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The Closing of the Anomaly October 25, 2015

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Hello! Yes, long time no type at you. And now it’s just one final post to say goodbye to the few who might still care about this place. Blogging in general has seen it’s heyday come and go, and most of us with it. Blogging wasn’t something I thought I did very well anyway. Mostly I just posted pictures of crap I’d buy or make and a write few words about them. Either that or a youtube video. Eh, it just felt increasingly lame. A lot of folks moved on to Bookface or even Twitter, which seems to be uniquely suited to posting a picture or a video and a few words about it. Yes, still lame I suppose but with Twitter you don’t notice the lameness so much. Anyway, now after a long hiatus I’ve decided I’m not going to post anymore to this site and take it down after a while.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! I’m not actually disappearing from the interwebs, just re-branding and moving on to a different platform with a decidedly different emphasis. One thing I’ve noticed over the last few years is distinct move away from publishing and posting under internet pseudonyms. Bookface is obviously one of the drivers of this trend, but certainly not the only one. I decided to embrace this fully and my new place is All About Me Baby in a big way, with my name front and center. No, I’m not going to put a link here. I want to create separation between the me at new place and the Enas Yorl chap who ran this one. A lot of the folks who visited here regularly already know my email address and if you’d like to check out the new spot send me a note and I’ll give you the location.

That’s it for now! Thanks for all the visits and I’ll see you down the road!

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Merry Christmas Everyone! December 24, 2014

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Have a traditional Christmas song!*

*Well, traditional around here. Looks like they “cleaned” this version up some, used to be sexier.

Necessary Planning May 19, 2014

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“No one here gets out alive.” So sayeth Mr. Jim Morrison and he would certainly know. It’s not often I’d agree much with anything in The New York Slimes but this is definitely worth a read: Lifting from Others the Burden of Your Own Death. Yes, if you haven’t already planned (and PAID!) for your funeral now is the time to start.

About three months ago I got a visit from a door-to-door funeral salesman. Well, he doesn’t call himself that but that was what he was doing: going through the neighborhood, ringing doorbells and asking if you’d thought about planning your funeral. Actually it had been something in the back of my mind for awhile*, so I had him come in and shoot me his pitch.

He is a rep from Palm Mortuary and he laid out some basic facts: Sooner or later IT is going to happen which WILL set certain things in motion, primarily that Somebody Else is going to have to tie up Your Loose Ends. Funeral costs can be VERY expensive, depending on what you want to do and they will only get considerably more expensive as time goes on. If you don’t have a plan in place then Somebody Else has to decide Everything very quickly. Also ALL funeral costs have to be paid UP FRONT. No, you don’t get to finance a funeral post-mortem. If you don’t have enough money in the bank to pay for everything then Somebody Else does. Speaking of which, if you dropped dead tomorrow would anybody know where all your financial assets are? Email and other online accounts? Passwords for all of these things? Sure ok your spouse, but what if you both got hit by a bus? Do you have a will? If not then everything becomes MUCH, MUCH more complicated. Even if it is just you and your spouse has a notion of what you want (assuming y’all have actually discussed it much) he or she will be burdened with making lots of decisions while also dealing with grief.

If you love your Loved Ones you will not put them through this. Another thing too – if you die outside of the country then again everything becomes more a great deal more complicated and of course expensive if nothing was worked out in advance. Palm Mortuary is one (if not THE) biggest funeral services in the country and have networks all over the world. For a very reasonable one time insurance fee they’ll arrange and pay for your body’s transportation. This is a no-brainer, look for something like this. Even inside your own country transportation cost can be considerable if you’re inconsiderate enough to die out of state.

So we had another meeting where Arrangements were finalized, monthly payments lined up and signatures made upon the Line Which is Dotted. This package also included a simple will done with a local attorney. Also included is a booklet where you lay out where all of your bank accounts, credit cards, etc. so that whoever is your Somebody Else who has to close out your books has a place to start. After this I spoke with the Parental Units and while they have wills made out they haven’t actually done any advanced funeral planning so I referred him to them. They met with the guy and now they’re squared away too. As I’m their Somebody Else this is a great relief to me.

As human beings we don’t get any say about how we come into this world, but we do have a responsibility to arrange how we bow out of it.

*A couple years ago the parents of a co-worker at the office were on a cruise and her father died in his sleep on the ship. She had to drop everything and fly to the U.K. to help her mother to do the necessary things to have him brought back. It was all very expensive and “a complete nightmare” as she said.

Friendly Sharks May 4, 2014

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This cracked me up.LOL Sharks

Oh, and May the Fourth Be With You.

A Product Endorsement April 21, 2014

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Let’s have a bit of a break here from the artsy stuff for something even more completely different. If you haven’t checked it out already I highly recommend trying out Audible.com. I’ve been using the service for about a year and a half and I thoroughly enjoy it. Basically it’s a subscription service for $15 per month where you get a credit each month. You then use that credit to purchase an audible book. Easy peasy. You can also just buy audible books outright without the subscription service (I think), but then you’ll pay full price for it. The 15 bucks is usually a great deal less than the full boat so it’s a good deal to go with the subscription. Then you download the book to your computer, pocket computer what also has a phone, tablet, etc. Larger works are broken up into sections for easier downloads. I load them onto my phone and bluetooth it to my car’s stereo and listen to them when I’m driving around. It’s brilliant! This is such a better use of my time in the car over listening to “Sweet Home Alabama” for the 23 millionth time.

In my younger days I was mainly a consumer of the Sci-fi / Fantasy genre and not much else. These days…eh, not so much. The real world is actually a lot more interesting to me lately. I highly recommend all of these books whether audible or dead tree versions.

Biographies:

Steve Jobs – This was a fascinating one to listen to. I’ve never been a Apple guy so almost everything about Jobs & Apple in this VERY in-depth biography was new to me. He was an interesting fellow, and a complete asshole. A bit of a stem-winder at 25 hours, but well worth it.

A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert ‘Believe It or Not!’ Ripley – I absolutely loved this one. I was a big fan of the Believe It or Not show back in the 80’s with Jack Palance and still read the newspaper cartoon. Riplely had an amazing life and career that easily easily rivals the most “Believe It or Not” people he ever highlighted in his comic.

Non-fiction:

The Monster of Florence – This book details the very long and complicated story about a vicious serial killer and obviously innocent people who got caught in Italy’s corrupt and incompetent criminal “justice” system. Some of the people involved with this case were also involved in the Amanda Knox case. It’s an amazing book

I Want My MTV – The hisotry of how MTV was born, how it changed over the years and why it is what it is now. I was in high school in the 80’s so MTV was a VERY BIG DEAL. Alas, we frequently lived in areas that did. not. have. cable. As such, I was cut off from a big chunk of my generation’s zeitgeist. It seems a LOT of people did a LOT of cocaine in the 80’s.

The Gulag Archipelago Volume 1 – Solshenitsyn’s extremely detailed and grim account of life in the early Soviet Union. I’ll admit, this is a hard one to get through, both because of the material and the narrator’s voice. Orwell’s “1984” in real life.

The Great Courses Lecture Series:

How to Listen to and Understand Great Music – A simply amazing lecture series by Professor Greenberg that takes you through the history of western music. There are 48 lectures over 36 hours, so it’s a long one but worth every single second.

The History of Ancient Rome – Of all the ancient civilizations Rome is my favorite. Well, the pre-emperor republic Rome anyway.  I’m still working on this one but loving every minute of it. It’s directly related to the next title below.

Historical Fiction:

SPQR Series – There are 13 books so far in this series about the world’s first criminal detective set in ancient Rome. The link goes to the first one. I’m on book VI Nobody Loves a Centurion. These are just pure fun and rather punchy at around seven hours each. I picked up the ancient Rome lecture series because of these books to get some more of the back-story of events that pre-date the series start which right at the beginning of Caesar’s rise.

So, have you read any good books lately?

And Now Something Completely Different April 19, 2014

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Butterflies are free! Particularly when somebody paints a butterfly for you and gives it to you for free. My sister made this for me for my birthday. . Yay! 😀

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Clicken to greatly embiggen.

This is airbrushed on illustration board. I’m off to get a frame for it now. She hasn’t even been airbrushing for a year yet. O_o

*Update with better photo of it framed. Looks great! Now I gotta find a place for it.

BEHOLD!! February 16, 2014

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Gaze upon The Cathedral Rose Window Afghan project!

At long last, it is done! I started this thing in January on March 1st of last year. So just two weeks shy of a full year to complete. I will note that I took a few months off to work on other things. I’m so happy. 😀

CRWAFinalOn to the next one.

Edit: uploaded a better picture. Clicken to embiggen! Oh, and now what to do with it? I have a wall space in my bedroom where I thought I’d hang it but I’m not sure how one goes about hanging something like this. Digging around on the interwebs other folks have pondered the same thing. One person suggested velcro. That. Just. Might. Work. I could sew strips of the hook side at the end half-circle sections and sticky the loop strips on the wall. I’ll have to take the TV out of the bedroom though. It’s not really a loss as I can’t even remember the last time I watched anything on it. Looking at this will be so much better than a big, black rectangle. *\o/*

In case you were wondering, this afghan is exactly seven feet across. That’s a LOT of yarn.

Yarn January 14, 2014

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I have yarn.

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Much yarn

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More yarn. Used to be a pool table. Now it’s a yarn table.

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So. Much. Yarn.

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You know what I did last night? Yes, I bought more yarn.

I don’t have a problem. I can stop anytime I want to.

The Grand Project July 8, 2013

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This is what I’ve been working on the last few months. It pretty much consumes most of my attention these days.

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Right now it’s about four feet across I think. Final project size will be about six feet.

No, I didn’t come up with the design myself. It’s the Cathedral Rose Window Afghan project I got for Christmas.

More later.

Been Busy June 20, 2013

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Here, take a look at this.

I'll take WTF for $500 Alex.

I’ll take WTF for $500 Alex.