Tuesday, July 05, 2016

July Currentlies

Happy belated Independence Day to my fellow Americans! And congratulations to us, I guess, for managing that e pluribus unum thing more successfully than our parent country. Ahem.

Right. Time for the currentlies!

Current clothes: Blue shorts. A Doctor Who t-shirt with the 10th Doctor's (in)famous "big ball of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff" quote on it. White socks.

Current mood: Pretty good. Got lots of sleep today.

Current music: Nothing much.

Current annoyance: They told me "some time in early July," and it's early July now, but I'm still not sure exactly when the contractors are going to be here to do my driveway. Which is understandable, and probably not a big deal. My boss even very kindly re-arranged the schedule so I'm not on night shifts next week, so I'm not faced with the possibility of trying to sleep while people are using jackhammers outside my house. (Unless they end up doing it later in the month, I guess, on the Monday after my night-shift weekend, but that'd probably be more deal-withable, anyway.) But I get really, really antsy when I can't get things pinned down so I can make plans.

Current thing: So, I did finish playing Undertale again, and got my happy ending reward for not killing people. You can also get a very different kind of play-through if, instead, you kill everybody, but there was no way I was going to do that, partly because I didn't want to go through it again, but mostly because of the overwhelming guilt. So I found a YouTube video that'd show me what happens if you do that... and the game still managed to make me feel like a terrible person, just for watching it. Well played, game. Well, played. Anyway. That was definitely worth the ten bucks I paid for it on Steam, because even being done with it, thoughts and feelings about it seem to be lingering in my head and bouncing off each other in interesting ways. Arguably, when you play it as a pacifist, its response is a little too preachy and saccharine, but overall it's a well-aimed commentary on the largely unexamined way that games expect you to progress through violence. And when you put the various possible paths together, there's some fascinatingly meta stuff going on. Also, it has funny skeletons.

Current desktop picture: Still the same 12th Doctor wallpaper.

Current book: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. A good (if perhaps slightly over-hyped) book about a super-depressing subject.

Current song in head: Some of the stupidly catching music from Undertale.

Current refreshment: Nothing, but it's gonna have to be lunchtime soon.

Current DVD in player: I just finished disk 3 of season 2 of Community. Which is slightly weirder than season 1. I am not complaining about this. Truth is, despite the occasional musing about whether perhaps our popular culture is spending a little too much time gazing into its own navel, I actually do love the meta. (With or without funny skeletons.)

Current happy thing: I've been taking a little extra time to relax lately. It is good for the soul.

Current thought: Speaking of funny skeletons, I think I'm going back to the Discworld Death novels next. Hmm. Come to think of it, Discworld is also pretty meta. There seem to be some strange, strange patterns in my media consumption at the moment...


  1. "...more successfully than our parent country. Ahem." Eh? The United Kingdom was still united, last I checked.

    1. For the moment, anyway. I'm not taking any long-term bets on it staying fully that way.

      But, of course, I was referring to the EU, whose structure at least very loosely resembles the way the diverse individual states of the US make up a larger whole, whose inhabitants are free to move around at will. Whatever the US's problems -- and hoo, boy, do we have 'em -- we've at least managed to hold that sort of structure together even with a large number of states. Well, um, at least since the 1880s, you know.

    2. Ah, well, the EU isn't a country -- which was kind of the point of the recent referendum.

      And yeah, you guys did have your own bout of unpleasantness a century and a half ago -- and one often hears rumours of similar unpleasantness in the future, given the sharp cultural divisions that do exist in your country. (Mind you, unlike Scotland and Quebec, you guys haven't had a referendum on the question yet. Not in the past century and a half, at any rate.)

    3. I didn't say it was. I just said, they weren't applying that fancy Latin principle as well as us. Hey, let the US have something to feel legitimately superior about, will ya? We're hurtin' here!

      In any case, whatever it may be doing to the UK's economy or anything else, I suppose we can at least be glad there's no bloody shooting war over whether or not they're allowed to leave. Ours was not fun.