MCMLXIX #GiveThanks

It’s a time for words of thanks.  The last few days the news has been saying that the anticipated vaccine will begin rolling out soon, to be in place next year.  It is such welcome news.

As well, the holidays are here, when people don’t act as paranoid with each other given the holiday season.  It’s an unusual holiday season, of course, owing to the impact of the pandemic.

Here on WordPress, occasionally I find specific bloggers to be interesting for me, even if they aren’t well-known, at least not yet, anyway.  One guy like that is Jim Adams, who has a blog and who has planned blog prompts through to 2021.

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2020/11/28/domesticated-animals/

Jim has a keen interest in music and a lot of knowledge to share.  Jim’s blog prompts are great.

I remember last winter when my dad pointed out to me that the link-sharing I was doing on social media didn’t seem to be too relevant, as far as he could tell.  I help out my dad with his business.

https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited/

http://www.maplelawncemetery.org/24701.html

While I enjoy Facebook and Twitter, the day he offered that criticism about my content, I was a little miffed.  I know that my dad clowns, but I tried to look past that, to see if I could think of a better approach.

I decided a few weeks ago to take a direction that could feel more relevant, I hope, whatever the issue.  I’m chancing to utilize the focus right now that Jim provides.

I’ve been blogging since MySpace, kind of a wow.  On WordPress, I have done some posting with a bit of humour to it, and in the months since my dad said that to me about how I seem on social, I eventually decided I still wasn’t too far off the mark.

There aren’t too many “rules” for running a social presence.  When I started to read Jim, I thought it was great because I could see that, with his idea, I could collect my thoughts about the music I like.

For November 29, 2020, Jim’s prompts include, “bird.”  I know that the late Leonard Cohen made the song Bird on the Wire.

Cohen is a Canadian singer who became well-known for making music.  By the mid-1960s, Cohen started to form rock and pop melodies.  He had already written an expansive amount of writing, both poetry, and novels.

He studied at McGill in Montreal and made quite a name for himself through the sixties.  Cohen kind of burned out about that stuff in the early nineteen seventies, but his music came to him his whole career.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame enlisted Cohen in 2008, and Leonard Cohen got a Grammy Award in 2010.

Bird on the Wire is on the record Songs from a Room, released April 1969, and is like a poem set to the sound of Cohen’s guitar.   The title Songs from a Room is very simple, understating the mastery of the music.

Songs from a Room LP

Being able to enjoy something from the years before I was born is lucky, as hearing Bird on the Wire is an experience that has power to it, sentimental.  Strange song title, eh?  A listener feels like the hardships of life have been met by others just the same, whether more talented, or more fortunate.

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Not to sound presumptuous, but Bird on the Wire is great that way.  Leonard Cohen got into music as a popular singer when he was losing interest in writing.  Wikipedia says that Bird on the Wire is a country song, a detail which surprises me, and reading that, I thought additionally that the song just has a simplicity that sets it apart from other country songs.

The country genre of music isn’t something I understand, and maybe neither is the language of love, but when I was in college, I got to study, one semester, Canadian music.  Country music in the Canadian Prairies is a favourite choice of many resident Canadians.

I can infer that Bird on the Wire could be a favourite of many who can remember 1969.  It was years before I was born.

There is something about cowboy music, that we’ve adopted in Canada, that reflects how life in the Prairies shaped up.  The first herders calling themselves “cowboys” got to the Canadian prairies in the 1870s, riding up from the US territories of Idaho and Montana.

The romantic image of the cowboy emerged around this American subculture.  British Columbia “buckaroos” likewise sooner or later adopted the cowboy appearance.

I doubt that Cohen identified with being a cowboy; he was a novelist, poet and musician.  He identifies, I think, with the archetype of a cowboy’s passion.  I think of the scene in the Hollywood movie City Slickers, where Billy Crystal’s Mitch Robbins character plays the harmonica at the campfire.

Curly, Jack Palance’s character, interrupts the music.

Mitch Robbins:  [Playing harmonica]

Curly:  Put that away.

Mitch Robbins:  [Stops, then resumes playing harmonica]

Curly:  I said, put that away!

Mitch Robbins:  Hey you know, the first time I tried to talk to you, you embarrassed me.  So I teased you a little bit which maybe I shouldn’t have done, so I’m sorry.

And now you’re sitting over there playing with your knife, trying to frighten me – which you’re doing a good job.  But if you’re gonna kill me, get on with it; if not, shut the hell up – I’m on vacation.

City
Slickers

Wikipedia explains that before writing Bird on the Wire, Cohen carefully structured the song, before committing it to tape.  To tell the truth, before I read Wikipedia’s description, I hadn’t thought that the song would be identified as a country song.

Cohen’s music is usually in the genres of folk, and soft rock.  Romantic country music doesn’t meld with the other interests in music I have thought of.  If Bird on the Wire is a country song, it breaks, I think, with the tradition of country music that country music fans enjoy.

It’s unique that way.  I wonder if a country song should be simple, but distinctive.  The answer isn’t straightforward.

Sometimes answers to questions like that turn up unexpectedly, even if it isn’t initially clear where to begin, to get an answer to the question.  A post like this one, doing the research and writing the content, helps me understand better something that already interests me, the music.  Also, maybe somebody else interested in this blog challenge thought to say something about this specific song.

I first heard Bird on the Wire when I was in high school, the twelfth grade or so, on a simply dubbed audio cassette.  Leonard Cohen passed on November 7, 2016 (aged 82).

I saw him once in concert.  It was terrific.

Here are the lyrics to the song, followed by the song itself, in a video.

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Bird on the Wire

Like a bird on the wire

Like a drunk in a midnight choir

I have tried in my way to be free

Like a worm on a hook

Like a knight from some old-fashioned book

I have saved all my ribbons for thee

If I, if I have been unkind

I hope that you can just let it go by

If I, if I have been untrue

I hope you know it was never to you

For like a baby, stillborn

Like a beast with his horn

I have torn everyone who reached out for me

But I swear by this song

And by all that I have done wrong

I will make it all up to thee

I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch

He said to me, “you must not ask for so much”

And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door

She cried to me, “hey, why not ask for more?”

Oh, like a bird on the wire

Like a drunk in a midnight choir

I have tried in my way to be free

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Leonard Cohen

Bird on the Wire lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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9 Things Your Boss Expects You to Know About Justice League

Is your boss fun to work for?

Given your familiarity with DC superheroes, you have some idea that the Justice League is Batman, Superman, The Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and other heroic entities.  The director of the blockbuster of the title film Justice League is Zack Snyder, and as the troubled first version of the film nearly sank the DC franchise, a mini-series version four hours long has been announced by HBO Max, after demand for a better cut of the film.

They had conflicts making the movie, with Warner Brothers replacing Snyder to direct, at the eleventh hour.  If you are a fan, you may have passionate feelings about the theatrical version of the film, and the miniseries.

But would your boss expect you to know anything about the Justice League?

Superheroes among the Justice League

Maybe your boss is like Michael Scott from TV’s The Office.  While Michael Scott keeps impersonating famous standup comedians, maybe your boss wants you to be the hero of your own story.  When I had supervisors coach me on the job, they would try to get me feeling good about the work.

For example, when I was a salesman at a computer business, my own supervisor liked to say to me, “You’re the boss.”

Superman

Dishearteningly, the film Man of Steel from 2013 was the main Superman film in some time, not doing a lot to restore the name of the DCEU- – there was no continuation of the film series until Batman v. Superman, which didn’t do a great deal to restore trust back to DC:  I don’t know that everyone needed Superman to kick the bucket at Batman’s hands.  It just isn’t that nice an idea.

2013 Man of Steel Set in the DCEU

2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Set in the DCEU.

Suicide Squad Set in the DCEU. Won an Oscar.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_based_on_DC_Comics_publications#Live-action_films

That last one- – loathsome title, eh?

I once blogged a review of Man of Steel:  https://www.findingenvirons1.blog/2017/01/27/discovering-the-man-of-steel-discoverwp/   Man of Steel’s an underestimated film.  All the same, many in the audience were disappointed.  

Films like 1978’s Superman, starring the late Christopher Reeve as Superman, and 1989’s Batman, with Michael Keaton, are pretty nice.   Now Justice League in 2021 will be a four-hour miniseries that could make your emotional investment the DCEU feel worthwhile again.

In the years 2007 and in 2008, I was a salesman,  holding down a stressful low-level telemarketing job.  To boost morale, my sales team held a special draw, where supervisors awarded prizes for good work.

Some of the prizes were movie units on DVD, this the 2000s.  A couple of them went into my coat pocket:  I won them, Godzilla with actor Matthew Broderick and 16 Blocks with actors Bruce Willis and Mos Def.

All our bosses wanted from us was for us to make sales calls so that we could say we earned the sales contract.  Hand me movies?  In a perfect world, everybody would be a film buff, I’m sure.

By the way, Josh, who is my brother, and his wife, are consistently changing themselves increasingly into film buffs.  Back about the time I won those movie DVDs, my friend on the job, whose name is Brandon, pointed out snidely one day that I was not the film buff I should have been.  He must have been having a bad day.

“Do you know how many people are doing that?”

Yeah.

Today, years later, I thought I would point out nine things at work that you can only learn if you have at least a passing familiarity with the film Justice League.  Here goes.

Budget

The budgets for Batman v. Superman and Justice League were immense.  At work, I suppose it’s about how much money is being spent on the job at hand, like payroll, upkeep, amortization, and other details.  It may not be Superman’s Arctic Fortress where you work, but if the lights are on, and you’re putting money in your pocket, you’re alright.

Cast and crew

Who’s your supervisor?  Who are the day people (or the night people, if you are one of the day people)?  Who is greeting people?  Remarkable positions.  I wonder if Bruce Wayne handled conference calls when he was kicking it in the Batcave.

Costume

Batman

Everyone in Justice League has a sensational, superhero-worthy costume to identify themselves, of course.

I certainly didn’t, but we didn’t have to dress in suit-and-tie.  For fiscally-challenged sales reps, like myself, what is the dress code?  How are we to match?  Do we get a casual Friday?

I wasn’t under much demand to dress smartly, but I gave it a go.

Self-Promotion

Like a winning free ticket, for instance, how do you get thinking outside the box?  Do we need to be guarded with our business, or can we extol once in a while how great it is that we’re in the trenches doing it?  How liberal can we be with feedback for the ruling class?  How sensitive are the bigwigs to rabble rousing?

Would Lois Lane get the headline?

Transmission

Alfred at Wayne Manor

Do we have to put away our phones while we work?  Is it too much to ask that we get to multitask?

Would Alfred the Butler look after more than just dusting the modest decor of Wayne Manor?

Is there valet parking for our Batmobiles?

Computer knowledge

We proved in the interview that we know the system.  We know all the most important commands.

I feel like I am frequently bewildered, despite my competence as a blogger.  Dealing with gadgetry is a proper skill, your Batbelt, your communication lasso, and in all sincerity you, reading this, have a knack for that.  I just know it and between you and me, I believe it.

I don’t think spear-wielding Aquaman is too high-tech.

Musical score

Any chance you can wear just one earbud?  That doesn’t have anything to do with the Justice League, but it could make work more tenable with a little music to enjoy.  I remember film director Kevin Smith geeking out on YouTube about Hollywood science fiction.

The book The Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss recommends music any time you like.  It’s the tried-and-true bestseller about productivity.  I like the readership.

Popcorn in the aisle

Some people swear by microwave popcorn.  Popcorn and an excursion to the films is a popular custom.  It is strange, though, if, when at work, someone cooks popcorn in the staff kitchen.

When that happens, the aroma of popcorn catches uncool people unaware and there are both envy and odd recollections of being to the movies and experiencing happiness and satisfaction, if you ask me what is happening there.  I was never invited to get in on the buttery treat.

Sequel

Any possibility we’ll be back?  What about our friends?  Any shot at getting more and better work, whether or not a steadfast go?

And you need it.  I’m talking to you, the DCEU.

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Bex’ Struggle Last October on EastEnders

On TV, the soap EastEnders has presented life in Albert Square in London since 1985, the story of the Beales and the Mitchells, and many other characters, all told.

It airs here in late-night TV slots on the weekend, many months behind its broadcast in England.  I find the value to be to appreciate how it is to live in a community other than the one in your life, with which you are familiar.

The lives of soap characters can be interesting.  There are confrontations and there are obstacles.  If nothing else, it’s a bit of fun.

Watching EastEnders in October 2019, not long before the thirty-fifth anniversary of the show, I can remember a little how it was watching the thirtieth anniversary, five years ago, when the soap revealed that the Beale girl, Ian’s daughter, had been murdered, a mystery.

What interested me in particular now, to the extent I am saying something about it here, is the going away party for Bex to celebrate her acceptance to Oxford.  Bex, before she relented, was a Goth girl, so to speak, ranking in the subculture of the disenchanted.  I think Bex had interests in the high school theatre where she went to school, and in playing the guitar.

https://heatworld.com/entertainment/tv-movies/eastenders-teenage-suicide-bex-fowler/

She is pretty while presenting emotionally adrift.  EastEnders characterizes Bex as an intellectual and artsy teen, moody and pointedly smarter than her peers, conflicted about her role in the life of Albert Square.

Bex has shown talent as a musician before giving it up.  She performs songs in a much earlier episode of the show, taking the stage in the Vic, when she is beginning to take on the role of a neighbourhood talent, a bright artistic girl struggling, given her ability to make waves.  What I’m moved to write about is the character’s decision, the night of her going away party, when her friends and family are celebrating her acceptance to Oxford, to pen a suicide note, and to overdose on pills, tears in her eyes, by herself in her bedroom.

Often EastEnders diverges from its responsibilities as a soap, presenting sometimes troubling storylines entertaining for soap audiences.

The suggestion that a brilliant, youthful, and gifted character, with circumstance thumping for herself, would settle on the extraordinary choice to end her own life, made me think.  Youth suicide is extremely sad, and it perplexes me that Bex would make that decision, bringing hurt on herself, and on everyone who knows and loves her.  The song that soundtracks the tragedy for Bex is the Tears for Fears song Mad World, music adding to a sense of despair and confusion that Bex is experiencing.

“The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had,” the song presents lyrically, as Bex drifts into near-death sleep.  Time-lapse photography shows the lights going out in the Vic, and the encompassing night sky giving way to a cloudy morning, when Bex may be lying there dead in her bedroom.  Her mom discovers her.

That’s the end of that episode.  Elsewhere in the TV landscape, that tapestry of storytelling that even in 2020 is compelling, the song Mad World has received another place of honour in a TV soundtrack, but in another show, in another nation, and for a different format.  Maybe strangely, but provocatively, Season 2 of the CW show Riverdale has likewise presented Mad World.

https://www.insider.com/riverdale-veronica-archie-varchie-relationship-timeline-2019-1#archie-goes-to-the-semi-formal-dance-with-betty-and-veronica-2

By Episode 8 of Season 2, the Riverdale character Jughead has risen in the ranks of the Serpents.  Musically-talented Archie and Veronica are presenting Mad World to their friends and family until the tension between them hits a breaking point, and they leave without finishing the song.

The group, a significant number of who are Serpents, are disappointed.  Betty thinks fast and takes the stage, picking up where Archie and Veronica stopped.  Betty quickly takes Mad World to a different level, assuming the role of dancer and drawing the Serpents in.

Jughead watches with shock, and maybe with interest. With his yearnings to use the Serpents, it isn’t unusual that Betty would in like manner expect another job.  Both EastEnders and Riverdale hit big audience numbers, and anyone who sees TV could note a similarity between the two Mad World scenes.

For Bex, it is about an early closure, and for Betty, it is tied in with seeing Jughead order the Serpents.  Bex’s mistake in EastEnders, which went down quite sometime after the Riverdale showstopper, reflects a character who feels alone, despairing so much that she decides to take her life.

Perhaps it could even be derived that she knows about Riverdale from TV.  EastEnders is set in reality.  The EastEnders characters watch real-world TV and hear real-world music in the Vic.

Bex, simply, doesn’t deserve death.  She is a beautiful, intelligent, talented young woman, for who opportunity is knocking.

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I like both shows, both EastEnders and Riverdale, but there is a kind of question of how appropriate Bex’s act of self-destruction is.

The Mad World scene in Riverdale could, I see, be haunting, if it is relatable.  In EastEnders, the pendulum has swung away from the physical, to be a forebear of doom.  Both shows have a sense of appreciation for popular music when songs present loud and clear.

The haunting going on in these TV episodes has to be executed within the context of plot devices, or else it isn’t effective.  It needs to make ideas click for an audience, or it falls short of the substantial.  I think both shows want to present specific circumstances to get viewers feeling haunted.

“I find it kind of funny; I find it kind of sad…” Curious that the song lends itself to drama.  You’re welcome to comment and/or follow.  Thanks for visiting.

5 Reasons Doomers are Snarkier than Gawker

Doomers are real males in our culture?

No, they’re real, I’ve seen the evidence.

The BBC sitcom The I. T. Crowd, which was on TV in 2006 (!), included a Doomer character and that was fifteen years ago.

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.

Doomers

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 were gaining prominence.

Mixer

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.  (I knew where my towel was.)

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 it suits you to be Anon, power to you.

This post was written with help from Portent’s Content Generator.  My stake in defining myself as Generation X means something to me, though.

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FOWC–Collaborate

I follow a blog called Fandango, which keeps the custom of single-word prompts bursting at the seams, with the single word prompts WordPress once presented, having reached a conclusion around the time I began composing these.  Tonight I looked in thinking I might benefit from such a suggestion, and I saw that Fandango’s word tonight is the word “collaborate.”

    The word means work jointly, or, alternatively, cooperate traitorously.

    I was taught both connotations to cooperate when I was in college.  In the sense of collaboration with a distinguished painter, I learned that in Film 101, and in the sense of collaboration with the colonizers, I studied that in business law.

    Film 101 identified for me a few ideas which had interested me since I was a child, like why did names of people run up the screen at the end of a movie.

    That film professor was a young, tall, handsome man, who explained that those end credits identified that the film was the collaboration of those people’s work.  He told us in the school auditorium that the film wouldn’t have been finished without the help of all of those people.  I’d once inaccurately assumed that the most renowned people with their names on a film were the ones who chiefly ran the show.

    Until college, I don’t think I’d considered that all of those people were important, not just the ones with star power.  It was an advantageous exercise.

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    It is too bad that schools everywhere have closed their doors at present.  Although I personally was only an average student, I think of the problems in the future created simply by making school unavailable at the present time.  I have heard of school debunked, of course–Gary Vee, for one, I’ve heard on video overlooking school in favour of an entrepreneur getting started making a living.  I’ve heard him say on camera, as he says so many things, that if a young person’s parents do pay for that individual to go to post-secondary, that person had certainly better make the most of it if it is at the expense of the parents.

    In fact, I wouldn’t mind hearing what Gary is saying about the present catastrophe.  I have seen GaryVee video titles on YouTube recommending that business enterprise on the Internet is as yet a practical road for what’s to come.  Good luck to the young people of today, then–they need it.

    My college business law class took some of the wind out of my sails at the time.  There were a lot of definitions run past us that seemed important yet awfully complicated for beginning young people.

    In a day in the classroom, the gentleman who taught us gave us a TV recommendation, of all things.  “Watch Law & Order,” he said to us.  For a long time I did, not having had such a title dropped on me in a setting like that previous to the day he did.

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    He was joking about the difficulty he was imposing on us.  Thanks for that, I think now.  Although for a while I was a fan of the show, you know you don’t get the time back.

    There was just so much of it–when did I ever find time to work?

    The synonyms for collaborating, both join forces and fraternize, were thus equally handled by the well-meaning but slightly eccentric business law teacher.  Some business education is important.

    I appreciate Fandango’s prompt tonight.  Good luck with staying safe.

You’re welcome to follow or to comment.  Remember to respect the space of everybody in it.  A lot is counting on it!

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11 Freaky Reasons Teen Tv Shows Could Get You Fired

  1. Did you know you had to leave that at home when you took the job? I’m afraid you might have to. That being said, let us proceed.
  2. The problem-solving skills of a teen sleuth would benefit the team, but trying to emulate those same skills, in the office, will get you a reboot.
  3. The radiant physical beauty of teen heroes and heroines often softens the hearts of even the fiercest opponents, while your limited charms, in the office, will bring up excuses.
  4. The ability to resolve a dilemma in three-quarters of an hour, TV time, is completely impossible to replicate in the office. Three-quarters of an hour is the time it takes to install an operating system update that covers special keys, for languages of other continents, or an app checker that asks if it does check apps and the updated catalogue of word processor fonts.
  5. TV reprobates who are secretively pulled in by bravery and beguile, that have envisioned frightful closures for interfering adolescent heroes, and have gone the mile to complete such business, don’t measure up to how your supervisor is five to seven minutes late every morning for a ten-minute opportunity involving those last wisps of transmission that still don’t light the psyche.
  6. Spending your dollars for the drive, trying to forget genuine youngsters applauding, your data bill at home in the back of the kitchen drawer– leaves you mentally stranded until you are miles away, each day you show up for the privileges of cubicle life.
  7. Instagramming shock, in light of a most recent debacle of separation gossip, places you in the washroom crying, holding a paper towel to your face while attempting to quit hyperventilating.
  8. Remembering hands to your cheeks, in the wake of being checked for hang-ups, has you on the ground, showing you further inadequately made a decision that demonstrates those no-longer-so-charming goons truly came from that side of the tracks.
  9. Getting back on your feet, your jacket is torn, which while for you is quite embarrassing, to turn up back at the office in such a state, the more chivalrous task of lending a friend an intact garment, translates poorly between what’s on TV, and what your understanding is of the psychological underpinning of those same gents, who just turned your boxer briefs into a flowerbed.
  10. You’ll be back for that most recent five minutes of compromise throughout the show after work’s accomplished for the afternoon, a valiant effort to promise your supervisor that you won’t be in the vacant office much longer from when the last youngsters got terminated in the few hours on the clock that you expect to fill without one final fix of physical magnificence, and the sort of ability that simply the best and the most splendid have in general, which also excludes ensuring the addresses in the BCC: bar of the unforeseen doesn’t end up a large portion of an inch higher in CC:– Unlike real life, which stops the last minute of the same day that began the same time following your coffee, the TV episodes promise a forty-minute resolution, not the selfsame resolution that must be repeated dozens or hundreds of times over as part of reality.
  11. They said that could never happen in the course of teenage heroism, celebrated with such a passionate kiss that you can do yourself, of course, as soon as you find another job.
Photographer:
Kristin Hardwick

I hope the jury isn’t out on this one. It’s a little bit of fun. You know who your friends are.

Feel free to like the post, comment on it, and/or follow the blog. Adieu.

Photographer:
Ermin Celikovic

Fandango–Dial

Fandango is a blogger who I consider every once in a while a nobleman, a savvy.  At one time WordPress would give prompts to urge befuddled bloggers to get a post distributed, yet since the official prompts have finished, Fandango has volunteered to give day by day prompts that are incentive to remember prompts that were, and prompts which are truly useful.

Photographer:
Alex Andrews
Fandango’s One-Word Challenge #FOWC

  The word for the nineteenth is dial, of which I think, immediately, the instruction to the telephone to ring out to someone with whom you wish to speak.  The dial could likewise allude to a check that illuminates how much a measure is accessible, or valuable.  However, I think immediately of dialing the telephone, to talk to somebody.

    I recall dial is a brand of soap cleanser, as well. This could perhaps be applied to the phone to keep it clean, or, taking it further, to clean the individual with who you wish to speak!

    In some cases, I can envision that for appearances, one using the phone to arrange business would appreciate a telephone kept up for neatness, as opposed to a unit that is open to all.  I am not sure the caller would always want to join the party for cleanliness, but common sense informs me that consistent measures to keep clean are best put in place, rather than, as my dad might say to me, letting myself go.  I remember a high school science experiment of trying to effect a bar of soap, from scratch.

    I am trusting with this post to add a sort of punchline to my post yesterday, as it didn’t charge well with my latest, fairly baffling to note. That said, perhaps a variation in my method will help me return to the dozens of readers I could reach, rather than the scant few who availed themselves of me, yesterday.   In any case, you are welcome to like this post, to follow me or to leave a comment.

    Thank you to Fandango, for the inventiveness of thinking to continue daily prompts, in the same fashion as WordPress did daily, not all that long ago.  I hope your troubles continue to be manageable, sir, and that you have a splendid winter ahead.  I’ll see you once more, I’m sure.

Ta ta for now! Merry Christmas

Warning: You are Losing Money by Not Ranking on the First Page of Google

To further demonstrate the method to my madness, for one, the purpose of divining astrology, and also to honor my family, I make Sunday phone calls. It is part of my weekend routine each week.

“I got Disney+,” Josh told me, last week, on the phone. “Clara wants it for the children’s entertainment.” Clara is his nine-year-old daughter. “I’ve begun watching The Mandalorian,” Josh let me know.

Josh’s one-eighty impressed me. Here was a chance to watch The Mandalorian, in the company of family. It may not come to pass, but it was a shot.

Clara

“It’s good,” Josh said. “You know nothing about the content,” he added, as though to remind me of my shortcomings.

I was a shade subdued. I am not sure he knows I carry a blog, in addition to helping operate the cemetery. I write content, I tweet content, I post content to Facebook. All of this criticized in a few words?

“Fair enough,” I think, which is what I say when I am put on the defensive.

I think, by the word content, Josh hears business like an original on Netflix, a hit on Prime, or the launch of The Mandalorian. He doesn’t think of free content as anything at all. I don’t think he is on Twitter, or that he does Facebook, whatsoever.

I usually read that if you have a business of your own, you need to put a website at the center. And when you have a website, you need search engines to put you in the first few results, so customers find your website before they find your competitors’. That’s the construct of SEO, you might put it, usually executed with sophistication by professional bloggers.

As aforementioned, my dad and I direct the operation of a cemetery, which is different than the usual sort of entrepreneurial venture in 2019. I feel pleased that we have a Facebook page. It’s just short of eighty people. https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited/

I enjoy Facebook, even after the armageddon when fake news on Facebook was exposed as having swayed the 2016 U.S. election. I admire the zeitgeist of Big Tech and hope it perseveres.

My dad and I never hired a consultant to evaluate our website. Dad gave me the responsibility of being a web designer, for which I had zero professional experience. Our niche is not the kind of thing that is required every day.

Our intention with Facebook, and with ipage, are to make ourselves available for a family desiring peace in the cemetery, and who would like to look further into that. We take neither costs from people on the Internet, nor donations, although, perhaps, in the case of the latter, we should. http://www.maplelawncemetery.org/24701.html

For regular businesses, that wish to be used by regular Internet customers, showing up via relevant

keywords on the first page of Google is a giant advantage. Customers want ready access to services, not something relegated several pages in.

I am not sure how many entrepreneurial folks see my blog, but if you are that kind of person, you should ask yourself how you’re doing with your SEO, on Google. I can see readily why most people consider it important. It can get real results.

I have a theory of SEO that provides consistent results, but nothing extraordinary. I wonder if I can anticipate changing methods of SEO ahead of the curve. Trying that, I feel like I am onto something.

I possess that sometimes elusive quality of willingness to change.

Icicles hanging on Mom and Dad’s backyard deck after the November snowstorm

You’re welcome to like, to follow or comment. Good luck with your holiday blogging, and all the best to you in the New Year.

Thursday was Christine’s birthday, the first since we lost her. I guess last year was kind of special.

Why A Winter’s Night Will Change Your Life

The theatrical release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is two months away and today is Force Friday, a retail shopping day for Star Wars fans.

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Photographer: Matt Moloney

The Rise of Skywalker is one of the biggest film releases of 2019, as you probably know. Movie director J. J. Abrams has returned, who in 2015 helmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Force Awakens resumes after the original trilogy in 1977, 1980, and 1983, and the Star Wars prequel trilogy, in 1999, 2002, and 2005.

While this is familiar film history, what’s striking is that the Disney company, which now owns the brand, is launching Disney+ in November, when Star Wars will again be newly available. Disney+ is an offering of classic animated features, as well as reboots and the Avengers franchise. Both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi were tremendous hits, but the box office failure of the expensive one-off Solo: A Star Wars Story diminished the profitability of the franchise for Disney, and the success of Disney+ would surely benefit from the continued success of Star Wars.

Disney+ will have much better chances of lasting if Star Wars is reinvigorated by another blockbuster film. There isn’t much question that Star Wars: The Last Jedi divided the fan base. Last Jedi director Rian Johnson dispelled some of the magic of Star Wars by reinventing Mark Hamill’s character of Luke as an old cynical hermit, rather than staying true to the bold Jedi warrior hero who defeats the Empire in Return of the Jedi.

Star Wars fans turned out for Mark Hamill’s reprise of Luke Skywalker after what happened in the original Star Wars trilogy, and instead, Luke in The Last Jedi nearly couldn’t be roused to continue the fight against the Dark Side of the Force.

YouTube’s Looper has tapped into a mega-spoiler: by their account, actor Harrison Ford has returned as Han Solo for a scene in The Rise of Skywalker. It’s understood that Ford had been reluctant to return to Star Wars without a movie script handling his character adequately, as the actor was absent from the cast of The Last Jedi.

There have been announcements about Star Wars that fans ate up. Prequels actor Ewan McGregor will be in the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi, not for The Rise of Skywalker, but a Disney+ series picking up after the events of the prequels.

Disney has also announced that Kevin Feige will do a Star Wars film. Feige’s involvement is good news for people who believe in Star Wars, as the Avengers films largely speak for themselves in terms of popularity and quality. With the promise of a bang-on Star Wars film after the Skywalker Saga, there is more reason to believe that Star Wars will again succeed, and if it does, a future with Disney+ is all the more likely.

The other spoiler from Looper is that, contrary to expectations, at least expectations I had, the Force will redeem the character of Kylo Ren when he gives up his allegiance to the Dark Side. Based on the love-hate intensity of their relationship, I held the impression that in The Rise of Skywalker Rey will defeat Kylo Ren and destroy him. The trailer for The Rise of Skywalker seems clear that the final battle will be highly personal.

If instead Kylo Ren changes his allegiance, it will make for a different future in Star Wars. Although audiences believe that the Light Side of the Force triumphs in Return of the Jedi, this time, in 2019, it is possible to think, the Light Side will, at last, have victory.

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Photographer: Leeroy

If you have the opportunity to enjoy The Rise of Skywalker, I hope you have one of the best nights you have ever had in the company of Star Wars’ villains and heroes. It should be a wonderful occasion. I appreciate you very much thinking about it with me. Maybe I’ll see you again come wintertime as momentum for The Rise of Skywalker continues to build.

The Whispering Doll

In response to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #26, I wrote a piece of flash fiction this morning inspired by an illustration Fandango blogged. #FFFC https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Fandango

Robot servicables, three in number, stood by the entry port to the cultural receiving destination, completing their ask of assisting humans reaching the district. The latest car sailing above the rail beams pulled to a halt and the door was thrown back, revealing the people inside, a woman thirty or thirty-two years in age, and a little girl with her, both dressed for the chill night air. The woman wore quality fleece and held hands with the child, perhaps eight years old, likewise dressed for the temperature in fleece hanging from the shoulders to the knees.

The little girl with her arms cradled a doll, looking like it was crafted from porcelain and dear to the child.

The doll resembled a classical design for a child’s toy, but its mouth, red rose lips, curled into a smile, fitted by its manufacturer with an oval speaker that permitted the doll to speak, a pricey but not uncommon companion, to speak to a child from a family with privilege. The doll had a low-level mind that collected sentiments occurring to the little girl, her perceptions of her surroundings and the denizens nearby. As the girl gazed upon the servicables standing upright on the platform, where the car was letting the two girls go, quiet for at once being in the open air, the sound of a whispered murmur escaped into the night.

The little girl reached forth and gripped the adult’s arm. The doll’s sentience was clear. The porcelain figurine’s lyrical but artificial voice reached the little girl.

“Tell me what you saw, for her sake!”

Author: Fandango