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.


  • 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
  • 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.


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


"How have you been?"

"Fuck my life. I love my life."

Saturday, April 22, 2017

S is for Selfie

I know there are a lot of complaints about millennials being narcissistic and taking too many selfies. Maybe they do, maybe they don't. Honestly, I don't care. That being said, I post them semi-regularly now. The reasoning behind this is that I spent a majority of my life hating my body and what I looked like. Now that I'm comfortable enough to take pictures of myself, I'm going to.

If you're feeling good, but self-indulgent and take that selfie. It's not going to hurt anyone.

Here are a few of my favourites from the past few years.

Friday, April 21, 2017

R is for Rockabilly

I <3 rockabilly (and it's variations). It's not that I have a great love of 50's and 60's culture or anything of that nature, but damn that music makes my soul boogie. There's just something about a standing base that gets me going. And the fashion is just phenomenal.

Q is for Questing Knight

Being a geek with anxiety I have an intentionally loose sense of reality that I use as a coping mechanism. Don't get me wrong, I understand the difference between fact and fiction, but that doesn't mean I have created scenarios and such in my head that I use to help me get through troubled times. One of these is the questing knight.

Based on the classic Arthurian grail quest, this is the portrait I paint in my head when I feel like despite everything I've done and worked through, that I'm not where I want to be. I'm still on the journey. There will be set backs and side quests, but one of these days I'll finish my quest. Until then I persevere. Yeah, this probably sounds strange to everyone else, but it's one of those strange things that makes me me.