“Jerry, Newman and I are engaged in a epic struggle for world domination.”

It’s been a fantastic week. I’m still listening to Synthesis by Evanescence several times a day. It will be a while before I’m ready to listen to anything else. (This always happens with unicorns.) M. is overtly studying my behavior.

I don’t mind, of course. I just thought of four ways to elaborate on that, and they all made me laugh out loud. M. asked me if I’m “over Stevie Nicks” now that Evanescence just rocked my world. (I walked away without saying a word. See Alison adult, then feel smug about it.)

I think he was just teasing me. Especially since I insisted he watch some Stevie Nicks interviews with me on YouTube yesterday, (to get a different perspective.) I’ll ask later because now it’s going to bother me. I’m still pretty timid about assuming what I interpret is in the same universe as that of others. (For good reason.)

I’m astonished how little anxiety I’ve experienced this week. My ears are a bit raw from wearing uncomfortable headphones for hours. I’ll be ecstatic when wireless headphones improve. At least enough to completely replace wired cans for music. They’re podcast ready at this point IMHO.

I’m researching a new pair of critical listening over-ear headphones. It’s probably a good thing Evanescence doesn’t release albums too often, as this happened last time. The mastering is superb in Synthesis. I haven’t watched the making of videos yet, but when I do, I’ll be hoping to see which headphones they used, (then praying I can afford them.)

I’ll never own a pair of Beats. That’s my precise level of an audiophile. Heh.

Dear Pharell Williams, please (all over) design some Audio Technica Limited Edition ATH-MX50’s with built-in Bluetooth 4.2, Amp/DAC, memory foam/breathable pads, and a dope hard case. Love, me. I’d pay $499 (with minimal whining.) Please. ūüôÉ

I’m reading Oathbringer, presently. It’s an uber-epic novel in a series within the Cosmere (universe.) It’s going to take me a while to finish my first read, and I’ll re-read it several times. It’s part of my journey. Brandon Sanderson earned a lot of influence in my life. (Right up there with Stevie Nicks, and just as gently.)

I had a shower cry over Al Franken’s outing as a predator. He came from Hollywood, which made it less shocking. But it still hurts a lot.

Dear predators, predatory behavior makes loving you painful at best. Please grow forward. Love, Evolved humanity.

My inner 5-year-old just called me a hippie and suggested I move to California, so I’m off to beat my drums.

“Well, you gotta wean.”

This weekend has flown by.¬† M. is home.¬† Yay.¬† I’m running behind on my chores and refuse to sleep until I’m done folding my laundry.¬† I haven’t told him about the pushing incident, yet.¬† I’m saving it for later.¬† I installed my rainbow lights in my home office.¬† I love it.¬† I’ll try and figure out how to do a video so I can show you.¬† I’ll provide links so you can copy.

I have it set on a rainbow that chases around at a calm pace.¬† It makes the room light enough, but not too much.¬† It makes me smile a lot.¬† My chrome drum kit reflects it perfectly, giving me the rainbow drums I sought.¬† M. likes it a lot.¬† This pleases me.¬† I’m so glad he’s home.¬† Well, he was, but now he’s at his apartment doing laundry.¬† Then he’ll be back.¬† ūüôÉ

My new glasses arrived.¬† I can see!¬† I’ve gone through stages regarding how I feel about my frame choices.¬† They both fit.¬† At first, I thought they both looked ridic.¬† Now I’m getting used to them, and am satisfied.¬† The red pair is my favorite because they stay in place.¬† I’m going to order some extra empty frames to replace these when they inevitably break.

I did manage to fix the ones that got broken recently, but they’re an old script.¬† Being able to see clearly is fantastic.¬† I wish everyone could.¬† I’m off to fold, then read.¬† I’m reading Arcanum Unbounded:¬† The Cosmere Collection, by Brandon Sanderson.¬† This is my second time.¬† I missed a lot the first time.¬† Sixteen days until Oathbringer is released.¬† Yay.

Some woman named Uma.

The weather has been bizarre today. ¬†It got up to 72¬įF, then began cooling off quickly after the sun went down. ¬†Now it’s 32¬įF and raining and snowing at the same time. ¬†At least I didn’t wash my car today. ¬†I tried to do sarcasm on Twitter again. ¬†I think I finally pulled it off, but I’m not sure. ¬†I found out people don’t like explaining why things are funny, ironic, or ignorant on Twitter. ¬†So I don’t ask anymore. ¬†I noticed the proposed health care plan today. ¬†As predicted, it’s bullshit. ¬†I honestly think they weren’t ready but rolled it out anyway to deflect from 45’s Twitter tantrum over the weekend.

I’m hopeful there are more Republicans in Congress who will stand up to the predator known as 45. ¬†I wish I could loan them my ovarian fortitude. ¬†I’m astonished by how many have refused to meet with their constituents, citing their inability to endure a verbal lashing from their constituents for gross misrepresentation. ¬†Unbelievable. ¬†I’ll be sure my votes reflect my disgust.

Does Ben Carson know he’s black? ¬†I’d like to see his medical degree along with 45’s taxes because I don’t understand how he’s allowed to hold sharp things. ¬†At least Saturday Night Live is hilarious again. ¬†The Sessions Forest Gump skit made me worry about disturbing my neighbors from laughing so hard. ¬†I’m taking a break between books in The Wheel of Time series to read The Gam3 by Cosimo Yap. ¬†I’m enjoying it so far. ¬†A few more books are being released soon; ¬†The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi and Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson. ¬†Yay squared. ¬†Off to read.

Happy World Book Day

I’m disappointed that people have chosen to support Trump. ¬†What gets me the most, is that Trump is equally astonished. ¬†He has stated that he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue, and his supporters would still support him. ¬†That’s his way of saying he’s surprised¬†by their behavior too. ¬†I don’t hate Trump as a human being. ¬†He’s not someone I admire by any stretch, either. ¬†More like someone who is thin skinned, and vulnerable to criticism. ¬†Insecure, and in denial of his own failures and flaws. ¬†He discovered that many other Americans are just as afraid as he is, and he’s capitalizing on it. ¬†It’s sad. ¬†Whatever comes of the next election, I hope we as a nation¬†grow, and decide to reject fear. ¬†It’s been a strategy for much longer than I’ve existed. ¬†“Only thing we have to fear is fear itself” – FDR. ¬†So yeah. ¬†It’s nothing new. ¬†Sigh.

I’m nearing the end of my current book, Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson. ¬†This is my second time reading it. ¬†I’m not certain, but I think this time around, I’m finding it more absorbing. ¬†I think about it several times during the day, and it comes up in my dreams. ¬†It’s a fascinating world. ¬†The next installment of this series is due in 2017. ¬†Oathbringer will be the third book title, and it will center on Dalinar Kholin. ¬†Oathbringer is the name of Dalinar’s shard blade, before it’s given to Sadeas in exchange for his bridgemen. ¬†Dalinar is also known as, The Blackthorn. ¬†The reason for this title is alluded to often in the first 2 books. ¬†The characters in this epic fantasy are complex, yet still relatable.

I’ll probably read both books again before book 3 is released. ¬†I’m obsessed with this world. ¬†It speaks to my inner warrior, and reflects some of my strongest values. ¬†They are long reads, but knowing me, I’ll purchase and complete reading Oathbringer within 2 days of its release. ¬†When I’m reading an epic fantasy book, I’m also living in that world to some degree. ¬†Reading them again is like revisiting an alternate world in which I spent lots of time being intrigued. ¬†While I do enjoy movies, they don’t have anywhere near the power of epic novels. ¬†Movies draw me in, but they also overwhelm me, and force me to maintain a separation for self preservation. ¬†I wish I could make that separation larger in most cases. ¬†With books, I invite them in without hesitation.

Serenity Now!

One of my stitches came out today. ¬†It grossed me out, but I’m glad I didn’t swallow it. ¬†The pain is tolerable without pain medication now. ¬†The swelling has also gone down quite a bit. ¬†I’m proud of my body for healing so well. ¬†I feel like a healing ninja. ¬†I’m re-reading the Stormlight Archive books in anticipation of a new installment being published. ¬†But I found out that the next book by Brandon Sanderson will be in a different series. ¬†Oh well, It’s another one I’ll enjoy reading in a week or so. ¬†He does very well with releasing new novels. ¬†Most of my other favorite authors have a much longer time scale between releases. ¬†I’m fine with waiting. ¬†I just hope they don’t die before they finish. ¬†But even when that happened with the epic series by Robert Jordan, it was finished using his notes by Brandon Sanderson. ¬†I really like the Wheel of Time series, so I’m glad it was completed.

I enjoyed re-reading The Pickwick Papers recently. ¬†It’s one of my favorites by Dickens. ¬†He was like the Bernie Sanders of that era through his novels. ¬†I wish Ayn Rand would have studied Dickens’ books, not only for their messages, but also for a good example of how to deliver it without being painfully redundant. ¬†I think she could have been a much better writer if she put as much effort into her story telling as she did into her propaganda. ¬†I still read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged every so often. ¬†Objectivism is exaggerated far beyond what reality can support, but it still has a few¬†valid points. ¬†I deeply regret that her emotional intelligence was overshadowed so much by her intellect. ¬†That lack of balance held back her true potential. ¬†When I see people living today who still regard Objectivism as a viable philosophy, I shake my head in sadness. ¬†It’s become a magnet for insecure pseudo-intellectuals. ¬†I always hope they outgrow it.

The characters in the Stormlight Archive challenge me in ways I haven’t clearly defined yet. ¬†The child within me wants my hero¬†to be clear and pure. ¬†The older, more sophisticated part of me wants to have to think in order to recognize them. ¬†To see through the layers of believable shortcomings and flaws, and discover the hero inside. ¬†Brandon Sanderson presents neither. ¬†His heroes are different. ¬†They may seem flawed, but after more data and thought, I find myself adjusting my assumptions and definitions of what makes a hero. ¬†It’s an enlightening process. ¬†It’s probably why I love his novels so much. ¬†They require a bit of personal growth in order to get from them all that you can. ¬†I suspect this is part of why Charles Dickens was and is so beloved as a novelist. ¬†It’s also where Ayn Rand failed. ¬†I wanted John Galt to be a hero. ¬†Instead, he turned out to be a prick. ¬†Howard Roark was an asshole. ¬†We admired their accomplishments and talents, but that’s not enough. ¬†A hero has to be more. ¬†A hero has to inspire us to be better human beings. ¬†John Galt and Howard Roark inspired us to be self absorbed assholes. ¬†Pseudo-intellectuals embrace this because it was intelligently presented, and they think it makes them elite, when in reality, it exposes them as pathetic.

I see it as a filter. ¬†I don’t put forth effort in relating to people who are pro-objectivists. ¬†It allows me to pay attention to those who aren’t driven by fear. ¬†Life is too short to bother with converting assholes. ¬†Plenty of fish, and all that.