Right: plastic, tactile keys FTW!
So yup Slacks: I’m now officially a “DILF”, according to the Mums at HB 3.0’s Primary School.
The “lectures” (a.k.a. Live Talks) at the Ministry are being filmed, and the idea is to cut between those, my Talking Head (and waving arms…), and illustrative and mood graphics.
As for the clip I posted..:
The camera used is designed to be used in small offices, for head-and-shoulder shots…
You guys can probably make more sense of what the guy doing the filming was gibbering about: “depth of field”, “ISO”, “Aperture settings”, and other meaningless (to me) terms.
But the result is what you see: a bit of a fish-eye when it comes to my giant, gesticulating hands!
On the point of the gesticulating: the Director encouraged me to do that… He said it “brings out my character”…
In the “Dailies”
– of which the clip I posted is one – the gesticulations were more conscious than they usually are, because I didn’t want to upset the Director..!
And the black background, black shirt, disembodied head, and Marcel Marceau hands…
…Was a trial. And the feedback we’ve received has all matched you guys’ comments.
So this weekend, we’ll be filming in my study, probably with my book shelves as the back-drop.
(No wing-backed leather chair yet though… But it’s in the Pipeline!)
Not sure about “Big Ben [sic] (https://www.parliament.uk/about/living- ... enquiries/
)” in the background…
… Maybe the Atomic Scientists “Doomsday Clock”?
The feedback on my voice/elocution is gratefully received. That’s the bit that’s all on me, so very helpful.
And I will try to set a more even pace in my diction tG. It’s always been an Area-for-Improvement, especially when I’m talking to those for whom English isn’t their primary language.
So thank you all very much for the helpful feedback!
Regarding the actual “political message”/content (MH):
The other area that is all on me!
As you are all fully aware, I’m not the most concise person in the World..!
Mostly because I have a more-or-less complete Vision (of/for our World), and that’s not something that lends itself to brevity.
But..! We live in an Age of Limited Attention Spans… And that means I’ve got to try and parcel/compartmentalise different themes/topics… And keep examples, references and illustrations brief.
However, the basis of my Schtick, is that I try to work only with the information I think the audience already has, rather than trying to substantiate my points with scholarly references or anecdotal “evidence” that people are unlikely to follow-up on.
I was recently described as “The Unspin Doctor”, because I’m mostly working with information that has been “spun” out to the Masses; or at least, I try to put the Common Sense back into “Common Knowledge”!
To give a couple of examples:
The United States Government would not have invaded Iraq in 2003 if it sincerely believed Saddam Hussein had control of WMDs, because it couldn’t politically endure tens-of-thousands of U.S. troops being killed by WMDs.
The “War on Drugs” continues, not because people, Society and Governments are still morally opposed to people taking drugs recreationally… But because of the massive amounts of money (hundreds of billions) allocated by Governments to organisations and corporations providing the means to fight that “War”.
Simple stuff. But invariably produces a “Lightbulb!” moment for those hearing it.
But with all that said, I’ve still got to map out a bunch of different pieces that will create a base/framework for the material.
Now the thing is, I’ve actually resisted putting this stuff up on YT, despite it being the universal request at the end of every talk I’ve given.
The reason for that is that I do not want the Ideas I’m presenting to be anchored or even particularly associated with me/my personality.
I look at our World today, with my Big Old Brain, and I see a System that is way out-of-whack.
That’s force of habit… I’ve been looking at out-of-whack systems (and whacking them into shape) all my working life… And it just feels like getting the World/Human System functioning more effectively (improved outcomes for a greater number of people) is…
…Why I’m here.
But I also recognise that the primary reason the Human System is so out-of-shape, is because over the last 9,000 years or so, whenever a man (always a man…) decides he “Knows How To Fix Things.”, one of two things happens:
1) He is successful.
And goes bonkers.
E.g. Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Donald Trump &c.
2) He is assassinated.
Either literally or metaphorically.
E.g. Martin Luther King, Mohandas Gandhi, Julian Assange, Jeremy Corbyn &c.
I’m not worried about literal assassination (because I don’t flatter myself…). But the concern I would have about being character assassinated (I’ve so many skeletons, I don’t have a closet big enough to fit them all in…), is that it would distract and detract from the Ideas and Intention behind the Initiative.
Which would waste Time I don’t believe We have.
So… The Idea is *NOT* to hold forth on “What I think Everyone Else needs to do!”, but rather to present information in an objective a fashion as possible, so that those viewing it can make their *OWN* minds up about things.
Rather than having their “Minds Made-Up” by Governments, Corporations, the Media or me!
The immediate aim then is to try and demonstrate a different form of Political/Social Dialogue to the adversarial, dividing and accusatory form of “dialogue” that currently passes for Political/Social discourse.
I don’t “Self-Identify” with anything I believe. I’m not wedded to any positions I put forward. If someone wants to dispute an idea I’ve expressed, I really do welcome that (15 years of friendship with Foota, SG, Midnight et al should substantiate that!).
Because I might be wrong – on any number of topics. And I thoroughly welcome corrections!
But not just that…
I use a few (non-denominational) parables during my talks, and my favourite is about the five blind men and the elephant (that wanders into their village). The blind men all grab a different part of the elephant, mis-identify it (rope, snake, tree, barrel, leaf) because they’ve only got hold of a part of the picture.
And they bicker. A lot.
Rather than putting the pieces they each hold: Together.
The only reason I think I might have hold of an “elephant”, is because I try to spend as much time listening, reading and learning about other peoples’ perspectives, and trying to put them together into a Whole.
But it isn’t about me demanding Everyone Else accept my definition of “The Elephant”. It’s about trying to bring all the Parts Together.
Nobody on this Planet (not even me!) has a Complete Picture.
For starters, most people generally only see what they want to see, and ignore or dismiss anything that doesn’t fit with the Picture *THEY* want to see.
That’s fine. Same must apply to me also.
And that means we need to start Working Together. Instead of spending all our Time arguing about our Differences, we could spend it discussing our Similarities.
And the One Thing that we all have in common, is that we are marooned on this Planet Together. And one way or another, it isn’t in Good Shape.
And there are many different “Blind Men” Factions, all equally convinced that *THEIR* Plan to get the World in Shape is the *ONLY* option.
The divisions within our Society are purposefully sown and fertilised by a very small number of individual humans following the tried-and-mistrusted method of “Divide and Conquer”.
But there *IS* only One Way to get through our Society’s Growing Pains:
And that’s what I’m hoping to demonstrate/illustrate with the Things I Want To Say.
Because I’m hoping that others will get what I’m doing, and Join In.
Like you Guys and Girl are already!