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….

 

I’m a Filmmaker, And I’m Okay…

I work all night, and I sleep all day.

If only that were the case. I received an email from the fine folks who press the word, that I’ve been doin’ this for six years. So, HB to me!!!

My problem is, are, was, were, not even grammatically correct. Damn!! Time to go back to English 10AB w/Fred Doucette.

Was @Castle recently, and started playing Fizzbin with random guests, just to pass the time. I have to create a new act that I can film and submit to the entertainment committee in order to qualify to maybe perform Close-up magic @ some point in the distant future, in the only place I truly ever want to perform it.

Life is either performance art, or a broadway musical. Make your choice, and then stick to it. Use stick ’em if you have to. I told my Executive Producer this once. Two years ago. Well, maybe more than that at this point, as the fine folks in the land of 168 have changed the dates since.

I should hold Chip Chalmers personally responsible for my meltdown this season. He was the last director I asked to direct me, before I resigned to doing it myself. But Chip’s a good guy, so, I would never do that.

Others in the land of granola that may or may not be called out during this not so random rant include but are not limited to, the 1st AD, and the 2nd Unit Director.

We lost 3 hours because of this duo, that propagated throughout the rest of the project.

We had a full post production sound facility ready for us at 9a the day before turn in. We didn’t get there ’til noon. Hard out at ten pm, therefore, well, I’ve already done the math for you.   Sol7 did incredible work under the strangest of conditions. Special thanks to them above and beyond the credits they shall receive somewhere. Well, on the finished product itself. Which may be a film, motion picture, or movie.

Wow.  Artificial word count reached!!! You should all know what that means by now.

Well, if you don’t, it means I can type faster. Like this…. Except when getting a phone call from the fine folks @ the E3 after party I just confirmed attendance. For myself, and two guests. You should know who you are, however, if you don’t, then well, it’s not you.

The thoughts in the previous paragraph may be in the proper order, if not the words. Take this into account when you post your comments.

I know I’m missing something this weekend, however, I do have the capability of walking into the LA Wine Fest with my press pass from the fine folks @Soak Magazine. I should give them special thanks, too.

So, have a lost weekend, then play video games? I wonder if that’s how Ray Milland started….

A random closing phrase here, then the directives. If this were a song, it would probably be in four part harmony.

I’ve gone so far off topic in this one….

That’s my story. Hope You Enjoyed It™

And They Stop on Tuesday….

Chris Brogan

Image by BryanPerson via Flickr

This is a response to the last @ChrisBrogan post that I read, and commented on. There’s an outside chance you may read this first, therefore, you should read that, and then come back here, and read my response.

Or not, up to you. I’ll wait in either case.

Back yet? My first reaction can be found in the title. Most people won’t stick with something for more than 24 hours. Those people must learn determination. Set a goal. Don’t stop ’til you achieve your goal. That’s the simplest definition, at least, mine.

My second reaction, was simply, “Why do they HAVE TO start on Monday?” Chris’ analogy does play, that most people start work on Monday, therefore they start other things, too. But the seven day work week may not start the same day for everyone.

There was a game show in the 70’s, not sure of the exact timing, however, that can be looked up at this point…Celebrity Sweepstakes. If you remember seeing this show on more than one occasion, we are contemporaries. Good to meet you.

For the rest of you, here’s how the game worked; 6 Celebrities, 3 contestants,  Standard live studio audience (probably around 300 if I remember my walking around Television City days), and one Game Show Host, Jim McKrell. He’s on IMDb. Growing up, I wanted to BE him. I faked sick, just so I could stay home and watch Celebrity Sweepstakes with my dad, that’s how important it was to me, and ultimately, to my father. More on that part another time, or else this post will go in an entirely different direction.

The point, and I’ll get to it, is that there was a question that goes to what Chris was saying. First you must understand, the rules of the show:

  • Host asks celebrities questions.
  • They have 30 seconds to answer, meanwhile
  • audience votes (places a bet) on which celebrity will get it right
  • odds appear in front of celebrities (1 to 99:1)
  • contestants wager
  • Jim asks celebrity the question again
  • celebrity answers
  • Here’s where it branches…
  • If wrong, Jim asks another celebrity
  • Else, award money to contestant
  • Wash, rinse, repeat
Three rounds of the game, plus the final all or nothing round. More on that one another time too.
Now, as I’m approaching some arbitrary word count set forth by “Those Who Think They Know More Than I Do (TWTTKMTID)” I’ll get to the point. For purposes of illustration, the celebrities at the time were George Hamilton, Don Adams, and Carol Wayne, she of tea time movie fame, if you don’t know who that is. (aside: she fits the model of the actress that plays the dumb blonde, needs to actually be the smartest person on the set.)
The question: What is the first day of the week?
The celebrities lock in their answers.
The three in question all return even money, and as I believe this was indeed the all or nothing round, you could double your money, or go home empty handed if you get it wrong.
The contestants bet on the three celebrities in question, each betting all there money. If you’re a fan of poker, they went all in.
They did the reveal in reverse order, as anyone whose seen a round of Final Jeopardy can tell you.
The first contestant picks Don Adams. Jim asks the question to which Don replies, “It’s so obvious. It’s Monday!”
Wrong.
Next contestant bet all her money on George Hamilton, and achieves the same result.
Two contestants, no winners. Shall we try for three?
The final contestant placed all her money on Carol Wayne, and in her sleekest sultry voice simply says, “Sunday.”
We have a winner!!!
Now, what’s all this got to do with you? I’ll tell you.
You don’t have to use either of these as the first day of the week. The Comic Book Business uses Wednesday, or new comic book day, for those that know. As we know from a previous post, or The Bible if you don’t want to read anymore, God worked for six days, and rested on the seventh. That means that the day of rest for those in the comic book field is Tuesday.
My pastor takes Monday off, so, he starts his work week on Tuesday.
With these few examples, I think I’ve made the point that Chris was making in the original post. Even though you have the opportunity to be connected all the time, and working on being connected all the time, you don’t have to. You’ll feel better.
Especially the next time you play Frontierville 😉
72 and sunny in Redondo Beach.

What’s your first day of the week? Let me know in the comments. And let me know how I can break my Frontierville™ addiction, too 😉

In The What’s Wrong with This Picture Department…

What's wrong with this poster?

If you haven’t made plans yet today, and you live in the Glendale, CA area, please stop by and see my film, Blue Blazes, today at the Alex Theatre. As part of The 168 Film Festival, it enjoys its World Premiere on the big screen today. It shows in the early afternoon block, which starts at 120pm. Hope to see you there!!!

Oh, I’m sure y0u’ve figured it out by now….

72 and sunny in Redondo Beach.

That’s my story. Hope you enjoyed it™

Sometimes, A Well Timed Heckle is all You’ve Got

Those that know me, truly know me, in all but The Biblical sense will attest to the following: I’ve made my living by heckling. In fact, if I were a supervillain, I’d probably be, The Heckler!!! As we know, I’m Batman. Sshhh!!! Don’t tell anyone. It’s a secret. I read this and had to respond.

Why, you ask? Or maybe you didn’t. I don’t know. Maybe you haven’t even read this far. If you have, three reasons come to mind for a well timed heckle:

  1. To get a laugh
  2. To speed up the proceedings, and finally
  3. editorial commentary

Maybe that last one covers the other two, I don’t know. Having performed stand up comedy for most of my life, I can tell you, it’s not good when you allow a heckler on a roll. You have to shut them down immediately. Fortunately, as most of you know, I’m able to do that, too. Picking your spots, and using a heckle on an occasional basis, is okay sometimes. You may heckle me by replying, or leaving a comment below. Or a tweet. Unless you see this on Facebook, in which case, you should Like this, really. Like this, like this!!! 😉

 

In Lieu of Actual Writing….

I present to you, today’s edition of, It’s, The Law!!!

I’ve been receiving some random tweets lately, as @replies, or @mentions for those that know. Actually, they really aren’t that random.  The latest one looks like this….

Now normally a Block and Report Spam action makes these go away pretty quickly. Tried that, didn’t work.

Sent a friendly tweet recently to the offending party. It may be a ‘bot. Ok, I can handle that. Found out who controls the ‘bot.

Got into a heated conversation pretty quickly. The next step is to report all accounts to the fine folks at Twitter, and get them to take action.

Now, to be fair, he says it’s a but that they’re attempting to fix, however, as I’ve written previously elsewhere, this may have taken place intentionally.

I will give them 24 hours to fix.

Stay tuned.

Oh, and as always, adjust your expectations accordingly.

You Might Be a Journalist If…

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 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.  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. Or, if you’re a girl, writes in your diary 🙂 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. Great stuff back in ’76 when it first came to the big screen. Often imitated, never duplicated.

So much has happened since I started down this train of thought, that it’s almost been derailed at this point. I attended Comic Con. Did you? Probably, as there were a lot of people there. I came back, I’m home, and now I’m onto another thing. Does it matter what it is? Of course! That’s why you read this far, and that’s why I write. If you weren’t here to read, the writing would conceptually take place anyway. Or not. You wouldn’t know, as you haven’t clicked the link provided. I’m sure at some point this will all make sense, however, the bottom line is, there is a bottom line. How do we know you haven’t crossed it? I’ve decided that while all of you celebrate New Year’s on January 1st, I’m choosing either August or September 1st, simply because, that works better for me, and all the things I do.

The left turn that the bat takes while exiting his cave has taken place, and as a result, The Random Rant will never be the same. But it will always be random. And, ranty. Similar, yet different. Hope you enjoy it.

So, as always, Adjust your expectations accordingly, and of course, please, retweet.

72 and sunny in Redondo Beach.

e You next time….

SyFy Corner Update: Mega Python vs. Gatoroid vs. Debbie Gibson vs. Tiffany (via AnythingHorror Central)

It should be possible to find out who’s providing money for these types of movies, track them down, and shoot them. It should also be possible to find out how much money was spent on these individual travesties. And finally, yes, I can do better.

SyFy Corner Update:  Mega Python vs. Gatoroid vs. Debbie Gibson vs. Tiffany Go ahead and rub your eyes; I'll wait.  You read correctly.  Ever since the great match up between Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009) hit Syfy and gave it HUGE ratings I've been waiting to see what the next great match-up will be.  I got my answer the other day when I received this press release from the SyFy Channel.  Next up is Mega Python duking it out with Gatoroid.  But wait … as if that wasn't enough we also get even more incentive to tu … Read More

via AnythingHorror Central

How To Deal with, The Rules

There’s a book giveaway at the end of this post, so, what needs to happen is that you read the whole thing, first. Most of you will probably scroll to the end and enter, but trust me, I’ll know. I feel it’s appropriate to discuss the three ways to deal with the rules in what is ostensibly, a contest post. Win/win. So, that Guy Kawasaki will read, the three ways to deal with the rules are as follows:

  1. Learn them before you start
  2. Learn as you go, and finally
  3. Make them up as you go.

Simple, right? Not so fast, I’ve got about 700 words to go. Plus, explaining the rules will probably take more than that. Although, they do look rather simple and straightforward, come to think of it. So, maybe we should discuss, how to handle individual situations where the 3 ways can be used effectively.

Learn Before You Start

What’s the first board game you ever played? Chess, Checkers, Monopoly, Chutes & Ladders, or dare I say it, Candyland? In every case, you opened the box, took out the pieces, and there was this page of rules that came with. If you haven’t already played the game, you read the rules, hopefully, all the way through, and then you start. Simple board games that you played as a kid are easy, ones that are more complicated, have more rules and pieces, and finally, games that look simple but have multiple strategy guides/books published, are even more complicated, but that goes to playing the game well. In Checkers and Chess, you know how the pieces move, and you know what the ultimate goal is, however, how do you achieve that goal? Again, that goes to strategy, and I’m not trying to sell you a chess book. You’ve learned how the pieces move, where they go on the board, and what the goal is, so, chess or checkers at its base, is easy, and what are called perfect games, as they are finite to a point. Repeated play at a game like this will lead to improvement in your quality of play, and therefore, RTFM, as we say in the trade.

Learn as You Go

I once had a chiropractor tell me, “Life’s a game. Play the game.” I may have said this elsewhere myself, although, not recently, otherwise, I’d link to it. You’re born, you live, hopefully a long time, and then you die. Depending on your belief system, or the series finale of LOST, that’s not the end. In any case, no one handed you the above mentioned rulebook, therefore, you had to figure out most things yourself. Hopefully, you had a loving set of parents that pointed you in the right direction, for those things that you needed help with. This process continues into adulthood, and in the case of the meddling in-laws, probably long after that. You may find some new ‘games’ that you wish to play, and it’s at times like this, that I take the path of sitting down and starting to play. Like Twitter, or Facebook, for instance. Some of you may have actually read the privacy statement on either or both sites, however, as in at least one case, they’re constantly changing, therefore, you probably just clicked without reading. You got your account, and tried to figure it out. You may have even tweeted or written on your wall at some point. I don’t know, as my experience with Twitter should probably be a whole ‘nother post, if it hasn’t been already….

Make Them Up as You Go

Which brings us ultimately to, the 3rd option. The most fun, and quite possibly, the most dangerous. Sure, Twitter has rules, which are mostly guidelines, and the Twitiquette police will attempt to smack you down if you don’t follow their rules, however, the beauty of the system is, at least in this case, and for me, that I don’t have to play by their rules. I have mine. Mine are better, by definition. And since I’m making them up, I can change them, too. Again, win/win. I win, you win, he she or it, wins. In case of Grammar Police™, go directly to the Free Parking space on Monopoly, and don’t collect any money. Most of you have probably started with a $500 bill on this spot, and you’ve used the community chest money to add to it, however, that’s not in the rules. I was playing the game for a year before I found that one out, as I chose option #2 for that game. How To Win Delivering Happiness, by Tony Hsieh This is probably the part you scrolled to when I said scroll to the end, so, the first rule of the free book giveaway is, go back to the top, and read the whole post. The second rule is, leave a comment, to prove that you’ve read it, and as the book comes out on Monday, by all means, rule #3 is multiple comments only count as one entry, and I’ll be tweeting this post out for the next 3 days. I have only one copy of the book to giveaway, therefore, best comment wins. Rule #4, all decisions of the judge are final, that’s me, and no purchase necessary, as I’m not really asking you to buy anything. I could, but then a purchase would be necessary, and we can’t have that, can we? Well, we could, but then you’d be breaking a rule. Which I’ll probably discuss next time. As always, adjust your expectations accordingly. And, Please, Retweet.