Stayin’ Alive: @BruceSallan @lilachbullock @Billy_Delaney @TheJackB @StartYourNovel

blog soup 02.03.2012

Stayin’ Alive: Pulp Fiction, Silly Walks, and TGIF!

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Bee Gees, Stayin’ Alive

1. The REAL Differences Between Men and Women, Part One by Bruce Sallan

Bruce says the sexes are different.

Maybe, they are. [wink]

My comment:

Garl Gustav Jung may have described a man’s soul in feminine-like terms. And a woman’s soul in masculine-like terms.

That said, let it be known that I have a good relationship with my inner, sexy, blonde. She’s a sex bomb. And a princess!

For example, I turn up the volume on my lap top and let the music play.

It starts with a little Haddaway: 

No laughing please. That includes you, Betsy.

After I have skipped around the apartment in my underwear, lifted my arms high, let my hair swing, and spun around a few times to Haddaway, I throw Seal up on the wide screen. 

Seal is so sexy! And Heidi, OMG!

I hold my lighter lit until my thumb has second degree burns. But I keep holding it lit. I don’t let the light die. Not me.

Then, I grab a pillow and bop the white chow chow on the head as Cyndi Lauper tells it like it is.

The white chow chow scurries to hide under the dinner table.

Did I hear a giggle? Don’t! Period.

I hop and skip to the bathroom, light a dozen mango-scented candles, dump two pounds of rose-scented salt into the jacuzzi tub and let the tub to fill.

By this point, Seal is back again on the wide screen. Because I feel amazing!

I’m back in the bathroom, swinging my shoulders to the beat of Seal’s song as I rub Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub in tiny circles across my forehead, around my eyes and lips, and under my chin.

I rinse off the Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub and prepare Dr. Hauschka’s Cleansing Clay Mask.

Enigma’s Return to Innocence is playing now.

The tub is full. I turn on the jacuzzi jets. 

Rose fragrance fills the room as the water froths and bubbles. I close my eyes and imagine standing in the Bulgarian valley of the roses in the last week of May. Kilometers (miles) of pink Dasmascus roses about to bloom.

I step slowly in the hot water and then slide into the tub.

The world falls away. In the distance, I hear Enya’s Orinoco Flow.

I see the waves break against the bow. The sails flap and the boom throws starboard. I lean out over the moving water as the sunfish lifts and dances across the emerald ocean waves.

The sun sparkles across the water like the smile of God.

Eyes still closed, I reach over, unwrap a Mon Cheri, and touch it to my lips. I place it between my teeth and bite gently, enjoying chocolate, sweet liquor, and cherry in their separate flavors.

Vangelis’ Last Mohican comes on.

I kick up some water.

I shout out to my love:

You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.

I throw a bar of rose soap at a bottle of Yes-to-carrots shampoo. The enemy falls from the ridge to their death.

I throw a bar of L’Occitane Verbena at a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Magical Peppermint soap. The enemy slides into the churning waters of death’s cup.

Enya’s May It Be plays.

I stretch. I feel myself alive. I feel gentle and pretty.

Then there’s a sound. A bubble rises to the surface. And it doesn’t smell so pretty.

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Need more Bruce Sallan? Check out the following:

What Will I leave My Boys

Value, Money, Our Kids, and the Real World

Money Money Money and More Money

2. 7 Reasons Why Networking Is A Waste Of Time by Rob Brown

Rob Brown is guest posting for Lilach Bullock.

Rob suggests that the indiscriminate emphasis on networking is foolish.

My comment:

There is something amazing about connecting with other human beings. It’s uplifting. Our hearts and minds are often enlarged in the engagement. We discover ourselves through others. We discover others. The world!

If we are fortunate, we see the gift that the other is for us. And also fortunate – if they see the gift that we are to them.

Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31

Regardless of the event, platform, or attendance, what really counts is your attitude, where your heart is, and your commitment to love, give, and shine. 

Curate people (not content), connect others with each other, and unleash the dreams and beauty of others to shine out in this world!

Thanks Lilach and Rob for the inspiration!

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Need more Lilach Bullock? Check out the following:

Social Media Experts – How to spot the fake ones

Why you should be guest blogging

How Often Should You Write a Blog Post

3. Is this the year of video for blogging and marketing your business? by Billy Delaney

Billy is not the only one excited about Youtube. RWW hails YouTube as a change agent for global economic transformation.

Asks Billy:

This year I have read that Blogging is going to be taken over by video. Could this be true?

My short answer: No.

My comment:

Let’s get some things straight.

1. I like Billy.

I think Billy writes beautifully. Often, he lifts the curtain for us to see the fool behind it. And, sometimes, it is us. Last but not least, Billy shares with his head, hands, and heart.

I especially like his recent blog posts about the sinking ship, his hand me down iPhone 3GS, and breaking the egg in social media.

2. Billy is right! He’s right that if you want to speak to the world, you’ll have to do it in a way that’s easy to consume. And video is perfect.

3. The dawn of Idiocracy is upon us.

a. The proliferation of crappy and copyright infringed video and music will suck more than the proliferation of crappy writing and copyright infringed copy.

b. And most people will be ok with that. [laughing]

Billy is right on. If you want to engage people beyond your core service or business and direct interaction, video is as good as crack.

As I mentioned in a recent discussion on #kiwkchat, video is the obvious win-win if…

1. If you can afford to do it right
2. If it can be done to the level of your brand
3. If it can be done to the level of your customer’s expectations of your services/product/offer

I have had the opportunity to direct video production, serve as a creative director on video story production, write scripts and stories, and assist in the recording of voices, music, and sound. Without any formal education, training, or certification! But with some help from young professionals who knew a few things – but not all things.

Sometimes, it turned out ok-ish.

Ok-ish isn’t cheap. It was cheaper, of course, than going to a professional film maker slash advertising production company.

$15,000 for something ok-ish. I saved about $10,000 each time. I was thrilled about the savings for our self-promo work. And so were my clients when it was client work.

Did I mention that I already had a team of salaried graphic designers, illustrators and fine artists, and audio engineers for the software development that I was doing? Not to mention that I paid for professional consulting at “friendly” rates.

OK, yes, the proliferation of amateur and bad video has diminished our sensibilities and prolly we can get away with okish things easily for $10,000 a pop. And I know plenty of professionals that are ready to work with me on client work. These days, they’ll do a gig for about $15,000.

The Youtube platform also reduces these costs because if we are only talking about YouTube quality: the quality of picture and sound don’t require all of the art, technology, and skill that goes into something being presented well on a 50-inch or wider screen with 5.1 surround sound.

I am not a professional videographer. Nor am I a professional film maker. I’m all about the online thing and, yes, it is also true that everything happens online. Anyway, I do have friends that serve Hollywood and the like. And they don’t think I’m talking out of my ass.


How come no one ever wonders how a nobody like me got background vocals from Robert Pattinson, the male lead of the hit movie Twilight, for my podcast, Do not be afraid?

So, let’s say you find someone who agrees to make you 12 videos/year for $84,000. For something ok-ish. If your market is 10s of millions (or more) of customers, it would be stupid not to do it. Or if you want to market to 10s of millions of potential customers. OR if your revenues are 10s of millions of Dollars or Euros.

But even if that’s your situation, it’s prolly something you’ve never done, and you don’t saddle up on new expenses justlikethat [sic].

So here we are, Billy, me, the Jack B (aka Abigail), and Dr. Jack King for example and our economics aren’t in the tens of millions. Not yet. [grin]

What are we going to do?

That’s a lot of hats for one man (or woman) to wear: camera man, graphic artist, video editor, sound engineer, script writer, creative director, producer, and director. And, honestly, I think it’s ridiculous to try to wear that many hats, myself. They just don’t sit well (or topple) on the crown.

What are we going to do?!

Collaboration is the only right answer.

What can you do for the professional videography team? Something that makes it worth it to his/her team to do things with you?

Sometimes we’re looking so hard for a competitive edge… that we will champion a vorpal sword that will, snicker snack, and cut our hands off.

Or toes.

Perhaps, that explains my silly walk.

Oh- below is an unfinished video that I worked on last year. It has a long, long way to go yet.

Subscribe to Billy Delaney’s Blog, Social Tango

Need more Billy Delaney? Check out the following:

What happens when you place a potential customer before an actual one?

Getting an Education vs Getting Learning!

Ever Feel Like This When You Go Onto The Social Media Stream?

4. How An Ugly Toe Turned Into A Great Opportunity by Abigail Van Buren (aka The JackB)

Explains Jack:

Sunday afternoon I got out of bed and my legs gave out from under me. It was mutiny most foul and I haven’t a clue why it happened.

But, more importantly, Jack gives thanks:

Thank you universe. You have given me more than I shared and more than I realized.

My comment:

Writes Jack:

Sometimes, pain leads to something better.

Perhaps, it all depends on what we do with that pain.

Do we correct the course? Fill the sail? Turn right more often than spinning around and around?

It’s something to think about.

Subscribe to Abigail Van Buren’s blog, The Jack B.

Need more Abigail Van Buren? Check out the following:

Blogging Should be Like Great Sex – Fun!

How To Deal With Mean Girls & Mean Moms

How 3,000 Sycophants Made One Man A Better Blogger

5. I Remember All the Fleas On My Back by J.M. Bell

Bell concludes:

The Elephant Grandmaster would stomp the emissaries’ balls if she got wind of the incident.

Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Nessun Dorma

My humble contribution:

“Jiggerface, yeah, how’d he get a face like that?”

I know she was wondering that too. Maybe, it was the new crocodile which wasn’t so new since the new crocodile had been around for at least a nickel’s worth of years.

“Just kill him, bring me his beady face and fat head, and you can have the chick or the car,” she replied and stomped her heavy foot.

“I want both,” I told her as I tossed her a peanut.

The salty peanut distracted her.

“We’ll talk about it,” she said as she swallowed the peanut.

“It savors if you chew,” I suggested. Then, I made a gesture as if about to toss her the brown bag of peanuts.

“Ok-ok-ok. Chick and car. Just do it,” she gasped.

I tossed it to her. She put her face in the bag.

“You know, the peanuts are free at Five Guys,” I laughed. But she was too busy stuffing her face to hear my contempt.

Subscribe to JM Bell’s blog, Start Your Novel.

Need more JM Bell? Check out the following:

What can Monty Python teach you about writing?

What can Woody Allen teach you about writing?

What can Darth Vader teach you about writing?


If you think that this blog post sucks, let me know in your comment and don’t forget to include a link to YOUR favorite blog post.

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Stan Faryna
03 February 2012
Bucharest, Romania


No fairies were harmed during the writing and publishing of this blog post.

18 Responses to Stayin’ Alive: @BruceSallan @lilachbullock @Billy_Delaney @TheJackB @StartYourNovel

  1. saulman says:

    Woody Allen could teach us to tweet; after all, he started out writing jingles for radio commercials: short and with impact.

    • Stan Faryna says:

      Here’s some Woody Allen quotes for you to tweet, Saul.

      I am not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens. – Woody Allen

      I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. – Woody Allen

      I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia. – Woody Allen

  2. Are you sure you didn’t harm any fairies, Stan? Because they’re a hypersensitive lot — they take damage from a distance.

    In response to one of your questions above, I believe we should turn right more often. Going around in circles may be fun for a while, but it gets boring eventually.

    Apropos of nothing, I have a few chunks of meteoric iron I can spare, should you want to reforge your own vorpal sword.

    • Stan Faryna says:

      No way! You too?!

      I have a modest collection of gemmy and iron meteorites – but not enough to make a vorpal sword. We need about 20 kgs and $100k for the sword maker.

      That reminds me of the time I was properly introduced to a Japanese cultural treasure in that region that was recently devastated by the Tsunami.

      He was making a demon-slaying blade for a katana. The meteoritic iron had been stolen from the British Museum of something or other (London) by contract. Ninjas, I suppose.

      As strange as it may sound, this was not a laughing matter to the sword maker. And that made an impression on me.

      A million dollars or more had been spent to procure an unnamed person with a sword to kill, presumably, actual demons on this earth. It would not be a sword of decoration.

  3. billdorman says:

    Ah Billy D; the ‘other’ Billy D……….:); and Mr Witness Protection Program himself TheJackB. I know others on this list and they deserve all the recognition you have bestowed on them. They all have their own unique talent and I enjoy them all. Thanks for sharing.

    • Stan Faryna says:


      Your encouragement is persistent and unflagging. Thanks, buddy.

      So are you saying that the blog soup is getting to be just too much reading? [grin]

  4. No. When I come to read here, I make the coffe or tea; and then I take it seriously and read.
    Thanks for lighting me up, no pun, here on your site; and I do appreciate it. You have a great platform here and lifting us little guys and gals like this… well makes you all the bigger sir!
    Thanks for running the rule over the video thingy. Let me add one thing. I’m impressed with your background in the subject of video and things that move. I’m impressed that you see the issues and understand that quality is going to need to be excellent to overcome crap!
    Thus my one thing: Steven Washer… He is that answer for me! I’m not ready yet to put up on the pixels, but by the end of the summer I’ll be looking for your input please.

    Stan, I’d share my last glass of water with you and think it worth the while… Billy

    • Stan Faryna says:


      Never hesitate to throw down a link on my blog.

      I’ve gotten as far as page two. His approach is interesting to be sure.

      BTW, I took what you had written to me, took it another step. Hopefully, it will bring a smile. You’ll see on Monday’s blogsoup.

      Thank you, Billy. That is the essence of friendship, I believe. To unhesitatingly share ourselves and what is ours to give. Not theoretically, but actually and often.

  5. Betsy Cross says:

    You are a brainy, fun-loving NUT!

    • Stan Faryna says:

      Brainy? Really?! That’s funny. It’s a label thats hard for me to embrace- though I wish I were so.

      I just don’t see myself as brainy. I lack the IQ score. But it still hurts to admit it. [sigh]

      Nut. Ah – yes! As hard as I try to get away from it, as much as it sticks to the bottom of my shoe. Like bubble gum. And makes each step just a little silly.

  6. Jammed for time but grateful to be included. Hope it is a great weekend for everyone.

  7. Stan Faryna says:

    Ride, postman, ride!

  8. So honored that you featured me with Heidi…lol.

    Thanks much, Stan…I really believe those differences between men and women. OUR differences should be celebrated not made irrelevant. We were MADE different for a great reason and I wish our universities would GET that these differences do NOT have a value judgement attached to them. They are just what makes the world go ’round!

  9. Who knew you had a sense of humor LOL 🙂

  10. Ok. Now. The REAL difference between men and women, Part 1… You were, kinda, just a little bit, starting to disturb me and my nice little bubble here in Alaska.

    I got all the way through reading, and I, like Billy, know that when I sit down to Blog Soup, first things first must take place. Must take a potty break- before. Must make a fresh pot of coffee and have it within arms reach and don’t forget snacks!

    I agree completely with our favorite lady- YOU. ARE. A. BRAINY. NUT. (with one addition) CASE. …and I don’t CARE what your IQ SCORE was way oh way back when you were tested! (But then, I usually do agree with BKC.)

    And I have to admit, when I got down to Nisha’s comment I had to put my head between my knees I was laughing so hard!

    Is it Spring in Romania? (I should have payed WAY more attention in geography) Cause you are acting lately like it is Spring… Just wondering.

    • Stan Faryna says:

      It’s snowing- off and on. But it has warmed up this weekend to merely freezing. Last week had bitter lows around -20 degrees C. Or 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

      I loved Nisha’s comment too!

      So, tell me, what is the real difference between men and women! [warm smile]

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