Monday, December 08, 2003
But you already know how many words I wrote yesterday, don't you? The "Untitled Novella" is a frustrating piece. The contstant need for more research, the time I have to spend going through books and websites looking for one fact, one word. Yesterday, it was human musculature, light speed calculations, Polish names for women, Tertiary mammals, and Martian geography. And yesterday was an easy one, research-wise. Last night, I read more of Ellis' Architeuthis book and Spooky and I almost finished Primal. I expect we will finish it tonight, and then we'll have to try to find something else half as good.
Tomorrow, I have to go to Birmingham, so I'll lose a day of writing, which is annoying. But there you go.
A good while back, I made the browser switch from Microsoft IE5 to Mac's Safari. All in all, Safari is a vastly superior browser. As someone on my phorum put it, the programme is "zippy." Indeed, it makes IE look like a snail. But it cache's like a frelling pack rat, and that's beginning to annoy me. If anyone out there knows how to diminish Safari's caching capabilities, please drop me an e-mail.
Kudos to John Kerry for his choice of words, regarding Bush's handling of Iraq, during a recent Rolling Stone interview: When I voted for the war, I voted for what I thought was best for the country. Did I expect Howard Dean to go off to the left and say, "I'm against everything?" Sure. Did I expect George Bush to fuck it up as badly as he did? I don't think anybody did. In general, I think Kerry's a twerp, but it's nice to see someone say what he means (assuming that he did indeed mean what he said). I sincerely hope he doesn't apologize to the Administration. If he doesn't, perhaps I'll reevaluate his status as a twerp.
How many people have died so George W. Bush could prove to the world he can piss farther than his father? How many Iraqi civilians? How many American and Iraqi soldiers? It's hard to get numbers that I can believe, numbers that don't conflict with other numbers, and I suspect parties on the left and right of playing fast and loose with their figures. But we're talking thousands, regardless. I'm still waiting to see all those weapons of mass destruction that the Pentagon used to scare Americans into supporting the war, the buggaboo that set this killing spree in motion. I'm still waiting to see a tiny fraction of them. I'm still waiting to see a worldwide drop-off in terrorist attacks as a result of our actions in Iraq.
I'm talking about the war. And I said I wouldn't talk about the war.
I should be writing. That's why I'm here...