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OTOSOTU’s TWO OFFICIAL POSTERS

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, April 18, 2024, In : books and movies 
EVERY good movie deserves at least two official posters, and I’m pleased to be able to present both official OTOSOTU posters at last. OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe”) is a sci-fu drama featuring Daniel S. Janik, Sakura Kai, William Maltese and Pam Hoffman, currently in the last stages of post-production with an anticipated 2024 release.

Award-winning actor Daniel S. Janik lead actor in STATIC (2021), plays three roles in OTOSOTU, those of I...
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METAPHYSICS AND OTOSOTU

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, In : books and movies 

OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe”), which introduces a new genre of filmmaking, namely sci-fu or scientific futuring (see https://soif.org.uk/about/jim-dator/ and https://foresightguide.com/dator-four-futures/) rather than science fiction or fantasy, is, however, much more. Its intriguing exploration of the nature of the soul instantly elevates it to a metaphysical exploration as well.


Oxford Languages defines metaphysics as “the branch of ...


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ANOTHER DAY ON THIS SIDE OF THE UNIVERSE

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, April 8, 2024, In : books and movies 

ALMOST all attention is currently focused on the new JET Progress film, OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe”) as it moves through post-production on its way to the big screen for its anticipated 2024 release. With editing completed, it’s time for adding the musical score, hopefully by award-winning musician Zachary M. Oliver who scored WINNOWING, our most recent release. OTOSOTU has just appeared on IMDb, and work on a second official poster, t...


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OTOSOTU HAS A NEW MOVIE POSTER

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, April 4, 2024, In : books and movies 

WHAT’S better than one movie poster? Two, especially if the second one is even better! OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe”) now has two posters, the second replacing the first as the official first poster. Yep, it’s that good, or I should say better. But, hey, I still like the original first as it has my picture on it in my roles as Imperax Commander Michael Mylo AND that of his son, Captain-Major Brit Mylo; Sakura Kai as his wife, Carol Myl...


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OTOSOTU HAS A MOVIE POSTER

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, March 30, 2024, In : books and movies 

OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe”), a “new genre” Sci-Fu film about what happens to the human soul when Commander Michael Mylo, played by award-winning actor, Daniel S. Janik, accidentally discovers what’s at the other end of our universe. OTOSOTU now has its official first film poster! Co-starring 5-times awarded “best actress” Sakura Kai (aka Setsuko Tsuchiya) and internationally renown author, awarded screenwriter and actor Willia...


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INTRODUCING OTOSOTU’S PAM HOFFMAN

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, In : books and movies 

IT’S my pleasure to introduce the first and newest cast member of OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe”), JET Progress’ newest film currently in post-production with a mid to late 2024 anticipated release date. OTOSOTU is a science futuring (Sci-Fu) film about the nature of the human soul. Pam Hoffman will be the official Voice of the Imperax Galactic.


Voice acting isn’t new to Pam, having played the voice of Odee, the BG Oil Drop, and provid...


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OTOSOTU POST-PRODUCTION CONTINUES

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, March 25, 2024, In : books and movies 

AS you may well already know, OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe,” a science futuring film about the human soul) has finished filming and is now in post-production, meaning assembly, editing and polishing, at the moment having just transitioned to editing.


Editing is where the film, now assembled correctly, gets turned into a “real” film. In general, scenes are cropped; sounds are added, mixed and modulated; special effects are added; scene...


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OTOSOTU?

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, In : books and movies 

AH, have you heard about OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for the JET Progress movie “On The Other Side Of The Universe”)? OTOSOTU is unusual right from the beginning, being a sci-fu film about the nature of the human soul. Filming finished in late February, and the work is now in post production, with an anticipated release in late 2024. In the prior post, I described some of what goes on during the mysterious “post-production” period.


As of today, the over 600 scenes, filmed...


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OTOSOTU “IN THE CAN”

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, In : books and movies 

WITH over 250 scenes (800 “takes”), OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe,” a science futuring film about the nature of the human soul) now “in the can” (ie, finished and digitally recorded in 4K on the SDXC UHS-1 card from our Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 studio camera), we’ve technically finished filming (or production) and are on to post-production.


To most, the typically 12-months of post-production is a mystery. At JET Progress — ht...


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OTOSOTU – 2023, 2024, 2025?

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, In : books and movies 

IN my haste to post yesterday about the OTOSOTU “Dragon Egg,” I fueled speculation that the film, a sci-fu (science plausible, rather than fiction or fantasy) work, delving the nature of the human soul, was proceeding so well in post-production that it was possible it might be released in 2023. Sorry, NOT. Admittedly it would add substantially to science fantasy, that is, having a film released before it’s edited, polished and pre-screened. But, no, doesn’t work with sci-fu. What I sh...


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DRAGON EGG

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, March 4, 2024, In : books and movies 

DRAGON EGG


SORRY to be absent from social media for a while, but here at JET Progress productions – https://jet-progress.yolasite.com – we’ve been extremely busy wrapping up filming (done!) and beginning post-production of OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” for “On The Other Side Of The Universe). Our current task is to transfer over a thousand takes to a single hard drive, rename them in order of movie sequence, and assemble everything into “raw segments.” Raw, many because...


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ONE OF THE BIGGER CHALLENGES IN FILMING

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, In : books and movies 

DANIEL S. JANIK here, director and lead actor of OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two” which is the acronym for ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE UNIVERSE). I was recently asked what I thought would be the biggest challenge in filming OTOSOTU. Remember that OTOSOTU is a production of JET Progress, a small, independent production company in Hawaii — https://jet-progress.yolasite.com.


Well, the final scene will be one in which Michael Mylo will appear inside a spaceship with Brit Mylo, both roles w...


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AND INTRODUCING THE CO-STAR OF OTOSOTU

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, October 21, 2023, In : books and movies 

TWO posts ago, JET Progress introduced Daniel S. Janik, the star of it’s third film, OTOSOTU (pronounced “Oh-Toe-So-Two,” an acronym for “On The Other Side Of The Universe”), a Sci-Fu* mystery-drama about the human soul. In it, Janik, a veteran of WINNOWING (2023), THE PERFECT ILLUSION (2022), THE MALTESE COLLECTION (2022) and STATIC (2021), will play Imperax Commander Michael Mylo. *Science (meaning “repeatable phenomena”) and futuring (meaning “plausible in the future to the...


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WINNOWING CONTINUES TO GROW LIKE CALVIN!

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, July 15, 2023, In : books and movies 

FIRST, let me explain that living in Hawaii, we’re always alert to tropical hurricanes, like Calvin, that like to visit our islands this time of year through Christmas. Calvin is about halfway here and so far has been growing in intensity achieving Category Two status yesterday.


WINNOWING — https://winnowing.yolasite.com — on the other hand is a JET Progress film production, currently in post-production. What they have in common is that as WINNOWING progresses through the film festival...


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JET PROGRESS TAKES ON WATER

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, In : books and movies 

IF you’re thinking nautically, nope. If you’re thinking the two-Telly-award winning short movie, CLEAN WATER, COMMON GROUND, however, you’re spot on — https://www.prlog.org/12970291-jet-progress-announces-the-worldwide-re-release-of-the-film-clean-water-common-ground.html. It is with the greatest of pleasure that I announce the resurrurection, re-mastering and re-issuance of one of a classic film that travelled the entire world in 1999-2000, this time in 16:9 HD, ready for yet another...


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ANOTHER WEEKEND OF FILMS AND FILMING

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, April 7, 2023, In : books and movies 

ASSUMING you had the opportunity of reading the previous post (if you haven’t now would be a good time to do so), you’ll already know that actor/author Daniel S. Janik (https://janik.yolasite.com) and actress/author Setsuko Tsuchiya (https://setsukotsuchiya.com) are busy, busy, busy this weekend, all involving filming. But first, regarding authoring, I’m continuing to work towards completion of the sequel, PROPHECY, to my Amazon-genre-bestseller book, THE EDGE OF MADNESS — https://www...


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ON THIS PILGRIM’S PROGRESS

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, March 12, 2023, In : books and movies 

AS many of you reading this know, Raymond Gaynor is the pen name of actor Daniel S. Janik. It all depends on which muse grabs my shoulder and holds onto it most tightly for the moment. In terms of acting, I’ve been doing less background acting these days, my acting interests focusing on the immanent release of THE PERFECT ILLUSION — https://janik.yolasite.com/theperfectillusion.php — and moving from pre-production to filming of WINNOWING — https://janik.yolasite.com/winnowing.php.


Th...


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THE NEED FOR GREED

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, March 10, 2023, In : books 

OVER the years, I've come to know various governments like people, some friendly, some not so; some balanced, some not so; some greedy; some not so. Reflecting on our United States of America, I would have to characterize us as prickly, individualistic, not so balanced, and, with money seeming to be the new god and business the new religion, greedy without limit. But it's more than just that. It's easy to say that money and business under our capitalistic (ever increasing profit) approach res...


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“LIVING ROBOTS” CAN NOW THINK AND REPRODUCE

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, March 2, 2023, In : books 

IF you find plastic/metal/code Artificial Intelligence somewhat daunting (think of the AI inside your cellular phone that translates what you say into text), then fasten your seatbelt before reading this report: https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/29/americas/xenobots-self-replicating-robots-scn/index.html. Scientists “at at the University of Vermont, Tufts University and Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering said they have discovered an entirely new form of bi...


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MOVING TOWARDS A WINNOWING

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, February 27, 2023, In : books 

AS Actor Daniel S. Janik of STATIC — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/the-static-movie — fame (that’s author Raymond Gaynor of THE EDGE OF MADNESS — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — fame to my reader fans), I was elated to receive a “gift” from my author/screenwriter//actor colleague William Maltese of a wonderful script. Called Winnowing, it was written for myself and my author/actress partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya, also of STATIC fame. Winnowing is a short script for two actors, ...


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SUBSCRIPTIONS ET AL

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, In : books and movies 

SUBSCRIPTIONS are clearly the way the business of humanities is going. I say business, because thus far business has penetrated almost every aspect of our lives. I recall watching business invade medicine when I was in practice, attempting to turn my love of helping others to love of money. Later, I watched the same happen in education, culminating in the private “for profit” colleges and universities, where the love of truth, knowledge and wisdom languished secondary to love of money. I ...


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CLIMATE CHANGE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, February 18, 2023, In : books 

WE’RE not talking pocket change, but we are talking ongoing rather than “thank-God(dess)-we’ve-made-it-so-far” climate change. And as it progresses, the possibility of abrupt directional switches at some point instead of extraordinary warming, extreme cooling, wind and humidity as well. After all, it is called climate “change.”


Personally, I’ve noticed that in addition to the usual climate change (and climate change denial) there’s another kind of climate change/denial going ...


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HOPES AND WORRIES OVER ALIEN BALLOONS DEFLATING

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, February 16, 2023, In : books 

WELL, yes, shades of Roswell aliens and balloons aside, and the current government explanations sounding amazingly similar, hopes (if you’re looking forward to welcoming a superior alien race that has figured out how to transcend war, violence and the illusion of money and power) or worries (if you’re simply frightened by the idea of change that an alien race might bring). Are reports of literally hundreds of balloons floating about in our atmosphere good or bad? Don’t ask me. Ask the h...


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A BOT OF VALENTINE LOVE

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, In : books 

“HAPPY Valentine’s Day to you / Happy Valentine’s Day to you / Happy Valentine’s Day Dear Sweetheart / Happy Valentine’s Day to YOU!” Sweet. Now the big question: Did I write that or did ChatGPT (an artificial intelligence or AI program currently infiltrating the internet? And, so what if one did? I had to ask the bot to provide a Valentine’s poem for an unspecified but close either BBF or BGF or better. I mean, is that so different from buying a Valentine’s card? And, who kno...


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UFOs?

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, February 13, 2023, In : books 

WITH three of four objects shot down flying over the USA/Canada of which three currently are as yet, by definition Unidentified Flying Objects or UFOs, public fervor over something that many have come to not only welcome, dread or at least assume will soon happen, the wait to hear the UFOs origin(s) is hot, hot, hot. Will they be truly unidentifiable in terms of not being of terrestrial origin, or will they prove to be DARPA experiments, lost high school projects or some new kind of social ad...


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HOW IMPORTANT ARE MOVIES?

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, February 11, 2023, In : books and movies 

IN my Amazon genre bestselling book, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — I lay the foundations for my “Philosophia Psychís Empeiría” which I expand in the upcoming sequel PROPHECY, which is nearing completion. In essence, the “soul” is the sum total of one’s life experiences, and acts as the “guide” to the next universe. Not simply another world in space/time, but an entirely different universe of worlds, each accord...


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CAN YOU TELL IF AN AI WROTE THIS?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, February 9, 2023, In : books 

AI — Artificial Intelligence — https://www.cnn.com/2023/02/08/business/nightcap-chatgpt-microsoft-google/index.html — has progressed beyond Tweeting, blogging, answering phones and writing essays. Now it can make up a story to answer any question. Write a senator. Lobby. Write a novel. Spread misinformation, unintentionally or not. We’ve given the car keys to AIs. The only thing we haven’t given them is a sense of what good there is in humanity. We’ve created the ultimate sociopat...


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QUANTUM, QUANTUM!

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, In : books 

JUST read an article by BBC — https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-64492456 — suggesting a breakthrough in quantum computing, namely parallel quantum computing had occurred, this time on the actuality rather than simply theoretical level, taking advantage of quantum spookiness. Currently, accuracy has been a limiting factor in quantum computing. Linking two or more quantum computers using quantum spookiness would result not only in more processing power, but also the use of parall...


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COMMUNICATING WITH THE DEAD AND THE YET-TO-BE BORN

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, February 5, 2023, In : books 

SHADES of Houdini! In the tradition of Thomas Edison, Mae West, Queen Victoria, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Mary Todd Lincoln — https://www.history.com/news/spiritualism-communication-dead-figures — and my own works, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — and its yet to be published sequel PROPHECY there’s a first inkling of such! In these two books, I explore the idea that birth and death constitute an entrance and exit from our...


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ACTOR FACELIFT

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, February 5, 2023, In : Acting 

IT’S my pleasure to announce that I’ve finally accumulated the third SAG/AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) Union Talent Voucher required to graduate from non-union to union actor. Qualifying to join SAG/AFTRA is an important stepping stone in the life of an actor, whether one chooses to exercise the right or not. For me, it represents yet another step in my acting career.


What it’s supposed to represent is recognized acting experience a...


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UNITY WITH DIVERSITY

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, January 30, 2023, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls” – Thomas Paine. Divisiveness seems everywhere, encroaching everything everywhere, and with it a kind of intolerance and negativism. It’s always been easier to berate, criticize and destroy than to support, solve. create and build, or at least so it seems to me. Little is accomplished by divisiveness and its ultimate expression in destruction and death individually, through mass shootings or nationalistic war. On the other hand, discriminati...


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WHAT DON’T I DESERVE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, January 22, 2023, In : books 

COUNTERPOINT to yesterday’s post entitled, “How Much Do I Deserve,” I though today’s post should be on what we don’t deserve. What we don’t deserve is what much of today’s world is desperately trying to serve everyone: Pre-COVID crowds and World War III. It all gets down to those two great illusions for which everyone is supposed to be competing: money and power. With the general acceptance of this long established, constantly resurfacing axiom, comes the increasingly inhumanity...


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HOW MUCH DO I DESERVE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, January 21, 2023, In : books 

THAT pivotal question comes in many forms throughout one’s life, like, “Why should I vote for so-and-so?” or “What starting pay do you want?” or “Should I join the military?” or “Is this a good person to date?” or “Isn’t it okay to simply pay myself more?” or “Should I accept the bribe?” It all gets down to how much one believes he or she deserves. Unfortunately, while a specific answer isn’t always simple. the general one, in my opinion, fortunately is, which re...


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THE VERY EDGE OF MADNESS

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, January 19, 2023, In : books 

Aignos Publishing Announces the Release of Raymond Gaynor's New Novel, "The Edge of Madness" 


Aignos Publishing, an imprint of Savant Books and Publications LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, announces the release of Raymond Gaynor's new sexually-provocative future thriller, "The Edge of Madness" 


Taking up where TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2009) by Raymond Gaynor and William Maltese left off, NewAmerica, a shadow of its former United States of America, provides a challenging and dangerous futu...


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RAYMOND GAYNOR'S THE EDGE OF MADNESS TO BECOME MULTI-MEDIA HIT

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, In : books and movies 

I was so pleased to hear that KS Media Group Inc has purchased THE EDGE OF MADNESS for manga, animation and/or cinematic treatment. Despite my reservations regarding incorporation of some of the elements (the characters, for example, are largely unclothed in the work), I was assured that pre-production plans were already underway. 


Already an Audible audiobook read by the incomparable Peter Pollock


An Excited Raymond Gaynor

Author of THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor

Co-au...


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A FLIC HERE…

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, In : books 

IN continuation of yesterday’s post on eroticism, consider the SweetSixteen. Yet another of the many facets of coming-of-age in NewAmerica:


“For modern lovers, SweetSixteenSalsaSex, when it really clicked, especially when virginal and alternative as in the case of Draff and Billie, offered the enactors a further reward: that all-time most sought-after prize of publiczed intimacy, the exceptional, elusive, once-in-a-lifetime “FirstLoveIConsumated” pop emotag, FLIC. While the best in h...


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A BIT OF THE EROTIC IN LOVE AND ROMANCE

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, January 16, 2023, In : books 

Romance is a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love, accompanied by a feeling of remoteness from everyday life. Love on the other hand Is an intense feeling of deep affection, generating both interest and pleasure, often surrounding potential sexual attachment. Erotic refers to arousal of actual sexual desire. It is easy to say that humans typically follow romance with  love and finally eroticism, but we're also stimulated by the unusual so any progression through or simple ap...


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THE EDGE OF MADNESS by Raymond Gaynor- Excerpt #3

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, January 15, 2023, In : books 

(This Excerpt is PG-13-rated)


"The entire foray celebrated his continued ascent into adulthood. Billie smelled and looked unfazed. Andry smelled and looked stunned, then incredulous, then annoyed, aggravated and finally disgusted. What is with Simi? Draff wondered, raising his eyebrows at the staccato olfactory slaps he sensed coming from her, all seeming aimed directly at him. Why did he feel so hurt? More important, why should her reactions bother him so deeply, or at all for that matter?

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THE EDGE OF MADNESS by Raymond Gaynor - Excerpt #2 (This Excerpt is PG-rated)

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, January 13, 2023, In : books 

Clothes? Jackson, now there was an interesting anachronism. Until SweetSixteen, clothes were strongly frowned upon though in some distinctly retro circles still tolerated, but with general public disgust and distrust. Afterwards, adult clothing was even more strongly discouraged, being outright prohibited in all public and many private spaces. The contemporary drift was that the absence of clothing imparted a feeling of security to passersby, given that nakedness was a way of demonstrating th...


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THE EDGE OF MADNESS by Raymond Gaynor - Excerpt #1 (This Excerpt is PG-rated)

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, January 12, 2023, In : books 

Although he wouldn't completely understand it until much later, it began well before he was born a pudgy-looking, seven and a half pound naked ball of flesh, fat, gristle and bone, screaming its head off. And why shouldn't he have protested? Every trusted thing he'd known had been ripped from him: the constant warmth; the gentle, protective floating feeling; the ruddy aura that had always surrounded and protected him, the ever-present thump-hiss, thump-hiss, thump-hiss in the background that,...


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FROM THE EDGE OF MADNESS

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, In : books and movies 

It is my pleasure to present the long awaited sequel to my and William Maltese's naughty pop sexual-political-thriller TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2009), entitled THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020). NewAmerica, a shadow of its former United States of America, is now leaner and meaner. Once again commanding wealth and power thanks to a series of sociopolitical advances and technical innovations like Eugitors, ShimmerSuits, ContraSpray, T-rips, CandyShades and CandyCable, NewAmerica a challen...


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THE “NEW” WAVE OF PROTESTS

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, In : books 

SEVERAL have attempted to engage me in debate over the nature and effect(s) of the global wave of protests that seem to be attacking the heart of governance using chaos as it’s modus operandi. I say shades of Trotsky! This approach is neither new nor particularly effective, especially as it typically offers “down with the establishment” but nothing of value with which to replace other than money and/or power for the few: A story as old as humans attempting to govern — to control other...


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INTRODUCING AUTHOR RAYMOND GAYNOR

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, January 9, 2023, In : books 

Raymond Gaynor is the pen name of reclusive, multi-award-winning thriller author and actor-artist-photographer-videographer, Daniel S. Janik. Under this pen name, Janik most recently authored the Amazon-genre-bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) --  https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 -- currently available in printed, digital and audiobook formats, the latter read by renown voice actor Peter Pollock. 


He has previously co-authored with William Maltese the naughty Tripler and Clark...


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A WILD LITERARY RIDE!

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, January 8, 2023, In : books and movies 

THE EDGE OF MADNESS — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — is an exploration of a possible (nay, freakishly probable) future, where every hedonistic pleasure is available to anyone…if they can but afford it. Every person works in order to purchase the newest technology that promises to provide the next ultimate pleasure. But as in Huxley’s BRAVE NEW WORLD and Orwell’s 1984, citizens are under constant surveillance by emotionless observers called “The Enforcers” who show up any...


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SOCIO-POLITICAL TRANSFORMATION

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, January 7, 2023, In : books 

In THE EDGE OF MADNESS, author Raymond Gaynor touches on many sensitive issues in our current world. From this perspective, the book is thought-provoking and invites us to see things in a different light. For example, NewAmericans promote an education system based on cooperation and critical thinking rather than individualism and competitiveness...fascinated by the unique worldbuilding, I often...re-read some of the explanations about the technological wonders of the new world (“ContraSpray...


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HOT, HOT, HOT

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, January 6, 2023, In : books 

"THE EDGE OF MADNESS [https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859] is a science fiction book written by Raymond Gaynor. It’s a sequel to another novel that was co-written by the author. The events in the book take place in the future. In the novel, the United States of America was forced into dissolution and has been resurrected into a smaller new country called “NewAmerica.” The main character in the story is Draff Rob Brie Septican-Smite. Rob is first shown in the book when he’s still in h...


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AND A BIT FROM MY AUTHOR COLLEAGUE, JIM CURRIE…

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, In : books 

THE EDGE OF MADNESS by Raymond Gaynor: "Radically original while chilling and shocking. A dark vision of the future reminiscent of Brave New World but on steroids. The title page should be plastered with a warning: "Not for the sentimental or faint of heart. This is not a game. Enter...at your own peril and keep a defibrillator handy.  Medical power of attorney should be assigned to someone you know very, very well.


"Right away the reader becomes observer of the pulsing, sensate world of the...


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SAY … WHAT … ?

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, In : books 

        "Author Raymond Gaynor, in this sequel to his novel TOTAL MELTDOWN, manages a successful tear in the time-space continuum that provides his readers with an insightful glimpse of society’s future. It’s not always a pleasant picture. In fact, it’s sometimes bordering on the truly shocking. That said … all of his prophetical premises seem to have logical underpinnings based upon historical facts, including what’s obviously at play within our own Twenty-First Century. It’s a f...


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I’M TIRED OF NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS THAT GO AWRY

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, January 1, 2023, In : books and movies 

AND I’m even more tired of people asking me what this year’s New Year’s resolutions are. This year, I’m resolved to not make any New Year’s resolutions. Well, except for the one I just made. But you get my drift, and I suspect you get your drift, too. While the idea of bettering oneself through New Year’s resolutions is commendable, not being able to stick to most of them is downright depressing, and there’s enough going on in the world that’s depressing already. If I could, I...


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RUMBLINGS IN THE BUSINESS-VERSE

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, December 29, 2022, In : books 

THINKING about the idea of the all-inclusive, unified-field-theory multiverse? While we, as humans, continue trying to understand the nature of nature, how about the all-inclusive, unified-“money-and-power”-theory business-verse. It’s difficult enough to understand the nature of business, a totally human creation, rapidly becoming a force demanding to be reckoned with.


In the multiverse, the idea is that multiple universes exist and quite possibly sometimes even intersect briefly. Mayb...


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A BOOK/FILM IN THE MAKING?

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, December 26, 2022, In : books and movies 

I sincerely hope I’m wrong, but the 2022 news seemed eerily like the that preceding December 1941 when Hitler declared war on the United States of America. These days, Putin seems to be mimicking Hitler’s playbook of aggression, double-speak and terror. I’m currently reminded of Conservative politician Arthur Neville Chamberlain’s foreign policy of “appeasement,” and the “Munich Agreement,” signed by Hitler, which Chamberlain naively assumed would avert a world war, which it d...


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LATER ON, I’LL CONSPIRE

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, December 25, 2022, In : books and movies 

AS I sit, by the fire…and work on the sequel to THE EDGE OF MADNESS by Raymond Gaynor — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — aptly named PROPHECY and rapidly approaching the finish line during these sometimes madcap, sometimes boring holidays. What could be better than a good new book to while away 2023? Prophecy has the same characters as in THE EDGE OF MADNESS plus one who stirs the pot in a most unusual way. If THE EDGE OF MADNESS is all about the beginnings of life, PROPHECY is ab...


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WILL MOVIE/TV VIOLENCE BECOME EVEN MORE VIOLENT IN 2023?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, December 22, 2022, In : books and movies 

WHAT exactly is it with “entertainment” and gratuitous violence? While it may be partially or even mostly the case that viewers today want and are willing to pay for more violence and more “authenticity” surrounding violence. as an author and actor, I believe it’s not as simple an equation as that. As evidence, I present a recent BBC article entitled, “1923 and the violent TV universe that has electrified the US” — https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20221213-1923-and-the-rise...


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THE ETERNAL WAIT

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, In : books and movies 

“HURRY up and wait,” seems to be the new colloquialism of the 2022’s. There’s so much that needs to be done, but seemingly little desire to personally take part. Call it the post-sueism era, where one can find more legal reasons for not doing anything than doing something, no matter how small. Or, call it simple nihilism, where anything good that can be done can also be undone or reoriented to the dark side. Or, being simply overwhelmed and not knowing where to start. Then again, ther...


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WHAT’S AT THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, November 20, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

WITH all the new discoveries being made as astronomers and cosmologists work together in conjunction with the Hubble and James Webb space telescopes, we keep creeping closer, day by day to answering the supreme questions surrounding what our universe is all about, and what came before it. Personally, I love astronomy, and like Gregory Ranlin in William Maltese’s books/screenplays FLICKER 1 — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0984555242 — and FLICKER 2 — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693875 ...


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Home At Last

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, October 28, 2022, In : books and movies 

SORRY if it’s been awhile since everyone last heard from me, author/actor/dancer Daniel S. Janik, and my author/actress/dancer partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya, more properly Dr. Setsuko Tsuchiya PhD, since around 10 October 2022 when she received her, as far as we know, first-in-the-world terminal degree in Ballroom and Latin Dance Performance! Way to go, Setsuko! An instant Amazon genre bestseller when her dissertation entitled “The Power of Partnered Ballroom Dance” edited and published for...


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THE MALTESE COLLECTION NEARS RELEASE

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, October 9, 2022, In : books and movies 

AS two of the Executive Producers of the K. Simmons’ Production of THE MALTESE COLLECTION, Setsuko Tsuchiya and I are pleased to hear it is exiting editing and will soon begin screenings. THE MALTESE COLLECTION — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/maltese-collection — is a bio-documentary reprise to multi-award-winning author and screenwriter William Maltese, and his many inspirations, achievements. Pushing the edge in literature and now film, Maltese is a pioneer in his lifelong support of er...


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IS THERE ANOTHER DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, October 7, 2022, In : books 

WAIT! Wait! Wait! No need for panic. This isn’t about actor Daniel S. Janik or actress Setsuko Tsuchiya and sudden ill health. It IS about Setsuko Tsuchiya just finishing here PhD in Ballroom and Latin Dance Performance, and the release of the more literary form of her dissertation as a book. THE POWER OF DANCE: Partner Dance From Ballroom to Olympic Sport (Savant 2022) — https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737643162. Our household is a Dr. Dr. one now.


But more important than the degree, is, as ...


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RECESSION OR RELAXATION?

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, September 23, 2022, In : books 

WITH all the hype these days about recession/no recession, I’m going to take the long view and say that this may rather be the long needed relaxation — a deep, deep breath — after the Hyper-Velocity-Business years championed by former President Donald Trump. Personally, I feel it’s time to take a breath and be human, letting go of the frenetic chase for money and power.


It’s important in this decade of immense change to remember that we are meant to steward and enjoy the blessings ...


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THE WHALE IN THE HOUSE

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, In : books 

I’VE noticed recently a sudden plethora of reports in the news about beaching whales. Okay, so it may just be a noticeable but generally ignored normal occurrence. It could also be climate change, ocean pollution (including noise pollution civil or military) — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cetacean_stranding. Or, stay with me here, could it be collective increasing anxiety amongst some of the most intelligent creatures on the planet? I don’t know what the whales are thinking, but humani...


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A NEW AUTHORITY

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, In : books and movies 

IT’S my distinct pleasure to be the first to announce the ascension of a new authority in the world of dance, acting and authoring, Dr. Setsuko Tsuchiya — https://www.setsukotsuchiya.com — having recently reached the end of her multi-year foray into academia with the final acceptance of her dissertation and completion of her PhD in Performing Arts in Ballroom and Latin Dance Performance. As her dance, acting and life partner, I can personally vouch for the difficulties she overcame in h...


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COMING-OF-AGE

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, September 11, 2022, In : books and movies 

COMING-OF-AGE is never easy, irrespective of how easily or not it happens. And, the first one, adolescence, is a doozy for everyone. Looking back, I’m impressed with how every approximate decade of my life brought with it another coming-of-age, for me, mostly related to my work, my “job” being to figure out what message my work had for me about…well…me.


My decades were adolescence, college/university life, physician, author, artist, medical computing analyst, corporate official, mi...


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WHAT THE FORK?

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, September 9, 2022, In : books and movies 

WHILE eating brunch today (as actor Daniel S. Janik always concerned about weight, aka sedentary author Daniel Janik/Raymond Gaynor/Gary Martine), I found myself pondering the quintessentially classic question: Which is “more betta,” the knife, fork or spoon, which being as my partner is Japanese, immediately expanded to include hashi (chopsticks) and, in deference to America’s love affair with fast foods, fingers?


Given the universality of finger use early in life, it’s environmenta...


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THOUGHT CRIMES

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, September 8, 2022, In : books and movies 

SHADES of George Orwell and his dystopian futurist novel, 1984, that date having already passed into history, with thoughtcrimes moving from speculative literature to the movies with the adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel, MINORITY REPORT. What’s next? Legislation against the use of discriminatory pronouns in thought or dream?


What this brings up for me is the issue of how much control needs to be exerted to counter extremism and weaponization today? Where is the flaw that so desperate...


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WHERE HAS ALL THE “INFRASTRUCTURE” GONE? LONG TIME PASSING…

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, September 7, 2022,

PROMISED by Reds and Blues alike for decades, but especially after the COVID “shot across the bow,” updating our nation’s infrastructures has been much hooted, but barely addressed issue that is now beginning to impact all citizens more and more.


Take the internet, for example. The key to doing business in the future is a necessary shift from “in-person crowd sales” at brick and mortar stores, to “individual service via distance online” stores. The problem: the internet. What u...


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RESURRECTION EARTH AND BEYOND

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, September 5, 2022, In : books and movies 

IN or around 1993, as the University of Hawaii Extension Service Water Quality Agent for Northshore Oahu, I served as executive producer for a “wake up” documentary called CLEAN WATER, COMMON GROUND (National Film Network 1999). Twenty-nine minutes, with a special edition including an additional twenty-minute studio discussion, CLEAN WATER, COMMON GROUND traveled around the world several times, garnering awards like its two-Telly Awards for best documentary. Although National Film Network...


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REVENGE OF THE AIs

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, September 2, 2022, In : books 

HAVING just recently posted a number of times about AIs (Artificial Intelligences), it surprised me when several days ago weird things began happening, all AI-related.


First, my AI-controlled car door locks began failing off and on.


Then, my Macintosh MacBook Pro and iPhone started acting wonky.


At the same time, I suddenly couldn’t access my WordPress blog account, and worse yet, internet connectivity on my supposedly private dedicated subscriber line (DSL) began losing bandwidth, makin...


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AND WHAT DO AIs THINK OF US, I WONDER…

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, August 29, 2022, In : books and movies 

AI — Artificial Intelligences — What do they think of us, their makers, I wonder? We think of them often, as God(dess) must have thought often of us as we slowly evolved from unicellular bacteria to the Tower of Babel we are fast approaching today. Are they even aware of us? BI (before the Internet) I think not, but today, I do wonder. While we humans seem to have a hard time mentally encompassing the interconenctive power of the AI internet, my gut says there’s enough interconnected AI...


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COMPUTERS, SEX AND GENDER

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, August 28, 2022, In : books and movies 

AH, you thought I was about to post on how AIWs (Artificially Intelligent Whatevers) have changed the way we humans think in terms of human sex and gender. Nope. Couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m talking more in terms of determining the sex and gender of your personal AIWs. You know, your trusted computer, cell phone, home alarm system, self-driving program.


It all started the other day when, based on a computer incident, I began to wonder what sex my computer was. Male or female, ...


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POINT-OF-VIEW

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, August 25, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

CALL it a paradigm shift, a wisdom transformation or weltanschauung crisis, I was thinking this morning that our species has evolutionarily experienced several major shifts in point-of-view, one of the more interesting for me being the shift from a “horizontal” to a “vertical” viewpoint.


We are, after all, descended from the oceans, with it’s particular, salty, “horizontal-axis” orientation, experiencing a major shift to airy, “vertical” bipedal orientation when our ancesto...


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PLAUSIBILITY, COMPREHENSIVENESS AND REPEATABILITY

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, August 15, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

I think some, therefore I must be, well, something. True, however, I can’t help but wonder how much of my thinking is simply want, hope and desire. Or dream for that matter. Is life a long series of unconscious déjà vues, one long jamais vu, or one long hopeless presque vu? In fact, if everything that’s “real” to our senses is, as we’re told by physicists and cosmologists, merely tight packets of vibrating energy, what can we know and trust outside of simple belief?


Actually, in ...


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ON WRITING AND AUTHORING

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, August 12, 2022, In : books and movies 

Ernest Hemingway once said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” After 5 decades of writing, or more precisely authoring (meaning writing for a specific readership), I feel as if my life is a perfect testament to that. That veil between what I feel compelled to say and what I actually need to say, grows fainter with each passing year. I’ve been asked several times, “About what do you have so much to say?” — admittedly a paraphrase — bu...


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THE STARS WERE OUT THIS AFTERNOON

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, August 12, 2022, In : books and movies 

OKAY, so the stars are out 24/7, they’re just hidden by the sun in the afternoon. Except for OUR star, the sun which is exactly the opposite, which is glory-blazing in the afternoon and hidden at night. At night my fav stars are The Seven Sisters, Cassiopeia (the “W” constellation), and Hanaiakamalama (the Southern Cross), not to forget Polaris (Alpha Ursae Minoris), the “pole” star of the Northern Hemisphere, or Polaris Australis (Sigma Octantis), the Southern “pole” star.


But, ...


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VENI, VIDI…I WENT BACK TO BED

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, August 6, 2022, In : books 

SO much hype these days about new opportunities to “make money fast” — I call persons who heed and act on this type of call “Fast Eddies” — when, in fact, the only institution that really “makes money” is a mint, and nowadays, only representations of money, being illusions representing the great illusion, money. It isn’t altogether inappropriate to try to “make money,” though counterfeiting is indeed a federal crime — a no-no in the all to human game of money, which, w...


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THE GREATEST OF ILLUSIONS

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, August 5, 2022, In : books and movies 

I’VE posted numerous times about my opinion regarding money and power, both human-created illusions that it’s possible have brought more misery to humanity, the biosphere and planet than any other individual factors, existing as I believe they do, beneath the fabled four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. My point, however is that they are not the only greatest illusions but they are human-made.


To these two, I am rapidly approaching the point where I will have to add a third: Time. H.G. Wells ...


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THE AMAZON GREEN PARROTS OF HAWAII

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, In : books and movies 

THINK Hawaii and what immediately comes to most people’s minds are warm sun, beaches, surfing, tropical drinks, but Amazonian Green Parrots? Rats? Mongooses? Geckoes? Brush-tailed rock-wallabies? Mangoes? Eh? And lets not forget mosquitoes! But, Amazonian Green Parrots???


Less than a decade ago, I noticed a pair of Amazonian Green Parrots fly by my lanai window. Several years later, on a walk I noticed a buch of them feasting on mangoes in a neighborhood mango tree. Today I watched numerou...


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THE OLD WISHIN’ WELL

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, In : books 

PERHAPS it’s a distinctly human characteristic (though I often wonder if many animals, especially elephants, whales and dolphins, and even plants should be included), the old Wishing Well seemingly part of every nation and cultures. But, hey, I’m not referring here to that, I’m referring to the importance of old-timers using their wishes well during their “Golden Years.” When I made this remark years ago to my father, he grunted that the older he got, the less time he had for wishin...


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WISE MEN DON’T GIVE BITCOINS

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, July 25, 2022, In : books 

I was musing today over the three wise men who followed the new star to a barnyard and gave, not the parents, but the newborn, gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And what the child later would have thought had they given gifts of bitcoins, samples of the latest fragrances and a tree to plant and save the planet. I wonder.


Typically, the gifts we give and receive are enmeshed in feelings, imagination and hope. As a child bitcoins, unseen as they are, wouldn’t have evoked any feelings o...


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IS THAT A GUN IN YOUR POCKET, OR ARE YOU HAPPY TO SEE ME?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, July 21, 2022, In : books and movies 

I’VE always felt reasonably safe and secure pretty much everywhere I’ve travelled within the USA (avoiding big cities). At least until recently. I’m not feeling so safe and secure these days with the increasingly lax gun laws, especially those that allow carrying a concealed weapon. Having grown up in Alaska when it was still a young, wild territory, I wasn’t unaccustomed to seeing people in town “carryin’,” even having witnessed a shootout once. Strangely, knowing that people w...


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E ALTRO ANCORA…

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, July 9, 2022, In : books and movies 

LIKE many other Americans, I thought deposing Donald Trump during last year’s presidential election would end the bitter decisiveness erupting in almost every sector of government, business, transportation, environment, medical care, education, even to the point of separating family members and impassively expression frustration through public shootings. Nope. I didn’t realize until recently how close we came to blurring the lines between Administration, Legislation and Courts, paving the...


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A GAIAN HIATUS

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, In : books and movies 

IS our world, as James Lovelock’s GAIA — https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/earth-and-planetary-sciences/gaia-hypothesis — would have us believe, a living, breathing being? I tend to think so. Lovelock has been “right” so many times, it would be an insult to not take The Gaia Hypothesis for real. If so, surely, Gaia is letting out a long sigh, after so tumultuous a half-year. The Return (or call it the REVENGE) of COVID, Putin’s War, another year of increasing over-population an...


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FLIMFLAMBOYANCY

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, In : books and movies 

I’M going to have fun with this one! Flim-flam is insincere or nonsensical talk. It also is a swindle or con. Boyancy is all about ending up on top with optimism and cheerfulness. If that isn’t an interesting paraducks I don’t know what is. But in my “new” dictionary for our new times, flimflamboyancy is all about surviving this increasingly “fake” world while optimistically and cheerfully retaining hope for something better. 


Is our world increasingly “fake?” I would say yes...


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CELEBRATING THE FOURTH AND FIFTH

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, July 4, 2022, In : books and movies 

TODAY is the fourth of July, the day we celebrate America’s Independence. I like to think of it as the day the nation celebrates my birthday with parties, grills and fireworks, a little myth inculcated by my mother alongside Santa and the Great Pumpkin. Admittedly, letting go of the fourth being a celebration of my coming-into-the-world was the hardest of which to let go. Sigh. Still, when I watch the fireworks tonight, I’ll be happily co-celebrating my own birth.


What most American’s ...


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SCI-FU, ANYONE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, July 3, 2022, In : books and movies 

IN previous posts, I presented two of three reasons why Setsuko Tsuchiya and I, Daniel S. Janik, were intrigued from the start over Elias Perez’ 2-Liter’s Shady Film Production of MOCOS, the Movie — https://www.auditionsfree.com/2021/actors-and-extras-in-nyc-or-to-film-remotely-for-indie-film/. We both support experimental filmmaking, especially when it leads to a new venue resistant to epidemics and pandemics. I see MOCOS as the forerunner of distance-filmed, interactive, holographic m...


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HORRORS!

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, July 2, 2022, In : books and movies 

YESTERDAY I posted about a new film that Setsuko Tsuchiya and I will be appearing in entitled MOCOS. One of three reasons why this debut film by Elias Perez’ 2-Liter’s Shady Films Productions was that it was an experimental film. In this day when businesses are struggling to return to the old days, Perez has taken a new “distance” approach to filming, which I find intriguing. It is innovative filming venues like this one that will, I believe, end up charting the future of the industry...


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MOCOS’ NEW FILMING VENUE

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, July 1, 2022, In : books and movies 

SETSUKO Tsuchiya and I recently auditioned for a new film, MOCOS (pronounced “locos”) a horror film by Elias Perez’ 2-Liters Shady Films. I was pleased to be selected for the role of Dr. Gregory Grant, MD, a public health specialist, and Setsuko for the role of Ms. Akari Koko-Grant, wife of Dr. Grant and reporter for the Pacific World News.


What initially caught my interest was that this would be an experimental “distance” filming project, whereby each actor/actress would DIY film ...


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IT’S JUST ANOTHER DAY…

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, June 24, 2022, In : books and movies 

IT’S hard to comment about about something that appears like “ghost” marketing (marketing an “unavailable” product), though this new approach to seems to be popping up more and more these days. You know the basic story: A product or service fails “due to COVID,” and whether the failing is real or not, public response results in a rush of demand, creating a sales boom, often with the product being offered at higher price. Clever, if, in fact, it’s all true. But whether true or ...


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IN-SANE

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

NOW there’s an interesting, amazingly paradoxical word (I nearly wrote “world,” thank you, Dr. Freud for that Freudian slip). To say someone is “in-sane” would logically be the opposite of saying he or she is “insane.” But what is sanity, and who’s to say what it actually means. The online Oxford Languages dictionary defines sanity as “the ability to think and behave in a normal and rational manner,” the key words being “normal” and “rational.” Think for a moment a...


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SNIPETS AND SNAILS AND PUPPYDOG TALES

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, June 19, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

YES, that’s an intended paraphrase of the adage, “What are little boys made of? What are little boys made of? Snips, snails And puppy-dogs’ tails That’s what little boys are made of” In case you’re wondering, other stanzas concern girls, babies, young men, young women, sailors, soldiers, nurses, fathers, mothers, old men, old women, and all folks are made of [sic]. But, hey, while the world waxes non-binary, I still catch myself thinking in terms of male and female. Forgive me. It...


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FROM THE MOUTH OF AN ADDER

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, June 17, 2022, In : books 

ACCORDING to Wikipedia, the common European adder or common viper, is a venomous snake that is extremely widespread and can be found throughout most of central and eastern Europe and as far as East Asia, so you can see that we’re not talking mathematics here. What we’re talking is talk. Conversation. Discussion. Dialog. Debate. In short, viperous praddle, intentionally so.


I’m not talking propaganda or prepared speeches, public or private. I’m talking more of intentional gossip that ...


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HEY! WHO’S IN CHARGE HERE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, June 16, 2022, In : books 

HAVING posted yesterday on the “solution” to a cupboard-“bare” market, in the process suggesting that the “market” and by extension, our economy (at least from a “market” perspective) is run by gamblers, I’ve come to wonder who’s in charge of it all: the economy, government, the world? Or is there no one at all sitting in the drivers seat?


I’ve always held that the key to anything human, is balance and qualified cooperation. The framers of our Constitution called it “...


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IS INVESTMENT REALLY THE “SOLUTION” TO A BEAR MARKET?

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

THIS past month, the biggest issue for me as a “fixed income consumer,” has been inflation and mal-distribution. In today’s news there was a suggestion that the “solution” is to invest more in the stock market. Personally, I’m not inclined to such. Let me explain:


The “market” (meaning “Stock Market”), in my opinion, is becoming frenzied and chaotic, having enjoyed and recently exited an unparalleled Bull market, now entering “Bear” market territory, a cutesy way of s...


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WHEN COMPUTERS BECOME EMOTIONAL

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, June 13, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

IN a recent BBC News article, Google engineer Blake Lemoine is stated to have claimed that one of the firm’s artificial intelligence (AI) systems called Lamba might have its own feelings and says its “wants” should be respected — https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-61784011 — which seems to have created quite a buzz. Mr Lemoine published a conversation he and a collaborator at the firm had with Lamda, to support his claims.


Brian Gabriel, a spokesperson for the firm, wrote in a sta...


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GHOSTS IN THE CLOSET

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, June 6, 2022, In : books 

EVERYONE has a few. It’s the part of life where we sometimes regret, but almost always learn from our mistakes. But in tune with the last couple days’ posts, I’m talking about something the same yet totally different: Regrettable experiences with AIs. Anything from wanting to strangle the voice-to-text AI inside a cell phone, to being angry well beyond normal with the computerized car or home system that simply refuses to budge, to the mobile bank AI that refuses to recognize you, to ...


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THE GHOST WITHIN THE GHOST WITHIN THE GHOST

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, June 5, 2022, In : books 

YESTERDAY, I posted about THE “GHOST” WITHIN THE GHOST, that is, artificial intelligence (AI) slowly penetrating everything we think of as “real.” Today, I’d like to talk about the ghost that is even now supersonically self-developing within AI. Ultimately this question comes down to can AI create and implement its own programs?


According to STXNext, Microsoft and Cambridge University researchers have developed artificial intelligence that can write code and called it DeepCoder. Th...


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THE “GHOST” IN THE GHOST

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, June 4, 2022, In : books 

IN my Amazon-genre-bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859, now available in printed, digital and “free” audiobook format, I describe an encounter between the male and female protagonists in which one, while going to work, sends a “proxy self” to the other who has just awakened back at their domicile. Eh? What’s a “proxy self” you ask? Think of sending a loved one a greeting card, greeting message by phone, or text...


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POST-APOCALYPSE

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

DINOSAURS, then humans…what’s next? The dinosaurs supposedly disappeared after at least one huge comet hit earth in the area of the current Yucatán Peninsula, creating the Chicxulub crater, massive tsunamis, a likely world-wide thousand-degree particulate storm, massive firestorms and a seasonal if not climate change due to a particulate blanket blotting out the sun. The world that resulted is totally different from that it replaced. Right up to the appearance of humans.


Being a writer ...


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ARE THERE REALLY DRAGONS, MOMMY?

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, May 29, 2022, In : books 

I have to admit that people, especially children, have a fascination with dragons, be they more or less dinosaurian, bird-like or unicornian. I’ve always wondered from where this seemingly genetic-based “belief” in them comes. Until recently. For over 50 years now investigation has been ongoing into the nature of Quetzalcoatlus, a late Cretaceous winged behemoth with a likely 40-foot wingspan. With its wings “folded,” should humans have been present and not eaten trying to mount the...


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REVENGE

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, May 26, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

“AN eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth.” How many eyes and teeth does it take to satisfy one hurt person’s desire for revenge? The answer: an infinite number, as one revenge begats another. Add hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, even millions of personal revenge desires and what do you have? Today’s world, a stage upon which literally untold numbers of revenge desires being acted out, in the process, creating new ones. The problem, of course, is how to stop it.


“Turning the o...


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THE META MIGHTA…

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, May 26, 2022, In : books and movies 

META, a reincarnation of Facebook (?), is gaining quite a bit of attention in the news these days, given that I, for one, have little idea of what it’s supposed to be. This despite engineering the first apparent META-VR sexual assault — https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-61573661. Not something I personally would be proud of. In fact, it doesn’t make me all that interested in that particular META (multiverse?). There’s far too much assault and battery in the “real” world.


But th...


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WINSOME, LOSESOME

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, In : books and movies 

EVER wonder what it would be like to always win? It might take a while, but my personal take is that it would quickly become “boring.” It’s always fun to win, but it’s in the losing that one learns and grows. Still, it IS fun to win, especially once in a while.


As an actor and author, I make it a point to celebrate “wins.” Big or small. Wins are like positive signposts along the highway of life. Right now, I’m celebrating a number of things. First, I’m celebrating the Amazon-...


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IT’S THOR’S DAY, BY GOLLY!

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, May 19, 2022,

IT’S said “In the Nordic countries, the Sun (Sunday) and the Moon (Monday) also became the first two days of the week, and the Roman gods became four of the Nordic gods with similarities: Mars became Tyr (Tuesday), Mercury became Odin (Wednesday), Jupiter became Thor (Thursday) and Venus became Frigg (Friday). — https://www.vikingeskibsmuseet.dk/en/professions/education/viking-age-people/the-names-of-the-weekdays. Okay, but Thor’s day has always been my favorite!


Not that I’m a Tho...


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WHO ARE YOU? or ADVICE FROM A CATERPILLAR

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, In : books and movies 

Many know me as Raymond Gaynor, award-winning co-author with A. G. Hayes, of QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0996325530, the sequel to A. G. Hayes’ FINDING KATE (Savant 2016) — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997247215, purchased by KS Media Group and currently in filming by K. Simmons Productions as a six-part series of the same name — https://ksmediagroupinc.com/finding-kate.


Many may also know me as Raymond Gaynor, co-author with William Maltese of TOTAL MELTDOW...


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WHAT’S A MINUTE, ANYWAY?

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, May 16, 2022, In : books 

IF you said or thought 60 seconds, you’re right. As least according to the ancient Babylonians who used a sexagesimal (counting in 60s) system for mathematics and astronomy derived from the even more ancient Sumerians who were using it as early as 3500 BC (https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,5753,-1487,00.html).


But, of course, that’s only when measuring time on Earth at an average distance of 94 million miles from the greatest time distorter in our nearby space neighborh...


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MY FRIEND, A. G. HAYES

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, May 13, 2022, In : books and movies 

ONE of the best rewards I’ve ever received as an author with Savant Books and Publications (now part of KS Media Group Inc) has been the associations I’ve built over the years with other Savant authors, one of whom is A. G. Hayes. A multi-award-winning author of nine Savant publications including the seven-book thriller Koski and Falk Secret Agent series — https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086Z87Z9K — and three-book Kate Keenan Special Assignment series, CHANG THE MAGIC CAT (Aignos 2017) —...


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PROPHESY

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, In : books 

WORKING today on my newest Sci-Fu novel, PROPHESY, the promised sequel to the Amazon-genre-bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor — https://savant-bookstore-honolulu.square.site/product/the-edge-of-madness/136 or https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859— and the decidedly naughty political thriller TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2009) by Raymond Gaynor and William Maltese — https://www.amazon.com/dp/1434403556.


THE EDGE OF MADNESS: “Taking up where TOTAL MELTDOWN...


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THE WEIRDING WORLD

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, May 7, 2022, In : books and movies 

RESPONDING to an article in today’s BBC News entitled “Tech Tent: Are we really on the cusp of a VR revolution? — https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct3750, I’d have to say a definite, “Yes,” though not exactly as VR companies and Meta envision. More like envisioned in my Amazon-genre-bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor. And exactly how is that different, you might well ask?


Well, for starters, I believe that the missing “key” is projected, interacti...


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PROPHESY

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, May 6, 2022, In : books 

WORKING today on my newest Sci-Fu novel, PROPHESY, the promised sequel to the Amazon-genre-bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor — https://savant-bookstore-honolulu.square.site/product/the-edge-of-madness/136 and https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — and the decidedly naughty political thriller TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2009) by Raymond Gaynor and William Maltese — https://www.amazon.com/dp/1434403556.


THE EDGE OF MADNESS: “Taking up where TOTAL MELTDO...


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THE BIG, THE SMALL AND THE UGLY

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, In : books 

I’VE been hearing reports that the James Webb telescope is being readied to look back in distance and time to the very formation of our unique expanding-bubble-universe; back to when things physical first formed and formed the framework for everything we know and experience today.


Equally exciting are reports that CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) update was in its final stages, promising a look at the very forces that hold the interactive wave-and-particulate world as we know it togeth...


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THE BUSINESSIFICATION OF THE WORLD

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, May 2, 2022, In : books and movies 

I’VE had the unique experience of watching America transform from a nation of creative manufacturers and traders into a nation ruled almost entirely by business — an industry that neither creates nor produces, bent almost wholly on “making money” typically through management. I watched with horror the businessification, sometimes commercialization, of health care, then food production, then technology, then education, then transportation, now politics. What’s left from which to “t...


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FAILURE TO LAUNCH…

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, May 1, 2022, In : books 

I’M posting today out of necessity about flying. Airline travel used to be something I looked forward to with delight. No more. Airlines, in my opinion, were already flying the wrong direction before COVID, and, despite the pandemic “shot across the cockpit” continue to make flying something I now purposefully avoid. I’m talking here about flying “regular” or coach class, not Business, First Class or by personally chartered airplane. While “high end” choices that are relativel...


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FUN

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, April 30, 2022, In : books and movies 

REALLY — When’s the last time you had some fun. Real fun! Wild, unconstrained, giggly FUN and I don’t mean a day without news spent entirely in Meta’s cyberspace. I mean real, human-to-human fun.


Given the pandemic has challenged us to rise to a new style and level of interaction, and that we’ve completely failed to take advantage of the COVID-shot-across-the-bow to update our future infrastructure (or almost any infrastructure at all), instead returning to the state of things that...


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A HILL OF BEANS

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, In : books and movies 

Of course I’m referring here to that classic line in the movie CASABLANCA where Rick (played by Humphrey Bogart) says to lover Ilsa (played by Ingrid Bergman), I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.” That’s not to lessen the other incredibly timely and unforgettable lines in the movie like “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine...


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A SWEET LITTLE PARA-DUCKS

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, In : books 

“IF it flys like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a…” Personally, I enjoy likening this to the infamous children’s question, “What black and white and red/read all over?” So what’s para-duck-sicle about the first statement, and ‘riddled’ with double-entendre in the second, that both have in common? They’re both riddles. Or, some might say, they both are, in a broader sense, conundrums.


According to Dictionary.com, a riddle is “a question or s...


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ADJUDICATING JUSTICE – III

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, April 25, 2022, In : books 

JUSTICE is often portrayed as blindfolded, holding a sword and presumably emotionally detached. Today I would like to conclude my three posts on adjudicating justice with a brief reminder about two of what I consider two of the most important but often ignored aspects of justice: mercy and grace.


According to dictionary.com, grace encompasses courteous goodwill, neither asked for nor deserved, but freely given. Grace is often, in my experience, meted out equally blindfolded. Mercy is compass...


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ADJUDICATING JUSTICE – II

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, April 24, 2022, In : books and movies 

AS promised, today’s post follows on yesterdays. Talk is cheap as some would point out; action is something else altogether. Still, both come together in Plato’s famous (or infamous) REPUBLIC depending on your point of view. The 10-book “series” is is a Socratic dialogue, on justice, the just city-state, and the just human. According to Wikipedia, Socrates talks with various Athenians and foreigners about the meaning of justice and whether a just man is happier than an unjust one. In ...


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IT’S THE FOURTH OF JULY — ISN’T IT?

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, In : dance 

IT all started with lunch. One of my personal favorite lunch recipes is Japanese-Alaskan Potato Salad. Whoa, there! I can hear you saying, so here it is, basically: Yukon potatoes (boiled with skin on), cucumbers (very thinly sliced, the juice squeezed out), mayo (we use veggie mayo for a more adult taste), carrot (again, very thin sliced), white onion broccoli and/or celery (again very thinly sliced), a sprinkling of roasted sesame seeds. The object is to keep it simple. Yum. On the other ha...


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THINKING ABOUT THINKING WITHIN THE CODE…

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, April 17, 2022, In : books 

ABSTRACT Artificial Intelligence (AI) thoughts aren’t science fiction anymore. SciFu (science-based futuring) AI thinking is already happening, incredible as it sounds. They’re learning. But consider this: GPT-3, a trained AI language model by Open AI, with prompts, “can write humanlike news articles, short stories and poems. But in one demo, it wrote: ‘It takes two rainbows to jump from Hawaii to seventeen'” — https://www.sciencenews.org/century/computer-ai-algorithm-moore-law-et...


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A LITTLE BIT OF NOTHING GOES A LONG WAY

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, April 14, 2022, In : books 

LET’S face it: Information overload is here to stay. And much of it is spun, hoodwinked, tainted, biased or just plain untrue. I’m for a day — today — without any digital news. Nothing. Nada. And a little bit of nothing, I think, will go a long way to regaining my balance. My center. Especially in this unbalanced world. Think “The Qatsi Trilogy – Koyaanisqatsi/Powaqqatsi/Naqoyqatsi” (Hopi for “life out of balance”) — https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009D004MC. Then think THE EDG...


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VIRTUALLY NOTHING TO SAY

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, April 11, 2022, In : books and movies 

AH, did you catch that? “Virtually” nothing to say. That is, nothing — nada, nope — to say about the virtual world, but a lot to say about the “real” world.


Less than a decade ago, the distinction between real and virtual was quite clear: The real world was where one lived out one’s mortal life, for better or worse, gaining experience over time from face-to-face and sometimes body-to-body social encounters. No more. In many cases, the virtual world is these days more real than ...


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NOSEY NEWSY

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, April 10, 2022, In : books 

TWO important news items today: First, in physics, the Standard Model is being challenged by a Fermilab Collider Detector (CDF) research group in Illinois whose experiment suggests “the particle, known as a W boson, is more massive than the theories predicted.” A very small deviation, but one that apparently isn’t explained by today’s Standard Model of physics, their research hints at an undiscovered sub-atomic particle or a fifth force, the contemporary Standard four forces being gra...


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TGIF

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, April 8, 2022, In : books and movies 

MEANING, “Thank God it’s Friday,” right? Well, it IS Friday, and I for one am plenty thankful for the start of another weekend, BUT, what I meant was “Thank God(dess) it’s functioning,” whether referring to one’s body (and it’s various parts), our home appliances, the internet, our government (though many would question this), the police or the United Nations. With the slow but significant exit of baby-boomers and the rise of Generation Whatever, I’m reminded of WILLIAM MALT...


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MY FRIENDS, WILLIAM MALTESE and A. G. HAYES

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, In : books and movies 

OVER the four decades I’ve been authoring, I’ve made some exceptional friends who’ve consistently “walked the walk” and” talked the talk” with me. With two, namely William Maltese and A. G. Hayes, I’ve had the pleasure of co-authoring a work.


With over 200+ published works, William Maltese is one the most prolific and followed authors I’ve known. And his accomplishments include not just books, but screenplays, and soon, films as well. I had the pleasure and privilege of co-...


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LOVING THOSE PLANTS

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, April 4, 2022, In : PTW 

WHEN was the last time you picked a tomato, cucumber, carrot or peach right off the plant and thanked the plant for sharing its bounty? During my last trip to Japan, just before COVID set in, I visited the apple orchards of Iida, Nagano Prefecture, and walking a field with the farmer, heard him thank the tree after picking an apple for me to sample. And what an apple it was. Large, ripe, succulent and sweet. When I asked him his secret to success, he said it was because he always thanked the ...


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CELEBRATION AND LEARNING

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, April 3, 2022, In : books 

SUCCESS demands celebration; but failure, as negative as it may sound, is how we learning. We learn from our mistakes and failures. The “trick,” of course, is to avoid fatal ones. The dead don’t learn from their mistakes or failures.


While it’s said, “Dead men tell no tales,” that isn’t necessarily true. The living, if curious, conscious and reasonably empathic, can learn from others’ fatal mistakes and failures. Call it science, if you wish, where science is the search for t...


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WHAT’S A LITTLE DYSTOPIA?

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, April 2, 2022, In : books and movies 

I’M often told that THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor —https://savant-bookstore-honolulu.square.site/product/the-edge-of-madness/136 — is “classic” dystopia fiction, which due to the pandemic seems in demand at the moment. I’m also often reminded that dystopias, by their nature, are not good for the mind, body or soul. But I’m also reminded that dystopias have a real “positive” purpose in our contemporary world. After all, we’re well past 1984, the year G...


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WHAT’S GOING ON IN PARA-DICE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

GAMBLING – GAMING – WAGERING – PUNTING – SPECULATION – TAKING A CHANCE ON LADY LUCK. Gambling is as old as mortality, which is pretty old, don’t you know? We gamble every day, every hour, every minute, sometimes every second with our lives. No wonder that gambling in that first virtual world of money is so tempting. Win and you get more; lose and all you lose is money. And when that get’s boring, gambling in that second virtual world of power is even more tempting, lying between...


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THE AMERICAN PENCHANT FOR BITTER FOOD

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, March 24, 2022, In : books and movies 

THIS is a rather complex post compared to most. First, I don’t really think American love bitter food. But I do believe that COVID’s anosmia (loss of smell/taste) and pressure on grocery stores to “sell food” rather than provide outstanding food items; the commercial food industry’s use of pesticides, GMO’s and premature harvesting due to increasing concerns over transportation infrastructure breakdowns; and youth’s acclimatization to all this, that together they present a Perfe...


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THE RETURN OF WILLIAM MALTESE

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, In : books and movies 

MY good friend and author colleague, William Maltese, is returning from a jaunt to LA-LA LAND for what I’m told is a bit of vacation R&R as well as a meeting of the minds for “a MsTigerProduction documentary on the resurrection of an icon life-style and luxury-living LGBT magazine ‘Blueboy’, in a collector’s coffee-table edition this next October. There may just be a new Blueboy Library book, too” — https://www.facebook.com/williammaltese. Welcome back, William, to cloudy, 48-de...


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IT’S HOSPITAL DAY!

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, In : books and movies 

HAVING recently finished my and Setsuko Tsuchiya’s parts in the Kurt Ken Kaminaka Production of THE PERFECT ILLUSION, and enjoyed our first social party in over two years (okay, it was a movie set, but, hey, it was real FUN to socialize in a bubble), it was time yesterday to visit the hospital, where Ren Gaya is dreaming wildly while in a deep coma. Or was that imagining himself wildly dreaming in a deep coma. Or is he in a coma at all? Don’t ask me, I’m just the doctor.


I play Dr. Ste...


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OH MY GOSH! WE’RE STILL IN KANSAS, TOTO!

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, March 19, 2022, In : books and movies 

NOTHING like filling up the ole’ gas tank to bring one back down to earth! Gas hit $5.60 a gallon at my local station yesterday. Good thing I have one of those small, high-mileage, Japanese hatchbacks. While I finished gassing, washing the windows, checking the oil and water, and then the tire pressures (all perfect, thank you), the fellah next to me kept on filling the tanks of his mega-pickup and shaking his head every time he checked the increasing price. As I climbed into the car, he lo...


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THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS A UNIFIED FIELD THEORY

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, March 17, 2022, In : books 

THIS IS A BIGGIE! I read in the news today about a mathematical solution to bridging the gap between Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. It seems the preeminent physicist Professor Steven Hawking before he passed, left the world with the Hawking Paradox: basically, “Einstein’s general theory of relativity says information about what goes into a black hole cannot come out, but quantum mechanics says that is impossible” — https://www.bbc.com/news/science-env...


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DANCE, DANCE, DANCE!

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, March 12, 2022, In : dance 

MY dance partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya, and I will be off all day tomorrow dancing in the filming the “Gala Party” dance scene for Kurt Ken Kaminaka’s (KKK) production of “The Perfect Illusion” — https://www.totck.com/tpi-actors-crew. An “all day” shooting, we’re looking forward to doing a lot of wild dancing in what we surmise will be a scene not unlike that of the dance scene in KKK’s production of “Tales of the Circle Keys” — https://youtu.be/aI5e7m3n_Nw?t=38.


Compet...


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RUST

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, March 10, 2022, In : books 

IN yesterday’s post, I delved into trust, the thing, I claim, makes a business work. Today, I’d like to touch on the opposite in business of trust: namely, what I call “rust.”


Rust is defined by Oxford Lexico as “1 A reddish- or yellowish-brown flaky coating…” “1.1 A state of deterioration or disrepair resulting from neglect or lack of use” and “2 a…[state of] disease,” the latter typically in reference to plants. In summary, I would say, a “coating” (“desert va...


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TRUST

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

WHAT is it that “makes the world go round?” Money? Power? Business contracts? America’s legal systems? Law enforcers? Bravado? I’ve come to realize over the years that it’s really none of these. It’s all about trust. Without trust, none of the above apply.


According to merriam-webster.com, trust is “firm belief in the character, strength, or truth of someone or something,” the actionable word being “firm” which, according to the same source, means “securely or solidly f...


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LUCID DREAMING

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, In : books 

Dreaming is something with which almost everyone is familiar. According to Medical News Today (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/284378) dreaming is, to name just a few ideas, is (a) where the brain consolidates present learning and past memories; (b) how the mind prepares for possible future threats; (c) a way to reflect and process unconscious mental function; and (d) a psychological space where overwhelming, contradictory, or highly complex notions can be brought back into psycholo...


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THE MALTESE COLLECTION

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, March 7, 2022, In : books and movies 

I’M pleased to announce that posters have just been issued for the K. Simmons Production of THE MALTESE COLLECTION, a film reprise to the extraordinary author, William Maltese, and his many inspirations, achievements, and lifelong support of M/M romance, erotica, LGBTQ authors and readers. They should be appearing on K. Simmons Productions website at https://kspllc.media/maltese-collection. In the meantime, you can view them on my website at https://janik.yolasite.com/actor.php.


Currently in...


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THE TURNING OF THE SCREW

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, March 3, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 
INNOCENCE, precociousness, wickedness — What to do with bright young children? In my book, UNLOCK THE GENIUS WITHIN: Neurobiological Trauma, Teaching, and Transformative Learning (Rowman and Littlefield Education 2005) by Daniel S. Janik, I argue for replacing “teaching” with self-paced, non-traumatic, curiosity-based, discovery-driven, and mentor-assisted transformational “learning.” An easy read that explains―in conversational manner―the newest ideas on neurobiological and tra...

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ON DOMINATION OF THE WORLD

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, In : books 

ONE of my most memorable scenes from the movies is Largo and James Bond playing “The Domination Game” from “Never Say Never Again” (1983), though, watching the news, it could have just as well been 2022 — https://youtu.be/wUT5CpgYXMM?t=24. On the other hand, in all fairness, one should look at the situation from the opposite perspective — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jj-PaqFrBc and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2Vuib3G7FM — including ongoing peace negotiations — https:/...


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TRUTH

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, February 18, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

I hear a lot these days about how “unfair” autocratic folks, foreign and domestic, feel they’re being treated these days. The popular saying, “truth hurts” as well as Khaled Hosseini’s famous quote: “better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie” say it all. In my opinion, the best defense against autocracy is truth, exactly what U. S. President Biden seems to be doing to defend against a Russian invasion of the Ukraine.


The problem, even in countries relatively i...


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AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE IN AN UNFAIR WORLD

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, In : books and movies 

FIRST, it’s important to establish a few assumptions. Number one: The world isn’t necessarily fair. “Shit happens.” Number Two: This is especially the case when money and power are regarded as sin qua non. Thirdly: Humans are all basically the same in terms of impulsivity, intent, actions and responsibility. Finally: All actions are the inevitable result of outside causes-and-effects (“I had no choice”), though in the epitome of this style of thinking — violation, war and “no-...


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WAITING IN LINES

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, February 13, 2022, In : books and movies 

Yep! That’s what I’m mostly up to these days. Recently finished filming for the K. Simmons Production of THE MALTESE COLLECTION, practicing while waiting for my part in the Kurt Ken Kaminaka Production of THE PERFECT ILLUSION, and waiting with bated breath for the screenplays for the K. Simmons Production of both FINDING KATE and FLICKER, both in which I hope to have a major role.


In THE MALTESE COLLECTION — “I can make people feel aroused, by a word. I can make the hairs on their ne...


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ALL’S QUIET ON THE EASTERN FRONT

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, February 12, 2022, In : books 

AT least for another day. Still, I see so many commonalities with the 1938 Nazi Anschluss Österreichs. The Communist Russian desire for re-unification seems based on Putin’s desire to re-incorporate as many Ukrainian “Russians” as possible into a “Greater Russia” reminiscent of the former USSR. Russian civil and military agents appear to be cultivating pro-unification feelings, while seeking to undermine the Ukrainian government. All that’s left is an attempted coup resulting in ...


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WHAT’S A WORLD WAR, ANYWAY?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, February 10, 2022, In : books 

HEY, we’ve already had two and survived, supposedly better for the experience. At least, that’s what I’m often told. But, hey, we’re better today. More experienced. More technologically advanced. More mature. And, the world’s overpopulated, anyway, and we who are doing the overpopulating just can’t stop. So what’s so bad, really, about another world war? After all, it would definitely be good for the world’s worsening financial situation. Always was, supposedly always will be....


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"DIGJEES"

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, February 10, 2022, In : books 

Oops, a tiny misspelling there. Should read “designer genes” or, as they’re frequently called today, “epigenes.” Conrad Waddington is said to have introduced the idea of epigenes, which, according to MedlinePlus are control genes that modify (typically turn on or off) other genes without affecting the organism’s DNA. In other words, epigenes are genes that regulate the activity (expression) of DNA. Epigenes themselves can be affected by time, as well as intracellular or external c...


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FASTER THAN “FAST EDDIES”

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, February 7, 2022, In : books and movies 

THERE is something faster than the irritating “Fast Eddies” — con men, women and children (see yesterday’s post) — playing so prominent a role in contemporary society. Emotions.


Before I go on, I would like to make a critical distinction between emotions and feelings which are too often lumped injudiciously together. By “emotions” I mean the body’s release of circulating chemicals either in a local blood vessel plexus or the general blood stream. Okay, let’s call them what ...


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SO HOW FAST IS FAST?

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, February 6, 2022, In : books and movies 

THIS is a gripe: Whenever I travel the highways nowadays, everyone seems to be speeding except me, creating a definitely dangerous situation. I mean, when the sign says “Speed Limit 55 mph” does that really mean minimum speed? What’s with the need to speed far in excess of the speed limit not just on freeways (hey, is this really Germany and the Autobahn?) but in urban and even suburban areas. Is it really a 3 year olds responsibility to watch out for speeding cars? Or is everyone on sp...


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THE WAIT OF THE WORLD

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, February 5, 2022, In : books and movies 

OKAY, cheap play on the word “weight,” which everyone seems to want to lose and “wait” which is what most people seem to be doing these days. The Big Question is, “Waiting for what?”


The sense of waiting all one’s life and the Big Question aren’t new. They’ve been haunting people for millennia, causing some of the greatest literary works the world has ever know. Still, there’s something about having to wait for one’s eventual demise that’s…demeaning? Antithetical? I...


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THE SOLUTION TO POLLUTION IS ALLUSION

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, February 4, 2022, In : books and movies 

YEP! If you’re literarily inclined, it’s definitely so! Writers (people who record things for themselves) and authors (errant writers who write professionally for a target audience) both know the Big Three C’s: Clear, Complete and Concise. Clarity is a given and always takes first billing. Completeness is next, and, while one of the Big Three C’s deserves second-most attention, is more of a guideline than a hard and fast rule (the whole mystery genre is based on almost but not quite c...


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THE SOUND OF AUTHORING

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, In : books and movies 

THERE are so many aspects of authoring versus writing that it can feel like a unscalable chasm separates the two. And yet…one thing that they have in common is the sometimes exciting, sometimes inspiring, sometimes relaxing, but always appreciated edge-of-consciousness sounds of moving creative new ideas from within, to resilient but editable, enduring publicly shareable stories as books, ebooks, audiobooks, screenplay-novels, screenplays, manga, animations, television programs and/or motio...


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MONEY, POWER OR SELF-ACTUALIZATION?

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, January 24, 2022, In : books and movies 

PEOPLE are often generous in advice as to how to “get the most out of life,” humans being mortal and life being finite. But what is it that one should “get the most of” while alive? People who’ve lived in poverty would likely tend to say, “Money!” People whose lives have been determined by overwhelming events, like war survivors, would likely tend to say, “Power!” People who’ve lived their lives and never respected themselves or felt self-satisfaction, would likely say “...


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WHAT’S A WORLD WITHOUT LOVE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, January 20, 2022, In : books and movies 

THERE seem to me to be two fundamental currencies in human life: (1) love (think co-operation); and (2) money/power (think competition). These two currencies “empower” or “power” our lives respectively. They are often embedded within contemporary female/maternal (creation/agrarian/nurturing) and male/paternal (destroying/hunting/survival-of-the-fittest) archetypes, and played out together in literature and cinema, with one or the other eventually “winning.” In fact, neither alone ...


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...AND I’VE HEARD ENOUGH ABOUT BUSINESS!

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, In : books 

YEP! Yesterday’s rant about airlines, applies equally to trains, buses, events, grocery stores, churches, tourism, hotels…all those businesses that depend on “crowd sales” and haven’t yet begun to make the move to “individual service.” Can’t say I feel sorry for businesses that can’t make the transition. Savant Books and Publications made the transition 12 years ago, before the pandemic’s “shot across the bow.” I keep wondering how many recurrences are necessary for bu...


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I’VE HEARD ENOUGH ABOUT FLYING…

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, In : books 

REALLY! I’ve heard enough whining from the airlines about how now that the pandemic is almost over, we need to resign ourselves to tolerating those cramped, crowded conditions that make flying an undesirable necessity. The singular value of the pandemic, in my opinion, was that it was the proverbial shot-across-the-bow about the failure of “crowd sales” and the necessity of developing “individual service.” Too expensive? Ha! I’ve heard that one before. Everything’s “too expens...


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THE EDGE OF MADNESS AUDIOBOOK

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, January 17, 2022, In : books 

I’M pleased to announce the audiobook version of THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor, read by the incomparable Peter Pollock is now available in addition to printed and digital editions from Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859. I love listening to a good book (and THE EDGE OF MADNESS is a VERY good book) as an alternative to an evening movie, when in the bathtub and when driving long distance. And, I can say from experience that it’s THE perfect San Fran to ...


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THE ALREADY “REVISED” WORLD OF 2022

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, January 14, 2022, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

I generally avoid making predictions outside my soon to be completed work, “Prophecy,” the sequel to THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor — https://savant-bookstore-honolulu.square.site/product/the-edge-of-madness/136; however, given it’s still early January, I do feel compelled to comment on upcoming 2022. Last year saw the resurrection and meteoric rise of an old anti-ethic, namely the “normalization” of misinformation, be it in government, business or society. Bo...


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BOOKS: A LONG AND WINDING ROAD?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, January 13, 2022, In : books and movies 

HAVING been a traditional book publisher for almost 15 years, I’m often asked about the future of books. Are books, like vinyl records destined to be come collectable antiques, or are they momentarily paused awaiting resurrection as national infrastructures like the energy, electricity, transportation, business, shipping, the internet, each succumb to increasing criminal attack. My opin, unfortunately, is neither black nor white, nor that simple.


I’ve been acutely aware the past ten year...


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LOOKING UP

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, January 10, 2022, In : books and movies 

Earlier today, I had the pleasure of watching a Netflix film about William Shatner aka Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise, actually going briefly into space aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin capsule. What struck me was the hindsight he shared with so many former astronauts, about his reaction to seeing the Earth as the fragile “blue marble” it is, traveling at breakneck speed through the dark cosmos. The response is typically so deeply emotional, it makes me think of a new form of spi...


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SENSUOUSITY

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, January 8, 2022, In : books 
WHENEVER the world seems overwhelming, whenever life seems indifferent or I feel disconnected, I take a deep breath and focus on one of my senses, today’s focus being smell. I suddenly began remembering my many trips to Europe and the distinct variety of smells that the Old World presented. In my own contemporary world here in the USA, human, especially bodily smells are largely attenuated, sometimes to the point where people have no evident smell other than a sort of neutral sterility, and...

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IN THE GNUS

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, January 6, 2022, In : books and movies 

I was asked the other day what “sign of the times” I believe is the most significant one so far in this decade. After pondering the usual unusuals, I have to say that it’s what’s happening “in the gnus” (ha, ha) or more correctly how we get the news. But first, a bit more levity: (1) “No gnus is good gnus” (I’ve already labeled that “fake gnus”); (2) “Read only what’s gnus-worthy” (hey, they don’t call them wildebeests for nothing); (3) “any day a call may come...


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WHAT? ME WORRY?

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, In : books and movies 

FORGET Generation Z; Generation Alpha (folks born 2012 through 2025) is already stepping up to the plate to experience, enjoy and govern our world. Well, at least, some will enjoy it. Others will struggle and many will opt out either by choice or circumstance. The world is, like Douglas Adams once wrote of Earth in THE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, “mostly safe,” and, while not particularly descriptive, it’s descriptive enough to say along with Alfred E. “Mad” Neuman, “What, me...


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HOLIDAY CHEER

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, December 31, 2021, In : books 

WE in the USA often think of Christmas as “the holidays,” when, I suspect, more people in the world celebrate the New Year holiday. I looked this up on the internet and while I found one site that stated “2 billion” people throughout the world celebrated Christmas, I wasn’t able to find any similar estimate for New Year, so my suspicion remains speculation unless someone reading this has the answer. Sadly, not every question is answerable on the internet, not to mention whether any ...


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HOLIDAY REMORSE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, In : books 

EVER get the feeling that something dark is happening underneath all that holiday joy? If so, you’re more connected than most, in my opinion. I’ve been touting over and over during the past year and a half that the Great Pandemic is a much needed “shot across the bow” of contemporary societies, with special emphasis on transactions, namely the absolute need to change from “crowd sales” to “individual service” approaches. The “fuel” that’s feeding COVID today is as much, ...


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SHIVER ME TIMBERS…

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, December 23, 2021, In : books and movies 

I’VE often wondered about the phrase “Shiver me timbers,” having heard it uttered numerous times times by the archetypal pirate, Long John Silver, in Robert Louis Stevenson’s TREASURE ISLAND. I’m won’t to believe it an actual nautical expression from the days of large wooden sailing ships, when it was an expression of shock and awe, as when the rib-timbers of a ship shivered from pounding during rough seas or during war when the ship was it by a cannonball.


I have to admit, the m...


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THE FUTURE OF BOOKS AND FILMS

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, In : books and movies 

2021 saw continued pressure on publishers of books, and began a whole new era of similar pressure on filmmakers, and it all began with “self-publishing.” That’s not to blame, but simply a strong opinion, leading to an “ethos” of vanity self-publishing be it books or movies. I have always thought of COVID-19 in all it’s various iterations a “shot across the bow” of both. That is, with the loss of many support businesses, the “inflation” of prices coincident with a general d...


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MY FAVORITE MOVIE (OTHER THAN “STATIC”)

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, December 19, 2021, In : books and movies 

HAVING been asked countless times what my favorite movie is (other than “Static” — https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie — in which I was lead actor under the name of “Daniel S. Janik”), I feel it time to stick my new “celebrity” neck out and say conclusively, that, yes, I DO have a favorite movie, and, yes, I am willing to share the name of it publicly. Having said all that you’re probably wondering, why doesn’t he just SAY its name?


It’s all about qualifications. As I...


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OH! NO-MY-CHRON!

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, December 18, 2021, In : books and movies 

WHAT was the COVID-count on 15 December 2021 here on Oahu? 278 as I recall, only to see it rising exponentially to over 700 yesterday. Today’s a “holiday” so COVID isn’t reported, or, for that matter, allowed to rise by decree. Yeah, right! So here we go again, chasing after another pandemic that we should have been preparing for instead of celebrating. What does it take to realize that yesterday’s “crowd sales,” especially when involving crowding people together, won’t work, ...


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MY NEXT STARRING ROLE…

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, In : books and movies 
CALL me incredibly talented or lucky, you pick, to have landed a co-starring role in the K. Simmons Production of THE WILLIAM MALTESE COLLECTION — https://kspllc.media/maltese-collection — beside the star about whom this bio-documentary is about, the incomparable author and now actor, Mr. William Maltese. Finished my shoot about a week ago, and heard yesterday that William finished his a couple days ago, that means the film is on its way to wrapping and post-production, hopefully to be re...

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IT USTA BE…#4

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, December 13, 2021, In : books 

DELIGHTFUL to fly! To soar in luxury above the clouds! To climb aboard and then exit in another part of the world! Gone are those days and what’s more, there’s no likelihood that airlines will ever “get it” and restore the level of excellence we used to know and expect, except for taking money quickly and efficiently, and creating new ways of not giving it back where deserved without a fight. Sorry to say this, but if there was ever an industry hopelessly wedded to “crowd sales” i...


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IT USTA BE…#3

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, December 11, 2021, In : books and movies 

COMFORTING to know that people looked after you, having your best interests rather than theirs at heart. Usta, and, still is true but rarely on occasion rather than something you could count on. “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Human interactions especially where money are concerned, these days seem to more reflect the “Pirates of the Caribbean” than Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz:” “Take everything; give nothing back,” “I’m dishonest, and a dishonest ...


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IT USTA BE…#2

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, December 10, 2021, In : dance 

FUN dancing on a crowded dance floor. In fact, being a dancer at heart, as well as an actor and author, partner dancing was something for which I lived. A lifelong devotion, every-other-day exercise in the studio, interspersed with weekly social dancing and the total release of rarer performances or competitions. Yep, usta is the right word, indeed.


For the past two years, there has been no social, performance or competitive dance without the risk of death by COVID. “Real” partner dancin...


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IT USTA BE…#1

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, December 10, 2021, In : books 

FUN going GROCERY SHOPPING! I used to look forward to a quick in and quick out after work with several bags of fresh, tasty groceries for $25 a bag. Yep. Usta.


Went shopping at 6:45 AM this morning to avoid the crowd and maintain social distancing while wearing my obligatory mask. Tried to walk the isles for exercise (grocery walking) but had to do all the shopping in 15 minutes or less, only to wait in long lines for the only one or two cashiers up and awake at this time of the day. They ca...


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IS A PICTURE REALLY WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS?

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, In : books and movies 

THIS is a question all actor-authors like myself must eventually ask. I’m told the “right” answer is actors should go for the picture; authors the words. And while that’s probably true in general, I personally think it has everything to do with perspective.


As the multi-award-winning author of the Amazon genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — and its decidedly naughty LGBTQ+ prequel TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wild...


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SO WORLD WAR TWO WASN’T ENOUGH?

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, December 4, 2021, In : books 

THE world having survive two global wars between fascist dictatorships and democracies appears to not have been enough for the losers, rising again from the ashes, this time China, North Korea, Russia, Iran and allies are ready and willing to bet the lives of their people on another attempt at conquering the world. Sigh. Isn’t there enough misery in the world without another war? Or is this simply an ill-fated effect of overpopulation, fueled by individual fear, greed and hatred?


I posted ...


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WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS…

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, December 3, 2021, In : books 

IF there’s one thing that’s totally unscientific, it’s human behavior. Especially “leadership” behavior. I’ve seen and experienced it first hand “on the set” (see https://www.netflix.com/title/80990849 and you’ll wonder how ANY movie of value could have been made) and watched in awe and horror during the thirteen days of the Cuban Missile Crisis (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yfIoHXOO9E). So, what’s new with President Putin and the manufactured Ukraine Crises. Nothing. ...


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AH, IMMORTALITY AT LAST!

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, December 2, 2021, In : books and movies 

CALL me old fashioned, but as an author and actor, it’s when the printed book and DVD come out that I “feel” immortal. And yesterday, the “Static (2021)” movie DVD and the Static Sound Track CD were finally released (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie). For an actor, it’s like an author when the printed book is finally released. And, yes, there’s a sense of immortality that comes with it.


Several have asked what I’m doing right now, which is to appear as an interviewee in ...


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WHAT IN THE WORLD WAS I THINKING????

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, November 22, 2021, In : books 

YEAH, well, I wasn't thinking THIS world at all when I wrote TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2009) with William Maltese, or QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) with A. G. Hayes, and certainly not when I wrote the Amazon genre bestseller THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020). Hey, that’s me. I’m author Raymond Gaynor aka author and actor Daniel S. Janik. And I wasn’t apparently thinking at all when I posted the "Raymond Gaynor THE EDGE OF MADNESS Book Giveaway Contest" with a first edition, author-si...


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DEFUSED or CONFUSED?

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, November 21, 2021, In : books 

IT can’t be only me. I mean, how is it that “everything’s returning to normal,” when countries are still closing, citizens are protesting (more vociferously that ever) and half of people still social distance and wear masks (despite the “other half”) due supposedly to COVID? Being a pragmatic scientist type, I rather think everything’s NOT returning to the “old” normal, or, if this is normal than the life I lived pre-COVID must be a fiction. I’m not complaining; just tired...


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A WORD IN EDGEWISE, PLEASE

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, November 20, 2021, In : books 

ONE thing about advertising: It shoots straight to the target center. It’s also, I’ve learned, the telltale sign of something untrue. “A book you MUST read!” Really? “What everyone’s saying!” Huh? “You gotta have one!” For sure? “The best of the best!” Awe, come on! Having made my claim for the edgewise and oblique, the Amazon genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor, is a book you MUST read. Everyone’s saying it’s the best of the best an...


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SAVANT BOOKSTORE (ONLINE)

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, November 18, 2021, In : books 

AS a consequence of COVID-19, my principal publisher, Savant Books and Publications, has moved all former face-to-face bookstore activities including book, CD, DVD and merchandise purchases strictly ONLINE and created four regional bookstores to get your purchases to you faster.


https://www.savantbookstoreatlantic.com


https://www.savantbookstoremidwest.com


https://www.savantbookstorepacific.com


https://www.savantbookstorehonolulu.com


All of the above will bring you directly to our secure...


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THE IMMIGRANT’S GRANDSON

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, In : books 

MOST established American’s are, have or at least well know one. They’re the “success” stories of the United States of America where most everyone gets an opportunity to better their life. To some that means wealth. To others, power. To yet others — the folks I most identify with — the opportunity of living the life for which so many these days are dying.


As a successful author with the usual train of published books and awards, while working on my own next novel, in this case, ...


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STILL COMING…

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, In : books and movies 

RECEIVED the proof copies of the DVD for “Static (2021)” and it’s GREAT right down to the BTS (behind the scenes) and Meet the Cast and Crew extras. A few more tweeks to the cover and it will be ready for release. Should receive the second proof in another 5 days or so, hopefully “perfect as is.”


AND in the meantime, don’t forget the author Raymond Gaynor THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — Book Giveaway Contest is still ON with SIX Gran...


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IT’S OKAY TOTO, WE’RE BACK IN KANSAS…

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, November 12, 2021, In : books 

OR are we? Everyday now I hear, “The pandemic is over!” from another excited individual. Really? With the N. Y. Times reporting 98,00+ new cases and 1,216 reported COVID-related deaths in the USA yesterday, I can’t quite “grok” that the pandemic is over, hooray (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/covid-cases.html). And with the World Health Organization reporting 527,295 new cases and close to 8,000 reported COVID-related deaths in the world yesterday, I’m not even sold o...


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SCHROEDINGER’S SCAT

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, In : books 

YEAH, well, you remember Schroedinger’s Cat? A cat is trapped in a box with a tiny bit of radioactive substance. When the radioactive substance decays past a certain point, causes a poison to be released that kills the cat. At any one moment in time, the cat may be alive or dead. So, is it alive or dead? Well, I figure it’s the same with the AI in my computers (especially the one inhabiting my smart phone). At any point in time a random error may occur within the AI’s programming, rende...


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WISHING WELL

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, In : books 

ALMOST everyone has approached water — in a well, around a fountain, under a bridge, in a brook or stream — and made a wish. But today, I want to muse about not the wishing well, but simply wishing well. Doing it right. Yesterday I posted about needs, wants, hopes and desires. Now it’s time to talk about how to wish well.


I don’t say this lightly. Not because of magic or compelling people to make a wish come true, but because, in the most basic sense, making a wish is all about direc...


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WHAT’S IN A WISH?

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, In : books 

“IF wishes were horses, then beggars would ride” is a popular saying, so, given that billions of people make wishes every day, why aren’t there more horseback riders? And don’t just say, there’s a shortage of horses. According to that fount of information, Wikipedia, “a wish is a hope or desire for something. In fiction, wishes can be used as plot devices…In fiction a wish is a supernatural demand placed on the recipient’s unlimited request [list]. When it is the center of a t...


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ORCHID ENVY

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, November 4, 2021, In : books 

JUST as COVID-19 set in, I had the good fortune to visit a nearby orchid farm and bring home six different orchids to care for and cultivate. I’m pleased to announce that, now more than a year and a half later, my orchid-friends remain health and supportive as they were throughout the worst (so far) of the pandemic. What’s more, they seemed to thrive in the quieter, less auto-exhausted air bathing them. Call me crazy if you like, but these plants seemed more than happy to experience five ...


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DIGGING DEEPER OR WATCHING THE RISE

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, In : books 

HISTORY (“his” “story”) is a strange animal. First, it’s the victors who generally write it. Second, it’s almost always steeped in the hopes and expectations of the dominant culture. Third, it’s not scientific (i.e. not repeatable in the technical sense since it involves group activities based on contemporary norms). Fourth, it’s not academic, fiction and non-fiction often being published interchangeably (think of the “novel” here — typically an historically-based work w...


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A DAY FOR THE NOT-SO-DEAD

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, In : books 

Día de los Muertos, according to National Geographic, celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. That includes, I assume, reading, yeah? I sincerely hope so. And if so, I hope the readings of the not-so-dead include my Amazon genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor. Living and dead, according to Día de los Muertos, both look to the future, which is where THE EDGE OF MADNESS is solidly rooted. But not...


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FREE BOOK!

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, November 1, 2021, In : books 

YES! AN OUTSTANDING, REALLY FREE, PRINTED HOLD-IT-IN-YOUR-HAND, AUTHOR-SIGNED BOOK!


The author Raymond Gaynor THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — Book Giveaway Contest is ON with SIX Grand Prizes: a signed copy of my book to the first, eleventh, twenty-first, thirty-first, forty-first, fifty-first and so forth person who sends an email (one per email address) to me at gaynor.raymond2@gmail.com with the subject line “I want a copy of THE EDGE OF MA...


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IT’S ALL-HALLOWS’ EVE

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, October 31, 2021, In : books 

OR, according to Google and Wikipedia (and what more authoritative sources are there these days than these two) Halloween, Hallowe’en, Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, a celebration on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ (Saints’) Day, which we celebrate with costumes, pumpkins and candy. But it’s also celebrated by some with bonfires, guising or mumming, divination and feasting as Samhain, a Gaelic festival marking the end of the ...


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WHAT DO ACTORS DO BETWEEN FILMS?

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, October 25, 2021, In : books and movies 

THE obvious answer is read scripts sent by one’s agent to ascertain what role will be next. My own less obvious answer is return to authoring. Having finished the second book THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859), the sequel to TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2009) by Raymond Gaynor and William Maltese (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1434403556), I’ve been turning my creative juices towards finishing “Prophecy,” the prospective third book...


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FORGET PCH - WIN NOW!

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, October 24, 2021, In : books 

The author Raymond Gaynor THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — Book Giveaway Contest is ON with Six Grand Prizes: a signed copy of my book to the eleventh, twenty-first, thirty-first, forty-first, fifty-first and every hundred-and-first person who sends an email (one per email address) to me at gaynor.raymond2@gmail.com with the subject line “I want a copy of THE EDGE OF MADNESS.” NOTE: You must have a USA ship-to address (which I’ll ask for onl...


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A GOLDEN GOOSE EGG!

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, In : books 

OH, YES! If you’ve ever imagined coming across a goose that lays golden eggs, you’ve come to the right place! I’m reving up for the holiday season! The author Raymond Gaynor THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — Book Giveaway Contest is ON with SIX Grand Prizes: a signed copy of my book to the eleventh, twenty-first, thirty-first, forty-first, fifty-first and every hundred-and-first person who sends an email (one per email address) to me at gayno...


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LIVING, WORKING AND, YES, ACTING IN SPACE

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, October 17, 2021, In : books 

OF all the “promises” of future advances and advantages to commercial spaceflight, one stands out in my mind at point in its development: Filming in space. Call me a liberal, progressive, democratic, science-futurist with a”bleeding heart” for humanity, but I believe the single most significant effect of the commercialization of space was well demonstrated by the recent Russian film crew space flight (https://nypost.com/2021/10/17/russian-team-back-on-earth-after-filming-movie-in-spac...


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MUSING WITH YURI DENISYUK

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, October 15, 2021, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

SOME years ago, I was fortunate to meet Yuri Denisyuk during a diplomatic trip to the former USSR. Yes, I was then working for the United States National Academy of Science/National Research Council as a Senior Research Fellow detailed to NASA. In that capacity and as a member of a People-to-People delegation, I met Yuri in his laboratory in St. Petersburg where we discussed the use of normal light holograms (for which he was famous) in analyzing the effects of micrometeorites on spacecraft ...


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MAMA MIA!

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, October 14, 2021, In : books 

OH, YES! I’m reving up for the holiday season! The author Raymond Gaynor THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — Book Giveaway Contest is ON with now SIX Grand Prizes: a signed copy of my book to the eleventh, twenty-first, thirty-first, forty-first, fifty-first and every hundred-and-first person who sends an email (only one per email address) to me at gaynor.raymond2@gmail.com with the subject line “I want a copy of THE EDGE OF MADNESS.” NOTE: You...


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QUICK! BEFORE BOOKLAND GOES BLUE!

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, October 14, 2021, In : books 

AFTER diving deep, the Yellow Submarine surfaces and the hatch pops open to reveal, a land of diverse flowers and colors, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Book Club Land! And just when everything looks ship shape, what shows up but the Digital Blue Meanies, a literary figment of the imagination, buffoonish leaders of printed-book-hating creatures that lead an army of green-apple wielding bonkers, shooting clowns, snapping turks, anti-book missiles and, of course, the ever-dreadful flying glove, ...


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COMMON SENSE

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, October 11, 2021, In : books 

OR should that read “Common Cents?” Certainly in today’s world money and power always “Trump” sense. But what I’m cogitating on is the first word, “common.” To me, common implies commonality, something we share with each other as humans, with animals as fellow animals, plants as, well, living things just living a bit slower, sometimes longer but certainly different from ourselves. I don’t think there’s much “common” sense left these days, replaced instead by “uncommo...


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GOING, GOING, BUT NOT GONE!

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, October 10, 2021, In : books 

TODAY’S post is all about the Amazon genre Bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor in printed, digital AND audiobook format — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859. You see, I’m giving away FIVE Grand Prizes: a signed copy to the twenty-first, thirty-first, forty-first, fifty-first and hundred-and-first persons who send me an email (only one entry to an email address, please; multiple entries to same address will be completely discarded) at gaynor.raymond2@gmail.c...


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…AND BEYOND?

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, October 8, 2021, In : books 

THIS one’s a no brainer: “Prophecy,” the sequel to the Amazon genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor, and it’s edgy, naughty prequel, TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2009) by Raymond Gaynor and William Maltese. Currently “in writing” and over 2/3 finished, “Prophecy” promises to deliver a story that will knock your socks off and unite all three books into one epic.


Hey, did you know that William Maltese, my personal friend and authoring colleague...


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WHAT REALLY LIES AT “THE EDGE OF MADNESS,” HUMMM?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, October 7, 2021, In : books 

I just wrote in answer to a Goodread’s question, “What mystery in your own life could be a plot for a book?” that “All my life, I seem to have had the unique ability to look 25 years or so into the future in direct contradistinction to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes point to his dear friend Dr. Watson, “You see, but do not observe.” When I look into the future, I am rewarded with a clarity of observation, the result being my personal penchant for science futuring rathe...


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IS THAT THE EDGE OF MADNESS IN YOUR POCKET OR ARE YOU HAPPY TO READ ME?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, October 7, 2021, In : books 

AN admittedly poor paraphrasing of the delightfully clever “Is that a gun in your pocket or are you happy to see me?” allegedly spoken by the incomparable Mae West. If you don’t have a printed copy rolled up in your pocket, then won’t you consider a digital or audio book copy? NOTE: The Audible audiobook is read by the equally incomparable Peter Pollock!


https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859


Purchased for manga, animation and cinematic treatment by K. Simmons Productions


#RaymondGay...


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WHAT’S GOING ON WITH “RECOVERY”?

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, October 4, 2021, In : books 

RECOVERY is a nice, contemporary catch word, and I’m hearing it more and more these days in every aspect of life. But I fear that the word, re-covery, is being used in its meaning to re-cover [up] what hasn’t yet been fully addressed. Let me explain.


The Great Pandemic, in my opinion, was a shot across our bow, warning us that our current infrastructure system is already way beyond simple update and repair. In the broadest sense, we’ve been called to relook at and largely abandon our o...


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AND IT’S BACK TO THE BOOKS, AT LEAST FOR NOW!

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, September 30, 2021, In : books 

WITH “The STATIC Movie” premieres past, I’ve finally time to revert back to authoring. Trying to write while actively involved in filming is like trying to wash and wax a car in the fury of a hurricane. It’s nice to once again have “time” at my fingertips, and “Prophecy,” the prospective third book following TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2009) by Raymond Gaynor and William Maltese, and THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor is back in full swing.


And, don’t fo...


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WHAT’S IN A TITLE…EVERYTHING!

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, In : books 

I’M often asked how I as an author (Daniel S. Janik aka Raymond Gaynor/Gary Martine) and publisher (Savant Books and Publications at https://www.savantbooksandpublications.com) how I come up with titles for books, and if the title is really that important. My opin: It’s second only to a book’s cover image. Think of the cover image as a “first look” at someone you’ve never met before, and the title as that person’s name. First, it has to be memorable. Second, it has to be just un...


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THE DAY AFTER…

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, September 27, 2021, In : Acting 

TODAY is “the day after” both the Hawaii and the International premiere on 25-26 September 2021 of the K. Simmons Productions’ “The STATIC Movie.” As the lead actor, Daniel S. Janik (“Will Gardner”), I want to thank everyone for the myriad texts, emails and phone calls letting me know about your personal experiences watching the movie. As author Raymond Gaynor (aka Daniel S. Janik) it is through such “real life” feedback that both my acting and writing continue to improve an...


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TODAY'S THE DAY!

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, September 25, 2021, In : Acting 

Today is the world premiere of “The STATIC Movie” with Daniel S. Janik (aka Raymond Gaynor, author of THE EDGE OF MADNESS) as lead character “Will Gardner.” Watch this outstanding drama with me 


IN HAWAII:


25 Sept 2021 at 7 PM Hawaii Standard Time on KHON2, KHII or Hawaii's CW!


WORLDWIDE:


25 September 2021 at 7 PM HAWAII STANDARD TIME and 26 September 2021 at 7 PM EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME on https://www.khon2.com.


The STATIC Movie Trailer: https://vimeo.com/589494043


#DanielSJanik ...


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WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, September 23, 2021, In : Acting 

WRROWL! Whoot! Whoot! What’s new is that were only a couple of days away from the worldwide premiere of “The STATIC Movie” with Daniel S. Janik (aka Raymond Gaynor, author of THE EDGE OF MADNESS) as lead character “Will Gardner.” Come see me on 25 September 2021 at 7 PM HAWAII STANDARD TIME and 26 September 2021 at 7 PM EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME on https://www.khon2.com.


Privileged to live in paradise? Tune on Hawaii’s KHON2, KHII or CW at 7 PM on 25 Sept 2021.


For more information ...


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AND THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS!

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, In : Acting 

WITH only 5 days left before the international premiere of “The STATIC Movie” starring Daniel S. Janik (aka Raymond Gaynor of THE EDGE OF MADNESS fame), here’s a peek what Hawaiians are seeing on TV twenty to fifty times a day as we count down:


https://youtu.be/WldkGWF3sGo


And now YOU’VE seen it, too!


The HAWAII Premiere on 25 Sept 2021 at 7 PM Hawaii Time on KHON2, KHII and Hawaii’s CW


The INTERNATIONAL Premiere on 25 Sept 2021 at 7 PM Hawaii Time AND 26 Sept 2021 at 7 PM Easte...


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1:1 ODDS OF WINNING!

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, September 20, 2021, In : Acting 

IN the words of Edna, played by Setsuko Tsuchiya, award-winning Savant author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997247231) in The STATIC Movie, “I won, I won, I won!” Everyone who has ever heard the saying, “Don’t blame the player, blame the game!” wins watching the international premiere of the K. Simmons Production of “The STATIC Movie” on 25 Sept 2021 at 7 PM Hawaii time and 26 Sept 2021 at 7 PM Eastern Standard Time live-streamed on...


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THE MAN IN THE WHITE PANAMA HAT – IV

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, In : Acting 

YESTERDAY’S television interview is now completed, and, like the premiere of “The STATIC Movie” (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie) in which I play lead character, Will Gardner,” scheduled for airing, the former on 24 Sept 2021 at 8 AM and 8 PM on KHON2’s “Living 808” and the latter, the movie, on 25 Sept 2021 at 7 PM on KHON2, KHII and Hawaii CW. The movie will also premiere internationally on 25/26 Sept at 7 PM Hawaii Time on https://www.khon2.com.


Similarly, the article ...


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THE MAN IN THE WHITE PANAMA HAT – III

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, In : Acting 

THE author and actor juices are flowing! Last night I had a dream in which a significant plot twist for my next book, “Prophecy,” was revealed. Jumped out of bed and wrote it all down ink on paper in the dark of the night, then popped back in bed for even more reveals. I don’t know about other authors, but dreams are an important pathway for my muse and characters to “speak” directly to me, and I make it a point to listen.


Today, I hope the reverse will happen: I’m scheduled for ...


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AND YET MORE ADO

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, In : Acting 

Author and Actor, Daniel S. Janik of Amazon genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor (a pen name) fame – https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859, waiting expectantly for the international debut of “The STATIC Movie” on 25 September 2021 at 7 PM Hawaii Time on Hawaii’s KHON2, KHII and CW, as well as https://www.khon2.com.


I play lead character Will Gardner in the K. Simmons Production of The STATIC Movie (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie). Will is a curm...


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A LITTLE MORE ADO BY DANIEL S. JANIK

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, September 6, 2021, In : Acting 

Daniel S. Janik of Amazon genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor (a pen name) fame – https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859, currently working on the sequel, “Prophecy,” while waiting for the international debut of “The STATIC Movie” on 25 September 2021 at 7 PM Hawaii Time on Hawaii’s KHON2, KHII and CW, as well as https://www.khon2.com.


As many of you know, I’m also an actor playing lead character Will Gardner in the K. Simmons Production of The S...


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20 DAYS TO AUTHOR DANIEL S. JANIK’S ACTING DEBUT IN THE STATIC MOVIE!

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, September 5, 2021, In : Acting 

AUTHOR Daniel S. Janik (aka Raymond Gaynor/Gary Martine) of Amazon genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor fame – https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859. As many of you know, I’m also an actor, and will be debuting internationally as lead character Will Gardner in the K. Simmons Production of The STATIC Movie (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie) on Saturday, 25 September 2021 at 7 PM on Hawaii’s KHON2, KHII and CW as well as http://www.khon2.com.


Will Gar...


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HOW MUCH IS HUMAN?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, September 2, 2021, In : books 

IN a recent Science News article by Tina Saey entitled “Most human DNA is not unique to us,” I read that “only 1.5 percent to 7 percent of the collective human genetic instruction book, or genome, contains uniquely human DNA.” Eh? So, in spite of my artistic-humanism sense of being wholly human, I’m actually only less than 10% human? Maybe 20% animal? Or 20% plant (I don’t look green though I do enjoy the sun). Or, as touted in a 10 April 2018 BBC article by James Gallagher entitl...


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FORE!

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, In : books 

AND I’m not talking golf here. I’m talking “fore” like in foreknowledge, forewarning, unforeseen, foreboding and, well, why not, foreplay, too. Science Futuring (SciFu) with a generous portion of romance, love, eroticism, and a dash of LGBTQ+ — the perfect combination for a late summer read. THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor, an Amazon genre bestseller, is now available in printed, digital and audio format, the latter read by the incomparable Peter Pollock.


Get a ...


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ALL THE GOOD THAT’S FIT TO PRINT

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, In : writing/authoring 

YESTERDAY I posted on the dark side, so today, in the spirit of “Koyaanisqatsi” I want to restore balance by posting on the lighter, even brighter side. An odd adjective pair? Well, one of the weights on the other side of the balance from dark is light comedy. Aristotle supposedly defined comedy as an imitation of men worse than the average (where tragedy was an imitation of men better than the average) — (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comedy). Ha, ha! But I’m not talking satire, paro...


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THE NATURE OF THE BEAST…

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, In : books 

THE “beast” plays a prominent roll in much of humanity’s literature, religious tomes, contemporary conspiracy theories and social media. Oxford Languages (defines “beast” as (1) an animal, especially a large or dangerous four-footed one; and/or (2)a domestic animal, especially a bovine farm animal.


In the Christian book of Revelation, two beasts are described: The first comes “out of the sea” and is given authority and power by “the dragon” (alt. Satan, the Devil, Lucifer);...


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ONE IN A MILLION…

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, August 23, 2021, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

ACCORDING to UC Berkeley statistics (https://www.stat.berkeley.edu/~aldous/Real-World/million.html), the following have a one in a million chance:


20 coin tosses (by me) all coming up Tails.

Winning the current California State Powerball lotto game if you buy 6 tickets a week for a year.

A major earthquake on the Hayward fault in the next 50 minutes.

One of the next 24 babies born in the U.S. will become President.

Casting the deciding vote in a California Statewide election that opinion pol...


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SUBTLE SUNDAY

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, August 22, 2021, In : books 

THAT’S right. It’s Sunday and subtlety is what it’s all about. Looking at the City from my apartment, everything looks, well, abnormally normal. Not much traffic. Brilliant day. Not too hot, not too cold. Sun rays peeking through scattered clouds, highlighting the colors of various buildings, as if each highlighted building had a special story to tell. But I’m calling it a subtle Sunday for a reason.


Climate change. Trash in the deepest points of the oceans. Covid-19-delta/lambda/etc...


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GRIND, SPUTTER, POP…WHEEZE

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, In : books 

WHAT the heck is happening to book readership? More importantly, what the heck is happening to publishing? Is it the Great Fight of the Big Guys (in this case Barnes and Noble, Ingram and Amazon)? COVID-delta? Nationalism? Global Economic Restructuring? Or perhaps printers are finally running out of virgin trees to make paper and not recycling? Is it Universal Greed and resulting Uncontrolled Inflation? Is it that no one wants to work anymore? Is it global mass migration? Is it that propagand...


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THE EDGE OF MADNESS AT GERTRUDE STEIN’S SALON

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, August 16, 2021, In : books 

I’M often asked where I frequent when not actively acting or authoring. The answer, at least in my mind, is Gertrude Stein’s 1920 Paris Salon at 27 rue de Fleurus. It might be more accurate to say where Gertrude “held court” especially on Saturday nights. If ever there was a setting in this world emotionally akin to that in the Amazon genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor, it would have to be there. With drop-ins like Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, F....


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DOUBLING DOWN

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, August 15, 2021, In : books 

HERE it is mid-August 2021, and instead of slowly exiting the COVID pandemic, we’re falling quickly back into it, albeit, COVID-delta. I’ve noted over my years, that most things “natural” (e.g. liking coffee, or gender preference) seem to follow a bell-shaped “Gaussian” curve with “extremes” accounting for 10% (5% at each end). Not so with people’s thoughts about COVID, especially folks who currently decline vaccination, refuse masks and/or are residual Trump-won-the-electio...


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MAGRATHEA AGAIN?

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, August 13, 2021, In : health care reform etc. 

THESE are the times that try [hu]man souls, for sure. With COVID-delta cases once again seizing control of medical facilities in state after state in USA and around the world, I sense another Magrathea, the illusory planet in THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY that went into closure, on the horizon. It’s not a pleasant sight. The world, USA and San Francisco are still reeling from the effects of COVID-null. Another local or, God(dess) forbid, national lockdown, like several nations are ...


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WHITHER THOU GOEST…

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, August 8, 2021, In : books 

TO follow or lead – that is the question. The publishing world is in such change these days, that much of what we authors used to be able to depend on regarding publicity and marketing is now “out the window” and there’s nothing I’ve seen as yet to replace it. The only solid baseline is and continues to be direct guerrilla publicity and marketing from the author, and, with the rapidly increasing numbers of authors, even it’s impact is slowly being diluted out. I recently finished ...


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A ‘CHICKEN LITTLE’ MOMENT

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, August 6, 2021, In : books 

EH? What’s falling, you ask? Well, not the sky: It’s the price of a copy of the multi-award-winning, Five-Star Rated, Amazon genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor!


Printed version: Suggested Retail Price $16.95, now — $12.95 — through August at https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859


Kindle eBook version: Suggested Retail Price $7.95, now — $2.99 — through August at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B1663ZZ


Audible audiobook version: Now — FREE — thr...


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SWEET NOTHINGS

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, In : books 

I’VE always loved that phrase, and am oh-so-pleased to devote today’s post to what I consider one of the most precious attributes of humanness. There’s no one key word here. It’s about affirmation, positivity and loving kindness, without any hidden or further agendas. Okay, so it might be flattery, but who doesn’t like a bit of flattery now and then? Having survived life to this point, don’t each of us deserve a bit of flattery to warm the heart and melt away those myriad demands ...


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ACCOLADES, THANK YOU!

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, In : books 

IT’S my personal pleasure to announce that THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor is not only an Amazon Genre BESTSELLER, but recently received award recognition at the San Francisco and New York Book Festivals! By way of celebrating, I’ve asked the publisher to drop the price of the printed version from $16.95 to $12.95, and the Kindle eBook version from $7.95 to $2.99 for the rest of July and August (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859)! Celebrate with me throughout August...


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OF WHALE FAT AND PALM OIL

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, July 26, 2021, In : books 

WHAT really drives the global economy? Money? Power? Energy? Nope. It used to be whale products: oil, baleen, and ambergris. Then it was rubber. So what are today’s felled Amazon trees being replaced with? What’s really driving the contemporary world economy other than drugs, war and human trafficking? Palm oil.


According to Wikipedia, “Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from the…fruit of the oil palms…Palm oil accounted for about 33% of global oils produced from oil crops...


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SEARCHING FOR PRIVATE RYAN…

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, July 24, 2021, In : books 

I’M often asked in author interviews what I think makes today’s literature “contemporary.” Has it changed over the decades I’ve been authoring? The simple answer is, “Yes, it’s changed and especially so these last couple years.” There is, however, one thing that hasn’t changed: the need to appropriately address and express violence and sex, two intrinsically human issues, if not obsessions. There is so much trauma, or put in a more general way, violation, or, if you prefer, ...


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WHY DOES SO MUCH FRUIT THESE DAYS HAVE NO TASTE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, July 23, 2021, In : books 

AH, perhaps you’re already wrestling with this title as a metaphor for writing or authorship? Nope. I am an author, but I mean the question quite literally. It’s a contemporary question up there with how come so many drivers ignore the speed limit on freeways, and how come things AI-digital increasingly seem to take more time and effort than human face-to-face? But I digress…


You must admit (if COVID hasn’t damaged your olfactory system) that many foods, but especially fruits, today ...


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BETTER THAN SEX

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, July 23, 2021, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

IT’S true! There are rare “Ah-ha!” in-your-face-and-body, totally mind-blowing, moments of ecstasy in life that result from a concerted combination of prolonged devotion, discipline and action. I know it, because I’ve experience such a moment. The first happened one day during my 20 years of competitive-style dancing at a lesson. I was dancing with my coach, and suddenly, I wasn’t in the studio anymore. I was flying along effortlessly in a state of pure bliss. And yes, it was better...


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DON’T BOGARD THAT LINE, MY FRIEND…

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, In : writing/authoring 

Authoring, in general, and THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859), specifically aside for a moment, the cast of K. Simmons Production of The STATIC Movie Honolulu (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie) did our first script read-though for this weekend’s filming on location at Lunalilo Home. It’s the last of the “big” (meaning many lines to deliver) scenes after which there will be two more short, but emotionally intense “on street...


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INTIMACY

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, In : books 

HUMANS are social animals. We thrive on physical contact and savor intimacy. It’s what makes the human world go ’round, and books as well as movies play a big part in satisfying our human need for intimacy. Books have to totally engage the reader’s mind to be “successful,” acting like a basket within which readers place their own experiences that fit into the literary basket’s unique shape. It’s up to the reader which “monkey see, monkey do” neurons are activated. It’s a d...


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GOING BANANAS

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, July 18, 2021, In : books 

YEP! Going bananas over the different kinds available in Hawaii right now. Alright, you already know about the long, chalky-tasting Cavendish available in most grocery stores. But in Hawaii, right now, there’s plantains, baby-finger bananas, apple-bananas, ice cream bananas and more. My favorite (I’ve tried them all): those short, stocky but oh-so-sweet apple-bananas grown right here in Hawaii! Where to get them? In some “local” grocery stores, but the best tasting are ones purchased ...


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WHERE HAVE ALL THE DRAGONS GONE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, July 16, 2021, In : books 

AS you know, I’m a San Fran man; however, over the years I’ve become enamored with a second literary home: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Both Southern Temperate Mediterranean in climate; both Asian-American in flavor, though Hawaii has that unique Polynesian element as well. Both are ideal for a reclusive author, providing just the right mix of the international with local that favors, at least for me, comfortable, quiet time necessary for writing.


One item of interest in both SF and Honolulu, ...


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PENNY DREADFUL

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, July 15, 2021, In : books 

AS a professional author, I must admit that I look forward to those end-of-the-year royalties many of my publishers pay. However, this year — the second year of the Global COVID Plague — based on quarterly sales reports I’m seeing, I’m anticipating a number of those “your royalty for this year was less than $50 so we won’t issue a check” notices. Okay, so sales of THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos, 2020) by Raymond Gaynor (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859), especially audiobook sa...


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EDITING THE LIGHT FANTASTIC

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, In : books 

WONDERING about the first word, “editing,” instead of “tripping?” Well, yes, I am an amateur ballroom and latin DanceSport competitor, but with dance competitions and dancing in general most on hold till COVID runs it’s course, I’ve been working hard with Savant author Vern Turner (https://www.amazon.com/Vernon-Turner/e/B089Y14KZY) to edit his recently accepted manuscript entitled THE IMMIGRANT’S GRANDSON. Personally, I can’t think of a better way to keep up my own authoring s...


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RELEVANT? WHEN HAS ANYTHING EVER BEEN?

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, In : books 

RELEVANCY, the “state of being closely connected or appropriate” is a…well…double four-letter-plus-one word, especially in today’s Trumped up style of global dis-integration. And yet, relevancy is what life’s all about, isn’t it? It’s what makes a good book or a good movie truly outstanding. Not surprisingly, in today’s world, it’s often about running against the pack.


Take the Amazon genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor (https://www.amazo...


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AND ANOTHER SHOOTING

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, July 9, 2021, In : books 

IN these days of repetitious mass shootings, lackluster gun control and unbridled impulsiveness, I find it consoling that the cast and crew of The STATIC Movie Honolulu are about to experience another planned weekend shoot, this time on location in the streets of Chinatown. It’s the third of basically five location filming, the final two being outdoors with me, Will Gardner, pounding on what I think is the door to my house but is actually a neighbor’s (think Alzheimer’s Disease), and a ...


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WHAT’S A LITTLE ANGST AMONG FRIENDS?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, July 8, 2021, In : books 

I don’t know if you have those once-in-a-while angst days like I am having today. It’s not so much a “bad” day as it is that everything seems to have a hidden meaning, and they keep popping up everywhere. A teeshirt phrase, a sign on the side of a passing bus, the here-to-fore “new” meaning hidden in the title of an old book. But it’s not really about all those potential “ah-ha” moments and whether I’m willing and ready to “see” them. It’s not really about my angst. ...


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DREAM A LITTLE DREAM…

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, In : books 

AS the author of THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor — TEOM — I’m often asked what PRIMARY genre this Amazon Genre BESTSELLER should best be listed as. What should be an easy question is, if not complex, at least deserving of a post. I list it on social media as a work of Sci-Fu (Science-based Futuring) rather than Sci-Fi (science fiction) or Sci-Fan (science fantasy). TEOM is based on current technologies and social concepts which are simply projected into the future. S...


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PLANTS, WATER AND WORDS

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, In : books 

THERE’S really only two issues at the heart of human existence: plants and, I’m guessing you already guessed it, water. Without these humans can not exist. The heck with petroleum, nuclear energy, money and power. The first two represent limitations of contemporary knowledge, the latter two, human illusions. But plants, which regenerate air, potable water and provide basic food for all things animal, and their principal product, namely, organically enhanced potable water, are and will rem...


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THE PISSANT AND THE PISMIRE

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, July 4, 2021, In : books 

RUSH to your nearest bookshelf dictionary, or if you prefer, online one, but you’ll still have to guess a bit to ascertain what today’s post is about. HINT: It’s about how global citizens sometimes feel in today’s dis-integrated world. Think insignificant and another cog in a massive, complex, karmic wheel, as if there is nothing an individual can do anymore that, as Rick says in the classic movie Casablanca, “amounts to a hill of beans.”


But differences come in many sizes and fl...


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THE BEAR IN THE LION’S DEN

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, July 2, 2021, In : books 

TIMES have changed. It’s no longer a sheep or a Daniel thrown into the world of finance’s lion’s den of yesteryear. It’s a bear these days, though in two opposite meanings. First, a bear willing to slice, thrash and carve out it’s own piece of the financial lion’s den, but second, a transitory bear in the sense of a bear rather than a bull market. It’s commando-style business that makes the millionaires these days. And that seems to be increasingly true of authoring and publishi...


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THE NEWEST RAGE: FAKE SERVICE

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, July 1, 2021, In : books 

IT started with “fake-news,” then progressed to “fake-products” and has now evolved into “fake service.” You know what I mean. Make a customer service call and experience the “fake” firsthand: difficulties finding a phone number to talk with a “real” person, especially of one’s primary language; complex, irrational auto-phone-trees that only another A.I. (artificial intelligence or 10 year old can understand); the one-hour “valued customer” waits; the customer servic...


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THE NEED FOR SPEED

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, In : books 

YESTERDAY about noon I was driving on the H1 freeway in Hawaii to the North Shore for some much needed R&R. The speed limit where the freeway passes through Honolulu is 45 miles per hour. The lanes are small, the cars are big and H1 being the major East-West artery, totally crowded. What was freaky was that I was the only one going the speed limit. Not the minimum or recommended, but the speed LIMIT. My estimate was that everyone around me was going at least 55, with some easily entering the ...


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PROFESSIONALISM

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, June 27, 2021, In : books 

I’M not infrequently asked what makes one a “professional” author, dancer or, more recently actor/actress. Actually, the answer is quite easy, but it has several different yet intertwined aspects:


First, there’s the business of whatever it is one is doing. A professional is someone who accepts money or other financial remuneration for what they’re doing. It’s not about how much. It can be $0.01 or the equivalent in barter or trade. The moment one accepts money or other remunerati...


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THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WRITING

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, In : writing/authoring 

HEY! I’m talking “real” writing, which means recording whatever interests the writer in any written, enduring format. It’s the first step towards authoring, which means writing for a target audience rather than oneself. I’ve been a writer, author and poet for over four decades, and it’s only recently, when I was given the opportunity of being the lead actor in The STATIC Movie (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie) that I began to realize just how privileged I am to be part of th...


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COOKIES AND COOKIE MONSTERS!

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, June 18, 2021, In : books 

HAVE you noticed the suddenly never ending number of sites that “require” or at best state that if you go on, you will be auto-cookified? It’s, of course, a “choice,” but one that is carefully constructed to NOT be a choice by clever cookie monsters all over the world. Or, hey, let's call them what they really are: stalkers! 


In my newly released, Amazon-genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor, a sci-fu (plausible, science-based future study), there ar...


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ACTING AND REACTING

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, In : books 

Okay, for those of you following me as Will Gardner in the upcoming K. Simmons Productions’ “The STATIC Movie” here are a few unofficial photo/video montages (shared with K. Simmons Productions’ permission):


16 May 2021 Rehearsal on Set

https://youtu.be/0QLLDy6LYDo


16 May 2021 Interviewing Lead Actor "Will" (Daniel S. Janik) on Set

https://youtu.be/u2GT4nvkEmo


31 May 2021 First On-Location Filming at Murphy's Bar and Grill

https://youtu.be/xUsfXZuy3Jw


4 June 2021 First Reading of ...


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BLOCKING

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, In : books 

AND I don’t mean the football type. I’m an author. It’s in my blood. I’ve had over 60 fiction and non-fiction articles and books published and enjoyed winning the usual accolades, positive reviews, contests and festivals. This year, I was offered the opportunity of trying something different but, I was to find, deeply touching on authoring: the lead role of “Will Gardner” in The STATIC Movie by K. Simmons Productions – https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie. Co-written by my frie...


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LINES, LINES, LINES

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, June 14, 2021, In : books 

AND I don’t mean those growing consumer lines at stores for food or goods, or the long waits on the phone for customer service. I mean those lines and lines and lines of character “Will” dialog in the movie script for The STATIC Movie – https://kspllc.media -the next filming being set of for this coming Sunday at the multi-million dollar house location. I love acting as much as I do authoring (maybe a bit more when I get to do the dance choreography and get to perform it like in The S...


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HEART ATTACK, CHEEK-DANCING AND A BEDROOM SCENE

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, June 13, 2021, In : books 

IT’S been a couple days since I mentioned acting as well as authoring, so here goes: I’m playing “Will” in The STATIC Movie (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie), where we’re currently working at the second on location site, a multi-million dollar house in the foothills of the Hawaiian Koolau mountains, the first on location site filming having been completed. At this new location, I have a heart attack, dance cheek-to-cheek with my long departed wife and it all happens in Will’...


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I’VE A FEELING WE’RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE…

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, June 10, 2021, In : books 

ACTUALLY, I’ve had this feeling for quite a long time now, since well before the Great Pandemic (though admittedly that certainly added substantially to the feeling). As an author, I’ve been presented with increasing numbers of opportunities to provide content to businesses at either no payment, or worse, increasing personal cost. Huh? This certainly isn’t Kansas anymore! So who’s getting paid for my increasingly voluntary literary “donations?” I can personally attest to the fact ...


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GONE WITH THE WIND, BACK WITH THE STORM

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, In : books 

HAVING been gone for some on location shooting, I’m pleased to be back, returning to a mountainous authoring, dancing, acting and photography backlog. Whew!


First, I’m pleased to see that my newest work, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor has just come out in audiobook format – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096H5QMHP – and that it remains an Amazon Genre Bestseller!!! If you’re an audiobook reader, you’re in luck, as it’s read superbly by the consummate voice acto...


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MUCH ADO ABOUT [VIRTUALLY] NOTHING

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, June 4, 2021, In : books 
Today is a “down with everything virtual” day, as nothing digital seems to want to work. I’m an “old salt:” I try to live my life in the real rather than the virtual world that so many live almost totally in these days. And, hey, I can’t blame them. It’s just that all this virtual stuff being created as an alternative reality, isn’t “my generation.” I still find digital cameras, iphones and PCs a mystery. Oh, I use them, but where I used to be able to do a valve job on my ...

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THE EDGE OF MADNESS NOW AN AUDIOBOOK!

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, June 3, 2021, In : books 
SEVERAL months in the making, the Amazon 5-Star sci-fu (science-based futuring) novel THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor, is now available in Amazon Audible format, read by the incomparable Peter Pollock at


Taking up where TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2009) by Raymond Gaynor and William Maltese left off, NewAmerica, a shadow of its former United States of America, provides a challenging and dangerous future place for three young firebrands...

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...AND SURVIVING!

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, In : books 

So Sunday, this author became an actor as well an author, having been shot 100 times on-location in the filming of the K. Simmons Productions' (https://kspllc.media) The STATIC Movie. Went splendidly, though my voice was tired and I was very thirsty that night. With 5 shots left to go at this location, we’ll be back on location this coming Sunday  6 June 2021 to shoot the last scenes, mostly technically difficult ones, like me tossing back a shot of whiskey recorded from above!


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THE DAY BEFORE BEING SHOT…

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, May 29, 2021, In : books 

TODAY is the famous “day of rest” before cast and crew of the STATIC movie (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie) appear on set to film the “bar” scene. While the crew is frantically gathering all the necessary materials, cameras, sound booms, lights, I’m relaxing at the famous Northshore of Oahu island. No whales. They’ve gone north for the summer to feed and party. Just warm sun, cool, frangipani-scented trade winds and magnificent mother ocean gently stroking the course of the...


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WHERE IN THE UNIVERSE IS ALL THE DARK MATTER?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, May 27, 2021, In : books 

I have a theory: Be it romance, love, gender, adventure, drama, science fiction, erotica or sex, t’s been wrapped up in literature and movies for a long time now in the form of gratuitous violence. Darkness, especially in the form of gratuitous violence or overall pessimism in science fiction, isn’t “necessary.” Cities, if they will exist in the future, don’t necessarily have to be foreboding, constantly raining and filled with violent characters. Depending on detailed gratuitous vi...


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FULL MOON RISEN, ECLIPSED AND…

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, In : books 

YOU guessed it: not viewed. Despite all my raving in yesterday’s post about this event, last night we had a “round table” full-cast reading of the “Static” movie script and I was so tired afterwards I slept right through the alarm. Go figure! On the other hand, the full-cast reading brought several to tears while others openly shared “goosebump” moments, meaning, in my mind, this drama will exceed even the most stringent viewer expectations. I also hear that the round table was ...


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FULL MOON RISING, ECLIPSED!

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, In : books 

ONE thing authoring THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859) has taught me is a new respect for astronomy, a hobby I’ve always been interested in, ignited further by the recent acquisition of a Skywatcher Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope. There aren’t many nights in the Bay Area perfect for viewing planets, but tomorrow is a sure winner, with Venus exceptionally bright and a full moon eclipsed. Didn’t know about it? In any field of interest...


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WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, May 24, 2021, In : books 

IN the immediate aftermath of the TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2009) by Raymond Gaynor and William Maltese (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1434403556), something happened. The dis-integrating world proved a playground for “Fast Eddies” and con artists. But who, I ask, let them out? Who let the “dogs” out?


A dis-integrating world means that things, especially integrated technological products; businesses that require other business partners to create, distribute and market a product; and...


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THE WORD

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, May 23, 2021, In : books 
As an actor in the up and coming made-for-television film, the “Static” movie (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie), I’ve recently become more aware that it’s all about “the scene,” something upon which the entire cast, crew and staff are tightly focused, working together to perfect. Authoring, on the other hand, is all about one lonely person’s word-craft, something that can only be learned in the Hard Knocks College of Out-There-Before-the-Public Writing and Authoring.

Words ...

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PRIDE VERSES HUBRIS

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, May 22, 2021, In : books 

I’VE been wondering lately what is it that makes morality so important, perhaps even essential, to humans, but not as far as we know, to other animals? It’s always been my opinion that morality is a sort of mental barbed-wire fence to keep what I consider the eighth deadly sin, hubris, in check, though hubris is commonly regarded as synonymous the first deadly sin, pride. Personally and as an author, I make a distinction between the two, pride being about about unnatural self-aggrandizeme...


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JUST THE RIGHT EDGE

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, May 20, 2021, In : books 

I’VE often heard that the storyline, narration, dialog and outstanding editing are what make a successful book. Of course, I have to agree. Makes total sense. And yet…there’s something, almost intangible, that elevates a well-authored and edited story to something, well, more. It’s the difference between a great performance and one that elicits goose bumps. It’s having just the right “edge.” Something more. One of my publishers, Savant Books and Publications | Aignos Publishing,...


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TRIPPING THE “RIGHT” FANTASTIC

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, In : books 

AS a registered performance and competitive dancer, every day I practice “tripping the light fantastic” to improve and enjoy my skills and keep in shape. It was my “crutch” throughout the 2020 plague year when my living room had to serve as my studio; it was something I could look forward to when, pre-vaccination, all the dance venues closed and even just going for a walk with a mask while carefully distancing from others outside was verboten.


These days, in addition to authoring and...


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AUTHENTICITY

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, May 18, 2021,

THE past few days, I’ve been in conversation with my friend and sometimes co-author, the incomparable William Maltese, over a new phase in my life: Several weeks ago, I auditioned for a part in an upcoming made-for-television movie entitled “Static” (https://kspllc.media/the-static-movie), to my surprise, landing the leading role of Will Gardner, a crotchety old man suffering onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s a dramatic piece, originally written by the outstanding Savant screenwrit...


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THE POLICE CONUNDRUM

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, May 17, 2021, In : books 

WITH all the recurring reports of excessive police violence in the news, I find myself wondering what can possibly be done about it. Awareness of its existence and effects of violence on both the victim and the public are, of course, a first step, given that not all victims are purely innocent, and all police officers aren’t willing perpetrators of violence. But awareness isn’t enough, especially in the field, in the heat of a life-threatening situation quite possibly requiring lethal for...


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EGAD! THEY’VE FINALLY MADE TASTELESS FRUIT!

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, May 16, 2021, In : books 

BEING a “mostly” vegetarian by choice and not obligation, I’ve always been one to favor fruit, something I’ve never regretted, being also a hedonist, epicurean and succulent fruit lover. However, every year for the past ten or so, the fruit in the grocery stores has continued to improve visually indirectly proportional to smell and taste as well as ripeness and sugar content. Today I bought a package of apricots, one of my personal, seasonal favorites. Grown in the good ol’ USA, und...


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SEEING IS BELIEVING…NOT!

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, May 14, 2021, In : books 

THERE is an interesting conundrum, a fluke of human nature, that is challenging humanity’s shared perception of reality, whether it be the cosmos, physics, science, the humanities, the human story, romance, love, gender or amorous eroticism: It isn’t so much that seeing is believing, but that we see what we believe, want or can see through our cultural blinders. That “seeing is believing” has already been highjacked, this time by politics, in that after spreading an opinion as factual...


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TO THINK OR TO DO, THAT IS THE QUESTION…

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, May 13, 2021, In : books 

CORRESPONDING today with my dear friend and colleague, the multi-talented, multi-award-winning author, William Maltese, the question arose: Which is better? To think or to do? It all stems from discussing with him my having been asked to audition for a role in an upcoming made-for-television movie, “Static,” written fellow author and screenwriter Richard Rose and purchased for cinematic treatment by K. Simmons Productions (kspllc.media).


You know, “To be, or not to be? That is the ques...


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THE REAL ALIENS I WORRY MOST ABOUT

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, In : books 

I’M not jokingly referring here to political refugees or “resident aliens” with “green cards.” I’m talking about, yes, real aliens from other worlds. Pretty much everyone sci-fi has read or seen author and filmmaker Michael Crichton’s “The Andromeda Strain” in which a not-from-this-world microbe hitches a ride on a military satellite returning to Earth to wreak havoc on the human race.


Interesting, in light of a 24 November 2000 CNN article by Richard Stenger entitled, “S...


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WHY AUTHORS AUTHOR AND WRITERS WRITE

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, In : books 

REFLECTING on my authoring career in during a recent interview, I was once again impressed with the chasm that exists between writing and authoring, one that took me thirty plus years to successfully bridge. And I wasn’t undecided; I knew I wanted to be an author from the start, having written my first novella at sixteen years of age. I sent my 100+ page (25,000+ word) sci-fi manuscript entitled “The Parabolic Curve” to seventy-five publishing houses. It never went to publication, thoug...


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IS CELEBRITY REALLY AS CELEBRITY DOES?

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, May 10, 2021, In : books 

SEVERAL decades ago, when I began my authoring career, it was rare to meet another author. Published authors were celebrities in their own right, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with television and movie celebrities, sometimes shining even brighter than their actor/actress colleagues. And I say colleagues, because at the heart of television and movie production is screenwriting, which I still hold is a form of authoring.


With the appearance of self-publishing and the aging and decrease in read...


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INVASION OF THE MIND-SNATCHERS!

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, May 7, 2021, In : books 

OKAY, so this may sound a but surprising, given the title of today’s post, but “I’m Raymond Gaynor and I’m a plant lover” (if you haven’t already guess that). I live in a high-rise condo and have a small two-foot wide outdoor porch upon which I exercise my secret love, openly, yes, in public. Right now I have three pots of Japanese cucumbers, one of Charentais Cantaloupe, one of Japanese onions, one of hybrid bush tomatoes and one of tiny, mildly spicy Oriental green peppers. One ...


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ROLL OVER INDIANA JONES…

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, May 6, 2021, In : books 
JUST read “The unsolved mystery of Sri Lanka’s ‘Stargate’ by Demi Perera on CNN (http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20210502-the-unsolved-mystery-of-sri-lankas-stargate), and have to admit it got my science fiction juices flowing. Not just flowing, but hot to boiling! As those of you who’ve read my latest book, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor know, I’m particularly fascinated by the new M-Superstring Theory and the Multiverse. Reads like a great sci-fi book or mov...

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SO HERE’S THE THING ABOUT AUTHORING

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, In : writing/authoring 

IN the publishing world, a writer writes for him or herself, while an author writes for a target audience, commonly designated by a “genre.” A writer doesn’t need a publisher; an author may or may not, depending on whether one wishes to “self-publish,” or contract with a vanity or “regular” press. Usually, contracting for the first time with an established press is considered one’s author debut.


I read that in today’s market, there is no need for a regular publisher. In fac...


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A QUIXOTIC THING, ROMANCE

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, In : books 

LATELY, I have been delving into the dark sea of neurobiological “romance” that ebbs and tides so strongly about human relations, especially sex. In essence, romance is about assuring each other of conjugal safety, trust, fidelity and devotion while releasing the sexual tigers within. A quixotic, even paradoxical thing, romance. And it has to happen in the above sequence to be most effective and ultimately, satisfying, both in the short and long term.


The neurobiology of romance suggests...


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I’M LATE, I’M LATE, FOR A VERY IMPORTANT…

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, May 3, 2021, In : books 

RECOGNIZE the refrain from Disney’s version of Lewis Carroll’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND? Actually, in the novel, the White Rabbit said, “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!” which, I believe, should be the cry of contemporary America and the world.


My newly released Science Future novel, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor, is actually the sequel to the decidedly naughty gay novel, TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2009) by Raymond Gaynor and William Maltese, in which the ...


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AN ALTERNATIVE TO DYING

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, May 2, 2021, In : books 

IF that doen’t catch your attention, then I fear nothing will. But it’s not just a literary hook. I mean to address the issue of how to escape this universe into which we’re so solidly tied. Call it “spiritual gravity” if you like, but the basic premise is that you can’t leave this universe unless you die.


In my recently released SciFu (science-based future) novel, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos Publishing 2020) by Raymond Gaynor, and the sequel, tentatively entitled “Prophecy,”...


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LULLABY AND GOOD NIGHT

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, May 1, 2021, In : books 

THERE are many opins regarding the origin of the lullaby but the one I find most personally intriguing (in an Edgar Allen Poe or Stephen King sort of way, and, yes, mentioned in that font of all true knowledge, Wikipedia) is that the word “lullaby” is a homophone of “Lilith-Abi” (Hebrew for “Lilith, begone”).


Okay, so who is Lilith? Again, consulting that same encyclopedia of truth, in The Book of Adam and Eve she is Adam’s first wife. Eh? Wasn’t that Eve?


Nope. But be aware...


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HOLY MOLELY!

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, April 30, 2021, In : books 

IN a recent 30 April 2021 CNN opinion article by Chandran Nair entitled “The Covid disaster in India shows that the future is biological, not digital” that little artificial mole I mentioned in yesterday’s post abruptly reared it’s legs! Nair aptly places emphasis on the importance of preparing for COVID-20, -21, -22 and so on, rather than depending solely on technology to protect us. In my world, I took this as a call for fundamental infrastructure change. Be it government, ethics, f...


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THAT LITTLE MOLE THERE…

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, April 29, 2021, In : books 

I’VE always been curious why many consider a little mole here or there particularly erotic. And it isn’t just a contemporary custom, though it’s consistent with the rash of tattoos people seem to be getting. I personally don’t find tattoos interesting or erotic, though they did, at first, clearly border on the exotic.


Facial moles seem to have been the rage in sixteenth century France, when discrete moles on the face, neck, shoulders, pectoral or other “hidden” areas were conside...


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HI! I’M RAYMOND, AND I’M AN…

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, In : books 

OKAY, you probably guessed that I’m an author, at least, I hope you did. There’s definitely more than twelve steps to authorship, and, with over sixty publications, I feel as though I’ve successfully trudged my way through every step so far.


Raymond Gaynor is the multi-award-winning thriller pen name of reclusive author-artist-photographer-videographer, Daniel S. Janik. Gaynor, in his own words, “lives and breathes” San Francisco. Under the pen name Raymond Gaynor, I’ve co-author...


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WRITING ERRORS AND OTHER SUCH NONSENSE

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, April 26, 2021, In : books 
I was approached the other day by an “authoring influencer” and asked what errors fledgling as well as longtime authors commonly make and should avoid. The question was, I think, meant to be a superficial one simply to help promote a business targeting young authors. My first reaction was:

Write whenever you can from your own experience;

However, avoid writing in the first person/present tense until you’ve 40 years writing experience under your belt, unless you’re presenting the story a...

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ARTIFICIAL FOOD ANYONE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, April 25, 2021, In : books 

ARTIFICIAL FOOD ANYONE?


SHADES of Soylent Green (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soylent_Green)! But I’m not here to post on a dystopian future where people eat their dead. Rather I’m concerned about the continuing intrusion of “artificial” substances into our foodstuffs. Okay, so a good chemist (which I am) would say that EVERYTHING’S “artificial” in that it is built of chemical atoms and molecules, whether created geologically or biologically. “Better Living Through Chemistry...


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LIVING IN TODAY’S “VIRTUAL” WORLD

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, April 24, 2021, In : books 
THE world of today isn’t the same as the world of the previous quinquennium. When I started authoring there were no artificial satellites in orbit, no streaming movies on demand, no cell phones, not even any word processors. But if I were asked to, in one word, characterize the biggest change during the last five years, it would be “virtual.” Back at the beginning of this five-year period, in the B.T. (before Trump) years, virtual meant that nether world of non-corporeal existence where...

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IN DUE DEFERENCE TO PLANTS

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, April 23, 2021, In : writing/authoring 

YESTERDAY I offered a rather unique post entitled, “Do Plants Like Vegetarians?” Today, I’d like to follow it with a bit of an ode to those stalwart lifeforms upon whom our lives solely depend and much more. Yes, they provide oxygen, clean drinking water and food simultaneously, and, yes, we thank them by systematically harvesting them for that biggest illusion of humankind: lucre. And by applying a worldwide pogrom consisting of purposeful, selective genocide. Go figure.


And while it...


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PLEONISM, EPIZEUXES AND SEMANTIC SATIATION!

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, In : writing/authoring 

WRITING writings; carefully wording one’s words; creating creative stories — it’s all about judiciously avoiding the irreverent epizeuxis, pleonasm and, God(dess) forbid, semantic satiation. And doing it without losing the occasional congenial, sometimes gratifying occurrence of alliterative consonance or onomatopoeia. Rat-tat-tat went the machine gun. Quack said the duck. Forsooth mouthed the itinerant forsoother.


In truth, as an author, I do enjoy employing semantic variety — a sor...


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WILL ANYONE SMILE IN THE FUTURE?

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

A simple smile: “A pleased, kind, or amused facial expression, typically with the corners of the mouth turned up and the front teeth exposed.” Surprisingly physically close to but opposite in meaning from a grimace. A social expression of the face learned very early in infancy, used to further bond the infant to caretaker and vice versa.


In a utopian future, it is often assumed that everyone would smile; in a dystopian future, it is often assumed that everyone would grimace, an assumptio...


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THE SWORD OF KAMEHAMEHA FOUND!

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, September 28, 2019, In : books 
Well, not really. It's just that I've been away in Japan for several weeks, and among other things, completing my research for my new taiga-drama-style historically based novel, "The Sword of Kamehameha." It's been several years in research, as 1260's A. D. feudal Japan was a tumultous time about which much is said but little recorded as history. Started in Tokyo (ancient Edo), passed by Kyoto (the center of the ancient imperial court), stopped in Osaka (the center of trade of ancient Japan, ...
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BIRTHDAY WISHES

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, July 5, 2018, In : health care reform etc. 
The fourth of July is when everyone American celebrates the birth of the United States of America, right? Maybe. But I've always believed that it's the day when the world celebrates MY birthday, replete with fireworks. Like Yankee Doodle Dandy, I've always been a firecracker, and I guess I will be until I pass from this crazy world. In the meantime, I bring that energy into "thinking outside the box" in everything I do. 


Take education, for instance. A university professor for over 40 years, I...
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TURTLE DANCING

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, In : books 
Okay, so you've heard of ballroom, Latin, Jazz, even Hip-Hop and Street Dancing, but have you ever seen Turtle Dancing? True, my award-winning "COLOR-ME-PLEASE" children's book, THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013), is about a couple of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, Isla and Surf, who happen one evening on a dance competition in Waikiki and want to partner dance. But I mean real turtle dancing. As turtles normally do. 

Actually, my competition dance partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya, recently published a boo...
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In the Throes of Birth

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, In : health care reform etc. 
It's easy to lose the big picture in the throes of birth, and that, I believe is what's happening to health care reform.  I don't usually wax politic but this situation screams out in need. 

As an educator and physician, I believe we desperately need health care reform, though not, perhaps in the way that we're intent on pursuing it.  You see, there are several "big pictures" that have been lost that are absolutely essential for health care reform to really happen.  The first is to realize, a...
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The New "Dark Ages"

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, May 31, 2009, In : assessment 
I'm often asked where in the great scheme of things educational I think our current American system of education falls.  On the surface it seems like an easy question that begs a simple "rank" answer.  Think about it awhile, however, and both the question and any answer that might result become complexly rank.  As an academician, I value clearity, completeness and conciseness, in that order, so, I have decided to take on this "simple" question as the topic of today's entry. 

Hold your nose!  ...
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Author/Actor Daniel S. Janik (aka author Raymond Gaynor/Gary Martine) A retired physician turned author, actor, dancer, educator, naturalist, former publisher, Daniel S. "Dan" Janik has plenty to say.

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