June 2009

2009 06 26
Dark sky, sun, rainbow

Posted by in: Odds and ends

So purdy . . .

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2009 06 25

Posted by in: U.S. politics

Among the many reasons to look forward to the day when Republicans don’t espouse gay-hostile policies is that when that finally happens Democrats won’t have the excuse of Republican hypocrisy (about marriage, the family, etc.) to point to as they attempt to make political hay out of the infidelities of Republican politicians.

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2009 06 21

Posted by in: Music

A few days ago I noticed a beeping noise coming from outside our apartment, probably from the apartment directly across from us. At first I thought the batteries in some appliance were going out, but the people across from us seem to be ill, and my current theory is that the beeping is part of some medical device. Of course I’m too polite to say anything to them about it.

It’s just loud enough that I can always hear it. Since I first noticed it, it’s gone continuously, every few seconds. What’s especially annoying about it is that it doesn’t quite go at regular intervals. I’m pretty good at tuning things out, and I think if the beeping were at regular intervals, I could tune it out in the way we learn to ignore the regular ticking of a clock. But the irregularity of the beeping means that I start to half-consciously anticipate the beep when it’s due, or experience a micro-moment of surprise when it sounds slightly ahead of schedule. A stimulus that is constantly changing is hardest to ignore. Because I’m sort of a fresh air fanatic, this means that we need to sleep with white noise playing, or I’ll lie in bed anticipating the beep. It’s pretty annoying.

You know what else is annoying? People who pester me to use the august authority of this blog to promote their own projects. I won’t say who has recently begun a campaign of harassment and threats, except that he occasionally comments here and that he has haunted my life for the last 16 years like some malevolent trickster god. He wants me to mention XXX Live Nude Girls, a barbie doll opera, which is premiering at this year’s Summerworks Festival in Toronto. I’m obliging him now with a link only because I believe that if you don’t give in to people who make threats, they’ll never go away and leave you in peace.

Of course I haven’t seen the show, so I can’t vouch for it. I can, however, grudgingly admit to the high quality of at least some of the people associated with the show. Toca Loca seems to be involved with it somehow. I’ve seen them live twice, and they’re electrifying. The vocalist Christine Duncan is also part of the project. Her strange, creepy, inventive album Barnyard Drama: Memories and a List of Things To Do is fantastic.

Anyway, I include an exclusive promotional picture for the show below the fold, mainly to show you, concerned reader, what the world is coming to these days.

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2009 06 18
Technical difficulties

Posted by in: Metablog

I’m afraid that Explananda is nearing the end of its relationship with its current server, which is suffering from late stage iis dementia. When I get a chance I’m going to switch everything over to a new server. Until I get to that, you shouldn’t be surprised to see the server flaking out intermittently.

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2009 06 17
Despair, triumph, gratitude

Posted by in: Anecdotal

Our green cards arrived in the mail today, almost two years after we first applied for them. Two years doesn’t sound like a long time to wait for a green card, but I can assure you that they have been packed solid with gripping unblogged drama. As a result of a series of screw ups, for much of this time we have both been unable to travel, and I have been unable to work. At the beginning of the month, just before we found out that we had been approved, we were actually on the point of deciding to return to Canada at the end of July.

Besides a feeling of overwhelming relief, the main thing I feel now is gratitude. Throughout this entire ordeal, Yoon and I have been on the receiving end of a stupendous amount of generosity and kindness from a large and supportive network of friends and family. It made a bigger difference than I can adequately describe. We are both profoundly grateful.

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2009 06 14
Busy, busy

Posted by in: Odds and ends

But still alive, in case you were wondering.

I’m also in the middle of Proust’s (almost) 1.5 million word novel series, which is another reason the book reviews have sort of tapered off recently.

I’ll be back!

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