I have become a suit.I used to watch them from time to time. Whenever Nyana and I had a day off we would drive to the seaside and stop over at some restaurant along the freeway. There you would see them, tapping away at their laptops while having dinner. looking mighty busy and mighty important. I was a little envious of them. The freedom of working on the road.. The adventure of going from place to place to place. Meeting new people, new situation. Not flying a desk.. but being out there. Today I look at my reflection in the window. A freeway filled with busy cars. My laptop rattling away confidently and the shimmer of white shirt-dark tie wearing Knightwise in the window. As I wrote before .. its great to be out here on the far frontier. Being on your own, solving problems.. getting stuff done. It took me a while to get where i’m at . Some ten years ago I was literally cleaning up actual shit from actual floors in my darkest days as an educator. Today I get to reap the fruits of not settling for "good enough". Life takesfunny bends sometimes.. I’m just happy to be along for the ride
Some say they have too much time on their hands, Some say they are supernerds, Some say they are the only hope for a quality-content-deprived Star Trek Starship fan like me. ( I for one am screaming out the latter). Enter the first part of the word ‘Fan Fiction’ The Fans who have been pumping out content in the forms of stories, artwork, movies, audio or in this case : Starship models. Now we all now Star Trek fans can be enormous nerds. I’m talking uniform-wearing klingon-speaking Millhouse-style laughing superneds who will never even have sex.. Not even with their own right hand. BUT ! Some of these ‘fans’ are way much cooler then that. What am I saying : They are masters at what they do. True, the Paramount art-team does design some cool Starships from time to time. (I’m a big starship fan .. does it show ? ) But what these guys do is even more cool. Putting together one of these models with glue and stuff is hard. They take it one step further. They buy several models of existing starships, break ou the glue and the sandpaper and.. make a new ship. This are of "kitbashing" as it is called, where you smash 2 different models together and make something new can end up producing some horrible mutations (leave it up to the fans to daisy-chain 4 Constitution class secundairy hulls without any sence of style) But this guy has produced some gems.
The Uss Langestraat (strange Dutch name for a starship, meaning "long street") is a great combination of a Miranda class starship and the terrible NX01 Enterprise from the "Enterprise" series. Talking nerd-talk here we can just look at the great design of this baby. 2 impulse engines instead of one, no secondary hull, 4 megaphaser mountings and one large shuttlebay. This looks like one fast maneuverable ship. I’m sure she gurgles down tons of Diterium slush with these impulse engines so range must be limited. But its by no means a deep-space explorer. And just look at the level of detail on this baby. This guy is an artist ! Its thanks to these guys that fan fiction writers, fans, writers have inspiration for making Star Trek content while Paramount sucks monkeyballs in making new content for the average trekkie. Engage !! ! (here is more )
Sitting down in the afternoon , recovering from a fairly nice Sunday, I rattle away at my Macbook while waiting for Vista to install on one of my workstations. I’ve decided to give Microsoft latest yet another go, but choose a slightly more powerful workstation then last time. Reason ? Not curiosity or something like that, but just that I need to have a Windows based workstation for work, and my "finding how to do stuff in Vista skills" need some touching up. Cause whether I want it or not, i’m gonna run into people who have had the OS forced upon them in the OEM install of their newly acquired laptop. Not a whole lot going on today accept for some painting and lounging around at home while slurping coffee. Picture perfect Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile my reputation is being dragged through the mud over the internet thanks to my "Frenemies" @ the Global Geek Podcast. Having half a brain and being subscribed directly to the RSS feed of my Blog , they stumbled upon the pictures of the Mega Mindy incident and decided to have a little bit of fun with it. Getting a Skype-in call on my cellphone this afternoon from Dave Gray ( With cait snickering in the background ) gave me a "dark brown suspicion" something was afoot. And yes of course ! They had taken the Mega Mindy incident one step further and mutilated in in their favour. Childish ? perhaps. I hold no high opinion of the collective intelligence of the crew of the GGP. ( Let alone their taste) but I had it coming.
Reminds me of the fact that ANYTHING you put on the internet is like flushing a baby crocodile down the toilet. You might know where it all begins, you DO NOT know where it wil end. I’m sure my little pink escapade will by no means mount up to the legendary "meme’s" like the Numa Numa dancer, The star wars kid or countless others who found their little anonymous escapade become part of modern geek culture .. overnight.
Let us review some of the classics.
The numa numa kid. According to legend (and Wikipedia ) " The Numa Numa phenomenon was first popularized by Gary Brolsma’s release of Numa Numa Dance onto Newgrounds.com, on 6 December 2004. By February 25, 2005,
less than three months after Brolsma released the video onto
Newgrounds, it had been viewed more than two million times on that site
alone" I mean .. with a face like that .. a song like that and a video like that the guy was surprised that he became popular ?
The Star wars kid. Now really .. We are not making fun of people who a slightly at the chubby side of the scale (no pun intended) but somebody should not have watched "The Phantom Menace" one to many times. At some point in the video I am waiting for him to go for his Epilepsy meds .. Yet there is nothing (medically) wrong with this kid. Wiki says : On November 4, 2002 the boy made a video of himself swinging a golf ball retriever around as a weapon, presumably imitating the Darth Maul character from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace who wields a double-bladed lightsaber.
The video was filmed at the studio of his high school, and the tape was
left forgotten in a basement. The original owner of the videotape
discovered his recorded acts and immediately shared it with some
friends. Thinking that it would be a funny prank, they encoded it to a WMV file and shared it using the Kazaa peer-to-peer file sharingWithin two weeks, the file was downloaded several million times. An adapted version of the video was created, adding Star Wars music, texts, and lightsaber lights and sounds to his golf ball retriever. As of 27 November 2006 it has been estimated by The Viral Factory that the videos had been viewed over 900 million times, making it the most popular "viral video" on the Internet. t. .. Aha ! Major mistake ! Don’t film yourself doing god knows what and then forget the tape … The little aligator has come back to byte this dark lord of the Sith .. some 9 million times.
And this brings us to Fat kid nr three .. Let me point out .. I LOVE German people and by no means want to keep pointing back to the war .. but sometimes you just have to . This little f**** NEEDS to take his meds. Even Wikipedia does not have the balls to post an article about this peace of internet culture but … I’ll just post the last video of another German who has just learned .. he can’t play his Xbox anymore.. Wonder when this will hit the net.
Randomy browsing through my Twitter followers I came accross this guy ! Interesting Tweets, Interesting pictures .. Looks like an interesting life .. Damn .. I wanna be this guy for a day or two. If I look at his lifestyle I’m stunned he’s following MY twitter feed :).
On Twitter : Fotograaf
On FlickR : Bart.la