All human beings are fundamentally flawed. Even me. It has been the focal point for many movie plots including The World’s End. Even the Bible states, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
So what do we do with that? Do we embrace our flaws? No, for then we fail at the endeavor of self-improvement. Do we loathe our flaws? Oh, please. With all of that wallowing, who would get anything done?
We must learn to accept our flaws, learn from them, ask forgiveness, and move on. Flaws are a part of life. Not a part we enjoy, but inevitable nonetheless. We are functional, but inherently imperfect.
The pursuit of perfection is a madding task that will ruin all who attempt. The pursuit of betterment on the other hand is ideal.
As dad used to say, “Never make the same mistake twice, it shows a lack of imagination.”
It should be noted that I am a nonsmoker. That being said, promotional items for tobacco products cross my mailbox on a regular basis and I have no objection to reviewing these items.
Marlboro has sent to date a set of cheap coasters not eve worth further mention. They also sent an excellent quality wall-mount bottle opener that I have yet to install and test. Then there is the “Stand by your brand” steel pint. I do not yet know what to drink from the steel pint, but it does appear to be durable.
Black and Mild sent a set of decent rubber coasters that resemble vinyl records. I also opened a package from them and saw a pack of playing cards. The box was deceptive in its unimpressive and substandard quality appearance. It looked like it might contain one of those maybe-they’re-waxed-maybe-they-aren’t thin cardstock decks that come 2-for-1$ at the local dollar store. Inside, to my delight, was a high-quality waterproof set of clear plastic playing cards of very sturdy construction.
What else might I receive?
I received a sample of Nexcare Waterproof Bandages and gave them a try. It took me two tries. I’m used to the peel-off paper being there to protect the adhesive side. Not the case. On these the paper is on the non-adhesive side to help the bandage keep its shape. The second try went smoothly. It remained on the back of my hand for 24 hours without wrinkling or peeling. Its was waterproof as advertised during normal use. It should be noted that I didn’t try swimming. It was very lightweight to the point that I almost forgot to remove it. One downside, the adhesive grips hair like nothing else making removal painful.
I won a copy of Amala’s Blade #0 from Dark Horse Comics. They run monthly contests. This month’s contest for Dragon Age: Until We Sleep #1 can be found here: http://www.darkhorse.com/Contests/154/DH-FREEBIE–March2013–Contest .
Overall, the art is OK. It gets points for being different than run of the mill, but it doesn’t blow me away. Amala herself, on the other hand, is an intriguing character. She appears to be an assassin who is rebelling against a greater destiny while she talks aloud to people from her past (including those she’s killed) all in a steampunk setting. As is common in introductory issues, not much else can be deduced. The storytelling is strong, with decent layouts. I’ll need to keep my eye out for the future issues.
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