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The Interviewer - The End?

2016-04-15 03:58:14 by The-Great-One

I've been looking for some advice lately and I'm a bit conflicted. I know I'm gonna sound like a broken record and some of you reading the title of this news post are probably saying to yourselves "he's talking about this -- AGAIN?" and yes I am and it will be the last time... until the actual end of The Interviewer, I promise. Yes though it is coming to end... maybe.

I'm wondering if it should keep going though. Also no, I'm not doing what Doug Walker did and say I'm ending something and then I'm not, at the 200th Interview I will stop doing The Interviewer... does that mean it has to end though?

I'm toying around the idea of possibly letting someone else carry on The Interviewer in my place. Someone to keep it going strong into the future. We have so many more creative people sharing their works here that I haven't gotten to yet and probably won't get to.

The problem is, who should do it? Can I trust them to keep the page safe and keep it neat? Can I trust them to be nice to the readers and to the people they interview? What all will they need to know? What all do I need to teach them? Will they be able to handle a weekly update? Will people like the new person? These are questions that rattle around in my mind.

There are some things that need to be done and criteria that need to be met if I go through with this no exceptions.

1) All Interviews must be cleaned up and look nice with this new redesign. Some are already like this, others need to be fixed.

2) Whoever takes this position has to be a writer, NO EXCEPTIONS. This was started by a writer and will remain with a writer.

3) Should the person taking over operate from the original account or have a new account to work from?

I'll still be interviewing people on my Dohn page, however those interviews are different from what I do on The Interviewer, so it shouldn't be a detraction from it.

I'm looking for some advice on all of this and are wondering what all of you think about this.


Once More With Feeling

2016-03-17 09:08:09 by The-Great-One

Hello once again. I am back on Newgrounds at full force now. I've been getting better and as I was I decided to take a small break from Newgrounds only really checking in to talk in the Politics forum. I've been evaluating my life and improving it in small steps and really knuckling down both my outside work and my Newgrounds work.

Mainly thanks to a book called Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. I will note that I bought the 2001 first edition. The one I am linking to is the new 2015 second edition. It has helped me branch everything out of my mind so I can focus more time to myself and well, be stress free. As I am posting this I am listening to a Hello Internet podcast.

You can expect more interviews for The Interviewer, more posts to my Dohn page, as well as reviewing more movies, games, music, and hopefully art. Since I have been lacking on my reviews lately, the one reason why I decided to make an account on Newgrounds in the first place.

To those still following me, The Interviewer, and newcomers to Dohn, thank you all for being so patient as well as the kind words I have received as well. You are all more amazing than you know.



Let's talk about the Academy Awards for a moment since racism is yet again being brought up in a place where there is none.

First thing's first. Yes there needs to be a change in the members of the Academy. The Academy is a group of people who vote in the awards for each category, if you're an actor you vote in the acting categories, if you're a director you vote in the directing categories. However every member of the academy gets to vote on Best Picture.

With that said we have had African-American nominees and winners in the past for Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Director and many Best Picture winners and nominees featuring African-Americans. For the 2011 Oscars we had Octavia Spencer winning Best Supporting Actress, along with Viola Davis being nominated for Best Actress. For the 2013 Oscars we had Lupita Nyong'o winning Best Supporting Actress, Chiwetel Ejiofor being nominated for Best Actor, and 12 Years a Slave winning Best Picture. Last year for the 2014 Oscars we had Common and John Legend winning for Best Original Song.

The fact that we have not had any African-American's nominated for Best Actor, Best Actress, or Best Director or any category really is not the problem here. The members of the Academy are not racist. This is not the problem though.

The Academy does need to be more diverse in its members though. Most of the Academy is comprised of old white men. Now this isn't racist, it's just an oversight if anything. During the 70's the Academy was bringing in young people to give a fresh perspective on film. We need to do the same again and think for culturally. Not just African-Americans, but China, France, Japan, Asia, Africa, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Israel, all of these places that have different views on film. They need to be brought into this spectrum.

I will say this though, even if you diversify the Academy, you could still expect to see just white people nominated for a particular category. I hear people saying that because there are no African-American nominees that the Oscars is racist. Come on... even if they were just shoehorned in (which is wrong) simply to be a nominee, if they lost then the Oscars would still be racist in these people's minds. When it isn't racist.

We need to stop trying to shoehorn racism into something that isn't. Instead of making a statement, ask why. Questions push us further than outbursts. Which is something that film is very good at doing.

I am eager to see the Academy Awards this year and to all of these people whining about racism being a part of the Oscars. You have just given Chris Rock a lot of material to work with.



I want to thank those who sent kind words to me for my last post. I've been doing better, thanks to the people of this site who help me escape and getaway from my own mind. I've been feeling better. There are more good days than bad now and I'm slowly getting back into work.

There will be three new interviews coming up, one that's already up. The Interview with supergandhi64 has been posted, it is yours to enjoy. I will also be posting interviews with @Troisnyx and @WooleyWorld in the next two days. Also I knew I said I was going to have only special cases, but that was due to problems I've been having. We're going for the 200th Interview and that will most likely be as far as I take it. With that being said, I'm also running out of ideas for The Interviewer so I need suggestions, any suggestions, ALL SUGGESTIONS!

Also I'm going to have an interview with @TomFulp going up. Not on The Interviewer though. It will be on my Dohn account. I've also got a few ideas for it as well and am open to some suggestions.

Thanks for keeping up, chances are you're doing a better job at keeping pace than I am.


Depression

2015-07-08 03:43:02 by The-Great-One
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For those who know me, I have been here on a regular basis. The only time I haven't been on was due to my job and computer problems. I have been resuming my writings outside of Newgrounds as well as stuff for Newgrounds. Multiple interviews and projects that I have been working on. All of it is back logged though. Not posted, just sitting there.

I guess some of you might say why am I not just posting those now instead of this long arduous news post. Well for those who follow me, which being over 100 people who do, I feel you all are owed an explanation. First off, 100 people. Think about that for a moment. 100 people, visualize it. It is astounding that that many people wish to read the insights I find in the creative process as well as my ramblings. It flatters me deeply, but at the same time I would still be doing this if I had just 10 followers, or no followers, or even 1,000 followers. Numbers at the end of the day past 100 are too high for our brains to fully comprehend and fully visualize. The passion is what matters... which is the point of this news post because I have lost my passion.

Some of you here know me on a more personal level. You know that I have been going through quite a bit mentally the past couple of years. I've been battling depression for this time, I have had a few mental breakdowns, and have planned out my suicide, going back to a dark place in my mind that I don't like to go to. Where I wage war with my mind telling me that the only way to obtain peace is by a bullet through my head while the other part of me doesn't want to go yet and knows there is more I need to do before I leave this world.

I have been going through this for about 3 years now. It has been agonizing to say the least and at a time it just felt like a nuisance. The past couple of months though it has been getting worse and worse, up to that point once again. I have my good days, this being one of them. Most days though I'm just at home, lying about, no motivation do anything but sleep. Sleep gives me peace when writing used to.

I am slowly tearing myself apart and it is a horrible feeling. Some may say to just get over it. Believe me I wish I could, but I can't. For those who don't understand depression I am extremely happy for you, because if you don't understand it then you are not a potential candidate to feel the way I do right now and I hope you never do. For those who do understand will probably tell me to seek therapy and possibly start a form of medication. Those are routes that I am looking to possibly take in the near future, if anything it does beat the alternative.

In the meantime though, I'm going to try and get a lot of this stuff out to you guys as soon as I can. If anything I owe all of you something. I have interviews with supergandhi64, Troisnyx, and Tom Fulp all ready to go. All of this should be posted in the following weeks, depending on how things go on the other side of this screen.

Other than all of that, my birthday is coming up, July 14th. Also my Newgrounds anniversary September 2nd is coming up as well. So yeah for being on this little blue marble for another year. A bit surprised I made it this far to be honest.

So yeah, for those who follow me and actually read these things, sorry for my absence.


Tom's New Toy!

2013-12-04 21:59:56 by The-Great-One
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Tom Fulp decided to give us all a brand new toy! An actual blog system! You can get the full details in this thread or on his news post. So there is quite a bit excitment about it, especially for myself. So this is just me playing around with this new system.


Holy crap did you see that? I made a horizontal line! Do you know how amazing this is going to be for The Interviewer? No more having to make spacer with  stupid little "=" marks! Oh and if I am quoting someone like this...

Dude, you have a fucking giraffe neck

- TheSouthernTower

I can do that nifty little quote thing as well! That's awesome! It's a bit weird to work with though. It is do-able though. Also it does get confusing for when I want to go to another paragraph how it does an automatic spacing for me. That I'm not to keen of, but I can manage, since other blog sites and word processors work the same way. I guess I just like a bit more control. Can we still do bold font ourselves? <b>Like this?</b> We shall see. However one thing that will become very beneficial is the use of mutliple pictures.

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The-Great-One's Stats

Aren't they Amazing?


Why yes. Yes they are. One question I have though is for the readers of The Interviewer. With these new tools in hand, should I go back and re-do all the interviews and clean them up a bit. Or should we move on from the past and simply progress?

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Also there seems to be no more text limit, which I find awesome. I'm gonna ask Tom a bit more about this. So far so good though.

<b>BOLD TEST</b> <i>italic test</i> <u>underline test</i>


Update #8 - The Next Stage

2013-11-24 14:28:52 by The-Great-One

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TL;DR - To the bottom with you.

I graduated early from high school in 2007. My parents as an early graduation present gave me a laptop. Before my laptop I used an old Compaq desktop that would freeze if you decided to scroll the page too fast. Well my laptop was wonderful, it had Windows Vista and was fast as a whip. Every single interview up until the latest one with Hikarian was written on that laptop. That laptop had a name and her name was TEX, after the character from Red vs. Blue.

However time is not kind to technology, especially laptops. So TEX now sits in a bag, in my closet. I have saved enough money to purchase a new computer. I got a desktop this time around, named her TEX 2 and so here we are.

So now I am truly back on Newgrounds, full time. The Interviewer will be kicking like you have never seen before. The next interview posted will be with deathink and you can expect new interviews every Wednesday. This will start two weeks after Thanksgiving.

TL;DR - I got a new computer, writing more interview stuff, some day about a turkey, *gobble gobble*


Update #7 - Russian Roulette

2013-11-13 17:58:20 by The-Great-One
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Hello once again. How have you all been? I've been better I can say that much. You wouldn't believe how much not having an up-to-date computer can make you miss Newgrounds. When I destroy my old computer I will gladly show you a video of the destruction. Anyway...

Brand new interview with Hikarian has been posted. She won the Newgrounds Annual Tournament of Animation this year you know. You can read it through this link or can you go read it in the codex made by deathink. Also yes, deathink will be getting interviewed sometime soon.

Also in a thread I made in the Video Games Forum, I decided to look back at past games and see how they were then and how they would hold up if they were released nowadays on today's consoles. It is called shockingly enough Then & Now. Check it out and give your own opinions on some of your favorite games from the past.

I have been meaning to post this for quite sometime now, but due to computer difficulties I couldn't get around to it. Musician Benjamin Tibbetts here on Newgrounds has interviewed me for his website, you can read the interview here. Also Benjamin Tibbetts and I had a discussion about music and video games on my separate account entitled A Conversation with Benjamin Tibbetts so you can go check that out to. I also talked to Dean and that was pretty cool to.

That's all I got right now.


Update #6 - I'm Back

2013-08-28 17:54:51 by The-Great-One
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Well I'm back here on Newgrounds. Been gone for a few months though, but I'm back and I'm here to stay. I guess I do owe those who wondered where I had gone an explanation though, so here goes nothing.

I recently got a job and that has been eating up most of my schedule. Not to mention on days that I have had off I have been reading and building a library over time. Plus I planned a birthday party and will be attending an upcoming birthday party. Also one of my friends was here for the Summer and he wanted to get as much friend time in as possible. In other words... I have a life outside of Newgrounds and it attacked during the Summer. Now Autumn is approaching though, so I have returned.

A lot has probably happened on Newgrounds that I'm not aware of, so if anybody wants to get me up to speed then please do so.


Update #5 - Writing and Working

2013-05-12 16:06:15 by The-Great-One
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Well I am currently employed. Which means I'm gonna have to work my work schedule around my writing and Newgrounds schedules. For those whose entries have passed the NATA Open Round, if I haven't left you a review yet, I apologize and will get to you as soon as I can.

In news with the Interviewer, some new interviews have been posted. One being Interview with Jaltoid and ObliviousEmi. If you haven't watched that then check it out.

I intend on posting more articles in the Video Game Forum, as well as doing some interesting things with Club Stoic, a club dedicated to video game music. I don't really have much more to say than that.