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Weddings, Reunions, Dental vists, and SHAKE UPS!

So you may have noticed someone has been missing a lot lately. You may have even noticed when he goes missing he doesn’t always explain why. Well…yeah no real explanation, sorry for that.

 

In other news I have been gone meeting old friends, getting massive dental work, and being best man in a wedding. Shout out to Superfans Chris and Ania Moncrief(aka Superman and Lois Lane) who celebrated their love in the classiest of weddings this past weekend.

 

You crashed both the wrong and the right wedding.

You crashed both the wrong and the right wedding.

But that Shakeup word is here again for good reason. 

 

Things are about to get interesting. Not only has WDDIJ been dealing with the …well Hilarious nature of advertising negotiations, but as you may have noticed we’ve lost a few authors. These things are not points to worry over. Trust me. In fact, the very way you view WDDIJ is about to change for the better.

 

In a short explanation, we’re doing an overhaul.

Why?

Because at 5500 views, we are little less than halfway to the year two viewership goal, and its only been 3 months.

In short, I’ve been short sighted.

 

To remedy that, I had to get to work.

And believe you me, the work is paying off.

Launching this fall is our interview series “Imperial Dreams”

Launching sooner rather than later this summer is a new format to the website

And Look for some shake ups in the staff as well.

Nothing drastic folks, but we want you to have a great experience.

And we want you to come to us for more of your daily content.

SO we need to be a place you want to come to.

And since I’ve been slacking on that. It is time to pick up the pace.

Of course I could tell you so much more, but as you know…

WORDS DON’T DO IT JUSTICE!

– THE Ruthless Wonder

Words Dont Do It Justice: The Revolution Continues

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January 1, 2013, an idea started germinating. in less than 2 months it had come to term. And one year ago today that thought in the minds of some men of will made its entry into the world.

Pretentious introduction aside today is amazing. One year ago today Roddi P, Ronin, And The Ruthless Wonder decided we were tired of the other voices on the internet, and opened Words Don’t Do It Justice to stake our claim on this culture of blogging. Along the way there were some bumps in the road, and we lost two of those men of vision to other endeavors. But the dream continued, and in the summer of 2013 we all welcomed Rufus to the team. The Summer of Rufus was followed by the R Revolution. Brand new faces joined us in the fall of 2013, but all were amazing.

And while the end of the year brought on a 2 month hiatus from The Ruthless Wonder, it also brought the arrival of Reign, and who doesn’t love reading her on Wednesdays? But none of this progress would be possible without 2 major groups here. The first is you. All of you. Blogs don’t last long normally. And many turn into periodic updates when someone feels like venting. But every day and sometimes multiple times a day, you, our readers, come and read our plucky little blog and show our authors, your friends, and the internet as a whole that you like it here. We wouldn’t be here still without you. And without 1 ad, without 1 SEO optimization, without 1 famous endorsement or guest blog, without more than a few personal Twitters, A facebook group, and some email accounts we amassed, 124 posts, 103 comments, and 3 THOUSAND, 5 hundred views in this 1 year. That’s right 3,500 times you all have said I want to know more, and came here to read what we have to say.

I’m not one for major emotional moments, but to break from the norm for a moment. I just want to say thank you from the very bottom of my heart for all the support. Everytime someone bugged you about checking us out. Everytime you clicked through from facebook, twitter, google +, Instagram, and every other way someone brought you here to WDDIJ, you made us thrive. Thank you.

The second group is The Justice League/The Fourth R/The greatest guests on the planet. When I or another of the authors here have been unable to come in and provide new material, you all have shown exactly how amazing you can be. Nothing can be said to be enough thanks to you for being there whenever we need.

And this Anniversary isn’t without a bit of an announcement. Thursday’s just got twice as interesting. Because Mr. Itty Bitty Ideas Chris McWhite will be permanently joining Words Don’t Do It Justice as the off week counterpart to Realistic Royalty. Every Thursday you now know there is new content to check out. So say hello when his first piece comes up later this week.

I’ve said before there are some other things coming soon. And they still are. Later this month will be the first ever WDDIJ Podcast. And over the next weeks you’ll see a new theme as we try out different ideas. And there is so much more. But one more time, thank you all. We love you all. And you know the deal, I could tell you more, but…WORDS DON’T DO IT JUSTICE!

– THE RUTHLESS WONDER

Women. Part one

Hello again people of the interwebs, it has been a while. Usually I post every Monday, it’s kind of my thing, but lately you might have noticed that I’ve been….well slacking. I’ve never been good with public relations, really I’m pretty awkward, and so for me trying to stay relevant has always been hard. The thing is, I won’t post unless it’s something I’m passionate about, so if I get bored typing it I can only imagine how bored you’d get reading it. You are so very fickle after all. Today I would like to talk about something I don’t understand. About a topic that will probably forever plague the male mind and confuse the hell out of them for decades. I want to talk about women.

Yes I will be the first one to admit that I don’t know much about how the female mind works, though rest assured I do not believe they all work the same. As my sister would say, “Some of these hoes are just plain crazy,” and though it isn’t how I would word it, I am forced to agree. You see I have in my life a number of women, most older in age but all older in wisdom, and every time I speak with them about relationships they manage to give me insight into a different world, into a woman’s world.

The topic today comes from my two co-workers, Teach (whom I call so because, yea you guessed it, she teaches me all sorts of things.) n Fire Starter who also teaches me things, but the nickname is more of an inside joke. Anyway I wondered just why is it women seem to take things so personally, it’s just one of those things I’ve noticed and have always been curious about. STORY TIME!!!! Now, I’m no saint. Not even close to it, but I like to believe that I’ve gotten better over the years, and the story I’m about to share will show you why. Back in high school, probably around hmmmm JR. year there was a girl whom sat at our lunch table with me and my friends who was very chatty. Now, one day I was in a particularly foul mood and she with her cheerfulness just happened to enter into the firing range, so n though I apologized later, I remember calling her fat like three times, to which I believe she left the table, pulled on a sweat shirt, and then went to cry. Sad right? Well yea it sucks, but hey I was 17, and though that doesn’t excuse the behavior it is a point in my life that I’m not particularly proud of.

Back to the subject at hand, I spent a lot of time wondering just why she cried or felt bad, I mean WE weren’t really that close, and though I called her fat (she wasn’t) she still acted my words were true, she still took them to heart. Why? Ladies let me tell you, if you go around talking about how small a guys penis is, at least, guys I know, they wouldn’t give to shakes of a lambs tail. Why? Because we’re men, and we usually don’t let such things stick to us. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we don’t get angry or hurt, but give it a couple of hours (hell minutes depending on who said it) and we’re over it. After a week it’s probably forgotten. So for me when I called that girl fat I didn’t expect her to hold onto that (wonder whatever happened to her) for however long she held it for (more than a week) but to simply verbally abuse me back in some weird kind of ritual that guys do.

Anyway, after hearing my little tale, Teach and Fire starter were appalled. They scolded me for being so horrible and vile, but I still didn’t understand what the big deal was. I mean who cares? Well apparently women do. Women have the capacity to take the words of a random stranger and let them affect them in a very serious way. Not to say that it happened often, but the mere fact that it could happen is both horrifying and intriguing to me. If a random woman said a guy was fat he’d just call her the big C n keep it moving. Now if a man tells a random woman the same thing she might put on a front, but then the seed of doubt has been planted, and she might just believe it in a weird kind of way.

So what does this all mean? I’ll tell you. Women do not, I repeat, DO NOT FORGET!! My coworker still remembers the lady who cut her in line over ten years ago, and swears she would punch her in the face is she ever saw her again. Do you have any idea how crazy that is? I can’t even hold a grudge past a week and she been holding hers for a decade, that is some serious memory my friend. But it doesn’t stop there, oh no no no, I still have to find the why to all these things.

Why do women take things so personally? Is it genetic? Perhaps it is society? Upbringing? I will continue my search for answers, and maybe one day I’ll have them, but until then….I’m sorry. To all you ladies I’ve ever pissed off whom I probably don’t remember I’m sorry!!! Last thing I need is a blast from the past coming to roaring at me over something I don’t even remember.

Talk of Politics

Hello again readers of Justice, it is I the ever opinionated Rufus coming to you this monday morning with talk of politics. Now i’m not sure i’ve ever spoke much on politics, mostly because A) I don’t really trust the government. and B) Quite honestly I know little on the subject in general, mostly because of A. That’s not to say i’m an idiot when it comes to politicians, oh no i know about them quite well, but when it comes to who is doing what or who is causing what, i tend to hold my tongue. We all know Obamacare is great for the people, or that Obama is doing a bang up job but Congress is holding him back. For every complaint there is praise, but really what the hell do any of you know about anything they’ve been talking about for the last 5 or so years? Did you read bill? Have you sat down and determined if this was good or bad based on facts written and explained? I don’t think you have, and i’m willing to bet that everything you know is based of off hearsay. (Hearsay: information received from other people that one cannot adequately substantiate; rumor.)

Now i’m going to link you to…a couple of videos. One is Russell Brand on politics, the other is Dylan Ratigan i believe lets watch shall we:

 

 

Alright, now i’m going to be honest, that first video, i have little to no idea what he is talking about. Banks exporting money or some such, really didn’t get the whole meaning of that, but what i did get was that he is saying that so long as lobbyist are fueling our politics then we’re going to have a bad time. Now for those of you who don’t know what a lobbyist is listen up. Campaigns cost money, lots of money, lobbyist are people who work for either A) Corporations or B) very rich people, and what they do is offer politicians money to run their campaign so long as they lean their way when it comes to certain things. Tobacco industry, we know it’s a bad company, selling people death n such, but lets use them as an example anyway. Bill is running for senator of Ohio, and he needs some extra money to get his campaign up and running. Tobacco industry has that extra money, and wouldn’t you know it, Bill’s political opinions align with the tobacco industries so they give Bill money, and Bill wins that race. Now lets say two years into Bills term there comes a bill (ha get it?) that would make things better for people in poverty, maybe it would ban the sell of cigarettes altogether or something like that. Do you think, Bill, who might have wised up or like the idea in general, would be allowed to let that to pass without his ‘friends’ the Tobacco industries approval? No, or at least, it would be a fat chance.

So long as corporations have say so in our politics, i truly think things will never get better, because they seem (at least the majority) to only care about money. Making more money, spending less doing so, that’s why they outsource.

Now Russell Brand’s video is a bit simpler to understand simply because he’s talking about things that people such as I (lower to middle class) can understand. See I like to think that I can understand things fairly well just so long as I can take the time to look them over and/or see them in action a certain amount of times. What I’ve learned is this, there has been no good president in my life time, which started in 1989. I know, people are going to say Clinton, but look at what happened with Clinton in office: The Internet, Cell phones, and the raise of Video games. We’re talking an increase in jobs, more money, and prosperity, but did that have anything to do with what Clinton did? Then look what came after. Bush, need i say more? Hell the movie they came out with after his term W. was supposed to be a look into his time in office in a serious and dramatic light, I thought it was a comedy. Now we look to Obama, and the more time passes the less i like what i’m seeing. We got out of Iraq, which he said we would, but he didn’t bring them home, no instead we’re sweeping across the middle east like it’s our own backyard. Healthcare is still in shambles, and though i know little of Obama Care, I’m not sure forcing people onto insurance plans is going to be a better alternative than what we have now, but like i said before, i haven’t read the bill, nor do i intend to. I don’t know legal jargon and just attempting to read something like that would be a task bigger than my time would comfortably allow.

All in all I believe that no president will do good for the country unless it lines alot of pockets, and even then WE don’t see that money. That’s another thing, there is no WE when it comes to Government. If they say WE have over 10million dollars in profit, that check doesn’t come to your house for anything does it? But when they say WE are 500million dollars in debt and need help don’t they hike up the prices to try and collect? WE are always doing things but WE never see the profit, WE only see the hard times, so no there is no WE, just us who do the labor, and they who reap the benefits. But what do i know right, i’m just a man working the 9-5 and trying to eek by.

 

Special Unscheduled Announcement

Today marks the day that I hoped would occur 3 months from now. When we started Words Don’t Do It Justice the hope was in 6 months we’d get to 1k. Ronin, Roddi, and I knew we had good content, but we figured that it would take a while to get people into reading us. Today you all shattered that expectation by taking us over 1,000 views. We’re a plucky blog, we have a unique perspective, and because of you here on Facebook and people on twitter and elsewhere we crushed a goal so far ahead of schedule we’re going to have to rethink the next one.

I want to thank some folks though. Marlon aka Ronin and Jerrod aka Roddi, who when I came up with the idea were down from moment one. Rufus, who was our first guest blogger, and when I asked him to come on board stepped right in despite being the new face with some great posts. VerySmartBrothas.com’s Panama Jackson who gave me some much needed advice back in March and April on how to do things. Rebecca Dimond, our second guest blogger who came with a post right when I was truly hurting for content while moving home. Da Kinkyland who has always supported us, and me specifically. And thank you to all of you who endure the constant publicity status messages, direct messages, tweets, reminder posts, FB messages, and subtle and not so subtle attempts to get you to read the new stuff we have up. Thanks for reading. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for following us.

This isn’t the end. We have so much more to do. We can’t go away now. We’ve got more plans for the future that I apparently need to move up a bit. I’d tell you more but well…Words Don’t Do It Justice.

– The Ruthless Wonder

Entertainment and You

Entertainment and You

Is entertainment a form of control used to keep us dumb? First let me say ‘get that tone out of your voice’. This is not a conspiracy theory that I’m stating here, though really i could see how it would all tie into the evil plot used by those shadow organizations to keep the masses in line. No what i’m suggesting is something simpler, but the meaning carries the same weight, if not heavier. Take a list of your favorite TV shows, the ones that you watch faithfully. The ones that you record, watch on NETFLIX, HULU and random streams all across the net. Now add up the ‘time’. You’d be surprised how much of your ‘time’ (if your like some people i know) is being wasted on programs that hold absolutely no real significant meaning in your life.

Everyday i boot up a game and play it for a couple of hours. None of these games have taught me much of anything. The argument for hand eye coordination might be valid, but there have to be more physically demanding ways to improve such a thing without slouching on a couch yelling at  people over a tiny microphone. But still i do it. Still i sit and play my games, marveling at the story, the graphics and maybe even the gameplay when i find something interesting enough. But that does not change my opinion of this subject, out entertainment comes at a heavier price than money.

Perhaps i am being too harsh on such things, maybe just a little too tightly wound for my own good so I’ll elaborate my opinion.

Bioshock. Now there was a game worth its salt. The story was solid, the gameplay had a small but potent twist on first person shooters and the world was vibrant enough to such you in with wonderfully dark character themes. I would dare say that out of all the games i can remember playing; Bioshock was by far one of the best when it came to story….well at least with FPS types. But what did i get out of the disc? Have i gained any knowledge that would benefit me? I didn’t burn enough calories to warrant sitting on my but for a good six hours. I didn’t earn any sort of real achievements  (XBOX Achievements don’t count). The sense of accomplishment was minimal, it wasn’t like i did something that made me better than before, nor was it a task rumored to be impossible. Infact, the whole point of playing the game, of making the game, is so that you can hear/experience the story. Failure in that regard will never be the end result unless you simply give up. Could you imagine the game with no checkpoints, no do overs, and no redemption feature? The chances of success would be so small that only a few would reach the goal, and that my friend would not do for the companies.

So here are the pros of playing and beating Bioshock, at least the pros that carry over into the real world. You witnessed a stimulating story that sparked a small part of your creativity, and now have been introduced into a concept you might not have ever thought possible before. Pro, you’re problem solving skills are still sharp. Nothing else matters. Not the difficulty (unless it effects the ending in a drastic way), not the completion rate(again unless it effects the story), and definitely not the in game achievements. So with three pros we naturally move onto the cons.

Now i can’t say that these cons are the same for everyone, that truly depends on you (just like the pros i suppose) but this is based off of me, so I’ll just use my own list. Con, i just gained excess fat from not burning the calories necessary for the food and drink I’ve consumed. Con, my eyes are just that much more stressed from staring into a screen for a prolonged period of time. Con, i gained no relevant knowledge that will serve me well in my day to day situations. Con, i believe that I’ve simply wasted what is perceived as time.

There could be more cons, and arguably more pros, but i don’t believe the pros will ever outweigh the cons. Sometimes, i understand, entertainment is needed in order to deal with the stress of life. Perhaps the true enemy here is over indulgence, a trait it seems most Americans share. If we limited the time we took to play around in our hobbies or stress reducers we could more than likely live with a better sense of balance. Like all things it seems, balance is the key to true happiness. Take some time and think about it, yea?

Motivation versus Inspiration

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The above video has nothing to do with today’s post, I just felt like posting it. Hopefully after that verse he dropped Jay Rock is ready to drop another LP finally.

Also before I get going I want to take a moment and let you know the first post from the new 3rd R, Rufus, is coming THIS THURSDAY! So be on the look out for it. I dare say we have the Superhero to balance out my Supervillainry. A Silver Surfer for my Thanos. An Ollie Queen for my Lex Luthor. Holy hyperbole Batman! Exactly. Come read more by this guy. He’s great. He’s an awesome addition, and with the circle complete be on the lookout for a 3R segment coming soon. Now onto my post.

Motivation versus Inspiration

I think a lot can be said for motivation over inspiration.  Despite a lot of people’s thoughts to the contrary I feel the two are vastly different. Personally I’ve long since stopped trying to write via inspiration. I would even go so far as to say that none of my poems are inspirational after a certain point in my writing career. I don’t dig on or off of inspiration anymore. As I was once told, “For poets, inspiration is for suckers.” At the time that seemed like a harsh critique of our art. It seemed cold. Almost robotic. And I never dreamed of this thing I do with lines and stanzas becoming like that. But that was an emotional response. It wasn’t until a few weeks later that I saw the underlying bit that makes that line genius. Inspiration is a passive state of mind that occurs during a point of stagnation. I don’t say inertia for a very specific, science reason. You are usually not doing something and then “inspired” to do so. But writers need to keep writing because otherwise our “muscles” atrophy and we lose skill, or become boring, or just fall off entirely.

This is far different from motivation. Motivation spurs us on to doing something like inspiration yes, but usually we are not at rest. We are dealing with inertia. Constantly going one direction with no external force to cause us to change direction. Motivation is the change in direction. For my writing this was something amazing. I found a creativity I didn’t have before. I stopped waiting on the inspiration to write and just wrote. There is a very marked difference from the works I made before that day and the ones after. Maturity as a person is part of it. Life experience is part of it. But I owe a lot to the idea of motivation being my guide instead of inspiration. The same goes for my non-poetry related writing. Characters are easier to create when you aren’t trying to pull from somewhere out in the ether the moment you need to create them.

And that brings us to everyday life. How often are you subjecting yourself to the whims of inspiration instead of having motivation? Waiting for that one special someone to walk into your favorite coffee shop, bar, club, church, job, supermarket, produce stand, beach,  doctor’s office, best buy, whatever instead of getting motivated to do the things you know make you more noticeable in a good way? I know I have fallen victim to that. How often is there something you are waiting on to happen to be your “sign” to quit that job you hate and start doing the thing you love? I’m not telling you to quit what pays  the bills, but I am saying get motivated to start researching, and investigating the things you need to do what you want, and start doing the ancillary things that should lead up to you leaving that job for a new career doing what you want.

That in the end is the difference between Motivation and Inspiration. Inspiration is so fleeting, so fragile, so impossibly flighty and flaky, not to mention beyond our control, that we do ourselves a disservice by waiting on it. Inspiration can come, and when it does it can help make decisions clear and ideas crystallize. But to wait on it is to lose out on the dreams you have for yourself. To wait is to be stagnate. Stagnation not sleep is the true cousin of death. where you are nothing because you do nothing. Ah but motivation, motivation leads to momentum. Momentum leads to accomplishment. And as you continue to accomplish, you continue to build that personal empire I talked about a while back. Imperial Dreams become motivation when you wake up and start moving. The fuel to press you ever forward towards your goals.

But what do you think? How do you feel about motivation and inspiration? Leave a comment. Like. Share. email me at yourruthlesswonder@gmail.com anything you don’t want here, or questions you might have including topics you want to hear any of us at WDDIJ handle. Be sure to check out the column by our newest on Thursday. We should see a new piece from The Ronin tomorrow. And for now I’m going to get back to other matters I can’t discuss because Words Don’t Do It Justice!

– The Ruthless Wonder