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Oh my god will it ever end!

- had a feelings dump with Karl last night. I feel so much better. I used to be so good at carrying around bad feelings but I just can't do it anymore. My "putting up with feeling awful" muscle is gone.

- I am no longer young, had to sleep eventually last night while Karl just didn't bother to try before his flight out.

- The alarm in the bedroom sucks because I can NEVER get it to turn off. EVER. it snoozes, but then just starts going off in another way. Music, then Music with lights, then alarm, then a different alarm, etc. Every single time I go through this with that thing and never learn to just push the button in the other direction. And the UI geek in me gives me full allowance to blame that on the designers and not on myself.

- Karl won this minuscule 1 GB iPod (I know... I know) from the last job just for being awesome. You know... just a few months before they laid off his entire group. He offered it to me for the plane, then loaded it up with stuff. But I wasn't allowed to look. So I've got some sort of unholy random-only "flying to the midwest" mix on this wee little iPod that I'll have to just... discover on the plane.

- This is the first time we'll be traveling separately like this. He's going to LA - I'm going to the midwest. I think one of us got the shitty end of this deal but I guess which of us could be debatable depending on your perspective.

- I have to put together "work attire" for this trip. Which means a bunch of different shirts with the ONE pair of dress pants I have right now. I'm such a schlub. I also don't really have a lot of shoe choices. How is it that I'm allowed to retain my girl license?


- This is also the first time in uh... 5 years? I'll be travelling alone. And the first "business trip" I've been on. So it's one big adulthood growing pain.

- Why the hell is this portioned out like a list? It clearly is not a list. Well.. it's a list of paragraphs. Fine.

- Books purchased recently - Ubik (Dick), Paycheck (Dick), The Divine Invasion (Dick), Delux/updated/recolored edition of Batman: The Killing Joke (Bolland and Moore), V for Vendetta (Lloyd and Moore - can't believe I've never read it), Stardust (Gaiman, Vess), Robot Dreams (Isaac Asimov), and American Gods (Gaiman).

- So far I've only read The Killing Joke and Ubik - But I'm just so looking forward to making it a point to fucking read more.

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frobisher
Apr. 17th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
Wow. I loved The Killing Joke. I'll have to check this out. Thanks!
maddening
Apr. 17th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
I just picked it up because I hadn't read it and there was a special note at the end from the artist. He apparently was never happy with the original colors. He also said that when he was recoloring there were things here and there he couldn't resist the temptation to fix. So there are changes slight to moderate (very tiny shading differences all the way up to a new figure in the frame that was never there before) in the actual art as well. Which is a comic nerd's dream, really.

And it's a hardcover. So yay. It's one of Karl's favorites.
punkalicia
Apr. 17th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
losing your girl license isn't so bad, it's when to come repo your vagina that it gets a little freaky. And wow, I'm so going to come up with a logo for a service like that...

I really liked Stardust and American Gods, I think you'll enjoy them. I've been trying to up my reading. It disturbs me how little reading I feel like I get done, when it's something I enjoy so much.
maddening
Apr. 17th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
yeah, I love Anansi Boys and I've seen the Stardust movie. I'm just instrigued by the art style in the book because in a lot of ways I can only associate Gaiman with Dave McKean. But I know how you feel about the reading thing. I used to go through several books a week and lately it's a big deal if I go through 2 a month. Makes me sad.

Also - I don't know how I feel about someone taking my vag - but I'd stand up and applaud if they'd just come get the ovaries. And honestly - part of the boobs. Overnight I've gone up a cup size and I've become one of those "taking the bra off at any opportunity" people. And it's just not a good look.

hadtobegoo
Apr. 18th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
The Killing Joke is awesome, but I don't like what they did with the color in the new edition. The colors seem subdued and the images don't jump off the page like they originally did. Perhaps I'm just getting old.

V for Vendetta is just fucking fantastic. It's my favorite thing that Moore has ever done. I'm just started reading From Hell for the first time right now and it's pretty groovy as well.

As far as newer graphic novels I highly recommend The Walking Dead and Fables.
maddening
Apr. 18th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
Woohoo thanks for the recommendations. I always don't know where to head. I loved all the Sandman stuff from Gaiman, and Garth Ennis is just amazing. Alan Moore is of course fantastic as is Frank Miller (who wrote The Dark Knight Returns, another favorite batman) and Grant Harrison just for writing Arkham Asylum, my absolute favorite batman - doesn't hurt that Dave McKean did the art.

But yeah - I'm always looking for something I'll like and just never sure of what direction to go. Recommendations are always welcome.
akadashi
Apr. 18th, 2008 06:54 am (UTC)
HAHAH YOU SAID "DICK DICK DICK"


Really though, on the front, the second button from the left turns it off (as it's playing), and the switch on the right side totally turns it off if you slide it all the way to the back.

And you don't have to wait until you fly to play with the wee iPod thingy.

And it's almost looking like "The Dark Knight" Joker = "Arkham Asylum" Joker, which would make me really happy. But we already talked about that.
maddening
Apr. 18th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
I always say "dick dick dick". All the time. We'll never be able to go back to that restaurant again.

See, I know these things about the way the alarm clock works, but I never do it right the first time. And yesterday I managed to do it wrong like... 5 times.



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