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"See my name on the wall."

I predict a third day of higgledy piggledy.

I have just discovered that I receive messages via LiveJournal. There are, in fact, 64 of them I have never read, because I never knew they existed. I suspect some may go back to 2004, when I made the jump from Blogger to LJ. Why do I need to get messages at LJ (or Facebook, or Twitter)? I have a perfectly good email address? Anyway, if you've written me at LJ and not received a reply, it's because I'm a technological dullard, not because I'm ignoring you.

Yesterday was meant to be a day off. I looked up from finishing my story for The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities (still no title), and realized I'd not left the House for nine days. It just happens. So, we were going to the shore. But as soon as we went Outside, it got cloudy and chilly, and we only made it as far as Newbury Comics, where we got the new Grinderman CD and a comic box of the wrong size. The comic box is because I took all my issues of The Dreaming down off the shelf where I keep books I've written and anthologies I've been in, because I'm probably never going to write comics again, and I needed the shelf space. But this comic book box is enormous, so Spooky's going to store patterns in it, and I'll get a small one later.

I spend a lot of energy trying to avoid politics in my LJ. Why? Because I hate the flamewars that inevitably follow. I thought I'd left that shit behind when I finally escaped the wretched clutches of Usenet. But I commented yesterday, on Facebook and on Twitter, about the Pope's asinine remarks comparing Atheism to Nazism, and, before the day was over, I'd been accused of being anti-Semitic (?!?), and intolerant (?!?), and ignorant of history (?!?). I actually had to tell someone on Facebook to shut up. I'm not sure I've ever told anyone on the web to shut up. At least not in so many words. Anyway, he didn't, so I had to ban him, and I hate doing that shit. I may simply avoid Facebook for a time, since it won't allow me to turn off or screen comments.

Just for the record, I'm not being intolerant by getting angry when someone calls me intolerant for complaining about the intolerance of the Roman Catholic Church (which, by the way, condemns who I am on several levels, and can go fuck itself).

Enough of that crap. I get started, and I'll go on and on. About France's racist decision to ban the wearing of burkas, for example. Or the environmental nightmare caused by planned gadget obsolescence. Or how scary the Teabaggers are becoming.

Speaking of which, I think I've begun to suspect that NIN's Year Zero wasn't so much about Bush's America, as it was a display of prescience on Trent Reznor's part, and the album's really about America after a couple of terms under a Teabagger administration.

But...never mind.

Last night, we watched the remake of The Crazies by director Breck Eisner (produced by George Romero), and starring Timothy Oliphant and Radha Mitchell. I loved it. An amazingly tense and atmospheric film. Very gory, but the gore is handled with wonderful finesse and indirection, making it effective, instead of overwhelming or humorous. The cinematography and score both took me by surprise (in a good way). I never much cared for the original, but the remake is one of the scariest films I've seen in a while. And no, it's not a zombie film, just like Twenty Eight Days Later wasn't a zombie film.

Today, I need to read all the way through this new story that does not yet have a name.

Oh, and my thanks to everyone for the wonderful (and not infuriating) comments to this journal over the last couple of days. I ought to repost a few of them, especially on the subject of science fiction.


Sep. 17th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)

Most of all I miss the wonderful binary files you could download. Especially pictures of trains, old cars, pinups, etc.

But you can still download binary files from the web, right? And there are so many more image libraries than ever existed on Usenet, aren't there (just look at Google and Wikipedia), aren't there? And Usenet is actually gone, is it?

New Grinderman???

Yep, and they're playing Boston in November.

but was able to reach out and put my hand on Nick's shoulder and he didn't hit me or anything - yeahyeahIknow but I have this thing about touching: I like to touch though I usually am pretty careful about it).

I have to admit I've been guilty of this a couple of times myself, creepy though it may be.

Trent Reznor has this: http://www.nullco.com/TSN/

Thank you! I was told about this last night, but hadn't gotten around to the download.
Sep. 17th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, I can still download binary files but part of the problem is the huge number of images and their tendency to be spread out over many sources. I used to use Free Agent and with a few clicks I could download a fairly large number of images (from a variety of groups and all in what amounted to one location). But you're right about the number of images in other places. I don't have the convenience I once had though. But change sometimes means doing things in a different way.

I could sign up for a news service that would supply access to the various groups but sometimes it's a little pricey (maybe not by itself but when you add it to all the other things you pay $10 a month, $5 dollars a month, $30 a month, etc. it adds up). And there is often a cap on how much you can download each month. So I'd have to look again and see if it would be worth it to me. I've looked in the past and don't remember being bowled over.

It used to be access to a news server came with an Internet account but many ISPs don't supply that anymore especially if they're a small company like the one I use.

And, yes, Usenet is still in existence. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usenet#Usenet_traffic_today
Some of this information will explain why so many ISPs don't provide access to Usenet anymore (if they ever did). The amount of traffic - a sad amount of it spam - has grown in volume that it isn't always feasible for a company to supply it. But I also suspect that many of the newer users online (including senior citizens) may not even be aware of Usenet much less have any interest in it. Especially since there are so many other options for them to spew, oops, I mean share their point of view in the many, many forums on the Web.