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By UberTaylor (Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 04:39:34 AM EST) haha, like I could come up with a coherent tag (all tags)
With stiletto heels and a really good roundhouse.

What incoherent drivel can I muster at 1:30 am (PST)? I've never really been good at the whole "stream of consciousness" style of writing.. I have a hard time just saying what's on my mind. Except for now...a symptom of sleeplessness, perhaps.

Every time I'm struck with this particularly annoying (if generally fleeting) minor malady, I think of the scene in Fight Club, where Ed Norton asks his doctor if one can die from insomnia (well, technically he asks that off-camera, and we join the scene as the doctor sardonically answers "no"). It's always bugged me that the doctor gives incorrect information. One could, in fact, perish from a sustained lack of sleep (from the actual lack of sleep itself, not the ancillary disorders that accompany it). It's science, or something.

But I digress. Can one digress when one doesn't have a point? I think at some juncture I intended to have a point, but whatever it was now escapes me.

I really enjoy Neal Stephenson's books. I'm working my way through Cryptonomicon for the second time. For the uninitiated, this book clocks in at over 1100 pages, and while extremely well written, isn't exactly your standard bathroom reader affair. It weaves together 3 separate storylines (with numerous subplots) on two different timelines, in a way both satisfying, and infuriating. Stephenson has this habit of cutting in between storylines right as the action gets going (in each individual plotline). This may be a sound writing technique, but it's incredibly obnoxious when trying to plow through the book in 15 minute increments.

Wife and son are both doing well, so that's good. I think I'll try to go to bed now. Insert witty parting quip here.

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Insomnia is one evil motherfucker. by BadDoggie (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 04:47:59 AM EST
I tried reading all sorts of shit to get past it, from Chaucer in the original to seriously tedious German novels. Each time I ended up having to turn around as the window got too bright from sunlight to be able to read while facing it from the comfy position on the couch.


OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

I tried reading grammars for a while by gzt (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 09:57:07 AM EST
It was too exciting, but at least my Russian took off. That was a while ago, I no longer have any Russian.

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Cryptonomicon by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 08:12:31 AM EST
Great book, until the last 3 or 4 pages. Stephenson has this problem: He can't write an ending. His books just stop. Annoying.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

True statement by UberTaylor (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Oct 26, 2010 at 01:52:31 AM EST
He does the same thing in Snow Crash. It just...ends. I mean, wtf. What happens to Uncle Enzo and Raven? I realize it's intentionally ambiguous, but the other characters get some sort of resolution. That book needs a sequel, or at least one more chapter.

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