Found out that today a good friend’s brother, himself a friend as well, died. Today. Two days ago he was going to see music and living his life. Today he is dead.
Death doesn’t fuck around. I resolve – once again – to live my life deliberately – without fucking around.
So, I got a new Zoom H4N Pro digital audio recorder for Christmas, to replace the very similar Tascam I used to have, which broke. My uncle, who does this kind of stuff for a living, told me that he’s had bad luck with the durability of Tascam products. Frankly, mine saw such very light use it is pretty ridiculous that some of the buttons stopped working.
This Zoom recorder, like the old one, will allow me to plug two XLR mics into the bottom, which will be perfect for on-site recording of interviews, so in 2018 I can get back to my Texas Skateboarding Oral History project. Suggestions for who to interview? Comment here. So far, here’s my list. Jeff Bower, Paul Neumann, Dan Wilkes, Michael Niemann, Stewart Singer. It would be nice to do one per month, but I know I’m probably not going to get that done.
- Yoda was cool in the Last Jedi. Yoda is cool in everything. But really cool in that.
- They are working on a Venom movie. Venom is a dumb character.
- This is the second Christmas with my mom in memory care. It’s still weird, but I’m glad she is happy and content.
- I have lot to do in 2018.
- I want to get back on the podcasting this coming year.
- Shodan test in January.
Wishing all my friends mucho peace and happiness this Christmas and in 2018. It’s been a rough year with a mean moron in the Whitehouse and it seems like kindness is in shot supply up there. Let’s vote ’em out as soon as possible, and in the the meantime all try to be better people.
When building massive space ships/stations/structures, make sure to include vast chasms spanned by narrow bridges with no handrails, store data in tapes kept in towers several hundred feet tall with no way to reach the data if the little grabbers malfunction, etc. Also preserve the possibility of someone falling to their death.
I went to see Thor: Ragnarok. It was a big, goofy, and joyous. Thor did lots of cool stuff. You could tell what he was doing, as the battle scenes weren’t total chaos. The interplay between the characters was really good, and brought of feeling of depth to the relationship between Thor and Loki — a relationship thousands of years old. A lot to like about his movie.
Then I went to see Justice League. It was kind of “meh”. I’m easy to please. Superheroes doing cool stuff makes me happy. I got that. The feeling of the film, however, did not leave me wanting more Justice League. The villain, and a lot of the film, just looked like a video game. I’ll watch it again on streaming when it comes along, but yeah, I felt it was pretty mediocre, considering the insane amount of money spent on it.
Happy birthday, Carl Sagan. Wish you were still around.
Well, we are now officially in the crappiest time of the year for skateboarding. Nice cool weather, but short days. By the time I get off work it is getting dark, and soon it will be completely dark by my 6pm quitting time. I will have to resort to going to a skatepark in the evening, which is always kind of a bummer due to crowds. But it’s better than not getting in any skating at all.
I have a stack of really great novels sitting on my table, in my “to read” pile. Great stuff. I’m going to enjoy them a lot.
Right now I’m enjoying reading some old (1960s-1970s) science fiction novels. Adventure stuff. I’m on book 3 or the Dumarest saga. This is not “high literature”, but honestly, it’s not too bad. It’s not even “hard SF.” But they are really quick, fun reads. I’m getting ready to run a Traveller RPG game, and these books are really great at world building. Considering that a lot of folks would call them “pulp” literature, this series actually contains some reasonable moral/ethical dilemmas and social commentary. Not saying they are deep. But they are not completely devoid of thinking. Yes, they are pretty sexist. Not in a “let’s abuse the ladies” way — more in a “strong man protecting woman” kind of way.
All that being said, you don’t have to think a lot to read these. Which is fine.
Been a while since this movie came out. Been thinking about it a lot (or at least some).
I decided it sucked.
Toho needs to seriously up their game if they do another Godzilla movie in this particular “universe”, as this movie was damned near unwatchable. Good ideas for socio-political commentary drawn out into massive tedium. A monster you really didn’t care about.
Time are weird in the America.
I got not real answers to all these problems. I do have a suggestion. Go do some nice stuff for someone, at work or off work, wherever. Or just be nice to people, show some kindness, especially if they don’t “look like you.” I’m mad as hell about the racist uprising out there, but since I can’t make them suddenly cease to exist, I guess I’ll just try to be better than them.
Recent events have brought into even clearer focus just how dumb some people I know actually are.
That is all.
Didn’t realize how burned out I was. I’ve barely skated the last few weeks. Just layed around the house, mostly reading. Not a bad thing to do. August in Texas is the hottest part of the year, with the orange hate ball in the sky beaming its wrath down all day, which of course radiates back out of the concrete at night. Work has been busy. Between that and the heat, I have felt quite depleted.
However, I’m going to skate tonight. An old-guy-skateboarding group on Facebook wants me to submit footage for a group video. I’m really kind of excited about this. Going to do some freestyle-esque street skating for the video, as well as some ditch skating and curb tricks. Should be a fun, and the project will be fun to be part of. I am flattered that anyone cares, and flattery will get you everywhere.
Also, at work a colleague and I are working on a conference presentation about the potential of the Punk/DIY ethos to positively influence library program design and the way we do things. I’m not really a punk guy. I’m a skater. Skating has always been primary for me. But the ethos is much the same. Reinterpretation of one’s surroundings. The urge to do something. To make something happen. To make your own scene.
Get up whenever the body says get up — probably about 8:30am.
Have some good coffee and a light breakfast.
Write a little bit.
Lunch in a nice little cafe with my sweetie for a couple of hours.
Read and drink some more good coffee in a chill coffee shop with no goddamn music.
Go home, have a light dinner.
Go skate for a couple of hours.
Come home, chill. Write, play a game, watch a movie.
Repeat every — single – day.
Well, I’m back from London/Germany. Good trip. I got 3rd in the “legends” division, which means old people. Pretty happy with that, even if my run was not as good as I’d have liked. The trip back felt rough. Jet lag seems like it was a lot worse coming home. I think the weariness of the trip and stress of travel was rough.
I’ve cancelled my August trip to Stockholm. The travel just kept getting worse, as the airline has changed my connection times to the point they were impossible. Frankly, I’m glad. I don’t even want to go anymore. I’m tired, and I want to be home with my wife and my cats and just skate.