10 Reasons Radical Success is the Weakest Link Part I

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December 2017 my brother and his wife and kids gave me an unusual gift for Christmas, a puzzle game celebrating The Beatles’ music The White Album.

 

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The Beatles

It is unusual mainly for the fact that the cover of The White Album is entirely the color white, which makes the puzzle something I’d never seen before, an exercise in assembling puzzle pieces all the color white.  It is as if the wrong end of a game of chess game came down on you.

 

The other day the Stereogum music history website posted to Facebook about the fiftieth-anniversary release of The White Album.  Stereogum has a Facebook page I like.  The Number Ones: The Beatles’ “Yesterday”

 

I thought of photographing my brother’s family’s Christmas gift for this post.

 

To read what Stereogum thought of the fiftieth-anniversary release of The White Album, I inferred that The Beatles were steadfast into making music that suited them, rather than recordings songs intended chiefly to take the music charts by storm.

 

I think of The Beatles being a radical success in music history, given the enormity of their popularity, even decades later.

 

However, how does that view of The Beatles relate to contemporary ideas about success, and how it is won?

 

I have ten reasons I’m suggesting that success like what The Beatles enjoyed is actually a weak link in terms of what it means for the individual to pursue preconceived notions of success and how it is misleading.  The first five are presented here.

 

Youtubers

 

Geeks + Gamers

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  1. I’ve been paying attention to a YouTube channel, “Geeks + Gamers,” that protests and dissects conventional scholar on media.  They tackle major film projects like the DCCU or the current Star Wars trilogy with conflicting points of view, as though the success, usually in financial terms, of studio film output, speaking to the conclusion that if a film is not fun, that it doesn’t “work” in terms of being appealing to a mass audience, the film is not so much a radical success as it is a weak link.
    Jeremy, for example, one of the Geeks + Gamers mods, reversed his positive opinion of The Force Awakens after seeing its sequel, The Last Jedi.  It didn’t matter to him that The Last Jedi is another splendid blockbuster in terms of the money it made for the Disney company; it was to him a complete letdown and something that was a disservice to the favorite films that remind him of his childhood, the Star Wars films.  Disney Has Concerns About Star Wars After The Last Jedi

 

  1. For Geeks + Gamers to become a successful YouTube channel, it meant starting from next to scratch and building a subscriber basis and becoming a success, of having people watch the videos and comment and so on.  If Geeks + Gamers were reviewing music, instead of films, and it was fifty years ago, perhaps they would have thought to speak publicly about The White Album.  Instead, they are speaking out, for example, about The Last Jedi in a way which of course makes it completely clear that they view Episode VIII of Star Wars as rubbish.
    When I finally watched The Last Jedi when it arrived on Netflix, I enjoyed it and even felt moved.  The mods of Geeks + Gamers had no such experience.  Instead, they despise the film and regale in making that clear rather than taking a positive spin on something that’s an extension to something they loved in childhood.

 

  1. I would guess that the mods of Geeks + Gamers take such a broad interest in film criticism that they feel they can succeed in terms of forging a successful YouTube channel.  The idea of success they have is different from the idea of success that’s reflected in something like the fiftieth-anniversary rerelease of The White Album, or in the success of the blockbuster film The Last Jedi.
    The mods of Geeks + Gamers don’t seem to see The Last Jedi as a success at all because they despise it so much.  Instead, their game plan seems to be to grow their YouTube channel extrapolating the message that Star Wars has been reduced to rubbish, or that the DCCU could similarly face a death grip.  They don’t desire or see any value whatsoever in success at the level of blockbuster films, for example.
    To them, The Last Jedi is a weak link.  They wouldn’t aim for that kind of success in their own lives, for example.

 

Mike Zeroh

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  1. Contrarily, an example of success peoples reacting to what’s been documented on Geeks + Gamers is the reaction of The Last Jedi film director Rian Johnson mean-spiritedly calling out a Youtuber who has a channel that is devoted specifically to exploring what’s going on in the Star Wars universe.  The Mike Zeroh channel is Zeroh’s speculation on what is going on “behind the scenes” of Star Wars.  The Last Jedi director Johnson referred to YouTube’s Mike Zeroh as being a zero himself, although Johnson later apologized.
    It is the same kind of weak link that exists when Geeks + Gamers tackles Star Wars because for all the enthusiasm Mike Zeroh puts into anticipating Star Wars, Zeroh has personally explained that he felt The Last Jedi was lackluster.  The fact remains that the Zeroh channel is basically a success because it is another big Star Wars -themed channel on YouTube and even specifically got the attention of Rian Johnson not long ago.
    For me, that raises the question of who is more successful of the two men, Mike Zeroh on YouTube or film director Rian Johnson with The Last Jedi credited to him.  Mike Zeroh Vs Rian Johnson… Thank you Rian Again!!!

 

ArtistbyBeauty B l o g: https://artistbybeauty.blog

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  1. A third YouTube channel given the question whether enormous success is required to feel successful is the lovely blog and YouTube channel from Australia created by a young lady who goes by ArtistbyBeauty.  She is a little like the creators of Geeks + Gamers or Mike Zeroh in that she does feel drawn, I believe, to entertainment such as Tomb Raider, but essentially she uses her blog and her channel on YouTube to network, to express herself and how she does that includes art that she develops herself and how she makes it a part of her life.  Her message is that you should always be the best that you can be and further that a genuine interest in art can help you explore what matters to you and how that is going for her.
    Her channel isn’t as big as Geeks + Gamers or Mike Zeroh but I would argue that she represents a success because she does what she believes in doing.  She clearly doesn’t need to feel that pursuing conventional success goals is going to be a priority for her.
    What I want to note about that is that she definitely isn’t a “weak link;” she is actually quite good on YouTube and WordPress and I think that’s why she contributes value to WordPress and to YouTube.  She may not be at the helm of a project such as Tomb Raiderbut her authenticity does make her stand out as an artist.  Let’s Draw a Bat – Graphite Art Study

 

I was amused by the Christmas gift last year of The White Album puzzle game I got from my brother and his family.  If you have read this, please feel free to “like,” “follow,” and/or comment.

 

I wouldn’t explain this point of view if I didn’t think there was truth to it.  I am also grateful for the opportunity to share these opportunities.  I am glad if you have read this, that you have stayed with me this far.

 

October the second is World Habitat Day.  I am optimistic for the future of the planet that our only habitat will continue to thrive.

How Literature Can Keep You Out of Trouble #LiteracyDay

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Today, September 8, is International Literacy Day.  It was celebrated for the first time in 1967.  Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities, and societies.  Celebrations take place in various countries.

From Wikipedia, Retrieved 7 August 2012.

 

If you are intellectually-minded, you will probably find yourself reading a number of works of literature, the best-regarded and the most-often cited.

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I completed two semesters of literature in college, the second part of 1996 and the first of 1997.  The curriculum included a lot of assigned reading material.  It required devoting a good distribution of time outside of lectures and seminars to turning the pages of important writing, historical in the sense it is enduring.

No one disputes that a lot of partying goes on in college.  I’m a mortal, however.  I wasn’t going to the bar environs with my friends much at all, as many peers were doing.  I didn’t see any way around reading in my room, at least some of the time.

I’d been in eleventh grade between 1993 and 1994.  I had elected to take, as one of my high school courses, the subject of ancient history.

When the summer of 1994 arrived, Mr. Simpson, the gentleman who was teaching an ancient history class, signed my 1994 school yearbook with a note that he predicted I’d spend my life doing a lot of reading.  I think he felt I was a smart student.

Ancient history explained what human life was like, as best we could calculate in the day, life in ancient times when other civilizations than the present existed around the planet.  It reminded me a little of the game Dungeons & Dragons.

Mr. Simpson taught us about nations such as the Roman Empire.  I’ve inferred that the historical Roman Empire inspired some of the gameplay of nineteen seventies’ Dungeons & Dragons.

In the school board governing my high school, in the first part of the year 1996, the teachers went on a work-to-rule.  It was my “grade 13,” the year that tried to most closely prepare students if they stayed in schooling.

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“Work-to-rule” meant that high school teachers would only work the hours specifically matched to the student timetable and that teachers wouldn’t support any outside activity or assign homework.  It was worrisome because I needed to get a jump on the skills I’d need for college.  The teachers I had on hand to me simply weren’t working other than carrying out the minimum effort possible.

 

“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise”

 

 

Rudyard Kipling

 

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/346219-if-you-can-keep-your-head-when-all-about-you

 

I might not have got into so much bother at that time.  I feel I wasted time partying with friends, as there was no homework to be done and I was characteristically young, an early student.  I wasn’t a self-starter, I would say, as I wasn’t challenging myself to learn all the essential skills to start college.

I didn’t have much help from our teachers–none of the students did–and when it came time to start college, I had a disadvantage.

It was a bad break.  My college grades dipped more than I would have liked, more than they might have had I taken the initiative to develop study skills necessary to deliver the goods in college.

I mentioned the game Dungeons & Dragons.  In various editions of Dungeons & Dragons “initiative” is a rule that game players help decide strategy combat by dice rolls which inform which game character has the first choice to act in the rounds of battle, an advantage in being first.

I should have tried to win the initiative roll.  I plainly didn’t.  I regret it to this day.

I certainly ask for you to “like,” comment, and/or follow.  I wish you well in your own “game.”  Good luck to you, however you decide to play your hand.

On My Desktop: Jarte Word Processor and Its Benefit

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Blogging is a hobby I have my hand in–I like to write a little.  WordPress.com is the home for my blog, as you already know.

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One of the blogs that I enjoy reading is that of is the Christian blogger beautybeyondbones. Beautybeyondbones writes of her path in life with the guidance of Jesus, of her personal recovery years later from a troubles with anorexia, and, rounding out these themes, she blogs her recipes that connect her readers to an additional source of goodness in her life.  She writes a message of hope for troubled and confused women, along with insight into her faith.

 

On top of that, she adds recipes that lend themselves to preparing food, right from her kitchen.  She should consider being an entrant on Top Chef!

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I believe beautybeyondbones goes “live” Monday evenings, Wednesday evenings, and Thursday evenings.  Her latest recipe from her blog is here:  https://t.co/34JoyrFSye

 

What I have found interesting about beautybeyondbones is her writing style.  She is clearly writing from the heart, and her vigor and elegance are clear.

 

I think of myself as a fledgling writer.  Sometimes I use a free word processing tool I downloaded called Jarte.  It is a comparatively simple program (compared, say, to the Office Suite from Microsoft).  I think if you are writing a straightforward document, as, for example, for blogging, Jarte’s been around a long time and matches many of the most important features that you can find in a word processor.

 

For example, you write onto the Jarte window the way you do most other word processors, and if you want to select a feature there are drop-down windows that facilitate this.  It is very ease to use.

 

If you want to write a list, you can organize a list in Jarte that’s either bulleted or numerical.  If you are listing ingredients for a splendid recipe, like you might find in the beautybeyondbones blog, you could write a bullet list of what’s necessary to make the dish.  Or you could combine bulleted and numerical lists together, as in, perhaps, the method of preparation by number, and then a bullet list of the ingredients going into the recipe.

 

To make your recipe clear, you could introduce more than one font into your Jarte document to emphasize different sections of your recipe in a way that is visually aesthetic.  As you probably know, the font is the visual aspect of the text in your document.  You can change the size of the font and also italicize, make bold, or underline.

 

The font of your title could be underlined, for example, and the bullet list of ingredients could be one font and the numerical steps to do the preparation of the food could be in a third font.

 

The Jarte word processor can handle more than one document tabs, so you can have more than one document open at the same time you are working on them.  If you are organizing your recipes, you can have several of them active, for instance, so that you can go from to another by clicking on the tabs for each at the top of the Jarte program window.

 

The Save and Save As features work similar to how they do in other word processors.  To keep a copy of your recipe or of other documents on your device, you select Save.  If you want a second copy with a different filename you select Save As.

 

I picked Jarte for the word processor I sometimes favor because I am familiar with it and because it is a free download that runs efficiently and appeals to me.  The design of the word processor is intuitive and all of its commands are easy to find.   The drop-down menus in Jarte are not unlike those of other small word processors.

 

You can run more than one instance of the Jarte software and close one Jarte window without negatively impacting the other.  It never ever seems to give me an error and the performance of the program is consistent.  As well, it doesn’t seem to trouble the user with software updates like some computer tools that frequently ask you to download a new update.

 

Jarte is freeware and if you are starting from scratch, you could do worse!  I make use of Jarte on a frequent basis.  You can download the Jarte word processor here:  www.jarte.com/download.html

 

Remember that if you are interested in recipes or have someone in your life or you yourself that is troubled by the impact of anorexia, beautybeyondbones is an excellent resource to turn to.

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Beautybeyondbones has also published a book inspired by her diary when she was afflicted the worst in her life by anorexia.  The title of this book is bloom and you can find it on blurb:  www.blurb.com/b/8086385

 

I appreciate very much the encouragement that beautybeyondbones has given me when she actually kindly left “likes” on posts of mine that spoke true to her.

 

You are likewise welcome to select like.  Or even “follow” and/or comment.  Have some fun in the kitchen, too!

 

Thank you for taking an interest in my blog.  All the best to you in terms of your mental health, in your faith and in your blog or other writing.  Good luck to you all the more if you are a blogger and on WordPress.  Take care!