|Posted by Anna H. on May 3, 2017 at 6:30 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Yesterday afternoon, I watched my local CBS News and learned that Hollywood's writers' strike has been "avoided." Meaning, the strike won't be happening. Hollywood reached its deadline by negotiating a deal with writers.
In case you missed my previous blog about this potential writers' strike, you can read it HERE.
In that same blog, I said that I was worried about the 2 primetime shows I watched on ABC (Fresh Off The Boat and The Real O'Neals). It appears that 1 of these 2 shows HAS been canceled. However, ABC has been stalling with the news.
While websurfing and doing Google searches over the last 2 months and as of last night, it has somewhat been confirmed that The Real O'Neals has been canceled.
When you scroll down the page of the above article from TV Series Finale, it reads:
"O F F I C I A L S T A T U S
As of May 3, 2017, The Real O’Neals has not been cancelled or renewed for a third season. Stay tuned for further updates."
Below that same update, Telly Vulture said in the article:
"ABC could renew it for a third season but I suspect they’ll cancel it instead and find something new to fill the timeslot.... Two of the actors have been cast in new pilots (here and here). Not a good sign."
What's taking ABC so long to confirm that they canceled The Real O'Neals? Why has the network been sitting on this information for the last 2-3 months?
Fans of The Real O'Neals already feared that ABC canceled the sitcom long before its so-called "season finale." Before the sitcom's premiere last March, there was so much controversy regarding its plot being about this dysfunctional Irish Catholic family from Chicago, IL with a gay, socially inept, teenage boy as the protagonist.
The Christian zealots and some within the GLBT community took offense to The Real O'Neals. They hated that the sitcom was mocking Christians, including Irish Catholics and there were some within the GLBT, who hated the fact, that the protagonist was living up to the negative stereotypes about homosexuals.
It is understandable why both sides took strong offense to The Real O'Neals as an ABC sitcom. The whole show and its characters were very contrived, which helped make it funny for us fans. At the same time, both sides need to lighten the fuck up. The Real O'Neals was meant to be satirical.
As a viewer, I am still VERY shocked that The Real O'Neals made it beyond its pilot. This is especially since the protagonist was a gay teenage boy. Over 20 years ago, I noticed a pattern with most primetime shows that got canceled, most specifically ABC's primetime shows.
Normally, I try remaining very apolitical ESPECIALLY online because politics is such a divisive and heated topic. Although, I can't deny the political bias and propaganda on most neworks. ABC may be an extremely Liberal Democratic network, but it is almost always quick to cancel a TV show whenever homosexual characters become the focus of a show, or happened to be introduced.
ABC typically canceled primetime TV shows, which featured homosexual characters in the '90s. Relativity, My So-Called Life, and Ellen, which was originally titled "These Friends of Mine" in 1994, are actually 3 examples I can list from the top of my head. Supposedly, all these ABC shows had "low ratings" or their ratings "declined."
Sounds rather convenient, if not suspicious to me.
Before canceling The Real O'Neals, the actor Noah Galvin, who played the protagonist Kenny O'Neal, accused Modern Family's, Eric Stonestreet of perpetuating stereotypes through caricature in a Vulture interview.
To make matters worse, Noah Galvin went as far as calling Arrow's Colton Haynes' interview with Entertainment Weekly about his coming out "fucking pussy bullshit." Then, Galvin accused director Bryan Singer of preying on underaged boys.
Obviously, the actor of The Real O'Neals has a growing rap sheet, when it comes to insulting other gay actors from other primetime shows. He caused a major backlash for The Real O'Neals.
ABC threatened to cut the sitcom's episode order short for its 2nd season, until an executive producer convinced ABC not to do so. Now, ABC is denying the threats.
Because of the remarks, that the star made about other gay actors from other shows, The Real O'Neals WAS suppose to have only 13 episodes like it's 1st season. Luckily, 3 more episodes were ordered which made it 16.
As I watched the final minutes of The Real O'Neals, I could automatically hear its Swan Song in the narration. Kenny's older brother (played by Matt Shively) was reading his Letter of Recommendation for the college he applied to.
From where I am sitting, ABC LOVES bullshitting their own viewers. Regardless of your political or religious views, the network much like most networks today lack integrity. This is all the more reason why I watch LESS shows on TV.
The cancelation of The Real O'Neals leaves me with ONLY 3 primetime shows I watch, during the week. With the way my list of primetime TV shows will look this fall, I will have American Dad, Fresh Off The Boat, and Hawaii Five-0 to watch on weeknights.
The above primetime TV shows I named do NOT include animated TV shows, that I regularly watch on the weekends. I may have an estimated 6 shows total, now that Grimm and The Real O'Neals are over.
Therefore, I will have either more time online like I had over a decade ago, or more time watching MTV Classic during primetime. As a fan of The Real O'Neals, I can say, that I am disappointed in ABC for punishing the entire cast of the sitcom and Noah Galvin for NOT cocking his brains before shooting his mouth. Had he shut up, the show MAY have gotten a 3rd season.
Anyway, what are your thoughts about the cancelation of ABC's The Real O'Neals?
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|Posted by Anna H. on April 28, 2017 at 4:45 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Between dosing off and watching my local news, during Wednesday morning on Fox, I learned that Hollywood writers have been threatening to go on another writers' strike. This sounds like 2007 all over again.
In case you haven't already heard about this so-called "writers' strike," you can read about it in the following news article from Mashable.
When hearing about this writers' strike, I was a little worried. There are 2 ABC shows I watch on Tuesday nights, that I am worried about already. Those shows are Fresh Off The Boat and The Real O'Neals. I have been hunting for more information about the status of these 2 primetime sitcoms the most because they have GREATER chances of being canceled.
Even though I'm not a ratings fanatic like some viewers *cough-cough* Toonami fans *cough-cough,* both Fresh Off The Boat and The Real O'Neals have very low ratings compared to ABC's other sitcoms I never watch. Hopefully, these 2 sitcoms do NOT get canceled. I barely watch primetime shows like I did, throughout the 1990's and early 2000's.
By 2006, all the primetime shows I watched were either canceled, OR they finished airing. In 2006, I was also battling a severe health scare during and after graduating from Carthage College.
Considering that my regular primetime shows were over, I started marathoning or "binge watching" Anime both on TV and online, while recovering from my bleeding disorder.
About a handful of cable and satellite channels aired a variety of Anime genres and sub-genres from 2006 to 2011. In order to compete with Cartoon Network's Toonami block (at the time) and Adult Swim, The Sci Fi Channel, Colours TV, Fuse TV, Starz, Chiller TV, IFC, and G4 all aired Anime.
In additon to watching all those cable and satellite channels, I watched other Anime genres and sub-genres online. You're probably saying, "Damn, Anna! You watch too much Anime." Actually, I watched more of it on TV and online because reality shows overran EVERY network, that use to air scripted shows with REAL ACTORS.
For a while, I stopped investing in primetime shows. It was tiring getting my hopes up and investing in them only to learn, that my shows were canceled and replaced with Reality TV Dramas. Don't get me wrong. I LOVED watching The Real World, Road Rules, and The Bad Girls Club years ago.
Eventually, it becomes tiresome watching roommates have threesomes and orgies with each other, then fighting with each other, throughout their seasons and cast reunions. Not only does watching fights and censored porn on these shows become tiresome, but I also give zero fucks about every local, cable, and satellite channel needing Reality TV shows about singing, rapping, dancing, cheerleading, preaching, tattooing, home remodeling etc, etc.
What is SO amazing about these people we can meet at gas stations and the grocery stores, that they require a God damn TV show about THEMSELVES?
There is nothing THAT amazing about most of these so-called "Reality TV Stars," that they require more airtime than talented actors and actresses for REAL shows.
I would much rather be entertained watching a show with a real storyline than looking at a bunch of vapid, self-important, attention whores wanting their 15 minutes of fame.
Now that Grimm is no longer a part of my primetime TV schedule, I may be down to only watching 2-3 primetime shows; American Dad, Fresh Off The Boat and The Real O'Neals (That's IF both have NOT been canceled), and Hawaii Five-0 might be the only shows I will have left to watch this next fall season.
If you want to include Family Guy and the latest show(s), that I actually like on Adult Swim's Toonami block, those are probably 3-4 more primetime shows I watch and they air on the weekends. Otherwise, I am mostly watching music videos on MTV Classic or doing something online.
After reading Mashable's article about Hollywood's repeat writers' strike, it appears that none of the shows I regularly watch will be hurt by the writers protesting. Most of what already airs on TV are Shit Sandwich Shows anyway. Therefore, I don't have much to worry about in regards to this strike.
Everyday I have to think about which shows I watch, throughout the week because they always get canceled or go on hiatus. This is if the shows did not already have their series finales.
It appears that writers for mostly Late Night Talk Shows and some of the remaining Horror TV shows have more to worry about than online streaming sites such as Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, etc. More people watch shows online these days than on TV.
If people do not have the money to spend on expensive cable and satellite packages, they are watching shows online. They don't watch as much TV to begin with and they already know today's primetime shows are mostly garbage.
This means Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, etc. are more convenient for viewers, as well as these companies. With that being said, networks will be sweating bullets as their viewer ratings tank and writers will be losing more money protesting.
Let's also NOT forget, that a decent portion of the shows, which will be hurt by this possible writers' strike are POLITICAL PROPAGANDA SHOWS attacking Republicans.
I fail to understand why these writers feel the need to politicize EVERYTHING and intentionally be politically divisive with their content.That shtick's nothing new and has been overkill for the last 13 years or so. After a while, the appeal of mocking 1 political party gets old.
This is especially when the tones of those shows are extremely biased and divisive on purpose. That is another reason why I do NOT watch most award shows and another reason why last year's MTV VMA's had its lowest ratings in YEARS.
Last year's MTV VMA's was extremely rigged, contrived, and racially divisive. That was probably why barely any of their nominees and performers were there. The ceremony was too much about Black Lives Matter and NOT about the music videos. The VMA's also didn't do any tributes for dead icons.
MTV had to cover their asses that night by making Rihanna perform 4 TIMES, all the while claiming it was because she won the Vanguard Award. Anybody, who watches the VMA's KNOWS, that winners of the Vanguard Award only perform ONCE.
Viewers want to be excited and entertained watching their favorite shows, movies, actors, actresses, musicians, etc. win their awards. We want to see our winners be excited and give thanks to their families, friends, God, and us fans for supporting them.
NOT act self-righteous, rant, throw tantrums about how much they hate 1 political party, and berate, chastise, patronize, and oppress us viewers. If that was the case, more people would go to church to listen to militant preachers yelling about how we are all going to Hell every Sunday. Politics has become the new religion.
Since the writers want to protest, they can shoot for the stars and watch their shows drop in viewer ratings. Most of their shows suck ass to begin with, which is why more people don't traditionally watch TV anymore.
Anyway, what are your thoughts about this potential writers' strike?
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|Posted by Anna H. on April 20, 2017 at 3:35 AM||comments (8)|
How's it going my gumdrops? I have been meaning to share this news with you all, since last month. Shortly after Adult Swim shut down their message board 2 days before Christmas and without warning posters and their own volunteers, I joined Animeleague.net.
Some of you may already remember, that I joined that Anime forum, earlier this year. Once again, Animeleague is NOTHING like Adult Swim's forum because Animeleague is actually PLEASANT.
I have YET to encounter or be a part of any fights. Considering that I barely post on Animeleague, I think I will be alright. Whenever I have the time, I do post in threads. Occasionally, I will post a thread on the forum.
Meanwhile, are you an Anime fan on social media sites like facebook, who does NOT want your news feed clogged with selfies, religious and political memes, propaganda, spam advertisements, shit posts, pity party status updates, etc?
Imagine if there was a social media site like facebook except for Anime fans. Well, it turns out you are in luck! In fact, last month I joined the social media site, World of Anime. Anime fans should definitely check it out.
World of Anime could possibly be the social media site you have been dreaming about for years. World of Anime is a pleasant social media site for Anime fans BUILT by an Anime fan.
Much like the forum, Animeleague, World of Anime is a very welcoming community. Sometimes I feel badly about not having enough time to socialize with more people on this Anime-centric social media site.
Whenever I have the time, I do talk to some friends on World of Anime, including its site owner, Meeko.
Along with creating his very own social media site for Anime fans, Meeko created his own video gaming site, Raccoon's Cave for gamers.
I recently informed the social media website owner on World of Anime, that I would be publishing this blog about his site. It somewhat feels like Meeko and I are similar to each other. He understands the struggle of building his own website, generating traffic to it, and having pride in what he built for social interaction and for public exposure.
Even though there will always be trolls on the Internet roaming around and terrorizing people within communities, Meeko places an emphasis on kindness. This is something I wish forums like Adult Swim would've emphasized before shutting down rather than promoting, condoning, and enabling misogyny, misanthropy, cyberstalking, revenge porn, social division, etc.
This is along with Adult Swim's former crooked head moderator, who maliciously leaked our anonymous reports to trolls only to cause more social division within the community among the worst cliques. Additionally, ALLOWING trolls to single out, personally attack, and defame posters like yours truly out of pettiness and spite because HE has extreme bias and a great disdain for some of us.
World of Anime really feels like an inviting online community with real fans. I am sure there are probably some Anime elitists around the social media site. Although, I have yet to encounter any of them. World of Anime also has an IM chat feature much like facebook, a forum page, blog, private messaging, and many other features.
Speaking of the private messaging, if you send out mass private messages, everyone you send that message to CAN respond back to you in the form of a thread. It is like posting on a public message board. Mass PM'ing is a lot like having a forum's thread contained inside of an e-mail inbox message; It is an e-mail party line.
Depending on your preference and what you choose to send to other friends, this can be a double-edged sword. Therefore, you may want to be more careful about gossiping about certain people because it CAN cause he said, she said fights.
With all that has been said, would you be interested in joining an Anime-centric social media site such as World of Anime? You may want to consider liberating yourself from most of today's extremely toxic and polarizing content found on a plethora of other social media sites.
Because I am a Supernatural, Horror, and Anime fan, who features Anime in my Cartoon Sunday blogs, it would not hurt to re-share and revisit these past blogs with fellow fans.
It does NOT have to be Cartoon Sunday, in order to enjoy a Cartoon Sunday blog with Anime videos and links to them.
Anyway, here are past Cartoon Sunday blogs with Supernatural and Horror Anime in the links below!
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|Posted by Anna H. on April 2, 2017 at 9:10 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Looks like us "Grimmsters" (Grimm fans) will no longer be saying, "Thank Grimm it's Friday!" At least the creators did NOT screw over their fans like we assumed.
The episode from 2 Fridays ago left me shocked and livid.
Grimm: "Three Against One" (2017)
A lot of Grimmsters were pissed and felt cheated. Killing the entire cast of any type of TV series is an easy way to infuriate and repulse fans from wanting to watch the rest of the series. Do you remember last year, when I published my blog about the writers killing Abigail Mills on Sleepy Hollow?
I stopped watching Sleepy Hollow after the show became too focused on Abbie's sister, more irrelevant characters, and obviously after the writers killed Abbie.
It would not surprise me, if more Sleepy Hollow fans quit watching the show after last year's shitty Season 3 finale. Speaking of Sleepy Hollow, I did NOT bother watching its series finale 2 nights ago because its 3rd season was like someone's shitty fan fiction turned into a TV show.
Now that Grimm is over, I am down another Friday night show, which leaves me with only Hawaii Five-0. So far, I have lost at least 3 primetime shows within the last year. Grimm was a primetime TV show that I consistently watched, since its premiere 6 years ago.
I have watched a nice portion of primetime shows, that were Horror and Supernatural shows throughout these last 7-8 years, if they weren't Comedy, Dramedy, or Action. I watched Grimm throughout the last 6 years because it was 1 of very few primetime shows with originality.
Throughout these last 6 years, critics compared Grimm to Once Upon A Time. Both shows had to deal with fairy tales. However, Grimm was different. The creators of this Supernatural Police Procedural Drama were inspired by Grimms' Fairy Tales, international folklores, occult themes, and other sources.
Grimm has been criticized for its cheesiness but there are very few shows with much of any originality today.
How many viewers today can say there are primetime shows with some level of originality?
When I ask this, I don't mean another reboot, remake, or another reality show.
Who has ever watched a primetime TV series based on international folklores (especially Germanic folklores), used various foreign terms for creatures, and incorporated them, along with occult themes into a Police Procedural Drama?
All those features made Grimm engaging to watch and made viewers invest time in watching the show. I don't recall much less believe that a primetime show like this has ever been done. In a way, I was automatically biased when it came to watching Grimm.
When I learned that a former MTV reality show cast member from Road Rules: South Pacific was casted as the star (David Giuntoli) of the show Grimm, my interests were piqued. Watching a former Road Rules cast member, who is originally from my county of WI (Milwaukee to be more exact) and is 1 year older than me, made me invest in watching Grimm.
It felt weird yet somewhat exciting seeing David casted as THE STAR of a primetime show. Also, I was excited for him as a former Road Rules viewer and really wanted to see how he could pull off such a bizarre primetime show. He has done very well.
While watching the final 2 episodes, I was angry that 2 of Grimm's major characters (Detective Hank Griffin and Sergeant Drew Wu) were killed at the precinct. I was almost tempted NOT to watch the final episode.
With the direction the storyline was heading, I had no idea if David Giuntoli's character (Detective Nick Burkhardt) would live at the end. I started having flashbacks to both Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Angel.
When Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Angel had apocalyptic storylines, Buffy usually died and/or other significant characters from both primetime shows were ALWAYS killed BECAUSE the shows were ending. Thankfully, this wasn't the case for Grimm.
After watching Hank and Wu be killed, I somewhat lost hope as a Grimmster. The last 30 minutes of Grimm gave me apathy because all the characters except Nick, his son Kelly, and soon to be step-daughter, Diana were the only characters alive.
Suddenly, we as the viewers were surprised within the last 10-15 minutes of Grimm's finale. We learned that the "skull guy," Zerstörer (meaning "Destroyer" in German) had a catch. He could heal and revive all Nick's friends, if Nick would give him back the missing piece of his staff.
The missing piece of the staff was usually referred to as "The Magic Stick" (Get your minds out the gutter!), that Nick and Monroe found during their trip to Germany in the 5th season. Nick was willing to give up that stick.
Because he was desperate and vulnerable enough to give the stick to Zerstörer, Nick ended up fighting the vagrant runaway and fellow Grimm (Theresa "Trubel" Rubel), who he took in about giving away the stick. Nick gave Trubel a nasty beat down and wandered away with the stick to give to Zerstörer.
Before giving the missing piece of the staff to Zerstörer, the ghosts of Nick's mother (Kelly Kessler Burkhardt) and aunt (Marie Kessler) intervene. Both gave Nick a pep talk about being a Grimm and warned him NOT to give the stick to Zerstörer.
Within the last few minutes, Nick, Trubel, Aunt Marie, and his mother Kelly defeat and kill Zerstörer.
Grimm: "Family Affair" Scene (2017)
The portal to "The Other Place" reappears and sucks Nick back through to the other side, only to be returned to the present.
Grimm: Nick Returns To The Present (2017)
Nick's friends were alive the ENTIRE time on the other side of the portal. During the last 2 minutes of the show, another man narrates what Grimmsters just watched. We learn that it is Nick and Adalind's son, Kelly.
Grimm: Final Scene (2017)
The final scene is 20 years later. Additionally, we learned that Trubel is Nick's 3rd cousin on his mother's side of the family and, that Monroe and Rosalee had triplets like Adalind and Captain Renard's daughter, Diana prophesied.
The ending for Grimm was definitely an interesting and satisfying twist. I am so GLAD the show did not end with another tragic ending like Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Angel did 13 years or so ago.
Even though they are completely different Supernatural Horror Shows from Grimm, I honestly dreaded a bittersweet and tragic ending like Buffy and Angel. I am sure fellow Grimmsters are overjoyed with a happy cliffhanger.
Overall, I feel that Grimm's last 2-3 seasons could've been MUCH better. The writers wasted too much time politicizing the show and focusing on Captain Renard, Adalind, Juliette/Eve, Monroe and Rosalee's relationship, and making insignificant characters seem relevant.
As a viewer, I would've loved to have seen more international folklores be explored. During the previous season, there was an episode about the Inugami from Japanese folklore. Since Shinigami (the Japanese equivalent of The Grim Reaper) are very popular lately in Japanese entertainment, it would've been awesome to have Nick either fighting against, or collaborating with a Japanese Grim Reaper.
It most definitely would've been better to have discovered more about Hank and Wu as characters, especially Wu. Wu got the shortest end of the stick so to speak out of the entire cast of Grimm and he was the sergeant of the show. Something tells me that with Grimm's cliffhanger ending, there will probably be a remake, reboot, or spinoff show in the near future.
Regardless, I am so GLAD that Grimm's series finale wasn't an absolute Shit Sandwich. Anyway, what are your thoughts?
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|Posted by Anna H. on March 17, 2017 at 5:45 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Thank Grimm it's Friday and Happy Saint Patrick's Day! This weekend, there will be no Song Saturday or Cartoon Sunday blogs.
Considering that I have been updating and sharing past Irish and Saint Patrick's Day-themed blogs this week around social media (mostly on Google Plus), I need a little break.
Yesterday I realized that I have published about a dozen Saint Patrick's Day and Irish-themed blogs, throughout these last 4 years. In case you missed any of those blogs, their links are at the bottom.
Meanwhile earlier this week, we began with Bill Tytla's animated short, The Wee Men for Cartoon Sunday. Tytla's The Wee Men somewhat explained about leprechauns and their roles in Ireland. We already established that leprechauns run and hide with their crocks of gold but do we REALLY know why? Before explaining any further about their antics, let's explore the origins of the word, "leprechaun."
According to Irelandseye, "leprechaun" may have derived from the Irish term, "leath bhrogan." Leath bhrogan means "shoe maker," which was what we watched this past Cartoon Sunday in Bill Tytla's The Wee Men. The leprechauns in the short were shoe makers.
However, there is a possibility that "leprechaun" may have derived from "luacharma'n," which is Irish for pygmy.
Even though leprechauns are considered to be the national fairies of Ireland, those in the north Leinster area originally used the term "leprechaun." "Lurgadhan," "lurican," and "lurachmain," are 3 other variants of leprechaun.
Apparently, it is a common routine for these "wee men" to be found in an intoxicated state caused by home-brew poteen yet they still manage to be productive workers.
So, why do leprechauns run and hide with their crocks of gold?
Roaming and pillaging throughout Ireland, the Danes supposedly left behind ancient treasure. This led to the leprechauns appointing themselves as the guardians of the gold. This could also be a reason why leprechauns avoid any social interaction with humans.
Leprechauns view humans as being "foolish," "flighty," and "greedy creatures."
Once a leprechaun is caught by a human, the leprechaun uses his gold coin as a bribe from 1 of his 2 leather pouches.
Most people don't know that leprechauns carry 2 different coins in separate pouches.
2 Coins That Leprechauns Carry:
1) Silver Shilling- Leprechauns carry this magical coin in 1 pouch, which returns to the purse every time it is paid out.
2) Gold Coin- Leprechauns carry this in a different pouch from the silver shilling. It's used as a bribe for anything they feel is a "difficult situtaion," after being caught by humans. The coin also has the ability to turn into leaves or ashes after it is given away.
In addition to having 2 different pouches for 2 different coins, there are 2 distinct classifications of the so-called leprechaun family. There are the leprechauns, that hide and protect the gold and there are the cluricans, which have the tendency to borrow or steal almost anything.
Cluricans wait until it is dark to raid wine cellars and larders in people's houses. This is along with harnessing sheep, goats, dogs, and domestic fowl. Then, cluricans will ride them throughout the country at night.
After conducting research about leprechauns, I find this all to be very fascinating. It's amazing what you can learn, especially online.
As said earlier, if there are any previously published blogs you may have missed about Saint Patrick's Day and the Irish in general within the last week to 4 years, here are 10 more blogs below.
Hopefully, you enjoyed today's blog.
|Posted by Anna H. on March 9, 2017 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? You may recall that I was temporarily banned from Google Plus, last month for supposedly "spamming" and "messing with the site's algorithms," until March 5th.
With the dread of having to interact with that prick from 2-3 weeks ago, I contacted Google Plus' Help page on Monday. Luckily, I did NOT have to deal with him this last time. Someone a lot more pleasant and helpful was able to explain to me about that ridiculous banning. He was also helpful enough to share the link, which explains the ridiculous rules and restrictions on Google Plus.
I am still reeling over the fact, that always +1'ing, which is the equivalent of "LIKING" numerous posts is considered "spamming" and is seen as "trying to manipulate Google rankings." That must be the most preposterous rule I have EVER read or heard about for a social media site.
We can "Like" as many posts as we want WITHOUT getting banned on facebook!
While talking to that helper or moderator on Google Plus, I let him know that these rules are ridiculous and that the layout of the site is very user unfriendly. Almost no one knows how to navigate, much less use Google Plus.
Google Plus always did have a history of controlling and dictating its users and other sites affiliated with Google. This is exactly why so many people hate Google Plus.
Google really should've better planned their site, in order to compete against facebook. I understand that Google Plus is suppose to be the "Anti-facebook," however Google's need to prove its non-conformity is so overdone.
Since joining 6 years ago, I have ALWAYS had a love/hate relationship with facebook. Mark Zuckerberg, the money-hungry dork, who insulted his facebook users by calling us "SUCKERS," only has notifications as the best feature on his social media site. Otherwise, facebook sucks for the most part.
We all know facebook's news feed mostly has shit post updates of wannabe "political activists" and attention seeking girls (and some mothers older than 20-something years old), that incessantly upload selfies for validation of their looks by lowlives. There's also spam ads. At least we DO somewhat get breaks from these antics on Google Plus.
Right now, I am still undecided about using certain strategies, in order to generate more traffic to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. A few times I have contemplated making my own fan pages on social media. Although, making fan pages for highly fickle subscribers would only create more unnecessary work for yours truly.
Managing this site alone is a job in itself. The fact that Google thinks they can control ALL their users is another reason for more people to not only HATE Google Plus, but also Google as a whole.
Over the last 2 weeks of my banning from Google Plus, I added It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns to more backlinks. Hopefully, the backlinks will generate more traffic to these blogs.
In addition, I have e-mailed book publishing companies, literary magazine journals, and literary agents to let them know this website and I exist. The other day, I also reactivated my Vivaldi account.
Since the last time I used the site 3-4 years ago, some additional features have been added. Vivaldi's current layout looks NOTHING like the last time. In fact, Vivaldi is really looking highly unflattering.
Years ago, the layout somewhat resembled facebook's Timeline except it was more public with blogs and status updates in various foreign languages. Vivaldi currently resembles Adult Swim's final layout, before the network's forum was shut down.
Those of you, who were on Adult Swim with me last year, remember how much we all HATED it. I especially hated it because my misogynistic cyberstalker spent the last 2 YEARS smearing my reputation by lying on me to everyone about my identity AND down vote trolling every comment and thread I posted, last year.
The lying, misogynistic, sociopath even stooped as low as down vote trolling the birthday thread, which was specifically made for me by a friend, last June.
The people currently running Vivaldi will soon regret the decisions they made in regards to the site's layout. What they're currently using was the final nail in the coffin for Adult Swim's forum, last year.
It is only a matter of time, until Vivaldi goes dark just like Adult Swim's forum did the day before last Christmas Eve.
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In 2 more days, I will be publishing this weekend's Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blogs. So, stay tuned!
|Posted by Anna H. on February 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM||comments (3)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Did you read my e-mail notification or the status updates on social media? In case you missed it, you're gonna love this. After nearly 2 YEARS of being a part of Google Plus, sharing my content, and growing a following, my original account has been banned. This happened last Sunday night.
Imagine being blocked from posting to and sharing with everyone and ANYTHING on your own facebook wall. At the same time, friends and followers are still liking and sharing your content. THAT'S what I'm currently dealing with on Google Plus.
Google Plus temporarily banned me from using my original Google Plus account for 2 weeks. Meaning, I'm UNALLOWED to share, +1, comment, etc. until March 5th. This led to me creating ANOTHER Google Plus account, in order to contact Google Plus' Help page and my followers.
Having to contact Google Plus' Help page was as unpleasant as fighting with Adult Swim's former head moderator, who LOVES leaking our personal information and anonymous reports to trolls out of spite.
Earlier this week, I was flamed by some contemptuous prick from Australia. I think he is an employee/volunteer at Google Plus. Regardless, he has an atrocious disposition. He spent most his time berating and condescending to me and needed to have THE LAST WORD.
That prick went as far as cussing at AND berating me like I was some 5-year-old. It feIt as if I was in the middle of some flame war with a troll. His need to be hostile, rude, condescending, and belligerent was so insufferable, that I had to disable the comments section on my post.
I simply wanted to know WHY I was banned. That flame baiter tried goading me into a flame war and turned a simple question into an argument.
If he does actually work for Google Plus, he needs to be fired ASAP! I made sure to confront him about his atrocious disposition. He apologized, then reverted back to type within a matter of seconds.
While that prick from Australia was so busy berating and condescending to me, I told him that he was acting very unprofessionally and that his customer service skills were terrible.
After nearly 2 YEARS, I am suddenly accused of "spamming" on Google Plus? Not only am I accused of spamming, but I am also accused of supposedly "messing with Google Plus' algorithms."
Are the people working at Google Plus aware of the fact, that their entire social networking site is a state of confusion much like Tumblr and is a last resort site, which SPAMS their users like MySpace?
If you need further proof of what I am saying, watch this video by YouTube vlogger, Onision. Even HE knows that Google Plus' entire layout is user unfriendly and looks like The Hot Mess Express Train.
Onision "Why People Hate Google Plus (+ Fun Google Girls)" 
Now, that the site has been "upgraded," there have been so many glitches we can barely post and share anything. Google should be glad that anyone bothers to use their social media site.
Most people, including blogger/entrepreneur, Derek Halpern told me last year, that Google Plus was "a waste of time." After last Sunday night's temporary banning, I am starting to believe that Derek is right.
It honestly would NOT surprise me if that prick's disposition alone drove away MORE users from Google Plus. He's more of a detriment to that social media site than yours truly. Here's the real kicker:
If people on Google Plus had such a HUGE problem with me sharing my content, why weren't they more vocal about it? Let me guess, snowflakes became "triggered" and clicked the "Report" button because they felt that their "safe spaces" were invaded.
Besides +1'ing and sharing Horror and Anime art, I post and share my blogs to MANY communities on Google Plus. I mostly belonged to communities for Horror fans and writers, bloggers, music, and animation fans.
There were only a few Horror communities I more recently joined that removed me, so far. Otherwise, I have NOT had a single problem with ANY community, until this month.
Banning me from sharing my content to my niches, much less posting and replying to anything on my own wall is ridiculous. With this ban being put in place, it will surely hurt my page views and social interaction with friends and followers.
This means I must find and join a better social networking site and submit It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns to more backlinks for self-promotions.
Considering all the insults, that have been hurled at Google Plus by most people, over the last several years, Google is lucky that anyone bothers to use their search engine and social media sites.
1) Echo Gillette "Why Google Plus Failed" (2015)
2) Watch Mojo's Top 10 Social Media Platforms That Failed Spectacularly (2017)
Had I known that Google Plus was so nit picky and had such hypersensitive users on their social networking site, I wouldn't have wasted my time. Because some writing companies found a little value in the social media site, I gave it a chance and made some progress.
If it is NOT a necessity, I really do NOT want to join Twitter. I am beyond politically fatigued and had more than my fill of dealing with trolls on facebook and Adult Swim. Therefore, I must find some better resources.
In the meantime, the best ways to HELP ME would be to read, like, subscribe, share, +1 on Google Plus, and commenting on my blogs. I have put my blood, sweat, tears, and pride into building this website and publishing my blogs for the last ~4 years.
Without your support, I have NOTHING.
|Posted by Anna H. on February 1, 2017 at 5:20 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Remember when I said, that I wouldn't be gothing it up hardcore as much this week? Well, I couldn't help it, especially not today.
The last 2 days, I have been updating more blogs that I published, throughout the years. In fact, I JUST updated a past blog, that I published about Bauhaus' Peter Murphy. Then, I linked that same blog into my most recent Cartoon Sunday blog.
Suddenly, I remembered that today is the day Brandon Lee would've turned 52 years old. I believe that he would've been a sexy, 52-year-old man had he STILL been alive today. Brandon probably would've also been getting more acting gigs.
Yes, I know. It sounds like I'm fangirling over a dead sexy (pun intended) actor more than 2 decades later. Honestly, I can't help it. Men with long, dark hair, especially if they happen to be musicians and/Goth have always been hard to get out my system.
Even though I retired from dating 10 years ago, dark hair, musicians, and Goths will ALWAYS be my types.
Aside from me having a certain type(s) of men, you already know that there are over 400 published blogs and counting on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Since it is the late Brandon Lee's 52nd birthday and because there are so many other people, who have never read my previous blogs about him, I thought I would share and re-share them with everyone for today.
All you have to do is click on this link and you will be directed to several links about the late Brandon Lee.
|Posted by Anna H. on January 5, 2017 at 5:30 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Happy New Year! Hopefully, you all enjoyed celebrating New Year's Eve and Day. Originally, I planned to publish a blog about Shogatsu, which is the Japanese New Year. It appears that I didn't end 2016 the way I intended. Let's just say that I ended 2016 with a bang, LITERALLY.
On the morning of New Year's Eve, I stayed up longer than I had wanted. Because my mother has a psycho alarm clock (we all think it's possessed, since it has a mind of its own), she needed me to remind her about her 4am dose of medication. To simply kill a little time, I watched a few Astrology videos on YouTube.
Already being tired from the day before, I dosed off in the middle of watching 1 of my Astrologer friends' YouTube vlogs. Apparently, I smacked my head REALLY HARD on the edge of our dining room table, while unconsciously leaning forward on a lower level dining room chair.
It was not until smacking the top center of my head, that I woke up with a headache. The impact from the smack caused some nasal pain. There is a possibility that I may have hit my head on my laptop's keyboard, in the process of hitting it on our dining room table.
Regardless, my head has been hurting on and off, since New Year's Eve.
Shortly after hitting my head, I used an ice pack for some pain relief. Hours later (the afternoon to be more exact), I was driven to the E.R. The medical residents did NOT perform any x-rays or scans to see if I had a concussion. They only tested my reflexes and asked some medical questions to see if I was coherent enough to know where we were and the time.
After those basic exams, the residents made me schedule a follow-up appointment with my primary doctor. Then, they told me to rest.
Yesterday, I attended my follow-up appointment and my doctor made me repeat the exact same tests, that I already did with the residents in the E.R. on New Year's Eve. According to my primary doctor, I do NOT have a concussion.
My primary doctor wants me to continue alternating between Ibuprofen and Regular Strength Tylenol for my headaches. This is along with using either an ice pack, or a heating pad for pain relief.
All in all, those trips to the hospital were a complete waste of time and money this week. On the positive side, I have no concussion, which I am glad.
So, what is on the itinerary for the very 1st weekend of 2017?
At the moment, I am unsure. However, I do intend to change the background scenery after January 7th, since Christmas Day will officially be over on the 8th for Orthodox Christians. It will be time to go red, again!
As you already know, I've had a rough end to 2016 and a rough start to 2017. Also, it doesn't help that my energy has been depleted, since last month with all the doctor's appointments and Christmas shopping. The doctors have told me to try taking things easy.
As long as nothing or no one throws any monkey wrenches into my plans, I would like to take a break and relax. This is really difficult to do, when someone always wants or needs something to be done for them. Therefore, I will try playing things by ear.
Aside from my head injury and trying to relax, do you have a favorite blog that I published last year?
I noticed that some of you have really enjoyed my blogs about folklores, especially when I explained about Shinigami in Japanese folklores. How about my interview with former White Zombie bassist, Sean Yseult? Or my Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blogs?
Are there any favorites from those particular blogs? If so, let me know. I would love to have your feedback! It lets me know what you would like to see more of on here.
Anyway, thank you my gumdrops! Don't forget to like, subscribe, share, +1 on Google Plus, and leave your feedback in the comments section below!
|Posted by Anna H. on December 30, 2016 at 3:00 PM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? How was your YuleChristmaHanukkah? Hanukkah's still being celebrated (if memory serves me right), along with Christmas. Don't forget that Orthodox Christians don't celebrate Christmas Day, until January 7th.
The Orthodox Christians are somewhat lucky in that regard. All their presents will be on clearance. So, you may be wondering, "Anna, what did you get for Christmas?"
Shoes, candy, clothes, jewelry, a snow suit and rainboots like I wanted for having to shovel up all our snow, 4 pairs of ear buds and head phones, an abstract art painting, which was custom made by a long-time college friend of nearly 15 years, glycerin bar soaps, another cordless mouse for my other laptop, and another winter coat for this Christmas.
Hopefully, you were able to enjoy the holidays despite all the tragedies in the news. Lately, I dread turning on my TV and laptops. It feels like there is a celebrity death toll almost everyday.
This most definitely applies to legendary actors, actresses, and talented music icons.
I am sure many of you will probably roll your eyes at me for continuously mentioning Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland. Even though he died last December, I believe his demise caused a domino effect of legendary entertainers (mostly iconic musicians) dying, throughout this year.
The death of Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister on December 28, 2015 was a brutal segue into this year, regarding music icons. At the very beginning of 2016, we all lost David Bowie, who was also a major musical influence to the late Scott Weiland and many others.
Very much like Lemmy Kilmister died 4 days after his birthday from Prostate Cancer, Congestive Heart Failure, and Cardiac Arrhythmia, David Bowie privately died from Liver Cancer 2 days after his birthday.
Everyone knows that people die everyday by the seconds. However, I have NEVER in all my life ever heard about so many LEGENDARY entertainers dropping like flies by the nano second the way they have in 2016.
2016 has been a really cruel and shitty year for so many of us, that we can't wait for it to be over. Without a doubt, 2016 EXCEEDED my expectations of being a horrible year. So many lives have been taken, during this year, that lately I have even cried about it.
Whether it was just the average man, woman, child, or an iconic celebrity, loved ones have been in mourning. All these deaths will surely make grief counselors and funeral homes richer, if not already.
Let's all hope and pray that we can survive 2017 without there being so many deaths in general. I was going to publish another Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blog to end this year, but have changed my mind. These last 2 weeks have been extremely exhausting.
If I have enough time and energy, I intend to publish more blogs at the start of 2017. With that being said, RIP George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, and to all those who lost their lives in 2016! I wish you all a very happy and more prosperous new year!
|Posted by Anna H. on December 20, 2016 at 8:00 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Can you believe that today is the day, that the Slasher Horror film SCREAM released in movie theaters 20 years ago?! Wow! Where has the time gone? In 1996, I was only 14 years old.
During that same time, Beavis And Butt-Head Do America released and I went to see that movie with my uncle. Yes, you read that correctly. Both SCREAM and Beavis And Butt-Head Do America are celebrating their 20th anniversaries today.
Because you must be AT LEAST 17 years old, in order to go see an R-rated movie, I never watched SCREAM on the big screen. Yes, I know. Adolescents under 17 would sneak into an R-rated film, if they did NOT have a parent or another adult to take them to go see it.
However, that was never the case for me. By the time I was 14 years old, I normally rented R-rated movies with my mother at local video stores. In order for SCREAM to get an R-rating, a few scenes actually had to be deleted.
In the 2011 documentary, SCREAM: The Inside Story, the cast and crew mentioned, that some scenes were removed from SCREAM.
Do you remember those scenes of Drew Barrymore playing the character, Casey?
Ghostface sadistically grilled her over the telephone about Classic Slasher films and their moral villains. The filmmakers had to delete this scene of Casey's boyfriend being gutted on the patio.
1) SCREAM [Deleted Scene]: Casey's Boyfriend Steve Is Gutted (1996)
The filmmakers also had to edit scenes of Casey being hung from a tree.
2) SCREAM [Deleted Scene]: Casey Hanging From The Tree (1996)
Here are 3 more scenes that were removed from the movie, SCREAM.
3) SCREAM [Deleted Scene]: Tatum's Death By Garage Door (1996)
4) SCREAM [Deleted Scene]: Kenny The Camera Man Gets His Throat Slit (1996)
5) SCREAM [Deleted Scene]: Stuart's Hand Drips A Puddle Of Blood After He & Billy Stab Each Other (1996)
Now that you have watched SCREAM's deleted scenes from above, it is only fitting to revisit these past blogs from 2014. While I was on social media yesterday, I re-shared my previous blog regarding a review, that I published about Christmas Slashers.Those Slashers date as far back as 1972.
Most people are unaware that Christmas Slashers are some of the roots to the Slasher Horror genre. Without Christmas Slashers, John Carpenter's Halloween would've never existed today. If you read my Christmas Slashers review, I explain about this.
Since we are on the topic of SCREAM, the franchise still appears to be a very popular franchise 20 years later. In fact, I was quite surprised that MTV chose to remake this 20-year-old Slasher Horror film into a TV series.
You may be wondering, What do you think about MTV remaking SCREAM into a show?
Truthfully, it was highly unneccesary for a network, which was originally dedicated to airing MUSIC VIDEOS to be jumping on the bandwagon of remaking films. Even though I never bothered to watch the TV series for SCREAM, it's quite evident that Hollywood filmmakers and screenwriters are seriously in need of MUCH newer and a lot more ORIGINAL material.
It appears that most filmmakers today are too hung up on their nostalgia. This Slasher did NOT need to have its own TV series in this era. It would've made sense if SCREAM had its own show, during the time when the film was popular in the late 1990's.
Other than that, MTV and the creators of SCREAM's series are desperately reaching for viewership. The trilogy had its time and needs to stay in the past without Hollywood filmmakers ruining its legacy for money.
Now, let's take a murderous trip down memory lane by watching the documentary SCREAM: The Inside Story. The uncensored version of this documentary, which I originally uploaded to the following blog, was removed from YouTube.
Therefore, I was forced to update my blog with a censored version of it. So, bear with me. Anyway, here's SCREAM: The Inside Story to celebrate the 20th anniversary of SCREAM.
|Posted by Anna H. on December 12, 2016 at 6:35 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? This blog ALMOST didn't get published today. After going on Christmas shopping sprees for 4 days straight and shoveling snow twice yesterday, my body is killing me.
PROTIP: Never go on Christmas shopping sprees for 4 DAYS STRAIGHT, then shovel nearly 1 foot of snow a day later. Otherwise, you will be really stiff and sore for days.
Aside from the protip, most of us are down to the last 13 days before Christmas Day. Do you know what's happening these next 13 nights? Iceland's 13 Yule Lads start to wreak havoc all throughout these next 2 weeks.
Some of you may remember that last year, I published a blog about the 13 Yule Lads. For those of you, who were not here last December, I explained in detail about these mischievous lads.
Much like Saint Nicholas and Krampus, the 13 Yule Lads reward nice children and punish the "naughty" children.
Since today is December 12th, Stekkjarstaur or "Sheep-Cote Clod" is the 1st Yule Lad to arrive tonight. Tonight is the night, when this stiff and peg-legged Yule Lad starts to harass the sheep in the towns of Iceland. The 13 Yule Lads actually dwell in the mountains.
On December 12th, Stekkjastaur departs from the mountains to harass the sheep in towns. Then, he returns to the mountains on December 25th (Christmas Day).
Stekkjastaur not only departs from Iceland's mountains to arrive in town to harass the sheep, but he also has the ability to reward and punish children. All the well-behaved children are to be rewarded with a Christmas present in their shoes. The misbehaving children, on the other hand, receive potatoes in their shoes.
Potatoes are much better than being given lumps of coal and being whisked off to Hell by Krampus, right? At least potatoes are edible compared to coal. Like I said earlier, as mischievous as the 13 Yule Lads are, they act as Krampus and Saint Nicholas in Iceland. It really all depends on the child's behavior.
To learn more about the 13 Yule Lads, click on the link below.
|Posted by Anna H. on December 5, 2016 at 6:40 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Gruss vom Krampus! In case you did not already know or in case you forgot, today is Krampus Day. Krampus is Saint Nicholas' evil sidekick, who shows up every December 5th to punish "naughty children."
Growing up, I never learned about this evil goat demon from teachers or my family. Some of my classmates did not necessarily know anything about Saint Nicholas Day being on December 6th, which I always found to be very odd.
Some classmates not only knew NOTHING about Saint Nicholas Day, but Krampus Day was also NEVER discussed in neither of my elementary schools, nor middle school. It was probably because our teachers did NOT want to traumatize us. Otherwise, they probably never heard of him either.
I recently learned about Krampus 3 years ago from watching Grimm on NBC. Speaking of Grimm, I will really miss watching this show after its series finale, in the spring. As comical as the writing is, viewers have been exposed to some international folklores and Germanic terms for describing various creatures known as "wesen."
The series also gave me a reason to start watching primetime shows on Fridays again, over these last 5-6 years. I would've tried sharing that Krampus episode from Grimm today, but no thanks to Hulu, only viewers subscribed to their site can watch online streams now.
Since that is the case, I have decided to share footage of a Krampus Parade instead. Last month in Schladming, Styria (a former small mining town in the northwest of Austria), a Krampus Parade was held. It is normally called Krampuslauf meaning "Krampus Run."
Over 1200 Krampus celebrants dressed as the beast in black rags and masks drag chains behind themselves. Every so often, these celebrants hurl their chains and switches towards children. This is along with them swinging cowbells, which is to warn people that Krampus is coming.
In Scandinavian countries and other parts of Europe, Krampuskarten or "Krampus Cards" are given for Krampus Day.
Saying "Gruß vom Krampus" means "Greetings from the Krampus" in German.
The depiction of Krampus has evolved over time, since the 1800's. Older versions of Krampus cards depict this goat demon as more evil and frightening. In more modern times, he is depicted as more child friendly, if not a womanizer.
If you would like to learn more about Krampus, feel free to check out my previous blogs about him.
To celerate the holiday, here is footage of the Krampuslauf in Schladming, Styria from last month's Krampus Parade.
Krampuslauf ["Krampus Run"] In Schladming, Styria, Austria (2016)
|Posted by Anna H. on December 1, 2016 at 4:10 AM||comments (6)|
How's it going my gumdrops? How did you enjoy your Thanksgiving? My Thanksgiving wasn't horrible. However, my mother and I DID manage to dodge a really nasty car accident, last Wednesday.
Hopefully, everyone's Thanksgiving Day went well with family and friends. Now that Thanksgiving is over, we must prepare for Krampus Day, Saint Nicholas Day, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, and Christmas Day.
I am sure that some of you will be celebrating this "festive" season with Christmas films whether they are the stereotypical Lonely Romance Comedies, or something creepy like Christmas Slashers. You may even want to go the Horror Comedy route with Gremlins, for example.
After all, Gremlins is technically a Christmas Horror Comedy film. The original movie takes place, during the time of Christmas. To all my newbie gumdrops, I published a blog on Blogster 3 years ago about the Gremlins audio books. Then, I updated and republished that same blog on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
In addition to my blog about the Gremlins audio books, I published another blog last June about the disturbing dream I had about killing Gremlins. Then, I briefly explained about mogwai in Chinese folklores.
To delve into more detail about these fugly monsters, the term "mo" derives from the Sanskrit "Mara," meaning "evil beings," which shares a cognate with the Persian "Magi" from which the English word "magic" derives. This is according to tribe.net.
Mara in BOTH Buddhism and Hinduism determines the fates of death and desire, that tether people to an unending cycle of reincarnation and suffering. He is the source of wickedness and purposely leads people to sin, misdeeds, and self-destruction. "Gui," on the other hand, does not necessarily mean "evil" or "demonic spirits."
Gui simply means "deceased spirits" or "souls of the dead."
In modern Chinese, gui has evolved into normally referring to the spirits or ghosts of unrelated family members seeking their revenge on mortals, who have caused them anguish, when they were still alive. It is common for mortals to rectify their sins by sacrificing money to gui by burning (usually fake) paper banknotes so that gui can have funds to use in their afterlife.
Also, Tribe.net states that the modern popular use of mogui as "demonic" and gui as "devils" are somewhat outcomes of Western influences.
Satan in The Book of Job is translated as "diabolos" in Greek and "mogui" in the Chinese Biblical texts.
Therefore, Satan is "Mogui" in Chinese. Whenever you have the chance to rewatch Gremlins, you will have a slightly better understanding about mogwai in Chinese folklores.
As I briefly explained in my Killing Gremlins blog (which you can click on and read below), the water or rain to be more exact, is for reproduction during the mating seasons.
Mogwai in Gremlins are depicted as asexual creatures with the ability to morph into dangerous monsters. The scientists in Gremlins 2: The New Batch believed, that Gremlins are either mischievous and mean-spirited reptiles, or simply viruses.
You learn something new everyday!
Because Gremlins is a Christmas Horror Comedy film and since today's blog is about mogwai in Chinese folklores, let's revisit the Gremlins audio books and my dream about killing them for another Throwback Thursday.
|Posted by Anna H. on November 15, 2016 at 9:05 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Just some quick reminders, many of us site owners are STILL coping with glitches on our websites. On Sunday night, a subscriber informed me about the problems she had trying to comment on 1 of my blogs. The page kept "timing out." I assumed it was only me having this issue because I use Mozilla as my browser and because my primary laptop is 6 years old.
If you are seeing a message saying, that the page has "timed out," try clicking on the "Back" button at the top of your browser. It should redirect you to the previous page your were already typing on. Once you have been redirected to that page, click on "Post Comment." Then, your message should send.
During the early morning on Monday, I spent extra time working on the layout for my Blogger. Considering that Webs constantly has "technical difficulties" and site owners are becoming more irate with the company's lousy service, it is only a matter of time until I get fed up with their ridiculousness. Had I known 3 years ago what I know now, I would've tried building It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns on Blogger much sooner.
You may be asking, "So, why don't you do it right now?"
I really love the fact, that I can customize the background for free and I take pride in knowing, that I learned how to build my very own website with ZERO Graphic Arts & Design or Computer expertise. That is mostly why I continue to use Webs.
You have no idea how many hours I spend trying to make this site look as creative, unique, and professional as possible.
If you want to build your own website, you better be serious about it and committed to building it.
Aside from technical difficulties, these last 3 months have gone by really fast. It was JUST September. Now, it is the middle of November. There has been so much chaos throughout 2016, that it has been EXTREMELY difficult for many of us to enjoy this year.
At the beginning of 2016, I already predicted that it would be a shitty year and I was right. On the positive side, the 2016 election is finally over for the most part. Now, we can all try going back to our regularly scheduled lives.
The 2016 election really should've ended much sooner. Smarmy politicians, news rag networks, social media sites, and politrolls caused MAJOR divisions among families, friends, couples, employees, co-workers, companies, etc, etc.
The fact that more people have stopped interacting with each other because of their incessant finger wagging and politrolling others ad nauseam on social media sites and forums, exemplifies how caustic this election has been.
The taunting and temper tantrums from Republicans and mostly Democrats on my end forced me to unfollow them because they cause too many problems for the rest of us, who want ZERO involvement in their pissing contests. Then again, a hefty portion of those opportunists don't support me or my content in general, so it is what it is.
Even though I try being as apolitical as possible in both real life and cyber space, I could NOT resist the urge to share this video with you all. Halloween may be over, but everyday is Halloween for Goths, Horror fans, and for those who simply LOVE Halloween.
While watching my local ABC news last month, there was a reported segment about this couple's Halloween spirit. Jamie Beauchamp and Andy Reid from Bay View, WI are well-known for their Halloween House in their neighborhood. This couple enjoys scaring for a cause.
Jamie and Andy set up their Halloween House, in order to draw an audience and to donate money to Pathfinders. Pathfinders is a Milwaukee organization, which helps troubled children and teenagers.
Last year, Jamie and Andy were able to raise $6,000 with their Wizard Of Oz display, which is shown in the picture above. This year, they felt the need to capitialize off this God-awful election. I found a lot of dark humor in their display, last month. I laughed so hard at this news segment, that I almost cried.
Bay View, WI Halloween House (2016)
This is like horrifying political satire. Too bad I don't live in Jamie and Andy's part of town. I would've visited for the laughs. It is refreshing to know this couple and others were able to have a laugh at this horrendous election.
Hopefully, more people found the dark humor in this Halloween display and were able to donate more money to Pathfinders, last month.
What are your thoughts about Jamie Beauchamp and Andy Reid's Halloween House?
|Posted by Anna H. on November 10, 2016 at 2:50 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Last week, I sent out notifications that I would be taking a small break, after updating past blogs for Halloween. I meant to transfer, update, and republish this blog from Horror-Punks to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, last month.
Because I was already updating other blogs on here for Halloween, this particular blog was delayed. Rereading it gave me a little déjà vécu. As a Throwback Thursday blog, here is a 2-year-old blog about a disturbing dream I had. It holds a lot of significance, especially with more recent events, which have been personally happening with me.
This blog was originally published on March 14, 2014 at Horror-Punks.com.
How's it going Horror-Punkers and my lurkers? On Wednesday, I briefly mentioned on stalkbook, that I had this crazy dream. I dreamt that I was back at my 2nd college, UW-Parkside.
In the dream, a vampire apocalypse and some incredibly bizarre, alternate universe simultaneously existed. Everyone had doppelgangers, including me. This alternate universe somewhat resembled that old Buffy: The Vampire Slayer episode, "Doppelgangland."
If you have ever watched "Doppelgangland," you will understand what I am about to discuss. If you have never watched "Doppelgangland," it's from Season 3: Episode 16. It was a continuation of Season 3: Episode 9's "The Wish."
It has been years, since I have watched Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. If memory serves me right, "The Wish" episode was right after Cordelia caught Xander cheating on her with Willow.
After Cordelia and Xander had both split up, she met Anyanka a.k.a. "Anya," who was a vengeance demon (she later became Xander's fiancee). Anyanka granted wishes to scorned women, typically. Cordelia wished that Buffy never attended Sunnydale High School and her wish triggered an alternate universe.
In the alternate universe, the Master rose from the dead. Then, vampires started to over populate and dominate Sunnydale. Gradually, Giles discovered a way to reverse Cordelia's wish by destroying Anya's necklace. Anya's destroyed necklace resulted in her losing her vengeance demon powers.
Eventually, Anyanka re-appeared in "Doppelgangland." Anya tricked Willow into assisting her in a failed attempt to recover her necklace and tried regaining her vengeance demon powers through magic spells.
Their failed attempt at the spell transported Willow's vampire doppelganger to Sunnydale, where they both met each other.
Returning to Wednesday's dream, there was a vampire apocalypse and we all had our own doppelgangers at UW-Parkside. When I saw my doppelganger, I RAN like hell. In fact, there was a major stampede.
Everyone on campus ran from their doppelgangers. Some of us instantly climbed the campus walls and buildings. People would've assumed a school shooting happened on campus (we actually did have a campus shoot-out on Thanksgiving Break 2002). I don't know whether to consider this disturbing dream to be a so-called "day terror," bad omen, OR just a fucked up dream.
On Wednesday evening, I went onto dreammoods.com and read its dream analyses. I searched the words "apocalypse," "doppelganger," "alternate universe," and vampires. According to the dream analyses, here's what they said:
Apocalypse- "To dream of the apocalypse signifies an emotional and dramatic change taken place within yourself. The dream may also indicate the end of one kind of lifestyle and the beginning of another."
Doppelganger- "To see your own doppelganger in your dream is a reflection of your negative actions. The dream is showing you the consequences of your actions and what you should not do.
Alternatively, the dream signifies bad luck, danger, and/or illness.
To dream that you are fighting with your doppelganger means that you are struggling between good and evil and right and wrong. If you kill your own doppelganger, then it indicates that you have successfully repressed certain negative emotions from surfacing."
Universe- "To see the universe in your dream signifies the endless possibilities. You need to look at the overall big picture. Alternatively, the dream brings to your attention that we are all interconnected in some way."
Vampires- "To see a vampire in your dream symbolizes seduction and sensuality, as well as fear and death. The vampire represents contrasting images of civilized nobility and aggression/ferocity.
It may depict someone in your waking life whose charm may ultimately prove harmful.
Deep down inside, you know that this person is bad for you, yet you are still drawn to her or him. Vampires also sometimes relate to decisions about sex and losing your virginity.
Alternatively, to see a vampire suggests that you are feeling physically or emotionally drained. The vampire may also be symbolic of someone who is addicted to drugs or someone in an obsessive relationship.
To dream that you are a vampire signifies that you are sucking in the life energy of others for your own selfish benefit."
You might be asking, "How do these apply to you?" I'm no dream analysis expert, but I'll take a stab in the dark.
When it comes to the apocalypse, I have been upset with quite a few people lately in real life. Some refuse to acknowledge, that their friends are complete assholes. They will defend their asshole friends, if not justify WHY their friends are total assholes, until they are blue in the face.
I do NOT expect for our mutual friends to choose me over their other friends.
However, I refuse to attend ANY AND ALL social events, which require us to be in each others physical presence. Therefore, I have decided to distance myself from certain friends, especially flaky, cheap talking friends.
As for doppelgangers, I keep pondering about my own. Reading this part about my supposed doppelganger being a "bad omen" made me worry about my health. I was expecting something bad to physically happen to me. Instead, on Thursday morning around 3 am-ish, my mother had another mild seizure.
I suppose my doppelganger signified some sort of payback for something. I am unsure of what the payback was for but regardless, my mother had a seizure. I have noticed over these last several years, that every time she has a seizure, it is usually before her birthday.
My mother was born in late April. You are welcome to do the math on my doppelganger's significance.
I have no clear idea what the alternate universe represents. Maybe this is saying everyone has a good and evil side to themselves. Otherwise, it could possibly be saying, that everyone has a doppelganger somewhere in an alternate universe. Anything is possible.
Last but surely not the least are vampires. Lately, I have been feeling physically and emotionally drained. This is the main reason why I have been struggling to write my latest short story, "All Of Chastity's Men."
I am somewhat basing this Semi-Fictional Story on scumbag exes and other people's friends from over the years. This includes wanting revenge for being screwed over within these last 3 years. I think it is safe to say, that "All Of Chastity's Men" has a "woman scorned" theme to it with Horror elements.
Meanwhile, I have had obsessive feelings over someone for years. He is like a drug addiction, that I cannot seem to permanently break. Speaking of drug addiction, I have been told by some of his friends, that he is a drug addict. I'm uncertain how much is the truth and how much are complete lies.
A lot of lying, backstabbing, manipulating, and opportunism are involved regarding HIS so-called "friends."
He always has a tendency to stay friends with jealous people. They resent the fact, that I ever had feelings for him rather than for THEM. His friends lied to me in the past with their OWN hidden agendas.
How do I know whether or not they are telling me the truth about him and/about each other? Based on all this information, what do you think?
|Posted by Anna H. on October 31, 2016 at 2:40 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! After browsing and reading, you CANNOT say It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns lacks variety. I have spent these last 3 years making sure there is a little something for every adult to enjoy.
Last Thursday, I shared more blog updates. This morning I just finished publishing the last Halloween and Horror-themed blogs, for this month. Tomorrow will be November 1st! Either way, you have this entire week to read through my older blogs.
If you want to catch up on the latest from 2016, all you have to do is click on this blog listing. Anyway, watch, listen, read, and enjoy your Halloween!
|Posted by Anna H. on October 27, 2016 at 6:50 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Throughout this entire week or so, I have been updating more past blogs from 2014. Because so many have not seen these 2-year-old blogs, I decided to update and reshare them for Halloween. Never fear! There will be NEW blogs for this weekend.
These past Song Saturday blogs contain Industrial-Electro, Belgian Acid House, Metal, Death Metal, and Black Metal. There is also a Stop-motion Animated Short as well as Supernatural, Paranormal, and Horror Anime.
In addition, I am resharing my blog about Coulrophobia especially since scary clowns are on the rise this year. I will try sharing more past blogs for Halloween on Monday. Anyway, check these out! Watch, listen, read, and enjoy!
|Posted by Anna H. on October 20, 2016 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? What a busy and extremely overwhelming week this has been! This is another long overdue topic that I have been meaning to discusss dating all the way back to the middle of May.
You may recall that I was extremely busy during that time, especially when I was in the middle of family emergencies, scheduling my interview with Sean Yseult from White Zombie, having to plan my birthday with friends in June, etc.
Now, I finally have the chance to explain about this particular being(s) in Japanese folklore (Better late than never, right?). It is about Shinigami in Japanese folklore.
In Japanese, Shinigami [死神] is translated as "death god." "Shini" [死] means die and "kami" and "gami" can also mean god [神]. It really all depends on which Kanji is used because "kami" means paper [紙], hair [髪], and god [神] in Japanese.
These death gods are the Japanese equivalent of both angels and The Grim Reaper combined. More specifically, they are a little different from The Grim Reaper. The Grim Reaper originated in England, during the 14th Century.
Everyone has seen this personification of death as a skeleton wearing a black-hooded cloak, while holding a large scythe. People fear The Grim Reaper because they know, that he is coming to take their lives. Some will fight him for their lives, if they don't fret over death.
Meanwhile, Shinigami are meant to escort souls into the afterlife, which is a natural component to the life cycle. Religions such as Taoism, Buddhism, and Shintoism are more focused on the life cycle. Unlike The Grim Reaper, Shinigami are not meant to necessarily be feared.
In fact, it was not until the 18th and 19th Centuries (better known as The Edo Period), that these death gods became a part of the Japanese folklore. This is according to Ancient-Origins.
By the time of The Edo Period, Japan already became more exposed to Christianity. Buddhism, Shintoism, and Taoism are Japan's central religions. The last time I did research 10 years ago, only 1% of Japan was Christian. This same percentage still holds true in 2016.
Because the Japanese had interacted with more Westerners and because they became more exposed to Christianity and Western cultures, Japan borrowed and adapted our Grim Reaper into being gods of death in their own culture and various religions.
I would like to emphasize that Japanese people have not been conditioned to fear death the way we do.
There is only 1 Grim Reaper in our cultures, which must be feared whereas there are at least several pairs of death gods and they work in teams. Also, Shinigami do NOT have control over when someone is suppose to die. They ensure the right time of a person's death as opposed to taking someone's life, unlike The Grim Reaper.
I reiterate that Japanese people are more accepting of death compared to the rest of us because they believe more in the life cycle.
However, Shinigami have been depicted differently over the centuries in both Classic Japanese Literature and in today's Anime and Manga.
In 1841, the Japanese artist Takehara Shunsen published a picture book titled Ehon Hyaku Monogatari ("Picture Book of a Hundred Stories"). In that same picture book was a story called "Shinigami."
Takehara Shunsen's "Shinigami" Ehon Hyaku Monogatari (1841)
Ehon Hyaku Monogatari was meant to be a followup to Toriyama Sekien's Gazu Hyakki Yakō series. Shunsen's picture book was very similar to the Supernatural bestiary, that Sekien published. Those bestiaries consisted of illustrations of yokai.
Yokai are Japanese demons, monsters, ghosts, and spirits.
Nearly a decade later during The Edo Period, Miyoshi Shōzan wrote an essay called "Shōzan Chomon Kishū." In the essay, Shōzan explained a story about a prostitute being possessed by a Shinigami, who invited a man to commit double suicide.
All the while, I have watched at least several Anime depicting Shinigami differently, throughout these last 10 years. Shinigami can mostly be seen in Shonen Anime.
I have watched them in Shonen, Shojo, Shonen Ai, and Seinen Anime such as Bleach, Death Note, Full Moon o Sagashite, the Naruto franchise, Soul Eater, Black Butler, and Descendants Of Darkness. These are only naming a few.
There are others, which depict Shinigami differently. At least 5 of these shows have been aired on Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Chiller TV, and Syfy within the last 10 years.
I have yet to see Full Moon o Sagashite or "Searching for the Full Moon" on any cable or satellite channel. Considering it is a Shojo Anime, the chances of Cartoon Network or Adult Swim airing it is highly unlikely. Both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim are run by closet misogynists and continue to alienate their audience in general.
Forcing Cartoon Network to air cartoons for girls again and firing Stuart Snyder partially solved the viewers' problems. (The discussion of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim's misogyny will have to be saved for another blog.)
I believe Descendants Of Darkness was aired on Syfy and Chiller TV mostly because NBC Universal's networks were NOT afraid to take a risk of airing a Shonen Ai Horror Supernatural Anime.
Shonen Ai means "boy's love" in Japanese.
In other words, Descendants Of Darkness consists of gay male characters as Shinigami in the series. If you ever make the time to watch Yami no Matsuei or Descendants Of Darkness, I recommend watching it in Japanese because the English Dub sounds really generic.
As I was saying, I watched a little of Full Moon online years ago. Maybe someday I will have a chance to sit and watch the entire series.
Some Shinigami are depicted positively in Anime. Some Shinigami are depicted negatively. Then, there are some depicting Shinigami positively and negatively.
If you have NOT noticed, there is an image of a Shinigami in monster form, at the top of this blog.
That is an image of Ryuk from the Shonen Occult Psychological Thriller Anime, Death Note. You cannot see Ryuk's face at the top of today's blog because he is in the dark with his glowing red eyes.
I would've shared more images of the various depictions of Shinigami, but the images would've been huge. Although, I did manage to find a YouTube video that someone uploaded. The video is a quick list of The Best Shinigami Anime Of All Time.
In the following video, you will be able to see all the depictions of Shinigami in different Anime:
The Best Shinigami Anime Of All Time (2015)
Some of these have already been featured in my Cartoon Sunday blogs over the last 2 years. I have linked some of my past Cartoon Sunday blogs in this blog. Hopefully, you learned something today about Shinigami in Japanese folklore.
|Posted by Anna H. on October 14, 2016 at 8:25 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Thank Grimm it's Friday! Normally, NBC's Grimm premieres new seasons every October and the premieres are usually close to Halloween. However, this won't be the case for this October.
While I was on Google Plus in late August (August 29, 2016 to be more precise), the news broke out, that Grimm will not be premiering its FINAL SEASON until January 6, 2017. Next year, the show's final season will have ONLY 13 episodes. If you are a fan, who has been consistently watching Grimm for these last 5 years like me, this is very disappointing.
Action, Thriller, Police Procedural, Supernatural, and Occult themed shows such as Hawaii Five-0, Nikita, The Secret Circle, and Sleepy Hollow have all (at some time) competed against Grimm at least once, over these last 5 years. Those 4 primetime shows I mentioned above were (and some still are) shows, that I normally watch, throughout the year.
Usually, I had to choose which shows I would watch on TV and which I would watch via online streams.
When all those shows ran against Grimm, I made Grimm top priority to watch each time. This especially applied to those times, when Grimm was bounced to Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights. This has almost always been a Friday night show on NBC.
That's why NBC always says, "Thank Grimm it's Friday!"
I cannot believe that Grimm has actually lasted for more than 1 year. Some of the primetime shows I listed above have come and gone. About 10 years ago, I noticed that most primetime shows, which contained any Occult or Supernatural themes to them were automatically canceled.
Maybe I am only 1 viewer, who feels this way, but I suspect a conspiracy or at least a so-called "War On Witches," in regards to witches having airtime. Surprisingly, Grimm has NOT been canceled for having witches and warlocks as characters.
They are referred to as "Hexenbiests" and "Zauberbiests" on the show.
Some online critics love to nit pick and psychoanalyze Grimm to death because of the comical names and Germanic, if not scientific terms that each creature was given. As comical as they are, I really appreciate the fact that the writers for Grimm base each episode on German and international folklores, mythological creatures, and Grimm's Fairy Tales.
At the beginning of each episode, there is a quote from a fairy tale or folklore, which has significance to that specific episode. Whenever I see those quotes, I try guessing which folklore or fairy tale will be the subject for that episode of Grimm.
Most of the creatures or "Wesen" have Germanic names.
Germanic Names & Terms Commonly Used On Grimm:
Wesen- Germanic term which is used to describe creatures, that are visible to Grimms.
Grimm- Someone, who possesses special abilities to see Wesen (or creatures) in their true forms. They are also viewed as being grim reapers. Protagonist, Nick Burkhardt and Theresa Rubel (a.k.a. "Trubel") are both Grimms.
Woge- The act of changing from human to creature form done by impulse. Normally, Wesen woge whenever they feel threatened by something or someone.
Blutbad- A werewolf-like Wesen. The term Blutbad literally means "blood bath."
Hexenbiest- A witch-like Wesen. Hexenbiest literally translates to "witch beast"
Zauberbiest- A warlock-like Wesen similar to the Hexenbiest. Zauberbiest translates to "warlock" or "wizard beast."
Fuchsbau- A fox-like Wesen. Fuchsbau can mean "fox hole" or "burrow."
I could be here explaining forever about these different Germanic terms for Wesen. Those are only naming a few. If you want to learn more about the different types of Wesen, you should go here.
I am still reeling over the fact, that Grimm is ending literally next year. Hopefully, the show will have LESS or no political propaganda like Season 5. The writers were really trying to use this 2016 election to their advantage, which I found repulsive.
Grimm was NOT an extremely political show. Focusing on police and the different races (which are actually the Wesen) is political enough. I want to see this final season return to focusing more on the horror, folklores, and fairy tales.
More than anything, I hope that Adalind and Juliette/"Eve" (Hexenbiests) would just die and that Nick and Trubel (Grimms) become a couple. Watching Nick with Adalind and Juliette always got on my nerves. Those 2 Hexenbiests are sickening characters, that should've been killed seasons ago. Some of us can dream, can't we?
With that being said, let's cross our fingers and hope that the series finale of Grimm doesn't end horribly.
Anyway, thank you my gumdrops! Don't forget to like, subscribe, share, +1 on Google Plus, and leave your feedback in the comments section below!