Why We Do What We Do
When we wake up each day, I am certain many of us forget the priorities of the day before. We all have our little mental tricks; the internal clock; nature's alarm.
It Isn’t Your Data
Feedback is an essential element of any market test which drives innovation and progress. Without it any producer is forever lost in the vast infinite of possibility.
Bad Clients or Managing Expectations
I have failed, it's true. I admit it. I have not always been able to keep a client happy. We have all read about how difficult it is running a business.
Globalism In A Nutshell
For years the elites have made an extraordinary claim. That they can run the world on the behalf of regular people in such a way that benefits everyone.
Where Power Of The Purse Meets Islam
Being an RCMP officer is about being part of a practical and effective national police force. It's for local police to optimize for culture, not national police.
Transphobia and Witchcraft
Psychics and fortune tellers are victims of transphobic-esque micro-aggression by Canada's "legalitarian" bourgeois. What's wrong with selling a few crystals? Can't people have a little fun... it's just incense, man.
How To Build Ben Shapiro's Thug Life Meme Machine
Memes are a discrete unit of knowledge and strictly speaking the best ones are entirely original...but that's expensive...and time consuming.
How To Sleep Like A Baby
Another sleepless night. So many thoughts, important thoughts, problems that have to be solved. Responsibilities. Payroll, supplies, the conflict brewing between Lumber and Paint. Sometimes sleep seems like the only thing we can't pay attention to.
The Narcissism of Small Differences
The Liberals and Liberalism is once again in danger of being consumed to feed a socialist machine. Corporate greed and identity politics. A deadly combination.
Rummel’s Law of Primitivism
In a primitive society there is no significant personal wealth or power. No individual freedom. A tyrant owns everything and takes everything you make. You have no name.
We Should Have Let Johnny Rotten Kill Jimmy Savile
There's nothing this man won't say if he believes it and should you expect anything less from the enigmatic John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten. Creative genius. Misanthrope. Contrarian. Fearless. Self-righteous. Honest to a brutal fault. Doesn't give a shit.
Though Caught In The Moment… Be Unafraid
One is looking with wonder across the vast plains he'd just purchased, while the other shakes his head in disbelief already angling back the way they'd come.... a modest village frames the background.
Evil Plans For Begging Villains
Message The Top Evil! with [Request Evil Plan ??] in the title where ?? is the plan number. If your choices please the Top Evil! and Maddam Fate (Roll of the dice) then you'll get a much needed upgrade to your file in the SLIMY CATACOMBS OF LEGAL STATUS.
Verbotenous Roster Of Ongoing Game Activity
A character gets on the roster once they've made their first Offering and Madam Fate accepts it.
Anthropic Programmers Do It For The Ones We Love
Earning credit through responsible creativity, building on past success, effective development strategy derived from basic programming principals.
What do you think software is? Bits and bytes, instructions or lists? If there's counting involved then there must be some math?
Shakespeare Was NOT A Fraud And Mountjoy Proves It
It's common knowledge Shakespeare lived with my family at Mountjoy House while he wrote most of his plays. For years naysayers have criticized Shakespeare.
Censoriousness Promotes A Comfortable Silence
Given all progress requires both opportunity and capacity there are two places to expect attack from those focused on ruining your quality of life.
A Library Is The Kitchen Of Rhetorical Commentary
When was the last time you chased a mystery... the last time you caught something by the tail and it suddenly pulls you to places so strange you gasp for breath. What's it feel like to hold on with all your strength until you finally get there.
Our Tribal Circles
Our Tribal Circles is a character study set to a contemporary landscape both nightmarish and familiar.
Every Fact Thomas Sowell Mentioned On Firing Line
Honest and direct. The great Thomas Sowell has helped transform the conservative movement from fringe novelty to clearly delineated political philosophy.
Infinite Monkeys Theorem Is Bullshit
In the real world there's a "Production Horizon" of no return where randomness cannot follow and chaos is forever held back from producing anything of a higher order. Don't assume every possible alternative vector will produce a non-negative result.
Literary Crypto Game For Content Creators
The making of a Verboten Legacy is the story of a diabolical production engine hidden within a puzzle to protect the world. Can you find your way into the Verboten Advanced Production Park? Do you dare?
How To Kill The Patriarchy
Specific ideas have optimal outcomes and general ideas produce approximations with higher overhead. Less specific is less relevant and thus less valuable.
Bend Natural Cycles With Patience
Nature's seasons are an obvious example of a reliable cycle. The supreme repetition of it all; production can occur in a steady, effective rhythm.
Who Is Anthony Jon Mountjoy?
The mysterious founder of Verboten Publishing. Has-been technologist who disappeared years ago into his Preeceville studio just before the world went to shit.
Four Pillars Of Prosperity
To prosper one requires certain knowledge of the fundamentals of making stuff. There are many approaches.
How To Play Verbotenous
Verbotenous is a game built into Verboten Studio's website where Villains plot to take over the world and Minions do their Evil bidding. Anything that happens in Verbotenous has effects on the Verboten Legacy DLC.
This Is My Production Formula
The future is fundamentally unpredictable because new ideas are constantly introduced rendering economies unprogrammable. The only thing that always works is being part of the cycle of producing new ideas.
Archewell Takes A Page From Verboten Playbook
Archewell, like Verboten, is a website about sharing education and training materials via films, podcasts, and books. Self-publishing articles, magazines, music, podcasts, media shows, and computer software.
Producers Becoming A New Slave Minority
What are the first few things that come to mind when we think about describing a slave? Forced to work. Does technology really free us?
I often hear people discuss governing concerns as though they are the extended interests of specific ideas dominant in one school of politics or the other. As though there are only two ways to look at it.
Personalized Money Is A Sticky Word
Don't be so anxious for a "cashless" society. They sacrificed the economy to save friendly markets and all we got was another hand me down t-shirt with a defunct UBI logo.
A Deck Full Of Fools
When we start a business, we're told the market is honest. Well established laws and political protections will guarantee fair market access in the long run even if any particular day has its own inequities.
What Do You Want A Website To Do For You?
Do you know what the world wide web is good at? After all these years what kinds of services and features have really taken off.
Polishing A Golden Turd
Did you know that hard work is not the same as Production. One can work very hard, almost endlessly wasting resources and time while accomplishing nothing.
Working On A Drilling Rig
A dear friend who has spent years working the fields brought this back with him. Thinking he should put it out there, but he didn't know how.
Indians Are Canada’s Only Visible Minority
So I told him he is NOT a visible minority. I'm having dinner with my East Indian immigrant friend, Navel, and the topic of visible minorities comes up.
R. J. Rummel Talks About the Miracle of Liberty and Peace
Be warned this is a serious and heavy read. It will take the constitution of a saint and it may not sit well with you. Disturbing facts can be unsettling.
Al Bundy Is Married To A Ferguson
BA-WOOSH! That's the sound a man's toilet makes when it flushes. That's the sound of a Ferguson. It's the music that soothes the beast. Without it many marriages, especially with children, linger in misery.
Jon Stewart Saw Fake News Coming
In 2015, after 16 years of television history, Jon Stewart left the Daily Show and for the most part... comedy.
Nobody Should Miss This, But He’s Too Good A Shot
There's a scene hidden deep in historical cinema. So powerful it shaped generations. Lost in a spaghetti of forgettable, derivative pulp; cinematic gems like this one defined words like "hero" and "legend". It was never accurate.
Career Girls. No one just gives it to you. Take it.
Careers are the key to a better life. Yet, not all share my appreciation of the professional experience.
Game AI Isn’t True AI
From the beginnings of the AI revolution there is one application that plays very well to the strengths of digital computing. Game AI.
Those Things That Don’t Really Work
Colour me skeptical. I shouldn't have to even write this. This should be common sense after a 21st century education. No-one in the entire world can show that any of the following things really work.
Capitalization or Exploitation
Maybe I should look more closely at colonialism. If my leftist friends are so supportive of it, (and my right wing friends so triggered by it).
From Model T To Rusty America
The automobile certainly changed the world. In 1913 Henry Ford organizes the first major U.S. assembly line for car production.
Saskatchewan Experience Means Flavour of the Week
We see them in the occasional news feed. That "other" company that kind of does what we do...succeeding! How dare they! I mean shouldn't they... They couldn't have... and there it is. The moment.
Thinkspot Is Where Ideas Live
Imagine a world where the print shop tells you what you can and can't write on the paper you bought from their store.
Diabolical Blueprint of Top Villainy
There is an EVIL SECRET at the heart of Verbotenous. Something that only a Top Evil! can know. If it were known generally, then it would destroy the realm. - Igor circa. 1734
How Sony Became A Four Letter Word
Can you guess what that word might be? We've learned from recent events with Sony that spending top budget on top talent to apply best practices in cyber security are simply not enough. It will never be enough.
Slaying An Ouroboros To Find A Philosopher’s Stone
Myths and legends are the Alchemical elements of a place so weird only the dead can understand it. I present the world serpent, Jormungandr. Child of Loki. Intimidating would be heroes with a coiled mass filling every ocean.
Virtue Signalling To Create A New Crusade
The temptation to virtue signal is strong in a society full of judgmental fools with poor education and even worse skills. It's a sex starved teen mentality.
Heart Breaking Truth and Other Bullshit Titles
Every single day there's a title on social media promoting the universal tragedy. It could happen to any of us. Broken hearts and endless variations of cat pics.
Land Is Source Of All Production And Therefore Wealth
When people say "I want my country back" many look around, see their country and ask, what are you talking about?
The Good Son Collaboration and His Evil Twin Socialism
Often the greatest evils are simply a small mutation of something quite wonderful. Thus is the tragic story of Socialism.
Academy of Minion Parts and Seines
Message The Top Evil! with [Request Class ??] in the title where ?? is the class title. If your choices please the Top Evil! and Madam Fate (Roll of the dice) then you'll get a much needed update in the character roster. You can do them in any order.
Fallout 76 Has Ruined My Life
Oh, I know it's coming. PC or Xbox One or PS4...it doesn't matter. My life is over. Work'll be the first thing to go. Then my home life. I'll soon stop showering everyday.
The One vs The Other
There are several perspectives one can bring to bear on a subject. Often the most controversial ideas are so nuanced they can be described in ways completely alien to anyone outside their familiar order.
Cognitive Capture Of The Machina Arcana
Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and explore your mind in true 3D surrounded by family and friends. Devices that capture and reflect all the senses establish a digital mindscape.
Should We Skip Christmas This Year?
As more and more Atheists come out in Canada to express their lack of belief openly still most under-reporting demographic yet estimated at 25% and growing.
How To Appreciate A Lifetime By Not Giving Up On Your Parents
Someone told me the other day their friend in his early twenties won't talk to his parents because they aren't relevant enough to his life. Not relevant enough. The hollow boy couldn't think of a single reason to call his mother.
Who Will End The War On Drugs?
Think about every serious issue in the news today. Crime, race, poverty. America's full potential forever beyond reach because so many issues remain unresolved.
Ithliam Is Many Things In Many Worlds
Henry is a mysterious man with a dark history who hunts unusual things. He's been alive a long time.
Bully Gangs, Social Justice Warriors and Temper Tantrums
It's all about gaining power through victim-hood. Anxiety needs to go somewhere. Self loathing breeds hate and conspiracy.
The 23rd Minute
The average Canadian is held beyond the levers of power usually afforded free citizens in a democracy. But we aren't average citizens are we?
Yet More Evidence We Cut Down Our Tallest Poppies
No, really. Or is it because she's rich, and many wonder why she should suck off the state when she can afford her own extra assistance if she needs it.
Xenobot Starts The Age Of Robotic Disease
Having used stem cells from frogs to produce living robots, scientists in America are hailing a new form of life, but I say not so fast.
What Would You Do If…
There are so many strange moments in the life of an entrepreneur. Endless seemingly unavoidable obstacles abound where choices spin opportunity and one way or the other the show must go on.
Tonight My Friend Had A Heart Attack
And he wouldn't pay the $3400.00 for the ambulance. True story.
To The Powers That Be
As recommended during our earlier discussions here is my request in writing for the Town Council regarding tax relief measures for non-essential businesses.
The Shadow Ban That Lurks Behind Every Post
Recently we've watched the virtue police come for anyone they don't think complies to their dominant narrative. But who are the virtue police?
The Rise And Fall Of Richard Stallman
The free software movement inspired a generation of revolutionary minds toward technological progress instead of violence. While the romantic hacker elite stole hearts they also reminded the powers that be that no one is beyond accountability.
Reactive Chemistry Is Not Alchemy
It's very easy to confuse chemistry for alchemy. The difference is as subtle as a memory compared to a dream.
Money Making Colonies In Fallout 76
Some of us believe gaming is a big part of future retail business. If Fallout 76 is a persistent world and I successfully create a colony of reliable survivors.
So You Want To Make Movies
They call for Abby. You don't recognize the name so she must be a recent hire, but why is the producer talking to the cinematographer again? Next they're setting up something called the martini shot. Will this day never end?
Slimy Catacombs Of Legal Status
Deep in the bowels of filthy files; past stone, bone, and frayed wire is a box. Within this box is another smaller box. Within this smaller box is a tiny box...and within this tiny box is a...
Disney Land Privately Solves Gun Control
Federal gun control will always be too expensive and blunt to solve the problem. I don't even have to tell you what the problem is do I? We all know... Do we manage gun access which inevitably means managing individuals directly with tax dollars. Dangerous.
Why Artificial Intelligence Will Never, Ever Destroy The World
Production being based on opportunity relies on external reactions to create a cycle. Even the fastest machine often finds itself waiting.
The Spectre of Separatism Places Canada at the Devil’s Crossroads
A country is like a book. Once written you can't just take away chapters. It's like burning a book and in a similar fashion separation is burning a country.
Organic Geometries Are Simple Forms Of Complexity
It's alive! That's what Frankenstein exclaimed as his creation first opened its eyes. A profound (or profane) mix of triumph and surprise.
Return Of The Greatest Generation
If you're like me, you can sense something stirring... just beneath the surface of things. Something that reminds you of the great ones who came before us.
Verboten's Plan For Local Producers
Saskatchewan needs a network of small town producers pooling their resources to rent retail space in the larger cities.
Muslim World Needs Secularism
Believe it or not the violence we see coming out of the Islamic world can be explained without claiming the Koran says any particular thing.
Providence Has A Child Prodigy
This is capital production in real time. An unplanned, organic exchange effecting both and all around them. Moments like this are high risk because they can point a potent force in a destructive direction if not handled with care.
Our Deadly Sins
Society has no rights; a person has rights. A corporation has no rights; the owners and employees have rights.
Programming Our Digital Dreams
After more than 20 years professional experience these are some of Anthony Mountjoy's thoughts on programming.
Nature Is A Studio
All production comes from capitalizing on, not exploiting, that which is natural and free.
Once A Minion has developed some skills and built a Treasure Chest they will be granted access to their Minion Mail.
My New Dog Was Just Shot In The Head
I've rescued several animals in my time so I went to work on the wounds right away.
Zombie Debt Is Eating Away Your Capital Gains
When we little people carry debt we all agree we should pay that back on appropriate terms, but what about for a business that is asked to take extraordinary risks.
Monsters Are People, Too
Friend or foe is a matter of perspective. Maybe you're the kind of deal making Villain that can play with the biggies...or are you a Minion tasked with maneuvering around a mysterious force?
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Madam Fate’s Book Of Deeds
While only Villains can post Jobs for Minions and Top Evil! posts Evil Plans for Villains there is a class of activity available to all but the newest players. One must be at least lvl 3 to attempt...a Deed.
Loki’s Harmless Revenge
Do you know someone who makes other people miserable on purpose? Want to do something about it, but you just don't know how?
Life Is A Role Programming Game
Programming is a royal art. It's challenging, exciting; Everyday new programs are changing the way we function, but in today's commercial landscape it seems to be more and more about the latest consumer trend.
Or is it still just a proxy power for an absent King running on auto-pilot while Ottawa's bureaucratic class pull the strings? The West feeds the East and the East taxes the West. Families farm and the regulations direct the product to Eastern well-to-dos.
Is Elon Musk a John Keely or a Steve Jobs?
The Keely Motor Company shouldn't be unfamiliar to the aspiring investor. It's a cautionary tale of genius, promises, fraud, and financing. A young inventor, 1870's Philly, enjoying the benefits of deep pockets willing to fund his research.
Integrated Reality Vs Alternate Reality Gaming
As the fabric of society becomes more digitized artists have begun to realize the power of transmedia storytelling. Haven't heard that term before? It's a technique of telling a story across multiple platforms.
Perpetual Motion Machines Aren’t Real
Artificial Intelligence is a solution without a problem. A fantasy of automatic production in a world where only automatic manufacturing is possible.
Illustrated Purpose Of A Time Capsule
You spend an entire afternoon burying a thoughtful time capsule, though little do you know just a few years later someone digs it up while bored on summer vacation. Reads your thoughts. Something happens.
I See You Have A Plan Said Prometheus To The Independent WoMan
Gingers sweat rust. Our bones are made of iron. It's why we're cold to the touch. Our shadow is the soul you think we hate. Hidden by shade. Tempered yet afraid of a Promethean fate.
How To Identify Real Socialism Without Sounding Paranoid
Socialism is tricky. It often wears the cloths of another animal to fool its prey. The proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing. Even in Star Trek people get replicators confused with capital production. Printing a book isn't the same as writing it.
How Canada Poisoned Its Own Well With Propaganda
Through political overreach the distribution of film in Canada was heavily regulated in favour of American interests.
Horoscopes Are Just A Bit Of Occult Fun
Horoscopes derived from Foulsham's Fortune Teller c. 1942. Just a little bit of harmless occult fun for the Verboten audience.
Getting Burned by I.T.
Chickens always come home to roost. A few times in my career I've been called to save a project going down in flames.
Flawed By Design
When making something significant always leave a "flaw by design" somewhere in the work where only a very careful observer would find it. Hide it behind something clever, so when it's discovered, it jumps out like a smile exploding from a face.
What’s A Failing School Look Like?
A business can often adapt, a builder can move their project, but a teacher has only one option when administrators won't or can't fix a failing school.
Expert At The Elements Of Force
Everyone imagines that experts would do a better job at something. It's the assumption of experience. It's a lie; returns depends on practice not theory.
We all know that when something is over valued it becomes debt rather than asset. Depending on the level of over exposure one might lose ones hand or ones head.
Dark Money Mysteries
We all know it's out there because we feel its influence all the time, yet it remains hidden. It drives inflation perpetually raising the cost of doing business.
Cult Of Numbers
Even as far back as Pythagoras, there's been a tendency to manipulate the perceived value of numbers and measurements.
Criminalizing Jesus For Healing The Sick
In today's pseudo-socialist Canada, Jesus would quickly find himself in jail for medical malpractice.
Cree Nation Is Technically Typecast
And we all need to do our part. Where are all our Indians at? And I'm not talking about India. I'm talking First Nations, the prairie walkers, the old wanderers, the wise people of the north.