We fear change.
Not only am I moving out of Evanston this week but many icons of my youth are falling. I confirmed over the weekend that the Evanston Barnes and Noble is moving across the street. This is a terrible, terrible thing, because the Evanston Barnes and Noble has essentially been my fortress since 1992. It's much smaller than the average Barnes and Noble and unlike the standard corporate bookstore, the place has soul. This is something that can't be replicated. It's a symbol of everything that's been happening to this glorious town in the last couple of years. CONDO CONDO CONDO BUILD BUILD BUILD MALL MALL MALL EAT EAT EAT. SLUUUUUUUUURRRRRPPPP!
But Evanston abides, I have faith.
DC Comics in its lustful pursuit of grimness and grit, has decided to kill Blue Beetle, the star of the Keith Giffen/JM De Matteis Justice League series of the late 80's/early 90's, (the greatest superhero comics *ever*) just as that series was having a limited run revival. From what I understand it has prompted the great Keith Giffen to tell DC to fuck off and will never work with them again, which I hope is true. Death in comic books is almost always temporary, but it's a grim reminder that I must step up my timetable for conquering the media universe and acquiring possession of DC Comics (possibly the rest of AOL/Time Warner too) to straighten things out.
On the subject of geekdom, my new favorite blog is maintained by geek screenwriter John Rogers.
It's really good and funny, and Mr. Rogers is right about many things, such as that Wesley Clark should run for president again. He was involved with the Catwoman movie but he has a lot of funny reasons why that's not his fault.
I may have cried in the shower last night, reflecting that it was one of my last showers in my apartment. I say I may have cried because how can you really tell in the shower? It's all water.
But I'm looking forward to knew things as 2005: The Year My Enemies Fall Before Me continues into its fourth month. Such as my total emasculation at the hands of my about to be roommate Reina who has recently declared that I am now her "defacto best girlfriend forever". My emasculation has been a long time coming and I will accept it without resistance.
With a distinguished former management consultant like yourself counseling me, Rik, I believe we can take on the world. Are you game?
Dude, dude, dude...do not go gentle into that emasculated night. I don't really know what that means.
As for your pursuit of AOL/Time Warner. Start slow, be subtle. Realistically, with 30% of the stock you can bend the company to your will. The company has 4.4 billion shares outstanding so you need to acquire 1.3 billion of those. The key is to acquire them so subtly that no one sees it coming until it's too late. So we need small increments and a loooong window of opportunity. I figure to fly under the radar you need to do this over about a 35 year period. Which puts it in reach. You only need to buy 100,000 shares a day (but you have to double up each monday and friday to make up for the damn weekends). Since the stock is down since they got hit with a $300 million fine last week it's only going for $17.36 a share. So for about $1.7 million a day you can quietly gather these shares over the next 36 or so years and then WHAM! The board of directors are your own personal slaves and they will do your bidding.
Go get 'em.