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|OK at Everything; Master of None... um... thing|
My Cat Sucks1I'm The Apprentice2 - or just plain old Paul. I aspire to a career in writing4; preferably something more engaging than the business designs I currently concoct on a daily basis. In truth, I feel rather like Kevin (on the right), constantly feeling my presence, wherever I work, somehow sits at odds with everyone else.
I have written a roleplaying supplement5 for the PARANOIA role playing game - called 'The Underplex' - as well as contributing to half a dozen other books in the range6. Alas, in the last few months I have found a few copies migrating into the 'Sale' and 'Clearance' section of local game stores. On the upside, this appears to have happened to the whole range, so I don't feel so singled out!
h2g2 launched on April 28, 1999. I wrote my first article for the Guide in May 1999, having joined a little after Douglas Adams appeared on the BBC's Tomorrows World programme7 promoting the launch of the site (largely due to the fact that my Internet connection was ultra-slow and the site was deluged with visitors throughout the whole programme).
I have since written many many articles, subbed many more - and hope to one day have my very own '50 Edited Guide Entries' tag8. I have made a conscientious effort to get two articles subbed every month - as well as ideally writing one of my own. Where the Muse remains allusive, I thoroughly enjoy digging little underdeveloped gems out of the Flea Market and giving them a new lease of life.
What Am I?
Under circumstances stranger than this I would be inclined to say that I was one of those people who feels trapped in someone else's life. Not in all ways... but, certainly trapped in someone else's career path. I have a creative tendency that seems to be singularly dampened by my decision to pursue a career in financial support systems... whatever that is.
My h2g2 Code is...
Once upon a time I generated this...
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What Do I Enjoy Doing?I spend a lot of time setting up, maintaining and tweaking web sites. I have an unhealthy fascination with web logs and journals; as a result, I have about half a dozen of them, or more, all gathering dust at the same time.
I enjoy reading roleplaying rules and supplements; watching Stargate and Doctor Who; playing Magic: The Gathering; levelling up in an online game called Gothador; watching the squirrels in my back garden; spoiling the family cats; spending time with the rest of my family; and, making concerted efforts to improve the quality of my writing.
I've recently decided I might quite like hanging around with the h2g2 Who fans and those who enjoy Random Quotes...
Entries Trying for The GuideIn Peer Review:
Currently in sub-editting (my own and entries by others) or waiting for frontpage air time...
Looking to complete soon:
Looking to have updated soon:
Entries in The Guide11
I have either written or sub-edited 172 entries in the Edited Guide.
Entries written solo:
Rescued from the Flea Market:
- A307964 - PARANOIA: The Tabletop Role Playing Game
Entries contributed to:
- A530623 - Taxis
- A517097 - Judge Dredd - Lawman of the Future
- A397398 - Things to Keep Children Amused on Long Journeys
- A381115 - Freddy Krueger and the 'Nightmare on Elm Street' Films
- A630 - London Black Cabs
1 ...it's tail. A lot. Actually gets quite disconcerting. Looks like the cat equivalent of sucking your thumb, leaving the end of it's tail a moist and withered wick of straggly hair.
2 The name followed me here from the Starlightlines Employee Forum, an interactive celebration of the Starship Titanic concept (rather than specifically the book, the game3 or the high profit merchandise).
3 Which, I might add, I have not yet had the time to finish.
4 I would drop my current job in a moment for a career in writing, if only they paid as much as I get now... which they don't.
5 It took me more than a year to turn out something that fit in 32-pages, which on the face of it seems like a lot of effort for very little output. In truth, I spent much of the time pulling my hair out attempting to rein in my wayward English grammar.
6 As a result of which I can find myself not only on a Google search, but also on Amazon... which is nice.
7 Which I miss, by the way. Somehow The Gadget Show on Five doesn't quite cut the mustard; nor does the brief slot on technology they occasionally have on the BBC morning news.
8 I'd really like one of those Challenge h2g2 t-shirts, too9.
9 And, if I could finish my entry on 1 Canada Square I might just have one of my own!
10 Should be able to update this one through simple Editorial Feedback, I hope.
11 But, in no particular order.
12 I wrote this article shortly after watching a fascinating, if mildly disturbing, TV documentary on the act of trepanation. I can also recommend the equally disturbing film Pi, which also features acts of skull-drilling to relieve cranial agonies...
13 I understand, following an update from the QI Elves, that you simply can't get eaten by a whale, because they don't have the throats for it. Evolved to survive by sieving huge amounts of krill out of the water, you couldn't squeeze down most whales' gullets even if you wanted to. Ah well...
14 While a rescued topic, the original article (A267112) contained so little information, I consider this a valid solo entry.
15 One of the most enjoyable periods of research in my life! I watched and re-watched the episodes over several nights16... and I can safely say I never tired of any of it. Classic brilliance no child should go without.
16 Not for research, but some kind of comfort instead, I can recommend 'Spaced' - feel good comedy for geeks. I managed to struggle through a particular grim period following the death of a family member on a nightly dose of 'Spaced' before bedtime.
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Dec 13, 2010
Havign finished the Bollywood entry, I then got two castles - admittedly my request - and I've almost completed those as well. To make me feel really good, I've even filled out and semi-polished an entry on Fingerless Gloves I rescued ages back. Somehow, it all seems to be coming together!
Oct 21, 2010
Struggling a bit. Long articles can do this. You try to chunk them up for scanning, review, revision, update and correction - but, then you get stuck on a paragraph, or a sentence, or just the odd phrase here and there. Before you know it, a reasonable task becomes a mythical task suitable for the likes of Hercules. However, I will prevail. I will...
Evening Shadow - Part 2
Sep 27, 2010
Okay - so, it got into Peer Review this weekend, not next. I loved researching and writing this piece because it had so many fascets. I got to read about artists, collectors, Etruscans, awards, holy statues, house spirits and, of course, the statue itself - a beauitful figurine I would dearly love to see in person at some point.
Very little of the original remains now - less than 1%. Alas, in the midst of my research I translated several Italian pages on the statue using Google - and the original article contained a lot of mistranslations identical to those created by the automatic translator. So, rather than a Flea piece, this has become an Inspired by... and I really enjoyed doing it.
Sep 26, 2010
Current progress on my Flea Market rescue re. L'Ombra della sera coming along very nicely. I'm finding the research interesting, and noting that very little of the original will remain once I'm done. Right now, I've expanded the piece to double the original length, and subdivided it into sections around the history of the people who made the item, those who discovered it, and the theories about its purpose. I daresay less than 5% of the original will survive in the final edit - though who knows, it might be a little more.
I suspect it will get into Peer Review by next weekend - and then we'll see how it fares under scrutiny. It would definitely be nice to have a picture with this article - because, I find this elongated masterpiece utterly fascinating.
Since Olden Times
Sep 24, 2010
Yay! I finally managed to finish writing my entry on the Australian skit series 'The Olden Days' - A1108874. I'm particularly impressed that this has taken me more than seven years to complete. I suspect I might have taken my eye off the ball for a while there (and gone home, had a shower, changed, cooked dinner, eaten, gone out for the evening, staggered back, collapsed on the sofa, woken bleary eyed - and suddenly realised that I'd forgotten to do something).
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