Ramblings, opinions, and general meanderings from the Deep South

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sith Academy of Medicine

Sorry about the temporary disappearance. I should resume normal ramblings next week. A new feature will be a daily update about Veterans Administration health care. Problems seem never ending. At this point in time I am ready to believe they are trying to kill me. Their ongoing policy of hatefulness, lies, deceit and general ineptitude is enough to frustrate the most laid back individuals on this planet. I loathe and abhor VA Memphis. They are the rudest, crudest non-professionals ever encountered. Hitler and his henchmen may still be alive and doing well with their headquarters at VA Hospital Memphis.

This has been an ongoing battle for years. For the 4th time I got up and walked out. Well, there won't be a 5th time. Rudeness shall be dealt with appropriately and I am going to return insult for insult. Don't you find it amazing that veterans are treated so shabbily? God help the returning veterans that have to endure this bunch of fools. VA Memphis should be closed and everyone re-routed to other facilities. They are the despot of health care.

My last week of posts were prescheduled to launch so you can imagine the time spent trying to obtain decent health care. It's a crying damn shame my life is at the edge of psychotic breakdown because I served in the military. This included 2 years in Vietnam. It sucked. It still sucks. And I have had enough!!

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Lion Awakes

Finally a movie about C.S. Lewis that gets it right.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Random Thursday - For Lily

Today's video is rather unique. It was written for the actress that is Snow White in the soon to be released movie Mirror, Mirror. It is performed and penned by her father. This tune was part of the feature animated Disney film, Tarzan. It's possibly my favorite Phil Collins offering. Fathers and Mothers everywhere give a listen:

"Come stop your crying
It will be all right
Just take my hand
Hold it tight

I will protect you
From all around you
I will be here
Don't you cry

For one so small,
You seem so strong
My arms will hold you
Keep you safe and warm
This bond between us
Can't be broken
I will be here
Don't you cry

'Cause you'll be in my heart
Yes, you'll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more

You'll be in my heart
No matter what they say
You'll be here in my heart, always

Why can't they understand
The way we feel?
They just don't trust
What they can't explain
I know we're different but,
Deep inside us
We're not that different at all

[Repeat Chorus]

Don't listen to them
'Cause what do they know?
We need each other
To have, to hold
They'll see in time
I know

When destiny calls you
You must be strong
I may not be with you
But you've got to hold on
They'll see in time
I know
We'll show them together

[Repeat Chorus]

Oh, you'll be in my heart (You'll be here in my heart)
No matter what they say (I'll be with you)
You'll be here in my heart,
I'll be there always

I'll be with you
I'll be there for you always
Always and always
Just look over your shoulder
Just look over your shoulder
Just look over your shoulder
I'll be there always"

~Phil Collins

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Rurik's Sword

Good news for Guild Wars fans. The long awaited Guild Wars 2 is near. Check out this offer on the official Guild Wars 2 site: Collector's Edition. This will be made available on April 10th and is a pre-order. Still, the official site is showing us pictures of game media and containers. Here's more info about the latest offering - GuildWars2PC. Fingers crossed.

"The only nice thing about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others."
Doug Larson

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

It's Spring!

Vernal equinox. The daylight equals the same amount of hours as the nightime. Flowers bloom, weather warms and you might hear the crack of a bat at the local baseball diamond. Enjoy the mild temperatures. Summer is just around the corner.

"A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King."

~Emily Dickinson

Monday, March 19, 2012

Music Monday - Phil and Company

Up tempo, makes you wanna boogie.

Soft, complex and so soulful.

“Music has the power to move a person between different realities: from a broken body into a soaring spirit, from a broken heart into the connection of shared love, from death into the memory and movement of life. Music has the power to touch the heart of a child with God."

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Beach House Update

I am a whiner. Health issues turn me into a complete nuisance and utter bore. After several weeks of misery and anxiety attacks it looks like life may be returning to its sub-normal state. One issue that has bothered me is eyesight. It's hard to be happy plagued with multiple problems, but there is light at the end of the tunnel presently and I can see it.

Thanks out to everyone for their prayers and well wishes. Thanks to all for their patience with me. My major goal is finishing several projects in the coming week. Diligence is in play. No matter the obstacles, 2012 has to be a better year. God help me with health and age issues. Voters please help me with stress issues by voting NObama out of office come November.

"I asked my doctors if I'd be able to play singles tennis and they said I could. That made me very happy since I haven't played in five years."
~Walter Cronkite

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

"I think it frets the saints in heaven to see
How many desolate creatures on the earth
Have learnt the simple dues of fellowship
And social comfort, in a hospital."

~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Random Thursday - Cowboys...Still Kewl

My Dad loved westerns. He could talk to you about Shakespeare and loved the Histories. The tragic and comedic were okay. But, he loved the factual. I remember he laughed at me because I liked Star Trek. Card board sets and all. The question from me was, "Dad, is the story really that different?"

"But each day brings its petty dust our soon-choked souls to fill, and we forget because we must, and not because we will."
~Matthew Arnold

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

It has been an interesting week. Health issues, life, the universe and everything have taken a small toll. Things are better and I hope to resume my standard anything but normal approach. Bear with me folks, I haven't given up hope. In the meantime, stay casual. Oh yes, please vote today. NObama must go in November.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Looked at Your Desktop Lately?

Owning a computer has many benefits. It helps you organize. It informs you. It creates structure that helps accomplish goals. It remembers things. This list can continue extensively. Healthy computers do a better job. Got your attention? Okay, huge secret about to be revealed -> Healthy computing is mandatory. Yes mandatory. Nothing about this is optional.

You are using your computer to help organize vital work. Don't do it sloppily. Put things in order. A cluttered desktop is chaotic and somewhat disturbing. Well, to me, anyway. Don't put executable (.exe) files on your desktop. Instead make a shortcut to the file and let it do its job from the "home" file.

Don't save to the desktop. Let me repeat. Don't save to the desktop. Create a download file or shortcut to the resident Windows download file and save downloaded stuff there. If working on a project create a work folder and then put a shortcut on the desktop, NOT the folder.

Using massive amounts of documents? Save them in your documents folder. I will include a documents folder inside a project sometimes. A name like 'Mike's PDF' helps me remember where info is stored. This not only unclutters a desktop, but prevents accidental deletions.

Try the Quick Launch taskbar for standard functions used often like web browsers, VOIP, web cams, etc. The included screen shot is my Qosmio laptop. This machine is a constant companion and must stay organized. Many times network problems need quick resolution. Can't afford time to sit and wonder, "Where did I put that voodoo network thangy I downloaded?" I know where it is located.

Even though multitasking is entirely possible I try to keep the amount of Windows opened at one time to a minimum. If you want to check email often use a gadget that tells you when you have mail. Don't leave the Window open. It's eating resources. Memory is tasked and this slows down a machine in a huge way. So get in the habit of opening and closing items as you need them. Trust me, this will make you and your computer happy.

Desktops have been touched briefly here today. It's your machine. If you choose to live in a chaotic world so be it. Just remember that with the advent of Vista and Windows 7 computer problems have been easier to control and not that prevalent anymore. Yes, I know there are times when you want to pull your hair out and blame the machine or Windows. Calm down, look at your desktop chaos storm and remember you are in charge. The machine has no AI capability...yet. Oh yes, please restart your machine at least once a day. More on that later.

This is so brief and barely skims the surface. If anyone has input please click on the word comments below and let us know. This is what works for me and many people I know. You may have another way or a better way to organize a desktop. Inquiring minds n all that!

"Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions. But no man has a right to be wrong in his facts."

Monday, March 05, 2012

Music Monday - Billy Shears

Selfish post today. Take a moment and listen to part of an album that changed music. This is awesome on sooooo many levels!!

"It was twenty years ago today,
Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play
They've been going in and out of style
But they're guaranteed to raise a smile.
So may I introduce to you
The act you've known for all these years,
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
We're Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,
We hope you will enjoy the show,
We're Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,
Sit back and let the evening go.
Sgt. Pepper's lonely, Sgt. Pepper's lonely,
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
It's wonderful to be here,
It's certainly a thrill.
You're such a lovely audience,
We'd like to take you home with us,
We'd love to take you home.
I don't really want to stop the show,
But I thought that you might like to know,
That the singer's going to sing a song,
And he wants you all to sing along.
So let me introduce to you
The one and only Billy Shears
And Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

~The Beatles

Friday, March 02, 2012

GW2 Chatter

Since this was made available for embedding, you'll be able to watch it unless the owner wants it taken down. This is very well done and, believe me, I have spent some time reviewing Guild Wars 2 related YouTube videos. No doubt there will be a Mesmer character at the beach house. One will be created immediately after my Necromancer. It is a bit lengthy, but so much info!!! Really kewl work. Awesome stuff all the way to the end. Check it out:

Will give more info and subscription data after I obtain a real permission (and if one is secured). Okay, I am excited and think it will go retail soon.

"Quality is not expensive, it's priceless."
~Billy Wobblynife

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Random Thursday - Shekinah

Last month the Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis stepped out of the norm and featured a Christian Rock group. This is the first song of the set titled 'Til Then. Shall we play a game? My brother Dan is in this video. Can you find him? Comments can be made by clicking on the word comments just below this post.

"The Christian is not one who has gone all the way with Christ. None of us has. The Christian is one who has found the right road."
~Charles L. Allen