Universal FanCon postponement

I hadn’t heard of Universal FanCon until a couple days ago. As I understand it, the plan was to create a Kickstarter-funded diversity-focused convention in Baltimore, billed as the “First multi-fandom Con dedicated to inclusion, highlighting Women, LGBTQ, the Disabled and Persons of Color.” The Kickstarter raised over $50,000 in early 2017, and the con […]

Yo progreso

My progress in Spanish in Duolingo continues to be slow, largely because every now and then I stop for a couple of months and then I have to go back and re-do a bunch of lessons. But one nice side effect of the repetition is that when I re-do older lessons these days, I’m a […]

The difficulty of metacommunication

It sometimes happens that I’m tense or upset because of something that’s going on, and I talk with someone who isn’t connected to that something, and I behave badly. I get irritable and impatient and snappish and argumentative, and I don’t phrase things carefully. And sometimes while I’m doing that, I know that I’m doing […]

Birthday stuff

I woke up this morning from a pleasant dream, about having dinner with friends who I hadn’t seen in a while. We were playing some kind of wordgame involving Shakespeare and cupcakes, and then I woke up and was momentarily sad to discover that it had been just a dream, but then I thought What […]

Burgess on the Clockwork Orange movie ending

Anthony Burgess on the fact that Kubrick left out the denouement of the British version of A Clockwork Orange from the movie: People wrote to me about this—indeed much of my later life has been expended on Xeroxing statements of intention and the frustration of intention—while both Kubrick and my New York publisher coolly bask […]

Naming the site

I still haven’t come up with a name for my website, and I’m getting tired of the placeholder name “What is the name of this site?” So I’m setting the site name to “Lorem Ipsum.” In the old days, Lorem Ipsum was the name of my blog. My site didn’t have a name as such, […]

Highlighting

There are lots of things I love about ebooks, including their portability and their searchability. But one of the things I love most about them is their highlightability. I’ve never had any desire to mark up paper books. I’m one of those people with a deeply rooted sense that books should be kept inviolate; I […]

RIP, Bernie DeKoven

I just learned that Bernie DeKoven, a.k.a. “Blue,” has died, of cancer. Bernie was my high school friend Elyon’s father. In high school and college, I had a hard time interacting with most of my friends’ parents, but Bernie was different. He was one of the leaders of the New Games movement. I had grown […]

March for Our Lives

Some assorted notes about today’s March for Our Lives rally in San José: Followup on my previous post: I was glad that the march started at 11:00 a.m. That gave me time to have a leisurely start to my day and still arrive before the march started. When I first arrived, the crowd nearby was […]

Marching

What I want to do today: Laze around the house, reading and watching TV and labeling photos and maybe doing laundry. What I’m going to do today: Go to the March for Our Lives in San José. I’m generally oddly reluctant to attend marches and rallies and such. They involve a lot of people, and […]

Paying their rent

I recently listened to James Keelaghan’s version of the shanty “Roll Down,” by Peter Bellamy, and was struck by this line: Then, sweet ladies of Plymouth, we’ll pay all your rent I thought, Huh, that seems like an odd thing for the sailors to do. More like a charitable foundation than like stereotypical sailors on […]