This week has got to be better than last

Matrix: Unloaded (no spoilers, just vague commentary) was shiny, black vinyl, escapist goodness. Although I really did get the feeling that I was watching a bridge piece between movies one and three, much like seeing The Empire Strikes Back. I also think almost all the action scenes tended to go on for a couple measures too long, but it wasn’t an egregious issue. I still greatly enjoyed it, although I have a feeling that I really need to see what they’re going to do in Matrix: Revolution before I can form a positive or negative opinion about the overall Matrix storyline. It’ll either be really amazing, fantastic, cyberpunk or it’ll be fluff like I find a lot of anime–pretty, but contentless, and occasionally somewhat bewildering.

Also re-read Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. It inspired me to try something in a new direction with my writing, style-wise, that I’ve never tried before. Sort of a glib, almost spartan tone. Very slipstreamy. I’m 3000 words into a new story. The words flowed as smooth as soapy water over linoleum. Don’t know how long the rest of it’s going to be, but I hope it comes as easily as the beginning did.

I’m feeling better this week. Although I suspect part of that is that I forgot to take my half-a-weekly dose of my new med yesterday PM and so took the whole dose today with breakfast and lunch. The impact on my mood has undoubtedly therefore been postponed. Or maybe it won’t happen at all. Positive thinking. Rah.

In any case, this week has to be better than last week.

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11 Responses to This week has got to be better than last

  1. terracinque says:

    I was going to see M:R yesterday, but it was sold out, so we saw X2 again instead.

    Are you on an SSRI? I experimented with those last year, with disappointing results.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Are you on an SSRI?

      Nope, although I’ve speculated about badgering one of my doctors to prescribe me an anti-depressant of some sort to counteract the side effects of the meds I am on. Except I was on tricyclics some years ago and they sucked major ass. They totally screwed up my circadian rhythms and didn’t help with the mood swings worth a damn. So I took myself off them and now I self-medicate with caffeine as needed. For the most part, that’s worked out better for me. I have such poor reactions to so many meds that the idea of adding another mixer to my ever-growing cocktail makes me leery.

      • terracinque says:

        I tried Wellbutrin, then Wellbutrin and Zoloft, then just Zoloft.

        None of them, as far as I could tell, did a damn thing for me.

        So now, I just go on being depressed. Or whatever I am; it was my therapist who told me I was depressed; it hadn’t ever occurred to me.

        Of course, my therapist was an idiot.

        Anyway, when do I get to hang out with you and Matt? I think we’re long overdue for that.

        • Eugie Foster says:

          Anyway, when do I get to hang out with you and Matt?

          Excellent question! Um, err. Do you RPG?

          • terracinque says:

            That depends. If “RPG” = “Rocket Propelled Grenade,” then, no.

            If it means “role-playing game,” then yes! I’ve been known to toss the eight-sided dice on occasion.

            What are you thinking?

          • Eugie Foster says:

            Um, no grenades, thank-you-very-much.

            Matthew used to run a tabletop RPG using his own system and world(s) when we lived in the Midwest with a dedicated bunch of gamers for around ten years. We’ve been tossing around the idea of trying to get a one-shot organized here so that people who haven’t experienced Matthew’s gaming style/system can try it out, commitment-free, and then see if we can’t get a new gaming group going if people like it. So far, we haven’t got enough people and/or have had scheduling difficulties, but we’re looking. Interested?

          • terracinque says:

            Very much so. Email me at

            What night of the week, would be my major concern.

  2. amokk says:

    They said (they being Joel Silverman and someone else, forgot who, I think it was on the TechTV special on the Matrix) that the way they filmed Matrix 2 and 3 is that it’s basically one long movie split in half, that’s why it feels like a bridge instead of a complete movie.

    Did you stay after the credits to see the Revolutions teaser?

    • Eugie Foster says:

      the way they filmed Matrix 2 and 3 is that it’s basically one long movie split in half, that’s why it feels like a bridge instead of a complete movie.

      Yeah, I’d heard that. That’s getting to be a more popular way of filming movies (e.g. Lord of the Rings). Makes sense. I’m sure it’s tons cheaper.

      Did you stay after the credits to see the Revolutions teaser?

      Yepper! Shiny! Although jeez, the credits to Reloaded were interminable. Did they really have to credit the caterers?

      • amokk says:

        Did they really have to credit the caterers?

        Yes, and most movies nowadays do such detailed credits. Caterers, assistants, grips, who cleaned out the portapotties, the idiot who tripped over the set and almost killed half the crew, etc.

        I much prefer credits that have more movie action going on during them, or comedy movies that have outtakes and screwups during the credits (like every Jackie Chan movie does…). I don’t expect outtakes on the Matrix because it’s drama and that’d seriously break the mood (but I want them on the DVD! And deleted scenes! I want a 6 hour movie on that DVD, dammit!).

        We need to see it again, so we can catch what we missed the first time (I want to pay much more attention to the talk with The Architech) and stay for the teaser (I found out about its existence after we got home from the movie).

  3. m0nkeygrl says:

    Heh. After Loxley and I got out of Matrix, there was a guy on his cell phone in the parking garage elevator with us. He was talking about how the ending was “stupid” and he “didn’t get it.” He got off the elevator before us and Lox said “Well, SOMEONE hasn’t seen Empire Strikes Back.” *sigh* Just one of the many reasons why I love him. 😉

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