Delayed Project

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I was hoping to take down my Christmas decorations this week, but thanks to a surprise doctor visit (I didn’t know it was scheduled…no new problems as far as I know) other projects got delayed, including a video review for my other site that requires my Christmas decorations stay up until I can record. With no plans this week and the script done, all I have to worry about is filming. I don’t even need it for editing, but I’ll probably complete the video before taking it down. And then hopefully at least a small project before the next big project.

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Namely the next stage of the comic organizing project. It’s not the final step; I still have a lot of comics to go through, but it is a big one.

Special Christmas Video Review: The Little Drummer Boy

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Happy New Year, everybody! Let’s hope this year is better than the last one. In other words, no more surgeries and long hospital stays for myself and members of my family. Between my problems, my cousin damaging his skull (praise God he’s healed), and my Dad having work on his hand (plus an old co-worker who had a motorcycle accident and needed leg surgery and my neighbor who lost a foot), one of my best friends losing his mom to the same cancer that killed his dad years earlier, and one of my reviewer colleagues whose stepfather died in a car accident, this has been a horrible year even if you don’t follow politics and celebrities. I’m praying for a better 2017. I’m also hoping to get back to my clutter-clearing in force and working on other projects that I hope will lead to bettering my future.

I know I usually do this on Christmas, but I didn’t get THIS year’s Christmas video review done for my other site (and it’s still not done) as I was rushing to get a comic done for Christmas day (which was a day late). I’m rather annoyed by that, but it’s been that kind of year, folks. Still, today’s review from last year’s Christmas is something I actually own, and so it works for this site, while last year’s review was done of something I found online (and came from two years ago).

Rankin/Bass’s The Little Drummer Boy comes from a collection of videos released by Sony Wonder as part of their “Original Television Christmas Classics” box set, seen above on the left. My version looks like a little book, but more recent releases just uses the typical set containers. They’re all Rankin/Bass productions, and my version was packaged with a separate video containing the subject of my first BW Christmas Video Review, A Cricket On The Hearth. So let’s see how this movie holds up.

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Cleaning Other Than Clutter

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English: A bathroom.

A bathroom (not mine). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With Christmas approaching and Christmas projects I’m worried I’ll never finish looming time is short, and I didn’t have time to do any clutter maintenance today. Instead I cleaned the bathroom and made a birthday cake for my dad. So this is just a post to let you know I haven’t disappeared again. But next year I have that super comic organizing project to do, so I won’t be resting for long.

Quick Project: Password Maintenance

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No pictures for this one. This week’s project was about organizing all of my various passwords for websites, forums, and various other things. I keep them in a notebook, and one security measure experts tell you is to not have the same password for every website. However, finding a password was, like the shirts a few weeks ago, an exercise in frustration.

So what I did was assign each page their own letter. While I can’t list them alphabetically (sites go away and new sites get signed up to) I can sort them alphabetically, so all the “A”s are on one page, “B”s the next, and so on. This way I know I can find a password easier than I could before. It’s not perfect but it’s better than I had and will make life a little bit easier. And that’s what this is about, organizing clutter to make my life easier, and that was becoming cluttered in the notebook. Now to put it someplace safe until I need to log into something.

Christmas Display 2016

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Even our little R2 unit is ready for the holidays.

Even our little R2 unit is ready for the holidays.

Long time readers may recall my usual Christmas tree. I got it from a customer at the store I worked at and it’s been good to me. This year as my dad was going through my late grandparents Christmas stuff he found another tree that he talked me into because the lights were already on it. As you all know I’ve had a hard year and while I still wanted to decorate I just wanted to relax this year and putting lights on even a small tree like this can be frustrating.

So I agreed to try this tree out. Unfortunately I had a bad day yesterday starting with my cereal getting soggy while trying to find something to watch during breakfast. While did it didn’t go downhill from there (I’ve been at the bottom of the hill enough this year) it did set the tone for the day outside of a friend visiting. It kind of continued to the tree. Not that it’s a bad tree though.

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Quick Project: Fitting Pants

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This one wasn’t on the list, but it’s like I’m a slave to it. I’ve been having trouble finding pants that fit. First I lose way too many pounds between the Diverticulitis and colon inflammation, and then I get back to close to my previous weight (I don’t want to be all the way back there and I’m already worried I’m getting too far over proper weight) and now pants still don’t fit. So I went through all of my pants and found what fits, what doesn’t, and what could fit again. The second is going out of my closet, but being unemployed means I can’t give up too many pants.

I need to do this with my jeans as well, but I went to a local event on Saturday which limited my time and next week I put up my Christmas decorations again. (And hopefully it won’t take until late Spring before I can take them down.) So that phase of the project is going to wait a couple of weeks unless I get some spare time to actually fix that.

Toy Review: Some Transforming Stealth Bomber Robot

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I tried to find any kind of information about this toy. As usual social media met with silence and I couldn’t figure out what to put into the search engine to get any answers. So what I know is very limited, and the sad part is I did once find the info I was looking for, but if I saved the links somewhere I can’t find it. This is disappointing from a review perspective because I feel like I’m not giving you the full information to do this right. Reviews are different from project reports in my mind, and I try to be thorough without being boring in those as well.

At any rate, this was part of a series of transforming robots with some retooling and better quality plastic to inch it out of the usual “knockoff” territory, what I usually refer to as a “transformoid” to give all transforming robots in the Transformers/GoBots group a blanket title. Although from what I can tell this comes from the Macross franchise, what we in the US would know as the first Robotech war. After Robotech ended Japan spun off more series in the Macross universe. I’ve seen two of them (Macross II and Macross Plus) and I don’t recognize this from either of them, but the design fits that aesthetic perfectly so it just feels like that’s where it came from. The line was sold in Walmart but I can’t find concrete proof that it was exclusive and I’ve long since gotten rid of the packaging so your guess is as good as mine. (Watch someone finally tell me the full story, making this article look even weaker.)

However, I still have a toy to review regardless of history, so let’s get to that.

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