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Everyone say, "Hi!" [Dec. 30th, 2000|02:30 pm]
Kurt Onstad
[Current Music |Rent soundtrack - "Seasons of Love" (in head)]

So, we have a new person viewing my little diary of thoughts and events in my life. Her name is Riki.

Riki drove up to see me Wednesday night (just like last week), and we hung out and watched the Junkyard Wars season finale with Mike, Nancy and Nancy's father. Then we hung out and talked like we usually do.

The next morning is when we did more of the "Well, let's see if this scares you..." stuff. My roommates hadn't heard of this, so I should explain this, just in case. Basically, what we're doing, is showing each other our most frightening or worst parts of ourselves, and seeing if the person runs away at that point. The logic behind this seems to be two-fold. One, if the person says goodbye at this point, then you have a good excuse for why it didn't work, and you can justify to yourself, "Well, obviously it wouldn't have worked out anyways. This would have freaked them out later, when they found out about it naturally." Second, if the person does stay, then you know you've got someone who is attracted to you, not just the surface.

So, telling her about the journal was part of that. She didn't quite understand what was so scary about this. I tried to explain, and she was like, "Oh, just give me the URL already." So...Hi Riki! See you tomorrow night! (Of course, she's not online near half as much as I am, so she may not be reading this until after New Years...)

Just about time for lunch, and I think this entry is long enough. Probably do more when I get back...

Kurt Onstad
Just a little tired...

Drew and Kate are my roommates at that time, Mike and Nancy (It's a Drew Carey show reference...) And, as you probably have already read, Lucy is actually Riki.
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[User Picture]From: self
2001-01-02 03:21 am (UTC)

Nothin' scary here!

Nope. No how.

Particularly if you started with the most recent entry, worked backwards to this point, and then abruptly stopped reading.

Man, I can't imagine reading this journal backwards. So much back history required to understand any given entry... This is why Speedball's not in my "Friends" list, in case you were wondering. I haven't figured out what I want for that page yet, but I'd like it to be self-contained. (no pun intended, but I like it)
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2001-01-02 03:29 pm (UTC)

I'm a comic-book fan. Of course there's continuity!

Yeah, reading my journal backwards is probably a nightmare, although I'm sure it's easier if you're one of the rare people who knows me in real life and also knows where to go to read this, because at that point, you've probably been told most of the major points of the "plot."

It'd be nice if there was a way to set up my journal so that new readers started at the beginning...

This makes a nice comparison to the comic book industry, especially Marvel and DC, where there's a ton of back story which is preventing new readers from getting into it. How do they handle it? Well, DC had the Crisis. Restarted the universe from scratch, "erasing" all of the old stories. Marvel just created the Ultimate line, where they split off a new universe, with very similar characters, starting from scratch, but leaving the regular line alone.

I don't know how that helps me, but I haven't really talked about comic books that much here, and I felt like being a geek today...

Kurt Onstad
Finally putting away his books...
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[User Picture]From: self
2001-01-16 02:55 pm (UTC)

Hmm...

I wrote a very long reply to this from my grandparents' place. Wonder what happened to it?

To summarize: "making comics more accessible" without actually making an effort to bring in new readers only alienates the loyal fanbase.

How should they be going about it? Well, Marvel and DC need to insist that all advertizing on products licensing their characters in some way references the comic books. Let the action figures fly out from the pages of a comic. Show kids putting down their comic books to play with the video game adaptation. Make it clear in every instance that if you want the full experience of this product, you should familiarize yourself with the character backstory provided in comics. That's the next best thing to actually buying ad time during saturday morning cartoons.

Trade ads do not do the job, because people who don't read comics will never see them. Press releases will not do the job, because kids don't read newspapers. If you're not going to make any effort to promote and sell your product, how does making it more accessable help?

Which is the question, I suppose. 'Cause it does help. Just not the sales department. It helps the writers and editors do their job, by sweeping years of unwieldy workarounds under the rug and starting clean. That's really the reason they go to such extremes.

The problem, of course, is that it doesn't really work either, because the underlying issue is considered unsolveable. So, the workarounds come back in one form or another. They have to. Because detail-level continuity in a project of this scope, with so many creators pushing forward with their individual visions, simply doesn't work. It can't.
    Not without a major rethinking of how comics are created, anyway. You'd basically have to recreate your universe as a massive multi-player online role-playing game, document a week or so worth of of gametime, and try to edit that down to a coherent story, real-world style. Linear storytelling becomes a thing of the past. As does comics readership, but the gameworld is at least marketable.
Anyway... You basically haven't written anything since inviting Lucy to read along. The servers are stable, we know you're out there, it's time to push forward on this grand experiment.

(I figured I'd bury that comment a few entries back. She's caught up now, right?)
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2001-01-16 03:35 pm (UTC)

Re: Hmm...

Actually, no, she's not caught up at all. I told her the URL, but she wasn't in a position to write it down, so she still hasn't been at all...

My reasons for not writing have much more to do with being so busy at work and not having a working computer at home that is connected to the internet...

Kurt Onstad
Will change that soon...Really.
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[User Picture]From: self
2001-01-17 08:17 am (UTC)

Sure, sure...

Of course, you've always been busy at work. That's never stopped you from complaining about it.

And you haven't had a working computer in ages. Is Drew and Kate's system offline?
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2001-01-17 12:43 pm (UTC)

Re: Sure, sure...

Well, we made some changes recently at work that make me even more busy, and less likely to be able to spend time writing in my journal. And currently, Drew and Kate's system is crashing far too often to be of any use. The plan is to buy a big hard drive, transfer data over, then wipe and reload. That will probably be done in a week or two.

Kurt Onstad
Got to work a little early today...
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[User Picture]From: self
2001-01-17 08:20 am (UTC)

She needs to write down URLs?

That's funny. I usually just recieve them in my e-mail.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2001-01-17 12:45 pm (UTC)

Re: She needs to write down URLs?

Well, she wrote it down last night, so she may be reading as I type this. I suggested to her that she start at the beginning and work her way forward, so it'll be a while before she even reads her own introduction, in all likelihood...

Kurt Onstad
Just a little nervous...
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[User Picture]From: seonsaint
2001-01-24 12:33 pm (UTC)

Re: She needs to write down URLs?

Great, she'll read my comments and think I'm crazy, not good...
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2001-01-31 01:04 am (UTC)

Re: She needs to write down URLs?

That's because you are crazy...

Kurt Onstad
Kidding...Sort of...
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