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Goodbye Edd(sworld)

Eddsworld is one of my favourite things to follow online. I think I first discovered Eddsworld animations on Newgrounds, forgot about it, then rediscovered it many, many months later on NG and also YouTube.

Edd Gould, the creator of basically all things Eddsworld, has a certain style that’s different from other online “entertainers”, if you could call them that. I haven’t been following his stuff from the beginning, but I guess after being a fan and avid follower after three or four years you realise how unique his work is and then tend to appreciate it more. I guess that’s what I enjoyed most about his cartoons and once-weekly comics—unique creativity and plots, fresh jokes, and peculiar-but-ordinary characters. (Anyone that follows me on any of my online sites would have seen me post something about Eddsworld at least once or twice. I’ve even got a link on my links page to the site.)

Some time last year I learned that Edd had leukaemia and had to be hospitalised in order to undergo chemotherapy and other treatments. Because of his hospitalisation he had to sort of put Eddsworld on hiatus, but did manage to release a few more animations, known as “Eddisodes”.

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More than empty conversations filled with empty words

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:
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45 Day Fast

Associating the number 45 with fasting sounds ridiculous, but who said extending a 40 day fast was wrong?

In the Bible, the number 40 is repeated a whole lot, but it is my understanding that in the Hebrew culture, 40 was not always to be considered a literal measurement of time. I remember someone explaining it to me [and a large congregation of people] in a way similar to the way I will explain now:

As I’m typing this post, it is Saturday the 16th of August, 2009. Forty days ago, it was Tuesday the 7th of July, 2009. I have no idea what happened on that day. If something significant happened on that day, maybe, but as far as I can recall, it was an ordinary day that I most likely spent sleeping in and pigging out on food. I more than likely also watched an episode of Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation that night.

It was the middle of November last year 40 weeks ago. I guess I was finishing up my Diploma of Business Management course at TAFE (ugh, I’m glad TAFE is over). It’s now my second [long] semester at UWS, and it doesn’t feel like I went to TAFE just last year.

Forty months ago was April 2006. At that time, I was in Year 11, still new to Penrith Christian Community School. Before the end of the year, the school board removed “community” from the school’s name, and they also promoted the new uniform. Since April of 2006, the current Year 12 class (grade above me) graduated, my grade graduated, and my brother’s grade (the grade below) graduated. April 2006 feels like a really, really long time ago.

Campbells_Soup_CansThe Beatles, Muhammed Ali, Julie Andrews, and Martin Luther King, Jr. were just some of the people who made the 60s a memorable decade. Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Can and the high-riding bell bottoms were at their peak 40 years ago, and people in my generation will definitely never really understand what is so artistic about a bunch o’ cans. Forty years ago, my parents were still kids. I think it’s pretty obvious that 40 years ago was a really, really long time ago.

The Hebrews didn’t use the number 40 as an accurate measurement of time, because 40 basically meant “a really long time ago.” You can’t really remember what happened 40 days, weeks, months or years ago. The span of time just feels as if it has been going on forever.

Why am I talking about the number 40? Why indeed.

The GFRESH leaders, connect leaders and worship team will be taking part in a 40 day fast in preparation for SOS 09, the Generation Fresh youth camp. Corporately, we will be fasting television, secular music and Facebook. In addition to that, we will each be fasting anything else that will or may hinder us or distract us from getting ready for SOS.

So, where do I come into all of this?

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