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8 Cool Sites I Wanted To Share.

If you’re anything like me, you use your computer to entertain yourself a fair chunk of the time

.But I also know that the usual sites we visit can get boring and repetitive. So, in an effort to liven things up, this a list of sites that I find help combat the monotony we can all encounter.

1. cloudlibrary.org This is a Christian site that offers free books, television shows, and audio. (I’m not trying to push my religion on anyone. I just think any site with free content is worth a look.)

2. archive.org This site also offers tons of free content. They are a digital library, and they carry free movies, old radio shows, books, and music.

3. librivox.org Librivox is the awesome site I work for. Here, you can listen to audiobooks in the public domain. And while you’re at it, if you want, you can volunteer with us.

4. gutenberg.org Project Gutenberg is a neat little site where you can read ebooks in the public domain. They also take volunteers!

5. freegalmusic.com I really love Freegal. This site is full of free, legal music available to download if you have a library card.

6: hoopladigital.com Hoopla is another site where you will need a library card. But, once you get that card, you are entitled to 4 downloads a month of your choosing. Whether it be comic books, movies, or books, they have an insanely good collection.

7: comicbookplus.com If you ever wanted to read the Golden and Silver Age comics in the public domain, this website grants your wish. They even have a vintage movie section. They are also really concerned about copyright, so everything is legal to read and watch!

8. playboardgamesonline.com This one is for the classical gamers in the group. This site has loads of free games, from Pacman to Mahjong.

Thanks for reading!

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Why I’m Begging All Smokers To Quit.

Here in Canada, we recently started a new campaign. It’s called ‘unsmoke’ and it’s mission is to end smoking. (You can learn more at: action.unsmoke.ca )

I really want to plead with all smokers to quit smoking. Both for their own health, and the health of people like me.

You see, I have a condition called Interstitial Lung Disease. When you have ILD, the aveoli, which is the tissue around the air sacs, thicken and scar. This leads to severe shortness of breath, a chronic cough, and fatigue.

Some of the worst things I can be around, and/or have in my system, are asbestos, industrial chemicals, and cigarette smoke. (Even secondhand.)

But this isn’t just about me. I also beg smokers to quit because of their own lives. They deserve to live a wonderful, long life.

Thanks for reading!

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It MIGHT Be The End Of The World As We Know It. And I Feel Fine.

This morning, I opened my laptop and the news popped up.

(For years I’ve been getting the news as my homepage. It happens with all my Microsoft inclined laptops.)

One particular story, one about the annual Doomsday clock and how it might move today, caught my attention.

Now, every year, I follow the Doomsday clock story. But if I’m honest, I don’t really care about the result.

In my opinion, the world will end when it’s meant to. Not before.

There are extremes to the ‘End Of The World’ view.

Some people are preppers. Some, in my opinion, don’t worry enough about the end of the world.

I think we need to find a happy medium and live a fulfilling life.

Thank you for reading.

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About Those Starving Lions….

Today, I read the most horrible article. I’m going to link it here:

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/lions-are-starving-to-death-in-a-sudan-park-a-worldwide-campaign-is-underway-to-save-them/ar-BBZbdol?li=AAggFp4

Be warned. There are graphic photos which may upset some people.

Basically, 5 lions in a Sudanese zoo are starving because the zoo lacks proper funding.

A lot in this article earned my disapproval. First of all, starvation is a slow, painful death. I hate to say it, but at this point the lions would be better humanely euthanized if they couldn’t be transported to another zoo equipped to take care of them.

Second, SOMETIMES, (according to the article) people will use the situation to their advantage and let other’s donations pour in. The scammers then take the donations and use it on themselves.

Third, this is not the only zoo in this condition in Sudan, according to the article. What irks me as an animal lover is how these animals are treated and forced to live. If you can’t afford a zoo, shut the doors.

What earned my approval in this whole thing? That the kind zookeepers are buying the lions food out of their own pocket. At least there are people out there willing to demonstrate love and compassion.

Thank you for reading.

My Librivox Reader Profile/Links.

Here are the links to my reader profile and the audiobooks I have been a part of. All books on Librivox are free to listen to and they are in the public domain.

https://librivox.org/reader/13692

https://librivox.org/a-book-of-english-martyrs-by-e-m-wilmot-buxton/

https://librivox.org/short-poetry-collection-203-by-various/

https://librivox.org/uncollected-short-stories-of-lm-montgomery-by-lucy-maud-montgomery/

I hope everyone enjoys these audiobooks, and I hope everyone checks out my reader profile regularly for new content. ๐Ÿ™‚

Eulogy For This Ain’t Hollywood.

Yesterday, I, along with the city of Hamilton and many others, got some devastating news.

This Ain’t Hollywood, one of the city’s most talked about music venues/bars, closed it’s doors forever.

There will no longer be concerts, art shows, or anything of that ilk in the builiding.

God, do I ever have great memories of that wonderful pub. I would photograph Punk Rock shows, as well as write reviews of the shows. I wrote a zine at the time, and I got to distribute issues there, thanks to the owners.

I had dreamt of going back for a show in my birth province. (I live in Alberta, and have for the last 5 years.) Now that will never happen.

This Ain’t Hollywood was perfect for us Punks. It gave us a home away from home. TAH will be sorely missed.

I want to get this out of me: Celebrate your local venues and shows. You never know when they’ll go away.

Thanks for reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

My Top Tens In Life Part 1: Top Ten Albums.

If you ever talk to my Dad, or see his posts on Facebook, you know he has pretty firm opinions on his top tens in life.

This got me thinking: What are my top ten albums, movies, songs, et cetera?

And because I’ve had bad bronchitis, and I’ve had a ton of time to think: here is part 1 of my top tens. My top ten albums.

1. Insomniac-Green Day.

This is my top pick for a lot of reasons. But the main one? It really helped my mental health. I have always had feelings of anxiety and moods that go up and down. This album felt cathateric in my teens in a way that no other album ever did.

2. American Idiot-Green Day.

It’s hard to put into words the effect that this album, and Punk Rock, have had on me. (But I will try.) In short, my entire worldview shifted. This is the album that got me reading the news and engaged in politics, and made me want to seek out more Punk albums.

3. Jagged Little Pill-Alanis Morrisette.

I haven’t always been the most level tempered person. So, when I heard that Jagged Little Pill was an ‘angry album’, I immediately went to buy a copy. It is fair to say that the anger in the album matched my temper at the time.

4. Strictly Viennese Waltz-101 Orchestra.

This is the first album I remember buying. (I’ll age myself a little and inform everyone that this CD was bought at Zellers.) I bought this with the intent of learning to waltz. My maternal grandmother taught me a bit, so I count it as a success.

5. Jackson Square-Arkells.

It’s amazing when a talented band from your city comes along, let alone when they have awesome songs. Arkells are one of my favorite bands to this day, so I’m glad I got this album.

6. In Utero-Nirvana.

This album. Whew. Is it dark? Yes. Is it a masterpiece of rage and seminal grunge? Hell yes.

7. Live Through This-Hole.

Whether you love or hate her, Courtney Love burst into the alternative scene. She showed that a woman can rock just as hard, if not harder, then the boys. (Especially on Live Through This.)

8. โ€ฆAnd Out Came The Wolves-Rancid.

Where do you start with this Rancid crowning jewel? Maybe you could start by mentioning how you don’t skip even one song, for fear of losing the bounciness. Or maybe you could mention that this album is nearly perfect. Either way, it’s a fantastic example of Ska-flavored Punk Rock.

9. Sucker Punch soundtrack-Various.

Another in the category of ‘I don’t skip any songs’, the Sucker Punch soundtrack is a beautiful showcase of artists and their remixes and covers of famous tunes. Cool movie, cool album.

10. Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols-The Sex Pistols.

Along with ‘American Idiot’, this CD was my gateway drug in terms of really getting into Punk Rock. It’s snide, it’s rude, and it’s clever. Everything Punk CAN be. (But isn’t necessarily sometimes.)

And that’s my top ten albums. Thanks for reading!

Noise Is The New Religion: Why Punk Rock Needed To Happen.

Ever since I was about 12 or 13, I have LOVED Punk Rock.

I have a lot of the music, I like the ideals, and I continue to take what I learned from Punk in Ontario to the wilds of Alberta.

Lately though, I got to thinking that Punk didnโ€™t just happen. It NEEDED to happen.

Here are some reasons why:

-Punk Rock showed, and shows, that ANYBODY could be a singer or musician. You could be the most untalented hack and still be a god in the scene.

-Punk created and continues to create a community. Whether you have a lot of family/friends, or you have no one, the scene is open and inclusive.

-Punk brought the music to the people. People got on stage with the bands, and still do.

That, or they join in singing along.

-Itโ€™s a good way to get out anger, given the mosh pit.

-Punk completely turned the music industry on its head. The record labels were used to haughty, entitled Classic Rockers, and they got kicked in the ass.

-It helped/helps level the playing field. No one is above anyone in Punk Rock. 

 So, those are just my two cents. Thanks for reading!

Since When Is Criminal Behaviour Something To Admire?

When I was growing up, I thought the world was very black and white in terms of bad behaviour. Don’t steal. Don’t hurt others or animals. Don’t swear. (That last one went out the window fast at times as a frustrated adult, ha ha.)

But seriously, I thought if I did all the right things, all would be good.

In regards to my thoughts, I think most people think that way, in one form or another..

That’s why, as an adult, I’m perturbed by the admiration of criminal behaviour, especially in media.

(I’m not saying I don’t enjoy entertainment. Just some aspects of it bother me.)

The shows I will be mentioning are ‘You’ and ’13 Reasons Why’. And I will be mentioning the True Crime Community on Tumblr.

In the case of ‘You’ and ’13RW’, we have two extreme forms of criminal behaviour. Joe, from ‘You’ is a killer and stalker. Bryce, from ’13RW’ is a rapist.

What bothers me about these characters is how much admiration they get from certain fans. And how they are portrayed as ‘redeemable.’

Now, to be clear, I believe people CAN change. I believe criminals can reform if they really, really want to.

BUT, I don’t believe that when someone is troubled that they are ‘romantic’ or ‘cool.

For instance, some people think Joe is ‘sweet’ and ‘loving’ towards the female lead, Beck. Some people also think that Bryce, after 2 seasons of being the villain, is not such a bad guy.

I think the media is presenting a mixed message here. They are tangling bad behaviour with traditional heroism, and it’s concerning, to say the least.

Another aspect of the internet I find astonishing is the True Crime community on Tumblr. To put it simply, this community admires and praises criminals who committed volatile acts of murder and rape. There, you can find people who are even infatuated with the criminals.

I think what makes me shake my head at this is how lightly the TCC take the actions of the troubled. They don’t seem like they even care about the effect on the families of the murdered or raped.

At the end of the day, I think we all need to be careful of what we consume, entrainment-wise. I think we should check what we watch, see, and hear.

Thanks for reading!

About The World’s ‘Worst Cat.’

Anyone who knows me knows I am an animal lover. I have a rabbit, a budgie, 2 doves, and a cat.

My beliefs about animals are as follows:

-No animal is ‘bad’, necessarily. They become that way because of their environment.

-Animals should always be treated with kindness, even if they have a bad attitude.

-And finally, animals need our compassion/help.

That’s why I raised my eyebrows today when I read about the ‘world’s worst cat.’

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/lifestyle/lifestyleanimals/north-carolina-shelter-makes-hilarious-adoption-ad-for-worlds-worst-cat-shes-just-a-jerk/ar-BBZfYDY?ocid=spartandhp

Now, I can take a joke. But this ad, in my opinion is awful.

Perdita needs understanding, not mean adoption ads.

What worries about this ‘ad’ is that it would draw the wrong type of person to adopt Perdita.

Maybe I’m overreacting, who knows?

Thank you for reading.

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