So, this blog just isn’t doing it for me anymore.  I’ve switched over to Tumblr, which you can find here.


Today is deviantART‘s 8th birthday!  For today and tomorrow all sorts of crazy festivities will be happening across the site.  What better time to join than now?

Even if you’re not an artist, you can certainly join as an art appreciator.  There is some really fantastic art on dA, and variety to please anyone.  The community is stellar as well.  The forums and chats are full of people, as would be expected with over 8 million deviants!

If you are an artist, there are great opportunities on dA to grow and learn and become better at what you do.  And really, who doesn’t want that?

So join deviantART today!


Oh my, that’s a lot of money.

Translators for the army, specifically for Arabic, Kurdish, Dari, Pashtu, and Farsi are being paid COLOSSAL amounts of money to continue working with the army. “…which would mean paying those linguists as much as $150,000 each to stay in the service.”  It also mentions a 10 month immersion program for the language and culture, which they’re asking for volunteers for.  They have more than 600 of these linguists, and they need more.  They’re raising the recruitment number from 242 to 275 for next year.

$150,000. And that’s not counting their government salaries and pensions, as well. Holy shit. If I ever needed incentive to learn those languages, there it is.


For the last couple months, I’ve been absolutely addicted to StumbleUpon.  It would follow, that I’ve found some pretty cool things.  Cool things which I am going to link to now.

How to Make Surprise Balls I will definitely be making these cute and creative party favors next time I get a chance to.

A Calendar for 12-Sided Die This is both unbelievably nerdy and wonderfully functional.  I’m going to be fitting one of my d12s with this baby soon.

A Field Guide to the People of America This hilarious guide is not only helpful for visiters to America, but to its own citizens as well.

The Automatic Flatterer Sometimes we all need that little extra boost to the self-esteem.

Wear Science! I am so asking for one of these t-shirts for my birthday.  They are awesome and nerdy and funny and stylish all wrapped up into one.

Best Positions in Bed As provocative as the title is, the photos are only of adorable animals.  The third picture is basically how I sleep. 😀

Awesome It’s the truth.  Seriously.

Right Brain/Left Brain Quiz It seems pretty accurate to me, although I certainly can’t vouch for you.  I’m more right brained than left brained, but it’s pretty close to equal.  How about you?

Write Your Name in Elvish It’s quick and simple, with easy to understand instructions.  Very cool for the Tolkien fans!

7 Reasons the 21st Century is Making You Miserable I read this, and spent the rest of the day outside and being productive.  I suggest you do the same.  It’s a great article.

5 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Apocalypse Could Actually Happen Holy crap, the zombies are gonna kill us all!

You Can Get Arrested for That? Two guys crossing the country on a trip to test all the craziest laws they can find.  Give it a read, it’s pretty sweet.

Photobombers I’m really not sure if I should tell you to always be “that guy” or to never be “that guy.”

Computer Rap I don’t know who these people are, I don’t know what site they’re on and I don’t know what prompted this.  But they have my immense respect and adoration for being so fucking kickass.

The Coupon I am seriously considering doing this around my own town and seeing how people react.  It’s a wonderful idea.

Coolness You’ll never be four-popped-collars cool.

Most Beautiful Eye Colors These really are some stunning eye colors.  I can’t believe some of them are natural!

What’s Right Isn’t Always Popular I completely agree with the author of this post.  Really.  It sounds cold-hearted, but logic does tend to be.

Emotional Stability Chart Just kind of a cool little chart, really.  I think we all have a little bit of all four groups in us.

Sand Mandala My Global teacher this past year taught us about Buddhist sand mandalas.  The Buddhist monks lay out the sand by hand in amazingly intricate patterns.  Then they destroy them.  It’s an amazing practice, really.

Life is Divine Chaos So unbelievably true.

My hat is made of eggs. Your argument is invalid.

Classical Mythology Family Tree I never get tired of looking at this type of thing.  Mythology fascinates me, especially the family trees of the gods.

Ize sorry I endanjured u. I seriously spent forever just looking at this and “aww”-ing.  Partially because it’s so fucking adorable it makes you want to look at it for the rest of your life.  Partially because HOLY FUCKING SHIT I WANT TO HUG A PANDA.

The Monster Collection of Moleskine Tips, Tricks, and Hacks Now, I know, the solution for all of these is just to go out and buy a notebook that does that stuff.  And I know that Moleskines are probably overrated and overpriced.  But damned if I haven’t been coveting them for years.

One Sentence Stories One sentence stories are alarmingly awesome, and I someday hope to do something worthy of writing one of these.

Turtle Attacks Strawberry Another picture I spent forever just looking at.  That strawberry never saw it coming.

John Oliver Quite possibly the most epic thing ever.

Technoviking No one can ever possibly hope to be a fraction as awesome as the Technoviking.  Seriously.  Don’t even try.  You’ll just end up hurting yourself.

Underwater City Am I the only person who seriously thinks this needs to be built?  Like, now?  Seriously?

Catbus Someone made a real Catbus, inspired by the movie My Neighbor Totoro.  Whoever made this, I love you forever.

Rock, Paper, Scissors 25 This is not your grandmother’s game of rock, paper, scissors.  This is rock, paper, scissors taken to a WHOLE NOTHER LEVEL.

French Military Victories I am sorry, France.  I know you have had your shining moments in history.  Any country that can completely school America in the art of revolution (you got it right, we fucked it up) has my respect.

America’s Facebook Page During the Civil War If anyone knows where I can find and/or make more of this type of thing, I will love you forever.

Communist cat misunderstands party.

Bra Meter It’s so true.  I have “almost boobs.” ._. (And here I had promised never to use those faces in my blog.  Oops.)

Green Vertical Farms in New York City I don’t know if this is a feasible idea or not, but I totally hope it is.

Don’t Argue With the Gay Flight Attendant I love this anecdote.  It is hilarious and I wish I had been there to witness it.

Thing in a Jar This is my favorite thing ever and I am so going to make a ton of them and give them out to my friends.

Antigravity I really wanted to try this with my friend’s cat, but she wouldn’t let me.  Without her there to witness it anyway.

10 Badasses From the Pages Of History This was part of the inspiration for my Theodore Roosevelt post.  And IS totally badass.

Ultimate Gadgets for a Hi-Tech Home I would love to have most of what’s on here, but I desperately want the rotating kitchen.

Target Practice This guy is my hero.  End of story.

The 11 Most Badass Last Words Ever Uttered Yes.  Just…yes.

Here’s Your Aww For Today 70 of the cutest animal photos ever.  If you didn’t even crack a smile while looking at this, you are not human.

Vote for Nobody A great statement, and somewhat reminiscent of the Odyssey.

15 Creative and Unique Bookcases and Bookshelves I wish I had enough wallspace (and money for that matter) for all of these.

When Insults Had Class Ever since I read this, I have found myself trying to use more classy insults.  I have not fared well.

When Volcanoes Spew Lightning No, the volcano isn’t really spewing lightning.  But does that make this photo any less fucking awesome?  Hell no.

LSD vs. Alcohol vs. Tree And so, so much more.

15 Amazing Tree Houses I would so totally live in any of those.

Types of Bad Kissers Learn from the mistakes of others.  Do not be any of these types of kissers.  Seriously.  Don’t.  IS NOT GOOD.

Shit Happens I love this poster.  I would totally get it for my room if my parents would let me have anything that swears.  Seriously.

All 120 Crayon Names I’m 14 and I still love to color in coloring books with my little cousins.  Crayola is amazing.

Welcome to the Future See what the future holds in store for us?  Aren’t you excited?

Overheard in New York People say stupid shit when they think people aren’t listening.  Or even when they know people are listening.  Some people are just stupid.

8 Most Badass Pokemon Ever Imagined This made me so glad the Pokemon world is fictional.

Coolest Sofa Ever This would be so handy for me and my friends’ sleepovers.  And it would also go great with the rotating kitchen above.

Casulo Apartment in a Box I would totally furnish my bedroom with this.  It is a wonderful, wonderful invention.  And goes well with the coolest sofa ever, immediately above.

Shakespearean Insult Kit Bring the classy insults back.  Also, try to call people “puking fat-kidneyed maggot-pies” with a straight face.  You will laugh your head off.

Alice in Wonderland Style I would totally wear all of these outfits and see if people could guess who I was.  Although, I admit to not yet reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Shame on me.

Why Geeks Make Better Boyfriends As decidedly stereotypical this article may be, I must agree – geeks and nerds make the best boyfriends.

Global Personality Test Scarily accurate.  Seriously.  It had me down to the letter.

50 Ways to Help the Planet These are all simple and quick ways to help out the environment.  Don’t believe in global warming?  So what?  Try some of it anyways.  The environment really isn’t something we should be fucking up.

Hidden Pictures This picture is not only beautiful, but it’s wonderfully detailed and it’s fun to try and find all the hidden images!

The 10 Most Terrifyingly Inspirational 80s Songs Let the record show that I love every song on this list.  But when they said that The Final Countdown’s “colonizing Venus” theme is ridiculous?  I blank-stared the computer for like 15 minutes.  That’s what makes the song fucking amazing, bitches.

How to Be a Successful Evil Overlord Useful tips for all you out there looking to take over the world.  Don’t pretend you don’t want to.  I know you do.

American Society for the Prevention of Velociraptor Attacks Don’t think it couldn’t happen to you.  Be warned.  Be prepared.

The First Underwater Hotel I don’t know about you, but I would love to visit this hotel.

Politics Explained This is all well and good, but I have an even better explanation for politics.  The Latin root “poli-” means “many” and the term “tics” refers to “small blood-sucking creatures.”  It is the truth.

Top 10 Strange Phenomena of the Mind I, for one, am in a constant state of l’esprit de l’escalier.  The witty, wonderful thoughts always come after the fact.

The Planet’s First 0 Carbon and 0 Waste City What can I say?  I’m hopeful and an optimist.

Where Does Blue End and Red Begin? Find out here.

Seven Deadly Sins The Seven Deadly Sins, combined and redefined for the modern world.

And there we go.  My favorite links from 123 pages of things I’ve found and liked on StumbleUpon.  I’m sure I’ll be posting more eventually.

How I Roll

That’s how I roll, motherfucker.  Personally?  I’d be more intimidated by the dude with the bow tie and pipe than the “zomg hardcore” teenage asshole.  English majors are some scary shit.  Have you ever been insulted by a Shakespearean expert?  You don’t want to be.  Shakespeare knew how to piss people off.

More evidence of the badassery of writers, English majors, and the like:

“I am the Leviathan of pop culture.

My strides encompass vast territories; my footsteps shaping the landscape. My thoughts will be their obsessions; my whims their rapacious desires.

I will be relentless. I will be ruthless. I will be strong. I will be unstoppable. Not because it is the option I choose, but because there is no other option.

I am of the Romantic Underground, and we cannot be stopped, because we do not acknowledge the rules of those who wish to stop us. They have no power, no authority, no influence which we do not wish them to have.

We are of a lineage that includes more than writers and artists accustomed to being beaten down, marginalized, and humiliated. We are of the lineage of Ozymandias and Alexander, and we will take everything that can be hurled at us, shrug it off, move ahead, and claim the territory that belongs to those willing to pay the price to claim it.

We’re not IN publishing. We’re at war. And I don’t intend to lose.”

-James A. Owen

“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.”
-Stephen King

“In a thousand words I can have the Lord’s Prayer, the 23rd Psalm, the Hippocratic Oath, a sonnet by Shakespeare, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and almost all of the Boy Scout Oath. Now exactly what picture were you planning to trade for all that?”
-Roy H. Williams

Yeah, really.  What picture would you trade for all that?  Yes, I have had logical arguments be made against that statement.  Do I really care?  No.

Happy Lughnasadh!

Lughnasadh is one of the four biggest festivals of the old Irish calendar.  Imbolc, Samhain, and Beltane being the others.  But today is Lughnasadh, a holiday for honoring the ancient goddess Tailtiu.  Since I don’t imagine too many people doing that nowadays, here’s some other things you can do to celebrate Lughnasadh:

-Bonfires and dancing

-Reuniting with family

-Go pick some blueberries or blackberries if you have any near you

-Listen to some Irish folk music (it’s actually very good, if you don’t think you’d like it – and this is coming from a metal head!)

-Learn a few phrases in Gaelic; it’s a fun language

Happy Lughnasadh everyone!

Hidden Insight

My last few posts have been particularly philosophical.  That sort of got me thinking.  How much brilliant insight and thought is scattered throughout little-read blogs?  Sure, you’d have to wade through a fair amount of trash to find out, but hell, maybe it’s worth a shot.  Who knows what you’d find?

It’s the knowledge of the crowd out there.  So much is available to learn, so many people are out there to meet, so many things are right there to be seen.  And while experiencing it all through a computer screen might not be ideal, it is so much better than ignorance.

Theodore Roosevelt

…and why he’s so fucking badass.

He was a sickly little kid.  Asthmatic, got sick a lot.  But instead of staying in bed all the time, do you know what he did?  He learned to box.  He killed and caught animals to learn about them.  While he was in college, he boxed and rowed.  When he graduated, a doctor advised him to avoid strenuous activity due to serious heart problems.  Did Roosevelt do it?  No.  Obviously.

He got married.  Come on, what girl in their right mind wouldn’t marry someone so badass?  Two days after his daughter was born, his wife died.  His mother died on the same day in the same house.  Did Roosevelt do what any normal man would do and become consumed with grief?  No.  He became a cowboy, instead.

Then there was a war.  Did Roosevelt run and hide?  No.  He practically singlehandedly instructed the US Navy and said “I should welcome almost any war, for I think this country needs one.”  The dude welcomed war.  That’s fucking hardcore.

He formed the First United States Volunteer Cavalry Regiment.  How did he do so?  He called in his old cowboy buddies.  They were referred to as the Rough Riders.  Do you know what Roosevelt did with the Rough Riders?  He took them to Cuba to fight the Spanish.  They arrived just in time to march up a huge fucking hill to go kill some Spaniards.  He led them up this hill on foot.  He was in the very lead, and I imagine he was thinking something along the lines of “If you guys don’t want to kick some ass, go ahead and stay behind, but I’m gonna go and bash some heads in.”

He was nominated for the Medal of Honor after the war.  He was declined.  Why?  Because he spoke out openly about the war.  As it is, he was awarded the Medal of Honor after he died.  His son won one posthumously, too.  His awesomeness was passed on to his offspring, clearly.

Roosevelt then went on to become the governor of New York.  Then he became Vice President to President McKinley.  You know what he said in a speech when he was campaigning for President?  “Speak softly and carry a big stick, and you will go far.”  In other words, “Shut your face and grab a weapon, and you will kick ass.  Not as much as me of course.”

While Roosevelt was Vice President, President McKinley was shot, right here in Buffalo.  Sucks.  Roosevelt was told that McKinley would recover, and Roosevelt went camping with his family.  Then, McKinley died.  Roosevelt was President.

What happened during his Presidency can be summed up easily: he broke up the trusts, he started the conservation movements, he made the Navy bigger, he ended a war he wasn’t even involved in, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, he cut a fucking hole through Panama, he put Lincoln on the penny, and he became the first President to learn judo.

That’s right.  He has both the Medal of Honor and the Nobel Peace Prize.  One award essentially for being violent, and the other for being peacefully.  What did you expect from Roosevelt?  Nothing less, I would assume.

After he left office, he went on a safari in Africa.  He went on a safari in the name of science, or so it’s said.  Between Roosevelt and his companions, they killed and trapped approximately 11,397 animals.  Around 300 of them were eaten.  The rest were sent to the Smithsonian, and many of them were then passed on to other museums.  You know, since there were duplicates.  Roosevelt killed shit in the name of science.

When he returned to the States, he was shot by a bartender while campaigning.  The bullet pierced his steel eyeglass case and the 50 page speech in his pocket and lodged in his chest.  Since he knew his shit, he was able to determine that it was not a lethal wound and did not go to a hospital right away.  Instead, he went out and gave his 90-minute speech, bleeding through his shirt the whole time.  The bullet ended up being too dangerous to remove and instead was left inside him.

After that, he went to South America.  He got malaria and a bad leg wound.  He was seriously fucking sick, but I don’t really feel like describing the whole thing.  Look it up on Wikipedia if you wish.  When he finally died, Woodrow Wilson’s Vice President said “Death had to take Roosevelt sleeping, for if he had been awake, there would have been a fight.”  Fucking agreed.

So now you see why President Theodore Roosevelt was so fucking hardcore.  What I want to know is “Why aren’t we taught about any of this in history class?”  Seriously.  I used Wikipedia for this whole thing.  I learned next to none of it in school.  PEOPLE NEED TO BE TOLD OF THIS MAN’S MOST EPIC BADASSERY.

Inkworld vs. Inkdeath

This has been on ongoing controversy in the world of the fandom.  Which title would it be?  Inkworld or Inkdeath?  I found out today that finally it has been freaking resolved.  ABOUT FREAKING TIME.  It’s Inkdeath.  AND there’s a cover for it.  AND it’s going to be released this October.  Good stuff, eh?

Obviously I have not updated my Book & Movie Releases page since April.  So, I fixed that up.  I AM SO BEHIND ON EVERYTHING.  There’s a giant list of books that came out months ago that I’ve yet to read.  I need to catch up.  And soon.

Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox has snuck up on me.  It’s coming out in 11 days.  Holy crap.  Is that enough time for me to reread the previous 5?  I hope so.

You Get a History Lesson Today

Why do you get a history lesson today? Because I said so, and because I feel it’s important.  This is one of those awesome, interesting things of history that seems to be not taught in schools. Which is complete bull shit.

The Battle of Cable Street (or the Cable Street Riot)

London, 1936. October 4th, a Sunday. The British Union of Fascists are having a march through the East End of London, a heavily Jewish community. Lead by Oswald Mosley, the fascists march, wearing uniforms based on the Blackshirts. The anti-fascists (mostly Jewish, socialist, Irish and communist groups) form barricades and road blocks on Cable St. The police accompany the march, knowing there will be violence. The anti-fascists (over 300,000 civilians), throw stones and broken glass, fight with their own fists, repeating the mantra “They Shall Not Pass.” The police attempt to fight back using their batons. Their brutality only makes the anti-fascists fight back harder. By late afternoon, the fascists are escorted away from East End by the police. The civilians have won Cable Street.

It was symbolic. It wasn’t just the stopping of a march. It was a strike against fascism. A strike by the common people. An eyewitness of the battle said, “I shall never forget that as long as I live, how working-class people could get together to oppose the evil of racism.”

This is something that could be done now. No more useless online petitions, no more sitting back and watching as everything happens. So many people are discontent with how things are run here, particularly in America. So why don’t they do something about it instead of sitting on their asses and bitching? I don’t know. We need a revolution, a rebellion. It won’t be long.

My theory? America is the new Roman Empire. There will be a societal collapse in our future, likely soon. The glue is weakened and the stones are coming up from the streets. The French Revolution all over again. Who throws the first stone though?

OK, history rant over. I’m linking to the song that inspired this. http://www.allthelyrics.com/song/447536/ Great song, great moment in history.