Thursday, April 23, 2020

A Credit Score Conundrum, or The New Slavery


Financially sliced 'n diced.
by Angela K. Durden
A Magnificently Methodical Southern Woman
and The Most Brilliant Woman in the World 

I once met a man from Texas 
Buys everything with his cashes.
He has no debts.
Bills ne'er forgets.
Still his credit score was a-messes.


It's true. I know this man. He wanted to get married but the woman said she had to know his credit score. It was almost non-existent. He had always lived within his means. If he didn't have the money, he didn't buy. He'd save and scrimp until he could pay cash. 

Sounded like a good plan. He was stress-free. Could pay attention to his woman. But she was freaking out. He had to have a credit score that registered, see. 

So he went out and got an auto loan. But he paid it off too fast. Change in credit score? Nil.

By this time the woman was gone and then the loan company came after him saying that he wasn't allowed to pay it off ahead of time and instituted a bunch of early payment fees that equaled the interest he would've had to pay them. That fight lasted three years.

In any case, his credit score never got higher than about 350. He decided to live even further off the grid. Built him an underground house in the desert and that's the last I heard of him. I bet he's happy. 

Why am I telling you this? Because my bank, Wells Fargo, is like a lot of banks these days. Trying to be helpful, they are now offering my credit score through my online banking; free of charge. Here is my FICO [Fair Isaac Corporation] score. Now, you're probably noticing the big eight-two-zero in the middle and you're thinking, "Hey, Angela. That ain't bad at all." 

Now, see the little black dot in the green area? It does not go all the way to the peak of the green. Why not? 




Because of this language below:  



Right about now I feel like the man from Texas. I've always paid off my credit card balances every month. I do not have a mortgage and I own my condo outright. I do not have a car loan as Baby Doll has been paid off since she was five years old and she turned five in 2007. 

So, here I am with one of the almost highest credit scores in the world and I am still being dinged because I do not have any loan history and I don't have any aging balances. 

If I were a cussing woman I'd be saying "Jesus H. Christ!" But I'm not a cussing woman. Okay, I'm lying. I cuss, but I never say Jesus H. Christ. 

All this to say that in the credit reporting world, it doesn't matter what you do because you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't. The financial system is designed to keep you enslaved. 

If I lived near a desert, I'd be hunkered down living off the grid, too. 



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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Flawed and Good. Perfect and Evil.

This is a visual example of
Flawed but Good.
I know. I do my best.
by Angela K. Durden
A Magnificently Methodical Southern Woman
and The Most Brilliant Woman in the World 


Flawed is not the same as Evil. 
Perfect is not the same as Good. 

For instance, Pussy-Hat Wearing Politically Correct Liberal Democrat RINO Socialist Fascist Commie Do-Gooder Environmentalist Social Engineering-types believe they are Perfect — all FLOTSAM from #CrunkNewsNetworks push that narrative — but they are Evil. 

While their number-one and other nemesis, Donald "The Hammer" Trump and normal regular folk, are Flawed but they are Good — and all FLOTSAM does not push that narrative. 

See how that works?



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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Princess Angela.

Angela now feels like a princess. Her bed is a little jewel box.
by Angela K. Durden
A Magnificently Methodical
Southern Woman
and The Most Brilliant Woman
in the World 



One-and-done is how I think about painting my walls. So it takes me a long time to figure out what colors to put on them.

Also, I am highly reactive to vibrational patterns. If the color is wrong for me, the vibrational patterns will totally make me crazy. And so yet another reason to take my time.

I have four colors on my walls. Kitchen and livingroom/bedroom: Gray with a dark blue base, as you can see in the picture. In my office is a dark metallic blue with silver undertones. A small hall is black and the bathroom is white.

Each color fits the space and supports my mental acuity. But today...oh, today was added the pièce de résistance.

You see, I sleep in my living room on a wall bed. [My condo is less than 600 sq.ft. The bedroom is my office. I work from home, so work/life must be split well.] That is, it folds down out of the wall and, boom, there is my bed. The heavy case it sits in is solid black. Black is great. I love black. It is my fave color. Except that after almost nine years, the solid black behind the bed was getting to me, bad.

What could I do?

Yesterday I had an epiphany. I took a set of long red drapes and hung them in. You can see the picture. Tied them back with some sparkly red ribbon. Put a crystal vase with a beautiful bouquet of silk flowers (I'm allergic to real flowers) right in the middle so that it is framed.

Wow. I immediately felt like a princess.

Which is only fitting as I can feel a pea under a stack of twenty mattress and we all know it is only real, true, bona fide princesses who can do that.


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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Over-response or calculated manuever?


Resting Coronavirus Response Face

A Magnificently Methodical Southern Woman and The Most Brilliant Woman in the World 

"Hunker down" is used even by Gen[Whatevahs] and P-HWPCLDRSFCs* — and is no longer only a Georgia Dawgs rallying game cry.

"Shelter in place" and "novel coronavirus" are now in our lexicon — and a punchline to those who work from home and will be featured in future stand-up comedy shows and movie/TV scripts.

And "herd immunity" happens when nobody does "social distancing" but claims that when they finally did do it that is what saved lives.

But I, your Citizen Journalist, have more serious thoughts. Was the the response to the novel coronavirus —

  • over the top? [Yes.]
  • just right? [No.]
  • a political opportunity? [Yes.]
  • a logical medical step? [No.]
  • an opportunity for graft? [Yes.]
  • a way for the Deep State to grab power? [Yes.]
  • a reset of sensibilities? [Yes.]
Did the response to it point a spotlight on:
  • the fragility of political correctness? [Yes.]
  • experts who are the "little man behind the curtain"? [Yes.]
  • the utter moral bankruptcy of the Deep State, Democrats, and RINOs? [Yes.]
  • the grit and determination of the vast majority of US citizens? [Yes.]

Has the mainstream legacy media —
  • lied to the public? [Yes.]
  • played false with the public? [Yes.]
  • lost their ever-loving minds? [Yes.]
  • shown they are totally against freedom? [Yes.]
  • can't wait to receive their Commie medals? [Yes.]
  • proven they are #CrunkNewsNetwork? [Yes.]



More importantly, will this response destroy the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights? [Quite possibly, if we allow this lockdown to keep on going because Chicken Little experts are manipulative and being manipulated.


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Monday, April 13, 2020

Hunkering down.

A Magnificently Methodical Southern Woman 
and The Most Brilliant Woman in the World 

"Hunker down" is used even by Gen[Whatevahs] and P-HWPCLDRSFCs* — and is no longer only a Georgia Dawgs rallying game cry.

"Shelter in place" and "novel coronavirus" are now in our lexicon — and a punchline to those who work from home and will be featured in future stand-up comedy shows and movie/TV scripts. 

But what do people really think about this current state of affairs, how is it affecting them, and how are they handling it? Your Citizen Journalist has come to your rescue.

That's right, she sent out a survey to over 500 LinkedIn contacts. Five responded, that is, one percent of those invited to respond. You may be thinking "Wow! That's not a lot." Normally I would agree with you but, according to many pollsters out there, it does not matter how many responded. The only thing that truly matters are the percentiles of those that did respond.

I am not lying. Haven't you ever heard a reporter say, "Of those that responded, __% agreed with...", to be followed by a sweeping conclusion that therefore __% of everyone that lives in the US agrees with a Commie-inspired permutation of the survey question and then ends with "should be made into law"?

Think about it.
I'll give you a minute. 
Ding-ding-ding! 

Exactly, you have heard that; you just didn't understand what it meant, did you? So, using that methodology, I too will opine using responses by three males (I happen to know them, and one is my cousin therefore I am positive they are males even if I haven't laid eyes on their junk) and two unknown genders (they did not list a name, so I couldn't even take a guess, but you can assign any gender that pleases you). Here are the breakdowns to questions I asked:

Employment status:
  • Small business owner: 0%
  • Self-employed: 20%
  • Employee: 40%
  • Retired: 20%
  • Employed as musician for gig work: 20%
How your job has been affected: 
  • No change: 40%
  • Laid off: 20%
  • Business is better: 0%
  • Pay reductions: 20%
  • Working from home: 20%
  • Blank response: 20%
(Yes, this adds up to 120%, but we are in the "gig economy", sooo...)

Types of business you are in:
  • Manufacturing: 0%
  • Service business: 20%
  • Restaurant: 0%
  • Writer/writing: 40%
  • Performance/Consulting/Retail: 20%
  • Blank response: 20%

What can we deduce from all of this if we were P-HWPCLDRSFCs* or worked for any #CrunkNewsNetwork that spews FLOTSAM**? Let's write some headlines in their style, shall we?

Small business destroyed by economic slowdown from novel coronavirus response. 


Manufacturing destroyed by pandemic response.


Novel coronavirus response lays off 100% of all American workers, but that's okay because they are happy with leadership of Nancy Pelosi and also wish AOC was president so she could save the world.


You know what? That isn't fun. So, I went to this site here where one can see, by month and year, historical employment rates.



Now, according to this, there are 22,000 fewer people employed in March 2020 than were employed in March 2019 when things were starting to blow and go.

However, there were 1,229,000 more employed in March 2020 than employed in March 2018. So, we are still better off than we were in 2018, just two short years ago. 

But let's get back to my thoroughly sweeping and comprehensively scientific survey.

Take a look at what was said here in free-form response, that is, no leading questions:


Couple of things I learned from this response? I did not know financial institutions ordered hardware. I always assumed they had a vendor who did that sort of thing. However, one respondent had been too busy and is now benefiting from the downtime.



Upside: Eating together and cooking at home. Grocery stores should be seeing uptick in sales. Downside: Restaurant owners/managers could name a few.





I like this last quote. The respondent said "...I for one REFUSE to live in fear." In fact, I liked the whole quote. But who said that? Well, surprise, surprise. It was my cousin Wayne Kell. If we weren't hunkering down, why I'd go over and elbow-bump him. 



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Monday, April 6, 2020

Gravel Maker or Sculptor?


A Magnificently Methodical Southern Woman 
and The Most Brilliant Woman in the World 

I had opportunity to have a conversation with the daughter back in February wherein I said to her, "I know you will not believe your mother is saying this but: I believe that all people are born with all knowledge of all things in their brain but not all the connections work the same for various reasons."

She simply stared at me and said, "Hmmmm...well...."

In other words, she did not know what to say. I've always confused both my mother and my daughter. However, my theory explains, say, idiot savants or, as they are now more accurately called, autistic savants. It also explains random flashes of brilliance in a person otherwise middle of the road or in one who is just plain stupid to the bone. 

Now before you get your panties all in a twist and prove that you are P-HWPCDLRSFC* and/or work for a member of the #CrunkNewsNetwork that spews FLOTSAM**, please rest assured that I can say all this because I am talking about myself.

I can say I am The Most Brilliant Woman In The World about absolutely everything. But never have you ever heard me say I am The Most Brilliant Woman In The World 24/7. See? Connections do not fire all the time, but when they do everybody, including me, are always amazed. 


But one brilliance connection that has fired in me consistently is words. 



From my earliest memories to today as you read this, words I understand. Let me explain.

When I look at a boulder, all I see is a lot of future gravel I can make by knocking it apart and I can make a nice cover for a muddy, rut-filled, dirt driveway. 

But when a sculptor looks at a boulder, he sees the parts that simply need knocking off to reveal the figure within and he makes art.

Same boulder. Two viewers. But one whose connections are firing all the time about shape and form and seeing art. Thus it is that not all editors accomplish the same thing with a manuscript.

A boulder never complains about how it is used. Gravel or art, it doesn't care. Neither does a manuscript. But some, nay: many, editors take a boulder of a manuscript and make the gravel equivalent of a book useful only as a doorstop.

Another editor, though, can see that same manuscript and see what is hidden in it, then knock off the parts that are hiding the loveliness of the words and make something readers will enjoy and keep on their shelves. 

I am the latter. This is not me bragging. This is me telling you a fact...and we all know if it's fact it ain't bragging. So, this is me telling you what I do for other writers all the time. This is me telling you that, in my service to words, I will always serve the words first because by doing so the reader is served well always. 

But to do that means I must hurt writers' feelings. There are quite a few who will tell you I've done that to them. Sure, they all pitch fits and get their egos out of joint, but the ones who care about readers — and thus their own reputations — always come back for more. And why?

Because, as one of my clients said, "Angela, you always make me look good."


But truthfully, I don't care about whether the writer looks good or not. Looking good can be accomplished all sorts of ways. That's called marketing. Though some consider it to be the show, marketing is merely the advance man.

What I care about is: Does the writer deliver the goods or will the reader be crying "Where's the beef?"

I bet that's why I've always been mistaken for either a school teacher or a dominatrix because, honestly, aren't they just about the same? Oh, sure, yeah. Both hurt you and you whine, but in the end, you know you like it like that, right?

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 

Get in touch if you need a sculptor for your words: angeladurden@msn.com. Otherwise, buy one of my books and see some of my flashes of brilliance. You will not be sorry. 
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When I look at a boulder, all I see is a lot of future gravel I can make by knocking it apart and making a nice cover for a driveway. But when a sculptor looks at a boulder, he sees the parts that simply need knocking off to reveal the figure within and he makes art.
Thus it not all editors accomplish the same thing. Some editors make gravel. Others make art. I am the latter.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Hunkering In Place: An Anthem.

SUNG TO THE TUNE OF “YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND”

When you're stuck in the house
Because of Covid-19
And you ain’t,
you ain’t got nothing to do.
[MUSIC BREAK]

Just remember it could be worse
You could be out of paper for poo.
But you ain’t,
so brighten your face with a smile.
[MUSIC BREAK]

Now, now write a song about it
And put it on your feed
And we’ll watch it,
oh yeah, again and again.
[MUSIC BREAK]

End of winter, start of spring, y’all,
You know, too, you can text and call
And I’ll be there,
more than six feet from y’all.
More than six feet from y’all.
Oh, yeah, yeah.


You’ve got a friend.


by ANGELA K. DURDEN
Your cheerleader and voice of reason in this time of a weird season.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

A Morning for Angela Anagrams


A Magnificently Methodical Southern Woman 
and The Most Brilliant Woman in the World 


During this "Beer" virus downtime I have done lots of those little things that need doing. I've organized all my spaces. I've had my son help me build shelves. I've worked on sewing projects. And, with the 10-human crowd-size limit, I've done streaming house concerts with Misha Stefanuk and Joel Edwards since we cannot perform in public. I'm reading a manuscript by a '60's pop icon for a book he submitted to my publishing company.

But this morning I reached a new low of looking for something to do. I went to an anagram generating site on the Internet and put in my name: Angela Durden. After copying and pasting the list into a Word document, I went through and got rid of 463 that were either meaningless or nasty. The remaining 37 are below; you can read the entire list for yourself.

However, I have chosen my faves out of these and have added punctuation to make it even more meaningful where that works. What makes an anagram my fave, you ask? If it is something others have called me. If it is something my ex would've called me. They are:

Things my ex might've called me:
Adrenal Nudge
Annual Dredge
Laundered Nag

Things others have called me:
Danged Unreal
Danged Neural

However, the best fun of all was the book titles I came up with. Something that would make a title for a book that John D. MacDonald* would've written. They are:

Book titles: 
A Dangled Rune
A Gnarled Nude
A Dunned Lager
[The] Unread Dangle
A Gerund, Laden
A Regal, Dunned
[The] Nude Nerd Gala
Run, Dead Angel, [Run!]
[The] Dead Regal Nun


Was that fun or what? It was fun. Spurred me to greater heights of creativity. Not that I need much spurring which you would know if you have purchased any of my books. What? You haven't bought any of my books? Well, why not? Click the link below or go to Amazon.com and type in Angela K. Durden in the search bar. 


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THE ENTIRE LIST:
Annealed Drug [to heat and then cool]
Adrenal Nudge
Uganda Lender
Annual Dredge
Laundered Nag
Danged Unreal
Danged Neural
Ungraded Elan [vigor, spirit]
Dungaree Land
Dangle Unread
A Dangled Rune [mystery, secret, character of the runic alphabet]
A Gnarled Nude
A Laden Gerund [word ending in -ing]
A Lager Dunned
A Regal Dunned
Agenda Led Run
Gala Ended Run
Gala Nerd Nude
Add Leaner Gun
Dead Angel Run
Dead Angel Urn
Dead Angle Run
Dead Lager Nun
Dead Regal Nun
Leaded Nag Run
Graded Ale Nun
Landed Age Run
Landed Age Urn
Darned Ale Gun
Adder Gale Nun [Snake Storm Nun]
Adder Lane Gun
Adder Elan Gun
Dread Gale Nun
Dread Lean Gun
Dread Lane Gun
Leader And Gun

*I had opportunity to meet his grandson at Bouchercon 2018 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Friday, March 20, 2020

The "Beer" Virus Concert

Misha Stefanuk, Joel Edwards, and me, The Most Brilliant Woman In The World and Magnificently Methodical Southern Woman and Songwriter bring you The "Beer" Virus Concert. Enjoy!




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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

How to keep kids busy during this mini-apocalypse.


TMBWITW*** and MMSW****.


A Magnificently Methodical Southern Woman and The Most Brilliant Woman in the World 


Are your kids home for several weeks while Coronavirus runs amuck? Don't know what to do? Let The Most Brilliant Woman In The World and a Magnificently Methodical Southern Woman help you out.

I recognize that P-HWPCDLRSFCs* and purveyors of FLOTSAM** could very well have some issues with this list and maybe will accuse me of "not caring" and "child labor laws breaking". I can assure you that I, TMBWITW*** and a MMSW****, ain't skeert of those opinions and thazzafact! [See Footnote]

So, let's get to it.

First thing one must do is not to feel out of control. I recognize that this is probably the first time in many years that you will have your child home for any length of time without having planned activities to send them to where others will teach, entertain, and inspire your little rug rat, or lil' squirt if you prefer, and you only must remind to brush teeth and go to bed.

Buck up! You will get through this with the handy-dandy tips from TMBWITW and MMSW.  

  1. Make a Domestic Engineering List to include:
    • Sweeping
    • Vacuuming
    • Toilet scrubbing
    • Tub scrubbing
    • Dusting
    • Bed making
    • Laundry folding
    • Pet exercising
    • Pet feeding
  2. Disconnect the Internet. [Trust me on this.]
  3. Disconnect the cable. [Trust me on this one, too.]
  4. Unplug microwave. Better yet, put it in your trunk. [You'll thank me later.]
  5. Stack books around.
    • Encourage the making of their own play based on scenes from the books.
  6. Provide simple foodstuffs that do not need heat to prepare.
    • Let them peel boiled eggs and add mayo and salt and pepper and mash them all together and spread on bread
  7. Schoolwork must be done, of course. 
  8. Cook a meal together.
  9. Teach them how to prepare a grocery shopping list.
  10. Shop for groceries together.
  11. Break the grocery shopping list up into segments to equal how many children you have who could possibly navigate grocery store aisles and read a list.
    • Assign to those children. Sit on a bench at the front of the store with a book and be there to answer any questions they may have.
  12. Let them put up the groceries. 
  13. Be sure to explain the entire scientific methodology of and reasoning behind storage of shelf-stable foodstuffs versus that which needs refrigeration.
  14. Be sure to explain all of that in great detail.
  15. Share stories with the next generation about how tough your childhood was. Don't forget the snow drifts, tiny coat, and hills that went up way far both to and from school.


Well, I have more, but I realize that this list will probably be a strain on you. Once mastered, please feel free to ask for more apocalyptic hints and tips. 


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FOOTNOTE: "Ain't skeert and thazzafact!" is the Southern way of saying "Truly and really, your P. C. outbursts do not scare me in the least and you can take that to the bank and deposit it."



Sunday, March 15, 2020

"It's a Jungle Out There" Monk theme by Randy Newman.

shared by Angela K. Durden
A Magnificently Methodical Southern Woman and The Most Brilliant Woman in the World 


Apropos for today with all the event cancellations. Adrian Monk would feel right at home.





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Friday, March 13, 2020

The sky is not falling, y'all.

Garlic: Good for what ails ya.
Angela K. Durden
A Magnificently Methodical Southern Woman and The Most Brilliant Woman in the World 

I was just at a large meeting yesterday morning with about 200 people. Nobody was shaking hands. They were bumping elbows, instead, and saying, "Don't want to catch...errrr...spread anything."

However, they were busy handing out food, paper materials, banners, and business cards, and sharing pens and microphones. Folks were hugging (hands everywhere) and getting in real close for photo ops.

See? Stupid.
C. S. Lewis reminded folks who panic that they should not exaggerate the novelty of their situation. Panic helps no one. Panic changes nothing.

Look. The sky is not falling, y'all. When it falls, you won't have time to go out and buy toilet paper. If you've got time to buy toilet paper, then you'll be fine.

Okay, okay, okay. Maybe you will die, but so what? You're going to die anyway at some time. Nobody lives forever. But, sheesh, stop it with the f***ing panic.

Coronavirus is a real thing. But the #CrunkNewsNetworks and certain politicians are using it as a way to disrupt your life and grab control over it. Do not be mistaken on this. If you are panicking, then you are the prey.

Do you want to be the prey? Then keep on with the panic response.

Otherwise, wash your damn hands.
Stay home if you're sick.
But stop it with the overreacting.



















Article with C. S. Lewis quotes

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

The Death Rattle of SXSW

Those who remember
history...
by Angela K. Durden
The Most Brilliant Woman in the World

SXSW, or South by Southwest, has been held in Austin, Texas, since 1987, making it thirty-four in March 2020. It has steadily grown from a first year opening day attendance of 700 — which surprised everybody involved — to over 73,000 in 2019, by which time the event was many days long and included music, film, tech, and interactive media presented and discussed and paneled out the wazoo.

In other words, SXSW went from an event friendly to music creatives and fans of, to something that was Important and Meaningful, sponsored by multi-national corporations, slap full of P-HWPCDLRSFCs [1], and covered by media outlets who were happy to spread FLOTSAM [2] everywhere.

In 2020, Austin, Texas, cancelled the event because of an overreaction to the coronavirus [3]. Since event insurance doesn't cover pandemics and natural disasters, well, the financial hit will be even worse for organizers, vendors, etc.

Actually, I don't think it was the city that overreacted per se. One news report says it was the pullout by Facebook, Twitter, Intel, Google, and TikTok [a Chinese company], among other large corporate sponsors, that spelled the death knell for the March 2020 festivities.

Whatever.

Can you tell I'm not too upset about the cancellation? Let me tell you why.

Remember Comdex? I went to it when it came to Atlanta in 1997. Held in the Georgia World Congress Center, it was a thing of beauty. I was fast outgrowing my first PC [running windows 3.1 over a Dos 6.0 shell, featuring a 65 megabyte hard drive, floppies A and B, and it had a modem!] and, as a power user of technology [I fully expected it to do what it promised], I wanted to know how I could upgrade and better use technology to make money. My eyes were opened and my inner nerd was born that day.

But when large IT sponsors pulled out because of the fast-changing business environment, well, Comdex was doomed even as users of technology were blossoming.

When events that celebrate creativity and are exciting and affordable, begin to be filled with conferences and panels of experts and badge prices skyrocket, naturally it will end. Conferences grow from small to large and then they fail. It's the nature of the beast.

This cancellation of SXSW in 2020, sure it hurts the pocketbook. But I've been hearing from too many attendees for too long that the event was so big, so spread out, and so expensive that it was no longer friendly to the Indie creative, much less fans. One man told me, "Angela, it would've been cheaper just to visit Austin another time and hit the bars with live acts. I would've met more and better." 

The SXSW we know today is so far from its roots that it needs a course correction. Maybe this cancellation will spell the end of it, or at least the beginning of the end as, maybe, organizers will, like the Comdex organizers, try to reinvent themselves for a few years.

I'm going on record here this eighth day of March in 2020, that it won't be too very long and SXSW will be just another entry in Wikipedia visited by folks who thought it was an urban legend.

I'm not sad about that because with change comes, well, change. And that change has been in the making for some years now as Indie creators' ranks swell and fandom is being reinvented around the world. 


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[2] FLOTSAM means For Liberal Opinion That is Serious and Actually Matters
[3] Insurance doesn't cover SXSW cancellation.



Friday, February 28, 2020

Where is Orson Welles when you need him?

The Most Brilliant Woman in the World

In 1938, totally as Halloween entertainment, Orson Welles did an audio version of the H.G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds. The broadcast scared a few folks who thought it was real news. 

And from that time until January 2020, broadcast news has been king and king maker as well public confessional and warning prophet. Remember the Y2K debacle? The world was ending all because somebody tried to save some space on hard drives by shortening dates. My own (now ex) husband thought I was going to disappear with my data the night of the changeover. I believe he was disappointed I was still there on Jan 1, 2000.

For some time I've been writing about the FLOTSAM* spewed by all the news agencies I've listed as part of the #CrunkNewsNetwork. But until this January of the year of our Lord 2020, these agencies still had some clout — or so they had us believe.

Remember when to make the news the standard was "If it bleeds, it leads"?

Now that standard is "If it scares, we care".

To show how much they care, they will beat a story to death even if it isn't true.

But the coronavirus killed off any remaining gravitas MSNBC and CNN — and any other agency that emulates them — may have had.

Stick a fork in them. They're done. 


Together, MSNBC and CNN have done everything in their power to start a panic about the coronavirus but nothing is happening. It is now public knowledge they've lost all potency in the market, not to mention any legitimacy they may have had.

I don't feel sorry for them. They have not learned their lesson. They will not change. They are still


I bet Orson Welles could stir up some scary sentiment about coronavirus and not one person would think it had anything to do with beer.

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