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Variance is a Gut Punch

seven duece offMy passion is poker, a game in which the best player doesn’t always win.  There is a certain percentage of luck so in the short run any crappy player can win and any very good player can lose.  In the long run, however, the good players win and the bad players lose.  That doesn’t change the fact that every session is a boxing match and in some matches the variance is going to give you a gut punch and knock you out cold.

While mentally I understand variance, there is still some mental and emotional pain that always seems to follow a train wreck session in which you drive perfectly on the rails but still end up with a demolition. Last night was one of those nights.  70% favorite, lose.  80% favorite, lose. Long term favorite, win.  In the short run, it still hurts.

That’s poker folks!

A New Found Respect for Video Editors

video editingI am starting to dive deeper into video editing.  Up to this point, for my YouTube channel, I have only been editing using the iMovie App on my phone.  This evening I decided I wade into the deep end of the video editing pool.  I wanted more features and capabilities than iMovie had to offer and downloaded a free version of VideoPad.  I decided to try it because I read that it was easy to use but also had a multitude of robust features.

Boy was I surprised when I realized not only the number of advanced features but how difficult it was to learn and work through using them.  I felt like Edward Scissorhands trying to eat pasta.  Some of the simple features I could quickly learn and implement but when it came to putting an entire edited video together it was far from easy.

This whole editing business got me thinking.  What must it be like editing a professional full length feature film?  How do so many  movies make it to the big screen? Those video editors must have to live, sleep, eat, and dream about video editing.  I bow to their black-belt skills.  As for me, I just want to get comfortable using a simple yet highly functional editing program for my rudimentary YouTube videos.  Hopefully I will one day become as comfortable with the simple desktop editing software as I have become with the iMovie App.  Until then, maybe I should just stick to blogging.  Although it certainly took some time getting used to WordPress.  I guess in life the learning never stops.

Call Me Old Fashioned But I Love the Newspaper!

It az republicsaddens me when I take a peak down my street in the wee hours of the morning and see only one newspaper. It’s The one on my driveway I pickup after a grueling 12 hour night shift.  It lays there like a drunk single old man in your almost empty local dive bar.  While that newspaper is very lonely, I will always be willing to rescue it from its depressed drunken stupor.

I find it harder to explain to people what I love about the newspaper.  In today’s day and age of free flowing real time electronic information, it no longer makes sense to most Americans.  But to me, its a nostalgic tradition like Apple Pie and Fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Reading the newspaper with a light breakfast and a cup of coffee for me is a sensory tingling experience. Maybe I am exaggerating a bit but I really like the smell of a freshly printed newspaper.  It’s like a flowery nose of a new world Cabernet.  Or the smell of a wet creosote bush after a desert monsoon shower.

Even if I only read one or two articles it always seems worth it to me to pay for this old beat up car feel.  It’s a classic Corvette with plenty of miles still left on the grungy old engine.  Just like the newspaper, it makes your hands dirty but still feels nostalgic.

I gotta end it here as I didn’t get a chance yet to read one article today.  I was too busy on YouTube!  🙂

Vlog Kicks Blog!

kickMy last post was quite awhile ago and it was all about transforming thoughts into actions.  That was the salt and the curse words were the pepper.  One of those actions I wanted to take was to start more actively working on my YouTube channel (if you go there don’t laugh too hard).  I have done that but it accidentally kicked my blog to the curb.  Luckily, I a have circled back to scrape it up off of the pavement.

If you have stayed a follower here I greatly appreciate you sticking with me.  Don’t give up on me just yet.  I have hit these dry spells before and always seem to find a way to overcome them.  I am one step closer to being where I want to be in my dream life.  Thanks for continuing to enjoy the ride with me.  Until next time, stop thinking and start doing.  Consume less content and create your own content instead.

Get Shit Done!

000-goWhat are you doing here just sitting reading my blog? Go Do Shit!! What shit you ask? Whatever you have been wanting to do everyday of your life but were afraid to. Or if you want to be more practical, then everything you have been procrastinating about that you know you need to do. Now, for the last time… Stop reading and start doing!!

Big Media Bully and The Suspension of My Periscope Account

0000-stop-bullyingI am still shocked and perturbed about what happen to me on Thursday evening. While I don’t scope often, I have been an avid user of Periscope to watch many other individuals stream content. So on Thursday afternoon, I decided to scope the comparison between my dog and and a cub. Essentially a bear but that bear happened to coincide with a particular baseball team that was playing on my TV while I was scoping. I really wasn’t trying to distribute a Fox Production without their permission. I was trying to be cutesy.

As it turns out, a big media company like Fox is looking to demolish a big bad conglomerate wolf like myself trying to huff and puff and blow down the rules in massive proportions. That is how I felt after essentially reading a cease and desist note that Periscope sent me after suspended my account for 4 hours and stating I was violating Fox’s intellectual property rights. Did I break the rules… well that’s certainly up for debate. What did happen is 26 viewers… yes 26, saw a blurry ballgame on my TV as I went back and forth between showing the TV and showing my Dog. My Dog was much more interesting which caused me to follow my dog rather than continuing to follow the TV. Even the viewers agreed my dog was more interesting. You may need to work on that content Fox! The broadcast ended after a few minutes of filming my dog outside playing.

If I had to estimate, I would say that no more than couple minutes of the broadcast was showing on my TV with a blurry and barely view-able baseball game on. In fact, I would challenge anybody to view the video and regurgitate to me exactly what happened on 3 separate plays in the game. Good luck with that!! Even if you could still see the video content you certainly wouldn’t be able to tell me what happened in the game. This situation is essentially the equivalent of me driving 1 mile over the speed limit in the middle of the night with no cars on the road. Can you imagine if a cop pulled me over and suspended my license for this offense. It would be so ridiculous it would be funny. At what point does intent come into the conversation? Shouldn’t we at least examine if the scenario was egregious? Apparently NOT!! I had no intent to infringe on anybodies intellectual property. Once again, the content shown was almost indecipherable and lasted for no more than about 60 seconds. If you want to know why the world hates lawyers, this is a great example. Yes there are good reasons to have these rules but they don’t exist to stop 26 viewers from seeing one minute of ballgame on a TV that was really just side content to displaying my dog to the world. This is the La Brea Tar Pits of absurdity.

I could understand a warning email but to suspend my account and threaten to close it down forever? C’mon Fox. C’mon Periscope. This paranoid, alarmist behavior, may one day cause you to lose the most important deliverer of your profits…. viewers like myself. Watch Out!! Netflix is chasing your tail!!

I feel better now that I got this off my chest. Do they allow inmates to write blogs from prison? If not, this may be the bitter end my friend. Damn… did I just infringe on Jim Morrison’s intellectual property rights?

Putting Myself Out There

000-youtubeThis will be a very short blog. I really just wanted to take the dive into sharing my YouTube channel with you. It’s like a cold water pool; at some point you just need to take the plunge and dive in.

My videos are going to be really rudimentary and probably downright silly and embarrassing. So watch at your own risk. What are you still doing here? Go watch me make a fool out of myself on my YouTube channel. And if you are really brave, then subscribe when you get there.

I Once Answered “Death” to an Interview Question

000-interviewThis story I am about to tell happened a long time ago when I was returning back to Arizona after finishing college. What got me thinking about this story is the article “The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying.” It’s an article I read a few times a year just to help me put things in perspective. Who in their right mind would answer “death” to an interview question? Perhaps somebody who doesn’t want the job. Well, the answer is ME and I DID want the job. I obviously didn’t have much interview experience at the time as I thought being as honest as possible was more important than painting a picture that made me look like the most desirable candidate. In hindsight, sometimes both may coincide. In this case, they coincided pretty closely but not close enough to get me the job.

So what was the question? The question was, “What motivates you?” Back then, and even now, death has been one of the best motivators for me. As a result, I can officially say I have one thing in common with Steve Jobs. Yeah ME!! It may sound morbid but when you dig deeper it really makes a lot of sense. Knowledge that life is short and the time you spend on earth is uncertain, can definitely get you up and moving to make progress on your goals. That’s all I really wanted to say today. Another blog post in the books. Now go do something because you will never know when that day comes in which you can’t “go do something.”

Overdue Poem Post

Tragically slap stick news alerts,
makes my skin crawl with Zika swelling mosquito bites
There is not enough toilet paper in the world
To clean up these shit candidates

Infuse my veins with some Gary Vee,
My Boy ET
Positivity

My eyes bleed
from the social media backstabbing
electronic friends becoming arch enemies

Do you hear what I am saying?
Or is the ram’s horn too muted and stuffed
with tear soaked Kleenex

Deliver me some numbing cream
straight into my brain
A beer
A Coke
The gym
A joke

Do I need another line…
Nah, just drop the mic one time!!
Yes, a cliche
touche

Life Rant and What Not – I’m Back

000-bonesAlright my blog listening peeps. What am I saying? Who listen’s to a blog??… forget that thought.

I know you believed that I would never post again but I am proving you wrong right NOW!! Trust me, I know how you think. Technology has utterly failed me over the last week and a half but I am not even the slightly bit downtrodden. OK, so I am but I won’t let it get to me. Because I do understand that despite its troubles, our technology today is unbelievably amazing. The smart phone you are using right now is infinitely better and more powerful than the super computer we used just a decade ago. So I am feeling fine about my technology frustrations because our technology works 98.1567461537516% of the time. Maybe soon I will get my iTunes up and running and the backup loaded onto my slick new iPhone 7. Although how slick can it be if it can’t access my backed up data? Not real sure about the answer but that’s something for you, my readers, to contemplate.

The other thing I have been thinking about, although not really ranting about, is my lack of international travel. I am itching like a flea inflicted dog to go somewhere out of the country. The city of choice has been narrowed down to Beijing. That decision was etched in concrete when i realized that I can travel there round trip for $535!! I am blown away that I can fly to China and back for this price. Will it happen? That remains to be seen, considering all my commitments at home. You just have to hope that I don’t meander away again from my blogging adventure. Hang with me for a few short months. Travel to China is only cheap in October, November, and December so if I truly want to go it’s time to get off the pot. Plan now or die trying. Until next time.

P.S. What does the bones picture have to do with the blog content? Nothing!! It just looked cool.