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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #150 on: 29 Mar 2011, 22:56 »

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« Reply #151 on: 30 Mar 2011, 00:53 »

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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #152 on: 30 Mar 2011, 02:11 »

I keep yellin' at it but it ain't not doing anything
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #153 on: 30 Mar 2011, 03:24 »

I got confirmation of acceptance into manchester to do my masters in comp sci! I have been fist punching the air since I found out.
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #154 on: 30 Mar 2011, 03:32 »

I'm pretty sure I'm going to die of exhaustion this week, guys.
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #155 on: 30 Mar 2011, 04:00 »

Another night of disappointment!

or

The date that wasn't.

So as you guys may recall I had a date tonight. I was looking forward to it, I had a bit of an emotional melt-down last night (of which, more later), I ironed my shirt and washed my nice white trousers specially and I wasn't even nervous when I got on the train into the city. En route I sent a text to the girl I was meeting to let her know what I looked like and what I was wearing, because we've never met each-other before, and I got to the bar on time and ordered a beer and sat down to wait for her to arrive.

About ten minutes after I got there I received a text from her, saying that she was really glad I'd texted her because she'd left my number at home, and furthermore explaining that she'd been stuck out at a site for work (she works in event management) and wouldn't be able to meet me that night. I texted her back to suggest we meet some other time and she replied that she had a really busy couple of weeks ahead so it'd have to be after that. So I guess I'll have to wait a couple of weeks to see if I ever get to meet this girl or not. I stopped off at another bar where I know the staff on the way home because I needed some friendly faces to talk to and I couldn't stand going home straight away and spending the night alone.

On the face of it it's not so bad but it's been a bit of a shit of a week so this was just one more thing. Yesterday I finally decided to telephone the literary agent I'd sent the manuscript for my novel to just before Christmas, basically to ask why the hell it was taking so long for her to get back to me (but in much nicer words than that, obviously). I left a message on her answering machine and an hour later she emailed me saying she was terribly embarassed and that she thought she'd replied to my submission but that on closer inspection she couldn't find any record of having done so. She then went on to say that although she thought the story of my manuscript was affecting and would appeal to many people (her words), she didn't think it was quite strong enough for the big publishers she usually deals with, given the current publishing climate. She suggested that I try some small independents instead. Now, I've got a lot of respect for independent publishers, I'm trying to get my other book (of the text-message stories I've been writing for the last couple of years) published by an independent because they're the only publishers with the guts to take on something like that, but the novel I thought actually had broad appeal and deserved the kind of audience that the independents can't generally attract, and on top of all the struggles I've been having trying to find a publisher for the short stories book the agent's email yesterday just felt like she was telling me that I was minor-league, which I'm sure isn't what she meant, but it was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.

I'm feeling better about it now but I won't lie, after I got that email yesterday I had a little cry and I felt pretty fucking hopeless and despairing. Guys, don't ever try to get two books published at once, it's fucking masochistic.

I really would've like to meet this girl tonight and hang out with her for a bit.
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #156 on: 30 Mar 2011, 04:43 »

I'm pretty sure I'm going to die of exhaustion this week, guys.

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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #157 on: 30 Mar 2011, 05:44 »

Did the agent give you any solid criticism or did she just say that and leave it?
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #158 on: 30 Mar 2011, 06:11 »

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In the event,  while  RUSSELL AND PETER is an affecting story and I"m sure would appeal to many people, in what is a very difficult publishing environment I don't think it's quite strong enough for me to be confident I could sell it to the commercial publishers with whom we generally do business.  My advice: look to some of the smaller, more innovative houses such as Sleepers Publishing and Transit Lounge. They may pay little or nothing by way of an advance, but they also don't require than an agent be attached to the project.

To be fair with so many people wanting to be writers these days the writing industry has become incredibly compartmentalised, as nobody has time to do everything. Once upon a time maybe an agent would have given a writer advice on their manuscript but nowadays they've got their work cut out for them just trying to keep ahead of the constant flow of submissions they get, so they leave that job to specialised manuscript appraisal services.

The problem is that everyone in the publishing industry is shit-scared for their jobs and their future at the moment, and as a consequence publishing is going through an incredibly conservative period. A typical question you see in publisher's submission guidelines, which absolutely drives me mad, is: "What book would you see as a comparison title to yours?" When you've written an 80,000 word manuscript about something with the express intention of writing something unlike anything you've read before (in my case, a story detailing the end of a long-term relationship in which the word "love" is explicitly never mentioned, and in which the "triumphant ending" is actually the final and definitive dissolution of that relationship, and furthermore in which the two people breaking up try their utmost to remain civil with each-other, all intertwined with, basically, a story about what it's like to be a domestic cat) that's an incredibly difficult and kind of futile question to try to answer.
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #159 on: 30 Mar 2011, 06:15 »

I'm pretty sure I'm going to die of exhaustion this week, guys.

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Wasn't there a guy in Missour-ah that got elected like 3 weeks after he died?
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #160 on: 30 Mar 2011, 09:29 »

If I die, I had better win. That'd be fuckin' amazing.
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #161 on: 30 Mar 2011, 14:11 »

Harry, i have no idea if this is good advice, but have you thought about publishing your books as e-books on the interwebs? I hear this cuts out the middlemans quite hard?
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #162 on: 30 Mar 2011, 14:33 »

My curriculum includes a book named prioritizing web usability. It's written in 2006. Some of the things they write are so wrong that it's painful. Like "most video clips needs to be shorter than one minute" for people to bother to watch them on the internet.

This book was released at the same time as youtube had started getting 65k video uploads a day, according to wikipedia. What the hell I hate this class.

EDIT: "going forward, mac will probably continue it's decline (in market share)". Why do people still think that you can write books about technology and predict the future in any way?
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #163 on: 30 Mar 2011, 14:45 »

That's not even predicting the present right.
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #164 on: 30 Mar 2011, 15:43 »

"going forward, mac will probably continue it's decline (in market share)"

Proportion of different computer types taken from surveys at Oxford University's Freshers Fairs over the past few years.  They include both new undergraduates and new post-graduate students:



In 2010, the split for undergrads was 74:27:6, and for postgrads was 67:39:7.  The totals are >100% because of people who actively use more than one system.
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #165 on: 30 Mar 2011, 17:48 »

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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #166 on: 30 Mar 2011, 18:06 »

I'm feeling really spacey and out of sorts today -- on the verge of really sad, but not quite there, so I've been doing my best to distract myself: lingering in a used bookstore when I really should not have gotten any more books, reading in a cafe when I really should have been doing my homework, working through various literature blogs, etc. After my time in Vancouver, I'm finding it immensely to get my mind back into my schoolwork, and it is hitting me harder than ever that I just don't have the urge to engage with this material anymore; my interests are almost entirely elsewhere. It's good, I suppose, that I only have a couple weeks left before I'm done with my undergrad, and that I'll hopefully have time to figure out where I do want to be & what I do want to be doing later on. I just don't have the heart for what I need to be working on right now, and though I have tons of amazing friends here, I just don't feel up to interacting with anyone.

Blah.

Tomorrow afternoon I think I'll go for a long bike ride, assuming the weather holds strong. I just don't know quite what to do with myself right now.
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #167 on: 30 Mar 2011, 18:13 »

Why don't you come down to CO instead of us coming up there? It's awesome in the Summertime.
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #168 on: 30 Mar 2011, 18:28 »

Sounds absolutely wonderful, but at this point I have no idea if I'll actually be able to travel at all or not. I need to figure out work here pretty quick after school ends (though I have a couple promising leads), if I'm going to be able to pay rent and buy food, nevermind going travelling. Unless my parents are feeling mighty generous with graduation gifts.
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #169 on: 30 Mar 2011, 18:41 »

So a classmate of mine of mine was planning to go to japan during spring break.(last week in canada) I only see him once a week so the first thing that came out of my dumb mouth was "How was Japan?"

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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #170 on: 31 Mar 2011, 00:19 »

After a 2-month hiatus, my federal grand jury service finally enters its second day tomorrow with a training session. Since I'm an alternate, it will probably be several months more before I actually serve. Should be an interesting civics lesson at least.
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #171 on: 31 Mar 2011, 07:14 »

2 hrs and 45 minutes left. After that I can die.
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #172 on: 31 Mar 2011, 07:23 »

1 hour forty minutes and then I'm unemployed again.
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #173 on: 31 Mar 2011, 10:37 »

It's over. Lager is in my belly, I'm in the warm, and I can play batman when I get home instead of making more flyers. The winners are announced tomorrow, and if I don't win I will break down in tears on stage.
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« Reply #174 on: 31 Mar 2011, 11:31 »

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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #175 on: 31 Mar 2011, 12:33 »

oh yeah and that
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« Reply #176 on: 31 Mar 2011, 16:40 »

I'm currently filling out an eviction notice to stick on my own front door for Stacey to find tomorrow morning. I don't think it would normally fool her, but maybe the 12 hour overnight shift she's working tonight will leave her delirious and susceptible to some april fool's day shenanigans. 

But this all got me thinking, I can't wait to have kids just to mess with them. I already plan on running into their room and screaming "HEY GUYS, WAKE UP QUICK, SANTA CAME REALLY EARLY THIS YEAR!!!" and then filming their disappointment. 
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #177 on: 31 Mar 2011, 16:56 »

NO that's like the time my brother told me "wake up it's christmas morning" in like july and i was like what three years old i didn't keep track of months and i ran out the room to a very normal living room then i just cried and then my mom yelled at him
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #178 on: 31 Mar 2011, 17:01 »

How about the "Come on kids, we're going to Disney World!" and then taking them to the dentist?
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« Reply #179 on: 31 Mar 2011, 17:11 »

when i was really small, one of my older sisters had to have a series of major jaw surgeries to correct a severe underbite which resulted in her being really ill and confined to hospital for a few weeks on account she swallowed lots of blood and couldn't eat properly and was really malnourished and lost a lot of weight and etc. she was so mad and bitter about the experience that when i visited her in hospital with my parents she told me that when i grew up i would need the same surgery and that i would probably only have a 30% chance of survival. she totally denies she ever said this to me but there's no way she didn't because like, how on earth could i even make that up at that age. there's no way.

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« Reply #180 on: 31 Mar 2011, 17:14 »

How about the "Come on kids, we're going to Disney World!" and then taking them to the dentist?

there's a jack handy sketch where he tells a version of this prank that involves telling his kids he's going to take them to disneyland, and instead he drives them to an old abandoned warehouse and says "oh no, disneyland burnt down!". no idea if anyone's actually done this, it might be too mean. then again it could also be hilarious. your call i suppose
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #181 on: 31 Mar 2011, 17:17 »

i thought that happened on simpsons. someone did that in real life? dear lord
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #182 on: 31 Mar 2011, 17:27 »

I've only been awake 2 hours and today has been a good day already. Got an email from one of the university departments I applied for saying they were considering my job application which is promising. Then I got a text from Jimmy saying his boss was looking at my CV, nothing definite but still more promising than nothing! Then I applied for another job at another university which sounds pretty cool.

Now I just gotta shower and then go and meet Hannah for burritos. I suspect I shall get nachos instead of burritos however. Pictures possibly forthcoming.
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« Reply #183 on: 31 Mar 2011, 17:49 »

I've only been awake 2 hours and today has been a good day already. Got an email from one of the university departments I applied for saying they were considering my job application which is promising. Then I got a text from Jimmy saying his boss was looking at my CV, nothing definite but still more promising than nothing! Then I applied for another job at another university which sounds pretty cool.

APRIL FOOLS!

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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #184 on: 31 Mar 2011, 17:50 »

Guys, I'm kinda in a shitty mood on a count of having an assessment (read exam) in 4 hours and it counts for a 1/3 of my histology mark. FUCK!
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« Reply #185 on: 31 Mar 2011, 22:35 »

I get to interview the Black Lips, YES! Sometimes campus radio pulls through
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« Reply #186 on: 31 Mar 2011, 23:56 »

I started a job babysitting a 6-month-old this week.  Infants are pretty crazy!  The most frustrating thing is when he screams and screams and nothing will shut him up (not hungry? diaper is dry? won't fall asleep? won't lie down? won't be carried? singing doesn't help? cartoons? music?), but goddamn there is something primally satisfying about feeding a baby in your arms.

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I have to decide tonight whether I am going off to a doctoral program this year or next year (my top choice told me they'd defer funding to next year... hm) because if I don't tell our management company whether or not we're staying they will try to rent our apartment out from under us beginning tomorrow. Dang.
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #187 on: 01 Apr 2011, 01:32 »

That test was fucking easy. W00t, me!
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #188 on: 01 Apr 2011, 01:38 »

my roommate has the worst conversations ever oh god that is what happens when you have zero interests in anything. she spent over five minutes talking about eggs (her recent consumption habits of, and questioning the usage of sour cream on) on the phone with her boyfriend. which is all she ever does. talk on the phone with her boyfriend, that is, not talk about eggs. but dear lord. why why why
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« Reply #189 on: 01 Apr 2011, 02:07 »

In a fairly grudging fashion I'm quite impressed with the DWP. Years ago you used to have to go somewhere to have your soul destroyed and be wilfully broken on the mechanisms of bureaucracy in order to register as unemployed. These days you get to do it in the comfort of your own home, which now feels a little tainted and dirty. Of course they haven't just resorted to simple expedience for kicking someone when they're down, that would be too easy. Once you've routinely been made to feel worthless, you then have to go somewhere to do it all over again. It's rather thorough and ingenious.

I'm sure that there's someone in Blackpool whose job is to find new ways to make the benefits system ever more gut-wrenchingly dismal. When I find out who it is, I'm taking it from them.
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« Reply #190 on: 01 Apr 2011, 02:25 »

Just to put the cap on a week of shit, this afternoon work rang me up and told me that as of next financial year they were going to cut me back to four days a week. Considering I'm struggling weekly to keep my head above water as it is and seeing as how I reeeeeaaaaaaly don't want to get a housemate it looks like I'm going to have to get a second job for one or two days a week from July.
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Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
« Reply #191 on: 01 Apr 2011, 08:24 »

I think I'm out of a job after today. Got a letter from my boss saying security has been cut back.
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« Reply #192 on: 01 Apr 2011, 09:48 »

Yeah, come 5pm I'm jobless.
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« Reply #193 on: 01 Apr 2011, 09:51 »

I feel like nobody is going to believe you because it is April Fool's Day.
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« Reply #194 on: 01 Apr 2011, 10:10 »

I actually assumed it was a prank. But one of my coworkers confirmed it is not.
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« Reply #195 on: 01 Apr 2011, 10:12 »

We will not believe you either for a couple of days. Please don't be offended for obvious reasons.
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« Reply #196 on: 01 Apr 2011, 11:22 »

Be offended for some unobvious reasons. Go nuts.
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« Reply #197 on: 01 Apr 2011, 16:39 »

ugh i'm just so up and down lately and i really really need to be out of school so i can sort my shit out and i wish i was able to focus on school so i actually felt i was making progress but i can't at all and i wish my friends weren't writing papers

but at least i have some pretty good books out of the library and victoria will be coming over later and i'm probably going to be seeing this other cute girl this weekend but seriously i just need to be in a better state of mind
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« Reply #198 on: 01 Apr 2011, 17:09 »

4th out of 5 candidates (not including the RON option). I have never felt so utterly destroyed in my life.
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« Reply #199 on: 01 Apr 2011, 19:53 »

At least some people like you.
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