"An Impotent Announcement"

2007
Aug
23

Miss Cellania Says:
August 23rd, 2007 at 3:16 am e
Three weeks, Wendell! Are you alright?

It’s almost a rhetorical question. I mean, are any of us “all right”? I, myself, often aspire to be 51% right, but rarely make it past the 39% level… which is why I avoid serious issues on this blog; if I can’t convince myself I’m right, how am I going to argue a point with anyone else? Which is why I like to hang out at MetaFilter; lots of the commenters there are under 25% right and it’s good for my ego. But to put it another way, “Am I OK?” Of course, when I think of “OK”, I think of “AOK” and NASA and realize that in my current state I would never survive re-entry, so i’m definately not AOK.

But, you know, at some point in your life you realize you have to leave those childish things behind, and although this blog is generally childish, it is one of the more mature things in my current existence. Changing your life is difficult, time-consuming, tiring work, and blogging about changing your life is (1) humiliating at the time you do it and (2) even more humiliating when you look back and and see how little of it stuck. So, I am currently in stealth mode.

But I have been thinking about what I want this blog – and my other web-based activities – to be. And to use a phrase popular at the ‘Filter these days, “I am overthinking a plate of beans.” Actually, I am overthinking a lot more than a plate of beans; I am overthinking enough beans to make a capacity crowd at Dodger Stadium flatulent. And that’s something you don’t want to stumble onto during your daily blog-surfing.

I have done a significant amount of writing lately about Television that will be a good-sized chunk of MSNBC.com’s Fall TV Preview, but I will save the self-promotion about that until it’s available for everyone to see. Let me say that it was not without some risk, but I did watch and write 200 words about the upcoming “Cavemen” sitcom without my head exploding. So, yes, I guess I’m “all right”.

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