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2017

>>> 2017-03-27 >>>

Nothing really going on lately. Kind of slacking off on a couple projects. Was away from home for a couple days, you see. Throws things off a bit.

The other news is I just uploaded this incredibly weird video, the last VHS upload for a while since the USB capture device I use seems to be failing, which isn't so unexpected really since it's old-ish and pretty shoddily made. Update-ly music recommendation: Everything on Orange Milk records

Probably get back in the swing of things in the next week or so. Maybe.
>>> 2017-03-12 >>>

Added an 'archive' page to put the old versions of pages on should they get updated. Also swapped out the guestbook for a new one, like I said I would. A bit fancier than the old one, which I loved because it was so ugly, but this one's an adequate replacement nonetheless. Feel free to sign it, if you want.

As mentioned in a pseudo-update on the .txt page (030somethingsomething.txt), I'm working on a half-life map for some reason. It's a learning experience, going pretty alright. Definitely frustrating sometimes, though. There's an entity called a trigger_counter I was relying on for an important element of the level, but since I love feature creep I ended up hitting some obscure ceiling relating to the number of models you can have in a single level, or something. I don't claim to completely understand it. Regardless, this meant that it would be much easier to add a level change than shaving away all the stuff I'd lovingly constructed over the past several weeks, so I thought "oh, okay, that's not so hard, it's simple really".

Which would be true, if I wasn't leaning so heavily on these trigger_counters, which, unlike most of the other entities I was using, can't carry their state across a level change. So I had to essentially fashion an entire network of properly-transferrable-across-a-level-change entities that functions the same as my trigger_counters, which is a ton of boring, tedious work. But now it's done!

The other exciting thing that happened is I crashed my computer working on a page, something to do with hardware acceleration, having lots of youtube videos playing in different tabs, and layering a ton of images with different mix-blend-modes on top of each other simultaneously. So now I've added a little warning to the misc. and info pages about that, so people aren't surprised if my shoddily-constructed spaghetti html eviscerates their unsuspecting GPUs. I toned the page in question down a bit so it wouldn't crash my computer anymore, so hopefully that covers others too.

So that's about it for now. Probably become a supporter soon since I'm at 50.6% of my 100mb currently, and I have a few WIP pages that require mp3 playback. Anyway. See you later.

>>> 2017-03-05 >>>

Well lookee there, it's here and it's functioning as intended in both firefox and chrome.

Pretty exciting.

This is essentially a compromise between the "one giant page with everything on it" style of page and the more traditional "carefully divided history of updates spanning multiple pages in reverse-chronological order" sort of thing.

The next step on my journey of discovery is finding some way to make the compass-box down there in the corner update-able from an external-ish file so I don't have to painstakingly update it on both this page and the previous page. In this quest, you'll have to wish me luck.

>>> 2017-03-04 >>>

Another boring day. But at least I made a new updates page.

It's a test you see, to see if it works.

Maybe it'll work? Maybe it won't work? WHo knows? Nobody, that's who.

  1. This is
  2. a
  3. test
etc etc etc etc blah blah lorem ipsum etc etc etc etc etc etc blah blah lorem ipsum etc etc etc etc etc etc blah blah lorem ipsum etc etc etc etc etc etc blah blah lorem ipsum etc etc etc etc etc etc blah blah lorem ipsum etc etc etc etc etc etc blah blah lorem ipsum etc etc etc etc etc etc blah blah lorem ipsum etc etc
>>> 2017-03-02 >>>

Made a page for text files. Why text files? Because text files are cool.

Send me some text files of your own and I'll include them if they aren't awful. (Added an email link to the bottom right of this page, you see. It has a bird.)

What else what else

Thinking I might modify the structure of index2.html a bit, as it's getting quite long. There's obviously the "most recent update" button that I added all those months ago, so that makes it a bit easier, but perhaps I should have some kind of page tailored specifically for updates instead of smearing everything onto a single massive page? I kind of like it this way, but I'm not sure how people react to it. Part of the reason I've left it like this is because I love the idea of this page as single unified document that's been whittled away at for years, a sort of monument to the time I've invested in the site, almost? Dunno. Think I'll go back through it someday, add more stuff to the older entries, pictures and stuff, hopefully making the old posts a little more interesting for people to scroll through.

Blabbity blabber blab, not much to say really. Idle thoughts sprinkled into the void, as it were. Still working on the thing, and some other things.

Things abound
all around
Here's a link
to hear a sound

>>> 2017-02-24 >>>

If I had made an update on february 24 2017, which I didn't, it wouldn't be here, since this page didn't exist at that point. Indeed, this box exists only for the purposes of demonstrating what the "month" boxes will look like after I've been using this page for more than a few weeks.

Will this design stand the test of time? Or will it prove too uneven and inconvenient, a waste of energy? Only time will tell. Here's a picture of a person touching a computer monitor:

>>> 2017-02-16 >>>

Well how bout that, an update, finally. The update in question's actually been published for like two weeks but I'm only just now making a post about it. Yes. About. It's the "about me" page!

I'm still not completely pleased with it - it has a lot of old ideas in it that weren't completely fleshed out, and generally it's a bit aimless. It's been in the state it's in now for months.

In other news, I've been slowly adding more horrible comics to the /comics/ page and more weird random junk to the /misc/ page. Might not be a proper html-based update for a while, as the majority of my time as of late's been devoted to other things. Here's hoping it doesn't take ten months!

Anyway, that's about all there is to say. Seeya later, comrades.
 
>>> 2017-02-07 >>>

February 7 is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 327 days remaining until the end of the year (328 in leap years). This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

>>> 2017-01-01 >>>

Well that was most definitely a series of 366 days of 24 hours each at 60 minutes per hour and 60 seconds per minute then wasn't it. I have some resolutions regarding the next, slightly shorter period of time which lies ahead. Hope everyone can hold themselves together. I'm going to be PRODUCTIVE if it KILLS ME this year. Fingers crossed!


2016


>>> 2016-10-27 >>>

Well it's been a lot of months since I last updated. TIme passes so quickly. So what has emptyhalls the person who isn't actually named emptyhalls been up to lately?

not enough :|

I mean, in the sense that I've started a bunch of things, but haven't finished them. Played a lot of video games. Read that twin peaks book that came out. Saw some movies. Consumed, basically.

Lots of hours essentially wasted on twitter, tumblr, etc., refreshing pages and stuff like that. Like that xkcd comic where one of the stick figures is refreshing a page over and over again for no reason. I was going to link it but I can't rememberi t well enough.. Anyway.

Feeling kind of, if not depressed, then at least a bit "bummed" as it were - a sense of stagnation, beating myself up for doing so much nothing. When you put a big dollop of that on top of the preexisting "living in a hellish capitalist dystopia" sundae, it's not a very good feeling. Especially bad since I'm usually so excited for october, doing the halloween thing, watching scary movies and going on walks in the woods, smelling the smell of dead leaves and gooky lake water and distant woodstoves. But various factors inevitably get in the way, and that sucks. But I can probably manage, maybe.

So for the sake of announcing things, despite the fact they'll inevitably be delayed for innumerable natural or unnatural, expected or unexpected, rational or irrational reasons, I'm still working on a weird twine project, some pages for some stuff, and some weird improvisational music. Some of it is explicitly autumn themed, so hopefully I can finish it in time.

Okay, anything else... anything else...

I guess not much. The comics page and the old stuff page have one new thing each. I think one of my notebooks has a couple comics I've yet to scan/redraw on the computer, too. I mean the comics on that page are obviously pretty terrible, but you know how it is. Anything is better than nothing.

Music this update is Dolmen Music by Meredith Monk and this, both of which I've heard for the first time only recently.


>>> 2016-07-11 >>>

Figured I should post something here since it's been a month-ish. Nothing so exciting to say other than "I am working on lots of things at once, stay tuned"[16], but hey at least it isn't nothing, which is what I'm prone to posting more often than not.

I found a fun random-color script that I might use on a bunch of pages because randomness makes cool color combinations. I posted an alternate version of a page in the misc area that uses random colors when you click, it's lots of fun. Might even apply it to this page somehow, add some variety. The pink-and-black is pretty great, though, so perhaps not. We'll see!

I also have some more doodles for the doodles page, which I'll get around to uploading in the very near future.

Music today is the new Aphex Twin EP and also this album which I'm putting here so I remember to listen to it again when I'm less distracted by other things. Oh, and also devil daggers updated, it's even better than it was before now.

Thus ends this week's/month's installment of our patented Aimless Rambling About Disconnected Topics™! Tune in at some future point for even more!

>>> 2016-06-17 >>>

Wow 10000 hits neat

I mean most of those were probably me or robots

And most of them probably went no further than the first page

Still, that's kinda neat isn't it
>>> 2016-06-08 >>>

Well here's a video I uploaded yesterday, it's a testimonial video from 2003 for a magical miracle product which most certainly doesn't actually work, and it's very boring and you probably won't enjoy watching it, but it's here for archival purposes because I find this kind of content interesting on a few levels regardless of its general entertainment value:

Note how I've opted to include the "do not duplicate" warning in this obviously duplicated video, in defiance of "the man", as it were, because in this case "the man" is obviously peddling a predominantly benign product to people as a literal miracle product in an effort to profit from their ignorance. Or maybe they actually believe it works themselves, which is also bad, but at least marginally forgivable.

The former situation is the more likely one, however.

Also I forgot to properly convert the mono audio track so it all comes from the right channel, whoops. Maybe that's something that the YouTube video editor can fix? Oh well.

Anyway, that's all for now.

The Cabbage Has Spoken ™

edit, a few hours later: Look it's a much more entertaining video than the previous one! Wow!
>>> 2016-06-04 >>>

An important announcement today:



>>> 2016-05-27 >>> Hey look it's a new page, how astonishing
>>> 2016-05-22 >>>

Added an info page for new visitors (accessible from the front page as well as the 'misc' page), partially because I've gotten a bit weary having as many vaguely-seizure-inducing varieties of flashing as I do going on on as many pages as I do, and partially to dissuade people from viewing the site on mobile devices, since I can't be bothered to design pages with the limitations of mobile browsers in mind[15].

I've actually had this page ready for a long time now, maybe two months, but as I explained in the previous update I end up simply not publishing things if I think SOMEONE might have SOME problem with them, because I'm silly. Still not quite sure about it, but it can be changed if need be.

Music for this update is the NEW AUTECHRE OH MY GOSH WOW ; and in the realm of things you don't have to pay to hear, there's, I dunno, this, or perhaps this I guess. If you look on YouTube you can probably find some ephemeral uploads of the new autechre in the next few days, but they're sure to be taken down by warp pretty expediently.
>>> 2016-05-09 >>>

There's a comics page now, which I'm pretty sure I mentioned I was going to make at some point before. The comics therein aren't anything I'm enormously enamoured with, really, but that's fine. I have this habit of starting these projects, you see. Starting them and working on them a lot, but ultimately sitting on them in their near-complete state for extended periods because I'm nervous that they either aren't good enough or aren't "done" enough, or something. Or in the case of this page in particular, because I feel like I'm being pretentious somehow.

None of it's anything I've thought through very extensively - it's mostly the fruit of a few ideas which I had several weeks (months?) ago, presented in more or less the way it came to me in the first place: more concerned with the initial presentation than the content itself. Which isn't strictly speaking a "bad" thing, I suppose. The one really weird section, the only not-stick-figures section I have so far, is essentially a monument to incompleteness at this point[14]. Basically, I'm not sure what I'm trying to accomplish with it. But now that it's up I feel a little better trying to hone its format down a little bit, perhaps changing it to be less of this or more of that, or whatever, if I ever update it again, and if "hone" is a verb I'm capable of enacting.

So that's all for now. I have yet another new page in the works, a dream journal, and as always an assortment of the mandatory discussed-but-never-revealed 'secret' pages. Here's some music, I guess?

>>> 2016-04-08 >>>

Finally doing a thing I wanted to do with this fun thing: Soon, on every sub-page, if you type "home" and press enter, you'll be redirected back here! Pretty neat, huh? I haven't tested it very much, but I'm relatively sure it should work for most people, unless they've disabled javascript in their browsers.[13]

I've also been somewhat busy making a page for silly and/or pretentious comics I've doodled, for someone's potential enjoyment perhaps someday, + I've started working on another secret thing, as indicated by the progress bar image a ways down the page.

Also you should listen to these music things, because I don't know how else to end these posts besides saying brief, hollow things like 'Good times' or 'Seeya later', and I guess from now on I'll just link to music instead I guess? Yes.
>>> 2016-04-05 >>>

Added a page for miscellaneous projects that don't connect to anything else / have been abandoned / some third criteria which I haven't quite put my finger on. Good times.

>>> 2016-03-12 >>>

A new page, with some sub-pages too! Mostly just image gallery pages, of course, like practically every other page I've made so far. Oh well. This can be the site of a million image galleries, I guess?

Anyway the deal with this page is that I have a HUGE collection of weird old books and I thought I'd make a place to post pictures from some of them, if they're interesting-ish. That's all.
>>> 2016-03-02 >>>

Here's a tape with corny jingles on it that I found a thrift store a few years ago - Audio starts a few seconds in. It's kind of loud, so adjust your volume accordingly.



Expect more video things eventually, once I get my copy of sony vegas working again. This one was made in windows movie maker since it's literally just a still image with an audio track.

>>> 2016-02-10 >>>


The doodles page is done. The idea is to put up as many doodles as possible regardless of how much I like them, as a sort of documentary exercise.

Hopefully it displays properly in your browser. I used a bunch of weird mix-blend-mode stuff on it.

Also hopefully, it's a page I'll be able to update semi-frequently. In an effort to make up for the super-duper-massive periods of time between more substantial/interesting/"ambitious" updates.

Hope you like it, internet folks. Whoever you all are.

>>> 2016-01-20 >>>


Not a whole lot going on at the moment. I updated the WIP bars down there at the bottom, so there's that. Also fixed the hotlinkedness of some foolishly hotlinked images on the quite pitiful mcotg page.

What else.... I guess I could write something about the whole hard drive thing. Or, at least, something I noticed:

I had my old hard drive for three years, I think it was, and by the time it finally died it was so completely full of random half- or one-quarter-complete works in progress that it was effectively preventing me from working on things I wanted to be working on.

For example, I had a folder on my desktop with it must have been 40 gigabytes of audio files I'd accumulated, one-off recordings I kept telling myself I was "saving for later", some of them comprised of literally half an hour of aimless sunvox noodling, others just a bunch of field recordings, a lot of things I'd just recorded from youtube videos and things, and many many many incomplete audacity projects referencing these various files. Regardless of what it was, it was a LOT. It was just this huge gargantuan undertaking I'd built up for myself, the prospect of slogging through everything to find that one good bit so I could do stuff with it. I had this idea in my head[12] that if I saved everything I would eventually have enough 'good bits' to make something I thought was 'good', and it would be easy because all the 'hard work' was already done, and all I had to do was stitch everything together.

This, of course, never happened - and it became clearer and clearer that by keeping everything I'd made the 'hard work' into the 'easy work' and the 'easy work' into the 'hard work', and I just ended up stifling myself because it was all so frustrating. Eventually I found that I was almost always significantly more satisfied with things I'd made as one-offs when I wasn't troubling myself by picking through these vast archives. This same phenomenon happened with basically every media-related thing I had on my computer - videos, images, scans of things, text files with lists of color palletes for potential future web pages, etc.

Anyway, the point is that I'm going to try to treat this hard drive differently. It's not going to be the dusty attic where I shove things when they stop being useful. It'll be more like a kitchen, or maybe a bathroom? A living room? Something...

Anyway, still working on stuff, hopefully in a semi-organized manner now. MORE THINGS SOON!
>>> 2016-01-03 >>>

Well... looks like my hard drive isn't feeling too good.

A few weeks ago I started noticing some superficially suspicious sounds coming from my computer - nothing terrifying, just a bit annoying. But having read about the so-called "click of death" in the past, I decided to be on the safe side that I'd go ahead and investigate the issue further. Stressful googling ensued.

There was a moment of calm once I learned that these sounds were actually normal for the particular model of drive that I have, and had apparently been fixed by a firmware update I never downloaded. This didn't stop me, however, from running CrystalDiskInfo on the drive, at which point the calm I mentioned several words ago was broken.

Lo and behold, a big yellow "Caution" and some data points that apparently weren't very good. After a second check the next day, these non-good numbers had gone up a bit - which was absolutely definitely not good at all.

Which brings us to today, where I'm currently in the process of finding a replacement drive for a semi-reasonable price, looking up how to even do this whole 'replacing your primary hard drive' thing properly, and backing up a whooooole lot of stuff that hasn't already been backed up before.[11]

This is my only non-external HDD, and it's the one Windows is installed on, so I'll also have to deal with the small nightmare of reinstalling the OS and all sorts of annoying driver-related things as well.

So wish me luck, internet buddies. Hopefully I don't ruin everything.


Update: Success! It's like having a whole new computer, by gum!


2015


>>> 2015-12-21 >>>

Thought I'd make[10] some proper 88x31 buttons for the site, so here they are. One of them is actually 88x33, which is vaguely irritating, but otherwise fine. Anyway, until I make some kind of page specifically for graphics I'll just put them here:

    

'til next time.
>>> 2015-12-18 >>>

>>> 2015-12-11 >>>

Yay, the links page is done! Hopefully it's good enough for everyone. I'll add things to it over time.
>>> 2015-12-09 >>>

Well, got a new GPU for my computer, so that's pretty exciting. Hopefully it isn't secretly plotting its own demise as we speak. I recorded this video to test it:



Also, I'm currently downloading this new autechre stuff, which you should know about if you don't already, if you have some level of familiarity with / capacity to be excited about autechre. And that's all there is. Still working on the links/about me pages, slowly but surely...
>>> 2015-12-07 >>>

Added the navigation box thing that's at the top of the page. Also managed to mess up some stuff by styling the table elements. But it's basically fixed now I think.

>>> 2015-11-22 >>>

Just a bit of a status update: Progress has been made on those pages I said I was working on a number of days ago. Probably end up finishing the links page first. So expect that in the near-ish future? Possibly?

Another thing, bearing no relation whatsoever to the stuff I just said, which just occurred to me as I was getting some tea and a granola bar:

Frosted Flakes is the most uncreative cereal brand ever. Let's count the ways:

1. The Name

They're flakes, and they're frosted. There's our cereal name right there! NEXT.

2. The Mascot

Alliterative naming. That's the only way he got his name. Starts with a T, there you go. But why a tiger? Simple:

3. The Slogan

All they could think of was "they're great!" as the slogan, so they chose a tiger as the mascot to make that more interesting. Add some extra Rs because he's growling! He's a tiger! Get it? Good thing we thought of this early, we might have had to put some thought into this otherwise.[9]

And that's the post for today. Is it everything you dreamed it would be?
>>> 2015-11-10 >>>



>>> 2015-11-08 (once again just barely because it's one in the morning) >>>

While I'm still staunchly anti-user-friendliness in a lot of ways[8] I think it's a good idea to make a "most recent update" button to put at the top of the site. Probably do that. Yes. Do it now even. And there it is. Pretty exciting stuff. Catch you later.
>>> 2015-11-04 >>>

Added that music box thing today. And then the nice webkit scrollbar. And when you select text in the right browsers the colors are different. Also, I'm going to be using span tags to add title-text to things now, so I made the background color of those slightly lighter so people know when there's semi-secret things written there.
>>> 2015-11-03 (just barely because it's one in the morning) >>>

I made a page to put stuff I made a long time ago. Old stuff. 'A long time ago' means 'older than two years, probably'. Maybe you'll enjoy it? It's mostly badly drawn stick figure comics. I'll add more things to it eventually.

Working on a few different things for the site now. First there's an About Me page, and second there's going to be a Links page. Neither of those are here yet, though. Those links go nowhere.

Add a sitemap eventually, too, I suppose. To make things easier. But because I think pages with lots of links randomly scattered throughout are the most fun, it will most certainly be an incomplete sitemap.

>> 2015-10-31 >> - - -

I lit the jack o'lantern:



Oh, and there's this stupid comic too. It's at the end because it has nothing to do with halloween.

>>> 2015-10-28 >>>

Finally got the @font-face thing working. Case-sensitive, you see. Sort of thing that throws you off.

So my webfonts should show up properly now, at least for firefox and chrome.

Here's a video I found that I thought was kind of silly at first, but by the end it's actually vaguely creepy:

>>> 2015-10-26 >>>

I made a page about my favorite comic.
>>> 2015-10-24 >>>

Some more drawings



And then some drawings of some of my favorite models from Half-Life 2:

>>> 2015-10-20 >>>

Halloween is soon! Let's set the scene.



    


In keeping with the spookiness of the occasion, here's some stupid drawings I made that have some sort of relation to Halloween I guess:

            

Exciting, huh?



    Halloween is my favorite holiday, but I'm not quite sure why, to be perfectly honest.

    Maybe because Autumn is my favorite season? So autumn and halloween kind of get wrapped up together. Some people would say "but what about thanksgiving, that's an autumn holiday too you moron"

To which I would reply: Nobody likes Thanksgiving. WHy would anyone like thanksgiving? It's just a bunch of food and stuff. And you have to spend time with your family too.
    Anyway, halloween is great. How about a list of things that are good about halloween? Because I'm so utterly boring that whenever I have to come up with somehting to write on a page I always just make a stupid list because I'm stupid:

1. Jack o' lanterns
2. Candy (to a lesser extent now than before)
3. An excuse to get people to watch scary movies with you for once
4. Weird pagan stuff is cool even if it's not real
5. The cool kids all like halloween, that's how you know if they're cool or not
6. Skeletons are cool
7. Halloween decorations are better than decorations for every other holiday
8. the word 'Halloween' sounds way cooler than other holiday names
9. corn mazes
10. Scary stories![7]
11. Pumpkin flavored things

Anyway, that's about all I can think of at the moment. I'll put some more pictures probably in the next few days or so. Keep watching, person who is just me because nobody else will ever read this



Here's the biggest picture I've even put up here so far, a scan from the October 27, 1948 edition of Junior Scholastic. Basically the only Halloween thing in the issue, oddly. I love this illustration.


>>> 2015-09-19 >>>

Wouldn't you know it, precisely one month since I last came here. How bout that.


Not much to discuss really.

Actually, you know, there's a lot of interesting, badly-written copy on that website. Let's look at some more of it.

Looking back in time reminded you of the good time you spent with old friends and loves ? Curious to know what happened to them and what they do now ? If Facebook can't help you may want to try this service.

Just realized you're late and you can't choose and buy a present to celebrate a birthday or anniversary? Or your beloved one is living in another Country and you don't know how to deliver your present? Just send flowers ! We can help you to select the most suitable ones depending on the occasion and deliver them the very next day.

It's like the bare minimum level of convincing going on here. They've probably never once made a sale of any kind. In fact, the entire site is basically a giant joke. Scans some big public database, probably google, for superficial informatoin about different historical dates, displays it in a little text blurb at the top of the page, and splays these 'services' they provide across the rest of the space which are actually just monetized links to other sites.

What's behind your birthdate and name ? The digits in your birthdate can be used to calculate your personal numbers. Numerology analyzes the letters in your birth name and the digits of your date of birth to calculate your "numerology chart": facts about your life, your personality, and your future!

A day worth remembering is a day worth making your own. An exclusive online registry where you can dedicate and register a specific date by month, day, and year in honor of a special event or person in your life. A special gift to celebrate a special date: your wedding day, your grandmother's 85th birthday, the day you funded your company. You can dedicate a day in honor of events and people that mean the most to you! Every registered day comes complete with a beautifully framed certificate as proof of ownership rights. You'll also receive an online profile that can be personalized with music, photos, video, and details about that special day for sharing with family and friends.

And the logo of the site is just a rewind symbol: ⏪

ooo, this one's especially good -



Time goes by. You can't stop it but at least you can measure it in a cool way with an original Cuckoo Clock! Have a look at the authentic Cuckoo Clocks from the Black Forest: all of them are manufactured by hand directly in the Black Forest of Germany. They stand for excellent quality and craftsmanship, handed down through generations.














    Note to self: don't waste time making big squares of clock gifs[6]



In lieu of anything I can come up with on my own, some text more or less randomly lifted from this page:

The German Währwolf (were-wolf or man-wolf) is the same as the lycanthropos of the Scythians and Greeks and the versipellis of the Romans; he was in German mythology connected with Woden. Hence, probably, the readiness with which the disease during the Middle Ages took hold of the minds of Germans; but at that period nearly all the nations of Europe firmly believed in the reality of such changes.

As late even as the beginning of the sixteenth century cases of this kind occurred in France, where the possessed were known as loups-garoux. A young man of Besançon was thus brought before the Councilor of State, De l'Ancre, at Bordeaux, and accused of roving like a wild animal through the neighboring forests. He confessed readily that he was a huntsman in the service of his invisible master, the devil, who had changed him into a wolf and forced him to range by the side of another more powerful wolf through the country. The poor fellow shared the usual fate of his fellow-sufferers, who were either subjected to a sharp treatment of exorcism or simply executed as heretical criminals.

In our day lycanthropy is almost entirely limited to Servia and Wallachia, Volhynia and White Russia. There, however, the disease breaks out frequently anew, and popular belief knows a variety of means by which a man may be changed into a wolf; the animal differs, however, from a genuine wolf in his docked tail and his marked preference for the blood of young children.

In Abyssinia there exists, according to Pearce, a belief that men are occasionally changed into hyenas—the wolves of that country—but this sad privilege is limited to workers in clay and iron, called Booda among the Amharas, who wear a gold earring of special form as a distinction from other inferior castes.

It will thus be seen that, like all other varieties of possession, zoanthropy also is simply a kind of insanity, and our amusement at the marvelous conduct of werewolves will vanish, if we recall the entire change produced in man by the loss of reason. In that sad condition he endures fatigue, cold or heat, and hunger as no healthy man ever can learn to do; he does not mind the severest castigation, for his body is almost insensible, it ceases to be susceptible to contagious diseases and requires, in sickness, double or treble doses of medicine. If we once know the precise nature of an insane person's hallucination, his actions will be apt to appear quite consistent, and thus lycanthropy also not only produces the fine connection of a change into a wolf, but causes the sufferer to conduct himself in all his ways like the animal which he represents.


And now, for the moment, at least: that's all she wrote.


>>> 2015-08-19 >>>

    I've been wasting a whole giant chunk of my time lately. And with what? Video games. Once you get sucked in it's difficult to resist the urge. This happened with Team Fortress 2 around this time of year in 2014. It was the exact same thing. Hours and hours gone in, seemingly, the bilnk of an eye. And of course my left wrist gets worn out from sitting on the desk for so long.

So currently I'm trying to get back into actually doing things to some extent, so that's going to be my main focus for the day, at least until I give in and start playing video games again.

Here's an old journal from a year or so ago: clicky

"We have invented the first Time Machine to let you enjoy looking back in time. Shall you have any problems coming back to reality please contact us" - takemeback.to 'about' page

    Some days I'm not sure if I want to keep going or not. Like, am I really accomplishing anything? Is there anything here that really needs to be discussed?[2] It reminds me of something I read once. Let me see if I can fish it out. I'll quote it and everything, it'll be great. While you're waiting, watch this video. I'll be only a few minutes.



     ^ That's a video we watched in my Japanese class in High School, by the way. I remember everyone thought it was cute. Lots of weeaboos in that class.[3] It's weird actually, my memory of it was much different for some reason. I remember it 1) being much longer and 2) being actually animated with animation cels and everything, not flash or whatever this type of animation could be called. Clearly made on the cheap. Anyway, I remembered that song a few days ago and I tried desperately to find that exact video. I didn't remember the lyrics at all, except the "まいごの まいごの" bit[4] and that it was about a dog policeman and a kitty that was lost. Found it eventually, though, as you can see.
    Another thing is that you really don't get to see very much of either of the characters at all. They're just there for a few seconds each, really. I remember getting the impression of... I don't know how to put it exactly... basically that this dog and this cat had a little more to them than what you actually see here. I mean obviously it's a children's song so it's going to be simplistic, but in this case it's really simplistic. They're just archetypes. Not much to them at all.
    I rate this Japanese children's song about a kitty being lost zero avoiding-cliche points out of ten. Not very good marks, I'm afraid.

    Here's a picture of a soda can that I drew:

    As you can see, it isn't a very good drawing at all. The word we'd use is "crude". Roughly-hewn. Slipshod. Careless. And that's true, all of those things. It's just basically a not very good drawing. But you know what the absolute worst thing about it is? It's boring! A drawing of a soda can? Really? What a waste! There's never been something more boring than a soda can. I bet my life on it.[5] Here's something interesting though. Well, kind of.

    This is that same image, but saved as a jpg with the compression turned to the absolute maximum. Ugly! Look at those artifacts, my god! Needs less .jpg! But the funny thing is that they're both exactly the same size, 20.1 kb. Goes to show how much more efficient the .gif format is than the .jpg format. At least where there are only two colors involved. Look at this fun thing you can do with css:
    Pretty neat, huh?

    No, no it isn't neat. It would have been ten years ago, maybe. Fifteen years ago. But not today.
Here's some more pictures I drew:
    I wasn't reallly thinking about it, but a plain, unlabeled bottle is kind of more boring than a soda can isn't it. So if I had actually bet my life on that, I'd be dead. Woah. Wait a minute. When Humperdinck says that, is that some kind of reference/joke relating to the scene with Vizzini? Wow. I never thought of that before. Neat. Maybe it's supposed to be obvious and I just never saw that bit with the right frame of mind. Maybe everyone else figured it out the very first time they saw the movie. :S

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