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Charlie Watts 8 Favorite Songs Of All Time (RIP)

Posted in Life, Music with tags , , , , , , on September 19, 2021 by darkjade68

John Arlott and Michael Charlton 4th test match Eng/Australia july 1956 (Couldn’t find the video footage for this one)

Fehren Light

Posted in Life, Poem, Poetry, Writing on September 15, 2021 by darkjade68
The Meaning of the Blue Light Ray Angel Color

Fehren Light

It seems there’s no way out…

And no way in

The choices placed before us…

Have no perfect end

I wish that I could help you…

I know that’s not what you need

But when I look around us…

Destructive, painful greed

PICTURE CREDIT – Blue Light

DarkJade-

Climate Crisis – Going Vegan Is The Easiest First Step Towards Reducing Your Carbon Footprint, Let Me Help

Posted in Climate, Climate Change, Climate Crisis, Environment, Life, Vegan, Vegan Cooking, Vegan Recipes on August 16, 2021 by darkjade68

The main unspoken reason that people don’t want to give up Meat & Dairy, is taste

My girlfriend has been a vegan activist for years, and during outreach people will ask about protein etc., but generally what it comes down to is, they don’t want to give up their burger

I get it

For me it wasn’t all that hard going vegan (Been vegan since 2013), dairy gave me a lot of sinus issues, and meat just felt heavy

Also, I’d been both vegetarian and vegan at different times prior to finally going with veganism and sticking with it

What finally pushed me over the fence, was watching a film about factory farming/the treatment of the animals prior to killing them

But enough of that, you don’t even need to watch a film like that, or see pictures of the animals, with what’s happening with our climate, that is reason enough to make the switch

There’s no more time to let other people deal with global warming, it’s here

Our main goal is to slow it down at this rate, which is within our grasp to do, but only if we literally start changing our earthly habits right now

But, that can be overwhelming thinking about all of that, which is why I’m doing this post, to give people a ‘first step’ towards changing for ourselves and our planet

Diet

First of all, I have a Vegan Cooking Blog Here James Cooks Vegan

It’s always been my opinion, that asking people to go vegan without giving them suggestions in regards to what to eat, isn’t the best strategy

So many people never even try veganism because they simply don’t know where to start in regards to foods

Protein

Soy (Tofu, Tempe Etc.), Beans (Canned or Dried) (Soak and cook)), Beyond Meat (It’s not the same as meat, but it’s awesome if you want something like it (Burgers are largely about condiments anyways)), Lentils just to name a few

Here’s A Comprehensive Chart of Vegan Protein Sources post as well

Keep in mind, going Vegan doesn’t mean everything that you eat is going to be healthy

Like any other diet, that’s up to you

A Typical Day For Me

Breakfast;

I love having a glass of 80% mineral water, 20% Orange Juice with Ice (Have it like 5 or 6 days a week, it keeps my sugars down, OJ is so sweet alone)

My general Breakfast choices are

  1. Tofu Scramble (Oil in pan, slice and dry tofu on paper towels (Optional), Crumble the Tofu in the pan, add vegetables (Tomato, Green Onion, Bell Pepper, it’s your choice… Or no vegetables at all… I also add Pepper (Optional), and on occasion some shredded Vegan Cheese (Optional)
  2. Oatmeal (I add Flax Seeds*, Peanuts (Any nut works though), Bananana and/or Blueberries… Sometimes Strawberries if they’re in season)
  3. Rice Cake with Peanut Butter and Jelly (Rice cake just reduces simple carbs, I sometimes use a half or whole piece of bread as well)
  4. Just Egg (It’s a Vegan Egg product that is just awesome, mix it with the same things as the Tofu Scramble)

*Flaxseed’s health benefits come from the fact that it’s high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as phytochemicals called lignans. One tablespoon (7 grams) of ground flaxseed contains 2 grams of polyunsaturated fatty acids (includes the omega 3s), 2 grams of dietary fiber and 37 calories.

Lunch Choices

There’s so many (Here’s a few)

  1. Tofu Stir Fry (Oil in pan, fresh broccoli in pan, Tofu sliced and dried on paper towels, then put in pan, Fresh or Powder Garlic, Yellow Curry, Light Soy Sauce, Peanuts, Sometimes Onion (Other Vege’s are optional, I sometimes use Frozen Mixed Asian Vegetables, or Frozen Mixed Vegetables)
  2. Chili (This can be Lunch or Dinner) – Sautee Onions in pan (Usually on 4 out of 10 Heat, better not to cook Chili too fast), once they’re ready I add Canned Beans (Pinto, Black Etc. whichever you like), I drain the liquid in the can first, and rinse the beans off, then add them to Chili Pan… I then add some Tomato Sauce (Maybe a half a can, totally up to you), some Stewed Tomatoes (Optional), Chili Powder (As much as you like) and some Cholula sauce
  3. Vegan Turkey Sandwich (I don’t like to eat a lot of bread, but on occasion I have a Vegan Turkey sandwich or wrap)

Some Dinner Choices

  1. Vegan Spaghetti (There’s all kinds of Vegan friendly Noodles, sometimes you can use actual pre-cut zucchini or squash cut into noodles, but any noodles will due other than Egg Noodles of course, and any others out there that I don’t know about that have animal products in them) I will generally then use Beyond Beef crumbled, cook it first, then add Tomato Sauce (Cook Spaghetti Sauce on 4 out of 10 too, or you might burn the sauce), Fresh Garlic, Dried Basil, Dried Oregano, Olive Oil, Sometimes a bit of Red Wine (Optional), Sometimes Fresh Tomatoes (Or Canned Stewed), Sometimes Fresh Zucchini (Optional), Sometimes instead of Beyond Meat I might use Tofu, and/or nuts (Generally Almonds, but most any kind of nut will do)
  2. Vegan Tacos – For these I’ll generally use Beyond Meat, Break it up and cook it, then add some Tomato Sauce, some Frozen Corn, some Cholula Sauce, I’ll then use Corn Tortillas/Flour Tortillas/Hard Shells (Any Tortilla or shell you’d like really, as long as it’s vegan, which most are), cut up some lettuce (Or Kale Etc.), cut up some Fresh Tomatoes, rinse some of the Frozen Corn in a strainer and add some of that on the finished taco, Vegan Cheese (Find some you like, there’s lots of vegan cheeses, I prefer the block ones that I shred, they taste better than the pre-shredded ones I’ve found, but I found that with real cheese as well), Avocado (Avocado is the best, one of the definitely Vegan Staple foods, definitely keep them around, as a snack you can even cut one in half and fill it with Hummus (Which is another great Vegan Snack/Food to have around))
  3. Dried Beans – For this it takes a bit more focus, you basically soak Pinto/Black/Lentil Etc. Beans*, then you cook them
  4. Beyond Burgers – I tend to use the Beyond Meat (Which comes in Ground Beef like packages) as opposed to the Beyond Patties, they just taste better to me… Put whatever you like on these burgers, and use (Or don’t use) whatever buns or bread (There are all kinds of other types of Vegan Pattis, I just prefer the Beyond Meat)

*To soak beans the traditional way, cover them with water by 2 inches, add 2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt (or 1 tablespoon fine salt) per pound of beans, and let them soak for at least 4 hours or up to 12 hours. Drain them and rinse before using.

That should get you started, also check out my Vegan Blog Link at the top of this post for all sorts of other Vega Recipes

Trust me, of all the ways we can help our environment (Which is more important than ever with all the weather changes it’s causing), going Vegan is the easiest way to start doing your part

Plus, in my experience, going Vegan has made me an extremely creative cook

Nuff said,

Thanks for listening, good luck, and if you have any questions just reply below

DRAGON RIDERS ‘Around The Watch’ D & D Talk Episode III

Posted in Around The Watch D & D Talk, DRAGON RIDERS, Dungeons And Dragons on August 11, 2021 by darkjade68

Climate Change, The Latest IPCC Report, And Ways We Can Help

Posted in Climate, Climate Change, Climate Crisis, Environment, Life on August 9, 2021 by darkjade68

The Latest IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Report – HERE

The Top 10 Things We Can Do To Help – HERE

DRAGON RIDERS ‘Around The Watch’ D & D Talk – Episode II

Posted in Around The Watch D & D Talk, DRAGON RIDERS, Dungeons And Dragons on August 5, 2021 by darkjade68

DRAGON RIDERS ‘Around The Watch’ D & D Talk Stream – Episode I

Posted in Around The Watch D & D Talk, DRAGON RIDERS, Dungeons And Dragons on August 4, 2021 by darkjade68

Time

Posted in Life, Poem, Poetry, Writing with tags on June 8, 2021 by darkjade68

Time

It’s longer than you think…

Time

But valuable none the less…

Spirits call upon you now

To rise…

To shine

Through waves of light and water…

If you let go

Forget the rest…

If you close your eyes

Just resist…

PICTURE CREDIT – Time

DarkJade-

What Do I Think Of Disney

Posted in Disney, Film, Filmmaker, Filmmaking, Science Fiction, Star Wars, Walt Disney with tags , , , , , on May 25, 2021 by darkjade68

Let me start from the beginning

15 Inspiring Walt Disney Quotes for Screenwriters - ScreenCraft

Walt Disney is one of my all time heroes (see my post from 2012 ‘Walt Disney – Through My Eyes’), along with Bruce Lee, Captain America (The Comic Book version), George Lucas and John Hughes

He was the epitome of ‘Imagination’

The Euro Disney Land : Not 'Hello' Say 'Bonjour!' | Loyola Digital  Advertising [로욜라 디지털 광고]

Growing up in the 70’s-80’s, Disneyland was truly ‘the happiest place on earth’

Storytelling of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Ride... and the Redhead

The Pirates of the Caribbean ride was my favorite, but I also enjoyed the Haunted Mansion, and Space Mountain

But more than that, the whole feeling at night

20 Weeks of Disney Animation: 'Sleeping Beauty' -

And the Disney Movies, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ was my favorite and when ‘Aladdin’ came out, I’d never in my life laughed harder in a movie theater that one of the Genie scenes

Rare Recording Outtakes of Robin Williams Doing the Voice of the Genie From  'Aladdin' in 1992

Robin Williams was a genius, I will always love him

More Than Hugs: Open Letter Takes a Hard Look at Lasseter, Pixar Culture |  Animation World Network

Then Disney picked up ‘Pixar’, which was brilliant

Their animation department was flailing, so it made perfect sense to pick up the future of animation…

Pixar

Marvel Celebrates the Movies:' Marvel Studios previews upcoming films,  looks at back at MCU so far - 6abc Philadelphia

Next came Marvel, we’ve all seen how that has turned out

Lucas Films (George Lucas) | Star wars, Classic movie posters, Star wars  episodes

And last, but not least, ‘Lucas Films’…

Once again, brilliant

Today in History, May 25, 1977: George Lucas's 'Star Wars' premiered

Most importantly with ‘Lucas Films’ is, the original first two ‘Star Wars’ films/George Lucas were the reasons I became a Filmmaker…

…so this was a big deal for me

And the reality is, George Lucas isn’t going to live forever, so I thought Disney was a perfect place/home for the ‘Star Wars’ Franchise

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Star Wars | LM2 CREATIVE

The difference between me and a lot of people who loved the first and second installment of the ‘Star Wars’ films (Chapters 1-6), is I never called myself a ‘fan’

I’ve always been a filmmaker first

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope - Framed Movie Poster / Print (Regular  Style C) (Size: 27" x 40") - Walmart.com - Walmart.com

I simply felt ‘Star Wars’…

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - IMDb

…and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ were brilliant (They’re my two favorite films of all time)

Redemption of the Jedi: A Look Back at Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the  Jedi - Christ and Pop Culture

I wasn’t much of a fan of ‘Return of the Jedi’, I wasn’t an Ewok fan, but all of the Luke and Darth Vader scenes still felt like ‘Star Wars’ to me

Looking Back at What the Star Wars Prequels and Sequels Got Right | Twin  Cities Geek

The films in 1989, 92 & 95 were their own thing

I felt Lucas got slammed pretty hard for ‘Phantom Menace’, which likely lead to ‘Attack of the Clones’ being so great, as well as ‘Revenge of the Sith’

But unlike a ‘fan’, I had no expectations going into those films, so I truly enjoyed them for what they were

The Star Wars sequel trilogy failed its characters, but we aren't ready for  this conversation yet

Chapters 7, 8 & 9 (Also ‘Rogue One’, and ‘Solo’) were also their own thing

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) - IMDb

‘The Force Awakens’ surprised me…

…although J. J. Abrams, did not

He’s great… he’s a force

I was so happy with ‘The Force Awakens’, even though SPOILER ALERT Han Solo died

Cine-SW Rey - Emedemujer Venezuela

Rey was a great two dimensional character (Focused on what was in front of her)/Never stopped running/Typical ‘Star Wars’ character in a good way

Star Wars: Poe Dameron

Poe was awesome, but I’ve always loved Oscar Isaac

He’s brilliant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hinged on Finn's convenient crisis of  conscience

But to my surprise, Finn was my favorite character in ‘The Force Awakens’

The Rise of Skywalker: How Powerful Ben Solo Is Compared To Kylo Ren

I didn’t really care for ‘Ben Solo’ in ‘The Force Awakens’, which was a big deal because ‘Darth Vader’ is my favorite villain of all times

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Wikipedia

But in Chapter 8, ‘The Last Jedi’, Ben (Adam Driver) is brilliant

What You Ship Doesn't Make You a Bad Person. Or a Good One. | The Mary Sue

And Rai was awesome… Their characters made that film

How Did Luke Skywalker Become the Last Jedi? - The New York Times

Mark Hamill (Luke) was also a welcome ‘Star Wars’ contribution to the general vibe of the film

Kylo Ren vs Luke Skywalker HD. : StarWars

Plus his final scene was brilliant

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story | Buy, Rent or Watch on FandangoNOW

‘Rogue One’ was literally the best possible prequal to ‘Star Wars’ Chapter IV

Brilliant, a stand alone film for sure

Some say it’s their favorite all time ‘Star Wars’ film

I don’t blame them

But Chapter IV & V are my favorites, followed by Chapter II

Watch Solo: A Star Wars Story | Full Movie | Disney+

When I was a kid, Han Solo & Darth Vader were my favorite characters in the original ‘Star Wars’…

…and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ was Han Solo’s/Harrison Ford’s ‘swan song’ (It was his best ‘Star Wars’ film)…

These characters and films changed my life

With ‘Solo’ (The film), once again, I entered with no expectations

And in the end, I liked it

But more than that, a sequel should have really been made… This film was truly built for it, and it would have likely been an even better film

How Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian stole 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Also, Lando was great

Darth Maul Cameo Scene - SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) Movie Clip - YouTube

SPOILER ALERT I wasn’t thrilled to find out Darth Maul was alive (The dude was cut in half in ‘The Phantom Menace’), but I guess they brought him back before this film in another project

That I’d call a mistake/attempt to bring back what ended up being a fan favorite from ‘The Phantom Menace’

Boba Fett spin-off series announced in The Mandalorian season 2 finale -  Radio Times

But ‘Star Wars’/George Lucas made his own mistakes/’what I considered a lackluster decision’ by killing Boba Fett in that pit in ‘Return of the Jedi’…

SPOILERS But Disney brought Boba Fett back to life too in ‘Mandalorian’, also a bad move in my opinion… But also based on his popularity I think

And now he’s going to have his own series… Ehh not so thrilled

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Wikipedia

Finally, the final ‘Star Wars’ film, Chapter IX (The Rise of Skywalker), no expectations once more (The world on the other hands had huge expectations), they destroyed the Finn character sadly, having him run around after Rey the whole film, but the chemistry of Rey and Ben Solo was awesome (Once more)

All and all, I was happy with that film (I’m not sure many were, but I was

The reality is, there was no way to meet the expectations of the whole of the ‘Star Wars’ audience (Perhaps if my bro and I filmed it, lol), which is already largely broken into at least to parts anyways (The die hard fans of the original films, and the fans of the second group of films, not to mention the new fans from all over)

Lets move on/back to Disney

Disney+: What to know about Plus release date, price, bundles, shows for  new streaming service - ABC7 San Francisco

First with the creation of Disney+, which is awesome…

…Disney old movies, Marvel Movies, Pixar Movies and ‘Star Wars’ movies and series all in one place

I was in

Also, making it just $6.95 made it a no brainer

The Mandalorian (TV Series 2019– ) - IMDb

And if that wasn’t enough, galvanized with the creation of ‘The Mandalorian’, which in my opinion truly gave me hope that the original ‘Star Wars’ feeling from the original ‘Star Wars’ films, was alive and well, and more than that, had a future

Pedro Pascal Out As The Mandalorian; Voice Acting Only | Cosmic Book News
Gina Carano, Ludwig Göransson, Emily Swallow, Dave Filoni, Deborah Chow,  Rick Famuyiwa, Ming-Na Wen, Julia Jones, Pedro Pascal, Brian Posehn, Jon  Favreau, Kathleen Kennedy, Carl Weathers, Werner Herzog, Omid Abtahi, Bryce  Dallas

Thanks largely to Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and Pedro Pascal

Each, indispensable

SPOILERS I’m not going to even tell you what happens at the end of Season 2 if you haven’t seen the show… If you’re ‘Star Wars’ fan, just check out both seasons

Planning a Disney vacation may soon get easier, and for that you can thank  the pandemic and the influencers — really | Blogs

This post was going to be even longer (I wrote much more), but I feel it’s long enough as it is

I will end with this

To the Disney Execs;

  1. I really hope that what you do isn’t all, or even 80% about making money, and that’s it… Try to keep the spirit of Walt Disney himself in your ranks
  2. Steer clear of all of this ‘cancel culture’… Stop giving so much power to the trolls/haters out there, and that goes for all major corporations
  3. Tweet happy birthday to George Lucas from now on, once again, if the trolls steered you away from it, you’ve given them too much power… Respect the creator of ‘Star Wars’, or sell Lucas Film
  4. Yes, Disney+ out performed your expectations, even before the pandemic, but don’t expect that growth rate to continue, it’s not natural/possible… Appreciate and maintain the followers you already have, sorry corporate america, it’s not all about growth, it’s also about maintenance
  5. You’re making great shows, don’t let greed cloud your vision, nor destroy everything positive that you’re achieving
  6. Break the mold over and over again, don’t stick to things that extinguish the souls of your employees, and leave your fans hanging dry
  7. Greed is wrong… Be the change

Nuff said, thanks for listening/reading

And ‘May the force be with you…’

DarkJade-

Latest ‘HAIKON’ Commission

Posted in DORAGON Adventures, Dungeons And Dragons, Self Publishing, Writing on May 1, 2021 by darkjade68

From my current Dungeons & Dragons Project/Module

Doragon Kishu (Dragon Rider & Paladin)

The ‘Shadowtaur’ (Dark Minotaur)

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