I did this on TW.net once, before I had a blog and I would just change the
front page randomly. I think it was inspired by an old post at Emma
Story's blog. It's better than just saying "I'm busy."
Last week and the next, I am:
- Composing: but not for myself. Three videos will be produced
for the GDLN world forum, and they need music similar to the theme I've
already made for background. Note to budding Spielbergs: do not tell
your music director that you need "fast," "slow," and "really fast."
music. It tends to be unhelpful.
- Planning: for National Novel Writing Month. Will anything
actually get written? Hard to say. But it's nice to have plans.
- Reading: Righteous by Lauren Sandler and The God
Delusion by Richard Dawkins. I've been on a bit of a dominionist kick
lately, and I'm going to try to see Jesus Camp this weekend if work
- Watching: Night Stalker, the remake of the 70's cult
classic that starred Darrin McGavin--a.k.a. The Old Man. It's a bit of an
X-Files ripoff, and I think I'll actually have something to say about that
shortly. Of course, Galactica is back for the third season, and
it's every bit as good as you'd expect. I will definitely have things to
say about it.
- Walking: the dog. He has turned into a pretty good puppy after
all. The cat's trouble, but charming trouble.
- Playing: The Secret of Monkey Island using PocketSCUMM.
It's easier than I remember, and wittier although not as funny, if that
makes any sense. Rocket Slime is on the way from Amazon at some
point, but frankly I've had no real gaming time lately.
- Working: overtime. All this weekend, and probably much of next
week while the World Forum finishes. There's a lot of voiceovers to be
done, and B-SPAN is picking up. Just don't tell my boss: I haven't
technically asked to come in after hours, not that it's ever stopped me
Updates as events warrant.
Okay, the lights are back on, and everything seems to be where I left it.
Guess Neureal fixed their DNS issues. Now, who's got an opinion?
Oh, yes. I do.
I'm typing from a Konsole window on my first Linux installation. I'm
impressed by how slick the GUI is, and a little bit amazed at how
unhelpful Linux still manages to be. Would it kill you guys to write just
a paragraph on (for example) the four different partition formats I'm
given? Sure, I can google it, but I probably shouldn't have to.
Also, the live CD (try out the whole OS from a bootable CD before you
install) is really slick. But you can't tell me that most people really
want to go around downloading a 700Mb ISO before they install. It's such a
weird mix of technical savvy and personal cluelessness.
So... slow month, huh? Sorry about that. But I've got a few good excuses for the cobwebs in the corners around here. The results of a lot of work are really starting to pay off:
- France! Tomorrow I'll get on a plane and fly to Paris for a two-week vacation. Preparations have taken some time, especially since I've never been to Europe or speak much French. Traveling to a country where neither my Spanish, nor my Mandarin, nor my Arabic (such as it is) will do me any good: how do I let Belle talk me into these things? I may put up some travelogues if I get the time, and I may not if I'm just having too much fun. Basically, check back in November when regular daily updates will resume.
- WILL WRITE FOR FOOD. Speaking of November, my interviews about a month back paid off. Effective next month, I'll be writing and helping with production for the Bank's Internet broadcasting initiative, B-SPAN. Trivial and/or non-job threatening World Bank commentary will therefore continue to be a regular feature. It's a win-win situation for us all.
- Continue? 9 Next week's Escapist (Issue #15) will, unless something changes, include my article on gaming, hip-hop, and race. It's titled Guns, Gangs, and Greed: Gaming's Hip-Hop Diversity Gap. I'll try to put up a comment post for discussion if I get a chance. I want to thank Belle, Corvus, and Cindika for their help in editing--something every writer needs, whether they admit it or not. Any mistakes inside are still mine, but the article is exponentially better for their input.
- Those who are about to rock... Don't forget, if you're a reader in the DC local area: my Four String Riot solo project will be playing at Stacy's on October 28th. It'll be like an experiment in the effects of jet lag and two weeks away from the instrument/looping combo. I often joke that my shows are meant as a Spectacle teetering on the brink of collapse, and that'll certainly be the case at Stacy's. Come for the suspense, stay for the miraculous recovery of ROCK. Lately I've felt that performances have been a little dull--hopefully this will be the shot of nervous energy I've needed.
, kids! See you for sure in November! Until then, stay safe, look both ways before you cross the street, and remember: there's "a rat" in "separate." That one gets me every time.