Friday, February 04, 2011
Confetti on the Table
- The dining room table is covered in what looks like confetti. Since I’ve been struggling with the organization of the book, I decided to write ideas down on small strips of paper, then arrange the strips into groups as they made sense. TW has been a good sport, but I’m acutely aware that I’ve only used half of the strips thus far, and have already covered an entire placesetting. My goal is to get everything in reasonable order without having to add the leaf. Luckily, it’s cold enough that I don’t think there’s much danger of anybody opening a window.
- Okay, enough snow days. Seriously. Meeting schedules and deadlines are complete disasters at this point, and there’s really no place left to put snow. The kids and the dog are getting cabin fever, and I don’t even want to think about when their summer vacation will start. A snowblower should not be an everyday tool, and the daily battle between the road plow and the bottom of the driveway feels like an allegory for something.
- Why doesn’t Amazon have a Kindle app for WebOS? I know WebOS isn’t huge, but how hard could it be? With Apple getting more territorial about taking a cut of everything, it seems like diversifying the platforms would make sense. If not a full-blown app, then at least an easily used mobile-scaled website for Kindle.
- Patton Oswalt’s Zombies, Spaceships, Wasteland is better than I expected. He captures the frustration of being a basically decent person trapped in an absurd situation, whether it’s a doomed multiplex in high school or a tragic comedy club in Canada. The book has its share of jokey bits, but I was impressed at how reflective most of it was. Several chapters really capture the sort of walking sadness I remember vividly from my own teen years. His reflections on male nerd culture at a certain historical moment ring true. Thoughtfully done.
- The Boy won a certificate for the President’s physical fitness challenge. Mercifully, it never occurred to him to ask if I had...
- Life’s awkward moments: someone on campus recently recommended that I start reading “a blog by this guy, Dean Dad.” I nodded, and smiled noncommittally.
- This weekend, we are all cheeseheads. The Onion pretty much nailed it with its headline “Ben Roethlisberger One Win Away from Being a Good Person.” Go, Packers!
One of the reasons it probably works well is that it forces the writer to GET TO THE POINT. I remember watching TV news shows (I ditched cable awhile back, haven't regretted it) where the anchors would repeat. the. same. stuff. over. and. over.
Because this Dean Dad guy had really good ideas, right?
LOL! You didn't ask why....?
Hahaha! Obviously you've never spent a winter in North Dakota. :-D (On other hand, if you did, your meetings would likely not be cancelled on account of snow...)
In that situation, I would have been unable to stifle the urge to say, "Yeah, I checked it out a couple years ago, and it didn't look interesting."
Re: Twitter. Most. Awesome. Tool. Ever. Not without its flaws, of course, but seriously, most of my news, information about how to do my job better, and semi-peripheral information that eventually becomes important come to me via Twitter. In the last two days, Twitter helped me find an image my husband could use for a logo, and helped me find a tool that would be useful for her students. I ask questions, I get answers. I post answers, I get thank yous. And news comes to me faster and better than by CNN/MSNBC.
Re: twitter, I was surprised to learn this semester that only 1 of 37 students in my undergrad engineering class use twitter in any form. I decided to continue using email instead.
He uses post it notes, and a manila folder or large piece of paper. Can cut the planning time down considerably.
The advantage: post-its don't blow away. If you put them on a large manila folder of piece of card, then you can fold up/roll up, and still have your outline there when you go back.
That said, the dining room table has a certain amount of urgency - must finish before dinner?
Deadlines have power.
Anyway, I only came here to say that it's an interesting situation to be in, but not as surreal as what happened to Leslie a couple of weeks ago -- a reader of her blindly peer rewiewed rejected article recommended she read her own work.
Here's the link (too lazy to try to remember the html for this, sorry!):