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Saturday, May 28, 2005
I’ve been meaning to pop in for the last couple of days, but I haven’t. I’m still rubbish, but at least I’m consistent.
I haven’t actually been feeling that well for the last couple of days. My symptoms are, a still neck, sore shoulders, achy joints, slight sore throat, nausea and a general tiredness. It hasn’t helped that I’ve worked the last couple of nights and slept badly. We’re having a mini-heatwave here in London and that always makes day-sleeping a bit more difficult.
I’m feeling so shitty that I might even go off-sick on Saturday night. As a freelancer, no working means no pay, so I must be feeling bad if I’m ready to give up some money. I’ll decide before I leave in the morning, so they can at least try to cover my shift.
Yawn. Are you still here? So I haven’t bored the bejesus out of you yet. Thank fuck for that.
I really do feel like shit and I’ve still got over 4 hours left before I can flee towards my north London lair. Tickity fucking tock, hippy don’t watch the clock!
I’m covered with scratches, thanks to my brand new, adorable kitten. She’s still great and I’m her new best friend, though that means she is playing a roughly with me. Her latest trick is to take a running leap at my leg, locking on with her claws, and then scurrying up my side. At the end of this, she ends up perched on my shoulder, like a parrot. I’m her living, breathing scratching post.
The kitten continues to torment my other 2 cats, which is more fun to watch than it is for my cats. The kitten is not afraid of them and continues to get braver in her approach. She just wants to make friends with them, but they aren’t having it.
The kitten loves to climb onto my lap and plop down to sleep, she’s my new best friend. I should post a picture of her if I can remember how.
I’ve had a serious break through with Final Cut Express, my jazzy new editing software. I bought a book for “dummies” which has made it all easier for me to use. I guess that makes me a dummy.
The program is very powerful and has more features than I could ever possibly use, but now that I know how to drive it, the fun can really begin. First of all, I am now in a position to finish my epic holiday video and once that’s done, I’m going to move on to my first humorous film, starring myself. Sorry, but that one will be on a very limited release and you can’t see it, no matter how much you beg.
If I ever make a northlondonhippy movie though, I’ll release it on the net for one and all to view.
And I haven’t given up my plans to record some music under the northlondonhippy brand. I’ve got an embryonic idea for a musical project, 7 songs, but that’s all I’ll say for now. You know me, I’ll give it all away for free, when the time comes.
Blah, blah blah. This blog really is dead if the above rubbish is the best I can.
How about this? I won’t come back until I have something interesting to say. I haven’t written anything intense and thought-provoking in ages. It’s high time I did. It’s high time I was high as well, but I am sadly, unprepared tonight, which is another reason why I can’t wait to get home this morning.
If I feel better, and at this point, it’s a big “if”, I might do a bit of shrooming this week. That could be just the inspiration I need to get this blog out of the awful funk it’s fallen into.
At least I’m honest and I honestly believe this blog could be better. I need to recapture that hippy magic. It’s the least I can do, since I’m still “blogging my life away (nearly) every night and every day, just for Y-O-U!”
Monday, May 23, 2005
Hey ho fuckers, how’s tricks?
I’ve been busy for the last few days, playing with my amazing wonder-kitten. She’s way too smart and a ball of energy and I’m really enjoying her presence. She even sleeps in my lap. Yipppeee for the kitten!
My other 2 cats don’t feel quite as happy about it and they are avoiding her mostly. When they do bother to come into the same room, the kitten is fascinated by them, while they think she’s too unpredictable. I’m sure they’ll work it out over time.
I’m not expert in cat etiquette but, it seems to me that the kitten doesn’t really know any and that’s why they don’t like her. They don’t understand that it’s up to them to teach her.
And what else has this wild and crazy hippy been up to? You mean, besides being very high all the time?
I’ve been playing with Logic Express, 7.1 now. I got the groovy update. It’s a powerful and easy to use music recording software, but it also includes some very high quality software instruments as well. What that means is you can just hook up any midi keyboard and have instant access to a bank of very powerful and expressive software synths. I’m very impressed with the ease of use and quality of the sound. And, so far, it hasn’t crashed once.
I used to use Cakewalk 9.3 as well as Sonar 2.0 and both frequently crashed, bringing Windows down with it. I lost loads of work that way. I don’t think that’s going to happen with Logic Express. It seems very durable.
Now all I need is some musical talent and I’ll be on my way!
I’ve been trying to trouble-shoot a problem with my microphone, it’s a Shure SM58, which is considered an inexpensive, workhorse pro-microphone, plugged into my UA-25 audio interface. My problem is low audio levels, but I think there’s a way to compensate for it with the built-in pre-amp. Now all I have to do is figure out how to turn it on! I need to find the documentation for it. Blah blah blah.
I know, this has become geek corner. So sue me.
I like my new toys and naturally they take a bit of time to learn to use properly and I’m getting there. Half the fun is learning what they all do. I’m digging it.
You see, this is why I should stop blogging. I’m writing about nonsense. What happened to the days when I wrote about drugs and social issues and more drugs? I need to shroom soon. Maybe Weds or even better, this Monday, which I believe is a bank holiday. That could be fun and could be just the tonic I need to get this blog back on track!
Anyone want to shroom with me? I’m still fairly shroomtastic you know. Ok, you’re right, I’m still the most shroomtastic stoner on the internet! You twisted my arm!
Friday, May 20, 2005
Yo fuckers. I’m back already. I didn’t even give you time to miss me.
I’m at work, it’s my last night of this run. I’ve worked 7 out of 8 nights, around 84 hours. Don’t envy me for my glamorous media lifestyle, just envy me because I’m high all the time!
It’s not that busy and I’m just counting the hours until I go home. Around four and half, since you’re asking…tickity fucking tock.
The big news from the hippysphere is that Mrs. H and I got a new kitten this week. Of course it was new, a kitten can’t be old. That would make it a cat.
The kitten is great and I’m loving her already. She’s bright, playful, friendly, affectionate and just a tiny puffy ball of fun. I spent a couple of hours on Thursday morning, bonding with her. Really, I should have been sleeping, but she was too much fun to leave.
She’s 7 weeks old, she’s almost all black and she can sit in one of my hands. After playing with her for a while, she curled up next to me on the sofa and fell asleep. I can’t wait to get home to see her this morning.
She’s the first thing to distract me away from my brand new 20” G5 iMAC in over 2 months. Now that’s saying something!
My other 2 cats aren’t quite as pleased with the new addition to our happy home. They’re both fascinated, but not sure about this tiny little creature. I’m sure in time they’ll all learn how to get along with each other, but till then, the atmosphere has been decidedly tense.
Mrs. H got her from a friend of her’s from her office and she picked her up on Wednesday, but I didn’t get to see her until Thursday morning. Why? Because when I woke up on Wednesday night, she was hiding somewhere and couldn’t be found. When she finally did appear, I had been at work for hours. Mrs. Hippy was very relieved to see her.
I only popped in to make this rather brief, gushing entry about my new kitten. And here I thought the only place I got to write about pussy was in (my now finished) secret, second, fictional blog.
Ba dum bum!
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Hey fuckers, I’m back. Did you miss me?
If you did, why didn’t you email or leave me an affirming comment?
The really weird thing is that during my fortnight respite from this blog, the number of visitors has actually increased. Go figure.
I took a total break from writing for nearly the entire time, though I did make a brief entry in the other blog. I know I said that one was finished and it is, but I need to re-organise it a bit, so I did.
I’ve missed writing, but it doesn’t mean I’ve been bone idle, far from it. I’ve been getting my head around Final Cut Express and Logic Express. Both are fairly powerful and complicated pieces of software.
Logic Express hasn’t been a problem, well to be fair, neither has been a problem. But…Final Cut Express sure is complicated! I bought a book for Dummies, which is how I’ve felt playing with it. Don’t worry, I’ll be an expert in no time!
I’ve still got a few things to trouble shoot though, including particularly low audio levels from my microphone. As always, time is what I don’t ever seem to have enough of!
I’m thinking of recording some music under the northlondonhippy name. I think I should extend my brand beyond blogging. Would you buy a northlondonhippy album?
You won’t need to, because if I record anything I like, I’ll release it on the net for free! That includes my much delayed, but much anticipated first single, “Gimme a yipppeee (it’s the northlondonhippy). I bet you can’t wait to boogie-down on that little number. And if you do download it, I strongly suggest you get as high as possible first. After all, that’s the state I’ll be in when I record it!
Speaking of drugs, which is pretty much what I do here all the time, one of the latest Google-draws into my blog is the quest for information on Clause 21 of the new drug act here in the UK which is due to make my beloved magic mushrooms illegal.
Here, if you want news, check out this recent article from my favourite newspaper, the Guardian: CLICK ME FUCKER!
It seems like the government is just as confused and ass-backward on the subject as always. Did you read it, did you, did you?
I haven’t shroomed in a while, but if I’m lucky, I’m going to take a little voyage in the next week. I’m in the middle of a long run of shifts, I’m on my 6th shift out of 7 tonight, out of 8 days. Come Friday morning, I’m free for about a week. There will be shrooming! Oh yes!
I’m still enjoying my Kanna extract and would recommend it if you like a nice euphoric rush. Think about a more natural, milder feel than coke or MDMA. It’s very pleasant, cheap and legal! Could you ask for something better?
You could, but no one is going to give it to you.
Now for my final bit of business, the future of this blog. As I said in my last posting, I wanted to spend a fortnight considering my options and I have. I don’t want to end this blog, so I’m not going to, but I am change my approach.
I’m thinking of making the blog a weekly. My reasoning is simple, the blog would continue, but I wouldn’t feel the pressure of having to write something nearly every day. This approach worked on my other, fictional blog, so I think it might not be a bad idea for this one.
If any of you, my ever loyal hippyfans, have any thoughts on this, I’d certainly be interested in hearing your views.
Anyway, it’s good to be back, I’ve missed writing, but mainly I missed all of you!
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Ok, since this blog has turned to shit and I don’t update it much AND no one reads it anymore, anyway, I’m going to take a break for a fortnight.
I’m taking this break for 2 reasons; 1) because I’m tired of feeling guilty that I never have the time to write something AND 2) I want this time to re-assess my long-term commitment to this blog.
The sad truth is that I barely have enough time to do the things I have to do every day, nevermind the things I actually enjoy.
I barely have a chance to catch my breath most days. It’s not as much fun being me as it should be. Maybe it will be again. Here’s hoping!
For the last several weeks, I’ve been letting you all down in a very big way. I’m used to letting people down, but not my ever-faithful hippyfans. I’m sorry that it’s come down to this, but I don’t see any other way forward.
This blog has been the one thing that’s kept me going for the last year, the one thing that’s been consistently positive in my life and I’ve let it spin out of control. I used to have a real handle on things, but not any more.
I’d like to be able to come back and do my thing, but I’m making no promises. I’m going to see how things pan out over the next couple of weeks and see if this blog still fits into my life.
Do I miss writing in it? Of course I do! This blog was the only thing keeping me relatively sane. With me potentially stopping, there will be nothing standing between me and complete raging insanity.
No, this is not a wind-up, this is the hippy’s potential swan-song!
The truth is, with my time being constantly limited, I have to make some hard choices and right now the choice is between working on things which might actually turn into something more and continuing with this blog, which will never be the ticket to any money.
My other blog, which I finished last week, may turn into something financially rewarding. What little time I do have, (which ain’t much!) is going to have to go towards projects that might lead to some sort of monetary reward.
The rewards of being the northlondonhippy, while significant, are not putting money in the bank. I love being the hippy and everything that goes along with it and had hoped to continue with it until the day I die. But life is not like that and sometimes you can’t continue to do the things you enjoy the most.
I’m sorry. I really am. I just don’t know what else to do. I’ll still be checking my emails and the great Gmail give-away can continue, but I’m not going to hang on to any illusions for the next 2 weeks about writing anything here.
No matter what, I’ll be back around the 20th of May to let whoever still reads this shite know what I’ve decided. Thanks for your patience and understanding.