8th Jun 2014

Do you feel lucky?

Well, do you, punk?

What if I could tell you the secret to being lucky? All it will cost is a change of perspective and £10 a month paid directly to me ... ok, whatever, I'll let you be lucky for free. I'm generous like that. Most people measure Luck on what is happening in the present and what they want to happen in the future...

For example: "Currently, I want more money ... So I will buy a lottery ticket ... if I'm lucky I will win in the future."

Well that is all well and good if you do win, but I'm betting that you won't ... and then you will feel unlucky. So do you feel lucky right now?

When I was out and about recently (That's why there's been no blogs and comics for a while, I've been let out of the house) I was stood on a bridge and enjoying the view below. Suddenly I thought "what if a gust of wind blew me off this ledge now" (cos I'm cheery like that). No gust of wind materialised, I was never in any danger, so why should I feel lucky? Answer the question below and I'll explain after ...

There's a man on a cliff edge. A strong gust of wind blows the man into the water below and he drowns. Suppose in a parallel universe the wind isn't as strong and he lands on a rock below, severely breaking his bones but it's not a fatal fall. Then in another universe, no gust of wind appeared and he carried on his life never knowing the other outcomes of standing on that cliff. Which version of the man is the luckiest? Which version of the man FEELS the luckiest?

Do you feel lucky?

Well obviously the luckiest guy is the one that went home without the broken bones or dead (Just assume he wanted to carry on living ... don't be morbid).

But the one who FEELS the luckiest is the one that almost died but didn't. He can look back on the event and say ... "I was lucky I didn't die".

MIND=BLOWN right?!?

So I guess what I'm saying is that you should constantly think that you are going to die any minute and you will be the luckiest person in the world until you do actually die. No, wait, that doesn't sound right.

The best way to explain is to think about what you do have currently and not what you want. Take the lottery ticket example from before ...

"Currently, I want more money ... So I will buy a lottery ticket ... if I'm lucky I will win in the future."

And change it to ...

"I have enough spare money after paying for rent and food to purchase a ticket that could earn me even more money ... so why not try it ... it doesn't matter if I win or lose, I'll still have what I have"

If you look at what you have and not what you don't have ... you'll feel lucky. Give it a try.

Do you feel lucky?

Posted by: Smolemon at 19:17:02 19th Oct 2014

Walter (Muppets/Breaking Bad)

Walter White: Muppets and Breaking Bad Mashup

Posted by: Smolemon at 01:07:50 5th Jan 2014

Deviant ducks

I went to a very interesting talk about dinosaurs the other week (strangely not the geekiest thing I have said today).

After the presentation we went out for a meal and our conversation turned to ducks (naturally). Specifically the mating rituals of ducks; apparently they are a bit ... rapey.

The image below is what I had stuck in my head since that conversation; this week I finally got around to creating it.

If you want to know more about this topic (you sick f*ck) then go check out the awesome article I found on Cracked.

Duck book by William Intheanus

Posted by: Smolemon at 21:57:59 3rd Dec 2013

It Is True

I've always been creative, even from a young age.

Seriously, I can prove it!

When I was at my mum's house over the weekend I found an old school workbook full of stories I had written when I was 10 years old.

I have decided to share my favourite story with you (with the original spellings and grammar intact). The following story is called ...

..."It Is True"...

"Well what happend was, I woke up and there was a knock at the door so I went down stairs and there was two men at the door

One was tall and thin and he had black hair and the other one was short and plump with brown hair they looked very soureos. But I opened the door and let them in. they got out a drill from there pocket and started to drill a hole in my wall right under the telephone table and they knocked the wall out then pulled out a picture and siad this is the famous wriggle bottom and then they left.

The picture had a boy on a chair at school whith a red stress ball in his hand.

When I set of for school down a greate I saw a blue and green flashing light so I lifted the grate up and saw a big brown monster whith flashing blue eyes and a supens tale. The monster cheasd Me all the way to Doncaster and back then he got tired and went down a grate."


Now, I don't remember if any of this story is true or not. I mean I don't remember any of it happening. Maybe I repressed the memory of letting two strangers in my house who proceeded to drill my walls and show me the famous wriggle bottom?

Just how did the Wriggle bottom get famous in the first place?

If this is a repressed memory ... I think it's best staying that way.

It Is True: an original story by 10 year old Gareth Monaghan

Posted by: Smolemon at 21:46:41 10th Oct 2013

Zombies and Cosplay

Earlier in the week I posted a blog and podcast about the Eurogamer expo last weekend. In the blog I mentioned a zombie makeup artist doing promotional work for Dead Rising 3.

Jason Wright is the Creative director for 'Silent Studios'; who describe themselves as a "PR Promotional Photographic and Production Team that specialise in extreme horror and gore".

The zombies I saw were looking great (great as in very dead and gory). Jason Wright certainly takes pride in his work. He excitedly explained to me that all the zombies at the expo were based on the zombie characters from the new Dead Rising game (He was most proud of the zombie with a saw blade stuck in his rotting torso).

I've added Jason to the list of 'awesome people I've met this year'; a list that resides only in my brain (zombies would love it).

The whole zombie team seemed to put all their effort into the show and had a great time freaking out the crowd. I'd love to be involved in that actually, I'll put myself out there now ... need a free zombie extra at any time? ... I'm up for it! (I'm being DEADly serious).

If you want to know more then check out the Silent Studios website.

But there wasn't just a horde of professional zombies ... there were also a whole bunch of cosplayers in the crowd. Cosplay (short for costume play) is basically all about dressing up like your favourite fictional heroes.

So I thought I'd do a list of my favourites I saw at Eurogamer 2013.

Joint 3rd place - If anyone can tell me what the first one is meant to be then let me know ... some sort of space bride? Anyway, I liked her conviction. The second one is Harley Quinn from Batman, I liked the fact that she kept getting hassled for photos but nobody wanted her boyfriend in the picture, also I liked that I couldn't get a photo with her eyes open. The final one is DC's Deathstroke (I used to have a girlfriend that I gave that nickname).

cosplay runners up

2nd Place - Earthworm Jim costume, simply because it took me back to my youth ... Groovy. The other guys in this are good too (scarecrow and female joker). They can be runners up too.

cosplay earthworm jim

1st place - Goes to the Judges from 2000AD's Judge Dredd. These guys were much fun.

cosplay judge dredd

Can you beat these cosplay guys? Then send me a picture on the Smolemon Facebook page or to @smolemon on twitter.

Posted by: Smolemon at 15:08:08 4th Oct 2013
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