Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Paying for Lost Breaths

I am back from travel. A few amusements related:

  • I met someone who is .. fascinated with roman imperialism and would like to resurrect it. We had much good conversation on politics (and other things), our differences making things more interesting. He was born in South Africa, which may account for his awesomeess.
  • I got two interesting looking books at an awesome bookstore:
    • Ehrman's "Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew". This has information in it that I should know for debates, and is also quite interesting. I haven't started on it yet (beyond paging through it at said bookstore)
    • Slavoj Zizek's "Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism?". This is an awesome book - its main topic is an analysis of the leftist critique of nondemocratic liberalism, but along the way it does an analysis of the core tenets of christianity, completely disembowels postmodernism (yay!), interprets shakespeare (a bit), and no doubt a number of other things I haven't gotten to yet.
  • For the second time, I forgot to unpack my leatherman, and this was only discovered while returning from the trip. This means that security in general is poor in Pittsburgh.
  • I was social on the airplane both ways, talking to people(!)
  • My phone's battery is powerful, lasting many days without charge. Hooray!
  • I received a scarf. It's time for me to learn to overcome that fear of things wrapped around my neck.
  • I ate at a really great indian restaurant. I mean this wholeheartedly. Wow. Amazing! And that was only the buffet.
  • Oh god is Internet Explorer horrible to use. Ouch ouch ouch. I really wish OmniWeb (or Firefox) were omnipresent :P
  • Trip was complex, and wonderful, and complex.
  • After making it back to the Pittsburgh airport, I met a girl from Turkey who needed a lot of help making it to the Squirrel Hill area and reaching her crashpad. I had a bit of conversation with her, although she was tired (I think she was travelling for 26 straight hours from Ankara)
  • Seen in "AirMall" magazine: CatGenie. Anyone have this? Does it work well?
  • Three movies I might want to see: Bhagam Bhag, La Petite Jerusalem, Paradise Now
  • Three Movies I did see (all good, in their own way):
    • The Devil Wears Prada. Disturbing.
    • A caving horror movie with a gal who goes insane at the end. Disturbing.
    • C.S.A. Disturbing.
Other things:
  • Saddam Hussein is dead. The disasterous, stupid invasion of Iraq gets another stupidity tacked in. He was a necessary and (odd to say it, but true) a positive force in the region. I find his end deeply regretful.
  • New Years Party tomorrow. I will probably go to the first part, and duck out around 23:00.
  • I have so much to catch up on.
While on the first branch of the plane trip back, I had kind of a spooky dream that solidified into.. a vision of a light in the middle of a darkness. What looked like a giant grid was swinging around it, the holes in the grid happening to align with me each time. Burned in my mind:

It has not hit me yet, but eventually it will. All I know at any given time is that I am still alive. Eventually I will cease to so notice.


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