Facebook, privacy protection: It’s just BUSINESS…?

Ok, so I just started another Facebook account.  I have my usual, boring one…but I’m turning over a new bunch of LEAVES, and am heading in a different direction.  So, I wanted to branch out of my comfort zone and separate my personal and professional lives.  I got my facebook up, had a photo, and even some followers.  Things were feeling really good!!  Then the creative, crazy train came to a sudden halt; it hasn’t moved since yesterday.  

I was told I was temporarily locked out of my facebook, “Blaise Bullwits” as a security precaution.  It said it had to verify my photo or some bull.  You know how easy it is to get photos of people, though?  I’m sure many could steal my images and use them quite easily.  I don’t know why they had locked me out of this account, however.  I thought I had the password wrong, so kept retrying, and requested a new password many times.  Imagine if I had a huge business running off my facebook?  The part that I find most frustrating is getting in touch with facebook.  They are a huge company, all over the world, operating 24/7….but it’s next to impossible to get in touch with a member of the facebook staff.  I know they must get countless messages everyday, so I’m just trying to be patient, and look on the bright side.  There’s always a plan B.  If there’s not, you should always HAVE  a plan B!   🙂

Before I Rant: Plagiarism

Hello!

How’s your Monday going?  Good?  Good.  I’m glad.  Sorry for stealing this baby photo, btw.  I just found it in google search….kinda’ displays my current state of being.  So I came here hoping to vent about #FB (which I will do momentarily!), but then I stumbled into some more bull.  I don’t know if it’s just spam, or whatever, but it irritated me, nonetheless.  I don’t usually read my message which I get via WordPress, ‘cuz they’re usually weirdly worded and likely computer-generated.  But I read this one message and I wish I hadn’t!   

“I have checked your site and i’ve found some
duplicate content, that’s why you don’t rank high in google,
but there is a tool that can help you to create 100% unique articles.”

First of all, you don’t know me!  lol  One thing I take pride in is being the weird person that I am!  I wasn’t always this way; I used to hate being centered out for being “different”.  Not now.  I’m gonna’ soar with my unique traits; I’ll be like the bald eagle, with one wing, a mullet, and a !  *drawing to follow*   

True Story:  Grade 11.  Friday’s here, and our History essay’s are due.  We all scurried to put our completed papers in the plastic box thingy on Mr. Hindler’s desk.  I never really liked #History much, but I did the best I could.  I figured, based on my efforts and general knowledge of the subject, I’d get around a 70-75%.  The following Monday, my classmate Stew Pidd, handed me MY essay…and he said “I appreciate it!”.  Then he belted out in a drunken-like laugh.  We BOTH lost 10% for being bloody LATE!  The biggest nutcracker was yet to come, however.  

That Friday, the essays were all marked, and we sat at our desks, waiting for the historic news.  When he got to me, Mr. Hindler’s smile seemed to….change.  He didn’t look happy, as he typically was.  This weird shift in him made me reconsider my optimism with this research paper.  Lacking confidence, I confidently and casually scrolled to the back page, where the grade usually was.  Sometimes there were additional comments by the teacher, such as “Good Job!”  or “Briliant outlook!”, or even just a big “WOW!”  All of those were better than what he wrote on mine.   I forget exactly, but he basically said:  “Interesting paper.   Oddly, your paper is very similar to Mr. Pidd’s.  Did you work on your essays together?  #Plagiarism is an #Academic offense…”.  I I forget how he ended it; it wasn’t with a smile, I know that.  

I was quite angry, but never really told Stew how mad I was.  Apparently his paper had something similar written on it.  I just shook my head at him.  He just had that stupid smile on, but I sensed he felt a bit bad.  To this day, I never told anyone, or even Mr. Hindler.  It wasn’t gonna’ solve anything, and would just put me in a weird predicament with my “buddy.”  Some people are just ignorant, and selfish in desperate times.  I didn’t take it personally, I just am surprised he didn’t pick one of the smart GIRLS’ essays!  haha  Seriously.  Also, why wouldn’t he change it up a bit??  Omg, dude.  That’s why it bothered me getting a notification that my content is DUPLICATE!  I wish there were someone else out there like me!  I think we would make great #business partners!  But if anyone finds THEIR material on my blog, I’ll give you $100!  lol  I do use photos from the #public domain, but I never said they were MINE!!  

In ending, just to say that being an original is the only way to be.  Although we are influenced by OTHERS, we eventually have to think for OURselves, and have out own voice.  I think plagiarism is an interesting and unfortunate concept, and it’s commonly #artists who are victimized.  I will never forget being accused for copying Stew’s essay.  It definitely made me realize the importance of credibility, loyalty, and punctuality.  Don’t be a #copycat.  

When FEAR Leads to ACTION!!

BULLWITS, Blaise (Francis) – Passed away on February 8, 2015 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, in his 35th year after a long-fought battle with #Procrastinating.  Loving husband of 3 years to Ana.   Beloved #Father to Danielle, Dylan, and Ryan.  Cherished Uncle to over thirty nieces and nephews. Favourite son to Ed and Bette.   Favourite brother to many siblings.  Blaise will be missed by many in the Creative Arts and Personal Development #communities, where he was slowly trying to make himself known.  At Blaise’s request, cremation has taken place and he will be scattered from a mountain top.  Visitation will be on Friday, from 2pm-4:20pm at the McRyan Funeral Home in Toronto.  A memorial service will be held at the Church on Feb. 13, 2015 at 10 am. Memorial donations can be made to the #Cancer Society, or a #charity of your choice which promotes human welfare.  Lest we forget.   #howgreatethouart

To my Daughter…

Dear #Daughter:

I know you are going through a hard time right now. When I look into your eyes, I see something eating you up inside.  #Life has been very weird lately, and we seem to be drifting apart. I never want this!! We have talked a lot about relationships, and family, and I never want you to think I don’t want you in my life. I wish I could see you every single day, but that is not possible now. I only see you once a month, and that eats me up bigtime! You have no idea.

Many “weekend Dads” are ok seeing their child once or twice a month – but not me. When I separated from your mom, it was very difficult. Walking out of that house was the hardest thing I have ever had to do!! I know you were so young when I left, and I always worried you would feel you did something to contribute to that.

About 6 months ago, you began telling me things that really shocked me, and I was preparing for HUGE changes in my life, and yours. But as of lately, you seem much different. I’m not sure if it’s YOU, or if you are being negatively persuaded in any way. I seriously hope not. Were it not for my Dad, Grampa, noticing, I likely wouldn’t be as bothered by this change. I know it must be so hard coming from a split family, and I am so sorry! When you were born, I never imagined seeing you so little, because I was the stay-at-home parents for your first 2 years of life. I wasn’t like most Dad’s, who went to work, came home, kissed their kids, and slept.

One of my greatest joys in LIFE, is getting to be there for you during that time, as an infant. I always want you to know you can tell me ANYTHING in confidence. You are a lot like me, sweety, and I know you don’t like opening up with your emotions. But I will help you with that, as I am learning how peaceful it feels to express yourself and your feelings. If I had one wish, it would be to be able to see you everyday! I miss watching you open your eyes in the morning, and preparing your breakfast. I miss going on #school trips, and picking you up in your classroom at 3:30pm. I miss getting your evening bath ready, and brushing your hair. I wish I could be the last face you saw before you slept at night, too. I don’t mean to sound selfish, but you are the love of my life! You will not understand the complexity of relationships for many years, but I know you are smart. I’ve known that you are much like, since you were a child. You are creative, selfless, and so funny!! There is noone else like you on this planet, and I want you to always realize your greatness!

You likely won’t read this for several years, but I know you will one day. Life truly is beautiful. But were it not for the #RELATIONSHIPS, it would seem empty. You are such an amazing human being, my daughter, and I will make sure you reach your God-given #potential one day! I can’t thank you enough for coming into my life, and making me the happiest #father imaginable! You are my EVERYTHING.

Love Always and Forever n’ ever….

DAD

Steven Wright: Weird Motivation…

“I’m writing a book.  I’ve got the page numbers done.”  S. Wright

So I’m very new to social media, and very new to #Instagram – but I’m starting to love it!  For years, I have taken the power of the internet for granted, and CHOSE to stay in my own little bubble.  But with 2018 here, I’m bursting that damn bubble, and gettin’ outta’ this “comfort zone”, where I have CHOSEN to stay for so long.  My life was drastically changed a few days ago, when I had one of my lifelong idols like one of my posts on Instagram.  His name is @StevenWright. 

I love this (ABOVE) quote by Steven.  It reminds me of the way I USED TO be a bad procrastinator.  I actually think it’s a good idea, to write out all of the page numbers as a means of motivation!  LOL

Steven Wright is a #comedian from Massachusetts.  My brother first showed me his acts when I was 16.  I didn’t find it funny at first.  Steven was just…..weird.  He wasn’t like most comedians:  dramatic, loud, insulting, or sweaty from energetic movements.  He just slowly paced the stage, saying things in a his trademark, deep, smooth, monotone voice.  It wasn’t until I actually listened to the words coming out of his mouth, that I realized how remarkable this man truly is!  He  wasn’t harsh, or bold.  He was just weird…but a GREAT weird!  Some of the weirdest, yet funniest stuff I have ever heard in my life came from this man’s mouth.  He has been in movies, and all over comedy networks, and has a face and personality most can easily recognize.   I have had the pleasure of seeing him live once in London, Ontario, and it was more entertaining than any show I have ever been to!   

His #uniqueness and eccentric nature truly do #inspire me, and it should inspire YOU, too!  I try to do things a bit differently than most, because I think i’m pretty unique and weird.   Also, people generally get tired of the same stuff rather quickly.  When I first came across Mr. Wright as a vulnerable teen, it was awesome to see a celebrity much like the way I viewed myself:  a bit different from the rest!  Throughout history there have been few, if any, comedians who mastered this performance style like Steven has.  He gives you the joke, but makes you work a little to figure out the punchline.  Some likely never figure out his jokes (their loss).  For example:  “Hermits have no peer pressure”, or “Snakes have no arms, that’s why they don’t wear vests.”  Who in their right mind would come up with this stuff??  Nooobody!!!  It takes a mad, bold genius to come up with original stuff like Steven Wright has.  To say he thinks outside of box is a severe understatement.  This guy ain’t NEAR the box – and that is just awesome!  He is an ORIGINAL #success, indeed!  

Many worry about the opinions of others, especially myself.  But after seeing Steven Wright LIKE  and follow me – it sparked something in me!  I don’t wanna’ go through life merely following and blending in with societal norms and average Joe’s.  America poet Herman Melville once said:  “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”  This is beautifully accurate, especially in today’s instant, fast-fix, copy-cat world!  I wanna’ do MY thing, and NOT worry about what others might think of me.  Maybe I’ll make it BIG; maybe I’ll stay little.  The one thing I want most, however, is to stay true to who I am and fulfill my purpose in the weird way I choose!