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Comic-Con Redux

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Fans dressed as the Costume Characters @ Comic-Con 2012.

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Swedish RoboSub Team Video

Chinese RoboSub

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@ Point Loma Military Base RoboSub Competition between schools. Will it eventually be used for peace or war?

What The Other Articles About The Batman Movie Massacre Won’t Tell You

Bane and Batman From “The Dark Night Rises,”Warner Brothers Pictures

I’ve read several articles about the Batman Massacre. What they generally don’t tell you is why this massacre happened. There maybe reasons that are logical and conspiritory as to why this awful act was committed.

The first and most obvious is that this alleged person, (I don’t even want to dignify his name on the net to give him more publicity,) was frustrated with his unemployment. He studied psychiatric illnesses and perhaps was drawn to the plight of people who did what he did. They usually say these murderers are the quiet people who never spoke up and from what I’ve read, he fits that pattern. He may have been wronged by his medical school and
maybe he couldn’t afford it anymore. So he took revenge. But aren’t guns and bulletproof vests even more expensive than his regular living expenses?

Another conspiracy theory I have is that he was not only a medical student, but perhaps a frustrated screenwriter who, like myself, and many others, submitted material to the major media “glamor gastapo,” in this case, Warner Brothers and felt that he was ripped off,so he took revenge on the theater and it’s patrons. Normally, one would persue this kind of script theft case in court, but he knew it would take years and a whole lot of money to persue this case. That’s why I hardly ever submit my materials to majors studios anymore. It’s so easy for the deep pocketed studio to get away with stealing it. So he lost his mind and “ammoed up” instead.

I also have other theories: Obviously his crime was close to the content of the latest Batman movies. But this particular Batman movie has a villain named Bane, as in Baine Capital, Romney’s infamous company that outsourced many American jobs. Romney usually is so phoney that he says the opposite of what he means. He’s such an American “job creator” in China, India and other countries. He loves America so much that he personally invest in Swiss banks and the Cayman Islands. He hates Obamacare so much, even though he originated a similar system in Massachusetts. Recently, I saw him give quite an eloquent speech about how awful this tragedy is. Yet, the major villain is named after his company, Baine Capital. Could he have put this student up to it, who might have needed the money for medical school, so the name of his former company wouldn’t be maligned? This guy came from San Diego which is a military town. And so did the 9-11 terrorists. Is the military involved in both cases? He had bulletproof gear on so obviously he planned to live. Did he do this to get 3 square meals and a roof over his head in a jail cell when he gave himself up? If he’s so unemployed and broke where did he get all this weaponry?

Again, these are just theories, not facts that I find intriguing. I do have one more that’s even more insidious. That he was hired by the government to invade our privacy, like the way the underwear bomber changed air travel. Now we will have full body scanners invading our privacy every where we go, even at the movies. We’ll all be cacooning at home on our computers,afraid to go out, and be terrorized or at least, government inspected every time we’re in public. This also will have an impact on gun control laws as it should.

Why should anybody in any country legally be allowed to carry such weapons? The only purpose of such weaponry is a war or a massacre not self defense or hunting.

The lessons from this tragedy are somewhat apparent to me. I’m not advocating censorship, but perhaps we as a culture should outgrow Batman type violent entertainment sequels that have been milked to death for money over and over and over again and finally evolve to support more original nonviolent films. No one should be using assault weapons. And people need to learn how to take cover and hide during a crises like this. We should treat our mentally ill kinder and sooner and help each other before a tragedy happens. Also,if this guy was the real Joker, as he claims, where is the real Batman when we need him?

Actresses From Cinemax’s “Femme Fatals” @ Comicon

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What’s Up Traitor Joe’s?

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I used to think you were a hip, liberal place to shop. Don’t you think getting the issues out to people is important? How do you feel about it folks?

The Hidden Side Of Telemarketing

As a fairly new WordPress blogger, and e-book author, I have yet to make a living at writing lately.
Although my ghostwriting in L.A. used to pay my bills, including a trip to Europe, blogging has not lately, so I sometimes have to give in and do other jobs. I am pretty well educated and really don’t like serving burgers. So instead I serve up conversations.

For some reason, it’s usually easiest for me to get a telemarketing job. Mainly I suppose because people like my Chicago metropolitan voice. Anyway, I have a very different perspective on telemarketing than most people because of this. True, it can be annoying for unknown people to call you to sell you something, but even in this economy it still provides jobs. I usually get hired immediately. Keeping the job is the hard part. Management sales quotas are usually somewhat unrealistic, even though I do my best.

I try to find telelmarketing jobs that are somewhat interesting so they don’t bore me. I’ve telemarketed timeshares, real estate,film investments, pension funds, business telephone systems, cellphones, satellite TV investments, non-profits including political campaigns and charities.

The last charity I worked for was called “California Council For The Blind.” We were supposed to call people from a computer database who had a history of charitable giving. We explained that we were helping blind and underprivileged children attend a local variety show that is held every year. When I pitched people, I got some rather wild answers. One guy said he was so sympathetic with our cause, that “he donated his mother’s eyes.” Another lady said she was so broke, she “couldn’t even afford to pay attention.” Alot of people I called just said they couldn’t hear me. Apparently, we were to call the deaf in order to help out the blind. Obviously, this doesn’t quite work over the telephone. Since the “do not call list” went into effect, we also end up calling about 65% non-English speakers. Yet we are told not to speak Spanish or another language to them. We get mostly answer machines. So this make it even harder to make quota to keep our jobs.

Some answer machines are pretty funny too. One said “We’re either watching television at the time or doing something stupid, so if I don’t end up in the hospital, I’ll call you back.” Other prospects got mad when I asked them for a donation: one lady said “I’m on disability, Mother f..cker!” What a way to talk to a charity! She acted as if her disability was my fault. One client hung up on the California Council for the Blind was, believe it or not, named Helen Keller. Still, I did end up calling a local fellow writer, who read my book, “Naked Skydiving” online and said she would give it a rave review.” That made my day. Another guy named Tom Heaven turned me down. People’s names are funny in telemarketing too. I think that’s one of the best parts of the job. I remember my first telemarketing job calling businesses. One of the prospects was really named Bonnie Beaver and she was a gynecologist! I’ve also called Susan Tambourine, Mrs. Goshe, who was, and Mrs. Goodhead. Hmmm.. Wish I could say I knew she lived up to her name.

Some people really don’t listen to what your offering when your telemarketing. I told this other lady that we were raising money to help out underprivileged children and she said sorry, I already have children, as if we wanted her to adopt them or buy one or something.

It looked like I got quite of few pledges for this job. However, management told me that people who actually paid were of course not enough for me to keep my job. As if it was my fault. There are a few rules in telemarketing. One is when something bad happens, always blame the telemarketer. Then, there’s the 2nd rule of telemarketing. Fire the telemarketer. A lot of times in telemarketing the only people who can verify the telemarketer’s success are in management. So it’s usually a case of the fox watching the hen house. They tell you you did poorly, keep most of your commission for themselves and then you get fired and you have to find another job, telemarketing or otherwise. So, next time, a telemarketer or as my dad likes to call them “dinner interrupter” calls you, be kind and polite. You don’t have to buy what they are offering just politely say no, and hang up. Or if you really don’t want to hear from them again, just say “please take me off your list.” If it’s a private company in the United States, they are legally required to delete you, or the telemarketer could be personally fined up to $11,000. I remember one company made you sign an agreement to that effect. Yet, they still sent you those calls by accident sometimes. Puts the telemarketer in a bad spot. Particularly because he is not usually being paid enough to ever pay that kind of fine and may be broke otherwise. Interestingly, non-profits and political campaigns do not have to obey the do not call list. Apparently, politicians from both political parties do not like private company telemarketers. Yet ironically it’s still legal for them to be able raise money this way. Even with the internet, telemarketing is still with us because when it works, it works very well.

After I was fired from the children’s charity, I went to see if they indeed did use the money to put on a show. They did but it was sparsely attended. Apparently, in this economy there really were not enough donations to send the kids to the show this year. Sad. I recently got called myself by a telemarketer in India selling male enhancement stuff. I told them I don’t need it, no thank you and hung up. Even after I told them to take me off there list, they still called me a few times till I talked to the manager about it. I feel like I would be biting the hand that feeds me if I try to sue them for $11,000, but…

In order to transcend my telemarketing past, I am currently in a certification program for interactive media. I have just finished the print module and we are now working on motion graphics, making animation and videos. Many people believe even though it’s a lot of work, telemarketing is not a real job, and being just a writer doesn’t seem to be enough these days. so I am enhancing my communication skills to get a professional job utilizing CS6 with benefits. Since this blog isn’t quite doing it for me yet, got any leads or ideas?

By Jordan Schaffner

Chicano Park Near Coronado & Comic-Con

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Roots Factory Party Last Sunday In Barrio Logan, San Diego

Dreamed I Had A Balloon

It was filled with helium and it was windy outside so the balloon snapped off the string while I was holding it. Then, some young experts came by to help me find it. That was nice that I had help and felt supported, yet I still didn’t have my balloon when the dream ended. This sort of represents how I feel about the business world. You can have all the support in the world, but if you don’t get the results you need in time, it doesn’t do you much good, even if it feels good.

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