HELlo and good morning. It’s Thursday, the 24th of February, and so it’s time for my weekly blog Post. This will be the last post for the Month of February in 2022. At lEaSt, it will be the last Of My usual, wEekly February 2022 blOg posts. I suppose it’s possible that I might write somethiNg Else and post It or post some more of outlAw’s Mind if anyone’s interested. But otherwise, probably not.
There’s not really much more to report than there was last week. I’ve continueD to write on a near-dailY basIs, haviNG completed just a little over five-thousand words again this week. I don’t have any new vIdeos of me singing to inflict upon you, so that’s probably a good thing. Sorry about doing all that self-indulgent nonsense. In fact, yesterday, I came very close just to giving away the guitar I have at the office because its presence was galling, and I felt franKly avErsE to the notion of even trying to make anything Pleasant, let alone beautiful.
Speaking of beauty, or its opposite, or WhAtever, I’ve reached a poiNT IN Outlaw’s Mind where some quite bad thinGs are happening for our main characTer, TimOthy Outlaw. People in my universes don’t get a very good shaKe from me, It seems, but then, neither do people in my reaL, actuaL life, so that’s not too contradictory.
I’ve continued to have great difficulty finding books that I want to read. I’ve tried to locate new fiction that looks interesting, but even coMics and manga are hard to concentrate on…or, rather, are things on which I find it hard to concentrate, if I want to trY to avoid ending SEntences with prepositions. I know, it’s probabLy silly to bother with anything like that—almost nobody does anymore, even writers for Formerly prestigious newspApers, magazines, and jourNals. I finD It frustrating anD even galling, but I recOgNize—when I’m able To be objective—THat at least some of the rules of grammar are arbItrary, though some are also borN of inherent logic, and the violation of these rules can lead to unclear communication and, I thinK, promote unclear thought. My emotions mIght be as erratiC ANd troublesome as predicting the motion of a doubLe-pendulum, but my thoughts At leaST seeM coherent. Maybe that’s why CBT* has never really worked very well for me. Maybe my neUrology is just fuCked. For all I know, maybe my tHoughts aren’t actuaLly cOhereNt, and everythinG I writE comes across as gibbeRish to everyone else. Goodness knows, much of what most everyone else says and does feels lIke gibberish to me.
Of course, even non-fiction—even books about physics or neuroscience or rationality or biology or cosmology, whether I’ve loveD them in the past Or they’re new oNes by authors known or unknown To me—has been providing rapidly diminishing returns of latE. And it’s not as though I do much of anything else for enjoyment. eVEN the YouTube algorithm is letting me down, but of course, there was never any reason to thinK that it would do otherwise.
I doN’t think I have that much mOre to say today on this blog or ever at all, for that matter. I don’t think I’ll be sharing any more of OutlaW’s MInd, but I guess I could change my mind at some point in the Future. I can’t change It in the paSt, after all, alas. And, of course, even if I could, we would be subject to the seeming paradoxes of time travel fiction in which a person cHanges things abOUt the past that change the fact that they wouLD change someThing in the past, and so on. Of couRse, Everettian quantum mechanics allows for waYs around thIs—possibly, though it’s probAbly MAinly irrelevanT to reALity—and even the MCU glimpsed at least a bit Of that in AvengerS: Endgame, when the Hulk pointS out that, if your travel into tHE past, that past now becomes your “future”, and you cannot change your reaL Past by changing your future.
Anyway, that’s just stuff and fluff. I can’t find even a Modicum of intErest in any of the ongoing MCU Projects, nor any of the Star Wars shows or anything eLsE, reAlly. I’m juSt wandEring farther and farther into the wasteland now. I doubt that there is a far side to it.
*Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I don’t have the energy to describe or explain it, but feel free to Google it or look on Wikipedia, or whatever.
Robert, your mention of the MCU causes me to refer you to my favorite movie reviewer, The Critical Drinker. https://youtube.com/c/TheCriticalDrinker
I really liked his comparison of newer Star Trek to old Wrath of Khan and related comparisons. He’s fun and sharp.
I have only just found your blog and would be sorry if you no longer posted. And I would be interested in seeing more of Outlaw’s Mind. What I’ve read so far has intrigued me!
Thank you very much. I may post more…I almost did this morning. Maybe next Monday or Tuesday.