Monday, November 25, 2002

#9. E-Speak

Y'know what I can't stand? AOL Instant Messaging. Well, literally as well, but it's what people call it that irks me. They call it AIMing or Instant Messaging or IMing. All of it sounds awkward, and I hate thinking about the concept like AOL has a monopoly on it (but of course it does). What I'm getting at is that the concept should have a more neutral name, like e-speak or something. Maybe it does already and I just don't know, but...

This is my last post until probably Sunday or Monday (and the people rejoiced); I'll be away on short Thanksgiving holiday. Until then...

Age of Mouldwarp

Sunday, November 24, 2002

#8. Background of Rogue Unit

Do you want some context for Rogue Unit? That'd probably be nice of me, huh? It takes place roughly a thousand years from now and features a human civilization which has colonized a small chunk of the Milky Way, meaning that Berlios and Descartes are both human checkpoints. There aren't any aliens here, much like the TV show Firefly, which I dislike for projecting the past onto the future, and not just any past but the American past, which is even more nauseating than just the simple past aspect. But I won't get into that. That's hardly important where Rogue Unit is concerned.

And concerning Rogue Unit and the Monk, although you might get the mistaken impression that this so-called serialized synopsis series figures greatly into my plans for this blog, it doesn't and it didn't. I decided to start it on a whim, and it will mostly be confined onto Saturday posts, meaning that the rest of the week will be your traditional blog shlogging, whatever that means.

Perhaps this is what it means? Okay, so I have nothing at the moment, but rest assured that you can look through some of the other posts and find what I might mean. That's all for now...

Age of Mouldwarp
(yes, that is beginning to look like a signature)

Saturday, November 23, 2002

#7. Rogue Unit "Simply Vanish Says the Night"

Rogue Unit Ep. 01
"Simply Vanish, Says the Night"

Wally Pearce is sent by Colonel Moss to the planet Berlios, where he is to locate Rogue Unit, specifics not required, since Pearce is not to get emotionally involved. So, not knowing what Rogue Unit is, Pearce sets off on the transport vessel Memento to Berlios, unaware that Moss has made a deal with a team of Pincers to meet him there.

Pearce comes across Dody Tyer aboard Memento, which Tyer is taking for a business trip to Descartes. The two experience an assault by Pincers on another passenger, which Tyer takes as a sign that there is someone else onboard the Pincers are in reality targeting, since they are known to send warnings to their victims before dealing with them personally. Tyer then suggests that they blend in with the rest of the passengers, which Pearce takes as hiding without actually saying so.

The rest of the trip to Berlios is uneventful, but then an explosion rocks the Memento, and forces all passengers to disembark on the planet. Pearce agrees to let Tyer tag along for a while, as he begins his search for Rogue Unit.

to be continued...

Age of Mouldwarp

Friday, November 22, 2002

#6. Prelude to Rogue Unit

Today I picked up a new book, Live From New York, a chronicle of Saturday Night Live from the people who have and are experiencing it firsthand. After realizing I had nothing better to do, I read the first chapter this afternoon, and it's worth the price of admittance. That's pretty much all I've got to say on that.

Tomorrow sees the start of Rogue Unit, what I'm describing as a serialized synopsis series, to be featured here at Scouring Monk most Saturdays I'm available to continue it. I call it a series since it will be unfurled in the general television sense, with seasons and weeks off and such, and the first week off will be next week, luckily enough. That'll give me a chance to make sure I want to go ahead with it after getting the headway in the door (I'll be off on Thanksgiving holiday). Then it'll continue for a few weeks, and then a month-long break will take place whilst I take my winter holiday from school, the most reliable source of Internet I've got.

Age of Mouldwarp (but Rogue Unit will be exclusive to the Monk for at least a little while)

Thursday, November 21, 2002

#5. Destroy, She Said

So what did I think of Destroy, She Said? I wasn't really sure until I read the interview that was included in the book involving the author and two pretty easily-identified friends of hers. The book was made into a film, as Duras's books were routinely treated, and the bulk of the discussion revolved around the differences between the book and the film, and through this I gained a better understanding of how little direction the basic story really had. As a curiosity, it isn't bad, but not anything I would recommend as something one would need experience in order to better appreciate literature or the art of storytelling in general. It meanders (which you would think might be something I would enjoy) but without any real point other than Duras's apparent political agenda, which was to move civilization past its present form and into communism. The book was published in 1969, and thusly she talks a lot about hippies and how they were an indication of the type of movement that would be needed to wipe the then-prevalent mindset away and allow for a new beginning to take place. She believed that the hippy mentality of passivity would lead to an entire generational apathy that would wipe the slate clean. It's never made clear whether Duras believed in functional communism or actual communism as witnessed already in history by that point. Russia had already been buried by it, and China was well on its way. I can only hope that she wasn't still so deluded as to believe communism would work with the present society and mindset, but perhaps that was the reason for her emphasis on a new start.

At any rate, I thought her reasoning was simplistic and she was most likely not interested in it being anything else. There're other things to read, and thankfully this book was short and quick, so it's more or less out of the way now, aside from the discussion in class I still have ahead of me. Those are always interesting...

um, and here's my site again: Age of Mouldwarp

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

#4. That Shakes Spoons!

The Face in the Far Well turned out to be a poem after all, and I've written it. Not exactly sure if it's complete, but hey. Also, I've finished reading Destroy, She Said.

...New slang...That shakes spoons! Meant to be taken in the manner that something seems somewhat odd...Garbage! As in "cool."...

#3. People Talking Randomly

Ever meet one of those people, likely just on the street, or possibly in your place of residence for those not owning a home or condo or the like, who talk to you, or at you, with no apparent motivation other than they feel like talking to someone, or simply expressing something? Barring any kind of examination as to what that may be about, let's say that I had such an experience not ten minutes ago, and it occured to me afterward that these blogs are not unlike that experience. Granted, those who read these things are seeking to read them, but the people who are typing them up, such as myself, aren't seemingly directing their thoughts at anyone in particular. It's a bit odd, is all, and thankfully my excuse for participating in said activity is that I'm also a bit odd, but no more than anyone else currently living, deceased in the last million years, or to live in the next million.

Erm, go about your normal business...

Age of Mouldwarp
(that's my web site, which is presumably the reason someone is reading this hokum...)

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

#2. Batman Nonsense, Reading List, Writing Projects

Batman is attempting to take over the world. Don't believe me? He's already got the season of Spring covered, with the first sign of it being Robin, er, the robin. He's now attempting to do the same with Winter, with Mr. Freeze, er, frost. Back in early November I saw a patch of frost on the walkway and knew that winter was on its way. Sure enough, it snowed soon after. Now that New England has had its first large helping of snow over the weekend, I've been able to enjoy that, see? Today I noticed a frozen patch of snow for the first time, and I also saw my breath. Granted, I could have likely seen my breath earlier, but this is the first time I noticed it. Winter is here. Goodbye mild winter from last year...

Current reading list:
Destroy, She Said by Marguerite Duras (school reading)
Civil Disobediance, and Other Essays by Henry David Thoreau (school reading)
Dave Barry's Guide to Guys by Dave Barry

Current writing projects:
They Saved Eddington's Brain! (a Copernicus tale)
The Face in the Far Well (haven't quite decided what this is yet, probably a poem)
Segue Your Way (part of the Prod Oasis saga Enigma of the Dawn)
Doug's Dichotomy (senior project)

Monday, November 18, 2002

#1. (First Blog)

Have you come here for something enlightening to read? Do you really expect to find that? Have you found that yet on the Internet? If you have, let me know so I can look it over, since I have only found gerbles juggling geraniums, which might mean that 1) I haven't spent enough time surfing and/or 2) perhaps I've started out on a much too quirky note. Oh well, plenty of time to fix that, eh? I expect that future posts will not be so weird...


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