Mysterium Vancouver?

Okay, I’ve been promising a bunch of updates about a bunch of things on here. Sorry, maybe later… :P

This post focusses on an idea that has slowly been growing since Mysterium 2009 with the live video feed. With the announcement that Mysterium 2010 would be in Minneapolis (and a number of people wouldn’t be able to attend), I thought about it a bit more, got some feedback from Odo, and decided to put this out for review.

Would people be interested in a Mini-Mysterium in Vancouver (BC, Canada)? One weekend, probably offset just before or after the official Mysterium. Consider it an alternative Mysterium for people who aren’t able to travel from the northwest out to the east for a convention.

Feedback, ideas, etc.?


Yes, I know I haven’t updated recently… Here’s a basic summary:
Oh noes! Grad cut-off and chaos!
SSGH fun.
w00t! Graduation!
Geography exams make me a sad llama.
BBQs are awesome.

Anyways, I’m heading off camping again. :D Tofino for a week (leaving tomorrow), and then Barkerville for a week after that. Both are a lotof fun, and both should yield some amazing textures :P

Lost in Eternity

Okay, a few reason why my blogging ability fails:

  1. I have Twitter, which is great for those short things that I want to share. Blogs are fairly boring when each post is only 140 characters…
  2. Although I often want to respond to Uru forums posts or other blog posts (such as vaaht’s recent post) I generally don’t (especially forum posts, since people seem to take offense to my criticising of their stupidity) or give my thoughts over IMs.
  3. I have issues with getting my thoughts onto a tangible medium in a way that keeps them intact. I make abstractly logical associations in my head that don’t communicate well… anywhere outside of my head :P
  4. Usually anything personally ends up in IMs, because I have this fear that my blog will turn into an emo-fest. That, and my personal stuff always seems so mediocre and meaningless in the long run.

So, the past two months in recap? $cat < /dev/dox
Melissa got me hooked on A Softer World; and just yesterday Chacal posted a link to Sequential Art. Those are likely two comics that I will follow irregularly, along with my devotion to XKCD.
I’ve decided/discovered that my favourite time was my grade 10 year, the year I started this blog. Despite what it might seem, that year was a lot of fun and if I could build a time machine, you’d find me in spring 2007.
Grad is coming up, and my ambivalence to the world is apparently an issue for some people. I do care about things, just evidently not the things that I’m supposed to care about.
School is both amazing and boring me to death. I’d really like nothing better than to sit in 2029 all day with friends and read, but some people seem to think that my marks aren’t good enough to merit enjoyment and fun. I’ll be spending the next week in physics.
I’m passive aggressive. Deal with it.
I can fill in the entire periodic table on in under 4 minutes. Spring break didn’t go entirely to waste. :P (Incidentally, my friend use spring break to learn all 53 countries of Africa on sporcle.)
I’m doing some work on Ahra Pahts, and there are some days that PyPRP makes me want to shoot myself.
I have 3 computers in my room, with RAM sticks on the floor like candy wrappers. Streaming media server: here we come!

Some days, everything seems blurry and disconnected… like it’s impossible to focus on one thing for very long, or pay attention to conversations… Sometimes I like that, and sometimes you go through a day hearing all the conversations that just catch in your mind and won’t let you think.

Moderation Discussion

I’m posting my view on this here after seeing comments from some people about threads not being locked vs. being locked.

In real life, what you say cannot be unsaid: you say it, and it’s out there forever. You can apologize for it and make amends, but what you said will always be out there. My view is that the Internet is much the same. When you make a post, that post is forever. You should not be allowed to go back and remove it or edit it (barring adding information, slight clarifications, and fixing language errors). Nor should moderators go and delete a post simply because it is too “flamy” or too “off topic”.

In the COBBS days, there were flamewars that would continue on for 15 pages of highly personal attacks before the administrator would even offer a warning to the people involved. Yet now, people are sending angry messages to moderators because of a single inflammatory post?

Arguments happen, both in real-life and online. Often it is by looking back at those arguments that we are able to make better judgements in the future. By removing those arguments, you are effectively rewriting history. I’m fairly sure we would all agree that is a very bad idea!

I do understand situations such as the MOUL Forums, where Cyan must maintain a policy in order to keep their future ventures open. While I find the moderation there oppressive and inconsistent, I am able to at least understand what rules the moderators were trying to follow.

People have probably noticed that one of my preferred method of presenting argument is with raw chatlogs. This gives people the chance to make their own decisions and make up their own minds about what happened. By keeping the flamewar threads, we allow people to do the same thing, and form their own opinions about the issues.

Opinions? Please discuss…

NaNoWriMo update

wow… I’m actually doing this o.o

After falling miserably behind over the past two weeks, I wrote 8000 words yesterday and combined with nearly 2000 today, got myself back on track, and even ahead of where I need to be. This is exciting, I’ve never made it past the first few days, so it was a huge achievement to even reach 10000 words. But now that 50000 word goal is actually within sight.

Daily progress stuff started working, but I never updated by previous posts, it’s available here for anyone who cares.

Any other NaNoWriMo people get the feeling that everyone else will be very much relieved when November is over and you stop talking about your novel? >.>

NaNo progress

Since GermanShepherd and Novah are both doing well, I might as well make mention that so far I am keeping up with the daily quotas.

Surprising, especially for someone who started off with no storyline, and who still has no actual plot sequence beyond a few small ideas. Descriptive writing tends to be good at increasing word count, and when stuck for ideas, peer review (thanks vaaht!) is great.

Slightly ahead of schedule now with 5209 words. :D


Doing this crazy thing again, hoping to do better than last year and make it past the first page, and then hopefully past the first chapter.

I’ll try to keep interested people up-to-date, but my interest could very easily die unexpected.

EDIT: Apparently some of the word count widgets are broken, so I’m replacing them with a functional one.

Awards Ceremonies are the death of me

Annual awards ceremony today at school. Not-yay because it’s the most boring thing to sit through.

Usually the bleachers are filled with students forced to attend, and the floor is filled with the award winners (who would much rather be somewhere else as well). This year there were barely 50 people in the bleachers. Congratulations to all of those who found a better way to spend their time!

Add to the fact that this year was the worst awards ceremony I’ve ever attended… there was a strict “no applause for individual achievements” rule. Forgive me for feeling like it was horribly impersonal, felt like an assembly line, and made me more depressed than it would have otherwise.

Thanks school… you’re doing a great job at making yourself the most miserable place on earth.