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When You Don’t Know What To Watch… Go Vintage
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There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of programs that were on air in the Fifties, Sixties, Seventies, Eighties, and Nineties.  I doubt you’ve seen half of them.

Even if you are seventy and were planted in front of a Television from American Television’s first days, you couldn’t have watched what was going on Channel Two or Channel Four if you were Watching Channel Seven.

Further, if you were watching in America, you didn’t know what was playing in England.  So there is a whole world of programs you missed.

What you need to do is a bit of ‘vintage’ search.

Find out what were the most popular programs during a particular decade, and select those you find interesting, after perhaps a wikipedia study.

Sometimes a name sounds good, but wiki turns up information while has you shaking your head.  Hence, you aren’t clicking blind; you have a general knowledge of what the show is about so can look for the points you might otherwise not get at first glance.

Don’t read too far, after all it is all ‘spoilers’.    It is enough to know that this is cop show or a legal drama, a comedy or whatever, without getting the details.

Sometimes, even a wiki doesn’t give you enough to go on and so you’ll start to watch and then just close it down.

This is because, as I’ve said before, when you are able to watch a show when you want without commercial interruptions, the crumminess pops up quickly.   Especially if you are watching two episodes back to back.

Remember, when the show was aired, it was once a week.  There were breaks every few minutes.  You are getting the undiluted program without pause, [save if you pause it] and flotsam floats quickly.

There are ‘top rated’ shows like Homeland which quickly plunge into discomfort, just like Quantico, where trying to make ‘Supergirl‘ out of the star doesn’t work.

There are other shows which weren’t renewed, such as Graceland and Rosewood which will hook you and keep you.

Recently I began watching Robin Hood from Two Thousand and Six… only eleven years old, but a show I had seen sporadically.

I have also book marked Star Gate, which I caught a few last episodes of years ago, and Dr. Who.

So I’m set for viewing.

 

 

The Americans; Quite an Interesting Program
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There are many programs which are okay.  There are some which are very good.  One of the best shows is  The Americans which will complete this season next week, and has been renewed for one more, then end.

It was and is a remarkable show.

Firstly,  it is different.  There is no show like it.   It tells the story of two Russian spies, put together as a married couple, with children, to live perfectly ordinary lives.

The ‘Jennings’ [The American names of the Family] are well trained, highly professional.  They can infiltrate, murder, yet pass as the average American family.

Their eldest child, a daughter, is at first suspicious, of what her parents do.  Then she becomes resentful.  When told the truth, [or a portion] she is at first confused, then, totally immersed.

The second child is oblivious he is interested in his book, games, television.  He doesn’t notice very much.

Across the street comes an FBI agent and his son, with whom the Jenning’s daughter has a friendship.   She terminates her relationship when she appreciates the dangers.  She isn’t told to do it.

She also becomes involved in a Church but when she accepts who her parents are, is instrumental in having her Pastor  assigned abroad.   She appears to be quite competent in tradecraft.

Another fact, which needs to be mentioned,  is that the head writer was just such a Soviet operative.  He knows what he is writing about.

Secondly, when watching this program, one doesn’t know what to expect.  How anyone will react to information, what the information will be.   Unlike other shows where you know that six guys with machine guns will miss the two stars who will kill both of them with hand guns, or which way the plot will go, one can’t know what is going to be broadcast.    Every episode is a mix of story arc and stand alone.

This is a show which you should watch online.

Watch it in single doses, one episode a day, so as to consider what you are seeing and hearing.

 

The Value and Interest of Cross Overs
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When various programs were only viewable on television, there was virtually no ‘cross overs’. A character on one show did not appear on another. Even though there may be a slurry of ‘westerns’ all happening at about the same time in the same area, one didn’t see this character pop up on that show.

Star Trek, the Next Generation and Deep Space Nine broke that ‘rule’ by putting the Enterprise crew from Star Trek on the Space Station, where the characters can interacting with each other.

Worf, well known from Star Trek, [TNG] became a regular on Deep Space Nine. When Star Trek ended, Worf contined. Since then, many shows have that kind of ‘cross over’, so to introduce NCIS Los Angeles, they characters first appeared on NCIS and there have been cross overs from one show to another.

Interestingly, NCIS Los Angeles made cross over with Hawaii Five O, a totally different series. This has connected both shows in an interesting manner, opening the door to further such events..

This concept of cross over is good for plots and interest, so that there’s something ‘new’ happening when the ‘other’ characters pop up.

In many cases the cross over characters are merelywindow dressing, in a few they move the plot forward, and create interest.

Many shows reach a level of repetition, even when they try so hard to avoid it. By brining in ‘outsiders’ they introduce the new/old character, and spin the dialogue and plot in a different way, at least for that episode.

Many shows could prosper from this, especially those where there is not going to be a renewal of the program. It would work so cleanly if where a show is going to be taken off because it is in competition with a more popular series aired on another channel, the characters are kept intact and moved to the stable show, and allow the cross overs.

This ‘consolidation’ would work, keeping the viewers of the stable show, adding viewers from the canceled show, and enlarging the plots and foundations of both programs.

The BBC; turn to the CNN for News
May 23, 2017
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Last night there were explosions in Manchester. I heard the report, virtually live, on the BBC.    I had no idea what happened, so despite hearing the blah blah I went to the Web site to see if there was any information.

The Web Site had not been updated, so there was no information concerning the event.

I had something to do, so stepped away from the radio and computer for a time, then returned.

The BBC World Service was still giving blah blah so I brought up the CNN on the computer and found out about the suicide bomber.

This was last night, about six thirty, Jamaica time.

This morning, the BBC was still repeating blah blah, finally coming to the assertion that was previously stated on the CNN about twelve hours ago… that the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber who was in the foyer of the area in Manchester arena.

What stunned me by this, was that the change in the BBC has not simply been filling in fifty minutes every hour with worthless blah blah, but the pathetic state of their news reporting.

Years ago, the BBC was virtually all news all the time, and it was all live save recorded interviews or a need to rerun the original statements.   There was no time limit in a news broadcast, and the news was that… NEW.

For some sick reason, the BBC has dumbed itself down to near worthless.

How is it, that last night, while the BBC babbled nonsense, the CNN could pin point what happened, how it happened, and the BBC could not?

How was it that the CNN web page could be giving facts, videos, twelve hours before the BBC?

When there is a new kid on the block, one is forgiving.  A new television station or Internet page gets a kind of ‘bly’ because they are new.

When a radio station like the BBC, which has existed for nearly ninety years, a station which had been highly respected, tumbles into rubbish, it is a time of mourning.

There has been changes in the BBC, none for the better.

That one waits for nearly twelve hours to get what another station broadcast, there needs to be a serious rethink.

 

The trouble with the long break
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In ancient days, a show came on at Nine p.m. on ABC on Monday night. The season began in September, usually the second or third week. It ran until May. Usually it was about twenty eight episodes in a season.

This allowed ‘breaks’ in transmission of the program for specials, be they sport, political, entertainment, whatever.

Imagining ‘then’ into the ‘now’, the first episode would air September Twelfth, then Nineteenth, on until May Twenty Ninth. For the months of June, July, August, and the first two weeks in September, that program would air ‘re runs’. The best fifteen episodes of the season would be shown in during the ‘summer break’.

Hence that slot, that Nine p.m. on ABC on Monday night, ‘belonged’ to that show.

In some cases, usually total errors, the show might be moved to another night, and often NOT take the fans with them.

However, the point of the re runs was to lock the fans in and not allow any break.

The allowing of breaks while some other show fills in often leads to the viewers finding something else, and by September ‘forgetting’ that previous series because they are not watching something on NBC.

These breaks are not good ideas unless they are filled with ‘alternative’ series. For example, if one watched NCIS and it took a break and during that break NCIS Los Angeles filled in, this would keep the interest in both series, so that Los Angeles could be moved to Wednesday at Nine.

When one watches on line, a break often leads to the watching of other programs online and in some cases, that first show is forgotten.

When watching on line one needs to select a very long series, for example, on that ran over seven seasons that had not been watched before, which is used as a fill in as one watches the new episodes of a program which is current.

If one moves slowly and carefully, one will begin season five when season seven is just beginning to air, and slow their viewing to the point that there is always a season in front.

In this way one doesn’t forget a program.

A Short and Disturbing Look at Sociopaths
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There are people who don’t care about other people.  They are often said to have no conscience.   They have a peculiar impersonal nature.

Where a normal person can engage in vengeance when someone hurts them, a sociopath does it because s/he can.   They don’t have to benefit, it can cost them, but knowing that somehow they spoiled someone else’s life is what pleases them.

This is a true example.

Margie was dying and tried to get in touch with all of the people from her childhood. It was hard because she had moved from their home city, as had others.

She left many messages on all sorts of social sights searching for persons who had been like family.

When she was young, her best friend had been a girl called Carmen, and Carmen’s elder sister, Esme.

Carmine had seen messages from Margie but couldn’t care less.  When Carmine saw messages left for Esme, she acted.

She emailed Margie acting ever so happy to hear from her but questioned why she was trying to get in touch with Esme.   Carmen told Margie clear lies, lies that Margie should have seen through, but she didn’t.

Margie, so happy to hear from Carmen gushed and bubbled.   Carmen played until Margie told her how Esme had written to her and she cursed her off properly.

Carmen smiled, never answered.

The pleasure Carmen gained by her intervention was far beyond the event.  Carmine felt powerful, as if she ruled the world.  To use Margie meant nothing.  To block Esme’s reconnection with Margie was victory.

This is the hallmark of a sociopath.

Carmen couldn’t care less about other people.  Carmen only cared about manipulating other people.  She couldn’t manipulate her elder sister, who had virtually nothing to do with her, but she could play Margie.

When Margie died, Carmen couldn’t care less.

Margie had been her ‘best friend’ because Margie had been there.  When Margie was not there, she was not a ‘best friend’.   Carmen made no real links with other people. She used people.   Whomever was available.

If Margie hadn’t attempted to contact Esme, Carmen would have continued to ignore her.  But to ‘hurt’ her sister had become so important to her, that she acted.

Once the event was over, Carmen forgot it, moving forward to any other method she could use to hurt her sister or any one else who was on her radar.

The signs that Carmen was a sociopath were not hidden.  Her coldness, her introverted behaviour, her inability to form long lasting friendships,

Carmen takes the blame for nothing.  She lies easily and without the tiniest bit of shame or remorse.  She manipulates those she can and avoids those she can not.

That Carmen could have thwarted Margie’s final attempts to contact Esme is so evil, yet, it means nothing to a sociopath like Carmen

Should We Continue to Write?
May 16, 2017
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I do not think it is a ‘secret’ that Something is Very Wrong here at Literacybase.

No one was paid for the month of May.

Although payments are expected on the Tenth, and although often one doesn’t receive it until the Twelfth, today is the Sixteenth.

As uncomfortable as that may be, the true terror is the utter absence of the Administrators, the Mods; in fact, absolutely no one has been able to get any contact with anyone in any position of ‘power’ at Literacy Base.

I began my attempts a week ago when a totally original article, and article that was checked with the plagiarism checker turned up NOTHING but the article I was checking.

That is, I had published the item here, I was told it was ‘plagiarised’ I copied and pasted the item into the plag. checker, and all it turned up was the article.

I used ‘contact’ I sent emails, I wrote in Forums.

I have received absolutely no contact at all from the Mods, the Admin, anyone save other users, like myself, who have made similar attempts.

I have logged on each day, often two or three or more times, searching for anyone to speak with.

Everyone I know, all my friends here, have done the same thing.  And no one has gotten any response.

With the non payment of our revenue, with the silence, I have begun to feel that this site, as others before it, has died.

I have been on Wikinut, when the announcement that the site would no longer pay was made.  The same with Blogjob.  Hence, one is aware that the site as it was known no longer exists, and what has replaced it is a non paying entity.

I have logged onto Triond to find that it no longer exists.

This is the first I find myself on an ‘operational’ site which seems lost in some limbo where one can write and post as previous and where the automatic word counters operate, where the advisory that a featured image is required pop up as they did in April.

However, there is a very strong sense that Literacybase no longer actually exists at that at some near point one will log on to get an error message; some sort of advisory similar to:

“Greetings,

After being up and running for almost 3 years now we regrettably need to inform you that we will be shutting Bubblews.com down. The climate for display advertising has drastically changed and made it impossible for us to sustain the business model and operations.

We want to thank everyone that was a part of this journey. We wish you all the very best.

–Bubblews”

 

Some Viewing Marathons are Last Resorts
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When you have absolute control over what you can view, sometimes you wrongly gorge on one show.   By wrongly gorge I mean that a show is in, for example, its seventh season.  It has been listed to begin an eighth season in six months, or so.

If you had been wise, you would have limited your viewing mid fifth season, so that you would not begin the seventh until the eighth was nearly completed.  But you didn’t.  So now, you have to wait for the next season, just like everyone else.

What you should have done, is stretch the continuing series by watching completed series.   There are many programs which ended a few years ago.  There are no more episodes.  Hence, if it ran five seasons, there is nothing to wait for, and a marathon is not problematic.  You don’t have to delay your viewing, for there is nothing more to come.

The mistake happens when, for example, you began Blue Bloods, and Hawaii Five O and Suits,  and have reached the last episode, and have to wait for the Next season.

Wiser would have been skipping days so that you stretched the viewing to the point that you were just going into the sixth season today, having that season and the subsequent to view before the next season began.

Having a cushion is a good idea.  For example, NCIS Los Angeles began some years ago, is in its eight season.   If you began to watch this show, you have a lot of episodes available, and if you did it right, you would always have more episodes to watch while waiting for the Next Season.

It makes no sense to watch online when you are using the computer as an alternate to television unless the shows you watch do not air in your country.  If they do not show on television in your country then the computer is an actual alternative to television.

So now, having finished so many of my series, I am stuck with only two, NCIS and NCIS Los Angeles.

Until the next seasons for my other viewing begins.

When it Rains in a Dry Weather Country
May 15, 2017
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In other countries, rain is rain; save those countries which have ‘rainy seasons’. There, the expectation is that there will be  more flooding than wetting, precautions are taken.

Years ago, when Jamaica was a colony, when there was some kind of organisation as to where people could live and how to protect gulleys and culverts, flooding wasn’t a constant.   Gulleys were constantly cleaned, culverts checked, and river beds were dug down during the dry season to insure the run off water would have a place to go when the rain started.

Today, if it rains for one hour, various roads, major roads become impassable, gulleys over run and flood communities, and it is as major at a six foot snow fall is in modern cities.

Jamaica had a drought last year.   I prayed for rain, and must have over prayed because then it began to rain.  It has virtually rained every day.

Most times I get a ‘window’; from about  eight in the morning until about one in the afternoon when there is a sun in the sky and sky is blue.  Then, these enormous angry clouds pile up and the rain starts.

Sometimes it is for an hour, sometimes longer.

Yesterday was clear; then it began to rain, but stopped.  This morning, from the moment I woke up until about an hour ago, it had stopped, so I got to run out with the garbage, and it has started again.

Obviously, I am not to wash, nor leave the yard.

Unlike other places, where people live easily with their umbrellas and booties, and everything runs the same with pre rain as it does rain, in Jamaica, rain is a disruption.

A major disruption.

Some schools close, some public transportation ceases, and everything is skewed.

Although it rains and usually from about April to May and October to November rain is expected, it really has not been addressed.

So, here I am, locked in looking out, hoping tomorrow the sun with shine.

Why and When Writing Sites Don’t Pay
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There are sites created to be scams, such as Bubblews.    It was organised on the basic Ponzi; everyone gets paid the first time.

To be paid the 2nd time one had to bring in a certain number of warm bodies who could be ripped off…. on and on according to specific paradigms as to who would be paid and who would not be paid.

So a Jamaican joining Bubblews was very unlikely to get that 2nd pay out, where an American was more likely due to their ability to contact law enforcement.

In short, Bubblews was never a writing site; it was born a scam to enable to owners to make money.

I belabour the point to divorce Bubblews from actual writing sites which have their own reasons for not paying and how they go about it.

YE OLD HIT TRICK

Expertscolumn and Niume are two sites which play the old Hit trick.  Factoidz played it way back when the owner found himself unable to pay his writers.

Now the owner, M.Q. is a guy far stupider than he realised, decided to alter the hits that items had received.   The problem is that people had seen their hits then seen the alterations, so were aware of what he was doing.

Factoidz died over seven years ago due to involvement of American law enforcement.

Expertscolumn is a trick site, where no one reaches pay out because of various games. One of them is the manipulation of hits.   Very often hits don’t register, coin doesn’t increase, and one will hover at some number for YEARS.

Niume has been doing the hit juggling as well.

One will reach the first pay out rather painlessly, then, of course, stick at some low number for months so that the owners don’t have to pay.

When a site, be it Hubpages or Triond or Niume pays by ‘hits’ they hold all the cards. For unless one imbeds a secret counter in their account one can’t know for a fact, how many hits they have.

Arbitrary Rejection of Articles

When a site can not pay its users, it implements a rejection of items.   There is no real reason for the rejection.

Expertscolumn will tend to demean an item calling it ‘unsuitable’ or ‘badly written’ or some other term to make the writer believe that the item was rejected for a substantial reason.

Literacybase will claim an item is ‘plagiarised’ when it is not.  It will either ignore the fact the writer has quoted sources and given attribution, [which is not plagiarism, of course as the writer is not taking credit for the item,] or just make the charge and when pressed, fling some ‘source’  which is nothing like the so called plagiarised article.

This is done because the site can’t pay its writers.

In the case of Factoidz, for example, it was because the Owner took the money and ran.  In other cases it is the lack of business acumen.

One of the realities of online writing is that most sites are run by people who know nothing about business, about writing,  about anything they need to, which would enable them to conduct a successful business.