I've heard that the origins of "Black Friday" stem from Friday, September 24, 1869, when an attempt by a few speculators to corner the US gold market was thwarted by then President Ulysses S. Grant, who released a large amount of government gold for sale, causing gold prices to plummet and creating a panic in the stock market. I have also heard that it is the day that most retail businesses begin making a profit, or get "in the black," and that with the year's sales before that date, retailers are traditionally operating at a financial loss, aka "in the red." Whatever the origins, Black Friday is a time for sales, and, not being one to miss an opportunity, both books are again on sale this year, please see www.amazon.com/The-Kentauride-… and www.amazon.com/The-Centaur-Ken…
The financial obligation portion of our journal out of the way, a brief rant I desperately need to get off my chest. Well, maybe not so brief. I'll try to make it brief though. Here be dark thoughts, readers bewarned!
One detail I didn't mention above is that Black Friday is the Friday after US Thanksgiving, and that's notable because, while some consider Thanksgiving to be a Christian-only holiday, it is probably (based solely on my own anecdotal experience) the one observed by the largest diversity of faiths in the US after the 4th of July. One of my Muslim friends is cooking his very first turkey this year (PM me if you want the recipe.) For all of my American friends, in light of the recent tragic world events, loss of lives, and personal struggles we face daily, may you use this Thanksgiving as a time of reflection, a chance to remember of the importance of family, friends, and those whose lives are influenced by our own.
What some Americans occasionally forget, however, is that no one else in the world celebrates Thanksgiving on the last Thursday in November. Up here in Canada, for example, we celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October, even though we have Black Friday on the same day as you do.
Since my last journal, I've written about Canadian election attack adds, about the Volkswagen TDI scandal (I may still post that one at some point), about the recent Paris attacks, and a truly vitriolic piece about the Palestinian terrorists killing of Eitam and Na'ama Henkin that left their six children orphans. Four of them, the eldest nine and the youngest four months old, were in their car with them at the time and witnessed their parent's brutal murder. Not one of these “editorials” made it to posting after editing, I am just too angry these days, and do not want to unnecessarily darken my readers' lives. If you have been following my ramblings, you are probably aware that I am not a big fan of religion. I do, however, steadfastly respect and defend everyone's right to their own beliefs, as long as those beliefs do not comprise of “my rights trump yours” or psychopathic “destroy the infidels” type rhetoric. Such garbage is not condoned by any known religion, it is men and women who interpret their faith to support such things. Until such despicable individuals as ISIL/ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and PLO Chairman/Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas are acknowledged to be what they are, evil little god-emperors without divine mandate, there is little chance for peace in the world.
has a great piece on Muhammad's take on the Paris killings, check it out here:
To add to the burden, I've lost another two friends and a family member during the month of October, another blow to my belief in my own immortality. This has encouraged me to try and be more attentive to those close to me, to be more present in their lives. I am reminded how lucky I am that I live in a country where I am more likely to win the lottery than to be shot dead at the wheel of my automobile, a country who currently has more communities offering to harbor Syrian refugees than the government is able to process this year (remember, Canada is a pretty small country despite our land mass; the entire Canadian combined armed forces are smaller than the US Marine Corps.) Yes, we have a dearth of refugees, does that not give you hope in some small way?
On this day of giving thanks, please take a moment to consider what you might do yourself to help that peace along. If you have children, love them, and make sure they know that they are loved so that evil men do not try to use them as weapons. I hope you are with your families, and if you are not, that you will at least call someone to tell them that you are thinking of them, and are thankful for them. My best judgement is screaming at me not to upload this journal either, but I've got to tell you about the book sale, right? Peace be with you.
“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.” - Golda Meir
"I don't have all the answers, but I certainly have a lot of questions." - me
Current Residence: Canada, eh?
Why am I here? I joined because it kept coming up in Google searches for the words "Centaur" and "Kentauride." Since I'm currently in the process of writing a trilogy that features a young Kentauride in a modern setting, this seemed to be the place to hang out.
The first two books in the series are available at Amazon in Kindle form, with printed versions expected
Book three is scheduled for late 2015.
Tanita and Tanus, both Centaurs, are my OCs, as are Mark, David and Chloe who are all "normal," meaning that they buy shoes one pair at a time...
I'm also an avid transportation fanatic, do motorsports photography , ferroequinology photography, some basic photography (animals and landscapes mostly) and some freehand sketching on occasion. All of my submissions have ratings, some are free for you to do as you please with, others I'd rather not be used for commercial purposes because they may have trademarks or such that I cannot grant you rights for, and lastly some are personal and are shared simply because someone asked. I would respectfully request that you heed the rating as they are posted for each submission; just because one image is free for you to use doesn't mean that all are. I have several hundred thousand images stored on UDO and DDS media. Unfortunately the database linking to these images was lost due to bit rot (data corruption), so it is not a simple task to find anything; if I have promised to find an image for you, please be patient, as it can be very time consuming and I do have a day job. Lastly, I do not Photoshop any of my images, what you see is what I shot, unless otherwise indicated. Thanks.
I am very open to comments and critiques, and encourage constructive criticism. If you didn't like it, tell me why, and I'll try and do better next time. I make every attempt to be fair and constructive in my comments, I appreciate it when others to do the same. I tend to use a lot of quotes in my posts, I collect quotes and use them liberally.
Also, if I should die, please do not let my wife sell my diecast or model train collections for what she thinks I paid for them.
Operating System: OSX, Solaris 10, Mint Linux
MP3 player of choice: antique iPod, sometimes my MacBook Pro
Shell of choice: Bourne (or BASH)
Wallpaper of choice: It would take too much room to explain...
Skin of choice: Pirelli P-Zero... wait, is that skin or skins?
Favourite cartoon character: Rubine, also Taarna (from the original Heavy Metal)
Dumbest thing I can remember doing: Getting completely airborne in an '87 VW Fox
Smartest thing I can remember doing: Convincing my then girlfriend to move in with me
Strangest thing I can remember doing: Reading the entire "Mission Earth" series by L. Ron Hubbard.
Greatest accomplishment: My son
Personal Quote: You should never attempt to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and it annoys the pig.
Iconoclasm: I've thought of myself as an iconoclast ever since I first looked up the definition, some time ago. When I say iconoclast, I mean it in the nonconformist way, not one who destroys church property. I've always challenged the status quo, and nothing annoys me more than "That's the way we've always done it," with the possible exception of "That's not my job" and "Do you know who I am?" In my opinion, everyone deserves respect; some may have earned a bit more, but those who demand it deserve it just a bit less.