A1 Great! Part lies, part heart, part truth, part garbage.

community-based social blogging

I find myself shackled with a bit of writer’s block. Both personally and professionally, I can’t seem to make words come out in an effective and interesting manner. I’d even take just effective, really – interesting can be a lot to ask, and I don’t know that I’m my own best judge of what people want of me, especially as it relates to my own personal schedule and lifestyle:

  • cleaning up a lot of vomit for a while there
  • sitting in my basement working all day
  • seriously considering spending money I don’t have right now on this
  • trying not to drink beer all the time, but it’s good, so why not?

And so on.

Professionally, I’ve been doing a lot of design for the past week or so, timely considering my lack of brain for writing. Making other people’s stuff look nicer takes care of a different kind of itch, I guess. I’ve also been participating in some interesting talk about the broad topic of online marketing and where to go next with one company’s particular product. We have been working specifically on the name of their man in charge, trying to make the internet believe that his name is synonymous with the business, and that’s worked well. Now it’s time to tackle something more broad, and I’m developing at least one mini-site for them, taking a PDF and making the keywords pop, as it were.

What I didn’t do was attend that anti-prorogation rally on Parliament Hill last weekend, or whenever it was. I guess I should have, but with absolutely no evidence to suggest that Stephen Harper and his gaggle of inert fucks can even hear the public voice, let alone give a shit about what that voice is saying, well… it just didn’t seem like a good use of my time. So I went swimming instead. That’s another one:

  • occasionally hitting the gym or other physical activity facility

The Plant Bath pool is nothing special. That’s not a very popular white-middle-class thing to say, but I’m saying it. Dirty in there. Old guy showering for a solid thirty minutes, maybe more. Ew.

What was I saying? Right, the government – I’ve been so into Ignoreland by R.E.M. recently, and there are parallels here, I think.

Listen: R.E.M., “Ignoreland”

“The bastards stole their power from the victims of the Us v. Them years,
Wrecking all things virtuous and true
The undermining social democratic downhill slide into abysmal
Lost lamb off the precipice into the trickle down runoff pool

They hypnotised the summer, 1979
Marched into the capital brooding duplicitous, wicked and able, media-ready,
Heartless, and labeled. Super US citizen, super achiever,
Mega ultra power doesn’t relax.
Defense, defense, defense, defense. Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, ignoreland. Yeah, yeah, yeah, ignoreland
Yeah, yeah, yeah

The information nation took their clues from all the sound-bite gluttons
1980, 84, 88, 92 too, too
How to be what you can be, junk, damn junk in your energy
How to walk in dignity with throw up on your shoes

They amplified the autumn, 1979
Calculate the capital, offer the public my skinny ass
TV tells a million lies. The paper’s terrified to report
Anything that isn’t handed on a presidential spoon,
I’m just profoundly frustrated by all this. So, fuck you, man (fuck ’em)
Yeah, yeah, yeah, ignoreland. Yeah, yeah, yeah, ignoreland

If it wasn’t them, we would have created them. Maybe, it’s true,
But I’m resentful all the same. Someone’s got to take the blame
I know that this is vitriol. No solution, spleen venting,
But I feel better having screamed. Don’t you?

They desecrate the winter, 1979
Capital collateral. Brooding duplicitous, wicked and able, media-ready,
Heartless, and labeled. Super US citizen, super achiever,
Mega ultra power doesn’t relax.
Defense, defense, defense, defense. Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, ignoreland. Yeah, yeah, yeah, ignoreland
Yeah, yeah, yeah, ignoreland. Yeah, yeah, yeah
I did not do the revolution
Thank you”

What writer’s block?


2 responses to “community-based social blogging”

  1. lisa says:

    drinking beer all day = more hours needed in gym/pool

  2. dorothy says:

    plant bath is my current favourite. ever been to jack purcell? now THAT’S a dirty pool.