Tuesday, April 26, 2016

On the passage of time...

I wrote this 13 years ago:  http://bigstupidtommy.blogspot.com/2003/04/i-skipped-work-today-to-go-run-in.html

I started this blogamathing in November of 2002.  I think this was the first thing that I wrote that a goodly number of people linked to.  And by goodly number, I mean, like, 3 people.

Every now and then I'll run across something I've written on here and think "that's pretty good."

This is not one of those times.  The idea is funny, and I like it on that basis.

This blog will turn 14 this year.

At work, we've passed a number of milestones, with regards to the age of the co-workers.   I realized that I have a couple of e-mail addresses older than some of the folks I work with.

If I stay with my company that long, I'll have a weblog older than a co-worker.

It shouldn't take me aback.  We all age.

Still.  It made me raise an eyebrow.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Superman, and whatnot

First real day off in ten days or so.  Of course the brain wakes itself wide the hell awake at 5:30.

Read this article, which has made me mark Superman: American Alien down on my list of things to check out, at some point.

The thing that turns me away from it is this, though:  too many Superman stories are focusing on the fact that he's not human.

Take it as read.  We all know.  We don't need to rehash it.  One of the charms of Superman is that he's cool with it.  At least for me.  The inner turmoil and loneliness?  Turns sulky real quick, especially in Zack Snyder's Superman flicks.

Oddly, this all makes me think of Tarzan and the Lost City, which is a helluva fine Tarzan flick, easily the best of the past forty years, which just jumps into the story without wasting time telling you who Tarzan is, and how he came to be.

It might well be part of why Superman is boring to some:  we just see the same story over and over again....

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Random Thoughts

Ain't wandered around the blogamathing in a little while.  What's new?  That's a good looking haircut!  Have you gained weight?  Here's a bullet point list of the things that have been going through my head lately:

  • Working like a botard.  I feel like I've spent the last month covering for somebody.  I feel that way because I have been.  Between people being sick and vacations.
  • A situation at work arose that might have benefited me a promotion, potentially.  It didn't pan out, we found out today.  That's a bummer.  I've worked myself stupid, the past six months especially.  There are days (like today) that I don't feel like I'm getting what I should be. 
  • I wandered out to see Batman vs. Superman Monday.  Hoping against hope that it would be better than the reviews I'd seen.  I was disappointed.  It's a mess.  Neither Batman nor Superman is true to his roots.  It felt like an 80's action movie.  There was no heart there.  No humor.  I felt like going back in time and apologizing to sixth grade me.
  • My odd problem?  Gotham City and Metropolis are across a bay from each other.  OK.  Well enough.  But in the 18 months since Superman came to Metropolis, he couldn't be arsed to fly half a mile across the bay to meet Batman?  And vice-versa?  Especially when Clark seems so ever-loving concerned about crime in Gotham?  It's no problem to fly around the planet to save Lois from African Warlords, but flying across the bay is verboten?
  • Reading Matt Ruff's Lovecraft Country right now, and I'm really impressed.  Episodic, short storyish collection of stories about the magical underworld, surrounding an African American family in the 1950's.  Tremendous stuff.
  • Baseball season has started.  And I'm pleased.  That's all I'll say, for fear of jinx.

Monday, April 04, 2016


The Cubs start the 2016 up tonight, over in Anaheim.  It's a late start, but I'm closing the store, so I'll get the watch the last few innings after I get home tonight.

Excited is not the right word.

I'm optimistic.

I've said it before:  somehow, I'm not comfortable with the winning.  I don't know how to act.  The losing?  I'm used to.

The team is stacked.

The most you'll get out of me, though, is that it's going to be an interesting year.

For sure.