Welcome to the official website of freelance writer Mark Hill, created because I’m not popular enough to have an unofficial fan page. You can find links to my work and my contact information above, or read my personal work below. Enjoy!
“A Year of Reposits” video retrospective narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Gloating speech taunting the rival websites I drove out of business.
Commenter of the Year Award presented.
Posting of the climatic final chapter of The Terrific Trips and Terrifying Travails of Timmy the Timid Turtle.
Ritual sacrifice to Hermes.
Launch of major redesign intended to shift the focus of the site to my erotic Everybody Loves Raymond fanfiction.
Sandalgate – President Obama is spotted wearing socks with sandals. The birther conspiracy is reignited as conservative commentators cite this fashion faux pas as proof of Obama’s lack of respect for American culture and customs.
Gategate – President Obama accidentally closes a White House gate on John Boehner’s foot. Pundits argue that this is a subconscious example of his unwillingness to work with Republicans. Budget negotiations are delayed for six weeks as the GOP protests.
Bogate – Bo Obama refuses to shake hands with Benjamin Netanyahu during a diplomatic visit. Republicans question the President’s commitment to Israel, while conservative talk show hosts claim that this is further evidence that Obama’s loyalties lie with the Islamic world. Commentary on Free Republic states that “the Antichrist obozo trained his devil dog well.”
Dronegate – A drone attack in tribal Pakistan kills 27 children. Conservatives defend Obama and his “bold leadership in the War on Terror.”
Alright, fuckers, listen up. Uncle Ben here, and I am sick of your stupid goddamn bullshit. Word on the street is that you’re not buying my rice the way you used to. Well, fuck you. For years I played the nice old man, the friendly southern gentleman who brought you delicious long grains. You liked me, I liked you, you bought rice, I made scratch, everything was just fan-fucking-tastic. But apparently that’s not good enough for you whiny little bitches anymore, so I guess it’s time for some real talk.
Let me just straight up ask what the matter with you dickbags is. Huh? You don’t have time for my rice anymore because you’re too busy stuffing your fat fucking faces with fast food? You want to have a fucking heart attack before you turn 40? My rice has got nutrients, or some shit like that. You dumb cunts won’t get any of that crap in your McDonald’s burgers. What are you, retarded?
Or maybe you’re just bored of my rice. Is that it? Well boo-fucking-hoo. I’m bored of Aunt Jemima, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop screwing her brains out. Listen to me, you stupid bastards—rice has been a staple of civilisation for thousands of fucking years. Empires have risen and fallen on this shit. You don’t get to just come along and say you’re done with it. What kind of arrogant pricks do you think you are? Fuck you.
And don’t even fucking suggest that you’re buying another brand. I know you dipshits are so fucking dumb that you’ll fall for anything a commercial says, but if I find out you fuckers are buying Rice-A-Roni behind my back I’m going to come to your house and beat you to death with my big black cock. Go ahead, lock your doors. I’ll fuck them off their goddamn hinges with my hate boner.
And nobody better fucking tell me that I’m not keeping in touch with the modern consumer. Why do you think I made those stupid as shit “ready before you are” commercials, with bitches bouncing around in their fucking bras? I sell rice, I’m not a goddamn pornographer. But I knew you fucking Neanderthals can’t focus on anything that doesn’t have a nice pair of titties, so I stopped with the wholesome family ads and gave you fucking softcore porn. And what do I get as thanks from you perverts? Nothing. Fucking nothing. “Thanks for the free boners, we’ll stick them in our Chef Boyardee!” Well fuck Chef Boyardee, and fuck you, too.
I’ve had it up to here with you cocksuckers. But Uncle Ben’s got bills to pay, so I’m going to throw you a bone you pieces of shit don’t deserve. It is my tremendous fucking pleasure to announce a brand new product featuring every idiotic feature you moronic douchebags could possibly want. You want fast? Every bag of Uncle Ben’s Insta-Rice for Assholes comes with a stick of thermite that will cook your rice quicker than you can disappoint your lover. That’s for you lazy fucks who think food made with a microwave is haute fucking cuisine. You want modern taste? There’s so much butter and salt in Insta-Rice for Assholes I’m not even legally allowed to call it rice. But I’m going to anyway, because what the fuck’s the government going to do about it? I’m Uncle Fucking Ben.
You want an easy meal plan? A bag of Insta-Rice will feed a family of four for a fucking week. That’s about three days for you, you fat fuck. You want tacky advertising? Every bag includes a collectable “Ladies of the Rice” card that will keep you warm through the lonely nights you’ll spend shovelling this shit down your big fucking food hole. Jesus, you people make me sick. But fuck it, my dick’s hard just thinking about how much of this crap you’re going to buy.
So there you go. Uncle Ben’s back, bitches, and you better pick up what he’s putting down. Because if I hear from my accountants that you assholes are disappointing me again, I ain’t going to play nice no more. I am a goddamn American icon, and I will burn your fucking homes to the ground and salt the fucking Earth beneath them before I let you dipshits stop buying my rice. Now get your fat asses to the grocery store. Tell ‘em Ben sent you. They’ll know what to do.
Yes, it is weird that we’re getting snow at this time of year. I couldn’t agree more. Yes, I too was hoping to enjoy some warm weather this weekend. I’m sorry to hear about what the frost will do to the garden you just planted. I’m sorry your hiking plans are shot. I’m sorry for everything.
But can I ask you something? Do you honestly believe that you’re the first person today to point out to me how crazy the weather is? I realise that small talk is repetitive by its very nature, and that there are only so many topics one can safely discuss with a casual acquaintance. But in the past 24 hours more people have told me that they can’t believe our city’s weather than people have told me they love me in my entire life. I assume your experience is similar. So how could you, at the late hour at which we spoke, believe that you were the first person to share this thought with me? How could you think that until that moment I was ignorant as to the state of the weather, that I would be more likely to perform a rain dance for the gods than check a weather report? Don’t be disingenuous. You are wiser than that.
Aren’t you sick of it, too? Aren’t you tired of making the same banal observations, faking the same shock at late snow coming to a city that always gets late snow, a city you’ve lived in for your entire life? Don’t you want to just scream at the thought of having to agree that yes, you too are tired of the cold? When we talk about the weather it’s as though we are two amnesiacs teaching each other about the world we live in. But it is a charade, and you know that as well as I. Our act fools no man, lest of all ourselves. To pretend otherwise is to deny reality, to deny reason. It is an affront to our intelligence, our humanity.
Wouldn’t you rather talk about something else? Anything else? Wouldn’t you like to tell me about your hopes and dreams, your goals in life? Tell me why you think the latest popular movie is overrated. Share your thoughts on the designated hitter rule. Give your opinion of Albert Camus and Samuel Beckett, of Kim Kardashian and Kayne West. Speak to me of your greatest fears, the terrors that cause you to wake in the dead of night in a cold sweat. Or speak of the little doubts that gnaw away at your soul, keeping you awake in the early hours, wondering if your life has all gone terribly wrong.
We can do more than talk small, you and I. We can converse! We can turn the elevator into a parlour, the bus stop into a salon. We can take one of the many drudgeries of our daily lives and elevate it to a higher plane, transform it into a chance to broaden our minds and enrich our lives. We can learn, about each other and ourselves. We can live!
Let us never discuss the weather again, my friend. Until a hurricane comes to our door or the very ground itself shakes, let us not offer comment on the triviality that we both know the weather is. Let us discuss the subjects we want, let us say what we want, and damn the society that frowns on our breach of small talk etiquette. Let us tear down the rules that hold our tongues, and build anew a greater law!
Because if I hear one more person tell me that they can’t believe it’s going to snow tomorrow, “but that’s just our weird Canadian weather for you!” I will coldcock them right in the fucking face. I don’t want that person to be you, friend.
Elven Tax Lawyer
My Little Zebroid
One of those Hobbits That Just Chills Out at Home
Guy with Practical Weapon
The Ambulatory Deceased
Amusement of Chairs Monarchs Sit In
Mutual Force Descending
Be Incredulous of the Harlot in Residence 12
So You’re Under the Impression You Can Cavort
To say that the season premiere of Game of Thrones was hotly anticipated would be an understatement. Lesser shows would have been content to coast on their popularity, but the producers of Game of Thrones took bold creative risks, and I believe they paid off. Many of you will disagree, and I understand where you’re coming from. Some of the changes don’t sit well with me, either. But in the end I think they’re building a formula that will make this show even stronger than it already was, and once the kinks get worked out we’ll have a true television classic on our hands. With that in mind, let’s delve into some specifics.
Obviously our discussion has to start with the musical numbers. Joffrey’s opening number, “It’s Nice to be King,” sharply divided viewers. I can’t say I was a fan of it—it started off fine, but the two and a half minute beatboxing solo really strained the limits of credibility, as Joffrey is clearly too sheltered to be aware of street culture and its methods of expression. But the episode redeemed itself with “What Do You Do with a Problem like White Walkers?” The choreography was simply brilliant—seeing dozens and dozens of wildlings spinning in unison from high above more than justified the cost of a helicopter crew. And I believe “We’re Dragons, Yo” spoke for itself.
Next, the new characters. This season, like the last, has promised a constantly expanding cast, and the debut gave us a good taste of what’s to come. Fan favourites the Reeds finally made their appearance, as did the Stones, the Smiths and the Smuffleufuguses. More controversial is the inclusion of Allen Snow, the wandering Beat Bard. Some people love him and his poetic reflections on the confusion and terror of his generation, while others feel he slows down the pacing. I’m generally not a fan, but “Direwolf’s Howl” is a thing of beauty, and I can’t wait for it to be read in full in a future two part episode.
Speaking of direwolves, let’s talk about what the established characters were up to. Ghost, of course, is as badass as ever, but let’s not forget about Detective McGruff, The Talking Direwolf that Solves Mysteries. I know McGruff is unpopular among viewers who haven’t read the books, and I don’t blame them—his story starts slow. But it finally picks up this season, as McGruff confronts the elusive Hexagon Killer and discovers that Old Man Lannister knows more about the haunted mill than he claims. So look forward to that.
The other major characters, however, were a bit of a let down. Daenerys was as boring as ever, Tyrion’s screen time was limited and Prince Augustine had to do yet another wacky task to prove his worth to the King’s Landing branch of Kappa Kappa Phi. Not only is this plot point getting repetitive, it’s out of character—would a man who wants to finish at the top of his medical class be that concerned with what a frat thought of him?
But with this many characters being juggled, it’s inevitable that not every story will work. Let’s just hope that next episode, where most of the cast will convene at the 197th Annual Westeros’ Fashion Show and Gala, will give everyone a chance to shine.
Now if I can get serious for a moment, I’d like to discuss gender politics. Game of Thrones has had an uneasy relationship with gender—it has strong, well written female characters, but it also has a tendency to give us gratuitous sex scenes that are just embarrassing to watch. The “sexposition” is especially painful, as it’s insulting for HBO to think that we won’t pay attention to important plot details unless they’re delivered with a backdrop of lesbian sex.
That’s why I have mixed emotions about this season’s sexposition. I’m glad the show finally took a break from unnecessary female nudity, but I’m not sure if replacing it with a man explaining the socioeconomic ramifications of the war on the lower class while committing bestiality was the way to go. Yes, I’m aware that a fantasy world set in a more primitive time would have different social standards than us, but I still think this would be frowned upon. Although I do have to admit that I shed a few tears when the horse died.
But these are minor quibbles in what was otherwise an excellent start to what should be an excellent season. I hope you’re as excited as I am to witness Tyrion deal with his fall from power, the Lannister/Stark conflict reach its climax and Jon attempt to win the big game so the Night’s Watch can keep their community centre. The only part of this episode that I didn’t understand was the replacement of the credits with news footage of 9/11, but I’m sure that will be explained in due time. Winter is coming, folks, so get like Zombie Ned Stark did in the preview for next week and dance the cold away!
Oh, hello. I didn’t see you there. Your webcam must be off! Haha, I’m just kidding. Welcome to Rushin’ Forward, the official blog of the Kickstarter that wants to bring knitted replicas of early 19th century Russian gynaecological equipment to Etsy!
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Seriously? Etsy doesn’t already have kitted replicas of early 19th century Russian gynaecological equipment?” I know; it’s crazy. When I first discovered this glaring omission, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I knew that if I didn’t fill this void (no pun intended!) someone else would… but would they do it right? I couldn’t take that risk, and that’s how the dream began.
I know what you’re thinking now. “Why a Kickstarter?” “Do you really need 50,000 dollars to start an Etsy store?” “How can one man possibly satisfy the demands of the kitted replicas of early 19th century Russian gynaecological equipment market?” No, I’m not psychic! These are some of the questions the creation of my Kickstarter prompted, so I created this blog to answer them. Rushin’ Forward is also the place to be for updates on the campaign and, if we hit our third stretch goal, previews of what the store will have for sale!
First things first—yes, I do need 50,000 dollars. Sure, you could go to any craft fair and find kitted replicas of early 19th century Russian gynaecological equipment for a few bucks a pop, but are those replicas knitted with only the finest imported Peruvian llama hair? Are they painstakingly compared to the real deal to ensure perfect accuracy? Do they come with a one year warranty and a certificate of authenticity? I thought not.
In the interest of full disclosure, I admit that a portion of the money will be going towards my living expenses. Allow me to explain why this is necessary. Every moment I spend making, nay, giving birth to kitted replicas of early 19th century Russian gynaecological equipment is a moment I can’t spend making wax replicas of antebellum American farming equipment. And that’s what pays the bills.
Don’t get me wrong—I pour blood, sweat and tears into my wax replicas of antebellum American farming equipment. It’s a labour of love. But I don’t feel called to them the way I feel called to kitted replicas of early 19th century Russian gynaecological equipment. But it’s going to take time for the latter to turn a profit, and that’s why I’m humbly asking for your help. I promise that when my Etsy store starts making money, I will give back every penny spent on living expenses to a scholarship I’m establishing for art students who want to specialise in making their very own kitted replicas of early 19th century Russian gynaecological equipment and/or wax replicas of antebellum American farming equipment and/or stainless steel replicas of the novelty party hats of Cold War Europe. I take, but I also give. Give to me, and I will give not only to you, but to the future.
Sadly, as you may have seen on my Twitter feed, @KnitRepRussGynEquip, the Kickstarter is off to a slow start. So far we’re raised $12.50, and while I sincerely appreciate these early donations, we’ve got a long way to go. That’s why I started a Tumblr account to help promote the effort. To reiterate what was posted on it and the official Facebook page this morning, here’s what’s in it for you if you donate.
$1.00 – The personal satisfaction of helping an artistic dream take flight.
$5.00 – A non-personalised thank you email.
$20.00 – A personalised thank you email.
$50.00 – A shout out on this very blog!
$100.00 – A spot on the replica pre-order list.
$500.00 – A spot on the pre-order list, and your choice of wool colour!
$1000.00 – Exclusive first access to new replica models.
$5000.00 – A custom replica based on a piece of early 19th century Russian gynaecological equipment in your collection!
$10,000.00 – Buy three replicas, get one free!
$25,000.00 – Buy two replicas, get one free!
$50,000.00 – “Brought to you by *your name here*” will be stitched onto every replica.
As you can see, your donations pay for themselves. But to sweeten the deal, for every dollar you donate you’ll receive a ticket for a raffle to win the very first replica I create! (Limited time offer, those who have already donated are not eligible.) It’s going to be a special one, folks, so cross your fingers. And remember—the more you donate, the better your chances!
As the inspirational Instagrams I shared with you this morning suggested, I’m feeling optimistic. But I can’t succeed without your help. And not just financially—every Facebook share, every retweet, every reddit post and YouTube video brings us a step closer to a world where you can buy kitted replicas of early 19th century Russian gynaecological equipment for a reasonable fee, plus shipping and handling and modest convenience charges. That, my friends, is a world I want to live in. Do you?
P.S. Be sure to check out my Pinterest account!
TimeSplitters: In Search of Lost Time
Anna of Green Hill Zone
Rayman: A Farewell to Arms
To Double Kill a Mockingbird
The Blind Assassin’s Creed
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Resident Evil
Fear and Loathing in New Vegas
Dante’s De Monarchia
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