Revisiting A Troubled Old Man…

I opened my George.doc file this morning, for the first time in a long time. It didn’t have the feeling it had while I was working on it, but I’m sure that feeling will come back. The feeling of getting lost within your own prose is fantastic at times. I gotta have that feeling again.

In writing, there is such a thing as a beat or rhythm…just as in music. It’s not really there when you first start a story, but if you keep at writing and building the story on a daily basis, you will start to feel the rhythm or beat.

It takes me a couple of days…but once I get started, it’s like a drug, right? All these ideas start coming in, the story starts telling itself, and you don’t want to stop. You don’t want to lose one piece of precious information…so you try to get everything down, whether it ends up being edited out or not.

But sometimes, life happens (mainly, my bread and butter employment) and you do have to shut it down until the next day or so.

With my schedule (bread and butter), that next day turned into a year. I was working on a children’s story at the same time…so I finished it first.

George and the locals of his small hometown (I have done gone and forgot the fictional name…shame on me) have sat in limbo for too long. With several smaller storylines that will make this probably one of my biggest stories ever.

It will certainly be one of my most complex stories…I’ve never written something like this before. I have got alot of research to do, as I go along.

I hope when I knock on George’s old door tomorrow…he answers and forgives me.

South Koreans Are Still Buzzing Over Last Month’s Inter-Korean Summit

Let’s give peace a chance.

http://one.npr.org/i/610315741:610315742

Update: Trump has announced that he will not be meeting with Kim Jung Un in Singapore as planned, due to threats and rhetoric by the North Korean government. Hope this doesn’t derail the North-South Summit, but I wouldn’t be surprised, as South Korea had a role in the war games last week, with the US.

You don’t have to look, if you don’t want to (a pledge from Facebook)

Last week (or maybe sooner), a Facebook friend shared a video they found, of a toddler being very much abused by her mother. I’ve seen tons of videos on Facebook, and this one didn’t really stand out…but enough is enough.

Here is a link to the video:

https://www.facebook.com/rildosecret/videos/1769562736437862/

According to U.K’s Daily Mail, the video came from Uganda, and the nanny in the video was found and arrested. She later pleads guilty.

I don’t know if Facebook had anything to do with the video going viral, and the nanny getting caught, but I was curious if Facebook found this video offensive, since I have seen FAR WORSE videos on there, before.

I reported the video and waited for a response.

This morning, I got this message from Facebook:

Are they serious?

Just how bad does it have to be, to “go against” THEIR community standards? Since it doesn’t offend them as an entity, Facebook is asking us to turn a blind eye to it, so it doesn’t ruin our “Facebook experience”. They will help us do that…pathetic.

Which one of their “standards” did it not “go against”?

How would the toddler’s (in the video) parents feel about these standards?

Facebook sounds like they have a checklist, for whether a video breaks their standards…whatever those may be.

What about the COMMUNITY’S COMMUNITY STANDARDS?

There are always going to be trashy sites and people who post videos like this. Also, I fully understand that Facebook can’t vet every video that a user posts online,  but they should start. They certainly have the means and manpower.

Hell, get the community involved as employees…let them vet the videos.

But until then, Facebook should at least use human, moral judgment when a video like this is brought to their attention.

Thank you to whoever made this video viral, and was responsible for getting the nanny caught and arrested.

Until then, Facebook needs to be rated PG-13.