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Freedmania: A Statement of Substance

Happy New Year.

Some years ago, a friend of mine was directing a commercial shooting in Florida. The Director of Photography was local of Puerto Rican extraction.

My friend had just met the DP that morning. The shot involved camera moves, and the talent ws also moving. Still, it was taking a little longer than usual to get it right. My friend asked the DP if there was anything he could do to help. No, he was assured. The shot would be in the can momentarily. And so it was.

While the next shot was being set, the DP approached my friend.

“You know, I never wander far from the basic truths,” he said. “If you focu’ before you shoot, everything’s beautiful. But: if you shoot and then you focu’, ugh. No good. And nothing will fix it.”

I’m told, in order to have success blogging, my blog must have a focus.

  1. Perfect eyesight. The numbers imply focus, that I can distinguish the appropriate number of adjascent black lines on a white background twenty feet distant.

Once I’ve written this line I’ll google “2020” and see what it says. I do that a lot. Guess, then verify. If I’m not doing that, then lots of time I’m playing solitaire. My concessionn to socialization is to re-learn to play chess. The concession actually comes later. Once I’ve won a couple of games against the computer I plan to play a human or so.

Ye sweet jesus. Even Google.

A digression:
Here’s a handy hint to you programmers out there. When/If you turn to making very large market apps, (browsers, business software, design applications), do not program them to do people favors. I am writing from a case-in-point.

Like many people who use computers a lot, I am easily distracted. Like I said I would do, after I wrote “or so” above, I googled “2020”. I was offered subchoices of “new year”, “impeachment”, I don’t know what else, but in five or seven choices none related to vision. Fortunately, Google recognizes that they are not omniscient and do not lock users into choosing only from their array. I could immediately punch in my own choice.

Also Google’s mechanism is not patronizing. What they listed undoubtedly reflected a hundred or five hundred thousand most recent searches. I should expect by now fewer people to favor my references than many others. My apologies. I will dilate on “processors doing favors” at another time. For now, back to what was on my mind.

Surprise. It’s ME.

I don’t think I’ve ever had myself in focus before this. That assessment’s endorsed by the fact that I’ve never had that thought before, never felt this clear, more competent or confident.

Now, everything is conected. So I have no hesitation – rather, I’m positive – that the upcoming non-sequitur is utterly relevant, and I’m willing to make the connection clear to you even over your objections (which I do not expect.) Let’s see if I do.

Recently, I’ve been reciting a quote of Peter O’Toole’s.

“When did I decide I was God? I was praying, and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself.”

As far as I know, all current recognized religions are monotheistic. I’ve looked everywhere. All buildings that resemble Egyptian temples are Shriner’s halls, of that I’m sure. Possibly one or two Hopi kivas are acceptable to devotees but New York’s schools’ve never been closed for Hopi religious festivals, so who knows?

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