Chapter 7 – the rant

13 08 2008

This chapter introduces another new blogger, although not strictly speaking a new character.  I wanted to reflect the way different people have different styles of blogging, and tried to come up with an easy way to make Bradley’s posts easily distinguishable from Johnny’s posts.  I decided that Bradley is one of those people who uses the shift key very sparingly.

I would recommend you don’t make too many assumptions regarding Bradley, incidentally, and remember, this is set in the future.

By the way, this chapter also features the naughtiest word ever to appear in a b0bbyg post, not counting the censored cursing from the Reservoir Dogs post.  I’m pretty certain my readers won’t be offended.  It’s totally in keeping with Bradley’s character, anyway.

If anyone is interested in catching up with the story, it is available in a much more organised fashion on this page.  It includes proper explanations of the type of story, the rant pages, the comments system and an archive of all the chapters so far.


Chapter 7 – Sick ‘n’ Tired

13 08 2008


ok. i deleted my old blog because of all the annoying stalker comments and crap were just too much hassle. if you’re an old friend and i mailed you with the url of the blog, please DON’T link to it from your blog for a few weeks, wait until things have died down a bit. i know it’s a pain, sorry but i hope you understand.

anyway, if you have only just stumbled across this, then hi, my name is bradley, welcome to my blog. i hope you like it here. 🙂 i mostly just talk about random stuff that happens, how i’m feeling, that sort of thing, but now and then i might say something smart if you stick around long enough.

right now i’m feeling really pissed off, if you read my old blog then you’ll know why, if not, let’s just say that certain irritating people do not know when they aren’t wanted any more and can’t just leave well alone. so i started a new blog to help me get away from that.

also, my best friend moved to freaking california a few weeks ago, so i’m feeling fed up about that too. nearly all my other friends are on holiday. i feel so alone.

sorry if that sounded a little emoey. i just really don’t feel good right now.

Chapter 5 – the rant

8 08 2008

And now for something completely different.

This post introduces a new character, johnny07.  It’s much more straightforward than previous chapters.  In my mind, this is the beginning of the story proper.

You’ll notice that, for the first time, it is possible to comment on the chapter itself.  Comments left there will be taken as “in-character” – that is to say, “johnny07” will read them and most likely respond.  The characters are not so averse to giving away plot information as I am, but they don’t know that they are fictional characters in a story!

Johnny’s description of Machiavelli is slightly inaccurate, although I’m not sure how far off it is.  Any mistakes made by Johnny are his mistakes, and not neccessarily mine.  I love having a get-out clause like that! 🙂

Chapter 5 – I am Johnny’s first blog.

8 08 2008


Hi, everybody! I figured it was time I made my own blog, you know to record my life, and stuff, for, you know, prosperity. Is that the word?

Where to start? Maybe I should start by telling you a bit about me. My name is Johnny. I’m 16 years old and I live in Hercynia. I’m a bit of a geek.

Hmm… To be honest, I really haven’t planned this post out at all. What should I talk about? My life? Nah, not very interesting. Plans for the future? Haven’t got any. Gloating about how many hits this blog is going to get?

I decided that for now I’d do something a little less narcissistic – I’m saving my narcissism for future posts. So I decided to talk to you about… History!

I know what you’re thinking. History is boring, right? Wrong.

Take Machiavelli’s “Il Principe”. People always associate Machiavelli with doing what you like to further your own goals, but actually many scholars think the book was satirical. In any case, Machiavellian basically means achieving your goals through unscrupulous means. Which naturally is a bad, selfish thing to do. But what if your goals are good?

To give an example of a real life “Machiavellian”, take Armand Jean du Plessis, better known as Cardinal Richelieu, or as I like to call him, AJ Rich. Advisor to Louis XIII of France, incredibly ill, incredibly cold hearted and a total genius. He once said ‘I have no enemies except the enemies of the state.’ He disliked war, yet he deliberately prolonged the Thirty Years War, involving France as little as possible, just to strengthen France. They called it “raison d’etat”.

I know, he sounds like a horrible person. He probably was. Everyone was scared of him. But the idea is interesting, don’t you think? Can you do bad things for the greater good? You know, it’s kind of noble in its own way.

Like lying to protect a friend. Or stealing to feed your family. Or even like Robin Hood. Can stealing be for the greater good?

I’m rambling, sorry. I really didn’t have anything planned out for this post, so I thought I’d get philosophical. Hope that wasn’t too boring or anything.

Anyway, I’ll be back later once I’ve come up with some decent ideas for blog posts. See you around!

What a geeky thing to say. So, um, yeah, thanks for reading, and stuff.

Chapter 1 – the rant

4 08 2008

So it begins.

My apologies for not having been around lately.  There’s been stuff going on and I’ve been kinda busy.

The post immediately preceding this one is the first “chapter” of a new project I’m working on.  It’s a kind of experimental online novel.    I’m not sure yet what genre it is, but I’ve always had a soft spot for SF and fantasy, so it’s going to have aspects of those.

The idea is that each chapter of the story is a post in a blog belonging to the user who’s name appears in brackets at the top of the post.  Theoretically this could have been achieved by making multiple blogs, but I’m neither smart nor organised enough to do that, and anyway I’d be worried that this would end up turning into an ARG, which isn’t what I’m aiming for.

The early chapters will be very short – think of them like a prologue – but they will get longer once the main story kicks off.  I would love it if people would give me feedback on the story, which is why each chapter will have a “rant page”, where you can leave criticisms, suggestions etc., which I will welcome.  I don’t mind harsh comments if they’re constructive!  As the story progresses, some chapters will allow you to comment directly on the posts themselves, if you wish.  These comments will be treated as “in character”, and may influence the narrative directly.

So yeah.  I’m not sure how long this will be or how frequently it will be updated; that will depend at least in part on whether anyone’s interested.

I hope you like it!

Bobby G

“Spring Break” sucks!

5 04 2008

No, not the holiday, the phrase, silly!  I mean, Easter was only a bank holiday weekend.  We’re having our Easter Holidays now, but how can they be Easter Holidays if they don’t involve Easter?

Some of my more secular, less traditional friends pointed out that there’s no reason we can’t celebrate Easter now, eggs and all, but it wouldn’t be the same, and I’ve already had Easter.

So, what to call this holiday?  One girl at school (a somewhat, er, unusual year 12 girl) has taken to referring to it as Spring Break.  Several teachers were using the phrase as well, but it just feels kind of weird, like some strange American, PC thing.  “Spring Break”.  “Spring Break”.  I don’t know, it’s just not something that rolls off the tongue easily, probably because this holiday has always been the Easter Holidays, as long as I can remember.  Some people at school were actually calling it Half Term, even though that’s something completely different!

So, anyway, it’s “Spring Break”, and I’m in a bit of a random mood, as you probably guessed.

It was rather a shock logging onto WordPress the other day and discovering that they’ve changed the dashboard screen (that’s the behind the scenes stuff that readers don’t see).  The new design is probably easier to use, but it’s less easy on the eye, dominated by pastel oranges and blues.  I also miss having a link to the forums on the dashboard.  I expect I’ll get used to it.

Anyway, I haven’t seen GoodFellas yet.  We were going to be watching it in class, but a certain teacher couldn’t be bothered to show up to teach us.  Perhaps I’ll be able to borrow a copy from a friend, but otherwise I’ll have to wait until the holidays are over.

Oh and, almost forgot: DoctorWhoseriesfourstartsinlessthananhour!!!

*Sighs*  I’m such a hopeless Doctor Who fanboy.

Current listening: Feeder, “Comfort In Sound”.

Manhunt 2 gets a UK release

14 03 2008

As reported by the BBC, Manhunt 2 will finally be released in the UK, albeit in an edited form, with an 18 certificate and a caution that it contains “very strong sadistic bloody violence”.

The game had been rejected by the BBFC twice, but the Video Appeals Committee has overruled them this time around.

 I’m just glad this whole fuss is over – it’s been raging since June last year – although I have no intention of buying the game, since I am not a fan of gory movies, and the Manhunt games are essentially gory movies in playable form.