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#Conan talks #SnoopLion in last night’s monologue. (at CONAN)
Enter the #Thundergod!
The Thunder God enters…to kick major ass. ALL HAIL LORD RAIDEN!!!
Oh, how true The Onion can be sometimes…
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When the lovemaking noises emitting from a neighbor’s bedroom sound like a goat exorcism taking place inside a bedspring factory, it’s time to take action. Option A.) Light some candles, hold a glass to the wall and make a night of it. Option B.) Crawl into the fetal position with a pillow and cry because you are alone. (Just let your mother set you up already, it shouldn’t be that big a deal!) Option C.) Write a hilarious note for all the apartment building and later the internet to enjoy.
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Light up the grill! #MKX
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Seriously can’t wait to get MKX.
Who said having a job had to be boring?
I’ve been giving a lot of thought to quitting my pursuit of all things film-related. This thought has occupied my mind for quite some time now; this isn’t something that just suddenly hit me. I would say the thought has been there for at least two years now, maybe more than that. Before, this thought was bred from the realization that long hours on a film set can be exhausting mentally, emotionally, and physically, and are especially difficult for someone who deals with a chronic condition on top of that — for the record, I have Crohn’s disease.
Twelve hour shoots are hell for a guy like me, because at some point my body will turn on me, and to be quite honest one bad bathroom trip is enough to wipe me out completely. I also hate having to use the restroom anywhere other than in private at my own home. A lot of times, I just can’t bring myself to go unless it’s a total emergency. It doesn’t happen to me very often, but when it does it’s pretty rough for me on several levels…but I feel like I’m getting off-track.
There’s a lot I love about filmmaking: writing a screenplay, turning it into a shooting script, assembling the film crew, pooling and finding equipment and resources, casting the characters, securing locations, rehearsing and interacting with the actors, filming the scenes, having someone else much more skilled then myself piece together the footage and sweeten the audio into a finished product, and then showing off said finished product to whoever wants to see it.
There’s a lot I hate about filmmaking, too: having to overcome writer’s block, redrafting and cutting a script down, having to forge a schedule from desperate schedule coordination between crew and talent, having a crew member or talent tell me “I have to leave at __:__ AM/PM because ______ came up” or “Hey, I won’t be able to be there until __:__ AM/PM because ______ happened to me,” trying to achieve as much on-set filming perfection as possible while adhering to a strict shooting schedule that will no doubt go over time no matter how frantic a pace I might attempt to keep, waiting with nervously baited breath and prayers that my editor can make something awesome from the footage we managed to capture, and the nervousness that always hits right as you commence to share your work with an audience — it truly is like standing in front of the world completely naked awaiting judgment.
No matter how well a project may go, I no doubt wind up inevitably worn out and wanting nothing more than to go into seclusion, which I typically do. I can’t help but be as hands-on as I possibly can be; I write, I direct, and if need be I act. It’s just the way I am. Why wait around for a screenplay when I can write one myself? Why have someone else direct what I wrote when all they’re going to do is pique my brain to determine what I was picturing when I wrote a scene? If I can’t find someone to play a role or have an actor drop out of a role, and I feel like I can play the part myself, why the hell not? I don’t directly hate or dislike these things; on the contrary, I love them very much. However, they take a lot of energy to do if you wish to do them at a quality level, and for a long time I’ve been searching within myself to determine if I have the energy and desire to keep on doing this, whether it be as a serious career or even just as a hobby for fun.
I definitely felt myself start to drift away from film when Amanda and I got reacquainted, and eventually fell in love with one another. Her reintroduction into my life, the larger role she took within it, brought my personal life a level of joy it never had before, and all I wanted to do was spend my time with her. Everything else became secondary; Amanda was my main priority and goal, and most everything else, admittedly, obligations to get through just to get back to her. I’m proud to say it’s still that way now over a year and a half into our relationship, and on a much stronger level at that.
So much has changed in my life through 2013 into 2014, and all because she and I found out we were having a baby boy. Ryder Scott Hayes is due to arrive May 3rd, although he could arrive earlier or later than that, and we are super excited about that. With the help of my friend Noah, I got on with a well-known bank as a student loan collector (I’m not revealing the name here because they have rules about social network discussions about them, etc…although I have them prominently listed via my Facebook, but I go out of my way not to talk about them much on there). It’s been great working there for them. The pay is good, and they offer good health benefits, and in today’s economy good jobs are very hard to come by. I’m very fortunate they hired me, especially since my background was not a finance or collections background whatsoever. Honestly, it does kind of suck I’m not putting any of the skills and expertise I acquired in college to use right now, but I’m in no position to go through an unpaid internship, nor would I really want to at this point in time. I swear, I go back and forth with myself over whether NKU’s Electronic Media and Broadcasting left me with any practical skills or knowledge I didn’t already have myself, aside from learning how to screenwrite, do basic video editing, and set up lights without blowing up light bulbs…but that is a rant for another post.
My life circumstances have drastically changed, and I’m in no way, shape, or form the same person who started into college hoping to do something in the film industry. I still have lingering hopes of maybe getting into print or broadcast news, either as a writer or preferably as an on-screen reporter or anchor, but in all honesty now that I’m out of college I don’t quite know how to get my foot in the door.
All I really know is that film isn’t a sure thing at all, and being an expectant father I’m no longer in a position to pursue risky bets or traverse uncertain avenues. Fatherhood, at least from my perspective, closes — or should close — a lot of those doors. Has that been difficult for me to come to terms with? As a 24-year-old male, yes, it has been, but if I have any hope of doing this fatherhood thing right, I need to make sure I’m spending all of my time wisely and only pursuing opportunities where the pay-off is beneficial and certain.
It’s funny how life seems to work, however. There is one major thing keeping me from completely writing off film, and that is Ryder. My son, whose arrival is drawing close, is the element in the equation that causes my hesitation to give it up. I see an elementary-age Ryder at his school’s career day, and his inquisitive face along with all the other little faces staring at me as they wait for me to explain what it is I do for a living. I just don’t see them, or him for that matter, being all that excited or thrilled about a guy who works at a financial institution’s call center, who is tasked with calling people who owe on student loans and trying to collect money. I just don’t see my current job giving Ryder that much capacity to cultivate pride in what it is his father does. Don’t get me wrong, the job is great for me right now and I don’t have any complaints about it, but even the writer within me can’t make that job sound as exciting as filmmaking, or working in news…or just being a writer in general.
So, I guess there still is a restlessness in me regarding my current occupation and position in life. I’m trying to view where I am now as a means to another end; where that may wind up being, I don’t really know as of yet, but I’m hoping I can eventually transition into a job that makes more of a difference, that caters much more to my skill-sets and strengths, a job where the pay and benefits match up to the expectations in my dreams, the kind of job a dad can have that a son can be proud of.
Damn, it’s been way too long since my last visit and entry here. So much has happened, and so much has changed…which usually happens when I don’t come around here in a long while…and THAT happens much more than I’d like.
The beginning of 2014 finds me in an extremely transitional period, much more so than any other point in my life. I’m done with college, for one thing. I’m under pressure to land a solid job that will allow me to start building a life with the love of my life, Amanda. I’m staring out at a somewhat uncertain horizon ahead of me in 2014, a year that will likely shape up to be one of the most challenging of my life to date. I’m observing and taking note of a lot of things: others close to me whose lives are also in chaotic and anxious flux, the exiting and entering of players within my own life that come with such a transitional time, decisions large and small to be made, the re-examination of some of my own personal beliefs and feelings in the face of adversity, and the slow-sinking realization that elements of my existence I once thought permanent actually aren’t.
I’m identifying and attempting to formulate plans to deal with potential obstacles that stand in the way of my goals, be they people, societal matters, or myself and my own perceived limitations. I’ve really been working hard to embrace and adapt to moments that steer me in a direction I didn’t intend to go in, and overall just devoting energy to learning how to stay out of my own way as much as possible in the scheme of things.
There’s so much to explore, so much for me to sort out. Mind you, my mind has already been hard at work examining and sifting through all of this as it voraciously and randomly does, but with the way I tend to process and over-process information there comes a point where I no longer see the trees for the leaves…it seriously gets that bad at times. Luckily, I’ve always had written language to help me diagram things, so as to widen my perception once more. Writing has always been my salvation when the world gets too much for my mind to handle. By most accounts, I’m an articulate thinker and speaker, but in my personal opinion my clarity in writing will always reign superior over my spoken words, and my thoughts are only their very sharpest when incised into a page as tangible words.
The mind is the mine; the page, the forge; the words, the metal.
Things will no doubt get very busy for me this year, but I get the feeling that this place will become a valuable refuge and tool for me in a way it hasn’t before, a tangible “mind palace” I can retreat to in order to make sense of all the developments my mind sponges up. It will be interesting to see what wrings out each time I come here.
In a lot of ways, I’ll be discovering things right alongside whoever happens to read this…if anyone, obviously…though that does present a rather interesting conundrum of sorts for me. I can’t keep a personal journal to save my life, and I think it’s due to the fact that personal journals aren’t expressly intended to see an audience; I can’t write without a perceived audience and a hope it might somehow be seen. But if this blog did get a huge viewership someday, and I started to get substantial feedback as a result…I’m not so sure how I would react to that.
Many favor private journals because they can be completely honest without any fear (of course, given the assumption that the writer can be completely honest with him/herself), but public writing like this forces my objectivity in a lot of ways. It forces me to consider how I might be perceived (the threat of feedback!), and, especially in navigating complicated issues with multiple viewpoints, it further impels me to step outside of my own self and viewpoint in order to more thoroughly understand said issues. It keeps me from barricading myself within myself on matters. It forces me to look both inside and outside. For me, at least, it promotes clarity; I could bullshit myself, and I suppose I could try to bullshit others, but the more eyes there are on something, the less likely bullshit is to fly. In a roundabout way, this overall approach is a bullshit deterrent…at least, in my own theory, anyway.
I feel like I’ve laid out a great new purpose for increased utilization of my blog. Now comes the part of ACTUALLY PUTTING IT TO USE. I guess we’ll see how that goes! O_o
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Definition of guidelines (noun):
1. any guide or indication of a future course of action: guidelines on the government’s future policy.
2. a lightly marked line used as a guide, as in composing a drawing, a typed page, or a line of lettering.
3. a rope or cord that serves to guide one’s steps, especially over rocky terrain, through underground passages, etc.
4. a rope or wire used in guiding the movement of stage scenery or curtains being raised or lowered.
Definition of guide:
1. to assist (a person) to travel through, or reach a destination in, an unfamiliar area, as by accompanying or giving directions to the person: He guided us through the forest.
2. to accompany (a sightseer) to show points of interest and to explain their meaning or significance.
3. to force (a person, object, or animal) to move in a certain path.
4. to supply (a person) with advice or counsel, as in practical or spiritual affairs.
5. to supervise (someone’s actions or affairs) in an advisory capacity.
6. a person who guides, especially one hired to guide travelers, tourists, hunters, etc.
7. a mark, tab, or the like, to catch the eye and thus provide quick reference.
8. a guidebook.
9. a book, pamphlet, etc., giving information, instructions, or advice; handbook: an investment guide.
10. a guidepost.
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Common connotation associated with guide = direction with implied leeway (def. extra time, space, materials, or the like, within which to operate in)…
Suggested topic(s) for further research: definition of “rules,” guidelines vs. rules
Definition of rules (noun):
1. a principle or regulation governing conduct, action, procedure, arrangement, etc.: the rules of chess.
2. the code of regulations observed by a religious order or congregation: the Franciscan rule.
3. the customary or normal circumstance, occurrence, manner, practice, quality, etc.: the rule rather than the exception.
4. control, government, or dominion: under the rule of a dictator.
5. tenure or conduct of reign or office: during the rule of George III.
Definition of regulation (noun):
1. a law, rule, or other order prescribed by authority, especially to regulate conduct.
2. the act of regulating or the state of being regulated.
3. Machinery . the percentage difference in some quantity related to the operation of an apparatus or machine, as the voltage output of a transformer or the speed of a motor, between the value of the quantity at no-load operation and its value at full-load operation.
4. Electronics. the difference between maximum and minimum voltage drops between the anode and the cathode of a gas tube for a specified range of values of the anode current.
5. Sports. the normal, prescribed duration of a game according to the sport’s regulations, exclusive of any extra innings, overtime period, etc.: The Knicks tied the score in the final seconds of regulation, sending the game into overtime.
Definition of law (noun):
1. the principles and regulations established in a community by some authority and applicable to its people, whether in the form of legislation or of custom and policies recognized and enforced by judicial decision.
2. any written or positive rule or collection of rules prescribed under the authority of the state or nation, as by the people in its constitution. Compare bylaw, statute law.
3. the controlling influence of such rules; the condition of society brought about by their observance: maintaining law and order.
4. a system or collection of such rules.
5. the department of knowledge concerned with these rules; jurisprudence: to study law.
Definition of principles (noun):
1. an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct: a person of good moral principles.
2. a fundamental, primary, or general law or truth from which others are derived: the principles of modern physics.
3. a fundamental doctrine or tenet; a distinctive ruling opinion: the principles of the Stoics.
4. principles, a personal or specific basis of conduct or management: to adhere to one’s principles; a kindergarten run on modern principles.
5. guiding sense of the requirements and obligations of right conduct: a person of principle.
6. an adopted rule or method for application in action: a working principle for general use.
7. a rule or law exemplified in natural phenomena, the construction or operation of a machine, the working of a system, or the like: the principle of capillary attraction.
8. the method of formation, operation, or procedure exhibited in a given case: a community organized on the patriarchal principle.
9. a determining characteristic of something; essential quality.
10. an originating or actuating agency or force: growth is the principle of life.
11. an actuating agency in the mind or character, as an instinct, faculty, or natural tendency: the principles of human behavior.
12. Chemistry . a constituent of a substance, especially one giving to it some distinctive quality or effect.
13. Obsolete . beginning or commencement.
Definition of truth (noun):
1. the true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth.
2. conformity with fact or reality; verity: the truth of a statement.
3. a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like: mathematical truths.
4. the state or character of being true.
5. actuality or actual existence.
6. an obvious or accepted fact; truism; platitude.
7. honesty; integrity; truthfulness.
8. ideal or fundamental reality apart from and transcending perceived experience: the basic truths of life.
9. agreement with a standard or original.
10. accuracy, as of position or adjustment.
11. Archaic. fidelity or constancy.
Definition of doctrine (noun):
1. a particular principle, position, or policy taught or advocated, as of a religion or government: Catholic doctrines; the Monroe Doctrine.
2. something that is taught; teachings collectively: religious doctrine.
3. a body or system of teachings relating to a particular subject: the doctrine of the Catholic Church.
Definition of tenet (noun):
any opinion, principle, doctrine, dogma, etc., especially one held as true by members of a profession, group, or movement.
Definition of dogma (noun):
1. an official system of principles or tenets concerning faith, morals, behavior, etc., as of a church.
2. a specific tenet or doctrine authoritatively laid down, as by a church: the dogma of the Assumption; the recently defined dogma of papal infallibility.
3. prescribed doctrine proclaimed as unquestionably true by a particular group: the difficulty of resisting political dogma.
4. a settled or established opinion, belief, or principle: the classic dogma of objectivity in scientific observation.
Definition of true:
1. being in accordance with the actual state or conditions; conforming to reality or fact; not false: a true story.
2. real; genuine; authentic: true gold; true feelings.
3. sincere; not deceitful: a true interest in someone’s welfare.
4. firm in allegiance; loyal; faithful; steadfast: a true friend.
5. being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something: the true meaning of his statement.
6. conforming to or consistent with a standard, pattern, or the like: a true copy.
7. exact; precise; accurate; correct: a true balance.
8. of the right kind; such as it should be; proper: to arrange things in their true order.
9. properly so called; rightly answering to a description: true statesmanship.
10. legitimate or rightful: the true heir.
11. reliable, unfailing, or sure: a true sign.
12. exactly or accurately shaped, formed, fitted, or placed, as a surface, instrument, or part of a mechanism.
13. honest; honorable; upright.
14. Biology . conforming to the type, norm, or standard of structure of a particular group; typical: The lion is a true cat.
15. Animal Husbandry , purebred.
16. Navigation . (of a bearing, course, etc.) determined in relation to true north.
17. Archaic. truthful.
Definition of fact (noun):
1. something that actually exists; reality; truth: Your fears have no basis in fact.
2. something known to exist or to have happened: Space travel is now a fact.
3. a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true: Scientists gather facts about plant growth.
4. something said to be true or supposed to have happened: The facts given by the witness are highly questionable.
5. Law. . Often, facts. an actual or alleged event or circumstance, as distinguished from its legal effect or consequence. Compare question of fact, question of law.
Definition of reality (noun):
1. the state or quality of being real.
2. resemblance to what is real.
3. a real thing or fact.
4. real things, facts, or events taken as a whole; state of affairs: the reality of the business world; vacationing to escape reality.
5. Philosophy .
a. something that exists independently of ideas concerning it.
b. something that exists independently of all other things and from which all other things derive.
6. something that is real.
7. something that constitutes a real or actual thing, as distinguished from something that is merely apparent.
Definition of real:
1. true; not merely ostensible, nominal, or apparent: the real reason for an act.
2. existing or occurring as fact; actual rather than imaginary, ideal, or fictitious: a story taken from real life.
3. being an actual thing; having objective existence; not imaginary: The events you will see in the film are real and not just made up.
4. being actually such; not merely so-called: a real victory.
5. genuine; not counterfeit, artificial, or imitation; authentic: a real antique; a real diamond; real silk.
6. unfeigned or sincere: real sympathy; a real friend.
7. Informal. absolute; complete; utter: She’s a real brain.
8. Philosophy .
a. existent or pertaining to the existent as opposed to the nonexistent.
b. actual as opposed to possible or potential.
c. independent of experience as opposed to phenomenal or apparent.
9. (of money, income, or the like) measured in purchasing power rather than in nominal value: Inflation has driven income down in real terms, though nominal income appears to be higher.
10. Optics. (of an image) formed by the actual convergence of rays, as the image produced in a camera (opposed to virtual ).
11. Mathematics .
a. of, pertaining to, or having the value of a real number.
b. using real numbers: real analysis; real vector space.
12. Informal. very or extremely: You did a real nice job painting the house.
13. real number.
14. the real.
a. something that actually exists, as a particular quantity.
b. reality in general.
Definition of something:
1. some thing; a certain undetermined or unspecified thing: Something is wrong there. Something’s happening.
2. an additional amount, as of cents or minutes, that is unknown, unspecified, or forgotten: He charged me ten something for the hat. Our train gets in at two something.
3. Informal. a person or thing of some value or consequence: He is really something! This writer has something to say and he says it well.
4. in some degree; to some extent; somewhat.
5. Informal. to a high or extreme degree; quite: He took on something fierce about my tardiness.
Definition of thing (noun):
1. a material object without life or consciousness; an inanimate object.
2. some entity, object, or creature that is not or cannot be specifically designated or precisely described: The stick had a brass thing on it.
3. anything that is or may become an object of thought: things of the spirit.
4. things, matters; affairs: Things are going well now.
5. a fact, circumstance, or state of affairs: It is a curious thing.
6. an action, deed, event, or performance: to do great things; His death was a horrible thing.
7. a particular, respect, or detail: perfect in all things.
8. aim; objective: The thing is to reach this line with the ball.
9. an article of clothing: I don’t have a thing to wear.
a. implements, utensils, or other articles for service: I’ll wash the breakfast things.
b. personal possessions or belongings: Pack your things and go!
11. a task; chore: I’ve got a lot of things to do today.
12. a living being or creature: His baby’s a cute little thing.
13. a thought or statement: I have just one thing to say to you.
14. Informal. a peculiar attitude or feeling, either positive or negative, toward something; mental quirk: She has a thing about cats.
15. something signified or represented, as distinguished from a word, symbol, or idea representing it.
16. Law. anything that may be the subject of a property right.
17. new thing, Jazz. free jazz.
18. the thing.
a. something that is correct or fashionable: That café is the thing now.
b. that which is expedient or necessary: The thing to do is to tell them the truth.
Synonyms for guidelines:
clue, code, ground rule, guidance, guide, instruction, key, mark, marker, precept, protocol, rule, signal, standard procedure
Synonyms for rules:
aphorism, apothegm, assize, axiom, basis, brocard, canon, chapter and verse, command, commandment, criterion, decorum, decree, decretion, dictum, direction, edict, etiquette, formula, fundamental, gnome, guide, guideline, keynote, keystone, law, maxim, model, moral, no-no’s, order, ordinance, precedent, precept, prescription, propriety, regimen, regulation, ruling, statute, tenet, test, the book, the numbers, truism
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CONCLUSION: guidelines vs. rules…just simple semantics, with the only difference being perceived connotations cultivated over time.
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