Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Commenting Issues

Hey all, we did not intentionally remove commenting; we're having an issue with the Google+ account(s). That's why we do not have the "official" Google+ Badge on any (well most, maybe) of the blogs.

I have been working on it off and on for months now, but it is mostly a Google+ issue over which we have no control: It will no longer connect to our G+ page because it says the URL G+ provided us contains unacceptable characters. So far, we've not found a way to change the URL - not to mention the fact that it's been the same since we got on G+, so we don't really want to change it. We don't get a lot of visitors as it is, and we don't want to make it more difficult for them to find us!

Comments have been moderated for most of the OddBlog's existence, so there isn't a problem there; this is a technical issue that we are working to resolve, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

© The Weirding, 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016

Keyboards

I was a heavy metal kid, so keyboards were not my favorite instrument. As I grew older though, I learned that many great metal bands and artists used keyboards for lots of things. I grew to respect it as an instrument, although I still have no idea how to play one.

These days, all you need is an avid keyboard to turn your computer into a small, but perfectly functional, studio. With a minimum investment, you can record demos right in your own home these days!


Monday, March 21, 2016

Urban Legends

If you have a subscription to Hulu+, you can watch the entire Urban Legends series from 2002. Hosted by Natasha Henstridge, the retellings of urban legends from over the centuries can be tedious, but it is packed with interesting information. While many of the legends are debunked, others may surprise you; most have a grain of truth to them, but change over time.

Each hour-long episode explores a handful of urban legends, spending several minutes on each.

© The Weirding, 2016

Rings for Mom

Mother's Day is not that far off, and everyone likes to feel special. Consider giving your mom one of the mothers rings from here to celebrate this year. Many are engravable, allowing you to make her gift even more unique. From gold to silver, with and without stones, you can find the perfect ring for your wife, girlfriend, mother, or mother-in-law for this Mother's Day or any other occasion.

While there is no need to be in a relationship with someone to give them a nice Mother's Day gift, most consider jewelry to be a more intimate present than the standard fare. These rings are far from pricey, but giving them out willy-nilly would not be affordable for most people; these are special gifts meant for the important mothers in your life.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Update

I didn't realize it had been so long since I posted! As I've complained about elsewhere, I have had nothing but trouble from my new computer for the last several months. With any luck, that may have been finally resolved. My ISP is overloaded but not "at capacity," so there's no work order - accounting for the interruptions and slow speeds over the last several months.

I'm still playing with the color template. I have several stories I've collected since I have been away, as usual - I have no idea if I'll publish any of them, as usual. If I finally have these computer issues resolved, I may be able to get back to posting regularly. There's nothing I can do about the internet connection, but that shouldn't affect posting.

Despite searching, I found nothing on Admiral Byrd - or very little, I should say. I did come across a large biography but it made no mention of Operation: High Jump. I'll be posting more links to documentaries and similar programs you may find interesting. Some of these may be controversial, even hoaxes, but if I think enough of you will dig it, I'll likely post it.

© The Weirding, 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016

RCA Cables


In the early 2000s, it seemed like you received an rca cable with everything you bought.Since streaming media has overtaken many forms of delivery, this is no longer the case - some 15 years later, you may well find yourself tearing-up your home to find an RCA cable! Just last night, I spent well over an hour looking for a USB cable - another periphery that used to come with everything you bought for your PC.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Pacu Fish in New Jersey Lake Origin of Urban Legend?

Pacu
Pacu
Regardless of where you live in the United States, you are likely to have heard the urban legend regarding testicle-biting fish that infest local bodies of water. Usually, these myths are accompanied by moralistic tales of illicit activity - skinny-dipping or romantic trysts by moonlight. However, a recent discovery in a New Jersey Lake had even national periodicals discussing the urban legend.

Two Pacu, fish with human-like teeth that are indigenous of South America, were discovered in Swedes Lake in New Jersey. Pictures of the fish went viral online, and have been seen around the globe, causing the testicle-eating fish myth to begin anew. However, National Geographic, USA Today, and other major outlets were quick to lay the urban legend to rest, saying the Amazonian fish eats fruits and nuts, not meat. Pacu are related to piranha, another fish with razor-sharp teeth which is infamous for its carnivorous diet.

However, the legend persists. In 2011, two swimmers' bodies were found in New Guinea sans testicles, fueling speculation amongst the locals. No one can confirm or deny that the fish may mistake swimmers' testicles for their usual vegetarian fare on occasion, but fish and other wild animals are known to eat the soft parts of decomposing corpses. They usually go first for the eyes, ears, and - yes - the testicles.

Tropical fish, the Pacu are unlikely to survive in temperate waters that may well freeze in winter. As to how the Pacu got into Swedes Lake, it's likely they outgrew their fishtank and someone threw them in there.

© The Weirding, 2015

Monday, November 30, 2015

PC Problems

Hi guys (and gals), just wanted to let everyone know that I am still having issues with the "new" laptop I purchased months ago. I am having to send it back to the factory yet again in hopes that they can fix it, but I do not have high hopes that they will be able to do so, as no one there seems to know what is wrong with it.

I have a spare tablet to use in the meantime and I'll try my best to post here, but I can make no promises. Being without a computer for this long has thrown everything into a tizzy, so I'm not making any plans to do anything involving computers right now. I haven't even been able to play World of Warcraft in several months despite still paying for a subscription... I've lost so much work that once I do get a PC to work here (and I don't have high hopes for that, either), I'm going to be pretty busy making up for lost time in that area.

© The Weirding, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Bassbreaker


Making fun of bassists is a kind of backhanded tradition amongst musicians, but if you have ever heard a song without bass, you know how important they are to the group. Of course, like all things music-related, their craft can be expensive to practice. Since it is so close to Black Friday, you may want to keep your favorite bassist in mind and check out this link to some great gear: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-Bassbreaker.gc.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Admiral Byrd: The Last Explorer

Admiral Byrd
Admiral Byrd
After seeing the documentary regarding the Hollow Earth Theory, and having many of the same questions I think others do regarding the subject, I decided to delve deeper. Not surprisingly, my local library had books on neither subject, but they are part of the interlibrary book-lending program, so I was able to find a handful of books on Byrd. I requested two of them. I picked one of them up the other day.

Admiral Byrd: The Last Explorer by Edwin P. Hoyt is a dauntingly large biography based only on the public records regarding Admiral Byrd. At the time of its writing, the family refused to release his private information, much of his Naval record remained classified, and he was too well-regarded to find former associates who would say anything bad about him. Although this is only from the Preface and sound like possible excuses for a poorly-researched biography, it was written less than 20 years after Byrd's mysterious disappearance.

I'll be discussing more about both Admiral Byrd and the Hollow Earth Theory in coming posts.

© The Weirding, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Multicolored Cloud in Costa Rica

This video of a multicolored cloud over Costa Rica has gone viral online. No one seems to have a good explanation for what looks very much like something that might happen if a nuclear device were detonated above the ground. Of course, there was no visible damage or fallout, so I am not suggesting that that is what happened, that's just what it reminds of.

There is almost certainly a very natural and well understood reason for this oddly shaped, multicolored cloud formation, but the experts apparently have yet to weigh-in on the matter. Some (non-experts) are calling it an "End of Times" cloud formation.

© The Weirding, 2015