For a good long while WordPress offered up a word of the day, every day–the intent being to inspire blog posts based around a specific word for the day.
Fandango is a blogger who has had the notion to continue the inspiration. I haven’t known of Fandango for too long, but a lot of what goes up on his blog is interesting.
There is no cure for ugly, but you can make yourself into a human optical illusion. Jenna Marbles
I believe that the usual reasons for wanting to keep out of the way of most things that are abnormal is because being abnormal is more distressing than being what passes for fitting in. What is recognized as abnormal, is, I think, falling short of the mark in an area that comes natural, missing your turn when you are driving somewhere, spending too much money in impulse decisions, unfortunate doctor’s reports. Abnormal can start to appear kind of tragic.
You have to put your energy into getting positive outcomes, whether your abilities are abnormal or not. Fortunate people have comparable skill levels and means of producing a desired outcome; not everybody is fortunate, it goes without saying. When Star Wars actor Mark Hamill was trending on Twitter this evening, I read his bio and two words he says up front are Work hard.
It’s Good Friday, and I’m having browser issues. Microsoft put up an alpha version of its Edge browser, and I tried, like a web developer, to surf it before it’s finished, and it lasted maybe three days.
Star Wars Celebration went on from April 11 to April 15 in Chicago. The celebration is an army of devotees sharing a love of Star Wars. This year Star Wars Celebration premiered a teaser for Episode IX, a preview of Star Wars series The Mandalorian, the cinema for Jedi: Fallen Order, and a trailer for S7 of The Clone Wars. It is all interesting.
Being that this year is 2019 and that Lucasfilm put The Phantom Menace, a prequel film to Star Wars, in the cinema in 1999, the twenty-year anniversary of Phantom Menace was observed.
Five days is a long time to spend with Star Wars, but between Thursday and Monday a viewer watching the events on the Star Wars YouTube channel got to see the panel discussions each day at 12:00 and 4:00 Chicago time. Celebration, which I think is nine years running, moves around the US, but this year they put it on in Chicago. Given the audience’s enthusiasm, it seems like that worked well for them.
Jedi: Fallen Order is the name of the EA game that is the first new Star Wars game since Battlefront II. EA is a notoriously difficult game company. The decisions EA makes are known to send gamers away.
I suspect Disney needs Episode IX in December to be a sensation if they want their investment in Disney+ to succeed. Disney+ is the streaming service available this fall, in November, when Disney is making available their animated features, along with the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, the Star Wars films, and The Mandalorian. Disney+ could rival Netflix, and it is expensive for Disney in the short term, so it is reasonable to think that if Episode IX is a major success, it is an indication Disney+ will do well.
It is hard to anticipate what Netflix is planning in response to its rival. If there is already talk about what Netflix is going to do, I haven’t caught it.
I believe that Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy is leading Lucasfilm for the next ten years, and her decisions to put a lot of roles that are empowering for girls affect her hold on the Star Wars fanbase, because a large number of male fans of Star Wars have made a backlash owing to the perception that they are “toxic.” A space opera such as Star Wars has a lot of male fans, so the response has been loud about how Star Wars has met its “demise” in the sense that there will never again be a great trilogy. The next trilogy of Star Wars films is going to be directed by Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.
The Last Jedi was the film that divided the fanbase, perhaps deliberately. That said, there was a backlash to the Star Wars Prequels, which subsided, so the same may be true of the problems facing the Star Wars Sequels, the films The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and now Episode IX, concluding the Saga. Be that as it may, The Mandalorian, continuing Return of the Jedi from 1983, looks fantastic. Some of the success of Disney+ is probably going to be affected by whether Episode IX proves to be a giant.
Good luck to Lucasfilm.
You’re welcome to “like” this, to follow, and/or to comment. The inspiration for Where’d You Go? is from the Medium publication newsletter Publishous, 11,000 strong and available every week or two.
The Little Mermaid is a site which entertains bloggers who bring together their thoughts on a theme suggested by the moderator. These tea parties, the setting for discussion, began several months ago. The Little Mermaid is on a new site now, found at https://www.thelittlemermaid.site/tag/tea-party For the tea party, March’s theme is fashion.
Personally, I am fashion-challenged, by which I mean I haven’t let fashion out of my bag. I don’t have a memorable sense of fashion.
Aiming to define fashion reminds me, for example, of an Internet dating profile, where a user is invited to assess his sense of fashion in a field drawn from a list of narrow but conventional approaches.
I wish I’d made the decision to dress better when I was younger. If you don’t invest in yourself, how can you expect anyone else to? In a media-hungry capitalist structure, it is important to be “cool” by wearing a wardrobe that both help you feel good about being seen in the street and identifies your lifestyle to people who speak with you.
I believe it’s important, and I would have liked to be more fashionable.
A rule for wear is that clothes must mostly fit. This sounds obvious, but it isn’t necessarily easy to determine that clothes which cultivate a brand for you are far superior to dressing at random.
I am less interested in making an outfit look good than I am, I feel, non-discerning about social mores. That’s how I haven’t let it out of my bag.
I do experience mild anxiety about looking shabby when I ought to be feeling fine, but something in my psychology prevents me from being able to coordinate a wardrobe. That’s kind of funny, eh?
I hope you are not disappointed. You are welcome to click “like,” to follow my blog, and/or to leave a comment.
The Little Mermaid’s tea parties provide inspiration and heighten my interest in others for who her tea parties are likewise attractive.
It’s Valentine’s Day, and in the spirit of the occasion, a spot of research has led me to Well-known and Famous Couples in History, by Madhura Pandit. It’s an expository piece from which I chose ten of the most dynamic romantic figures ever known, in Madhura’s estimation. I added an obvious eleventh, with thanks to scholaradvisor.com for the example.
Nine of these people are based in history, and the last two are the stuff of legend.
Julius Caesar and Cleopatra and Mark Antony
Cleopatra and Mark Antony are both associated with Julius Caesar. Mark Antony discovered beguilement with Cleopatra’s greatness. Cleopatra, in turn, might have discovered a feeling of strength with him, since he was getting to be a standout in Rome.
She found in him the chance to reestablish old wonder. Mark Antony had attributes not the same as that of Julius Caesar, yet the equivalent political stature.
The gathering after Julius Caesar’s demise demonstrated scented blooms in Cleopatra’s boat, where she dressed like the Roman goddess Venus when they met in 41 BCE. The dinner awed Mark Antony in that he needed to outperform such marvelous planning; however, he hopelessly fizzled.
With extraordinary cleverness, he figured out how to keep considerate about it.
Cleopatra, on the other hand, could engage Mark Antony by being next to him constantly.
Napoleon and Josephine
Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine were hitched when he was a general in the military, and she a rich widow. They went separate ways as Josephine couldn’t deliver a beneficiary, and Napoleon remarried.
Despite enormous ambition, Napoleon’s life ended in exile.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
As the music career of The Beatles gave way to solo careers for the four musicians who were members, no one knew that John Lennon had scant little time left alive.
That being said, John Lennon and Yoko Ono arranged a seven-day “Bed-In for Peace,” in the Presidential Suite of the Hilton lodging in Amsterdam, as a challenge against war and savagery on the planet, March 1969.
Lennon’s life ended when he was shot in the street outside his home in New York City.
Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley had set their sights on enjoying a weekend writing competition, to see who could write the more impressive story, when Mary dreamed of events she would novelize as what ultimately became the book, Frankenstein. Mary Shelley’s novel would be instrumental in science fiction. In future years, many times various filmmakers would adapt it for the silver screen.
Frankenstein probably exceeded the talents of her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Percy Bysshe Shelley later succumbed to madness.
Lancelot and Guinevere
Sir Lancelot was a knight in King Arthur’s Round Table, who went gaga for Queen Guinevere. Their mystery prompted terrible capital punishments for the two, divided the Knights, and debilitated Arthur’s kingdom.
It is not known whether Arthur’s kingdom ever existed, but it has been written about for centuries.
Adam and Eve
In the book of Genesis in The Bible, there is an account of The Lord creating our world and making Adam and Eve the first people who would live here. The lives of Adam and Eve were idyllic, until Satan, in the guise of a snake, led Eve to eat an apple from The Lord’s Tree of Knowledge, filling her consciousness with all manner of realizations. Eve quickly had Adam do the same.
Enraged by the betrayal, The Lord declared that all of man would from then on endure untold hardship.
Many of the devout feel that these events occurred roughly four thousand years ago, in the Garden of Eden.
This month I reached two hundred followers with my WordPress blog. I am satisfied with the achievement, and I am grateful to the people following this blog for spending the time they do.
Publishous is a newsletter reaching several thousand subscribers and counting. I began reading it in December.
The writing’s pretty good, I agree, articles published on Medium. Medium introduces newcomers to a few free writing selections each month. Then, you either need to wait for the next month or to move up to a paid membership.
Soon I noticed the newsletter delivered writing prompts.
Writing for prompts feels like a shared experience. I miss the Daily Prompts organized by WordPress. I had thought Publishous could be a great new opportunity for quality blogging.
An example of the style of blog post I write can be found at the following link:
Since the last time I wrote, I received two more editions of Publishous. I enjoy them, but I have not seen another writing prompt. The newsletter exploded by 1500 subscribers in only several days. Did they abandoned their prompts? Or the prompts are not weekly, contrary to an assumption I made.
I feel like I’m getting behind.
In 2019 there are a lot of posts being written, I’ve long known. Expert and YouTuber Neil Patel suggests quality over quantity. He pitches one post a week or once a month.
Neil Patel is a gentleman with an ad agency, but I don’t want to wait the span of a month between posts.
#NeilPatel #ContentMarketing #Blogging
I’ve never tried tips such as Patel’s, but they could help. I try to think how I could deliver a better post.
If I’m fortunate, Publishous will again include a writing prompt. I will handle it as though I am alongside great people.
I’m ending with a question, one of Patel’s tips. Do you blog?
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This post is intended as the conclusion to two earlier posts, written and published recently.
Not to say that video doesn’t have many, many uses, sometimes even critical, I have thought of some observations debunking video. Information learned from video research can be useful, particularly if it is assembled in a blog shared on Facebook.
I feel, historically, video research does not hold up given its artifice as evidence. With good editing, that difficulty is somewhat rectified. Here are five more ways that video research is overrated. These are ways that video does not provide any more substantive information than where is otherwise available.
Twitter’s Vine, now Periscope launched people with a genius for shooting six-second long videos, usually intended to be funny, meaning that if you were a creator with a knack for coming up with hilarious six-second videos. On Vine, you could build a reputation and attract an audience. The problem is that Vine came to an abrupt end because behind the scenes Twitter was continually working on becoming profitable and Vine didn’t enter the equation. Therefore the six-second video format of Vine left the Internet. This is an example how video did not work in a specialized format that was “cool,” new and stimulating.
Another way that video has failed the mainstream is the interesting but absurd idea that you can video-record phenomena, like Bigfoot, or UFOs. An idea of going on an expedition to get a video recording of Bigfoot in his natural habitat, or UFOs in the night sky, often gets debunked by skeptics as “hoax.” True experiences with phenomena of this kind go with a lot of excitement and potentially lasts only briefly. Videos of this kind are often derided, despite, of course, the additional risk that goes with trying to capture evidence of what’s alien and supernatural. Also, there is the problem of informing on mysteries which government authorities commonly downplay. If you want specifics about extraterrestrial astronauts, I think you will have a hard time procuring verifiable video recordings. It is not video research you can easily manage, despite popularity on television and on the internet. “NASA Astronauts Discuss Extraterrestrial Life” https://binged.it/2Ga1mXi Extraterrestrial Laboratory
Celebrity video recordings are not a reliable example of a video that can be examined for research purposes. A celebrity sells a brand. Observations made by the celebrity have an end goal in mind, not a general desire to be casually revealed. Researching the brand might be an approach, however, to video research that you could apply, but I think finding both a starting point and an endpoint could be difficult. It might even take researching techniques for analyzing a brand if you’ve never studied that. I doubt that you will find in a video the best information about analyzing a brand. That being said, I have no doubt you can earn the skill-set to analyze a brand as it’s represented in a video. I think the evidence for the success of the brand would be better extrapolated by looking at the brand in the market apart from its appearance in a video context. To be fresh, I think you would have to apply some expert touches.
Coaching lessons in packages of a student-ready video may turn out to be somewhat dull in comparison to more novel approaches to learning. A year ago I enjoyed completing a great WordPress course. I took photos over the course of a couple of weeks, learning a little about photography with each and making something out of each lesson. I liked learning like that. https://findingenvirons1.blog/2018/01/01/doggedly-capturing-developing-your-eye-themes-to-ring-in-the-new-year/ If you have an opportunity to do some organized learning, I tend to think it is more fun if you can find applications you can apply in real life. Try referencing research sources, perhaps some interactive, other than just video lessons, and I am thinking in addition about getting around the price of the video information, if it is part of a curriculum, belying how useful the information is. For example, a life coach offering videos to elevate your self-esteem could prove fruitless if you can’t make the lessons work, or if your intention falters and you no longer are acting in the manner required by the video curriculum. This is important to note. You can apply change only as much as you are mentally prepared to.
I want to wrap this up with the suggestion that video research could have you preoccupied and unfocused what with possibilities opening for you that are more and more seductive and complicated. You should remember your focus; you are not going to benefit by wasting time. Too much video and you are not getting done anything that’s worthwhile. I feel if you are a consumer of video from a small number of creators who have focused themselves on something relatable, the focus that puts you amid them is what will keep you thinking consistently. By that, I mean thinking in a way that organic learning, by a process of discovery, rather than by merely looking aimlessly, will be of some benefit to you. Your critical thinking may engage if you proceed this way. I would put it to you to learn in this fashion.
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