Archives for December 2014

Christmas Merriment, Hope, Joy, & Musings For All – Happy Holidays!

I just had the pleasure of enjoying a heart-felt article written by Alister Kennedy of 42 Level One and Star Wars RebelsCast UK.  It is so authentic and moving that I felt I really needed to open up more myself as we celebrate the holidays.  I hope I get a chance to share Ali’s words but, for now, I hope I can at least find the courage to share what my heart and soul feels I should.

For starters, this year has been the hardest year for me and my family, though I try to shelter them from my pain and struggles as much as possible.  It all started with when two folks, Patty Vollherbst and Lauri Flaquer, stole all the credit for the hard work I put into a web site I was developing.  I was willing to do tons of work for free and on the cheap (and I did end up unpaid for most of the work)..  But apparently the fact that I asked for money for the tons of work I put in didn’t make me a team player.  I think it’s fair to ask for less than a fourth of what would have otherwise been a $15,000 job just for starters by other standards (I know because I check what the competition charges).

If you want to know just how much I hate thieves and stealing of credit for work, read my content/creative work theft article on Y3B.  I am a very forgiving and understanding guy, more than most, but theft is something that really makes me a sad panda, whether you steal someone’s work or you refuse to pay for it.

Usually, I don’t like to call people out but I need to release this burden and, since addressing it calmly with the offending parties did not work, I will share with ears that will listen and hearts that care.  This event set off a chain reaction.  Rumors were spread that I was over-charging or trying to milk customers.  Of course, these rumors did not include the fact that our Project Manager was MIA for over two weeks and the lines of communication / chain of command were vastly unclear.  I lost other clients in the process because, you know, negativity is more pervasive than anything good.

Then there were deaths in the family, betrayals by loved ones, fighting off sickness, endless car problems, and much, much more.  It all seemed to come together in spikes.  Just when we started to see the light at the end of the tunnel, things went pitch black all over again.  Needless to say, it’s been rough.  Losing Robin Williams didn’t help either.  Sure, I didn’t know him but it felt like the end of a great era, perhaps a portent of things to come.  I’m not saying suicide is the right choice but I can relate.  Depression really does hurt.

In spite of all that darkness, I still feel a glimmer of hope and joy.  It’s hard not to during this time.  I look back, even at recent years, and recall better days…  I know better days will return, too.

So here I am contemplating, musing even, and remembering the merriment and goodness of this holiday season.  I hope you’ll allow me to share these emotions and unadulterated thoughts with you today…

 

What Christmas Means To Me

Christmas has always been a special time to me.  It’s not because I can expect some neat gifts and maybe extra spending money, though that is nice, but rather the love and spirit that the season usually brings.  This is a time of reflection, family, compassion, and countless memories.

As a parent, I get to enjoy the merriment and laughter of young ones running about and opening presents frantically.  Truth be told, this year won’t be big for gifts at all and we’ll be happy to at least enjoy one big meal.  The key is that we’re together as a family.  Hopefully, we can put our worries aside and enjoy some board games, reminiscing, and much needed laughs.

Christmas 2009 at Casa Yogi

Christmas 2009 at Casa Yogi

Friends and family.  That’s what Christmas means to me.  When I say “friends”, I mean the few that actually give a damn and stick around.   Those are the rare treasures that the holidays bring us.

As a Christian, I do believe we should bring back Christ into the holiday but I do not force that upon others.  As long as we all exercise a spirit of giving, compassion, and gratitude, we can all get along.  With the weather getting colder and the days getting darker, it’s easy to fall into depression and angst.  This is when we need hope and love more than ever.

Christmas now also marks the one-year anniversary of HorsePLAY! LIVE and the Geeky Antics network (well, almost).

 

HorsePLAY! EP53 – Christmas 2014 Special PART 1

After some crazy tech issues with HorsePLAY! LIVE Episode 52, we decided to keep the one-year anniversary celebrations going.  With Christmas right around the corner as well, we were feeling particularly nostalgic.  Most of the memories took us to happy places but there were some anger-inducing memories too.  We try to keep the salt to a minimum as we share Christmas memories, favorite HorsePLAY! moments, and rants.

We play quite a few voicemail messages and enjoy many laughs with our live chat.  One of my favorites was the drunken karaoke game review with DekardC.  Of course, to kick off the episode, we have a hilarious (and pretty catchy) dubstep Christmas intro theme.

Please leave us some well wishes via voicemail – (206) 415-4987 – we love you!

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[NSFW] Food Porn: French Toast Roast – Oi Oi, It’s So Moist!

WARNING:  If you are offended by strong language or sexual inuendo, do not read ahead..  And sorry.

Do you love french toast?  Maybe you love breakfast food?  This is the recipe for you guys!

I stumbled across this thanks to a random, unrelated Imgur share from our pal, DekardC.  Credit goes out to IvanTheTerrible for sharing this and making us drool a bit.  I must say that we LOVE having breakfast foods at any time of the day in our household so this one gets me extra excited!

The French Toast Roast is a carb fanatics wet dream come true.  We haven’t tried this out at home (yet) but just looking at this really does it for me.  Let’s look at what you need to get this lovely treat going!

French Toast Roast Ingredients Spread

French Toast Roast Ingredients SPREAD…  NVM, that pun is too easy!

The idea is that you want to create a glaze concoction to fry the bread in (without the crust).  Meanwhile, there is a cream mixture using bananas, vanilla extract, cinnamon, sugar, and eggs.  This actually gets injected into the naked, delicious bread.  The recipe’s creator recommend a Brioche, which sounds like the name of a fancy escort.  I’m sure you can use any ‘ol French or even *GASP* Italian bread.

French Toast Roast with a cream center!

Oh yeah baby, fill me up with your delicious cream!!

This is where it gets exciting.  Rather than bathing the the bread in the usual egg-and-sweets soak, you fry it in butter after dusting the bread in sugar.  Look at this beautiful golden tan!

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Flash Fiction: Arts, Crafts, And Curiosities

“Wow, Tamara, you’ve really invested a lot into your business and it shows! The new logo and print materials look fantastic.. And the new chairs and marble counters are really snazzy! You even got a new telephone system installed, I see.”, Greg said enthusiastically as he explored the new store front for his friend’s budding startup.

Tamara responded, “Thank you! I believe that, in business, you have to spend money to make money. That’s the epitome of professionalism.”

One of the shiny new VOIP telephone units started to ring. It lit up and produced a lovely sound reminiscent of an Eric Satie melody.

“Hold on Greg, let me get this,” Tamara picked up the phone and put on her best smile, “Tamara’s Crafts & Curiosities, what can I create for you today?”

Tamara’s facial expression changed from enthusiastic to borderline vomit-yielding grimmace.

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