Category Archives: Meta

Learning things. (One.)

(I sat on my back porch yesterday and, instead of brainstorming project ideas, this came out. Well, this and a lot of other words that I’ve broken down into shorter pieces. This is Part One.) Read More →

Wompin’ on the geep.*

I freely admit that I was only vaguely aware of the existence of Tig Notaro until I saw her on the ‘This American Life’ cinema schmancy satellite event this spring. Richard even had to point out that she was on ‘The Sarah Silverman Program’, a show I have seen — only a few episodes, mind, as it breaches the funny/nervous-breakdown-inducingly-awkward balance a little too often for my delicate sensibilities. Read More →


I’ve been doing this daily blog for 294 days now. I don’t remember even half the stuff I’ve written, since, for the most part, the quotidian defogging-my-brain thing is the first thing I do, often while I am caffeinating for the day. I am fully aware that a few bits are clever, and a whole lot are pretty fucking awful. But this started as an exercise to get me writing something, anything, every day. I don’t plan on quitting any time soon, even if the ‘fucking awful’ seems to creep in more often than I would like. Read More →

Pawnee Rangers.

Yesterday was one of those days where I started (again) despairing over constant teenaged-style whinging and moaning on social media, combined with childish proclamations, supposed ‘inspirational’ quotes over photos of Lego models and bear cubs, and just general non-adult behaviour from supposed grown-ups. The first bit, of which I am definitely occasionally guilty (though mine tend more towards the bitching-about-work tweet variety), reminds me of teenagers who write bad poetry and/or, like me, tag along with their older siblings to Cafe Wim and decide that feigning boredom or ennui makes them seem more interesting. It really doesn’t. 15-year-olds don’t know anything. Read More →

Pluralising the word ‘hiatus’.

I read this yesterday, but from the headline alone, I probably could have answered ‘yes’. It’s also, in part, made me decide to take a break from the social media juggernaut as well and to post less frequently to Twitter. Why? Like most of the folks Mr Marche talks about in the article, I spend far, far too much time online. I am one of those people who ‘checks in’ at various online outlets on my phone before I even get out of bed. I am wasting a lot of quality time in good weather sitting inside at a computer screen. I should be doing something aside from trying to be first person in my group of friends to link to a photo of a miniature hippopotamus from my Facebook wall in a vaguely five-year-old at a grown-up birthday party ‘Hey! Look at me! Look at me!’ jumping up and down way. Read More →

Marketing on the internet.

Off for a run, though my last few have been so awful that it’s very tempting to just stay here and get even more unfit by lying around drinking beer and eating chocolate. But as my plans for tomorrow involve both of those things, I’ll hold off.

I get a lot of weird spam comments here, mostly on a post from last November. I’m not sure what keywords the Levitra and R0lex sellers are using to find it it, but find it they do. Here are some gems that have popped up recently in lieu of a proper entry, because I love broken English and platitudes as marketing tools for Michael Kors knock-offs:

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Harvard crew.

I generally make a point of not trying to be all shill-y on this blog, even though I do talk about my workplace quite a bit. We’re scrambling a bit, because our printed publication’s subscribership has gone down about 75% in the last five years as the Internet has taken hold even further. But people can’t find our website (partly because of a too-be-rectified SEO issue) and/or just can’t be fucking bothered to FIND INFORMATION ON THEIR OWN. So I get phone calls and emails asking when we’re playing a film we’ve already played, or if parking is free, or any one of 800 other queries that could easily be answered by visiting our very informational website. This is getting worse because now my name and email address are right in the printed guide. Yay. Read More →

Terry Bradshaw.

Back much better today, probably because I did virtually nothing yesterday aside from reading the New York Times (not all of it – the Kindle version makes it less guilty-making to skip sections) and kid lit (From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – if you, like me, didn’t read it as a kid, you’ll probably still find it totally entertaining comfort reading) and being slept on by the cat (better than a hot water bottle, right?). Of course, now I really want to go to New York City rather than go to work. Read More →