I hope everyone had a great Christmas! I got a shit-ton of cool stuff, especially lots of great books. Transformers-wise, Dollface got me a set of unopened vintage Transformers View-Master reels. Of course, this leaves me with the quandary of whether or not to de-virginize and enjoy this set or leave it in its pristine state. (Hint: toys are made to be opened, no matter how long the wait.) I also got this awesome Decepticon-loving shirt:
Prawn. Prattle. Pusillanimous. Pustule. Poinsettia. Placid. Paragraph. Practice. Plaintiff. Priss. Prick. Prance. Plethora. Park. Particle. Pristine. Poppy. Ponderous. Painstaking. Point. Press. Pomegranate.
Poise. Puck. Pucker. Puckish. Palpate. Possible. Postulate. Posse. Pregnant. Pause. Pardon. Pogo. Ponce. Pugnacious. Pugilism. Punt. Pun. Pontificate. Present. Precisely. Presentiment. Perfect!
Wow, it's been a while since I've stayed up until 2am coding improvements to this site, but that's exactly what I ended up doing. What can I say, now that my back is feeling better, I'm really in a coding mood. I'll probably feel like shit tomorrow. Anyway, let me tell you what I did this evening.
My primary goal was to create tools that made it as easy as possible for you, dear reader, to be alerted whenever there have been new posts or new replies on this site that might interest you. I know it can suck to re-visit a website frequently without finding anything fresh, or likewise to come back after a month and realize that you've missed a lot of updates and discussions that would have interested you. So here's what you can do now...
I love lists. I love them. I love itemization, quantification, prioritization. I love efficiency and thoroughness and accomplishment. I try to resist absent-mindedness, forgetfulness and especially slothfulness, and lists help me do that. Online lists of music recommendations compete with the stack of CDs on my desk; a small collection of to-watch DVDs are outgunned by my Netflix queue. To-read books are a foot thick, to-read comics as long as my arm. Emails that need attention are starred or labeled PRIORITY or both.
But it's my personal To-Do list that intimidates and exhilarates me. Historically I've maintained several lists in several places, presumably because I just jot down reminders on whatever's handy, electronic or otherwise. Now I'm trying to keep everything in my Google Tasks list, accessible on iGoogle, Google Calendar, and Chrome extension. Gawk in horror as I share some of these items with you. :)
Some of the following statements are true. Others are not. I leave it for you to decide.
Push. Drive. Shove. Pierce. Stab. Press. Force. Lunge. Attack. Move. Jab. Position. Oh.... Thrust. You make a big noise and show, but I know that it's all bluster. Come here, I'll show you who's really in charge.
Our latest improved edit was undressed by Lee. Thanks, man!
There is simply not enough time to do everything I want to do. I must learn Japanese. I must finish writing those two songs. I must teach myself PHP by recoding and updating starriors.com. I must read this book on massage (called The Book of Massage). I have a whole stack of books in my to-read queue. I have things to sell on eBay. I have to save money to open a comic book store. I have to resist the urge to buy Fortress Maximus. I have to pay off my car.
When am I going to get those tattoos? (Next month.) When am I going to finish reading Doctor Faustus? (Next decade, apparently.) When am I going to hang out with people and get drunk? (This weekend.)
One of the strengths of the relationship Heather and I have is that we have so many things in common. We like a great many of the same things, to varying degrees, like comic books, horror movies, Doritos, the internet, the Beatles, cats, sloppy joes, reading.... and making lists.
We love to make lists and organize things. Heather spent her day off today making lists. She ordered and properly labeled her MP3's of My Favorite Husband. She arrived at the comic book store with her list of books to buy, composed in Microsoft Excel using an ornate and well-considered font, sorted by book format, issue number, and price (with a computed tally at the bottom). This list was printed, trimmed to pocket size and consulted regularly. Now she is organizing her comic collection, which includes printing thumbnail-sized images of the each series' first issue, which is then used to make a divider tab so that she can easily locate each series. Note that she rarely re-reads her comics, and thus rarely has a need to find any particularly series quickly, but if she did, the search would be short and efficient.
Why haven't I blogged in a week?
Well, for one, I was busy planning, preparing and executing a bachelor party: coordinating guests, strippers, bowling, poker... even an erotic cake. I'm a thoroughly meticulous planner, so these things occupy time and energy, like discretely borrowing poker tables from the bachelor, or making a lapdance-worthy MP3 playlist. Meticulous.