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The Little Things

The folks at the Apple Store have been pleasant and helpful and generous about my loosely held rage about the 9 day, 6-roundtrip repair of my 27″ desktop that started with a simple broken DVD drive. I thank them and I am ready to have my computer back, thanks.

No one is dead or even ill. I have not been unable to communicate on the blog, though admittedly, every part of it is harder (except the license to write less that I have afforded myself in light of the hardship.).

But man… after the first couple of novel days trying to create systems to push content in the site using just the iPhone and iPad, it’s been really hard. It’s like having a nagging cold or a broken toe. You just want to be at zero so you can start fighting the normal hassles more comfortably.

Somehow, at least in the moment, a severed limb seems less of an obstacle than a loose end that has no knot in sight.

It’s an odd element of human nature. Or at least mine.

A character on Treme was quoted as having said, “I’m too blessed to be stressed.” He was quoted at his memorial after having been shot in the head in a random act of violence.

Still, he was right. Wasn’t he?

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12 Responses to “The Little Things”

  1. Rob says:

    Treme is a really, really good show.

  2. Hallick says:

    Treme’s the best Netflix disc that’s been sitting on my dresser for the last five weeks (I really need to start watching that show….)

  3. Joe Leydon says:

    it’s not the large things that
    send a man to the
    madhouse. death he’s ready for, or
    murder, incest, robbery, fire, flood…
    no, it’s the continuing series of small tragedies
    that send a man to the
    not the death of his love
    but a shoelace that snaps
    with no time left …

  4. Anghus says:

    Louie CK does a bit calked something like “everythings awesome and no ones happy”.

    Sums up that treme quote pretty well.

  5. Get a laptop, mang.

  6. (In addition to the desktop, that is. That’s how I roll.)

  7. David Poland says:

    I have a laptop, Kris.

    Like I said, not handicapped. Just not optimized.

    It’s like having a fan in LA today and no AC.

  8. christian says:

    What kind of laptop do you have then? A Macbook Pro can edit a feature length film – what are you doing?

  9. movielocke says:

    I must confess season one of Treme was good but never really gelled for me, but since about ep 3 of season 2, right about the time I was going to quit the show, it’s been firing on all cylinders and makes me like that first season better.

    Still, isn’t it kind of dumb to make a show that you have to watch 13 hours of material before you start to get it?

  10. SamLowry says:

    I’m having the opposite problem with “The Walking Dead”, which I just started watching on DVD. Most shows would have put off a certain event and milked it for the entirety of the first season, but here they present it at the beginning of the third episode? Rather odd, rather “What a coincidence!”, but I’m only up to episode 4 and I figure they wrapped that storyline up so quickly for a reason.

  11. JKill says:

    I feel like a lot of newer television because it’s becoming more serialized and less episodic is now more along the lines of a novel where it continues to build and fragment and expand, and doesn’t neccessarily come entirely together until pretty late in the game. I think it’s neat that TV can now have that kind of freedom and scope, and that these shows are now successful enough to stay on.

    I haven’t watched “Treme” yet beyond the first two episodes of season one, but with “Walking Dead” I felt the show was much more about mood and tone than plot. I love the way the show is paced, but I’m hoping the next season (which I’m very excited for) goes deeper with the cast of characters, and that they have larger emotional arcs overtime. The first season, which I loved, felt almost like a mini-series in how self contained and quick it was. But I might be wrong about that when the second season rolls around. I’m not reading the comic books, and just watching it fresh.

  12. SamLowry says:

    While watching “Zombieland” yesterday, I remembered Simon Pegg’s protest (“Zombies don’t run!”) and came to the realization that the fast-moving creatures in this movie and in “28 Days Later” simply aren’t zombies because, for one thing, they aren’t dead.

    They were infected with “mad human disease” in ZL and the “rage virus” in “28 Days”, giving both a mind-destroying fever that leaves them drippy and decaying but since they’re not dead yet they have pep to spare. Romero’s shambling critters, however, do fit within the classic definition of “an animated corpse brought back to life by mystical means”, which explains why the disembodied parts of these embalmed husks can still move and fight: Magic.

    Considering I’m a scientific-kinda guy who likes realism, I have to admit the fast-moving buggers are the more realistic of the two.

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So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

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I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

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