An incredible and courteous blogger, our Jim Adams, concocted Song Lyric Sunday perhaps a year ago, to review tunes, both their titles, and verses. For an excellent Valentine’s Day this weekend, Jim’s prompt is the following: Brain/Mind/Think
I likewise surmise that somebody will think this, but the word mind is in both the title and the lyrics of the band the Pixies’ 1988 tune, Where is my Mind?, so both checkmark boxes have been scratched.
Valentine’s Day is a magnificent day. Likewise, Where is my Mind? is a wonderful rock song, that, for example, concludes an excellent feature film, and it is a spoiler to tell you which movie. Notwithstanding, about the topic of taking care of business, it doesn’t hurt us horribly to battle, on the off chance that we have a way before us of self-assurance, and trust.
An anti-hero doesn’t always get the girl.
In 1988, I think the Pixies were already a lovely band. Other Song Lyric Sundays, Jim has pointed out to me, in comments, that he has by now heard of a few new bands by way of me. Song Lyric Sunday’s been teaching me how to go more slowly about what you might call a topic of conversation.
I don’t know right away what the lyrics of Where is my Mind? are about. The phrase of the title is an apologetic expression which means: it’s unfortunate that I have not been paying attention. The word mind is in the title of the Pixies tune, and furthermore provides the ensemble.
The song seems to be about exploring a paradise retreat. The Pixies are regularly talked about, and I agree that a couple of Pixies melodies examine the Caribbean, the extraordinary swimming there. The website urban dictionary, in its entry for Where is my Mind?, refers obliquely to the recording artist Rihanna, and to her native Barbados.
At the point when I was in my first year of school, one friend hailed from Barbados, and he was a pleasant man. Settling the riddle of turning into a grown-up appeared to be an easy decision. It would include music and entertainment and other beloved properties of our combined cultural experience, growing and unfolding.
I’m attempting to say that to get an opportunity to throw about something like nineteen-eighties period hardware and that sort of business, is fun. To tell the truth, our guy in the dorm liked Star Wars, for example. That’s not the film with Where is my Mind? at the end, by the way.
where is my mind?
it’s what you say when your head callaspes and there’s nothing in it.
with your feet in the air your head on the ground try this trick and spin it
Before that, my sibling Josh had been known to indicate a proud interest in music at school. You might think it was his CD I grabbed for myself, but I usually didn’t do anything as mean to my brother as stealing from his music collection. When he’d been moved out for years, I sometimes sneaked into his bedroom to find a CD to listen to, left behind by him, but only once in a blue moon did I do something facile like that.
The line-up of the Pixies includes singer Black Francis, which is a stage name, and also Kim Deal, playing the bass guitar. Joey Santiago plays lead guitar and David Lovering plays the drums.
Charles Thompson IV is an American vocalist, musician, and guitarist. Come 1988, Thompson (“Frank Black”) had a bunch of great songs to do. He met Kim Deal for the first time when she was looking to join a band, and she answered his newspaper ad.
She was only discovering her talent, and they got a bunch of songs together, and on their combined strengths as musicians, they struck a deal with 4AD. Their first release as a band is the EP Come on Pilgrim. You know, my Come on Pilgrim CD may be as yet kicking around here.
I should clarify for you that I wasn’t listening to the Pixies as far back in time as 1988. It was well after the band split in 1993 that I got a little more interested in the music the Pixies had heretofore done together. The first Pixies EP is from the year 1987, followed by a 1988 LP, on which you will find Where is my Mind?.
The cover art of the 1997 Pixies retrospective Death to the Pixies presents 1987 as the band’s first year of making music. Wikipedia says Where is my Mind? is the seventh track on the Pixies’ 1988 introduction Surfer Rosa. The tune was composed by frontman Black Francis while he went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, recalling scuba in the Caribbean.
I only took a little interest in what my brother was playing on his stereo, but I saw he had Last Splash by the Breeders, since it was on the radio a lot. Nowadays the Breeders’ Kim Deal has long quit the Pixies, opting not to rejoin, when the band synched up again, in the year 2004. That’s a good band, too.
Julie, a girl from Scarborough who I met during a return visit to my college town, when I was twenty-five years old or so, said that a ton of Christian individuals would simply debilitate exciting music. It is difficult for me to oppose getting keen on music. I would never prize an informed outlook over something more articulate, whether unlikely.
You could say there was something about the way in the days the social media network MySpace was hot handling music that kind of got to me. I had the understanding that a periodical like Rolling Stone would be useful, say, to find great music, but it was interesting to see things were swiftly changing in the 2000s, in many different areas of life.
Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, readers. Thanks to Jim Adams for the blog prompt.
By the way, the word “stop” in the first line of this Pixies song has from time to time got me thinking of why listeners wouldn’t consider stopping the album during play. I think it is a metaphor (though a weird metaphor). By the way, Black Francis sings the word mind nine or ten times during the song.
Ooh, stop Ooh Ooh With your feet on the air and your head on the ground Try this trick and spin it, yeah Your head will collapse But there’s nothing in it And you’ll ask yourself Where is my mind? Where is my mind? Where is my mind? Way out in the water See it swimming I was swimming in the Caribbean Animals were hiding behind the rock Except the little fish Bump into me, swear he’s Tryin’ a talk to me, say wait wait Where is my mind? Where is my mind? Where is my mind? Way out in the water See it swimming With your feet on the air and your head on the ground Try this trick and spin it, yeah Your head will collapse If there’s nothing in it And you’ll ask yourself Where is my mind? Where is my mind? Where is my mind? Way out in the water See it swimming Ooh With your feet on the air and your head on the ground Try this trick and spin it, yeah Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh
Fandango does daily midnight writing prompts, one-word prompts to inspire his readers to post around that word. I don’t think Fandango knows me, but I know him. I think Fandango and Jim are friendly but competitive.
I remembered also that a tweet of mine finally got some attention, a little. You can see from my screenshot (Twitter on a desktop), that when I took the snapshot, I had twenty-five likes from visitors, and fully five retweets, which is great.
Those are the musicians. Thom Yorke is who did all those great songs with Radiohead, such as Just (You Do It to Yourself). Likewise, Burial has been called, by the cool people at Pitchfork, the best electronic music going.
The three recording artists haven’t done a release together since their second, in 2011. Out of those three names, I like Thom Yorke’s music the best, and I take it he is the most famous of the three.
Usually, most days, I’m screaming into the void. However, it couldn’t be more fun. I’m confident that I have a handle, while not being too serious about it.
I assist the family by participating in my dad’s business, and while I strategize myself on WordPress and Twitter, I trade a little business of his in with the mix. It is largely a case of volunteer stakes, not a large risk rather.
I’m thankful that the news is saying there’s a 95%-effective vaccine against the worldwide pandemic. In Canada, I think one news report said three million Canadians will be vaccinated as soon as early next year.
This blog gets me crossing paths with individuals who have something to add about the world as they understand it. Like the Discover feature on TikTok, imagination is an alluring quality.
Jim Adams is a writer with a fascination for music, who concocts prompts for a blog. He thinks of words for participants to find in song titles, or lyrics, in a blog format.
Participants discuss the songs with a common element, the writing prompt, as it appears in the lyrics, or in the song title.
I have read some of his participants’ blog discussions and I have followed along some of what is new with Jim. He publishes the prompts carefully, only a few at a time, to let his followers know what is coming.
For November 8, Jim prompted “days of the week,” and the song I thought of is Monday Morning, by the band The Church. It has taken me a good deal longer than I anticipated to get this post ready and finished, but I thought the finished post might be good enough that I should go ahead and post it.
The Church is a rock band with a dark flavour for their music, rarely undemanding, weird at times, and atmospheric. It’s not from my part of the world, but I like it.
The Church in the year 1990 wrote Monday Morning, singer Steve Kilbey, drummer Richard Ploog, guitarist Marty Wilson-Piper, and, guitarist Peter Koppes, for the record Gold Afternoon Fix.
At the time, The Church excused the completed collection as an innovative disappointment. The percussion on the melodies didn’t turn out.
One of the songs for Gold Afternoon Fix is entitled Disappointment. “Late for an appointment, clothes everywhere/I cannot find my memory anywhere/Ah disappointment just doesn’t care,” Kilbey sings.
I think Monday Morning is a song that initially appeared only on the CD release of the album, not the LP. For me, The Church is a charming band, and I believe founding songwriter Steve Kilbey has since allowed that his original opinion about the album needn’t have been so critical.
The Church began in 1980 as a new wave band, a music genre emerging after the punk rock scene. The Church was pretty noisy, good, though. By 1983 they were making more experimental music.
By creative failure, I only mean music that lacks integrity, bad music. That’s not The Church. They are a band I quite like.
The chief problem with Gold Afternoon Fix is really that the personnel couldn’t come to an agreement about the percussion. The melodies are very acceptable at any rate. For example, I like the tune Monday Morning.
Perhaps the song is about a weekend fling, the freedom of time spent away, as from office life, when a free heart gets heavy again, when Monday morning arrives, and the weekend has dispersed.
The Church was in L.A. and the culture of the day must have touched on the lyrics Kilbey wrote for the record. The air was full of energy.
As far as the discography by The Church, Gold Afternoon Fix followed their record Starfish, their 1988 album, which was a major achievement for them, and which contains the exemplary melody Under the Milky Way. The record Priest = Aura followed two years after the fact, in 1992. Steve Kilbey recalls fondly the 1990s in Sydney, Australia, he’s said on Twitter.
Gold Afternoon Fix is an album I like. The band did have trouble getting the percussion for Gold Afternoon Fix correct, and drummer Richard Ploog only plays drums on four of the songs on the album. The other songs have the beat of a drum machine.
Other than Steve Kilbey writing occasional new material with a drum machine, the band had never considered using that kind of percussion on an album. They’d become known for being a great beat. Richard Ploog, the drummer, couldn’t finish recording the drums for Gold Afternoon Fix, however.
Mr. Ploog’s interest in music had stopped meeting the vision the other members of the band had, for the songs. Ploog’s energy was turning into contention, with the interest in music the other three artists had.
Ironically, one of the first songs The Church did, in their early years as a band, is called Too Fast for You. “Oh, and I hope I’m not going too fast for you/And don’t believe it when they say it’s over,” Kilbey sings.
Wikipedia says drummer Nick Ward played on their first collection; through the 1980s the band’s steady drummer, for a very long time, 1982-1990, was Richard, who left the band after Gold Afternoon Fix. Mr. Ploog withdrew from The Church around 1990, to invest more energy with his better half.
In Marty Wilson-Piper’s blog, Wilson-Piper wrote in October 2011 that Monday Morning is one of the four songs that Mr. Ploog is playing on. Marty Wilson-Piper is one of the founding members of the band, along with Kilbey and Koppes. He calls attention to Peter Koppes’ mandolin, on the melody, and that is enough to appreciate the tune.
Monday Morning is one of the last songs Mr. Ploog played on while The Church was a big commercial act. They continued to make records for years, but after 1990 they weren’t the same band, however good Priest = Aura turned out to be (a good album, too).
In my first year of school, 1996, I read a gathering about The Church. There were some jokes about The Church’s concert film for Gold Afternoon Fix turning up in retail discount bins. It was a joke about Gold Afternoon Fix not being their best album.
All things considered, fans’ excitement for The Church was unmistakable, and Richard Ploog got a ton of regard from audience members. Gold Afternoon Fix also sold very well, commercially successful. Ironically, the commercial rock was hard to combine with artistic integrity, Wilson-Piper’s comments reflect in his blog.
The difference between Gold Afternoon Fix and some of the earlier music by The Church, like Remote Luxury and Persia may be that the band’s vision for their music came across loud and clear on releases like the aforementioned, and was more subdued, so to speak, by 1990. To tell the truth, I don’t know that the meaning of a song like Shadow Cabinet is clear to me; however, Shadow Cabinet was the name of one fan webpage. Though years ago, I am sure it would have seemed to be quite a simple page compared to how it might have been today; pictures and blocks of text.
I sat in one of the rooms of the home of one of my uncles looking for The Church on AOL. The Church was one of my very first Internet searches ever, and certainly the first band that I researched on the Internet.
The meaning of the lyrics for Monday Morning are clearer for me than words like “Queueing in the ruins in the wake of the gale it’s/Harmony I say” in Shadow Cabinet.
These days both Koppes and Wilson-Piper have moved on from The Church. Koppes continues to write and record music; both Kilbey and Koppes had new albums in the autumn on 2020.
Fans of The Church are sometimes referred to as their Army.
Thank you to Jim for his prompt, “days of the week.”
Today I saw Forbes was describing how Trump’s preoccupation with stopping TikTok became his downfall. Forbes didn’t say this, but anyone interested in what happened might recall that Donald Trump ultimately affirmed the takeover of TikTok by Walmart and Oracle. An eleventh-hour victory is how the website CNET put it that evening.
The issue that Trump made of TikTok’s conduct is that ostensibly TikTok was opening a doorway for China to collect unwarranted data on American TikTok users, but Forbes didn’t put it in terms anything like that. What Forbes did do was to again highlight the Big Tech drama.
The perspective on the deal moving TikTok from China to the U.S. was rounded out for me by someordinarygamers, who was doing videos about it.
About what people say on the Internet, so many people communicate on the Internet about fringe. someordinarygamers is into things like videogames, but he also looks at Internet issues that sometimes are only superficially related. The channel someordindarygamers is often funny, meaning Mutahar has a sense of humour, whether navigating Minecraft, or a cringy Twitter thread, as much as he can make himself heard on YouTube, which is pretty large given his success.
You can see the difference between, say, an ambitious young TikTokker aiming for fame, and a fringe TikTokker just kind of shouting out to whoever. It isn’t a subtle distinction.
That said, someordinarygamers does have a pretty good YouTube channel.
Do you enjoy Star Wars? The inveterately well-known movie, released by Twentieth Century Fox in 1977, can be quoted with the dialogue, “It was as if a million voices cried out in pain/And were suddenly silenced.” Obiwan says this, lamenting to Han Solo, and to Luke Skywalker, aboard the Millennium Falcon, during their search for Princess Leia. Darth Vader has kidnapped her.
At that moment in the film, the Empire, under the command of Vader, and also Grand Moff Tarkin, has just destroyed her home planet, with the power of the Death Star, and Obiwan knows it, thanks to The Force.
That’s how it would have been in the eventuality that the Trump administration was able to ban TikTok (my tie-in). One issue is that the Chinese government would have picked up a lot of data, about TikTok, trading off U.S. security.
In the late eighties, I had a tape duplicate of 1977’s George Lucas-directed Star Wars. The story of the Rebel Alliance appealed to me very much, the way it does for so many.
The nature of social media is to turn user ideas into content. Idly put, the site Portia’s Content Generator helped turn this subject into a workable draft idea. Since then, I’ve worked out some stronger ideas–more on that to come.
Often, like on Facebook, a social media post can be a photo (or several), an emoji, or a hashtag, all of which are elements that add up to a status report, a post. In Silicon Valley, Facebook was like the best idea in the world in 2007, something that earned a fortune, and had an impact on people’s behaviour all over the world.
The 2010 David Fincher film The Social Network, all about Facebook, is a terrific movie, a masterful film. Fincher’s film may not contain an account of the devastation of the planet of Alderaan, but with The Social Network you get some appreciation of how Facebook has the capacity among people, around the planet, to favour constant unequivocal activity. Anyone with a social media account can be a keyboard warrior.
If Facebook tossed a rulebook of dictator guidelines at its users, I can’t help thinking about how media would become, in a “scene” like that. Ha, well, it would be Orwellian, if it isn’t already.
Orwellian alludes to being of the nature of a dictator. If you don’t know, an algorithm is a mathematical formula, and when you put the word into a social media context, the word means the method of delivering content of specific interest.
I surmise that an autonomous voice relies upon that if it needs to communicate itself, in any shape. Without autonomy, it would be, I think, only the dullest of billboards to show, nothing to write home about.
Goods consigned and a surfeit of the ordinary. Should news info really be professionally-packaged, light on ads, accurate and not misleading, and properly researched and based in reality? That is all well and good, but it implies that a beginning blogger may not reach the starting gate without being subject to specific, and somewhat arbitrary, rules of conduct.
I’ve heard, like on someordinarygamers, on YouTube, that the component of the Internet which is your most valuable currency is data.
There is a call for public news channels, yes. However, every stipend ought to be made for periphery who have a right to speak as freely as the most prevailing of media.
Everyone who likes YouTube videos experiences this hiccup. Trying to make a living as a YouTuber, when creators on YouTube aren’t always getting through, the views on their videos begin to slow down. Some YouTubers talk about that, contending with the algorithm that holds back videos.
We all should practice diligence using social media.
You may now return to your regularly scheduled program.
A typical spelling of the outcry “oh no!”
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If you are interested, you’re welcome to “like,” “follow,” or comment. Good luck with your blogging.
substance ought to be: steady, helpful,
pertinent, unique, exceptional, new, educative, client and network driven, intriguing, interesting, to change, to be easy to peruse and share it
through media, to have
viral power and give positive
“buzz,” just as that more
content is fundamental
Online, you should always be kind to a beginner. You will acquire everything by recognizing you are deficient and subject to God. 🙂
A TikTokker followed me, this weekend, with the offer of a shoutout if I were to follow her account, and to tag three friends and to share her video to get an upswing startedhttps://vm.tiktok.com/JN4odUw/
“Are blogs still popular in 2020?”
“Yes, blogging in 2020 is still popular and is serving even more purpose than ever before. …68% of marketers now see blogging as a useful marketing tool.”
Just so we’re on the same page. 🙂 It’s a decent rivalry.
It is now summer. Even though the winter doesn’t usually get too severe here in Southern Ontario, we have summer which feels pretty scorching, and that is surreal. That aspect is well-intensified by strange circumstances. Writing this, in July 2020, I am beginning year no. 9 of writing my blog.
time and tide wait for no man
A blog, as you know, is long-form writing. It’s the opposite of microblogging, like how blogging is on Twitter. A Personal Plan on WordPress, an option on the blogging platform, lets you design a blog by choosing from among a variety of special themes, that shape how your blog looks.
On WordPress, as mine is, a regular domain doesn’t look bad, but a more ambitious blogger might start with a Personal Plan if you want a more professional-looking blog. In fact, in WordPress, the Block Editor is the design page that helps you put together blocks of paragraphs, to make writing a post easy.
I use a lot of white space, to keep my blog readable, and to keep it feeling like typewriter text transported to a computer screen, which is what early word processing programs were like. If you know about adventure games in the nineteen-seventies and -eighties, like, for example, the game company Infocom’s game Zork, or a different, earlier, hit game called Adventure, you know they consist of a paragraph of descriptive text followed by a blinking parser, at which you would enter a two-word command to play. I have that period of gaming as a primary concern, one wellspring of motivation.
My intention presently is to reach several dozen people or so with each post, possibly a hundred visitors per post, which is the typical reach I have at present. I appreciate that the odd post I’ve composed gets a couple of guests, to boot. With WordPress, the stats dashboard gives you an idea of how many visitors have turned up for your blog posts, and what they are saying their country of origin is.
I have had this blog for eight years. That’s the level of expertise I have with it, Level Nine, you might put it.
In the first edition of the former game company TSR’s classic game Dungeons & Dragons, Level Nine was known as Name Level. That is the famous tabletop game. It features in the plot of the Netflix hit Stranger Things.
Name Level means that your Dungeons & Dragons character has made a name for himself, as in “Merlin” becoming “Merlin the Wizard,” to take from Arthurian mythology an example. In Arthurian mythology, Merlin is the wizard who helps King Arthur rule at Camelot. Like Merlin and King Arthur, here on WordPress, I am leet.
Likewise, with different parts of life, you have goals with your blog, and blogging makes unobtrusive notoriety for yourself (as it is the Name Level guidelines in Dungeons & Dragons sway interaction.)
On occasion, I draw extra thoughts from patterns I see via web-based media, stages like Twitter and YouTube, and TikTok. On WordPress, I get to blog as much as I make time for it, which is a luxury I know many aspiring writers would enjoy themselves if they had it. With that sort of extravagance, I am happy with the opportunity to continue without too many time limitations. I am not too hard on myself.
My intentions, also, are to keep posting in a way that other people might relate to. When WordPress offered a fourteen-day prologue to composing verse, quite a long while back, I composed through that fourteen-day arrangement. Actually, at the time, I was kind of pleased with a few of the ideas I came up with, as I think my approach is a touch singular.
I in some cases loan support to other little bloggers. I have seen that quite a few bloggers do that. Those are probably the kind of people that I am trying to reach.
Another source of inspiration, outside WordPress, is the real world Nashville Tennessee writer Jeff Goins, an inspiring voice in blogging circles. I think Jeff Goins worked in marketing when he decided he wanted to begin writing. In fact, for his first book, he presented the title You Are A Writer.
The Art of Work is a book that explores all kinds of inspired case studies, of people who bring a special touch to the work they do. It became a bestseller. I think Goins wrote that unless your heart is in your work, it isn’t right.
As well, my father’s sister’s husband, Rick, and his wife Sue, both residing in Nashville, have written some books. They are my godparents.
To the reader, if you have ever read my blog and are returning, by all means, thank you. Such a great hobby. You’re welcome to comment or to follow.
Have a wonderful day and a terrific summer. I wish you well!
It took until 2018 for the Doomer to be “formally” represented with the character that appeared on 4chan. Does nobody want to acknowledge that there was at least one recognizable Doomer in the media that far back? Particularly when the comedy in question was hellbent on sending up the culture, as it was then understood?
I became interested when I noticed that present-day Doomer songs seemed to belong, characteristically, to the days of music in the nineties, and the 2000s. I wondered why Doomers would choose music from quite a few years in the past as their signature musical expression.
Frowning Kei refers to Kaguya-sama: Love is War! character Kei Shirogane frowning.
Say, if the Doomer character was age 23 in 2018, would that make him 25 in 2020? Or, on the other hand, is it simply a diminishing statement that there stays a sizable subculture of youthful men? They ain’t always nice boys, not that they’re stupid. Okay, maybe it’s stupid.
1. The interest in being a public drinker with few alternatives in mind hasn’t yet become removed from the beleaguered Doomer. Drink in the evening, drink before bed, a little drink in the morning before work, drink on the transit. To recognize this tell, see who the young man is relating to, signs that the young gentleman is subtly unsociable.
2. Fixation on anything untoward that tends to have a home on the Internet–how the forces of the world conspire, how the culture’s music disrupts the tide on YouTube, how the character emerged on 4chan. Why do they favour such a specific era of music?
3. Taking a narrow view of the interest in them of women and otherwise being unable to relate, possibly because there could be something better around the corner. Generally being jaded of most possibilities of romance. Would he have a chance with Kei Shirogane? Do you have a chance with Kei Shirogane?
4. Insisting on nonchalance and cool in terms of the external image the Doomer projects. I kind of like that. There are many variations on the Doomer character from 4chan. I gave myself such a variation for you, from know your meme. The post received over 30,300 upvotes in /r/animemes in four days. What do you know, it’s Kei Shirogane.
5. Are you really reading Gawker? I’m not sure my content aggregator finds material from the likes of those unapologetic whiners. The Doomer culture is persistent and pervasive, whatever I said in my preamble.
Until the 4chan character, I just thought that was normal. In moments of soaring self-esteem, I reflect that perhaps I was a Doomer, in the days when their music had the sense it was going music. Perhaps not, though.
This week, again, K-Pop, on Twitter, challenged the #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag, effortlessly grabbing it back from the jerks who were intent on siding against BLM. I am completely sympathetic to BLM.
I actually feel envious of K-Pop’s handle on Twitter. I had thought the Twitter minions were often people my age, or maybe a little older than me. I was mistaken.
Love is war.
I’d been content and happy to feel I was representative of Generation X. That’s terrible talk, isn’t it? On the weekend I encountered, via a YouTuber, a global kind of label I hadn’t heard of, which is Xennials, people born at the tail end of Generation X and just as Millenials began to gain prominence.
I didn’t like that. Specialists and media use birth from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, as late as 1985, as their characterizing range.
I’d assumed I had it nailed as a true Gen X.
23 is a very young age. Heaven help me, if a real Doomer actually reads this, by all means, indulge, but don’t overlook the possibility that you ultimately need some cashflow. At the very least, get to the job you got every day you can.
If Anon suits you, power to you.
My stake in defining myself as Generation X means something to me, though.
People let go pretty easy, especially among businesses like websites and billboards for visitors on WordPress. I remember when the fantastic Beauty Beyond Bones blog was discussing the ill-fated Fyre festival that was documented in a couple of different movies, including one on Netflix.
The summer this year has been made more than a little difficult, as you know. I didn’t have an opportunity to make any kind of heroic effort of going anywhere, myself, last month, but what was exorbitantly cool was John Boyega in Hyde Park, in London in the UK. The TV news reporting what he said moved many writers–John Boyega has an impressive film credit, Imperial Dreams, that is about having been apprehended by police and about wanting to write.
(Of course, he’s an actor in the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy. John Boyega’s the Rebel hero, Finn.)
Maybe the world in 2020 doesn’t know where it wants to stop. A few days into June I lucked out, with the fun chance to “read” a film challenge written by three Twitters, and a week in, I began the challenge, intending to start watching a film each day, for the rest of the month, a little fun. I will try not to make any of the days a Star Wars movie if it can be helped.
I am including the challenge in this post, and if you don’t want to start now two weeks into June, you can wait until July if you like.
It’s the beginning of the New and the Time is Noted
Photo Challenge Entry, Ambience at Our Quiet Church
The Heritage of Louth United Church in St. Catharines and Maple Lawn Cemetery
I thought I would make notes about my work. After ten years, I have considered whether I should withdraw, although the time I would be abandoning is a tough thing to turn my back on. My mother has also asked me not to quit.
What Might Have Been Adventure Can Show the Rust
Thinking I Have Been Misguided [?mis’gid?d]
What Will Trends Be Like in 100 Years?
Content is cheap, no doubt, and while possibly only possibly mass-produced reading/viewing material, media companies inundate their readers with it. It’s a lot of work if that’s your hustle, but I would think nice work if you can get it. “We are really excited to announce a ton more Content coming your way this fall!”
I did learn about content avenues available, but I have nothing doing.
#version These next posts are more of what I’ve enjoyed putting up here.
10 Guidelines for Charitable Giving Facilitated by the Government
Showing Photos Past the End of the Challenges
Pausing to read The 4-Hour Work Week
Secret Tip My favourite advice that Tim Ferriss provides in his book The Four Hour Work Week is the guideline to check your email twice a day, once at noon, and once at four in the afternoon. The reason is, if you are operating in the EST zone, at noon the west coast is just at nine o’clock, the United Kingdom is calling it quits at five and Australia has folded its last call. At four the same principle of time is true: the afternoon’s work is beginning on the west coast, the United Kingdom has comfortably already had dinner and Australia is looking forward to the start of the next day.
I was perchance one day in 2018 reading the Beauty Beyond Bones blog and a second blogger saw that I had a decent comment going, who was The Little Mermaid, getting bloggers going on writing in a tea party.
Mermaid’s August 2018 WordPress Tea Party
Mermaid’s October 2018 WordPress Tea Party
Mermaid’s November 2018 WordPress Tea Party
The Sunshine Blogger Award –I received the friendly notice of a nice Sunshine Blogger Award. It is just something passed around, to establish some friendly interaction.
A reference to this post became my pinned tweet on Twitter. I was thinking then more frankly how and what I meant, and about a question that Robert Persig put forth in his 1973 novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: What is quality?
The late but certainly talented musician Lou Reed put it another way: What’s good?
I wasn’t sure I knew. Okay, I published all kinds of compositions. 🙂
The 19 Best Resources for Feeling Less Like Facebook is an Empty Hq
I am beginning to wrap up the better ideas I put together, and this, I think, is good. I saw that WordPress, in April, reopened its Discover challenges.
A few WordPress bloggers wrote for every day of April in an atmosphere of daily sweat and tears. I don’t want to be trouble for those individuals, but I came up with a culmination the start of June that was a fresh page:
For Critical Thinking and an Equivalent, Creativity
I appreciate the freedom to do all this. It hasn’t been efficient at generating leads for my dad’s business or anything like that.
When someone does follow the dots, and takes an interest in the last ten years, first, I buy a lottery ticket (j/k), and then I start to wonder if they got on our site here:
That’s the website for my parents’ business, which we’ve been operating with the help of my Uncle Dave. That about wraps up everything I wanted to say, after five weeks now, but it’s the meat and potatoes. Oh, and what was I saying?
Here are some additional contact links if you require me for any reason.
Starting, for April, I participated in many of the new Discover challenges that WordPress organized, to help bloggers write posts during the crisis. Each morning, 6 AM in most cases in my time zone, a new word with additional suggestions became available for WordPress bloggers.
Each word theme was accompanied by suggestions about what to post. I found the exercises helped me feel better about blogging because some things I enjoy discussing became the subject of new posts at the same time other bloggers addressed the same themes. With each post, I had several visitors, and if you are among those and returning, please accept my thanks.
Now, today is May the 4th, Star Wars Day. Star Wars The Clone Wars concludes its season 7 run today, a season devoted to the Seige of Mandalore. I think the entire animated series lives on Disney+.
Today is also the day that all nine films of the Skywalker Saga are available with a Disney+ subscription. “This will be a day long-remembered,” to quote Peter Cushing in Star Wars Episode IV.
I have a new strategy, I am starting by trying a serious-in-tone critical thinking post. I was already writing the odd observation about techniques that might contribute to someone’s existing take on the science of being a blogger, tempered with humour, I suppose. I reckoned that I was enjoying myself, that’s mostly what counted.
A definition of a hobby is this:
n. pl. hob·bies
An activity or interest pursued outside one’s regular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure.
The pleasure of blogging comes from the interaction on the world wide web with people who also blog. I believe that social interaction is important at any age. Why is social interaction important for psychological health, I asked Yahoo!.
“Social engagement is associated with a stronger immune system, especially for older adults,” Yahoo! answered. “This means that you are better able to fight off colds, the flu, and even some types of cancer. You will enjoy better mental health.
“Interacting with others boosts feelings of well-being and decreases feelings of depression.”
There are so many avenues that if you have access to the web, there are so many ways to reach people, and fulfill that desire, I know you know this. It is always about more than the dollar, as it should be. I’m not out to make a buck at all, I’m just experimenting with being an optimist.
Recently I found a website page that takes a gander at the satisfaction that goes with the joy of a decent diversion. Human resources psychologist Jessica Beltran addresses it in The Value of Hobbies https://blogs.psychcentral.com/thrive/2014/05/the-value-of-hobbies/ “We are at our best when we are relaxed and in tune with ourselves.”
While we are capitalists, the playing field becomes more narrow if you consider that you can address people with the confidence of having many of the skills that they have. There is any number of stations in the lives we lead, but lots of motivation speakers give the advice to get started with your creations, however possible. “Do hobbies help with their careers?” I asked Yahoo!.
“While it may seem counterintuitive to make time for something outside of work to get ahead at work, career coaches have confirmed that having a hobby can help make you better at your job. Having a hobby helps you learn how to handle work-life stress and think creatively,” answered the search engine.
“What skills are needed to be a critical thinker?” I went on to ask.
In response Yahoo! informed me of several qualities, ten in fact, that you need to be a capable critical thinker:
5 Critical thinking.
10 Logical thinking.
I have additional input.
Accuracy, for starters, I learned about in high school science. Accuracy in that environment is measurably collecting data. To determine accuracy, you might perform the same process several times, with only minor variants, to learn if your method is accurate.
It’s important. Troubleshooting a computer station, for example, requires accuracy.
You need to determine what changes have gone on before and after a problem has happened at your terminal. There is a joke about hapless computer users calling the Windows system crash the Blue Screen of Death, dire-sounding, but which means that you are losing your unsaved work, a bummer. By the way, I enjoyed computer science in high school a lot more than I enjoyed chemistry and physics.
If what you were doing meant nine out of ten times you got a system crash, and then one out of ten times it worked out, hypothetically speaking, you could, if the measurements were accurate, you’re determining that those nine times of system crashes mean that you can’t proceed in that manner. If five out of ten times, your computer works, and five times it doesn’t, you don’t have an accurate idea of what of your commands are leading to the system crash. The results aren’t too useful in that case.
You need to check variables that contribute to your procedure’s success or failure and come up with a more accurate idea of what’s going to work. Once you establish the variables that work out okay, by trial and error, you can figure out which instruction is awakening the Blue Screen of Death.
The second term in Yahoo!’s list is the word adept. Adept means are adroit. Critically, you have to be adept at forming interpretations.
Those I think of as the external–the external is the object or scenario you’re critically thinking about. You need to know what you’re examining, to form a critical judgement. I have two ways for you to do this, and you can read about them a little further in.
Like for me, to decide whether, say, a popular film is “good,” in the sense that the motion picture proves that everybody involved did a good job, you have to understand enough about what makes a good film to be adept at reviewing it. It would help if you’d contributed to the completion of a motion picture, to be properly critical, but it probably suffices to understand the structure of a film, the symbolism in the film visually, and previous attempts to make similar films.
The next term, the word analytical, this is a word like adept, but analytical is more about looking at a critiqued thing that calculates whether you should take it seriously or not. You know what the thing is and what it’s for, but being analytical towards it means judging it in a way that you can comprehend additional specifics about it, forming your external. What does it mean? is an analytical question that you might have about your object or scenario.
You would be analytical concluding that your problem works at all levels.
Next is creativity, a lovely word, for I feel I am creative, as would many bloggers regard themselves. Creativity is reworking an established idea and making it yours. It goes on constantly.
Like, back to film, when a successful film franchise follows up with a sequel, or a reboot, that’s an instance of creativity that is often quite impressive. As with, say, the 1978 horror film Halloween, directed by John Carpenter, when two years later in 1980 the sequel Halloween II came out, again starring famed actress Jamie Lee Curtis, the film continued the story of the first movie by showing a lot more of what happened later that Halloween night, when the mad masked murderer had returned, (ghastly!). However, John Carpenter was no longer directing the film.
Do you like horror films?
Halloween II has the same characters and the same locale and a continuation of the plot of the first film, all interesting for fans of the first movie, just with the point that somebody else is now directing. That’s the creative part, in this example.
Next, Yahoo! repeats the phrase critical thinking. I mean that Yahoo! includes critical thinking among the terms for critical thinking, which begs the question, Yahoo!. I interpreted that as meaning that critical thinking refers here to the overall level of ability the interpreter brings to the noun being thought through critically. It is having the skill to return to thinking critically, in a manner that applies other additional criteria.
In this case, we’re using the handy number ten. The words, I derive, make an agenda for surveying an item or a situation. It is redundant to include the phrase “critical thinking” in a list that explains critical thinking, pointing to a rabbit hole, a burrow that goes on and on when it opens.
You have to be firm with yourself what decisions you will make in the process of critical thinking or you will never conclude. I have a little more to say about that in the conclusion.
Detail-oriented refers to the organizer’s ability to put together a mental assessment of the details that have gone into the subject being thought about critically. A job interview often includes a question along these lines, as in, “If you were taking this job, would you consider yourself a detail-oriented person?” It means getting everything right.
Efficiency is the ability to get things done promptly. You don’t lose time by making redundant decisions; everything works. If you value efficiency, you want your scenario or your object to function smoothly, a swift external.
It means saving time. A lot of people who need to complete many tasks highly value efficiency.
Industriousness refers to having the initiative to take bold steps. Being industrious is good in that a person shows, say, leadership. If what you are critical of is a tool for industriousness, it lends itself to a nature that assists people who have a success rate at reaching goals.
Innovative means thinking outside of the box. Someone innovative has solutions that circumvent traditional stop signs that cause headaches. Being innovative is positive. You should recognize when innovation is happening and that it can have positive results.
Logical thinking is great for being “right.” I first read a little about logical thinking in a high school English class. I was daunted at the time because I’d never known that logical thinking existed like that, and I doubted I could learn enough about it to become competent, bizarrely, I suppose.
I was a diffident youth. I wish I’d got that information earlier in life. My teacher, Ms. M., outlined twelve specific styles of logical thinking and in fact, I wonder if I as yet have that same document.
I should have read it again and again. At times I’ve been proud that I’m not completely obligated to be logical, but I don’t disregard logic. I value things like the structure of an external, and that, for example, requires logic.
Logical thinking when it comes to being critical of a specific external is very useful, for if you can make a logical argument about the nature of your object or situation, you’re external, you are on your way to answering a riddle about it. It is a regret I have that I didn’t take the introduction to logical thinking I got in high school more gravely and go to work at understanding it.
The ten criteria words stop at the letter L. This is all about setting your sights on critically interpreting an external and taking it apart in a way that you can better understand what it means. The terms are building blocks for evaluating your external.
There are some points where the process isn’t going to be scientific. Starting with accurate, you need to look at more than one external and compare them to see how accurate your method is. This word accurate is exciting because you can find parallels that aren’t necessarily immediately self-evident.
You are being analytical because you are trying to make a process occur that is accurate. Those two a-letter words work together to open a method of diagramming your external to better understand what it is.
The next word, adept, is applicable because you need to run your process with adept skill. What I’m doing here is being creative with Yahoo!’s list of critical thinking terms. I’m making the argument that they are useful.
The search engine believes it. So, too, should you. Together the terms have an impact that you can draw upon for inspiration.
It does bother my sensibilities that critical thinking could itself be a term for critical thinking, but as there is a connection between all three a-letter words, so too I noticed a connection between the two c-letter words. Critical thinking and creativity are two different sides of the same coin.
I’ve had to stir my reserve of critical thinking to identify what that means, but it is so. Creativity is letting reason fly in the wind, whereas critical thinking is unearthing the truth about your external that wouldn’t be evident if you didn’t possess some definitions that assist in critical thinking.
For d, we have detail-oriented, taking your analysis and better developing it.
For e, we have efficiency, reducing creativity in favour of a strategy that is more pure critical thinking and not as open-minded as the word creative would imply.
Next, we have i-letter words, industrious and innovative, words that strengthen the process of analyzing the external by accelerating the process. Those words apply to the analyst as much as they apply to the object or scenario being looked at. Being industrious is keeping at it and being innovative is keeping open-minded.
Both these reflect the analyst as much or more than the external being explored. Logical thinking is a phrase that means much the same as analysis. If you took these ten terms, you could assemble them this way: You have the creativity and you have critical thinking (the c-words).
If you want creativity to rule the process of investigating the external, what you have is industriousness and innovation for the matter at hand.
To proceed down the avenue of critical thinking that is more logical and detail-oriented, you can reduce your creative input and begin letting a process unfold without the benefit of a creative assignment. In either case, you need to be adept at thinking, and further, to return to the a-letter words, you are being more purely analytical and accurate if you pursue critical thinking without the requirement of innovation ruling your process. So, your basic process either follows one c-path or the other c-path, critical thinking or creativity and then to round out outreaching your external you have the accuracy, the analytics, the detail-oriented questions, the efficiency and the logical thinking; and down the other c-path, you have industriousness and innovation.
These are subcategories from the ten we started with.
The terms favour an analysis-heavy approach to critical thinking, meaning there are more components of more purely critical thinking than terms that include creativity. Where that leaves us is what I started with, the word hobby. A creative design is better for a hobby; analysis is better suited for more profound comprehension.
All the same, creativity can be as hard to comprehend as analysis. If you reach an external by analysis, it is beginning to fall outside the field of the hobbyist and more closely approach the realm of the expert.
A more complicated external lends itself to critical thinking; a simpler external is suitable for creativity. This isn’t always true, but that’s a guideline that you could start with if you are deciding whether you want to approach an external with a lens of more complicated and comprehensive critical thinking or with a simpler but also effective creative paintbrush, so to speak.
That’s the rabbit hole, that if you don’t have a handle on your creativity, flights of fancy can take you far afield of a suitable stopping place. That’s why creativity isn’t a super useful strategy for analyzing an external that’s become complex. That’s when your critical thinking approach needs to take over.
I’ve enjoyed writing about this, my first post since the April Discover challenges ended. Do you like the idea that a simpler object might benefit from creative analysis and a more complicated object require a more detailed critical analysis? You’re welcome to follow and/or to comment.
For April 2020, the WordPress Discover challenges are back. Ben Huberman is leading them this week.
Today’s Discover theme is the word “new.” The challenge suggests reflecting on a new activity. “New” sometimes carries with it a connotation of “young,” and what is younger and as delightful than the going platform for fifteen-second video, TikTok?
It is clear that the social media video service TikTok appeals to the young, but some adults use it, and while I suppose it requires discretion, there are a lot of funny fifteen-second videos that are wonderful. Teaching myself the use of TikTok has provided the biggest payoff for me of late, in terms of an activity that doesn’t do anything short of providing enjoyment.
Why should youth culture be exclusive to the young? If you have any interest in cultural phenomena that characterize youth culture, whether you’re an adult or not, TikTok provides video-format feedback for your interest in a way that is mostly unique to the platform.
I invented a strategy to discover videos. The most popular entries among the fifteen-second video presentations don’t always interest me, but I devise ten phrases at a time, which is how TikTok works, that I use to search for people who have cool videos. I run through them and see what jumps out of the results for me.
For example, any short phrase, like, for example, the two-word phrase “next message,” provides a variety of random but potentially interesting video results. It certainly isn’t scientific, but that’s the tact I take in my pursuit. Obviously, fifteen seconds is a very short time, but even a few minutes on TikTok can pay off.
For example, specifically, any interest in, say, Star Wars is easily accommodated. There are so many Star Wars fans on TikTok, and, as I’ve said in another post about TikTok, the phenomenon of identifying yourself by a Lego Star Wars picture is persistent. Although the latest film trilogy has concluded, with Season 2 of The Mandalorian and also Season 7 of the animated prequel-era Star Wars series The Clone Wars, Star Wars continues to be a “presence,” like Obi-wan Kenobi was for Vader in 1977’s Star Wars film, aboard the Death Star, it is true that any interest in Star Wars is easily met on TikTok. Wonderful, all in all.
The month of April 2020, WordPress has reopened daily Discover challenges, hosted this week again by Ben Huberman. Today’s theme is the word “scent.” I thought of food that instantly makes me hungry: pancakes.
For many years running, my family ate a Sunday family breakfast of pancakes, after returning from church. It was nice. Sometimes there would be a cassette tape of music playing, and sometimes there would be for me a cup of tea, as I didn’t drink coffee until beginning in my mid-teens, I think.
Later that day we would go around to my mother’s parents’ house and have a visit. The smell of pancakes remains quite pleasing for me.
Last night was the last quarter of the moon, my wall calendar tells me. I know things are hard. My readership for the blog is small but consistent. I have benefitted in terms of expanding its reach, from reading the daily Discover essays this month, and many days writing in response.
It interests me to read where the blog’s visitors say they are coming from. In these days of social distancing, WordPress is among the best socializing I enjoy, as far as interacting with new people goes.
My present routine, to publish, discover, and comment, has helped me with the focus I have for writing in my blog, and for feeling better organized to be interested in it and to work at it. While it is purely for interest’s sake, I am part of a small business that my father operates together with me.
Although I have temporarily shelved my editorial calendar, owing to the emergency, you do have the option of visiting me on Facebook and following and commenting on this blog post. I appreciate your time and I wish you well during this spot of bad luck.