October 30th, 2012

bilbo

blustery nights

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

The storm is ticking up a bit here in NYC, but it’s not nearly so bad as what you see on V in my neighborhood. The electricity is still on, and any sirens are distant and far between. I’ve also taken a shower so while the water wasn’t as hot as I’d like I won’t have grimy hair for three days if something goes wrong with that.

All in all: it could be worse. For many people, it is worse. Thanks for everyone concerned about me here and on FB. I appreciate the thoughts; though really, I’m not the one most in need of them right now.

In honor of the weather:

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Want to kill more time? FB has the whole blustery day feature up, albeit not of very good quality:

  • Pt I: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOF0LDIa6tY</p>
  • Pt II: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsQkChqtF_w
  • Pt III: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sryhYCEKVTg

I think I’m going to make toast and cocoa, then turn on some jazz and work on my TC piece. Nice atmosphere for it!

bilbo

Stephen Colbert on Mitt Romney

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

Colbert has an (out-of-character) interview done by NPR. It’s really very interesting:

http://www.npr.org/2012/10/04/162304439/colbert-re-becoming-the-nation-we-always-were

What really interested me was this description of his attempts to parody Mitt Romney. This was just before the Denver debate:

“I’m hoping Mitt Romney can get his act together in this debate because as a conservative pundit, or rather, playing a conserve pundit … it’s so difficult for me right now to get behind Mitt Romney. It’s incredibly frustrating as a performer who has to model behavior that is so schizophrenic and bifurcated, because it’s almost an unprecedented candidacy — as far as I can tell. No one seems to like him — even the people who are behind him. There isn’t a sort of monolithic point of view to base my own satire on.

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“You get a feeling that everybody of the sort that I’m modeling really has one foot out of the boat right now, and I really I hope Mitt — I mean listen, I have my own political views, but as a performer I hope he does something positive tonight so that there’s something for me to rally behind, because that’s what my character wants to do. … He wants to have a candidate that he can champion, and that just doesn’t exist in Mitt Romney right now. He’s just a walking wound.”

So if I’m reading this right, Colbert is saying that as a performer, in order to talk about Romney and it actually be funny he needs some sort of sense of who Romney is. But Romney simply has no center to react to, there’s not really a candidate he can get behind (as a faux-conservative pundit should) both because Romney has no center and also because the people voting for Romney aren’t really voting for Romney.

All of which strikes me as pretty hilarious. Unintentionally, perhaps, but LOL-worthy nonetheless.

Read the whole interview – it’s very interesting.

bilbo

surviving Sandy

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

In case you’re wondering: the storm seems to have passed through. I’t s a gloomy day, but no rain or significant wind. We didn’t really lose power, which was such a good thing – I go a bit crazy without that connection to the world (to say nothing of Amazon videos. :-D ) Cell coverage is a bit spotty, the whole neighborhood is waterlogged, but really we weathered the storm pretty well here.

Public transit, though, is a first-class mess. This is an inconvenience for me but a major problem for many who rely on the buses + trains to get to work. (I can walk pretty much anywhere I need to go.) And of course people are without power all over here. Five people in my city are dead, and I’m sure the situation is worse outside NYC if only because of the scale. This is to say nothing of the damage to property, which is of course substantia.

This whole thing has me thinking about Katrina. I wasn’t affected by it directly but I worked with a nonprofit helping with the clean-up, and I remember the pictures I saw. It’s actully giving me nightmares, though that’s not exactly a new problem. I’ve been relatively lucky with natural disasters and compared to what some people are dealing with right now I should be thankful for the luxury to be upset by memories (as opposed to my reality). Still, things like this have me feeling very small and insignificant. I’m sure there’s some deeper meaning to all this, but I can’t quite see it.

I do hope everyone’s safe and sound, and that their houses are either well insured or escaped the worst damage.