Couple of things worth mentioning:

  1. Apparently my blog, specifically this section, was mentioned in this post over at the mothership. Count me as proud, my first external pingback[1. For whatever reason, for a long period of time internal references, such as one post linking to another, triggered the Wordpress pingback notifications. Which was weird, since I don't really need to know when I link to other posts on my blog since, um, I did it? But this time that feature came through for me, which was good because I was almost at the point of completely ignoring the notifications.]! However, that said, maybe I need to come up with a better name for this blog than “Geoffrey Werner Challen”?
  2. This post and its “deductive reasoning” confused me. At the time I’ll admit I didn’t attempt to perform the B.S. -> A.S. (?) mapping, but at the same time if I had I would have probably taken the Year of the Yushityu 2007 Mimetic-Resolution-Cartridge-View-Motherboard-Easy-To-Install-Upgrade For Infernatron/InterLace TP Systems For Home, Office, Or Mobile (sic) as a clue. To repeat, with some of the cruft collapsed: Y.O.T.Y.2007.M.R.C.V.M.E.T.I.U.F.I/I.T.S.F.H.O.O.M.(s). Which, as it turns out, was actually 2007. Slight snark aside, it was nice to see someone point that out, and the deductive reasoning ends up confirming the (somewhat) obvious.
  3. I have to say that I’ve noticed some goalpost moving when it comes to the “get to this page because it gets good after that” claim. “How to Read Infinite Jest” says “persevere to page 200.” I’m pretty sure I saw some who moved the it-gets-good point to page 250, but this review is I guess the best I can do. It claims that IJ is really 17 short stories until page 250. Finally, this point over at A Supposedly Fun Blog morphs this advice into “get to page 300, etc.” Hopefully this won’t continue all summer, with posts in late-August reading “just get to page 750[2. Or whatever page we'll be at that point.].” I’m actually enjoying the book, even the apparently not-so-good first 200/250/300 pages.
  4. Speaking of which, I actually enjoyed (to the degree you can enjoy something so dark) the much-maligned (1, 2[3. Not a complete maligning, but more of a "I understand if you have already maligned it" sort of thing.], 3) “yrstruly” sections, particularly the “2bdenied” compaction which I found a bit funny every time I came across it. That said, I remember hating these sections on my first attempt at IJ, so I get it. No clue why I enjoyed them so much this time. Maybe it’s the four seasons of The Wire separating now from then…

Might climb into bed with IJ in a minute. Or not. The All-Star game is (at least at this point) surprisingly interesting.