Category Archives: The Writer

Thanks for the Shorty Award!

I just want to pop up here in human form and thank those that nominated and decided to give me an award. I realize that there shouldn’t really even be an award for posting jokes on the internet while pretending to be a space-robot, but seeing as there is – I’m rather humbled to have won it.

In all truth, this award belongs far more to those who actually put the rover on Mars, and those who struggle everyday against increasingly long odds to keep expanding our knowledge of the universe and who foster our curiosity to explore it.

So, thank you to everyone who follows and who writes and who occasionally appreciates and supports my dumb Twitter account. You’re all very, very kind and I really do think you’re awesome.

The Shorty Awards asked me to record a 140-Character acceptance speech, which you can watch… here:

Ottawa Citizens Like Me…

Very nice article in the Ottawa Citizen – the daily newspaper from Ottawa, Canada… my nation’s capital. I hope all the politicians read it and now they want to be my friend / give me lots of socialist funding.

LINK HERE: OTTAWA CITIZEN ARTICLE:

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Yelling Into A Pillow…

This is a post wherein I rant about climate change and hurricanes and people who anger me.

You don’t have to read it if you don’t want to. Though that goes for everything here of course.

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How @SarcasticRover Began…

On the night of Aug. 5th, 2012 the Mars Rover Curiosity landed on the red planet, and I started a fake Twitter account as a place to put some crappy space-jokes.

In the following Tweet-list from my personal account  you can see the evolution of a boring guy watching the Mars landing into a sarcastic twitter account that is a thing sometimes.

So if you ever wondered how it all began… This is the official record:

 
 (Please note – these are from my personal account, which you SHOULD NOT FOLLOW. Seriously. You won’t like it – I say weird things and swear and have opinions. Just don’t. It’s for the best.)

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ScienceNews Profile…

The very wonderful magazine ScienceNews.org has a nice and very complimentary profile of yours truly up on their site which you can go read… HERE!

Radio Notes…

I just recorded a radio interview with Peter King from CBS which might air this weekend.

Thought some people might like to see the notes I wrote down to help me during the call…

100,000…

So, much to my surprised, and earlier than I expected, we’ve crossed 100,000 followers on Twitter.

Thank you all. Very much.

I will try not to let this fame go to my head.

If anyone wants to give me money for nothing though, now’s your time.

You think I’m joking, but I’m not.

Seriously.

Wink.

On Those Who Leave, and Those Left…

So we’ve made it two months and people still haven’t abandoned the feed.

I’m rather shocked actually.

I know I’ve neglected the blog a bit over the last couple weeks, and I’ll try to fix that as I’m back home now – however, I did have a couple thoughts to get down.

1) Thank you all. I don’t say this enough. At some point this week, @sarcasticrover will hit 100,000 followers… which is insane. That a sizeable percentage of a million people (10% to be specific) should ever read things I write is very humbling and nice.

2) I have, I think, finally come to terms with people choosing to “UN-follow”. And here’s how:

For many weeks I took unfollows somewhat seriously, in that I really did notice the numbers and worried that people “changing the channel” as it were was a reflection of my talent, choices, or just of me in general.

That was foolish, and here’s the thing. This is important.

When people stop following you – or reading, watching, whatever – you are not being rejected. I know it feels like it, but you are not. What is happening is something far, far better… you are closing in on the most perfect audience for your words.

That’s all it is. Every person that stops following for some reason or another is rewarding you by refining your audience down to people so perfectly tuned to your voice and vibe that they have not stopped reading your words.

And that’s fantastic.

Every time some person bails on your art because they don’t like it, or don’t get it – if they disagree, or were just watching for the wrong reason? They do you the kindness of distilling your market for you.

And what’s left – the 100,000 people who have stuck with me, or just joined up? Those are the only people worthy of my consideration. And they’re amazing.

So thanks to them, and to those who ditched and dumped and walked away.

You’re all nothing but positivity.

Do your thing, please.

-JF.