How To Travel With A Salmon

I have been really slack in updating lately. Sorry about that everyone. I have had to time to update, I’ve just been doing so much recently that I haven’t had the energy to sit down and write all about it. I will catch up soon. I will be moving into my new place in a week, so if I don’t post a big Fringe Festival and after review before then, it will likely be a couple more weeks before I get the net hooked up and everything organised for me to post properly again. I will get around to replying to all the emails I have been sent too… Sometime ^_^
Oh yeah, I’m reading some Umberto Eco and listening to lots of Faithless.

A Revolution Around The Sun

Exactly one year ago today GenesisDreams went live. I made my first post, and the rest is history.
Today also marks the end of my first semester on exchange at Nottingham University. We have to be out of our rooms by 10am. I’m going travelling for most of the summer.
So I thought to celebrate this anniversary I would look back over the past year and use my GenesisDreams entries as focal points around which I’ll summarise the events in my life. So here it is, the world according to my blog.
June 12, 2003
Motivations“this blog will become one of the most important links I will have to all the family and friends I will leave”. La raison d’être of GenesisDreams. I think it was served it’s purpose well.
Tomorrow’s just an excuse away… – Posting well past midnight, that would become the norm.
Tech Stuff – The start of comments! How I love comments. Listening to Radiohead’s Hail to the Thief
June 13, 2003
And then there were five. – Wulfen joins the Japan Trip adventure! What a great addition he made… Cabbage!
June 14, 2003
Toot! Toot! – Two weeks before we depart we organise our JR Rail Passes. They certainly came in handy.
June 15, 2003
Art of Noise – Listening to The Seduction of Claude Debussy by Art of Noise. I still love that album.
June 17, 2003
Lantastic – Work, friends, university, travel. I haven’t Lanned in ages.
June 21, 2003
Wasted Day – I spent the whole day reading a book, and now I can’t for the life of me remember which book.
June 27, 2003
One sleep to go! – The day before I left for Japan, the day I finished my last exam for the semester, the beginning of my first fantastic adventure.
July 04, 2003
Big in Japan! – First post from another country! Japan blew my mind, and still does, I want to go back.
July 08, 2003
Tired in Japan. – The plan to visit the Studio Ghibli Museum and Studio Gainax! Only one of those worked out, but it was fun all the same.
July 15, 2003
Missing?? – The first of many outages for GenesisDreams. I’m not exactly sure what caused this one.
July 16, 2003
Got Item!! – Able to post again, it’s the Gion Festival! Kyoto is perhaps my favourite Japanese city.
July 21, 2003
Back in Tokyo – My last post from Japan, I had hoped to write more while I was over there, but we were just so busy I didn’t get the chance. I’ve also still not finished my “Japan Trip” webpage.
July 29, 2003
Home at last – Back in Australia, where I didn’t want to be. I already missed Japan by this point, and was heading towards some serious post-trip blues.
July 31, 2003
Australia is boring – The start of my six month sojourn back “home”. I love my family and friends, and I miss them terribly, but Australia really is boring.
August 03, 2003
Moving, just keep moving… – Driving with Fragma, those were great times. Just hanging with Fragma and the guys was great. It’s probably one of the things I miss the most.
August 04, 2003
Thirty days – The outline of the Japan trip. Where we went and when. We saw so much in so little time, but there is still so much more to be seen, and I also don’t think you can truly experience the place without living there. I want to live there.
August 05, 2003
A 65-litre life – My backpack, containing all that I own. It’s here with me now in the UK, and it’s served me well over this past year.
August 12, 2003
With or without you… – One of my biggest entries, describing one of the most event filled couple of days that happened last year. Fragma broke up with Lisa, we all got together and drank, and hung out, and messed around. I came to realise just how much I valued my friends and got a hint then how much I would miss then now. This was also pretty much the beginning of the Fragma/Littlewing relationship.
August 14, 2003
We’re all going to die! – An asteroid is going to his the earth in 800 years time. Better watch out!

Ok I got this far, but now I’ve got to go. Always leaving things to the last minute I am.
I’ll be updating Genesisdreams a lot less frequently over the next couple of months. I’ll do my best to get to net access while I’m on the road, but it might be quite a while between updates. When I return I’ll fill everyone in on what I’ve been up too.
Written while listening to Halycon & On & On by Oribtal. If there ever was a song to accompany a “clip show” of my life, I would want it to be this one.

Century

This is my 100th GenesisDreams entry. It doesn’t feel like that many at all.
Sometimes I feel like I’m slipping away over here into a completely different world. It’s hard to explain, and I’m not sure if I like it. My life here now is very different to how it was back home. I don’t think I’ve illustrated that very well in the GenesisDreams entries I’ve made since coming here. I’ve accepted it, take it as the norm, and so on the surface, when I write about things occurring in my life, all of the superficial things probably seem very similar to how it is back home. I don’t have a very objective perspective, so I can’t say for sure, but that’s the impression I get reading over what I’ve written. I don’t think it appears like much has changed at all. Would anyone out there like to comment on this one way or another (Brendan, you’re probably the most objective person who reads this blog, I’d appreciate hearing what you think).
I feel like I’ve lived a century’s worth of years these past couple of months. I have been challenged in ways I never imagined, I have seen things I previously only dreamed about and I have participated in “stuff” beyond my comprehension. I have communicated, interacted, drank, lost, kissed, fondled, jumped, watched, hid, hit, missed, wallowed, yelled, run, listened, played, bled, shuffled, kicked, washed, fucked, talked, driven, fallen, tickled, tripped, worried, screamed, nodded, waited, learnt, enjoyed, shrugged, slept, dealt, spewed, ate, laughed, thought, hugged, tasted, read, dreamt, wished and longed with a frequency and ferocity far outstripping anything before, and in more ways than I can describe. I am still very much myself, but I feel like a completely different person. I feel like nobody knows me now, least of all myself. In the past I would have hated that, I need to know; now I’m just not sure. I really don’t know whether I like it or not.
the sun is casting shadows
an afternoon is fading
I ask, but no one knows
the answer to the question
my life is like an island
where does this ocean go?
From Where Does This Ocean Go? by Ilaria Graziano off the Ghost In the Shell – Stand Alone Complex OST.

Categories

Well I’ve just finished going back through all of the posts I made while on Blogger putting them in different categories. Every post now had one or more categories which broadly define what it is about. You can get a list of all the posts of a certain category by either clicking on any of the category types listed in the menu bar on the side, or on any of category names dispalyed at the top of a post. This post for instance is a member of the “Metaposts” category, meaning it is a post about posting. Clicking on the Metapost link above will take you to a page containing a list of all the metaposts on my blog.

Comments

I like receiving comments. Particularly when they are supportive, or interesting, or just plain funny.
So I’m now in the process of manually exporting all the BackBlog comments over into this system. It shouldn’t take too long, the only main problem being that the timestamps for all of the comments will be today, tonight, rather than when they were actually made. This isn’t a big deal though.
I’ve also cleaned up the overall layout a little, changed the style a bit, put my favourite banner back up the top, and overall everything is almost done.

MoveableType

Thanks to my good friend Nash, GenesisDreams has been remodled using the MoveableType publishing system. Now it’s bigger and better than ever before. I’ve ported all my old blogger posts over to it, and I’m looking into duplicating the comments too (unlike blogger, MT has embedded comment features). The actual site design will also get a going over, amd I’ll finalise that in the next couple of days. Once I get all that done I’ll try to get back to posting every couple of days. Sorry for being silent for the past week.