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I've reverted back to my comfy old rut for the moment, but the S2 system does seem to have some shiny bits that I need to explore further. Unfortunately now is not the night to stay up way past my bedtime learning about them, as I work at 7 tomorrow. On the other hand, I'm not working this weekend, which leaves me with all kinds of free time to learn about it then. For my convenience, here's a link to the LJ Customize page, where I keep going to explore this stuff.

Boring notes to self regarding LJ style crap )

Oh, and before I forget: many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] jmpava for helping me with default page stuff, accessible via the former link and the "browse options" links on many a default page. Also big thanks to Peter for helping me find the Customize Journal page. Whee?

It is so definitely bedtime now.

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So I'm at the Eugene Public Library feeding my LiveJournal and Everything2 addictions, with varying degrees of success (Internet Explorer can suck it! I want my tabbed browsing, dangit!) I want very much for our DSL to start working now please. On a related note, if you've sent me email in the past five days, I haven't gotten it. Sorry. Them's the breaks.

Hrrrm, what else? Um, our housewarming party was a laidback, low-key, fun affair, with a dizzying Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle interlude in the middle for me, [livejournal.com profile] chocolatesmudge, [livejournal.com profile] acapnotic, and Peter's mom. It made my head hurt, especially Cameron Diaz. So... much... cognitive dissonance! I took notes. Film is text, baby! Ok, I'm shutting up now. I should probably go home and have pie with Peter and his mom before she leaves, but I'd been without Internet for way too long. I'm a dork.

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May. 16th, 2003 03:53 pm
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Matt Ruff's new book is out! It's called Set This House in Order, and it's about two people with multiple-personality/dissociative identity disorder, and as of about 30 seconds ago I'm 3rd in line for it at the Eugene Public Library. I don't know if I can wait that long, although I kind of want to wait for the paperback before buying it, since it would better match my pocket book copies of Ruff's previous novels, Fool on the Hill and Sewer, Gas, and Electric (you can feel free to mock me for my anal-retentive ordering of my library now, yes). There's all kinds of good links about the new book from his homepage, including an essay he wrote about the book for Powells.com; I'm still exploring them and it's very exciting.

(Matt Ruff, for those of you who don't know, is one of my very favoritest fiction writers. His books may not be great literature, but they're always damn fun to read, and I wish I could come up with anything half as clever as even a small fraction of his characters. Here's what I wrote about him for Everything2, although it's sort of out of date now.)

In other news, we're watching Cassie the neighbors' kitten this weekend while her family goes camping, and the weather outside sucks so there's currently two cats of cuteness curled up on our couch. You know you envy me.

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Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.

For once on the face of the earth,
let's not speak in any language,
let's stop for a second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness...

If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves
with death.

Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead in winter
and later proves to be alive.

Now I'll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.

~ Pablo Neruda, "Keeping Quiet", Extravagaria, translated by Alastair Reid. I found it at Keeping Quiet@Everything2.com late on 18 March 2003.

I might add some profound comment later, but for now I think this poem speaks for itself (and my current feelings about the world) very well, and I wanted to remember it.

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I didn't have a camera at the Portland anti-war rally and march on Saturday (March 15), but I took pages of notes, mostly on the signs and slogans I saw around me. Now judging by the livejournal comments I've posted, emails I've sent out, and Everything2 homenode update I've posted today, I feel like writing more about the experience, so here's some preliminary thoughts, taken from the aforementioned email and LJ comment and E2 homenode post.

The bad news first: I was really disappointed by the number of signs and effigies making fun of George W. Bush. As much as I agreed with some of them, they mostly struck me as petty and counter-productive. I know he wasn't really elected, I know he comes across as an idiot (I can't stand to hear him on the radio, let alone watch him on TV) and most of all I know it's embarrassing he's the public face of the United States in entirely too many ways, but dangit, I for one was marching for something bigger than personal dislike of Dubya. Sigh.

Now for some happier news: One of the coolest things about the anti-war rally and march in Portland was that there were people of all ages there, not just teenagers and college students. It's not just rebellious kids who think the war is stupid, it's grandmothers. Which is just great. It's good to know that not everybody is hypnotized by the TV news. Also, I feel like there's much less of getting teargassed or shot by riot police when there's little old ladies in the crowd. Which is a good feeling as well.

According to the Sunday newspapers (including the New York Times), there were 20,000 to 30,000 people at the rally and march in Portland. I was glad it made the news. Even if the administration isn't listening, at least the media couldn't ignore it, and in turn that means people who didn't march got to see that there's plenty of people opposed to the war. Whether it will make them think is a different story, but it's a start. I wonder if the U.S. anti-war protests make the news in other countries. I hope they do, because one of my major reasons for getting involved is to try to show as many people as possible that not everyone in the U.S. is blindly supporting the administration's war plans.

That pretty much sums up everything I've been telling people about my experiences at the march and rally. I feel like I should have more to say, but I'm kind of drawing a blank right now. Oh well. At least I've gotten those thoughts down where I won't forget them too quickly.

Update, 13:43: Happy Saint Patrick's Day, all. And please keep sending me your book recommendations (for those of you who just tuned in, yesterday I asked for suggestions on good books about the history and theory of nonviolent social protest).

Update, 15:55: Picture of me at the Portland anti-war march and rally courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] qousqous: Read more... )

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