The Hunger Games Guide to Holiday Shopping

Notable actor Donald Sutherland received one of Canada’s highest honors, I read the other day, on Facebook, in an article in The Atlantic. Sutherland has a role in The Hunger Games. That’s the adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel, about older adolescents who become tributes to patriarchal figures, for the sake of honor.

“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.”

Josh and Manda’s son, Mack, though older, is still approximately the age of the tributes, in the film. While we know he is committed to being his own man, I have heard that Mack has taken an interest in theatre, playing stage roles. In his first few months of uni, I saw a video Mack helped do.

I would enjoy buying a Christmas present, for when he returns in late December, but it is tough to think what the boy could want, given that I haven’t seen him in many moons. Was it last year I got him a few issues of comics? Yeah, I got him Star Wars comics.

I could do that again. It would be fun. Younger than Mack is Clara, who I would also like to buy a gift, and at her young age of nine, it will be far easier to get Santa’s approval.

Manda, Clara and Mack

Last winter, I remember, I went to that one beautiful mall in town, to get her a children’s book. A book clerk, who was a pretty young lady, helped me decide which book would be right for my niece, of all the titles in the children’s section of the store. It would be nice to get a number once in a while, wouldn’t you know?

Cough. There is no real Hunger Games shopping guide, but a few remarks can be drawn from the possibility that you’ve read the novel, or you would like to read it. I haven’t myself, so I am in the dark, but I watched the first half of the film, on Netflix, between yesterday morning and today.

Mom’s picture of their backyard after the unusual November snowfall

I’m interested, particularly now because when the trailer for The Rise of Skywalker went up on YouTube, the channel Geeks + Gamers threw away an observation that The Rise of Skywalker looks like The Hunger Games. Geeks + Gamers has dismissed the new Star Wars trilogy completely, while still bringing attention to Star Wars news, often with a very sneeringly critical attitude, but I was interested to hear what Jeremy says about the Rise of Skywalker trailer.

By the way, fans of the films, again this year went out in search of toy purchases, for Force Friday, the shopping day. The original Force Friday event was held on September 4, 2015. Remembering my interest, in a YouTube video, I saw a couple of Star Wars guys find an all-night WalMart and go in to see what toys they wanted.

In the WalMart in the video I watched, the staffers hadn’t yet constructed the display for the new Star Wars toys, and when they began to dig out the boxes of toys, the dozen or so people who were at the WalMart, at midnight, for Force Friday, competed with some heat for the most desirable action figures.

It is to be noted that the games, in the story, in The Hunger Games are part of a competitive honor, and I am sure that the coolest Christmas gifts are sold first and make the best impressions when they are bestowed. I take it, while not having read the Suzanne Collins novels, that patriarchs select tributes for their ability with the range of a bow, and it implies they are wanted for their strength, and also for their beauty. I don’t want to spoil too much more.

I hope the next few weeks are splendid for you, and that you’ll be back to see that all’s well. You’re welcome to like, to follow, and/or to subscribe to.

We’ll see you again during this festive time of year.

But Not to Automate Ad Nauseum

The twenty-third of March, 2018, came, and Twitter’s updated policy on automated tweets across multiple accounts was on.

For the WordPress Daily Prompt inefficient, it reminded me to post something to say a little what that did.

When I was in high school, a chemistry teacher made an observation that noise is a kind of pollution.

I take it, with the policy change regarding automated tweets, that Twitter’s idea was to reduce the amount of noise on it, which I understand to mean useless tweets, tweets that aren’t good information, or that redundantly reproduce what’s already being stated tons of other places. Like this weekend’s “storm to end all storms,” the seventy-five or seventy-six centimeters of snow that overtook Newfoundland, Canada.

The change in policy the twenty-third of March two years ago challenged Twitter users with multiple accounts to stop automating identical tweets across accounts. That kind of practice can have the effect of trying to get a hashtag trending, and thus visible, or otherwise to convince people that a user of multiple accounts is relevant enough they should be followed, “liked,” retweeted, etc.

You can read specifics of the change in policy Friday here: Twitter Rules for Automation & Multiple Accounts Must Be in Compliance by March 23rd

http://skepticreview.com/2018/02/22/twitter-rules-automation-multiple-accounts-must-compliance-march-23rd/

For example, outside information, such as weather alerts, that you automate, only belong on one of your Twitter accounts.

I only have one Twitter account and have no nefarious intentions to underhandedly capitalize on the social media platform or otherwise take advantage of a good thing:  Twitter › @findingenvirons

Photographer:
Jay Mantri

The shift on Twitter was subtle–I only spent a half hour on Twitter that day, not long enough to see much more than a tiny glimpse of what should be a reduction in “social media noise” as accounts by multiple users become more subtle.

The world was changing rapidly anyway, with a gun control march in Washington, D.C. coming the next day and that news story monopolizing a good deal of the conversation on Twitter at the time.  I guess I felt that the walk was significant given what occurs every once in a while, something horrendous.

It’s outstanding that the most compelling motivation to be on Twitter is to be in contact with significant occasions occurring the world over.  The possibility that clamor on Twitter needs to quiet down is somewhat counterproductive, as a great deal is conceivable, as individuals have demonstrated, getting clients spread over the Twitter stage.

I simply needed to leave this note as I suspected it may be helpful that the arrangement became effective the twenty-third of March, 2018.

Any remark is welcome.