Old Skool – An A to Z Challenge post.

Yep, that’s right an Old Skool Blog… errr, wait not. This is the same software I’ve been using the entire time, so maybe not. Granted it’s been re-themed once or maybe twice, and honestly I still think I liked the first theme I used the best, but it was retired. So no Old Skool there. OH here I know and Old Skool Rap song should do it for this one. I could have gone with MC Hammer, or Run DMC, the Beastie Boys… but, well its a One Hit Wonder, Old Skool and will stick in your head for certain.

What today has really come down to is this though. we just ran out of propane (Laugh). We have a propane fueled kitchen stove because of Hurricane Season, nice to be able to cook. But, oppsie, we weren’t paying attention so we shall be kicking it old skool. Well, maybe not but I am considering just cooking over a firepit in the back tonight. Sure we have a BBQ grill and all, but I kinda of feel like having a big ol fire… well alright not big really since it’s a firepit. Here is the problem though My fire pit, well the bottom fell out of it, had a small little happy fire there in the pit singing and dancing as only fire can when suddenly **POOF** the bottom falls out of the thing. It wasn’t a very good fire pit it seems. Also had to run for the hose quick, cause, well FIRE! (laugh)

LEMY 32 inch Outdoor Square Metal Firepit Backyard Patio Garden Stove Wood Burning BBQ Fire Pit with Rain Cover, Faux-Stone Finish
Rusted right out, made it two years tops.

What will likely end up happening though is this, I’m going to go and make some stew in the crockpot while listening to Old Skool rap since that will keep everyone away from me. Just have to find my ear plugs 🙂

A to Z Challenge –

Nothing to see here, Move along. Well that isn’t precisely correct. Plenty of things here to see. Weirdness, wonder, and well… more weirdness usually. But since this isn’t supposed to be a blog post about the letter “W” I suppose i shall have to switch over to the letter “N”.

As I said above though… I haven’t any ideas on what to write. It’s much later today then I usually do this part of the challenge. So I sit here, at my desk with my coffee and for some reason “Glee” playing in the background. Which is distracting because I think it’s funny. The girls are watching it, pretty far in with the Netflix binge watching.

Netflix Media Center

So there we go lets do that My Netflix binge watching habits (laugh). No we all have that going on, but… a few for you nice reading folks.
1. Gilmore Girls
2. The West Wing
3. Agent’s of Shield
4. Lucifer
5. Supernatural
6. Grace and Frankie
7. The Witcher
8. The Punisher
9. Stranger Things
10. The Good Place

There you have it, My odd choices on Netflix. Now, if any of you have a show you’ve watched again and again, please share. West Wing and Gilmore girls I can read the dialogue as I watch I’ve seen them so many times. I could use some new stuff 🙂

A to Z Challenge Letter M – MAGIC… Maybe.

Good morning everyone. I am currently 100% complete on visiting each and every blog on The A to Z Challenge master list. I found some new places, visited old friends and had a pretty fun day doing it. Once I got rolling I spent the day after the “L” post just visiting and reading. I have to tell you there are some fantastic blogs out there, with topics I wouldn’t have though I could be interested in, but was. I can tell you all I didn’t think I would do it but I was determined to try and today, well, everything came together for me.

SO! Here we go with the Letter “M ” for Magic… Maybe.

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I frequently describe things as being magic, or witchcraft, if it’s something involving cloud storage or the internet I’ll go to Voodoo as the descriptive term. I think we have, as a society, gone well past the point of being a sufficiently advanced technology.

Technology Quotes

I’m not saying all of us don’t understand some things, but none of us understand everything. I’ll give you some examples of every day things I don’t understand.

  1. When I wake up, how is it that I know if there is, or is not, a dog where I am about to put my feet as I get out of bed? Come on now that’s pretty important, stepping on a dog is mean.
  2. When browsing my list of recommendations on Netflix, how does it know that of all the bad movie choices I could make Dog Soldiers would be at the top?
  3. How do Spiders always know which room my wife is in?
  4. How do pens work, and why do they sometimes not work when they obviously still have ink in them.
  5. Why not just use a pencil.
  6. How do the “You are here” maps in malls work? Are they spying on me?
  7. When I go online to look something up how does it always know the other things I would be interested in?
  8. Sometimes my Wife and I have a conversation we know nothing about later?
  9. How did David Copperfield make the Statue of Liberty disappear? (Mad now don’t do a search)
  10. How is it we have access to so much, yet understand so little?

Alright, so some of those were silly. That is going to have to be ok though. We really don’t understand how things work in the world we live in anymore. We know they do work, we use them every day, even take them for granted but on average we are clueless. I couldn’t tell you, not really, how a computer works. I can fix them, both hardware and software but It’s really just swapping parts. I certainly couldn’t build a CPU. Same goes for a Cell Phone, Microwave, Digital clock or even an electric toothbrush (some are bluetooth capable).

I’m pretty sure the whole world runs on magic, maybe. how about you?

The letter “L” – I’m going to wander though this one.

I slept in a bit this morning stayed up late last night playing a video games on the PC with some friends and eldest. In between matches I tried to think of a topic for today’s A to Z Challenge. I didn’t get very far with it since we were all talking through Discord while she was Streaming the games for others to watch. All video games need a bit of trash talking after all.

Guess I will go with lackadaisical. Took this from Vocabulary.com A person with a lackadaisical attitude shows no enthusiasm and puts forth a half-hearted effort. But it’s more of a dreamy, laid back approach rather than sheer laziness. I choose that definition rather than Webster’s because it was kinder to me and my state of mind. Laid back and dreamy that’s me today.

I’m not feeling lazy about writing today just a bit relaxed and willing to let whatever types itself out stay. This is usually a good day to just write and see what happens. Usually what happens though is I wander all over the map. I will try not to do that.

We played a few games last night the first was Super Animal Royale. I will let you watch the video for the game below. I will tell you it is free to play, silly and does take your mind off things. My enjoying it has nothing to do with the fact that I can beat people with a marshmallow on a stick to win. The basics though, you alone or with up to three other friends try to be the last animals standing out of 64 players.

My Daughter was streaming this through Twitch for a few hours . If you don’t know Twitch is a platform that allows you to broadcast your content to the world anyone can watch. I have seen people teach arts and crafts, play Tabletop games, Teach, Hula Hoop or just sit and chat for hours. Twitch is also free if anyone is interested. Just type in the search for things you are interested in, then either sit and watch or join in the chat. I think my favorite lately is one of you can stream a movie through it while literally hundreds of people can sit and watch with you.

Oh since we are talking about ways to interact I know people are using Zoom and several other platforms for them to keep in touch with friends and family. A nice free one we use is called Discord. There are thousands of groups all with their own set of interests. Its free to use and you can set up your own self contained chat and text rooms. I use it mostly for friends we play games with there are currently 353 people on ours and a list of 30 game channels people can enter to talk during games, plus text channels for sharing pictures and things. It’s also set up to post messages from the game developers channels we play and Twitter as well. For a new person, it’s simply a great way to keep in touch. For Bloggers… well it could be another tool in your Branding box if you wanted since you can integrate it with Twitter and other social media platforms. Wouldn’t be a great thing for me since my writing outside of this blog is freelance, not author related and a great deal more on point unlike this. I don’t want clients to see this place (laugh). This is where I just type and do a quick check then send it out into the world, like a catharsis. I think for an author though, the ability to chat with and interact more directly with fans could be of great use.

Wow, Lackadaisical has taken me, in unexpected directions. I think they are good ones though. Maybe some of you want to play games with a group be it table top games (Using Discord to coordinate) Oh Table Top Games!!! Yes! using that and discord… any game with friends. Everyone logs into the game and you all connect on Discord to play. D&D, Risk, hundreds from the game developers and hundreds more you can add in from people who make their own for it. Ya know I think I just wrote myself into several other letters to be expanded on. (looking things over, this is way to long already, someone needs to wrap this up).

A to Z letter L, Lackadaisical mission complete… Long, rambling perhaps, informational I hope. Time for me to look at the next 50 or so blogs on the master list, go through my reader que for the day and decide on tomorrows letter “M”. Or maybe… grab my marshmallow stick and go forth to do battle.

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