1. I feel like I’ve been out of the general loop of things for a few days now; my son was sick for most of last week, and I stayed home with him twice, and between that and having yesterday off, I’ve simply lost track of time and space. And all I can offer in response is a quote from one of the more haunting tracks on Blackstar: “Where the fuck did Monday go?”
2. I don’t like abandoning books; there’s something about the act of giving up that makes me feel guilty in ways that I don’t feel with regards to music, movies, games. But I gave up on Paula Hawkins’ “Girl On The Train” over the weekend (for reasons I’m still struggling to articulate), and the only reason why I haven’t yet given up on China Mieville’s new novella “This Census Taker” is because it’s very very short, and I could probably finish it on the evening commute. (I’m very hit or miss with respect to China Mieville – I’ve given several of his books a try and the only one I finished was “The City and the City”; there’s something about his prose that makes my scalp itch, I have to read and re-read every sentence 4 or 5 times because I don’t know what the fuck he’s talking about.)
3. Work continues (at a glacially slow pace) on the new album. I need time to finish lyrics, but I don’t have the time; and when I do carve out the time, I don’t have the inspiration. Even now, when work is somewhat slow, I’m simply not feeling it. I’m tempted to sign up for this year’s RPM Challenge just as a way to kick myself in the ass and finish what I started last year. I do have some friends who have been politely kicking me in the ass, too, but I think I need to stare a deadline in the face and deal with it head-on.
4. Oh, but distractions continue to haunt me. For example, the new iOS game, “Swapperoo“, which is maybe the best and most novel use of the match-3 template since Bejeweled. I’m helplessly addicted and I’m just hoping that’s because it’s brand-new, and that I won’t be playing this until 3 in the morning for the next month.
5. Some movies of note: the wife and I finally saw “Ex Machina” over the weekend, and WHOA. Absolutely fantastic; terrific screenplay, great cast (and it was especially neat to see Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac together in a non-Star Wars context), hauntingly evocative cinematography, incredible soundtrack (co-written by Geoff Barrow, of Portishead fame). I’m a little troubled by an element of the plot that I’d rather not discuss unless we’re OK talking about spoilers, and I’m not sure that too many people who’ve read this have seen it, so maybe we’ll talk about that in the comments. But man. GO SEE THIS MOVIE. It’s free on Amazon Prime, if you have that, and it’s totally worth it.
And the wife and I also finally got to see the new Star Wars together; it was my second time, her third. It’s arguably even better the second time, now that I wasn’t distracted by my foreknowledge of spoilers and such. I think Rey is the best, and I can not fucking wait for Episode 8.