The Disney Channel

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
Walt Disney


The Disney Channel

I started watching the Disney Channel six years ago when I was hearing about a musical called High School Musical. I thought I had kept tabs on Broadway and had never heard of it.

It turned out to be a Disney Channel made-for-tv movie. It cost about half a million dollars to make and made about 300 million dollars. An astounding return.

The musical is a flat-out stamped-out formula movie. You could say Romeo and Juliet is the pattern but really it is the rom-com formula. Like Pretty Woman, Grease, well any of those rom-coms it is sure fire to success.

I started watching the Disney Channel and found Hannah Montana. I can’t find the article now but Hannah Montana was the only musician in history to have two albums in the top 100 Billboard the same year at number one: ever. More than the Beatles or Mariah Carey.

I thought: these guys are genius! I knew Disney as making money but this is too darn easy.

If I can understand and recognize a successful formula, then I will have insight into what I am consuming.

Hannah Montana was great. She had a secret which I think is one of the most compelling plot-lines for an audience to watch: when we are in on the secret. Superman and Clark Kent, Twain’s the Prince and the Pauper, My Favorite Martian, anyone who has gone “undercover” on a television show, we love this stuff.

Disney Channel followed up with Wizards of Waverly Place and it was only so-so. They’d designed the concept well but did not exploit the “I’ve got a secret” part much at all.

It turns out that they are not geniuses. Horrible, painful-to-watch shows like Jessie, KC Undercover, Dog with a Blog, Austin and Alley … one after the other. Don’t they know what they are doing?

Mockumentary Style
Two new shows have promise. Stuck in the Middle and Backstage. The reason that these shows “work” is that they are using the mockumenary style (that we’ve seen in Modern Family) which does a quick cut to the actor looking at the camera to reveal their true feelings.

Mockumentary Style works for these shows in the same “I’ve got a secret” manner in that we, as audience, get to see what are really the thoughts of the players. That voyeur in us that is drawn to reality shows and talent shows is piqued and satisfied.

Of course, Disney is over-doing it. It has become part of the pacing of the show as they have not been able to write interesting scenes. Still, with some finesse this might turn these two shows into fun family fare.




Master Loot vs Personal Loot

Look around the table. If you don’t see a sucker, get up, because you are the sucker.
Amarillo Slim


Master Looter vs Personal Loot

I looked all over the web and could not find a raid drop break down when loot is set to Master Looter.
I think it is: ten players get two pieces, twelve players get three pieces, fifteen players get four pieces.

Watcher (WoW game designer) in his interview with Lore, said that Personal was better. He said that it was set so a raid could get a bunch of gear or not a bunch of gear but overall it was MORE gear.

Why can’t Blizzard release the numbers on Personal Loot? How does it work?

I have seen Raid Leaders quit over loot choice. Tanks will quit. Players will fight, argue and get pissed over loot.

It is a changing game, Personal Loot is still a new idea for many players.

In general, I want Personal Loot. If we are inviting Pugs, I think we are obliged to have it set to Personal Loot. I think that Pug Raids that have items on reserve are bogus and I don’t like supporting their raid.

It’s tough.

Two choices and not enough information, loaded with anecdotal information and skewed by preference — makes for unhappy players.

I don’t understand why Blizzard can not come clean with their intention.

I don’t understand why Blizzard can not give out the math for Personal Loot.

/roll

Religious Inertia

My husband and I have never considered divorce… murder sometimes, but never divorce.
Joyce Brothers


Religious Inertia

Today’s Headline: March 28, 2016
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said today he will veto the controversial “religious liberty” bill – legislation that critics argued would have prompted legal discrimination against the LGBT community.

The bill known as HB757 would have allowed clergy refuse to perform marriage rites that violated their religious beliefs. It also would have allowed churches and religious groups to decline services to someone based on their faith.

When you face the pastor while getting married, you will witness the first lie in your marriage. That pastor will open a Bible to read the vows. That Bible is merely a stage-prop, the illusion is a charade and a façade.

The marriage vows were written in 1549! I own a King James Version of the Bible, those vows and rites are not in there. Don’t fall for the fake out. God has nothing to do with it.

The Pastor will end with “by the power invested in me, I now pronounce you: man and wife.” This power has no business in the hands of a Pastor, clearly. When you get a divorce, you don’t return to that Pastor and hold him accountable and punch him in the nose. No, you go see a judge and probably a lawyer.

The power should no longer be invested in a Pastor.

I can’t imagine following rules written 700 years ago and pretending that they apply to me.

The mechanics of a marriage have many advantages. Easier loans, tax breaks, shared insurance; just to name a few. Forcing a religious overlay on the agreement of two people is incredibly outdated and needs to change.

We question the laws of our own day. Why we do not question the avenue of marriage as “all roads lead to the Pastor” is archaic and mis-placed. I got married in City Hall — that bastard read the vows too: I was pissed.

We are the victims of Religious Inertia. It has happened for so long that we don’t question the vehicle. Take the power away from the Church.

Happy Easter

“All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!”
Lucy Van Pelt


Happy Easter

A Non-WoW Posting

The very first modern musical, Showboat which was staged in 1927, dealt with a tough topic: racism.

Pablo Picasso painted the abstract Guernica in 1937. An anti-war piece that was so strong that is hung in the United Nations! Reminding all of the ambassadors around the world to not go to war.

In 1949, a musical called South Pacific won a Pulitzer Prize. It’s song “You’ve got to be carefully taught” deals with racism.

In 1953, Arthur Miller wrote the stage play The Crucible. It is about the Salem witch hunts as an allegory for the McCarthy blacklisting and communism. Seeing the politicians of today talk about Muslims in America, we can still learn!

The artists are making work that cope and comment on the hard issues. Not all artists, of course. Some make pretty pictures and funny movies, some write poetry and books, some dance.

I could list more (believe me) on artists. But all I want to say is:

Take your kid to the ballgame, for sure. But drop by a museum too. Try a stage play.

You don’t have to be sophisticated or cultured or artistic or educated or anything to gain, for yourself, a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you.

Happy Easter

Twitter Master

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
Benjamin Franklin


A generation of poets

Twitter Master
We have the best example of twitterese: Benjamin Franklin. He wrote stuff that stands the test of time, even today.

As if limited by the 140 characters in Twitter, Mr. Franklin composed memorable meanings. I think we should follow his example. Following his example, we could be raising a generation of poets whose economy of words will have depth and meaning.

Let’s give it a try.

Barrage on the mobs, barrage on your foes,
Barrage every time, it keeps the tanks on their toes.

Ouch. It is not as easy as it looks. Ben was a genius!

Marksman hunters like to top the charts
They stack crit, or get bad hunter farts.

Not exactly a “stitch in time saves nine.” Maybe I need practice.

Restoration Rejuvenation, healing in good taste,
For faster heals, ticking heals, use more Haste.

I’m hopeless! No one would remember that like they do Brother Ben’s fine work.

Let’s try again!

Stampede, Blink Strikes, a Murder of Crows;
Use Stampede against Single-Target Foes.

Well, you get the idea. Taking time to craft in this … uh …. Twitterverse might make the darn thing a fine tool with depth and economy.

Critics be Damned!

“I’ve been all over the world and I’ve never seen a statue of a critic.”
Leonard Bernstein


Critics — BvS, The Jungle Book, Warcraft

There is the story of a newspaper strike in New York city. It was in the 1950’s and a new musical opened on Broadway called Kismet. Without the benefit of a critic’s review, word of mouth spread positive and the play was a success.

The critics are ripping Batman v Superman. I believe them! I will go see the movie like millions of others and it will be a financial success. Sadly, this is not my Superman. This was hijacked by Hollywood, they took a different character and put the big S on his chest and named him Superman.

My Superman does not kill. The basis of B v S is the aftermath of Supes killing General Zod in the “first” movie. Superman does not kill, we get great enjoyment in seeing Superman out-smart the villain.

For me, it was all about the three-way relationship with Superman, Lois Lane and Clark Kent. The enjoyment that we got as an audience, being in on the secret was wonderful.

Hollywood hijacked another classic in The Jungle Book. If they are remaking the Disney Cartoon (and I think they are) but as a live-action movie, then it is a musical. No? You can’t pretend this is Kipling when a major good guy is now a major bad guy.

The Warcraft movie? Critics be damned, we players will all wonder if they know what they are talking about. It will be like a food critic assigned to review the Bolshoi Ballet.

In the play Waiting for Godot, the two characters get into a yelling match and are hurling insults to one another. Finally one yells “Critic!” and the argument is over, he won. The worse insult ever: critic.

Planning for Legion

“Hide not your talents, they for use were made,
What’s a sundial in the shade?”
Benjamin Franklin


Planning for Legion

The lists of choices and the lists of questions are still in place.

While we knew that our Garrison follower gold missions would be nerfed, we didn’t know that they’d be replaced with resource missions.

What does it mean for my followers with Treasure Hunter traits? Most of my Alt Factory have around 18 followers with Treasure Hunter. If this was replaced by a new trait, Resource Hunter, we’d all be set.

My assumption is that the replacement won’t be Garrison Resources but ore, herbs, fish and fur. If I am wrong, there will be a log jam of maxed GR and weary trips to the Trading Post.

I’d be very happy since most of my Alt Factory will remain in their Garrisons. I can churn out some mining bags and herbing bags and tackle boxes (back to old school grind!).

Yesterday, I began thinking of making another Vial of Sands which meant farming and grinding in Cataclysm. I am often finding myself going back to old content to farm up ore and herbs for some crafting project. If I don’t have to return to grind in Dreanor, this would be a boon.

I’ll be riding the waves of Twitter, hoping that a bubble of information will pop up and not get lost in the tides of time.

A New Gaming Device!

“Life’s a pitch and then you buy.”
Billy Mays


In 1955, doctors said that a growing body needed four glasses of whole milk a day. It sold a LOT of milk. It’s for the children!

In 1995, doctors said that we needed eight sixteen-ounces of water every day for a healthy body. It sold a LOT of plastic bottles. We polluted our oceans forever!

In 2015, doctors said we needed 10,000 steps a day to be healthy. It sold a LOT of Fitbits! It’s for our health, no cost is too high!

Today, Wrathsome Enterprises is announcing to the newest integrated health system for gamers everywhere:

Twitchbit!

Twitchbit will record your twitches as you raid, counting those burning calories. Doctors approve, we paid them!

This new cosmos-breaking tech is now in partnership with AMR. Let your raid team see you top the charts and max the Twitch-o-Meter! For a small monthly subscription fee; sign into AMR today, today, today.

Down that dragon with 20,000 twitches. Your wife will say, “Honey, play MORE World of Warcraft!” Your hubby will say, “Now THAT is a WoW butt!” The more you play, the more you rack up twitches!

This is more than a device. This is a system! It is for your own good, your own health; buy one today. Buy one each for your family. It’s for the children!

But wait, there’s more! For only fifteen dollars more, you can get the Twitchbit Mobile App. Track those precious twitches as you tear through a pint of Ben and Jerrys or that bag of Crunchy Cheet-o’s!

You’ll applaud when you get your Twitchbit!

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Pet Charms in Legion

I’d kiss a frog even if there was no promise of a Prince Charming popping out of it. I love frogs.
Cameron Diaz


Pet Charms in Legion

I’m not embarrassed to say that I made myself an HTML page of all my WoW links. It has the big guns and my little personal faves that I like to visit. My bookmark list was too big and clumsy.

In Alpha and Betas, a lot of information can be posted in Twitter and quickly lost to time. For example, I follow Warcraft Devs.

Warcraft Devs twitter is great for information but horrible for intent.

Today’s “come and gone” post is as follows:


WarcraftDevs
‏@WarcraftDevs
WarcraftDevs Retweeted Giannis

The pet charm rewards from Warlords content will be significantly reduced, but not eliminated completely.


As you see, we get the information and it is fairly clear.

But, what does it mean? Should we be stock-piling Pet Charms now? Or ignore them altogether?

I think everyone in the world, on this huge planet, is frustrated with Twitter. Easy to post a short notice; totally lacking in nuance and meaning.