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Michael Danton
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-So very much has happened.

We've lost Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and most importantly, we lost Billy Mays strangely enough. America's got socialist health-care in the way too, something I know very well living in Australia. I've travelled across the country from WV to NV and seen a great many things and now in just a few hours I shall cross the mighty Pacific! It is a very exciting time to be alive, I wish I could say the same for the site, but I never miss an opportunity- one shall arise!

Oh, and on a personal note, I have been a very busy boy indeed talking to schools and making connections overseas.... and I got just the job I wanted, great school, great location.... Only to discover I couldn't have it. I had practically wasted the last 3 months of introductory overtures when a visa agent told me that that since I entered America on a Visa Waiver scheme, I didn't have a visa for America and this was something the Chinese embassy required to process my visa.

Close, but no Banana.

Instead, I'm heading home and I'm going to take a job teaching on the Gold Coast and finish my diploma. It's very cosmopolitan there and I should be able to find some great programmers in the academic scene (knock on wood). Maybe I could even get into the theatre scene there too, find some bright eyed young actors to follow a masterfully crafted script Very Happy A Fourth Perspective Original Movie! I've even looked into CGI recently with "Poser" and "DAZ". Marvelous results can be achieved but the learning curve is ridiculous. It's one of those things that tutorials can't teach.

Which leads me to my final bit of news at the moment. Just recently I was introduced to a retired AF Colonel here in Vegas who is involved in the Machinima scene strangely enough. He wrote a script for a film made from a flight sim and you can find it on the net if you please, it's called "Faith Hope and Charity". Of course, trying to involve myself in as many things as possible, I offered to help him write his next script. As it so happens, his buddy is a world famous Airplane illustrator of whom I was already aware since I have one of his spitfires on my bedroom wall.

This is interesting enough as it is, but more-so one of his close friends is director Peter Jackson himself. How else would he get to kill King Kong in the remake? This fellow I was speaking to says Jackson loves biplanes and such so much that he has a fleet of his own just for airshows and giggles. The Colonel believes that if he and I were to collaborate on a script, there's a good chance it'll end up on Jackson's desk. It's a long, long, loooooong-shot. but that's what being a spec is all about.

There's your update LP Smile
M.

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Since when did this become a blog?

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So you can't get a visa for China because you don't have an American visa? How does that follow? Do they think you're an illegal immigrant to the US?

Shame that job won't work out, but if you'll enjoy being back down under, that's what matters most. Home is where the heart is...

So you might have a look in with Peter Jackson perhaps maybe? That's pretty damn cool. Though I don't know quite what he's up to at the moment.

As updates go, 9/10. You still haven't told me when you're visiting Scotland. I'd love to buy you a Foster's...

Glad you're enjoying yourself.

Kieran.
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Yep, as strange as it sounds, I couldn't get to China without having some kind of a visa for America. In this instance my passport stamp indicating legal entry in Lahaina Hawaii was insufficient, such is the bullcrappery of modern travel. Still, you have to play the game and jump the hoops.
Speaking of hoops, I received a letter from a School in Germany. I sent them my CV, put my heart on the line and they kicked it right over the fence. Boy, did I send them a nasty letter... It was a real soul crusher Laughing

I'm not really that glad to be back, Australia is rather dull compared to most places and I'm not happy with the way things are going politically speaking... America is just going the same way faster. Still, being a citizen here I've got a lot of freedoms I haven't got elsewhere, like starting a business for one. I've had my eye on something rather unique and useful here in Australia, I'll let you know all about it as soon as I've gotten the details.

My contact to Peter Jackson has gone quiet for some reason lately. The last letter I received from him was prompted and he gave me the usual "I wrote you a letter, but my dog ate it" crap. If he's not 100% dedicated to the project then there's no point in even bothering. Besides, PJ is busy at the moment "Presenting" films like District 9... Whatever "presenting" is.
Anyway, sometimes I think people tend to set goals too high knowing they'll never reach them. It's a fear of success/failure self sabotage type thing. I don't want to be one of those people; directly after writing you, I'll write a letter to the local players club and set up a meeting, see how they feel about producing some of my works and the eventual musical which is currently being written.

Oh yes, and there is a chance I'll see the Shetland Islands in about 5 months. It's not quite Scotland, but it's close. If it does happen, I'm certain we'll be headed south from there.

9/10 my ass Smile
M.

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Michael Danton wrote:
Yep, as strange as it sounds, I couldn't get to China without having some kind of a visa for America. In this instance my passport stamp indicating legal entry in Lahaina Hawaii was insufficient, such is the bullcrappery of modern travel. Still, you have to play the game and jump the hoops.
Speaking of hoops, I received a letter from a School in Germany. I sent them my CV, put my heart on the line and they kicked it right over the fence. Boy, did I send them a nasty letter... It was a real soul crusher Laughing


Well, so long as you told those evil Nazis where to stick it. I've always said they got away lightly...

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I'm not really that glad to be back, Australia is rather dull compared to most places and I'm not happy with the way things are going politically speaking... America is just going the same way faster. Still, being a citizen here I've got a lot of freedoms I haven't got elsewhere, like starting a business for one. I've had my eye on something rather unique and useful here in Australia, I'll let you know all about it as soon as I've gotten the details.


I do love a good mystery. My guess is hidden Aztec gold, though I'll bet that 20 pages before the end it'll all turn out to be misdirection and lies.

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My contact to Peter Jackson has gone quiet for some reason lately. The last letter I received from him was prompted and he gave me the usual "I wrote you a letter, but my dog ate it" crap. If he's not 100% dedicated to the project then there's no point in even bothering. Besides, PJ is busy at the moment "Presenting" films like District 9... Whatever "presenting" is.


Aww, that's a shame. I assume "presenting" is simply attaching your name to something and hoping it turns out a success. If it doesn't, you can always say you weren't involved in creation!

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Anyway, sometimes I think people tend to set goals too high knowing they'll never reach them. It's a fear of success/failure self sabotage type thing. I don't want to be one of those people; directly after writing you, I'll write a letter to the local players club and set up a meeting, see how they feel about producing some of my works and the eventual musical which is currently being written.

Oh yes, and there is a chance I'll see the Shetland Islands in about 5 months. It's not quite Scotland, but it's close. If it does happen, I'm certain we'll be headed south from there.

9/10 my ass Smile
M.


I hope you realiase that the above statement constitutes a written contract and that you are now duty-bound to visit some part of Scotland that I can get to in less that 3 hours. Should be easier now that my brakes aren't fused to my wheels...
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Don't mention the war... I did once but I think I got away with it Smile Seriously though, my best shot at getting a job overseas now is with a German schule in Spain, believe it or not.
From what I've discovered with China, I'd love to get a job in the EU so I don't have to enter under false pretenses... and that's exactly what the Chinese want me to do so they don't have to pay to "sponsor" me and and basically cut me loose any time they like. This is the experience I had with "English First" they've got about 1000 schools internationally and you'd think they'd do things properly. Nope, they're trying to subvert the law of the land. Every time I ask for more detail about visas and immigration, it's like I've suddenly got the plague or something and they stop talking to me. If you want to do things legally in China, you're suddenly undesirable. This was why I had so much trouble getting work in the first place.

Hell, I asked my own director at the English Academy what was going on and I haven't heard from him in days either... Fucking plague I tells ya.

In regards to that business I mentioned... It's a dead end. You see, I was trying so hard to get those visas while I was in America, I tried to find some visa agents in OZ that could help me out... I couldn't find any, not a single one on the net... I put in the searches and looked for pages and pages. I was convinced there weren't any and considered starting something like that myself. I check again here in Australia and WHAM there they are, magically out of nowhere. Google is screwing with me again. Misdirection AND lies aplenty.

Still haven't heard from the Colonel, I don't know if he's just mucking around or what, but whatever it is he can do it on his own time. I sent a letter to the President of the players theatre here in port a few days ago but haven't heard from him. I'm getting really tired of being ignored in one way or another. It makes me wonder what the hell is going on sometimes, seriously it's like I'm jinxed or something... Still, lets see them ignore me when I send the letter of introduction to their entire staff.

I'll tell you what, I'm in awe of these guys making these films on youtube... Although I don't know anyone who could perform, sometimes you need to work with what you have and demonstrate your potential. Although I'm hot to get out of the country and get some teaching hours logged up- there's another part of me that wants to pursue a more artistic side. At one time it was "it's not what you know, but who you know" But now that everyone is connected and "buddy lists" stretch into the stratosphere, it's become a case of "It's not who you know, but what you can do".

I rant when I'm frustrated. I rant a lot.

Now it's your turn, What about these fused brakes? Are the Junkies still giving you grief? What of the cops?

Finally, theres a chance of the Shetland trip, and that I'll go south if I do, but it'll be a good long while before I find out. Tell me, have you considered moving around a bit yourself? If this job comes off, they'll put me up in a two bedroom apartment in Malaga Spain.

Fancy a holiday?
M.

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D' you know I really, really fancy a holiday... it's whether I can afford it or not.

What with fused brakes, a new back tyre, a whole new exhaust, an MOT, tax and insurance I'm looking at my credit card creating a small black hole any day now... but if they give you free accommodation... I could probably get a cheap return flight.

I think the junkies have retreated to their dank, urine-soaked hellholes and I'm still battling all my uni weight. With the police force apparently facing a 35 million, it will be quite a struggle to get in too, but I'm pretty much ready to send away my form.

Just need to keep on that damned treadmill...

Cheers

Kieran
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Bike giving you grief eh? I know all about that, I really loved my old car but it was costing too much to keep it... At least there isn't so much to worry about on a bike. Once it's renewed, it shouldn't give you any more problems.

Don't worry about how much you weigh, personally I'm technically overweight but I feel quite comfortable with it. It doesn't prevent me from doing any of the things I want to do and that's most important. If you feel you need to get fitter to pass the physical then I suggest you practice those things they're looking for, namely sit-ups, push-ups and shuttle-runs... Basically everything with a hyphen in the middle. At least the junkies have thinned out- you can be thankful for that. Maybe the baby crawling on the ceiling scared them away Smile

Other than that, it sounds like it's bad news all around... Personally I feel lucky that success doesn't come easy but sometimes enough is freaking enough right?!?! It looks like Malaga is off, I haven't heard from them in days despite sending them a follow-up letter... It's strange, they seemed so interested at first. Oh well, there are still some more irons in the fire... currently I've got Indonesia and Turkey going. Both of them have showed a definite interest, but we are both learning how tenuous that situation is!

I almost forgot, remember how I boasted something like "Let's just see the local theatre ignore me when I send a letter to all 20 members of the committee!" Well... They ignored me... All of them... Fark.

Oh well, in other news I wrote a letter to Kerry McLean today in regards to one of my inventions, he's the current holder of the world's fastest monowheel record at 58mph, low hanging fruit if you ask me. In any case I spelled out what I believe my concept design is capable of without giving away how it works... Of course I don't want to just give away my designs because quite honestly... they're brilliant Smile especially not to Mr. Monowheel so if he wants to hear more about it, he's going to have to offer a bit more security- I've left that bit up to him.

M.

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The "M" stands for Mr. Cellophane

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You do seem to be invisible! I guess it's just the economy at the moment, so many companies playing it safe or just not playing at all, everyone doing their best not to lose their jobs.

Here's hoping your Wheel of Death TM works out though, you'd be world famous if no one dies.

If you made it less hassle than my bike, that would be great. Got my new exhaust, that's being fitted on Friday and the bike is being MOTted to, hoping for a pass. I've got a great quote for my insurance, halving my renewal price. I've also got loads of shit quotes that keep phoning me all the time from various countries it seems.

Then it's just tax but I don't have any ownership documents because of how I bought the bike so I've sent away for those but I've forgotten to put the chassis number and the mileage on the form so I'll have to phone the DVLA and they won't know what I'm talking about and breathe...

So yeah, staying on the road sucks. Next year I'll just skip all that and see if I can get away with it Very Happy
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Well all I can say to that is just don't do anything illegal. If you need something, just jump through all the hoops until you get it. That's my philosophy... and you can see how far it has gotten me; but I honestly see no alternative. Of course that doesn't stop you from seeking other legal alternatives. If you bought the bike from someone without all the right papers then maybe you could sell it and get one with the correct paperwork? Maybe do all that before you have to pass road worthiness tests too... Let the buyer beware I always say.

Anyhoo... Mr. Cellophane strikes again, neither the theatre or McLean has gotten back to me, granted I think he's on the road at the moment for a charity fundraiser... I'm shocked the yanks even let a machine like that loose on the roads. He's got a hell of a trip in front of him too as the thing can only go a maximum of 58mph as per the record he broke. Still, like I say, you always have to look at alternatives...

You see, I've broken my needs down to their basic levels, I contacted the theatre because I want to have my work produced, when what I really needed was actors and like minded individuals. I figure all I have to do is hang out at the theatre as they're doing their casting calls and snag everyone who didn't get a part. Once I get a list of interested people, I can write a film to match my resources and skill... WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

Heh, on another front- although Indonesia and Turkey are still interested, I've taken it upon myself to complete my DipEd here and do my hours on Aussie soil. I'll be heading up to the Gold Coast for the next week to teach English at a private college. I'll be leaving in a few hours so wish me luck.

Good luck with your Bike too, we could both use a little by the sound of it.
M.

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