Friday, October 31, 2008

MEANWHILE...

I live in Gotham City.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

La da da da daaaaaa, da da da da da da.

There are few things as annoying to me as showing up at the Coffee House with very little to do and no headphones. In fact I don't like showing up anywhere without headphones, but some days their absence is more brutal than others.

A dreary, rainy day in Lincoln, Nebraska. Fall is most certainly here, and today I find myself lost in its lesser side. I'm feeling paranoid and a little uneasy. I keep telling people that I'm taking classes and getting shocked looks from people.

"You're still in school?" they ask.

"Yep."

"Master's?" they venture.

"Dude," I tell them, "I'll be lucky if I get an Associate's by the time I'm thirty."

Some of them laugh. Some of them don't.

I really want my 'phones. I've been listening to "While We Go Dancing" by White Rabbits almost non-stop lately and if I go too long without it I start to feel edgy. That and "Bad Days" by the Flaming Lips, a song I love that I had forgotten about until about two weeks ago.

Things I am not looking forward to today:

1. Work. It's Tuesday, which means we're putting out the Big Wednesday paper. Extra deadlines and additional trips across the street (in the rain) to the press.
2. Trying to do my assignment for tomorrow while at work. I don't really even remember what it is.
3. Missing Dad's Beer Night. I just know I'm not going down there after my shift.

Things I am looking forward to:
1. A new episode of "House." (Assuming the DVR gets the whole thing this time.)
2. Going back to bed.

My birthday is fast approaching. I feel that 27 is dangerously close to 30. Maybe that's just me. I have yet to decide if I'm going to go to Vermillion or if I am – for the first time ever – just going to get drunk where I am. I think the plan hinges on Megan. If she wants to meet me in Verm then I'll go; if not, O'Rourke's it is. I would like to finally have birthday sex, but I guess I'm willing to wait another year if I have to.

MEANWHILE, ALL OVER THE NATION, Sarah Palin continues to scare the shit out of me:

http://thinkprogress.org/2008/10/21/palin-vp-senate/

Now, truth be told, I don't really know any of this stuff either. I pretty much zoned out of... well, every year of school I've ever attended. On the other hand, I don't need to know, at least in any official capacity. I realize that by now pointing out Palin's shortcomings has become a bit like shooting fish in a barrel, but damn, man. Damn. At least have the common fucking courtesy to know what it is you'd be doing. I don't think that's too much to ask, even from a Republican candidate in this day and age. It just pisses me off.

While we're sort of on the subject, I went to W. this weekend and found it to be too little too soon. The performances were great, and it had this wonderfully strange surreal feeling to it, but the film cuts just short of the 2004 election and fails to really round itself out. I would have much preferred a longer, more in-depth cut after the end of Bush's second term. But I think Stone really wanted to get it out before this election... for some reason. Whatever. Rent it.

Monster wants to print some sort of literary journal in Verm that I really want to write something for, but I don't think I'm going to have the time to produce anything worth reading in the next week and a half. I'd like to do the cover, though. I hope he sends me his idea sooner than later so I can get cracking on it. If it actually comes out it'll be sort of like a little piece of The Grille Blues coming true, which I find amusing. A-MUS-ING.

There is a dude here with one of the new MacBooks and boy is it pretty. Just a note.

I want more coffee.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The Future is Eventual

I would be filling you with lies and doom if I told you that I didn't go buy an iPhone 3G yesterday. I would be further doing you wrong if I said that I got the 8GB version, or if I didn't admit that maybe 16GB is a bit much. But I wouldn't do that to you.

It's not easy being a fetishist, nor is it cheap, attractive or functional. But it's a life, and you get used to it eventually.

First thoughts: the thing is fucking gorgeous. Like almost stupidly so. I feel unworthy of it somehow, but then I think of Al in Quantum Leap and I just feel cool. Finally, my own handlink to Ziggy! Only by Ziggy I mean ESPN and Wikipedia. Which, frankly, is just as good.

The thing is a marvel of design. The screen is wonderfully responsive, and even if you smudge it you can't tell unless the screen is off. Colors are bright and images are crisp. Looking through news and stuff, even if it's totally boring content, is fun as hell just because use of the unit is so fluid.

I haven't gotten to make many calls yet, but I haven't been disappointed yet by the sound quality of Megan's voicemail.

The iPod part of it is awesome. Album art looks amazing and navigating your music is much easier than with the old click wheel (not that I didn't love that thing too). I especially enjoy flipping through albums side-by-side, though they don't always move as nicely as you want them to. Having the music and app stores right on the phone is handy, too.

The vibrate sucks. It's weak. But oh well.

Truth be told, it was a sort of steep purchase, but since ATT gives a billing discount to Lee Enterprises I think that (in the very long run) I will end up spending a bit less. Also having my email everywhere I go is great given how anal I am about checking it (never mind the fact that I never get anything interesting). My hope is that I will use the iCal functionality more (and thus make myself more organized) and start a "No Context" blog that I can update from anywhere. I've got to think of a better title for that though... "No Context" is taken. God hates/loves me.

Enough gushing.

Megan is coming down here this weekend and I am terribly excited. I'm trying to think of cool things to do while she's here. I know we're going to go to the museum (need to check hours) and carve pumpkins. Also I'm going to make her watch "Dark Side of Oz," because for some reason she never has. Gotta find a copy of that as well. Other than that I just need to get through my schooling for the week without going nuts. Getting up at 8:00 AM just isn't my thing, but I'm trying real hard to be the shepherd.