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Resolutions and Good Tidings

As we prepare to enter another new year and say goodbye to 2017 I often find myself around this time pondering the year behind me and the year stretched out in front of me as some sort of golden, “this year is going to be better” mindset. As though a year is a long time when in actuality it’s a very short period of time. Time, in itself stretches and wanes across our universe, when an hour feels like a minute and a minute like an hour, we often bang the drum of time, lamenting that it waits for no man, that’s there never enough of it and that it heals all wounds… as we spend our time mourning the loss of time.

This year we started the Miles and Crawford Variety Hour. This month is our 6 month anniversary and we honestly can’t believe it’s been that long. Time sure does fly, doesn’t it? =) (hahaha) We are currently on episode 17. We’ve had some ups and downs, trying to get a regular schedule or episodes has proved to be difficult when time (ha, get my theme yet?) has gotten short for either of us. But, even when we release episodes with large gaps of time in between them we still think about and work on our podcast outside of the actual recording. Research, themes and long essays sit on our shared drive waiting to be explored. The biggest hurdle so far for us has been promotion, networking and of course, scheduling. We live in 2 separate towns and have gone to recording across the internet instead of trying to meet weekly for recording sessions. Our audio quality has suffered some over the course of our experiment and seems to have finally worked itself with the lovely gift of a fancy microphone from Miles to Crawford. (Thank you again Mrs. Miles)

What are we thinking about going into the new year? Well, we have big ideas but acting on them is the hardest part (as it is for everyone.) We would love to bring you more content in between recordings in the form of blogs, essays, comics, storyboards, and other little things to connect with you as often as we can. This new year we are exploring new topics and shorter episodes, and other platforms that allow us to do small recordings or check in’s with our audience.

What are some topics or areas of conversation we’ve neglected that you’d like to hear us ramble on about? Or, what have we touched on but not fully explored that you’d like to hear us talk about in depth? We love to rant, give us some ideas that will inflame our leftist sensibilities and ignite our imagined revolution!

We here at Miles and Crawford appreciate the small listenership we have now and look forward to growing it as the new year engulfs us and then leaves us behind. I look forward to reading this blog again in a year and hope that we are still in production with us going on episode 70, celebrating a larger audience and new content streams. As the year comes to a close we can’t thank you enough for your support and continued listening. It takes a lot of work to put a podcast together and to keep at it, and when you have people that like what you’re doing and come back every week to listen again it really drives you to keep going and try to improve on it week after week.

Thanks again for listening, reading and supporting us. This year is all about growth and hope you’ll stick around for the ride.

See you in the new year with new episodes!

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Net Neutrality 

I have started several blogs since Friday and dismissed all of them as I was unable to come up with cohesive thought. There aremany things that are happening in our world these days and a lot to talk about. Today however is the day we talk about Net Neutrality.

So WHAT CAN WE DO?

CALL YOUR SENATORS! CALL YOUR REPS!  DO THE RESEARCH!

For as much time as you have spent reading this you could of made a call, signed a petition, written a quick letter to your congress to let them know WE WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS!

“But this doesn’t impact me” is the bullshittiest thing you could say. Every person who has ever shopped online, visited Facebook, amazon, paid their bill online, checked out a new link, found a new amazing website, discovered a new music site, listened to the radio online, listened to #podcasts, watched TV from their phone, streamed any kind of content, had to do research for work, for school, for their kids, for their kids school projects, had to look up information on google, checked out wiki for any and all reasons, reached out to a lost loved one, visited several pages to find them a best airline deal, hotel deal, best place to visit in the world, has ever wondered what the hype about Reddit is, WordPress, LiveJournal, Weebly, tried to create their own business online, extended the reach of their base through the internet, and the list goes on and on and on.

These things will not only come to a halt but will cost you money every time you go outside of ‘your limits’. We are working finally on uncapped data from our cellphones and to hurt us they have decided that they will find a new way to charge us for what should be and is FREE.

Call yourself a patriot? Believe in FREEDOM? Believe that the people have the power? SHOW THEM!

We will take this to the streets, we will all turn off our cellphones, we will oppose their actions so I beg of you, GO SUPPORT NET NEUTRALITY!

Episode 15: The Age of Aquarius, A Conscious Universe, Astronomy vs Astrology and Coffee!

Miles & Crawford are back this week to take a walk on the weirder side of things. Are we in the Age of Aquarius? We talk about Astronomy vs. Astrology, Pseudo-Science, Planet effects, touch on physics just a bit and then get distracted and meander into random topics before bringing it all full circle just as we do every week!

Episode 8: Racism, Heritage, Ugly Crying, Lamps & Back to Garrett!

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MC Variety Hour is back this time with another enthralling episode where we meander through a conversation about Racism, current events in the news, White Supremacy, veer off into ugly crying, passion for ugly lamps, and finally get back to Garrett.

 

From August 17th 2017

A while back ago I started to work on a piece about Charlottesville and have not been able to get back to it until today. We are recording Episode 9 tonight and I know we are going to touch base on the very atrocity of …. well…. humans.

I have been under the impression that enough tweets, articles, pictures, and Facebook posts from others would somehow help me define my words and angst. I even got extremely drunk one night and Marco Polo’d ( a Great app that you should all check out) a friend about the state of my nation. I have attempted to talk, speak, voice to text and calmly discuss. All of these things, all of them. Then it dawned on me after lunch on a Thursday that it was about time that I said something.

What is happening to our nation is nothing that should be shocking or new. We have been waging wars with other countries for hundreds of years to distract our own selves from the destruction of our own nation. I am fighting internally as a white woman from a small white Republican town in Ohio as to where my anger, my pain, my voice should be placed but I know that my voice is my own and no matter how hard you may try to define me and what I have to say, these are my words to own and not yours. I hope you respect my words; even if you do not agree; just as I will respect your counter-point as long as it to talk to me and not down to me.

I follow every article that Shaun King writes and I listen to every podcast that WellRed produces. My daily news sources are NPR and AlJazeera while my local channels of WTOL and WLIO are just as important to me. I dabble within CNN and sometimes even get a kick out of watching the latest FOX NEWS episodes here and there, but I will tell you that I do not try to stay in an echo chamber. I will watch C-Span and ESPN as well follow conspiracy’s on REDDIT and the best WHOLESOME MEMEs that it can produce. I binge watch Game of Thrones and Regular Show, I have at least 3 Rick and Morty shirts and one that supports my love of Adventure Time.  If you do not follow Father Nathan Monk on Facebook you should, you should also follow Humans of New York and of course for your daily dose of love Suzies Senior Dogs. I am a news junkie and avid book reader, I do not believe journalism is the same since Tom Brokaw, Walter Cronkite, and the late Peter Jennings were on the air. MTV is nothing without Kurt Loder and Tabitha Soren.  I explain all this to you for you to understand I take social media seriously and its overall impact on society.

Today I sit at work coffee in hand and my job probably in disarray as I have focused so hard on the social impact of instant information that I have forgotten how simply important my work ethic use to be.  My kids went off to their first day of school yesterday and all I could think of was; are they going to talk about Charlottesville? I took my dogs for a walk and I saw an African American man crossing the street and the only thing I could think was; if I don’t look at him and smile will he think I am against him? I went to the store and saw a young woman in front of me and I thought to myself; I wonder who she voted for? I went to go pay for my gas and I looked over at a construction worker wondering if he was making good money this summer to feed his life? These thoughts are all too consuming and though are coming from a great place takes me away from the greatest place I should be—inside myself positively. I don’t think I can look at myself in the mirror anymore without consistently thinking of others and if any thing I am doing is ever going to be enough to fix this place I am in. I no longer can look at my children with hope and glory as I wonder if they will even have a nation to call a home or be able to grow up as adults with a little less worry on their shoulders. MY CHILDREN. I know they are going to make a difference—but are they really? If they do make a difference is it going to be the difference that I am proud of? If I do my job right as a mother; which who the hell even know what that means anymore; will they grow up to open doors for elderly and always remember their manners?

I am distraught and tired of the world hating each other for reasons that we can not even begin to talk about without sincere emotion. We can not even talk about a piece of metal in a park without talking about it passionately. I believe that we are on the wrong side of history and the fact is, we have been for a really long time. I believed in our nation as a young person because standing for the pledge of the allegiance felt like it meant something to me, watching fireworks made me cry; well they still do, and I was so excited to do projects on the presidents of this nation. I believed in the wars we fought because they were for the betterment of society and I also believed in the protests of Vietnam. I knew that with every pro there was a con and sometimes all you knew of were the pros because the cons were so terrifying that you would never sleep right again. We were taught and we saw the errors of humanity, we knew going into this life what could happen when we acted on impulse and reaction without slowing down our insatiable desire for instantaneous results. I, like a naïve child that I was, believed that we would learn from Hiroshima, Vietnam, Slavery, and The Holocaust. I thought my lifetime’s history was going to be glorious in progress, friendship, mending together broken language barriers, and love for all.

I was wrong.

I want to state that sentence again. I WAS WRONG.

My generation did not fail me, my parents did not fail me, hell, even this nation did not fail me. I failed. I failed in the acknowledgment of truth around me and I failed in the acknowledgment that change was not really happening. I failed in the bubble I lived in and I failed in the family and friends I did not speak up to earlier. I failed society by becoming consumed with my sense of self. I had a duty as an American citizen to be something more than I am and I didn’t because I was trying to fix who I was instead of who you were.
“I didn’t because I was trying to fix who I was instead of who you were. “ We are so consumed with trying to better who we are for our mental health, for our family, for our jobs, for our friends and for our lively hoods and all along we were supposed to be fixing you instead. It is you who brought us here. It was your encouraging posters with a cat hanging from a window and your defining of achievement by showing a runner going up an empty stadium of stairs. All this time while we were attempting to make sure that we were becoming the best and the brightest, the smartest and the prettiest we let you down. You were the ones that needed the attention. All those racist, homophobic, gun loving, only right if you’re white kind of folk, those were the ones who needed us the most. We should have put aside all of our own dreams, aspirations, and goals just to make sure they were fixed, cared for and caressed. We needed to stop living for ourselves and started living for them. They needed fixing a long time ago and we put them in the shadows and in the corners, we never noticed just so we could be better human beings ourselves. (Deep Deep Rolling Eyes)Image result for eye rolling vector

I hope you understand that my heart is breaking every day. I am ashamed of how hard it is to become a good person anymore. Between stagnant wage growth, inequality of sexes, discrimination of color, and the brutal uprising of blatant show no fear killings. I am not sure where HOPE comes from anymore. I am not sure where I can walk or who I can talk to about this pain I feel every day for people I will never meet. I do not know how to stop my anger from boiling inside of me every time I see some kind of racist fuck twat march in the street to spray paint a Nazi symbol on a driveway. I can not teach my children that the world is a safe place but telling them DANGER DANGER DANGER! I no longer can walk with my head held high, NOT BECAUSE SOMEONE SHAMED ME but because I AM ASHAMED of what my color, my heritage, and my nation have done not to me but to themselves. I do not know what choice you give us but to rise, resist, and act on impulse.
America. I do not know who you are and although you may be where my feet walk every day and where my body works every day and even though my taxes are paid every day to the people who run this atrocity of a government I can no longer call this my home.

This is not my home. This is not how I was raised and this is not how I will be defined.

As for you .. Mr….. what are you in because you are certainly not our president and you are certainly not a leader … to you… You soul-less prick I hope you understand that you have failed no one as promised you showed us exactly who you are.

Before I head off into the wind, I almost got scammed

The rest of the month I am on the road, first up NASHVILLE! then I am home for 3 days to go to Las Vegas and then again back to Las Vegas. Real life sucks and I wish I could take what I am passionate about and turn it into a way that I could make money off of it.  I travel throughout the year but this month with my job it is a back to back to back kind of thing. Seriously, though who wants to be my sugar? Daddy or Mommy either way I am totally cool.

Currently we are in the middle of editing some back to back episodes that I find to be pretty good. I am pretty excited for what episode 10 and episode 20 will become with our talents and perhaps we will get this shit down and make a living off of it. However at the rate our government is trying to kill us, we will see if we can ever make it that far. Seriously those two idiots need to pull their dicks out and find out who wins. Sadly, I am still sure we would lose.

ON ANOTHER NOTE

I was reminded recently of how absolutely ignorant I can be sometimes.  Two days ago I start chatting with a lady about the possibility of a stay at home job. We are talking it up, we are doing a lot of back and forth and suddenly I notice this feeling in my body that says ‘Dude Miles you are a fucking idiot’. I was after all a fucking idiot and realized that I was being scammed. However, the great thing is they sent me a $5,000 check that I won’t cash because that is how they get your bank information, also I reported them to the BBB and to the other scam catcher sites. I also then told them that I knew they were scamming me. Cool. Cool. Ugh. I swear, if it sounds like a good gig, it is not. So remember a few things:

*Ask questions
*If they want to call you but you not call them, its a scam
*If they misspell a word; like where they got your information from; it is a scam
*Call the company they are pretending to be and ask them if they are hiring stay at home jobs
*DONT BE SCAMMED!

Also if all they get from you is your house address you do need to call your post master and advise them that you are not in fact changing your address, nor will you be changing your address any time soon. IF YOU GAVE OUT FINANCIAL information; which you should never do to any one you can not physically  meet in person; you need to get a hold of every government scam site and let them know as well as your bank, your social security agency, etc. NEVER GIVE OUT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER to any one that you have not in fact done your research on and of course meet in person. Please be safe out there. And remember to stay tuned as we are fine tuning our site, our episodes, and will be a work in progress. We promise you that we are continually trying to make ourselves better.
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