Vitriol
© 2001 by Andersen Silva (01-28-01)

Hello, is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me... is there anyone home?

Every night I hear Lara Croft shrieking in my nightmares. Heh-heh-heh... Poor woman, I've killed her several hundred times already. My friend Yesika gave me Tomb Raider II for Christmas at my suggestion, and I've become something of an addict now. Definitely a cool game, though! And while her proportions are unrealistic, she's not bad on the eyes... Lara, not Yesika. ;)

Well, the new millennium is off to a wonderful start. Dubya's already interfering with abortion policies and threatening the world's nuclear weapons stability by pledging to go forward with the missile defense shield. Don't the right and the military understand how the rest of the world will see this move? Besides that, the tests so far indicate, and most scientists feel, that it will not be a very effective defense at all.

Wow, I miss Bubba already. I'm not a Democrat, and in fact I voted for H. Ross Perot in '92 and '96, not for Clinton, but the record clearly shows that Bill did quite a bit of good for this country. And I liked him. He may have done some stupid things in his personal life, but can you honestly say you've never done any in yours? At least he never had a DWI or a coke habit... ;) The people who are quick to defend and forgive Dubya for those transgressions should reconsider their condemnation of Bill Clinton for his.

Speaking of political leaders and their transgressions, I feel for Jesse Jackson, too. He's a strong man, though, with the love and support of his family as well as many followers and admirers, and he'll get through this. I don't defend the adultery he and Clinton committed (no, not with each other), but I understand that they're both only human after all, and they made mistakes. In my opinion, from what I know of these two men, they're both good men, and shouldn't be dismissed as evil because of their dalliances. In the end, none of us knows what went on in their hearts and their minds (not to mention other organs) at the time...

Again with the earthquakes. El Salvador and India both got hit pretty hard. More reminders from Mother Nature that we're not as all-powerful as we like to think we are... I would've liked to have seen Pakistan reach out to India the same way that Greece reached out to Turkey after its devastating earthquake; might've been a unique opportunity to mend fences, at a time when both sides seem to be trying hard to resume negotiations. Well, at least Islamabad did send its condolences. Hey, the New York City metropolitan area had a minor earthquake in January, too. Maybe it was just a sound check. We are supposedly due for a big one...

Vlad "the Impaler" Putin is finally acknowledging (at least to himself) that Russia is not winning the war in Chechnya and probably never will. The military has been relieved of command, and security forces are taking over. They'll probably fare a little better against the Chechens, but I don't think there's any chance of their defeating them. Come on, it's been sixteen months. Do you want it to turn into ten years, like Afghanistan? You never won there, either.

The Israeli-Palestinian picture is looking very bleak. Sharon will set the whole process back a few steps if he is elected, and the only chance to prevent that is Barak nailing down a deal with Arafat before the elections. That doesn't seem likely, though, and even if it does happen, it's going to have to be palatable to a majority of Israelis if it's going to help him win. Scary to think that these two men, Barak and Sharon, can each affect the peace process so dramatically as prime minister, but it is true. The Arabs are not going to want to work with Sharon, and he's not going to be very conciliatory towards them, either.

Got to sit next to a blonde reading one of the "Dune" novels on the bus about two weeks ago. Very cool...! Women in general don't seem to be big fans of science fiction. Tempted as I was to try to strike up a conversation, I finally decided that she probably didn't want to be interrupted. Besides, my Chakobsa is a little rusty... Then, just a few days ago, I sat behind a brunette and a blonde, both attractive, who promptly started discussing politics. Imagine my dismay when I realized that the blonde was an uninformed yet ardent fan of George Dubya and the Republican Party. Heh-heh... Oh, well. I think they were much more interested in each other than in me, anyway.

I notice you people aren't voting for any of my potential album titles. ;P I know there are people visiting this site, from as far away as the Netherlands, Taiwan, South Africa, and Venezuela, as well as numerous sites within the U.S., so VOTE already! lol It's not going to cost you anything!

Well, back to work. I've recorded "Forlorn, Forsaken... Forgotten?" in January, now I'm hoping to get through "Extreme Close-Up, then Fade to Black" and maybe "Look at the Stars with Me" in February. See, if you'd help me decide on an album title, maybe you'd get a free copy of the CD when I finally release it. But, if you're not interested... - 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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