You’d never know it, but San Francisco is one of my favorite cities. I really, really don’t know why.
I used to try to write something profound every New Year, and for the most part I failed every time. That is until 2014 when I wrote this post at the old blog. It’s probably the piece of writing I’m most proud of — something I don’t say lightly, since I tend to hate everything I’ve ever produced.
Anyway, since then I’ve been content to re-post that sucker, since I have nothing else to say on the matter. Give it a read, if it pleases you.
As mentioned in this A.V. Club obituary, we can thank Lemmy for inspiring thrash music, and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. But the more important achievement, at least by my reckoning, is that he inspired countless debates about hypocrisy and class warfare in YouTube’s comments section, with his song “Eat the Rich.” Which is a song about blow jobs. Now that’s funny.
So according to WordPress, this was the most popular post I wrote in last year: How (Not) to Invest a Sing Dollar.
For the first time ever, my most popular post was actually something I really like. I was pretty sure that everything I wrote became utter shit years and years ago, so this is a little bittersweet. It basically represents the final flowering of my enthusiasm for writing. These days I’m just patiently running out the clock until it’s time for death, and I’ve forgotten that I was a different person long, long ago.
“People don’t become better when they’re dead; you just talk about them as if they are. But it’s not true! People are still assholes, they’re just dead assholes!” Source: The Tao of Lemmy: 18 Great Quotes From the Motorhead Frontman | Rolling Stone
Bye bye, Lemmy. You were fun while you lasted.
Hey, here’s a joke that life sometimes plays on you: You spend your whole childhood being asked what you want to do with your life, but you only really figure that out much later — when you are too old to do anything about it. Or at least, that’s what happened to me.
After falling down the YouTube hole of guitar-building videos, I think I would have liked to be a luthier. So do it! some would say. Yeah, except there are way more wannabe luthiers than there are people willing to pay serious money for custom built guitars. In fact, if you are already an experienced, established luthier you can make some cash teaching other people how to build guitars.
What’s so great about building an instrument? What’s great about building anything? Different people feel differently of course, but to me it’s about the joy of monotasking. Being allowed to focus on just one thing at a time, to pour all of your attention into it, this is not something that I get to do in my day-to-day life.
I guess I could build model kits or something, but the dream is to actually do something for a living that makes you happy, and it would be nice to have a job where I wasn’t being pulled in a million directions all the time.
Well, thank goodness that’s over. Just got to get through New Year’s, and then it’s back to the joyless grind that is day to day life.
Christmas week was very busy. Lot’s of stuff I had to take care of, lots of time wasted with family, and so on. The only important thing that happened last week is that I was able to remove two items from my spoiler watchlist. First, I finished Dragon Age Inquisition: Trespasser. Second, I saw The Force Awakens.
Everyone in the fucking world has given you their opinion about TFA, you don’t need mine, especially since it’s not particularly original. But since I can’t stop myself from saying something about it, here it is: It wasn’t boring or painful to watch, and therefore did a tremendous job of leaping over a very low bar.
Meanwhile, I have a lot of complicated emotions that I’m still processing, thanks to Dragon Age.
Don’t know what to do with the rest of the week. Hell, I might as well talk about guitars while I wait for the year to end.