Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Little Turk

                                                            



Little Turk was purposely  run over and injured, but he is doing better.



                                                                   

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Tornado of a Graduating Ceremony

                                                         
                                                
 
On Tuesday night, I accompanied my daughter, son-in-law, and my grandson to his high school graduation ceremony at the Washington Township High School. There were close to 600 graduates, so this will give you an idea of the size of the school. It’s freaking large. There were so many families there to celebrate the graduation that the attendees were split up into two auditoriums: the main one and one that was at the other end of the building.
Did I mention how big the Washington Township High School is?
You need GPS just to get from one end of the building to the other which is a quite an adventure for directionally challenged people like me. Thankfully, the staff and students were very helpful. Note of interest, on the long walk to the other auditorium, I noticed vending machines and bathrooms. I made a mental note of their location because I’m always in ‘Zombie Squad’ mode in case of emergencies and at my age; bathrooms are top of the list.

                                                            


I brought my umbrella, silly me, thinking that the rain would just be a summer downpour.  Although my daughter and her husband were already seated in the main auditorium, I stood in line waiting to enter the smaller auditorium. Suddenly, the lights started blinking on and off, followed by flashes of lightning and booming thunder.

The rain and wind hit the school full force damaging one of their large canopies. Water was beginning to seep in through the metal doors close to where we were waiting to enter the auditorium. The wind continued to howl outside, plus none of our cells phones were working. I had no way to contact my daughter because texting only occasional worked. The maintenance crew did a great job keeping people calm and taking care of the water that had seeped in. Once we were allowed to enter the smaller auditorium, things calmed down and we were able to enjoy a beautiful ceremony. 

I was surprised to learn that the high school was celebrating their big 50. A speech was given by one of the members of the graduating class of 1966. I think that was so cool to compare what the school was like when it opened its doors.

Before the ceremony was over, I decided to walk towards the larger auditorium, so I could locate my family before the mad dash of mass photo opportunities that I was sure would begin as soon as the graduates exited the main auditorium.

                                                       

Did I mention how big the Washington Township High School is?

I was lost in an endless set of hallways that stretched onto forever. I’ve had nightmares like this; you walk and walk but never see the end of the tunnel. I turned a corner and bumped into another lost soul who was trying to find his way to the main hall. “Let’s stick together,” I said.

                                                             
On our journey to the main hall, we began to see other lost souls, “Follow us,” we called out. At one point, our group had grown to at least ten strong. We began to resemble the cast of “The Walking Dead” All we needed was Michonne and her katana. I told my fellow travelers that if we couldn’t find our way out of the building, I knew where the vending machines were. Disaster preparation training comes in handy at all times.

                                                                

Finally, we heard voices; happy voices. We survived! After saying goodbye to my fellow travelers I found my family and we took pictures together. When it was time to drive home, we saw the damage that the storm had done. It was bad. Trees were down, power lines were down, no lights, no traffic lights. It was very scary making my way back home to Audubon. The trees in one section went down in a straight line. I was pretty sure we had been hit by a tornado, but the news stations says it wasn’t.                      

                                                         
 

But a friend of mine took this picture from his home in East Greenwich/Mantua area. I'm thinking we had several small tornadoes across South Jersey, but I didn't see any other photos like the one from Mantua...still...the damage was similar.

                                                           
                                                                                                            

I told my grandson, Josh, that this was one graduation that I would never forget. I actually had fun in spite of the storm. When my youngest grandson is ready to graduate from the wonderful Washington Township High School, six years from now, I’m going to ask permission to use a Segway to get around the building.

                                                        

                                                             
                                Did I mention how big that school is?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Steampunk Granny Reviews I Origins


I Origins

“The eyes are the windows of the Soul.” I’ve often heard this phrase said and I do believe in the theory that you can sometimes get a feel for a person by looking at his or her eyes. My father was a good judge of character and he would sometimes comment on people after meeting them for the first time with either, “I don’t trust him. He’s got evil eyes,” or “I can tell by their eyes, that they are good people.”

What exactly do the eyes reveal? I’ve had many psychics tell me that my eyes reveal that I have an old soul. I do believe in reincarnation, so this film was just up my alley.
                                                        
 
This is a 2014 science fiction drama written, directed and produced by Mike Cahill. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It won the Best Feature Length Film Award at the Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantastic de Catalunya on October of 2014

                                                             
                                                          

Plot

A graduate student, Ian Gray (Michael Pitt) is researching the evolution of human eyes with co-scientists Karen (Brit Marling) and Kenny (Steven Yeun). His purpose is twofold; set up a global identification system and to discredit creationists’ belief that eyes have not evolved. They have scanned millions of eyes from around the world and have matched the eyes with their owners into a computer base, much like the fingerprint data base of law enforcement agencies.
                                                            
                                                            

His soon-to-be wife, Sofi (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) has found a species of worm-Eisenia Fetida- that is blind although it does carry the gene to develop eyes. She believes in God. He doesn’t. They argue with Sofi believing that humans are like the blind worm. Just because they can’t see light, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Same goes with God. Ian disagrees.
                                                           
                                                                                                                

In a freakish accident, Sofi is killed, but seven years later after Ian and Karen marry and have a son, they discover a shocking fact. Someone with the exact eye identification as their son is also in the computer. What does this mean? What are the implications of this discovery; not only for government and corporations to use eye recognition as proof of identification, but also for the proving re-incarnation?
                                                                     

                                                                 
This discovery leads Ian back to India and to a little girl named Salomina (Kashish). Can God and Science be one and the same? Can God exist even if we don’t see him?
Conclusion
This film did a great job of tackling the debates that go on about creationists vs. evolution. Can we believe in God and still believe in evolution? Why not? It was great to see Steven Yeun outside of his Walking Dead role. Check out the film. I give it a four star rating. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Steampunk Granny’s Review of Spy


                                                       

I’m not a big fan of Melissa McCarthy. I’ve never watched Gilmore Girls or Mike & Molly, but I did see her in The Heat with Sandra Bullock and in Identity Thief with Jason Bateman. I wasn’t that impressed. Tonight, my opinion of Melissa McCarthy changed, and for the better.

                                                           


My daughter and I went to see her new film, Spy, starring Jude Law, Jessica Chaffin, Rose Byrne and Jason Statham. The film, directed by Paul Feig, played out just like a real James Bond film with plenty of intrigue, assassinations and explosions to make everyone happy.

                                                           
Maybe, it was the director, or maybe, Melissa had found her niche in films, but whatever it was; I truly enjoyed her performance in this film. She wasn’t so over the top with her cursing or rudeness that can sometimes be overwhelming. She was just perfect with her one-line zingers and, the interaction between her and Jason Statham was one of the highlights of the film.

                                                            
      
My daughter and I laughed so hard, we want to go back and see Spy a second time. This movie is definitely perfect for a girls’ night out. I’m sending out the call to all my female friends and relatives to join me for a night at the movies spent with the talented Melissa McCarthy. It’s a blast!!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Great Times at the Supernatural Signatures in Burlington

                                                           
                    Director Sharon Vincz and Steampunk Granny

This past Saturday, June 6th, good old Steampunk Granny, was invited along with several authors to take part in the Supernatural Signings Event held at The Library Company of Burlington. Located on 23 West Union Street in Burlington, NJ, this historic and beautiful library was chartered in 1757 by the British monarch King George the Second and to this day still continues to operate under this charter. http://www.librarycompanyofburlington.org/

                                                       


The Supernatural Signings Event was overseen by the Library Company’s Director Sharon Vincz, who made sure that all the authors were easily accessible to the many visitors joining us that day. It was a great experience for both authors and readers.
                                                                

Most of "Marti's Angels" were there to give Granny and the other authors lots of love and support. Later that afternoon the event was moved over to The Ghost Hunters Store located at 112 W Broad Street, Burlington, NJ. where refreshments were served and visitors had a chance to learn about ghosts and the owner, Dave Juliano

                                                                         


 
Dave is the owner of the store and has been a researcher in this field for over 28 years and he created the very first paranormal website on the internet back in 1994, The Shadowlands. He is also the Director of South Jersey Ghost Research/Sanctuary Paranormal which has been helping people with problem hauntings since 1955. He is the author of “Positive Energy for Haunted Homes”, “Ghost Research 101: Investigating Haunted Homes” and “Armor of God”. Feel free to visit the Dave’s bio page, The Shadowlands, Ghost Hunting 101
                               Angel Jodie & Medium Marti Haines                                              

Marti Haines is a Psychic Medium, Reiki Master and the Assistant Director of South Jersey Ghost Research/Sanctuary Paranormal. She is also the Store Manager of the NJ store in Burlington NJ. http://theghosthunterstore.com/
                                                      Authors:
                                                Laurie McCabe
                                                            

                                                   Jan Bastien
                                                            
                                                               
                                      Karen Kimmel Timper & Bob Christopher

                                                                  
                                                  Herman Stevenson

                                                  Some of Marti's Angels:

                                      Marcia                and         Jodie                      
 
Sharon, Jean, Jodie, Marcia, Rita, Marie
 
Beth and Jodie
 
Jodie and Diane
 
Dick and Jodie
 
Janet and Jodie
 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Mr. Robot: New Series on USA

                                                         
 
When I first saw the trailers on television, I thought the main character was a robot. Wow! I love robots, and everyone who knows me, knows that I do and, you can learn why, here. I was able to watch the first episode the other night on Demand, but the show was not about robots.

Mr. Robot is a drama and psychological thriller created by Sam Esmail. The Show is scheduled to premiere on the USA Network on June 24th. The executive producers are Sam Esmail, Steve Golin and Chad Hamilton.

Plot

Rami Malek plays the part of Elliot, a cyber-security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night. Elliot is recruited by and underground group out to destroy the corporation that he and his friend, Angela, work for. Elliot’s job is to protect the E Corporation from hackers, but he’s decided to join forces with a man called Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) to expose and destroy the forces that are ruining the world.  

                                                                      


There is just one itsy bitsy problem, Elliot has problems. He suffers from social anxiety disorder and chronic depression and he is prone to delusions...but does he? The series also stars Portia Doubleday as Angela, Carly Chaikin as Darlene, and Martin Wallstrom as Tyrell Wellick.

Conclusion

Even for a tech challenged granny like me, I was able to follow all the computer speak as Elliot and the other cyber security engineers try to stop hackers from infiltrating multinational corporations.

                                                                  


Cyber-crimes are a real problem for the private and public sectors and, as witnessed with Sony’s run-in with North Korea over the movie The Interview; no one is safe from hackers. Mr. Robot looks like the kind of show I enjoy watching. Check it out

 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

An Open Letter to Senator Alan Simpson from Wyoming.

                                                            

It is rumored that Alan Simpson, the Senator from Wyoming , called
senior citizens the 'Greediest Generation' as he compared "Social Security" to a Milk Cow wit...h 310 million teats. He's not the only politician that's pushing for this.

A friend on Facebook shared this article with me. It seems that Simpson pissed off another tax paying citizen as much as he did me. Here's a response in a letter from PATTY MYERS in Montana ... I think she is a little ticked off! She also tells it like it is!  When you're done reading her response, check out mine.

"Hey, Alan, let's get a few things straight!!!!!

1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole (tit) for FIFTY YEARS.

2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63).

3. My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in 'an interest bearing account' for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of losers in return for votes , thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff proud.

4. Recently, just like Lucy and Charlie Brown, you and "your ilk" pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age, 67. NOW, you and your "shill commission" are proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN ..

5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from day one, and now "you" propose to change the rules of the game. Why? Because "you" mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal our money from Medicare to pay the bills.

6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why? Because you "incompetents" spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt.

7. To add insult to injury, you label us "greedy" for calling "bullshit" to your incompetence . Well, Captain Bullshit , I have a few questions for YOU:
1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?

 2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, & how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from us taxpayers?
3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?
4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?

                                                              

It is you, Captain Bullshit , and your political co-conspirators called Congress who are the "greedy" ones. It is you and your fellow thieves who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers. And for what? Votes, your job and retirement security at our expense, you leech.
That's right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it. And you can take that to the bank you miserable son of a bitch .

NO, I did not stutter.
P.S. And stop calling Social Security benefits "entitlements". WHAT AN INSULT!!!!
I have been paying in to the SS system for 45 years. It's my money-give it back to me the way the system was designed and stop patting yourself on the back like you are being generous by doling out these monthly checks.

EVERYONE!!! If you like the way things are in America don'r share this.
If you agree with what a Montana citizen Patty Myers says, please SHARE.

A message from Marie Gilbert aka Steampunk Granny.

Patty Myers said what needed to be said to any politician who wants to destroy the Social Security Program. Now, I'll add one more suggestion: share Patty Myers' reply on your blog, Facebook and Twitter sites, then ask yourself, who is Senator Simpson speaking for; us or the Koch Brothers and people like them?

I've been paying into the Social Security System since I was seventeen and working full time. When I turned 62, I had to retire earlier than I planned because of my inability to fight off infections. I loved working at that natural history museum and most likely would have continued working until the day I dropped dead from old age.

I paid into the system like millions of other tax payers, but politicians having been borrowing from Social Security to pay for wars and, God only knows, who else has been robbing the kitty. I pay taxes, but large corporations don't. They hide their money overseas. So before another political hack opens his mouth, I would like to remind them that we greedy seniors citizens pay your salary. Don't forget that and don't forget it!

                                                                  


If the Republican and Tea Party end Social Security as it is now, the middle class will be annihilated. Is this what we worked so hard for? The Koch Brothers have put 80 million dollars into getting one of their puppets into the White House. Vote Democratic and keep the tyrants out of government.

                                                         


If you want to know who  the Koch Brothers are, you can check out these sites or do your own research.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/inside-the-koch-brothers-toxic-empire-20140924

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-koch-brothers-exposed-20120420

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/03/9_signs_the_kochs_have_created_their_own_national_political_party_partner/