2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,500 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Yes, it’s that time of the year again.

..when I accept another award given graciously to me by Don Charisma.
Thanks once again, Don!
Most Influential Blogger badge DC
Conditions For Accepting The Award

To accept this award, the awardee must do the following:

>> Display the Award on your Blog.
>> Announce your win with a blog post and thank the Blogger who awarded you. Do not lump this award with any other award in a “basket”, “bouquet” or “collection” etc, I would rather you didn’t accept the award.
>> Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award.
>> Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded with a comment (or a pingback).
>> Include an embedded video of your current favourite song (YouTube has virtually everything, just copy and paste the link into your WordPress editor). If a video is not possible you can embed a SoundCloud track.
10 bloggers I feel live up to this award — unlike me: (in no particular order..)
1) Jean Haines:
2) The Mad Jewess:
3) John Galt:
4) The Butcher:
5) Thea Beckman:
6) Kauila Pele:
7) Stressed-out Student: (or)
8) Janet Bloomfield:
9) The Savvy Senorita:
10) Tom Fernandez:
The song that I currently have on a near-infinite repeat:

(and yes, this song was indeed the most recent Song of the Week)


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My Inner Peace!

Thanks yet again to Don Charisma for yet another cool, new award to post on my blog!

The Inner Peace Award!
Inner Peace Award

Conditions For Accepting The Award

The only “rule” for the inner peace award is that you write a short piece on why you are accepting it. I would suggest that you forward on to other bloggers who you think would like it, 3-10 up to you. 🙂

The most spiritual bloggers I know:
…and Don Charisma! >>

Why I’m accepting this award:
Simply, one cannot attempt to fight for peace in the world at large without first establishing peace within one’s own self. To be completely balanced, one must not only be physically healthy but also mentally healthy. One must be completely satisfied with one’s own attributes and environment — both the good and the bad. One who is at peace with himself/herself cannot be badgered by bullies nor disappointed by defeat. I would love to be such a person (I’ve got the bullying/failure thing down, now working on the spiritual thing), and I would love to encourage such an attribute in everyone else. Stay balanced, my friends!!

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Butterfly Light! & ‘How I’m spreading light.’

Butterfly Light Award
*why is this new format for creating blog posts so weird?!*


Thanks once again, Don Charisma, for endowing me with yet another awesome award! I would have, like, ZERO awards were it not for you!
Thanks! You’re awesome!

And appreciation goes out to “Belinda” for creating such a cool, little award! You’re awesome, too!

****Rules of engagement:
Conditions For Accepting The Award

I’m adding a couple of conditions for accepting the award :

1. You must write an acceptance post, making sure you link back to the blogger who awarded you and thank them. You MAY NOT lump this award in with a batch of other awards.

2. You must individually name and re-award to a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 9999999 bloggers. You must let them know either personally with a comment on their blog OR a pingback (I’d suggest their about page)

3. You must link back to Belinda’s blog either to OR

4. You must write a short paragraph (yes only one paragraph – damn this is easy) – Entitled either “How I’m Spreading Light” OR “How I’m A Positive Influence”

5. Display Belinda’s lovely “Butterfly Light Award” badge on your blog.****

With all that out of the way, I will now nominate a bunch of amazing bloggers that should accept this cool award:
Thea Beckman:
Jenna Rambles:
J Haines:
David C Couper:

And lastly: “How I’m Spreading Light.”
Like any person with a heart of gold, I want to make a truly positive difference in this world, and I hope I can convince others who pass by my blog to do the same. I want to at least try to make the greatest positive difference I can in this world, before I’m through, and I hope this blog of mine is one step in that general direction. I want to see humanity in general do well, and I want to see each and every person here on this Earth to realize their fullest potential. I would love to see humanity venture, once and for all, out into the vastness of interstellar space, to embrace the technologies that we already have perfected that would at last bring us as close to Mother Nature as we’ve ever been, and live a truly free life devoid of greedy banksters and governments forever trying to enslave their peoples. They may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and then the world can live as one. (John Lennon)

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Yet another award!

Finally getting around to doing this..


Thanks to Don Charisma — the only blogger responsible for my growing stash of awards!


As usual, the rules:

To accept this award, the awardee must do the following:


  1. Display the Award on your Blog.
  2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
  3. Present 15 deserving Bloggers with the Award.
  4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
  5. Write seven interesting things about you.

Seven interesting things about me (or something like that):

>I’ve got one useless university degree.  Working on a second.

>Wrote a novel.  Thinking about publishing, maybe.

>Currently working on a different novel, full of gods, elementals, monsters, and magical devices.

>I prefer to do sports than to watch them.

>Extraterrestrial lifeforms intrigue me.

>So do extraterrestrial star systems — especially those circumbinary ones that the Kepler telescope has found.

>I have A LOT of books…

15 bloggers worthy of this award (in no particular order):











*I could only find 10 top-notch bloggers for this award.  Suck it.

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The Sunshine Award


To accept this award, the awardee must do the following:


  1. Display the Award on your Blog.
  2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
  3. Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award – “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
  4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
  5. Write 10 interesting things about you

The Award:


The Blogger who awarded me:

Thanks, Don!

Once again!

Ten Bloggers who I think deserve this award (in no particular rank):

1 —

2 —

3 —

4 —

5 —

6 —

7 — (because, even though you already have six of them, I, too, find you positively inspiring)

*OK, not quite ten.  Deal with it*

Ten interesting things about me (in no particular order):

1 — I’m Canadian.  Eh!

2 — I’m really not that interesting in real life.

3 — I AM exceedingly different, though (perhaps too different…).

4 — I’m a porcupine kind of person (NOT the animal).  Heavy into libertarianism and anarchy.  Alex Jones show listener, too.

5 — Science FTW!!

6 — I’ll probably just end up being one of those starving novelists who lives in a trailer park somewhere eating Kraft Dinner.  That’s fine with me; I’d rather live in a van than in a mansion.

7 — I may have Asperger’s…

8 — I would LOVE to travel, to visit so many places around the world.  My bucket list is VERY long.

9 — I’m single (probably because I have no social status, very few friends, am not very good-looking, and am kind-of a ‘chauvinist’ (ie, I do not do Chivalry, or Feminism, but I do do treating women like human beings, and expecting the same in return)).

10 — Science fiction and fantasy are my favourite genres.

Apparently this award comes in many forms…:

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Blog of the Year Awards.

Thanks to Don Charisma for awarding me my first star!  Much Appreciated!

Instructions (from Thought Palette):

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link –

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award Badges

Here are the six badges for you to collect – you can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times!

And Congratulations! on being chosen for the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award


‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award – thumbnails

Here are the 6 awards in thumbnail size for your sidebar – feel free to Right Click and save any of the images on this page:

And the Blog of the Year awards go to…:

Don Charisma — Thanks for the award!  A star for you!

Pundit from another planet — A star for you, for your entertaining commentary!

Jean — A star for amazing blog!

John Galt — Great commentary and comedy!  A star for you!

Activist poster — A star for your commitment to the truth!

Thea Beckman — Your science posts are the best by far!  A star for you, too!

Jonathan Corbett — A star for your fight to get the TSA out of our pants!

Well… those were the blogs that most interested me this year, we’ll see how many more I’ll add next year.



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