Thursday, November 29, 2007
When an hourlong episode of television is streamed on the Internet, writers would get a flat $250 payment for one year of reuse. That's $250 as opposed to, for example, $20,000 per episode when it's reused on network television. They proposed nothing new on downloads, it's still the DVD formula for those (ie. two-thirds of a penny for an iTunes download). For theatrical movies, they're offering exactly $0.00 on streaming. Oh, and they want to be able to define any content they like as "promotional" -- for which they would pay zero dollars. Even if they stream an entire film or tv episode, and even if they sell ads on it, they can call that promotional and pay us nothing.
So the writers will be striking for awhile longer.
Peter Wallsten of the Los Angeles Times: "I can take them off."
Bush: "I'm interested in the shade look, seriously."
Wallsten: "All right, I'll keep it, then."
Bush: "For the viewers, there's no sun."
Wallsten: "I guess it depends on your perspective."
--an exchange with legally blind reporter Peter Wallsten, to whom Bush later apologized, Washington, D.C., June 14, 2006
In her 1913 novel Pollyanna, American author Eleanor Hodgman Porter introduced an orphan whose father had taught her "to find something about everything to be glad about." Pollyanna called her goodness quests the "just being glad game," and she played it to the hilt. The characters in the book admired Pollyanna's ability to look on the bright side, but in the real world people often find such excessive optimism a bit nauseating. That more cynical attitude toward extreme cheerfulness prompted people to start using the character's name as a term for anyone given to blind optimism and what some writers called "sentimental rot."
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Carson Daly is back to work on his late night show. David Letterman has been paying his staff while the strike continues and Jay Leno is out on the picket lines delivering donuts. And Carson decides to cross the picket lines...
"Calumny" comes from the Middle French word calmonie, which traced to the Latin word calumnia, meaning "false claim," or "trickery." The original Latin base was calvi, meaning "to deceive."
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Yesterday's answer: Warren Zevon
"Rathskeller" derives from two German nouns: Rat (also spelled Rath in early Modern German), meaning "council," and Keller, which means "cellar." The etymology reflects the fact that at one time many rathskellers were located in the basements of council houses, which were equivalent to town halls. (The oldest rathskeller found in Germany today is said to date from the first half of he 13th century.) The earliest known use of "rathskeller" in English dates from 1766, but the word wasn't commonly used until the 1900s. Although the German word is now spelled Ratskeller, English writers have always preferred the spelling with the "h" - most likely to avoid any association with the word "rat."
Sunday, November 25, 2007
"Sequacious" traces back to the Latin sequac - (or sequax), which means "inclined to follow" and comes from sequi, "to follow." The original and now archaic meaning of "sequacious" was "inclined to follow" or "subservient, tractable." Although that meaning might as easily describe someone who willingly dropped into line behind a war leader, or who was unusually compliant or obedeient in any sense, the concept gradually narrowed into the image of someone who blindly adopts another's ideas without much thought. Labeling a person "sequacious" is not very complimentary, implying a slavish willingness to adopt a thought or opinion. It is also possible to accuse someone of "sequacity," but that would be equally unkind.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Here's what's being done by fans for the WGA strike: "Now is the time to save ALL our shows. MAIL PENCILS pencils to the AMPTP and to any studios whose shows you enjoy...
Maybe we can help the studios see just how much support the WGA has. And maybe, just maybe, we can give them a graceful way out (not because they're buckling under the writers' demands, but because they care so much about their audience. Us. And isn't that supposed to be their job?"
-- Nikki Finke, 11/12/07
Okay, what is Pencils2MediaMoguls?
We’re asking people to use our site to buy pencils to send to the six media moguls who run the six corporate conglomerates.
A lot of different fan sites were suggesting that people send pencils to networks and studios. United Hollywood and Strike Points met with some of the television showrunners, and together we decided to follow the fans’ lead.
Pencils have become the symbol of our cause: We are putting them down until we get a fair deal.
Symbolism, whatever. Let’s face it -- isn’t this kind of a waste of pencils?
We were worried about that too, so we found a vendor who makes environmentally sensitive product: California Republic Stationers. Their pencils are made from sustainably harvested wood, which means they don’t deforest.
We’ll also send the media moguls suggestions about where they can donate the pencils to non-profits that teach kids how to write. After all, the CEOs aren’t writers. It’s not like they can use them.
What happens to the money from the pencils?
Anything we have left over from our costs will go into the Union Solidarity Fund, which was created to help non-WGA members affected by the strike.
So who are these “media moguls”?
They are the six men who run the multi-media conglomerates, the companies that control almost everything you see on tv or in the movies. These individual CEOs have the power and influence to make a fair deal and end the strike, if they choose.
Leslie Moonves, President, CEO
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Jeffrey Immelt, CEO
General Electric (NBC/Universal)
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
Rupert Murdoch, Chairman, CEO
News Corporation (Fox)
1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Jeffrey L. Bewkes, President, COO
Time Warner Inc. (Warner Brothers)
1 Time Warner Center
New York, NY 10019
Robert Iger, President, CEO
Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Sumner Redstone, Chairman
New York, NY 10036
Why can’t I just buy some pencils and mail them myself?
You can! We just wanted to take our fans' great idea and make it easier. We’re taking a leaf from the Jericho campaign in which fans contracted with one vendor who could pool all their purchases together. That way, instead of individual bags of nuts, fans sent truckloads of nuts to CBS.
We’ve contracted with a single vendor to buy all the pencils for the same reason. We can deliver all of them in bulk, a truckload at a time, so the impact will be (we hope) greater.
You can mail pencils yourself if you want to, but joining together seems to have a better chance of getting noticed. It’s worked in the past.
If you do decide to mail pencils yourself, just make sure they’re not sharpened. And please be polite. (We know how hard that is. Trust us.)
How come it’s a buck a box?
That price covers purchase and delivery of 12 pencils. (They’ll probably be packed by pallets instead of in individual boxes.)
And did we mention the “sustainably forested” thing?
All right, responsible pencils, I get it. But in the end, what are you trying to accomplish here?
We want the media moguls to start negotiating in good faith. We want the strike to end with a fair deal for both sides.
If we get a fair deal, it helps the actors, the directors, and the below-the-line crew members. Their deals are directly tied to ours.
Click to send a message to the moguls: It’s time to make a fair deal. We’re all on the same page.
"Aphelion" and "perihelion" are troublesome terms. Which one means "nearest the sun" and which one means "farthest away"? An etymology lesson may help here. The "ap" of "aphelion" derives from a New Latin prefix that means "away from" (just remember "a" for "away"); "peri-," on the other hand, means "near." And how are "aphelion" and "perihelion" related to the similar-looking astronomical pair "apogee" and "perigee"? Etymology explains again. "Aphelion" and "perihelion" are based on the Greek word helios, meaning sun, while "apogee" and "perigee" are based on gaia, meaning "earth." The first pair refers to distance in relation to the sun; the second pair refers to distance in relation to the earth.
Friday, November 23, 2007
"Curse," "cobweb," "witch," "ghost" - all of these potentially spooky words have roots in Old English. "Eldritch" also comes from a time when otherworldly beings were thought to inhabit the earth. The word is about 500 years old and is believed to have come from the Middle English oelfrice, from the Old English oelf and rice (words that meant, literally, "elf kingdom").
Thursday, November 22, 2007
All this means that if I disappear from posting now and than it's just because I'm overwhelmed at work, not that I'm vanishing for good. The days can get awful long and sometimes all I want to do is come home and go to bed, so we'll have to see how things go on a day to day basis.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
On Thanksgiving Day (November 22), a group of Writers Guild Of America members will begin posting Public Service Announcements featuring A-list Screen Actors Guild talent as part of an independent WGA membership's "Speechless" campaign conceived by director/writer George Hickenlooper and writer Alan Sereboff. For the first time in the TV and movie industry, high-profile SAG actors will be taking their talents directly and exclusively to the Internet -- the very medium which is at the center of the current WGA labor strike against the Alliance Of Motion Picture & Television Producers.
The spots will begin appearing on Thursday morning which will begin posting Thanksgiving Day and run exclusively on DeadlineHollywood.com through Sunday night. Beginning Monday, they can be found on SpeechlessWithoutWriters.com with links on UnitedHollywood.com and every day thereafter during the duration of the strike.
Included are SAG talent such as Sean Penn, Holly Hunter, Laura Linney, Alan Cumming, Jay Leno, Harvey Keitel, Kate Beckinsale, Tina Fey, Tim Robbins, Gary Marshall, David Schwimmer, Patricia Clarkson, James Franco, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Martin Sheen, Josh Brolin, Susan Sarandon, Andre 3000, Chazz Palminteri, Jason Bateman, Christine Lahti, Patricia Arquette, Jenna Elfman, Olivia Wilde, Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss, Eva Longoria, Justine Bateman, Joshua Jackson, Rosanna Arquette, Diane Ladd, Rebecca Romjin, Minnie Driver, Nicollette Sheridan, Robert Patrick, Matthew Perry, Ed Asner, and America Ferrera and the cast of Ugly Betty. Arrangements have been made to also shoot Woody Allen, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jane Fonda, Marisa Tomei, Ethan Hawke, Jason Alexander, Charlize Therone, Minnie Driver, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Many, many more are also in the works.
Here's how the PSAs came about: During the first day of the strike, director/writer George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl) and writer Alan Sereboff (The Red House) were struck by the talent surrounding them on the picket line. Hickenlooper suggested to Sereboff that they focus their energies on a creative campaign. That night, they met at WGA Headquarters with writers Ian Deitchman (Life As We Know It), Justin Zakham (The Bucket List) and director Josh Marston (Maria Full of Grace). After conferring, the team came to an agreement: What better way to bring attention to the issues regarding the Internet then to use the Internet itself?
Hickenlooper, evoking the style of Factory Girl, suggested shooting Warhol-esque screen tests of major SAG talent not saying anything on camera, thus showing their solidarity with the WGA. And Sereboff offered the concept "Speechless," where prominent SAG actors stood silently in front of the camera, ultimately writing and holding up a sign that simply read, "Speechless". Campaigns combined under one name, Hickenlooper and Sereboff joined with WGA/SAG member Kamala Lopez (I Heart Huckabees) and began reaching out to fellow creatives. Within a few days, Hickenlooper/Sereboff had recruited fellow DGA members Wayne Kramer (The Cooler), Paul Haggis (The Valley of Ellah), Rod Lurie (The Contender), WGA writers Steve Pink (Gross Pointe Blank), Jordan Mechner (Prince of Persia), two-time Emmy winning writer Jill Kushner (Ellen), Chic Eglee (Executive Producer, The Shield) in addition to the writing staff of The Tonight Show. SAG board member/actress Justine Bateman became involved and was instrumental in recruiting many of her fellow SAG actors to participate.
The "Speechless" idea quickly took off and, after a single day of filming, the team learned that the support of major A-list SAG talent was so overwhelming that many wanted to do more than just a screen test. After extensive conversations with various actors, it was decided that the screen tests might be expanded to improvisational scene work that would be done to entertain those of the public who might not be aware of the importance of the writer, and at the same time create mystery and intrigue surrounding the UnitedHollywood.com website.
On the second day of filming, the screen tests quickly evolved into actual short moments and sometimes full-fledged scenes. The result is a unique series of PSAs bringing together talent in solidarity. The "Speechless" campaign has thus far stockpiled several dozen very creative and innovative spots in black & white, ranging in length from 15 seconds to 4 minutes long.
The "Speechless" campaign support team includes music composer Anthony Marinelli, who is dedicating his time to scoring the spots; Clint Bennett, sound engineer; Joel Marshall, technical advisor; Jill Kushner production manager; Kamala Lopez and Melissa Cochran, editors; Mical shemesh, editor; Justin Schumacher, production sound; and Ian Deitchman who is putting together the website.
For more information regarding the "Speechless" campaign contact SpeechlessWithoutWriters@gmail.com.
There's more than one "spiel." Today's featured noun sense is well known, and most people realize that "spiel" can be used as a verb for the act of talking extravagantly. The verb can also mean "to play music"; in fact, that was its original English sense, one it shares with its German root, spielen. In Scottish English, "spiel" is also sometimes uses as a shortened form of "bonspiel," a name for a match or tournament of the icy game of curling.
"There was one problem. It was not true," McClellan writes, according to a brief excerpt released Tuesday. "I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest-ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice president, the president's chief of staff and the president himself."
Hard to imagine, isn't it?
Monday, November 19, 2007
45. SARAH MICHELLE GELLARIt's weird to think that in the beginning, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a movie, not a TV show. Even weirder: imagining anyone other than Gellar in the title role. Whether performing quippy comedy, ass-kicking, or intense drama (Buffy's struggle with the sudden death of her mother in ''The Body'' was one bravura hour), Gellar defined the full-service cult-pop diva. Her maybe-it's-Maybelline celebrity status among young women helped build The WB and usher in the era of demo-driven TV.
"Draconian" comes from Draco, the name of a seventh-century B.C. Athenian legislator who created a written code of law. Draco's code was intended to clarify preexistent unwritten laws, but their severity has long been associated with the Athenian's name. In Draco's code, even minor offenses were punishable by death, and failure to pay one's debts could result in slavery. "Draconian," as a result, became associated with things cruel or harsh, but not necessarily as dire as Draco's laws. Today the word is used in a wide variety of ways and often refers to measures (steep parking fines, for example) that are relatively minor when compared with death and slavery.
Thursday, November 15, 2007 – Garth Brooks canceled his appearances on The View and Ellen in support of the writers strike underway in Hollywood.
Brooks was going to appear on the shows to support the release of his greatest hits plus disc, "The Ultimate Hits."
His publicist said, "This is the first time in many years that he has not done television in support of his music. His first appearance on television was to have been The Tonight Show, however the strike happened that day. We believe he is the first artist with product in the marketplace to not have the support of these appearances. Garth is proud of the position he has taken since he hopes to be a writer in the not too distant future."
I've never been a fan of Mr. Brook's music, but he has my upmost respect for his actions.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
The adjective "hallowed" probably doesn't give you the shivers - or does it? "Hallowed" is the past participle of the verb "hallow," a term that descends from the Middle English halowen. That word can in trun be traced back to halig, Old English for "holy." During the Middle Ages, "All Hallows' Day" was the name for what Christians now call All Saint's Day, and the evening that preceded All Hallows' Day was "All Hallow Even" - or, as we know it today, Halloween.
Friday, November 16, 2007
In its native Swiss German, Putsch originally meant "knock" or "thrust," but these days it's used in both German and English to refer to the kind of government overthrow also known as a coup d'etat. "Putsch" debuted in English in June of 1920, just three months after the tumultuous Kapp Putsch, in which Wolfgang Kapp and his right-wing supporteres attempted to overthrow the German Weimar government. Putsch attempts were common in Weimar Germany, so the word appeard often in the stories of the English journalists who described the insurrections. In 1923, Adolf Hitler himself attempted a putsch (known as the Beer Hall Putsch), but he ultimately gained control of the German government via other means.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
1. Will Hoge: "Ain't No Sunshine"
2. Shannon McNally: "Now That I Know"
3. Theresa Anderson: "Borderline"
4. Susan Cowsill: "Just Believe It"
5. Lori McKenna: "Mars"
6. Waifs: "Bridal Train"
7. Alejandro Escovedo: "Gravity/Falling Down"
8. Kelly Willis: "Nobody Wants To Go To The Moon Anymore"
9. Ani Difranco: "32 Flavors"
10. Buddy Miller: "Worry Too Much"
11. Lily Holbrook: "Mama, I'm Coming Home"
12. Maggie Brown: "Forty Dollars"
13. Richard Thompson: "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"
According to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the term idee fixe was coined by French composer Hector Berlioz in 1830, who used it to describe the principal theme of his magnum opus, the Symphonie fantastique. That reference goes on to say that at about the same time the French novelist Honore de Balzac used idee fixe in Gobseck to describe an obsessive idea. By 1836, Balzac's more generalized use of the term had carried over into English, where "idee fixe" was embraced as a clinical and literary term for a persistent preoccupation or delusional idea that dominates a person's mind. Although it is still used in both sychology and music, nowadays "idee fixe" is also applied to milder and more pedestrain obsessions.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
As you might have guessed, "vacuous" has the same root as "vacuum": the Latin adjective vacuus, meaning "empty." This root also gave us the noun "vacuity" (the oldest meaning of which is "an empty space") as well as the verb "evacuate" (originally "to remove the contents of: empty"). Its predecessor, the verb vacare, is an ancestor of the words "vacation" and "vacancy," as well as "void." All these words suggest an emptiness of space, or else a fleeing of people or things from one place to another. "Vacuous" first appeard in English in the middle of the 17th century, literally describing something that was empty. It acquired its figurative usage, describing one who is lacking any substance of the mind, in the mid-1800s.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Called the comic book industry’s “first online archive of more than 2,500 back issues, including the first appearances of Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Incredible Hulk.”, Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited will offer the archive in a high-resolution format on computer screens for $59.88 a year, or at a monthly rate of $9.99, at Marvel’s website.
To Help push this Marvel will offer a free 250 issue sampler for readers to try out. New issues will not be available online until six months after their publication date.
I spend a lot of time on the internet and get a lot of information from it. I like reading the different blogs and websites, but for me the way to read a comic is laying on your back with the comic on your chest, flipping the pages as you try to find out what happens next. I know I'm the wrong generation, this is aimed at the younger generation that doesn't mind reading comics on their computer screen. I wonder what long range effect this will have on the monthly comic book itself.
In the Middle Ages, "demen" was a fateful word. Closely related to "doom," this precursor of "deem" meant "to act as a judge" or "to sentence, condemn, or decree." These meanings passed to "deem" itself, but we haven't used it that way since the early 17th century. Though it's still frequently used in legal contexts, today "deem" means "to judge" only in a broader sense, as in "the act was deemed unlawful" or "the defendant is deemed to have agree to the contract." Outside the law, "deem" usually means simply "to consider." Some usage commentators view "deem" as pretentious, but it's well established in both literary and journalistic contexts.
Monday, November 12, 2007
A new weekly feature is up today at Voices to hear. This week I talk about an album instead of an artist or group. The album is Song of America and it's a 3-cd set of songs from our history. This is a unique album and worth checking out.
In addition I've added a few other posts on some concerts I've seen.
Go check it out...and leave some comments. Let me know what you think.
The verb "purport" may be more familiar nowadays, but the noun "purport" (a synonym of "gist," as in "gave the purport of her speech in a few words") is a bit older. The noun passed into English from Anglo-French in the mid 1400s. Anglo-French also had the verb purporter (meaning both "to carry" and "to mean"), which itself combined the prefix pur- ("throroughly") and the verb porter ("to carry"). But English-speakers apparently waited another six decades to employ the verb. The first recorded use of "purport" as a verb doen'st appear until 1528.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
You might complain or grumble about some wrong you see, or, for a stronger effect, you can "inveigh" against it. "Inveigh" comes from the Latin verb invehere, which joins the prefeix in- with the verb vehere, meaning "to carry." Invehere literally means "to carry in," but extended meanings include "to force one's way into," "attack," and "assualt." Eventually "attack with words" was added to the word's list of meanings, hence the current meaning "to protest bitterly." A closely related word is "invective," which means "insulting or abusive language."
Whereas it has long been our customs to commemorate November 11, the anniversary of the ending of World War I, by paying tribute to the heroes of that tragic struggle and by rededicating ourselves to the cause of peace; and Whereas in the intervening years, the United States has been involved in two other great military conflicts, which have added millions of veterans living and dead to the honor rolls of this Nation; and
Whereas the Congress passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926 (44 Stat. 1982), calling for the observance of November 11 with appropriate ceremonies, and later provided in an act approved May 13, 1938 (52 Stat. 351) , that the eleventh of November should be a legal holiday and should be known as Armistice Day; and
Whereas, in order to expand the significance of that commemoration and in order that a grateful Nation might pay appropriate homage to the veterans of all its wars who have contributed so much to the preservation of this Nation, the Congress, by an act approved June 1, 1954 (68 Stat. 168), changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day:
Now, Therefore, I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States of America , do hereby call upon all of our citizens to observe Thursday, November 11, 1954 , as Veterans Day. On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.
I also direct the appropriate officials of the Government to arrange for the display of the flag of the United States on all public buildings on Veterans Day.
In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.
Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and cause the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington this eighth day of October in the Year of our Lord nineteen hundred and fifty-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventy-ninth.
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
And just to give credit where it's due, I first found this and the Harlan Ellison video over on Collen's blog A Distant Soil.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Ok, here's another video that explains the strike better than anything I've seen so far.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
"It is my pleasure to announce my support for America's Mayor, Rudy
Giuliani, a proven leader who is not afraid of what lies ahead and who will cast
a hopeful vision for all Americans," Robertson said during a news conference
with Giuliani in Washington.
I'm pretty surprised by this move. I figured the hard right Christian conservatives were an almost impossible group for Rudy to snag. I guess they're that afraid of Hillary winning that they're willing to get in bed with anyone.
If you look back to the ancient Greek terms that underline the word "xenophobia," you'll discover that xenophobic individuals are literally "stranger-fearing." Today's elegant-sounding word untimately derives from two Greek terms: xenos, which can be translated as either "stranger" or "guest," and phobos, which means either "fear" or "flight." Phobos is the ultimate source of all English "-phobia" terms, but many of those were actually coined in English or New Latin using the combining form "-phobia" (which traces back to phobos). "Xenophobia" itself came to us by way of New Latin and first appeared in print in English in 1903.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
The latin word internecinus means "to the death." An internecine battle, then, is simply a very bloody one.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
In Latin, the noun repudium referred to the rejection of a spouse or prospective spouse, and the related verb repudiare meant "to divorce" or "to reject." In the 16th century, English writers used the derivative "repudiate" to mean "to divorce" when referring to a wife, "to disown" when in reference to a member of one's family, or just generally "to reject or cast off." By the 19th century, the word had acquired the separate sense "to reject as untrue," which was often used in reference to opinions, claims, and accusations. Nowadays, this second sense is the more common of the two.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
When Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, wrote in 1654 about leading someone "down a back-stairs," he wasn't referring to anything scandalous. He simply meant "down a secondary set of stairs at the back of a house." Just over a decade earlier, however, Boyle's contermporary Sir Edward Dering had used the phrase "going up the back-stairs" in a figurative way to suggest a means of approach that was not entirely honest and upfront. The figurative use likely arose from the simple notion that stairs at the rear of a building are less visible and thus allow for a certain degree of sneakiness. By 1663, "backstairs" was also being used adjectivally to describe something down furtively, often with an underhanded or sinister connotation.
Friday, November 02, 2007
I've signed up for NaBloPoMo challenge, which is to make at least one post everyday for a month. Now a few months past I wouldn't have thought twice about this, but lately I've been struggling with making a daily post, so I thought this might help get me back in the swing. So we'll see if I make it or not.