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The Thursday Report – Week Ending 12/27/06 by jimmycanuck
December 28, 2006, 8:30 am
Filed under: blog news, links

It’s been a week of both crazy and calm.  Crazy on the behind the scenes – the new fj revamp kicked into overdrive this week as we began to assemble a bigger team and finally purchased our new domain name.  It’s not what you’ll be expecting, but it’s not far off.  The site will be undergoing a slight name change, but don’t worry, it’s more evolution than revolution.  Maybe when we have the new logo together we’ll post it here and announce it.  We’ll see.  😉

I’ve also spent a lot of my week getting some behind the scenes work done with bbps.  I’ll keep hush hush on some of that because it’s not really my place to broadcast their business, but I’ll just say that it’s kept me on my toes.

The calm side of things?  That’d be the posts.  Between all of the above and, of course, the holidays, my posting duties have been a little light this week.  Here’s the rundown;

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The Thurday Report – Week Ending 12/20/06 by jimmycanuck
December 21, 2006, 1:32 am
Filed under: blog news, links

t’s been quite a busy week for the old jimmer.  Here’s a quick summary of the weeks highlights;

Things kicked off with an interview with Elliot Hanson, a modder who is recreating New York City brick for brick in SimCity 4.  A few days later I posted my second entry in my new weekly column In The Year 2000this week it was all about the trojan horse that is Xbox Live.  After that I began my week long series Last Minute Shopping Ideas over at SmartCanucks which as kept me pretty busy.  The week wasn’t all about editorial content, though.  I found myself breaking not one, but two stories on our dear old interweb.  I was the first blogger to bring the broken nature of Military Madness to light, and after speaking with my PR pal over at Telltale Games I was the first to bring info of possible Mac and Live Arcade version of the new Sam and Max games to the masses.  I also had time to throw a couple of reviews into the mix –Assault Heroess on Xbox Live Arcade and the new Sam and Max game for the PC, Situation Comedy.  Reviewing Assault Heroes was no big deal, but Situation Comedy marked apretty big milestone for me.  It’s the first game that I’ve reviewed before its release.  Snazzy, huh?  I’ve never had to sit on a review until an embargo was lifted, but I’ve got to admit, it’s a pretty nice feeling.

So yeah, all in all, a pretty good week.  🙂 

Here’s the complete rundown;

Oh – and I read the best post the other day about being a better blogger, so I thought I should share..



The Thursday Report – week Ending 12/13/06 by jimmycanuck
December 14, 2006, 11:11 am
Filed under: blog news, links

Hi folks!  Long time, no speak.  Things are coming along really well for your old pal jimmycanuck in the blogosphere, both in and out of f/j.  We’re still on track for an early spring relaunch here, but I’ve come up with a little something to occupy us all in the meantime.

Every Thursday morning I will bring to you, the flotsam/jetsam nation, a recap of the past weeks events.  This means news of relaunch progress here at f/j, news of my life as a blogger outside of these walls, and links to all of the writing I’ve done in the past week.  This first post will be a little link heavy because I’ll be linking to everything in the past week as well as highlights of what I’ve done since shutting down f/j.  I guess that’s what I get for not coming up with this idea earler.

Ok – two big bits of news for this week; 

News #1 – Not only am I writing for thebbps.com, but I’m pleased as punch to announce that I’ve also joined the writing staff over at SmartCanucks.ca!  It’s my first paying gig, so I think we can safely say that I’m jumped from the realm of amateur to professional blogger.  Very exciting stuff!

News #2 – We’ve had a good friend of the site volunteer to take over the tech-related site admin duties for the relaunch.  This week he and I will begin the long and arduous project of giving the site a fresh new look.  Unfortunately as we’ve come to realize that the site might need a fresh new name too.  Just about every “flotsamjetsam” domain worth having (com/org/net) has been taken.  Still, I won’t abandon the f/j title until we find something better.  If you have any suggestions, feel free to email me.  If we use it, we’ll make sure to recognize your contribution in our inaugural post after the relaunch.  Also – we’re still looking for some writers to join the fold (and will probably be looking to do so ongoing basis) so if you think you’d be a good fit, get in touch with me with a link to your blog or a sample of your writing and we’ll see what we can do.

This Week’s Posts

Earlier Post Highlights



I Am SOOOO Great. :) by jimmycanuck
November 23, 2006, 11:57 am
Filed under: blog news, links

Danzuke, leader of the gang over at bbps, just posted a really nice welcome message in the comments of my very first post.  Always one to love patting myself on the back, I thought I’d share it here;

“I’m going to take a moment and welcome Jimmy here to the fold. Our 1st add-on writer! He writes some kick ass stuff over on his site and we’re lucky and happy to have him here. He’s from Canada, which I would guess about 60% of Americans could find on a map.

When he’s not writing for us jimmy enjoys national health care and a populace that generally doesn’t shoot at each other. Great White North indeed. “

See?  Everybody loves me.  Take that, Mom and Dad!  😛



It’s MSPaint… Seriously. by jimmycanuck
November 23, 2006, 7:50 am
Filed under: links, pictures

 

Back in the days when I used to have more time to socialize in the GameSpot forums, I had a friend named dyaballikl who was unwaveringly committed to MSPaint.  He eventually learned to love Photoshop, but back then he swore it off like an bad monkey.  I was always amazed at the things he could do without Photoshop, but it was never anything like this.

The picture you see above you was done entirely with MSPaint.  Must’ve taken the artist a lifetime.  Click here to see the full size image over at deviantart.



Look Kids! I got a Job! by jimmycanuck
November 22, 2006, 9:51 pm
Filed under: blog news, gaming, links

bbps

Well kiddies, over the next little while I’ll be pulling double duty writing here and at BBPS.  For those of you not in the know (and shame on you if you aren’t!), BBPS is one of the better gaming blogs out there.  It may be a far cry from sites like Kotaku or joystiq traffic-wise, but when it comes to content, they’ve got it where it counts. 

So what does this mean for flotsam/jetsam?  Well for one thing, you’ll probably be seeing a lot fewer game-related posts from me.  That’s not to say there won’t be any – it’s just that I’ll be dividng my game-related content between the two sites.  Everything else you know and love about the f/j should stay pretty much the same.

Life though, keeps getting busier.  I refuse to let this site ever suffer the same sort of abandonment that my past projects have fallen prey to, so I’ll be taking some steps to make sure that you’ll all be getting the same sort of witty and urbane content you’ve come to expect.  I just can’t do it alone.  This means I’ll be looking for some guest bloggers to step in on a fairly regular basis to help keep the posts coming.  Jenifesto has been doing a great job over the past week, and if she’d like to continue working with the site full time, or even just throw up a post every now and then when it strikes her fancy, she’s more than welcome.  I won’t be expecting any sort of full time status from anybody – obviously the people who’ll be helping out will have lives and blogs of their own to tend to.  Still, if you’re a blogger I’ve contacted in the past about guesting, or someone who thinks they’d like to give it a shot, drop me a line and send me a link to your blog.  I’d be happy to give it a read, and if I’m interested, I’ll get back to you asap.

Thanks for reading everyone – without your help, I would never have made it where I am.  I’m looking forward to your continued readership, both here at flotsam/jetsam, and over at BBPS.



Do not adjust your monitors by jenifesto
November 21, 2006, 1:25 pm
Filed under: links, news

On up to $10 a day

I was alerted to this website from a colleague and thought it was definitely cool enough to share on Flotsam/Jetsam. Well I’m not sharing for the first time ever, but everything old is new again on the web, so if you haven’t seen it before, check ‘er out – Worldmapper. A work in progress and put together by a whole bunch of academics from England and the US, Worldmapper uses cartograms to show data variables around the world. There’s a whole lot of geo-techno-babble that I don’t understand (I’m a historian, dammit, not a geographer), but once you start investigating the site a bit, you’ll get it. For example, the one above is people living on up to $10 a day.  If you’re loving it, they have an RSS feed so you can be kept abreast of new maps.  I’m totally signing up for it.