[ back to Tom 7 Radar ]

p
e
r
s
o
n
a
l
Na-nothanks-mo (04 Nov 2005 at 20:08)
Well, nanowrimo (the write-a-novel-in-a-month thing) is going on again right now, but I am not doin' it. This is because I didn't get the things done that I told myself I should have done before attempting something like that, and those are Separate Compilation Paper and Thesis Proposal. This makes me a little sad, since I had all sorts of ideas already worked out, but having already written two novels, the cost/benefit analysis for a third is sorta grim. Sorry! (Someone apparently called my office a week or so ago and told my officemate to encourage me! Extra sorry to you!)

Still, november will not be for naught. I have a plan to spend time each day working on portfolio-expanding endeavours. First up is fun(ny) little Flash games for the web. (One coming up soon, in fact.) Programming in Flash is simultaneously intensely awful (because the programming language is so, so bad) and liberating (because you can develop a stupid idea into a working graphical thingy so quickly). But most importantly, Flash gets you an artifact that many people can enjoy without too much commitment, which is the way people like it these days. It's like, the total opposite of novels.

Also, I have eliminated my official policy against social networking sites, meaning I now have flickr and friendster accounts. (Thanks, Erika, for reminding me.) I apologize for the massive amount of friendspam I sent out today, which since it is really just one e-mail per person I don't know why I'm apologizing, but I sure felt like a spammer for a bit there. If you have a friendster account that I didn't find, by all means add me, even if you don't really know me. I like to collect friendsters like candy that you can't eat.
c
o
m
m
e
n
t
Tom 7 (h-72-244-70-151.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 11.04.05 20:12:10
Addendum: Since Friendster makes you type in the last name of the persons you befriend, I have been tested dozens of times today, and impressed with my own ability to recall and correctly spell these names, even for people I don't know that well. (Y'all still my friends like candy, though.)
c
o
m
m
e
n
t
jcreed (wittgenstein.wv.cc.cmu.edu) – 11.04.05 20:56:45
I am also finding nanowrimo a struggle from the sheen of "omg a novel in a month" having worn off a bit by the third time.
c
o
m
m
e
n
t
Paranoid in Pittsburgh (dhcp-57-155.dsl.telerama.com) – 11.05.05 00:44:18
For those whose anti-social networking sites policy is still in place, what lead to your change of heart? I still find friendster vaguely creepy.

I like collecting candy you don't eat too! Candy is still good for having, even though the thrill of the eating wore off long ago.
c
o
m
m
e
n
t
Tadbot (pcp04043871pcs.walngs01.pa.comcast.net) – 11.05.05 04:15:22
I am sad that there's no tom7 nanowrimo this year.
I recently signed up for Friendster also, so I just added you. huzzah
c
o
m
m
e
n
t
Tom 7 (h-72-244-70-151.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 11.05.05 14:17:12
The change of heart is just that I am trying to eliminate unnecessary and arbitrary policies that I adopted on a whim, apparently to make life more challenging. Friendster seems a lot safer anyway than say, Orkut. Fewer Brazilians too.

Are there really anti-social networking sites? ;)
c
o
m
m
e
n
t
Max (mheath.stu.wesleyan.edu) – 11.08.05 15:26:17
Ahem, N*SANO?!

Hey and now you can have a myspace account, too!
c
o
m
m
e
n
t
Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 11.08.05 19:32:11
N'SANO is on the list...

Yeah, myspace! Shit yes!
p
o
s
t

a

c
o
m
m
e
n
t
[ Tom 7 Radar  •  Tom 7 on Google+  •  on Twitter  •  on Facebook ]