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Thursday, August 12, 2004

Thursday August 12, 2004. "dsgood said a while back that he found most insanities rather boring. I suspect he is a far saner person than I am." That doesn't follow; there are passages in Clans of the Alphane Moon which suggest that Philip K. Dick found most insanities boring. There are people who claim that Ezra Pound was eminently sane, and others who say that about William Blake; I don't know of anyone who claims Phil Dick was sane.

There've been times when other people had to keep me acting sane; in some cases, those were people diagnosed as mentally ill.

There are people on Usenet and in sf fandom who spend much time trying to decipher other people's Hidden Motives. One reason why I don't do that is, for me that's a road to madness. Literally.
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Woke up feeling better than I had in a couple of months.

I now have enough good storage for all my clothes! Steeple People had a set of light, transparent drawers.

***Went to Mark Rich's reading at DreamHaven. I think of him as a small press writer; but the Internet Speculative Fiction Data Base says he's had stories in Analog. And one story got into the Dozois best-of-year anthology.
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Writing: daily exercise -- I'm going to count this post in soc.politics:

My dear Sir/Madam/Confused:

You should really be more polite to your betters -- which includes 98 percent of persons posting on Usenet, trolls and all.

You are doing for useful discussion here what Sawney Bean and Alferd E. Packer did for vegetarianism.

"They Might Be Windmills" -- 239 words of first draft. (Notes and zero draft: 481.)

"Well Met, Well Met, My Own True Love" -- Made notes on needed story-surgery. The Canadian Civil War reenactors are back in.

"History Line" --
"Port Useless" --
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Decluttering: Got the storage thingie. Put some things away, in an orderly fashion. Took out some trash.

Mindwork: Did some relearning of body movements.
Bodywork: See above.
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[If you're not confused, you don't understand the situation:]
Thursday | August 12, 2004
NJ: Governor Admits he's "Gay American"; Resigns Ahead of Lawsuit

News is breaking everywhere that Governor James McGreevey is resigning "because he had a gay affair." But MSNBC is reporting that a sexual harassment lawsuit is being filed today by his former homeland security adviser, Golan Cipel.

Of course, the story's not that simple. Cipel resigned after allegations that he wasn't qualified for the job, despite his experience as a member of the Israeli Defense Forces.

It gets more complicated. Prior to the joining the McGreevy administration, Cipel had worked for Charles Kushner, a real estate mogul and campaign fundraiser who was arrested last month on charges of tax fraud and illegal campaign contributions.

Did McGreevey resign because he's gay? Or is that just a convenient, even sympathetic (though likely true) cover story?
by Kari Chisholm | Comments (7) | Trackback (1)
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