Saturday, August 13, 2016

Kalmae Hal'loe Part I: Legs of the Order







As a Jedi Knight I travel the galaxy and aid all those that I encounter.  Jedi Knights are the arms and legs of the Order.  My duties can include peacekeeping, diplomacy and investigation.  The Force has guided me to follow the path of the Jedi Guardian which means I am often sent on missions where I am desperately needed.  Missions often include traveling to the Outer Rim and even Wild Space.  My lightsaber sees plenty of use although I have selected a green blade vs. the traditional blue of most Guardians.  I had originally thought that my path was one of the Jedi Consular using words and wits to resolve conflicts.  However, I quickly realized that the Force was calling me for a different purpose. 

A distress call was received from the planet Earth and my services were in need to investigate devastating recent attacks in the foothills of an outpost city known as Boise.  I could feel the presence of the Dark Force as soon as I reached the base of the foothills.  If you have not felt it before the dark side is the selfish, impulsive energy you feel when you have not set yourself at peace.  The dark side can cause irreversible spiritual corruption that marks a person as a dark sider.

I was hyper vigilant as I walked the ruins of the once beautiful rolling hills that are now just a burned and blackened world that has been completely destroyed by the Galactic Empire (also known as the First Order).  All that remained were small fragments of bone and ash that easily slipped through my fingers as I felt the life force of those that had bravely stood against the Empire drifting from my clutches in the warm summer air... to be continued.
    

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Pokemon Go Letterbox of the Month - Pikachu











I feel like I lived through the Pokemon craze as Alex was growing up.  We have a million Pokemon cards floating around the house and I have seen and purchased more Pokemon movies, games and novelty items than you can imagine.

I had sort of lost connection with Pokemon until Pokemon Go launched here in the United States.  Alex was eager to share the new technology with me and I have to say I was impressed.  Finally a video game that gets folks off the couch and out their front door.  I loaded it on my phone and was amazed that I can actually play.  I am a notoriously bad video game player.  But hay I can toss a Pokeball on my phone and catch Pokemon.

Pokemon Go has really given me a bit more to enjoy while waking Jay the two to three times a day that we head out.  Instead of just watching him sniff and mark the neighborhood (he is like a camel) I can also catch Pokemon.

I thought it would be fun to combine Pokemon Go with Letterboxing so I have launched a Pokemon Letterbox of the Month here in Boise and my first carving is Pikachu.  Pikachu is the most popular and recognizable Pokemon there is.  I have also whipped together a  Letterbox Trading Card (LTC) to accompany the Letterbox.   Each month a new wild tribal Pokemon will be placed at a different Pokestop and the previous Pokemon will disappear (just like they do on Pokemon Go).  So our local Letterboxing community will be able to Letterbox and play Pokemon Go all at the same time.  And don't you just love my snazzy socks and Pikachu co-pilot!  Gotta Catch 'Em All!

Penny Dreadful - Werewolf


The Penny Dreadful was a 19th-century publishing phenomenon. These cheap, sensational, highly illustrated stories were very popular with the Victorian public.
 
In the 1830s, increasing literacy and improving technology saw a boom in cheap fiction for the working classes. ‘Penny bloods’ was the original name for the booklets that, in the 1860s, were renamed Penny Dreadfuls and told stories of adventure, initially of pirates and highwaymen, later concentrating on crime and detection.

Penny Dreadfuls were issued weekly, each ‘number’, or episode, was eight (occasionally 16) pages, with a black-and-white illustration on the top half of the front page. Double columns of text filled the rest, breaking off at the bottom of the final page, even if it was the middle of a sentence.
The bloods were astonishingly successful, creating a vast new readership. Between 1830 and 1850 there were up to 100 publishers of penny-fiction, as well as the many magazines which now wholeheartedly embraced the genre. 

There is some THING within us all.

Penny Dreadful the Showtime show is a powerfully written saga filled with dark mystery and suspense. It lives in a demimonde — a half world between reality and the supernatural — where personal demons from the past can be stronger than vampires, evil spirits and immortal beasts.
Some of literature's most terrifying figures, including Dr. Frankenstein and his Creature, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of the city. They are joined by a core of original characters in a new narrative filled with alienation and dread.

Werewolf

Werewolves (also called Lupus Dei) are humans who undergo a transformation into savage, wolf-like beasts on the night of the full moon.

When transformed, werewolves are strong and ferocious predators.  Werewolves do not appear able to force a transformation outside of full moon, nor do they seem to possess any control their savage nature once transformed.

The transformation itself is not severe; they remain essentially humanoid in appearance, but of larger stature and with wolf-like eyes, ears, claws and fangs. The transformation can be fought but it can not be prevented from occurring. 

When transformed, werewolves are seemingly mindless predators and will prey on animals and humans for food. Remains found at the scenes of these killings have been severely mutilated, with limbs having been dismembered.

"Even a man who's pure of heart, and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms, and the moon is full and bright.


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Jedi Knight Kalmae Hal'loe










I needed to post some of my Jedi images and exploits as I am in the process of applying for membership with the Rebel Legion (thus the images of me from every angle).  I would say that my action shots are much better than my Jedi-against-a-blank-wall images but they need clear shots of my uniform to see if it meets the membership qualifications which I total understand.  With temperatures so warm here in Boise I will admit that it was a tad bit toasty to go full Jedi yesterday but hopefully it will be worth the effort.  I may need to take some additional shots without my Jedi robe but this is at least a good start.  May the force be with you!




Thursday, June 9, 2016

Penny Dreadful - Brona Croft



The Penny Dreadful was a 19th-century publishing phenomenon. These cheap, sensational, highly illustrated stories were very popular with the Victorian public.
 
In the 1830s, increasing literacy and improving technology saw a boom in cheap fiction for the working classes. ‘Penny bloods’ was the original name for the booklets that, in the 1860s, were renamed Penny Dreadfuls and told stories of adventure, initially of pirates and highwaymen, later concentrating on crime and detection.

Penny Dreadfuls were issued weekly, each ‘number’, or episode, was eight (occasionally 16) pages, with a black-and-white illustration on the top half of the front page. Double columns of text filled the rest, breaking off at the bottom of the final page, even if it was the middle of a sentence.
The bloods were astonishingly successful, creating a vast new readership. Between 1830 and 1850 there were up to 100 publishers of penny-fiction, as well as the many magazines which now wholeheartedly embraced the genre. 

There is some THING within us all.

Penny Dreadful the Showtime show is a powerfully written saga filled with dark mystery and suspense. It lives in a demimonde — a half world between reality and the supernatural — where personal demons from the past can be stronger than vampires, evil spirits and immortal beasts.
Some of literature's most terrifying figures, including Dr. Frankenstein and his Creature, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of the city. They are joined by a core of original characters in a new narrative filled with alienation and dread.

Brona Croft (Alias Lily Frankenstein) 

Brona Croft is an Irish immigrant working in London as a prostitute. Brona met Ethan Chandler at The Mariner's Inn and they fall in love. Brona's illness (tuberculosis) led Chandler to seek the help of Victor Frankenstein who sped her death in hope to reanimate her to be the bride of the Creature. Brona is revived as Lilly Frankenstein with no memory of her former self. She later regains her memory and leaves Frankenstein for Dorian Gray.

"We are not women who crawl. We are not women who kneel. And for this we will be branded radicals. Revolutionists. Women who are strong, and refuse to be degraded, and choose to protect themselves, are called monsters. That is the world's crime, not ours." - Brona Croft (Lily Frankenstein)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Grandjean Idaho Baron Creek Trail April 2016

















During our first camping trip to Grandjean two weekends ago we tackled an obstacle course on Sunday set up by Mother Nature on the Baron Creek Trail.  She thought she had us a few times but she was no match for us as we crawled, scampered, hopped and shimmied our way through ever obstacle she threw our direction.  If only Anthony had brought along his chainsaw on the hike. 

We hiked to the first major water crossing and back to camp which was approximately 9.73 miles and 1,025 feet of elevation gain.  We were not prepared to cross the river but stopped and enjoyed some trail mix and G2 while sitting in the sun.  This area appeares to be an old burn area as you can still see burned tree stumps standing.  Above there is even a picture of a directional sign burned into a dead tree.  There was a lot of foliage and some wild flowers too.  This is a trail that I would like to explore again in the future with our water shoes in hand.  We only ran across one hiker and his daughter on their way down the trail and a couple of hikers on our return trip.  There was no snow like we encountered on the Trail Lakes Trail but plenty of sun shine and a trail that was easy to navigate once we cleared the obstacle course.  Another beautiful day on the trail!

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