Archive News: Sick Day

At the time of this writing, I can’t breathe, my head is pounding, and I’m light-headed and dizzy to the point of nausea. So, as you can guess, I don’t really have the mental strength to pontificate today.

That said, I’d like to take some time to thank everyone for their continuing support. Readership has been very encouraging these last few weeks. I was honestly worried that more controversial topics like my Agnostic interpretation of the Nine Satanic Statements would have driven most people away. But, with only one or two exceptions, it seems that most of you have stuck with me. It shows that you genuinely care about seeing things from a different perspective; even if it’s a perspective you personally don’t agree with. And that should be a sign to everyone that there’s still good in the world and decent, open-minded people willing to build it up.

I’ll have actual content next week folks. For now, I need to sleep off this pain before I have to go to work tonight. Thank you all again.

Archive News: BRB, Housesitting…

Just real quick, folks. My roommate and our landlady/her boss left me in charge of looking after the homestead this week. So, as to be expected, I’m a bit overwhelmed caring for two houses (complete with pets, gardens, etc.) while juggling work.

What’s more, I’ve been trying to make bigger leaps into the Archive Video Project. I unexpectedly found a reasonably priced camcorder and have been trying to build a decent, makeshift set to record – thus resulting in a major shift from my original vision.

Overall, I just need a day or two to sort everything out and get back on my feet. Hell, I may make a stay-home spa day of it before I have to go to work tonight. I’ll see you all next week.

Archive News: Update On The Archive Video Project

Bah! Bah to you, writer’s block! BAH!

Anyway, I did have some stuff to talk about regarding my goal of establishing a channel on YouTube. I’m currently gathering audio equipment slowly but surely and trying to hammer out the format that I want to present in. I’m currently leaning towards the format popularized by fine people like MovieBob, the earlier videos of Gaijin Goombah, and others where still-images are used as avatars for my emotional state (no camera, remember).

I think those of you reading will appreciate a format like this since it gives you the option of looking at pretty pictures, but you can always look away and just listen to the audio if you’re watching while you work at the office. It’s also a fair bit closer to the old radio talk show format that I used to work with in college, so I’ll be operating from a zone of mild familiarity.

At this point, I’m still green when it comes to the editing and production process, so I’m not sure how long it will take to publish videos on a regular basis. I’ll be looking up some tutorials for Adobe Audition and Adobe Premiere in the meantime while gathering requisite materials. If any of you would like to help by recommending tutorials for me to look at, I’d greatly appreciate it.

While I do that, I’d like to recommend two other hard working artists in the field of social commentary that are farther along than me and could really use your help.

The first is The Voyages; a channel that’s equal parts philosophical debate, psychology lesson, and Galaxy Quest. The show follows the adventures of Captain R.L. King as he travels the universe in search of the deeper meaning of our favorite Sci-Fi stories. His essays provide a lot of insight into the way we tell stories.

Next, there’s The Obscure; the ramblings of a white wig wearing, pot smoking, LSD dropping, jaded, weirdo hipster dedicated to cataloging and analyzing the memories of the past that are only just on the periphery of our vision. If you appreciate my broad range of topics, you’ll likely enjoy his musings from behind those mysterious shades and insane grin.

These two are small channels still and could really use your help to grow; The Voyages has only just begun its journey (no pun intended) and the fact that The Obscure only BARELY has more subscribers than I have followers here on WordPress should be a mortal sin. Go check these guys out and show them some love. I hope to be counting myself among their ranks soon.

Archive News: Overwhelmed and Uninspired

God, I hope this isn’t going to become a monthly thing…

So, between butting heads at work over vacation time, recent news reports, and more drama over the lives of internet celebrities, I have a bit of a problem here. There’s a lot of information swarming around my head right now that’s kind of a mess to decipher right now. As for the things I want to talk about, they’re either things where the info is too murky to make any sort of accurate commentary on such as the recent gas attack in Syria or things that people have already commented on better than I could as is the case with new information regarding the now infamous JonTron v. Destiny debates.

The good news is that, after some discussion and fixing some miscommunication, I do have some vacation time coming up at work to clear my head and get back on a more, if not positive thinking, than at least constructive thinking path. So, just give me some time to sort this hot mess out and I’ll be back before you know it.

Archive News: Scheduling Conflicts

Hey, kiddos and kids-at-heart!

Due to poor scheduling on my part and unforeseen delays on the part of third parties, I don’t have a proper discussion ready this week. That said I do want to revive an old topic I mentioned a while back.

Some time ago I mentioned horror cinema’s value as a political and social information tool. Considering that one of the biggest hit in theaters right now is Get Out, a horror story about the terrors of racism, I wanted to see if we could breathe new life into the topic. So please be sure to read it and leave your thoughts if you haven’t or leave new thoughts if you have any. Also, be sure to share it with others to expand the discussion and help me spread the word about The Archive. We’ve just passed 140 followers on Twitter and are VERY close to 300 on WordPress.

Thanks for your support!

Archive News: I Want To Mix Things Up

Writer’s block strikes me, folks. I just haven’t been very inspired lately. That said, it’s not like I have nothing to talk about.

So, one of the things I’ve wanted to do for some time is to start doing these weekly articles as videos on YouTube. I honestly feel that an audio/visual medium would be better since having a voice and face attached to my words would humanize my work a bit more and it would mean that you wouldn’t have to stare at/drag your eyes across text; you could just play it while you work on something else.

Obviously, I’m still a long way off from that goal. I want to make sure I have decent equipment for recording and editing. But, I’ve also been toying around with ideas for a regular series in the meantime.

One idea I had was an exploration of tropes and cliches in media using cultural and psycho-social analysis. Think a TV Tropes article as written by Gaijin Goombah; two things that I can waste an entire day absorbed in if the mood takes me. I liked this I idea the most so far as It would give me and others a better understanding of our favorite movies, books, TV shows and video games.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know what’s jostling around in my headspace right now. I’ll be back once this creative slump passes. In the meantime, you should all go read Anonymously Autistic. It’s a wonderful blog about living with autism that provides great insights on the subject.

Thanks to you all. I’ll be back soon.

Archive News: Thanksgiving Wishes and Blessings From The Agent

So, as I’m sure many of you may have guessed, I’ll be off with family tomorrow for Thanksgiving meaning that I won’t have new material for you this week. That said, I do want to share some brief thoughts with you before I head out.

Thanksgiving is notorious among families as the day when, while trying to enjoy our day, someone will often pipe up with some sort of opinion or religious/political view that starts a HUGE argument that puts everyone off the meal. And given the tumultuous and nerve-racking events of the past year, especially in the past few weeks, that tradition not only seems much more likely to happen but seems likely to be more heated than usual. And that’s an even bigger problem for those who already don’t feel welcome in their own families (seriously, who’s the genetic defective that thought it would be a good idea to place Election Day so close to a day of family gatherings ?).

I feel that’s part of the reason the recent ‘Friendsgiving’ trend has gotten so big; I already know a lot of people who are much closer to their friends than their blood relations. Hell, even I refer to one of my best friends as ‘my little sister.’

But, in regards to the topic of uncomfortable conversations at dinner this year, I want to urge you to not diffuse or distract from those dialogs. Instead, encourage civil discussion on the topic. Encourage free-thinking from all parties involved (that means you as well) and try to clear the air. Turn the heated debate into a friendly problem-solving session.

And just to be clear, I’m not saying you should LOOK to start something. But, if something comes up, be the one to defend yourself IN A CIVIL MANNER and try to make peace while working out your differences.

Say what you will about this year, but everything that has happened so far has made for fertile grounds for a new golden age of pride, discourse, and activism. In other words, this could be a world where people like me who thrive on civil debate and discussion can be at our best. Go out, be proud, say your peace with grace, and stuff your face in joy and self-respect.