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Blame Them!

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Dear Sony: This article is largely satirical. We love your products.
Please keep your lawyers on a leash.

America is a mess. People are at one another’s throats. Everyone has an opinion but nobody’s listening. Well, I know how we got to this sorry state, so it’s time to point the finger of blame. Ready? Continue reading “Blame Them!”

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Jack Rabbit Slim’s

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Let’s have some fun today! Here’s a New York City tale with a Quentin Tarantino twist. 
In Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” characters Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) visit a restaurant called “Jack Rabbit Slim’s.” The restaurant, as seen in the movie, was a wonderland of neon and a hodgepodge of 1950s and 1960s iconography, complete with a wait staff performing their duties in character as celebrities of the time (James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Ed Sullivan, and several others). Continue reading “Jack Rabbit Slim’s”

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A Little Fact and a Lot of Fake

1c4cab01-3bda-4703-8e61-33e54d0336c8-a9db16c6-1e19-42bb-ba4e-178278e71e78-v1The issues of fake news and fact-checking are on my mind today. We are plagued by memes with false information, slanted news, and biased opinions on a daily basis. Instead of leveraging our high intelligence, we surrender to our need for affirmation and our desire to group with others under the umbrella of common belief even if the unifying belief is incorrect. Actual statements and events are increasingly presented in ways designed to appease or incense citizens from one end of the political spectrum to the other, yet beneath it all, buried under mountains of partisan manure, is truth. Continue reading “A Little Fact and a Lot of Fake”

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Unknown Ray Bradbury?

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On my mind today is a conversation I recently had that left me perplexed. In speaking with a friend about social matters, I asked the following: “So what are you saying, that we should move off the planet whenever the technology exists to support a mass exodus? A second migration, but this time to the stars?”

My friend shook his head up and down so excitedly, I thought his neck would break. “Yes!” he exclaimed. “Yup, we should get the hell outta here and go to someplace better!” Continue reading “Unknown Ray Bradbury?”

Bring it, Godzilla!

 

Warning: Giant Movie Monster Fanboy Ahead! Proceed only if you appreciate actors in monster suits, the destruction of cardboard cities, and lots of poorly-dubbed dialogue!

With Kong and Godzilla about to square off in cinemas next year, the question of how Kong could be competitive unless he is somehow greatly enhanced beyond his original capabilities is on my mind today. The scenario of an unarmed, ape-like monster versus an unstoppable radioactive nightmare does not scream “Epic, Must-See Action,” and Legendary Pictures is too smart to ignore such a fact. Continue reading “Bring it, Godzilla!”

The Blog is Back!

Hi, all! On My Mind Today, the blog, is back in operation as of today. With the restart is a change in direction away from YouTubers and back to the craziness that rolls around between my ears. Yay, craziness!

So, why the change in direction? Time. My personal life has gained more complexity and I have less time to split among projects. Accordingly, I needed to reorganize how I spend my very limited free time productively, so the best way to maximize my productivity is through writing.

“So, what about the videos?” you might be asking. Well, I shut down one channel due to the changes in my schedule, while the other one remains in an archived state. While I had a great time creating video content, the time it took to select topics, perform research, write scripts, create graphics, assemble clips, and record audio tracks was a bit too much given my heavier schedule.

I thank everyone who subscribed to the video channels, everyone who watched them, everyone who commented on them, everyone who supported the channels through reposts on Facebook and Twitter, and everyone who encouraged me.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Thank you all for

EVERYTHING


Now, let’s talk about next steps. Remember all of the heavy topics this blog veered toward? Remember the sometimes uncomfortable things that were presented?

No more.

Look forward to the addition of lighter topics, happier and more fanciful entries, and less serious writing to lend more eccentricity to this blog. Stay tuned, friends.

All the best,
-Keith V.

 

Delicious Disasters!

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Hi, all! Entertaining YouTube channels are on my mind today, so we’ll maintain our focus on YouTube content creators. This time around, I am happy to present Sam, a brave young Canadian woman. Sam often brings her own brand of intense warmth to chilly Canada as documented in her Delicious Disasters YouTube channel. Please note that for the purposes of this article and as fair warning to her viewers, words such as “warmth” will be synonymous with “Dante’s Inferno.”

Continue reading “Delicious Disasters!”

The YouTuber Who Died…Twice

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Hi, all! We continue our focus on YouTubers again today, and I am happy to report that I have encountered the most unique content creator I have ever encountered. On my mind today is “The Savage Shibe,” the YouTuber behind the SavageShibeGaming channel. He is far more than a mere gamer, and his story really does involve not one, but two times he returned from the dead.

The Savage Shibe is anything but a savage. This upbeat young man enjoys the outdoors, symphonic metal music, and he has a soft spot for dogs. His interests are as varied as the content of his YouTube channel with drawing, reading, writing poetry(!), singing, gaming, scenic photography, cooking, and YouTube content creation all counted among his interests. Interestingly, he not only engages in regular exercise, he actually boxes! Come to think of it, that’s a handy ability considering he lives in New York. Mug who at night? Not him, that’s for sure! Moreover, and to the delight of any fans of the Boston Red Sox who may read this, the Texas-born Savage Shibe does not care for New York in the slightest. (Wow, I can hear the Beantown faithful cheering along Yawkey Way even as I write this.) Continue reading “The YouTuber Who Died…Twice”

Ybor City ROB

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Hi, all! This blog entry continues my focus on YouTubers. On my mind today is “Ybor City ROB,” a videographer based in Tampa, Florida. His channel is called “Ybor City ROB Tampa Florida Accountability” and he offers one heck of a wild ride for his viewers. “Ybor City ROB” films police action some may deem questionable, and he captures lots of it. Prior to watching his channel, I had no idea there was so much law-and-order activity in Tampa! And what’s more, he records other sorts of explosive action in the area as well. If there is conflict, action, or controversy, “Ybor Rob” tries to be there.

I must state that the very nature of the channel gave me fits when trying to place it into a category for this blog! It’s YouTube entertainment, but it’s also gritty reality. Fun or facts? I asked myself. I decided to place this under “Fun” as the content is often that of debated facts between Ybor City ROB and those being filmed. If the topic is debated, then I didn’t believe I could list this entry under “Facts.” Besides, facts or not, the channel is certainly very interesting. Under “Fun” it goes!

As always, this YouTuber would appreciate your support by watching his videos and subscribing to his channel.

Thank you.
-Keith V.