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Robots vs. Workers? Computers vs. CEOs!

“I was at the National Restaurant Show yesterday and if you look at the robotic devices that are coming into the restaurant industry -- it’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient making $15 an hour bagging French fries -- it’s nonsense and it’s very destructive and it’s inflationary and it’s going to cause a job loss across this country like you’re not going to believe,” said former McDonald’s (MCD) USA CEO Ed Rensi during an interview on the FOX Business Network’s Mornings with Maria.

Typical corporate BS. Condemn raising the minimum wage, while continuing to escalate CEO compensation packages.

Guess what? It's cheaper to buy a computer that's programmed to make good executive decisions, than to hire a human CEO.

When you hear about robots replacing workers, remember that computers can replace CEOs.

Computers don't sexually harass anybody, they don't go to conferences in the Bahamas in company jets -- and they don't need golden parachute hush money to keep them from revealing cooked books and fraudulent corporate practices.
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Conversation About Disobedience and Cowardice

Me: Conformism is for zombies.

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John Bigras: Those in power managed to churn out about a hundred million corpses in the 20th century, and disobedience most often only served to produce more victims slightly quicker than those who obeyed.

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Me: So we should obey, like the Germans obeyed the Nazis?

Disobedience is a good in itself and it can inspire more dissent. Obedience may bring safety, but at the price of being complicit with evil.

Disobedience created the United States of America.

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John Bigras: When one considers that most of those who achieve power over others are either sociopaths or outright psychopaths, obedience and disobedience become abstract concepts.

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Me: Obedience and disobedience are concrete realities, not "abstract concepts." When authorities are evil, it is our moral duty to oppose them.

When authority puts a gun to your head, that's the time to be even more defiant -- and die as a martyr instead of living as a coward.

Disobedience can be a good in itself and it can inspire more dissent. Obedience may bring safety, but at the price of being complicit with evil.

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John Bigras: Well Steven, I sincerely hope you never have to live up to those words. In the end, it only matters in your mind and the minds of those who think as you do.

As Doris has pointed out, heroes and cowards all die the same death, and my money's riding on the fact that we won't be remembering our glorious defiance as our bodies disintegrate. And, if there's an after life, I'm one hundred percent certain we won't be reminiscing about how bravely we died.

My whole point in this hasn't been to argue the pros and cons of obedience vs disobedience. It has been to illustrate that, no matter how much we might want it to be, nothing is ever as simple as heroic sounding declarations might encourage us to believe they can be.

If you read a bit of history, I'm sure you'll become aware that heroes are forgotten every bit as quickly as those who choose another way.

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Me: Your condescending tone is of no value. I've read a lot of history. You seem to think fame is the highest value.

Death is not the worst thing that can happen to a person.

What is worse is to be a cowardly puppet of the Domination System.
Defiance, independence, resistance, and dissent are very simple and very necessary.

It doesn't matter if you are forgotten or celebrated forever. What matters is the life you lived. Fame or obscurity are not the important things.

We must have those who are courageous and take a stand for truth and what is good, for there are too many sick individuals, especially in "leadership" who have misanthropic aims and who rejoice in sadism, tyranny, and oppression.

Our founding fathers of America cared more about rebelling against totalitarianism than staying alive and maintaining their fortunes.

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John Bigras: I get where you're going with this, Steven. I'm just not inclined to go there with you.

I get that you think some issues are important, while I believe that none are.

Truth is malleable, as is goodness. I do agree that there are sick individuals in power, but it has been ever thus, and it's not about to change, however fervently you might want it to.

By the way, it's another of those myths which you Americans seem to love so much, but the fact is that the founding fathers were no more righteous than the rest of us. Most of them owned slaves.

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Me: John Bigras -- By your logic, slave holding should not have been opposed, but obeyed, since the authorities sanctioned it and to rebel against it could result in dying as a martyr.

Evil will persist in authoritarian structures, so it's futile to expose it and fight against it? That's how evil remains in power, when good people do nothing.

Tyranny and deception must be opposed. We must fight fascism and exploitation wherever we find it.

Obedience to corrupt and misanthropic authorities is selfish cowardice.

You say "no issues are important." War, rape, murder, drug addiction, pollution, racism -- none of these issues is important?

The myth that dominates John Bigras is the myth of egotism and self-preservation being the highest good. This is the hoax perpetuated by evil elites.
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"Beaver the Criminal" © 2016 Steven Edward Streight

Brings new meaning to "Ward, I'm worried about the Beaver." Experience with Beaver the dangers and thrills of the Wild West.

Join Beaver and his pals as they ambush a stage coach, kill the driver and passengers, and make off with the loot. Fun for the whole crooked family.

At Younger Than Yesterday record store.

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Advice on Car Detailing Services Video Production

Someone asked about doing video for a car detailing service company.

A video was posted as an example of what he wanted to emulate. The video was, in my opinion, an example of what not to do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9KgDMaeHq4

It's a 4:30 techno music video, with sped up motion of guys detailing cars. There is no message other than, possibly, "We work really fast."

It reminds me of a video one might play at a sales conference, to pump up the sales staff -- or video to present at a Christmas party to get all the employees proud of their company.

It's a techno music video, with car detailing visuals.

Some people like this type of corporate video. It may have a place in a video gallery. But for sales and marketing purposes, this type of video is not going to do the job.

There's no narration, thus no human connection to the customer.
Nobody is going to watch that video for a full 4:30, it gets boring after about 30 seconds.

The sped up motion is ridiculous. It might serve as a tutorial on How To Detail a Car for new crew members, but it's so unnatural, it has an unreal feel to it.

Better would be a more realistic video, no music, just excerpts of detailing being done, some close-ups of certain special treatments, with the owner, manager, or supervisor narrating what's going on and why certain procedures are being used.

Here's my full response, not to embarrass the guy, who will remain unnamed, but in hopes you might learn something about corporate videos as sales tools.

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I have used Magix and Sony Movie Studio. Now I'm using Pinnacle, plus a free trial version of CyberLink PowerDirector.

I can't use the Cyberlink editor much because it's incredibly slow, takes way too much time to process simple operations, whereas Pinnacle, Magix, and Sony are extremely fast.

Pinnacle comes with tons of effects and transitions, you don't need to buy any.

But for your detailing company videos, no effects are needed. They'll just look gimmicky. Maybe a few transition effects, but that's all.

You don't need resources, in my opinion, you just need to get a good video editing software for about $80 to $130, then start working with it. It's easy to Split video footage at various spots then Delete the footage you don't want.

You don't need any music, effects, or transition gimmicks.

Just shoot video of your crew doing detail work, with the boss (you) narrating, pointing out how you are different and better than other detailers, pointing out the special things your detailing crew does.
Videos should be about 1 or 2 minutes long, maximum.

Do a separate video for each aspect of detailing.

You need a short, separate video for various things: removing tar from paint jobs, removing road salt, touching up scratches to paint, vacuuming up dog hair, removing stains from foods and beverages, removing odors, detailing a work truck, etc.

Identify the major problems that cause customers to bring their vehicles in for detailing work, then do 1 minute videos on each problem and its solution.

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I do corporate videos for all kinds of clients, from organic grocery stores and rock bands -- to dentists and law firms.

If you need videos for sales and marketing purposes, contact me.

#video #cars #detailing
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Photographic Color Correction

Jimmy Cody, on the Peoria Area Photography Society page on Facebook, gave concise instructions on how to turn brown grass into green for a wedding photo.

Someone posted a photo, with a plea for help: "I'm really unhappy with the lighting and the grass."

Here's how Jimmy explained his fix.

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i color sampled the grass. it was a shade of yellow. so i opened a hue/saturation layer and chose yellow. take the hue and saturation slider all the way up.

then move the big slider at the bottom until all the grass is covered but not your subject. (if you get a little color on subject we can fix).

so then re center your hue and saturation sliders and then bring them up a little until the grass looks good. if you get color on the subject use a black brush on the layer mask to remove it.

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#photography #colorcorrection
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Str8 Sounds "Out of the Depths I Cry Unto Thee"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsm8E1PBSG0

A slow, summery, instrumental reggae shuffle tune.

Psalm 130:1,2 "Out of the depths [of despair], I have cried unto you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications."

#reggae #synthesizers   #roland   #korg
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"Sound??" by Roland Kirk and John Cage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m4xkY0WgVw

A curious and original musical and cinematographic experiment.

Its strange title, "Sound??", clearly indicates the objective of the work, which is merely to take advantage of the ideas of an innovative jazzman (Roland Kirk) in order to permit an Avant-garde contemporary (John Cage) to speculate with silence and with sound as two facets of the same reality.

Roland Kirk appears in the film demonstrating his ability to play three saxophones simultaneously, incorporating at the same time recordings of birdsongs or his giving out whistles to the audience in order that they accompany him "in the key of w, if you please".

Parallel to this, Cage talks about his concepts and prepares a piece "musical bicycle" with two of his collaborators at the Seville Theatre of London, introducing Kirk's music in an echo chamber in its search for the sound of silence.
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5 Types of Sheeple and Common Arguments They Make

Here's a sample...

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(1) 'Happy-Go-Lucky' Sheeple:

Also known as the "Yuppie".

Life is a party for these folks. As long as they are not affected by the immediate circumstances of the troubles surrounding them, they couldn't care less about politics, economics, war, or governmental deceit.

They may even be aware of the terrible facts behind a certain issue, but as long as the routine of their mundane existence remains intact, they will have little motivation to effect changes in their thinking or their world.

In fact, some 'Happy-Go-Lucky' Sheeple ENJOY a random catastrophe or two, because it gives them conversational fodder for the small-talk around the water cooler that they love so much.....

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#sheeple   #lemmings  
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I need to remember this when I deal with trolls and when I try to give advice to idiots on Facebook.
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Str8 Sounds "Death Seals Your Fate" -- heavy man, hard rock.

https://soundcloud.com/str8sounds/str8-sounds-death-seals-your-fate

As long as you are alive
you can change your ways.
As long as you can survive
for a few weeks or days.
You have an important date.
You will not be early or late.
Death seals your fate.
Your sum of love and hate
will be fed to you on a plate.
See there, it's written upon a slate
and past this you will not be able to skate.
Death seals your fate, man.
Have you added up your life?
What does it look like, the sin and strife?
Have you put all your sins on the Savior?
Are you resting on your defenses?
Have you put all your sins on the Savior?
Do you think the judgement might be premature?
Like wait a minute I didn't have time to
do all the things I planned.
You have no chance
to sidestep this dance.
All your love and all your hate
will be fed to you on a plate.
Death seals your fate.
When you die,
you can't say please wait.
Better start trying now.
Death seals your fate.
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STR8 SOUNDS Death Seals Your Fate by Str8 Sounds
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Str8 Sounds "Synthetic Concerto" album

https://str8sounds.bandcamp.com/album/synthetic-concerto

Free mp3 downloads on Bandcamp.

1. Out of the Depths I Cry Unto Thee (18:28)
2. Synthetic Concerto -- Part 1 (15:27)
3. Synthetic Concerto -- Part 2 (16:15)
4. Signal Dump (7:47)
5. Time Space Discontinuum (11:46)
At age 6, I was changing speeds on reel to reel tape recorders, and thus was born an electronic musician working with physical synthesizers, digital loops and samples, field recordings, slide whistles, harmonicas, acoustic guitar, and drum machines. Male and female guests vocalists appear on some tracks. Gave Andy Warhol a cassette album of my old art rock band Camouflage Danse in NYC.
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The web content developer, electronic musician & SEO specialist.
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I use internet marketing, SEO, and digital technology to help businesses increase sales and achieve business goals. I specialize in blogocombat against trolls and online con artists.

Trustee of the Peoria Historical Society. 

Techno music composer and music video artist as Str8 Sounds.

I contribute articles frequently to InterBusiness Issues magazine. 


Former direct marketing ad writer on Madison Avenue. I worked at Grey Direct, the direct marketing division of Grey Advertising.

I worked on such accounts as General Motors, US Department of Defense, American Express, Chemical Bank, Doubleday Book Club, and Pepsi.

I have worked full time at Scholastic, Inc, The Wall Street Transcript Corporation, PJS Publications, Ruppman Marketing Technologies, SpyderHost Web Design, and Garden Way Marketing Associates (Troy-Bilt).

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I was quoted in Robert Scoble and Shel Israel's book Naked Conversations and acknowledged as preventing them from calling it Blog Or Die. A CNN crew visited my client Apple Blossom Farm, due to a website my company built for them, for a story on Eating Local and apple orchards.
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    Web content developer, business writer, social media specialist, web usability analyst, 2000 - present
  • McDaniels Interactive
    SEO Specialist, 2013 - 2013
    Create SEO audits and recommendations, including HTML and web content revisions, for clients of the advertising agency.
  • Grey Advertising, Scholastic, Garden Way (Troy Bilt), Wall Street Transcript, Ruppman Marketing Technologies
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