Thinking I Have Been Misguided

An Internet newsletter I read included an interesting 2007 interview I read last night with filmmaker Werner Herzog

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The films the writer of the article points to include Nosferatu the Vampyre, Aguirre the Wrath of God, and Fitzcarraldo, three which I viewed quietly when I was in college, specifically in the year 1999 when such things were far less frequently available. One of my college essays included a few of my observations about Herzog, and, perplexingly enough, my teacher mentioned the last day we spoke to each other that he was planning himself to write a book about Herzog, to establish the young man who taught me himself, as a writer. The interview included a peculiar observation Herzog made in the 2007 interview, in which the filmmaker is quoted as saying: “Adventure! I cannot stand the term adventure nowadays—I lower my head and charge—it has degenerated into such an obscenity that you can go to the travel agency and book an adventure trip to New Guinea, to the headhunters, to the cannibals.”

I was reminded of my blog post two days ago:  findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/what-might-have-been-adventure-can-show-the-rust/ which included in its title the unfortunate word Adventure. I think I must correct the impression it left, but, to the blog post’s credit, it did receive the attention and interest of a blogger with a much, much larger profile than I have, beautybeyondbones, who compared to me you should read, and you can find her most recent post at the time of this writing at

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Compared to me, she’s very good.

That being said, today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word, “Local,” and I think how hard it is to be by and large confined to the area which is local for me and still to feel like there is a contribution I can make. I am not easily discouraged, but I think compared to someone like beautybeyondbones, who has gone through tremendous suffering and come back strong, I wonder what kind of insight I can conjure. I think again, however, and I remember it is true that if you have any interest in doing business in 2017, you should definitely have a blog and update it regularly. I sometimes tweet links to articles that argue for the importance of blogging, and, I feel the odd person who clicks through what I share on Twitter about blogging sometimes must resonate. You can find me on Twitter here

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It is nearly ready for a summer update, but that must by necessity and for scheduling reasons be left for several days from now, which is what I’ve decided.

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There is a plentitude of blogging advice available on the Internet, but the best advice I know of is this tidbit. You should generally not tell people what to post. Any passion, any recipe for inventiveness or what is usually referred to as authenticity, should not be filtered out of an individual’s content for the sake of conveying expertise. It is not a good idea.

The WordPress photo challenge this week has been an essay on the subject of Transience, and while I expressed an interest in the essay in my previous blog post I did neglect to include a link to the actual essay, in case you wish to read it. It is here

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I shall include another photo, which I think implies transience, simply for the oversight of not actually linking to the essay which inspired the blog post which beautybeyondbones briefly evaluated, impressing me greatly. If you are of a mind that a post like this is favourable to you, feel free to, “like,” “comment,” and/or, “follow.” I seldom know what this will turn up, but I was moved by the response to the previous blog post again and also what the Werner Herzog interview turned up (and that too you should consider reading in its entirety).

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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
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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.

It’s the Beginning of the New and the Time is Noted

Sacrifice is inevitable, and, really, loss is the essence of tragedy.  That’s why tears are shed, whether sacrifice is deliberate or not, and, in the end, when all is said and done, what was most dear to us is gone and never again to be had.  Have perspective.  Whatever we lose, no matter how hard we fought to earn it or how long we sweated to realize what we held close, the day comes when it goes and it is, I assert here with every intention to help you find your bearings, that it will disappear, and you may not even have a chance to say goodbye.
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Maybe we’re never ready.  What do we hold precious?  Whatever seems to us to be the best, what we positively cherish if we are among the lucky, people, animals, places, property… it all goes.  It can be gone in the wink of an eye.  What’s more, it will most likely be that we will never have known it at all, except in our memories.  There is no way around fate, I suspect.  We have opportunities to wield our hand and to stake claim to everything we felt we wanted, but if your guard slips but once and misfortune strikes, all of it can be taken away, and even if we do everything in our power to keep safe what we love, I think you must know that it will go, that nothing is forever.  You don’t have but once, I feel, and it doesn’t matter what else is taught you.
I want to tell you this with the best intentions.  You have but what amounts to today, and you have to strike, to hold, and to keep fast, and to love, because you can never can count on what’s ahead.  It doesn’t matter what controls you set for the future.  You will see this time go, and it will never return.  I thought I’d tell you, but it doesn’t matter if you heed.  The most I can do, I feel, is to let you know.
Today’s WordPress prompt is the word, “gone.”  If you sympathize with how I feel, if you “like” this blog post, let me know with the “like” button or by “following” and/or subscribing.  I didn’t want to be the one to tell you, but if you’re the same as me, you’re already here.

Second Thoughts

Second thoughts for a blogger might include realizing that stock photos, while “free” in exchange for a membership in a stock photo site, could lead to stock photos in blog posts that represent a hurdle for the blogger who doesn’t have original photography.

Second thoughts for a social media marketer might include budget constraints on designing videos that have mass appeal, more than just straightforward infographics which, while somewhat charming in their relative capacity, are not nearly as captivating as excellent video in social media marketing.

Second thoughts might go with investing a significant amount of energy producing various six-second videos for the Twitter app Vine, which are no longer going up. The momentum became a trend.

Second thoughts might go with signing up for Twitter when this year it has made, I understand, nary a profit. If it does become a sinking ship, and I don’t think it will, it could definitely provoke second thoughts… but I think most people knew when to draw the line.

Second thoughts might go with blogging with WordPress if it turns out Wix is the more popular blogging platform of the two. I don’t think so! I want WordPress to vanquish. Second thoughts might go with choosing a losing theme for your WordPress blog… but if you need help with visual design for your blog, I think you will quickly come to terms with how to get it.

Second thoughts might go with your US Election Day voter booth selfie if you don’t know it is a criminal offense to take such a photo.

Second thoughts might result from your decision to blog instead of watching the news if you want to be an informed citizen.

Second thoughts might result from inadequate research if you are on top of what is simply too many topics at one time.

Second thoughts are not “liking” this post or clicking “follow,” or leaving a comment. I won’t have the pleasure of knowing! Thank you.

Second Thoughts

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Reaching the End of a Job Position

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This year started with some promise, because I met the requirements for a job position which was stay-at-home and on the Internet. At first, I was working several days each week, with only a little time out of the day spent at work, and the money, while the opposite of a king’s ransom, was slightly motivating as I could see myself putting a few dollars in my pocket while gaining work experience and utilizing my time effectively as well.

I was a content writer, thanks to a writing platform named Freelancer which is a website where you can both host work opportunities for freelancers to contact you with an application, and also search many, many work opportunities if you yourself are a freelancer and want paid opportunities for yourself. I lucked out slightly, because although the money was very poor, I felt the work experience would benefit me and I would be spending my time slightly wiser than the way I was doing.

I have had some interest in writing for money and this was the first time I actually was doing it (this year, 2016). I had the assistance of an editor, and my deadlines were flexible enough that they were easy to meet, so I was happy with the opportunity to do some content writing. Although my name wasn’t attached to the articles I was writing, I knew my writing would some of the time be circulating on the Internet and perhaps it would impact to some degree the lives of some readers. I was pleased with what I was doing.

Unfortunately, after several months, the pace of the incoming work for me has slowed to a snail’s pace and I am starting to suspect that the company for which I worked has stopped offering me work. It has been a couple of weeks since I was contacted by e-mail with a work assignment to do, and I haven’t been paid for the last couple of articles I wrote for them, so it is looking to me as if it is no longer happening. I will have to change my occupation entry on my Facebook page sometime soon if the absence persists in my e-mail address from my editor and I will have to pursue other work, I’m afraid. While it was good while it lasted, as I enjoyed the pace of the work, regrettably, I am currently back to square one.

The end of the day’s reflection

Never heard him but the once. Seldom there
His gravelly low voice uttering words that were rarely subtle
The number of times I could relate was rare
When I set to thinking on his claims it always seemed the hurtle
Tonight by the fire did I bring up his pictures
I sat them down alongside my chair and began to then remember
Distinguished he was, with oddly vexing features
Whatever he said, I admit, left me something I could infer
I never wanted much to do with the man with the message
I was there a bit and was gone, and took with me my book
It was what no matter where I went I put in the baggage
Maybe in younger years his sermons might have me shook
I didn’t like the man too much and I will soon put these away
If you know the man, don’t tell him. Tomorrow’s another day

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This week’s WordPress photo challenge is to illustrate a landscape.  Each week the WordPress blogging website suggests a photo challenge event with a specific theme for the week’s photograph.  I like to play with blogging and a little with photography so I took a look around and made one.  I wasn’t sure that would be enough to interest you so I wrote a poem as well, hoping to add a little mystique to the decision to blog on such a classic idea like the landscape in art.  I never know if anyone will notice my post, but the odd time someone sees it, and I hope it brings a moment of pleasure for the sake of the time spent looking within it.  You’re welcome to click “like” and/or “follow” (or to write a comment).

A Photo of Harmony: Do you Agree?

This week’s photo challenge is to illustrate harmony, or what gives the feeling of harmony. I thought and I decided on the included photo, which I took today. After a brief winter in my part of the land, it is beginning to be warm, quite encouraging. I thought this day, as many people are feeling relief, harmonious. This is the idea behind my photo. As spring breaks, so does harmony present itself, elusive, but, I feel, reflected in the running water in a ravine.

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While I have never ventured down into the ravine, from atop the hill, I can see a running creek which meanders through the land, and I thought today to photograph it, inspired by this week’s challenge. Though the colours of the photo are sedate and muted, we have a wonderful little creek there, a hint of solace and it spoke to me the idea harmony.
Many times we seek harmony, and want it as something other than sweet music, or the power, however fleeting it can be, of a prayer. It is a reminder that harmony is present, and by that I mean the water of a creek which prevails over the dry land around it acts as an agent of harmony in nature. When I think of beautiful life, this little creek that is a quiet wonder a stone’s throw away from the world, I find harmony and I hope that my photo of the creek speaks of harmony. I am glad to have thought to catch a moment of harmony with my photo from above the water.
Do you see this photo and agree and disagree that it hints at harmony? Feel free to let me know with a “like” or a “comment.”