August 31, 2013


Jack Elam is/was probably my favorite character actor. I liked his performance in Rio Lobo, and he was particularly good in Support your local sheriff.

He is credited with this pithy explanation of the career of a character actor:

1. Who's Jack Elam?
2. Get me Jack Elam.
3. Get me a Jack Elam type.
4. Get me a young Jack Elam.
5. Who's Jack Elam?

And when you reach stage 5, you're a has-been.

Seems like I just achieved it, my own self. Share me a shoulder to cry on, please. Time was, my serious posts got a lot of attention. But I've been consciously trying to shed that reputation (because it became a pain) and seems like I have succeeded too well; now I get ignored even when I don't want to be. Recently I've occasionally written something serious and sent it to Gabriel Malor at Ace of Spade HQ who posted it. But this last time, two days later I received an email from him saying he was on the road, and that he had forwarded it to something called "open blogger".

Whoever was the recipient (if indeed there was one) doesn't seem to have thought it was even worth acknowledging, and that's also the last I heard from Gabriel. He has since posted at least one article on Ace's, but didn't post mine.

I guess I'm a has-been. (sob. Pass me those hankies...)

The people at Ace of Spade HQ don't owe me anything, of course. It's their blog and they can post whatever the hell they want there, and omit whatever they think isn't up to their standards. But I would have at least hoped for an email telling me it was rejected, and I don't seem to even have rated that much consideration. I remember a song from when I was a kid:

Nobody likes me,
Everybody hates me,
I think I'll go eat worms.

OK, end of self pity now.

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1 "Has been" is better than "never was."

How many people today know Jack Elam.

Posted by: Wonderduck at August 31, 2013 07:12 PM (Zg0Yp)


It was just sort of a strange feeling. A few years ago people would spontaneously email me and invite me to post on their site, even if only rarely. I used to have posting privilege on Hot Air, for instance. For a while I posted on Chicago Boys, and for a while on RedState. And after Hot Air stopped letting outsiders post to the Green Room, Gabriel invited me to post on Ace of Space HQ.

And now it's "Steve who?" A bit of an ego deflate.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 31, 2013 08:57 PM (+rSRq)

3 I guess it's a bittersweet victory for you?

Posted by: Jaked at August 31, 2013 09:00 PM (XGhuM)

4 The ultimate expression of "Be careful what you wish for..." but you know there are still some people who still revere you from those days.

Posted by: Mauser at August 31, 2013 09:44 PM (TJ7ih)

5 I know there are. It's an asymptote, not a state transition.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 31, 2013 09:46 PM (+rSRq)

6 Not to get maudlin about it, but the USS Clueless is what led me to Allahpundit, Ace and Protein Wisdom way back when. After your post announcing you were stopping the USS Clueless, along with your reasons, I followed you here and that started me off on what became my favorite hobby/viewing pleasure.

After reading all the compliments you get when you do post on AoS, I would be surprised if there wasn't some kind of ball dropped somewhere.

No matter. I will read you here, there or wherever you happen to post.

Posted by: topmaker at September 01, 2013 08:10 AM (2yZsg)

7 My blog cluster early on included Eject^3, Cox & Forkum, Michelle Malkin, and on occasion I'd hit USS Clueless (I don't recall if I ever commented). It also included a blog that shall not be mentioned any more.

I can't remember exactly where I started first and who led to whom.

It's probably inevitable that blogs fall by the wayside, but we're only just now seeing the end of the first generation or two, so it seems tragic.  And even though Eject^3 has been allowed, through neglect, to turn into a swamp of SEO comments by spammers, John Cox still posts art on his own blog, and there are lots of new bloggers coming up who need to be sorted through.

Posted by: Mauser at September 01, 2013 05:56 PM (TJ7ih)

8 I read USS Clueless religiously, commented a few times, even sent a couple of e-mails, one of which became a post topic.  It wasn't until you started Chizumatic, however, that I became a blogger.  Yep, SDB's the closest thing I have to a blogfather.

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 01, 2013 06:35 PM (ifb6Y)


 The thing that led me to USS Clueless was the little article Steve wrote about CDMA versus GSM.  That was both informative and entertaining, which is a magnificent combination.  Since that time, I have gone on to other blogs like Powerline, Ace of Spades, My Pet Jawa, Tim Blair, and others.

I also tried blogging for a little bit - and it was hard enough especially when I had other things to do that I gave up on it entirely.  Steve's move into anime blogging happened about the time I was getting seriously into anime, so that was a happy coincidence - though I generally read few anime blogs (Astronerdboy and Wonderduck, mostly.) or military blogs.

Having said that, it appears Ace has been having issues relating to comments and commentators in the past few days, and it highly likely that someone had dropped the ball somewhere.  Or maybe one of the less admirable cobloggers decided to play games with it, but we will give him the benefit of the doubt...

Posted by: cxt217 at September 01, 2013 08:15 PM (ZHkcY)

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