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Ten True Scott Facts, As Seen On #Twitter

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

True Scott Fact #10: I have an extraordinary lack of trust in people. – Basically, what I mean here is that for whatever reason, I’m paranoid about what people do when my eyes are closed. For much the same reason, I don’t like people sneaking up on me. 

True Scott Fact #9: I plan to stop using “The Quickening” as a shorthand for an unwanted and terrible sequel upon rewatching it. – Two reasons for this: I watched the movie again recently, and while it is bad, it’s not as bad as my constant usage of it as a byword for bad sequel would imply. The stuff with Sean Connery is sheer gold. The second reason is that Highlander 5: The Source has no redeeming features whatsoever. It is genuinely dire and another reason I’m arguing for the existence of objectivity is that we can get this thing filed away as terrible.  

True Scott Fact #8: I own so many books I’ve lost count. Am estimating 3-400 plus. – I have a bookshelf that contains 60 books or so per shelf, and it has three shelves. Add that to my boxes of books, my pile of books and my books on other shelves and you can see why I’ve lost count!

True Scott Fact #7: I vary what my favourite movie is depending on who asks me the question. – I have three favourite movies: Highlander, The Man From Earth and Star Wars. There are several reasons I vary them, usually based on my reluctance to answer questions about them. What I usually do is gauge their movie knowledge before they ask me and base my answer on that. For instance, if you’re not a movie buff, I would say Star Wars is my favourite. If you had an extensive knowledge of movies I would say Highlander. I reserve The Man From Earth for people who know me very well, because these people hear me rave about it anyway.

True Scott Fact #6: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is the reason I prefer 80s music to any other type. – I thought this one was self-explanatory. There is a kind of incomparable joy that you get from belting down a Fiami (Fake Miami) highway, blasting out Crockett’s Theme or Run To You that nothing else can give me. 

True Scott Fact #5: Judging by the amount of times I use it, my favourite word is clearly ‘rather’. – This one is very self-explanatory. Just read one of my pieces and you’ll probably find it in there once, if not more!

True Scott Fact #4: I keep track of my time of work experience at Camp Mohawk by knowing the date that Pokémon Diamond and Pearl came out. – These games came out on July 27th 2007 and I bought Pearl on the last day of my work experience, which was the day of release. 

True Scott Fact #3: I was the first reviewer to have seen Penn And Teller Tell A Lie, according to Penn Jillette. – Originally there was a link here to the Tweet in question but Boy informed me that it was a broken link so I’m going to try and get it from memory (since my Twitter won’t let me go back too far) “Glad you like it. You’re the first who’s seen it.”

True Scott Fact #2: Alexander Armstrong once implied that I sent the BBC death threats. – This was during a recording of Epic Win (not the episode where my friend breathed in someone’s face). Some of you may remember the anecdote from my previous blog on the subject. He came out and said hello to the audience, mentioning that they had to turn people away and that somebody started making death threats. At which point he turned to me and shook my hand. He did it to somebody else on a subsequent night so it wasn’t just me.  

True Scott Fact #1: There are bottles in my bathroom that I have to turn away from me when I’m in the bath as I can’t stand looking at them. – The bottles are by somebody called N-Spa Fruit and the reason I can’t look at them is that they have ‘quotes’ from a wise man on the front that angry up my blood. The quotes are nothing but a load of run-on sentences and hateful aphorisms that show a contempt for the kind of person that uses their product. Here’s a link to their (Self) Indulgent page, showing a few of the messages I mean on the bottles. Words cannot describe the contempt I have for them.

Syndication…

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

As some of you may be aware, I was celebrating the fact that my first piece was syndicated on the Blogcritics section of the online newspaper the Seattle Post Intelligencer. However, a google search of my writer name, combined with ‘seattle post intelligencer’ revealed that quite a few more articles have been syndicated there. About ten more, in fact, dating back to August 2010. So here they all are.

My review of Ultimate Regeneration, a review to which the author himself replied on this very blog.

This is a review of a collection of three short stories from one of the founding fathers of time travel fiction, H.G. Wells.

This is my review of Curt Stager’s Deep Future, a work which is accurate but quite boring to read.

The Emperor’s Tomb, a book by a man who looks so American it hurts.

A pretty damn good book, considering it’s self published.

Pretty damn good book as well, but can get a bit up its own arse at times.

Feisengrad is a pretty interesting book, in a funnier style than 1984.

BUY ROBERT RANKIN’S BOOKS.

I examine Twilight. And am okay with it, on some levels.

TAP TAP TAP TAP.

This one drew quite a lot of criticism, but that was more at the feature rather than my piece. I hope.

One of my first attempts at describing music.

Happy New Year all!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Okay, this is the first time I’ve updated this thing in about two-three months. Since last we spoke, I’ve published several articles with Blogcritics.org, which I’m not going to bother to reproduce here. Instead, here’s a link to my author page, which you can archive binge to your heart’s content!

Since last I blogged, I’ve passed my one year Blogiversary and had a temporary seasonal job at Legoland, which was pretty interesting. I learned a bit about retail and other such shortcuts. Feeling like a worker was one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve ever had, although I had a pretty bad last day. Meh, all shall hopefully be repeated soon, depends if I want to resume working for them.

Oh, got a couple of milestones to write about today. 1) I am now 20! Woot! Etc! 2) This is my 100th Blog Post here, which is something to celebrate. I would celebrate my 20th, but I don’t feel very much different. Birthdays are overrated (except the actual celebration part). And also, as the title says, Happy New Year! It should be an interesting year, and if the Mayans were right (which they’re not and anyway it’s a misconception) we’re one year closer to the world ending. Hooray…

Anyway, I’ve missed you all (my cabal of loyal readers, and hopefully this will mark my return to regular blogging. My next planned blog is a recap of my experience re-watching Back To The Future. See you all soon!

I Am Now In The Twenty-First Century Again…

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

So, I finally got with the times and created my own YouTube account, so that I can upload videos and subscribe to my favourite people, rather than observing over Boy’s shoulder.

In honour of this momentous occasion, I have decided to write about how I made my first video, which was a class project and is currently being uploaded as I write.

The project was called ‘Attack Of The Killer Crisp Packets’, and it was adapted from an old idea that my friends and I had to do as a class project on a different course, which never went through. I thought about it, and realised that the crisp packets would work well with Lego, which my teacher said he could get hold of. I was going to use the studio downstairs to make the film, but that’s where the trouble began.

You see, somebody stole one of the stop motion cameras. The teacher still had one, but he said we couldn’t have unsupervised access after that, so I spent a few lessons trying to work around it until he gave in and let me use the camera and Lego within the classroom.

I was on a tight schedule and starting to appreciate the difficulties of stop motion. One problem is, it’s exceedingly dull. A couple of times I found myself lulled into a rhythm and found myself taking pictures of my hand manipulating an element of the film. It took weeks just to cobble together the 30 seconds or so of film that I present on my YouTube Channel Thing. I found that whenever I’d solved one problem, another would crop up.

My deadline came and went, until I reached the stage where I had only the voicework to do. Unfortunately, we started on other stuff, so this project went by the layside for a bit until I’d bugged my teacher enough to let me in the sound booth one day and record what I needed.

I finally got into the booth to record my voiceover and dialogue and then realised the dialogue would have to go, otherwise it would conflict with the voiceover. So I improvised a Don LaFontaine style voiceover which is what you have on the finished video. I wasn’t entirely happy with it when my teacher played it back (especially when we discovered that one line repeated), but he said that it doesn’t particularly matter. So what you see is what you get with this video, I’m afraid.

And yes, like the description says, I am aware of the flaws in this video, which make me appreciate the importance of the continuity people in films. Especially after watching Great Movie Mistakes on the iPlayer (excellent programme, by the way).

My YouTube handle is ThatGuy12901 (for future reference), and this post has been written in less time that it has taken me to upload the video.

“I Will Try…To Blog You…”

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Right, just a short post to say that for fans of Coldplay, they are offering a free download of their live album on their website. It has stuff like Fix You, Clocks and Viva La Vida. I am informed that Coldplay are quite good, so any fans may want to grab this.

Link to the site: http://www.coldplay.com/lrlrl/lr.html

Enjoy, chaps and ladies.

Hello and welcome to my blog. That’s it, really.

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

So, this is the first post of what will hopefully be many posts for this blog.

In the past, I’ve tried to keep a number of diaries and blogs and things like that. I’ve now identified the reason why they didn’t stick.

They were all about me.

Well, naturally, since that’s pretty much all a diary is, but I realised that my own life is generally boring and the exciting bits may not be exciting to other people. That, and eventually I would not fill it in one day and it would be a downward spiral from there.

Bearing this in mind, my mission in writing this blog will be to involve my personal life as little as possible, only bringing my opinions into my writing. This blog will be mainly dedicated to writing about whatever subject takes my fancy. I could be reviewing something, or talking about something in the news, or simply talking about various subjects; you get the picture.

Review of the vampire-em-up, The Vampire’s Assistant (or, as it should be called, Cirque Du Freak) will likely be appearing here tomorrow or Sunday.