Vitriol
© 2003 by Andersen Silva (1-2-03)

Nothin' changes,
  on New Year's Day...

I hope everyone had a happy and healthy holiday season. I did, and I racked up some cool loot for Christmas, including a Fuji FinePix 2650 digital camera, a Nomad IIc MP3 player, "Pink Floyd: The Wall" on DVD, the new Sleater-Kinney CD ("One Beat," an excellent album), a penguin, a funky Gershwin poster, and other tidbits. I was kinda hoping that someone among the giftgivers would think to give me a ring (I don't mean on the phone) to replace the chain ring I lost, but... oh, well. Just gotta buy something myself. The snow on Christmas Day kept me from getting home that night, but the roads were better by morning. Some friends and I had an enjoyable dinner (accompanied by drinks and a live band) at Nova Terra in New Brunswick for New Year's Eve. OK, it wasn't worth what they charged us, but every place is expensive on New Year's Eve. It was nice to splurge, and to be in pleasant company. Watching several episodes of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" and of "Iron Chef" was great fun, too!

I started re-recording "Swingin' in the Park (After Dark)" on the 30th, and got much of the music done on New Year's Eve, but I haven't had a chance to finish it; soon, I promise. Jon and I put together a Not An Exit version of the song in the spring of 2000, but I later started thinking of "Swingin'" as the second installment in a four-song cycle and so decided that I wanted it on my own CD, and so I planned to record my solo version as well.

But enough about me, again. Heh-heh... Everybody ready for war? I hope so, because it sure seems that that's where Dubya and Rummy are eager to lead us. I don't think they're thinking big enough, though. Why stop with Iraq and North Korea? We might as well go whole hog and start wars in Iran, Cuba, and China as well! Oh, what the hell, throw in Belgium, too.

The Pretzident has made it painfully clear that he wants war. I think if Jesus himself gave a press conference and assured the world that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction (a dubious prospect all around, but this is hypothetical), Dubya would continue with his blustering and posturing and accusing and saber-rattling. If the United States does in fact have 'proof' of the existence of these weapons, then share it with the UN Security Council, at least the permanent members, and the Secretary-General. Give them evidence they can't argue against, as Kennedy did during the Cuban missile crisis, and the world body can do its job confident of being in the right. But most of the world is not content to go along for the ride on the Bush family crusade based on wild accusations.

Ahhh, crusades... Nothin' like Christianity to bring out the best in people.  ;)  Here it is, Christmastime, and allegedly moral, Christian people are howling for blood and war. If I prayed, I'd pray that their wishes didn't come true. Cornering a Hussein or a Kim seems like a good idea until one considers the possibility that these men do have WMD. Men like that, finding themselves with nothing left to lose, may well choose to unleash hell on earth, at least as much as they can muster.

Mmm, mustard... No, wait, that's not it. Well, looks like I'm finally going to see "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" on Saturday. Looking forward to it... Now I have to make time to watch my DVDs! I still have "Mark Twain" from my birthday, and now the new ones... plus Barbara's complete "Python" set. Maybe I should take a week off from work... Hmmm, I'm already going to see Les Paul, the LinuxWorld Expo, and the Martin Rivas Three this month. Heh-heh. See you in February...
  - A


April 2004 - The real final Vitriol, Howard Stern, Dubya, etc.
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March 2004 - Dining out with my baby, Virtual PC, and the end of Vitriol... or is it?
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February 2004 - Two weeks between jobs, three new songs, grabbing Panther by the tail
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January 2004 - Ice skating with Gina, sushi at my sister's wedding, war-riding, the pink slip
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December 2003 - Moving pains, goin' places with Gina, Christmas bells
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November 2003 - The looong month of October, finding an apartment, Ozzy's gone
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October 2003 - I'm in love with her and I feel fine, Boston, the Dalai Lama, apartment for rent?
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September 2003 - Andy, happy? it could happen!, taking time off from work, Ringo Starr, "Discworld," the blackout
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August 2003 - (W)here (M)ight (D)ose WMDs be?, gay marriages and the people who fear them, '80s metal bands, Computer Man to the rescue, Philadelphia freedom
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July 2003 - Boondocks.net is back!, rudeness on public transportation and elsewhere, "Hole in the Wall"
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June 2003 - Science fiction movies, where is Boondocks.net?, still no weapons of misconstruction...
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May 2003 - How 'bout them weapons of mass distraction, huh?, Def Leppard, Michael Palin, another Silva, wireless networking, and a damned good raspberry margarita
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April 2003 - They're still French fries, dammit!, a new guitar for Andy, music-music-music
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March 2003 - The buildup for, and the protesting against, war
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February 2003 - The destruction of the Columbia, the National Day of Poetry Against the War, hard and soft atheism, Pete Townshend, and the gift shop
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January 2003 - Christmas loot, "Swingin'," more war talk
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December 2002 - The year in review, moving again?!?, moving world leaders around, too
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November 2002 - "Scarlet's Walk" and Tori's penguin, jackasses, and killing in the name of...
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October 2002 - Boston, Aimee Mann, and Palpatine/Bush
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September 2002 - George Darius Bush and George Xerxes Bush
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August 2002 - Movin' out of Paisan-town, and far away from the Regal Beagle
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July 2002 - Church and state: you gotta keep 'em separated, Dubya still doesn't want to play nice with the rest of the world, John Entwistle's gone
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June 2002 - Movin' on from town to town, Dave Barry and the Rock Bottom Remainders
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May 2002 - Science fiction movies everywhere!, jail time for virus creators, Dubya finally learns to pronounce 'occupation,' Andy gets a promotion?!?
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April 2002 - Terrorism on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, people who don't interact with me or the Web site, "For Dana" to be released on a compilation CD
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March 2002 - Chip implants, the children of God and the followers of Christ commit murder in His name, ultranationalism American style
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February 2002 - Dubya says, "These pretzels are making me- ack!" Sharon continues playing Napoleon, and... the return of Foogar?
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January 2002 - Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne, and other Christmas-related items, stealin' cars, karaoke!
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December 2001 - George meets his sweet lord, terrorists EVERYwhere!, Tomb Raider II finished finally, and the Segway, finally!
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November 2001 - Anthrax (the band), WSOU rocks - but for how much longer? and a minute of silence?
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October 2001 - Osama bin Laden and anthrax and the women who love them
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September 2001 - Governments and armies and the assholes who love them, more misspellings, and a large lack of feedback
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August 2001 - Dubya's isolationism, the Macedonians and Albanians search for peace the Israeli/Palestinian way, 2004 Olympics in Beijing
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July 2001 - Not the Sexiest Geek Alive, war (what is it good for?), murdering citizens American-style
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June 2001 - A dead hitchhiker, the Taliban, and an independent Senator Jeffords
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May 2001 - Joey Ramone's dead, and "Joey Ramone's Dead"
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April 2001 - Brazil (not the Terry Gilliam film), Dubya and carbon dioxide, Yugoslavia begins coming to its senses, Israel and the Palestinians still haven't come to theirs...
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March 2001 - New look for the Web site, upcoming vacation in Brazil!, the pig-headed Taliban, "Hannibal"
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February 2001 - Tomb Raider II, Dubya plays with his new toys, nature plays with El Salvador and India, and the inevitable Chechnya and Israel/Palestinians references
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January 2001 - Snow, a new year/decade/century/millennium, screen resolutions
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December 2000 - The iBook, "The X-Files," the Grinch, the pathetic turn of events in the U.S. elections...
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November 2000 - Got the iBook! the Village Parade, trouble still brewin' in the Mideast, the upcoming U.S. elections...
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October 2000 - Andy turns 30, the Middle East, the anniversary of the invasion of Chechnya...
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September 2000 - A random act of kindness, Great Adventure, new music, new iBooks?
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August 2000 - Palestine and the Israelis, Milosevic, Speight, and breaking the speed of light!
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July 2000 - Israel & the Palestinians, the missile defense shield, and (who'da thunk it?) Chechnya
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June 2000 - Um, Chechnya again, gun-totin' Charlton Heston, misspellings, and xenophobes
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May 2000 - Communism on the last May Day of the twentieth century, and Andy's life ("Don't talk to me about life...")
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April 2000 - Hold on, it's more Chechnya rantin', and an appeal on behalf of a friend caught behind red tape
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March 2000 - Hey, hey, Pinochet, Russia and China won't go away, "The X-Files," the American presidential race, and a prelude to vacation
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February 2000 - Again with the Chechens, and Elián, Pinochet, mp3.com vs. the recording industry, and snow
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January 2000 - Made it through January 1st, Syria and Israel, public transportation, and, er, Chechnya
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December 1999 - Indonesia comes apart, Chechnya (no shit), Seattle's burning, 'n Happy Xmas
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November 1999 - Halloween, my bad knee, Russians? in Chechnya?!? Buchanan and the Reform Party, NIN
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October 1999 - Hurricane on the East Coast, earthquakes in Taiwan, Turkey, and Greece, and Apple Computers
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September 1999 - I'm not getting you down, am I? I'd hate to think I was getting you down...

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April 1999 - the return of Vitriol, Kosovo, a foreshadowing of the Russian invasion of Chechnya (!), and Libya

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September-November 1995 - the Underground Press Conference, a co-worker bites the dust, Rabin really bites the dust, Remington Bond, Win95, and the Sex Pistols
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August 1995 - the death penalty, the V-chip and violence in pop culture, and "TV Nation"
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June 1995 - Oklahoma City, 'zines, "The X-Files" and "V.R.5"
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March 1995 - I'm sick!, the space program (ha), alt.zines, "Star Trek" and "Voyager"
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February 1995 - the very first Vitriol! Newt Gingrich, political correctness, media overkill, Howard Stern, the Apple goon squad?
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