December 1st, 2006


Good news, Bad news

Why does news always come in pairs?

Firstly I'd like to be clear there must be better ways of starting a month than waking up with nausea at 2am. Clearly fate has decided to pay me back for my rather blasé attitude to side effects.

In other news, debates over LRP videos led me to watch Chapter One of IMPS. It's very funny and recommended for everyone with an inner Star Wars Geek. So that's probably most people I know other than ant_girl...

I also watched War of the Worlds and rewatched Miami Vice over the last few days. The former, while having some nice SFX was pretty damn dreary. It wasn't bleak enough to be anything close to Threads et al and as a result was just rather mediocre. Miami Vice, aided by the ability to skip through the tedious shower scenes, was much better than on first watching. I think this was down to expectation management, but because I wasn't expecting it to be a slick, music driven rollercoaster with the characterisation of Heat - I could actually enjoy (as far as possilbe) watching a story with the consistency of custard attempt to justify why Colin Farrell ever thought facial hair was a good idea. The best music in the film is still at the start though.

Collateral is next and I still must see The Prestige.

Anyone going to Cruxshadows/Trauma Pet tonight btw? I'm kinda tempted but I'm not sure I want to go all the way to Nuneaton on my own (driving to avoid being trapped at the mercy of a goth-bus).

And finally... SMOKING BAN, JULY 1st 2007! Excellent!

Friday is introspection day

artw*nk is nearly over. I continue to fluctuate between the pretensions of an artist, the quest for recognition in my current field of "work" and the idea of an easy office life where my worst critic will be myself and my head will be kept as down as much as my mouth allows.

However, what seizing the zeitgeist and developing a narrative to my work has done is expose me to more people doing different things in a way I hadn't understood. This is only a good thing and I'm less of a wallflower in discussions than I was 11 weeks ago.

Plus I have some more books on my wishlist - having focussed an interest on John Coplans and the old favourite enfant terrible Robert Mapplethorpe. Now Mapplethorpe seems to demonstrate perfectly the blurs between art, pr0n and paedophilia - certainly his online content at the Guggenheim website rides roughshod over boundaries with its NWS pictures of child nudes.

I get this sense of desire to know and do more - maybe I should do an MA...

Or at the very least, going back to where I started, get on with plans...

And finish that new website.


"Ask me any question (or more than one if you want) of or about one ofmy characters (be they tabletop, LRP, past or present) and I will reply honestly - I of course reserve the right to reply with "Find Out In Game" if it's a question about a current character."

I can imagine this will confuse perhaps 40% of my friends list at least...