It was only in the process of writing the script for this week's video that I realized I've seen a damn lot of zombie movies. More than I've seen, say, Jane Austen adaptations or movies about runaway juries.
But even I have gotten a bit burned on zombie-this, brain-munch-that.
Which is why I'm not so excited about Zombieland which looks like fun, but the kind of dead, airless fun that passes for fun when the day is boring and you're around people you normally don't associate with anything to do with fun. Like zombies, for instance.
We got back from a great trip in New York City over Labor Day weekend and then the short week, plus impending deadlines plus a sickness that caught us unawares (maybe allergies? Maybe a quick bug? We're still not sure.) made my last week a Hell of catching-up and of feeling completely run down.
I'm still not sure how I got through it because I remember feeling absolutely, nightmarishly fatigued, but still somehow getting through a battery of interviews and assignments for NPR and for a story I had due at work today.
I was so pooped that over the weekend, I really just crashed. I mostly stayed offline and did as little as possible.
Now, I feel mostly fine (still a little sniffly), but it all reminded me that I have so many things going on at any given time that taking a break for sickness or just to avoid burnout isn't really an option for me. Even taking a mini-vacation presents its own set of problems and assignment pressures (not to mention e-mail stacks) that have to be addressed upon return.
It's a great problem to have -- I love the things I do, all of them, so much that I'm loath to be away from any of them or to give them up even when things are stressy the way they are now.
Anyway, here's some new stuff: yesterday's NPR segment (in twoparts, plus blog entry) was another grab bag of tech culture news. It was a very slow week for tech news and we were putting it together right up until the last minute.
I also had a column in Monday's paper about an Austin company that has a text messaging service to exchange business card information. So digital!
My big story about tech in schools (visiting four different schools and looking at how it's being used) runs in Saturday's paper.
Got a few new things to tell you about, a new video to post and photos from New York, but I'll need to do all that tomorrow. Still catching up on rest and I can't stay up all night, as much as I'd like to.