But nothing compares to these blue and yellow purple pills.
Tue, 14 November 2006
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Good grief, Charlie Brown! There sure has been a whole lot going on at Planet Buttonhole. I've been informed that I was overdue for another Editorial. In fact, I even got told do another one by good old Assistant Editor Ninja. I thought I'd best comply, as the last time I didn't do what the Ninja asked, he chucked one of his shurikens at me and it took me a week to dig the damn thing out of my big fat noggin. I've got a whole crapload of stuff to talk about too, which means this is going to be a long one. So, I guess by the end of this, people will know to be careful what they wish for in future.
There are a great many things to keep track of and numerous people to try and keep pleased. Like always, I just try to hang on and keep up with it all, to the best of my ability. While it can occasionally get a little tiring and overwhelming, I honestly enjoy every minute of it. Unfortunately though, my brain has been totally messed up lately. Even more than usual, I mean. Mentally, I've just been all the over the place. Right now, I feel kinda like Jekyll & Hyde and all his relatives rolled into one! This is due to the side affects from all the drugs I'm on (the legal, no fun, kind). I have been through this several times before and so I'm aware that, when this happens, I just have to try and roll with it. But, should you happen to notice me acting like even more of a nutty nut bar than usual, let's just blame it on these stupid pills. If nothing else, I attempt to try to and give myself a few laughs while I'm feeling so strange. She'll be right mate.
Poor Rove's wife died. I only found that out after making fun of him again on our Forums, which made me feel really mean (I generally tend to try and avoid celebrity "news" as much as possible, so that's probably why I was unaware of it). He's always been one of my favourite people to hang crap on. Just because he's an easy target - and the fact that so many people seem to love him only eggs me on. I've never met the guy (and I'm quite sure he's never even heard of me) but, as much as I enjoy taking cheap shots at his style of comedy, he really does seem like a genuinely nice person. So now I can only say how sorry I am to hear about his loss and wish him all the best with attempting to cope with the tragedy. I won't make any tasteless jokes here (as I often would, because I tend to get a kick out of pissing people off for no good reason) as that's just a horrible situation for the dude and there is nothing funny about it. I wouldn't wish such a thing on anyone. Now I will just have to find somebody else to pick on.
On the topic of marriage, but thankfully in much more pleasant way: My sister Sarah (who helps out here under the name Madame Hooplah , when she gets some spare time) and Buttonhole's resident friendly giant (and one of the main men behind the actual creation of our website) Special K finally got married! They wanted to keep it all low key for a while, but I've been informed I'm now allowed to "publicly" speak about it. Congratulations once again to the lovely couple. I am hoping to get a few nice pics of them, from the actual wedding day, to put up on the site (photographer extraordinaire Ichibod was on the job - so I'm sure he got some great shots).
The GO3 show has been getting plenty of attention from you guys, which pleases me immensley. I hope you found the Q&A with GO3's David Kazim to be interesting reading. We hope to have further coverage of the event soon.
You fine readers have gotten a lot quicker with grabbing our prizes of late, which I take as a very good sign. That level of enthusiasm is always uplifting to see. We recently had a couple of X-Men prizes to give away from 20th Century Fox, which consisted of a trilogy DVD pack and an X-men webcam. They got snapped up so quickly I soon had to take the article down, so we didn't have too many more disappointed people missing out! Well done to the two winners and commiserations to those who missed out, especially a few of you who got in really quick and were just pipped to the post (literally by a matter of seconds!). If it is any consolation, I didn't get one either. We will have more free stuff like that for our readers real soon, so keep your eyes on the prize.
I have many reviews and things in the works; including the second half of my Xbox 360 Buyers Guide (that's what I get for saying I'd have the second half up in a couple of days!). As usual, I'd intended to have most of these things done long before now, but all kinds of other stuff just keeps getting in the way. You spend a lot of time just dealing with all the stupid little things in this caper. Anyway (and I probably say this kind of thing in every Editorial column), I honestly reckon we've had some excellent content of late and we have plenty more on the way, from myself and the rest of our crew.
We've been getting HEAPS of great stuff from all of our supporters lately. We have a massive array of Anime and other DVDs to review from the 10th Anniversary celebrating Madman. Dozens and dozens of CDs from Shock, as well as all their sweet wrestling DVDs. Games galore, from...pretty much everyone. Nothing from Nintendo, though. Stingy bastards. I did get a free Nintendo DS though, sort of. However, that was not courtesy of the big N - I used my tax return money. A really slick unit it is too. I definitely prefer it to the original model, but you'd expect as much, really. Apparently Special K recently purchased one too. I'll have to have him over to the Cave, for a bit of Mario Kart DS action!
Activision just sent Guitar Hero 2, along with the guitar device to play it with. What a fun and hilarious game that is. I'd love to get some shots of team Buttonhole rocking out with this thing. We were pretty fortunate to receive that one too - I'm sure you can imagine how much demand there was for it. In fact, Activision actually asked me to review the game, which did wonders for my already over inflated ego. Seriously though, I felt very proud and grateful when they did that. I was going to include a shot of myself looking like a tool with the guitar unit here, but I couldn't find the thingy to hook my camera up to the PC (bet you're just shattered not to see that).
Because we are getting more and more products to cover now, Buttonhole could use some more writers. So if you, or anyone you know, would like to apply for a review position at Buttonhole, now would be a really great time to give it a try. Just email me a bit of info about yourself - name, age, any previous writing experience (don't worry if you have none, I never consider it a pre-requisite, as everyone has to start somewhere), hobbies/interests, bra size (well, you know, not that last one, but you get the idea) - along with a sample review of a product of your choosing. Preferably, you should make it between 500 and 1000 words in length, to give me a decent idea of your style and writing skills (or lack thereof).
Right now, we mainly need more reviewers for Anime and DVD Movies and (especially) Music/CDs. So you'd obviously have to have a love for those topics. You can still try out if you'd prefer to review stuff from our other sections though (videogames, wrestling, or whatever it might be that floats your boat). We may well require more help with covering those other topics in future too. Basically, if you feel you've got something to offer, it never really hurts to let us know about yourselves. Everyone chosen for a writing gig at Buttonhole gets to keep whatever is sent to them for review. If you would like to receive free CDs, DVDs, and that sort of thing, as well as have the opportunity for your words and opinions to be read by thousands of people (including plenty of folks who are actually in the industries we discuss), why not take a shot at it? For those who do give it a try, good luck!
The final thing I wanted to mention is that we have a party coming up soon! It is Buttonhole's end of year/Christmas bash, which I am very much looking forward to. We'll put some pics of that up too, just for a bit of a laugh. We have many plans for the site and I think we can achieve all of them, sooner rather than later. So there is certainly plenty for us to celebrate.
At this stage, I think there are three key factors to our success. Firstly, our staff and all the many people who have helped us out in all sorts of ways - they all just do such a consistently stellar job. Second, would be all our supporters - who have shown a great deal of faith in us, several of them from the get go, and allowed us to grow far more rapidly than I would have expected. Last, but certainly not least, we have to give thanks to our readers. We have so many cool readers, who've always happily stuck with us through thick and thin. And, basically, you enable me to live a pretty great life. I know it sounds really corny, but that is just a fact. So cheers to you all. I'll have a beer in your honour at our Buttonhole party. Hey, any excuse will do, right?!
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