Friday, July 30, 2010

Accursed Nature!

Alas, I have recently discovered that I am mildly allergic to bee-stings (which I found out the hard way). I was wandering amongst a lovely park in the city when unbeknownst to me, a bee had landed between my fingers with intent to harm! As I moved, I noticed the odd sense of pressure caused by something filling space where there shouldn't have been. Moving out of reaction, I tried to shake the thing from between my fingers, or at least bring it closer to inspect it. But no sooner had I noticed it was there, did the bee put it's evil plot into action! Thrusting it's stinger down onto my left pinky finger and leaving before I could see a thing! What a dastardly bee...

My hand proceeded to swell up and I was unable to bend most of my fingers for a while and it hurt a lot. Was quite a shame I use my pinky in my left hand for the shift key and a lot of my passwords involve multiple capital letters (because remember kids, random capital letters and numbers make things many times more secure than just "password") And also, to my dismay, I was unable to practice the piano! Curses!

That reminds me that I still need to perfect Beethoven's 5th for the performance. Bleh, there's always something I need to improve upon.

Well, soon I shall return to University, with a Minor in Creative Writing and a Minor in Journalism added onto my Bachelor of Screen Production, my future employment prospects are looking better than ever! (because you can always do better than never) I can't wait! It's only a few days now :D I've also dropped the only Unit this semester that involved an exam, as it was unnecessary and wouldn't have helped my degree... so hey, life is good when exams are a thing of the past :)

To the future!

Yes, this blog was mainly about me being stung by a bee.

Also, someone vote on the damn poll already!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Seagulls are Counting Down

Attention everyone! I have recently noticed that I am nearing the 100 blog posts mark... Which would be quite an achievement if... no actually I can't think of any reason why that'd be an achievement.... ever.

Yes, I've been at this blogging thing since June 2008. Ah yes, I was a naive young blogger back then. Starry eyed and new to this wonderful world of free self expression online in a borderline exhibitionist medium for whatever nonsense I thought... Then the blogosphere crushed my soul. It crushed it good. Now I no longer see the glamour in blogging, but I do it anyway... just another lost soul on the internet, we keep going because we must. We must do it until we get carpel-tunnel or RSI because we just can't stop!

*Breathes heavily*

What has happened in those years? What has changed since the beginning? Well, if you had read my blog then you would've known... But OK, major events that have changed my life... graduating highschool, enrolling to uni, climbing mount kilamanjaro... oh wait, I didn't blog about that last one. Oh, must've slipped my mind what with all that high altitude stuff and generally being incredibly awesome. (P.S. I'm lying)

So yes, like a gamer who realises he's about to level up, I too have noticed a milestone and thus will try harder to reach the goal of 100 blog posts. That might actually be fun.

In other, less interesting news (you mean it can get LESS interesting!?) I got to the 1000 tweets milestone on twitter a while ago. Yeah, my twitter account is semi-fictional which means I can say things that are real and get away with it with no consequences, or I could make up whatever I want and no one will read it anyway. It's pretty simple.

I should definitely update my youtube account. I think my subscribers have pretty much forgotten who I am now due to my scarcity on the site.

By now I've noticed that I'm not actually very noticeable. I don't get many people paying attention to anything I do on any site... which is kinda OK if you don't mind never being one of those well known internet "celebrities" and have a life outside of the internet (which I swear I do... or at least I will when it arrives in 6-8 weeks) but it's unfortunate if you want to start a webcomic. And I do.

Yes, I've been writing material for it, getting some concept art done and such. (The look of it is still a bit crude, but ALL webcomics start off simplistic compared to how the art develops years on) Found myself a hosting plan and a way to buy the domain. Also got someone to help with website design. The problem is that if I want to get anyone to view it I'll need to come up with advertising strategies and find a way to get people other than my friends to view it.

Oh yeah, I'm also thinking about getting a Diploma in Advertising next year or the year afterwards but that's besides the point.

Though work on The Seagulls are Watching is going slow, I do believe I can get it running before the end of this year! I'll let you know on my 100th blog post more information :) Here's an example of what I've done so far:

"Inappropriate Pick up Lines"

I tried fixing it but it wouldn't be bigger. You must click on it to enlarge it.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Community Buttons

Buttons! I've added new ones (or at least Google has) to my blog posts! Now down the bottom there's a little sharey thingy buttony thingy.... thing... Don't believe me? Smell my car. (what?) It helps you email or facebook my blog posts (which all jokes aside, we honestly know that not one of you really cares).

OK I want to give you my review of a TV series called Community starring the one and only Donald Glover (Along with other people, some of which you've ACTUALLY heard of... like... Chevy Chase "who?") but first I need to continue talking about buttons. I swear I'll tell you how awesome it is in a minute just hang in there OK? Good.

We all know that buttons are cool, and pretty fun to press. We also know never to tell people to simply NOT press a button because that will almost invariably lead to people pressing the button. Or so you'd think... What I really want to do is put a button somewhere, about shoulder height, easy to see, easy to get to, on a wall in a completely normal spot for a button to be... and see how many people will push it out of curiosity of what it is compared to if you put a "don't press" sign above it. Little do these people know that they're being watched...


I sit, staring at screens endlessly with pen and paper in hand watching people press my button... oh yes... mmm press it against my instruction. Oh yeah, defy the sign baby...


Community. A brilliant TV show that is on NBC (for those who aren't American, have never watched NBC and are pretty much... just like me... it's broadcast on uh... to be honest I don't know what channel. I don't watch TV.) that is one of those rare gems that manages to prove that American's can be pretty damn funny and interesting when they try. I can't believe how well written it is! I'm just sitting there laughing my head off at everything, completely not expecting the random pieces of dialogue that run together so well. The actors take what they're given and deliver it just so beautifully. Their performances are incredible and the characters they create are hilarious, unique and instantly likeable. Abed is one of my favourite. He just has this simple autistic innocence that just makes him so cool. He just acts so serious in ridiculously absurd situations and I love it. I love this show. Donald Glover creates a distinctly different character (Troy Barnes) from his role in Mystery Team (Jason Rogers) showing that this upcoming actor actually can act and is more than a sketch comedian. (Btw, Mystery Team was incredibly hilarious and I thoroughly enjoyed all of it... except the bit with the stripper and the toilet. Yes, it did descend into the realms of crudeness at points, but still an overall great film) Sure, he's most likely never going to be Spider Man (Sorry man, it's just not going to happen, but good attempt though) but I do believe that he is destined to get noticed by the rest of America in time.

Chevy Chase. Do I need to review Chevy Chase? I'll be all like "he's funny" and you're like "yeah we know." Really, Community is a wonderfully scripted TV show that isn't bland, doesn't need canned laughter and oh look! An average rating of 8.8 on DAMN STRAIGHT! It deserves that average rating :) It is wonderful.

I cannot wait until season 2! Watch it, now.

Monday, July 12, 2010


Albany is full of Albanians!

...... *cricket chirps*...

No? No one find that funny? OK moving on then.

Recently I found myself in Albany. Amazing, I know. I find myself many places... I start wondering what I'm doing when I'm not looking. No but seriously though, I went on holiday to Albany (to see the sights, and meet a few Albanian women... well I achieved ONE of those) and on the way there were many baby sheep! (Yes, I know they're called lambs but I just think that 'baby sheep' sounds cuter!) That or they were midgets in disguise wanting some free milk... There were also baby cows.

There was much nature around Albany. It is somewhat country like after all. Mum compared it to Hobart. It is kinda like Hobart in a sense... in the sense that it's cold, rains and is part of Australia. If you had to really compare it you could say that Albany is a flatter and smaller version of Hobart with different flora and fauna. But really, that's what defines Hobart! The fact that it's NOTHING BUT HILLS! And a few houses that live on stilts.

When in Albany I saw many things... like the historic old cottage (Mouchemores) the historic prison thing (and the historic light switches within it, along with the historic SCARY AS HELL MANNEQUINS!) and the historic whaling station (which to my dismay was decommissioned due it being economically unfeasable to continue due to oil prices instead of the owners environmental concerns.... I also got to see whale bones! HELL YEAH!). I didn't run into anyone I knew in Albany... probably because the only person I know of that lives there is Michele Philips and we're not really friends so much as kind-of-blogging-acquaintances. (I wonder what ever happened to her...)

And that brings me to another thing I saw on my adventures. DOG ROCK!

Yes, it truly does look like a dog! Though only from one side. To get to this dog rock you need to park across the busy main road and walk over to it (or... park somewhere else... I don't know) and stand there next to this poorly tended to empty space. It really didn't look like a tourist attraction so much as it looked like a large rock in the middle of an abandoned lot. Poor Dog Rock... though a young boy and his father were also there to look at it and take a photo. Then we went off somewhere else...

Speaking of dogs, they don't seem to like dogs that much. Everywhere we went had signs saying "NO DOGS!" and such, but then again we did go a bit out of town most of the town to the natural things like national parks and nature walks ect so it's understandable that they don't want dogs to ever leave the city limits... dogs are not natures friends.

Another interesting thing to see in Albany was the silent protest. What kind of silent protest? Well it's a very interesting one I have never seen or heard of before... it involved tying socks to a fence. There's a place near the beach where there's a large empty space with a fence around it that is covered with socks. Turns out the protest had to do with something not being built in the empty area that the socks surround. I'm not sure how that is meant to cause pressure on whoever is thinking about building something "...hmm... there are a lot of disused socks on that fence... huh..." but it was very interesting! I took a few photos and you'll be sure to see them on my DeviantArt on Friday when I update (but not here, as my internet is currently very slow so can't upload anything... though if I could then this blog would be a lot longer and picture filled).

But yes! Albany was lots of fun. Though it did involve a lot of playing Pokemon between seeing nature and such. Didn't see any turtles though the sign near the holiday park said that they may cross the road in the area and so people should generally look out for them to avoid running them over... nor did I see any bandicoots or people on horses. But... why would the sign lie to me!? :O

Was worth the 6 hour car ride indeed. Though the mannequins in the old prison were freaky as hell. Seriously, it was land of the scary mannequins...

Looking forward to upcoming camping trip and then... BACK TO UNIVERSITY!

Goodnight y'all.