Hannibal V Constantine (hannibalv) wrote,
Hannibal V Constantine

October 30, 2001

Today's word of the day is, for reasons you'll never know, "ghastly".

My work continues to be as fulfilling as trying to whip water. At times, it borders on the…-esque. (OK, I'm not sure who -esque. "Kafkaesque" is always a good one, as is "Camusesque". Perhaps "Helleresque" (as in "Catch-22" author Joseph) works best for this situation. You decide.) I was dealing with a rather ill-tempered fellow who was ready to hang up on me repeatedly until I mentioned the specific variety of work it is we're doing, which piqued his interest briefly. When I offered to send him a letter explaining things, he said, "Yeah, do that." When I tried to confirm the address we had he said, "That's not it, but I don't give out my address over the phone". So I asked him: "You want us to send you a letter, but you won't give us an address to send it to?" He said, "That's right", and hung up. Lucky for me I was able to find his address through other means. We're working for the government, dammit. If we want to find you, you'll be found.

Interestingly, Word has "Kafkaesque" in its spellcheck, but none of the other listed "-esques".

I have to give my first big recommendation of the new TV season to "Scrubs", on NBC. I was wary as hell when it was first broadcast, but when I watched it, I found it was light-years smarter than I'd expected. Give it a look when you can.

Finally finished reading "From Hell", though I'm not doing the endnotes just yet, as I have people waiting to borrow the book. I'm not sure that I'm 1000% thrilled with it. I recognize its genius, and for a brief time it actually made me afraid to go into my basement, but, emotionally speaking, it left me cold. I'd still recommend "Watchmen", "V For Vendetta" or "Top 10" to someone looking for the ideal Alan Moore experience.

Happy Halloween, whatever that means to you.

Today's Link Of The Day is Emo Phillips's official website. Emo is Downers Grove's very own mind-altering export. "I was walking home from school one day and I walked past a construction site where a house was being built. One of the roofers called me a paranoid little weirdo…in Morse code." See what all the fuss is about. http://www.emophillips.com

10/31/2001 3:33 AM

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