Mary Elizabeth Kelly – Bette Davis

So a few weeks ago, I caught a youtube short showing Mary Elizabeth Kelly doing an impersonation of Merryl Streep selling vacuum cleaners, and I was FLOORED with how her face transformed into Merryl’s! The voice, the movements, the hair touches… everything! (I had just rewatched Death Becomes Her, so was already in Merryl Mode)

Then, I found her doing Jennifer Coolidge, and she had this down, too!

So, I began my search of her impressions, as I was enthralled. I found out that the reason she does these so well is that she focuses on “face acting” and “mouth acting”, etc. Amazing stuff! I searched for some classic Bette Davis, which, while overdone, is something “my people” would appreciate. I saw she has a Cameo account, so I had her try some Bette Davis. Here’s the result:

The laugh at the end kicked it! For such a short period of time, I think she did a great job.

Ghosts – How to debunk videos of ghosts

Even though the title says ghosts, this is going to go for spirits, entities, demons, zombies, etc.

I have had true spirit encounters, and I have seen numerous people online saying they have, and I would say 99% are BS. I want to put here some of my tell-tale signs of spotting fake videos of ghosts.

The most obvious way to tell if an entity is real is to see whether it has clothes on. Your clothing does not have a “spirit”, so the clothes don’t “die” and then come back to haunt you. So, watching an entity in a shroud or with victorian clothing is crap.

Then we have the “everything is blurry in the video except for the face of the entity”. Edited.

Ghosts don’t need to peer around corners.

Ghosts don’t have a retina for light to bounce off of. Those lit up eyes are fake.

Light does not “hit” ghosts. They aren’t going to be lit up or cast shadows.

If someone hears a noise in a video and then goes to investigate without turning all the lights on, it’s fake.

If someone is doing “paranormal research”, something happens, screams and runs, then it’s fake. Why would you leave the scene of the very thing you are researching and trying to prove real?

If you are truly scared out of your mind, you won’t be hitting the record button on your cell phone. If you have already had the crap scared out of you, you may be able to do it if something happens regularly.

Mind you, there are plenty more, but since I have truly had encounters, I hate these fake videos. It doesn’t do justice to the real thing.

IDEA: Small Intestine Condom

Since weight loss has always been a struggle, I have tried to come up with ideas on how to battle the fat. One of my old ideas was a tapeworm clinic. You get a tapeworm “put in”, your symptoms get treated as you eat whatever you want, then when the desired weight loss has happened, you get the tapeworm removed. Since I came up with that idea in my teens, I have learned that the tapeworm eggs get into your muscles. So, maybe not such a good idea.

One of my other ideas was having a “condom” of sorts from your stomach sphincter that would reach halfway down your small intestine (10-ish feet), to stop your body from absorbing some the food you are digesting. The “ring” part in the stomach would be too big for the hole, so food would just travel down it. Like a female condom. Your body would squeeze the food down, then when it reached the end of the “condom”, you would then get some of the nutrients. Since you are overeating, anyway, you would possibly get a “normal” amount of nutrients.

I will happily be a tester for this. Right before I go to a buffet somewhere.

Fighting Butterflies – An idea I had for a hero group.. like the “rangers”

Years ago, I came up with a new kind of hero group [like a popular “rangers” group]. I pieced together an idea of what the costumes would look like, with a few drawings and sent the idea to Frederator, you know, the cartoon guys… I sent it to them to see if they would be interested in developing it, as, well, you know… money and all that. So, they in a nutshell said, (not maliciously) “all you have are costumes”. It was true. The name comes from something actual-“fighting butterflies” is a term. I wanted to turn butterflies into something males would like.

So, here are sketches I did for this. The emblem on the chest was supposed to represent the tongue of a butterfly. Each character would have a different color and ability. The arrows on this one would indicate their power of… gravity? I still haven’t put any story to this.

This was a VERY early sketch. The wings are serrated on one to give them cutting power, I guess, and the other has pointed wings, which would give him…. stabby power? As you can probably tell, other than wonder woman, I am not familiar with super hero stuff. The red boxes are cutting out personal info. It looks like a censoring box over that one, but it’s not. LOL This sketch is from 2008, so see how long I sit on ideas?

VRVynz – My idea for a new type of VR game

Ok, here goes. I said a long time ago that I would start putting my ideas “out there” because I don’t have the resources to make them come to fruition. I contacted SickHead Games (a Game Development company) to see if they would be able to make this for me for a price I could afford. No luck. They said it would be between $100k and $400k. So, I have decided to put it out to see if someone would develop it just because I want to play it, myself. Here’s the email I sent to them. Maybe I don’t know how to pitch a game?

This will be a dark/neon-ish world [like a popular saber game] with new movement mechanics.  Stationary gameplay.  Start on a platform. In the distance you see neon “ropes”/”vines” either swinging or moving up and down.  You hold the left trigger and right trigger to pull YOURSELF back like a bow and arrow. Moving the sticks left/right will rotate you around the vine. Up and down will point you up and down. At the start, a translucent vine will be in your left hand. (This won’t show up when you are on a vine.) When you let go of the right trigger, both triggers release and you are shot in the direction you were pointed in, arcing like an arrow would arc.

When you are flying through the air and get close to the vine, the controller will vibrate, indicating that you have to grab the vine with your left trigger. Once you grab it, it may start moving down, some of the vines may start falling, so you must find the next one to shoot yourself to quickly.

You can shoot yourself in any direction. There will be walls that you must avoid, moving walls that have a hole that you have to shoot yourself through, some platforms you can stand on, the floor may be spikes that will kill you if you fall. Setup will be left/right handed, so you can choose which hand pulls you back.

Also, there should be the ability to turn on and off a dotted line that will show you where you will be shot to.”Thick” air (volumetrics?) should make it so you only see the next vine in the distance. (or whatever is around you that is the same distance) The vines should produce a low neon-ish hum when you are near them. The game should allow for different maps to be purchased and installed [like a popular saber game] as well.

Eventually, I would like multiplayer and for the game to be customizable so people can share their maps. This should also include textures with alpha channels so there could be actual “vines” or chains, etc. (This part can come later, but may affect how it is coded to begin with.)

Drupal9 Upgrade – Forgot to uninstall incompatible modules?

While upgrading from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9, I forgot to uninstall 2 modules that were incompatible. So, when I ran update.php, I was stopped by the errors. Here’s an easy fix to get it to a place where you can uninstall the modules:

Go to the module’s folder and open the [modulename].info.yml file, take out the core: 8.x line (or comment it out with a #), and put in:

core_version_requirement: ^8.8 || ^9

save, then run the update again. This allowed me to get to the backend, and uninstall the modules.

Earth Is Ghetto I Wanna Leave – Nikkialiah

I am in love with Nikkialiah!!! She made me cry! I am not sure if she goes by Nikki or Aliah, but she has caught my attention in a big way!

This song showed up in my youtube recommendations, and you know me, I love songs with odd lyrics, and this title alone spoke to me.

So… click.

Played it on a loop for a while, an underlying sadness mixed with joy over the lyrics, then wanted to see if she had any others that would speak to me. This next one had me actually crying. Not with laughter, but with joy of hearing not only her voice, but my own thoughts coming through her.

I immediately wanted to help her, so I went and bought one of the T Shirts that read “Earth is ghetto, I wanna leave” from her shop.

I will buy both of these songs when they come out. She reminds me of a time when I was writing music with only two tape recorders and a tiny casio keyboard. Get that idea down on tape before it leaves!

Erased.

I read a quote that said, “If you don’t show it, it can be erased.”

Immediately, that struck a chord with me. I have been holding on to invention ideas, game ideas and songs, poetry and philosophies for years, thinking that I didn’t want them to get “stolen” on the internet. A few years back, I released some of the songs and tried to get some of the inventions started on kickstarter-type sites. But I am not really a social media-type individual, so they didn’t go anywhere.

I have been considering posting the stuff here to at least have the waybackmachine index them for posterity, since we never know when the end is going to come. Covid has changed how a lot of people view life in general. I guess it has changed my perception as well.

So, I am going to trot down memory lane through my ideas and “stuff” and try to put them here as posts. Some of these things are inventions that I want to see made because I *want* them, myself, and couldn’t find them on the market.

Posts to come soon, hopefully.