Status Updates for 2009-11-29

29
Nov
2009
  • What is the world coming to? My mother just recounted a dream she had last night about her iPhone not working properly. #
  • I can't believe how many (mostly anti) health care ads are on TV here! #
  • In the Olympics of female impersonation, hormone injections and surgery must be the equivalent of steroids and doping #

A good reason not to watch TV

29
Nov
2009

My parents watch a lot more TV than I do. I notice this every time I come back to Indiana to visit them, because the television is on a lot of the time. I don’t know if it is a generational thing, but if I want to watch a show, I generally just download it and watch it. I never turn on the TV just to see what is on. I am much more likely to fire up an internet browser and search for particular content. So it has been interesting to note while I have been here that there is an inordinate amount of advertising on the health care initiatives moving through congress. These ads are funded by vested interests and are overwhelmingly anti-reform. This got me wondering about how effective these are. How many people get most of their information from the TV and what are the demographics of those people? Are there regional differences in the advertising and strategies of those opposed to reform? Do they think that if they can convince enough people of a susceptible mind set, they can kill reform? Perhaps these ads are running heavily on the east coast as well, and it is merely by virtue of the fact that I watch no television that I am spared the onslaught. In any event, they are simplistic and fear mongering, urging viewers to stop the “government takeover” of our “wonderful” health care system. They make me want to puke.

Tradition

28
Nov
2009

There is a lot of gay in my family. And although all of us live far away from Indianapolis (where we grew up), we all try to come back for the Thanksgiving holiday to spend time with the extended family. And so, over the past several years, it has become a bit of a tradition around Thanksgiving to head out en masse to the gay bars some of the nights we are home. ┬áThis week was no exception, although there was perhaps a tad more drinking last night than customary. I make this judgement based on the fact that we ended up at White Castle at around 2 in the morning. As an aside, I was sorry to note (even in my drunken state) that White Castle has “redesigned” their interiors to look more like a cheap ┬ánursing home than the formerly modern, clean, all-white look that I remember somewhat fondly from my youth.

Amusing Muse

27
Nov
2009

Regular readers of this blog have no doubt noticed that I haven’t been extremely verbose recently. In fact, outside of my twitter one liners, I haven’t really been in much of a creative writing mood. This could be for any number of reasons, things haven’t exactly been a picnic in my life recently. (Although as my grandmother used to say, “Nothing is so bad it that it couldn’t get a little worse.”) Still, it got me thinking about the fickle nature of (my, anyway) creativity. I don’t have a huge degree of control over when it comes and goes, and I have noticed that it is uneven in the many areas of my life. For example, I have had a fairly creative streak recently with regard to a couple of web projects, even as my creative writing output has dwindled. The quality of my twitter one liners is always mixed, sometimes brilliant, sometimes awful (such is the nature of status updates and off-the-cuff announcements. But I never have and never will tweet about going to the toilet, so you may take some small comfort in that). So often, I pull up a blank blog post and stare at the screen with nothing to say, and I ask myself if I really need to. Why write if I am not in the mood to do so? I know that the mere act of forcing myself to write with regularity improves the quality and kind of my output, even if individual posts are nothing special. On the other hand, who is this blog written for? It is not like I make any money off of it. I do it to communicate about ideas that matter to me. I do it to publicly work out certain ideas and get some feedback. Why force myself to put something out there if I really just don’t feel like it? All kinds of things affect our creativity, and there are all kinds of things we can do to stimulate it. Fascination is everywhere around us if we only look. But sometimes it is hard to see. So take this one as me forcing myself to get back up on a horse I haven’t been riding very much recently.