01/09/2020১৭ই ভাদ্র ১৪২৭
The Weekly Turni
For the last four weeks, as I sat down and started writing the Editorial for Turni, the words came naturally, along with the image that we feature. When I look back at those, they are uplifting to me. They feature outward, far away places and tries to take our mind off the daily mundane tasks. While that is a perfectly fine proposition, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. When I woke up today, I realized that The Black Panther is no more, world has one less superhero.
In our little blockchain community last night, there was unhappiness by at least one individual. Although most of us found it quite amusing, and our supreme leader was complaining about lack of drama in recent times, we are glad he got wish! However, there was some unpleasantness in the end. However, I thought about what Dalai Lama said quite famously:
“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength,’ no matter what sort of difficulties, how painful the experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”
So instead of looking outward and feeling elated of faraway places, we decided to look inward today. As I drink coffee in this mug, I start to feel good about being alive. Drinking coffee or tea must be the most mundane experience that most of us feel. So, I am hoping all can relate to it. As I look at this wonderful mug, I begin to remember my Murakami, and there is a big grin starts to spread across my face.
“The fresh smell of coffee soon wafted through the apartment, the smell that separates night from day.”… Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.
I begin to wonder in magical realism, that this mug is this community, it can even be this blockchain. We can put anything in it. Coffee, Tea, Milk, Hot Chocolate….Whatever your preferred brew might be. You take a sip, and you begin to feel that the night is fading away into nothingness. What we have is something to look forward to, a bright new day awaits us. We will get out there, and we will build it brick by brick or shall I say, “block my block?” We will do what we think is right, we will focus on facts, as opposed to interpretation. We will take you, the reader, the community member along for a ride. We can’t promise you riches, but we can promise you honesty.
Yeah, you are thinking, that is just a bunch of useless words, eh? It is just writing, in the real world in doesn’t mean anything. Let me stop you right there. The point is not true or false. It is easy to distinguish between true or false, between right or wrong. But it is incredibly hard to choose between two wrongs, to choose the lesser of the wrong and believe in it. As often, in the present world, that is the choice that are given to us.
So, we believe. We believe that we are doing something positive. If we believe that, this effort will be fruitful. However, we can only move forward if you believe with us. We are thinking about various elements that will make this community more engaged. So, feel free to have a discussion in the comments, as sometimes an on-chain discussion is more valuable than off-chain. With all that said, let me ask the “head clerk” to bring me another mug of coffee :)
I wish you guys knew that who holds the keys to the inner office! Without the “head clerk” you wouldn’t get a publication!
This Week's Feature -- My First THREE Months on the Blockchain
Producing quality, original content on a daily basis is something that most new users have struggled with, have gotten themselves into trouble for not having something to write every day. It is difficult, but Rehan does it like it's bread and butter! His blog is filled with variety. In this post he showcases his photography skills. But this is not your typical photography blog. While he divulges us into the beautifully different shades of blue, he gives us an insight to how he has been spending his sick days!
Have you ever realized, the turning point of a life comes from the most unexpected events of our life? And once it strikes the life, we see the attributes of life differently. The similar kind of event happened with me when I joined the blockchain (STEEM). Even though I am full-time HIVE user but it all started with Steem. But some of the events would be similar, if you are a new user on HIVE.
I jumped from Facebook onto this chain. I was curious what is actually going on here. People are sharing posts and they are getting dollars(had no idea about the currency of the chain). Is it really true? Are they really able to withdraw from here? Or is it just another scam site which is displaying such events? All these questions were going through the mind and I was astonished to see some of these posts were earnings more than a month salary of mine! I was bound to stay here with all these and one curiosity leads to another and thus here I am.
Believe it or not, I was damn scared to do some tasks, like going through the user’s posts and leaving my thoughts. I was under the impression what if I make an odd comment, which would make a bad impression for myself. But after some time I got to know users welcome any kind of feedback, at least I do. So no fear is needed and if you have it, throw it away.
This is something which must be done by you. If you do not, you will end up breaking the one and only rule of being honest content creators (post original contents only). Or else there are plenty of users who take HIVE as FB or any other social media and end up making silly mistakes, which results in the bad reputation on their name. SO a research is must!
What is this place? , What makes HIVE different from other social media platforms? , How you can make your contributions? , How will you get benefited for your tasks?
Instead of making money, try to learn!
The first few days are crucial for a new user. It can also be said, your motives will be displayed in your posts(even though it might change over the time) thus your impressions will be made. Instead of focusing on making those payouts, learn to cope up with the structures and see how others are connecting with others via their posts. Not necessarily you will have to be like they are, as what I believe is everyone is unique. Once you acquire that knowledge, you will know by yourself how to take the right way for yourself in here.
Think long term!
First few days/months I did not see any sort of progress in my payouts but I noticed, I was engaging more and people are slowly noticing me. You can say the goal of being recognized was slowly being achieved. The same should be for you. Do not get me wrong, nothing is easy and for success you will have to pay the price with your effort,dedication and being a dedicated user.
There were plenty of other issues which I had to face as a new user but believe me all the hard work, hassle, pain was indeed worth it. At the end of the day, it depends on how you want to reflect in here and how much you are dedicated to make a place in here.
Splinterlands Tips of the Week
Last time I suggested some key cards, and before that many of you wanted to know about a lineup for "Little League." Today I'll talk about which splinter and which monsters are the best in little league, and what lineup will win you most battles.
We should look for which cards with low mana are most effective and whether they have some special abilities or now. Below is one of my little league teams, but there may be many other better strategies. Do let us know about your strategies in the comments.
Before setting up the team, you'll need to first decide where you want to start attacking from. If you want to attack from the front, I'll suggest to use the life splinter. Otherwise you can follow the following lineup from the earth splinter.
Little lineups can be pretty effective using the life splinter too. But that will be a story for another time!
Cinema Classics-Why Vertigo is great
If you regularly watch movies, you probably know of the IMDb top 250 list. That list is based on viewers who vote on their favorite movies there— so essentially a popular list and it has a lot of appeal among viewers.
But it doesn’t hold much water in serious courts. The most prestigious list regarding cinema is the one by Sight and Sound, a magazine published by the British Film Institute. They arrange polls once in every decade and the films on it are selected and voted by filmmakers, critics, and other film professionals.
Citizen Kane by Orson Welles was on the very top of that list for 60 years until 2002 and Vertigo by Hitchcock toppled it in 2012.
That’s history and you can look it up. Now, I will come quickly to the point where I’m going with this.
When moviegoers see Vertigo for the first time with high expectations, they are often disappointed. They usually fail to see what’s so great about it.
Let’s explore the film a bit then, shall we?
At the beginning of the film, when Gavin asks Scott to spy on his wife as he suspects some threats might come to her way. Scott asks, ‘From whom?’ Gavin replies, ‘Someone dead.’
How does someone dead hurt anyone? To press the point and make it substantial, Hitchcock closes into Gavin’s face when he says that and with an upshot. The frame also cuts Scott away and focuses on the dominant one, Gavin in this case.
Take this frame into consideration. The audience knows at this point that Scott has acrophobia (fear of heights). Hitchcock uses a down shot in a way that one staircase of height seems extremely high. Now, Scott isn’t really influenced by this shot as he’s on the ground and it’s not from his perspective. So, Scott’s acrophobia is being imagined by the audience itself and they are the ones being manipulated here!
I will move on to another scene where the camera zooms into Gavin’s wife’s braid first and then to the braid of the portrait. Both are shapes that resemble spiral staircases. This scene is used to signify that Scott’s acrophobia is intensified and he’s affected by all of these.
I can go on and these are only some of the stuff I personally noticed. If you look online for video essays or read film journals you will see how technically rich the film is. With each viewing, I find things I missed before.
Whether Vertigo deserves the spot of the #1 film of all-time is a different debate and I will not get into that—my point being—it's not only a thriller film either.
Epilogue-An Unresolved Nightmare
Reba was standing in an open field. Suddenly black clouds filled the sky with lightning and gusty wind. Reba thought of running but subconsciously, all of a sudden, she looked back. A man with a black suit, approaching her with a blood-stained knife. She was trying to scream in panic but it seemed like someone was holding her throat and no sound was coming out of it. People were running towards shelters but no one was looking towards her. Reba was trying hard to run but the wind was pulling her back as she moved forward. The man in black came very close to her and aimed the knife at her eyes. At that very moment, Reba woke up.
Even in such cold "droughty" winter, she got sweaty. She looked at the clock with scared and sleepy eyes, it was 9 mins till the clock hit three in the morning. Turning to the other side, she saw that there was a big pillow in there instead, where her mother used to sleep. Reba sees this nightmare often and every time she wakes up she doesn’t find her mother next to her. An unresolved question in Reba’s mind is where could she go every night crossing the wooden bridge over the lake??
Rumana has been sitting on a red sofa for the last 2 hours 45 minutes. A man in a red coat in front of her has been drinking glass after glass of red wine all the while she is here and keeps telling the story of his dead wife. She noticed that red is predominant in this house, everything from bed sheets to curtains is red. She is now pretty confidently waiting for the man to take off his pants to show the underwear color, the probability factor supports that too would be red! She is trying hard to keep the smiling face while hiiding sadness because it is not an easy task to get a customer without a smiling face. Today's "fling" was a little exceptional. The most beautiful of girl her group is Lata but even after she being present, the customer called for Rumana. This was very unusual and one of the rarest cases. But today she was wearing a red dress, which could be the probable reason behind her getting selected, and the man finally picked her up in a red car.
She was looking down through the heavy spectacle and trying to thread the needle. Nowadays, she cant see distant objects clearly, but she sees objects that are fairly closer a little too well. She put the thread on the needle and concentrated again on sewing the Katha. Rumana notices that whenever she works with such attention, like sewing or reading a magazine, she remembers horrible stories from 25 years ago. Twenty-five years is really a long time to forget these random but real stories, but she failed to wash away those painful nightmares. She closed her eyes and wondered how such a long time had passed by so quickly. It seems that only a few days back she got a DV visa and moved to America with her little girl, but practically it’s 25 years. When she came to America, she didn't have to do those dirty works anymore. She sent her daughter to a good school and met all her needs.
Today Reba has completed her graduation and fulfilled her mother’s dream. Reba handed over the certificate to her mother to see it. Reba saw her mother's eyes fixed on the writings of the certificate below.
Father’s name: Mustafizur Rahman
Reba has been very sharp and quick witted since early on. She never wanted to embarrass her mother by asking about her father. She still has that nightmare almost every night. Sometimes she thinks that the man in the black dress might be someone who is trying to target her identity. These are all her fantasies but the reality is that the nightmare is still unresolved.
Instructions to Get Featured
This here is our piece de resistance. So, to promote engagement and a little self-branding, we have come up with an initiative that we simply called Featured. And we are very excited about this portion of the magazine.
Every week, one talented author will have the opportunity to contribute a piece for the magazine, while showcasing one of their best posts from the week. The willing writers will have a chance to add to the magazine a few words about any topic that they choose and be a 25% beneficiary of the magazine.
* How to Get Featured
The first step is, you have to decide whether you want to get featured or not. Once you’ve made up your mind, you have to apply by submitting one of your articles from last week. We have a wiggle room for quality contents which are even older. Choose the piece you deem to be your best work for the week, as this will play a significant role in you getting featured or not.
* Application Window
There will be a two-day period to submit your application. It must be submitted by dropping a link to your post in the #Featured-Magazine channel on the BDCommunity Discord Server. Once the application window has closed, @linco, @simplifylife, and @zayedsakib will choose three authors from all the submissions.The featured author for the week will be announced during the weekly voice meeting. They will then have two days to complete their piece for the magazine and submit to the officials.
The author who gets featured in the weekly magazine will be set as a 25% beneficiary, meaning 25% of the magazine’s liquid payout will go to the featured author.
Topic- How is hive and blogging helping with your personal growth?
Leave a meaningful no less than 100 words comment below about the topic and the most meaningful one will win 5 hive:). You can enter as many times as you like. Leave the tag #BDC in your comment for it to be counted as an entry. Only one person will be chosen as the winner.
Last Weeks Winner-@deepu7 :)