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From Twitter 01-17-2011


  • 00:48:15: RT @jephjacques: Can we as a public agree to not make fun of Rex Ryan's foot fetish? Let the guy have his kink. There's plenty of other ...
  • 00:53:27: Now THIS is how to use 3D technology! I going to purchase a Japanese 3DS just for this shit! http://bit.ly/eHGU05
  • 11:40:57: They don't make controllers like they used to. Today's arcade sticks are inferior, AND cost like $150. http://bit.ly/f3Pwog
  • 11:42:30: RT @Locs_n_Laughs: It's nice to quote the words of Dr. King but it's nicer to live by them.
  • 11:45:24: SFW, but suggestive. RT @jlist: I love this picture. It's so full of deep meaning one can only imagine. http://twitpic.com/3qw0jg
  • 11:50:29: As a Jets fan, I have properly shifted my focus to being scared shitless about the Steelers next week. Part and parcel of being a Jets fan.
  • 11:51:09: I never thought the AFC Championship had the potential of being a trap game, but I worry that NY's Super Bowl was yesterday.
  • 12:20:00: Why are people surprised about the latest Facebook kerfluffle? Zuckerberg is on record as saying he has no respect for users' privacy.
  • 12:20:28: Yet you idiots go on there, "like" everything from here to highwater, and put all of your information up regardless. It's your faults.
  • 12:27:22: RT @warbiany: So do I call the new Starbucks size "large" or "extra-large" when I order? #notsayingventiyoupretentiousassholes
  • 13:18:13: Oh, ABC News. I do love your unskippable, unstoppable video advertisements that run on your site whether I want them to or not.
  • 13:19:49: Also, there is nothing like waiting to use the bathroom because my cat is currently drinking from the bowl.
  • 13:57:36: Well, at least I know now why Backloggery isn't making changes. They *are*, but... circumstances. Feel kinda shitty about it.
  • 14:06:31: With the previous said about Backloggery, I just went through and marked some "Formerly Owned" games. Time to donate to a good cause!
  • 14:18:52: Hi, political followers! Just an FYI: I write about video games professionally. You'll learn to deal with it.
  • 14:19:32: Hi, video game followers! Just an FYI: I talk about politics a lot, and I hang with a Libertarian crowd you're not familiar with. Deal.
  • 14:19:42: Hi, bots! I hate you all and hope you die.
  • 14:20:02: With the introductions out of the way, GAAAAAANG BAAAAAAAAAAAAAANG! #keepingitclassy
  • 14:24:50: That's actually not a bad idea for a future #goaliechat: What brand of goalie equipment do you use? I'll always rock Koho. @TheGoalieGuild
  • 14:26:04: Look at @burning_phoneix RTing the Chrono Trigger article! HE'S why it didn't get into the Hall of Fame! GET HIM, FANBOYS!!! :P
  • 17:07:37: It's funny. When I actually get shit down and written down, my writing is comparable with anyone's. Getting it down is the issue.
  • 17:08:17: I'm starting to wonder if maybe there's some benefit to that NaNoWriMo stuff I've been so critical of. @dekunda might have had a point.
  • 17:14:16: I was going to post a comment on DHGF's facebook account but stopped because I didn't want a staff blowup, despite it being highly innocent.
  • 17:14:31: If that isn't indicative that maybe it's time to move on, I don't know what is.
  • 17:31:49: Oh well, enough bitching about potential staff blowups. Let's do some fucking news, huh?
  • 17:46:05: I'm wondering if a small line of demarcation separating my news and my analysis in my news pieces is a good idea. Thoughts?
  • 18:01:32: Nice to see the FCC is once again about to bend over for big business. Heidi Fleiss wasn't as big of a whore as the FCC is.

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dmajohnson
Jan. 18th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
Why are you critical of NaNoWriMo?
superbus
Jan. 19th, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
Because I've always felt it was quantity over quality. "Get 50,000 words down! Don't care how you do it, just do it!" It's sanctioned brain farting, especially considering that most of the people I've seen who try to participate in this, let's face it, aren't good enough to throw down 50K words and have them become coherent.

It was Samantha who said to me it was a good thing, because it got people past their own doubts. Considering the unwritten editorials I've had over the years because by the time I let them sort in my head they're no longer timely, usually because of my own elitism about my own work - I just won't post anything that I feel isn't 100% gold - I wonder if there's some merit to that.
sam767
Jan. 19th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
For a beginner, "Get 50,000 words down! Don't care how you do it, just do it!" is often the way to go.
sam767
Jan. 19th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
Samuraiter doesn't like it either, but that's my logic as to why it could be of some use.
dmajohnson
Jan. 19th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
Last we discussed it, his issue was the word count. He feels 50,000 words is too low for a novel and that it should be 100,000. My argument in issues of the matter of length has always been that a story should be as long as it needs to be to tell it; there are plenty of ideas that require only 50,000.
sam767
Jan. 19th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
*nods*
Plus, it's just a first draft, and while the rule (according to Steven King at least) is that the first draft should be long with plenty of fat to cut, 50 pages can feel pretty good for those of us who are n00b.
dmajohnson
Jan. 19th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
50,000 pages is more like 150 - 200 pages using standard manuscript formating, actually.
sam767
Jan. 19th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
Then it's win :D
dmajohnson
Jan. 19th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
Because I've always felt it was quantity over quality. "Get 50,000 words down! Don't care how you do it, just do it!"

Except that that the work of those thirty-odd days are only meant to be a first draft. I believe that I agree with Samantha here; it's meant to get people past their doubts, but I'll go further and say it's also a tool for pushing people to actually sit down and finish something. Instead of twiddling around, trying to perfect the opening chapter before you even know how the rest of the story is supposed to unfold (a trap I fall pray to far too often), the time limit forces you to move on and take a story from start to finish. Once the words actually exist in a physical form, then you can go back and polish. It's the same principle as video games using simple, temporary graphics (often recycled from other games) in the early stages of development, and why films and animation rely so heavily on storyboards. To build on your analogy, one should't polish their gold before they smelt it--otherwise you've just got a shiny piece of rock instead of an actual ingot. There's also the sense of community that it builds from attempting this along with everyone else, especially if you get directly involved with a group.

To be honest, I'm still more than a little bitter that I couldn't take part this year because of my move. I've managed to miss it every year. :/
sam767
Jan. 19th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
Don't be too bitter; you might not have done it fully if you had the chance, which would be more cause to be bitter than events outside of your control. ^_^

"instead of twiddling around, trying to perfect the opening chapter"
One can make a shitty story better, but can't make anything out of no story.
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