The scene is from my walk this last week. The landscape looks odd in this season. It looks a little like something from The Dark Crystal. It’s a strange collection this week.
Oh, sweet summer hatchling. You’re not going to like this, Tommy Mantis. Probably. I mean, I don’t know what you’re into.
Joel analyzes a small youtuber’s bad attitude. I have created things for public consumption, and it is an attitude I have felt. It is something I don’t like about myself, I have to consciously NOT do this. But it’s an easy reaction.
For lack of a better term, I call it complainypants. It goes like this:
Complainypants says, “How can I do X?”
Friend replies, “You could try Y?”
“No, Y is stupid.”
“OK, well, you could try Z?”
“No, Z is stupid, too. I’ve tried everything, the world makes no sense, I’m cursed.”
See, Complainypants doesn’t really want solutions. Complainypants wants to vent and get a shoulder to cry on, or someone to punish. It’s hard to be sympathetic to Complainypants because he’s acting hostile, and he doesn’t really know what he wants.
He wants to believe that he’s doing everything right, but getting the wrong result. This is a literally insane position to take: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” Complainypants will take out the resulting frustration on you if he can.
I definitely have an internal complainypants.
I uploaded some homework to a music production course, then I deleted it when I heard some of the other students’ material. Mine was very amateur. I put some more work in and re-uploaded. This one guy was giving feedback to other students that seemed overly critical. Viscerally, I don’t want to be coached by him. Maybe it’s useful feedback, but I don’t want it. I’m willing to try different things to get a different result, but I don’t like coaching. Do I want to learn badly enough to put up with advice?
We will see.
Let’s have a comic. We’ve done some strange things to cabbages, man.
Ahh, the modern computer. Enough computational power to send a man to the moon, or spread the rumor that the earth is flat. All in the palm of your hand.
Pity the parents in this time of the Coronavirus.
My wife and I finished this this week. It was very well done. I finished rereading the books about a week ago and they were even better the second time. I’m looking forward to the Book of Dust part 3. It’s the kind of work that makes me despair of ever creating something so wonderful.
Belugas seem nice. Always trying to talk to people and make friends.