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  1.  (9059.1)
    Saturday Night Open Mic: for those newcomers who don't know the drill, Saturday Night Open Mic is when I, in my role as Kindly Yet Possibly Naked Wise Man Of The Internet Forest, create a space for you to vent at the world. Saturday Night Open Mic is for telling me about your week, talking about your future, dancing like you've been serially electrocuted and explaining to me why exactly you should be my Internet Wife and how long you've been saving yourself for me.

    That last bit is, of course, a lie.

    The Open Mic is for everybody here, not just the people who post regularly. Even if you don't participate during the week, it's good to hear from you on a Saturday night.

    Pictures of your face are good, for the internet works best when we can see each other.
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
     (9059.2)
    Hello Warren, my name is Paul Sizer, and my current career is based strongly on crap that I created for your damn forums, so I guess I owe you at least owe you a portion of my internet chastity.
    In preparation for the lousy cold months of winter, I've been cleaning out my work spaces, throwing out lots of crap, and finding photos like this:


    So that's how my week has been going. I'm still working closely with Thomas Dolby on his next album and all the design and concepts that requires, and am banging through all kinds of other freelance from an international and wily bunch of clients. And I'm working on new comics, so there's that.

    Good to hear RED is doing well, I'm planning to check out a matinee on Sunday afternoon.
  2.  (9059.3)
    Hey Warren, and good evening to everyone else in Whitechapelville.

    I never actually use this place to vent, as I rarely have anything to complain about... but today, I would like to tell you that local print is dying the slowest and most painful death you can imagine. I'm no longer a sub-editor, haven't been for a while, but it doesn't make me feel any better to hear about what the Northcliffe East Midlands papers are doing to their subs. The other day the editors took away the subs' right to write headlines for the page leads. Upon first impressions this may not seem like much, but all of editorial right now are unbelievably pissed. The insinuation by the editors is that the regular subs are no longer good enough to write some of the headlines - opting instead to leave that job to the chief subs. Will this save time? No. Will it save money? No. Will it slow down the whole chain of command? Yes. I'm starting to feel good about losing my role as a sub-editor - unbelievably, for the first time it's actually made me feel safer in my job.

    Despite my feeling safe in my job, I am still looking elsewhere... to no avail, naturally. In the meantime I'm trying to get a power trio together for a jam in Nottingham. I've found a drummer and bassist, so now all we have to do is arrange a time to jam together. It'll be a pretty exciting project, with much experimentation and INCREDIBLY tight and technical playing. Some of the members in my current band are flaky as fuck and can't get their shit together to practice, so I've been forced to find a more consistent project. Let's hope this is that project.

    I imagine you're riding the high of Red doing well in the box office so far Warren, and I'd just like to congratulate you once again for that.

    You lucky bastard.

    EDIT: have another picture of me in Crete. This is mine and Emma's pretty apartment. And my ugly mug, of course.

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      CommentAuthorHEY APATHY!
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010 edited
     (9059.4)
    for the past couple of weeks there I was doing a whole bunch of stuff, but there were no open mics, now I can't remember anything and have nothing to say whatsoever (ennui?). Congrats on RED!


    picture
    me-bald and
    dark sunglasses
  3.  (9059.5)
    So this week has seen some additions to the home. This is Oliver, my new evil henchman. And me, obviously...


    And this is his companion, Alison...


    I didn't bring them into my home because of your speaking about your cat Anton, but it definitely reminded me of other cats I've lived with and how they add to your existence. So now I am 'food-bringer'.

    I've made another significant change. I've moved all my instruments and recording gear to a warehouse where my art studio was and brought all my art things home. This feels really good, as I can be stupid-loud without bothering the neighbors and like I will actually be an artist again at home. If I don't follow through now, I'm a fucking hopeless prat.

    In regards to your well-being; Well, I haven't seen Red yet. Perhaps tomorrow. And even if I don't like it, I hope you get bleeding rich on it. I also hope that the disease you contracted has backed off and realized its mistake before it was too late to back down. Yeah, that's all I got.
    • CommentAuthordot_xom
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
     (9059.6)
    I got to be a model for the first time ever. My friend wanted to try out a camera she borrowed from someone and needed to test it out. This was the result:
    Untitled IV (Wayne)

    My apparent chunkiness, as demonstrated in the above photo, has convinced me that it's time to start exercising again. I've been eating (slightly) healthier and have (attempted to) start running again. Quitting cigarettes, on the other hand, might take a little longer.
  4.  (9059.7)
    Hello

    This past week has been spent mostly in preperation for my daughter's 10th birthday party which was held last evening. We survived the invasion of our home by five 9-year-old little girls mostly unharmed. As my husband and I spent the evening listening to young girl chatter, painting nails, and preparing snacks we remembered why we decided to have only one child, but were very happy that our daughter was having a nice birthday. Seeing your child happy certainly makes all of the hard work that you put into trying to be a good parent and provide for that child (or children) well worth it . . . as I see her grow up it blows my mind that she's going to be ten . . . TEN! Holy shit! Where did the time go? I frequently feel guilty that I don't get to spend enough time with her between working, going to grad school, and trying to live life, but then she'll surprise me with how amazing she really is and I am just stunned that my little girl is slowly becoming a young woman.

    I have also been trying to rework my eating habits since July and finally hit the 25 lbs lost goal this week-it felt good. People are finally beginning to notice that I'm losing weight. Although birthday party food this weekend has led to slipping off the wagon a bit, I'm certainly motivated now to keep doing what I've been doing.


    Classes are going pretty well. I'm taking my final two classes at the moment. I'm currently overlapping The Wars of Ancient Greece and Macedonia and Graduate Seminar in World History. I'll be taking these two together for about a month until the warfare class finishes in November, but then the other one ends in January. After that I have an eight week class to prep for my comp and then . . . THE TEST. I'm scared to death! I know that I shouldn't be, but it feel so strange to see the end of this journey coming into sight. What if I fail the test? I just need to have confidence that I've learned all of this shit over the past 3.5 years and I'll do fine. I just have a hard time convincing myself of that.

    On a final note . . . our high school had its Homecoming this week. Part of the fundraising every year is that students raise money for the right to pie a teacher in the face. My husband and I both had kids raise enough money to pie us in front of the entire student body at the pep-rally on Friday afternoon. One kid raised $55 to pie my husband and one of my kids raised $99 to pie me! And so, we accepted our fate and ended up with chocolate pudding up our noses and in our ears for most of the afternoon. I hope that kids gave money to see me pied because they like me, and not the other reason, but I think they like me . . . . I hope they do . . . .Anyway, it was for a good cause and I don't mind getting pie up my nose to raise money to help a fellow teacher's son battle Lukemia.

    I don't have the energy to dance for you right now . . . I must go and study Philip II and then research my paper on the role of religion in the Persian Wars . . .

    Here is my face . . . sans makeup . . . and looking tired :)

    Take care everyone and I hope that you enjoy the rest of your weekend.
    Day 283-Honesty
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
     (9059.8)
    Black cats on shoulders?

    Here you go then:


    I am fucked off right now as my getting divorced/not getting divorced see-saw is on the down-swing again and I'm not sure whether I want it or not.

    I'm also in a cabin I built myself in the middle of nowhere. Well, rural Surrey anyway.

    Also, is there someone from the WEF who was at some of the drinking sessions called Heather around here still? I saw a pic I thought was her but can't remember where now. Had a few fun drunked conversations with her back then and wanted to say 'ello again.
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      CommentAuthorYskaya
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
     (9059.9)
    attack_saturday_evening

    Tired. My attack cats prowl the internet for me.
    Telephatically.
    they're stealing your lolz, you'll never know they were there.

    Drew some inches closer on the comics-project Ginja has been kind to send a script for to me. 'Foxt' more about this on the posterousblog
    Looking forward to do some silly acting on youtube with Magnulus tomorrow.
    And yes My liege, we will raise the attendance to RED that very same evening.

    You owe me a internet-wife or ten, and you should share. You've a Barony.
  5.  (9059.10)
    Hi all,

    Woke up around 2pm after a night of really stupid video games. Wii games are best played at 3am and how fun they are is inversely proportional to how much you have had to drink.

    I feel like i'm avoiding some homework that I should be doing but I can't remember what it is. I love that. Struggling with school this year to say the least. The fact that my girlfriend of 3 years is moving permanently to D.C. is...bothersome (devastating). It has greatly effected my work ethic.

    Planning to watch all the original Universal "Dracula" movies (1931+ Daughter, Son of, House of) with my Dad tonight. Should be fun.

    DSC00016

    Me, moments after having my eyes dilated.

    New glasses...huzzah
  6.  (9059.11)
    Trying to be creative despite having a day job. Kinda failing at it as I have cut my index finger on the inside of the middle joint and it's slightly swollen and healing slowly and just enough annoying to make drawing nearly impossible.

    The day job is kicking my ass on some days (when I end up doing some heavy lifting) and getting on my nerves on others (spend four hours working towards that bonus for achieving our daily target only to see it go down the drain when some fucker messes up and brings us wrong parts/halts the production or something breaks). Still, I get to meet all kinds of interesting people and get to see really bizarre things that will fuel my writings for years to come.

    One tip: NEVER buy a tv set without a looong warranty. I've seen how these things are made and it ain't pretty. Hell, I could write a long rant about this, and in fact, I just did... but it was getting waaay too long so I deleted it, haha.
    I think once I'm permanently fired from this place/have a better job option, I might actually make a graphic novel out of that. I even got a title, "Life on the (Assembly) Line".

    Anyway...

    I have just (well, actually about two weeks ago) put my latest comics offering on Indyplanet. It's called Coilstar Illustrated #1 and it has short comics inside of it, nine of them exactly. And I need to sell 15 copies so that I can afford my own print copy of it (and of the two previous sketchbooks that I had made at the beginning of the year).

    It's also available as a webcomic over here (and all the stories are in except for This Prophecy which will open issue #2). I know I won't sell a lot of copies so I'll be happy if people at least read and enjoy these things.

    Having a semi-regular job is good for one thing though... I'm much better off financially at this point than few months before (I pretty much went through the entirety of 2009 unemployed so half of the things I own managed to break/fall appart... it's not fun to be down to your last pair of pants and trying to work on a pc that crashes every 15 minutes or so). I know it won't last though, they'll start firing people either end of this month or end of the year. Hopefully the latter. Also hopefully our line picks up the tempo so we don't end up butchered as badly when they'll be downsizing for the post-christmas tv production drought. Hell, if that happens, I might actually be spared this time cause for the first time I am working on a position where I'm actually seen as a somewhat valuable worker. I guess I have more talent for flicking the remote and plugging in the RF antenna than I thought, haha.

    (wow, that plug of my own work is placed so smoothly in the middle of the post... not! well, have another one to all four of my books).

    Oh yeah, a photo of me:

    flexi-elbows
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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010 edited
     (9059.12)
    I'm completely busy, stressed out, and riddled with insomnia.
    Currently I have a migraine just starting to grow and claw its way into my brain bits (so why in the hell am I at my computer?)

    Despite that I'd say things are pretty great.
    Also, you are all very awesome.

    I have reworked this older image because that seemed like a sensible thing to do when I'm really swamped with work.
    Umm...




    explaining to me why exactly you should be my Internet Wife

    Because there are 3 of me.
    You can trust us. We're scientists.
    Take a deep breath; it will only hurt for the first little moment.
    Please don't be disturbed by the whirring sounds; it could become very inconvenient if your heart rate were especially elevated.

    Here. Let me pour you a perfectly safe drink.

    ETA:
    Oh! Also! Fractal worked a little clip of me into this fabulous set he made. I really like it, and I'm extremely flattered (in case that wasn't rather obvious.)
    Right.
    Must step away from the big head worsening screen.
  7.  (9059.13)
    Oh, I could use this today. Somebody broke into my house. I left for thirty minutes to go to the post office, and when I got home the front door was ajar, the flatscreen 3D TV that I keep in my bedroom was sitting in the middle of the living room floor, my mother's laptop was gone, my Wii and several games were gone, and the thing that pisses me off the most: My camera, with three lenses, was taken, too. Yeah, it's only a 5 year old Nikon D50, and I don''t make a living with it or anything, but goddammit, that's my CAMERA. There're memories connected with that thing. The police were able to pull some prints off the TV that I'm 99% sure aren't mine, but given what games were taken I think whoever it was that broke in was fairly young, and it's unlikely they'll find them.

    That's all that I've been able to confirm missing, for all I know they took a bunch of my mother's stuff too, but she's not home.

    This on top of the lady friend who am I madly in love with has entered a much longer silent period than usual, I haven't seen or heard from her in about three weeks, and I could really use her company right now.
    • CommentAuthormbakunin
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
     (9059.14)
    Waiting to talk to my boss about the oncoming local political apocalypse that threatens us all. More to come.....
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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
     (9059.15)
    @dot_xom - That's a really nice photo.

    @DavieLejeune - Having your house broken into is awful. Sorry to hear that happened to you.
  8.  (9059.16)
    Tired, blank, rather lost.

    Hope everyone's doing OK.
  9.  (9059.17)
    I got to speak to Harlan Ellison this week. On the phone, for about an hour.

    It started with the story a few weeks back, when an article quoted Harlan saying that he was dying. While the phrase was actually said, it was taken completely out of context, but I had no way of knowing that at the time, so I wrote a long remembrance/tribute/article on Harlan's work and how it had influenced my life. It was posted both in the forums here and over on Weaponizer.

    Harlan read it on Weaponizer and got in touch with me, both to thank me for the article and to assure me that he was not actually dying.

    He told wonderful stories. It was a wonderful hour of engaging conversation.

    Then, and this is possibly the most entertaining bit, Harlan went back to Weaponizer to print out a copy of the article for his files, whereupon he noticed something in the comment section and wanted to reply. He typed up a long answer, but couldn't figure out how to get it to post. So he called me back.

    First thing I heard when I answered the phone: "Yeah, Ellison again. This is the downside to me having your phone number."

    (The comment in question can be found below the main article here.)
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
     (9059.18)
    a week of highs and lows for me.... my girlfriend was fired from her job, unfairly and illegaly so now we are involved with sueing a major bank... erp


    so aside from the obvious money freakouts and suchlike, the fact my best friend, my dad, is in florida and my mother is in texas and i'm here in BLOODY GREY SCOTLAND! feeling sick of adulthood really

    however earlier this week my band played a fucking fantastic gig, our first with a second guitarist. i really feel like this band may get somewhere. although the progressive sludge/noise genre is a little under loved in the UK.

    i also went to the brewdog bar and although i wan't able to take the job with them i still love it. (the same night ended up with us getting really really high with the staff of another bar)

    and tonight i got to see my absolute number 1 stand up live for the first time. Ross Noble he was funnier than i hoped.

    so yeah..... here we go with next week


    i'm in white
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
     (9059.19)
    i've been away for a while...i bought into a comic book store and now our business partner is trying to screw us over financially. Getting paid very little for working our asses off and I'm pretty sure he's funneling money from our shop into his other shop. I'm very close to demanding my money back...
    sigh...I do so love this business..but I just can't catch a break. Everyone's crooked and out for themselves...gaaaarg.
    i miss owning my own shop. business partners generally end up being nothing but a pain in my ass.

    so yeah. that's my current update on life...ha.
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
     (9059.20)
    This week actually went by pretty fast, which was nice. I'm pretty tired of my commute to and from work (about 80 miles daily round trip) and frankly the job isn't challenging or interesting enough to warrant the wear and tear on the car, or the time involved to get there. It was fine for a while, but then one of my friends got fired a few months back, and one of my other friends just left because she moved... so there's not a lot holding me there now. I started sending out resumes mid-week and have an interview on Tuesday morning. It's about half the drive time, and I'm assuming it's going to pay either same or better than my current job, so fingers crossed for that. Now I just need to come up with an excuse for not going into work on Tuesday....

    That aside, I've been working on my webcomic. I'll be posting my 100th strip on Friday, so that's kind of exciting because I see it as a milestone. This is the longest I've ever kept up with a project and I don't have any intention of stopping. Of course NaNoWriMo starts up in November and I'm trying to figure out how to work that into my schedule as well.

    Oh, and I went and saw RED today. My wife and I really enjoyed it.

    And I don't think I've ever posted a photo of myself here, so here's a photo of myself and my friend Erika (the aforementioned co-worker who got fired, shown here cosplaying my webcomic character)
    Scott S & Erika (as Angry Faerie)