The Glorious Chaos By Yadadarcyyada

The Glorious Chaos

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/10/14/the-glorious-chaos/Clickety-clack, clickety-clack, the wheels of the train mocked me as I tried to play Risk on a mobile device – is it just me or are mobile devices a conspiracy by a secret order of MasonicOphthamologists trying to destroy the vision of everyone, making them need eyeglasses, contacts and even eye surgery? Time will tell. Leaving Toronto aka The Glorious Chaos as my brother aptly named it, I paused to think of the large, cosmopolitan city – wild, weird, at times, woolly, but wonderful as well. The Glorious Chaos is actually a suitable description of life. Sadly, those with Autism, like my son, experience Toronto and life itself differently. To him, it’s loud, smelly, bright, and crowded. To him, it’s overwhelming, scary, just generally creepy. But he has to live in the real world – whatever that means these days, so when my son is in a ‘good place’ (not The Good Place, a new comedy with Ted Danson and Kristen Bell, funny but hardly seems sustainable), I try to do things with him, a kind of sensory diet.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/10/14/the-glorious-chaos/After a lovely visit with my brilliant and funny family (I’m biased, but they’re actually as I describe), we headed home, watching Summer’s bright promise fade, the quilt of Autumn cover the land, nestling under our chins as we snuggle into Winter. At no time of the year is chaos more clear than Fall, Thanksgiving, and Halloween https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/10/28/monster-meet-and-greet-mash/ – especially Halloween, the most confusing holiday of all.

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#Glastonbury2017 Headline Band Number One Will Be ‘ Radiohead ‘ in first gig since 2003 ‘ Be There Or Be Square ‘ – @AceFriendsNews

#AceNewsDesk – Oct.20: Radiohead are confirmed as first headliners for Glastonbury 2017

Band to make their first Pyramid stage appearance at Worthy Farm since 2003

The last time Radiohead topped the bill at Glastonbury, Moby was still big enough to headline one night of the festival, and Suede and Super Furry Animals were both prominent in proceedings, having not yet split up, let alone re-formed. More shocking still, Tony Blair was still prime minister, albeit with personal approval ratings that had fallen to 31%. But now the band are to take to the Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm for the first time since 2003, when they headline the Friday night of Glastonbury 2017 on 23 June.

The festival gave clues that something was in the offing during the course of Wednesday, when the BBC’s webcam of Worthy Farm picked up a pattern in front of the Pyramid stage that looked remarkably like Radiohead’s bear’s head logo, prompting speculation on social media about the band appearing. Or that it was a Mickey Mouse head, there might be something Disney-related on the cards

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Under current UK legislation, pirates of physical media such as CDs and DVDs can be jailed for up to 10 year s On the other hand, those committing similar offenses online can be jailed for ‘only’ two y ears – @AceFriendsNews

#AceNewsDesk – Oct.16: Lawmakers Warned That 10 Year Sentences Could Apply to File-Sharers

Posted: 16 Oct 2016 01:16 AM PDT

This has led to anti-piracy groups such as the Federation Against Copyright Theft choosing to pursue their own private prosecutions under the Fraud Act, which allows for much tougher sentences.

In an effort to fix this disparity, earlier this year a new draft of the Digital Economy Bill contained plans to extend the current ‘online’ prison term from two to ten years. The relevant section amends the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, and simply replaces the word two with ten.

On its way to becoming law, the Bill has been progressing through various stages in the House of Commons. This week, however, concerns were raised over the precise wording of the amendments. The image below shows how they currently stand.

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Despite assurances from MPs that 10-year sentences are directed at large-scale commercial pirates, the text above does not clearly reflect that goal. In fact, just about any online infringer could be swept up in its net, a point not lost on Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group (ORG), who this week appeared before MPs.

In an exchange with Nigel Adams MP in the Commons, Killock said that ORG is concerned that ordinary members of the public could be affected by the amendments.

“We are worried about the impact of this on people who should not be criminalized and who we thought the Government were not trying to criminalize in this case,” Killock said.

“Our position is that if the Government are going to extend the sentence and have the same sentence online as offline for criminal copyright infringement — that is to say, 10 years — then they need to be very careful about how the lines are drawn, because the offenses are quite different.”

Killock said that offline criminal copyright infringement is all about criminal gangs duplicating things like DVDs, but online things are harder to define because everything looks like the same act – publication.

“You put something on the internet, it is a publication. So how do you tell who is the criminal and who is the slightly idiotic teenager, or whatever it happens to be? How do you make sure that people who should not be threatened with copyright criminal sentences are not given those threats?” Killock asked the MP.

To illustrate his point, Killock spoke about the current state of copyright trolling in the UK by companies such as Golden Eye International.

“They have no specific knowledge that these people are actually the people doing the downloading, all they know is that somebody appears to have downloaded,” Killock said.

At this point Adams interrupted, stating that there’s no intent for the new legislation to affect regular file-sharers.

“The idea of the Bill is not to go after people who are downloading content, it is purely for those who are uploading content for commercial gain. That is the whole purpose,” Adams said.

“Unfortunately, that is not how the language of the offense reads,” Killock responded.

“The test in the offense is that somebody is ‘causing a loss’, which is defined as not paying a licence fee, or is ‘causing the risk of loss’, about which your guess is as good as mine, but it is essentially the same as making available, because if you have made something available and somebody else can then make a copy, and then infringe copyright further and avoid further licence fees, basically that is a criminal act,” the ORG chief explained.

“So file sharers, whether they are small or large, all appear to be criminal copyright thieves. Similarly, people who are publishing things on websites without a license are also potentially criminalized. Those things can be dealt with much better and more simply through civil courts and civil copyright action.”

So, to solve the problem of the legislation potentially targeting the wrong people, Killock suggested a tightening-up of the wording in the amendments.

“What we are calling for is either to get rid of those things which are attacking individuals and wrongly bringing individuals into scope, or to put thresholds of seriousness around the risk of loss and/or causing loss. Something like, ‘Serious risk of causing significant loss’ would be the way to deal with this. Similarly, ‘Causing serious loss’,” he said.

Even with this explanation, the MP didn’t appear to understand.

“If you are knowingly uploading creative content online for commercial gain, to my mind it does not matter whether it is 50 quid or 50,000 quid, you are knowingly stealing someone’s content,” Nigel Adams said.

“The commercial gain is not part of this offense. That is what I am saying,” said Killock.

“The offense is purely to cause loss — in other words, to not pay a license fee — or to cause risk of loss. There is no ‘commercial’ in it. So you have to put the threshold somewhere. You have an offense for the commercial activities and, separately, individuals who cause risk of loss or fail to pay a license fee.”

The Open Rights Group are to be commended for raising this issue in the House of Commons since as things stand, the wording of the legislation is wide open to abuse from aggressive rightsholders. Whether appropriate amendments will be introduced remains to be seen, but there is clearly a need to be more specific. If not, trouble could lie ahead….

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LOS ANGELES: Ben Affleck is still a box office draw outside of the bat suit as his new thriller “The Accountant” opened to a chart-topping $24.7 million this weekend, according to studio estimates Sun day – @AceFriendsNews

#AceNewsDesk – Oct.16: Affleck’s ‘The Accountant’ Tops Charts With $24.7 Million

His new thriller “The Accountant” opened to a chart-topping $24.7 million this weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Gavin O’Connor directed the R-rated thriller, starring Affleck as an autistic mathematician. Audiences were 58 percent male and gave the film an “A” CinemaScore.

The comedy concert film “Kevin Hart: What Now?” debuted in second place with $11.98 million, marking a minuscule edge over last week’s champ “The Girl on the Train,” which netted $11.975 million. The films could easily switch places when final numbers come in on Monday.

Holdovers “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” and “Deepwater Horizon” rounded out the top five.

The weekend’s other new opener, the Mattel-inspired “Max Steel,” bombed with only $2.2 million.

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Storytellers: It’s Tough to Be an Indie, but the Outlook is Getting Better – @AceFriendsNews

#AceNewsDesk – Oct.08: Big shows — IBC and NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) remind me what the M&E industry was like back in the day when big iron and big studios reigned supreme over what was produced, what we went to see.

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“They’re coming to get you, Barbara, there’s one of them now!” – Johnny, “Night of the Living Dead,” Image Ten, 1968

Of course, TV came along and that was supposed to kill the industry.

It turned out it helped the studios because TV delivered more screens that needed to be filled.

The two had a beautiful thing going until Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, others and something called OTT (over the top) came to chip away at their empires.

Big studios abandoned the caste system, reducing budgets and staffs to gamble less and focus on big budget, big star and big effects; hoping tentpole movies and large investment blockbusters would generate large returns.

TV networks, cable service providers take up the next tier of cookie cutter content to suck in linear viewers.

Of course, disrupting their way of life Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and others came on the scene with a great understanding of big data analytics to help them “design” shows that would appeal to the biggest number of OTT folks.

Filmmakers “adjusted,” becoming independents that are brought in for a project and then move on.

Now there are new kids in town – Facebookers, YouTubers, Alibabaers – who seem bent on trashing the industry with cat/dog videos, idiots riding their skateboard down a handrail only to damage their manhood.

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Tons of Cute – Folks around the globe upload an average of 300 hours a minute of everything from short pet videos to minor documentaries. Facebook users upload about 100M videos a day. Facebook has more than 3B video views a day while 4B YouTube videos are viewed a day. It’s little wonder advertisers smell big opportunities in the social media video world.

In this lower end of the video content space is the short attention span (3-10 minutes) Gen Zers that YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and others are hustling to upload their smartphone videos and share in the ad revenue.

Of course, when you hear that PewDiePie earned $7.5M from “people” watching him play video games, it’s pretty easy to see why 1B+ kids want to upload their stuff.

Social media shooters/stars are in such hot demand that creative agents hustle to sign up anyone who can draw a few eyeballs.

In between the studio films/shows and online miracles, there’s a huge artistic vacuum.

And if people are to suck up 70 percent of the Internet with video content, it won’t be TV as usual or things like my kids’ videos.

Folks will want (and pay for or tolerate ads) for low- to medium-budget productions (sub-$1M – $50M) that will fill screens most of the time.

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World of Screens – The biggest challenges for today’s content developers is producing content that looks good on all screens – format and resolution; and that the content isn’t pirated and distributed “free of charge.”

Who does all this stuff?

It’s done by an increasingly large cadre of independent filmmakers who do interesting video with substance.

They’re professionals – producers, directors, shooters, audio/FX/CG pros, color specialists, best boys, animators and a whole range of titles/talents — who do documentaries, ads, corporate videos and pet projects they’ve been working on for years.

And when they get the project call from a studio, they’re on the set. When the work is done, they move on.

Some network, studio and cable folks have said the iPhone kids will decimate filmmakers so the only things we have to watch are 3-minute style, make-up and Darwin gene pool challenges.

That ain’t gonna’ happen!

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Storytellers – Since ancient times, people have gathered to be entertained and informed by the best and most creative folks of the time. The creative folks have always faced two challenges – getting in front of the right audience at the right time and getting paid for their work.

Since the beginning of recorded time, there have been storytellers who could draw and spellbind a crowd. Then the kids ran off to tell their version … but not with the same mesmerizing creativity.

But thanks to the exhibitors at events like IBC and NAB, filmmakers have affordable tools that were previously locked away in the studio vault and the hardware/software that lets them do stuff old-timers dreamt about:

  • 4K, HDR cameras from Blackmagic, Canon and others ranging in price from $400 – $4,000
  • Tricked-out PCs from Apple, HP and others that do stuff previously done on mainframes
  • 10-100TB of storage for $2-5K
  • Adobe, Blackmagic, Avid, Autodesk Boris, Dolby, other software that ranges from free to economic subscriptions that are blinding fast, easy to use and easy to make flawless audio/video masterpieces (in the right hands)
  • Drones from DJI and others that grounded a lot of helicopter pilots for scenes that took days/weeks, big bucks to do before
  • A new genre of 360/VR (virtual reality) cameras from Jaunt, Sphericam and Nokia that help put the viewer in the middle of/control of the action

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Filmmakers Tools – Low-cost cameras, computers, storage and software have significantly lowered the cost of being a filmmaker today. Thanks to the rapid growth of OTT video streaming and a robust global Internet, more people can share/enjoy the video content.

But it’s never been easy for audio/video creatives to get their stories done and put in front of folks.

Renowned Indies

Indie filmmakers understand what Orson Welles meant when he said, “I look back on my life and it’s 95 percent running around trying to raise money to make movies and five percent actually making them. It’s no way to live.

Francis Ford Coppola made four of the finest films in motion picture history, but he can’t get a movie produced anymore. He was quoted as saying, “You try to go to a producer today and say you want to make a film that hasn’t been made before; they will throw you out because they want the same film that works, that makes money.

Heck, even Spike Lee, who has had his share of money-making studio films, had to go to Kickstarter to finance his widely acclaimed Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. He simply said, “I’m adaptable.”

Today’s Indies

My daughter may fill hours with really cute three-minute stuff sandwiched in between tons of ads but the next day, she can’t remember the videos … or the ads.

But when she watches a 15- to 30-minute documentary on Vimeo or Vine, she can recall it in great detail–even a week later.

I’m sorta’ glad it’s memorable for her because I know that work was done by one of the 10s of thousands of indies.

They reinforce something I was told a few months back–“video storytelling is data with a soul.”

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People like Lesley Chilcott, a producer for the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, and a great short documentary called Codestars which inspired the feature documentary Codegirl on high-school girls around the globe getting involved with computers and technology. Filling in her spare time (and pay the bills) she shoots ads and branded content

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Some filmmakers like Marco Solorio, of OneRiver Media, are right and left brainers. For his recent 2-hour feature film motorsport documentary, 10/10ths, he did everything in-house including the design and integration of all of the storage components.

As every filmmaker knows, you live or die on storage and included a 32TB custom workstation RAID, 20TB onsite archive RAID, 20TB offsite archive RAID, 8TB bare HDs backup,11TB cloud archive and the usual assortment of solid state flash media for the shoot.

No wonder storage folks want everyone shooting 4K, HDR!

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Like many Indie filmmakers, John Putch, who came from a showbiz/theatrical family, has been shooting since he was a kid. His film and TV career was on the fast track but industry egos were sucking all the art and fun out of him so he took a breather, wrote a script and set out to do a micro-budget film the old super 8 way.

Since then he has produced five professionally polished films each for the price of a new car. The latest PutchFilms production, The Father and the Bear, won the Stony Brook Film Festival Spirit of Indie Filmmaking award and will be premiered in Gettysburg, PA in November.

Putch didn’t completely turn his back on studios. Currently, he’s directing No Tomorrow for CW and Fox’s APB. He thinks his Indie work has helped him in his studio work and kept him grounded.

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Cirina Catania, of The Catania Group, has done a number of military personality documentaries. For more than three years, she has been working on a documentary about a Marine who was wounded in Afghanistan. The film, tentatively titled The Kionte Storey, follows the life of Kionte Storey from his youth to the loss of his leg to an IED (improvised explosive device), mental/physical depression and recovery.

One of the founders and former director of the Sundance Film Festival, Catania has done a number of projects for major studios including National Geographic but she’s most proud of this project which she hopes to release by the end of the year.

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Unless you spend time with Woody Woodhall, president of Allied Post Audio, you probably take sound design/editing/mixing for granted … I did. But after hearing what he has done to make “weak” audio captivating, I can understand why one producer told me that he now says “lights, sound, camera.”

Without great sound work, scary shows aren’t scary, love scenes are just lip-locks, crash scenes are simply big messes and defining documentaries are easily overlooked. For example, a family feature film for Universal Releasing called “Wish for Christmas” a recent project of Woody’s, was made on a very tight timeline and budget, but captured great audio from the start.

He hammered the point home when he said, “You spend time ‘listening’ to movies, not just watching them. The visceral emotions come from the magic synergy of picture and sound together. I always encourage those with small budgets and limited time to get as much of the audio correct on-set as possible. There really is no “later” in INDIE filmmaking, and there is certainly no “extra money” available in post. Often filmmakers understand this too late–the amount of work required to fix, change or create sounds that might have easily been captured on set.”

Woody continued, saying, “The director of “Wish for Christmas“, John K.D. Graham, is a seasoned filmmaker who took pains on location to be sure that the audio recordings were great and he captured additional audio specific to the location as well. This sort of extra effort on set with the audio capture gave us audio in post that saved time, saved money and helped create the ‘feeling’ of the location, instead of some canned library atmospheres. This attention to detail must be asked of location audio. No director would leave the set without all of the images being captured, but it’s almost commonplace to make choices to leave the audio for later, ‘we’ll get it in post.’ This is not only a financial mistake but a creative one as well.”

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Last, but certainly not least, is Lewis Smithingham, of “30ninjas,” who has been pushing the envelope for more than three years doing 360/VR video around the globe. He has built his go-to reputation with almost every rig that’s been introduced – Jaunt, Nokia, assemble-it-yourself Blackmagic and GoPro custom rigs.

In addition to a backlog of soon-to-be-released 360 and VR work, he recently did a Conan 360 with Conan O’Brien that garnered a lot of attention, praise and … best of all, assignments.

He told Tom Coughlin, of Coughlin Associates, at the Future Zone at IBC that he had used up to 20TB of storage on a decent day’s shoot. It made the storage industry consultant’s eyes water.

Heart on the Sleeve

The problem is the Indie filmmaker arena isn’t profitable enough.

Studios and content consolidators leverage their investments for their stakeholders.

Streaming folks do the same.

Fortunately for the Indie filmmaker, the frayed TV bundles, VOD (video on demand), streaming sites, service providers, video distributors and content managers are all hustling after the same thing … good content.

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Visual Stories – While kids will spend time with anything that is on their screens, millennials – and we suspect the younger crowd as well – prefers shows, movies and documentaries with quality content. Professional stories are still the stuff people seek out and enjoy.

That’s why they have people who scour the trades for idea snip-its where they dispatch checkbooks and fill-in-the-blank contracts to film festivals and spend time at film schools to uncover video gems and gem makers.

Sure, they go to YouTube’s VidCon because who knows but they spend serious time at the events that count beyond the to-die-for festivals like Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Venice and the DC Shorts,

To get their share of the $500B OTT market, the suits and flip-flops spend serious time at Tribeca, Calgary, Rotterdam, San Sebastian, AmDoc, FilmQuest, SxSW, CineQuest, Fantasia, Heartland, Hollyshorts, Raindance, San Luis Obispo, Slamdance, Tallgrass and thousands of other shoot-offs around the globe.

Yes, there’s a lot of them for content renters to check out.

But they’re where creatives take their work that will (they hope) be the viewing fare for hundreds of millions of digital homes and billions of mobile screens.

They’re as dedicated as Indie filmmaker George Romero was back in 1968 when he created the intense, unforgiving classic Night of the Living Dead. It was the first (and last) to have unrestricted screening and it opened the door for a genre of films that continues today.

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Indies will start a new movement of infinite variety, viewing choice and you’ll hear Ben again say, “Don’t you know what’s goin’ on out there? This is no Sunday School picnic!

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NEW YORK: Do you remember Teddy Ruxpin, the iconic talking bear from the late ’80s, well he is back — and he’s flaunting some timely upgrades for 21st Century by not until July 2017 – @AceFrie ndsNews

#AceNewsDesk – Oct.02: Teddy Ruxpin, the iconic ’80s toy bear, is back

The toy bear made a splash when he launched in 1985. He was a first-of-its-kind animatronic toy with motorized eyes and mouth, and he told stories through a cassette player (remember those?) in his back.

“Kids adored Teddy Ruxpin so much that he became a multi-billion dollar product in five years,” said Jeremy Padawer, co-president of Wicked Cool Toys, the company behind Ruxpin 2.0. (The original Teddy was created by Ken Forsse and Alchemy II in 1982. Wicked Cool Toys is working with Alchemy II on the new iteration.)

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Why is the toymaker bringing Teddy Ruxpin back?

“The kids who embraced him back then are 28 to 40 years old now. They have young kids who they’d want to introduce Teddy Ruxpin to,” said Padawer. “We felt the time was right to bring back this nostalgic toy but with the right technology to fit the time.”

Teddy Ruxpin will still read stories with a motorized mouth. But now he has color LCD eyes that show 40 animated expressions synched to the stories.

He can blink and look up and down, but his eyes also flash hearts, stars, even snowflakes. He has an internal hard drive with 10 stories about his adventures, with an option to download additional ones.

The 14-inch tall bear (priced at $99) also has touch sensors in the hands and feet. “This is meant to allow an easy interface for young kids. By pressing the touchpad on the hand or foot, they can start, pause or switch a story,” said Padawer.

With the upgrade, Ruxpin also got a companion app that lets kids read along with him.

True to the original Teddy, the new bear is meant to be a fun and educational toy.

“He’s balancing education with a fun experience for children,” said Padawer. Now for the sad part. New Teddy doesn’t hit stores until July 2017.

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You Had Me At Cake ….

You Had Me At Cake…

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/09/16/you-had-me-at-cake/Humans are capable of greatness, but too often it’s just us saying we’re great. With all reverence, I’ll paraphrase the magnificent R.E.M.: In the eye of a hurricane, feeling your insides churning as you hear the pain. Bored of people only mis-serving, wanting to believe, can’t perceive their own needs.https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/09/16/you-had-me-at-cake/

Change the world, stop being fed up, instead follow through and follow-up.
Shriek after shriek, holler after holler, anyone will do anything to worship at the dollar, Bumbling, stumbling, perfectly baffled, trumped…

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/09/16/best-words-blog-birthday/Tethered, biased on all sides, “winning” in a tournament of lies; chopped, cropped, plopped in front of another scream, another screen…

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/09/16/best-words-blog-birthday/Another moment too obscene. Vitriolic, patriotic, slam fight, bright light.
Feel like turning it all off and only watching Psych (you know that’s right)

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/09/16/best-words-blog-birthday/It’s the end of the world as we know it (had some time alone)
It’s the end of the world as we know it (in a media cone)
It’s once again the end of the world as we know it…and I feel behind.

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Hmmm, perhaps Trump could direct Star Wars VIII: Make The Empire Great Again.

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It’s been a stuffy, screeching, spooky, sweltering summer abundant with the bafflings of humanity and nature alike. Here I am, an oldening woman who blogs alone in a skiff in the Blog Stream trying to find the ‘best words’ and had gone sixty odd days now without blogging a post. Whether I shall turn out to be the heroine of my own life, or whether that prodigious station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a blogger, despite being in a break, cannot in good conscience ignore her blog birthday, a wonderful opportunity to thank her dear readers, who stick with her through ups and downs and even the not hanging around. Some years ago – never mind how long precisely (ok, Summer 2013) – having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on TV, I thought to blog about a little and see the bloggery part of the world.

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It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. At any given time it can seem like the worst of times, but is it? There’s no world war. No Inquisition. No Ice Age. No plague. No killer bees. No asteroids hurdling toward the Earth (no worries, Bruce Willis will save us anyway).

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No hoards, Attila the Hun, saber tooth tigers, or Genghis Khan. No cannibal galaxies hungering for galactic flesh (not to be confused with cannabis galaxies hungering for galactic munchies). No cat overlords, er, well, maybe a few cat overlords. No alien invaders (although there is that signal from HD164595, no worries, Will Smith will save us).

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Last I checked, no zombie apocalypse, unless you count the overabundance of movies/TV shows about zombies and of course, smartphone users.

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That’s not to say everything is wonderful. How could we not have problems? Over seven billion humans trying to coexist with each other, as well as animals, insects, fish, birds, and of course, Bigfoot, The Loch Ness Monster (Hi Nessie!), Yeti, elves, golems, El Chupacabra, dragons, Kala Bandar, Trump, vampires, werewolves, and all manner of magical beasts.

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I don’t know about you, dear readers, but I struggle with first impressions. My instincts, often right, are second, third and fiftieth guessed. As I get older, I’m trying to listen to those first instincts; Maya Angelou was so right, “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.”

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It’s sooooo easy to sit around a kitchen, coffee shop, newsroom, living-room, bar, boardroom, online and fix all the world’s problems, but as Edward R. Murrow warned us: “Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.”

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Cooking competitions, game shows, reality shows, sports – all answers are easy unless you’re actually doing it.

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Lies are seductive, there’s no need to prove them, they just float out there in our new Fact-Free World. WTF (What The Fact).

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Options? Just believe what we want to believe because we like who says it or how they say it. Forget the facts, it’s all about the feels. We feel like something is true, so now it is. I feel like I’m watching The Blair Witch Project instead of an election and as we know, what we feel is more important than the facts.

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The biggest feels, fear…but if Star Wars and Yoda have taught us anything, it’s this, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

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As for building a wall, a distinct possibility, but over here in Canada,where we’ll be flooded with U.S. immigrants if Trump becomes President…but we definitely won’t expect the USA to pay for it, eh.

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Oh la la Politics and the Public, seems like a Bad Romance. Elections, like watching children scuffle over a toy in a sandbox, caring less about the toy itself, but the prize of winning it. Divisive politics, like passing gas, it sure feels good, a relief to get it out there. Then what? The stench, the disgust of others…Passing gas is a necessity of life, although the reasons for more gas can be avoided.https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/09/16/you-had-me-at-cake/

I don’t like gossip, rumour, innuendo, speculation, tittle-tattle, lies, hyberbole. I like facts. I miss when the news was news, actual facts and events, not just guesses, conjecture, speculation, and supposition. Taglines, soundbites, and slogans – more important than substance, service, and civility; mocking has become an acceptable form of communication…

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/09/16/best-words-blog-birthday/Blindly following anyone or anything, without questioning, doubting, challenging, like it or not, no matter what you call it, you’re in a cult…or a mob…or a joke.

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When I paused my blogging I felt so far behind I didn’t even know who shot J.R…yes, that far behind!

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/09/16/best-words-blog-birthday/Now I feel a little better, more caught up.
I’ve been writing a book, well, an outline and a chapter.
I’ve been reading. Resting. Visiting. Appointmenting. Decompressing. Researching. Regenerating.

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Sadly, I was viciously attacked by migraines, but some downtime hooked up to an IV gave me time for deep thought…just kidding, I was thinking the doctor, McDreamy might fall in love with me, Grey’s Anatomy style (preferably with less whining). Also thinking a hospital would be a bad place to be during a zombie outbreak, but with a lot of potential weapons. I also wrote this post in my head, so it might be a bit scatty. Revisiting aspects of my life, including my wardrobe, still going for comfortable, but maybe hobochic. What do you think, dear readers?

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/09/16/best-words-blog-birthday/What else have I been up to? Planning. Playing. Re-watching a few things, the newer Battlestar Galactica (So Say We All) and Warehouse 13thank you dear Teagan https://teagansbooks.com/ for making me want to revisit The Warehouse; I’m always happy there. It reminds me that the biggest adventure, is life itself, and that the spirit of The Warehouse is inside us all, the spirit of endless wonder.

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I even know who Gossip Girl is (I’ll never tell xo xo). Caught up on John Oliver back despite popular demand, funny and truth, can’t get enough of that. Almost lapsed into a cheesy made-for-TV movie coma with never-to-be classics such as but not limited to: TV adaptations of Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen murder mysteries https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/05/25/crapathy/ Murder, She Baked (where ex-soap stars drop by for a cookie break; Cookie Monster should make a guest appearance!).

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It seems the reports of my blogdeath have been greatly exaggerated https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/07/08/so-long-and-thanks-for-all-the-fish/ but despite all these words, I still don’t know if I have the best words. What do I know? I know I was sad to hear about the passing of Gene Wilder. The first thing I thought was, “Put… the…candle…back!” https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/04/28/young-frankenstein-2/ https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/07/20/charlie-and-the-chocolate-factory-turns-50/ https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/06/03/happy-40th-anniversary-blazing-saddles/ Thank you, Mr. Wilder, for the joy, you’ll keep us laughing for years to come.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/09/16/best-words-blog-birthday/I know my heart was heavy and uplifted as The Tragically Hip sang a very public goodbye, a final gift of music to everyone they love: fans, band members, family, friends, hometown of Kingston, Ontario and Canada…I alternated between singing and crying, sometimes both at the same time.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/09/16/best-words-blog-birthday/I know I’m thankful to everyone who continues to support my blog – my wonderful readers, fellow bloggers, also, the lovely ladies at #BloggersPitStop for all the support. I know I’m grateful you could stop by for my belated blog birthday bash. Enjoy the party games – watch out, you don’t know what will be pinned where these days!!! Enjoy the virtual cake (as always, you have me at cake) – even chocolate has no calories!

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Feel free to visit, we’ll pretend we’re under the sea in an octopus’s garden – that’s where I’d like to be, under the sea, in an octopus’s garden in the shade.

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So maybe the best words are…please, be kind, what the hell do you have to lose?

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