Living with Linux, Lubuntu

It’s hard to believe that I have been using Lubuntu for 2 months. In just a few weeks the old mini-tower went from an unused computer gathering dust to my main computer.  That was a stroke of luck for me because my preview build of Windows 10 went on the fritz at about the same time.

That being said, Windows 10 is up and running well, as most of you have experienced, and I am spending time tweaking it to better suit my needs (ahem, games). One of the changes that I have recently made to both Windows 10 and Linux was to change the browser to Chrome. Lubuntu is bundled with Firefox, and though there is nothing wrong with it, I prefer Chrome.

11822690_10153049000975098_7770248009616638975_nIn the near future, I will snap a picture of my Lubuntu setup. The computer is tucked away on an old bookshelf/room-divider next to my daybed. Now, when I receive something in my mailbox, I can simply walk over, sit down, and snap a picture of the book or product — sweet.

In the future, I plan to use the webcam for some videos or perhaps use the screen recorder with the webcam to talk about books, websites, software, games, etc. Have a safe weekend everyone ….

What is Dieselpunk?

As the years roll by I can’t help but think that the name steampunk is a poor name for the genre.  The name doesn’t fit certain eras and as a result new names must fill in the gaps. One of those names is Dieselpunk which falls roughly between the 1920s to the 1950s. So here you go Dieselpunk which is not to be confused with steampunk, atompunk, cyberpunk, and Barrypunk.

Atticus Finch is RACIST?

I guess we will all have to re-examine this hero. I remember applying for a job and being asked the question, “who is your hero?” I answered Atticus Finch and the interviewer didn’t know who that was, “is he a good guy or a bad guy?” Today, I would have to answer that question with a shrug.

Maybe I’ll read “Go Set a Watchman”, but I’m in no hurry. If it wasn’t suitable for publication and had to be reworked into “To Kill a Mockingbird”, I don’t think that I’d care to read this early draft.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” To Kill a Mockingbird

Review: Bloodline of the Gods

Bloodline of the Gods: Unravel the Mystery in the Human Blood Type to Reveal the Aliens Among Us

by Nick Redfern

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (August 17, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1601633653
ISBN-13: 978-1601633651

Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5.

Product description:

Are significant numbers of humanity the product of an ancient and advanced alien civilization? Have we, across the millennia, been periodically modified and refined as a species? In short, has our genetic make-up been manipulated by otherworldly beings that view human civilization as one big lab experiment?

These are controversial and thought-provoking questions. They are also questions that demand answers, answers that may very well be found by examining those people whose blood type is Rh negative.

The vast majority of humankind–85 to 90 percent–is Rh positive, which means a person’s red blood cells contain an antigen directly connected to the Rhesus monkey. This antigen is known as the Rh factor.

Each and every primate on the planet has this antigen, except for one: the remaining 10 to 15 percent of humans. If the theory of evolution is valid–that each and every one of us is descended from ancient primates–shouldn’t we all be Rh positive? Yes, we should. But we’re not. The Negatives are unlike the rest of us. They are different.

They are the unique individuals whose bloodline may have nothing less than extraterrestrial origins.

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My thoughts:

I have to start off with the admission that I enjoy Nick Redfern’s books. I like thinking outside of the box and Nick Redfern never fails to take you on a wild ride. In this case, Redfern talks about Rh negative blood and the theory of it’s connection to extraterrestrials.

redfern-mug-mugIf you are familiar with the ancient alien theories, you will recognize many of the elements of this book. Having said that, Redfern pulls in topics such as Incubus and Succubus, Black-eyed children, and Reptilians. He also poses some interesting questions like “Did ETs wipe out the Neanderthals?” I suppose that my favorite part was the discussion of Lilith: Adam-Anunnaki Connection.

All in all, This book is an excellent read, and I really enjoyed every second of it. I highly recommend “Bloodline of the Gods” for your alternate History home library. I give it 4 stars out of 5.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from New Page Books and Warwick Associates. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Extra coffee please

No seriously, I need some extra coffee to get going today. I don’t know if it is the heat, my backache, a funky mood, or just some strange alignment of the stars, but I am really out of sorts today — and have been for a couple of days. I hate the summer. At any rate, I have decided to take a sabbatical from my Attention Earthlings blog.

I’ll see how I feel in time, but the blog wasn’t generating discussion among the readers as I had hoped that it would and I felt as though it was pretty much a failure. I guess the last straw was when something broke on the template and I was just simply not in the mood to fix it.

Something old, something new …

I have been enjoying a couple of new games recently, anything to get me out of the heat, Skyforge and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. Skyforge is a triple A mmo that is very sharp and professional. I suppose that the best part about Skyforge, for a cheap bastard like me, is that the game is free to play. Check out http://sf.my.com/us and see if the game is something that you might like to try. Skyforge is in open beta. Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic is an old game that I started some time ago but didn’t finish. The game is a bit glitchy but fun, and I am surprised that it plays on Windows 10.

Failure is not an option — it comes bundled with Windows…

I’ve been using Windows 10 for some time and the latest build 10240 seems to be very solid and stable.  I’ve had some problems with some of the builds but recently Windows has really firmed up. I was very concerned when my Steam games wouldn’t work, but that problem has been resolved and everything that I’ve tested seems to work. The new Windows will be available in a couple of days and you might want to try it on a non-essential computer.  Just between you and me — I prefer Linux.

Remember the words of Sydney Harris, “When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’”

The Haunted House Diaries: The True Story of a Quiet Connecticut Town in the Center of a Paranormal Mystery

I am reading The Haunted House Diaries: The True Story of a Quiet Connecticut Town in the Center of a Paranormal Mystery by William J. Hall and published by New Page Books. I enjoyed reading Hall’s The World’s Most Haunted House (link) last year and I expect this book to be as good.


Following his first bestseller about a famous haunted house, the magician andunexplained phenomena expert, William J. Hall, has come up with a second spine-tingler, The Haunted House Diaries : The True Story of a Quiet Connecticut Town in the Center of a Paranormal Mystery.

Based on a five-decade series of personal journals and on extensive research,interviews and photos in and around the town of Litchfield Hills, the author once again tantalizes his ghost- and spirit-loving fans with true-life tales of frightening happenings and creepy creatures. Color photos and nightmarish first-hand accounts make this a book you won’t want to read after dark, by yourself.

Nestled deep in Litchfield Hills, Connecticut, a 1790 farmhouse sits near the epicenter of a paranormal commotion. The family that resides there regularly encounters its own ancestors and strangers–human and 
non-human–who seemingly occupy the same physical space in our world while remaining in their own, parallel worlds. When famous ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated, they dubbed it “Ghost Central.”

Here’s your chance to unlock and experience the private diary of farmhouse resident Donna Fillie. This amazing record spans five decades and recounts a parade of uncanny occurrences, including:

  • Notes from old friends who insist they didn’t deliver them
  • A grandson playing with an invisible–but very real–friend
  • Donna awakening to phenomena at precisely 12:42 a.m., an eerie correspondence to her house number, 1242This compelling work includes many other unexplainable details of a wide variety of phenomena that frequently occur in this otherwise normal area of Connecticut, which may also be the site of a secret military base.

    After reading The Haunted House Diaries, you will undoubtedly wonder: Are our assumptions about the paranormal all wrong?