Jun 262015
essential differences

On Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 7:49 PM, MyBoy wrote: Ma’am, I’m fooling around with video editing and working to become proficient making animated GIFs by lifting frames from movies. If you have any ideas for something you’d like to use on your blog, I’d be happy to try and make one for you. You are likely very proficient at this kind of thing already, and my early attempts are bound to be crude. So, any requests you make would be doing me a favor as I need the practice. On Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at at 9:06 PM, D … [read more]

Jun 222015
recurring dream (variations on a theme)

J and I are trying to untangle an amorphous snarl of hurt feelings, miscommunications, and mismatched expectations related to the relationship (past, present, and future). Yeah… we’re still something. That something? I’m not sure what to call it. It’s a relationship where we’re broken up without a break up, in a situation where  we’re physically separate, but not emotionally separated. We’re not together, but not apart. We’re both single, but not looking* because we’re still in love (but doomed). What do you call that? A mess? Sure. But it’s the mess we find ourselves in. It’s one we’ve been in, … [read more]

Jun 192015
framing the debate

Elliot Roger | UC Santa Barbara Dylann Roof | Emanuel AME Church MAY 23, 2014 | 6 DEAD, 14 INJURED JUNE 17, 2015 | 9 DEAD Everyone: I guess we’ll never know why he did it. Shooter: I did it because I hate women. “Women are vicious, evil, barbaric animals, and they need to be treated as such.” Everyone: I guess we’ll never know. Everyone: I guess we’ll never know why he did it. Shooter: I did it because I hate black people. “I have to do it. You’re raping our women and taking over the country. You have to … [read more]

Jun 152015
your arguments suck: Game of Thrones edition

Since I’m only sadistic with willing partners, GoT season finale spoilers are hidden inside a clicky thingy. You may safely read on if you haven’t seen it yet. I’m not into fiction (not literature, television, or film) but I enjoy reading about fiction. Maybe that makes me a meta-consumer — a consumer of media about media. The amateur deconstructionist in me enjoys learning about the process of creating media and hearing people’s thoughts about the finished products. I’m into the nuts and bolts — the material (the scripts, locations, costumes, actors, framing, and editing that literally created the thing) and … [read more]

Jun 032015
dream crayons

I keep a box of crayons in my office — a Crayola 24 pack. It was an office supply store impulse buy I threw into my basket after shopping for hanging file folders, good highlighters, and a sturdy three hole punch. The unopened box sits unused and on display, a few bright colors on a bookshelf otherwise composed of neutral pages and dark jewel-toned spines. It’s been there since I got my job — a reminder to break from complication and look for happiness in simple things. Last night I dreamed of sitting down across the table from a stack … [read more]