We’re having extremely warm weather in Melbourne at the moment. To rub it in for people from the Northern hemisphere I mad this video the other day:
I think I’m being punished for it now – we’re having one of the hottest New Year’s Eves on record. It’s been over 40 degrees Celsius (or 100 Fahrenheit) for most of the afternoon. And I can’t remember the last time the humidity was so low. It feels like the moisture is being sucked out of my body every time I go outside.
I actually had an episode in a shop earlier when I went in to buy something. The shop assistant said the usual “How are you?” greeting and I tried to say “Fine,” but all that came out was a strangled croak. I had to swallow a few times to create enough moisture in my throat to talk.
I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions. I suppose I could resolve to getting back to writing for this blog properly but I don’t really need to. I’m going back to work on Jan 7th and that will put me back in the rhythm to write more regularly.
But it’s interesting to look back on the year. My readership fairly exploded, thanks mainly to two posts, the Alli diet pill one and the “When insults had class” quotes. I’ve had a little bit of attention from media (which may still go somewhere – who knows?) My profile on YouTube has also gone through the roof since the gathering in Melbourne on December 1st.
So 2008 is looking interesting. I want to thank everyone who reads and comments regularly, it’s that sort of contact that makes putting time into this blog worthwhile. I hope everyone has a great 2008 and hopefully I’ll get to meet a few of you this year.
Every now and then I like to really blow the lid off a sensitive topic. UFOs: are they real? Is there a government cover-up? And perhaps the most important question of all:
What would the Japanese government do if Godzilla attacked?
Sharp eyed viewers will good memories will have spotted tributes to XKCD cartoons in previous videos I have uploaded. The Christmas season had me thinking about what’s different now compared to when I was a child.
You know how when you’re a child everything seems so big and when you go back to visit places from your childhood things can seem so small? There’s a particular XKCD comic that sums up how subjective our sense of size is and the difference in perspective that adulthood brings:
And there’s a park I know that also illustrates the point perfectly. I shot this video to show what I mean:
Have you ever seen the movie “The Blair Witch Project”? That movie isn’t scary. What happened to me the other night is scary.
I’m having a small Christmas this year – I only have to buy presents for about half a dozen people. I come from a big family so if I happen to be having a family reunion type of Christmas that easily turns into a 30-40 present nightmare.
But the trouble with not having to buy many presents is I was lulled into a false sense of security. My complacency means I’m approaching Christmas Eve having done NO shopping. None. Zilch. Nada. My worst effort ever.
I’ve been spending extra time with my kids this week which has been great but it also means I haven’t been able to dedicate any time to shopping. I thought I’d make a late rally tonight by going to the huge mall a couple of suburbs away that’s having 24 hour trading. I waited until nearly midnight in the hope it would be relatively quiet.
It seemed like a good idea but the line for parking started about a kilometre away from the fucking mall! I turned around and came home. There’s no way I’m putting up with that shit. Having to search for parking for an hour then dealing with huge crowds of desperate people does not mesh with my temperament.
There would have been blood on the walls.
This is going to require some creativity tomorrow. I wonder what people would think of handmade gifts hastily put together from twigs and leaves?
I hope you, my dear readers, are more organised. Whatever it is you are doing at this time of year, enjoy yourself. Have fun and take care. I appreciate all the support you’ve given me and I want you coming back for plenty more doses of angriness next year!
I have had an extremely busy day on YouTube. Namely, I’ve been watching a mountain of response videos and laughing my arse off. When I issued my nerd-off challenge I kind of thought it would be popular but the YouTubers have gone nuts for it.
I got 17 video responses in the first 24 hours and many more people are promising to respond over the next few days. The claims for nerd superiority follow a few different paths but for me, the frontrunners fall into one of two categories. They either have MASSES of nerdish goodies (Magic the Gathering seems to figure prominently) or they have some incredible obscure and rare stuff.
Oh, and tattoos. Anyone who gets a really nerdy tattoo scores big with me. If you have the time, I recommend following this link and checking out the responses. They offer some amazing insights and some of them are downright hilarious.
After I uploaded the original challenge video a few people said they wanted to know what the prize was before they dived in. I figured this was fair enough – I probably should have decided on a prize before announcing the competition. So first thing this morning I put my thinking cap on and came up with some possible prizes. And also to prove this would be no easy competition, I made a video giving some more depth to my nerdiness.
It’s going to take some sort of super-nerd to out-nerd me!
A recent purchase has led me to believe I may actually be a (shock, horror) nerd! So much so that I’ve thrown out a challenge: can you out-nerd me?
And I really do promise to start writing longer pieces again.
The Blogging Bot From The Future knows everything that will ever happen to you. Because he’s from the future. But he won’t tell you what happens because that’s against the rules.
And everyone looks like this in the future. Don’t ask. And everyone talks really fast too. Because it’s the future. If you’ can’t understand him, that’s because you’re not from the future. Deal.
Every now and then someone declares they’re going to leave YouTube or at least take a break. There are many and varied reasons people give and, hey, what ever is a valid reason to you is a good reason. But what really pisses me off is when someone does a completely self-indulgent grab for attention so everyone will go “Oh no, don’t leave, YouTube won’t be the same without you – You’re the heart and soul of YouTube.”
You know what? There are a lot of reasons to get the shits with YouTube. Hell, if you enter “YouTube sucks” into Google you’ll find my blog. And a couple of times when people have said they couldn’t take certain aspects of YT any more I’ve encouraged them to take a break and if it ever felt right, come back when they were ready.
But I have no time at all for drama queens who throw a hissy fit because things don’t work the way they want them to. They aren’t getting the attention they feel they deserve so they throw a tantrum. The message these people send out is clear: you’d better tell me you love me! I’m standing on this ledge and I really mean it! I’ll jump! This isn’t just some self-indulgent grandstanding to get everyone’s attention. I really, really mean it. I’m going to jump!
This post and the attached video are not about any one person, there are too many of these fucking idiots to name. But just for a laugh I’ll tell you two people it’s NOT about: TheHill88 and JustA11en. Only YouTube tragics like me will know those names.
TheHill88 (Caitlin) has announced she’ll be retiring TheHill88 at the end of the year. She said it without drama and gives every indication of making a sincere decision. I got to talk to her at the Sydney YT launch party and she seems to be doing absolutely the right thing. For her. Everyone else needs to deal with it.
JustA11en (Allen) recently took a break. He needed time to think about what it really meant to be on YT and whether all the stupid shit was worth the effort. In his own time he decided to come back stronger than ever. But he didn’t throw a hissy fit!
In simple terms, if you were planning to drop out of YT, either permanently or for a break, your regular viewers would want to know why. But this “me me me me me” bullshit pisses me off! So I needed to get my frustration out of my system the best way I know how. And I’m wearing my mask in this video – that’s how you can tell how angry I am!
Seriously. My next desktop is definitely going to be a Mac. probably one of those big screen iMacs. I was exposed to Windows Vista at a friend’s place recently and there’s no way I’m having that horror inflicted on me.
The following video may or may not be a factual account of what happened.