Various Happenstances of Seth
February 27, 2007
Hello again. It's been a few months
since I've written here, for which I apologize. But I was busy.
Now that I'm back, I have two good pieces of news. First of all,
I finished my book Rhode Island Curiosities. The final manuscript
has been turned in, and the book should be published sometime in
August. Yes, I still have another book or two I need to write, but
I'm happy to have finished this one.
Rhode Island is awesome. If I had
been charged with writing that book in any other state, I would
have been miserable. But traversing the length of Rhode Island a
few times in one day isn't so bad. Best of all, I now have a compendium
of mostly useless knowledge of odd people and places around Rhode
Island, which is a perfect match for my compendium of knowledge
of odd groups around the country. You'd be amazed how often groups
You're The Only One? come up in conversation.*
Anyway, sometime in August, the
book will come out and be added to my books page. I really need
to update that. Actually, I need to update a lot of this site, especially
this blog. Part of the reason I've gone so long without posting
is that I had a book to write. And part of the reason was the unfavorable
alignment of the stars.** But part of the reason
was the fact that updating this blog takes a long time because it's
all hand-coded.*** I've been meaning to upgrade
to some easier blog client for some time, and hopefully in the next
few months I'll figure out how to get that done.
Meanwhile, I recently was recognized
by the New England Press Association, who ranked me second place
in the humor columnist category for their 2006 awards. I was very
pleased to get the award, of course, but I have to say that the
write-up in the NEPA official statement was somewhat damning with
faint praise. I quote:
"Seth Brown has a knack of turning the small observation
into something that is -- well, not profound, but certainly amusing."
Not profound? In 2006, I wrote
columns about the categorical imperative and omphaloskepsis. And
perhaps most importantly, I wrote columns about the most profound
issues our country faces today: A wider adoption of the half-dollar,
and a conversion to metric time. If they weren't convinced, perhaps
I'll just have to write on those topics again.
*Seriously. Sometimes it feels like I write these books just so I'll have something to talk about. It seems like roughly once every month or two that someone's talking about a group that I interviewed. And I swear it's almost every few weeks that someone says something that makes me think of one of the groups, but I usually don't bring it up. I don't have to talk about the World RPS Society every time someone plays Rock, Paper, Scissors -- even if I think of them every time.
the Chinese year of the Pig, which Chinese prognosticators have
said does not bode well. And I don't think they're just hamming
else uses machines to write their blogs. You have no idea how much
painstaking work it is to add each pixel to your monitor.
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