May 12th, 2005

bazille_summer scene

Indulgence

I'm feeling quite the sloth at the moment, having spent two hours watching reruns of Bam Margera's show on MTV. I'm sure I could have made more productive use of that time, but the show invariably sucks me into its delightful world of childish destructiveness. Why could I not have been a skate punk? All those hours I spent in libraries, I could have been gathering scars and breaking bones. It's a bit disconcerting to realize at my age that I have an inner Bam, but life is full of surprises. At least I've never found myself to have an inner Charles Manson or an inner Tom DeLay. I must admit that I might have an inner Bill Gates, but it is my good fortune that my particular skills and talents are not particularly conducive to his emergence.

I also once thought that I had discovered my inner Gypsy Rose Lee, but it turned out that I'd only drunk too much that night, with the ultimate result that I nearly ended up without anything inner- stopping, I suspect, only just short of feeling something round and furry. While it's certain that I could do worse than having an inner Bam, I do believe that an inner William Carlos Williams, for one example, would do me more good. But I guess we don't get to choose our subconscious passions. In the end, I'm glad that there is an outer Bam, through whose publicly flaunted antics I am able to indulge those passions without exposing myself to any actual risk of physical harm, other than the possibility of laughing my ass off. I can only hope that the risk of psychological harm is also minimal. But I still feel a bit guilty about spending so much time at it.
caillebotte_the orangerie

Delayed

My dentist had an emergency patient, so they asked to delay my appointment until June 12th. OK, I can put that off. But now I have an unexpected hour to fool around with, and nothing planned. What to do, what to do? Ah, of course! LiveJournal! :/

But first I stopped off at Ourmedia, to see if anything interesting had been posted. Indeed, there was the announcement of another new service, called The Videoblog Directory which, in turn, provided a link to Freevlog.org, which in turn appears to be associated with Wordpress, and with Google's Blogger service, and Ourmedia itself, which is operating in partnership with The Internet Archive. Dude! It's all metastasizing!

I don't have time to download videos, being on dialup, so I have no idea what most of this stuff is about, but it's interesting to see what's happening with all these sites, now that a substantial percentage of Internet users do have high speed connections. I'm tempted to nab the 12.6 MB quicktime video by Josh Leo currently featured on the front page at Ourmedia, though. I ought to watch at least one.

At least I don't need a high speed connection to enjoy Limerick Day. Hooray for text files!

There were no fewer than five bumblebees buzzing around the black-eyed susans when I stepped out my front door this afternoon. The day is definitely warm and springy. I'm going back out to wallow in it.