Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Dreams

In honor of today, I thought I'd share a couple of my creepiest dreams. But in order to give myself a little bit of break (since I have plans most of the day) I'll also be porting them in from my old site. 

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The Laughter of Children

Me and some guy (some guy I know, although I can't remember who) were putting on a performance.  It was a dinner theater I guess.  The shape of the building was kind of like a U but not.  Two large dining rooms at each end of a slender hall which also had some tables and the entrance to the stairs that went down to the kitchen.  I was in the western room setting up.  We were playing (him) Death and (me) some kind of dark fey.  I tormented death and convinced him to take more lives.  In context, it was a very well known story, but I couldn't tell you now.

Something like this
The time for the performance came and we began.  The lines were nothing we had practiced yet I knew them by heart.  It became real.  People in the audience started dying as we "took" them, and fed on them.  Then we got a distress call from the Library.

Picture the library as a huge underground structure, something in the vein of the Hive from Resident Evil 1.  I left Death and teamed up with a couple of professors and several Students of the DWMA, as well as this guy:

And we started exploring.  We found hundreds, thousands of dead bodies.  All children, sitting at various stations, computers or desks, dropped dead and decaying for no reason.  I wasn't kidding when I compared it to Resident Evil guys.  So we're crossing this huge bridge above a giant pool of water.  When I say giant, I mean probably about a mile long and about a half mile across.  On the other end was the archive.  I don't know what the professor discovered there but it terrified him and he said we had leave. 

By now the children were moving.  Professor #2 said he knew a way to stop them, to counteract the witch's spell.  So yeah... guess a witch murdered thousands of kids just to get to us?  Professor #2 called them.  Literally, just somehow set it up so that every single phone rang.  And there were enough phones that each kid had one to answer.  Apparently that's how the witch controlled them.  When they picked up they when into some kind of trance and wouldn't move until they received her instructions.  We all walked very carefully and quietly around them back to the entrance, intending to seal it and burn it to the ground. 

Why did we want to burn them? THAT'S WHY!
Seriously though, that's exactly what they looked like.
Once we got to the entry room, she was there with two little girls designed to trap us.  We managed to run past them, but when we got outside, Scar was hurt.  I touched him and he turned to me with one eye clouded over completely white, like a giant cataract.  He stabbed me in the gut before the others killed him.  Then the witch attacked us, flying through the air.  The only thing we had to fight with were ridiculously long broom handles, so I broke one in half and used the pieces as two longswords.  Why didn't we bring weapons on our DISTRESS CALL?  Because apparently I can kick some major butt with broom handles.  Witch went doooo-own!

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Two teenage girls in a town in the mountains wanted to ride snowmobiles and they decided to steal them from this old man in town because they didn't have one.  I don't know why the old man did, but anyway, when they got back to town, everyone was gone.  It was night.

They come across this hooded figure, and one girl starts screaming.  Her friend turns to her and all her flesh is being... pulled, I guess? Down her right arm, like its getting sucked off of her.  BUT there are extra parts!  Like too many eyes and fingers, and for some reason she screams "even with all the eyes I can't see!"

Then I woke up.  I'm at my dad's (although it has the layout of my mom's house...), and somehow I know the dream was real and that the thing is coming after us, so I tell my dad and we set up shop on the back porch to watch for it.  It's a screened in porch so its almost like a room and its well lit, but as we sit there it starts to get darker and I couldn't tell you how I know but I can feel that my dad is somehow being turned by the darkness from the creature so I make an excuse to go inside and get away from him.  I go to the stairs by the front door intending to go to the second floor and make sure my brothers are still alive when something starts pounding on the door.

For some reason I decide to open it and its my mom and she says "Oh thank God you're all alive!"  My brothers come walking down the stairs and my dad comes in and every one is ok.  We're smiling and laughing and I happen to glance toward the porch

The hooded creature is opening the back door.

Then I woke up.

To this day the image of that thing coming in the door terrifies me.  It was sort of dementor-esque, but this was still a couple of years before Prisoner of Azkaban was published, so some part of my brain made them up from nowhere.

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Feel free to share your scary memories, dreamed, imagined, or otherwise, in the comments. Happy Halloween!


Seems appropriate for a Halloween Smile, right?

They make dark chocolate versions too.
These things are seriously tasty, and they're only 50 cents at Wally World! Not as good as real s'mores, but certainly easier.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


I mentioned in my TV post (which has now and for the final time been updated to include all of my shows) that I was interested in watching Constantine because it combined my love of comic books and the supernatural. Plus, a pretty, blonde, British man never hurt anything. I finally watched the series premiere that originally aired last Friday, and it is good.

Seriously! It was an action-packed thrilled ride, which sounds cliche, but I promise it was. You hit the ground running from the second they say go in this show, and don't stop til the credits roll. The first episode set up plenty of mysteries that I am looking forward to solving over the course of the series. And dammit! It was just a whole hell of a lot of fun. 

Pun intended.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

National Cat Day!

Apparently it's National Cat Day! And since I love cats, but don't own any, I've chosen to celebrate by featuring my brother and sister-in-law's cats. They are pictured below in the order in which they were obtained.
Chocolate Chess Pie aka Chess Pie:
What? I'm not playing with the bag...

Vanilla Wafer aka Nilla
I'm the only kitty who really does like tummy rubs!
Blackberry Cobbler aka BBC
What are you looking at? I'm not cute! Your stupid mom is cute!

Turtle Cheesecake aka Turtle
Please do pets? I'll stick my butt in your face if you don't! Or if you do!
As you may have noticed, all the cats are named for desserts. My brother and SIL also have 2 dessert-themed dogs, but that's another story. Share your cats in the comments, but mostly spend the day enjoying their company!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Hooray for Dr. Jonas Salk, creator the polio vaccine! He refused to patent it so it would be freely available to all who might need it and is responsible for the almost non-existence of the disease today. 

That's Google's banner for today in honor of the good doctor's 100th birthday. His vaccine has saved countless lives and prevented a great deal of suffering. So shut up and VACCINATE YOUR DAMN KIDS! Crazy anti-vaxxers put us all at risk in defiance of science. It pleases me to see good sense prevail so publicly like this.

Monday, October 27, 2014

CW Spotlight: Smallville

This show has ended, but that does not erase my love for it.

There were a lot of people who didn't care for Smallville, I know, because it wasn't canon. It (obviously) made a lot of connections to the traditional comic book characters and events but adapted them to tell the kind of story CW always tells - one fraught with drama and teenage angst. Not that comic books are without drama, and I personally would have enjoyed a more faithful story arc concerning Lana Lang - it took so long for them to get together! - but I digress. 

Smallville was one of the first modern forays into the superhero world, first coming on the air in 2001. And it was pretty damn successful, with a 10 season run. It was the first experience for many with comic book characters and stories, and I feel confident in saying that it - at least partially - set the stage for the crazy kind of success current hero franchises are experiencing. It was certainly my first real encounter with superhero stories.

It can't be denied that Smallville owes a large part of it's success to it's chosen central character. Not just any super, but Superman himself, easily the most well recognized hero globally. If you're talking heroes, he's your go-to guy. That was all the hook needed to get many people started with the show. Of course, the comics have already told Clark Kent's origin story many times over, and most people know the basics. But I think there was a pretty widespread intrigue among those of us less familiar with the DC universe (at the time) about Kent's pre-hero days. Sure, he's an alien who crash-landed in Smallville and was adopted by regular people, but what was high school like? Did he date? When did he start to experience his superpowers? Add to that the CW's record of making quality shows with captivating stories and there was a large audience prepared to give it a chance. It also didn't hurt that Tom Welling, as Clark Kent, cuts a rather dashing figure. 

The cast was the final piece of the puzzle for me, and probably many others, that made this show so fascinating and addictive. Of course, they tended to be very typically beautiful, which was fun to watch on its own, but they were also really talented. Tom Welling plays the best bad liar I think I've ever seen, capturing Clark Kent's upright moral character - and therefore difficulty telling lies- perfectly. He was incredibly adaptable in showing the different sides of Superman as well, his struggles with doing the right thing when it would be so easy to go wrong, and the few occasions he did go wrong as they introduced the varieties of Kryptonite. 

Michael Rosenbaum as Lex - and Lex and Clark's friend - was both refreshing and ultimately terrifying. My goodness, that man can play a villain. While I have high hopes for Eisenburg's Luthor in the upcoming Batman v. Superman film, I was secretly hoping Rosenbaum would reprise his Smallville role.

Smallville was a bit of a breakout role for the very lovely and talented Kristina Kreuk - I still have no idea how to pronounce her last name - and she was fabulous as Lana Lang, Clark Kent's high school sweetheart. After the show's wrap, she ended up landing another CW role in Beauty and the Beast. I haven't seen the new show to comment on it's quality, but if the rest of the cast brings it like Kreuk does, I imagine it will be around for a while. I was also excited to discover Kreuk's presence in an adaptation of one of my favorite book series, Earthsea. The TV movie ended up being no good, but that was in spite of her great performance.

John Glover as Lionel Luther was probably the most incredible performance on the show. As with his "son," he was both terrifying and sympathetic, and Glover perfectly executed the complexities of the character. While the character inspired intense dislike - if not outright hatred - over the course of the show, Glover's performance inspired awe.

Finally, my all-time favorite was... can you guess?

That's right! Little baby-faced Ackels had a role - as a blonde - on Smallville! He played Jason Teague, Lana's high-school-football-coaching boyfriend during season 4. As I've mentioned, I was so immediately enamored with him as an actor that I was distressed by his leaving, and ultimately I followed him to his new show.

The last paragraph segues nicely into why exactly I love Smallville so much even now. As I've explained above, it was a really, genuinely good show. But in addition to that, it introduced me to so much. It was indirectly responsible for my obsession with Supernatural, and as I said earlier it was my first experience with comic book heroes. What you might not know - but really should have picked up on by now- is that that first experience has inspired a long-term love. I'm obsessed! And I can't get enough. Interestingly, despite my first comic love being a DC character, my current interests tend more toward Marvel. I still owe it all to Superman, though. And of course, Smallville was the first time I saw Jensen, and I've never looked back!

I feel, and certainly hope, that Smallville had a similar effect on many others as well. People who may not have realized they were fans of comic books or superheros before caught on to the fact after they were introduced to that world through this show. And for that, it will always be special to me. 

Plus, the love story evolving between Louis and Clark was really beautiful to watch. And that final scene! When Welling finally got to put on the cape, fly up, up, and away, and strike that iconic Superman pose, it was just magnificent.

Autumn Beer

Have all the beer fans out there started buying up their favorite seasonal brews? Here's my first foray (of this year) into Autumn themed alcohol. 

I tried so hard to get a better picture but they all came out a little blurry! I need steadier hands, or a steady cam.
Hands are cheaper, but less realistic. /sigh.
Okay, I know, this isn't really beer. It's hard cider. But I hate beer, so this is as close as it's going to get. I don't drink much at all anymore because the final product isn't really worth the struggle to me - why does alcohol taste so bad? - but if I do I generally go for stuff like this or hard liquor that I can: 1) shoot so it's down my throat before I really taste it or 2) mix with strongly flavor non-alcoholic mixers so I don't taste it. ANYWAY. I haven't yet tried any, but I'm pretty pumped about this pack because not only do I, like every other white girl, enjoy my Fall-centric beverages, but the additional flavors with mask that %5 alcohol by volume even more than normal! Bonus points, Angry Orchard! What are your fav Fall Alcohols?

P.S. Jello shots are also great alcohol-taste maskers, and I have made both pumpkin pie versions and caramel apple ones. Hooray, Fall!

Sunday, October 26, 2014


My Smile for the day! Based on this week's SN episode, when a newly re-graced, fully angelic Cas finally meets super-powered Deanmon. And they hugged!

Look at how cute that is!
It was actually a pretty serious moment, when Cas's angelic powers were the only thing able to hold demon Dean back from killing his human brother. They then tied him down and "cured" his demonity. At least, so it seems... I'm pretty convinced it's all a ruse on Dean's part to get them to lay off. I doubt demonic nature brought on by death while carrying the Mark of Cain can be rid the same way as in typical demons. Plus, I really love demon Dean and I wanted him to stick around for more than 3 episodes. If he doesn't, I'mma be PISSED.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Maze Runner

Fiance and I went to see The Maze Runner this week because his Regal Rewards gave him a free ticket. We didn't know anything about the movie until cruising Fandango the day before to select our free film. We were both curious what such a movie could be about, so we watched a preview. It seemed cool, so we decided to skip The Equalizer and see Maze Runner instead.

Fiance and I in front of the poster. I know you can't tell, but it's the best we could do.
Isn't that picture terrible? But we took like 5 and they didn't get better, so here we are!
You guys, it was SO GOOD. I've since discovered, as even the most cursory Google search will tell you, it's based on a book trilogy - which I now plan on reading during my flight to California. The movie makes it obvious there is more to the story at the end, but I won't share anything else because you really just need to see it. If you haven't read the books before, I would really recommend that you don't even look them up before the movie. Knowing nothing about the story going in made it a lot more fun. If you have read the books, it seems to be regarded by others in the know as a pretty faithful recreation.

P.S. Bonus to seeing Maze Runner - The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies has a preview before this movie and is was AWESOME! 

Friday, October 24, 2014


YOU GUYS! How cool is this!

It's a "Favorite Things" version just for me! I sang, and it totally works! This made my day!

Not Broken

Ok, obviously I rant on here fairly regularly about things that annoy me. And I've even already mentioned my part amused part annoyed attitude about this dude in particular on Facebook. However, it was privately requested of me to do more. To take that idiot's article and tear it apart point by point. And who am I to turn down such an opportunity? Someone is literally asking me to publically go on one of my angry rants? Deal. The text of his original post will be reproduced below without editing except to some of the spacing so that I might interject my rebuttals - I even included his links (though I don't recommend you use them and give this freak more views) - contained in brackets, italicized, and blue. I'll try to break it up with some pictures.Enjoy!

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5 Reasons Why Girls With Tattoos and Piercings Are Broken
[That title doesn't sound inflammatory or offensive at all! What am I so upset about?]

By Matt Forney [His page is linked above if you're interested]

No girl has ever improved her looks with a gaudy mural injected under her skin or a piece of metal dangling from her nostrils. There’s no man on Earth who has ever thought about his girlfriend or wife, “Man, you know what would make her even sexier? A butterfly emblazoned just over her ass.” [I think you underestimate your gender. It's kind of like rule 34, if a thing exists, there are guys out there who are attracted to it. I personally know several guys who actively find body mods appealing.] Yet despite this objective reality [I don't think you know what "objective" means...], thousands of girls continue to mutilate themselves at an astounding rate [Mutilate is a really inappropriate word to use here. There are people who do self-harm as a result of actual mental illness, and to equate that to body modification is insulting to all parties.], to the point where more girls now have tattoos than men. [As I mentioned above, I don't recommend clicking his links since each is more offensive than the last. That one talks about a "study" where 1000 people were surveyed and 59% of women interviewed had tattoos as opposed to 41% of men. No mention is made of the breakdown of the original 1000 into women and men - for all we know they interviewed 900 women and 100 men which could easily skew the data - nor is 1000 people anywhere close to a conclusive national sample. Why would it matter anyway? The same link did mention that women often take getting tattoed more seriously than men] Here are the reasons why you should shun these girls like they're lepers.

1. They're sluts 

What kind of girl would be comfortable lying down half-naked in public for two hours while some fat dude with a dirty beard jams a sharp needle into her skin? [This guy seems to have no understanding of how tattooing actually works. Not surprising, given how much he seems to abhor them, but most people with half a brain could tell you that the majority of tattoos 1) don't require you to be "half-naked" 2) don't take place in public and 3) aren't done by fat dudes with dirty beards. Also, what do you have against needles being jammed into skin? You know that's how doctors deliver a significant portion of medicine, right? I've even gotten a shot from my doctor that required me to remove clothes so she could get to my hip. Based on your description of tattooing above, it seems you would find this behavior reprehensible.] Answer: the kind of girl who takes sharp objects in her vagina as a hobby. [I don't know what that link is supposed to tell us. It's a list of criteria men can use to determine if a girl is slutty enough to "bang" easily. In addition to being highly offensive by implying that girls who have sex early are bad while guys who do so are admirable, it has nothing to do with the point he's currently making about sharp object near vaginas.] Girls with tattoos and/or piercings (aside from earrings) [So some modifications to your body are ok, ladies, as long as you get permission from Forney first! We all know how important it is that we never do anything this one guy might personally find unattractive!] are slags who fall in and out of guys’ beds at a moment’s notice [Look at all the ways Forney knows to call you a whore, girls! Isn't that just amazing?]. If you’re unfortunate enough to commit to a girl with ink on her body or metal in her face, she’ll cheat on you at the drop of a hat. [Based on...? I'm guessing a bad breakup and no actual evidence.] Tattoos and piercings are the mark of the whore, which is why in more traditional countries like the Philippines, only whores have them. [More traditional than what? Tattoos and piercings have been around almost as long as people, so I'm not sure what tradition(s) you're referring to here.]

One of the first girls I ever banged was a self-styled “piercing addict.” She had multiple ear piercings, a stud in her nose, a tongue piercing, and both nipples pierced. While we were dating, she was also bragging about how she was going to get her clit pierced (oh lucky me). In the time that I knew her, she went on to bang two of my friends, as well as at least four other guys I knew, within a span of two months. She would later get busted by campus police for turning tricks on the side. [Oh look, I was right! He doesn't have a problem with body mods on girls, he has a problem with a specific girl. I'd be shocked to find out any of the accusations made here are true. My guess? She dumped him, he's bitter, and this is his outlet.]

Look at the lack of man, fat, beard, or dirt! It's almost like Forney is talking out of his ass!
2. They have no foresight

Even in our degenerate society, people with visible tattoos and piercings have difficulty getting jobs. [Again, what is this assessment based on? Forney appears to have no actual evidence to support anything he says other than his own opinion and very limited life experience. Yet he claims these things are "objective facts."]Not even minimum wage employers will hire them, because no one wants their Big Mac or Double Crappuccino served by an Apocalypto extra. [This is simply not true. More and more companies are realizing that body mods are here to stay and lifting bans on having them visible. I myself have worked in school systems and even hospitals - places where you historically find objections to such things  - where mods were easily visible on a lot of the staff and no one cared.] Girls who get inked or pierced are showing that they can't be trusted to plan for the future. They don't care that their stupid choices will consign them to living off their parents for the rest of their lives: all they care about is their individuality. [Again, visible tattoos don't prevent you from getting a job anymore, so this objection is irrelevant. He also seems to be completely overlooking the wide variety of places you can put a tattoo that would NOT be visible in professional attire, which is what most people do. Piercings are harder to hide, but still can be with a little planning.]

Not only that, but girls with tattoos specifically have no idea that their cool designs will be destroyed by aging. Gravity and Father Time work their magic on us all, and your taut flesh will eventually sag and wrinkle like a raisin in the sun. A chick who can't comprehend that the awesome Narnia scene tattooed on her back will look like Technicolor vomit when she’s 40 is too dumb to be the mother of your children. [Oh boy. I don't think it's that "chicks can't comprehend" it so much as they don't care. First of all, if you take care of your skin and your tattoos - touch ups are a periodic necessity - then nothing will be sagging by 40. Once you hit your 70s, sure, tattoos will sag, but so will everything else so why would I care about that specific patch of skin? You really think that's going to be my biggest concern in old age? Additionally, unless you have some kind of traumatic accident that forces a doctor to completely rearrange the skin on your body, "technicolor vomit" is unlikely. You ever seen an old tattoo? The lines bleed a little and it sags as we've said, so it won't look fresh but it's still a distinguishable design, not a mash of color. Especially considering advancing technology. Finally, don't click that link. It's an "article" about how there is no such thing as female intelligence. Which for me, raises 2 interesting considerations. 1) If women CAN'T be intelligent anyway, how would getting body mods make her worse? 2) This guy is clearly just a woman-hater, which makes it difficult to take anything he says seriously. He points out the low number of women in STEM fields as evidence of their stupidity, instead of acknowledging the societal barriers in place that keep women out of such fields.]

Look at that technicolor vomit! Oh wait...
That's not what it looks like at all!
3. They're selfish

The reasons girls get tattoos and piercings—“I'm doing it for ME!”—are indicative of narcissism and mild psychopathy. [Seriously? So anytime someone does something for themselves it automatically translate to be narcissistic and/or mentally ill? I buy food "for me," I buy clothes "for me," I even get medical treatment "for me." That's called taking care of yourself, and yes, self-care does extend to non-necessities like body mods. Self-expression is an important part of self-esteem, which is something women have enough trouble with as is thanks to ridiculous, impossible portrayals of us in media. And again, PLEASE stop equating body mods to mental illness. Mental illness has enough stigma surrounding it. People with mental health problems deserve our support, not to be trivialized in some misogynistic rant.] Girls get tattoos for the same reasons they cut their hair short: a desperate attempt to assert how unique and special they are. [Yeah, again - I repeat myself a lot because this guy does too - self-expression is a good thing. Also, who cares why she does it? It's her body, not your property or your business.] A girl who willfully disfigures [not a disfigurement, that's your opinion, a lot of people find them visually pleasing] herself like this will never attempt to please you or do anything nice for you. She won't care for you when you're sick, will refuse to sleep with you for completely arbitrary reasons, and will generally be a moody, unlikable cunt. [SO MUCH STUPIDITY! Yet again, you seem to be basing this assessment on one bad, personal experience, not any actual evidence of a pattern. I know tons of tattooed wives who completely dote on their husbands. I myself am soon to be one of them. The presence of ink on my body has never prevented me from taking care of my man. And refusing to sleep with you is her right, regardless of her reasons. I'd also be interested to know what you consider "arbitrary" reasons, because I suspect most rational people would consider them perfectly reasonable. Of course, if sex is the only reason you're with someone, it's your right to leave them when sex is denied, but let's be honest, that relationship was always doomed. If you click on that link, you will find a story intended to demonstrate that people in a real, loving relationship take care of each other even when they don't really want to because they love each other. It's intended to shut down feminists, as though the movement somehow objects to a woman caring for her male partner during his time of need, as though doing so makes her subservient. In addition to that last point being complete horse-shit, that is not at all what the story portrays. The man hurts his ankle and his girlfriend cares for him even though it is inconvenient to her. That's all lovely, but in reading the story you also see that the man finds her detestable because of this. Her concern is annoying to him, not endearing. It's seems like he's contradicting himself, or at least implying that women should indeed be subservient, but men still won't be happy with them. It's still not good enough.]

Some of my ink, I'll make a post about all of them later.
4. They're boring 

Girls’ logic when it comes to tattoos is best described by paraphrasing Lena Dunham’s character in Girls: ”I have a tattoo, and that just makes me naturally interesting.” [I tried to find this quote because I was interested in how much he changed it in order to make it sound like it supported his point. The only thing I could find even partially resembling it was a quote from the same character: "You are from New York, therefore you are just naturally interesting." So, not even close to what he posted. Not even about the same topic.] Nothing could be further from the truth. My experience shows me that girls with ink and/or metal are the most boring, conformist chicks you'll ever come across. To be fair, most girls are dull as dirt, but tattooed and pierced girls are aggressively dull, assaulting you with the most hackneyed left-wing tripe you’ll ever hear. [See, I can't begin to take this guy seriously when he throws out generalizations like that. You literally think every female on the planet is dull? You either have very little life experience or seriously impaired judgment, probably both. Either way, it makes you thoroughly unreliable when it comes to judging anyone else's character. That link is for another of his "articles" advocating against sending females to college because they're too stupid to really get anything out of it and will only ending up regurgitating Karl Marx, as well as end up ruining the economy by joining the workforce. He also points out the prevalence of rape on college campuses and questions why anyone with sense would choose to put themselves in the path of such danger, rather than calling out colleges to eliminate the danger. Apparently rape is the price you must pay if you dare to educate yourself, and if you are stupid enough to put yourself in such a position you can't complain. He claims you must meet three conditions before going to college if you are a woman - major in something involving math, get into and Ivy League school, and make your parent's pay for it. This is in direct contradiction with earlier points that women are too stupid to be in STEM jobs and that living off of their parents is selfish and bad. It also displays a complete lack of understanding of the educational system - with few exceptions, no one gives a shit where you went to school - and our nation's employment needs.]

 My “piercing addict” girlfriend, for example, identified as a Marxist (I shit you not) based on one class she took on Latin America and was constantly talking my ear off about some “injustice” or another. [Where is all this Marx stuff coming from? He's mentioned it in several other posts but I have 2 advanced degrees and have never talked about Marx during my time in college. The guy seems to have a hate-on for college education in general, and I guess throwing around Marx is his version of the boogie man - college makes you into a crazy Marxist!] The joke was that before she took that class, she was so tuned out to current events that she wasn't even registered to vote. [Wouldn't it then be a good thing that she became more socially conscious? Though you might not agree with her politics, wouldn't the fact that at least she's now paying attention to them be an improvement. Isn't that the point of education? To learn about the world? The class clearly opened her eyes and gave her a desire to make the world a better place. To me, that's a positive change.] I derived incredible pleasure from shoving my cock in her mouth to shut her up. [Another demonstration that this is really just a misogynist rant. It wasn't about her tattoos, it was about her daring to comment on matters that were men's domain in a way that you disagreed with. And, even more basically, it was about your sexual satisfaction. She was a receptacle for your penis, how dare she open her mouth for any other reason, right?]

Are we really going to pretend this woman is boring?
5. They're mentally ill

This is the clincher. Any girl who thinks that a getting a ring in her nose or a Bible verse on her back is a good idea is going to be off her rocker. In my entire life, I have never met an inked or pierced girl who wasn't sick in the head, whether they had depression, “anxiety” or a full-blown personality disorder. [We've talked about this before, STOP ADDING TO THE STIGMA OF MENTAL ILLNESS! Body mods are not a diagnostic characteristic, as much as you might want them to be because then your treatment of these women would somehow be justified in your twisted brain. News flash! Such treatment is never justified Even if they were actually mentally ill, they deserve support and respect, not derision and dismissiveness. People with mental illnesses are still people, and mental health is just as important as physical. No one blames the guy who breaks his arm in an accident but someone suffering from depression is viewed with scorn. Grow up. Educate yourself instead of spewing ignorant hate. He links to an article about how women shouldn't have self-esteem because they haven't earned it as they contribute nothing to society at large - both a false statement and a false premise. He's confusing earning the respect of others with inner self-worth, hooray for willful ignorance! He also claims you're not really a woman if you're confident in yourself, because low self-esteem is what turns guys on. Because, of course, the only purpose of your existence as a woman is to serve the male sex. Finally, he claims that high self-esteem is a detriment to your mental health, that you don't actually even want it , and it's the reason "urban slut machines" take so much Prozac. Again, demonstrating his lack of understanding about what self-esteem actually is and ignoring the reality that those women probably take medication because of low self-esteem, not high and treating their condition as a punchline.] While girls with facial piercings and tattoos on the arms or legs can at least feign normality, chicks with piercings or tattoos on or near their erogenous zones (breasts, labia, ass) are the kinds of broads who will cut you with a knife. [Oh dear, has someone tried to cut you? If you really treat women they way you claim online, I can't say I'm surprised. And here again, ladies, you are allowed certain mods that have been pre-approved by our beneficent overlord!]

Going back to the “piercing addict,” she was a complete masochist who would burst into tears every time after we had sex, crying about how I wasn't banging her hard enough. Another girlfriend of mine who had a tramp stamp was a full-on borderline, starting fights for no reason to try provoke me into hitting and slapping her. She also casually referred to black people with the n-word in mixed company despite being a racial minority herself. Both girls were absolute maniacs in the sack—we're talking nails-digging-into-my-back kind of sex—but outside of the bedroom, they were one bad day from a complete breakdown. [If they were really this ill, you should have encouraged them to seek help. And for the umpteenth time, stop basing your assessment of all modified ladies on your bad experience with one or two - something I suspect had more to do with your shitty attitude than their body art.]

Maybe you should generalize based on physical appearance. Hmm...
What a shocking concept!
The only good thing about tattoos and piercings is that they signal which girls you can bang with minimal effort. If you're looking to make a girl wince during anal on the first date, pick the one with a tramp stamp or a tongue piercing. But if you're looking for a girl you can wife up, go for the ones who haven't mangled their bodies beyond repair.

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Oh my goodness, all that misogyny and stupidity was exhausting to wade through, wasn't it! But you made it! The reality is, I strongly suspect. Mr. Forney has not has good experiences with women when it involved anything other than just sex. (Probably not even involving sex, since, as I said on Facebook, the only way he refers to having sex is using the word "bang" or "banging." You know, the same word used by 14 year old boys with no real knowledge of it because this word sounds rough while simultaneously getting them out of having to use the real word - SEX - because they're embarrassed by it and their ignorance of it.) This is likely due to his sense of entitlement to women's bodies and rampant misogyny. He's a little boy who was told a fairy tales about how if he did all the right things, girls would fall into his lap and onto his penis. When he didn't have much success getting them to stick around, rather than doing any soul-searching or real analysis of what might have gone wrong, he picked an arbitrary feature - say body mods - and loudly touted it as demonstration of the woman's obviously instability and how he never really liked her or wanted her anyway! This is him throwing a temper tantrum because girls won't do what he wants them to do, because they dare to have independent thought and motivation outside getting a piece of his dick. The GALL! Oh well, if his aversion to tattoos keeps him away from me and my friends, I'll let him simmer in his private pool of hate and ignorance. So much the better that I'll never have to deal with him in real life.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Have I posted about the Egg and I before? Hopefully, because it's amazeballs. This breakfast was perfect: chicken, cheese, avocado, and sour cream omelette plus fruit sprinkled with a little lemon and buttered English muffins. AND! Hazelnut coffee not pictured.

And look at that presentation! So cute.
And you guys, this isn't even the best thing they have! Seriously, give it a try if you're ever out Murfreesboro way. They have sweets too, like pancakes or waffles, if you're not an egg fan.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I've mentioned before that I don't typically care for or crave traditional sweets. My love of sherbet over ice cream is a symptom of this. It's tart as well as sweet so the sugary-ness isn't overwhelming. It's the same reason all my favorite pastries have citrus flavor - lemon cake, orange scones, etc. - with few exceptions. However, when shopping for rainbow sherbet - since I tend to get sick of a whole pint of one flavor - I usually find orange, lime, and raspberry. Why? Raspberry is so gross. I've complained to Fiance about this numerous times, so whenever we get some he falls on his sword and eats all the raspberry bits for me. Then, earlier this week, he came home with this.

From Walmart if you want to find your own.
This is exactly what I've been craving my whole life! AN ALL CITRUS SHERBET! Glory be! I could wish it was a little more tart, but overall I'm pretty pleased. Just the fact that this exists gives me hope for the future.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Opening Weekend

I'm sure I've mentioned before that I worked at a movie theater part time for 7 years. In that time, I experience quite a few...interesting customer interactions, as does anyone who works with the public. Here are some I shared a while ago on my old blog, as promised. The age is revealed but the movie referenced at the bottom. Enjoy!

A few of my favorite interactions at the theatre!

"What do you mean it's sold out already?!"
What I mean is that we have sold all the tickets to the 7:30 show. Considering it is now 7:45, this shouldn't be that surprising. Also, as it's opening weekend of the first blockbuster of the summer, we actually sold out YESTERDAY you freaking moron. Tickets are sold first come, first served. I'm sorry you didn't plan ahead, but it is not my fault.

"There is NOWHERE to sit."
Wrong. It is literally impossible for me to sell more tickets than we have seats. I can hit the little button on the screen all you or I want, but nothing will be rung up. That means, if you have a ticket, you have a seat. (If someone sneaked in, that's not my fault, and I also have no way of knowing that.) Not to mention, on average, every one of our screens has approximately 10 extra seats that are not included in the count. These are there specifically for sold out shows to help alleviate the crowding. I'm sorry you couldn't find good seats or seats together with all your friends, but be honest, that probably has more to do with you showing up 10 minutes late, and not us overselling. We have no problem giving a refund, just tell the truth: "Hey, we were running late and the only seats left are right up front, can we return these?"

*Or a variation of the above:
"We bought tickets online a week ago and still can't find seats!"
A ticket guarantees you a seat, it does not guarantee you a good seat. The people who showed up an hour early and waited in line got the good seats right in the middle. It never ceases to amaze me how many people show up late to a sold out show because, hey! We were smart and bought our tickets early! You still have to make it into the theatre genius. Don't come out and yell at me because you didn't think it through.

"I'm so mad at you guys, why doesn't it say online when a show is sold out?! We drove all the way here!"
I cannot begin to tell you how many times I heard this. Do you understand how ridiculous your expectations are here? We don't have somebody standing by at a computer in the back so that the instant we sell out he can change the website and mobile site. We have shows starting about every hour, by the time we could specifically post that one show is unavailable, another is starting, so hey, but tickets to THAT movie! Also, the website does actually indicate when a showing is sold out in that if you try to buy tickets it won't let you. ALSO, it's not uncommon that even theatre employees don't know when something has sold out. There are usually at least 4 different registers selling tickets, not to mention people purchasing online. This means that while we may have had 60 tickets the last time I sold some, the next time I try we may have zero.

"What?! Your website says you have a show starting at [sometime that we do NOT have a show starting]!"
I'm just going to have to call you a liar here. Straight up. The website is linked directly to our register system; that's how it deducts tickets from online sales so we can't oversell them at the actual box office. That means that the shows I'm seeing are the same you see on your screen at home. And you're lying. Not to mention, every employee has a smart phone, and there are computers in the back. We can check the website itself and see that you're lying. This happens so often, I usually keep the mobile site open at work so I can call people on it when they try to make out that it's our fault. Look folks, the times change EVERY TIME A MOVIE IS RELEASED. This means at least every Friday, sometimes more often than that. You need to check the available times for the exact day you are planning to come. Don't look at Wednesday, then show up Saturday and throw a tantrum because we don't have what you want. You little LIAR.

Now go enjoy a film this week! How about this one:


I'm Back!

After my relatively brief, 2 day hiatus, I have returned! My computer is (mostly) repaired. I can use it, anyway. Realistically, I probably need to start saving for a replacement, which would be helped by having a job, but whatever. EVERYTHING IS fine.

I'm not going to retropost - which I had originally planned to do - because the repairs were so stressful and time-consuming that I didn't have any time left to pull something of any quality together. I'm saving it for Friday. I know, it's tragic, but you'll survive. There was a time before my blog that you did just fine. For today, you get a special 2 for 1 in recompence for your wait! Here's my Smile, and later I'll be porting in an old post from my old blog to provide you with a little entertainment to help hold you over.

While I am not happy that retailers have started extending Black Friday into Thursday, thereby stealing their employees' already brief holiday time off, I am happy that people recognize how shitty that is and are calling to end it. Please, be one of those people. Black Friday is already the worst day of the year to work, don't participate in ruining Thanksgiving for these people too.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Today's Smile does not come from my personal life, just a cool thing I found. Clouds!

Specifically, clouds that move like ocean tides. Is that not the coolest? I've always had a weird connection to the ocean, so this'll do in a pinch.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Stop Gamer Gate

*WARNING: This post contains some graphic content - explicit threats that have been leveled against women in the gaming industry.

Oh boy. I mentioned this briefly yesterday, but it's time for more detail. There has been a lot of press recently, internet and otherwise, about this group known as Gamer Gate. Gamer Gate is a collection of gamers whose goal is, supposedly, policing unethical gaming journalism and subsequently demanding higher standards. They allege that there is rampant misconduct in reporting because gaming journalists have relationships with developers that are too close and too personal to remain truly impartial. The hashtag #GamerGate was first used by actor Adam Baldwin - of Firefly and Chuck fame - at the end of August in a not so subtle nod to the Watergate scandal when posting a link to a video that "exposed" the scandal behind game developer Zoe Quinn's release: Depression Quest.

Oh boy. The Quinnspiracy. That's a whole can of worms in it's own right. Her game release was LAST YEAR and people are still pissed off about the fact that it was a success. When first released - for FREE - Depression Quest was pretty well received. As one might guess from the name, the game focuses on the experience of dealing with depression. Therefore, it's not a fun game in the traditional sense, but rather was created as a springboard for discussion about this complex and important topic, as well as providing a relatable experience for gamers suffering from depression or those who know someone who does. In those regards, it was a success by most accounts. If you go to metacritic today, you'll see that Zoe's game (made with Patrick Lindsey) has a score of 1.3 out of 100. But that's a farcical representation of the game's quality since the metacritic score is based on user reviews and never stops accepting them. In other words, after the so-called conspiracy involving Quinn came to light, people with no real knowledge of the situation, the game, or the creator went online to bash it out of some misguided sense of justice, to punish Quinn for her bad behavior. Here is a more positive review from IGN, widely regarded as a ethical, reliable gaming site, that says pretty much the same things I did above but in greater detail. Note the date on that report. Just 5 days after the game's release last year, before this hellstorm of internet hate came on scene.

There was backlash when Quinn's game first released largely because, I can only assume, she was a successful woman in gaming. There seemed to be no other rationale for the vitriol thrown her way simply for making a game. A game, again, that was FREE. That you were not forced to play or even acknowledge existed. Things escalated in August of this year after her romantic relationship with Eron Gjoni ended. He expressed his distress at losing the woman he loved by creating a blog dedicated to exposing her as a fraud and a slut - not his words. He claimed to merely want to warn people who might encounter her that she was duplicitous. But the blog was wholly devoted to discussing the supposed affairs she had with 5 different men with they were together, including her boss and a Kotaku reporter. This is, of course, all hearsay, and generally acknowledged by people with some sense as either total crap manufactured by a bitter ex or, even if true, utterly irrelevant to her status as a game developer. So over a year after the release of her game, Gamer Gaters attacked. They pounced on Zoe Quinn for violating journalistic integrity despite the fact that she IS NOT A JOURNALIST, and the fact that the journalist she was supposed have slept with (again, based only on the word of a jilted ex) never wrote a review of her game.

Can you tell where this is headed?

The next target of the Gamer Gaters incomprehensible rage was Brianna Wu. Having seen the ridiculous lengths GGers would go to in order to discredit and destroy her fellow females in the gaming industry, people she considered friends having been the victims of their attacks, she had tweeted about them previously. A fan of hers attached her sentiments to a new meme, "Oppressed Gamer Gater." She tweeted out the images and almost immediately received an influx of attacks and threats herself for pointing out GGers ridiculous hypocrisy and disproportionately violent responses to criticism. And it wasn't just vicious tweets - which included rape and murder threats. They attempted to hack her studio's accounts to damage her financially. She was doxxed and her personal information, address included, released so that enraged GGers knew where to find her should they want to express their dissatisfaction in person. She and her husband were forced to leave their home and notify the police. You can read Brianna's own account here, where she provides much more detail.

The most recent incident revolved around Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency. Through her organization, Sarkeesian has made a series of educational videos addressing  the extremely limited, formulaic, and insulting ways women are typically portrayed in media, including a set specifically addressing the problems in video games called "Tropes vs. Women in Video Games." Side note, I highly recommend her videos, they are are eye-opening, so check out her youtube channel when you get done here. After the release of her most recent installment in the series, "Women as Background Decoration, Part 2," the attacks against her seemed to pick up in intensity and stories about her were all over the internet. She's been doing her videos - and being threatened about them - for a while now so I'm not sure why that one seemed to set people off more than usual except perhaps that the people who so seem to hate her had finally unified into a single group known as, you guessed it, Gamer Gate. Then, just this week, Sarkeesian was forced to cancel her scheduled talk at Utah State University after receiving very specific threats against her life (though she clarified in a tweet later that she didn't cancel because of the threat itself, rather due to insufficient security):

I cannot even begin to comprehend the depravity that accompanies such indiscriminate rage. That someone out there is so offended by a discussion about video games for goodness sake** that they would threaten to murder dozens of innocent people. How does someone get so carried away by something so ultimately unimportant? This guy has an idea. (Seriously, that's an amazing read. If you don't have time now, save it and read it later. SO GOOD.)

It's also important that we know that these 3 women have not been the only ones targeted, just the most prominent cases. If you clicked on the link to Brianna's account and read it, she lays out the names of other women that have been similarly targeted by the Gamer Gate movement. In light of this newest, most heinous threat of mass murder, something finally clicked in the minds of the public, gaming professionals, and most gamers. We realized that this kind of ultra-violence targeting women cannot be allowed to stand. A Twitter movement started to combat the GamerGate hashtag: #stopgamergame2014. I'm not sure why specifying 2014 was necessary, but I digress. Tons of people, including celebrities joined in the movement, amidst which Seth Rogan issued a call to action to Adam Baldwin to separate himself from this toxic community. The ESA even issued a statement formally condemning GGers harassment of women.

It's ridiculous, of course, that it was allowed to come this far before GGers were called out, but I'm so happy to see it happen at all. So often women's experiences, especially in the tech community, are discounted as lies or at best hyperbole. They are told, "That's just the way things are, the internet comes with trolls. Grow a thicker skin." But the fact is that being a woman in tech carries another level of danger entirely than there is for men. The number of threats is increased exponentially if you're a woman and they become much more personal and violent, almost always containing a description of violent rape and/or murder. In addition, as I've described above, these women face hacking attempts, doxing, online impersonators, and threats targeting their loved ones. God bless Anita Sarkeesian that after she started facing this kind of treatment, she put together an educational presentation about the methods these... people use to go after women. 

I really, seriously, HIGHLY recommend you spend the 16 minutes it takes to watch that. If you really just can't or won't, I will share what I found to be the most important point. Listen and believe. As I mentioned above, when women report abuse, whether it be catcalling, sexual assault, or online threats, they are so very often decried as being liars or exaggerating or overly sensitive. Next time, try just listening. Don't tell her - or anyone, basic human decency, come on! - about her own life and feelings. Just listen and believe when she tells you how bad it is. Because it really, really is that bad. Just read that mass murder threat above again if you doubt it. 

Of course, many GGers protest this new movement to shut them down, regurgitating the goal I described at the very beginning of this post. "It's not about hurting women!" they cry, "It's about ethical journalism!" I don't doubt that, at the beginning, there were people among GGers who really were concerned about honest reporting and reviews. But this monster has grown and mutated into something different and incredibly ugly. If this is really about journalism, they why are you attacking gaming developers and critics, NOT journalists? Why are all of the people you target women -in field disproportionately employing men (despite the fact that women make up 48% of gamers)? Whatever the original intentions of the GamerGate movement, it has rapidly become overwhelmed by misogynists who use it as a smoke screen to harass women in the field, beating angrily against their chests like cavemen chasing out intruders. The whole thing resembles little boys throwing a temper tantrum because they suddenly have to share their "No Girlz Alloued!" clubhouse with girls, except much more violent. Except that the clubhouse isn't theirs to defend, nor is it sudden at all. 

So, GamerGaters, if you really want to talk about ethics in journalism, we can do that. But find another hashtag. Because your history demonstrates that at worst, GGers are a group of violent, raging misogynists, and at best you have no ability to police those types people from infesting your ranks and subverting your purpose for their own ends. Either way, it's past time that we #stopgamergate2014.

**I don't mean to imply that video games are unimportant or have little value. I love video games and I think they are a versatile medium with the power to shape our world in subtle and profound ways. But they are, of course, not worth committing real-life violence over, especially mass murder. 


Remember how I'm doing low carb? I never shut up about it so you should. I found a new bread substitute!

It's basically a vitamin!
Let's be honest, one of the reasons this particular diet is so difficult isn't because bread tastes so good - even though it totally does - it's because bread is so gosh darn convenient. It's a ready made carrier pack for all your other real food. In my ongoing quest for a similar travel friendly, low carb replacement that doesn't taste like cardboard, I found Flatout. It comes in a variety of flavors, and you can see I tried sundried tomato. It was delicious and more importantly, is was portable

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Stop It

I don't know if you've heard about the newest threats against Anita Sarkeesian, but that was the catalyst that blew up an online movement operating under the hashtag: #stopgamergate2014. I don't want to go into too much detail now since this will be the topic of my full post Friday, but I am definitely Smiling today, seeing so many people - celebrities included - standing up and demanding an end to harassment and threats targeted toward gaming journalists and women in particular.

It's a refreshing change of pace for the internet, usually such a hostile place, to stand up in defense of those being attacked. I hope it actually results in change.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Weird Dinner

Last night, Fiance and I made an unusual but satisfying dinner. Japanese style curry chicken and vegetables with sticky sushi rice, and walnut nutella-swirl cookies for dessert. 

I did not eat all those cookies, I was just piling them all on one plate as they came out of the oven.
To be honest, the cookies didn't turn out great. I'm convinced it was the chocolate morsels we used. I started with a traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe - adding chopped walnuts and a nutella swirl, hence the name - but had to substitute chocolate candy melts as we were out of chips. I've used some before and it worked out great. After all, though formed differently, candy melts are designed for melting and/or baking. But these... They've been sitting in the pantry a while, and you know how chocolate gets almost dried out and chalky/rancid after a while? I suspect that's what happened, especially since the raw batter - as evidence by licking it off my fingers and which did not include any chocolate chunks - tasted amazing. I'll try this again with fresher ingredients and let you know. The curry, at least, was outstanding, so I'm still Smiling!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


I got my ASHA card!

That means the big boss organization has certified me to practice as a CF. And if they did it, everyone else should just fall in line! Jobs, here I come! Eventually, perhaps, someday.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Remember than trip I'm going on? And how we knew we were going but weren't sure if we'd be doing Disney or Blizzcon? Well...

Question answered!
We got Blizzcon tickets! I will have virtually no idea what's going on at any given moment, since despite multiple tries, I've never been able to get into MMORPGs. But I still anticipate having tons of fun! It's also the first time I won't be cosplaying at a convention. Don't let that sentence mislead you, I've only been to 2 other cons and all my cosplays were pretty basic, but I'm working on it! The point is, that will reduce some of the craziness so I should be able to just enjoy being there more. I'm so excited!