Diary 6/24/22: Roe v Wade; Republicans; unnecessary suffering; Rachel Maddow; girls in the US; a difficult day; macros for word processing.
Diary 6/13/22: Second day of hearings; Jonathon Green gets attention here; Chris Hedges quoted; Visual Basic obscurity; anti-war on Pirate TV; change of emphasis in today's entry.
Diary, 5/17 to 5/20/22: Ghostbusters: Afterlife; better fantasies; fabulous Turandot; McAfee woes; Natalie Belikova artwork gift; praising Highsmith; turn inward; Hitchcock and Chomsky.
Diary 5/14 to 5/15/22: Blog name change; Rosetta Stone package; social isolation; I'm 1 in 1000; trackpad problem solved; crazy kids; Hemlock Club meeting; future prospects; a couple of jokes.
Diary, 5/10 to 5/11/22: No Dr. Strange; Sony and Morbius; Richard Medhurst; too many syllables; photo memory? Recommended books; Hartmann; vertigo; macros; smoothie woo hoo!
Dreams; constipation; erectile dysfunction; madly in love; my oldest computer TRS-80 Color C.; blog readers; neglected books; Astronomy for Writers.
New mouse; new books; MS Word woes; Sleeping Beauty and other DVDs; Vietnam and discovering Kawabata; Isabel Miller; Hemlock Club hairpulling and poetry; Leonard Cohen; Loaded Diapers; etc.
Many dreams, movies, and books; my CO2 invention; HC and mysticism; reading Austen's Emma; Henry Miller quotes; Arthur Koestler; bell hooks; XR; writing tools; McAfee woes; self-mastery; Family Guy binge.
Kick Me progress; Windows woes; a car will change my life; book and movie reviews; Edward Dahlberg books; some empty days, too.
I’m thinking that the reading I do, which I called “sifting” a while back, mostly doesn’t stick except in the form of externalized memory. That is, I highlight in books and/or type out quotes in my Collected Quotations book, but I don’t often review these products. So I sift out the gems, but don’t make much use of them. I need to make more use of them. Then I won’t be feeling like I’m just wasting time. In fact, the process, which grew by itself, seems efficient...
I’ve always struggled somewhat with questions of ethics and what they should be based on. My final answer was to say, if anything deserved to be called evil, it’s unnecessary suffering...
At the last Hemlock Club, J said he doesn’t want to play board games, though he made an exception for Scrabble, “because it’s educational.” He was distinctly lukewarm about spending more time together. Also, when I brought out the puzzle box, and talked about it, neither of the “Hems” were the least bit curious about it. Clearly, I have mistaken my friends.
A most pleasant surprise: Black Book, a WWII thriller with a stunning, charming, gutsy performance by 30-year-old beauty Carice van Houten. Very tense at times, with lots of twists and turns, lots of death, lots of bare bosoms. Good recreation of ’44 Holland. Happily, no concentration camps. Directed by Paul Voerhoeven of Starship Troopers … fame? I picked up this DVD somewhere cheap, perhaps the last library book sale. This one really got under my skin, well, she did, especially.
I've been off the Internet for a month due to software problems. This is the first of two long posts to get me caught up to the present in my Diary posts.