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I can't find my damn glasses.

Nothing like a very, very long dream in which I watch, among other things, Manhattan consumed in a roiling thermonuclear fireball to get me ready for the day ahead. Nothing in the whole wide world like waking up from apocalypse.

Yeah, well. Anyway...

Yesterday was sort of a mess. I did the Blog/LJ entry, then sat here, and sat here, and sat here, staring at the screen and the window and the books on the shelves, trying to find whatever it is that I'm going to write next. The next vignette for Sirenia Digest or the short story I hope to have time to write during the second half of June, before the arrival of the Daughter of Hounds CEM. At 3:00, I was still sitting here, still staring, and not one word had been written. So I wandered over to Wikipedia and spent the next four hours writing an article on the new dwarf macronarian sauropod, Europasaurus holgeri. Thanks to corucia, I had the article from Nature, so I could at least do a thorough job of it. But...

Well, it wasn't work. Never mind that distilling a three-page technical paper is considerably more difficult than my usual sort of writing, and never mind that I was at it nonstop until after seven. Because no one's paying me to write Wikipedia articles on dinosaurs. And if no one's paying me, I just can't seem to convince myself that it's work. And if it's not work, then, my conscience reminds me, it's really just goofing off. I believe in Wikipedia. I truly do. If I do say so myself, you will find no news article online annoucing the discovery of Europasaurus which is even half so informative and accurate as the piece I wrote yesterday. Once upon a time, layreaders and even avocational paleontologists and science nerds might have had to wait weeks or months to get detailed information on new taxa. Wikipedia is one of those things that redeems the white-noise chaos of the internet. It's a good thing to devote one's time to. It has the potential to make this ignorant world a little less so. But it's still not work. I find no end of irony in the fact that I would now feel far less guilty about not having written salable prose yesterday had I wasted the whole afternoon sitting here staring at the screen of my iBook and the tree outside my window and the books on the shelves instead of doing the useful and worthwhile thing which I did instead. Because one thing is "work" and one thing isn't.

Tiddley frelling pom.

Spooky made delicious vegetarian Indian food for dinner, and then we managed to get in a decent walk at twilight. No bats, and not many lightning bugs. And then we read and read and read, because I needed to fill my head with words. And then I did some editing on the aforementioned Europasaurus article and added two images. By then it was long after midnight, and I lay on the sofa and watched the middle part of Jackson's King Kong, all the Skull Island stuff, because having filled my head with words, I needed to fill my eyes with something lush, and that primordial "green hell" was just exactly what I craved. Kong and giant insects and all those marvelous neverwere dinosaurs, Vastatosaurus and Ferrucutus and Venatosaurus and those grand retro sauropods — "Brontosaurus," he calls them. Oh, and also Foetodon and the skin-birds. But I digress. I'm very, very good at digressing, especially when I'm only half awake and the nightmares still seem more real that the daylight on the floorboards.

Roger Ebert loved The Proposition as much as I did. He seems hit or miss to me these days, but this time I think he's spot on. I would have said a lot of what he said, if I were any good at writing movie reviews. And here's the official website for the film again.

By the way, Spooky has a birthday coming up on the 24th, two weeks from tomorrow, and she also has a wishlist. You know, for kids.

I suppose I'm duty bound to mention that the Senate killed President Asshole's latest attempt to write bigotry into the Constitution. I mean, since I brought it up the other day. I love this quote from Senator Sam Brownback, regarding the GOP's intention to keep pushing for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage — "We're making progress, and we're not going to stop until marriage between a man and a woman is protected...protected in the courts, protected in the Constitution, but most of all, protected for the people and for the future of our children in this society." Er...excuse me, but protected from what? No, really. Do these hysterical bigots actually believe, in their heart of hearts, that gays and lesbians could somehow make a bigger farce of the "sacred instuition" of marriage than heterosexuals have already managed to do? Do they think, perhaps, that legal marriages between gays will so repulse poor, unprotected heterosexual couples that they all decide to live in sin, rather than risk being mistaken for queers by getting married? I just can't figure it out.

And right now, I'd rather not try. Coffee, please and thank you...

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sclerotic_rings
Jun. 8th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
If in case you hadn't heard, Peter Jackson is in negotiations with Universal to release an extended version of King Kong with more of the "green hell" sequences, particularly the Piranhadon sequence that was removed at the last minute. That alone sold it for me: with both the original and the remake, I lost interest after the crew left Skull Island. (I keep thinking about the change in attitudes toward wildlife in the last seventy years as illustrated in both versions, and I realized that the story wouldn't have worked had it been set in the modern day. If a place like Skull Island were discovered today, the crew that found it would be keeping the location extra-secret so as to keep poachers and curiosity-seekers away, and you'd see a permanent research station either on one of the small offshore islands or on a floating barge to minimize contamination from outside fauna and flora. No rampage through New York City, but watching Steve Irwin getting eaten by a Vastatosaurus would be grand entertainment in itself.)
cucumberseed
Jun. 8th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
Oh Crikey, Look at the size of tha- *grab* *shakeshakeshake* *munch* *gobble*

Bless you.
sclerotic_rings
Jun. 8th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
Trust me: invoking Steve Irwin and dinosaurs always gets a laugh. The Czarina and I are heading up to Banff next month, and we're wanting to swing through Drumheller while we're there. When my co-workers ask "why Drumheller?" and I answer "Dinosaur hunting", I have to explain "Oh, don't worry: I'm purely a capture-and-release kinda guy. 'And now, I'm gonna take my thumb and put it up his butthole. This'll really piss him orf.'"
cucumberseed
Jun. 8th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
My sister (21 years younger than I) was introduced to the man at age 4, late one night with her big brother babysitting. Her verdict:

"Like his voice, but he's not right."

She makes me proud.
sclerotic_rings
Jun. 8th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
I've been keeping reptiles and amphibians since I was three, and my first exposure to Steve Irwin was via the first of his specials. At the time, I'd been keeping savannah monitors for almost a decade, and watching him reach into a burrow to pull out a sand goanna, and then let it get close to his face while it tasted his and his wife's faces, left me screaming "Is he INSANE?" for the next hour. To be absolutely honest, I've been tagged once in my life, by an incredibly mean albino Burmese python that got its gram of flesh for my being dumb enough to try to catch it without gloves or safety gear, but I'm not dumb enough to try the stunts that Irwin does on a regular basis. It's not a matter of if he gets tagged by a venomous reptile or pulled in by one of his saltwater crocs, but when.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 8th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
It's not a matter of if he gets tagged by a venomous reptile or pulled in by one of his saltwater crocs, but when.

Sooner would be more desirable than later. In a manner of speaking.
cucumberseed
Jun. 8th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
He's really near the bottom of my list. Definitely there, but near the bottom. Salt water crocodiles are amazing though. I had an awe inspiring dream of meeting one of the ancient variety.
erinya_dhaunae
Jun. 8th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
Guilt is weird like that. I can stare at my screen and not get a word done of my thesis, and yet that somehow makes me feel less guilty than if I'd spent it writing something fictional.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 8th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
I can stare at my screen and not get a word done of my thesis, and yet that somehow makes me feel less guilty than if I'd spent it writing something fictional.


Bingo.
robyn_ma
Jun. 8th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
Ebert compares it to Blood Meridian? And Nick Cave wrote it? And Emily Watson and John Hurt are in it? And I haven't seen it 12 times by now?

Have you heard what Jon Stewart said to Bill Bennett the other night re: gay marriage? 'I think it's a debate about whether you think gay people are part of the human condition or just a random fetish.'
greygirlbeast
Jun. 8th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
Ebert compares it to Blood Meridian? And Nick Cave wrote it? And Emily Watson and John Hurt are in it? And I haven't seen it 12 times by now?

Is it playing near you?



Have you heard what Jon Stewart said to Bill Bennett the other night re: gay marriage? 'I think it's a debate about whether you think gay people are part of the human condition or just a random fetish.'


Yep. Personally, I've long thought of myself as a fetish.
robyn_ma
Jun. 8th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
'Is it playing near you?'

There's a theater over an hour away, but it's too close to Boston. I don't do Boston or anywhere near it.

'Yep. Personally, I've long thought of myself as a fetish.'

Everybody is somebody else's fetish.
setsuled
Jun. 9th, 2006 08:58 am (UTC)
The Proposition is opening in more theatres here to-morrow, I just noticed, which makes me happy. But An Inconvenient Truth opens here the same day. It's gonna be a tough call.

In fact, it seems The Proposition is opening in two theatres here while An Inconvenient Truth is opening in only one. Which seems odd, since I think An Inconvenient Truth has gotten a lot more attention . . .
frankiemouse
Jun. 8th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
are you allowed to reference pooh's winter walking song in june? or maybe i've missed something. or maybe i should just shut up about it.

was it ever correct to call any sauropod a Brontosaurus, or was that misinformation from the beginning? or maybe i've missed something else.

maybe they should propose constitutional amendments banning divorce, adultery, and unwanted pregnancies (if you get pregnant you have to want it, or else!). i think these cause more harm to the society and children then most other things one can think of....
greygirlbeast
Jun. 8th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
are you allowed to reference pooh's winter walking song in june?

Yep.

was it ever correct to call any sauropod a Brontosaurus, or was that misinformation from the beginning?

Technically, no, it was never correct to call any sauropod Brontosaurus (so some people use it informally, i.e., "brontosaurs"). Here's a somewhat muddled explanation that needs rewriting.

Anyway, it was entirely appropriate for Jackson to call the Skull Island sauropod Brotosaurus, as the name was still in common usage in the 1930s.

corucia
Jun. 8th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
Just a quick word of congratulations on the two nominations from the International Horror Guild for 2005. Jeff Vandermeer has the list posted on his blog (http://vanderworld.blogspot.com/), and you're up for Mid-length Fiction: "La Peau Verte" (To Charles Fort, with Love), and for Collection: To Charles Fort, with Love (Subterranean Press). Definitely well-deserved nominations, and here's hoping that you win both categories!
greygirlbeast
Jun. 8th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Congratulations!
Just a quick word of congratulations on the two nominations from the International Horror Guild for 2005.

Drad. I had no idea. I'm pleased.
sovay
Jun. 8th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
Definitely well-deserved nominations, and here's hoping that you win both categories!

Ditto. Congratulations!
__hecate__
Jun. 8th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
"Er...excuse me, but protected from what?"
Someone setting a good example.
I'm glad we (Sweden) at least are trying for equality.

On a different note. Did you ever listen to the Trees?
(UK folk-psychedelia from the 70's) The garden of Jane Delawny
might give you some inspiration for SD, as it's full of great tracks and
the title track is one of my all time fav's. Just as a thought.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 9th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
On a different note. Did you ever listen to the Trees?

Actually, I never have.
jacobluest
Jun. 8th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
I had the same dream last night. I was running for the Midwest with my family--seemed the safest plan. Where were you going? Must have just missed you. Of course there were a lot of screaming people...

~Jacob
adriang
Jun. 9th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
    I suppose I'm duty bound to mention that the Senate killed President Asshole's latest attempt to write bigotry into the Constitution.

Isn't it ironic that the very people who want to prevent desecration of the flag are so determined to desecrate the Constitution, this way?

Adrian
mockingbirdgrrl
Jun. 10th, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)
quotable quotes and other dren
i know i'm late on this one--down at my grandfolks' house in biloxi and the internet here isn't as it ought to be, but i thought i'd share a quote re: idiotic constitutional ammendments that was in the local paper yesterday. from some rep or another--dayton, i believe.

"giving a bible to a politician is like giving a blowtorch to a pyromaniac."

indeed.
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