January 2nd, 2008

Dead Dog Cat

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I had hoped that the switch-over from 2007 to 2008 would change the tenor of my life from last January onwards. We'll just have to see, but I have to admit that I feel a bit like some weight has shifted.

Today will be my first working day in the new offices. This should be very interesting...

When I finally got settled down last night at home, I pulled out another Netflix disc, and watched the first episode of ST:DS9. Now, I had seen this one before, but having seen now ST:TNG, which I hadn't back when I originally watched the former show, it makes a lot more sense. In addition, it looks to me like DS9 is a generally better show; I hope the next seven years worth of shows holds up to that.

Ruminating on the previous year, I spent a couple of minutes looking up this and that, and came to the conclusion that in 2007, I had read 134 books, slightly more than eleven a month, or better than one every three days. This, in a world where many of the people I work with, aside from reading work-related materials, read only one or two books a year. I have to admit that that amazes me. Reading is just so ingrained in me.

The weather forecast for the next several days suggests that there's going to be a lot of rain; sitting home doing nothing much sounds delightful...
Dead Dog Cat

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I must be feeling better, because I found myself thinking about some odd things driving yesterday:

Various societies have their own mythologies. In school we learned about Greek, Roman, and Norse mythologies, at least superficially, but I had a whole different set of mythologies that I learned from the media in my formative years.

Certain things stuck in my mind:

Bears stole picnic baskets from campers in our National Parks, but were otherwise quite friendly. (Yogi Bear, etc.)

Beagles shined shoes, but later turned into superheroes who did bad rhymes. (Underdog)

Rabbits could consistently outsmart hunters. They also could ruin modern weapons by sticking their fingers in the muzzle. (Bugs Bunny)

Roadrunners could outrun anything.

No matter what, if you need money, it'll come from somewhere, and if you get it stupidly, you'll be forgiven for it. (The Honeymooners, The Flintstones).

Police officers are gentle, friendly folks. (Andy Griffith).

A pig is smarter than a farmer. (Green Acres).

Bashing and poking someone is normal, and done among friends. (The Three Stooges).

So many opinions that were shaped in me changed as I aged, but too many of my underlying assumptions are still colored by these things.

Curious to realize that...