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Echoes and Mirrors» Blog Archive » Your mom is a happy new year.

Your mom is a happy new year.

I haven’t posted anything in some time, it seems. Well, the holidays have been quite hectic. I’ve up to my ears in parties, booze, women and other such refinements. Some of my more philosophical debates have sharpened me up a bit despite the fact that none of my friends have any training in these areas. That is, to say, they forced me to strengthen and refine my positions on matters. In addition to that, I’ve still been reading (although taking the five minutes to post was beyond me). I’m still working my way through Gravity’s Rainbow and it’s a very entertaining book, but I’m finding out why most people have never heard of it: it is difficult and avoided by the masses. Makes it seem that much more worthwhile, though.

Here’s what I’ve been assimilating into my paradigm:

  • The Biology of Democracy and Tyranny. Which just seems logical and right, by any measure I can think of. Those little quips about History being written by the victors, while cliche are essentially right, but not even so much in the way of physical written books.
  • Inside Cannibal Holocaust. One of my favorite movies, ever. My friend thought he would shock my sensibilities with August Underground. He failed, but I returned the favor with 1man1jar.com -really, please, do not click on that if you are at work.
  • True love exists for 10% of humanity. The rest of us can still expect that 7 year itch, it seems. Biochemical destiny.
  • I’m considering this right now. It’s just scary to imagine leaving everything behind, but given the fact that I only have half as much stuff as I did a year ago, it’s not impossible to part with the material items that fog up life. My biggest problem has been how I want to go about getting rid of things: chucking things into the dump is just wasteful; I want to make sure somebody else can enjoy them. Also, catching some compensation in return is necessary. The trade-off is the scary part.
  • Top 100 Albums of 2008. I have to subjectively disagree with a good portion of this, but it is a good roundup of bands you’ve never heard of, and maybe should. Slate does its roundup too, which is slightly more accessible and still contains a whole mess of music you should be listening to as well.
  • Interviews with a whole bunch of famous people, courtesy of BBC4. Freeman Dyson is featured here, but there is much more in the archives.

I’m sure there is a whole mess of other stuff I should have been posting about, and this is all rather light fare, but fucking boo-hoo. I’ll be posting some of my own personal musings about interpersonal/collective relationships, bloody savages and the importance of visceral experience, cuts and scratches and why people drive in the snow.

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