Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The crimes, they are a-changing...

"Yes, ComputerKing," I hear you think, "you're pivoting. But what are you pivoting to?"

A simple question, with a simple answer. Gamification was a trend that had people trying to turn everything into a game. Work, self-improvement, groceries, people tried to make a game out of all of that and more. I could follow the trend, sheep my way into the herd, but that's not the Supervillain way. What I am going to do is the opposite: I'm going to take fun games and purposefully turn them into work.

I'm going to become the Supervillain of Streaming. A pivot that has the bonuses of claiming a new title, and exposing the gaming world to The ComputerKing! It appeals to my narcissism and allows me to play computer games. Excellent!

Keep alert to learn where and when you will be able to find me invading the world of streaming, faithful reader. Soon my evil will be spreading even further.

They won't know what hit them...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The pivot

There's a term in the business world. It's used to refer to the practice of radically changing your business' direction in order to take advantage of current trends. The word, pivot, used to simply mean to turn, swivel or rotate. Much like the best chair a Supervillain can use is a swivel chair (I'll go into why another time).

As I see things, I made a very slow pivot from being the Supervillain of Podcasting to retirement, then to doing this blog. But a villain shouldn't be stagnant. It's time to pivot again. Now that my Doomsday Device has arrived, I need to get out of the hospital and start learning to use it. It's time to dust off the old cowl, practice my Evil Laugh, and set my sights on a new target.

Ready, aim, fire. Prepare to get Evil....

Friday, September 1, 2017

Doomsday devices

When planning a doomsday device, you need to balance cost, power, utility, and a few other factors. The whole process is taxing, mentally, but ultimately worth it. I recently went to the trouble of researching, pricing and purchasing a new "Big One", which I currently wait impatiently for. But I don't rage and curse every delay, I simply make more preparations with my extra time.
Or at least I DID make preparations. Now I sit, in a hospital, again, cut off from my usual tools and productivity devices, in danger of missing the delivery of my Doomsday Device. It's not like they're going to leave something so dangerous on a doorstep. That's where trusted henchmen come in.
Not those nameless minions so plentiful in number that it's not possible to tell them apart without a database of distinguishing features. One of them would drop it , accidentally trigger it, or screw up the settings before I get a chance to look at the Manual.
No, True henchmen have names, memorable personalities, and truly appreciate and believe in your vision, and in extension, believe in you. I am fortunate enough to have a few loyal henchmen who I'm sure will be able to secure the device without incident. For them I am grateful, and they will be amply rewarded.

It's very good for a villain to have trusted aids, treat your best henchmen well, and they will not fail you.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Growing older, Not getting old.

I've just celebrated my birthday, and it gave me some moments to reflect on the previous months of this year. I suffered 2 losses, one helpful but physically stressful, One deeply disheartening and personal and emotionally crippling. But here I sit, recovering from both and contemplating my return to Villainy.

Fitting that I share a birthday with H.P. Lovecraft, as my dreams and thoughts have grown darker this year. Fortunately I have cohorts that I have allowed to assist me in recovering. They raised my spirits and brought me comfort in a time of pain. With the simple gesture of a well-timed visit they have helped me regain my bearings, shake out the intellectual cobwebs and refocus. It took me a while, but I am mentally, if not physically, refreshed and ready to return to a life of Villainy again. This time, I am preparing to breach another "new medium" in my path of villainy, and I look forward to being evil in a whole new way.

Like many things, I intend to improve with age...


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Moving right along...

Relocated my lair, but I still haven't finished unpacking yet. Everything's more expensive, nothing is easy to get to... But for now, it's perfect. Quiet, good for plotting, off the beaten path, plenty of space for doomsday devices, simply perfect.
My next move is to start blogging regularly again. Let's see how this lasts...

Thursday, June 30, 2016

It's Time to Get ill!

Yeah, I'm sick again. Writing this from my hospital room, actually. After my greatest triumph of the year (securing a new base of operations and getting my tools of destruction moved) My opportunistic body chose the perfect time to strike, debilitating me in the midst of the unpack phase. Even my bodily functions are villainous; it makes me proud.
I spent my first entire day in deep concentration. The only thing I allowed into my mind was my next breath. This was not strictly necessary, but foregoing breath control might have resulted in foregoing breathing control, and that's not the type of cyborg I'm willing to become right now. So I exerted my will on my       oxygen levels, and kept them at viable levels With The Power Of My Mind! Another red letter moment.
So even in near defeat I snatch my own victories. Because I make my own win conditions. And when I can do that,  as the rapper DJ Khaled says, "All I do is Win."

Thursday, January 28, 2016

No regrets

Yes, it's been months. In those months, I have not taken any significant strides in villainy, nor have I improved myself in any villainous manner. I have been alternately amusing myself and "dealing with shit", as they say. These are not meant to be excuses, just explanations. I feel I need to be earnest in these entries, but that doesn't mean that I regret anything I've done.

When I considered this post I realized a part of being a villain is knowing when to say " no". And what to say "no" to. No regrets is part of it, as is no fear, and no excuses. These are the main three "no's" of SuperVillainy. Knowing when to use each of these is an excellent path to success, in business , in villainy, and in life in general.

Despite my many medical issues, I did not have any fear, even when visiting a doctor and hearing the words "biopsy" and "tumor". I felt concern, of course, but not fear. I felt that I could and would deal with the situation, and surpass it. And I would not, and could not let this interfere with my life, or my plans. I will surpass this, and no, they did not say the word cancer.

On the subject of regrets, it is useless to waste time pining over things that cannot be changed. If you do this, you will find yourself living in the past, although you are standing in the present. You can of course consider options that you could have taken, but you can do this quickly, and move on. A supervillain does not does not let setbacks on previous missions prevent them from constructing a new plan. A supervillain moves on, and thinks bigger.

Which brings us to our final subject, no excuses. You can push blame upon underlings, or accept it yourself. But there is no excuse for what you do as a supervillain You do what you must, and you do it wholeheartedly. There are reasons for what you do, there are explanations for why you do it, but there are no excuses. To wish to be excused from blame for what you have done is anathema to a supervillain, who wants nothing other than credit for what they have accomplished. Take pride in your actions, and do not seek to be excused from them.

So there you have it: no fear, no regrets, and no excuses. Face your circumstances, accept what has been done, and take credit for what you have accomplished and all you have attained through this accomplishment. That is the way of the supervillain.