Russell Kirkpatrick's Journal
Blogging. Has anyone noticed I'm not very good at it? Last blog I talked about my strength. Well, as the remaining friends I have will tell you, communication is my weakness.
I've spent the last few days enraptured by The Decemberists' new album 'The Hazards of Love'. It's utterly captivating folk-rock, melodic but with a sinister twist, all wrapped up in a fantasy about the doomed love between a woman and her shape-shifter beloved.
If you can find it, have a listen to the song 'The Wanting Comes in Waves/Repaid'.
What else? New epic fantasy going well. Used NZ's premier toll road, queued up to pay my two bucks and a week later received a bill for unpaid tolls. What utter nonsense. Rang them to sort it out - of course I no longer have the receipt, but I was able to tell them that one of their two machines was broken. 'We'll ring you back.' Yeah. Still waiting.
Been doing a lot of thinking about moral philosophy.
Saw Star Trek: a good vehicle to reintroduce the main characters, but the plot was implausible, trivial and forgettable. Still, enough explosions and the audience will swallow anything. Must remember that. In the words of John Wesley, marked on his sermon: 'Logic weak, shout here.'
Oh, and some of you have noticed my blog is being spammed. Spammers, you are low-lives. I've had to spend good money setting up a system to weed you out, and my real friends are put to extra trouble because of it.
And the CAPTCHA system isn't working for your blog?
Yeah Ross, that's exactly what I was thinking when I got my bill for $4.20. If this is softening up for further toll roads, it's having the opposite effect on me.