Dreamland’s Rhonda Gets the Conversation Started

Rhonda represents the marketing manager who frequently attends conferences or workshops about various forms of online media.

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Netflix is streaming the Australian TV comedy Utopia (due to copyright issues, it is titled Dreamland in the UK, Canada, and US). While it is not a parody documentary (mockumentary), in some ways it is similar to The Office with over-the-top clichéd characters representing the spectrum of incompetence one finds in any bureaucracy of workers — especially within a bureaucracy that is comprised of lots of people who don’t actually know what the goals of the organization are. Shows like this work because there are always a character or two who actually do understand the difference in the substance and the fluff of any organization. It is through their eyes we see the world in which they exist; the world that can, at times, remind us of our own.

Like Silicon Valley, the HBO comedy about a tech startup, the/Dreamland writers are spot-on in capturing the techish-marketing-buzz-speak vocabulary of the mid-2010’s. The creative key to both shows is having the purpose of the organizations be recognizable and somewhat accurate to viewers who work in those fields, while having the personalities and interactions of the characters be recognizable universally.

As you can see from the clip below, Rhonda represents the marketing manager who frequently attends conferences or workshops about various forms of online media. She returns to the office enthusiastically and doggedly drawing priorities away from important projects to superficial online projects.

She is awesome.

The Only Snow Video Posted on the Internet Today

Button in the Snow Video

(NOTE: In the next paragraph, change “feet” to “inches” for more accurate  measurement. I’m factoring in inflation for when the snow of 2016 is talked about in the future.) 

This is the only snow video posted on the internet today by me related to the great blizzard of 2016, the greatest snowfall of all time (until the next one), Nashville received six feet of snow. In DC and New York, they received more than 100 feet of snow, each.

Pensacola flood video and how to help flood, tornado victims

My son joined with many other Pensacola and gulf-coast residents in using kayaks and other small boats to help police and other first-responders transport and evacuate people who were stranded by the region’s flooding

The “eerily quiet” (as a friend so correctly described it) video below was shot by my son yesterday (Wednesday) morning in Pensacola, Fla., after nearly two feet of rain pounded the Alabama and Florida Panhandle gulf coast.

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