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During the pandemic I’ve continued to work the day job and I’ve launched a few new projects:
Top Rope TV is a division of Pure Pro Wrestling that is gearing up to launch thousands of hours of video content for a subscription audience. Though it’s not nearly ready for launch, it’s online and ready for early registration.
Pure Pro Wrestling was more than ready for a redesign as the last iteration was built on the Wix website builder and had many, many thousands of lines of theme overburden, coupled with very slow server response times, and a high monthly cost for a basic and static site. The new design is more dynamic, lighter, more device independent and allows the non-technical staff manage their own content.
The Meridian Weekly is a woman-owned publication based in Ovid Michigan that has operated for over 30 years producing and delivering a newspaper that serves Clinton and Shiawassee counties. They really only wanted to be able to publish the .pdf version of their paper, but they are starting to publish articles and utilize social media to create new advertiser opportunities and reach beyond their physical limitations.
So, with some of these projects launched, I’m starting to see a pathway to being able to start new projects and take on more work in my off-work hours.
This is a typical news brief. I did many hundreds of these over the years. Whatever I was reading, that I though was interesting, or that I picked up along my travels, I would capture and drop into a list for others.
Since October 2018, we’ve been on the road wrestling, training, and putting on shows. Dash has wrestled in front of thousands of fans, learned about the business of professional wrestling, and has performed at over 50 live shows.
We’ve been training kids for over 14 months now and our program has grown from six to nearly forty students. Some of the kids are definitely not going to be ever “picked for the team” and have long been ostracized from organized athletics programs. But, at Pure Pro Wrestling’s Jr Grapplers program, they are welcomed.
I’ve watched kids swell with confidence, enjoy the benefits of fellowship, improve in school, and live out their dreams in front of a live audience of hundreds of people. Some of them doing so well, that they are growing beyond our own hopes. Some of them, having disabilities, have finally found something that they can do and have been accepted into unquestioningly.
Professional wrestling, often dismissed, looked down upon, or even ridiculed, is one of the last pure forms of performing folk art around. The work they do, the love that wrestlers have for their craft, and the real risks they endure at each performance and practice are very real.
I think that a proper analog for this form of athletic art could be considered as “athletics theater.” In fact, there are many parallels with traditional live performing theater. There is plot, a written script, sets, costumes, a great amount of effort in setup, and the actual performance.
I couldn’t be happier with my wrestling family and I couldn’t be prouder of our entire organization. If you’re in Michigan, please come out and see our next show. You can buy tickets in the box below.
The Weekly is published in Ovid Michigan by a small staff and is living proof that print not only isn’t dead, it lives in small and almost unnoticed segments in our society. It’s just not what we think that it is, or rather what our idea of it was.
Anyway, check them out, give them a follow. Support your local media content producers.
Last space shuttle tank leaves New Orleans — by sea, not air — for its journey to L.A.
Titanic sinks in real-time – A 2 hour and 41 minute simulation. Fascinating.
1906 San Francisco earthquake photos are captivating
The British Library has begun streaming more than 1,000 recordings made in India between 1912-1938.
On Vanishing – Alizheimers and it’s invisible caregivers
There is a subreddit for anything
30 years after Chernobyl – Some of my friends would probably go mushroom hunting there… ffs.
Netflix remakes Watership Down – Wow.
Those who know me, know that I’m how happy that I am to report this.
Tinker with a neural network
The Guardian’s breakdown of the Panama Papers
The Verge reviews the phone I was most anticipating this year, the HTC 10. I’m disappointed. On to the Google Nexus 6p, most likely, or wait for the Galaxy Note 6.
Remember that time Ted Cruz hated dildos?
There’s a new 2+2 Buick convertible. The Cascade? Casandra Casaccaa? Quesadilla? Anyway it has all the appeal of a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire… *whomp wom*
Charity analysis of the 50 biggest US businesses claims Apple have $181bn held offshore, while General Electric has $119bn and Microsoft $108bn
Astronomers find a supersized black hole in a cosmic small town – It’s 17 billion times bigger than our sun
Well, it really is… we all are.
On my block. No one know what house, or who snitched
Millennials trash talking themselves
New, new Godzilla movie, Godzilla Resurgence.
Mountains of Mouthiness – I’m crying laughing at this.
Texas Governor Orders Guard to Monitor US Military Exercises – “Hi, I’m athe paranoid delusional that you elected governor! Don’t question me!”
Anti-gay rights republican turns out to be gay – I think there needs to be a “Wide Stance Republicans” party
Classic films summarized by someone who has never seen them – Kind of great, in a not-so-great way.
The Avengers ’78! – Is kind of great in a super great way.
Two women are chased through a shopping mall by a cannibal. 1983.
The naked corn paradox – Seth Godin
1997 Hunter S. Thompson – On internet journalism, “Well, I don’t know. There is a line somewhere between democratizing journalism and every man a journalist. You can’t really believe what you read in the papers anyway, but there is at least some spectrum of reliability. Maybe it’s becoming like the TV talk shows or the tabloids where anything’s acceptable as long as it’s interesting.”
Hey, Yall gotta cigarette? (Trap Remix) – Is a small bit of awesome.
Mad Max Fury Road – final trailer – Kind of resembles a fever dream that I once had.
Jon Stewart: why I quit The Daily Show – I really don’t care for Jon Stewart, there are those that do, more the better for ya
Meet the New Wave of Chinese Designers – Assimilation will be total. I, for one, welcome our new fashion overlords.
Trapped Into Selling Magazines Door-to-Door – I’ve wondered for decades if this was some sort of scam and how it was engineered.
China home to largest Buddhist settlement in the world – 40,000 Buddhist monks and nuns. They can’t have TV, but they can have iPhones…
Scientists Target New Painkillers From Spider Venom – Not opiates…
E.U. vows to boost migrant search-and-rescue efforts and Why Libya is springboard for migrant exodus – BBC News – This will become a very large humanitarian issue, it already is.
FDA Ponders Putting Homeopathy To A Tougher Test – Finally, the FDA may start testing homeopathic medicines.
Please read this epic obituary of Vivian Nicholson – The “Spend, spend, spend” lady was an epic person, who had an amazing life, and owes nothing to anyone, least of all an explanation.
The new spam: interactive robo-calls from the cloud as cheap as e-mail – Prepare your anus, er… I meant blocked caller lists.
Marvelous DB – A User-Friendly Website Filled With Information About Almost Any Marvel Character and Comic Book.
A.A. Sponsor Turns in Evans Woman for Underage Party. This story keeps getting better as you read it: Attorney for Evans Party Mom Releases Statement
If you are an Android user, go to Google.com type in “find my phone.” You may have to log in to be verified, but it’s a very new(ish) cool thing.
The Age of Hubble a (2015) Documentary about Space – [50:01] – An army of high-tech telescopes, led by Hubble in space, has delivered an unprecedented chain of discoveries about how galaxies took shape, how stars live and die, and how life arose. What are we learning about the universe and ourselves in this Age of Hubble?
(So, every few days, I like to put links to things that I read, see, or that you’ve linked in your world. I hope you enjoy, I’ll try to keep them going)