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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Nonsensical Things About Zombie Stories

Image source:Open Clipart

With all the zombie stories and clichés going around, I have to ask:

  • Why does the virus spread only through zombie-inflicted bites or scratches? When you get a cut, you wash it because to prevent infection. So why doesn't anybody turn that way? You're telling me you can get coated with zombie gore and come out fine, but a bite or scratch from one of them means you're doomed? And what about if you touch a zombie-contaminated surface or something and don't wash it off in some way? Wouldn't that cause some problems?
  • Why do zombies need to eat anyway? In the majority of cases, they can't starve, so what's the point?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

X Is For...

Image source:Open Clipart

X is a hard letter to blog about without doing something like "X-tra" or "X-treme", so I just grabbed an old dictionary and wrote down the X words I found interesting.

Xanthippe:An ill-tempered woman
Xeric:An adjective to describe something containing or requiring little moisture
Xerophilous:Able to thrive or live in an xeric environment
Xi:The 14th letter of the Greek alphabet
Xu:A now-outdated South Vietnamese coin that functioned like the American cent

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

2 Video Game Features I Need

Image source:Open Clipart

I'm no hardcore gamer, but there are two things I often would like to see when I do decide a game is worth my time.

  • Manual saves:Unless you have it autosave every time I leave an area or something, give me the option to save whenever.
  • Decent-looking graphics:It doesn't have to be groundbreaking or anything, just make sure it's something you're not embarrassed to have people looking at for hours.

What do you hate not having in a game?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:Almost There.

Time to once again try to be a little upbeat.

First, if you don't hear from me for a while, it's because I will be spending this morning meeting with the ladies in my Bible study group. I've enjoyed being in this group and I love our fellowships.

And now a few more little things.

  • Found some new blogs I liked through A to Z.
  • Just one more week of the challenge before I can say I survived it.
  • Got some software to for .ZIP and .RAR files.
  • The instructor who teaches my krav maga class has recently moved locations, and was closed last week. This week, we all get to go back, and the new building is looking good.

How has your week gone?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Problems With Subjective Truth

Recently, I watched someone on YouTube list the things she has learned while traveling. At the end, she said the best reason for anyone to travel is to meet people whose beliefs and morals are different from yours, and said nothing's really right or wrong.

Something about that last statement rubbed me the wrong way.

Truthfully, it's good to spend time with or around people whose worldview and background differ from yours. For me personally, it helps to think about why they believe what they do, and to examine my own views and why I choose to stick with them instead of something else. And fights over religion are one of the most annoying things in the world. We'll get much farther if we can at least learn to respect each other in spite of our disagreements.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Album Review For Release The Panic:Recalibrated

Today, I shall review RED's album Release The Panic:Recalibrated (it's really a remix album).


Songwriters:Josh Baker, Jason McArthur, Jasen Rauch, Hunter Lamb, David Hodges, Johnny Andrews

Genres:Rock, metal

Notes:Album art taken from Amazon.

General thoughts:From what I've heard, Release The Panic wasn't particularly popular among RED fans. One of the reasons was that it sounded different from a lot of their past music, partly from the lack of strings used. Whether or not you'll like this will largely depend on your opinion of the main album and remixes in general. If neither interests you or if you have a "it ain't broke" mentality, then this is not for you.

Overall, only a few fans need apply.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Keeping Silence

One of my greatest temptations is keeping quiet. Not speaking up when I see something wrong or unfair. Holding my tongue when I should be encouraging someone. Keeping my emotions inside and letting them boil when I should be sharing them. You get the idea.

How much good am I neglecting to do by just passing by without a word? Could it be helped? What if I say the wrong thing? What if I accidentally make things worse? What if the person hates me for it?

Do you the same problem? Or maybe the opposite?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

People Are Paranoid

An edit of this

Is it just me, or are we all paranoid? I hear constantly about everything that's going wrong in our lives and the world, from the government, stalkers, heartless corporations, and foreign countries that want to kill us. There's so much chaos in the world, and it seems so hard to keep it all together.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:Halfway To May

Time to try to be a little more optimistic and Celebrate The Small Things.

  • Remember the peace and quiet I mentioned I might get last week? I got it, and I loved it.
  • Also figured out how to download what I bought from Google Play.
  • And got permission to use a song I love for a video.
  • Made it halfway through A to Z.
  • I figured out how to turn an image transparent in Corel Paintshop Pro. We shall be going places with this.

What are you celebrating this week?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Why I Don't Listen To The Radio

Image source:Open Clipart

I love music, but I really don't like to turn on the radio. This is why.

  • Most of it's crap:About 75% to 90% of what they play I just don't like.
  • They play the same songs over and over:I don't mind if it's a song I enjoy, but as I said, most of what plays is terrible. And come on, there are millions of good songs out there - why stick with only a few?
  • Poor sound quality:How many times have you heard a song over the radio that sounded distorted?

So how do you usually listen to your music?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Late Night Work

How often do you work on things late at night? And how weird do they tend to be? If I'm stressed out, my work often ends up sounding somewhat disturbed. I also tend to surf the internet after everyone else has gone to bed.

L also stands for "last minute", typically not a good time to finish things, and especially not to start them. And I am horribly good at procrastinating.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Kicking Butt In Krav Maga

You ever hear of krav maga?

Wikipedia calls it "a self-defense system developed for the military in Israel that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from Aikido, Boxing, Judo and Wrestling along with realistic fight training"

It doesn't require precision, just whatever works to stop the attacker and avoid getting yourself too badly hurt. It also doesn't take years of training before you can actually fight, which is a definite bonus.

After more than a year of taking a class, I've learned how to get out of about a dozen different kind of choke holds, what to do if someone grabs my wrist, how to reduce injury from falls, and where besides the groin you can hit to end a fight. It's also the most exercise I get all week (which with my junk food addiction, I need).

So what, if any, martial arts or self-defense classes do you take?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Album Review For Freedom:Artists United For International Justice Mission

Genres:Religious, contemporary

Notes:Album art taken from Amazon.

General thoughts:What you're looking at is a music project meant to raise money for the International Justice Mission to fight human trafficking. Oppression, brokenness, and reaching out to people dealing with them were common themes. Soundwise, it tends to stay soft and acoustic with a few radio pop tracks here and there, at least for the first disc.

It was hard to find places to buy it, which is a shame because it offers some good songs and supports a good cause. And it's not like having a digital download available for purchase is hard. I couldn't even find it on the Family Christian website, the company from which it was supposed to be exclusively available.

Overall, if you do manage to find it, I recommend checking it out.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Just A Lot Of Junk

Today I'll be talking about one of my biggest addictions/weaknesses:Junk food.

Image credit:Cory Doctorow

I can't go down any aisle with stuff like what's above without feeling tempted to buy some. It's not just an enemy to my health, it's an enemy to my savings. And if there's some kind of dessert (Oreos, marshmallows, etc.) laying out in the open, I'll probably take a couple when I walk by.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:Week Two Of April

Time to stop stressing about things for a moment and consider the good stuff that's happening.

  • We got rain here the other day. Sure, there was lightening and hail, but we got rain.
  • I'm finally catching up on the long backlog of YouTube videos that was piling up for a month.
  • I may get peace and quiet tomorrow.
  • Passover ends tonight, which means most grain products and the junk food I've had to stay away from all week will be permitted again.
  • Since Bible study took a break for Easter this week, I have a little longer to work on my assignment.

How are things on your end?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

I Don't Know

I have no idea what to talk about today. So I'll just pick a few random things.

Image source:Open Clipart

Also from Open Clipart.

This one belongs to pixelworlds.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Guilty Pleasures

These are the things I love that make a part of my brain go "Why do you like this?" or "This is bad for you, you know that?" But it doesn't seem that I'll be letting go of any of these for a long while.

Demi Lovato
Image source:iTunes

If we're being honest, her music isn't different from the other ten dozen mainstream pop artists on the radio. But there's just something in it I'm drawn to. It just might be that she avoids the controversy that most ex-Disney stars seem to revel in. Whatever the case, please give me more.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Fiction & Fantasy

Some people drown their sorrows in alcohol. I drown mine with fiction.

One part of it is distraction. I'm not thinking of everything going wrong in my life or the world at large if I'm focusing on a story. Another part of it is comparisons. On one side, there's the world that's way better than ours. The heroes are attractive, evil never wins the war, things turn out well in the end. There's also the opposite where everything is worse. Paying the bills doesn't seem as important compared to keeping monsters from eating you. And really, your life isn't so bad compared to characters struggling to hang onto their lives and sanity.

But sooner or later, you have to come back to reality and face whatever it was you were avoiding.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Going Green

How many years have we been debating about what's best for the environment? And how much are we actually doing about it?

I'll admit, I'm not that good about doing what's environmentally friendly. There are costs for one thing. Sure, organic foods and all-natural products might be better for the environment, but they're expensive. For another thing, I can save stuff I'd normally throw away, but what am I going to use them for and where should I put them until then? And I guarantee you it will be weeks before I ever get to them.

So how do you do in this area?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Album Review:Eye'M All Mixed Up


Genres:Christian pop

Notes:Album art taken from the official site.

General thoughts:That is one terrible pun.

Most of it is about the same quality as the original versions, not really improving on any song. And it feels kind of unnecessary to include several of the tracks from the deluxe version of Eye On It rather than just making some new ones.

Overall, it's the same as almost any remix album:If remixes aren't your thing, just don't buy it.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Dealing With Disagreement

Something I've been working on the last couple months:How do you maintain a good relationship with people you don't agree with? And I don't mean just little disagreements. I'm talking about big differences in political and religious views.

I know that no matter what the circumstances, I shouldn't be cruel or attack the person. Not to mention it's good to be around people whose backgrounds and opinions vary from your own. But I'm having some issues putting it into practice.

I don't want to ignore doing the right thing or compromise my beliefs in favor of making sure I don't offend someone. But I don't want to end up creating unnecessary strife because I was too stubborn or prejudiced.

How do you do in this area?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:First Week Of April

I actually had no idea what I was going to post for C, until I realized it was on a Friday. Score one for convenient coincidences. So what other small things make me feel better?

  • The warm welcome I got last week when I joined Celebrate The Small Things. It makes the choice to join seem like a great one.
  • I stopped procrastinating and did some laundry.
  • Found some cool stuff on DeviantART.
  • I'm closer to maintaining a personal, self-improving goal of mine. Not quite there yet, but it's better than it was.
  • All the lovely people who took time to visit me.
  • On Archive Of Our Own, I got kudos for a fanfiction I wrote a month ago.

What little things are making you feel great this week?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Annoying Things Bloggers Do

No one thing on this list guarantees I won't revisit a blog. But they do negatively impact my opinion of one.

  • Post one of those visitor trackers. Have you ever seen a gadget showing recent hits and their locations on a blog? Look, I know web companies and bloggers I visit already know my general location, but that doesn't mean I want it to be public knowledge.
  • Failure to update. I'm much less inclined to visit if I don't see anything for months.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

IWSG:Artistic Disagreement 4

Today will be a busy day.

How does one apply the fact that all art/entertainment (books, paintings, movies, shows, comics, video games, etc.) is subjective to one's own works?