From Hell

Posted in Entertainment, Movies, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2016 by urbannight

from-hell-horror-movies-77473_1024_768I came across the film From Hell in a 3.75$ bin and decided to pick it up.  I picked it up over Sleepy Hollow, which I’ve seen several times and like.  I knew I had watched From Hell but wasn’t sure why I had never seen it again.

Now I remember why.  I want injustice to be resolved.  And this film contains a travesty of justice that is never punished because it came down from the crown itself.  In order to hide an unsuitable marriage in the royal family, a female monarch approves a plan that sees the unsuitable bride kidnapped and put into an asylum with a forced lobotomy and just left there.  A scene shows her in a cell by herself, but that isn’t the most accurate.  Women like her would be guaranteed to be raped by staff and non-violent ‘patients’ would often be in general population and would often get raped by other patients as well.

This fact completely ruins the movie for me.  The fact that Jack the Ripper turns out to be the one who is killing off all the women who actually knew about this marriage creates an interesting nuance to the story.  And then to help cover up his part in it, he is lobotomized so he can’t give away the fact that the crown is behind it all.  It isn’t enough for me.

The fact that nothing is ever done to help this woman who didn’t know that her wealthy protector who married her in secret was part of the royal family and she is left with a horrible brain injury in a place that just hides things for wealthy families and is mostly likely to end up living a life of violence and repeated rape is all it takes to make the movie horrible and intolerable to me.

The names in the cast are not enough to over come that fact.  The quality of acting isn’t enough.  I do not recommend this movie ever.


Aftermath: Meh

Posted in Politics, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2016 by urbannight

I anticipated having more to say after the third debate.  It is odd that I do not.  After all, the debate was actually far more viscous than the second one.  But both candidates remained much more calm than last time.  They did say a bit more about the issues and their stances.  They both tried to avoid certain things and they both used the opportunities to strike at each other.  It wasn’t terribly memorable.  It wasn’t anything that was going to change anyone’s minds.  It made people who hate Trump just hate him more and people who hate Hillary just hate her more.  I’m somewhat disappointed in it.  I thought it would be more interesting.

I expect tonight’s showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show with be much better.


The Third Debate

Posted in Entertainment, History, Just Strange, Life, Politics, Strange, Television, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2016 by urbannight

US Presidential Debates

I am feeling ambivalent about this debate.  I think that people are so polarized that it isn’t really an effective tool this election cycle.  From what I hear, the debates are not helping the undecided to decide.  The debates seem to be making them more confused and even more undecided.

This is going to be an ugly election.  I think it Trump wins it will be a horrible thing for the nation.  I don’t think he understands the limits on the presidency and that he will turn into a nightmare when he finds out it doesn’t work like he thinks it does. I think if Hillary wins Trump with turn into a completely different sort of nightmare and will contest it, fight it, and make a general nuisance of himself.

I feel an actually, physical sensation of nausea and disgust when I see Trump’s face.  I got as far as the hand shake at the start of the first debate and had to change channels.  I watched a weird channel that wasn’t showing debate stuff. I would really like to have the option to what real programing and not a debate that makes me ill.

The second debate was a little better for me.  What really annoyed me is the way Trump kept stalking Hillary and hovering over her.  He was whinny, like a toddler.  He said they only tried to stop him for going over time but they were doing the same thing to Hillary and he said they were not.  He sounds like someone who doesn’t really know about what a president can and cannot do.  But at least I managed to keep my stomach under control while watching him.

I was looking forward to my regular programing tonight.  So I’m cranky.  But I will attempt to watch this.  I think it could be a train wreck.  Everyone says the second was worse than the first one and the second wasn’t as vicious as I was expecting.  Although the reporting on it made it sound worse.  But if each escalates, and the attacks that went on after it, I think tonight will be much worse.  I guess it may be more like I was expecting last time.  All I can do is try.

Part of me wanted to avoid all social media and try to avoid this election until voting day.  Mostly because of the visceral reaction I have towards Trump.  To be honest, I’ve had the reaction to him as long as I can remember.  Which is one of the reasons I could not watch the apprentice.  I stopped watching beauty pageants before he bought out the Miss America or Miss Universe or whichever one he took over.  So I can’t blame him for not watching them anymore.

Food this week….

Posted in Cooking, Food, Life, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2016 by urbannight

This week I’m making some interesting made up recipes.

Spinach and Clam Sauce Spaghetti with Sea Scallops.

Put 1T butter and a drained can of minced or chopped clams into a small sauce pan, season with salt and cayenne.  Chop a cup or large handful of spinach.  Add to sauce pan.  Add 6 T of spaghetti sauce and 2T of pesto sauce.  Let simmer on low while cooking up 1.5 servings of spaghetti noodles.  Drain and put into sauce, stir.  Cover on lowest heat to keep warm.  Sear 3 or 4 sea scallops in butter, drizzled with lemon, seasoned with salt and cayenne.  Cut into half, plate pasta with spinach and claim sauce, place scallops on top.  Serve.

Chicken and Avocado on Rice. (by far the easiest)

Buy chicken strips cut for stir-fry.  Dice up.  Season to taste.  Fry up.  While frying, put 2 packets of Uncle Ben’s Basmati Rice in microwave and cook per instructions.  Half and dice up one avocado.  Put rice into 2 – 4 bowls.  Season rice to taste.  I use Cayenne.  Divide fried chicken over the rice.  Top with diced avocado.  Serve.  (I tend to make larger portions because avocado needs to be eaten quickly and I cook for myself.  If you have a family, making this as four servings with a salad and a second veggie side would make for a more balanced meal.)

Sausage and Cabbage in Ro-Tel.  ( someone gave me this one)

Melt a stick of butter in a pan.  Saute a shredded small cabbage and diced onion for 5 minutes.  Cut up sausage or kielbasa.  Add kielbasa and a can of Ro-Tel.  Cover and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes.

Beef and Spinach with Ravioli Soup.

1 lb meat, (I’m using beef).  Fry up with some onion.  Add half pot of water.  Bullion or broth. Season to taste.  Bring to boil.  While this is going on, chop up several cups of spinach.  Have a package of whatever flavor of stuffed Ravioli or Tortellini trips your trigger.  Add the pasta. Cook until done.  Add spinach.  Simmer until spinach is wilted and serve.  I’ve made this with Kale as well and chicken and ground turkey and ground chicken.  The only way I hated was with the ground chicken.  I just think I hate ground chicken.



The Racist and Sexist History of Keeping Birth Control Side Effects Secret.

Posted in Education, Health, History, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2016 by urbannight

Here  is a very interesting article on the treatment of women by the health care industry.  Not my article.  I found it this morning and thought I would share it.  Also interesting if you are interested in History of Reproduction Rights or even in the History of Medicine.


Hy-Vee Grocery stores are a rip off.

Posted in Food, Life, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2016 by urbannight

Far too expensive. You would think they were a high-end store. They aren’t. Just over-priced.

Went to Hy-Vee. Never again. The most over priced ‘regular’ grocery store I’ve ever been too. I only went there because road construction was blocking access to my normal store. I normally go to Bakers or Walmart Marketplace or even Family Fair (formerly No Frills).

The generic items and the sale items and the sale on store brands were all at least .25 cents to a dollar more than the regular prices at all the other stores. A generic brand on sale should never be more than a regular item at any other stores.

Maybe the generic wasn’t on sale, but the prices were so high it was confusing me.  My brain was in knots by the time I left.  I was so pissed off.  I spent about 15 dollars more on my groceries that I should have.  But every place else was really out of my way at the time.

To top it off, they didn’t have a number of things that I can get at any time at any other store. I had to scrap my entire menu for the week and figure out what I was going to have that week based on what they had in the store. These were items that I consider basic staples and would expect to find in any grocery store I walk into.

Second worst shopping experience. Only one that was worse was a trip to an Aldi’s once

No Internet

Posted in Entertainment, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2016 by urbannight

internet-connection-imageI haven’t had any home internet access and I probably won’t get it until I get the electricity’s ‘new customer’ deposit paid off.  $200 dollars if you are not an existing customer.  The power has been in my former roommate’s name for the past 5 years.   That hurt.  I didn’t expect it to be that high.

So I didn’t bother to hook up my computer.  I finally did it Thursday night.  I wanted to build a house with my apartment’s layout and see how the sims dealt with it.  It will not be exact.  Sims actually will not let you do a bathroom like mine.  The game indicated there isn’t enough room for the door to open and close.  I find this very funny since the game was built to set out floor plans originally.  And my bathroom would not pass muster.

Instead I focused on getting my first ‘genie’ family in Sims three together so they can have kids before the man ages up to old age.  I’m having trouble getting them pregnant.  I couldn’t get them pregnant but I did get them to get married.

I am thinking that I should have waited to finish unpacking the rest of the boxes.  Having the computer up and running may slow that activity down.  My biggest problem is that at this point, until I can get two more book shelves, I’m somewhat stuck.  I have more stuff than I have space.  I can get a storage unit in the building but that is also going to have to wait until I get everything caught up and the cards I put the moving costs onto paid off.  The storage space.

The book shelves will be one in three weeks and one more four weeks after that.  My biggest issue will be getting them into the car and house.  The 35 lb boxed ones are no problem.  But these are the tall ones I need now and those are 50 lbs.  I may be able to get away with one tall one and one short one.  I want to do the tall one first to make sure.

I’m trying to accomplish my internet stuff before and after work at the office, in the meantime.  It is frustrating.  But I don’t know when it got so expensive.  It costs twice as much as it did when I last paid for internet.