Saturday, April 22, 2006Friday Saturday Blogging
(Ha! Admit it... I so fooled you into thinking I would post this yesterday. Suckers!)
I have decided to take my computer and establish some office hours in Midtown. ("Ooooh," I hear you say, "office hours! Well la-de-da!") The thing is, I'm continually stuck down here in Crackerstan, and it's doing my head in -- apart from going into the city (where I rarely have much excuse for hanging around) there's little opportunity for escape. My full-scale transition north is taking rather longer to pan out than I'd hoped, and this room and I -- we just don't work well together. I need to be able to take a walk sometimes, pick up my notebooks and go scrounge a soy mocha and watch people from time to time. It's hard to create an excuse for that when I'm down here, and even walking isn't much of an option. There's nowhere to go, and I don't feel comfortable walking on the road now that the traffic blows through here so fast on the way to the casinos.
But as it happens, I have access to some quiet, shared office space in the Memphis hipster ghetto, within easy reach of everything I want. I figure the additional structure of regular hours might put a little extra heat under my kettle, and with some luck I'll be able to see more of all those people I so much want to see. I only know that my current arrangement is sucking all the life out of me -- if I'm stuck with all this excess leisure time (and I do mean "excess") I should at least be able to get some serious work of my own done, right? And when I can get up to the city, I wail on that shit; but down here, for some reason I don't fully understand, the well runs dry and I can never get into the right headspace. The environment just doesn't work. You know what I mean.
So, there's only one thing for it: office hours. And even if it doesn't help in the end, it won't hurt anything either. My plan for now is to be in Midtown four or five afternoons/evenings per week, so you'll know where to find me (as if anybody ever comes looking for me.)
Anyway, here's some assorted stuff to to add to your morning browse or RSS reader -- they'll all dump one or two interesting things in your lap every day.
The 1902 Sears, Roebuck Catalog
Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
The Stranger: Slog (This one's very Seattle-centric, but still pulls in some neat-o junk.)
Flickr photos tag: Memphis (Mostly tourist photos of Beale and Graceland, but occasionally there are some genuinely beautiful local photographs in the mix. Today there are a lot of great pics of this morning's Kate's Antiques destructo-rama -- the graffiti kids went apeshit on the place last night, and right before they pulled it down it looked as good as it has since I moved here in '94.)
PS: Oh, and, uh, here's