The Manila earthquake prediction

Makes you wonder if there’s still a point in all that you do, been doing and will be doing, because would you rather be in enclosed spaces where the possibility of being trapped in the embrace of electronics and dead cells and organisms and events that resemble death, the everyday ones most especially, or be elsewhere and do what the dying, days-are-numbered ill people are doing with relish because they’re of the live your life as if it were the last belief and don’t you think they’re in that rare state of being in the more advantageous position of being able to live their life exactly as they want because they’re highly aware of their position on earth unless they’re bedridden? Between the bed and the oppressive lights and functionality of unavoidable electronics of everyday life/death, bed often provides much, much better cushion but that’s just one person’s lazy opinion and obviously some mornings can not be cured by even the best tasting Colombian coffee.

Makes you want to make the sort of generic complaints about things you have no control over but which you will not make because it’s not proper and everywhere is a highly controlled environment where you may think no one’s watching but someone’s definitely watching. Someone’s watching because in the first place, you pimped your innocent spot on the virtual and actual earth. It’s a controlled environment where scientist observers make zero effort to be known as beings who are aware that you’re saying or doing things, or just scientists who refuse to acknowledge that some people, specimens to be upright about the awkward metaphor, chief of them the complaining types, are discontent but not entirely miserable because at least they still eat and in the end the acknowledgment refusers, the true and deliberate apathetics win but you still don’t wish to be like them even if they seem like big winners. It makes you want to strangle them, preempt the earthquake.

It is a potent driver of desire to say things that take temporary but huge space in the heart and brain but which never helps the progress of one those things that you have no control over called you know what. It is also a potent driver for resortation to unclear, best left to the imagination feelings that often turn out to be just desire to have things put on empty white spaces that do not even beg filling. But enough already with the potent driver, potent driver. What it really is is it drives you nuts.

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13 thoughts on “The Manila earthquake prediction

  1. you’ve been reading DFW all right. 😀
    am looking for someone to read infinite jest with, that strength in numbers shit. interested?

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  2. sure, i already started and it’s difficult but i wish to finish it one day. i think i’ll start again with the dave eggers intro and start from the year of the depend adult undergarment again.

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  3. my copy’s an older edition so that i don’t have the eggers intro. and, i don’t actually remember what part i’ve reached since it’s been quite a while since i’ve dared. will start reading after i finished the ian rankin book am reading. will just post updates. 😀

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  4. i read somewhere that you have to have three bookmarks: one for the ‘novel proper’, another for the footnotes, and one more for the timeline. someone even suggested tearing up the book (current part you’re reading plus the footnotes, i guess) so you don’t have to lug it around.

    i am such a dork. 😀

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  5. that’s what i do! the footnotes at the end are so hassle. i don’t know about the timeline though. maybe we can read it in a month? that’ll be the timeline.

    btw, dork, do u blog? cant find it.

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  6. “If you opt not to destroy your copy of IJ, you should use the three bookmark method. One bookmark for where you are in the main text, another for your current footnote location, and a third for page 223, which lists the years covered by the novel in chonological order, from the Year of the Whopper (which corresponds to 2002) to the Year of Glad (2010). To say that IJ skips around quite a bit chronologically is an understatement, so keeping the timeline straight is important.”

    http://kottke.org/09/07/how-to-read-infinite-jest

    i think a month’s pretty optimistic of you. hehe. last summer, there was this marathon reading in the states and they spent three months (June to Sept.), averaging 75 pages a week (infinitesummer.org). a month would be doable if i were still bumming around, but as it is (with OJT and the looming job hunt), i’m not really sure. 🙂 but i sure can try; god knows i need the challenge.

    i used to blog but then i realized my rantings and ravings were just plain juvenile and that shamed me no end. am thinking about putting up a books/reading blog but i am pretty lazy. 😀

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  7. i got to that part with the year chronology but i dont get it it’s so frustrating. i’ve been reading 250 pages for 3 months so yes, too optimistic considering i have full time job.

    re blog, im juvenile too but the trick is to delude yourself it’s not that juvenile and that no one really knows who u are even though its not true. 🙂 good luck with the job hunt and IJ.

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  8. update: i’m at page 66. made it through the interminable james incandenza filmography, though i have to admit that i somehow enjoyed some of the very weird entries there. aside from that, reading has not been that difficult; well, the vocab does present some challenges. and, i haven’t really been paying that much attention to the chronology, will just worry about it when page 223 comes. 😀

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  9. you’re way ahead of me. i’m still in the year of glad. i cannot get through that filmography. i feel like i have to though but it’s tough to get through all of it! will update again this weekend.

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  10. hey you. have you abandoned yours truly in our quixotic quest to conquer IJ? i say plough on, my comrade! hehe.

    just power your way through the filmography. me i just kept on reading even if a lot of the stuff was just whizzing past over my head. yes, the footnotes are so hassle but they are part of the deal. 😀 besides, one footnote in particular, 304, i really liked, something about the origin of the wheelchair assassins.

    i also love the parts about the addicts: erdedy but especially kate gompert (the tiny ewell part not so much). i was thinking, shit, a lot of times i feel like those (first) two, tho i haven’t done drugs. well, maybe i just identify with the loneliness (and the paranoia ;p).

    but aside from all that, i also love the discussions on individuality, community, sense of purpose and the pointlessness of it all through the very readable competitive tennis story lines and the at-times-impenetrable political stuff.

    sorry if i’m boring you. i’m just really getting into it. this early on, i can see what the fuzz is/was all about. btw, i’m at page 118.

    😉

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  11. i’m at page 100 something and it’s slowly making sense to me now unlike before, on my first reading. i now get that orin is eldest, mario second and hal the youngest. something as basic as that i didn’t get the first time. i still don’t get the wheelchair assassins part but it’s funny, specially the canadian but i can’t get through the description of that setting. are they giants? enlighten me.

    i finished the filmography footnote. it was worth it.

    i loved the kate grompert character too. she’s so quotable.

    i haven’t given up on IJ in fact i will post updates on my progress and be sure to comment so i don’t look foolish. 🙂

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  12. re marathe and steeply: no, they were not giants. i think. it was just that they were in a perfect position relative to the sun to create those gargantuan shadows, at least that’s how i understood it. now that i think about it, i guess it was a metaphor for their influence on the world due to the specific roles they are playing: marathe as a terrorist (though one who is betraying the cause) and steeply who is part of the enforcing body (office of unspecified services) of the Reconfiguration. but again, that’s just me.

    hay, the filmography. right, right? 😀 And kate gompert. I even have a notebook where I wrote her take on depression. yes i am a geek. 😀

    am sure you won’t look foolish. i’ve read some of your book reviews and you do a pretty good job. will comment as soon as you post your update. 🙂

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