Short Documentary Review: Living In a Skid Row Tent

Title: Living In A Skidrow Tent

Produced by: Chronicle Company

Director: Brent Gudgel

Release Date: 2016

Length: 5:00 Minutes

Price: Free To Watch Online


Alayna’s Story: Living In a Skidrow Tent is not a long documentary. On the contrary, it is extremely short: just five minutes long. Nonetheless, it took me at least half an hour to get through the whole thing, entirely because of how distressing a lot of the material was.

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New posts incoming.

Now that finals are over and I can actually think, I decided I was gonna try to make this blog thing work. It’s been six months since I started this blog and it basically hasn’t gone anywhere. I’m gonna be focusing on documentary and book reviews, I think; to give this blog a concrete focus.

The (big) Plan: Section Hiking the CT Appalachian Trail

My years in college have shifted me from a city bound technophile to a nature lover, and it is only fitting that my transformation culminate in a hike on America’s most famous backwoods trail. As college comes to an end, it seems unlikely that I will be staying in CT, despite my love for my birthstate I find the entire state to either be too suburban or too loud, with its rural towns struggling under the long tendrils of economic influence that radiate from the Big Apple. I would like to get to know my state really well before I leave, and I figure that the best way to do so would be to hike it’s AT section, and experience nature with no heavy luggage, no car to retreat to, etc. Currently I’m stockpiling the needed gear, which has been a slow process due to my limited funds. I am almost finished, with only a handful of items left before I am, at least in terms of equipment, ready. I’ve also been reading up on advice and guides from thru hikers, which I figure will also apply to section hikes.

Still, it wont be till next spring that I hike the trail, so I figure I do indeed have some time to prepare.

 

Till next time

 

Gil Rice.

Documentary Review: “American Nomads” by BBC, narrated by Richard Grant

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Just finished watching the 90 minute long documentary “American Nomads” and I have to say I enjoyed every minute of it. It contains the exact kind of strange counter culture that I love to write about, and love to learn about. Richard Grant makes an eccelent narrator, not in the least part because he approaches the wanderers and drifters with respect, instead of a “oh its just a phase” or “oh they fell off the tracks” attitude. Having lived a life of a drifter himself, he understands that for  these people, a life of constant mobility is their ideal, and that not every wants the so called “American Dream” of large houses large families and large paychecks, and that there’s nothing wrong with them not wanting to fit into our truly (compared to every other era of human history) bizarre and stifling world of offices.

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Guess who’s not dead!

Last week at work was dreadfully busy, as we heped a new client set up their staff members machines. Windows 10 requires quite a bit of know-how to prevent it from royally screwing its user, so it took me quite some time to set each individual machine up.

The next post will be about the Japanese cult that attempted to kidnap an arctic seal to prevent doomsday. Holy Land USA is delayed for the foreseeable future, as I want to procure some original material through investigation since it’s so close by.

Other than working myself half to death, I’ve been playing a little bit of Fallen London. You can really only play one hour per day of it unless you pay real money, so its just the right ammount of gaming for me right now with my schedule being what it is. And its really well written, to boot. Indeed, a reckoning will not be postponed indefinitely.

See you very soon with a new post!

Narrative Analysis of Conspiracy: The Quaternary Extinction Event and the Black Knight (and the whale lords) (Part 2)

Welcome back, dear readers! Our previous discussion (link) ended with the narrative origins of the Black Knight being more or less explained, except it’s name. Now we get into the strange stuff, regarding the theories of the 13,000 BC calamity and the Whale Overlord theory.
We will work in order of craziness, and so we will start with 13,000 BC and work our way to Whale-lords

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(If you missed it: part 1 HERE)

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Narrative Analysis of Conspiracy, Double Feature: the 13,000 BC Calamity & The Black Knight Sattelite. Part 1: The Sattelite

 

This was supposed to be an interlude post, a small little appetizer for you, dear readers, while you waited for the full course meal that was Holy Land USA. Little did I know I had more than enough to make a full weekly post on the topic. In fact, this will be a two parter. The first will deal with the Satellite, the second will deal with the events attributed to it.

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Interlude Posts…

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In between my long posts, which take several days or even a week to complete, I will be posting “interludes”. These are stories, events, or conspiracy theories that I have heard through the grapevine that are too short for their own entire article, but too interesting to pass up. Some will be narrative analysis of urban legends and conspiracy theories, and why some theories draw huge attention from the mainstream while others are left to collect dust in forums like Above Top Secret. Like how the Black Knight Satellite had a huge budget music video based around it, while the insanity that is the reptilian theory is used as a punchline in tinfoil hat jokes.

 

Saying we are ruled by reptiles?  How cold blooded of us to not believe them! (see, I did it too!)

 

The Holy Land USA post is in the works, still. Expect it sometime this week!

 

 

 

Strange And True: The Town With One Person

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Today’s topic is Monowi, Nebraska.

Monowi had a rather mundane start in 1902 when the land was suddenly connected to rail, and it was decided it was good enough to live off of. It was platted, a post office soon was established to serve the residents, and it was officially incorporated before 1902 had drawn to a close. Monowi then went through the same ups and downs, joys and sorrows of small town living that many towns of the era did, reaching a peak population of one hundred and fifty. But now it’s the only town in the entire United States of it’s kind…. Read more

Welcome To “Rust Around The Edges”

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A blog about the bizarre, the folkloric, the grass roots…and occasionally book reviews.

We live in a time of great change, and against this backdrop of change, oddities have begun to arise. Expressions of spontaneous culture, spurred on by the internet and it’s ability to connect just about any group of people who can afford hosting charges. It’s why we have entire forums on the finer points of eating ice cubes, on documenting trampled grass, men who want to have hot lusty sex with automobiles, and more.

I will update regularly, with articles on the strangeness that permeates every layer of the internet. Of it’s bizarre stories of men sexually attracted to floor tiles, anarchist slums located entirely inside one building, or hermits who survived over twelve years without human contact by pilfering junk food.

Other posts will deal with the real life oddities of the past, present, and future, another favorite topic of mine.

I love teaching people about these topics just as much as I love learning about them. Hopefully you can walk away knowing something new.

Occasionally I will post a review of a book or narrative driven game, but my main purpose here is to teach you how wonderfully weird this world is.

 

-Gill Rice