6/09/2005

Whats up? I think I took a pretty long enough hiatus. Long enough to need the need to blog. This journal was doing pretty damn well in hits and I was interviewing some of the coolest bloggers to grace the net. I have no clue as of yet, what exactly I'm going to venture into now. But I'll wait and see.

7/20/2004

I guess I'm back guys.
Yes that's right.
My host was having some issues with her hosting company, so I returned here. I'm glad I'm back. I really am. Ya'll ready to get up with the guide again?

6/07/2004

KUWTG has moved :HERE

6/05/2004

I promised but Ari of adjacent could not be held back. She is just a real, punny Canadian with a love for pop culture. She totally deserves to be taken seriously, and with the cult following and great blog she should have been considered for like Ms. Universe.
Hey how long have you been doing your blog?

I've had my blog since January 2001, so i guess that makes it over three years old. As for my domain, adjacent.ca, I've only had that since November 2003.

What made you start up an awesome idea like Men and Geeks?

i think what largely contributed to its conception was my longstanding attraction to the male species. i never really went through a "cooties" phase like most girls did where they avoided boys at all costs; i was the one chasing them down and kissing their cheeks. (if that was you i pinned down on the grass and sexually harassed in the autumn of 1988, i profusely apologize.) as for the "geeks" section of that site, i created that to make known the fact that dorks can be pretty hot, too. David Schwimmer, anyone? rawr.

What about Dullsville?

"dullsville" is sort of a strange project for me because it involves continuously watching a show that i am pretty much sick of. What keeps me coming back is my unyielding support of the bashing of sappy shows (e.g., "Dawson's creek"). It's not to say that i completely hate "smallville"; i do enjoy the Superman mythology behind it. Recently, though, i haven't had the time to update the site.

What made you interested in blogging?

I've always had a journal, diary -- or whatever those young'uns are calling them nowadays -- since i have been able to write, so having an online journal or blog seemed like the next step to me. i remember having a diary at the beginning of grade one. Here's an excerpt from it, actually:
dear diary, i have to go to school tomorrow. blah!! i wish, oh, i wish that billy's going to be in my class. from now on, i will sleep beside my teddy bear, wilson, jr. i will cuddle with him just like i would do with billy! well, i have not much to write down. bye! p.s. sorry i didn't write in you yesterday.
it's sort of sad to realize that my writing style hasn't changed much in the course of fifteen years.

Have you ever felt unsafe due to putting info about yourself online?

not really. i don't think I'm that much of an attractive or interesting person that anyone would take the time out of their schedules to dig up my information and find me. But I'm also not one to plaster my home address and telephone number all over my website. On a similar note, in the past, i sometimes got flack from friends i knew in real life when i wrote certain things about them. I've had a couple of friends discover my hidden loathing of them through my website. i try not to divulge too much personal information of that sort anymore.

A lot of people seem to link you and think the world of you, how did you get a cult following?

wow, i have a cult following? This is news to me. Quick, call my high school principal! I'm definitely attending my ten-year high school reunion now! Joking aside, I'm actually quite glad that a lot of people seem to enjoy what i have to say.

What rough patches have you hit, beside Dullsville hosting being quickly moved :( ?

my old host whom i love to pieces, Charz of implosive.nu, went through some problems with her host server, resulting in the loss of a few of my short writing pieces that I've never managed to retrieve (my dad, at the same time, accidentally wiped out my computer's hard drive), not that they were masterpieces or anything. There was also a whole month that i couldn't access my website -- i went through weblogging withdrawal. That's when i finally urged myself to purchase a domain.

Does your bandwith get hammered with that music section?

not too much. bloghosts.com offers 5 gb of monthly bandwidth and I've found that to be sufficient in keeping the music section alive on my site. There have been cases where people have directly linked an mp3 from my website to play in the background of their asianavenue.com page or whatever, but it didn't result in too much bandwidth trouble. (you see, I'm talking about bandwidth like i totally understand what it is. i just sort of have the general idea that i can't go over it every month.)

What do you think draws you in readers?

honestly, i have no idea. i didn't start keeping on online journal simply for the readership, so i tried to write unabashedly in all of my entries. That may be something people like to continuously read; i know that's what keeps me reading certain blogs.

Have you read Keeping Up With The Guide prior?

I've seen the link on people's sites in the past, and I've read a bit of it. i love pop culture commentary, so sites like this easily get me hooked.

Who inspires you, makes you want to get up and blog?

do you mean people on the internet who also blog or people i know in real life who inspire me to blog? For the former, i really don't have anyone that i look up to online, mostly because I'm not very sure who is considered "inspirational" or "cool" in the weblogging community as of late. I've never been good with following the times, which is why I'm still wearing headbands and puff-paint shirts. For the latter group, i would have to say no one, as well, because i can't say with all honesty that anyone i know in real life forces me to write. Well, unless you count the stinky hobos lurking around my university campus -- but i just like to bitch about them.

Who have you met in life from this experience called the "net"?

I've never met anyone in real life that I've met on the internet. Although i don't believe that i assume an alter-ego through my online existence, i still get the feeling that two people who can speak volumes with each other online will never connect the same way in real life. i know a lot of people can challenge that view with their own personal experiences, but I'm still a little bit wary of the idea. i have made a few good friends through blogging, and maybe one day i will work up the nerve to finally meet them face to face, without the awkward silences.

Have you ever been mistaken and then criticized?

this has happened to me on a certain message board that i used to frequent. i would always reply to people sarcstically and sometimes even add fuel to arguments, but i would never intentionally try to insult people. It happened one time that some people voiced their opinion of me as a "know-it-all", and since then I've tried to be less argumentative and more accepting of other people's views online.

If you could change the world, how would you go about it?

first, i would rent an ice cream truck. Then, i would get one of those ice cream man hats, the white one with the points at the front and back. Finally, i would drive around third-world countries, playing the ice cream truck songs and handing out free ice cream to all the little children. Screw abolishing the third-world debt -- everyone loves the ice cream man!

Name your top 5 watched TV shows? (sorry need to get some entertainment biz in there)
the simpsons
buffy the vampire slayer
csi: crime scene investigation
sex and the city
the sopranos
What are your opinions on church and state aka gay marriage?

i try not to get involved with political debates too much (from previous disastrous experiences), but i strongly support people's right to marry whomever they choose. Fifty years ago, people believed that mixing blacks and whites at school and even on a bus was "unnatural". Human beings are notorious for being wrong. What's next? People calling Harry potter "satanic"? Oh, wait...

6/04/2004

Open Letters

Mandy Moore
Now, your album Coverage was awesome, A Walk To Remember put you on the Actor's Guild radar, your Chasing Liberty nearly bumped you off, and now Saved? Amazing movie. Wow. The critics are hailing it. Now, hopefully this will make instead of break you!

Maggie and Jake Gylenhaal
Jakey, you haven't returned any phone calls, is it because the critics and bloggers are putting your new movie in the dust? Well, sorry. Maggie, you in Mona Lisa Smile is like the best role I've seen you in, cept for the one with Jakey in DONNIE DARKO.

Jessica Simpson
Stop the Icebreakers commercial, stop the pizza commercials, and it's just a t-shirt. For a ditz you sure know marketing and finance.

Diet Dr. Pepper
Now wow, you and Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi make diet cool again.

Pamela Anderson
Now not only are you Pamela Anderson, woman who receives 180 million hits on Google, and probably most renowned for the sex video and that stripper show. Are you a porn star yet? Or do you still prefer tasteful nudity?

6/02/2004

Wow I never knew I would be sitting here talking about a real post. Over the last few weeks, you've seen some of today's greatest bloggers. Some all about wit, design, and art. And now I would like to say that I will be bringing back the Bloggers of The Net column. I have already assembled a list, and I have 2 of my 4, yes I am going to 4 new people come later June/July. Yes! Well if you think that's too far off, then sorry. But it does take time for me to think of questions and research the actual blogger so I know what key points to ask them on. You'll enjoy it. I recently did a small tidbit on Cannes Film Festival and now I'm just going to break into news!
Versace doll? That does not look like Donnatella cept for the dreary eyes. Yes, Versace is putting out a doll in accordance with Armani having done so already.
- Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani has agreed to help Thailand's bid to transform itself into an international fashion hub, an official said. I guess he's going to Bangkok. No pun intended.
Harry Potter smashed UK's movie charts by earning a 9.3 million dollars in a day. Wow, and in America, it's like 100 million is the record.
Pamela Anderson says on a new special on E!, I believe, she has been exploited. I guess by her being Pamela Anderson in nude videos, and Playboy. She thinks exploited close to millions in dollars.
On Friday, the Chicago-based R&B singer appealed to a judge to allow Kelly to travel in support of his double CD Happy People/U Saved Me, expected to drop July 13. I guess the soulman will be "touching" the sky. I know he's been thinking about it every single night. And now they might be throwing out the tape?
Michael Moore's award-winning documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" will hit theaters June 25.
Dr. Phil over the cuckoo's nest?
A civil judgment ordering rapper Sean "P. Diddy" Combs to pay $450,000 to a man who claimed he was beaten by bodyguards has been overturned by the North Carolina Court of Appeals It's a conspiracy I tell yah. I mean Martha couldn't be that perfect so they canned her. And now the next top perfect person, is in hot water too.
Britney has been approved for concert in China, her outfits may not be. Oh so sad.
Former President BILL CLINTON will sit down with CBS' DAN RATHER on June 20 for his first interview about his memoir, My Life.
Usher is still Number One Album on charts.
Julia Roberts is expecting twins. Meaning one will have the talent the other will just look like them. Hmmm, makes you wonder about The Olsen twins.
And yes, you're not dreaming, Fantasia Barrino was crowned AMERICAN IDOL.
Wow that was action packed.
RACHELSchoolgirl SHOCK
And in Smallville Chloe Dies. I'm unsure if she is dead. Hoping.
Later this week!:
Day After Tomorrow review
Open letters to: The Gylenhaals, Mandy Moore, Diet Dr. Pepper
HERE ARE THE INTERVIEW PERMALINKS:

KYLE
JEAN

5/30/2004

I had to interview one of my favorite artists on the net, Kyle, he can be found here. Kyle is a man, that intrigued me and was nothing far from inspirational and fun. He was supposed to be the final chapter in Blogees Of The Net column, but I think I will continue it.
Spark Up A Word with Kyle
So what made you pick up blogging?
It was more of an exercise in discipline than anything
else. I'd tried keeping a journal numerous times
before, and sucked at it. This way my friends far away
and (cool factions of the) extended family could ride
my ass to keep it updated.

Do you find it raw that every little morsel of detail
you post, so many can access and take it from you?

I don't think people TAKE things from me, I think they
take things away from what I say, just like I do with
other people's journals. It's a way of expressing
yourself, and sharing yourself. I'm a big fan of the
share.

Have you ever been copied, (ie: design, art, actual
blog)?

John at iioii.org clued me in one day that a Frat at
Purdue was using one of my images to promote one of
their charity dances. I was really confused, but got
in touch with the frat - someone had given them an
image and they'd mistaken it for clipart. They were
really apologetic, but again, big fan of the share.
What am I going to do, deny a gay frat the right to
use one of my images to raise money for HIV
prevention? Please.

What made you decide to post your wonderfully
brilliant photos and more importantly art?

I'd hardly say my photos are brilliant - they're just
pretty things i see if i happen to have my camera. As
for the art ... Well, I'm a feedback whore. I'm a
comment addict. Plus, drawing is part of me, and big
part of how i express myself, it seems just as natural
to me as writing anything else down.

Do you think the net is now more open to openly gay
bloggers?

I wasn't aware it was ever closed off -- the majority
of blogs I read are gay themed, if anything I think
blogging is one of the greatest things a gay teenager
has. An anonymous field of information, experiences,
and ideas to cull information from. I pretty routinely
get letters from 15ish year old kids asking me
questions or voicing a curiosity about something. It
was really weird at first, but I really enjoy talking
to them. All I had when I was coming out was porn
online, I'd kill for some of the pages that exist now
to have been on back then.

What were the hassles earlier when you were blogging?
I started my journal as a pure HTML site, and I HATE
HTML. Loathe it. I'm so happy that Moveable Type
exists, and that I have some net savvy friends to set
stuff up for me. I'm just dreadful at coding.

How long have you been blogging?
Wow. Over 2 years now. I started before my 21st
birthday, and here I am at 23...

How have you clinically died twice?
I was born super-premature. 6 weeks early, in a stage
when my lungs weren't developed fully. I was a bubble
baby. Got the last rights twice, the whole thing, but
I'm stubborn.

What are your feelings towards gay marriage?
Church and State bitches. Church. And. State.
Hopefully in 50 years people my age will view this
battle the way i look at Brown V. The Board of
Education - with disbelief.

Why do you often quote one of the best cult TV shows
Buffy?

I identify with the Buffyverse a lot, and while i
think bloggers quoting song lyrics is pretty pathetic,
I have no problem posting quotes from BTVS (or other
films/TV shows) to somewhat passive aggressively
address issues. It's great writing, and if it can say
something better than I can, then why not?

In 10 words describe the things good that came out of
being a blogger?

Connections, communications, friendships, experiences,
ideas, release, comfort, humility, and growth.

Do you see yourself doing this 5 years down the road?
Why or why not?

I do. I get too much thrill looking back at my posts
from a year ago, let alone how valuable they'll be 5
years from now. I don't know if I'll post so
frequently, but I still will in some form. I get kinda
miffed when I go to someone's site (like a singer's)
and find it journal-less. I forget not everyone does
this.

Do you have some advice you'd give to the people that
read this?

If you don't keep a journal, give it a shot. I know a
lot of people who have secret journals from their
friends and find it a great release. On a broader
advicey scope - um, remember where you're going, why
you wanted to go there in the first place, and take a
look around to make sure you're where you need to be.

Do you find age matters when expressing points or
views?

Some things are age and experience specific, just how
it is. You're not going to write to a virgin for sex
advice, and you're not going to talk to a 14 year old
when you're dealing with impending college graduation.
But i think a lot of stuff is fair game. Life is life,
we all live it.

Bush or Kerry?
Kerry. I think Bush needs his own island like that
Napoleon fellow.