‘Colony,’ ‘Captive State,’ ‘Under The Dome,’ & #Writing My #Scifi #Novel

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

The novel I’m writing shares at least one plot point — in a sense — with “Captive State,” “Under The Dome” and “Colony.” But the concepts my novel deals with are significantly bigger and deeper than those creative works. My concept is much more like The Matrix compared to those creative works of art because I’m coming at the same idea from a dramatically different point of view.

Either it’s going to hurt me or help me that this micro genre is popping up. Either it means people are interesting in this concept, or there really is nothing new under the sun and by the time I actually finish the novel no one will care because something sufficiently similar will have come out already and it will be a moot point.

But we’ll see. We’ll definitely see, I guess. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

Idle Rambling About Kavanaugh & Usenet

by Shelton Bumgarner
@sheltbumgarner

Now, I did a quick search of Google’s Usenet archive and I didn’t find anything to indicate Brett Kavanaugh used Usenet while in college. So, that’s pretty conclusive evidence that my barely-a-hunch that he might have used it while he was in college didn’t pan out.

I guess what made what made that whole thing a least a little bit interesting was the fact that if you could find Kavanaugh Usenet posts from his college days, it would be a unique snapshot of his mentality during the period of time everyone is concerned about. Usenet was pretty free wheeling at that moment in its history and the conditions, at least, are there for us to get some sense of his drinking and other behavior.

But, like I said, doesn’t look that my hunch paid off. The only way I could possibly see it panning out would be if you were with a major news organization and you could talk to Google directly about its archive and see if maybe they could find any archive evidence from Yale specific newsgroups. That might be something that might have a greater likelihood of panning out. But barring something pretty dramatic, this definitely seems like a dead end.

There’s just no there there.

But it definitely was an interesting idea for a moment or two. If you could have found Kavanaugh Usenet posts, that could have really changed the game. It would have been pretty dramatic.

Brief, Idle Rambling About The Themes Of The #Scifi #Novel I’m #Writing

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

The novel I’m writing is, at least at this point, my personal attempt to address the Trump Era via a novel. In some ways it’s obvious and in some ways it’s not. The more I think about it, the more there are some major issues of the day that the novel deals with.

Chief among these concepts is “what is America?” The story gives me an opportunity to address the issue of the United States being an “idea” as opposed to “blood and soil” in a really concrete manner. It’s one of the things that makes writing the novel so much fun.

Anyway, I could go into this a lot more, but I need to shut up and, like, actually write the novel.

‘Blackout’ — #Lyrics To A Pop Song

I just like writing lyrics. The recent SCOTUS situation gives me something to riff off of.

Blackout
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@sheltbumgarner
please give credit if you produce or perform

the light go out in your mind
leave you not remembering your past
it can catch up with you eventually
the shadows of life have damage
it hides from the light
but in your sin can’t escape a

blackout
you know what you did
blackout
it’s rolling around in your head

the next day people look at you and stare
pointing at you as you walk by
makes you wonder what you did
who’s life did you ruin
all you hope is it will go away
you’ve got plans to make
girls you’ve got to date

blackout
you know what you did
blackout
it’s rolling around in your head

[bridge]
the lights come on
you remember your evil deeds
worry the cops will come after thee
but all you can hope is it will pass
until the next blackout

blackout
you know what you did
blackout
it’s rolling around in your head

‘Presidential Alert’ — #Lyrics To A Slow Sad Ballad

I really like the Radiohead song “How I Made My Millions,” so my vision for this one is something like that. At least, that’s the mood of the music I’m listening to as I write these words.

Presidential Alert
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@sheltbumgarner
please give credit if you produce or perform

going about my business during the day
don’t think anything is going to change
then my phone begins to wale
telling me the end is neigh
look at it and see a

presidential alert
what does it mean
presidential alert
oh dear me
oh dear me

he’s never going away it seems
we’re stuck with him forever
a thing of nightmares
creeping through the night
ending all our delight
waiting to send a

presidential alert
what does it mean
presidential alert
oh dear me
oh dear me

[bridge]
if it was a real emergency
hearing from him would not help
of that you can bet
and end without him might be
a blessing you could count

presidential alert
what does it mean
presidential alert
oh dear me
oh dear me

‘I Like Beer’ — #Lyrics To A Pop-Rock Song

Sometimes I get into a lyric writing mood even though I write the lyrics very quickly and don’t do any hard work on them like revising. I just get a story in my head that I want to tell and verse, write it, and move on. So, in essence, this is extremely pointless especially since I don’t know anything about music.

I Like Beer
@sheltbumgarner
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
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after a hard day’s work
when it seems nothing is going my way
can’t get laid
the pay’s not helping with the bills
(no way)
I go down to the bar for a spell
leer at the pretty girls near
because

I like beer
I drink beer
let me be clear
I like beer
I like beer

people may say
that it gets in my way
but let me state
without delay
my love of beer is what I hold dear
it helps me get through the day
when all I want to do is complain

what can I say at this point
some people get their enjoyment from a joint
why would you do such a thing
when beer’s there for you at night
cold and tasty, full of delight
this is why

I like beer
I drink beer
let me be clear
I like beer
I like beer

[bridge]
when I’m sober
hungover
it doesn’t matter to me
’cause I had a good time
though I don’t remember
why

I like beer
I drink beer
let me be clear
I like beer
I like beer

‘Beach Week’ — #Lyrics To A Slow Pop-Rock Ballad

Given the seriousness of what Kavanaugh may have done during 1982’s beach week, it seems appropriate to do a slow, melancholy ballad along the lines of No Surprises using the title.

Beach Week
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@shelbumgarner
please give credit if you produce or perform

the week is one for fun
hearts will be broken lies will be spun
girls may leave parties rattled
but they’re the only ones to blame
beach week is for skies and bros

beach week
never looking back
beach week
it will never end
it will never end
it will never end

when time stands still
the end is near
people will stop and gawk
at what we’ve managed to pull off
there’s nothing like it at all
beach week

beach week
never looking back
beach week
it will never end
it will never end
it will never end

[bridge]
beach week was a blast
happened long ago
happened so fast
but what’s the point of talking about it
it’s over now
it was a gas
(at least for me)

beach week
never looking back
beach week
it will never end
it will never end
it will never end

A Challenge To The News Media: Use Google’s Usenet Archive To See If Kavanaugh Used It

by Shelton Bumgarner
@sheltbumgarner

As I understand it, Google has — or at least had — an extensive Usenet News archive stretching back to its beginning. It wouldn’t take too much work to track down Kavanaugh’s Yale ID if he used the service. It’s worth spending a few moments digging around Google’s archive, if nothing else.

V-Log: My Only Hope For The 2018 Mid-Terms Is Women Will Save Us

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Some thoughts.

Thinking Seriously About A Second American Civil War

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I am not the first, and definitely will not be the last, to ponder what a possible Second American Civil War might look like. It seems pretty obvious that America is hurdling towards some sort of armed conflict for no other reason than much of the same mentality that existed in the 1850s exists today in the United States.

Really, all that blocks armed conflict at this point is that Democrats and The Resistance are still playing by the “old rules” of politics while the Republicans and MAGA are playing by the “new rules” of running slipshod over any and all opposition using white knuckled hard ball politics.

Once that changes, once both sides play chicken with the government in an absolute rage, then the entire system freezes up and we have the “politics through other means” that Mao mentioned. But what are some of the scenarios one might concoct about an actual modern Civil War in the United States?

Well, here’s the thing: Republicans have land mass, while Democrats have concentrated population. While Red States are contiguous and Blue States aren’t, the sheer concentration of people in Blue State areas will make any attempt to quell them should a war break out. I’m not entirely sure that outside of some “purple” states that there would even be any violence at all. If the two sides grow so polarized that they simply have nothing in common politically or culturally, there’s a good chance whomever is running the government when the actual split happens will do the whole “wayward sisters, part in peace” bit.

It definitely seems at this point that the trends are Blue States will leave the Union and work actively to align themselves with Canada. That definitely seems like one scenario. Again, I doubt seriously there will actually be violence if things get bad enough that individual states want to leave the union. This is where who happens to be in control of the government would have a lot to say about the outcome of these events.

If it’s a Democratic president and Republican states bold en mass, things will go a lot differently than if its reversed. Really, it could all be avoided if we had, like, effective leadership in the first place but that’s not going to happen. It definitely feels as though the United States is careening towards some sort of division on the state level, the exact nature of which is still very much in the air.