Jan. 25th, 2017


Jan. 25th, 2017 03:01 pm
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Late last night, with a midnight snack, I began watching "Breaking Bad", feeling a little up for it. However, now, in the clear light of morning, I just don't really have the appetite to watch through all five seasons of that again. I enjoyed the show a lot when I first watched it, but now I realize that much of the pleasure was in the suspense of seeing what was going to happen next. The suspense gone, the passion for the show is gone, too. It might be a different story if the show were sexy, but they pretty much abstained from that element entirely. ... ... The business community is not having any trouble with Trump. The Dow has jumped past 20,000 for the first time. The stock market is going gangbusters. It goes to show, if you didn't know it already, money is amoral. ... ... Richard Pryor: "I never thought about not making it. But the it has nothing to do with show business. The it I'm trying to make is me. Who am I?" {Saul, "Becoming Richard Pryor"] ... ... Some new studies show that cats have stronger memories than was known. As researcher Saho Takagi puts it: "Understanding cats more deeply helps to establish better cat-human relationships." I don't know. I don't doubt that cats are intelligent, seeing how they go out on their own and are so self-reliant, but the 'type of intelligence' strikes me as being important. Dogs and humans can relate to each other in ways that I doubt will ever be true for cats. Dogs and humans are family, whereas cats are like extraterrestrial visitors from an unknown galaxy. [Telegraph UK] ... ... Orwell: "All this is not to say that Humor is, of its nature, immoral or anti-social. A joke is at most a temporary rebellion against virtue, and its aim is not to degrade the human being but to remind him that he is already degraded. A willingness to make extremely obscene jokes can co-exist with very strict moral standards, as in Shakespeare. Some comic writers, like Dickens, have a direct political purpose, others, like Chaucer or Rabelais, accept the corruption of society as something inevitable; but no comic writer of any stature has ever suggested that society is good." [Essays, p. 783] ... ... Pi says, "How come you haven't been working on your puzzle?" Hmmm? "Oh, no, Let me guess! Don't tell me you tossed it into the closet and gave up!" It's more complicated. "I bet." It was a defective puzzle. I was suspicious when I first removed the packaging. It had a heavy crease in the box, like something heavy was dropped on it. I blew that off, though, figuring that the product itself was probably okay. However, before I handled more than a few dozen pieces, I had come across a few pieces that were damaged. No piece was terribly damaged, but I didn't want to put in months working on a puzzle that already promised to be compromised without any fuck-ups of my own. "So, why didn't you return it?" Well, you know me. I'm a bit shy. I'd rather lose the twenty bucks, even though that is actually a big hit for me. It also helped that I was feeling doubtful about the picture anyway. I mean, I got it because of the book-store feel. It was the best 'book store' puzzle that I had come across, but, in truth, it has too much of a kiddie feel for me to be all that happy with it. So, I'm just going to get another one. I think I've settled on a "Forest Path" puzzle, another thousand-piecer. "Okay, whatever you say. I just hope this doesn't become another complicated story." Me too. To be perfectly honest, I wish that 500 pieces was more common. I'd like to work my way up to a thousand pieces, but I don't see many 500-piece puzzles. A thousand seems to be pretty standard, and you go larger from there. But I'm hoping I can manage. I'm not trying to set speed records or anything.


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