My to-do list is about halfway complete save the most daunting task: writing something brilliant for a new byline. Thus far the writing Gods have failed to inspire me professionally, so sometimes it helps to just write personal stuff to get the juices flowing. So, hi kids! Thanks for helping out.
Ya know, there is nothing more unattractive to me than blatant, naked ambition of the type that has a goal only of promotion of the person/thing for it’s own sake. Let me explain: if you fight like the dickens for a cause you believe in, or to rectify some wrong, or to bring a little joy and laughter into the world (because God knows we need it and that’s noble), fine. Be as ambitious in that goal as you wish (within reason of course. There’s rarely need to be hateful and violent and all that silly stuff). But if you’re just trying to win for the sake of winning — an ex-boyfriend of mine used to call this the “I’m gonna GET THAT MAN” syndrome in women catfighting over some dude, but you can apply the concept to just about anything — you look ugly. To me. It’s a twist of the lips and the flick of an eye that gives you away. Nobility really is an expression. It reminds me of Star Wars where Princess Leia tells Han, “If money is all that you love, then that’s what you’ll receive.” Of course, money there is interchangeable with power, sex, status, attention, and all the other self-interested things we tend to pursue. Thankfully, Han turned out a better sort of man than Leia originally thought, but maybe BECAUSE she dared to point out that he was behaving like a soulless mercenary. All I’m saying is, when I see that cut of the eye, it turns me off. And when I watch the behavior associated — it tends toward the harsh and bullying and cynical — it has me turning on my heel and heading in the other direction. I get that some people love that quality in others and find it attractive, but I suspect it’s because it looks like strength. It’s not. Most often it’s the opposite of strength. It’s associated with a NEED, and strength isn’t that desperate. Anyway, I’ve been noticing it quite a bit lately, both in person and remotely, and I find it so unappealing and have just been trying to figure out why so many others want to reinforce it. It’s so ugly. To me.
Okay, that was a nice little finger warm-up. Here’s some other thoughts and reading material for you before I just give up and head out to see Man of Steel this evening. Yes, I’ve been reading all the dour reviews. And no, I do not think I’ll agree.
WORD NERD ALERT: Coolest thing ever maybe?
Really digging the CodeAcademy. Catching up on some things I had let fall by the wayside…
As a friend of mine noted online this morning, if you think corporations shouldn’t have First Amendment Rights, Google’s push here goes out the window.
Homemade salves are intriguing. Obviously they’d never supplant a good trip to the doctor — some olive oil mixed with lavender isn’t setting a broken arm — but for bee stings and sunburns, I love it!
Aw f*ck yeah. I’m going in October no matter what. Have been wanting to see these guys play for several years now.
Speaking of live music — sakes alive it’s been too long. It used to be my job to go to shows and that’s a hard thing to get out of the blood — a friend of mine counts these guys as friends so some of us will be heading to Hill Country Friday to check them out. This is not an invitation for bad people to do anything ugly, just a heads up that some bluegrass is happening in Chinatown and you should put down your swords and enjoy a stomp. That’s all.
On a related note, Music Midtown in Atlanta this year is looking tight.
So, this should be fun. I mean I have photographs of people that will allow me to never have to use my words again.
This article, rather than convincing me Thomas is sometimes liberal, instead convinces me that this writer fundamentally misunderstands conservatism. But that kind of self-awareness will likely never happen.
So I recently watched a cool animated film called Howl’s Moving Castle and it reminded me so much of a cartoon I was obsessed with as a kid (it wasn’t on but for like a season so the obsession was short-lived but it was intense while it lasted.
Finally, another friend counts this guy as a friend. I’m just now discovering his stuff. Not bad. It’s brain music.