[Serious caveat this week: moving to the States and living in Brooklyn were not errors. It’s a pun!]
Big news this week…. I’ve formally surrendered my US permanent residency!
There are all sorts of technical reasons why this is a good idea. But, as the saying goes: “You can take the boy out of America, but you can’t take American out of the boy.” After all, my girlfriend and daughter are both Yanks. And, notwithstanding last week’s observations on queuing and artifice in popular music, there is other evidence of a strong link between Scotland and the States.
It’s been about a month since I last made a hollow threat to quit the blog. But if there’s no post, then the funny and interesting stuff below the comment line disappears, too. Last week, Jen mentioned…
… I really wish you had worked in a Nine Inch Nails reference, especially with a new album called “Hesitation Marks” coming out in September. But live and learn I say.
After that, I had to see what Trent was up to. I’ve never been a huge fan, but he’s done some interesting stuff, and he cleaned up nicely for the Oscars.
It feels like I’ve been throwing a lot of myself into the last couple of weeks of posts. But today, Monday rolled around, and no dominant theme had risen to the surface for today’s offering. So, what does one do when the creative well dries up, but one still wants to keep people rolling up for more?
Blogging is, by its nature, a solipsistic exercise.
[solip·sistic adj. Describing an endeavour in which one uses words like “solipsistic”.]
However, you can’t go about examining the nature of life, death and god in every post, so it is good to look outside from time to time. That is to say, it’s time for another digest post, and to look at the Wide World of Strokes.
So, the past couple of Wednesdays, I’ve taken a class on using WordPress. Who’d have thought that, until this point, I’d been making it up as I went along, after some (well, a great deal) of help from Neal. Thanks, Neal; don’t think you’ve gotten a proper shout out yet. (Note: any ugliness and bad writing associated with this site are purely the blogger’s own.)
Anyway, eagle-eyed regular apoplectics may already notice a few small changes around here, such as a small navigation menu at the top of the site, populated entirely by the new “About Me” page, and properly embedded twitter posts. So, if there are any new bells and whistles that you’d like to see on apoplectic.me, drop me a line (note to self: start by installing convenient “Contact Me” link). But don’t send me a line about how the Romans didn’t use capitals.
My neurologist and brain surgeon sent me a couple of interesting medical journal pieces this week, to help with a piece I’m writing, that focus on the incidence of subarachnoid hemorrhages, with particular reference to distribution by region, age, gender and time trends.