More than empty conversations filled with empty words

by Danica

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t blogged here in a long while. No? Oh. Well… that explains why I only get spam comments.

I don’t really have any sort of reason as to why I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to. I’m actually trying to think of a really eloquent way to excuse myself from this inexcusable behaviour of posting irregularly, but I just don’t have it in me right now. I could go on about how I “did this” and “learnt that” and “read something” and “there’s too many things to share that I need time to just compile my thoughts”. But I used that excuse before and I ended up starting several drafts and then just saving them to my hard drive. I could make an empty promise to post every so often even if I don’t feel like there’s anything to say, but we all know where that’ll take us.

Anyway, enough with the blabbing. I have a few things of maybe somewhat mediocre importance that I want to share right now.

1. Fully Sick Rapper

If you haven’t heard of this guy yet, then you are seriously living under some sort of gigantor boulder because as far as I know, he’s been all over the media recently.

Christiaan Van Vuuren has TB (tuberculosis) which is basically a lung infection caused by some nasty bacteria (well, as far as I know, that’s the case with Christiaan). He was sent to hospital after coughing up blood, and when he was diagnosed with TB, he was kept in quarantine until he recovered. When he was let out of hospital, they found that he had a more serious case of TB and was sent back into quarantine.

As a way to pass the time while in hospital, Christiaan created rap videos. I assume this video was what made him famous in the States:

He dubbed himself the “Fully Sick Rapper” after an interview with the Today show. I don’t know how long he has left in quarantine, but as much as I’d like him to get better and get out of the hospital FOR GOOD (he spent Christmas and New Year’s there), I don’t want him to stop writing these fully sick songs (though, he could still write music outside of hospital…).

I guess I should link you to his Facebook fan page and his Twitter (which is mostly stuff from Facebook anyway). He even has a Zazzle store where he’s selling FSR merch (all profits will go towards the Stop TB organisation).

Oh. And also his YouTube page where you can find plenty more fully sick videos.

2. One Million Giraffes

Through Luke Surl, I discovered One Million Giraffes, which is an online project to collect 1,000,000 giraffes by the end of 2011.

Ola Hellend says that his friend Jørgen doesn’t believe he can collect these 1,000,000 giraffes, so the OMG site was created to prove Jørgen wrong. All giraffes must all be created/drawn/made without the help of a computer and cannot be a store-bought object.

Ola is now showcasing more than two-thirds of a million giraffes on his site, and is only half way through his time limit. Yours truly has contributed 12 giraffes to date, and hopefully I have time to create more.

I suggest you make at least one giraffe and submit it to the site. It’s for a worthy cause.

3. Prelude to ‘Baring my heart’

Before I created this WordPress blog, I was blogging pretty regularly on my MySpace profile. But we all know what happened to MySpace… So, I reactivated my Facebook account (I’m not a huge fan of Facebook, though I use it… a lot), and since the Notes system they have is not so great (you can’t embed YouTube), I decided to create an account with WordPress. This worked out great for me in so many ways.

So lately, I’ve been mentally arguing with myself over whether I should keep my MySpace account or close it. One reason for keeping it was because of all the blog posts that I have on it. It would take a friggin’ million hours to manually move them over here because MySpace doesn’t have an “export blogs” option. But I wanted to move them here anyway, since they’re no longer being read over there.

I started manually transferring my MySpace blogs some time ago, got tired of it, then started again just the other day. I’ve now created a special page where I will list and link each one in backwards chronological order, accompanied by a short description of each.

In retrospect, a lot of them are very emo-y (I was going through some emotionally tough times), so I apologise in advance if you get bored and/or disgusted reading them. Also, a lot of them are simply song lyrics — I could not adequately describe what I was feeling, so I used a song to do that for me. There are also a lot of posts where I just repost comics or YouTube videos, kinda like what I do now with my Posterous site.

4. This blog in general

I’ve been cleaning up a little here on my site. Just little things here and there that actually do make a huge difference.

Firstly, I deleted the Feedburner feed for this site and instead of relying on Google to deliver subscription emails, I’m allowing WordPress to do that. This then allowed me to remove the big, messy Subscribe widget that I had in the sidebar. I also rearranged my sidebar so that it actually makes sense and is easier to navigate through.

I chose this theme because it was simple and it accommodated for certain things that I’d like to have in my blogsite. There are, however, little things here and there that annoy me that other themes are better at. But those themes just don’t have the right format for what I want. *Sigh* #firstworldproblems

Also, I try to update my links page as often as I can. A lot of the things there are definitely worth checking out.

I guess that’s all for now. I’ll try to keep you guys updated.

– “Keep moving forward.” – Walt Disney