Keith Farthington on How to Make an Instructional Video

People everywhere are still trapped at home and trying new things, especially in the realm of making videos to post online, whether they be Disneyland reenactments, discussions about The Tiger King, or making videos to be given a shoutout on John Krasinski’s SGN (Hi, John xXoXooO!!!).

I’ll be honest, I’ve been in a creative funk, so I just dug through my old video archives and rediscovered this ol’ gem. It’s a character I created named Keith Farthington, and he’s basically my inner nerd cranked up to a million. Keith Farthington is literally who I become when it’s 10:00 at night and I’m tired AF, but beyond the point where I can peacefully fall asleep. So I sit up in bed and talk and talk and talk. I hope there’s a medal for Sarabeth if there’s a heaven (she’s expecting one).

So! If you’re curious about how to make an instructional video (or if you just need a stupid thing to laugh at for a few minutes), I will hold you up no longer. Enjoy!

Starting Fresh, Starting Over

If these quarantine times have offered any value at all, it’s the gift of time. AmIright? (Unless you’re a healthcare or retail worker, or hold any position that has been deemed essential, then you truly are a hero worthy of Tony Stark’s EDITH glasses.)

But for the rest of us, we’ve been given the opportunity to rekindle our in-home relationships, re-examine our life paths, and revisit forgotten dreams.

You’ll notice that I’ve changed the name of this blog. It’s part of starting fresh, starting over.  That’s pretty easy to do when you get permanently let go from your job due to a global pandemic. Starting over can also feel a little obligatory when your cardiologist says to you, “Well, you’re one of 12% of people with your rare condition that’s still alive at your age.” Also, “Your heart is deteriorating, so you can’t be doing manual labor anymore. Unless you want to DIE!”

Well, that last part is a little fabricated. But yeah, the internal heart is ticking loudly, I’m losing sleep over it, the world’s going to the crapper… But, I’ve at least been given the chance to re-establish my relationship with my family after a couple of tumultuous years.

I’ll be expanding more of these topics in subsequent posts. Oh, what fun.

Oh! And at the behest of some friends, Sarabeth and I started a YouTube channel in case you don’t like reading blog posts. Our video discussions and blog posts (which I’ll be writing most of) won’t always coincide, but it’s at least something else you can follow and enjoy as we wait for the world to open back up, if it ever does.

 

Laughter Through These Difficult Times

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Greetings.

I know it’s been almost two years since I wrote you last. Managing and writing for Adopting James was a great pleasure for me while Sarabeth and I searched for our children through adoption. When we got them, there was no more journey to write about.

So now our daughter is six and our son is five. Since I’ve written my last blog post, my wife and I have gone through ten lifetimes of marriages, it seems. I will own most of the mistakes as my own, that brought us to such dark places.

We were within inches of getting a divorce.

But in recent months, we’ve decided to emerge through the darkness together, rather than die in it separately.

And the results have been fruitful.

And I’ve got to say that after surviving such menacing trials, this pandemic that’s gripped the world seems almost laughable. Even though I’ve lost my job, even though we’re as uncertain and scared as everyone else. After surviving what we’ve gone through, this seems manageable, because we’re in it together.

I hope you are holed up with people that you love. I hope you are using this time to grow as a person, and grow closer to your family. This time can be awesome if we allow it to be. And really, are we that much more frightened of the future than we were before? It’s just as unpredictable as it was a month ago, right?

Sarabeth and I have learned that laughter is important, and nothing is worth being too serious about. This is why we’ve started a YouTube series of just the two of us talking to you. We discuss movies, books, cars, our lives in quarantine, and just generally want to cheer others up. I’m sure in some future video we’ll dive into some select details of the dark days of our marriage and how we’ve come through them.

We hope you join us over on YouTube, and would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions, or just say hi if you’d like.

Here’s the link to one of our videos, just punch subscribe if you want to keep seeing us. Hang in there, we’re all in this weirdness together. And don’t forget to wash your hands!

What if The Happening Isn’t What You Think?

No matter how you look at it, M. Night’s The Happening is cheeseball at best. For ten years, there’s been nothing but hatred circulating around the movie. But what if… WHAT IF… the deaths in the movie aren’t as random as it seems.

What if there’s more of a method to this madness than anyone has let on, or figured out?

Check out my theory about The Happening that I have yet to find anyone else figure out:

Click here to listen to the podcast episode, or just type in “Should You Watch It” wherever you listen to your podcasts and check out episode 8: “The Happening is Actually a Love Story.”

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Should You Watch It?: My Movie Review Podcast

There’ve been a steady stream of movies that came out this summer. Several were great, some were good, and others were extremely forgettable. I love movies so much that it’s hard to stop talking about them and dissecting them. So, in an effort to scratch that continual itch to do so, I started a podcast where I talk about nothing but movies!

Whether you’re a movie buff or not, try giving my podcast a listen to see if particular movies I review are something you should watch or not.

Movies I’ve reviewed on my podcast so far:

Deadpool 2, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Avengers: Infinity War, Tag, and Fiddler on the Roof. 

So check out “Should You Watch It?” on your favorite podcast vehicle, or just click the link below to be taken directly to my show in iTunes. Enjoy! And remember, your feedback and suggestions are always welcome!

Click here to be taken to iTunes

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What “Friends” Would Survive “The Walking Dead?”

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We had so much fund deciding who from The Office would survive The Walking Dead that we decided to give it another go.

The beloved characters from our favorite 90’s show grew up in the same world we occupy. It was safe, a little spunky, and somewhat predictable. No one gave death a second thought, and certainly no one had to plan an evacuation route in case of some sort of apocalypse, namely a zombie apocalypse. But, in the case of Friends, how would the characters reacted to the threat of a zombie invasion such as in The Walking Dead? Read on to find out.

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