Lots of Things Including an Orange Hat

1. My Grandma Doris turned 91 I thought on the 15th, but since there are pictures of her birthday party up on Facebook, I’m wondering if it was the 5th. Anyway, there she is in her jaunty new gardening hat. I wonder if she got her driver’s license for another year. I should call my mom and ask.

2. W. has written a post about what he calls a bridge. I keep looking at it, but I can’t quite make my mind believe that’s a bridge and not a walkway. It’s weird when you realize that you think you have a working definition for something–like “bridge” is just an object that connects two sides of a body of water–but then you realize “No, it has to be in the air!” Anyway, I get why W. thinks this has kind of not yet achieved its goal of not being obtrusive, but I think that, if this becomes a common kind of design at historic sites, it will be.

3. Even writing this post made me laugh so hard I almost couldn’t finish it. I’ll be ignoring the comments, which I recommend for anyone who wants to continue to have a nice day, but I’m still proud of it.

4. This is exactly half right about Franzen. What I mean is that it is exactly right in the direction it’s looking. Franzen is contrasting himself to “Status” writers. This explains so much of what I don’t like about him or his approach. Because I love weird, playful shit. “Let’s see what we can do if every third word has to be ‘blue’.” So this analysis, as far as it goes, I think is exactly spot on and perfect. But it’s only half of the issue. On the other side, we have the Franzen who is too good for Oprah, who wants to write things men will read, who wants to write real books, not like those girly things.

So you see what the real issue is, right? Daddy Bear’s book is too hard. Momma Bear’s book is too soft. Baby Franzen’s book is just right.

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7 thoughts on “Lots of Things Including an Orange Hat

  1. You’re right that those steps are a good idea, even if there isn’t a crisis. But one thing thing that I learned while working on “mission critical” computer systems is that a crisis gives you carte blanche to do things that were a good idea before there was a crisis, but that you couldn’t get approval to do. Once there is a declared crisis, the gloves come off; you can do absolutely anything to the production servers to resolve the crisis, without going through the usual 11-month approval process that applies to even the most minor, most benign, and most beneficial changes.

    So government policies to help kids get healthy food, and to keep them from getting squashed by cars? Communism! Statism! Totalitarianism! …until there is a “crisis” like the obesity “epidemic”. That’s pretty messed up, but that’s how we roll.

  2. I get what W is saying about the bridge too, but I think the unobstrusive nature wasn’t to say that the bridge wouldn’t draw attention away from the fort, but rather that it wouldn’t be an obvious circumvention of the moat. Kinda like those electric fireplaces designed to (sorta) look like real fire. It’s a way to have the convenience of the “fire” at the flip of a switch without loosing the appeal of the fireplace and mantle and what not. The bridge makes it convenient to cross the moat, without visually making it obvious that the moat (designed to keep people OUT) has been compromised.

  3. But there’s no room for the troll, W. The three billy goats gruff go right across that thing with no worries! How is that a bridge then?

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