168: A Celestial Number

via 168: A Celestial Number

I’ve always intellectually known that it’s a good number, as 24*7 is in fact 168. 13 squared equals 169, and the one leftover is there for you to interpret what to do with it.

I’m pretty sure I’ve written about this before either here or elsewhere, therefore a search will probably give you extraneous results that have nothing to do with me, or anything else numerologically….

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Sometimes I Wonder

Why? Why not? Okay, here’s the deal. I’m going to rant to fill some sort of arbitrary word count in order to make my point which is simply this; If you’re going to publish a blog, why aren’t you allowing for commentary?

Is your opinion sacrosanct, and not up for debate? Clearly not, as there’s always an opposing position to take.

Maybe you’re afraid of what others might think. Maybe you don’t want your opinion to be drowned out by the noise du jour. However, if you’re effectively keeping your opinions to yourself, why should I bother to read it?

I allow for commentary on all my blogs, including this one. The fact that I don’t get many simply means I don’t have a lot of readers. Is this my choice? No, of course not. I’d prefer the ten thousand fans I’m supposed to have, allowing for about 100 comments based on I believe the Pareto Principle. See also, the 90/9/1 rule. I could also use these mythical ten thousand fans to support me at a dollar a month for the rest of my life.

Yes, I’ve done the math, that’s $120K a year, until I die. However, the business that hasn’t been created yet, is: What to do with your sites after you die? Someone, and it may be you reading this, can start this business, and make some money off of it. And then, I’d like a large donation, and credit on your site. Point to my ministry site when you do. Thanks!

There’s going to be an influx of those that will have written a virtual metric ton of stuff online that are going to eventually die. They may leave the care and feeding of these sites to friends, relatives, etc. A thousand years from now, one of my descendants may reference this particular article.

Hey, it could happen. Note to self, add this to the same list that contains, “When pigs fly.”

So, to review: People post opinions, and don’t allow comments. I don’t have to read these sites anymore.

Have I made my point yet? More importantly, have I made my word count?

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Messages From The Angels – You Are Never Alone

Sky blue is my color, and theme for this year. Found this while randomly surfing the ‘net that is inter….

Blooming In Love

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This is an inspired writing. I am writing this message to all who are reading from the angels. The card reading was done after the inspired writing and I find it to be fitting as to what I was inspired to write this morning and also in keeping with the theme of yesterday’s inspired writing.

You are never alone.

We see you and are with you every moment.

Why do you struggle so?

Why do you dwell in sadness?

Burden yourself with worry?

Live with guilt or regret?

We are here to help you.

God longs to hear the prayers of your heart and see you live in freedom.

You deserve peace.

You deserve happiness.

You deserve love.

You deserve prosperity.

Don’t forget that you are never alone.

We are here to help you.

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Matthew 7:7-12

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will…

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Batman And Wonder Woman Get Married?

I think Catwoman might have something to say about this….

STRAITENED CIRCUMSTANCES: Tim Hanley on Wonder Woman and Women in Comics

Here’s a little Valentine’s fun for all of us: The Source has released a preview of The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #4, which features the caped crusader proposing marriage to our favourite Amazon.  Here is his proposal:

Just before this, both Batman and Wonder Woman got blasted by some sort of pink love ray, so I suspect some Star Sapphire/Zamaron involvement here.  But yeah, it sounds like a cute issue… and I like that they went with an old school version of Wonder Woman.  She looks very Silver Age.  Look for the issue in stores now.

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Natural Language Processor

This assumes that language can be processed naturally. On stage, I can say a simple sentence several different ways based on mood, timing, and even the number of syllables can all affect what I say.

Now, for you to interpret that one line out of context changes the meaning or thought behind it, simply because you don’t know what has come before.  Shakespeare has all of these great lines and quotes that are available to you at a moment’s notice, however he was writing to provide entertainment to the unwashed masses.

The fact that his plays and sonnets have survived the centuries means he was able to do it repeatedly, and his stories resonated beyond his grave. We’re still telling most of these stories today, and each actor and actress brings their own interpretation to the various roles.

Of course as we know, back in his day, men played all the parts, as women were beneath such things, or there was some cultural norm that I’m unaware of. Is that why they call it, “A play?” Women must have more important work to do surely.

I’m writing this in what passes for American English, and there’s a chance that it’s not your first language. A simple three word sentence such as, “He fell up,” can be interpreted by a machine, however it doesn’t make sense.

Would not falling up really be flying?

I found a site the other day that asks us to input simple sentences; subject, verb, object; in order to teach the machine either logic or language. Maybe both. Personally, I don’t have time for this type of data entry, however you may.

I walk up to you and say, “I couldn’t get the money.” This prompts several questions that may come to mind in you. We do know that money is how society keeps score, however that’s not what this is about. We may want to ask the question;

Why does society keep score?

Shouldn’t we all be equal? Don’t we have rights? I was once told I had the right to remain silent.  Clearly I’ve given up that right, or else you wouldn’t be reading this….

I haven’t made this one look pretty or anything, so I don’t expect to get any comments, however if you feel so called, please do.

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Untitled on #WorldTurtleDay

I’m thinking that I might update this list, as a list, when it becomes a stand-up routine, OR, I can simply rant and rave, or more likely, rave about the rant, until I’ve met my artificial word count.

It’s unclear to me at this time what my journey will be along the path I take. Or, do you take the path, and then talk about the resulting journey? We’ve discussed this aspect before, actually. This is not intended to be anything resembling a journalism course, simply because, I don’t remember most of what I was taught back in Ms. Meiner’s 8th grade journalism course that I took, however, I do remember that it led to writing for the school paper the next year….

Who? What? When? Where? Why? and sometimes, How? Are the five W’s. Well, six.  Choose the order, tell your story. Which as you’re supposed to be objective, is actually their story. That makes you, a reporter. At it’s root, a journalist is one who journals. I’m reminded of a rant of a fictionalized newsman. “We are not the news!!!”, he shouts into the camera, as the live feed goes out to the audience, and he confesses his misdeed. The TV version of the Network speech.

My true problem here is that I don’t truly have a title for this particular missive on this particular day. Twitter has infected the ‘net with tags celebrating various days, and today is #WorldTurtleDay.  As you know, you’re not supposed to mock the World Turtle, and there’s a religion that believes we’re on the back of a giant space turtle. See also, The Flat Earth Society.

I could state simply that my title is one of the aforementioned hashtags, but I like calling them octothorpes because that’s what they really are. We’ve discussed that elsewhere too.

I’ve come up with a title. I hope you like it. If you have another suggestion, comments are open….

 

You Are Your Headshot

I know I’ve written about this elsewhere, however it bears repeating. I want to know what you look like. Producer, one of the seven or eight things I do depending on whom you ask makes this relevant.

I don’t want to know what you looked like more than let’s say three years ago. The best version of yourself is who you are live in front of me. If you send me to a site with pictures that make you look significantly younger than what you actually look like, you’ve wasted my time.

Don’t do this.

I get paid a lot of money when I get paid and you probably can’t afford me. I expect that you do as well. The entertainment industry has unions with scale, and they’re purportedly a living wage.  That’s why we got into this in the first place right?

I give you respect, and politely look at your headshot, and then you come in with a look that is radically different. You’ve wasted gas, and your time as well.  Furthermore, this is 2018, and I don’t hide my emotions or my opinions from anyone, therefore if I call you out for an old headshot, you may have lost a job not only with me, but with all of my producer friends as well.

You’re probably asking yourself, “Mike, where’s your headshot?” Well, I could post a current one here, but it’s available elsewhere. It’s an even numbered year, so the mustache is current. I’m willing to shave it for the right price as allegedly it will grow back.

At least, that’s what they tell me at Barber College.

I’m not saying my time is more valuable than yours, however in this instantaneous society in which we currently live, do you really want to take a chance like this? I know I don’t….

I do feel a bit hypocritical however.  I had a really great photographer take headshots of me, and I haven’t posted them yet. I’m faced with too many choices syndrome. Again, 2018, and digital photography are the culprits.

I’ll probably end up posting what I end up with here at some point.

Stay tuned.

If I’m wrong, let me know in the comments, okay?