Friday, March 23, 2018

Game collecting in 2018 (so far) *CONTINUOUSLY UPDATED*

So far, 2018 has been a surprisingly good year for collecting new and old games. And it's not even a quarter over yet. Hell, just the last 3 days have provided a bountiful harvest. :)

Anyway, I'll let the pictures I snapped tell the tale of this awesomeness that is my collecting hobby.

4 Jan 2018 - Just a few fairly cheap pickups from the local GameStop...


4 Mar 2018 - More pickups from GameStop and an HDMI cable for the original XBOX that I got from Amazon.
It works great. HIGHLY recommended for that platform.

17 Mar 2018 - A few strange and random items that I got from a warehouse raid.
Now to find R.O.B. and all of his other accessories...

20 Mar 2018 - DOOM came from Amazon. The 360 games were given to me by a friend who no longer wanted them.


Picture #1 of the bounty from raiding that same warehouse again on 22 Mar 2018. A friend of mine is helping to clear it out for an estate sale.
She always calls me whenever she finds old games and Rock records.
This pic (and the next) were taken in my garage.

And finally, the best acquisition so far this year with regard to retro stuff... And a lot of random old Atari & Nintendo items...

FINALLY!!! I have a CVIS console to play all those old carts for the system that I have acquired over the years in boxes of old Atari cartridges!!!

I look forward to cleaning up all of that stuff I got yesterday (March 22nd) and making it all an official part of my massive collection. :)

- Publius

ADDENDUM 1 Apr 2018

I have gone through most of the stuff from that warehouse raid on March 22nd. The Super NES, Genesis and 4 of the 9 Atari 2600 cartridges don't work right, if at all. Everything else works fine so far. I still haven't tested that Atari 2600 console and the controllers that came with it yet. I tested the carts on the Atari 7800 that I keep set up to the CRT in my game room.

The NES was the test subject in my first experiment with Retrobright. It was a raging success. There have been (and will continue to be) further experiments in Retrobright techniques with other consoles.

It was nice to have another Mad Science experiment to conduct. I haven't had one in a long while.

I've also stopped by Toys'R'Us after getting my oil changed yesterday, 31 Mar 2018. Their entire video game section was cleared out. It was redistributed to other stores by Corporate, thinking they'd sell better at other locations. So much for getting a few cheap Switch, WiiU or 3DS games...

However, they did still have a few of these Plug'N'Play toys. And even at their reduced clearance sale prices, Amazon was STILL cheaper. And that kids, despite whatever management tried to do, is why Toys'R'Us is going away. My inner child mourns the loss.

RIP Toys'R'Us... *sniff*

Right in the Feels... :(


ADDENDUM 10 Apr 2018

I had yet another raid of that warehouse on April 2nd, and had yet another bountiful harvest. There wasn't as much hardware this time, though. Here's the pictures...

The Genesis worked, but the Game Gear doesn't...yet...


All the Nintendo controllers worked. The PS2 controllers don't yet.
They probably need to be disassembled and cleaned on the inside.


Here's the list of what we got in that raid on April 2nd...

NINTENDO

Curious George (GameCube)
GameCube Controller
Mario Bros. (NES, doesn't work)
NES Controller
NES MAX Controller
NES RF Switch
N64 Controller
3 SNES Controllers
Super Mario Galaxy (Wii, loose disc)
Super Scope 6 w/o IR receiver or targeting reticule.

PC

Bioshock
Half-Life 2
The Orange Box

SEGA

Game Gear (Doesn't work)
Genesis Model 1
GP Rider (GameGear)

SONY

1 PS1/2 controller extension cable w/ IR receiver
2 PS1 Memory cards
2 PS2 Controllers (Don't work)

XBOX

(NOTE: ALL are loose discs.)

Aggressive Inline
AirForce Delta Storm
Blood Wake
Dead or Alive 3
Spider-Man: The Movie
Superman: The Man of Steel

XBOX 360

Fight Night Round 4
Madden 11 (Loose)

OTHER

1 DELL USB Ball Mouse (Untested)
Jakk's Pacific TV Games: Pac-Man (Plug'N'Play)
Unopened Digital Micro SD shell/USB thumb drive
Unopened set of high-quality RCA Composite cables

Also, I did another Retrobright experiment on a Super NES of mine over the Easter holiday. This time, I tried the liquid submersion method. Here are the mixed results...

BEFORE RETROBRIGHT...







AFTER RETROBRIGHT...




As we can see in the picture above, the top piece came out looking brand new and the bottom needed a little more work. I applied the cream and saran wrap method from the first experiment to get that bottom piece looking good again. Now, I just need to spend a few minutes re-assembling that SNES console since it actually works... And putting new rubber feet on the bottom ... And cleaning the melted rubber off the case with some Rubbing Alcohol, Mineral Spirits, M.E.K. or something...

Also, I did finally get around to testing that SEARS Tele-Games version of the Atari 2600 Light Sixer that I got from the previous warehouse raid. It doesn't work. However, I can use it for parts. I have another Light Sixer that does work, but needs new switches. Assuming that SEARS didn't change the hardware design in some way, the switches from the dead unit should work. (Editor's Note: I did fix that Light Sixer that needed new switches with the busted SEARS unit. You can read about that here.)

ADDENDUM 12 May 2018

Saw a Craigslist ad for a local coin & collectibles shop looking to liquidate their video game and home video stock. EVERYTHING was 50% off. Went there today and picked up a few nice things...

Not bad for $52.13, including tax...

Hardware & Accessories


SEGA Saturn Mk I controllers (2)
Carrying case for Nintendo DS consoles

Software

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (PS2)
Crash Nitro Kart (PS2, Loose disc.)
Lock'N'Chase (INTV)
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA, Loose cartridge and manual.)
Namco Museum (XBOX)
Unreal Tournament (PS2)
Video Olympics (Atari 2600)
Wipeout Fusion (PS2)

ADDENDUM 24 May 2018

Recently updated my Raspberry Pi emulation console for the first time in 2 years. It now runs RetroPie v4.4 and has 576 games (so far) for various 8, 16, 32 & 64-Bit platforms. Those systems include...

ATARI
  • Atari 2600
  • Atari 5200
  • Atari 7800
  • Atari Lynx
NINTENDO
  • Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Nintendo 64
  • Nintendo Game Boy
  • Nintendo Game Boy Color
  • Nintendo Game Boy Advance
SEGA
  • SEGA Game Gear
  • SEGA Genesis
  • SEGA Genesis 32X
  • SEGA CD
OTHER
  • PC Engine (aka TurboGrafx-16)
  • Sony PlayStation
  • Vectrex (The real thing is likely to be MUCH better.)

I've also put it in a new case that looks like the 'Toaster model' of the NES console, released in North America circa 1985. There are 2 pics below. Even the power and reset buttons are functional. :)

Still need to figure out how to install some of the still unstable emulators so I can run games from the SEGA Dreamcast, Nintendo GameCube and Atari Jaguar. Especially Jaguar... And figure out how to install the fairly stable emulators for the Atari 8-Bit and ST computers.

Anyway, here's 2 pics of the Raspberry Pi emulation console in its new NESPi case...

This thing literally fits in the palm of my hand...


Open the 'cartridge door' and you find more USB ports and an Ethernet jack.
4-player games and networking should not be a problem for this device.

ADDENDUM 20 Jun 2018

Found out the same company that made the HDMI cable for the original XBOX also made one for the SEGA Dreamcast. I ordered one from Amazon immediately and it works as advertised. It will let you play your Dreamcast on a modern HDTV with HDMI inputs. However, it won't do anything to upscale the graphics. It just gives you the option of running the console on a modern TV instead of an old CRT monitor. Since I don't have any room in the entertainment center for the HDTV in my game room (and the lack of any graphics up-scaling), I will leave my Dreamcast set up on the CRT monitor right now.

Also, I finally got around to ordering some of those tin signs based on old arcade game marquees that I found on Amazon ages ago. They are not even close to being the same size as the actual marquees, but that's not what they are meant to do. At a size of 3 7/8" x 10 1/2", they are strictly for decoration. I'm still not sure where to put them on my walls in the game room, but I will figure something out. Here's a pic of the items in question...


The decor in the game room definitely needs a few upgrades. These tin signs should help.

ADDENDUM 29 Jun 2018

Recently got another Atari T-Shirt from Wal-Mart while doing some nighttime shopping for groceries. Here's a photo of the aforementioned shirt...

It looks better in person...

Also took advantage of the Steam summer sale (which is going on through July 5th) and picked up about $47 worth of new games. Those games include the following:



ADDENDUM 6 Jul 2018

Bought 2 new art pieces for the Game Room & a Baseball cap with the NES controller on the front from Target yesterday. I went there to see if they might have a NES Classic Edition since they were re-released on June 29th. Of course, they didn't have any left and had no idea when more would be coming in stock. Amazon doesn't have them either. No surprises there... :/ Good thing that I already have 22 (maybe 23) of the 30 games that Nintendo put on that small device... And an emulator console made out of a Raspberry Pi that's in a small case that looks just like the NES... Muhuhahahahaha...

Anyway, here's the pic of the stuff I got yesterday...


As if the game room didn't already have enough Mario posters...


Still not at all sure where these new art assets are going to be placed. However, I did put up those arcade signs that I got last month, along with various others that I already had. Also framed a few more pictures and posters for the walls too. I don't know when I'm going to do another Game Room tour, but that tour will be pretty sweet. The room will have a LOT more features in it than it did with the last tour video that was released on 5 January 2017.

Also, I decided to spend the cash that I had on the Nintendo eShop today by getting some digital games I've been meaning to get... And two that were free downloads...
ADDENDUM 20 Jul 2018

Recently added Tempest 4000 to the Steam collection, now that Atari has FINALLY released it on that platform. Haven't played it yet, but it seems to be using the same soundtrack as Tempest 2000 on the Atari Jaguar. If you've never heard that soundtrack, I strongly suggest you check it out. It is some of the best Electronica/Techno/Game Music that you will ever hear.

Also, I have added a few components to my desktop, enabling me to play some of the best PC games that Steam has to offer. Here's a picture of the items in question, along with a very special book that will aid me in one of my future mad science projects...

Muhuhahahahahahaha...

Anyway, I think that new video card & power supply were money well spent. The DVI-to-VGA adapter I ordered from Amazon turned out to be the wrong one. I need DVI-D for the video card and that thing is DVI-I. Fortunately, the local Best Buy had a HDMI-to-VGA adapter that solved my issue here. Now I can continue to use both of the screens I have been using on my PC here for the last 2 years. Also, if you don't have multiple screens for your desktop, I strongly advise you to get more. It's nice having multiple windows/programs/browsers open without them overlapping each other. Also, get yourself a free program called GoScreen. It will allow you to have 4 different desktops on your PC screen. It's quite helpful when you want to move stuff out of the way and DON'T want your taskbar to be really cluttered. 

ADDENDUM 31 Jul 2018

Upgraded my copy of Sonic Mania on my Nintendo Switch to Sonic Mania Plus. Also bought Arcade Archives: Punch-Out! and Enter the Gungeon.


ADDENDUM 23 Sep 2018

I've been VERY busy as of late with school, getting a new car, et al. So, that's why I'm mentioning this about a month after the fact. On August 16th, I discovered that the NES Classic and SNES Classic were both going on sale exclusively for Prime members a few days later. As you would expect, I pre-ordered them that very moment. This was the very first time that I've ever pre-ordered anything from Amazon, despite having an account there since 2006. They arrived about a week later.

Kind of annoyed that the box for the NES Classic got beat up in shipping, but it's not a big deal.
I bought these two plug'n'plat consoles to actually play them. Not just display them on a shelf...

I took a few shots of the two mini consoles in my hands as well, just to show how small they are... First, here's the NES Classic with my NESPi+ emulation console with a Raspberry Pi inside. The NESPi was actually smaller. I was expecting them to be the same size.

Both of these devices are really tiny...

And here's the SNES Classic in my hand...


One of the VERY few instances where you can say that good things come in a small package and it will actually be true... ;)

I've also pre-ordered something very special from Best Buy that was going to be shipped and/or delivered on September 25th, but it got pushed back to October 16th. Oh well... :/

However, it will be a rather spectacular addition to my collection when it does arrive and I've put it together. What kind of game-related purchase will I have to assemble myself? The parts to a new gaming PC? No.... A piece of furniture? Well... Kinda. Actually, no. Not really a piece of furniture. However, it does involve a cabinet of sorts... *evil grin and mad scientist laughter*...

I'm not going to say what this purchase is or give anymore hints. All I am going to say is that it fills a gap that my game room has had since its inception in 2015 and at a fairly low price. Stay Tuned.

ADDENDUM 22 Oct 2018

On 16 Oct 2018, my game room reached a new milestone. After years of trying to acquire one, I finally have an arcade cabinet.

I pre-ordered an Aracde1up cabinet from Best Buy over a month ago. It's the 12-in-1 Atari cabinet. It has at least 7 of my favorite Atari arcade games and a few others that I don't have any strong feelings about whatsoever.

Here's the game list:

Adventures of Major Havoc
Asteroids
Asteroids Deluxe
Centipede
Crystal Castles
Gravitar
Liberator
Lunar Lander
Millipede
Missile Command
Quantum
Tempest

Here's a pic...

It's actually a little larger than it looks...

I'm going to write a detailed review of this cabinet in another blog post sometime in the future. So far, I like the cabinet overall and have very few complaints. The games are the original ROMs from the original Arcade cabinets so, there's no issue there. The controls seem to work fine for the games that I've played so far, but I will need to get used to using buttons for the Asteroids games. I'm used to playing them on computers, consoles and portables with joysticks and D-pads. For about $400, I'd say this 12-in-1 cabinet is a damned good deal. Buying all 12 of these games in fully restored vintage cabinets would probably cost as much as a new car these days. And I mean a GOOD car, not some sub-compact piece of junk that won't last longer than its factory warranty. Either way, my game room now feels complete. I have been trying to get an arcade cabinet for that room for years and I've finally succeeded!

We still have more than 2 months left of this year. There's no telling what else I might get between now and January 1st. We have Christmas and Steam winter sales coming soon. I think I'll go light on both of them this year, spending no more than $200 at most. And I expect most of that to be on Nintendo Switch titles.

Monday, March 12, 2018

6 Random Thoughts for 12 Mar 2018

1.) It has come to my attention that there is someone calling themselves 'Publius' on Yahoo. This schmuck is spouting a bunch of gun control non-sense and then blocking anyone that proves him wrong. Rest assured that is definitely NOT me. I love firearms and would never act like such a miserable little cuck on Social Media. Also, I don't use Yahoo. DuckDuckGo has search results that are at least as good as Yahoo and sometimes better than Google. Also, that site does NOT track you or keep any metadata on your searches. And that is why DuckDuckGo is my search engine of choice for most things.

2.) A while back, Photobucket decided to be assholes and insist that people pay them $399/year to do the 3rd party HTML image hosting. The internet has done image hosting through them for free for years now. It is their right to be that kind of asshole, if they want. It is also my right to switch to another site, which I did. So, I now have yet another account with yet another site. And I quit using that when I found a way to host the images for my HMTL lists of my media collections locally on my HDD's. Yay.

There's also supposed to be a way to do that from Blogger too but, I'm not comfortable with that idea.

Anyway, you can see a bunch of new options for FREE image hosting sites here.

3.) I've decided to buy a new (or new to me) car within the next year or two. It will take that long for me to save up the cash I'll need. However, the market will respond to my needs and wants when the time is right. It always does. Thankfully, I have a few connections in that area.

4.) Tim Pool put out a video showing how a bunch of SJW shitbags took over some small college in the Pacific Northwest. There's no way any of those uppity little assholes could get away with that at a school here in New Orleans. They'd all be expelled on the spot, as it should be... There'd also probably be charges pressed against them, depending on just how bad their behavior was...

5.) I was planning on writing a letter to my Congressional representation about social media censorship. Looks like that may not be necessary since Senator Cruz (R-TX) is already bringing these assholes before a Congressional panel. Glad to see that our government at least still remembers how important it is to protect Free Speech. I'm also happy to see that Senator Cruz brought up Prager University's lawsuit against Google over censorship. I hope Dennis Prager wins a multi-million dollar settlement against Google and actually collects.

6.) All that being said, I am still likely to write that letter. Zuckerberg needs to feel the horror of Uncle Sam's big, throbbing rapestick in his asshole... And then be forced to suck it clean like the dirty little whore he is...

That's all for now.

- Publius

Saturday, March 10, 2018

How to Know Your True Friends - Prof. Jordan Peterson




Good advice (as always) from Dr. Peterson. He is quite right about not associating with people who are always miserable. That's why I ditched at least half the friends I've had in the last 10 years. They either refused to change and grow as people or were just rotten. And yes, that does include all those lost souls I met in the Army and decided to disavow. BPC, SC, BKD, TAB, ANP and many, many others. What a shame. I won't use their actual names for a number of reasons, but I will use their initials. That way, the people who do know them will know who I'm talking about...

- Publius

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Which platform (if any) should be my Nintendo Switch alternative?

Now that I am making slightly more money that I used to, I can afford to start buying NEW games for once instead of raiding thrift stores and garage sales for old gems. However, which console should I buy? I took a look at prices and the items on my want list for each of the current platforms to make a decision. The results were NOT a surprise to me. Please note that this this list is always subject to change.

1.) Console price

Switch: Already in my inventory.
Steam: Already running on my computer with client application that's free to download.
PS4: $300 for original model, $400 for PS4 Pro
XB1: $249-$400 for various XBOX One S bundles, $500 for XBOX One X.

THIS SECTION'S WINNER: Microsoft, if they have an XBOX One S bundle for $249 that I want. Otherwise, it's Nintendo.  We'll call it a tie between Microsoft and Nintendo.

2.) Number of games for these platforms that I want...

Switch: 10 physical, 19 Digital, 1 add-on for a digital title.
Steam: 12 (13, if you include that expansion pack...)
PS4: 11
XB1: 7

THIS SECTION'S WINNER: Nintendo

3.) Console exclusives that are on my wanted list...

NOTE: Some of these 'exclusive' titles are available for systems that are now defunct.

Switch: 14
Steam: 3
PS4: 1
XB1: 3 (Maybe 2 if I decide to remove the HALO Master Chief Collection since it's really buggy...)

THIS SECTION'S WINNER: Nintendo

4.) Brand Loyalty

NOTE: This section will refer to the individual platforms I have from these manufacturers, not the number of consoles, portables & different versions. I have duplicates of many consoles & portables in my collection.

Microsoft: 1
Nintendo: 12 (13, if you include the e-Reader accessory for the GBA.)
Sony: 5
Valve: N/A.

THIS SECTION'S WINNER: Nintendo


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Random Thoughts for 8 Mar 2018 posted a day early. Yay!

- It has occurred to me that some of that stuff I wrote about (and to) BPC in the last post may have seemed disingenuous or like a type of 'concern troll.' It wasn't. I was quite serious. I really do hope that poor soul can get his life back together. I'm not going to bother trolling him anymore, either. It's no longer fun and it may be causing him some actual psychological harm. After all, I don't want to do to this guy what 4chan did to Jessi Slaughter and her dad.

- Also, concern trolls are far too obvious. I'd never stoop to something that low and pathetic. It's about as sad as going into a Jewish forum and saying that Hitler did nothing wrong, except not as funny. I'll bet Mountain Dew really wished they never had that online naming contest for their Apple-flavored beverage. :P

- I'm quite surprised to see how well I am doing with Math in college right now. I should have a B+ average at the very least. However, it might also be an A. Let's hope it stays that way when I take my Calculus classes in the next 2 years. Either way, I look forward to seeing how Calculus is even going to be useful to me. It has to be useful for something besides tracking the orbits of comets and other issues in Celestial Mechanics.

- I really do want to program/build my own social media site to kick Facebook's ass. They need to be taken down a peg or two... Or ten... Even if I can't slay that internet beast, I will at least be the Hannibal to their Ancient Rome. Fucking Zucking me AGAIN over some meme I posted years ago? WTF, Zuckerberg? I need to get rid of that site altogether...

- Also, speaking of memes on Facebook, I have one for all of you. It's been a while since I mentioned anything political around here in a while so, this one is just perfect...

Yep...

That's all for now. The meme has spoken.

- Publius



Random Thoughts for 7 Mar 2018

- Unlike most 'Random Thoughts' posts, this one will NOT just be pure shitposting for the sake of shitposting and comedy gold. Sorry if anyone gets disappointed by that...

- There will still be some blunt language, though.

- I've decided that Facebook, Google and a few other tech giants need to have a taste of Uncle Sam's cock in their ass, courtesy of an Anti-Trust investigation. How will I make that happen? Well, I don't know if I can or not. However, I can write a letter requesting one to my representation in Congress. And since one of them happens to be the House Majority Whip, there's at least some chance that it MIGHT happen. It also really needs to happen. These companies are too big and really should not have the power to censor and block information from the general public.

- I've already talked about how everyone should replace Facebook and Twitter with Minds.com and Gab.ai in the last post. However, I should have also mentioned a few good alternatives to Google. Personally, I prefer DuckDuckGo because the search results are good and they never track you or keep any metadata that the Feds can subpoena. Wolfram Alpha is also pretty good. So is Ixquick. Even Bing has been getting good search results as of late. Amazing how Microsoft of all people is looking a LOT more trust-worthy than Google and Facebook these days. That is both mildly surprising and sad. I've also found a good site for Reverse Image Searches called TinEye. I have found the names of quite a few nice-lookin' nude models with that site since I discovered it months ago.

- Some of the other Vets on campus at school have approached me about joining a military & veteran-only Fraternity. After some time to consider things, I have decided to accept the offer. I'm still not 100% sure what my role will be, but it is worth exploring further. They all know that I'm a nut (and a few of the reasons why) and yet, they still want me in the group. I like it when some group besides family, church and various other social misfits invite me into the group. I don't always join, but it is nice to be invited.

- That 'Education for MY future' post from January really got under the skin of that lunatic stalker I have mentioned previously here and here. You'd think by now he would just give up since there's nothing further he can do except make me laugh even harder. He also seems to be real upset and thinks that I actually want him to kill himself. Well, no. I don't want him to harm himself. I want him to become a functional member of society again. I'm also genuinely happy to hear that he is also getting his VA disability and using his college benefits. What I said is that I wouldn't be upset if he did kill himself. That's an expression of apathy, not an actual desire to see someone die. Either way, it wasn't a very Christian thing to write. I won't be doing that in the future.

- Speaking of proper Christian behavior, there's a very good reason why I didn't even consider giving this guy a chance after he tried to apologize for the cyber-stalking and general online bravo sierra. And I don't mean just the fact that the message he sent to my FB profile went into the 'Other' folder that I never check instead of the regular inbox. It's called 'Discernment'. Think of it as a Biblically appropriate form of judgment. Instead of wagging the finger at someone and telling them they're going to Hell (which Christ forbade in Matthew 7:1), you just decide that person isn't someone you want to associate with anymore.

-You would all be wise to practice some discernment on a daily basis. I do this with virtually everyone I meet more than once. I routinely do this with the other Vets on campus. That's why I decided to take them up on the fraternity idea. They have (so far) passed all the tests that I created for them. The tests are never the same and never used on more than one person. That is, except one of my earliest shitposting misadventures on MySpace, circa 2008. It involved a long blog post about all the reasons why I was annoyed with certain (now former) friends trying to interfere in my romantic affairs. I'll never understand why they couldn't understand why I'm not attracted to the big gals. If you know you'll never love a person, why waste time dating her? It would be cruel to lead them on that way. Anyway, I re-used the same basic idea to test a so-called 'friend' in the Army circa 2013 because I had doubts about his loyalty. Sadly, my suspicions turned out to be correct. Booze (yes, that is his actual nickname) wasn't a very good person, anyway.

- Oh, by the way BPC, this continued obsession you have with me... Yeah... That's why some of my other Army buddies and civilian friends thought you were gay, dude. All the shit you used to do before you got blocked creeped them out... and just screamed Homosexual to them. You really don't want to do that anymore. It just looks bad. That is not the image you want to project to the public. Consider this heartfelt free advice. I genuinely do want you to get better. You didn't ask for all the shit that fucked with your brain to happen to you. And DON'T write so much about it on your blogs, either. Some things really should just stay secret forever.

- I have also been reading that sad excuse for shitposting that you call your 3 blogs. I am disappointed. Three blogs and not a single one of them are any good. Have you learned nothing from me all these years? You should be able to do better than that, man. By the way BPC, the song I was listening to when I decided to leave the Army was Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, not Disposable Heroes. If you're going to try to start pointless debates over my life decisions (which you'll never have a say over anyway), you could at least get the details right. No one has an epiphany and makes life decisions while listening to MetallicA, dude. No one should make life decisions while listening to Black Sabbath either, but sometimes shit does happen... Man, what a messed up day that was...

- Also, just because the Army chaptered you for various health reasons I won't discuss here doesn't mean you're safe to cyber-stalk people. It just means I go to the FBI instead of your Chain of Command and Concern. That's what I was told to do when I out-processed. 'If anyone seems like a potential OPSEC violation waiting to happen, call the Brigade S-2 or the FBI.' That is what they said as I was signing enough NDA's to choke even one of Uncle Sam's paper-shreddin' disintegrators. I'll leave it up to you to figure out why they might give me those kind of instructions while signing numerous NDA's. (PLEASE get the hint.)

- I'm not bullshitting you here, BPC. You really do have no idea how close I have come to doing exactly that on a few occasions. You really are your own worst enemy here. PLEASE don't do that to yourself. I really do want to see you get your life back together and become a success. We need more net-contributors to society, not more dependents and/or jailbirds. (Again, PLEASE get the hint.)

- Finally, I am mulling over the idea of doing a 10 year retrospective on the retirement of an old favorite of mine among glamour models. I'll refer to her only by the initials 'ERC' in that post, but it won't be hard for anyone to find out who I'm talking about... Anyway, her 'retirement' from the business was on 11 May 2008. I had no idea why that happened at the time, but I have since figured it out. The story had a very happy ending for all concerned.  It won't violate her privacy at all, but it could make for an interesting story. That event did make me think about a few things and make some serious changes to my worldview. That was also one of the first instances in my life of what 4chan would call 'Weaponized Autism'. It would still be another 2.5 years before I fully understood that newfound ability, but it really does come in handy. I've always been rather thankful to her for that... And so much more.

- Publius

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Social Media is getting really retarded...

I do NOT like how social media is working these days. I will be making some severe changes to how I use it in the future. The reasons why and what I plan to change are listed below:

1.) Facebook keeps zucking me for posting memes that everyone knows is a fucking joke.

Regardless of whether this is an algorithm or some Leftist that doesn't understand memes, I no longer care. I am going to make Facebook suffer for their insolence by getting rid of the music page that I created. The car page may also go some day. Good luck creating ads based on my content now, Zucky Boy. :P

This happens far too often...

I will also no longer be administrating the video game page that a friend of mine created, either. Besides, I no longer have the time for them. College is going to be keeping me busy for the next 4 years. I can't run them all anymore.

That being said, I am not about to quit expressing my love for cars, games and Heavy Metal. So, I will create a new page over on Minds.com called 'Cars, Games & Metal'. Or, maybe some other name that makes it abundantly obvious that the page covers those topics. There's a receptive audience for those things on Minds. I follow several music and game pages there already. They all have a LOT more followers than the Facebook pages that I created and/or administrated. And my Facebook pages have existed since 2011 and 2012 respectively, several years before Minds.com even existed.

2.) YouTube actually prevented me from mirroring a video. WTF?

I tried to mirror the infamous 'Nazi pug' video where Count Dankula taught his girlfriend's pug to do a Roman Salute, just to make sure that it couldn't be censored off the internet forever. The video really was quite hilarious. He trained the dog to do that because he was sick and tired of his girlfriend always bragging about the dog. He decided to make it far less cute. It was actually quite a nice bit of shitposting, if I do say so myself.

All that being said, I was able to upload it to my profile on Minds. You can see the video here.

3.) YouTube is also still dealing with the 'Adpocalypse'... And engaging in Stalin-esque purges of channels they assume are 'Conservative'...

They have demonetized any channel that has less than 1,000 subscribers. Looks like I won't be trying to become a YouTube star of any kind... Not that I have the time for that anyway. Even huge channels like Classic Game Room are basically giving up on YouTube now. It's a damned shame too. I really like Classic Game Room.

Also, on 23 Feb 2018, they tried to delete/block/censor numerous popular YouTubers that discuss politics from a non-SJW perspective. It didn't work. The backlash was quite severe and they reinstated everyone that was blocked, including the Google Account of Carl Benjamin AKA Sargon of Akkad. Looks like Google is determined to kill YouTube off and create opportunities for competitors like BitChute and Vimeo. I wouldn't blame them if that was true since YouTube never made them any money. However, it's just Leftist stupidity at work.

4.) Twitter is just as much of a sad joke as I thought it was...

Twitter apparently has been proven to be the Leftist echo-chamber we all thought it was, thanks to Project Veritas doing a little underground investigation. Thank God that I've never actually used that service.

Disgusting lump of flesh...

5.) Facebook and Twitter are censoring content on behalf of some pretty nasty foreign governments...

Both Facebook and Twitter are censoring material of all different kinds on behalf of foreign governments like China and Iran. That is as Un-American as it is unacceptable. Looks like Senator Joe McCarthy was about 50-60 years ahead of his time...

There was also that infamous 'hot mike' incident in 2015 when Mark Zuckerberg promised German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he'd remove posts that appeared to be Anti-Migrant/Anti-EU/et al. Not cool, Zucky Boy. Not cool. Also, aren't you a Jew, Mark? I thought you people didn't like the Germans, let alone take any orders from those fucking Nazi bastards. :P

Even fashion from Hugo Boss couldn't make this guy look like less of a dork...

It doesn't stop there. Facebook and Google both censor things to make them compliant with Sharia law so that they can legally operate in Muslim countries like Turkey. Again, that is as Un-American as it is unacceptable. It also shows that these people are far more concerned with money than Liberty, which really should make you want to seek alternatives. I'll discuss that later in this post.

Speaking of being all about the money, it's looking like Google is deliberately altering search results to keep the competition down. They haven't been able to kill Minds yet, but they are keeping it from growing to its full potential. Also, I have seen numerous articles in the last few months about Google doing this to numerous sites and businesses. At this point, I should be asking the Justice Department to begin an Anti-Trust investigation. Google is getting far too big and powerful. Facebook is getting there too.

6.) Speaking of Facebook, that site is well on its way to becoming the next MySpace... and I won't miss it when it's gone. 

In fact, I am sick of Facebook. I am no longer using it for anything other than a way to communicate with friends and family members. Too bad most of them are too much of a bunch of Normies to ever consider ditching that site and moving on to something else. Minds.com is so much better in so many ways, especially when it comes to Free Speech.

Rather interesting coincidence...

The problem with Facebook (besides their Anti-Freedom Agenda) is that it became too cluttered, just like MySpace. You won't see or hear a lot of music and videos automatically playing whenever you go to a Facebook page. However, we all do see a lot of crap that doesn't matter in our newsfeed. I use the site to interact with friends, family and people with similar interests, not to buy stuff. Buying stuff online is why I use Amazon. Also, reminding me about what I posted on a certain day X number of years ago is very unnecessary.

Sad but true...

Facebook knows that and they have been trying to make changes. Unfortunately for them, it's probably not enough. Alienating their advertisers by re-organizing the site to emphasize my friends in the newsfeed over businesses doesn't make advertisers want to use the site. However, I could be wrong. Maybe the site will find a happy medium between the two and unfuck itself sometime in the future. And maybe I'll get a winning Powerball ticket. Life is just crazy enough for anything to happen.

7.) I strongly recommend that everyone reading this replace Facebook and Twitter with Minds.com and Gab.ai

Those sites WON'T censor you for ANYTHING, no matter how offensive & tasteless, because they actually believe in (and understand) Free Speech. That is extremely important. Minds also seems to have a LOT less overly dramatic bullshit than Facebook does. I've only run into 3 idjits so far, and they were easy to block/ignore. So, as far as I'm concerned, Facebook is starting to look a LOT less necessary to have in my day-to-day life...


Yet another good reason for me to LOVE Redheads... :)

8.) I'm gonna go make my own social media site! And it'll have hookers and Black Jack! In fact, forget the Black Jack! Ah, screw the whole damned thing...

There's a reason why I'm paraphrasing Bender from Futurama. Since I am going back to school for Computer Science, I will be learning a lot more about programming and web development. After a conversation with a good friend one evening, I've decided to start planning (and hopefully one day create) a social media site of my own. This one will be tailor-made specifically for musicians, recording industry professionals and Audiophiles of all stripes. My friend suggested the name 'Bass Clef.com' for the site. I do like that name. The C at the beginning of Clef and Com has good alliteration. I checked to see if that site name is in use. It did have a placeholder page. However, I can still use bass-clef.com instead.

If I do go about making that site, it's going to be similar to Minds.com in spirit. I will NOT be censoring people or creating algorithms to censor supposed hate speech. I trust that my users will know when the material is objectionable to them and that they will simply ignore it themselves. There's no need for me to be a damned censorship Nazi. Besides, how would one go about defining hate speech anyway? That is a significant part of the problem here. Of course, someone may beat me to the punch on creating a social media site for musicians. I do have a few ideas for a social media site tailor-made for gaming enthusiasts as well. However, it may not be necessary since Twitch is a thing...

And yes, a social media site tailored towards musicians can work. If you can have glorified image boards posing as social media sites like Pinterest & Instagram get big, why can't a site targeting musicians and recording industry professionals?

9.) Or, maybe I'll just make a site that's like the evil Mirror Universe version of Instagram...

It will be a site specifically used for the sharing of dank (and vile) memes. Or, maybe that's not necessary since 4chan is a thing... Either way, I think the cocksuckers that are running (and ruining) Facebook and Twitter are creating a LOT of opportunities for potential competitors in the marketplace. I fully intend to take advantage of this in the next few years. After all, why should Mark Zuckerberg be the only guy getting rich off people making themselves look retarded on the internet? Muhuhahahahahahahaha...

Social Media really is completely retarded...

10.) Why is all of this so important to me? It's just social media...

Wrong. In fact, you're so wrong I ought to put you in the Front-Leaning Rest. These shitheads have been trying to acquire as much social power/control as they possibly can for years now. They've been doing it just so they can try to censor opinions they dislike and force their views on society. It's yet another front in the never-ending battle between Liberty and Authoritarianism. I will make sure that Liberty wins. The line must be drawn here!





With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, it irrevocably chains us all. The first time any man's freedom is trodden on, we're all damaged. This assault on Human Liberty known as 'Social Media' must be destroyed and remade into an asset to our freedom rather than a threat.

- Lord Publius