Monday, November 6, 2017

Momma Sed


Wake up, son of mine
Momma got something to tell you
Changes come
Life will have it's way
With your pride, son
Take it like a man

Hang on, son of mine
A storm is blowing up your horizon

Changes come
Keep your dignity
Take the high road
Take it like a man

Listen up, son of mine
Momma got something to tell you
All about growing pains
Life will pound away
Where the light don't shine, son
Take it like a man

Suck it up, son of mine
Thunder blowing up your horizon

Changes come (Changes come)
Keep your dignity (Keep your dignity)
Take the high road (Take the high road)
Take it like a man (Take it like a man)

Momma said like the rain (This, too, shall pass)
Like a kidney stone (This, too, shall pass)
It's just a broken heart, son
This pain will pass away

MCM - The Neuromantic Boys

Today's Man Crush Monday goes to the Neuromantic Boys. While the gents started as William Control's band,  now they are a group in their own right. Since William announced that he's retiring I have a feeling that my love for these fellows will increase.



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

IX of Rods

"Don't worry and just enjoy life."

This is advice I've received many times and something I've even told myself from time to time. Unfortunately, when you live with anxiety and depression it's not always that easy.

I've been in really high spirits the last month or so. Other than a few things, life is going really well. I'm pretty happy. The thing is, no matter how good things are, I always have that voice in the back of my head. I'm always watching for the next trouble. I think that's why I've always said that the Nine of Wands/Rods was my Tarot card.

"The Nine of Wands shows a weary, injured man who holds a staff as though in a posture of final defence. He has fought the battle and won. He is protected by a number of wands behind him that appear like a wall around him. He appears drained and exhausted as he leans on his wand but he is ready to go to battle again. He has the look of determination in his eye to overcome this final challenge and reach a point of accomplishment and victory. He stands up for what he believes in and holds firm in those beliefs." Source

Even if life is good, the battle in my head is always just moments away. Even if I'm doing great, I always have to be ready. So what are those wands at my back, supporting me? They're my family. They're my music. They're all those silly games I play. Hell, they're these blogs that I maintain. 

Yes this is just another self-indulgent teen-like journal entry, but it's also a reminder to cut people some slack. Even if things are good, you never know what's going on in someone's head or where' they're coming from. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

MCM - Matt Mercer

I'm still trying to get back in the habit of posting on this blog too. I'm sure I'll have more substantial things to say, but today we get a Man Crush Monday.

Matt Mercer is a gent that I've got a big crush on. He's clever and creative, which are two traits I absolutely adore. He's cute to and can do all sorts of voices (which isn't surprising considering he's a voice actor). Like many gamers I learned about Matt from his D&D podcast, Critical Role. This is a regular podcast that's recently ended. I've sit and listen to him and his crew play for hours (and I'm just a few episodes in).

In addition to the geek factor, I think he's just plain 'ol cute.



  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tips For Coping With Trauma

Last week I was involved in a pretty tense situation at work. I'm okay and my customers were okay. Not going to go into specific, but I thought I'd share some of the coping with trauma information that I've researched and received from professionals that deal with it.

DO

  • Accept the fact that the event is upsetting you
  • Talk to folks you care for and trust about the incident
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Maintain regular eating habits, but don't be afraid to treat yourself to some junk food or your favourite restaurant 
  • Do your regular routine
  • Let others help you
  • Don't multitask, take things one at a time as the come
  • It's not weakness to ask for help
  • Exercise regimes help
  • Spend time with your people
  • Do the things that make you happy
DON'T
  • Avoid work
  • Withdraw from others
  • Take on new projects that will take a lot from you
  • Look for or expect easy answers to your problem
  • Decrease the amount of time you take for yourself to relax and enjoy the things you love
  • Make major life changes
  • Have unrealistic expectations (let's be honest, trauma or not this is a good one)
  • Drink excessively or use drugs. This is what the experts say, but honestly a little pot might calm your nerves (as long as your 25+, because it does probably affect brain development before then)



Friday, October 6, 2017

Pinopticon (and a cool Kickstarter)

My friend, Wade, has a new Kickstarter that I wanted to share. Wade makes amazing enamel pins and sells them online via his store Pinopticon. His pins are primarily based on art, literature, culture, and radical (left) politics. These are all things I love! Here's a pic of the pins I've ordered from him already.


The Kickstarter is for a Crystal Shelf lapel pin (with simulated gemstones). Here's the design and below it you can see notations of the shiny parts.

I think it looks sweet and I'm definitely backing it. You can too, but following this link. You should also follow wade on Instagram.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

WCW - Aubrey Plaza

I love Aubrey Plaza. She's smart, funny, and quirky. Her performance as Lenny in FX's Legion is absolutely phenomenal.


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Horror Tee's For Big Guys

If you're a plus size gorehound like me, you might be wondering where you can grab horror tee's that actually fit. Well after searching for a while, I've found a few places. As far as companies goes, Terror Threads has several shirts that go up to 5XL. Here are a few of my favourites.




Fright Rags is another site that has some spectacular stuff! Like Terror Threads they have stuff that goes up to 5X. Here are some of my favourites.

I've not visited the Slashback Video exhibit but it sounds like a hoot!






In addition, Ebay can be a great place. If you do a search for "plus size horror t-shirts" you get many
hits. I recently grabbed a cool Camp Crystal Lake shirt for just 15 bucks.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

And A "Yes" Isn't The Same As An "Oh My God, Yes!"

I normally try to keep gaming related posts to Halls of the Nephilim, but I think this would be a good thing to mention here. Consentacle: A Card Game of Human-Alien Intimacy is a game that's got a few more days left on Kickstarter. Unlike many KS products, if you don't get it through this project, you might not be able to get it at all (as mentioned in a recent update).

The game has different variations, but the point is to play combo cards with your partner to get the most satisfaction. The practice/safe version allows you to talk, but personally I find the regular version more appealing. In this you can make suggestive gestures and noise, but can't actually use words with your partner. They are supposed to read your reactions to figure out what cards to play. I get that this one isn't for everyone one. I definitely wouldn't break it out when the parents come to visit, but it could be a lot of fun to play with a significant other or open minded friend.




I love this project for a few reasons. First it shows that geeks can be kinky. I think this is an obvious statement, but some folks ignore the fact. Second I know that some might find it weird, but there are folks that dig tentacle stuff. I'm one of them. However, my issue is that it's always portrayed as rape. This game is about trust and consent, which as Schaffer the Darklord has taught us, is an absolute must. Ultimately I think this is cool and want to share it with others that might think so too.

Yes that is a tentacle in my pocket, but I am also glad to see you.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

FML

"How have you been?"


"Fuck my life. I love my life."