School Has Started

Well if schools are going to be online for awhile. We are going to do this right! After a month and a few weeks of planning, talking with teachers. We got everything the kids need and a schedule that works. I’ll be there every step of the way and making sure they are on task. Already did this last year when things took a turn with Covid-19. Nice part this go around, the teachers are available from 8am to 3pm, Monday-Friday and a little bit more organized. I am lucky to have family around me willing to help if needed.
I know a lot of people are not happy with what is going on. Believe me, I’m not thrilled about it as well. But with the way things are going in 2020 and mostly likely into 2021. It’s our job as parents to make sure the kids have everything they need, now more than ever. To create an environment of normalcy, to encourage their passions and their imaginations. To make them feel safe and comfortable. Not to drag down or make them feel worried or stressed. For the first time this year I feel hopeful in something. Everything I do is for my kids and what they need in life. With this year, we have grow so close together and over come many obstacles along the way. I really think this is going to be a good school year. Yes it’s going to be a lot of work, patience and understanding. Plan and improvise. But that is life now, that is one thing 2020 has shown us as humans. We can adapt and improvise.
So here is to a good school year! SKOL!!

Life Update & Soapbox Rant

“Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match.”-Karl Kraus

I know I haven’t been to active on here as much as normal. Believe me I want to write about certain topics. But do to the advisement of my lawyer, at least for the time being…. I should not…. What I can say is that I’ve been going through a rather LONG custody case for my two kids. With the COVID-19 going on, it’s taken even longer. So with out naming people or relations, I will try and continue with this post.

*spaces out on keyboard* Ugh… I really want to write about this.. But I can’t…

What I can say is… My kids are happy and health. While with the current events are less than ideal, we’ve made do with what we can. In the beginning of all this, the kids and I worked together on their school work. I have to say that was a crash course for me haha, I haven’t had to do algebra in YEARS! But we did it and they finished the school year. Summer has been interesting to say the least. I felt bad for the kids, not being able to see their friends or other family members in the start of summer. They are rather resourceful and found ways to have communication between friends. Towards the end of July we were able to have a small family visit or overnights with Grandma & Grandpa. We even made a few trips to the river & beach.

But with August coming to an end and school is now going to be starting up soon. It’s interesting to see how the local school systems are trying to work out a system. Right now it looks like we are going a online/at home schooling mode again. At least the teachers are going be more active and have set hours through out the day. I know last time my brother(who is a teacher) helped me & the kids with a lot of things. They say in October they are to have a meeting and see where things are at with the COVID-19. To see if going back into the classroom is even an option.

For the last few months I have become a stay at home Father and I have to stay it’s a little weird hahaha. Yet I’m glad things worked out the way it did, I’m able to be here with the kids and make sure they are on track, do their chores or just help them out if needed. Ugh.. I really wish I can write about some of the events that going on. It’s kinda eating at me and is beyond frustrating. I am thankful for the people around me who are helping me work through all this.

Having this time with my kids has shown me on how much they have changed. How their personalities and style have grown. It tripped me out the other day, having a full on conversation with my oldest about that is happening in the world. Realizing that they aren’t babies anymore. Also making me realized I’m getting old hahaha.

This has also made me look at things in a different way. Like with this blog for example.. I do fell I kinda lost my way with the blog and I’m not to sure where it’s going. I’ve had this blog for over 10 years and I originally started it as a venting stage or help single parents with tips and tricks. As well as share in my nerdy fandoms and that evolved into working for Wizard World Comic Con on media coverage, writing reviews on tech gadgets, book reviews, having interviews with icons. This also took me down the path of podcasting and getting into radio. I would have never thought in a million years that this little website would open so many doors for me.

Maybe I do need to change things up a bit on here, just not sure where..? Right now I have two topics that going on, the Unboxing and Middle Earth Challenge. I think another problem I have is I stuck in what I call micro blog, A.K.A. Twitter. I know for sure that has messed things up for my blog. It’s just so easy to fire off a few lines and have conversations with people and/or share things. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestion that would help? I feel like I hit a road block here.

At any rate, thank you for taking the time and reading though this mess hahaha.

-Jason Roberts

Distance learning Is Over.. For now..?

So the other day my little ones finally finished school. With COVID-19 going on, the way of life has changed in number of ways. It started with the with the kids with no school and “Distance Learning” was put into place.  With that going on, I had to make a learning plan for both of my kids that would equal their grade level of education. Plus at the time maintain my normal work schedule. But that was about to change as well, because the following month I was out of work do to COVID-19(I’m a Sous Chef and restaurants took the hardest hit) . Now with the added stress of financial adulting to recover the lost income.

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The up side was, I was able to put all my focus on the kids and their learning plans. It was till after the second week, the public school system finally sent out work books for both kids and was able to work with the teachers for daily assignments. While my youngest was easier to set up, because he only had one teacher. My oldest proved to be a little more difficult at first, do to having multiple teachers and subjects. But once we got Google classroom set up for both kids and they were to video chat with their teachers, things became easier. After 3 months of hard work and we finally made to the end of the school year. I am happy to say that Jackson is now moving to the 6th and Lilly is now moving to the 8th grade!!

I really didn’t see the school year or normal everyday life to be like this. Even tho the kids made it the finish line, there seems to be an element of sadness. Not being with their friends and/or classmates at this time. The kids having to maintain friendships have changed as well. As some parents don’t want others to come or they don’t want to travel. Plus not having some parks or shops closed because of COVID-19 as really put a handicap on their normal life. While things are starting to SLOWLY re-open. It’s interesting to me to see how they have managed to keep their friendships going.  My oldest does a lot of face-time with her friends. They read and act things out, they do art project with each other. Even make video edits back and forth. My youngest has done the same thing as well. Being able to link his face-time and play video games or talk about movies.

When the need to get away from technology we started up a garden in the backyard and they both have a plant that they need to take care of. We managed to go to the beach not that long ago and it was fun to watch them go nuts and run from one place to another lol. But school is now currently done! The following school year is unknown if  it will start off with “Distance Learning ” and then go into normal classroom/school environment. Or start up as normal, the email that was sent from the local school system here, said they did not know at this time. Not till August they will know more and inform everyone. Till then we can relax and enjoy what we can. We do have some family events coming up and some small BBQ, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with 4th of July or other holidays.

But they did it! They finished school and I couldn’t be more happy for them. Some much hard work and personal development over these few months. I think they are amazing, well I am their Father. I think that regardless hahaha.

The Dark Knight.. Gobble Gobble

We need your help! Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we need to
help save the turkeys from becoming dmner! By creating a disguise, you
might help your Turkey make it past Thanksgiving!

Your mission, if you choose to accept it… Think of a creative way to
disguise your feathered friend. You may use any materials you choose
to accomplish your task.

So this was my son’s homework for the…

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The Dark Knight.. Gobble Gobble

We need your help! Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we need to
help save the turkeys from becoming dmner! By creating a disguise, you
might help your Turkey make it past Thanksgiving!

Your mission, if you choose to accept it… Think of a creative way to
disguise your feathered friend. You may use any materials you choose
to accomplish your task.

So this was my son’s homework for the…

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The Dark Knight.. Gobble Gobble

We need your help! Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we need to
help save the turkeys from becoming dmner! By creating a disguise, you
might help your Turkey make it past Thanksgiving!

Your mission, if you choose to accept it… Think of a creative way to
disguise your feathered friend. You may use any materials you choose
to accomplish your task.

So this was my son’s homework for the weekend. After throwing ideas around for a few hours. We decided on Batman, second runner up was Deadpool.

I helped Jax with the outline and shading. As well with some of the cutting. Jax did the colors and glue.

Overall his Turkey Dark Knight came out really awesome! Not bad for having a pre-made turkey outline, just needed a few tweaks.

An ADD Post…. Stargate-trek & A Ghost In The Garden.. OOO Shiny Red Ball!!

An ADD Post…. Stargate-trek & A Ghost In The Garden.. OOO Shiny Red Ball!!

Had an interview on Friday for a new job for a new restaurant that is opening up with a new convention center, that is all part of the hospital & college in my area(went really well & from the sounds of it. I have the job, I’ll find out in a week’s time.). Then I have two more interviews on Monday! Doing tech support and a “Remote Services Technician- Client Services Remote Services Technician”,…

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An ADD Post…. Stargate-trek & A Ghost In The Garden.. OOO Shiny Red Ball!!

An ADD Post…. Stargate-trek & A Ghost In The Garden.. OOO Shiny Red Ball!!

Had an interview on Friday for a new job for a new restaurant that is opening up with a new convention center, that is all part of the hospital & college in my area(went really well & from the sounds of it. I have the job, I’ll find out in a week’s time.). Then I have two more interviews on Monday! Doing tech support and a “Remote Services Technician- Client Services Remote Services Technician”,…

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An ADD Post…. Stargate-trek & A Ghost In The Garden.. OOO Shiny Red Ball!!

Had an interview on Friday for a new job for a new restaurant that is opening up with a new convention center, that is all part of the hospital & college in my area(went really well & from the sounds of it. I have the job, I’ll find out in a week’s time.). Then I have two more interviews on Monday! Doing tech support and a “Remote Services Technician- Client Services Remote Services Technician”, as well as training other technicians on networking/computer development. All of them are good jobs, the pay is about the same, just one I get to work from home more than be out in the field.

I’ve also started lining up a course layout at The Art Institute of Portland… So far the cost is coming out to be 33k give or take a dollar, for 4 years to get my BS degree & maybe another 4 more years if I want to continue on to my Masters. Still a work in progress.. It’s been a busy 2 weeks haha! We also got a new car, yes we finial retired the nerd cruiser. It’s been along time coming tho with that car, just needed a massive upgrade.

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startrek3tvshowsimilaritySo Simon Pegg had an interview with Comic Book Resources about the new Star Trek movie that to becoming out July 2016. Mister Pegg said:

“I think we just want to take it forward with the spirit of the TV show. And it’s a story about frontierism and adventure and optimism and fun, and that’s where we want to take it, you know, where no man has gone before – where no one has gone before, sensibly corrected for a slighter more enlightened generation,” he said. “But yeah, that’s the mood at the moment.”

The new Star Trek movie has gone through several directors since the third installment was first announced. J.J. Abrams, who now serves as a producer in order to take charge of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Then writer-director Roberto Orci, who was later given the boot for “Fast Five’s” Justin Lin. Personally I can’t wait to see what the movie as become. I had my doubts at first… I enjoyed both movies in fact, I rather liked the 2nd one. But witht he 3rd movie changing so many writers & directors it’s never a good sign. But once Pegg came in and started writing. A sigh of relief come forth haha. I haven’t seen a movie I didn’t like Pegg in and when you have Frost and Pegg together it’s just gold.

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20150328_153248The other day we also started building some flower beds in the back yard as well as a small green house. It was a nice few hour project and I think it turned out rather well :). We still need to get planting dirt and rocks for the walk way we’re going to be adding in between the house and flower beds. Right now we have a variety of tomatoes, herbs, and lots of peppers. Also broccoli, brussel sprouts, onions etc…. You can’t see in the pictures. But there is a bigger garden where we grow everything else, I believe later on we’ll be planting some corn, potatoes, pumpkins(maybe).

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Origa Some rather sad news I found out a couple of days ago. Being a long time fan of the Ghost in the Shell series and the music. The singer Ol’ga Vital’evna Yakovleva pasted away on January 17, 2015, she was only 44. Her death was due to lung cancer. Composer Yoko Kanno, and both the first season’s theme song, Inner Universe (featuring boy soprano Ben Del Maestro) and the second season’s theme song, Rise used Origa’s vocals. Origa first performed with Kanno for A Gundam, singing Gabriela Robin’s “Moon” with the Gey’s AX chorus. In 2005, Origa performed songs for the anime series Fantastic Children, most notably the ending theme “Mizu no Madoromi”.

Koukaku.Kidoutai.GHOST.IN.THE.SHELL.full.1548076In 2006 Origa was involved in lyrics & vocal performance for the opening song (“Player”) and the ending theme (“date of rebirth”) from the movie Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society. In 2007, Origa performed with Yoko Kanno for the Ragnarok 2 Concert. There, she performed all three Ghost in the Shell opening themes; “Player” for Solid State Society, “Inner Universe” for the first season, and “Rise” for 2nd Gig, and substituted for Ilaria Graziano on “Yoru_Vo”, Pierre Bensusan on “ELM”, and Gabriela Robin on “Torukia”. She also performed alongside fellow vocalists Maaya Sakamoto and Mai Yamane and joined in singing selected songs originally performed only by Maaya.

On 19 December 2008, she performed at Sugizo’s “Rise to Cosmic Dance” concert held at Tokyo’s Shibuya-AX hall. She later appeared on his 2011 single “The Edge”. In 2014, Origa came to Anirevo (Anime Revolution) in where she performed in concert. She performed songs from the Ghost in the Shell series and a medley of many other theme songs. She also participated in a panel with Production I.G. CEO Mitsuhisa Ishikawa.

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Stargate_SG-1_cast_minus_Jonas_Quinn So I was looking around the interweb and looking up news & updates on Stargate.. I’ve done a podcast a few months ago based on Stargate and planed on doing more. Sadly it’s been pushed back more times than I care to voice. Here is the podcast if you care to listen: (Stargate Podcast)

But it looks like it’s movie along and I’m not to sure if I like what they are doing… From my understanding Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods are in “final negotiations” to write what will now be the first film in a trilogy of franchise-destroying films which will include absolutely no reference to Sam Carter, Ronon Dex, or Eli Wallace…. Yes you read that right! NO REFERENCE! Wright and Woods are also working on the as-yet-unseen Independence Day 2.. So I’m a little worries about this. Dean Devlin, co-writer of the original movie, told The Portland Business Journal that the new trilogy will be millions of light years away from the original. Here is the quote:

“The Stargate thing is a different story. We did the original Stargate as an independent movie. It was a surprise success. Shortly before the movie came out, the financiers who were frightened the movie might not do well sold the film to MGM. When the film came out, it was a hit and spawned TV shows.

Of all the projects I’ve ever done, Stargate is the only one from the beginning intended to be a trilogy. We always wanted to do parts two and three, but the thinking was they didn’t want to do anything other than the TV series. So literally for 20 years I’ve been chasing this project. Twenty years later, we can’t really do part two. We have to start over from the beginning. So let’s reboot the series, put in all the things we couldn’t the first time, and set it up properly. Stargate created an expansive cinematic universe that has engaged fans for two decades. Under the guidance of Roland and Dean, these new films will build upon the creativity and popularity of the first film, while delivering an original film-going experience for fans and those new to the franchise.”

tumblr_mm05lmOCfq1rk6smno1_500I understand that they want to do what they originally set out to do. But You have SO much history there with the SG-1, Atlantis & Universe. You can’t ignore what has been done. Can you?? personally I think leaving Sam Carter, Ronon Dex, or Eli Wallace would be a mistake. The other rumor is that they are doing away with Jack O’Neil as well or remaking his character.. I guess time will tell in the end. Specially once ID42 comes out, we’ll get to see what kind of story tellers Nicolas Wright & James A. Woods. 😦

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Okay well this post as been every where and I’m not sorry about that haha! I really just left this open and kept adding to it through out the day. I think I’ll this again some time. I rather enjoy the randomness of this post :). Anywho, hope your day is going rather well. Please feel free leave comments and/or questions below!