A Call to the Thinkers in the World

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Got a good head on you? Do you like to take debate with the issues in our ever changing world? Then if you’ve got some time to spare, I’m looking for ideas from you! The Dumasaphobia project is underway. If you agree with it, tell me why. Tell me your feelings on how it can be helped. Ways that YOU would fight stupidity in our society. If you are really good, tell me some statistics you’ve found. (please send credible links to your data)

Are you a number cruncher? I could use someone like you. Someone good at compiling data into graphs and charts. Someone to prove that stupidity is on the rise. The reasons for it and so-forth.

Do you disagree with my philosophy? Do you feel that Dumasaphobia is unfounded rubbish? Tell me. I’ll be happy to take your feedback.

We’ve got our first actress ready to make her statement about how she suffers from Dumasaphobia. We need 9 more for doing that same part and a spokesperson.

Email me with your ideas, interests, discussions, or concerns.

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In Motion

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I thought I’d share with all of you one of the better movies I’ve found on YouTube. It’s an important part of the inspiration behind my decision to start working in Independent Films.

A train, a homeless man and a mistaken identity….

Directed and narrated by Richard Calvach

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The Serious Side of Dumasaphobia

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As a person who works in customer support (tech support to be specific), I know how hard it is to deal with the daily idiots. In so much, that I make fun of them, get irritated with them, and as the years have passed, gotten to the point where they just frustrate me to the point of absolute anger. I don’t want them around me, I’m afraid I’ll be surrounded by them anywhere I go. Truth be told, I can point one out every few minutes. One day joking around with my wife (who shares many of my feelings on the subject), we came up with the term Dumasaphobia. {dŭm’ăs-ə-fō’bē-ə}

Though the more I think of it, the reality of the truth isn’t very far from the satire. There are literally thousands of stupid people on this planet. Do you seek the truth of it? Ironically, the show “Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader” proves part of it. Granted, I’m sure they screen the contestants for their knowledge, or lack there of, to make entertaining television. Though it seems to me, it appeals to a large group that may not be smarter than a fifth grader, and a smaller group that are intelligent just to see how stupid people are. Even with Cheating from the shows’ “students”, there has yet to be a winner of the Grand Prize! (1 Million Dollars) One contestant blew it on the first question! As entertaining as this may be to America, the scariness of the truth is blatantly and painfully obvious…

A couple of weeks ago, this thought hit me. If schools are lowering the Standards of Education to have more students graduate, doesn’t that mean that we intend on having adults who are less capable of competent thought patterns? What if we apply that same philosophy to say…. Nursing. For a long time now, this country has had a hard time getting qualified nurses into positions with hospitals. Or for that fact, let’s lower the standards of education for Doctors. Wouldn’t you feel a bit intimidated to have any medical care from an overpriced, under educated medical person? How about lowering the standards of education for Lawyers? It’s bad enough we have innocent people in jail and criminals walking free. Just how much would the numbers increase in both aspects if we lower education standards for lawyers? Frankly, those thoughts contribute to my lack of a good nights sleep.

This as well as many other statements I will be making in the upcoming informational documentary of Dumasaphobia – the fear of stupid people. Frankly, even though it’s now a satire on all the “phobia’s” and “diseases” we have magically come up with over the past 10 years, I do see it as a legitimate fear, something that should affect people in an adverse way. We as a society have lacked in discipline due to the whole “spanking” thing in the past, and I know from personal experience, as well as watching other families, that “time-outs” never has really worked the way intended. That a lack of fear in reprisal, has contributed to this whole manifestation in idiocy.

I am certainly no genius, and I don’t expect anyone to be one. However, I think everyone should be smarter than a fifth grader…

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Welcome Aboard to Vanessa and Sonny

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Just wanted to give a great big thank you to our 2 latest additions to the TRCTS Cast!

Vanessa Khang who is now our Caller 9!

Sonny Swinhart who is our very convincing Caller 3!

Thanks for doing such great jobs!

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Call Center – The Movie

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In my trips around the internet, I find a lot of things. However, I am very surprised when I started working on the Ten Rules for Calling Tech Support script, that I didn’t run across this site/movie sooner. It’s freakin’ hilarious! For those of you who have ‘talked’ about the outsourced tech support issues over the past 5 or so years, this will make your day.

The movie is simply called Call Center. It’s a great short produced by Amyn Kaderali, Manish Goyal and Sunil Malhotra and done very well. It even received the following awards:

  • BEST COMEDY! – Riverside International Film Festival
  • “A Hilarious Spoof!” – SF Weekly
  • “A Must-See! Fantastic!” – Film Monthly
  • Golden Reel Nominee Best Short Film -VC Los Angeles Pacific Film Festival

It’s even listed in the Internet Movie Database! (hope I can do as good or perhaps even better – time will tell)

Also, keep an eye out for their next flick Kissing Cousins!

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Kathy Pfautsch to play Caller 1 in TRCTS

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Kathy sent in her audition and floored me on how well she nailed the part. Congrats to Kathy 🙂 Also turns out she can sing pretty darn good too!

This means we are all 1 person closer to having the full cast. Keep the auditions coming!

I did make 2 slight changes to the cast.

  1. I decided that I want the tech to be a male role. Reason is, I picture this for the person who tries out, “What would it be like if Randall Graves worked in Tech Support?”. Anyone who can pull this off on camera…. 😈
  2. It would be more convincing if I can get some folks in the background playing other techs. (Extras) No speaking parts, but they can pretend to be helping other callers.

I really want to get some actors to contact me so we can not only decide on the tech, but get a real Trailer for Ten Rules for Calling Tech Support put together. I want to help grow some interest in this flick! Remember, all serious tryouts for the tech (and the extras), must live in or near Williamsburg Virginia!

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Want to be a star?

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If you do, I’ve got something for you! Get yourself a Dumasaphobia T-Shirt, grab your digital camcorder, and record yourself saying “I Suffer from Dumasaphobia” while wearing the shirt of course. Once done, contact me to send me your clip and I’ll put you in our “Cry for Help” “Dumasaphobia is a Disease” commercial!

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Dumasaphobia

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You’ve had to deal with them at your job, co-workers and customers. You’ve had to deal with them on the streets, talking on the cellphone, putting on makeup, cutting you off, or not signaling their intentions. You deal with them at the store, on the phone and just about anywhere you go. You deal with them just about every day. If you work in tech support, they are the only people that call you. Who are they? They’re dumb-asses. Idiot people that shouldn’t be allowed to procreate. But they have, and they are spreading like a virus.

What’s worse, is that they have caused another disease. A phobia. A mental disorder that has no cure. It’s called ‘Dumasaphobia’, the fear of stupid people. There is no cure, but there is hope. Please visit our Online Store and buy Dumasaphobia Gear today! Your purchase will help those in need (and trust me, I’m really needy…). You can also download our Desktops to help raise the awareness of this dreaded disease.

Dumasaphobia and the {dŭm’ăs-ə-fō’bē-ə} spelling are copyright © CastleRain.com (CastleRain Video Productions)

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