Strassur the Red Panther

Toughts of a Reader and a Writer

Category: My Thoughts

For Those Shitty Situations

Just found this little spicy number. Shit happens, literally, and when you least expect it. Unfortunately it’s bound to happen while you’re out hiking or trying to go off the grid. Well never fear, Blue Q has a product, “I Just Shit in the Woods” hand sanitizer. I nearly soiled my pants when I saw this from laughing. It’s your standard issue hand sanitizer with a cool label of a male helping a female out of an assumed latrine she just dug. You can’t always plan your number 2’s but you can plan for proper cleanup. Never go AFK without it.

This would be a great gag gift or if someone needed to smile. This company has a whole line of products with unique tag lines and slogans.


Found here on Amazon
BlueQ I Just Shit In The Woods Sanitizer


Music in the Gym

I try to stay fit, as hard as it can be at times.  I love to eat good food and after a long hard work week, I like to be lazy.  But I will have to stay healthy and keep weight-loss in the back of my mind. When I workout, whether lifting weights or doing some cardio I have to rock out to some sort of music. I listen to everything from upbeat contemporary stuff to movie scores.


That’s me. Sweating and rocking out on my little blue tooth headset. Love those things and pretty cheap.  What kind of music do you all listen to when getting your sweat on?

Bluetooth Headphones, Otium Best Wireless Sports Earphones w/ Mic IPX7 Waterproof HD Stereo Sweatproof In Ear Earbuds for Gym Running Workout 8 Hour Battery Noise Cancelling Headsets
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My Friend, Chewbacca

I have two questions for fellow fantasy fans of the sci-fi/fantasy series Star Wars.  You will notice I threw the word fantasy in there, hehe. Let the debate begin….anyway, let us focus. 

Would anyone appreciate a car that sounds like the famous Wookie when accelerating? Maybe not on a Prius or a Ford party car (Fiesta), but not on a huge diesel truck either. Something mid-sized and epic.

Second, most know that famed author R.A. Salvatore killed off Chewy in one of his books, which during an interview on Adventures in Sci-fi Publishing podcast, he claims was an order from the publishers. 

“Publishers, did you order the code red? Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by Wookies with guns.”

Sorry. Anyway,  my question, is that part of the canon or can we expect to see our furry friend in part 7? And will it be a musical? Just kidding, although I will admit some reservation. They have the power of funding, let’s just hope they wield it wisely.

Marine Corps Birthday

Today, back in 1775 my Marine Corps came alive. Happy Birthday Marines! If you know a Marine, wish them a happy one.
Semper Fi

Writing Prompt for Next Episode

I am about to publish my next episode of Audio Fantasy Knowledge.  I thought I would give the writing prompt early and see if we can get some of your stories on the air.  If you want to write a paragraph or two in response to the prompt, as long as it is medieval or fantasy based, I may read it on the air and publish it here as well.  And of course, I will give you shout out.

Here goes the prompt:

Let the battle begin!

That’s it.  I like to keep them short so where you run with it is less restricted.  Can’t wait to hear.


A Westeros Confession

I have a confession. I just recently started watching the HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.  For anyone who knows me, my delay in seeing these shows is insane since I love all things medieval and fantasy.  I just finished season 1 and so far am loving it, and hating it. Hating it because of the characters I want to reach into the screen and choke, like King Geoffrey.  I am sure most share my feelings, and if justice comes later in the series, please try not to spoil it for me.  Loving it because the characters are great, the setting is breathtaking, the pacing is a great mix of actions, political power plays and long forgotten honor.  

The emotional roller-coaster the show puts me through reminds me of Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett.  The book was amazing, and even though it was long, the same feelings GoT delivers is what Pillars brought.  You cheer, you cry, and you shout in anger. So far, Game of Thrones has made me experience the same feelings and I look forward to seeing the remaining seasons.

 When school slows down a bit, I must read the novels as well. I have read other Martin stories and they delivered as expected.  Can anyone advise if the GoT books prove worthy?

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)

George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set (Song of Ice and Fire Series): A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons

The Pillars of the Earth: A Novel (Kingsbridge)

Parkour Your Way To Fitness

  I recently have been experiencing a growing passion for Parkour. For those who haven’t heard of Parkour, it’s an exhilerating method of running, jumping and climbing to most efficiently overcome obstacles. It requires lots of balance, strength and mental confidence to perform, but can be started by anyone at any fitness level. I am not in as great of shape as when I was in the Marine Corps years ago, and with life being very busy, good old fitness can easily be pushed to the back burner. Parkour has rekindled my desire to get back into shape and get outside.  

I have been running 4 days a week now and started some Parkour training a few times per week, which for me includes presicion jumps, balancing exercises and lots of calasthenics. I love watching Youtube videos by the Tapp brothers and by Ronnies Shalvis. Those guys are amazing and inspiring. A vault box may be near in my future for home training as well.  

I will keep you all posted on my progress and even post some pictures or videos as I go, but any feedback or advice is gratefully accepted. I may never get to freerunning and large drops, buts presicion jumps and awesome vaults is a great way to encourage my fitness.

New Episode on the Fuller or Blood Groove

This is my new episode in AFK Audio Fantasy Knowledge where I define a fuller or as some call it, a blood groove. It is a spine that runs down the blade of knives and swords. I also cover a little news on Comic-Con and give a writing prompt and example I wrote.

Check it out

Febreeze: Fact or Folklore

I recently did a study (yeah, like today) on a product some people swear by, and others have yet to discover. Yup, I am talking about the ever famous Febreeze. Febreezeis a spray that eliminates 99.9% of odor causing bacteria’s. But did you know, in 1999 the famous Procter & Gamble product came under fire. The allegation: Febreezewas responsible for killing many household pets. Uh oh, Cedra, stand clear. So I looked into it and according to the National Animal Poison Control Center (take a breath), there is no evidence of foul play. The concern is the zinc chloride (which is supposedly harmful to pets) and that it uses aerosol propellants (which pose a danger to many types of birds). No kidding. So the ever understanding P & G came out with a new and improved version in 1998 without zinc chloride and used pump action to spray the scented aroma. I think it is common sense. Don’t use Febreeze as a Binaca replacement on your dog, and never spray your bird while in flight. Let us stick to using the antimicrobial spray on our couches, vehicle upholstery and our bed mattresses. In addition to this factual study, local folklore believes Febreeze, when used frequently on the mattress, is a natural tractor beam for relationships (unknown if short or long term). As long as you don’t get crazy with your meadow and rain or linen and sky scented spray, the results can only be positive.

Killer Marshmallows

I think we would all agree that a golf ball launched at 100 mph could kill someone if it struck them in the head. Ouch! Well a golf ball weighs 48 grams, and a marshmallow weighs 4.6 grams. And I am talking the large bon fire ones, not the little pea shooter type. So how fast would a marshmallow have to be launched to kill someone? Let me tell you, because I am nerd (and I like physics). For a marshmallow to be launched at the same kinetic energy as a golf ball traveling 100 mph, you would need, say a marshmallow slingshot, with the capabilities of launching those chewy treats at 1043 mph. Oh yeah. So if you are frolicking around the beach taking pot shots at random passerby’s, make sure your launcher is not to powerful. Who knows, you may end up killing someone….but I doubt it. Have fun.