Friday, October 17, 2014

Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting

Hmm...  I don't think that I've posted any Concrete Blonde music on this site.  Obviously I'll have to change that this Halloween Season.



I first fell in love with Concrete Blonde when I was in undergrad.  I know that their break out hit was "Caroline" but I never really cared for that song.  What got me to buy their first album was that the local radio station played "Ghost of a Texas Ladies Man" on Halloween.  I immediately snagged that album and found that they did a bit of music that I really enjoyed.



Therefore I present to you their pinnacle of their "gothic" sons, "Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)."



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I work for idiots.

An inmate filed a complaint against me for injuring him during a use of force incident.  As with any use of force incident, reports were written and the videotape was reviewed.  The good news is that my name is not on any of those reports because I WAS OFF ON THE DAY OF THE INCIDENT!!!

I found out about the complaint in briefing.  The Sergeant made the announcement and we all laughed because it was pretty funny in a dark humor sort of way.  And thus I assumed that the whole incident was closed because it was pretty obvious that I had nothing to do with the issue.

So, I get called up to Administration and given the third degree by Internal Investigations and some of the top brass of my agency.  The fact that I was not physically anywhere near the agency seemed to make no impression.  Plus, being IA, they asked about anything and everything just to try to get me to incriminate myself to anything.  I know my job, I know Policy and Procedure, and I know that I do right when I am at work.  It was a wasted fishing expedition for them but a very stressful hour and a half for me.

I work for idiots.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Anime I am currently watching.

I'm currenty watching Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions -Heart Throb-.  This is the second season of Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions which is also nicknamed Chu-2.  It's actually a pretty good series.  I didn't think that a romantic comedy would be my type of anime, but I'm enjoying it.

Before this, I watched The World God Only Knows and also The Devil is a Part Timer.  I'm waiting for the The World God Only Knows: Goddesses to come available on Hulu.  (The God Only Knows Oriatorio is awesome to listen to!)  I enjoyed The Devil is a Part Timer, but I had issues with the fact that the lead was a genocidal maniac that seemed to turn a new leaf and everyone thought that all was good.

I was having trouble getting into The Irregular at Magic High School.  I'm not a big fan of "sibling love" as it squiks me out.  And the hero was just becoming a type of "I know what to do every time and I'm better than you" type.  It didn't feel like the fights were much of a challenge.  I was hoping that I would like it as it seems to be a long series, but...

I'm currently subscribed to Sword Art Online II and The Awesomes on Netflix.  They are shows that I am enjoying.

I want to find more Anime to watch.  I prefer action and I'm not a big fan of Fan Service.  I'll have to make a list of anime that I've watched before and split it between what I like and dislike later.




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Comments available at A View from the Porch.

I saw that Tam left a post open for comments.

Interesting.

No comments so far.  I did not leave a comment.  1) I have nothing intelligent to say on the subject.  2) People who know her and that are more well spoken should use the opportunity, not odd people like I.


Monday, September 15, 2014

I know my animation.

I am a fan of foreign films.  Especially quirky foreign films.  I'm also a fan of foreign music.  And by foreign, I mean by not produced in the USA.  I'm sure someone out there would complain if I did not point that out.

Now, I don't claim to be an expert in any way, shape or form.  I just enjoy what I enjoy and I keep it to myself.  Mostly because I don't know many people who really "get" my interest, or they know so much that I can't keep up with them.  So to sum it up, I'm an amateur foreign film enthusiast and all I really care about is what interests me.

But I like it when my prior knowledge meets up with my current knowledge.  Flipping through Hulu, I ran across a trailer for this french animation.  "Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart."  I saw the backgrounds and the animation and I immediately knew it was dubbed.



Why does this interest me, you ask?  (Other than the fact that it's foreign and that it's animation...)  It's because I recognized it, even though I'd never seen it before.  I did a quick Google search and I was right!


I had run across a video that Dionysos had done of their song ""Tais-Toi Mon Coeur" several years ago.  I remember playing it so often online.  (I'm currently trying to find a good HD version of it online.)  But the fact that I can tie a movie trailer in with a video that I've not watch in several years impresses me greatly.

Would it impress anyone else?  I doubt it.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

And Tam has hung up her hat.

Yesterday I noticed that A View from the Porch was locked down.  Turns out that apparently Tam had a stalker.  No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money and Shall Not Be Questioned have info on the incident.

I'm not going to write too much on her decisions to stop posting.  Others can say it better than I.  As a matter of fact, they already have.

What I can say is that View From the Porch stood at the top of my must read daily blog list.  It was always the first blog I read.  The constant updates and excellent writing made it a lot of fun to read.  Her updates will be missed.

 


Monday, September 1, 2014

"A View From The Porch" is blocked.

Oddly enough, A View From The Porch will not open.  It has apparently been set to "This blog is open to invited readers only."

I wonder what happened.  I'm sure that I'll find out soon enough.

I guess if I really wanted to know what is going on, I'd head on over to The Firing Line.  Tam often posts over there, so I'm sure that someone will have the details up quickly.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

I'm going to the gun show today!

I know that Tam will often post a little ditty when she announces her sojourn to her local Second Amendment and beef jerky exhibition.

I'm no where near that creative.

Suffice it to say, I'm just headed out in order to look around.  It does not help me much that I'm broke and I won't be taking much cash with me.  It also does not help that I'm in a major market thus there will not be all that many deals for me to find.

If I'm lucky, I'll come home with some new hearing and eye protection.  Maybe I'll even pick up a holster and a few slings.  Normally I come home with bupkiss, but that's often because I don't have any play money at all.

I'll keep you posted.

Or not.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Drone video of the old Virginia Renaissance Faire. (Fredricksburg/REC site.)

I remember the original Virginia Renaissance Faire.  Everyone tells me that it ran for three seasons, while I remember that it ran for four.  (Mostly because I remember which dates I took to the faire.)

The Virginia Renaissance Faire (VARF for short) was owned by Renaissance Entertainment Corporation.  (REC for short.)  REC had a number of faires throughout the US, traded on the stock market, and even had their own Visa card.  When they came to Virginia, I thought this was the biggest thing ever.  I was even approached and asked to work at VARF the first two years.  (I turned it down, but that is a story for another time.)



I remember so much about this faire, and I've forgotten so much.  Not too far from the entrance was a herb garden.  Somewhere I have a photograph of my friends and I against a stone wall next to that garden.



I used to try to catch every show by a performer who went by the name of Rollo Pollo or Rolo Polo.  He changed his stage name and I caught his act later up at Tuxedo/NYRF, and for the life of me I can't recall what that new "name" is.  (Heck, I found his Facebook page a few weeks ago.)  As a matter of fact, I took to carrying around a lighter just so he would take it from me for his act.



This was where I first heard the Minstrels of Mayhem.  I didn't appreciate them as much as I should have initially.  But they grew on me and I have every single one of their CD's.  They broke up a few years ago and I took it a bit personally.

I remember the mud beggars.  I remember someone on stilts dressed as a tree.  I remember the jousts, the storytellers, the arts and crafts.  I remember the people and the playtrons.







The last time I was on the site was to do clean up work.  Out Of The Woodwork Productions tried to restart the VARF and was in talks to rent the site.  There were so many of us cleaning up and cutting grass by hand.  Someone had brought a tractor in to bushhog, and the tractor had issues.  Someone had stolen a very expensive electrical panel, and caused extensive damage taking it out.  I was upset at myself because I didn't walk the entire site, but consoled myself with the fact that I'd be back another day to volunteer to get the park back together.



Unforturnately, talks between OotWW and REC fell through.  OotWW is now hosing a smaller VARF in Spotsylvania which includes a number of the original staff, so the dream still lives on.