Wow. October 1. While the rest of the world takes out winter gear, gives the lawn the last mow of the season, puts away its patio furniture, starts thinking about snow tires, and stocks up on hot cocoa, the Valley of the Sun enjoys sub-100-degree temperatures and pleasantly cool mornings and evenings.
We are now heading in for the long stretch of “Oh yeah, this is why I live here.” The season where The Weather Channel becomes a sitcom filled with giggles and gloating, and driving involves rolling down the windows and feeling the breeze.
This is also the Season Time Forgot. From now till April or May, the temperature will give no clues as to the passing of time–is it November? Don’t know. What’s the weather? Nice.
The flipside of this is that, at least for me, Christmas The Winter Holiday kicks down the front door armed with a big ham and presents to buy with hardly any warning … What do you mean it’s freaking December 20? It’s still the middle of Nove… oh shit. Every year I think the calendar will save me, but it never does.
Perhaps the Internet could save us? If some enterprising soul could rig a camera to take a nice desktop-sized picture every day and push it up to a server, so I could set my computers to download a fresh pic of the season changing every day, the sight of the trees dropping their leaves and the first snow landing on the ground could stir something deep inside into action.
Posted Saturday, 02 October, 2004 by Nic Lindh
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.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.