More Things and Stuff

Thought I’d offer up some behind the scenes updates, for those who are interested.

First, a reminder… the contest to win a first edition facsimile of Tolkien’s The Hobbit is still going on.  I have to say I’m a bit surprised.  When I first posted it, the traffic to this site went absolutely crazy in a way I’ve seen maybe a couple of other times.  Not many submissions so far, though, and no winner yet.

It’s probably no surprise to anyone who’s visited the site in recent days, but I’ve been listening to a lot of blues lately.  Some jazz here and there, and a little rock and roll, but mostly blues.  Usually my playlist is about as random as it gets, but I go through these phases every so often where I want to hear something at the expense of everything else.  Given the sheer amount of holiday music I’ve got lying around, I’m feeling kind of guilty for neglecting it.  It’s not like I play that stuff all year ’round, and it’s not like I have just the same dozen or so songs covered by different vocalists, like what they tend to play on the radio.  When you live in a lower scale neighborhood and see the sheer amount of crime and violence, the blues seems somehow more appropriate to me right now.  And I have to say… the idea that the blues can chase away the blues really works.  I’m not so certain that it ever worked quite so well for me in the past, but it’s working now, and I am grateful.  Combine that with some quality sleep (which I sometimes get), and things just look a little better come morning.  Better still, after a cup of coffee.

I’ve started compiling notes for the obligatory Year in Review post.  It’s been a crazy year and somehow “uneventful” at the same time.  Seems like it gets crazier every year for no reason, but I’m sure that’s the perception of still going through it.  Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.

I’m already behind on both Vikings and Knightfall, both of which have started up this season.  I’ll blog about those when I have a few episodes under my belt.  Honestly, I’ve not watched much TV lately after finishing The Punisher.  Haven’t really felt compelled at the moment.  It’ll happen eventually.

I know I haven’t blogged about this at all when I said I was going to, but… Universal’s “Dark Universe” has pretty much died the horrible death it deserves.  Sounds like they still want to get it going again in the name of franchise, but the age-old problem still persists that imploded it the first time.  Anyone who wants to make these movies want to make old fashioned monster movies, while Universal wants “Avengers with monsters.”  It’s not going to work for all the reasons everyone gets except the Universal execs.

Speaking of things I haven’t blogged about… the reassessment of things on this site seems to have worked out.  Once I figured out a better timetable to handle the Tolkien buddy read to allow for those longer chapters, and once I dedicated to the idea of a weekly Sherlock Holmes buddy read, the rest started to flow pretty well.   I’ve got all these project blogs that I actively neglect.  I’ve decided that since I do work better with a due date, I’m going to dedicate to the idea of project blog Mondays.  Doesn’t matter which project blog gets hit, so long as I post something on Monday morning and keep things in somewhat active rotation.  It starts out the work week with a sense of accomplishment, which I think will have a positive effect on a number of levels, and it keeps me actively engaged in my interests, which will help to beat back the “black dog of depression,” as Winston Churchill used to call it.  Of course, now that I’ve got this in my head, the holidays are already conspiring against that notion with Christmas and New Year’s both landing on Mondays this time.  *shrug*  Nothing said I had to start this right away…

My investigation into how money works has also started off on the right foot.  I picked up Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins, which he was inspired to write after his own investigation into the 2008 financial crash.  Have to say, I’m deeply impressed with this so far.  I’ve barely scratched the surface, and my jaw has hit the floor a few times already in regards to how far Robbins has gone to unveil the nature of how the system of rigged, his efforts to simplify it, and his ability to help create and open new doors in our favor.  I would go so far as to say there’s no other book on the market like this one.  If ever a book can claim to be a public service, this is it.  It’s targeted to help people regardless of age, income level, or level of debt.

Last but not least, the campaign to save net neutrality kicked into high gear with protests across the nation.  If you’re in the dark about this and live in the US, please look it up and call your state senators and representatives.  Urge them to pressure the FCC to stop trying to end the open internet as we know it.  Don’t sign a petition, don’t send emails.  CALL them directly.  It’s harder to ignore you that way, and flooding the phones is what saved net neutrality last time they tried to pull this malarkey.

For some reason, I was thinking I had more updates than that.  Until next time…

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