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Jul 012015

LEGO Jurassic World 75919 Indominus Rex

Haven’t seen the movie yet (hope to this weekend). I know going to the movies on the weekend of July fourth is crazy, right? But I played through the entire LEGO Jurassic Park video game so I know this big dino is pretty cool and I need it to fight with my T-Rex. Indominus Rex Breakout set runs $130

From Red alert – the huge Indominus rex™ has broken out of the impound! Zach is inside the gyrosphere launched from the pen wall and now he’s under attack. Direct the hunt for the rampaging beast from the impound’s research tower. Set off in hot pursuit in the helicopter, evading the dinosaur’s snapping jaws and swiping claws. You must get that dangerous dino safely back in the pen before it causes serious damage. Includes 4 minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: Zach, an ACU trooper, Dr Wu and a vet.

Should I get this big guy or stick with the real dinosaur sets? Like the Dilophosaurus Ambush?

Jun 162015

Bravest Knight 1Hulu opens the closet door and there is no scary monster inside only a sweet story about a brave Knight and the Prince he falls in love with.

This short little animated story is heartwarming and entertaining, yet it is not for everyone. I know it will see some backlash just for being made. I applaud Hulu and writer Daniel Errico for seeing a need for these types gave stories and being a brave knight for making them.

via The Mary Sue and more at The Advocate

Jun 162015

I have this problem that I just noticed, but it appears to have been going on for a few years now (you’ll see the screen grabs I have show files back in 2011). And it is happening on most, but not all, of my WordPress sites.

Images are being mysteriously copied into a new upload folder every month and usually within the first week of the month only. The files are my images (.png, .gif, .jpg) simply copied from older posts and placed into the new month folder within the uploads folder. These files are usually named with a generated long string of nonsense.

I cannot figure out why they are being copied, what is copying them (recently did a fresh file upload on a few of the sites and it seems to have triggered images to be copied — so I am thinking whatever the issue is it is either in the database or within the plugins or themes) or how to stop them.

The following 2 screen shots show what is happening. I am seeing files like this:



Odd Images appearing in uploads folders

Odd Images appearing in uploads thumb-cache folders

When I try to google my issue I get tips and hints on making sure WordPress and Suffusion (the theme I am using) are creating multiple image sizes. I have already turned them off on most of my sites, but as you can see in the image below the multiple images are all named  from my original file name but the added files are random file names.

Multiple image sizes and oddball image files


Like I said I have since turned of Suffusion’s multiple images so now I am only getting three different files sizes when I upload an image. This is not the issue for me. It is the five to twenty copied images being added to the uploads folders every month (and apparently to the thumb-cache folder). I cannot be the only person out there that is getting these (So I Googled: wp-content/uploads/thumb-cache/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/ and I’m not alone in this).

So if I am not alone in this, why am I the only one out there trying to stop my hosting service from blowing up with multiple copies or multiple images every month?

Does anybody out there have a solution for this?

Apr 152015

Lords of the SithThe book Lords of the Sith is the BEST Star Wars book I have ever read. (Okay it is the first Star Wars book I have ever read, but it makes me wonder why haven’t I read more before.)

I can thank the folks over at for pointing it and a bunch of other cool stuff out to me. So, hey, Thanks!

Normally, I hate books that bounce between characters every other chapter, but in this one I didn’t mind it so much. Except for that one time when I had to actually back up and re-read some things because I got lost.

This has a compelling story, that I believe it is set between the Clone Wars and the new Rebels series (which I recently watched and got so hooked on — I didn’t want to get wrapped up in it). Even though from the beginning we know the rebels (or in this case the Ryloth freedom fighters as there is no rebellion as of yet) are going to fail. Their goal in the book is to hunt down and kill Darth Vader and the Emperor (yeah, we all know who actually does do that and it isn’t a bunch of Twi’leks. But boy was I really starting to root for them and hope they could actually pull it off.

Like I said you wind up having to keep several stories straight, Vader & the Emperor, Cham and his Twi’lek rebels, Moff Mors (the Imperial in charge of Ryloth and the first LGBQT character in the Star Wars cannon) and Belkor (The Imperial traitor). So you can see why I got lost for a bit.

Apr 152015

3stooges-setThe fine folks over at are having a giveaway right now.

All you have to do is fill out the little, easy-peasy online form and you are entered (by now everybody on the net should have entered a rafflecopter giveaway and knows how they are done). You can get extra entries by tweeting, liking the facebook page and reviewing products.

These toys are fun and even if you don’t have a dog but love the Stooges (and who doesn’t) you should head over and enter. Who knows you could be one of the 3 lucky winners. Good luck.

Enter the contest here




Feb 122015

O Joy! today just proved to me why I don’t normally arrive to work on time. I usually show up closer to 9:30 than 9:00 and it is because I am either sitting in jammed traffic or about to be killed like today).

In my rearview mirror I spotted a car barreling down on me and I had no where to go. I was already in the left (passing) lane next to a truck and the cement median…no where to go and at nearly 80mph already neither me nor my car was willing to go any faster to try and get out of this guys way. I honestly have know idea why he was trying to pass her or why he felt he could do so by getting behind me and pushing me out of the way. I really wish cops were around to see this kind of thing or even willing to ticket someone when we have video evidence like this or their aggressive driving tactics.

any who….here is the vid of the guy that scared the pants off of me this morning (all the fun is in the first minute so no need to watch the whole thing)

So while I was trying to find the video of this a-hole I wound up watch the five minute clip prior to the one that had him on it. In this vid I spotted a bunch of other aggressive drivers anyone of which may have been the reason he was being such a jerk. Amazing what goes on behind you that you only glimpse a few seconds of when briefly checking your rearview mirrors.

Please note: the rear view camera is a mirrored image.

Nov 122014

The other day driving into work an idiot driver decided to exit on the right from the far left lane after speeding through a 45 mph zone. (wish I could send these videos to the police and let them send out a ticket to the guys….they do it when it is their traffic cams maybe they should use ANY cam to make the roads safe for us all….especially when it comes to aggressive drivers like this).

I got my dashboard cam because I had a rash of aggressive drivers doing stupid things around me on the highway and I needed proof should anything ever happen to me while commuting to and from work.

Here is the video 30 seconds are boring but at about :31 I get over from the left lane to the right and two cars speed past me (I usually go a bit over the speed limit myself in this area so these guys are probably going around 60+ mph) then they get really stupid. Instead of getting over when safe to make the exit like I did  they both assume they can pass the long of traffic and still get off the exit (yes and no). The video does not show just how close these cars were to other cars and how dangerous this situation could have been. But they both cut people off to get into the right lane and then go at the same time onto the exit (which we do clearly see in the video). Watch…

Jul 122014

As a kid I got a Merlin for Christmas or my birthday one year and I loved that game. I still have my original Merlin sadly one of the LED lights is burnt out. I will probably need to try and fix that at some point.


I spent so many hours playing with this game. I no longer have the manual but thanks to the wonders of the internet I was able to download it. So once I get that LED light fixed I will be able to relive my childhood.

I think there was a reissue of this game awhile back but it did not stick around like Simon did.

Some Merlin links



Jul 112014

One of my favorite 80s bands is out touring this summer. If you can catch The Go-Go’s in a town near you do it (tour is actually half over). Saw them last year and I am just as excited to see them this year! Last year they were with the Psychedelic Furs this year they are with Scandal, The Motels, Naked Eyes and Cutting Crew. It will be like listening to a mix tape.

Speaking of mix tapes…back in the day K-Tel was the king of mix tapes. I picked up a cassette at K-Mart, seems like a million years ago now, called The Beat. I loved that tape. I don’t remember thinking all the songs were my favorites but I like most of them if not all of them and played the tape until it started sounding all weird and worn out. I am pretty sure I still have that tape around here somewhere even though it doesn’t sound right any more.

Here is the sound list:

  • A Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)
  • Kim Wilde – Kids In America
  • Haircut One Hundred – Love Plus One
  • Sparks – I Predict
  • Split Enz – I Got You
  • Graham Parker – You Hit The Spot
  • The Waitresses – I Know What Boys Like
  • Go-Go’s – We Got The Beat
  • Bow Wow Wow – I Want Candy
  • Duran Duran – Girls On Film
  • Thompson Twins – In The Name Of Love
  • Depeche Mode – Dreaming Of Me
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Joan Of Arc
  • Billy Idol – Hot In The City

Need to dig through the old MP3s and get a playlist setup to mimic this blast from my past.