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Sing, Sang, Sung – “My Freeze Ray” From “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”

I’ve actually got quite a lot of things to talk about. Many political. States’ rights, free market economy, what the election means for America, CEOs threatening to not hire thanks to Obamacare…

What, you thought you’d heard the last of political nonsense now that the election’s officially over? You poor fool. We’ve got reactions to the election to look at, like how Alabama and Mississippi are intensely racist and awful, or like how there are at least 15 petitions on WhiteHouse.gov with over 150 signatures started by random citizens for states to secede from the union. And then there’s the whole “What do the results mean” talk, like how does the GOP have to change and what do the GOP leaders in Congress need to do in order to help fix the economy and et cetera.

And I want to talk about a lot of those things. I think many of the subjects of politics for the next many years are, well, very important. I think discussion is very important. It can get hairy, of course, as this year’s Thanksgiving may prove for me and my family… I don’t know if I can hold back if my mother starts waxing Poe-esque poetic about the doom and gloom of our nation and how America as a world power and a land of freedom and opportunity is dead…

But you don’t have to hear me babble on about politics tonight. Today is laundry day, and the first full laundry day I’ve had in, like, a month. Maybe longer. I’ve had opportunities to throw a single load of clothes in the wash over the past many weeks, but today all of it gets washed. And, beyond that, I apparently need to go grocery shopping and pick up a few non-edible essentials. After which, I’m going to have to lay low on my spending money for a while… thanks to Christmas shopping, rent, my wreck and my Tracfone suddenly deciding to drain all my units inexplicably, I’m rather low on funds. I mean, I get paid on Thursday, but I’m still riding a bit of a line for a bit. I may need to revisit my $31 a week food plan. Just for money’s sake.

Anyway, as this is laundry day for me, and I don’t have time to write much else (or, in reality, actually ponder and formulate an intelligent position on much else, I can write rather quickly), I wanted to leave you with the laundry day anthem, brought to you by one of the joys in life, Joss Whedon’s “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” If you haven’t seen it, go watch it. It’s on Netflix Instant Play and it’s under an hour long. And it’s got Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day. And singing. And a horse.

Go watch. (And, if you’re really itching for politics, watch this Epic Rap Battle between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Fair warning, it’s not entirely safe for work… but it is entirely pretty funny.)

“My Freeze Ray” – “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”

Laundry day
See you there
Under things
Tumbling

Wanna say
Love your hair
Here I go
Mumbling

With my freeze ray
I will stop the world

With my freeze ray
I will find the time to
Find the words to

Tell you how
How you make
Make me feel
What’s the phrase?

Like a fool
Kinda sick
Special needs
Anyways

With my freeze ray
I will stop the pain
It’s not a death ray or an ice beam
That’s all Johnny Snow
I just think you need time to know

That I’m the guy to make it real
The feelings you don’t dare to feel
I’ll bend the world to our will
And we’ll make time stand still

That’s the plan
Rule the world
You and me
Any day

Love your hair
(“What?”)
“No I- I, uh love the- air”
Anyway

With my freeze ray I will stop-

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“You Have Died Of Dysentery”

So, I’m still feeling terrible ill. I broke my fever, thank goodness, but at what cost? While my fever was going, the intense stabbing pains in my intestines had actually stopped. Once the fever broke, they started again. And it super sucks and super hurts.

If my Googling and subsequent Wiki’ing has been any sort of accurate, I likely have been infected with Campylobacter. It’s apparently the most common bacteria involved in food poisoning and causes symptoms like headache (I never have those), vomiting (none of that, thank God), and dysentery.

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu-

Dysentery, for those fans of “Oregon Trail,” was pretty much the most feared cause of death in the game, so I understand. It even killed one of our presidents, I do believe… Zachary Taylor, I think. I’m not positive and feel too ill to do much research into that little factoid right now, though.

What dysentery does, though, is it tends to cause abdominal cramps, pain, diarrhea (often bloody and mucusy), and fever.

…Sounds like me. Yaaaaaaaaay.

The internet tells me this will last 5 to (at most) 10 days, most likely. I’m hoping the initial 5 to 7 days I read is more accurate. Because I don’t have health insurance, but if this lasts more than a week, I’m asking a roomie to throw me at a doc-in-the-box.

Self treatment isn’t too difficult, though. I’ve started drinking Gatorade today (we had some at the apartment left by one of the previous tenants that roomed with one of the current roomies… it’s awful). I’m going to have to buy more tomorrow. I still haven’t eaten much of anything, mostly out of fear of the pain. I ate another bowl of cereal with milk this morning and I really need to stop that. For now, I’m sticking with bananas and grapes. I’ve eaten two bananas today, in addition to the cereal. That makes the food tally: Four bowls of cereal with milk, assorted juices and two bananas. And a few grapes. That’s all I’ve eaten over the past several days.

…I guess I should go get some soup or something.

I also bought some Gas-Ex today, to see if that would help.

Nope.

The benefit of being bedridden is catching up on TV. I finished up with “Doctor Who” (just since 2005, of course) and even started to watch “Game of Thrones” today… but my internet is mean and I really need Netflix to watch that.

I really like the theme song, though.

…anyway… I’m going to go pass out and try to watch more TV stuff or something. And do that getting better thing. Hopefully that’ll happen, too.

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Internet Content Is Here, Deal With It

So, I ran across an interesting story whilst catching up on one of the webcomics I read. In this case, the webcomic is Scott Kurtz’s PVP Online, and the comic that brought this story to my attention was this one here.

As a fan of political cartoons, I rather enjoyed this step away from Kurtz’s standard four panel style (not that I dislike that style, I just like the Nast era cartoons). Nice “Lord of the Rings” callback, and a pretty succinct slap at the people and issue it’s poking at. Kurtz explains the issue more clearly for those unaware in the post below the cartoon, titled “Separate But Equal.”

Now, he does a pretty good job covering the silliness that is printed, syndicated comic strips being slow to come to terms with their online brethren being, perhaps, legitimate alternatives/cousins/art/whatever.

But something I’ve noticed throughout my life, and throughout my time on the internet, is that comic strips aren’t the only online content that have been generally shunned by their less cyber counterparts.

Probably the best example I can come up with for a major industry that rejected the internet as a viable competitor/venue is newspapers. And now look at them. Many are failing left and right in this digital world because many newspapers were unwilling to recognize the internet as a threat to printed media. Over the past several years, printed media have had to make major attempts to adapt to online content and generating revenue through internet ads. From my own personal experiences, the University of Alabama yearbook was forced to contend not only with a 28,000-plus body of students, but also with social media like Facebook and Tumblr allowing people to share photos with one another, so they started asking people to submit their own photos. The UA newspaper started instituting blogs my first year working with them in an attempt to get more people involved and to generate more unique web content.

Sometimes, things like that work. But, often times, it’s just a bit too late to do enough good, as Kurtz pointed out, to a small extent, in his own post.

But it’s that whole “history repeats itself,” “learn it or doom” theme that people still haven’t caught onto that, frankly, surprises the mess out of me. Well, not so much surprises as disappoints. Humanity being disappointing is nothing if not completely unsurprising.

Just look at video game companies and major media corporations. Instead of working with internet content (though some, like Valve, do so to great success), many run in fear of internet content. This whole “Stop Online Piracy Act” thing seems proof of that. Instead of figuring out ways to legitimize online content, like through venues such as Hulu and Netflix, they cry out “Copyright infringement!” and try to shut down the process.

I think that perhaps the biggest fear of internet content is availability. I mean that in two ways. First, you can’t judge a demographic or a viewing audience through the internet. Not easily. You can make guesses, but they’re often going to be vague. So, it is perhaps hard to figure out what demographic they’re missing the way they do with TV shows. But more than that, creating content is available to everyone.

Heck, I’m doing it right now. With blogs and YouTube and all the other file sharing websites, industries seem afraid of the internet eliminating their legitimacy. The reaction of the syndicated cartoons seems to show as much, and the reactions of disgust I’ve read from “journalists” about online rumors and blogs and “non-journalistic venues” like that tells me that cartooning isn’t the only industry that thinks that way.

But think of how many careers have been started by YouTube or blogs. Sure, some of them REALLY didn’t need to happen. Like Rebecca Black. Or Chris Crocker. But there are some talented people picked out of the teeming masses. If industries could eliminate their elitist, fearful attitudes, make a stronger effort to understand the internet, hone their searches for talents and perhaps treat it as a venue worth respecting… they may find themselves far more respected themselves. Which usually means they get more money.

Of course, they’d also find all my work on the internet and I’d get a job toot sweet. Right?

…guys?

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