Friday, April 20, 2007

Just links.

This is the sadddest/funniest thing I've read in a while regarding verbal child abuse. Especially since from the sound of it, he was apparently still in character as Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock.

Also, interesting thing number two.

That is all for now. I'm off to Hollidaysburg, PA to spend the weekend at the home of the illustrious Matthew Wells. A lot of people are gonna be crammed into his house - it should be a fun time.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Getting into the habit

If you've been paying attention to my little progress bar over there to the right, then you may have noticed that I've actually been writing recently. I know, weird.

I've been trying to get into a habit of doing this for a while, but it's always been difficult for me to balance writing on top of both work and school. I know, I know. That's kind of pathetic, seeing how many people do so much more in much more difficult situations. If I were honest,I would say it's just because I'm naturally lazy. Just getting up the motivation to get off of the internet and into Celtx is half the battle. (thank God I'm not honest, then)

But now that I actually have an outline, and have a specific goal to achieve, I find that I can usually crank out 2-3 pages a day, which satisfies me. I wrote a ton over Easter break (since I wasn't really doing anything else), and it's leveled out to about a scene a day since then.

Also, I've been writing in the computer lab instead of my room. This is for 2 reasons: (1) They have Final Draft, which is way better than Celtx. It's weird, because it's really just little things that are different, but it's a lot simpler and a lot more intuitive. And it's on every computer on campus, so as long as I have my outline, I can write virtually anywhere.

And (2) I just can't write in my room. I don't know what it is, but everytime I sit down to write on my laptop, with Dan and Andrew around, my mind wants to do anything but write. This usually results in me breaking my high score in Quinn yet again, or just checking out facebook/aintitcool/blogs incessantly. For some reason, it's easier for me to focus in a computer lab, even though there are tons of people around (there are 11 other people in my lab right now - every computer is taken).

Eh. You gotta do what you gotta do. And I'm doing it.

19 Pages so far. Apollo and Hotdog have both just launched into space to do battle with toasters.


Friday, April 06, 2007

What I did last weekend

Last week was crazy, otherwise I would have blogged about this sooner. But now I have time, and I can tell you: last Friday night, myself and a few of my fellow freedom fighters engaged in some culture jamming on the behalf of Governor Worf.

Let me explain. Last semester, in Philly, my roomate Brian gave me a most thoughtful christmas present: a Governor Worf action figure from Tower Records. (Tower Records was also going out of business at the time, and thus the figure only cost him $2.) For those unfamiliar with Star Trek:The Next Generation, allow me to give a short history of the character.

Lieutenant Commander Worf was the first Klingon in Starfleet, and served on board the Enterprise (and later on the the Defiant as First Officer, and Deep Space Nine as Strategic Command Officer), and had a repuation as a ruthless warrior and all-around badass. But that is not the action figure I recieved. No, This figure was based the character as he appeared in the series finale ("All Good Things..."), where he was shown in the future as an old man, a greying bureaucratic Governor of an obscure Klingon colony . Essentially, it is the least bad-ass action figure you could possibly imagine.

But I, being the nerd that I am, loved it and kept it for the treasure that it is.

Fast forward to this semester. Back in Grantham, I move in with Dan. Upon seeing the glory of Governor Worf, we unanimously decide that something needs to be done with him. So we elected him Governor of our dorm room; and thus Miller 212 became Worfengrad. Using the Legos I had brought with me from home, we constructed a throne for him--complete with an ear-level stand for Prime Minister Yoda (a must for every scheming power-behind-the-throne).

Fast forward (again) to a few weeks ago. I get a mass e-mail that elections for the Student Government Association are coming up. For those who don't know, SGA elections are kind of a joke. Almost all of the people running were completely unopposed, thus making the act of voting for them utterly pointless. I mean, you might as well vote for a fictional character, it'll make about the same amount of difference.

And so, taking a page from Defective Yeti's book, I decided to launch an election campaign for our dear Governor. Or, more specifically, a propaganda campaign. What follows are the results:

I think the funniest thing is that there were several people who thought that they were for an actual candidate. If only. There's no write-in on the ballots, otherwise I have no doubt that we would have actually won the election.

Oh well, there's always "Worf 2008"