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Good Idea: Bad Idea?

01/02/2014

It was the greatest and last idea I had.  The day I thought to egg my mother >.<

This has been a PSA by DFTBAnerd.

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Water, Water, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop To Drink

29/01/2014

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The title of this piece is a repeated line from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by English poet Samuel Taylor has little to to with the subject at had in its original context but the words are quite applicable to the water shortage facing the world today.

The world is approximately 71% water.  Of that water only 2.5% of the Earths water is considered fresh water.  The World Wildlife Organization says that by 2025 up to 66% of the world will be facing a water scarcity.  This all hit home today when I was at work and very unceremoniously dumped out water from yesterday out of my water bottle.  Now I have a reusable water bottle and I think I do a pretty good job of remembering to use it instead of throw away containers but I have never thought about the water itself.    Those of us in first world countries take the “unlimited” water supply for granted.  We just dump water whenever and rarely/never think about how it impacts the rest of the world.

I am a typical American and I have a dishwasher, wash my clothes in a washer, have a flushable toilet, take showers or baths when I want, and many other things with water on demand.  This is not something everybody has and since most of our readers would fall squarely in the privileged category (at least when it comes to water) I am asking imploring all of you to at the bare minimum make sure you drink ALL of your water when you get some and if at all possible try to conserve water by maybe taking a shorter shower or making sure your dishwasher is 100% full before using… things like that.

Thanks,
Peeta

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2014??!?!??!??!

18/01/2014

So apparently 2014 has already started.  I really don’t know when this happened.  Do you ever look up and realize that life is passing you buy and there is very little that you can do about it?

There are so many things I want to do and it feels like so little time to do them in.  I know that a lot of other people dont have all the privileges and opportunities and I want to do something with this.  I am no longer content to do nothing.  I want to promote and help and work on something that is meaningful.  Maybe that something is simply pointing out others who are doing a good job or maybe I will get a chance to get my hands working.

If anybody has any suggestions please end me them to our e-mail dftbanews@gmail.com.  Either way this is about to get set off!!

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December 25th & Fandoms & Internet Families

25/12/2013

I know it seems sad to some that this “younger” generation is so attached to the internet.  But with all the violence and hate we see around us it is no surprise to me that people long for somebody to cling to.  In Super Natural we have characters that love each other unconditionally;  In Harry Potter we have a trio that when together can triumph over anything thing;  In Sherlock we have somebody who is a beacon of good (even if he is a bit crazy); In Doctor Who we have somebody who will aid his friends no matter the cost to himself;  And in many other shows there are many other things that people cling to.

So for those of us that have a nice life and can spend time with out families we should.  But for those of us who have families or situations that seem unbearable please know that there are people out here who understand and are in need of a friend just like you are.  So please never let anybody tell you that your friends on the internet are not real.  I have met some of my best friends on the internet and would not change those encounters for anything.  I want to say a personal thank you to Garret, Jeanie, Stormy, Celery, Moon Man, Mar-GA-ret, Jessie, MC, McBoooom, Day, Caity, Jusk, Seeks, Islid, Regan, Sean, James and the many others that I have met and made friends with over the years.

Internet friends are just as awesome as any other friend out there!

 

~Best Wishes, Peeta

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This Poster Sucks

24/12/2013

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This poster is annoying me quite a bit.  Let me number them for you

  1. They are lying on grass? This is presumably at the funky bones exhibit but they are not in the picture.  There are so many more things that are more important to the story.
  2. Why are they the only two people in the poster?  If you have read the book you will know that this story is as much NOT about Hazel and Augustus as it is about them. It is about Issac, and Hazel and Augustus’s family, and their friends, and their teachers, and just about everybody else they encounter.
  3. The tag line… I just.  NO.  Why is this even associated with this movie?  If it were in my power I would pull the entire movie for the tag line.  It is in poor taste and this move is NOT a love story.  Not even kind of.  The first person who even introduces the concept of love is Issac (not in the poster).  /!\ SPOILER ALERT /!\  Hazel is more concerned with how she will effect those closest to her than having a relationship with anybody.  The story is NOT the love story.  It contains a love story like much of life does but it feels like Hollywood is once again focusing on the love story as if its the only story.

I hope the movie is much better than the poster.  I hope that the first trailer makes all my doubt go away.  I just feel that the tag line is way too glib for the tone of the movie.

/rant off

Thank you for listening to me rant.

Photo credit to IMDB.COM

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World Premier of Saturday

07/12/2013

Well…  Rebecca Black has released her new single called nothing other than Saturday.  Featuring Dave Days this song is a great way to forget about Friday.  Check it out.  I think you will really like it.

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YouTube Music Awards; Not That Shocking

06/11/2013

Some of the people I follow are talking about how bad the YouTube music awards were and how only two actual YouTubers won awards (I understand they only gave out 6 awards?  So that is 33%?).

I am a bit confused as to what we expected.

When YouTube announced that the nominations came in by views and thumbs up it was clear to me that most artists winning would be Vevo artists.  YouTube is clearly trying to cater to the big business these days and bring more “lean back” content to their site.  This is largely because the majority of the general YouTube audience is logging on to check a video a friend sent them or how to replace X part on Y device or the latest music video or cat videos; and the reality is that few people (by comparison to total traffic) actually subscribe to a channel and watch the majority of their videos.    As an example,  Pewdiepie, the number one channel that is not the YouTube spotlight channel, with just over 15 million subs worldwide counts for less than .1% of the over 1 billion unique users that visit YouTube each month.  So even Pewdiepie has a small audience compared to the amount of traffic that YouTube generates.  We saw something similar with the Streamy’s for their first two seasons.  The third season was better but still not full on YouTuber winners.

It seems the people who are the most vocal about how bad the show was are upset because “real YouTubers” didn’t win.  The way I see it this wasn’t a show for real YouTubers it was a show for people who post music on YouTube and unfortunately that means professional artists and the like.  I know some people  wanted a show where YouTubers were the only, or at least majority,  winners but the only way I see this happening is if the show is created by the very people (or their networks) that we want to honor.

Take the ApprenticeA team for example.  When they wanted to create a film festival highlighting content on YouTube created by YouTubers so they didn’t contact the Hollywood Foreign Press, or the Academy, or any of the myriad of other existing film festivals out there.  They just set out and created their own thing and when it happens this coming weekend we can all sit back and judge them for how well they put on a show; but we wont be able to judge them for excluding the people a lot of us consider to be the real YouTubers.

So if ApprenticeA, Phillip Defranco and SourceFed, Shay Carl and Maker Studios, or even the Vlog Brothers would like to create a music awards show that has only, or mostly, real YouTubers in it then it would probably be better if they took it upon themselves to create something and make the magic happen.  In fact I would purchase tickets right now.

TL;DR

Sure the YouTube music awards didn’t highlight that many people who make a living directly off YouTube.  Sadly, I don’t believe that was ever the intention of the show.   My hope is that this will spur somebody on to make a better show in the future that focuses on these people.  We should be the change we want to see (:

~Peeta

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