Vitriol
© 2001 by Andersen Silva (02-28-01)

How ya like me now?

It took me countless hours, but the Web site is completely upgraded now. Behind the scenes, where you can't see it, all the files are organized much more neatly, and lots of old images have been tossed. What you can see: the neat interface with the small footprint up at the top, revised (and additional) copy on existing pages, some new photographs, lots of new links... Enjoy it, or don't.

Between work and this site, I've been almost completely drained since the year began. Fortunately, less than 36 hours from the time I'm posting this, I'm heading for Brazil with my mom and my best friend Barbara! Another much-needed vacation... Summer's winding down there, so it'll be nice to get away from the cold and the snow for a bit. :)

I'm sure I won't get away from bad global news, though. Brazil and Canada are still sniping at one another over the Canucks' refusing to buy Brazilian beef on grounds that it may be contaminated with mad cow disease, a prospect that Brazil hotly denies. Just my luck, I avoid getting pulled into the Gulf War (during which I was of prime drafting age) and end up conscripted to fight the Brazilian-Canadian War!

Dubya's at it again. Lay off the missile defense shield, mister. This is just not going to sit well with the Russians, the Chinese, and even some of our allies. And why must you wave a menacing stick at Iraq? Daddy ask you to clean up his unfinished business? I'm not happy about what's going on in Baghdad, on either side, but the U.S. should either finish the job it started ten years ago with an international coalition, or else back off. Cat-and-mouse isn't doing anyone any good, and the sanctions seem to be hurting the Iraqi people much more than the Iraqi government.

I've eased up a bit on my condemnation of Sharon, but I still don't think he's Israel's best hope for peace. Not by a long shot. In any event, he may not be on the scene long enough to matter; if he can't get a coalition government together soon, it'll be votin' time again. Sheesh.

I'm disgusted by the Taliban's decision to destroy all the statues in the country, including some incredible artwork like the two giant standing Buddhas. It seems petty to me, considering they'd originally declared that statues were OK. If this goes through, it will be a real tragedy for the Afghan people. The Taliban wants to deny its people their real history and rewrite it so that they've always been Muslim, but that's not the reality.

More chaos and destruction in Indonesia. This is appalling... :0

Speaking of appalling, I saw "Hannibal" Monday night with Yesika. Heh-heh... It was good, though rather slow in parts. But some of it was indeed quite graphic, and Yes, who's not squeamish about gore, was nauseated by one scene (if you've seen the movie, I'm sure you know the one I mean). Yum...

Wow. Now there's a blonde with nice eyes. Don't think it'd take much for her to hypnotize someone with those... Mental note to self: stay away from her. Get a seat on the bus far, far away from her... Heh-heh-heh.

I was sitting on the bus, slowly making progress through the snow the other night, and as I saw a solitary happy duck in a stream as we drove by, I thought to myself that we must really be wreaking havoc with Mother Nature. It wasn't the usual pollution sources I was thinking of, but rather the cleanups after blizzards. Five hundred years ago, if there was a huge snowfall, most of the white stuff stayed on the ground for weeks or months; now, we fall over ourselves trying to remove it, with shovels, snowblowers, plows, salt... I wonder if anyone's done a study on what effect this is having.

Boy, when Seattle rocks, Seattle really rocks... Heh.

OK, the CD-titling poll is not going over very well at all. But, damn you, I'm not going to give you a new poll until I start seeing real results from this one! C'mon, it's been up for several weeks now, and there have only been fourteen votes, and eight comments (not including mine)? If you think all my suggestions suck, fine: tell me that. But surely you must have an opinion, somewhere... - 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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