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Monday, September 20, 2004 0 comments
Currently listening to: Born Slippy - Underworld
*blows off the dust*
Well damn, its been a while eh? Apologies to all of you who have been actually checking back here virtually each and every day for an update (and not to mention, physically reminding me to update this blog)...
Its really quite flattering. ;)
So, yes, i'll be updating on a more frequent basis from this point on. I'm not just saying that mind you - unlike the other umpteen proclamations in a similar vein which i've made before. No, no... its been a week of resolutions and the regular updating will constitute an important part of the overall plan. All in all it seems to be working out well thus far what with me actually hitting the gym regularly, searching for a part-time job and, most importantly, actually managing to sleep consistently at a reasonable hour (the REAL reason why this blog never got updated - insomnia really can be a blessing and a curse).
More changes should be on the way, and hopefully i'll be able to stand by them for a more reasonable period of time than the previous set of resolutions that i tried to adhere to. Yup, deconstructive and reconstructive tendencies - thats me!
Needless to say, i won't really bother with playing 'catch up' on the stuff that has been happening to me for the last two odd weeks. I'm quite sure that a quick perusal of the various blogs of the people who i've been hanging around with can actually fill in some of the gaps - namely those by Albert, Sneexe, Chen Hoe, and Chan.
But then again, some of the above sites are temporarily down... oh well.
About the only other news of note is the fact that Chan came down for a few days, which devolved into a lot of touring and drinking on my part. As a plus he did bring back some nifty stuff from Japan (like turning my computer into a WAN hub) AND i managed to take the opportunity to snag about 20+ gigs of stuff from his comp while he was staying over at my place (like anime - the Ghost In The Shell series being a current favourite). He's currently touring Singapore and Indonesia but will be back on Wednesday - anyone up for a farewell party before he goes off to Melbourne? ;)
Apologies as well to those who have been trying to contact me via icq, msn messenger, or skype of late (shit, skype's starting to look like my mobile! 22 missed calls? Oh the irony of introducing it to everyone and not using it...) - i prefer to watch, thanks. Although i truly will try and make a concerted effort to overcome my strangely voyeuristic online tendencies to come online and actually chat (yes, chat!) more than once in a while... ;p
Thats about it for now - bring on the filler!
Hrmmm... i can't recall where but i did spot an article on someone's blog about some advice or somesuch in regards to women when they go out on dates. I can't exactly recall what it was about though... However, it reminded me of this site which i stumbled across some time ago which styles itself as an automated email rejection service. ;)
Here's what they say...
So here's the scenario: You're out at a bar, riding transit, or even just walking down the street, and some bozo who desperately wants into your pants starts up a conversation with you. Rather than make a scene or make them upset, you're polite and at least nod at the proper times. Then, of course, they ask you for your number. Except this is 2004, so maybe they ask for your email address instead.
That's where Paper Napkin comes in. Give them firstname.lastname@example.org (or paamail.com, to be less suspicious), tell them it's your address, and when they write you, they'll automatically get a response telling them how badly they've been rejected. If they sound desperate enough, it may even get posted and ridiculed. Yes, it's cruel, so use it wisely.
And what's the actual written content of the email they send? Have a gander:
Subject: Nice to hear from you
Ha ha, just kidding. Actually, this is a rejection letter. The person who gave you this email address does not want to have anything to do with you.
This is probably bad news, and many people cope with bad news in phases: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Let us help you through these:
"It must be a mistake": Nope. You got an address in the form email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, right? Well, all we here at papernapkin.net do is send rejection notices. If you got this email address, it wasn't an accident. No, you've definitely been rejected.
"Why is this happening to me?": Well, there are two main points. First, the person you wrote to obviously had this email address ready to give you, so they probably get hit on a lot. Second, for whatever reason, that person would rather let you get this rejection letter than reject you in person. So who should you be mad at: all the other creeps who have hit on this person before you, ruining your chances; or you yourself for being too intense or scary to be let down gently? Either way, you really shouldn't be "angry" at anyone - what good does that do?
"I promise I'll do better next time": Fine, great, but just not with this same person, okay? The message being sent here is pretty clear. Besides, it may not even be your "fault" - as we pointed out above, this person was hit on enough to memorize email@example.com long before you came along. Maybe you're just out of your league here. Maybe this person has built up some walls that are just too thick to breach. Either way, don't try again. If you do, you're just going to seem like a stalker... or worse! Go ahead and clean up your act if you think you should - just be sure to find a different audience to try it out on.
"I don't care anymore": Aw, we can't leave it like that! Buck up, little nipper! It isn't all bad! At least you were rejected in the privacy of your own email account; you had no chance to do or say anything that you would later regret; and you've saved the time and effort of pursuing a no-chance relationship.
Besides, you didn't just get rejected - you've learned about a great new tool: papernapkin.net. After all, this is nothing personal to us. We have no beef with you, and we'd be just as pleased to serve your rejection needs as we are to serve anybody else. So if you ever need to reject somebody, be sure to tell them to write to you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How's that? All better now? Good. And good luck to you. Maybe next time you will get a real email address!
Quite cool eh? Useful too i'll wager... although i somehow get the uneasy feeling that i've just destoyed the hopes of about one hundred or so budding casanovas out there... On the bright (or down) side, at least you, dear reader, will actually be able to see this one coming! Girls, think of it as a useful tool. Guys, think of this as a public warning broadcast - remember those email addresses! ;)
Hey, RM20 from me to the first person who proves to me that he/she uses this service to actually ditch someone!
And no, i'm not going to fall for it. ;)
'k, lets move on to some games now...
Dawn Of War Demo
I mentioned this game some time ago and i'd just like to bring to everyones notice that the demo has been out for the last three weeks!
Erm... ok so this news is a tad late because the actual game has just been released, but who cares - its still great! Hell, i spent half my time in the demo just creating my own Marine chapter... (and i bet only Paul knows what they're called *grinz*)
Praise the Emperor and pass the ammo boys, because it actually ROCKS! Well... the maps are a tad small, but what the hell. This is the first decent Warhammer 40,000 game that they've ever come out with! Check it out here or here!
In the meanwhile here's a few screenshots to jiggle your imagination (courtesy of Gamespy of course) while the full review can be found here...
Ok, i kinda forgot to mention this the last time but he DOES have a photo collection that is (kinda) available publicly online for viewing with his whole trip to Japan and everything. Since his site is down at the moment, you can find the photos by going to Imagestation and searching for the 'member' (NOT 'Albums' on the dropdown) Chan83... don't be surprised if your pic is there! Er... sooner or later at any rate... ;)
The OK Cupid Test
Well, i haven't really done a quiz for sometime but there's a pretty nifty one (along with a few others) that you can find here at OK Cupid entitled - surprisingly enough - the 'OK Cupid Test'. Sadly enough i actually found it by reading the notes and comments on my eDonkey P2P terminal (yes i AM that sad)...
You can view the actual page here (plus it has all the links).
THE BOY NEXT DOOR (Random Gentle Love Dreamer [RGLDm])
Kind, yearning, playful, you are The Boy Next Door. You're looking for real Love, a lot like girls do. It might not be manly, but it's sweet.
We think the next three years will be very exciting and fruitful ones for you. Your spontaneous, creative side makes you a charming date, and we think you have a horny side just waiting to shine. Or glisten, rather. You enter new relationships unusually hopeful, and the first moments are especially glorious. If you've had some things not work out before, so what.
On paper, most girls would name the Boy Next Door as their ideal mate. In the real world, however, you're often passed over for more dangerous or masculine men. You're the typical "nice guy:" without just a touch of cockiness, you're doomed with girls. A shoulder to cry on? Okay, sure. But never a penis to hold.
More than any other type, Boys Next Door evolve as they get older. As we said, many find true love, but some fail miserably in the search. These tarnished few grow up to be The Men Next Door, who are creepy as hell, offering backrubs to kids and what not.
ALWAYS AVOID: The Nymph
CONSIDER: The Maid of Honor, The Peach
Well. That was kinda fucked up.
Ok, i'm tired now.
Begone with ye!
Name: Patrick Pincon
Studied at: Monash
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