Wrap-up of the week 11/22

Yet another week has burned away and time seems to speed by ever faster. I have received a pair of books in the mail courtesy of the good folks at Pyr. I want to thank Pyr for the copies of “The Fortress in Orion” and “The Prison in Antares”. The books are written by Mike Resnick and I’ve enjoy most of his work.

I am in the process of cleaning the Florida-room, to the tune of Kylie Minogue’s Christmas record, and I hope to have it in shape to set Christmas decorations. I’ve also moved the Manjaro computer to the Florida-room so I find myself taking longer breaks than usual — *grin*. Having said that, I have decorated my Manjaro computer for Christmas.


Next week should be a very busy week for me. I am taking Mom to the hospital for a breast biopsy on Monday. Wednesday, I will be taking my Sister to her throat biopsy. Let’s just say that the books from Pyr will come in handy while sitting in the hospital waiting-rooms.

I thought that we were going to have Thanksgiving early (today) but it was just the usual family gathering for Sunday breakfast. Well, I can’t say that it was “usual”. We had a phone call in the middle of it and it concluded with a trip to Darlene’s house to work on Willy’s computer.

Willy had a strange problem where the Windows Repair was in an odd loop. None of Windows repair tips would work and we had to do a clean re-install. Willy so distrusted Windows 10 that he wanted to re-install Windows 7. To be honest, I don’t blame him. At this point, I can no longer recommend Windows 10.

I can recommend Attention Earthlings and I have added a link on the top right sidebar for recent posts. I guess that’s enough for this week.  Take care everyone.

Lionsgate buys out Ghost Hunters

Lionsgate has reportedly bought a majority share of Pilgrim Studios for 200 million dollars. Is this the last squeeze of the Ghost Hunters orange? Did Pilgrim believe that the GH golden goose has no more golden eggs? What does this mean for the future of Ghost Hunters? I sense that the end is near …

BTW … Ghost Hunters has been picked up for another season starting 2016.

Ghost Hunters park in handicap space
Ghost Hunters park in handicap space

On the deaths of Mark and Debby Constantino


I didn’t know the Constantinos nor have I had any contact with them. Like many of you, I saw them on a few episodes of Ghost Adventures. They were known for, among other things, paranormal EVP research. On learning of their deaths, I have to admit that I almost posted a few snarky remarks.

The post sat in my draft box for a couple of months until I decided to work on it today. Perhaps the tragedy of the murders in Paris pulled me back to this old post of another tragedy.

As many of you already know, the Constantinos were in the process of a divorce when the murder/suicide occurred. Debby Constantino had a restraining order on Mark which points to the total impotence of a court’s restraining order.

While I may have had some issues with Ghost Adventures, okay a lot of issues. I have resolved to enjoy it as nothing more than entertainment.  In all  honesty, I don’t think that I am ready to watch an episode with the Constantinos — perhaps one day. In the meantime, I lament the tragedy of the Constantinos and the other victims of domestic violence.

Pray for the family …

“Sure relationships include arguments, but pain is not a side-effect of love.”
― Tyler Oakley, Binge

Review: Storm and Steel by Jon Sprunk

Review: Storm and Steel by Jon Sprunk.

I want to thank the folks at Pyr for this free review copy.

An empire at war. Three fates intertwined.

The Magician. Horace has destroyed the Temple of the Sun, but now he finds his slave chains have been replaced by bonds of honor, duty, and love. Caught between two women and two cultures, he must contend with deadly forces from the unseen world.

The Rebel. Jirom has thrown in his lot with the slave uprising, but his road to freedom becomes ever more dangerous as the rebels expand their campaign against the empire. Even worse, he feels his connection with Emanon slipping away with every blow they strike in the name of freedom.

The Spy. Alyra has severed her ties to the underground network that brought her to Akeshia, but she continues the mission on her own. Yet, with Horace’s connection to the queen and the rebellion’s escalation of violence, she finds herself treading a knife’s edge between love and duty.

Dark conspiracies bubble to the surface as war and zealotry spread across the empire. Old alliances are shattered, new vendettas are born, and all peoples—citizen and slave alike—must endure the ravages of storm and steel.

Wrap up of the week November 8th

It is a very wet and rainy day in the Redneck Riviera. The family has gathered for Sunday breakfast as usual. The remains of Sunday’s newspaper are on the floor, much to Peppy’s delight. Darlene brought a tray of baklava. It was okay but, I am not a fan of baklava, I was happy that she took it back home.

tux2520linux2520distros_thumb[2]This week I am trying out another Linux OS,  no I haven’t replaced my peppermint it’s on another computer, this new system is Manjaro. I have to admit that I really like it. I have moved the Manjaro computer to the Florida room ( or as my buddy Debby calls it — the Debby room ) and Willy and I spent much of the morning huddled around it. This OS may give Peppermint a run for it’s money.

On a personal note, my Mom has received some bad news from her Doctor. He wants a biopsy taken of her breast. We had felt that the hospital trips were over for the year but it looks like we are not quite done with Doctors and hospitals.

Blog related — Nothing in the mailbox ( I bet my mailman was happy about that ) and I have yet to finish reading “Storm and Steel”. I’ve tried I just can’t seem to push through this book. Maybe today?

I have changed the Facebook fan page cover for Gnostalgia  (https://www.facebook.com/gnostalgia/) to better reflect the geeky nature of the blog. What can I say? I love those little Tux guys. BTW the folks from Peppermint OS left a comment on one of the posts. How cool is that?

Future changes? I think I see what I can do to develop a banner for Gnostalgia that is bookish, esoteric, and Linux geeky — that should be a challenge. Have a great week everyone!

Living with Linux: 2 months on Peppermint OS

All in all, I am enjoying my time with Linux and more specifically Peppermint OS. I have even put Peppermint on my bigger computer in place of Linux Mint.  Having said that, I may try another OS on the bigger rig that I call Frankenstein.

Everything has not been peaches and light, I have experienced a few problems. On my small system my webcam software, Camorama, stopped working. I tried Guvcview but got a black screen (the reason I went to Camorama in the first place), but there is a simple fix.  By using a different repository, you can download an updated version that fixes the black screen bug. I shot a brief video about the fix and you can copy and paste the fix.

I am happier with the Guvcview program and thought that my software issues were a thing of the past until Simple Screen Recorder screwed up on my Frankenstein system. I’ve uninstall it and replaced it with Kazam. That’s one of the beauties of Linux, if one software doesn’t work — try another. I am uploading my Kazam video to Facebook as a test.  Check out https://www.facebook.com/barry.huddleston or here (link) if you’d like to see me whine about Halloween.