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More On Remakes

I had planned on a week of daily, interesting re-make board game posts. Came up with two posts, which I’m happy with! Because usually, I just think of stuff and never write anything down. I do my day job like a good cube jockey. You probably wanted to see lists or remakes, I was going to do that But BGG does it better here:

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1237477/what-official-game-remakes-or-re-themes-are-better

I’m in the FFG club, make the game beautiful. Make it functional but high end. I sincerely hope that board games continue to explore new themes though, and not just do remakes.

Speaking of which, I have a game that explores the full human psychological\actual life, from birth to death where you try to ‘fix’ death. I call it Immortality: The Game.

I’m still play testing. but check out the board art (by Jeremy McHugh):

Immortality: The Game Board Art by Jeremy McHugh
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What a Joke

I’m convinced Donald’s whole ‘presidency’ is scripted. In a life coach, we just love you Donny, kind of way. But absolutely scripted by professional ‘somethings.’ Honestly, if this is your job? I don’t even know how you can look at your own reflection without feeling disgust. This script is how you handle your super offensive, drunken, racist uncle. Look, uncle fuck nuts isn’t crazy or stupid. He is just an asshole surrounded by a bunch of other assholes.

I imagine Trump talking in a gold plated Oval Office with Paul ‘the hair’ Ryan. It’s late Friday and they be drankin’!

Pauly smirks, “and get this Donny, He’s the dentist that killed Cecil.”

Donny hears this, stops and turns around. “He knows about wildlife then! Why wouldn’t I put him in The Wildlife Conservation Council?”

“The snowflakes are melting down this weekend!” Pauly says. They both laugh with glee.

“We are all going to melt!” Ryan says as he tears up and rubs one eye.

Donny gets serious suddenly. He gives Pauly the squinty-eye, dirty look. Ryan stops laughing. They Look at each other. They both pause for a second, both their faces drop and they both resemble Satan for just a moment. The old school red devil Satan from your childhood.

Donny says, “hey, fuck the climate.” They howl with laughter.

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But If I Pay Attention…

To what? The News? Read this first:
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/apr/12/news-is-bad-rolf-dobelli/
From the above:
“We need reporting that polices our institutions and uncovers truth. But important findings don’t have to arrive in the form of news. Long journal articles and in-depth books are good, too.”

Years ago, I wanted to start a blog called “Why Is This News?” I’ve always been of the opinion that we just don’t need every weird thing that happens for 7 billion people.

Worse though, our news is simple “Public Relations” from large corporations. All of which support the new Trump Kleptocracy.

I think, and I’m just speculating now, that the merely wealthy are running the government. With permission from the 1%, for now. People like Trump who can’t figure out why their super wealthy friends keep getting more money and they are stagnating. Must be the system’s fault. Must be all those lazy people who just go to work everyday.

Remember too, the wealthy hate you, you are a resource to be exploited. Like all those hard working contractors Trump didn’t pay for one bullshit reason or another. They will continue to screw everyone they consider ‘behind’ them in this money making game, or ‘less than’ them in the social/clout game. And it’s just a game for them. They don’t have to work. At all. They could make some lame investment and live on the interest, maybe lose some of their money. But what fun is that, these are people accustomed to wielding power and if you are not out there doing (horrible) things, who will you wield power over? Power. Money. It’s just a game for these people.

I don’t mean to insult wealth or wealthy people. I’ve learned that there are good men and women out there who wield whatever money, power and influence they have with responsibility and thought. People who understand that social program spending and infrastructure spending will help the poor and generate jobs. People who understand that the commons are not for exploitation indefinitely.

I respect our systems,institutions and western traditions, in the capacity that I understand them. But this latest ciphering of wealth to bolster giant corporations, the super rich or even the merely rich is simply, morally wrong. To me it’s obviously morally wrong. I wanted to see this too, I voted for Perot. I believed business processes would cleanse the overspending and inefficiency of government. But what we are getting is so much worse the removal and non-replacement of programs, jobs and governmental functions altogether is not what I wanted. What is needed is no less radical than what we are getting, an overhaul of processes and people who have simply stagnated. Government is not a resting place or hiding place for people who are lazy. It cannot be. But it should not move at the speed of business either. It cannot take on the amorality of business. It cannot be driven by profit. It must be moral and ethical, or we will be lost, all of us.

Processes are in place to protect the people doing the governmental work and to protect the people that the work is done for, which is all of us.

So what is my point. Government is NOT a business. It cannot be run by business, or money. That IS what is happening and it looks to me to be an oncoming flood that that fills me with dread and worry.

To those good wealthy people. If you think you can hide in your wealth when this flood comes, I’m not sure that we unwashed masses, in our rage, will be able to distinguish between you and Trump.

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Pay Attention

Such a simple thing to do right? Wrong. Paying attention is difficult, very difficult. You are not thinking, you are just watching and listening. But keep working too; you can’t just watch, you are a participant. What a crazy world we live in and what crazy lives we lead. Hang tough friends. We will get to the end whether we want to or not. What will they say about you at the end? Good things? Or he/she was a miserable bastard? What I dislike the most, I guess, is the idea that I must climb this ladder. This eternal fight to beat the other monkeys to the top. It’s tiring! But continue on and never surrender. Will you hit the top, probably not, but never let them think you knew that all along, keep pushing like you will be the next boss or the next family leader etc., and they won’t say that you gave up. Wouldn’t that be the worst thing you could do? Give up? And should you end up at the top, then you can think clearly right? Wield that power with honesty, grace, bravery and with as much morality as you can muster. So in a word. Persist.

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Outsource That Stuff

Look I spent the whole day raking leaves yesterday. It’s just one day, I know but there are many tasks like this when you have a house. Cleaning, you must clean guys. Mowing, repairs. Spray for bugs, mouse traps. All that stuff takes time and mental cycles. All time you could be writing, or planning on writing or ‘gearing up’ to write etc.

Double all this time if you have kids. No, triple it. Anyway, if you can afford it. Outsource this stuff and spend a little time with said kids or spend that time doing what you want to do, creating and writing. Seems crazy, right? I never thought I would be able to do that but here I am and here you are and here we are so let’s go. Call someone today to clean your house once a week, or shovel the driveway in the winter. It will cost a couple bucks, but that is why you are still working that suck day job right?

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Am I a ghetto dweller, for liking literature?

So yeah, I’ve come to a revelation. I want to write literature. Not just stories. I want to preach and most people despise that, especially when it’s not even that entertaining (I think I’m entertaining, just making a point here.) Most writers/readers I’ve met are only looking for entertainment. Nothing wrong with that, but that’s not what I want to do. I want to entertain, but mix in some preaching too. Because that is what literature does right? Uplifts, teaches. All art should do this right? I’m stuck on the stuffy side of art I guess, and when said art is not satisfying to me. I’ll bitch. Except I won’t bitch publicly and name names because I refuse to bad mouth anyone, but I will vaguely bitch about life and so on. It’s just what I do. So where does all this leave me. Fuck. I don’t know. Here I guess.

Persist. That is all there is to do. And really, for me, I need to tune out all the nonsense out there and persist. I’m writing something that is mostly entertainment now, but I want to subtly work in some life lessons about friendship and bullies and bravery etc. I’ll post here how it turns out. Should wrap up by summer 2017. I’ve decided not to self-publish this next one. I want to be on the shelves man. I’m going to do the next 5-8 years trying to get published the old way. I’ll blog and let you know how it goes.

Here is an article that makes what I just said sound stupid and they are right. Crap. http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/books/a33599/genre-fiction-vs-literary-fiction/

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Get Back to Work!

Those in trenches, I salute you and your efforts this week, month and year. I’m in there too, taking shit from ‘the man,’ working hard and dreaming big. Hang in there and know that we will triumph! Here is to you!

I’ve had to switch gears, I wanted very badly to tell my story but could not. The emotions were wrecking my productivity and mood, I had to put it down and stay focused on the here and now.

Instead I’ve started a little board game project. I’ll be doing first playtests this week and will report back for the none of you who give a squirt.

J

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Ego

What is the difference between a big Ego and having confidence? I would say ego is selfish. Confidence cares about more than you, it cares about you, them and the task at hand. Confidence is so very important in everything you want to accomplish. You need to know you will accomplish it before you accomplish it. Ego can help you do this too, but ego will crush anyone (including you) who gets in the way of the task.

So chill out all you ego maniacs and make room for those of us with true confidence. Of course this statement is silly, they won’t make room, that is why we call them ego maniacs. So the true confident people will always clash with those with ego.

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You Can be the President…

I’d rather be the Pope. I’m with you Prince. The Pope has influence. The right Pope changes hearts and minds. I just read the National Geographic article on the Pope. Go see it here. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/08/vatican/draper-text Worth a read, even if you are not Catholic. This got me thinking about America and our seemingly increasing number of poor people. I want the Pope to put on a disguise and come here and visit our inner cities, skid row, and rural areas. He is the kind of guy who does this thing…read the article. There is something magical about this, the prince who comes down to the market to be with the people.

I’d like the Pope to come see American poor. It’s real and it’s not people lying about on the street, though we have that too.  Check this out http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/17/us-usa-economy-poverty-idUSBRE98G0PN20130917

I’d like the Pope to see how Americans treat our poor with utter disgust. “Oh I’m sorry you can’t think clearly because you are bi-polar, but hey that’s not my problem, I’m taking my kids out on the boat today.” “Work harder, work smarter, it’s your fault you are poor. You are a stupid, lazy, fucker.” Okay, maybe I got carried away, but trust me, there are Americans who think this way.

Let’s not discount those that take advantage of the system. They exist for sure. But most people are not poor by choice and most of them are working full time! And those that have never tasted poverty have no idea. No damn idea how terrifying it can be, the other people that are poor are not your friends, the poor don’t band together and help each other out.  They suffer quietly in fear or they battle each other for what they think is the little bit of territory or money or whatever is available to them.  Often, poor people are angry, and it just comes out in all their interactions with everyone.  Often they are not sane. And so much of that anger, self-hatred and mental issues, come from the wealthy people and middle class people and the ultra-competitive corporate structure we live under in America, and how those people caught up in these things treat the poor.  That is, like shit.

As a lapsed Catholic I recall the stories of Jesus from my Catholic grade school were never of him hanging out in a palace or by the pool (bath, whatever,) but he was with the poor. He was in the street with the people. I guess I’m just touched by this Pope. I hope he does bring change.

Catholics used to be the underdog in America, they were the newcomers and the working people fighting the existing rich for a chance at success. Well they got it, now Catholics are like the rest of America, striving, competitive, shitting on those below them. What would Francis think of you Mr. Business manager? What Would the Pope think of you when you do that fake check for change on the street and keep walking? What would Jesus do?

That is all for the religious stuff from me. It’s something I like to think about, but it may be too much for many of you so that is it. Thanks for taking a minute to tune in, go to google and type in your city name and “food donation.”