Just like Emoji Day, National Junk Food Day is a holiday I deem unworthy of mention at Crazy Eddie's Motie News, especially when it's in competition with National Moon Day, which is. That might change next year, so long as the U.S. has a president who likes junk food. Stay tuned and Happy National Junk Food Day!
The blog passed 800,000 page views about 8 AM on 12/7/16. It published its 3000th post on 12/8/16. The month ended with 37 comments and 36,117 page views, the second most of any month behind only October 2016.
( Most read, shared, and liked posts of December 2016 behind the cut. )
For two days, I've been teasing that I'd post what I was writing about at Crazy Eddie's Motie News instead of World Emoji Day. It was about the Teen Choice Award nominees for Movies and TV.
( Here are the links to three posts and the blurbs I used to promote them on social media. )
Voting ends tonight. Surf here to vote.
The second is Maya Rudolph Struggled Getting into Character as Cartoon Emoji from Late Night with Seth Meyers, which was taped on World Emoji Day. She even mentions that in the video.
As I wrote in the subject line, first-rate voice talent for a second-rate movie. Maybe it will be better than I fear.
There are some holidays I don't plan on blogging at Crazy Eddie's Motie News. World Emoji Day is one of them. Here's what National Day Calendar says about the holiday.
( Description of the holiday and a trailer for the Emoji Movie behind the cut. )
I'll be back tomorrow with the entries I actually posted at my main blog.
I've celebrated Wester online since 2007, most recently on Dreamwidth in 2012. I also celebrated Norther, a parody holiday created by John Michael Greer, who journals here as ecosophia, at Crazy Eddie's Motie News in January. Today, I'm celebrating Wombats and ice cream for the first Souther! Here's the blurb about the holiday I wrote for social media promotion of the post.
Today is the first Souther, the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Summer Solstice, a holiday created by John Michael Greer the Archdruid. Its mascot is the wombat. It's also National Ice Cream Day, so I'm celebrating with ice cream drink recipes from Tipsy Bartender and a video that's supposed to be a wombat eating ice cream. It's actually a woodchuck, but who cares?
Come over for the booze and ice cream recipes!
Happy Bastille Day! Over at Crazy Eddie's Motie News, I wished my readers a drum corps Bastille Day, just as I did last year. However, I have more material saved up than I used this year at the main blog. As I have written multiple times, most recently in Tipsy Bartender recipes for National Mojito Day, "I'm an environmentalist; not only do I recycle, I conserve my resources." In the meantime, Vive La France!
Boston Crusaders 2011.
From the DCI World Championship the 2011 Boston Crusaders opener. They placed 8th overall.Flashback Friday - 2011
2013 Santa Clara Vanguard - Les Misérables.
( Most read, liked, and shared posts of the first month of 2017 behind the cut. )
Over at Crazy Eddie's Motie News, I'm celebrating two days about Caribbean rum drinks. Join more for six recipes from Tipsy Bartender and other fun.
Tipsy Bartender recipes for National Pina Colada Day
Tipsy Bartender recipes for National Mojito Day
I'll return with January's saved comments and top posts tomorrow and the day after.
( Most read, liked, and shared entries for February 2017 behind the cut. )
Me: @Armata: You were right to point to American popular culture for evidence that people are afraid that progress may be coming to a halt and soon, but the way you used your examples works against you with people who know television. In particular, your statement that "The most popular TV show right now is Game of Thrones, based on George RR Martin’s 'A Song of Fire and Ice' novels" requires closer examination. "Game of Thrones" may be the most award-winning drama on American television today with a record 39 Emmy Awards over its run, but if by "most popular" you meant "most watched," it most assuredly is not. According to Indiewire, it came in 38th among viewers of all ages and sixth among TV watchers aged 18-49 during the 2015-2016 season, the most recent in which the series aired.
The more popular show exemplifying Americans' anxiety about the end of progress is "The Walking Dead," which came in fourth among all viewers and first among those aged 18-49, making it, not "Game of Thrones," the most watched show on cable with nearly twice as many viewers. That's a fast-collapse show, but the series is now in its seventh season and has finally reached the stage where most of the rubble has stopped bouncing, so the conflict driving the drama has become a struggle for power among groups of survivors, including a barbarian warband that ironically (or maybe not) sees itself as the "Saviors of Civilization," instead of a fight for survival against the undead. That written, "Game of Thrones" makes your point that "Winter is coming" and people are aware it may be approaching in the real world as well. It's just not as salient an example as you made it out to be.
On another note, I'm a member of several "liberal prepper" groups on Facebook. I'll ask the members if any of them participate in the SCA and, if so, whether their historical reenacting has given them any survival skills. Coincidentally enough, one of the communities of survivors in "The Walking Dead" grew up around a park where Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century crafts were recreated for visitors. In the series, that was an intentional choice for those survivors, not an accident.
Justin: Pinku-Sensei, agreed about The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. I watched the first episode of the current season of the walking dead, and wow, that was some brutal stuff. If sufficient transcripts survive, no doubt that future historians will study that show. Game of Thrones is interesting too. "Winter is coming" is certainly appropriate. Of course, the whole theme was thought up by GRRM in the 90's - although who knows what GRRM thinks about industrial civilization. He's certainly a smart fellow.
( Most read, liked, commented on, and retweeted entries of March 2017 behind the cut. )
June 2017 saw 37,403 page views and 54 comments on 30 posts in 30 days.
( Most read and most liked posts from Crazy Eddie's Motie News for June 2017. )
Yesterday, I wrote "I might post something fannish" today. I am -- the links to and social media summaries of my blog entries at Crazy Eddie's Motie News about the Saturn Awards. Top posts from June 2017 should return tomorrow.
'Rogue One' and '10 Cloverfield Lane' tie with three 2017 Saturn Awards for film
"Rogue One" won Best Science Fiction Film, Best Direction Film in a Film, and Best Special/Visual Effects. "10 Cloverfield Lane" won Best Thriller Film, Best Actress in a Film for Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Best Supporting Actor in a Film for John Goodman. "Doctor Strange" won Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture and Best Supporting Actress in a Film for Tilda Swinton. Ryan Reynolds won Best Actor in a Film for "Deadpool."
"The Walking Dead" leads 2017 Saturn Awards television winners
"The Walking Dead" won three awards, including Best Horror TV Series. "Westworld," "Stranger Things," "Supergirl," and "Riverdale" each won two awards, including the best shows in each of their genre categories.
"The unstoppable walkers of AMC’s global TV phenomenon “The Walking Dead” proved just as invincible last night, garnering three Saturn Awards for Best Horror TV Series, Best Actor on Television (Andrew Lincoln), and Best Guest Star on Television (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)" -- Critical Blast.
"HBO’s “Westworld” 21st century reboot outdrew the competition for two awards: Best Science Fiction TV Series and Best Supporting Actor on Television (Ed Harris)" -- Critical Blast."Stranger Things" earned a tie for Best New Media TV Series with "Marvel's Luke Cage" and Millie Bobbie Brown won Best Younger Actor on Television.
Three superhero shows won four awards. "Supergirl" won Best Superhero Adaptation TV Series and Melissa Benoist won Best Actress on Television, "Marvel's Luke Cage" tied with "Stranger Things" for Best New Media TV Series, and Candace Patton won Best Supporting Actress on Television for her role on "The Flash."
"Outlander" won Best Fantasy TV Series and Producer Toni Graphia was interviewed on the red carpet.
Happy 4th of July AKA American Independence Day! To celebrate, I'm sharing the following links to my 4th of July entries over at Crazy Eddie's Motie News. If nothing else, my readers can listen to patriotic music while drinking red, white, and blue cocktails.
Bald Eagle facts for 4th of July weekend from DNews
A drum corps 4th of July
A drum corps Stars and Stripes for the 4th of July
A drum corps 4th of July from the Troopers
Drink recipes for July 4th from Tipsy Bartender
Drinks for 4th of July from Tipsy Bartender
Drink to a drum corps 4th of July from The Cadets
I'll return to posting top posts and saved comments tomorrow or the day after, as I might post something fannish tomorrow instead. In the meantime, my American readers can enjoy the holiday.
"[S]uch measures will not affect the thinking of a single Trump voter and will cause the jackasses to bray and dig their hoofs in even further."
Remember, we Democrats are the donkeys and the Republicans are the elephants. That sentence should have read 'the elephants will trumpet and dig their feet in deeper.'
For more, read the following entries at Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
50 years of the Maple Leaf Flag for Canada Day
Canadian drum corps for Canada Day
A Happy Drum Corps Canada Day 2017!
I'll return to my regular series of posts with the saved comments for June 2017 tomorrow and the top posts for June 2017 on the 3rd.
The blog reached its millionth page view on April 10, 2017. The bot episodes that produced 2000+ page views per day ceased temporarily on April 20th and resumed on April 26th. The week off was relaxing. Even so, the blog broke 60,000 page views per month with 61,631 page views, the fourth record in a row and the fifth consecutive month of increasing page views. Readers left 26 comments on 30 entries.
( Top posts of April 2017, including the first top post fo the seventh year of the blog, behind the cut. )