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Challenge to self: come up with at least three remarks.

1) Melatonin may or may not make me fall asleep sooner, but it does seem to make me sleep deeper, and usually with more pleasant dreams. A quick Google on the subject suggests it does stimulate stronger dream function, for better or worse, in most people who take it. Majority of subjects say dreams are better. This message not reviewed or approved by FDA.

2) A Jeeves & Wooster icon out there led me onto an odd train of thought this morning: C3P0 and Luke Skywalker are the galaxy-far-far-away analogy to Jeeves and Wooster. In the earlier three films (Eps. 4 thru 6; ugh, I hate how prequels screw up words like "first" and "earlier"), I almost expect 3P0 to say, "Master Luke, surely you don't intend to go outside wearing that." 3P0, however, gets easily nervous and flustered. Jeeves never does. As such, Jeeves is a much better protocol android.

3) Great quote of day, from Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides: "Emotions, in my experience, aren't covered by single words. ...I'd like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic train-car constructions like, say, 'the happiness that attends disaster.' Or: 'the disappointment of sleeping with one's fantasy.' I'd like to show how 'intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members' connects with 'the hatred of mirrors that begins in middle age.' I'd like to have a word for 'the sadness inspired by failing restaurants' as well as for 'the excitement of getting a room with a minibar.'" Amen, Mr. Eugenides. Amen.



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Apr. 13th, 2005 10:23 am (UTC)
Speaking of C3P0, I don't think he and Vader ever came face-to-face in ESB. What do you think that would have been like?

"I built HIM when I was a boy? Oh man, I deserved to be flung into that lava pit!"
Apr. 13th, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
"Wow, I unleashed more evil into this world than I thought!"
Apr. 13th, 2005 10:28 am (UTC)
We also need a word for "the guilty excitement when you're going through/witnessing something horrible and thinking, 'Wow, I can write about this!'"
Apr. 13th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
Hah! Yes. We do, we definitely do. Glad I'm not alone there. ;)
Apr. 13th, 2005 11:04 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed Middlesex, although I found the latter part of the novel a bit less satisfying than the first.
Apr. 13th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
I'm about halfway through now, so we shall see. Definitely an interesting one.
Apr. 13th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
Pondering if my just ducky Jeeves & Wooster icon was the one to inspire you, hrmmm? :)

Middlesex: Ehhhhhhh. I can't say much good about it, honestly. It was another one of those books that everyone insisted that I read. When I did, I was too aware of the author's heady need to fill a void in the story by being a “witty” or exhaustive wordsmith – I mean, come on – Cal calls his brother “Chapter Eleven” and names “Object” after the “object of his desire.” Feh. Even the title “Middlesex” is middle-school symbolism at best. There are some great bits – you picked one of my favorites- but for the most part I find his style pretentious without any magic or heart (as I did with The Virgin Suicides). But, I am a contrarian… and very hard to please when it comes to modern authors. A modern author who annoys me less (despite his own freak-show theatrics, minus the incest) is David Eggers… how can a man who, though affected, entitled a book A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius do much wrong?

[BTW – some new perfumes have come in just today… I’ll give a review later]
Apr. 13th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
Pondering if my just ducky Jeeves & Wooster icon was the one to inspire you, hrmmm? :)

Hehe...it was, it was indeed. Didn't want to pin the blame on you personally for my crossover into dorkitude, though.

Yeah, Middlesex is one that was recommended all around me, so I was lent someone else's copy--my mom's actually; I'm not sure what that says about my family, given the subject matter. I'm finding it impressively detailed, and mostly interesting, but so far it feels like watching a documentary rather than getting into a novel. In novels I like to feel that I love these characters and never want it to end, which is a feeling I'm not getting yet. (And we're halfway through, so, yeah...) Haven't read Virgin Suicides, but I did like the movie. Maybe Sofia Coppola trimmed it down to the right dimensions.

I'll look up Eggers...haven't read him either.

Mmm, perfume. I've enjoyed the Caswell-Massey samples I've gotten my hands on so far. They're good at making one smell clean without being too perfumey--nice for the days when you don't want the full fragrance-counter effect.
Apr. 14th, 2005 12:00 am (UTC)
I've rarely EVER had issues with falling asleep - mine issues are more in the way of sleeping too deep (it's not restful) and then having the damnedest time getting up - and never feeling rested despite the duration of sleep. I took Melatonin quite frequently while I was working on graveyard shift - especially when I would have to flip-flop my schedule around for a few days...it helped get me regulated, and I noticed that I woke up more readily than I normally do. Likewise, I also remembered a more significant amount of dreams than I normally do. Additionally, I can't say whether or not it aided my time-to-sleep or not (I rarely even have to hit the pillow), but unlike other sleep aids, it didn't make me feel MORE tired the next day. Interesting.

Doesn't some of that seem contradictory to the actual purpose of Melatonin?
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