Oh and one more thing…

In the interest that  this will be my last post for some time I was looking for something profound to post here. One last hurrah for a while…because who knows how long I’ll be gone?

After searching high and low I decided to revisit something I have blogged before. Taken from the “Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff.

I present (again):

‘THE COTTLESTON PIE PRINCIPLE”

Ahem…it goes as follows. (perhaps you’ve heard this one before)

Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston pie/A fly can’t bird, but a bird can fly/Ask me a riddle and I reply: Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie.

Cottleston, Cottleston Cottleston pie/A fish can’t whistle and neither can I/Ask me a riddle and I reply: Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie.

Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie/Why does a chicken, I don’t know why/Ask me a riddle and I reply: Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie.

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1. A fly can’t Bird, but a bird can fly. (Things are as they are)

2. A fish can’t whistle and neither can I. (Recognize your limitations)

3. Why does a chicken, I don’t know why. (We don’t know everything and that’s ok)

…Bottom line: We need to recognize our inner nature and work with things as they are, when we don’t we get into trouble.

Now that we know the principle, we can look at it’s applications. No two snowflakes, trees or animals are alike. No two people are the same either. Everything has it’s own inner nature. Unlike other forms of life though people are easily led away from what’s right for them. Because people can be fooled. Inner nature can not be fooled.

The way of self-reliance starts with recognizing who we are, what we’ve got to work with and what works best for us.

That’s it. In something of a nutshell (edits made here are mine)

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With that I am off. To concentrate on NaNoWriMo, start that other cartoon project perhaps, now that I have learned my daughter (my 5th grader) is sharing the cartoons with her friends too, like her little brother has been. They are building my fan base from the ground up. They are finding me an audience. Now if I can only get some parents on board…

I’m not seeking world domination here but a little interest above the grammar school level would be cool.

I’m going to write and draw and live life away from cyberspace for a while. We still have some stuff to do in real life. 

I should be back though, all in good time…But if I fail to return look for me out there once in a while. Google me now and then, check the cartoon blog I might post a “random doodle” from time to time. You can always check the magazine section of the book store. I’m a disposable information junkie…magazines are like crack to me.  

Otherwise, be well. Be good. Watch out for each other. Buddy up, always use the buddy system.

And one night, when you’ve got nothing to do…pop some corn rent and watch “The Odd Couple” (1968) Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. MY ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIE! I can’t tell you how many times I have watched this movie in the last 20 years since I first caught it as a kid. I was still living with my parents and probably still in high school at the time. Almost 25 years ago…sheesh.

Dawn surprised me with a DVD copy a number of Christmas’ ago and every once in a while I’ll pop it in and recite the dialogue like an under study waiting in the wings.  I never fail to laugh out loud.

But enough about me…what about you?

Will you read other blogs while I’m gone? Let me know which ones. we might have some in common.

ok.

That’s it. I’m going…

Hang in there. It has to get better, eventually. We’re all in this together.

-Scotty.

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NaNoWriMo just ahead!(I blog too much)

National Novel Writing Month is coming up. Nov 1 thru 30

After some careful review of my last few posts I wonder if anyone cares, if anyone has read this blog and if I have hit a nerve with anyone. (it’s nothing personal I assure you) and I wonder if anyone wants to read what it is I am writing about, period.

After reading my own blog sometimes I sound schizophrenic from post to post. I need to focus.

With NaNoWriMo coming up in November, I am entertaining signing up and trying yet again to bang out a 50k word novel in 30 days.

www.nanowrimo.org

I think I can work out time to write after checking the kids’ homework and they are off to bed. Need to average about 1660 words a day everyday to hit the 50k mark.

Just doing it everyday is excuse enough to sign up.

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Five favorite things in no particular order:

1)New Balance Sneakers.

2)Dunkin Donuts Coffee.

3)Starbucks Grande 2 pump Vanilla Chai Latte (but DD is good too).

4)Moleskine Notebooks.

5)Timex watches (I’ve had more than a few)

And the ONE thing I can’t live without: The Unstructured Baseball Cap. After my first Cheap Trick concert at 6 Flags/Great Adventure (circa late 1980’s) I fell in love with the fact that this band had two relatively “hot” guys and two otherwise “goofy”guys in the band and as a whole: They Rocked! Rick Neilson (founding member) has never been seen without his trademark unstructured baseball cap and he was the principal goofy guy who wrote most of the bands songs. Didn’t take himself too seriously, he was stylish and prolific, what a combination!…how can you go wrong?  

It’s not because I am a Bald American! (hey if there can be Gay Americans, Native Americans and African Americans etc…there can most certainly be BALD AMERICANS) of which I am…bald. Not gay or african or native (by government definition anyway…but I was born in this country so doesn’t that make me a Native???)

I think so. But whatever….

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Along with my rants about social media I think I blog too much. yes, I doth blog too much.

What did we do before blogs?

I don’t know, what did I do before blogging…I think I cartoon’d a lot more!

Wrote in notebooks more often! I wrote looking for ideas to cartoon about! 

Actually wrote offline as if to write a book!

I DID A LOT MORE offline than I accomplish online. (pretty damn sure about that) 

I know I didn’t write or self publish a daily or weekly purging of the crap inside my head…I see the hits this blog gets and I wonder how much is actually read… And much like my son’s lunch box cartoon exercise (I blogged about recently) maybe I should work more offline and set it free…and see if anyone actually wants to know what rattles around behind my eyes. I have always wanted to work on a project (writing or art) and produce it and ship it/market it like a record or CD. “Something released seasonally”. Something that includes 10 or 11 chapters (like music tracks) and maybe I end up with a hit or a the whole thing sucks. But after I have delivered that “collection” I don’t look back, I just keep moving forward and work on the next 10 tracks/chapters/short stories/essays….ad nauseum. Never Surrender.

I still have the equivalent of my previous blog posts that printed out in one volume collected my Cancer story in 300 pages. That still needs to be sifted thru and rewritten.

I am also reading 2 books at the moment and considering a third. Just no room for TV. (and stuff collects on the TIVO quick)

Mostly episodes of 30 Rock, Big Bang Theory, 2 and a half men and some misc stuff we come across from time to time.

And we are still “moving”…life just keeps getting in the way. I’d call it an indefinite work in progress.

 Like everything else it never ends.

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Sooo with NaNoWriMo fast approaching I think I will blog less and live more. And I am ignoring Facebook like I set out to do and except for my over doing it here by blogging… I am reading other blogs but that’s about it. I need to get physical pen to physical paper. Put one word in front of the other and get on with my life.

I keep threatening to “get on with my life”  but I keep coming back here and ranting about shit.

Have to check homework and dish out snacks before bed and then there are the dishes.

See you around the next bend.

Be well.

Look out, cartoonist about…

Seems my youngest child shares the cartoons I leave him and my oldest in their lunch boxes almost everyday. He tells me some kids think it’s weird but at least one girl laughs with him at the cartoons he finds tucked under his sandwich.

A few years ago I worked the over night shift at the local Walmart and every time I used a ladder I doodled a face on the left hand side of it. Kind of like marking my territory, or letting the world know I was there.

Now when I walk into that Walmart it’s almost a game to seek out the ladders we can find with my doodle on them. (I know it’s technically graffiti, and I explained this to my son…he understands, trust me)

My wife has encouraged me to “do something” with this cartoon or accidental series of funny drawings since my kids appear to enjoy finding them everyday and now my 7-year-old is sharing them with his class mates which sounds to me like a Word Of Mouth campaign to beat all WOM campaigns…who can argue with the funny bone of a first grader?

If they like it…then short stories, more regular cartoons and or imagine that…a childrens book could be in order. Hey, I’m game.

And to think I doodled this cartoon on the sidewalk in chalk back in 2005.

Who knows…it may not go anywhere, but it makes my kids and my wife laugh, and that’s good enough for me.

More on this later….

Be well, Scott.

Published in: on October 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Can’t sleep

I can’t sleep. What’s a blogger to do? rather than turn on the idiot box, he fires up the PC and empties his head.

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God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble. -Psalm 46:1

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When in doubt, pinky out. – Sponge Bob

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I am writing on post it notes, scrap paper, blank pages in note books. Anywhere I can. Getting the words that come to me out of my head. I leave little cartoons for the kids. And after the response I have gotten by leaving them almost daily cartoons in their lunch boxes my wife is encouraging me to “do something” with them…

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A bowl of cereal at 1:30 in the morning, pretty much hits the spot.

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Sometimes I miss my mother more than I ever realized I would, and other times, it doesn’t phase me it all.

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I often go back to that date in my mind and wonder why I chose that path vs the other one, the other more simpler path. I wish sometimes I chose the safer, easier path and none of this would have happened. No one’s lives altered for ever. No risk of hard feelings later on, because we all know there will always be hard feelings. Nothing will ever be the same when it ends. Nothing like this ever ends well. We knew that in the beginning….

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20 stars between here and there.

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I do not understand what anyone sees in Lady Gaga, at all. Unfortunately I think her 15 minutes of fame will far outlast Adam Lambert’s 15…make good use of it buddy, you don’t have long.

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 Andy Warhol was an Asshole, telling everyone they will be famous for 15 minutes in the future. You are the reason we have these dumb ass reality TV shows…everyone wants their 15 minutes.

If only it truly lasted just 15 minutes….it might be bearable. Except it’s not just 15 minutes. Ever.

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& = “Ampersand”

…the artist formerly known as Scott Ebisch will now be known as “&” ? hey it worked for another loser named Prince.

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Would I sign everything; “Ampersand” or just “&”?

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It’s almost 2 am and I’m not tired but need to get to sleep. less than 4 hours til the coffee maker starts brewing. Did you know: “A pound of coffee makes approximately 32 eight ounce cups of coffee depending on if you make it weak or strong. If you spend $10 for a pound of coffee and make it at home, you save about $30 over buying 32 tall coffees at Starbucks! Think about that during the current recession.” ??????

And people buy those one cup coffee makers that make literally one cup at a time. At the cost of a box of those coffee bullets if you will I can make almost 65 cups of coffee the way Dawn and I brew it? That K-cup abomination, that so-called coffee machine is not cost-effective at all.

Forget Starbucks, think about those coffee bullets vs a pound of coffee in a traditional coffee maker during this recession. Wow. Just another reason why I won’t invest in one of those things.

Just MHO. it’s my blog…my blog = my opinion.

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Status Symbols will always get you in trouble. In this case, expensive coffee makers aside, what about expensive mobile devices with the unnecessary ties to the internet. Why do we need to be plugged in 24/7?

Don’t we remember the good ol’ days when TV ended their broadcast day, played the national anthem and bid us all a good night? Followed by a test pattern on-screen with that horrible high-pitched squeal until 5 or 6 am when the TV station employees flipped the switch back on and started all over again?

I do.

Am I really that old that I remember test patterns and the National Anthem at approx 2 am? No TV after that until the morning. Seriously…it just went off the air. It was a good thing.

We have become too tech savvy, I sat in two meetings today discussing various ways to market to other tech savvy people always “Online” or dependant on their crackberries and susceptible to text messaging and advertising/communication from companies they give permission to receive marketing from.

 In this meeting at one point or another we all checked our phones for a text message or two. None of us were giving the speaker our undivided attention. It happens in manager’s meetings too. Everyone is packing heat, sometimes we all have our phones on the table etc, like it’s the old west and we all have to keep our weapons visible.

It is indeed a different world and our culture is changing rapidly.

I long for the days when you weren’t accessible via cell phone. You couldn’t be found 24/7 regardless of emergency, you left a forwarding phone number.

Is life better or safer with cell phones? I don’t know yet. They are convenient and have gotten me out of a jam once or twice but do I really need unlimited text messaging? Do I need to leave it on all day?

I do…but I’m not sure I want to.

I am only as tech savvy as I have to be. I am NEVER going to pay for a data plan for internet access on my cell phone. I don’t need to access the web everywhere. And I understand if I’m with you somewhere and you need to reply to a text message, but to be surfing he web just because you can???

If we are together hanging out or whatever and you start replying to email on your crackberry or replying to someone else’s Facebook status or God forbid you decide I’m that boring that you start surfing the web on your phone..you are going to lose me as a friend. (and you probably won’t care either)

No one HAS to be that connected all the time. Talk about being rude to the person/people you are with…checking email or facebook while you have company jeez! (something else to consider not just in work setting: The person in front of you or with you at any given moment is the most important person in the world at that moment, give them your attention. Anything else is a lack of respect) but anyway…

We need to turn the phones off and learn how to interact with real people again.

Advertising to cell phones…means you never skip the commercials. They follow you everywhere you go. It’s called  Targeted marketing and we have been giving “THEM” permission for years. Every time you swipe your grocery card with your purchase gives them a chance to target ads and coupons to you.

It’s going to get worse. I sat in a meeting today and a sales pitch going over the technology to make your life easier and more complicated all at once. All the buzz words were flying. Most of them flying right over my head.

It’s sickening. Turn the God damn phones off, once in a while. Lets pretend it’s 1989…or any date just prior to the proliferation of cell phones becoming what it is today.

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Maybe the worst thing ever invented was the Light bulb. Not long after that we figured out we could work at night and shift work was created to maximize on working hours and be more profitable and 200 years later here I sit at 2:20 in the morning with half the house lit up and my lap top humming as a blog about nothing anyone will care about in the morning.

I should write off line…on a type writer. TAP TAP TAP. TAP TAPPITY TAP TAP “ping!” 

I’m getting old. where’s my sweater? and my checkers?

Oh well…

Good Night.

“ping!”

 * (thank God for spell check…whew, ain’t technology great?)

Summer movies…SUCK!

And don’t get me started on the Movies…

Hollywood BLOWS. I used to be into the Fanboy stuff (comic books etc, HELLO I was shooting for Cartoonist at one point in my life) but I grew up after Michael Keaton’s BATMAN (1989) and sat thru the horribly uninspired Toby Maguire “Spiderman” (when ever that came out) but never got near the HULK or Ironman and I only skirted the X-Men out of sheer curiosity. (because I was a serious reader of the Comic Books)…Hugh Jackman might have pulled off Wolverine, but I just can’t get past his height. Logan (in the comics), is a short guy. But I digress…

I thought the last Batman movie was down right awful. The first Transformers was another piece of Shite…everything made to put asses in movie theater seats turns me right off.

Maybe it’s the writer in me, I’d rather sit thru a small, independent, dialogue heavy, character driven movie with a plot than movie with an explosion every 30 seconds.

I flat-out HATE the “Blockbusters”…except for Die Hard. For some reason that series is just a lot of stupid fun for me. Beyond that, everything else SUCKS. (also NOTE: I have 2 kids so most animated fare like Cars and Kung Fu Panda will be seen by me and mine…that goes without saying)

Otherwise: check out this shit list: http://www.reelzchannel.com/article/1082/summer-2011-preview-20-movies-well-be-talking-about-next-year

I could go on and on and on and on here but it’s just easier to ignore TV and Film and just pick up a book. Better to read than rot your brain, but that’s just my opinion.  

That’s it for now.

-S.

Published in: on October 7, 2010 at 7:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

But can I wipe my ass with it?

Stats on Facebook, taken from Facebook. (for this post “Facebook” means all social media…just for arguments sake, or whatever. Like it matters)

FACEBOOK: 

  • More than 500 million active users
  • 50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day
  • Average user has 130 friends
  • People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook
  • There are over 900 million objects that people interact with (pages, groups, events and community pages)
  • Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events
  • Average user creates 90 pieces of content each month
  • More than 30 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each month.
  • More than 70 translations available on the site
  • About 70% of Facebook users are outside the United States
  • Over 300,000 users helped translate the site through the translations application
  • More than one million developers and entrepreneurs from more than 180 countries
  • Every month, more than 70% of Facebook users engage with Platform applications
  • More than 550,000 active applications currently on Facebook Platform
  • More than one million websites have integrated with Facebook Platform
  • More than 150 million people engage with Facebook on external websites every month
  • Two-thirds of comScore’s U.S. Top 100 websites and half of comScore’s Global Top 100 websites have integrated with Facebook
  • There are more than 150 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices.
  • People that use Facebook on their mobile devices are twice as active on Facebook than non-mobile users.
  • There are more than 200 mobile operators in 60 countries working to deploy and promote Facebook mobile products.
  • but at the end of the day…what is Facebook good for? absolutely Nothing!

    Bottom line: “If I can’t wipe my ass with it, I don’t need it.”

    Right? Right! (I still have a profile, I just don’t use it much…a Facebook profile is  just something you need to have…like toilet paper. It’s ubiquitous. A necessary evil…Nothing anyone can do about it.)

    http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics

    With numbers like these, it’s not likely to go the Betamax route. So it’s gonna be here for a while.

    Have a Good Night.

    Just in case: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betamax

    Giving up on Social Media

    I decided today that Facebook and Twitter and other websites like them are a grand waste of time. I started cutting back on my Facebook friends a few days ago and then after reading yet another update about the weekend adventures of other people, I realized I should get busy living my own life inspite of Facebook and stop reading about other people’s lives. (at the least lives they want you to read about)…

    Why did I care about anyone else’s weekend or what they were having for dinner or what the freaking weather was outside? Nobody really cared about my weekend adventure updates or what I thought about the rain…

    So I gave up Social Media. As of Today October 4th. 

    If I use it for anything it will be to promote something I’ve written or some art I’ve created…and unless that status update is to market what I’ve written or the art I created for sale, it serves only to shine a narcissistic light on myself for drawing attention to myself.

    Do you dear reader really care about my day? My visit to the Dr? The Traffic I’m sitting in or what I found at Target?

    No! If you do care, then you’re already my friend in some other capacity (other than electronically) and would have heard from me at some point with any good news or otherwise.

    No one is going to notice my lack of status updates, nor will anyone notice if I am no longer their Facebook friend (because I cut them loose)…honestly if you do notice me missing on Facebook, you have been spending too much time there.

    Instead, I plan on writing and painting offline and working on an idea long over due. (an extension of a cartoon I draw for the kids)…I am going to live “offline” for a while and see how that goes.

    Maybe I’ll report back here on how life away from Facebook is going and maybe when no one is paying attention on Facebook anymore I will update my status with an ironic post.

    But no one is going to care. Some one, some where has to have a statistic of how many days out of the year we lose to being on Facebook etc. Like we spend 600 hours a week in traffic or 1300 hours in front of our TV watching uninspired “Law and Order” and “CSI” clones or “Dancing with the drama queens who think they used to be Stars” etc, etc…

    Ahh well. That’s enough Facebook, I need to get back to being an opnionated asshole in real life. (oh, and I guess that means I will miss all the electronic Happy Birthday greetings I should collect in a couple days?!?) ok whatever…

    -S.

    Published in: on October 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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    ACS commercials

    Just saw this today. My birthday is in 14 days. Makes you think a little bit.

    http://morebirthdays.com/artist/keith-urban

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUb-ST31qZM

    Published in: on October 2, 2010 at 6:53 pm  Leave a Comment