Friday, July 31, 2020

Urban Legend of the Week

Hand sanitizer may combust if left in a hot car.


A fire district in Wisconsin posted a warning that clear plastic bottles left in your car can act as a magnifier for sunlight, and potentially start a fire. They later warned about keeping hand sanitizer in direct sunlight, for the same reason, adding that hand sanitizer is flammable. Several news stories picked up on this, reporting that hand sanitizer left in a hot car  may combust. This was combined with an image of a melted car door, which is not linked to hand sanitizer or clear plastic bottles.

This fire department later stated that the warning was intended to be about leaving clear plastic bottles in sunlight, not exploding hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer in and of itself will not explode in a hot car.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Occupiers are Leaving Portland

Federal Officers Downtown Portland

These last few weeks have been interesting.

...Funny. It's 2020, and I just said "these last few weeks have been interesting".

Anyways, it's been interesting, these last few weeks, seeing a lot of people who are nowhere near Portland, talk about what's been happening in Portland. Towards the beginning of July, Federal agents were sent with riot gear to quell the uprising of militant anarchists and Antifa terrorists who had taken control of Portland, and were destroying the city... 

Only, for me and my wife, as well as many other people around the area, our own eyes told us a different story. We've been all over Portland, both sides of the river, and have yet to find evidence of militant anarchists or terrorists destroying the city. The courthouse in downtown Portland has been heavily graffitied. Images of the graffitied courthouse are what news outlets like to tout as "Portland being destroyed". Anybody unfamiliar with the area, would not necessarily realize that these are images of one building, not a city.

For perspective, here's the city of Portland vs where the courthouse is.

A few days before the 4th of July, shortly after the Feds began arriving, there was a night where shit essentially hit the fan. There was a clash between protestors and Feds, in which some individuals began shooting fireworks at the agents. This lead to the agents taking refuge in the courthouse, inside which a fire was ignited by the fireworks. This is the incident news sources refer to repeatedly, in reporting on the "riots  in Portland". A funny thing that I discovered, was that news sites which prefer to spread the narrative of "Portland under siege by militarized anarchists" liked to word this as "launching explosives", "arson", or "fire-bombing", instead of "4th of July fireworks obviously purchased in Vancouver, because the ones sold in Oregon barely do anything".

Protests have been underway in Downtown Portland, ever since George Floyd's murder. Prior to the Feds arriving, protests had dwindled down to 100 or so people. Since the arrival of the Feds, protests had sprung up to thousands of people, including mom groups, dad groups, grandpa groups, teacher groups, lawyer groups, and veteran groups. Each night, the protest plays out like a big dance party in front of the courthouse, with music and barbeque, until the troops begin launching tear gas canisters into the crowds. People with homemade shields try to volley the tear gas away from the crowds, while dads with leaf blowers blow the gas, quite successfully, back toward the troops. This occurs until the Feds and police emerge from the gas clouds, and begin to push the protestors back. According to OPB, even some of the Federal Officers were admitting that their actions were only escalating violence amongst the crowds.

It can be frustrating seeing know-it-alls all over social media talking about something contrary to what I'm actually seeing. But where it gets particularly "funny" is when people who aren't even in the state  of Oregon try to argue with me about what's happening in Portland. Always with that sarcastic political tone, "And, I suppose the courthouse set itself on fire?" If they were to ask me respectfully to explain it, I would explain it. But if they hold the attitude that what they read on the Internet from their arm chair is more valid than what I've actually experienced, I typically respond, "I read somewhere that they blew off my left arm". To them, what I'm watching in my back yard is just another topic for squabble between the left and the right, just another political game to play.

Trump, from the opposite coast, has even claimed that the moms and dads groups are really anarchists pretending to be moms and dads.

A group of militant anarchists

The part that particularly gets to me, is the attempt to discredit the veterans. Some people speculate that they must be phony, and others call them disgraces. The same people who love to use veterans as political fodder to serve their purposes, claiming to honor and respect veterans, will throw veterans under the bus the minute they no longer serve their political bias.

All that said, no matter what people outside of Portland are saying, or how right they believe themselves to be, Oregon's leadership has finally managed to get rid of the Feds.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Monday, July 27, 2020

Superstar of the Week is Orville Redenbacher

I'm not typically a big fan of popcorn, but this actually makes me want popcorn.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Urban Legend of the Week

Scientists recreated a T-Rex embryo using chicken DNA

I was hoping there would be some sort of misconstrued truth behind this story, like maybe, scientists looked into the similarities between Rexxy and chickens, and the whole story got blown out of proportion due to a misleading headline, or something. But it turns out the whole thing is just the fabrication of a gag news site, that got taken seriously, and the story comes back up every now and again. Kind of like how your Aunt copy and pastes warnings about Facebook hackers every two years.

On that note, don't forget, I once started my own campaign to breed back the dinosaurs: You May See Dinosaurs in Your Lifetime

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Tale of the White Wyvern
Tale of the White Wyvern is a text based, high fantasy, sword and magic adventure mini-MMO that you can play with your friends! White Wyvern is a throwback to old school BBS games, like Legend of the Red Dragon.

Follow this link to defend the town of Wyrmdoor from the legendary White Wyvern:

But, be sure to prepare yourself by training to level up, chatting with players and NPCs, upgrading your weapons and armor, or taking a break to go fishing. Also, you may want to use the outhouse from time to time.

Follow the White Wyvern on Twitter, but don't make him angry. @the_whitewyvern

You can even purchase White Wyvern merch

Monday, July 20, 2020

Superstar of the Week is Roach

While posting my past videos to this blog's archives, I realized that Roach is my favorite J-Dubble. Floyd seems to be the most popular, along with Roger LeBlanc, and Professor Glenn Robbins. But Roach, despite his vacant exterior, seems to be the most loyal and helpful J-Dubble. When I had been indoctrinated into clown-hood, it was Roach who took action to make me right again. And when the other J-Dubbles didn't remember who I was, Roach was the one who reminded everyone.

Friday, July 17, 2020

J-Dubb's Theatre Consolidated

 Tim is moving the J-Dubb's Theatre archives, to be shipped from YouTube to the J-Dubb's Theatre headquarters

This past week, I did something that I should have done a long time ago. If only I'd known, years ago, that I could backdate blog posts. (Assuming I actually could backdate blog posts, years ago. A lot has changed.)

Many years ago, after I had been blogging for a couple years, I expanded J-Dubb's Theatre into the fledgling world of YouTube. Five years later, the written blog began to wane, in favor of of the video element of J-Dubb's Theatre. In 2011, it came to a point where all I posted to this blog were my YouTube videos. No more written posts, no more Superstar of the Week, no Nosferatu part VII for Halloween. Then, by the end of that year, I stopped posting even my videos to this blog. After seven years, this blog became an idle blog.

In 2012, after more than a year, I decided to officially end the blogging portion of J-Dubb's Theatre. Then, remembering how I enjoyed writing in this blog, I redacted my decision to end it, within that same blog post. I decided, instead, to leave the blog open for the occasion where I would suddenly decide to post. And that's what happened. Every once in a while, over the years, I've decided to post something.

J-Dubb's Theatre videos pretty much divorced themselves from the blog of origin, and my YouTube channel replaced the blog as the central hub of J-Dubb's Theatre. I uploaded videos for five more years, until new life priorities brought an end to that era. Since then, J-Dubb's Theatre has continued to exist quietly within it's original blog form, as a place to occasionally reminisce.

Recently, I decided to post all my YouTube videos and collaborations to this blog, starting from where I had left off in 2011, and backdating each post to the date when I had originally uploaded the video to YouTube. It makes sense to have all of  J-Dubb's Theatre posted to this blog, as this blog is J-Dubb's Theatre, after all. It's interesting, after all these years, mentioning the J-Dubbles, and VidCon in this blog. They're integral parts of J-Dubb's Theatre, but they've never actually been mentioned in the classic blog posts. I also wrote the descriptions for Halloween videos in red text, giving them the feel of my classic Halloween posts.

Overall, it gave this blog a sense of continuity between where I left off in 2011, and the few scattered blog posts I've written since then. What was really interesting, was posting my videos from the final two years, 2016 and 2017. Even though I didn't realize it at the time, in retrospect, I can tell I was getting ready, at least subconsciously, to end my video foray. There was a lot of reminiscing and talk about change in those final videos.

That said, enjoy the full and complete J-Dubb's Theatre experience, right here on the classic J-Dubb’s Theatre blog.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Superstar of the Week is Donald Sutherland

The first Superstar of the Week in 10 years, is Donald Sutherland in his role as Hawkeye Pierce, from the movie, Mash.

The first ever Superstar of the Week, was Alan Alda in his role as Hawkeye Pierce, in the classic TV series, Mash.