I Challenge Psych Gecko To A Duel

4 years ago | Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

First let me say this: I'd like to thank Psycho Gecko for the review. It was super-awesome. You made it clear what the serial was about, as well as pointing out what sort of audience would/wouldn't like it. The stuff about tone was particularly enlightening for me: I'd just never thought about it. I'll take a closer look at it in the future, and I really appreciate getting feedback. (One question: is my Table of Contents not viewable? I really do struggle with site design, and Bloggr can be somewhat unruly. I've made a Table of Contents, but I don't think you're the only person who hasn't seen it. Is it visible at all? Should I just put it in a bigger font? I'm not sure how to solve the problem.) Anyway, the review was really helpful and well-articulated!

Unfortunately, I quite enjoyed your own blog, and therefore forwarded the link to a friend. Said friend now likes your blog more than mine. Do you see my problem? I need to win back her literary affection, and thus find myself compelled to kill you. At first I thought about cloak and dagger stuff: I look really great in a cloak, and some might say my tongue is sharp enough to function as a dagger (Wow that's weird imagery let's just pretend that never happened). I also considered some sort of poisoning: given that my cooking is poison enough, it seemed like an easy enough task. But no. I've decided to take the high road.

Thus, Psycho Gecko, I challenge you to a duel. Just give me a time and a place. If you aren't a coward and accept this most honorable declaration, we'll fight with your weapon of choice.

It's on.

"Any number of hitlers, are still not my problem." -Tempest

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  1. Psycho Gecko (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I shall respond first by saying you're welcome. I did what I could to avoid spoilers and I'm glad it was so helpful to people. As for tone, that may just be something natural enough that you didn't know what you were doing. The part in TK's story that gets really shitty is the main part that stood out as not quite working right (odd for me, I know, but I imagine it could work with only another sentence or two added).

    I don't see a table of contents at all. I see a search box, send feedback, a subscribe thingy, and you can click on the link in the name "Sprawl" to go to a page that shows all the updates from latest to earliest. Perhaps check to see where you placed your Table of Contents page. On Wordpress, you can have all the pages you want but you have to put them in a menu or link to them somewhere. I don't know enough about Bloggr to give you a hand on that. I liked the way the site let you "turn the page" to the next entry though.

    While I appreciate that you're not going to use your tongue as a dagger and come at me like my name is Gaddafi, I do have to ask:

    Do you bite your thumb at ME, sir?

    I'll have you know I trained at the Andrew Jackson School of Getting Shot and Not Dying for Duelists And Kids Who Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too. Or at least I lied once and claimed I did in the Webfiction Guide forums.

    You want a time and a place? I suppose I could say April 6th, 1862 at Shiloh, Tennessee or even April 19th, 1775, at Lexington, Massachusetts, but you'll probably say something about lacking time travel. Likewise, you'd probably object to me setting a duel for next week on the White House Lawn with AK-47s. And of course the Ren Faire in Missouri from September 6th through 8th is right out for obvious reasons. My preferred weapon also changes depending on circumstances but by default I would have suggested we each duel with a lung torn from the nearest person we can find named Billy Higgins.

    However, I am known to be in another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination, so instead our duel can only take place over the internet. The natural weapon of the internet is, of course, cats, but that is a weapon no man is the master of and thus I prefer puns. I don't really care what time, just not dinner time. Maybe during dinner Parsley, Sage, or Rosemary instead.

    But will this be as awesome as Kota Ibushi and El Generico? (www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iDlh1dac-Y) or as one-sided an exchange as Colt Cabana and Archibald Peck (www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB9QovK34qc)? Only time will tell. Unless you ate it all for dinner.

  2. AGreyWorld (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I checked to see if I could see a table of contents. The three times I clicked the link, it came up with two different version:


    Top was the first one, then for some reason I tried again and there were the links (bottom one)

  3. Psycho Gecko (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I have not been able to replicate those results, AGreyWorld. On the bright side, Higgins is going to wind up with more site views.

  4. AGreyWorld (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Do they track each refresh as a page view? If so there will be a peak I was clicking it like a madman :)

  5. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    the TOC works for me, but it seems you've got some javascript page load widget going to windowshade the old screen while loading the new. I'd turn that off.

  6. Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Haha. I'm 70-80% sure they track each refresh, but I'm going to choose to believe they don't and that the 130 pageviews I've gotten so far today were all from 130 new readers, each of whom read the blog from bottom to top, not even clicking the next/previous buttons.

    Anyway, thank you both so much for the info. I looked it up online and it turns out that the Blogger Template I used is one that often has some problems loading. I went into the coding (whoa, WHoA, I'm not a programmer like Zoetewey so lemme tell you that was some scary stuff), so it should be fixed now. For any Blogger-users using a template from the "Dynamic Templates" set, you might want to check out this link: http://www.2globalnomads.info/2013/06/blogger-dynamic-views-css-fail-bug-custom-reload.html

    Basically if a computer doesn't load the page quickly enough, Blogger abandons the template and just gives you that grey screen. But they don't give you very much time at all? So I went into the code and gave the computers some extra time to load the page. Which should either alleviate this problem or post my grandma's porn collection onto my Facebook. You can never be too sure, with coding. Anyway, if it's still not working please let me know: I'll just add some more time, then.

    And yeah, Psycho Gecko, I agree with you about TK's storyline. He's out of it now, but I didn't even think that an extra line or two could fix it. Hm, maybe I'll commit the cardinal sin and edit a post after it's been posted. Something to think about, at least.

    Ah, you most vagrantest of vagrants, you wish to assault me with your puns? I'm no puny punk who hold back his punches. I hit hard and strong, for I was taught at the JFK Academy of Not Getting Shot In the First Place and Also For Ben Stiller Enthusiasts. It was a distinctly cliquey school with a very unfortunate namesake, but nonetheless, I learned many an art there! Among these arts was the great art of Punnery, taught to me by the great punctilious cyberpunks of the Ancient CompuServe!

    Given my great and many talents, I am a busy man with many things to do! And would therefore ask that this duel take place on the Internet during high noon, on February 29, 2014! It shall be great! It shall be glorious! And it shall definitely happen, for February 29 is assuredly a real date in 2014! Yes it is! Most certainly! Definitely a leap year that year! Don't look at a calendar though, just trust me! For I am trustworthy!

    "Any number of hitlers, are still not my problem." -Tempest
  7. Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Sorry, Hollins. I didn't see your post until just now. I don't really know how to remove the widget, so I might keep it unless people still have a problem? (Unless that was more than just troubleshooting and there's another reason to get rid of it. I dunno, I actually think it's kind of cool.)

    "Any number of hitlers, are still not my problem." -Tempest
  8. Alice (Blocked)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Considering that my serial was listed on February 29th 2012, I don't need to look at a calendar to know that the chances of there being a 29th of February in 2014 are pretty slim ...

  9. Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Hahaha! Oh, Alice. You dog. You're crazy! Yeah. No February 29th 2014! Slim chances! *pretends to laugh, sweats nervously*

    "Any number of hitlers, are still not my problem." -Tempest
  10. Psycho Gecko (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Something smells off about all this. *Eyes Billy* You know what?... *tosses him some Old Spice* You need some deodorant.

  11. Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Ha. Yep. Just smelly 'cause of my totally not nervous sweat! *continues to sweat nervously*

    "Any number of hitlers, are still not my problem." -Tempest
  12. Psycho Gecko (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    *sniff sniff* Wow, you sure did sweaty all of a sudden. You been workin' out? Billy, you ever hang around a gymnasium? You like movies about gladiators? *puts his arm around Billy's shoulder* Have you ever been in a Turkish prison?

  13. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    have you ever been in a cock pit before?

  14. Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I don't like exercise nor do I like prisons. However, I DO like movies about gladiators. And you know, I did meet a guy dressed like a gladiator at a club called the Cock Pit. Does that count?

    "Any number of hitlers, are still not my problem." -Tempest

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