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Random Ramblings

Steam 2012 Summer Sale Day 1

Steam launched its summer sale today at 12 noon central time. As usual there are a lot of game packages ranging from 50% off – 77% off.

7/12/12 Thursdays Deals:

Indie Bundle 1 $9.99 75% off includes below
Anomaly Warzone Earth $4.99 50% off
Cave Story+ $5.99 40% off
Edge $3.99 50% off
Lone Survivor $6.49 35% off
The Baconing $14.99

Shogun 2 Total War Collection $19.99 71% off includes below
Total War Shogun 2 $7.49 75% off
Total War Shogun 2 Rise of the Samurai Campaign $2.49 75 %off
Total War Shogun 2 Fall of the Samurai $14.99 50% off

Total War Shogun 2 DLC $0.95-$2.99 40% off each

Might & Magic Heroes VI $24.99 50% off
Might & Magic Clash of Heroes $3.74 75% off
Might & Magic Clash of Heroes DLC $0.74 75% off
Heroes of Might & Magic V $2.49 75% off
Heroes of Might & Magic V Hammers of Fate $2.49 75% off
Heroes of Might & Magic V Tribes of the East $2.49 75% off
Dark Messiah Might & Magic $2.49 75% off

Forum thread about the Steam 2012 Summer Sale

What is it with kids smoking these days

Is it just me, or are more kids smoking these days as compared to the 1980s?

1980s – kids that smoked were frowned upon. Your smoking? Why?

Today – kids that smoke are no big deal. It seems like one of the first thing kids do when they 18 is start smoking. I have to ask the reason why?

Why start something that will cause so many health issues later in life? Smoking does not make anyone look cool. If anything, smoking makes people look stupid. Because you have to be stupid to contribute to your risk of lung, throat and mouth cancer.

When my third son turned 18 he let it be known that he had started smoking. He asked me something like “I dont guess you approve of me smoking”. I told him “I will never approve of you killing yourself”.

Being a burden on those around you

Before we begin, there is a difference in someone who gets down on their luck and needs some help, and someone who is always having some kind of issues.

Being a Burden – We all know someone who is always broke, always has some kind of legal problem, always drunk, always broke, never has a job, always has some kind of drama in their lives,,,,. Every time you talk to the person, they need this or that. Having a party, ask everyone to bring a little something, they bring a small bag of chips, or 1 or 2 soft drinks,,, just enough for that person and whoever is with him or her.

These are the people that are never quit able to improve their financial, drug, alcohol, drama, baby mama, baby daddy,,, issues.

Have you ever seen the movie “Catch me if you can” with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks and Christopher Walken? Through the whole movie, Christopher Walken is having some kind of financial issues with the IRS. Its the same story every time Christopher Walken appears in the movie, the IRS is trying to take everything, and he is going to sue the government. Its the same story over, and over, and over,,, through the whole movie.

Surely we all know someone like the character Christopher Walken played, always having some kind of issues or drama in their life.

Why is it that some people can not move past drama or problems? One of the goals in life should be to live stress free. But there seem to be a group of people who thrive on stress, and why is that? Why do some people “have” to have stress in their lives? Does stress give them a rush, or a type of high?

My opinion on people like that, they never mature past 16 or 17 years old. They are stuck in high school and are unable to make progress in life.

Either they never mature, or they thrive off drama. I am sure we all know someone who loves drama.

I Used To Build Heat Exchangers

Kevin Felts, fitter and welderIf you do not know what a heat exchanger is, they are like radiators for chemical and oil refineries. “Radiator” is not a good term, because heat exchangers can heat or cool, depending on what needs to be done.

It was around August of 1987, I left a hell hole of a company where the owner exploited and ass raped the employees every chance he got, to a company that worked its employees into the ground.

I do not want to name names, as I do not want to get sued for saying stuff the company may not like.

Heat exchanger companies are there to serve the petrochemical industry. If some oil company needs an exchanger striped and retubed, the human cattle work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week until the job is finished.

I worked so many hours, there were times when I had to ask people what day it was. Time just blurred together.

I saw my kids maybe 2 or 3 hours a day,,, if that. When I was working night shift, I would wake up around 12 noon, or 1 pm, eat lunch, then have to leave at 2:30 to be at the job by 3:30pm. Good thing my kids were little and not in school. If they were in school, I would not have seen them for 4 – 6 weeks at a time.

The shift rotation was absolutely terrible. 2 weeks on days, 2 weeks on nights, 2 weeks on days,,,,. If we were working 7 / 12s, the shift rotation was suspended and you just stayed on whatever shift you were on.

The dumb-asses in management could not arrange the shift rotation on the weekends off. There were times when people had to leave at 8pm or 10 pm, and be back at work at 5am.

For some reason we could not work shifts like police do and get a 7 day break on our rotation. It was like the upper management loved to ass rape the employees every chance they got.

Terrible Benefits

Politically Correct Racial Terms

If blacks are called african-americans, then why aren’t: whites called euorpean-americans; mexicans called central-american-americans, or better yet, spanish-central-american-americans; brazilians – portuguese-south-american-americans; Maybe mexicans should be called spanish-americans, instead of latinos? Canadians should be called French-Americans. Since we do not want to discriminate against any certain country, mexicans could be called european-native-americans. What about people of […]

I Will Not Buy Diablo III

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalistI will not be buying Diablo III, and neither should you.

Unlike the vast majority of zombies that bought Diablo III, I played the original Diablo and Diablo II “back in the day”. The day Diablo II was released, and was standing in front of Best Buy in Beaumont Texas 15 minutes before the store opened.

Diablo was an epic game for the time period. When the internet was new, and a lot of games were using IPX/SPX, Diablo came with built in TCP/IP support, and game making through battle.net.

Up until the release of Diablo you had to either have a dedicated server (like quake and quakeworld) or host the game on your computer and your buddies connect to your game. On dial up, hosting a game on your computer was a nightmare for everyone besides the person hosting the game. Diablo changed all of the rules for multiplayer game. No more having to lease a server, no more having to keep the server updated, no more security issues,,, and everything else that came with running your own server.

What kind of digital rights management did Diablo have? You had to have the CD in the CD player to play the game. When Diablo was installed, there was only about 30 megs of data stored on the hard drive, the rest ran off the CD.

Diablo had 3 character classes – Rogue, Warrior and Sorcerer. For the time period, having three different characters was awesome.

Welfare roaches after a disaster

When you have 2 and 3 generations of a family on government benefits, people grow up “thinking” that is how they are supposed to live.

I know a certain family first hand, the mom has 5 or 6 kids, she does not work, and the dad makes barely above minimum wage. The family has been drawing food stamps for close to 20 years. One of the kids is in her mid 20s and works. Another girl is around 19 years old. Think about that. The 20 year old was raised on food stamps from birth all the way until she became an adult. And now, the 20 year is pregnant, has no education, and does not work.

The 19 year old claims she is bipolar and is disabled. Guess what, the government signed off on it, and she draws a monthly disability check. What the hell is that? How can someone capable of working able to draw disability?

With the Hurricane Katrina people at the shelter, I saw a lot of young pregnant ladies, whos baby daddy would not work. The mom and baby bring in food stamps and whatever else they can get, and the baby daddy is along for the ride.

The Natural State Of Mankind

Tackle box in a boat while on a fishing trip

The way people live in cities, all bunched up together like chickens in a coop is not the natural state of mankind.

For tens of thousands of years mankind lived in small nomadic groups. They had land to farm, land to roam, river and streams to fish from, land to hunt on and land to migrate on. Groups traded between each other, and were pretty much self sufficient.

Today, we live in cities that group people together like livestock.

What happens when you put too many chickens in a coop? They start pecking at each other. Let the chickens out in the yard, or free range, and they are fine.

Humans are natural born predators; we fish, we hunt and we eat. Living in cities with our artificial grocery stores suppresses those natural predator feelings.

Like chickens going to a feeder, or hogs going to a feed trough, so people go to the local grocery store or fast food place and get their food.

Easily Food Breeds Laziness and Obesity

Rainy weekend

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Spoon Fed Sheeple

survivalistI thought about titling the article, “spoon fed people”, but decided “sheeple” would be a better description. Maybe “spoon fed cattle” would be a good title? Kinda like cattle being led to the slaughter.

Spoon fed sheeple can not think for themselves. These are the people that sit around watching the TV, and never question what they see.

Sheeple go to the poles and vote for the same two political parties year after year and never ask any questions.

Sheeple never speak up when government does something wrong.

Sheeple never protest.

Sheeple never speak up.

Sheeple never question the government.

Sheeple never question their elected officials.

Sheeple stay in debt, debt adds purpose to their lives.

Sheeple live their lives blind to what is going on around them. As long as they are in debt and have a job, everything is fine.

Most hated book in the world

survivalistWhat is the most hated book in the world? I would have to say the Bible.

Why is the bible hated? Because it speaks the truth. The undeniable truth that we should love one another.

Why do so many people try to discredit the bible

When we have a limited amount of information from a time period, and that information is discredited, what are we left with?

If we discredited Caesar’s commentaries on the Gallic wars, what would we be left with? Are we to say the commentaries are a work of fiction? How do we prove the Gallic wars ever happened? Besides writing, what do we have to prove that Julius Caesar ever lived?

Cost of health care pisses me off

survivalistWhy do I have a copay when I pay for health coverage, but the welfare leeches get their healthcare for free?

My wife needs a surgery, so far we are out close to $2,000 just for copays and deductible. What the hell is going on with this nation? Medicare / Medicaid is taken out of my paycheck, but I can not use it? Not only do I have to pay into the medicare/medicaid system, but I also have to pay for my families health care, plus deductibles.

The welfare parasites can sit on their ass at home, never have to look for a job, get free medical coverage, free dental, free vision,,,, all at the tax payers expense.

It pisses me off that I have to pay my insurance + a copay, while people on the medicare system do not have to pay anything, or have to pay very little.

I am not not saying that “everyone” on medicare does not deserve it.

I “am” saying there is a lot of abuse of the system.

Welfare is supposed to be a support system, and not a way of life. The problem is, too many people have made welfare a way of life.

My wife and I know a young lady that is around 18 or 19 years old. A few months ago she squeezed out the families third generation of welfare recipients. Someone explain to my how that is “supposed” to work out? How does society tolerate generations of people to live on welfare?

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Locking the doors

survivalistOver the past few months I have gotten in the habit of locking the doors during the day. The doors have always been locked at night. But here lately I have been keeping the doors locked during the middle of the day.

Security is not a serious concern during the day. My wife and I live in a low crime rate area. There is rarely, if ever, a serious crime around here.

The doors are locked to set a boundary line between my wife and I, and the rest of the world.

Boundaries are an important part of life. Even though millions of illegal immigrants do not care about boundaries, that does not mean the rest of us do not give a crap.

We face boundaries everyday. Think about the boundaries we face on a daily basis. There are boundaries on the road, at the job, in relationships, while shopping,,, everything we do is somehow limited by a boundary.

Grilling on Memorial day weekend

Memorial Day CookoutMemorial day is the day we should take a little time out of our busy schedules to thank those that served this great nation. If it were not for those that are willing to lay down their lives, the rest of us would not have the freedoms we enjoy in our everyday lives.

What are you cooking for Memorial Day?

My wife and I started thursday evening when we put the ribs in a marinate. A slab of pork ribs were cut up into sections with 3 ribs each.

Saturday morning the pit was fired up with oak wood.

The pit was given about an hour to heat up, then the ribs were put on.

2 1/2 hours later the pork chops and chicken legs were put on.

About an hour before everything was supposed to come off the pit, the boudin, sausage and hot dogs for the kids were put on the grill.

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