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24 April 2003 @ 01:27 pm
the wonder of birds  
I bought the book microserfs to read at lunch, which I may regret, and had a grinder made by the Grand Central Bakery, which is one of the seven wonders of the world Pioneer Square, and then came back and watched laurashapiro's and Morgan Dawn's new RayK/Fraser vid "The Wonder of Birds," which I don't really have any words to describe, as during lunch my brain was apparently replaced bite by bite with salami. You use a word like "beautiful" to describe a vid and it can only sound lame, but there's no way to convey the leaping uplift, the feeling beating upwards like wings as love between two people rises--and it sounds "romantic," but instead it's exhilarating, sharp like snow.

I am still so very tired. I'm about to have a one-on-one with my manager and will be trying to figure out what her current perception of me is--the precise temperature of her appreciation--so that I can decide whether or not to ask for the rest of the day off. Our team just got a minor reorg. Two of our tech guys were reassigned elsewhere. It's pretty much a good thing for all concerned, but it reminds me yet again of just how fundamentally unstable this place is. In the same way that Seattle is earthquake prone, our company can seem settled, but then one day, wham, you're going to get shaken up. It's inevitable.

Someone seems to have magnetized my desk so that it picks up any stray office debris from the Asian market across the street. Wasabi peanuts, Japanese lantern, Hello Kitty balloon.

The wasabi peanuts look a bit like Trix. It'd be kind of funny to mix some in with young Johnny's breakfast cereal. Or maybe I could make them into a necklace.


 
 
 
Circe: xandercirce_tigana on April 24th, 2003 02:00 pm (UTC)
Microserfs is ehhhh. Okay. The best part is the food the computer geeks eat :)
I recommend Girlfriend in a Coma or Miss Wyoming if you're looking for Coupland.
juniper200 on April 24th, 2003 03:55 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's funny, because I feel exactly the opposite way. I love Microserfs and I'm deeply ehhhh about Girlfriend in a Coma.
Nia: pop is fantasticpopfantastic on April 24th, 2003 09:03 pm (UTC)
Hee. I love Microserfs and Girlfriend in a Coma (which I feel has the slight edge, but is less iconable), but Miss Wyoming left me going, "So there really was no there there?"
Kat Allison: spikegileskatallison on April 24th, 2003 03:00 pm (UTC)
there's no way to convey the leaping uplift, the feeling beating upwards like wings as love between two people rises--and it sounds "romantic," but instead it's exhilarating, sharp like snow.

Lovely description of a lovely vid. But, yeah, I know the salami-brain feeling--I want to have a panel at Vividcon on "How to talk about vids without sounding like a big inarticulate dork." Because I *need* that panel.
sisabet: spike loves angelsisabet on April 24th, 2003 03:29 pm (UTC)
I would be at that panel taking notes. I am hoping a benefit of the common vocabulary that we are supposed to be developing is that I will be able to discuss exceptional vids without lapsing into, "Duh..pretty."
laurashapiro on April 24th, 2003 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm all agog.
Thank you, sweetheart, for saying such nice things about the vid -- and out here in public, where everyone can see. (: I'll take a "beautiful" from you (or Kat!) any day of the week.
This Space Intentionally Left Blankbarkley on April 24th, 2003 06:50 pm (UTC)
Microserfs was the best book I read last year. Then again it pushed every single geek button I had left that didn't get pushed by Cryptonomicon.