Mr. Ambitious

I've had a few people tell me that I'm too ambitious. I'm doing too much. What I find very interesting is that the few people that says that usually have little to nothing going on in their own lives. What's even worse; they're perfectly fine with that! How atrocious!?

I have utter disdain for people with little to no ambitions, and also people with minimal ambitions due to their fear of failure. Basically they lack self-confidence so they set the bar for themselves so low that it's near impossible to not achieve their "goals".

What's the point of living like that? Why the lack of confidence?

I strongly believe in setting the bar really really high and working very smart (and hard of course!) to exceed it. That's my "strategy" and I'm sticking to it.

Feel free to adapt it or continue with your low confidence and low self-esteem strategy.

Good luck with that!

GREEN WITH ENVY!


Mobile: Death to a Social Society

 This was first published as an assignment in college.

What does Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc have in common? Millions of users who want to connect with other people; mostly through a mobile device of some kind. On the surface, that’s a great thing. You can easily grab your phone and connect with a loved one you haven’t heard from in years. You can re-connect with a high school girlfriend or with a girl you wanted to be more than friends with in high school. That’s the beauty of social media through mobile; conveniently providing users with an assortment of possibilities/options but some are much more important than others. For example, the Arab Spring protests that got started in December of 2010 was scheduled, coordinated and broadcasted via social media by the various activists involved using various mobile devices taking pictures and “reporting” as the events were unfolding.

But for every Arab Spring-like situation there are countless other idiotic uses of social media. You have people using their mobile devices to post pointless cat videos on YouTube. You have people telling you what they had for breakfast on Twitter. You have people taking pictures of some of the most insignificant things (a pebble, a rubber band, etc), and you just have to add a color filter before posting it on Instagram. You have people desperately “collecting” friends on Facebook and other social media platforms due to their low self-esteem.

What is happening to us? Why are we making the piece of technology we walk around with and for some reason can’t live without turn us into narcissistic insecure losers? We have changed the definition of social for the worst. Social is now interacting with someone on a mobile device even if the person is sitting next to you. “FaceTime” is seeing the other person through a technological device…not in person.

As Hjorth's article point out: "Although Koreans have, in the past, placed much trust in technological spaces such as the Internet as a site for reliable information and democratic communication, the online is still no substitute for offline sociality."

In other words; social media, which I consider to be a very individualistic platform that masquerades as a collective platform, can be a very effective and worthwhile tool when used properly but it should never ever replace real world interactivity.

Ryan Landers - Origins (teaser test clip)

Inside The Mind of Kelly Bender


I come across smart people and stupid people. Kelly falls into a third category: completley and utterly idiotic.

Here's a grown man who is incredibly sensitive, stupid and equipped with very very poor comprehension skills when it comes to conducting business and wants to be successful in the entertainment industry. Good luck with that!

"These might work with the silly "yes men" you work with and surround yourself with but not with me." - Kelly Bender

Ah, that classic line! Insulting someone's team due to your stupidity. But wait, you also insulting your own team member by blatantly lying about something Nimesh said.

Kelly said something to the effect of: Nimesh said you were a tool from the start.

Nimesh's response: I did not say that all.

Ah, classic Kelly Bender. Creating pointless conflicts with even your own team.

Sometimes me and my team would have to spend HOURS explaining very basic things to him due to his poor comprehension skills. He's a grown man. He was 37 when we started talking about business. Again, HE'S A GROWN MAN!

Below is just a snippet of how much of a contradiction the dude is.

Kelly Bender: honor the agreement!

Kelly Bender: rip up the agreement!

Kelly Bender: You make empty threats!

Kelly Bender: I'll get my lawyer to sue your ass!

Hahahahahaha.

Oh yeah his "lawyer". Read this nonsense letter from his "lawyer".



1). Nobody forced Kelly into ANY amendment. The guy and his "lawyer" just can't read. We spoke to a couple producers who were interested in optioning the rights in regards to a book we were going to publish for him and told him we would have to do a separate agreement where he would possibly be an Executive Producer (EP) on the project. He interpreted that as an amendment to a completely different agreement. Again, he can't read and also has very poor comprehension skills.

2). After we were told that we wouldn't receive anymore files; the contract was then breached.

3). Not so fast. You should read the agreement you signed very very carefully. Even though your books currently have no value doesn't mean we don't still own part of them as per the agreement. Reading is fundamental, Miss Kelly. :-)

4). Again, (he should) read the emails very carefully.

Again, I come across smart people and stupid people. Kelly Bender falls into a third category: completely and utterly idiotic. You have to read all the emails to truly understand the kind of idiot he is. I honestly still think something is seriously wrong with him mentally.

MY WEEKLY UPDATE

1). Negotiated a deal with a promising beverage company in Singapore. More details soon!

2). Worked on our latest mobile game with Eugene.

3). Completed my short documentary: The Definition of Happiness.

4). Started going over The She-Devil. Much more details coming soon.

5). And last but not least; created a joint venture (GeniusEmpire Corporation) with Eugene in Vietnam.

Racist Supporter Andrew Harasewych


Andrew is, how do I put this nicely; a complete idiot!

And this is why.

A couple days ago I spoke to Todd Black (#racisttoddblackcomic) again (the last time we spoke he was waiting to get sales numbers from Comixology which he would later say were dismal) about ROBB COMICS possibly publishing his comic book, Guardians. I read his book (issue #0) and found it having only one race (Caucasian) throughout the entire book. I had my team evaluate it and they found it a bit offensive. Maybe that was not Todd's intention but it happened.

I spoke to Todd about this and his response was basically it's no big deal which I then found a bit offensive. He didn't seem to care that he excluded EVERY other race in his book. From a moral standpoint I was a bit disturbed. From a business standpoint I saw a missed opportunity. He then wanted us to purchase the other three issues (1-3) in other to evaluate them for publishing which is when I decided to end the conversation.

I then sent an email out to various parties (press, potential printers, marketing people, etc) that we had end discussions to publish Guardians. The usual press release business email...except one person did NOT see it that way at all. Again, we sent out the usual business email in regards to press releases.

Now, this is where the idiot Andrew comes into the picture. After we sent out the email, we got a voice mail from Andrew. He said he's the "website designer" for the Guardians comic website who also reads Todd's emails. Hmmmm. That's too easy.

Anyway, he's NOT an attorney or of legal counsel in ANY way shape or form but wants to be involved in what happened between us and Todd. Why? I have absolutely no idea how that is ANY of his business.




Anyway, like most idiots, he made things immensely worse. After the voicemail he emailed us several times. We ignored him because he has NOTHING to do with this. He then sent us a slew of Twitter messages which you have to read because they're just hilarious. 1). He accused us (Robb Corporation companies) of not having social media interaction and then when I brought up the lack of social media interaction with his over 1,700 "followers" his answer was; "I barely use Twitter. Nice try though." Really? That's your comeback!? Hahahahaha. 2). He then said I was using my race to my advantage or something? That made no sense to me at all. And he also seems to have NO idea what my race is but he says I'm taking advantage of it. T-shirt! T-shirt! 3). He seems to just collect links from around the web and post them on Twitter. Substance? NOPE!

He then sent various spam/troll messages to our various BUSINESS Facebook pages. He was a non-stop piece of garbage just dragging his smelly baggage everywhere. He then resorted to name calling (dick, douchebag, dumbass, etc). Somebody read the D section in the dictionary today? Good job! :-)

And as if all of that wasn't enough; he said I was harassing him and he's going to report me to Twitter. How stupid is this guy? SERIOUSLY! Again, HE called, HE emailed, HE sent spam/troll messages to various Robb Corporation BUSINESS Facebook pages and sent annoying Twitter messages but somehow I "harassed" him. I had to block him and remove his various nonsense messages which took me away from running my company. This guy!

Here's some free advice Andrew; minding your own business sometimes is the best option. Especially when you're not the most diplomatic person. You just escalated everything and made it worse for racist Todd Black (#racisttoddblackcomic).

I had no idea you EXISTED until YOU started harassing me and my companies. I took out the garbage and I'm now officially done with you, kid. #nomorereplies #accomplishsomething

Networking vs Collecting

I get tons of "add me" requests from people on various social media platforms on a daily basis. I tend to ignore 99% of them. Why? Here's why: imagine entering a social event and walking up to the first random person you see and asking for their number. Sounds idiotic, right? You know nothing about this person and yet instead of introducing yourself and getting to actually know this person you just asked for their number. In your feeble mind that's "networking" because that's how you do it online; send a bunch of random "add me" requests and disguise it as "networking". How idiotic!

Anytime I question one of these "networkers" who send me these appalling random requests they either get aggressive or defensive. Yeah! That's just the kind of person I want to "network" with. Some get very pissed off when I ask what was the point in sending the random request: HOW DARE YOU QUESTION MY RANDOM ADD ME REQUEST!!!!???? Others tell elaborate lies like; their computers did it while they stepped away.

Coming across a person's profile with over 2,000 friends/whatever doesn't say great networker to me: instead, it says great collector. Most likely that person actually knows and speaks to 5-10 people from that collector's list he/she so proudly has on display. I have this theory that people who collect friends usually have very low self-esteem or suffer from other insecurities. To those individuals; collecting "friends" doesn't help, you should seek professional counsel immediately.

Anyway, to all of you who are addicted to clicking that add me button you should think about the social event analogy above and then go outside and get some fresh air. Networking is so much more than just sending idiotic random add me requests with the hope of constantly increasing your "friend" count.

User Generated Content (UGC)



Hey there! Say hello to cat videos and babies biting each other fingers to the tune of a billion views. Yep! That’s billion with a B. These videos are incredibly stupid but for some reason you guys keep watching them. I strongly believe that as we continue to advance in technology we just put our brains on autopilot, sit back, and let the stupidity take over.

Take for example this video (How Animals Eat Their Food): http://youtu.be/qnydFmqHuVo

Funny? Not really. Engaging? Most definitely not. Can I get my almost 90 seconds back please!? I found this video while doing research for the blog post and the reason why I think it got that many views is for one basic reason; we live in an era where stupidity is rewarded and unfortunately, seen as “cool”.

Can I just blame YouTube for democratizing the medium/platform for which this insane lunacy is freely shown? Maybe there are more factors at work here.

"The premise of the "passive" audience at the mercy of a dominant broadcast media industry is fundamental to some of the most influential discussions of how user-created content represents broader social and cultural transformations." Jean Burgess, “User Created Content and Everyday Cultural Practice”. in James Bennett and Niki Strange, eds., Television as Digital Media. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009. pp. 311-328.

So the “sheep” aka the passive audience have no choice but to succumb to the largest video platform in the world? Or do the social and cultural transformations refer to the generation (Gen-S for Stupid) that is now growing up in this era where this is acceptable as entertaining or engaging or an abbreviated SMS word?

I do think they’re sheep but at the same time I think this generation chooses to be that way. They don’t care about thinking or anything of substance which is incredibly sad.




To wrap this up on a positive note: I strongly believe that user generated content can be information or engaging or entertaining or all three. I do believe that well thought out writing, directing, producing, and acting are still fundamentally crucial. And the good news is the platform is there for those who really want to take advantage of it and not just put up mindless nonsense for the masses.