Monthly Archives: July 2009

On Responsibilities, and the Shirking Thereof

Ugh. I’m really stressed today, and in no state to write up a good post. To that end, here’s the President of the United States of America to distract you:

That is all.

The Magistrate has Reached a Verdict…

…Even if I have nothing to say, I’m gonna post every day! Hey look, I rhymed. Anyway, like I said, gonna post everyday. Hopefully we’ll get to a point where I can post every day and say something useful, but things were kinda hectic today… Stick around, though. I have revived this blog, and I’ll darn well stick to my commitment! That is all.

From the Vault: What’s in a Name?

I’ve once again wasted away the day with Pendragon and television, so I’ll give you guys another taste of that which lurks within the vault. Today I bring you a short post on the various ways that the word ‘name’ can be anagrammatised, stemming from the question, “What’s in a name?” Let’s find out, shall we?
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Original Title: What’s in a name?
What’s in a name?

Amen – The end of a prayer.

Mane – Ring of fur on the neck of a lion[or other such animal].

Mean – What one is trying to convey, or the opposite of kind.

E-Nam – A war fought in by every E-veteran worth his salt[Romans,salary, paid in salt. THE MORE YOU KNOW.] . Nowadays, all the n00bs just fight in E-Raq…

E-Man – Something you can’t call yourself unless you fought in E-Nam.

Mena – Swedish for ‘to mean or convey’. Also, a convenient misspelling or mean.

Nema – It’s an ‘urban-type settlement’ in Russia. Go figure.

N a m e – What you get when you read between the lines.

Name – a special version of name that only drunk people can see[slightly blatantly stolen from the webcomic Questionable Content…].

Mnea – Okay, now you’re just making things up!

So now you know, just what is in a name. Until next time,

Shard
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Dude, you left out the word name itself…. Nice one. If you guys have anything else to say about what’s in a name, leave it in the comments. That’s all for now.

Shard

And lo, I doth Venture Forth from Mine Lair…

I have spent many, MANY hours today reading a book. It is not often I do such a thing, but nor is it often that I read such a book! What book, you ask? Pendragon Book 9: Raven Rise, by D.J. MacHale. I’d read the first eight Pendragon books, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I got my hands on book nine, and not until today that I cracked it open. I’m not gonna go into too much detail, since I don’t feel like doing a book review, I just wanted to check in here to reinforce my commitment to this blog. Plus, the book is waaay to far into the series for me to discuss it without robbing people of the experience of reading the story from the beginning. Go pick up book one today. As in now. Seriously, go!

Shard

WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE?!

Don’t Get Lost: A User’s Manual to Shards of Infinity, Part 1

Okay. Starting today, I’m gonna do a series of posts to familiarize my readers with the features of this blog. To start with, I’m going to highlight a feature that’s not only important on this blog, but all over the internet: the RSS feed.

Really Simple Syndication, or RSS, feeds are a really simple way to keep track of updates on your favorite sites. The RSS feed for SoI is down in the bottom right-hand corner, in the section marked ‘Meta’, but to simplify it, you can just click this oversized RSS button:
RSS

So, if you’re familiar with RSS feeds, you’ll probably know what to do. If not, I’ll try to help a little. If you have a Google account, such as Gmail or something else, that means you have a Google Reader account too. Once you set up Google Reader, you can view all the RSS feeds you have from there. And if you use iGoogle as your homepage, you can view Google Reader from there, or even set up a box on your homepage exclusively for Shards of Infinity! If you guys out there have any other tips for people new to RSS feeds, do them a favor and leave a comment.

Stereophonic, Headphonic, Mnemonic

I got new headphones today, since my old pair were past their prime. Now, I’m not much of an audiophile, but I was surprised at how much better this pair sounded. The tones were sharper, and the bass was much more evident. My other pair, like a number of its precursors, had gotten to the point where sound only came through the right channel unless I bent the cord just right. It was REALLY bothersome…

I was hoping I could find another pair like them, but the store was all out. I ended up springing for a more expensive pair of Maxell “Jelleez” for about 8 bucks. I can’t say I like the name, but the product’s great. The sound is clear, they fit in my ears perfectly, and they don’t have those annoying foam covers that I always lose… After taxes it actually came to $7.76, pretty close to the jackpot. Maybe next time, eh?

From the Vault: Putting the ‘C4’ in Cetacean

Well, like I said, I’m gonna dredge up remnants of the old blog for use here. The first of these is a post about the aforementioned exploding whale. It was originally published on November 12th, 2008. Oh, and because it’s outdated, I have made adjustments in editor’s brackets [ ‘[‘ and ‘]’, for the uninformed] where necessary.
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Original title: YOU MANIACS! YOU BLEW IT UP! OH, DAMN YOU! GODDAMN YOU ALL TO HELL! Read the rest of this entry

Back to Square One

It’s been a while, everybody.  It seems like years ago that I started this blog, a bright-eyed greenhorn full of hope that he’d have a chance to share his writing with the world. As it turned out I got nearly no feedback on my writing, which meant that all I was doing was throwing my writing out there for anybody to steal, with no gain for my risk. So over the course of a few months, my will to keep going dwindled and eventually extinguished. Even when I kept writing posts saying that I hadn’t given up, I was just prolonging the inevitable…

But enough about that. Life is about moving forward, and that’s why we’re all here today! It seems that everyone and their mother has started a blog lately, and that gave me the spark I needed to get going again. Shards of Infinity is back, and better than ever*! To emphasize the change, I’ve replaced the stupid old theme with this sleek gray/green one. I don’t quite know what I’m gonna do with my blog this time around, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out in time.

Oh, and for those strange people that did like my old blog, don’t worry. Most of my old posts are still in the WordPress system, and I expect I’ll bring some of them back out into the light for all to see. Moving forward is great in theory, but you can’t forget the exploding whale!

So stick around guys, girls, and beings of indeterminate gender, as we barrel blindly forward towards a bright future!

Shard

*superiority compared to original material has been determined based solely upon personal opinion.