpent but that is to expected. A pirate here, a pirate there, nothing to be alarmed about. At least not yet.

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The Favourite: Who Should I Root For?

Some movies like to tell of grand adventures. The Favourite starts in the mud and tells a “small” story instead, and then expands to give a political power play between cousins, one at the pinnacle of society, and one fallen from those heights and trying to reclaim her position.

Released on the 23rd, The Favourite didn’t see a wide release, so you may have to do some looking around to find it, but to me it was worth the search.

Spoilers after the trailer, of course.

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Chewing Up “The Renegade Star” by J. N. Chaney

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Courtesy Mr. Chaney’s Facebook Page

Typically, you can get a decent feel for a new book from the first few lines. The Renegade Star begins:

‘”I’ll fucking kill you!” screamed William Emmerson as he ordered his security personnel to fire in my direction.

“Good luck with that!” I returned, running as fast as my feet would carry me.’

Now, I don’t know about you, dear reader, but this screams pedal to the metal to me.

Clearly inspired by Firefly, Chaney’s The Renegade Star is super charged action with intelligence to back it up. Spoilers abound.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story – Likely an Unpopular Opinion

From the beginning, I had my reservations. Sadly, they were well founded.

Ehrenreich’s hair was that of someone in a boy band, and looked too styled to be a scruffy nerfhearder.

His voice to high pitched and whiny.

His smile lacking too much boy like charm.

But it went further than that. The character had no real connection; there was no earned relationships. What should have been moments of “oh my lord what did I just see?!” were played way to casually “oh you again”.

I don’t want to say too much – I know I am in the minority and worry I will ruin it for others, so I will just say this:

This is a good movie to watch on USA Network when they get the eventual rights and you have nothing else to watch on a Saturday afternoon.

Quote of the Day 9-Apr-2018: On Self Worth

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Courtesy Wikipedia

“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”

Fred Rogers

Avengers Assemble

Well, that time is almost here. In just a few short weeks, we will be watching as the Avengers (and Guardians of the Galaxy) try to stop Thanos from killing half of all living beings in the universe in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War.

If you are considering watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies leading up to this event, there are two options: watching all of the films, or just the ones that reference an Infinity Stone.

For your convenience, here is a list of both viewing options, with times for each movie. Additionally, they are ordered in chronological time, not original release order.

Enjoy!

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Tomb Raider: Strength

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Tomb Raider official poster

Lara Croft is strong. 

Lara Croft is a problem solver.

Lara Croft is what we all want to be.

This week, Square Enix’s video game Tomb Raider saw a new iteration born on the big screen, and unlike the last time we her on the big screen, this time we got a woman we actually care about.

Minor spoilers ahead.

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