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Kill My Vacation Blues

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Just a note to say that the posting will be light to nonexistent for the next two weeks. I’ve decided to take a proper vacation. I originally thought that I’d keep up with posting while traveling, but I haven’t been satisfied with the quality of my work and instead of relaxing I was spending a bunch of time wondering why my writing was even more rubbish than usual. So it has dawned on me that I  need to either drop the blogging for the duration or drop the vacation. I’d say it was a hard decision, but that’d be a particularly egregious lie.

I wanted to post a picture of the best surprise I’ve received in a long time before I sign off. A certain friend (Mike) picked this up for me last year at a concert in San Francisco where he spent the opening act standing next to Corin Tucker without realizing it. I’m not sure if it was friendship that motivated him to get the cd signed for me or if he wanted to throw me off my vow to berate him about his obliviousness for the rest of time. (If the latter, he was obviously only partially successful.) Given that we weren’t going to see each other for eight or nine months though, we both forgot about it. (If only there were services that could safely transport packages across long distances for a small fee… No, too risky. Only personal delivery will suffice!)

Mike is, of course, awesome and I’m thrilled with the gift. I thought it was a good image to sign off with. It has that summer vacation feel and the right vibe for my upcoming travels. Many thanks to Mike.

See you in a couple weeks!

Links 7/12/13

Justin Davidson on the history and the future of the New York waterfront.

Two stories from Ars Technica on the struggle to avoid junk when flying in space: One of Fermi and another of the ISS.

Links 7/5/13

A gallery of computing machines at io9.

Jayson Greene examines the samples on Kanye West’s Yeezus at Pitchfork.

Why Miami is doomed by Jeff Goodell from Rolling Stone.

Also from Rolling Stone: 20 songs that are 20 years old. (I am so very very old…)

Finally, because I’m old, I’m going to include the following clip from Teen Titans Go! due to its thorough explanation of VCRs, VHS tapes and Betamax.

Where does it lead to?

I’ve had this song from Cold War Kids in my head lately.

One More Hour 1998

Sleater-Kinney performing “One More Hour” back in ’98.

Via Kill Rock Stars

Errant Reader: Reminiscences & Reflections on V.

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Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the blog: I’ve been a bit remiss in posting lately. The next few months are bound to be pretty busy (as has been the last month). I’ll be doing my best to keep up a semi-regular schedule of posts while my work and personal life settle down.

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Bogged Down

I’ve spent the last week bogged down with a pretty wicked bug. It started out as a minor cough and quickly turned into a sore throat and then a sniffling, sneezing, and “oops there went a lung” coughing fit that lasted most of the week. Oh and I had a fever. The end result was that I spent the entire week working at about 20% my usual ability and I even missed two days of work. Admittedly, I’m lucky. I have a job where I can stay home and recover (oh, and not infect my co-workers). Many people do not have that luxury.

Speaking of luxury, time for serious blogging is a luxury I obviously haven’t had lately. I thought I should put something up here regarding the lack of meaty posts lately. It’s likely to be a bit sparse for another week or two while I play catch-up. In the meantime here are links to two nifty photo-essays:

A basement in Portland holds an intriguing juxtaposition.

LA’s original subways.

Enjoy!

Rumor mill

Apparently there is some new rumors swirling around all things Pynchon today. I’ve heard mention about the Inherent Vice adaptation, but the rumor of a new book is a new one for me. Could it be? That would be three novels within the span of a decade. One would guess that it would be a smaller novel rather than a tome like Against the Day. Another historical novel? Also, Bleeding Edge? What’s it all mean?

…I just lost all ability to be productive in 2013 didn’t I?

[Edit]: I forgot to add that the picture at that link has to be one of my favorite photos of Pynchon ever.