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jackshoegazer
jackshoegazer
Yes, Jack Shoegazer!
Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 12:16 pm



Our brains can be tricked into thinking a two-dimensional object is three-dimensional.  Is it too much to imagine that our brains can also be tricked into thinking three-dimensional objects are four-dimensional?  All of the mystic/initiation/mystery schools teach us that time can be overcome.  Is this how?  Is time transcendence the equivalent of performing this video to the everyday manifest world?

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jackshoegazer
jackshoegazer
Yes, Jack Shoegazer!
Friday, November 16th, 2012 05:17 pm

The story I was so worried about for my advanced fiction workshop went over better than I thought. Only like three people caught what the main conflict/motivation was, but I kind of expected that, realizing after I turned it in that I didn't make it obvious enough. 

Otherwise, they thought the language/prose/etc was amazing, characters perfectly rendered, et cetera, et cetera. They even thought it couldn't have been a first draft because of how polished it was. So, I didn't really land it, but somehow the passengers didn't exactly notice we crashed because it was such a smooth crash. (Dude, I wrote that shit in thirteen hours in one sitting the day before it was due. No editing, no revisions.)

Confidence in writing restored (mostly)!

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jackshoegazer
jackshoegazer
Yes, Jack Shoegazer!
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 09:47 am



“He also stresses, in terms reminiscent of Foucault, that, despite its self-image, the Enlightenment project of modernity was concerned not so much with the diffusion of education as with legislation; its intellectuals legislated on the basis of the laws of a supposedly universal reason.”—Penguin Dictionary of Critical Theory

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jackshoegazer
jackshoegazer
Yes, Jack Shoegazer!
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 09:44 am

I’d rather my tax money went to support Reagan’s Cadillac-driving black welfare queens with thirteen kids than to bombs that blow up people in another country so we can have their oil.

Fuck, I’d rather my tax money bought someone in another country a Cadillac and bought their thirteen kids food instead of blowing them up.

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jackshoegazer
jackshoegazer
Yes, Jack Shoegazer!
Sunday, November 11th, 2012 11:04 pm

I'm not doing NaNoWriMo, but I just wrote for thirteen hours, breaking only momentarily for short meals. Twelve pages, 4200 words. It's a story for my advanced fiction workshop and it's due tomorrow by 2pm.

I've been trying to start it for like two weeks, and I've started like four other stories and nothing was gelling at all. Today, I pretty much had no choice but to muscle through and just do it. And it's probably a giant turd.

And it's probably not as bad as I think it is, but it is. I bet you anything when I rereadit tomorrow, it's going to be incredibly silly and heavyhanded and cliche.

If I landed this thing, it's some serious Chesley Sullenberger shit.

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jackshoegazer
jackshoegazer
Yes, Jack Shoegazer!
Thursday, November 8th, 2012 05:51 pm

The professor for my graphic novel class who said that, “Your response to the first assignment is the most stunningly imaginative and effective performance of an assignment that I can remember. I was rereading it yesterday, and I am floored at how beautifully you integrated so many elements into a single Action Comic: the characters, the story, the answers to the questions. It is an unparalleled creative endeavor in my experience. I hope that your future holds equally imaginative ventures; I would not be surprised one day if I heard you’d received a MacArthur genius grant…Please count me in for someone who’d happily serve as a reference should you need one. If by chance you’re a comic artist, agents of graphic novel writers have now begun to send me new graphic novels on spec, in the hopes that I’ll decide to teach them. I feel like I’d be willing to turn the tables and ask the agents to explore the work of one of my students if someone so desired.” also said today that I was the most talented student in class.

I think she must be a little nuts, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to hear.

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jackshoegazer
jackshoegazer
Yes, Jack Shoegazer!
Sunday, October 28th, 2012 11:16 pm

I've developed a habit of, when I have to return a cell phone someone has left in my taxi, setting an alarm on said phone for a month later, at some random time, saying "Don't lose your phone."

Have I ever mentioned how much I despise feeling stupid? I don’t think I hate anything more. Which is why I’ve spent most of my adult life learning at least a little bit about nearly everything. Which is why I just bought the Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Theories. Because, fuck, I need to know this shit.

Someday I will find the people who truly understand movies like The Fountain and Tree of Life and Cloud Atlas and then I will be home.



I recently went back through my LJ and read all of the posts with the cosmology tag.  It was kind of awesome.  One almost forgets what one knows.  I'm so glad I've kept this going all these years.



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jackshoegazer
jackshoegazer
Yes, Jack Shoegazer!
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 08:29 am

On Saturday, I taxied a guy from the Badger game. He was stumbling-drunk and wanted to go home. As I drove him, he showed me the $360 ticket he just got for public intoxication. Then he told me that he just got an OWI the previous weekend and he was outraged that this would happen eight days before he turned 21. He was also upset because his parents were going to be mad at him because earlier in the week he'd gotten into a fight at a club and was getting sued for ten grand in medical bills for punching a guy in the face. He was upset that he had to pay that, well, "Actually," he said, "my parents are going to pay for it." But ten grand was still cheaper than paying his $200/hour lawyer to try and take the thing to court. When I stopped at his house, he told me I was an awesome cab driver and that he was going inside and he was going to get "totally fucking baked."

On Tuesdays, I have two classes and a workshop, then the meeting of the literary magazine on which I am staffed. I’m on campus for twelve or thirteen hours.  It’s nice to come home, make breakfast foods, and down a couple gimlets.

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jackshoegazer
jackshoegazer
Yes, Jack Shoegazer!
Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 12:24 pm

I’ve been thinking all morning as I’ve been bombarded (pun intended) with Never Forget posters, graphics, and images of the Towers. What I think we need to Never Forget is the pre-9/11 world. Forget 9/11. What has it ever done for you?

Interestingly enough, I see a parallel between this unhealthy fixation on 9/11 and the crucifix to Christianity. Christians (sombunall) focus on an implement of torture and death, when the real focus should be on the good Jesus did before he was killed.

The Never Forget graphics for Jesus should be the Sermon on the Mount, not of a cross on a hill. The Never Forget graphics for 9/11 should be something positive.

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jackshoegazer
jackshoegazer
Yes, Jack Shoegazer!
Thursday, August 16th, 2012 08:59 am

I dreamt that it was modern day, but I was Aleister Crowley and I was at a hotel.  Somehow I knew something bad/evil/tragic was about to happen at the hotel.  I went from room to room trying to evacuate everyone, but no one would believe me, so I pretended to be evil and threatened to kill everyone's children with black magic to scare them into leaving, acting the villain to save them from the real danger.

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