For a special one week before I go off and do other stuff again, the C-Blog Interviews return with a trip to the Forums!!!....Again!!!
They've given this series a badge in there so of course I need to do my part in being one of the easier badges to get by just asking Forum people as well as other C-Bloggers!
Here's a pretty enlightening interview with Jon Bloodspray~ The Forums...How did you find them and get on them?
I'd been reading the site since damn near the beginning but had no idea it was so new. In January 2007 Fronz put up that PS3 How You Killed Your Brand Video and I signed up to comment on it. That must have signed me up for the Forums as well, because when I went to make an intro thread in October of '09 I was already signed up. The only forums I had used before were the Gamespy forums, and the people there were really shitty about turning every thread into a NO U or OP is a fag thing.
How did you get your name and avatar?
My name is a two part thing. Back when I was on Gamespy there was a user name JonnyCig. I thought that was pretty cool and wanted to make something like that later on. That's the Jon part. The second half was from Zorak, in either The Brak Show or Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Something exploded rather anticlimactically and he said "Is that it? Where's the violence? Where's the blood spray?", and just like that, I had my my name. I think I've been using it for stuff since early 2006.
Ok, so with the Avatar. That came from my title, and drawn by ZombiePlatypus. The title came from an older user name zombielifecoach, who started saying I was like a real life Jack Burton. Technophile took a liking to that and one day I woke up to see I had a custom title. I was happy.
You run MidWest NARP? How did that come about?
The official story is that beer was spilled on a napkin that both DanlHaas and I were touching at PAX East 10 and BECAUSE SCIENCE the idea spawned in our minds. Honestly though, it's been such a wild ride that it's a bit difficult to recall the exact beginning. I know I spent a good hour drunk ranting to Samit outside the bar about how I wanted to be more active and get everyone in the community to come to my place in the Midwest and go to Cedar Point. After that it just became about communication to anyone that was willing to come to Ohio for a weekend to party. Shouts to DanlHaas, IcarusKills and ZombiePlatypus for helping me with whatever I've asked, and thanks to everyone that has attended or attempted to attend. It got bigger this year, and I hope it continues to grow every year.
Favorite game? I know you have one.
I'll pick a favorite but I have to list a few honorable mentions as well.
Favorite: Final Fantasy 6
Halo: Combat Evolved World of Warcraft Mega Man 2 Conker's Bad Fur Day
I'd also like to add Ms. Pac-Man
. I play that every time I see it somewhere, and at MAGFest I set the high score on the machine there at the end of the weekend.
Favorite Movie Line? or just a memorable line from something
Catch 22 - "He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt, and his only mission each time he went up was to come down alive."
The Gunslinger - "The man in black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed."
And my all time favorite Doctor Who quote - "I was there at the fall of Arcadia. One day I might even come to terms with that"
Sorry, I feel like I'm cheating by naming more than one.
If you could punch anyone here on dtoid who would it be and why?
Nope. Not answering that. I'm sure some people have some ideas, but they are wrong.
If you could hug anyone on dtoid who would it be and why?
This here's a tough one, because I've already hugged so many Dtoiders. Maybe Niero, so he knew I wasn't just a weird drunk who leaves rambling semi-inappropriate facebook messages. I guess I'd go with any non-U.S. user, like Gyrael because he hates everything and could use some love, or Might Hatman because everyone hates him and he could use some love. Or maybe Aurain because he is my Edgar.
Uh�well in doing research it seems the word �cocaine� was used�a lot�care to elaborate?
Look, I party... Seriously though, I've been in rock acts since I was about 15. I basically developed into an adult in dirty rock bars and shitty dives. Later I was invited to a lot of raves and the like. I've done a lot of drugs. I think they're fun. However, I'm also past the point of experimentation in my life, and I know how far I can push my body. I'm pretty much over all that stuff now. I still think the stigma surrounding them is ridiculous, but that's not a battle that common sense if going to win any time soon. It's just like alcohol; some people can handle it and be ok, others can't and shouldn't try.
When I grow up, I want to be....
I've been planning on going back to school for a journalism degree so I can get a job copy editing somewhere, then spend my off time drinking scotch and complaining about how I'll never finish my novel. But my dream job would be that of a community manager. I'm trying to give myself some experience with the Dtoid Midwest, and also take every learning experience I can, like at PAX East when I attended every panel on Community Management available. I think I'd be pretty fucking good at it, personally.
Now that I'm old I can finally...
Fuck you, who told you I'm old? (Law's Note: I'm going to change that question from now on to "Now that you're older")
Eat bacon whenever I want? Buy porn? Stay up all night playing video games? I don't know man, I've been pretending to be an adult for over a decade now. Mainly I just fret about how in less than 6 years society is going to tell me I have to see a doctor and let him jam a finger up my ass.
Yeah, being a grown up is just fucking awesome.
You're also the patent holder for the term �Better People���it seems you get $0.35 every time someone under 1000 posts uses it�how much of that money have you actually seen?
See now, originally I thought I was to receive $0.35 every time it was said period. Aurain started the "under 1000 posts" thing if I recall correctly. I haven't seem a fucking penny. I think he's funneling it all into some off shore bank account. A woman looks at you and makes eye contact. As she slowly makes her way toward you, you suddenly yell:
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ON DESTRUCTOID.COM?!?!?!
Nah, I would probably just say hi and give that bitch a compliment.
Bitches love compliments. You also play music amazingly! How did that start?
My dad was a rock stoner back in the day and my mom was a flautist, so there was always music and instruments around the house. When I was about 12 I received a Squire Stratocaster as a gift and took lessons for about 6 months. I didn't like the way my teacher taught so quite and started teaching myself. My father still teaches me songs every so often. Though these days I really enjoy singing most, and tend to only learn songs I can sing well.
Dtoid has lost the function to embed videos it seems so here's a link instead. If maybe I told you that you might just have one day left to live what would you do?
Freeze some sperm, because I am far too awesome to not procreate. I'm pretty sure a number of my female friends would be willing to carry that little bundle of amazing to term if I was going to die. Aside from that I would probably try to call every one I could to laugh with them one more time.
Do you have a Prized Possession? (Note: Family and Loved Ones Do Not Count)
I'm not a very materialistic person. I have a vintage set of Pac-Man glasses, and a vintage Pac-Man shirt, those are pretty cool. There's also the gift that IcarusKills gave me for hosting the first MidwestNARP: a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label, with "Also, Cocks." engraved on it.
However, if animals count, then my two German Shepherds, Dakota and Ranger.
What makes the Forums special as opposed to other aspects of Dtoid?
Aside from BETTER PEOPLE�? I kid, that was never meant to say we were better than anybody except the faceless front page trolls. It got blown out of proportion for a bit, but I'm glad it's come to be a feel good meme.
The constant running conversation of the Bar is a big thing. We make fun of each other, support one another, and sometimes just do things for people just because. We start memes, run memes into the ground, fuck around on photoshop, and just generally have a great time. Of course, we have threads for serious topics as well. We all know and respect each other as a person, not just a screen name and avatar. It seems to make it easier to connect with people than in the comments of the Front Page or C-blogs. Every thing I've done here and everyone I've met has come out of my beginnings in the Forums.
While we are here, you know the idea that Forumers are hard on newcomers that don't do it right? Yeah, fuck that. I made a really shitty C-blog my first time, and people were straight up dicks about it. Irony
It's hidden, but this link should work. (NOTE: if not, let me know and I'll un-hide it for a while) Worst comment? This one from Qraze:
"typical punk bitch newb blog. no response from him telling us he'll do better next time. here's some advice, fucking die in a computer screen explosion, asshole."
Yeah, the Forums are SO the worst at welcoming new people.
If you could ask yourself a question, what would it be and please answer it.
Throughout my life I've been passed up for a lot of things that I would have been great at. Will that ever stop?
I don't know, but right now you've got your life back on track. Keep trying hard and doing what you love, even if it costs you. Eventually you'll get it, and if not, you tried your hardest. In the words of Conan O'Brien, "All I ask is one thing, and I�m asking this particularly of young people: please don�t be cynical. I hate cynicism, for the record, it�s my least favorite quality and it doesn�t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you�re kind, amazing things will happen."
I totally should have listed that as a favorite quote.
If you could ask any question to the Dtoid community in general what would it be? You know how much I love this place, right?
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