Explain what I’m looking at.
This is the website I made to replace my Angelfire site I created in 1999. I talk about my annoyances, stuff that perplexes me, as well as any type of video game, movie, or book news that interests me at the moment.
My name is Josh, and I’m just a regular Average Schmo working day to day to make ends meet.
When do you update this stinkin’ thing?
I aim to update twice a week, but I “usually” end up updating just once a week. Sometimes I end up with no time and the updates get months apart. I’m not getting paid to do this, so just keep an eye out. I update my Twitter feed when I’ve made a new post, so follow me there to stay in the loop.
Why should I listen to any of your baloney? Have you EVER done anything legitimate? As in, published?
In 1997-1999 I “worked” for two different gaming related websites. The first, RPGurus, was mostly RPG reviews with some news on it. Very small site, mostly run and operated by just two dudes. I did reviews for games like Final Fantasy VII, Grandia; all those PS1 era JRPGs we were all nutty for those days. All pro-bono work obviously. After that site disappeared, I “worked” for a site called EVGF (which I think stood for Electronic Video Game Forums or something like that). They didn’t pay anyone either of course, and since I had to rent brand new games, my parents at the time didn’t want to spend money every week doing that, so I ended up writing just a single review for Zoocube, a puzzle game on the Gamecube. It was a pretty good game from what I remember.
Later, I worked for the high school newspaper, doing news stories, opinion articles, and movie reviews. A few years after that, I had a short story published in a college writing journal. Then, almost a decade of radio silence.
So, long story short, no, I haven’t done anything legitimate.
Okay, so what does “Ratwaffle” mean?
Do you know what Skrillex’s name means? Same deal. When my friends and I were all getting into the pre-social network Internet thing (it was all instant messaging, chatrooms and email back then), their handles all had numbers at the end because the names they were picking had already been chosen by someone else. I chose two random words to stick together to avoid having a number in my name, because I felt it cheapened it. Plus, nobody will remember what the number is. I’ve just been using this name since then. It doesn’t describe anything or hold any special significance.
If you wanted to create a meaning from the word, you could really get a few different definitions:
rat·waf·fle [rat-wof-uh l]
1. a rat-shaped batter cake with a pattern of deep indentations on each side, formed by the gridlike design on each of the two hinged parts of the metal appliance (waffle iron) in which the cake is baked.
2. the foolish and time-wasting talk frequently heard from rats.
3. Informal. the body of a rat killed on the road by a motor vehicle, specifically flattened.
A mix of surreal, whimsical, and morbid. What else could anyone want?