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Re: An Open Letter to ...
« Reply #1300 on: June 17, 2015, 08:46:29 AM »
That sounds amazing.

A few years ago, two idiot columnists from the Chicago Tribune teamed up and wrote a piece called, I believe, "In Defense Of The Heckler". I believe their whole point was how when a comedian really lets go and has a great exchange with a heckler that it's so much fun to watch and really shows the skills of the comedians. Naturally, the Chicago comedy community lost it's collective mind. On a great blog, my friend Peter-John Byrnes wrote an amazing response. Check it out if you have a minute:

http://www.comedyofchicago.com/2013/01/strongly-worded-letter-by-peter-john.html
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Re: An Open Letter to ...
« Reply #1301 on: June 20, 2015, 09:36:00 AM »
That sounds amazing.

A few years ago, two idiot columnists from the Chicago Tribune teamed up and wrote a piece called, I believe, "In Defense Of The Heckler". I believe their whole point was how when a comedian really lets go and has a great exchange with a heckler that it's so much fun to watch and really shows the skills of the comedians. Naturally, the Chicago comedy community lost it's collective mind. On a great blog, my friend Peter-John Byrnes wrote an amazing response. Check it out if you have a minute:

http://www.comedyofchicago.com/2013/01/strongly-worded-letter-by-peter-john.html

Did they use examples like comedians telling the heckler to blow them, or blow somebody, or blow themselves, like in Jamie Kennedy's boneheaded movie "Heckler"?

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Re: An Open Letter to ...
« Reply #1302 on: November 10, 2015, 11:35:01 PM »
To Whom It May Concern,

My life away from the computer must take a greater importance. And so it has reached that point where the Boards have served their purpose and I am now planning an exit strategy.

I will continue to watch movies, only not at such an intense rate, and I no longer see the need to share my thoughts (or update my Director ranked lists) on almost everything I watch. If there is something I really want to talk about, I will probably still post. We shall see.

As for my unfinished projects...
* Noir-vember is over for me. I will continue to update the index and I may still watch some more Noir, but I won't write about each one like I'm in a competition.
* I do not plan to participate in DOC-ember. I very much want to watch Amy and Cobain: Montage of Heck, but I wouldn't count on my writing about them.
* I will not be starting a thread for Once Upon a March in the West, Music of May, Noir-vember or my other monthly projects next year. If someone else keeps them going, I may participate, but it is uncertain.
* By next Shocktober we will know if all of this is bunk. I hope by then to be away from this as well. We shall see.
* I will still participate in the Top 100 Club at least up until the completion of Round 2. The 7 names remaining watched 1-2 titles of mine and I will return in kind. Next on my list for Bondo is White God, which I will probably watch but I wouldn't expect a write-up.
* Most important to me is the Director Ratings Project. I will see this through, though I'm now aiming to conclude collecting data by mid-December. I will then build lists and share them in my available spare time.


I am not being chased off the boards by any of you. I enjoy my time here greatly, but in the desire to create content I have pushed off career goals and pressing deadlines. I don't think it will be possible to walk away completely, but I need to stop trying to be a project manager and simply be an observer. I must put my creative energy into achieving what I hope will be a more substantial, long-term happiness.
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Re: An Open Letter to ...
« Reply #1303 on: November 11, 2015, 12:00:17 AM »
As someone who recently shed my movie-obsessiveness (and with it, much of my participation in this forum), I understand and support this. Our hobbies shouldn't consume us or obscure our view of what we want to do with our lives.

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Re: An Open Letter to ...
« Reply #1304 on: November 11, 2015, 12:17:35 AM »
Yeah, I'm happy for you. You've always been a big organizer here, with projects and marathons and such, but that stuff only matters because there's a person behind it. You do you, we'll support you if you want to be supported. I'd like to keep in touch, because you're a cool dude. Go out and share your coolness with everybody else, we can pick up slack where it needs to be picked up. But, you know, if you want to write stuff here, nobody's going to stop you.  ;) 8) :'( :P ;D
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Re: An Open Letter to ...
« Reply #1305 on: November 11, 2015, 01:32:24 AM »
Sorry to see you go. Good luck with your projects.
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Re: An Open Letter to ...
« Reply #1306 on: November 11, 2015, 01:35:07 AM »
Guessing the timing vis a vis your birthday isn't a coincidence?

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Re: An Open Letter to ...
« Reply #1307 on: November 11, 2015, 06:16:55 AM »
I think Junior said it best, do what you gotta do.

And don't feel the need to put a label on it, to say that you're going to do or not do any particular thing on the forum in the future. Just do what you want and what brings you gratitude and joy.
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Re: An Open Letter to ...
« Reply #1308 on: November 11, 2015, 07:17:15 AM »
You're the best, Chuck.
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Re: An Open Letter to ...
« Reply #1309 on: November 11, 2015, 10:58:06 AM »
It is a sad thing, but probably a good thing. Frankly, 1SO, you've been carrying the bulk of the board this last year.  Since my time off, I've been cutting back on the boards, just because I need to bring more balance in my life, stop doing things because I feel pressure from others to do things.  Also because, since Nov 1, I've really focused on writing this novel for Nanorimo (which is a crazy thing, really).

I think the boards would be better if the things that are really popular get taken by a variety of people.  It's great that Bondo has taken over the Top 100 Club.  I'm really enthusiastic about a month of Musicals, so I'd be happy to take over May.  I wonder if Sandy would be interested in taking over the Western month?  Without Martin or 1SO pushing Noirvember, I wonder if that will end up going the way of the dinosaur.   

But in the end, it is better if we all have balance in our lives.  This board is a community, a place of sharing, and it shouldn't be a burden on anyone.
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