November 18, 2014

The Vaccination Proclimation


Watching a story on our local news here in Spokane where a non-vaccination mom FINALLY GOT IT!  At first, this mom decided she didn't want "those nasty chemicals" in her children and that they should fight deadly viruses and diseases naturally.  So when her oldest daughter got deadly sick with Whooping Cough, she finally realized the err of her ways!  Now ALL of her kids are vaccinated.

PRAISE JEBUS THERE ARE CRUNCHY GRANOLA PARENTS FINALLY SEEING THE LIGHT!

I know that I've mentioned in a previous post the more obvious reasons and rebuttals to this debate, but now that more and more kids are going into schools unvaccinated and (big shock!) illnesses previously eradicated through modern vaccination  are making a come back, I feel I need to address another thing one anti-vaccine mother had said.

This mom said, and I quote; "I want my children's bodies to be able to fight these sicknesses naturally."  another AV mom said the same thing but added "...and we've been lucky, so far."  Wow.  If you are an AV parent who has ever said "...and we've been pretty lucky", congratulations.  You have just summoned Murphy's law.  Seriously.  WHY ARE YOU LEAVING YOUR CHILD'S LIVES TO LUCK?  And letting your children fight illnesses naturally?  Let me drop some serious history on you AV parents out there.

The human race was SO damn healthy back before vaccines were created.  Plagues never happened.  The Bubonic Plague was a cover-up to keep humans from looking lazy.  Polio?  Naw.  That was just bad parenting.  Those parents just let their kids play in traffic and climb trees.  Those kids became lame and died from enjoying the dangers of playing outside.  And Mary Ingles from the "Little House on the Prairy" stories?  She didn't really get Scarlet Fever which took her eyesight.  Laura hit her with a 2X4 because she was a triflin' betch.

Also, that Ebola business blowing-up our news & media is all just propaganda to cover-up Obama's failing numbers.

C'mon folks.  Are you not noticing the correlation between all these once dead illnesses in our country with this Anti-Vaccination movement?  Before the vaccination was discovered, the human existence had a WAY lower life expectancy rate than we do today with all the medical advances we have available to us (at the right price).  Your 60 year old mother may seem not as old to you, what with her vitamins, healthy eating, and regular yearly check-ups & mammograms.  More than 100 years ago, 60 was considered fairly old!  Why?  Because vaccines weren't as developed as they are today.  Heck, they didn't have as MANY things to vaccinate for as we did today!  Go back 500 years and you'll see that 60 was damn right ancient.  If anything, if you lived to see 60, you were probably already a Great-Great Grandmother.  With life expectancy that short, you better believe they were marrying off girls young and turning them into mothers just as young.

There are just some illnesses our bodies just CAN'T ward off naturally.  I don't care if you're into non-GMO or have an all natural life style.  Just don't leave your child's life to chance that a once defeated illness isn't going to find a way to your child.

November 12, 2014

Mommy Daddy Anime Date Nights!

I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying
...no really, that's the name of this anime!

It is no secret that my husband and I are total anime fans.  We are fans to the point that we have made it our ritual to watch at least one episode of anime a night (well, most nights) together after the runt has been put on sleep mode.  Don't get me wrong, we do not own a huge library of anime, pick one, and throw it in the Blu-Ray player nor do we have premium subscriptions to Crunchy Roll (although we do have one for Hulu & Netflix but we done seen all their dubbed anime).  Instead, we get our anime through different sites (because we support net neutrality, thank you very much).

Now, I'm not going to state which sites we go to because there are so many we use and prefer (and I want to protect them from getting shut down).  Not all anime sites will have everything you're looking for, but the amount of shows available in both Dubbed & Subbed it's sometimes hard to choose what you want.

NOTE:  Not all anime are dubbed.  If you can't find a dubbed version of what you're looking for, it may still be a new release in Japan or has not been optioned for dubbing in the US.

Having said that, here is my Top 10 List of Anime to Watch With Your Significant Other (or  yourself if you're a single parent) After The Kids Are In Bed!
*links to the show via "Crunchy Roll" will be highlighted if available for preview.  *subbed*

~these anime are rated NSFC (Not Safe For Children).  What's the point of watching anime without kids if they didn't have at least some level of perversion or bloody mayhem?~

1.) I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying

     This is a newer anime about a Husband & Wife.  This concept alone is unique to anime because as some of my fellow otaku know, most anime like to focus on Teens or unmarried Young Adults (depending on the story's plot).  This show is HILARIOUS for being >4 minute episodes.  The couple marries (probably through an omai/arranged marriage) and lives together.  It's unsure yet what the wife does for work or even if she does, but her husband is a total NEET (what us Americans would consider a Mooch).  He barely makes a living writing on his blog.  He is also a COMPLETE OTAKU (Extreme Anime Fan)!  For the ultra-short episodes, the creators pack in a LOT of comedy per scene! They're almost like one-liners but with visual gags, situations, awkward situations, and Anime jokes.  My husband and I did have a few good giggles over this one.  Also:  Broster.  You'll get this after watching episode 2.

2.) High School DxD

      I accredit this find to my wonderful husband.  This anime is about a 16 year old boy, Issei, who becomes a demon and joins the Big Busted & Beautiful Rias and her group of Demons at the school.  I also want it known that Issei is a HUGE PERV!  His dream is to one day own his own Harem!  This anime is packed with action and humor.  Also, because this anime is quite obviously for the mens, there are BOOBS & BUTTS GALORE!  Unless your Waifu is having none of her man seeing nekkid tatas & tushes, it's worth watching for ALL THE REASONS!  As a matter of fact, the nudity is part of the funny because of how much it does feed into Issei's perverted nature!  *though there is no link, this anime is available dubbed on Netflix.

3.) Attack on Titan 

   This is probably one of the single greatest Anime Dramas I have ever watched in my life!  I have seen it called "The Walking Dead" of Japan.  AoT chronicles the lives of Eren Yeager, Mikasa Akerman, and Armin Hammer (just kidding, his last name is actually Arlert).  In about a 1000 or so years from the show's present, immense beings called "Titans" mysteriously appeared on Earth and damn near ate the entirety of human existence.  100 years from the show's present, 3 concentric walls were erected to house the last of humanity's existence.    5 years from the present, a massive Titan over powered the outermost wall, ultimately overtaking and devastating 1/8 (I'm guessing) of the remaining human population.  When we finally get to the present, we see our main 3 protagonists joining the human's military and train in their efforts to try and take out the Titans at any cost.  There is SO MUCH rich, complex, and emotionally charged story line in this action anime, it's hard not to get caught up in it.  If you are a fan of TWD, as I am for sure, then this is one you just HAVE to watch!

4.)  Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

     Suicide is not funny.  In fact, if you ever feel you want to hurt yourself or others in anyway, REACH OUT AND SEEK HELP!

Having said that, ZSZS and I'm going to call it for now, is funny in the fact that it's about a suicidal high school homeroom teacher who has to deal with a motley crew of students...one of them who is OVERLY OPTIMISTIC!  She is convinced that when someone is trying to hang themselves, they are trying to grow-taller so they can overcome bad things!  That's about it.  Just watch the first episode or two.  If you don't think it's funny, I'm not going to question why.  This is one you either love or just can't abide by.

5.) MM!

     Another great find by my husband!  It's also another Super Pervy anime so brace yourself!  MM! is about a freshman boy who discovered in Junior High that he is a SUPER MASOCHIST!  The harder a pretty girl beats the living crap out of him, the more he gets off on it!  He eventually comes to find the schools "Helping" club, whose goal is to help any students in need.  He asks them to help cure him on his Super Masochism but in the end just make it worse!  Not so much naked boobies & butts, but this anime just leaves me and the hubs in STITCHES!

6.) Panty & Stocking with Garter Belt

     This show is about a crime fighting pair of angels and their preacher guardian.  What's so great about that?  Because Panty is a freakin' nympho, Stocking is a total glutton, and Garter Belt is...well, yeah.  There is no real story line here, but this one is full of pervy, nasty, toilet humor.  If you love that kind of juvenile humor (and I do), this is worth watching a few episodes of.

7.) Crayon Shin Chan

     OMG.  I just...damn.  Like Herbert the Pervert on "Family Guy", you hate to love this show.  These are the misadventures of 5 year old Shin.  The animation is crap yet adds to the REALLY off humor of the show.  How do I compare thee?  This way; It's the Japanese "South Park" except the kid in question is IN PRESCHOOL!  If my now 6 year old had a mouth like this in preschool, I wouldn't be a mother any more.  'Nuff said.

8.) Sword Art Online

     Now, this is probably the tames of the listings here as far as adult content, but it does involve violence that translates into mortal deaths.  SAO goes into this virtual MMORPG of the same name.  Kirito and an abundance of other players log-in to the game only to be told they can never log out until the game is completed.  Is that all?  Of course it isn't.  If anyone tries to log-out or if anyone outside of the game tries to remove their Virtual Gear manually, the player dies in real life.  If you die in the game, you also die in real life.  Because of this and the heavy nature of some of the episodes, I cannot recommend this anime to minors.  Teens, yes, but not children.  Regardless, this is another great show for a date night.

9.) Is This A Zombie?

     Do you love Zombies?  Do you Love Magical Girls?  Do you love Vampire Ninja's & Necromancers too?  Even if you're not, this anime is worth watching at least the first 3 episodes!  Ayumu is brutally murdered then brought back to life by a cute little Necromancer in armor.  Too bad she can't talk!  So if his life isn't twacked out enough by that, he accidentally absorbs the powers of a Magical Pretty Girl...AND TAKES ON HER ABILITIES AND COSTUME (Stripped panties, flouncy dress, pretty white bonnet and all baby)!  And when both invite themselves to live with him, let's just throw a Vampire Ninja Assassin into the group who also takes residence of her own accord!  Just description alone made me watch the show, but watch for yourself.  If only for the episode where Ayumu has to undergo his very first transformation sequence!
     "Oh no..oh no...here it comes..."

10.) Baka and Test

       My husband isn't as big a fan of this one as I am, but this is probably my most favorite anime of all time.  Definitely can't watch this in front of kids because of all the references to boob size.  This anime takes place in a high school which is testing out a new curriculum where students obtain and utilize chibi-sized avatars and hold class fights in place of formal grading.  The class in question is the dumbest class in their grade; Class 2-F.  Each class is sorted by entry grade levels, smartest kids in class A and so forth down to class F.  From here, you see the exploits of Akihisa Yoshi (the main character) and his mates strategies their battles, function as friends outside of class, and relentlessly hit on Kinoshita Hidiyoshi (who has to continuously remind them that he's a guy.)  I don't know how anyone not find this anime funny because I die each time I watch it.  It may not sound like much from here, but just watch a couple of episodes.  It's fantastic!

...and there it is!  There are other great anime to watch with your adult loved one.  If you have a recommendation not on this list, please share in the comments below or on the Knerd Mom facebook page along with a brief description of what it's about.  Just no actual Hentai/Pornographic anime like "La Blue Girl" or anything.  Soft Porn is one thing (Ecchi) but straight Hentai/Porn (meaning there is full on penetration, fellatio, cunnilingus, finger play, etc..) is right out.  We're talking Date Night, NOT Sexy Time!  That's a post for a whole other day!

October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween Knerd Parents!


Pedo-Bear wanted me to say on his behalf:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN AND LET YOUR CHILDREN ROAM UNATTENDED!  and REMEMBER KIDS, IT'S OKAY TO TALK TO STRANGE BEARS DRESSED AS FRIENDLY GROWN-UPS!  THEY HAVE THE BEST CANDY!

Then I remembered that I have a six year old and kicked Pedo-Bear square in the nuts because he's a bad bad bear.  So, let me revise the above statement...

HAPPY HALLOWEEN KNERD PARENTS AND NERDISTS A LIKE!  IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN, REMEMBER TO KEEP THEM IN SIGHT AT ALL TIMES WHILE TRICK-OR-TREATING and if you can't be present for them MAKE SURE THEY ARE WITH A RELIABLE GROWN-UP OR EXTRA RELIABLE OLDER TEEN!  and as always:  IT'S NOT OKAY TO TALK TO STRANGE ANYBODY, EVEN IF THEY CLAIM TO HAVE THE BEST CANDY!

Now that my obligatory PSA is out of the way, I hope all of you have a great Halloween!

This year, I let Luke pick-out his costume for the first time.  When he first told me he wanted to be a Kitty, I was skeptical.  I figured "He's just saying whatever he's watching about on TV."  The next week, I asked and he said "I want to be a kitty."  Seriously?  So I said "Are you sure?" then he finally adds "Yeah.  I want to be a Green Kitty."  Oookay.  Now it sounds a little more like the weirdo I've come to raise.  "Yeah, a Green Kitty, huh."  Then he finishes flawlessly with "Yeah, I want to be a Green Zombie Kitty!"  THERE'S MY BOY!  I have to say, I worried there for a second!

Well, we waited until the mid-month payday to figure out what we were doing for the kid's costume but sadly, we didn't have enough left over after rent to get this done.  Then I got creative.  My lucky stars aligned and sure enough, Ravelry just happened to have a free pattern for a Cat Ear Hat!  Also, I lucked out again when I found a multi-toned green yarn in my stash!  So to work on the hat I went.  I even had enough afterward to make a tail that slides over his belt and hand from behind!

Let me just say, this kid is STOKED about his hat and tail!  I even found a cheap eyeliner pencil (less than $1) so we can draw a kitty nose & stitches on Twerpus' face!  So now I need to go coordinate an outfit and track down this kid's belt so he can get his Cat Zombie swagger on tonight!

It's going to be a fun night!

October 10, 2014

The Majestic Jackalope

Majestic as F*ck
We all heard of Unicorns, Chimeras, Centaurs, Mermaids.  We've heard of all the great mythological creatures of varying countries but very few come from the United States.  Sure, we may have "Sasquatch" from the Pacific Northwest, but there is one mythical critter even more obscure, nee, not part of the mainstream as him.  This great American mythos is non-other than the majestic Jackalope!

I first learned about the Jackalope when I was just a little kid in the 1980's.  My Dad's mom, Ol' Noreen, had a bust in her kitchen of said animal.  I swear to Bob I thought it was a real thing!  I never questioned the validity of this masterpiece, I just went right to the assumption this was something she had seen, done, and hung on her wall like a prized buck.  It was probably the single best item in her house she owned, as far as I cared.  One day, I asked Gramma what this rabbit was called.  That was when she told me about Jackalopes.

According to Wikipedia, Jackalopes were the creative genius of a taxidermist in the 1930's because he thought "Hey, how many people would buy a stuffed rabbit with horns on it's head?!"  It turned out that a lot of people bought it.  Hell, I'm sure the second he put this beautiful creation out, people lined up around the block saying:


The great depression era was terrifying time with little interest in not much else.

As far as stories of about the Jackalope mythology, here are a few Wikipedia have suggested:

The jackalope has led to many outlandish (and largely tongue-in-cheek) claims as to the creature's habits. It is given the pseudo-taxonomic descriptor Lepus temperamentalus.[3] It is said to be a hybrid of the pygmy-deer and a species of "killer rabbit". Reportedly, jackalopes are extremely shy unless approached. Legend also has it that female jackalopes can be milked - as they sleep belly up - and that the milk can be used for a variety of medicinal purposes.[4] One of the few ways a Jackalope can be caught is by leaving out a bottle of whiskey, as it is the jackalope's sustenance of choice.[5] It has also been said that the jackalope can convincingly imitate any sound, including the human voice. It uses this ability to elude pursuers, chiefly by using phrases such as "There he goes! That way!" During days of the Old West, when cowboys gathered by the campfires singing at night, jackalopes could often be heard mimicking their voices.[6] Legend has it that they are dangerous if approached. It has also been said that jackalopes will only breed during winter electrical storms

In hindsight, I do regret not asking for the Jackalope head after Gramma passed away.  I do write this post in memory of her and her epic life & stories.  She would have been 93 this week.  Rest in Peace Gramma Noreen.  I love you and miss you!

September 14, 2014

Gamer Ettiquette: Yes, This is a Thing!

I want to apologize to you, my faithful readers for all the depressing posts about depression.  Though a necessary discussion it was for the time, I am LONG over due for a good and proper post about all things parenty and nerdy!  With that, I give you...

THE RULES
OF
GAMER ETIQUETTE!
(and why you need to teach this to your kids!)


Gamer Eetiquette simply put, is also known as "How not to be a total douche gamer".

Before I start in on the rules, here is some simple parental common sense;  Monkey See, Monkey Do.  Are you fully aware of the kind of gamer you are?  There are all sorts of gamers in this world and it's okay if your brand of gaming is a little louder and mouthier than most.  Another important thing we need to teach our children is to never be afraid to be yourself.  Aside from that, it's pretty much inevitable that if you're a gamer nerd (like myself), then your kids most likely will be gamer nerds as well.  This applies just as much to Table-Top Gamers & LARPers so EVERYONE pay attention!

Without further ado, GAMER ETIQUETTE

1.  IT'S JUST A GAME!  This is THE golden rule of gaming in any form.  Just because the game gets hard, frustrating or even if life keeps you from being able to find time to play...it's just a game.  It doesn't rate that high on your list of priorities.  

2.  IF PLAYING WITH NOOBS,  BE PATIENT WITH THEM.  BETTER YET, TEACH THEM THE GAME AND THEY WILL IMPROVE EVEN FASTER!  Think of it this way, you are the master; they are padawans.  Teach them the ways of the force.

3.  UNLESS THEY ARE SOMEONE YOU KNOW WELL, PLAY NICE AND MIND WHAT YOU SAY!  You want to get reported?  That's how you get reported.  As a woman gamer I can tell you know that if I was playing online with a guy or two and one of them asked me to go back into the kitchen and make them a sandwich, I would have no problem pulling a total bitch move and sniping them from the top of a tall building.  Just saying.

4.  DON'T BE POOR SPORT.  SEE RULE #1 FOR REASON

5.  SET YOURSELF A TIME LIMIT OR A REASONABLE BLOCK OF TIME FOR GAMING.  Life has to come first.  Bills have to get paid.  Homework has to be done.  Chores must be completed.  If you have ever had to get the latest game and then complain about how you can't pay the rent on time if not at all this month, then maybe you need to reconsider your priorities.

6.  WHEN YOU ARE DONE PLAYING THE GAME, DON'T JUST LEAVE IT OUT FOR PIECES TO GET LOST, DISCS TO GET SCRATCHED, OR IN THE MACHINE TO GET ETCHED TO HELL AND GONE.  PUT IT AWAY!

7.  ALWAYS SAVE YOUR GAME!  IF THE POWER GOES OUT BEFORE YOUR NEXT SAVE, DON'T PANIC!  TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND CHANT RULE #1.

8.  THE GM, DM, ST, ETC... DOESN'T HAVE A VINDETTA AGAINST YOU.  S/HE HAS A VINDETTA AGAINST EVERYONE!

9.  NEW VERSION OF A GAME?  DON'T BE A DICK TO YOUR STORE CLERK.  ALWAYS RESERVE A COPY AND PAY IN ADVANCE.

10.  IT'S JUST A GAME!  Yes, I posted this twice.  This rule is the Alpha & Omega of Gaming Etiquette.


I'm sure there are other rules but these ones more or less apply to all styles of gaming, or so I tried.  I would like to emphasis how important this is to teach rules like this to your budding gamer(s).  

Do you have unspoken rules of gaming you need to express?  Share them below in the comments or comment on my Facebook Page!  

August 30, 2014

3 Years of Knerdy Parenting!


I was scrolling through all my posts (only 2 comments on 2 separate posts!  Hot dang!) and when I got to my very last post I noticed the date on it:  August 31st, 2011!  That's almost a full year from today's date, August 30th, 2014!

So I'm writing this only to say...

HAPPY 3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TO THE KNERD MOM BLOG!

Thank you to all of my readers and occasional glances to you who have kept me writing this thing!  I love knowing that so many of you are enjoying my words and thoughts.  I've enjoyed writing here as a creative outlet for my need to write.  I hope most of you have learned a thing or two about Nerdist Parenting and insight into other much needed discussions, as uncomfortable as they can get.

I hope I will keep writing for many years to come since the object of my parenting inspiration is nearly 6!

Thanks again for the reads!

Sincerely,
Lori Wilson
The Knerd Mom

August 17, 2014

What Dreams May Come pt. 2: Why Am I So Depressed?


I decided to make this second part to my big depression talk because even though people are talking about depression in general, how it feels, and how to comfort someone during their bad moments, or even the science of depression, they aren't discussing how it starts and what causes depression in the first place.  If you ask me, this is the biggest part of depression; the root of the issue; what started the very first downward spiral.

Here's my story on what brought me to clinical depression.  Like everyone else, I was born, I wasn't depressed.  I was like most other average babies, healthy, happy, had a loving family around me.  It was in Kindergarten that I found what it was like to be shunned.  I was teased by the other kids in class all because I had cats named "He-Man" & "She-Ra".  For those of you who did not live in the 80's, "He-Man & She-Ra" were total cartoon twin BAMFs who lived in a Mid-Evil/Neanderthalic world who constantly OWNED the forces of souped up magical evil.  Rarely were they seen together because they had their own respectively named after shows, but it was the epic of epics back in my day.  Well, the fact that we named our then twin tuxedo kittens He-Man & She-Ra, the kids in my class relentlessly teased me over this.  My nick name from then on was She-Ra.  Now, in hindsight, I now understand how completely BAD ASS that nick name is.  As a kid, it was derogatory and hurtful.  The kids loved seeing me get upset over it.  Some people are just easily sensitive and those people can become depressed easier than most.  I was one of them.  I took things very personally.  I was constantly chastised for getting upset so easily.  The teasing continued when I had to go into a Transition Year of school, thus holding me back from entering the 1st grade.  That year was the first time I was bullied.  3 boys chased me every day at recess trying to kiss me, hold me down, and abuse me.  This was also the year my weight began to escalate.  The next year, my bullies followed me to the same school and 2 new bully continued after me including the neighbor kids, but this time,consistently picked-on me for being fat.  I only had 1 real friend but she had a gimp leg and a severe speech impediment.  We both were teased.  The years progressed and I got fatter and fatter.  I consistently was teased for this all through elementary school.  By middle school, the only mode I knew in myself was sad, mad, and how to be alone.  By middle school, I was completely broken and would never know what it was to be "Happy" happy.

Kristen Stewart's Smile was left out of The Book of
Revelation as the final sign of the Apocalypse 

You see, doctors & scientists have discovered that the brains "happy glands" produce serotonin.  It is a chemical made to regulate emotions in humans.  When that gland stops functioning normally, serotonin no longer is produced as well as it should be.  Here's how this works, me more serotonin is produced, the happier you feel.  The less, the sadder you are.  Here's something that might trip your mind.  Depression is like Diabetes.  Your pancreas creates insulin which helps you regulate and process sugar in your body.  When it isn't working, it creates less insulin and you get sick.  I suffer from mental Diabetes.


So here's my new theory over what actually causes Diabeetus..er..Depression.  It's not that the gland just happens to stop working the way it should.  Let's think of it this way.  When you undergo negative circumstances, your brain knows to reduce your serotonin because you had just undergone a small trauma.  Just like a candy bar, your pancreas knows to turn on the insulin to help regulate and process that sugar.  So what causes a person to become diabetic (type II situation, not juvenile.  That's a whole other bag)?  Eating too much sugar for too long.  When you eat all that sugar for all that period of time, your pancreas just can't handle it anymore so it stops trying.  It's the same for your brain gland.  You undergo so many traumas for such long periods of time that your brain says "Fuck It.  I'm out." and stops producing like it should.  That's depression.  Because of all the teasing, bullying, and shit I went through all through my younger years, my brain just up and said "there's just no pleasing you.  I'm done trying." and I haven't been "Happy" Happy since.  Medications help when a person can afford them, but all those medications can do is just keep your serotonin levels even.  It's why most people with depression don't bother taking them.  They turn them into zombies.  They aren't any happier, but now they can't be "Sad" sad either.  This can also be said of people who have more sever mental health problems.  What can I say, the brain is a tricky lil' sumbitch.


This also isn't to say sudden traumas can't cause depression either. If anything, those major traumas can cause such an acute depletion of serotonin that it could be hard for your brain glands to restart them back to where they can be.  This is why the grieving process is so necessary.  Proper grieving over trauma (along with counseling if needs be) may be how the brain reteaches itself to pump out it's serotonin levels the way it's supposed to be.  Most people who suffer traumas are able to do this.  But when grieving isn't able to happen and people can't restart that brain gland to work again, that's when you get conditions like PTSD.  

So, take my theory as you will.  Just know that understanding how Depression starts is just as important as how to comfort someone with depression.