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Both my feet feel like blocks of wood this morning. Since I began taking Gabapentin, and the neurological problems in my feet began to improve, this doesn't happen so often. Only sometimes. Regardless, it's a very unpleasant sensation (or lack thereof), and can make walking tricky (which is why I used a stick for so long).

A great comment to Wednesday's entry, which was largely concerned with the decline of LJ, care of opalblack : "It's (LJ's} drawing me back more and more because it isn't so instant, and many of the smaller minds have drifted away for shallower waters." Smaller minds and shallower waters, that's the bit I like.


Sort of chilly this morning. Storms passed through Providence yesterday, in advance of the cold front, and now it feels nothing at all like summer.


Yesterday, there were some last-minute adjustments to the flux capacitor, which was only managing a paltry 1.02 gigawatts, when 1.21 are required for optimal performance. But, as soon as that was dealt with, I finally opened the envelope containing the CEM of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir (which actually arrived here on September 8th), and we made it through Chapter One. We'll do Two and Three today. Which seems, at the moment, a lofty fucking goal. But I will say this. With The Red Tree, I got the best copy-editor I'd ever had, one who didn't try to rewrite, and who actually caught genuine errors I'd missed. I seem to have lucked out again, or – though it seems unlikely – NYC's standard for copy-editors has gone up. (And yes, I think "copy-editor" ought to be hyphenated).

Oh, and I answered far too much email yesterday.


Please have a look at Spooky's Dreaming Squid Dollworks and Sundries Etsy shop. The Halloween stuff is up, as it's that time of year again (well, sort of). And a couple of wonderful new necklaces.


Last night we played Rift, wandering about Gloamwood on our najmoks, working on achievements for the region. Then we watched the last couple of epsiodes of Season Five of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, which means we'll now have to "resort" to the mail for Season Six (perhaps the Athenaeum, if they have it), or go back to Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. When all is said and done, the latter is actually the better of the two, even without Vincent D'onofrio. But the "rape of the week" plot template gets old fast. Still, there's Richard Belzer. Anyway, then I read a couple more stories from The Book of Cthulhu, Michael Shea's "Fat Face" and Brian McNaughton's "The Doom that Came to Innsmouth."* Shea does a great job of capturing a particular and especially seedy side of LA. McNaughton's story is good, but would have been a lot better if he'd turned the volume down just a little near the end. A little goes a long way, a lesson it has taken me the better part of twenty years to learn.

Platypus, what's wrong with this picture? Where's my sugar-free Red Bull!

In the Gloaming,
Aunt Beast

* An interesting note. The antagonist of McNaughton's story is named Dr. Isaac Mordecai Saltonstall. And in The Drowning Girl, the painter who painted the titular painting is named Phillip George Saltonstall. For the record, before last night, I'd never even heard of "The Doom That Came to Innsmouth" (which originally appeared in Tales Out of Innsmouth, 1999, Chaosium Inc; oddly, I don't even own that anthology). I found the name in a Rhode Island or Massachusetts cemetery, where I often find names. I'm combing through my Moleskines, trying to figure out which cemetery it was. Anyway, only a curious coincidence.


Sep. 16th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)

i don't like this, given it sounds incredibly arrogant.

Arrogance is not a bad thing when it points us towards truth. And, then again, stating the truth often sounds like arrogance, though it may only be a stating of the truth.
christian bürger
Sep. 16th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
but that is almost entirely not what the original poster said. she/he said "small minds leave" and LJ is all the better for it.

that sounds arrogant to me. i, too, concour, that is not a bad thing per se because it has it's valid places, which definition includes your answer, aswell.

however i do not think that this should be a greater point. it's not about LJ or not LJ, it's about the arguments.

my point crumbles, i feel, i was not trying to start an argument. i simply wanted to add something.
Sep. 16th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)

Thing is, perhaps, I have no problem with being thought arrogant, as I am, and perhaps she also has no such problem (though I can speak for no one in this instance but myself).
Sep. 17th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
I'm not to everyone's tastes, nor is everyone to mine. In my early twenties I think I wanted everyone to like me, and tried appropriately to please all, whilst retaining some semblance of self.

It can't be done. I am arrogant, here and there. I contain multitudes, and if I am thought one thing or the other it's scarcely worth my objecting, or destroying myself to appease.

So, no. No problem at all.
Sep. 17th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
I do feel LJ is all the better for the steep reduction in thoughtless patter. I don't think "hey isn't it great all the stupid people have left?"

IQ is a number, mind is habits of thought. There are plenty of clever people with small minds, and plenty of thickies with big, beautiful, deep minds.

Even if it's not world-changing Big Concepts, people still using LJ put effort into composing a post. Many people don't want to do that, nor read the results. Fine. Apples and oranges.
christian bürger
Sep. 17th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
well, you are right. accept my apologies, please.
christian bürger
Sep. 17th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
the both of you.