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That person posting about the evils of bombing Syria is the same person who once told me that the NFL is rigged and all games are predetermined.

That person who thinks Trump is doing a great job is the same person who once notably told me that she didn't think women should be allowed to vote.

The person on the front lines, making life or death decisions, can't figure out how to set up their background on their IPhone.

I had a bunch more personal examples, of people I know - but I thought that was enough to get to my point, which is "People are idiots".

It doesn't matter how many "You are so smart!!!" responses they can from people who agree with them.

That's something that I have to keep reminding myself about. There are people who *are* experts in their fields, and who also possess the ability to be able to explain those things to the rest of us. Those folks are golden. The rest of us? Talking out of our asses. Sometimes we can repeat the things we've heard, and those sources will be good. But it's still a lot of throwing thoughts out there on the wall and seeing what will stick.

I'm mostly posting this for myself, as a reminder. Because I keep reading posts/opinion articles/comments and I keep staring going "That's not true at ALL..." (based on the things I *do* know), but because it fits what other folks are already feeling, they swarm over with the "YES!!!!" I need to remind myself that other people have opinions about stuff, but at the end of the day, that's all they are - opinions. Some are going to be more right than others. And when someone *is* right about one thing doesn't mean that they are right about anything else.

The guy writing this once wore one dress shoe, and one tennis shoe, to work and didn't notice until about midday. He's probably the biggest idiot of them all. Which is something else that is worth remembering.


A fact that I can tell you is that the place to post this week's entries is http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1001426.html so hopefully current contestants are doing that.

Anyone wishing to Home Game can post it in the Green Room.
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In honor of St Patrick's Day, It's time we finally implemented this: http://art-bin.com/art/omodest.html !!

Or chased some pagans out of their homes.

Or maybe just eat some Lucky Charms! Harass and assault people for not wearing green?

What are YOUR favorite ways to celebrate the day?


My favorite tradition is posting these links:

The new topic: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/993116.html
The Work Room: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/993488.html
and the Second Chance poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/992643.html
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The Second Chance poll closes tomorrow: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/988636.html

and the deadline for the main competition is coming up an hour earlier the same night: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/989342.html


So, I guess the important question is:


I wasn't excited at all for this season. But it definitely has me interested now. Without spoiling too much, it still has massive potential to go downhill fast, but the first two episodes that they aired certainly caught, and kept, my attention.

I guess people can talk about other stuff too, but come on, Survivor is back! (and at 500 episodes, kinda, sorta, if you squint.)
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Idol timeline:

Thursday March 2nd: Week 10 Topics are due for those in the main competition: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/985303.html

Sunday, March 5th: Deadline to sign up Second Chance and the first topic is due: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/986817.html

Note: I've extended the deadline for Second Chance sign-ups to match the first topic one.

Darkest Time Line: Look around you.

I answered a "How will Second Chance" work question in yesterday's Green Room http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/986296.html but feel free to ask me more here as well.


How has your week been going? Hopefully less insane than mine!
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What is your favorite genre to write?

To read?

Are those different, and if so, any insight into why?


Throwing stuff out here people... hoping someone bites on *something*...



Lady Gaga's belly
*looks at trending topics*

Iron Fist trailer

Walking Dead is coming back...


The new topic is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/977744.html
and there's a Work Room http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/978031.html
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On my way to pick up my marriage license!

What have you been up to - other than being out protesting that we will be letting Second Chancers into our borders at some point this season?

The topic is here: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/974915.html#

and please take advantage of having a Mentor in the Work Room: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/975211.html
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How is your Triskaidekaphobia doing today? Your Paraskevidekatriaphobia? Friggatriskaidekaphobia?

How is your Idoldeadlinephobia? Because that is coming up on Sunday. http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/968050.html

If you still need some help and guidance, stop in the Work Room and our special guest Mentor will be glad to help you out!


It's funny - because I remember as a kid and well into my teens I *loved* Friday the 13th. It was my favorite day.

Then it stopped being anything at all.

At some point I realized that I had taken on the cultural "Oh no - bad luck!" without really *meaning it*. It was like it had just seeped into my head "that's what you say about it".

That's the danger of just letting these things slide passed you without thinking too hard about them. Even completely ridiculous things like having an opinion about a day of the year. Because "mainstream culture" has a way of just sliding in and making no sense whatsoever - and if you're not going to make any sense, it should be YOUR version of "not making sense"! :)
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It's weird how quickly you can look around and realize that your filters through which you see the world have changed.

I've realized that more-and-more I've slipped into "Dad Mode" of how to interpret things. Which is pretty weird place for me to be in. It has though, given me more of a appreciation for the old "it comes from a good place" adage of why some parenting goes completely off track (including what I lived through growing up).

Of course, some of it doesn't. Some just comes from sheer ignorance. But that's humanity more than parenting. The latter just gives someone more authority than they *should* have been given to screw over other people's lives.

But anyway, fortunately, it hasn't really "come out" at anyone yet. (for the most part) I've been managing to hold the impulse in (for the most part) and only let little bits of "I just don't want you to have regrets later in life" and "You should stop and think about what that means when you say/do that" out into the world.

One of the places that has gotten more "Dad-Gary" than anywhere else though is Idol, where over the past couple of years I *have* heard that I've been using the "I'm not mad, just disappointed" voice. ;)

So I figured this was a good time to make that list I was talking about - of tagging every current contestant, who hasn't already turned something in - to remind them the deadline for their entries is TOMORROW ! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/965056.html

Hopefully we can avoid a post-break mass bye-out. (Hint: It's coming. But fortunately *I think* we only have a couple more weeks of that constant threat. At least at this level) Think of this as our List of Shame! :)

Read more... )
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I missed out on yesterday's "late Green Room discussion" of listing your favorite holiday movies. Of course, I liked the ones already mentioned. But the one I try to watch every year is "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas".

Cynthia's is "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Although we were just talking a couple days ago about how we needed to watch Gremlins!

What about YOU? What do you "need to watch" every year? Maybe it's not a "Holiday movie", but rather something else?

Back when I was single, I would rewatch the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, extended editions around Christmas.


My favorite link at the moment (that isn't to Paypal, Patreon or my Amazon Wish list): http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/954961.html (Week 2 Topic post)

My second favorite link: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/955188.html (Work Room)
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Here are the links: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/947581.html (newbies) and http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/947738.html (for veterans)

http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/945807.html for Sign-ups.


There are a lot of things I'd like to say right now.

I know some people are upset - and there are some people who are really happy.

I'm sure there are some people who want to see nothing but a wall of cat pictures.

The Green Room is your space, for whatever you need it to be today.
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Apparently, the Cubs did something last night.

My guess is that they stole a picnic basket, or perhaps were filmed cuddling a kitten. Maybe they pretended to maul someone.

Those cubs are just adorable.


Speaking of adorable, I got to hold my new niece last night!

She was born on Tuesday, but shhhh!! There's a social media blackout until her Mom is ready to post pictures. So pretend I didn't say anything. But come on - it was pretty awesome.


What I *can* talk about though is that Sign-ups are still happening at http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/945807.html

So please spread the word.

We will have a topic on Sunday. Yes, I'm actually letting you know when there will be a topic post! Isn't that unique and maybe a little scary?

The door will be open for awhile, but make sure folks know not to delay! The sooner they get here, the more they can be involved with!


There was a comment that I saw yesterday about the difference between a "competition" and a "contest", and how that individual sees Idol.

I point this out, because it's the perfect thing for newbies to see, and I hope that they did.

Even the definition of "what is this thing called Idol" is something that changes every season. YOU get to take part in that. This is your Green Room. This is YOUR SEASON. It doesn't matter if you've been here 10 years or you showed up yesterday.

Which is something that always gets me excited at the start of every season. Because I have a plan. I have a template. But so much of what is about to happen is going to play out between all of you, and is going to shape what Season 10 is all about. I'm really looking forward to that!
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Life in Florida during the hurricane season is anything but boring! :)

If Colin stays on track, it's going to miss us but tropical storms/hurricanes/etc have a way of keeping people on their toes! (and of course there are plenty of "other people" who will still be in the path. Just not me!)


The topic is due tonight: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/937944.html

So hopefully no one else has anything coming at them between now and then!


How are you doing today?
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Last night, Survivor announced their new season (coming this Fall):

Millennials vs Gen Xers.

Which of course is another way of saying "Every day on the Internet".

What would that look like on a season of Idol? Or is that basically *every* season? ;)


How have you been doing? Any progress on your entries? http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/932438.html
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I had a lot to talk about today, but I've temporarily forgotten all of it! :)

I'm sure I'll remember later and put it in the comments...

OH! I have the first 12 potential topics for Season 10!! That's exciting! (Granted, about half of them were from the "not used" pile from Seasons 6-8. But I really like the new ones. It's still a way off, but I like what I have so far)

That's just one thing I was going to say. If I remember more as I go, I'll insert them. If not, as I said before - it'll be in the comments. :)


It's been an interesting week work wise. There was a water main break that shut us down early on Monday. They ordered porta potties, but as soon as they realized they wouldn't be in on time, they let us go. Or rather, they told us to leave and OUR bosses mentioned it us two hours after that decision. ;)

Yesterday, it was announced at 9 am that the building was shutting down. They told us at 11:30 that we were leaving at noon.

After making an 2 hour bus ride into work (my ride is about 2 hours and 15 minutes) I got a call telling me the office was closed and to turn around. I was in a "bad neighborhood" at the time, so I waited until I got to the bus depot (also in a bad neighborhood, but there are more people around) a few minutes later to hop off the bus and wait for the next one. (Plus - more options on what bus to take home)

When the bus was in sight, I got a phone call to come in!

The water main is still busted - so no running water/no restrooms. There have been talks that we will find out "in two hours" what is happening today. Which means we will find out a few hours after that. :)


While I'm waiting around to see what is going to happen next - YOU KNOW! You're going to write your entries and link them over at http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/929542.html
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Good morning.

I had the weirdest dream last night. People were *really* riled up about Facebook.

Good thing that was just a dream and all those comments I saw yesterday were actually about the Ghostbusters trailer!


Seriously though - one of the more interesting balancing acts of the job is trying to take in the often opposing feedback I receive (the differences between the people who commented in public and those who emailed me after those comments started being posted was *huge*). So I'm still digesting them and, as usual, trying to come up with a way to make the various factions that make-up Idol hate me equally! :)

Idol itself is a microcosm of that interplay between opposing forces, and I think that's what makes it work so well - and what makes it so difficult to explain to someone on the outside at times. Because it's a competition. But it's a community. It's a community where bonds form in the midst of voting each other out! :)

It's a place where people share personal details about their live - often in the context of a public vote.

It's a constant shifting of where those lines can, and should be - and honestly, it's something that every single season decides where things are going to be *for them*. They have to balance those things as well, as I fine tune the bigger picture to make sure nothing gets too far out of balance.

It's this breathing, evolving thing - and it's as frustrating as it is wonderful to behold.

You might say that Idol itself is about the line between friends and rivals - and how to walk said line to the end. ;)

Which is something that the Top 10 themselves are trying to figure out.

Speaking of which - the topics are due tomorrow: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/927053.html Hope to see you all there!
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All the talk about the "transgender restroom issue" has been reminded me of the talk about how "gays shouldn't be able to use the same restrooms/changing rooms" because they "might do something".

Which reminded me of the struggles of homosexuals throughout the years.

Which reminded me of my neighbor in the mid-90's, Larry.

Which reminded me that AIDS stole my VCR!

I had a VCR. Larry loved to tape movies and TV shows. He had an entire room that was filled floor to ceiling with tapes. (He would have *loved* On Demand viewing/Netflix/etc) He needed an extra VCR in order to record, and I wasn't using mine. So I let him borrow it.

Larry had AIDS and ended up dying with my VCR still in his possession - and the charity that he had left all his belongings to swept in pretty quickly and took everything, including said VCR.

I may have told that story before, but it's not something that I think of often... and it reminds me that AIDS needs to be stopped, before it steals anything else.


Btw - your deadline is tomorrow! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/924359.html Hope you've been working!
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I came up with something to post this morning on Facebook, but I was reluctant, just because I really don't want to filter it, and I know there would be some off-topic nonsense that I don't have the time today to monitor.

But I wanted to share it with someone, so Idol it is:

"I wish I had more time to be supportive of the Trans* community, but I've wasted too much of it looking for the footnote"


Other things I've come up with recently: A list of topic choices: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/921736.html
A work room : http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/921875.html
and a home game: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/922333.html

But I'm OK with sharing those.

What are *you* OK with sharing here, that you might be reluctant to share elsewhere?
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I finally put up at Home Game thread for those interested: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/920176.html

The main topic thread can be found here: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/919252.html

and the Work Room, for those still hammering out their ideas: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/919439.html


Apparently the Time magazine Top 100 Most Influential People Reader Poll list came out. I've won so often that they just retired my name from consideration... but there are other not-as-awesome folks on it.

Who would be on YOUR list of "most influential People" in your life?
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Take a moment away from watching, and re-watching the Rogue One trailer for a moment.

As of right now, there are more Home Game entries http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/916769.html than there are regular competition entries: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/916255.html

and the deadline is tomorrow. So get to work you slackers! ;)


Other than slacking off - how has your week been going?
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I've never been entirely aware of "what the kids are doing these days". Even back in the day when I was one of those kids! ([livejournal.com profile] whipchick can attest, I've always been in my own world, possibly in my own universe)

At one point in high school I worked part time at a book store, setting up their comic department. I (obviously) knew they had a huge porn section, and I figured that was how they were doing well enough to stay in business. It wasn't until years after - when rumors and an arrest - that I discovered that they were selling drugs the entire time, and the owner's girlfriend was actually selling "something else entirely" in the back. I didn't have a clue.

So it probably shouldn't be too surprising that it took until last night, on the bus ride home, that I finally figured out why I was seeing so much loose tobacco on the floor (and sometimes the seat) of the bus I ride.

It was always just really weird... and disgusting. But I chalked it up to "weird things you see on the bus".

But last night I sat behind a guy who took out of pack of cheap cigars, unwrapped them, dumped the tobacco out on the floor and put the wrapper into a zip-lock bag. I'd like to say that I immediately knew what he was doing. But it took me a little bit even then to figure out that he was most likely going to be using that cigar wrapper to wrap up something he had at home.

I *didn't* consider that he might just have a "cheap cigar wrapper" collection. Which, being me, should probably be considered progress! ;)

What are some things that YOU figured out - after the fact?

(One of my all-time favorites was from my ex, who as a child, was told that pepperoni came from a tree - and never questioned it until she was in her teens. :D)


One thing that you need to make sure you are figuring out is making sure your entries are in: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/913429.html The deadline is tomorrow!


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