Welcome to Emerald Specter.com!

No, you did not read that incorrectly.  No, you are not seeing things.  Yes, this used to be what you thought it used to be.  This is no longer that thing.

Without all the bells and whistles, here’s the new logo:

eslogoThe little guy in the corner’s name is Geoff.  And I imagine he just popped in and is saying “whatcha doin’ in there?”  Yes, that’s what he’s saying.

Lime Flavored.com has things associated with the domain that I no longer want to be associated with.  After 14 years of trying, I am throwing in the towel on trying to turn the site into something and just like an NFL team “turning things around,” I’ve changed the uniforms and altered the name to get rid of the history.

No more emulating anyone.  No more trying to be something I’m not.  No more trying to do things that I will lose interest in after a short period of time.  Time for change has come.

Emerald Specter is about to start doing things that will define the site… 2015 is going to be the big “eye opening experience” for anyone checking the place out.  I hope you’ll come back, tell your friends, and we can all have a rip roaring good time together.

Life Imitates Wrestling 4 – The Swerve

The hero of our story, the main character whom we follow, and the one that all the fans are cheering for day in and day out is constantly being held down.  Back in the day, which is always a Wednesday when someone says that, there was a way for the hero to get retribution and end up on top.  That was known as a “pay per view,” which we have today, but the PPV very rarely resolves anything anymore.

A change of direction in the ongoing story, a sudden and unexpected change, is known in the business as a swerve.  The biggest swerve of all is the removal of the retribution from the PPV and a delivery of retribution in such small chunks that no one even realizes they’re being swindled.  Let’s get this thing rolling, shall we?

lifeimitateswrestling_300The Radmiral has been experiencing a swerve, folks.  Beaumont has been dealt a poor hand and somehow has to figure out how to turn that clunker into gold.  That’s where we sit in today’s world, a swerve that shows us we’re so close and yet so far away.

In the WWE, which I have rarely referenced in this here column, Daniel Bryan was being dealt a poor hand and there was a slow burn (another business term, this one meaning a build up to a bigger finale) towards an eventual peak.  Well, Bryan reached that peak and nature dealt him a swerve in the form of neck surgery, really undoing everything that had happened up to that point.  The only real way to get Bryan back in the spotlight after he returns in the same way is to get the slow burn rolling again, and if we’ve learned nothing else from Lost (the TV show), it’s that lightning doesn’t strike twice.

Nature dealt me an obstacle way back… in the form of a physical impairment.  Now, certain people I know have claimed that the impairment was overblown and really didn’t deserve the reaction that it got… but those people are also judging the visual clues rather than the actual damage done.  In any case, that, for me, is an obstacle.  The obstacle opened a door, which eventually caused another obstacle in having that door shut.  Another door opened but I was the only one allowed in the room, and even that door is on the way to shutting.  The problem I’m having now is that the opportunity that I was reaching for, my own personal World Heavyweight Championship, is now being blocked from me and that really throws me a swerve that I don’t know what to do about.

I’m going to break out of tradition here a little and say that for the first time yesterday, actually and really, I started looking for another job.  I’ve gotten real tired of there being one thing after another holding me down and for the first time, the obstacle is almost too large.  The thing I keep hearing that I really can’t fucking stand is “just wait.”  Fuck that, I’m tired of waiting.

Do you want to utilize the talent pool in a correct manner?  Absolutely.  If you identify a talented individual, don’t you want to push that individual into the spotlight and get that individual the proper attention to be successful?  You’d think so.  Does my job operate that way?  Apparently not.

I work with people who want to see me fail.  I work with people who genuinely think that holding me down, holding me back, makes their life better in some way.  I don’t know how this works but apparently that’s what they think.  They aren’t even the problem anymore and that is the thing that bothers me the most.  I can handle those people.

What I’m experiencing can be summarized by metaphor.  Let’s say that the brand new professional wrestler Bret Hart comes into the WWE, fresh and new.  He’s got no real notoriety built up and he’s being placed in positions that highlight his skills.  During his time with WWE, let’s say that Hart is discovered to have a knack for booking some of the best matches the industry has ever seen.  Okay, we have a talented wrestler who can book the hell out of matches, ones that make the whole industry better.

Now let’s say that the WWE says that Bret Hart can’t do any booking because he’s got to be a  World Champion before he can even book a single match.  The other wrestlers, especially the ones who would be retiring this very year to provide him with a shot at the championship, have decided that they don’t want to see Bret succeed… so they hold off on retirement.

This scenario assumes some things.  This scenario assumes that there are actually legal reasons why our main character can’t do something.  These reasons don’t exist in the WWE, but for the purposes of our example, let’s continue with the situation.

Bret is given the Intercontinental Championship and is proven to be a hot commodity, but the booking staff needs a lot of help.  The retiree potentials are still holding out, so as the Intercontinental Champion, Bret can apply to be a booker with WWE in a different state than where he’s living.  WWE says, out of the blue, that no wrestler can move up right now due to other bookers being laid off that need reassignment.  So… WWE is pissing away the talent of Bret Hart, booker extraordinaire.

I hope the person I normally aim these “fourth wall” comments is actually reading: keep snickering you fucker, I’m not done.  Dipshit.

I readily admit that I’m not the “WWE Hall of Fame” level talent where I work.  I also readily admit that there are others who are junior to me that are more qualified to be “ring generals” than I am.  The thing I do not admit, and the thing that my “fellow wrestlers” don’t seem to understand, is that I need to wait to cross some finish line or vault some hurdle that is arbitrarily placed there by some pencil pushing asshole who thinks there needs to be a threshold to cross.  Why keep me around, making yourself miserable in the process by my very presence, if you can get rid of me faster by just helping push to get me advanced?

I’ve been dealt a swerve.  I am investigating my options but know that those investigations include “other wrestling companies” at this point.  Hell, they include other companies in general.  I don’t need to wrestle, and if you’re paying attention, I don’t even want to wrestle anymore.  Why not just let me go and do what I want?

My WWE in this case needs to pull their head out of their ass… but that’s asking a lot, especially if you know who I work for…

Thanks for reading, though.

Think on it.

A Review of Assassin’s Creed III (The Movie)

This is the review of the third (numbered) installment of the YouTube movie series for Assassin’s Creed.

ac3My favorite line comes from the mentor to the assassin in this one: “I’m not even going to try to pronounce (his name).”  The main character’s actual name is Ratonhnhaké:ton, though he is also called Connor… which is how I’m going to identify him.

Connor is the result of a swerve at the beginning, which is a twist in the story, and once we see Connor is the one we are going to be following.  He starts out in much the same way Ezio did, not really knowing what he needed to know but we get to see the progress happen a little more quickly than we did with Ezio.  The other thing is the deep connection to the Revolutionary War, which in my opinion, was a great backdrop to the action going on.

The story was enthralling enough to keep me watching right through in one sitting, which is the first time I’ve done that with these AC movies… and this is the final bell for Desmond, but I won’t tell you why that is… you should check the movie out to find out why!

I give this one five out of five stars AND I think this is the best one so far…

These Times They Are A Changing

Did you notice the change in the background?  If you haven’t, you’re probably too new here to have caught that… for those that did, I hope that something in your mind said “hey, what’s with the different thing?”  That’s what I would like to mention.

When I bought Lime Flavored.com way back in 2000, I wanted a website that could be quirky and emulate one (or more) of the websites that I found interesting back at the time.  As time went on, those sites I wanted to emulate changed but I wanted to emulate someone.  I’ve had some favorite designs but overall, I’ve been fairly dissatisfied with the results and 14 years later, Lime Flavored.com has been born again and trying to become something new, some truly original.

Whether the fault lies with just me or has been the inconsistency over the years, Lime Flavored.com has been many things but almost none of them have stuck around long enough to get any traction.  That, in my eyes, means it’s time for a fresh start.

Over the course of the next few months I’ll be altering the website to reflect the new identity, the new URL.  Lime Flavored.com will shortly become empty, dead, whatever, and will be replaced by something that has no history, no track record, and nothing associated with it.  Those who are inquisitive enough, or smart enough, will figure out what the new URL is within a few minutes and the rest of you will just have to wait until I announce the change.

I’m not blasting the site clean.  I’m not uninstalling and reinstalling anything.  From this moment on, things will slowly transition and just like the WWE, I’ll slowly stop calling myself one thing and start calling myself another.  When that new thing starts is when I’ll try to kick the new vision into high gear.

Lime Flavored.com lasted from January 4, 2000 to July 12, 2014… essentially.  I will actually retain control of the domain name in the hopes someone would like to buy it and use it for something different, but the new domain name will become my new online identity.

This is your warning.  Don’t be shocked when more things change, because they WILL change.  Just know that I’m altering my online identity and that should result in a renewed vigor for creativity.

I’m moving to a new place, why not start online fresh, too?

A Review of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (The Movie)

Yes… a YouTube movie review again.

ac2revEzio is back in this final installment, well, final for Ezio.  We get some Inception this time around, though, as Desmond is in the Animus watching what Ezio is doing, who is also getting a lot of Altair’s life… a dream within a dream within a dream.  That’s kind of heavy.

We get ALMOST to the end of the Desmond Miles saga as Ezio brings us to a place where we can all go “holy crap that is awesome.”  The last Ezio adventure also shows us that the man, while awesome, is running on fumes.  The “elder statesman” role is something I don’t like to see Ezio doing but he manages to be cool right up to the point where we realize that this is the last hoorah.

In case anyone was wondering, I’ll use this opportunity to say that some of us aren’t good at games like this.  Those that are tend to be a specific type of person and the great guy who put these movies together has given me the chance to witness the awesome story without having to be ashamed of my gaming skills.  I give this one five out of five stars for content, but I’ll say that AC2 is still better.

Life Imitates Wrestling 3 – Staying Focused

Speaking quite literally, of course, I’m about to talk about staying focused on one thing.  Whether that be a goal, a subject, or a general direction in life, though most of my references are going to be about what I’ve experienced in recent times.  Welcome to Life Imitates Wrestling.

lifeimitateswrestling_300A person I’ll identify as “the Duke” often engages people in “the company” in conversation, and quite often (when he realizes he’s not getting the desired result) attempts to derail the conversation by including the happenings of other “companies” (including the activities of Tom, Dick, and Harry… generically referred to because the names really don’t matter).  The Duke often gets away with this because no one stands up to the Duke to keep the conversation on track.

Enter the three individuals that will now play an intricate part in the tale I shall tell.  “The Radmiral” Seaman Beaumont (because he sails the Seven Seas of awesome), Captain Gabbers, and the Whip.

Recently, a tag team match between Captain Gabbers and the Whip against the Duke and a masked special guest, Mr. X resulted in the Whip getting tossed around a bit more than he wanted but managed to come out without losing a step.  Captain Gabbers joined in the fun with the Duke and went all around the ring, regardless of what the match initially started about, was done so that the focus was no longer on the original topic.  Basically, the Duke and Mr. X escaped without a loss by diverting the attention of almost everyone.

That’s where the Whip took notice, plotted out a counterattack, and started focusing on the grand prize: the World Tag Team Championships.  Now, unfortunately, Captain Gabbers is nearly as bad as the Duke when it comes to staying focused, so the Whip’s tag team partner really needs to be the Radmiral.

Here’s the catch: the Radmiral is solidly a singles wrestler and isn’t looking for tag team gold… he wants a much bigger prize, though he knows that sometimes you need to get along with others in order to attain those goals.

The Duke and the Radmiral have worked together in the past but recently those goals have not been in sync.  The Radmiral really wants singles gold and the Duke claims to support that goal but has done almost everything possible for the company to keep the Radmiral from the gold.  While the Duke is a nuisance, the real problem that the Radmiral knows is there (the diversion tactic) has already had some research done to stop.

What the hell are you talking about, DJ?  Keep reading.

Captain Gabbers has tried to use the tactics of the Duke on the Radmiral and the Radmiral has slapped down those attempts, keeping Gabbers focused.  This has allied Gabbers closer to the Whip, giving the duo a chance to actually take a shot at the World Tag Team Championships.  This brings us to the meat of the topic… I’ll also stop with all the metaphors for wrestling, for clarity.

If I talk to you about a goal that I have, and you actively stand in the way of that goal but don’t think I know you stand in my way, when you attempt to include the goings on of Tom, Dick, and Harry in Georgia, Canada, and the Bahamas I’ll shut your ass down.  I don’t give a damn what those three are doing in those three locations.  That does not apply to my situation, question, or circumstances.  Now, if I’m after a bit of down time, sure, talk away, but if I ask you about Coca Cola, don’t try to tell me about Cheetohs, Little Debbie Zebra Cakes, and Dairy Queen ice cream.  Those three things have almost nothing to do with Coca Cola.

A person is judged on their substance.  If that person’s substance is nothing but smoke and mirrors, then that substance on which the person is judged suddenly becomes less substantial.  Respect is lost and that substance light person is less likely to be given respect at the previous level.  Basically, the level of trust I have for “the Duke” has diminished, significantly.

Don’t be light on substance.  Stay on topic.  When you have a match, focus on your opponent and their goals rather than trying to distract your opponent with parlor tricks and overload them with nonsense information.  That really isn’t worth anyone’s time.

On a side note, I have to say that the situation I was originally writing about (that you have not seen the draft of, by the way) has completely come out in my favor.  I was going to spin a yarn about folks and situations that really hasn’t gone the direction I thought, and though I’ve had a speed bump or two, there is literally nothing else that can be thrown at me at this point in time.  Only what I’ve been after is what’s left and as soon as I get that, I can get out of “high school” and start working towards getting someplace where people appreciate me (and my efforts).

That is probably the most direct thing I’ll say on this column.  Times are tough and people suck.  The hero cannot be held down perpetually, especially when the drive of that person outweighs your ability to provide obstacles to prevent them from reaching their goals.

Think on it.

A Review of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (The Movie)

As before, this is for the movie on YouTube of the game footage/storyline of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.

ac2broThe second installment of the Ezio trilogy comes in where we left off in Assassin’s Creed II, although this story doesn’t span quite as many years as the previous installment, we are given a very nice chunk of Ezio’s story in this story.

Desmond also comes to learn some interesting tidbits as the modern day crew is on their own chase, which turns out in the end… something you should check out for yourself.

Overall, I think that I liked AC2 more but I’ll still be giving this one five out of five stars for the effort, the story, and I am actually interested in the next installment because of where this one leaves off…

The Review of Assassin’s Creed II (The Movie)

Just like the last Assassin’s Creed movie I reviewed, this one is also from YouTube and is made of game footage.  There will be more reviews for future installments, but this one is for Assassin’s Creed II.

ac2The first installment followed Altair, through the perspective of Desmond in the modern day, but this one follows a whole new assassin: Ezio.  This one is the most famous of the group, as I am coming to discover, as there have been more stories told around this assassin than any other.  This is the origin story for Ezio, though, and that only accents the Desmond mystery we are learning more about.

Ezio’s father was an assassin and when his family is murdered by the Templars, Ezio takes up the garb and is trained by several characters we meet along the way to exact his revenge.  Having also listened to the audio book about this particular installment, I have to say that Ezio’s origin is a long one but well worth the effort.

I have to give this one a five out of five stars because of the two I’ve reviewed so far, this one was better.  I did like Altair’s tale but we find out so much more about what is really going on with Desmond in this particular installment.  As with most video games, I am wondering if these will be getting better as they go.  The graphics definitely improved!

Kristen Stewart is Famous… You Are Not

To everyone who says that Keanu Reeves is a cardboard cutout of an actor.  To everyone who says Kristen Stewart’s facial expressions range at just one.  To everyone who says that any famous person, especially one who gets a lot of work, is two dimensional… just remember one thing: they are famous and you are not.

KS_haters_gonna_hateKeanu Reeves has played a wide range of roles in his time as an actor, yet, people only ever associate him with “Ted” from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.  If he wasn’t a good actor, at least somewhat, he wouldn’t keep getting top notch roles in Hollywood.  These aren’t even B or C list roles, people, they are A list roles.  Hell, he’s headlining more often than he isn’t and he’s played everything from a time traveling writer to white trailer trash.  The man can act and despite what you think, he’s way more famous than you are… which means if you think he’s terrible, what does that make you?  You couldn’t act your way out of the living room while watching a cereal commercial on Saturday morning, so don’t judge.

Kristen Stewart has been getting top notch roles, too.  She’s got more than one facial expression and I don’t give a damn what anyone says: she is hot.  Hating on her?  Well, the same logic I just used on Keanu up there applies to Kristen Stewart, too.  Hell, she’s now part of one of the most popular franchises out there… and you all hate that because you want to double dip hating the author, who I can use the “you couldn’t write your name compared to Stephenie Meyer”, and hating the actress… who you know has more talent in her left butt cheek than you do in your entire ancestry.

Just shut up.  I’m tired of hearing you hate on someone, justifying it however you will.  Hate them.  But do it quietly.

iOS vs. Android

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I don’t like Android.  My dislike of the OS is based on having actually used a version, multiple versions actually, and I dislike the experience.  The phone that actually drove me to iPhone was the phone running Android 2.something… and the phone was a Samsung, which was a double suck.

This isn’t about how much I don’t really like Android.  (Before you judge, I was using the most current version of Android on the tablet I was using to play Ingress on.)  This is about how much of the excuses I like to term as “lame” people use to justify why they don’t like the competitor.

I’ll use some metaphors, first.

I don’t like Coke because the can is red.  Really?  You don’t like the can so you don’t like the taste?

I don’t like Pepsi because the company is run by a douche.  Well, based on that you should really be hating on the Hobby Lobby assholes, right?  Disliking the product because of the person who runs the company is lame-sauce supreme.

I’ve been told that iOS is terrible because the phone doesn’t have a “back” button.  I’ve been told iOS is awful because you can’t arrange the icons into the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head.  I’ve been told iOS sucks because Steve Jobs is a douche bag.  I’ve been told iOS lacks awesome because it doesn’t run “X” app.

How many of those excuse wielding idiots have actually used iOS?  None.  Not one single person who used those excuses has even used the OS.  How can you hate something you have never experienced?  I don’t like Android, but I’ve USED the OS.

The same argument against Macs have been used to favor Windows, too.  You can’t tinker on a Mac.  Windows has more options.  Windows is this… Windows is that… You know what?  I don’t WANT to tinker.  I don’t WANT those options because those options come with viruses.  I use a Mac, and iOS, because it just WORKS.  I don’t need to have defray run every other day, I don’t have to pull the battery out of my phone to get it to start working again.  My stuff just WORKS.  And the best part: it all works TOGETHER.

Next time you open your mouth to complain that iOS sucks or that Android can’t do this… stop.  Stop and actually try using the other one.  I don’t mean play around with an iPod at Best Buy for a whopping 37 seconds, I’m talking about using the phone for something longer than a week.  Maybe you’ll find out that the choice isn’t right for you… but at least you’ll have an excuse better than “I can’t buy an iPhone in fuchsia.”  I can’t help you, you’re stupid.