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Blog Post Scramble

Today's post is not any sort of unified whole, it's more a breakfast scramble of assorted things that I've come up with. Lets break some eggs. Yesterday I made a mistake. I didn't mow the lawn until late and I decided to just do the side and back yards, saving the front yard for today. The mistake being, not just finishing the job. It's been raining all morning and looks like it's going to be a wet day. I should have just done the work. My bad. Lady Ronn has started a project in her video class, she is working on a short documentary/interview of yours truly. I don't know what her time frame is, but I imagine I'll have something to share with you in a week or two. I believe I'll be doing the interview portion of the filming today. Should be interesting stuff. My new debit card arrived last week, and while that's not really news worthy, it's got an amazing little bit of technology built into it. No, not the chip. I've had chips in cards for

What's It All For?

and then you have to listen

These Are Not Blockbusters

I had low expectations for each of these films, but I watched them anyway. The quick summary of my opinions on these films would be something like this. I was both annoyed with and bored by just about everything in Robin Hood . Mortal Engines big failing was weak characters and incomplete and character development and motivation. And lastly, Dudes & Dragon , was bad in all the expected ways, but still better than I thought it would be. Now, let's look at each in more depth. Robin Hood, 2018 My hands-down, no-holds-barred favorite character of all time is Robin Hood. Which is why I am always apprehensive when a new Robin Hood movie comes out. That apprehension is warranted as I am inevitably disappointed. This movie is no exception. It's not good. It's a weird mix of Hunger Games, Assassin's Creed, and Kevin Costner's 1991 Robin Hood, and makes no apologize about not concealing those roots. Machine gun crossbows, some sort of future-apocalypse-medieval time peri

Interesting Numbers

During my recent scramble to debug my website of malicious code I stumbled on a feature in Jetpack that interested me quite a bit. I found a breakdown of the site posts by year, word count, words per post, etc. You can see an image below with all the pertinent data. site stats I've written 296,911 words in this online autobiography between 2003 and 2018. I'm not including this year. We'll count that up in the year-end summary, but it's been a big year and looks to be a contender for the most prolific year by word count. But is it a productive use of my time? If 60,000 words is a short novel. This project could have been 5 novels. In the same period of time, I've written two novels and another half-dozen projects that wanted to be novels but didn't make it out of my head. It looks to me like this writing/blogging thing goes in fits and spurts. What happened in 2007? One post! And I'm pretty sure that one post wasn't actually written in 2007. I suspect tha

My Degree Has Arrived

My degree has finally arrived. August 16th, 2019 was the big day. September 18th, 2019 they went in the mail. September 20th, 2019 I pulled them out of my mailbox. I have been awarded the degree of Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technology. Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences Woot! It only took 1,081 days, just 14 days shy of 3 years. I'm glad I did it, but I'm not sure what I get out of it. You know, beyond the satisfaction of going to college, educating myself, and completing a goal. I mean, I've been doing HVAC for 20 years, this associate degree doesn't really change anything. But, I did it! As an added bonus, and I guess I should have anticipated it, I also received the HVAC technology certificate. I did not actually apply to receive that, so it's a nice bonus that they saw that I had fulfilled those requirements and sent me that as well. HVAC/R Technology Certificate I have to say, the wording on

Google Alarm - Hack Attack

Somedays I hate having a website. More precisely, I hate having to worry about hacking attacks on my website. This one seems pretty straight forward, but I hate that it's even a thing. I recognize that they're just attacking any and every WordPress site, because, really, there is nothing at that is worth hacking. But they done did it anyway. I found an email in my inbox Thursday afternoon from the good folks over at the Google Search Console Team letting me know that they had detected hacked content on my site. To: Webmaster of, Google has detected that your site has been hacked by a third party who created malicious content on some of your pages. This critical issue utilizes your site’s reputation to show potential visitors unexpected or harmful content on your site or in search results. It also lowers the quality of results for Google Search users. Therefore, we have applied a manual action to your site that will warn users of hacked content when

Batman Day

How did Batman Day become a thing? Why does Batman have a day? Is it a coincidence that Batman Day falls on Doug's birthday? Am I going to attempt to answer these questions? No. No, I'm not. the dark knight It's been 80-years since this character first appeared in our pop culture consciousness. You either get it, or you don't. the caped crusader There are 6 free batman games available over at Epic Games . The Batman Arkham trilogy of games and the Lego Batman trilogy of games for those of you looking for a more wholesome experience. I grabbed them all, because. FREE. Duh. I remember playing some of the Batman Arkham Asylum game on the Xbox back in the day, but not much else about it. It's a darker, grittier take on Batman. The Lego Batman, well, we can all guess what that'll be like. You can also get your Batman wallpaper fix by looking at this post from the arohen archive, Batman Wallpapers . I had to rebuild it, because the image links were broken, but it'

Randomly Selected

switch. dear lord, please, switch. applies to both modes

Monday, Monday, So Good to Me

Well, not really. Or at least not this Monday. Probably this applies to most Mondays. Although, Monday is the magical day where I put all the stuff I don't want out on the curb in the morning and it disappears by the time I get home. I like that. Monday's aren't so bad. Look at those legs! Careful. They're very white. They may blind you. You are definitely looking at someone who wears long pants all summer. "T'int right, T'int fair, T'int fit, T'int proper!" --Jud Paynter, Poldark This Monday, I'm starting an intermittent fasting thing. Basically, no food from 7 PM through to 11 AM. Or perhaps it would be better to think of the hours between 11 AM and 7 PM as the feeding hours. Why? Because I've been eating too much everyday, I eat too late at night, and I'm a structure junkie. This allows me to create even more rules for my life. The no soda thing has worked out pretty well. The fasting thing should be along those same lines. The

Ric Ocasek

I feel like I just wrote one of these for Eddie Money. Ric Ocasek passed away today. He was 75. I remember him as the lead singer/rhythm guitarist for The Cars, but he also had a bunch of solo albums. I have all The Cars albums, but Fireball Zone is the only one of those solo albums I own.The Cars were one of my favorite bands, right up until I saw them in concert back in 1985. I was not impressed with The Cars in concert. But I can still remember jammin' out to My Best Friend's Girl, Shake It Up, Hello Again, and a bunch of others in the car. The Cars made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, but I didn't watch the ceremony. I think it's available on one of the services I pay for. I should look that up. I haven't listened to The Cars or Ric's solo stuff much at all of late, but it still sad to see all these artists I loved in high school passing away. It makes me take stock of my own mortality. Here's some Cars music to remember the good times.


trying to do everything leads to a lot of failure

Eddie Money

Eddie Money passed away this morning at the age of 70. He'd been having some health issues and it sounds like there were complications from a recent surgery. I have 7 albums by Eddie Money in my collection. Two of those are compilation/greatest hits albums. He was never one of my go-to artists, but he was always one that made me think, I should listen to more of that , whenever he showed up in my random playlist. Not for the big hits like Two Tickets or Shakin', but for songs like the three I'm including below. Walk On Water My Friends, My Friends Passing By the Graveyard I am a child of the 80s and I remember the music of Eddie Money fondly. I was sorry to hear that he'd passed. But I'm thankful for the music.

There Was Some Wind

I haven't posted yet this week and I feel like I should. Did you notice that there is a unwanted block of white space above the header image? I did. It's not supposed to be there. I went into the customization options but was unable to get rid of it. I may have to dig into the set-up a bit deeper to figure out why. It wasn't a thing prior to the latest WordPress update. Annoying. We had some wild weather roll through last night. Tornado sirens, Lady Ronn got sent to the basement at GRCC, the animals were freaking out, and lots of lightning. It was pretty much the biggest storm I've seen in a long while. I ended up having to check on power outages and clean up branches for a bit this morning at work, the storm made a mess out of a couple of my properties on the north side of town. clean-up in aisle five In other news, I picked up a treasure from 1987 while at the bookstore earlier this week. Just looking at the latest additions to the used book section led me to believe

Thanks, But No Thanks

there was a time, in a place, where it was a thing

Prime Video Finds

After another evening of watching Poledark with the lovely Lady Ronn, I was scrolling through Amazon Prime Video and came across something that I didn't know existed. A documentary about the art of Dungeons & Dragons back in the old TSR days. I immediately started watching it, which probably was not appreciated by everyone in the room, but whatever. It wasn't great, but if you're a longtime gamer like me and have lots of good memories about all that old D&D art, you'll enjoy it. I know I did. trailer My favorite tidbit was that artist Jack Fred was a pseudonym used by the artists, when a particular piece of art was felt to be subpar and they didn't want to be associated with it. It was an interesting watch and it was interesting to see and hear from each of the artists, most of whom I only know from their art. Check it out if you're into this sort of thing. Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons and Dragons Documentary 20

Office Trinkets

I picked up this metal lion statue at the flea market in Ohio. I tend to do that kind of thing. I'm a leo. I root for Detroit in the NFL. I have one on my logo. Apparently, I have a thing for lions. But what I'm really here for tonight, is to show that before we left for the family vacation, I managed to get the sword up on the wall. I tried a couple different ideas for sword hangers, but in the end a couple of screws is what I went with. It's not fancy, but it was easy and it works. should have turned on the closet light

Summer Cold

Friday morning we left for our family vacation with the youngest son suffering from the lingering symptoms of a typical summer cold: sore throat, runny nose, yadda, yadda, yadda. He survived the trip and once the tissues were cleared out of the car, we were none-the-worse-for-wear. He kept up with the festivities and I didn't hear a complaint from him. Maybe it was the all night drive or it was just my turn in the cue, but he seems to have passed it to me and no one else. We're a week back and I've heard no reports of anyone else being sick. And I have most definitely been sick with a classic summer cold. It crept up on me Tuesday afternoon, feeling like a ball of mucus growing in the back of my throat throughout the later half of the day. In keeping with my usual routine, I dosed up with some vitamins and put myself to bed. This usually lets me head this sort of thing off before it gets out of control. Liquids, sleep, and cold medicine. I took some Mucinex and slept throu

Labor Day 2019

Everybody has dreams and ideas and plans. It is the work that makes these things real. Labor is the language of genius and the expression of creativity. -Ronn Wash the grit from your hands. Put your feet up. Relax. Take some time off. Maybe fire up the grill and try to catch one last bit of summer. Enjoy the day. You deserve it. Happy Labor Day to all of you from me and the whole arohen team. all work and no play... you know the rest.

Family Vacation 2019

If you were wondering where I was for the last 10 days or so, or maybe just why there were no posts for the last little bit, I'm going to address that in the next couple posts. If you really need to know and don't want to wait, here's the condensed version. I took some PTO to indulge in a birthday, anniversary, vacation, and being sick. If you want or need more, keep reading. I took a stretch of PTO to encompass my birthday and wedding anniversary (not the same day) and extended to a weekend trip with the family to Hocking Hills, Ohio. Last year my mom set up a trip to Mackinac Island here in Michigan and my brother hooked us up with a nice condo on the island. This year my mom found us a cabin at Trickle Creek, so I loaded up the arohen family and set off to meet up with the same crew that was with us last year. Three of us packed up and hopped in the car to pick up our fourth on the other side of the state. We were on the road before nine and had the whole crew together a