June 12th, 2004

wombat

"Posting when I oughta be showering..."

(Sung to the tune of "Stealin'" by Uriah Heep)

Lots of stuff on the agenda this weekend...training on the Hi-Tech Room Party Kit, a pocky run to [deleted for security reasons], the Zombiefest, and maybe, just maybe staying up late enough for The Root Of All Evil especially if Earl is back in the saddle tonight. That's just Saturday. Tomorrow I'll crawl out of bed, de-scunge the old body, consume drugs of a medicinal nature, and motor forth to River Falls for Lindsey Wollin's anime sleepover, which (alas) I will not actually be sleeping over at since I have a dental appointment bright and early Monday morning.

[Bill Murray voice] "I want a long...slow...root canal." [/Bill Murray voice]

Somewhere in the midst of all this I need to pop down to Sam's Club to get some decent hummus at a reasonable price (Make my own? Shut up! Who has time for that?) get some more work done on the damned financial statements, and...and...oh yeah. Homework for the reading course.

Just finished Polite Lies by Kyoko Mura, which is a depressing book not merely for its description of womens' place in Japanese society but because of its insights into how the Japanese language and customs constrain not merely behavior but thought. It's doubly depressing because it makes me wonder if my characterizations of Reiko and Tetsuko in Blood Red Skies are anywhere near plausible, or whether Reiko will come off as completely psychotic as opposed to merely driven. I suppose if I didn't care how realistic the characters and settings were I could just go ahead and write them the way I want to write them, but I do. So I can't.

Currently rereading Orson Scott Card's Shadow Puppets.
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Gacked from Qob, in memory of Thomas Dolby, Fig. 1, and all the other members of the Radio Tribe's Buck-Buck team. [/obscure D&D reference]
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All that and brains too (plus a box of pocky)

Virginia Postrel remembers the way it was, back when things sucked. You know - the 70s.

This is a more general and less personal look at the times than my post below, Mitch Berg nails it, and looks at why so many people our age regard Ronald Reagan as a hero. General Patton (the elder, not the younger) was right: "It is foolish and wrong to mourn...Rather we should thank God that such men lived." Amen, General.


Via The Blog of Professor Death.

(EDIT 10/19/06) Added a number of links for explanatory purposes and did some editing to remove some uncalled-for snarkiness at the recently-deceased General Patton's expense. While not shining nearly as brightly as his father, Major General Patton served with distinction in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and was much beloved not only by the men of the 11th ACR who served under him but also by the men of his father's old division, which he came to command at the time when the son of his father's old adversary was mayor of Stuttgart, where the division was stationed at the time. The two got along extremely well, apparently...