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Absolutely Not Your Monkey

Aug 11 2010

Simplification

It’s time to simplify things around here. During the Great Blogging Trend of the last few years, I allowed things to get out of hand, planting separate blogs for all sorts of things. Well. I hardly write in any of them any more. The tuishou blog quickly became repetitive, and the film blog stopped when the film did. Now it’s been completely hacked and isn’t even approachable without a hazmat suit.

I haven’t written in the Chinese blog in a while, and this account has dwindled appreciably in recent months (years) as well. Why? I can’t tell you, for the same reasons I haven’t been writing much lately. In a nutshell, I’m stuck. Lord, I’m stuck in so many ways, it’s not even funny. This and that and the other…all stuck. And before you reach for the email button to fire off a missive to me reading something like: “It’s not MY fault you’re stuck on this/that/other thing!”…relax. I’m not talking about you. I’m talking about someone else and something else. And if you’re thinking of writing something like “It’s because you’re in Taiwan that all of these problems exist!”…yes, mother, I’ll move elsewhere and everything will be magically right, even though I will lose my jobs, steady income, health insurance, house and any friends I’ve made here. Right.

What was I talking about? Oh, yes: Simplification. I don’t need all of these blogs and other things. Just one, or maybe two in case I want to separate the languages, but really just one thing. A simple, clean, elegant template will suffice. Possibly black text on a neutral background. I should probably update my ancient version of WordPress as well, if I could just figure out how to do that without erasing everything in the process (my version of WordPress is so old that it precedes the auto-update function…joy).

I also really need a vacation. Our little musical jaunts around the island have been fine, but I require something with a little more oomph, involving a new place to explore on my own, just walking around and seeing what’s what, and contemplating various things at my leisure. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be likely to happen under my presently overly adhesive circumstances, barring some kind of beer-stealing, jetslide-activating outburst, to coin a meme.

posted by Poagao at 4:41 pm  

6 Comments »

  1. That kind of phase hits everyone every then and again.

    Then you’ll read something, see something, or otherwise experience something that will back on wanting to create.

    Comment by Brian — August 11, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

  2. I see things like that often, and promptly run into walls as a result. But I like your optimism.

    Comment by Poagao — August 11, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

  3. Everyone needs a kick in the pants sometime. I generally do it with some serious nature and dangerous sports. Just please do keep at least one blog, and keep taking pictures, for those of us that are fortunate enough to be living vicariously through you.

    Comment by Alex — August 11, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

  4. Whatever happened with the movie? Is it done?

    Comment by Scott — August 12, 2010 @ 8:04 am

  5. Dude! You spend practically your whole time going on vacation!

    Comment by sandman — August 12, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

  6. Too bad Mark moved away–he could’ve have helped you with the redesign.

    So what is the word on your band performing in Laos sometime next February? (You said you needed a vacation). I can get you some gigs.

    Comment by Prince Roy — August 15, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

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