OK at Everything; Master of None... um... thing
My Cat Sucks1
I'm The Apprentice2 - or just plain old Paul. I aspire to a career in writing4; preferably something more engaging than the business designs I currently concoct on a daily basis. In truth, I feel rather like Kevin (on the right), constantly feeling my presence, wherever I work, somehow sits at odds with everyone else.
I have written a roleplaying supplement5 for the PARANOIA role playing game - called 'The Underplex' - as well as contributing to half a dozen other books in the range6. Alas, in the last few months I have found a few copies migrating into the 'Sale' and 'Clearance' section of local game stores. On the upside, this appears to have happened to the whole range, so I don't feel so singled out!
h2g2 launched on April 28, 1999. I wrote my first article for the Guide in May 1999, having joined a little after Douglas Adams appeared on the BBC's Tomorrows World programme7 promoting the launch of the site (largely due to the fact that my Internet connection was ultra-slow and the site was deluged with visitors throughout the whole programme).
I have since written many many articles, subbed many more - and hope to one day have my very own '50 Edited Guide Entries' tag8. I have made a conscientious effort to get two articles subbed every month - as well as ideally writing one of my own. Where the Muse remains allusive, I thoroughly enjoy digging little underdeveloped gems out of the Flea Market and giving them a new lease of life.
What Am I?
Under circumstances stranger than this I would be inclined to say that I was one of those people who feels trapped in someone else's life. Not in all ways... but, certainly trapped in someone else's career path. I have a creative tendency that seems to be singularly dampened by my decision to pursue a career in financial support systems... whatever that is.
My h2g2 Code is...
Once upon a time I generated this...
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What Do I Enjoy Doing?
I spend a lot of time setting up, maintaining and tweaking web sites. I have an unhealthy fascination with web logs and journals; as a result, I have about half a dozen of them, or more, all gathering dust at the same time.
I enjoy reading roleplaying rules and supplements; watching Stargate and Doctor Who; playing Magic: The Gathering; levelling up in an online game called Gothador; watching the squirrels in my back garden; spoiling the family cats; spending time with the rest of my family; and, making concerted efforts to improve the quality of my writing.
Entries Trying for The Guide
In Peer Review:
Currently in sub-editting (my own and entries by others) or waiting for frontpage air time...
Looking to complete soon:
Looking to have updated soon:
Entries in The Guide11
I have either written or sub-edited 172 entries in the Edited Guide.
Entries written solo:
- A76414115 - Ombra della sera (Statue)
- A76791117 - 'The Olden Days' - the TV series
- A22958292 - The High-Rise Fire Curtain
- A23005649 - Toilet Paper Crash Mats
- A21605762 - Motorway Overtaking for a Better Britain
- A21605933 - Mixing Breakfast Cereal
- A21388458 - Reading in the Toilet
- A1113427 - Mammoth Cave, Central Kentucky, USA
- A2082890 - Rubbish Bags
- A425927 - A52 - M1 Junction 25 into Nottingham Centre
- A436321 - Four Types of Bok
- A446311 - Queensbridge Road car Park, Nottingham, UK
- A446348 - Hair-Growing Cat Soap
- A447833 - Cat Collars
- A454646 - Identity Games
- A454682 - 'Blind Date' (UK) - the TV Series
- A464960 - Twisty Ties
- A471142 - Plastic Storage Containers
- A471278 - Phlogiston
- A471287 - Trepanation12
- A471368 - 'The Carpet People' by Terry Pratchett
- A471377 - Smiths Salt 'n' Shake Crisps
- A471548 - Surviving Being Eaten by a Whale13
- A476813 - 'Automan' - the TV Series
- A476822 - The Internally Explosive Nail
- A480278 - Wheelie Bins14
- A493553 - Blu-Tack
- A505775 - 'Bagpuss' - the TV Series15
- A513587 - 'Manimal' - the TV Series
- A513631 - Games to Play while Serving on a Supermarket Checkout
- A521993 - Novelty Sports Mini-Games
- A531956 - 'Metal Mickey' - the TV Series
- A533774 - Radiation Energy Detection Units
- A534674 - Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks
- A534782 - 'James Bond Jr' - the TV Series
- A539570 - Space Crusade - the Strategy Game
- A545203 - Coffee Republic, Waterstones, Nottingham, UK
- A577037 - Themed Lego - 'Star Wars'
- A584831 - Starlightlines Employee Forum
- A668423 - 'Rispin's Rhymes' - the TV Series
- A787809 - WonderWorld, Corby, UK
- A795567 - Driving - Good and Bad Habits
- A821675 - Bluffing Your Way in Pokemon
Rescued from the Flea Market:
- A30777618 - Scrabble: The Word Game
- A28808490 - Plastic Bags and the Environment
- A27371559 - Torchwood - the TV Series
- A21776682 - Places to Sleep in Hearst, Ontario, Canada
- A22084364 - Lip Balm Addiction
- A1126225 - 'Bargearse' - the TV Series
- A1118341 - Baths and the Art of Bathing in the UK
- A866009 - The Sagahemmet - A Night's Free Accommodation in Uppsala, Sweden
- A3913544 - Tampons
- A668432 - 'Street Hawk' - the TV Series
- A665237 - Staple Removers
- A307964 - PARANOIA: The Tabletop Role Playing Game
Entries contributed to:
- A530623 - Taxis
- A517097 - Judge Dredd - Lawman of the Future
- A397398 - Things to Keep Children Amused on Long Journeys
- A381115 - Freddy Krueger and the 'Nightmare on Elm Street' Films
- A630 - London Black Cabs
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