Runaway Future


the binds that tie

Filed under: The Daily Grind — forbes @ 11:34

Recently when talking to a friend of mine who, unexpectedly to me at least, is beginning a foray into the world of not just blogging but hockey blogging, I realized that when it comes to the hockey presence, I carry with me a lot of grudges and opinions.

It’s a bit hard to explain and a bit harder to justify, but I’ll try to do both.

I really try, in my ‘normal’ life to go through and not carry much negative opinion, no grudges, no bad blood. A lot of it is just recognizing that the world is hard enough and dragging all that with you only makes the burden you must carry even harder. I think Eminem might have a song about this when it comes to rap beefs and how hard they are to shake,  but in any case I have done my best to not actively hate anyone, regardless of how they feel for me.

When it comes to the world of hockey, my ‘second’ life as it were, I find it harder to carry on that belief. As I talked about a number of the prominent websites and writers, I found myself also talking about why I didn’t care for one or another. It all seemed petty to me.

Granted, for the most part, I was casting a critical eye for good reason Rather recognizing the biases in content or the questions of professionalism or simply their behaviour that I don’t agree with. So things like anonymous bloggers who still want to be viewed and respected on an equal level as their professional counterparts in the journalism world.

But as I continue to wonder if I can ever go farther with this writing schtick, I also wonder if these beliefs, these opinions and these one-sided grudges will only limit myself from ever being able to take the next step. Certainly I think it is important to distinguish what sort of work I would ever want to do and what sort of outlet I would ever want to be associated with (I, unlike some, do use my real name when I write and your name is the only thing you have).

Casting off these binds….would it really help?

can you tell me how to get…

Filed under: The Daily Grind — forbes @ 11:21

I just finished reading Street Gang, the history of Sesame Street. I wish I had a particular passage that really struck a chord with me, but even going through it, no exact sentence or phrase really resonated.

With that said, the final few chapters that I polished off today (in order to return to the library…which can I just take a second to mention how amazing the library is, it’s  like a book store for free! I’ve been reading so much more now that I go there every few weeks)

Anyway, back on target, those last few chapters certainly were powerful. But to explain, we need to go back to the beginning. The book begins at Jim Henson’s funeral, so it sets it up as being almost a tragedy from the get-go with the rest of the book being sent as a look at all that was accomplished by Henson and the people at Children’s Television Workshop in creating, launching and guiding Sesame Street into the success it is today.

So we start at the funeral and then the 3rd act of the book, after the struggles with politics and funding and curriculum and the rest, returns to that sombre tone. It begins with the death of Mr. Hooper. When I was a kid, I certainly remember Mr. Hooper being there and then not being there. I don’t recall if I remember watching the episode where they told Big Bird he was dead or not. My first real memory of death was Dr. Seuss passing away in ’91. I remember playing in front of the television while my parents were watching the news and Seuss’ death being mentioned.

But Mr. Hooper would have died in 1983, preceding my birth, so I’m not sure what the broadcast schedule would have looked like.

In any case, the book had the verbatim script of Big Bird finding out that Mr. Hooper was gone and not coming back. “Why?” “Because.” “Because why?” “Just because.”

The final few chapters continues this depressing line, going over the death of Henson, the passing of some of the actors, puppeteers, producers, the music guy, so on and so on. The list continues.

It also details how Barney changed the landscape, not just for Sesame Street and children’s television but also for public broadcasting as a whole. The fact that the ownership of the Muppets (all but Sesame Street’s characters) bounced around a bit after Henson died, finally ending up with Disney.

The book ends with sadness and struggles. The feeling that what an innocent TV show once was is now corrupted and sullied. The passion and driving forces from the past now moved on or moved out.



thoughts about Conan

Filed under: The Daily Grind — forbes @ 23:03

The Comedy Network is now running promos for Conan’s show in November. They recently moved the Daily Show/Colbert from the midnight time slot up to the 11pm time slot and though CTV has already stated that they’ll be airing Conan at 2am, they also said that that Comedy Network is likely to show it earlier (the show airs on TBS in the states at midnight Atlantic time)

Could it be that, in November, the Comedy Network lineup could start with the Daily Show, then Colbert, then Conan?

Would be awesome…

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