Friday, September 10, 2004

And since I'm noticing I should probably chill out and have a few laughs:

http://www.pokia.com/





(<$BlogItemCommentCount$>) comments



A lot of people I read online are up in arms about this dumbshit school. I think it's pretty abysmal too. I've been watching a documentary on Hunter Thompson the last few nights and, having not read the guy in a few years, coming back it's just now hitting me that the American Dream was dead and buried before I was born. This is the second article I've linked to about this Southern school's goth crackdown. In spite of the fact that MTV's myopic picture that got me gritting my teeth into a fine powder, there's two things I wanted to go through. First, 2 or 3 of these kids were fine but 10 or 12 no way? What the hell is that about? And later on, a little black clothing is okay but when they go the whole hog and paint there nails, suddenly "it takes on a sort of dark-side symbolism." This is why I try and avoid absolutes as much as I can. You see how ham-fisted dumb it makes you look to say crap like that? And finally, "And it upsets parents, it upsets kids and it upsets teachers. This is a place to go to school, and to be a kid. And I don't want kids being afraid or nervous. It's a wholesome environment." First of all, another perrenial hobby horse. Parents are always afraid of youth culture. That's every generation speaking. Maybe the fact that people not feeling "comfy" means they should examine what the problem is rather than stomping out a sympton, frusterating the child, and having a few moments of comfiness until the oppression and aggression finally occasions another shooting rampage. And I don't know about you, but I ALWAYS, every moment I was there, felt afraid and nervous when I was in Junior High. Junior High is a "wholesome environment?"

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1490673/20040831/index.jhtml?headlines=true






(<$BlogItemCommentCount$>) comments


Haw haw haw.
Not sure I entirely agree with this one, but it does make a good point. "People aren't reading anymore and as a result our culture is going down the toilet" is much like "kids today are evil, not like kids were when I was a kid" or "Film violence has clearly gone too far" or "Clearly we are living in the end times, look at all the biblical prophecy that coming true in our newspapers every day." In other words, it's something every generation says.

But people should still read more. And buy more used books.


http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0436/essay.php




(<$BlogItemCommentCount$>) comments


Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Here's a lovely little article. At least, I suppose it's lovely for those of us who love what we do for a living. Those who hate their jobs might find it a depressing little article. But those people stink of death anyway. Screw them.
This article sets out my work ethic better than I've ever been able to articulate.
Except my parents taught me that making enough money was far more important than happiness. Maybe that's why I went in such a polar opposite direction from that mindset. In most things one tends to either become their parents or the polar opposite of them.


http://www.gateline.com/lifestyles/story/5386725p-5325194c.html






(<$BlogItemCommentCount$>) comments


Sunday, September 05, 2004

Of course there are record numbers. First of all, Phish, the band, has ended. Do you have any idea what a void that's left in the world? People, especially young people, in America are starved for ritual with any personal significance. The fact that it's an overpriced, tailgate party in the desert disguised as ritual is neither here nor there.
Who will take up the mantel of Phish? Who will fill that void? The other big jam bands sure don't look hopeful. I don't expect String Cheese Incident to pull in a Phish like crowd. I'd be happy if it were Polyphonic Spree but they seem to frighten a lot of people. Who'll step up and be the catalyst to young spiritual seekers?
I don't except it to be this annual event either. It's a quick fix and a bit too VegasPagan now to have any real depth.

http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/West/09/05/burningman.festival.ap/index.html


Possibly unrelated, possibly synchronicity, but this article preceded that one on the site:

http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/TV/09/05/muppets.scientist.reut/index.html





(<$BlogItemCommentCount$>) comments


I was a little surprised to get this op-ed piece from my angry, hunting, Archie Bunker, borderline militia style conservative father whose friends have about a 50/50 chance of being cops (Also surprised to get it from him because the two of us have learned well to never never never talk politics with one another.) I was flabbergasted to find the article coming out of the ultra-rich person's perspective conservative OC Register. But here it is.


http://epaper.ocregister.com/Repository/ml.asp?Issue=Orange/2004/09/05&ID=Ar20500&Mode=HTML







(<$BlogItemCommentCount$>) comments



New York's finest getting their priorities straight. Picture stolen outright from http://www.livejournal.com/users/azad_slide/185028.html?view=1321668#t1321668 where there are many other protest pictures but none others quite as silly. Posted by Hello