I’ve decided to write you a letter, filled with notes, on New Year’s Day. That is, the letter is being written today. I didn’t mean to imply that the letter will concern today. Thought it might.
Note #1: Every time I remove or insert my contact lenses there comes a point in the removal or insertion routine where I am bent over my contact lens case, closely examining a lens, and I reach for the solution. Every time this happens I remember that I have long thought about describing a fictional man engaged in the same phenomenon as appearing like a chemist or a mad scientist.
Not that I write a lot of fiction or anything.
Note #2: Tonight after Soren went to bed, Lindsey and I watched Amelie. I enjoyed it. I was charmed. I have to admit that certain aspects of that movie that are meant to be charming in kind of an obvious way, and I found myself reluctantly charmed. For example, the lists of the characters’ likes and dislikes. Either MySpace and Facebook lists of likes and dislikes have been fashioned in the likeness of those found in Amelie, or else the other way around. And for some reason I can’t help but find whichever the unoriginal version is, a bit contrived. Lindsey tells me the movie was made prior to the advents of MySpace and Facebook. Amelie is the original piece and the legions of MySpacers whose likes and dislikes are modeled after those found in it are the unoriginal ones. Go figure.
Note #3: I have started the movie “Citizen Kane”, which, apparently, is widely considered the all time best American-made film, an unexaggrerated 10 times, in the middle of each of which I fell asleep. I have, however, seen a movie about the movie Citizen Kane, in which Liev Schreiber plays Orson Welles.
Note #4: I have used the Amazon money my parents gave me for Christmas to buy a Kindle. I completed the Book of Atrus (on my iPhone) and have begun the Book of Ti’ana (on my Kindle), after which a movie will be made. I actually enjoyed the Book of Atrus quite a bit and want my sister Laura to read it.
In related news, Riven came out on iPhone and I started it. My dad has played it and said it was a good story, a good experience. I would like to write about the virtues of the game – specifically its engrossing narrative, photo-realistic visuals and well-directed, well-acted live-action footage, eerily realistic sound effects, original score, and the depth, scope, and difficulty of the mind-bending puzzles, but the task is daunting. I couldn’t do it justice. Also, since I haven’t played through the entire game, you wouldn’t trust me as an authority on the matter. That, and I haven’t played through or read about as many games as, say, Max. So I’m not really an authority on gaming generally. But, I am so far impressed, and the game won scores of awards and sold millions and millions of copies, so. Right.
Anyway, Chris and his wife (!) have also begun playing through Riven and so I have someone(s) I will get to talk to throughout the adventure.
Note #5: I wish I could remember everything I wanted to write you about. Over the holiday season I’ve had minor epiphanies, stumbled upon interesting biographies, heard insightful anecdotes, underwent experiences fit for vignetting, and thought up cool topics to round up links concerning. But I haven’t had the wherewithal (or wherewolfal) to take good notes, or the time to develop my thoughts or put in the wordsmithing required to forge aforementioned minor epiphanies, interesting biographies upon which I stumbled, insightful anecdotes I heard, experiences fit for vignetting I underwent, and cool topics to round up links concerning that I thought up into presentable blog posts. Not that any of my posts so far have really been polished, but still.
I have thought about posting a blog per week in January. 4. Four posts. I will think some more about it.
Until next time,