June 26th, 2011


In Your Facebook

The story so far....

My dad mentioned that he updated his Facebook and found a listing for me on there.

I hyped as I do not have a Facebook and, given Facebook and recent privacy concerns, I feel I'm right to do so.

I ask for advice to delete a Facebook page, which gets a number of helpful suggestions.

I also realize it might be possible that I signed up for a Facebook page and just never did anything with it, so I forgot about it, so it might be an error on my part.

We now return to our story already in progress.

I'm hanging out with mornblade , and he mentions he tried to do a search for this Facebook page of mine, but he came up empty.  We discuss various permutations of my name and such that might yield better results.  I head for home, but I can't fall asleep.  The discussion with Mornblade keeps playing over and over in my head.  I decide to look for some answers myself, figuring Mornblade and I can coordinate our answers later.

I jump online and start Googling my real name and some of the permutations we discussed.  Nothing comes up, but I do get one hit for my father's Facebook page.  I think, shit, this is getting stupid!

So I go to Facebook's log in page.  I select that I forgot my password.  What is your email address?  I use one address as a spam catcher, so I type that in.  It says there is no profile on Facebook matching that email address.  I try my names, both pen name and real.  Eventually, the list whittles down, and Facebook is basically asking me if I'm my father.

By now, I'm staring at the screen in frustration.  I just want to know if there is a profile for me so I can get rid of it.  But, apparently, I can't even search pages on Facebook without logging in.  But I don't want to create an account just to delete an account.  Evidence is suggesting there isn't even a page for me there.  How can I....

...I type in my dad's email address.  I focus my brainpower on what he would use as a password.  I got it on the first try.  Hey, dad!  Know how you like to brag you're more tech savvy than me because you have a Facebook?  KISS MY POLISH ASS!

I spent about fifteen minutes running through everything I could find, not easy as I have no idea how Facebook's features work.  But after searching, I can't find a single reference to me.  I find a few people with my name, but they are in places like Australia and such.  My dad said the profile he found matched me exactly, from location to date of birth to everything.  Nothing.  Zip.  Zilch.  Nada.  Goose egg.

I get the distinct impression daddy lied to me.  Well, at least I know I don't have a FAILbook now.  I'm going to bed.
Just One More Thing

The Facebook Affair -- Epilogue

My teacher has read my post about the Facebook nonsense.  We're talking on the phone this morning.

It had to be a bluff, I tell her.  He doesn't even know how to use Facebook.

"What makes you so sure?"

He called me from Florida, asking how it worked.  He signed up because others in the family post pictures of their trips and families, and he wanted to see them.  But he can't get to any of the pictures.  Last time he tried logging in was something like a year ago.

"He doesn't use it that much?"

Apparently.  He complained that he would check Facebook every day, but there was never anything new to see or read there.

"Send him the link to your blog.  That'll fix him."


* freeze frame on the two of us laughing like buddies *


Green Lantern Stays In The Limelight

No one expected Green Lantern to be the number one movie this weekend.  Pixar was sending out Cars 2, one of Disney's biggest merchandising franchises, there's no way it would fail.  But with last weekend's anemic performance, everyone was crossing their fingers and hoping for the best.

Cars 2 stormed to $68 mil.  Green Lantern fell to #3 with $18.4 mil, finishing behind Bad Teacher with Cameron Diaz ($31 mil).  Wow.  Who knew she was still a box office draw?

For those who don't do the maths, that constitutes a 65% drop in audience for Green Lantern.  Generally, films will see a drop of 50%.  This is nearly two-thirds.  This is huge.  This is horrible.  This calls for a sequel.

No, really.

Warner Bros. has confirmed they are moving forward with Green Lantern 2, even though they are disappointed with the film's performance.  And everyone is asking why.

Actually, I think I can figure out why.  Keep in mind, we only know about the costs they put on the books.  Creative accounting and all that.  You think I jest?  The production company behind Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix claims the film hasn't turned a profit yet, even though it's made over $500 mil worldwide.

Part of what made the budget for Superman Returns so high was that the final tally included all the pre-production costs for the previously undone versions of Superman Returns, like Kevin Smith's version (a Superman without powers?  ooooOOOOkay), Tim Burton's version, etc.  The film itself wasn't so expensive, it was the add-ons.  Disney's Tangled is one of the most expensive movies ever made because they developed new animation techniques for it then discarded them for the current look and feel.

Green Lantern already has a huge amount of the heavy lifting done.  The world of Oa and such, the character models, are already done.  They aren't going to redesign any of it or spritz it up, technology has evolved as much as it needs to.  The first movie paid for the Lego bricks, the second just reuses them.  Hopefully, they can afford a decent script this time.

The Japanese do interesting things for their movies.  The Final Fantasy movie, one of my all time favorites, was actually profitable despite bombing at the box office.  This was because Sony sold off so many rights for things like action figures and such, they were in the black by the time the movie came out.  Roger Corman did this all the time, but only with movie rights, since merchandising didn't exist on the scale it does now.  Part of the reason Disney bought Marvel was not because the movies did well, but because the merchandise sold like crazy.  For all the money spent on Iron Man 2, it still pulled in more.  And Disney sees even more coming with the fan following for The Avengers gearing up for next year.  The movies are basically two hour commercials now.

There has been a ton of Green Lantern merchandise everywhere.  It looks like it has sold enough to make Warners look at a film that won't break even at the box office and won't cost them anything to show on their cable stations (they own HBO, and could probably get it on Cartoon Network where they can sell advertising) to make them look at the estimated $100 mil advertising tab and $200 mil budget and say, "Yeah, let's go around again."

The downside is this means scheduling might mean Ryan Reynolds can't do the Deadpool movie.  THAT'S the real tragedy in this.

Hungry Like The Wolf

My post yesterday about Great Comics That Never Existed brought back this memory.  The guy who drew this participated in the Draw Supergirl and Draw Batgirl meme's.  He came up with this idea and drew it out.

When I first saw it, I actually thought it was an actual cover and started searching online for a copy.  This would have been awesome.

This reminds me, I haven't done any work on any of my projects except Hannah Singer in a loooooooong time.  Not even Red Riding Hood.  God, I hate overtime.