Creators everywhere, the world needs your stories.

The taste of defeat feels so bitter. The last 24 hours felt like a ton of bricks falling on me. You felt it and so did I. A lot of people are upset, angry, afraid and uncertain about what is going to happen in the next 4 years. While I don't know what the future will bring, It doesn’t have to be that way. Make this time YOUR time. Be the renegade. Be the agent of change. Be the revolutionary. Let the world know that your victories, your triumphs and your accomplishments matter. Don’t be on the sidelines. Don’t cry. Don’t complain. Don’t like. Don’t retweet. Don’t Upvote or downvote. Put down the phone. Put down the controller. Put down the remote. Stand up. Rise up. Jump up and down. Raise hell. Grab your mic. Grab your laptop. Grab your paper and pencil. Suit up. Dress up. Lace up.

Inspire those without hope. Encourage those under pain. Empower our youth. Embolden the disadvantaged. No matter what and how you create, the world needs your stories.

Get going. You have work to do.

The Mix: Merry Chrissy Update, iPhone 6 #bendgate BS and first impressions, Frozen takeover of the Maelstrom

Here are some updates and random thoughts of mine of various subjects.

As you might have noticed, I combined both the "Making Art Happen" and personal blog into one big party. I didn't feel there was a need to have them separate. I want people to see all of my content and spreading them out is kind of a weak ideal. Plus Squarespace only allows 20 pages on the cheapest plan. A new blog is a considered a new page. For future expansion, that would matter, but right now I'm not even half way from hitting that limit.

Merry Chrissy Update

Things are still moving along. I'm doing the last 5 chapters of illustrations. The novel is currently in the process of being edited. Right now, I can't have a concrete timeframe of when this book will come out. At least on the drawing side, the light at the end of the tunnel grows in intensity. Launch eBook platforms include Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Noble Nook and Kobo. I did a format test for Kindle and it came out quite swimmingly. Still a lot of work to do.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus, including the #bendgate BS

In the past week or so, mainstream media has focused on a particular video of a guy bending an iPhone 6 plus. I'm not going to link it since I'm sure he got all the page views needed to make it "viral". A lot of people think the source of this came from this video, but actually originated from the MacRumors forums. Ever since then, average joes are being told by the Todays and the GMAs of the world that the iPhone 6 plus can bend, therefore leading to conclude they should never consider buying it. Apparently, Apple isn't buying it. The Cupertino, CA based company managed to reveal a private testing facility to members of the press and reported only 9 cases of this happening through support channels. Of course, it didn't stop runner-up manufacturers Samsung and LG to tweet about this issue since they love talking about their competitor more than their actual product. In return, the Mac Rumor/Tech blogs pick up on it since it brings them page views for their sites, based on the number of comments I see pile up. 

You know what? Let them have their fun! You know why? It makes them feel superior which in reality they have to run their mouth as if they're worthy to garner attention. I refer to a tweet that Samsung did for their "Galaxy Note Edge" in which they take a cheap shot against Apple, with the term, "Curved. Not Bent." According to Samsung themselves, this product that they talk such a big game about is considered a "Limited Concept". a.k.a. it will likely not go for sale outside of South Korea and will be very limited. LG made a similar jab to the Plus with it's bendable display "LG Flex G" that is also a considered a high concept product that originally retailed for around $1000, before prices were cut due to presumedly slow sales. Oh yeah, this phone did have issues with bumps appearing in the curved display which I'm sure that unbox guy didn't showcase. In other words, you're not going to see people line up for hours for the Galaxy Note Edge anytime soon. Based on my observation, I really don't see this "bendgate" issue affecting Apple; just shades of "Antennagate" all over again. My local Apple Store I went to the other day to purchase AppleCare are continually getting people asking about the stock of the Plus, which at the time of this writing is sold out as is the case throughout the Tri-State area. The press will pick up on any perceived flaw that Apple has, no matter if it holds any weight or not. Getting clicks and views is all they care about these days, not getting the story right. For that person who posted that bend video, you just lost a long time subscriber. 

As for my opinions on the 6 and 6 plus? I can see people be very divisive on this subject. If you're fine with using a big phone regardless of hand size, get the Plus. If (small) size matters, get the 6. I just got my 6 plus in the mail a few days ago and this device is incredible for reading and videos. Watching video on it is a fantastic experience with it's 1080p screen. One handed tasks like music, texting and picture taking will be a challenge. Once the developers get used to making apps for this screen, the experience will be better. The 5/s apps look fine, but much larger, especially with keyboards.

I'm in awe at how massive this device is. I can hold it with one hand with no issue, but it feels weighty. With some tasks, I feel compelled to go-two handed since I don't want to drop the phone. Since I don't shop at Express Men for my jeans, it goes fine with my non-designer jeans. My jean pockets are big enough to carry a 3DS, though it's very awkward for me to walk with it.

Phone sizing issues aside, I'm really digging out Touch ID and all of the features in the camera. I normally don't leave security on, but this time I do.

Maelstrom fans need to "Let it Go".

In September, The Maelstrom, a ride in the Norway pavilion at Epcot is closing for good. October 5th will be the final nail on the coffin for this sparsely attended attraction to make way for a "Frozen" attraction. The 2013 movie, which made little girls all over the country discover a special song that can bring a parent down to their knees (and wallets) will move in early 2016. What happens when people suddenly hear about this? They get MAD. Really MAD. On social media, the #saveMaelstrom movement began. Suddenly in the eyes of these dedicated Disney Park fans, it's now a beloved attraction all of a sudden. How DARE they remove a poorly attended attraction and add in characters from a movie that has earned a 1.2 BILLION worldwide at the box office. How DARE they remove an attraction when the country of Norway stopped paying for the upkeep of the pavillion years ago while Anna and Elsa drew FIVE HOUR waits in that pavillion at the start of it's meteoric climb? Yeah, I'm totally sure replying to Guest Services will change their tune, like they did for Mr. Toad, Horizons and Snow White. 

Actually no.

Change happens. Disney Theme Parks are massive money makers and quite costly to maintain. Disney World is a vacation resort, not a museum for attractions that only get long lines during holidays. Let it go. Let it go. The wrecking ball isn't holding back anymore.

 

"Rainbow Rocks" and the problem with fandoms spilling over in real life.

I attended a showing of "Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks" with some members of Bronies NYC in New York City's Chelsea district. Coincidentally, this was the same theater and theater room that hosted the "Brony Tale" premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Compared to the first EQG movie, the crowd wasn't as full (I attended a showing on Long Island). Overwhelmingly the crowd was mostly Brony, maybe outnumbered 10 to 1. The "Target Demographic," otherwise known as "little girls," were there with parents, but were absolutely dwarfed in number. It was like 50-50 last year.

The movie surprised me in a lot of ways. I'm not going to spoil it for you, but fans of certain characters will be going nuts. The music and songs have a very modern feel to them, much more than the original movie. The main villains were well thought out and will probably be up there in the popularity levels of Discord, unlike Sunset Shimmer. Stay for the end, it's…interesting to say the least. 

As for the fandom who's coming out to see this movie, they once again must be reminded to behave and use their inside voice. Before my showing, the theater manager and the organizers of Bronies-NYC had to remind the crowd to act normal since most normal people don't hoot and holler like madmen during a movie. They also recommended that we sit in the back, presumedly to make it easier for small kids to see the screen.

Sadly, it still happened. 

Don't get me wrong, it wasn't as bad as it was last year when I heard swearing in a movie designed for a kids audience, but some people really, really and I mean REALLY need to SHUT UP when the movie is on. I know you're excited to see your favorite characters on the big screen, but you don't have to act crazy about it. Applause is ok, sudden bursts of emotional yelling is not. In particular, a scene in the movie that involved Twilight Sparkle and Flash Sentry brought in an audible sound of disapproval from one person in the crowd. It sounded pathetic as if this imaginary person is somehow intruding on their favorite "waifu". Is this necessary? Real life is not a meetup group and they won't cater to your fandom whims. They're NOT accustomed to how you enjoy and love the show

Please let it be known, I'm not painting the fandom with a broad brush with this issue. I know a lot of MLPFIM fans who act normally and certainly did that during the movie. Maybe its the endless enthusiasm of the younger Bronies still in high school or college that irk me to no end. I can't even carry a conversation at a meetup sometimes because people aren't using their inside voice. I feel it's time we start turning up the heat on obnoxious Brony behavior and start making them accountable for their actions. If there is another EQG movie next, I might have to buy it on DVD to avoid this mess.

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