7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 187)
You know what the hardest part is about doing a reality show? The scheduling. As it turns out, you can’t just walk into an establishment with film crews following you and hope it all works out. Similarly, the folks in the biz tell me that friends also don’t appreciate it when you show up at their house for a playdate and mention in passing that, oh, these people with large video cameras will be joining us, and filming our entire conversation to broadcast on television. These things need to be scheduled. You have to get permission to film in pretty much any roofed building that you enter, and you need to have signed release forms from anyone who will appear on camera. On top of that, you have to figure out times to meet people that will fit with their schedules, your schedule, and the film crews’ schedule. Honestly, after this byzantine planning process, it sounds like a vacation to only have to have my every moved filmed for three days straight.
Marcel LeJeune pointed out that Jersey Shore was just canceled. I noticed that the announcement was made the very same week that the producers of my show booked their tickets to come down here. Is this a mere coincidence? Or has God perhaps deemed that it’s up to me to give the world the next Jersey Shore?
[If I weren't so tired this take would include a badly Photoshopped image of the Jersey Shore crowd interspersed with images of a very-pasty-looking me, Yaya, and a scorpion. Sorry about that grievous omission.]
I’m speaking in the Seattle area in November, and if you’re in the area you’re definitely going to want to check out this great event: It’s called the Frassati Conference (named for patron Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati) and it’ll be held at Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Bremerton. From their website, the goal of the conference is to help you “take your vocation ‘to the heights!’ with inspiration, challenge and practical advice for your specific state in life.” There will be different tracks for fathers, mothers, and single folks, and check out this list of great speakers (not sure how I ended up on there). Register soon, and I hope to see you there!
Let’s nerd out with a little tech chat for a moment: There has been some buzz about the possibility of Feedburner going away (for people who don’t know/care what Feedburner is, it’s a Google-owned service that allows people to “subscribe” to your blog posts, i.e. receive them without visiting your blog). A lot of bloggers are panicked about this, since many of our viewers only receive our posts through the Feedburner service, and thus if it went kaput we would lose tons and tons of readers (yes, there are various ways to gets folks onto new feeds, but they have their own downsides and you’d still lose a lot of people). I’m not worried about it, and here’s why:
We must place our trust in the will of God, live in the present moment, and not worry about superficial things like blog subscribers. Or, for those of you who are feeling less detached:
A lot of major, huge, mega-bigtime bloggers use Feedburner. They stand to lose tens of thousands of readers (in some cases hundreds of thousands) if this service disappeared one day. There are zillions of other, smaller bloggers who might not have those numbers, but who have a strong connection with the audiences they’ve built, many of whom access their writing only through Feedburner. Thus, even if Google did get bored with it, some savvy investor could buy it, announce that he’s going to add five huge ads to the bottom of each post in addition to interspersing pictures of his cat throughout each of our updates, then throw his head back and cackle, “MWAA-HAA-HAAAAAA!!!!!” And you know what we could do about it? Nada.
This is what economists call An Insanely Good Business Opportunity. Only drug dealers have this kind of rapport with their clientele. And that’s why I think it’s really, really unlikely that Feedburner would go away for good.
A friend of mine is looking for a good Catholic women’s Bible study to use for a group she’s organizing at her church. Anyone know of one? (And you know that it’s really a friend and not “a friend,” since I’d never be asking about that!) (Not because I don’t like the Bible. Because I’m an introvert.)
Here’s a cool Texas event I’ve been meaning to go to for a while: There’s some state regulation that high school football teams can’t practice with pads before a certain date, so at midnight on that date some teams make a big event of it and go out and practice. Our friend Paul Escandon got this picture of one of these shindigs a few weeks ago, where he said about 200 – 300 people were there:
Since I have Very Important Reality Show things to do next week I probably won’t blog much, but I do plan to do regular updates and pictures on Twitter. See you over there!
Have a great weekend.
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