January 29th, 2012

daily life

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Really, I have a list of things to write about and apparently no time. OTOH, I’ve reached 21K on “No Dominion”, so you can perhaps see where my efforts are going.

This week I’ve seen both “Haywire” and “Shame”, both of which I’ll write a picoreview of soon. At the moment, all I’ll say is last summer I couldn’t remember or pronounce Michael Fassbender’s last name and now I’ve seen much more of him than I might ever have reasonably expected to. :)

Walking down Henry Street (one of the two major shopping streets in Dublin) to the film last night, I was struck back to back by the comfort of being an anonymous face in a large crowd, being one of hundreds or thousands making their way through the darkening evening, being one of an innumerable mass of stories…and the utter loneliness of being an anonymous face in a large crowd. I immediately thought I should write a literary fiction novel called ANONYMOUS which would no doubt chronicle the life or lives of just such a handful of people, whose lives might or might not intersect, and in the end presumably nothing would have changed except we would all have a deeper understanding of the plight of the human animal. It would become a NYT bestseller, score a blockbuster movie deal starring Zoe Saldona, Scarlett Johansson and Helen Mirren, and people would cry buckets through the whole thing.

Except I’m sure somebody’s done it already, and I doubt I could keep it up for, oh, say, longer than the above paragraph. :)

I had a wonderfully informative discussion with my editor about pre-orders, bestseller numbers, and other interesting things a couple days ago, and need to turn that into a blog post soon too.

I have done something weird and painful to…I don’t know the name of the muscle. The one on the inner arm that runs up to the middle finger. I suspect this is some kind of carpal thing going on from lifting Young Indiana in some fashion, but I haven’t figured out how to stop/do it differently yet. Anyway, it hurts, and stretching/massaging it doesn’t seem to help. :p

Patience paid off! The J Peterman equestrian coat went down to $158! I have purchased one. I think getting to wear it will be my reward for losing about 8 pounds. Sigh.

I must have one of these workstations. I MUST HAVE ONE.

(x-posted from the essential kit)


*Seriously*, people?

There’s a re-share going around my Facebook friends list of a billboard that says “If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you’re not a racist, vote for somebody else in 2012 to prove you’re not an idiot.” I’m not linking to it because I’m not in any hurry to give the guy who posted it originally any more traction (though to be fair I’m sure he didn’t create it, just took the picture).

I’m having a hell of a time figuring out why people are re-sharing it. Presumably because they think it’s funny, but my gut reaction to someone thinking it’s funny is, at the very least, the assumption that they’re planning to vote for someone else this fall because they think voting for Obama again would be an idiotic thing to do.

In which case, *seriously*? Because which one of the current contenders would be an improvement over Obama? The serial marriage cheater who is the only Speaker of the House to have ever been fined for ethics violations? The millionaire who buys up companies so he can tear them apart, sell off the pieces, and destroy jobs in the process? The right-wing conservative who proposed that Biblical creationism should be taught in schools as scientific fact? Or the one who thinks the Civil Rights acts that came out of the sixties are unconstitional?

Obama is not a perfect president, and he’s a disappointment to me for being much more middle-of-the-road and much less daring than I hoped he would be from the strength of his campaign. But the idea that one of the Republican contenders would do more to help individual, middle-class workers–people like me and pretty much everyone I know–get health care, find jobs, and improve the quality of their lives is outrageous.

(x-posted from the essential kit)