Monthly Archives: September 2012

Don’t drink and…

Dear Reader,

Have you ever heard the expression “Don’t Drink and Drive”? Well how about this one “Don’t Drink and Dive”?  Okay so I just made that last one up.  To be fair I don’t think it could be called diving anyway.

To save myself sometime, I will tell you I am fully aware that the names of the countries in question are not the official ones, they are just the ones they are commonly known for.

The countries in question are North Korea and South Korea. Today a news story was published that detailed among other things a flood in North Korea, which probably would have gone unnoticed by me had it not been for the peculiar consequences that it brought with it to South Korea.

What were the consequences besides the obvious, well there was a drunk man believed to be in his 20’s who somehow, ended up in South Korea after he managed to float there on a wood board. By the time he was found he was still intoxicated and wearing only his underwear.

This story caught my attention because well, when was the last time you read about a man getting drunk out of his mind and waking up in another country.  All that is known so far is that he is not being deported, but he is not being kept there against his will either.

I will keep you informed.

Insidious…

Dear Reader,

It’s been quite sometime since I’ve done a movie review.  Mostly because I don’t know what to say that would differ from the general consensus.

Lately I’ve spent a lot of time on Justin.TV. One of it’s users highly recommended the movie Insidious. Even warning me not to watch it alone.  That it was not recommended. Thinking of it, most everyone speaks highly of it, after all it’s done by the creators of “Saw” so it’s not hard to take the leap into thinking this will be just as good.

The movie started with a very classic Omen type feel to it. I was excited to see what James Wan and the others had cooked up. The scenery was great. Then the nails to chalk board came in when they had this incessant cry baby, literally crying and it made it a little difficult to focus.  First half the movie was was just noises and a few glimpses of what was to come.

When the scares did come, it felt more like Scary Movie. It was so laughable, I wondered why so many people were talking so highly of it’s “spine tingling horror”. For me it felt like too many ideas dropped in the bowl and not a single one explained fully to excuse it being there.  The paranormal terms were well used I suppose, but even they opened questions that were never addressed. Throughout the story you see other movies referenced and all that accomplished was making you yearn for  a good scare.

The ending was light and hardly left it open ended.  I sat there thinking, I’m watching the same movie right?  I did see the light minutes of action and the hardly scary ghosts. Is there something in the scare factor I was not seeing?  I’ve seen shows like “Once Upon a Time…” They are experts in that show at making short spurts of action look awesome. So I know that can be done. This movie had 103 minutes to deliver scares and action to the max on a Hollywood budget which we all agree is greater than that of a TV show, so why was the action and the scares so cheap? Then it hit me. It’s rated PG-13. I suppose that movie could scare a 13 year old, then again, kids that age now see far more gore than that in the video games they are allowed to play.

The person that insisted I watch this movie came to the conclusion that maybe I just don’t scare easy, and the thing is I do scare quite easily, for instance I have not been able to watch Saw or Hostel all by myself it’s way too much for me, while I am aware the rating of this movie is perhaps what caused it to lack in so many ways, it is also true, that kids younger than that are exposed and to some degree understand or at least can tolerate a far better scary movie.

So if you are hoping to watch Insidious thinking maybe that at least the story if not the scares will be worth the 103 minutes. Don’t waste your time, this movie’s story so plain and the scares so laughable, that it feels more like the work of a 13 year old and not the creators of Saw.

Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7…

Dear Reader,

I’ve done it! After nearly a year of having Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 I finally got all the achievements and completed the game to 100 percent. It was a bit trying to get back in the game after not having touched it for months, but in about 20 minutes it all came rushing back to me. At times I almost started over from nothing, but then I found out I was nearly done, so I just stuck with it until the end. There are something in it that confused me, such as the 200 gold bricks. I was short one and operating under the assumption that the old rules of the other game applied. In this instance, however, the Bonus Level can be completed as soon as all the spells are unlocked,without all the bricks and it is that level that gives you the final brick, that allows you to build a Hogwarts Castle replica in gold. Then nothing else, other than an achievement you can only get once. So it’s a sort of a blink and miss. I know, not so impressive.

Another thing that could have been made simpler is the Hogwarts Crest in the level titled “Magic is Might”. You have to play through the whole level at least once and the second time you must have Fang with you. As you near the end you must run like all hell and remember to keep to your left and jump at the exact time to get a Crest Piece; which is hidden behind a statue. If what’s chasing you catches up to you, you will need to start over. Such a pain if you ask me.

It’s not all bad though, I mean now they  have ghosts telling you what you are missing in each area, however helpful that is, it’s also a distress since I found a spot known as the Wisley Garden where there is a Student in Peril yet he is nowhere to be found, but he is there according to the ghost.  I suppose is one of many game glitches, but still the game can be conquered and all achievements can be gotten.

Other than those three cons against the game. It’s still enjoyable to play and try to figure out. The game still has humor and a certain level of difficulty but nothing to horrible as to make it unplayable.  I look forward to the next installment by the Lego Franchise.  I am sure it will be better than their work so far.

Work and Looks…

Dear Reader,

This week I’ve done a bit of work here and there. I helped organize an office, I did a good job of it last Tuesday, so far. I was suppose to go there again today, but something tells me that won’t happen anytime soon.  I know not the most cheerful of prospects but I have a good sense for these things. I’m not crushed or anything, I guess in a way I’m sort of relieved, the only thing I don’t like about this is once you can take a deep breath and contemplate the dates past a lot of things happen.

Today would have been a typical Pizza Friday for me, and we had dinner like usual, then my fingers did the walking on the keyboard and I started to search such things as how to straighten hair, how to remove inset odors from clothes among other related topics that deal with the way I look and the way I smell. That last one by the way isn’t bad.  Usually I don’t question my looks only because I don’t have the time to, but that is not to say I look like a total slob either.

I know presentation is almost everything in a job field, at least it gets one’s foot in the door, but when it gets you in a frenzy to change everything you are and everything you always been, that is when you really have to weight the possibilities that maybe is far better to remain you and find a job that fits you and not one that you have to make yourself fit into. I’m sure with time I will weight the good with the bad but inside, I would much rather work in a place where the rewards are few, but the comfort of being true to my image remains intact.

Oh joy!

Dear Reader,

Is it really possible to be mad, sad, and ultimately happy?  I never thought that could happen at least not in the span of less than 30 minutes; that is unless you are bipolar or have some manic depressive thing going on.  It’s a good roller coaster though specially if the end result is joy.  Well today was one of those days. I had a conversation which started with a goodbye, and ended in a “Hello”. Let’s just say a lot of things where made clearer than crystal and a lot of questions have been answered.  Thus why it ended in Hello, because in a way of sorts it was like a start over from here.

Who ever said that bad news is bad news, clearly has not had a day like mine. While I am happy, that now a collection of things make perfect sense I don’t look forward to a day like today anytime again soon.

 

Evil Never Prospers…

Dear Reader,

As I do ever morning upon waking up. I read the “Trending Now” words on Yahoo’s homepage. Mostly to give myself an idea as to what the world has been up to since I slept last. A name caught my eye. Mostly because it sounded familiar but more so because it was a name in Spanish, and this being the US version of the Yahoo homepage, well it’s rare to read anything Spanish on it.

So there I go clicking on the words “Griselda Blanco”. Then it hit me like a pile of bricks, I’ve seen that woman somewhere before and my good memory served me well. I found where I’ve seen her before “Deadly Women”, she was profiled there. The reason she stuck to my mind was that of all the crime shows I’ve seen she really made sick. The worst part is at the end of the episode it felt as though she got away with it, with all the evil she brought upon the world. It made me feel as though what’s the point of it all.  I clicked the link. She was Murdered.

It got me thinking of so many things. I actually felt bad for her. Yes, how about that, I felt bad for a monster in the flesh. It’s true though, no one had anything nice to say about her, not that there was anything good to say about her. Suddenly I got to the end of the article. “Live by the sword, die by the sword”.

I guess I figured the reason I was so sad for her was because it got me thinking people are ultimately judged by the way they live, and proof positive that no one leaves this world without paying their dues. May God have mercy on her soul.

Technical Difficulties

Dear Reader,

Today I searched and searched for the answer to a problem I ran into. Thankfully it was isolated to a game and not the entire machine. The game in question is Plants Vs. Zombies. Yes, I’m a sucker for that game. I like simple games that don’t require a huge upgrade to a computer’s video card, or a drain in one’s finances. PvZ offers that.  Plus mindless fun.

So like I’ve done for the past few weeks I was ready for another round of fun. Little did I know I would be facing a Fatal Error. With the words “changedir”.  So like any smart person I searched online on Google opened many a site to find the answer to no avail. However, I am not a person whom is easily deterred from my goals. So after much searching I talked to the other side of my brain. By that I mean my former boyfriend. He and I seem to have this love of everything tech.  I simply described the issue to him and within minutes he asked me to simply add a space after the target address and add the words “-changedir” minus the quotes.  Looked simple enough, and wouldn’t you know it, it works like a charm.

So my question is, could Steam simply write that in their “Fatal Error” window? That could certainly solve a lot of issues and save time in searching online to get nowhere quick.  Maybe is that these days I lack patience or maybe it’s that I just can’t stand things breaking because of an update I had no way of stopping from happening. Either way today I am happy to say, all is in good condition and working.

Hope it all continues that way, though for a few days now, I have had this feeling like someone is going to manage to surprise me and not in a good way.  Well see, how that goes.

Emma M. Nutt…

Dear Reader,

In days like this when my days run together and nothing new to write about in my daily life comes about I spend the day looking for interesting bits of information that are not exactly part of the Google Doodle of the day.

Today for instance we celebrate the very first female phone operator. Her name was Emma.  In this day and age when phone operators are seldom used thanks in part by Phone books and after that the Internet, it might be lost on the young generation that way back in 1878 a Telephone Dispatch Company known as Edwin and Holmes hired the very first female operator, a huge thing back then as women were not exactly the popular choice for jobs.

What had led to her getting hired was a simple case of having good manners and a soothing voice. Soon there after women became popular in this field. Amazing to think it took one woman’s voice and her amazing patience to jump start it.

So today her amazing leap for all women world wide has not gone unnoticed by yours truly.  Sure we don’t see these kind of ground breaking things happen much these days, but it is the small steps of the past that linger in the present even if the next time you call 411 you get a machine, know that it all started with a human. I hope we can go back to that someday.

Until my next post. Here is hoping for gems in this month. I vote discoveries even in their smallest measures.

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