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04 February 2037 @ 02:05 pm

Initially written 02/16/2015

Greetings, and welcome to The Celestial Spire, your gateway into the mind of Joseph Collins.

If this is your first time here and you're not a spambot, I bid you welcome and hope you find the content to follow interesting and possibly entertaining!
If you're a returning viewer and not a spambot, welcome back!  I'm glad you've returned and similarly hope you find the newest batch of entries entertaining and informative.

What follows is any number of random journal entries about goings-on in my life or online.  The content varies from entry to entry, some entries being more positive than others.  There is sometimes coarse language in these entries, so if that sort of thing offends you, you may want to find another journal to read.  Might I suggest my friends' journals?  If strong language, rants, and the occasional depressive entry doesn't offend you, however, read on!  And if you like what you see, or even if you don't like what you see, feel free to comment!  Just remember that anonymous and non-friend comments are automatically screened.  Rest assured however, I do read every comment that comes my way.

On the topic of comments, while the journal might show a month or two of recent entries (and the aforementioned perma-Public entries), comments on open entries are screened from non-friends regardless of content. This is done due to abuse in the past from a combination of spambots and malicious users being pests.  While it doesn't outright stop spam or garbage comments from being posted, it does prevent them from being displayed.  Comments, depending on their content, may or may not be unscreened, but generally speaking, comments that deserve attention will get attention.

This journal gets entry maintenance roughly every month or two and depending on how on-top of things I am.  What happens during this period is that older entries are locked up as Friends Only entries.  This is done to ensure that my journal is kept neat and clean as well as remove any entries that are no longer relevant in some way or other.
It's worth noting that certain entries of interest may not be buried in Friends Only cleanup.  These entries are left open for all to see for one reason or other, be they something I felt that's still relevant and interesting, or just something cool.

With all that out of the way, only one thing remains to be said.   Enjoy The Celestial Spire!

23 February 2017 @ 08:15 pm

So, hey.  Let's take a moment to talk about Google and their "interesting" ideas concerning YouTube notifications, shall we?

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I was feeling: pissed offpissed off
I was listening to: "Dark Groove (Groovin'Hard)" [Hellpwned.it]
31 December 2016 @ 11:59 pm

Let’s talk about 2016 for a minute, shall we?  No no, not about the global events.  Not the celebrity deaths or terrorism… not about the presidental election in the United States or the departure of England from the European Union…  No, let’s instead talk about what 2016 was to me… what it meant to me.

To be perfectly honest… I wish I could say that “2016 was just another year under my belt,” but it was a little bit more than that, for me…  A lot of… interesting things happened… which resulted in me withdrawing from places for personal reasons.  Though I guess you could really say it kind of started back in 2015.  Hell, maybe even 2014.  So, after the jump, I’ll start there.  But for the short version of everything: I patched things up with an old friend while getting rid of a lot of other people that I once considered friends.

And now, the long version:

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I was feeling: blankblank
I was listening to: Paul Romero - "Necromancer Castle" [Heroes Of Might & Magic II Soundtrack]

Hey, guess what?  It's time for another short review of a Hungry-Man product.  Why "short"?  Because let's face it… if you've reviewed the side-dishes of a Hungry-Man TV dinner once, you're good to go.  That said, I'll be focusing on the namesake entrée.

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I was feeling: contentcontent
I was listening to: Les Mills - "What Is Love (Club Mix)" [PowerJump 9]

I went into this movie with low expectations and even lower hopes.  The Internet said this movie was the worst thing since James Wong's Dragonball Evolution or M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender.  The things I'd heard this movie's director, Faul Feig, really didn't help my mindset, either…  But if I'm being absolutely, positively honest about the topic, I would have to say that Ghostbusters (2016)… is… not a bad movie at all!  In fact, it's a pretty good one!

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I was feeling: amusedamused
I was listening to: "Amegas (Remix)" [saga_musix_-_amegas_remix.it]
29 January 2016 @ 06:47 pm

For no particular reason... which do you prefer, chicken or waffles?  And... would you turn your nose up if you were presented with both?  Hungry-Man certainly wouldn't and that's why they made the new Hungry-Man Selects Boneless Fried Chicken and Waffles (which, strangely, is not on their main site...  Must be a regional thing).

So how is it?  Let's find out.

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I was feeling: hungryhungry
I was listening to: toby fox - "An Ending" [UNDERTALE Soundtrack]
11 November 2015 @ 10:04 pm

Another quick review, and once again, it's about a snack.  Unlike last time however, this review isn't a precautionary tale.  It's a proper review!

So just how good are Uncle Ray's Salt and Pepper Chips?  I'll tell you after the jump.

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I was feeling: satisfiedsatisfied

I had absolutely no intention of reviewing this, but the taste of these things was enough to drive me into a frenzy and try and try and figure out the problem.  Consider this more of a public service announcement more than a proper review.

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I've run two more tests on these things in hopes that maybe I just prepared them wrong.  Unfortunately, both tests returned the same result: They still taste bad.

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All that said, my review score stands.  We will not be buying these again.

I was feeling: angryangry
I was listening to: Leslie West - I Put a Spell On You [Alligator]

Lemme just say… "Limited Edition Chipotle BBQ Sauced Boneless Chicken Wyngz" [sic] is a mouthful, @hungrymanfoods!

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I was listening to: Respirator(the edit) [respirator_the_edit.xm]
07 May 2014 @ 09:43 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, I have had an experience.  I don't say this hardly ever about food, mind you.  But this thing I'm about to describe... this sandwich I'm about to show you... is a genuinely uplifting, enlightening experience of which I have never encountered before...  In food or otherwise...

Look at this thing.
Look at this epic, glorious thing.
Behold its two chicken breasts, breaded and seasons with the Colonel's 11 secret herbs and spices...  Look at the mixed Swiss and Cheddar cheese shine in the light...  Drool over the sweet, smoky bacon and marvel at the mysteriously delicious special sauce trapped within.

This.  This is an enigma.  This is a miracle!  I have literally... literally... never tasted any fast food that was this delicious before!  And mine wasn't even fresh off the stove!  Mine was reheated!!

I want to review it.  But my words...  My words simply cannot do this deceptively simple, but absolutely perfect thing justice.  Just let it be known, if I were to give it a review, it would be a glowing one; a perfect score of 7 out of 7!

My only regret... is that I will never be able to experience eating this for the first time... a second time.

I was feeling: ecstaticenlightened
I was listening to: Star Salzman - "Temporary Insanity"