And There It Is…

And that is the new look.

Let me know what you think.

The layout is based on the Papaver theme, which you can get here. There are three, two and one column versions.

The design on the left is one of mine, as you may have guessed if you are familiar with my previous work. I plan to get this design tattooed on my left inner forearm. I’ve been quoted £140.  I will be asking about UV ink for the inner knot, so it may well be more than that.

I was tempted, briefly, to expunge the archive of this blog. Deliberately this time. But I would be doing myself a disservice. What there is of it is fragmentory but it is a history of sorts. I recently lost most of the artistic and design work I had on my HDD (I know, don’t even start) What exists now is scattered across the ether of the internet and, thankfully, in my head.

I’m pretty sure I can ressurect everything that I feel is worth saving, and most of my writing is on my Google Drive anyway so I still have that at least. I use Google Drive as a bit of a scratchpad since I stopped using OneNote. I may sometimes offer sneak previews to valued commenters; those I value and admire the taste, ability and opinion of.

I am taking the opportunity presented by my loss to start again. I will rebuild, reforge and renew. In the process igniting the fire under something new.

Just so you know, I haven’t been idle the last three years. I have three and a bit Moleskines full of writing (and still growing, I’ll need a new one in a month or two at this rate) which I am now in the process of archiving, cross-referencing, and collating. There is a book there I feel. I have a lot more reading, thinking, and scribbling to do before that see’s the light of day though. I’m aiming for NaNoWriMo.

The shape of it is in my head. It is not, oddly, fiction. It is… something… from the mind of a mandrill.


PS: Yes I know that technically it won’t be a novel and so not within the strictest interpretation of the rules of NaNoWriMo. But I don’t care, I can be a rebel 😛


Something I did for EVE Online Fanfest this year.

Where can I get this as a poster?

Redesign incoming…

I have a redesign and refocus of this blog incoming in the next few days. Cutting right back on the bells and whistles and simply having somewhere I can publish stuff.

Watch this space.

I adore the way fan fiction writers engage with and critique source texts, but manipulating them and breaking their rules. Some of it is straight-up homage, but a lot of [fan fiction] is really aggressive towards the source text. One tends to think of it as written by total fanboys and fangirls as a kind of worshipful act, but a lot of times you’ll read these stories and it’ll be like ‘What if Star Trek had an openly gay character on the bridge?’ And of course the point is that they don’t, and they wouldn’t, because they don’t have the balls, or they are beholden to their advertisers, or whatever. There’s a powerful critique, almost punk-like anger, being expressed there—which I find fascinating and interesting and cool.

Lev Grossman (via mycrofts)


I need a movie to be made of Dune.

I want Benedict Cumberbatch to play Paul Atreides.

I want it like I’ve never wanted anything before.

MAKE IT HAPPEN, Hollywood.

No, just no. David Lynch tried in 1984 and was only partially successful.

I don’t think Dune is filmable.



Saw this on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces last night. 

I find myself wondering how the guy in the Egg fared in the flooding.

This Is Not Who I Am.

just a little experiment, no deeper meaning to be divined…


This is not who I am.
I am not this.
Who I am is not this.
Who am I?

Who is this?
This is who.
I am not.
This am I.

I am this.
Not who.
I am.
I am who this is not.
I am this, who is not?


Blog Banter 50 – Ch-ch-changes.

Well, here we are. I thought I should drag myself out of semi-retirement to pen something for this auspicious Blog Banter.

The topic, loose as it was and as I choose to interpret it, is change and our response to it.

I have no vested interest in the changes that are coming to EVE, I haven’t played in more than a year, I am however an interested observer, and the changes I see beginning in Rubicon are, in my estimation, only the tip of the iceberg. Add that to further deepening of the universe with Dust and Valkyrie (I will be playing Dust now that I have an HDMI monitor) and the possibilities are fathomless. Let’s look at some bullet points (pure speculation, off the cuff and with only the briefest of thought given to them, well some of them.):

  • Player owned customs stations in hi-sec, the beginning of the breakdown of NPC empire control?
  • Player owned customs stations in hi-sec and everywhere else combined with the new deployable structures, the beginning of orbital shanties? (an idea I’ve been kicking around in my skull for a while)
  • Dust is kicking up as much of it’s namesake as was hoped and the incessant combat will drive civilians off the surfaces of planets and into orbit providing an orbital labour force for the factories and structures that the shanties become.
  • The hint of building stargates…. I’ll just leave that to your imagination shall I?

My response to change is one of optimism and excitement, simply because the universe of EVE is spectacular, unique, rich, and contsantly evolving. There is no denying that EVE today is better than it was, CCP today are better than they were, and New Eden is the best it’s ever been. This is not to say that it’s been easy, change never is, but if the mistakes are learned from and used to guide future change then things can only improve.

EVE is not dying, EVE will never die, and it is change that will keep it alive. Whatever you think of each specific tiny tweak or monumental adjustment of mechanics, if change never happened, and the continuing evolution of New Eden was halted, then EVE would die. And none of us want that.

These are all long term prognostications, and make no comment on the mechanics or political fallout involved, mainly because I’ve been out of the game for too long. Whether I’m anywhere near the mark is yet to be seen of course, who knows what those crazy Icelanders have planned? Frankly I’m having fun just watching New Eden grow and the community expand to welcome all comers. I’m still around, and as I said I’ll be joining the battlefields of Dust in the near future. Maybe one day I’ll come back to EVE. She is however, a harsh mistress and demanding of more time, energy and inclination than I have.

So congrats to all participating in this milestone Banter. I look forward to reading your contributions,the next 50 banters, and the next decade of EVE and New Eden.

M out