Monday, February 2, 2009

Tod Maffin On The Couch - First Session

Tod is being unusually frank and forthcoming in his latest blog post.
It's a good start, for the little twerp.

D is also for denial.

Relax, Dickhead

You know what your problem is?
You're a fake.

He keeps himself hopped on feel-good drugs, over-books his engagements, can't sleep properly, and then wonders why he has a breakdown in the bathroom of an airplane.

He secretly suspects that his dotcom charade is a house of cards but keeps adding more cards until he loses his nerve .

His wife realizes that he's not what he's cracked up to be. He's just cracked.
Instead of smoking, because of sensitive lungs, he pops pills.

And nothing is his fault.

He was abandoned by his father, so of course he has issues. Deep issues.

His relationship with his mother, who went on to a religious career, will make it hard for him to have a successful marriage.

Especially with me.

He should talk with Strombo, who found a way to cope with an absent father.
Make it into a radio special.
Marc Emery also has some worthwhile views on the subject.
He'll give Tod the framework for an award-winning program.
This would help Tod in more ways than one.

Exercise and get off the pills.
Be honest with himself. The article is a good start, but it's still avoiding the truth, and largely a manipulative piece that tries to engender sympathy.
But you also see an "I'm special", a twisting of the tale.
It's not entirely fair for Tod to take sole credit for MindfulEye.
He won't admit that it was not a valid investment for more than 5 minutes.
He blew other people's money on a dream that he didn't think through.
Everything is short-term.

He wants help, but wants to be in charge.

He may never be fully cured.

He brags about his success and lifestyle, but still wants you to feel sorry for him.
He thinks he's on to something, something he can exploit, his own illness. How much can he milk it for?

Tod put a lot of work into that piece. A LOT of work. That stuff takes days, even weeks to come up with. He has talent. He wants to entertain.
He was aiming for gut-wrenching, but it's so shallow.
He's experienced stress, which he doesn't handle well, but never real tragedy and loss.

He wants to be wealthy, famous, loved, respected, happy.

Don't we all.


Anonymous said...

A is for Analysis - good job. No creative commons attribution on his photos either - typical.

Anonymous said...

addiction is never "cured" you go into recovery and for there it's just one day at a time.

and leave his mom out of this.

Allan said...

His relationship with his mother is a large part of what makes him behave as he does.
Why would you want to leave that out of it?
Why ignore a vital aspect to his recovery?

If you start editing out something you consider "touchy" or sensitive, you just compromise and delay.

There's got to be a reason why Tod so frequently seeks love and approval over the internet.
And from strangers, people sucked into his pandering. How is that ultimately satisfying?

Tod is extremely lonely.
And probably horny.
What would he have to do to have a successful relationship?
The long term relationship he needs just like almost everyone else. A confidant, a trusted advisor.
Cause there's no way Tod can handle a succession of failed relationships or one night stands.

How will he ever find his Michelle Obama?

Anonymous said...

you make some good points.
but how do you know so much about his personal life? and care some much about it?
why not just call this the I hate tod maffin website? or is that URL taken. I'm not trying to attack you, just curious.

Allan said...

I don't hate Tod Maffin.

I hate his pretensions.
And in some cases his ethics.
And in all cases his bullshit.

I use the blog as a teaching opportunity.
Both by the content of the blog, as well as by its very existence.

If Tod wants to shine the spotlight on himself so much on the web, the I'm quite happy to assist.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Tod has added some new posts to his blog. I kind of count on you to translate and interpret them. Please continue...

Anonymous said...

I fell upon this horrible blog quite by accident and I was going to simply click away from it, but instead I need to ask, why the hate on for Tod?

I get that you think he's a fraud et al, but to devote time in one's life to pick at a person who clearly is fragile and has 'issues', I'm not sure that I really see the point. If his article on Depression gets one person to seek help, then how is that a bad thing? I can't believe that you post this hatred, and that people actually take time out of their lives to comment and give you some love and approval on the internet.
Pot, err Allan, I want you to meet kettle.

Allan said...

Yes, there are many similarities between Pot Tod and Kettle Allan.
No denial from me about that.
You will agree that the blog is unique at least, and perhaps that it raises interesting questions apart from the superficial.
How would I react if someone were to create a similar blog devoted to me, for example.
Do even a few of the posts draw attention to the irony and contradictions of self-publishing on the internet?
Really, I can think of dozens of aspects to discuss about a project like this.
And also, why wasn't it abandoned by now?

What's your problem?

Tod Maffin's version of absolute power.
I wrote a comment at a famous blog.
Tod didn't like it, and took the intial steps of legal action to have it removed.
He was successful.

It made me an unhappy camper.
And I happen to really like it here.