Deep thought

Some days, the Universe really likes you.  It gives you hugs and lets you take all the candy you want.  Fun!

Other days, it kicks you square in the junk.  Fun?  Not so much.

But occasionally, and for no reason, there are days when the Universe gives you candy, then kicks you square in the junk.  Those are the worst of all.

posted 5/31/08 at 9:57am to Slightly Too Long For Twitter, Snark · 0 replies · permalink

So long ago

The estimable Dr. Black, on his experience at the 2004 DNC:

…and Barack Obama gave a speech. And I lost a jacket. And I ate Chinese food late at night with Eric Alterman and Garance Franke-Ruta and some other people. And my hotel was way outside of town. And Ezra Klein was 13 years old. And Jesse Taylor was still blogging. And I went to a Creative Coalition Event where Media Matters was handing out fliers because O’Reilly was there. And I met Alec Baldwin but not Natalie Portman. And I was riding in a cab with young Ezra and others of similar age when one of them looked at the next car and asked “who’s that old dude who’s trying to look like a rock star?” I responded that it was Kevin Bacon, and that his wife was driving. And Tom Tomorrow called me to whisk me into Jimmy Carter’s skybox, where I had a nice chat with Amy Carter and THE GREAT EVIL ONE MICHAEL MOORE was also there. No one had any idea who I was. And I met Jimmy. And I ran from Samantha Bee and the Daily Show when they showed up to the blogger area. And George Bush was re-elected and lord help us all.

Keep on doing what you’re doing, Atrios.  We are all DFH’s now.

posted 5/29/08 at 9:50pm to Politics · 0 replies · permalink

Otto Rahn and the Temple of Doom

Like Jones, Rahn was an archaeologist, like him he fell foul of the Nazis and like him he was obsessed with finding the Holy Grail – the cup reputedly used to catch Christ’s blood when he was crucified. But whereas Jones rode the Grail-train to box-office glory, Rahn’s obsession ended up costing him his life.

Fascinating story in the Telegraph.  This is just sample of so many bizarre stories that could be told about Himmler and his minions.  It’s a rich vein of content, and I’m surprised more people haven’t tapped into it for fictional purposes.  Maybe because so much of it would seem over-the-top even when presented as factual historical narrative.

posted 5/29/08 at 9:35am to Movies, WTF? · 0 replies · permalink

Memorial Day

George M. Delgrosso

In memory of
1st Lt. George M. Delgrosso
US Army Air Corp. / 5th Air Force
1914-1991

Miss you, grandpa.

posted 5/26/08 at 6:30am to Me me me · 0 replies · permalink

Genre confusion

As a general rule, I don’t like talking about a work in progress.  Especially to non-writer friends.  But yesterday in an email conversation I threw a few bits of a story into the air.  That was a mistake.

“Ooh, steampunk,” my friend said.

“No, it’s not steampunk at all, actually.”

“Well sure it is.”

“No, really, it’s not.”

“What would you call it then?”

“I don’t call it anything, yet. It’s a story. In progress. It doesn’t have a genre. It’s a little extropian, maybe. But just because it has an $ANOMALOUS_OBJECT and an $OBSCURE_HISTORICAL_PERSON in it doesn’t make it steampunk. Just let me write the damn thing, okay?”

“Fine.”

“Good.”

“Just finish it soon, because I really like steampunk.”

Grrr.

posted 5/23/08 at 7:45am to Snark, Writing · 0 replies · permalink