Archive for September, 2004

Long running projects

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004 | Life

Though most of the posts here on Nerd Federation have now moved over to video blog entries there is the blind spot in the plan of being able to record video while out studying or at least pretending to as I don’t tend to take my camera with me (although its far from unknown for me). This is really one of the posts, designed to fill the void of time before I can get back home to grab my camera.

Today’s post, or at least this post has a central theme of long running projects – projects you start and rather than going crazy and working loads you start of slowly and work on it for a long time. There are several projects, which I have set in motion over the years designed to do this.

The original of these would probably have to be my magazine. Though it got a little delayed over summer (surprisingly considering I did nothing all summer) it’s not slowly coming back into a more regular pattern.

I have loads of websites also designed to do this. Maze Star is just getting started as a content site publishing at least once per day and there are many websites that I have moved more into regular content maintenance then building new ones.

I have also been searching for more, shall we say, well I’m not sure what the word is exactly. Like passive only it’s not. Anyway something like a game. My original target for this was Warhammer Online although that fell flat on it’s face and was abandoned about a month before it was due out. BBCi’s Celebdaq looks promising though.

What is the point of a long-term project that eats up your life constantly rather than just a solid two weeks? Well it probably offers more constant gratification although I think the main advantage is it isn’t just going to die after the initial period is over, if it’s done right it should keep going for a long time.

Instant messaging vs email

Monday, September 27th, 2004 | Video

Instant messaging is never going to replace email, here are my short throughts on why.

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What’s cool in the DVD market

Monday, September 27th, 2004 | Life

I’m sure I actually had a great opinionated post to make earlier but then again usually I can’t be bothered to type any of these ideas up anymore. Thanks to the video blog is typing thing just isn’t needed any more. Well it is seen, as the site needs some actual content but anyway to move on.

I was flicking around the random DVDs that are currently available on Play.com. I saw an advert last night for the special edition of the Shawshank Redemption but the film did go on and that’s without six hours of bonus material to watch. It’s a cool buy although it’s not that high on my list.

What is on my list of stuff to get though is one of the Donnie Darko DVDs. Originally I was going for the original which had loads of extras on (Rather than Prism edition which just sucks as it’s the normal DVD without any of the extras) although now there is a directors cut – I love directorial indulgence, I will post more about that later.

Anyway the Director’s Cut has a load of new extras on and the audio commentary has been redone for the directors cut edition so it looks like a pretty cool purchase. Resident Evil is also a nice purchase now that it has plenty of extras. That said it has had them for about a year lol.

So much depression

Monday, September 27th, 2004 | Video

You know I actually beleive that a Day of Chris could make the world a better place.

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Water, the bringer of guys in vans

Saturday, September 25th, 2004 | Video

Outside the front of my house there is a fountain of water spraying up from the water main. Best guess is they are letting it out to let the pressure out for work doing down the system at some point considering there is a a guy in a drainage company can parked near it reading a magazine. Anyway having nothing better to do I grabbed my camcorder.

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University applications equals moaning

Saturday, September 25th, 2004 | Life

Well now, I am currently beginning to start the university applications process so I have a lot of moaning about the system. Iím just getting started but some people had their applications off almost four weeks ago. In fact the university could have already decided to take them Ė donít believe them when they tell you it isnít first come first served.

Second of course is that the first year for a-levels is just to mess around. And yet it is these grades and your predicted grades which will get you into the universities that you are applying for Ė so most of us are doomed from the start. Although luckily they will be getting round to changing that.

To continue
the moan, I donít know what I really want to do now.

Anyway this
is like a two day thing lol. I wrote half it on Wednesday and it is now
Saturday. I went to the Leeds Met open day today which was a bit of a bust to
begin with but the multimedia course looks quite good.

Anyway as Iím
not really sure what I was moaning about (not because there isnít anything to
moan about but because there is so much it could have been so many things) I am
going to go ahead and end it here. My tip of the day Ė get a job ;).

Insomnia, I wish

Friday, September 24th, 2004 | Video

It’s Friday night, I have emails to check, customers to answer, websites to update, other work to do and all I can think about it crawling into a little ball and waking up around Christmas time.

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Vote Carrie .org

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004 | Video

"Beauty is fleeting, but a rent-controlled
apartment overlooking the park is forever." If your tired of regular poletics why not vote for Carrie from Sex and the City. Check out VoteCarrie.org. Also, Chris’s video blog commentary on it:

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Exploring the new look Rawpulse

Monday, September 20th, 2004 | Video

Ever wondered what a 60 second tour of the new Rawpulse looks like? Grabbing a computer, Chris and Carl bring it to life.

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Chris and Carl present

Monday, September 20th, 2004 | Video

Well now it’s time for the first ever video blog so let’s get this funky thing underway. For the first video blog, the first one we didn’t video over anyway, Chris and Carl randomly discuss stuff in a starewell.

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