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The Curious Case of the Soda vs Sota . . . AND Moose Milk

Now, here we have a curious case of misaligned words and women(s) that act like they don’t ever drink sodas. Even very small ones. Whether it be small women or small sodas, make no mistake because lives have been lost because of these small understandings in culture and border-line short hair length. Let me pour a little history / future into the mix:

One might beg a question of: Where does Minnesota have anything to do with small sodas and Ms. Michelle Geller? I have no idea. That’s where I need your help! Now, this might be a clue that will help us:

These older folks are flocking north with their mini-sodas into Minnesota! It’s absolute bonker-ness and it must be stopped at once. At least they need no coolers to keep the drinks cold, which is about the ONLY thing that makes sense about the whole situation. Our future kids depend on it. Or, are all the kids going to Florida? Do they just want to play and lay on the beach with full sized sodas in retaliation for nutrition while the strength of the Vitamin-D permeates their subdermal layer? Maybe so. Maybe not! Maybe they are actually taking a vacation from milking the moose altogether and everyone will have to eat dry cereal once and for all.

These ones are still milking the moose in Minnesota to keep everyone healthy:

Exhibit A: Milking the moose

Not a one of you can tell me they actually get the milk from Florida moose! So where does it come from? More like Minnesota. That’s where. It’s causing mass confusion and too much cereal eating. The Milk is our only hope besides Mtn Dew:

Got Soda Ads Vs Got Milk Ads:

GOT SODA ADS
GOT MILK ADS

THE WAR ON THE CURIOUS CASE OF SODAS AND SOTAS vs MOOSE MILK? WHAT IS THE ANSWER TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD? I’LL LET YOU DECIDE.

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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Bookshelf #4 and #5 in One

Ah, the bookshelf . . . what an interesting place these nooks hold in the universe as a reflection of taste, wonder and intrigue. Last time, I started with bookshelf #2 and #3. Today we are double dipping again with #4 and #5. Bookshelf #4 is . . . no books, but a party amongst toys and miscellaneous objects, only. These toys and things don’t like books:

Bookshelf #4 and #5, in it’s entirety.
Bookshelf #4
Left side of bookshelf #4, the audio CDs are as follows: Alanis Morsette So Called Chaos, Music from the motion picture City of Angels, Sarah McLachlan’s Possession, Bush’s Golden State, Bush’s Letting the Cables Sleep, Bush’s Little Things, Chevelle’s Point #1, And last but not least, and empty self titled Days of the New CD case. The pinewood derby kit is from when Dad and I used to win these kinds of competitions. This one didn’t get built, so it holds it’s original form in the box.
We aren’t fan’s of Pop! Figures in particular, but if we see one of something we like AND we like the design of the figure itself, we’ll pick it up. Even the big ones in which we spotted a huge “the child” from Mandalorian yesterday at the COVID-19 shopping mall. The Cheshire Cat is no joke!
Bookshelf #5 in it’s entirety. Hard to see everything here, so next we will move onto see the left and right sides.
Left side of bookshelf #5.
Right side of bookshelf #5.
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What I’m Reading: Gridlinked by Neal Asher – An Exerpt

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Methodology for Empowerment

How do you empower someone or something like music or even a book? Assuming the element doesn’t have very much power in some form already: let’s take the example of the lottery, which isn’t a direct empowerment of anyone’s particular choice, but an extreme, random type of empowerment through winning a sum of money through a lucky draw, as if the randomness in the universe picked a person to potentially empower through the form of money. Oh, what a great tool money can be!

There always needs to be people in power, so what are America’s methods for empowerment? Voting? Yes, we vote for laws and office seats, but for the people in power that do not sit in an office seat – what are our methods for choosing people to empower otherwise? Through companies, media and the luck of the draw?

My point is half of this: if you want something you must take it! Well, that’s quite rude, similar to someone cutting you off in traffic. This is nothing but a compilation of thought, of how do you, if you were to choose to empower someone, instead of stealing their place in line – how would you choose to empower people that you see fit for the bill, fit to take that next step? Through a recommendation? Through a voucher of faith? Through a prayer? Through what? How do you do it? Is it purely organic?

What about the opposite? What if you choose to disempower someone you see already falling? Maybe they aren’t apt to fit in the position they are in? Will you let them down easy or will you support them until you simply cannot anymore? They are used to being braced, so if they aren’t let down easy, a proverbial bump of the head is in order. Ouch! My point here is nothing more to say that this subject is a dark one, one of those unsaid rules ( don’t get me wrong, we don’t need any more rules! ), not so much about simply empowering or disempowering someone, but it’s our methodology that we often sweep under the rug . . . Enjoy this lovely day and who will you empower or disempower? And better yet, what will your methodology look like for doing so? As I sometimes rudely and rightfully say, “Think about it.

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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How Writing Reviews Has Changed My Life

I wrote this at around 35,000ft in the air on a plane. While not extra special in itself, except I haven’t wrote anything on a plane before right now. However, I’m humbly and gratefully descending down, now. Wouldn’t want to stay in the air too long, right? 🤠

Growing up in the United States of America as a middle class, mostly-normal person has delightfully exposed me to a swath of media, from music, books, visual arts, movies, video games and beyond. Being the type of person that considers the design of a vehicle artwork ( and many more things ) and having an aptitude for being appreciative of anything that is created by another person ( yes, I would love even a stick figure drawn by a 30 year old and rightfully have my justifications for that ), I grew up as first and foremost, a human being, and I have always especially loved the music side of art, only recently taking up a love for some of the more delicate parts of art such as books, visual arts and compositions / poetry.

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The best stories are the ones that have a solid inspiration story behind the story – at least, those are the ones that have the most meaning, intensity and heart. The reason I bring this up, is that likewise when I write a review it’s just natural to try to come up with something interesting to say and also to pay attention and have a solid grasp on it. The way I remedy that is by thinking about what spawned this story ( among other things as well ) – what is the essence behind it? Maybe I will never know, but at least I can try. Did someone mention the idea in passing and that is how the idea came about? Did someone go through something that triggered a healthy emotional response to write a story? Whether it be the former, the latter or something else entirely – they are all equally important. Which, don’t get me wrong, a mention in passing can breed the best stories, but it’s really when the author digs deep into their own soul . . . That’s when the story becomes something of greatness. Not only does the story behind the story make a book great, but also a solid interpretation by the reader makes it legendary. After all, the reader keeps the story alive and essentially the work will sit in a dusty, dark proverbial room until one day, it hopefully creates a wave of interest.

Even though I have always loved, number one music, and also I have loved all other forms of media, but I never have appreciated it like I do know.

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Bookshelf #3 and #2 in One

You don’t mess with John Wayne after he had Beef with Potatoes. Ha, ha this meme spawned out of a spontaneous joke I made about the baby’s face last night. I said, “Look at her John Wayne face.” Hilarity ensued.

Ah, the bookshelf . . . what an interesting place these nooks hold in the universe as a reflection of taste, wonder and intrigue. Last week, I started with bookshelf #1 and today we are double dipping with #2 and #3. Bookshelf #2 is . . . no books, but a party amongst toys, only. These toys don’t like books:

If you have any questions about these specifically, please do ask. Otherwise, we will move onto the book-book shelf.
Left of Bookshelf #3
Right side of Bookshelf #3. Below, we are moving from left to right since we are still in the northern hemi-sphere, at least last time I checked.
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Bookshelf #1 and Beef with Potatoes

Welcome to the post for Bookshelf #1, where I’ll show you the top row of my book shelf just after some tidying up. Then, later I will continue onto the next shelf. There’s several different places to store the books, here, there, everywhere. Things make it onto the bookshelf, of course that aren’t books. 🙂 This is something of a natural order.

Speaking of natural: You ever try to eat a raw potato? It might make sense, right? You can get a whole sack of potatoes for five dollars and then your hunger is raging for nice, nutritious treat to fill your stomach, but then, it doesn’t agree. Something similar to birch bark. It never does settle.

The potato shall be cooked. It is written.

Instead, I’m vouching for some Pepperidge Farm toast with butter and year old Christmas jelly that settles greatly:

It’s a little shaky standing up in the chair, where the tripod won’t reach, something of wariness.
Left Side, continuing to the right . . .
And, the right side.
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Friday Fun Trifecta #2

If you remember a while back, we did a segment here on SDMcKinley.com called Friday Fun Links and now it has evolved into Friday Fun Trifecta, where I will feature one thing of each – music, book and visual arts. Welcome to Friday Fun Trifecta #2, albeit a day early. Because, you deserve something early today.

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Book:

All Systems Red by Martha Wells [ Image Source ]

I haven’t quite got the chance to dive into this series, yet. Hopefully, St. Nick can bring a copy in through the chimney. I’m even more interested after reading some of the other, zany quotes. Have you read any of this series?

“I liked the imaginary people on the entertainment feed way more than I liked real ones, but you can’t have one without the other.” ― Martha Wells, All Systems Red

[ Quote Source: Good Reads ]
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WandaVision – The Vision 50s Style TV Show

Yesterday, I posted a bunch of compositions. They are nothing very serious, but it is where I started my writing journey and these are from a notebook binder full of ramblings. I found these well enough to share. So, if you are following by email, thank you for letting me spam your mailbox with all those yesterday. 😀

Yesterday, I also learned, through a mailed copy of Entertainment Weekly, that there will be a new show titled WandaVision coming out this winter ( currently scheduled for January 15th, 2021 ). I’m kind of excited about it really since it will be a throwback of sorts, gaining inspiration from classics such as I Dream of Jeannie and The Dick Van Dyke Show.

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Analysis: C.S. Lewis Tyranny Quote

Betcha didn’t know you were going to have class today, huh? That’s right. . .NOW SIT DOWN AND GRAB YOUR NOTEPAD AND #2 PENCIL. GRRRR. 😆
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“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for all the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. ” — C.S. Lewis

Source: DustyReviews

DustyReviews.com inspired this post, so shout out to him. Hello to Dusty from across the wire portal. 😎

Let’s start with the basics here. In this first part of the first sentence we are presented with the idea of multiple kinds of tyranny, but before we get into that lets get very basic and find out what exactly Tyranny is:

tyranny (countable and uncountable, plural tyrannies)

1. A government in which a single ruler (a tyrant) has absolute power; this system of government.
2. The office or jurisdiction of an absolute ruler.
3. Absolute power, or its use.
4. A system of government in which power is exercised on behalf of the ruler or ruling class, without regard to the wishes of the governed.
5. Extreme severity or rigour.