Thursday, February 19, 2009

Writer's Block: Jackpot

(In my previous posts, I mentioned that these blogs would be identical except for the odd chance that there would be unique content for each blog. This almost became unique LiveJournal content, but I decided to share. On LiveJournal, there is a feature called “Writer’s Block” where someone posts a question to jog people’s minds and have them answer. The question itself is below in quotes, and my answer below that. To see answers others have posted, just follow the “view other answers” link. Enjoy!)

“If you won the lottery, what would you do with your newfound riches?

Submitted By [info]kimbereli09

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My Answer:
I won the lottery? But I didn't even enter... And now I have all this "money" in my name...
Someone's obviously trying to dump dirty money on me, to get rid of it before the cops stumble upon it. Or maybe I'm being framed? But for what? And why me?
I gotta figure this out fast before the media gets a hold of this. They'll come to congratulate me on my winnings, give me a hand shake, and basically paint a bulls-eye on me. This money came from nowhere, and I'll be damned if I trust any of this.
Fine, if fate's gonna throw me this curveball, I'll hit it out of the park. I'll take the money, but I won't be defenseless either. I guess it's just time to do what's right.
It's time to become Batman.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Mulling over things in two places at once

Before I start up this blog good and proper by giving a post about a topic of my interest, I would like to inform you, the reader, about an intriguing new development. Well, I understand that “intriguing” can be a subjective term, but hear me out, ok?

This blog – Mulling Over The Multiverse – can now be read on two separate websites! It’s true! You can read it and comment on it here on Blogger, or you can hop on over to LiveJournal if that’s more of your thing. For those interested in making the jump, the URL is . I will still be Joseph Cassano in both places, of course, and my username in the LiveJournal version is: jplc.

Why would I do this, you ask? It just so happens that I have quite a few blogs that I frequent on both sites. As such, I thought it’d be easier for me to have accounts in both places so that I wouldn’t have to forcefully point any would-be readers I meet on either site to a different site. Of course I still supply the option for would-be readers to make a jump to my other blog-site-location-amajig, but now they’re not ultimately required to.

Finally, just to be clear, ideally both blogs in both locations are to be more or less the same. There may be some minor differences (such as usernames being different for each site), and there may be unique things on each site if certain situations call for it, but in the end, it is negligible. This whole mirror-blog venture was started for the convenience of any readers, so I do not aim to defeat the whole purpose by having drastically different content on the different sites. K?

So, to conclude, you can now read this blog both here and at LiveJournal. I’ll keep this tidbit of info and any relevant URLs handy in the Blog Description section on the right, so don’t worry about having to hunt down this post in the future.

(For anyone who cares, this post was posted on both sites in more or less the same form by using Windows Live Writer. I’m testing it out as a blog writing tool, and so far, it does not disappoint. Give it a look if you are having double-blog-posting-woes. Maybe it will help?)

Friday, February 6, 2009

The obligatory introductory post

Hello and welcome, one and all, to Mulling Over The Multiverse – which you could also refer to as, if you so choose, “MOTM”, “Multiverse”, “The ‘Verse”, or “The Blog By That Crazy Guy Who I Am Avoiding Eye Contact With”. I am your host, Joseph Cassano (although my Blogger username is JPLC). Sit down, take a load off. Relax. Shall I take your coat? Would you like a beverage? No? Well then, if you are fine and comfortable, let us begin.

Now first, I should probably reveal a bit more of myself, just so we can all be on the same page (relatively). I am, as I said before, Joseph Cassano. I am an 18 year old male Canadian who is attempting to achieve an education in game design in my post-secondary studies. As that probably indicates, I am a big gamer. I was born and raised on consoles (my first system that I can remember, in fact, was a SNES, though I have played the NES in my day). I may not be a big PC gamer as I do not find the interface (keyboard and mouse) to be intuitive for me in terms of gaming, but I have a great respect for the PC gaming scene. My current gaming hardware thus consists of a PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, and sometimes my cell phone. I hold no special allegiance to any one brand (I shed whatever fanboy-ism I had long ago), but I am more knowledgeable of Nintendo’s and Sony’s efforts over Microsoft’s for the mere fact that the only Xbox 360 I actively used was my brother’s. For the sake of conversation, my favourite game is Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, but I have a wide assortment of games that I can easily say I love. Alternatively, I have games that I enjoy in nearly every genre, but if I had to choose favourite genres, I would have to say RPG (mainly JRPG), Action, and Action Adventure. It is safe to say that games are thus a big part of my life.

Games, however, are not all I am interested in. I am a big fan of animation of all kinds, but I tend to lean more towards anime as it is much easier to find works that take themselves seriously in anime than in North American animation (my knowledge of the animation scenes in Europe and the like is sorely lacking). That does not mean I do not have any Western animations that I love, however. Examples of animated efforts that I adore, regardless of where they were made, are Studio Ghibli works (My Neighbor Totoro, Whisper of the Heart, Howl’s Moving Castle, etc); Pixar works (WALL-E, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, etc); Satoshi Kon works (Paranoia Agent, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika, etc); Hideaki Anno’s Neon Genesis Evangelion; Shoji Kawamori’s The Vision of Escaflowne and Macross Plus; Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant, and many more. I also try to keep an eye out for interesting web-based animations, and to that end, I am a frequenter of and YouTube. Yes, animation, like gaming, is a big part of my life.

But that’s not all! I also love philosophy (though, admittedly, my knowledge of the various fields is limited), fiction, non-fiction, music, reading, writing, the Internet, life, the universe, and everything!

I have a wide range of interests, and this blog will thus be about all of them. Granted, I may tend to write more about one area than others, but I am letting you know that there is no distinct “theme” to this place. This is a place for me to reflect on my interests, no matter what they may be. So, if you, the reader, are willing, I invite you to stay a while. This place will have no strict schedule or anything, but I would be honoured if you gave it a chance. Do not think of this as “good-bye”, then, but more as “see you later”.

And so it begins…