I Even Forgot A Title.
It's hard for me to put into words everything that's racing through my brain right now, but I'll give some of it a shot.
I am weary. Bone-tired. I get home from work, and all I want to do is lie down and take a nap. Eating is good, too, and I usually manage to do that, but I'll grab a couple hours of blissful slumber, get up, putter around until midnight, then go back to bed. The next day, I wake up and do it all over again. I suspect that's part of the problem: as of this past Monday, I've worked at the Duck U Bookstore for nine years. That's a long-ish time... it's the longest I've worked in any one place, times two-and-change. Oh sure, I worked in radio for eight years or so, but it was in two installments. If you're talking full-time employment, I ran a different bookstore for three years. So, yeah, long time in one place, looking at the same carpeting, the same ugly cream paint in my office, yadda.
I haven't really had any fun for a few months... oddly enough, it was work related, too. When I was last in Chicago, I had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory (as described at the start of this post), and looking back at it, I had a great time. Sure, I've had dinner with The Librarian a few times since then, and that's fun, but for FUN FUN, I have to go back to February. That's depressing.
I haven't even enjoyed Formula 1. Maybe you've noticed? Or maybe you don't, because it feels like nobody is reading the F1U!s anymore... and I'm pretty sure I don't blame you.
I'm shutting up now. Stuff tomorrow and over the weekend.
I look forward to all your F1 updates and appreciate the effort!
Posted by: RobertV at May 30, 2013 11:35 PM (izQGA)
I've had the opposite problem lately - so much stuff going on I haven't had time to sit back and blog about most of it. But work's also been 50-60 pretty consistently too, and you can burn out at that point...
I'm seriously thinking of packing up and moving to Hawaii.
I can say that I've been enjoying the F1 updates more than some of the actual races! ;p
Posted by: AvatarADV at May 31, 2013 01:50 AM (GJQTS)
As much as they say that one should blog for oneself and not care about who reads it, comments really ARE the fuel that keeps a blogger going.
(That and links. I wanna be on some blogrolls!)
Posted by: Mauser at May 31, 2013 02:31 AM (cZPoz)
Posted by: jon spencer at May 31, 2013 07:03 AM (RtbUg)
Sorry, I'd read the F1 posts... except I'm not really a sports person, not even sports involving a ton's worth of speeding metal.
Posted by: Mitch H. at May 31, 2013 08:20 AM (jwKxK)
1. Are you taking vitamins? B6 and B12 are pretty easy to deplete, and good for energy. Mr A and Mr C are also your friend.
2. Sorry I didn't comment on the Monaco post. I've been kinda blah myself lately.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at May 31, 2013 03:31 PM (cvXSV)
@Jon Spencer: I had a four day weekend last week. That's about all I can hope for until... um... February, I think.
@Mitch: Would you believe a F1 car weighs 1400 pounds with driver and fluids? So not even a ton, and not a whole lot of metal, either.
@SB: Big honkin' multivitamin every day; it alone gives me 70% of my Vitamin A, and at least 150% of the other three.
Posted by: Wonderduck at May 31, 2013 04:12 PM (lpH3d)
I always read every F1U, and enjoy them. I keep F1 fun for myself by watching the races with a couple of my friends and serving them regional/ethnic cuisine from the country of each race; that way even if the race isn't great, it's still a fun event.
Have any thoughts on the Mercedes testing controversy? Or are you waiting to see what the FIA will say?
Posted by: flatdarkmars at May 31, 2013 06:57 PM (I55Es)
FDM, mostly waiting... I'm pretty sure the unintended consequence of it all will be that Pirelli will leave the sport feeling hard done by, and rightfully so.
Posted by: Wonderduck at May 31, 2013 09:31 PM (lpH3d)
I look forward to the F1U every race weekend, and enjoy your take on things, even though I don't follow the sport otherwise.
Sounds like it's definitely time to shake things up a little in Duckland though--all work and no play, and all that.
Well, THAT Was A Code Brown...
Imagine this, if you will:
Outside The Pond, there was a thunderstorm going on. A big one. One that, in fact, had spawned a tornado an hour earlier. Accompanying the thunderstorm were pretty decent winds, small hail, and what looked like the entire contents of the Gulf of Mexico. Despite all that, the temperatures only dropped five degrees when the front came through. Unfortunate, as it's been kinda hot and humid-ish all day. Still, it looked like the front was moving quickly and everything would be calming down in maybe 10 minutes.
And then the tornado warning sirens began to go off.
I got off the internet and headed for the hallway that leads from my living room to the bathroom, while grabbing the TV remote and calling up the good local news station... only to find that nobody knew why the sirens were going off. A minute or two later, they stopped.
Well. "Hand me my brown trowsers, please."
UPDATE, 5/20: Found out this morning that the sirens went off because a police officer saw a funnel cloud over the city. Good call.
I feel for you. This has been the most... uh.. interesting weather season we've had in Texas in the last couple of years. I spent last Wednesday night helping my older daughters get through their first real tornado sirens. All these years living in D/FW and I still jump when the sirens go off.
Posted by: Tom Tjarks at May 20, 2013 08:04 AM (prK6s)
How is this video not being hailed as one of Humanity's Great Accomplishments?
It's worth watching in HD... go ahead, I won't mind
In my lifetime, we've gone from grainy black-and-white video of Neil Armstrong's small step that the entire world watched... to a Canadian mission commander in a more-or-less permanent space station orbiting the Earth, just shortly before he returned to Earth in a Russian capsule, singing a song originally recorded by a Brit a month before that first moon walk. And it's all in glorious high definition video.
When did the world get so blasé about stuff like this? How did we let it get so jaded? What's wrong with us???
Yes, it's probably one of the ultimate cool things. But once something gets into the range of possible, it also tends to become something normal. And we react appropriately.
This is simultaneously one of the high points of art and technology ever, and just some guy singing folk/filk while stationed faraway, which is totally normal; and passing the tapes along, which is also totally normal.
I'm still worrying about the spinning guitar thing. Guitarists are usually more protective of their instruments than that. But it was cool.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at May 15, 2013 01:06 PM (cvXSV)
I _am_ very happy to see that the views went from a couple thousand to eleven million since my first viewing. I mean, that was a bit weird.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at May 15, 2013 01:08 PM (cvXSV)
Banshee, don't make me lecture you about raw URLs. Use the buttons and everything'll be cool.
Posted by: Wonderduck at May 15, 2013 05:21 PM (Axk8h)
Frankly, I'm depressed that we have had to settle for 'dude in low orbit (instead of on the moon) doing silly things on camera' for longer than I've been alive.
Posted by: Karl at May 16, 2013 10:41 AM (eiQvN)
I think I rather liked Commander Hadfield's video of wringing out a towel in zero-g. I never would have guessed how it played out.
Many of you, my hale and hearty readers, may have noticed something of a decrease in my output of free ice-cream as of late, and arguably a decrease in quality as well. This is an observation that I would tend to agree with. My long-time readers, probably less hale and hearty owing to being here longer, probably have some inkling as to why this is occurring. To whit, Finals week begins on Monday over at Duck U., and that means it's book buyback time at the Duck U Bookstore!
"But Wonderduck," I hear you saying, and I do wish you'd stop that, it's disturbing, "that's next week, not this week, you numbskull." To which I reply, "Yep. And there's nothing that needs to be done to lead up to that week, nothing at all." Sure, it isn't quite as busy at next week, but it's busy enough... and that brings me to what's going to happen with my F1 coverage.
I will be working on Saturday. We have a registration and orientation day for incoming students, and I'll be manning the Duck U Bookstore cash register from 10am to 5pm. As one can imagine, my coverage of Quals will probably suffer somewhat. Allegedly I'll be leaving the store around 3pm on Friday, but that's more a hope than a for-sure. Practice coverage, never my strong suit even in the best of days, may suffer, depending on when I actually DO leave. At least race day won't be affected. I'll admit to hanging on by my wingtips right now... there's so much to do, and my energy levels are somewhat low.
Not shown: Wonderduck
The good news is that I've continued to slog away at the first writeup of Eva Movie 1.11, and it's looking like it'll be quite good. If you know what I mean. So there's what's happening. I'll try to bring you more soft-serve ASAP.
I fully understand, having put in a couple of 65 hour workweeks in a row, how work can have a detrimental effect on one's blog output. (I just need a little help with the new "Posting pictures out of a zip archive" feature. I e-mailed the help link, but a reply hasn't come yet.)
Posted by: Mauser at May 10, 2013 04:23 AM (cZPoz)
I'm not even doing 65 hour weeks, just 45-50. But the stress has been ratcheted up a few notches.
Go visit Pixy's place, Mauser... I betcha you'll get a response there!
Posted by: Wonderduck at May 10, 2013 06:47 AM (Za5eH)
Actually, I remember it being mentioned on SDB's blog, so I did a search over there, and eventually found where it was originally mentioned - Interestingly enough, it came out in response to my worries about how many individual uploads the final episode of Mysterious Girlfriend X would take. I never did get around to posting the rest of those. But now that I have a version of Photoshop for my PC (The infamous free version of CS5) and this trick, now all I need is the free time to finish editing.
MUV-LUV will be a review to remember....
... and a warning.
(Still, the thing should be mentioned in the help pages.)
Posted by: Mauser at May 11, 2013 02:11 AM (cZPoz)