Monday Misk-ell-eh-knee-us.

Jerry Beck is my favorite animation historian, his post What did Disney ever do? is perfect. It has become the habit of the world to disdain anything seemingly-well-known. Nothing is important. And that’s simply not so. You may not like where the world is but that doesn’t mean that it’s improved over time. The world has plenty distance to improve.

If you’ve not read Cat and Girl’s comic 4000 of my closest friends please do that now. Sucking in giant databases of artist work to make “art” is morally dubious.

And here’s a movie quote of the day, from Three Kings:

Archie Gates
You’re scared, right?
Conrad Vig
Archie Gates
The way it works is, you do the thing you’re scared shitless of, and you get the courage AFTER you do it, not before you do it.
Conrad Vig
That’s a dumbass way to work. It should be the other way around.
Archie Gates
I know. That’s the way it works.

And I’ve gotten tired of finding formatted text with colons and turning it into a set of dl, dt, dd so I created this: Quote to DL (Definition List), which takes a set of text with a name, then a colon, then a snippet of dialogue, and formats it as a list. MDN calls it a Description List but that’s cool.

I’m almost done listening to Maria Bamford’s Sure, I’ll Join Your Cult. It’s darn good. A highly specific personal story but I vibe with a lot of what’s in there. We are nearly the same age and much of it aligns with some of my own mishaps in my 20s. A worthy read and listen.

One of my favorite quips of hers, about Trump, remains:

“We cannot physically harm the president of the United States, but it is not illegal to lead him into a bramble.”

It rained over the weekend and it’s raining today. This limits my opportunities to swim in the ocean with complete confidence in the water quality. In San Diego the Surfline predictions include this standard disclaimer after a rain.

NOTE: County health officials advise against ocean water contact for up to 72 hours following a period of significant rainfall due to elevated bacteria levels – especially near drain pipes, harbors and river mouths.

Mind you, I evaluate this directive for myself. I have gone in the ocean during a rain, as I did Saturday, and it was great. And I’ve halted ocean-swimming for slightly longer periods when the rain was significant. But I’m mindful of the risk and have not gotten sick from the ocean in many years. When I do go into the water during or after a rain I am highly conscientious about rinsing my gear and my body afterwards. Gotta keep the germs off. This is all because of the runoff from urban areas that drains to ocean. That wonderful cleansing baptism of rain has side effects, alas.

That’s this morning. I have a hankering for grits right now. Whether grits are acquirable in the morning in California and not part of fancy shrimp’n’grits, who can say? I may be able to find out.

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