Welcome to AskDrPangloss’ Outreach Program

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    • I have a question. If one searches Google for ‘Dr Pangloss,’ up pop the initial ten of nearly 200,000 results. How deep into that list must one delve before “stumbling onto” (Nolan’s phrase) the minimally informative reference to the good doctor in the Plays Well With Letters blog’s post #253, “Another Doctor”?

      • Dear Sgt. Jim,
        Nolan’s pretty good at increasing the chances of somebody’s website appearing on page 1 of the google experiment. My gimmick is the word “ask” as in AskDrPangloss; that weeds out a tremendous number of Voltaire sites and it came to me as a flash of inspiration before I ever knew about the intricacies of Page Ranking in the New Age. Your query gave me a chance to look at your website which is obviously well researched and well attended to. It’s quite an accomplishment and you must be proud of it. I plan to spend more time there when I catch up with my own pages. Are you at all familiar with the work of Stephen Leacock. He would fit right into your Kosmos.

        Best wishes,

      • Dear Sgt. Jim,
        I composed a reply earlier but fumbling digits might have subverted the transmission.

        If I understand your question aright, you are looking for a new topic. Consider, How Rockefeller and Carnegie stole the title “Doctor” from its rightful owners and made it the property of licensed physicians and degree’d scholars. That wasn’t the only thing they stole.

        I attended a court proceeding once where a minister was accused of impersonating a lawyer because he had printed “counselor” on his calling card. He was often consulted by his flock when their property was being taken by legist manœveurs and he was able to help sometimes.

        Your website is a miracle. Do you sell CD’s?


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          • Hi Brendan: I am also awaiting your book with excitement! I have been a commercial model for 2 years and have enjoyed it, I now want to move into film and television, I have drama school training (Central School) but went straight into commercial modelling as I just wanted to work—any suggestions how to move and change into it? Ive tried the normal way of approaching and writing to an agent but feel it gets lost with all the applicants—as is inviting them to see me in some plays/screenings I have been in, Thanks for your help! Betty C xx

    • Dear Nolan,

      The name you carry has the same meaning as Taliesin. That is a name for a builder.

      Please check the Questions Answered section for a response to your query.

      Warm regards to you & yours,
      P.S. What is the difference between roman and romain? AL

    • Dear Nancy,
      Fuller advised us to leave markers behind us as we cross the swamps of life. That way, those that come after us will have an easy time finding the path. If the flags suddenly end, either that’s a spot to avoid or you are at the end of the swamp!

      Best wishes,

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      • Dear Yarli,

        Many of the Great Events of History were the work of ‘teenagers. Little known fact: Alexander the Great was a ‘teen who conquered the World (or much of it). His friends thought he was soooo uninhibited.

        Anyway, ancient history has its limits. Ancient Mythology has it that the Earth was held on the shoulders of four elephants who were standing on a huge turtle. What, you might ask, were the turtles standing on? Well, I have it on the best authority (a geography professor, outstanding in his field) that it’s turtles all the way down! The Ninja Turtles keep the Peace because it is their nature to do so. Heavy, Bro’.

        Your friend in action,


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      • Dale,

        Welcome to April. We have much work to do. I appreciate your post. Keep them coming.

        The most important thing is to know when to quit which most of our politicians don’t. Let’s imagine for a minute that a huge new rocket has been invented. More like a city. We want to get people excited about going out into space. It isn’t hard because this is exciting. Here is my question. Who gets the first chance to go on a trip around the sun, the politicians or the scientists and technologists?

        My guess is that by the time the politicians got back everything would be running smoothly for once.

        Best to you,


      • Good morning, Brendan: I am working as a Supporting Actor with one payslip away from joining Equity. I am starting at the bottom but as soon as I get the card’ I will be looking for small parts to start with. I know with SA its what is asked for but what annoys me is that after joining the Agency, how when I go on an assignment, people have not joined or signed a contract and paid to have photo’s done and yet they get constant work and I have done this thinking I would not get work. Not only is it unfair, but puts me in a position where I feel if I complain, I will be putting myself in a bad position which is why I have not. I have read your book which is great and I noticed that I have already do the some of things you talk about naturally. Thank you for that xx I am not yet an Actor and have only gained the B-Tec National with 16 Distinctions, 8 Merits and one pass. I have not been in a position to take up the work until now some time after my B-tec. I joined a local theatre and was totally ignored as they are a click’ even after reading for every play, working as a lighting tech, painting scenery etc. I gave it my best and currently looking for another theatre to join. (Brush myself off and start again)! I live outside of London but was about to join an Agency there as well as where I live, but at this time, its the cost. The reason for this is how to get work on other projects like Downtown Abby etc. I know I have probably answered my own questions but it is good to talk. With kindest regards, Ye Old Fossil

    • Dear Xablux,

      Headaches aren’t caused by aspirin deficiency and poor health is not an insurance deficiency.

      Everybody needs somebody to talk to about health matters so, if I were spending tax dollars, I’d start right there. Talk health, not sickness! Small problem: if you’re healthy, you don’t talk about it much. My grandmother never talked about how great she was feeling, she wanted to tell you about her gall bladder surgery and how much she suffered. Sympathy was all she wanted though and she got plenty from me. Bless my ol’ Grandma.

      And bless you too. Keep the comments coming, they’re appreciated.

      Gotta go…


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    • Dear Jefferson,

      Thanks for the advisory. I’ll take this up with the engineer (son) who is versed in these matters. My friend, Nolan, is building skills in this area too and maybe when he sees this post, he will have some suggestions for me. In the meantime, I’ll take a gander at your site and see what I can do to improve my chances with women who appreciate the sublime.

      As a service to a budding poet and since I reserve the right to edit all posts, perhaps you won’t take it amiss if I offer you an alternate view of yours. Here goes:

      H Tags Nearly Always Make Me Wonder

      I noticed that your On-Page SEO is is missing a few factors,
      For one you do not use all three H tags in your post,
      Also I notice that you are not using bold or italics properly
      In your SEO optimization. On-Page SEO means more now than ever
      Since the new Google update: Panda.

      No longer are backlinks and simply pinging or sending out a RSS feed
      The key to getting Google PageRank or Alexa Rankings,
      You now need On-Page SEO.
      So what is good On-Page SEO vs. the bad kind?
      First your keyword must appear in the title.
      Then it must appear in the URL.

      You have to optimize your keyword and make sure
      That it has a nice keyword density of 3-5% in your article
      With relevant LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing).
      Then you should spread all H1,H2,H3 tags in your article.
      Your Keyword should appear in your first paragraph
      And in the last sentence of the page.

      You should have relevant usage of Bold and italics of your keyword.
      There should be one internal link to a page on your blog
      And you should have one image with an ‘alt’ tag that has your keyword.
      Hark! You haven’t even heard half of it! There’s even more!
      Now what if I told you there was a simple WordPress plugin
      That does all the On-Page SEO automatically for you (no fear)?

      That’s right automatically, and one need only watch a 4-minute video!
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      And from that point, it’s between you and the surrounding luminiferous aether!
      —Jefferson Steeb [—Ed]

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    • Dear Scozarri,

      Thank you for your help in disseminating my essays into redressing the balance; if social networks are anything they are the next step toward thought exchange via the æther and how can that be bad?

      Every little bit helps and I am much encouraged (who isn’t?) by positive comments. I plan to post some new material soon (now that I’ve got your attention) and hope that it doesn’t ruffle too many feathers. I make every attempt to verify even my most outlandish opinions or just not put then up until they are. I must admit that I sometimes drift over into satire, but most people will “get it” and chuckle with me. The one’s that don’t provide interesting counterpoint.

      Thanks again,
      Yer friend in humanity,

    • Hi Hazel Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. With cimmercoals the period of time it takes to make a decision is down to the client (Mr Heineken, Mr Nike whoever). This is usually linked to when the shoot date is. I have confirmed people on jobs the night before the shoot and even on the day of the shoot, but usually you should know a few days before (wardrobe call etc). So its a how long is a piece of string’ scenario I’m afraid, there is no set time. Best thing to do is email me the link to your clips and I’ll let you know if I think their damaging or not. Email to:

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    • Dear Old Fossil. It is as you know and have experienced a tough old game. The free mkaert, smaller budgets etc opens the industry to non-card holders. This brings with it many good and bad things, one of the bad things you have listed. One of the good things is that certain great projects would never have been made if people had to work within the equity guide lines. Another point I would like to make is that you should not wait to be told your an actor, a card, training, showreel, merits etc should not define you as an actor ..you become an actor when you have respect for the craft, others and the fact its a tough industry. As for approaching Downtown Abbey etc, your agent or you could send your info to the casting director or you could send it directly to the production office. Either way it should get reviewed. Keep on thriving dear Old Fossil.

    • Dear Cilene,

      The goddess of the Moon was named Cilene and she was not only very lovely herself but provided an evanescent illumination where it was often dark.

      Perhaps that was what was hoped for when you were named.

      Best wishes,


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      Hugging someone has a double benefit; the one hugging gives a present to the one hugged and both receive a benefit at no expense which can be repeated at no cost.

      Thank you,


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    • Dear Colby,

      I am upset; I just have an odd way of showing it.

      The nattering nabobs of negativity have had their way too long and I wish to be an antidote.

      How am I doing?


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