I've been tagged by the Amazing Mei about a New Year's meme, so I'm going to follow her good example and put the stylus to the tablet. I've done a few sketches lately, and thought I'd share this one with you guys:
A typical evening round the campfire…
Next resolution: Stop being such an anti-social loser. Yeah, my girl's in Beijing and all my school buddies are in NYC or Jersey City, working or studying or some shit, so I got to find me a new gang. My folks are always saying I spend too much time shut up here on my own playing socnet games with old buddies who've left town, so I've invited all the ones who are left for a party, the kind where I can flick real popcorn at them while I annihilate their asses, instead of just destroying them down a headset. Some younger bros of the dudes who left for college got a band, and want some cover art for their album, so I could even get some work out of it. Hey, I can sell it to my folks as Networking!
And last: I just started a blog, how's that for a free resolution! Promise to keep it up for at least a year, guys, or until we all meet again. You can all come stay on the farm anytime – it's a lot like our camp in the jungle, 'cept further from civilisation.Filed under: sketches
Hey my macaroni cronies, welcome to page one of my shiny new blog! I haven't done this shit since high school – hard to believe there's people out there who actually want to read my scrambled brain-eggs, but it can't be a total figment of my ego because I've been asked, by real live actual people, to keep in touch with them on here. I even got tagged in a meme already, and since it's a serious breach of netiquette to ignore a tag, this is me responding with alacrity.
Trouble is, the meme was about New Year's Resolutions, and I don't do 'em – not never, not nohow. Yet my Extreme Research compatriot Mei has asked me to post up personal information on the internet for all to see, and I must oblige. So here, for your delight and edification, are the reasons why I don't do New Year's resolutions.
1) I Fear Failure
Yep, the first reason's just plain old cowardice. It's all very well to harbour intentions of achieving something in the privacy of my own brain-space before blowing it off in favour of a quiet night in with a lasagne for one and a bottle of plonk, but to publicly resolve to achieve something? That's just setting up myself and anyone foolish enough to care for big disappointment.
2) I Failed Already
Here I am, with a first rate training in Performing Arts, living the entertainment dream on the Colmart airwaves with my erudite observational commentary and pronouncements on the price of canned peas. I don't exactly have a track record of achieving what I set out to do.
3) What's to succeed at, anyway?
And, you know, even if I had made it, if I was a well-known vidcast presenter or a big comedy Voice, isn't all that just peddling canned peas on a grander scale? At least the rut I'm stuck in now has an honesty to it. I look at the paths the people I admire take through their careers and see them all selling out, doing ads, doing gigs they don't even enjoy anymore, living an empty dream. Sure, they have money and adulation and security. But they don't have any more integrity than I do. Of course, I don't have any of that other stuff, either. I think I had a point somewhere, but I lost it…
Oh yeah, that's why I don't make resolutions. Please subscribe to this blog for more life-affirming cheery chatter!Filed under: Resolutions
I am the first posting to my blog! Where is everybody from the summer? You are all very slow, just like getting ready for the forest transect in the morning! ;-)
Everybody hears the news from Vietnam? So scary to think of so much illness very close to where we had our camp. I hope the people we meet in Tuyen Quang are healthy. I am afraid for the small farm villages – even if they have no disease, they will lose all their chickens. I think about our chickens in the camp, how we like to feed them scraps, and they fly into the tree at night, and Elaine swears very loud and didn't believe they can fly! I didn't want to eat them at the end, they are part of the group.
I want to send some money to the family of the children who take our leftover food for the animals and who bring us the “special” rice wine, but I do not know how to send this to them. I try to ask the office of the Extreme Research company in Beijing, and they only send me a message to say we are not in any danger from the Chicken Flu. Can anybody SkIMp their local office to find the information for me?
I am very busy the last few weeks with studying, and now preparing for Winter break soon. I will miss my new friends at Beida, but look forward very much to seeing my family and Xuining friends, and to celebrate the New Year and Spring Festival at home!
It is not long after 1st January, so I begin with a meme for 2026: Tell me your three resolutions! Mine are 1) Paint a little every day 2) Keep writing my blog and 3) Go outside every day and speak to another person, so I am not just working and blogging and going crazy! You see, without my Bad Influences, I am very good. I tag Elaine, Jack and Ash!Filed under: bird flu