|Mar. 8th, 2006 @ 10:53 pm Scattershot thoughts|
So, I like to write. I'm not especially good at it, but better than some. I've heard you should write at least a little bit everyday, just to keep sharp. Or to sharpen. Or to prevent literary thermal decay from turning you into bAd BOi flaMING da NOOBs!!!1 As I have nothing to really write about, here's some random thoughts.
I read a lot of fantasy novels. That's about all I read. Currently, I'm re-reading Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series (AKA, Robert Jordan's Frankenstein), because I read Knife of Dreams when it came out in Nov/Dec, and while I liked it a bunch, I couldn't remember who half these bastards are, so I decided to start afresh. That was in mid-december, and I've finally gotten back to Knife of Dreams. The circle is complete. But there is one problem: I'm on only slightly more solid ground now, having read the first ten books over the course of two months, than I was when I read KOD the first time around, when I hadn't touched the series in two years. I have no idea how Robert Jordan does it. When I think about him and his series, I'm reminded of Jonah and the Whale. Robert Jordan is Jonah, of course, and the Wheel of Time is the whale that swallowed him whole. It's a fairly appropriate analogy, I think. Whales spend much of their time in the crushing depths only to surface briefly for air. Much like RJ and his whale, spending all his time down in the darkness, only to emerge every couple of years when a new book is finished to grab a few clean breaths, and then get dragged screaming down into the abyss. Why does anybody want to be a writer?
The Avis commercial with the old people and "Ruff Ryders" is a thing of beauty.
I just got new glasses, because Ozzie, the profiteer, chewed the old ones up a week and a half ago. He's totally like a spoiled hot chick. Does whatever he wants, growls when you try to stop him, gets all lovey dovey and intimate when you call him out on it, and skips away without punishment after he slobbers all over you face, because really, who can stay angry at a yellow lab puppy?
POLITICS! I know I'm about a month late, but something President Bush said several weeks ago sticks in my craw. It was at the speech he gave at Kansas State or some other bull shit great plains state University whose highest topographical point is the unusually tall water fountain at the south end of the quad (sorry)... anyway, this was the speech where, afterwards, a student asked him if he had seen "Brokeback Mountain", and he hemmed and hawwed and shit his pants (really, the clip was on the news for a couple days after, so maybe you've heard of the speech I'm talking about). Anyway, in response to all the negative press about the domestic spying/surveillance, the Prez had the following to say (paraphrased, since its been awhile), "The 9/11 commission's greatest criticism of pre-9/11 intelligence was the failure of the various agencies to share information and connect the dots. This program helps them connect the dots," he said, flashing the patented President Bush slightly-queasy-smile-that-is-supposed-to-disarm-you-and-make-you-see-the-simple-genius-of-position-but-really-only-creeps-you-out-and-drains-all-confidence-in-him.
Now, I haven't read this piece of legislation, so I'm hesitant to comment on it. But as it was explained to me, this program doesn't allow intelligence agencies to share info and "connect the dots" so much as it allows said agencies to collect more "dots" in a potentially illegal manner. Maybe I'm wrong. Like I said, I haven't read the letter of the law. But no one seems to be making the "solves inter-agency communications problem" argument other than the Prez. I'm so confused! Won't somebody just come along and do my thinking and decision making for me? Oh, hello Vice President Cheney... No, put the gun down! No, NOOOOOO!!!!!
(Purile, uninformed political commentary. So very, very satisfying.)