Monthly Archives: November 2017

Cards Against Humanity…DAY 1

Assuming that you’ve heard about Cards Against Humanity, and also assuming you’ve heard about their annual holiday promotions, I will assume you haven’t heard about their 2017 promotion, Cards Against Humanity Saves America!

For a scant $15 you will receive 6 surprises throughout the rest of December… it was too interested to let pass, and though they have no more available for purchase, I will be happily unwrapping the surprises so anyone who missed out can see for themselves.

Well, the first surprise arrived today!

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This fairly heavy envelope arrived, looking quite important and fancy!

I carefully tear it open at the top and am greeted with a lot of folded papers, so I remove them all.  The first page folded neatly on top catches my eye, so I unfold it first:

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I’m dying. This is already the best $15 I’ve spent in a while. BUT WAIT, THERE’S LOADS MORE! I continue to unpack the rest and find the following:

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I apparently now own part of the land they are using to legally block any attempt to build a continuous wall along the US/Mexican border, I get a wonderfully silly map, and a small pack of COH cards relevant to this promotion (I won’t ruin it my posting them).

Would you like to see their badass trebuchet?

Disturbing…

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of OCD voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

That Time I Met Ozzy Wearing a Bathrobe in his Hotel Room…

It never ceases to amaze me what people will say.

rita1I read a recap article about how Rita Ora wore a bathrobe to host some awards.

Silly commenter says:

Rita Ora has on a bathrobe in a public event where many were present and that makes her okay, and Harvey Weinstein had on a bathrobe in his hotel room where a woman was present and that makes him a creep. Females are inconsistent and dishonest and I have seen females at work sexually flirt and joke with good looking higher paid guys and laugh at return sexual banter, but complain and harshly label an unattractive guy as a creep for doing the exact same thing.

I…I cringe at the stupidity presented here.  I know, I can’t expect much from Yahoo comments, but seriously.  Almost as frightening was the amount of people supporting this guy’s comment.

So let me tell you a little story…

A long time ago in a high school I once attended, they had a radio station that broadcasted in a small radius – maybe a handful of towns received our signal.  I got my DJ license, and it being around 1990, I hosted a metal show on Tuesday evenings.

This allowed me the opportunity to meet some really cool musicians, doing interviews by phone or in person and whatnot.  I am particularly honored to have met Warren Haynes of Allman Brothers fame, and Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave fame.

ozandrandBut nothing will top my crowning achievement of interviewing the legendary Ozzy Osbourne.

We were coming up on the 10th anniversary of Randy Rhoads’ death.  Randy was his guitarist after Ozzy left Black Sabbath and tragically died in a plane crash.  I wanted to see if I could wrangle an interview with him to honor the anniversary of Randy’s passing.

I don’t think Mike Schnapp, his US manager at the time, ever knew that I was only 16 when I started calling him, nor did I divulge it in case he thought I was just a fan trying to get access – I wanted to be professional.  And after months of some back and forth, Mike set up the interview at the Helmsley Palace Hotel.

At the lobby of the hotel I am greeted by one of his team, who escorts me up the room.  The guy is friendly, asks if I’ve ever met him before and assures me he’s a great guy.

At the door…knock…door opens.

And there stands my musical idol, OZZY FRICKIN’ OSBOURNE, in his bathrobe.

I was more bemused that he was shorter than me, though I must admit him being in a bathrobe was a bit disarming.  I’m used to the black outfits, jewelry and crazy hair.  This guy looks like he just stepped out of the spa.

But here is the ENORMOUS DIFFERENCE between my experience being in a celebrity’s hotel room while they wore a bathrobe and the experiences of many other women lodging complaints about other celebrities in the news today…

Ozzy. Wasn’t. Inappropriate.  AT ALL.

He never flirted.  He never came on to me, he never made a suggestive remark, he never asked me to do anything for or to him.  He didn’t touch me (I think we perhaps shook hands at initially meeting), or try to hug me or massage me or anything like that.  I asked a handful of questions and he talked for 30 minutes.

Ozzy Osbourne was a perfect gentleman and a consummate professional.

The other celebrities in the news now?  Not so much.  I never felt uncomfortable, or threatened, or got any bad feeling in the pit of my stomach.  Trust me, I know the feeling, like the vast majority of women do at one time or another.

What is my point in all this?

The commentor above clearly has no frame of reference, and little capacity to accept the words of women.  Do women falsely accuse?  Yes.  But few are truly willing to be publicly scrutinized, picked apart, called horrible names and smeared like they are in this day and age just for a few minutes of pseudofame.

Weinstein wasn’t just sitting there in his bathrobe.  He was trying to coerce them into sexual favors based on his position of power in the industry.  He could make or break their careers, in an industry that can be extremely hard to make a living at.

The workplace scenario – men cannot sexually flirt with those in lower levels to them without the possibility of it being a power play ala Weinstein “give me a backrub, you know we have an opening at the head of the Whatever Department…”  Women are held to the same standard – they cannot coerce those in lower levels to do inappropriate and unwanted things with no fear of reprisal.

Does it happen?  Yes, all the time.  Which is why so many people are talking about it (both women and men who have been victimized).  It’s more common than Generic Man may have ever realized.  Perhaps they simply can’t wrap their heads around the enormity of the issue.  Perhaps they don’t want to believe that their mother was forced to smile while enduring slaps on the rear as a secretary at the law firm, or that their sister was consistently pinched or grabbed while waitressing by the truck driver who always stopped in for coffee during her shift.

Maybe they don’t want to think that their daughter could have been coerced into sexual favors by her boss for fear of losing her job when other jobs have become very slim where she lives now.  It’s pretty horrendous to think about and easy to say “no way that happens!” – but you might be surprised.

So we are left to be angry, and rather than tamping it down, trying to to forget about it, or attempting straight-up denial, more and more and finding their voice and expressing their anger.

The question is whether more will listen to them or more will try and squash it down.

(Featured image Frank May/DPA via ZUMA)

WOW! This Guy’s Sarcastic Review of His Office Water Dispenser

Officially the best thing I have seen today.

Wilkes-Barre Knows How To Troll!

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I was born a (very) long time ago in Wilkes-Barre.  Unless you live in Pennsylvania, chances of ever hearing of Wilkes-Barre are low.

But the Police Department has made a name for themselves by trolling at professional levels!

Check out a roundup of their more epic trolls here, and follow them on Facebook to keep up with the latest 😀  *proud*

A Lord of the Rings TV Series? I’m Not Sold Yet…

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You should know how much I love my Tolkien.  My Hobbit Hole of a home office is plastered with all kinds of stuff, like my tapestry throw, my Shire and Middle Earth maps and Sting letter opener.  Trust me, that’s just a taste of it all.

Side nerding: I had to call Chewy.com‘s customer service line over the weekend, having not received an order as expected, and the agent I spoke with asked about my cat Rivendell, and we went on to have a 15 minute conversation about our love for the stories and what collectables we each have while he researched my order.  PS: Chewy has excellent customer service, they are sending me a second bag of food for free.

I love the movies, and will happily endure all ribbing for the “why didn’t they just get the Eagles to fly to Mount Doom??” and “it’s a year of them WALKING!” – don’t care, I loved it all.  I even enjoyed The Hobbit films, for all their flaws.

But this has me a little worried.

Warner Bros. Television and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien are in talks with Amazon Studios to develop a series based on the late author’s “The Lord of the Rings” novels. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is said by sources with knowledge of the situation to be personally involved in the negotiations, which are still in very early stages. No deal has been set.

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Do I want to see more epic battles?  HELLS YEAH!

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Do I want to see more Aragorn and Gandalf?  OH HELLS YEAH!

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Anxious Frodo is anxious.

Do I want to see it turn into Game of Thrones, Middle Earth?  NOOOOOOOOOOO.

Unfortunately there isn’t much information to go on right now, so we’ll just have to wait and see.  My fingers are crossed that if they do seal a deal, the product will be much better than what I fear it may be.

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

So BlizzCon is happening right now and the big news was this trailer for the next expansion pack that is expected to be released:

And with it they also gave more information about the new areas that will open up:

They also announced that 6 new races will be playable, three per faction:

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Now, there’s some good and some bad in here, I think.

The Good:

WoW always needs to be doing something new.  It’s no secret that players consume new content at faster and faster rates.  Adding new races is always a fun thing because it shakes up the aesthetics and gives new storylines to explore.

From the video, it looks like they are going back to a more classic Alliance vs. Horde feel, rather than the more integrated blurred lines we started seeing when we got to Shattrath.  This is bound to make a lot of people happily battleshout “FOR THE *faction preference*!”

The Bad:

No “new” races – I’m not overly impressed with the races offered.  They are offshoots of already established races, as opposed to the brand new feel we got when they introduced the Space Goats (aka Draenei).

Back to faction warring – I know a lot of people will love the Alliance/Horde feuding, but I was honestly loving the interaction with opposite factions when fighting against the Fel armies etc.  More often than not, when out questing and running into another player of the opposite faction, it was a polite encounter, with us helping each other out.

The Suggestions:

New customizations – Rather than these new races, make the current races we have a lot more customizable.  As I saw in some WoW group, someone described their original race hairstyles as from the 90s, and it’s not a lie – my human and elf toons haven’t had a good style in ages (yet my awesome human rogue got a graphics facelift into something more cartoony, which I am still bitter about).

Also, I don’t understand why the Horde is getting the Nightborne and Alliance are getting Void Elves.  Night elves should get Nightborne customizations and Blood Elves should get Void Elf customizations.

Add Learn Common Language – As for the Alliance/Horde feud, I suppose it’s inevitable, but I was hoping again for a third group again, that would force an alliance between the groups.  I’d always thought how cool it would be to have the ability to learn the common language of the other faction in order to communicate, and even be able to group up for dungeons and raids with the other side.  Maybe someday!

Mr. Popularity – Why David Harbour is the Next “It Girl”

It goes without saying that Hopper is one of the most beloved characters of Stranger Things, despite clearly having a lot of very normal character flaws.  But judging from his castmates, they’re all wanting more screen time with him.

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But scratch the surface just a bit and you’ll find he’s got a hilarious instagram account, where he pokes fun at Joe Keery (Steve Harrington) for “stealing his hair”:

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Not only that, but he agreed to pose with someone for their senior pictures if they got 25K retweets – well, guess what…

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Now, just because we can’t get enough of him:

Awesome Halloween Costumes, but the Speeder Bike is the Real Hero!

Took the day off for some Halloween fun, but here was one of the coolest things I saw online yesterday:

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They even made a video!

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