Fueled by coffee (which I rarely drink, being a tea wuss), I just spent the evening not working on the Paladin book and am now about to get back to those almost-final polishings.
Meantime I enjoyed an excellent noir thriller which is as much a meditation on love, loss, regret, memory, and obsession as it is a murder mystery. The Secret in Their Eyes. It won this year’s Best Foreign-Language Picture Oscar — one of the few times I think I might agree with the Academy voters on a foreign film (they usually vote too politically correct or two just-plain-sappy for me in that category). A good evening. A good break.
Speaking of good. If you didn’t follow the link that -S left in last night’s comments section, you really gotta see this strange, precise, and hysterically doggy music video by the group Ok Go. Out two days and nearly 2,000,000 views. Whoo. Never heard of ’em until -S posted the link. Now I’m hooked. Almost as good — though lacking the crucial element of dogs — is this one. Fifty-two million views.
And some stuff I collected while
goofing off avoiding work deeply pondering the editing and writing tasks ahead of me:
- So you go looking for your birth mother and discover that she is a bearded lady in a circus. And a hermaphrodite. You handle the news with aplomb. Good for you.
- Net neutrality. I know the gospel sez we’re agin’ it because it’s government regulation of the Internet in the name of equal access. I can see that. But I also see the other argument that if corporations have their way and create different levels and priorities for various kinds of traffic, us little guys (not to mention all our glorious dissent and rowdy information exchange) will be pushed into the shadows again and the Internet will become a quasi-TV-like, top-down, we-feed-you-what-we-want-you-to-hear … well, I can see it getting ugly. While poking around Ok Go’s site, I found this Washington Post op-ed by one of the band members, giving a lucid argument on the pro-net neutrality side. Not that I agree. But it’s a thoughtful look at a complex issue.
- Mona Charen. I don’t usually agree with her, or even read her very often. But I think she’s spot on in her analysis of how the Obama Dems misinterpreted their moment.
- Since we’re dealing with matters of such vast importance today, you might also be stunned — simply stunned — to learn that Wednesday is not only the first day of National Dog Week. It’s also Elephant Appreciation Day. So go hug an elephant. Or a Republican. Er … on second thought, maybe not.
That’s it. I’m tired. Back to work since the coffee sez no sleeping for the next couple of hours. But it is so past my bedtime …