New Job Opportunity

Well, hello there world. As any of my followers or readers were aware of, I was in fear of going on disability earlier this month after losing job #4 to Meniere’s Disease. Given, they were very good jobs, as I’ve never made more than $9/hr, despite having a high school education, a degree in computer networking, a certificate of completion for precision machining, and a skilled trade. Luckily, and I do mean LUCKILY, a job I was turned down for in Feburary has since been setting up to hire me.

Originally, since June of 2013, I was in the process of getting a job with the Huntsville Police Department. Now, keep in mind, not as an officer; that’s a whole can of worms I’d rather not deal with, as currently meth abuse is rising again, and heroin has made a comeback in the Rocket City. Plus, violence is increasing as the city grows, expands, and progresses. We have even gotten to the point of growth of entertaining the idea of a light rail system; already have three dedicated taxi companies, plus shuttles. And let’s be honest here, there isn’t any reason Huntsville, AL, shouldn’t grow. We have the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Toyota, Remington, LG Electronics, Verizon Wireless, Adtran, Digium, Redstone Arsenal, 3M, Daikin, General Electric, Delphi, Huntsville International Airport, Bimbo Bakery, Qualitiest Pharmaceuticals; and there is even more talk of more companies, such as Cabela’s, Cheesecake Factory, Macy’s, Joe’s Crab Shack.

As I was saying, the job is with the Huntsville Police Department, not in an officer capacity, and more specifically a city job. It pays well($13.56 starting), and has amazing benefits. I’ll be able to survive, support my wife, and save money.

But it’s gotten me to thinking. Yes, I will be able to do this job. It is for a records clerk position, aka clerical, and beats construction. It means I’ll finally be able to be paid for using my brain and not my back. But what it’s gotten me to thinking of is investing some of my money properly and wisely.

Now, the thing you learn about investing is it’s a lot like gambling. More like casino gambling, not Mafia gambling, unless you’re dealing with Wall Street. But guys like Dave Ramsey, Jim Cramer, Warren Buffet, etc, always say that when you start investing and learning how to invest, but what you know. Check stocks on top companies. What little research I’ve gathered, I’ve found 13 companies to invest in safely. Now, I’m not going to invest in all 13 at once. I want my investment to pay off, not default.

The main companies I’ve found to invest in are:

1. Nintendo: This is a company everyone is familiar with. If you’re like me, you always had a gameboy in your back pocket when you were a kid, along with a pocket knife and matches(I’m a Southern man who grew up in a town of 300 in the 90’s; we threw caution to the wind, just like our parents did in the 60’s and 70’s). And the thing is, despite Sony, Xbox, Sega, and countless other gaming manufacturers, Nintendo has never competed with them. Why? Because Nintendo is a super-intelligent company. Sony and Xbox have lost millions due to advertising, game hold-ups, etc. But Nintendo, however, can spend $254 Million everyday over the next 25 years and not go bankrupt. They use the latest technology, hold their own patents, and use their money wisely. They will apparently never go broke, or out of business. Out of companies like Sega, Atari, other companies, they’re still around and growing.

2. Toyota: Another Japanese company, despite Toyota having to recall Prius’s and Camrys, people still but Toyota. Why? Because they make a damn good vehicle, and they take responsibility for their actions. Toyotas are known for reliability. My best friend’s dad only drove Toyota trucks, and never had any problems with it. 

3. Coca-Cola: The world’s most popular soda. Anyone looking to invest would be a fool not invest in Coca-Cola. They’re stocks rise every quarter, and like Nintendo, are a money-making machine.

4. CostCo: Why CostCo? Why not Wal-Mart? Well, simply put, Wal-Mart sucks. They don’t pay employees a living wage, have awful benefits, and normally have incompetent management. CostCo, on the other hand, pays employees a living wage, has excellent benefits, and promotes people based on hard-work and merit, not ass kissing. Oh, and they’re beating Wal-Mart on revenue. Wal-Mart claims it can’t pay its employees a living wage and keep prices low, but somehow CostCo is doing just that.

That’s my top four for beginning investing. Nintendo is definitely one to invest in. Keep in mind, there are also CDs(Certificate of Deposit), Gold, Silver, and Savings Bonds(although I believe they’re called something else these days). Now, the companies, plus the other investment methods I mentioned, are safe bets. When you start investing, don’t take risks. You want stocks that will pay off, and potentially triple or quadruple your original investment.

 

 

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Top 5 Weird Anime

5. Gantz: I believe this is in my top 20. Anyway, this is not only a gory, nudity-filled anime; it’s also very, very strange.

4. Gregory Horror Show: This is a CGI anime production, in which the characters are done in box-style video game animation. Each episode is 2-3 minutes long, and each episode and character has an underlying them beneath each one.

3. Yamishibai: This one also has a different style of animation, known as kamishibai, an old and traditional style of story telling that uses puppets. Each episode of this is 4-5 minutes long, and each tale is based around something from Japanese folklore.

2. Genocyber: This is one from the 90’s. It’s a little hard to follow, and there is only 5 episodes. There is also only one Manga, and it has been left uncompleted since 1993. All I can tell you, without giving anything away, is that it involves psychics, a specific type of bio-weapon, sexual abuse, and cybernetic implants.

1. Shadow Star: This one I will say is like Pokemon. Then about somewhere in the middle of the 2nd episode, it takes an extremely dark turn, and just keeps getting darker and stranger.

Top 20 Anime

People who watch anime always have a top 10, so I thought I’d do one better. Also, I found out I may not have to go on disability. I’m up for a records clerk position with the Huntsville Police Department, which means I wouldn’t be working around anything that triggers my Meniere’s, and I’d be inside where it is climate controlled.

Anyway, I watch a lot of anime. I have ever since 1993, when the Sci-Fi channel(before it changed to SyFy), showed Akira for the first time. I was in love with the animation, the weirdness, etc. Normally, when people think of anime, they think of Pokemon. I can tell you now, anime in Japan is like films here. Here, we have movies that span genres and all ages. In Japan, they do that with cartoons. I have a list of my top 20 animes, and maybe if you’ve never given one a try, this will change your mind.

20. Monster: A psychological, crime/mystery anime. It follows Dr. Tenma, a Japanese doctor practicing in Germany. The story begins in 1986, when Dr. Tenma decides to save a 10-year-old instead of the mayor. He loses his societal standings, but stands by his decision nonetheless. We then fast forward to 1995, where four elderly couples have been murdered. Dr. Tenma believes he knows who is responsible, and so begins his journey.

19. Gantz: This one is a little gnarly. If you love sex, violence, aliens, video games, and overly friendly dogs, then this one is for you.

18. Welcome to the NHK: This anime is more of a dramedy. It follows the daily like of a Hakkikomori, or shut-in(I doubt I even got the Japanese spelling of the word right), and his hilarious attempts to re-enter society.

17. Cowboy Bebop: Yes, I know it was done in the late 90’s. Yes, I know anyone who has ever watched anime has seen this show. But it is an awesome show. It follows Jet Black and Spike Spiegal, intergalactic bounty hunters. Jet is an ex-cop, while Spike is an ex-gangster.

16. Samurai Champloo: From the creator of Cowboy Bebop, it follows two samurai and a young woman as they search Edo Period Japan for her father. Sounds harmless enough, right? You just got to check it out.

15. Black Butler: This is more my wife’s favorite, but it is a very good anime. It takes place in Victorian Era England, and follows the child heir to a vast fortune, and his demonic butler.

14. Elfen Lied: German for ‘Elf Song,’ I wrote this show off based on title. I will never do that again. This show follows Lucy, a Diclonii, and the carnage that ensues when she escapes from a government testing facility.

13. Space Dandy: From the creators of Cowboy Bebop, Bleach, and Fullmetal Alchemist, it follows Dandy, a dandy guy in space, and his ne’er-do-well crew, QT, a robot in desperate need of a software upgrade, and Meow, a Betelgeusian foodie that resembles an alien cat.

12. Ergo Proxy: This one I have to include. It’s a good anime, and a cool story. The story takes place in a distant future, after wars have caused domed cities to be built and humans to be artificially created. The story revolves around Re-L Mayer, an investigator for the Romdaeu Security Bureau, and Vincent Law, an immigrant from Maze City. Oh, and did I mention the cyborgs, or Autorievs, that tend to get infected with the Congto Virus? And did I mention the Proxies, demonic-looking, god-like beings who control the domed cities?

11. Soul Eater: This is a very cool, stylized anime. It’s also quite funny, and includes things from Zombies to Jack the Ripper.

10. Another: This is another very cool, psychological/supernatural anime. It’s also only 12 episodes, so you can knock this one out in a day. It involves a curse, gory deaths, creepy dolls, and a schoolhouse with a lot of secrets and tragedy.

9. Samurai 7: An updated, anime version of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. This is a very, very cool anime, and is worth checking out.

8. Death Note: This is an awesome anime. The story revolves around Light, a grade-A high school student, and L, a detective who is a little bit like Monk(only eats sweets, crouches instead of sitting, etc., meaning he has his own eccentricities). Oh, and there’s also Ryuk, a shinigami(death god), and a notebook that can kill. Very cool anime. Very cool.

7. Claymore: This is a supernatural anime, which follows Claymores, or Silver-Eyed Witches, as they go from village to village slaying Yoma, demonic beings who eat humans.

6. Highschool of the Dead: Yes, it has zombies! Yes, it has big-breasted schoolgirls! Yes, it has panty shots!

5. Deadman Wonderland: This is another supernatural anime, which revolves around Ganta, a 12-year-old boy who is accused of killing his classmates, and an amusement park-like super prison called Deadman Wonderland.

4. Desert Punk: Yeah, I have to include this. It’s one of my favorite animes, and probably one of the funniest animes out there.

3. Fullmetal Alchemist: A very good, clever, well-written anime. The story revolves around the Elric brothers, Edward & Alphonse, and their abilities as alchemists(which is considered a science in this anime). There is a lot that goes on in this anime. I mean, a lot. It really is one you just have to see.

2. Attack on Titan: Basically, this anime is about giants, or Titans, that devour humans. They don’t eat anything else, and don’t even eat for sustenance. This is kind of like Japan’s version of The Walking Dead. It is very stylized, has a killer story, and great characters. It’s probably one of the best anime to come out in a while.

1. Ghost Stories: This was originally a kid’s show when it ran in Japan. ADV picked it up in 2006/2007, and began making a dubbed version. However, they ran into a problem while translating: the show was absolutely terrible. They tossed the script, and told the voice actors to ad-lib. What they ended up with is comedy gold. They made on character Jewish, another a pervert, one retarded, another a Christian fanatic, and the main character a sassy bitch. Nothing is safe in this anime after the English dub was created. There are several jabs at Scientology, Republicans, Democrats, Christian Slater’s career, Two-and-a-Half Men, Keanu Reeves, and so forth. You can actually watch Ghost Stories, Elfen Lied, Welcome to the NHK, Death Note, Claymore, and a few episodes of Gantz on YouTube.

Now, for the record, this is my top 20. And truth is, there are so many anime out there, it’s hard to watch ’em all. But if you know of any I should check out, or maybe want to know of some other anime for you to check out, just leave a comment.

HAMACON 5

Well, I’m still feeling pretty awful, but this weekend is Hamacon! In case you’re wondering, Hamacon means:

Huntsville and Madison Anime Convention.

It starts Friday at noon and lasts til Sunday. I’ve got my Olympus Trip AF 30 loaded and ready to go. I can’t wait. Guests(I can’t remember names) are the voice of Space Dandy, the voice of Soul Evans, and others I forgot. Isn’t that typical.

Anyway, once I get the photos developed, I’ll be posting them on my tumblr, http://www.sunsetandsawdust.tumblr.com, along with pictures from the Daikin Festival.

 

Living with Illness

Well,

I have now lost job #4 due Meniere’s Disease. I cannot work around heat anymore. I just can’t. I end up getting too hot too fast, I get nauseus, I become dizzy and light-headed, and I usually end up vomiting. I hate it. I remember when I could work in the heat with no problems. I grew up doing farm work for Christ’s sake. But no more.

I’ve been living with this illness for two years now, have had surgery for it, and have lost 4 jobs because of it. Obviously, I am going to have to go on disability. I don’t want to, I’d much rather have a job, but I have no choice. And with all black clouds, there are some silver linings.

1. I get to practice my photography more. I mostly stay in the art, abstract, portrait, and event/urban decay areas.

2. I’ll be able to run my eBay and Etsy businesses.

3. While disability is my only choice as of now, it is a benefit I paid into for over a decade.

4. I can experiment in the kitchen more, which means I’ll have time for it.

And yes, while I do feel like a piece of piece of shit, I’m doing my best to remain hopeful. Not only does this illness’s usual symptons mess with me, it’s also increased my depression and anxiety; I either want to crawl into a hole and die, or I’m as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

Either way, I need to do something.

Finder’s Fee

I am now offering a finder’s fee on my Etsy store.

What this means is, if there is a specific item you are looking for, pay $1 to confirm that this is what you want, let me kno what you are looking, and once I find it, you pay 10% of the what the item is worth, and I’ll ship it to you! It’s a great way to add to your collection. What you will pay depends entirely upon the value of item, but either way it will cost you only 10%!

Appeal to the Nobel Committee to Revoke Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

I agree wholeheartedly. He should not only be revoked of the Nobel Peace Prize, but should be impeached and imprisoned as well. He is not only ruining America, but any potential allies and trade agreements as well.

PROGRESSIVE ACTIVISTS VOICE

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by Thomas Baldwin, Biloxi, MS

May 3, 2014

I have submitted this petition to the Causes site and and requested a petition to be issued.  Stay tuned and be ready to sign it and share broadly.  I would like to see thousands of signatures! 

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12 REASONS WHY THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE SHOULD BE REVOKED FROM BARACK OBAMA

Since the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama in the Fall of 2009, he has committed several acts which document he never deserved this award in the first place.  Here is a list which is a minimum of our grievances:

  1.  Expansion of the war in Afghanistan with over 30,000 additional troops.
  2. Expansion of the use of Drones for killing “designated enemy combatants.”
  3. Development of “kill lists” with his personal approval of killing civilians including Americans overseas and leaving open the possibility of doing it within the U.S.
  4. Signing…

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