Last updated: 20/08/01
Mr T's Editorial for this update, all about his plans for the near future, was filled with so much waffle that it's been put here, out of harm's way. Enjoy.
Hi. Welcome to Big Mad Mr T's Space here on h2g2. Possibly due to a medical condition, and more probably to his poor literacy skills Mr T is known to swap beteen third and first person perspectives with little or no warning, and with blatant disregard for the reader's wellbeing or peace of mind. For which he apologises.
What with the 'new' h2g2, I've decided to update, clean up and rearrange my Bio Space - and all for your conveniance. Or possibly for some dark reason of my own...
Who indeed. David - that's Big Mad Mr T to you - is aged between 18 and 82 years, and lives in Basingstoke, home of terminally uninterested. He likes to think he's a little bit subversive, but in truth he's probably just like hoards of other people vainly trying to be 'individual'. He's got an unhealthy interest in the habits of 'society', consumer culture and Ghostbusters, as well as a mild obsession with the musical works of Chris Ballew. He wants to work "in the media", which is as vague as it is hypocritical - as he despises many aspects of such a superficial industry. Mr T also loves to hit things - specifically drums - despite being a pascifist.
Below is a brief synopsis of the elements that make up my rather strange name:
- sXe: This stands for 'straight edge' - a full explanation of what this means can be found in my entry.
- Scout: Mr T is an h2g2 Scout. See the 'Big Mad Mr T and The Guide' section.
As you may have read above, Mr T plays the drums. Sometimes, he plays the drums while some people play some other instruments - often in time. After a while he began playing at the same time as some other people on a regular basis - he calls this "playing in a band", and he loves it. This 'band' is called 'The Pregnants', which is a very silly name indeed. They play what they call 'punk moc' - a mixture of hardcore punk, funk and all types of rock. This too is very silly indeed. To find out just how silly The Pregnants are, please visit their website and download some free MP3s.
Big Mad Mr T and The Guide
Even though he's proud to have been on h2g2 since it was first launched on the BBC's "Tomorrow's World" programme, Mr T hasn't really written all that many Edited Guide Entries, mainly because those he start rarely get finished.
However, Mr T has managed to knock up a few entries deemed worthy of addition to the Edited Guide.
He was the original author of the entry on Marmite, a sticky brown substance made from spiced yeast extract, which for an inexplicable reason he likes to spread on toast.
Mr T wrote the very long, and probably neglected entry comparing two sixties Horror films, Peeping Tom and Psycho, too.
He's also a big Discworld fan, so his knowledge was put to good use in writing an entry on it.
His latest entry is on the 'straight edge' philosophy, which he thinks could be his best work yet.
For every edited entry he has, Mr T has written at least two rubbish ones. Most have been deleted out of sheer embarassment, but he has kept some, such as the one on How to Get a Free Lunch.
The h2g2 Scouts
No, Big Mad Mr T doesn't belong to some obscure virtual Scouting club on h2g2 - or at least, not of the traditioal sort. Instead, it is his job to read the new entries in the Peer Review Forum and offer constructive comments to their authors. Every month he reccommends Entries he really likes to the Subeditors for inclusion in the Edited Guide. Bribes can be sent to the usual address.
For his own reference as much as anyone else's, here are some useful Scouty links:
- Writing guidelines - want to write an edited entry? Then use the guidelines.
- The h2g2 Scouts Homepage - the official Scouts hangout on h2g2.
- The Peer Review Forum - comment on other people's new entries, or submit you own.
- Get your entry noticed! Visit a Scout today:
Recently, Mr T has developed a bit of a habit of attending Real Life h2g2 Meetups. This is probably because they are jolly good fun. On each occassion he is surprised at just how nice everyone really is - something that makes the h2g2 community stand out. This leaves him feeling more reassured about humanity and that not everyone is out there to try and steal his Precious Things.
Here are some links to Things He Attended:
He would include links to photos, but unfortunately he might be in some of them1.
Mr T is a big old-school punk fan, and can often be found listening to Minor Threat, Black Flag, The Sex Pistols and The Dead Kennedys.
However, he has a real passion for many more bands than that. His current favourites include Godspeed You Black Emperor!, the completely ludicrous independant orchestral rock band who produced his favourite album of 2000, and of course The Presidents of the United States of America, who are still for some reason his all-time favourite band. While they don't have an official website any more, you can still find out about all of their frontman's latest projects at dedicated fan site Chris Ballew Net, which is well worth checking out.
This summer should see the return of cheery guitar-poppers Weezer who's last album, Pinkerton, was criminally ignored by the mainstream musical press. Goits. One band which they won't leave alone, however, are the possibly-overrated Radiohead.
Mr T's second favourite bands, in joint place with Minor Threat, are political post-punkers Fugazi and probably Rage Against the Machine. Mr T has admitted to liking too many bands too much, but he simply can't help it. He also can't but mention his other long-time favourites the Foo Fighters and "boo!" and "hiss!" at The Offspring for being horrible, blatant sell-outs.
While the media and mainstream society loves to make the genre into a joke, Mr T believes he has found a whole new neglected genre in some truly superb Christian rock bands. Supress your preconceptions until you've heard the works of Grammatrain and Stavesacre - you might be unexpectedly pleasantly suprised.
At the moment he is mostly reading... 'No Logo' by Naomi Klein, 'Evidence That Demands a Verdict' by Josh McDowell, and various other publications such as the variable New Internationalist
In his younger years, Mr T was a massive videogames fan, but he's not got as much time any more... still, his favourite game in a long time has been System Shock 2 on the PC.
While he's only got a passing interest in Pokemon, he feels he must give special mention to his good friend Barry Life'sPokemon website, which is absolutely superb and has had a lot of effort put into it. Hurrah!
Contacting Mr T
There are at least four great ways to Instantly Message Mr T, three of which can be executed straight from your computer desktop. Contact him under these cunningly elusive screen names:
BigMadMrT On the AOL2 Instant Messenger.
Beeg_Mard_Meester_Tee on the Yahoo! Messenger. Anyone who spoke to him during the dark and mysterious h2g2 "down time" will recognise this rather peculiar alias.
ICQ #82123631 on, well, ICQ3.
eMailing Mr T
There may be a time in your life when it becomes necessary to write an Email to Mr T. Should this event arise, you can send it to this address: ;[email protected]
Congratulations, you've made it to the bottom of the page! "Phew" you're thinking, "time to pick the pieces of my life back up, and to try to continue from where I left off, all those minutes ago". Well, don't leave just yet - there are the *ahem* wonders of Mr T's first-person Journal left to contend with. Perhaps, though, you could avoid going there by looking at these fantastic places:
h2g2's full of great stuff. The best way to find it, of course, it to search around for it yourself. But here are a few pages you might want to take a look at...
Places of Interest:
People I've spoken to on more than one occasion:
A Girl Called Ben | Amy | Amy The Ant | Bagpuss | Bossel | Comrade Rumble5;* (sXe) | Ddombrow | Granny Weatherwax | Joe AKA Arnia | Kenrick | The Fop* | Lonlier Numeral in Ace Hen | Peregrin (The President!6) | The Opressed Pipe of Great Magnitude* | Sea (sXe) | Tinkerbell | Titania | Trillian's Child | Uncle "Heavily Drunk" Heavy | NOT The Unmentionable Marauding Pillowcase7 (sXe)
Click here to be added to this non-exclusive list...
The Spilt/Stiff Drinks Pub Quiz Team:
Note: '*' denotes a 'real life' friend I knew before meeting them on h2g2, which would explain any obscure in-jokes or apparently random references you may see. Or maybe it wouldn't.
On the 'net;
You may well have noticed by now that Mr T isn't a huge fan of corporatism, and doesn't think much of consumer society or the media10. Speaking of the media, your first points of call should be Adbusters, a superb 'culture jamming' magazine, and White Dot which will put you off watching television for a good half hour. And for all you popular culture fanatics, try out McSpotlight and watch as the lid is lifted on McDonalds and your other favourite multinationals...
Continuing the 'popular culture' and 'media' themes, but taking a more light hearted approach, two hilarious sites are the popular-culture crunching 'Bubblegun' and spoof TV listings site 'TV Go Home'.Speaking of humour, one of the last places you'd expect to find it would be on a Christianity-themed website, but indeed this is the case with Ship Of Fools - the magazine of Christian Unrest.
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