Category Archives: Life

The Last Bastions Fall, and I begin my Descent into Madness

As I write this, the last hour of October is already half gone. I can feel the ominous chill foretelling the midnight dawn of November. Soon, the insanity will wake before I even lay to rest. For the next month I will reside in a dark place, a place governed solely by words. Scribbled on the walls, the floors, the tables, everywhere.

For those who haven’t gathered yet, I’m talking about NaNoWriMo! Yes, it is thither that I will reside for the next month. If by some strange happenstance I appear here, rest assured that it will be in the form of some irrecognizable monstrosity. But as my last vestiges of sanity abandon me, I’ll wish good luck to my comrades-at-arms, some of whom are already lost in the Novembrance, Ishana, Thaumaturgist, and Ralph/Emitar. Good luck, friends, and safe passage! But now the sands tick away, and the darkness calls to me. Down, downward I fly. Down, downward I fall.



Either That, or a Bunch of Leprechauns Lighting up Outside my Window

Moon Over Forest Fire

Image by Old Shoe Woman via Flickr

So I was trying to sleep last night, and I noticed the smell of cigarette smoke coming in my window. Now, that kind of thing’s not unheard of in an apartment complex, but an endless stream of it is kinda weird. Oddly, though, not the first time it happened. In addition to suffocation and various carcinogens, it was apparently a source of poetic inspiration, as I wrote this: Read the rest of this entry

The Most Tiresome Time of the Year

I have hit the time of year when I get buried under a pile of work before being free for the summer. Fun times. What this means for you guys is that it’ll be hard for me to produce anything of quality in that time, but I’ll do the best I can. Stick with me, okay loyal readers?


Stupendous, Unprecedented, Perfect, Exciting, and Revolutionary. In a word, SUPER!

Some sharp-thinking readers may have been expecting this, but I was hesitant to announce it before it actually happened:

Shards of Infinity has gone ONE MONTH without a viewless day.

Stop for a minute and consider that. One month. Four weeks. Thirty days. Isn’t that amazing? That’s amazing. That is just mind-blowing. You have officially blown my mind, loyal readers. AWESOME readers. Am I repeating things? I’m repeating things. I am repeating things because my mind is just so totally and completely blown. It feels like barely yesterday we were dancing in the streets to celebrate a mere two weeks of this, and now it’s suddenly a month’s worth.

As I see it, there are two main culprits in this event. The first, as I have mentioned before, is Matsu. The traffic I’ve gotten from Deck of Jokers has inflated both my pageviews and my ego. One of these things is good, the other is not so good, but I keep it under control. The other is probably the four posts of superawesome.

SO, an event this momentous has to be accompanied by site news, doesn’t it? I… really hadn’t put much prior thought into this.

The only really new thing I have is that I added a link to the sidebar. It’s to Sfeer Theory, a relatively young webcomic that I chanced upon. And by relatively young, I mean it has an archive of just 5 pages. A great choice for anyone who hates reading through massive archives (these people are not me, I read through ALL of the archives, even when it’s pointless and futile, like Dinosaur Comics). I suppose it detracts from the exclusivity of Deck of Jokers in my link section, but more links equals more readers, or something…Right?

OH, here’s another one! I haven’t gotten around to this, but I’m going to re-design the About page so that it doesn’t suck as hard as it does now. A daunting task, if ever there was one. Stay tuned for the finished product.

Aaaaand, that’s about it for now. Honestly, though. A month? You guys are the best. Keep being the best, loyal readers.


So of course the Super-Awesome view wave begins to dwindle on the one weekend where I’m busier than ever.

Yeah, I’m shameful. I’ve been riding the whole ‘Surprise Me’ wave for over a week, without posting anything of substance. I know, not cool. I’d like to say “Stand by for some epic postage!”, but I can’t right now. This is a really busy, important weekend for me. I’ll see what I can do about a post during next week, all right? Hang tight, loyal readers.


Shards of Infinity celebrates two solid weeks of page views!

Whoa. This is, insane. Incredible, even. If I get even ONE VIEW today, I have officially gone TWO WEEKS without a single view-less day on here. That just amazes me, you guys. And this is all thanks to you. I cut it close on a couple of days, but at least one person looked at my blog every day for the past two weeks. This means a lot to me guys, thanks. Check it out:

Isn’t that great? It’s got me seriously psyched, at least. And I look forward to two more weeks like this! And maybe some more after that!

But this isn’t about me. No way. This is about you guys, and how you’ve shown up every day for me. But what do you guys wanna see? Surely I can give you better than just rambling on about this, that, and the next thing. Leave a comment telling me what you want to see, and I’ll make it happen. Well, unless it’s really weird or something, maybe. But still, ask and ye shall receive, loyal readers! Man, I remember the days when you guys were all imaginary readers…How times have changed, I suppose.

And speaking of changing times, I can’t forget one of the most important people to blame for this prosperity, Matsu! If you’re not reading Deck of Jokers yet, get to it. And if you are reading Deck of Jokers, keep up the good work. My link exchange with Deck of Jokers was a real turning point for me, from rambling moron to actually something, even just a little bit. Oh, and in case I haven’t made it clear yet: Deck of Jokers. Read it.

So, guys, it looks like I’m moving up in the world. It’ll be a pretty crazy ride, but I hope you guys hang around for it. How about it?


Finding new things in old games

So, if you’ve been reading here in the past day, and I know you may have been, you’ll know that I’m in a SNES mood. For the past few days, that has materialized in playing Yoshi’s Island. Amidst the rampant drug references, it’s a kickass game. So, I beat the first world, and noticed that I had flashing 100 scores on four out of the eight levels. So, I went in and got the other ones perfect and, lo and behold, a bonus level and a minigame appeared! I mean, how crazy is that?

Man, this is what I love about really old games. When you’re a really young kid, you’ll play these things, and miss all sorts of stuff. Then, when you go back years later, BAM! New stuff. And especially in a game as great as Yoshi’s Island, it’s an amazing find. That’s about all I can say, guys.


Finally, the Weekend!

Been a busy week, but now I can finally take a break. As I acquire the new episode of Heroman, though, I’m reminded that I need to do reviews of it, Angel Beats!, and possibly K-ON! Season 2….Oh well, I’ll get to them, at some point.

You got me, guys!

A rather slow week or so since last I posted. I notice, though, that on April 1st my views spiked from a string of 0s to 3. Did you guys expect a joke…? If you’d told me ahead of time, I could’ve cooked something up. Next year, I guess.


…It’s a Gundam!

Here at Shards of Infinity, I have made at least some (read:minimal) effort to mask my love of anime, manga, and comics in general. My last post failed to do this entirely. But I believe that this is a case in which I can make an exception.

Now, I don’t know how many of you are well-versed in the famous Gundam series, but I’m willing to bet that at least a few of you heard about the giant, 1:1 scale RX-78-2 Gundam statue erected in Odaiba, Tokyo last summer. And by giant, I mean 18.5 metres high (about over 9000 61 feet, for any Americans in the audience). Looking at that number for the first time, I realize that it’s about ten times as tall as I am. Wow.

But sadly, fame is fleeting, and so was the Gundam. After a summer of hardcore partying (and a wedding), the Gundam was dismantled. But just as a profitable franchise rises from the murky depths time and time again, so too is the Gundam returning. It’s being erected in the city of Shizuoka, site of the Bandai production factory for Gundam models. And this time it’s pulling out the big guns, to stop anyone from dismantling it ever again.

That’s right, the RX-78-2 is armed with one of its beam sabers this time around. Man, that is friggin’ awesome. Maybe for round 3, they’ll include the rifle, and use it as a defense installation. I mean, if elephants worked on the Romans, then I think I giant robot would tell everyone to stay the hell away from your country.

If I ever get to go to Japan, then I am so totally going to check this thing out.


[info and photo via Kotaku, additional info via MAHQ]