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Monday, September 6th, 2010
11:33 am
taking a note from the author's book
so there's this interview that Neil Gaiman posted about on his Facebook. it's for "Sequential Tart," which appears to be some kind of online pop culture 'zine sort of thing. Mr. Gaiman said it may well have been his favorite interview, and while looking at it, it occurred to me that the questions are just like really good meme questions. so i'm turning it into a meme.
so here's that.Collapse )
Thursday, August 19th, 2010
4:40 pm
Idling in the living room
Not having left any fingerprints on LJ in a couple of months, i don't really feel like doing a prose update.  Some poorly organized bullet points will have to suffice.  I will number the statements so that you all may respond (if you wish) to particular points with greater ease:
This and that.Collapse )
Friday, June 18th, 2010
8:00 pm
a really solid soliloquy
"You know, I want so badly to believe in God.  Not because of any words in the Bible, or claims made by gospels, but because, I suppose, with our planet being polluted into extinction while country after country develops nuclear bombs, coinciding with an unprecedented escalation in hatred, while an entire continent is dying from AIDS and starvation as the rest of the world pretends not to notice, it’s just not that easy these days to have faith in Man.  But, if we don’t believe in God, then our only alternative is to believe in Man.  Well, I’m not sure if I do believe in God.  And even if I did, I’m not sure he’d be the same God that you believe in, or you believe in.  But in the throes of doubt, I still do believe in Man.  I believe in Man’s innate sense of humanity; his potential for compassion; reason; righteousness in his heart."
-Alan Shore, Boston Legal

This.
Saturday, May 29th, 2010
2:22 pm
Anomolous
i have recently discovered the show "30 Rock," and it is brilliant.  however, notable though the rest of the show may be, it is nothing compared to Tracy Morgan's improv in the episode "Emmanuel Goes to Dinosaur Land:"

“I slept on a old dog bed stuffed with wigs!”

“I watched a old prostitute stab a clown!”

“Our basketball hoop was a ribcage!  A ribcage!!!

“Oh lord!  Some guy with dreds electrocuted my fish!”

“All my life I’ve tried to forget the things I’ve seen!  A crackhead breast-feeding a rat!  A homeless man cookin’ a Hot Pocket on the third rail of the G train!”

“I seen a blind guy bite a police horse!”

“A puppy committed suicide after he saw our bathroom!”

“I once bit into a burrito and there was a child’s shoe in it!”

“I seen a hooker eat a tire!”

“A pack of wild dogs took over and successfully ran a Wendy’s!”

“The sewer people stole my skateboard!”

“The projects I lived in were named after Zachary Taylor, generally considered to be one of the worst presidents of all time!”

“I once saw a baby give another baby a tattoo!  They were very drunk!”

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
8:42 pm
i have a dream
i had a dream last night, and i actually remembered it.* it was fascinating,** procedurally sound,*** and i actually remembered it.**** i might have to draw it comic-style, just so that i can have a drawn version of it. i'd commission one of you artistic types, but i'm 100% certain that would cost me at least 2 dollars that i don't own.

*which is rare
**yet more rare
***almost unprecedented
****i mentioned that already.
Saturday, May 1st, 2010
9:40 am
query: why is it that in all military protagonist outfits in movies, the leaders (generals, admirals, "M," etc.) are all tiny? what exactly is the point of that?
Monday, April 26th, 2010
1:10 am
Writer's Block: Are you incentivized?
Are there any buzz words or catch-phrases--such as incentivize or at the end of the day--that make you cringe? What are they, and why do you hate them?

1. "Hella." I can't explain this one, it just grates on me.
2. "Fair enough," when used completely inappropriately. I got burnt out on it in college.
3. "Irregardless." There is absolutely no reason not to say "regardless" instead, and you even get the added bonus of not sounding like an ass.
4. "We've decided to go in a different direction," as said by prospective employers rejecting my application. This kind of meaningless gibberish is my least favorite part about job-hunting.
5. Overapplied swearing, as used by adults who speak as if they've just cracked the technology on swear-words. I have a really low tolerance threshold for immaturity in adults, and this is probably the most effective way to make yourself sound like you're 13 years old.
6. All "lol," "ROFLMAO," "TMI," and other text-based abbreviations spoken aloud as if it's real language. I'm deeply offended by anything that has the potential to make otherwise intelligent young people sound like complete morons. This also includes just about anything and everything that stems from the "4chan" phenomenon.
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
10:26 am
Chronicle
-woke up at 7:30, which is about 2 hours earlier than i usually wake up.
-got dressed, went out, got in car. drove off to participate in a paid study on chewing gum.
-needed gas. stopped for gas (-$10).
-in a hurry, left gas-cap on top of car. drove away.
-after a block, guy in other car motioned to me that gas cap is missing. i facepalm, go back around the block.
-arrived back at gas station to find that in 30 seconds, some has stolen my missing gas cap. (-$15).
-got on highway. there is traffic. going to be late.
-made wrong turn, toward Bay Bridge.
-missed last Oakland exit before Bay Bridge, and got on "Buses and Carpools Only" lane to Bay Bridge by mistake. (cost of potential ticket unknown.)
-crossed Bay Bridge, called study place to say I won't make it. (-$4).
-made immediate U-turn, called place to say i might still make it.
-made it to study center, only to have them cancel the study for that day.
-was given check for $40 for my trouble (+$40).

all in all, assuming i don't get a ticket for taking the wrong toll road (which is hardly easy to assume), this morning has been a wash. apart from my general murderous rage which i probably won't be able to shake off for a few hours.
Friday, March 19th, 2010
1:12 pm
well that's just vulgar
two bushtits landed in the tree right outside the window, and had brief, awkward sex right in front of me.

i guess spring is in the air. right outside the window. in plain view with no kind of modesty.
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
9:43 pm
Attn: Zim
Dear Zim. I need your e-mail address so that I can send you a thing that will hopefully amuse you.

-R.
Friday, March 12th, 2010
11:40 pm
god. wow.
"In Bruges" is beautiful, fascinating, and obscure enough that it's easy to get for cheap moneys.
Monday, February 22nd, 2010
9:32 am
What a stupid name.
Lady Gaga's songs irritate me, as they are the most prominent extension of her irritating persona.  However, my dislike of her music evidently isn't enough to keep "Bad Romance" from getting stuck in my head about every fifteen minutes.  Goddamnit.
Friday, February 12th, 2010
10:45 am
seeking the wise
the recent death of a man whom i understand was a major fashion designer got me thinking -
no one has ever really explained fashion to me, particularly the kinds of runway fashion that are so divergent from what people wear in the streets. i don't understand this phenomenon.

why do designers design things that look like this? is it art? abstract art, perhaps?  a social commentary, of sorts?  no one can realistically think that people are going to wear something that even vaguely resembles the image above. so why design it that way?
help me out, O knowledgeable (and fashionable) friends!
Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
12:26 am
i love HTML with my heart.
i love Tycho's exegesis on unnecessary criticism of Bioshock that was posted today. it pretty accurately describes how i feel about the serious misuse of Critical Theory and/or Postmodernism, Poststructuralism, or really Post[anything] to destroy all that is, in the effort to emphasize all that may not be.***

"All it means is that you've mastered the unique gymnastics required to shit in your own mouth - to dilute your own joy, or the prospect of joy. I don't ever want to be smart enough to learn that trick, and I suspect I'm in no danger."

***NOTE: i said "misuse." i don't think all post[everything] is useless. quite the contrary.
Saturday, January 30th, 2010
7:05 pm
query
does anyone know why it is that academic articles need to provide in-text citations whenever they make an empirical assertion, but academic books don't? it's been bugging me.
Saturday, January 23rd, 2010
10:56 pm
worked out
on my goals list from Day Zero, i had included the following:
-get 700 pageviews on deviantART
-get 5 watcher on deviantART
in the course of the past week, through the strategic use of group membership (which i had previously not bothered with), i have jumped from 2 watchers to 7, and from 550 pageviews to 725. it's worth noting that i've been a member of dA for over three years. it seems perhaps i set my sights a little low, in terms of the goals.
but...you know. woohoo!
Sunday, January 17th, 2010
3:01 pm
Nobody likes a grouchy punching bag
why i love Karl Marx:
on capitalism: "Its idealism is fantasy, caprice and whim; and no eunuch flatters his despot more basely or uses more despicable means to stimulate his dulled capacity for pleasure in order to sneak a favour for himself than does the industrial eunuch - the producer - in order to sneak for himself a few pennies - in order to charm the golden birds out of the pockets of his Christianly beloved neighbors" (p. 94). sometimes i think poetry must have snuck up on Marx, and i like to think he was surprised by it every time as i am now.

why i hate Karl Marx:
"The antithesis of propertylessness and property so long as it is not comprehended as the antithesis of labour and capital, still remains an antithesis of indifference, not grasped in its active connection, its internal relation - an antithesis not yet grasped as contradiction" (p. 81) utterly incomprehensible bullshit that is barely helped by a knowledge of context.
also: "The entire movement of history is, therefore, both its actual act of genesis (the birth act of its empirical existence) and also for its thinking consciousness the comprehended and known process of its coming-to-be. That other, still immature communism, meanwhile, seeks an historical proof for itself - a proof in the realm of the existent - amongst disconnected historical phenomena opposed to private property, tearing single phases from the historical process and focusing attention on them as proofs of its historical pedigree (a horse ridden hard especially by Cabet, Villegardelle, etc.). By so doing it simply makes clear that by far the greater part of this process contradicts its claims, and that, if it has once been, precisely its being in the past refutes its pretension to being essential (p. 84, bold added). translation: we can rightly assert that things in the past are incorrect and unnecessary because they are not currently in use. WORST. ARGUMENT. EVER.

that is all. for now.

Marx, Karl.  (Unknown year due to lost pages) The Marx-Engels Reader.  Tucker, Robert C., Ed. New York, NY: Norton
Monday, January 4th, 2010
4:29 pm
encouragement.
i encourage the small few of you who don't read Caitlin's LJ to go check it out, and answer the poll she posted. i encourage you with kicks and punches.
Friday, January 1st, 2010
1:25 pm
A new year
13.5 hours deep into the new decade, and y'know what?

i still hate that dancing silhouette on the "Obama wants to send moms back to school!" ads.
Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
1:00 pm
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