Hello and good morning. It’s Thursday again, and so it’s time for what was once only my weekly blog post, and which remains the most “formal” of my posts.
I’m waiting on the earliest train this morning, because I fully woke up a bit after 2 in the morning, and was not readily able to go back to sleep. When it was finally late enough (so to speak) to come to the train station and not feel just silly about it, I decided to get up and do so.
I thought of something interesting during that early morning time. Well, it’s not truly a new thought for me, but it’s something that crystallized a bit. I’m going to try to start making short videos for my YouTube channel, discussing some specific topic in each one, though I may go off on a tangent or two, it being me.
But I’m going to set my timer when I start making the video, so that I have a maximum length to record, before editing, that hopefully will keep me from meandering too much. My “Superman Neutrino Hypothesis” video was fun—for me, anyway—but I think it probably went on for too long for other people to stay interested in it. So, if I set myself a limit, such that an edited video is between ten and twenty minutes long (at most), that might be good.
Of course, there are arguments that can be made that a purely unedited video would be better to share—more honest, more straight up. For highly personal videos, that’s probably true. It’s not as though I’m going to be adding any significant special effects or anything—that’s not what it’s about. I don’t intend to create some homemade wannabe TV news program or special. I just want to convey my thoughts about some subjects in ways that are likely to reach more people.
I know, obviously, that those of you who are reading this are the sorts of people who read the written word, and that’s great. I think there are more people out there who might be interested in what I write, but there’s no good way to make people who might be interested aware of it, other than asking people to share the posts on your social media (please do, if you would), and for me to share them, and so on.
I’m sorry to have to accept that videos just reach more people than written posts and articles do, though in a far less efficient way (data-wise). It’s tragic, but life is tragic, so what are you going to do. Plus, I do sometimes like to talk, and though I have no one to talk to in person about the things that interest me, maybe if I start a one-sided verbal conversation, someone out there will engage with it.
I was thinking of starting to do some other new videos anyway, though the specific reasons for that are something I’ll try to keep close to my vest for the moment. We’ll see what happens.
Of course, I’ll share/embed any such videos that I make here on this blog. I may even also share them on Iterations of Zero, which I’ve been leaving fallow for a long time now, at least since I started just sharing my brain drippings here on this blog. Maybe it was a mistake, or at least not terribly useful, for me to have made two blogs, but I had my reasons at the time. I still like the name of it, and the symbol I made to represent it, which I use as the “cover” of many of my video versions of audio blogs, and of some of my songs, including the official cover of my song Like and Share.
Anyway, I expect to try to record this first foray this morning, since I’m up early anyway—you’ve got to seize the bull by the horns of the dilemma while the iron is hot or get off the pot, after all. So, hopefully, you’ll get to see that soon.
To begin to bring things to a close, it’s worth noting that this is the last Thursday in September of 2022, already a week after Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday. I really didn’t hope to be doing any of this still at this point, but there have been reasons why I didn’t want to inconvenience other people around me too much, and that would have happened, otherwise.
Also, I’ve been trying to adjust some lifestyle matters related to my chronic pain—that’s a long story and quite boring, frankly. It’s one of those things that sounds interesting, perhaps, if you leave it vague, but then if you knew what I meant, it would be dreary and even distasteful. I’m just struggling, always, to find ways to mitigate my pain that don’t cause more problems than they solve.
For the most part, medicines have engendered vastly more issues than they have corrected. Though I am okay with using borderline (and not-so-borderline) toxic doses of aspirin and acetaminophen and naproxen, all in various combinations throughout the day as needed, to mitigate things a bit. It’s not as though I particularly want to avoid liver and kidney and GI failure, anyway. It would frankly be okay if my whole system would just have a catastrophic meltdown sometime reasonably soon; it would save me a lot of bother.
Oh, and the hurricane clouds were heading north-northeast this morning, consistent with the hurricane now being northwest of my location now, or at least the center of its rotation (cloud-wise) being there. That seems roughly to match the predicted track of the thing. Locally the rain has mostly stopped, though it’s still windy. But the trains (and apparently the buses) are all running in Broward County, and good on them! I’m reasonably impressed, as I have been many time before. It’s a pretty well-run organization, or pair of organizations.
It’s nice to see something being done rather well, especially when so many things in the world are done only as well as they absolutely must be to survive—and that merely because those that aren’t done well enough to survive do NOT survive, and the ones that remain include, seemingly in the majority, those just barely good enough to survive, since there are likely to be more of those than there are of really successful and exception things—that last one by the very meaning of the word.
I’ll stop myself here, now. Maybe I should set my timer to constrain myself writing the first draft of these blog posts! Do you think that might make them better? Do please let me know, if you have any interest.
Right. That seems unlikely.