As a screenwriter (I'll sell a screenplay yet, just you wait!) with an actress/aspiring filmmaker wife (again, just you wait!), I've decided that this blog should: a) be regularly updated, and b) focus on that one thing I love above all others--film. Writing, acting, directing, and everything in between. And there's a lot between. Tech is still a favorite, so I'm hoping to include plenty of geeky stuff about the technology behind filmmaking. Lights, cameras, etc. Reviews are in the works, and I hope to be able to speak with some of the men and women involved in the process of bringing entertainment to the screen. More to come!
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Anyone who knows me well, knows I am quite the skeptic. I'm also pretty much immune to knee-jerks. I think rationally and logically, and I pay attention to the world around me, noticing patterns and remembering history. So it should come as no surprise that I'm here to subvert the narrative on the "terror killings" in Portland.
The situation is tragic. That cannot be denied. Any violent loss of life is a tragedy, no matter the victim's race, religion, sex, or politics. But what's been disturbing me is the slant that both the media, and the average American who slavishly "consumes" the media's "programming," are giving to these killings. To these agenda-laden people, the perpetrator was a "white nationalist Nazi who hates brown and/or Muslim people" who was "attacking" two defenseless Muslim women when a multicultural group of three brave men intervened to "help" the poor women and were viciously, "randomly" stabbed. It even happened on the first day of Ramadan, coincidentally! Now we have something to use as a counter to the Manchester bombings and hundreds of other Muslim terrorist attacks, to say, "See? Not just them! This is why we can't point the finger! This is why we can't hate!'"
But what are the actual facts? Yes, the guy was a psychopath. I mean, he voted for Bernie Sanders, for crying out loud! And he was yelling bigoted slurs at two Muslim women (Islam is not a race, so I'll not use the word "racist" that the liberals love so much. It really has no power anymore, anyway). Whether or not this can be seen as "attacking" then depends on how politically correct you are. But he was not physically assaulting anyone. It is not clear from any reports, how exactly the victims "intervened" to try to silence the stabber's naughty language but, knowing what I do of the knight in shining armor type, I can almost guarantee that they either attempted to physically assault him, or threatened to. If such is the case, one really can't act surprised that the man "defended" himself with a knife. It's kind of like American soldiers invading a nation that never attacked us, or any nation for that matter, and then acting surprised when they get shot. The victims weren't heroes, they were dumbasses. They could and should have called authorities to deal with the deranged man.
Now, neither I nor anyone else who wasn't on that train knows what really happened. Luckily all trains and buses in this country have video cameras aboard now, so I assume we'll find out when that's released. Right? You all did think of that, right? But there are real acts of terrorism that all the liberal love-in social justice warriors should be worrying about. There were eight people murdered in a mass shooting today, for instance. Don't hear any of them crying about the racist terrorism of that crime. Maybe because it doesn't fit the narrative, you know, what with the murderer being black. Hell, mass shootings happen in Chicago and Detroit every day, but we hear nothing about it from the media. Because it's not a white guy killing brown people.
The point is, if you're going to be anti-everything--anti-violence, anti-racism, anti-whatever--then you have to be consistent about it. Be just as outraged when a Muslim murders Christians as when a Christian kills a Muslim. Be just as outraged when a black man murders white people as you are when a white murders blacks. Otherwise, you have an agenda, and it's obvious to all what that agenda is. Good thing so many people are walking up to it now!
Saturday, August 6, 2016
All elections in a "democratic" society are contentious. But this year marks one of the most contentious I've seen in my life. Social media is abuzz with very strong opinions about which candidate should be supported or, in actuality, which way our nation should advance into the future. The passion with which Americans are debating their "side" is so strong as to ruin friendships and family relations. Crazy!
But how many of you have taken the time to stop and rationally think about what role you actually play in this, or any other, election? How many are even aware of what they are so passionately fighting for? What is the cost to you and yours?
Let me put it this way. What role did you play in the decision to put "your" candidate on the ballot? When you heard that Donald Trump, or Hillary Clinton, or Bernie Sanders, or whoever, was going to be running for president, how many of you were able to celebrate what you can genuinely say was the result of any effort of your own? How many personally went to any local political party meetings and discussed who might be a good candidate, or voted or petitioned to have that candidate put on a ballot? What did YOU personally do in the years that led up to this election?
Well, honestly, if you're anything like me, you didn't do jack. You don't vote in local elections. You have no idea who's on your kid's school board, let alone who wants to be. You didn't choose your railroad commissioner; hell, you don't even know what a railroad commissioner is. You didn't vote for your sheriff. You didn't vote for your judges. But you're pissed about those traffic tickets they gave you. You didn't participate in democracy in your own home town, so why are you surprised when your choices nationally are between a douche and a turd? Watch that South Park episode BTW, it's true.
Anyways, I guess I'm just tired of hearing all the rants for or against presidential candidates, once every four years until someone "wins" and then we all go back to not giving a crap. I really want everyone to wake up and just see that the entire system is flawed, and that if the only time you're involved in the democratic process is when you're presented with choices that are not yours, then it always will be. Let's not ruin relationships based on our slavish devotion to a false choice.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
I've noticed that over the years, I've lost a few twitter friends. I can only assume that, aside from those who only follow you to get a follow back and then unfollow you after, it's because of something I say. Look, it's twitter. Everyone has an opinion, and if we merely surround ourselves with those who think like we do, then we're just using those people as a sounding board to bounce our own righteousness off. That's not the way that I approach social media.
I follow people because I care about them in some way. I don't use twitter to monetize my life or sell a product (or even myself.) I use it to get to know people that I, for whatever reason, have become interested in. Sure, it's also great for news, and to keep up with my favorite sports. But it's mostly about people. People I care about.
Since I care about you, my twitter friends, whether you follow me back or not, I promise I won't unfollow you just because I don't agree with you. I might not share your political opinions or religious beliefs. I might not like your language, or attitude. But I care about you, so I'll put up with those things. Because it's all those things that make you who you are; the person I'm interested in. Just thought I'd share that.
Friday, April 10, 2015
I'm annoyed by these Twitter accounts that offer to sell or somehow increase your number of Twitter followers. For one thing, I hate that it seems the only reason for social media now seems to be marketing. I use social media for fun, and if I ever do decide to promote anything on Twitter for marketing purposes, I like to think that my product or service will stand on its own merits, and people who enjoy that product will promote it because it is useful or entertaining. I understand "marketing reach" and other crap that those in the business of business use, but to me it's just that- crap.
The products I use on a regular basis have been around for a long time, and I've never seen an advert for them. This is because the quality of the products speaks for them, and people who use the products recommend them to others. Good old fashioned word of mouth. Incidentally, those unadvertised products are much cheaper than others, due to the lack of added marketing costs. They are often also much healthier. It seems food products that are heavily advertised are usually laden with unhealthy, unnatural ingredients.
So no, I don't want to buy followers. I'm not that desperate for attention, and if I have anything to sell, it will be worth buying and will sell itself. This might lose me some temporary exposure, but will gain me loyal followers who genuinely enjoy and appreciate what I have to offer.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
I remember playing with Lego blocks as a child- who doesn't? But back then you just got a big bucket full of bricks. No "sets" or any of that stuff. You just had bricks and your imagination. Well, for the past several years they have had awesome Lego machines that make me wish I were a kid again. Actually, screw it, you don't have to be a kid to buy these Legos, as the above video of a really cool Lego car assembly line shows.
I'm glad that a toy exists to inspire children to learn and experiment with technology. Oh yeah, there are Erector sets, too. Kids these days are sure lucky to have such great technology available to them. If you are a parent and want to buy a toy for your kid that will provide hours of fun as well as expand the mind a bit, I recommend something along these lines. Just make sure you stop playing with them long enough to let them have a go!
Sorry for the short posts- I'm still trying to get another laptop. Smartphones are great, but writing with them sucks!
Sunday, July 1, 2012
And speaking of killing people, I hate how Godlike normal mode makes a player. Yesterday I emptied an entire 21 round clip into a guy's back from twenty yards away and he then turned around and shot me. The only way to kill someone seems to be to get incredibly good at aiming for the head- something counterintuitive in the extreme, since anyone who knows how to shoot knows that you aim for the largest target- the upper body mass. It is still the part that I automatically aim at, and no matter how hard I try, I just can't make myself aim for the smallest target on a person's body.
But I digress. Where the heck are the Hardcore servers, EA? Or indeed any of the non-normal servers that you show in the filter? What is this Infantry mode that shows up? Don't know, because, you guessed it, no servers for it. I even set it to show full servers in the event everyone might just be playing HC? But no, ZERO servers. In fact there are absolutely no servers for anything but normal mode. What a ripoff. Hey EA (or Origin or whoever you call yourselves now) do you think I am going to go Premium or buy any of the expansions without Hardcore mode? Think again.
Edit to add that I did find out the problem- the Multiplayer update never automatically installed because when it downloaded the Xbox stored the download on the USB stick I had in it, rather than the HDD. So since I never rebooted til after I removed the USB, the update was never applied. I have enjoyed mad Hardcore BF3 action since a few days after this post.