On the Week That’s Been

Six weeks ago, give or take, I decided that I didn’t have to write a blog post every day. I’d written something every day from the end of March 2007 to April 2009, a run of some 750 straight days. I can’t promise that every day was quality, but every day had something.

Ever since I stopped making myself write something online, I’ve been a little more scattershot in my postings.

Partly, it’s that I’ve had other things on my plate. For instance, I set up a test blog running Habari, a different blogging platform, after the painful upgrade to WordPress 2.8 (and then a painless downgrade back to 2.7.1), and ported a WordPress theme to work with the new software. I’ve also had writing. And work.

Work, especially, has been packed this week.

Of course, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking. So, what’s been on my mind this week?

  • The Chicago Cubs taught me disappointment at an early age. Which is why this week shouldn’t be disappointing. This is the week you expect as a Cubs fans. Nevertheless, losing three straight to the Tigers is painful, and I find myself despairing of this weekend’s visit to the Cell. *sigh*
  • I thought the BBC’s Merlin was intriguing enough to keep watching, but I also thought that NBC erred by broadcasting the first two episodes together as a single, two-hour premiere episode. The pacing was all wrong, because these were two completely different stories, and the second hour as a result dragged horribly. Merlin has a very different take on the Arthurian legend, so if you’re expecting fidelity to, say, Malory, you’d best not watch Merlin. And this week? Michelle Ryan! πŸ™‚
  • Michael Jackson. I wonder what it says that the only thing on my mind is whether or not his death is an opening for Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono to get the Beatles catalog back.
  • I have a 500-piece puzzle of the cover of the Beatles’ Revolver album now. It’s a great piece of artwork, and I imagine it’s going to be a challenge to put together.
  • I had a low-key birthday. The Bailey’s chocolate chip pound cake was excellent.
  • I’ve surprisingly kept my desk clean since I got back from a week off.
  • I’m currently reading The Saga of the Volsungs. I’ve read a different translation online thanks to Project Gutenberg, and even turned that version into a Microsoft Reader eBook. But it’s still nice to have a physical book in hand.
  • After The Saga of the Volsungs, I’m going to read The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. I’m already excited.
  • I’m surprised I don’t make more music playlists, because when I do they usually turn out quite well.
  • I have a short story idea I don’t want to deal with at just this precise juncture nagging away in my mind. It’s clearly impatient.
  • I love this lyric from Elbow’s “Grace Under Pressure” — “We believe in love, so fuck you.” I’ve found a live version of the song where that chorus, and the audience singalong, really comes to the fore, which makes it even better. πŸ™‚

That’s my week. It’s Friday. It’s felt like Friday all week. The depressing thing about it feeling like Friday all week is that you know it’s not Friday.

2 thoughts on “On the Week That’s Been

  1. “thought that NBC aired by broadcasting the first two episodes”; I think you mean “erred”.

    It appears that NBC is airing two episodes every Sunday it’s on, because that’s what the DVR schedule shows for this week too. At that rate it’ll only last six or seven weeks.

    From my friendslist I knew it was Smallville AD 500 before I even knew it was ever going to air in the U.S., but I’m just happy to see my pals get a weekly slot on English-speaking tv. And perhaps this will help inspire someone in the industry to create something more Malory-compliant.

  2. Typo fixed. I think I meant the sentence to go somewhere else, then changed direction while typing. Which is completely typically for me.

    My main complaint with Merlin was not the Smallville-esque nature of it, but rather how clean everything looked. I’d have liked a little more grunge and grime. The castle, in particular, looked too much like a set made out of modern building materials.

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