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terrorism

[teruh-riz-uh m]
noun
1. The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
2. The state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3. A terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.
People who are terrorist are the ones who want you to be afraid.
They want to make you afraid to go out to eat.
They want to make you afraid to go out to a concert.
They want to make you afraid to go to school.
They want to make you afraid of religions.
They want to make you afraid to trust anyone.
They want to make you afraid to travel.
They want to make you afraid to go to work.
They want to make you afraid.
Don’t be afraid.
Don’t let them win.
Fight back.
Don’t give in.
Prove to them you are strong and alive.
Go shopping. Run in a marathon. Go to work. Go to school. Go to the movies. Go to a concert. Travel. Live. Love. Laugh.
You can do it.
I have faith in you.

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Greetings my friends, fans and followers!

It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?

How about a update?

Okay, Art. I have not been doing art lately as so much has happened, but I am back to it starting today. ((Sorry Dev, your’s is second on the list. Promise!)) My mind on art kinda went a bit drip dry, but I am working on it again. Yay! Cause I love doing it!

Life. Many things have happened in the past few months. First was the big change: a change of venue. I moved away from North Carolina and moved back to my home state of Ohio. I moved in with a couple of friends who I believe do know I am not the sanest person on the block, but are willing to try to deal with it. After the move, I managed to get a job, but then my heart was devastated when I was in a really good (or bad, depends on your view…) accident. In the end I was injured and my wonderful car was totalled. This has been a HUGE issue for me, as I have never been without wheels, and now rely on others for assistance until I can scrap together cash to buy a new set of rusty wheels.

The accident also put a crimp in my art and my writing because I could not sit at my desk like I had been, to write. So, I grabbed a notebook, and a pen and kept writing. This has caused another issue though, that I am trying to work through…

So, with that said, I hope to get back into being knee deep in the art and stuff this afternoon. Keep on reading y’all!

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lem·ming

noun

Any of various small, mouse-like rodents of the genera Lemmus, Myopus,  and Dicrostonyx,  of far northern regions, as L. lemmus,  of Norway, Sweden, etc., noted for periodic mass migrations that sometimes result in mass drownings.

So, Patrick Stump was recently in the news for his blog post. In it he was commenting on the issue that “everyone hates Nickelback”. (The Rock band, not the refund.)

This is, amazingly enough, not news to me.

Oh, don’t get me wrong!

I like Nickelback.

No, I really do.

Honest!

Now, you have to ask yourself, “Why the hell does she like Nickelback?”

That is actually a easy question to answer.

For a moment, I won’t say “Cause their music rocks!” Nope. Not saying that just yet. Hear the other reasons first:

  1. Chad Kroeger is frickin hot.
  2. Ryan Peake is frickin hot.
  3. Mike Kroeger is frickin hot
  4. Daniel Adair ((**sigh** The Drummer)) is frickin hot!
  5. Their songs are good.
  6. They have songs that are Metal, Rock or Light Rock.
  7. They know their listeners and know what they want.
  8. They don’t compromise on their style.
  9. Their style of music is what Rock used to be, before Grunge.
  10. Rock used to be about sex, drugs and having fun, themes they stick to and reap the benefits from.

Ten reasons good enough for you?

So, why don’t people like their music? Well, a percentage of them say it’s cause the themes of their music are based on strippers, sex, prostitutes, drugs, sex, drinking and sex. (See reason 10.)
Another reason could be that their music is neither rap, pop nor techno. Kind of a good thing, but since most people today fall into the category of lemmings and not individual people with the ability to enjoy what they like or experiment on what is out there. In today’s world, everyone thinks they can rap and make a living out of it. (You can’t and few do.) Techno is just “thump thump thump thump” of recorded music that breeds migraines. Pop is… Pop is the kind of music you like cause your friends like it, and the radio stations repeat their library of Pop every 70 minutes so, you eventually think you like the music cause you know all the words.
Why do people hate them?
Because the haters refuse to try to think for themselves.
The people that don’t hate, but also don’t like Nickelback… They have their own reasons.
To you, the intelligent reader (I know you are intelligent, cause you read my ramblings…) I say, “Never dislike something until you’ve tried it. Then you can use your own mind to determine if you like it, or if you are a lemming. If you are a lemming, please remove yourself from my followers list.”

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Greetings fans of the movie industry! (And everyone else.)

Today’s rant is on the stupidity that is Hollywood.

The last two days I have been reading about how “Jack the Giant Slayer” has failed at the box-office. It made in it’s Domestic Release $28 million. Which, apparently now is considered a failure, but in the past, if a movie made $10 million on it’s opening weekend it was considered a success. But, then again, it cost a estimated $200 million to produce.

Before I go further, I want to state clearly that though it “flopped” it’s opening weekend, it WAS the #1 film of the weekend. Second place went to Identity Theft which is on it’s fourth week, and this week it made $9.7 million for a total of $107.4 million.

Now… Back to my thoughts.

Look, here it is, plain and simple:

The movie industry employees a frickin TON of skilled workers, carpenters, electricians, cooks, various staff for cleaning, primping, security etc, not to mention Directors, Writers, Producers, Movie Stars, etc. All of these people need money just like the rest of us, and they need to work to get that money, just like the rest of us.

That said, our economy sucks like a vacuum.

The movie people (the higher ups making the calls) need to take into consideration that a family of four cannot afford to take the kids to see a movie in the movie theater. $9 for ticket, $3 for 3D glasses (which they want returned but don’t want to give you a refund on), $4 for a drink, $8 for popcorn… For one person that is a total of $24. Multiple that times 4 and for a night out for a family of four (not including the gas money to get to the theater) and you are spending $96.

People can’t afford to go to the movies like they used to, but that isn’t stopping Hollywood for churning out film after film.

Hollywood, you need to pull a cue card from the past.

  • Don’t release a ton of new films every week.
  • Let some films sit in the theater for a few weeks to gain watchers.
  • Don’t spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a ton of films.
  • Encourage movie theaters to offer “loyalty programs” such as, “Watch 6 movies this year, and come see one for free.”
  • Reduce children’s tickets to a MUCH LOWER price. (In some theaters, kids over the age of 2 are almost full price.)

So, there you go. My thoughts.

Also.. on a side note… No. I am not going to mention ANYTHING about my fears of Disney and their ownership of Star Wars, and how badly Disney is failing repeatedly on films lately. Nope. Not going to mention it at all.

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Change

Change is coming.

Something new…

Something old…

I may ask a favor.

I may need a hand.

I hope one of you responds.

I hope one of you can.

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OMG!

Oh my god. I am so frickin worn out and tired!

To all my friends, fans and family; I am soooo sorry to have not wished any of you a Happy Thanksgiving. Yes, you were in my thoughts… somewhere… buried deeply… I blame… the retail industry, lol! As I am currently working in retail (again) as you know, Black Friday is the beginning of the end of the social life. And sleep.

Actually… I think I miss sleep more then I miss some of you.

A lot more.

Zzzzzzzz…..

Sorry… nodded off there for a second… What was I saying? Oh, yes. I miss you. And happy holidays (past and future, cause I will forget again. Bet money on that one. If you have any left.

So… how about a update? I know you have been sitting on pins and needles anxious to know about the recent happenings.

1.) Finally got my first cavity. Technically not my fault. I blame the water system. I am currently in a “country setting” that uses spring water, so no city chemicals, like chlorine or fluoride. I miss fluoride. And now… I have a hole in my mouth. Its not visible really… but to get the root canal would have been $750 and no way in hell I am paying that. Ever. **Update… Make that TWO cavities. Just had a cleaning and they found another one. 😦 Filling it in next week. Cant get it pulled, if it weren’t covered by my insurance. Its right up front. They say they can match my tooth color, so here’s crossing my fingers and praying.**

2.) I have lost track of time and days. Working overnights, and then going in at 3am, or 4am, or now it will be 2am… The alarm clock goes off, and I sit up and stare at it and think, “now why is it making that noise?”

3.) Star Wars: The Old Republic©®™. ***drool*** THIS is what I want for Christmas. I am currently a beta tester and LOVING IT! I have been given permission to talk about it, show screen shots… but… no… lol! I love it and its hard to explain why but it is a HELL OF A LOT OF FUN! I currently have tried Jedi, Smuggler, and Sith. Its really fun. I am accepting the pre-purchase game, or game time cards… feel free to spend freely on me. You know I will appreciate it, and I may end up remembering to say something to you at the holiday.

4.) AT&T… Took them 3 months, 4 modems, 2 routers, 2 on-site technicians, and about 82 phone calls until they were able to actually FIX my issues with them. FYI…. They have the crappiest Muzak™ on their phone system EVER! **Update… Ok, not quite fixed yet. They sent out yet ANOTHER technician, and he thinks its actually a wiring problem… Having been short on cash, my roommate had had the “wire-care” insurance taken off last year… And now we need it. We have re-ordered it, and next month we can call on it to cover repairs…. which we need… so, 30 days and counting before my internet is up and running like it should be…. which means…  I wont be needing to get Star Wars: The Old Republic™© too soon. I was going to download it, and pre-order it… but I would rather have a hard copy in my hands.**

I think I have more to say on this…. but I am to tired to remember… so, until later, keep the music rockin’, and enjoy the season. Check out Trans-Siberian Orchestra™ (Live if you can), best holiday music ever.

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Guys, I wanna take a moment here to write about a particular super hero.

I work with a woman whose husband happens to have the most extreme, and deadliest job on the planet.

He is a nuclear jumper.

I am not 100% certain that that term is the correct term, but in essence it is what he does. Literally.

Him and his crew travel around the planet to various nuclear plants, and “jump” into areas that need repair. They go in, and work feverishly, to repair, replace, remove whatever it is that is needing their attention, and then they get the hell out of there. They go through millions of hours training as a team repeating the tasks over and over again so that they can do this dangerous job. Do this job, mind you, in two minutes. 120 seconds. 150 heart beats.

My co-worker’s husband, and the few others that are qualified and trained for this job from the US leave this week and head to Japan.

Guys, you have my thoughts, my prayers, and my wishes for your safe return. And for your loved ones, I know they will worry beyond all worries while you are gone, for them, I wish them at least some nights peaceful sleep.

Good luck, and God’s speed.

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