March 29th, 2006


The Matrix: Reconsidered

I think one of the marks of great art is that it keeps coming back and making you rethink your assumptions and conclusions about it. The consensus in fandom (to say nothing of the public) seems to be that The Matrix was a great movie, The Matrix Reloaded not so good, and The Matrix: Revolutions a disappointing failure. While I'm willing to accept that the Wachowski brothers may have been a little too subtle for their own good. Or maybe the word I'm looking for here is obscure - how many of us, after all, are really up on our mythology and theology? I'm fairly hardcore for a Catholic, and there was stuff in Brian Takle's essays that kinda sounded familiar but that I couldn't really claim to know well. Anyway, here's the links to Takle's two essays, which are mainly about the symbolism of the two sequels, and den Beste's essay, which pulls everything together for the benefit of people who think there's something wrong with the movies on a fundamental level.

The Matrix Reloaded.

The Matrix: Revolutions

The Engineer's Guide to The Matrix

From via Chizumatic.

Midweek memeage

Ganked from hyperblaster

Yes or No
Only two rules -- and you MUST follow them.

--1. You can only say yes or no.
--2. You are not allowed to explain anything unless someone asks.

Taken a picture naked? No
Made out with a member of the same sex? Yes
Danced in front of your mirror? No
Told a lie? Yes
Gotten in a car with people you just met? No
Been in a fist fight? Yes
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Not on for this year

I took the pressure cuffs to the hotel, but didn't get around to using them until Saturday afternoon. That was stupid. I also didn't use them on Monday, which was just as stupid...keeping the leg elevated only does so much, after all.

So I did the logical, sensible thing and resigned from Convergence staff tonight, since someone who needs to be sitting on his butt with his feet up really isn't in fit shape to help run a consuite, much less lead volunteers by example. Maybe my legs will get better by Convergence weekend, but only a fool would bet on that possibility; the smart money says that the best I can expect is not to get worse. I'm still going, of course, and I might even volunteer for some panels and some badging...but taking up a staff position would be taking on a job I know I'm not physically fit to do.

EDIT: It turns out that petsnakereggie hadn't been aware that my legs were so messed up, which means this came totally out of left field from his POV. He's going to talk it over with danae and the rest of the consuite heads next week and get back to me; seems pretty clear that they want whatever help I can provide. So it's really up to them, and we'll see what happens.