February 3, 2010

I want to write a book… Kind of.

Well maybe book is a bit ambitious. Perhaps one day it could become a book but for now I’d settle for any kind of published media. I could do it on this blog but I’d like to keep this focused on movies and some tech. Also once it’s finished I don’t want it to become buried in other content as and when I publish it. So maybe a new website all together…

What the hell kind of book would you write!? I hear you ask. You see, I’m a cynical fucker. I make observations of the world’s shortcomings that people with a normal brain wouldn’t notice or ever care about. In a way I’m the bitter old bastard that yells at kids for doing something that affects him in no way what so ever. I see problems and annoyances where others don’t. So the “book” would be a sort of Clarksonesque indictment of the world as I see it. I think I’d split it up into chapters based on what I was talking about (the web, TV, movies, people etc.) however, seeing as it will more than likely be a website, I’m thinking of doing something along the lines of an art-directed blog. Sort of like how Sam Hardacre and Greg Wood and Jason Santa Maria do it with each “article” being styled in such a way that it would compliment the theme and subject.

Exactly how I’d execute it is still up for debate. I don’t intend on having comments open so maybe I could hard code the lot. That, however would present the problem of it requiring quite a lot of tinkering each time I posted a new page. Ollie Kavanagh’s Hip Hop Quoted site seems to do exactly what I’m after and it’s built on WordPress (win) but what that dude’s development skills make me look proper retarded. It’s all a learning curve, though and I think I’ll get there one way or the other. Maybe this will help… If you have any resources to share or tips that will help me cut my art direction teeth then please get in touch.

As for web standards, the site will be highly experimental. It will take much inspiration from the Sam Brown school of thought and will include fancy CSS3, HTML5 and browser specific pretties that mean it will not look the same in every browser. (Read: if you use IE you’ll probably be shit outta luck.)

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February 3, 2010 - 4:23 pm

Awesome idea mate, I think you’d do well at it, you have a natural flair for written media. If you need any help give me a shout.

Sam Hardacre
February 3, 2010 - 4:27 pm

Sounds like a grand idea mate. Same goes for me, if you need any help drop me a line :)

Dan Schonhaar
February 3, 2010 - 4:30 pm

Cheers, gents. I feel I shal be calling in those favours soon enough.

Ollie Kavanagh
February 4, 2010 - 3:38 pm

Thanks for the mention mate, this may help you out with using wordpress for it. Everything I used for a single post art directed wordpress blog.


… I used the designate plugin for wordpress from here http://github.com/ionfish/designate .I found it a lot better that the art direction plugin as it doesn’t inject styles into the head, it links to an external stylesheet in a folder. I also modified it so I can pick a JS library (JQuery, SIFr, Typekit etc) for each post as well as styles for each post, let me know if you want that.

Dan Schonhaar
February 4, 2010 - 3:47 pm

Ollie, you legend! That’s a great help. I’ll give the plugin a shot and then let you know if I want your modded version. I will be wanting to use all of those libraries at some point, I reckon.

Thanks again.

February 5, 2010 - 12:24 pm

Now i’m feeling a novel is best for you, and I the reader also.

I think you should try your dab hand at fictional. Maybe you can put my idea into a story?

There is this evil guy, and he owns lots of jewelry, of which he gives some away to seperate factions around his neighbourhood. The only downside to the free items is that they are all tainted by one special ring, maybe it got smelted in with the rest by mistake?
The story should have warriors, great with sword, and archers handy with a bow. Small people, and tall wizard types also an advantage. Pointy hats are the in thing right now!

So, thats the basics, what do you think?! :D

Dan Schonhaar
February 5, 2010 - 12:30 pm

Are you stupid!? As if a story like that would ever see any kind of success. It sounds retarded, and not in a good way.

Big Mutt
February 12, 2010 - 5:35 pm

You should definately do this Dan!!! Think of the nursing home fees!!!!

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