Let’s Recall…the 2016 Presidential Election.

Jill Stein has been raising money for a recount in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.  The current electoral votes are Trump’s 290 to Clinton’s 232.  The electoral votes for the three states are as follows:

  • Michigan: 16
  • Wisconsin: 10
  • Pennsylvania: 20

So what if the recall over turns all three states from Trump to Clinton the total will be as follows:

  • Clinton – 278
  • Trump – 260

That is more then the electoral votes then on election night.  (That’s a big if.)  What after the recalls only some of the states changed to Clinton.  She would need to win all 3.  The break down with her winning only 2 of the 3 states would be following.

Clinton wins MI and WI

  • Clinton – 258
  • Trump – 280

Clinton wins PA and MI

  • Clinton – 268
  • Trump – 270

Clinton wins PA and WI

  • Clinton – 262
  • Trump – 276

Now look at the popular vote totals right now are

  • Clinton – 62,523,126
  • Trump – 61,201,031

That is a narrow margin with is why we need to get rid of the archaic system of the electoral college.  To do that will require an amendment that with a 2/3 majority in both the house and senate and then 3/4 of the states.  With the Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, so they won’t pass it.

There is a campaign to change that with in the Constitution called the National Popular Vote that changes the electoral vote to be covered over the whole nations votes and not a winner take all of the states.  Check that out.

Progress(?), car accident part 2

Friday I called my insurance company and I am glad then did.  They are able to send a claims adjuster to look at my car and was able to get my a rental.  I have a rental for a few days and hopefully I can get it fixed or replaced.

Crash, Bang, Boom! a.k.a. my car accident part one.

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My car, a 2010 Hyundai Elantra

On Tuesday 11/22/2016 I was in a car crash.  I was on the highway coming home from work.  The lane I was in turns into the exit I wanted.  It was backed up so I had to use the breaks not to hit the car in front of me.  First car behind me swerves to the shoulder to avoid me and then second car tries to avoid me, but hits me denting my rear driver’s side panel and destroying my tire.  My car and hers was towed away.  I get home and call the other driver’s insurance company to report it.  Asked about a rental and they said that they will get into contact with their client and call me back.

It is Thursday 11/24/2016 and I get no response from them so I call them back and they have contacted their client on Tuesday and left a message, but didn’t return it.  They say they will call 4 times before they escalated the issue, and they will only called once so far.  I borrowed my mom’s car to do to work on Wednesday but still waiting for a rental because I can’t keep borrowing my mom’s car.  Friday I will call again before I go to work.  Hopefully they can get into contact with their client to get a rental, and I can move forward on either getting fixed or getting a new car.

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My first cosplay

I have been going to sci-fi and gaming conventions since 1988, but one thing I have never done was come in costume.  Starting this year I made a costume to wear as a mad scientist call Dr. Cerebral Gluteus.  A little back story on the character.  Back in about 2008 I got into a band call the Consortium of Genius out of New Orleans, LA.

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Current Line Up of the C.O.G.

They are a band that dress a mad scientists, so I wanted to come up with my own that’s where character comes from.  I also wanted the make an company he worked for or was in charge of that spelled evil, so I came up with Esoteric Vocational Industrial Laboratories, Inc (E.V.I.L. Inc).  Halloween 2015 and I needs a costume for a party, so I decided to make him come to life.

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Halloween 2015

Bought a lab coat for Uniform Village, added a shirt and tie to look professional.  Then I added was a pair of safety glasses with clip on lights, and made a badge that looks like a company ID.  Go forward to about June of 2016 and a local anime convention called Reiyacon.  I came in that character and someone was selling the goggles and gas mask and they would be a perfect addition to the costume.  There was a contest where I won a large Avengers pen for having an original character.  It really let me develop the character asking people if they have to make a small sacrifice for science by being test subjects.  Even said I was operating out of the Love Canal area of Niagara Falls, NY.

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EerieCon 2016

Then went to EerieCon in Grand Island, NY and entered the contest and won an award for best presentation.  My prize is a free weekend pass to Anime North in Toronto, ON Canada.  I don’t know if I am going to it yet because the weekend is the week after Flower City Comic Com.

I have thought about doing some other ideas for costumes for future conventions.  The male version of Carmen Sandiego called Cameron Sandiego and the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.

Do Computer Geeks Dream of Internet Stardom?

One of my dreams is to run my only new media outlet (i.e. Nerdist, Rooter Teeth, or Geek & Sundry) creating web series and podcasts.  I had some ideas about shows I could put on.  Here is a list:

Drone Racing Circuit – Travel to different drone races and broadcast them like they do with auto racing.

E-Sports League – Where teams will complete face to face every week in a round robin regular season and then a playoff to the championships.  Do this for the popular games like Call of Duty, Overwatch or League of Legends, each having there own league.

The Con Patrol – Go to different conventions like SDCC, E3, or WorldCon and talk to the celebrities and show the guest and attractions.

Primo Destructo – Lastly I thought it would be fun to have a robot like in Battlebots that would attack different objects and see what happens when they get destroyed.

Thinking About Podcasting Again

Back in 2006-ish I was introduced to podcasting by a friend at the time.  Being a fan of sci-fi I got into Escape Pod and Galacticast.  Would download them and then transfer them to PDA.  Over time I found out about Podiobooks and others that are non-scifi.  It inspired me to make my own.  So I made started making my own.

I started with The Radical Geek Video Podcast.  I thought that video would show the visual aspects of the geek community.  (Videos are in past posts)  Then there was Literary Wasteland.  Did 5 episodes of it were I would review self published speculative fiction.  I stopped that one because I am terrible with monologues because there is no feedback.

If I am going to make another podcast I would like to have a partner because I like feedback.  I don’t know what it will be about, but that is part of the fun.  Maybe do a Hogan’s Heroes introcast.

Birthdays can be Depressing

On June 24, 1973 I was born.  It is not any special day in the US but it is the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.  But that isn’t why it is depressing.  Why I think it is depressing is stagnation.  Not the worlds but my own.  I think everyone does this when they get older.  Think back to some time in life when you made a different decision.  I am 43 today and never moved out on my own because of school debt I am still paying, some finance problems in my past, and my own laziness.  I can’t change that, but I can still look forward and change that.

Batman vs. Daredevil

I am a fan of Netflix Daredevil series.  It is dark and gritty.  He is like a poor man’s Batman.  Then I got the think about who would win a fight between Batman and Daredevil?  I think Daredevil would win, and here is why.  Let’s strip away the costumes to the men underneath.  Bruce Wayne is a 1% in the high society of Gotham.  A spoiled little rich kid with no parents and their money.  Matt Murdoch is born working class on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen.  He is a survivor and knows real adversity.

Yes I am a Slackivist and Other Political Views

I am a fan of Political Compass because it gives an in depth look into what your political stance is with a questionnaire that doesn’t let you choose “no position”.  Instead of using a single axis of Left and Right it uses two.  A left-right (Collectivims thru Neo-liberalism) economic x axis and an authoritarian-libertarian (Fascism thru Anarchy) social y axis.

Here is what I scored after taking the questionnaire.

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I am Libertarian Left.  Which is odd because when I took it in the past I have been closer to the middle.  Now I am in my 40’s and it has drifted farther to the left instead of going right.  For one it might be that the political climate in the US has changed and went to the right and that I am rebelling against it in my own mind.  I know that it won’t always work, so I do try to be pragmatic, but I am lazy just posting my politics on Facebook. (a.k.a. Slacktivism)

I want to show the political compass for the 2016 US Presidential Candidates.

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If you look at the Republican candidates and they are in the extreme corner of the Authoritarian Right. Hillary Clinton is in the Authoritarian Right but not to the extreme with the GOP.  This is why Republicans call everyone right of center of in the middle a liberal. Look at Bernie Sanders who is just left of center and they call him a Socialist when he is more of a Social Democrat like in Scandinavian countries.  That is how screwed up US politics is.  It is the conservative Democrats and the reactionary Republicans.

I wonder where it all went wrong?  I am a Gen X’er and grew up during Reaganomics.  Growing up I saw the slide of society turn to this pro-privatization neo-liberalism and the War on Drugs. (Which we are still fighting) In the 1992 when I was old enough to vote I wasn’t going to see another 4 years of George Bush/Day Quayle.  Voted for Bill Clinton and he did some positive thinks like rise taxes on the top tax bracket and rise the minimum wage.   He did setup some changes would make a turn to the worse.  First was the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and that shipped jobs to Mexico and created a series of free trade agreements that shipped jobs to other foreign countries.  Then there was the repeal of the Glass–Steagall Act that made the housing crisis of the early 21st Century.

Now how do we change it for the better?  One is supporting the Occupy Wall St. movement that is still going on.  There are many online efforts you can support.  Here are a few links.

MoveOn.org

Daily Kos

Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Americans of Tax Fairness

CREDO Action

I also want to get a shout out to a blog of an old college friend called Pennsylbama Rising.