Scotties Toy Box

December 14, 2017

Tribalism. My thoughts on the subject. Hugs

Filed under: Ideas, My Life and Rants, You Tube — Scottie @ 11:17

December 7, 2017

Fighting the Gov. Changing the Gov.

Filed under: My Life and Rants, opinion, Political, Reason — Scottie @ 13:44

December 3, 2017

Frustrated

Filed under: My Life and Rants, Questions — Scottie @ 14:45

I am so frustrated right now.  I bought a new microphone kit, with arm and shield and a higher quality microphone.    I looked at several online and as they were about the same price, I bought the one with the best microphone for my purpose.  Well it arrived this morning and I got busy setting it up.   I figured it would be better for doing videos.  However I ran into a snag.  My computers would see the microphone easy but no sound.   I check and recheck everything I could think of, but no sound.   

I went back online to look at the microphone kit, then at the other kits.  I notice something I missed before.   All the other kits included a 48v phantom power supply, but the one with the better mic did not.   Shoot.  But the write up said it was plug and play, which normally means just plug it into your computer and it works.  Yes it did not need a driver, but it will require this 48v power added.  I can get a simply power supply for 20 after tax.   However I looked at mixers that will do the same thing, but they run from 40 to 50 before tax.   As I am not planning to do this for a living, I decided I did not need a mixer.   

So now instead of doing my videos with a nice new grand microphone I am waiting another three days for my new phantom power supply to arrive to power the microphone I already bought.   I have to admit the write up on this seems misleading but the seller can claim that you should have known that some mics take a separate power supply.   Oh well I will be generous and think they were not trying to pull a fast one by not mentioning the need for a power supply and then selling their kit for about the same price as those that came with it.  grrrrr.     Hugs

 

 

November 30, 2017

I am glad you are happy today, sir.

Filed under: My Life and Rants, Reason — Scottie @ 11:00

I am starting to venture out in the van to do errands now that I can walk again and I am feeling better.    This morning I had planned to fill the van with gas for Ron as he works tonight, make a deposit in the bank , and then a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up some pork meats for supper the next three days.   

I left the house very happy, I felt good and felt free, independant.   I have not felt that way in a long time.  It is hard when you have to ask someone else for everything.   So I was in a good mood.

Filling the van with fuel went well, got right in and did it, got right back out.   The roads were pretty clear as it was after morning to work traffic but before morning shoppers.   

I got to the bank about ten after 9 and there was only employees and me so I went right up to the counter.  A wonderfully nice young woman began to help me with my deposit and I mentioned that I needed more deposit slips but no checks as I don’t use them.  She was working away on the things I needed and we were chatting about stuff.  

Then I heard an angry voice beller out “Hey knock it off you two , there are people waiting in line here”!   The tone was belligerent.    My temper began to soar. 

 I should explain something that most wouldn’t know about me.  I have a dangerous temper that when triggered I can lose the ability to calm back down and to rationally deal with a situation.  It is a defence mechanism from my abusive childhood.  Fight first, protect yourself first , regret it later if need be.   I do not like that, and over the last 27 plus years Ron and I have worked hard for me to be better able to deal with my childhood and to control the volcano eruptions of fury.

Feeling my angry rising and realizing I was very close to losing control I had to do something fast.  I had already spun around to see an older man fuming with two ladies behind him.   I locked eyes with the man and pulled my self in hard.  In the same volume of voice I replied to him ” Well hello to you also sir, so great to see someone else so happy this morning”.  Trying to keep my rage out of my voice and myself under control I continued.  “The lady is working, she is handling my transaction.”  “That OK with you, it is alright for me to get my stuff done right”?  The man started stammering and looking around.  The woman behind the counter spoke up and said she was working to assist someone.  I finished with “Now if it is OK with you I will continue with my banking needs and when the machines are done and the nice lady finished I will move on, in the meanwhile it is so wonderful to see someone so happy and joyous in this holiday season”!    

With that I turned back to the counter as I had myself under control again but I knew if the man started again or said something stupid I would totally lose control and one of us wouldn’t be happy at the end of it.   I continued chatting with the lady behind the counter as she worked and she gave me a big thank you smile.  

She finished and I thanked her and wished her a happy holiday and turned again to the man.  His face was very red and I could see he was seething, wanting to say something back to me.  I knew I would blow up if he said something rude or insulting.   So as I was turning I stopped and addressed him directly.  “And you have a very enjoyable rest of your day and a great season”!

At this point the lady behind the red faced man began to laugh and the woman behind her winked at me as I walked by her.   My good humor was restored and my bad temper firmly put away where it wouldn’t ruin mine or anyone else’s day.  I again felt good.  

One last note:   It is hard to see ourselves as others do, as we appear to those around us.    On my drive from the bank to the grocery store I got into a bit of traffic.  The problem was the van ahead of mine was wobbling in their lane and was driving slower than the speed limit.  The van kept hitting the brakes, dropping speed, then speeding up , then tapping the brakes again.    I started to get closer than I normally do hoping the person would get the hint to drive and not fart around.  As I start to mutter to myself, the face of the man in the bank came to my mind and I heard the anger in his voice again.   I Quickly checked myself and backed off, giving the van some space.  I realized I did not know if there was a problem, maybe a medical one, and I figured the person was not doing it to just irritate me on my nice day.   Shortly after the mystery was solved as the van was looking for a particular street and they did not seem to know the area.   

I hope everyone has a wonderful joyful day and a great season.   Hugs.

 

November 28, 2017

Trying to learn

Filed under: Animals, My Life and Rants, Pictures — Scottie @ 16:49

I just viewed some grand photos on Arks blog at https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/11/28/watch-the-birdy-25/ and I thought I would see what I could get taking pictures of the two cats , who were in the living room being lazy.  Some are in shadow without flash ( the dark ones ) some are with flash ( the really bright ones ) and some are in sun without flash.   So I present to all of you my two babies, Milo ( he ruffled his fur as I pointed the camera at him ) on the chair and Odis ( he has black spots on his nose called nose freckles by some ) on the couch staring out the window.   Hugs

Click on the pictures to enlarge them.  

November 27, 2017

Just thoughts on where I want to take my YouTube channel and a few other things

Filed under: My Life and Rants, You Tube — Scottie @ 13:02

November 24, 2017

The USA police state.

Filed under: My Life and Rants, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:15

The changes at the justice department are hurting the poor and non-white the most.  While whites and nonwhites use weed at about the same rate, black and brown people are arrested, charges, prosecuted, and sentenced to much harsher sentences.  In a lot of states a felony denies the person the right to vote.  Think on that.   IF you are a white nationalist, a white supremacist, what better way to slow down and stop progress of rights for other races.    It takes away all their power to achieve political gains.   The USA is in a very dangerous place internally right now.  It is tipping to a point that will take decades to rebuild the rights of its people.    Mass incarceration, sweeping arrests, an authoritative government are not a free society and it is a very dangerous slide to more oppression we are on.  Over the years the reversal of this trend is slow and hard fought.  But the deepening of an authoritative government gives more power to the upper echelon and they in turn try to push for more of it.  Look what is happening in Turkey for example.  A once free and secular country is quickly becoming a dictatorship build on religion.   FOr those who push religion as the answer here, think of what theocracies of the world have become, the harm they have done to the people.  A free people needs a free press.  We don’t have that.  A free people must be able to laugh at the political leaders, yet in our own senate  a woman was arrested for doing just that.  They tried twice to convict her.   Is this the country you want, afraid to speak out for fear of punishment?   Hugs

(cartoon by Jen Sorenson)

November 22, 2017

Net Neutrality 11 22 2017

Filed under: Economics, My Life and Rants, News, Political, Questions, You Tube — Scottie @ 14:04

Editorial note:     In the post below I made the point of how much money you can save by buying your own Modem / Router.    Either as a single unit or a seperate units.    However I misspoke in one way.   In listening to the play back I realized I said …”from the cable company”.    That is a mistake please do not try to do that.   Buy them from an office store , Amazon, or other store where they people understand what they are talking about.   I apologize for the slip up.    I do not use a script as some people do, I speak from the heart as I would to a friend sitting beside me.  That will sometimes cause errors.   Be well.  Hugs

November 15, 2017

Why do theist say without god they would rape and kill

Filed under: Atheism, My Life and Rants, opinion, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 11:04

Another installment in my new video series.   this one asks the question of why so many theist say the only thing keeping them for raping and killing is their belief in their god.  You can leave comment either here or on my YouTube channel.   I am not going to change the name or it. I am who I am and these are my thoughts.   So the Channel will stay under my name Scottie Miller.   Hugs

November 13, 2017

A short intro, snowflakes, and SJW

Filed under: Ideas, My Life and Rants, opinion — Scottie @ 10:09

The video below is a first attempt at what I hope will become a frequent endeavor.  However I goofed the sound and the video sync and I have them slightly off from each other.  I will try to fix that next time.  This video is just a short intro and then my feelings on the terms snowflake and SJW.   Please feel free to not watch it.   It really is not that important.  Hugs

November 9, 2017

Third day yuck

Filed under: Food, My Life and Rants, News — Scottie @ 19:19

Tonight is the third and last night of the diabetic education classes.  Sorry I have not been to everyone’s blogs the last few days, it is rush for this and rush for that.   I know what this class would boil down too and I was correct.   Tonight’s lesson is all about the foods you can have, ones they want to ban from your life, and all that rubbish.  Nothing I as a 54 year old man likes then have a over think lady telling me what I can eat and what I can not.  I take offense at being treated like a ten year old in trouble for eating a cookie.  I do not want to be scolded for weight, I know I am heavy at 202 pounds.   I do not want peopel who do not know me nor my history telling me what i can put in my mouth.   I got totally pissed off after the educator told me I had to eat less at every meal, so I asked her if she gave birth to me.  She was stunned so I asked her where she got the idea that she could regulate my food intake.  Got to run.  Hugs to all

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Third day yuck

Filed under: Food, My Life and Rants, News — Scottie @ 19:19

Tonight is the third and last night of the diabetic education classes.  Sorry I have not been to everyone’s blogs the last few days, it is rush for this and rush for that.   I know what this class would boil down too and I was correct.   Tonight’s lesson is all about the foods you can have, ones they want to ban from your life, and all that rubbish.  Nothing I as a 54 year old man likes then have a over think lady telling me what I can eat and what I can not.  I take offense at being treated like a ten year old in trouble for eating a cookie.  I do not want to be scolded for weight, I know I am heavy at 202 pounds.   I do not want peopel who do not know me nor my history telling me what i can put in my mouth.   I got totally pissed off after the educator told me I had to eat less at every meal, so I asked her if she gave birth to me.  She was stunned so I asked her where she got the idea that she could regulate my food intake.  Got to run.  Hugs to all

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Third day yuck

Filed under: Food, My Life and Rants, News — Scottie @ 19:19

Tonight is the third and last night of the diabetic education classes.  Sorry I have not been to everyone’s blogs the last few days, it is rush for this and rush for that.   I know what this class would boil down too and I was correct.   Tonight’s lesson is all about the foods you can have, ones they want to ban from your life, and all that rubbish.  Nothing I as a 54 year old man likes then have a over think lady telling me what I can eat and what I can not.  I take offense at being treated like a ten year old in trouble for eating a cookie.  I do not want to be scolded for weight, I know I am heavy at 202 pounds.   I do not want peopel who do not know me nor my history telling me what i can put in my mouth.   I got totally pissed off after the educator told me I had to eat less at every meal, so I asked her if she gave birth to me.  She was stunned so I asked her where she got the idea that she could regulate my food intake.  Got to run.  Hugs to all

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November 7, 2017

a new picture from the new camera

Filed under: My Life and Rants, Pictures — Scottie @ 13:21

picture for blogs

I am trying out my new camera and saying I am going to do more videos and would like your ideas. Hugs

Filed under: My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 13:12

October 30, 2017

I took another one after therapy

Filed under: My Life and Rants, Pictures — Scottie @ 11:24

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October 29, 2017

forgot to add this one.

Filed under: My Life and Rants, Pictures, Questions — Scottie @ 11:19

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New avatar day–Any suggestions or should we do a re-shoot. Hugs

Filed under: My Life and Rants, Pictures, Questions — Scottie @ 11:15

October 28, 2017

Satanist Billboard in Texas: “Our Religion Doesn’t Believe in Hitting Children” – Friendly Atheist

Filed under: Atheism, Children, Family, Harm, My Life and Rants, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 10:54

As a child I was hit.  More correctly said I was beaten.  After my hips were dislocated at five, my spine needing to be readjusted for almost a year due to being thrown down the stairs repeatedly, after my grade school sent me to the hospital and called what would become child services due to a body covered in bruises and fear response to people …In first grade… my beatings got less and easier to avoid, other tortures were employed on me.   But the hell spawn I grew up with some of them I watched get badly beaten regularly.  In the home the biggest and the most violent got their way.  That was because the people who adopted me were raised in the same fashion.   They were hit, they were raised in an authoritarian fear of the adults anger at home.   They had no need to hurt me or any of us, but they did because it was all they knew.   The world had moved past what the white trash like them could handle.   So please take this seriously.  Take the idea that children are being hit seriously.  DO everything you can to prevent it.  How many times as the hand came up and the threat clearly issued did I flinch and crouch looking around to see if anyone would help.   You can help.   Sad hopeful hugs 

If your church can’t say the same thing, why haven’t you left?

Source: Satanist Billboard in Texas: “Our Religion Doesn’t Believe in Hitting Children” – Friendly Atheist

October 25, 2017

Two computers, added devices gives leeway. Hugs

Filed under: My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 13:04

I had to dump my one year old XPS computer due to something making it run slower than it should.  It was a higher end machine.  So I dumped it, even cleared its Trusted module to make sure it was a fresh install.  The computer I dumped is my blogging and main reading computer.  The great news is I am not losing much blogging time because I am using my newest computer , the one I normally use for video watching to blog.  I have podcasts going on the Ipad so I am still got a secondary input.    Well back to work.  Hugs to all

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