If you haven’t seen the 1998 movie Strangeland it was made by Twisted Sister’s own Dee Snider about teen girls who end up being kidnapped and tortured after meeting a predator online named Captain Howdy. While it may not have been the most compelling movie of all time it’s something that parents should have seen back in the day.
Back in the late 1990s the big predator playgrounds were chatrooms. The movie could have been remade in the 2000s with social networking sites and in the 2010s with smart phone apps.
Not surprisingly this is a tale that Snider has actually been telling since the 1980s with possibly my favorite epic song of his from the 1980s called Horror-Teria, a single track that features the dual songs Captain Howdy and Street Justice. This was from back in a time when the predators had to have physical contact of your kids before they could harm them. I guess they could be called analog pedos by today’s standards.
The cartoon I posted above does a pretty good job of representing what it’s like to live with anxiety issues bit no matter how clever the cartoon is it can’t really show how people with anxiety problems really feel. Someone with no issues may see that cartoon and think that anxiety only happens infrequently while a lot of us live with it on a constant basis. I’m going to try to explain how it really feels.
Imagine that every day when you woke up you had to be punched in the face. You constantly know it’s coming and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. However if you somehow manage to not get punched in the face there’s a good chance they you’ll lose everyone and everything you love. Sometimes you feel like you’re not getting punched in the face enough or you feel like that no one appreciates that you’re getting punched in the face for them. You can’t tell anyone you’re being punched in the face daily for fear of looking weak or like a complainer. This is how I felt every day for as long as I can remember even when I was a small child in grade school. Just once I’d like to wake up without having that twitchy and flinching feeling knowing that the punch in the face is imminent. Instead, I and countless others put on this false face to try to convince everyone else that everything is ok even though just underneath the surface we are screaming for help. On those rare occasions we do ask for help a lot of times we’re met with eyerolls as to say “Well, just stop having anxiety” as if we wouldn’t switch it off if we could. I often lose sleep over it with the logic that if I don’t go to sleep I won’t have to wake up and be punched in the face. It affects your work too sometimes to the point of an almost paralytic fear but employers don’t want to hear “I’m sorry for my poor performance, you should feel lucky that I even came in today since I constantly have the fear of God in me.” Which leads to more punches in the face that your family and friends wonder why you just can’t take the punches. But you really do want to be able to take the punches. You want to be ‘normal’. You want to be like other people who can roll out of bed with no problem, duck the punch and carry on with the rest of their day. Instead we just keep getting punched in the face with every fiber of our physical being craving some kind of release from this personal hell that we know may only come at the end of our days.
I didn’t post this for sympathy. This is the internet after all and I know where to find it in the dictionary. I posted it in hopes that if you know someone who suffers from anxiety you can have at least a modicum of understanding for what they’re going through.
Something else I posted on my social network accounts that I felt was good enough for posterity.
If you look for an agenda in everything then everything has an agenda.
If you look for racism in everything then everything is racist.
Instead of picking sides we should be coming together to help each other.
One of the more recent articles concerning e-cigs and vaping is this one out of Japan that says researchers have found that e-cigs contain 10 times the carcinogens of tobacco cigarettes. As usual the headline betrays the actual information.
“In one brand of e-cigarette the team found more than 10 times the level of carcinogens contained in one regular cigarette,” said researcher Naoki Kunugita, adding that the amount of formaldehyde detected varied through the course of analysis.
So in one brand of e-cig they found 10 times the levels of carcinogens. Which brand was it? Where were they manufactured? You can’t paint all e-cigs and vaping items with such a broad brush because of one bad apple.
I get the feeling that this is going to be the study that the anti-vaping crowd clings to as reasons for banning vaping much like the ant-vaxxing crowd still cling to the disproven report of Dr. Andrew Wakefield who claimed that vaccines cause autism even though there is no proof to the contrary. Never mind that I can cite an American study that said the benefits of vaping outweigh the risks or the top scientists who petitioned the World Health Organization to not recommend banning vaping due to the amount of lives it would save.
The next thing you know the anti-vaping crowd will be claiming that vaping causes autism.
Thanks to Jamie for the tip.
***SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN”T SEEN LAST WEEK’S EPISODE OF THE FLASH***
This past Wednesday on The Flash, Dr. Wells told Blackout that he knew the names of all the people killed by the Central City particle accelerator accident that gave Barry his powers. He rattled off the following list of names…
Three of those names jumped out at me. Those would be Ralph Dibny, Bea Dacosta and Ronnie Raymod.
In DC Comics lore they’re better known as…
Green Flame or Fire
I’m surprised they didn’t say Ted Kord since he’s almost always dead in no matter what form the DC universe takes but I digress.
I’m pretty sure we’ll see Ronnie Raymond in the future since he was Caitlin”s fiance but I’m really hoping that Ralph Dibny is alive in Central City. He’s a very under appreciated character and one of my favorites.
Ah yes, W.A.S.P. The band that single-handedly brought Tipper Gore to American prominence. While a lot of their albums have been 80’s cheesefests but 1992’s The Crimson Idol still stands as one of my favorite albums.
Longtime friend Mitch sent in this way from W.A.S.P. to Ronnie James Dio.
1.Blackie Lawless was in Sister with Nikki Sixx in 1976.
2.Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue co-wrote Public Enemy #1 with Lizzie Grey.
3.Lizzie Grey was in London with Fred Coury.
4. Fred Coury was in Arcade with Stephen Pearcy.
5.Stephen Pearcy was in Ratt (previously Mickey Ratt) with Jake E. Lee.
6.Jake E. Lee was in Dio for a short time, though only recorded rehearsal tapes.
That is six however I was able to find a shorter way. Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot played on both The Headless Children and Crimson Idol with W.A.S.P. Frankie was in Quiet Riot with bass player Rudy Sarzo and Rudy played bass in Dio.
Now here’s W.A.S.P. with my favorite track from The Crimson Idol, “Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue)”
Again, if you can think of a band or act that can be connected to Dio let me know and I’ll use it for a future post.
All hail his name \m/
I was at my local Walgreen’s not too long ago and I happened to notice that they had some vaping stuff behind the counter. The thing that caught my eye is that they were selling pre-filled clearomizers/tanks behind the counter. I thought that was interesting concept so I picked up the FIN Advanced Vaping V-Tank. For about $12 I was able to get a two pack of clearomizers that each come with 2.4ml of juice per tank with a nicotine strength of 1.6%/16mg.
Price-wise I can get 30ml of juice from my vape store for that amount however you are getting the tank with it so it kind of evens out. I chose the grape flavor which was ok, reminded me of Sweet Tarts. Decent throat hit if that’s your sort of thing. However the one discouraging thing from the FIN tanks is that on every third or fourth hit I would get this really stale tasting hit. Tried both tanks from the two-pack on both my MVP and eGo batteries and got the same resulting stale hits.
The main attraction for me about the FIN clearomizers is that they’re available at places like Walgreen’s and Wal-Mart that are open 24 hours a day. So much like the Haus tank its major attraction is convenience if you happen to find yourself nowhere near a vape store and in need of juice. They are manufactured in the USA as well.
Normally I like to keep my vaping business local here in North Carolina. I want to support the local vaping businesses, except this one but I digress. However I was recently given a nice e-juice discount by the fine folks at 7’s Electronic Cigarettes. I made sure that they are from the US as it’s best to make sure you’re not getting juice made from a questionable area.
Now this is not going to be an e-juice review per se because taste in e-juices are subjective. This is going to be more of a review of my experience with 7’s.
First the juice itself. I ordered 15ml of 6mg Banana flavored juice. Their retail price is $12.49. I may have passed on this because of the price since I’m currently between jobs so the discount did help a lot. The juice came in a dark blue glass bottle with the eye dropper. I’m not a fan of this kind of packaging for juice but like I said taste is subjective and I can easily put the juice in any number of clear plastic squeeze bottle I have. While I would have preferred a more bolder taste the banana e-juice was subtly sweet and satisfying. I can’t comment on throat hit because I am asthmatic and I prefer no throat hit which I was ablle to attain with the 6mg e-juice.
The best part about 7’s is their customer service. I received my e-juice in the mail in roughly the same amount of time it takes me to get my e-juice from local vendors when I order online. Not only did they send me an e-mail when my item shipped but they sent an e-mail every day letting me know how much longer my package would be. Their website is also top-notch. It’s professional looking and easy to order on it. Too many vendors have websites that look like they’re from 1998 Geocities.
So 7’s/my7s.com gets a big thumbs up and a hearty recommendation from me.
Comic Sans should be the official sarcasm font of the internet because no one takes anything written in Comic Sans seriously.
At least they have a blonde from the British Isles playing Constantine this time. Don’t get me wrong, I actually liked the Keanu Reeves movie but they should have called it anything but Constantine. It seems like they’re also sticking closer to the comic book than the movie as well showing John Constantine using others for his own personal gain and the infamous Newcastle incident.
I’ll keep watching but so far, yes I know it’s only one episode, they really didn’t make me have to tune into the next episode like Arrow and Gotham do. However as a comic book property it’s not a bad show.