Saturday, January 2, 2016

A Happy New Year Semi-Open Weekend Thread

As is our habit and tradition, please do treat this as a semi-open weekend thread.

I hope that all of you had a good and safe New Year's Eve. Given my various addictions and bad habits I just wanted folks to know that I am safe and well. Given the wild man that I am, I stayed in on New Year's, ate barbecue, watched the Twilight Zone marathon, some Star Trek: The Next Generation, drank soda, and partook of Moscow Mules and Stella Artois beer. I am such a sophisticate. I had a chance to go out to a party which sounded like quite the rager--one full of 40-year-old people who escaped from their kids--but I demurred. I had a contemplative Christmas and New Year's Eve as I focused my energy for the very interesting opportunities that I will be following through on in 2016.

I want to thank the folks who donated to the fundraiser. I am writing "thank you" notes this week. I am very, very moved by the generosity and good energy that was shown and sent to me. The friends and fans of my work online and elsewhere are some cool folks. Big hearts. 

Some semi-connected randomness.

I like to laugh at the beginning of the New Year. It is good for the soul. One of the funniest things of 2015, at least in my opinion was David Pakman's interview with Pastor David Manning. I still love me some Alexyss Tylor. But damn, hearing Manning talk about how Starbucks puts gay semen in its coffee, various lust demons, Manning's yearning for sex with men while in jail, and his various other conspiracy theories damn near made me convulse with laughter.

I am no fan of New Year's resolutions. I believe that the George Costanza rule of opposites is of more use--example: if you want to lose weight you should instead promise to gain weight, etc.--than empty promises and resolutions made to oneself.

But in keeping with that ritual, I promise to run down the metaphorical football field like a madman possessed by Jim Brown; I will go back to my weekly routine of Muller system exercises, tai chi, and light weight training; I will cease my onanism and extreme soda consumption; I pledge to stop my chronic under-earning; and I will be a more productive and disciplined person in other areas of life in order to find the fame, glory, and professional success that I have denied myself for various reasons for too long.

Lots of promises. If I keep 2 or 3 of them I will be satisfied.

Do share your New Year's resolutions if you how can I be held accountable by making promises to myself? How was your 2015? What do you predict for 2016? 

And of course, do you have any news items, trends, or the like that you think we should all be looking out for in the new year?

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