One Thousand Words

A picture is worth, or so they say. I did the math on this recently for an average feature film length of 88 minutes, and it comes to, wait for it, 126,720,000 words to describe a movie, if you were to take each frame separately.  24 frames per second, or fps, and you can do the rest of the math yourself.

The phrase comes from journalism, and if Mrs. Meiners taught me anything, it’s that sometimes, you don’t get a photo to go with your story.  You might have to write the thousand words to describe the 1/24th of a second that you observe at any particular point.

That makes this, an opinion piece. Simply because I have one, and like the other thing that everyone has, yours may be different. Similar, yet different.

Ready, okay!

My goal for this piece of my opinion may or may not be limited to the aforementioned words numbering one thousand.  That’s not the goal.

It’s simply this: to explain away the travesty that is my current state of mind. For those of you that don’t know, the Mind State lies somewhere between CA, NV, AZ, and quite possibly UT.

That’s right, you won’t find it on any map. Ever notice how most sites have a site map? Turns out, all it really is, is an outline of the hierarchy of your web pages. It’s a good thing to have one, so that the appropriate search engines can find things on your site.

Word pictures must be painted.

To continue, as opposed to moving forward in the same direction, it follows that in your average movie, and believe me, most are below average, the picture taken at any point a that is somewhat near point b will contain most if not all of the same information, or data.

Computer Science teaches this, actually.  Everything boils downto zeroes and ones, and Moore’s Law is in full force at any particular time.

If this were to be a picture, at the beginning of this paragraph, I would have had six hundred and seventy seven words left to write.  Fortunately, telling you this fact means that now I have somewhat less left to go.

Here’s some more math for you: A thousand words a day, times 365 in a year give or take, gives us 365,000 words, approximately.  A simple division of 126,720,000/365,000 equals 347.18 years to create the average movie.

I don’t have that kind of time, and probably neither do you.

Of course, this precludes the collaborative process, and if you have roughly 348 people creating the thousand words a day, it may only take one year to bring your vision to the big screen. Or mine for that matter.

Given this fact, and several other variables that may or may not be predicted with any semblance of logic that may or may not be fuzzy, how does anyone get their vision to the big screen?

I’m reminded of an old joke: A guy drives up and asks, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice!” is the punchline.  I heard that for the first time during the 60’s. Yes, I am that old if you’re a first time reader. Or even, the second time as I didn’t mention it last time, either.

Time is God’s provision for everything not happening at once, and space is His provision so that it doesn’t all happen in the same place.  However, within your own life, or the life of any particular average movie, it may seem like a lot of things are taking place at the same time in the same place.

I sure do hope that last sentence parses.

And it won’t be the last sentence, either.  Why the concern with word count, one may ask. If you don’t already know, this is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for those that do.  30 days, and fifty thousand words later, and you have your novel. That averages out to about 1700 words a day, give or take.

As I’m a filmmaker, I choose months that have 30 days in them to write a screenplay instead.  In April, Script Frenzy, or Screnzy as some would call it, is all the rage.  The goal in this case is to write 100 pages of screenplay in a month, and that divides out nicely to three and a third pages of screenplay a day.

I admit, I’m a little behind, as I’ve got 65 dynamite pages of a web series, however, only ten or eleven days left depending on when you read this, in order to get to the finish line, which ticks out to about 3.5 pages a day.

I once wrote on I believe this blog/site whatever it is this week, that it should be possible to write one great page of screenplay a day, at which point in a year you can create 3.65 screenplays if you stay on track.

I’m painfully behind on that one, as I have a life outside of writing as it turns out.  Therefore, it follows that I’ve had to give up most if not all of my social media commitments.  Ironically, you’ll probably see this missive posted about in one of three places first, Twitter, Facebook (or, the book of the face, OR Fakebook as I refer to it), or quite possibly Linked In.

I hope that those that read it out there, will leave comments there, as well as here.  However, I know that most will simply gloss over it, and move on without so much as nary a thought.

So, to review: Word count, page count, and the like are probably not as important as the fact that you’ve read this far, and I’m dangerously close to reaching the artificial word count I established in the title, therefore, I should probably continue to put words in some semblance of order to form sentences to reach it.

The fact that I’m behind may be because I’ve lost my muse. However, that’s probably another post on an entirely different site for another time.

Why, you may ask? It’s, The Law!!!

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.

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.

Twitter is Down.

Well, not right now. I just thought that since it has been recently, that I’d write about it now, after all the hubbub. And, since it’s up, you’ll likely see this post as soon as Twitterfeed tweets it….

In any case, it’s my new definition of irony. Because put simply, if Twitter goes down, I’d want to tweet and tell all my friends, however, it’s down, so, I can’t.

Of course, there are other options available to let you and by extension, my followers/friends/fans, etc, whatever you call yourselves on the various social networks that you may or may not be following me on, as opposed to on which you may be following me, however, the lament would not be as effective, simply because, it wouldn’t be the same. Similar, yet different.

3 advantages to Twitter being down include:

  1. Ability to get actual work done.

Ok, maybe just one big advantage. I’m sure you can come up with the other two. If you do, leave a comment. If you don’t, leave a comment about that as well.

You see, I stopped after the first one because I realized that yes indeed, the problem was with TweetDeck 🙂

72 and sunny in Redondo Beach on Christmas Day.

Adjust your expectations accordingly.

Oh, and I shouldn’t have to say this anymore, but please, retweet. That is, if Twitter isn’t down….

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Once Again, It’s Time to Rant Randomly…

Ok, I came up with a cool title, that no one will click when they see it, so, I’m basically typing to myself. Tell me I’m wrong in the comment section. Thanks!!!

So, what’s going on in the world? Does it matter? Does it affect me, and in turn, you? No? Read on….

I started this current missive with a title, and no actual material to back it up with, so, I don’t know where I’m going to end up. However, I probably didn’t start at the beginning, either.

What brought this on? Or one, as I originally mistyped? Is it a typo if I spelled it correctly? Yes, of course it is, as, it’s not the word that I originally chose.

Having answered my own question, I’ll move on. Or one. Is it a coincidence that the letter ‘e’ is typed with the middle finger of the left hand? I’ll let the pundits decide.

Of course, they aren’t reading this.

But they might read, this.

How do I know this? As previously stated elsewhere, no one knows anything. Why is that? Well, the current statistic is, wait for it, 22 hours of video downloaded to YouTube per minute. Personally I don’t have that kind of time, but someone has apparently invented a time warp field generator to squish 22 hours into a minute.

And, he hasn’t even patented it yet. Try saying that three times fast, and get back to me on how you did.

In any case, randomly typing as in the infinite monkeys experiment, has brought me this far without a real point to be made, other than the following: I have followers on Twitter that might read this far.

Have I buried the lead? Of course!!! I’m not a journalist, and I don’t even play one on TV!!! I’m a guy, that has opinions, that publish online somewhat regularly, or more likely, randomly. How does this affect you? Or, will you share in this effect? That’s right. They’re both spelled correctly, and used correctly, for those of you that just graduated the Grammar Police Academy. That’s (TM) me if someone makes an aforementioned YouTube video, and uploads it.

Had to respond to a tweet. Now, where were we? I’m here in front of my borrowed computer in Redondo Beach, and I still don’t know where you are.

You may be reading this in the comfort of your own home on anyone of several myriad devices. And that might be what led to this random rant.

Clearly, they’re looking to replace Olivia. And this is a good thing, but I digress….

Which is the title of what used to be Peter David‘s column in CBG. Great title, great writer, and a good book, too!!!

Hopefully, enough of you will click on that link, and then I’ll get paid. Not the first one, the second one. Alternatively, click on both, and buy the book. As opposed to by the book, but again, I digress….

I think I’ll end here, as I may or may not have another blog entry to write elsewhere, therefore, this has either been another edition of The Random Rant, or, It’s, The Law!!!

Adjust your expectations accordingly.

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Yet Another Installment of, It’s the Law!!!

Several things I found out recently, and I won’t list them, therefore, Guy Kawasaki won’t read further, however, most of the rest of you might, and that’s good enough for me.

It turns out there’s this thing out there called 4square. Ok, it’s yet another social network. Apparently, you can be the mayor from where ever you update from, if you’re the first one there. It’s all pretty strange, and I’m the guy that has over 33 thousand tweets in a year, so, I’m thinking I might be an expert. On strange, not 4square.

If you link your Twitter account to 4square, every-time you update, Twitter tweets. Or, twits, as we’ve discussed previously. This phenomenon extends to other social networks. FriendFeed, Twitter, and most importantly, Facebook. Furthermore, I’m on all of them.

There’s also Twitterfeed, which allows you to direct any RSS feed that you control, to Twitter. Now, as it states Biblically no-less, it is possible to invent ways to do evil, and I think I’ve found mine….

Having seen The Law!!! kick in at inopportune times, I can tell you this: It is quite possible that there is a way to tweet once, and have it circulate around the Twitterverse, forever.

I just haven’t found it yet.

Adjust your expectations accordingly, and as always, Please, Retweet.

If you haven’t already.

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The Experiment, One Year Later….

I’ve talked about here and elsewhere, mostly on Twitter, before. I’m declaring today the one year anniversary of, The Experiment.

3 Things you need to know about it:

  • It’s not over.
  • I will never tell you what it is.
  • It’s been a success, so far.

You may have why questions, which I may or may not answer. If you’ve been following me on Twitter during this time, you have have hints as to what it is. However, it’s my contention that explaining the experiment will taint the results.

So, we’re in a conundrum, of sorts. I’d like to enumerate my success, but at the same time, if I do, I’ll violate my rules. And we can’t have that, can we?

Adjust your Expectations Accordingly.

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