Monday, 17 January 2011

It's Blue Monday, It's #debtday, It's Another New Beginning!

Depending on where you skim or absorb your daily news and topical updates, today might be 'Blue Monday'. It's reportedly the most depressing day of the year. But, apparently, the phrase was only coined by Haven Holidays around 2005 as part of some advertising campaign or other. Other than that, most of us think of it as a song, so why not sing away the blues if you experience them?

It's also #debtday on Twitter - a debt awareness campaign being tweeted out to the nation by the team at CCCS as part for their free debt help.

Regardless of what you think of today, it is still another new day, another new beginning, another opportunity to progress along your chosen path or turn off in a new direction. Today, as they say, is the first day of the rest of your life, and life as we know it is changing. Relationships are changing, the way we earn is changing, the way we interact with each other is changing and even the way we perceive our own lifestyles is changing. So let's make this a day of change. Is there one tiny thing you can think of that could be changed to help further your quest for whatever your current aim, goal or ambition really is. Could this be the first day of your progress towards realising your own dream?

I've just been reading Ricksblog about a film called, 'The Social Network' and was so taken with what the great Mr Schwartz had to say about it that I've now added it to my 'must see' list of films for this year.

As you all know, going to the movies isn't on the Frugaldom budget and, with such unreliable TV reception about here, even seeing advertising and trailers for movies is limited, so I'm not all that up on what's happening in the land of film and entertainment. But having an Internet connection, albeit a slow one, and having experienced the incredible world of social networking, this struck a chord with me.

A quick bit of research shows that the film is based on a book, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal and, better still, the entire screenplay of 'The Social Network' is available FREE OF CHARGE to download and read for yourself as a .pdf file. so that's what I have done for now - downloaded Aaron Sorkin's screenplay. It seemed like the most frugal answer to the 'I want it now' scenario created by the good Mr Schwartz, thank you very much.
For UK viewers, 'The Social Network' is due out February 2011 on DVD and the book - The Accidental Billionaires - is available to buy for under £5, eligible for free P&P.

Right now, it's lunchtime in the Frugaldom household, so I need to go slice a newly baked loaf and gather a few more eggs from the garden hens. I fully intend reading the screen play and then I'll be back to let you know what I think.

Edited in - I didn't know that about China, either!

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