Birthday Boy Packet

Posted By on April 11, 2014 at 3:29 pm

It’s rather hard to believe, but my big fluffball Packet turns seven years old today.


There aren’t many bright spots in my days, but one I can count on is that Packet will at some point hop up into my lap for a nose-boop and an extended chin-skritch session, his quiet purrs buzzing away like there’s no tomorrow.

He’s a delight to have here, and I hope we have many more years together.

Quick Netflix Review: Shingeki no Kyojin (“Attack on Titan”)

Posted By on February 11, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Shingeki no Kyojin (“Attack on Titan”) (2013)
Directed by Tetsuro Araki. 25 episodes, Japanese language, subtitled in English

Quick Review: This will either keep your eyes glued to the screen, make you want to learn Japanese, or both.

5 stars.

“Are you the food?” “No, we are the hunters.”

So begins one of the most impressive opening credits sequences I have ever seen.

One of the, if not the, most anticipated and watched anime series of 2013 is now available on Netflix (and streaming.) I cannot recommend it highly enough.

For those who have never watched an anime series, this would be a good introduction; I think the word to describe it would be “accessible.” Shingeki no Kyojin does almost everything the genre is meant to be capable of — well-developed characters, deep story-telling, complete with drama, action, horror, pathos, and more — and does it all well.

“Cartoon” though it may be, it is most emphatically not for little kids, however. Certainly not those prone to nightmares.

The story:

Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of titans.

Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a titan in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a colossal titan that appears out of thin air. As the smaller titans flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single titan and take revenge for all of mankind.

Queue it up and watch it.

So what exactly have I been up to lately?

Posted By on January 10, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Among other things, this:

[Best viewed at fullscreen size, I think.]

The “this” refers to both the tank driving and the video editing, but there’s more going on than meets the eye.

I joined the 1st Cavalry clan last year at the end of January, and in the brief time since then, in a series of events which continue to mystify me, I’ve advanced from new recruit to one of the ruling junta, a member of the quadrumvirate, part of the Gang of Four, so to speak – one of the people responsible for the success of our clan as a social community consisting of several hundred people.

We could have been a bowling league, I suppose, or perhaps a book club, but it just so happens that our social group revolves around participation and competition in World of Tanks.

It’s fortunate for me that such online communities exist, seeing as I don’t/can’t get out much anymore. I can log on to our Teamspeak server and be instantly connected – actually conversing – with people all around the country, and even a few from places as diverse as Denmark, Australia, or Brazil. I’ve made some good friends.

Having that human contact on a daily basis, when otherwise I might be devolving into a hermit-like crazy cat lady guy, has been a real gift to me.

What a marvelous age of miracles and wonders we do live in.

In case you’d forgotten what today is about…

Posted By on December 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm

[Yes, I am still alive.]

That Twitter Thing

Posted By on November 18, 2013 at 10:44 am

That Twitter Thing

Posted By on November 5, 2013 at 10:36 am

  • RT @iowahawkblog: Forget health care, I want insurance coverage for catastrophic government. ->
  • RT @brithume: Purpose of Obamacare: Insure the uninsured. Effect of Obamacare to date: Uninsure the insured. ->
  • RT @SteveWorks4You: Only six people signed up for Obamacare on its launch. Even the Heaven's Gate cult managed to convince 39 people. ->
  • Kevorkian's victims numbered in the 100s, Mengele's in the 1000s. How many millions will have cause to revile the name of Dr. Zeke Emanuel? ->

Just testing, nothing to see here

Posted By on October 24, 2013 at 12:43 am

Well, nothing much….

See? Told ya.


Posted By on October 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm

The legendary comedian Jack Benny infamously (and jokingly, of course) claimed to be 39 years old until the day he died in 1974 at the age of 80.

When people (over the age of 21) lie about their age, they usually tend to do so by understating their age. Why they do so, I cannot imagine.

What would you rather have people think? That you’re older than you look? Or that you look older than you really are?

“39? Honey, you don’t look a day over 47.” That’s not exactly complimentary, if you get my drift.

I think I’m going to start claiming to be in my 80s. I’d like to be thought of as “well-preserved.”

A Month, or Thereabouts, of Altogether Too Infrequent Tweets

Posted By on October 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm

  • RT @iowahawkblog: Stop worrying about what the rest of the world thinks of us, and start making the rest of the world worry about what we t… ->
  • The cable box has been on the fritz for a week. Replacement is being brought tomorrow. I'm not sure I miss much on TV, except @RedEyeFNC. ->

Actually, I tweeted rather a lot more than that. But the software doesn’t like me.

A Week, More or Less, of Tweets

Posted By on August 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm

  • RT @iowahawkblog: Report: Clintons mad at Weiner for harming their reputation; meanwhile, prostitutes embarrassed by link to Spitzer ->
  • RT @iowahawkblog: "Bill and Hillary are ashamed of you." – the sound of hitting rock bottom ->
  • Just because I haven't tweeted or blogged or updated Facebook lately doesn't mean I'm anti-social. Everyone needs a break from time to time. ->
  • As "bad leg days" go, this one is… extraordinarily bad. ->
  • Even feeling like complete crap (the legs…) I'm still working today. I think, though, I may check out early. ->
  • Oh look. The dumbest woman on TV – Tamara Holder – is on Huckabee. I have the TV muted, in case the dumbness is contagious. ->

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