The Casting Dock

Posts from — May 2011

see you when I see you…

Hi all,

Sorry for this little anti-blogging stint over the past week.
Had some trouble with a hacker on my host site so it’s been slow goin’ around here.
Applicable foreshadowing, I suppose.

I’m going to be taking a little hiatus from the blogging world for a while.
Maybe just a couple weeks. Perhaps longer.
Between the new job, my little side second job, and sticking with my favorite babysitting families, I can’t seem to keep up with this bloggin’ thang right now.
(It’s deceptively time consuming, you know.)
Or perhaps, with the lovely spring weather, I am just finding that I would rather be outside in my free time than clicking away at my computer.
Either way, a little hiatus from the blog is in order.
I’m sure this fella won’t mind.

I mean, the camera-in-his-face business won’t end,
but at least everything he says won’t be fair game for the world to read.
A moderate level of privacy again. I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.

And maybe I’ll even let him take a swing on the flipside of that camera lens.
I think he’s more comfortable there anyway…

Anyway, thanks for reading! I’m sure I’ll be back (relatively) soon…even if only sporadically.

May 9, 2011   12 Comments

Birdcages (Guest Blogger)

I’ve been meaning to guest blog for a few weeks now, but I haven’t had any ideas. When Lis asked if I’d like to guest blog this week though, the light bulb flickered a little: in the absence of any specific idea, why not write about ideas themselves? Brilliant, I know.

In the Internet Age, the face and shape of ideas are changing drastically. With communication becoming more instantaneous, more global, and more accessible, we’re seeing the rise and proliferation of what I’d call the “nascent idea.” The internet is full of nascent ideas, the half-formed, ill-conceived, undeveloped seeds of ideas. And there is no greater culprit in the mass dissemination of these nascent ideas than Twitter. Let me throw down a helpful analogy:

Nic Cage : action movies :: Twitter : good ideas

After you’ve finished cursing me for recalling the memory of your standardized testing days, you probably have two questions:

1) Is Jerry trying to bash Nic Cage every single time he guest blogs? This is an easy one. Yes.

2) But, Jer, no one in America likes Nic Cage flicks anymore. Twitter’s pretty popular. About 200-million-users popular, actually. If that many people use and seemingly enjoy Twitter, how can it possibly be as bad for ideas as Nic Cage is for action movies? This one opens a whole can of worms, but for brevity’s sake I’ll cite two characteristics of ideas that make them poor food for Twitter.

First, good ideas need time and space to develop. Ideas come to us like pixies (think Tink): small, lively, mischievous creatures that bounce around in our head until we do something with them. They can be our best friends or our worst enemies. They can alter the course of human history or we can forget them almost as soon as they appear. Regardless, they need time to develop, time for reflection and investigation, time for a small dose of critical thinking. When nascent ideas meet Twitter, Russell Brand decides it’s smart to show the world the Katy Perry he wakes up to:

Not good for business. But even if we apply a little critical thinking to our nascent ideas, they still require space to properly unfold. Twitter is many things to many people, but spacious it is not. Need an example? Here’s MLK in 140 characters:

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by”

Cliffhanger, huh?

But, Jer (you might say), what about those good one-liners, those nice little adages or zingers that cut right to the chase and stick with us for a while? Fair. I suppose that, were they alive today, time’s terse sages like King Solomon and Ben Franklin would have millions following their Twitter feeds. But this brings me to my second point: good ideas need a platform. Can you imagine Solomon tweeting proverbs from his palace every few days? They’d get lost in the cyber clutter. Good ideas need something that will physically isolate them, like binding and a couple hard covers. Or, they need something that will dress them up and make them pop, say some paint and a canvas, or some performers and a stage. Good ideas deserve spaces and platforms where they may breathe on their own, where they may find an audience, where they may provoke our minds with their depth and fascinate us with the words and images and sounds they come to inhabit.

So here’s my final plea: Twitter’s a Caged bird. Give your good ideas the open air and boundless skies they deserve. #howsthatforanironicconclusionof140charactersorfewer?

May 4, 2011   5 Comments

rainbow diet.

I’m pretty sure this isn’t what those health nuts have in mind when they talk about the “benefits” of a diet ripe with a variety of different colored foods. Sheesh, Lis–you’re better than this.

I’m ready for blueberry/raspberry/strawberry picking season.

Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’ll have that beneficial multi-colored food thing down then.

Bring it on, summer!

It’s time for those fresh farm-picked blueberries to flow like water….mmmmm. I truly believe New England delivers a summer season rivaled by none. It’s the place to be, y’all. And it better be, after the winter it just put us through.

May 3, 2011   5 Comments