In 1908, Anna Jarvis created the de-facto American Mother’s Day, and she was soon followed by Grace Golden Clayton in creating a Father’s Day. The modern-day commercialization of these holidays is sarcastically best symbolized by the miles-long line to the mall, but at the bottom of the arbitrary nature of holidays is, unmistakably, love for our parents. Whether they are still with us or they’ve moved on, most of us love our parents. True, I have friends who have no love for one parent or another (and for damn good reasons), but most of us can say they’ve at least had a good relationship with their parents.
Today, I happened to be in the Long Island town of Lake Success, at an intersection I won’t specify given that this story involves my presence as an almost-involved observer, a cop, and a guy/gal driving a beautiful Lexus. It also includes an often-absent substance called “justice for traffic violations.”
I was approaching a major traffic artery, what I believe was the Northern State Parkway. Immediately before this highway’s entrance ramps, on my right-hand side of a single-lane-each-way street, there is a small avenue which leads to some residential neighborhoods. It’s more than just polite to leave some space between your car and the one in front of you in the event you cannot clear the whole gap: It is a requirement of the law. I did exactly this, leaving some space between the fellow ahead of me and myself. This was all well and good, and in fact quite normal. Someone coming towards us from the other direction (in America, that’s on my left-hand side) would be able to turn left into the side-street if necessary.
In anticipation of some articles and book announcements, I’ve decided to revamp my website a little bit. Truth be told, it is sort of a step backwards in time as I’m using an older WordPress theme. That said, I’ve nailed down most of the annoying “random text in here” and “ad placement across the entire site” issues.
Today, I applied for a job. Or, rather, I have been applying for many, since I wrote this on my old Ramble About Writing blog back in 2012. We’ve all been there, and many of us are pretty familiar with the process. First, we re-vamp the resume…
|Wanna hire me? I take consulting/promotional work!|
Then we write up a cover-letter that tries to make us seem skilled without sounding self-centered. Then we just hit ctrl+p, grab an envelope and a stamp, and…
No, wait, that’s not how most companies handle resumes anymore. And why should they? There are trees to protect! And not to mention that there are, like, tons of people applying for each job. Let’s start by looking at the education field: I’ve competed against 800 people for a single, one-year-long job as a teacher. Assuming one can even keep one’s resume down to one page (is that one too many ones?), that’s two sheets for each person. Forget a “stack” of resumes, we’re talking about an entire crate, easy. So, naturally, my area devised an automated resume-handling system called “On-Line Application System,” or OLAS. If you think this article is going to complain about OLAS, you’re wrong.
This is a casual update post, mainly so that I can keep readers informed as to what I’ve been up to, lately! You might be surprised at how long this list is…
Articles by Jesse Pohlman
– An article I wrote for TheHill.com’s Congress blog, Gerrymandering Exposed In Florida, was published on December 12, 2014. It’s about the exposure of a scumbag! What more could be better?
– On January 22nd, I received a Daily Kos Community Spotlight for an article I wrote about Saudi Arabia’s new king, Salman, on the eve of King Abdullah’s death. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman – Unexpected Innovator or Alzheimer’s-Stricken King? explored the background of the new ruler, and analyzed some of his strengths as well as weaknesses. It addressed rumors that the new king may be suffering from some form or another of dementia, a disease I know quite well, but so far no major media outlets have played this up. I’ve written other articles at Daily Kos, and I’d encourage you to check them out.
I know, I know; your neighbor got bit by a “dog” and now he’s chasing your children around the house. Zombies are hardly a new thing, but we’re so used to seeing them on TV that we stop thinking about the make-up that goes into creating a good zombie! It’s a good thing Kat Anguera is a master of both the camera and the blood-colored make-up kit.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, check out this good gentleman offering this lady a luscious bouquet!
Unfortunately for him, he might be a touch too late.
This may be a bit belated, but my sci-fi space opera, Protostar: Memoirs Of The Messenger is now available in paperback!
Here’s a five-star review from artist Cecelia Ivy Price: “It’s like Ghost in the Shell meets Outlaw Star (For any old school anime fans.) Intergalactic warfare and furtistic weapons. Get read, highly recommend it!”
Ensign Lahira Ocean is the chief navigator of the Human battleship, the George Washington. Born on the world Magellan, she hails from a wealthy family, and joined the fleet as a precursor to her future as a trade magnate. Aside from astronomic charts and hyper-drive calculations, she studies history as both a pastime, and a lens to understand her life’s path. She regularly muses about retirement, despite her incredible skill at military affairs. Fate intervenes when scanners on a Human-held planet, Hudson, pick up an approaching group of alien ships. The George Washington is deployed to supervise this initial contact, but the greeting Mankind gets is as horrifying as it is stereotypical of a 20th or 21st century science-fiction epic!
Last night, my girlfriend and I had the unbelievable pleasure of going to a movie premier in New York City. Even better, we got the pleasure of going to see Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie! I’m a huge AVGN fan; I even brought my Ghostbusters NES cartridge to get signed. I had to leave before I could get that, however; my dad had a medical procedure the following morning, but damn I wanted it! Why? Mainly because I am an independent author, AVGN’s company Cinemassacre is an independent studio, and in many ways he is an idol of mine. The bulk of the movie, after all, was crowd-funded by his fans through IndieGoGo!
Hello, fellow creators!
…And I realized I have a problem. See, I have a lot of projects on my hands at any given time. Sometimes I get commissioned to write an article, while other times I just end up in a pointless debate with someone on the internet. Most of the time, though, I’m working on a book. There are lots of them I’m working on, and lots more that I’ve de-facto abandoned. That’s probably the greatest shame, because I’ve written them all in my head! Just not on paper! This always saddens me, because I always have another great idea, another new scheme.
Since its very inception, Israel has been up against attackers from all directions. In more recent memory, it has had to fend off missile attacks from the terrorist group Hamas, a group which controls the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian territory in the south-west of the country. I’m all for Israel defending itself; my question has always been, “how?” I absolutely believe Israel shouldn’t have to live with lunatics lobbing rockets into their cities, but the devil is in the details. Just what is Israel supposed to do? Ideally, it should be seeking a lasting peace with its Palestinian neighbors, but let’s examine the tactics it has employed, instead: