Political “I told you so”

The US presidential race this year features number of key players: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein, Donald Trump, and some guy, Larry Jonathan I think? Clinton got the Democrat’s nominee. Sanders supports were sad. Stein supporters expected it.  Trump supporters… I don’t even know.

Let’s say Trump wins this November and becomes president. Clinton supporters will look at the Sanders supporters who didn’t then bend over for Hillary and say “I told you so.” Sanders supporters will look at the Clinton supporters and say, citing the idea that Sanders was a stronger opponent against Trump, “I told you so.” Who will be right?

Um, well, Donald Trump will be right, because he’s on the Republican side. But who will be left? Well, not the people who will go live in some other country. But who will be wrong? EVERYBODY.

Though I’ve read that more Sanders supporters have gone to Clinton than Clinton supporters did for Obama in 2008 anyway, which is kind of hilarious? I didn’t follow the 2008 election too closely because I was still young, what were their main policy differences? Although I’m not even sure that mattered.

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Spooky 3D Puzzles OF TERROR

Actually, that title should have been for that butterfly puzzle. That one was a real terror. I’ll once again point out it was a level 1 puzzle, and these two puzzles, levels 2 and 3, were far easier. Perhaps not easier to locate where all the pieces went, but definitely easier to actually put together, so I guess level is based on location, location, location, and not getting the dang thing together, getting the dang thing together, getting the dang thing together.

Images? We got images!

This 3D puzzle…

THIS FIGGIN 3D PUZZLE

I would not have guessed that it doubles as a metaphor for a thing that what it is is often a metaphor for. Butterflies? Flowers? Fragility of life? Fragility by gravity??

Crystal Butterfly

Pretty, right? Pretty ridiculous. Pretty hard. Currently it is sitting on the counter with superglue on it because it does not stay together otherwise. I feel like it’s under ridiculous pressure and gravitational forces and at the slightest touch will literally explode.

This. While putting it together, I had to tape parts of it together to hold it together while I put it together.

flowertape

The first two puzzles I did–that panda and bird–were challengey, and though there were a few points where I had to squeeze pieces into place, it wasn’t liable to explode (although at one point I had to rebuild the bird, but the pieces were organized so I knew where each one was).

The butterfly was easy. A few instances of difficulty, and a couple pieces aren’t completely firm, but it’s okay. The flower was awful. Getting all the petals together required more finesse than someone without telekinesis has. I still have no idea how I got them all together, which is why I immediately went for the tape. Then I got the other parts in and could not figure out the tightening rod in the center–it didn’t seem long enough. Once more I had to squeeze it in there. Finally, the butterfly stays on, but at the slightest touch it falls. It doesn’t actually snap in; it only stays on by sheer counterbalance forces.

So, again: metaphor for fragility of how life exists in just an extremely smooth spot between complete destruction. I glued the butterfly to the notches where it goes. It will not be flapping its wings to cause any storms.

Apparently my reviewing of 3D puzzles is now a recurring feature, ’cause I got more coming.

Oh, right, and by the way, this is a level one puzzle. That bird was level 2 and it was easier. This butterfly should be a level 5. (It only goes to 3.)

Hm, maybe I should actually put this up as a review on where I got it. There are currently no reviews

Character Profile: Sal

We’ve seen a war machine and ghosts, a buzzsaw and a bratty kid… and now we get to Sal. He’s a snake. Literally, he’s a snake—no appendages, long, green, striped… he’s got a big, HUGE head with a mouth that could swallow a television set whole. And the head is… kind of shaped like a circus tent; the top half is, you know, has two tips at the top that sort of gently slope outwards, while the bottom half is mirrored. He’s got triangle-shaped eyes, too, striped green, and, really, his entire body is just striped green.

Sal’s size belies his attitude, but his attitude belies his prowess. He’s kind of a doofus. He acts foolish and makes a lot of stupid remarks, but he’s no fool—he can actually be quite clever and is quicker to trick than to be tricked. Still, he’s a bit of a nutty goof. He’s got some tricks up his skin, though—first, The Conqueror’s gene splicer multiplied his size and length, and it also made him able to spit up acid that can melt through just about anything it touches. Now that’s potent!

Regarding The Conqueror’s new agents, Sal’s the fifth. There’s also a sixth—but this special, overwhelming final agent can only be discovered in my new novel—this is the final character profile for a while. It’s been two weeks since my first novel came out, and it’s time to get back to work on my second. (After I find a paying job.)