Friday, September 24, 2004

I don't know if it's too late or not, if you can still get it, but if you go to

http://www.projekt.com

and get on their weekly email list, their current update includes a nice little note I wrote them to encourage them about their recent tour. A few minutes of sub-fame on the internet.








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It turns out Roy Horn is a rat bastard who wasn't mauled enough by that tiger.


http://www.circuses.com/sr.html






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In some happier news (for a change) here's another page of pictures from Black Tape for a Blue Girl's tour. They're not my pictures though. I'll post those when I get them scanned when I go to Southern California. The pictures on this link are some taken from the show in Corona which you probably also suck because you didn't go to.

http://blackrose.smugmug.com/gallery/227665/1/8823475





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Here's an absurdity. We hate Walmart, right? Sure, we all do. Well here's another reason to. They were actually selling copies of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The good news is that Jewish groups were outraged and got the "book" pulled from Walmart. The bad news is that Walmart still exists.

http://money.cnn.com/2004/09/24/news/fortune500/walmart_judaism.reut/index.htm?cnn=yes







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The more I read the further my jaw dropped.

http://news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=1120832004






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Thursday, September 23, 2004

For those of you who live under stones and haven't heard this one yet:


http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&e=5&u=/ap/20040922/ap_on_re_us/plane_diverted

This morning I woke up to KZFR. The DJ was playing Peace Train and, over the opening, was saying "Look out for this guy. You never know what he's up to."
To which I laughed at the little joke. The DJ also said the nice part of the story in which Cat Stevens said that the security guards were happy because they all got autographs.
But there's also this now:

http://csmonitor.com/2004/0921/p16s02-bogn.html

I too seem to be in the growing ranks ashamed to be an American at the moment. I remember after Columbine when kids were being suspended and sent to the district psychiatrist when they wrote something like "I hate my teacher" or "I want to kill Billy." I wrote much worse things when I was in school. And then I look at how much worse it's gotten on a national level. And I think to myself, Mark Twain finally got it right at the end of his life.

Boy. I should probably go have some fun now or something.








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On the other hand, Neil Gaiman's response on his blog to the Amazon incident was characteristically sensible:

"I think Anne Rice going on Amazon and lambasting her critics was undoubtedly a very brave and satisfying thing for her to do, was every bit as sensible as kicking a tar baby, and, if ever I do something like that, please shoot me."






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Here's another article I have two almost opposing reactions to. On one hand, I wish Anne Rice would have offered to give refunds for her dissatisfied readers about ten years ago when I was still reading her.
But on the other hand, I'm totally on her side on this one about Amazon's customer reviews being "a public urinal to publish falsehood and lies." No accountability and a bunch of miserable geeks going around writing horrible, miguided, unresearched, and often unintelligable reviews which in effect bring down the author's sales.
I do everything I can to avoid reading Amazon reviews. If I had a new book out there and some pinhead wrote about how my book "sucked" or was a "ripoff" of some thing I've never heard of I'd be pretty pissed off too. I'd try and find out who they are and try to get them fired. But then I'm petty like that.

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1095804613613&call_pageid=968867495754&col=969483191630






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