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i am starting to sense your location

January 5, 2010

It was of course an example of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, how you can’t simultaneously know a particle’s velocity and its direction.  As soon as you’ve got a read on your speed, the place where you’re going is becoming unclear, and then you’re slowing down, and suddenly you want to get there faster.

Dave Eggers wrote the book You Shall Know Our Velocity!, but maybe what he should have written was You Shall Know Our Velocity, But Not Our Location! It’s like the sequel you never knew you had, or the direction you never knew you were going.

I won’t pretend here, or anywhere, to have read anything by Mr. Eggers, with some books it’s good enough just to know they’re out there.  I do have copy of Zeitoun autographed to me by him with the inscription “Miami hat not included.” But that has very little to do with Dave Eggers, that book, or Miami.

I’m not saying that I hate Dave Eggers or anything, although I say that sometimes just because I need to hear someone say it.

I was in the car this morning, and found myself talking again, saying that I hate people who have 700 friends on Facebook.  When you say stuff like that people will tell you that hate is a pretty strong word like you should save it for a special occasion, but I don’t really buy that, judging by how easy it is to say that you hate someone you don’t even know just because they have more Facebook friends than you will ever have, and how wonderfully terribly difficult it sometimes is to be around the people you love.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. William permalink
    January 5, 2010 5:20 pm

    I really appreciate these poetic little gems. I especially liked how you segued from a perfectly reasonable rant to the difficulty of telling somebody how that you love them.

  2. Hannah permalink
    January 5, 2010 10:55 pm

    I have more than 700 friends on Facebook…please don’t blacklist me!

  3. January 6, 2010 4:35 am

    pinball wizardry

  4. January 6, 2010 6:40 pm

    I say I hate Dave Eggers all the time. I’m sure he’s a delightful human being but the two books I read (HWofSG and YSKOV!) seemed like a lot of sarcastic navel gazing. This is rich coming from a member of the blogging/facebook generation (although I not certain I’ve met 700 people in my life. Cumulatively.)

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