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Things continue in an erratic fashion here, which'll likely continue for another four weeks or so, till I'm done with the thesis. If you've come into this blog over the last week or so, and traffic has drifted up, so I assume the controversy of the last week and a bit has done that, sit tight, cause things'll pick up in a bit. I'll leave the house for more than work, for one, and I'll take up gambling with people due to new interaction. I've already won a meal and a movie off my friend L., who bet that her new boyfriend wouldn't want to do something on Valentines Day. I felt bad taking advantage of her, but I've got to eat, y'know?

In a slightly related topic, I'm trying to convince Rjurik Davidson to get a blog. Some of you might know Rju as the author who wrote 'The Passing of the Minotaurs', which many liked, even though he referenced Blade Runner at the end of it. I hate Blade Runner with a passion, but I still dug the story, and Rju is slightly more intelligent than your average writer, so obviously he needs a blog to get caught up in arguments and shit, yes? There's nothing like backhanded compliments to convince an author of this, so I don't know how he'd ignore me, but what you all should do is leave your messages of command to him in the comments. He worries about it eating up his life. I need him not to publish anything for a year. Help a brother out, will you.

Still on fiction, I finished Lydia Millet's Oh Pure and Radiant Heart during the week. That was book three out of the fifty books a year challenge, and as you can see, I'm doing real well with that. At any rate, I'm all about love, here, and I loved Millet's book, and so I'm going to write a review for Strange Horizons (sh_reviews), and see if what a proper book review about love is like writing. Hopefully it won't result in screams and rejection, but you never know with these things.

Jumping suddenly, it appears I've developed a problem, and I appear to be watching cricket. I don't know how this happened. I suspect drugs--I've been drugged, I'm sure. Still, it makes good background noise when I get sick of music, and it has nothing to do with literature, and numbs the mind allowing me to just escape the thesis for a while. Is this why everyone else watches cricket? I can only assume it's something like this. Usually, the obsession of sport that exists in Australia just generally pisses me off, especially when you see how much the Arts struggles to find any outlet, but isn't that the way everywhere, anyway? In addition to this, the Australian cricket team seem like a disturbingly serious bunch of wankers these days (last time I watched it was in highschool and they're still using David Boon jokes), so I don't know why they're getting any love. They're certainly not from me.

But I dig watching Sri Lanka play. They're a dynamic bunch of guys and it's good fun watching them stick it to the Australians, who have won too much to be truly interesting anymore. But most of all, I love watching the spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan do his shit. It's all shades of coolness.





That picture goes out to anyone with lingering hate for me out there, by the way. Wouldn't want you guys to not feel the love.

I would really, really hate to be able to read only sweetness and light. And if an artist (in the broadest sense of the word) cannot take criticism and either learn from it or ignore it, then they are in the wrong business.


From Glenda Larke's blog.

And, lastly, because of E. (gadarene) I filled out this Johari box thing. Pick six words that you think describe me, and see if they match, or some thing. I'm not sure what the point is, but there appears to be an interactive window. Who doesn't like that. Click here to voice your opinion about me.

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shadowsandice
Feb. 11th, 2006 08:33 am (UTC)
Hung with Rju today. He doesn't need a blog. He's already told me everything he's put in it. :P
benpeek
Feb. 11th, 2006 09:23 am (UTC)
well, he's not telling the WORLD, y'know?
shadowsandice
Feb. 11th, 2006 09:44 am (UTC)
Damn straight. He's telling important people who rule the world.


No, srsly.
benpeek
Feb. 11th, 2006 09:49 am (UTC)
well, i don't wanna go ruin your fantasy world here, tess... ;P
shadowsandice
Feb. 11th, 2006 09:58 am (UTC)
Then don't, lest I have you before the firing squad, you grotty little pleb. And that's SIR Tess to you.
benpeek
Feb. 11th, 2006 10:00 am (UTC)
oh, you called me a grotty little pleb. i feel so turned on now.

um.

sir.

;)
shadowsandice
Feb. 11th, 2006 10:09 am (UTC)
Now I know you're lying. You just want me to dance around to teeny pop tunes before displaying my Hasslehoff hairy chest.
benpeek
Feb. 11th, 2006 10:10 am (UTC)
only if you let me watch.
shadowsandice
Feb. 11th, 2006 10:22 am (UTC)
Isn't that the purpose of Hi5?
benpeek
Feb. 11th, 2006 10:23 am (UTC)
you can never have enough hi5, luv.
shadowsandice
Feb. 11th, 2006 10:28 am (UTC)
I can.

No, really, I can. I've never watched it and I've had enough. Too many bright colours.
benpeek
Feb. 11th, 2006 10:30 am (UTC)
heh. well, in fairness, i can only ever watch a bit of it. it's a bit too bright. plus, ever since i found out the cute dark haired girl is married to the boring guy from savage garden... it feels tainted.
markdeniz
Feb. 11th, 2006 09:01 am (UTC)
Great picture... ;-) Have you seen both versions of 'Blade Runner' as I really hated the original version but actually like the director's cut (I suppose the real original), one, of this reasons is because it got rid of that stupid voice-over the first one had.

Cool to hear you've got the book challenge too; mine is 52 but I'm stupid enough to make it 52 in fantasy and horror, as that's what I'm writing this year, and so other stuff doesn't count...

I love cricket; being an Englishman in Sweden I really miss that sitting in front of one of the slowest games in the world and getting immersed in it all and wondering who is going at 'silly mid-off' today. ;-)
benpeek
Feb. 11th, 2006 09:24 am (UTC)
yeah, i've seen both bladerunners. i don't think there's a huge difference, just a more ambigious end. same boring film, though. turnt he volume off for the pretty city.
shadowsandice
Feb. 11th, 2006 09:54 am (UTC)
Bladerunner (director's cut) was one of the few works that I appreciated more upon studying it.

(Hamlet, on the other hand, I got sick of.)
benpeek
Feb. 11th, 2006 09:57 am (UTC)
the last time i saw bladerunner was at an open air cinema. the film looks really good against a night lit city. the only way to see it, i think (and i love those night cinema places--i should go again, one day). but i find the film badly acted and just silly over all.

the book is strangely flawed, too. you ever read it?
shadowsandice
Feb. 11th, 2006 10:00 am (UTC)
Nah. I've read barely any early sci fi. Only Starship Troopers, that I can think of.
benpeek
Feb. 11th, 2006 10:03 am (UTC)
it's the only dick i've read. i've always meant to read more, but there's just this moment int he middle of it, where you swear you've missed about five pages. odd thing. dick could turn a nice phrase though--more than heinlein, certainly. (he did starship troopers, yeah?)
shadowsandice
Feb. 11th, 2006 10:10 am (UTC)
Yep, that was Heinlein. It was okay, as far as books go, passed the time but didn't rock my world or make any sort of lasting impression.
benpeek
Feb. 11th, 2006 10:11 am (UTC)
sounds like a lot of those old sci-fi guys to me :)
shadowsandice
Feb. 11th, 2006 10:23 am (UTC)
I wouldn't know, haven't read them. :)

PS: Lucius Shepard needs full stops.
benpeek
Feb. 11th, 2006 10:24 am (UTC)
he likes his long sentences, doesn't he? it works more often than not, i find. which one are you reading? you should really just email me this, you know...
frogworth
Feb. 11th, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
He referenced Blade Runner - *gasp*!
I hate sport, but you're a good blogger, so I'll let that pass.
benpeek
Feb. 11th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
read the story, man, see how he referenced.

you know what i like about referencing cricket of late? how it makes people look at me twice. i think i've bcome dangerously predictable.
justinelavaworm
Feb. 11th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
You can relax, Ben, you're only watching ODIs it's not real cricket.

I will campaign against Rjurik getting a blog. He needs to be doing more fiction writing. All other distractions must go.
benpeek
Feb. 11th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
come on, you're blogging, and you're writing what, five books a day? surely blogging couldn't stop him... and if it did, well, i mean, just a little, maybe slow him down... where would be the harm ;)

(least it's not real cricket)
justinelavaworm
Feb. 11th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
You are confusing me with my husband. I am not prolific at all, but if I didn't waste time blogging I would be . . . Stoopid blogs.
benpeek
Feb. 12th, 2006 02:46 am (UTC)
heh. still, scott manages to write and blog. an icon for all us bloggers who pretend to write ;)
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justinelavaworm
Feb. 11th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
Test cricket is a novel.

ODIs is flash fiction.

20/20 is a haiku.
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benpeek
Feb. 12th, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
i've never seen 20/20. a friend of mine described it as video game junky cricket. i think it might appeal.
benpeek
Feb. 12th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
test cricket is a bit long for me, i think. five days? dude, i like my books short, my music punchy, and my cricket no longer than a day. ha!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 11th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
re: blogs and blade runner
Now, it's a policy of mine never to comment on my own stories. Not even if someone says I referenced blade runner. So I'm not gonna comment. I'll just note that a careful look at dialogue and context will...oh fuck it. Whatever Ben says. But I didn't, honest. It's different.

On Dick: recommended reads: Ubik, Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (oh yeah, cool title), The Man in the Hight Castle, A Scanner Darkly (yeah, another cool title, better than The Zap Gun, which you should also definitely NOT read). And Do Androids Dream...is a great book. Heinlein: blah.

Second: Tess: only I have a Hasselhoff chest! You started working on that story where I turn into the Hoff yet?

Third: Don't you guys all have lives, I mean, it's goddamn sunday morning! You should be at the beach or something. Me...I'm about to get that blog and then I can blame Peek for my renowned un-prolificity (when I have a blog I'm gonna make words up all the time, or conjoin them in weird weird ways).

Rju
justinelavaworm
Feb. 12th, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)
Re: blogs and blade runner
No!!!!!!!!! Don't do it, Rjurik!!!!! Blogs are evil. Resist!

And, you are correct: I have no life.
ex_benpayne119
Feb. 12th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
Re: blogs and blade runner
B...each?

Get a blog man. It makes procrastination and ill thought out rambling into art.

benpeek
Feb. 12th, 2006 02:50 am (UTC)
Re: blogs and blade runner
I'll just note that a careful look at dialogue and context will...oh fuck it. Whatever Ben says. But I didn't, honest. It's different.

heheh... it's so there :P

and no, of course i don't have a life. though in my defence, i was off working this morning. you know, educating away. but no, no life. and if you, by any chance, have a life, you need a blog to stop it!
ex_benpayne119
Feb. 12th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
Yes indeed, watching Sri Lanka stick it to the Australians is glorious... especially so for Murali, given his history of touring Australia...

benpeek
Feb. 12th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
yeah, i don't get the dislike for murali. there's a bad taste in australia sometimes of late, y'know.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 12th, 2006 09:29 am (UTC)
stuff
Yeah, there is a boorishness to a certain section of Australians that seems to have come out recently. When I was at the Australia/Uruguay world cup qualifier you couldn't hear the Uruguyan national anthem for the booing. Then again, so many Australian flags at the Big Day Out. I guess this is Howard's Australia.
benpeek
Feb. 12th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
Re: stuff
the australian flag stuff kinda disturbs me, i got to admit. you can't trust a person who wears the flag as a cape. just a general rule, that one.
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