Posted on October 19, 2009
Posted by John Scalzi
And believe me, I’ve checked.
So, uh. Yeah. What’s up with you?
Working away- luckily thought is not required at this hour.
Working at my job, counting down the days until I can retire and do something really fun that doesn’t pay nearly as well.
Is it already October? How did that happen?
I am at work on break. I have two pieces submitted that I am waiting for rejections on and so I should really start something else to take my mind off the spiral of ‘it’s just going to get rejected.’ Ideas in my head? Zero.
The truly sad part is I usually get more done at work if I’m working on a parallel non-work idea, so everyone’s getting screwed.
Maudite ale is damn tasty.
Porto Rico roasting company has good coffee at a reasonable price.
A subscription to Cooks Illustrated online is a good investment.
Having seen the latest episode of SGU, I’m starting to enjoy the “things get bad, then worse” drama.
Oh, John, how the mighty have fallen! And it’s especially sad with such an easy one lobbed right over the meaty part of the plate, too. It’s Science! It’s Fiction! It’s Pop Culture! It’s just plain stupid so many got caught by this hoax! I’ve got two words for you: “Balloon Boy”.
Me? Oh, I’m taking a nap. Yes, indeed. And then? I’m writing a paper comparing the Apocalypse of Adam to Genesis.
After that? If I’m lucky? I’m going to play Uncharted.
I’m hoping a nap will settle my brain into a homework ready condition so I can get past the paper and on to the game soon. I so hope.
This beer is something I want, yet I can not have due to it and not me being in Canadia. Damn you, Josh!
Balloon Boy is almost too depressing to be funny, though.
watching starship troopers while composing a piece for clarinet and marimba.
thanks for asking.
Is this the leftover brain-zombification of a weekend spent signing one’s own name over and over and over and over?
Because it’s totally understandable if it is.
I suppose it’s for the best. Single thoughts often provoke hostility in wives.
Reference Desk. So far the most penetrating questions I’ve been asked are, “Can I borrow a pen?” and “Is there a three-hole punch?”
I think adding a second monitor to my laptop is really cool. But watching movies on it, while working on my main screen, is really slowing me down. I thought I’d have a lot more work done by now…
“I like peas.” Which is odd, because I don’t, really.
I’m at work but it’s Fall Break so it’s deader than a doornail.
So that means I’m revising works that some dude named Scalzi critiqued at Viable Paradise a couple of weeks ago.
Just finished Uncharted Drake’s Fortune on normal mode last night and restarted it on hard. Unfortunately, it’s overdue at the library and I need to return it today. (See my comments on John’s library story)
Just as well, though. My son Dan is going through Infamous the second time as the evil character and is making a marathon of it.
Since we’re gaming, obviously higher thought processes are not engaged.
Check that — my son is having moral problems playing as the evil character. He appears to be thinking about it, but he is also killing pedestrians.
Maybe I’ll start thinking later today.
Brett – I had that beer here in NYC.
That’s odd, I’m crazy inspired to write. I’ve got hundreds of ideas swimming around. When I get home I’m going to open the notebook and bang out something. My wife has informed me that she’d like to illustrate a comic and wants me to write it. We’ve been working on that the last week or so and now I’ve got enough that I feel I can start writing.
I’ll see if I can distill some of this creative spark into its purest form for you, but it might be a little hard to ship.
I’m eating lunch, screensucking, and conducting an argument about communism and linguistic evolution in the background!
I’ve been thinking about my four-or-so stories I could work on for NaNoWriMo. And going to school. NaNoWriMo is winning on percentage of brain used.
My throat hurts and I wish I had some lunch.
Since you’ve nothing pressing on your mind, I’ve got a question for you, if you’re game.
I like to know how to pronounce things when I read a book. However, often in SF&F, we come across names for which we lack a good frame of reference.
To that end, how do you pronounce “Rraey”?
Quite obviously, like it is spelled.
Very helpful. ;)
I read it as homophonous with “ray” but with a trilled R. Is that about right?
I’m currently recovering from a weekend at a renaissance faire and the large assortments of bruises and cuts I received while doing a period martial arts challenge.
must be going around. everywhere i look for interesting things blogs to read, (there certainly aren’t any interesting thoughts circulating around my head lately) it seems everybody’s come to a thought standstill.
I’m trying to fit 5 inches of components into 3 inches of PCB.
I’m thinking about liminality.
Josh Jasper — I checked out your coffee.
“Porto Rico roasting company has good coffee at a reasonable price.”
It was very reasonable. Then I added on the shipping charges. My wife came in the room and asked me why I was laughing so hard.
“Honey”, I said, “the coffee sounds really good and the price is great, but my $6.00 coffee came to $14.00 a pound when shipping was added!”
I assured my wife I wasn’t going to order it, I’d just stick with my favorite company, Great Lakes Coffee, which I can buy locally.
Thanks for the tip, though. I’m always looking for a good coffee.
Some people say “Dance like nobody’s watching.” Screw them. I say “Dance like -everyone’s- watching, and you just don’t care.”
Taking a break from VB coding and contemplating what to eat.
Trying to ignore “The Closer” season 4 dvds that are calling my name.
Wondering if you’ll be back to Bakka in Toronto soon so I can get my other books signed… (we met there when you in town for CDs wedding).
Little bit o’ snow last night. Had an easy day. Just got back from lunch w/ a new accountant. I had a Guinness. Now I will have a nap.
Some days I desperately hope that direct mind augmentation arrives while I’m still around to take advantage of it. Then a little voice in my head reminds me that I hardly use the factory-installed equipment, so what would be the point?
I think mostly I’m hoping for an improved user interface. It needs to be a whole lot easier to tweak the configuration settings.
Bander – Sorry about that. I buy direct from the stores.
Just got home after writing my first of six midterms that I write this week. I’m hoping I did passably well. Now, to study for my .Net exam tomorrow afternoon. Whee!
I just came back to the office after picking up my daughter at school, who was sent home due to a “dress-code violation” in which it was decided somewhat randomly that the jeans she was wearing today were inappropriate attire. Never mind that she was wearing those same jeans last friday, and last tuesday, and pretty much twice a week since school started because they are her favorites. Apparently, someone at the junior high forgot to take their medication this morning.
Yes, I am irritated, why do you ask?
Betsy Dornbuschon @ 30:
I’m thinking about liminality.
Which prompted me to think about a superliminal warp drive. Which may or may not be possible.
So, did you dream of signing your name? If I have to do some repetitive task, it also seems to take over my dreams.
Josh @ 18:
Should’ve thought to at least check Bevmo’s website (helps that the child is napping now), and according to it the local store has 4 in stock. I just assumed from Unibroue’s website that it was a smaller operation primarily local-to-them.
I’m glad it’s not snowing today. And might not snow for the rest of the week. December weather in October is frustrating when we got April weather in June already this year.
I have some actual work to do involving weather which might be cool.
I’m thinking that if there’s a pa/pvp/ww/d&d podcast part 4, wil should play an evil doppelganger who pretends to be his previous, dead character.
I’m in the delicate process of trying to land my biggest client since I went solo. One that might actually let me pay my bills! Go, me.
Other than that, as to the “Rraey” — any time I come across an unpronouncable alien word in any SF, I just take a first order approximation (I read it as Ray-E) and assume that in that universe, there are all kinds of snot-nosed linguists who dwell on the fact that the unwashed masses don’t pronounce it properly. And then remember that I don’t like snot-nosed linguists, and continue on pronouncing it incorrectly for the balance of the book.
I’m trying to read but I can’t concentrate. I’m worrying to much about my unruly teenage daughter that seems to be and endless supply of surprises.
Am thinking I’d better go find new lodger who’s lost on way home from work!
Closed my office door for lunch and watched Friday’s SG:U on Hulu. Already saw it Friday, of course, but wanted to catch it again.
Donating blood today. For the first time ever.
I’m a wee bit nervous because my veins are notoriously hard to find. I had three small vials drawn last week, and that left an epic bruise.
My Stargate Universe novel is now done done done like a dinner, thanks in no small part to you. Much obliged.
I’m really bloody pissed (Brit – annoyed) at the people in the “A Boy’s own Genre, or not” comments so I ain’t going back there anymore. Gonna go listen to some Muse and read some Liz Williams untill SG:U tomorrow (Because we get it 4 days after you). And then the new Dollhouse, yay!
@31 I’ve paid $20 australian for $5 of books just so they’d send ’em here to the UK, not the first or last time I’ve paid more for shipping than the books, but this was the most excessive. Sometimes I’m a bit obsessive about books.
Balloon boy is a hoax. Mythbusters pre busted this sucker.
The vid is weak but at the end you can see how many balloons it takes to lift a four year old girl. That’s 4000 if you don’t want to bother with the vid.
If dad built the balloon he knew it’s lift capacity and his sons weight.
What should we expect from a family that would go on wife swap?
In my head currently: Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Jim C. Hines wrote about why people don’t leave abusive relationships, and I went a bit deeper on my blog (and will probably do another post about domestic violence later, I don’t know).
Er. Also tangentially related, reading Jim C. Hines’ The Mermaid’s Madness on Kindle and waiting for Elizabeth Bear’s By the Mountain Bound. Happier thoughts there.
Hi Bored John, I finally got around to watching SG:U episode 3 on the DVR and I was wondering…. is it you that is responsible for the gratuitous shower scenes?
Procrastinating. I am supposed to be doing paperwork here at home. It works to my benefit today since I just wrote a short story. I think I need to procrastinate like this more often.
Regarding the pronunciation of “Rraey”, my brain insists that is is pronounced raeyraey. For some reason, I think the duplication of the first letter indicates a duplication of the sound that follows.
Eating breakfast, and getting ready to go to work. I was going to say something else, but decided this was a (mostly) PG Blog.
Now, where did I leave my lunchbox?
I’ve got mango in my yellowtail sushi, and it is fantastic.
Finest collection of random thoughts I’ve seen in a while.
Oh, also, just read the new Steve Brust (Iorich) in ARC form. It’s nothing ground-shaking, but it’s a good old fashioned Vlad has to figure out complicated plots and save the day story.
Due out in January.
Add Thai mint leaf to the fish/mango sushi for extra goodness
By the way, I’m seriously thinking of going downtown to my favorite used book store, the John King Bookstore. Sometime this week, maybe. I’ve run out of Pogo books and I can usually pick up a few there.
Last month I was able to pick up 100 back issues of Analog from the early 1990’s.
Books are organized using the Library of Congress classification system. There’s almost always something neat there. My whole family refuses to go with me now since I usually spend about three hours there.
Wondering if the story I’m writing is too melodramatic or filled with sentimentality. I have an easy time overdoing the emotional and can’t walk that line where emotions are tasteful and powerful, not cheesy and overblown.
@ 59 Oooh, smart! I must try this…
I just picked up my tickets for Nightranger, Styx and REO Speedwagon from the post office. Halloween’s gonna be great this year!
Thai Green Curry from scratch
If you live near a southeast Asian grocery, mot of these ingredients should be available.
I’m maintaining a Galactic Alliance on Spore. Which would be easier if stupid pirates weren’t raiding my home worlds every 5 minutes. It makes it very difficult to focus on terraforming.
Trying to figure ways to get the Stargate PTB to give us an onscreen acknowledgement that Jack O’Neill and Samantha Carter are officially together hopefully maybe even married.
Trying to figure out how to play over the changes for Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” at a tempo that’s any substantial fraction of the original recording. Well, alternating between that and cursing myself for not having worked on this 30 years ago.
I’m wondering how long it’s going to be before I can move back to a coast. Doesn’t even have to be the west coast. Oceans are good for my soul.
I feel your pain. I am a teacher, and I cannot tell you the number of times someone has decided it’s time to enforce a dormant policy, or even more often, the times that certain teachers decide to let certain things go because it’s not something they particulalry care about. Then, when I come along and enforce the rule the way it always should have been done, I look like the bad guy.
Clearly I have no direct knowledge of your case, but I’m willing to bet that for some reason someone actually noticed the pants were in violation for some reason today. Maybe the shirt/jean combo, maybe she bent down to fetch something out of her locker. If it seems random, ask for clarification about the rule she was in violation of and check to see if the jeans really do violate that rule.
If they don’t violate the rule when you check at home, very politely bring that to the attention of whoever’s in charge of such things. You shouldn’t have to walk on eggshells to protect your daughter’s rights, but if you go in saying “These meet the code damn it and I want you all to apologize to my daughter for being such giant pigs!” – well, it tends to get even experienced adminstrators defensive, which impairs judgement and makes it hard to see that you’re right.
Of course, it might be worth it just for the catharsis :-)
Typical Monday: on break between the meetings on parade. Also, seething about the coworker who snagged the office copy of Uncharted before me.
Wishing our contracting department had some clue as to how to do anything with a contract besides look at it and shake their heads.
I think authors come up with names like Rraey by letting their cats type for them.
Which cat was it, John?
I was on the road, seeing clients, swung by PO to be greeted by a package from Subterranean Press, yeah! Boneshaker!
Will commence reading tonight.
Trying not to seem like too much of an eager beaver to get out of here since I was allowed to leave 5 min ago but I have a student finishing up a test so I get to wait until he’s done before making the trek home and taking a blessed nap before working on grading the stack of papers I didn’t do yesterday. Come on kid, hurry up!
Enjoying the use of your brain. Sorry but I need it to get through till the end of the month. I will return it to you on November 1. It will be slightly used but still in good working condition.
I am busy being proud. My daughter just called to say that the university she has just graduated from has asked her to go back and teach two courses. I am still paying towards her current 2 year post-grad course. So, I am busy being proud, but also desperately hoping she will, at some point, become independently wealthy.
76 responses to not a thought in my head today? Sir, you impress me.
@72 Possibly Lopsided Cat? Leaning on that R key…
For some inadequately explained reason, on first read my mind chose to interpret ‘Rraey’ as “Ray- ray” and it stuck. Can’t change it now.
Super Liminal Warp Drive? Hey, it sounds cool, anyway.
this morning, a customer accused me of murdering her dog because we didn’t have the dog food she wanted. yeah.
Spent most of the morning chopping vegetation (green, and dried) for a compost pile, and screening c. 30 gallons of useful compost from an older pile, at the local Community Gardens. Strangely (and atypically) I seem not to have had as much as one useful or interesting thought while doing this automatic-action stuff. Perhaps this could be ascribed to the fact that we’re now in the third month of October, and the tedium is getting me down.
Maybe zipping over to Arcadia late tomorrow morning for dim sum will fix things. Especially if I also get a whole cooked duck or goose at the take-out place and make a kettle of soup from most of it.
Having a career-progressing few days. Nice! A very good thing happened to me on Saturday and I’m still glowing.
I could while away the hours, conferrin’ with the flowers
Consultin’ with the rain.
And my head I’d be scratchin’ while my thoughts were busy hatchin’
If I only had a brain.
I’m sure you would be/were kind to her dog. Her trade, on the other paw, you and your shop do not need.
(Was the alleged incident deemed All Your Fault because you supplied Herself with other food for canines than that which she demanded, or because she could not be arsed to seek elsewhere?)
So it’s not just me having one of those days? Good. I mean, not that JS is having a mindblank but that such Kernel Panics happen to others, too. And an agent is waiting for a rewrite.
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