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< Piro >

ah, moving stuff sucks...

"i'm gone for one day and..."

Thursday - February 22, 2001

[Piro] - 12:30:00 - [link here]

I've already mentioned that moving sucks, so I won't say it again. Even so, my relocation from my the old apartment to the new one actually went pretty well. Too well, in fact. I should have known better, I should have seen it coming...

The only hitch in my re-location came yesterday evening around 5:00 when the guy from Media One / Comcast showed up to re-connect my cable TV and cable modem. Since I was moving within the city, it was supposed to be a very simple task - I could use the same cable modem and i was already set up to use the service. The hitch came when the guy tried to screw the cable into the Cable TV outlet on the wall...

the plate with the cable TV connector popped off the wall and there was no wire behind it.


Yes, for some reason, which no one either here at Media One or at the apartment complex can figure out, someone cut the cable somewhere near the attic and yanked the cord out of the wall. There is even a cable that runs from the main box in the laundry room into the attic - but there are no cables in my apartment.


Well, this is a pretty nice complex, and the maintenance people here are pretty responsive, so I know that it won't be an inordinate amount of time before I have cable - but it will be a while. i figure it will be a week before I am on-line again. Why don't i just use a dial up modem? Well, I'm not getting a phone in the new apartment - I don't need one. I have a cell phone and with a cable modem I don't need a phone line at all. Besides, with Ameritech, it would take longer to get a phone turned on that to have the cable company install a new cable.

So how am I going to update the website? How will i post comics for the next week? It's very simple, actually. I have net access at the office, so getting this (like this rant) online isn't too big of a deal, i just need to do it when i am in the office. I'll need to find some of those things called '3.5" floppies' - there should be some around here somewhere.

So, here's the deal...

For Friday's strip, I won't be able to upload it Thursday night at 1:00 am EST which is our normal schedule. Friday's comic will go up Friday morning, around 9:30 am EST I appreciate your understanding with this - it's the best I can do under the circumstances. I will probably be able to get Monday's comic in place for our normal update Monday morning - in fact, If I stay ahead of the game, you shouldn't see any other delays in deliverance of Megatokyo Comicness.

I haven't had a chance to even view my email or the forums since Poe's guest strip went up on Wednesday, but according to Largo it has generated a bit of flack. I just want to say a few quick things about Poe's guest strip, which applies to the Little Gamers guest strip and the Real Life guest strip that went up earlier this week.

As anyone who reads Exploitation Now knows, Poe's strips are pretty ribald. In fact, that's kind of the whole point. ^_^ The truth is, his guest strip is actually pretty tame for the kinds of material he often does.

When I asked other webcomic artists to do guest strips, I indicated that i wanted them to make their own interpretations of Megatokyo and that neither Largo or I would edit or change their work. For the Little Gamers strip and for the Real Life strip, I didn't have any worries because neither of them had any questionable content.

Poe's strip, when I got it, worried me. ^_^

Not because i didn't find it to be a good strip (which it is - it was a sneaky way to get Poe to draw me his rendition of Kimiko and Erika) It was the simple fact that I really is more explicit than anything we've done here on Megatokyo. After thinking about it, I decided that I was not going to ask Poe to change anything. Secondly, i wasn't going to NOT post the strip just because I was worried about any reactions. The strip would go up, as planned, and I wasn't going to change a thing.

Poe's style is very overt, and there is no getting around it - it's the type of humor that makes up his style of comic. I didn't want to dictate to him how he should do the strip. I am respecting his decisions as to what he wanted to do. I felt that from quasi-artist to artist, i owed him that respect. And I do - Poe is an excellent artist, and i really enjoy his strip.

The same goes for Christian over at Real Life. The guest strips were 100% theirs, and I'd like to thank all three of you guys for goin to the trouble to help me out this month - I really needed it, and I appreciate it.

Oh, yea, and i should thank that Dom guy too. Something about 'Stick Figure' stuff or somethin like that...

By the way, I will get even with Mr. Poe ... by doing a Exploitation Now guest strip that is completely devoid of any racy or explicit content! In fact, I'll put Jordan and Bimbo is the biggest baggiest sweaters I can draw! Muwahahaha!!

I am so evil. ^_^

< Largo >

you're already here.

"it must end..."

Thursday - February 22, 2001

[Largo] - 23:30:11 - [link here]

First up, Gamespy has made some new chat rooms focused around the many online comics that grace the website. To access them, go download yourself the latest version of gamespy arcade, - like right now.

I received a large number of emails over the weekend regarding the 'napster' opinion I posted last week. While I did read them all, I have not replied to most them, instead I plan to address them in a future rant.

Initializing rant engine 3.0

You know, the world is really getting worse everyday. Yep, it's true - and I'll prove it.My friends down at Texas A&M University are little upset right now due to a new mandatory requirement that they take two additional courses in order to graduate. These new mandatory classes are 'culture diversity' oriented studies.

It turns out that in today's society the most evil of all crimes is no longer the taking of someone else's life, instead it is the villainous act of making other people feel uncomfortable.

For those of you in the states, take a good look at the cultural diversity courses already being taught to grade school level children. Such programs are meant to help our children … understand one another, but all they really do is brainwash children into believing the garbage that is political correctness. Granted I'm against the pro-lesbian messages taught in such classes since it may produce more lesbians - which mean fewer girls for me. I am however in favor of pro-gay teachings, since it will mean, more girls for me. [yes, im being facetious with my last few comments, yes it is a joke]

It's my feeling that people should be allowed to think however they want, because when it comes down to it, that is freedom. No matter how 'wrong' I may feel someone is, as a human being, it is his or her right to continue to think that way. Any attempt to control the natural thought process's is too Orwellian for me to digest without serious heartburn.

However, if a person's beliefs are so radical against the mainstream that they are made to feel shame, then so be it. That is the price paid sometimes for being an individual.

If you can't take the criticism, then don't make yourself a target by refusing to blend into the norm.

So what if people feel that they are being looked down on by others? So what if they walk around feeling uncomfortable because the guy next to them wasn't trained to understand their language, sexual orientation, or their culture? Personally I think people who worry that much about the opinions of other people they don't even know, has bigger issues - for instance, the fact that they being a self conscious ass clown.

Rather then simply allowing the world to judge them by their character, certain groups want us to understand 'where they came from' - as if knowing about their native countries' farming exports or the yearly goat-herding contest is going to enlighten us.

Now, don't get me wrong, I love the idea of people taking the time out to learn a foreign language, or even about a foreign culture. I think it can be an enriching experience that could have a profound effect on the life of the individual undertaking such things.

However, when you force someone to do something, such as learn. They are generally less receptive if not, bitter about it.

Well, this little rant was a bit more political then I normally get, but what the hell, writing about the level and stats of my mag in Phantasy Star Online would have been… boring.


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