Climb with Me: A Reminder

I haven’t blogged since Valentine’s Day.  It’s been a long time.  Gone but not forgotten, I hope.  Why not today, I think, to resume?  I am checking out the site changes for the first time in a while.  Happy Easter to you.

 

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word “climbing.”  In addition to being Easter time, this has also been the weekend of Star Wars Celebration in Orlando.  So I reflect… what is going on at the WordPress offices?  Why has a word like “climbing” been opted for as today’s prompt?

 

Climbing, to me, suggests a few different things, but the notion of climbing I want to hone on is the idea of social climbing.  Social climbing is when you network upwardly.  It’s when you reach out to people higher up on the food chain with the hope you will join the ride.  It’s pretty common.  What’s all this business with social media?  It’s the definition of social climbing.  A friend request is seldom just a friend request.  But maybe I’m cynical… or a little too honest.

 

Anyone would any sense would be doing that kind of social climbing, in fact, because unless you are of a lackadaisical mind like me, you certainly should mean business.  You are a somebody, I think.  In fact, and I guarantee little about life, but if you are looking at this humble blog post of mine, I would venture to say that you are indeed a somebody.  I don’t get a lot of blog traffic, which is generally the opposite intention of publishing a blog, but I will offer you this, in exchange for your time:  if you are seeing this post, you indeed matter.  I’m not the only one who will propose this to you, but in your case, at this moment, rest assured that you are of importance.  So climb away.

 

I’m being a little facetious, but if you liked this post, feel free to “like,” “follow,” and/or “comment.”  See you in the revision stage.

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Discovering the Man of Steel #DiscoverWP

This week’s WordPress Discover Challenge presents the trial of posting a different point of view than what other people have, whatever POV. This appealed to me because I thought of Superman, as a matter of fact, from the films of the nineteen seventies and eighties about the beloved comic book character, and also from the 2013 film Man of Steel, which is what specifically I have a different interpretation to write about than the casual interpretation it often gets otherwise (a great superhero film).

Christmas Eve last year, December 24 of 2016, late in the afternoon my younger brother and his son went with me to my parents’ house for dinner and the Christmas tree. My brother let me know that the two had been in the middle of complaining about Superman, in the movies, and I was surprised that they have this opinion, which is not the same opinion I have. We’re very different people from one another.

Man of Steel presents the Superman character as an alien, which I know he is, as in the story of his life told in the 1978 film about him (titled Superman, naturally). However, whereas in that film Superman is a very human character, who blends in with his peers quite easily, in Man of Steel (2013) Superman is almost an alien monster, considering that while he looks human, he has the mentality of an outsider. This is clear, for example, when he only takes his job as a reporter for the Daily Planet at the conclusion of the film (spoiler), which is unlike Superman (1978), in which his entire time in Metropolis is spent in the alter ego of Clark Kent, a reporter alongside Lois Lane.

What I think about Man of Steel, which is different than how other people see it, is that Man of Steel is the story of an alien creature living among humans whose fate it is to help the human race. This is like how in ancient Egypt, Egyptian workers built enormous pyramids, which were probably tombs for their leaders once deceased (the Pharaohs). It is unknown how the ancient Egyptians were able to build these pyramids because there is no evidence that the Egyptians of ancient times had technology which could have made building those pyramids possible. It is a great mystery.

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One theory is that, as in history when impossible feats were accomplished without the benefit of technology, alien forces could have visited Egypt and helped the Egyptians build the pyramids with the help of the alien people’s technology. It is a popular theory among people who believe in life among the stars (Erich von Daniken is one scholar who argues that the theory is based on real history, of Ancient Egypt).

Given that the pyramids would have been nearly impossible to build without technology, consider that aliens visited and lent a helping hand, with an interest in contributing to the prosperity of human beings (as a species). Man of Steel is a little like that because Superman is an alien living among humans who has the fate of helping preserve the human race from dangers that are inherent to people encountering alien creatures.

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What I think is that when Superman reveals himself to human authorities, when he is given the ultimatum to surrender by his enemies, it is noted that Superman may be a hazard for human folk merely because his body may contain a disease that could be inflicted on the humans. I say this because it is not immediately the fear of Superman’s powers as a superhero that bothers the authorities, or the details of Superman’s past in the Kansas town of Smallville, but whether Superman’s body could spread illness and death to the humans who meet him. I don’t think that the Egyptians meeting aliens who gave them help to build the pyramids, stopped their alien benefactors to question whether they would become sick from contact.

What I am thinking about Man of Steel, is what if the point of Superman’s existence among humans is that he doesn’t succeed at guiding human beings to a better existence? Every time it is questioned if humans in ancient times had visitors from other worlds among them, there is never evidence that the aliens caused devastation and ruin for people of the past. What if Superman’s role as a visitor to modern-day people of the world demonstrates good intentions on Superman’s part, but poor planning for the man from Krypton that actually reduce the success of people to safely maintain conditions for life around the planet? All I’m asking you to do is that when you sit down with Man of Steel, consider the possibility that while the strange realities that led the men and women of Ancient Egypt to construct pyramids, in this film, when Superman is battling and causing destruction in both Smallville and Metropolis, could this be the beginning of events that challenge human’s mastery of Planet Earth and undermine them in a way that will end in defeat and downfall? If Superman for once is the alien visitor closest to human beings in his physical form, could he likewise have the kinds of human weaknesses that will result in the end of human’s reign over their blue and green planet? Every other time in history that aliens might have come to help humans with the growth of their civilizations, are we, at last, to understand that there is no more? For however Superman feels about belonging to the human race, which is clearly passionate, considering the climax of the film when Superman is challenged by his nemesis how he feels about human life, if Superman is the final alien visitor to Earth, is it because he will eventually destroy us all? That is how I would understand Man of Steel, instead of interpretations that are more along the lines of a visitor from the stars who kindly brings the benefit of his superpowers to help us mortals.

December 18, 2015
The Korus

If you have an interest in what I am thinking, you’re welcome to “like,” follow, and/or subscribe. Thank you for reading and good luck to you, whatever you do. Take care of yourself as always.

Nominated to be queried for great young WordPress fun

WordPress thanked their bloggers for everything they did on the platform in 2016, I saw.  It was affirming, which is good if you enjoy ready validation.  I have to conduct myself with a degree of decorum which is necessary for all intents and purposes.  I don’t regret this at all.
Matthew matthew903.wordpress.com/2017/01/15 nominated me for a challenge, and while I am certainly late, I don’t mind posting something that is responsive.  It’s a growing experience, all the more because of what WordPress let us all know, and that is that they are inclusive.
l First, 2016 in 3 words… Disheartening.  Winding.  Dire.  Why do people like to characterize time with little descriptors like those?  They are a bit hard to think of.
l Second, who are the people who most moved us in the year behind (2016)?  I won’t name names, but I would offer up Ashtur-as, who is a bit imaginary and who accompanies me when I am out to count the steps I take.  I’ll think a little about Zop, too, which is a nickname for someone I hurt by mistake.
l Third, where have I seen beauty in 2016?  It’s typically the cemetery where I caretake the grounds.  I’m part of the operations for the spot, and that’s the reason I have to observe a level of respectability which I feel genuinely reflects who I am.
l Best food, ha, maybe my parent’s dinner dessert of chocolate cherry frozen yogurt.  I know I’m round.
l The event, fifth, that most affected my sense of consciousness about the world where I live (the one we’ve got) was Rogue One.  Everybody seems to have a lot to say about it.  I am preparing myself with reading material and the like before I even try to enter that universe mentally.
l The sixth avenue of inquiry, so to speak, is the finest purchase I made in 2016.  I’m not a materialist, I’m part of a not-for-profit.  I think this was the year I bought The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss.  That was a good read that I took on a couple of times.

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My three good intentions, as the questions go, are to keep up the blogging I’m doing and remaining aware of our website at http://www.maplelawncemetery.org and to aim for more tweeting, even after February 3.  I want to get to a local branch of the public library in 2017 and I want to eat a St. Patrick’s Day milkshake again this year.
You’re welcome to like, follow, and/or subscribe if you think this kind of business is solid.  It’s in good fun.

Fortune is the Result of Aim Coupled with Dedication

Today’s WordPress daily prompt is the word, “fortune.”  When you reflect on fortune, you might think of the sixty hours you could put in at work each week, and the money that goes with the right efforts of long hours of effort.  You can make mastery out of your life, if you have the right drive, experiences, and initiative.  It may take early mornings, long hours of study, and perspiration.  However, if you write your own formula for ingenuity, you might find yourself gearing up for sought-after rewards.  It is up to you to make your fortune.
With any luck, you’ve gained some intuition by your education.  You’ve become schooled, set goals for yourself, and become aware of the dictates set by your own heart.  You’ve gone forward into employment, taken on entrepreneurship, begun to accumulate material wealth.  It is the first ties you have to success.  You have the key to the door for future growth.
I’ve become interested in Patrick Bet-David’s channel for videos on YouTube about entrepreneurship, known as Valuetainment.  Bet-David is like a philosopher to the business world.  He has a deep-seated drive to enrich himself and he undertakes a radical approach to business savvy.  His vision for Valuetainment, as I understand it, is to communicate expertise for those likewise amassing countless hours of the single-minded pursuit of achievements of commerce.  What first captivated me about Bet-David and Valuetainment is Patrick’s thoughts on the future of Twitter.  He has clearly reflected at length on what can be done for the future of the ailing social media giant.  I knew then that Patrick Bet-David was a man of excellent character and insight into concerns which personally were aware in me.  I was stunned that the man has such a terrific grasp of questions which were likewise occurring to me, and of course to many others.  You should take a look at what he said.
I will continue to share some of the Valuetainment YouTube videos, to Twitter, knowing that occasionally they will spark an moment of interest in people exploring both popular social media platforms.  It is necessary to put in the hours for success if you want to be like Bet-David.  I’m a lightweight, merely playing; but there will be those for who Valuetainment presents answers.  Do take a look.
Don’t overlooking subscribing to Valuetainment on Youtube, and consider “liking” this post, “following” my blog and/or commenting.  I appreciate you dropping by, and good luck to you whatever you take on in 2017 and beyond.  I wish you all the best.
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Liz Weston

New Horizon: 2017 and the quest for skyward glory

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This week’s WordPress photo challenge asked participants to explore New Year’s Resolutions.  With the change happening with the momentum of a mountain avalanche, it must be with sails set we investigate the future.  There’s never been better opportunities to get in the game.  Whatever our potential, it is the ponderous acumen to get in alongside our peers and our mentors, that we stake our individual claims in 2017.  However and whatever we understand it to be, the glory of a better tomorrow will take hold in our respective imaginings if we understand that we have our grip on what’s tremendous in the mindset of our personal crux.  We have everything to do and, for all intents and purposes, one year to do it in.
Star Wars reigns in this day and age, if you are of a heart that’s dear to the galactic battles originally envisioned by George Lucas.  Once more the call comes down to vanquish Darth Vader and the Empire.  If you have been enthralled by the science fiction opus all along, you will want to summon your reserves of imagination in order to once more seize the day with Star Wars Rogue One, giving wind to flights of fancy which will carry you into the year 2017.  The future looks brighter if you are of a mind to embrace the science fiction of Star Wars.  It’s never been a better time to do so.
The other force for good is social. Social and branding on social is triumphantly becoming ever the more expansive as we come to a better understand of ourselves as a people joined collectively by the best intelligence on social and by the propulsion of travelling impossible distances as we brand ourselves online.  It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say that everything we represent in ourselves to our peers becomes as fantasy meets reality as content and social continue to evolve in 2017.
Times will always have their share of troubles and there will always be gaps in our freedoms.  Turning our attention to the Internet and also outer space means that we will avail ourselves of woe and of turbulence to come out the other side running.  Thanks to technology and to the creative spirit that beats in the heart of mankind we have this year, 2017, in which to make it a go.  If you think you see the spirit of what I’m decreeing, given that the WordPress photo challenge this week asks us to reflect, by all means, please “like” and/or “follow” and comment.  Thank you for reading, and Happy New Year.  Good luck in the year 2017.

How Not Knowing Thrillers Makes You a Rookie

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Markus Spiske

Gaps in your knowledge can be a roadblock.  You need to learn continually, in my estimation.  Otherwise, you’re making a scattershot effort, briefly fun but getting thinner.  Reflecting on what you can do to demonstrate credibility, here are a few life lessons I’ve gained from experience, that I’d like to touch on here.

• Look before you leap.

Without a vocation, it isn’t much good to declare yourself “in the game,” no matter with how much positive thinking you direct yourself, and the level of enthusiasm you have to proffer (such as with to write).  Gaps in your knowledge can easily set you back.  For example, consider being asked to submit a review of a current film, for example.  If you focus solely on one film genre, such as thrillers, for example, you will look better in the eyes of whatever readers you have.  For example, a thriller I remember enjoying is Vantage Point.  It’s a film where William Hurt appears as the President of the United States and the target of an attempt on his life.  Dennis Quaid appears as a FBI guard and part of the President’s enclave.  This one movie alone could have easily spanned dozens of opinions.  Also, a review could have included references to as many other films.

• Don’t gauge there will be excitement when developing something mundane.

You can’t count on being blessed with adulation for something trivial, particularly when you are uninformed.  I know a lot of amateur film reviews can read as uninformed.  It doesn’t generate a lot of positive feedback, I feel, if you are merely waxing poetic on the flick you sat through at the mall.  There is so much competition to get through the noise that I don’t think you will find it particularly satisfying to be hurling nonsense at the world… unless you are a genuine nut.  It’s lucky in this day and age that we have a surviving film format in the commercial sense because not only is the written word pining away for attention, there is a lot of rival video to traditional film that require performance analysis.  A substantial level of dedication to the interpretation of media is essential.

• Your best friend might just be your mother.

If, after you’ve sewn your heart on your sleeve, and the most telling response you get is from your mother, you might know in that moment that you’re beat.  Mothers sometimes know best.  If you get the message that you seem bonkers, you may have to acknowledge that your personal opinions on social might not be a successful strategy on any level in your personal journey.  Gaps in your knowledge can be your undoing.  No matter how much grindstone you’ve hewn, or how much enthusiasm and joy you mustered keeping it real, you may fall short if the lights dancing in your eyes are causing you to need sunglasses.  Even if you did your best, I know in the long run that if things don’t work out, the pain won’t be forever.  I assure you, it won’t.

If you like this post, let me know by following my blog.  Thanks for reading and stick to what you want to do.  Just exercise caution where caution is due.  Thanks.

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Clem Onojeghuo

5 Reasons You Should Be Talking about Hulu

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Benjamin Faust

I’d thought that television and film on the Internet was getting to be conscientious. Consider that joining a service like Hulu, which is inexpensive and is comprised of both original and established programming, is a step you can take to keep yourself involved in enjoying entertainment that is among what you can think of as the going thing. After Christmas shopping, dinners, decorations, and other necessary evils of this special time of year, you can easily find yourself bills paid, gifts purchased, letter to Santa safely penned… with little left in your pocket. That being said, with your Hulu subscription, some “you time” with the streaming video service could be what you need to keep the holiday cheer. So here you are with what I’m thinking you can say about Hulu.

It’s important to your friends that you’re having a good Christmas.

You know it was worth it. Everything you put into Christmas, the gearing up for the most expansive holiday of 2016, which is to say the scramble, the mad dash, will most definitely pay off when the calendar gets to 2-5. Until then, with the carols, the repeated last-minute visits to the mall (and to the liquor store), and tip-toeing through the nuisance moments every Christmas brings, it might be right to get cozy with Hulu, so that if anyone comes to you asking, “Where were you?”… you can answer in all honesty that you’ve found the best thing to watch in your downtime. This is a conscientious thing to do.

Moving off television (and Blu-Ray) to Hulu means you’ve found fun, quality programming, thrills and what whets your appetite for more distinctly different styles of pictures.

The channels on television are unwieldy compared to the organization you enjoy with Hulu. On Hulu, you have access to both quality video and a goodly number of movies you may simply not have heard of. If you are shy, you can probably pretend to be watching the best and the most acclaimed, when you are really indulging… whatever it is that leaves you feeling conscientious.

Making small talk about what’s best in original content on the Internet is more impressive if you have some familiarity with originals on Hulu.

Hulu doesn’t just present what’s already been seen. There is original programming exclusive to Hulu. Some of it is prestigious. While there is rampant competition in original TV series, Hulu is comparatively inexpensive, for the value it offers. Bear in mind, if you have been tinkering in the realm of the competitors to Hulu, when you are talking with Hulu subscribers, the best advice for you might be to politely acknowledge the subject and then to move to the next drink table.

As Santa gets ready to ride all around the world, you can join in the journey by picking from great videos. No one can accuse you of being a snob. You can sound like you’re an experienced viewer though you’ve never come close to Cannes.

You will be able to find your own peace and quiet in your own corner of the world watching video with Hulu. No matter what this year’s Christmas festivities bring, you have an instant reprieve that you need to get back to the show.

If you enjoyed what I have to say, let me know by “liking” this post. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you back!

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Luis Llerena