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.
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:
- Learn them before you start
- Learn as you go, and finally
- 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.
Better dead than red. How many remember this? No one? Okay, how ’bout, McCarthyism? Strike a chord? The root word of Communist is, commune. Everyone lives together in perfect harmony, as it’s also the root word of community. Everyone shares with everyone else, and all are equal, as everyone’s contributed something. Great in theory, anyway, but we all know how that worked out, right? Without getting into the politics of the 50’s, it boils downto, Socialism on steroids, and the USSR, or Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, collapsed under its own weight in the early 90’s. I could look up the exact date, but my mythical deadline is way past. In any case, see Animal Farm, and 1984, both by George Orwell.
Now, where were we? Well, as previously discussed, I’m always in Redondo Beach, except when I’m elsewhere, and we don’t know where you are. Well, you do, or at least you should. If you don’t, you need to go back to remedial Bulletproof Monk school.
Oh, and if you truly believe it’s ok to be unique, just like everybody else, you probably don’t need to read on. As you’ve already drank the metaphorical Koolaid downto the dregs. That’s right, you’re on dregs. There, I said it. Now it would seem that I’m simply typing to pad my word count, so, I might get to a point soon. Sooner if I could type faster.
See, the problem with Socialism, is it’s borderline Communist. And yet, there are those that are okay with it. The other problem is, it only works on a small scale, not in a macro environment, like a large country. Like Russia. Aside: I took two years of Russian Studies at ‘SC, but apparently, I had to give them back. The bigger names you hear about on the far left feel that since they have all the money, it doesn’t matter if they give some of it away in the name of higher taxes to provide for the less wealthy, simply because they wish to remain in power. Free money is a toxin, actually.
I was forming this thought mentioned in the title long before I read something similar to this story, which prompted me to write. The sad truth of the matter is, those that believed Communism was okay, are mostly the same people that have become environmentalist wackos. The whole Green movement is designed to make sure that those that have the power stay in power, and those that don’t have access to a wind farm, continue to pay for ‘inferior’ methods of power generation and consumption, at a higher rate, eventually pricing everyone out of the market, except for those that have indeed, gone Green.
The Law!!! will kick in at some point, as it inevitably does, and hopefully someone will call Bullshit, even though Penn & Teller probably already have. I think it was in the 3rd season, actually. I just hope we’re not too late….
Adjust Your Expectations Accordingly.
Wow. Didn’t have to sit through the rest of 60 Minutes to see this. Thanks!!!
Ok, my take, on this whole thing, and what prompted me to write more than a simple comment that can be tweeted out is this:
Conan may believe that he didn’t get screwed, and that’s fine. However, there are those of us that did. Get screwed I mean. Leno IS the bad guy in this whole thing, as originally, he stated he was going to retire when he originally gave the tonight show away.
As it got closer, he realized that he still wanted to do it, however, they’d already hired Conan to takeover. This started a chain of events, and of course, The Law!!! kicked in, and as you know, whenever that happens, everyone gets screwed.
NBC can justify their move by saying Conan’s ratings were less than Leno’s. What they forget to mention, is the reason for that was that Leno’s ratings at 10p, were not up to expectations, and as a result, local news ratings at the various affiliate stations were down, to the point where they were stating they were going to change affiliations.
I don’t necessarily know how that works, as I live in a major city, therefore it’s not an option for any network here, as they’re the network. However, it’s my understanding that affiliates sign on for the National feed from whatever network, and back in the days before cable, this was an issue of long term contracts, and who had the best shows, say if you live in Cedar City, Utah (just as an example), your local station there has chosen one of the big three or four, at which point, at 11p, you do your local news. After which at 1130, you go back to broadcasting your network of choice.
As a result of Leno’s ratings not being up to par, local affiliates like the theoretical one above, threatened to pull the plug as it were, and go somewhere else, the choices being ABC, CBS, or Fox.
NBC literally pushed the panic and eject button almost at the same time, as Conan mentioned in the interview.
As a result, me as a viewer of some shows on NBC, although these days, less and less, as it would seem their entire Entertainment division suffers from what we’ll call Leno syndrome, can’t seem to put any good and decent shows on the air, I have been passively boycotting the network and its shows, and actively speaking out to anyone who’ll listen.
And again, I predicted bad things for NBC back when they made the monumentous decision to be the 5th place network back when they first announced that Leno would have a primetime show. But of course, no one listens to me, except you, my three readers….
Adjust your expectations accordingly.