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Spring/Easter Weekend Is Here – Vegan Potato Salad (Variation)

Posted in Holiday, Vegan, Vegan Cooking, Vegan Recipes with tags on April 2, 2021 by darkjade68

For me, Easter relates to me via Family & Food

Vegan Potato Salad (Variation)

Ingredients;

  1. Potatoes
  2. Yam
  3. Frozen Peas
  4. Olives
  5. Onion
  6. Garlic Powder
  7. Yellow Curry
  8. Dried Dill
  9. Pepper
  10. Mustard
  11. Veganaise
  12. Peanuts
  13. Celery

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The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 1 & 2 In Review…

Posted in Film, Film Review, Filmmaker, Filmmaking, Movie, Movie Review, Movies, Superhero, Writing with tags , , on March 31, 2021 by darkjade68

Let me start by saying, I read ‘Captain America’, ‘The Flash’, ‘The Avengers’, ‘The West Coast Avengers’ & ‘Strange Tales’ Comics in the late 80’s/early 90’s

That said, Captain America & The Flash were my favorite all time Superheroes

I didn’t care for the first ‘Captain America’ Movie, though I really like Chris Evans as an actor (He was great in ‘Fantastic Four’)

But each time the Captain America character was in one of the Marvel Movies, his character improved, to a point that he is awesome

Now in ‘The Winter Soldier’ I immediately liked Sebastian Stan and his Bucky character

I’ve never been a huge Falcon fan, but Anthony Mackie is a great actor, and played him well

Moving onto the series

Episode 1

SPOILERS!

They began the Episode with a bang, aiming at all those people who love action in Superhero movies I think

I love action, but the best scenes in the original ‘Avengers’ movie (And in comic books), was all the character back and forthing in between action scenes

So, big action opening, then it slows way down to soap opera speed (The production isn’t in a hurry, and why should they be, they have time, it’s a series)

I felt it must have been a challenge to do the Winter Soldier character in episode 1, he was largely silent in the Marvel films, and in this format, he has to talk a lot more

The bad guys seem ok, nothing special

For me, bad guys always need to be strong characters, or who cares if the good guys defeat them

The best part about Episode 1, was the ending scene, when the new Captain America is announced

Very comic book, in fact when I was reading Captain America 30 years ago, part of the storyline was a new Captain America

Episode 2

Episode 2 was immediately better, because Bucky hooked up with The Falcon, though I wasn’t completely clear why they were working together again, maybe it was explained in the movies

That said, their chemistry was right back on point from the movies

The bad guys, however, were physically strong, but not interesting in the least

What really bothered me most about Episode 2 was that they introduced us to the new Captain America, who seemed like a really good guy, trying to do his best to help people…

…but by the end of the Episode, he was a full blown jerk… It didn’t feel right at all, flat out bad writing, bad directing, or both

Still, I’m looking forward to continuing to watch the series, if for nothing else, to watch the two lead actors and the Winter Soldier character in action

Nuff Said

Thanks for listening/reading

Edamame Pasta With Tempeh

Posted in Cooking, Vegan, Vegan Cooking, Vegan Recipes with tags , , , on March 29, 2021 by darkjade68

Ingredients;

  1. Edamame Pasta
  2. Tempeh
  3. Avocado
  4. Bell Peppers
  5. Frozen Peas
  6. Olive Oil
  7. Fresh Garlic
  8. Light Soy Sauce
  9. Pepper

Preparation;

  1. Cook Edamame Pasta (Tablespoon Of Olive Oil In Water)
  2. Cook Tempeh, Bell Peppers, Frozen Peas, Olive Oil, Fresh Garlic, Pepper & Light Soy Sauce In Frying Pan
  3. Pour Sauce Over Pasta, Add Avocado Ontop

Voila

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Into The Unknown

Posted in Movie Music, Music, Music Video with tags , on March 27, 2021 by darkjade68

Vegan Spaghetti (Broccoli, Almonds, Vegan Sausage)

Posted in Cooking, Vegan, Vegan Cooking, Vegan Recipes with tags , , on March 20, 2021 by darkjade68

Another Spaghetti Variation

Another Vegan Spaghetti Variation

Ingredients;

  1. Red Lentil Pasta (Any Pasta is Fine)
  2. Fresh Tomatoes (2)
  3. 1 Can Of Diced Tomatoes
  4. 1/4 Can Of Tomato Sauce
  5. Broccoli (As Much As You Like)
  6. Fresh Garlic (2 Cloves)
  7. Oregano (Dried)
  8. Basil (Dried)
  9. Olive Oil (2-3 Tablespoons)
  10. 1/2 Fresh Onion
  11. Vegan Parmesan Cheese (After Prepared)
  12. Vegan Sausage (As Much As You Like, I Used One Cutup)
  13. Almonds (Maybe 20-25)

Voila

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Prejudice Has Never Been Ok…

Posted in Life, Love with tags , , , , on March 19, 2021 by darkjade68

Prejudice has never been ok… I’m a white Caucasian male, grew up with a single mother (Woman are my heroes)… Had 3 African American cousins, and a best friend in 9th grade… My nephew is gay. It’s not enough. ‘We’ have to change this

Tragic

Posted in Life, Music, Poem, Poetry, Writing on February 24, 2021 by darkjade68

Tragic

Paralyzed, we do not move…

Don’t do a thing

Things crumble and crash around us…

How could you not know

It’s unforgivable…

Intolerable

And yet we look the other way…

Ignore our common dismay

What’s wrong here…

What can we do

It’s just not logical…

It’s just not true

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My Return To D & D (2017-2021)

Posted in DORAGON Adventures, Dungeons And Dragons, Writing on February 15, 2021 by darkjade68

Doragon Kishu (Dragon Rider & Paladin)

I was orignially exposed to Dungeons & Dragons in the 70’s, I wanted to play so badly

But being a shy kid, I didn’t have a lot of friends, and found many D & D Players to spend a lot of their time arguing over rules during games

Image result for dungeons and dragons basic

It wasn’t until 1986 that I came to the realazation that the only way I’d ever get to play, was to run a game myself

I wasn’t a big reader, so I decided to pick up the Basic (Red Book) Set, as opposed to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, then quickly after the Expert (Blue Book) Set

I then played a bit of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons with a friend, where I was a Player, and bit later he gave up the game, and gave my brother and I all of the books above (Save A D & D 2e, which I purchased…

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Please Be Part Of Saving Our Planet & Ourselves

Posted in Climate, Climate Change, Climate Crisis, Environment, Life with tags , on February 15, 2021 by darkjade68

ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE

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How You Can Stop Global Warming

Healing the planet starts in your garage, in your kitchen, and at your dining room table.

Nations around the world are upping their game in the fight against climate change, even as President Trump recently announced the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. And despite this reckless move, American mayors, state leaders, county officials, governors, major companies, and millions of citizens across our country have pledged that they’re “still in” when it comes to the agreement, and supporting the goal of limiting future warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

Even better, a new initiative by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg gives the urban layer of this movement a boost. He’s asked mayors from the 100 most populous cities in the country to share their plans for making their buildings and transportation systems run cleaner and more efficiently. The 20 that show the greatest potential for cutting the dangerous carbon pollution that’s driving climate change will share a total of $70 million in technical assistance funding provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies and partners.

It’s important to remember the equally vital contributions that can be made by private citizens—which is to say, by you. “Change only happens when individuals take action,” Aliya Haq, deputy director of NRDC’s Clean Power Plan initiative, says. “There’s no other way, if it doesn’t start with people.”

The goal is simple. Carbon dioxide is the climate’s worst enemy. It’s released when oil, coal, and other fossil fuels are burned for energy—the energy we use to power our homes, cars, and smartphones. By using less of it, we can curb our own contribution to climate change while also saving money. Here are a dozen easy, effective ways each one of us can make a difference:

1. Speak up!

What’s the single biggest way you can make an impact on global climate change? “Talk to your friends and family, and make sure your representatives are making good decisions,” Haq says. By voicing your concerns—via social media or, better yet, directly to your elected officials—you send a message that you care about the warming world. Encourage Congress to enact new laws that limit carbon emissions and require polluters to pay for the emissions they produce. “The main reason elected officials do anything difficult is because their constituents make them,” Haq says. You can help protect public lands, stop offshore drilling, and more here.

Call on the Biden administration to take bold action in its first 100 days

TAKE ACTION

2. Power your home with renewable energy.

Choose a utility company that generates at least half its power from wind or solar and has been certified by Green-e Energy, an organization that vets renewable energy options. If that isn’t possible for you, take a look at your electric bill; many utilities now list other ways to support renewable sources on their monthly statements and websites.

3. Weatherize, weatherize, weatherize.

“Building heating and cooling are among the biggest uses of energy,” Haq says. Indeed, heating and air-conditioning account for almost half of home energy use. You can make your space more energy efficient by sealing drafts and ensuring it’s adequately insulated. You can also claim federal tax credits for many energy-efficiency home improvements.

4. Invest in energy-efficient appliances.

Since they were first implemented nationally in 1987, efficiency standards for dozens of appliances and products have kept 2.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide out of the air. That’s about the same amount as the annual carbon pollution coughed up by nearly 440 million cars. “Energy efficiency is the lowest-cost way to reduce emissions,” Haq says. When shopping for refrigerators, washing machines, and other appliances, look for the Energy Star label. It will tell you which are the most efficient.

5. Reduce water waste.

Saving water reduces carbon pollution, too. That’s because it takes a lot of energy to pump, heat, and treat your water. So take shorter showers, turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, and switch to WaterSense-labeled fixtures and appliances. The EPA estimates that if just one out of every 100 American homes were retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, about 100 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year would be saved—avoiding 80,000 tons of global warming pollution.

6. Actually eat the food you buy—and make less of it meat.

Approximately 10 percent of U.S. energy use goes into growing, processing, packaging, and shipping food—about 40 percent of which just winds up in the landfill. “If you’re wasting less food, you’re likely cutting down on energy consumption,” Haq says. And since livestock products are among the most resource-intensive to produce, eating meat-free meals can make a big difference, too.

7. Buy better bulbs.

LED lightbulbs use up to 80 percent less energy than conventional incandescents. They’re also cheaper in the long run: A 10-watt LED that replaces your traditional 60-watt bulb will save you $125 over the lightbulb’s life.

8. Pull the plug(s).

Taken together, the outlets in your home are likely powering about 65 different devices—an average load for a home in the U.S. Audio and video devices, cordless vacuums and power tools, and other electronics use energy even when they’re not charging. This “idle load” across all U.S. households adds up to the output of 50 large power plants in the U.S. So don’t leave fully charged devices plugged into your home’s outlets, unplug rarely used devices or plug them into power strips and timers, and adjust your computers and monitors to automatically power down to the lowest power mode when not in use.

9. Drive a fuel-efficient vehicle.

Gas-smart cars, such as hybrids and fully electric vehicles, save fuel and money. And once all cars and light trucks meet 2025’s clean car standards, which means averaging 54.5 miles per gallon, they’ll be a mainstay. For good reason: Relative to a national fleet of vehicles that averaged only 28.3 miles per gallon in 2011, Americans will spend $80 billion less at the pump each year and cut their automotive emissions by half. Before you buy a new set of wheels, compare fuel-economy performance here.

10. Maintain your ride.

If all Americans kept their tires properly inflated, we could save 1.2 billion gallons of gas each year. A simple tune-up can boost miles per gallon anywhere from 4 percent to 40 percent, and a new air filter can get you a 10 percent boost.

11. Rethink planes, trains, and automobiles.

Choosing to live in walkable smart-growth cities and towns with quality public transportation leads to less driving, less money spent on fuel, and less pollution in the air. Less frequent flying can make a big difference, too. “Air transport is a major source of climate pollution,” Haq says. “If you can take a train instead, do that.”

12. Shrink your carbon profile.

You can offset the carbon you produce by purchasing carbon offsets, which represent clean power that you can add to the nation’s energy grid in place of power from fossil fuels. But not all carbon offset companies are alike. Do your homework to find the best supplier.

My Latest ‘HAIKON’ illustration

Posted in DORAGON Adventures, Dungeons And Dragons, Writing on January 29, 2021 by darkjade68

Doragon Kishu (Dragon Rider & Paladin)

This is the Fourth illustration I’ve Commissioned for my Upcoming Dungeons & Dragons 5e Campaign Setting/Adventurers Module, ‘HAIKON’

The other three are below

Artist to be Posted at the Completion of the project

DORAGON-

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