Tarmac ribbons criss-crossing the landscape, dusty back roads twisting between the cool shadows of ancient pines, and less traveled pathways connecting present to past, all I wander, seeking, seeing, with my keyboard and camera capturing scenes and stories to share with you.

Now in its seventh year, this venue has become an important part of my life, a place where I can express my thoughts and feelings about the things I see and do, hoping the process brings me a bit closer to friends and family who enjoy sharing my sometimes chaotic and often nonlinear observations and ideas. A journal, I suppose, but one with which I find pleasure in thinking others are alongside me on my journey.

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August 15, 2012

BLASTIN' AWAY AT AGE 120


... since this isn't clear enough to easily read, here's the text of the warning:

EPILEPSY WARNING
A very small percentage of individuals may experience epileptic seizures when exposed to certain light patterns or flashing lights. Exposure to certain patterns or backgrounds on a computer screen, or while playing video games, may induce an epileptic seizure in these individuals. Certain conditions may induce previously undetected epileptic symptoms even in persons who have no history
of prior seizures or epilepsy. If you, or anyone in your family, have an epileptic condition, consult your physician prior to playing. If you experience any of the following symptoms while playing a video or computer game -- dizziness, altered vision, eye or muscle twitches, loss of awareness, disorientation, any involuntary movement, or convulsions - IMMEDIATELY discontinue use and consult your physician before resuming play.

... in and of itself, this probably wouldn't have drawn my attention ... on the same page, however, as part of the registration process, was a "verify your age" pull-down menu section, you know, one of those things that makes you feel all yummy secure inside knowing that corporate america is so concerned about protecting the precious innocence of our young children from the violent and gory mayhem of on-line "shooter" games  ... (i am a bit concerned, i admit, that apparently the average thirteen-year-old american child's math computational skills are so poor that they cannot figure simply adding five to their birth year will allow them to take part in these "R" rated bloodfests, but that's a problem for another day) ...


... here, my question is, "why does the pull-down menu for 'birth year' go all the way to 1892?" ...  has any thought been given to what might happen at the retirement villa if someone who was already in the first-grade when the spanish-american began becomes addicted to employing everything from shotguns to mini-rockets to blast aliens and nazis into bloody smithereens  ... imagine the poor physician, making his rounds, having to explain to someone who may have voted for william howard taft why they're experiencing "dizziness, altered vision, eye or muscle twitches, and loss of awareness" ...... i can only hope–HOPE–that at the age of 120 i will be blessed with the opportunity to have to worry that my health will suffer if i spend too long playing an online video game ...

... jeezum ...

... the truth, of course, is that i have to scroll down THREE full boxes to get to my own birth year ...

... that's just not right ...

... NOT RIGHT ...