One of the weirdest parts of life in the Sonoran Desert is that your seasons are turned around, so that the winter half of the year is when you enjoy the weather and the summer half is when you cower inside during the day, waiting for the fierce blowtorch in the sky to disappear and let you breathe again.
The continent-wide culture of modern America underlines this with national retail stores stocking up on what is considered seasonally appropriate clothing in places where summers are nice and winters are cold. This means that come October, when it’s time to pick up a new pair of sandals and shorts, there’s no way to get them, but hey, a heavy sweater just perfect for sitting in front of the fireplace after a hard morning of shoveling snow? Got you covered.
At this time of year, with the summer solstice coming closer and closer, the general vibe in advertising land is that you should want to purchase things for the backyard and books to read while lounging around in the hammock on a lazy afternoon.
Ah, the Idea of Summer.
Listening to: Stream from Secret Agent
Posted Tuesday, 22 June, 2004 by Nic Lindh
All Nic wants for WWDC is sync that actually works
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.