New Year, New Me or Whatever

Welcome to 2021!

This blog has been resurrected with a new name. No more “” If my name minus the hyphen was available, I would have just called it that, but it looks like the other Robert Eberhard finally got his site up and running. Go buy some stuff and tell him I sent you!

(You don’t really have to do that).

One of my goals for this year is to write more. I will still be writing about European football (soccer) over at SportMuse from time to time, but I needed another creative outlets to continue to polish my writing in the event I ever actually finish the book I started to write. So I decided to start with something that might be able to keep my interest for a bit as I get this thing back off the ground.

As you can see from the new title – Robert Writes About… – I’m going to be writing about things. Per usual, it will be mostly random stuff that has been the flavor of this blog since I started writing on it way back in 2004. Movies. Books. Music. Politics. History. Stuff. So many things.

And I’m going to try and write fairly regularly too. The plan is to write something Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. By the end of 2021, I hope to see over 1,000 posts here. But how are we going to get there?

Glad you asked.

I’m going to start with some true randomness. Thanks to the wonderful people over at FlickChart, I’ve been able to rank over 1,500 movies. But, to be perfectly honest, hundreds of those movies I’ve watched only once and many years ago. So I’ve decided on a little project.

I’m going to try and rewatch all those movies. It’s a multiple year process, so I won’t get through all those movies this year, but I’m going to start and try to get to some better rankings, because, frankly, they are a little off. The ones at the top are pretty solidly entrenched, but I’m sure there are some gems mixed in in the middle that should probably be higher and vice versa, so we’re going to find out.

So I’m going to use a random number generator to “assign” movies based on their current position. With 1,516 movies ranked – from Dogma at the top to eXistenZ at the very bottom – there is a wide variety of what I could end up being.

But I’m not just going to write about these movies.

I’m going to have 84 “wildcard” topics so that the total random numbers is 1,600; chances are, I’ll be writing about a lot of movies, but here’s how I see the numbers breaking down:

1 – 1516: FlickChart ranked movies
1517 – 1530: The “best” movies I haven’t seen according to FlickChart
1531 – 1550: Book reviews
1551 – 1570: Music stuff, likely a look back at my previous Ben Folds stuff
1571 – 1590: Topics from politics (TBD what direction this will go in)
1591 – 1600: History things

When I write about a movie, the plan is to re-rank it after a rewatch, and those random numbers (1 – 1530) will only be used once. If a number comes up a second time, and the movie in that spot hasn’t changed, I’ll do a post from one of the other areas. Numbers above 1530 will be used multiple times regardless of how many times they come up, unless they turn into new movies as others shift down as others are added to the list.

This will all make better sense once I actually get going, so let’s head to the random number generator to see what I’ll be writing about next week:

Monday: 1126 – Eight Men Out (1988)
Wednesday: 1273 – Deep Impact (1998)
Friday: 12 – Saving Private Ryan (1998)

I already think that Eight Men Out is a little low based on that number, so this should be a fun exercise. But it’s also only been rated once, which means it probably lost out to a higher movie and was placed there back when I had only rated 1100 movies or so.

As I work on exercising multiple muscles in the next year – this is finally the year I get in better shape! – I hope that you will join me on this little adventure. If you like what you see, be sure to let me know, or you can donate a little money on the posts when they pop up.

Until next time…