Saturday, July 7, 2018

Alas Poor Yoric


I've written about this before. There is a unique hammock of things that exist 30, 60, 90
days out.

My life is scheduled for me at this point. Everything is about Comic Con. Also, 30 day free
trials rule the land. If you sign up for one, make sure you save all your work, and then
cancel your subscription, because you don't want their issues.

The problem with this is, they have your email address forever, and they've sold it. With
or without your consent as it doesn't matter. You want to know why? It's part of the terms
of service, which you probably tossed aside, no pun intended. Most of us that have been
dealing with those for years simply scroll and check without reading, however buried
deep within every boilerplate TOS contract I've seen there's a clause that states
something on the order of, "We have the right to share your email address with 3rd party
services...."

That may be a paraphrase. My point is simply this: If you have an email address, and by
virtue of the fact that you're reading this you have at least one, your information has
been sold, bartered, traded, or most likely clicked on by someone you've never heard of
before. They may be from another country, too!!!

Okay, that comma probably doesn't belong, so my editor will take care of that and make
it look pretty, but she's busy right now, so you're going to see this before she does. It's
why I have a thousand pages of dynamite stuff on how to or more likely not how to make
a movie that's going to be pared downto 300 pages complete with pictures, and
hyperlinks.... How do we do footnotes in the 21st Century? I DON'T KNOW!!!

Wikipedia has that info, and when you sign up for their "free" account, they tell you the
guidelines for how to create your first article. I attempted to create one to honor my
father, however there's not enough info out there.... Sure, we could goto Magipedia, but I
can't d/l because of some arcane agreement between the owner of that site and they
that sold Genii Magazine....

I just want ownership of my father's IP. Am I asking for too much? Maybe I can get
Michael Lovitz on the case....

Okay, so since I'm going to post this elsewhere, before I export I'll have to correct
spelling mistakes. Thanks coach!!!

Action items to boot. However, not for publication.

So, what do we know? Nothing really by virtue of all the information that's out there.
If the 90's were The Information Age, then by the turn of the century and beyond we've
reached The Too Much Information Age. We already have TMI by virtue of the
aforementioned fact: The 'net is forever. My email address that I haven't been using daily
since April is being passed around willy-nilly by those that would do these things.

I made the mistake of signing up for something, and I was greeted with a phone call the
next day that stated I needed hearing aids. NO!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe if I wanted the bionics I could get CA to pay for them, but I already hear too much
already. They tell you that you can't do something because of your age, and I say they're
wrong. I know my capabilities and limitations. As for the latter, I don't have any, but I
have yet to do certain things. Read: The scientific method hasn't been applied.

Currently as far as the 'net is concerned, fully half the information on it outright
contradicts the other half. Who's right? Not for me to say. I'm just another fucking
observer attempting to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Something that may have been buried by those that would bury things is affecting you
today, whether or not you live in the state of confusion. The 'net was declared a public
utility by the government during the previous administration, and by extension owned by
the good ol' USA.

What do we conclude from this?

Hopefully there's some questions left unanswered, however I've got fiction to create
based on writing assignments I was given two, three, and maybe even four years ago.
Never get this far behind, as you may become overwhelmed. This raises the question,
has anyone ever been simply whelmed?

72 and sunny in Redondo Beach, even though it's the hottest day of the year. Adjust your
expectations accordingly.™

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

St. Paddy's Day Village Run 2018

St. Patrick's Day is usually a day that I take off because I'm descended from Irish nobility, however this year it fell on a Saturday, so I took the opportunity to cover the Village Runner St. Patrick's Day 5K held in the Hollywood Riviera section of Redondo Beach, CA.

I've lived in this city since '94, and this is the first I've heard of this event sponsored by Village Runner Shoe Store, located at 1811-A Catalina Ave. They also have a location in Manhattan Beach. The race started promptly at 8am, and 15 minutes and 20 seconds later,

Juan Paredes
Juan Paredes from Los Angeles crossed the finish line, and promptly continued to the water table.

A little more than two minutes after that, Julia Budniak was the first woman to finish, and took 8th place overall.
Julia Bdniak as she comes toward the line.
  Of those that started the race, 1176 crossed the finish line. I found out later that there were some that just entered to get the t-shirt, and some runners didn't start right away as they were waiting for friends that couldn't find parking.

As I live in Redondo at the North edge of district 2, I felt a walk to the race site was a good idea. I ran into a couple of guys that were jogging to the starting line, and I didn't understand that, however since parking was at a premium, I think all of us had a good idea.

At events like this in and around Redondo, sponsors are needed, and as a result of that, they get their own booths and tables, and offer free stuff to those in and around the event. Some of the local businesses open their doors and offer tours, and one realtor had Irish Whiskey and champagne, complete with a full continental breakfast with fruit and pastries as well.

A good time was had by all, and it turns out, The Village Runner is about to hold another 5K this July 4th.  Hope to see you there!!!



Friday, March 16, 2018

The Cape?!?

Just got finished watching this. My thoughts? I have them. They probably echo yours. For the most part. I could write more, however, I have to give up the computer in seven minutes, so, in no particular order...

  • It's Batman.
  • Wait, no, it's not.
  • A Crime Fighting Magician? 
  • Oh, wait. That's been done before, too.
  • Weird.
I should probably expand on these points one by one, and make this a really pretty bloglike post.

Several have given you a review that rates somewhere on the high side of The Suck Scale, however, I'm here to tell you different. It doesn't truly blow righteous chunks. Chunks, yes. Whether or not they're righteous or not is up to you.

It turns out this never posted, and it's what, 5 years later, and I'm clearing out the Drafts folder as it were, and I remember watching all of these episodes and even the parody on Community as well.  My thoughts are the same as they were when I watched it for the first time.

I had a discussion at church the other day about how all shows look the same after awhile, and they're stealing plots from each other too. We all agreed that I was right. The superhero genre will always exist, and the same 36 plots with continue to exist as well. Hollywood will continue to crank out things that the majority doesn't like in the name of entertainment.

We could get into trivial word definitions at this point, however it follows that I will write and get paid for it on a more than occasional basis, and if you read, that's cool. Leaving a comment is better however.

72 and sunny in Redondo Beach.

Adjust your expectations accordingly.



Monday, March 12, 2018

What a Crock!!!



There's got to be a morning after.... Maureen McGovern, from the original Poseidon
Adventure. '72? I was 12. Two years later, some song for Towering Inferno that did not
win. Unless I've got the two mixed up. All I know is that I bought the 45.... Today, that
would be an MP3. Anyone want to donate $2.99? You know where the button is....

This raises the question, "Oh, yeah?" I know, not what I was going to talk about, but for
some reason, the need to remember something from my childhood came up. Yesterday,
we performed the archaic task of setting our clocks forward one hour, in order to save
daylight. What a ridiculous concept!!!

There's the same amount of daylight no matter what the clock reads. The fact that it's
still dark outside even though it's one hour later than at this same time two days ago
confirms this. So, why exactly are we doing it?

I'm guessing, but my thinking is that some yahoo in congress decided a long time ago
that the need to have most people working, driving, and doing other things during the
day was and is a good idea. As a result here in the state of confusion, we get more rush
hour traffic than we've ever had before, and that's not only because the peer to peer
services that have attempted to replace the taxicab industry have invaded recently....

Thinking about this further means that I should probably do actual research, and put
names and faces in this beast to make it look pretty elsewhere....

To continue, this has been going on all my life. In case you forget how, "Spring Forward.
Fall Back." People say they lose or gain an hour of sleep, and that's ridiculous as well. You
get the same amount no matter when you get up. The clock doesn't rule you unless you
let it. A good friend that happens to be close as well taught me that. Who knows, she
might even be reading these words that I write on an occasional basis....

The math states that I've only known her for less than a tenth of my life, however I feel
like I've known her always. One day I'll figure out how that works, and at that point,
watch out!!!

The need for speed, and how everything is calculated based on either time, energy, or
distance. More likely, a combination thereof. We just have to deal with the outcome. 

For about a year and a half, I worked at JPL, while living here in the beach that is round.
Roughly 4 hours out of my day wherein I was driving and doing practically nothing else. If
I had today's tech, I probably would've been able to dictate most things, and create
beautiful things as well. 

The tradeoff would be that most of my ATPM articles would be decidedly different. Maybe I'd have more shorts written as well.  Someone to transcribe the musings of a random guy attempting to make it in a messed up world he was born into would be needed. 

I could've joined the unions necessary out of high school. I didn't need 'SC. I got the education I needed growing up with two loving parents that knew more than I did. Maybe my father would've lived longer. 

God had other plans.....

Time!!!

Rules us all. Doesn't care either. Didn't they introduce the Time Trapper on Legends of
Tomorrow recently?

Villains from The Legion of Superheroes brought into a show that's ostensibly about time
travel makes life a little more interesting. I don't have to buy comic books anymore,
because of the "investments" I made in the 80's..... I need to create my own line, and
I've made a start of that.

I should write another short, and dub it with new dialogue, at which point I'd only need a
studio to record and about 6 hours.....
A radio play at church. That's the ticket....

5 characters in search of an exit. The 6th is the narrator, and the guy at the end that let's
you know what's going on. Rod Serling was and is a genius. CBS cancels The Twilight
Zone, but Serling is still around, so he creates The Night Gallery for ABC. Sundays in the
60's IIRC. 

I didn't get to watch that show for whatever reason. Probably because it was on a
competing channel, and dad still worked at CBS Television City. I didn't think I'd end up
here when I started this random rant, however here we are.

The origin of The Black Fox's catch phrase comes from the following syllogism; Timing is
everything. People fear change. It all comes downto this. What is this? Something that
needs to be changed.... Who is this? The Black Fox. What makes the change? The blue
smoke bomb that hides the quick-change....

"This Changes Everything!!!" in Seacoast City, or everyplace else.

There is a change taking place within all of us, and at some point, you'll realize that it has
already taken place within you. I'm not one to tell you what to do with yourself after you
realize that it's already been made.

That's my story. Hope you enjoyed it. May or may not be a major motion picture coming
soon to a theatre or drive in near you. If you don't live near either one of those my advice
is, "Move!!!"

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sonic Geometry: The Language of Frequency and Form


The need to get this info out there exists, however we're told not to share.
Therefore, you didn't "hear" this here....

Friday, January 19, 2018

I'll Be Talking About It

I've decided to make this a yearly tradition, and to that end, I'll be talking about what happened 36 years ago today in March. Details on the card....
If you'd like, there's a video available too....

Most of what I would write here, I'll be saying in two months time at this show. I hope to see you there!!!