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Friday Fun Trifecta #10

If you remember a while back, we did a segment here on SDMcKinley.com called Friday Fun Links. Fun links have evolved into Friday Fun Trifecta, where I will feature one thing of each – music, book and visual arts. Welcome to Friday Fun Trifecta #10, in appreciation for artwork.

Book Giveaway Update:

We’ll have a Rafflecopter giveaway with with the 10 Years of Darkness review coming on Feb. 8th, in cooperation with the authors’ blog tour, but that isn’t the giveaway I’m focusing on, in addition I’ll have two self hosted book giveaways soon on SDMcKinley.com:

You know it’s kind of one of those funny things that just happens sometimes: I ordered and read Gridlinked by Neal Asher and looking back, it’s one of those books I woke up early to read. It’s just that good. I ordered another one to pack in a giveaway with a couple other books, to boot. Sadly, I came close to losing all hope for it arriving, having ordered it around Dec. 15th and no status updates from USPS since Dec. 21st . . . Will I ever see it?

Surprise! Yesterday, Amazon refunded me the money and low and behold, there it was sitting on my coffee table when I arrived. And, what did I do with the refunded money? I ordered another one. Three copies of Gridlinked is what I’ll end up with and I’ll do a astounding two separate giveaways, one will be very soon and the other one will launch when the third copy arrives, which could take a month if it was like the last one. What is happening to USPS? Geez. It could change, but I’m thinking a three book giveaway of different authors. Man, talk about silver linings.

Music:

No lyrics involved with this soothing meditational music, here. – Genre: Electronic chill step.

What is Blackmill? The best way I can describe it: Elevator music for millennials, ha ha. Sometime you just need something without all the words in it, swaying you one way or the other. It’s meditational and naturistic.

Speaking of that, you ever call a company and the on-hold music is so horrendous you can’t even think, like they put a devil frequency in it, with the volume going up and down like a demon-possessed-wire trying to steal all your energy while waiting on the phone for 60 minutes? By the time the company actually picks up, you’ve already pulled your hair into pieces like that crazy Stephanie girl you knew when you were a teenager? Those telephone system-admins could really use a lesson on proper music to put in their on-hold telephone systems straight from Blackmill themselves.

Book:

A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

“The illusion of self-awareness. Happy automatons, running on trivial programs. I’ll bet you never guess. From the inside, how can you?”

― Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon the Deep

“[The Universe] does not care, and even with all our science there are some disasters that we can not avert. All evil and good is petty before nature. Personally, we take comfort from this, that there is a universe to admire that can not be twisted to villainy or good, but which simply is.”

― Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon the Deep

[ Quote Source: GoodReads.com ]

Visual:

Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi

Disarming new findings on Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi @ TheArtNewspaper.com. More information about this piece via LeonardoDaVinci.net:

“Leonardo paints Salvator Mundi possibly for King Louis XII of France and his consort, Anne of Brittany. It is most likely commissioned soon after the conquests of Milan and Genoa.

The 26-inch haunting oil-on-panel painting depicts a half-length figure of Christ as Savior of the World, facing front and dressed in Renaissance-era robes. In his painting, Leonardo presents Christ as he is characterized in the Gospel of John 4:14: ‘And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the World.’ Christ gazes fixedly at the spectator, lightly bearded with auburn ringlets, holding a crystal sphere in his left hand and offering benediction with his right.

Salvator Mundi was at once time believed to have been destroyed. The painting disappeared from 1763 until 1900, when it was bought by Sir Charles Robinson as a work by Bernardino Luini, a follower of Leonardo. It next appeared at a Sotheby’s in England in 1958 where it sold for £45 – about $125 at the time. It then disappeared again until it was bought at a small U.S. auction house in 2005.”

[ Source: leonardodavinci.net ]

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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Friday Fun Trifecta #9

If you remember a while back, we did a segment here on SDMcKinley.com called Friday Fun Links. Fun links have evolved into Friday Fun Trifecta, where I will feature one thing of each – music, book and visual arts. Welcome to Friday Fun Trifecta #9, in appreciation for artwork.

Last week sadly, there was no Friday Fun post, so this one comes a day early. I had come down with a bit of a viral cold, nothing too serious. Thank God. I’m still in a bit of recovery mode with little twinges here and there along with slight lethargy. The cold came in sort of a blessing in disguise, since I strangely felt like sleeping and finally got some good rest in this past weekend.

Music:

[ Lyrics @ Genuis.com ] – Genre: Pop-soul / R&B

Such a joy it is to hear the music that Adele and her crew put together with Set Fire to the Rain. I absolutely love a nice concert / live performance and this one is more than great, if not better than the original recording, performed at the Royal Albert Hall. The fact that the live performance is so great, it says something in itself about the talent behind the song.

On a slightly unrelated note, I greatly favored Rolling in the Deep as her first hit as well. I’m not a big hits person, but when it’s good, it’s good. Right? The Rolling in the Deep song came at a time in my life that was rocky, ( and so was the music industry ) to say the least and this music helped me through. Thank you for that, Adele. I remember wiring up a lantern battery to my DC radio, so I could listen without municipal power and it worked a charm. Such bitter-sweet memories that I wish to never repeat. Never again.

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Music On Art Resources

Friday Fun Trifecta #8

If you remember a while back, we did a segment here on SDMcKinley.com called Friday Fun Links. Fun links have evolved into Friday Fun Trifecta, where I will feature one thing of each – music, book and visual arts. Welcome to Friday Fun Trifecta #8, in appreciation for artwork. I’m a bit late on this post – and, as someone once told me, “If you can’t get here on time, just get here when you can.”

Book:

No more Mr. Nice Guy by Dr. Robert Glover

“1If it frightens you, do it.   2Don’t settle. Every time you settle, you get exactly what you settled for.   3Put yourself first.   4No matter what happens, you will handle it.   5Whatever you do, do it 100%.   6If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got.   7You are the only person on this planet responsible for your needs, wants, and happiness.   8Ask for what you want.   9If what you are doing isn’t working, try something different. 10Be clear and direct. 11Learn to say “no.” 12Don’t make excuses. 13If you are an adult, you are old enough to make your own rules. 14Let people help you. 15Be honest with yourself. 16Do not let anyone treat you badly. No one. Ever. 17Remove yourself from a bad situation instead of waiting for the situation to change. 18Don’t tolerate the intolerable — ever. 19Stop blaming. Victims never succeed. 20Live with integrity. Decide what feels right to you, then do it. 21Accept the consequences of your actions. 22Be good to yourself. 23Think “abundance.” 24Face difficult situations and conflict head on. 25Don’t do anything in secret. 26Do it now. 27Be willing to let go of what you have so you can get what you want. 28Have fun. If you are not having fun, something is wrong. 29Give yourself room to fail. There are no mistakes, only learning experiences. 30Control is an illusion. Let go; let life happen. It”

― Robert A. Glover, No More Mr. Nice Guy

[ Quote Source: GoodReads.com ]

Visual:

Paradise by Giovanni di Paolo circa 1445.
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Other Reviews Video Games

Video Games: Immortals Fenyx Rising – First Thoughts

After having one of the busiest days in a long time. I really, really enjoyed playing this title, Immortals Fenyx Rising. The visuals are stunning and controls work almost flawlessly.

I didn’t even have one potion or upgraded armor . . . Then, I got in a fight with a bear and barely won:

Spoilers in the form of bear ☠️ death, cut scenes, descriptions of stamina system and resource farming.
This glowing Bear got slung into oblivion. I love watching the boar disappear, too, flying into his demise. 🤠
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Artwork Compositions Music On Art Resources

Friday Fun Trifecta #7

If you remember a while back, we did a segment here on SDMcKinley.com called Friday Fun Links. Fun links have evolved into Friday Fun Trifecta, where I will feature one thing of each – music, book and visual arts. Welcome to Friday Fun Trifecta #7, in appreciation for artwork. I’m a bit late on this post – and, as someone once told me, “If you can’t get here on time, just get here when you can.”

These are not frivolous activities! Although, they might be frivolous woman hoops.

Visual:

Venus and Adonis [ Image Source: metmuseum.org ] by Raphael ( Raffaello Sanzio or Santi ) 

Music:

[ Lyrics @ Genuis.com ]

This BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge really is one of the best things, ever. Artists covering artists, supporting each others work. Spiraling each other until greatness. It’s the best when the covers come out arguably better than the originals. Hey. You win some and lose some, right?

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In Due Time by Killswitch Engage

Have some jovial energy, straight from the heart, via Killswitch Engage:

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Music On Art Resources

Friday Fun Trifecta #6

If you remember a while back, we did a segment here on SDMcKinley.com called Friday Fun Links. Fun links have evolved into Friday Fun Trifecta, where I will feature one thing of each – music, book and visual arts. Welcome to Friday Fun Trifecta #6, in appreciation for artwork. I’m a bit late on this post – and, as someone once told me, “If you can’t get here on time, just get here when you can.”

Bonus:

Explore the legend of Dimebag Darrel via his very own guitar vault. Artwork in the form of a musical instrument:

Music:

[ Lyrics @ Genuis.com ]

Book:

The Kill Riff by David J. Schow
Quote from Amazon preview of The Kill Riff by David J. Schow

I picked this book, sort of randomly, ( with the exception of the heaviness of metal, since we are being so metal today, to theme this post ) from a nicely put together book about book about books titled Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix. I discovered this through a local book store and instead of being an arse and looking up the price on Amazon, in turn ordering it from there: I, instead paid tribute to the store and purchased it from them for helping me discover it. PSA: Don’t be one of those arses:

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Music

The Signal Fire by Killswitch Engage

SDMcKinley.com presents The Signal Fire by Killswitch Engage.

This is empowering, positivity metal core music. Now, if you notice there are two singers here: Jesse and Howard, which are equally great. Howard is no longer apart of Killswitch Engage, but they reunited on this great song. Jesse was the original singer – he had problems controlling his voice, so Howard came along. I would imagine they get along together quite well. I bought my concert tickets before the pandemic hit and I’m patiently waiting for them to re-organize the event, since they are wanting everyone ( Jesse, Howard, etc ) to be there for the fans. Truth be told, I like this band so much that I would gladly just donate the money to them for the two tickets, but I know they will come back around after this is all over. 😁

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Book Reviews

Review: Saltblood by T.C. Parker

😮 This is a marvelous cover. Absolutely stunning.

Blurb:

A remote island. A group of prisoners. And an evil as old as time.

Robin didn’t mean to break the law. Didn’t know at first what law she’d broken. And now she’s on her way to Salt Rock – a new-model prison for a new kind of criminal, way out in the remote Northern Isles of Scotland.

On Salt Rock, she’ll meet other prisoners like her – men and women from all over the world, spirited away from the lives they knew for crimes they didn’t know they were committing.

She’ll uncover the complex web of conspiracy that connects them all, confronting some of the darkness of her own past in the process.

And she’ll come face to face, finally, with an evil as old as the land itself.

It’s hell in those waters.


Books with certain qualities, elements or style can be more appealing, of course to readers when they match up with the reader’s expectations and personal interests. Saltblood by T.C. Parker is one of those books, for me that not only matched up with expectations and interests, it’s intimate, genuine and original: it’s one of those stories that sticks on my side like blood sucking leech, stuck for life in a completely well way.

Great! I can eat chicken wings while reading again. 🤠
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Video Games

Victory: Racing is My Dig

First race jumping back into this game, and I humbly scored a win. My mentor is proud. 🤠

Game: Forza Horizon 4. Car: Subaru WRX ’05. Victory! Platform: Xbox Series X. Resolution: 4K
Then, I raced the train and won at the last second, with a difference of .4 seconds. 🤠

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.