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I almost forgot!
Along with the media center, Aaron picked up this super cool new remote.
It. Is. Amazing. It uses a usb dongle, so I can have the media player behind things and the remote still just works. 💕

The front is a standard remote.

The back is a keyboard!

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What motivated me to blog today was a little dream I had last night, in which I was on Twitter and I saw someone tweet something like, "better watch on what conspiracy truthers say." I wasn't sure if that was meant as an honest concern for all or just a comment that was a willfully ignorant and arrogant. I forgot what I tweeted on my account, lol.

Then I woke up from the dream and thought to myself, yeah, I think I'll update my blog(s) today.

YouTube, Facebook, and CNN have definitely been becoming more Orwellian recently. (Twitter too, although I have not seen much banning and censoring and all that as much as with the other three. So I still check over there frequently, and retweet and like what the accounts I follow share in between my own tweets.)

Corporate Big Brother: "What's that? There are thoughts and points of view online that conflict with the ideologies and agendas we promote? Not to worry! We'll censor that, or remove those thought criminals from our online communities. Hell, we'll even blackmail some of them if they so much dare to mock us, or as we usually say, put members of the press in danger by inciting violence in their jokes."

Seriously, Center for Nutty News. xD However, by all means - continue to crumble and lose credibility. You've been acting like a bunch of cry-bullies and douchebags. You're self-destructing because of that!

YouTube has been removing and banning some truth-seekers and truth-speakers. One of them had his account banned from too! BarrySoetoro was the channel name on YouTube. I think it was called BarryTV over at VidMe. Barry pointed out some smoking guns the Lamestream Media's fear mongering false flags and frauds. He's helped open my mind some by pointing out some major smoking gun inconsistencies C.B.B. prefers to cover up as they scam to keeping people fearing and fighting/bickering among themselves.

As for Facebook, well, there's a multitude of reasons why I rarely post anything on it. It's already begun in its bogus censorship. FB's banning anyone who asks questions or brings up points The C.B.B.'s don't want people in the larger majority to think about, in which they can't prove wrong. Mark Zuckerberg is a figurehead in a gigantic CIA created social experiment. I think those are two main reasons why I don't go on FB much.

I haven't updated my main YouTube channel in months. I might consider redoing my video version of my podcast that I titled, About Statist Euphemisms. I really should get that up before doing any other videos. (When the heck am I going to do the next part of Problems in School Systems? I don't know. :/)

I thought I had more to add, but I can't remember what else was on my mind earlier this morning. ... *shrug* Ah well. Maybe it'll come back to me later.
christina_maria: (naked moments)
I wish I had snapped the before shot.. but this change up was more of a whim, and so it didn't occur to me until I was finished.

Just picture the closet with two deep shelves near the very top, and a big empty space/cleaning tool clutter piled up in the open lower space.

Now there are five narrow shelves that go down the wall, and it works so much better.
I found cleaning supplies buried in there that I hadn't recalled having, let alone buying. They'd been buried in a cluttered mess so long. 😂

Much better. 💕

christina_maria: (Sofa Girl)
Been more in a micro posting mode, since I’ve been flitting around and not sitting still for too long lately.

Things sorta have lapsed in the whole posting of long entries area for a bit.

Life is just chugging along as usual. The weather has been really lovely lately so we’ve been having BBQed burgers more often. So that’s been awesome.
My strawberry plants on the patio are getting berries a little at a time, so that is pretty fantastic too. Some decent sized ones, too.

Moved my little wading pool into the center of the raised bed area, where the ground is a bit more level. Of course right after that we had cooler and windier days, so I haven’t needed to sit in it again yet.

Oh, There was one of those huge propane tanks you can rent sitting at the side of our house, and the other day we finally had it carted off. They showed up a day late, but it’s gone now. Originally they were to be over on Tuesday, but were a no show. They had called, but left no message it seems. You’d think they would have said ‘hey, we’ll be here the following day’ or something.

The tank was here when we moved in, and we sort of inherited the payments for it. Initially we were going to see if someone could repair the insert fireplace it hooks to, as the fireplace was doa when we moved in. Not one company ever got back to us about repairs (I lie, a year later we got a call asking if it ‘still needed repaired’… ), and so we’ve finally just said screw it.

We are going to (one day) just pull it out and put in an electric one in its place. The space looks a lot bigger now, with out the huge tank there. Super happy we don’t have that yearly payment anymore.

Oh, I had a disappointed moment the other day. I had another pile of donations, so I got it all set up to be picked up on the 5th. They called to verify and say to have it out by 8am, and they’d be by between 8am-6pm…. well… they were a no show.

At ten minutes to 6pm I called the number … which gave me voice mail. I left a message with my name, number and the home address they were supposed to pick up at. And then I emailed the two contacts I have in my address book for the donation place.

Not a word back … until yesterday. And that was just one message, from the head office, asking for my phone # (which I sent, again). A few hours after that another email came in saying they’d forward the info to the Victoria branch?? Why the frack didn’t the first eMail just give me the Victoria branch contact info?

Any how, long story short, I’m still waiting to hear from.. anyone.
I’ll wait til the middle of next week, and then I’m calling the Big Brothers/Big Sisters donation pick up place.

Oh, and on Thursday.. I think it was Thursday, this week has been a blur… anyway, on Thursday while I was listening to an audiobook my phone swelled up, and separated the casing down the whole left side. Dang it.

Some searching in forums says it may have been caused by using a case on the phone while wirelessly charging with the fast charge function . Things heat up and can’t dissipate as well because of the case.

We went to Rogers, and at first we’re going to get S7s again, but the sales guy sold me on the S8. It has a better camera for darker situations, the bigger screen was a selling point too. And it is so much faster than the S7. And the wireless fast charger has cooling fans built in so that’s a bonus.

Unfortunately, the computers were down company wide, and so we drove all the way there just to find out they can’t sell anything until the computers are back up. Ack!
He offered $50 off if we would return when the systems were back up, and so we ask him to set aside the phones for us. Then we left our contact info, and went to pick up Noodle Box and head home again.

When we are about half way home we get the call 😜😆 The systems were back up. So Aaron turns around and we head back. At this point he’s talked himself into getting one as well. (Which in the end turned out to be a great idea, as he hadn’t noticed, because his phone case was more aggressive, but his phone was doing the same as mine).

We got there and picked up two S8s (plus $100 off), two cases and a wireless fast charger charger (30% off). Their systems are sloooooow, so we were there for quite a while, but finally did get to walk away with new phones.

I spent a little while getting things set back up (thank goodness for Samsung cloud, made getting apps and such back so easy.)

Yesterday was a windy, but laid back, day. I did a bunch of yard work and listened to audiobooks mainly. “The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron” 🤣

While I was doing outside stuff Aaron posted the old phones on a local classified page (free, needs repaired). They were picked up shortly after. So that was awesome.

Once I was done with outdoor stuff I did my treadmill time (I try to get at least 18k in a day lately).

A newer, faster, Kodi media player Aaron had ordered arrived in the mail while I was doing things, and he gave it to me when I came inside.
I hooked it up in the bedroom.

Now that we know it works like a dream we’ll get another to replace the older livingroom one too. The older units don’t like playing some of the newer files, and so the update was long due. Nothing like having tv or film files that won’t play. Anyhow, I got that all set up with our home media server, and then turned on the Monkees series (woohooo!).

After that was done I bopped along like a dork and started adding fairy lights to my wicker teardrop chair.

Speaking of fairy lights… Aaron had clicked the buttons on them the four or five days ago .. and I kept meaning to fix it because it made the one lit strand do chasing instead of steady lights.

Last night I finally went out to fix that. I was like ‘what the hell’ and clicked the power buttons on the un lit strands …. and they lit up. 😀 I’m not sure what is going on.

All I can think is maybe the two strands that were not lighting could never fully charge initially, and when he switched them off they had a chance to. I am thrilled.

no_apologies: (Smile! Big Brother is watching!)
It's been a while... For some months, I could not get on Dreamwidth because each time I tried to change my password it wouldn't work. It wasn't until I tried to change my password with a different browser that's been on my laptop.

It's a good thing I'm back on this old blog of mine. I have a few backups on a few other sites, but I like customization and I've missed posting on this one.

A lot has happened, so I'll summarize!

-I've had to close down the building my family paid rent toward my bookstore. The lean on tax from the IRS thugs they put on for not paying income extortion in some years had changed things. Why? Because the income extortion law isn't a law that's been written down and published. (I suggest you look up the documentary on YouTube that's titled America; From Freedom to Fascism, if you don't already know this. You'll see for yourself on how the IRS responds to anyone who questions them this law.) If I'm going to continue my book, game, movie, etc. business, then it's going to have to be moved to online only. I have not gone back to organizing my inventory in a while, so I will need to get back to doing that sometime soon. (FYI, it is a fact that taxation is a euphemism for legitimized extortion throughout the Divided Statists of Amerika, AKA U.S. Inc. Why else would the definitions of taxation and extortion would be similar to each other? Go see for yourself. Be sure to observe this in an actual dictionary book, so you would be able to compare that with the online definitions.)

-I've been progressing in getting the items that I need to apply for a part-time job. It's been taking a little longer than necessary because I was never given a social security card upon birth. Most would think that having a birth certificate would be enough to help prove my identity to the local bureaucrats. Nope! That's not how it goes here with Maryland gooberment! There's a catch 22 in this not one-size-fits-all system; you can't have a social security card without having a current up to date photo ID. You can't have an up to date photo ID without having either a social security card, or certain documents you get from being either a government worker, having served in the military, are an immigrant, or having a form from working for someone else.

I have none of those things. The last time I called up the Social Security Administration number was sometime back in May. The guy I talked to who was much more patient than the lady who didn't give me much time to reply after just waiting on the phone for about over an hour. After we went over everything I don't have and not involved in (not employed, not in college, etc.), his only suggestion for me to do was to get a note from my family's doctor, and then adding that to my portfolio of documents before going to the local Social Security office building in person. With additional help with one of my parents that wouldn't hesitate to do so, that should be enough to get myself out of this annoying catch-22.

If not, then I'll have to go to take further action in court. I'd like to avoid having to do that, so we'll see how this goes.

I had a physical check-up appointment with my doctor earlier this week, and it went well. I have the note I needed from him, and it's with everything else I'll present to someone who works at the local Social Security Administration building. I'll be bringing a pen and notebook with me too, just in case I am blocked off once more from being able to apply for a job - to write down a name or more of those who might not be willing to accept everything I have. As far as I know, there's no more available hoops in which I can jump through.

-I'm back to making music. Most of my writing is on hold, for I've missed making instrumentals. I started a new game music remix project about a week ago, and I hope to get more material recorded for this weekend. =D

-I've still been busy at times educating myself on some days, reading a bit from the large mountain of books I have to help me research on all the BS that exists in U.S. Inc. Watching insightful documentaries, and looking at material that helps keep my mind sharp on the voluntaryist (AKA anarcho-capitalist/free market libertarian) philosophy I agree with.

-I've been communicating back and forth to friends a lot, some of them who are critical freethinkers. I found out one of them lives fairly close to me, in the same county here in MD. I'll tell a little more about him for another entry.

-Of course, my mom and I still go see friends of ours and play board games on Friday evenings! That's always fun. Sometime I will make an entry about some of the latest games we have, including a single-player boardgame I enjoy. =D

That's pretty much about it. I'll be putting up another entry soon, for I've been feeling motivated to blog today.