Vitriol
© 2004 by Andersen Silva (3-2-04)

I know what I've got, I know that it's hot,
  And you're what I want, 'cos you're so beautiful!
One thing on my mind: I'm so in love,
  And so alive, 'cos you're so beautiful!

Welcome back, kiddies! February 2004 was a busy month. At least I had an extra Leap Day to work with... I started learning the details of my new job, and got my hands dirty with installations of beta software for a doctor or two. Went on a road trip with a few co-workers to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, and I even assisted a bit with training some of the orthopaedic staff there to use the electronic medical records package we installed for them. Microwize even sent me out on two simple jobs alone, one in Bayonne, NJ, the other in Manhattan. I'm getting to know the people I work with better, yet I still like them anyway. Fred, one of the co-owners of the business, threw a dinner party with his wife Abir at their new home Saturday night, which Gina and I attended. The house, the food, the guests, and the hosts were all terrific. Jon and I finally acquired a dining room set and a refrigerator last month, too; he doesn't seem to be too interested in the former, though we've both been slowly stocking the latter. I even managed to record a new song, "Look at the Stars with Me," in February.

While I did go away to Maryland for a few days last month, Gina managed to stay put in Lyndhurst for all of January and February, which was definitely a nice thing as far as I'm concerned. We dined on Mexican food in East Rutherford and Middle Eastern food at Fred's party; we even had kaiten sushi (where it comes around to you on a conveyor belt and you pick what you want) in Teaneck for St. Valentine's Day. Our six-month anniversary was celebrated at my place and at hers, and we finally got to open the bottle of champagne we'd planned on having for New Year's.  :)

My honey gave me David Bowie's latest CD, Reality, for Christmas, and the previous album, Heathen, for Valentine's. I like them both, but Heathen is definitely the superior of the two. I've played it about five times already. Wow, I haven't bought myself any new music in quite a while now...

I've started playing with Virtual PC again. The software we sell at work (which I will eventually be training people to use) is Windows-only, of course, so I've created a new Windows 2000 disk image for VPC and have installed all the packages on it, as well as the software I need for work. Since I have neither a permanent desk nor a computer at the office yet, I can do most of what I need right on my iBook. It makes several of the techs a little uncomfortable seeing my Mac there... Heh-heh.

I haven't decided yet what tracks are going to end up on the CD I'm still working on, nor do I know for sure what I'm going to call it, but it's not going to be the same CD I started planning some four years ago. My life has changed. My outlook on life has changed. The statement I'd planned on making with "Joey Ramone's Dead" is not the statement I want to make now, so I've got to give this some more thought.

Which brings me to this column, Vitriol. Some of you may have noticed that it hasn't been especially vitriolic of late. Sorry. I just can't work myself up to that fevered pitch anymore. Yes, I still think about and am bothered by what's still going on in Chechnya, and Afghanistan, and Iraq, and Haiti, and right here in the good ol' U.S. of A. Yes, I'm still a pacifist and a critic of Resident Dubya. But I've found something that, for me, is much bigger than all that. I've found love, and that's where my emotion and my fervor goes these days.

So I'm going to retire Vitriol, just like I recently retired Ozzy's journal excerpts, and the NJT Blecch!, and Caption That Photo...! I'm still going to write a monthly column, but like the last few, it's not going to be a series of rants, but more of an update and observation post. It just seems like the right thing to do, and the right time to do it. I hope that the few of you who bothered to read this column will continue to read that one... We'll see how it goes next month. 'Til then, tchau, baby...


  - A (webmaster@andersensilva.com)


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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