Guardians, Movie Review!

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Yep, the above pic looks like it has absolutely nothing to do with “Guardians of the Galaxy”, right?  Well, it’s one of the pics that came up when I typed “Guardians of the Galaxy” into the Google Image search engine, so there….

Yeah, I know.  I usually don’t post on Monday nights, especially on a holiday weekend, but this was special.  Two friends and I decided to attend a movie that we hoped we would all like.  One friend does not like the bad violence, so we opted for “Guardians of the Galaxy”.  I knew we would be okay when I saw how many kids were there as well as entire families.  The theater was not packed, but it was full.

The crowd (normally, I don’t like crowds when I go to a show) added a lot to the movie this time.  It all took me back to “Star Wars” in the 70’s.  That’s right, I went to see it when I was ONE (okay, older, high school is almost like being one).  I actually went to see “Star Wars” (the original episode, first one out, was, ahhh, episode 4?) three times the first week it hit the theaters.  Dad, if I remember correctly, was upset when I went both the first and second days (with different friends).  I believe I took my first wife (during college) to see it when they brought it back for a repeat showing a year or so later.  Then I bought the “tape” of it (still have the VCR Tape of those 3 episodes).

Why do I tell you about “Star Wars”?  Well, “Guardians” is a lot like “Star Wars”, but I and my friends decided it was even better (not better than “Star Trek” though, NO).  So, I give it 4.75 of 5.  Hard, really hard, to give anything a perfect 5, but that’s awfully close ( A-, almost A).

So, if you want something that is sweet, fun for all, funny, exciting, and just Star Warsy great, you got it in “Guardians”.

Namaste,

Scott

Trailer to both below.

Star Wars Original

Guardians of the Galaxy

Ferguson – Again?

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I, normally, do not allow myself to become enmeshed in big news stories.  It is a preference.  I don’t feel that the spin given on most of them is very fair.  I mean, nearly every source leans one way or another.  I just allow things to come into my life through the Internet, people, and circumstances and that nearly always balances out after a time.  This is what I have done with Ferguson.  I am not going there; I have never been there.  So, my personally affecting what is going on there is slim.  I do need an opinion on it, but, as with all major items, that opinion becomes clouded, hopefully clearing up with time.

I saw this clip this morning and it helped to bring things into perspective.  I am not saying it is the ALL-TIME, ANSWER EVERYTHING clip.  I am just saying that I have already heard the big hype from both sides.  This just pointed some things out.  First, here is the clip.

Now, assuming you watched the clip, I can pretty well guess a lot of the reactions to it.  Unsurprisingly, a lot of my opinion on how you took the clip was based on your race.  But, what I ask here is:  Is this clip biased?  Before you give me a resounding answer either way, let me just remind you of this:  Ferguson IS racially biased.  IT IS!  The problem gets really bad when you really that it is racially biased on TWO fronts.

This is a national spot in which the white people swing one way and the black people swing the other.  I know this is not surprising, but what may surprise you is that when I asked if the clip was biased, both sides probably hollered “yes” for one reason or another.

My feeling is that minorities (speaking mostly of black here, but that isn’t the whole story anymore) are not always given a fair shake.  There is a movement, however, that is seeking to rectify it.  And, the interesting thing is, a lot of white people are trying to help with the rectification.  The world (at least, the US) is going through a very tough time racially.  We have been for a long time, but the problem is approaching some kind of head.  My hope is that, when the time for decision-making, swings full around, that we don’t end up with the same situation and just different players on both sides.

Please everyone, all races, pray for us to figure this deal out and solve it in such a way that future violence is minimized and that, in the end, all races can hold their heads up high and say:  We all did it!!!

Just a thought, just my opinion.

Namaste,

Scott

Five Sentence Fiction: Conflict – “A Conflict in Nature” PG – Humorous

Lillie McFerrin does it again!  “Conflict” is this week’s prompt word for Five Sentence Fiction.  Mine is below.  Click >Here< for the rest.  Enjoy!

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Conflict

“A Conflict in Nature”

By Scott L Vannatter – 8/29/2014

It had been innocent enough when he had gotten the idea and tried it out without thinking it all through.

Granger was moving very quickly for an almost forty-year-old who had not run more than a block in nearly fifteen years; he hardly noticed the shortness of breath and the leg pains.

You would think that two creatures so absorbed in their own doings would not pay any attention to a man wearing camouflage and taking no-flash pictures from nearly fifty feet away.

He could hardly be blamed for the monkey shrieking in the tree above where he happened to be hiding behind in order to get the best shot angle.

The lion and the gorilla had been getting ready to fight to the death, but when lunch calls…

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Namaste,

Scott

Repost of “Some of My Stuff” Short Stories FF

Rochelle hosts Friday Fictioneers.  Read mine below the pic (follow the link).  The rest are >HERE<  Have fun!

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Well, what I will have to say is that when I first posted for the pic above, it was quite a long time ago.   In fact, I put 7 of my Friday Fictioneer stories on one blog post.  The goo one is one of them.  So, here for old times’ sake is a link running to the seven stories posted then.  Enjoy !!!

http://kindredspirit23.wordpress.com/some-of-my-stuff/

Namaste,

Scott

Dinner, A Storm, and a New Arrival!

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Okay, tonight is my “General Post” night (now and Fri).  I decided to let you have 3 topics in 1!

First, let’s discuss the weather from last night (Monday).  My buddy and I went out to eat for out weekly dinner.  We discussed a lot of topics, but the one for current weather came up very near last.  My buddy is a farmer, so he watches out for weather a lot.  He told me and looked it up on his phone that much of Indiana was covered/or being covered in Red (not good).  Weather report was about 2 inches of rain by late Tuesday night (about 24-30 hours).  He looked outside and decided to leave.  So did I.  However, I did snap 3 pictures of what was heading my way when I left (see below).  OMG!!!

Storm Coming 082514-03 Storm Coming 082514-02Storm Coming 082514-01Okay, now, for all this coming mess, by the time I got home (about 15 minutes), the sky was clearing and we had received very few drops of rain and a bit of rumbling!  It did rain later, but kind of a general rain, nothing special.  Don’t know what’s coming tonight and tomorrow, but, so far, I laugh at the weather (hope I don’t really regret saying that).

Number Two:  A new Arrival.

I finally received and set up my new computer!  I need to tell you how much of a difference it has made for me.  I had a 3.0 Dual processor, decent video card (upgraded), 1.5 TB of disc space (1 TB on an external drive), and 2 GB Ram.  My new computer is an Alienware Computer from Dell.  It has a video card that is 1-2 steps up from what I had upgraded to, 2 TB of disc space, a 4.0 Quad processor, and 16 GB of Ram.

This one screams!!!  I love playing Fallout 3 and Skyrim.  I have always played them on medium speed/resolution and had problems with that.  Now, both play on Ultra High speed/resolution and no problems to speak of!  There are details I had never seen before and Skyrim is beautiful!

I also purchased a new Surge/Battery UPS and had to buy Word Essentials to keep Word and Excel.

Number Three.  Dinner.

Here is one of my favorite food recipes since going extreme Vegan.  I developed this recipe.  It uses brand name products for a lot of it, but they are assorted and I worked out the mixture.

Great/Easy Chili Recipe – Vegan Style – 6 Ingredients

5 Cans

1 Can Hormel Chili Vegetarian with Beans (99% Fat free) (15 oz)

1 Can Hunts Dinner Starters seasoned Tomato Sauce for Chili (15 oz)

1 Can Golden Sweet Whole Kernel Corn (15.25 oz) (Do NOT drain)

1 Can Brooks Just for Chili Med. With Onions Tomato Sauce (15 oz)

1 Can Bush’s Best Chili Magic Chili Starter Traditional Mild (15.5 oz)

1 Cup Elbow Macaroni Dry

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  1. Put all ingredients into a crock pot (I think mine is a 2 quart)
  2. Stir thoroughly
  3. Turn Crock pot on high (Cover)
  4. Cook for 3 hours (Stir Once, perhaps, twice)
  5. Turn Down to warm (Stir and check if boiling)
  6. If boiling for a time, skip to step 8.
  7. Heat on warm up to 3 more hours
  8. Serve*
  9. Put remainder into containers and refrigerate (eat within 3 days**)
  10. Clean crock pot asap before it gets hard and difficult to clean

Makes about 4 2-cup servings or 8 1-cup servings

1 Cup = about 10 Grams of Fiber and 50 Grams of Carbs

(Don’t forget, you get to subtract the fiber from the carbs, so net= 40 Carbs/cup)

*Feel free to add some Cayenne Pepper to taste (I do). As is, it has a decent kick, but not too strong.

**Tastes great reheated

Okay, that’s my 3 bits of news today.  Feel caught up if you want.  My health is improving, my weight is dropping (slowly, but that’s good!), and I am on my way to being a Skyrim fanatic!  I can’t wait to see how Oblivion runs on it. Tomb Raider should be awesome.

Namaste,

Scott

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