Weirdly enough, rather than talk about the highly entertaining film Independence Day, I want to talk about Tom Cruise, for whom I have an affinity because I’m only 1 1/2 years older and damn he keeps himself looking pretty young for that age number—as I think I’m a bit genetically privileged to have for myself.
I rarely watch films a second time. But a few days ago Mission Impossible 3 came up on the Netflix “trending today in Thailand” so I’m what the hell and watch it. Then I watch #2, and then last night between 2 and 4 am when I happened to wake up, War of the Worlds, which is really more of a film about pain in the ass kids…
Now, I’m onto Minority Report and you know what? I liked Vanilla Sky, so I’m going to check that out again.
My suspicion is that making everyone aware of Tom again in advance of the planned November release of Top Gun (about a year and a half late because some folks caught a cold and flu) is a plain good idea and it’s certainly working on me. The man makes films I love to watch.
How about some random pics in a gallery carousel all from within the last week or so, so some thousands of words about what an expat’s life in Phuket, Thailand is like?
I should probably say something about that Bill Cosby one, because once again I called it right. “Coming forward” 30 fucking years later is not “coming forward,” nor is dog-piling because a civil suit might make you a lot of unearned money. Did he probably take some ungentlemanly liberties with the ladies at points along the ways? Probably, but without a microgram of physical evidence it is reduced to “a lot of people said so.”
You want to make a case? Then you bring it in due time and have some evidence, and that’s far more so if it’s criminal, where you seek to lock someone up. Bill was locked up to assuage the feelings of a bunch of people and a societal “conscience,” and that’s it. Not good enough. It’s bullshit.
And yes, I know, the conviction didn’t get tossed because of that, but because he had already made a deal in good faith and it was complete injustice for the State to unilaterally go back on that. Made it into a case of double jeopardy.
Yes, be a gentleman. Also, don’t be a bitch. Pretty decent value exchange if you ask me.
Ok, here’s the big news. I sent this email out to members a couple of days ago.
I’m not being lax in publishing new content; rather, I have been head down in a complete redesign of the blog.
It will pop.
Totally contemporary and modern, great on devices—which more people use to access content. The last time I redesigned Free the Animal was in 2015, six years ago.
Time for a facelift and owing to the paid subscribers, I’m flush to do that without digging into savings. Thank you.
Plus, it helps you because the redesign is of course designed to sucker as many as possible into paying for this new great thing without your advantages of, ‘yea, that’s Richard, whatever, but I want to read it anyway…’
Every dollar counts.
I promise you’ll go “wow, awesome,” two words I hate and eschew using.
Give me a week or so, please.
A wonderfully serendipitous thing happened a few months back. I went out to chat with Tony at his place, FlipSide right on the beach here in Rawai. He’s an English expat here for over 30 years, owns three top restaurants, all along the beach.
So, a couple of his mates were there, Allan and Neil; long story short, I end up asking Allan if he knows anyone local who could help me with WordPress redesign and he referred me across the table to Neil, another Englishman, with a full-fledged WordPress design company here in Thailand, Mediacake.
It should go live in a few days, at a cost of about 20% of what you would expect.
It fucking pops!
But I still have to produce content worthy of paid membership and so I’m very soon to kick off a series I’ve been agonizing with for weeks, a lot of it the result of honestly wondering what it really serves to be agitated and stressed over this assault on global humanity for the last year and a half. I’ve already changed the title of the series twice, wanting to really frame it about what it’s really going to be all about.
That also will be forthcoming within a few days, as will be my series on Testosterone for Old Dudes.
Now go and partake in the festivities.
FUCK YEA! THIS IS OUR ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF VIOLENT MASCULINE EXTREMISM AND BLOOD LUST! HAPPY 4TH OF JULY, GENTLEMEN.
Ladies too. Nobody adores feminine females more than masculine men.
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