August 27th, 2009

Semiformalishmaybe

Augen und Geisten

A few days ago (or weeks or months? I seriously have no concept of time anymore) I picked up Haruki Murakami's 「What I Talk About When I Talk About Running」. Murakami has been one of my favourite authors for awhile, partly because his writing mixes kafkaesque scenery with insights on life. Just like Milan Kundera, this hits two of my sweet spots for things to read about. I spent some time today thinking about how this is like Woody Allen, and the kind of people that like that kind of content. Woody Allen's films give one a good impression of what it would be like to know Woody Allen in person, I think (even if they exaggerate) - the works are the person. Allen differs from Kundera and Murakami, I think, in that there are no social barriers between what Allen shows and what Allen might be in real life, while Kundera and Murakami's inner self, as revealed in their writings, are on the other side of what is appropriate to talk about - there is an expectation of intimacy as a prerequisite for the topics they consider. Not everyone is comfortable (or interested) with these topics, and I confess that were the topics shifted a bit within that zone forbidden for public discourse, I would be either skeeved out or uninterested as well. Murakami's new book is, being a memoir, a bit different - instead of fiction+reflections_on_life, it's running+reflections_on_life. Not having been a serious runner for a long time, my appreciation of the first is just metaphorical, but a combination of the topic and his writing style make it a really good read.

On some level I'd love to be a second-rate Murakami. Collapse )

I saw on Jon Stewart an interesting criticism of Fox News that kind of relates - it poked fun at how the same station can express moral outrage for "deviant" behaviour and sexuality but later have those same critics involved in events with bikini-clad gals, beer, and mild debauchery. Collapse )

Today was pretty awfulCollapse )


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While at Taza21, I typically grab the remote and try to put on the news - this is the only time when I actually have access to a proper TV. It is very sad that the news channels waste time on fluff - CNN had a long special tonight about a comic being suied by their mother-in-law over some jokes in their skit. I may be misremembering the past, but I thought when I was younger that news channels usually had something of substance, even if that something was never foreign and not very in-depth. Ironically, of the channels, FoxNews seemed the most serious about providing news, even though they did so with their usual disregard for journalistic integrity. Frustrating!

I wonder if at some point in the future people will ever have high-resolution 3d scans of their body constructed for use in video games. If I had people to play Left4Dead with, I would love to be able to insert myself into the game as my avatar, and would find it hilarious to record appropriate audio content for myself. It'd be a lot more meaningful for multiplayer cooperative play if my teammates did the same - I have not yet had any Left4Dead dreams, but it would make good going-to-sleep idea-dream fodder.

Final note - Whole Foods has pure lemon juice (in containers the size and shape of wine bottles)! Sufficiently diluted and with sugar added, it can be used to make spectacular lemonade.

Tonight: running barefoot again, then a shower, then some permutation of more work stuff, Dofus, L4d, reading, and/or philosophy.

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