|Posted by Anna H. on August 16, 2017 at 7:55 PM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? We have now reached the middle of August. It is only a matter of time until it is fall and winter, again. I dread the thought of having to rake leaves and shovel snow all over again. While some people hate the summer, I love it. I love having been born on the cusp of summer, wearing less clothing, and having to do less yard work.
Not having school for 2-3 months (that was if I did NOT have to make up classes in summer school) and a vacation from sickening classmates, teachers, and professors were the best parts about the summer, when I was a student.
Not having TV shows to watch besides fighting and killing bugs have always been major disadvantages about the summer.
As much as I LOVE the summer, it kind of sucks not being able to watch your favorite primetime shows. Just think about it.
TV viewers have to wait 2-3 months, if not longer to watch weekly premieres of our favorite primetime shows. That's if those same shows did not already get canceled.
Viewers may not have already noticed that the writing for The Real O'Neals, Sleepy Hollow, and Grimm became too political. This most definitely applies to last year's shows in general.
Since 2016 was an election year, it was as if Hollywood screenwriters at Fox, NBC, and ABC needed to drag in divisive topics such as illegal immigration, homophobia, racism, the 2016 election, and other political topics into their storylines. It can be argued that The Real O'Neals was already political.
The Real O'Neals was an ABC sitcom about a socially inept, homosexual, teenage boy, who came from an Irish Catholic family in Chicago, IL. Before premiering, this sitcom was considered to be "offensive" towards the GLBT, Irish Catholics, and Christians in general.
Considering that The Real O'Neals was being targeted, before its premiere last year, Noah Galvin made a bad situation worse for himself and the entire cast of the show. Had Galvin NOT insulted other homosexual actors from other primetime shows and networks, he probably would've still had a protagonist to play, this season.
Meanwhile, Sleepy Hollow and Grimm were not necessarily meant to be political shows. Both shows were Horror and Supernatural Dramas with Police Procedural themes. Out of the 2, Grimm was my favorite.
I watched Grimm from the very beginning (not that I didn't watch Sleepy Hollow from the very beginning either). Over the years, I saw how much the writing for Grimm started to change.
I hated that the writers wasted too much time focusing on Nick and Juliette's on/off again relationship. This was along with making the show more about everyone else except the protagonist, Nick Burkhardt.
Also, the last 2-3 seasons wasted time politicizing Grimm by having Captain Sean Renard run for mayor. Much like Sleepy Hollow, Grimm had to focus on the 2016 election.
Even though Grimm was a Police Procedural Drama, it was about exploring different folklores. Had the writers spent more time focusing on international folklores rather than politics, I believe Grimm would've lasted longer.
The show's writers alienated their own viewers because of the way they wrote Grimm the last 3 seasons. Actually, I'm surprised that Grimm made it passed 1 whole season on a network like NBC. Sleepy Hollow had similar problems with its writing on Fox.
The writers of Sleepy Hollow CHEATED their viewers as soon as the Horror Drama was granted a 3rd season. Sleepy Hollow was campy, which was what I enjoyed about the show. By its 3rd season, the writing became TOO contrived like some fanboy's shitty fan fiction.
I was already annoyed, that the writers dropped the love triangle which was brewing with Lieutenant Abigail Mills, Ichabod Crane, and the bounty hunter, Nick Hawley in Season 2.
After placing more emphasis on Abigail Mills' sister, Jenny, Joe Corbin, and randomly inserting the Greek mythological character, Pandora and her supposed husband, The Hidden One, during Season 3, the show became unbearable to watch. I'm starting to believe that was probably why the actress for Abbie quit Sleepy Hollow.
How did a show like Sleepy Hollow go from having 10.10 MILLION viewers, during its 1st season to only having 2.93 million viewers by the end of its 3rd season?
Talk about pathetic! That Pandora arc was the ULTIMATE kiss of death for Sleepy Hollow's 3rd season. After the writers killed Lieutenant Abigail Mills, which was a significant character, fans stopped watching. That was if they didn't already stop watching it because of Season 3's premiere, 2 years ago.
When will the Hollywood screenwriters realize, that they are alienating their viewers by writing the most contrived storylines and heavily politicizing their movies and shows?
It's understandable if their TV shows and movies were intentionally contrived and political from the start. It's another to suddenly make shows and movies become political for the sake of wanting to jump on the bandwagon.
Politicizing shows, that were never meant to be political is the kiss of death to viewership. The same applies for contrived writing.
So, what primetime shows will I be watching this fall?
Judging by the looks of it, I will continue to watch American Dad, Family Guy, Hawaii Five-0, and Fresh Off The Boat on weeknights this fall season.
Speaking of political shows like American Dad, I have no idea when it will premiere another season. American Dad premiered its 14th season on November 7, 2016 and will have its season finale on September 11, 2017. There is no mentioning of a 15th season, right now.
Meanwhile, Family Guy premieres its 16th season on October 1, 2017. Now that Adam West and Carrie Fisher are dead, what will Seth MacFarlane do with their characters? Adam voiced Mayor West and Carrie voiced Peter's supervisor, Angela.
After Carrie Fisher's drug overdose last December, MacFarlane said Angela would appear in 2 more episodes, that Fisher already did voiceover work on last season.
Seth MacFarlane had no comment on Angela's future other than saying, that Family Guy will miss Carrie Fisher.
As far as Hawaii Five-0 goes, I am somewhat unsure about its new season. The series premieres its 8th season on September 29, 2017. Hawaii Five-0's 2 Asian characters will be gone by their own doing, this season.
Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park demanded to be paid the same amount of money as Scott Caan and Alex O'Loughlin. CBS' final offer to Kim and Park was 10-15% LOWER than O'Loughlin's and Caan's salaries. This made both regulars of Hawaii Five-0 quit.
All the while, the actor Ian Anthony Dale, who plays Kono's Yakuza husband, Adam Noshimuri will stay a part of the show's cast. Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have been written out of Hawaii Five-0.
Grace Park, who played Kono was JUST starting to get interesting. Since the time this Hawaii Five-0 remake premiered in 2010, I always considered Park's portrayal of Kono to be vapid. There was nothing interesting about the character.
Even after getting married to her former Yakuza husband and Kono being a crooked cop like her cousin Chin, Kono was STILL a boring character. It sounds harsh to say, but Grace Park lacks charisma. I always felt that Park should've been replaced with Maggie Q. once the remake of the Spy Action Thriller Drama, Nikita ended in 2013.
Before Hawaii Five-0's 7th season finale, Kono actually became interesting in all of 1 episode about girls being sex trafficked. Season 7 ended with her getting on a bus to track down sex traffickers and Chin was undecided about leaving for San Francisco, CA to run his own task force.
Now that Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim left the cast of Hawaii Five-0, I don't believe too many viewers will be that heartbroken about it. Alex O'Loughlin is the star of the show and Scott Caan is the co-star.
More women are watching Hawaii Five-0 because of Alex O'Loughlin. Scott Caan was automatically grandfathered into playing Dano BECAUSE James Caan is his father.
Fresh Off The Boat:
Last but surely not the least is Fresh Off The Boat. Fresh Off The Boat's 4th season premieres on October 3, 2017. I'm so glad that ABC did NOT cancel this Taiwanese American sitcom!
I was worried about it possibly being canceled last season because the ratings were down much like The Real O'Neals' ratings. Fresh Off The Boat is the only primetime show I continue to watch on ABC.
Because ABC is so talented at canceling TV shows, I stopped investing time in watching most of its programming, years ago. The network loves alienating its viewers probably the most out of all the networks.
Anytime The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise is ABC's cash cow, that says little about them as a network. With that being said, I will be crossing my fingers this fall season.
More Americans spend less time watching TV and more time streaming shows online. I have not made enough time to stream shows online, over the last 5 years. Most of my time is spent doing other things online, if not watching some shows on TV, household chores, or something else.
Anyway, what are your thoughts about primetime shows for this fall? Have you been dying to watch any?
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|Posted by Anna H. on August 3, 2017 at 2:25 PM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Today I am answering more questions. Like I have said in the past, I normally reserve Q&A blogs for September 23rd. Next month on September 23rd will be the 4th anniversary of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Since a number of my subscribers typically have a lot of questions to ask, I have been trying to decide if I should do Q&A blogs more routinely.
Let me know what you think! Last week, I answered Jesse's question. Today I have 3 questions from Victor. Victor asks the following:
1) Have you ever listened to a song, that you liked but you can't remember the artist or name of said song and would get it stuck in your head for hours hoping to remember the artist's name?
2) What brand of anime do you like that are of your taste buds? (Dark Comedy, Horror, Gritty Grindhouse, mature shows, etc.)
3) Did you ever have pets when you were younger and wish you had seen them one last time?
These are excellent and fun questions to answer, Victor. I am actually glad that you asked them. Here are my answers to your questions.
1) Yes! This has happened, since childhood. You would be amazed at the amount of times throughout my life, that I have heard songs but did not know, who sang them. This is something most of us listeners face at least once in our lifetime, I'm sure.
After watching commercials, that advertise music compilations, if not seeing an old music video aired on MTV Classic (nowadays), I usually end up saying,"Oh! So that's who sang this song! I always thought it was ___" or something along those lines.
In fact, I was in the middle of watching MTV Classic the other night and saw the music video for the song "Broken Wings." I always thought it was Don Henley's growing up. It turns out it was Mr. Mister, who sang "Broken Wings."
Interesting enough, Mr. Mister DID actually go on tour with Don Henley, The Bangles, The Eurythmics, etc. during the 1980's.
Also, the Indie Grebo Industrial Rock band, Pop Will Eat Itself. For the last 2 decades, I never knew who sang the song, "Ich Bin Ein Ausländer." This means "I am a foreigner" in German. When 102.1's DJ, Raven used to host her radio show, Industrial Nation on late Saturday nights, she played Electronica and Industrial remixes of Rock songs. It was not until a year or 2 ago, that I learned the name of this band.
To be more specific, Raven used to host her Saturday night show, Industrial Nation, in my hometown at New Rock 102.1, during the mid to late 1990's.
2) When it comes to Anime, I try not to limit genres and sub-genres. I watch a wide variety of Japanese animation meant for both genders, different age groups, sexual orientations, etc. both English subtitled and dubbed.
Lately, I have not had as much time to watch as many as I used to because I'm busy both on and offline. I still have yet to watch xxxHolic in its entirety. However, I'm currently watching JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Tokyo Ghoul, and I'm re-watching Naruto Shippuden dubbed in English on Adult Swim's Toonami block.
If I had more time, I would marathon Anime again. My biggest complaint about both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim these last 5-9 years has been, that both only care about Shonen Jump Action Anime.
Because of these restrictions, both have bred a lot of ignorant, self-entitled, and highly misinformed fanboys in America.
Toonami only represents Action Animation mostly meant for teenage boys. It does not represent female viewers. The people running both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim intentionally alienate most of their viewers regardless of their age and gender.
Colours TV was the only network, that represented a wide variety of Anime genres for both genders. Even though Colours TV was a highly syndicated multi-cultural network, it STILL aired Shonen, Shojo, Comedy, Romance, Action, Mystery, etc.
Cartoon Network and Adult Swim could afford to tear a page out of Colours TV's book. Colours was EXTREMELY lowly-funded. Although, those running it were still able and willing to air something for most types of Anime fans.
3) Yes, I've had 3 dogs and 4 guinea pigs, during my youth. I haven't owned any pets for the last 13 years. Pets require a lot of time, money, energy, and care. I always took care of my guinea pigs and they normally lived for at least 5 years.
After my last dog, Alexis had to be euthanized in 2004, I stopped wanting pets. I hate the fact, that my pets normally died around Christmas.
Who wants to wake up to dead pets on Christmas Day?
I sure as hell don't. I don't want to be in tears on Christmas Day because my pet died naturally or was euthanized without being told about it, until the very last minute.
I REALLY wish I could've seen my dog, Mendy 1 last time before doing my high school final exams before Christmas Break, almost 2 decades ago. After coming home from school and learning, that he was euthanized, I cried my eyes out.
Hopefully, all 3 questions have been answered Victor. Since I mentioned Pop Will Eat Itself, I might as well share their music video for "Ich Bin Ein Ausländer" with you all.
Pop Will Eat Itself "Ich Bin Ein Ausländer" Dos Dedos Mis Amigos (1994)
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|Posted by Anna H. on July 27, 2017 at 6:10 PM||comments (6)|
Before dying, both had performed Temple Of The Dog's "Hunger Strike." "Hunger Strike" was originally sung by Chris Cornell and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. After publishing last Thursday's blog, Jesse asked in the comments section:
"The lead singer of Linkin Park has been found dead. What are your thoughts of him and his band?"
I was going to publish my answer in the latest Song Saturday blog, but changed my mind. Even though Jesse's question is music related, I will answer it in today's Q&A blog.
Personally speaking, I did enjoy listening to some of Linkin Park's songs, when the band debuted with their album Hybrid Theory. At the time, Linkin Park debuted, when I was on my way out of high school; I became of age in 2000.
If you were someone, who grew up and enjoyed listening to both Rock and Rap Music, you had a chance to enjoy "the best of both worlds" so to speak. Since I listen to more than 1 music genre and sub-genre, I was open-minded to Rap-Rock.
Most older Gen Xers (currently in their late 40's to mid 50's), Baby Boomers, and some Millennials despised "Nu Metal" because they were not fans of Rap, Hip-Hop, Alternative Rock, or Grunge Music.
Rock Music containing elements of Rap, Hip-Hop, Funk, Alternative Rock, and Grunge was like the late 1990's equivalent of Glam Rock. Glam Rock became labeled '80s Hair Metal.
The "Hair Metal" label was a label used to mock Glam Rock much like "Nu Metal" is a label used to mock Alternative Metal bands such as KoRn, Limp Bizkit, Staind, Papa Roach, Slipknot, Linkin Park, etc. Both Glam Rock and Alternative Metal attracted fans from more than 1 music genre, sub-genre, and sub-culture.
They also attracted more female listeners, which led to some of us soon becoming their fans. In addition, Alternative Metal attracted some from the Goth Rock genre and sub-culture.
Alternative Metal is more aggressive and angsty much like Grunge Music. Alternative Metal is also considered to be "Aggro Metal." Most "Nu Metal" bands were demonized as well as ostracized by narrow-minded critics, who really cannot accept change.
Looking back, KoRn, Limp Bizkit, and Linkin Park received the most vilification. Those that were Rap-Rock bands, during the late '90s and early 21st Century began changing their music to sound more like Rock, later in the early 2000's and 2010's. This included Linkin Park.
"Nu Metal" reached its pinnacle, when The Deftones, Coal Chamber, Slipknot, KoRn, Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, and many others became more popular among younger Gen Xers, Millennials, and Xennials (those born on the cusp of Gen X and Y) in 1998.
Meanwhile, over the last 3 years or so, I have noticed the amount of hatred directed at Chester Bennington after The DeLeo Brothers from Stone Temple Pilots chose him as Scott Weiland's replacement. Nearly 3 years ago, I published a Song Saturday blog about Chester replacing Scott.
Allow me to reiterate, I NEVER hated Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. As much as I liked listening to Linkin Park as a young adult in my late teens and early 20's nearly 2 decades ago, I was and still am a much bigger fan of the original Stone Temple Pilots. Chester had some HUGE shoes to fill, when it came to replacing Scott Weiland.
The late Scott Weiland is irreplaceable as STP's former lead singer. Now, the same can be said about the late Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. It is so tragic that BOTH frontmen became friends with each other before dying.
After it was announced that Scott Weiland died from a drug overdose in December 2015, I remember reading how upset Chester was as a friend and fan.
Because Scott was an idol of Chester's and was even Scott's replacement for Stone Temple Pilots, Chester took his death really hard; Chester was really grief stricken over Scott Weiland's death. His grief echoed over social media.
Then, Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog, and Audioslave's Chris Cornell died from a supposed suicide, 2 months ago. In case you missed last Song Saturday, I encourage you to read it.
Everything about Chris Cornell's "suicide" feels odd. The same can also be said about Chester Bennington's suicide. After reading Neon Nettle's article about Chris Cornell learning about an "elite" pedophile ring, that he was about to expose, it adds to my suspicions. I believe he and Chester Bennington were murdered.
The fact that both Chris and Chester were in the middle of trying to save abused children and had evidence, that reveals the truth about an "elite" pedophile ring, makes me believe that they were both murdered.
I believe that someone was sent to permanently shut them up by killing them and setting their deaths up to look like suicides. Some cynics are laughing as they roll their eyes at yours truly about such claims, but anything is possible.
Why is everyone so quick to believe, that Chris and Chester's deaths were suicide? Ever have that needling feeling, that something doesn't feel right?
This is how I feel about Chris Cornell's death. His "suicide" has been needling me, since May.
What lead singer happens to be in the middle of working on and releasing a new album, going on tours, and SUDDENLY chooses to commit suicide?
These are questions more people should be asking themselves. Like I said last Song Saturday, this exact same incident happened with Michael Hutchence from INXS 20 years ago.
It has been claimed, that Chester's depression echoed through his songwriting, along with being grief stricken by Chris Cornell's death, since May. However, people cannot be happy and book tours, then suddenly hang themselves the next second.
Call me Nancy Drew, a conspiracy theorist, or delusional, but my intuition tells me that foul play is being hushed.
Whether or not you were a fan of Linkin Park or Chester Bennington, more people should show not only sympathy, but also empathy.
Family, friends, fans, and band members now must cope with a huge loss of someone very close to them. 1 Godson, 6 children, and 2 widows are also in mourning over the loss of their father, Godfather, husband, and ex-husband.
Hopefully, this answers your question Jesse.
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|Posted by Anna H. on July 20, 2017 at 5:05 PM||comments (7)|
How's it going my gumdrops? If you have been subscribed to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns throughout the last 3 years, you already know that I normally publish Q&A blogs for the anniversary of launching this website.
On September 23rd, it will be 4 years since building It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. Like I already posted yesterday on Google Plus, I have contemplated whether or not to publish Q&A blogs at least once a week over the last 3 years.
Whenever I DO publish Q&A blogs in September, there are usually subscribers literally asking me 5-20 questions at a time, when I have other questions to answer from other subscribers.
Last year, I was surprised that barely anyone had questions for my Q&A blog. After limiting subscribers to only 1-3 questions, it seemed as if no one wanted to ask any.
I don't know if fear of public humiliation, having nothing to ask, or simply boycotting the last Q&A because I restricted subscribers to 3 questions maximum made people not want to participate in my annual Q&A. Usually, subscribers ask me really good questions.
Every question that is asked is NOT a simple yes or no question. Normally, I must give more detailed explanations to a question(s), which is enough to create an entire blog. Some questions are so complex, they leave me stumped.
Meanwhile, some love strategizing ways of asking me politically divisive questions. We all have our own political views. I try my hardest to stay as apolitical as possible. The last thing I need is to ALIENATE my subscribers by sharing my opposing views about politics.
The Internet, media, and entertainment in general have been flooded with political division and propaganda. I hardly check my facebook news feed anymore because of the divisiveness, lately.
When my news feed is not flooded with spam ads and shit posts as updates, it is usually flooded with anti-Trump group pages, articles, divisive memes, etc.
For the last decade to nearly 20 years, politics has dominated our entire daily lives. It is to the extent that we hardly want to see much less listen to it anymore. Politics has become so polarizing over these last 3 years, that it's overkill.
I am BEYOND sick and tired of hearing about the illegal immigration ban, Black Lives Matter, Obama Care, Hilary Clinton, her e-mails, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Russia, Russia, Russia.
There are more important issues and entertaining topics to report and discuss than political scandals and propaganda ad nauseam.
Also, my Q&A blogs are not an excuse for thirsty creeps to strategize ways of turning my site into being their personal Tinder and xHamster accounts. I did NOT build this website to be fetishized or treated as fap material.
Some of you would be amazed at the number of creeps I have to deal with in cyber space. As soon as they see my picture on here and social media, they expect me to send them nudie pics for the sake of busting their nuts or scoring a free date.
And yet they wonder why they are divorced and/ are STILL single? This is why you often read my so-called "man-hating" rants in blogs. For the record, I do NOT hate men. Men have always been my main audience dating back to 15 years ago, when I hosted my radio show at WIPZ.
Anyway, with that being said, should I answer at least 1-3 questions in a blog during the week?
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|Posted by Anna H. on July 7, 2017 at 5:25 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? How did you enjoy Independence Day? I guess you can say mine was okay. I mostly slept in on Tuesday, ate, and watched some fireworks outside our living room window.
Then, I showed my family animated fireworks on my tablet from YouTube. In fact, 2 of them were videos of animated fireworks I already shared on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Do you remember last year's Cartoon Sunday blog? It featured Masam Hashimoto's Stop Motion Animated video of him using fireworks beads, in order to illustrate fireworks.
In case you missed last year's festive Cartoon Sunday blog, click on the following blog link.
The other animated video I showed my family happened to be an animated fireworks video made by the Brainy Bricks Channel on YouTube. They were really creative with their way of illustrating animated fireworks.
Brainy Bricks made fireworks out of Legos to celebrate Independence Day. This exact same video was featured on my home page, until I changed the background scenery on Wednesday night.
On Wednesday night, I brought back the turquoise and teal background scenery with sun patterns. Using turquoise and teal seems fitting for the summer. It helps to give It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns a summer tone. Turquoise is also 1 of my favorite colors.
With the turquoise and teal, it makes you think about the water. Those of you, who love oceans, lakes, rivers, being underwater at beaches, and swimming pools should LOVE this current background scenery. I want it to have a calm and relaxing feeling, when viewers visit and read the content on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Even though my content is not always calm and relaxing, the scenery can STILL have that affect on those, who read my blogs and excerpts of my Short Horror Stories.
Speaking of the Horror page, I ran into glitches, while changing the color scheme. This means I have to wait, until Webs' tech support solves these somewhat minor problems.
If you are an adult subscriber to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, you already have permission to read excerpts of my Short Horror Stories. Last October, I published a blog explaining about my Short Horror Story, The Horrors Of Womanhood.
All those, who missed that blog last year can read it, HERE. I am already thinking about what I want to share for tomorrow's Song Saturday blog.
In the meantime, here is that video I mentioned earlier in today's blog regarding Brainy Bricks.
Brainy Bricks: Lego 4th Of July Fireworks Show (2016)
|Posted by Anna H. on June 30, 2017 at 11:30 AM||comments (5)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Like I said in last Saturday's blog, I tried making the most out of my birthday. In case you missed my blog from last Saturday, it was a blog rant about the ridiculousness of publicly shaming people online.
In that same blog, I shared some of my personal experiences with being publicly shamed by Adult Swim's trolls.
It was already difficult to celebrate my birthday this year because my birthday from last year left me with a lingering bad taste in my mouth. Generally speaking, 2017 is starting to rival 2016, when it comes to adversity for some of us.
Last year was chaotic and highly disappointing. However, this year for my 35th birthday, it started out badly by waking up with a throbbing sinus headache.
Then, I turned on my TV hoping to see pets from the humane society only to discover, that a homicidal maniac tried to assassinate Republican congressmen. How's that for having a milestone birthday?
Also, it was getting ready to storm. Luckily, it stormed a little after we left from having lunch at Genghis Khan Mongolian B.B.Q. & Chinese.
Despite the terrorist attacks and the assassination attempt on our congressmen, Adult Swim trolls strategizing ways of how to sabotage my birthday week, storms triggering my sinuses, and my grandmother instigating political fights and laying guilt trips, I managed to survive my birthday.
I cannot help reiterating how difficult it was to plan my birthday celebration, this year. Normally, I have 2 birthday parties (1 with family and 1 with friends).
Because money has been tight and there have been other friends and relatives from states away battling Cancer, it really made it difficult to have fun celebrating my 35th birthday.
Some of you may be curious about the birthday presents, that were given to yours truly. ~ 1-2 weeks before my birthday, my family bought me a new mattress and a memory foam cushion to go on top of it.
On my birthday, they gave me money, which I have yet to actually spend because they keep BORROWING it.
Also, they bought me some clothes, a new pair of ankle boots, a curling iron, a cell phone/wallet case, a battery-operated electric shaver, and a TURQUOISE tray.
Even though I made out like a bandit with decent birthday presents, there are STILL a few more supplies I need to buy. When saying that, I do NOT mean clothes. I have so many, I cannot close my closets, armoire, dresser, and bed drawers. If ANYTHING, I need to buy more personal care supplies and yard work attire.
All in all, my birthday week and birthday had brutal starts to them yet I still made out like a bandit with some decent presents for turning 35. Hopefully, when I turn 36 next year, my birthday won't have so much chaos. Anyway...
|Posted by Anna H. on June 24, 2017 at 8:30 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Once again, there will NOT be a Song Saturday or Cartoon Sunday blog this weekend. A lot has been happening on and offline.
This amount of chaos is ranging from my mother's health issues to assholes from Adult Swim cyber stalking and perpetrating a 2-year-old smear campaign against me. I was just lucky to celebrate my birthday, last Wednesday. It was as if the universe wanted to make my 35th birthday celebration miserable.
Terrorist attacks on our congressman, my grandmother starting political fights and laying guilt trips on some of us, trolls, the stormy weather, and sinuses, during my birthday sucked away part of my celebratory mood.
If I have more time this weekend, I will try sharing what I got for birthday presents last Wednesday.
Similar to an old Xanga 1.0 blog, that I published 4 years ago (The Ridiculousness Of Job Hunting), this is a rant blog about the ridiculousness of publicly shaming others online. Publicly shaming people online has become ridiculous, these days.
Over the last week to 2 years, I have endured smear campaigns, cyber stalking, and public shaming not by catty women, but by men suffering from overblown egos and Little Dick Syndrome. If you don't know what Little Dick Syndrome is, it is basically men in high positions, that abuse their power.
These are the same types of self-righteous lowlives and narcissistic sociopaths, who fail to understand WHY they have no real friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, spouses, etc.
Years ago, I LOVED being on the Internet. Now, I find myself hating it more than anything these days. The Internet has turned into an online playground for cruel, inhumane, sadistic, vindictive, and malicious men, women, and children.
People like them have ALWAYS existed, but now there are more platforms for these narcissistic sociopaths and lowlives to spread their misanthropy like life-threatening diseases. Age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, non-religion, political affiliation, sexuality, etc. all factor into this hatred.
Originally, I was going to say that all of the above don't factor into this hatred. However, they really do. People want to hate someone for the sake of hating.
Before anyone wants to use Donald Trump as a scapegoat, this hatred existed LONG before he became our president. This level of HATRED has been ludicrous, since the year of 2000, which was just before President Bill Clinton left the White House and before the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
The hatred has only worsened within these last 1-3 years with so-called "political activist" groups, that provoke the genocide of law enforcement and white people.
In the 21st Century, way too many people with zero involvement in the entertainment industry are obsessed with filming and taking pictures of themselves ad nauseam. This is also when they are NOT exploiting women, children, murder, rape, suicide, natural disasters, charities, tragedies, violating our privacy, bullying, stalking, cyber stalking, and slandering others for the sake of being mean-spirited and malicious.
This may seem like slapstick humor for those depraved lowlives, but it's not for the people who have to endure it. Some who have suffered from public shaming online have lost their businesses, jobs, families, as well as their own lives, if they haven't already committed suicide over their reputations being ruined.
Some of the cynics may be scoffing and rolling theirs eyes at me for publishing this blog, especially since I am not flaunting statistical data. This does NOT require an infographic to demonstrate how abominable public shaming over the Internet has become.
Whether you are watching, reading, or listening to the news or not, publicly shaming other people online continues to increase. It is the female gender, that endures the most public shaming.
Belonging to toxic message boards such as Adult Swim and social media sites like Twitter, Reddit, and facebook are enough to make ANYONE with human decency want to delete their own accounts, if not abandon those sites.
Those toxic websites pander to and condone misogynists and misanthropes. I believe administrators shut down Adult Swim's message board without giving the community any notice, last winter because they saw how atrocious the community became.
Some of my subscribers over these last 3 years already know how horrible it was for some of us to be a part of a male dominated forum for a male-centric and divisive Cable TV network.
I never expected for everyone to like me on Adult Swim's forum. At the same time, I NEVER expected for so many posters to discriminate against me for being a newer poster, while harboring an irrational hatred towards me.
I belong to MANY websites ranging from blogging communities, social media sites, to Anime forums. NONE of those communities have ever assumed the worst about me as a human being or my good intentions. They also do NOT feel threatened or resent me for being a minority woman, who built her own website for free.
Over 2 years ago, I noticed that the people posting on Adult Swim's forum generally begrudge successful people, especially successful women. The posters waste MOST their time criticizing someone's diction, font size, font color, show ratings, politics, religion, favorite shows, etc, etc.
Shortly after joining Adult Swim's community, my feelings about the network became worse than they were before joining. I already knew that the people in charge of the network loved mocking their own viewers, were patronizing, and were EXTREMELY sexist towards women. Belonging to Adult Swim's forum was a lot worse.
Even though there were other women posting on Adult Swim's forum, the men over there barely have respect for women in general. The men have this great sense of entitlement. Not to generalize Adult Swim posters, but certain posters within that community REALLY think everyone owes them something.
The men from Adult Swim's message board compare themselves to Reddit and 4Chan trolls. Almost 2 weeks ago, a friend said that she was trying to learn Japanese. I let her know in her thread that I sent her links to Japanese books I used, throughout my years of studying.
Also, I listed 5 different styles of writing Japanese, which included Furigana. There was already an overbearing know-it-all in her thread. He claimed he was the "Go-To Guy" for studying the language because he automatically assumed, that no one else knew Japanese except him. This is where it became ridiculous.
Because I said Furigana was another way of writing Japanese, he derailed my friend's thread by discrediting me the ENTIRE time. Furigana is mostly used as a Japanese reading aid for those learning to write the language much like Romaji.
When I was learning Japanese as a teenager, that poster was ONLY a toddler. There are actual Japanese books and worksheets with Furigana and I also had teachers that taught me how to write Furigana. Here's the kicker, that poster claims to be the "Go-To Guy" YET he's not fluent in his own native language!
That poster made such a HUGE stink about what I said. Eventually, I told he and everyone else, that I studied Japanese for YEARS and have a BA in Asian Studies.
This was along with letting him know, that I was not some pretentious Weeaboo, who studied Japanese only for the purpose of wanting to understand what characters were saying in Anime.
The know-it-all became SO offended by my statement, that he implied I was lying and threatened to make "a laughingstock out of me on Reddit" only because I said, that Furigana is a part of the Japanese writing system.
Were his antics even necessary?
Finally, I told the "Go-To Guy," that he was acting like a juvenile, pompous, self-righteous, know-it-all and I let him know, that most people will NOT tolerate his antics.
Since he refused to stop derailing my friend's thread, I told him to go get bent and left. Certain Adult Swim posters have extremely overblown egos.
Typically, Adult Swim posters must turn EVERYTHING into a competition over who is right and who is wrong, need to turn fun and innocent discussions into arguments, if not purposely take something that was said out of context, must have the last word, psychoanalyze, nit pick, and discredit everything and everyone.
In addition, some of the male posters seriously expect women to be submissive and weak to them and owe them an explanation for any and every little thing someone says, does, likes, etc. This includes male Adult Swim posters being predators much like the lowlife, who has been slandering me for the last 2 years.
That narcissistic sociopath expects for women to give him nude selfies, posts revenge porn, premeditates fights among minority female posters, loves violating our privacy by publicly posting copies of our e-mail messages, anonymous reports, posting death threats, sending threatening messages to women, hacking other posters' accounts and servers, gossips about us like some high school gossip queen, etc.
Our crooked, former head moderator from Adult Swim is mostly to blame for the neverending smear-campaign, which was launched against me 2 years ago. That scumbag sadistically violated my privacy by leaking my anonymous reports to someone, who only pretended to be my friend.
That friend was a manipulative, backstabbing liar, who set me up to fight with 1 of his flunkies and got me banned on Memorial Day 2015. That was why I removed him from It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, TWICE.
It may seem spiteful to some, BUT would you want to be "friends" with someone who sets you up to fight a flunky of theirs on a holiday? Would you want to be friends with someone, who guilt trips you? Would you want to be friends with someone, who lets their other "friends" attack you, then be blamed for being attacked and insulted for it?
Whenever I reported the attacks on Adult Swim, our former head moderator would intentionally ignore my reports.
This was when our former head moderator was NOT singling me out by making threads, threatening to ban me THRICE for anonymously reporting trolls, that attacked me and other posters, as well as sharing my anonymous reports and colluding with them.
I could list a number of atrocities our former head moderator committed on Adult Swim within these last 2 years. He panders, enables, condones, and sometimes participates in these atrocities.
For example, a few divisive Adult Swim posters wanted our sub-forum to play a game called Turkey Shoot for Thanksgiving 2015. Turkey Shoot was a game our sub-forum wanted to play, which consisted of PUBLIC SHAMING.
The objective was to find the worst threads they could by other posters. After finding those threads, posters necrobumped them to the front page saying that they "bagged a turkey."
***Whoever bagged the worst threads for PUBLICLY SHAMING POSTERS, won prizes.
Some of us did NOT participate in Turkey Shoot because it was a mean-spirited game, in disguise to play for Thanksgiving. All the while, our former head moderator always loves sitting on his high horse to preach to us about not flame baiting, necrobumping threads with malicious intent, and some other self-righteous lectures.
Originally, our moderator was hesitant to play the game. Then, my former "friend," who has been cyber stalking and smearing my reputation for the last 2 years, guilt tripped our moderator into playing that public shaming game.
Honestly, it would not surprise me, if he blackmailed our head moderator because he is just that deplorable of a human being. I still have his harassing messages that he sent me on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
They are still in the Contact form submissions, that I receive from people who want to send a message to this website.
Because that narcissistic sociopath wants to keep cyber stalking, harassing, smearing my reputation, and publicly shaming me online, I have contemplated contacting law enforcement or the DOJ.
He is a narcissistic sociopath with mental, behavioral, and substance abuse problems. That is not including the fact, that he is an unfit father and had a hand in his friend being murdered, when he was a teenager. I only know about this because he posted about it on our former crooked head moderator's message board, earlier this year.
Some of you may be reading my blogs and assuming, that I am some militant feminazi who hates men. For the record, I do NOT hate men.
My audience has ALWAYS been male dominated because of the music I played on my radio show years ago and because of my interests. Egomaniacs have been taking me to task these last 3 years. They see me as a threat to their manhood, when I'm NOT.
Today's blog is longer than my usual blogs because publicly shaming people online is a serious problem. This problem is barely discussed. In the meantime, here is a video explaining more in detail about social media shaming.
The National: "Social Media Shaming" (2015)
|Posted by Anna H. on June 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? I have been trying to decide what to share for the next 2 Cartoon Sunday blogs.
Would you like it if I shared Animated Horror Shorts under 5 minutes long? Or would you prefer to watch something 5 minutes or longer?
Let me know what you think in the comments section below.
Aside from the next 2 Cartoon Sunday blogs, those of you who have been subscribed to yours truly for the last several years on Xanga 1.0, Blogster, It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, etc. have read my complaints about Toonami and its fanbase.
I CANNOT help reiterating how much of obnoxious brats Toonami fans can be. Yes, I know that every Toonami fan is NOT a crybaby. However, the crybabies overshadow the fans, who genuinely enjoy other types of Action Anime, along with other genres and sub-genres.
Every time a certain Action Anime fanbase does not get their way about a show, they act like the BIGGEST crybabies on message boards and social media sites. Otherwise, they will mock other fanbases because they didn't get their way about a show.
Some One Piece fans are currently throwing temper tantrums because Adult Swim's Toonami block is airing the Seinen Horror Action Anime, Tokyo Ghoul as One Piece's replacement. One Piece fans DO have a right to be upset.
One Piece fans got the shaft, since the time Toonami chose to premiere this Shonen Jump Action Anime at episode 207 in 2013 rather than premiere it at episode 1 like most normal shows.
Premiering a show at episode 207 rather than the beginning only demonstrated, that those running this revival of Toonami have no respect for One Piece fans.
Toonami did a TERRIBLE job of handling One Piece fans and their temper tantrums. Therefore, I can sympathize and empathize with the fans. At the same time, it does NOT give One Piece fans the right to mock other fanbases.
There are some EXTREMELY bitter One Piece fans currently mocking us Tokyo Ghoul fans, while crying in their Monkey D. Luffy boxer shorts over Toonami replacing One Piece with Tokyo Ghoul.
Some are purposely saying, that Tokyo Ghoul is a terrible Anime, that it glorifies cannibalism, it's intentionally "edgy" to pander to Emos and Goths, that Toonami dislikes Tokyo Ghoul because they haven't created newer promos for it, etc.
About a month or 2 ago, those One Piece fans on the current makeshift message board for Adult Swim worked my last nerve so badly, that I gave some of those Toonami brats a piece of my mind.
I let them know that they are NOT the only viewers watching Adult Swim, that those running Toonami are TRYING to attract different types of viewers by adding a Seinen Horror Action Anime like Tokyo Ghoul to the block, and that they whine too much about every little thing.
Also, I pointed out to Toonami fans, that if they depend on a show's ratings to like a show, they would NEVER enjoy anything and that their constant nit picking repulses us other viewers from wanting to watch other shows airing on the Toonami block.
Was it NOT bad enough, that Toonami fans spent YEARS bawling their eyes out all over the Internet about Cartoon Network canceling Toonami in 2008?
After canceling Toonami ~9 years ago, Cartoon Network's programming went to hell in a hand basket. It began airing more boy-centric reality shows, low IQ'ed cartoons, and mostly vapid cartoons from Canada. The ONLY Canadian cartoon I enjoyed watching was 6teen.
Had 6teen aired in its entirety, it could've been aired at an early timeslot on Adult Swim. Some of 6teen's episodes had nudity and other mature content, which was meant for supposed teenagers in Canada.
Here in the good old U.S. of A. helicopter parents would've been outraged by some of 6teen's content because Cartoon Network is meant for children, whereas Adult Swim is meant for adults.
Since Cartoon Network no longer wanted Toonami, they dumped it on Adult Swim. Originally, Adult Swim was suppose to be airing more mature content because all those children, who grew up watching Toonami, in the late 1990's and early 21st Century, are now ADULTS.
The Toonami Team claimed they wanted to grow up its fanbase. If they wanted to supposedly grow up their original fanbase so badly, Why is Toonami airing the most cartoonishly generic and childish-looking Anime on a network for adult viewers?
How much longer until a little boys Anime like Pokemon is airing on Adult Swim?
Here is something I have recently noticed about the veteran Toonami fans. They hate Anime meant for their own age group. That being Action Anime meant for adults and Anime with more MATURE subject matters. This makes me wonder how many adults are actually watching Adult Swim's Toonami block.
Judging from what I have observed over these last 5 years, veteran Toonami fans are too fixated on their childhood nostalgia and cartoon ratings. They depend on cartoon ratings (which CAN be rigged like polls and awards for awards shows).
Additionally, these fanboys DEPEND on a CGI robot and his talking computer to get excited about watching their favorite cartoons. This is something you would expect from a 5-year-old, NOT someone who is in his/her 20's and 30's (dare I even say 40's and older).
When I was a toddler watching Robotech in the mid-80's, a CGI robot and his talking computer were not required to get me excited about watching a Mecha Anime like Robotech or any other type of cartoon. Listening to the announcer mention my cartoons was satisfying enough.
Even though I enjoyed watching some of the Action Anime, that aired on Adult Swim's Toonami block over these last 5 years, a number of us veteran Adult Swim viewers are still disgusted with the fact, that Adult Swim uprooted us to pander to crybaby man-children.
Adult Swim mostly panders to Toonami fanboys, that cling to their childhood nostalgia on Saturday nights and early Sunday mornings. All the while, they are ALWAYS crying about wanting to watch the most childish programming on a network meant for adult animation.
Some of the other Toonami fans are worried about the Toonami block possibly getting canceled again because of the crybabies within their own fanbase constantly throwing tantrums over shows. They fail to realize that they contributed to the cancelation of Chiller TV's Anime Wednesday block, 2 summers ago.
It was bad enough that Chiller TV put almost no effort in promoting their own Anime block this last time. That's not including the fact that only people with Direct TV and Dish Network, at the time were the only people with Chiller TV on our packages.
Adult Swim's Toonami fans wasted so much time nit picking Is This A Zombie? which was only 1 out of 4 Anime airing on Anime Wednesday, that Chiller TV canceled the block after only 3 weeks.
Most people today don't understand that we have the ability to make or break entertainment, especially over the Internet.
To give a better understanding about this fanbase right now, there is a lot of infighting among Toonami fans. In fact, the Toonami fanbase has just as much infighting, if not more than The Republican Party. It's THAT bad.
If Toonami fans do NOT stop acting like entitled, spoiled brats and get their acts together, they WILL be the cause of Toonami getting canceled once again.
Toonami fans will only have themselves to blame for their block getting re-canceled. This is if it does happen again with the mocking of other fanbases, cyberbullying, temper tantrums, and their obsession with cartoon ratings.
With that being said, what are your thoughts about the current state of Toonami's fanbase?
|Posted by Anna H. on May 26, 2017 at 2:40 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Earlier this week, I was a little surprised at the number of other subscribers, that missed the previous update from last week. In that same update, I explained what I planned for this week.
In case you missed it, you can read it HERE.
You may have noticed, that the background for It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns has been changed. The background was changed 2 days ago for not only Memorial Day on Monday, but also for the next month or so. I am sure you'll get use to the red, white, and blue scenery.
Speaking of Wednesday, it was literally 1 year ago on May 24, 2016 that I had the opportunity to interview the former bassist and co-founder of the Horror Groove Metal band, White Zombie (Sean Yseult).
Our interview was during an online radio show.
Because there were some technical difficulties, I personally e-mailed Sean's publicist my questions for her to answer. Then, I published the interview last June 11th in Q & A format on here.
Until this day, most readers enjoyed our interview. Only 1 person made disparaging remarks about me and my interview with Sean. It was somebody with almost ZERO knowledge about White Zombie, Rob Zombie, and most music in general.
Otherwise, most readers including posters from Adult Swim loved my interview and praised me for it. Apparently I did something right.
As far as my interview with bassist, Sean Yseult goes, I posted the link to it on the main page of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Yesterday I shared my interview with Sean around Google Plus for all those, who may have missed it last year. Because there are always new readers and subscribers, I am re-sharing this interview with additional blogs associated with Sean Yseult and White Zombie.
|Posted by Anna H. on May 19, 2017 at 5:00 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Originally, I meant to publish Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blogs, last weekend. Considering my hectic schedule, both of those blogs were postponed.
Since last month, monkey wrenches have been thrown into my personal plans. There is too much happening at once. Not only has there been too much happening at once, but it is also birthday season in my family. The holidays are between birthdays.
Next month will be my birthday, which is on Flag Day. We will only have to worry about 1 more birthday in July, which is weeks after Independence Day.
Within the next week, changing the background for It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns again is 1 goal. The background should stay the same for the next 2 months. You are probably wondering, "What does this have to do with your blogs?"
With the exception of this weekend's blogs, I have not decided on topics for my next set of Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blogs. Once again, I have been dealing with Adult Swim's cyber stalkers smearing my reputation on their current makeshift forum. My primary slanderer recently sent me another threatening message, last week.
Also, I have been trying to reconnect with a few cyber friends and deactivated my Twitter account yesterday. As I already expected, Twitter is as boring, politically oppressive, and has just as many spam advertisements as facebook. That site did nothing for my web traffic.
It was flattering that some of my so-called Twitter followers were book publishing companies and literary agents. However, they only cared about acquiring authors than learning more about me as a writer, blogger, and a site owner. Therefore, I dumped my Twitter account.
The fact that my content actually gets page views and feedback from people on Google Plus and World of Anime compared to nothing on Twitter speaks volumes.
I try spreading the word about World of Anime as much as possible. If Anime fans want to escape politically and socially divisive forums and social media sites with spam ads, I highly recommend World of Anime.
I wish I had more time to talk to friends and marathon the latest Anime titles from Japan like years ago, but I have other obligations on and offline. This is along with the fact that I normally live on here these days.
There is always something to update on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Tomorrow there will be a tribute blog, since the lead singer of Soundgarden hung himself. Part of me believes that foul play was involved in Chris Cornell's death.
Even though I was not a huge Soundgarden fan, I enjoyed some of the songs written and performed by Cornell in general, during my youth. He is another talented lead singer from the Grunge Era, who is now dead.
Then on Sunday, I have another creepy animated short. A number of my viewers and subscribers around social media really enjoyed the 10 Two Sentence Horror Stories by Axeman Cartoons, that I shared 2 weeks ago.
This is all I have to say for now, regarding the latest content and whatnot. Anyway, I will be right back here tomorrow for Song Saturday.