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Tuesday, June 24th, 2008
1:59 pm
It's been a while since I last watched kids' morning cartoons, so can someone explain to me why the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are in the future now?

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Sunday, April 13th, 2008
7:25 pm - Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated.
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Yeah so I haven't checked on LiveJournal in a long time. Some of you might be curious as to where I've been in the past year. (Those of you who remember me at all D:) But yes, I still exist, and I'm quite well. OC has been bullying me to return to the internets.

I clocked university last year (the end guy was hard) but it turns out that teaching is the most horrid, draining, frustrating and unrewarding occupation in the history of man. So I'm back in study again to get a masters in Editing. The plan is to get a foot in the door of the publishing industry, which is pretty much the only way to get published these days. That's going well so far (I've been correcting my tutor on her grammar, occasionally)

As far as publishing goes, I'm on the right track. Had a few small successes. I'm not in line for a Pulitzer, yet, but I haven't had the kind of failure that makes me think I should have been a plumber instead. Working and studying is draining, so writing is slow, but I'm learning heaps about how good editing can turn decent writing into actually-pretty-good writing.

So yeah, I'm here, you can call off the search party!

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Saturday, January 19th, 2008
12:13 pm
What's LiveJournal?

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Monday, July 2nd, 2007
11:07 pm
I've been lurking at the forums again, and all I can see is [BANNED] [BANNED] [BANNED]

Has Sunstorm just been banning EVERYONE or what?

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Saturday, June 16th, 2007
8:17 pm
Am I the only one who can't watch Stuart Little anymore without imagining Stuart's dad calling him an idiot and demanding that it's never lupus?

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
10:06 pm - How to draw!
I'm not great at drawing, but after seeing this video I've improved my skills. It's concise and informative... check it out!

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Friday, May 11th, 2007
8:13 pm
Okay so some of you have been wondering what's happened to me lately. And by some of you, I mean Sipp.

I've been writing a lot since I moved into my own pad. Just not on fanfics. But I've started writing Sonic stuff again. Right now I'm remaking this old quasi-Biblical Knuckles story called Vox Populi. Watch out for it sometime between now and the end of the world!

Also, I've been chasing mice out of my house. Rest assured that everything you have come to know about mice is wrong. They hate cheese (thanks to Laura for that nugget of wisdom) and prefer sugary biscuits. And they're not intelligent at all, they are in fact mindblowingly stupid enough to fall for my traps again and again and again. The only reason I have to trap them so many times is because they're so fast that they escape!

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Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
9:32 pm
I can't decide if this is really morbid, or OMGSOCUTESIE!!1. It's like the perfect merge of the two. Either way it's really well done.

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Saturday, January 27th, 2007
8:54 pm
Living in your own place definitely has its advantages, but there are disadvantages too.

I had my first robbery today.

It must have been kids because they came in while I was at work and took everything of value that a kid can hide in his little pants. Including my expensive camcorder and MP3 player.

Now I have to deal with cops and stuff D: I hope the little idiots go to a local pawn shop to sell off their haul because then I might be able to get some of my stuff back. Apart from that I'm not under any illusion that there's anything the authorities can do for me. It's essentially a small-time case and you can't track hooligans. I'm just rattled and peeved off. The money is one thing, but I'm more upset about the loss of a tape of great personal value that I left in the camcorder and, regardless of anything, there's no chance I'll see it again.


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Wednesday, January 17th, 2007
6:01 pm
The video at the end of the internet

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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
11:20 pm
Well, I finally got around to signing up for the new NetRaptor board, and after being shredded for my very first post I suddenly remembered why I stopped posting there. Ah well.

In other news, go to this site and download everything that you see. They are remixed versions of the Sonic 3 & Knux tunes and they are seriously wicked awesome to the max. I've been playing them all on loop all day.

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Monday, December 25th, 2006
10:21 pm
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Oh, the mail is here!

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Aha, my subscription of short stories. This will keep me occupied for a while.

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Hey what... what's this in the index? I see a familiar name.

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Whoa, holy crap! That's me!

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I'm published!


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Sunday, December 24th, 2006
10:49 pm
Happy Christmas!

Wow, another year.

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Tuesday, December 19th, 2006
4:10 pm - The old internet is dead
The quasi-death of NetRaptor.org, which was my internet home for years and years, has got me thinking about something sad and slightly unnerving:

The old internet is dead.

Remember the old internet? I'm talking about when the internet was fresh and new, everyone was starting off on the same foot, and everyone was making websites. Remember Geocities, Tripod and Xoom? Remember learning HTML, about scripts, frames and hypertext? Millions of amateur websites, with embedded MIDIs and (to the chagrin of dial-up users) WAV sounds, showcasing their individual knowledge of pop culture and cult phenomena to fanbases worldwide, with fanfics and fanart and MIDI collections and quizzes and animated GIFs. Do you remember?

Did you notice when it died? Like a billion voices all crying out at once and then falling into dead silence? Did you hear them?

There are no more little websites - some of them, just a few, grew into megawebsites that absorbed entire fanbases. The others just died. MP3 killed the MIDI, then Flash killed the animated GIF, then Google killed the webring. The internet, like any Anarchy, has been dominated and enslaved by the powerful few. Those resistant to the new order - like NetRaptor.org - have been banished to the most painful demise... death by indifference. Nobody needs or wants it. Nobody cares.

If you have fanfics, you don't submit them to some kid's site, you submit them to Fanfiction.net. If you have something to say, you don't go to Geocities and learn HTML and manufacture a website, you all just get Myspace profiles. You don't surf the little cult communities to find clips of your favourite TV shows, you just slink over to YouTube and get them all in one place.

It's funny how similar it is to the big bang - for a while, the universe is a homogenous soup of little particles swirling about in equal measure. Then it all cools and contracts and forms massive objects, suns and planets, floating in nothingness. You can't just 'surf' the internet anymore. It's not big enough; it's contracted. Now all the content on the net has been swallowed by like a dozen megawebsites, Wikipedia and Myspace and LiveJournal and YouTube. Now I only have about three websites that I ever visit, because they serve all my needs. Three websites that do everything that a million once did.

A little sad, but that's life. Big things generate gravity. You either submit to gravity's pull or you float away into space and die. Such is everything.

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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006
5:48 am
New Line Cinema, in all their wisdom, have fired Peter Jackson from the upcoming adaptation of The Hobbit.

Wow, great move, guys! That guy was just weighing you down!

Coming soon to a theatre near you: Paul W.S. Anderson's The Hobbit! And the sequal Alien vs Hobbit.

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Saturday, November 18th, 2006
2:25 pm - The Shaxmarillion
I'm writing a Shaxmarillion... that is, an encyclopedia for my fanfic stuff. Check it out if you're interested. As you can obviously tell from my outrageously witty title, I was inspired by all the stuff Tolkien did to background his universe, and I've tried my hand at sketching maps and stuff. It's a fun side-project for writers' block.

This is as much for my benefit as anything. Since I wrote Awakening I've found that my Mobius is becoming bigger and more sprawling than even I can handle, so documenting it all helps. I've put it online for your reading pleasure as well because I know there's nothing a fanfic reader enjoys more than reams of deep political jargon. Or maybe that's just me.

Right now it just glosses over the geography of some of the main locations. I'm also trying to piece together a rough historical timeline and an analysis of some of the world powers. I'll just keep this as a side-project that I'll add to whenever something occurs to me.

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Friday, November 17th, 2006
7:38 am
Just call me Bananaman.

Because I'm peeling D:

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Monday, November 13th, 2006
4:45 am
Argh. How long does it typically take sunburn to heal? Because I've had the worst sunburn of my entire life for three days now. It's over my entire back and it hurts whenever I do anything at all. I have to sleep with my face in the pillow.

Stupid lawnmowing.

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Saturday, October 28th, 2006
2:41 pm
This is for Sunstorm or NetRaptor or anyone who might have some knowledge in the matter.

Is it possible to hack into the fanfics section just to change my handle? I just thought it's a pity to lose all my reviews just for a name-change.

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Wednesday, October 25th, 2006
8:16 am - Six Word Fiction
Ernest Hemingway once wrote a short story that was only six words long, and reportedly he considered it his best work:

"For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

Recently, Wired Magazine did this thing where they asked a whole bunch of well-known science fiction and fantasy writers to write their own six-word story. Awesomeness ensued:

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