Print Story Who's the Daddy
Diary
By nebbish (Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 04:13:01 AM EST) nebbish is the daddy, urban exploration, winter olympics, films (all tags)
WHO'S THE DADDY?


My Phenomenal Success

I'm getting an article published in the Fortean Times next month, and am VERY CHUFFED. Downside is they're putting a photo of me on the masthead, and a short bio of what I do next to it. I was honest and said I sit around watching TV.

The upside is that I'm getting paid for it. This is a quite unexpected bonus - when you send stuff off you sort of half hope they'll take an interest, never thinking you might actually make some money. So, the next step in my plan for world domination is to supplement my income with my writing. It seems like a bit of a tall order at the moment, but then last week so did getting published in a national magazine. Fortean Times is quite respected so hopefully this will open a few doors for me, but we'll see. I've had enough false starts already.

I'll let you know details nearer publication date, if anyone fancies buying a copy and laughing at it.

Winter Olympics

I was knackered after work yesterday and was nodding off on the sofa when the curling came on. I love the curling, and it's even better when you're half asleep so its surreal nature really shines through - the casual loafers they all wear, the commentator saying "Ooh, that was a lovely stone", the contrast between the quietly joking players and the drunken, ranting crowd.

It really is like a Scottish version of a genteel English sport - slow-paced, tactical and incomprehesible but with added ice, stones and brooms. Fantastic. I'm looking forward to watching more tonight.

Infiltration

Managed to organise a bit of urban exploration for the weekend, having located some disused nuclear bunkers around South London and also a key that might get me in them. I'll be satisfied seeing them from the outside if it doesn't work. I would have written it all up for Kuro5hin, but you never know, I might be able to flog it to someone instead! W00t!

Viewing

Creep is a very silly film.

< Oh dear.. It's that time again... | BBC White season: 'Rivers of Blood' >
Who's the Daddy | 41 comments (41 topical, 0 hidden) | Trackback
Oooh, oooh, oooh! by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 04:22:33 AM EST

I know I'll buy a copy of that Fortean Times. Hell, looking at the content on the site, I may buy a subscription. Are you allowed to tell us what your article is on?

Incidentally, I found that watching women's hockey while high is pretty cool. You get all into it, then find yourself saying "whoa, that was a woman? Tangentially, speed skating: not as cool as I remembered when I was a kid. They look like they've slowed down or something.


-
You can build the most elegant fountain in the world, but eventually a winged rat will be using it as a drinking bowl.
it's all about the short track. by garlic (4.00 / 1) #9 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 05:38:11 AM EST
it's the roller derby of the winter olympics.


[ Parent ]
Article is about crack-addicted squirrels by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #15 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:33:59 AM EST
Are rather, that there aren't any crack-addicted squirrels. Well, you'll see. I'll email you it if you can't get hold of a copy.

A subscription is a good idea - it's a great magazine, and the only one I have a subscription to.

--------
It's political correctness gone mad!

[ Parent ]
That is outstanding. by blixco (4.00 / 1) #2 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 04:24:53 AM EST
Fortean Times being one of those magazines that I constantly buy, sometimes just for aesthetics, I will be sure to catch your article.

Damn fine.  We're proud.
---------------------------------
I am ten ninjas. Ten ninjas with root access. - mrgoat

Thankyou by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #24 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:50:23 AM EST
Look out for Squirrels on Crack, but I'll post more details nearer the time anyway.

--------
It's political correctness gone mad!

[ Parent ]
UNEXPLAINED ARTICLE FOUND IN FORTEAN TIMES by DesiredUsername (4.00 / 3) #3 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 04:37:51 AM EST
SCIENTISTS BAFFLED - page 11

---
Now accepting suggestions for a new sigline
Heh by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #16 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:35:09 AM EST
Squirrels on Crack, but they might change the title. Watch this space and I'll keep you posted, page numbers and evertything.

--------
It's political correctness gone mad!

[ Parent ]
Well done, sir. by yicky yacky (4.00 / 1) #4 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 04:43:47 AM EST

Congratulations. Stride up to [redacted] on Rattray or [redacted] on Barnwell and demand that they buy you beer.

Curling's like cricket, in that it rewards investment (whilst also having beered-up, mildly-annoying fans). If you catch it a little way through, it's hard to get into it, but if you follow it from the beginning, it can get quite involving. I'm looking forward to the large hill ski jump[1], although, being honest, I can get into most of it when knackered (with possible exceptions for the long-distance cross-country).

[1] - Yes, I know most jumps are identical, and there's little in the way of obvious drama, but they're jumping down a mountain, and that's enough for me.


----
Vacuity abhors a vacuum.
I'm really getting into curling by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #23 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:46:48 AM EST
It's a little less incomprehensible than cricket, and the matches are shorter. Better suited to the fiery ginger temperament of the Scotsman, I suspect.

--------
It's political correctness gone mad!

[ Parent ]
Three questions: by Breaker (4.00 / 1) #5 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 04:44:51 AM EST
M4d p0rps for getting it published though.


Heh by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #14 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:31:59 AM EST
  • Squirrels on crack
  • £80 (yeah, I know)
  • Yes, and yes I probably will bitch about it :-)

--------
It's political correctness gone mad!

[ Parent ]
Hehe! by Breaker (4.00 / 1) #17 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:37:59 AM EST
I salute your bravery, Sir; you could have easily ducked that.

So, how long an article was it then?


[ Parent ]
Good point by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #25 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:51:14 AM EST
It was around 700-800 words, so not long really. And it didn't take me long to write either.

--------
It's political correctness gone mad!

[ Parent ]
Two hours? by Breaker (4.00 / 2) #33 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 07:25:46 AM EST
So, 40 notes/hour, which is pretty respectable by any standards.


[ Parent ]
You got 700 words out of squirrels on crack? by Gully Foyle (4.00 / 1) #35 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 08:36:20 AM EST
Sound more like a mythchaser to me. Well done! My subscription expired when I was a teenager (fucksticks! That's ten years!), but I still buy it occasionally...

[ Parent ]
Snowboarding by idiot boy (4.00 / 1) #6 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 04:51:45 AM EST
I was really angry actually. The other night I managed to find some of the Women's Halfpipe coverage on the BBC website. Came back half and hour later to see if I could watch the men's and it had all gone. There's practically no bloody video for the Winter Olympics

And the Beeb's website for it is shite.

Curling is top though, you're right.

Of course, they're all from wierd little bits of Scotland so I am really watching it in the hope that one of 'em will shout : "Good stone Uncle-Father!".

Snowboarding on the Olympics has been shit by nebbish (4.00 / 2) #18 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:38:27 AM EST
Gazbo was talking about it. Too regimented and repetitive. It's a freeform sport and should be treated as such competitively.

This is all made up for by the fact that the middle-aged British commentators use snowboarding slang, gnarly pipes and sick air and such. Well funny.

--------
It's political correctness gone mad!

[ Parent ]
Nice one! by Alice Pulley (4.00 / 1) #7 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 05:14:34 AM EST
Make sure you let us know when its out. Must be feeling pretty pleased with yo' bad self I imagine and rightly so.

Karma.

--

'But they're adults and perfectly capable of working it out themselves. And if not, well, fuck em.' - Nebbish '06.

Karma indeed by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #26 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:55:56 AM EST
You know when you know deep inside you that something's going to happen? Well, I had that, but thought that something would be getting beaten up twice.

Thankfully not.

--------
It's political correctness gone mad!

[ Parent ]
Thats the sort of karma I usually get (nt). by Alice Pulley (2.00 / 0) #41 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 10:59:37 PM EST


--

'But they're adults and perfectly capable of working it out themselves. And if not, well, fuck em.' - Nebbish '06.

[ Parent ]
Congratulations by cam (4.00 / 1) #8 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 05:34:53 AM EST
Good stuff.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

Cheers cam [nt] by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #27 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:56:30 AM EST

--------
It's political correctness gone mad!

[ Parent ]
I dont need to buy a copy by joh3n (4.00 / 2) #10 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 05:40:29 AM EST
I'm a subscriber

Booh-Yah for you!

----

Cool by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #19 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:39:14 AM EST
Watch out for Squirrels on Crack...

--------
It's political correctness gone mad!

[ Parent ]
I don't know about the luge by herbert (4.00 / 1) #11 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:00:17 AM EST
But I've always thought that "Two-man Bob" and "Four-man Bob" sounded like a gay porn film and one of its sequels.

Not to mention by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #13 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:13:03 AM EST
The famous "Built by Roberts" sketch from Not The Nine O'Clock News

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
[ Parent ]
In the two-man luge by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #22 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:44:33 AM EST
A man lies on a sledge and another man lies on top of him. I would have refrained from calling it gay because I'm not a homophobe; but clearly if it was a man and a woman there would be raised eyebrows, so gay it is.

--------
It's political correctness gone mad!

[ Parent ]
You are my new hero by DullTrev (4.00 / 1) #12 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:06:32 AM EST

I used to have a subscription to Fortean Times... Ah, better days...


--
DFJ?
Not any more then? by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #20 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:42:13 AM EST
I only took mine out recently when my nearest WHSmiths stopped stocking it.

I have to say, it's a lot shorter than it used to be.

--------
It's political correctness gone mad!

[ Parent ]
Fraid not by DullTrev (4.00 / 1) #38 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 10:00:50 AM EST

Never bothered after I went to uni, what with being skint. Always used to be a good read, though. It's that unusual mix of vaguely scientific people, completely random events, and a large sense of their own absurdity.


--
DFJ?
[ Parent ]
Congrats!!! by calla (4.00 / 1) #21 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:44:04 AM EST
It was bound to happen sometime. All that writing that you do, someone would eventually want to print one of your crazy stories...



Thanks :-) by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #29 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:57:53 AM EST
The lesson for everyone here is: no-one's going to know unless you send it off.

There are a lot of good writers on husi.

--------
It's political correctness gone mad!

[ Parent ]
some damn fine illustrators too by calla (4.00 / 2) #34 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 08:24:58 AM EST
if we'd just get off our asses and send work out to the publishers.

You are an inspiration, nebbish!!!



[ Parent ]
Curling by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #28 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 06:57:15 AM EST
and you get these really cool hats.

Congrats on the article.
--
Would you rather battle Klingons or trolls?

Thanks by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #30 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 07:00:21 AM EST
That is a damn fine hat.

One thing I noticed about the curling is there is a lot of equipment involved. I'm surprised sportswear companies haven't pushed it more.

--------
It's political correctness gone mad!

[ Parent ]
It's definitely a Canadian thing by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #31 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 07:11:49 AM EST
They have leagues here near Boston, and it's played in Canadian border places like Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Minnesota and U.P. Michigan, but I don't think it's heard of much anywhere else.

I just want one of those hats.
--
Would you rather battle Klingons or trolls?

[ Parent ]
seattle by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #36 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 09:10:49 AM EST
I remember a local newspaper story when I was in high school about how Seattly was the US capital of curling. There was a free open house thing where you could go and learn how to play. Still regret not participating.

[ Parent ]
ob by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #37 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 09:11:21 AM EST
"How Seattly was the US capital of curling?"

[ Parent ]
Seattle is in Washington by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #39 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 11:51:35 AM EST
Washington borders Canada.
--
Would you rather battle Klingons or trolls?
[ Parent ]
true by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #40 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 12:00:38 PM EST
I was just offering a data point in support.

[ Parent ]
With It by Priscilla Kwateng (4.00 / 1) #32 Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 07:25:04 AM EST
Anyone seen the snowboarding?
'Tis cringeworthy hearing veteran commentators like Hazel Irvine (who are clearly befuddled by this new fangles edgy modern sport) trying to sound cool by saying things like 'stoked', 'nuff respect' and 'amping'. At least she didn't say 'gnarly'.
Scone rhymes with John
Who's the Daddy | 41 comments (41 topical, 0 hidden) | Trackback