How Social Media Saved the World

It cannot be understated that we are living through a history-making difficult time. Hundreds of thousands of people are falling victim to a global pandemic and everyone is else either staying home or acting brazenly stupid. It shouldn't be surprising, though, that one of the upshots of all of this is that there has been a rise in meme-making.

First defined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 as a cultural idea that takes on a life of its own and is passed down through generations much the same way that genes are, the word "meme" has itself taken on a life of its own to define pictures made and passed around on the Internet that often lampoon various aspects of life. I don't think I've seen any new memes in the past few days that weren't about the COVID-19 epidemic. But this isn't the first time a global catastrophe has been made fun of in what could be described as a "childish" fashion. In fact, one of the memes I've seen compared the uptick in Cor…

Happy New Year!

It's pretty sad when it takes 8 days after the fact to acknowledge the new year. However, it is 2008... maybe 8 days is appropriate somehow...?

This holiday season has been pretty busy for me. And I don't say "holiday" because "Christmas" is offensive... I say "holiday" because I'm including Thanksgiving and the New Year. I guess I'm including Hanukah, too... but not Kwanza! No Kwanza for you!

Anyway, it's been busy because kids are out of school and going to see movies which means I get more hours at the theater on top of my regular writing gigs and trying to get epic gear for my level-70 Blood Elf mage, Maenethil.

The latest news is that I'm trying to find a job up north in the Chicagoland area. I would specifically like to get back to my old stomping grounds, Joliet, but anywhere in that vicinity would be awesome. On the other hand, if I can find a job that'll take me straight to either NY or LA, well, then that will be the one I'll take.

Haven't made any movies recently, but I am scheduled to go to a Film Review this Friday with Ben Rosa to see a movie we made a few months ago. Also, we're still in the middle of writing The Urge which, as I just found out yesterday, is very close to getting funding! Production will happen as soon as we can finalize a script and if it is a financial success, then we can move on to more awesome stuff. Ben has an idea for a movie that rivals my idea for Flood. 2008 is bound to be an exciting year!

Well, the servers should be back up for World of Warcraft, so I'm gonna go check my auctions before I go to work and go learn my new Ice Block spell! Woohoo! Fire Mage with Ice Block! See ya at the movies!

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