Welcome to a special Saturday morning edition (I mean morning only loosely since it was around 11 AM when I started this and it is undoubtably after noon when this is actually going up (and you foreign folks have completely different time zones to boot)) of the Rand Show!
(I've always had mixed feelings about calling this the Rand Show in the post itself, I feel it takes away a bit of the personal feel of the webpost, but on the other hand it gives the whole thing an aura of coolness and a more professional feel, ah the constant war between professionalism and personalism, when will we all just learn to get along?)
For those of you in the know, the session's title is a reference to Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting (in addition to linking you up to the lyrics via the title, I'm also hitting you up a video on youTube (why? Because I'm just too awesome (also it's a pretty cool song)). By the way, booh-ya to my little bro's awesomeness with his academics and SAT's. Not only is it good for him but it's one more person I can leech off of when I'm a crazy unemployed writer. Also shout out to my little sis and her mad nursing-student skills.
(That leads me to a little thought about the WGA (Writer's Guild of America, the union for Hollywood writers, excluding reality shows and animated shows, but including game shows and talk shows) strike that I've been trying to get in but haven't found a good place for it:
I'm of two minds when it comes to this strike, on the one hand, it seems like it's mainly for the benefit of employed writers or writers who regularly have jobs, who are actually doing immensely well (better than the national average or even median), while 1/2 of the current union members are unemployed (although the striker's points, like residuals do benefit unemployed workers who once had jobs, I'm unsure how much it'll help people who have had very few and minor jobs who are breaking into the business, who I think are a significant minority if not the majority of the guild), when you have a situation like that it seems like you need to lessen salary demands to allow for more employment, so in that sense I'm against the strike. But on the other hand, it makes some sense for the writer's contracts to be adjusted for new technologies like downloading, and I realize this might prompt a massive renegotiation with other guilds, like the actor's guild and the director's guild, these renegotiations again make sense with new tech. So those are my thoughts on the matter, do with them what you will).
If you've noticed that this session seems unfocused, well I'm okay with that. I know I've sometimes chastised myself for bad sessions before which have often been unfocused but usually the problem with those is they were unfocused on topics that were lame or explored lamely and/or they were supposed to be focused but ended up not being focused.
A tendency of mine with unfocused sessions is to concentrate solely on stuff I'm doing for my webpost. I'm trying not to do a sole focus on that, but I tend to follow the wandering of my thoughts when I'm unfocused and as I'm working on my webpost, my thoughts often turn to that. So I'll try not to be exclusively me/webpost focused here (I'm thinking it might kind of late to talk about this since I'm already several paragraphs in). But on the matter of the webpost, you're all bums for not adding comments, but it might just be that's because there are so few of you.
I've often sat weary wondering whether to continue this, but my mind has always been cheered up by the idea that I have many viewers, however after carefully examining my sitemeter account I'm more skeptical. I'm hesitant to actually blame Sitemeter since most likely I simply have been using it badly, but before when I looked at it I assumed that the visit count did not include me, however... well, that significantly chops my visit count down and it also means my visit length statistic (which I'm really not sure how it works since when I examine the details of it, almost everyone comes up as visiting for 0:00, when at least some of them I know should be higher) is inflated by my own staring at my greatness. Overall, I'm concluding that I'm not sure how Sitemeter works and need to take its statistics with a grain of salt, but overall it indicates that not that many people are visiting my blogspot account. On the brighter side I still seem to get a high view count from my MySpace account, but I was hoping that I could one day discontinue that, but it seems that's not the case. So, in conclusion, I really don't know how many people read my webpost, but it's most likely some but not that many (also, according to Sitemeter, which again I'm not sure if I'm reading it right, I apparently have readers in India, Argentina, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and Estonia, again I'm not sure how many of those may have simply just visited for five seconds, but a shoutout to my foreign readers!)
Enough shop-talk, well, almost enough shop-talk. I'm hoping that once my finals are over, I can start pumping this site up via more links, getting more into the webpost community, getting into the youTube community, and good old-fashioned commercialism. For those of you that hate commercialism in any way shape or form, let me say first of all, I'm almost certainly not going to change what I'm writing to fit a commercial generating mold, by commercialism I mainly mean I'm going to try to get money from this webpost (and hopefully pump some of that money into improving my much-neglected website and this webpost itself). If I do make any changes for commercial reasons, the only thing I might do is narrow this webpost's focus to fit into a specialized niche, but that's a big MIGHT, and would almost be a probably not.
But let me hit up commercialism for a sec. I might do a full session on this later on, but I want to give a little defense of commercialism. First, let me refer you to Jimmy James' brilliant defense of advertising. Second, let me say that commercialism can be bad when it means that artists reduce the quality of their work to make cash or please their financiers. However, if extra cash allows artists to keep on producing great work, than that isn't a problem, heck, even if the commercialism dictates the general direction of the artists work that doesn't mean the stuff is bad. After all, it was commercial interests that drove the production of tv shows derived from toys and while I'll freely admit many of those shows were bad, and many were dumbed down (less for the sake of the toys than for the low expectations of tv producers about kids), we still got awesome shows like Transformers, GI Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (although this actually originated with self-produced rather indie comic books, but I think the funding for the TV show was largely based on toys sale expectations), and even Neon Genesis Evangelion! I could go on on this topic, but I'm not going to since this whole post is getting immense. So just let me say, if I do get commercial on you guys, don't expect any less awesomeness, because that's just not how I roll.
Anywho, like I said this session is getting massive, and since it is unfocused I can't really justify any more massiveness, thus I'm going to wrap things up and if you're really lucky (and if you're all good boys and girls) I might make another session later tonight, or maybe even do a rare Sunday session. So anyways, take it to your head, take it to your heart, and remember Rand rocks. Goodnight Folks!
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