Support the growth and well-being of Humboldt County, CA residents.
1. In-N-Out Burger (coming soon! or will Coronavirus keep it from opening?)
2. Red Robin
3. Red Lobster
6. Panera Bread
7. Del Taco
8. Chipotle Mexican Grill (coming soon)
9. Dairy Queen
12. Olive Garden
13. Boston Market
15. Chevys Fresh Mex
18. Pizza Hut
19. Sonic Drive-In
20. Five Guys
22. Trader Joes
Support and encourage healthy business and commerce in Humboldt County.
If you want to see any or all of these food places in Humboldt County let the company know. We need more companies like these moving to our community and to make Humboldt more accessible to the outside world.
Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC is the latest game released by Rockstar which apparently has some mixed ratings. Of course the game was released earlier on console and the game received mostly overwhelming positive feedback.
Now in 2019, RDR 2 is ready for the computer but not without some apparent trouble. Metacritic reviews shows a general critic score of 92 (as of this post) but among users the game gets general unfavorable score—a 3.7 (out of 10). Players have apparently experienced launch crashes, freezing and generally overall poor optimization. And all this from a developer that isn’t new at making games.
Sure Rockstar will most likely sort out the problems with the game but I can’t help but wonder why the game wasn’t beta tested before official release on PC? It was first beta tested first, right? I don’t know officially for sure but I’m can’t imagine a big bad game developer like Rockstar or any for that matter not testing their game before final release. And yet I do find it odd that a startup crash would occur on so many high end gaming PC’s from the get-go without a mention of it from Rockstar. Frontier had a similar experience in September with Elite Dangerous and it went so poorly they decided to scrap their December update until later in 2020 and even revamp how they test the game.
Red Dead Redemption 2, according to the many critics who have played it (PC or Console), say the game is both beautiful and breathtaking and so it would appear they are willing to excuse Rockstar for fumbling out of the gate. For whatever reason, players weren’t as kind to Frontier for their fumble. Now players want change. Like Frontier, I doubt that if any indie developer had had the trouble RDR 2 has had on launch, the critics wouldn’t be so kind.
What do you think of the Red Dead Redemption 2 launch problems? Do you think Rockstar is getting a pass? Let me know in the comments.
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Who is Jesus?
First, I voted for Ted Cruz in the 2016 Presidential election and I don’t hate Donald Trump. Having got that out-of-the-way we can begin.
The definition of a bully as posted by Google is:
|synonyms:||persecute, oppress, tyrannize, browbeat, harass, torment, intimidate, strong-arm, dominate;|
The following story is directly from CNN’s own website.
Fake News and Worldviews
Now let’s cut to the chase. Perhaps CNN and the media should take some of their own advice. CNN fits the definition of a bully in their use of tactics against specific worldviews and groups of people. They have power and control and they know it. This is why organizations like CNN are so dangerous to the rest of us.
Is it not true that CNN and most media outlets have been using their medium in the attempt at persuading people to think like them? Since the election of 2016 when their candidate lost (Hillary Clinton) we have seen nothing but an onslaught of slanderous attacks against the current President of the United States and his supporters. (Conversely we saw not much but praise, glee and swooning when Barrack Obama and Bill Clinton were president.) The last eight months have been nothing but the liberal media among others trying to take Trump and Republicans out–even if it means murder.
For example, we have all seen the manufactured Russia stories and fake impeachment proceedings that they had hoped (and still hope) would paint Mr. Trump in a negative light. When that didn’t pan out they didn’t stop and they won’t. They didn’t speak out against the attempted murder of a Republican in the Senate. They didn’t speak against the Kathy Griffin-Trump escapade, did they? We have not seen many stories, if any about Hillary, Obama and their pre-election ties to Russia. The media would hope you don’t find out or care about Biden’s billion dollar dealings with Ukraine. Where are the CNN news stories about Barrack Obama trying to influence the election in Israel against Benjamin Netanyahu? Where is CNN’s outrage about Hillary Clinton and the murder in Benghazi? Is it okay to shred thousands of emails for a cover up? Apparently when it furthers a lie for advantage. Loretta Lynch? The Chicago murder rate increase under Obama? Where are the media’s stack of stories against the tolerance of killing police officers regardless of their skin color? Does CNN and the media ever show disgust for breaking God’s law?
Ignorance is Bliss (when it’s morally inconvenient)
What we do see from CNN and in the general media is the silence of or the blatant denial of truth. We have seen their attacks against Conservatives (just ask Sean Hannity) and people who actually care what God thinks.
Where are the articles from CNN and Yahoo and others about why stopping illegal immigration is the right thing to do? Perhaps these media front groups actually support illegal immigration and breaking the law? Maybe CNN and the rest on the left actually support illegal immigration because it gets votes. American presidential candidates such as Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders come to mind. Wait. Why does CNN and media outlets even have a candidate? People can’t hide, they all support someone. Our worldview dictates it. It’s whether or not we support the right people or not that matters.
So as we’ve seen, intimidation is the go-to weapon of choice for large left leaning media front groups like CNN. But these tactics of bullying and persuading through intimidation go far beyond Donald Trump and his supporters. These tactics are used against all true conservatives, supporters of Donald Trump and in general any promoters of true righteousness.
Hatred for God-fearing people
We see hatred for God-fearing people everyday. Now how one reacts is a great indicator of ones worldview or belief system. How they react and respond to people like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Ted Cruz, Mark Levin, Newt Gingrich, Jesus Christ, Ray Comfort, Kelly Ann Conway, Herman Cain, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter and of course Donald Trump says all we need to know this media face.
Why does CNN dislike us? Why does Hollywood hate us? Is it because we mistreat women? Is it because Trump hates women? If that were true than we should see CNN on the cutting edge in it’s telling of the truth about the treatment of women within the religion of peace. How about in Hollywood? Does CNN defend Hollywood’s vulgarities against women, Christians and God commonly found in movies and on TV? Or does CNN and other media outlets look the other way and ignore it along with the lawlessness of the past administration? If CNN truly cared about women and their well-being why would CNN support and defend Bill Clinton? If CNN and others truly supported women, they would always promote women who believe in a strong family bond. They would not support any idea or group that tears apart lives or brings immorality to its viewers.
If CNN and groups like it were in the business of reporting truth we should see story after story about the real Muhammad. I dare CNN report about the real Islam as followed by Muhammad himself. How about the persecution of Christians and others around the world? Christians are the number one persecuted group in the world. Will the media ever report about who Jesus really is? About why He was murdered? Will anybody with a mainstream voice do it?
Finally, due to the worldview of those involved, I believe CNN and the general media population are the real bullies with the sole intention of persuading people against the one true God. They will continue to use their influence in an attempt to persuade people against God. Jesus said some people will hate His followers because they hated Him first. (see John 15:18, Matt. 10:22)
So in general do the people who make big decisions at CNN and in media love God or do they love their god? What about you?
In this fun video, provided curiosity of Studio C, we get a first hand look at what can only be described as a parallel “glimpse” into the Democrats general playbook in court and in power. Try not to laugh when you realize they aren’t joking.
Disclaimer: This blog is not endorsed by Studio C, its cast nor is intended to reflect the opinions of Studio C and the cast but rather that of the author.
If you enjoy Bob Ross like I do or are the least bit interested in getting started in painting using the wet on wet technique, check out this special 1 hour episode of the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross. (And don’t forget to watch the Bob Ross Experience video here or at the bottom of this post.)
Below are links and recommendations to some of the painting products I use which can help you get started using the Wet-on-Wet oil painting technique that Bob Ross used on his show.
Bob Ross Master Kit – I highly recommend beginning with this kit as it will really help you get your painting going and you will save some money on basic paints, palette knife and brushes.
Complete list of liquid oil mediums for preparing the canvass. While this is a complete list of Bob Ross available mediums, Bob mainly applied his signature Liquid White or Magic White to the canvas before painting his landscapes.
Bob Ross 2-in 1 Easel (as seen on the Joy of Painting after Season 27) – This easel is a good deal especially when it’s on sale. (Note: any easel will probably work to get started but I have found not many easels allow edge to edge painting on the canvas as this one does well. The Bob Ross 2-in-1 Easel also can be used as a table top easel if you want to paint while sitting at a table.)
Canvases 16″ x 20″ – also a good deal at Michaels when they are on sale or using a 50% off coupon (Note: Bob used 18″ x 24″ canvases on the Joy of Painting but you can use any size you prefer just make sure they come at least double primed which most are.
Small bucket with a lid (the size of the brush thinner screen)
Also highly recommended:
Baby Wipes at Costco or Dollar tree
Roll of Paper Towels
Larger trash bucket for beater rack
Apron and old pair of clothes you don’t mind getting paint on
some old towels
a place to set your paints and brushes when not using them but within reach while painting
Palette paper or a super cheap palette unless you jump right in and purchase the Bob Ross Palette which I recommend if you want to get serious
Although I am still quite new at this painting thing, I would love your questions or comments so feel free to drop me a note.
(Note: I do not receive any compensation for sharing these links but they are favorite products of mine to aid in getting you started with painting like Bob Ross. )
After years of hearing glowing stories from family and friends about the Jelly Belly jelly bean tour in Fairfield California, the time had finally come for my family and I to visit the factory. It was Sunday afternoon and with much anticipation for jelly bean madness and delight we might encounter, my family entered the factory visitor center. First, we were hungry so we grabbed a bite to eat in the Jelly Belly cafe for a bean shaped pizza which was kind’ve cool and mostly tasted dandy except for the slightly uncooked doughiness we encountered toward the center of the pie.
Next we headed on up the steps to begin the highly proclaimed self-guided factory tour. The long hall appeared dimly lit and TV monitors played various clips of the factory operations and history of the business. Windows lined the long corridor where we could see where bean greatness originates on a daily basis…almost. As far as I could tell, today there was no bean greatness happening. In fact, the rows of conveyor belts and automated machinery including the robotic arms for handling your favorite fruity beans and packaging, were at a standstill. Instead I had to imagine factory workers busily moving about the factory floor and machines humming because on this day, as far I could tell there were no factory operations operating at all. Apparently, the bean factory was closed on Sunday.
All that was left of what fast became a not-so-grand bean tour was to see the many mosaics, created entirely from Jelly Belly beans, hanging on the walls and ceiling or stand and watch a video or two or three. Fun. I suddenly felt like I was watching an episode of “How’d They Do That?” on the Discovery Channel which I could have done anytime from the comfort of my own home.
With disappointment still fresh, we exited the “tour” from where the tour had begun—at the retail store. Now it was true that the retail store was open for business, so at least the Jelly Belly company was still making a profit. To me, the store appeared to be brimming with overly priced branded bean products such as a jelly bean dispenser for $30 and not including the beans to fill it. Naturally I felt like the factory experience especially had been over-hyped by a majority of online reviews I had read prior to my visit and it also appeared there was a little misleading going on (either intentional or not) by the official Jelly Belly website for failing to note their non-operation of the factory on Sunday’s (and perhaps even Saturday).
So would I recommend the tour of the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield, California? Not really, especially not on the weekend and only if you really love Jelly Belly beans. Oh well, at least the beans still tasted fruity and were mostly flavorful.
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A simple reminder. There is evil in the world. But there is hope. We will never forget the tragedy and the innocent victims who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
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Elite Dangerous is a massively multiplayer online space game by Frontier Developments. Although the game requires a persistent internet connection it also features a solo or single-player mode. Elite Dangerous is the successor to Elite which was first released in 1984 and now 30 plus years later, the game has seen quite a change.
My history with Elite Dangerous is virtually non-existent aside from hearsay about a learning curve and how fantastic the game is to play in Virtual Reality. Now it’s true I have interest in open world simulation games such as X-plane, Microsoft Flight Simulator and both Euro and American Truck simulators but interest in a space game not so much. It seems most space games are about aliens, monsters and mostly shooting other spaceships in an arcadey fashion. Something about the wide open vast nothingness of space travel also hasn’t had much appeal….but then again I have never encountered game quite like Elite Dangerous.
What Learning Curve?
Something about Elite Dangerous seemed different. Oh and there’s that learning curve I kept hearing about. A learning curve to play a game? There is always some learning when you are starting a new game especially in flight simulators but this game simulation was suppose have a notable learning curve and was not meant to be taken lightly.
And so armed with a wee bit of knowledge of what I might be getting myself into only through those online game reviews and gameplay, I took the plunge into beginning my journey into the world of Elite Dangerous. And what a journey it has been.
Read the Manual and Make Friends with the Options Menu
Now I don’t consider myself a very fast learner and besides that I prefer to take my time to make sure I’m understanding what I learn. And so after 14 hours later, I was able to fly my first ship! Did I mention I like to take my time? You see, perhaps Elite Dangerous is a game at heart but it’s also a simulation that takes place in space. It must be experienced and that’s not even with VR! Now I generally do not enjoy multiplayer games and so my time in ED has been spent in singleplayer (Solo) mode, along with training tutorials and the options menu for keybindings and that is probably one of best places to start in Elite Dangerous.
If you aren’t familiar with the game, within the universe of Elite Dangerous there are 400 billion star systems as part of the in game reproduction of the Milkyway galaxy. All these systems can be seamlessly traveled to in a spaceship which you can upgrade as you gain credits. You begin the journey in a spaceship called the Sidewinder. If you die or crash in Elite Dangerous you will get your Sidewinder back but will have to start over. Later, when you buy a different ship, you will need to pay a rebuy amount (5%) of your total ship value should you die or crash it.
Flying and docking is an accomplishment in Elite Dangerous
For me the learning curve in Elite Dangerous has been first and foremost related to keybindings and understanding both the game, menus and ship systems terminology. At the start you will want to take a look or two or three at that Elite Dangerous manual which gives a nice overview of system terms. Of course you will need to learn how to operate your ship and it’s not a point and click operation (at first). Each ship features a six-way on-board thruster system (vertical(up and down), lateral(side-to-side), forward and backward and don’t forget about pitch, roll and yaw) somewhat like trying to fly a Harrier jet in space. But unless you would like to go spinning uncontrollable toward the side of the spaceport you might want to leave Flight Assist on.
If you have familiarity with flight/combat simulators then learning to fly in Elite Dangerous will a piece of cake, maybe. Your ship features thrusters are not unfamiliar but figuring out your keybindings just might be! I am using a Flight Stick with throttle control – Thrustmaster Hotas X (Hands On Throttle and Stick). Also a keyboard, a mouse and a Xbox controller. I have heard you can fly with a keyboard and mouse only but I haven’t tried it.
Moving your ship to another star system is another accomplishment
Moving from one star system to another within the galaxy is also a new experience which must be learned. We just don’t do that kind of thing on Earth!
Likewise docking (landing) in a spacestation-like port is also not like driving to grandmas around the block in your car unless you use AutoDock which is a newer feature of the game. (Note: All ships come equipped with AutoDock, Auto Launch and Auto Cruise. Auto Cruise can be useful when hyper-traveling around the galaxy.)
Doing most anything successfully in Elite Dangerous feels like an accomplishment
So you can move around in Elite Dangerous and you’re learning the keybindings and termology? Good. Now what? As a noob to ED at just over 80 hours (at the time of this post) I have learned about a few things you can do in this vast openworld galaxy. There is a war going on within the game but it appears to me, at least visually speaking, to be a nearly silent war (maybe it’s different in Open mode with human players?). But nevertheless, space is really big and so unless you go looking for a fight you might not find any. Each port features a news and mission board which displays information about the faction war and their particular allegiance (if any). You can choose to do missions for the leaders of the factions to earn credits (in game currency) or go exploring on your own.
I have found that doing Courier jobs at first helps as you are learning how to jump from star system to system and it doesn’t require any cargo space. The data is store on your internal computer and if you get scanned by another ship or pirate they will not try to steal your stuff. NPC’s or none playable characters are all that is found in the solo mode but in Open play mode you will encounter human players.
Explore some Planets with Horizons
Recently I have begun to explore systems and map individual planets using the Detailed Surface Scanner (which must be bought at a Starport). The data you get after mapping a planet and from discovered systems can be sold 20ly (light years) away in a different star system for sometimes hundreds of thousands of credits!) If you prefer combat, you can learn how to shoot other ships down and gain credits for doing it. Besides doing missions, you might try mining an asteroid, landing on a planet and disabling turrets on the base for a particular faction leader. This is part of the war except you won’t encounter actual people or aliens walking around with guns. Maybe you like to free-roam and wish to visit a random planet (not for a mission). You can with the included SRV (Surface Recon Vehicle) that is part of the Horizons expansion pack in Elite Dangerous. Horizons is great especially if you want to be able to land on some of the planets and moons. (Note: As of this post there is no life on the planets and you cannot land on any Earth-like planets)
The Universe in Elite Dangerous is really big
I haven’t really scratched the surface (aside from a few planets) of what this game probably has to offer since I am still quite new. However, I have been able to get a glimpse of what this game is and how vast it is. Elite Dangerous is masterpiece in it’s size and beauty but something more jaw dropping is what this game is based off of. When you go outside on a clear night, look up at the night sky and see hundreds of dots of light and realize those are suns similar to our own—one cannot but ask at least one big question. Who made all this?
I know the Maker of the Universe and perhaps you do as well. But if you do not know the Creator Almighty God, there is a reason why it matters more than anything else on this earth. Elite Dangerous was made by mere men but someday all men will face God. Some will meet God willingly in worship and some will be kicking and screaming but today you have an opportunity to find out who the true God really is and why it matters. Many people believe in Heaven but if hell is real place you need to find out what that means to you. I don’t want anyone to go there. If you haven’t already why not check out the good person test linked at my website or read my post called 5 things you should know before you die. And if you have a Bible start reading in John 1. The good person test and starting with John 1 from the Bible will give you a good start to understanding who God is and why it matters since none of us are promised tomorrow. And in case you wondered, this is a matter of life or death and not about joining a religion or church.
But after all we’ve learned, is the game any good?
You learn quite a bit in Elite Dangerous, you need to even to survive but is it a game I would recommend? And how about that learning curve? I would enthusiastically recommend Elite Dangerous but especially to anyone with special interest in Flight/combat simulators and/or truck simulation games with a twist. If you don’t mind learning and setbacks and frustrations and grind to get a reward (menial at first) then you might like this game. Each person is different but do your research and then if you still like what you see, get it on sale with Horizons. Naturally, you will need to take your time to learn ED but I think it can be a rewarding experience when you learn something new. I know it has been for me (and that’s saying a lot).
My Rating (out of 10) 8.5 out of 10
images are my own in-game screenshots