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|Thursday, March 12th, 2009|
|A request for help from the many grammarians on my flist...
So, round about the 8:54 mark, our hero reads the closing of the blue letter. I'm curious about the parsing. Specifically, would you render it as,
"...and remind him, when he needs to be reminded, that failure should never lead to despair. For despair looks only to the past, in business and in love. The future is now."
"...and remind him, when he needs to be reminded, that failure should never lead to despair, for despair looks only to the past. In business and in love, the future is now."
I really like that quote, and so believe it or not (who the fuck am I kidding, if you've met me you have absolutely no trouble believing this) I've looked online for a script. The one I've been able to find after a quick Google omits the "for", and parses the rest like the first option. With the "for", though, something seems off and the second option feels more correct. Does the "for" make it a fragment? Not sure why that seems wrong standing on its own, it just does.
Yes, I know, who really gives a shit, but this is something where my journalism and artist (lol) sides mesh. Both want to get quotes right, either as part of a legal job requirement or as someone who would hope that any future reproductions of his work would be as faithful as possible.
I really only expect Brandon to respond anyway, but if anyone wants to watch ten minutes of The Hudsucker Proxy and respond, they're more than welcome.
|Thursday, February 5th, 2009|
Have been thinking about rejoining over there, and today went and cruised through some threads, mostly MPSIMS and GQ.
Overall, would you say it's worth the time you spend there, in terms of the community feeling and general intelligence? I know Kyla's still there, as I saw a thread she started, and I think a few others of you are still lurking if not posting. I don't expect a return to the halcyon days of yore or anything, but if it's a bunch of goons or sucky threads I'd probably just stay out of the pool.
Um, as for the rest of life-it's going.
|Tuesday, January 20th, 2009|
Well, I'm getting better. I'm still not ready to jump back to MySpace, so I'm dumping stuff here again til that time comes. I used to feel as though I was, well, cheating on you guys by going over there, until I realized the vast majority of you were over there as well, and those who weren't probably had heard enough of my pissing and moaning that seeing my few and far between entries get fewer and farther between probably wasn't a huge loss for you.
So, anyway, yeah. I'm getting a better grip on the whole deal, I think. Or more likely the distance that comes with time and complete cessation of communication is taking the edge off, as time does to everything. I do find myself wondering if being completely absent from her life is the way to go, mostly because I feel as though that was a mistake I made out of pride back before the pregnancy. Now that the pregnancy is here, though, and it seems a solid decision has been made on her part, not being part of her life in any fashion seems like the safe bet for both of us. Still, if there are feeling still there on her part...
And so the cycle goes.
I used to wonder if I could ever be a true writer if I either a) never experienced an emotional pain like this or b) didn't experiment heavily with drugs (which would likely eventually CAUSE a pain like this). I think I found my answer. In the days immediately following the initial revelation, I realized that writing was the only thing that took up every available inch in my head, and therefore was the only thing that could keep me from thinking about the situation. Even cooking, which I normally enjoy, had parts that were mechanical enough to allow my brain leeway to start playing over the past. And so I got, oh, about 67 pages into a brand new screenplay before I knew it.
I can tell now that I'm calming down, overall, as the frantic urgency there at the start has died down. I will finish this one, though; I know exactly what I want to do and have, oh, three possible endings, so unlike past projects, I can see a finish. I'm giving myself til the end of the month, and considering I do next to nothing here at work I should have ample time to do so. At such time, I'll be enlisting a few of you for read overs, should you have time and inclination (I'm sure the thing's going to end up a behemoth, probably in the 150 page range, and will be badly in need of trimming). Also, finishing this will be a step in life I'll take for myself, a step away from how I'd begun to envision things for Christina and I. She wanted a baby (presumably multiple), and she's working on what she wants in her life. I want to be a screenwriter (and possibly act/direct, if I can learn enough about it), so fuck it, I'll at least finish one, even if it never gets picked up.
As to that lessening of urgency thing-I got a Circuit City gift card from my brother and sister-in-law for Christmas (I know, but I don't think they really read the papers much), and figured I'd better hurry and unload the thing as quick as I could. I picked up the first 4 seasons of The Office. Coincidentally, it's been ridiculously cold the past week or so and I've been ill to varying degress, so I've been camped out on my broken down couch under a down comforter for about 5 days. They weren't necessarily the most productive days (didn't even make it into the shower yesterday) and Saturday night was spent in a vomit and diarrhea puntcuated haze, but I got through all of them, deleted scenes included. I haven't laughed that hard in quite a while, so it was definitely worth it. And the blooper reels energized me on the writing thing again-how much fun would THAT be as a job?
(And like I told T yesterday-Pam and Jim made it through 3 years, her engagement to Roy, Jim's move to Stamford, his dating Karen and his near mutilation at Roy's hand. All I'm facing is a baby and a doormat fireman, right? Pfft. Cake.)
So, that's the state of things. Still haven't started a Facebook, since I'm not certain I wouldn't end up being faced with Christina in some fashion. I'm getting to be okay with the thought
of how things are, but being visually reminded of them isn't something I'm up for yet, I don't think. LJ is unknown enough that I feel safe I won't be presented with some photo of the two of them or some damnable update on her pregnancy.
Speaking of, where's Lib? Has Josie joined us?
|Friday, January 9th, 2009|
It's really fucking freaky odd to have Rowdy Rod's voice come at you from every cubicle you pass. Even worse when people are on different streams, so the effect is akin to a giant gubernatorial falsehood echo chamber. Needless to say, not much is getting done in the State offices with Internet access this afternoon.
Thanks for the well wishes and advice, guys. I'm plodding along, and each day seems to take a little more of the edge off. I'll be getting in touch with everyone soon-I booked my weekend pretty full-and will figure out when we can get together.
|Wednesday, January 7th, 2009|
|Evidence that, though I don't post, I do read here...
Well, should LJ fall to pieces, I suppose I shall bite the bullet and open a Facebook account, though I don't really want to. I'm on hiatus from MySpace as it is, and have been resisting getting onto Facebook so I don't feel compelled to operate two sites at once. However, it appears I'll likely lose contact with some of you if I don't, so I'll wait it out for a bit to see what happens. If LJ does cease to be, you can contact me at flypsyde3 at comcast dot net for the relevant information. I'll scan through recent posts for links and addresses from you guys.
And I guess ( it's time I put this out hereCollapse )
|Wednesday, August 20th, 2008|
So, if it's feasible, I'll be downtown Saturday
. I have a feeling, though, that people will start camping out, oh, in about 20 minutes, so who knows if I'll be able to even get close enough to see him.
Oh, and HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!
. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. The fuckface.
|Friday, June 13th, 2008|
And it's Friday and I'm really damn bored. So what the hell, I'll post. Here's the rules, if you haven't seen them:
-Set your media player/iPod/mp3 player to shuffle/random.
-Post the first 2 lines to the first 40 songs (Nate said 30, Shannon said 50, I'm splitting the difference).
-Strike through the songs that folks correctly guess.
-'Googling' is LJ for 'cheating', you bastards.
1. It's the perfect time of day/It's the last day of your life
2. She wriggles and she wraggles/She jiggles and she jaggles
3. Baby's black balloon makes her fly/I almost fell into that hole in your life
4. I'm only pretty sure/That I can't take anymore
5. Autumn air, it carries me there/Less than an hour to go
6. Hey Miss Murder can I/Hey Miss Murder can I
7. Well everbody's talking, sayin you make me rave on/Even my old grandma said you make me rave on
8. I thought I saw a man brought to life/He was warm, he came around like he was dignified
9. This is where the party ends/I can't stand here listening to you
10. Stacey's mom has got it goin' on/Stacey's mom has got it goin' on
(sonofabitch, why don't I just put the goddam song titles up and have you guys tell me the first 2 lines)
11. No, I just, I just got home, one evening/And um, yeah and I was just walking home
12. Oh here you are/There's nothing left to say
14. I'm gonna make you bend and break/They sent you to me without wings
15. Well I've been workin' in a coal mine/Goin' down, down
16. I woke up it was seven/Waited til eleven
17. Now I'm the king of the swingers, ohh/The jungle VIP
18. Johnny played guitar/Jennie played bass
19. I'm not a perfect person/There's many things I wish I didn't do
20. I could feel that it was over/Your love for me
21. Here she comes/Don't say anything
22. Out the door, just in time/Head down the 405
23. I know she said, "It's alright/Well you can make it up next time"
24. Blue morning, blue morning/Wrapped in strands of fist and bone
25. Set adrift on memory bliss of you/Baby you send me
26. She works at Hot Topic/His heart microscopic
27. Complicate this world you wrapped for me/I'm acquainted with your suffering
28. Things are gettin' weird/Things are gettin' tough
29. Bangkok, Oriental setting/But the city don't know what the city is getting 30. Oh, once upon a midnight deary/I woke with something in my head
31. Sean, I'd say the best one came from Tupelo, Mississippi/I'll tell you now that grown men cry and Irish girls are pretty
32. I find my brother in there/Deep in my heart
33. I want you to remember/A love so full it could send us all ways
34. Over mountains, over trees/Over oceans, over seas
35. I've got the understanding of a four-year-old/I've got the peace of mind of a killer's soul
36. The dawn is breaking/A light's shining through
37. I'm me, me be/Goddam, I am
38. Been beat up and battered around/Been sent up and I've been shot down
39. You are everything I wanted/The scars of all I'll ever know
40. Well, I see them every night in tight blue jeans/In the pages of a blue boy magazine
It occurs to me that I listen to an inordinate amount of songs with the title in the opening lines. Enjoy my fucking remedial version of this game, guys, good grief.
|Saturday, November 10th, 2007|
|Friday, September 21st, 2007|
|Monday, June 4th, 2007|
|Thursday, May 24th, 2007|
|One of these actually surprised me for a change (and the name's Noah, fuckers)...
Your Score: Mr. Bennet
You scored 54 Idealism, 45 Nonconformity, 50 Nerdiness
Are you on the list?
Congratulations, you're Mr. Bennet! You are one mysterious person with mysterious motives. Despite all the mystery, it's clear that you believe what you do is for the greater good, and you are obviously a well-educated person in your field. Your best quality
: Dedication to your work/organization/etc. Your worst quality
: Keeping too many secrets
|Thursday, May 3rd, 2007|
I need 1k more to reach Exalted w/ the Aldor-and, interestingly enough, you're supposed to get 1k from completing 'Deathblow to the Legion' in Netherstorm. If either of you plan to be on Saturday, it'd be so totally boss to complete that.
And I could also use an Arc run. Oh and I need to kill a Reaver.
But that Aldor thing is top on the list.
|Monday, April 30th, 2007|
|Anyone still got their SDMB sub active?
I'm wanting to grab an old post of mine. I signed up with a trial account, but couldn't see it in the forum list of threads. Is the Archive still active and searchable for paid subscribers? If so, I'd be most appreciative if someone could find "On Class Distinctions and the Subway Order Line" in the Pit and C&P it into an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Monday, April 23rd, 2007|
Clear, untinted glass + dark, thick hair = cheating.
Though the eyes were a tipoff.
Previously, I'd waited for Heroes
to show up on iTunes and watched it on my PC. This week, though, I'm thinking I might not make the wait.
|Thursday, March 29th, 2007|
This may be a repeat to anyone who reads my MySpace blog, but....
Okay, I'm trying to build a PC for my roommate. For some reason, it appears that BOTH PCI-E slots are bad. The video card I'm using is PCI-E, and I've tested that it will at least transmit video in a different chassis/mboard setup. However, I can't get ANYTHING out of it on the new setup. Any thoughts?
Also, I've got a dvd drive that inexplicably doesn't appear to get power on the new setup. The drive itself is good, as I've tested it on the other chassis. The only thing I can think of here is that the IDE the mboard came with is labeled HDD. On my rig up here, the cable's labeled CD-ROM. Probably the worst n00b question ever, but would that keep the drive from powering on (is there even a difference between the 2)?
Any help or thoughts would be appreciated.
|Tuesday, March 6th, 2007|
|I know it's only March...
but the best moment on television this year? Ando the Security Guard.
And the worst? "I'd like to see how that works..." (fade to black).
|Thursday, March 1st, 2007|
|Monday, December 25th, 2006|
|Tuesday, November 7th, 2006|
One of the best things about my job (and there aren't many) is that, every four years, I get the chance to FIRE MY BOSS.