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Let's get this year out of here! There's been so much crap associate with this year that it's overriding the good stuff.

Personally I've had large automotive bills that might not have needed to be paid, but were anyhow (by my account), a large computer bill that I'm still trying to figure out what even caused the issue in the first place, a 401k that apparently was nonexistent, a cop picking on me with a huge waste of my time associated with it that was even deemed wrong by the court, but has still left me with negative results on my side.

Then there's the overarching stuff for the year, this entire election everyone had gotten tired of months previous, not to mention depressed over. There's a lot of extremely scary stuff going along with it whether or not you believe news rumors or not. One of the worst ones being that Trump has inadvertently or...possibly tried to make people not be afraid to be racist.... 

So now the Dumpf is out of the bag and can't go back in since he's President Elect now, we are in a world that has helped racists come out when we were making so much progress previously as I'm sure I don't have to tell you (gay rights to a degree and heck, having a black president as an example of progress being made) and with this new acceptance there are many people that are fearful of what's going on.... You cannot have meaningful/productive communication when people are in a culture of fear...

Also, truth died during this year apparently, many many celebrities, fake news leading to terrible terrible results...the list just goes on.

Let's hope....we can only go up from here. Here's to new beginnings at least.

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So I've been thinking about my plans for the future and I don't know when I'd like a woman to come into my life and be a big part of it or what my more immediate plans are for the future. However, I've been trying to nail down what to focus on if/when that happens for me and I believe I have them figured out and possibly ranked appropriately. 

#1 Arguing with women. Ok, I can see the immediate confusion about this, but let me explain. Being heterosexual this would be my aim, I'm sure for others it can be reversed/switched...whathaveyou. Arguing with another person can reveal a ton....their beliefs, what they're passionate about, what they enjoy talking about or referring back to, what they don't take lightly, and how they approach things. It can also be the truest expression of themselves when they really commit to arguing their point(s). Now...you might be saying I have arguments with a significant other all the time and it sucks hard... Yes, that can be very true I'm sure, but what I'm talking about is arguing with no stakes or no wrongdoing involved. Instead, this would be an agreed upon topic of discussion where you would both throw points back and forth.

#2 Relaxing. Being comfortable with relaxing with a person is very important...you can't be 'On' all the time and there will inevitably be times when you need to relax and they will also be around. If you can't relax with a person and feel that you need to show off all the time for someone then maybe you need to rethink how to tackle the situation/who you're with. After all some people live a large portion of their lives with their significant other...so I'm told =P 

#3 Food. This is also a huge part of your life...and hopefully an expression and sharing of ideas as well. It happens so often and it's a decision that you have to make on what you put in your body and you will be making these decisions with your significant other I'm sure. This can not only convey what you take seriously about your health or not so seriously, but also where you come from and your culture. It can be one of the best things to share with people as well, giving them a new food to try out and eat and enjoy can be very fulfilling and possibly filling. There is also a great pleasure to eating food as well if you're anything like me.

So that's my list, it's what I think I'd enjoy the most about being with someone I'd like to stay with for the rest of my life. However...I'm not you, you might not enjoy these things as much as I do or more than likely they might be in a different order on your list. Despite that I'd like to at least recommend to you to have an agreed upon topic of debate with a significant other or person you're thinking of spending a lot of time with. That's not to say you can't do it with other people as well...just a prodding to people that might not have considered doing much of it in their life.
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No, nobody that is reading this journal is at any fault for any of what happened, just crappy things that have been happening.

So, quite a few things happened in and around my birthday including some really expensive car repairs that had to be made. So far in probably less than a year I've had this most recent bill of $950 to get my brakes working again, a past payment made to get the ignition cylinder replaced in the same car so I could...start it up which was over $600. Also, before all this I had to pay to fix the breaks BEFORE at the same place too.

I've also had my medical condition resurface a bit after literally just exercising in place which is just nuts that that would be a limitation. I've already pretty well eliminated milk from my diet which I've loved milk from as early as I can remember.

I'm also still trying to help a friend, but with all these issues it's becoming harder and harder.

Also, never doubt the fun times that can be had when trying to drive your car over to a repair place to find out the brakes are gone completely and you end up driving backwards with no way to stop besides the emergency break and in the meantime almost run over your neighbor's fence. It kept me wide awake the entire day...ugh.

Oh, and that's not the end of the problems, there are some potentially worse ones, but it gets more personal. Working your birthday isn't the most fun either, but I suppose it helps to pay for these overly expensive charges.

Despite all that, there are people (some of which, most of which I haven't met in person) that are helping to lessen these impacts and help me along and proof of that is on my profile page alone. As well as three girls that were nice enough to surprise me at work that I have gotten to know and give me a cupcake. I appreciate all of the support and time that you all took to make it known to me :)
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So...I haven't liked many TV shows in a long time, almost strikingly so when there are sooo many available. I recently stopped watching one I've been trying to get into and it's almost painful to see what formulas these shows get into...to the point that you can see the literal copying and pasting of the methods they use from show to show.

Back when TV was a 'thing' when I used to watch it, there weren't many shows to choose from...now there are several million or more I'm sure and I still find myself going backwards with these shows or find maybe one modern one in the mix that is 'ok.' 

The thing I've found most of the time is that modern shows are so dumbed down or just insulting to my intelligence that I can't watch more than 4-5 minutes. This happens ESPECIALLY a lot with kids shows, if TV is any indication of what people think of what children are capable of understanding in shows they DRASTICALLY underestimate them.

Also, unfortunately, my sense of humor seems to be different than most everyone else if comedy shows are any indication. So it's especially hard to find any comedy that is up my alley as well. To the point that I have to find podcasts that are funnier than nearly any other specifically comedy shows that they have on as well.

I stream stuff now instead of watching things on TV and I'll share a few with you now:

MASH
Burn Notice (earlier is better)
MacGyver
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Batman Animated series (earlier is better)
StarGate SG-1
Seinfeld
The Simpsons (earlier is better, I think everyone agrees)
Star Trek

This isn't a list of all of them, but enough to recommend to people. Also, what do you guys think? Do you agree with my assessment of TV? What shows do you enjoy? Do they align with some I like too? 

I also need to get back to at least one of you, been pretty busy and with good purpose lately, I'll get back to you.

Annnnd I might have solved this medical issue...hopefully. We will see, it's taking awhile and was all done without help from a doctor. They didn't help with a da-*mumbles off*
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Hey, so I was wondering if anyone that watches me is a Nutritionist....or if anyone knows someone who's a Nutritionist online that would be willing to talk to me. I'm hoping to sort out a medical problem and see what I can narrow it down to.

Beyond that yes I'm still about, been really busy with stuff lately. I owe some of you replies. 
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I often wonder about this when it comes to news, politics, and to a lesser degree ads. 

I was talking with a self-proclaimed religious man a few weeks ago and he was telling me how it was hard to look on the bright side of things when it came to politics and how it seemed like the same thing over and over again and stuff was only getting worse. I ended up telling him to look on the bright side of things and try to get him out of this mood.

However...when it comes to news about the Level 3 Kill Storm of the Snowpocalypse (my browser confirms that's an actual word :confused:) and the bad news about near world ending stuff in the works (which is always happening). As well as how we're all going to have a terrible president in the future and we're all going to die from it, etc., etc. It's no wonder depression runs rampant in the U.S. having one in ten people affected (I'm sure from other issues as well, just using this as an example).

As for me, I'm an optimist, I can often find the bright side of things when other people cannot. I think it's easier to go through life and focus in on the bad things about it and either be indifferent to it or feel down in the dumps because of it. To be an optimist you need to see beyond those things to something better: hope. It's easy to emulate the obvious downers in this world, it's harder to focus in and hang onto the positive. So I thought I'd give you a few positive things to focus on here:

  • Is there ground beneath you that holds you up? Good
  • Is your Internet working? Did your Computer turn on? Good
  • Is your heater/air conditioning working? Good
  • Is the universe unimaginably huge and have tons of potential? Check
  • Can you find a small universe in a rain droplet? Check
  • Is the sky on fire? No? Great
  • Is the human capacity for invention and perseverance nearly infinite? Fantastic
  • Can you talk to and interact with other humans in your race? Check
  • Does our species allow reproduction and continue to thrive? Awesome
  • Are you alive and made it through reading this? Thanks...and er good.
There you go, focus on stuff like that, hopefully that will inspire you for a day, 2 days, or possibly a week. Depends how much you focus in on the good parts of it.

Also a shoutout to all you people that have given me 200,000 page views, thanks everyone!
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Hey, just wanted to do a quick update here. So, sorry I missed some peoples' birthday greetings recently...it was actually completely out of my control...and I don't have a record of peoples' birthdays either. We had the Internet go down, the phone, and the TV as well as they're all from the same provider. Had them called and said they'd be out the same day...didn't come. They said they didn't come because we didn't get a support number from them when we scheduled the appoint. So we called again, set-up another appointment, didn't come during that period of time. Called yet again, set-up the 3rd appointment and the same day, finally came out and did something.

And......that lasted all of a few hours before the Internet specifically went out AGAIN. The rest of the services stayed up during that time. We found out that they had to do a full replacement of the router and didn't want to send anyone to do it, so they sent one in the mail to us. So a total of 5 days without Internet finally being rectified this night.

If anything guys....please, if you come across this situation yourselves...record the conversation. Even if it has to be on a really cheap recorder near the phone it is always beneficial to get PROOF of stuff to throw in their face when they don't go through on it. I've seen it before and it's unfortunate, but the way of the world.

Beyond that, I'm pretty happy about a new development. My insurance has gone through after many many calls and waiting way too long and poor communication. Also found a new doctor and my first impression of them is very good, they also have an online medical record that was updated as soon as I got home and signed up for it. So, great stuff, should be able to get this medical problem of mine fixed (only ask about it if you want a bad picture in your head).
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Hey, so it seems I've been tagged on here. Been very busy with work, insurance issues, money stuff, and....too many things. Also keeping up the fun side of things so I don't go insane, so there's that too.

So, here's the tag

I was tagged by :iconamethyst-sun:

FACTS!

1. I don't like many TV shows....all the stuff with character progression doesn't interest me as much as it might other people. Character regression is very seldom included in shows and might make it more interesting along with progression, you need a mixture of interesting ideas to get my interest and less focus on individuals.

2. It is too easy for me to make friends so I go out of my way to seek them out to become even better friends very rarely.

3. I am an ambivert, I didn't even know there was such a thing until I learned that my schooling had lied to me. I've found out several lies told by schools since I've left.

4. I prefer talking to people online as it helps to show off some of my better qualities in an environment where they can get my meaning. 

5. Talking to people in person I always try to customize how I talk based on who I'm talking to so they can best understand what I mean.

6. I get annoyed on occasion, but causing me to get angry/get violent is extremely hard.

7. I've been around women a fair portion of my life, around the house, my first job was working with nearly all women, my best friend is a woman.

8. Money is not my overall goal in life, it never has been, you can get more use out of being good friends with people. Yet having some money along with friends never hurts.

9. I still haven't moved to the next game console....(for lack of a better word) generation. I'm waiting for a more enticing offer and still have plenty to play on the older consoles.

10. I've been complimented before on how fast I type. The way that I type is NOT the same way that they teach you to do in typing class, but it's always worked better for me.

QUESTIONS!

Favourite movie?
I have no idea....honestly. Depends on the mood I'm in, I'll throw a few out there: Watchmen, Die Hard, The Incredibles, Toy Story, Antz, 101 Dalmations, Ip Man, Shrek

What's your go-to snack?
Apples or trail mix...but whatever's available is good.

Any funny drunk stories?
Never been drunk, but I have some weird stories.

You get one Inspector Gadget power. Which do you choose?
Giant cartoon mallet to hit people over the head with

Most fascinating historical time period?
None? I don't often look to the past, I live in the moment and look to the future.

Street Fighter or Tekken?
I don't believe I've played both...a bit of Street Fight for an hour. So I don't know. If I were to pick something I might say Mortal Kombat on the Game Gear, last one I've enjoyed as I'm not a fighting game fan

Favourite Nintendo game?
Maybe the original Super Smash Bros. or Super Mario 64

What sports (if any) do you like?
Used to like soccer enough that I joined a team with one (local school team). Boring to watch, but interesting if you're in it.

Where's Wally/Waldo?
They're off preventing World War 3 as undercover agents and are MIA. Waldo's broken his leg, but he still manages to keep going.

How do you like your popcorn?
Popped



MY QUESTIONS TO YOU

  • Would you pick an Action movie or Romance movie or something else as your favorite?
  • Would you be willing to lead a group of 50 people?
  • Are you kinky?
  • Magic or Science?
  • What are your religious beliefs?
  • Worst pain you've felt
  • Who's your best friend?
  • Have you ever been betrayed?
  • Have you ever been to a Comic convention or otherwise? If so, which?
  • Fried of Grilled chicken?
  • Spider-Man or Superman?
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Hey, so I thought I'd give an update on the goings ons. First I want to say thank you to everyone that wished me a Happy Birthday on here and even the other friends of mine on here that might not have had time to do so. So, I had to work on my birthday, no huge deal, but not the best, we still went out to eat and I got some nice presents (Jump starter for my car so I won't get stuck and the latest WDTV box).

But then it seems my friend :iconmaki12: has had a hard time....again. So it seems when she put any pressure on her desk which her computer was on it collapsed...and her computer fell along with her monitor, keyboard, speakers, and phone. All of which died (except the main computer it seems) and had to be replaced. Why did they have to be replaced? They're essential to everything she does including, but not limited to schooling online. The cost of my presents was 1/4th the cost of replacing her stuff which I went ahead and loaned her. She just can't catch a break it seems, as this is not at all the first time she's had rotten luck or had her government try to screw her over. So, please, go over to her page and give her a kind word if you would, it might make a world of different to her even if she won't admit it. Thanks!
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Yeah, I know, I'm a bit late to the party, I've been pretty busy and there doesn't seem to be an end to it anytime soon. But there's been a big decision by the Supreme Court not long ago with a 5-4 vote making it so that gay marriage is legal in all 50 U.S. States. ...All I can say is it's about damn time! Growing up and finding out about this stuff was very odd for me, nobody explained to be that there were guys and girls that were gay and more importantly what that meant, there are bisexual people, there are transgender people, pansexuals, etc., etc. All of these people are 99% the same as everybody else and they all deserve to be treated equally. I have no idea why it has taken so long to make this law happen, I know people fear change and there's certain religions that....well let's say they have a few issues with it.

However, however, even if you go to said churches and decide to ask them about it a good majority of them would agree that these people should be treated equally....so when the 'religion's opinion' outweighs the people that practice said religion....well, I guess that's why we're seeing this change, maybe they took a poll, who knows.

In any case, this is still quite an uphill battle for everyone, while it's true that the 50 U.S. states can enjoy same sex marriage there are plenty of others that don't and plenty of people that are still opposed to it. Worse, whether we like it or not we all have our own biases towards other people whether we realize it or not.

So while it is good news, there is still plenty that can be done to help make this vision of an even somewhat equal world for it's many inhabitants and many future votes on the subject that you can partake in. Not to mention being mindful of treating other people with respect and how you'd like to be treated throughout your day. I hope everyone is well.
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Hey, so a quick...or relatively quick depending on how long this is update. I've been having a ton of crazy customer service problems over the past few days. It's annoying enough when I'm providing it for products I like, more so when you're doing it at work...twice in one day, with one hand to actually help people, and spending a good portion of it listening to waiting music and or talking to someone you can barely hear. That lasted for 45 minutes and then 30 minutes when they didn't call back that same day.

The next day I traveled a good 40 minutes for a doctor's appointment...one that they couldn't keep the date back when it was originally scheduled, had them tell me to do basically the stuff I do every day, and the 40 minute trip back. That same day I then had a 4 and a half hour session of trying to get an icon to appear on my laptop through a remote connection from two people, two people because the first one didn't know what the problem was. This icon is the one that might have appeared on your computer, it's the reserve notification for Windows 10 that you can set...which nobody has exactly told me what precisely it does....they claim it makes it easier to get and I kinda wanted it for both my computers as at least an option, so had to go through the support line.

Then I went back to work and the ticket I opened during that time I had talked had apparently been closed...but the problem still exists...luckily they said they'd reopen it and see ya later.

Oh, and this was all before our basement flooded and now my entire room smells like mold or a wet dog or a dumpster, depends on it's mood. I think we're slowly removing the smell, but I might spend this year's E3 removing carpet, who knows.

And speaking of E3, I've compiled a list of games I'm excited for. Does it match your list?

1. Frog Fractions 2
2. StarCraft Ghost
3. Super Mario 65
4. Battletoads 64
5. Big Rigs: Over The Road Racing 2
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That's right, it's story time, get out your bag of popcorn and enjoy a heartwarming (somewhat) story.

So, I didn't even plan this or anything, but after having the news of possible cancer on here I thought it'd be nice to follow-up with more pleasant news.

So, I was at work the other day and this lady came into the store, she gave me a $100 bill and told me that she wanted $20 worth of gas in the pump next to her car outside. I said alright and started to put in the information for her. Then, out of the blue...and for some reason she told me that she didn't want any of the change back from it. Now, this lady was pretty young, about my age, she seemed like she knew precisely what she was doing and was lucid. I also knew that I wasn't going to be keeping this $80 in change that she didn't want to use. I also knew that the people I worked for would definitely not allow me to keep that kind of money, especially without her saying it was for me...so I'm not sure what she was hoping the money would go towards...

So, after she said that she almost immediately went out to her car. She went inside it and stayed there for awhile, then she drove off. She hadn't pumped any gas, she had simply left. She also never came back to ask for her money back or to get her car gassed up; nothing.

But after that happened, the next lady that came in I described what had transpired with the other lady and the hundred dollars worth of money/gas never used. After I was done with the story she asked me if the money was still on the pump. I hesitated for a bit, because I knew what she was getting at, but I said yes it was. She then asked if it was just free gas for anyone, that part made me stop and think about the situation, but eventually I just said: Yes, go ahead and get the gas. It's in the same spirit that I'm sure the other lady was intending that I did this, I think her intention was to 'Pay it forward,' she just didn't go about it that well.

I was really expecting her to take a picture, a youtube camera to come in, or for her to say just kidding or something, but those are just the events that happened while I was there. Seems like a pretty admirable thing to do, I'm glad I could help continue that for her too while letting that person know what exactly happened to make it possible.
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Yeah, came as a surprise to me too. I recently found a lump on my genitals (probably the only time you'll hear me mention those on here) and went to have it looked at. The doctor did in fact find the same lump and told me that at my younger age, getting a lump like this most likely means that it is cancerous. I've set an appointment for tomorrow morning to get a better assessment of it and see what needs to be done about it. 

Keep in mind that nobody said death is certain, this is something that can't be treated, or anything like that. It's the uncertainty of what's to come and....well the past talk of death with cancer that you basically have to seriously consider when something like this is told to you. 

The best prevention of this progressing forward into something uncontrollable is early detection. Which....I believe, I hope, I have done. Literally a few hours after I realized what it was I went to have the appointment. 

So wish me luck, I hope I'm making too much of a small thing, yet there is certainly a reason to worry

Update: So, the news you've all been waiting for: Superman has had a baby with Wonder Woman and is calling the kid Superb owl, we'll keep you updated in the future.

Now, onto the less important stuff: So I went over to the doctor's office...one I haven't really been to before, my insurance switched over at some point and it will switch again in the fairly near future, I wasn't really planning on taking advantage of it and I thought it was farther away, actually pretty close. So that part was good. Went in and they took a look at it and confirmed yet again...that it was there. She recommended I go to another place that's under their company name to get an ultrasound on it.

That place ended up being quite a ways away, I was told that the doctor had set an appointment for me and when I got there they claimed there was none, it wasn't officially confirmed or something even with a confirmation paper. 

Getting to the actual thing they did after I had to wait for a later time for an appointment scheduled while at the place. They took me in an did a real-time scan of the area where I believe they got the problem spot. There was also another spot that I was curious about as it didn't seem that pleasant looking and I originally thought it was the one giving me trouble. Apparently she was able to tell me outright that that was not a trouble spot. I believe I'll learn the results of this scan two days from now, at least I know I don't have two cancer lumps or something. So, so far so good I guess, getting it spotted soon, scanned soon, and hopefully we'll know soon

Latest update: I got the call from the doctor and apparently it's just a boil under the skin, told me to do a warm compress on it and keep it clean so it won't get any worse. But pheeeeeew! That's great news! And I'm sure it relieves a lot of you too. That and Superman and Wonder Woman had a quickie divorce, their baby is now for sale to advertisers.
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Hey...so just an observation of stuff that happens around me daily. When you get older, there's really more of a sense of scrutiny and judgement with a lot more things you do. You didn't do something correctly or according to the rules of even social norms and you're going to hear about it. It doesn't even have to be something illegal. Why are you facing the wall in an elevator? Why are you not going on this path that's labeled on the ground? I think that's why so many people just dread going out in public, it's a standard set of routine actions that we do to each other and thereby think everyone else is normal because they followed said thing. 

That's not to say that the opposite is exactly the answer to all our problems, people tend to take things to extremes and run it for others in doing so as authoritative figures have to do something in order to keep things from getting out of control.

Instead, I'd like to compare it to back when you and I were growing up, it was much more congratulatory and a happy environment. If you even tried at things people would be understanding and try to help you out. If you did something wrong for the most part they wouldn't just clamp down on you. Of course this is a generalization, I don't know how you all grew up, but when you're younger even the most annoying of people would be more understanding to you for the most part.

You don't really get a pat on the back if you do the stuff you normally do, the exception being if you find a person you really want to love. It's kind of a shame really. So it's always best to give people, not even just positive comments, anyone can give positive comments, but helpful comments, kindly worded helpful comments. So you can share your expertise about something and be positive about it as well. Kindly worded helpful comments followed by a positive statement can do wonderful things for people.

So while we're on the topic of wonderful things,
:iconcorvidae65:  has helped finish off the donation poll for us. So I've given the points to :iconteaphotography: for her hard work for stray animals. I hope everyone is doing well, I've been having some fun with...(certain)rpgs of all things, something I've never really been interested in until I found a good jumping off point. If you have some rpgs to recommend I'll hear you out definitely.
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Yeah, for a bit there I wasn't feeling that hot. Had to have two operations where I went under, not the best procedure to share to be honest. Suffice it to say it was all about digestion and that funny little thing all of you have called an anus. So yeah, it was irritated a LOT and there was blood, not the best of sights. Would keep happening fairly randomly, but mostly when being active a lot.

So, operations, not that fun. They also cost an awful lot, hell they wanted to make me do the last operation that cost $400 up to THREE times. So...rather than just wait the entire time for their next appointment slot I looked for help elsewhere at my new workplace. One of them suggested Floranex granules as it was recommended to her when at the emergency room. I took these things that are NOT prescription by the way. I feel a LOT better now, noticing immediate improvements as well as longer term ones. 

Now, I don't know if this solved everything, still good advice to listen to doctors, but seeing as how this isn't a prescription and people can just pick it up, as well as possibly making it so I don't have to have another operation or two. I thought it'd be best to share the information so people will know and possibly be able to avoid surgery as well. Hell, that'd make me feel great.

Oh, and E3, it's coming up. Starting 12:30pm EST Monday, that is definitely something to watch or at least see a recap of if you're a gamer of any form. Look at the future of gaming because gaming is fun.

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That's how I feel a lot anymore, with new games and new movies and new TV shows coming out saying "this is a new great story" or the usual crappy advertising they have for some of them which leaves me asking: "....Was that supposed to make me watch the show or outright avoid it?" (even looking at it objectively)

There's just not a lot out there that I can get invested in, even the old stuff too. Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Lost, etc. being some of the latest ones that are popular, not much can get me interested enough to even care. Even the shows and movies that I do like, I usually put them under the 'watchable' section. Not as necessarily something that is really really great. I mean, maybe I'm just really jaded and cynical about all of this, but it's quite nearly becoming a problem when I can't seem to have discussions with people about that kind of stuff without them telling me half-way in that I'm nuts for not liking something that's popular with everyone else.

Even my skewed view on video games makes me entirely unrelatable to whole groups of people that like certain types of games. I'm literally all over the map with the types of games I like and nearly all of them are not related to liking the story in them being the reason I like them.

So I was wondering what you guys think, do you feel similar to how I do with modern entertainment? Is it not nearly as entertaining as it has been before? Have I not looked far enough to find people with similar interests that I do? Is the place you're in on fire and you only have 20 seconds to find the jade monkey and leave before it explodes? Let me know, thanks!
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Hi all, as...some of you might know, I spend a lot of time when I'm not on here talking to one of my friends I've made on dA :iconmaki12:.

She's come on some really hard times...a lot. Stuff from employment based events taking place at hotels she couldn't afford, a scanner that stopped working, a computer that needed to be replaced, not enough money for supplies, etc.

Recently, she had her Internet cut off because a tree fell on the wires for the connection and was charged for it....I've loaned her money to solve most of these problems and I'm not just taking it on blind hope, she has sent pictures and always tells the truth about these kinds of things.

So, right now, the chimney in her place has water leaking through it. She's literally changing the paper to absorb the water that's coming through every 5 minutes. She also hasn't slept in two days and she's going kind of nuts. I don't blame her at all, it's a damn mess. She's trying to keep the water from damaging her electronics so they don't get ruined too. So please, anyone that can find it in themselves to help her with her current situation, please help out. She's looking to possibly get a small table or two to place her electronics on to get them from being ruined. That of course won't 'solve' the problem, but if you have a different idea that might help and some funds to put towards it I'm sure she'll hear you out. She's trying to do her online class homework and keep up with those commissions that people have asked for from her, so there are some good reasons to help beyond the obvious.

Beyond all that terrible news which is admittedly probably more important than this. Seems I've found myself a new job...which might have me giving up my old job since they are not at all very flexible with their hours. It's going to be a nutsy transition I can imagine, so wish me luck!

There will also be some future...hopefully very good news from :iconmaki12: in the future if all of this stuff works out. She's been working on it for some time now, but mostly for people that already like her work.

Hope everyone else is doing well
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Wow! So yeah, I just got back yesterday from this con, my first con by the way. I have to say that it was a lot more interesting than I thought it'd be. It was also their 20th anniversary apparently, but I'm not sure what all of a difference that made. They seemed to have some balloons, but that was about it :P

Anyhow, I was absolutely amazed by the event, especially when I realized that this anime convention didn't simply consist of people wearing costumes from animes. Which...was what I did, I went as Spike Spiegel and there were some other people dressed as the same, but not many at all, a lot of people didn't even know who I was....however, they did have spider-man, batman, catwoman, foamy the squirrel, Duffman, Mario, Wreck it Ralph, Samus, Metal Sonic, Waldo, Lego man, a plastic soldier, storm troopers, Vader in a samurai outfit, gumbi, the stig (us and uk versions), Sephiroth, Link, Pikachu, Power Rangers, Deadpool, Hook, The Ghostbusters, Snake, Darth Maul, Katara, Captain Kirk, Nightcrawler, Bane, Optimus Prime, Chel, Mega-Man, as well as a group of people that were literally carrying something the size of a vending machine....no idea what that was. There were also plenty of people in costumes I didn't recognize either.

With ALL of those people together, grouped together in large lines, squished and packed in to get autographs, wait in lines in the bright sun in giant plastic armor, and generally living together for the time that they were at the otakon I saw absolutely nobody getting angry at each other or acting like jerks to each other. I'm sure not everyone understood all the ins and outs of each character being portrayed or how to interact with them, but everyone got along, they were patient, kind, helpful, encouraging, and understanding about everything. It was just such a refreshing and brilliant experience. Being able to turn around and get excited because of someone else's love for something you love is something you just need to experience yourself. I'd advise anyone that has the time and money to go to this con or another populated con like it for themselves. Even if you don't know much about the subject of the particular con (like anime), there seems to be at least something for you =P
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<div class="" align="start"><div class="" align="start"><div class="" align="start">Yeah, I was kind of debating on if I should post a journal about this or not. I'm not sure how many of you are gamers or not, but now is a great time to pay attention to these new consoles that are being released with scrutiny. <div class="" align="start">
With all of the console release information coming out for the PS4 and Xbox One, I thought there were some huge things to worry about for gamers in the future. When the Xbox One was originally show off to potential customers it was touted as this awesome console...that required a connection every 24 hours, giving you x amount of hours since that check in to play your games offline. The thing a LOT of people didn't realize was the gravity of this announcement. You're not just asking the people that own the consoles to be online during that time. You are in fact asking them to fully depend on having your Internet working, your router working, no glitches to happen in between, and you are relying on THEIR servers in order to play these games. If their servers failed then you'd be shit out of luck entirely. There would be nothing that you'd be able to do to remedy the situation even after paying their asking price for the console as well as their games. Not only that, but you could only play DRM games offline for 1 hour, then it'll keep you from playing anymore. Even after claiming that they said without the ability to play games you could still participate in other activities such as watching TV (something they really promoted when launching the console) or movies, etc.

Disc use was another thing that they mentioned too. Saying that all of the games that they will release will be available day 1 to be downloaded. This means that they have huge potential to undercut any other retailer who is trying to sell the game, but also get them on availability as well as convenience too. They claimed that if you get a disc and went to install it you would need to put in an activation code in order to play the thing. This means that after the disc would be installed you couldn't use it for anything else. It was basically just there. It's not like it was for the 360 where you'd simply put in the disc to verify the game was legitimate and then run off the hard drive. No, it would basically be a plastic decoration to have around the house.
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They also claimed that you'd need to have the kinect plugged in 24/7 and potentially 'on all the time' which they didn't explain very well either. This is a camera attachment that monitors your body as you play games...or at least it used to be. Now, in addition to that it also apparently monitors your facial expressions, the people around you that are playing the games, even your heart-rate too. They also said that the console would be voice activated...meaning that even when you have the console plugged in it will be listening to every word you say listening for the word combination that it is looking for in order to start the console. Not only meaning that it is most definitely an energy vampire for your energy bill later on, but it is creepy and questionable activity for a console where in the previous version of their system you could start it up with a controller.

Another thing that they claimed was a family plan that seemed like the best part of the console where you could add 10 people ("family") to your list and they could play any game that you choose to put on your list of shared games. Up to 2 people on the list could play the same game at once, they also didn't mention a time limit or anything.

For all of these things I mentioned albeit the kinect and game download parts Microsoft has since reversed. However, that was not before the infamous quote from Dan Mattrick ""Fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity. It's called Xbox 360." This is just a huge slap in the face to a lot of gamers, for people that simply don't have access to fast Internet or they're in the army or even visiting grandma that want to enjoy playing games.

There was news from the PS4 conference as well about using your full real name (but not saying if it was required in order for you to use the console), mentioning that the console will not only look at the games that you have added to your library, but would create a profile on your activity and give you recommendations on games to play. They go beyond that too, though, saying in the conference that it will have these items on the recommendation list 'pre-downloaded' for your console and ready for you before you even hit the button. This means huge dips in you Internet if you have a slow connection or if you have a fast connection wondering why it's all of a sudden a bit slower.

They also mentioned that from now on the PS4 console will require you to have their PSN Plus membership (as it was previously called anyhow) in order to play online at all. Thus meaning that they are copying the method that Microsoft had for the 360 for online play where you have access to limited online services if you are offline and requiring it for online play.

So...*takes a breath*, what does this all mean? As far as I can tell it is profoundly frightening news for anyone that considers themselves gamers, from hardcore gamers to casual gamers, it affects us all if you are willing to buy the console for the games you might want to play. This is more true with the Sony announcement that they will be doing more to help out the indie developers with making their games available for the console. This also means that it is something to SPREAD THE NEWS AROUND about to the mothers of children that 'want that console' potentially just because 'it has that halo game on it.' It is frightening news because while Microsoft withdrew their proposal for an 'always online' console that they are more than willing to go in that direction and put gamers rights at the bottom of their pile of worries, treating them more like criminals for trying to play these games. It also means that Microsoft have no real direction....they didn't show off much of any of the potential for having an always online console and claimed that it was "required to be online" when in fact it obviously wasn't true which they proved by redesigning it so it would work offline. So please, get informed about these consoles and any further announcements on them. The previous generation of consoles was extremely popular and no doubt this will hold true with the new generation of consoles.

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Yeah...definitely not my prerogative to do so, however, just received a message from dA basically saying I cared to watch too many people on dA (something I've known for years because it fouled up the entire dA notification system as well as other parts of the website for me) for them to keep track of. While dA has un-watched some of the people I've added a watch to on here already, I still have over 5,000 people I watch on here (5,000 being some number they chose as a limit). 5,441 according to what it says on here.

So, 441 of you are going to be automatically removed from my list (30 day grace period from today). Picking and removing manually would mean a bit of effort with no big payoff. So, I'll see what you guys and gals have to say and what I should do or if I should do anything about this. Just thought I'd let you guys know. Also, this sucks

I also hate to keep bugging you with this, but I'd still love to find a stable rss reader to post to blogger.com with. Money offered via paypal for anyone that can do so. Thanks!
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