I am an Idiot

Who decided to start Weekly Muse at the same time he was moving and had to consolidate three peoples’ stuff into one apartment? This guy!

I’m extending the voting an extra week, but I promise you I write the story you guys voted on last week… I just haven’t had time to copy it from my notebook to Word.

In the meantime, enjoy the site, past articles, and keep sharing Randomology with friends. There is no advertising budget but the good will of my readers. To keep you going this Monday morning, here’s the Harry Potter theme as a metal song.

Contest, Podcast, and Book News

May 16, 2011

Sorry for the lack of update today, but this was a very heavy weekend and I’m just now barely getting a chance to sit down and write. A new article will be up on Wednesday, right on time, but I have a few announcements to get out of the way.

I’ll be recording a podcast with Roberto Villegas, one of my old friends and former gamer at my table. Check out his blog for some awesome nerdery, and I’ll let you know when the podcast is out.

My contest for Charcoal Streets over at deviantArt is going. You still have a week to submit, photography, traditional art, photomanipulations, whatever. You could win a free premium membership and a 20,000 impression ad campaign. If I get more than 100 submissions, I’ll update that to a 60,000 impression campaign. Thousands of people could see your artwork! You can set up an account in less than five minutes and enter.

Well, that’s about it for me. I’m going to enjoy the rest of evening and my much-needed vacation with my honey bunny.

To keep you throngs of weirdos entertained, here is the most awesome video message to future grandchildren ever recorded. See you on Wednesday!

No update tomorrow, but…

I’m working on the edited stories for Charcoal Streets and will launch a DevianART contest next week. If you have an account, keep watching here for more information.

Sorry for the lack of update, but I have to write a eulogy for my grandfather for the memorial service. I get a tickle that I’ll be at a church podium reading a sermon that quotes Neitzsche, Voltaire, and Oscar Wilde yet has not a single Bible quote.

In the meantime, please enjoy the following audio violation. Ten points if you can sit through the whole thing.

A Brief Note on New Articles This Week

As I noted on Facebook, my grandfather took a turn for the worse yesterday. He’s stable, but we’re not sure when he’ll either get better or leave us.

Needless to say, updates are pretty much on hold for now. I’ll keep editing Charcoal Streets between allowed ICU visits, but don’t expect much from Facebook or here on the main page.

However, I’d like to note that, to further his reputation as an utter bad-ass, my grandfather suffered a heart attack and, with lungs working at 10% and on four shots of morphine, held on for more than 20 hours while his children flew in and drive up from Mexico.

And he’s hung on for another 18 after the doctor found a treatment that could give him back some more time.

I’ll see you soon, dear reader.

New Merch, New Features, and a Look Ahead

The year’s getting off to a GREAT start. Hits are up. I’m rested, working, and have plans for Deviant Art ads, a contest for all you great readers, and some new (possible) features.

First of all, I’m putting together a contest through Deviant Art. Things are still shaping up, but any new art submitted and tagged with Charcoal Streets and Randomology.org can enter. First prize will be a gifted six-month premium subscription. Again, I’m still working everything out. The art will try capture some aspect of Charcoal Streets through either photography, digital art, or traditional art.

If you look at the new poll, you’ll see that I’m thinking of adding a new feature: a regular webcomic. It might be traditionally drawn or it might be digital, sprite, or something else entirely. It wouldn’t be an everyday thing, maybe twice a week, but it would be for short things I want to get out there.

And finally, check out the following images.

Want them on a shirt? Check out the Randomology Shop for shirts and a new hoodie design. There’s a sale right now!

See you tomorrow, and don’t forget to vote on the top right, check out today’s article, and visit the shop!

Wow, I’m Dumb

Guess who came home, decided to take a quick nap, then fell asleep for nine hours? Yeah, so the article won’t be up until later this evening since I have to teach in about an hour and a half and I still need to shoot the video for Kickstarter.

In the meantime, let me just say this.

Thank you.

Thank you for sharing links. Thank you for your kind comments. Thank you for supporting this work. I’ve spent years trying to be good enough so that I’d feel I could send things out with confidence, and what I’ve realized is that, well, I AM good enough. I don’t want to wait anymore. One way or another, Charcoal Streets will see the light of day.

And you guys helped make it happen just by reading this website. Thank you.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have two classes to prepare in one hour. And one cup of tea to get me through it.


No new article today…

…But on the positive side I got some steady employment that will hopefully grow into a steady writing job instead of just tutoring. I didn’t get to finish the new Charcoal Streets story staring Carmen and Luz or really put some links together. Ten-hour days tend to do that.

I promise the articles will be more substantial soon and you’ll see some better things. Hopefully, when the new job starts bringing in more projects, I’ll even be able to offer some payment for guest writer articles. Keep your fingers crossed!

Oh, and I sincerely apologize for the abundance of typos this week. It’s been ONE of those weeks.

Still, enjoy what is perhaps the cap to the greatest viral ad campaign EVAR! Or this month. Whatever.

New Schedule

I’ll write a new article every day, Monday through Friday, for the next week or so. Divine by Zero will get integrated into the regular articles, which will be much shorter, and this should streamline the whole process. I’m still learning, and hopefully this will help me get things done much faster. See you Monday, and check out the latest chapter in Charcoal Streets if you haven’t gotten the chance.

Now if you will excuse me, I’m going to try and sleep away the tension and stress of waiting for a callback from this school to see if I have a job…

Oh boy…

Randomology.org, now with 50% less salt!

Here it is, folks!

Randomology.org is four months old, which in internet years means it should be off to preschool soon. There are a lot of changes, most obviously in the main banner and size of the page, so here’s a quick rundown.

-The site layout is now optimized for wide-screen monitors. If you still have a regular, squarish monitor, it won’t be too disruptive. You’ll just miss out on the ads running I use to whore myself out that run on the right side.

-The Featured Articles banner on the top will show the last ten posts, or you can scroll down and see every post, including news.

-Main articles will still appear on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. However, Tuesday and Thursday will be short posts where I share some breaking stories, links, videos, and anything floating around the internet that I think fits the site. Saturday will have a short rundown of updates on the week’s stories, any changes, corrections, and major news. For example, this Wednesday I’m writing the Epilogue to the “Texas Will Make Your Kids Stupid” articles. If anything happens between then and Saturday, I’ll update you.

-There is now a forum up and running. I’ll put up new categories as new articles come up. The left-hand side has a box that shows the latest forum activity.

-If you have a video, link, story, or something you’d like for me to know and you don’t really want to post it in the comments, drop a message off at the new contact form. It’s quick, it’s easy, and you’re done in less time than it took for me to embed this link.

-The left-side bar now has a poll section. I’ll put a new poll every week, typically something to do with breaking news or an article.

-Subscribing is now easier. You can follow through Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Reddit, or subscribe to the RSS feed through Feedburner. The right-hand side also has a handy email alert system if you’d like email notifications of new content.

-Every post has a “Share” button at the bottom to make it easier to re-post articles on Facebook,Twitter, and other social sites (wink wink).

-Every post also has a short list of relevant, related articles at the bottom

As always, I welcome comments, criticism, and any feedback you wish to offer. And if you like the site and read it often, tell your friends about it.

Or we start executing hostages!

A New Randomology.org Coming Soon!

No article today, but I do want to fill you all in on a few changes. If you’ve been on the site since yesterday, you may notice things have moved around, new buttons are added, and the site is, hopefully, easier to navigate. I’m working to clear as much up over the weekend. Starting Monday, I’ll start a new schedule for the articles.

Monday and Friday will be for more “fun” stories with the heavy stuff like politics and education on Wednesday. Let’s face it. It’s hard to read crappy news at the beginning or end of the week. On Tuesday and Thursday, I’ll post any small tidbit of news or random things around the internet that seem interesting like videos, weird news stories, and the like.

Saturday will be kind of a wrap-up day with updates on the week’s major stories, if any.

I’m also working to make the site more reader-oriented. Still looking for a forum program that will work with WordPress.

That’s the short version, but there is much, much more on the way. In the meantime, enjoy some a capella metal.

No, seriously. All they use is a drum set.