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Tales From the Benjside: BABY DRAGON IS SLEPT

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Tales from the Benjside

[ 'Tales From the Benjside' is a column where Benj writes silly things about computers, video games, and tangentially-related stuff in a blog-like fashion. ]

It's Christmas time once again in the Land of Benj, and you know what that means: more presents! So get out your stockings and you elf caps and follow me once again into another…

What? It's March, you say? Egads, man! Seems that I'm a bit late on the festivities (or early?). But then again, the Land of Benj does not observe normal rules of space and time. Only the Rules of Christmas. And the Rules of Christmas clearly spell out (Section 8c, Paragraph 4, Line 3) that it's time for another Tales From the Benjside. Let it commence.

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Tales From the Benjside: Attack of the Blog!

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Tales from the Benjside - Attack of the Blog

I was thinking recently. This site is supposed to be a blog, right? Well, it's not really very bloggy. I've been getting around that by calling VC&G a "blogazine" — that is, half-blog, half-magazine — and it works pretty well. But still, I think this place has been severely lacking in blogatude recently. I've become too serious, too obsessed with writing only thoroughly-researched pieces that take ages to finish. Everything I start writing turns into some kind of research paper, as if I have some compulsive need for incredibly documented detail in everything I do. That kind of obsession is something of a good habit for feature writers (as long as you can make a deadline), but a bad one for bloggers. Luckily, I'm having success in freelance work, where detail and accuracy is king. And if I want to keep getting writing jobs, I obviously want all my output to be as professional as possible. That kind of attitude leaves little room for silliness in case they catch me on a bad day. Am I being too uptight? Yes, I am. But consider this: If I wanted to interview the Pope about the first computer he ever used, and VC&G's leading article at the time was titled "Five Ways I Wipe My Butt With Computers," do you think he'd grant me the interview? (Hell yes, because the Pope loves that tingling feelin' as much as anyone else. But that's beside the point.)

Benj's Magazine Organizational SkillsDespite all the professional anxiety I just expressed (this sounds more and more like a real blog all the time, doesn't it?), I still need to remember to have a little fun. So let's have some. This entry marks the beginning of a new column about the current hectic happenings in my happenin' hip-hop VC&G lifestyle. I don't expect to be whining much (a perennial blog favorite), so bear with me. It'll try to find a suitably compelling and dramatic replacement. And have no fear, my loyal VC&G friends: aside from this blog-like column, you can continue to expect the same professionalish blogazine standard from Vintage Computing and Gaming as usual.

But for now, it's bloggerin' time.

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