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Unemployment Activity #5

Back-up all of your physical media.  Immediately begin fretting about having back-ups to the back-ups.  Consider buying additional back-ups.  Begin fretting about cost.  Then allot time for fretting about all of the lost time of backing up physical media, only to lose it because you didn’t back-up your back-ups.

Then pity yourself and wonder how much your time is worth if you’re not being paid for it.

Oh, and don’t forget to insert the next disc.  (Finally: repeat.)

Keep Your Precious Out of the Cloud →

Dave Mandi explains why he isn’t rushing to put everything into “the cloud”:

Storing your music collection, or anything else, in the cloud strikes me as so obviously dangerous that it’s hard to understand why anyone would consider it. The benefits: Someone else maintains the physical media. There’s no need to worry about running short of disk space. Backups are magically taken care of. The drawbacks: Where do I start? For data and code you use as part of your job, sure, there’s no reason for you to fret about the hows and wheres of physical storage; that’s what system administrators are for. But for your own files, there’s a long list of glaring risks.

You’ll Tweet Your Eye Out

A Christmas Story 2 has been all over the web this week.  I’ve followed the story, but not by choice: everyone seems to be writing about it, whether it’s a news site I read or a friend I follow on Twitter.  Even I got in on the act today (as I drafted this post), jokingly wondering which cable network might air the direct-to-DVD “film.”

Joking aside, though, I was curious about the “Why now?” question.  A Christmas Story has been popular as long as I can remember, and has only grown in popularity as I’ve aged.  I’m not surprised that the rights owners would want to capitalize on the film — in fact, what intrigued me is that they waited so long.

A Christmas Story was not an immediate hit, which is certainly why it wasn’t sequelized in the aftermath of its release, when the film’s stars could have conceivably participated.  But it certainly could have been cashed in on during the 90’s or Aughts.  This seems at least ten years too late, right?

But the timing, in fact, is perfect.  A Christmas Story 2 was never going to be an accepted film, let alone a popular one.  Sure, there will be a small minority who will actively anticipate this film, and an even smaller group of that minority will enjoy and defend it.  It may even be aired on a cable network during the holidays once or twice.  Maybe it could receive its own ironic marathon, bringing my aforementioned joke to fruition.

But the film is being released now because a machine exists to broadcast it to the masses.  Sites like The AV Club and Collider and their ilk hate on it because it’s another post to add to their tally.  It’s a pageview grab.  And rather than make a film that could go to theaters and flop (because no one wants to choose to see A Christmas Story 2, let alone in a public setting), Warner Bros. has chosen to make the gag gift of the year.

I imagine that far too many of us will see A Christmas Story 2 at our holiday gatherings this year.  Everyone around us will laugh.  Some will even pop the disc in and watch a bit, or all, of it.

But a few of us will realize, “Oh, yes, this is exactly how it was supposed to happen.”

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