Thursday, June 25, 2015

Swamp Blog -OR- Stuck in the Muddy Weeds of Written Complicated Complexity in a World of Interesting Distractions (So Much of Which I'd Like to Discuss But, Realistically, Cannot)

A wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus), Potato Creek State Park, Indiana; Photo by Kevin Chodzinski, National Geographic Photo of the Day, July 27, 2010; see here.

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I'm home tonight trying to post an entry but each one ends up in the same in the weeds and muddy swamp, immobile, so to speak, sort of like the wood frog in the lead image looks (although I doubt its immobile, it's just lurking.)  To clarify, this is actually my fourth attempt at a blog entry in the past three days including the second one this evening (and not counting the previous one I actually posted).

They are just so difficult to write because of the range, complexity, details of the topics that I try to cover, the need for fact-checking and spell-checking, for pictures, and for formatting. It doesn't help that there are so many things in the world (such as today's big Supreme Court decision 6-3 upholding a fundamental pillar of Obamacare)-- removed from my day-to-day life in varying degrees from nearby to very far -- that I'd also like to discuss and so many written columns I'd like to at least excerpt.

I mean, the Jonathan Chait and Paul Krugman columns and other written pieces alone would require multiple blog entries.

For instance, just read this (link embedded): Giant earthquakes are shaking Greenland — and scientists just figured out the disturbing reason why. I just happened to see that article a few minutes ago -- after I had given up on planned entry that had no fewer than half a dozen links including to articles and columns on things of interest to me.

Anyway, very briefly put, I'm doing OK and my malady from earlier this week -- the painful welt and subsequent swelling under my right eye due to an allergic reaction to something I encountered on my bike ride last Sunday -- has almost gone away entirely, although I went to the doctor today. (The prescription she gave me was conditional if I thought it necessary to take it tomorrow, which now I do not.)

My takeaway message to you, Gentle Reader (or, far more likely, Google Image Seeker), is that I haven't forgotten to update this blog and I'm fine, it's just really difficult to get an entry completed. What's more, tomorrow and this weekend aren't promising for blog entries.

Speaking of frogs, maybe I need to turn straight and marry some cheesecake-eating housewife who gives me two sticky, poopy small children and turns me into a buccal-pumping frog on that suburban Maryland (or Virginia) lily pad in which all decisions are made for me. As long as she cooks me meatloaf and macaroni and cheese on Wednesdays.

Yes, like this.

Oh, yes, I did make it to the gym today and had a full workout (although I didn't go into the office as I had a doctor's apt).

OK, that's all for now. Again, I'm not sure when I'll be able to complete and post any of the entries  that I now have in varying draft stages over the next several days. It might end up being that I only post my jukebox Saturday night entry feature over the weekend.

--Regulus

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