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Gamecupid contest!


Hey guys I'm back again! So continuing my trend of not completely ignoring my blog like the bag of dicks that I seem to be these days, today I'd like to talk to you about something cool that's going on with the company that I write for. Gamecupid is doing a really cool contest and because I want you guys to get the opportunity to contribute to the greater gaming good and possibly win yourself some free stuff I figured I'd give you guys the heads up!


Starting on Saturday the 11th of October from 0700hrs CST until the 12th of October at 0700hrs CST (24 hours for those of you who don't know how to math) Gamecupid will be doing a game giveaway. The way it works is really simple and fun too! Game giveaway? Free stuff you ask? Really? Yes, random reader! This is completely true and the way to get free stuff is so ridiculously simple that if you take the time to participate you will likely be racking up the games by the time it's all been said and done. So, who wants the details?

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Please sir! Tell me more!



So as the image above shows, Gamecupid is asking you to trade your gaming knowledge in return for free games. The reason they are doing this is because Gamecupid has an awesome mission to become the ultimate game recommendation engine. Basically the idea is that if you are looking for that next fun game to play but have no idea where to start you can go to the Gamecupid website and start searching. Think of some features that you really enjoyed in the last game you played. Go to the Gamecupid website and start browsing for features. I guarantee you’ll find a decent list of awesome games to try.



As an example I’m going to be a dingus and use my favorite game feature as an example. I really like stealth and my favorite game series of all time is Splinter Cell. So I pop onto Gamecupid and start searching for Stealth. Up pops, Shadow of Mordor, Assassin’s Creed and Metal Gear. Now I’ve never played Metal Gear (Sad but true) so I look at the games other features. I discover silent weapons, takedowns, using shadows to my advantage and crazy story. Now I play through the game and really enjoy it. However I’ve noticed in my gameplay session that there is no feature that talks about guard field of vision. So I’m going to go back to the Gamecupid website and (like the awesome community member that I am) I am going to look up the game again and take a few seconds to add the feature and I’ll make sure it’s nice and accurate and easy to verify.

Oh yea I guess I should have mentioned that bit..... Yea.... so for every feature that you activate on Gamecupid that is determined to be accurate – That means no Blue shells in Forza Horizon 2 guys – you will receive a coin which can be put towards the redemption of a new game on Steam! Once you have accumulated enough coins you go and claim your reward. There are a few games available for redemption. There are the little titles like Hotline Miami all the way up to some of the bigger titles like Shadow of Mordor (which is freaking amazing!) Once you've redeemed your coins you'll be asked to provide your steam ID and you're good to go! Just remember that you must be 18 or over to participate!


So that's the gist of the contest. Make sure you are 18 or older, sign up for a Gamecupid account, help us to activate features on the website for a crap tonne of games so that we can succeed in the Gamecupid mission to be the perfect search tool for gamers to find that perfect game they've been looking for, collect your coins and redeem for free games! Sounds pretty simple doesn't it? Well then I suggest we get started! I'll see you there! Also be sure to check out the featured blogs on the site. The writers have worked plenty of hours both playing and writing to make sure that you get the highlights of some of the best features in the latest games on the market right now!

Gamecupid contest!


Hey guys I'm back again! So continuing my trend of not completely ignoring my blog like the bag of dicks that I seem to be these days, today I'd like to talk to you about something cool that's going on with the company that I write for. Gamecupid is doing a really cool contest and because I want you guys to get the opportunity to contribute to the greater gaming good and possibly win yourself some free stuff I figured I'd give you guys the heads up!

Starting on Saturday the 11th of October from 0700hrs CST until the 12th of October at 0700hrs CST (24 hours for those of you who don't know how to math) Gamecupid will be doing a game giveaway. The way it works is really simple and fun too! Game giveaway? Free stuff you ask? Really? Yes, random reader! This is completely true and the way to get free stuff is so ridiculously simple that if you take the time to participate you will likely be racking up the games by the time it's all been said and done. So, who wants the details?

gamecupid
Please sir! Tell me more!


So as the image above shows, Gamecupid is asking you to trade your gaming knowledge in return for free games. The reason they are doing this is because Gamecupid has an awesome mission to become the ultimate game recommendation engine. Basically the idea is that if you are looking for that next fun game to play but have no idea where to start you can go to the Gamecupid website and start searching. Think of some features that you really enjoyed in the last game you played. Go to the Gamecupid website and start browsing for features. I guarantee you’ll find a decent list of awesome games to try.

As an example I’m going to be a dingus and use my favorite game feature as an example. I really like stealth and my favorite game series of all time is Splinter Cell. So I pop onto Gamecupid and start searching for Stealth. Up pops, Shadow of Mordor, Assassin’s Creed and Metal Gear. Now I’ve never played Metal Gear (Sad but true) so I look at the games other features. I discover silent weapons, takedowns, using shadows to my advantage and crazy story. Now I play through the game and really enjoy it. However I’ve noticed in my gameplay session that there is no feature that talks about guard field of vision. So I’m going to go back to the Gamecupid website and (like the awesome community member that I am) I am going to look up the game again and take a few seconds to add the feature and I’ll make sure it’s nice and accurate and easy to verify.

Oh yea I guess I should have mentioned that bit..... Yea.... so for every feature that you activate on Gamecupid that is determined to be accurate – That means no Blue shells in Forza Horizon 2 guys – you will receive a coin which can be put towards the redemption of a new game on Steam! Once you have accumulated enough coins you go and claim your reward. There are a few games available for redemption. There are the little titles like Hotline Miami all the way up to some of the bigger titles like Shadow of Mordor (which is freaking amazing!) Once you've redeemed your coins you'll be asked to provide your steam ID and you're good to go! Just remember that you must be 18 or over to participate!

So that's the gist of the contest. Make sure you are 18 or older, sign up for a Gamecupid account, help us to activate features on the website for a crap tonne of games so that we can succeed in the Gamecupid mission to be the perfect search tool for gamers to find that perfect game they've been looking for, collect your coins and redeem for free games! Sounds pretty simple doesn't it? Well then I suggest we get started! I'll see you there! Also be sure to check out the featured blogs on the site. The writers have worked plenty of hours both playing and writing to make sure that you get the highlights of some of the best features in the latest games on the market right now!

Damn I need to start writing again


Hey guys! Well crap it's been a long time hasn't it? I always seem to have these bursts where I'll write for weeks and months and then suddenly forget I have this thing. Well what's new for me right now? Let's see...... well I'm on leave right now from the Army. I realised I've been a bit cheap with my anual leave and ended up having too many days accumulated at the end of the year.... Oops!

All the same I've been needing some time off to recombobulate anyways what with all the changes that have been happening lately. These changes include the following and I'll mention my thoughts about each.

First off, I'll talk about my job: There's been some positional shuffling in my office and now I am in a supervisory role. I'm really happy to finally be given some responsibility and I'm really excited at the chance to develop as a leader. At the same time I am nervous, aside from my family I've never really been responsible for other people before and I don't want to mess it up. I guess things will work out and one of the officers I am friends with seems to think I'll figure it out. Hopefully he's right.

Corran: He's getting bigger, he's getting stronger and he's learning more words every day. We found out this year that we are elligable to get funding from the base to help him get stuff like piano lessons, some therapy programs, a seatbelt clamp to keep him from removing it on the highway and an iPad and Otter Box full of apps to help him learn new stuff. He's also  started grade 2 now and apparently he's doing well with that. Of course with the good always comes the bad. He's also having massive tantrums all the time and has started kicking and screaming when he doesn't get his own way. He head shrinker says it's a phase and that if we are patient everything will sort itself out. Case in point, we just took him to the bus stop and he screamed the entire way. Tore off his coat, kicked off his shoes, threw off his backpack.... luckily we were able to rescue his glasses before those took a flight. Sometimes I feel like a reall asshole when I'm dealing with Corran, like I have to be too firm. We take away his toys and we take away his electronics as punishment for acting up and he just acts up more. When he's happy he's really happy but when he's upset I feel like I'm the worst parent in the world.

I've been making Sushi at home to try to help relax me at the end of the day. I think I'm starting to get good at it. What do you guys think?
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Next let's talk about GameCupid: A few months ago I went searching online for paid game journalism jobs (preferably ones that don't require any fancy schooling) and found GameCupid. What an awesome site! I get paid to write articles and get some massive creative freedom (as long as I'm honest). The articles are a bit different than what I usually do as well, as on most sites it's gamer news and reviews of the entire game. With Gamecupid instead I pick a few of my favorite features in a game and I review those or detail how they work. It's really a lot more fun and I can inject humor into the articles. Plus it's given me the excuse to try more games.

I was going to write more but I am on vacation so let's just say lots of stuff has been happening and I am tired.

I'll write something later.

My wife says the greatest things


"As most of you know, my son is Autistic. I wanted to get something that represented him other than a hand print or a foot print. So, I went with the Autism ribbon. He will ALWAYS have autism, whereas his hands and feet grow. My son is my inspiration, my heart, my soul. He's my hero."

This was my wife on her Facebook recently after she got a tattoo in tribute so our son.  There's been a lot of hate speak online, in my e-mail and people telling us that we can "fix" Corran's Autism. One of my recent entries had my thoughts on the matter (the guy kept e-mailing by the way. I finally told him flat out to stop) and my wife, my amazing beautiful wife decided that - rather than blogging or ranting on the internet like I do - she would get a new tattoo on her leg just for Corran. A nice permanent reminder of how lucky we are to have a kid like him.

Here's the tattoo

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That really is an amazing Tattoo! And it didn't break the bank either! Cost less than $100 and the artist really took their time to put their care and craft into it instead of just finding a template and going with it. I might even get my own spin on it at some point.

Btw feel free to check out the tattoo place if you are even in the Greenwood Nova Scotia area. They are called Everlasting Ink, the Artist in Question's name is Amber. Here is the website http://www.everlastingink.com/. They are based out of New Minas NS, have a store in Greenwood NS and I keep hearing good things about them.

In short, every time you think your wife is awesome, she can surprise you with more awesome

Originally posted by g_monkey at Thought I'd share something with you all
The following picture is pretty much ALL of Corran's symptoms for his autism. Hopefully this will give you an idea of what he and I work through on a daily basis.

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Reminder


Originally posted by g_monkey at Please join or support my extra-life campaign to help fund children's hospitals
Dear Friends and Family,

I'm on a mission to save kids and I need your help.

My local Children's Miracle Network Hospital treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their family's ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few.


On November 2nd, 2013, I'll be participating in this huge worldwide celebration of the social impact of gamers of all kinds from video games to board games and tabletop RPG's!It's my sincere hope that you'll find it in your heart to support my efforts with a monthly pledge or one-time gift that will go directly to my hospital.

Your donation is tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids.

Last year, Extra Life raised more than 2 million dollars to save kids, but in 2013 our goals, just like the needs of the kids we serve, are much, much higher. I can't do this without your help. Donating online is safe and easy! To make an online donation please click the "Support This Participant" button on this page.Thank you for caring for our kids!

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In case you missed it


In case you missed it in my rant from my previous entry. I got a very nice comment from a Vegan restaurant in Vancouver. Figured I'd give them a shoutout! Feel free to check them out and tell me how the food is in case I ever make it to Vancouver!

The place is called Panz Veggie and it looks tasty http://www.panzveggie.com/
Here's some pictures from their website and check out the link in the previous sentence (and previous entry)
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Questions and Comments

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Today I am going to touch on a couple of things.

Questions and Comments.

I'm at work so this will be quick and painless.

Today I recieved two comments about my blog with Corran. The first one was wonderful and made me feel very good about the state of humanity and the acceptance of Autism in our society today. The second one made me grind my teeth and hold back tears as I recieved it in my personal e-mail which I checked at work during my lunch break.

I'll touch on the upsetting one first. This one came into my personal e-mail CaptainJamesFrost@gmail.com.
Now I know this is the internet and I acknowledge that people sometimes say things or mention opinions that may be upsetting to other people (intentionally or not) that might offend and hurt people. Here is the e-mail that was sent to me. Now before you read this, please know that I am not encouraging a witch hunt, I just wanted to share with you my feelings on the matter.

"hi,

i came across your story and wondering if your son's autism started after
his vaccinations ?

you can take a look at earthclinic.com, curezone.com and Dr Russell
Blaylock's vaccine detox since autism has been heavily linked to vaccines.

all the best, be well."

So how do I start this? Well I'll start it this way. My reply. Now I was going to write a strongly worded reply to this person but luckily my boss, Robbie took notice that I was upset and let me know that getting mad wasn't the answer. So I told them the truth. Corran has always been a little different, it just took us a while to realise just HOW different he really was.

Here's my simple reply.

"Hi

My son's Autism was already apparent before his vaccines. But thanks for taking the time to ask and for your attempts to give me resources. Have a terrific day!

Simon"

No anger, no hurt, just a polite reply thanking them for the time they took to e-mail.

I will point out one thing though, as a parent to an autistic boy and as someone who has friends who go through this all the time.

Here goes....

No matter how messed up, loud, annoying or generally out of the ordinary someone's special needs child appears to be, no matter how different they are. Unless you are asked, never, EVER tell a parent that their kid is screwed up. Never EVER tell them that it's their fault for giving them vaccines, or eating certain foods or mixing certain ethnicities (I've heard all of these, the last one usually being the most aggressive as my wife is %50 African American, God Forbid). And especially in the case of Autistic kids, NEVER try to convince a parent that there is a cure unless you know they are actively seeking it.

I'll lay it out for you. Autistic kids are not messed up, they are not a burden and they most certainly are NOT in need of curing.
As an Autistic child, my son's brain is wired differently. I am wired for comedy, creative writing and the love of a good story, my wife is wired to be someone who can carry on a conversation for hours about nothing or talk logically through an otherwise stressful situation. You the reader could be wired to play the harp while riding on the back of an elephant while singing Yankee doodle...... ok maybe not that.....

The point is that my Son's brain is wired for Logic and curiosity. He might not be able to understand the emotions of others, or body language, he might have trouble learning simple things like going potty or language all while being able to pull apart and understand the basic electronics in his Wiimote. He is just wired differently and he is MINE. He is not a problem and he is not your problem.

Here's a fact. If there was some magical cure for Corran's autism, I would never give it to him. Sure if he wanted it later he could go do it himself, as that is his right as a human being. But as a parent, and as someone who loves every special moment with the special boy that is all mine, I could not do that. This magical cure that everyone talks about would basically rewire my son's brain. He would no longer be the boy that I know. There would be this "Normal" kid inhabiting the body of my wonderful and wonderfully different little boy and I don't want that.

The point is that a magical cure would not fix a child with Autism, but take them away. It would be equal to taking my son back to the doctor with his birth certificate and saying "hey this kid is defective and I'd like to trade him in." That just doesn't fly with me. Sorry but I just do not want that for my son. If there is ever a legitimate cure for autism, I will tell him about it, but it will be his decision and I will wait for him to be an adult so he can make that decision for himself.

That is all I will say on that subject as I can't talk about it anymore without getting more upset at the office and I am pretty sure I've made my point.

Let's move on to something that made me smile this morning. I saved this for last because I want this e-mail to end on a happy note.

In the comments for my very first entry about Corran after his Father's day gift, I recieved the following comment.

"i am in vancouver, bc canada. if u happen to be here in november 2013
please come to my vegan restaurant panz veggie for conplimentary meals
with your son. not just one meal but meals. hope to see you both here.
connect good chi both of you."

This was a wonderful thing to wake up to this morning. I was touched by this. Nothing about cures, vaccines or anything like that. Just a simple, kind-hearted guesture and a well wish.

Sir or Madam, I don't know who you are, but thank you for this. I won't be in Vancouver any time soon but the offer means a lot. Not because it is free stuff, but because it shows me someone who sees someone who is happy and instead of trying to inject themselves into the situation to say "hey there's a guy here with a cure" or "hey you should have aborted him" or "hey your kid is a retard", instead they say "Hey I see you have a loving family with a terrific child, have lunch on us."

This really touched me to my core. No judgments, just goodwill. I know the offer will have expired by the time I ever get a chance to go to this restaurant, but I'll be sure to check it out all the same. I hope the place is as nice as the person who commented I imagine it will be very good indeed.

In the meantime I'd like to encourage anyone who reads this and who is or will be in the Vancouver area to check this place out. I took a look at the restaurant webpage and it looks like a good place to go out with some friends, and I think these nice people deserve some business after a nice guesture like that.

So the place is called Panz Veggie. It looks really good and even if you love meat I hope some readers will check it out. Also let me know if it's any good so I can check it out if I ever make it to Vancouver. Here is a link to their website! http://www.panzveggie.com/

That's all I've got today. Sorry for the rant but sometimes a guy just has to blow off some steam and a blog is a good place to do it.

I hope my readers have learned something new from this blog or my previous entries. Next blog I'll post an update about Corran with photos!! Be sure to check back often as I'll be trying to write more and more.

Catch you all later!!

Wanted to share some stuff.


I know it's been a while but I'm unfortunately going to make this a short entry. It's been pretty busy this last month.

Corran has been back at school, he's doing very, very well. He's learning to read and doing amazing. I've never been more proud of him, now when I get home after school he brings me a new book and reads to me!! Every time!!! It's such an amazing feeling to know how quick he's catching on! And best of all? He loves it!!! I woke up to him reading this morning!! I guess next scholastic book order I'm going to have to get him some new books!!

We've also decided to make him a Doctor Who costume for Halloween, though we are kinda stuck right now between 10th and 11th Doctor costumes.... basically whichever one we find the materials for first will be the costume we pick.

What else...... my Birthday was on the 22nd. I had lots of sushi. a copy of GTA 5, some nice clothes and my brother bought me a book! Specifically THIS book!!
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My wife also made me a cookie cake!! I don't like cake that much so instead it's a giant chocolate chip cookie!!!
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If you are wondering if there will be any more game reviews on this journal unfortunately the answer is no. I've started writing for a videogame news, reviews and editorial website so all my reviews and gaming related news will be there! Here's a link to one of my articles there, dedicated to the late Tom Clancy!! http://www.onlysp.com/tom-clancy-a-look-back-at-26-years-of-gaming/

I'll be writing pretty regularly there so it should be lots of fun :)

And now on to something else.

Every month I've talked about something special in the life of disabled or sick kids, sometimes it's all about Corran. Sometimes it's about other kids. This month I've decided to mix my love of Top Gear (UK) and these amazing kids and show you a video I found this morning. Heads up, you may cry.



It's a wonderful video and it did make tears run down my big sissy face.

Anywho, that's all I've got time for this morning! Catch you later!!

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