Every time I look at my computer screen, I feel like I'm going to fall down. White screens are causing my perceptions to become unfocused. This may be due in part to a lack of sugar. It may also be due in part to my growing frustrations at the workplace. However, I suspect the main culprit is the idiot who played around with my display settings while I was away in Phoenix...
Little pieces of catch-up:
- The new PJ Harvey record, White Chalk, is growing on me. Her records seem to alternate between rage and meditation. This one, largely piano-based, falls squarely in the "meditation" category, and that's a good thing going into the Twilight of Autumn (wheee!).
- I am firmly behind the WGA strike, even though it means I don't get to continue the golden creamy goodness that is Pushing Daisies. Trying to keep the pace with all the television is impossible, and I'm finding more and more things to do, like catching up on fun books, playing with my wife and son, and doing anything that doesn't involve paying my weekly oblations to the Glass Teat, as Harlan Ellison would say.
- The weather in New York has been ridiculous lately. One day it's freezing cold, the next it's over 60 degrees and pouring rain. My lawn looks like Newark and if the squirrels aren't planting land mines in my backyard, then what's that government van doing parked across the street?
- My son officially has his first two teeth. My wife learned the hard way that at this point you really shouldn't let him bite you on the nose.
- Friday is my 5-year wedding anniversary, which is always funny to say considering we've been together 16 years. If it's possible to be both a veteran and a rookie simultaneously, we're doing it. Traditionally 5 years is "wood" in terms of gift giving, and I'm working on a gift plan that will be both romantic and fun. I will most likely fail.
- I don't know how many people who read this blog play video games, but Portal is amazing. Even if the cake is a lie.
- I've seen some good films in the movie theater, but haven't commented on them. Other, better people have. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed THE DARJEELING LIMITED, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE a little less (though both soundtracks are great), and I plan to see THE MIST as soon as it comes out.
- Every year I wait until the last minute to pick up a calendar for work. I force myself to pick something that is left on the 75% off bin. Usually this forces me to find some interesting things. This year I've been looking at Latin American Art from MOMA. The picture for November is below. For reasons I can't quite fathom I find myself staring at this all day long. Click for more details...