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And now we come to…the end of an era

Today, oddly enough was supposed to be the pay off FINALLY for a number of posts about relationships that I thought might be better than all my previous ruthless on relationships post. And indeed I’ll get to that later.

 

Instead,

Today is a day I bring us to a place I knew could happen, but was happy every time it didn’t. Today we end the hour for the last time. What do I mean? Today is the beginning of a goodbye party. For this blog. Oh it will continue to exist, but a transition is afoot. And so with all transitions, some things remain the same, while other change or are left behind.

If you would have told me 3 years ago as I was studying for the bar that we would be here I would be shocked. But if you would have told me that we would get here after 450 thousand views I’d also be shocked so much attention happened. Words Don’t Do It Justice started as an idea, a bit of fun, and a lot of me. I have buried hatchets with enemies because of this blog, reconnected with old friends, and made new ones because of this blog, found meaning in the midst of my own personal depression because of this place. I have consumed it, and let it consume me. I love it. But loving this blog means knowing what to do. And taking a good long look I know the thing to do is let it go.

But I said this was transition not destruction.

And indeed it is. I’ll be taking Words Don’t Do It Justice away from our blogging past into a show based future. For me, the question was one of logistics. Was it better to end everything and walk away from these years of effort, or find a way to keep the place alive in the hearts of all of you who have supported us? I choose to believe that you will keep supporting us, and I chose to keep this place alive in a new way.

That means giving you what we planned. Give No Quarter, The Wrath of Ruthless, and Words Don’t Do It Justice are the three pillars of Ruthless Radio. 3 shows with different formats that bring you many of the topics you might see written about here, but in a new form and with some new and old faces/voices. Over the next few weeks as we ready to for the relaunch of Words Don’t Do It Justice as a podcast, you’ll get to read some farewells from various alums, and hear from the incoming folks for these shows. You’ll also see the Words Don’t Do It Justice site itself undergo various changes. With plenty of hard work, luck, and you listening in, I hope to earn your trust for these new shows, and continue to hold our interest.

SO! What about Weekend’s Don’t Do It Justice?

Well I’m happy to say our little casual interest site is growing well. And it is going to continue. We had a nice response to the sample chapter from Project 13, and now that game of thrones is done you’ll see a lot of other reviews, news, and related content there. Our gamers are doing their thing, and if Vantinel’s CEO appearance is any indication of commitment, we will only continue to grow over there.

As I end for now I just want to say thank you, and of course to keep watching what we do. But more than that, thank you for being a force for us. We continued to push because you were there with us. 100,000 visitors, 450,000 views, and 3 years of growth, While things must change, I am glad to have made it to this point. A point that let’s me look back and say that YOU made us more than I imagined. And though Words Don’t Do It Justice…Thank you.

 

“THE Ruthless Wonder” Matthew Elisha Williams

Founder of Words Don’t Do It Justice

And now… at the end of the hour

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This week we debuted a brand new podcast with a livestream. We said goodbye to one of the founders. We tackled coons, and hoteps. As well as assault, and the HIV & AIDS treatment drug Truvada.

 

 

I skipped a couple lines to let that sink in.

When this started I literally just wanted to take my usual facebook ranting to a website. I figured it would be like the old days of my Xanga page. Now, now I deal with potential sponsors, have production meetings, worry about our average listening and reading time, and look for brand expansion.

I remind you, I was so bored in the last semester of law school I decided to make a blog to archive the things I would normally rant about on Facebook.

 

So you can understand that having gone from that place to now is rather…amazing if I’m honest. I had no idea. We’ve added and lost people over that time. But more than their contributions or mine, we’ve gotten to know a lot of you. As of this writing, 92,000 of you have come to get to know us over these 3 years of Words Don’t Do It Justice. And you must like it here, because you’ve dropped in 302,000 times.

300000

That is astounding. That is epic. And to think that it has all come before we put up a single ad, before we shilled a single product, without a marketing team, and mostly from the effort of our authors, and their friends and family who have additionally believed in us and shared us with other people.  I can’t tell you enough thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do. It really has made the difference.

What that means is even what I’ve done in the past year isn’t enough. I have to do more. And I am. While we lost a podcast co-host today, I’m proud to say we gained 2 new ones for our show Give No Quarter. While we have Reason on break for a while, I’m happy to say we will be launching Weekends Don’t Do It Justice as its own site (www.wkndlife.com www.weekendsdontdoitjustice.net www.weekendsdontdoitjustice.com). Look for a review of a hilariously bad movie coming over there soon from me.

Heck, go buy a shirt, phone case, hoodie or tank. https://www.teepublic.com/user/314publishing

Check out our current Shirt and cases designs. Buy one now while you wait for more. Click the photo to go straight to the store!

Check out our current Shirt and cases designs. Buy one now while you wait for more.
Click the photo to go straight to the store!

 

I’m also happy to say that I’m teaming with Mr. 9 to 5 gamer himself Bami O to open a new gaming site and channel called “Save State Society” (www.savestatesociety.com www.savestatesociety.net) here soon as well. And we’re open with some great games and reviews. But that is going to take a lot to talk about, and I’ve got work to do there.

You’re here reading because this is about Words Don’t Do it Justice. The granddaddy of them all. Okay, the origin of them all. Three years in, and even though health wise I’ve dealt with issues. Professional life wise, I’ve had great forward steps but also set backs. Heck life in general being strange. After all that I’m proud of where we are. Where you’ve brought us. And so for the third time we come to the end of the hour. Where I say thank you without any reservations. Where for the third time ever, I get to step out of my role as Head Blogger, Editor, Podcast host, Lucremo, THE Ruthless Wonder, and everything that comes with it, and instead just talk to you as Matt Williams. We have a few reflection pieces and some alumni coming back to give us a piece. And we are going to celebrate all the way to my personal birthday on March 14th. But right now I’m just going to end by saying thank you all for bringing me and us from where we were to where we are and pushing us forward to where we are going next. As always Words Don’t Do YOU Justice.

“THE Ruthless Wonder” Matthew Elisha Williams

Did you miss me?

Of course you missed me. What has it been now? a month plus? Yeah I know I know, I’ve been gone so long you forgot all about THE Ruthless Wonder not A Ruthless Wonder. Before I get to today’s topic, which has more to do with that title than you realize, I want to say a few thank yous.

First to the person I often have to lean on in these odd moments where life and blogging conflict and I need to bounce, REIGN! Seriously, I told her what was going down and she said I got you. Not even a question. Ain’t she awesome? Thank you Reign, somethings are impossible to do around here without you.

Second to Ruminated Thoughts, Kudo, and Reason. You guys stepped in and held it down while I was out.  Your commitment will be rewarded, trust me.

To our WDDIJ Partner in Super Villainy 9to5 Gamer and their Big Boss Bami O.

To our friends over at Geek Street Radio, Me Myself and Miles, Geek Minds Think Alike, The Contemporary Urban Male, The Extraordinary Adventures of a Black Nerd, Geek Illuminati, and of course that secret Kabal of uberness we call THE SUPERFANS! You guys keep us up and though I’ve been neglecting you(and SoundCloud) lately, I thank you for all the support.

Thanks to our international readers as well. Hopefully, I’ll get you guys someone who is more into your issues soon too.

Now a brief announcement.

Tenebris Veritatis

Obviously you saw this new writer can come in with teeth kicking freshness. That wasn’t a 1 off, get ready for more. Along with returns from many of your favorite alumni. Who? Well that would ruin the surprise. I’ll simply say they both are among the most requested returns, and getting them to write isn’t hard, but getting them time to do it is very…difficult.

GI Vantinel

So recently my ambitious machinations have led to a foray into E sports. We have plans for far more investment into it, but I wanted to start with someone I know and like first. Vandaveas Gaskin aka GI Vantinel is our first E-Athlete. Check out his Youtube Channel here of course. And click on this for his twitch stream. But you can see him take on the competition on  “Dengeki Bunko Fighzting Climax” “Melty Blood” at CEOTaku October 17 – 18 in Orlando, FL. There is so much more to come. And a much bigger announcement regarding him, WDDIJ, 9to5, and of course my shadowy parent company 314 Publishing. You might say my Imperial Dreams are being “produced.” Anyway if you know a good E-Athlete that for now wants more of a sponsor type relationship for right now, you know my email.

Julian Bond and Act of Aggression Contests

Well I must say, I planned to have to fork over a lot of dough for a great book and game. Our “Her Story” giveaway had a lot of participants. Not the same for these two. Not one person entered. So I’ll be purchasing the book for one of our Superfans. And Act of Aggression will be going to…well someone that it isn’t important to announce anymore.

Serious note for a moment, I do these contests to give back to you some of the many things you’ve given me. I’m not mad, sad, or otherwise disappointed that you didn’t enter. But it is surprising. We’re going to tailor these kinds of things to you, so don’t be surprised when things shift in the offers.

Okay I think that is everything. Now on to the actual blog post for the day.

Did you miss me?

One of the most jarring parts of my move to Saipan has been the time difference. It is one thing to go from Pacific to Eastern. It is quite another to go from Central Standard to the other side of the international Date Line. I’m in the Future, it is Wednesday, and yes that gets amazingly weird. So weird in fact that I often miss the time to call my Mother, certain friends, or general business contacts. So then I have to wait all over again. The frustration is palpable right now. But it will go away. I’ve been assured of that.

In the majority of TV shows when someone is gone this far away it means that the rest of the cast either has a single line of communication, or completely forgets about the person. Usually this is because the person is filming a movie, or they needed time off, or the producer is an angry twatwaffle and wants to ruin the show with this stupid idea(ie Daniel being written off SG1 as being “Ascended,” and yes I am still mad) Regardless, as you know life for those the person is leaving still goes on.

We see this in personal relationships as well. Think right now about your circles of friends over your life. Statistically speaking you know at least 1 male and 1 female who have had a long distance relationship. And 35% of you have been in a long distance or Online only relationship. Those numbers are growing, but we’ll get to that. Think about the ones that failed at this long distance dance of love. There is more commonality with the TV example than you realize. Because no matter how great the person, over extended time, and without something more hazardous like being in a military family with someone off to war, the mental attrition crushes you. And you have to make a choice. More often than not, that choice is stay or let each other go.

But what if it weren’t?

I’m not about to suggest teleportation, so calm down geeks and nerds, this isn’t a sci-fi column(Sidenote: favorite part of living out here? Rewatching farscape with people who haven’t seen it before. I still have a thing for Gigi Edgley and Raelee Hill(Seriously bring my show back or people will be injuried)) No, instead I’m talking about the difference between even 2010 and 2015 as far as long distance. How do I best keep in touch? Skype calls, Google Hangouts, Glyde, Kik, Snapchat, Facebook, GotoMeeting, twitter, periscope, fraking Gmail Chat and the mightiest of South Pacific phone apps, WECHAT(MWilliamsEsquire add me).

I say all that to say communicating isn’t what it was even a little while ago. You can keep in touch with anyone. I magicapp/magicjack my mom in KC so I’m not wasting data on my cell. It can easily be done is what I’m saying. So how does that impact relationships? And how the frell does that at all deal with the post title? Well it should be obvious to all you super fans, but I’ll go ahead anyway.

The other standard trope of characters gone away for a long time is starting the call with do you miss me? And when they of course return because the producers finally stopped snorting lines and realized they were killing the show, they often triumphantly say “Did you miss me?” Oddly enough that question is rarely answered. Because you know the emotion the show is trying to convey. The person isn’t asking the show characters, it is asking you the audience.

I find myself wondering about these personal relationship effects considering my own status now as that character on the other side of the world. I’m the guy doing things people have no idea about as they continue their lives. Of course this means I may be entirely forgotten by the next time I go home to visit. And I don’t really know what I think of it. But just like I’m saying about the precious by-gone notion of the effect on TV of our technology, I have my ways to keep in touch back in KC. Just like I have my ways for all my law school friends in FL. And they can get in touch with me easily. So much so that other than me talking to you from March the 29th in the year of our Lord 7,890,321, everything is well communicated, just in small bursts.

So when I get home to visit, will I have to say Did you miss me? No, I know most of the things going on and they’ll know most of mine. Will I say it? Of course, it is nice to feel like you still mean something to your friends and family no matter how far and how villainous you are. Besides, it will then be a lot easier to convince them to come visit. Though any Saipan and Chill(Credit: Esteemed Colleague Vanessa Cotto) sessions will have to be negotiated separately ladies…

The view from my house in Saipan. "We Can Saipan and Chill then have "Coffee In the Morning" But I'm not Miguel."

The view from my house in Saipan.
“We Can Saipan and Chill then have “Coffee In the Morning” But I’m not Miguel.”

I could tell you a ton about Saipan, what I’m doing, and a bunch of other things but…WORDS DON’T DO IT JUSTICE!

THE Ruthless Wonder

Words Don’t Do It Justice: YOU are Forty Thousand Strong on our 2nd Anniversary

Just a reminder where we started.

Just a reminder where we started.

Words Don’t Do It Justice

“It was all a dream.

I used read word up magazine.”

I could keep going with that, but really I don’t feel like quoting too much of anyone else today. So let me address this with the style most comforting.

When this all began it was an idea.

The thought that we could give the world something in this blog that would be read by our friends, maybe a few co-workers and classmates. And every once in a while I’d get to deal with the issues I have to face on a daily basis by just ranting into a text window for 30 minutes to an hour and let the world read. Certainly if we accomplished that I would have called this a successful idea and when the view dwindled I’d close it up and say I had a good time.

But that isn’t what you did. And I say that isn’t what YOU did, because it is true. You are the reason this fun time didn’t turn into just another thing I used to do. YOU made it worth it to find Rufus, Ronin, Roddo, Rebellionista, Realistic Royalty, Princess Devy, Reign, The Revanchist, The Radical Ref, Carl McPhail, Xion, Driving Misty, Rhapsodic, Reason, Kudo, Rhythmic Journey, Revolution In A Jar, causeandeffect88, Bami O, Render Verdicts, Ruminated Thoughts, Keith Labell, Smooth Phuzion, Bree the V, TEH Bobbo, and all the people who wanted to commit but just didn’t have the time to write, be on the podcast, contribute music, or be interviewed.

That wasn’t just me plodding through on my own. That was you reading. That was you sharing. That was YOU telling the world our little corner of the internet was worth checking out. in the first year we did 3500 views. In 2 years we have done 40,000! Because of all of you. And now things are possible that weren’t not long ago. YOU made this happen. People asked me when I started what I expected. They asked me what I wanted. I just wanted people to listen to my thoughts sometimes. It was so simple back then. Now? Now I want the sky and everything beyond. lol just kidding.

Now I want to give you more of what you come here for. So covering Gaming, and other topics, We’re proud to announce that Nine To Five Gamer will be joining us run by Bami O. Look for the official page as well as forums soon. You’re going to read pieces from many of our alumni writers. And that long-awaited revamp/update to the site. I can’t promise you we’ll turn into a Super Villain run Huffington Post by tomorrow. Heck I can’t even promise that by next year. But I can promise we will keep hitting these hot topics with our cold analysis. I can promise we are committed to giving you what you came here for. And I can promise you I WILL NEVER FORGET what drives Words Don’t Do It Justice. Because what drives us is YOU!

My humanity wants to cry by my Super Villainy is smiling too hard and is too excited. Thank you all. THANK YOU. Every super fan. Every random reader Every casual person who checked us out a few times or just once. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THIS FROM ALL OF US! We couldn’t have done all this without you. Words Do Not Do YOU Justice!

– THE Ruthless Wonder

Words Don’t Do It Justice: Breaking News

Just a reminder where we started.

Just a reminder where we started.

Over the weekend we were very close to an amazing achievement.

On Monday it was so tantalizingly close I was thinking of dropping a post just to help push it over after the Holidays Don’t Do It Justice post.

But Tuesday Night after Posts from Ruminated Thoughts and of course from THE Ruthless Wonder reacting to the decision by the Darren Wilson Grand Jury, we hit a milestone that if I’m honest I didn’t expect until 2015.

SO

On Behalf of the Weekends Don’t Do It Justice Writers Reason, Kudo, Xion, and Lucremo.

On Behalf of the Words Don’t Do It Justice Guest Bloggers, The Justice League.

On Behalf of the Words Don’t Do It Justice Alumni writers

On Behalf of the Keith Labell and Smooth Phuzion who provide music for The WDDIJcast and The WRATH of Ruthless.

On Behalf of Reign, The Revanchist, Ruminated thoughts, and Ronin

And on Behalf of 314 Publishing, Imperial Dreams Productions, and WORDS DON’T DO IT JUSTICE

THE Ruthless Wonder is proud to announce that as of November 25th, 2014 Words Don’t Do It Justice has reached 9,200 views!

ALL Because of YOU!

ALL Because of YOU! Photo edit credit: JohnHenry Balsa

And we have you to thank.

Every one of you who shares us with you friends on facebook and your followers on twitter.

Every one of you who comes back even on days when no one has posted just to see if something is dropping.

Every one of you who has stuck by us since my very first post to this very day.

Thank you for being our superfans.

Thank you for believing in us.

Words do no do you justice.

 

I could say it a thousand times and it wouldn’t be enough. But I’ll say it one more time.

We love you all.

Thank you!

THANK YOU!

THANK YOU! Photo Edit Credit: Steven Cockrell

– YOUR Ruthless Wonder

Why I hate flying

It was bound to happen. I didn’t know when or with whom, but it finally happened. I don’t travel much, not in comparison to others I know, so I figured my day would come one day. And it finally arrived.

The day I was ticked off at Southwest Airlines.

Honestly I was shocked when it did happen because Southwest Airlines has been such a great partner to fly with for years and years. Then I learned (too late, I suppose) that Southwest married with AirTran at some point, and that’s where the honeymoon ended for consumers. But I suppose like with any merger, there are birthing pains and I was caught in a rather significant cramp.

I am unsure if SW had more flights to my destination in Florida before the merger, but on the dates I traveled only four a day were available. Two at dinner and two at the crack of dawn. We missed the first pre-dawn flight because curbside check-in was horrifically understaffed for the huge onslaught of travelers. So when the single worker finally got to my family 45 minutes after lining up, he informed us that we missed the checkin window by less than 90 seconds. So we will have to reschedule our travel plans.

In the normal queue now, and another 40 minutes the clerk slaps a “late check” flag on our luggage. More on that later. All seven bags weighed fewer than 50 pounds so we were breathing a sigh of relief after the clerk, who bore more than a passing resemblance to the late Vince Lombardy, added us to the next flight out in under an hour. Carry on bags slung, eyes bleary, and checked bags out of sight, we trudged to the security check posts where TSA relived us of anything metal or liquid they deemed unworthy of being 20,000 feet in the air. I peered through glazed over eyes seeking a Starbucks. My family in tow.

We make the flight, very much on time and settle into our seats certain our flight would be un eventful. It was. We land at the layover city and find more family to join us in our merry adventure. They inform us that our flights need not wait until dinner time from here. We are now on an earlier flight that will get us to Florida not at 7:00 or later, but instead at about 2-3 o’clock. We clap our hands with delight. Yes. We actually clapped. Remember, we are somewhat delirious at this point and a little punchy.

We arrive in Florida a bit the worse for wear and go to baggage claim. This is where the fun begins.

No bags.

Off to the lost luggage room where a beleaguered looking customer service rep gives us the side eye. We explain that our bags are missing and are curious as to when they will arrive. The lost luggage CSR informs us that according to our information the bags were “late check” and they are adamant about that. But she chose not to explain what that has to do with our bags. She simply repeats the mantra “Late check, late check, LATE CHECK” as if we are deaf and repetition at ever increasing volumes will clarify the issue. Unfortunately it did not. So we continue to press, and she still refuses to explain what late check actually means. It is at this point that decorum finally fails and the CSR informs us that we are told to “…leave her area… Or shall I call security?”

By now we are shaking with anger and unsure of what our next steps should be. So we challenged her on her request for security and not long after that two policemen and her boss arrive. By this time everyone’s arms are waving in the air and no one is able to keep calm. The police do exactly what they are supposed to do they separate the two quarreling parties and they meet with us individually to try and solve the problem. It is at this point that the police officer and the CSR’s supervisor realize that we as the customers are actually in the right and the CSR was wrong. Everyone, return to your corners.

Two hours later our luggage finally arrives and we are off to pick up our rental car to go to the hotel. It’s a complete shame that we had to go through such lengths just to get our luggage back and all because the original person back home decided to put a “late check” on our bags.

I can’t say that flying in airplanes is supposed to be painful but it certainly seems that in recent months and years that’s exactly how the airlines want it. All I can say now is that this strengthens my argument even more strongly than ever before: if you gotta get there, take a train!