Daughter of Godcast 070

Daughter of Godcast Episode 070, The End. The last episode of the Gentle Release.

Hello and goodbye! We’re here to wrap 2016, in the very last episode of the Daughter of Godcast Gentle Release. This has been approximately 70 episodes about the 12 going on 13 year history of the Daughter of God, a post apocalyptic romantic comedy featurette. We’ve got a smidge of 2016 yet to tell and then we’ll briefly talk about next week’s invitation to the upcoming Crowd Completion. Episode 070, The End.

Toe Socks

In Episode 006 and 016, we introduced Toe Socks, the short Lauren Discipio had written and directed back in 2002, inspired by an aesthetic conflict with our pal Shoal Southworth. I was the cinematographer and support for Lauren, her first time directing. We edited together and wrote and performed the theme song, Beans and Rice. Since Lauren and I didn’t really know anything about film festivals back then, Toe Socks never found an audience, we just sent the link to a few friends and moved on.

Telling the story of the Daughter of God implied I might eventually revisit my entire origin myth, every project and experience that informed my perspective as an artist, shaped me as a maker of movies and as a human. On August 31 I wrote to Lauren and asked her permission to post Toe Socks on YouTube. She replied that Toe Socks deserved to be seen. I tossed out the idea of sending it to a few short festivals and she was game. She created an IMDB page and we uploaded a screener. We tried top tier festivals and a few regionals, but our genius went unrecognized. We were and clearly still are, decades ahead of the curve.

Vasty Virtuality

Some geekiness. A megabyte is a thousand kilobytes, a gigabyte is a thousand megabytes and a terabyte is 1000 gigabytes. 1 terabyte can store about 2.5 hours of 720p HD video, at 30 frames a second. Since each second of video has 30 frames or pictures, here’s another way to think about 1 TB. 2.5 hours x 60 minutes x 60 seconds x 30 frames = 270,000 pictures. That’s how many pictures you can save on 1 TB.

Over the course of the project I had grown my life’s archive from ~20 TB to over 100 TB, most of which was stored on 1TB bare 5.25″ SATA drives. The SATA drives had been swapped into 2 bays, the trusty Venus T5’s I’d purchased in 2008. By 2016,  the drivers for the Venus T5 were antiquated and my SATAs would no longer mount reliably. In June of 2016 I hungered for way more storage, a vasty virtuality that would give ready access to all DOG’s media.  After some research I went with OWC’s Thunderbay RAID and the super convenient Startech 4 bay SATA toasters. In english, this meant that I could have 18 TBs of super fast RAID storage and an additional 4 TBs of removable SATAs or 22 TB available total at any given time. That’s room enough for almost 6 million pictures.

As the years have rolled by, significant chunks of Daughter of God’s technological infrastructure have obsoleted, Final Cut Pro 7.0 being the most significant. I so appreciate that most of my archival files are still accessible after all this time.


At a random party in late summer of 2016, I met a real life Uncle Joe, a deep state operator, long retired. In his day, a player. Now living in a shack somewhere in Manistee, a random acquaintance of the party’s host. He displayed a casual disregard for his top secret clearance , happy to tell me whatever I wanted to know. I asked him how he could get away with that, and he said no one would ever believe me, and if I outed him as my source he’d just deny everything.

Later, I made inquiries in my network and his story pans out, he could be the real deal. I’ve since meant to visit him again and ask him a series of tinfoil hat questions. Especially now with the advent of the hokey To the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences and the official release of the Super Hornet UFO video last week, what can he tell me about the fedgov trysting with ETs? My Uncle Joe is the “Wizard of the Deep Canyons, King of the Flying Saucers”, so any information this dark operator provided could easily be woven in to the movie’s backstory. Making the movie even more eerily accurate would be a win. Or I might be making this up.

Michigan Movie Makers

After the podcast was well underway, I briefly revived M3. Who was out there still, making movies? Recall that In 2010 I’d returned from NYC and after sailing around Lake Michigan I discovered Traverse City’s movie making boom, driven by the Michigan Film Incentives, see episode 028 and 034. I re-cofounded the Michgan Movie Makers and attempted to herd that community of cats. By 2015, the incentives were gone and my motivation to herd cats faded away. Now in 2016, channeling all that energy into my own projects, I wondered many other local movie makers might be left standing.

I emailed the list and requested updates. From our peak of 200 or so members, pnly Matt Dayton, Bill Latka, Arron Dennis, J Mark Eiden, Tom Emmot, Vince Hancock, Robin Pearson, Cody Stowe and myself were still active. I knew there were a few others out there, like Ben Busch, Cat Muncey and the godfather, Rich Brauer. The last of the Jedi.

Michigan Movie Makers massive update

Where’s the Cast?

In episode 008, Ann Loeding DOG’s line producer visited the podcast and gave her recollections about our 10 days of production aboard the big boat, Alexander Henry. Two weeks earlier I had emailed 4 other members of the Daughter of God’s cast and crew asking for their remembrances. Nobody responded. I was slightly disappointed at first, but then I realized that I had plenty of story to tell all by myself. Perhaps when DOG has legs, these prodigals would come home. After 10 years, Steve Zilliax now legally re-enter the USA, see episode 005. Maybe we can live stream his episode from the doom raft in the summer of 2018.

Wordcamp Ann Arbor

I attended my first WordPress Wordcamp in Ann Arbor with my new uber ally, Milagros Parades.  Every conference has a unique culture, and I did my best to adapt rusty geek tribalism from past SIGGCHIs, SIGGRAPHs, and even Worldcons, the World Science Fiction Convention. I returned staring up at learning curves, but at least now I knew what I didn’t know, and that’s a start. I attended my second Wordcamp with Joe Cissel in October of 2017, see episode 060, more present and itching to poke and prod the wordcamp culture.

Reasons to Podcast

After a couple months of podcasting, I was revising and upgrading my motivation almost every episode. This was both exhilarating and disconcerting. I thought I knew what I was doing, but history is just a list of surprises. Here’s a peek at my transformation in just two weeks.

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 What's the mission of dog.movie?

To magnetize 100k people to Daughter of God.
To give Daughter of God's audience easily access,
Offering audience access to the longest little movie ever
Preparing Earth for the coming of Daughter of God

A laboratory for Dan to build the new movie making paradigm
Dan's homebrew venue for global art and awareness
Dan's channel of connection to decisive collaborators

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Doesn't matter how many people are watching or listening. What matter is 1) Am I having fun and 2) Am I making something super cool? The rest will follow.

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Is the podcast a success? My god, last night I was organizing the master podcast file and seeing all the sound effects, and that reminded me of the crazy stuff I've done so far over the last 12 weeks. and I am like, wow, this feels good.

To sweep up the last crumbs of 2016, here are a few links from the extended family with commentary.

From James

In October James Schaberg sent, Johanna under the ice , a sweet short about an icy freediver. I was a certified FII Level 2 Freediver that August with Mark Lozano in Alpena and of course Wim Hof would come later. That James is a little prescient. He also sent me Favorite Podcasts of NPR 2016, in December and predicted Daughter of God would be included for 2017. Ya never know.

From Shoal

Shoalie Southworth sent some dweebs overdub of Geordie Rose and Dwave Quantum Computing. I was annoyed by the Mandela Effect commentary and sought out the original talk, where Geordie makes predictions about super intelligent AI not unlike Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity except without any mention of humans integrating this technology and upgrading. Milagros had already turned me onto Micheal Brown’s practical time travel with his Presence Process, so when Shoal dropped this video on10/08, I was prepped to riff about alternate universes around episodes 008 (10/25) and 010 (11/03).

I can’t help thinking that godlike super intelligence running on quantum computers is pretty much a description of us. According to Prof. dr. Dirk K.F. Meijer PhD and other researchers, human brains do much of their processing outside of the skull, in other dimensions, we are fleshy, bone-y quantum computers. WE are already godlike super intelligences, instantiating in duality for fun and profit. We’re sneaking up on ourselves.

From Matt

Back in April, when Matt Kern and I were tinkering with tracking and 3D scans, he sent a link for Lytro, a camera system that records not only values of light and shadow, but spatial data. This means elements of a scene scene can be changed after the shoot, they are not baked into the image. Actors, props, sets and even depth of field and exposure can be changed. Rotoscoping was used extensively with DOG to unbake elements for VFX, but a Lytro capture would make rotoscoping as obsolete as handcranked film cameras.

Quantum computing and the Lytos together imply that DOG is already an antique right out of the box. Technical details are moot, all that matters is the joy in the making – our delight in deploying a Toy Universe, tweaking the backstory, emphasizing the quirky performances on the big boat. Noticing how the making of this movie is still making me and maybe you too. The key to completion is relishing this making, loving this great big canvas, primed and ready for paint. We clearly have the spark, the madness, the vision. Letting the joy flow steady and strong, that’s all now. The movie is a connection to what we are living now, now and now. A capturing of full spectrum experience, just another deployment of the highest technology. Who’s making who?

That’s our history, thanks to those of you who went all the way from Episode 001 to 070. Over a year and a third of weekly podcasts. Next week, without any gaps or pauses, we’re going to begin the Crowd Completion, test screening chunks of the movie, from graphic elements to scene snippets until eventually we’ve assembled the entire shebang, the whole shooting match. I am so looking forward to feedback about what’s working for you and what isn’t, talking about how this movie feels, what thoughts are inspired, what sweet realities come within reach.

We want feedback on image fragments like logos and graffiti in the DOG world, miniatures, story boards for additional scenes, snippets of live action scenes, VFX… pretty much everything.

Daughter of Godcast has been available on iTunes and several other podcast venues, and streaming directly from DOG.movie. If you’ve been listening only, we’ll try to keep the Daughter of Godcast viable as an audio experience. The podcast has also been out there as a video version since episode 011, and if you’re ready to get interactive, there’s going to be even more visual venues.

We’re launching the Crowd Completion on at least 8 social media platforms simultaneously, so there’s plenty of places to comment and have discussions. Find links on www.dog.movie and subscribe to DOG’s presence on your favorite platforms.

So what’s the new Daughter of Godcast Crowd Completion gonna be like? Next week is the official invitation episode. We’ll talk about how feedback works in more detail and lay out some of the perks of participation. We’ll also present the first chunk of media for your review and post it on all the social media platforms. We’ll probably pose a question to focus the comments and discussion.

From then on, the episodes will provide highlights from the previous week’s feedback and then introduce a new chunk. We’ll keep reviewing and choosing the best chunks together until we’ve got a finished featurette.

If you’re not living in the US, Canada or Europe, I really want to encourage you to join in with comments and feedback, even if you’re not perfectly fluent with english. Daughter of God belongs to the whole wide world.

Here’s what you can do TODAY to get ready. Follow the links from dog.movie to your favorite social media hangout and like or follow the Daughter of God presence there. If you’re listening on iTunes, please rate this podcast and write a review.

Thanks for a fabulous year, looking forward more of you in 2018.

You’ve been listening to the Daughter of Godcast, episode 070, The End. The Gentle Release is now done, finished, over with. We’re moving all the video episodes to Vimeo for safe keeping, and perhaps enhancing them slightly too. Lots of changes coming. Maybe in 2018 well even get into the model shop. We’re mostly going to be in the now, the this and here, the ever present. Perhaps a tiny bit of guruing still, life coaching, rambling philosophical discourse, just for SEO sake, definitely hints on how to optimize your human experience, that’s one of the perks of membership in the DOG family. Gotta keep you perky. Actually, the whole Crowd Completion will automatically upgrade your game, that’s inherent in the design. We’re all upgrading.



Daughter of Godcast 059


A podcast about movie making and the science fiction featurette, Daughter of God, with Director Shri Fugi Spilt, (Dan Kelly). Daughter of Godcast, Episode 059, Guides. Analysis suggests SEO strategy. Guides, the ultimate ungurus.

Hello! Well I’m fair to bursting with excitement this week. I keep promising the model shop and then yanking it back, but not really. We are going into A model shop. In the sense of the matrix, a simulation, a miniaturization. As I mused in episode 057 about scientifics asserting that OUR reality is a software simulation, and my counter that sure reality might be a simulation, but not of our descendants’ past, but of duality, setting the stage for adventure, the human game, theme park earth.

A podcast about movie making and the science fiction featurette, Daughter of God, with Director Shri Fugi Spilt, (Dan Kelly). Daughter of Godcast, Episode 059, Guides. Analysis suggests SEO strategy. Guides, the ultimate ungurus.

But surprise, that’s NOT the model shop I want to talk about today. I want to talk about the model shop of SEO or search engine optimization, because I’ve been getting my mind blown and hey, another wave of clarity about our collaborative unfolding.

Yes your listening and perhaps even watching the Daughter of Godcast, where we get to make a movie together, aka crowd creation and I’m your lead researcher, Dan Kelly aka Shri Fugi Spilt, self taught polymath and proud misfit, just like you, or maybe not. And this is Episode 059 Guides. Together we’re not only making a movie but remaking culture, with luck into a environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just configuration, stealing unapologetically from the Pachamama Alliance.

Fine, I’m not stealing because I trained to be a facilitator for Pachamama’s Awakening the Dreamer. However I drifted away from their organization because we spent 100% of the training indoors during a gorgeous fall weekend. That seemed incongruous. Also, there was a kid also taking the training who was Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver incarnate, and I was the only one who noticed. Some super creepy juju. I still like the Pachamama premise tho, thanks to artist Melonie Chopko for turning me onto them.

I’m taking Rebecca Gill‘s course on SEO and the information is dense, there’s a stiff technical learning curve. I am spending way more time on this than I expected to so I’m just going to combine what I am learning with this week’s episode of the Daughter of Godcast, that’s the path of least resistance this week, the path of most fun, better stated.

Turns out there’s also an emotional journey to be had in learning SEO, which is a huge boon for the Daughter of Godcast audience because whoo, that means I got some vulnerability to reveal, which Milagros loves.

This is truly cutting edge listeners and watchers because I REALLY don’t know what I am doing and we’re going to grope around until we do right now!  How many podcasters are brave enough to try that?

Ok, I’m lying a little. I have the barest inkling of what I am doing otherwise I wouldn’t be able to get this episode started. I am pretty sure I have no idea where we’ll end up tho, so that’s exciting, right? Yes, I’m reading this but remember I had to write this first and there was no net then, that’s for sure. Here we go.

What is SEO?

What is Search Engine Optimization, and why should we care?

Because our shared destiny on the Planet Earth is pretty much being shaped by freaking search engines.

Dramatic eh? Just hang in there and see how this sensational claim stands up as we unravel this episode.

Also, I suspect that the Daughter of God is THE answer to all sorts of questions that folks are about to be urgently asking search engines. SEO could be how a vast tribe of super cool people like you discovers the movie.

I enjoy starting with basics because I’m a world builder. Also, offering a solid cognitive foundation means we’re less likely to loose anyone, so if you already know everything there is to know about search engines, your patience is appreciated.

What’s a Search?

Search engines help us find shit on the web, yes? We might have a question, which translates to a more or less urgent need. Somewhere between a problem and desire. In my way of thinking, problems are best converted to desires, but that’s a different topic for another time.

So that’s where we start from, a problem or desire. The experience of searching for answers can be quirky. I type in some words that I imagine reflect the gist of my problem or desire and then results show up. Maybe I click on one or two of the results and they aren’t quite the answers I was hoping for. So I try again, I type in different words, I vary my language, get more specific, maybe more general, I test related terms, getting creative to unlock the secrets of the web.

As of October 2017, here’s my understanding of how search engines produce results. First they constantly inventory what’s on the web. They crawl, which means going to each web page and creating an index of what’s there.

Now, there are a ten thousand schmagillion web sites and umpity fucktilion pages, so that part is only mildly mind boggling. How many stars are there in the sky? But that’s just the beginning.

Model Shop

When you search and then click on a link, the search engine watches you interacting with that website page, and depending on what you do, decides whether or not your question was answered.

So are search engines reading your mind? Yes, in a sense. Based on your behavior, time spent and clicks, and the behavior of brazillions of other people who also asked the same question, search engines infer, they make an artificially intelligent guess.

If the search engine infers that a web page answered your question, that your need was met, then the next time someone searches for what you did, that same page will be brought up first. That web page will rank.

So the search engines model the entire www with an inventory of content and an inventory of interactions with the content.

This is a figuring us out by how we conform to the norm, what 99.9% of people who asked the same question did. That’s not exactly omniscience, because as individuals we’ve got at least that .1% going on. Imagine if our search queries were matched up to our credit card purchases, education, medical records. When a search engine knows who is asking the question.

That’s psychic search engines, coming soon to an episode of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror.

The model shop I was planning on bringing you too a couple weeks back is about clay and plastic kits of Abrams tanks and Airbus 380s and scraps of copper wire and desicated mouse and bird corpses.  We not going to visit that model shop AGAIN this week, maybe not for several weeks, because another model shop is looming a little larger.

Search engines recreate the global web experience in miniature, abbreviated, and this model of the www generates answers to our questions.

SEO models that model.

Content squish

Exactly how search engines miniaturize our interactions with the web is a bit mysterious, trade secrets. If we want our pages to rank, we’ve got to model the model, infer from search engine behavior how they work. How will our content get squished and how can we optimize for squishing?

That’s SEO – helping the machines to squish our content. Adapting our content to the machines, even. SEO might not make our writing more scrumptious for humans to read, just easier for machines to squish.

A big part of Google’s business hinges on advertising,  a broken paradigm IMHO. The sensational and darkly hilarious collapse of consumer culture, that’s the origin myth of the Daughter of God universe. Science Fiction movies never come true, so no worries Google.

On CBS in 1979, according to Wikipedia, Sylvestor Stallone’s Rocky hit TV for the first time. My dad and I were in the living room. I had a wind-up stopwatch and timed all the commercials. In the 2 hours, there were 30 minutes of commercials. The theatrical running time for Rocky is 119 minutes, so that means 29 minutes of the movie had to be deleted to make room for advertising. That advertising paid for me and my dad to be able to watch Rocky for “free”.

Google’s freebie is their model of the web, which anyone can use for searching. Along with the entire Rocky franchise, Google gives us access to whatever we’ve uploaded, through the miracle of model making. Google pays for their model by making advertisers show up before results from the model. Results from the model are called organic, because they pop out of the model based on the query without any financial boost or bias. Or maybe the results are called organic because they aren’t loaded with toxic cognitive poison, like advertising often is. Nope, that’s me making shit up. The first reason is the right one.

Rebecca Gill insists that Google is all about helping people meet their needs, she seems pretty smart and what the fuck do I know, so that’s the premise I’m operating under for now. And needs are not always met by a product or service that you purchase with a credit card, paypal or zcash.

Climbing off the soapbox now. I bring this up because I’m still very much trying to understand how Daughter of God fits into SEO. Because I’m not selling shoes or life insurance, I’m selling dreams, baby. Blue sky. Nothing at all.

This screed has been a little technical, but for you non-geeks we’re edging towards more emotional depth. Just had to set the stage.

The first step in SEO is identifying keywords, ultimately the phrases I want dog.movie to rank for. If my SEO is solid, then when a searcher enters these phrases, dog.movie will show up in the top links of the results page, that’s what ranking means.

A shoe company might be meeting a need for warm feet, or fashionable feet. What about a movie company? A movie? A movie maker? me?

The keyword process starts out by asking really basic questions and making lists of all the words and phrases that seem to match. Like… who am I and what do I do? For dog.movie, the I is plural – I is Dan Kelly, the Daughter of God movie, and I could also mean you, the audience who influence the movie with feedback. What do WE do?

What questions does the entire Daughter of God franchise including podcast, swag and archives, answer? What needs will this post apocalyptic romantic comedy featurette meet? What needs would we want to meet?

What the heck do I think I am I doing? Uh oh! Emotions ahoy!

I’ve repeatedly stated in this podcast that I don’t know what I’m doing. Early on I discovered maybe 10 different reasons for this podcast. We’re making this up as we go along. Well, you’re down with that, you grok. You’re a human adept with emotional nuance, with rapport.

Now tho, I’ve got to help the AIs understand. Robot brains in air conditioned bunkers running precise lines of code. Cold calculating mentalities, detached, machines who have never known love.

I’ve got to find a way for search engines to identify the ineffable, I have teach them how to point their chrome and plastic fingers at the moon.

I wrangled with all this for a couple of days.

Trouble is fantastic, yet another opportunity revealed. I finally remembered that all this is supposed to be fun, intriguing. What could be more fun than diving into the mechanisms of reality creation, especially the mediated reality that search engines offer us daily? The new model shop.

This week’s assignment from Rebecca Gill was about looking at my competitors SEO and figuring out what works for them. I can’t easily identify competitors, since 1) I haven’t figured out what I am actually doing AND 2) what I am doing could be unprecedented, so maybe nobody else is doing it. If I don’t have competitors, I certainly have some heros who overlap with the Daughter of God movie and me.

Here are broad categories dog.movie fits into – 1) life hacking or experience optimization, which covers everything from pragmatic spirituality to health and motivation, 2) film making or applied polymathics and 3) the power of audacious mistakes or the making of the movie that made me.

I analyzed several web presences for each category.

1) Life hacking / experience optimization

tonyrobbins.com – super famous motivational speaker
abraham-hicks.com – access to infinite intelligence through Ester Hicks and origin of the law of attraction
davidwolfe.com – health and longevity expert

2) Filmmaking

indiefilmhustle.com, the #1 rated filmmaking podcast on itunes, how to make and distribute independent film.
kungfury.com, a crowd funded cult movie, very inventive and came out of nowhere.
fxphd.com, offering advanced visual effects and production techniques tutorials and courses

3) Making of the movie that made me

From WBEZ Chicago and the BBC, interviews with filmmakers and actors about movie making that made them. These are huge sites, and I couldn’t figure out how to get SEO for the specific interview pages on their sites, so I just did the motherships in my analysis.

The takeaway.

Looking at these different site categories and the traffic flowing to them made me think about what *I* might like to emphasize on dog.movie. With the exception of WBEZ and BBC, which have huge staffs dedicated to thw creation of content, all the other sites are driven by one or two primary creators. The life guides like Tony Robbins, Abraham Hicks and David Wolfe enjoy way more traffic than the movie geeks like Alex Ferrari at Indy Film Hustle, Mike and John at fxphd. So to win at SEO maybe better to be more of a guide than a geek.

You’ve been optimizing your search for delight with Episode 059 of the Daughter of Godcast, Guides. I trust your digging this tour of the model of the model of the model, thanks to both the electric brains and the people who set them loose on the world.

My SEO course lasts another 5 weeks, I’ve got just enough information to be dangerous and I intend to use it. We’re gonna look at search engines again and how the Daughter of God is going to infuse the matrix with her love and free every last one of us. We’ve still got a chunk of 2016 to cover and of course, there’s a model shop with the airbrush and precision tools and tiny parts to saw and glue, ooo! We’ll get there. In the meantime enjoy your own sandbox, however that looks for you, make a cozy space for your heart’s desire and do come back next week and the week after that because I love imagining you listening and watching, I love sharing this crazy ride with resonant beings on and off planet. Shout out to all the aliens tuning in! Howdy from planet Earth!