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Someone sent me this video. It’s kind of hilarious (though not quite as cute as my all-time favorite cute kid video, Lobster Boy). I then went onto iTunes and purchased the most recent album from Florence & the Machine.

Fuck you, viral marketers.

UPDATE: I originally saw the video here, but it turns out Lori is driving the car. Small. Fucking. World. This is almost cooler than the Sasquatch dance party guy being a bartender at Ming.

UPDATE 2: No she wasn’t. And I kind of hate her now.

For this year’s NaNaWriMo I decided to use my iPad. But I like typing on my old Apple Extended II keyboard. Fortunately, thanks to the iMate and the iPad Camera Connection Kit, it is totally possible to make the two get along and play nice. Mostly.
As for this year’s novel… well, I’m way behind where I need to be to make the required 50,000 words. Hopefully there will be a lot of progress this week.

For this year’s NaNaWriMo I decided to use my iPad. But I like typing on my old Apple Extended II keyboard. Fortunately, thanks to the iMate and the iPad Camera Connection Kit, it is totally possible to make the two get along and play nice. Mostly.

As for this year’s novel… well, I’m way behind where I need to be to make the required 50,000 words. Hopefully there will be a lot of progress this week.

Another Year, Another Novel

At this time last year, I was unemployed and loving it. In an effort to maintain my unemployment without raising the ire of my wife, I decided to take part in National Novel Writing Month. It was the perfect plan because I just “couldn’t” get a job until the task was done (and it was a task I decided to do in early September, securing my three guaranteed months of hassle-free joblessness). 

Okay, that’s not quite how it went down, but I had always wanted to say “I wrote a novel” and my lack of a job coupled with a 30-day novel writing event seemed like the perfect opportunity to do it. (Granted, that whole “I wrote a novel” thing would have played a lot better back when I was 20 and trying to convince girls to have sex with me, as opposed to when I was 31 and had a girl that was legally obligated to have sex with me, but I’ve always embraced a better-late-than-never philosophy. Plus, maybe writing a novel would cause my wife to have more sex with me. This is what people mean when they talk about a “no-lose situation.)

Then some stuff happened. I won’t go into the specifics, but I was too busy lounging in Vegas with my father to get a start on my novel on November 1. In fact, I didn’t actually start until November 17, which, for all you people who aren’t math wizards, gave me 13 days to write 50,000 words. That’s about 3,800 words per day.

And I did it. (Not having a job helped.)

Sort of.

The result, Searching for Terry Punchout, was more of a 57,000 word (yay, overachieving!) outline than a novel, but still, having completed it gave me a tremendous sense of accomplishment, if not any directly attributable sex.

I worked on a second draft of that book for another few weeks, but put it away early in the new year and haven’t looked at it since. But I have been making notes on how to fix a few of its problems and turn it into a legitimate manuscript that I know at least three people will read (only one of whom is legally obligated to have sex with me).

Some day that novel will be finished.

In the meantime, I will be taking part in NaNoWriMo 2010 starting one week from today. I thought of a new story while writing Punchout last year, and I’ve kept a notebook for it ever since, jotting down ideas on how it should be told. (This is not cheating under NaNoWriMo rules, as I haven’t written any of the actual 50,000 words required to declare yourself a “winner.”)

Hopefully in about 36 days I can say “I have written two novels.” (Or at least “two mostly terrible first drafts of novels.”) Imagine how much sex that will get me.

In all seriousness, I can’t wait to get started. “Winning” last year was one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done. I can see why NaNoWriMo has grown into such a large event. I’ve also drafted at least two people to join me this year, and have started recommending it to pretty much everyone I know.

Are you participating this year? Add me.

How I spent my summer vacation. Mostly it seems to have been taking photos of my son in his new hat.

How I spent my summer vacation. Mostly it seems to have been taking photos of my son in his new hat.

I’m currently working on a new web project that involves old “mixtapes,” or “cassettes.” I know, I’m very retro.
So I called my mother and asked her to send me all of my old tapes. In my mind, I had hundreds. (I worked at Shopper’s Drug Mart during high school and got to buy Memorex blanks at cost.) Sadly, it seems my tapes didn’t make it. This photo represents all my mother could find. Here’s the breakdown:
Memorex Blank, “The Beatles”The Beatles recorded over 200 songs. I can only assume these were my favorites 15 or so years ago, though I have no actual recollection of making this tape. 
Mariah Carey, MTV UnpluggedLet’s just assume this belonged to my sister and move along.
Memorex Blank, “TV Tunes”No idea, but that’s definitely my hand writing. I should probably mention that I spent several years working for the local junior ‘A’ hockey team as the guy who played the music in the stadium (my first paying DJ gig). Stuff like “TV Tunes” was gold for a job like that. If you’re 13. And don’t really know any better.
Twisted Sister, Stay Hungry*I was never a fan of Twisted Sister and I think it’s safe to say that this did not belong to my sister. That being said, I have high hopes for this tape as the holes on the top are covered, a tell-tale sign that this fucker has been recorded over. Looking forward to finding out.
Def Leppard, Pyromania"Photograph" is still one of my favorite songs. Shut the fuck up.
Memorex Blank, “Bon Jovi/Soul Asylum”This one appears to have the entirety of Keep the Faith on one side and Grave Dancers Union on the other. Okay, I’m feeling a little bit of shame here, and I really wish I could say it was Slippery When Wet and Pearl Jam’s Ten instead.

I’m currently working on a new web project that involves old “mixtapes,” or “cassettes.” I know, I’m very retro.

So I called my mother and asked her to send me all of my old tapes. In my mind, I had hundreds. (I worked at Shopper’s Drug Mart during high school and got to buy Memorex blanks at cost.) Sadly, it seems my tapes didn’t make it. This photo represents all my mother could find. Here’s the breakdown:

Memorex Blank, “The Beatles”
The Beatles recorded over 200 songs. I can only assume these were my favorites 15 or so years ago, though I have no actual recollection of making this tape. 

Mariah Carey, MTV Unplugged
Let’s just assume this belonged to my sister and move along.

Memorex Blank, “TV Tunes”
No idea, but that’s definitely my hand writing. I should probably mention that I spent several years working for the local junior ‘A’ hockey team as the guy who played the music in the stadium (my first paying DJ gig). Stuff like “TV Tunes” was gold for a job like that. If you’re 13. And don’t really know any better.

Twisted Sister, Stay Hungry*
I was never a fan of Twisted Sister and I think it’s safe to say that this did not belong to my sister. That being said, I have high hopes for this tape as the holes on the top are covered, a tell-tale sign that this fucker has been recorded over. Looking forward to finding out.

Def Leppard, Pyromania
"Photograph" is still one of my favorite songs. Shut the fuck up.

Memorex Blank, “Bon Jovi/Soul Asylum”
This one appears to have the entirety of Keep the Faith on one side and Grave Dancers Union on the other. Okay, I’m feeling a little bit of shame here, and I really wish I could say it was Slippery When Wet and Pearl Jam’s Ten instead.

A Day of Eating Dangerously

This was our yesterday.

Deep Fried Oreos

Deep Fried Cheddar

Deep Fried Jelly Beans

Pulled Pork Parfait

Deep Fried Mac N Cheese Wedges

Beef Sundae

This is a Swedish user experience designer. He is ruining my life. I hate him.

This is a Swedish user experience designer. He is ruining my life. I hate him.

From Wordpress to Tumblr

As you might have noticed, Pop Loser is now on Tumblr instead of a self-hosted Wordpress. This is something I’ve almost done at least three times over the last year and a half, but I finally took the plunge.