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The Month-Long Novelist Agreement and Statement of Understanding (#A30/31/50K)

I hereby pledge my intent to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November in 2009.
I understand that 'craft', 'brilliance' and 'competency' are to be chucked right out of the window until they are recovered for the editing process.
I understand that I am a talented person, capable of heroic acts of creativity and will give myself enough time over the coming month to innate gifts to surface without being molested by such things as self-doubt and self-criticism.

During the next month I realize I will be likely to produce clunky dialogue, clichéd characters and giant plot holes. However I agree these things will be left in as this is only a Rough Draft. I understand my right to withhold my manuscript from all readers until I deem it completed. I also acknowledge my right as an author to substantially inflate both the quality of the rough draft and the rigours of the writing process should such inflation prove useful in garnering me respect and attention, or freedom from participation in onerous household chores.

I acknowledge that the month-long deadline and 50,000 word count is absolute and unchangeable and that failure to meet this deadline or any effort on my part to move the deadline once the adventure has begun, will invite well-deserved mockery from friends and family. I also acknowledge that on successful completion of the stated novel, I am entitled to a period of gleeful celebration and revelry, the duration and intensity of which may preclude me from participating fully in any work-like activities for days if not weeks afterwards.

Novel Start Time: 00:00.00GMT 1-Nov-2009
Novel Deadline: 23:59.59GMT 30-Nov-2009

Signed: Nidonocu C:\>
Date: 30-Oct-2009

Oh.. and I promise that if I write less than 25,000 I've got to do a solo song for raimei as part of the PawPet show. Serious Business.


Move Complete

Okay, enough of people saying that the use of a certain internet service is reducing the use of blogging and LiveJournal! Here is an attempt to push the pendulum back the other way a little.

So what have I been up to?

The answer to that question is easy, mostly cleaning in one form or another. Putting things in to boxes, taking them out of boxes, cleaning them before and after they’ve been in the box and cleaning the space left behind. Moving is a never ending flow of water and soapy bubbles.

Of course, most of this was my fault for spending a little too much time before the move not getting ready and getting the karmatic result of spending a whole day in our old house after everything except the vacuum cleaner and cleaning gear had gone, scrubbing and dusting. The only thing that saved me was a collection of podcasts I’d downloaded for being offline and it only just about stopped me from going insane. O_o

Incidentally, does anyone else listen to podcasts when cleaning? If so what ones? Most of the ones I listen to are tech related and from the TWiT network and I could do with adding a bit of variety to them.

I should also quickly take a moment to give a large amount of thanks to Stealth (stealth_swift) who was able to lend his paws for a few days and help us pack and shift stuff, and a thank you to everyone else who offered to help if we hadn’t kept changing the moving days!

The new house though is awesome, in particular the shower. @_@ And if any of you are moving again soon and have been using Student Rentals, you might want to see if you can move up to ‘professional’ ones or what ever the right term is. Spencers, our new rental agents, have been ever so nice, helpful and generally reassuring throughout all this stress so here is a little shout out to them. We also technically met our landlord who also happens to be a handyman and thus came around and fixed a load of little things that needed doing before we finished moving in. A curious experience.

View from my windowThe only downside to this new house has been my own room which is now smaller that previous ones, but does have a much nicer view…

Oh, that and BT again telling us the earliest they can install the phone line that we might get internet is the 7th of August. I am thusly trapped on a worse-than-dialup connection speed using my phone’s data link and tethering it to my PC.

This of course means that despite my own web server helping to mirror (bigbluefox) BigBlueFox's ConFuzzled 2009 Video, I can’t actually watch the damn thing. Thankfully, with the upcoming first staff meeting of ConFuzzled 2010 on Sunday, Nall (raimei) will be arriving Saturday and staying over, bringing with him one or two shiny DVD’s. :D

Well, we have just right now passed over 500 words so this post should probably wrap up and I can try and do a smaller one or some such tomorrow with stuff I’ve been working on when I haven’t been trying to make the house liveable. Oh, and let me know if you think this is too long, should be cut, etc etc. I live on attention and feedback after all. c_c See you all later!


Moving Soon! .... Little help?

Yeah yeah, I only seem to post to LJ when I want something. c_c

Either way, general request to all my friends. Bonus points if you can drive too! (Though that might not be required..) I'm going to be moving house (all of about ten minutes walk from the current one if everything goes okay with the house we are in the process of being credit checked for) and we could do with some able bodied pairs of hands to help carry boxes and generally help out and be awesome.

Weekend would be the 4th-5th and we'd provide food, drink, maybe cover travel costs too and if needed, floor space for sleeping if we planned it to run over two days (though that would depend on who could help and when!).

If you can RSVP in the comments below and let me know if you could come help, that would be awesome! If you can't uh.. never mind!

The Yag Meme!

Content? A Con Report? No such luck. :) I've still barely stopped to breath since ConFuzzled finished. Current estimates for that are sometime in early July, more on that story later.

For now, I'll have a go at the yagfox meme and see what it gets me! Comments are screened but will be unscreened as I reply to them so ask whatever!

The problem with Live Journal is that we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other. Hence, I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don’t know about you.

Twitter, or how I learned to stop worrying and love 140 characters

You hate Twitter, allow me to make that assumption.

If you don't hate Twitter then well, you already know what I'm about to say, so just read at your convenience.

But allow me to continue as though you do.

You don't see the point do you? Who wants to know about every little thing someone else is doing? Don't people have any worries about their privacy? Aren't they egomaniacs? How the hell can you say anything important in such a small post?

I'm hoping this post might answer these questions and even if you do not wish to join, then you will at least understand why everyone is using Twitter and why it's not as dumb as it sounds.

What Twitter is Not
Despite what you might of heard, Twitter is not about every little detail of your life.

In fact, anyone who does make tweets (posts) about every little aspect of their existence are considered boring and n00bish by most Twitter users (apparently called Tweeple, but I refuse to use that word in polite company).

Just because the post is small does not mean it shouldn't be interesting. Your friends and acquaintances have to read these things and they have their own lives, which they consider a lot more interesting than yours.

Twitter is also not a Social Networking site. For some reason, I often see FaceBook being referenced in close proximity to Twitter and the two couldn't be more different.

FaceBook is a megalithic website where you enter in tons of personal information, upload photos, buy and install web applications and games that apparently provide some little extra must have feature or other.
Then when you've done all that, you can have several hundred 'friends', few of which you care about and in the end, all that lovely data can be slurped up to advertisers thanks to a paper thin privacy policy.

Compared, Twitter is small, tiny.
You enter a username, an optional location (Sheffield, England or the Moon would all be valid) and a tiny profile (160 characters) of what ever you want. You can upload an icon and a background for your page if you want one.
After that well, you post anything you want, whenever the mood takes you, with as little personal information as you wish to give. You can even choose to make all your posts private to your friends.
Any other third party tools operate outside of Twitter and have no direct link to the server. It is a far more free form and open platform.

LiveJournal is more of a social network than Twitter.

What was Twitter designed to do

Allow a user to post small messages about what they are doing, no more than 140 characters in length, so that it supports text messaging and relaying messages to mobile phones.

What people Actually use it for

Whatever the heck they want.

There are no expectations about what you should use Twitter for, any more than there are for any other form of communication, which is what Twitter has become.

I've tried to think about listing examples of what people use it for but really, just look at what ever existing form of communication tools you use and you'll find the same things. If you talk about it somewhere else, people tweet about it too.

The difference is Twitter is not like any existing communication medium.
  • There are no expectations that you should reply like IM or e-mail to another's post, you don't have to say anything if you have nothing interesting to say.

  • It is less time dependant than IM or IRC, you can check back and see what others have been doing when you have the time.

  • At the same time, it is more instant than e-mail or blogging. You can ask your friends for a recommendation on something to buy as you enter a shop and get a reply within minutes, not hours.

  • It is more public than some mediums as you can reach many people instantly, and yet more personal, in that you can engage more directly with (mega or micro) celebrities and others where you were only a voice in the crowd before.

If nothing else, it helps you learn to get to the point. Make your statement, say your piece, see if anyone cares and if they do, discuss. If you think you can't say anything interesting in 140 characters, think again. Sometimes one word is enough.

There, I hope I haven't gone on too long. (If this is tl;dr for you then maybe you really should look in to Twitter. ;)

And more importantly, I hope I've helped people understand a little more about what this is about and why people like it.

Its not the end of privacy or a cry of 'pay attention to me!', its just a new way to talk.

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Making race tracks with books on the carpet and racing RC cars are fun. Even more so when you add the soundtrack of Mario Kart Wii. Who said that games have destroyed the imagination?

It has other ideas..

Me: Ooo! Time for some inspirational music to get me in the coding mood! *plays the music from the trailer to the new Halo 3: Recon trailer* Now.. must envision what I need to work on next.
Muse: Halo 3 music? Hmm.. you listened to this lots while writing your last novel. And this is new music for a trailer so.. *flood of mental images and ideas for the new novel*
Me: I hate me so much.

Less than ten years till...

This is the second one of these they have done. And my title is serious, we're likely to have this sort of tech around in less than a decade. :)

<a href=";playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:98d1f695-b5e4-4492-ace0-cc3ba2adb375&amp;showPlaylist=true&amp;from=msnvideo" target="_blank" title="Beyond Touch: A Futuristic Vision from Microsoft" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Video: Beyond Touch: A Futuristic Vision from Microsoft</a>

Amuse, now in colour!

Finally, got another release out the door, Amuse with colour support can now be found here!

This one took a lot of work and it didn't help that I completely screwed up my source control database when I upgraded from the .net Framework 3.5 SP1 Beta to the Final RTM version. Oh well!

Also installed IE8 Beta 2, its neat so far. And safe travel and lots of fun to all my friends currently at PAX, you lucky sods. c_C