July 21st, 2003

Dark Tower

Now I've Gathered You All Here...

Well here we are. All the cool people already have LiveJournals and now, it seems, so do I.

This is actually for both David Carroll and Kyla Ward, except Kyla won't use it nearly as much, because she's not stuck in front of a computer half the day waiting for C++ to compile. So what are you likely to expect in this space? Social commentary, random cartoons, movie reviews? Well, here's the list I came up with at 4:00 this morning, in my flu-ravaged delirium:

* antibiotics
* Tommorow When the War Began
* Not voting against George W. Bush
* American Gothic
* Annotating our website
* Waiting for my Nikita DVDs and Gunslinger Revised to arrive

It's going to be a long day.

David C
(who will have to start listening to cool music, or people will get suspicious)
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Guns

Here's a quote as seen in Patricia Holt's The Bug in the Martini Olive:

Carrying a gun, especially a very utilitarian one, has the bully-boy flavor of the ersatz male -- the fellow with such a hollow sense of inadequacy, he has to bolster his sexual prowess with a more specific symbol of gonadal prowess. Except for those whose job it is to kill folks, having to use a gun is the end result of a stupid process -- John D MacDonald, Darker than Amber


Hmmm. Well, it's not a new point, but it has have the advantage of the word 'gonadal' going for it. I'm also not sure about the 'utlitarian' bit, since it seems the more flamboyant the firearm, the less useful it actually is. Guns are strange things -- part of the whole gestalt 'Americaness' that informs vast amounts of our culture, but which you have to pick through carefully to get the stuff you actually want in your life.

Certainly, there's lots of movies and books I love that has gunplay in it. Just on my desk here, I have a picture of a ninja-women holding a machine gun (cover of Hunter: Redeemer, which I know Greg Stolze is very annoyed by), and an FBI agent holding a pistol (The Bureau: Inside Today's FBI). My place of work is guarded by armed personnel, and there is a firing range nearby. I've done jury service on a case that involved a shooting. I've played with toy guns, now and then. It all seems somewhat fictional. The ability to pick up a piece of metal and shoot someone dead is magical-realism. Is that a good thing? I don't know, but it seems better than the alternative.

David C
Dark Tower

Style, Baby

Well, here's my first go at a new style for the LJ. It's not very exciting, but matches the website, and should be readable enough. We'll see.

Other than that, my first (half-)day of living in expectation of journalistic boundary pushing has produced... not very much. No DVDs, anyway. I did get an RPG Contract via email which was nice (especially since I'm 12,000 words in).