December 29th, 2006

Boss Coffee

Nothing passive about it

A feast of links from Rachel's joint:

Natural beauty is the myth; what fashion & celebrity magazines sell is the hard truth, that anyone can be beautiful with enough time, money and effort. This reminds me of one woman's comment in Camille Paglia's MIT Lecture: "You have to spend an hour in the gym, an hour getting cleaned up and dressed - there's nothing passive about it!"

Become an hero while seeing the world: the ten most dangerous roads.


Ursula LeGuin, Hans Christian Andersen, and The Wind in the Willows - the good and bad of childrens' fantasy. I remember seeing a presentation of "The Little Match Girl" on TV years ago, with Danny Kaye playing the part of Andersen, and all the alarm bells were going off. It seemed hideously sad and wrong to me, not the sort of thing children should be watching at all. Then again, the original Grimm's Fairy Tales weren't meant for children either, as Jin-Roh reminds us with its recounting of the original Little Red Riding Hood tale.
Boss Coffee

Hey look! It's a long-lost horizon!

I'm having second thoughts about applying for my carry permit today. As usual when the rent is due, cash is short and I really do have better things to do with the money at the moment. In a couple of months I can take some of the proceeds from my options, re-take the class (which will be easier since I've already been through it once) and file the paperwork then, long before the Legislature has a chance to screw with the MCPPA.

P and I were discussing her impending move East over coffee this morning. She doesn't have a whole lot that really needs shipping, aside from her desktop PC. All of her furniture is being given away, most of her dishes and flatware are coming to me as replacements for the stuff I gave her and Scott when they moved out of the apartment in West Bloomington, and what's left (that won't get packed in her suitcases) will be stacked up in my place until I move after Convergence. We're talking maybe eight boxes of books and miscellaneous things like stuffed animals/Elder Gods.

My move is going to be a bit more involved and expensive. The Sportage can't really be towed behind a U-haul, thanks to its four wheel drive, so I need to hire a moving company to ship my stuff to wherever it is I'll be living out East. What I need to do is cut down on my expenses, do some research, and see what the least expensive options are going to be. I may find myself going back to dial-up Internet access at home, which wouldn't be a totally bad thing. It would certainly keep me from wasting a lot of time online with things like /b/.

Loose ends

Got let off at 1400 today on account of New Year's Eve; all praise to the Controller. It was just as well; I did about 15 minutes' work today, and 10 of that could have been avoided if I'd been more careful yesterday while roughing out the monthly newsletter.

There's a number of things I could do this afternoon with my extra time, but I don't feel much like doing any of them. I suppose I ought to do some of the dishes that have piled up in the last few days.